We all know that a mum's work is NEVER done.
We wipe dirty surfaces, snotty noses and our own weary eyes more times than we Whatsapp our friends. We regularly introduce potty training games in desperate bid to stop ourselves going er, POTTY and are forever carrying enough muslin clothes in our rucksack to start up a side business - if we ever had time to sit down!
With that in mind, we always welcome a parenting hack or two that will make our life a whole lot easier.
Here are 21 parenting hacks that might just save you some time...(you'll wish you'd known these years ago!)
It’s always handy to have a pack of eco-friendly wet wipes on you for wiping messy faces and hands or cooling overheated kids down.
1. Always carry eco-friendly wet wipes
Freeze squeezy yoghurts and soft pouch drinks and use them as ice blocks. They’re perfect for keeping food cool to take on a picnic and by the time you eat them they should be defrosted enough to enjoy. They’re also ideal for using in school pack lunches during the summer.
2. Freeze yoghurts and soft pouch drinks
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.
3. Make slippers slip proof
4. 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.
If you need to microwave two bowls at a time, put one in 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. Microwave two bowls at a time
If you need to childproof your sockets, try putting a plaster over the pin holes, this will stop little fingers getting in.
6. Cover plug sockets with plasters
If you need to cut food up into bite sized pieces, use a pizza cutter rather than a knife.
7. Cut up food with a pizza cutter
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.
8. Use a dish drainer to store notebooks and colouring books
An empty DVD case is great for storing pencils and crayons – you may even be able to get in a notebook too. Perfect for long car journeys.
9. Turn a DVD case into a pencil case
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. Use an over the door shoe holder to store baby must haves
Toothpaste stains, grass stains, face paint will all come clean courtesy of a make-up wipe, they’re also great for polishing shoes.
11. Make up wipes will clean anything
Make use of your 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 toys.
12. Use outdoor paddling pool as indoor ball pit
If you’re fed up of having your cupboards emptied by your children, put cookie cutters over the handles to stop them getting in.
If you can never find a bib when you need one, attach a sticky hook to the back of your high chair and hang them on there.
14. Add a sticky hook to the back of your high chair to store bibs
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 of chairs and you have a table for tea parties.
15. Recycle cots into a kiddie sized table
Lint rollers are perfect for picking up glitter or any other fiddly bits that might make a mess when you do crafts with the kids!
17. Add a lint roller to your craft cupboard
If your children are scared of monsters, especially when they go to bed, use the bottle from old cleaning products to create some monster spray that can be used to get rid of anything scary!
18. Make some monster spray
If you sit your child in a laundry basket during bath time then their toys won't float away from them.
19. Use a laundry basket at bathtime
If you put your lollipop stick through a cupcake paper, you will stop the drips falling on their clothes when they eat them
20. Use cupcake papers when having ice lollies
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