Raising kids can be tricky… why not make things a little easier with these ridiculously clever parenting hacks?
To simplify things clothes-wise:
1. Teach your child which shoe is which – with stickers! Cut a sticker down the middle and stick one half inside each of their shoes. Be sure to choose a sticker that’s easy to recognize. (photo credit: onecreativehousewife.com)
2. Use the envelope tags and pull the onesie down over your baby’s body when they have a dirty diaper, instead of going up and over and getting them all poopy… (photocredit: sophr/buzzfeed)
3. To make shoe shopping for your toddler easier, why not make a stamp or trace one of their feet onto a piece of paper and take that with you. It’s also not going to wriggle around or burst into tears because he wanted to tie his laces himself – but he can’t! 😉
4. I laughed and i laughed when i found this one, but it really is so clever! If your toddler won’t stop taking off their diaper, put their onesie on backwards… lets see you defeat that one, you naughty little monkey 🙂 ! (photo credit: gretacheney.com)
6. Add a non-slip grip to the bottom of your little ones’ slippers with a glue gun. You can write their name, like they did in this picture, or you can create a pattern. Either way, you don’t have to worry about searching for non-slip slippers any more! (photo credit: prudent baby)
To simplify things health and safety-wise:
7. If you have a little one that keeps on rolling out of bed, or that is scared that they’ll fall out of bed, this trick works wonders! Just pop a pool noodle (they serve so many cool purposes, don’t they?) under the fitted sheet, and whalah! no more monkeys falling off the bed 🙂 !
8. Painlessly remove splinters with this amazing parenting hack (from Flickr user Adam Sherer). Mix baking soda with a touch of water to create a paste, apply to the splinter and cover with a band-aid for 1 hour. After a hour, the splinter should pop out easily without any tears.
9. Ease the sting of painful sunburn with these perfect little cubes of aloe. Rub it on your little one’s sunburn for instant relief. Just be careful not grab it for the drinks 🙂 (photo credit: Flickr user Footrina)
10. Spending some time outside and worried about the mosquitoes? Why not put baby in their play pen and cover the top with a fitted baby sheet? Your little one can still see out the side, and enjoy the fresh air, but is safe from all the insects.
11. If you have a little one that keeps on getting their fingers caught in the door, then maybe this is worth trying. I know it looks a little crazy, but hey!
12. Having a sick child is stressful enough as it is. keep things simple by drawing a little chart on the medicine bottle and marking it off as you give your child a dose. that way you never have to wonder ‘have I already given them their second dose today?’.
13. Teething baby? Stick a pacifier in an ice tray and top it up with either water or diluted fruit juice then freeze. Your little one will love having something ice cold to soothe their sore gums.
14. If you need to give your baby medicine, try cutting a small hole into the tip of an old pacifier and using a dropper to squeeze the medicine into the rubber tip.It’s much easier to get your little one to take some thing as familiar as their dummy than something as scary as a spoon and bottle of medicine, especially when they’re not feeling well. Alternatively, get hold of an open back pacifier like this one, which also makes the experience a lot less traumatic.
To simplify things food and mealtime-wise:
15. Never do the mad rush for a baby bib ever again! (You-know the one i’m talking about – when you realize their eating spaghetti sauce and wearing the cute new outfit the in-laws just gave them). Attach a self-adhesive hook (like a command hook) to the back of the feeding chair and keep a stash of bibs at the ready – problem solved!
16. Stop little hands from getting sticky by pushing the popsicle stick through a cupcake liner. In any case, it makes it look extra fun!
17. Does your child love strawberries? This trick makes prepping your little one’s afternoon snack a breeze… and no waste! All you do is insert the straw at the point of the fruit and gently push upwards. The leaves and everything come out in one go. Magic!
18. Stop your ice-cream from dripping down your arm (okay, you can use this tip for your kids too 🙂 ) by sticking a marshmallow in the bottom of the cone before you scoop in the ice-cream. It creates a barrier, and, really, who doesn’t love finding an extra little surprise? (photo credit: Flickr: personalcreations)
19. Stop pre-sliced apples from turning brown with this great tip from “A Helicopter Mom’ (another blog mom). All you do is pre-slice your child’s apple using an apple slicer or knife and then keep the whole lot together with a rubber band to stop the air getting to it and turning the apple brown. This is a super tip for anyone with picky eaters!
20. Keep your mommy candy safe, and more importantly 😉 , of course, keep your kids healthy, by hidding your stash in empty veggie bags in places the kids won’t look. Hehehe….
21. Little kids sometimes battle with juice boxes. Make it easier by lifting the side tabs – your little one will be able to pick up his box on his own, no problem!
22. Some foods are just easier (and more fun) for little kids to pick up and eat with their fingers. To save yourself time, why not pull out the pizza cutter and whizz over that pancake (or waffle, or sandwich..). Much easier than fiddling with a knife and fork. (photo credit: cookandcraftmecrazy.com)
23. These easy frozen yogurt pops cost a fraction of the ones you buy in the store, and your kid’ll love getting to help make their own frozen yogurt lollies. Dessert really doesn’t get much easier than this! (photo credit: annilygreen.com)
24. Be honest, that microwave in the kitchen is not only for decoration. It does get used for more than just drying out herbs every now and then… Hmmm… Hahaha… Mine too! All the time! Only complaint is, the bloody thing isn’t bigger! Well, this hack sorts that. Two bowl or plates at once, absolutely genius!
