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25 Tricks to Smooth(er) Parental Sailing. You Should Probably Know These.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Ah, parenting! One of life's continuing adventures. It's something most people get the hang of--eventually--but for new parents, the thought of having little tiny people who depend of you for everything can be terrifying, especially when you consider they'll keep depending on you when they're considerably less tiny. We've compiled a collection of quick, easy and cheap tricks to get you through the rough spots. Some of them, anyway.

1. This shower cap keeps little eyes safe from shampoo.

This shower cap keeps little eyes safe from shampoo.

(The baby doesn't look happy about it, though.)

2. Coughing baby remedy. Does this work on adults, too?

3. A perfect solution for twins! Just make sure you remember who's A and who's B.

A perfect solution for twins! Just make sure you remember who's A and who's B.

4. Soften up your fellow passengers. Come prepared. Yes, the other passengers deserve this courtesy.

Soften up your fellow passengers. Come prepared. Yes, the other passengers deserve this courtesy.

5. Have your kids start helping with the chores early.

Have your kids start helping with the chores early.

Child labor laws permitting.

6. Use zip ties to attach baby gates to stairs and doors. No damage when you remove them!

Use zip ties to attach baby gates to stairs and doors. No damage when you remove them!

7. For the in-between stage of potty training, maxi-pads can catch minor accidents.

For the in-between stage of potty training, maxi-pads can catch minor accidents.

8. Convert a crib into a desk when they outgrow it by removing just one railing.

Convert a crib into a desk when they outgrow it by removing just one railing.

9. The noodle provides a little barrier for kids who are prone to rolling out of bed.

The noodle provides a little barrier for kids who are prone to rolling out of bed.

10. Laundry baskets in the tub keep toys close at hand.

Laundry baskets in the tub keep toys close at hand.

11. Temporary tattoos can help in crowded situations.

Temporary tattoos can help in crowded situations.

12. Baking soda is good for pretty much everything! You can also apply a baking soda-and-water mixture to clean up vomit.

Baking soda is good for pretty much everything! You can also apply a baking soda-and-water mixture to clean up vomit.

13. Apply a paste of baking soda and water to a splinter. After a few minutes, the splinter will be easy to remove.

Apply a paste of baking soda and water to a splinter. After a few minutes, the splinter will be easy to remove.

14. Cupcake papers catch popsicle drips.

Cupcake papers catch popsicle drips.

15. Old plastic bottles can be converted into spouts to make it easier for kids to reach the sink.

Old plastic bottles can be converted into spouts to make it easier for kids to reach the sink.

16. A cut pool noodle can prevent doors from slamming--and catching little hands.

A cut pool noodle can prevent doors from slamming--and catching little hands.

17. A sturdy table and a table cloth can also make a kid hammock.

A sturdy table and a table cloth can also make a kid hammock.

18. A little glitter on money is a nice "tooth fairy" touch.

A little glitter on money is a nice "tooth fairy" touch.

19. A shoe rack can store activities for road trips.

A shoe rack can store activities for road trips.

20. A tissue helps kids to hold a pencil properly.

A tissue helps kids to hold a pencil properly.

21. A DVD case can be packed with pencils and paper for a traveling art kit

A DVD case can be packed with pencils and paper for a traveling art kit

22. Rubber bands keep apple slices together, and prevent them from getting rusty.

Rubber bands keep apple slices together, and prevent them from getting rusty.

23. Eating around strawberry stems can be tricky.

Eating around strawberry stems can be tricky.

24. A little motivation goes a long way.

A little motivation goes a long way.

25. Never too much motivation.

Never too much motivation.

Parenting is an adventure! But like all adventures, it's best to be prepared. We hope these can help you out!

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