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    39 Parenting Products You'll Totally Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    A visual timer, sensory swing, toilet seal, and 36 other products you'll be glad to have on hand when you enter parenthood.

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    1. A magnetic visual timer that'll help kids see how much time they have left to work on homework, clean their room, be in the bath, etc. This is here to keep your home from being filled with the shrill cries of "Are we done yet?!" every 32 seconds.,

    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 $19.99 (available in five colors).

    2. A sensory swing to help your children develop their motor and balance skills *while* having fun horsing around. The swing is designed with an extra spring, making it swing back and forth and up and down! I...want one.

    Rest Nests

    Tamar Rozman created these useful hammocks as a way to give parents "an extra pair of hands" both for entertaining older kids and for safely holding babies. The shop has baby hammocks that'll safely snuggle your baby and provide the necessary muscle support in early infant-hood. The larger versions are designed for creative play with older kiddos. All products are made from soft, organic materials.

    Get it from Rest Nests on Etsy for $93.50 (available in 10 colors).

    3. A drywall repair kit that'll save your walls from the "save" your goalie made the *one* time you let your kids play ball in the house.

    Reviewer's before and after showing a small dent in their wall, and the after photo showing how the kit fixed it with no hole

    Promising review: "This spackle is so handy! Much easier and faster than opening a regular container of spackle, then finding a putty knife to use and sand paper. Everything you need is right there. I filled probably close to 50 small holes and nicks from kids throwing toys, etc. in less than 15 minutes. Would definitely recommend this." —Michelle Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available in three sizes).

    4. A toilet safety seal — a solution for anyone who has been down in the ~dumps~ over their baby mistaking the toilet tank for a splash pad. It's super not.

    Reviewer's toilet with seal on back of lid and pressed against tank

    Promising review: "So far I really like these. My toddler likes to put things in the toilet so this works perfect for keeping him out, and isn't a pain to use like some other toilet locks we've tried." —smaldon

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    5. A wood finish stain marker to fill in scratches from the ice skates, cleats, and roller blades your kids never seem to take off. You didn't even know they owned ice skates...AND YET.

    Promising review: We moved into a new home and as much as I try to baby our brand-new hardwood floors, I have noticed small nicks and scratches caused by our active toddlers. I use this pen and they look good as new! I highly recommend these pens. The trick is to apply the liquid to the mark you want to cover, and then immediately use your finger or a paper towel to go back over the same spot to remove any excess stain. If you do not do this, you will have a visible line where you applied the stain which basically highlights the imperfection." —MPA

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (originally $8.99, available in 4 colors and three sizes).

    6. A sight word Bingo game that'll help make those frustrating early reader lessons a lot more fun.

    Word board with chips, cards, and packaging

    Promising review: "Our first-grader was feeling really discouraged with her sight words and I've been trying to think of ways to encourage her and get her excited to learn things she doesn't already know. She loved this game! We played with the whole family and her 3-year-old even enjoyed playing (we show her the cards and have her find the word that matches on her bingo card). I think this is a great way to make learning/practicing sight words fun! I am very happy with this purchase and I can see how it would be great for teachers in the classroom as well!!" —Jennie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (originally $11.99)

    7. A pack of corner guards — a babyproofing solution sure to make sharp surfaces safe while still letting your style stay sharp.


    Promising review: "These are honestly the best corner protectors we have tried! We've had a few others in our house and they are constantly falling off because they lost their sticky or our daughter pulls them off because they are huge and they catch her eye, and they are just not pretty to look at. But these are so small and clear, you don't even notice they are there (so our daughter doesn't even try to pull them off) they stick very well, and have already protected her little head from hitting a corner. I'm not sure how they will peel off, since we haven't tried yet, but so far so good!" —E3232

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 12-, 18-, and 24-packs)

    8. A squirting spoon with a squeezable silicone pouch that'll make feeding your baby pureed meals cleaner and easier when you're out and about.

    Parent feeding an infant on a park bench with the food storage spoon

    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 three colors).

    9. A rubber ducky bath spout cover that's gonna keep your kiddo from ~quacking~ their head open on the hard faucet if they're rather squirmy during bath time.,

    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 $8.95 (originally $9.99).

