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    46 Practical Parenting Products That You Should Just Own Already

    Because they'll solve your problems, or at least make a noticeable difference.

    1. A dry- or wet-hair leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair to help transform their messy-ish 'do into beautiful ringlets with very little effort — or at least as little as *possible*, if your kiddo's a little squirmy. 

    It's paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate free, thank goodness. Reviewers say this spray will leave wavy or curly hair (from 2a–4c hair) shiny, soft, and bouncy.

    Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic for curly girls! I spray it in my daughter's dry hair in the morning, run my fingers through her ringlets (never ever comb or brush curly hair dry), then clip the top back. It smells amazing, and the price on Amazon is better than other national retailers I've found it at. The price is worth it. Minimizes frizz and keeps curls soft and natural looking. My daughter has soft/fine thick hair." —Carolyn Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (also available in a two pack).

    2. And a detangling brush so you can (somewhat) effortlessly rid your munchkin's hair of knots with wayyy less frustration, tears, and pain for both of y'all. Over 50,000 people have rated it 5 stars, so you know it's gotta be good! 

    The ergonomic shaped brush in turquoise
    Reviewer's before photo of their child with knotted hair
    Reviewer's after photo of smooth hair from using the brush

    Reviewers swear this brush works on all hair types: straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Promising review: "Best detangling brush I've ever used! My daughter has really curly hair and puts up a fight every time I have to brush it! This brush has made bath time a much more enjoyable experience for both of us! 😅 If you have thick, curly hair this brush is a must-have!" —Tiffany Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in six colors).

    3. A smart sight word Bingo game because learning them doesn't have to be frustrating — instead, make practicing fun! It features 46 different words, and several different ways to win. 

    Word board with chips, cards, and packaging

    The box comes with 36 playing cards, 264 playing chips, caller's mat and cards, and a storage box. It's similar to the classic game, but the leader calls out words instead of letter/number combos. Then each player searches their card for a match, and when they have one, they mark it with a red chip. Once someone has all the spaces covered on their card (or whichever spaces you decide count as Bingo), they get to yell BINGO!! 

    You can also get Sight Words Level 2 or Bingo for lots of other skills — including Multiplication and DivisionRhymingColors and Shapes — on the company's Amazon store page

    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 sister 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 $12.99.

    4. A Whiskware pancake batter mixer that'll — get this —make pancakes a legit *easy* option for busy mornings. Thanks to the BlenderBall wire whisk inside, you simply add your mix and other ingredients, shake to combine, then pour from the spout. Yum, breakfast!!

    Someone holding the Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk
    Someone pouring out batter from the Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk

    You could even keep it in the fridge to make more the next day. And just think of how many dishes (huge mixing bowls, measuring cups) you'll save! 

    Promising review: "This is the best breakfast invention after the waffle maker. LOVE IT! As someone who makes pancakes or waffles three to four times a week (my kids are pretty spoiled, but breakfast is key to getting through the first part of the school day), this is the easiest and fastest way to get that done. I just add everything to the bottle, shake, and pour into the waffle maker or griddle. When I am done, just add some water, shake again, empty, and then place everything in the dishwasher." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.19.

    5. A machine-washable Tiny Twinkle full-sleeved bib because a regular bib just doesn't cut it for your messy nosher. Rescue your munchkin's clothes (and yours) from getting tossed on Laundry Mountain too early — even if they're eating smear-worthy red pasta sauce.

    The long sleeve bib with rainbows on it
    A child wearing the bib in a high chair

    Tiny Twinkle is a small biz based in Phoenix, Arizona focused on creating high quality, safe products for babies, children, and parents. 

    Promising review: "Whoever designed this bib should win an award! I have a VERY messy eater, normally we would have to undress her down to her diaper to have meals, and cleanup always took forever because she was covered in whatever she was eating. With this bib, we keep her fully dressed (it even covers part of her pants and her tray covers the rest) and clean up is so much easier, we just wipe her hands and face and slip the bib right off. It’s super easy to clean, I usually rinse it under the sink with a bit of dish soap and hang to dry, but once a week I throw it in the washing machine for a deep clean and it’s fared well in the washer and dryer! LOVE this bib!!" —Heidi L Payne

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in up to 33 colors/patterns and in two sizes).

