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Life hacks to make looking after a young child easier

1. Bedtime

Place a rolled-up towel or a pool noodle under the fitted sheet on the edge of the bed to keep your little one from rolling out.

2. Screen time

Limit TV time by starting shows in the middle. Most toddlers aren’t really into the plotlines anyway!

3. Mealtime

Active toddlers need more mealtime coverage than a small bib provides. Slip a large T-shirt over your kid’s clothes as a washable smock. Peel it off when the meal’s over and wash it as usual, or if you’re on the go, seal it in a Ziploc bag to wash later.

4. On the go

When your tot begs to be carried short distances despite being capable of walking, try this game recommended by Parent Hacks reader Cyd: have her pretend to push you up the street. She’ll have so much fun she won’t mind walking.

5. Dining out

Keep your toddler entertained in the coffee shop by turning cardboard cup sleeves into “superhero arm cuffs” or “spy goggles.”

6. Chores

Give your toddler a damp microfiber cloth and let him dust and wipe down surfaces. “Chore practice” may not get things perfectly clean, but it makes him feel involved in household jobs and sets him up for more responsibilities as he grows.

7. Potty Training

Toilet paper rolls can be hard for toddlers to handle. Follow Parent Hacks reader Monique’s advice and keep a box of pop-up tissues near the potty so toddlers can grab one piece at a time.

8. Shopping

To minimize his kid’s repeated requests to buy a toy while shopping, Parent Hacks reader Darryl suggested they instead take a picture of it and “email it to Santa.” His daughter was happy; the items stayed on the shelves; and Darryl now has a phone full of future gift ideas.

9. Toy maintenance

If your toddler’s play has left her doll’s hair looking frizzy and messy, simply wet it, work in a small amount of regular hair conditioner, gently comb through it to detangle, rinse, and let it air dry.

Written by Dr Hamzah Ndifunah
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