Top 12 life hacks for new dads

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Looking for a few ideas to make life a bit easier when there's a newborn in the house? Then here are some life hacks that might just save you a little bit of time...
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Make a free humidifier for your baby

While you can spend well over £100 on a humidifier, you could get roughly the same effect by placing a bowl of water on the radiator (or even a damp towel). While the central heating will dry out the air in the room, the water will evaporate and return some of that moisture to help your baby breathe.

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Try and help your baby sleep, without expensive gadgets

Sometimes, just the reassurance of a ticking clock in the background will help your newborn get a little more relaxed. And it's cheaper than half of the contents of Toys R Us.

Get your newborn's email account sorted
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Get your newborn's email account sorted

Not a top priority, granted, but your new baby will be sleeping a lot of the time (even if it doesn't feel like it!). So how about trying to get them their Gmail account in their name now? Might be easier than in ten years' time...

Get a highchair with a hook on the back
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Get a highchair with a hook on the back

Get a highchair with a hook on the back

It's a handy place to store bibs. And you'll be needing, in time, lots of bibs. If your highchair doesn't have one, you can get self-adhesive hooks to do the same job.

Buy clothes that are too big
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Buy clothes that are too big

If your newborn is attracting gifts from friends and relatives, then most of them tend to buy clothes in newborn sizes. Save your own money, then, and invest in 6-12 month sizes. Babies have a habit of outgrowing clothes quickly, after all...

Cut a hole in a dummy for giving medicine
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Cut a hole in a dummy for giving medicine

Hopefully your baby won't need too much medicine. But if they do, one way to get them to take it is through their dummy (should they use one). Just cut a hole in the tip of it, Then take the top off the dummy, and then add medicine directly into the tip.

Keep a spare game controller handy
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Keep a spare game controller handy

At the first chance, your offspring will grab your Xbox/PlayStation/Nintendo controller, and seize it from you. Simple tip here: keep a spare, but don't connect it up. That way, you can all sit together playing, but only one of you will be to blame for that last minute goal you conceded at FIFA.

Removing a soiled vest
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Removing a soiled vest

A good one, this. If your baby's nappy has leaked, and soiled its vest, then there's an alternative to pulling it over their head, and spreading the muck where you particularly don't want it. Instead, slide their arms out of the vest first, and then pull it down over their legs instead.

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Get ice cube trays to store food

It'll be a good few months before your newborn moves onto food proper, and time to prepare fresh meals tends to be in short supply. So here's a tip: prepare meals, puree them, and then pour them into ice cube trays. Stick them in the freezer, and then it's simple enough to a) get a good meal together for your offspring, and b) identity appropriate portion sizes.

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Friends with a baby?

Then how about coming to arrangement where you look after each other's child for a few hours ever week or so? That way, both couples will get a few precious hours to themselves...

Baby gates
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Baby gates

Baby gates are important, but can do damage to walls if you're not careful. So: place a piece of wood between the gate and the wall, so that it spreads the pressure. This can prove especially useful on dividing walls.

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Set up mini-changing stations around the house

A simple shoe box, with a packet of wipes, nappy bags and nappies, can be easily placed tidily enough in pretty much any room. If you make sure you've got a few of these strategically placed, then come a toilet emergency, you won't be running around the house frantically in need of those elusive baby wipes...

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