The shops are full of products for children and when you first become a parent it is easy to be a little disillusioned by the sheer volume of items on offer. Here I will share my top products for having in your home, as well as a few non-essentials that are great added extras.
Essentials for toddlers
In no particular order here are ten things I think you shouldn't be without at home with children.
Bubble bath and other bath products
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Although their baby teeth are destined to fall out, teaching your toddler good oral hygiene will set them up for life. Getting your toddler into the habit of brushing their teeth every morning and evening is super important.
Wipes for faces, hands and bums
Made from natural products with over 99% purified water, as well as being plastic free and biodegradable makes them an eco-friendly parents dream; and they're even suitable for vegans! As well as ensuring they will take care of your wee one's skin, even newborns, they are the next best option to using cloth.
Potty, stool and toilet seat
Your toddler as some point either by their own choice (like Squidgy) or at a point your decide, your toddler will start the transition out of nappies. We have a potty we keep in the car for emergencies, as Squidgy and Pickle prefer to use the toilet at home, but won't squat in a busy just yet if we can't find somewhere to stop for toilets when we're out and about.
After the soft spoons of weaning, your toddler will start to move on to "proper" cutlery, and having some toddler sized options will definitely help them out. The best thing in my girls' opinions is the fact they have their favourite paw patrol characters on and that they have a full matching set of cutlery, plate and bowl! The best thing for me is that they were super cheap from Asda!
Entertainment for inside and outside the house
From educational toys such as a shape sorter clock (available at Funky Pigeon believe it or not!) and role play toys like the girls' Leapfrog tea set (which is on SALE in Argos at the moment!), to garden slides and playhouses there are a variety of ways you can keep your toddler entertained on a budget. Our garden toys were all bought second hand for less between £5-£10 a piece and when people ask what we want as gifts for Christmas and birthday we try to make sure they are useful and allow us to keep the girls entertained without too much tat filling our house.
Essentials for parents of toddlers
A rucksack (or changing bag rucksack)
Antibacterial Surface Wipes
Some added extras that are nice to have
If you have girls like me, this one is for you! As your toddler starts to get older, their hair longer and their patience slower to evaporate, you have the opportunity to make pretty hairstyles a reality. I love the bows we have from Maisy-Molly and Me and trying out a variety of different styles to put them into. Matched up with some cheap hair grips and clear elastics from Primark there is no end to what we can create.
Disclaimer: Although this post is written of my own volition, some of the products I have been sent for the purpose of testing them out for review. These products are highlighted by the use of an asterisk (*) beside them. All views and opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. All photos are copyright property of Me Becoming Mum.