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    34 Things To Make Any Stressed-Out Parent's Life Easier

    Because keeping track of schedules, making lunches, trying to get your kid to sleep, and, you know, keeping your kid alive and well is a full-time job in itself.

    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 nifty car seat buckle release tool because nothing is more frustrating than fighting with the car seat buckle when your kid's crying or you're already running late for something. It'll also save your and your little one's fingers from any painful pinches!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this because I have three kids, and since I have captain chairs, my 4-year-old sits in the third row. I can toss it back to him after I’ve parked or when I’m in the carpool line and he can unbuckle himself and then unbuckle his siblings and I don’t have to climb in the car. It’s GREAT! I also like how it doesn’t attach to the car seat like some similar products, and I can keep it up front while the car is moving. So much safer!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. An adjustable shower visor if your child absolutely despises when shampoo gets in their eyes. This will keep bathtime meltdown-free as it blocks those suds away from their face.

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    Bonus: it just looks so freakin' cute on them, too!

    Promising review: "Total game-changer! My little one would scream to the top of her lungs for the entire duration of her bath; it was stressful and not to mention exhausting. I’ve tried various caps like this one but found some to be too hard of material, some too soft. I’ve had some simply start to fall apart after one use and many other issues until this one. It’s the perfect combination for bath time success. Easy to put on/off, clean, dries fast and protects a wide area beyond the immediate face. Bath time is fun time once again." —Jynnifer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors and two styles).

    3. An ingenious portable vibrating pad for the babies who can't fall asleep unless you're rocking them or walking around with them. Just tuck this into a crib mattress, a stroller, a car seat, or their bassinet, and the subtle vibrations the pad gives off will help them snooze in no time flat.

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    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/soothe 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 $19.48.

    4. Or a Baby Shusher so you don't have to stay up until the wee hours of the night making a shushing noise to keep your baby asleep. Once you see how well your kid sleeps with this thing going, you'll realize it's well worth the money.

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    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 light-headed. 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

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    5. A classy customizable dry erase calendar you can customize with your family's name so everyone's schedule can live in one convenient (and pretty-to-look-at!) place. No more wondering what day soccer practice is!

    the clear acrylic calendar
    1801 & Co.

    1801 & Co. is a Minneapolis-based small business that has been handling high-quality, custom printing services through their Etsy shop since 2016.

    Promising review: "Functional AND beautiful...it’s already helping to keep my family more organized and it’s not an eyesore! Putting the clear acrylic w/ white lettering on a dark wall really helps it *pop*! It was packaged well, and instructions for hanging were very clear." —Ness Step

    Get it from 1801 & Co. on Etsy for $63.96+ (available in six sizes and three colors).

    6. Or a customizable command center that might just be the most functional and smartly designed way to keep track of your family's life. If you need more folders for documents or hooks on the bottom, you can add those on to make this truly fit exactly what your family needs.

    1Thrive

    1Thrive is a small business that creates customizable command centers to help keep your family's busy life under control.

    Get it from 1Thrive for $199 (add-ons like folders, pens, hooks, markets etc. available).

    7. A convenient tray if you feel like you spend half your day waiting in the pick-up line at your kid's school and you'd like to use that time to catch up on your never-ending to-do list.

    Amazon

    Please, do not try to use this while driving. It will not work.

    Promising review: "Life-changer for a mom always on the go. I'm always on the go with my kids from one practice to the next and having a 'desk' surface for my laptop that is stable and easy to use is AMAZING! I wish I would have thought of this myself. Love that it easily fits into the seatback pockets when not in use." —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    8. An automatic stirrer so your food doesn't burn at the bottom of the pan as you're running around the kitchen doing a tons of tasks, like chopping veggies, answering the phone, or listening to your kid ask "Is dinner ready yet?" a million times.

    blue automatic stirrer in a pot
    Amazon

    You'll need four AA batteries to get this thing going. It has three speed options — all you do is place it in a pan, turn it on, and it will rotate the food on its own! You can also take off the legs to clean them in the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "Used it today to start a cheese sauce. I love it! I didn’t have to stand over the saucepan stirring or whisking. Lately, I have had some arthritis in some fingers. It’s perfect for us cooks!!!!" —PaulaBotta

