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25 Parenting Hacks Every New Mom Or Dad Should Definitely Know

Just under 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year. That means that some 8 million parents welcome a new child into the world.

And as those parents know, raising a kid is not an easy job. There are sleepless nights, stressful days, diaper changes, crying…the list goes on. As your little ones grow up, new challenges arise. That’s why it’s so important to have an edge.

Take it from moms and dads who have been parents many times over — this insider knowledge is sure to make things easier on just about any new mother or father.

1. Prevent your kid’s toys from floating away in the tub with an old laundry basket.

Prevent your kid's toys from floating away in the tub with an old laundry basket.

Reddit / ThirdFloorNorth

2. Make a DIY sparkler hand protector out of a Solo cup.

Make a DIY sparkler hand protector out of a Solo cup.

I Love 2 Dream, Do You?

3. Change the bottle game by enabling your tot to feed themselves.

Change the bottle game by enabling your tot to feed themselves.

Instructables

4. Use a rubber band to teach your kids how to hold a pencil and write properly.

Use a rubber band to teach your kids how to hold a pencil and write properly.

The Lower Elementary Cottage

5. Use disposable coffee cup tops to prevent messy popsicle drips.

Use disposable coffee cup tops to prevent messy popsicle drips.

Woo Home

6. If your kids are afraid of monsters, spray their room with “Monster Spray.”

If your kids are afraid of monsters, spray their room with "Monster Spray."

Happy Go Lucky

7. Turn cleanup time into a fun game.

Turn cleanup time into a fun game.

The Parent Bible

8. Freeze Capri Sun overnight to make a delicious slushy.

Freeze Capri Sun overnight to make a delicious slushy.

Girl. Inspired.

9. Give your kid a sweet playpen by inflating a pool indoors.

Give your kid a sweet playpen by inflating a pool indoors.

Reddit / kekembas17

10. Put padlocks on plugs so there’s no risk of your little tykes playing with them.

Put padlocks on plugs so there's no risk of your little tykes playing with them.

Juggaar

11. Once your baby learns to crawl, put them in this adorable onesie — they’ll mop while they explore.

Once your baby learns to crawl, put them in this adorable onesie -- they'll mop while they explore.

Better Than Pants

12. Use a shoe organizer as a storage spot in your car.

Use a shoe organizer as a storage spot in your car.

Martha Stewart

13. All you need is a strong sheet and a table to make a baby-friendly indoor hammock.

All you need is a strong sheet and a table to make a baby-friendly indoor hammock.

Joyful Abode

14. An old camera bag can work as a new diaper bag.

An old camera bag can work as a new diaper bag.

My So-Called Home

15. Use an old phone to make a monitor for your baby’s crib.

Use an old phone to make a monitor for your baby's crib.

The Underwear Drawer

16. Give your baby some shade and shield them from nasty bug bites by putting a crib sheet over their outdoor playpen.

Give your baby some shade and shield them from nasty bug bites by putting a crib sheet over their outdoor playpen.

Little Baby Watson

17. Disposable sauce containers are a great place to store pacifiers.

Disposable sauce containers are a great place to store pacifiers.

Cynditha

18. Keep kids from making a mess while they eat in the car by bringing along shower totes.

Keep kids from making a mess while they eat in the car by bringing along shower totes.

Lookie What I Did!

19. Use an old lotion bottle to make an easy water balloon pump.

Use an old lotion bottle to make an easy water balloon pump.

Find It Make It Love It

20. Fill a glove with beans to make it seem like you are holding your little one while they sleep.

Fill a glove with beans to make it seem like you are holding your little one while they sleep.

The Parent Bible

21. Make an awesome faucet extender with an old shampoo or body wash bottle.

Make an awesome faucet extender with an old shampoo or body wash bottle.

Pinterest / Amy Clackum Visit

22. A large cardboard box can turn any stairway into a slide.

A large cardboard box can turn any stairway into a slide.

Woo Home

23. This little hat will prevent tears while you bathe your baby.

This little hat will prevent tears while you bathe your baby.

Fancy

24. Let your kids know exactly how much toilet paper they should be using.

Let your kids know exactly how much toilet paper they should be using.

The Virtuous Wife

25. And finally, for when you’ve got teens…use this trick to alert you if they try to sneak in after curfew.

And finally, for when you've got teens...use this trick to alert you if they try to sneak in after curfew.

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Hopefully, these hacks will make your transition into parenthood a bit smoother. But above all, just enjoy the ride!

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