What do you think is the hardest job in the world? In all likelihood, you would answer something along the lines of a doctor, a policymaker, or some other professional occupation… However, let us tell you that parenting is not only hard, but it is unpaid work too! Well, we can at least make it somewhat easier for everyone else. Here are some parenting hacks and tips you never thought of. Trust us, these will change your life!
We all know that babies like to crawl everywhere, right? It’s not like they have much of a choice. Considering that they do this whenever they are awake, you can attach dusters to a onesie for a painless way to clean the house!
Are you having a tough time getting your kid to drink their medicine? There is a quick fix here. All you need is to give them a pacifier and give them their dose. Simply cut off the tip and then slide in the dropper!
No More Tears
We all hate seeing our children cry, right? It is even worse when it is something we did! Well, this is one problem you can avoid when you give them a bath as long as you have an umbrella band. This way, your kid’s eyes will be free from shampoo and other irritants.
DIY Play Pen
Do you think it would be impossible to go to the beach with a toddler? That’s not true at all! You just need to make a playpen to keep them out of the water. You can do this by using a fitted sheet and then propping it up with the things you have.
Little kids always have the wildest imaginations we have ever seen. Although it can be nice, there are times when they scare themselves with it. Is your kid convinced there is a monster under the bed? You can have them make a “monster spray” to keep these creatures away!
No Better Time
The ideal time to teach your little ones some life lessons would be when they are still young. You should try to get them in the habit of organizing things and cleaning up as soon as possible. If they like racecars, you make a bin for them to store all of them individually.
Divide and Conquer
Do you have a number of small kids? If so, you probably dread long road trips. After all, they have very little personal space when they are crammed in the car. Make your own dividers to stop them from fighting with each other.
Parents, you should never lie to your kids! However, this one is going to be an exception to the rule since it is for their own benefit anyway. When it is time for their medicine, hand your child their favorite juice but stick the straw into the medicine!
Time to Clean
Who would have thought there was a way to make clean up time more fun? You just need to make a square on the floor using some tape and then ask them to sweep into it! It’ll be a challenge to them.
Kids often fall asleep faster when someone is holding them as they do so. However, not everyone has all the time in the world to lie down and wait for them to doze off. Use our trick instead! Get a glove and then fill it with rice or dried beans and then put it on their back. Voila!
If you have multiple kids, you are going to need a lot of luck to set up a schedule and then keep track of them all. You can make things a lot easier by picking a color for each task and then putting it on a clock in this way. Your kids will then know what they are supposed to be doing whenever they look at it!
Not Just for the Shower
You should take your shower caddy out of the bathroom and into the car! It is going to be a good way to store your meals when you are on a road trip. This way, your toddler won’t get messy when they eat!
Toothbrushes are hard to store since they are quite easy when it comes to collecting bacteria. Don’t just put them in a cup or drawer! You can use a clothespin to give it a stand of its own. You can also color code for your children to prevent any accidental use!
Left and Right
When you are trying to teach your kid how to tell left from right, you can do something with their shoes. You can break a sticker into two and then put each half on the corresponding shoe. This is going to start out like a puzzle for them, but they will eventually figure it out for themselves!
Glitter is pretty, isn’t it? However, it is definitely harder to get rid of than most things. If you get it everywhere, you can use a lint roller to pick everything up! The shimmery bits will be gone in no time.
Cover It Up
Are you starting to get annoyed by the loud toys your kids use? If so, you can get a piece of tape and it will do the trick. Cover the speaker of the toy to muffle it a little bit. This is a good idea to meet halfway!
It is not unusual at all for kids to feel nervous when they get on planes. You can prevent them from their fears by giving them stickers. You just need to make sure you get the ones that are easy to take off!
Drip and Catch
We all appreciate popsicles, especially when it is very hot outside. However, it seems like children tend to eat these treats as messily as they possibly could! You can always use a coffee lid to prevent drips.
Treating Minor Burns
If you have ever been burned, you already know how painful it can be. When this happens, put a face cloth or a paper towel in vinegar and then put it on the affected area. It will make things much better.
Stuck No More
We wish you the best of luck when your kid locks themselves inside the toilet. You can prevent these moments from happening with a simple rubber band. You only have to set it up this way!
Spritz It Off
Hot days are the worst if you need to spend most of it in the (dis)comfort of your car. When the seat belt gets too hot, you can use a spray bottle to cool it down.
