PREGNANCY

Parent Tested Parent Approved Winners: Baby & Toddler

The Parent Tested Parent Approved seal has been the symbol of instant trust for millions of consumers for over 15 years. It’s an award built on authentic testing by real families with real feedback.

They select target audience families from their parenting community to test and review products. Once testing is completed, they review overall scores and feedback to determine if the product is a seal of approval winner.

Here are some of the products that won the seal of approval in the Baby & Toddler category. You can find all the winners here.

Diaper Genie Platinum Pail

The new Diaper Genie Platinum pail is made of durable stainless steel and has odor-locking clamps that help to prevent odors of messy diapers from escaping and a foot pedal for hands free operation.

The pail holds up to 47 newborn diapers and includes a long-lasting refill that can last up to 5 months or holds up to 846 newborn diapers. (That’s a lot of poop containment.)

Historically, the only two players on the metal diaper pail scene are Ubbi and Dekor so this is cool coming from an established brand like Diaper Genie. Metal tends to be better at holding in smell than plastic so if smell is a concern, it’s worth checking out.

Where you can find it: Amazon, Amazon.ca, Target, Walmart

What testers had to say:

“It’s got a smaller footprint than a garbage can, but it’s tall so it holds a fair number of diapers. The lid set up really makes a difference in smell, which is nice.”Lakshmi

“Love the genie! These baby poopies are stinky! It keeps the smell in perfectly. Easy to use! The bags hold a lot of diapers so we don’t have to take the trash out that often. Also, the foot pedal is a game changer!” – Jada

Other winners from Diaper Genie: Diaper Genie Signature Pail (made from plastic instead of metal so it won’t dent) and the Diaper Genie Select (slimmer for smaller spaces)

Ultimate Balu Organics Ball Pit

Balu Organics’ Ultimate products are made with the world’s first soy-based high resiliency foam. Not only does it maintain its shape and firmness much longer than conventional polyurethane grades, and does not generate any toxic gases.

They come in two sizes: medium and big, are available in 7 colors and can be covered in cotton or velvet. They also have a Limited Edition Balu’s BIGGEST Ball Pit that is gigantic – also, if you get this, can I come over?

Where you can find them: Balu Organics site

What testers had to say:

“This ball pit was a huge success at my 2 year old’s birthday party. The kids couldn’t get enough of it and the soft foam ensured no one got hurt while being durable enough not to lose shape. It was also the perfect size.”Leah

“Our daughter has a blast playing in this ball pit! She is 9 months old and loves to explore, touch and play with the balls and move around in the ball pit. It’s really soft and sturdy so it’s a very safe space for her to play and a fun and different activity for her! It’s a great toy!” – Sarah

DYPER Charcoal Enhanced Diapers

Infused with charcoal, renowned for its amazing filtering and odor-fighting properties, these diapers are lined with plant-based materials, and are incredibly soft and gentle on your baby’s delicate skin. They are hypoallergenic and free from chlorine, latex, alcohol, perfumes, PVC, lotions, TBT, and Phthalates.

They have undergone rigorous independent testing and are Certified Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX for the absence of harmful substances. They are proudly made with FSC Certified wood pulp sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Dyper does a good job of pushing the peanut when it comes to make diapers that are more eco-friendly but still work (surprisingly hard to do) so it’s nice to see that they are still inovating.

Where you can find them: Amazon

What testers had to say:

“The charcoal diapers do their job. The aesthetic of the black diapers are great. The outside of the diaper feels a bit rougher than other diapers. The interior is softer and does a great job holding everything your little one can let out. They’ve stood up to the overnight amounts without leakage.”April

“These charcoal enhanced diapers are super soft and absorbent. I love the black color but you do lose the fullness indicator found on other brands. The tabs on these diapers are easy to use and are very strong. I found the sizing a tad smaller than other diapers. I would recommend these eco-friendly diapers.” – Cammie

DYPER Baby Wipes

These plant-based baby wet wipes are hypoallergenic, unscented, and 99% water.

They are made with 100% viscose from bamboo because it’s naturally hypoallergenic, absorbent, and soft on your baby’s skin – including sticky hands or faces.

