Parenting is tough business, so there's no shame in taking a smart shortcut whenever one presents itself.

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And if you're not the innovating type, have no fear. Many other moms are quick to post their flashes of brilliance on Instagram to help moms around the world breathe a little easier. Chances are, you'll find a tip or two that you can adopt with no hassle or cost whatsoever!

Use a DVD and wireless headphones to keep kids from getting distracted by unwanted noise nearby.

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OTC Medicine becomes colorful candy when you remove it from the capsule!

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Kids are eager to learn anything LEGO-related.

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The more comfortable a car seat is, the more they'll sleep.

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Metal toys can be stored via magnets on walls.

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Kids have shown they're more likely to eat vegetables when they're shown in a colorful array like this!

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If kids are picky about brown bananas, peel them, then toss them in the freezer. They'll never know when they're eating them!

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Use ice cube trays to portion out bite-size servings during the week.

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No popsicle sticks? No prob.

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Pill organizers are just as useful for storing snacks, especially when traveling.

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Cleaning up after messy kids.

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Kids running in different directions? Bind them up with a giant article of clothing. 9 times out of 10, they'll love it!

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Make watermelons more appetizing and less messy with this cool hack.

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Switch things up by offering straws to eat soft foods.

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Fighting over an iPad? Put it in one spot so everyone shares.

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This one's just for the parents: Take your kid's tantrums with a grain of salt by drawing fake eyebrows on them!

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