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These products are perfect for parents of babies and young children

Parenthood brings on all the emotions. There’s the sheer joy of watching your child grow and thrive. There’s sadness when one phase ends and anxiety when another begins with new challenges.

As friends, we may feel helpless watching people we love go through the highs and lows of parenting. It’s such a personal journey, and it’s natural to want to step in and help. Of course, you may fear you’ll overstep. Sometimes, a small, practical gift can go a long way in making a parent’s life less stressful and more organized. Though they won’t stop their infant from waking up at 3 a.m. or toddler from climbing on the table, these products will keep their little one safe and them a little saner.

Parenthood is a journey, and it’s natural to want to be there for our friends. A few practical and genius products can help give caregivers peace of mind and make their lives a little less stressful. Kids tend to run into furniture with reckless abandon when learning boundaries. Corner guards can keep those accidents meltdown-free. Carseat and nursing covers and backseat mirrors make outings easier. Noise-canceling headphones keep ears safe, and toy organizers ensure the house stays as tidy as possible. Sometimes, though, the best way to help a friend is by doing something money can’t buy: Asking them how they are and really listening to their response.

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