Some of these hacks are geared towards newborns, others to slightly older kids. But hopefully you’ll find a few parenting hacks below that will make your life a little simpler, no matter your child’s age!
Not sure if baby is hungry.
Find out if your baby is wet or poopy without opening their diaper by checking their diaper’s color line: Yellow line in the front turns blue — Wet.
Your Miracle Blanket is in the wash, and you’re forced to use a regular blanket to swaddle, here’s how to Step-by-step swaddling instructions from hospital new mom training.
Source: DIY Father
Baby wakes often: Try ‘The Pause’, a technique frequently used by parents in France. Rather than responding immediately to baby’s cry, give her a moment to see if she can settle back to sleep on her own (or to see if she’s even perhaps just whimpering in her sleep).
Source: Dirty Diaper Chic
Use “the secret swaddle” to get even the most sleep-resistant baby to sleep.
Keep pacifiers clean on-the-go by storing them in souffle cups.
Use baking soda, soap, and hot water to make cleaning baby bottles a snap.
Baby screams bloody murder when you wash her hair, try to use a baby shower cap
Baby is teething, but the usual tricks don’t work: Put a little bit of apple sauce in the middle of a cloth, roll it up, and freeze it. Let baby suck to her heart’s content!
Keep track of your baby’s doses by writing a chart on the side of the medicine bottle.
Baby or toddler is cranky, and you’re not sure if it’s because of lack of sleep. Refer to this Baby/toddler sleep requirement chart (based on Weissbluth’s Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child).
Source: Baby Center
Avoid a huge mess during a blowout diaper situation by pulling the onesie DOWN off your baby instead of over their head.
Make a batch of “magic laundry cleaner” to get even the nastiest stains out of baby clothes.
Keep from losing tiny baby socks by washing them in a mesh laundry bag.
Use a crib sheet to protect an outdoor baby from bug bites and too much sun.
If you live in small quarters where even an odor-free diaper pail is too stinky, you can forgo the pail by filling an empty wipes dispenser with grocery store bags.