Parents Who Surprised Themselves With Their Own Genius Hacks

Parents have to be some of the most resourceful humans in the world. Every day, they face crazy situations that no one could have prepared them for even if they tried.

But from these situations come some incredible hacks that can be passed down to other parents who might really need them.

Every Bathroom Needs This Sticker

This person put a sticker on the bathroom wall that says, “you shall not pass.”

toilet paper with a little sticker on the wall under it that says,
Photo Credit: Instagram / @kyleighsmomma101320
Photo Credit: Instagram / @kyleighsmomma101320

The idea is that any kid, or maybe adult, using that bathroom will know when they’ve taken enough toilet paper.

A Not-So-Sweet Surprise

Kids aren’t that hard to trick. That’s probably not a great thing to say out loud, but it’s true.

broccoli wrapped up in a Tootsie Pop wrapper
Photo Credit: Instagram / @afunandfrugallife
Photo Credit: Instagram / @afunandfrugallife

That’s why doing something as simple as making a vegetable look like candy would work.

No One Wants Cough Syrup

Want your kids to stay out of the maple syrup in the fridge? It seems like the solution is putting it in an unmarked glass jar and writing “cough syrup” on the side.

a jar of maple syrup with a cough syrup label
Photo Credit: Instagram / @alexasunshinerose
Photo Credit: Instagram / @alexasunshinerose

Who is going to take the chance?

Cheese, Coming To The Rescue Again

Just when we thought cheese couldn’t be any more amazing than it is, this photo changes everything.

cheese string being used as a wine stopper
Photo Credit: Instagram / @imomsohard
Photo Credit: Instagram / @imomsohard

Here we see a cheese string being used to keep some much-needed wine fresh for after the kids go to bed.

You’ll Never Lose Socks Again

This mom was tired of losing socks in the laundry, so she got some little snaps and attached them to the top of the socks.

snaps on a sock to keep them together
Photo Credit: Instagram / @lollie.88
Photo Credit: Instagram / @lollie.88

Now she’ll never lose them again.

No One Is The Wiser

It really is the worst when someone is using your Netflix account and they go in and start messing up your algorithm.

Tweet: Everyone at home kept watching Netflix using my profile. Messed up all my lists and history...so I renamed
Photo Credit: Twitter / @mikeangiulo
Photo Credit: Twitter / @mikeangiulo

Looks like changing your icon to an update prompt will keep people out.

Who Is Going To Have The Best Drawing?

Dad really needed to have a nap, but he also wanted to watch the kids. His solution?

dad napping and a bunch of kids drawing him
Photo Credit: Facebook / Monica Weber
Photo Credit: Facebook / Monica Weber

Take the nap and tell the kids to have a drawing contest to see who could draw him the best.

No Yogurt Mess Again

The solution is so simple, but those are usually the ones we overlook.

a straw in a yogurt tube
Photo Credit: Instagram / @robynperrier
Photo Credit: Instagram / @robynperrier

Putting a straw in a yogurt tube will stop your kids from squishing it all over themselves.

Babyproof With Diapers

There seems to be a ton of diapers around all the time, so why not put them to good use?

a diaper taped to the end of a table
Photo Credit: Instagram / @lee.numero.uno
Photo Credit: Instagram / @lee.numero.uno

Who needs a fancy corner protector when you can just duct-tape a diaper onto the corner of your tables?

Finally, A Use For Coffee Stoppers

The coffee stoppers seem too sturdy to be just recycled when you’re done with them. It turns out you can use them as an emergency hair accessory.

little kid with their hair in a bun held together by a coffee stopper
Photo Credit: Instagram / @the_jersey_showman
Photo Credit: Instagram / @the_jersey_showman

All you have to do is twist up the hair and stick it through.

The Last Place They’d Look

She knew that the last place her kids—or her husband, for that matter—were ever going to look was in the dishwasher, because no one uses it but her.

mom standing in front of the dishwasher with her finger over her mouth
Photo Credit: Instagram / @mel_mum.wife.healthylife
Photo Credit: Instagram / @mel_mum.wife.healthylife

That’s the perfect place to hide snacks.

A Multifunctional Baby Stroller

If you take the baby out of the stroller, it’s basically a shopping cart you can take with you.

apples in a stroller
Photo Credit: Instagram / @julia_c_romanchuk
Photo Credit: Instagram / @julia_c_romanchuk

It’s really not a bad idea when you think about going places like the farmers market.

He’s Not Going Anywhere

Here’s a good way to make sure that your kid is going to stay put while you try to get 20 minutes of shuteye.

bedsheet tied around a dad lying on the couch and a baby on the floor
Photo Credit: Twitter / @kaybrynell
Photo Credit: Twitter / @kaybrynell

Tie a sheet around them, and they can’t go anywhere!

Keep That Laundry Seperated

Do you find that going through the laundry after you’ve washed and folded it all is a bit of a hassle?

laundry dividers in a laundry basket
Photo Credit: Instagram / @thechavarastory
Photo Credit: Instagram / @thechavarastory

Putting some dividers in the laundry basket will help you divide them up and make it easier to put them away where they belong.

