Being a mom can be exhausting. Sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to care for our own basic needs on top of keeping the tiny humans alive. But you don’t necessarily have to work harder, just smarter. Here are ten genius parenting hacks I’ve gathered from some very smart moms that will make you wonder why you didn’t think of them sooner.
Stop Popsicle Drips With A Cupcake Cup
For this easy hack, simply pierce a hole through the center of a cupcake wrapper and place the Popsicle stick through it. This will catch any drips and save you a lot of cleanup on a hot summer day.
Keep Bibs Handy With Command Hooks
This one is an absolute no-brainer but will make your life so much easier at dinnertime. Simply stick a command hook on the back of your highchair for easy bib storage at arm’s reach.
Soothe A Teething Toddler With A Milk Popsicle
This hack works wonders for a fussy teething toddler. For this, all you’ll need is some type of milk (breast milk, formula, or dairy) some pacifiers, and an ice cube tray (one with round holes like this work best). Pour the milk into the tray and place the pacifiers in the milk with the handle side face up, before putting the tray in the freezer. Always supervise your child when giving them a milk popsicle.
Stop A Stain With This Easy DIY
Kids are messy! Save your favorite outfit with this easy stain remover made from items you probably have on hand: dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.
Help Your Child Put Shoes on the Correct Feet with a Sticker
Have a child who is constantly putting their shoes on the wrong feet? There’s an easy solution. Simply take a sticker and cut it in half. Place one half of the sticker on the inside arch of each shoe so that the two halves of the sticker line up when the shoes are aligned correctly as left and right.
Protect Little Fingers With A Pool Noodle
There are a million things you can do with a pool noodle, besides floating in a pool. My favorite hack is making this kid-safe door stopper. You can usually find pool noodles at Dollar Tree for just one dollar.
Make Diaper Changes a Breeze
Did you know you can roll up your baby’s onesie over the arms to prevent such a struggle during diaper changes? Now you’ll just have to wrestle with the legs!
Make Art into a Masterpiece with Tape
Make cool Pollock-esque abstract art out of your kid’s paintings. Simply use painter’s tape to tape lines on a canvas in any design you want then let your child pain to their heart’s content. See here for more detailed instructions.
Use a Post-It to Prevent Potty Flushes Mid-Use
If you have a little one who’s afraid of the automatic flush in public restrooms (I was terrified as a child myself!), simply carry a pad of post-its to stick over the sensor while in-use.
Soothe a Sunburn
Here’s another easy hack you can do with an ice cube tray and its perfect for the Florida climate. Simply fill an ice cube tray with aloe gel and freeze. Use the cubes to treat sunburn or minor burns with a double whammy of icy cool and soothing aloe.
Do you have any brilliant parenting hacks? We’d love to hear about them in the comments and let us know if you try any of these. I hope these hacks make life a little easier.