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    44 Things Parent Reviewers Have Said Are "Must-Haves"

    So maybe you should try them, too.

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    1. leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair parents swear by to 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) shiny, soft, and bouncy.

    Promising review: "A must-have. This product works great for my 11-year-old daughter's curly long hair. She is mixed, and this stuff is amazing for her. She loves how easy it is to comb her hair when using this on damp hair or right out of the shower. She also loves to use a few sprays throughout the day to keep her curly hair frizz-free. Not a strong scent at all and whatever scent it does have goes away quickly." —Crystal Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in two-packs).

    2. A TikTok-famous grape cutter because is there anything more ridiculously time consuming than quartering grapes every day for your little one? This cool device will do it at lightning speed and help reduce the risk of choking at mealtimes — whether at home or at school.

    reviewer's gif showing the grape cutter in action
    reviewer's photo of the grape cutter

    Promising review: "Wish I found this years ago. I have spent so many hours each week cutting up fruits for my son. Cutting grapes and cherry tomatoes used to be so tedious and time consuming until I found this product. Must have for every mom!!" —jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    3. A clever 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
    Amazon

    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: "A must-have for your kindergartner! This game is awesome! I bought it to play with my 5-year-old son because he was learning sight words in his Kindergarten class! It was a big hit! He loves the game and he started recognizing and learning the words very quickly! Highly recommend!" —Thomas C

    Get it from Amazon for $9.04.

    4. And for toddlers, a pack of bright laminated flash cards so little Einsteins can soak up their alphabet and numbers. They're like knowledge sponges, so why not start them early?

    The flash cards with numbers, colors, letters, and animals
    reviewer holding the pack of flash cards

    Promising review: "For the price, there is lots to learn. My baby girl is 2 and recognizes all her number and alphabets. She needed something to challenge her and these cards were it. Shapes, colors, number, counting animals  — there is so much to learn, and so many games you can make up. A must-have for any toddler." —IG: Pink_confession

    Get a pack of 58 cards from Amazon for $12.99 (also available for babies).

    5. A bestselling Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy with catchy, classical melodies (by Mozart, Vivaldi, and other masters) and twinkling lights that any parent will tell you is their secret weapon to immediately calm down a fussy baby.

    reviewer's photo of the toy lit up
    reviewer's photo of their baby holding the toy

    Promising review: "The best baby distractor EVER! Every person with a child must have this toy! I had about five tucked in various places in case one got lost. My son loved them from basically birth and sometimes it would distract him for hours of non-crying! (heaven for a new mother) Of course in the beginning you have to keep pushing the button for them but compared to swinging him in his car seat that was easy! Then we he got older he would spend entire car ides just playing with this one toy. I give it to everyone I know who has a baby." —NH-Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48.

    6. 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.

    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: "This is a MUST-HAVE in our household. I was a huge skeptic but decided to try it out of desperation. My youngest daughter is highly allergic to mosquito bites and gets huge welts that itch horribly after being bit. This product drastically reduces her swelling and itching. All of my girls (and myself) immediately ask for it after being bit. It takes away, or at least drastically reduces, the itching immediately. We also used it on fire ant bites, and my daughter said they felt better almost immediately!" —Reyka Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in two-packs and three-packs).

    7. 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
    Gif of water flowing through a faucet extender attached to a faucet

    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 bed time/morning routine has been a godsend. Great bargain for the price." —TeaBea21

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.95.

    8. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer to help you make your own Smuckers Uncrustables copycats at home without spending nearly $10 for a box. Prepare for your life to be *utterly butterly* changed.

    Reviewer's photo showing homemade Uncrustables
    The sandwich cutter and sealer

    Promising review: "I took a gamble on this one since I’d seen it recommended in a few mom groups I am in, and I wasn’t disappointed! So easy, comes out perfectly every time and easy to clean. I also love that it comes with three different sizes. This is a must have if your kiddos like Uncrustables!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96+ (available in 12 styles).

    9. A Nanit Pro smart baby monitor that reviewers say is worth every penny because you can watch and hear baby with *crystal-clear clarity*. Plus, it lets you monitor their sleeping habits, the room temperature, and breathing (with an included breathing band).

    The baby monitor and app
    Amazon

    The set includes an HD camera, wall mount, and breathing band.

    Promising review: "Mama must have! Absolutely love our Nanit! Super easy to set up and looks great! We’ve gone through multiple baby monitors. Got it for our 4th baby and wish we had it with our first. My absolute favorite feature is 24/7 background audio meaning you can still hear the monitor when on other apps or when your screen is on lock. You can also switch between screens if you have multiple babies. Highly highly recommend this baby monitor!" —Drew

    Get it from Amazon for $236.99+ (available in three styles).

    10. 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 disappear from your mini tornado's clothes.

    Reviewer's photo showing a stained swimsuit
    Reviewer's after photo showing a clean swimsuit without stains

    Promising review: "Where has this stuff been all my life! 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." —Christina S.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.19.

    11. 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 😋!

