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33 All-Time Best Parenting Hacks Every Parent Should Know

These are the hacks that belong in the Parenting Hall of Fame.

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1. Stick a command hook on the back of a high chair to hang bibs.

Never frantically search for a bib again! According to Pinterest, this was the most pinned parent hack of 2015.

2. Use the envelope folds on a onesie for their intended purpose — to allow you to pull a onesie DOWN off your poopy baby instead of over their head and making a huge mess.


This is way better than getting poop in your baby’s hair, don’t you think? See a video demonstrating this hack here.

3. Stick a cupcake liner on a popsicle stick to keep it from dripping everywhere.

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This classic hack would definitely be a first-ballot inductee into the Parenting Hack Hall of Fame (if there were such a thing).

4. Put a marshmallow at the bottom of an ice cream cone to stop it from dripping. / Via Creative Commons

You'll love the lack of a mess; your kids will love the marshmallow.

5. Cut a sticker down the middle, then put one half inside each of your kid's shoes. This way they'll always know which shoe goes on which foot.

This popular parenting hack will definitely help you get out the door faster. Via One Creative Housewife.

6. Keep your candy safe from your kids by stashing it inside a healthy snack’s empty packaging.

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Sorry, kids. Via pishposhbabydotcom.

7. If your toddler won't stop taking off their diaper, try putting their onesie on backward.

You'll need to cut off the onesie's footies, of course. Via Greta Cheney.

8. Wash baby socks together 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.

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

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10. Raise the triangles on the sides of a juice box to make it easier for little kids to lift.

11. If your kid is afraid of monsters at night, make some "monster spray" to spray in their room before bed.

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The spray is really just inexpensive lavender body spray, but it will put your kid's mind at ease — and make the room smell good!

12. Make cutting pancakes into toddler-sized bites a snap with a pizza cutter.

You can use this hack on other food, too, like pizza. Via Cook and Craft Me Crazy.

13. Freeze yogurt to make ice pops your kid will love.

Dessert doesn't get any easier than this. Via Annily Green.

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

Most diapers have a yellow line in the front that turns blue when your baby is wet. Via C.R.A.F.T.

15. To cut your baby's nails without the stress, wait until they've been asleep for 20 minutes.

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

16. Stop a public restroom flush sensor from suddenly flushing and scaring your kid by covering it with toilet paper or a Post-it note.


This lifesaver comes via Parent Hacks.

17. Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your diaper bag.

At some point your baby will spit up on you in public (perhaps epically). When they do, you'll be very glad to have an extra shirt.

18. Put a frozen sponge (in a ziplock bag) in your kid's lunch to keep it cold.


Another classic. Via 1crazyhousetips.

19. Use two plates and a serrated knife to cut a dozen grapes in half in mere seconds.

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This Hall of Fame–worthy parenting hack made a big splash on social media a couple years ago.

20. Stop your kid from using too much toilet paper by putting up a “You Shall Not Pass” sign.

21. Cut down on messes by putting the ketchup under your kid's hotdog.

22. Put plastic wrap over the top of a cup to seriously cut down on spills.

When there are no sippy cups around, this will do.

23. Use a lint roller to quickly pick up glitter.

24. Put your toddler in a laundry basket during bath time so their toys don't float out of reach.

25. An Altoid container is the perfect way to store crayons in your purse.

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Your days of getting stuck at a restaurant without crayons — or having to dig around the bottom of your purse for a few sad, broken ones — are over. Via Naturally Blessed Mama.

26. Hang a shoe organizer over the back of your seat so the stuff your kid will need is always within reach.

This old-school hack is the hack that keeps on giving.

27. Freeze a CapriSun for six hours to turn it into a seriously kid-approved slushy.

Once it's ready, you just cut off the top and serve with a spoon. Via Girl. Inspired.

28. Keep pacifiers clean in your bag by putting them in soufflé/portion cups.

The perfect excuse to make another trip to Baja Fresh.

29. Use a straw to easily remove the stem from a strawberry.

Straw + berry = kid-friendly strawberry.

30. To detangle doll hair, fill a small spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of fabric softener and water.

And then tell your kid, "See? She looks fine now. You don't need a new one."

31. Stop your kid from squirting out too much soap by adding a rubber band to the head of the dispenser's pump.

32. Turn an old lotion bottle into a faucet extender so the little ones can reach.

This hack is an oldie but goldie. Works like a charm!

33. And lastly, keep birthday cake from going stale with white bread and toothpicks.