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95

    9. An overall jumpsuit for the days you can't even think of putting together an outfit. Just throw this on, add accessories, and you'll be ready to chase after your kids all day in style (and comfort).

    the overall jumpsuit on a reviewer in camel
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    Promising review: “I love these overalls/jumpers! They are quite comfortable and roomy. I got an XL in them and they fit just as I would like. I wanted that baggy feel to show when I would wear them. The material is just a little on thin side, thus making the overalls very light to move in. But still, that's not really a con either and only something to point out. I believe the material type is cotton. Overall, I love them and might purchase another color in them in the future!" —Interesting

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 14 colors and women's sizes XS–5XL).

    10. A portable charger when you notice your phone's already at 3% and it's barely lunchtime. Now you can just plug it into this so you'll never miss an important call or text from your kids.

    The charger with text "high speed charging"
    Amazon

    This has two USB ports to charge two devices at a time, and it holds enough juice to charge *over* THREE iPhone 8s.

    Promising review: "Purchased this charger because I was tired of my devices dying and scrabbling for an outlet. It comes with a mesh pouch to store the charger, USB, and a neat little light. I love the paw print, which shows how much charge life is remaining on the charger as well as a visual cue when it's operating. It's a bit heavier than I would like but the fact that I can fully charge my phone and headset and still have extra battery left makes up for it. Overall a great purchase." —KW

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors). 

    11. A cascading wall organizer so you can finally get that huge pile of paper off of your desk and actually be able to find any important documents related to your kids. If you always find yourself helping them with endless piles of homework, this is a great way to organize it all and make it easier for both you and your child!

    Amazon

    You can also fold it down and take it to go.

    Promising review: "This is the most amazing invention ever. My husband and I got into a habit of piling up all our random papers in the kitchen on top of the microwave, and I was just SICK of it! Could never find anything and things would go missing. Once I set this up, it was a game changer. My kitchen mess is no longer! And I have not lost another field trip form and have a place for all those floating art projects, receipts, and pay stubs." —Kirsten

    Get it from Amazon for $11.11+ (available in two colors).

    12. A tear-off planning pad to help you keep track of everything and anything important that pops up in your day. Yes, that parent-teacher conference after school does need to happen, but you also have to carve out some time to eat lunch, too!

    The filled out pad propped up on a desk
    Amazon

    The handy labeled sections on the pad are "Top Priorities," "To-Do List," "Notes & Ideas," "Date," "Today I'm Grateful For," "Important Times," "Meals, Snacks & Water," and "Exercise/Self-Care."

    Promising review: "I use my iPhone as a calendar, but it has its limitations; I still prefer paper when it comes to planning. This daily page planner motivates me to take care of myself while I take care of the things that need to be done. I like that the 'must do today' section only has three spaces, while there's much more room below to write additional tasks for later. This keeps me from piling too many tasks on myself. It also has a place to track water intake and three square meals, and one of my favorite parts is the box in which I am asked to write what I am thankful for each day." —Donna T. Edmundson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three colors; also available in eight other organizational pads, from meal planning to meeting notes).

    13. A felt handbag insert because nobody has the time to dig through their bag and rummage around sippy cups, Goldfish crackers, and a first aid kid just to find their keys. This will transform any Mary Poppins bag into an organized paradise.

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    Promising review: "My summer handbag has no dividers, so everything falls into a lump together. I was so pleased to find the smaller slender option for this organizer. It slides down into my purse with room on the sides to spare — this is exactly what I wanted since it lets me put things into the organizer and then other things outside of it on either side. I ordered the gray color and am very satisfied with the construction and fabric used." —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88+ (available in five sizes and 16 colors).

    14. A hands-free shopping bag carrier if going to the grocery store always results in a million heavy bags. Never fear — this ergonomically designed carrier can hold up to 200 pounds while still leaving your hands free to open doors or make phone calls.

