Life Hacks: Our Parenting Hacks

by | Feb 20, 2017

Huh? What’s a life hack? Well, it’s an idea to make your life a little easier 🙂 Some of our committee members thought we’d share a few of our own little parenting hacks with you.

Pop a command hook (stick on) on the back of your high chair and store a bunch of bibs there, so you’re not stuck searching for one at dinner time. For extra points, pop another one on that you can store damp cloths for quick cleanups!

Pool noodles cut and slipped onto a door can stop doors slamming on little fingers! Image source: www.distractify.com

Use a cot sheet to protect an outdoor baby from bug bites and too much sun.

To clean bottles quickly and easily, pour 1/2 tsp baking soda, a few drops of dishwashing soap, and boiling water into each bottle. Let them sit for just a few minutes and then rinse them out.

Pool noodles cut and slipped onto a door can stop doors slamming on little fingers! Image source: www.distractify.com

Spit up on the couch or carpet:
  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
[We suggest you spot test on a hidden area first!]
Baby bored of all their toys and stuck inside on a rainy day?
Take an empty water bottle, half fill with water, add a few drops of food colouring and three tablespoons of vegetable oil. This makes a great sensory toy. Using a hot glue gun to seal the lid is also helpful! We went to the warehouse and bought some glitter, pipe cleaners and pompoms to add extra excitement (and cost us $5 for the lot).

The Warehouse and Kmart etc sell bags of 100 ball pit balls for around $10. Great fun in a dry (or wet!) paddling pool, and putting a few in a muffin tin has been a great game. Baby can spin them and we can take them out and put them back into the holes (with increasing amounts of success), which holds attention for long periods.

Blowing bubbles and your little one wants a turn? Tape the bottle onto a table leg, chair leg, porch or deck post – no more spilt bubble mix!

Advice provided by Mana Parents Centre committee members – please contact Plunket, your GP or midwife if you require further assistance.

About Rachael

Rachael is a stay at home Mum to 2 lovely (tho noisy!) boys, born 17 months apart. Previously an IT consultant, she now focuses on her new love of sewing (making lovely homewares, children items and the occasional thing for herself!), attempting to be semi-self sufficient on their lifestyle block, and the occasional foray into web design and photography. Phew! A previous Pregnancy and Childbirth class attendee, her antenatal coffee group is still going strong after 4 years, meeting occasionally and celebrating a lot of the big milestones for their children.

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