If you’re a busy parent (and what parent isn’t busy most of the time?) you’re probably always on the look out for ways to make life a little easier; I know that I am. I’ve discovered some parenting hacks that will help ease the daily chaos just a little—which can make a big difference!
Problem: Where to seat baby when visiting friends or relatives, or dining out?
Solution: ciao! baby The Portable High Chair
ciao! baby is the go-anywhere-highchair invented by two moms. This user-friendly, no-fuss, freestanding chair with its proprietary flexible seat and tray requires no assembly and is perfect for travel. With a built-in cup holder and a clear vinyl tray cover, it’s easy to clean. The chair unfolds easily, locks into place, and folds up in seconds when you’re ready to go. Tested and approved to meet ASTM high chair standards; $67.99.
Problem: Kids grow out of their clothes quickly, and you don’t have time to shop.
Solution: Wee Blessing
Wee Blessing provides hand-picked outfits from the most-popular and top name brand companies for 40-80 percent off retail price. Available for newborns to children aged 14 years-old.
Here’s how it works: Fill out the personal style profile with your child’s name, clothing size, favorite colors, and even favorite themes (princesses, superheroes and more), then choose a one-time, monthly, or quarterly box. Each box comes complete with four outfits. You will only be charged for what you keep and a flat $9.95 shipping and handling fee. If you decide to keep all four outfits, Wee Blessing will give you an additional 10 percent off. There is no return shipping fee.
Problem: It takes forever to get your kids buckled in the car.
MyBuckleMate is small, simple, and best of all, it makes it easier than ever to buckle up in the backseat with one hand (just like you do in the driver’s seat). This easy add-on buckle gives your child the chance to safely attach their seatbelt on their own.
MyBuckleMate was designed for kids in booster seats and it’s perfect for both small and large hands. It fits in tight spaces and between booster seats and also fits securely so seats can be folded down without removing it. MyBuckleMate not only makes buckling easier and more convenient, it adds to your child’s safety because kids need to be able to unbuckle themselves in the event of an accident.
MyBuckleMate is the only product of its kind on the market today. It’s mom-invented, family owned, and proudly made in the USA. Available in black and beige and works in over 45 cars, SUVs, and mini vans.
Problem: Your playroom or your child’s bedroom floors need to be replaced, but you don’t have time or money for a renovation.
Need to turn a basement into a playroom? Looking to add a splash of color and a safe surface in your child’s bedroom? Don’t have the time or funds for a complete floor remodel? Enter SoftTiles. These non-toxic, foam mats turn tile, wood, or concrete floors into safe play environments. SoftTiles’ interlocking, high-quality mats are a half inch thick and do not contain small pieces, so they’re perfect for babies and toddlers! SoftTiles uses specifically designed sloped borders to help prevent tripping. Choose from popular sets like black, gray, and white safari animals, or colorful alphabet, nautical, dinosaur, or butterfly themes, or create your own custom mat with your child’s name and colors of your choice. Free of BPA, formamides, and phthalates. Starts at $80.
Problem: You want to create a beautiful baby book, but just don’t have the time.
Solution: Your Life in Letters
Many parents dream of creating a baby book for their child as a keepsake, but day-to-day life gets in the way. Set a more realistic goal with Your Life in Letters. It’s a beautiful album that you fill with letters to your child written once a year from ages one through 18. Share hilarious moments and special memories, and document your child’s milestones as he or she grows. You can give it to your child at graduation, to his wedding, or when she has a child of her own. $29.99.
Problem: You need travel-sized beauty essentials that are safe for pregnant moms.
Solution: FATCO Pregnancy Safe Travel Kit
Here’s a travel kit for pregnant moms that is both safe and convenient. The FATCO Pregnancy Safe Travel Kit includes some of the following products:
- Invigorating Body Butta is an all-over cream containing tallow and an abundance of nutrients to awaken the skin and aid in stress relief for the body.
- Stank Stop provides the perfect natural alternative to toxic and harsh deodorants. This all-natural deodorant combines the antibacterial properties of organic coconut oil and baking soda.
- The Cleansing Oil uses a relaxing blend of essential oils—including lavender, lemongrass, and rosemary— that calm the skin, while castor oil, argan oil, and extra virgin olive oil penetrate skin deep and gently remove dirt and bacteria that can cause breakouts. The oil cleanses without stripping skin of its natural essential oils.
Problem: You have trouble sleeping when you’re travelling
Solution: NapAnywhere Travel Pillow
Traveling can be a real pain in the neck … literally. The problem is sleeping without proper head support. Skip the dirty airline pillows and try NapAnywhere, a minimalist head-support device developed by a physician specifically for travelers. This comfortable, portable device can be used while traveling on planes, subways, trains, buses, and cars. Small and compact, it fits easily into your carry-on, backpack, laptop bag, or purse. Available in five colors. $59.
Problem: You need to hydrate on the go but don’t want to lug around a big water bottle.
Solution: Hydaway Bottle
This collapsible, pocket-size bottle is a perfect fit for any adventure. The Hydaway Bottle‘s innovative, hinged design allows the Hydaway to pack down flat (1.25 inches thick) to fit in a pocket, purse, carry-on, or backpack. Expand the bottle full size to grab a quick drink of water. It features an easy-to-use, flip-up straw for quick sips, carabiner-friendly carry handle, and a watertight guarantee. BPA-free, taste and odor-free, and dishwasher safe. Comes in 12 oz. and 21 oz. sizes, as well as eight colors. $20.
Problem: The music from your kid’s iPad distracts you when you’re driving.
These are the most technologically advanced earphones on the market for little ones! The new BuddyPhones Explore line features a built-in, volume-limiting circuitry that caps the sound automatically at 85 decibels, the level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for kids. BuddyPhones come with a flat cable design for less entanglement and lower choking risk, a detachable Buddy Cable system that allows up to four audio cables to connect to one device, making it perfect for sharing. BuddyPhones Explore are exceptionally durable and bendy, and can be fully adjusted to different sizes. A built in microphone makes them ideal to use for calling grandma, grandpa, and other buddies. The microphone is perfect to use with interactive learning apps.
Problem: You’re on the go when you get poison ivy, a bee sting, or a sprain.
Solution: Green Goo‘s Outdoor Travel Pack
This travel pack is perfect for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities while on vacation: backpacking, biking, climbing, camping, skiing, rafting, gardening, and more.
- First Aid –For dry cracked hands and feet, insect bites, poison ivy, and cuts.
- Pain Relief –Helps with bruises, inflammation, sore muscles, joint pain, and sprains.
- Lip Balm –100 percent all natural lip balm that nourishes, protects, and hydrates cracked lips.
- Bugs Be Gone –An outdoor bug spray repellant that keeps mosquitoes, gnats, flies, fleas, and ticks away.