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    29 Products Parents Swear By To Make Their Homes More Kid-Friendly

    Things that'll transform your home into a safe and nurturing space for those tiny humans.

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    1. A pack of inexpensive outlet covers if your toddler has developed a dangerous obsession with sticking their fingers into sockets.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I had some outlet protectors already, but my 10-month-old daughter figured those ones out. These ones are nice because they are discreet. They sit flush with the outlet. They aren’t distracting so my daughter doesn’t find interest in them. And they are too thin for her to pry them off. I actually kinda had trouble getting them out of one of my outlets but I find that a good thing, they are definitely child-proof. Can’t beat the low price either. And they arrived very quickly." —Bazoo Studios

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $4.28 (also available as an 8-pack, 60-pack, and 120-pack).

    2. An adorable duck bath mat with suction cups because the combo of wet kiddos, rough play, and slippery bathtub floors is nerve-racking to say the least 😱.

    reviewer's photo of the duck shaped bath bat in their tub
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    Promising review: "HIGHLY recommend! Who knew that shopping for a bath mat would be so much work? I had purchased a couple of different brands since my daughter was born. The first one fell apart after a few months and the second one developed some black spots which I am assuming were a mold that I couldn't get out. Short of bleaching the stupid mat once a day, it was awful and porous and slippery. So I came across this one, and this mat is PERFECT. It doesn't get slippery, it cleans easily, and it does its job of sticking to the tub and keeping my kids safe! Some people complained about the smell when it is first opened, but that went away in a few days, and seriously... its like anything new, it has its own product odor... no big deal!" —Lauren C.

    Promising review: "Its perfect! Much larger than I originally though which is perfect. Did have a rubber smell but went away after washing. I feel comfortable now with my toddler standing in the tub without slipping." —Sarah August

    Get it from Amazon for $11.09.

    3. A pack of sink extenders to empower little ones to wash their hands or brush their teeth on their own. Not to mention it'll save your back the strain of hoisting them over the sink.

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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 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.

    4. A pack of ingenious light switch extenders with an easy to grab moon-shaped handle so they can turn the lights on and off ~all by themselves.~ The best part? These glow in the dark.

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    These install in minutes on standard light switches.

    Promising review: "Must-have for toddlers! Perfect solution! As my toddler's independence soars, so do frustrations. This light switch extender pack was a great buy. He can now turn on the lights in his room and bathroom. Installation was easy and works as expected." —AW

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. A door cushion that'll not only prevent kiddos from slamming doors and waking up their little siblings but also prevent them from accidentally locking themselves in a room.

    Cushy Closer / Etsy

    Cushy Closer is a small biz based in Moorpark, CA invented by two moms, with nine children between them, who were tired of putting a rag or sock in the door to avoid waking up their sleeping kids.

    Promising review: "I have a cushion on every door in my house. Well just about. At least five of my doors have one of these. They are the best thing ever! If you have kids/babies/noisy doors — get these!! They are fantastic!! Will of course purchase again! Highly recommend." —Jenny

    Get it from Cushy Closer on Etsy for $9.95.

    6. A pack of colorful Puj hanging cups so they can help themselves to water without saying "Mom" or "Dad" 500 times a day. Plus, no more washing a gazillion cups daily. Win win.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These things are amazing. We attached these to our water dispenser and the kids are 100% independent now with getting their own drinks of water and returning the cup. Saves me time and dishes daily! Sticker for the hooks are really sturdy, my 2-year-old tried to hang on them and they didn’t budge." —Melissa S

    Promising review: "We absolutely LOVE these hanging cups by Puj!! They make the always stacking and searching for cups a thing of the past! They are super easy for my toddlers to get to and help themselves to water or ask me to fill the cup. When they are done we rinse and let them hang them back up. The fact they can do that actually encourages their independence and I LOVE that!" —Majara

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $28.99.

    7. A viral TikTok toothbrush holder and dispenser for squeezing toothpaste on your child's brush for them and prevent you having to wipe down toothpaste-smeared counters.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $19.98+ (available in three colors).

    8. A high density foam guard to cushion your newly walking babe's noggin from the sharp, jagged edges of your fireplace.

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    The set includes 18 feet of edge guard and 8 corner cushions, capable of covering 20.4 feet of surface area. Also, comes with 3M double-sided tape (36 feet of tape for the edge guard), while the corner guards are pre-taped.

    Promising review: "Great product that saved my son a trip to the ER! Funny story, when I installed these to cover my fire place brink corners I did so only to stop the nagging of my wife. BUT not 10 minutes after finishing the install did my son come up to the fire place and trip falling head first into the foam covered brick corner... THANK GOD I finally listened to my wife! Instead of a trip to the emergency room he just bounced off of the foam and went about his business unharmed!" —Chris Y.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    9. A set of ingenious magnetic locks that don't require screwing into your cabinets. These install in seconds with tape to keep your curious tot from breaking into drawers. Bonus: They're hidden inside so they aren't eye sores.

