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    If You Don't Have These 43 Parenting Products In Your Life, You're Probably Missing Out

    I’m not sure how you lived without these things for so long.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A soft and stretchy Boba Wrap that'll wrap comfortably around your body so you can enjoy a snuggle sesh with your baby but also have ~two hands free~ to get stuff done around the house (or browse TikTok!)

    A model wearing a baby in the grey wrap
    reviewer's photo carrying their baby in the grey wrap

    Promising review: "Best baby wrap ever! I used to have an actual carrier but hated it! This wrap is a lifesaver! It's so stretchy which I love, but it also holds the baby really close up against you. Most of the time its the only way I get the baby to sleep, by walking around with her in it! Amazing product!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (available in 19 colors).

    2. A Whiskware pancake batter mixer with a BlenderBall wire whisk to let you whip up a batch of pancakes at lightning speed on hectic mornings — no separate mixing bowl, messy spoons, or batter-coated countertops. Simply add your ingredients, shake, and pour from the spout. Breakfast's ready 😋!

    Someone holding the Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk
    Someone pouring out batter from the Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk

    You can even store leftover batter in the bottle and pop it in the fridge for a time-saving weekday breakfast!

    Promising review: "This is the best breakfast invention after the waffle maker. LOVE IT! As someone who makes pancakes or waffles three to four times a week (my kids are pretty spoiled, but breakfast is key to getting through the first part of the school day), this is the easiest and fastest way to get that done. I just add everything to the bottle, shake, and pour into the waffle maker or griddle. When I am done, just add some water, shake again, empty, and then place everything in the dishwasher." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.71.

    3. A cradle cap comb because it'll remove dry skin from your bubba's scalp ~oh so gently~ using soft rubber bristles and a fine-toothed comb.

    New parents, don't panic. Cradle cap — aka, seborrheic dermatitis — is a very common dry scalp condition that affects infants.

    Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. My babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there, too). This is a KEEPER!" —ZMomUtah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. A bug bite suction tool if your kids are total mosquito magnets. This ingenious device sucks out all kinds of bug bites, instantly relieving itching and swelling, so your kids aren't left scratching all day long.

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it, the editor holding the suction tool and an after photo of the swelling reduced on the editor's arm.
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    P.S. This handy tool is invented by a mom and lives up to all the Shark Tank hype.

    Promising review: "This is a MUST-HAVE in our household. I was a huge skeptic but decided to try it out of desperation. My youngest daughter is highly allergic to mosquito bites and gets huge welts that itch horribly after being bit. This product drastically reduces her swelling and itching. All of my girls (and myself) immediately ask for it after being bit. It takes away, or at least drastically reduces, the itching immediately. We also used it on fire ant bites, and my daughter said they felt better almost immediately!" —Reyka Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    5. A grossly adorable Shrek-shaped toothpaste cap for turning nighttime battles with your kiddo over brushing their teeth into them hilariously begging to do it. 😂

    a gif of toothpaste coming out shrek's butt
    a still image of the 3d printed green ogre with toothpaste coming out of its butt
    Casual Chicken / Etsy

    Casual Chicken is a small business based in Irvine, California, that sells an array of unique 3D-printed items.

    Promising review: "My kids went from dreading getting their teeth brushed to looking forward to their 'Shrek poops' on their toothbrush. Thank you!" —Kate DeJuliis

    Get it from Casual Chicken on Etsy for $9.99.

    6. And a viral TikTok toothbrush holder and dispenser that'll literally squeeze toothpaste onto your child's brush for you and save you from having to wipe down toothpaste-smeared counters.

    the white wall mounted toothbrush holder
    Reviewer's photo showing the toothpaste dispensed on the toothbrush

    This bad boy includes a toothpaste dispenser (that'll squeeze out every last ounce!), four cups and holders, and a place to store your toothbrushes.

