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    23 Products To Help Make Parenting Just A Tad Bit Easier

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    1. A pair of sock-ons to put over your baby's socks to hold them in place so they don't fall off *and* so your little one can't pull 'em off.

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    You'll lose fewer socks and keep those tiny toes warm, so it's a win-win!

    Promising review: "My baby is a Houdini when it comes to losing socks. These keep the socks on longer then anything else. She can only get them off if she concentrates for a long time, and being 11 months old, that rarely happens. These have been a lifesaver during this Midwest winter!" —Beth

    Get them from Amazon for $6.82+ (available in 0-6 months and 6-12 months and in five colors).

    2. Pacifiers that glow in the dark, so when your baby wakes up and starts screaming because they don't have their pacifier, you won't have to turn the light on just to find it.

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    Promising review: "These glow-in-the-dark pacifiers are absolutely BRILLIANT. They act as a little night light and are incredibly easy to find in the middle of the night! We also love MAM pacifiers in general. They're nice because there's no 'right' side, so they can go in either way." —Rachel Lakose

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $4.92 in blue or pink.

    3. A four-pack of spill-proof sippy cups for when you learn that – for some reason – babies like to throw everything in their possession as often as possible.

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    Promising review: "I have used these cups for both of my children, and we love them! Plus, the kids love them. The cups hold up great, especially after being put in the dishwasher after each use. I recommend them for anyone with kids, and they're cheap!!" —Danielle Desjardin

    Get the pack from Amazon for $2.68.

    4. Nail clippers with an extra-large handle and a light because cutting your baby's nails shouldn't feel harder than climbing Mount Everest.

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    Promising review: "This baby nail cutter is awesome. It cuts those small nails very well. The best part is the light. It makes it so much easier to cut the nails without hurting the baby's sensitive skin or fingers. If this one did not have a light, it would have been very challenging to cut nails two times a week. With this, it takes me 5-7 min to cut nails for fingers on a sleeping baby. :)" —Rahul Mathur

    Get it from Amazon for $4.94.

    5. An Echo Dot with a smart plug so you can just ask Alexa to turn off the lights your kids left on all around the house. Think of all the steps (and time) you'll save not having to turn all the lights off multiple times a day.

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    Promising review: "We got a Dot for Christmas, and we love it. We have automated most of the lights and switches on our first floor. My kids love being able to say 'Alexa, play (insert practically any song title here)' and then a 3 minute dance party happens in our kitchen. Not to sound too corny, but it has brought our family a little closer together as a result of the instant fun that happens as a result of having the Dot. It's great to be able to play music while preparing meals, or really anytime. I also love saying 'Alexa, Goodnight' and having all the lights that were left on turn off, instead of having to go around the house turning them off one by one. Now we need to get one for upstairs!" —Robert T.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in black, dark grey, and light grey).

    6. A formula-mixing pitcher because mixing it by hand is the worst, and now you can be prepared and make up to four 8 oz. bottles at a time.

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    Promising review: "This is a life saver. We like to prep bottles for the entire day at one time, and the mixer makes this so much easier. We currently prep 8 three ounce bottles; it's pretty easy since we just warm up the water, add our formula, and then pump the mixer until it's well mixed, then just store it in bottles in the fridge. If you're a parent, especially a new one, that has to use formula for your baby, I'd highly recommend this. My wife and I will be giving this to any friends or family that have a baby and have a chance of having to use formula." —Bryce and Meghan P.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29.

    7. Or a splurge-worthy formula maker that will take ALL the work out of making a bottle as it measures, mixes, and heats it for you, leaving you to just push a button and have a bottle ready in minutes.

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    Promising review: "I wish this had been available for our first two kids. I know it is expensive, but it makes the bottle-making experience so easy. We have been using it for several months, and it has never given us trouble. It is easy to clean and maintain. Our baby gets excited when she hears the motors running.

    Never again will I have to measure out water in a bottle and struggle to not make a mess putting formula in a bottle in the middle of the night while holding a crying baby!!!! I highly recommend this to anyone who is using formula." —R&N

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    8. Some mesh laundry bags so you can stop searching for lost baby socks and instead know that you'll have alllllllllll the matches when you pull the socks out of the bag.

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    Promising review: "I really like these mesh bags. I am able to use them for so many things because of all the sizes they came in. They seem to be of good quality, and the zippers are sturdy. I am going to use them mostly for small baby items, such as socks, so they don't get lost in the laundry." —TS

    Get a set of three large and three medium bags from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight variations).