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    The set comes with 12 locks (with strong 3M double-sided tape on the back) and two keys.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! I spent hours with a drill and screwdriver installing push down locks on cupboards five years ago. I now have another crawling baby and those ones are all broken. I was dreading installing new ones and saw these. They literally go on in seconds, the bracket means it lines up perfectly, and the adhesive is strong! My older kids think the magnet key is super fun. Baby stays out of the chemicals and I put one on the trash door so the dog stays out of the trash so everyone gets to live longer. Win-win. I also love that you can 'turn' them off and on so when my kids are bigger we can flip the switch but if little kids were visiting we could put them back on."Joseph J. Krakker

    Get a set from Amazon for $31.99.

    10. A pack of motion-activated toilet night-lights for making middle-of-the-night toilet runs less messy. Added bonus: There's no need to leave the bathroom light on all night long.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. Especially because with a husband and a son, they tend to sprinkle on the toilet seat in the middle of the night. With the color set to any bright color (like white, yellow, green, or blue) it illuminates every single sprinkle on the seat! You will no longer have a bottom wet with pee in the middle of the night! When I purchased this I bought a case of AAA batteries thinking I would have to change them often (with six people in the house they get used often). However I have not had to change the batteries once in a few months! Also the sensor is super sensitive so it turns on as you come through the door, or even a little before. Just a great product all around. Definitely recommend for households with children, you won't have to leave your bathroom light in all night anymore either! #MomWin." —Angela

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.89.

    11. And an anti-slip potty training seat boasting a ladder that'll make the "big potty" feel a lot less intimidating.

    The white and teal potty seat with ladder resting on a toilet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this for our son who we are starting to potty train. It is made of durable plastic. It is easy to assemble (there is a one page illustration on how to assemble it) and there is no need for tools to assemble this. It is foldable for easy storage. Our son loves this as it gives him a sense of independence: (1) the step ladder enables our son to climb and sit on it on his own — yay!, (2) the handles on each side provide for additional support, and (3) it doesn’t slip as it rests on our toilet. There is a removable cushioned seat included for added comfort. The height of the potty training seat can be adjusted to fit the height of the toilet. Would recommend this product." —Jhyza

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in five colors).

    12. A sturdy bookshelf at the perfect height for pint-sized readers that'll create an inviting display of books which basically say, "pick me, pick me."

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Easy to assemble book shelf for children’s books. Perfect height for toddlers and to get them excited/ pick books independently." —Ashley M.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.91+ (available in three colors).

    13. A pack of child-safe charger covers that snap onto chargers and hide the ends from curious tots, who inexplicably prefer chewing on power cords over their teethers.

    a photo that shows how to put the charger into the case and what it looks like closed
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    Geddy's Mom is the small biz behind these little gadgets that are designed to keep baby safe and their mouth clear of things that could hurt them.  

    Promising review: "Every parent of young kids needs this! This is a really cool little gadget that gives me the peace of mind that one of my little ones won't decide to put a charger in their mouths while I have my back turned. It is definitely my new go-to for baby shower gifts. The design is super cute and easy to use. Just snap it over your charger when you are done charging to protect your family!" —AV

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    14. A pack of inconspicuous corner guards for protecting your toddler's fragile head from big bumps when they walk precariously close to a sharp coffee table.

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    Promising review: "Must-have. I love these. We just moved in with family, and they had a coffee table with super-sharp corners and I have a little one who pulls up on everything and is trying to walk. To say I was on edge is an understatement. My sister-in-law didn’t want an obnoxious baby proof item around her house, but these were so discreet she didn’t even notice that I had installed them. They are so soft that my little one started gumming on them to soothe his gums, LOL. They were super easy to install, stuck on very well and with not much effort, and came with plenty so if I need them I’ll have them handy. Super satisfied! If you’re thinking about getting, them please do!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. And a whale-shaped bath spout cover that'll prevent ouchies when little ones are having a ~whale~ of a good time in the bath. Plus, it comes with an adjustable strap to fit snugly on any faucet.

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    Promising review: "My 1-year-old was always getting close to the faucet to play with the water and would end up crying all the time because he would end up bumping his head. But this saved him from that. Now he gets to enjoy the water without bumping his head, and if he does it won't hurt him since the whale is made of rubber. It's a plus that I can hang the spray tub lower and not have to stretch in my tippie toes every night. It's adjustable, so it fits pretty much all the faucets. This is a must-have if you have little ones." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in two colors).

