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    37 Parenting Products For When You're Tired And Just Want To Do The Bare Minimum

    Just because you can't give 100% 24/7, doesn't mean you can't win at parenting. (No judgement here.)

    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 Baby Shusher because even though it may seem ridiculous to buy a gadget that literally uses a human voice to make a shushing sound — it'll pay for itself when you no longer have to stay up until 2 a.m. exhausted from “shhh”ing repeatedly.

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    The Baby Shusher is safe to use in a crib, has adjustable volume, and it can be set to make noise for 15 or 30 minute intervals.

    Promising review: "I was so tired of 'shushing.' Literally. I shushed so hard and for so long, it made me light-headed. My baby has serious FOMO and fights naps like the plague. This helps so much! Even during the worst fits this helps calm her and she's out in minutes. Great for the car too!" —Jami

    Promising review: "This is the best $35 I’ve ever spent. As a tired parent to a newborn I’m telling you that getting sleep is absolutely worth it. When my daughter gets fussy, I just turn it on and it soothes her almost instantly! It helps her fall asleep and stay asleep too. Only thing is I wish you could choose to leave it on longer than 30 minutes." —Avery M.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    2. A Rapid Ramen Cooker for hectic days when cooking just isn't an option — it can cook noodles in the microwave in three minutes. Basically every ramen-loving kid's dream come true.

    A reviewer's cooked ramen in the black rectangular bowl
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    Plus, it's BPA free and dishwasher safe! 

    Promising review: "Don't want your kids using the stove...and yet...when they want Top Ramen you want them to do it themselves? Get this! Four minutes or so in the microwave and it's perfect. Thank me later." —Rik

    Promising review: "With working from home as a single parent, and ramen noodles being my four kids' go-to quick meals, these are pretty much a perfect solution. Perfect size, durable, able to be microwaved... My only complaint is that they don't stack." —Jeff Huso

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three colors).

    3. A pack of activity cards that come with 40+ developmentally focused playtime ideas for your babe's first year. The activities are simple to follow (i.e., hard and soft objects, splash tray, crinkle time) and designed to utilize common household stuff. Plus, it explains why each activity matters in developing your baby's skills. You're overwhelmed enough as a new parent, let these cards do the research for you.

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    Promising review: "I’m a first time mom and find these cards really helpful. I've spent endless hours researching what activities to do with my baby to make sure she meets milestones but finally turned to buying this product to have a quick place to look. The activities are great and the book itself is high quality. I especially like this for my husband. He’s not one to do research on what activities are age appropriate so I can just hand this over and say 'here you go!' I purchased this for myself but I think it would be a great gift to give new parents." —Jen M

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    4. A LeapFrog On-The-Go Story Pal because even though storytime with your munchkins is your absolute fave part of the day, some nights you can barely keep your eyes open. This cool new gadget will step in to bring stories to life.

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    This adorable bunny-shaped story player has 70+ stories, poems, songs, and lullabies brimming with character voices, cinematic music, and sound effects to spark your kiddo's imagination. You can even record your own voice reading your child’s favorite story. Plus, it comes with a carrying strap and and a headphone jack, making it the perfect on-the-go companion.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88.

    5. And an Elephant Books subscription that'll save you the effort of googling and curate storytime picks for you.

    The kit with a variety of books
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    Each month you'll receive two to three recently published books along with a few extras to increase the reading experience. Recommended for ages 2–6.

    Promising review: "I wanted a book subscription to add a little excitement to the reading routine at our house and did a lot of research. Books are very important to me but I just don't have time to research good titles to add to our library each month. Elephant Books had by far the best books! You get more books with some of the others but they are junk titles. I want stories NOT Disney characters! Couldn't be happier (and the packaging is very cool, too)." —Kristina F.

    Get it from Cratejoy at $17.99/month (available in two styles).

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

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    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: "So glad we found this! With a 4- & 5-year-old I was constantly cleaning toothpaste off everything in the bathroom! This is great, they basically need zero help from me now. And it keeps my counter less cluttered with everything in one handy place. Highly recommend especially if you have kids!" —Maggie Byers

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. And a cereal dispenser that'll allow the kiddos to serve themselves. Who wouldn't want the convenience of a hotel breakfast buffet in their own home?

