30 “Baby Hacks I Wish I Knew Before I Was A Mom” Interview With Author
Raising a child can be truly overwhelming. In fact, this poll showed that the first year of raising a baby can lead to more than 2,500 arguments. And that’s solely inside the family. If you think of all the parenting styles and techniques, there’s a whole other universe to be debated on which has been dividing parents since…. basically, the dawn of time.
So in order to get your mind sorted and see what really works and what doesn’t when raising a tiny human, it’s best to look at things in practice. Meet Lauren Mejia, a TikTok creator and mom to 22mo Brax who has been sharing child development hacks, Montessori and mama tips with her 350K followers on the channel.
Lauren's advice includes practical hacks she wishes she knew before having a baby, and they have been watched millions of times. So let’s see some of her best tips right below and be sure to share your experiences and thoughts in the comments!
Is your toddler always putting their shoes on backward? Cut a sticker in half & put them on the insides so they can easily match up the sticker!
Store everything you need for diaper changes in a wipe container so you aren't searching your entire diaper bag for what you need
If your baby struggles to hold a bottle, put it in a squish ball!
Bored Panda reached out to the creator of these parenting hacks, a 26-year-old woman named Lauren Mejia who holds a degree in Child Development, Psychology and Montessori education. “I am a mom to a 22-month-old baby boy named Braxton. I got into TikTok around the time my son turned 1 by posting tips and activities that I thought would be helpful for other parents,” she told us.
Keep marshmallows in the freezer for bumps... softer than ice but still cold & calming
Bring a thermos with hot water to easily warn bottles on-the-go
So Lauren’s TikTok channel lifts some of that burden from parents’ shoulders and provides real know-how advice on child development and everyday hacks, as well as giving them simple yet game-changing solutions to any of the problems that may come up.
The TikTok creator said that her hacks are inspired by the daily issues she experiences when raising Braxton, which makes her videos all the more relatable. “I get my ideas for hacks by experiencing daily issues being a mom and trying to figure out useful and helpful ways that will solve common problems that other parents may also experience.”
Reduce the risk of mold growing in your bath toys by hoy gluing the hole closed
Wrap their arms in the bottom of the onesie for diaper changes & teeth brushing
Pour water onto a wash cloth & freeze for 10 minutes for the best teething toy
When asked what’s the most difficult part of being a parent, in her opinion, Lauren said that it “is trying to figure out what your baby needs at every given moment and constantly wondering if you're doing enough for them in regards to their development.”
Lauren also added that she mainly gets positive feedback from her viewers. “It's always motivating to post when other parents comment on how useful my tips are,” she concluded.
Have a baby that throws all their food on the floor? Try introducing a "no thank you' bowl to minimize the mess
Is your kid is always dropping their puzzles or losing pieces? Buy velcro from the $1 store so pieces stay put for storage & transfer
Cut the shower curtain in half. Place under high chair for easy cleanup. Just pick it up & rinse it off in the sink!
Always put a diaper underneath first when doing diaper changes
Having trouble giving baby medicine?
Poke a hole into a pacifier & use the syringe to push it in as they naturally suck on it!
Using a makeup brush is the easiest way to apply sunscreen into all those small areas like their ears/nose
Make sure the ruffles on the diaper are always faced outwards & not tucked in.
This iwll save from potential blow outs/leaks!
If you keep pulling out more than 1 wipe just put a hair tie around the wipes!
Use a command hook on the back of highchair to hang bibs
Smelly diaper bin? Put small cup of baking soda inside of it
If you've lost and bought a ton of pacifier covers like me.. Store an extra in a Ziploc in your diaper bag to keep it clean and safe!
Check to see if your neighborhood has a free little library for free books & to donate gently used ones!
Freeze water inside of a paci when baby is teething It's great when they're breaking in those front four teeth!
Have an empty wipe package? Turn it into a super simple plug cover (Discontinue use when your child gains the fine moto skills to open it themselves)
Use a fitted sheet for easy sensory bin clean up or for a contained baby play center
Put frozen breastmilk in a mesh feeder for an easy teething toy
Has your kid ever gotten these hair ties stuck in their hair? Dab lemon essential oil on it & it'll pop right off!
use a spatula/makeup brush to apply diaper cream so you aren't sticking your dirty hands into the jar
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