    16. A ~cute as can be~ 3D-printed foam soap dispenser attachment to create a magical Mickey shape out of pumped soap, basically ensuring that your kids become obsessed with washing their hands.

    hand using the orange pump to pump out mickey face and ears-shaped foam soap
    Mouse Delights 3D/Etsy

    Mouse Delights 3D is a small biz based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that specializes in Disney-inspired 3D-printed accessories.

    Promising review: "Super cute and very easy to use. My littles love Mickey and this makes hand washing that much more fun for them!" —Abby D 

    Get it from Mouse Delights 3D on Etsy for $9.99 (available in 13 colors).

    17. A pack of blackout shades for any parent looking for a quick fix to keep the sun out that doesn't involve shelling out $$ for a fancy-schmancy solution. Reviewers say these install in 15 minutes flat — all you need to do is trim, peel and stick (Perfect for travel, too!)

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    Promising review: "These things are fabulous. Couldn’t be easier to put up and once I trimmed the extra off the bottom, they’re a perfect fit. I put them in the master bedroom behind our nice-looking wood blinds AND in the kids room. Our 7-year-old used to wake up with the sun even with good blinds...she now sleeps through the night and will sleep in later than us! I would pay for these time and time again to get the extra peace and quiet in the morning! Thank you for these inexpensive miracle workers! Parents, do yourself a favor and get these!" —Kate

    Promising review: "I love these so much that I just keep buying them. I think I've reviewed them like five times already but whatever. They are that awesome. If you are renting a home, traveling in hotels/at family's house, moving to a new house, or just have kids — these are LIFE. I've used them for years under my kids' curtains since they were babies because they truly are blackout. We are military and move A LOT and the first thing I do is buy these before our trip because it's not always possible to hang curtains right away. They are literally just paper, they come extra wide so you can cut them with scissors to fit your window and they are peel-and-stick. Too easy." —esskay

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $17.95.

    18. A sturdy step stool with a grippy surface and slip resistant rubber feet to give any toddler's self-care routine a confident boost during the "I can do it by myself" phase.

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    Promising review: "Must have for little one for potty training or washing their own hands at the sink. My daughter is 3 and is average height. This is just enough for her to reach the sink to wash her hands/ get to the toilet seat. It's quite sturdy and we haven't had any problems of it toppling over." —Suzi

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    19. And a splurgy wooden learning tower so little sous chefs can be part of the action at the kitchen counter. It'll pay for itself when you no longer have to fear they'll topple over while defiantly perched atop a chair. The best part? It converts into a little table!

    Wood and Hearts / Etsy

    Wood and Hearts is a small biz based in Ukraine, owned by a dad, who specializes in building Montessori furniture using kid-safe, sustainable, water-based paints, and eco-friendly varnish.

    Promising review: "This is the most perfect thing for my toddler ever. She’s loving being able to be at the sink and countertops to 'help' us cook. She sat at it for hours the morning we gave it to her doing puzzles and just excited to have her own table. I have sent the link for this to all my friends with toddlers! So awesome. I ordered it on a Monday and I swear by the end of that week it was on my porch and the communication from the seller couldn’t have been any more wonderful. It was assembled in less than a hour and I am impressed with the quality. We love this!" —Sierra Widener

    Get it from Wood and Hearts on Etsy for $103.80.

    20. A DIY rock climbing wall set to take playtime ~up a notch~ and challenge the kiddos to get off the couch and scale new heights.

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    The set includes 25 hand and foot grips, two climbing handles, and a knotted climbing rope.

    Promising review: "My girls absolutely love this! We’ve been wanting to give them some things inside the house to climb and jump on since it’s cold here and we’re stuck in the house most days. We haven’t installed the rope yet but plan to do so soon. The climbing holds are very durable and seem pretty sturdy. They are also a good size, making it easy for my girls to hold on to. I would definitely recommend this to as it’s a lot of fun!" —KKL—L&L’s Little Shop of Goodies- Living Life RV Rentals

    Get a set from Amazon for $38.99.

    21. And a rainbow-colored saucer swing guaranteed to add swirling pops of color and become your child's fave ~hangout~.

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    Promising review: "So first off my kids LOVE this swing! It has been one of the greatest purchases I have purchased so far for their playroom!!! We use it inside to keep them busy on rainy days or when they need to get their energy out! I give the swing itself 5 stars for sure!!!!" —Samantha Brooke Main

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

    22. 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. No more making a dozen trips to their room to yell at them.

    Reviewer's photo of the lit up alarm clock on a nightstand
    amazon.com

    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.

