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19 Tips And Hacks About New Babies From Real Parents Who Have Been Through It

When you're THIS tired, every little tip helps.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share the hack or tip new parents absolutely need to know, and the results were filled with some pretty, pretty good advice:

1. "For teething babies, fill the nipple of a pacifier with water and freeze it. Then, when your baby starts crying, give them the pacifier — it will soothe their gums. I did this for all of my children and it was a lifesaver. Refill as needed and freeze!"


3. "Get some scrubs! The extra pockets will make it easier to carry things that you or your baby need, and they're usually treated with something to keep fluids from leaking through."

4. "Avoid onesies with button snaps. Instead, get the ones with zippers." / Via Creative Commons

"Button snaps will be the death of you. The baby will need to be changed at 3 am, and trying to button the snaps in low light is hard. Then you'll do the snaps wrong a bunch of times and have to turn the light on — and that will wake the baby fully and you'll both cry for like an hour." —katlady122193

5. If your baby can only fall asleep to your voice (of you singing or talking), record your voice onto a CD or your phone and connect to a speaker!

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"This helps so much when you have to sing the same song over and over and your voice gets tired." —kristytish


6. "Have a diaper genie for poopy diapers and a separate garbage can for wet ones. Babies have way more wet diapers than poopy ones, and the diaper genie will get full real quick if you're using it for both."


14. "If baby needs medication, take a nipple off of a bottle, add the medication into the nipple, and put it in the baby's mouth. The baby will suck the nipple and get the meds mess free. Way better than squirting a syringe in their mouth."

15. "Invest in a Rock 'n Play!"

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"My daughter had some pretty bad reflux and hated sleeping flat on her back, so the pediatrician suggested putting her at a slight incline. A friend gave us her old Rock 'n Play and it's been a life saver! She sleeps at least an additional hour at night and it vibrates which helps her back to sleep quickly." —giannaw46bbc5340

Get it on Amazon for $57.60.


18. "Put Aquaphor on your baby's bum after each diaper change! That way, if they have an acidy poop, there's a barrier between the skin and the poo — decreasing the likelihood that your baby gets diaper rash."

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"It also helps you clean off the bum with a wipe — just a few quick swipes and you're done." —meierjordan123

Get it on Amazon for $9.89.

19. "Trust your instincts. You probably know a lot more than you realize."


"I didn't always listen to myself — often second guessing if what I was doing was right — and I probably drove myself even further into the postpartum depression I was already dealing with. Do not google everything. If it seems right to you, and your baby is happy and healthy, you're probably doing OK." —jodis4d616cdd9

Some answers have been condensed for length and clarity.