    6. The Pink Stuff, because it will be your new secret weapon against all kinds of kiddo-created scuffs and stains, from Sharpie(!!) and lipstick on walls to sticker residue on tile floors (gotta love the way a 3-year-old decorates). 

    Reviewer removing lipstick from the walls using the pink paste
    The Pink Stuff

    According to one review, it also works on makeup that ends up not where it should be!

    Promising review: "I saw this on TikTok and had to try it. Being a mom and a babysitter, we have the occasional crayon or marker on surfaces it is not supposed to be. This takes it right off without a ton of elbow grease. I also used it on my converse today. They were covered in dirt and grass stains from doing yard work and now they look brand-new. This stuff is a lifesaver!" —TammyC117

    Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

    7. And a reviewer-favorite stain remover because sometimes it seems like kids can magically conjure messes with their bare hands. This ~secret potion~ can make even their most powerful hexes (er, stains), like grass, oil, or blood vanish! 

    Reviewer's photo showing a stained swimsuit
    Reviewer's after photo showing a clean swimsuit without stains

    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 $12.30.

    8. An adorable and HIGHLY functional Smily Mia Penguin pacifier if you're over picking up pacis from the floor like, bajillions of times. It's created to actually *stay* on your wee one's hand and feel similar to a boob. Genius! 

    The purple penguin pacifier
    A baby sucking on the blue pacifier on their hand

    Promising review: "At 3-months-old my baby was constantly chewing on her hands. I would have to hold teethers in her mouth for her since she was not advanced enough to pick items and hold them herself. This teether gave her the ability to hold it herself! She loves it SO much! Now my baby is 6 months old and still loves this thing. I have recommended it to all of my friends with babies and will probably buy more as a gift." —Woodlee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 9 colors).

    9. stroller fan with bendy legs for easily attaching it to a stroller, car seat, jumper chair, or wherever else. Now your kiddo will be one ~cool~ cat, even if it's a scorcher! 

    reviewer's photo of the stroller fan attached to a car seat
    reviewer's photo of the black fan attached to a stroller

    Promising review: "We live in Florida and realized how badly we needed a fan for our newborn. We use it pretty much on a daily basis. We put it on her car seat and on her stroller when we go on walks. I’ve even propped it up on our desk when I’m working and holding our daughter. The three speeds are great: low usually offers just enough of a cool down and high is very impressive because it’s fast and quiet. The lights we didn’t really need but has been a nice feature to have. Our daughter hates going in her car seat and this helps to distract her sometimes. Plus, since we live in Florida we have to wait to go on walks until later in the day and the light lets us be seen easier. Overall, it’s a great and I’d definitely recommend!" —EmLe

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    10. A pack of sink extenders that'll be a win-win: no more back straining for you when you lift them over the sink, and they'll get to independently wash their hands without help! 

    A child washing hands in the sink using a sink extender on the faucet
    A faucet extender attached to a faucet
    Amazon, Amazon / Via www.amazon.com

    Well, you will still be watching them but like, they'll be proud to show you that they can do it! 

    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 bedtime/morning routine has been a godsend. Great bargain for the price." —TeaBea21

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.49.

    11. And a pack of brilliant glow-in-the-dark light switch extenders — the moon-shaped handle's easy for small hands to grasp so they can flip the switch all by themselves! 

    A child reaching for the light switch extender
    Reviewer's photo of a child reaching for the light switch extender

    These install in just a few minutes on standard light switches.

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old uses this everyday in his bathroom and his bedroom. It makes life easier and he feels like a big boy!" —Danielle W.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.98.

    12. High-quality, flexible Welly Waterproof Bandages — called Bravery Badges! — ideal for little ones who are afraid of regular bandages or just will NOT leave one on. They come in a bunch of adorable designs to help take the scary out of boo-boos!