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    51 Products That'll Make You Say, "I'm Really Nailing This Parenting Thing"

    Including a "game plate" that's a godsend if you have picky eaters.

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    1. Triple Paste Diaper Rash Cream that works wayyy faster than other ointments to help you heal angry diaper rash LITERALLY overnight. It's made with zinc oxide, lanolin, and oat kernel extract (and free of the toxic stuff: fragrance, parabens, preservatives, talc, phthalate, and dyes!).

    reviewer's photo of a jar of diaper cream
    reviewer showing the thickness of the cream on an applicator

    Promising review: "As a mom of two, one of six kids, and babysitter to many kids in diapers over the years, triple paste is the best diaper cream I have ever used. It is a stiff, thick cream, yet it spreads easily. I use it preventatively on my infant, and it has quickly resolved diaper rashes on my toddler. I found this product after my older sister suggested it with my first, and I loved it even more after it was the go-to diaper cream that was endorsed and recommended by our hospital AND pediatrician. I love the top that flips open so I can easily access it when changing diapers. Both of my kids have sensitive skin, and it is not harsh on their skin in any way. It is on the expensive side, but it’s so worth it. You get what you pay for, and this is a quality product!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $26.35+ (available in three sizes).

    2. An ingenious plate divided into eight portions with a hidden dessert compartment that'll turn mealtime into a fun game to entice picky eaters to gobble their way to the surprise treat at the end!

    reviewer's photo of the tray with divided sections
    reviewer's photo of the tray with food divided into compartments with chocolate in the last compartment

    Promising review: "If you have a picky eater, you need this. I purchased three of these in three different themes. They are a big hit with all three kids ages 1, 3, and 9. These plates work better than I ever could have hoped. The small amounts in each compartment make it easy for them to finish and feel a sense of accomplishment. The treat under the tray at the end is genius. Great solution for picky eaters." —Kyla Van Kleeck

    Get it from Amazon for $16.64+ (available in six themes).

    3. A pack of sink extenders you can install on any faucet to enable your little one to finally reach the water all by themselves *and* to save your back the strain of hoisting them over the sink. 

    A child washing hands in the sink using a sink extender on the faucet
    A faucet extender attached to a faucet

    Promising review: "A 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 hollow penguin teether designed to mimic a boob that'll give your bubba much-needed relief during the teething phase *and* stay on their hand so you don't have to retrieve their dropped paci a gazillion times from the floor. 

    A baby chewing on the purple penguin pacifier on their hand

    Promising review: "This thing is absolutely genius! My 3-month-old loves it and chews on it nonstop. It stays on his hand easily and provides lots of early teething comfort. Wish I knew about this with my first kid!" —Jackie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A three-in-one wooden learning tower, so you can ~safely~ involve your eager little sous chef in the kitchen. The best part? It also transforms into a slide or a table!

    A child in the learning tower
    A child going down the slide
    Weco Store / Etsy

    Weco Store is a small biz based in Latvia that specializes in building handmade wooden home decor and furniture.

    Promising review: "This is SO PERFECT for NYC small space living! We use every position every day. We needed something that could do double (triple) duty as to not clutter our loft with baby gear. The quality is great, and the shipping was SO FAST. We love it. Thank you!" —Melissa LeMieux

    Get it from Weco Store on Etsy for $166.61+ (available in four colors).

    6. Or a set of plastic knives if you'd like to enlist their help with dinner prep. While these do a pretty decent job of chopping, they're not sharp enough to slice a finger.

    Three knives in different sizes purple, pink, and teal colors
    Reviewer's child slicing a squash with the knife

    Note: Children still need supervision while using them, of course.

    Promising review: "I’ve only had these for a couple of days, but already my 4-year-old daughter keeps asking me for things to chop up. They’re perfect for the little chef in your life or the kid who want to be a big helper. So far she’s easily (and safely) chopped up: lettuce, apples, bananas, strawberries, potatoes, even carrots! I can run my hand along the blade and not cut myself and yet it’s designed in a way that you can still chop through veggies and fruits. Another pro is they are super easy to clean and dishwasher safe. They came exactly as pictures for me: in three different sizes and colors, with a slight grip texture on the handle for little hands. They’re nice and lightweight as well so it’s not cumbersome for younger kids. Love them!" —Abby Roeller

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two color sets).

    7. A classic Diaper Genie that'll let you keep your nursery free of the stench of poopy diapers. It's designed to trap smells and not allow even a whiff to escape.

