Clever ideas!

Mother of two Asha Dornfest started her ParentHacks.com blog in 2005.

Her recent book of the same name features 134 whimsically illustrated ingenious ideas for simplifying life with kids, such as:

Parent Hacks book

Strap your baby into a forward-facing carrier when you trim his or her fingernails.

Put the ketchup under the hotdog to minimize mess.

At the beach? Stash your wallet in a disposable diaper: Who would ever steal a potentially soiled Pamper?

Give an infant play gym new life! Cover it with a fitted sheet and it’s now a fort for your crawler (see photo at top of story).

$12.95 • parenthacks.com