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16 Parent Hacks You Need In Your Life

I'm Parenting Editor at SheKnows. I'm the co-author of Let's Panic About Babies(Macmillan, 2011). I've also written for numerous publications including Salon, Redbook, Nerve, and The Onion. I live in Brooklyn with my husband, son, tiny d...

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Let's get hacking

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Let's get hacking

Have you wondered how to close the bedroom door without startling your baby? Tried to remove a onesie after an epic diaper blowout? Spent hours trying to clean up glitter? 

You need hacks. Luckily for you, we've got some. Herein are our favorite hacks from Asha Dornfest's brilliant book, Parent Hacks. Enjoy. 

Excerpted from Parent Hacks®:134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids by Asha Dornfest (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2016. Illustrations © Craighton Berman.

 

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Keep your stroller from tipping...

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Keep your stroller from tipping...

... by strapping ankle weights to the front wheels. 

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If your car cup holders get gross...

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If your car cup holders get gross...

... line them with cupcake liners. 

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Trick the stressful-to-kids autoflush...

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Trick the stressful-to-kids autoflush...

... by covering it with toilet paper. 

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Create your own body pillow...

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Create your own body pillow...

... by stuffing two regular pillows into a king-size sham. 

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Turn regular underpants into training pants...

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Turn regular underpants into training pants...

... with a panty liner. 

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Increase storage and drying space...

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Increase storage and drying space...

... by installing a tension rod in the shower. 

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Keep shampoo out of your kid's eyes...

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Keep shampoo out of your kid's eyes...

... with a dry washcloth. 

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Stash extra pacifiers...

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Stash extra pacifiers...

... in the corners of the crib. 

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To keep your kid from rolling out of the bed...

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To keep your kid from rolling out of the bed...

... use a pool noodle. 

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Help your kid climb into bed...

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Help your kid climb into bed...

... with a cookie sheet step. 

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Muffle a door latch...

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Muffle a door latch...

... with a rubber band. 

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Shoe shop on your own...

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Shoe shop on your own...

... by tracing your kid's foot first. 

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Insulate a sippy cup (and make it easier to grip)...

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Insulate a sippy cup (and make it easier to grip)...

... by using an insulated beverage can holder.

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Clean up glitter...

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Clean up glitter...

... with play dough. 

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Cut a cake without a knife...

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Cut a cake without a knife...

... by using floss. 

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