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    36 Products To Help Parents Get Through The Summer In One Piece

    Just a handful of things you might want to help you and your kids have the best summer ever ☀️.

    1. Scavenger hunt cards that'll keep even the busiest of kids entertained for a bit — it'll send them on a "secret mission" to find "treasure" around the house. (And keep them out of your hair!)

    A child holding the scavenger hunt ring
    A household scavenger hunt card set for toddlers
    A household scavenger hunt card set for toddlers
    Amazon, Amazon

    Mollybee Kids is a small, family-owned small business based in Pennsylvania. 

    Promising review: "A must-have. My 2-year-old son is obsessed. Always asks to play the 'find you' game LOL. Then we play it and every option on the game he actually thinks really hard then says 'come on mommy' and runs me through the house to find the object. Highly recommended from a mom of four." —Britney bansley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. A portable pack of soap sheets, because entering a public bathroom is grime-y enough without having to worry "will there be soap left in the dispenser???" These will melt away in your hands and ensure they'll be squeaky clean.

    The paper thin lavender soap sheets, which come in a matchbox size box

    Promising review: "I’m thrilled to have purchased these! Amazing soap sheets. The scents are not overwhelming. I have sensitive skin and, does not irritate my skin. Hands feel soft, clean, and smells great. My 6-year-old son loves these. With pretty much everything still closed down, due to COVID-19, we have been doing a lot more outdoor activities. It’s nice to have soap handy when in middle of hiking or biking and, need to wash hands before eating lunch. I would strongly recommend these soap sheets." —Ann

    Get three packs of 100 sheets each from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in lemon, orange, lavender, a variety pack of the three scents, or unscented).

    3. bug bite suction tool, invented by a mom, that sucks the irritating part right out of an insect bite with a pull of the plunger — it's so easy your kiddo can definitely do it themselves.

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it, the editor holding the suction tool and an after of the swelling reduced on the editor's arm.
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Check out a TikTok of the Bug Bite Thing in action and how it can be used to remove splinters too!

    You may have seen this product featured on Shark Tank! It is chemical-free, reusable, and safe to use on all ages, including children, toddlers and babies. Be sure to use light pressure. If you do it too forcefully, you can leave a mark on your skin!

    Promising review: "I saw this product on TikTok and had to get it. I’m super glad I did. My daughter and I always get a ton of mosquito bites, and this helps alleviate the itching as soon as you pull the suction back. It’s great." —Rebekka Talley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in four colors and multi-packs).

    4. An enzyme-based spot cleaner that'll have your little one's clothes looking like you just pulled them off the rack in a store. Grass stains be damned.

    You can also use it on carpets, bedding, cloth diapers, etc.

    Promising review: "I just purchased this. It took stains out of baby clothes and I used it on the fabric on a toddler chair and it looks brand-new. I wish I would have taken before and after photos! Love it already! I had read some reviews about it leaking during shipping but I received it with a tight lid in a bag with a spray too lid separate so no leaking!" —Brianne

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. Spillproof Munchkin snack catchers so your tyke can grab a lil' treat whenever the mood strikes without making a crumbly mess all over your rug.

    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 two-pack from Amazon for $6 (available in two color combos).

    6. A leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates you can count on to revive your mini-me's precious curls after a day at the pool. Summer tangles are not to be underestimated!

    Reviewers say this spray will leave wavy or curly hair (from 2a–4c hair) shiny, soft, and bouncy.

    Promising review: "You need this! My 2-year-old daughter has curly frizzy hair. And I have tried sooo many leave in conditioners to tame her hair. Nothing thus far has worked. But this stuff is amazing! Truly defines her curls without any hold or crunch. Soft bouncy curls. The smell is quite strong- but it does smell good. If you are sensitive to smells you might want to prepare yourself ahead of time for this. I will buy this again and again. So glad I found something that works for my toddler's curls." —mike

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29.

    7. A Tushbaby hip carrier you may have seen across your TikTok travels — parents love how much it saves their backs and that it has a ton of pockets for storage.

    reviewer showing how the carrier wraps around their waist and make it easy to hold a baby
    reviewer showing close up of the carrier and how it has a front pocket

    It's recommended for children between 8 and 45 pounds and can be used in four different holding positions — feeding/breastfeeding, side carrying, front facing, and face-to-face. 

