Poop + Pee + Bath

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

We've got lots of scatological hacks, including tips on:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

04 May 2010

Slow the toilet paper roll's spin to make it last longer

Rabia, I am so impressed that you took the time to send in your toilet paper-saving theory: Found this out quite by accident as my brother was doing some painting and remodeling in our bathroom. The bar that holds the toilet paper roll was covered in plaster dust and when...

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02 February 2010

Cut your toddler's nails while he's "playing" with the computer

Another distraction-while-grooming tip! From Stephanie: Cutting nails has ALWAYS been a struggle with my son (now 2). He absolutely hated it and I was always afraid of cutting him since he was squirming so much until I found...THE COMPUTER (insert any favored hands-free distraction here. -- Ed.). I go to...

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01 February 2010

Makeshift "peek-a-boo" nets you a few wiggle-free seconds to change a diaper

Martin's wiggly baby tip: My daughter is 8 months old and is wriggling and rolling like nobody's business - especially when we're trying to put on a fresh nappy (I guess you call them diapers). One way I've found of creating a few seconds' wriggle-free window of opportunity is to...

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25 January 2010

Keeps kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste in reach with a sponge holder

From Nicole of Parentville: I use a flexible sponge holder for kids' toothbrush/toothpaste, since typically kids' brushes/paste are too little to fit in a taller toothbrush cup. Plus, the bottom of this holder has holes, so water is less likely to collect and can drain on the bottom. Nicole! You...

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15 December 2009

Reuse mesh fruit bags to store bath toys (drip dry!)

I've been trying for a long time to come up with a good use for those mesh bags in which satsuma oranges come packaged. Finally! Pay dirt! They make great drip-dry holders for bath toys -- just hang the bag from a plastic suction cup hook in the shower! They'd...

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02 November 2009

How to blow awesome bath time bubbles with baby shampoo!

We're nothing if not practical here at Parent Hacks. Tell me if this hack doesn't revolutionize bathtime at your house! From John: We've completely eliminated the need for bath toys when traveling (and at home) by conjuring big bubbles from thin air. With baby shampoo on my hands (straight from...

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22 October 2009

Toddler's nightly rubdown goes easier (and quieter) with toothbrush distraction

Ah, the beauty of distraction. The trick is to find that thing that really lights your kid up (it's different for every kid, and not always what you'd imagine). From Rachael@Pineapplebabble: My daughter is 13 months old and has eczema so every single night, without fail, we lotion her up....

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08 October 2009

"Bumless" diaper lets diaper rash air out while containing the pee

This is why I love Parent Hacks. Where else are you going to hear this stuff? From Katherine (with no photo for obvious reasons): When my son was about a year old he suffered from a horrible, horrible diaper rash. His poor bum was raw and painful. I knew I...

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01 October 2009

Hand sanitizer cleans marker smudges off kids' hands

Greg discovered that hand sanitizer cleans up more than germs: My 2-year old son was coloring with markers and, as you can imagine, managed to get just as much marker on his hands as he did the paper. After he finished coloring, dinner was ready, so I decided to wait...

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23 September 2009

Introducing the Slideshare Parent Toolbox

One of the reasons I started Parent Hacks was because I was hoping to find out how other people were doing this parenting thing. How do other people manage to remember to refill the diaper bag after an outing? How is it that other people's kids have snow gear that...

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19 July 2009

Amazon deal: 20% off gDiapers refills with purchase of Starter Kit

We've talked about gDiapers before -- the "missing link" between reusable and disposable diapers. gDiapers are reusable (and cute!) cloth pants with flushable inserts, and many love them. Cost-per-diaper is similar to premium disposables, but when you factor in the cost to the Earth, well, that's worth a lot. If...

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29 May 2009

Inflatable wading pool converts shower stall into a toddler "bathtub"

Kirsten's ingenuity is fantastic: I live in a place without a bathtub, so I've had to hack one for my toddler. I used a plastic storage bin until it became too small. Then, I picked up an inflatable wading pool. It's great because it's a little bit bigger than the...

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12 May 2009

Give kids liquid medicine during their baths

Eric, I'm wondering why this hack never occurred to me even after I threw out several permanently-Tylenol-stained shirts: Give your children liquid medicine while they are taking a bath. That way, if they spit any out it is not on their clothes or the carpet, and if they get some...

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06 April 2009

Scoop up bath toys with a butterfly net

Here's how Vanessa turns bath toy cleanup into a game: We use a small butterfly net to fish toys out of the bathtub while the water's draining. Makes cleanup a snap - older kids will get a kick out of "fishing" them out themselves. When you do use it you'll...

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20 March 2009

Bedtime Ice cubes satisfy thirsty kids AND help them stay dry at night

Bethany's hack for potty training families: When my 3 yr. old was learning to stay dry at night we wanted to help without dehydrating him before bed so my hubby had a wonderful idea. He puts a few large ice cubes into the cup with just a little water. Our...

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