5 Toddler Must-Haves

When I was pregnant, I made a detailed list of the all things I would need when Grey arrived: bottles, burp cloths, swing, bouncer, bassinet, diapers, wipes, bibs, and on and on.  Then one morning I woke up and my infant was a toddler, and I realized that none of the newborn essentials were going to satisfy the needs of my 18-month-old. It was time to switch things up.

Switch-up #1: Sippy Cup

It took us several cups before we found one that Grey would drink out of… and even then, only water. Dr. Brown’s were our bottles of choice and now they are Grey’s sippy of choice.

Dr. Brown’s Soft-Spout Transition Cup

Switch-up #2: Placemat

We’ve used a Bumbo Multi Seat since Grey could sit up on his own. When it was time to remove the tray and sit him at the table, a placemat was a must… to decrease the time spent on after-dinner-cleanup and to help mama keep her sanity.

ezpz Happy Mat

Switch-up #3: Mr. Potato Head

As our child grows so does his interest in the world around him. We had moved on from rattles and mobiles–Grey wanted to touch, and tinker, and discover. Mr. Potato Head allows Grey to touch, tinker, discover, and even learn his body parts. Not to mention the added bonus of fine tuning those motor skills.

Playskool Mr. Potato Head

Switch-up #4: Training Pants

We actually haven’t even started potty training yet, but Grey is a big boy, like above the 90th percentile. Training pants fit better, plus they stay on (as in Grey can’t pull them off) when we let him run around the house in just a diaper.

Honest Training Pants Starry Night 3T/4T

Switch-up #5:  Toothbrush & Toothpaste

We bought a few toothbrushes for Grey. We let him choose one to use to brush on his own while we use another to actually brush his teeth. He also brushes at grandma’s when they “wash up” and sometimes in the bathtub where he likes to use it as a drum. Basically, we just try to make oral hygiene fun!

NUK Toddler Tooth and Gum Cleanser

What are some of the things you switched-up during this transition?

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