19 IKEA Products Every Parent Needs in Their Life

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IKEA is known for its innovative and affordable styles, including adorable new items just for kids. But it’s the IKEA classics that parents go to again and again that we really love. From the beloved TROFAST storage to keep all those toys in check, to an IKEA changing table for your nursery, to versatile items for the inevitable living-room-play-room combo, IKEA makes our lives easier and more stylish at the same time. Here are some of the tried-and-true items we’re loving. 


POÄNG Rocking Chair

No nursery is complete without this IKEA staple: a Scandinavian-modern rocking chair made for those midnight feedings or restless nights. It comes in several color combos, is easy to clean, and has a 10-year warranty.

Buy it here, $269



This 13 3/4x10x4 1/2 " box is a collaboration between IKEA and LEGO®, and it's both a kid's and parent's dream storage container. Made with plenty of space to store bricks, the top has the classic LEGO® studs on top, which makes it a perfect place to build, too! 

Buy it here, $17.99.

MINNEN Extended Bed Frame

An instant classic bed for any child’s room, the extendable bed is perfect for transitioning from toddler bed to twin. At its minimum, it is just over 49 inches long and at its longest, a little over 76 inches. The in-between size keeps it cozy for kids who aren’t quite ready for that bigger bed or for bedrooms that are tight on space. (You will need to buy the slatted bed base and the mattress separately). 

Buy it here, $129


One of IKEA’s bestsellers, this little fuzzy rug looks just as good next to a grown-up bed as it does in a kid’s room. It’s the small dash of hygge your home needs. They also just released a snugglier version, the ULLERSLEV.   

Buy it here, $39

TROGEN Child's Step Stool

Perfect for any number of rooms, from the kitchen and bathroom to the bedroom and more, this cheerful step stool will give your kids a lift. It's got handles for easy handling and sits sturdy on the ground. 

Buy it here, $23.99


Does your child's room look like a tornado of toys? The Trofast storage combination with boxes has plenty of room to stash their stuff. The lightweight bins are easy to use, move or store. Use this pick with the Trofast lid to seal playthings in place.

Buy a set here, $70.99.

RÅSHULT Utility Cart

Whether it's for arts and crafts, school supplies, or extra kitchen storage, this versatile three-tiered storage cart is any parent’s saving grace. Made of powder-coated steel, it comes in three colors (turquoise, black, and white).

Buy it here, $27.99

PERJOHAN Storage Bench

IKEA storage benches come in a variety of styles, from upholstered to hall-tree style, but we love this simple wooden bench with built-in storage. It does double-duty as extra seating and a place to keep homework essentials, something in the age of work-and-school from home becomes invaluable. 

Buy it here, $50


SLÄKT Folding Mattress

Setting up for your child's next sleepover was never this easy! This folding mattress is super simple to use, fits under the coordinating SLÄKT bed, and keeps guests comfy all night long. 

Buy it here, $119.

ÖNSKLIG Racks for Changing Table

Make changing time easier with this set of four racks. Keep everything within arm's reach, and away from baby, with these mini baskets. use the convenient containers to store washcloths, skincare items, diapers, wipes or anything else you need right now.

Buy the set, $11.99.

INSVEP Seagrass Basket

It’s big, it’s beautiful and it can hold plenty of blankets, toys, laundry, or whatever else you want to stash in it. 

Buy it here, $34.99

MATVRÅ Place Mat

Do you have a picky eater? Make meal-time fun with this fruit and veggie-patterned place mat. Not only is this a completely cute home accent, but it can save your table from an oatmeal assault or banana bash. Bonus—the uneven underside keeps this pretty pick in place.

Buy it here, $1.99.

FLISAT Toy Storage

This simple storage solution, comes with casters, making it easy to cart around! Use the FLISAT to keep your tot's toys in check or roll it to the next play-day destination. 

Buy it here, $34.99.


KURA Reversible Bed

As parents, having furniture that'll last longer than a year or two is key. With the option of switching the twin bed from below to above, this reversible bed is perfect for a toddler as well as a tween. 

Buy it here, $189. 

FLISAT Doll House/Wall Shelf

What's better than IKEA storage solutions? IKEA furniture that pulls double-duty! This play-time pick is a doll house that doubles as a shelf.

Buy it here, $34.99.

UNDVIKA Corner Bumper

Now that your kiddo is off and toddling, it's time for some serious baby-proofing. This corner bumper comes eight to a pack and is easy to use.

Buy them here, $4.99 a pack.

TOSSIG Toilet Seat

Now your kiddo can go, on the go. The TOSSIG is perfectly shaped for the pint-sized set, fits easily over the regular-sized seat and has anti-slip material on the underside. 

Buy it here, $7.99.

SNIGLAR Changing Table

This inexpensive basic table provides plenty of storage and can double as a sweet shelf when your now-baby turns into a potty-trained preschooler. 

Buy it here, $39.99.

—Erica Loop with Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier



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Images courtesy IKEA

Editor’s note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.