Parenting, as wonderful as it can be, is also a demanding experience that can leave even the most hardworking and caring person frustrated at times. It entails sleepless nights, undivided attention among many other things. We understand all these struggles, and that is why we have compiled a list of ways that parents, especially new ones, can use and enjoy while reducing the stress that comes with parenting. These hacks are simple, effective and fun to practice.
1. Underwater Lights
If your child is always reluctant to get in the tub when it’s bath time, this hack is for you. Simply put glow sticks inside the tub and watch as excitement trumps his dislike for bath.
It is more fun and definitely one to remember.
2. The Portrait Stage
We all love photos and the memories they portray, taking a portrait of your baby may, however not be as easy.
But there is a way around it; all you have to do is become the baby platform. The baby will feel calmer while the photographer does his work, and you'll have another fun story to share when your baby grows up
3. A Sticker For His Shoes
How many times have you seen a child wearing the left shoe on the right foot and vice versa? Definitely one time too many. You probably did it as a child too. There is a simple way you can prevent your child from making the same mistake.
Cut a sticker into two equal parts and stick each part in his shoes. It will help him know which foot to put into which shoes and you’ll save yourself some precious time.
4. Fights-Free Ride
Kids fight, and sometimes there is nothing an adult can do about it. But when it comes to back-seat fighting which is usually over how much space one child occupies compared to his siblings, there is something you can do.
All you need is cardboard or form dividers to partition the seats for each child, while this may not earn you a Nobel Peace Prize, you will have a peaceful and quiet driving.
5. Lost But Found Tattoos
This hack is a hilarious but also a genius idea to avoid the troubles of missing a child. All you have to do is stamp your children with temporary tattoos which contains your phone number when going out or to a public place.
The tattoo should be in an obvious place like the wrist or forehead. That way, somebody can reach you if they get lost.
6. A Pack Of Frozen Marshmallows
Use frozen marshmallows as icepacks instead of the regular ice pack.
It is softer and less cold and thus will not be too harsh for your kid’s skin. It tastes better too.
7. Baby Eye Protector
Babies are very fragile, and unlike adults, their reflex isn’t sharp enough to prevent certain things, that is why this cute shower cap is the best.
With it, you can prevent water from getting into your baby’s eyes during his bath.
8. A Canopy of Sheet
It is possible for your child can play outdoors without getting a sunburn.
All you need is to fit a sheet over his cot, and he is perfectly shaded while enjoying the warmth
9. Scavenger Hunt
Are you someone that is always misplacing stuff like keys, sunglasses, cards, etc. around the house and then spend hours searching for it?
Next time, you don’t have to do the search alone. Turn into a game for the children where the person who finds the missing object gets a prize. And just like that, your problem is solved.
10. Save The Toilet Paper
Everything is fun for kids, and playing with toilet paper is super fun.
To prevent your kid wasting the paper, you can fix a “you shall not pass” sign on the wall to signify how much paper they can use.
11. Hidden In Plain Sight
The trick of hiding in plain sight is as old as the hills; it works perfectly when the goal is to prevent those snooping around from finding the goods.
Kids like sweet things and vegetable is definitely not one of those. When you hide candies inside a vegetable bag, you can be sure it is safe. You only have to worry that it might be too safe as you could forget you hid the candy when you really need it.
12. Popsicles Made From Gummy Bears
You can treat your child to a sumptuous feast by freezing soda into a popsicle and adding gummy bears and sugar to it.
It is a treat they won’t forget in a hurry.
13. An Information Board For The Babysitter
You can create a reusable form for nights when you need a babysitter.
All you need is a laminated paper or picture frame, and you can input all the information that your babysitter will need to do her job without disturbing you on your date night.
14. Park Well
In the spirit of fun, you can create a garage for your child to park his Hot Wheels cars away.
All you need is PVC pipes and convincing the kid to use the parking garage; that way, you can avoid stepping on toy cars every time you walk around the house.
15. Instead Of Painting On The Wall
Children like to write and draw, and the wall presents a perfect surface for both.
You can prevent your child from using the wall for his drawing and writing by fixing a scroll of artist’s paper on the wall there creating an endless canvas for your kids.
