40+ Parents Who Are Amateurs When It Comes To Getting Out Of a Bind

When you become a parent, it is like a new part of your brain becomes engaged. This part of the brain allows for very creative problem-solving. However, that skill takes a little time to kick in, and until then, there will be some rookie mistakes. There may be moments where your solutions raise a few eyebrows, like the people we are going to look at here. Check out these parents who are amateurs when it comes to getting out of a bind.

Heatin’ It Up, Coolin’ It Down

When you are feeding the little one, you will want to heat up the bottle. It will take some time to learn how to get the bottle to just the right temperature, though.

Heatin’ It Up, Coolin’ It Down

This dad, having heated the bottle too much, thought he would knock out two of his tasks at the same time. He decided to use the cool water from the tap to cool the bottle and get some filtered water into the fridge.

Watchful Eye

When the little ones begin to walk and run around, there are tons of things that can be dangerous for them. One of these is table corners, so finding a way to eliminate this danger is top priority.

Watchful Eye

This mother needed to solve the problem fast, looked around, and saw some diapers. They are cushioned, right? Why not duct tape them to your table? It may look strange, but at least your kid won’t poke an eye out.

Everyday Solution

We have all heard the saying “duct tape fixes everything.” This mother took that to heart. Instead of paying a lot of money to childproof the cabinets, she just grabbed a roll and started going to work.

Everyday Solution

Kids get into everything, so making sure the doors of cabinets can not be opened is one of those things all parents go through. This is a temporary solution, but it works.

Snacks Are Served

Kids are messy, not just when they are playing, but when they do anything. This can be exhausting when you have to run behind them and make sure the house stays in one piece.

Snacks Are Served

That is why this dad chose to find a way to make sure there was no mess when the kids were having their dinner. We are not sure this was the best idea, but who knows? Maybe it will become a new thing.

Sip-N-See

“Mom, can you turn the light on?” This mom got tired of having to get up and turn the light on for her little one, so she had to think about how she was going to solve this problem. She didn’t want to use a step stool because that added a whole new level of danger, so here is her solution.

Sip-n-See

Just tape a straw to the light switch. It may not look chic or go with her décor, but now she can watch her shows without having to constantly pause it.

Where There Is a Will

Once they have kids, many parents realize that their ability to just go out for dinner has decreased greatly. What do you do when you are craving something? You figure out how to make it yourself whether you have the tools or not.

Where There Is a Will

This mom wanted to go out for sushi, so she worked it out, but then realized she didn’t have a roller. Thank goodness for tin foil!

Every Spoonful

Often, when the little one starts to get irritable, they are just hungry. Parents know this, and that is why they carry snacks everywhere they go. It does no good to pack the snacks if you have no way to feed them, though.

Every Spoonful

These parents found themselves in this situation and improvised by taking a plastic fork and turning it into a spoon. Problem solved, even if it is not an ideal solution.

New Attachment

Little hands get into everything, so you have to keep the house clean. This will ensure that they don’t stick stuff in their mouths that might get them sick. That is also why there tends to be a vacuum or broom handy at every corner.

New Attachment

However, this woman went to clean up the mess and realized that someone had hidden her attachment. Luckily, she had a PVC pipe just laying around.

Protect the Trees

Most kids are attracted to bright and shiny things. They are not yet sure of the limits, so things like Christmas trees look like big toys when they are all lit up. That is why parents go to extreme measures to ensure that the kids are unable to get to the trees.

Protect The Trees

This parent tried. Although the baby gate keeps them from getting up underneath the tree, it seems they can still reach the balls. “A” for effort, though.

Tying It Up

Dads sometimes get a little nervous when it comes to doing their little girl’s hair. That is why you will see a lot of ponytails and such, because they are easy to do. What does a dad do when the hair tie breaks, though?

Tying It Up

This dad reacted quickly and used what he had on hand. Taking his coffee stirrer and using it like a hairpin, he swept his little girl’s hair up. We just hope he cleaned the stirrer off first.

