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31 Incredibly Helpful Tips And Hacks For A New Baby

When you're this exhausted every little bit helps.

1. Find out if your baby is wet or poopy — without opening their diaper — by checking their diaper's color line.

2. Make a batch of "magic laundry cleaner" to get even the nastiest stains out of baby clothes.

3. Put a command hook on the back of your baby's high chair so you're never stuck frantically searching for a bib.

4. Keep from losing tiny baby socks by washing them in a mesh laundry bag.

5. Use a crib sheet to protect an outdoor baby from bug bites and too much sun.

6. Keep pacifiers clean on-the-go by storing them in souffle cups.

7. You can also make sure your baby always has a clean pacifier by buying one that self-closes.

8. Use baking soda, soap, and hot water to make cleaning baby bottles a snap.

9. Keep your baby content when babywearing by attaching toys and pacifiers to your sling.

10. Get the best possible photos of your new baby in the hospital by adjusting camera speed and taking advantage of natural light.

11. Use "the secret swaddle" to get even the most sleep-resistant baby to sleep.

12. Avoid a huge mess during a blowout diaper situation by pulling the onesie DOWN off your baby instead of over their head.

13. Re-purpose an empty foaming soap dispenser into a DIY foaming baby wash.

14. Keep track of your baby's doses by writing a chart on the side of the medicine bottle.

15. Use a makeup brush to "paint on" diaper cream so you don't get the sticky stuff on your hands.

You can also order this diaper cream applicator that likely works better than a makeup brush.

16. Gently stroke your baby's face with a tissue to get them to sleep in less than 40 seconds.

17. Darkening curtains are also a terrific help for putting a baby to sleep — and keeping them asleep.

18. A white noise machine can also help a new baby sleep.

19. Make "Mother's milk pacifiers" to soothe teething pain and give your baby sustenance at the same time.

20. Save water, time, and money by getting a BabyDam for your baby's bath time.

21. Vacuum seal diapers to make them more portable.

22. If you live in small quarters where even an odor-free diaper pail is too stinky, you can forgo the pail by filling an empty wipes dispenser with grocery store bags.

23. Relieve discomfort in your baby by massaging their feet.

24. Relieve gas by gently pushing your baby's knees toward their chest.

25. Make a portable diaper basket so you don't have to go to baby room every single time you need to change a diaper.

26. Cure diaper rash by making a paste out of Mylanta and baking soda.

27. You can lower the chances of your baby peeing on you by wiping a wet wipe across their belly just under the belly button before opening their diaper.

28. Reserve your baby's email and social media handles now.

29. The best time to cut your baby's nails is twenty minutes after they've fallen asleep.

30. Stash wipes and a few extra diapers in the back of your car so you can always change your baby in a pinch.

31. Don't forget to pack an extra shirt for yourself in your diaper bag.