There’s no one-size-fits-all way to completely prepare yourself for a new baby, especially as a first-time mom.
After all, no two babies are alike and even when you think you’ve got everything under control, newborns can throw curveballs your way at any time.
That being said, some of the best advice I’ve gotten as a parent has been from other parents who have been there.
Here are a few mom hacks that have helped me immensely!
Mom hacks for diaper changes
As a new parent, you’re going to spend a lot of time changing diapers. Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks that other parents have picked up along the way that can make them a lot easier (and whole lot less messy).
Diaper cream applicator
Now, honestly, I didn’t even know until recently that this was a thing.
Is this something you absolutely need? No. Is it something that’s really useful to have and worth the money? Absolutely.
If you’ve had had to manage a squirmy baby when you’ve got your hand covered in thick diaper cream (the stuff is like glue), you already know it isn’t the best situation to find yourself in as a parent.
One hand is occupied with little squirmy pants, while you’re frantically trying to wipe off the thick goop from your finger?
Keep diaper cream mess at bay by using a diaper cream applicator such as the Baby Bum Brush. This nifty little tool will keep your fingertips clean, and help you spread cream evenly on your newborn’s bum, in no time!
Consider using cloth wipes
Cloth wipes might seem like a lot of work at first, but they’re actually super convenient and easy to use.
You will have to buy the supplies up front, but they will save you a good bit of money in the long-run.
If you use a diaper pail, get this kind
Diaper pails are often listed on unnecessary baby item lists, but if you choose to get one, here’s a tip that every parent should know about.
The Diaper Genie may be the most popular diaper pail, but the refills can get expensive.
Instead, look for a diaper pail that uses any kind of bag, rather than special refills. The Ubbi Steel Odor Locking Diaper Pail uses no special bags – Totally worth it.
Distract baby at the changing table
Once babies reach a certain age, it’s like diaper changes become their cue to wiggle.
Keep some toys near the changing table so you can grab them quickly to distract your little one while you get the job done.
Toys they can easily grasp like rattles, teething toys, and crinkle toys can be good options to keep them from rolling around during diaper changes.
Keep a wet bag for the diaper bag
You’ll be grateful to have those empty bags the first time you change a smelly diaper on the side of the road or have to cope with an all-out diaper blowout at church.
For some reason, we always remember to bring an additional outfit, but we never consider what we’ll do with the soiled one, right?
Packing a wet bag is the perfect solution, so go ahead and grab a couple if you don’t have any!
Get your diapers delivered on auto-pilot
Never have to worry about running out of diapers again by setting up your Amazon subscribe and safe.
It’ll save you a little since you will get a discount and it eliminates the need to rush to the store for diapers on a last-minute’s notice.
Sleep is a major factor when it comes to babies, especially newborns. Avoid more of those sleepless nights and fussy days by making a few adjustments.
White noise is a newborn’s best friend! Put babies to sleep faster and keep them asleep longer by using white noise as a soothing tool.
My newborn responded really well to the sound of a fan in the room, but you can also find white noise machines online or even use your phone with an app if you’re in a pinch.
My babies could not sleep without blackout curtains. The dark room coupled with the small bit of light from the sound machine was the magic combination for great sleep.
My son is now 5 and still loves his blackout curtains, so these will provide benefits for your child for years to come, not even exaggerating.
Swaddle your newborn
Swaddling is an age-old technique that can help comfort newborns, providing them with the snugness they experienced in the womb.
Let’s face it, babies are cute, but they are also messy! Here are a few cleaning hacks that can ease the stress and make cleaning up after your little one a breeze.
Wash tiny clothes in a mesh bag
The problem with tiny baby clothes is much like the problem you often have with socks. They have the inexplicable tendency to disappear!
To be honest, I’m not sure where they go. They go into the washing and they don’t come out.
Solution? Purchase a mesh laundry bag to wash all of those itty bitty baby socks (and other tiny accessories – like any baby hair ties you may have or other accessories) in to save time searching for them.
Treat stains right away
The longer a stain sits, the harder it is to get out (especially spit-up and diaper stains!) – so treat them right away.
As far as stain removers for baby clothes go, these are our top picks.
Mom hacks for baby clothes
If you were wondering if we have any helpful tips for baby clothes specifically – Try these.
Take onesies off the right way
Have you ever noticed how onesie have the little seam flaps on each side of the neck? This actually gives you a little extra room so that you can pull the onesie down in the event of a messy diaper.
So, rather than pulling the onesie over the baby’s head, try pulling it down over the shoulders instead.
Zippers > buttons
As adorable as the button-up footed pajamas are, a zipper is so much easier than fooling with those buttons when you’re half asleep.
There’s nothing more frustrating than skipping a button and having to undo all of them and start over when you’re exhausted and just ready to get back to bed.
Mom hack for organizing baby clothes: Drawer dividers
To keep your baby clothes nice and organized, I highly recommend getting some drawer dividers.
These are perfect for keeping your baby’s socks, hats, bibs, and other accessories separated.
Plus it makes life much easier when you can actually find what you’re looking for instead of having to dig through a ball of clothes.
A few simple baby hacks can make life much easier! Give some of these a try and let us know if they work for you.
Do you have any baby hacks that you would absolutely add to this list? Let us know in the comments so we can add them asap.
If it’s bath time you’re feeling overwhelmed with, these bath time tips can make a big difference!
Bath toy organizer
A bath toy organizer may sound like one of those items that may not be worth the money, but they totally are.
If your baby is a little older and you’re letting them play with toys during bath time, a proper organizer not only provides you with a perfect spot for storing the toys, but they’re also the perfect spot to put toys to let them dry.
Why is that important? If bath toys aren’t allowed to completely air dry, they can start to grow mold very easily.
Try a breast milk bath or oatmeal bath
If you notice that your little one has a rash on their bum that’ just won’t go away’s being stubborn, try a breast milk bath if you are breastfeeding or an oatmeal bath if you don’t have breastmilk on hand.
Here’s a simple recipe for an oatmeal bath that you can use, and it is quite simple to make as you only need oats and a blender.
If you want to give your baby a breastmilk bath, simply pour your breastmilk into the bath tub after the water has already been drawn and place your baby into the water.
Try a shower cup for rinsing soapy hair
You won’t need this if you have a newborn, but for older babies (and definitely toddlers), a rinsing cup is a must-have for bath time.
It’s the easiest way to rinse soap from baby’s hair while also avoiding their face and ears.
Use bath time as a “reset”
As parents, we’ve all had those days where the baby just cries and cries all day long. I know it’s hard and I know you’re tired, but the one thing that helped me as a new mom was knowing that a baby bath could help my baby settle down.
The bath is a warm place, and even if your baby doesn’t like their baths, it gives them a new environment for a short while to focus on. I don’t know what it is about a baby bath but it can help even the most overtired baby settle down.
Check for any breezes in the bathroom
A slight breeze can make your little one feel chilly while they take their bath which can trigger them to start crying.
Keep things warm and breeze free and you should have a more peaceful bathing experience.
Double-check the bath temp with a bath thermometer
Now, at first glance, this may be another baby item that seems silly to some parents (I mean, you can just check the temperature of the water with your hand, right?), but it’s actually quite nice to have.
It gives you peace of mind, and many of the bath thermometers also float, which is really fun entertainment for baby.
A few simple mom hacks can make life much easier! Give some of these a try and let us know if they work for you.
Do you have any hacks that you would absolutely add to this list? Let us know in the comments so we can add them asap.