1. Freeze breast milk in ice cubes to save money on freezing bags.
If you freeze pumped breast milk in small ice cube trays like this, you can stop buying expensive freezer bags. Once frozen, I pop the cubes into a ziplock bag, remove as much air as possible, seal, and return to the freezer. For extra coverage, seal the first back in a second. This will minimize ice crystals and keep the breast milk tasting better for baby.
2. Use a regular trash bag in your diaper pail.
Specialty bags for diaper pails can get expensive. To save money, use a regular trash bag. Because the regular trash bag isn't narrow like the diaper pail bags, they don't hold odor as well. I put a charcoal odor bag and an arm and hammer scent catcher under the trash bag. I also tie BM diapers in a separate grocery bag before dumping them in the diaper pail.
3. Cushion door frame with pool noodle when using a door frame jumper.
My son loves to smack his head on the door frame when jumping. If you take a pool noodle (with a hollow interior), split it in half, and wrap it around the door frame edges, you can protect your little's noggin.
4. Black out nursery windows.
If you want your littles to nap like champs. Try black out curtains in their nursery. When they grow out of naps, save them for their college dorm room! We have these curtains that you can find for a good price on Amazon. I received them them for a discount in order to review them, and think they are a great brand if you decided on blackout curtains.
5. Store out grown baby clothes in empty diaper boxes.
Why throw out all of those diaper boxes, when they make great storage containers! To make things even easier, store clothes in boxes that match your child's size. For instance, store newborn clothes in a newborn diaper box, and 6-9 month old clothes in size 3 boxes (or adjust based on the size diaper your child was wearing at that time).
6. Keep scissors in easy reach of the changing table (not in reach of child).
There are a million things that need to be cut open in a nursery. Diaper boxes, wipes, toys, tags on clothes, etc. If I had to take my son off of the changing table and go find scissors ever time I needed new wipes, I would get peeped on more frequently. I suggest keeping scissors in the nursery. However, keep them in an area that your baby will never be able to reach.
7. Keep a portable changing pad in diaper bag
I hate laying my son on hard, dirty public changing pads. I keep one of these portable changing pads in my bag for public emergencies.
8. Hang clothes in reach of changing pad
My son's closet is a good 6 feet from his chaining pad. In the time it takes me to cover those 6 feet, grab his clothes, and be back, he can find 1000 ways to climb off his dresser! If I lay his clothes on the changing pad before hand, he pulls them off, throws them, etc. I hanging his clothes on these knobs from Amazon near his changing pad before getting him ready for the day. I love these because they have a sticky back similar to 3M strips so they require no hammer and nails. They are so easy to install.
9. Use links to attach baby's toys to their high chair.
If your child is anything like my son, he LOVES dropping toys from his high chair. By attaching them to his tray with links, he can throw them off and grab them again without me breaking my back to retrieve them.
10. Make mini cubes of baby food for mesh feeders.
My son loves his Munchkin Mesh Feeder. To help with the pain of teething, I freeze baby food in small silicone molds. Once frozen, I place the food into his mesh feeder. Gnawing on the cold, hard pieces helps his gums, and allows him to feed himself.
What are your best parenting tricks?
* Some of these products were received for free in exchange for my honest review. I would never promote something that I do not use in my own home!
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