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.)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
5. And an Elephant Books subscription that'll save you the effort of googling and curate storytime picks for you.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*.
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!
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*.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 😋!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
35. And an Oxo Tot dishwasher basket for bottle parts because hand-washing baby bottle accessories is pretty much the worst.
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.
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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