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    Promising review: "I've tried so many different products that are supposed to allow you to carry multiple bags at once, but nothing has worked as well as this! It's easy to use: Just hold one end of the handle and thread the other end through the handles on the bags. Carrying the bags over my shoulder works really well for me because it allows me to spread the weight of the bags over my hips and back rather than taking all the weight on my shoulder. It's very well made, sturdy, and really makes your life easier. It's worth the money." —S. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. A pack of vomit bags to keep on hand if your little one is prone to motion sickness in the car. It has a twist-and-seal design on the top to keep everything...contained...until you reach your next pit stop.

    Person vomiting into bag while on a plane
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered these again at a stoplight after I handed my child the last of my initial stash. They are a lifesaver to have in the car. They have saved many a car seat and hours of cleaning. And they've saved us from that dreaded smell. Oh, ​that smell. Get them, stash them everywhere, and save yourself from that smell!" —Emily Sullivan

    Get a pack of 45 from Amazon for $17.99.

    16. A robot vacuum because as a parent, you're running around doing a million things during the day, and sometimes vacuuming just doesn't get done. Anything that can do a chore for you is truly priceless!

    Reviewer photo of their vacuum, showing how much dog fur it picked up
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    Promising review: "We switched from a $600 Roomba that didn’t work all that great to this beast. The cleaning is so much better! We run this in about 1,000 sq ft (kitchen, living room, kids playroom, and dining room) every night. It goes from carpet to hardwood to tile to rugs with no issues at all. It gets under the couch, around the table, and does a great job with the dried Play-Doh that seems to be everywhere (toddlers!). We have a cat, dog, and three kids and our floors look great every morning (and a wreck every night...)." —Jessica-CO

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A pair of safety straps — kids are prone to bumping into furniture and climbing on bookshelves, and you can rest assured nothing will topple over when you have these installed.

    Two strong straps drilled into the wall and the large furniture in front of it to prevent the furniture from being pulled down
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was so happy that I bought these! They are super strong and secure and easy to install. I have a 1-year-old and a 5-year-old who both run around and bump into everything, not to mention climbing on stuff, and these give me peace of mind as a father. Definitely a great value and much cheaper than a trip to the emergency room. A definite must for any parents wanting to babyproof their home. I will continue to buy these for any future televisions I may have because I don’t like to mount my televisions to the wall. These are perfect for anyone living in an apartment as well, that way you don’t damage the walls." —Jamie Arredondo

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    18. Baby detergent pods free of scents, dyes, phosphates, and all that other icky stuff that can irritate your baby's delicate skin. This plant-based pod might be small, but it's mighty strong at cleaning your baby's clothes.

    cardboard box with clear detergent pod sitting outside it
    Dropps

    Dropps is a small business based in Philadelphia that produces eco-friendly cleaning products, and their shipping process is 100% carbon neutral.

    Promising review: "These are great! They seem to clean really well and don't leave behind residue. Also, my kids have sensitive skin and haven't had any issues since using this." —Emma N.

    Get at 64-count of pods from Dropps for $24 (also available in packs of 160 or 240).

    19. A pack of corner guards so you can kid-proof literally anything in your home. It's fascinating how many sharp corners you discover once you have a kiddo in the house!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I needed this product to babyproof my house for our 6-month-old as he is going to stand and walk soon. This protects us too from getting hurt from the corners. I have a desk in my living room that has sharp corners and a dining table with sharp corners. These corner protectors were easy to install. There's a small adhesive sticker that you place inside the corner protectors before sticking them to the corners. When I applied them, they stuck immediately. I was surprised by how unnoticeable they were on the corners of my desk." —Tushar

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. Drop Stop car gap fillers (as seen on Shark Tank!) if your kid (or you!) has a habit of dropping french fries in that pesky gap in the car.

    reviewer photo of the gap filler
    amazon.com

    This gap filler is made from a neoprene material that provides the universal perfect fit for any car — just attach it to the seat belt catch once (it has a built-in slot) and it'll be set! You'll never have to worry about removing or readjusting.

