People have varied views about work, but everyone can agree that parenting is the most difficult job of them all. It is no surprise that we all need that helping hand to ease our burden. So here are some never before heard hacks and tips that we got from parents on how they raise their children.
Babies often crawl everywhere. That’s just how they are. They crawl around on their own, so why not make use of this inexhaustible energy to clean your house? All you need to do it to take your baby’s onesies, attach some dusters and put it on your crawling machine – err – baby. This gives you a less exhausting way of cleaning the house, so it’s truly a win-win situation for everyone, don’t you think?
Getting your child to take his or her medicine doesn’t have to be so difficult. How? Simple. Give them their medicine using their pacifier. You just need to snip off the pacifier tip and put the medicine dropper in the hole! Isn’t it brilliant?
No More Tears
As parents, we do not like to see our child tearing up whenever we bathe them. Have you heard that an umbrella band can solve this problem? The band will keep the water out of your kid’s eyes to make sure that your bathing session is peaceful and tear-free!
DIY Play Pen
It sure is a good idea to go to the beach with your toddler. Don’t worry about your child running off into the sea. You can make a playpen instead. All you need is a fitted sheet and secure it by using your things to prop it up. Wa-lah! A DIY playpen.
Bye Bye Boogeyman
Little kids often have wild imaginations. They have such amazing imaginations that they sometimes scare themselves. You may hear them say that there is a monster hiding in the closet or under the bed. Did you know that making your own “monster spray” keeps the bad creatures away and can help put your child at ease? Cool, right?
No Better Time
The perfect time to develop good habits in your children is, of course, when they are still little. Teaching them how to organize their toys after using them by creating a bin where they can store them one by one is just one example. And they would most likely bring this habit into adulthood once they get into it.
Divide And Conquer
Long drives and road trips can be a real pain if you have several small kids with you. What you can do is introduce them to their own personal space by putting up dividers between them. This will avoid situations where they bother each other. Hopefully, they all fall asleep immediately before they have the chance to disturb the others.
Although it is not good to lie to your children, we will make this one an exception to the rule. When they need to take their medicine, give them their favorite drink but make sure that the straw is secretly plugged into their medicine. Tricky, right? Just be sure to give them that favorite drink after to avoid any tantrums.
Time to Clean
Cleaning time and fun time do not have to be exclusive. Put some tape on the floor and ask your kid to sweep the dirt or mess into the designated area. They’ll actually find this a lot of fun, and you get to clean up!
Children especially love it when their parents tuck them into bed. But usually, there is just no time to do that for them. What you can do instead is convince your child that you are holding him or her. Just fill a glove with rice or dried beans and put it on your child’s back. Try it and see how they sleep in comfort!
Having a set schedule for your children can be quite taxing. You may not only have to deal with a disobedient child but also your own busy routine! You can make things easier for you by putting their tasks on the clock and assigning colors to each of them. This will help them keep track of what they should be doing each time they see it.
When going on long road trips, you can make use of a shower caddy as a storage area for your meals. This is also a great idea to minimize the chances of your child making a mess with their food.
It is not a good idea to keep toothbrushes in a cup or drawer as they easily collect bacteria. You can use your clothespin and turn it into a makeshift stand instead. You can also make it more appealing to children by assigning a different color for each child.
Left and Right Shoes
You can help your child identify their left and right shoes by putting a label on them. All you have to do is split a sticker into two parts and place each part on the correct shoe. It will feel like a solving a puzzle for them, but it will definitely ensure that they are wearing their shoes correctly.
Glitters are pretty and are very attractive to young girls, but it can be a pain to clean up. Good thing a lint roller can do the trick! Collect the glitter by rolling the lint roller around and see the glitter stick to it.
Cover It With Tape
If you are easily annoyed by the loud toys of your children, you can put a piece of tape on their speaker to tone down the noise. They should still work, but only with lower noise level.
Stickers On The Plane
It is not uncommon for a child to become nervous on a plane. What you can do is to bring stickers along with you to keep your child occupied. Make sure to have the all the fun shapes that you child wants.
Kids just love eating popsicles no matter what age they are, but these delicious treats can be very messy. Use a coffee lid to get all that melted ice and drips!
How To Treat Minor Burns
Burns can be very painful, especially for your child. If this unfortunate event happens, just soak a cloth or a paper towel in vinegar and put it on the burnt area. This will make it feel cool. It will also lessen the pain as well as prevent any blisters.
Stuck No More
When your kid accidentally locks themselves in the bathroom, it can be a very difficult situation indeed. To avoid such a difficult situation you can use a rubber band like this. You can set it up like in the picture to make sure that you kid can get out of the bathroom without any problems.
