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When Libbie was 4 months old, I wrote this Top Ten Tuesday post on the ten baby items I used the most at the time (it was the VERY FIRST Top Ten Tuesday).
Since she is now a “very mature” 17 months, I thought I’d share 10 more things we can’t live without at the moment.
Top Ten Tuesday: Toddler Paraphernalia
While Libbie is not into the shape sorter part of this too much yet, she LOVES to carry around the bucket like a purse and fill it with her “things.” She’s starting to learn about shape-sorting, too, and the blocks are great for learning colors, shapes, and matching!
This little guy couldn’t be any cuter. It’s all plush and just the right size for litty bitty hands. Libbie loves to pat her baby on the back and tuck him in with a blanket. We’re working on putting him in and out of the cute little peanut shell covering, too.
We love the Little People sets! They are so cute, the figures are great for chubby hands, and this one is perfect not only for talking about a Bible story but also for learning animal names and sounds.
4. Cheese. All kinds. Lots.
5. Karen Katz books
These are the only books Libbie is really interested in because of the fun flaps and adorable pictures. We have Where is Baby’s Belly Button; What Does Baby Say; Toes, Ears & Nose; and Counting Kisses (no flaps). I’m starting to give these as baby gifts too, because I just think they are that wonderful!! Thanks Jennifer and Alli, who recommended them. [Her disdain for other books hasn’t stopped me from reading her The Secret Garden at bedtime.]
6. Good sippy cups
Oh, sippy cups. We really liked the Nuby soft-spout ones at first, but now she collapses the nipples on those. The only ones she really likes are the Gerber and Playtex handled cups. Ones with straws, she tries to tilt back and can’t figure out. Who knew sippy cups were such an ordeal? The Playtex ones I got at a consignment sale and I think they’re the best $1.50 I’ve ever spent. Sippy cups are ridiculously expensive, so I highly recommend finding types to try at consignment sales (sterilize them, of course!) before you invest in a bunch of one kind.
The Walk ‘N Ride works as a walker–which is wonderful when your baby is pulling up and learning to walk. Then it turns into a little car. A great two-in-one toy! We actually have another little car, so sometimes I leave this one as the walker, and she still enjoys pushing it around on our wood floors.
8. Kitchen stuff
Libbie loves playing with pots, pans, mixing bowls, tupperware, wooden spoons, silver trays, and anything else she can get out of the cupboards. She likes to pretend cook, and it’s precious! She also uses those to play with the beans in our sensory tub.
9. Bouncy ball
Libbie has a big pink bouncy ball that she’s obsessed with. All I have to do is say, “Where’s your ball?” and she starts saying “ball! ball!” and wondering around looking for it.
10. Bath stuff
All of a sudden, my girl is wildly into bathtime. Our must-haves are a great-smelling Aveeno wash, a fun boat toy, and the Munchkin bath rinser (it’s a Godsend!!).
What are your must-haves for these early toddler months?
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