Now that Gavin is in full speed todller-hood I thought I would share some things that have helped us survive this stage and phase. These are just things that I love and work for us and our life schedule and circumstances. Let me know if you have any favorites that I need to check out!!
Tommee Tippee sippy cups – I love the tommee tippee brand of baby bottles and have talked about their products many times. I just discovered them with this baby but wish I had had them with the other two. The bottles were great and I’ve really loved the sippy cups as well. They are well insulated so milk and other drinks stays cold when we are out and about. They are easy to hold and aren’t too heavy, plus the mouth piece is soft and silicone so isn’t bad for those growing pearly whites. I have found these both at Target and Toys R US and of course online.
Graduate Toddler Meals – Im not a big fan of frozen or processed foods but I do keep a stock of these on hand for when I need something quick to feed Gavin. It can be hard to make a special meal for him sometimes or have the time to cut everything in a million pieces….especially now that I have meals to prepare for the older two being off from school. So these definitely come in handy and take 20 seconds to warm up and are ready to go.
Chobani Greek Yogurt – So who would have thought a baby would like greek yogurt?!? I love these as well since they also make a quick meal and Gavin loves these. Lots of protein and if your baby is sensitive to milk, a small portion won’t hurt their tummies. I like that I can have my snack and he can nibble on it too.
Hard Books – He is definitely at the age where he really enjoys books and reading. He will actually sit still for a bit and listen and loves to look at the colors and the pictures. However, as I learned with the other two, toddlers love to grab and rip books. We have a favorite elmo book that Gavin got a hold of and 5 pages are already toast. So definitely get some hard books that way they can touch and feel and really have a good hands on reading experience.
Hexagon Gate – So I wasn’t a fan of this at first since it resembled a cage but I’m a believer now. Sometimes in order to get anything done you have to be able to leave the child and not worry about them climbing the stairs, putting something in their mouth, locking themselves in the bathroom etc. This is great for keeping them in a specific space or room and they have room to move around and play with toys. It’s spacious enough so they don’t feel completely caged in and unable to walk around. Yes, sometimes they will not like it but for the most part it’s been a lifesaver for us.
Scent Warmer- Okay so I don’t know if you’ve noticed but as the baby grows the smells grow and the diaper stash grows. Unless, you religiously take out the diapers every single day (who has time for that) then the nursery is going to have a lingering dirty diaper smell no matter how hard you try. I love these plug in warmers because they aren’t bulky, I can hide them behind something so Gavin doesn’t pull them out and they leave a lovely scent in the babies room. You can find the scents in soy varieties and rumor has it you can also put essential oil in there for a non-toxic scent. Win win there!
Car Toys – Toddlers start to hate car rides since they are cooped up and want to just run around and be free. Having a stash of toys and books is a great way to keep them entertained so you can get from point A to point B without too much fuss and turmoil. Plus, who doesn’t love a little baby phone?! 🙂
Happy Friday Friends!!