Expecting parents typically put a good deal of effort into stocking up their homes in preparation for their little bundles of joy. They scour the Internet for the latest must-have items, meticulously checking safety guidelines and the most recent recommendations for all kinds of baby gear. Then, checklist in hand, they register for products ranging from high chairs to wireless monitors to diaper rash ointment and beyond.
Suddenly that tiny newborn with the well-stocked nursery has become an 18-month-old whose needs have changed. And while there’s a wealth of information available to expecting moms and dads, toddler parents don’t always know where to turn to find out what’s needed for children in the 1 to 4 age range.
I’ve complied a list of 12 toddler essentials. They’ll help keep your little one busy, safe, and developing right on track through those fabulous toddler years.
What are your toddler must-haves? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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