Raising kids is no easy task. These extremely clever DIY parenting hacks will make your life easier (and in some cases more fun). Who wouldn’t want to clean a bathtub with a power drill?
The “You Shall Not Pass” sign provides a visual limit to how much toilet paper your child can take.
Put a sticker that has been cut in half on shoes’ inner soles to show your child the correct foot for their shoes.
If your kids are scared of monsters, make monster spray.
Make an incredibly easy play fort with a box fan.
Optimize your microwave space with a coffee mug.
Easy ice cream clean up using a paper plate.
Stick a Command hook on the back of a high chair to hold bibs.
Use a glue gun to prevent shoes from slipping.
Have your child sit on a stability ball while doing homework — it’ll help with their concentration.
If your kids are always using new cups, give them their own designated cups with magnets to stick to the fridge.
Use a straw to hull strawberries.
Keep pacifiers clean in your bag with sauce-to-go containers.
Freeze a pacifier in an ice cube tray with juice, milk, formula, or water to sooth a teething baby’s gums.
Punish your kids when they’re fighting.
Invest in a “baby shower cap.”
Pool noodles are great for protection.
Pool noodles are great for stopping kids from falling out of beds.
WD-40 removes crayons from almost everything.
Use a shoe caddy to store games and snacks on a long road trip.
A rubber band will help kids grip pencils better.
Transform a DVD case into a travel art kit.
Use an old shampoo bottle to help smaller children reach the sink.
Repurpose a pool noodle to become a toddler-proof door stopper.
Bathe your child in a laundry basket so that their toys don’t float away.
Push your kid on a swing from afar using a string or rope.
Velcro can help keep rugs tidy.
Make a hammock with a blanket tied around a table
Put temporary tottoos on your kids in case they get lost. @Tattoos.org.
A little tape will turn toenail clipping into an easy cleanup.
A crib sheet will keep an outdoor baby from getting bitten up by mosquitoes.
Upgrade that crib once they outgrow it.
Never scrub another bathtub again.
Another use for your glue gun: Plug up those holes in your bath toys so they don’t get all moldy.
Dawn, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda will get set-in baby food stains out of a onesie.