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    39 Products To Make You Think, “Where Has This Been All My Parenting Life”

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    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 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.


    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 $25.49.

    2. A two-pack of LaVie Warming lactation massagers, a godsend for pumping parents. These pads provide heat and vibration to help not only cut down on pumping time but also clear clogged milk ducts.


    Promising review: "I was super nervous to spend what felt like so much money on these but I have to tell you if you are considering clicking the buy now button, I am here to tell you DOOOOOOOO it. I pumped an extra 2 ounces of milk this morning and I finished pumping in literally half the time it normally takes me to pump!!! No this is not a paid review. I am just a mommy fed up with her microwaveable heat packs going cold halfway through pumping sessions... 🤷🏼‍♀️ I have tried so many different heat packs brands! Some break open after about a month of use. The warmth of these is great, they have two different massage/heat settings and you can do either/or! They take less than an hour to charge and last for up to an hour of pumping total." —A McCord

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $69.95.

    3. 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*.

    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.

    4. 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!),

    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 makeup 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 $7.95.

    5. A ~cute as can be~ 3D-printed foam soap dispenser attachment that'll 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 MouseDelights3D on Etsy for $9.99 (available in 13 colors).

    6. Or a grossly adorable Shrek-shaped toothpaste cap perfect for getting any toilet-humor-loving kiddo (and fully grown adults) to actually enjoy brushing their teeth.

    Casual Chicken / Etsy

    Casual Chicken is a small business based in Irvine, California, that sells an array of unique 3D-printed items.

    Promising review: "My kids went from dreading getting their teeth brushed to looking forward to their 'Shrek poops' on their toothbrush. Thank you!." —Kate DeJuliis

    Get it from Casual Chicken on Etsy for $5.94.

    7. 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?" then this game is for you.

    Word board with chips, cards, and packaging

    The set comes with 36 playing cards, 264 playing chips, caller's mat and cards, and a storage box. This version is a fun twist on the classic, but instead of calling out numbers, the leader calls out words (there are 46 most used words), players search their cards for a match and place a red chip on the match. Once a player has covered the spaces on their card needed to win, they call BINGO!

    Promising review: "Our first-grader was feeling really discouraged with her sight words and I've been trying to think of ways to encourage her and get her excited to learn things she doesn't already know. She loved this game! We played with the whole family and her 3-year-old sister even enjoyed playing (we show her the cards and have her find the word that matches on her Bingo card). I think this is a great way to make learning/practicing sight words fun! I am very happy with this purchase and I can see how it would be great for teachers in the classroom as well!!" —Jennie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A LeapFrog On-The-Go Story Pal because even though storytime with your munchkins is your absolute fave part of the day, some nights you can barely keep your eyes open. This cool new gadget will step in to bring stories to life.


    This adorable bunny-shaped story player has 70+ stories, poems, songs, and lullabies brimming with character voices, cinematic music, and sound effects to spark your kiddo's imagination. You can even record your own voice reading your child’s favorite story. Plus, it comes with a carrying strap and and a headphone jack, making it the perfect on-the-go companion.

    Promising review: "My granddaughter is actually learning to talk listening to it! This is the best thing that we ever bought for her. She is almost 2-years-old and sings, dances, and loves the short stories. There are also full stories. I think she will love this for years to come." —Dian Wambach

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88.

    9. A splurgy Owlet Monitor Duo, aka a smart sock and camera combo to easy new parent anxiety. The sock keeps tabs on your babe's vitals like heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep, raising an alarm if there's an issue. You can also watch your baby from your phone — saving you from multiple middle-of-the-night trips to the nursery to check on them.


    Promising review: "I’m blown away by this product combo. The peace of mind it provides is worth paying three times the price. My son was born five weeks early weighing in at 4 pounds 14 ounces with tiny feet and a couple heart issues. I had no problems fitting the sock on his foot my first try — it wasn’t even on the smallest settings. I’ve gotten two warnings so far for high heart rates and they were when he was upset/crying. I love being able to look back through the night and see how he slept and the quality of his sleep (deep/light/when he wakes up). This is the fourth camera brand I’ve tried (we have a 3.5-year-old and we are apparently rough on the monitors). The clarity of the camera image is the best I’ve seen. The video feed pairs so seamlessly in the app with the sock readings and it displays beautifully on my iPhone. I cannot recommend this product combo enough — you need this!" —Allie D.

    Get a set from Amazon for $399.

    10. And a Baby Shusher because even though it may seem ridiculous to buy a gadget that literally uses a human voice to make a shushing sound, it'll pay for itself when you no longer have to stay up until 2 a.m. exhausted from “shhh”ing repeatedly.,

    The Baby Shusher is safe to use in a crib, has adjustable volume, and it can be set to make noise for 15 or 30 minute intervals.

