Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Best of Toddler Items

Here are some of my "must-haves" for transitioning into toddler-hood.

1) Cabinet Locks
We renovated our house (while pregnant AND living across the nation) and had decided to invest in nice cabinets. When it clicked that we would need to baby proof the house once Waylon was mobile we had a bit of a panic attack at the thought of drilling into those new cabinets. FEAR NO MORE. I have your solution. These locks are so easy to put on. Like seconds. And require no drilling. Plus side? Once you no longer to baby proofing you can simply click the back and the mechanism's safety feature is disabled. Only downfall are the tiny keys. We have several placed in hard to each spaces (choking hazard for minis). The best kept place is on a metal dish tier on the counter since its magnetic and sticks.

2) Baby Gate
Again, with the renovation we wanted to buy a baby gate that would "blend in". Mission impossible? Think again. Regalo came up with a beautifully designed baby gate (IMO) that comes in "extra tall" which is great because Waylon is of the charts in height. Bonus is the gate has a door for easy maneuvering around the house and extensions for doorways that are a little wider than usual.

3) Aden & Anais Dream Blanket
Want to see your child's face light up every time for nap/bed time? Get one of these blankets. My nephew has the same one and he has the same love affair for it as well. Every penny is worth it, trust me. I only wish they had it in adult size.

4) Maxi Cosi Convertible Car Seat
We are big time travelers, often on the road for upwards of 12 hours with our little one. When searching for a car seat I wanted to most comfortable option out there. This is it. Waylon lovvvvvvesss his car seat. He's never fought me getting in and he has sat in one for 12 hours on a journey to see family. It's also a great option for infants, being able to accommodate from 9lb to 70 lbs.

5) Camelbak Kids "Sippy Cup"
I think I may have purchased nearly every kind of sippy cup once Waylon transitioned from the bottle. As soon as I'd find one that worked well with him, they either end up leaking somehow or I'd lose a crucial piece for transporting. Enter Camelbak. I threw away every other sippy cup that cluttered my counter and replaced with these gems. Leak Proof. BPA/BPS fee. Dishwasher safe. Pure gold. Only downfall are the straws, which often get lost in the dishwasher but at least you can buy replacements parts online if needed (unlike other brands of sippy cups).

6) Modern Twist Bib
We've only had one of these from the time Waylon was born until now. They are the best. Easy to clean up, comfortable for the kids, and really durable. We take it everywhere with us.

7) Placemat (must have for going out to eat)
My saving grace (and probably the restaurant staff). Save the embarrassment of the disaster left behind while out to eat with these beauties. The fold up to practically nothing so throw them in your bag in a gallon zip lock bag and take wherever you go. When finished, I fold up the entire mess and throw it back in the ziplock for easier clean up when we get home.