Here is a list of products that are making my life easier right now:
Dapple is a line of natural-based cleaning products that are baby-safe and baby-specific using non-toxic ingredients found in nature. They are also proven to tackle unique baby cleaning challenges, from dried milk on bottles to
sticky fingerprints on toys. That was their marketing pitch. I'd also like to add that Dapple is great at these "baby cleaning challenges:" getting dried boogers off of anything and sticky poop off of changing tables. Just sayin.
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2. Munchkin Click Lock Cups
I am not smart when it comes to putting anything together or taking anything apart. I have a bunch of tops to sippy cups laying around with a bunch of bottoms and none of them match. It drives Hubby crazy when I constantly try to screw the wrong tops on the wrong bottoms, over and over again. To be honest on the rare occasion that I do get a match I can still never make them go together correctly. Poor Little Miss ends up getting soaked with water most days. Enter Munchkin's Click Lock cups. Thankfully, they are super easy to put together and give a reassuring "click" noise which I interpret as: Nice job mental reject you figured it out. I'll take it.
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Munchkin Click Lock Cups
3. Earth, Mama, Angel Baby "Bottom Balm" diaper cream. I hate the heavy cream that gets in between every possible fold a baby girl has down there. It's such an unnatural white and it stays for days, bath after bath, getting in deeper and deeper. It's nasty. Earth Mama Angel Baby makes a heavenly salve that goes on clear, smooth and is 100% natural with a pleasant smell. A must-have. I even use it on Little Miss P's cuts and bruises. And if I'm being totally honest I use it on my dark circles from time to time. I figure it can't make them any worse.
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4. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Table Toppers. A disposable adhesive food mat for baby. A Godsend to parents who like to go out to restaurants and pretend they are social human beings. I'm wondering what people who AREN'T using this product are doing. Putting food on a plastic plate you brought from home and then washing it in the restaurant bathroom? Or worse sticking a dirty plate in the diaper bag? Using a restaurant plate and sitting in fear that it will end up on the floor in a loud crash interrupting everyone's dinner? Oh, you are those people? (If you tell me that your toddler is just a good-natured kid that has mastered eating than God Bless Ya.) These things save me. And I'm pretty sure the waitstaff is psyched when I just pick the mess up and throw it away. I am including their marketing points here because I think they are cute. I want stock in this company. Brilliant!
- A Little Sheet of Neat
- A sanitary eating surface that sticks securely in place, (Think of it as a clean table...that fits in your diaper bag.)
- On-the-Go protection from germs, dirt & cleaning chemicals on restaurant and food court tables. (It is kind of like a disposable security blanket.)
- Fun and engaging designs that keep your child occupied. (So you can enjoy your meal, too!)
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5. My dust-buster. Thank you, kind sir, for everything you do.
And here is a list of products that I wish existed but don't (yet):
- A monitor that extends far enough for me to pick up a bottle of wine around the corner from my condo during nap time. And then erases the guilt.
- A highchair without 2,000 crevices for me to clean.
- Better yet a self-cleaning highchair. If an oven can do it I'm pretty sure a high-chair could?
- A "Mommy & Me Bib." A stylish bib that matches your kid's bib and covers up your outfit when eating out in public. We need Kourtney and Mason to be wearing this around Calabasas, Ca. making it hip so that normal people can pull it off.
- A restaurant/bar concept whereby the entire middle section is a sound proof play area for kids with padded walls and gates and things to entertain them while parents enjoy their dinner and drinks watching from the perimeter. I would totally pay extra for that. I know what you're thinking - just leave your kid at home. But that makes me sad. I would love to be able to combine going out to eat and enjoying some time with Hubby without missing her at home.
- Putting sunscreen on a baby is torture. Yes the wipes are much better than doing it by hand but I still wonder if I've covered every spot. My conscious messes with me after a sunscreen session with Little Miss P. It asks me questions like "But did you get the inside of her ears?" "The crook of her arm?" "I think I see sun shining right on her eyelids and you definitely didn't put sunscreen there." To solve this issue I want a mini inexpensive sunscreen booth for toddlers. We put them in said safe little booth for 2 seconds and sunscreen covers every part without getting in their eyes. No more worrying about missing that little spot in between their thumb and forefinger.
- Little Miss hates being restrained. Wouldn't you? Can't someone come up with a stroller, carseat, highchair invention that makes sitting in these contraptions safe but baby doesn't feel confined? What about invisible, no-feel straps? I mean we put a man on the moon...can't we figure this one out?
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