Innovative parenting gadgets & gear

At the Table

  • Boon snug lids and silicone straws – These amazing lids make any cup a straw cup (they have a sippy cup version as well). Be sure to pick up some extra straws because the little ones that come with the lids are sure to get lost. I like the smoothie-diameter silicone ones linked here, as they can’t be chewed up, are super flexible, and are easy to clean.
  • Silicone “pelican” bibs – What fools we were to use washable cloth bibs for so long. They are impossible to clean, always smell funky, and don’t really catch food in the stay-flat pocket. Enter the “pelican” bib – rinses clean in the sink and actually keeps food (well, most of it anyway) off the floor.  For the detritus that escapes, you’ll need…
  • Oil cloth – Just one yard of this stuff makes for a great splat mat. We keep one with the play-doh, one under the high chair, and one on the porch for finger painting. F&S Fabrics in West LA has an amazing selection of patterns and colors.
  • Portable high chair that clips to the table – Inglesina makes a nice one, we’re very happy with our Mountain Buggy model. Great for restaurants that don’t have high chairs.
  • EZPZ Happy Mat – If your kid loves knocking his/her plate off the table and onto the floor, this might be the product for you.
  • Kitchen scissors – Fantastic for cutting food into bite-sized pieces, way more convenient than knives.
  • Stasher Bag – Easy to close, dishwasher safe, BPA free flexible silicone bags for storing all of your snackables and keeping them fresh.
  • 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer/Storage – Many kids love avocados, which can be notoriously frustrating to dissect, serve, and store without incurring personal injury. This set of gadgets makes it easy (and includes a free strawberry huller to boot!).

In the Bathroom

  • Nose frida – Yes, the snot sucker. This thing works better than any battery operated gizmo you’ll find out there. Once you get over the yuck factor (yes, you create the suction with your mouth; no, the snot doesn’t go into your mouth), you’ll relish “snurfing” (as we call it around here) the gunk out of your child’s sad little nose.
  • Safety first nail clippers – These are genius – with built-in headlights, they make trimming little nails a cinch.
  • Faucet extender – For when your kiddo starts using the potty and/or wanting to wash hands in the sink, this helps the water get to those hands with ease.
  • Shea Moisture products – Look, what goes on your body goes in your body. Doubly so for little ones who are mouthing everything.  With Shea Moisture products (which can be purchased at most CVS locations, and sometimes go on 2 for 1 sales), you can feel good about what you’re slathering on your child’s (and your) hair and body!

In the Bedroom/Playroom

  • White noise machine – These are a lifesaver – we’ve used our Conair one every night for over 10 hours for over 2 years and it’s still going strong. Especially if you have thin walls, these drown out ambient noise, talking, TV sounds, etc. so your kids can have a sound night’s sleep.
  • Backjacks – If your back starts talking to you after hours sitting and playing on the floor, one of these simple back support chairs might help alleviate the strain and keep you playing until dinnertime.
  • Cate & Levi – I love this friendly Canadian company! They up-cycle woolens and other fabrics into puppets, stuffed animals, and more! Each one of a kind creation is sure to be a friendly keepsake. We love our unicorn puppet!
  • Cuddle & Kind – Lovingly hand-knit stuffed animals and dolls. Your purchase of these ethically made keepsakes helps to feed children in need!
  • Green Toys – 100% recycled made in the USA goodness! Fantastic wheeled toys, kitchen play stuff, and more. Totally worth the investment.
  • Nursery heater – If things get chilly in your little one’s room, this childproofed heater can keep things toasty and safe at the same time. It also has a fan mode for warmer months.
  • TwigTales – Write and publish beautiful books about your own family’s special story using the gorgeous pre-formatted templates on TwigTales.
  • Portable Toy Storage Bag and Play Mat – Great for keeping toys wrangled while traveling.
  • Nixplay – Cloud based, wifi enabled picture frames. Upload your photos and send them right to grandma’s frame to enjoy, no memory sticks or downloading required!
  • Pipsticks Sticker Club – Sign up and get a new pack of the coolest child-friendly stickers every month. Who will enjoy them more – you or your kid?
  • Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib – This super easy to use travel crib weighs next to nothing and has a side panel that lets you cuddle with your little one (helpful for bedtime in a new place).
  • Blue Q Bags – These recycled zipper pouches handily store a wide variety of your kid’s stuff, from crayons and small toys to diapering accessories. The fun, snarky designs and messages only enhance your already stellar parental coolness.

In the car

  • MiFold Grab-n-Go Portable Booster Seat – Once your child is old enough to ride in a booster seat, these are genius, portable booster seats that your child can keep with him/her for traveling in other folks’ cars!
  • Car seat with washable covers – I don’t care what brand you get, but trust me on this one. You want to make sure the carseat you buy has a removable, washable cover.  We have a Diono Radian RXT, a three-way convertible seat, and the cover washes like a dream.
  • The Noggle – If your car doesn’t have A/C outputs in the back, keep your littles cool with this simple, safe, low-tech, back-seat-cooling solution!

Clothes and Accessories

  • Primary – Not everything needs to have a unicorn or children’s TV star on it. Primary offers basics for babies and kids in every color in the rainbow.
  • The Patchery – DIY children’s fashion (without the Y)
  • Babiators Sunglasses – These awesome shades for babies and kids come with a 1-year warranty; if you break or lose them, they’ll replace them for the cost of shipping and handling.
  • RoShamBo Baby Sunglasses – Safety tested, nearly unbreakable (guaranteed!), matching shades for big kids and parents, and a portion of sales goes to support Surfers Healing, a charity teaching autistic kids surfing, pride, and confidence. What’s not to like?
  • From Babies with Love – Beautiful organic baby clothes; all profits go to help orphaned and abandoned children!
  • Free to Be Kids – Positive, empowering fashion for amazing kids!

Empowering Clothes for Girls and Women

  • Princess Awesome – Perfectly twirly dresses and more with STEM-powered patterns.
  • Girls Will Be – Shorts and shirts that let girls run, jump, climb, and play!
  • Svaha – STEM-themed, super-smart clothes for moms, daughters, and babies.
  • eShakti – Tailored to fit clothes for fashion-forward moms.
  • Sudara – The home of Punjammies, this company fights human trafficking by giving Indian women life-sustaining jobs.