    10. A pack of dresser labels for making sure your kids keep their clothes organized after you've spent the day washing them.

    Dresser with written stickers on each drawer that say "sweatshirts" "tops" "outerwear" and more
    Made by Moores

    This woman-owned business was started by organization enthusiast Rachel, who fills her shop with labels for every sort of situation. Made by Moores is based in Westminster, Colorado.

    To make your customized labels, write how many stickers you would like (one sticker equals one word), then write each word (i.e. "tank tops" for one and "shorts" for another), after that you can specify if you would like them in all caps, lowercase, or with standard capitalization.

    Get them from Made by Moores on Etsy for $2.50+ (available in 15 sizes and 22 fonts).

    11. A pack of wart bandages formulated with a salicylic acid that'll kill off warts deep at the root. Plus, these are made with self-adhesive, waterproof strips (i.e. these'll be *much* easier to actually keep on your kid).

    Before, during, after progression pic of reviewer's knee with a large wart. The after pic shows no wart after using the bandages.

    Promising review: "These bandages have decreased the wart by half. It's still there but we just purchased our second pack in hopes to finish the job. It was really big to start with. We first used the freeze stuff and it did nothing. Hopefully with the second pack it will be gone. My daughter really likes that the wart/medicine is camouflaged as a regular Band-Aid so she can wear shorts and that it's painless.

    Edit: After three packs of these the warts are GONE!" —Robin H

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available in a two-pack)

    12. A suction placemat to actually keep your kid's food in one place while they eat. These are also really useful when eating out, so you can know the table space they're eating off of is actually clean., Amazon

    Promising review: "I am completely satisfied with this purchase! The mat itself is heavier than others I have seen and it does not slide around. It is also dishwasher safe which makes my life easier. I like the fact that there is a built in bowl because that also means I'm not cleaning a bowl and plate. The suction prevents the mats from sliding, it does not prevent anyone from peeling it off the table. Yes, my 2-year-old does this occasionally but it isn't the placemat's fault." —Jennifer Heinrich

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    13. A pack of toy straps that'll prevent your mini football player from tossing their pacifiers and toys from a stroller or car seat.


    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 colors).

    14. A spiffy three-stage silicone cup designed to adapt as your toddler's fine motor skills start kicking in. Once they begin to insist on drinking from a "big kid cup," this unbreakable bud can adjust accordingly.


    Promising review: "This cup is fantastic for my toddler. I love that the straw is built in. It’s super easy to clean. The material is great, easy to hold, and my toddler is able to grip onto it well. We have had a couple drops and the liquid did not spill. I also love the neutral colors. I will be buying more products!" —Jordana

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    15. An anti-blister balm that'll keep you from feeling de-feet-ed when trying to enjoy a hike with the family. Sure, they may complain about how they wish they were playing video games, but at least there won't be a blister in site!

    Person applying product to foot while hiking

    Promising review: "I can not say enough good things about this product. Let me tell you, this little purple bottle is a lifesaver. I have a couple pairs of shoes that I haven’t been able to wear because they cause blisters. But with one swipe of this, no more blisters. I can now wear my cute shoes again!" —Jennifer Gomez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    16. A pack of vomit bags with a twist and seal structure to save the day (and the road trip) when your kids start getting motion sick the minute you put the key in the ignition.

    Person vomiting into bag while on a plane

    Promising review: "I ordered these again at a stop light 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!" —EFSull

    Get a pack of 45 from Amazon for $16.99 (originally $19.99).

    17. And a car trash can that's gonna keep you (and your upholstery) out of any ~sticky~ situations that suckers, soda bottles, and juice WILL cause.

    Collapsable fabric trash bin with handles wrapped around passenger seat and sealed top

    Promising review: "This is the most useful little item I have EVER placed in my car for litter management. It's easy to use, easy to empty, AND it doubles as a spare cup holder when needed. I've ordered more for our other cars. The kids have really improved their management of basic tidiness in the car with this in our family vehicle. My husband has managed to keep the passenger seat easy for me to join him in his car, and now our teens will enjoy an uncluttered life in the 'teen mobile.'" —DW

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in a two-pack).

    18. A booster seat diaper bag — a classic diaper bag that transforms into a secure seat (including chair straps) so your little one can sit up at the table and thus, off of your lap, when you're out. Even when used as a seat, the hollow center can be filled with all the things you need throughout your day.

