19 Celebrity Parenting Hacks That Are Truly a Godsend

19 Celebrity Parenting Hacks That Are Truly a Godsend

Melissa Joan Hart parenting Legos hack
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It's no secret that parenting is hard work -- especially in those early years, when moms and dads are sleep-deprived AF and frantic. (It can be really overwhelming.) Obviously, parents can use all the help they can get when it comes to raising their kids. After all, although the life of a kid is enviable, the parents are the ones working hard to make that things stay that way. From preparing meals to bath time to play time and play dates, potty training, and school, the list of responsibilities a parent takes on is endless -- and that's just with one kid. Multiply that by two or three more kids, and...fuggetaboutit. It all comes with the parenting territory, and luckily for moms and dads everywhere, social media has made it easy to share tips and advice to make parenting a bit easier.

Contrary to popular belief, celebrities aren't immune to the hectic life that comes along with becoming a parent. And, in many ways that's our good fortune. Because  we often turn to them for anything -- from style inspiration to ways to get fit to perhaps our next vacation destination -- why not take some parenting advice as well? Celeb parents are not always shy when it comes to sharing their parenting qualms with their fans and followers. In fact, they aren't too shabby at doling out parenting advice, either. After all, aside from their large bank accounts, personal trainers and chefs, and all-around lavish lifestyles, when it comes to parenting, celebs are just like us (kinda).

It's pretty refreshing to see that celebs deal with all the ups and downs of parenting, too. From potty training disasters, bedtime routines, and nifty tricks to make bath time easier, they've seen it all, and they've got some pretty sweet advice to share. Click through for these 19 celeb parenting hacks.

  • KRISTEN BELL'S CAR SAFETY HACK

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    Kristin Bell has doled out a ton of parenting advice since becoming a mom. But our absolute favorite hack has got to be the one she shared about keeping her kids safe when they get out of the car. "'Hands on the circle!' The phrase we say as we jump out of the car," the celeb mom confessed in this Instagram post. "'Hands on the circle' (the circle is the gas cap) was invented by my brilliant sister-in-law, and has thus far kept all kids safe from any oncoming traffic while I unload the trunk. #momlife #momhacks #mom."

    Brilliant.
  • KIM KARDASHIAN'S BREASTFEEDING HACK

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    Kim Kardashian West is a mogul, a mom, and most likely the most famous woman on the planet. But that doesn't mean she's immune to sibling rivalry between her own kids. When her son Saint was born, older sister North was extremely jealous, Kim told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on Ellen. Kim explained that she even had to slip a milk box with a straw in her bra for North while she was breastfeeding Saint.

    Kind of an ingenious idea, right?

  • CHRISSY TEIGEN'S BATH TIME HACK

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    Most babies love bath time, but some babies don't. An awesome hack we learned from none other than Chrissy Teigen is to bathe LO with his or her swaddle blanket. (This will offer comfort for a cranky baby who might not be feeling the bath at that given moment.) The muslin swaddles are so lightweight and breathable that getting them wet should be no problem at all!

    Just look at little Luna Legend enjoying her bath when she was a baby!

  • SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR'S "PAY BACK" PLAN

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar has an awesome hack for getting her kids to not waste food or drinks. She literally makes them pay! "My daughter was doing this thing lately where she was asking me for a cup of milk and not drinking it," the actress-turned-entrepreneur told Today. "So I told her that every time she'd ask me for a cup of milk and not drink it, I would take a quarter out of her piggy bank. Someone has to pay for that milk."

  • MELISSA JOAN HART'S LEGO HACK

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    Melissa Joan Hart is a mom to three boys, so she's a pro at figuring out little ways to make parenting a bit more easy. Take her neat Lego hack, for instance. Melissa told the NY Daily News that she uses a hanging jewelry organizer to hold and separate Legos. With the clear packaging, kids can easily see which Legos they want to play with and can even make a fun activity of putting them away!

  • CHRIS HEMSWORTH'S "BRAINWASHING"

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    Even if parents don't play a legendary superhero in a blockbuster franchise, this hack will work. Chris Hemsworth shared this video on Instagram of his kiddos watching Thor Ragnarok on the iPad, writing, "just downloaded Thor Ragnarok and the brainwashing has begun, soak it up kids. #fatheroftheyear."

    Face it, a tablet can be a lifesaver from time to time, especially in those frantic moments when parents are running out the door to your movie premiere ... LOL!

  • BUSY PHILIPPS USES SIBLING RIVALRY

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    A little friendly competition between siblings never hurt anybody (well, for the most part), especially when it comes children eating their veggies. Busy Philipps uses that tactic with her kids, Cricket and Birdie. "I use sibling rivalry," the Dawson's Creek alum told Us Weekly about her parenting hack. "I'm like, 'I feel like Cricket's going to finish her broccoli first,' and then Birdie's like, 'I can finish it first.'"

    Sounds like a great plan if moms have got a pair of picky eaters on their hands!

  • BLAKE LIVELY'S COMMENT BOX

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    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds with their kids
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    Back in 2016, Blake Lively told an Australian news outlet that she loves the idea of putting a comment box in her home -- just like the ones they have at restaurants (LOL). "The kids could leave comments on what you could to better, or what the other kids could do better," she confessed.