25. Got a naughty little monkey that keeps on pulling the straw out of their drink and ‘watering’ everything around them? This trick makes that they can’t get the straw out. Just insert a Crazy Straw (bendy straw) into their drinks cup the wrong way round and they won’t be able to get it out.
26. This lunch box hack is a real game changer… especially in summer. Get hold of a sponge (personally, i’d look out for a cool, kids one, maybe something with a cartoon character on it, just to make it a little more kid-friendly), wet it, squeeze most of the water out, and freeze it, then pack it in your kids lunch bag in the morning (be sure to pack it in a clean, tightly sealed ziploc bag so that it doesn’t get all your child’s lunch goodies wet).
27. No more messy hotdogs! We’ve been doing it wrong all this time… what were we thinking!?!
28. Looking for a kid-friendly snack that’s easy to make and doesn’t cost a fortune? This Capri Somme Slushie is the answer! Six hours in the freezer and you have the perfect outside treat. Seroiusly yum!
29. Stop throwing good cake away! All you need to do is cover each open end of the cake with a slice of white bread and hold it in place with a few tooth picks. Your cake should stay fresh a lot longer than the cake will last. 🙂
To simplify things travel-wise:
30. Hang a shoe organizer over the back of the car seat for long journeys so that the kids can reach all the things that they’ll need easily. That way, hopefully, everyone stays happy and there’s no need for nagging 😉 .
31. I know first hand that there’s nothing worse than being out and about and needing a pacifier and not having one. Or having one, but knowing that the thing is filthy, and giving it to your kid (or sucking on it yourself in an attempt to clean it) is going to result in a possible hospital visit. Avoid the whole nightmarish situation by making sure that you always have a clean dummy at hand, be it your handbag, or in the glove-box of the car. Individual size pudding cups make the perfect dummy holders. (photo credit: cynditha.blogspot.com)
32. Roll your clothes when you pack a suitcase. It really does make a huge difference.
33. Protect your cars cup holders, and make your life easier, by putting silicone cup holders inside the actual cup holder space. When it’s dirty, just pull it out and give it a wash… much easier than trying to get a vacuum hose into that fiddly little space! (photo credit: kidsactivitiesblog.com)
34. Create an on-the-go activity box for your kids from an old dvd box. Cut some paper down to size, add in some pencils and pens and your child has entertainment for the road. (photo credit: kidsactivityblog.com)
35. Got a long car journey planned? Or are the little ones just generally a little messy? Then this may not be a bad idea… A old plastic cereal container can become the perfect back seat garbage can…
To simplify things at bed and bath-time:
36. Do you have a monster problem at your place? Is your house being over-run by the ‘nasties’? No need to call expensive exterminators 😉 , just mix up a batch of this powerful ‘monster spray’ and get creative with the bottle and your little one will be sleeping peacefully in no time! (Any gentle smelling body mist will do, but lavender is best because of it’s naturally calming effect.)
37. If you or someone in your family is at all handy, this project is worth the effort. The peg board is the basic one from Martha Stewart, and has been customized to suit the look of a children’s bathroom – so cute! Just think how much easier it’ll be to keep the bathroom clean and tidy…
38. Lol! This seems a bit extreme, but then again, my bigger kids is almost 13, and the little one’s not potty trained yet, so maybe I’m just forgetting how bad it can get… if you have a toddler that needs reminding, this is one way of doing it without nagging.
39. One super clever way to create toy storage in the bathroom is to use a shower rod along the wall (very close to the wall) at a height that is safe for your kids to reach. Add plastic baskets secured with shower hooks for toy storage that will also let them air dry without getting moldy!
40. No more worries about bath toys floating away… put baby in a laundry basket for bath-time! Ignore the fact that it looks a little strange, you’re little one won’t mind, and it really does get the job done! (photo credit: Baby and Children Zone/Facebook)
41. To stop your child from squirting out all the liquid soup, tie a rubber band around the nozzle – this cuts down the amount of liquid that’s dispensed with each pump.
42. If your little one is still a little to short, and has trouble reaching the faucet, an alternative to a step is this nifty device that you can make from an old bottle of baby cream or bath wash. Just wash the bottle out nicely and cut it open to fit onto your tap.
To simplify things around the house:
43. De-clutter your kitchen by keeping all your cleaning products in a large shoe-storage bag instead of using up valueable cupboard spce.
44. Never loose another baby sock ever again. Keep a laundry bag in your little one’s room especially for socks.
45. If you knock over a bottle of glitter during one of your craft projects, stop! You don’t need to sell the house! A lint roller picks up those stubborn little sparklers in seconds…
46. Easily remove permanent marker from wood – yip, you did red that correctly! The stuff can come off. If your little artist gets carried away, all you need to do is get a tube of the good old, cheap white tooth paste and squeeze a thick layer over the lines. Let it sit for five minutes then give it a good rub with a damp cloth and your dresser (or whatever piece of furniture become the canvas) should be as good as new.
47. Kids’ shoes normally don’t fit them long enough to get scuffed up, but when there’s a well loved pair that need’s touching up, crayon is just the thing to do the trick.
48. De-tangle a favorite dolls hair with magic dolly salon spray. Get a small spray bottle and make a mix of 2 tablespoons of fabric softener to 4 tablespoons of water.
48 super tips to make your life with kids a whole lot easier. i know my favorite’s got to be the backwards onesie! I get the giggles every time! Do you have any parenting hacks you think should be on this list? Let me know, i’ll be happy to add it!
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