More Parenting Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier
Parenting is one of the most enjoyable, yet hardest things you’ve ever had to do: from feeling exhausted most of the time to constantly coming up with new ways to entertain your kids while keeping them safe, parenthood can certainly feel overwhelming. In order to keep both your kid and yourself happy and to save precious time while dodging the unnecessary little daily hassles that might come along the way, we’ve compiled a fun list of hacks for you, meant to make parenting just a tad easier.
Avoiding Creamy Messes with the Paper Plate Hack
Sticky, icky ice-cream stains on your favorite couch, clothes and carpets? We’ve all been there! And since your little one seems to love the sweet frozen treat more than anything else in the fridge, you’ve got to be up for the challenge of keeping your house clean while your kid enjoys his special treat. Our solution: grab an inexpensive paper party plate, make a hole in the middle and let your little one enjoy his dessert while avoiding the mess. Easy, affordable and hassle free, this solution to a very sticky problem is simply a must-try.
The Half Scooter, Half Stroller Invention
Not getting enough workouts in since becoming a parent? Well, this next invention was made for people like you, who aim to get the best of two worlds: entertaining their kids with a nice park outing while having fun on a cool scooter in the process. If your little one enjoys the speed and you like to maintain an active lifestyle, then opting for one of these amazing inventions is definitely the way to roll. Grab your kid, grab your scooter + stroller concoction and from this moment on: no more fun-less park walks and no more excuses!
Cardboard Slides for Endless Fun
Not ready to invest in expensive swings and slides for your backyard? Since kids outgrow this type of pricey equipment quite quickly, and since they tend to occupy enormous amounts of space, we totally get where you’re coming from. But surprisingly, this next hack brings you and the kids twice the fun without needing to sacrifice your next vacation budget. Introducing the cardboard slide – made of plain kraft boxes on the stairs of your house, this alternative slide will definitely entertain your kids for hours on end, while you get to relax (or, who are we kidding, do chores around the house). Free, easy to create and so utterly entertaining!
Shoe Organizers as Your Kid’s Car Entertainment
Long hours in the car usually translate to fussy moods, crying, shouting and well, more fussing. If none of these sound like your ideal holiday or road trip, then avoid the hassle of dealing with bored kids in the car for hours on end with this simple hack: using nothing else but a simple textile shoe organizer, grab a few of your child’s favorite toys, gadgets, snacks and sippy cup and create an entertainment / feeding station for a fun and activity-filled car trip. Just a little planning for amazing results and far less tears during your vacay!
The Crib-Turned-Table Hack
Your kid outgrew their crib, but you can’t seem to be able to let your baby’s first bed go just yet. If you are a big fan of frugal DIYs and love a good repurposing project, then look no further, as this next hack was invented for you: give the crib a little makeover and transform it into a desk for your toddler / preschooler! Not only will this project be totally environmentally friendly, but you will be saving quite a few bucks by ditching your next Ikea trip in favor of this fun repurposing project. Grab your set of tools, get to work and enjoy the super-cute results!
Kid-Friendly Phone Number Bracelets
When it comes to your kids, keeping them safe at all times is your number one priority. If you’re an anxious mom or dad, this next hack should definitely be on your radar. Regardless if your kid is old enough to understand concepts like ‘stranger danger’ or not, this little bracelet will make you feel safer when taking your little one to a crowded place, be it the case of a mall, a park or a concert. Created out of child-friendly colorful rainbow beads, this cute accessory includes your phone number – safety first, but in one stylish package!
The Safe Inflated Pool Play Area
Speaking of safety, creating a play area for your child that can significantly reduce if not completely eliminate the risk of little accidents is essential when dealing with a baby on the run, who loves exploring on all fours. If you take great pride in having a put together, trendy home, then this might not be your favorite hack, but you might still want to use this idea in your backyard. But for the rest of you moms and dads who have come to term with the fact that babies trump cohesive interior décor, try this one out: an inflated pool play area!
The Anti-Monsters Miracle Spray
Bedtime has become a nightmare of a process recently, and that’s mostly due to the fact that your little one has become afraid of monsters and ghosts. And like any great parent, you’ve tried every technique out there to make your child get rid of their irrational fears, but they have all proven to be unsuccessful. Meet this perfect monster and ghost repeller: a ‘special’ potion designed to keep all these terrible creatures as far away as possible. Spray it around the room before bedtime and see how your little one immediately feels more at ease. Nighty night!
Pool Noodles to the Rescue!
If your toddler has recently made the transition from the crib to a bigger bed, it’s about time to invest in a mattress protector to keep them safe at night. But wait a minute: before you go and spend those hard-earned cash on an expensive rail, it’s best to visit the beach supply section of your supermarket first. And while you’re there, we’re pretty sure that you will find pool noodles for under 5 bucks! To make this work, simply place the pool noodle under a fitted sheet: inexpensive, efficient and fast!
The Replacement Hand for Easy Sleep
From safety measures to overcoming fears of all sorts and providing the best entertainment, parenting is a lot of work – but with the right little tricks and hacks, it can certainly get a little easier, one step at a time. To all the parents out there struggling with a child that suffers with separation anxiety especially at bedtime, this next parenting hack is for you: grab an old glove, fill it up with dry beans, then put your kid to sleep and slowly but surely replace your hand with this stuffed alternative – we’re willing to bet your sleepy little one won’t be able to tell the difference as they enter the land of dreams.