Now that Luke is officially a toddler. .. I mean, he is even in the toddler room at daycare now! I thought I would share some must-haves that make our life with a toddler just a bit easier.
1. Books! Especially ones with touch and feel pages. And if Aunt Jenny or Aunt Laura will read it. Luke is in love with the Peek-a-Who book.
2. Snack trap cups – allows them to get their hand in and some food out without spilling the whole cup. And perfect for keeping them entertained during long runs in the jogging stroller. Our favorites snacks are raisins, goldfish and cheerios.
3. Good sippy cups that don’t leak! We have Playtex – for milk and water and Zo-Li Bot with straw – works good for smoothies.
4. Toys are over-rated. Sure Luke loves toys, but he loves non-toys better. . . Abby’s water dish, emptying the Tupperware cupboard, and climbing up and down from chairs
5. Childproofing items –> the best advice I can give anyone who has an upcoming toddler is to childproof everything! It is so nice to be able to let Luke wonder around the house without having to follow him everywhere. Of course, he needs to be checked on because there are things that he likes to get into – playing with phone cords or trying to pry up the floor vents – that are almost impossible to childproof, but overall, he does pretty well and is safe in our house.
6. A dog. I have no idea what we would do without Abby. She grabs anything that Luke throws over his highchair. Follows him around the house if he is having a snack and picks up any extra. And gets the first layer of food off of his highchair tray. . .
7. Baby sign language. We haven’t done too many signs with Luke, but we use “more” all the time. He is able to tell us that he wants more of something – obviously we still struggle sometimes to figure out exactly what he wants – but it helps.
8. Ice cube trays. When I make smoothies, I always make extra and freeze it in ice cube trays so when I am looking for something quick and healthy for Luke, I can pull out a few ice cubes and either wait for them to melt for the next meal, or add some hot water and have a smoothie ready for him in minutes.
9. An extra change of clothes in the diaper bag. When you go from infant to toddler, you start to think that they aren’t that messy, no more spit up or diaper leaks (usually), so I took the extra change of clothes out of the diaper bag. .. big mistake! Now that Luke eats in a highchair, especially at a restaurant, food gets everywhere. . . we have had to leave with a naked except for a diaper from restaurants before because he made such a huge mess (thankfully it was summer!) –> now there is always an extra change of clothes in the diaper bag. This is usually how our house looks after dinner. . .
10. Patience and love. These are the ultimate must-haves as your child transitions to the toddler stage. They start to push boundaries, explore their world and test limits. There have been melt downs, crying, and the start of a few fits. . . walking away and letting them work it out seems to work well so far, usually they last way longer if we try to pick him up and soothe him. We do lots of hugs and kisses when they are done and go on our way. . .
Toddlers are so much fun! The new things that they learn everyday. The energy and enthusiasm they have is contagious. You can’t help but smile and laugh with them all day long.
Do you have a toddler? Any advice or must haves??
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