Did you know that you can use pool noodles to prevent any accidents? This little piece of equipment will keep those tiny hands and feet safe while they spend all day on the trampoline.
Before you clip toenails, you should first grab some tape. You can place them strategically while you clip your kids’ nails to avoid getting them everywhere! Yup, you will no longer find toenails in unexpected places.
We all know how much we added cleaning our rooms when we were in our teens. Do you know what you need to get your child to do it willingly? Well, sometimes money speaks louder than words…
To Each His Own
Here is a useful hack if your children prefer to get new cups and leave their used ones lying about. Just give them their own cups with attached magnets. They can now just stick it to the fridge for easy access.
You should never repress creativity, but we all know that many kids tend to make a huge mess while expressing their emotions. Next time, add drops of colored paint to a Ziploc bag for mess-free creative sessions!
Not Too Much
Rubber bands are probably one of the best things mankind has ever made. You can prevent too much soap waste by putting them around the pump nozzle! Tada! You don’t need to buy anything else but that.
Sticker Saves the Day
Do you need to teach your child how to put on their shoes by themselves? If this is the case, you only need a sticker to teach them. Cut it in half and then put each in the respective shoe to give them a reference of some sort!
Do you find that your apple slices brown way too quickly? If so, chop them up and then put them inside your lunch bag. You only need to put in some salt and slosh the thing with a little water. Don’t worry – it won’t be salty but your fruit will be fresh.
Easy Does It
If your kid gets some splinters, you can help make the extraction process less painful with baking soda and water. Mix the two things together and then leave the affected area in the mixture so it will be pushed out without any difficulty! That sounds easier than forcing it out.
Recycling Pizza Boxes
We all love pizza boxes, but it can be a hassle to throw all the boxes away. You can use them as a huge canvas first before you get rid of them. Your kids will love it.
Spray It On
One of the worst things to find in the home would be crayon doodles on the walls. Grab a can of WD-40 and use it to get rid of the stains in no time at all.
Wedge It In
Who knew that some Kleenex can be so useful? Aside from the normal things to do with it, they can be used to teach your child how to write. Just stuff it between fingers to show them the right writing form.
Did you know that it is possible to use puffy fabric paint to give your socks some grip? Doing this will stop the children from gliding and sliding all over the floor. No more bruises!
There is no need to worry about buying a new pair of shoes when your little one gets scratches on them. You only need to find a crayon in the same color and then use it to shade the damaged area.
Not Permanent After All
We all know that your children should never ever have unsupervised access to permanent markers. Still, there are times when it makes its way to their hands. You can always use toothpaste to get rid of it.
Cleanup Time Quick
You can begin clean up time by starting a new game with your kids. Grab an egg timer and tell them that the first one to finish will get a prize. Watch them do the chores without a hitch!
Bye Back Pain
You can also clip baby toys to the highchair or stroller with the use of toy links from the baby gym. This will prevent the need to stoop down and pick them up every so often. Your back will thank you.
When you head out to a crowded area like a mall, it is a good idea to dress all your family members in the same color. When you do this, it is going to be easier to spot your kids in the sea of people.
Nipple No More
There will be a time when you have to take away the pacifier from your child. If you are having problems doing this, you can start to cut away a bit of the nipple every time your baby uses it. It won’t be long before they start to dislike the feeling of it. If not, they will have nothing left to suck on in no time.
Versatile Baby Furniture
Are you aware that you can repurpose a play table by using it as a picnic table? We recommend that you first cover it in oilcloth to give it some water resistance.
It is very important for you to give the pacifiers a good cleaning on the regular. If you are always on the go, you should at least store the pieces in sauce containers to keep it clean.
Kiddie Bulletin Boards
Bulletin boards will do wonders for organization. It is a good idea to set up one for each of your children. You can keep their schedules, reminders, and chores on there. Leave it somewhere they will always see.
We all know how hard it can be to lose sight of your kids in the parking lot. You should get Parking Pal stickers to make sure that they would not wander away as you put the shopping bags in the trunk.
Pool Play Pen
There is no need to worry if you do not have enough money to buy a play area. You can make your own with an inflatable pool! Put it up in your living room and the baby will have endless hours of fun.
Are you finding it hard to leave your child alone when you need to do other things? When attending to your yard, you can take the crib with you and convert it into a tent.
