Incredibly Useful Items That’ll Make Parenting Little Kids Easier

products that'll help parents take care of their kids
Design: Lindsay Lange, Credit: Dagne Dover, Lovevery, Amazon
May 6, 2021

If you’re a parent, you’re well aware that taking care of another life is no small feat. (Understatement of the year.) Especially when you’re dealing with a squealing baby, crawling tyke, or loud toddler who’s super picky about what they like and don’t like. You’re constantly thinking about how to keep them healthy, well-fed, and entertained.  

We understand just how challenging the days can be. So, we rounded up useful products to help simplify everyday tasks as you navigate parenthood. We’ve got food delivery plans, activities and books, and a very handy diaper backpack that’ll never leave your sight. Keep calm and parent on. 

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A tear-free bubble formula that also acts as a body wash and shampoo…

So they won’t complain about stinging eyes (it’s nontoxic and sourced from plant-based ingredients). Thanks to the tangy citrus smell, they’ll come out of bath time smelling fresh. If you couldn’t lure them into the tub before, you won’t have any problem now. No one can resist some quality bubble time — and that adorable packaging. ($15, Amazon)

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A baby-food delivery service for your rapidly growing little one…

You customize the plan, and Yumi does the rest. Everything is made from organic ingredients and shipped right to your door. The plans are broken down by ‘stages,’ from 6+ months up to 11+ months. Jars start as single-ingredient purees and work their way up to nutrient-dense bites and food puffs. So your tot can discover new tastes and textures. (Plans starting at $28/month, Yumi)

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And a meal plan if your lil’ one is a picky eater…

Trying to figure out how to feed them veggies can be exhausting. Yumble offers delicious and nutritious options so you don’t have to do the work. It’s simple: pick the ones that work for your child and get them delivered weekly to your doorstep. The meals come fully cooked so you just heat ‘em up. There’s a cheesy veggie casserole, sliders, bacon scramble breakfast bowl, and more. Sigh of relief sold separately. (Plans start at $5.99/meal, Yumble)

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Science and art projects delivered to your door…

Tailored for specific age ranges, each crate comes packed with STEAM-based activities that’ll spark creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and more. Each month a new crate will arrive with all the materials needed for the projects, an instruction booklet, a magazine, and some online DIYs. Psst...everything you receive has been designed by experts and tested by kids. Your children will literally be waiting at the door for their next box. (Plans start at $16.95/crate, KiwiCo)

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And a book subscription that’ll keep your little one reading…

What’s special about these stories? They all feature diverse characters and families. It’s important to introduce your child to those who look and act differently than them, and what better way to do so than through books? You can choose the age range and whether you want to receive one book or three per box. Let storytelling time commence. (Plans start at $12.99/3 months, Cratejoy)

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Cabinet locks if you’ve got a toddler who’s a bit too curious…

Better to keep ‘em locked out. And they don’t require any tools for installation. Adhesive strips will do the trick. When you need to open one, you can pinch and squeeze the safety latch. ($8.49/4 pack, Amazon)

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Mini disposable face masks to keep your kid safe…

For those over the age of 2, these face masks are perfect in situations where their mask may get dirty. You won’t need to worry about washing them; you can just toss ‘em once you’re back home. ($15.99, Blue Bear Protection)

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A baby carrier that’s both functional and comfortable…

Ideal for those between 12 and 45 pounds, this carrier can hold your baby four different ways. You can front carry facing inwards, front carry facing outwards, hip carry, and back carry. The shoulder straps are cushioned, and the lower-back strap is wide for extra support. ($139, Ergobaby)

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A sleep sack that’ll keep your baby cozy while they snooze…

It’s made from a silky-soft bamboo jersey fabric, so it’s breathable and gentle on skin. The zipper opens from the bottom and top, so it’s perfect for quick nighttime diaper changes. If you’re new to the world of wearable blankets, then welcome. You’ve just found the one. ($48, MiliMili)

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A beautifully illustrated children’s book all about finding your inner power…

So little girls everywhere can practice courage and learn the meaning of self-love. These invaluable lessons never go out of style, and introducing them to children at a young age can only kick-start their journey. The book also provides blank space for them to draw, write, and explore their feelings. Every chapter presents a new activity to help your daughter find (and be) herself. ($40, The Little Wahine)

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A faucet extender so your little one can reach the sink…

Giving them some independence and teaching them proper hygiene is important. This extender will slip over your faucet head, so you won’t need any tools for installation. It’ll help bring the flow of water closer to them, so they can fill their own cups without a helping hand. A small step for you, a big step for them. ($9.15/2 pack, Amazon)

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Lightweight toddler slippers with grippy bottoms for full mobility…

If your child is on the move, listen up. These slip-ons have a cushioned memory-foam insole and a rubber bottom. The grips will help them keep their balance as they wobble around the house. If you’re taking them to the park, these work too. They’re meant for both indoor and outdoor wear. ($11.79+, Amazon)

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A diaper backpack that’ll hold all your necessities…

It comes with a changing mat, stroller clips, a washable zipper bag for dirty diapers, and a small pouch for pacifiers. It’s made from a durable neoprene material, which is water-resistant and easy to clean. So go ahead and load up on extra diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, snacks, and more. The various pockets will house tiny objects, while the roomy inside is perfect for larger items. It’s a mommy and daddy must-have. ($155+, Dagne Dover)

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A kitchen step stool so your kids can get cooking…

One little helper, coming right up. This stool has a safety bar, the feet are anti-slip, and the edges are rounded to help avoid any bumps and bruises. Having your child at your height means you can better teach them basic cooking skills. You’ll be able to get hands-on with them, guiding them through mixing and cutting. ($78.99, Amazon)

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A playset that doubles as a couch…

So you can unlock their imagination. The cushions can be put together in various combinations. They’re light enough for kids to lift, but durable enough to be climbed on. And the outer covers can be taken off and washed once dirty. So get ready for the set to transform into a fort, pirate ship, or maybe even Mount Everest. ($279+, Shenanigan Kids)

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A block set to build spatial, language, and problem-solving skills…

It’s got 70 pieces your kids will love putting together. They can even use the storage box as a base for cars, buildings, and more. The different shapes will teach young ones how to categorize and sort. There’s really no limit on what can be built, from tall towers to bridges. The floor is their oyster. ($90, Lovevery)

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Indoor security cameras so you can keep an eye on your kiddos…

Ideal for bedrooms or playrooms, these cameras will let you watch your kids when you’re not in the room. So you can make sure they’re safe at all times. The cameras have night vision and two-way audio, and can be fully controlled by a phone app. Alerts will be sent to your phone when motion is detected. Safe and sound. ($39.99/2 pack, Amazon)

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.

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