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Parenting Add-Ons That Make Life Easier

You know, when you think about it, you don’t really need much to care for a baby. Just your arms, your boobs or a bottle and formula, and something warm to wrap him in. Well … you also need a car seat (by law!). While you’re at it, a place for him to sleep would be nice, and a mom’s-aesthetics-approved wardrobe.

Probably a stroller, too.

Don’t forget the swing!

And then there’s a whole other layer of products, helpful to the nth degree, that go above and beyond the basics to make even the superflous that much easier on us, like pacifier clips. And hallelujah for pacifier clips, am I right?

After the jump, you’ll find a round up of the most helpful parenting add-ons that make life with babies even sweeter. (Pacifier clips included.) Because it’s the little things in life that can turn a parent’s day around:

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  • Kipiis Make Anything A Bib 1 of 24
    Kipiis Make Anything A Bib
    These clips attach around the neck and allow anything — a napkin, a dishrag, the tablecloth —to become a baby bib. This is GENIUS.
    Find this helpful tool at Amazon, $12.00
  • Safety 1st Temp Guard 2 of 24
    Safety 1st Temp Guard
    This duck will tell you if the water is too hot; you don't even have to get your hand wet.
    Find this helpful tool at Amazon, $7.99
  • Potty Pail Diaper Sprayer Hose 3 of 24
    Potty Pail Diaper Sprayer Hose
    The clean up involved with diapering can seem intimidating, but this toilet sprayer takes care of most of the dirty work for you. Bonus: no plumber required for installation!
    Find this helpful tool at Potty Pail, $44.95
  • Uppa Baby Vista Ride-Along Board 4 of 24
    Uppa Baby Vista Ride-Along Board
    This turns your single-rider stroller into a double just like that. So smart.
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $90.00
  • Mommy Hook 5 of 24
    Mommy Hook
    This literally turns your stroller into an SUV. Storage for miles! Let's go to Costco!
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $7.00
  • Stroller Gate Bag 6 of 24
    Stroller Gate Bag
    Guess what? Stroller-gate bags are checked for free at every airline. And guess what else can go inside with your stroller for free? Anything. You. Can. Fit.
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $34.00
  • Travel Potty Seat 7 of 24
    Travel Potty Seat
    Wouldn't it be nice if all toilet seats fit us perfectly? Oh to be a toddler.
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $12.00
  • See Baby Soft Mirror 8 of 24
    See Baby Soft Mirror
    These mirrors clip to the seat behind your baby's rear-facing car seat, so you can check in on him with just a simple glance in the rear view mirror. I can't imagine not having one on long car trips.
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $19.00
  • Adjustable Head Cradler 9 of 24
    Adjustable Head Cradler
    I remember watching my mother stick rolled towels on the sides of my siblings' heads when they were small. This is so much easier!
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $10.00
  • Shopping Cart Cover 10 of 24
    Shopping Cart Cover
    You know what? Metal is so rude. Shouldn't we all get to sit on soft, quilted fabrics?
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $46.00
  • Sumo On-The-Go Formula & Snack Dispenser 11 of 24
    Sumo On-The-Go Formula & Snack Dispenser
    Those awful days of pre-measured formula in a ziplock bag are over, baby. They're over!
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $18.00
  • JJ Cole Pacifier Clip 12 of 24
    JJ Cole Pacifier Clip
    You know it. No more looking for a pacifier under the kitchen counter, in the fridge, in the couch ...
    Find this helpful tool at Giggle, $7.00
  • Munchkin Dishwasher Baskets 13 of 24
    Munchkin Dishwasher Baskets
    Baby spoons and other washable gear is just so tiny! These little dishwasher baskets keep them all together. Nice!
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $10.99 set of two
  • Medela Easy Expression Bustier 14 of 24
    Medela Easy Expression Bustier
    This is a bra with built-in components to work with your breast pump so you can pump completely hands-free. Just like the cows in the dairy farm!
    (Please excuse the bad joke — it was just too hard to pass up!)
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $33.99
  • BPA Free Sippy Cup Straw Cleaner 15 of 24
    BPA Free Sippy Cup Straw Cleaner
    You know what, this is a lifesaver. Do you know how hard it is to clean out the nooks and crannies of a sippy cup?
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $1.99
  • Sassy Teething Feeder 16 of 24
    Sassy Teething Feeder
    Learning to feed yourself is a messy business. These mesh containers help minimize that mess.
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $6.99
  • Wipe Warmer With Light 17 of 24
    Wipe Warmer With Light
    Ah yes, the baby product that gets the most flak, the wipe warmer. You know, some babies just don't like a cold wipe. (I have it on good authority that once you've made the wipe warmer switch, your child will no longer allow anything cooler than toasty to grace her bum.)
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $26.99
  • Summer Infant Swaddle Me 18 of 24
    Summer Infant Swaddle Me
    Mastering that perfect swaddle can be tricky at first, but you don't have to worry about that with the Swaddle Me! The perfect swaddle, every time.
    You can find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $15.99
  • Beaba Multiportions 19 of 24
    Beaba Multiportions
    Simply pour your home-pureed baby food into these portion-sized ice cube trays, put the lid on it, and then stick it in the freezer for on-demand purees. So smart.
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $24.99
  • Beaba Baby Cook BPA Free Baby Food Maker 20 of 24
    Beaba Baby Cook BPA Free Baby Food Maker
    If you're going to be serious about pureeing all your baby's foods, you're gonna need a serious kitchen tool for the job!
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $119.99
  • Baby Bond Slurp & Burp Original Nursing Cover 21 of 24
    Baby Bond Slurp & Burp Original Nursing Cover
    This genius tool lets you keep your shirt on while you nurse (providing you have a top-access shirt on) and uses layers of fabric to keep you covered. You can even use it as a burp cloth after!
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $36.99
  • Price Products Dwink Box Holder 22 of 24
    Price Products Dwink Box Holder
    Cringeworthy name aside, I guess over-eager toddler hands and squeezable juiceboxes don't exactly make the best bedfellows, do they?
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $4.99
  • Beaba Babypote 23 of 24
    Beaba Babypote
    The first time I came upon squeezable baby food pouches my entire life changed. These are re-useable baby food pouches, meant for your own purees, but who's to say a jar of Gerber couldn't just slip right in there when you're on the run?
    Find this helpful tool at Babies R Us, $19.99
  • Baby Jogger Plus Stroller Handmuff 24 of 24
    Baby Jogger Plus Stroller Handmuff
    As a full-time stroller-pusher living in the arctic tundra of New York City I can tell you this: This is worth double the price!
    Find this helpful tool at Comfort First, $34.95

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