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    37 Parenting Products That’ll Make You Say, “Why Didn’t I Buy This Sooner”

    Stick-on gel pads, a drywall repair kit, and an inspirational drawing book you'll want to add to your arsenal.

    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 pack of brightly colored stacking cups that'll inexplicably become your babe's fave open-ended toy. Just trust the 60,000 5-star (!!!) reviews and the many, many reviewers who have said "this is the best $4 I've spent on a toy."

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    Bonus: These have holes in the bottom for water play and come with a cute star ring to keep them together.

    Promising review: "I got these as a stocking stuffer for my 15-month-old and of all the toys she got for Christmas this is her favorite and also the least expensive. I let her open them first and then she didn’t want to play with any of the other toys. Haha." —Lauren

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $4.99.

    2. A pack of soothing stick-on gel pads, a must have for cold and flu season. They're sized to fit kids' foreheads and will provide cooling relief for up to eight hours. Reviewers say these alleviate discomfort and help bring down a fever.

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    Each pack contains four sheets.

    Promising review: "I can't rave enough about these gel sheets! They really help cool the temperature down and in my case, my daughter sometimes shows immediate (5–10 minutes) relief after I apply the sheet on her forehead. Each box contains four gel sheets contained in two separate packs. You can easily tear the packaging without using scissors, so that is a good thing about it. A gel sheet will last up to eight hours. I never had any issues of the unused ones getting dry or hard inside the original packaging. The gel sheet adheres pretty well to the skin of a child. It does not slide or come off even when the child sleeps sideways. It does not hurt to peel it off. My daughter is three and she likes when I put one on her. Mommies, stock up on them. They are good!"Gracie's Choice

    Promising review: "My son had a fever of 102.9 earlier this evening. We still had hours before we could give any oral meds and we're getting concerned. Within 15 min his fever went down to 102.5 and continued to go down to 102.3. Not only did it keep it down but it helped us make it to the next dosage of oral meds and we were so relieved! We LOVE these and ALWAYS have them around the house for when our son gets a fever. They help bring the fever down in between doses of Tylenol. They also help bring down a high fever a few more degrees. Our house will NEVER be without!"Chuck

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.39.

    3. And a sleek touchless forehead thermometer with a built-in sensor that measures in seconds. Added bonus: You can take your baby's temperature while they're sleeping.

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    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 forehead...no 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.

    4. A drywall repair kit that'll work like a charm to patch up holes and dents if your kids have invented a game that involves hurling toys and watching them ricochet off the walls.

    Reviewer's before and after showing a small dent in their wall, and the after photo showing how the kit fixed it with no hole
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    Promising review: "This spackle is so handy! Much easier and faster than opening a regular container of spackle, then finding a putty knife to use and sand paper. Everything you need is right there. I filled probably close to 50 small holes and nicks from kids throwing toys, etc. in less than 15 minutes. Would definitely recommend this." —Michelle Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    5. A Ezpz silicone mini training cup and straw combo designed by a pediatric feeding specialist to teach toddlers to safely drink from an open cup and straw. It'll fit perfectly in chubby little hands (thanks to the weighted bottom) and make the transition from the bottle to the cup, well, easy peasy.

    EZPZ

    Ezpz is is a woman-owned biz that creates developmentally focused, minimalist tableware for little ones.

    PS: The cup and straw are made from 100% toxin-free silicone (no BPA, BPS, PVC, latex, or phthalates). The food-grade silicone is safe for your toddler’s developing teeth + gums and dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Must-have! I had been concerned that my 1-year-old wasn’t picking up straw drinking easily. The day the straw training cup arrived, she began drinking from a straw!! Yay! Made me so unbelievably happy! Of course, the cup is darling and the design detail is excellent. The speech pathologist who constructed the cup knew exactly what she was doing. I highly recommend you get this cup!" —Rachel

    Get it from EZPZ for $14.99.

    6. A leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair so your little one's curls are restored to their former glory once more! It's also free from any toxic stuff including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Reviewer's before photo showing their child's curly hair before using the spray and after photo showing glossy curls with the spray
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    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.

    7. A book of 642 Tiny Things to Draw, so tiny doodlers never run out of inspiration.

    small book that says 642 tiny things to draw
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50 or from Bookshop for $9.15.

