We are in the thick of toddlerville right now and since it’s been a long time since I’ve shared our favorites with you, I thought we were due!
When I wrote my first baby favorites post, Cecilia was about six weeks old. For a while there, I shared our favorites about every six weeks because that’s how fast she grew through different phases and how fast we cycled through old and new things. The baby favorites turned into toddler favorites and now the posts are less frequent, but I love how they are a time capsule of each phase of her (and our) life so far.
As you can tell from the pictures above, this phase of life is all about being a big kid and potty training. I had every intention about writing a post on potty training, but seriously, that whole process is not for the faint of heart. If you have any questions about it, feel free to send them over and I’m more than happy to chat and lend support, but there was just so much going on at that point in time to write a giant post on it!
And, now, here are our current toddler favorites:
Maggift Magnetic Tiles – We first learned about these tiles at Christmas when we were visiting family. Cecilia fell instantly in love with them and it was a good thing, because she got a set from her BFF for her second birthday. She wanted to build so many things with them at once, so we eventually bought her another set and she plays with them every single day. We found out this weekend that they are great for air travel entertainment and Travis and I love playing with them, too! These are a must if you have a toddler birthday party coming up that you need a gift for.
Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Play Set – This was another birthday gift that continues to be a giant hit, and in all honesty, I wish they made this when I was a kid. The day of her birthday party, Cecilia played with this food for about 30 minutes straight which is a long time for a two-year-old who had a mountain of new things to play with. I was afraid the velcro that holds the food pieces together so you can “cut” the food over and over again was going to weaken, but four months and LOTS of use later, it’s still going strong! She also loves to use this set up at the kitchen counter with me while I’m cooking. It’s the cutest.
Pottery Barn Kids Backpack – I’m not going to lie, but I bought Cecilia her monogrammed PBK backpack when she was only a few months old. Of course, she had absolute zero use for it then, but now she uses it every time we travel and even just on normal errands because she loves feeling like a bid kid when she uses it. There are so many designs to choose from and I love the added touch of a monogram.
Cool Gear Travel Potty – We LOVE this travel potty. It folds up nicely and I love that it has two storage compartments for extra bags and wipes. This is super popular with our Stroller Strides friends and was one of the first purchases we made when we started thinking about potty training. It fits nicely in the bottom of our stroller and also has a carrying handle which came in handy in those first short outings after the diapers came off. Also, I let Cecilia decorate it with some Frozen stickers and that made her more excited to use it those first few times.
Munchkin Sturdy Potty Seat – There are so many ways to go when it comes to buying a seat that helps kids go on the big potty at home. I know a lot of people who buy a smaller seat that attaches to their larger one, but decided this one worked for us. It’s nice because I didn’t want to purchase one for the upstairs bathroom and one for the downstairs, so this one can easily go from one to the other. Also, it fit nicely in my suitcase for our recent travels, so that was a big plus.
Oh Crap! Potty Training Book – Okay, I could probably write a big long post about the amazingness of this book, but I’m sure you could just read the reviews of it online. I will say that this book was the biggest life saver before and during potty training (besides my husband, friends and alcohol). Pretty much every one of our answers and problems was solved in this book. Her advice is top-notch and her writing actually makes it enjoyable to sit down and read a book about trials and tribulations of potty training. Did we follow this book 100%? No, but we followed most of it. Yes, we did eventually do a sticker chart and there was some bribery involved in those first few days, but we did what worked for us and used this book as a guide as much as we saw fit for our situation.
Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post and I have no affiliation with any of these companies besides the fact that I use and love their products; however, there are some Amazon affiliate links above 🙂 Thank you for reading!