There are some products out there that just make life easier, especially life with a toddler. Yesterday, I talked about my top non-essential items for a toddler, and today I wanted to share my list of ten items that I absolutely love during the toddler stage.
Now, it’s true, most of these things are necessary or essential, you could easily do without, or find alternatives for most of them. But for us, these items make living with, and raising, a toddler just a little bit easier (as if raising a toddler could ever be labeled easy!).
Here is my list of My Ten Favorite Toddler Products:
Backpack 1 of 10Instead of lugging around a diaper bag, my son has one of these tot sized cotton backpacks for times that we need take stuff along with us. I usually throw in a few diapers and wipes, sometimes a change of clothes, a snack, and I love the side pockets for holding a sippy cup. I also love that he can wear it himself, instead of me having to carry two bags.
Find at The Ultimate Green Store, $17.95
Potty Seat 2 of 10This gender neutral potty seat has been a hit at our house. Little ones like that it looks like frog, the side handles are really helpful for standing up, and I definitely appreciate the splash guard on the front!
Find on Amazon, $16.99
Supportive Carrier 3 of 10I love baby wearing, and when your baby becomes a heavy toddler, it's especially important to have a strong and supportive carrier that is easy to use with a back carry. Although I don't usually carry my tots past the age of two (too heavy!), I prefer a carrier over a stroller in most situations from 12 to 24 months.
Find on BabyHawk.com, $99
Crocs 4 of 10These are the absolute best shoes for a toddler, in my humble opinion. Kids can easily put them on and take them off by themselves, something we toddler mamas know is especially important. They are also supportive and protect little ones feet while running and playing. And of course, they are easy to clean after your son spends the whole afternoon digging in the dirt.
Find on Amazon, $17.31 - $34.95
Toddler Sized Table and Chairs 5 of 10We have a small table and two chairs that sits in the corner of our dinning room. I found the set at a garage sale and I love it because my kids love it. They like to sit there to eat their lunch or snacks, do art projects, or just generally have a table their sized that they can play at. I like how it fosters their independence and gives them their own "space".
Find on Amazon, $106.02
Open Ended Toys 6 of 10Since toys with batteries were on my list of toddler gear we can do without, it only makes sense that we would try to keep most of our toys as open ended as possible - blocks, tinkertoys, legos, dress-up, trains and tracks, play kitchen with food, and a dollhouse are favorites around here and provide lots of happy playtime for my kiddos, and that makes mama happy too.
Find on Amazon, $41.98
Stainless Steel Sippy Cups 7 of 10It's important to our family to try to avoid BPA as much as possible, and one way to do that is by using stainless steel sippy cups. I like that the lids on the Kleen Kanteen bottles can be switched out when your toddler grows out of the sippy cup stage.
Find on Amazon, $16.41 - $24.99
Elastic Waist Pants 8 of 10Okay, I know this one probably makes me look like a total dork, but I'm just anti-uncomfortable kids clothes. I think that buttons and zippers on pants are generally uncomfortable for little toddlers with their sweet protruding bellies. They are easier to get on and off for diaper changes, and make it much easier for a toddler to learn to dress themselves.
Find on Amazon, $14
Toddler Bed 9 of 10I realize not everyone is a fan of the toddler bed, and honestly, we got both of our kids' beds as hand-me-downs, so I'm not sure I would actually go out and spend money on one, but transitioning both our kids from a crib to a toddler bed went much more smoothly than we expected, and I think it had to do with the fact that the bed was their size. I also appreciated not having to buy a new mattress, sheets or blankets.
Find on Amazon, $94.43
Crayons and Art Supplies 10 of 10Although I'm not a crafty mama, my kids love to create art, and even though it can sometimes make a little bit of a mess, it keeps them occupied for a good amount of time, and is definitely better than toys being strewed all over the house!
Find on Amazon, $2.99
What’s on your list of gear you love for your toddler?
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