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    8. A wooden puzzle equivalent to playing Tetris but in tactile form that'll ~exercise their brain~ without any screen time.

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    Reviewer's say this is a great toy for ages 3 to 12.

    Promising review: "This puzzle has been a huge hit with my 4-year-old and 6-year-old grandsons. Each was able to play with it in a unique and challenging way. The quality is great and it is light weight as well so it is easy to store and get out." —BoiseMom

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    9. 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.

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    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 $13.73.

    10. And a Melissa & Doug Blue's Clues & You! Wooden Clock with ticking hands to help teach your child to tell time in a *practical yet exciting* way. Plus, it also comes with 25 magnets to help them identify weather, activities, feelings, and seasons.

    The pink wooden clock with a blue storage base and wooden magnets
    Amazon

    The clock comes with five double-sided clock cards (that little ones can slide into the top of the wooden clock and match the clicking clock hands to the correct time), 25 shaped wooden magnets, and a built-in storage stand.

    Promising review: "I feel like I enjoy this more than the kids because it’s just so cute! The clock is awesome and engaging and makes a clicking noise when you turn its hands, which the kids love. However, in my opinion, this is for kids IN school because this is more so a time-telling teacher than a toy to play with for fun." —Jordan L

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99

    11. Cerave moisturizing cream parents call their "holy grail" because it works wonders to keep their kid's eczema flare-ups at bay and soothe dry, chapped winter skin. It's formulated to provide intense moisturizing protection for babies with a gentle fragrance- and paraben-free formula.

    the moisturizing cream
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    Promising review: "Cerave was recommended to us by our daughter's pediatrician to help with her eczema. While she still has eczema, this cream is fantastic with keeping her skin smooth and keeping her irritation at bay. She no longer has the red bumps or splotchy red spots on her skin and rarely has flare-ups anymore! We use Cerave every night after bath time and not only does it keep our baby's skin smooth, but it keeps Mama's hands silky smooth as well! During our first vacation, we made the decision to bring several sample lotions of different brands and we found they just were not the same. We highly recommend this baby cream!" —TheGummyMummy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    12. A bug bite suction tool invented by a mom that's worth the Shark Tank hype. This ingenious device sucks out all kinds of bug bites, instantly relieving itching and swelling, so your kids aren't left scratching.

    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

    Promising review: "I got this just in time for a family camping trip, as my child and I are both highly allergic to mosquitoes and the bites swell up very badly. We both used this on our bites and I am shocked at the results! The bites did not swell up like they normally do, and the itching was reduced to a minimum. I am absolutely sold and would recommend this product to anyone with bug bite issues!" —dzmom

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

    13. An inexpensive Pop2Play foldable indoor slide that LITERALLY pops up in minutes to instantly turn any room into a playground when it's raining outside. Plus, it folds down flat for easy storage once playtime's over.

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    The slide's capable of holding up to 50 lbs.

    Promising review: "We just received our slide and it took less than five minutes to get it out of the box and set it up. Super easy and convenient with two little girls waiting to see what was inside the box! My girls (3.5 & 1.5) got on this slide immediately after opening it up and I am not even kidding when I say they played on it for an hour straight. I was surprised at how nice and how sturdy the slide was considering it's made of cardboard. The girls had a blast playing on it and when it was time to go to bed it took about 15 seconds to fold it up to store until tomorrow. I love that it folds flat for easy storage so if you want it out of the way it can be. Very happy with our purchase!" —Amanda Sobol

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two styles).

    14. And a pack of toilet seat covers to have on hand if your potty-trained toddler loves to get their hands ALL OVER gross public restroom seats.

    Reviewer's photo showing the seat cover on a toilet
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    Promising review: "If you're a germaphobe like myself, this is a must have in your diaper bag. The thought of placing my son or daughter on a public toilet with only a seat liner is disturbing especially since they're both little and still hold onto the toilet seat for support when peeing/pooping. These cover the toilet completely and even cover the lower part of the toilet where dangling legs and pants/skirts touch. My only complaint about these is that they are not flushable. It's difficult trying to gather the liner up (they are rather large) without touching the toilet or the possibly wet liner (because it partially fell in the water) and then scrunching it up to fit into a sanitary napkin bin. Other than that, these are great. Also, I don't use the adhesive strips at all since I have two little ones that usually need to go right away so we don't have the time to remove the adhesive backing. I usually just place the liner on the toilet and then carefully plop my kid on top and all's well." —Ting

    Get a pack of 24 covers from Amazon for $8.32.

