As the mum of a toddler, there are several things that make our lives easier, more fun, or just help to keep the peace. I've found that even with all the parenting advice, often we learn as we go, and these items are among my favourite lessons learned. For more ideas, check out my little Boomba collection.
A step stool has become a necessity in our home, it can be used for everything from washing hands and brushing teeth, to helping out in the kitchen. We're always cooking around here and it's even more fun when the whole family is involved. Plus, anyone with a toddler knows how independent they are - a stool like this one from Bloom, is both design friendly and let's them safely do things on their own.
When it comes to books and your child, you can never have too many. After setting up a gorgeous floor to ceiling set of floating bookshelves to house our collection, I quickly realised that even though it looked good, my daughter couldn't reach anything above the 3rd shelf (which was fine as a baby, not so much with my do-it-herself toddler). Any one of these toddler-height shelves alongside a cozy little chair is all you need to create an inviting book nook in your home.
While it may not be the most exciting item on this list, portable potties are very necessary. The Potette Plus is my favourite because it has fold-out legs, disposable bags, a carry case, and can be placed on top of a regular toilet. If you're potty training, you know that your child might have to go anywhere at any time. Enough said.
Paints, brushes, paper, crayons, markers, glue, paper, ribbon, leaves, lollipop sticks, yarn, rocks, twigs, feathers...the list goes on. There's no end to the creativity of a toddler. I keep a little bag of supplies with me when we're on the go, and it's an activity we love to do together at home.
When we moved our daughter into her own big girl bed, I wanted to make sure it was cozy, colourful and filled with her favourite things. I love the idea of creating an area that feels safe and enclosed while also allowing for the independence that a toddler bed brings. This canopy from Ikea is a fun way to start to add some warmth to their new sleeping place.
Sweet treat molds
We do a lot of juicing and smoothie making in our home, but sometimes you've got to mix it up. The Zoku Quick Pop Maker was a game changer. There are several great regular ice lolly moulds out there, but explaining the idea of needing to freeze one of these delicious and nutritious treats overnight doesn't always go over well. If I can serve my family green juice ice lollies on a hot summer day, and they're asking for seconds, I know I've found a winner.
They come in all shapes and sizes and range from basic shakers to pint-sized pianos, but our toddler home wouldn't be complete without all the makings of a band. In addition to being fun to play, instruments serve as a great energetic outlet, encourage movement and coordination, and seriously - nothing is better than grooving with my kid.
Scooting is just one of those things kids seem to love. I'd imagine the freedom and fun of riding is unmatched by many other activities that a 2 or 3 year old can master. Whether you choose a scooter, tricycle, or some combination of the two, your child will probably want to ride whenever the opportunity arises.
What's more fun than water play? My little one is fascinated by it, and sand/ water tables support the whole child in physical-motor, cognitive and sensory development. You can stick with a ready made table, or make your own with plastic bins, tubing, shovels and different size containers and funnels. On a rainy day, you might even find us using the bathtub - works just as well, and provides hours of fun!
If your home is anything like mine, the toys are overflowing. Why not store them in something that goes along with your decor. Woven African baskets are both eye-catching, and hold just about everything. These pixelated beauties from Senegalare perfect.