    23. Or a Hatch Baby night-light, sound machine, and time-to-rise device to help develop healthy sleep habits. You can control it from your phone to create custom light and sound programs in sync with bedtime, nap time, and wake-up routines — so they know when it's time to hit the sack and when it's OK to come running to your room.

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    You'll be eternally grateful to catch a few extra ZZZs in the morning.

    Promising review: "This clock is great because it gives my son the ability to know (generally) what time it is. He will still wake up in the night or early in the morning, but he looks at the light and sees that it is the sleeping color and is able to go back to sleep independently!! He is so proud when he comes out of his room because the light turned yellow and 'it’s morning time!' I love that it can grow with him too — it will be a lovely alarm clock when he is school aged." —SD

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    24. An expensive looking Ruggable area rug designed with a machine washable cover that you can simply toss in the wash and make it look as if tiny messy humans don't live in your home.

    rainbow area rug
    Ruggable

    The rug cover can be detached and reattached to the rug pad without losing its grip. When it's time for a wash, throw the cover in the washer and dryer, and reattach it back to the Pad. Voilà!

    Promising review: "I now own four Ruggable rugs and love every one of them! They've all been washed many times as I have two toddlers and two dogs! These rugs are a game changer! Will never buy a regular rug again!" —Shannon T.

    Get it from Ruggable for $199+ (available in six sizes). 

    25. A bed rail fully capable of ensuring that toddlers who are ready to graduate to a "big kid" bed won't roll out in the middle of the night. It has thousands of 5-star reviews for a reason.

    Amazon, amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a lifesaver literally and figuratively speaking lol. We are first time parents and made the biggest mistake of bringing our 1-year-old to our bed when she would wake up in the middle of the night two to three times. We wake up early and just decided to bring her to bed with us. Now she no longer wants to sleep in her crib SMH. She is a wild sleeper and fell from our bed twice. I immediately got my phone to order this online. We absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!! We don't have to keep waking up to see if she is near the edge of the bed or anything like that. These bed rails are long (wish they were longer) and of excellent quality! I have woken up and she is literally right on the edge and the rail is keeping her from falling. She weighs 26 lbs. Good quality and strong enough to hold a crazy sleeper!!" —Pseudopod

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    26. A minimal foam play mat because kid-friendly floors don't have to be a total eyesore. Honestly, I wouldn't blame you for trading your trendy rug for this mat in ~grown-up~ areas.

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    Promising review: "Absolutely love this play mat! I’ve been on the hunt for a neutral play mat and this one is seriously the best. The design is minimal and the quality is exceptional. It’s perfect for the play area in my kids room! I would highly recommend this mat to anyone!" —Lauren N

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99 (available in four prints).

    27. A pack of five clear stove knob covers so your little whirlwind of destruction doesn't unknowingly starting a fire in the kitchen.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Are you tired of running to the stove every time your toddler is near it, and saying 'No, HOT' in your sleep? When toddlers can walk they are into everything, and especially curious in touching, pushing, turning, etc. When they reach those little fingers up to the stove knob, it’s not always that difficult to turn. These safety stove covers are literally lifesavers. They are so easy to open and close with one hand for an adult but not for a child. They are easily seen through while cooking and can be easily put on and removed without leaving a trace of anything or marks behind. Best child-proofing ever, and you can’t beat the price!." —SAHM Teacher

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $12.95.

    28. A double closet rod to hang kids' clothes at eye level so they can dress themselves every morning — and actually like the outfit they're wearing (which is nothing short of a miracle, tbh).

    Reviewer's before photo showing their child unable to reach their clothes in the closet and after photo showing them able to reach after the double rod was installed
    amazon.com

    The best part? There's no installation required — simply hang it from the top rod. 

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I was looking for. My 5- and 3-year-olds love dressing themselves but could not reach their clothes so this is the perfect solution. I like that it was all metal and there were no straps or ropes they could get tangled in. Seems durable and held a lot of clothes. I saw others that were adjustable and that would have been nice but this seems sturdy. Would recommend.." —LuvShping

    Get it from Amazon for $13.57.

    29. A child-safe wooden knife for tiny helpers eager to help in the kitchen. This tool will keep their little fingers protected, while they proudly chop fruits and veggies.

    Two child models cutting apple slices with the maple wood chopper with handle
    JUstenbois / Etsy

    Justenbois is a Canadian small biz specializing in eco-friendly and zero-waste tableware made from maple wood for babies, children, and adults.

    Promising review: "A really beautiful object and very well made. My 2-year-old loves chopping her own apples and fruit and helping me in the kitchen. I love this wooden knife. I'm so glad I bought it." —Juliana Pivato

    Get it from Justenbois on Etsy for $16.50.

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