    Promising review: "To All MAMAS: A TRUE MUST-HAVE from a mama who KNOWS!!! Every household with kids should have this thing, actually EVERY HOUSEHOLD, REGARDLESS! No more finding toothpaste everywhere but down the sink drain, no more throwing half a tube away because of lost caps. Insert your favorite brand in the dispenser and voila! Simply press your brush against lever and a perfectly portioned dollop every time. When it’s time to rinse, grab one of the four cups that are hidden in the top and bottom of this little masterpiece. Rinse your brush, open the storage compartment, hang brush, and shut lid! Bristles are covered and protected from the wide array of germs that like to inhabit bathrooms." —Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. A stroller fan with bendable foam legs for wrapping around a stroller, car seat, or pretty much anything to keep your lil' munchkin cool as a cucumber, even when it's a gazillion degrees outside.

    reviewer's photo of the stroller fan attached to a car seat
    reviewer's photo of the black fan attached to a stroller

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this thing! I didn’t expect much of it but after reading the awesome reviews I decided to give it a shot. It has flexible tripod legs that are able to wrap around things and stand upright as well as a moveable head. It is super efficient for its size and I love that it also has an LED light that I was unaware of. My little girl has a low heat tolerance so this is just what I needed to keep her cool in the heat. Thank you for an amazing product. Worth every penny!" —Olga

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    8. A pack of bright laminated flash cards to help little Einsteins soak up their alphabet and numbers. They're like knowledge sponges at this age, so why not start them early?

    The flash cards with numbers, colors, letters, and animals
    reviewer holding the pack of flash cards

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old mastered the her numbers, alphabet, colors, shapes, and identifies all animals and objects on the cards. When I first received the cards I thought they may be a little too advanced for her age (18mo old at the time), but I was dead wrong! After about a month and a half of using the flash cards she mastered them! We usually 'play' with the flash cards for only about 10 minutes before her bedtime. This is a great tool in the early developmental stages for any toddler. I’m excited to get her the next card set. Material = durable, same as a normal deck of cards. Size = a little bigger than your typical deck of cards. Fits nicely in pocket or purse, great for keeping toddlers busy while traveling. Overall = A+." —M. Abdallah

    Get a pack of 58 cards from Amazon for $12.99 (also available for babies).

    9. A pack of Crayola Globbles so your mini whirlwinds can run around the house hurling these sticky globs at the wall or ceiling. Don't panic, parents, reviewers say they don't leave a sticky residue.

    Six colored balls in yellow packaging
    Reviewer's video showing the sticky balls sliding down the wall
    Reviewer holding the balls in pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, and blue colors

    Promising review: "Amazing toys! My 1- and 2-year-old LOVE them! They scream 'sticky balls!' and run around throwing them on the fridge, windows, cabinets, walls, etc. Easy to wash and air-dry, and don't lose their stickiness! My new go-to gift! Love them!"Rachel

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.60.

    10. An oh-so-cute Smily Mia Penguin pacifier designed to mimic a boob that'll stay put on a baby's hand — so parents don't have to retrieve dropped pacis from the floor a gazillion times a day! 

    The purple penguin pacifier
    A baby sucking on the blue pacifier on their hand

    Promising review: "At 3-months-old my baby was constantly chewing on her hands. I would have to hold teethers in her mouth for her since she was not advanced enough to pick items and hold them herself. This teether gave her the ability to hold it herself! She loves it SO much! Now my baby is 6 months old and still loves this thing. I have recommended it to all of my friends with babies and will probably buy more as a gift." —Woodlee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair parents swear by to restore their little one's curls to their former glory once more! It's also free from any toxic stuff including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Reviewers say this spray will leave wavy or curly hair (from 2a–4c hair) shiny, soft, and bouncy.

    Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic for curly girls! I spray it in my daughter's dry hair in the morning, run my fingers through her ringlets (never ever comb or brush curly hair dry), then clip the top back. It smells amazing, and the price on Amazon is better than other national retailers I've found it at. The price is worth it. Minimizes frizz and keeps curls soft and natural looking. My daughter has soft/fine thick hair." —Carolyn Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. A pack of silicone dino ice pop molds for taking homemade popsicles to a ~dino-mite~ level, y'all. Just fill them with juice, yogurt, or smoothies to make healthier versions of store-bought ones.

    Four dinosaur ice pops
    reviewer's photo of a dinosaur popsicle they made

    Promising review: "These are unbelievable. We have the dinosaur ones and they are absolutely adorable. The mold peels off beautifully, and the size is just right for my preschoolers. I'm making healthy smoothies (frozen spinach! Chia seeds! Ground flax!) and making ice pops with them, and my kids think they're eating a fun dessert. Brilliant. I'll be giving these as gifts for a good while." —LucieBlue

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.82.

    13. A pack of sink extenders you can install on any faucet to enable your little one to finally reach the water all by themselves *and* to save your back the strain of hoisting them over the sink. 