Where you can find them: Dyper, Amazon, and Walmart

What testers had to say:

“These are some of the best wipes I’ve used. First the packaging is super durable and easy to open! My only complaint is that the wipes are kind of hard to remove at first and if they had a flip top, they’d be perfect. What’s even better is that they work well but they are still super gentle on my little one’s sensitive skin. DYPER wipes are thick and textured, but soft and not so wet that my littles tush is left soaked. These get an A from but once these little things are changed, A+.”Rebekah

“This is a superior wipe to other brands. The texture and durability were thick but cloth-like. No concerns with the quality or safety of the wipe. I will continue to use these and be a customer, as I feel these do not cause as many issues with diaper rash or irritation as other brands.” – Mimi

Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers

This app provides holistic sleep support for your baby from the day they’re born up to 2 years old.

Whether your baby is an early riser, wakes often, protests bedtime, or is going through sleep regression (mine was all of the above), Smart Sleep Coach takes the guesswork out of building healthy sleep habits with multiple tools and personalized guidance to help you choose the path of sleep support that’s best for your baby.

Sleep is a major pain point for many parents (me included) so it’s exciting to see something like this coming from a big brand like Pampers. It will be interesting to see if they give Huckleberry a run for their money.

Where you can find them: smartsleepcoach.com

What testers had to say:

“This was a great tool to get my babies sleep scheduled sorted out quickly. We were very happy with the results and now we have her sleep schedule set!”Samantha

“I really liked the courses presented to learn more about sleep training and make us new moms more confident as parents. This is such a hard time and it’s nice to have direct help to help us ease into it.” – Cory

Little Canada

Little Canada is a celebration of all things Canada in miniature. This unique Toronto attraction is a journey of discovery through the sights and sounds in miniature scale.

You can even get yourself Littlized and placed in Little Canada. (I would like to get myself placed at King and Dufferin where I fell in a snowbank with my chicken roti from Island Foods in 1998 – don’t worry, I saved the roti!)

Where you can find them: Little Canada

What testers had to say:

“What a beautiful exhibit – the details and the craftsmanship are beyond beautiful. The change from night to day was amazing and the extra visuals like fireworks on Parliament Hill are great additions. My 6 year old and her friend loved it – Maurice the Moose was a great way to get them interested. Too old for my 4 year old. Overall, I would recommend it for kids 8+ as they would be able to appreciate more and play the Where’s Maurice game on their own.”Andrea

“Little Canada had a BIG impact on my kids! It was so cool to see the real places we have seen in mini form! I thought this would be a quick trip but the exhibits had the kids (ages 6 & 9) engaged for over 3 hours! We went over a week ago and the kids are still talking about things they saw. We felt it was a great value for a family outing.” – Sarah

Under the Sea Sensory Toy Kit

Dive deep into imaginary play under the sea with this mermaid sensory kit from Meemzy Magic.

Beach sand and ocean-colored dough provide a fun-filled seascape to build upon with colorful shells, stones, and a chest full of treasures. Engage the senses with silky sand, smooth, cool clay, and ocean scents. The stones and shells provide a variety of textures and colors fully engaging your little one’s mind.

I love open ended sensory kits like this and I know many kids who would absolutely lose it if they got something cool like this. (The more I look at them, the more I want one.)

Where you can find them: Meemzy Magic

What testers had to say:

“This is a great product, all my kids loved it. My kids are particular about how toys look, smell and feel, and this set worked great for them. It also had that nice feel of a treasure chest, which you can open and look for great things. Very well thought product!!”Irina

“My daughters (1.5, 3 and 4.5) loved the Under The Sea sensory kit. This kit allowed them to use their imaginations with all of the colorful shells, stones, and treasure. I love how this kit included 2 types of textures; dough and slime. The older girls enjoyed the slime more while my youngest loved the dough texture. Overall, this is an amazing product. It will definitely keep your little ones occupied for hours. I hope they come out with a kit that includes more glitter, beads, and charms.” – Catherine

Cosmic Dig Kit

Dive into a universe of discovery with Cosmic Dig Kits, where each planet-shaped kit is a gateway to learning about the Solar System and geology.

Kids can excavate hidden gems or fossils with the provided tools, engaging in a hands-on experience that mirrors the work of real scientists. Alongside the fun of digging, these kits come with an educational poster filled with fascinating facts about the planets and the treasures found within, plus a unique explorer badge to celebrate each discovery.