    Hey, as long as it's all constructive criticism, we are all for it!

  • HILARY DUFF: "PACK EXTRA CLOTHES ... FOR YOURSELF"

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    Hilary Duff learned first-hand that it always pays to be prepared, especially when it comes to kids. When her son Luca, now 6, had a major diaper blowout on an airplane years ago, Hilary was ready with a change of clothes for him ... but not for her. "He had an extra outfit, but I didn't," she confessed in a 2015 interview. "That was an interesting last hour and-a-half of the plane ride. He was clean, he was good ... I wasn't. So I’ve shoved an extra T-shirt into my bag ever since."

    The struggle is truly real.
  • DREW BARRYMORE'S CALENDAR

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    Drew Barrymore uses a calendar to help her kids understand her work schedule and the days she will be away from home traveling. "Olive has a working mom. So, I came up with a couple of systems. One of which is THE CALENDAR," she explained in this Instagram post.

    "It has been very successful recently. I circle with a sharpie every day I will be traveling. And I ask her to mark the day with an ‘X’ once it’s done. That way she can see that I am gone at first, still away in the middle, and then coming back towards the end. She now has a good sense of my geographic place from the globe. She knows when I am leaving and coming home."

    This is a great tool for working moms -- even those who don't travel -- to use with their kids.

  • TAMERA MOWRY'S BEDTIME HACK

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    While it might seem like a no-brainer, Tamera Mowry recommends setting a bedtime routine for little ones to make for an easier time at night. "If you want a baby that will sleep through the night, the first step is getting them to fall asleep, and keep that routine to create consistency in their lives," she once wrote on her blog about getting her children to sleep. She also recommends a sound machine! "Kids of all ages love sound soothers -- I know because both Aden and Ariah do. Just like the tips above help create consistency in a baby's sleep routine, sound soothers provide subtle, rhythmic background noise that makes them feel more at ease."

  • ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS'S ROBO CRIB

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    Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
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    For baby number two, Ashton and Mila invested in a special crib to help get their son, Dimitri, to sleep. After struggling to get their daughter, Wyatt, to sleep, they thought a robotic crib, called the Snoo, would be a great choice for their son. Ashton told friend Dax Shepard on his podcast, "For kid number two, we got one of those SNOOs. It’s an oscillating bed … it has a sensor in it so the louder the kid cries, the faster it goes and puts the kid back to sleep. It’s incredible."

    Hey, those who got it should totally go for it!

  • MELISSA McCARTHY'S DATE NIGHT HACK

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    Melissa McCarthy, who has two children with husband Ben Falcone, says she does an "early bird special" with her husband for a date night so she can be home in time to put their daughters to bed. This is also a great idea if anyone doesn't want to be too tired the next morning, because Lord knows mamas (and papas, too) will have to be up and making breakfast for everyone no matter what happened the night before.

  • CHANCE THE RAPPER'S HAIR "CHEAT CODE"

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    Chance the Rapper may be known for being an uber-talented lyricist, but he's also pretty talented when it comes to doing hair ... his daughter's hair, that is! He tweeted out the perfect "cheat code" for combing 3-year-old Kensli's hair -- sans tears.

    We love seeing Chance flex his dad skills!

  • JENNA FISCHER'S IKEA HACK

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    Jenna Fischer once shared an awesome hack for having an adventure with toddlers in an unlikely but totally fun place. "We lived sort of on a hill and we didn't have sidewalks, so we would drive to Ikea when [Weston] was a little toddler," she once confessed. "We would get coffee, and then we would let him toddle through Ikea, and then we would end with an ice cream. It was super safe, everything was really soft. But also he loved that there were arrows on the ground, he loved following the arrows, and then there's the kids' section of Ikea. Ikea really is the Disneyland for 18-month olds."

  • MARK ZUCKERBERG'S DIAPER CHANGING HACK

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    This one is not so much of a hack as it is common sense, but we'll give it to Mark Zuckerberg anyway. While boasting about how fast he could change his daughter's diaper, Mark revealed that, "the trick is to slide the new diaper under the old one."( He also claims he can do it in 20 seconds.) 

    We'll give it a like!
  • ELKA WHALAN'S SWEET TREATS HACK

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    Olympic competitive swimmer Elka (Graham) Whalan is a mom of four and has a genius idea for restricting her kids' junk food intake. "Sometimes food" (think cookies, juice, and candy) and "everyday food" (healthier options) are common phrases this former athlete employs at home.

    If kids associate healthy food as food they should be eating every day early on, those good habits will be ingrained in them from the get go!

  • JESSICA BIEL'S SHOWER HACK

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    Sometimes a mama has to do what a mama has to do. Jessica Biel's "eat in the shower" hack is exactly how it sounds: Eat when ya can, wherever ya can.

  • GABRIELLE UNION'S 'GAS BE GONE' DANCE

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    Any mom who has a fussy baby that can't poot can take a cue from this mom. Gabrielle singing to her daughter Kaavia while moving her legs -- while adding some pressure to her tummy -- is a great way to let that gas out.

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