    White Diaper Genie stood next to a baby's changing table for scale
    Diaper Genie with open lid showing blue bags inside
    Chandni Reddy / Buzzfeed

    This pail saved me a dozen trips daily to our garage to dispose of poopy diapers in the trash. It does a great job of locking in the stench and keeping our nursery smelling fresh, despite my kiddo's valiant efforts. Doesn't mean the smell doesn't hit hard when the lid is open, tbh, but I'll still take that as a win.

    Promising review: "I have heard both sides of the Diaper Genie...whether it's worth the money or not. After using it for nine months, I am a full supporter! Babies poop A LOT and after giving birth sometimes just standing up takes all your energy. This will save you countless trips to the garbage can all day long. It contains the smell really well. We have only recently (after nine months) started having it smell every once in a while. This is due to his diapers smelling worse now that he is eating solids and because he doesn't poo as much, so the diapers sit longer. If we stay on top of changing it out before it fills up, then we can still use it at 9 months old. Buy it!!" —A.Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99 (available in four colors).

    8. A pack of spill-proof Munchkin snack catchers to allow easy access for little hands but prevent Cheerios from flying everywhere. No more handing your toddler snacks *one piece at a time* or constantly clean their trail of snacks.

    Two snack containers in blue and green
    A child model's hand pulling a cracker out of the blue snack cup
    Reviewer's video demonstrating how the container prevent snacks from falling out

    Promising review: "What a lifesaver! I mean really! My daughter loves her snacks, she also loves to make a mess, give them to the dog, or fill her car seat up with them. Then cry when she has nothing to eat. My wife picked one up at Target and man... we used it so much, we couldn't clean it fast enough. SOOOO we bought a few more. and for less than $5 for two.... this is a no-brainer!" —jeffgrantMEDIA

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

    9. blooming bath lotus because it'll make bathing baby in the sink a safe and stress-free experience. Not to mention every precious lil' nugget deserves to luxuriate in a cushy flower at bath time. 

    Non-slip bath padding in shape of flower inside sink
    Baby inside sink sitting in padding

    The Blooming Bath Lotus is designed with four movable petals to perfectly fit in any sink and is recommended for babies 0–6 months old.

    Promising Review: "I bought this to bathe my newborn in after my fourth C-section. I wish I had this for all my children! It would have made life so much easier during bath time. Because of the material my new baby stayed put and didn’t slip and slide all over the place. Also she was very calm and comfortable and seemed to enjoy the bathing experience, as the material is thick and soft, almost like a little sofa for her. It was perfect. I can’t say enough great things about it. After the bath you just press out the water and either hang the flower to dry or throw it in the dryer. I truly feel sad that I did not have this for my other kids. It was so much nicer and more comfortable for me to stand at the sink than it was to lean over a hard, wet and slippery bathtub after surgery." —Nadia

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in six colors).

    10. A leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair, parents swear by to help restore their little one's curls to their former glory once more! It's also free from any toxic stuff including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Reviewers say this spray will leave wavy or curly hair (from 2a–4c hair) shiny, soft, and bouncy.

    Promising review: "This stuff is magic in a bottle. My daughters hair is fine, wavy. It’s a monster mess in the a.m. and once I brush it is just a frizz ball. I spray this on, dry, and scrunch. Ten minutes later she’s got full bouncy curls. It keeps the hair out of her eyes too. Big win!" —berthokr

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes).

    11. 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 30,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review.

    The ergonomic shaped brush in turquoise
    Reviewer's before photo of their child with knotted hair
    Reviewer's after photo of smooth hair from using the brush

    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.

    Promising review: "I was shocked at how much easier it was to detangle my 3-year-old daughter’s mixed super-curly hair with this brush and she didn’t cry. It’s a huge win for us!" —Leanna

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in six colors).

    12. A shopping cart cover for giving you peace of mind knowing your little one won't touch (or try to lick 😱?!) those gross, germy handles while you're running errands.

    The shopping cart cover in gray arrow print
    reviewer's photo of their child sitting in the gray shopping cart cover at the store

    Promising review: "A must-have item. No joke. This thing is a game changer. We used to just carry our daughter in the store because the cart seats are so dirty and uncomfortable. But this thing has made shopping so much easier. It takes like less than a minute to put it on the cart, and its sturdy and comfy and my daughter loves it. I also like the pockets, toy loops, and clear phone pocket. And they fit any cart — Walmart and Costco carts both fit great." —Amber Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $26.97+ (available in nine prints).

    13. And a pack of toilet seat covers you'll be SO glad you decided to carry with you when you're out and about with your potty-trained toddler, who insists on getting their hands ALL OVER gross public restroom seats.

