Clever Toddler Tips and Tricks. Preschool Hacks for new and old moms. Toddler tricks and toddler ideas to make life more efficient for a frazzled mom!
Toddler Tips and Tricks – Hacks for New and Old Moms
I don’t know what’s more challenging. The day you bring your child home from the hospital, the terrible twos or the terror-acious threes! If I had to choose, I would say get all the advice and tips you can before hitting the toddler years. Getting those those days of independence.
Parenting Tips for Toddlers
Where do you begin? Parenting toddlers should come with a manual (and nanny.) Toddler behavior can be difficult. Kids 2 to 5 are beginning to exert independence and want to do everything themselves. They especially hate being given direction. While there is no magic want for discipling toddlers, there is one helpful peace of advice – give your child options.
Examples of giving toddlers choices are taking a bath. The end result, no matter what, is your child will get in that bath tub. Ask your son/daughter do you want to skip to the bath tub or walk backwards. You have given you child 1.) a boring activity but turned it into controlled play 2.) you have the same result, the child is going to the bathroom but you are supplying the toddler with options.
The best Parenting Hacks During Toddlers Years
Since raising an independence toddler can be a challenge, look at these cleaver toddler hacks and tips that will make a frazzled mom’s life more efficient. If you can have control over the mess, over the stroller, and over the feedings, it makes controlling the child a bit more easier.
How many times have you taken your child out of the stroller and it is tipped over? Use Ankle Weight as Stroller Counterbalance to keep your stroller from tipping. We got these – an umberella stroller and ankle weights. (Later you can use them in the gym!)
Make An Instant Art Bib With Glad Press n’ Seal. No washing of clothing involved! Just press and seal the plastic directly onto front of the shirt for an instant art smock. | Raddest Mom (no longer available)
Turn any cup into a sippy cup! These Snug Silicone Sippy Lids come in different colors.
Have fun with this cheerio necklace hack. A great way to keep snack off the floor! | Raising Miss Matilda
Use an old shampoo bottle to help smaller children reach the sink. | Source no longer available
We took my son to an amusement park the other weekend. The trip was for the older kids but I felt awful about how overheated he became. Take a look at this portable battery-operated fan, perfect for a stroller (or car seat!)
This is one of those, why didn’t I think of that items. My child hated the automatic flushing toilet! Carry a pack of post-it notes in your purse. In public bathrooms, place a sticky-note over the sensor to relieve fears! | My Crazy Blessed Life
Speaking of the potty, another genius idea – take a look at this potty training tip! Drop blue food coloring in the toilet. Tell your child when they go, the water will magically turn green! | Source Unknown
Since having the twins and having less hands for carrying things, I have learned to have a mommy hook or carabiner to hold excess items like diaper bags. shopping bags and grocery baskets (for quick run ins!)
I have used this light for ALL FIVE OF MY KIDS! Sleep train your child with their very own big girl/big boy clock. I love these toddler alarm clocks that tell you when it is day or night (to keep your child in bed!) We found this sleep training clock here.
We found the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine and Light and have really enjoyed it with the younger 3 boys.
What an easy way to keep track of the beginning of a chore chart. Use a manila folder, cut fold it in half, slice it into 5-ish chores and add magnetic tape for opening and closing when a chore is done. You can open the list each morning to start over. | Source Unknown
Mess free painting. Paint with an egg carton – toss when you are done! | Mom Dot
No-mess applesauce! Pick up a single-serve cup + cut straw – parenting hack! | Source Unknown
Make your own spill proof mason jar for snacks! | Babble (no longer a website)
Create a timeout chair! We love this timeout chair with a timer. It lets your child know when they can get up! | Source Unknown (Purchase a Toddler Time Out Chair)
Summer vacation with kids?!? Packing is stressful for me, so put their full outfits in a big Ziploc, so you can just grab out of suit case without thinking! Put the dirty clothes from the previous day in the Ziploc! I do this packing hack all the time! | Pin Lady
Tired of a stroller that takes up the entire trunk – stand it up! This family used a bungee cord to stand the stroller up-right providing room for groceries, suitcases and more! I bet they have a lot more tips! | Large Families on Purpose (no longer a blog)
Are motor skills developing? Pick up a Sandwiches ‘N More Toddler Utensil so your child can hold a sandwich. Grab yours HERE. (no longer available.)
Create the cheapest toddler bumpers (baby bumpers) with pool noodles. This pool noodle hack and also be used on tables, fire places, the edges of doors (to prevent from closing ones fingers) and more! | Montana Prairie Tales
Please don’t do this – it will chock the child. But a cute chuckle under parent supervision. Do you have a toddler that loves to take off their diaper – take a look at what Greta did!
We all know that we have done it – hide your candy where the kids will never look! | Source Unknown
Cut watermelon into watermelon sticks. This tutorial is perfect for little hands! | Sober Julie
Use an empty wipes container to store travel snacks for your kids. It’s the ideal size for kids’ hands — and you can even keep food cold by putting a reusable ice pack at the bottom. | Practical Parenting Ideas (unavailable)
Someone gave me this tip when I first had my children and I began as soon as they were born. Washing toddler socks in a mesh laundry bag is such a great idea to keep little socks together. Another one I washed them, was safety pinning them together. Do this if you have one child (not if you have 5 – easier to keep track of the safety pins!) | Mom Hacks 4 Everyday
Save the Boon Grass you bought to dry sippy cups. It turns into the perfect crayon holder for the art table.
You guys, I had my less than a year ago third child (and I am pregnant with the fourth and fifth – yes I am accepting this very quick twin pregnancy). Not evening being a first time mom, this Newborn Tips, Hacks and Tricks post was very helpful. Take a look at all these tips! Pin to Pinterest.
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