Published on December 18, 2017 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
If you’re struggling in the parenting trenches, you’ve come to the right place! I wish I’d had some of these when I was juggling twin toddlers and a preschooler because these are lifesavers. Here are 10 hacks we found on Pinterest for a parenting powerup!
Lots of cabinet locks require attachments that could ruin your cabinetry, but you must keep those cabinets shut for your toddler’s safety (and your sanity). My husband and I used rubber bands to hold our cabinet doors together, and this worked pretty well with toddlers who weren’t persistent; however, I love this idea of connecting the cabinet knobs with plastic cookie cutters like butterflies and gingerbread men—they’re so much cuter than rubber bands!
Bending over to keep a slippery baby upright in the tub, while reaching with one desperate hand for every toy he drops, is not my idea of a good time! This idea of placing a laundry basket in the tub with the baby and his toys inside it, then filling the tub up with water, is masterful! The basket isn’t slippery like the tub floor, and all the toys are corralled in there as a bonus.
Now, why didn’t I think of this? If you’re having trouble hanging all those kid or baby clothes on a short closet rack, loop a hanger hook through one hole of a soda can tab, then loop another hanger hook through the second hole to hang even more clothes! (If you’re confused, the picture will explain everything)!
If your toddler can’t stay away from the magic that is the toilet paper roll, take the toilet paper off and put a rubber band (a hair tie will be softer and gentler than a true rubber band) around it. Now put it back on the roller and your toilet paper is on lockdown!
If your kid is always trying to escape the house when you’re not looking, the dangers are endless. There are plenty of devices on the market to stop your little one from turning a round knob, but you don’t usually have one on hand when this becomes an unforeseen problem!
Instead of running to the store in a panic, take a round, plastic food storage bowl (like Tupperware) and cut a slit in the middle of the lid. Force the lid over the door handle, then screw the bowl over the lid. The bowl now houses the doorknob, and your kid is under house arrest!
The first night your kid rolls out of his new “big boy bed” and onto the floor, you’ll be on the hunt for bed rails. Nice ones can be expensive, and cheap ones are pretty unsightly. Try using pool noodles to line the two long sides of the bed, placing them under the fitted sheet. They should be just high enough to bump your kiddo back to the middle of the bed, where he belongs!
The ways you can repurpose a shoetree are limitless! Use a shoe tree on the back of your kid’s room to store the hundreds of small stuffed animals she collects. Use one in the playroom to store all the matchbox cars. Use a small one on the back of a seat in your car to organize baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and all the things that usually roll under the seat!
Speaking of shoes, if your little one has trouble knowing which shoe to put on which foot, this sticker trick will help him always get it right. Take a large character sticker and cut it in half. Put the left side in the left shoe, and the right side in the right shoe! Your kid will figure out which way the shoes have to go to make the “puzzle pieces” fit.
Clean Up Your Act
When kids are involved, no house is safe from the mess! Arm yourself with a list of treatments for every possible kid catastrophe!
Permanent marker on the floor? Use white toothpaste on the stain and rub briskly with a damp cloth.
Crayon on the walls? There are several methods that will work, including glass cleaner with ammonia, WD-40, and baking soda mixed with water.
Kool-Aid on the white carpet? Use a three-part method of soapy water, a vinegar and water solution, and salt.
There is nothing as terrifying as a toddler who’s learned how to take off his own diaper. Finding unimaginable horrors all over your house is almost as bad as having to clean them up! Try using some strips of duct tape over your toddler’s diaper tape, then use kid scissors to snip off the tape when it’s time to change. Yes, it’ll be a little more time-consuming, but it’s a heck of a lot easier than the alternative!
Parenting life will always be like running a circus, but armed with these 10 hacks, you’ll be able to tame it down to a dull roar.