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I’m all about making mom life EASIER and simpler. Moms have it hard enough – give me all the shortcuts and mom hacks to make our jobs as parents a little less stressful.
Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite mom hacks, but I’m also linking up 9 other bloggers who are sharing their best mom hacks – 100 tips and tricks to make your life easier! Scroll to the bottom for everyone’s tips & tricks :).
Let’s get to it… after 7 years of parenting and living with 3 children… I’m still not a pro but I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve ;).
My Top 10 Mom Hacks
The Grape Hack
Get a grape cutter – just do it. I’m kind of a freak about my kids choking and grapes are one of the scariest foods – buy this… it’s the best $11 I’ve spent as a mom.
While you’re at it, grab a cherry pitter as well and save yourself from pitting cherries with your mouth and then feeding your child the other half – way too mom-bird/baby-bird ;).
The Adult Meal Hack
And split it up for your kids, versus buying a bunch of kids meals.
For instance, when we go to Chipotle, I order a burrito bowl with chicken, rice and beans and ask for a separate bowl, instead of ordering several kids meals where my kids only eat the rice & beans anyway.
Same applies for a place like McDonald’s – instead of ordering a couple chicken nugget Happy Meals, grab a 10 or 20 piece and a large fry and call it a day – bonus is that there are no Happy Meal toys to junk up your house.
The Swim Diaper Hack
Credit to my friend Jess for this idea – if you’re prepping for the pool with a baby still in diapers, this is a MUST. Everyone knows that swim diapers (disposable or reusable) only hold in poop and not pee – but when you’re getting a baby ready for the pool, you don’t want to put a swimsuit over a regular diaper to have to change them into a swim diaper at the pool.
Solution – get baby dressed as if you were putting him/her right into the pool (aka swim diaper with a swimsuit over it) THEN put a regular diaper over everything so that if/when they pee in their suit in the car, it doesn’t ruin their car seat.
The Mealtime Hack
We cut down on a LOT of mealtime fights when we ditched all the character plates and got a set of uniform toddler-safe plates and bowls – this is the brand we use. No more fighting over who gets Paw Patrol or blue or whatever.
The Movies Hack
This may be more of a life hack than a mom hack, but BYOC – bring your own candy – to the movies. Cuts down on cost + portion control – my kids won’t think twice about downing a jumbo-sized bag of sugar.
In the same logic – buy ONE big container of popcorn and grab a few empty cups and divi that up.
The Magic Phrase Hack
I’m NOT a parenting guru but this phrase has been working really well for us… instead of saying something like:
“Cooper, stop throwing that ball or you won’t get a treat”
“Little boys who throw their ball in the house don’t get a special treat later.”
This gives your child a choice and puts them in control, versus giving them a hard demand. It’s so subtle and I really didn’t think it would work, but it’s actually super effective on Coop. Worth a shot!
The Big Crowd Hack
If you’re going somewhere crazy crowded and don’t have the time to order phone number temporary tattoos, use a Sharpie to write your name/phone number on your child’s arm.
The Always-Be-Prepared Hack
ALWAYS keep a pair of spare underwear – for each child and yourself – in your car. You just never know what’s gonna go down and just when you thought you’d seen it all, you haven’t.
The Mini-Towel Hack
No matter if your youngest is out of diapers, keeping one in your purse and/or in your car is definitely worth it. I can’t tell you how often I’ve improvised and used one in a pinch as the most absorbent, small towel ever.
The Timer Hack
This is one of my most-used parenting tactics and it works REALLY well for us. Any time there’s a transition coming up, like ‘we need to leave the park soon’ or ‘after lunch we’re going to take a nap’, I not only tell the kids, but I also set a timer on my iPhone/Apple watch/Alexa.
When the timer goes off, it’s time for the transition. This way the timer is the bad guy and not me ;).
The Airport Hack
When you have a preschooler and need to haul a$$ through the airport but don’t have a stroller, use your roller suitcase – your kid will think it’s the coolest thing ever!
More Mom Hacks
What did you think of my mom hacks? If you have any tips or tricks other moms MUST know, leave them in the comments!