02/14/2012 08:56 am ET | Updated Feb 14, 2012

Parenting Must-Haves: Everyday Items Moms & Dads Love

With kids comes stuff. Previously untouched areas of your living room sprout baby swings, high chairs and game consoles; the kitchen cabinets overflow with sippy cups and snacks. Some purchases make good sense (bookshelves), some are indulgent (matching family scooters?) and many are downright silly. But, a precious few are must-haves -- parenting products you love almost as much as the kids themselves.

In honor of Valentine's Day, it's time to show these standout items how much you care, to say thank you for $1.99 wet wipe travel packs and the mother of all mommy saviors: the cellphone.

Of course, not everything needs to cost money. There are songs, catchphrases and communities who deserve a round of applause too. The only rule in this holiday game is that when asked to complete the sentence, "I <3 my _____," you must not say "kids," "husband" or "wife." Because we all love our families -- that's a given -- so for a moment, in the name of sharing a few parenting secrets, give your affection to the STUFF.

Below are answers from the editors of HuffPost Parents. See what they can't live without, then add your own by leaving a comment or tweeting answers to @HuffPostParents with the hashtag #ilovemy.


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