Tips & Hacks

No one is born knowing how to raise children. Get a few tips & techniques from experienced parents who have been there.

A place for parents to share their favorite DIY projects and discuss useful tips about time management, parenting hacks and more.

Transitioning to sippy cup.

Hi everyone. I just wanted to know how you transitioned your 8 month old to a sippy cup? Right now I’m trying the munchkin gentle transition sippy cup, but my little guy hates the texture. Help!

  • Rachel
    1h ago

    My girl has always refused a bottle so she was breastfeed until 9 months, but then I tried the 360 munchkin and she caught on super quick! It make take a few tries but I would go straight to the 360.

  • Sabrina
    54m ago

    Thanks everyone! I think I’m going to try the munchkin 360 sippy cup 😄

How to wean from pacifier?

Our baby is about to be 1 yo. She is already down to one nap, but she still relies on her pacifier to soothe to sleep. She also loves to rub soft cloth on her face (think a small snuggle blanket or silk square), but if she can’t find her pacifier she’ll suck on the blanket/cloth. Do you have any recommendations for weaning her off the binky? I’m struggling to brush her teeth at night becaus... More

  • Eric
    Yesterday

    We finally won with our two year by telling him he left it on the AirPods all gone.

  • Christa
    4h ago

    The pacifier fairy 🧚‍♀️ just showed up one day and it was gone! No transition or weaning it just is gone!!

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Wednesday

Baby advice! (long post)

Hi all! I just wanted to share some of my experiences with having a baby. My daughter was born in December and is now 4 months old. She’s a very easygoing baby (which I am forever grateful for!). However, in the short time I’ve been a mom, I have gotten a LOT of advice. Both good and bad. I’ve been told to sleep when the baby sleeps, which is a great idea up to a point. You can’t be expected to... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    @Annie I’ve started doing that too, my daughter is still in her cooing phase and it always makes her smile and kick her legs like crazy when I have a conversation with her

  • cocomac
    Thursday

    Don’t feel guilty to say no to people. It’s true when they say “they grow so fast”. My husband and I spent first 2 months saying yes and putting our family members happiness (she is first grand baby on both sides) before ours and we both now realize that we need to put our own happiness (and our own troubles) before our family members’. I actually am in therapy because I felt robbed of my mate... More

Laurie posted in Flying Apr 14

Family Trip Tips

My family is taking our Disney trip soon and this will be my first time flying with my 7 month old. Any tips you can give me for the plane ride? Also, any tips for our stay at Disney World or the parks?

  • TiMex
    Apr 14

    Try not to feed or let your little one snack too much before taking off. Give them some time to burp/poop etc... When my kids and their Mom flew for the first time our son had diarrhea from the formula and it bled through onto her shirt and our daughter threw up on her. It was hectic especially since the flight was packed.

  • Molly
    Apr 15

    Try to breastfeed or bottle feed on take off while your still flying up. To help babies ears not hurt. When we went to China with my 10 month old she did really good. Just have a couple of toys and something to drink on. Disney will be a lot of fun.

Kristen posted in Flying Apr 13

First time flying with my 8 month old

We are flying to Washington and will be home 4 days.... and tips & tricks for flying/ packing. Thank you!!

  • PK
    Apr 14

    Get a window seat if you can.. the view outside is pretty good entertainment. We flew for the first time when my son was 1.. he just snacked and slept most of the time. So if your child has a favorite snack, that might help (cereal puffs?). He was also fascinated with the magazines they had so we read those over and over. We also got a cheap umbrella stroller and checked that at the gate so we ... More

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Apr 11

2nd child. I am having my second child (both boys), what will I need? Boys will be 21 months apart.

A double stroller? A high chair (or will my older son be out of his), a crib (or will my older son be out of his by the time the new baby moves out of our room at 6 months) etc.

  • K
    Apr 11

    I had twin girls when my son was 2.5. He was in a toddler bed since he was 15 mth bc he was climbing out of his crib. But, we knew we needed his crib, so we transitioned him before the girls came. He loved his new bed and the foam bumpers are amazing. Even with my huge belly I was able to lay with him and they went right back into shape. As for high chair, you have a few months. My son was out ... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 15

    I had my first two 17 months apart, and my second and third 20 months apart. I got a double stroller, an extra cheap booster seat and that has worked well. Other purchases that happened sooner than normal were transitioning the older one to a toddler bed (or getting a new crib), getting a new car seat, and another baby monitor. I had one in my room for baby and one in the older ones room. I al... More

Can I get some recommendations for foods or supplements I can take to increase my milk supply?

  • Aryanna
    Apr 12

    I took fenugreek and Mothers milk tea and I noticed a rapid increase in my milk supply within a day or two.

