Lightbulb moments that make parenting easier

Dirty baby covered in paint

Parenting is largely a process of trial and error (many trials; plenty of errors) – but fortunately, Mumsnetters have been there, done that and got the vomit soaked T-shirt to show for it. Here are their top 10 'WHY didn't I think of this earlier?' revelations. You're welcome.

1. Poo-plosions CAN be contained

Vest being taken off baby

“Shit happens – and with a newborn, it can happen with alarming frequency. Take comfort though, from the knowledge that when it does, you can avoid smearing it in your baby's hair by taking their vest off by rolling it down their shoulders, rather than pulling up over their head. Useful when there has been a nappy leak.”

2. Coordination is not important

baby socks on line

Only buy one style of socks. No more 'ah, but these match that outfit' bollocks; same socks = more chance of finding pairs. Particularly when they like to take them off and throw them on the street when you're not looking.”

3. If it's not washable, DON'T BUY IT

Baby on washing line

“Just… really. Don't bother.”

4. Cosy tights aren't just for girls

Dog in tights

Baby boys can wear woolly tights in cold weather. It took years of pulled off socks and cold toes for me to cotton on to that one.”

5. Babies do not care about clothes

Baby in nappy

“When our kids were around eight months old, my friend mentioned that her baby usually didn't wear trousers indoors during the summer. It genuinely never occurred to me to not bother putting clothes on when my son didn't need or want them! He was born in the winter and I'd just got into the habit.”

6. A scarf can make you a superparent – and not just because you can wear it like a cape

Benedict Cumberbatch taking off scarf

“A big colourful scarf can cover up the stuff they smear on you, you can turn it into a breastfeeding cover-up, you can use it as an extra baby blanket, it can become a toddler sarong (in case of accidents), you can use it as a pushchair sunshade, a playmat, for a game of peekaboo AND as a bag for random stuff picked up. Possibly not all in the same day though…”

7. Cut the feet off baby grows to get another month out of them

Baby feet

Saves money AND you get to see their gorgeous little chubby toes.”

8. You don't have to be a slave to scoops

Natalie Portman Star Wars slave

“I always made my formula in the morning to store for the whole day. For months, I would level and count 20 scoops, until one day I realised I should just weigh the stuff. Much quicker to make the jug of formula when I found out what 20 scoops of formula should weigh.”

9. Keeping things chilled makes eating out easier

Jon Snow Game of Thrones

“Babies don't know that food is usually eaten hot. If you start weaning on cold purees/jars, you don't have the bother of having to reheat food with flasks of hot water or shop microwaves when you're out and about. Introduce hot food once they'll eat what's on offer in cafes.”

10. Email means you'll never lose a single photo

Baby on laptop

“I set up an email account for our daughter; every picture I take is sent to it, along with stories about her life. Not only will I never lose a photo, this way she'll have notes, pictures of all of her life and a useable email address when she's older!”