    Ashley Homestore

    The booster seat pops up and has adjustable straps to secure onto any chair. The bag itself has plenty of space for both you and your kiddo's things. Plus it's machine-washable, padded, water-resistant, and supports up to 60 pounds.

    Get it on sale from Ashley Homestore for $42.99 (originally $84.99).

    19. An alcohol-free hand sanitizer that'll foam when you pump it out, making sanitizing their hands way more fun when all your kiddo wants to do is...get their hands on everything. The produce section never stood a chance.,

    Promising review: "These are great. A bunch come in the package and I brought these right before I had my baby so they could be everywhere and I could give some to the people that would be by him (my mom mainly as she watches my children while I work). No scent and it’s foam, so it’s fun and easy for my toddler to use too!!" —Zyanya Cox-Schutte

    Get six from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in two scents)

    20. A four-pack of finger pinch guards you can attach to any part of your door to keep them open at all times. No hurt fingers in your house!

    A squishy guard place at the top of a door so that it stays open at all times

    Promising review: "These door guards are excellent! They are thick and sturdy. I'm able to put them on my inside doors with ease and they stay in place. My 16-month-old can not pull them off. The doors DO NOT shut with these on. You can put them on any side of the door. I have one door where my little one could pinch his fingers in the hinges. I'm able to insert the guard on the side with the hinge! The door barely moves open/closed and does prevent fingers from pinching. I highly recommend these." —HTHONLINE

    Get four of them from Amazon for $8.95 (also available in a six-pack).

    21. A diaper wipe warmer that'll be soothing on your baby during nighttime diaper changes, because cold wipes could wake them right up in the dead of the night...when you're already dead tired.

    Wipe holder on counter

    Promising review: "I have one in the nursery and in the living room! This is the best warmer for your money. It keeps my baby's bottom happy. He used to, and still will scream, at cold wipes. He hates cold wipes, so this is a mini miracle for us! It keeps the wipes wet and lukewarm! We keep them plugged always. The baby is two months old and they have been plugged in since, not a single problem! I recommend this." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.44 (originally $29.99).

    22. A magnetic dry erase board your kiddos can use while doing schoolwork. You can also use this as a message board for family announcements or grocery lists.


    Promising review: "My 4-year-old is learning to write, which is how my husband came up with the idea of purchasing a white board (for the ease of writing and basic learning). The white board came with a dry erase pen and four hook and loop stickers. It's light weight, very handy, and easy to carry. Oftentimes, my daughter keeps the board in her lap while writing or drawing. The dry erase pen accompanied with the board has a tiny duster/eraser on top. I'm glad we bought this product." —AAR.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    23. A baby-safe curling and twisting custard that'll give any baby blessed with a full head of curls a chance to style them intricately — no tears included!


    Promising reviews: "My son had thick 4c hair and this is a heaven sent product!!! It works instantly and makes his hair so soft and easy to work with!! This is amazing for 4c moms! Thank you so much!!!! (Pictured above, top right.)" —Virgin Apple Beauty

    "I have a 2-1/2 year old biracial daughter with 3b/3c hair. I've always been conscientious about keeping her hair healthy, which means I've unintentionally bought mostly products that 'strengthen' and 'protect' hair. So her hair has always been easy to detangle and had minimal breakage, but it's never really been 'soft.' I set out to see if there was something I could add to our routine to help with that, and oh my goodness did this product deliver! She's a toddler, so her hair still gets frizzy, tangled, and dry, but even her frizzes are soft! (Pictured above, bottom right.)" —jhtarheel84

    Get it from Amazon for $8.36.

