During the holidays, with family (including kids!) in and out for celebrations, parents can use a few items to make life easier.

The kids won't smudge Christmas gravy on your dining room chairs when you use the SmartSeat Chair Protector. The waterproof, stain-resistant, machine-washable cover with adjustable straps fits without shifting or slipping. Hand or machine washable in blue, tan, red, brown and black. $17.99 to $19.99, depending on number purchased at smartseatdiningchaircovers.com

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The lights of the tree or a family-filled room won't be overstimulating to baby when you use the SnoozeShadefor Playards blackout canopy. Just slip it over travel crib or play yard to let baby sleep in a dark environment even when the lights are on. $99.99 at snoozeshadeusa.com

The Chalk It Tote Buddy serves two purposes: One, instead of being frazzled at the grocery store juggling the reusable bags you bring for checkout, you'll like that the Tote Buddy holds them all. Two, the Chalk It version has a blackboard, keeping the little ones distracted while you shop. $25; see it or other patterns at thetotebuddy.com.