    Promising review: "I was so tired of 'shushing.' Literally. I shushed so hard and for so long, it made me lightheaded. My baby has serious FOMO and fights naps like the plague. This helps so much! Even during the worst fits this helps calm her and she's out in minutes. Great for the car too!" —Jami

    Promising review: "This is the best $35 I’ve ever spent. As a tired parent to a newborn I’m telling you that getting sleep is absolutely worth it. When my daughter gets fussy, I just turn it on and it soothes her almost instantly! It helps her fall asleep and stay asleep too. Only thing is I wish you could choose to leave it on longer than 30 minutes." —Avery M.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    11. 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).

    12. 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.


    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.

    13. 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

    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 $9.99.

    14. And a travel urinal that many reviewers were skeptical of initially but then become huge fans of when their child had multiple pee emergencies at not-the-most-convenient times on road trips.

    A blue and yellow urinal shaped like an elephant

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my son and our long car trips. How many times can we pull over to potty on a three-and-a-half-hour car trip? Ask my 4-year-old. When I saw this, I couldn't resist. We brought it along and when he had to pee, no problem. It's only a little gross when you dump it later. Well designed, definitely recommend." —Evan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    15. A car baby monitor to provide a crystal-clear view of your bub from the dashboard. A game changer for anyone who is fully aware of how painful it is to pull over to check on a crying baby at every stoplight.

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

    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.

    16. A machine washable coloring tablecloth for actually getting bored babes to sit still during mealtimes.

    The Coloring Table

    The Coloring Table is a small biz based in San Antonio, Texas.

    Promising review: "The kiddos love it, and even the adults started coloring. Fun, fun, fun. Will see how it washes up, but so far very nice product!" —jatandra

    Get it from The Coloring Table on Etsy for $29.99+ (available in three sizes).

    17. 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

    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 sandpaper. 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.

    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.


    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.

    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.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    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. 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.


    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).

    21. 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 😋!


    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 $11.99.

    22. 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.

    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 $11.80.

    23. 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.


    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 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.

    24. 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.


    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 3 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 $11.66.

    25. And comforting Frida Baby vapor drops with organic eucalyptus and lavender essential oils to plop in your bath or humidifier to relieve stuffiness and congestion and ~open up airways~ for a restful snooze.,

    Safe for babes 3+ months.

    Promising review: "Immediate difference. My 5-month-old was suffering nights of awful congestion/coughing and restlessness. We tried all we could do before getting Breathe Frida and I wished we had it sooner. The first night she woke up only a couple of times in comparison to the ones before. The second night she had no middle-of-the-night wake-ups. Although these drops are not meant for cool-mist humidifiers, we put them in there, just to see how it would work. We will have to get a diffuser or a warm-mist humidifier in order to prevent our cool humidifier from getting damaged." —Angela

    Promising review: "My little one was sick with RSV and he needed the humidifier on every night. With just the humidifier on, he didn't seem to be able to breathe any better but I got this vapor and during sleep and naps he started sounding so much better. I could tell it was working and it also made his room smell nice instead of like a sick baby! He got much better much faster than I thought with all the extra things we were doing, and this is one I wouldn't leave out of my 'getting baby better' routine!" —Lindsey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. A nonslip Montessori silicone place mat designed to help little ones 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 place mats clean easily, store nicely, and are of great quality." —Beth Steele

    Get it from Kid's House UK on Etsy for $22.94.

    27. 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.,

    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 $11.99.

    28. 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.


    Promising review: "With my child it is hard to give him anything without having to worry about it flying everywhere from a regular bowl. I stumbled across these while I was searching for him a new sippy and thought well for the price they are worth a try. That is the best $4 I've spent when it comes to food containers for him. He can hold them and get one out at a time without me having to worry about picking food up out of the floor. He tends to throw things a lot and we have not had to worry about anything coming out of them when they get thrown. We have put crunchies and puffs in them mostly along with some cereal or chips. They work great for them." —Brittany H.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $5.99 (available in two color combos).

    29. 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.,

    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 $25.99+ (available in three colors).

    30. An InnyBin to challenge toddlers to plunk chunky shapes through the elastic bands into the cube and then pull them back out (all while fine-tuning motor skills!)


    Promising review: "I ordered this for my 2-year-old's birthday who has Down syndrome. He absolutely loves putting things inside of other things. This toy out of many he received for his birthday was the absolute best. He will literally play for hours with it!! He definitely enjoys this!! Great buy, great toy!!! Y’all did amazing on this!!!!" —Ruthie Brenneman

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    31. 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).,

    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.

    32. 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.


    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.

    33. 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.,

    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.

    34. 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!*


    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.

    35. 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

    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.

    36. A fizzy toilet-cleaning bomb to 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 (available in packs of one and up).

    37. 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.,

    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 $13.99.

    38. A Melissa & Doug activity book with a pair of safe scissors to channel their (*cough* destructive) energy into a creative activity that'll put their fine motor skills to the test.


    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 $6.49.

    39. 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

    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.

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