If you scroll through Pinterest you know that the site is flooded with must buy, top items and baby guide lists. I know because I can claim a handful of them out there as my own. When I was pregnant with Lo, I lived off of the must buy guides. I would save pin upon pin that provided every detailed list of the items I needed for when the baby arrived. Things that eventually proved to not be worth the hype or fit our needs and items that I now know I could not live without.
Once Lo was born, I felt strongly to create my own lists. Built upon the same lists that guided me through my first pregnancy and months and years parenting, I knew how special and important word-of-mouth referrals were when I needed them the most and started to develop and share my own lists here on the Blog for you.
But, now Lo is two years old, and rounding the bend to three, and I realize her priorities and mine have changed, and just as the time when she was an infant, now as a toddler, we still have some age-appropriate needs.
Potty training is a big focus these days. It is a challenge for sure. I have pleaded and threatened Santa Claus’ arrival in December (I know that is terrible!) if she doesn’t stop going in her pull-ups. One method that has been effective has been including her in the overall process. We went shopping and allowed Lo to pick out her own “big girl” training underwear, which has proven to assist the potty training experience.
Forehead thermometer, I definitely wore out the thermometers I received for my baby shower. Wore out to the point that a battery change no longer was a solution. So, I decided it was time to toss and purchase a new one for my rowdy child. I say rowdy for a reason. The sweeping motion needed for forehead thermometers are frustrating with her tossing around in my arms. It leads to inaccurate readings. I love the Braun forehead thermometer. It reads just by placing still in the center of the forehead. Bam!
Goodbye diaper bag, hello book bag! Raising a toddler means accepting independence. Lo loves helping me pack an extra outfit, snacks and maybe a toy or two for our outings. The best part? She will wear that cute little book bag around proudly! It allows her to get involved, which is the key of parenting a toddler – letting them get involved.
Toothpaste and toothbrush. These go hand-in-hand. We love the Tom’s brand. It is natural and safe to swallow, and considering these days we just like licking the toothpaste from the toothbrush (and by we I mean Lo), Tom’s is perfect! A fun toothbrush is also crucial to getting Lo to participate in the most boring of acts of brushing.
A faucet extender, enough said.
New books. We love Audrey Wood! Her books “Silly Sally” and “Piggy Pie Poe” are favorites and the “Napping House” makes that list too. Now that Lo is communicating in full sentences and becoming more and more diverse with her words, upgrading the library from more visual, fewer word books to now fully developed stories has made our bedtime routine a bit more engaging.
Stepping stool. This is a must! Lo was using the toilet seat to stand to wash her hands and brush her teeth and eventually I just got too scared of terrifying falls. So, by investing in a stool, has given this Momma some peace of mind.
How about you? Do you have a toddler or have you gone through the toddler stage and have suggestions on Must Have Products? Please share below in the comments or on my social channels.