Parent Hacks Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 2/14/11

For the time-challenged among us (which would be ALL of us), here are the highlights from the last week at Parent Hacks. It was a good one: Amazon Mom gets you cheap diapers and 3 months of Amazon Prime: This is a biggie, in terms of money savings and convenience. Check it out. Hack request: […]

Hack request: Caring for your kid’s hair


We've got haircare on the brain. From what I'm hearing in the comments, on Twitter and on Facebook, keeping kids' hair groomed, corralling the paraphernalia, and generally getting a handle on hairstyling is a topic in need of more in-depth hacking. So: send me your haircare hacks! I'm looking for: Ideas for kids' hairstyles that […]

Dental floss container as yarn cutter


Are you or your kid into knitting or crochet? Fantastic hobby that's creative, calming, inexpensive, portable, quiet, productive, and requires no batteries or headphones. I could go on and on about what crochet has done for me lately (maybe I will in another post), but for now, a hack I learned from an employee of […]

Hairband storage solution: a wine rack

Wine rack as hair band storage

via Clever solution to the problem of hair thingies (elastic bands, ponytail holders, barrettes, headbands, etc.) taking over the bathroom. Read the full post for details and more photos. Thank you, Loridee, for sharing this on the Parent Hacks Facebook page! Related: Storing girls' hair accessories? Talk amongst yourselves. (Many more great ideas in […]

No closet in baby’s room? Hack an IKEA Expedit bookshelf.

IKEA Expedit bookshelf as baby clothing closet

Via IKEA Hackers via This IKEA Expedit bookshelf hack is brilliant and totally doable. Read the original post at IKEA Hackers for details. This would also be a good solution for storing dress-up clothes assuming the bar's lower and the shelf is bolted to the wall. Related: Fashion a no-build closet out of a […]

Book light lets baby sleep through nighttime diaper changes

Fulcrum Multi-Flex LED Task Light

Scott's lighting solution for when he needs to change diapers in the dark: Get a book light!  A simple off-the-shelf book light produces just enough light so you can see what you're doing, but still keeps the room dark so your child can sleep through the process. You can clip the book light to the […]

No-fuss birthday cake decoration: Mr. Potato Head parts


Stephanie's quick tip for decorating birthday cakes: We were decorating the cakes for our twin boys' 2nd birthday when I realized I had bought the wrong decorating supplies.  No longer able to make black icing at the last minute, my mother in-law suggested we use toys.  Our boys love Mr. Potato Head, so that's what […]

Take notes in the shower with bathtub crayon

Amazon: Crayola bathtub crayons

Who's turn is it to shower? Is it hair-washing day? What day is it anyway? Busy family life entails a lot of plan-juggling, turn-taking, and scheduling, and it's impossible to keep it all in your head. If creating a "shower schedule" calendar in your smartphone seems a bit much, try this low-tech solution, from Rachel […]

Make a Shrinky Dink cell phone charm


My husband made me this adorable cell phone charm: a pixelated Shrinky Dink rose. No doubt inspired by the 8-bit flower bouquet at ThinkGeek, he hand-drew this pattern onto Shrinky Dink plastic, colored it with Sharpie permanent markers, baked it in the oven, and made a sturdy tie out of dental floss. IS THIS CUTE, […]