    The cereal dispenser holding two kinds of cereal
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    Promising review: "We have three kids and a very small kitchen with very little cabinet/counter space!!! We used to keep our cereal boxes on top of our refrigerator, but I've been trying to declutter, and also come up with a solution for our kids to be able to get their own cereal in the mornings. THIS IS IT!!!! It looks great on our counter and we have very little space, so it fits just right! This has been the perfect solution to giving our kids the independence they need to get their own breakfast! It has been a lifesaver!!! Love it!!!" —tenle

    Get it from Amazon for $38.69+ (available in a single or dual dispenser and three colors).

    8. A bestselling Dr. Brown's formula mixing pitcher that'll let you make a big batch ahead of time because prepping individual bottles is so dang *time consuming*. Plus, its rotating blade is designed to minimize clumping and bubbles.

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    Promising review: "I am so glad this exists! I heard about it in a twin Facebook group and decided to check it out. What a lifesaver, seriously. With newborn twins who eat twice as much it was exhausting prepping single bottles all day and for night feedings. Now we can make formula for eight 5-ounce bottles quickly for night feedings and in the morning I make a small batch for supplementing with breast milk as needed throughout the day. If you have multiples or several children who are still drinking formula, this is a must-buy!" —Ladyhawk

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39.

    9. An adjustable shower visor for any child who hates — repeat, HATES — wash day, and you don't have the energy to battle them. This will keep the shampoo out of their face and eyes and take the stress out of bath time.

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    Not to mention, seeing your little one wear this thing will legit give you a much needed laugh 😂.

    Promising review: "Total game changer! My little one would scream to the top of her lungs for the entire duration of her bath; it was stressful and not to mention exhausting. I’ve tried various caps like this one but found some to be too hard of material, some too soft. I’ve had some simply start to fall apart after one use and many other issues until this one. It’s the perfect combination for bath time success. Easy to put on/off, clean, dries fast and protects a wide area beyond the immediate face. Bath time is fun time once again." —Jynnifer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors and two styles).

    10. And a pack of Turbie Twist towels that’ll soak up water like a sponge and save you and your kiddo sooo much hair-drying time. No more torturing your arms from holding the blow-dryer after a long day at work.

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    Promising review: "Came across these by accident and have wondered where they have been all my life! I have thick, curly hair, and my daughter has thin, straight hair. These fit adult and children's size heads. They are very easy to use and they soak up a lot more water from your hair than a regular towel. I like that they are not bunchy on top of your head and are very comfortable. My grade-school child is able to put it on herself without help. Before we had to fight over a full-size towel that would not stay on her head. Now she can put this on herself and her hair is not dripping wet all over! I've noticed a decrease in drying time and my curls seem to be less frizzy. Will definitely purchase again." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16.97 (available in 11 color combos).

    11. A game-changing Honest Company diaper rash spray that'll make diaper changes less of a hassle and ensure your fingernails aren't victimized by that greasy, sticky paste.

    The bottle of diaper rash cream spray
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    Promising review: "This makes diaper changing and dealing with rashes a breeze. I hate using the kind in the tube, even with those special applicators, it’s just too much stuff to deal with when you can just spray this stuff and be done with it. A good tip to even be more effective is to let baby’s butt air out for a few seconds after using the wet wipes, spray, let it set, and then fasten the diaper. However, just spraying and going is fine too. I’m never buying diaper cream in a tube again as long as this product is on the market."—Janice Newman

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    12. Or a Baby Bummy stick, an all-natural, vegan diaper rash balm made with apricot kernel oil, shea butter and candelilla wax that you can simply roll on to give your hands a break and make diaper changes less of a *bummer*.

    The diaper balm stick
    Sudzy Bums Vegan Soap / Etsy

    Sudzy Bums Vegan Soap is a small biz based in Aurora, Illinois, owned by a mother of four that specializes in vegan handmade soap for the whole family.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good things about this diaper rash cream! I love that its easy to apply, no mess for mom and dad and easy cleanup as well (no scrubbing just gently wipes off the bum). Not to mention it smells amazing! Loved it so much I order a second for the diaper bag. Now I need another for our other changing station!" —Annie Durst

    Get it from Sudzy Bums Vegan Soap on Etsy for $8.

    13. Stomp 'N Go lifting pads so you can LITERALLY stomp on a carpet stain and casually walk away rather than getting down on your hands and knees and scrubbing. Takes "lazy but effective" to a whole new level!