  • Vee
    Apr 13

    Drink lots and lots of water. That’s the main ingredient that will help your supply. Also pumping in between feeds.

Jenn posted in Bathing Apr 10

Keeping Bath Toys Clean or Closing the Holes

So my LO loves those squeezy bath toys that suck up and squirt out water, but even with trying to always get all the water out, they grow mold and are disgusting. I tried hot gluing the openings closed but my little mechanical engineer figured out how to get that off in a second. Any tips on how to keep them clean or close the holes up??

  • Ivy
    Apr 10

    I actually cut slits in them so they dry better

Missing cap cover

What do you do with the bottle when you lose the cap (cover)? This is so annoying, people want to feed the baby and just place the cap wherever and it ends up missing or lost.. I don’t wanna toss the whole bottle though.

  • Mariah
    Apr 08

    I don’t even have the caps anymore lol they pretty much all disappeared!

  • Aye
    Apr 10

    At home it’s not an issue, but it’s such a huge pet peeve. I just like everything to have it’s parts 😅 it’s when we got out that’s annoying because I don’t want leakage, dust/particles/germs.. I’m anal I know. It’s just when other people dad/family members feed them or when we’re on the go it gets lost 😩 I tried finding it online but no luck so I might try the bag and rubber band

Katie posted in DIY Apr 05

Does anyone have any tips for dealing with thin walls between your kids’ rooms?

My toddler (2) does a pretty great job with naptime from 1-3:30, UNLESS we try to put our 5 month old in her crib in the next room. The 5 month old makes noises and sometimes cries while getting settled, and it wakes my toddler up every time and she will not go back to sleep then. (This is my current situation 😑) I’ve heard ideas like hanging blankets on the walls or putting full bookshelves in... More

  • Angie
    Apr 11

    Sound machine!

  • Natalie
    Apr 12

    White noise machine in one or both rooms, we use a lectrofan. I’ve read it shouldn’t be any higher than 65db you can use an app on your phone to measure how loud it is

Haircuts

My 2 year old screams at haircuts. He has to have a haircut from time to time. What do I do?

  • JEaton
    Apr 07

    See if you have a Cookie Cutters near you. My son also screams and cries through haircuts, but the girls at the one we go to are always kind, patient, and get the job done. Every haircut station has a tv and the kids can pick which car they want to sit it. We've been several times already and have always had a good experience despite the tears. https://www.haircutsarefun.com

  • Lauren
    Apr 08

    Ring pop does amazing. My 1 year old has already needed 3 hair cuts. The best thing has been him on my lap with a ring pop.

Beverly posted in Flying Apr 04

Pro-Tips for a cruise and flight

Going on a one week cruise that will also require a 4 hour flight. My 4yo has never flown or been on a boat, and I"m looking for pro-tips on packing and how to keep him entertained (that does NOT involve giving him a screen and then calling my job done). What do you wish you knew or brought with you? Can toddler take Dramamine?

  • Marika
    Apr 05

    A small portable night light for sleeping in a unfamiliar place is essential for my LO. We always been travelling via plane, ship etc. since he is a baby now he is almost 4. It is easier than first imagined. But the most useful for us was pack light so I always have 1 hand free (1backpack, 1 suitcase) to hold his hands and also easier managing potty breaks etc. There is plenty of entertainment ... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 12

    Does he go to school? If so, you can ask his teacher for any suggestions on activities for him to do. My kids teacher made her a travel packet..and its wonderful! If not my kid's favorite has been no mess coloring book. Play Doh. And bring lots of snacks and if you see him touching his ears during the flight at anytime..have him eat the snacks to help with his ears

Anonymous posted in Tricks of the Trade Apr 04

Wife is nervous about potential cruise with one year old

I want to take my wife on a cruise with our one year old, and she is hesitant to do so due to being a light sleeper and not sure how our daughter will handle a vacation like that. She is nervous we won’t actually enjoy the vacation. Does anyone have suggestions on how to cope with nervousness, and how to prep the family for a cruise?

  • Jennifer
    Apr 04

    We took our son across the us to CA for vacation and I was really nervous too. It was a lot of work but as long as you share the workload and be a bit lenient on things your normally not such as juice and screen time you will make it just fine. My son slept in the same room at the hotels and didn’t sleep well so we let him sleep with us for that week. Didn’t ruin anything she slept fine in his ... More

  • Megan
    Apr 11

    I get her hesitation. It’s a lot of money to spend on something potentially not very fun. Also, you’re on a boat. If it sucks, there’s no escape. Maybe ask her what her specific worries are and come up with a plan on how you would handle it.

Connie posted in Diapering Apr 03

Diaper rash/bumps

Any mommies tried anything that worked for your little ones diaper rash? ive tried buttpaste & destin... nothing is working

  • Mama
    Apr 10

    Colloidal silver!