    A child washing hands in the sink using a sink extender on the faucet
    A faucet extender attached to a faucet

    Promising review: "Must have for toddlers and small children! LOVE this! My 1- and 3-year-old love washing their hands now, and my back gets a nice break. Adding the faucet extenders and a stepstool to our bedtime/morning routine has been a godsend. Great bargain for the price." —TeaBea21

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.95.

    14. A bestselling Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy with catchy, classical melodies (by Mozart, Vivaldi, and other masters) and twinkling lights that any parent will tell you is their secret weapon to immediately calm down a fussy baby.

    reviewer's photo of the toy lit up
    reviewer's photo of their baby holding the toy

    Promising review: "The best baby distractor EVER! Every person with a child must have this toy! I had about five tucked in various places in case one got lost. My son loved them from basically birth and sometimes it would distract him for hours of non-crying! (heaven for a new mother) Of course in the beginning you have to keep pushing the button for them but compared to swinging him in his car seat that was easy! Then we he got older he would spend entire car ides just playing with this one toy. I give it to everyone I know who has a baby." —NH-Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A three-in-one wooden learning tower, so you can ~safely~ involve your eager little sous chef in the kitchen. The best part? It also transforms into a slide or a table!

    A child in the learning tower
    A child going down the slide
    Weco Store / Etsy

    Weco Store is a small biz based in Latvia that specializes in building handmade wooden home decor and furniture.

    Promising review: "This is SO PERFECT for NYC small space living! We use every position every day. We needed something that could do double (triple) duty as to not clutter our loft with baby gear. The quality is great, and the shipping was SO FAST. We love it. Thank you!" —Melissa LeMieux

    Get it from Weco Store on Etsy for $196.01+ (available in four colors).

    16. detangling brush that'll glide through knots to turn your kiddo's daily hair-brushing ordeal into a painless experience minus the *ouchies or tears* (for both of you). Just trust the 30,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review.

    The ergonomic shaped brush in turquoise
    Reviewer's before photo of their child with knotted hair
    Reviewer's after photo of smooth hair from using the brush

    Reviewers swear this brush works on all hair types: straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Promising review: "Best detangling brush I've ever used! My daughter has really curly hair and puts up a fight every time I have to brush it! This brush has made bath time a much more enjoyable experience for both of us! 😅 If you have thick, curly hair this brush is a must-have!" —Tiffany Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in six colors).

    17. An inexpensive baby gate because it'll keep your toddler from taking a tumble down the stairs. It's super easy to install — just pressure mount, you don't have to drill holes into your walls — and even easier for adults to open with one hand. 

    reviewer's photo of a child trying to open a gate
    reviewer's gif showing how to open the door latch easily with one hand

    Pssst, this gate has 40,000+ 5-star (!!!) reviews and is capable of expanding to fit openings between 29–34 and 35–38.5 inches wide. This gate will not fit an opening between 34–35 inches. It also stands 30 inches tall. Make sure to measure your opening before you buy to ensure proper fit. 

    Promising review: "Best gate I have ever owned. I have two small kids, a dog, and two cats. Plus, lots of stairs. I have gone through so many gates in the last three years. Most broke over time or came loose. This gate is worth 20 stars. Amazing quality. It has stood the test of time! reliable, sturdy, easy to use, easy to install. The gate swings both ways! That's a HUGE plus. I feel so secure having it knowing that there is no way my kids or dog can knock it down or get over it. It is tall too. Buy this one. Coming from the girl who is the queen of gates. This one is one-and-done." —L. Randall

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    18. A Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar that'll teach your preschooler the days of the week, months and the weather in a hands-on, interactive way. They'll jump out of bed eagerly to update it every morning.

    The magnetic daily calendar
    Reviewer's child using the magnetic calendar

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old loves loves loves this! He gets excited to change the magnets every morning. I had some magnet strips and made additional magnets for activities (preschool, zoo, library, Grandma's house). I am really happy I bought this, and it has helped teach him months, and days of the week. Determining the weather is fun too. One day we came home after school and he couldn't wait to change the weather from sunny to raining. I highly recommend this for preschoolers, it's a lot of fun." —Hammyg3

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    19. And a Melissa & Doug activity book with a pair of safe scissors to channel their destructive, um., busy energy into a creative activity that'll put their fine motor skills to the test.