Dunkin’ Laundry

Getting kids to keep their room clean and to keep up with their chores is hard. They have short attention spans and want to spend that attention on things that are fun. That is why many parents try to make chores fun.

Dunkin’ Laundry

This mom thought if they were going to throw a ball into the hoop inside, why not do the same with their laundry? Seems like a good solution to us! What do you think?

No More Wrinkles

No one wants to go to school or out on the town with wrinkled clothing… no one who is an adult, at least. Kids don’t care. This means getting them to iron or wait for their clothes to get ironed is darn near impossible.

No More Wrinkles

This mom figured out a trick, though. She can do her hair and then use her flat iron to get rid of wrinkles. We are not sure this is safe, but if it works, it works.

If It Works

Winter brings with it some sheets of beautiful white snow. Snow is one of the magic things in life when you’re a kid, and the minute it falls, they want to get out there and play in it. That means you better be ready with everything you need.

If It Works

This woman wasn’t ready and realized it too late. That’s okay, though. A quick trip to her favorite store and a tour through the pool departments solved the problem. Water is water, right?

Apple Doesn’t Fall Far

Despite this being a clever use of your resources, we have one question. Where is the baby? It is always nice to head out and pick your own apples, but there is no reason to leave the kid behind.

Apple Doesn’t Fall Far

Maybe they would like to be there, too. That being said, at least you don’t have to lug around that extra box. All you have to do is roll from tree to tree, and no extra exertion is needed.

Slippery When Wet

Kids often have their favorite toys with them at all times. For many little girls, this toy tends to be a doll, and so these dolls find themselves in all kinds of places, including in the water.

Slippery When Wet

This little girl wanted to take her Barbie swimming, but the result of this was little pools of water all over the wooden floors. Mom solved it with a balloon and a very fine swimming cap!

Egg-Cellent

Look, when your kids are hungry, and they want a specific meal, you do what you have to do. If that means using an appliance that may not be made for the task at hand, it doesn’t matter, you do it!

Egg-cellent

When this mom heard that her kids wanted egg salad sandwiches for lunch, she got to thinking and came up with this. It may not be the perfect solution, but it got the job done.

Keep It Cool

Some kids are very particular when it comes to certain things. Some don’t like their food to touch. Others are not fond of ice, which makes giving them a cold drink kind of difficult.

Keep It Cool

This dad had a solution, though. Take the ice pack from the freezer and use it as a coaster. This could take a while to cool, but hey, there is no ice in the drink, right!?

Instruction Label

When you are a working mom, you may not always be able to make it home to cook dinner. In this case, the family needs to have some way of getting food on the table other than ordering out, so this mom had a good idea.

Instruction Label

Take chalk stickers and write on the pasta containers how long it takes to cook. This keeps her from having to deal with incessant phone calls when she is trying to get her work done.

Multitasking at Its Finest

The world has changed, and with more parents staying home for work, there have had to be some creative solutions to multitasking problems. This woman is trying to get her dinner on the table while taking a Zoom meeting.

Multitasking At Its Finest

Though we are not sure it’s the most stable table, it seems to be doing the trick. Let’s just hope no one decides that they want toast with their dinner.

Keeping the Kids Fed

Finding ways to be able to get food to the hungry little ones fast is a great idea for any parent. This can take the form of many things, but for this guy, he found a way to get the kids their favorite food without too much effort.

Keeping the Kids Fed

Making extra pancakes, this dad figured out that he could heat the cold flapjacks by using the toaster. Works for Eggo’s, right?

You Scream, I Scream

One of the biggest issues with ice cream cones is how to get them all to the kids at the same time. You also have to make sure that you don’t make a huge mess when getting the cones ready to pass out.

You Scream, I Scream

This dad had a genius idea, and it worked out rather well. Just take an empty egg carton and use it as an ice cream cone stand. That’s brilliant as long as you have an empty carton laying around.

Mixin’ It Up

Baking a cake is something that most parents will end up doing at least once, but the mixing of the cake is so exhausting, especially when you don’t have a stand or an electric hand mixer.