    Promising review: "This product has saved countless french fries from the dark and scary abyss that is the void beneath my seat. It also prevented my daughter from hiding daddy's cellphone under his seat when she's doing something on it that she's not supposed to. So if you've got devious kids or a love of french fries, I would strongly recommend this product." —Duster

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $24.99.

    21. A turning cabinet lock to keep everything in your cabinets safe from curious little fingers. It's especially great for those lower cabinets in your kitchen — no more finding your kid playing drums on pots and pans!

    A locking system on the outside of two drawers. One has a round knob and the other has a turning handle that closes around the knob, blocking the doors together to prevent them from opening
    Amazon

    To open it, just press the button on the handle and rotate clockwise.

    Promising review: "These work! I know a lot of us struggle finding good child protective locks/straps but these worked on my 3-year-old. Five minutes after installing he noticed them on the bathroom cabinet and they did not budge! I recommend before you peel and stick these to make note of measurements and clean the surface where you will install. They set up and install in less than 10 minutes! A++" —jennifer beaulieu mcgill

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    22. The Pink Stuff, a TikTok-famous cleaning paste that can remove nearly anything, including the scribbles your kiddo decided to draw on your wall. Now you can make their little "masterpieces" disappear with very little effort! Here's hoping they stick to drawing on pieces of paper next time...

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    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 $9.99.

    See it in action on TikTok here!

    23. An Elephant Books subscription to save you the trouble of picking out new books for your nightly storytime with your kids. Each month you'll receive two to three newly published books as well as few other fun activities to make reading time even more fun.

    The kit with a variety of books
    Elephant Books

    It's recommended for ages 2–6.

    Promising review: "I wanted a book subscription to add a little excitement to the reading routine at our house and did a lot of research. Books are very important to me but I just don't have time to research good titles to add to our library each month. Elephant Books had by far the best books! You get more books with some of the others but they are junk titles. I want stories NOT Disney characters! Couldn't be happier (and the packaging is very cool, too)." —Kristina F.

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $20.99/month.

    24. A magnetic visual timer for any kiddo who asks "ARE WE DONE YET?" during cleanup, homework time, bathtime, you name it. Now they can look at how much color is still left on the timer and answer the age-old question themselves!

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    Promising review: "This is the perfect size and NO BATTERIES REQUIRED. It does the job well. I bought it for my son. Now that the classes are virtual I needed to be able to measure the time between the classes so my son knows how long he has in the classes/break time. In addition, it can be used for other things, such as in the kitchen. Being able to move this around with you as you need it really makes life a whole lot easier." —Rvargas

    Get it from Amazon for $16.14+ (available in six colors).

    25. A squirting spoon with a squeezable silicone pouch to make on-the-go feeding time a breeze. It's great for the times you take your baby out to lunch with you — it gives you the freedom to feed yourself with one hand and them with the other!

    parent squeezing food out of the contraption
    Amazon

    This comes with a hard plastic lid so you can seal it up and save it for snack time.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing!!! I now have kids in sports/activities and I am always on the go. I put my baby's food in one of these and take it to-go in my diaper bag. It comes with a spoon cover that is hard plastic that covers the hole where the food comes out. The body of the spoon is a soft silicone that you gently squeeze to get the pureed food out. The spoon itself is a hard plastic but we had no issues. It is easy to clean and comes apart in two pieces. Seriously, this is the best gadget ever! This is coming from a mother of four who has probably owned and purchased every gadget out there to make life easier!!" —castgirl

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

    26. A car baby monitor because the backseat mirror just isn't big enough to fully check in on your baby. Now you can get a super-clear view of everything your baby's up to mounted right there on the dashboard...but please keep your eyes on the road, of course!

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

    27. A plastic storage bag organizer so you can easily grab whatever size you need while packing lunches or storing leftovers from dinner. Gone are the days of fumbling with those bulky cardboard containers they usually come in!

    wooden organizer with slots for ziploc bags with the words quart, sandwich, snack, and gallon on it
    SouthernMissDesign / Etsy

    Each unit is made of solid birch wood. If you order the unassembled version, the seller recommends using wood glue to put it together.

