What do toddlers actually need? If you’re anything like me and are interested in keeping a less cluttered home, these 8 simple toddler must haves are all you will really need.
Of course there are the basic necessities every toddler needs.
- Safe place to sleep
- Consumables….diapers and wipes until potty trained, hygiene products like non toxic soap and toothpaste.
The rest is really up to you. Toddlers like babies, don’t need very many things.
Everyones lifestyle is a little different. What works great for one mama and toddler might not be the best fit for another. Take from this list what will serve your family and leave the rest, or add to it if you need to!
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Non Negotiable Toddler Must Haves
There are two things on this list you have to have.
1– Booster Car Seat.
The first one, the obvious booster seat for the car. We all know that’s a safety must have and your growing munchkin is probably getting ready to graduate from his or her infant carseat. Do your research and pick a booster car seat that fits your budget.
2– Bag With Extra Clothes and Supplies.
The second toddler must have for me, is a bag with extra clothes and supplies ( diapers, wipes, water, cup, snacks, and blanket ) that always stays in the car. You can use the diaper bag you carried around or another zippered bag you already have around your house. Just leave it in the trunk of your car so it’s always ready when you need it, maybe check it once a month to make sure it stays stocked.
Simple Toddler Must Haves
From here on down you decide what will work best in your home.
The joys of potty training. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had to potty train (12 years). I hope I remember what to do LOL, wish me luck!
4– A stepping stool.
This will make it so much easier for them to sit on the toilet if you go with a toilet seat for potty training, or to reach the sink to wash their hands and brush their teeth.
Ok, hear me out on this one. I got so many looks from people when they saw my kids with a backpack that attached to a leash for me to hold on to! But trust me, this thing is a life saver when you’re out in a crowded place like the zoo.
It gives the child the freedom to explore a little without having to be in the stroller, or holding on to your hand the entire time. And you get peace of mind knowing they can’t get too far away from you, especially when they’re only two and three years old.
6- Must Have Toddler Natural Remedies and Medicines To Keep On Hand.
We all know sooner or later our little people will come down with a fever or sickness of some kind, so make sure you’re prepared! Stock your medicine cabinet with things you can give your toddler, before they get sick.
For a full list of baby and toddler vitamins, medicines, and natural remedy supplies our family uses, check out this post where I share our family’s story of dealing with chronic baby fevers and other common ailments.
Make memories together as you nurture a love for reading from a young age.
There are so many great books to choose from but it’s the quality time spent with your toddler on your lap that will be cherished forever, I promise!
reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skillsAmerican Academy of Pediatrics
- The poke a dot collection from Melissa and Doug
- The Jesus Storybook Bible is on my to get list.
- Goodnight Moon
- Brown Bear Brown Bear
- Lift The Flap Books
8- Simple Toys
This category is totally up to you what direction you go.
Think of your toddlers personality when you choose toys for him/her. What are his/her interests?
For example my toddler loves to dance, read books, and climb on all the furniture! He’s a very active little boy, like most boys are.
So, for Christmas this year we’re getting him musical books and a rocking horse he can climb on.
I prefer to go with the less is more idea on this category. Just a few simple toys to keep them entertained inside during the cold winter months and lots of outdoor play time when it’s warm outside.
Also, it helps to keep in mind all the toys grandparents, family, and friends will give your little one for Christmas and birthdays. Chances are, they will have plenty of toys either way!