I'm almost late this week.
What works for me in one word: AQUADOODLE.
You would never believe it. I wasn't going to get one because it was too expensive, or it looked too complicated, or some other lame excuse. Sweet Pea got one for her second birthday, and man oh man! I love the sweet sound of silence when it comes out. And the best part about it: it's water, so it's NOT messy! :D