    15. A set of games for the road that'll cut down on screentime while traveling and prevent nonstop cries of "Are we there yet?"

    the car game
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    Promising review: "For a quick and convenient game that can literally be taken anywhere, this game is perfect! The cost was great and the games are fun, quick, and can be played by kids and adults of all ages. I would love to see families pulling these cards out while waiting for dinner at a restaurant or while sitting in the subway together rather than everyone pulling out their iPhones! These fun interactive games will get the whole family talking and playing together. Love it! I did notice that on a couple of the cards my daughter, who’s 8 years old, had to read the card a couple of times or hand it to me to explain to her, but once I read the directions she was good to go. Overall a great purchase!" —Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A coconut and shea butter conditioning detangler with 10,000 5-star reviews (!!!) raving that it's the BEST STUFF ON THE PLANET. Just a few spritzes will combat hair woes — from making knots vanish after a swim to taming frizz when humidity is *through the roof*.

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    BTW, it's not just for kids; adults love it too and say it detangles and softens straight and curly (including 4a–4c) hair!

    Promising review: "All I can say is WOW!!!!! This is by far the best conditioning spray I have purchased. I have spent a lot of money on the expensive 'miracle detanglers' and 'miracle brushes,' coconut oils, and hours combing out big knots in my daughter's hair when this is all that’s needed! Her hair is a disaster full of knots after the beach. I sprayed this on before going to the beach and it made all the difference in the world. Goes to show that the expensive stuff is NOT always the best. PLEASE DON’T EVER STOP MAKING THIS!!!!!" —G

    Get it from Amazon for $3.79.

    17. And a 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 40,000+ 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: "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.

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

    18. A nonslip Montessori silicone placemat designed to enable your toddler or preschooler to develop some serious life skills through setting the table independently. It's also chemical free, eco-friendly, and dishwasher safe.

    Kid's House UK / Etsy

    Kid's House UK is a small biz based in London founded by a mom who specializes in Montessori products to help nurture independence at home.

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old loves being able to set the table. He makes sure the silverware and cup are lined up perfectly. I love the independence it gives him. The placemats clean easily, store nicely, and are of great quality." —Beth Steele

    Get it from Kid's House UK on Etsy for $22.81.

    19. 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: "Love this faucet extender for our daughter’s sink. It has given her the independence of washing her hands & brushing her teeth. It’s so easy to pop on & off if we have guests over & we want it removed. And the price is absolutely phenomenal." —H_Crowell

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.95.

    20. The Pink Stuff, a magical all-purpose cleaning paste so you don't need to go into full panic mode when lipstick (or Sharpie) marks mysteriously appear on your walls. (Good luck keeping the little Picassos out of your makeup bag though!)

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    Promising review: "I saw this on TikTok and had to try it. Being a mom and a babysitter, we have the occasional crayon or marker on surfaces it is not supposed to be. This takes it right off without a ton of elbow grease. I also used it on my converse today. They were covered in dirt and grass stains from doing yard work and now they look brand-new. This stuff is a lifesaver!" —TammyC117

    Promising review: "If you’ve ever got lipstick on anything you know how hard it is to remove. My 4-year-old loves make up and thinks she the next Picasso. This stuff removed it with only rubbing it over it. No scrubbing at all. I’m completely sold!"Anastasha

    Get it from Amazon for $7.84.

    21. A Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza card game that'll have the whole family in tears from *belly laughing* so hard.

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    Pass out all the cards to the players and keep all the stacks face down. Everyone takes a turn putting a card down in the middle, while saying "taco," "cat," "goat," "cheese," and "pizza," in that order. If the picture on your card matches the word that's said, everyone races against each other to slap their hand on the central pile of cards. Whoever is last must take the pile of cards and add them to their stack, and the person who runs out of cards first wins!

