My Top DIY Products for new parents will make life easier, cleaner, happier, and safer.
Aside from the Goo Gone, I never owned any of these products before I had kids. But they are total life savers now. Some of these products require a quick DIY install, the others are tools for getting DIY housework done.
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Top DIY Products for Fixing or Cleaning
Bissell PowerFresh Steam Cleaner – This guy is a work horse in a house with babies and toddlers. It seems the kitchen floor is constantly covered in mysterious spills. Using this Steam Cleaner is a quick and easy way to clean up all of those spills without spending even 1 minute scrubbing on my hands and knees. Yea!
Goo Gone Original Spray Gel – Seriously, big thanks to the inventor of this stuff. It easily wipes away sticker residue (because toddlers stick them everywhere), crayons off my new tile, colored pencil off the walls, and lifts sticky gum and my paint drips too.
Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker – My kids are always leaving little dings in our furniture and hardwood floors. These stain markers make all those dings disappear. Just find a shade that matches your wood and color in the ding with the stain marker. I’ve also layered 2 shades to match a dresser. But there are so many shades available, you’ll find a match. (You can see how I touched up a few spots on the DIY Kids Kitchen Diner above.)
Top DIY Product for Potty Time
Bemis SLOW Closing Potty Seat – I didn’t even know these existed until we bought this house and found one on the toilet. I love it! No more potty chair taking up room on the floor or needing to be emptied. No more potty seat sliding around on the toilet, needing to be moved out of the way when other people want to use the toilet. This is so convenient!
Top DIY Products for Midnight Feedings
Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor with Night Vision – I’m kind of cheap. That’s one reason why I love DIY. So, this monitor doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it does everything you need it to do and comes highly rated. You can set it to come on when it detects sound or just leave it on all night. It can monitor up to 4 cameras. The display is great. I love being able to see my sweet little guys sleeping. It also has great range, I take it in the backyard or garage when I’m working. And, it’s not running through the WiFi. So you don’t have to worry about security issues or passwords with your baby monitor.
SnapPower Outlet Coverplate with LED Night Lights – Isn’t technology amazing! You don’t even have to wire these outlet lights in. All you have to do is replace your old outlet cover with this cover and you instantly have hallway night lights to guide you around the house.
Top DIY Product to Save Your Walls
Command 3M Hanging Strips – I find new excuses to use these all the time. They hold so much weight and I’ve never had one fall off the wall. I use them on our picture frames, holiday decorations, mirrors, and even the cameras for our baby monitor, works like a charm.
Top DIY Products for the Car
Baby Car Mirror – Both of my guys hated their rear-facing car seats until I installed this mirror. Being able to see mommy or daddy calmed them down and kept them happy for the car ride. And I liked being able to see what they were up to.
BRICA Sun Safety Shades – I’ve tried that vinyl peel and stick shade and the suction cup shades. They work until your little one can reach over and rip it down. This shade attaches over the top of the window. So, it’s always there when you need it…instead of being crumpled on the floor with toys and half eaten cheerios. 😉
Top DIY Products for making ‘all the things’ childproof
How to childproof a door
Munchkin Door Knob Cover – These door knob covers work on the littlest guys. Keeps them out of basements, bathrooms, and from leaving the house when you’re not looking.
GE Security Window/Door Alarm – When they get a bit older and figure out how to remove those knob covers, I love these door chimes for exterior doors or low windows. Seriously, though. My toddlers will try to go outside or in the garage without me. And a little alert on the doors and low windows just puts my mind at ease.
How to childproof a drawer or cabinet
Magnetic Child Safety Cabinet Locks – Uses those awesome stickers that remove cleanly instead of screws. These are great on your nice cabinets.
Spring Loaded Cabinet and Drawer Latch – This does install with screws. I use them on our older cabinets and drawers. A few of these have worn out after a couple of years. I just pop a new one on the same spot and I’m good to go.
How to childproof a TV
Anti-tip TV Strap – So important to keep the little ones safe around our big, heavy TV’s. My oldest is constantly playing on the dresser that our living room TV sits on. If it wasn’t strapped to the wall, I’d be worried about him pulling it down. These straps were quick and easy to install. It just takes about 20 minutes, so put it on your weekend job list.
How to childproof an outlet
Mommy’s Helper Outlet Plugs – Pop these guys into any outlet that doesn’t have those cool new built in guards.
How to childproof dressers, bookcases, any furniture that might tip
Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps and/or Mommy’s Helper Tip Resistant Furniture Safety Brackets – We have both of these styles and they work great! I watched my dresser tip over once after all of the drawers were opened. It happens so easily. These straps are such an easy way to keep the kiddos safe.
How to childproof hard edges and corners on furniture and hearths
Roving Cove Safe Edge and Corner Cushion – This cushion has been stuck to our hearth for 3 years. They sell it in a few neutral shades. It just blends right in while keeping the kids away from those sharp edges.
How about a DIY gift for those awesome kiddos? Try this DIY for a Farmhouse Style Kids Kitchen. I made this cute and sturdy play kitchen for about $50. My boys love playing restaurant and always ask me to order from their Diner Menu.
So, what do you think? Do you use any of these products or have your own to recommend? I’d love to get your comments below or at Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to hear from you!