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    21 Little Parenting Hacks That'll Make Everything Easier

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    1. Use a shower caddy to easily organize baby bottles.

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    Use a Command hook to hang it on the wall or the side of the fridge. You can even store pacifiers or teething toys on the bottom hooks.

    Get a similar shower caddy from Amazon for $19.95 (available in six colors).

    2. Place tape over toy speakers to lower the volume.

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    3. This little wiggle trick can make a fussy baby stop crying in about 10 seconds.

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    Seems too good to be true — but this actually worked like a charm when my kid was little!

    4. Use Post-its to stop automatic flushers if they scare your kid.

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    Toilet paper draped over the sensor works too.

    5. Wash tiny socks in a mesh bag so you'll never lose one again.

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    Just as useful for adult socks, TBH.

    Get a set of two mesh laundry bags on Amazon for $7.49+ (available in two sizes and in sets of three and four).

    6. In a pinch, child-proof cabinets with a hair-tie.

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    Good to go.

    7. Or baby-proof electrical outlets with Band-Aids.

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    Temporary fix until you can get some of these plug protectors, available in a pack of 36 for $3.49.

    8. A quick and free way to keep a toddler busy for a bit? Use tape to stage a parade or map out a road.

    9. Or try the sticker variation.

    10. Glue holes in bath toys to keep them from getting moldy.

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    Yeah, it's pretty gross in there.

    11. Keep kiddie plates in order by storing them in a dish rack.

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    Compact racks can tuck right into cabinets or drawers. No more messy stacks! Read more here.

    Get a similar dish rack from Amazon for $14.98.

    12. Dish racks can also double as art supply organizers.

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    Find even more tips here.

    13. Buy toddler birthday gifts in bulk to save time and money.

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    From the Forever35 Parents Facebook group: Try doing a "Gift of the Year" — like a book or activity set. Buy that, plus bulk gift bags, tissue paper, and cards. Keep everything gender-neutral so it works for all your kid's friends, and buy around Black Friday for extra storewide discounts.

    14. Avoid a drippy mess by cutting watermelon into sticks instead of slices.

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    Fewer drips, less waste, and much easier for tiny hands to pick up and eat.

    15. Upcycle empty wipes containers into snack boxes for the car.

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    You could even tuck an ice pack in there.

    16. Use the envelope folds on a onesie for their intended purpose: to allow you to pull a onesie *down* off a poopy baby.

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    Instead of (often disastrously) up over their head. 🙈

    Read more: New Parents Absolutely Need To Know This Onesie Hack

    17. An empty Altoids container doubles as perfect on-the-go crayon storage.

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    No meltdowns when the restaurant is inevitably out of crayons.

    18. Avoid the dreaded squeeze-and-spill by lifting the flaps on the sides of a juice box.

    I was today years old when I found out the sides of juice boxes are for kids to hold it so they don’t squeeze out the juice

    19. Use white noise to get your baby to sleep.

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    Spotify has a bunch of white noise playlists worth trying if you don't have a white noise machine. (Or, build your own playlist and control the length!)

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

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    Moment of silence for all the bubble wands we've lost.

    21. Puppy pads can work as mattress protectors in a pinch.

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    Double up!

    Get a pack of 25 heavy-duty XL pads from Amazon for $14.49.

    Last thing? Two words: ZIPPERED. 👏PAJAMAS. 👏

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    Less hack, more essential advice — but still!