There's no nose-ing around it: snot happens. And while you might have been skivvy around bodily fluids before having a baby, nowadays, sneezes are minor compared to the diaper blowouts you've had to endure. That being said, toddlers aren't fans of having their nostrils cleaned out, which is why mom of one and podcast host Shantelle Guyton suggests Nose Frida as "the most practical way to clean tiny noses while causing only a minor meltdown." Um, yes, please!
Ah, remember those white, plush rugs, comforters, and sheets you had when you first got married? Anything that can stain will stain once you have children—toddlers especially—according to Parents digital director, Julia Dennison, who has a two-year-old at home. That becomes even more true when they learn to feed themselves. "Sippy cups often leak when left upside down on the couch or in your diaper bag," she shares. "These cups don't, and the two handles make it super easy for my daughter to pick up." They're great for carrying milk and juice (and if you're worried about juice having too much sugar, check out Mott's Sensibles since it's 100% juice with 30% less sugar than other apple juices). Just make sure to wait until your babe is at least 18 months to hand her the cup, Dennison warns, since it might be a tad difficult for her to comprehend holding it before then.
Until you became a mom yourself, you didn't quite understand why the concept of 'doing it all' was laughable to parents. But once you start attempting to juggle a baby, tidy up your home, cook dinner, pump, answer email, and maintain your sanity? You suddenly wish you had extra limbs. Good news: with this bra, you do! As Dennison explains, "This is a pumping and nursing bra all in one, so you don't have to change. It's also super comfy and cute—you won't feel frumpy wearing it. I literally wore one of these every day when I was pumping so you'll want to get a couple colors," she shares.
Alyse Diamond likes to make eco-friendly choices when shopping for her one-year-old daughter, so she was thrilled when she discovered Art & Eden. "Their organic cotton is super soft and washes beautifully, and I feel good knowing that everything is ethically produced," she says. "I usually have to sacrifice some practicality when I'm looking for eco-friendly pieces for my daughter's wardrobe, but Art & Eden is that perfect combo of cute, trendy, and totally un-fussy. This line has become my go-to gift for all of my new mom friends as I know that they worry about the safety of every product that touches their babies skin.”
Toddlers are far too young to understand the phrase 'don't play with your food.' But you don't have to grab for the dustbuster as she explores the different textures and tastes on her plate. Instead, use a sticky placemat and table setting, mom of two Raquel Dorsey recommends. "These are honestly genius. Before I got these, food and plates were always ending up on the floor—plus they are dishwasher safe. Can't recommend them enough," she says.
Listen, you can try to avoid carrying a diaper bag all you want, but ultimately you are going to cave. And you don't have to give up style when you do! This amazing diaper bag, recommended by mom of one Suki Mulberg Altamirano, has the ultimate chic factor and it's also practical. It includes hooks that connect to your stroller can transform from a bag to a backpack. Did we mention it's waterproof too? "I use it everywhere," Altamirano says. "When we travel, when we go to the park, when we take a day trip. It's my go-to bag."
Getting your baby to swallow medicine can be the ultimate fight. Luckily, the Feverall gives moms and easy alternative. "This is a lifesaver, especially when Baby is throwing up or otherwise hates oral medications, says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., who is a mother of two. "In fact, this is what we use in the ER whenever an infant or young children needs acetaminophen, and it's what I use at home. Put on some gloves and do this rectally, and there's no fighting to take oral acetaminophen."
Keep your toddler occupied—and at least somewhat out of your hair—by feeding 'em these recommended snacks by Dr. Gillespie. "These little snacks melt in your child's mouth, and do double-duty: they keep him happy with a good hand-to-mouth snack, and make sure that he's also getting that recommended peanut exposure to reduce his risk of peanut allergies," she shares. Since they're peanut-based, you should speak with your trusted physician first, just to be extra cautious of allergies.