Keeping Baby Out This Time

The great thing about those little baby cages is that they’re just as good for keeping kids out of things as they are at keeping kids inside of them.

a cage around a bbq
Photo Credit: Instagram / @ladbabyofficial
Photo Credit: Instagram / @ladbabyofficial

Case in point, this genius dad protecting his kid from the BBQ.

Get Those Kids To Eat Those Peas

Like with most things, if you surround it with potato, it’s a sure bet to be something that your kid, or any person, is going to end up eating.

peas hidden in the squares of a potato square
Photo Credit: Instagram / @kealharry
Photo Credit: Instagram / @kealharry

It would work for me.

It’s A Perfect Fit

Do you not want to spend a bunch of money on socket covers? Do you not like the ones on the market?

a huggies top over a socket
Photo Credit: Instagram / @nicole20030404
Photo Credit: Instagram / @nicole20030404

You can use the tops of the wipes packages to make a convenient little door.

Get The Ice Cube Shapes You Want

If your ice cube trays aren’t giving you what you want, then here’s a good way to get some thin ice cubes.

ice made out of the fingers in gloves
Photo Credit: Instagram / @anaccidentalnomad
Photo Credit: Instagram / @anaccidentalnomad

Just freeze a bunch of water in some gloves.

That’s Not A Long List

Mom wanted the chores done, so she knew the right way to get them done.

a note that says,
Photo Credit: Imgur / CoyotaTorona
Photo Credit: Imgur / CoyotaTorona

You take away the Wi-Fi, you take away their lifeline, and they’re going to do whatever you want to get it back.

They’re Going To Win The Game For Sure

You want some time to play your video games, but the kids are asking to play too?

kids holding controllers that aren't plugged in
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

Unplug some controllers and give them the illusion of playing. They’ll never know.

They’re Such Busybodies Anyway

This is a genius idea. Little ones are such busybodies anyway.

baby wearing a floor cleaning suit
Photo Credit: Instagram / @samginnifer
Photo Credit: Instagram / @samginnifer

Why not fit them with a bit of a dusting cloth for the floor? Everyone wins that way.

Vodka Is The Answer To Everything

Don’t have a rolling pin but feel like doing some cooking? No problem!

someone using a vodka bottle as a rolling pin
Photo Credit: Twitter / @the_razzo
Photo Credit: Twitter / @the_razzo

Get that bottle of vodka or wine out of the cupboard and throw some flour on it. Problem solved.

She Took Matters Into Her Own Hands

This woman, like all of us, was sick of not having useable pockets on her pants.

pockets sewn onto sweat pants
Photo Credit: Instagram / @veganhousewife
Photo Credit: Instagram / @veganhousewife

So she took matters into her own hands and sewed some on herself. That’s pretty sweet.

Keep Those Hands Warm

Want to avoid getting cold and wet hands while you’re sipping your necessary iced coffee?

a diaper wrapped around a Starbucks cup
Photo Credit: Instagram / @jazmin_bree
Photo Credit: Instagram / @jazmin_bree

Wrapping a diaper around it is a great way to make sure that you’re getting the best of the situation.

Much Less Mess

Those little Popsicle holders are for so much more than Popsicles.

 kid eating a burrito out of a popsicle holder
Photo Credit: Instagram / @_marybower_
Photo Credit: Instagram / @_marybower_

Literally any food that you can fit in it will be easier to eat and create less mess than if your kid was left to their own devices.

Those Shoes Are Never Coming Off

Why do dolls have removable shoes? They don’t need to be able to take off their shoes!

glue in front of two doll legs
Photo Credit: Instagram / @oklahomacitymom
Photo Credit: Instagram / @oklahomacitymom

They’re just going to get lost. This mom decided super glue was the answer, and she isn’t wrong.

Never Misplace A Bib Again

This person had the genius idea of putting a Command hook on the back of the highchair.

a command hook on the back of a high chair with bibs on it
Photo Credit: Instagram /@barangbabycantik
Photo Credit: Instagram /@barangbabycantik

Now, they can leave all the bibs there so they’re always right where you need them to be.

Create A Fun Snacking Experience

Using an ice cube tray is a great way to give your kids a fun experience while snacking and also give them a lot of variety.

fruit, cheese and crackers in an ice cube tray
Photo Credit: Instagram / @life_with_lisak
Photo Credit: Instagram / @life_with_lisak

Plus, it is easy to clean up for you!

Never Miss A Dose

If your little one isn’t feeling well and you needed some medication from the doctor, you can write the dates that they need to take it on the back and cross it off as you give it to them.

a small calendar drawn on a medication bottle
Photo Credit: Instagram / @alanacvalentine
Photo Credit: Instagram / @alanacvalentine

That way you can keep track of when they’ve had their meds.

Keeping Everything Clean Is Important

Put your kids’ toys into the dishwasher with a little bit of vinegar.

a bunch of toys in a dishwasher
Photo Credit: Twitter / @WaterLibertyRC
Photo Credit: Twitter / @WaterLibertyRC

They’re going to come out clean as a whistle and not full of germs or mold.