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Smart Parenting Hacks That Make Life With Kids Easier

emily.mcwilliams 11 Jan 2019

Most parents will do anything to make their lives a little easier. Thankfully, we live in the age of the internet and there's an abundance of parenting hacks being shared out there.

I've rounded up a few popular ones and some I've tried myself. I hope these hacks come in handy for all the mamas and papas out there!

Make a DIY ball pit with PVC pipes and pool noodles.

Reddit | ChronicallyChilll

What kid wouldn't want their own ball pit at home? Honestly, I want one and I'm well past the recommended age for these things.

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An elastic bungee cord will keep all your kid's dishes in place.

Reddit | robertsnotes

Those plastic kiddie dishes tend to move around the dishwasher during a cycle, but not anymore. This is actually a brilliant idea.

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Bring crayons to the doctor's office.

Reddit | anastasiabeverhousen

Let your kids doodle on that paper pad while you wait for the doctor. It'll help pass the time and calm their nerves if they are a little scared of doctor's appointments.

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Use a cookie sheet as a magnet board.

Diply | Emily McWilliams

A cheap cookie sheet from the dollar store and some alphabet magnets are a fun and cheap activity for kids. It also helps them practice their spelling and literacy skills!

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Hack a wipes container.

Diply | Emily McWilliams

Secure your wipes package to the lid of the container with hair elastics so you can have extra storage space underneath. This is a diaper bag game-changer.

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Help your kids put their shoes on the right foot.

Diply | Emily McWilliams

Cut a sticker in half and place the pieces in their shoes. Your kids will know to line the halves up when they put their on their shoes.

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Put glow sticks in the bath for a fun activity.

Diply | Emily McWilliams

If bathtime can be a struggle, try making it more fun by tossing a few glowsticks in the bath. Even the most stubborn kid won't be able to resist this!

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Stop soap waste.

The Krazy Coupon Lady

Wrap an elastic around your liquid soap pump. It'll create a little buffer that will stop your kid from pumping out way too much soap and save you some money.

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Wash plastic toys in the dishwasher.

Pop Goes The Page

Most plastic toys are dishwasher-safe and this will save you a ton of time from cleaning them individually. Use a mesh laundry bag to keep smaller toys together.

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Store crayons in a popsicle mold.

Kfundamentals

You can find these at any dollar store and they are the perfect size and shape for holding crayons. I love hacks from the dollar store, don't you?

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Freeze a bag of marshmallows for a DIY ice pack.

Family Maven

I've tried this and it actually works! The marshmallows won't be as cold as a regular ice pack and are a more gentle way to soothe any boo-boos.

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Make a toy jail.

Instagram | @servidio_education_solutions

When your kids forget to put away their toys, lock them up and have them earn the toys back by completing a chore. Is this smart or what?

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Put multiple soothers in their crib.

The Mother Load

If your baby needs a soother to fall asleep, make sure to put in a few in their crib. That way, one will always be within reach and you won't have to wake up to find one for them.

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Put tape over the speakers of loud toys.

Diply | Emily McWilliams

If you're looking for a little peace and quiet, lower the volume on your kid's toys with a little scotch tape. Ahhh, that's better.

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Use a shower caddy to store your bottles.

Facebook | Brook McDaniel

A spice rack will work, too! Just mount it to the wall and you have a one-stop shop for bottles and soothers.

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Make sleeping in the car more comfortable.

Facebook | SlumberSling

The SlumberSling is a crash-tested product that will keep your child's head from slumping forward when they nap in the car. My son always sleeps on long car rides, so this seems like a genius idea!

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