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12 ways to beat a case of baby brain

Here are some helpful tips from other moms with "baby brain" to help you remember where you put your purse.

By Today's Parent staff

12 ways to beat a case of baby brain

12 ways to beat a case of baby brain

"Where did I put my...?"

Locked yourself out of the house? Put the milk in the cupboard? Baby brain seems to affect most moms...and it doesn't seem to go away as our babies get older.

Here are some helpful hints from moms on how they stayed organized.

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Tip #1

Restock and set up your diaper bag right after you get home, instead of when you’re rushing out the door. And make a list before you go to bed at night so it’s not rattling around in your head.
— Wendy Martin Turley, Toronto

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Tip #2

Use your smartphone to make tons of lists. I write things down right away so I'm not stressed out trying to remember everything.
— Ashley Sparkman

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Tip #3

When I bake, I use a clip-on timer, so if I can’t hear the one in the kitchen, I’m wearing the other one. Double back-up!
— Holly Schwieger, Bluffton, Alberta

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Tip #4

I always forget where I parked my car, which is stressful when toting a crying child or two. Now, I always park as close to a cart-return as possible. That way it narrows down where I need to look for my van and makes it easy to take the cart back.
— Nicole Grady, Peterborough, Ontario

12 ways to beat a case of baby brain

Tip #5

I don’t think it ever went away, lol. I just have my daughter to tell me where things are now.
— Shawtee Genuwyn

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Tip #6

Every time I had to remember something, I would put something else out of place, like my wedding band on a different finger, or strap my watch to my right wrist instead of left, to help me remember. It worked quite well.
— Karine Pereira

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Tip #7

I bought a big dry-erase board and stuck it on the wall in the hallway between the kitchen and the side door. It's the perfect spot for it because you can’t miss it!
— Marysol Delmar, Ottawa, Ontario

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Tip #8

I most definitely had "baby brain." I had Post-it notes EVERYWHERE!! They saved me...most of the time.
— Shannon Blue, Port Coquitlam, B.C.

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Tip #9

My iPhone was my BFF during the last half of my pregnancy!
— Carol T. Gomez, Brampton, Ontario

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Tip #10

Instead of a grocery list, I sent myself a text message because I always forgot the list going out the door!
— Terri O’Donnell, Boiestown, New Brunswick

12 ways to beat a case of baby brain

Tip #11

I did Sudoku, word games and logic problem games to keep my mind sharp.
— Gina McKenzie-Lodge, Toronto, Ontario

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Tip #12

My faithful Blackberry never failed me. Everything goes into it and I have a few notepads and Post-its on my work desk with visual reminders of what I have to do every day.
— Sunhee Gooding, Surrey, B.C.

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