Parenting a toddler can be exhausting.
They run on very little sleep, they throw tantrums, they have high energy levels, and they are messy. Of course, it’s also pretty fun and rewarding to watch them grow.
Parenting a baby or toddler doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. There are ways to make things easier on yourself and your children. These hacks will help get rid of the frustration of parenting and allow you to focus on the enjoyable aspects of it.
If your little ones are just learning to put their own shoes on their feet, they probably mix them up a lot. There’s a fun and easy way to help them. Take a sticker of an animal, car, or anything that has two different sides, cut it in half, and put half inside each shoe. If the child lines the stickers up correctly, the shoes will be on the right feet. They will enjoy getting ready a little more with this trick, too.
Road Trip Snacks
Kids love to eat in the car, especially while on long road trips. Instead of packing 50 bags of random snacks, take a plastic tackle box or sewing box and fill each spot with a few of each snack. It will cut down on things you have to fit in the car and will keep your kids happy during the trip.
These are also great for picky eaters who constantly want something different but never eat the entire portion. Once they are done, they can move on to the next snack and then close up the container until they want more.
Kids love popsicles, but boy are they mess. They drip and melt all over the floor before kids can eat them, and that means sticky hands and sticky floors. Simply push a cupcake wrapper up the stick and under the popsicle, and it will catch the drips and help make cleanup easier. You can even switch them out as your child goes through them.
Toddlers can be picky eaters, and even if they like a certain food, they might refuse to eat it. Putting food on skewers makes it look new and interesting. Kids will enjoy eating it more, too. Just slide on their favorite foods, and stop arguing about what they need to eat.
Be sure to supervise your child while eating with the skewers. They can be sharp, and your toddler could accidentally poke him or herself.
Babies love cereal, and they love to chew on things. Why not make a cereal necklace and take care of both things? Simply use some yarn and string some cereal onto it. Tie a loose knot in it, and drop it over your baby’s neck. Your baby can easily grab the cereal necklace, and it’s safe to eat and chew on.
If you have a toddler who loves to wear sleepers, you have probably held your breath as you watched that toddler slide across the living room toward the coffee table. Sleepers are great for keeping babies warm and comfortable, but the bottoms of the feet are extremely slippery. You can fix that with a little hot glue.
Simply add some dots or a random design of hot glue on the bottom of the sleeper feet, and your little one will be able to stop and slow down a lot better.
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Splinters can be terrifying for kids, and the only thing worse than having a splinter is getting it pulled out. Instead of pulling them out with tweezers and listening to the kid cry and scream, use a little baking soda and water.
Apply the baking soda to the splinter and add a couple drops of water. Cover it with a bandage, and the splinter will work itself out overnight. It really works, and there’s no need to worry about pain or tears.
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Source: Pop Sugar