As a new mom, I can remember feeling like I didn’t know much about being a mom. Who really does? Nothing – truly nothing – can prepare you for what life will be like as a parent. I would have given almost anything in exchange for some helpful baby hacks from experienced moms.
There are so many things that you don’t think about before you have kids – like how to prevent tripping over your toddler’s toys in the middle of the night when they have a nightmare.
Or how to keep your baby boy from peeing on you when you change his diaper. I promise that never crossed my mind before having kids!
Like many parents, once my first baby was born, I found myself wondering “how can I make life easier with my newborn?” Over time, I learned more as a parent and grew in my confidence – learning a few newborn hacks for parenting along the way helped too!
A hack is when you discover something that makes your life significantly easier. Discovering brilliant baby hacks is life-saving for new moms. It’s that moment of going from “how do I do this?” to “I’ve got this.”
I am so excited to share some of these sanity-saving baby hacks with you because it will make your life so much easier.
Here we go!
Baby Hacks to Save Space
Babies come with more stuff than you think they will. Help find space to store everything with these hacks.
1. Save Space in the Diaper Bag
Are you interested in saving space in your diaper bag (who am I kidding – every mom is!)? Give this hack a try! You can see from the picture that everything is rolled up into a sock. This is a super easy hack to keep extra outfits in the diaper bag.
2. Dresser Space Saver
Baby clothes seriously take up a ton of room in those drawers. I know you’re probably thinking that I’m crazy because the clothes are so itty bitty, but trust me, you’ll need it because there are SO MANY of them (if you don’t want to do basket loads of laundry every day).
I have learned that when you roll up the baby clothes, it saves a ton of room. Look at the before and after pictures. It’s astonishing how much room you can save! Give this a try, I bet you have lots more room in your dresser than you did before.
Best Cleaning & Organization Baby Hacks
Babies get messy for lots of reasons. These hacks will save your sanity by staying organized and helping to make the cleanup a little faster.
3. Always Have Plastic Bags in Your Diaper Bag
That first time you change a diaper blow-out in your car or at a mom’s group, you’ll be grateful for these plastic bags.
4. Use a Mesh Bag For Laundry
I learned this one the hard way. Babies go through piles and piles of socks. But they are so tiny that they can literally get sucked into the insides of the washing machine only to clog it up (in which case you’re shelling out $ for a repairman to take apart your machine and pull out those socks for you).
This mesh laundry bag baby hack keeps all the socks contained in one easy-to-find place.
5. Clean Pacifier Tip
Oh, those pacifiers! They are lifesavers, and at the same time nearly impossible to keep clean. If you are lucky enough to have a pacifier that came in a carry case, use it!
If you don’t have one of those gems, make your own carrying case. You could use a reusable silicone bag (like a ziplock) or even a sauce container with a lid from a restaurant.
6. Have Multiple Diaper Changing Stations
Newborns get 10-12 diaper changes a day. Do you really want to go upstairs to the baby’s room every time you need to change a diaper?
If you live in a home with multiple stories, keep a small bin with diaper changing supplies in it (a changing pad, diapers, wipes, etc) on each floor so you don’t need to go up and down the stairs every time.
7. Keep Bibs Handy
Use a command hook on the back of the high chair to store your bibs and have them handy anytime you need them.
8. Use a Pool Noodle
Think of this one as a having-your-back newborn hack. Use a pool noodle when you’re carrying the baby’s car seat to make life easier.
Carrying a baby in a car seat can get heavy quickly. Having a pool noddle helps take off some of the pressure from your hand or arm so you can carry it for longer with more comfort.
Newborn Hacks For Sleep
Sleep – so precious and in such short supply. Help your newborn sleep with these hacks.
9. Sleep For Babies Who Want To Be Held
At some point, every parent will have that one child that doesn’t like to be left alone. I certainly had one.
This weighted glove is pure genius. I think it’s smart, safe, and a great way to save your sanity. This baby hack will help you get a little rest, or at least get something done while your baby is sleeping.
10. Under the Bed Light
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve tripped in the dark trying to find something in the room or get to her. This under-the-bed-light is such a clever baby hack. I wish I would have thought about that when I had my first baby!
You could do this in any of your children’s rooms. It will give them a little nightlight and you will be able to see if you really need to go in there.
11. White Noise Machine Baby Hack
At first, your baby will sleep unpredictably (but a lot during the day). There will be times when you finally get them asleep only to have the doorbell ring or a door close loudly – something that startles your baby awake. This is torture for moms!
I highly recommend using a white noise machine, a fan, or a humidifier (or anything else that makes a consistent noise like a hum) to help drown out those unwanted sounds that might startle your baby awake. We used a fan (and still do).
These baby hacks will help to save your sanity when your children are small. Give some of these a try, and let me know if they worked for you.
I’d also love to hear about baby hacks that you have used in your own home. Please share them in the comments.
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