My toddler has a meltdown every time the trailer detaches from his favourite toy truck. He’s forever toddling up to me and wailing until I fix it.
Then, the other day, my dad had a brilliant solution. He took the truck to his garage and came back with a cable tie affixing the trailer so it can never come off again. Ever.
It was a clap the hands brilliant (gran)dad hack. Go dad!
So, in celebration of all the weird and wacky solutions dads come up with to everyday parenting problems, here are some of our latest faves all sourced from the #dadhack Instagram hashtag.
1. Beer swing
This is multitasking dad-style. Simply tie a rope from your baby’s backyard swing to your finger and enjoy a beer from the comfort of your deck chair.
2. Swaddle solution
When all the baby wraps are in the wash, this dad has the solution – simply using the pants his baby is yet to grow into.
3. Keep your hands to yourself
This dad of triplets has found the ultimate car hack for silencing squabbles (we’re not sure his little passengers are that happy about it though).
4. IKEA toddler bed
When you need to do an epic IKEA shop and know your toddler won’t have the stamina, grab a trolley each and turn one into a bed with this idea using bath mats.
5. Pram golf caddy
When this golf-loving daddy was on baby duty he got creative and built the ultimate pram golf caddy. We hope his partner has scored some extra sleep as a result.
6. Bedtime countdown clock
This nifty clock visual shows little ones exactly what needs to be done and when to cut down on the evening bath/dinner/bed tears. Brilliant, Dad!
7. Twin bathing SOLVED
Babies are slippery when wet and when you have twins bathing two at a time is a little tricky. This dad has invented a solution with these genius hands-free bath floaties. Plus, they are CUTE!
8. Sandpit tent
When it’s burning hot outside and there’s no shade, this dad has thought up the best idea. Simply make a sandpit in a kiddie tent and your littlies can play four hours.
9. Banana bottle holder
Many mums wish they had more hands and this dad has come up with one wacky but useful idea. We think the ‘banana hand’ is actually pretty clever.
10. Drawing box
If your little one loves to draw but you want to spare your soft furnishings from his art, let him go to town on four cardboard walls with the box canvas.
11. Dad on the go
No nappy bag, no worries! Just hook everything you need for bub onto the baby carrier and go. This dad hack is hands free, too.
12. Duct tape nappy trick
If your toddler is in the habit of taking off his nappy, this dad has the solution for you. Secure the nappy tags with duct tape so he can’t undo them. Sorted.
13. Car nodding head hack
If your little one has fallen asleep in his car seat and you’re worried he might get a sore neck from his nodding noggin, try this trick. Simply tie an item of clothing around his forehead to the head support of the car seat to keep it still.
14. Wrap peg hack
If dad finds swaddling a little tricky, get him to take a look at this trick using a humble peg to secure bub’s wrap.
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