16. Hamper For A Bathtub
We all know how annoying it is when toys float out of arms reach in a bathtub.
This hack prevents such from happening at all, with a hamper, you can keep all the toys close to you in the tub.
17. Chart the Dosage
Keeping track of medicine doses can be very complicated, especially when you are not the one taking the medicine.
You can simplify it for yourself by drawing a chart on the bottle itself and with that, you can won’t have to wonder if you missed a dosage.
18. Keep The Doors Unlocked
Your child wants his privacy, but you don't think he is old enough for it yet, you don't need to remove the door.
You can prevent doors from locking without your consent by using rubber bands.
19. A Case For Your Lollipop
Remember the plastic egg from the vending machine toy; it can be converted into a case for keeping unfinished lollipop.
This hack is economical as your child can always go back to finish the lollipop instead of throwing it away or messing up the floor with it.
20. Gloved Hand
Babies love the comfort of the physical touch, and at times, you may not be there to provide it for them. You don’t need to worry yourself too much; this hack provides a way out.
All you need is to fill a glove with beans and sew the mouth, place it on the baby like a hand, and you are good to go.
21. The Exercise Ball
This provides the perfect physical activity for your kid.
He can sit on it while doing his homework and can as well bounce around on it. Either way, it keeps your child occupied.
22. Fun Toothpaste Toppers
Is there a better way to encourage your child to brush his teeth than this? We don't think so.
With these pet toothpaste toppers, your child will be able to have fun in the simple act of brushing and you can trust kids; once there is fun, a child is ready for it.
23. Prevent Drip
To prevent your kid dripping popsicles all over themselves, use a coffee lid.
Spilling your own coffee because there is no lid is a small price to pay for keeping your kid clean.
24. Protect With Pool Noodle
With pool noodles, you can prevent harmful injuries from happening to your child.
Every sharp corner or piece of metal can be avoided with this product.
25. Protect the Fingers
If you've ever slammed the door against your own finger, then you truly know pain. You can protect your child from feeling the same pain by attaching pool noodle to the door.
This foamy product cushions the force of the slam and saves your kids fingers.
26. Tape Down The Edges
This is a nice hack for baby proofing your home, by using Velcro to tightly tape the edges of your rug to the floor; you can avoid your child tripping on those edges and all the cries that come with such fall.
Plus, this hack can work for clumsy adults as well. No one is too old to trip.
Imaginations can be very wild for a child, from witches on broomsticks and monsters in the closets haunting the room at night.
This hack is all you need to build up your child courage, fill a spray can with water and label it to show its potency, anytime your child thinks she sees a monster; the spray can is what she will go for.
28. Recycle the Crib
Your child’s crib can be more than a bed space.
You can convert it into a chalkboard desk once they grow out of it and they can continue to use it other fun stuff while growing up.
29. Slide Down The Stairs
You’ve seen it in the movies; you can do it too. You can create a makeshift slide with your staircase using cardboard boxes to create a smooth slope.
For safety, put blankets and pillow at the bottom to cushion your slide.
30. Gender Neutral Toys
Instead of fitting your kids into the social construct with the kind of toys you get them, why not buy all kinds of toys regardless of what gender it represents.
That way, your girl and boy can play with both Barbie Dolls and Hot Wheels. Remember, the most important thing is having fun.
31. Class Of…?
This is an adorable hack to show how much you love your child. Make an adult-sized shirt with your child high school graduation year on it and watch them grow into the shirt.
Take their picture in the shirt every year till they graduate.
32. Sticky Socks
Are you worried about your child slipping on hardwood and bruising himself, then you should stop worrying and get fabric paints.
You can use the paint to make beautiful designs on the socks and also make the socks sticky and less slippery.
33. Let The Kid Play
Kids want to join in your fun; they can't stand being left out of activities, and this can be an adorable nuisance when you're trying to pass a difficult level in a game.
Instead of telling them off, give your kid an unplugged gamepad and let him press the pads thinking he is playing.
34. Build a Colouring Case
Create a homemade coloring kit for your child using the DVD Case.
All you need is to make a paper pocket for colored pencils and put a paper pad on the side, and you have your art kit.