15 useful hacks that’ll ease life with a toddler

Your mini-me can be such a handful sometimes. So, put some order back into your life with these angst-saving tips!

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As a parent, you tend to seize anything that can make your life that much easier, whether it’s a time-saving tip, short cut or insight.

Junior’s crazy toddler years is also the time you’ll need all the help you can get. Since these mini-dynamos are bundles of energy, the only way to keep pace with them is to adjust how you do or manage something.

Get a load of neat advice that should make your parenting journey a little smoother…

1) Turn after playtime clean-up into a game Set a kitchen timer on the table and challenge your mini-me to put away his playthings before the timer goes off. Sweeten the deal by giving small rewards for clearing up their toys and putting them back in the correct places.

2) Place peas in shell-shaped pasta Stuff green peas into shell-shaped pasta to get your picky eater to try this veg during a meal. You can also try dipping pasta into different types of natural food colouring to make the dish more visually appealing.

3) Start junior’s favourite programmes in the middle Your kewpie likely won’t even know the difference when you limit their screen time. Excessive screen time won’t just harm your mini-me’s eyesight, it’ll affect their attention span as well.

4) Use your hairdryer to remove stickers from your wall or tiles Apply just enough heat, so that the adhesive on the stickers can come off, then carefully peel them off. Finally, wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove any remaining marks.

5) Let your mini-Picasso paint or draw on cardboard boxes Save the environment by switching out paper for recycled cupboard boxes. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your toddler goes through a stack of paper as soon as they’re able to hold a colour pencil. These cardboard boxes can also double up as their fortress or castle during playtime.

6) Put baby’s pacifiers in small disposable containers to keep them clean The next time you order takeaway, retain the small sauce containers. You can use these to store your kewpie’s pacifiers when not in use to keep them clean. It’ll also be easier to locate these containers with the pacifier in your diaper bag.