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "An Amazon MUST have. I absolutely love this and wish I had it years ago! Many many Saturday and Sunday mornings could’ve been cleaner and more fun if I’d just had this around. It makes pancakes and waffles a breeze to make now with virtually one item to clean!!! It’s awesome! My kids could’ve helped with breakfast, trusting they wouldn’t spill the mix all over the place!" —Jennifer Jackie Reid

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. A set of kid-safe plastic knives for parents who want to enlist their mini sous chef's 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: "Don’t wait, these are a must-have! My kids love them! As soon as we opened and washed them, they went to work chopping their favorite foods. I’ve noticed they’re more willing to try new foods if they’re the ones chopping/helping make them! I should have bought them sooner." —Amanda

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

    13. Melissa & Doug activity book complete with a pair of safe scissors to channel their destructive, um, busy 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: "My 4-year-old was having trouble cutting with scissors. This activity book is great. She actually wants to practice cutting out all the different shapes and objects. It's really helping her improve her scissor skills. This book is a must-have!" —Mel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    14. Smart Lab human body toy boasting 21 removable body parts (complete with squishy organs) perfect for kiddos fascinated by human anatomy.

    The human body toy in packaging
    reviewer's photo of the body assembled

    Promising review: "Must have! If you homeschool, you must get one of these and I also recommend the squishy brain. There is nothing like hands on visuals when teaching the human body. This is very well done and my son enjoyed the activity booklet that came with it as well." —Mayda

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    15. 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!)

    Reviewer removing lipstick from the walls using the pink paste
    The Pink Stuff

    Promising review: "If you have little children, this is a must-have cleaning product, I have little artists in my house who’s biggest canvas is my walls and white doors! I have been scrubbing and trying products for over a year to get Pen, pencil, paint, and even permanent marker off walls and doors. First try with The Pink Stuff it came right off! I’m talking all the way off! Rust rings on our white tub that were there when we first moved in GONE! The oven which I thought was black inside is actually a pretty blue color! Cleaning the inside of that oven was a breeze minimal scrubbing and it’s shiny and clean! Can not wait to try it on other things in the house!" —Trisha Mulholland

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97+ (also available in two-packs and three-packs).

    16. A pack of brightly colored stacking cups that'll inexplicably become your babe's fave open-ended toy. Just trust the 75,000+ 5-star (!!!) reviews and the many, many reviewers who have said "this is the best $4 I've spent on a toy."

    reviewer's photo showing the colorful cups stacked to form a tower
    reviewer's photo showing the colorful cups nested inside each other and held together with a star shaped holder

    Bonus: These have holes in the bottom for water play and come with a cute star ring to keep them together so they don't get lost during travel.

    Promising review: "Must-have. We got these cups for our now-11 month old when he was about 7 months and they instantly became his favorite toy. They exert an odd, Svengali-like power over him: if he sees them, he'll reach for them in preference to pretty much any other toy, no matter how many tunes, flashing lights or levers it may have. They're also cheap and easy to throw in a travel bag. He's too small to stack them but loves to fish them out of each other, bang them together, and knock them over when we stack them. The holes in the bottom also make them interesting in the bath: he enjoys watching the water trickle out in multiple streams. I can't overstate, or for that matter explain, the appeal of this toy." —GaHushovd

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $4.99.

    17. 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.

    Reviewer's photo showing the canvas growth chart in their kid's play space
    Reviewer's photo showing the canvas growth chart in their kid's play space

    Promising review: "A must have in homes to monitor kids' growth pattern. Easy to use and the markings are very visible " —Sesikeran B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

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

    The wooden puzzle
    Reviewer's photo showing their child working on the puzzle following a leaflet that shows different diagrams

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

    Promising review: "Such a wonderful toy/puzzle! Similar in some way to tangrams. Great for stimulating thinking and problem solving. My 3-year-old's teacher was blown away by her working the puzzle so easily. Excellent for learning! Must have!" —tigerhax

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A pack of spill-proof Munchkin snack catchers featuring 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.

    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: "These are a must-have for a small toddler and their snacks. The top is soft and flexible so I don’t have to worry about my little guy scratching his little hands when he’s digging around in the cup. Very easy to clean and they’re priced well. Buy them now!" —Wooty

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

    20. detangling brush because it'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 45,000+ 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: "Best detangling brush I've ever used! My daughter has really curly hair and puts up a fight every time I have to brush it! This brush has made bath time a much more enjoyable experience for both of us! 😅 If you have thick, curly hair this brush is a must-have!" —Tiffany Marie

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

    21. bath toy organizer that reviewers swear will actually stick to your wall, tidy your bathtub, and keep toys dry and within arm's reach. What more could you ask for?

    Promising review: "For the price, this thing is unbeatable! The suction cups have held tight to the shower wall since I installed this stuff. It holds all my kid's toys and allows the water to run off of them to prevent mold. I think this is a must-have for bath-time organization!"—internalburn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in two sizes and pre-stocked with toys or by itself).