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    Promising review: "These pads are AH-MAZE-ZING!!! They pulled up years of dog/boy dirt & stains from my carpets. Set-in pee spots, gone. Set in coffee stains, gone. Set-in soda spills, gone. The permanent reminder of my son’s midnight projectile vomiting, GONE! I did leave the pads on the set in stains overnight instead of just 30 minutes. We use a carpet machine in a regular basis and that never got these stains out. But these pads did! The only thing I could wish is for there to be a larger version...because now I have clean spots that stand out! LOL." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    14. A pack of spill-proof Munchkin snack catchers your future self will thank you for for not constantly having to clean your toddler's trail of snacks. They'll allow easy access for little hands but prevent Cheerios from *flying everywhere*.

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    Promising review: "I get these for EVERY new parent I know. I discovered them and bought a bunch when my daughter was about two, and they were a lifesaver. I read that they were invented by a young mother who wanted a snack container that would contain food but have it be accessible for her child, so that he could be more independent but also neat...and it works! SO convenient. No more constantly handing Cheerios one at a time to your child...or cleaning up a car full of them! They are ALWAYS appreciated as gifts...and top-rack dishwasher safe! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." —Arwen54321

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $5.95 (available in two color combos).

    15. And a pack of bestselling Munchkin suction bowls that'll thwart your toddler's Thor-like attempts to toss everything on the floor and minimize post-meal cleanup.

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    Promising review: "These bowls are a lifesaver for baby/toddler. Love the fact that they suction to the high chair, table, etc. Eating is a lot less messy with these bowls that can't be tipped over or spilled. They save Grandma from cleaning up messes. I love that they came in several sizes which were just right, depending on what was served. Dishwasher safe (top rack) and they have held up very well. I would highly recommend these for little ones." —Mrs. HH

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two color combos).

    16. A fizzy toilet-cleaning bomb that'll make cleaning a funky-smelling kid's bathroom the least painful experience possible. Simply plop in the bowl and watch the fizzing action dissolve all the grime (bonus points if you can convince your teens to do it themselves).

    A bag and pile of soap bombs
    Juniper Seed Mercantile / Etsy

    Juniper Seed Mercantile is a small biz based in Littleton, Colorado, owned by a mother-daughter team, specializing in Earth-friendly goods for body, baby, and home.

    Promising review: "My teen boys are actually awakening to the idea of toilet cleaning with these!!" —Amy Jankovich 

    Get it from Juniper Seed Mercantile on Etsy for $2.50+ (available in packs of one and five).

    17. An ingenious portable vibrating pad you can tuck in a crib mattress, bassinet, car seat, or stroller to create gentle vibrations to help your munchkin drift off just about anywhere. No more driving desperately around the block playing CoComelon's "Yes Yes Bedtime Song" on repeat to get them to sleep.

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    BTW, it's not just for babies; adult reviewers swear by it too.

    Promising review: "I put this in my 4-month-old daughter's bassinet. It has made naps and bedtime so easy! I went from walking her around, rocking her, laying by her for sometimes hours with both of us tired and frustrated, to feeding her, turning this on, laying her down and walking away. It helps her soothe herself to sleep. And in a matter of minutes. Now she can spend time in my arms happy not crying and frustrated with me trying to get her to sleep." —Powder Crunch

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    18. A set of plastic knives so you can enlist your mini sous chef's help with dinner prep. While these do a pretty decent job of chopping veggies, they're not sharp enough to slice a finger.

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    And it goes without saying: Children still need supervision while using them.

    Promising review: "I got these as a gift for my 5-year-old niece who has started helping out in the kitchen. They were a huge hit with her and her mom! She can actually delegate some of the dinner prep to her child. What a great way to tech responsibility and working together as a family. They can cut veggies without fear of losing a finger. You could probably scratch yourself with them if you tried really hard or applied a LOT of force. But definitely safe for your budding tiny chef." —Bob Beckwith

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.95.

    19. An animal waffle maker that'll make a Pinterest-worthy breakfast they'll *actually* want to eat in under FIVE MINUTES. I'd call it a win.

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    It's nonstick and can make seven bite-sized animals at once!

