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Parents Swear By These 32 Problem-Solving Products

Being a parent is without a doubt the hardest job ever, and these helpful gadgets are here to make it all a little easier.

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1. A pack of sink extenders so you don't have to lift up your toddler and risk straining your back every time they have to wash their hands. They'll also feel so ~grown-up~ now that they can use the sink all by themselves!

Amazon, Amazon / Via

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.

2. 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.


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.

3. A pack of toy straps if your kid has turned tossing toys from their stroller into an Olympic event. This brilliant contraption will save you from back pain now that you don't have to bend down to pick up toys every 30 seconds.


Promising review: "This is a simple concept, but something that you would not normally think you need. After losing a few toys off the side of the stroller, I felt there had to be a way to keep toys and bottles from falling over the edge. I found these and took a shot at ordering them. The straps come with snaps at differing lengths to accommodate anything from Sophie the Giraffe all the way to our large Tommee Tippee bottles. I have not lost a toy since getting these nor has a bottle fallen on the ground. The strap dries out easily when she may have some excess 'droolage.' I think I might start giving these as a shower gift." —Kay

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in 10 color combinations).

4. 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...

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.

See it in action on TikTok here!

5. A pack of fun Crayola hand sanitizers to encourage your kids to *actually* disinfect their hands. Instead of putting up a fight, they'll look forward to squeezing the brightly colored goo onto their hands. (Don't worry — it dries clear.)


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.

6. 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 also helps spice up the everyday humdrum of making lunch!

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.

7. A glitter bottle you'll want to keep handy for the times your kid is feeling anxious, cranky, or impatient. It takes about three minutes for the glitter to settle at the bottom, so your kid can focus on this to help them calm down.

A water bottle full of black glass beads and glitter stars that fall to the bottom
The Calm Mom/Etsy

The water bottles are plastic and shatterproof and even have a soothing auditory element to them, since the glass beads on the inside make a slight crackling sound.

The Calm Mom is a Connecticut-based small business established in 2020 that specializes in soothing sensory glitter bottles in various colors and sizes for both kids and adults.

Promising review: "Bought the larger one for both my daughter (approaching teen years) and my preschooler. Funny how it is helpful for both ages! Beautiful and settles clear. The contrast is amazing! Love it!!" —Connie Cohn

Get it from The Calm Mom on Etsy for $14.99 (psst — this item ships for free!).

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

reviewer photo of the gap filler

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.

9. A pack of Munchkin burp cloths that are basically living in the future — they have built-in pockets to place hot or cold packs in so you can give your baby sweet relief from colic or fever. It'll make you think, "Why didn't I think of that?!"


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.

10. 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!,

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 $18.99+ (available in six colors).

11. 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

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 $8.62.

12. A pack of toilet seat covers to keep your kid's curious hands from touching the dirty surfaces of public toilet seats. It's also great to help kiddos who are in the process of potty-training feel a bit more comfortable going in public places.

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.

13. A car baby monitor because the back-seat 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.

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.

14. A plastic storage bag organizer so you can easily grab whatever size you need while packing lunches or storing leftovers from dinner. No more 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).

15. 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

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 $11.99.

16. 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 and Goldfish from your back seat anymore!


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).

17. A toothbrush holder and dispenser that not only frees up counter space but also prevents your kid from squirting out half the tube of toothpaste every morning. It only dispenses exactly how much they need!,

This 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).

18. A rubber ducky bath spout cover designed to protect your precious kiddo's noggin from getting bumped and bruised on the faucet. Plus: They'll love being greeted by Mr. Ducky during bathtime!,

Promising review: "This was super easy to install and I love how it looks in our bathtub along with our daughter’s other duckies! We’ve only had this spout cover a week or so, but so far we're very satisfied." —Audrey N.

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

19. 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

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.

20. 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

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 $149.99 (available in two colors).

21. 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

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.

22. 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 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).

23. An adjustable closet rod to instantly add another layer of hanging space to the closet. Reviewers say it's especially helpful for kids' closets because their clothes are so small and don't take up much hanging space vertically.

Promising review: "This product is amazing. My kiddos are going to share a closet and this was the easiest way to get all of their things in there together. It doubled the hanging space and I was able to hang my daughter's things and move my son's items to the bottom hanging addition. How low you want it to hang is adjustable so it could go even lower if you had adult-sized clothing to hang. Would definitely purchase again." —Jeanette Fite

Get it from Amazon for $15.87.

24. A pair of kick mats that protect your car seats from muddy footprints from toddlers who just *love* to kick their feet while in their booster.

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.

25. A waterproof potty-training watch to remind your toddler to use the toilet on regular intervals. It looks just like an Apple Watch, and they'll soon learn that every time it goes off, they'll head straight to the bathroom.


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.

26. 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 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.

27. A cradle cap comb to get rid of all that dry skin on top of your baby's head in such a gentle way, they'll keep on cooing and babbling along as you're using it.

A baby's head with dry scales on the left and the same baby's head looking smoother and flake-free on the right

Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. My babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there too). This is a KEEPER!" —ZMomUtah

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

28. A pack of corner guards so you can babyproof literally anything in your home. It's fascinating how many sharp corners you discover once you have a baby who's starting to walk!


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.

29. A cult-favorite stain remover because kids are very messy, and you'll want to keep this concentrated spot treatment on hand to get out all the ketchup, grass stains, and dirt that show up on their clothes constantly.

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.

30. This silicone teether if you're trying to wean your baby off of breastfeeding, but regular pacifiers aren't doing the trick. Reviewers say the unique alien-like antennas work perfectly at keeping their babies soothed!


Promising review: "Oh em gee. I LOVE this. I breastfeed and my baby won’t take ANYTHING but a boob; not a bottle, not a pacifier, nothing. EXCEPT for this alien-looking thing! It gives my boobs a much-needed break and it keeps her happy. Dog hair and such does stick to it very easily but, I mean, it’s silicone, what do you expect. You can just blow it right off or rinse it and it’s good as new. The downside is the rubber squeaking noise, definitely terrible but not enough for me to even dare take it away and risk becoming a pacifier again. Thank you thank you to the mom group that introduced this to me." —Jason English

Get it from Amazon for $5.94 (available in five colors).

31. 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

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.

32. A set of kids' bamboo travel utensils so you and your mini-me can still live that environmentally friendly lifestyle even when you're eating out. They're designed to fit small hands and mouths, so your kid will feel confident as they proudly feed themselves.

blue carrying case next to a knife, fork, and spoon made of bamboo
Wild Minimalist

Wild Minimalist is a family-owned small business based in San Rafael, California, that specializes in creating cleaning and kitchen products with low-waste, plastic-free packaging.

Get the set from Wild Minimalist for $9.99 (available in three carrying case colors).

Now you're ready to take on your next challenge with the help of all the brand-new gadgets in your parenting arsenal:


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