There’s no manual for having a baby … but there are shortcuts you need to know! These forehead-smackingly smart solutions (created by other stumped parents) address everything from bath time to teething and help make pregnancy and childrearing easier. Pass on these pearls of wisdom to other newbie mamas and papas. Who is the brilliant parent now?

1. Keep rubber ducky at arms reach by plopping it (and the baby) in a laundry basket. Bonus: The basket prevents baby bums from sliding around in a slippery tub.


photo: David via flickr

2. With a little nip, tuck and stitch, his oversized tee becomes your chic and comfy maternity top. 
photo & idea from Cotton and Curls
3. Mosquitos have a thing for cute, squishy baby fat. The little buggers don’t stand a chance with this insider tip: A crib sheet placed on top of your outdoor playpen.
photo & idea from Little Baby Watson
4. Until all highchairs come with a hook on the back for bib storage, stick a self-adhesive hook on it and call it a day.
photo & idea from Under the Redlich Roof
5. Tired of baby snot-covered tissues strewn around the house or stuffed into your pockets? Rubberband a tissue box to an empty tissue box for a convenient mini-waste basket. 
photo & idea from Mommy Shorts
6. Baby leg warmers are so cute, practical and easy to make! Cut the feet off of a pair of grownup knee-high socks, fold the raw edge over and stitch it closed. Voila!
photo & idea from Ten Cow Chick
7. When your bambino starts opening cabinets before you’ve invested in locks, bide your time by slipping cookie cutters over them. 

photo & idea from Kara Aycoth

8. Running out of closet space with all of those new baby clothes? Loop a soda can tab on one hanger and then hook another hanger through it to double your space instantly. 
photo & idea from All Day Chic
9. Part scooter. Part stroller. What’s not to love about this Austria-designed Roller Buggy?
photo from Bored Panda
10. This snap-on hoodie (that is for sale!) makes wearing a baby on chilly days cozier — especially for you! The front cuddle pocket keeps hands toasty when your coat pockets are covered. 
photo & idea from Top Dreamer

11. Soothe a teething baby’s gums by letting them gnaw on a pacifier pop. Pour milk or water into an ice tray, dunk pacifiers in and let them freeze. 


photo & idea from The Johnston’s

12. Some babies require as many creams, ointments and potions as their beauty product-obsessed moms. Keep it all organized by stashing it in the pockets of an over-the-door shoe organizer. 

nursery-organizerphoto from Project Nursery

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— Ayren Jackson-Cannady