    A pair of yellow scissors and an activity pad
    Reviewer's child practicing cutting a watermelon graphic from the activity pad using the yellow scissors

    Promising review: "I was looking for toddler scissors for my 2-year-old but I was hesitant about introducing a new 'toy' that could potentially be used for hair cutting of her nearly non-existent hair. This pair of scissors is ALL plastic and no metal blade!!! My husband looked at this thing and gave me the 'what you paid $8 for plastic scissors, it won't cut' look.... and to his surprise, CUTTTT and it even made the noise that normal scissors would make when cutting — AND it was a sharp straight cut! BOOM, win for mom!! The kiddo has to work to open it with one hand, but she's slowly getting the hang of it and guess what... it works for left or right-handed kiddos because mine is still working out the kinks on which hand she wants to use, both ways cut nicely! The pages are a little thicker and are colorful and fun with lots of different things to cut, changing directions, different shapes and it's perfect for the beginner. Melissa & Doug brand, we are huge fans!!" —Cody Cakes

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. A wallet-friendly Fisher-Price bath tub boasting a contoured seat perfect for safely cradling a newborn so they can have a ~whale of a (bath) time~. Plus, it grows with baby (simply remove the insert when they transition to toddlerhood!)

    A whale shaped bath tub
    A model giving baby a bath in the whale tub

    I bought this tub for my second child and really wish I had it for my first. It comes with a comfy padded newborn seat that gave me peace of mind knowing my little one wouldn't slip or slide during a bath. Plus, it grows with baby. My toddler son is now using it without the infant seat. It's also super spacious. Both kiddos can both fit in there together (albeit a little snugly) and splash around. The best part? It has a convenient drain for when bathtime is over.

    Promising review: "New mommy loves this tub. I bought this as a shower gift for the new mommy of a tiny baby and she loves it! I remember the struggle to find a suitable tub when my granddaughter was born, and this one seems to be very handy since baby is a little more elevated when she is new born. Can be adjusted as baby grows. It was a hit!" —SK

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    21. A car baby monitor to provide a crystal-clear view of your bub from the dashboard. A game changer for anyone who is fully aware of how painful it is to pull over to check on a crying baby at every stoplight.

    Promising review: "This camera is a new mommy must-have. I was using a mirror and constantly was readjusting it and relying on my mirror to see his mirror and it was stressful. I knew there had to be something better when I ended up driving at night with my 2-month-old to the hospital and he was freaking out and I couldn’t see him so I was pulling over to check on him every few minutes and it was a nightmare. This camera has been my saving grace. I was hesitant at first reading reviews saying it’s not night vision but mine automatically switches even in parking garages to night vision. I love that I can see my baby and not have to fix a mirror. Or turn my head to see fully what’s going on with him in the back. I really really recommend this for peace of mind!! —Jennifer K

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    22. A sleek touchless forehead thermometer with a built-in sensor that'll let you measure your little's one temperature in seconds without disturbing them while they're sleeping.

    The forehead thermometer in white
    Reviewer taking temperature of their child

    Promising review: "This is a great thermometer — accurate, looks great, a must have! If you have kids, forget about sticking a thermometer in their ears. I have four kids now and a thermometer is a must have. Hold this thing close to the forehead, push the button in and you get a reading in about one second. This thing looks good, feels good, and is accurate. We’ve used multiple thermometers in the past. The head scanner that you run across the good. In-ear thermometers...accurate, but expect a battle. Rectal thermometers...very accurate, but expect a war. This is the easiest one out of all of them. We find it especially useful when we need the quick 'I don’t feel that great' check...i.e., man cold. Overall, highly recommend!."—BearDownChi1

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A clever sight word Bingo game; if you've ever asked yourself, "How do I take the frustration out of learning sight words and make it FUN?" then this game is for you.

    Word board with chips, cards, and packaging

    The set comes with 36 playing cards, 264 playing chips, caller's mat and cards, and a storage box. This version is a fun twist on the classic, but instead of calling out numbers, the leader calls out words (there are 46 most-used words), players search their cards for a match and place a red chip on the match. Once a player has covered the spaces on their card needed to win, they call BINGO! 

    Promising review: "Our first-grader was feeling really discouraged with her sight words and I've been trying to think of ways to encourage her and get her excited to learn things she doesn't already know. She loved this game! We played with the whole family and her 3-year-old sister even enjoyed playing (we show her the cards and have her find the word that matches on her Bingo card). I think this is a great way to make learning/practicing sight words fun! I am very happy with this purchase and I can see how it would be great for teachers in the classroom as well!!" —Jennie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89.