    24. Or dry shampoo for parents who would prefer their child not look like a character straight off the set of Grease. Save them from a day in the life of Danny Zuko, there's way too much spontaneous singing involved.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried too many dry shampoos to count and this is the only one that has worked in my hair. All of the others made my hair feel stringy (sprays) or chalky (powders). I only need to use a few small shakes on my hand which I then tousle into my hair/scalp. It feels super light, blends in easily after brushing, and I can go days without shampooing now. I can even wear my long hair down on day four without it looking like a greasy, flat mop like it used to. With a toddler at home and baby on the way it’s been an absolute lifesaver!" —Elise C.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    25. A closet organizer you can keep in your kiddo's room. If they've struggled getting themselves dressed in the past, this can seriously simplify your stressful morning routine.

    reviewer photo of closet with hanging organizers and clothes inside

    Promising review: "Bought based on reviews.. bought 3 for my son's walk in. As you can see from the pics they are pretty packed in with clothing.. shelves have not bent thank god and seems sturdy enough. Would recommend." —Sandra Pupo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.87 (available in nine colors).

    26. A bug bite suction tool to remove bits of insect saliva and other irritants after a bug bite, to keep your kid from scratching their skin off after a mosquito finds its way into your campsite.

    Reviewer before and after with red, swollen bug bite healed after use

    Promising review: "Amazing! I am in complete shock at how well this worked. My son got stung by a wasp as you can see in my photo. After we did the suction he stop complaining about it hurting!" —Angela z

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    27. An attachable dirty diaper sack dispenser with 24 bags you can toss your dirty diapers in when there isn't a convenient trash nearby.


    You can grab a refill pack when you run out!

    Promising review: "Holy moly! Having the knob on the side that allows you to retract the bag into the container makes this tiny contraption SO amazing. I've never seen that for other ones on the market. I use these for dirty diapers and my toddler used to LOVE pulling them out way far! It used to be a paaaaaaain stuffing the bags back inside. This eliminates those annoying moments! Woohoo!" —Kyle Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in three styles).

    28. A pack of six disposable urinals that'll assist you while camping, on road trips, or with any other urinary emergencies that may arise away from the comfort of a bathroom stall.,

    Promising review: "These are a life saver when camping with a large group if you are afraid of the woods at night, like me! I'm female and have had absolutely no issues with leaking or overfilling. These things are awesome! Definitely a staple for me now on summer camping trips. I also have a few in the car for my kids for road emergencies." —Alex Bogherie

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

    29. A password book so you can keep track of all the user names and passwords your kids need for school assignments. This can be massively useful if your kid comes up with the weirdest user names. "ImBabyWigW" ...wut.

    Password logbook

    I too have to look up "Gen Z Slang words" when trying to decipher my youngest sibling's texts.

    Promising review: "While I understand that if this falls into the wrong hands I'm SOL, I do love this for me. I try to keep a variety of passwords, so I'm constantly forgetting them. I have them saved for my phone and computer but periodically, they are lost or wiped for one reason or another and this has been a lifesaver! Right now, I just keep it in a drawer in my office or bedroom but I will probably upgrade to a safe in the near future." —Layla West

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05.

    30. A silicone placemat — a Montessori table setting that'll show your kiddo how to set up utensils before dinner. Involve them in dinner prep and watch them eat more than ever before!

    Kids House UK

    This woman-owned business is based in London, UK.

    Promising review: "This is top notch. These placemats are exceptional both in terms of design and functionality. I have three very young kids and have tried out quite a few versions, and these are by far my favorite. I bought one for every family member and it was so worth it. The simple, clean design is very appealing and the Montessori idea of enabling young kids to help with setting the table independently works great. And choosing silicone as the material is just genius — it looks great, cleans up super easy, and stays on the table nicely. And if someone were to knead it, or fold it, it bounces right back into its original shape. In addition, I had a specific request regarding handling, and the seller couldn’t have been more thorough, thoughtful, and friendly. It truly was a pleasure doing business with this shop. Thank you!" —Art23

    Get it from Kids House UK on Etsy for $22.96.

    31. A "taco truck" to keep their tacos upright while they eat...which can hopefully prevent the temper tantrums from the past when their tacos were "broken." Sigh, if they only knew how delicious a deconstructed taco really is.


    Promising review: "This was larger than expected. It washes well in the dishwasher. My grandkids love to have their food served this way." —Terrie, Charleston-SC

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    32. A travel cooler for keeping fresh snacks inside your car. It's pretty typical for toddlers to need food every three to four hours, so having snacks and drinks inside the car helps prevent crankiness between meals.

