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Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids


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Life with kids just got easier with these 134 ingenious hacks developed by parents just like you.

Put the ketchup under the hot dog, minimizing the mess. Strap baby into a forward-facing carrier when you need to trim her fingernails—it frees your hands while controlling the squirming. Or stash a wallet in a disposable diaper at the beach—who would ever poke through what looks like a used Pamper?

All these hacks are easy to do, are boldly illustrated, and use everyday items in unexpected ways. And the range—from pregnancy and postpartum, through sleep, eating, bath time, travel, and more—covers all the most critical years when parents really need a little extra help.
“Just . . . genius.”—Buzzfeed

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ISBN-13: 9780761184317
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 661,658
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Asha Dornfest is the blogger behind Parent Hacks was named one of Real Simple's three choices for "best parenting and family blog," a Daily Beast "Beast Best" award winner, and a three-time recipient of Babble's "#1 Most Useful" Top Mom Blog honor. Asha's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Parents magazine, the Huffington Post and elsewhere. She is also the co-author of Minimalist Parenting and the co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and she travels the country as a speaker and advocate. Asha lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.
Craighton Berman is a designer, illustrator, and inventor based in Chicago. He is the founder and creative director of Manual, a brand that makes designed objects for food and drink, as well as an adjunct professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has design work in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, he was the first designer ever to use Kickstarter to launch a product, he taught a drawing workshop to Disney Imagineering, and his drawings are featured in a YouTube video with over 6 million views.

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Chapter 5 Bath Time & Grooming
When I was a new parent, everyone raved about the deliciousness of “that new baby smell.” What were they so excited about? My baby usually smelled like yogurt that had been left out of the fridge.

I eventually figured out how to keep my kid (mostly) clean and (somewhat) groomed, but it took practice.

You’ll scale the bath-time learning curve soon enough. Whether it’s a wipe-down with a damp washcloth or full-body soap-and water immersion, you’ll soon baby-bathe without a second thought. And you’ll have a sweet-smelling kid to show for it.

Turn cotton socks into baby bath mitts. Wet babies are slippery babies. Get a more solid grip by cutting thumb holes into a pair of cotton socks. Slide them over your hands, thumbs out, then use them as wearable washcloths.

Table of Contents


Introduction . . . 1
Chapter 1 Pregnancy & Postpartum . . . 7
Chapter 2 Organizing Time & Space . . . 33 C
hapter 3 Poop, Pee & Potty . 59 Chapter 4 Sleep . . . 91
Chapter 5 Bath Time & Grooming . . . 111
Chapter 6 Getting Dressed . . . 127
Chapter 7 Food & Mealtime . . . 151
Chapter 8 Health & Safety . . .  177
Chapter 9 Fun & Learning . . .  191
Chapter 10 Travel & Outings . . .  219
Chapter 11 Holidays & Special Occasions . . . 247
Acknowledgments . . . 267

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