- Use a rubber band or hair tie looped through the button hole to extend the life of your jeans when pregnant.
- Keep some packets of honey in your bag for when you’re on the go and need a sugar boost.
- Make padsicles for postpartum recovery.
- Depends for water breaking early in labor.
- Depends for postpartum bleeding.
- If you end up with a c-section have someone remake your bed at home and tuck the top sheet VERY far under the mattress so you can use it to pull up on while the abdominal muscles heal.
- Use your belly band over top of your fetal monitors to keep them in place.
- Pull onesie down over baby’s body for a blow out.
- Use puppy pee pads on the changing table.
- Turn on the hair dryer for white noise.
- Turn on the vacuum for white noise.
- Turn radio to static for white noise.
- Use multiple sheets on the crib mattress but put a waterproof cover in between each so you can pull off layers and know the layer underneath is dry.
- Keep a container of safety pins on baby’s dresser to pin socks together so you don’t have to match them.
- Use a lingerie bag to wash baby socks so they don’t get lost.
- Baby legs make diaper changes easy peasy and helps protect little crawler’s knees. Even better, you can make them yourself!
- Take the vibrating box out of the bouncy seat and put it in the crib/carseat/swing/bassinet if baby likes the vibrations.
- Swaddle baby in one of mom’s dirty shirts to help baby sleep better.
- Fill a glove with rice and heat it in the microwave then place on baby’s back to trick them into thinking it’s a hand.
- Maxi pad in disposable diaper = better overnight protection for a heavy wetter.
- Long sleeved baby t-shirt for emergency diaper
- Ice cube trays are great for freezing purées.
- Skip the fancy high chair and buy the booster seat to use at home and to travel with.
- For extra messy foods like mangos give it to them to eat in the tub then when you need to wash them up they’re already in the tub.
- Put socks on the OUTSIDE of newborn sleepers. Keeps their feet down in the feet of the sleeper when they are in the newborn curled up stage.
- Use baby legs and gowns or onesies for nighttime.
- Keep a change of clothes (for you AND baby) in the car at all times.
- A pool noodle segment on the edge of a door prevents smashed fingers. (picture)
- Carry a quick release buckle with you so when you encounter a broken highchair you can still buckle your little one down.
- Use a belt in a highchair with a broken buckle.
- Have a bunch of those LiveStrong charity bracelets laying around? Use them around cabinet knobs as easy cabinet locks. Cheap and supports a good cause!
- Teach boys to pee standing up by tossing a cheerio in the toilet and having them aim.
- Rather than purchasing one of those bath seats, use a laundry basket in the tub. Supports baby and keeps toys from floating away.
- For a busted lip give an ice pop, cuts the swelling down, stops the bleeding, and brings back smiles.
- Maxi pad in toddler underwear = instant training pants.
- Skip the potty chair and get just the seat to put on the big toilet.
- Trace baby feet and keep it in your wallet so when you go shoe shopping you don’t need to bring them.
- Cut a larger child’s – or small adult – t-shirt straight down the back and put it on a toddler hospital-gown style for messy foods or art projects. It’ll cover sleeves and laps.
- Cut a panty liner in half for quick breast pads
- Use the 2 Shirt Method of nursing in public.
- wear flowy scarves instead of nursing covers.
- Put a wide brim hat on baby to cover breast while nursing.
- If you have a hard time responding to the pump, try pumping one side while nursing baby on the other.
- Use breast milk for cracked nipples…everything else for that matter.
- When colds strike, put baby safe vapor rub on their feet and cover with socks.
- Put breastmilk in a small round ice cube tray, stuck a pacifier in it, and froze it for a small breastmilk Popsicle for teething.
- Drop breastmilk in eyes, ears and nose for illness/infection.
- The best all purpose diaper rash treatment is coconut oil.
- Weather permitting, leave socks off of your baby in public. When strangers inevitably want to manhandle your little one, the cute little baby toes just draw them in and they are less apt to touch baby’s face or hands
- For those boogers that won’t come out with a syringe, carefully put a Q tip in your kids nose. Don’t go into the nostril very far so you don’t hurt them, but the boogers stick to the q-tip like crazy and come right out!
- If you don’t like the idea of sticking something up baby’s nose, try this.
- Use alcohol instead of bleach to sanitize everything.
- Vinegar and water cleans just as well as any commercial product and is safe for babies.
- To clean your bath tub without breaking your back, get a new toilet brush and scrub the tub with that. Just make sure to mark it so you don’t switch it with the toilet one.
- Sprinkle baking soda in diaper pail for odor.
- Baking soda and peroxide get blood, vomit, urine and feces from carpets and mattresses.
What are some of your motherhood hacks?