05/11/2015 08:51 EDT | Updated 05/11/2015 08:59 EDT

Mom Fails Prove We Need To Laugh It Off

We've all been there. After all, moms are busy people. We're engaged in a daily balancing act, trying to keep our kids fed, clothed and happy, while juggling meals, jobs, housework and "me time" (and hopefully keeping our bank account on the plus side). Something's bound to slip through the cracks sometimes, and the results can be pretty hilarious.

Here are 18 fabulous Instagram mom fails to remind us to not be so hard on ourselves. We all mess up, so we might as well laugh about it:

1. Baby Blunder

Dropped a little ice cream #momfail #littlebro

A photo posted by Lauren Illingworth (@ltlbug) on

Who needs a napkin when you have a baby? This cute little guy doesn't seem too worried about mom's ice cream drips, because he slept through the whole thing. And at least she didn't get any on her shirt.

2. No Time For Bread

Toddlers can be slippery, especially when they come in a pair. And while butter might not seem like the tastiest snack to sneak out of the fridge, it sure beats canola oil.

3. Wardrobe Malfunction

Didn't realize until it was to late that I left the house in slippers #momfail

A photo posted by Erin (@erinienzi) on

When babies come along, the first thing to go out the window is vanity. Most of the time, it's a victory just managing to pull something on that's at least sort of clean and covers the appropriate parts. This mom may have gone out in her slippers, but at least she has pants on.

4. Gardening Goof

R.I.P potted herb garden.

A photo posted by Jenn (@shesaid_shesaid) on

Tricky toddlers strike again. This mom explained that her toddler climbed up onto the counter and eviscerated her potted herb garden with a spoon. It's a shame about the plants, but consider it bringing the outdoors in.

5. For Dancing Backwards?

Took Evie to gymnastics with her leotard on backwards. #momfail

A photo posted by Anna Rose (@annarose2006) on

Dressing children in a hurry can be a challenge, especially when they couldn't care less how they look. If your kid ends up dressed backwards or inside out, we say just go with it and call it a trend.

6. Close Call

Captain Gut nearly just met his maker. Shhhh, don't tell Jack! #momfail #donttellthekids

A photo posted by Kelly Smith (@kellys1969) on

Ah, the stories that fish owners could tell about near-death experiences in and out of the bowl. Aquatic pets can sometimes get overlooked in a busy household, so it's a good thing that fish don't tell tales.

7. Lunch Bag Surprise

Most kids seem to think that their lunch bag gets magically replenished each day, and think nothing of leaving leftover food in there when they get home. And then if we forget too -- watch out. (Summer holidays can be particularly malodorous.)

8. Pregnancy Brain Strikes Again

Hormones and fatigue can conspire to rob pregnant moms of their brainpower, particularly when it comes to accuracy in spelling. One can only imagine the confused visitor considering what to do when seeing this note. ("Does this mean she WANTS the baby to wake up??")

9. Surprises Are Overrated

#hopehedoesntseehisbirthdaypresent #momoftheyear #momfail #radioflyer #whoops

A photo posted by tori wadden (@toriwadds) on

Keeping gifts away from little eyes can be a challenge, but we don't think this is much of a loss. This little fella will probably prefer to play with the box anyway. Don't they always?

10. Hey, It's Better Than Markers

It's a sticker sort of day around here. #momwin or #momfail depending on how you look at it!

A photo posted by Andrea (@andreamariewallace) on

We actually think this one is a #momwin. Who needs toys when you can turn yourself into a living piece of sticker art?

11. Road Trip Mishap

Some of the most awesome #momfails can happen on the road. There's the "locked-myself-out-of-the-car," the "forgot-to-charge-the-iPad," the "took-the-wrong-exit" and the always memorable "don't-have-any-paper-towels-and-my-kid-just-vomited."

12. Dinner Is Served

With an inquisitive toddler in the house, you quickly learn that nothing potentially tasty should go in the garbage.

13. PB & Whoops

Once kids start walking, all food is fair game. At least now this mom knows her baby doesn't have a peanut allergy, right?

14. Time To Go Shopping?

Kids grow so fast, and some of them will wear clothing until they're ripping out of it like "The Incredible Hulk."

15. Maybe Mild Next Time

Note to self: tonights dinner is too spicy for a 4 year old. Oops #momfail

A photo posted by Melissa T (@melissa_t_83) on

This reminds us of when a friend's daughter picked up a radish and bit into it because she thought it looked so pretty and pink. It didn't taste quite the way she had imagined it would.

16. Diva In Training

Lipstick can be a menace when you have a small child around. It's easily accessible (with a quick grab into a purse), it's brightly coloured and it feels really good to squish!

17. Midnight Snack?

Another #momwin. Found food can come in handy when it's still two hours until breakfast.

18. At Least It's Clean

Everyone has done this at least once, right? Things can get pretty fuzzy during a 3 AM changing, when a laundry hamper looks an awful lot like a diaper pail.

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