An extra hour in your day

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An extra hour in your day

Follow these tips to save 60 minutes a day for extra me-time

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Found! An extra hour in your day

Follow these tips to save 60 minutes a day for extra me-time

Try these to save...

  • 5minutes
  • 10minutes
  • 20minutes
  • 25 minutes

Doubling up

Keep a spare changing mat behind the sofa and a small basket of nappies, wipes and cream in your front room so you don't have to go upstairs every time your baby needs changing.

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Going hands free

Keep your baby safe and amused in a door jumper while you enjoy a cup of tea or do your make-up. Most jumpers come with a sturdy clamp so you can fit them securely in any door frame. Choose one with plenty of 'dangling' toys, for maximum fun. Make sure you never leave baby unattended in a door jumper.

Every time you go upstairs try to think of one thing you can take with you or do on the way. It's a great way to stop a little clutter turning into a big clear-up. Verity Wislocki, mum to Charlie, Tommy, and Violet

Doing evening-before chores

As well as getting your baby's clothes out each night, sort out yours too so you can get dressed quickly. Try replenishing your nappy bag each evening - it'll save you searching for essentials in the morning. And try setting the breakfast table and making yourself lunch - it's surprising how often mums forget they need to eat, too.

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Tackling the toys

Have a box or bucket in your kitchen or sitting room for toys at the end of the day. Don't stress about sorting them out, just put the lid on the box - it's amazing how mentally refreshing it is to sit in a room with no kids' stuff in it.

Having a weekly mealplan

This is great for your family's taste buds and budget, too. By planning ahead you'll know what ingredients you need so you don't over-shop. Build different textures and flavours into each meal, and plan an easy tea for your little one on a busy day.

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Falling in love with the freezer

Make weaning easier by cooking up batches of puree and freezing them in ice-cube trays. This way you can pop out a combination of flavours. Plus they're easily transported in a snap-lid container for meals on the move.

Stretch food out over a number of meals - top Monday's bolognese with mashed potato for Tuesday's cottage pie. Use leftover mash with Wednesday's sausages. Nikki Harris, mum to Beau, Maisie, and Oliver

Shopping smart

Once a week or fortnight (maybe during your baby's lunchtime nap), do an online shop for all your food and babycare basics - and save time on shopping trips. Remember, you can get all your health and beauty buys at, and earn Boots Advantage Card points at the same time.

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Doing a babysitting swap

Organise for your kids to go to a friend's for an hour or so, and then return the favour. That way, you get some "me-time" every other week.

3 ways to...

spend your new free time!
  1. Treat yourself to a DIY manicure - try Boots Mini Manicure Set
  2. Book a body massage - there's nothing like a massage to help you unwind and de-stress.
  3. Take time out with a face mask - try Sanctuary Skin Time Reversal Face Mask 75ml

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