10 Simple Hacks Every Mom of a Toddler Can Use Right Now

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Every mom has a few tricks of the child-raising trade up her sleeve that make daily life just a little bit easier, but the more of these "parent hacks" we have at our disposal, the better -- right? That's the concept behind the brilliant new book Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids by Asha Dornfest, a hilarious (and handy!) collection of illustrated tips that literally any parent can use.

"Parenting brings out our inner problem-solving ninja, and I wanted to find a way to share those clever discoveries so we could all benefit," Dornfest told CafeMom. "Tips and ideas from other parents are often more helpful than 'expert' parenting advice."

"No one gives you a medal when you make it to bedtime," she added. "I wanted there to be a way for our moments of genius to get a moment of recognition."

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One thing's for sure: Dornfest's moments of genius definitely deserve recognition! Click through our slideshow for some seriously life-changing hacks.

 

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

  • Thanks for the Memories

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

    Tired of post-birthday party stress over who gave your little one which gift? Take a photo of each gift with the giver as a reminder for later (guests will love the pics, too!).

  • Sneaky Snips

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

    Want a real Mission: Impossible? Try trimming a tiny baby's even tinier fingernails! This unbelievably difficult duty gets easier, says Dornfest, if you put your baby in a front-facing carrier during manicure time. That way, he stays still and your hands are free for stealth snipping.

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  • Potty Power

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

    Dumping out the potty is definitely one of parenthood's least glamorous tasks -- but lining the bowl with toilet paper first definitely makes this yucky chore easier!

  • Get the Funk Out

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

    Sippy cups are great, but all those little parts sure do get funky fast -- no matter how many times you send them through the dishwasher. Drop three denture tablets in a medium bowl of warm water and soak sippy cup valves and pieces for 30 minutes to drastically reduce the "ewwww" factor.

  • All You Need Is Loveys

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

    You've probably heard that you should always have a backup version of your child's favorite toy on hand, but an even better system is to have several duplicate loveys that you rotate on a regular basis (it's a more seamless switch-out than trying to pass off a brand-new toy as beloved).

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  • Use Your Noodle

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

    Worried that your wriggly sleeper is going to roll right off the edge of his big kid bed? Wedge a pool noodle along the edge of the bed, between the mattress and the fitted sheet. Believe it or not, this will form enough of a barrier to keep your kid from finding himself on the floor in the middle of the night!

  • No More Tears

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

    "There's soap in my eyes!" screamed every kid who ever got her hair washed, ever. Avoid bathtime meltdowns by holding a dry washcloth over your child's eyes as you rinse out shampoo.

  • Fantastic Elastic

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

    Sure, your kid will learn how to tie her shoes someday ... but that day probably isn't today. Make putting on sneakers a snap by replacing the laces in shoes with lengths of ¼-inch-wide elastic, threading the elastic through the shoe grommets and knotting the two ends together. 

  • Finders Keepers

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

    Here's something kids are bad at: not losing stuff. Help them hang on to loveys and other important items by attaching them to their clothes using a mitten clip. Tada!

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  • Hot Spots

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

    You've dutifully covered up all the electrical outlets at home, but what about childproofing your hotel room? Grab a few adhesive bandages from the room's first aid kit (or your own bag) and cover up outlets for a stress-free vacay!

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