Parenting hacks will definitely help make your life easier, at the same time, it’s a way for you to be able to give your children an amazing childhood — as much as possible, without restrictions.
Being a parent is no easy task, but perhaps a lot of you will agree is we say that being one is the best and the most fulfilling job ever – especially for moms. You get to carry your child inside your womb for nine months, give birth, and watch him grow. The whole process is amazing, really.
However, once your child starts to be curious about the world, it’s when parenting becomes a little challenging. There are times when you just really exhausted you just want to lie down the whole day and do nothing – but of course, that is not even close to reality.
As we said earlier being a parent is not an easy job. How your kid will become relies on the kind of parenting you do.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “parents have the most influence in helping their children grow happy and learn to cope well in difficult life situations“. You see, a parent’s role in molding a child to become a good person when he grows up depends on the parents — the majority of it.
By now you probably feel the weight of being a parent.
But, hey! Being a parent is very fulfilling and very satisfying. Once you see your kid grow to be the kind of person we hope them to be, it’s like winning the lottery or even more!
Now, one of the things that we find effective in honing a child is not limiting what your child can do. As young as he is, let him explore and be curious about the world. Yes, it can be really tiring for us parents, but hey, that is the very purpose of why parenting hacks exist. This will help our lives a little easier without having to limit our kids from doing what they want to do or simply, without sacrificing the things that bring joy to your kids.
Having said that, here are a few parenting hacks that will surely make every parent’s life a breeze:
1. Inflatable pool as a playpen for your babies.
Most playpens are really expensive, and with your baby growing fast, for sure, it will only take a while before he won’t like being placed in a playpen. When that happens, that becomes money not totally well-spent.
So, instead of buying a playpen, if you have an inflatable pool at home, you better set that up, clean, and put your little darling in there to play all he wants.
2. A sturdy, cardboard box as a slide on the stairs.
Surely, you can buy a slide and set that up in your backyard and have your kids play in there. But there is a cheaper alternative to that!
It’s a simple yet equally fun idea. Plus the fact that your kids stay indoors, while you do other stuff at home. We bet your kids will love playing in their DIY indoor slide.
3. Make household chores into a game.
If you notice, kids and toddlers love being involved. When you do household chores, they will likely want to do that also. So, instead of stressing yourself having to keep asking your kid to behave and stay put in his playpen or elsewhere, why not get him involved in doing household chores instead?
Now, with the older kids, you can make doing chores a game to get excited and do it. A simple prize for winning the “game” will surely keep them doing it even without your prodding.
4. Get rid of the stuffy nose by doing natural methods.
Dealing with kids with a stuffy nose can get excruciating. So, make sure that as soon as you notice your child having a stuffy nose, you immediately address it by doing natural methods of getting rid of it.
Know more some hacks on the stuffy nose on checking out the following blogs posts:
- 5 Important Ways On How To Get Rid Of A Stuffy Nose Life Hacks
- How To Make A Baby Steam Bath To Unclog A Stuffy Nose
5. Get a baby stroller and walk in the park.
Do you feel like you are deprived of working out because you cannot leave the house without your baby? Well, let that not be a problem anymore. All you need to do is buy a baby stroller or a baby scooter, and head on to the nearest park!
Walking in the park with your baby in the strollers is a fun way to exercise, at the same time bond with your little one. This definitely saves time having to go to the gym, and definitely, a lot cheaper, too!
By the way, when buying a stroller, make sure you purchase something that will last. Check below blog post, which is a review we made on ZOE stroller:
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6. Keep things organized.
Organized? With kids? Yes! That is possible! In fact, being organized while you have babies and toddlers at home makes life so much easier. You just have to start and continue doing it. Otherwise, everything will always be a mess.
The best area to start organizing is your closet. Check below blog posts for ideas especially when you have small spaces:
- The Organize It All Closet Doubler Plus 5 Useful Tips In Closet Organizing
- Wall Hugger Recliners And Small Spaces Living Tips For You
- 3 Steps To Minimalism and Hygge (Plus The Right Hygge Pronunciation)
7. Ask your older kids to care for their baby brother or sister.
As early as you can, teach your kids to become responsible. This is not just so your life will become easier, but it is something that they will carry with them as they age.
To make your kid appreciate babysitting, you can start by introducing them to Sims Freeplay. It’s a mobile game that we found really helpful in teaching your kids being responsible.
We have a blog post on that. Check it out for you to have an idea what this game is all about:
8. Develop a daily routine.
Believe it or not, having a daily routine is one of the best parenting hacks for babies and toddlers ever! Developing a day-to-day routine helps give your child direction, which he will follow once he gets used to it.
A routine also helps you be organized in your day to day parenting life.
Know more about how to come up with a daily routine, in these blogs below:
- What You Need To Know About The Routine For 12 Week Old Breastfed Baby
- How To Create A Routine For 2 Month Old Breastfed Baby
- Your Guide To Crafting A 6 Month Old Routine Breastfed Baby
- Your Guide In Making A Routine For 8 Month Old Breastfed Baby
- Your Guide To Parenting And Making 3 Month Old Routine Baby Whisperer
- 7 Probable Reasons Why Baby Wakes Up At 5AM
- 9 Essential Tips In Creating Morning Routines For School
9. Encourage your kids to work during summer.
Speaking of responsibility, as parents, we need to teach our kids the value of money as early as possible. This way, as young as they are they get to appreciate what “hard-earned money” means.
So, instead of doing nothing during summer break, why not encourage them to make money! Of course, whatever they earn from it, let them use it in whatever they want to.
This is also what we consider as one of the best parenting hacks because while your kids are busy making money, you can do other stuff as well.