    SouthernMissDesign is a small business based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, that specializes in handmade wooden signs and custom vinyl monograms.

    Promising review: "Love how this makes my drawer so clean and organized! No more fiddling with boxes! Fast shipping and wonderful package presentation!" —Jamie Lynn

    Get it from SouthernMissDesign on Etsy for $32+ (available assembled or unassembled and in two finishes).

    28. An inexpensive portable white noise machine great when traveling with little ones who have a hard time falling asleep in unfamiliar places. The calming noises will drown out any loud noises and help them fall asleep peacefully.

    The portable white noise machine
    Amazon

    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 $16.99.

    29. A Souper Cube perfect for freezing large amounts of soup or food for you to eat later. It's a genius meal-prepping hack: Make a huge batch of your kid's favorite soup, freeze the leftovers, and you have meals for the rest of the week!

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    Each tray has four fill lines — 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 125 mL, and 250 mL — which is ideal for people who like to portion their food.

    Promising review: "Instead of letting food go to waste I freeze small portions for those nights I’m not in the mood to cook, but have to feed my toddlers. The portion is perfect for them. I’d need two for myself." —RMartinez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    30. A lemon-lavender bubble bath that'll get your kiddos actually excited for bathtime every night. No more kicking and screaming and resisting the bath — now they'll look forward to the great-smelling suds and the cute little hippo on the bottle.

    big bottle of bubble bath with hippo on it
    Alaffia

    Alaffia is a Black-owned small business based in Olympia, Washington, that sells beauty and personal-care products, including many products specifically formulated for babies and kids. 

    Promising review: "I loved the Alaffia kids Lemon Lavender bubble bath! My children has so much fun during their bath time because the tub was filled with lots of bubbles. It also smelled so nice with the relaxing scent of lemon lavender, that it actually help calm my kids down and they fell right asleep after their bath. What a wonderful refreshing product." —Ericka

    Get it from Alaffia for $14.99.

    31. A pack of spill-proof Munchkin snack catchers with caps that let them reach inside to grab snacks but prevent anything from flying out. Now you won't have to clean up puddles of Cheerios from your back seat anymore!

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    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.

    32. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer with the ability to transform a regular PB&J into an exact replica of those Uncrustables sandwiches your kid loves. It'll save money and make the boring process of making lunch a bit more exciting!

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

    Promising review: "These have been a GAME-CHANGER in this house!! My son has always begged me for Uncrustables but my wallet didn’t agree with them. I LOVE being able to make them at home and customize them to exactly what they would like them filled with! I make two weeks' worth of sandwiches at a time and store them in sandwich bags in the freezer so in the morning during the school year we can just grab and go! Love them!" —Katherine Smaczniak

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $19.96.

    33. A weighted blanket that will feel oh so comforting as you drape it over you after a long, hard day of all things parenting. You'll feel all the anxiety and stress build up in your body melt away almost instantly.

    a model cuddled up in an ivory knit weighted blanket
    mybearaby / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "It’s a keeper! Instant sleep magic! No really — worth every penny. I fall asleep faster (minutes not hours) wake up less in the night, and wake up as well-rested as a stressed-out mom of two can. I love my blanket so much that I bought my kids their own instead of letting them take mine!" —Molly M.

    Get it from Bearaby for $249+ (available in 15, 20, and 25 lbs and six colors).

    34. A pack of diaper booster pads if you're sick of picking up your kid in the morning and feeling that they've leaked through their diaper yet again. These provide some much-needed extra protection and will soak up any pee that is threatening to escape.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness these are a LIFESAVER. My 2-year-old pees a lot overnight and was leaking through his overnight diapers every night. His pants would get soaked and I would have to change him in the middle of the night or feel horrible letting him sleep in his own pee. Then I read about these booster pads so I thought I'd give them a try. It totally worked. My kid doesn't leak through anymore. I would definitely recommend this for heavy night wetters." —Christine

    Get a three-pack of 90 pads from Amazon for $32.99.

    Now that the BabyShusher successfully got your kid fast asleep, back away slowlyyyy....

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