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31 Incredibly Helpful Tips And Hacks For A New Baby

When you're this exhausted every little bit helps.

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

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Most diapers have a yellow line in the front that turns blue when your baby is wet. Find this and 14 other new baby tips here.

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

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If the pacifier falls out of your baby's mouth, the blue guard will snap closed before it hits the ground. Get one here for $4.49.

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

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That's actually the purpose of the envelope folds indicated above — to allow you to pull the onesie down off your baby. Sure beats getting poop in your baby's hair, right? Learn more here.

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

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Every baby is different, so yours might not respond the same way to this tissue hack. If not, try gently massaging your baby's scalp, forehead, and belly.

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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.

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Simply bag up each stinky diaper and dispose of it outside or down the trash chute. Learn more about this hack here.

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

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Just spread the paste on the rash and close your baby's diaper. You should see an improvement quickly. (Of course, you'll want to check with your pediatrician first before trying this.)

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.

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If your kid's name is, say, Betsy Jonesville, you should snatch up BetsyJonesville@gmail, @BetsyJonesville on Twitter, and so on. Otherwise, your kid will be stuck with something unwieldy like BetsyJonesville14352@gmail in 15 years.

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

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Your baby will be in a deep sleep, and you will be able to trim their nails without any squirming.

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

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At some point you will forget to pack diapers before you leave the house, but if you've taken this precaution you'll be able to survive the gaffe.

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

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Most parents know they need to bring a change of clothes for the baby, but you'll need an extra shirt for yourself, too, in case your baby spits up on you or worse.

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