    Promising review: "If you're a germaphobe like me, 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 $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A set of washable dab and dot markers for encouraging little Picassos to ~dabble~ in painting without making a huge mess. (Say goodbye to paint splatters and drippy brushes).

    reviewer's photo of the pink and yellow paint pens
    reviewer's children painting dots with the markers

    The set comes with eight paint markers and a downloadable 101 Easy Dot Marker Activities PDF. 

    Promising review: "A must-have for toddlers. My son started using this when he was 2 and now he is 3. We've used this everyday and he never gets tired of it. He just loves doing dab and dot with letters and numbers. I also love the free printables included and I love how easy it is for my son to hold it with his tiny hands. I definitely recommend it." —Heriberto Mendoza

    Get a set from Amazon for $17.99 (also available in two packs).

    15. A Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar to help you set up a daily routine for your preschooler so you don't have to ask them stop playing and take a bath for the millionth time. Added bonus: It'll also teach them the days of the week, months, and the weather in a hands-on, interactive way.

    The magnetic daily calendar
    Reviewer's child using the magnetic calendar

    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 $18.05.

    16. And a Melissa & Doug activity book with a pair of safe scissors that'll channel your destructive, er, busy toddler's energy into a creative activity that'll put their fine motor skills to the test.

    A pair of yellow scissors and an activity pad
    Reviewer's child practicing cutting a watermelon graphic from the activity pad using the yellow scissors

    Promising review: "Scissors skills are important both in and of themselves and because it strengthens the hand muscles to be used for learning to write. My 4-year-old LOVES this book. We received it this week and she has used it for a couple of hours each day. Many of the pages are cutting things out and putting them together (four-scoop ice cream cone, pizza with pepperonis, the components to build a house or a car, puzzles). We've used tape or glue to put the components together. This book is interesting enough to have caught the attention of my older children as well, although I make them let her do the cutting. :D Would make a great gift as it is so unique." —Mom of 7

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. CeraVe moisturizing cream if nothing else has worked to keep your kid's eczema flare-ups at bay (There's a reason parents call this their "holy grail"). This also works wonders to 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
    reviewer's before photo showing their child's eczema and after photo showing  eczema healed after seven days of applying the cream

    Promising review: "We tried so many creams marketed for eczema (most containing oatmeal) and they all made my baby's eczema worse. We were desperate to find a cream that would help and stumbled upon this cream. It did wonders clearing up his eczema and as long as we use it daily it keeps it from flaring up again, this is glycerin-based and doesn't contain oatmeal." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.81.

    18. And a USDA-certified organic baby healing balm made with chamomile, cocoa butter, coconut oil, calendula, and avocado oil that'll help you alleviate all types of skin issues — eczema, acne, cradle cap, rashes, and more. No joke, it's a multipurpose miracle worker!

    Reviewer's before photo showing eczema on their baby's face and after photo showing the eczema cleared up
    Reviewer's before photo showing cradle cap on their baby's head and after photo showing the cradle cap cleared up

    Promising review: Promising review: "I absolutely love this stuff. I use it for my ds rashes. I was so afraid to use anything but coconut oil but I needed something that would soothe the rash as well. My ds also ended up getting eczema and hives from a laundry detergent we had switched to. This completely soothed it away. It was gone by the next day. Needless to say, this is my go-to soothing-everything solution. It stays in the diaper bag and medicine cabinet. A must-have!" —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50.

    19. 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 😋! (You can even store leftover batter in the bottle and pop it in the fridge for a time-saving weekday breakfast!)

    Someone holding the Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk
    Someone pouring out batter from the Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk

    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 $16.99.

    20. A set of handy starter spoons if you wanna encourage your babe to self feed. These have grooves that purees and mashed foods stick to easily, letting little ones dip and explore exciting new flavors all on their own.

    reviewer's video showing their child self feeding with the spoon
    An infographic showing the Stage 1 spoon with a textured surface to soothe baby's sore gums and a Stage 2 spoon with channels to capture and hold food
    reviewer's photo showing their child using the spoon to eat oatmeal from a bowl with the words

    The set includes a stage one spoon and stage two spoon. The first stage spoon doubles as a teether, and is designed to introduce babies to holding utensils and exploring purees, as they soothe their sore gums. The second stage spoon is capable of holding more food and can even be loaded with solids for the child to grab and eat.

    Note: The spoons don't have a stopper, so please supervise your babies to make sure they don't stick the spoon too far back in their mouth. Recommended for ages 6 months+.

    Promising review: "Great skill-building utensil. My baby loves gnawing on these for teething just as much as he loves eating with them! I love that you can load the spoon and hand it to baby to feed themselves. My little one just turned 6 months and uses these spoons with wild success. A must have for BLW or feeding, in general." —Christopher

    Get a set from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors and packs of two, four, or six spoons).