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By now you have probably acquired a whole lot of hacks, tips, and tricks that you learned while you went through the newborn and baby stage. But now you have a toddler! And it’s a whole different ball game because now your child is walking, talking, and not as easily occupied!
These toddler hacks are tips I picked up from other moms or that I discovered while taking care of my own little wild man.
These tricks and hacks will help you stay organized, avoid a big mess, or keep your toddler entertained. This list will continue to grow too!
1. Use a Small Space Heater After Baths
When my toddler would get out of the warm bath water and was wrapped in his bath towel, he would start to shiver. I quickly was trying to get his hair dry, put on lotion & pajamas while he was cold.
There was no way I wanted my sweet boy to be cold so I’ve used a small space heater ever since. I lay his towel on the floor in front of it and the heat is on him while I put on his lotion and get his pajamas on. I keep my leg between him and the heater so I know exactly how hot it is.
Don’t take any chances with it being too warm for your little one. Make sure it’s also not in arms reach for your toddler to reach out and grab it!
2. Attach a Spoon to Snack Pouches
If you’ve given your toddler a snack pouch, you’ve had them squeeze the pouch and get the food all over them at least once. This is the coolest little invention.
Twist the spoon on to the spout. Then the food squeezes into the spoon and makes it easier for them to eat. Less mess!
3. Clip a Fan to Toddler’s Stroller
Clip a battery-powered fan to the tray of your stroller to keep baby cool! Quick & Easy and keeps baby comfortable on those hot Summer days when you’re outside!
4. Record a Short Video on Your Phone
Has your toddler ever been sick, uncomfortable, etc and you couldn’t get your wifi on your phone to work? Stop trying to fool with those apps that won’t open because you are in a cell phone dead zone.
Point your phone at the TV while you are at home recording your child’s favorite song (I recorded the “Baby Shark” song) for 1 to 2 minutes.
This helped me keep my sanity when my son had an ear infection and we were waiting at the doctor’s office. The building is in a cell phone dead zone and none of my apps would work. I could easily go to my photo album on my iPhone and keep him happy listening to Baby Shark while we waited.
5. Rotate Toy Bins & Special-Occasion Toys
Pack up a bin of old toys that your toddler never plays with anymore and put them in storage. Then bring them out a month later and they will feel like they’ve just gotten a box of brand new toys!
Also keep a few toys that they only get to play with on special occasions so that they still feel special.
We have certain toys and books that only come out while we are at church. Our toddler sits through the church service with us and he looks forward to getting his “church bag” full of activities he only does quietly on Sundays!
6. Car Snacks and Organizer
Stop worrying about if you have enough snacks in the diaper bag and keep an extra supply in your car! Don’t put things in there that will go bad or melt. I find myself eating out of this snack container quite a bit myself too!
7. Listen to Audio Books in the Car
Don’t want your child always glued to the DVD player in the car? Listen to books on tape! I wish we had started listening to books before ever putting in the first DVD so that was always the norm. However, he still enjoys listening to books even introducing it later!
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8. Storage Bins Under Table
Hide storage bins under your train table! Instead of storage containers that take up more space in the playroom, my husband made a track for bins to slide underneath my son’s train table.
You could also just store them under the table, but we like that they slide into place. It gives more space in the room and still keeps his toys and room organized!
9. Coffee Filter in Training Toilet
When you start potty training, you’ll most likely be using training toilets to being with. Dumping pee out of the toilet isn’t that big of a deal but scraping the poop out isn’t one of my top favorite things to do.
So place a coffee filter in the bottom before your little one goes poop. It’s much easier to throw away and clean out the bottom of the training potty!
10. Ice for a Snack instead of Popsicles
Does your toddler love popsicles as much as mine does? He calls them “sicle, sicle” and it’s adorable. He asks for one multiple times a day. However, I don’t want to keep handing over these popsicles to him with tons of sugar. So I’ve started giving him crushed ice! He sits on the couch with a cup of crushed ice and a spoon.
And no he’s not anemic because he loves ice. I’ve also put an ice cube in one of these snack pouches and he thinks it’s just as good as getting his “sicle, sicle” aka popsicle!
I’ll also put ice cubes into the mesh pouches I linked above and he loves chewing and sucking on it like it’s a popsicle! The bag also keeps him safe from choking because he isn’t able to get to the whole ice cube.
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Last Thoughts on Toddler Tips
This list will continue to grow as I remember to write down little things that make mom life easier! Some of these toddler hacks might have been a “no-brainer” but I hope a few of them made you say “that’s a great idea!”.
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