We all know there is a ton of gear for young children that makes life easier, from travel systems to sippy cups. Here is my list of adult items that also make life easier with young ones.
1. Soft-Close Toilet Seat
Once your child starts potty training, they are going to start moving the lid. We found out pretty quickly that the slamming/dropping of the lid not only annoyed us, but also scared us thinking of those little body parts getting squished.
2. Extra Long Bathtub Mat
We started with a standard size bathmat, but I watched our busy baby slip in the front and back of the tub where it didn’t reach. This was a simple solution that let our little ones dance around and thoroughly enjoy tub time.
3. Across-the-Body Purse
I joke that as a mom I’m part pack mule. There is so much to carry when you have little ones. I found that a purse with a strap that can go across your body will stay put while you’re hauling an infant and all their gear.
4. Touch Lamps
I love touch lamps. I had one growing up, and it always seemed to work like magic. As an exhausted parent, I still love them. Your baby wakes you up in the middle of the night, and you need a little light to investigate the problem, just reach out and touch it, no brain power required.
5. Large Capacity Washer and Dryer
Children can be disgusting. Need I say more? A large capacity helps you wash fewer loads and spend less time doing laundry.
6. Washable Rug
Once your baby starts rolling over, the changing table becomes a dangerous place. We used a washable rug on the floor as our safer changing location.
7. Closet Organizer
I think a simple closet organizer is a great way to both see what all you have for your child in a glance and to start giving them the independence to choose clothes. Not only does this help bring the clothes to their level, but they can see what is there without pulling everything out into a pile on the floor.
8. Artwork Frames/Bulletin Board
Managing a child’s artwork quickly becomes a huge task. One of my favorite ways to display it is in their rooms with a frame or bulletin board. I love these frames for quickly switching pictures.
I am a big believer in white noise for helping little ones to sleep better. While you could use a white noise machine, you likely have a fan or humidifier on hand, and they work too. We use both, based on the season.
10. Rubber Trunk Mat or Rubber Car Floormats
As I said in number 5, children can be disgusting. If you’re out and about when it happens, it’s nice to have a safe place to put that mess until you get home.
My takeway: Anything that makes life as a parent easier is worth it!
(Some of these links are Amazon affliate links.)