Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids has quickly become one of our favorite resources for new parents here at Woodburn Pediatric Clinic. This second book from Portland, Oregon mom and writer Asha Dornfest includes her best parenting hacks culled from more than 4,000 of her blog posts plus new never-before-seen tips and tricks that cover pregnancy, postpartum, birth, feeding, diaper dilemmas, mealtimes, health and safety, fun and learning, and preschool.

This book makes a wonderful baby shower gift, because it’s both helpful and lighthearted. Asha has been through all the late-night fevers and poopy outfits, and she knows that a little humor goes a long way to soothing even mommy’s and daddy’s fears. Cheeky and fun illustrations are included with every tip, so you’ll know just what to do when you’re too tired to read actual words (this happens when caring for newborns).

Some of our favorite hacks from the book:

  • If your child has a habit of spitting liquid cold medicine onto his outfit and ruining shirts, give him his medicine in the tub during bath time. The medicine can be easily washed from your little one’s hair, and it won’t stain your hardwood floors.
  • Swim goggles can help protect sensitive eyes from nebulizer mist, ensuring that you can give your little one her asthma medicine without protest.
  • Turn your toddler’s ear thermometer into a makeshift telephone for a quick “phone call” will ensure you can get an accurate reading without squirming, screaming, or biting.
  • If you’re worried about your child falling out of bed, especially during the transition from a crib to a toddler bed, use a rolled-up towel as a soft guardrail near your little one. Asha also has some great tips and tricks for developing sleep strategies for kids

The Parent Hacks Tour has dates this summer and into the fall, so be sure to check Facebook for a location near you. Parent Hacks is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite independent book seller.