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    32 Products Under $10 That Parents Actually Swear By

    From baby proofing products to parenting hack gadgets — we've found a selection of budget-friendly items that are genuinely useful.

    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 squirting spoon with a squeezable silicone pouch that'll make feeding your baby pureed meals cleaner and easier both at home and on-the-go.

    Baby being spoon fed with squeezable spoon with food inside

    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 $6.89+ (available in four colors).

    2. 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 $7.49.

    3. A car trash can sure to save the day (and your upholstery) from suckers, soda bottles, and all the other sticky substances your kids sneak into the car.

    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 $6.99.

    4. A daily 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.,

    You can also grab this simple mesh version for kids who have aged out of days-of-the-week decor.

    Promising review: "I've loved this product. I was looking for something that I could hang in the kids' rooms so they could get ready for school on their own. It's a great color, made with a very sturdy material, and overall fits our needs perfectly!!!" —Omi & Tela

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. Or a pack of baby clothes dividers for organizing your newborn's outfits by month — making sure you have the clothes you need when baby Daisy starts growing like a weed.,

    Promising review: "I love these. They're perfect to organize our little guy's clothes. They make it easy to know what sizes we have and what we need before he comes." —Jennifer

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    6. 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.

    Reviewer's timer on fridge with red space indicating 10 minutes to go

    Promising review: "I LOVE this timer. I use it in my classroom to time center rotations or other various timed activities. The red indicator is an excellent visual for kids and the ringer isn’t obnoxiously loud or long. It’s also magnetic!!!! I bought another just to have in multiple places in the room. Worth it!!!" —Jasmine Olean

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    7. 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 $9.95.

    8. A pack of six reusable sandwich bags — an eco-friendly choice for keeping easy-to-grab snacks in the fridge or simply saving money on disposable plastic bags if your family prefers packed lunches.

    Person holding baggie with blueberries in front of fridge with several matching bags stored upright behind it

    Promising review: "I really like these. They are perfect to keep my diaper bag more organized and keep messy items contained. They open and close easily but with a good hold. Tested to hold water perfectly. The stand open design is very useful and will protect items well. The presentation was nice too and would make a good gift." —Mrs.Krahn

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    9. 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.

    10. A silicone teether sure to soothe breast-fed babes when nursing is a habit you are trying to ~nip~ in the bud.


    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 $6.99 (available in five colors).

    11. A storage sack that'll fit over their chair and keep things neat and tidy, which is no small feat if their classroom is also their playroom right now.

    Two chairs with name tags, two large pockets for storing notebooks and other big items, with two pencil pockets, one large enough for scissors, and another for a phone

    Promising review: "My son loves his chair back buddy. It's very sturdy and helpful for organization." —Kreslyn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A water-resistant smock — an outfit-saving solution that's gonna make art time with your toddler a whole lot more tolerable.

    Child eating while wearing tee style smock with short sleeves and food-catching pocket in center

    Promising review: "These things are a life saver! It took my son a little while to get used to them but he never really minded them much. They completely cover him from his shoulders to his lap and I love that if he drops food into his lap the pocket catches it. I no longer have to worry about him getting food all over himself or his clothes! He’s a messy self-feeder but it’s not a problem anymore thanks to these bibs! I also especially love that I can easily just wipe them down after meals so I only have to wash them once they start looking slightly stained. Then I just throw them in the wash and they come out good as new! I bought three and I’m so glad I did! If your kid is exceptionally messy, I highly recommend these!" —Alicia Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    13. A drywall repair kit to 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 $6.97.

    14. A 10-pack of mini Play-Doh that's nontoxic, nonirritating, nonallergenic, *and* comes in recyclable packaging for eco-conscious folks who want their kids playing with something Mother Nature will love as much as they do.

    Promising review: "Colorful, nontoxic Play-Doh has been great for my son who has many allergies including skin allergies. He has had no problem with these. This keeps him occupied for quite some time, often when I am cooking or cleaning. I played with this as a child myself and have fond memories of it." —Brandy P.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.19

    15. A turning cabinet lock for keeping babies (both human and fur) from digging inside your cabinets.

    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 four from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A pack of iron-on clothing labels so your kid's stuff is always clearly labeled during sleepovers, inside class cubbies, and on camping trips.


    Promising review: "I had to label my son's blanket and extra clothes for pre-K. So far we've run it through the washer and dryer once and it held up well. The writing on the sticker faded a little. But I don’t mind going over it again with a Sharpie. These were a good investment." —Nichole

    Get them from Amazon for $4.97.

