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First-time-parent? Don't really know how to do this parenting thing? Don't worry. We've got all the secrets, tips, and tricks you need to make the first time with your newborn a little easier. Here are 27 ingenious baby hacks (that we wish we'd known before!).

Ingenious baby hacks (that we wish we'd known before)

1. Smoother diaper change

When changing the diaper use the buttons on the bottom part of the body and cover the arms and fasten button over the shoulder. This way you lock the arm from getting in the way of the diaper change.

Monique @ Najell

2. Get connected with skin-to-skin

Make sure to get as much skin-to-skin contact as possible as the non-nursing parent to make sure you get as involved and connected right away. It is easy to feel like you are only there for your partner but you can also be there for your baby. And skin-to-skin contact speeds up the attachment process between you and your baby.

Niklas @ Najell

3. Tandborste - den perfekta bitleksaken?

En av de första bitleksakerna jag gav till alla mina barn är en mjuk tandborste. De älskar känslan och det främjar tidig borstning. Det gjorde mina barn bra på att borsta tänder i en mycket tidig ålder. Min pedi och tandläkare har nu använt detta med sina nyare barn.

tarasabo @ Reddit

4. Make changing time interesting

When changing a wiggly/rolling baby’s diaper, put a toy or interesting object underneath their shirt on their chest. It will become more interesting because it’s hidden and it will take them a little time to get the toy out. Empty plastic water bottles were a big hit for us.

SledgeHogg @ Reddit

5. Babies love cardboard boxes as much as cats?

While they're little save all the thick cardboard boxes whether they're from diapers or packages. They'll probably play with them just as much as the toys they used to have inside. They're like cats in that way.

ForkShirtUp @ Reddit

6. Don't bother folding

For baby clothes, don’t bother folding. Just sort by bin. Onesie bin, pants bin, jammie bin. Baby won’t care if stuff is wrinkly 🤷‍♀️

goodandweevil @ Reddit

7. Hur du undviker blåsningar

Varje gång ska du gå upp en extra storlek på blöjorna. Det eliminerar nästan helt blåsningar.

KrissyGoesMoo @ Reddit

8. The decoy diaper

Using what I call the decoy diaper. At diaper changing time, get two clean diapers. One to replace the dirty diaper and one to hand to the kid to distract him from trying to escape. It's worked really well for us. (and yes, the decoy diaper is used more than once. The played with clean diaper just stays at the changing spot to present with the next diaper change.)

OK8theGR8 @ Reddit

9. It's all about manners!

When my daughter was learning to speak, I would ask her questions with the “thank you” and “please” built in. Like “do you want more? Yes please? Or no thank you?” So she never had to learn to use her manners as she got older, they were preinstalled.

dustybottomses @ Reddit

10. Shoe organizer for baby food

Use a shoe organizer to store jars of baby food in your pantry. You can also use it to store diapers, burp cloths, pretty much any baby product!

Style Savvy Sara

11. Make the bed lasagna

Make the bed lasagna: mattress protector + sheet + second mattress protector + second sheet. It's a life saver with blowouts, vomit or pee in the middle of the night. I've added a third layer is my son is sick.

Longjumping_Matter70 @ Reddit

12. Få mer sömn genom att träna på paus!

När barnet rör sig eller vaknar lite kan det vara en ny sömncykel och behöver inte din omedelbara uppmärksamhet, hjälp eller interaktion. Innan du rusar in för att ta hand om din bebis, gör en paus under en viss tid för att se om bebisen kommer att somna om igen eller om den verkligen är vaken.

The DGAF Mom

13. Store Burp Cloths and Bib Holders Every-Fucking-Where

Don’t limit the burp cloths to a drawer or basket in your newborn baby’s room. Instead embrace the clutter (I would never say this any other time than during the 4th trimester) and keep burp cloths strategically placed around the house.

The DGAF Mom

14. Marie Kondo din bebis garderob!

Spara utrymme i dina lådor genom att rulla ihop ditt barns kläder. Du kanske vill använda den här för dig själv också!

One Crazy House

15. Traveling with baby?

Pack your baby's outfits (including diapers and socks) in separate Ziploc bags labeled by day.This is a Mommy-pro move that will help your suitcase stay organized and you stay sane.

Nuripod @ Instagram

16. Make nail cutting easier

Cut your baby's nails twenty minutes after they've fallen asleep.You'll have an easier time and a much more willing participant.

Twinklerugs @ Instagram

17. The ultimate pacifier storage

Use a few of those plastic to-go condiment containers to store pacifiers in your purse or diaper bag. Pure genius.

One Crazy House

18. For all the "long boi:s" out there

I got a long boi so when he'd outgrow his onesies, which would be about 3 weeks after purchase, I cut them just above the leg hole seam and wah lah its a tshirt. Cut the footies off the pajamas too. Another thing is that from the very beginning, I've been giving him all different kinds of cuisines. It's made him a really good eater!

taargustaargus87 @ Reddit

19. Spela in en CD

Om ditt barn bara kan somna till din röst (när du sjunger eller pratar), spela in din röst på en CD eller på din telefon och anslut den till en högtalare! Detta hjälper så mycket när du måste sjunga samma sång om och om igen och rösten blir trött.

Kristytish @ Buzzfeed

20. Don't buy patterned socks.

You will spend the rest of your life trying to find matching tiny socks. Buy the same brand and same color.

Reecec @ Buzzfeed

21. Platsbesparande knep

Spara plats i skötväskan genom att rulla in reservoutfiten i en strumpa.

One Crazy House

22. Use white noise to get your baby to sleep!

We found a playlist on Spotify that goes for hours.

hannahe4dde27cd4 @ Buzzfeed


Use them to wipe down your kid, yourself, throw-up, dropped pacifiers, dirty hands, and to get those pesky boogers.

Ellenf4a217bc1b @ Buzzfeed

24. I was this today years old....

When I found out the sides of juice bozes are for kids to hold it so they don't squeeze out the juice.

Kylanxx155 @ Twitter

25. Work in shifts!

My wife and I are trying our hand at “shifts” which are measured in feedings. We’re feeding every 2-2 ½ hours and covering 3 feedings each. It’s working pretty well so far and we’re both getting a good 6-7 ½ hours of sleep.

MyGirlOlivia @ Twitter

26. Use the envelope folds on a onesie for their intended purpose

To allow you to pull a onesie down off a poopy baby. Instead of (often disastrously) up over their head.

Mike Spohr @ Buzzfeed

27. Trust your instincts. You probably know a lot more than you realize.

I didn't always listen to myself — often second guessing if what I was doing was right — and I probably drove myself even further into the postpartum depression I was already dealing with. Do not google everything. If it seems right to you, and your baby is happy and healthy, you're probably doing OK.

Jodis4d616cdd9 @ Buzzfeed

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