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21 Baby Tips and Tricks That Will Save Your Sanity

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While moms of multiples will tell you every baby is different, there are some days you could really use a magic parenting bag full of easy and helpful tricks. So I asked seasoned parents what their favorite go-to baby tricks were and they gave me so many good tips I kind of wished my kids were babies again so I could try them out. (Did I really just say that?!) Hopefully these tried-and-true parenting hacks will work magic for you!

“If you're feeling stressed, look at the times it’s happening and see how you can help yourself. My stressful times were in the morning because I have three kids and my husband is deployed. I make my son’s lunch, get my coffee prepped and do dishes every night. That way, I wake up and have very little I have to do with one hand while holding our youngest.” – Sarah

“Buy diapers in bulk. The more, the merrier!” – Morgan

“Skip the baby food. We pureed everything we ate and fed it to our babies. We saved a lot of money and the kids loved it.” – Nobilis

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Plan your family meals for the week. Make crockpot meals and eat leftovers for a couple of days. Or roast a chicken and make two or three meals out of it. Whatever you can do to save time in the kitchen will give you more time for other things.” – Terry

“Use a sling instead of a stroller.” – Ayun

Get outside as much as you can. It’s good for you, it’s good for baby and everything seems a little more manageable when you’re outside.” – Bella

Don’t worry about how much noise baby is making when you’re out in public.

“Stock the house with food so you don’t have to leave for a month.” – Ericka

Home delivery! It makes grocery shopping so much easier.” – Samantha

“Make reading an early priority. I read to my babies so I got my own reading time in, but by the time they were older and ready for their own stories they had learned to enjoy reading time.” – Rhiannon

“Wherever you go, always have a bag of small toys with you. Dole them out to a fussy baby while you sit in traffic or wait in line at the post office or visit a friend who doesn’t have kids. A new toy will buy you a few minutes of time wherever you are.” – Kris

“Never ask for advice on Facebook.” – Sarah

“If you have a two-story house, make sure you have a changing station on each floor. It will save you a lot of steps (and a few icky accidents) if you have easy access to diapers and wipes.” – Lisa

“Put baby in a bassinet in the bathroom while you shower.” – Tina

“Don’t worry about how much noise baby is making when you’re out in public. Unless it’s a full-on meltdown of epic proportions, most people won’t even notice. Trust me, your baby sounds louder to you than she does to other people. Enjoy your time out of the house!” – Vickie

Baby sleeps in his crib in his own room as often as possible no matter how much it sucks at the beginning. If he's sick and you want to be close, sleep on the floor in his room.” – David

“Baby wearing. So much baby wearing. It’s how I shopped, cleaned, read, traveled and hung out with friends.” – Delilah

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“It sounds awful, but use paper plates for as many meals as you want to for those first few months. Even with a dishwasher, it’s one less chore to deal with. You can worry about the environment when they’re older.” – Martha

“Don’t forget to eat and stay hydrated. Seems silly, but moms have a bad habit of neglecting their most basic needs sometimes.” – Erin

“Don’t be quiet during nap time. I got to the point where I could vacuum while my daughter was napping and she wouldn’t wake up.” – Becky

“You and baby are a unique pairing. Even if you have other kids, this is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s OK if you do it differently than other people.” – Kay

“Wine.” – Cara

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