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Being a Parent is a hard job. Don't lie sick nights cleaning up puke, keeping a house clean while little tornados run through it, keeping than entertained and so much more. Well here are 20 Life Hacks that all moms need. From how to make sicks days easier and remembering when the last dose of medication was given, to how to save for that vacation we all know you desperately need!
30 Life Hacks All Moms Need!
1. Sick Bucket
I hate seeing my kids sick, but this will make those days easier! Have a designated bucket available for your children to use if they need to vomit and can’t get to the toilet fast enough. You might want to have a few of these buckets in the house just in case several children get sick at once. You know how it can get when those stomach viruses spread!
2. Vacation Fund
The painless way to save! Open a savings account that you can add a few dollars to each week. You might want to add $10 per week for a savings of $40 per month. If you save for 12 months, that’s an extra $480 to use on your vacation with the family. Of course, you can always save more than $10 a week, but it all depends on what you have left after getting paid and paying your bills.
3. Play Tent
Wish I had thought of this with my kids! Play tents are a major convenience. They make children feel like they’re in their own little world. When I was a kid, we made these tents with pillows, blankets, and clothespins. Now, you don’t even need to do all that because you can buy a play tent or two for the children to use.
4. Lego Storage
Brilliant idea! If you’re tired of finding random Lego pieces throughout the home, use convenient storage containers to keep them in order and stored them away until your kids use them. These stackable storage containers with multiple compartments work like a charm.
5. Bike Rack
Simple and easy way to store your kid’s bikes! Buy heavy-duty bike hooks, hang them in the garage, and place each child’s bike on one of the hooks. It saves space and keeps the bikes in excellent condition.
6. Snack Station
Make daytime snacks easier! Create a designated snack station in your kitchen using baskets and plastic organizers. You can put single-serve chips and cookies in one basket, fruit snacks in another, and granola bars in another. It keeps things organized and makes it easy for the kids to find what they’re in the mood to eat.
7. Diaper Storage
Utilize hidden spaces! If you have a storage ottoman, you can put diapers in there so that you always have some near you in the living room. You can place the diapers in a flat plastic storage container with a lid and put the container under your bed so that they’re out of sight until you need them. It’s an excellent way to save space.
8. Triple Bunk Beds
This is a great idea. We have 3 girls who can now share a room thanks to this idea! They have more space to play around and have fun in the room because of the convenient bunk bed frame that doesn’t take up too much room.
9. Stuffed Animal Storage
One of my kids has a stuffed animal addiction. This is a HUGE help! The stuffed animal storage hammock is perfect because it lets children see their favorite stuffed animals and access them when they’d like to play with them, but it saves space simultaneously. It’s easy to hang these little hammocks on the wall, too!
10. Keep the Door Open
Here is a trick to keep the door open so kids can't lock themselves in or out. Place a large elastic band around the knob, looping it and twisting it to make an X before gripping it. While you’re gripping it, loop the other end of the elastic band to the other knob to prevent your children from locking themselves in or out of a room.
11. Laundry Sorting Trick
This tip has saved us so much time! Use cloth laundry baskets with labels on each one for darks, whites, and colors. If it’s already sorted before you get started, laundry is that much easier to do!
12. Lego Binder
Following up from the lego sorting, use a binder to keep your plan designs in order!
13. Keep Track of Medicine Dosage
I can't tell you how many times I couldn't remember if I gave my kids their medicine due to being so tired from a newborn! Medication tracker apps are available to download on both Apple and Android devices.
14. Bib Hook
Genius! I trashed so many onesies because I could never find a bib when I needed one!
15. Organize Wrapping Paper
I can't tell you how much wrapping paper was wasted before I found this trick! The clear zippered wrapping paper storage bag is a lifesaver. I can store up to 25 rolls of wrapping paper in it and put it in the garage or basement when I don’t need it for a few months.
16. Contain Cup Holder Mess
Great for easy clean-ups! You can use a microfiber cloth to soak up anything that spills and then wipe away any sticky residue with some antibacterial wipes.
17. Sink Extender
Great for potty trainers! It lets children learn the importance of washing their hands after using the bathroom.
18. Trick Kids to Take Medicine with this Treat
I had one of my kids who was stubborn about taking medicine. This did the trick! Have a special treat ready right after they take the medicine, such as a lollipop that quickly takes away that medicine taste.
19. Sunburn Relief with Aloe Ice Cubes
Every mom has to deal with sunburn at some point, but this tip is a lifesaver! Add a bit of aloe to an ice cube tray, place it in the freezer, and leave it there until someone needs sunburn relief.
20. Marshmallows for a Sore Throat
I didn't know this tip. If your child has a sore throat, let them eat marshmallows or add them to a cup of hot chocolate. The marshmallows can soothe irritation.
21. Best Way to Clean Up Broken Glass
I can't tell you how much glass we have broken, this is a lifesaver tip! Vacuum the glass to get rid of it fast.
22. Take Your Baby’s Temperature with a Pacifier
I saw this product and wish I had found it sooner! I always felt bad sticking a thermometer up my kids' tooshies to get an accurate reading!
23. Wash Socks in a Mesh Bag
Do you feel like you’re always losing socks when you do the wash? You’re not the only one! They do get stuck in places that we can’t see, but the good news is that you can put a stop to the problem by placing the socks in a mesh laundry bag before tossing them in the washer and dryer.
24. Pour Paint Into Plastic Pump Bottles
If your children love to paint, add different colors to pump bottles. It’s less messy. They can pump out what they’re going to use in a plastic container or on a plate before they get started.
25. Get Ready for a Road Trip
Purchase mini plastic bath organizers with suction and use them to hold items your children can put to good use while on a road trip, such as crayons and markers. You can place these organizers against the windows of the car using the suction cup for convenience.
26. Make Juice Cubes
When your kids complain that their beverages taste watery because the ice cubes have melted, it’s time to make juice cubes. Pour the juice into an ice cube tray, let it get frozen, and add these cubes to your children’s beverages.
27. Use a Shoe Organizer for Snacks
Keep some snacks organized and out of the way by using a shoe organizer that you can hang from the door to your pantry. You can fit lots of snacks in these organizers, including bags of chips and packages of cookies.
28. Cool Your Belt Buckles
Worried about the children getting burned when getting into a hot vehicle with belt buckles that are scorching? Have a spray bottle in your car and quickly use it to spray the areas that your children will touch to keep them from sustaining a burn injury.
29. Use Shower Caps When Traveling with Shoes
If you need to pack your shoes and the shoes your children will wear while on a vacation, put them in a shower cap that you can toss out at the end of the day. It keeps the shoes covered so that the dirt on them won’t get on other things, such as your clothes.
30. Get Rid of Splinters the Easy Way
This tip is incredibly helpful. If your child has a splinter, apply Elmer’s glue to it and let it dry. After it dries, peel the glue off and the splinter should come out with it.