    Promising review: "These waffles turn out ADORABLY!! They're so easy to make, I just fill the bottom wells with batter, close and set a timer for three minutes, and they're done! There's been no sticking to the pans, they just pop out easy as anything! All my kids love them!! It isn't too difficult to clean either. I'm impressed!!" —kokomokola

    Get it from Amazon for $37.95 (also available in a sea creature version).

    20. And a Whiskware pancake batter mixer with a BlenderBall wire whisk that'll 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 😋!

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    Promising review: "Ohhhh, what a lifesaver. My husband is the pancake maker in our house, it's something special he does with the kids on weekends while he lets me sleep in a bit. However, when I wake up and come downstairs, I always found a huge mess to clean up. He cooks them, but never cleaned up. I never complained (hey, I get to sleep in!!) but offered suggestions on how to cook without making such a mess. We're talking not only mixing bowls not rinsed out with now dried pancake batter caking them, but drips of batter on my stove, on the floor, and in my CLEAN cast iron skillet that sits next to the stove. I had enough when I came down to find dried pancake batter on THREE of the stoves burners. I had to dismantle the stove to clean it. Making memories with the kids is great, making more work for Mom is NOT! I saw this pancake mixer in passing while browsing Amazon and knew I had to get it. It works. Great. Messes are gone. The only thing I need to do is rinse out this product when I get up, and then put it in the dishwasher. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Blenderbottle. You took a lot of stress off my shoulders!!" —Dugrace

    Get it from Amazon for $14.70.

    21. As seen on Shark Tank, a nifty car seat buckle release tool so you don't have to struggle with unbuckling your older one's seatbelt, while holding a squirmy baby in the other hand. Am I the only one who gets irrationally frustrated when it takes approx. 1 million tries to get them free?

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    Promising review: "I got this because I have three kids, and since I have captain chairs, my 4-year-old sits in the third row. I can toss it back to him after I’ve parked or when I’m in the carpool line and he can unbuckle himself and then unbuckle his siblings and I don’t have to climb in the car. It’s GREAT! I also like how it doesn’t attach to the car seat like some similar products, and I can keep it up front while the car is moving. So much safer!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    22. A craft supplies kit that'll come in handy when your brain is fried and you've run out of ideas to keep the kids entertained. It comes with everything you could possibly need to prevent cries of "I'm bored" every 10 minutes.

    Reviewer's photo of the art and craft supplies included in the kit
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    The kit includes 20 feathers, 10 pipe cleaners, 20 metallic color pompoms, 25 standard pompoms, 1 jar of sequins with mixed shapes like butterfly, snowflake, leaf, heart and flower, 30 googly eyes, 1 large pom-pom, 64 mixed foam letters, 1 crystal diamond sticker, 30 mixed colors buttons, 50 colorful wooden popsicle sticks, 4 containers glitter glue  (white, blue, green and gold), a pair of safety scissors, and 5 sheets of thick construction paper (red, orange, blue, yellow, green).

    Promising review: "This is the perfect activity box to order for your little one while in quarantine. Definitely get what you pay for and more! There's even added construction paper for your little ones. Highly recommended. My 4-year-old loves EVERYTHING that was included. We’ll for sure order this item again in the future."  —Cindy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in four sizes).

    23. And an animal bath bomb–making kit that comes with a reusable mold, colors, and ingredients needed to make adorable fizzy bath bombs, so you can pat yourself on the back for a fun STEM activity (that took zero effort to plan). Plus, it'll also make bath time less of a struggle.

    Kiwi Co

    Kiwi Co offers craft subscription boxes and one-off boxes with all the materials and instructions included to make it easy for parents to pull off enriching science
    and art projects with their children.

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old and I did this project together and not only did we learn how bath bombs were made, but we also practiced primary colors, secondary colors, and how to make both! Besides my mouth turning blue from an explosion of dye (totally our fault) it was absolutely the best craft to do, plus, my daughter who is convinced she is a dinosaur who does not need baths wants to bathe with her homemade bath bombs." —Lynzie

    Get it from Kiwi Co for $17.95.

    24. A Revlon hot-air brush because it takes a gazillion hours to blow-dry and style your and your child's hair every morning. This tool will deliver a salon-quality blowout in *half the time* and make your morning more zen.

