Toni Gonzaga reveals her mommy secrets
MANILA, Philippines — Don’t young celeb moms just make it look so easy? There never seems to be a moment of stress or uncertainty for them — their houses look spick and span, and their children even more so, fresh-faced with every hair in place.
But behind the scenes, they are just as confused as any other first-time mom.
For hands-on mom Toni Gonzaga, balancing a demanding work schedule and quality time with Seve is tough.
But armed with some mommy hacks, Toni makes it through each day a bit more easily. Check out some of these tips and tricks she shared in her latest vlog.
Use aromatherapy to get rid of unwanted odors
Nursery rooms tend to smell rather funky no matter how often and thoroughly you clean them. To get rid of the smell, Toni swears by aromatherapy. She places Ambi Pur Room Fresh right by the door so the fragrant smell is the visitors’ first impression of the room when they enter.
“The reflection of the room is who stays in there, and I don’t want people to come in Seve’s room and it smells like wet diapers or spoiled milk,” says Toni.
It also helps put Seve to sleep during his post-lunch naptime. “It sets the mood in the room, na lavender ‘yung scent. Kaya mas madali siyang nakakatulog. [It sets the mood in the room because of the lavender scent. So he falls asleep more easily.]”
If your house doesn’t have divisions, you can also place it in the dining room so the whole house doesn’t end up smelling like food.
Choose a baby-safe detergent to wash everything that your baby uses
Did you know that a baby’s skin is 20-30% thinner than an adult’s?
This is why it’s important to choose detergent and fabric conditioners carefully. The right one will prevent rashes, itching, and irritation for your baby’s sensitive skin, but also effectively get rid of dust and dirt. Make sure it’s mild and dermatologically approved.
“Aside from the right detergent, ‘yung fabcon mo dapat antibacterial na, especially when you have toddlers na naglalaro outside, adventurous. So hindi lang malambot and mabango ‘yung clothes ng baby mo, safe na safe pa from germs,” adds Toni.
[Aside from the right detergent, your fabcon should also be antibacterial, especially when you have adventurous toddlers who love playing outside. Your baby’s clothes won’t just be soft and fragrant, they’ll also be safe from germs.]
Conserve water by bathing with a timba
Bathing with a tabo and timba is already common practice for most Pinoy households, but the water crisis has made it a necessity — not just for those affected, but for everyone.
Like Toni and Seve, one of the ways you and your baby can help conserve water is to use a bucket instead of a showerhead.
“Sayang ‘yung tubig na natatapon. May mga lugar na walang tubig tapos magtatapon lang kami ng tubig. So kahit may tubig kami sa bahay, sinasanay ko na si Seve muna sa timba,” says Toni.
[We don’t want to waste water. Some places still don’t have access to water. So even if we do have water at home, I try to get Seve used to bathing with a bucket.]
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But while parenting is never easy, seeing them happy is more than enough.
“We all want the same things for our kids. We want them to grow up to love, and be loved, and to follow their dreams,” says Toni. “All I really wanted for Seve is to be happy, ‘cause that’s all that matters to me.” - Rappler.com
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