    Promising review: "The title says it all! You must buy this game if you’re looking to get your kids off their butts, computers, phones, or TV! My children sat for hours, five to be exact, just playing this and laughing. It was a lot of fun for my husband and I to hear them not fighting and doing something together. Loads of fun!! We even loved playing with them!! 🥰🤘" —Melinda Haiden

    Get it from Amazon for $8.76.

    22. 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 😋!

    Amazon

    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 $11.32.

    23. A viral TikTok toothbrush holder and dispenser you'll regret not having bought sooner because it'll not only free up precious counter space but also keep your bathroom free of child-induced toothpaste messes.

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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: "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 voilà! 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 $16.94+ (available in three colors).

    24. A pack of spill-proof Munchkin snack catchers with flexible flaps that'll allow easy access for little hands BUT prevent Cheerios from *flying everywhere*. Not having to clean your toddler's trail of snacks? These deserve a gold medal, if you ask me.

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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 $5.99 (available in two color combos).

    25. A cult-favorite stain remover especially great for stubborn stains like grass, oil, or blood. You can count on on this concentrated spot treatment to make messes from your kids' clothes disappear.

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    Promising review: "This is the best stain remover I have ever used! I wish I would have found it years ago! My daughter is 6 and I can't think of how many stains this product hasn't gotten out for us. Even old set in stains that I thought were hopeless. A friend turned me on to this stuff and now I will never go without it! A must-have for anyone with kids." —Lauren Ruffin

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.90.

    26. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer so you can make your own Smucker's Uncrustables copycats at home without spending nearly $10 for a box. Prepare for your life to be *utterly butterly* changed.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Must have for kids who like crustless PB&J sandwiches. My kids love that I can make them 'Uncrustables' and this mama loves how much $ these have saved me! I used to spend $18 a week on PB&Js, so it paid for itself within the first week so easy to use clean and store." —Taylor P.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    27. 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 $10+.

    28. An anti-nail-biting pen because it tastes sooo awful it'll basically make your kiddos want to 🤮 at the very thought of biting their nails or sucking their thumb *ever again* (which is exactly the point).

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    Plus, it has anti-inflammatory ingredients like organic aloe leaf juice and organic eucalyptus leaf to soothe sore fingers.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff!! It’s taste horrible, which was great to help stop my 4-year-old from biting her nails. In about three days she completely stopped now and her nails have grown.." —Denise Batista

    Promising review: "OMG it works!! My 3.5-year-old was a constant thumb sucker. Four days and she hasn't put her thumb in her mouth!! It's the worst taste ever but it works. We tell her we are painting her nails. We put it on during the day and at night. Best product around." —Natalie Plaza

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    29. A waterproof potty training watch that exists for the sole purpose of reminding toddlers or preschoolers to use the toilet on the reg. 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: "Obsessed!! My 4-year-old has been potty-trained for well over a year. Around the time the pandemic started, she started having accidents. It got to the point of needing new underwear two to four times almost every day. Since getting this watch almost a week ago, the accidents have completely stopped! She’s worried we’ll return it if it doesn’t work so she both goes when the timer goes off (every two hours for us) as well as when she feels the urge. We keep it on vibrate so there’s no issue in school. And we purposely set it for a time frame that it never goes off during circle time or story time so she never has a reason to ignore it. Best $20 I’ve ever spent. Worth every penny! Hope the results last." —NJ Mom

    Promising review: "We were having the HARDEST time with potty training. After this purchase my L.O. loves when the music goes off and asks, 'Mom, what time is it?' Every time it goes off. Wish we would have purchased sooner!" — Womanonamission

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    30. A canvas growth chart so you can keep track of your munchkin's height (who is growing up waayyy too fast 😢) without marking up the walls. Reviewers love that it can be rolled up and stored away as a cute keepsake.