Mixin’ It Up

This dad got creative, though, and figured why not get his handyman on? He used his drill, which seems like a good idea, but you have to be careful. Otherwise, there will be quite a mess to clean up afterward.

Making a Pair

One of the great mysteries in life is what happens to socks when they go into the dryer? Kids amplify this conundrum because they can lose their socks even when not doing their laundry, so what is a parent to do?

Making A Pair

This woman thought the answer was to attach a snap button on the pair of socks, but this seems like a lot of work for us, don’t you think?

Tied Down

Kids can wear you out very easily, but how do you take that much-needed nap when you are the only parent home? There are no ways to make sure your kid stays in one spot, and we are not sure this is the best option.

Tied Down

You could get a playpen, or you could stick it out and wait for that nap. Tying your child to you with a sheet seems like a solution that only an amateur would use.

Shocking Idea

As kids get older, they get more mobile and more curious. They will stick things in things they shouldn’t and play with things that are dangerous. After all, they do not know any better. That is why childproofing your home is so important.

Shocking Idea

There are tons of things you can buy to make sure your wall sockets are not exposed for them to touch. This woman didn’t want to spend that money, apparently. This could be a mistake.

Who’s Who

When you have multiple children, laundry becomes a much more challenging task. Not only is there more of it, but you have to be able to separate it. It could be a life-altering moment if you accidentally put something up in the wrong room.

Who’s Who

This woman figured it all out with this laundry basket and its special divider. Even though you still have to separate them, this makes it easier to deliver the clothes to the right drawers.

Teaching Safety

Barbecuing on the patio is a great way to spend your Saturday, but when you have little ones, it can also be a safety hazard. That doesn’t mean you should give it up to you, just have to be a little more creative.

Teaching Safety

This dad figured what better way to keep the little one far enough away than a baby gate?

Have at It

Bubbles! Kids love to blow bubbles, but holding the canister is not always easy for them to do for long times. Typically, the parent ends up holding it for a while, but what if you don’t have the hands free to do this?

Have At It

If you’re this parent, you grab some tape and tape it to a post. Then, you can let them just blow bubbles to their heart’s content.

No Surprises

Breastfeeding comes with extra duties like pumping. You have to make sure you have bottles ready no matter the situation, but you also don’t want to stick cold things on your very sensitive parts.

No Surprises

To solve this problem, this mother used her space heater to heat the pump cups. This seems like a good idea, just make sure not to leave them there too long or it could be bad.

Warm It Up

Taking a trip with the family can be fun. It can also be challenging, as you don’t have access to all the tools that you have back at home. For instance, what if you don’t have the bottle warmer with you, or you are unable to use it until you reach your destination?

Warm It Up

The baby needed a warm bottle, and this dad knew it. Why not use the engine of your car to heat the bottle? Seems reasonable, right?

All by Myself

More kids means more groceries, and more groceries means more trips to unload them. This is a chore that no one wants to do, and unless your kids are much older, you may find yourself doing this all on your own.

All By Myself

You can be creative with a solution to this problem, though. This mom took a nearby little red wagon and used it as a cart. Smart!

Keep It Mowing

Thinking outside of the box becomes a regular thing when you’re a parent. As you get better and better at it, you find unique solutions to problems in your life. Things like this bike will become the norm.

Keep It Mowing

This parent clearly wanted their kid to get out and get some exercise, but they also wanted them to mow the lawn. Problem solved! This is what we call a two-birds-with-one-stone solution.

Playing Outside

Some kids are attached at the hip to their video game console, but young kids need to get out, get some fresh air, and have fun outside. If you can’t get them to put the controller down, then maybe this is a good solution.

Playing Outside

This parent was fed up and decided that if their kid wouldn’t go outside, they would make it so that the kid wanted to go outside. Here is their solution.

Organizing Fun

Kids often have messy school desks. This is because they are too busy doing other things besides cleaning and organizing their desk. If you make clean-up fun and relate it to something they are interested in, you might have better results.