    9. A two-pack of snack catchers that let little hands in to grab the snacks but don't let snacks out when the containers are inevitably thrown across the room.

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    Promising review: "This thing makes my life easier. My son loves this things. I put snacks and all sorts of cut up fruit or veggies, and he eats out of it. He walks now, so if he decides to walk off, the things don't really spill. He did decide to shake it once and Cheerios went flying across my living room. But other than that. I love it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.37+ (available in blue/green and pink/purple).

    10. A tub drain stopper with a suction cup to securely seal the tub during bath time so you don't have to keep adding water every five minutes.

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    Promising review: "This is one of the most useful things I have ever bought on Amazon. It never gets moldy, it covers the bathtub drain, and it so very conveniently hangs on the side of the tub! I love it a lot. It seems like it could fit almost any drain. If needed, I could easily use it in my sink or in anything else with a drain. It's a great product!" —Devi

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in light blue, dark blue, and teal).

    11. A BABYBJORN bouncer to keep your baby calm and comfortable while you shower or clean the house for the first time in weeks.

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    It reclines to three positions and the fabric can be removed and put in the washing machine.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product! I went back and forth about getting it because of the price, but it is so worth it! It makes getting ready or getting anything around the house done much easier and baby genuinely seems comfortable in it!! I will use this seat until she outgrows it for sure! A must have!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $191+ (available in seven colors).

    12. A silicone bib with a wide front pocket to actually catch the food that doesn't make it into your baby's mouth, making cleanup a breeze.

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    Promising review: "If you have a baby, you need these! We had a huge pile of cloth bibs before, and we had to launder them, and they didn't catch food. The Panda catches a lot of food that our little human drops. It doesn't catch everything, but it does make cleanup easier. Plus, you only have to rinse these for about 30 seconds to clean them. No laundry, no waiting! It's a must have for any parent of small humans!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in three colors and combinations).

    13. Or a silicone placemat to contain the mess in a designated area during mealtime and then you just stick it right in the dishwasher when you're done. How simple is that??

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    Promising review: "I don't understand how this mat works, but it's amazing. You set it down on the table and it sticks to it so tightly that even an adult can't move it! But when you peel back a corner, it comes right up, and it's like it was never there. We take this with us when we eat at restaurants because my son will just throw around a plate or tray and make a huge mess. This placemat has made eating out a much more pleasant experience. I picked this particular placemat because it was so highly reviewed. I haven't tried the other brands that are a little less expensive, but I strongly believe that this mat was worth every penny that I paid!" —GraySiCK

    Get from Amazon for $24.99 (available in blue, red, and green).

    14. An automatic toothpaste dispenser to help your kids brush their own teeth...because it gets to a point where you could be doing things other than spreading toothpaste on a toothbrush.

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    Promising review: "We got this for our three little boys. They absolutely love it! It makes them feel like such big boys brushing their teeth all by themselves. The best part is there are no more messes! Every other week we take it apart and clean it, which takes all of five minutes. Every part comes apart easily and slides out for easy cleaning. We plan on getting another one for ourselves." —Kyle D. Sigler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    15. A three-pack of clips you attach to a pacifier and your baby's outfit so the pacifier doesn't hit the ground when they spit it out and you don't have to rush to the sink every five minutes to clean it.

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    Promising review: "These make my life so much easier. My little dude is all about throwing things across the room any chance he gets, so washing his pacifiers off every other hour was really starting to get old. I bought these little babies, and now I don’t have to worry about. All you really need is three, and you’re set. They're cute and functional. I definitely would recommend." —Gabrielle

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 11 color combinations).

    16. A adjustable kitchen counter step stool so your kids don't have to ask you, "When's dinner ready?"; instead, they can lend a hand, even if they're a little too young to actually help you.

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    And if they get good enough, maybe your kids can just take over making dinner all together! (Now that would be the life.)

    Promising review: "I love the learning tower! My 16-month-old daughter helped me put it together in the afternoon of the day it arrived before my husband came home from work. I think we will get years of us of out it. In the two days we have used it, my daughter has helped me with supper and dishes both days. With careful supervision, she can be right in the middle of the action. She feels included and active in whatever I am doing. I can more freely get things done." —DNAKnot

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99+ (available in eight colors).

    17. Some waterproof changing pads to stop your car seat and/or changing table from being destroyed by a big blowout. Your future self will thank you when you just have to throw the pad in the wash, no scrubbing required.