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

    Promising review: "If I could give this product 10 stars, I would. I have been heat styling my hair once every other day for the past 12–14 years and for almost all of that time, that entailed drying it with a hair dryer first, then straightening it with a flat iron. I finally ended up buying this product to try after an overwhelming endorsement from a shopping group I belong to and it is a GAME CHANGER. The thing I like the most about it is that it feels like it does significantly less damage to my hair than my usual method of styling. It does a better job turning out fresh-looking, bouncy hair in a shorter time than even my best hair day used to be with the hair dryer and straightener. Even my 13-year-old daughter, who has very fine, flat hair was able to get some wave and volume using this. We both love it, and she can do it to herself with no trouble. Stop considering it and buy this thing right now." —Jen Em

    Get it from Amazon for $34.89+ (available in four colors).

    25. Or a detangling brush designed with an easy-to-hold ergonomic handle for kids that'll take you from dreading brushing their hair to having them do it (mostly!) by themselves. Just trust the 30,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review.

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

    Promising review: "This is the one! My 9-year-old daughter has long, straight hair. Medium thickness. I told her if she wants to keep it long, she has to care for it herself. I can't stand over her any longer, killing my back as I comb out knots after her shower for 20 minutes. Or tangles in the morning when she wakes up. It makes me crazy! So I stumbled across this brush on Amazon and figured it was worth a shot. What's $10 for my sanity. It arrived yesterday and my child is in love with it! She combed out her hair in no time and loved how silky it left her hair. She even brought it to day camp today to show her girlfriends. I love this brush!! I'm gong to need a second one. Insurance in case this one goes missing. I will not go backward! ;-)." —Amy D.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in six colors).

    26. A bug bite suction tool invented by a mom that'll instantly relieve itching and swelling from a bug bite without needing to grab creams or ointments from the medicine cabinet. Plus, it's soooo easy to use, even the kids can do it.

    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.
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    Promising review: "It WORKS! Daughter has bad reactions to mosquitoes and gets painful welts. We used this and immediately the swelling went down, and they didn't itch or give her pain... Why hasn't this been around for 100 years... It's so simple, easy, and effective!" —Amy Joiner

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

    27. An apple corer and cutter that'll pop out 16 snackable slices with just a push of a button and spare your tired hands. Easy peasy apple squeezy!

    An apple being sliced into 16 even slices with the cutter
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    Promising review: "Good for anyone who cares for children! I love this thing! Makes preparing lunches and snacks so much faster! It was hard to find this size, but my kids prefer the smaller apple slices and this works great. Just center over the apple and push down; when it gets close to the bottom flip the gray part under it, set it on the counter, and push down. Perfect apple slices pop out easily!" —mom of 3 busy kids

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    28. A genius silicone placemat with toy tethers so you don't spend an entire evening out at a restaurant retrieving toys your toddler threw on the floor. This will keep them busy so you can actually enjoy that glass of rosé.

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    Promising review: "THIS. This product is a lifesaver!! My daughter is a mess when we go out at restaurants. She throws her toys on the floor at least 12 times, and is losing her snacks somehow and is just frustrated and fussy. The first time I used this product, I was able actually enjoy a meal out. My daughter didn't lose her snacks, because it has a spot for them. Not one toy hit the ground and she loved the silicone attachments (she's teething). I will forever recommend this." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49 (available in seven colors).

    29. A waterproof potty-training watch that exists for the sole purpose of reminding toddlers or preschoolers to use the toilet on the reg *so you don't have to*. Before you know it, they'll be excitedly yelling "potty time" when the alarm goes off. What a time to be alive!

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    You can preset intervals of 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 2 hours, and 3 hours. The watch has an inbuilt proximity sensor and only sounds alerts when it is worn so no need to turn it off at night. How smart is that?

    Promising review: "My son has done really well with the watch and it’s nice to not have to be the one to nag/remind him it’s time to go. I like the timer since it can be used for a countdown for any activity. Highly recommend the product!"Ashlee

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    30. A pack of sink extenders to save your back the strain of hoisting your little one over the sink. Not to mention they'll love the independence of washing their hands all by themselves.

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    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 step stool to our bedtime/morning routine has been a godsend. Great bargain for the price." —TeaBea21

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.95.

    31. A sunrise simulation alarm clock if your kids refuse to wake up when it's dark and cold outside. This clock will wake them up with gradual lighting and nature sounds — saving you a dozen trips to their room to yell at them.

