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

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

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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."

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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