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17 Genius Parenting Hacks You Won't Know How You Lived Without

Straight from the archives of parent hack expert Asha Dornfest.

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Asha Dornfest has long been known as a master of parent hacks, and now she's released a book — Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life With Kids.

To celebrate the book's release, Asha has shared some of her favorite hacks with BuzzFeed:

1. "Organize drawing supplies with a dish drainer."

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS?!
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WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS?!

2. "Turn a bookshelf into a hanging wardrobe."

Dornfest suggests simply pulling a shelf out and popping in a closet rod for an instant wardrobe.
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Dornfest suggests simply pulling a shelf out and popping in a closet rod for an instant wardrobe.

3. "Help your kid climb into bed with a cookie sheet step."

Kiddo not quite tall enough to climb into bed on their own? Wedge a cookie sheet under the mattress leaving only about four inches exposed. Voila! A stair!
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Kiddo not quite tall enough to climb into bed on their own? Wedge a cookie sheet under the mattress leaving only about four inches exposed. Voila! A stair!

4. "Trick the public restroom flush sensor by covering it with toilet paper."

You know, in case the sound makes your kid scream with terror every time like it does my kid.
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You know, in case the sound makes your kid scream with terror every time like it does my kid.

5. "Press small clothes with a flatiron."

What better way to keep tiny shirts and suits freshly pressed?
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What better way to keep tiny shirts and suits freshly pressed?

6. "Trim kids' bangs with nose-hair scissors."

Safer, plus cutting with tiny scissors is way more fun.
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Safer, plus cutting with tiny scissors is way more fun.

7. "Put the ketchup under the hot dog."

Waaaaaaaay less mess.
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Waaaaaaaay less mess.

8. "Flatten the toilet paper roll to slow its rotation."

Great for stopping your kid from overzealous paper-pulling.
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Great for stopping your kid from overzealous paper-pulling.

9. "Expand the waistband of your pre-pregnancy jeans with a ponytail holder."

This also works if you're just pregnant with a food baby.
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This also works if you're just pregnant with a food baby.

10. "Freeze a sanitary pad to help heal after childbirth."

Squeezing something the size of a watermelon out of something the size of a lemon can leave you a little sore, if you know what I mean. (You do, it's awful.) This hack will make any new mom more comfortable.
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Squeezing something the size of a watermelon out of something the size of a lemon can leave you a little sore, if you know what I mean. (You do, it's awful.) This hack will make any new mom more comfortable.

11. "Reuse a peri bottle as a diaper sprayer."

If you're in the cloth diapering game, this one's an on-the-go lifesaver.
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If you're in the cloth diapering game, this one's an on-the-go lifesaver.

12. "Put socks over footie pajamas to keep feet in place."

Just...genius.
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Just...genius.

13. "Replace shoelaces with elastic to turn lace-up shoes into slip-ons."

Because waiting for a kid to tie their shoes can make the difference between being on time and missing an entire event.
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Because waiting for a kid to tie their shoes can make the difference between being on time and missing an entire event.

14. "Sort breast-milk bottles in six-pack cartons."

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
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Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

15. "Use a bottle nipple to dispense medication."

This is so much easier than trying to get a baby to drink from a tiny cup.
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This is so much easier than trying to get a baby to drink from a tiny cup.

16. "Contain dirty tissues with a tissue box trash can."

It's like a jail for germs!
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It's like a jail for germs!

17. "Slide wooden puzzles into panty hose to keep the pieces in place."

Hot damn, that's clever. Never lose another letter.
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Hot damn, that's clever. Never lose another letter.

Want to learn 117 more genius hacks like these? You're gonna have to buy the book, available now. ;)

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