Baby Food Prep
We all know how much time it takes to create batch after batch of baby food. We recommend setting aside a time to whip up a huge batch to last you the whole week. This will save you lots of time!
Not Just for Dishes
Are you aware that you can simply clean shoes and toys with the dishwasher? We are not joking. Yes, you no longer have to handwash every single thing by yourself. What a lifesaver this hack is.
The outdoors can be a great place to practice one’s creativity. Whoever said that artistry can only be practiced inside? We suggest that you lay out a huge sheet and let your kids do their thing.
Makeshift Water Slide
What else can you do with a plastic sheet? If you have a hose, it can function as a makeshift water slide as well. There is no need to dispose of the plastic sheet you got with your new appliances!
No matter how old you are, you probably still get excited about forts. We doubt that it is only us who feel this way! You can use some hula-hoops to hang the bed sheets to make the best one ever.
There is more you can do with your shoe organizer than just keep shoes in it. It also works wonders for your children’s toys. Simply hang it on the door. You can also put it up in the car when you travel.
This is a trick that will keep your kids busy for hours on end. If they have a tendency to go through your study drawers to look for paper, you can just designate a place for the supplies. This way, they will be able to go and draw whenever they feel like it!
When winter rolls in, what could be more fun than creating an igloo? If you want to make it great, you can pack the snow in Tupperware container for the sake of efficiency. Each the kids how to do this and watch them have the best winter break ever.
We all like hot dogs, but they can make more of a mess than they are worth. If you find yourself in such a situation, you can just place the ketchup and other toppings in the bun before putting the hot dog in.
Hide The Candy
Are the eats eating way too much candy right before dinnertime? Not only will it mess with their appetite, but it is also an unhealthy practice. You need to hide your candy very well to prevent this from happening. You should use a plastic container for the loot to keep them away from it.
When it comes to summer, icy and frosty treats are the way to deal with the heat. You can make a delicious snack or dessert with a popsicle stick and some yogurt. Simply poke a hole through the lid using the stick and pop it in the freezer. Easy as pie!
Are you confused where all of the bibs go? You can keep your eye on them by using a command hook. Put it on the back of the highchair so that you can just grab and return it there as you go.
Meanwhile, it is easy to lose baby socks as you do the wash because they are simply way too small. Keep this hack in mind to prevent any inconvenience. Grab a mesh laundry bag, put the socks there, and then put it inside the wash. Your baby will no longer have to wear mismatched socks.
All That Sparkles
If your children are fond of making crafts, you are probably familiar with the struggle of cleaning up sparkles, sequins, and glitters. What a pain, right? You can tackle the problem by wrapping a huge piece of tape around your palm, the sticky side outward. Now just swoop down to collect all of the bits!
We all know that it can be hard to keep track of whether you have already given your kid their medicine or not. It is important to ensure that you are doing it right since it can be harmful to them otherwise.
It is pretty common for children to feel hungry often over the course of the day. Are you getting tired of fetching them snacks every few hours? If so, you can just organize the food items into ready-to-eat portions. This way, you can just tell them to get it from the kitchen.
Do you have toddlers in the house? If so, it is a good idea to do everything you can to prevent them from opening the cabinets and then emptying them out. You can use spare hair ties to keep them childproof!
It can be difficult to keep your children entertained all the time since they tend to get bored easily and quickly. If you want to make them happy often, you can just put masking tape on the carpet and give them a racing track for toy cars. They can make it more or less challenging as they wish.
Babyproof Coffee Table
We all know that it is very difficult and stressful when you are raising a baby. You need to ensure that they would not get hurt by household items, although this can be challenging. You can deal with the sharp corners of your coffee table with the use of an old pool noodle!
Burritos make for delicious meals, but they can also be very fun to make! However, things tend to get messy in the kitchen when you are cooking these Mexican dishes up. Mason jars should save the day!
It is no wonder bath toys get all gross and moldy after a little while. They get often nearly every single day, after all. You should first seal the hole with hot glue to stop any water from getting inside the toy.
When you are running on a tight schedule, it might be hard to make runs to the hardware store to get plug protectors. There is something you can do until you find the time to do so. Simply use band-aids!
Does your child hate coming with you on shopping trips? If they throw tantrums beforehand, you don’t need to force them. All you need to do is trace the shape of their feet and jot down the measurements.
As the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry! When you just hired a new babysitter, it is a good idea to print out a template like this one and then keep it in a picture frame. Simply use an erasable marker to fill it in every time you need them!
