Every so often I get asked for gift ideas by people shopping for a baby, toddler, or expectant mom. Since I’m still fairly new to motherhood people want to know what I use every day to make life a little easier. Other times the topic will come up while talking to other moms. I love sharing any information that works for my family with others. Us moms gotta stick together! I’ve compiled a list of 5 things that my 17 month old daughter or I use every day. I’ve also provided links so you can get them too if you like what you read.
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1. Munchkin Click Lock™ Weighted Flexi-Straw Cup
This is number 1 in my world for products at the moment. This is my daughter’s “bottle”. When weaning her from breastfeeding we introduced whole milk in bottles, gradually dropping feedings from me and increasing the bottle feeds. When she was fully off of breast milk we introduced the Munchin Cup and stopped giving her a bottle altogether. I had heard stories from other moms about how hard it was to get their little ones off of bottles. So my husband and I wanted to avoid that issue. Our daughter used this cup easily from day one and we never went back to bottles. She can hold it easily and the straw allows her to drink without having to tip the cup upward. The straw has a weight on the end so no matter how she holds the cup, the bottom of the straw goes to the liquid. The lid flips over the flexible straw to avoid spills on the go. It’s brilliant. It’s also dishwasher safe which is a bonus in my books.
2. Munchkin Snack Catcher
Next up is the Munchkin Snack Catcher. I don’t know what I’d do without these cups. They are another fantastic design from Munchkin. The lid has soft, flexible flaps that allow little hands to push through easily to get at the snacks, yet they don’t allow said snacks to spill out all over the house or car. Munchkin describes the lid “allows independent toddlers to self-feed with a bit more dexterity and a lot less mess.” I use these cups every day. It’s also a bonus that they come in two packs because inevitably, I only ever know where one is at a time. Sometimes one is in the car and the other is in the diaper bag. And other times my daughter has left one somewhere creative in the house. Like the bathtub, for instance.
Get it here:Munchkin 2 Piece Snack Catcher, Blue/Green
3. VTech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train
This is the toy with the most longevity that I’ve experienced. From the time my daughter could sit up, this has been a daily playtime item. It’s educational and offers lots of buttons, blocks, dials, colours, and sounds. It’s designed to grow with your child from floor time play, to stand and walk behind, ride on the caboose, or detach the caboose to pull behind like a wagon. It helps develop fine motor skills, has a clock, teaches letters of the alphabet, colours, animal sounds and even weather. And I can’t leave out the fun walkie talkie. My 17 month old still loves this toy. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving!
Get it here: VTech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train
4. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Doll
My daughter sleeps with this doll every night. It’s small and very light. There’s nothing on it that could pose a danger to her. It’s super soft and huggable. It’s easy to pack for overnights. It doesn’t have any long hair that after a week of use is a tangled mess. I personally like that it’s not overly girlie (other than the pink). I hate dolls that look like they are wearing makeup or just generally seem to be giving off the wrong impression to a young girl. I’m flashing back to my childhood love of Barbie Dolls. Now, as a mother I can’t believe the message a Barbie sends to a little girl. This is just a very simple looking doll. No muss, no fuss. She also has a rattle inside to stimulate a young baby.
Get it here: Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Doll
5. Brica® Baby In-Sight® Car Back Seat Mirror
This item gave me great piece of mind as a new mom and still today, nearly 17 months later. I hadn’t installed it yet on my first few outings with a newborn and I really disliked not being able to see my brand new bundle as she was rear facing. Once I installed this mirror it made a huge difference in our car time. She could see me. I could see her. It’s still up and we both still love it. I can’t imagine not having it. I love being able to look in my rear view mirror and see if she needs me or if she’s just chillin’, enjoying the ride, or really digging a song on the radio.
Get it here: BRICA Baby In-Sight Auto Mirror for in Car Safety
So that’s that! My top 5 favourite things at this moment in parenting. I’m sure this list will be ever changing so keep checking back for updated lists. Feel free to comment with questions or share your own favourites for others to benefit from.
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