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Toddler Must-Haves

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I love watching/ reading about people’s toddler must have products. I find it so interesting to see what works and doesn’t for each kiddo but then it’s also really interesting to see that sometimes products that worked for one person’s child just doesn’t work for another. I’ve gotten a lot of ideas from my friends and then found some of these products on my own. My daughter is currently 13 months old and these are the products we just couldn’t live without. I’m sure in 6 months I’ll be updating and maybe even completely deleting this post because she is ever-changing.

  1. Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table

I like to call this my sanity table. Whenever Teagan is being a little wild and I don’t feel like walking over to the park, we just head out back and I let her go to town at the table. I fill one side with water and one side with sand. We chose this particular one because of the two sides, the umbrella and the table cover. The two sides give Teagan the opportunity to be stimulated by two different sensory textures. The umbrella is obvious; she is so pale and I need to protect my little ginger babe. The cover keeps the inside free of bugs and protects it when we get rain. Frankly, if you don’t have one yet, you are missing out. GO GET IT.


  1. Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi Straw Cup

My friend told me about this cup and it was life-changing for us. Teagan still hasn’t really figured out the concept of lifting a cup up to drink out of so sippy cups have been a struggle for us but she is a rockstar with drinking out of a straw. We have tried a few but the weighted straw aspect just helps so much. She can stand up, lay down, be in her car seat or stroller and never have an issue getting water out.


  1. WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouch

With us being on a budget, I was getting so fed up with the prices of the yogurt/applesauce pouches so I went searching for another option. When I found this reusable food pouch I fell in love. The tops are exactly the same as the store bought ones and Teagan had no issues using it and you simply put whatever type of food you want in through the opening on the bottom and double zip it shut. They are dishwasher and freezer safe so cleaning is super easy. They are reusable and recyclable so from an environmental stance I feel better about using them over the pouches I was buying and throwing out on a weekly basis.


  1. OXO Tot Waterproof Silicone Roll Up Bib

Honestly, I don’t think these are an optional item. If you have a baby/toddler, you need a bib with a pouch to catch food. I mean unless you love cleaning an excessive amount of food off your child and the highchair. To each his own but this thing changed our lives during meals. This particular one is long enough to cover her outfit, sticks out far enough that it touches the tray so it really does catch everything, and they are easy to clean. You can find them at just about any store.


  1. Mega Bloks Big Building Bag

We got these when Teagan was still pretty little and she has always loved them. Back then she was way more into demolishing anything we built and prided herself on being the head of the demolition team. These days she is actually showing interest in building her own towers so I think it goes to show that these are really all around a great toy.


  1.  ciao! baby Portable Travel Highchair

Some may not say this is a ‘Must Have’ but in my opinion it is. Lugging the top part of our highchair around on trips has been a pain in the butt. This highchair is so lightweight that we would even bring it to a picnic or someone’s house that is watching Teagan. It also folds down much easier than our highchair and is the easiest thing ever to clean. Things that make our lives easier are must haves in my opinion and this has definitely made life easier in the short time we’ve had it. 100% worth the $50.


Those are all my Toddler Must Haves for now. Like I said, as she continues to grow and her needs change I will continue updating this list to be a true reflection of where she is at. All of these products have changed our lives and been worth every penny. Follow along on my Instagram Stories to see Teagan using all of these products- @Jenny4Gaskell


What are your toddler must haves? I’m always looking for a new life-changing product!


  • Natalie August 4, 2017 Reply

    Great post! I am definitely going to look into those food pouches for my 22 month-old–I hate all the waste of throwing away the pre-filled ones. Have you tried the Munchkin Miracle 360 sippy? It’s really helped my guy figure out how to tip back the cup to drink. We love the weighted-straw one, too.

    • jennw076 August 4, 2017 Reply

      The food pouches are really great. If you don’t mind a little extra work of putting whatever food into them it’s not an issue at all. I typically just put yogurt or applesauce in them and try to have at least 3 in the fridge at all times. The miracle 360 cup is actually the very first one we tried because I heard amazing things about it but to this day she still does not get the concept of tipping a cup or even a bottle back. We still try but the straw cup is our go to. She can run around like a maniac but can’t tip a cup back…go figure. We win some we lose some hahah!

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