Did you know that babies/kids are considered toddlers from age 1 to 3? In honour of our own little toddler’s (2 year) birthday coming up next month, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some products that we love around here (or are thinking of getting soon – hint hint!). Let me know what you think of these gifts for toddlers!
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Because a 1-year-old is very different from a 3-year-old, I’m hoping this list will still be applicable to a wide variety of toddler ages and abilities. There are a few items we purchased/received before the toddler stage, but they seem to have been used more when Zachary was older!
Shape Block (Tupperware Shape O’ Toy)
We’ve had this shape block since Zachary was about 6 months, but obviously, he didn’t get much use for it until he was a toddler. I think it’s a great way to learn motor skills and practice shapes – and I’m pretty sure I had one when I was little too! The one we have is from Tupperware and is a good price, but you can also buy them on Amazon.ca for a bit more money.
Riding Jeep with Blocks
Building blocks are such a great toy for kids and the set we have comes with a little Jeep – here’s a similar style that Zachary can ride around on. He also likes to put his stuffed monkey on it and push it around, so it’s kind of like 2 toys in one. If you don’t have the space to store a big toy, it may still be a good idea to get some large blocks for playing either way.
We had Zachary in daycare for a couple of months, wherein he was required to wear shoes indoors. We don’t wear shoes in our house, but for some reason, he was obsessed with having something on his feet! We recently got these booties in slate and I call them his little slippers (so he can match Momma!). He really likes taking them off, and sometimes I wonder if he only lets me put them on so he can practice taking the buttons off… Check out all the different bootie options here.
When we first introduced solids (after 6 months) I was using the regular/cloth bibs that we had for drooling. Obviously, the food made a big mess, so I went and purchased some plastic bibs – but I did not like the ones I got (they were like a soft plastic). I finally got this two-pack of hard bibs and haven’t looked back since :)
What goes in, must come out right!? Potty training is such a big event, you definitely want to be set up early to get into some sort of routine ahead of time. Zachary really liked sitting on the big toilet, but it was hard to hold him up without him falling in. We first purchased this on-toilet potty seat and now he can sit on the big toilet comfortably. We also received a sit-down potty second-hand (and it sort of looks like this one) and it’s easier for him to just sit down all by himself (although he doesn’t take off his clothes yet…). He’s actually peed in it a few times too!
You might want to skip getting a riding wagon if you don’t plan on walking around a lot (since it takes up a bit of space, so might not be practical for those with limited storage!). Since we have Tootsie, we try and go on one or two walks a day. Having a wagon is much more fun than using the stroller, and you can even buy sled legs for winter runs. We also have a little sled to push Zachary around in, but after a while he stopped liking that one as much and started jumping/flopping out. I can fit him and the baby (with the car seat) at the same time; but nowadays he prefers to pull the wagon around (with the baby of course).
This Strider balance bike was Zachary’s Christmas gift (from the Husband) and it’s supposed to teach children to balance on a bike (and hopefully skip the training wheels stage). He’s been riding it around in our basement, but I’m thinking with the nicer weather we might start taking it outside in the driveway. (We’ll definitely need a helmet for that though!).
Whenever we went on trips before, we had always used the large diaper bag to pack Zachary’s clothes. Now that we have a new baby, the diaper bag will be hers. Zachary seems to be intrigued by rolling suitcases (he likes pushing/pulling things, can’t you tell?) and I think a cute little one would be great to hold his stuff (and give him independence to bring it around!). I personally wouldn’t want to get anything with specific characters on it because he’s still too young to really like anything, and I don’t want him to grow out of the design if he chooses to like something else. (Plus, branded products are always so much more money right!?). This shark one (or others) is cute, but I also like this monkey suitcase and this owl one too. AND they’re gender neutral yay!
Just about a month until Zachary’s birthday, and I think I’ve decided on what we’ll do and eat for the occasion/party. If you know of any little ones turning 1, 2 or 3, then I hope this list of gifts for toddlers comes in handy!
Do you have any other gift suggestions or products/things you’ve used that have come in handy for this age group?
I’d love to hear your suggestions!