    Reviewer's photo of the lit up alarm clock on a nightstand
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    Promising review: "Considering some of these clocks can run well over $100, the $38 I spent on this was a great investment. I had really been struggling with getting my kids (5 & 6) up in the morning for school, having to go in every couple of minutes, starting out sweet and loving and ending with me being a complete psychopath before they would actually get up. I have the light set to start getting brighter about 20 minutes before wake up and the alarm, which we have set to bird noises (a lot less annoying than the beep of a regular alarm), starts at wake-up time. Overall, it's a very nice, peaceful transition. Best of all, since the purchase, I haven't even had to walk into my kid's rooms to get them up, not even once." —Lucky1112

    Promising review: "My daughter is a very deep sleeper, which makes waking her for school an absolute chore. We have tried many alarms in the past. They would just go off until I went up to turn them off. I began to think nothing would ever wake her! I decided to try this alarm clock in the hopes that I would no longer have to allot 30 minutes every morning to trying to wake her. We have had this clock for about two weeks now and I have not needed to go up to wake her since its arrival!! I cannot tell you how shocked I am at how quickly it worked. This is an amazing product!! Thank you so much for helping my 8-year-old become more independent." —Katelyn Whittier

    Get it from Amazon for $45.98.

    32. 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.

    Reviewer's photo of their child on the screen on their dash board
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    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.

    33. A pack of diaper booster pads if you're on the verge of losing it because your munchkin has been waking up every single night with pee-soaked pajamas. These clever inserts will absorb the *flood* to stop diaper leaks ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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    Promising review: "Oh my goodness these are a LIFESAVER. My 2-year-old pees a lot overnight and was leaking through his overnight diapers every night. His pants would get soaked and I would have to change him in the middle of the night or feel horrible letting him sleep in his own pee. Then I read about these booster pads so I thought I'd give them a try. It totally worked. My kid doesn't leak through anymore. I would definitely recommend this for heavy night wetters." —Christine

    Get a three-pack of 90 pads from Amazon for $32.99.

    34. A faucet glass rinser that'll take care of the tedious task of washing baby bottles (water bottles and wine glasses too) — and make hand-washing a distant memory.

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    Reviewers say if you have basic DIY skills, installation is a breeze.

    Promising review: "We love this! Awesome buy. It was super easy to install and it’s made doing dishes a ton easier. Between our wineglasses, drinking glasses, baby bottles, and sports bottles, this thing it amazing!"—Katelyn Houston

    Get it from Amazon for $88.73+ (available in two materials and nine colors).

    35. And an Oxo Tot dishwasher basket for bottle parts because hand-washing baby bottle accessories is pretty much the worst.

    Reviewer's photo of the teal basket loaded with baby bottles and parts
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    Promising review: "If you have Dr. Brown’s bottles you KNOW how annoying washing all of the pieces is. Now imagine washing bottles for triplets. I was miserable LOL. This literally saved me so much time and my sanity. I bought two and let me tell it’s so easy and convenient to use." —Itssyd

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two colors).

    36. A Souper Cube that'll makes it ~souper-duper easy~ to prep and freeze big batches of soup in ready-to-thaw portions ahead of time. You'll be eternally grateful for this silicone freezing tray on evenings when you're too pooped to cook.

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    Each tray has four fill lines — 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 125 mL, and 250 mL — which is ideal for people who like to portion their food.

    Promising review: "Instead of letting food go to waste I freeze small portions for those nights I’m not in the mood to cook, but have to feed my toddlers. The portion is perfect for them. I’d need two for myself." —RMartinez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    37. And a printable meal planner with over 300 recipes and ideas for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks that'll take guesswork out of each school week.

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    Mom's Bistro is a small biz based in Denver, Colorado, that specializes in monthly meal plans designed to help families save money and eat better.

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about how GREAT this meal plan is!! I have three kids — a toddler, a baby, a 6-year-old — my husband and myself. I haven't had to double a recipe yet, though! EXCELLENT! This meal plan has literally saved me so much time and stress. I don't have to think about what to make, what to get at the store, etc. I've already recommended it to my friends and family. As a full-time student, teacher, and mom, I'm telling you, this plan is unbeatable and a necessity in our household!!!" —Christopher A Riener

    Get it from Mom's Bistro on Etsy for $15.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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