Toddler Must Haves on Amazon
I think this thought all of the time: how did our parents raise us without Amazon!? It was certainly more difficult. An idea pops into my head for an activity, or we run out of socks, and I can instantly order whatever I need. Especially in times of Covid, Amazon makes raising kids a little bit easier.
Here are some toddler must haves we have been using a lot and loving at home!
Toddler Art Supplies + Toys on Amazon
My daughter is almost 2.5 and she is really into art, so a lot of these recommendations are art supplies. She loves saturated colors, and these paint sticks give her tons of color options without the huge mess of real paints. Although I do bust out the real finger paints (washable!) once in awhile. A long sleeved smock is key for our little art-loving toddlers, as are some fun jumbo coloring pages! We like to hang up her masterpieces so she can see what she created.
These water beads grow when you soak them in water, and we had fun playing with them and sorting them into colors. I wouldn’t call myself a pinterest mom, but we had a bit of sensory fun with these. I put them in a bin with some scooping utensils and she was very entertained. As far as toys go, we like playing pretend with this little people farm and we mastered the alphabet using this handy puzzle and these alphabet bath toys! This fruit cutting set is also a big hit that lends itself to a lot of language development.
Toddler Clothing on Amazon
Snow pants are a must for Chicago winters! I highly recommend these as they’re waterproof and affordable. We also have this warm metallic coat that is lined in sherpa. I like bright colors so that if she runs off somewhere I can easily spot her. Toddlers needs lots of hats and mittens because they always seem to get lost, too! It helps that Sidney particularly loves this set, because as most toddler moms know, it isn’t easy to get them to bundle up. These thermals are cute and cozy, and I’m obsessed with how adorable these slippers look on her little feet!
These are our favorite hangers. I just ordered more for baby number 2!
Meal Time Essentials on Amazon
Now that Sidney is bigger, she sits with us at the table rather than at a high chair. I have a few of these place mats to protect our table from fallout. They’re cute and easy to toss in the dishwasher. We use this booster seat and it is also great for travel! More on the seat in this post (and some adorable photos!) I also realized that Sidney drinks a lot more water out of these take and toss cups than other straw cups. She doesn’t have to bite down on the straw to get the water out, so it flows more quickly. It’s important to me that she stays hydrated because winter can be very dry here.
I know it sounds obvious, but an easy clean-up method is key with toddlers. I have this little hand held vacuum for vacuuming up all the rice and crumbs that inevatbly fall on the floor. Then I just fold it up and stick it on the charger under the sink. It makes my life so much easier. If only we had a dog – haha!
Check out some of our other kiddo favorites:
- Essential winter packing list for baby
- baby books we loved
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I do so enjoy watching as Sidney grows and learns new things. She reminds me of my own daughter at that age. Such a treasured time.
Great ideas! I want to try getting some of those water beads for my prekindergarten classroom and I think a hand held vacuum is a brilliant idea after meal times! I’ll have to remember that one for a baby gift. We have a baby niece being born shortly and am looking forward to shopping all girl things once again!
How fun – congrats! And yes the little vacuum is such a life saver.
Very helpful to have these suggestions, my two year old granddaughter loves painting and water beads!,
Pamela Graham says
Loved your comment about Amazon and how true it is! But in the ‘good old days’ I suppose we made do much more for fun and crafts with the children. We had the basics like paints, crayons, fabrics etc. always around, but I ‘baked’ much better playdough than I could buy and we used what was available in the house and garden. The main difference is that my kids had to properly use up the messy paintbox rather than a new one instantly appearing as my daughter buys nowadays! And of course no internet but plenty of books for ideas.