Since there's not too much excitement to report I decided to put together another list of "must haves." Honestly, Ayden is just as happy, if not more so, with exploring non-toy items around the house. Give him a rubber spatula to walk around with and he's pretty satisfied. But that being said, there are a handful of baby items that we received as gifts or purchased while pregnant that really have come in handy so I thought I'd share.
Our top 10 must haves for 2-12 months in no particular order:
1) Play mat.
This was great for when we needed to get something done. We'd change out the toys regularly to spice thing up and he'd lay there batting away. This particular mat was also great for tummy time. It has textures, ribbons and such. It was also easy to wash which was a big plus for our spitter upper.
2) Video monitor.
|(only ours is not pink...)|
3) A sturdy toy to pull up on. Ayden had a Zany Zoo.
This remained a favorite up past a year. The activities on it really grow with your child. They sell lots of "toddler tables" that play music and such. We received this as a gift and liked that it was made of wood and didn't take batteries. It made play on it a little more open-ended which leaves room for imagination.
4) Our Ergo!
One thing I wanted to avoid while I was pregnant was too much baby gear. I had seen first hand how it can take over a house and I didn't want that to be us. Before we knew it, though, we had FOUR strollers. We had the Snap 'N Go that I purchased for $7 (I think?) at a garage sale to use for Little Miss when I nannied her.
We had our main stroller, a Baby Jogger City Mini,
Our jogging stroller that we purchased used and a double stroller that Little Miss' mom purchased and let me keep so I could take them both out and about. In the end, we went with saving money over saving space and it worked out okay because we found places to keep everything. An alternative would have been to get the Baby Jogger Summit stroller with the Chicco car seat adaptor. It would have met all of our needs in one stroller, though it would have been a bit bulky and pricey. Even though we have too many strollers, we use them all and collectively consider them a must have to live our lifestyle the way we like.
7) Bumbo seat (with tray).
|Trying it out for the first time! (3 months old)|
9) Bath tub
10) Robeez shoes and grippy shoe socks.
(they have girl shoe socks too!!)
There you have it. Our top 10 must have items for ages 2-12 months.
What were your 2-12 month must haves??
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