No-Spill Cups: We are blessed with one child who loves to spill her drinks and another who wants a top on her cup even though she doesn’t need one. Invest in these. Your floor, washing machine, and sanity will thank you.
Plates with Separate Compartments: We don’t have children who refuse to eat food that touches but separated sections make life easier and children happier, so why not? Buy these and all kitchen gear in the same style and color. You will thank yourself later when the kids can’t fight over specific items because they’re all the same color and style.
Utensil Set: I bought lots of kiddie size spoons and forks but no knives, because I never imagined a day when my child would need one. Buy the set with knives and you’ll be ready for the day they ask to cut up their own food. You won’t believe how quickly that day comes.
Ikea Bibs: We own so many kinds of bibs- lots don’t cover sufficiently, others have broken, and some are just poor, sad excuses for bibs. I bought these Ikea aprons for art projects but am finding myself using them increasingly more often at meal times. My lovely little spill monster makes such a mess eating that these are the only bibs that protect her clothes. Best (and most affordable) investment ever!
Water Bottle: Kids drink lots of water. You’ll need this for walks, on road trips, and every other outing under the sun.
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORY ESSENTIALS:
Underwear: This may just be a girl underwear issue (haven’t bought boy underwear but it sure looks cuter and more well-made), but so much of what’s out there, especially the kind with characters, are thin and poorly made. Potty training toddlers go through LOTS of underwear. Buy way more than is reasonable. I didn’t get the memo about character underwear when I first loaded up. I wish I had done more research and looked at Uniqlo or Old Navy.
Hair Gear: Sorry, another girl one. I never thought I would invest so much money and effort in hair gear. My daughter loses barrettes and hair ties on a daily basis. I’m constantly replenishing hair gear to replace the lost ones. And of course, with cute girl clothes, you need lots of colors and styles to match outfits.
Burt’s Bees Undershirts: Burt’s Bees’ clothes are made with soft organic cotton. These camisoles are perfect in summer and equally perfect during winter months under sweaters. They’re great during the day and at night. They also have underwear that looks better than most.
Backpack: This is a necessary accessory for my daughter. She LOVES putting things in backpacks. These Stephen Joseph backpacks are so stinking cute! I love the primary colors and choices of this link at the beginning, but here are some girly ones, too. Here’s a ladybug one. I want them all!
Waterproof Pouch: I love this cover (and it’s so soft)! It’s a great cover for baby carriers (and it includes a nice pocket for your hands), but I also use it to wrap around my children in strollers and car seats. I keep it in the car in winter so the kids stay nice and cozy as the car warms up. Ah, isn’t winter in Minnesota great?!
Go Pod: This little guy is a portable lifesaver for containing kids. It’s perfect for camping but equally useful indoors. It’s great to take on picnics or outdoor events and it comes in handy when I’m cooking.
Nightlights: We own SO many nightlights – tons in their rooms, tons in our rooms, tons to light the way to the bathroom, some in the bathroom- and we could use more! The regular ones with sensors are great. Our daughter also likes her ladybug constellation nightlight.
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