Poop + Pee + Bath

Poop, pee, and other, uh, substances are a major part of the parenting experience.

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18 February 2011

"Snag-free" hairbands still pull? Use cheap ones, then clip them off

Donna's found a solution to the painful hair-pulling that happens when you take out ponytail hairbands, even those billed as snag-free: I have a daughter who loves to wear ponytails almost everyday. We use the polybands (rubber hairbands that have a flat edge) because they are supposed to be no...

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17 February 2011

Hairband storage solution: a wine rack

via papernapkinsontheedgeofinsanity.blogspot.com 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....

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16 February 2011

Book light lets baby sleep through nighttime diaper changes

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...

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15 February 2011

Take notes in the shower with bathtub crayon

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...

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14 February 2011

Amazon Mom gets you cheap diapers and 3 months of Amazon Prime

Amazon's gotten smart about reaching out to busy parents with its new program Amazon Mom. Free membership in Amazon Mom nets you the following benefits: 30% off diapers and wipes ordered through Subscribe & Save -- twice the 15% offered to regular Subscribe & Save buyers. Three free months of...

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11 February 2011

Built-in potty seat: good for butts of all sizes

Is it weird to say I love a toilet seat? I discovered the NextStep built-in potty seat in a kid-friendly Portland cafe. It hit me just how much easier life would have been had this been in my bathroom when my kids were ages 2-5. Because potty training is just...

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09 February 2011

My Carry Potty: for potty-trainers on the go

via www.parenting.com Sasha at Parenting's Show & Tell asks: what do you think of the My Carry Potty: brilliant or gross? No parent of a potty-training young-un has time to worry about the gross factor (didn't we get over that when they were newborns?). If you've experienced cleaning your kid...

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12 January 2011

Painless detangling: "roll" hair instead of brushing it

Lisa tells a wonderful story about their hairbrushing-and-detangling breakthrough: Our daughter is 7 now but really it’s been probably 3-4 years that we’ve battled with the hairbrush. One of her priorities in life is to keep her straight hair long. Of course it needs to be brushed at least once...

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12 January 2011

Homemade detangler saves money and gets the knots out just as well

Maggie's simple recipe for homemade detangler: My 4-year-old daughter still has that fine, wispy, flyaway baby hair that is a nest of tangles when she wakes up in the morning. I bought a bottle of brand-name detangler a long time ago, but have been refilling the bottle with 1/2 regular...

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19 October 2010

In a pinch, wrap soiled clothes in a clean diaper

Tami left this tip on the Parent Hacks Facebook page: I was out and about with my one-year-old and he had a diaper blow-out. I had a change of clothes, but I didn't have a bag for the soiled clothes. What did I do? I wrapped up the soiled clothes...

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27 September 2010

How to make a hooded towel for kids

via www.skiptomylou.org Cindy couldn't just stop at one great towel hack (linked in my post about how well the Turbie Twist towel wrap works for kids). She also made an adorable child's hooded towel out of a regular towel, a hand towel, and some rickrack. Go see! Related: Baby towels...

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27 September 2010

Turbie Twist towel wrap great for drying kids' long hair

Have I passed some dubious milestone by recommending an "As Seen on TV" product on Parent Hacks? Hey -- a good hack can come from anywhere. The Turbie Twist is a thin, terrycloth towel you wrap around your head after you shower. If you've ever tried the same trick with...

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30 June 2010

Cover healing umbilical cord site with a cotton nursing pad

Kim calls this the "rising moon." When I saw her hack in my inbox, I thought it had something to do with Twilight mania! Then I remembered the book is called New Moon, and that I'm not as connected to pop culture as a few other people I know. (Hey,...

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30 June 2010

How to Keep Towels off the Bathroom Floor

via www.earnestparenting.com How did she do it? Amy details the long experiment in teaching her sons to hang up the bathroom towels. It's an interesting example of how design and functionality go hand-in-hand. In other words...make it easier to clean up and (most of the time) people are more likely...

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02 June 2010

How to keep soapy shampoo water out of your kid's eyes

Here's how Alison got her little guy to tip his head back during shower shampoo rinses: Whenever I rinsed the shampoo out of my 4 year-old's hair he would curl his chin down to his chest making all the soapy water run down his face and into his eyes. To...

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