If you have anyone who is over 6 years old and obsessed with space, how perfect are these?! They are affordable too (Everyone in my family is Uranus for Christmas this year 😉

Where you can find them: Big Discoveries, Adventuretown, and Amazon

What testers had to say:

“These Cosmic Dig kits are so much fun! The Littles were so excited when they arrived. It’s a good size and the littles started to get into them pretty quickly. These will definitely keep them entertained and wanting to get all the gems or fossils out of them to collect and keep. I love the poster that is included because it gives facts about the planet you’re digging into and about the gems that are included with it.”Danielle

“This was a wonderful product that kept my child occupied and involved, without use of screen time. It was enjoyable and exciting for her to find the different stones while also learning about the planet. Given the amount of time that she was able to spend with the product, it was definitely worth the price point and I would purchase more planets to uncover the different stones while helping her learn about them.” – Jillian

Bubbles and Friends

Bubbles and Friends is an animated series for kids that provides fun and entertaining educational content for young children.

Each episode allows children to explore language and literacy, critical thinking, mathematical concepts, and social emotional wellness through the power of story and music.

The program was created by The Learning Experience, an award-winning early childhood education company, and is crafted by experts in both the fields of childhood development and kids entertainment.

Where you can find it: @bubblesandfriends on Youtube

What testers had to say:

“As a homeschooling/working mom, I am always looking for supplemental resources for my kids education. Recently I heard about Bubbles and Friends and thought I would give it a try. I have been very impressed. It covers a wide range of educational topics. My kids look forward to watching and working through each topic. I love that my kids tell me what they learned after watching each episode. The music and bright colors make it fun and interesting. I can’t be happy enough with it!!”Emily

“I’m very impressed with the Bubble and Friends Youtube Channel. It’s different from other channels I’ve tried with my kids because it’s not JUST songs. It uses songs, but the characters have real, genuine conversations with each other. I also love the way the characters handle conflict and express emotions. The videos are fun and educational without feeling like they’re educational. I appreciate the skills and lessons my children can learn from these videos.” – Katie

Zigazoo

Zigazoo is the world’s largest social network for kids. No bullying allowed — only positivity, fun, and empowerment.

This is an educator-created and human-moderated platform with millions of users and the highest safety reviews from Common Sense Media.

Created by parents and teachers, it encourages kids to be creative and learn and gives them a secure space to meet friends and interact positively with their peers.

In contrast to most social media platforms, Zigazoo prioritizes safety and positive interactions with features that are carefully designed with a child in mind.

I’m not usually a fan of apps for kids, but if you have a child who is itching to get on social media and would like to avoid TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram for as long as possible, this might be a good fit.

Where you can find it: zigazoo.com

What testers had to say:

“My eight year old daughter enjoys using Zigazoo very much. This screen time I feel is a healthier option for her brain and esteem. All kids need an outlet to decompress, and Zigazoo allows her to do just that. Creativity and a safe environment.”Uraina

“This app is very user friendly and easy to navigate. It gives a greater sense of security and control over what your little ones are doing/taking in on social media. I’m normally pretty against the use of social media for children but I think this is a great and safe option to those who are looking for a kid safe social media app.” – Kierstin

PIC Portable Mosquito Repellent

This little mosquito repellent isn’t a ‘baby’ item per se but if you’re somewhere mosquitos like to hang out, a chemical free solution is probably going to appeal to you as a parent.  

The repellent is formulated with all-natural ingredients, including Clove, Geraniol, Lemongrass, and Citronella oils, which are known for their mosquito-repellent properties. It provides fast results in just 10 minutes and creates a barrier of protection up to 15 feet around you and your family.

The device comes with a rechargeable vaporizer, a 60 Hour Repellent Cartridge (Extra Refills Sold separately), and a USB-C cord, providing everything you need to get started.

It’s safe to use around kids and pets when used as directed and provides long-lasting protection for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge. Frankly, I would like to wear ten of these around my neck like Mardi Gras beads in the Spring when the bugs are relentless around here.

Where you can find it: Walmart and Amazon

What testers had to say:

“This product actually kept the Texas sized mosquitoes away. I use it outdoors for the kids to play in the screened in porch and also when they play in the backyard. It’s convenient and lightweight enough to hang off the diaper bag or stroller when going to the park or a hike as well.” Ami

“I live in Louisiana so this is an amazing product as we have so much trouble with mosquitoes. I love that it is a portable product that actually keeps the mosquitoes away.” – Sarah

PTPA tester page and previous winners

Want to check out all the previous winners or even become a tester?

Head to the Parent Tested Parent Approved site to see the products that made the cut in all the categories and/or sign up to become a tester.

Also check out: Cool and New Pregnancy & Baby Products in 2023



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