When I first had my daughter, every time I thought I had come up with a new product idea, the second I googled it, I would find out someone else had already come up with something for it. While I quickly realized my million-dollar product invention dreams wouldn’t come true, it meant I could readily purchase something to alleviate whatever issue I was trying to resolve. So, I wasn’t totally disappointed.
Every once in a while though, I came across a product I never knew I needed, until I bought it and realized I had no idea how I survived without it. Here are a few of my favorites, all under $20. I promise you’ll buy these and never look back.
Issue: Toys Dropped or Thrown on the Floor
I did have quite the oblique work-out when my daughter first started picking up items and, accidentally at first but later on purpose, dropped them on the floor. This was mildly frustrating at home but thoroughly disgusting at restaurants. I was constantly wiping the item off before handing it back to her. The Grapple suctions onto a non-porous surface and then has silicon tethers inside that can attach to up to three of your child’s favorite toys. No longer are they able to throw their items on the floor.
The Lil’ Sidekick is complimentary to the Grapple. While The Grapple can hold small toys, this quite literally ties two things together. I found this to work better for the stroller or a high chair, as it can go around larger items, such as bottles and water bottles.
Issue: Restaurant Eating
In the world of Miss Manners, kids would be banished. They eat with their hands, throw their food, spill their food, and don’t mind telling you something tastes gross. Eating at restaurants can be cringe-worthy. We never wanted to hand our daughter a plate because it would end up on the floor (food and all), but we found it nearly impossible to dole out food to her without feeding her every bite. These Tidy Tyke Placemats give you the best of both worlds. They stick to the table, so you don’t have to worry about your child eating off the table, and it allows you to dole out food to your child in small amounts to limit the food-on-the-floor situation.
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