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25 Parenting Hacks On Instagram That Are Borderline Genius

There's a lot more on Instagram than just selfies.

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1. Cut watermelon into sticks to make them easier for little kids to eat.

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2. Keep your kid patient while waiting for the doctor by letting them draw on the exam table paper.

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3. Use a healthy snack's empty packaging to hide your stash of candy.

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Sorry, kids. Via pishposhbabydotcom.

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4. Use a grabber to make handing snacks (and more) to your kids a whole lot easier.

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5. Attach a clip to the end of your kid's bubble wand to keep it from falling into the container.

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And to keep from having to repeatedly fish it out. Via laylahaggerty.

6. Stay in shape by planking while reading your child a story.

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Via natashagsm.

7. Missing things you need? Set your kid loose on a scavenger hunt to find them.

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Now this is how you find your lost sunglasses. Via ruby1508.

8. Pool noodles make a surprisingly effective way to babyproof a coffee table — especially in a pinch.

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Via coriathome.

9. Make a pretty terrific diaper caddy out of a wine carrier.

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10. Wash your baby's socks in a laundry bag so you never lose another one again.

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Where do all of those socks disappear to? Via momhacks4everyday.

11. Keep your toddler busy by letting him "paint" the fence with water.

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A perfect, mess-free summer activity. Via parenthacks.

12. Use an empty wipes container to store travel snacks for your kids.

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It's the ideal size for kids' hands — and you can even keep food cold by putting a reusable ice pack at the bottom. Via practicalparentingideas.

13. Make keeping track of your kid’s dosages easy by writing a chart on the side of the medicine bottle.

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14. Slice an onion in a fraction of the time by using an apple cutter.

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Once you've used it you'll only have a little more slicing to do. Via loanesay.

15. Attach a wooden spoon to a play mat to help with teething.

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16. Save money by putting character stickers on generic party cups instead of buying pricey themed cups.

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Via momoni2x.

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17. Keep toddlers entertained on a flight by letting them play with gel clings on the window.

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18. Upcycle unused Lego bricks into an impressive bathroom organizer.

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19. Use coffee filters as no-stress "snack bowls" for your kids.

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Not only are they the perfect portion size for kids, but you don't have to wash them! Via narrdog.

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20. Use dollar-store bins to make a snack station.

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Hear your kids whine "I'M HUNGRY!" a little bit less often. Via princessandthepbaby.

21. Make eating healthy snacks fun by putting them in an ice cube tray.

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Toddlers love getting to pick and choose what to eat next. Via the_not_so_perfect_mom_of_6.

22. Put a command hook on the back of a high chair to hang bibs.

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No more desperately searching for a bib right when you're about to eat. Via melissasabra.

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23. Use shopping cart restraints to stop your toddler from dropping their sippy cup onto the floor.

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24. Have a kid who refuses to take their medicine? Dip a lollipop into the medicine, then let them suck it. Repeat until all is gone.

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When they finish they can have the rest of the lollipop as a reward. Via billygoatbabygear.

25. And if you end up at the supermarket with a suddenly sleepy kid, you can use a pack of toilet paper as an on-the-fly pillow.

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Beats carrying your kid around — or listening to them whine — the whole time you're there. Via concretewavesurfer.

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