    Canvas cooler with handles, crossbody straps, and several pockets on top of a picnic blanket with food around it

    Promising review: "This is the perfect lunch bag to take on a picnic or road trip. It is big and roomy and can hold items for the whole family. I can pack all of my kids snack in one bag. The design is sleek and looks nice." —Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (originally $39.99, available in two sizes and colors).

    33. A food tray sure to satisfy parents of picky eaters. *Any* idea that gets picky kids to eat is a good one...even if that means playing with their food.


    Promising review: "Unbelievable!!! I'm sooo extremely thrilled with these plates. My granddaughter is four and she's been a very, very picky eater since she was two. We've tried every trick in the book to get her to eat her veggies (something other than chicken nuggets, spaghetti, mac and cheese). This plate changed that — now she asks for second helpings of broccoli!! I was so thrilled I ordered all varieties of these plates." —Lisa Sernick

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in six styles).

    34. A machine washable coloring tablecloth sure to put your easily bored babe in the right ~frame~ of mind when you expect everyone in the family to sit together at the dinner table.

    The Coloring Table

    This small business is owned by Kelly and Kristin and located in San Antonio, Texas.

    Get it from The Coloring Table on Etsy for $29.99+ (available in three sizes).

    35. A diaper cream applicator for keeping your fingers from getting greasy when you have some rather ~crappy~ business to attend to.

    Silicone applicator suctioned to table while person presses down on flat round application side to show soft flexibility from material

    Promising review: "I strongly suggest you get this if you don't want greasy fingers; that is the main idea. The bottom piece has a suction so you can place it anywhere at an upright position. It is easy to pick up diaper creams from a circular angle. This was a good investment overall." —HappyWife=HappyLife

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95 (available in two colors).

    36. A travel-sized antiseptic and pain relief spray that'll work fast and make a big difference, preventing a bad fall from turning into a bad day.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect travel item to throw in my diaper bag. With a rambunctious toddler, I can always use some Neosporin on the go!" —Kelsey Marciano

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97+ (originally $7, available in three sizes)

    37. A pack of four self-closing outlets to make your baby-proofed place look way less baby-proofed, even though they're extra safe!

    White wall outlet with slide covers

    Promising review: "We have been behind the curve on babyproofing and bought a big pack of the plastic two-prong outlet covers. My kiddo is determined to stick anything and everything he can into outlets and wants so badly to peel the individual outlet covers off. I bought a four-pack of these covers and they are AMAZING! They're easy to install (just don't forget the little plastic spacer between the actual bare outlet and the back of the cover) and SO MUCH BETTER than the cheap plastic covers. For the outlets that were the kiddo's 'favorites' to try to bust into, these are SO GOOD. The amount of force needed to slide the plate over to use is more than a toddler can muster, but not hard for an adult. It's very easy to plug things in, and take them out, but the baby doesn't even mess with these outlets anymore because the thrill of death is beyond his tiny finger strength. Installing a few of these in high kid-traffic areas has been WELL worth it! Thanks for a great product." —Katie Ackerman

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    38. An adjustable baby carriage that's gonna make strolling around with a colicky newborn, fidgety baby, or active toddler a walk in the park. Um, sort of.


    Promising review: "I am very happy with the purchase of this stroller. It's very easy to assemble. This comes with a bassinet for a baby and a chair for a toddler, and a rain/mosquito cover." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $489+69 (available in two colors).

    39. And finally, a teaching alarm clock to help your children know when they're allowed to leave their room, giving you slightly more shut-eye in the a.m. Update the settings to your family's schedule and this lil' helper will light up when the kids are allowed to get up and out of bed.

    alarm clocks that say "I glow green when it's ok to wake!"

    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote a review about how this clock is basically like giving the gift of sleep to parents with young children.

    Promising review: "We've had this clock for four years and it's still going strong. You can adjust the amount of time the green light stays on. You MUST wait until the green light comes on to enter the room or it won't work! If your child comes out before it's on, take them back to bed and walk out. We get them used to it (now with child #3, 9 months old) by telling them before closing the door at night 'Wait for your green alien to wake up!' It's a good last minute reminder. The only thing I'd change is that the dimmest light setting is still a bit bright for my light sleepers, so I have to lay a burp rag or something over the back to make it dimmer. I'm considering buying a second so the older kids can have theirs back!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95 (originally $39.99)

    Reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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