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    23 Parenting Products To Encourage Kids To Be More Independent

    So when your kiddo says, "I can do it myself!" you can actually step back and let them.

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    1. A pack of colorful Puj hanging cups that you can attach to your fridge, if every time you sit down your kiddo asks for something to drink (mine does too!). There's something about them seeing us relax that just doesn't sit right with them, I swear. Now, your child will be able to easily reach for a cup (no climbing necessary) and get a sip all by themselves.

    2. A viral TikTok toothbrush holder and dispenser so your little one can brush their teeth without getting toothpaste everywhere. This dispenses just the right amount so they can be more independent without making more of a mess.

    3. A pack of sink extenders that'll make it easier for your munchkin to wash their hands and brush their teeth without needing you to hoist them up (your back will thank you).

    4. And a pack of light switch extenders because they will allow your kiddo to easily switch lights on or off. They have moon-shaped handles that extend so your child will be able to reach the switch. Oh, and they glow in the dark!

    5. A nonslip Montessori silicone place mat so your little one will learn how to set the table. It has images to show them where everything goes. This mat is also eco-friendly and dishwasher safe.

    The grey silicone mat with marking to guide children to set the table

    6. A sturdy bookshelf because it's the perfect height for your tiny human to reach their fave books. And, (speaking from experience here) they'll be able to find the book they want without having to pull them all out — since the covers are visible. Plus, they can put books away much easier than with a traditional bookshelf, since books slide right in. What I'm saying is, parents, it'll avoid a big messy pile of books from accumulating on the floor and encourage your little one to be more independent.

    7. A wooden Melissa & Doug wooden cleaning play set that has mini versions of cleaning tools. This set will encourage your child to sweep up a few messes, yet it'll feel like playtime. It includes a mop, broom, dust pan, dust brush, duster, and a stand.

    8. A detangling brush because it's easy-to-hold design means your kid will be able to tackle knots on their own. Reviewers say their kids can now comb their hair independently with it and it has over 48,000 5-star reviews.

    9. An anti-slip potty training seat with a ladder so your little one will be able to get on the potty without your assistance (and without falling in... not that this has ever happened to mine 🤫).

    The white and teal potty seat with ladder resting on a toilet

    10. And a pack of motion-activated toilet night-lights to make quick bathroom runs at night way less scary. You won't have to leave a nightlight on because these will come on when needed.

    11. A two-pack of spill-proof Munchkin snack catchers so your child can eat on their own without leaving a trail of Cherrios behind. These cups allow easy access to their fave snack but will prevent them from spilling it everywhere — yup, even if they hold it upside-down!

    12. A splurge-worthy wooden learning tower to help your tiny chef reach the counter — no lifting required. This genius tower can be used as a stool and can transform into a table and chair set.

    13. Or a sturdy step stool with a soft-grip surface and slip-resistant rubber feet, so your kiddo will be able to ~step up~ to this whole big kid lifestyle.

    14. A double closet rod so your fashion forward child won't have to tug on clothes (and then cause an avalanche in their closet) when they want to dress themselves. This rod hangs clothes at eye level so they can pick out their OOTD all on their own.

    Reviewer's closet before showing their child unable to reach their clothes in the closet and after showing them able to reach after the double rod was installed

    15. A child-safe wooden knife because you will no longer have to cringe when your sous chef asks if they can help you prep dinner. They'll be able to help chop fruits and veggies while keeping their hands and little fingers safe.

    A child holding the wooden knife with chop fruits and veggies around

    16. Or a set of plastic knives that are sharp enough to chop veggies, but won't slice a finger.

    17. A sunrise simulation alarm clock if your child has trouble waking up, especially during the winter when it's dark and cold most of the time. This clock will gently wake them with lighting that mimics sunrise and nature sounds.

    The lit up alarm clock on a nightstand

    18. A waterproof potty-training watch that will remind your toddler to use the bathroom throughout the day so you don't have to keep nagging them.

    19. A rapid ramen cooker because kids are ALWAYS hungry! Older kids will be able to make a bowl of ramen on their own whenever hunger strikes.

    A reviewer's cooked ramen in the black rectangular bowl

    20. A pack of fizzy toilet-cleaning bombs that are like bath bombs for your toilet (and you know kids love those!) so your child won't be able to resist tossing one of these in your bowl. They'll clean the toilet without even realizing they're doing a chore.

    A bag and pile of soap bombs

    21. A Melissa & Doug magnetic responsibility chart so you don't have to keep reminding your child to complete their chores. They'll be able to keep track of their responsibilities with this easy chart.

    22. A 3-in-1 night-light, sound machine, and time-to-rise device that you can control with your phone to sync various light and sound settings with bedtime and waking up.

    23. An Ezpz silicone mini training cup and straw set that was designed by a pediatric feeding specialist. It'll help your little one learn how to safely drink from an open cup and straw. It has a weighted bottom so it won't topple easily and it suctions on to surfaces to keep it put. Plus, it's made out of soft, toxic-free silicone.

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