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35 Useful Parenting Products To Try Because Reviewers Say They're "Must-Haves"

From a magnetic calendar to a sink extender — here are some useful, reviewer-loved products.

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 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 $14.44.

2. 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 voila! 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 $22.99+ (available in three colors).

3. A pack of brightly colored Crayola hand sanitizers that'll *actually* get reluctant kids excited about disinfecting their hands. (Don't worry parents, they dry clear just like any other sanitizer).


Promising review: "I have been looking for a child -friendly sanitizer for months now and I couldn’t find anything that my kids would want to put on their fingers. I ordered this and was extremely pleased with the packaging and design. The sanitizer had no unusual smell. And most important my kids are OBSESSED. Win win. THIS IS A MUST ORDER!! HIGHLY Recommend!" —Sam brown

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99.

4. 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.

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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.

5. A pack of Munchkin burp cloths that are a cut above average burp cloths. These have built-in pockets for hot and cold packs to provide extra comfort to fussy babes when colic or fever hits.


Promising review: "Definitely a must-have in every new parent's kit. Make sure to evenly distribute the gel per instructions and check before applying to newborn. Same for comfort with when applying for moms. However, a game-changer for colicky babies." —Trev DuReaux

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.

6. A EZPZ silicone mini training cup and straw combo designed by a pediatric feeding specialist to teach toddlers to safely drink from an open cup and straw. It'll fit perfectly in chubby little hands (thanks to the weighted bottom) and make the transition from the bottle to the cup, well, eazy peazy.


EZPZ is is a woman-owned biz that creates developmentally-focused, minimalist tableware for little ones.

P.S. The cup and straw are made from 100% toxin-free silicone (no BPA, BPS, PVC, latex, or phthalates). The food-grade silicone is safe for your toddler’s developing teeth + gums and dishwasher safe.

Promising review: "Must-have! I had been concerned that my 1-year-old wasn’t picking up straw drinking easily. The day the straw training cup arrived, she began drinking from a straw!! Yay! Made me so unbelievably happy! Of course, the cup is darling and the design detail is excellent. The speech pathologist who constructed the cup knew exactly what she was doing. I highly recommend you get this cup!" —Rachel

Get it from EZPZ for $17.49.

7. The Pink Stuff, an all-purpose cleaning paste so you don't need to go into full panic mode when your child dabbles in impressionist scribbles all over your walls. Need proof that it really works? Look at how effectively it buffed away Sharpie marks, leaving this wall looking ahhmazingly pristine.

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 $8.99.

8. A coconut and shea butter kids conditioning detangler with 9,500 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: "Works like magic! This detangler is great for my daughters hair. She has very thick and frizzy hair that tangles up easily. We use the spray very often and it works wonders. A must have in our house. Love the scent too." —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $3.79.

9. 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 $14.99.

10. And 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: "Almost 3-year-old loves it. After getting this he’s now asking me 'today’s Tuesday mom?' And 'it’s winter now?' He likes the holiday magnets and trying to figure out where to put the arrow for the temperature each day. It is sort of heavy, so I would recommend using a nail to hang it or Command strips around the rope so you don’t damage your wall. I used a Velcro heavy weight Command strip and it has held up for a few months now. We tried attaching Command strips to the back of the wood and it wasn’t holding to that material. This is a must have for toddlers." —Steph

Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

11. 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

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 $9.99.

12. 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 $19.

13. And 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. A waterproof potty training watch that looks like an Apple Watch but 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: "Love this watch! My 3-year old was giving me a run for my money. He was by far my most stubborn child to potty train. This watch has made a night and day difference. He puts it on when he wakes up and leaves it on all day. He gets super excited when the the countdown timer starts to okay music and lights up. He now will yell 'potty' and run to the bathroom. This watch is a must-have if you have a stubborn little one!"MamaBear3

Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

15. A pack of reward punch cards to provide positive reinforcement each time they clean the room or finish their homework *and* to motivate them to keep up the good work to earn a prize. A little bribery never hurt anyone...right?


Promising review: "Bought these for my kids. Instead of giving them money for each chore, they get hole punches for each chore. After filling up their card they get money. Must have for our family! MommaBee

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

16. A sunrise simulation alarm clock for anyone whose toddler or teen finds it *physically impossible* to get out of bed now that later sunrises are causing dark, dreary days outside. This clock will wake them up with gradual lighting and zen nature sounds instead of jarring them out of sleep.

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

Promising review: "Must-have for people who sleep through alarms! I love this! My 16-year-old daughter was not waking up to any alarms! We tried EVERYTHING! I purchased this as a last chance effort to help her get up in morning. She loves it! She wakes up every morning and in a great mood! I've been considering buying one myself. Definitely, recommend!" —Rosebud

Get it from Amazon for $45.98.

17. 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 readjust a back-seat mirror or 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.

18. And if you have older kids, 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 $17.75.

19. 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: "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. A sturdy step stool with a grippy surface and slip resistant rubber feet to give your toddler a confident boost when they're going through the "I can do it all by myself" phase (without you having to worry about falls 😨).,

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.

21. 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: "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 $12.99 (available in six colors).

22. 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...actuate, 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' man cold. Overall, highly recommend!."—BearDownChi1

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

23. 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: "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 (available in three colors).

24. Speaking of Shark Tank products, a nifty car seat buckle release tool so you don't have to sacrifice your nails to unbuckle your child's seatbelt. Am I the only one who gets irrationally annoyed when it takes approx. one million tries to get them free?


