If you’ve got a baby or a toddler that’s started moving and grooving, then you’re going to love these 13 tried and tested hacks from parents who made it out the other side.
#13. Ditch the snacktime mess.
Kids are like cats in that they love to play and sit in giant boxes (instead of the toys you buy them!). So let those boxes do double duty and put your kiddo inside with a snack – no muss, no fuss!
#12. Organize your road trip.
You know what’s great for organizing snacks for a long trip? One of your husband’s (or your) old tackle boxes. Plus, it gives them plenty of different options and saves you from having to dig out something different every five minutes!
#11. Make all jammies no slip.
If baby is wearing footie pjs and learning to walk, disaster can ensue if the soles of the feet don’t come equipped with grips. Here’s how to do you own – just spread some hot glue or puffy paint on the bottom to add or spruce up your treads.
#10. Fix your car seat handle.
When I say ‘fix,’ I mean make it so you don’t want to scream in pain when you hook it over your arm and walk farther than ten feet. It’s simple – a piece of pool noodle sliced open and placed around the top and you’re good to go.
#9. Use stickers to help your independent lad or lass get their shoes on the right feet.
If you’ve got a toddler who insists on dressing themselves, then you’ve felt the pain of waiting forever only to have to ask them to do it all again. Try cutting a sticker in half and putting one in each shoe – if your kiddo can match up the stickers, they can put the right shoe on the right foot!
#8. Their own wallet.
They’re a little young to go shopping alone, but this mom learned the hard way that when you let your little one play in your actual wallet, things get torn, bent, and lost. Better to give them their own old wallet full of things that are okay to destroy.
#7. Give broken crayons a new life.
Bake them in silicone cups at 250 degrees for 15 minutes and turn those stumps into new art supplies!
#6. Get medicine into little bellies without tears.
Put the dose on a pacifier or bottle nipple and let them suck it down.
#5. Never forget whether baby had their medicine.
When kids are sick, the world can get pretty crazy – especially if more than one person is caring for the baby during the day. Do yourself a favor and write each day on the side of the bottle with a sharpie, then mark them off as they’re given.
#4. Stay warm on snow days.
If you’re like me, it’s not that you don’t see the appeal of playing in the snow, but the cold puts you off. Well, try bringing a bit of the snow indoors and letting your little one build a snowman (quickly!) without having to bundle them up in layers first.
#3. Save your seats.
Kids are murder on every part of a car they come into contact with – if yours are still rear-facing (I hope they are!), try slipping t-shirts over the seats to protect your upholstery.
#2. Burrito baby’s clothes.
Instead of hunting through drawers for the pants and socks that go with that onesie, do it ahead of time and then roll the outfit inside the onesie and snap it up. Getting dressed will be a breeze!
#1. Hassle-free bottle storage.
Forget those little grass and tree drying racks – a clear, hanging shoe organizer is the way to go.