Parents are not given any manual after their child is born, leaving them to try various tips and tricks they believe will work for them. To aid this process, we have compiled a few tricks that we think you will find indispensable.
Some of these tricks will teach your child new things, while others will provide entertainment or a pleasant addition to quality time spent together.
Tip #1: During lunchtime, listen to an audio story or a child-appropriate podcast. You can discuss it afterward during dessert, for instance.
Tip #2: Are you often at a loss for what to cook for dinner? Simplify your meal planning by establishing a schedule and making it a fun activity for your child. For example, have pasta on Wednesdays and pizza on Fridays.
Tip #3: If your child is unwilling to eat, make the activity more enjoyable by mixing things up and having a picnic outside or even in the living room.
Tip #4: While your child is napping in the afternoon, set a timer for a maximum of 30 minutes, and use this time to complete house chores. Reserve the remaining time for yourself: watch your favorite show or apply a facial mask and relax.
Tip #5: Kids tend to grow bored of their toys quickly. However, you can prevent this by not making the same toys available to them every day. Simply organize the toys into large plastic containers and only unload one of them each day. This will create the illusion of a new toy each day for your child.
#6 Parents are often faced with unexpected situations when out and about with their child. To avoid any unnecessary stress, keep spare clothes and other essentials in the trunk of your car, ensuring that you are always prepared for any eventuality.
#7 Encouraging children to eat healthy food can sometimes be a challenge. However, by creating smoothies that contain hidden healthy ingredients, such as fruits and vegetables, children are more likely to enjoy them without realizing they are consuming something healthy.
#8 It can be difficult to get a sick child to take prescribed medication. A simple solution is to mix the medication with their favorite drink, disguising the taste and making it easier for the child to handle.
#9 Some toys can be quite loud and disruptive, especially if they make a variety of sounds. Cover the speaker with adhesive tape to reduce the volume of these toys, allowing the child to still enjoy the toy without disturbing others.
#10 When going on a long journey, gel glass stickers can be a great investment for keeping young children entertained. These stickers can be easily attached and removed from windows, providing a fun distraction during travel.
#11 To avoid bringing dirt and debris into your home from stroller wheels, simply place shower caps over them when returning home. This simple trick will save time and effort when cleaning up.
#12 Plastic toys that don't contain electronic parts can be easily washed in the dishwasher. Use a lower water temperature and a gentler cycle to prevent any damage to painted parts.
#13 Creating a sandpit for children can be a fun addition to any outdoor space. Simply place a small tent in your garden, terrace, or balcony, and fill it with sand. This will not only add a sense of magic to playtime but also protect the sand from weather and insects.
#14 Ants can be a common problem for outdoor sandpits. A natural and effective solution is to sprinkle cinnamon into the sand, keeping the ants at bay.
#15 To keep children's hands warm and dry while playing in the snow, layer rubber or plastic gloves over their regular gloves. This will help to keep their hands dry and warm for longer periods of time.