Well, it happened. You blinked and your once tiny newborn is now a big, busy toddler. While we all know this is bound to happen, it always feels like time went by way too fast. With Uriah, this transition rocked my world and I was constantly trying to figure out how to keep him busy and out of trouble while also balancing work. This time around, I feel so much more prepared and feel as though I’ve learned a thing or two as a mom of two!
Whether you’re a first-time mom or a mom of five, there’s no denying that toddlers are a whole new ball game. They’re wiggly, they get bored easily, they are curious about everything, they’re always on the move, and they tend to make a lot of messes. As your child enters this new stage, you’re going to need some new gear to keep them occupied, cater to their needs, and keep your house a little less messy. If you’re wondering what you’re going to need, these 15 items are my go-to toddler items.
15 Must-Have Items for Toddlers
The Babbler Play Kit
We are big fans of Lovevery in our household and this babbler kit is definitely a favorite! Perfect for kids ages 13 to 15 months, it helps teach balance, object permanence, and spatial awareness, as well as helps build fine motor skills.
Ride-On Push Car Toy
There will come a day when your toddler will all of a sudden decide they hate going for walks in their stroller and this ride-on push car toy is a lifesaver! We love using this in our yard and when we go for walks in the neighborhood.
Stainless Steel Smoothie Cup
These cups are a lifesaver! I love that they’re stainless steel and keep beverages cold, but have a silicone cover on both the cup and straw so they’re gentle on teeth. They’re also spill-proof, have an extra wide straw, and come with three lid styles!
No-Spill Stainless Steel Water Bottle
You can never have enough water bottles when you have a toddler and these ones are no doubt our favorites. They’re a perfect size, keep beverages cold for hours, and don’t spill.
Non-Slip Grip Ankle Socks
Remember when I said toddlers are wiggly? These grip ankle socks are the best for preventing slips and falls around the house, especially if you have hardwood floors!
Pure Beeswax Crayons
The number one thing all toddlers love to do? Put things in their mouths! I try to opt for all-natural products as much as possible to avoid any issues with ingestion, including these crayons! Not only are they made from 100% beeswax, they also color great!
The best gadget for snacks! The boys are always wanting something different and this snack spinner makes it easy to satisfy everyone’s snack needs.
Easy to clean and sustainable, these are our favorite silicone bibs. What’s even better is that they also catch food, helping to keep your floors a little bit cleaner!
10 oz. Sippy Cup
If you’re in the process of transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup, you can’t go wrong with these ones! They are the only ones we use and are so gentle on gums thanks to the soft spout. They’re also spill proof!
Hip Seat Carrier
If wearing baby isn’t your thing but you still feel like you’re holding your baby or toddler all the time, invest in this hip seat carrier ASAP! It’s great for holding your toddler (holds up to 66 lbs) and keeps your back supported. I love that it also has storage for your phone, money, and anything your baby might need. This is also great for travel!
These silicone placemats are our favorite! I love the colors they come in (I actually don’t mind them sitting out on the counter!) and make it easy to clean up from meals.
Squeeze-Proof Multipurpose Holder
The days of your toddler squeezing their juice boxes and food pouches and making a mess are OVER! These holders are truly the best and can fit all different size juice boxes and food pouches. Love the handles, too!
Kid-Friendly Bottle Cap
Make the transition from sippy cups to regular water bottles even easier with this bottle cap. This gadget helps promote independence and can be used with wide mouth and sport bottles, and can even be used with straws!
Tot Grape Cutter
This kitchen gadget is my favorite! Quickly and easily cut seedless grapes and grape tomatoes into quarters to avoid choking hazards with this cutter. And avoid cut fingers trying to do it yourself!
Easy Store Large Slide
Our favorite slide! We actually have two of these (one inside, one outside) because the boys love them so much and they’re easy to store. Endless hours of fun? Yes please!
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