    Tushbaby is a small business run by three California moms — they specialize in products that bringing a little more ease to everyday parenting life.

    See it in action on TikTok

    Promising review: "This has been one of MANY items I have purchased thanks to TikTok, and I'm glad I did. Super easy to use, easy to adjust, and most importantly it helps with support tremendously. It comes with pockets and a place to hold bottles/sippy cups, which can be very handy. My 8-month-old weighs around 30–35lbs, and he's basically attached to me 24/7, carrying all day was killing my back and arms! Thank God for this invention, my arms and back can rest." —Jennifer Calle

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99+ (available in three styles). 

    8. An inexpensive portable white noise machine that'll be your saving grace when it comes to getting your little one to sleep in an unfamiliar place. Go ahead, book that vacation and know that you'll be (somewhat) prepared to take on bedtime.

    The portable white noise machine

    Promising review: "We use it at night, during the day at home, and even on the go. With our first baby we had white noise on our phones, this just makes our lives so much easier. We just leave it next to the baby with timer, and she sleeps for a few hours." —Tatiana Figueiredo

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88.

    9. travel urinal you'll consider to be a saving grace when your child, once again, has to pee even though you *JUST* asked them 10x if they had to go at a rest stop.

    soda cup sized urinal with elephant trunk opening and lid beside toys

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

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in eight styles).

    10. And a pack of toilet seat covers that'll bring you peace of mind knowing your toddler's tush never has to touch a grime-filled public toilet. You might want to use it yourself, TBH.

    Promising review: "Must-have! If you have a toddler these are a MUST! We travel and it gives us peace of mind knowing that no matter where we are, as long as we have these covers we can safely take her to the bathroom and everything is OK. Before we found these, I used to be super stressed when she would ask to use the bathroom and we were out and about but not anymore. They have cute colors and are big enough." —Dayanna Pita

    Get a pack of 24 covers from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A set of massive bubble wands so enchanting that even the angstiest of kids won't be able to resist giving them a go.

    an extremely long, wavy bubble
    a child holding two wands in the air making a big bubble

    The set also comes with instructions on how to make the BIGGEST bubbles possible! It's great for kids of all ages.

    Promising review: "The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference." —Lauri

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    12. Or a bubble machine that'll have your kids scoffing at the old handheld bubble wands they're used to using — this one will take playtime to the next level without filling the house with extra noise.

    A child hidden behind thousands of bubbles made by the bubble machine
    A closeup on the bubble machine blowing bubbles

    See this bubble machine in action on TikTok here.

    This bubble maker includes: bubble gun, two bottles of bubble solution, a rechargeable battery, a charger, and a plate to place the bubble solution.

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my daughter's birthday and she has always loved bubbles!. So when I found this bubble gun on TikTok, it was a no-brainer. The amount of bubbles that you get out of that is so fun and it lights up. It's easy to use and pretty inexpensive for what we wanted. Even the adults enjoyed it." —Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in six colors).

    13. Polarized WeeFarers sunglasses, which will protect your baby's eyes from the harsh sun while also ensuring they'll look like Tom Cruise in Risky Business. (And that's just as important!)

    a toddler wearing sunglasses
    a baby wearing weefarer sunglasses
    Amazon, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    I "splurged" on these for my little one and have zero regrets! He, shockingly, doesn't mind wearing them at all and he looks so freakin' cute in them I can't help but take a million photos anytime he has them on. I love that you can register them and if something happens to them within your first year of owning them you'll be able to get a replacement. I even bought them as a gift for my friend's baby's first Christmas — I love them that much.

    Promising review: "We love these! I can’t even believe my 3-month-old doesn’t try to pull them off, but apparently he finds them comfortable enough to just leave them. We get so many compliments when he has them on and people love the play on the classic Ray-Bans Wayfarers and the 'WeeFarer' name. Best of all, I can rest assured that his little eyes are protected. The little strap is great to keep them in place. We will definitely be buying the next size up when he grows out of these." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in 4 sizes and 10 styles).

    14. A JellyCap you can pop onto most regular bottles and will magically transform it into a makeshift sippy cup — ideal for anyone planning to hit the beach with their kiddos this summer and *knows* their mini-me is going to want to drink out of their water bottle.