Organizing Fun

This parent knew that their kid loved Marvel comics, so they added some magnets to a Magneto action figure. Voila, the kid loves picking up their paper clips.

A Surprise for You

Diving into a nice cool body of water in the heat of the summer is something every kid loves to do, but there comes a time when the little ones outgrow their kiddie pool.

A Surprise For You

How do you supersize that fun for them? You fill up your truck bed with a tarp and some water. Then, not only do they have a pool, but it is mobile!

Caffeine Fix

In the early stages of parenthood, sleep is a luxury, and you often end up running on fumes. That is when a good caffeine fix comes in handy.

Caffeine Fix

Adding a cup of coffee into your morning routine might help, but who has time to make it? This parent figured it out. Buy premade coffee, and in between warming your baby’s bottles up, use their bottle warmer to heat your coffee.

Let’s Get You Dry

You have made dinner for the little ones, but it is still too hot. But you don’t want your kids to burn their mouths, so how do you solve this problem? You can’t spend twenty minutes blowing on every spoonful of food.

Let’s Get You Dry

This dad decided to put the hairdryer on cool and use it to do all the blowing for him. That might be a genius solution!

Bungee Entertainment

Car rides can be the most trying of times as a parent. Not only are you trying to focus on the road so you can ensure you arrive at your destination in one piece, but you are also trying to keep an eye on the little ones.

Bungee Entertainment

One way to solve this is to give the kiddos something to entertain them. Nowadays, that means a tablet, but if you don’t have one of those fancy cars, what do you do? This use of bungee cords seems like a reasonable solution.

Ripping It

Look, accidents happen. Sometimes, they can be tragic and require a lot of work. Other times, they can just be embarrassing and require the use of good old duct tape. This kid seems to have had the second kind of accident.

Ripping It

Ripping your pants can be embarrassing for sure, but dad was there to save the day. Slap a little of that gray tape on your bottom, and you are covered.

Bacon and a Bath

Why waste water? This parent is not only multi-tasking, they are also being very eco-conscious. If you need to get breakfast prepped and your kid clean, why not kill two birds with one stone? That is what we assume this parent thought when they did this.

Bacon and a Bath

However, we are not sure that this is the best solution, as the kid might think the bacon is a toy and that it could cool the water off, too!

Along for the Ride

No one needs to get one of those expensive baby carriers. You just need a hoodie and a very compliant child. Plus, we are sure you have to have a second pair of hands, too, but if it works, it works.

Along For the Ride

The only concern we have is what is going to happen when he starts to walk or run. Perhaps this is not the most secure and safe idea.

General Store

Sometimes, ideas need to be well-thought-out. If you have kids stuck at home, as many parents do right now, then you probably already know this. This idea of opening a small general store in the house is cool.

General Store

Having them work for money to buy all this is a great idea. We just hope that the store has some sort of security system because those kids can get sneaky at night.

New Cubicle Mate

How do you keep track of the kids when you are working from home? You don’t want them getting into something that could hurt them, but you also need to be productive. This dad has come up with a unique idea.

New Cubicle Mate

Making your kid your new cubicle mate could be painful after a while, though, so maybe only do this for a little bit and then find another option.

First Aid

It is inevitable that, at some point, your child will hurt themselves and need to be bandaged up. This is why many parents carry a small medicine cabinet in their bags or cars. Apparently, this mom hadn’t resupplied her kit.

First Aid

When her child got a cut, she had no bandage in sight. What she did have was a feminine hygiene product. We feel sorry for the poor kid, but at least the bleeding was taken care of.

Super Absorbent

When you have just given birth and are still breastfeeding, you sometimes have a leakage problem. This can be embarrassing, and that is why many women wear breast pads. What do you do when you realize you have forgotten your pads, though?

Super Absorbent

You just have to look around at what you have and see if you have something on you that is absorbent. This woman did that and ended up slipping in a diaper to help with the problem.