None of us like having our fingers caught in the door! Yikes. It is a painful ordeal that no one should ever go through. We hate the idea of it happening to our kids, so use a pool noodle to prevent any slamming.
If you are ever outside with the children on a warm sunny day, it is a great idea to look for a fun thing to do. How does “painting” the fence sound? Get some paintbrush and water then ask the kids to go wid!
Keep Them Entertained
When you have school-aged children, one important challenge is getting them ready to go to school. You can put pennies on the soles of their shoes to encourage them to keep moving no matter what!
Take A Picture
In the summer, you should take a photo of what the children look like before you head out of the house. Why? This will give you the most accurate record of the kids if they ever get lost while out and about!
Are you constantly cleaning up the car seats thanks to spilled drinks? This hack will stop you from having to do that all the time. You should give them a crazy straw upside down so that they would not be able to pull it out of the cup. This one works like magic.
If you are having a hard time bathing the baby and keeping their toys in arm’s length, you should make the most out of your laundry basket. You just need to place the basket by the bath and place all the toys there. This way, your child will have access to their toys so that you are now free to bathe them!
This is one problem you must have had at some point. If you have a stroller, perhaps you forgot that you just brought it outside! You must have only realized it when the carpet had dirt tracks on them. Oops. You can use shower caps as stroller tries to prevent this from ever happening again.
Daniel Eisenman went viral after he put a Facebook Live video up. This new dad managed to get his baby to calm down in only a matter of seconds! He had been talking about surfing when little Divina started to cry. He did not even hesitate before he started to om to her. Who knew that a yoga chant is a great way to soothe a stressed baby?
This is not all that dramatic of a struggle, but it is a problem all the same. We are all familiar with back pain when we teach our kids how to walk! Well, you no longer have to hunch anymore if you follow what this father did. He posted a YouTube video to show a solution to this problem. Grab a hula-hoop and use it as a handle for you and your baby!
The only thing you need to do for this great hack is to slide a pillowcase over a pool noodle. That’s all there is to it! This awesome bathtub trick is a gamechanger. It is already a challenge to bath a newborn, so this will make things a bit easier for both you and the baby. The pillowcase will support the body of your baby, so they will feel more comfortable and less prone to crying!
Ah, there are some parents who are at a complete loss when their babies begin to teeth. This is one hack that will help during outings. Hailing from Queens, New York, this father figured out something handy. He puts his baby’s teethers in a Klean Kanteen full of ice water to keep it cool the entire day!
Boo Boo Packs
When it comes to children, gashes, bruises, and injuries are pretty normal. Kids like to run around and sometimes fall down. One mom noticed how ice packs can feel uncomfortable and too cold on the skin, which makes it useless at addressing the problem. She started freezing marshmallows in zip-lock bags instead! They get just old enough without freezing and are soft enough to be wrapped around tricky areas. When the cold wears off, your kid can also just eat it as a treat!
It is a well-known fact that one should dispose of toothbrushes every three months. This mother from Cambridge, Ontario handed her little girl a gift box full of six Dory toothbrushes in the hopes that it will last an entire year. However, her 6-year-old daughter threw them out earlier than expected and ran out in less than a year. The mom now labels them with expiration dates to prevent it from happening again.
Earn TV Time
You cannot go wrong with teaching your children responsibility when they are young. Are you having a hard time teaching your child to do their assigned chores? You can try by bartering with TV time as the “currency”. Tell them that they will only get a specific amount of TV time for each completed chore and no more.
Education is one of the most important things in one’s lives. It is a good idea for kids to enjoy learning when they are young. When you teach them spelling, use their building blocks as a visual guide! Write words and letters on individual blocks so that they will have a blast while learning at the same time.
We are not talking about letting the kids draw on the floor. No, we are suggesting putting down a vinyl shower curtain on the floor and then using masking tape to keep it in place. The kids will be entertained for a significant amount of time! You just need to buy white-board markers to ensure they would not leave behind any permanent messes.
Here is another way to put in some lessons when your child is in the middle of playtime. Just add a magnetic board to a wall. This will let them play with the letters and improve spelling abilities!
Tooth Fairy Money
Did you know you can make losing teeth somewhat more fun for the kids? Grab glitter hairspray and then use it to make the money sparkle. This way, you can convince them that the tooth fairy really does exist.