Cool It Down
It’s hard enough to endure the heat on its own but if you have to through it in a car, it could be unbearable. You can cool the seat belt buckles down through the use of a spray bottle!
When using the trampoline, it is best to put pool noodles on it as a safety measure. It keeps them from slipping as they bounce up and down.
Have some tape with you when you clip toenails. You can strategically place it in an area where it will catch the nail clippings before they make a mess on the floor.
If you find it hard to convince your teenager to clean their own room, you can motivate them by having a scavenger hunt. The room will definitely end up sparkling clean.
Do your children get new cups and just ignore their old one? Attach magnets to their cups and pin them on the fridge! They’ll surely love it because they can easily find the cups!
Although it is good to encourage your children’s creativity, it can easily get messy. Just add three drops of paint into a Ziploc bag. For sure your baby will enjoy unleashing their creativity, only with with lesser mess.
Another Use of Rubber Bands
Rubber bands are very flexible. You use it to limit the soap usage. Simply secure it around the nozzle of the pump to limit the amount of soap coming out.
Sticker Does The Trick
If your child is having a hard time putting on their shoes correctly, use a sticker to guide them. Cut it in half and stick each part on the correct shoe. They should be able to figure out which pair goes to each foot.
Are you having problems keeping your apple slices from turning brown too fast? You can chop them up, put them in your child’s lunch pack, add a pinch of salt and some water. The salty taste should easily disappear, but this formula will keep the apples fresh the whole day!
Removing splinters can be painful, but it doesn’t have to be. It will be more bearable if you apply some baking soda with water on it. Leave the said mixture for a few minutes to allow the baking soda to push out the splinter. In this manner, your child will suffer less from the pain, avoiding trauma.
How to Recycle Pizza Boxes
You want to recycle your pizza boxes? Use them as your child’s canvases for their masterpieces!
If your kids are fond of turning your walls into murals, use WD-40 to remove crayon stains. It should do the trick!
Wedge Kleenex In
Did you know that you can use Kleenex in other ways that wiping away your mess? You can actually teach your child how to write using Kleenex! Just put it in between your child’s last two fingers. This should help maintain a proper writing form.
Adding Grip To Socks
Using puffy fabric paint should add a grip to your child’s socks. This will ensure that they don’t slip or slide across the floor.
Don’t worry too much about scratches on shoes. Simply get a crayon of the same shade and color away!
Not So Permanent After All
Keeping your permanent markers from your children is a sign of good sense. But there are times when it is just impossible to do it. When this happens, use some toothpaste to rub the stain off.
Clean up the mess quickly by playing a game. You just need an egg timer and watch your kids do the cleaning!
Goodbye Back Pain
Did you know that you can clip your baby’s toys to their highchair or stroller? They come with the baby’s gym. This way, you can avoid the hassle of always bending down whenever your baby drops a toy on the floor.
Wearing matching clothes when you go to public places like the mall is not only trendy, but it also makes finding your children much easier in the crowd.
There will come a time when you would have to wean your baby from their pacifier. When the time comes, start by cutting a piece of the nipple when your baby uses it. They will dislike it soon enough because of how it feels and there will be nothing left for them to suck. They might even throw the pacifier away themselves!
Versatile Baby Furniture
This baby furniture can also be used as a picnic table! Just make sure to use oilcloth on top of it to make it water-resistant.
We’re sure that you always wash and clean your child’s pacifiers. However, when you are travelling, it can be difficult to keep them clean. Using sauce containers to store them should maintain good hygiene.
Keeping a bulletin board is great from organization purposes. You can help them keep track of their schedule and chores by putting up individual bulletin boards for each of them. It is highly recommended that you put them in areas that they could easily see like a spot near their rooms or shoe area.
It could be such a nightmare when your children get lost in the parking area. You can use some Parking Pal sticker to avoid such a problem while you load your groceries in your car.
If you don’t have enough budget to make a play area, you can use an inflatable pool for the same purpose. You can set it up in your living room and it will keep your baby safe as they play for hours!
It is definitely difficult to leave your babies by themselves. What you can do is to bring the crib outside and transform it into a tent if you need to do some yard work.
It can be a hassle to prepare baby food all the time. You can actually make a large batch and store it. It can last for the whole week if you freeze it in an ice tray.
Did you know that the dishwasher can be used not just for washing that dishes but also for shoes and toys?
Creativity and the outdoors can actually go together. Just spread a big sheet on the ground and let your children’s imagination run free!
DIY Water Slide
Did you know that a water slide is pretty easy to make. All you need are a hose and a plastic sheet. So don’t throw away the plastic cover that comes with new appliances and furniture!
Forts are still quite magical. You can make one for your kids by using hula-hoops and hanging some bed sheets onto them!