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    Promising review: "I saw that people cut these in half and cut a little slit in them to put in their car seats. So far, these have saved our car seat from four or five big blowouts with our baby. It contained nearly all of it unless it was super messy. It's saved our car seat fabric from disaster and is so much easier to take this off and throw it in the wash! Sometimes it folds up, but believe me, take the time to straighten it out just in case. A few seconds won’t hurt anybody, and it could save you from spending forever trying to clean the car seat fabric. Hope this helps someone and saves you from a blowout nightmare!" —Brittany

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. An alarm clock that also helps sleep-train your child so you don't have to do as much work yourself.

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    This little clock teaches kids when it's okay to get out of bed. When Remi wakes up and smiles, it's time for kids to get up, too. This clock is also a sleep tracker for toddlers and kids, a nightlight, and a bluetooth speaker.

    Promising review: "I have a 2 1/2 year old that was giving up her nap, and it was leading to a very cranky kid and mom. I came across Remi and honestly thought it was $100 gamble I was willing to take. We had a lot of talks about how a robot was going to come live with us and he would need naps. She was so excited I literally took Remi out of the box, plugged it in, and she took a nap. We’ve had him for a couple weeks now and if Remi is sleeping she is sleeping, or in the mornings she stays in bed until Remi wakes up! Honestly it was the best $100 I have ever spent. I haven’t even hooked it up for music or anything!!!" —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    19. A dishwasher-safe basket designed to fit bottle parts and accessories so you don't have to hand-wash all of those tiny parts EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

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    Promising review: "I bought two of these so that I could wash my baby's small little things in the dishwasher. The baskets are good quality. They seem durable and work great. I have no complaints. They go in the top rack of our dishwasher. When I remove the baskets, I rinse them and whatever is inside with water to remove any residual soap. With a little baby, I don't have time to hand wash all his things, and these baskets help make life easier." —thegirlwhoruns

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. A bath cup with a soft rubber lip to sit on the forehead and interior "fins" to guide the water to flow easily over your baby's head, ensuring that you don't get water in their eyes.

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    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim to have something a little cuter in the bathroom for bath time. BUT HOW DID I NOT KNOW HOW MUCH I NEEDED THIS BEFORE!?!??! It's such a great product! It makes such there's no splash and that no water get in the eyes. It's my favorite baby buy in a loooong time." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in blue and grey).

    21. A ~handy~ stroller hook to keep your child from running ahead of you. It's also great to carry extra bags so you only ever have to make one trip!

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    Promising review: "These stroller hooks are awesome! I have two sets (one for each stroller). I can easily hang my purchases on these hooks when I'm out at the mall. A bonus is they can act as a handle for your older child to hold on to if you're trying to maneuver through a busy mall or crowd! I have tried other clips in the past, and these are far better. It's much easier to hang your diaper bag from these clips. Another good thing about them is that they are very very easy to put on and take off of your stroller because they are simply attached with velcro! Parents, you definitely need these!!!" —Sylvia M.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    22. A set of multi-use latches to easily secure cabinets, appliances, drawers, and anything else your baby decides to try and get into (so...basically everything).

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    Promising review: "I love these things. I have them all over my house since I was blessed with a one and three year old who love to get into EVERYTHING. These are easy for any adult to use, but even my clever 3 year old has been unable to figure out how to open these. I use them to keep cabinets, drawers, fridge, and oven closed. They're definitely a lifesaver for any parent. They are easy to attach. All you do is peel off the paper from the sticky tape and stick on the surface. They do not come off easily, so you don't have to worry about them falling off." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $6.17.

    23. A microwave steamer that works magic to soften vegetables to make baby purees instead of your having to spend wayyy too much time standing in front of your stove.

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    Promising review: "I use this to make my daughter's baby food. I previously used a saucepan with steam bucket attachment, but I found it to be quite inconvenient to stand around watching the pot when I have other things to do. This steamer is the perfect solution to that problem! I was able to steam four chopped sweet potatoes, eight peeled and chopped carrots, and an entire bag of fresh spinach. It took approximately 20 minutes total to steam all three different vegetables separately. Each vegetable turned out fork tender. I used a small food processor to puree them and then froze them all into cubes for easy storage. This steamer makes homemade baby-food making so simple! There are numerous expensive gadgets on the market these days that steam and puree all in one machine, but this steamer paired with my food processor does just as well at 1/8 of the price!" —Joslin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.86+ (available in small, medium, and large).

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