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    Promising review: "This is a very cute addition to our playroom! Looks nice and she loves measuring herself (daily)." —Truth

    Promising review: "The designs on this are adorable and look great in my toddler's room. It's soooo tall, too. You'll be able to measure even your giant kids before they go off to college. It rolls up nice and small so it will be easy to store and take out when they are too big for the cutesy designs but you still want to torture them with your parental nostalgia." —Justina Schneeweis

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    31. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

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

    Promising review: "Must have for gassy babies or to soothe them to sleep. Don’t waste your money on a fancy baby chair the vibrates like I did. I got the Lulla-Vibe and I use it everywhere. Our baby has gas issues & we’ve tried everything to try comfort/sooth her. I’m thinking about ordering another one for the diaper bag as it worked so well. The vibrations are strong so you can easily put it on the side of the baby’s mattress or sleeper, if you use that. We attach it to the back of our baby’s rocker and in the stroller in the back pouch. Works AMAZING!!!" —Kenneth L.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    32. A Fridababy three-step cradle cap system with 13,000 5-star (!!!) reviews for any parent looking for an all-in-one remedy. Just use the foam sponge to lather up baby's head, then loosen the flakes by massaging with the gentle-bristle brush and finally lift flakes ~oh so gently~ with the fine-tooth comb.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "A must-have for newborns. My 6-week-old had bad cradle cap and this brush worked miracles. I wish I had it from birth. We have continued to use this brush even though the cradle cap has gone and it does wonders on the scalp and keeping the hair looking healthy. Highly highly recommend. Plus, my baby enjoys the gentle scalp massage from the soft bristles." —LM01

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88.

    33. A pair of kick mats so you don't have to worry about car seats being wrecked by muddy shoe prints — thanks to your future tae kwon do champs.

    A kid in a backseat of a car with their feet kicking the front seat but the cover is protecting the back of the car seat
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    It fits most sedan, SUV, and minivan seats. They buckle on using two elastic straps.

    Promising review: "Definitely needed these! My son who just turned 4 is constantly kicking my seats and with a dirt driveway, mud is a huge issue. These were so easy to install and I don't even notice that they are there, but they definitely protect the seat from my little cowboy's boots. I love my boy to pieces and I definitely recommend these kick mats. Must-have item." —Mary

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $17.79.

    34. A pack of laminated math posters you can hang up on the wall to make homework visually engaging (and a lot less painful). Perfect for elementary through middle school ages.

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    Promising review: "As a homeschool mom when I found these charts I loved them. They cover a lot of material that my first grader is learning, as well as many things to come. Seeing the visuals the way they have them set up helped him understand several concepts (place numbers, fractions, some things about reading time) much quicker than the ways we had been covering it. Even if my son returns to the school system next year, we will keep these around for homework aids and to help the younger siblings as they approach learning these concepts. The boards are of nice quality. Bright colors, thick poster board that can be written on with dry-erase and wiped off. Homeschool must-have." —Marvel

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.89.

    35. A pack of reward punch cards to provide positive reinforcement each time they clean the room or finish their homework *and* to motivate them to keep up the good work to earn a prize. A little bribery never hurt anyone...right?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought these for my kids. Instead of giving them money for each chore, they get hole punches for each chore. After filling up their card they get money. Must-have for our family!" MommaBee

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    36. A car baby monitor for providing 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 readjust a back-seat mirror or pull over to check on a crying baby at every stoplight.

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

    Promising review: "Best. Purchase. EVER! I had seen this camera on TikTok and immediately purchased it. I hated those stupid mirrors because it was so hard to see my son! I have four kiddos and I wish I would’ve had something like this with my older three! It gives such a great peace of mind being able to actually see him in his seat! It’s easy to install, has great picture quality! I’d recommend this to any and all parents!" —Dallas Conrad

    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.

    37. A Lily & River foldable wood climbing triangle that'll not only keep your little whirlwind from climbing everything but will also ensure they're all tuckered out after a chilly day spent indoors.

    Two kids climbing the wooden triangle and ladder set
    Lily and River / Etsy

    Recommended for ages 6 months to 4+ years.

    Lily & River is a small biz, owned by a father, that specializes in building intuitive products for kids in their manufacturing workshop nestled within the desert foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Promising review: "The climber and ladder ramp came exactly as expected, and my kids (1 and 3) love it! It’s easy to assemble, folds up nicely, and is super sturdy. It also arrived much sooner than expected." —Annie Baird 

    Get it from Lily and River on Etsy for $197.95+ (available in four finishes and two accessory options: ladder or rock wall).

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

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