Being a parent is not easy. You’re suddenly responsible for a whole new life, watching out for their safety, happiness, and general well-being. It can often seem like your kid is working against you in every aspect of your job as a parent. Each time you turn around it may seem like they’re actively trying to bring harm upon their own little bodies. Sometimes all you can do is hope to find some genius parenting hacks to help you along the way.
Every little bit of help counts when it comes to parenting. Sometimes, cutting small corners here and there can even keep babies and small children safe in certain situations. These clever folks helped their children stay safe, happy, and even entertained with these 10 genius parenting hacks.
1. Laundry Basket Bathtub Helper
Use a laundry basket in the tub to keep toys from floating too far away, and your little one from trying to swim before he’s ready.
2. Bucket Toy Storage
Just a few cheap buckets and some zip ties make for a pretty genius toy-storage center.
3. No-Drip Popsicle Cover
No one likes sticky hands. In fact, I wouldn’t just use this for kids — I’d use it for myself too!
4. Impromptu Pacifier Containers
Pacifiers are constantly getting dropped in transit or thrown at the bottom of germ-ridden purses and diaper bags. Using small takeout containers will keep them nice and clean.
5. Safety Sticker
If you’re afraid your kid is going to run away, this genius idea will turn staying safe in a parking lot into a fun game. Simply have them stay attached to the handprint sticker on the back of your car.
6. Marshmallow Ice Pack
Putting marshmallows in the freezer to use as a cold pack is a good alternative for boo boos, because they are less searingly cold than ice packs. Plus, they’re soft and mushy like, well, marshmallows.
7. Lunch-Tray Highway
What a fun way to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies! I might need one of these for myself, too.
8. No-Spill Bubble Wands
Bubbles are great, and this is a good way to avoid the mess they usually leave behind. Strap the bottles to a post to avoid them spilling all over the patio or the kids’ clothes!
9. Old-Crib Crafting Corner
When your baby turns into a little boy or girl, you don’t want to throw the whole crib away. After all, it has sentimental value! Why not get a bit more use out of it by turning it into a fun craft corner?
10. Coloring Box
Some kids like to draw all over the walls, no matter how beautiful or freshly painted they are. To avoid this, put him or her in a tiny, disposable room to color to their heart’s content.