Promising review: "After breaking my thumb nail yet again while trying to get my one child out of his car seat, and getting frustrated trying to reach into the third row to help unbuckle another, I had a friend recommend this product to me. It is a must-have! My older son's OT loves it and recommends it as well." —D.B.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

25. Handy as heck Pedialyte electrolyte powder packets to grab at a moment's notice if the kids are dehydrated after a bout of stomach flu or even sports practice (works wonders for grownup hangovers too).

Three boxes of the electrolyte powder in strawberry lemonade flavor

Promising review: "This must-have for your medicine cabinet and your travel first-aid kit just got even more convenient! As you probably know, electrolyte loss is often the primary reason you feel so wretched when you've got the flu/vomiting/diarrhea bug....OR a hangover. Pedialyte offers almost immediate relief. When they first came out with powder packets, it was a tremendous boon for anyone who travels, especially those with young children. It could go in the carry-on luggage, perfect! Now with this larger size available, it's pre-measured exactly for a 16-oz water bottle. This particular item is a strawberry-lemonade flavor and it's not too's necessarily salty, so it won't be quite as tasty as a regular strawberry-lemon drink, but the good thing about Pedialyte is that in a very short time, you'll begin to associate its taste with feeling better. Note: package states that this product is not to be given to children less than one year old, and for those children, you should consult your pediatrician for information on what product to use to combat dehydration." —D. Jennings

Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $23.94.

26. 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' 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.

27. 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.

28. A kids' travel table that comes with a tablet viewing stand, a cup holder, a dry-erase board that doubles as an eating tray, and storage pockets for pens and toys — literally everything your kids need to prevent the inevitable cries of "Are we there yet?"

A model watching the tablet and coloring on the table in a car

Promising review: "Literal must-have for traveling with kids. We use this on long car trips or vacations. It’s a great place to color and keep markers and pencils close and it's also great for eating in the car. Many vacations we grab fast food to eat while we are driving and it’s so much easier for the kids to eat with this tray that keeps all their snacks and food close to them. I honestly don’t know how we traveled without this!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in five colors).

29. A bath toy organizer with 8,500 5-star reviews (!!!) 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?

The mesh organizer containing bath toys and stuck to the wall

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).

30. An inexpensive portable white noise machine that'll drown out noises lulling your baby to sleep in unfamiliar places with calming, spa-like sounds. It has thousands of 5-star reviews for a reason (adults swear by it too!)

The portable white noise machine

Promising review: "Must-have baby item! This has been a lifesaver for car rides with our tiny dude. It helps him calm down and snooze in the car and on the go. There are multiple sound levels, and multiple sounds to choose from. 10/10 recommend for all new parents!" —Devyn Washburn

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

31. A soothing shampoo scalp massager to exfoliate your tiny human's scalp so they don't have to suffer all the itchy, flaky dryness that tends to rears its ugly *head* as the days get colder.

Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

Promising review: "My 11-year-old has had extreme dandruff build up. I purchased this along with a Neutrogena shampoo. She had long thick wavy hair and there was no issues using it. I recommend pressing it into the skin then using circular motions brush strokes to get the job done. I got one for myself and it feels so nice in the scalp and gets rid of any build up. This has quickly become a must have in our hair routines!" —Tirsa Ortiz

Get it from Amazon for $7.58+ (available in three colors).

32. A pair of fleece booties that'll do a marvelous job of staying on and keeping your little bub's feet toasty all winter long. The best part? The grippy bottoms will ensure they don't go slipping and sliding on hardwood floors.,

Promising review: "A must-have. All my children have pudgy square feet and this is the perfect solution for comfortable easy foot ware that has grip pads on the sole. My floors can be chilly since they are wood and tile, slippers keep the toes warm and comfy with or without socks. Beginner walkers have a bit of traction but are able to have toe room and the ability to flex/bend their feet unlike the hard soles of baby sneakers that have no give I run a daycare and all my children have a pair, easy on , easy off. Children never complain/fuss/nor wiggle when putting them on. They actually will bring them to me to put them on and that says it all!! Throw them in the wash for easy cleanup." —D359

Get it from Amazon for $6.78+ (available in sizes 0–24 months and 60 colors).

33. A snack spinner for enticing even the pickiest of eaters to add more foods to their *rotation* at home or on the go.,

Promising review: "These are fabulous!! I have a 4-year-old and 6-year-old and they think these are so cool and the portion sizes are great! Must-have!!!" —Andrew

Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in three colors).

34. A carpet deep-cleaning solution that reviewers say will give your regular Bissell solution a run for its money and leave your carpets so ~pristine,~ it won't feel like tiny humans actually live there.

Reviewer's before image of stained carpet and then after image of clean carpet using the solution

Promising review: "Must have if you have kids or pets!!! This stuff is AMAZING!!!! My son had a stomach bug and had been drinking red Gatorade. He didn't make it to the bathroom before he threw up. Needless to say, I thought our new carpet was ruined. This took out the entire stain!!! Amazing stuff!!!" —Amy F.

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

35. An OmieBox aka a bento box with a thermos insert because you're fed up of your kids complaining about cold lunches. Now you can pack soup, sides, and a treat — all in one convenient container., Amazon

Promising review: "MUST HAVE for busy mom packing lunchesI bought a box for both of my kids and I absolutely LOVE them. It has made packing healthy lunches and breakfasts a breeze! There are no longer a million containers and lids to keep track of, wash or lose. It is great with hot and cold items and the versatile thermos is so handy. The quality and use these get are well worth the money!!! I highly recommend this product!!!!" —Elisha Grossenbacher

Promising review: "Food allergy must have!!! Our son has many food allergies and is not able to eat hot lunch at school. This is a great option for us to be able to provide him with a good nutritious lunch. We love the fact that we can keep hot food and cold food together. Making our lunch time dreams come true!" —Nate A

Get it from Amazon for $42.50.

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