Here are some ideas on the different ways your kids can make money during school breaks:
- 11 Fun And Exciting Ways Of Earning Money As A Kid
- 7 Legit Online Jobs For Students That Pay Well
- 11 Ways For Kids To Make Money And A Few Reminders For The Parents
- 11 Jobs For College Students Online That Pay Well
- 9 Tested and Proven Easy Ways To Make Money As A Kid
- 13 Simple Yet Effective Ways On How To Raise Money For Kids
- 11 Ideal Work At Home Jobs For College Students
- 15 Clever Ways To Make Money As A Teen
10. Opt for a cloth diaper for your baby.
Apart from the fact that cloth diaper is not as harmful to your little one’s skin, and that it is good for the environment, choosing cloth diapers over disposable ones is also cheap.
By using cloth diapers, you get to save money for the baby’s other needs, or the family’s needs as a whole, which is great, right? We love saving money, anyway.
If you want to know more about cloth diapering, you may check these very useful blog posts:
- 7 Useful Tips On How To Clean Cloth Diapers With Poop
- Prepping Cloth Diapers: How To Do It Right
- How To Get Rid Of Ammonia Smell In Cloth Diapers
- How To Find The Perfect Baby Diapers For Newborn
11. Get rid of slime on your carpet using home stuff.
Getting rid of slime is one of the major headaches among parents. While seeing your kids play with it is a joy to the eye (needless to say, it allows us to do other stuff while they play), the problem is that it can stick to carpets and other parts of the house, and yeah, getting rid of it can be a little frustrating sometimes.
But, hey, there are ways to get all those slimes out of the carpet and elsewhere! You just have to find the right tools and methods.
If you want to know how to get slime out of your carpet, check this blog post:
12. DIY home decors with your kids.
Nothing beats doing things yourself, right? Apart from the fact that it’s cheaper, it’s also a good way to bond with your kids. This way, you get them involved, they learn something, at the same time, you get to make use of time wisely.
While there are a lot of things that you can DIY at home, one of the few is a DIY poo pourri and other home decors. If you want to have an idea on how to do such things, you may want to check the blog post below:
13. Cook meals with your kids.
Parenting does not always have to be tough. Instead of stressing yourself trying hard to make your kid behave, and all – which in reality is really hard because kids are supposed to be very active and curious especially during toddler years – why not create an instant bonding activity by involving him in preparing his food?
That is one of those parenting hacks wherein you get to hit two birds with one stone. You get to cook, at the same time, you don’t have to run around following your kid.
If you want some ideas on what to prepare for your little darlings, check these blog posts:
- 9 Certified Delicious, Healthy, and Nutritious Toddler Dinner Ideas
- Your Guide In Choosing Baby Led Weaning Foods
14. Give them enticing educational books.
Back in the days, children’s books easily bore kids. But today, there are different kinds of books intended for kids – making sure it captures the attention of the child – that comes with activities or are printed in such a way that kids will keep their eyes on it.
Reading is not just a way to entertain kids, but it should also be educational.
Having said that, here are some blog posts that talk about the different children’s book options there is today. Note that these books are specifically made on a per-age range basis, which means whatever your kid is reading or doing, that is ideal for his age.
- 13 Best Usborne Books for Toddlers
- 9 Things To Love About The Artifact Uprising Baby Book
- KiwiCo Vs Amazon STEM Vs Little Passports: The Right One For Your Child
15. Use a baby monitor app when away from home.
There are times when we need to go to the grocery store, or we need to do an urgent errand that we have to leave the baby behind — of course, in the care of a babysitter or a relative or family member.
It’s innate for us parents to feel worried, especially when we are talking about babies and toddlers. Thus, using a baby monitor app becomes essential. You can find downloadable baby monitor apps easily whether you are using Apple or Android phones.
16. Limit dispensing soap by twisting rubber bands around the nozzle.
Sometimes, kids or even we adults tend to push so hard that a lot of soap comes out and to be honest, it’s such a waste. We don’t need a lot of soap anyway to clean our hands.
It’s not just wasting the soap, but wasting the money as well. So, to avoid such an event from happening, twist rubbers bands around the pump nozzle instead. This way, even if the person accidentally pushes it hard, it won’t dispense a lot of soap, rather just enough amount because the rubber bands disable it to be pumped deeper.
17. Use a laundry basket to keep bath toys.
Laundry baskets are not just made to keep the laundry, but it can also be used to keep toys — especially bath toys.
When your baby is bathing, you can place the laundry basket in the tub, place your baby in there along with his toys. We bet your baby and the toys will stay in place. For sure, your little one will enjoy it!
18. Use old lotion or baby bath bottles (or any plastic bottles) as faucet extenders.
Turning old plastic bottles into faucet extenders is actually one of the amazing parenting hacks for toddlers. This way, you get to teach your kid how to wash his hands without you having to assist him.
This kind of activity teaches your kid to be independent. At the same time, it helps free up your time to get other things done.
It may sound and look so simple, but it teaches life lessons for your kid.
19. Use the dot method to identify your kids’ clothing.
Let’s face it, sometimes we cannot trust our memory. So, if you have like twins or more kids, to avoid confusion, we suggest you use the dot method.
It’s a very simple yet very effective and useful idea. You can use a dot for your first child, two dots for the second child, and so on and forth. We bet you, this makes organizing clothes in their respective closet so much easier.
Now, that’s all we have so far. There are more parenting hacks out there, but these are just some of what we have tried and we thought have worked so far.
Meanwhile, if you want to know more about parenting, you may want to check this blog post:
FINAL THOUGHTS ON PARENTING HACKS
What is your favorite parenting hacks so far? Or do you have your own parenting hack that you would want to share with us? Comment below! We’d love to know.