43 Problem-Solving Products For Parents Of 4-Year-Olds
TBH, this is my favorite age so far (hello hilarious convos, sassy dance moves and endless energy). But if you're dealing with some common 4-year-old problems, these useful products are here to help.
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1. A waterproof potty training watch that'll come to the rescue if your fully potty trained preschooler is suddenly having accidents. This gadget exists for the sole purpose of reminding kiddos 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!*
2. An anti-nail-biting pen if you've had a hard time breaking that bad habit. It tastes sooo awful it'll basically make any child want to 🤮 at the very thought of biting their nails or sucking their thumb *ever again* (which is exactly the point).
3. A Melissa & Doug magnetic responsibility chart that'll help if you're struggling with less-than-desirable behaviors. It'll let you set expectations and reward your child with smiley faces for not only doing chores but also being a nice little human. A little positive reinforcement never hurt anyone...right?
4. And a Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar for teaching 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.
5. A child-safe wooden knife perfect for sous chefs eager to help in the kitchen. This tool will keep their little fingers protected as they learn all about meal prep.
6. Or a set of plastic knives that look just like real thing. While, they do a pretty decent job of chopping veggies, they're not sharp enough to slice a finger, meaning your little helper can practice their knife skills without fear of being cut.
7. A wooden puzzle, because your 4-year-old's head is buried in an iPad. This clever game is equivalent to playing Tetris but in tactile form that'll ~exercise their brain~ with zero screen time.
8. And a 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?" — this game is for you.
9. A Crayola step stool with grippy colored dots and anti-skid footpad to give your munchkin a confident boost when they're going through the "I can do it all by myself" phase (without you having to worry about falls 😨). Plus, it folds up neatly once they're done using it.
10. Or, if they're not a fan of the stool, 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.
11. A detangling brush for any child who hates — repeat, HATES— having their hair brushed. This tool will glide through knots to turn a daily ordeal into a painless experience minus the *ouchies or tears*. Just trust the 40,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review.
12. 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.
13. 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 divas out of your makeup bag though!)
14. A snack spinner for enticing even the pickiest of eaters to add more foods to their *rotation* at home or on the go.
15. 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 all day. (Plus, it's so easy to use even your 4-year-old can do it!)
16. Also 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?
17. A sleep-training alarm clock if — no matter what time they sleep — they're up at the crack of dawn. This clock uses colors and stinkin' cute *facial expressions* to teach the kiddos when it's time for bed and when it's OK to wake up.
18. 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.
19. A coconut and shea butter kids 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 to taming frizz.
20. A craft supplies kit that comes with everything you could possibly need to prevent cries of "I'm bored" every 10 minutes, while stuck inside on a rainy day.
21. And if you want a mess-free option, a scratch paper art set for keeping them busy as you wrap up a long work day. It'll also make you nostalgic for your childhood when nothing was more satisfying than scratching the surface to reveal the rainbow colors underneath.
22. A suction cup bath mat, because they've recently decided they prefer showers over baths, but the combo of wet feet, rough play, and slippery floors is nerve-racking to say the least 😱.
23. 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.
24. A pack of toilet seat covers to have on hand if it feels like an impossible-seeming task to keep your child's hands off those gross public restroom seats.
25. A pair of kick mats so you can prevent your car seats from being wrecked by muddy shoe prints — thanks to your future Tae Kwon Do champs.
26. A Melissa & Doug activity book with a pair of safe scissors to channel their endless (aka destructive) energy into a creative activity that'll put their fine motor skills to the test.
27. A Learning Resources Create-a-Space Storage Center for coralling school or art supplies that are currently scattered all over the house. It's smartly designed with eight *removable containers* making it easy for the kiddos to take individual bins — and put them back when done.
28. 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 😋!
29. Glow-in-the-dark dinosaur decals to bring Jurassic Park to life on the walls and actually get kiddos excited to sleep in their *own* room.
30. A white noise machine that'll drown out noises if you're watching Money Heist downstairs, enabling your 4-year-old to sleep soundly through all the ruckus.
31. A bath toy organizer with 10,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that reviewers swear will actually stick to your wall, de-clutter 10021 toys from your bathtub, and keep everything dry and within arm's reach. What more could any parent ask for?
Promising review: "Love love love this! It’s the best thing I’ve could have gotten for my 4-year-old daughters bath toys , shampoos, conditioners and there is extra space for my things also since I got the jumbo sized one. Took four mins to put up and organize everything! Now my bathroom looks clean and organized!"—Crystal
Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in two sizes and prestocked with toys or by itself).
32. A box of wart-removing pads to help get rid of pesky, painful growths. Stick it on just like a bandage (meaning there's a high likelihood these will actually stay put on active kids) BAM — warts gone!
Promising review: "These work great! My 4-year-old had a wart above her heel, and after about five days of wearing these it is pretty much gone. It’s so so easy to use. We just put one on and forget about it. We take it off for bath time and put a new one on when she’s dried off. I have no doubt that they would stay on throughout the bath, but she insists on taking it off so fine. It stays on very well and the medication really works. Glad we didn’t have to use a freeze off type medication." —Deidre Darold-Wilson
Get 14 pads from Amazon for $6.96.
33. Sturdy and stretchy toy hammocks that'll store their ever-growing collection of Squishmallows — while adding a dose of cuteness to a corner wall. No more stepping over a sea of stuffies on the floor.
34. And a macrame hair accessory holder if your child owns more bows than JoJo Siwa. This will show off their collection while looking overwhelmingly adorable on a wall.
35. An LCD writing tablet that'll get little Einsteins excited to practice their numbers and letters. *Fingers crossed* they might even consider trading their iPad for this cool gadget.
36. And a sock and underwear organizer so you can Marie Kondo the heck out of the overwhelming pile of socks, underwear and PJs your child owns to prevent those mad scrambles in the morning to find a sock's missing buddy.
37. A rainbow-colored saucer swing that can be hung *indoors or outdoors* guaranteed to get all their energy out and become the kiddo's fave ~hangout~ spot in the playroom or yard.
38. An OmieBox aka a bento box with a thermos insert that'll finally put an end to complaints about cold lunches. Now you can pack soup, sides, and a treat — all in one cleverly designed container.
39. A kids travel table to prevent nonstop cries of "are we there yet?" on road trips. It comes with a tablet viewing stand, a cup holder, a dry-erase board that doubles as an eating tray, and storage pockets for pens and toys.
40. And a Montessori busy board to provide an alternative to screen time on car rides and to keep ~busy little bees~ occupied figuring out the mechanics of zippers, buttons, laces and buckles. It also folds up conveniently with handles, making it easy to tote around.
41. A Poo-Pourri toilet spray if — despite your best efforts — you can't get rid of that funky smell that ALWAYS emanates from your kiddo's bathroom. This will help neutralize the situation in the most aromatic way possible, tbh.
42. Ingenious Vaseline moisturizer spray that'll help you do the *bare minimum* to ensure your kiddo's legs receive a burst of moisture ASAP after every shower to prevent alligator skin during the fall and winter.
43. And, finally if cooking is a *struggle*, Yumble, which can deliver weekly ready-to-eat kids' meals made with regionally-sourced fruits and veggies ~directly to your door.~
The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.