    17. An incentive chart you can customize with stickers, markers, and more. No matter what you use, this eye-catching reminder will be there when your kids deserve recognition for a job well done.

    Comic strip themed graph chart with child's name and stickers. There are space to write the days of the week and seven days with five week's worth of spaces.

    Promising review: "These are great in the classroom for students but also at home with my own children. At home we use them to stamp off when they’ve completed chores (once they complete a sheet they can cash it out)." —Natalie

    Get it from Amazon for $4.59.

    18. A baby-safe curling and twisting custard that'll give any baby blessed with a full head of curls a fashion-savvy style worth showing off.


    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 $7.99.

    19. A toilet safety seal — a solution for anyone who has been down in the ~dumps~ over their baby discovering the toilet tank and mistaking it 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 $8.49.

    20. 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 (available in 11 stain colors).

    21. A site 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.

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


    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 it from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A pack of nonslip bathtub stickers for preventing any ~slip-ups~ during bath time.

    Twelve white lines placed horizontally in the tub to prevent slipping while standing in the bath

    Promising review: "I bought these so my baby wouldn't slip around when sitting in the tub. They work great (without these he would slide very easily). I had to buy two packs to cover the entire tub. They have been sticking really well and it's been six months of daily use for three people (follow the instructions and take the extra time to clean the tub thoroughly and use alcohol to rub it down, then apply). My only complaint is that dirt does seep a little under the outer edges, so the tub looks a little messy even though I've scrubbed it clean." —kikanator

    Get 12 from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    24. A super spiffy laundry bar – it's gonna totally raise the ~bar~ on your laundry game forever more. Look at those snow white pants. That dirt never stood a chance!

    Reviewer's before-and-after image after using the bar to remove tons of dirt stains from baseball pants

    Promising review "If you’ve got a baseball player with white pants, this is a MUST-have. You can soak pants for days and still have stains. This gets rid of everything. I use a soft toothbrush so I don’t pill up the fabric. A bar will last months. Also, it's probably really good to get rid of blood (aka evidence). Just allot yourself enough time to scrub (and dry) before you call 911. That's the key. That’s just something I thought of off the top of my head. Not based on any true story that may or may not still be under investigation. Just a useful tip. Happy cleaning!" —L. Arnold

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $0.88.

    25. A pair of safety straps that'll keep your heavy furniture (or television sets) from being pulled down by your tiny mountain climber.

    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 $8.78.

    26. A pack of timed tests for kids working on multiplication who could use a new take on times tables.

    100 Days of Timed Tests

    Promising review: "My son has loved using this book to improve his math skills. We put it in a binder with some dry erase markers so it can be used over and over, which is especially helpful on pages he has trouble with. He likes to time himself to see how much he's improved! Highly recommend!" —Jessika C

    Get them from Amazon for $4.98.

    27. An adjustable, silicone pocket bib you can toss on your kiddo before they toss their lunch all over their brand spankin' new sweater.


    Promising review: "We have a newborn in the family so I decided to gift them this bib. It's great because you can wash and reuse it as many times as you want without having to put it in the laundry like traditional bibs. The kids love it!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in four styles).

    28. A diaper cream applicator to keep your fingers from getting greasy when they 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 three colors).

    29. 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 them from Amazon for $8.95.

    30. A bug bite suction tool that'll remove bits of insect saliva and other irritants after a bug bite. This thing is a saving grace for parents with kids who are ~bugged~ by being outside when mosquitoes are out.

    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.

    31. A suction silicone placemat to stick to the table so you and your kiddo are able to stick to your quick lunchtime schedule. There's no time for thrown food today, Toddler!

    Dinosaur-shaped mat with three divided sections for separating food

    Promising review: "This plate is awesome. My son eats his snacks at the TV stand in the living room. But he has major temper tantrums and likes to pick up everything close to him and throw it, including his bowl of snacks, so I decided to give this a try and I'm glad I did. The suction is great as he is unable to pick up the plate. We love the dinosaur design and the price is great." —Kristin Jerome

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    32. And finally, a lint roller sure to delight A-type teens who like looking *just so* or for A-type parents who know a kid could always use a quick once-over with a lint roller.

    Handheld lint roller with fuzz-covered end being removed

    Promising review: "I got this for my 15-year-old for school and she loves it. I recommend this product." —Nichole Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $4.88.

    Life before getting your hands on one of those alien-antenna lookin' pacifiers:


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

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