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15 life hacks mums can’t live without

15 mum hacks you won't be able to live without

Being a mum isn’t easy, whether it’s the sleepless nights, encouraging your kids to eat new foods or the bottomless pockets of cash you need.

Follow these 15 top mum hacks to make life a little cheaper and a lot more fun.

1. Always carry baby wipes

Even when your kids are no longer babies, always throw a small pack of wipes in your bag. They’re great for wiping messy faces, giving hands a quick clean and cooling overheated kids down.

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2. Freeze yoghurts and soft pouch drinks

If you’re off on a family picnic, freeze squeezy yoghurts and soft pouch drinks and use them as ice blocks. They weigh a lot less and by the time you eat will be defrosted enough to enjoy. Perfect for using in school pack lunches during the summer too.

3. Use a dish drainer to store notebooks and colouring books

Ever wondered what to use that redundant dish drainer for? The plate section will keep colouring and note books in perfect order and the cutlery holder is ideal for felt tips, pens and pencils.

4. Microwave two bowls at a time

If you need to microwave two bowls at a time, put one on a glass jar or mug. That means you have one low and one high and two bowls of food ready at the same time.

5. Cover plug sockets with plasters

If you need to childproof your sockets, trying putting a plaster over the pin holes. Little fingers won’t be able to get in.

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6. Use outdoor paddling pool as indoor ball pit

Make use of you paddling pool all year round and bring it indoors over the winter. You can use it as a fun ball pit, or a play pen filled with stacks of toys.

7. Add a sticky hook to the back of your high chair to store bibs

You can never find a bib when you need one, so attach a sticky hook to the back of your high chair and hang them on there.

8. Use cookies cutters as door lockers

If you’re fed up of having your cupboards emptied by your children, put cookie cutters over the handles to stop them getting in.

9. Use an over the door shoe holder to store baby must haves

If you have stacks of stuff in your nursery and not enough room to store it, try using an over the door shoe holder. You can pop in nappies, wipes, nappy sacks and ointments – in fact anything you use frequently and need close to hand.

10. Make slippers slip proof

If your tot slips over every time they put their slippers on, try putting glue on the bottom. Let it dry first and then let your little one have a wander. The bumpy glue makes them non-slip.

11. Recycle your cot into a kiddie-sized table

When your children have outgrown their cot, turn it into a kiddie sized table. Remove the moveable side, take out the mattress, add a couple or chairs and you have a table.

12. Turn a DVD case into a pencil case

An empty DVD case is great for storing pencils and pencil crayons – you may even be able to get in a notebook too. Perfect for long car journeys.

13. Cut up food with a pizza cutter

If you need to cut food up into bite sized pieces use a pizza cutter rather than a knife.

14. Use a swimming noodle to stop your little one rolling out of bed

Try putting a noodle under a fitted sheet – it acts as a barrier to stop your little one rolling out of bed.

15. Make-up wipes will clean anything

Toothpaste stains, grass stains, face paint will all come clean courtesy of a make-up wipe. They’re also great for cleaning shoes if you don’t have time to polish them.

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