I have to admit I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time lately reading ‘hacks’: tips or tricks to make life easier (or at least more fun).
I know my husband has LOVED hearing how to pull out a sliver using baking soda, use bread clips to organize power cords, and how to microwave leftovers for even heat distribution.
But what’s missing from the web? Hacks to help us help our fussy babies with eating, sleeping, crying and all the other fun stuff we get to deal with on a daily basis.
Some of these hacks are geared towards newborns, others to slightly older kids. But hopefully you’ll find a few parenting hacks below that will make your life a little simpler, no matter your child’s age!
Hack: Put a little bit of apple sauce in the middle of a cloth, roll it up, and freeze it. Let baby suck to her heart’s content!
Hack: Baby/toddler sleep requirement chart (based on Weissbluth’s Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child).
Source: Baby Center
Hack: Put sprinkles on pretty much everything!
Source: Joyful Abode
Source: Mommy Outside the Box
Source: Lovely Little Snippets
Hack: Try baby accupressure!
Hack: The Molar Muncher soothes the entire gum line at one time.
Hack: Step-by-step swaddling instructions.
Source: DIY Father
Hack: A children’s alarm clock: When the moon’s out, don’t get out of bed!
Hack: That’s what lap neck onesies and tee’s are for! Pull the onesie off by bringing the neck down around the shoulders, instead of pulling the shirt over baby’s head.
Hack: Try ‘The Pause’, a technique frequently used by parents in France. Rather than responding immediately to baby’s cry, give her a moment to see if she can settle back to sleep on her own (or to see if she’s even perhaps just whimpering in her sleep).
Source: Dirty Diaper Chic
Hack: Get the Baby Monitor app for your smartphone. Will even send you a text message or phone call when your little one wakes!
Source: Baby Monitor App on Google Play
Hack: Freeze the nipple of a pacifier in an ice-cube tray filled with formula, breastmilk or water to make a ‘momsicle’.
Directions at Mother 2 Mother
1. Clean up the worst of the mess
2. Make a paste of baking soda and water
3. Spread generously on stain
4. Allow to dry overnight
5. Vacuum it up!
Hack: User a baby shower cap.
What do you think? Are you going to implement any of these hacks?
20 Genius Baby Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler
The Fussy Baby Site Goes to Facebook HQ!
How to Raise a Dragon Baby
Stop Crying, Calm Down, and Other Things We Tell Our High Need Kids
How to Distract a High Need Baby or Toddler