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Toddlers playing together with toys

Five ideas to help busy parents enjoy some precious me-time.

1. Share childcare

Team up with a friend and take it in turns to look after each other’s children. Your tot gets to play with a friend for the morning, and you get time to yourself – for free!

2. Grocery shop online

If you have a Clubcard, once you’ve registered on www.tesco.com/groceries, the items you usually buy in store will all be listed under “Favourites”, and all the offers are handily kept in one place. You’ll be able to do your weekly shop in minutes.

3. One-pot cooking

Invest in a slow cooker so you can throw a few ingredients into the pot in the morning, and have a hot meal ready for supper.

4. Use your smartphone

There are hundreds of time-saving apps to help you out. Savvy parents save precious time with the Tesco Groceries app, which lets you do the food shopping on your phone, while organiser apps such as Mom’s Daily Planner combine to-do lists, calendars and budgeting tools – and Babychange is the National Childbirth Trust’s invaluable guide to your nearest baby-changing facility.

5. Rotate the toys

Cut down on clutter by taking toys your tot no longer plays with to a charity shop, or sell them at a car boot sale or on eBay. Then split those you’ve kept, and put some away for later. Young children concentrate better when they have a few good toys rather than an overwhelming choice, and you’ll spend less time tidying!

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