  • Josh
    Apr 10

    My wife and I have been using mothers love! It’s a little pricey but it works well when others don’t. We have 3 kids and it worked well for all of them. Good luck

Looking to hire a live in Nanny...

Hey everyone, my husband and I are looking to hire a permanent live in Nanny, but don’t really know where to start for the hiring process. Any suggestions would be amazingly helpful!!!!! Thank you in advance!

Anonymous posted in Time Management Apr 02

Evening routine - I get nothing done...!

Since I went back to work, our evenings are kind of crazy. We usually get home from daycare at 6:30pm and she never goes to sleep before 9pm. By the time she is asleep, our dinner is not ready, I am exhausted and I feel super frustrated that the apt is all over the place. Is that normal?!!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 04

    I agree. A combo of tag teaming with husband and making faster or premade dinners is key. Especially as she gets older and you’ll want to eat with her.

  • Alexandra
    Apr 05

    How old is your LO? I have my 2 and a half years old make dinner with me. She stirs the mix for pancakes, soup I made, etc then she takes a small sample of what “she made.” Involving her helps her want to eat it. Also, I stick with simple foods for dinner, so quartered apples with quesadilla and beans are a good example. Nothing takes too much of your time that way. I even bought her a mini Min... More

Anonymous posted in Sleep Apr 02

Weekend plans versus naps

How often do you commit to plans with people on the weekend? Aka how often do you wake up baby and head out to meet someone and be ON TIME? I’m torn because I feel like some don’t stop their life on the weekend and are on time and have friends... but some stick strictly to babies schedule or are late to things or only say “I’ll try to get there”.. basically I feel guilt no matter what I do, bu... More

  • Emily
    Apr 03

    I’ve never had my daughter on a true schedule. She’s almost 8m and takes 2-3 naps for 2-3 hours total. They depend on when she wakes up in the morning, how hard she plays and of course, teething/growth spurts, etc. But it has made things so much easier that I can actually adjust her sleep/awake times if I need to and still have a bit of a life when I want. I also make sure I have extra time to ... More

  • Nikki
    Apr 11

    My LO is 2. I schedule outings on the weekend around her lunch nap routine. We do things either in the morning or after her nap. If the nap is running long and we have a specific time to be somewhere in the afternoon, I start dressing her and she is usually up by the time we need to leave. I try to keep her on routine because I find that she just functions better that way. When doing things wit... More

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Apr 01

Parenting book about work-life balance

My husband works all day then comes home and gets back online. He feels the pressure from the “always on” culture of his team, many of which are older men whose kids are grown, yet we have two young kids. Any suggestions of books that addresses this issue? (Note: I work too, but when we discuss it he takes it like a nag or that I don’t support his career.)

  • Anne
    Apr 06

    I don’t have book recs but maybe he would like the blog Fatherly? People I know in demanding jobs sometimes adopt a schedule where they block 6-8 for family time and then get back online after the kids go to bed. They even block that time on their calendar so everyone knows what they are doing. It’s really just about setting boundaries and expectations!

Anonymous posted in Clothes Apr 01

Packing Advice

Hi All! I'm a horrible overpacker. How much and what types of clothes would you pack for your 3 year old girl? It's for a 2 week trip..I tend to pack 14 shirts for her and 14 bottoms for a 2 week trip for example..and we share a luggage..its really bad..haha..Thanks in advance.

  • Steven
    Apr 09

    We’ve taken my daughter all around the world 2-3weeks at a time. In addition to what everyone else said, get Briggs and Riley luggage with the compression technology, it’ll let you carry more. Look up supermarkets and stores nearby and bring just enough diapers for the plane. Look up laundromats too. If you’re up for it, look up a primark and buy clothes there and throw away when done

  • Steven
    Apr 09

    For a stroller, get a flat folding one like the baby zen. If you want more information, feel free to pm me! Our trips are either multi country romps or road trips on a foreign country, so portability is key for us. We try to blog about our travels(not doing a good job) to provide details for parents like you!

Advice in bottle weaning?

  • Christa
    Apr 03

    So we did a transition to a sippy cup, and let him pick it out. That’s his absolute only option for meals and he knows at bed time is only when he gets a bottle, and he’s 14 months old. Being as we are 4 months pregnant with baby 2 I’m not pulling the bottle just yet at least not 100%. But when we did do the sippy cup transition from 100% bottle only, I found I had to let him have one that beca... More

  • Christa
    Apr 03

    Also, we never had success with the 360 sippy. It’s a pain to clean, and I didn’t find- as much as I love other products by them- that I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Your kiddo may pick it up and totally love it. Mine was not having it, and like I said, I find it is a pain to clean.

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