The toddler and preschool years are crazy fun. Here are some products and items that we have loved that are especially geared for your busy little one.
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We’ve been putting our kids in Pediped shoes since they were babies. We love their high-quality products and the variety of attractive styles. Their Grip’n’Go style is perfect for toddlers who are established walkers and their Flex style has an insert that extends wear-time for bigger kids. They offer sandals, sneakers, dress shoes, and boots, all of which are awesome. You can also check out their Pediped Outlet.
at the table
Our little guy loves that he can be an adult by sitting at a regular chair at the table. We love how effective and subtle it is, and that we don’t have to keep an extra booster seat around. This simple, yet ingenious, piece of equipment is so easy to put on. There are two different height settings so it can grow with your little one.
I picked a set of these for $5 at Target and was so pleased, I went back and bought a second pack. It’s made out of recycled plastic, are top-rack dishwasher safe, and come in bright and fun colors. I like how I can portion our kids’ meals and that there’s no risk of these breaking.
I love how these cups are made out of recycled, food-grade plastic and come in a variety of colors. They’re also a bit bigger than traditional sippy cups, and you can throw them in the dishwasher.
We were fortunate enough to receive a hand-me-down table and chairs set from our neighbors, and I am so pleased with the KidKraft brand (our set is not this exact style, but a very similar product). The quality is outstanding, and the well-loved, real-wood furniture survived sanding and repainting beautifully. Currently, we use it for our homeschool preschool. I like the attention to detail, the attractive designs they offer, and that it’s a “bigger” kids table that will last a few years.
for the little helper
I like to say that this simple step-stool is the best thing we ever got our toddler. Levi loves being in the kitchen with me, and I picked this up so he could help out more. It collapses for easy storage and is unobtrusive. It primarily used for boosting little ones to the counter, but Levi also uses it to get items out of the fridge, as an extra “seat” at the table, and as a platform for climbing trees. And we use it, too.
I absolutely am thrilled with this little toy set. Often, when I am cleaning, Levi runs over and grabs a corresponding cleaning item and helps out. The size is great for little hands, and I like how they actually function as cleaning products, whether for play or for real cleaning. (Also available through Target.)
on the go
Each of our kids has a Britax ClickTight Convertible Car Seat and I absolutely love them. They are expensive, yes, but as someone who has personally endured three car accidents, I consider safety to be paramount. When I researched the safest car seats, Britax came up again and again. The ClickTight system makes installation easy and moving the car seats hardly takes any time. Levi was very comfortable in it rear-facing until he was three-years old. I have only been impressed, and thankfully, we’ve not had any car accidents, but if, God forbid, it would happen, I know my kiddos are safe.
We were blessed to receive these amazing bike seats as birthday gifts for each of our children. We love going for bike rides as a family, and when asked which brand/style we would like, I did a lot of research. The Thule RideAlong is such a well-made piece of equipment. It is easy to install and clips smoothly onto the bike. It can be used for children up to six years old or 48.5 pounds, so it is worth the investment.
Of course, little ones need helmets! My aunt, who is a nurse, looked into what was safest for little heads, and she was proud to present this Giro helmet which we’ve used on Lucy since she was 10 months old. It fits well and keeps her little noggin safe and will grow with her into toddlerhood.
This was Levi’s 2nd birthday gift. It is such a nice, versatile tricycle. What I like is that as the parent, I can steer from behind without breaking my back, allowing Levi to learn how to steer without him actually careening into a ditch or down a hill. Then, as the child learns and grows, the “extras” can be removed and it functions as a high-seated tricycle. Now, we put both kids on it (one sitting in the seat, one standing on the back) and take walks.
Check out our toddler and preschooler play page for more recommendations.