Shoe organizers can be used for more than your shoes. You can also use it as your children’s toys’ storage. You can bring it along with you in the car or even hang it behind the door.
This trick will keep your children occupied for hours! They can actually have a specified area where they can draw to their hearts’ content instead of rummaging through your study looking for paper. Not just that, they can also have the liberty to change the drawing whenever they want.
If you haven’t tried it, building igloos is actually quite fun in the snow! To do this, you can make use of Tupperware containers with the specific shape that you like to make the bricks. Your kids will easily follow your lead and enjoy creating something using their imagination!
To help keep your child from creating a mess when eating hot dog, spread the ketchup directly on the bun instead of the hot dog. This can help them finish eating without the usual mess or stain on their clothes.
Sometimes kids just want to eat candies, and they won’t stop especially when they still see them around the house. You can actually hide the candies secretly by putting them inside an empty plastic bag from something healthy that your children probably don’t like. This way, you can easily stash the candies away without them knowing!
It is easy to make a summer treat for your children using a popscile stick and yogurt. Just poke a hole on the lid of the yogurt with the popsicle stick and freeze it. This can be a cool way to beat the summer heat as well as an easier way to eat yogurt.
Bibs can be easily lost in the house, especially if it is not kept in the same place. Put a command hook on the back of your kid’s high chair and keep all the bibs there. This will make sure that all of them are in one place and you will help you avoid losing any of them.
Laundry Bag for Baby Socks
If you are one of those people who find it hard to keep track of your baby’s socks when washing them, then you will love this hack. Put them all in a mesh laundry bag and put it in the wash. This will help you keep them in one place while washing them.
Cleaning All That Sparkles
Encouraging your child’s creativity is a good thing, but sometimes cleaning up after sequins, sparkles and glitters can be a real pain. Just wrap a huge piece of tape around your hand. Make sure that the sticky side is facing outward and use it to gather all the mess. All the glitter and sparkles will easily stick to it.
It can be difficult to keep track of your child’s medicine if you have a busy schedule. To avoid missing a dose or making any other mistakes, you can use a sharpie to write a schedule on the side of the bottle so you can easily remember when you last gave it and when you need to give it next.
Children can easily get hungry especially because they keep running around all day. It can also be quite a hassle having them go back and forth to the kitchen to ask for snacks. To avoid this problem, you can put the snacks in single portion containers. This way, they can fetch their snacks on their own.
If your toddlers are fond of opening cabinets and emptying them of their contents, then you might want to try this hack. Use your hair ties and wrap them around the cabinet handles to keep them from opening.
Race Track In The House
It is sometimes difficult to keep your child entertained as they have short attention span. To keep them occupied, you can mark a race track for their cars on the carpet by using a masking tape. They can also change it any way they want, too!
Babyproof Coffee Table
Sometimes, it’s hard to enjoy a simple cup of coffee when you have a baby around as you would have to be careful and make sure that they are not hurt by the objects around them. If your coffee table has sharp edges, use an old pool noodle to make it baby-proof and keep your baby from getting hurt by it.
Burritos in a Jar
Who doesn’t like burritos? Everyone loves them, not just children. What is quite difficult is the part when you have to clean up all the mess after eating them. Using mason jars to serve the burritos will help you solve this problem. You can spare yourself from the tedious cleanup.
Bath toys can get molded and turn gross after using them for some time. So, when you buy a new bath toy, be sure to seal its hole with hot glue. This will make sure that no water will get inside it, preventing it from getting molded.
It can be quite difficult to find the time to go to the hardware to buy plug protectors when you are on a tight schedule. You can temporarily use band-aids to seal the plugs to avoid your baby or toddler from touching the electrical outlets.
If your child doesn’t like to go with you to the mall to buy new shoes, you can avoid the hard struggle but using this hack. Simply trace your child’s feet on a piece of paper and write down the measurements. You can take this to the store and buy your kid’s shoes.
Safety first is a universal rule. So, when you have a babysitter coming over the house – whether old or new – it would be great to have this template printed out and handy. You can put it in a picture frame and fill in the information with a temporary marker.
Fingers getting slammed in doors can be a serious source of concern especially when you have little kids in the house. To avoid this from happening, you can put a piece of noodle pool on the side and edges of the door so it won’t be slammed easily. No problem!
Painting The Fence
If you are looking for a fun way to spend your summer day outside with your children, you can always turn to “painting” the fence. All you need to do is to grab some paint brushes, water and start painting!
Keep Them Moving
If you have problems with your kid’s attention span or getting them ready for school, then you need to tape some pennies onto the soles of their shoes. The sound that the pennies make will amuse them to no end and will make them feel motivated to keep moving.