Toddlers are interesting little creatures... and it has been a massive learning curve for me trying to figure out how to keep my daughter busy, safe and cared for; especially now that we have a baby to think about too! I have decided to compile a must have list of things that we wouldn't be able to go a day without; to help other parents out on their own parenting journeys.
Firstly, our must have toys.
When it comes to having a toddler like mine, who is an excitable little girl full of life, it is important to prepare for them to get bored very easily and want to move on to something else.
Farm and Accessories
Some of Squidgy's favourite toys are her farm complete with tractors and trucks. To be honest she loves the tractors and trucks more than most of the other items with her farm.
Role Play Kitchen
As well as her farm, Squidgy has her Chad Valley role play wooden kitchen which my grandmother bought for her from Argos.
My husband's family have all pitched in at various Birthday and Christmases to build up a selection of Duplo for Squidgy; and we love it. Until she is old enough to play with Lego, the Duplo allows her to build (and more often than not, smash things down!) as much as she would like, safely.
Don't get me wrong, my daughter's favourite colour is purple, she loves Disney princesses and enjoys wearing dresses as much as the next girl but I really hate gender stereotypes when it comes to toys.
There are so many options when it comes to toys for children, and I think it's nice to allow them to express themselves in whatever form they wish! Therefore I have no problem with her loving tractors and playing ball just as if we have a son in the future I will happily let him play with dolls and kitchens.
Secondly, our must haves for around the house.
A Decent High Chair
A Bed Guard
There comes a time at which your toddler no longer needs to be in a cot, for some children that day may come later than others. For our daughter we made the decision to take the side away from her cot bed just after her first birthday, mainly due to the fact that she was putting herself in danger constantly climbing out and falling from the top of the side.
Next, our must have items for going out.
As much as some days we would all love to stay in the house because it would be so much easier than having to go out, sometimes we need to go out, or I would go stir crazy with cabin fever. When that is the case there are a few items that I make sure we always have with us.
When we go out it is highly likely as some point Squidgy will drop her clothes somewhere along the line. Most of the time this wouldn't matter but chance are she'll do so at nursery and her clothes will get mixed up with the other children's.
A Pushchair / Stroller
We picked up our Silver Cross Pop stroller at Mothercare and it is one of the best investments we ever made.
Now that she's a bit older she loves to walk but I know that she won't walk the whole time we're out; plus having a stroller means you always have somewhere to put shopping or other items you have when you go out.
For those short trips when I'm on my own with the two girls, I prefer to take Little L out in the Doona rather than baby wear and Squidgy loves to take a ride on her scooter.
Finally, our miscellaneous must haves.
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