(This article originally appeared on POPSUGAR Moms)
They say necessity is the mother of invention, but motherhood may be the real inspiration behind many of the life-changing products we have in our parenting arsenals. It’s not until you’re truly in the trenches and up to your elbows in dirty diapers and unwashed dishes that you realize there has to be a better way, and you’re determined to make it happen — now.
That’s the motivation behind 13 products — including the disposable diaper, the Milk-Saver, those ubiquitous muslin baby blankets, and more — that moms have created over the years. Scroll through to see some of our favorite products that seriously make mom life that much easier.
Jamie Yetter, a mother of four, was all about breastfeeding her little ones when they were infants, except there was one problem: she didn’t love any of the existing nursing covers on the market. Determined to breastfeed her kiddos at Disneyland out in the open without wanting to sacrifice her comfort, Jamie plugged in her sewing machine and made one that worked for her.
Enter Covered Goods, Jamie’s homegrown brand that launched in 2012 and has been helping mothers feed their little ones IRL ever since. This 4-in-1 Nursing Cover ($35) serves many purposes — which means it takes up minimal space in your diaper bag. It can be used as a car seat cover, shopping cart cover, or as a scarf and comes in tons of solid and print options.
When changing your child’s diaper, you probably don’t take a moment to thank Marion Donovan, but you should. After the birth of her second child, she was tired of coming into the nursery and finding a soggy diaper and damp sheets due to a leak. So she set out to create a waterproof diaper that didn’t cause diaper rash like rubber diaper pants did. She started crafting a more breathable diaper cover out of waterproof shower curtains, moved on to nylon parachute material, and finally settled on creating a waterproof diaper cover out of nylon that could be stuffed with absorbent paper and fastened with snaps rather than safety pins to make it safer. She called it the Boater. But when Marion tried to sell it to manufacturers, she was repeatedly turned down.
Not one to take no for an answer, Marion struck a deal with Saks Fifth Avenue, which began selling the Boater in 1949. Two years later, she patented the invention and began work designing the first truly disposable diaper. She never found a manufacturer willing to make the throwaway diaper — the men at the companies didn’t find it necessary. But 10 years later, Proctor and Gamble did introduce an all-in-one disposable diaper.
3. The Padalily
Having multiple kids and errands to run means one thing: you never seem to have enough hands. Lily Winnail, a mom from North Carolina, knew that frustrating situation all too well and decided to do something about it. Her solution? The Padalily ($12), a cushion that wraps around your baby carrier or car seat’s handle to make it easier to handle.
Like most mamas who come up with ingenious inventions, the idea popped into her mind organically. “While at the Post Office one busy morning, I juggled my son in his car seat, a box to be mailed out, and my two girls. As my arm became sore from the car seat handle digging into me, the idea struck.” The mom of three started on the product’s prototype using scraps of fabric — and the rest is history.
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Which is your favorite from the list? Or do you have a favorite item not on this list but should be? We would love to know in the comments below!