Quick and dirty parent hacks

By Published On: July 1st, 2016

Make your days as a mom a little easier with […]

Make your days as a mom a little easier with these pro tips from Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids.
Parent-HacksDiaper lowdown
Babies can outgrow one disposable diaper size before fitting into the next. To tighten the waist and close the gap at the legs, angle the tabs down rather than straight across.
Lost my mind
Offload your memory to your phone. The reminder function acts like a personal assistant, so you can use it to alert you to feeding and pumping times, medicine dosages, etc.
Breast bets
Nipple cream isn’t just for nipples: It works well on cracked lips, dry skin, scrapes, diaper rash, drool rash and sore runny noses, too.
The scoop on poop
Poop bag dispensers—the kind usually sold in the pet supply section—can be clipped to your stroller or diaper bag, so a baggie is always available to stash a dirty diaper or soiled outfit.
Now, wait a minute
Resist the urge to open, wash and store all of your baby gifts. Instead, tape the gift receipts to items in their unopened packages, so you can use what you need after baby arrives and return the rest.
Put a sock in it
Wash and dry baby socks in a mesh laundry bag to keep them from getting lost.