HI friends! There are a lot of items that I like, BUT I’ve narrowed the list down to my absolute favorites – ones that my family can’t live without and are so grateful for!
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- Magic sleepsuit – Pure magic is what this suit is!
- Swaddle blanket – Once my babies started to roll onto their tummies, we transitioned into this wearable blanket. My daughter is now 13 months and she still sleeps in it.
- Black out curtain -Even though we have a standard blackout curtain, light still manages to creep in. So what we do is attach this one straight to the window (has suction cups) for additional coverage. Makes the room completely dark and my daughter sleeps amazingly in her room. This is also great for traveling! When we went to Korea, this literally saved us. It has Velcro closures so it can be adjusted to fit almost any window size.
- Hatch rest – a sound machine, nightlight, and you-can-wake-up-now clock all in one! It also grows with your child. My 4 year old still can’t sleep without it, especially because he’s having night terrors. He feels comforted by the noise and the light. And he knows at this point that when the machine shuts off, it’s ok to come out of his room. If he wakes up before, he plays in his room.
- A more economical white noise machine – this is what we’re currently using for our daughter. We don’t need the nightlight and I find the sound of this one very pleasant.
- Pacifier cleaner – Very compact and SO convenient to carry with you wherever you go for when you can’t wash a dropped pacifier.
- Nail trimmer – Safe, easy to use, great for fidgety babies!
- Vitamin D – Just be careful at the beginning as the drops come out fast.
- Teethers – they’re not just for soothing sore gums!
- Shampoo and wash – I LOVE their entire Sensitive baby line – lotion, ointment, diaper cream, we have them all!
- Toothbrush – The LED light allows you to see inside the mouth and your child may enjoy the light and the vibrating sensation like both of my kids.
- Stuffed animal – If you follow me on IG stories, you know my son’s sidekick, Mr.Foxy, very well. Super soft and so adorable. It washes well and air dries within a day. There are also a ton of cute animals to choose from.
- Starting solids? Here are my top must-haves
- Sticky or dry boogers? You’ve met your match! We also love this aspirator. My daughter used to get congested A LOT as a newborn and I preferred this aspirator over the nose frida because apparently I’m incapable of sucking in haha.
- Magnet tiles – I first introduced these to my son when he was around two and they continue to be his favorite (currently 4 years old). They’re actually what helped us to implement quiet time. These tiles encourage imagination and creativity, and it’s been soo awesome to see his neat creations! They are great for hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills. Compared to the other magnet tiles that we’ve tried, the pieces are thicker and sturdier, and the magnets are bigger and stronger so really easy to connect.
- Drum set – Super fun! So many fun colors and sounds, and now my 13 month old likes to join in whenever her brother starts jamming.
- First camera – Can take pictures, videos, has a built-in microphone, flip-up lens for selfies, green screen feature, fun photo frames, and games (which parents can turn off). What I especially love is that the photos and videos can be uploaded to a computer. My son takes so many random pictures throughout the day that I save them onto my computer and look through them to close out my evening.
- Activity table – It’s absolutely perfect for arts & crafts and any sensory play. Very easy to clean and can be closed after use. Can use indoors and outdoors.
- Tablet – We mainly use this for educational apps, like Khan Academy (free) and ABC mouse, which you can download. Much better size than iPad and comes with a kid-proof case. There’s an adult profile that basically does everything an iPad can, and you can also set up multiple profiles, one for each of your children.
- Headphones – These are foldable, comfortable, durable, and the built-in safe audio volume control protects hearing.
- Balance bike – It took a while for our cautious child to take to it. For a long time, he simply walked with it. But one day it just clicked and he went flying!
- Workbooks – We’ve purchased about 3 of these already and my toddler loves it! We do a letter or number a day in addition to another fun activity from the book (e.g. tracing, finding hidden items, coloring, etc.). Great for learning about letters, shapes, and numbers. This one’s another one of our favorites.
- Fridge magnetic set – When my son was one, he loved to just stick the letters on the fridge. Helped me to get some cooking done in peace! As he got older, he started putting them in correctly and pressing the letters – so great for gross motor skills. Now he likes to line up the letters in correct order, make words, etc. Really neat!
- Sandwich play food – THIS is so adorable! We open up our sandwich shop quite often and take turns being the sandwich maker and customer. We’ve enjoyed quite a bit of unique combinations so far.
- Learn to read – There are 25 very short books in this collection. Each one is 8 pages long, simple and colorful. Lots of repetition. Great for early beginners who are just learning to bring letters together.
- Flexible tracks – super fun to assemble, can bend and twist to create different configurations.
- Get these cars as they’re much faster, sturdier, and more entertaining to watch than the ones that come in the set.
- If you want to get a wooden track, we have these and they’re great!
- Scooter – built to last and rides so smooth!
- Alphabet decals – These are so cute! A great way to invite fun into your child’s playroom.
- Lovevery play kits – I don’t have a separate list for baby toys because these play kits have been more than enough! The kits come with developmentally appropriate toys for your child’s age so they can learn through play. They also come with a play guide, which provides suggestions for how and when to play with each toy. It really helped me to engage with my baby in a more meaningful, intentional way that made sense for her particular stage of development.
- Muffin pan – This is what I use to bake all of my muffins! No need to grease. Muffins pop out so easily!
- Sheet pan – Conducts heat efficiently so food cooks evenly, warms up and cools down quickly. Doesn’t warp at high heats, easy to clean, lightweight…it’s the best!
- High-powered blender – I’ve had mine for over 6 years. I don’t have a food processor so I use this for EVERYTHING (make dips and sauces, muffin batter, peanut butter).
- Deep skillet – If you do a lot of one pot meals like I do, THIS pan..oh man it’s worth EVERY penny. Dishes come out more evenly cooked, moist and flavorful! I also love that it has a tempered glass lid that makes it perfect to keep an eye on how everything’s cooking.
- Fry pan – perfect for making eggs, especially these egg veggie pancakes!
- Coffee grinder – So great for finely chopping nuts and seeds
- Waffle maker – This one’s really great for making Belgian-style waffles. We also have this one that makes the most adorably sized waffles
- Dutch oven – Another must have for one pot meal lovers!
- Freezer storage tray – great for storing single-serving sauces, pesto, dips, etc. Once frozen solid, just pop them right out and store in a freezer-safe bag or container
- Learning tower – This one’s perfect for our small kitchen as it doesn’t take up too much space. If you have the room, their original one may work better for you. I love having my son in the kitchen with me being my little helper, and I can have peace of mind that he won’t fall.
- Food cutter – Your child won’t eat their veggies? Try cutting them into cute shapes! Bear-shaped zucchini, rabbit-shaped carrots…they just may surprise you ;). It’s a great way to make lunch boxes a bit more special too.
- Kids knives – Safe and easy to use! Cooking with our kids is important, and this allows them to do more than just stir and pour. We also have this baking set and whenever we bake together, he always insists on using his toolbox ;).
My Top “worth the splurge”
- The Play Gym and The Block Set – If you don’t want to subscribe to the Lovevery Playkits, these two are what I recommend. My baby spent SO much of her time rolling around the play gym exploring on her own and with her brother. As for the block set, there are SO many creative ways to engage with it. Stack, roll, connect..love the quality and how it encourages imaginative play.
- Balance bike -love exploring the outdoors on our bikes
- Magnet tiles – We started with the 100-piece set (pictured on the left) and just recently got him the mega set (on the right). Whenever I need to cook or get some work done, I can count on these to keep him occupied! And as you can see, he also takes pictures of every single creation. So I should probably include the camera to this list as well ;).