Win at Toddlerhood with These Must-Have Toys and Gear
My firstborn turned 2 in June and has been full force learning, growing, and running ever since he blew out his second-birthday candles.
Sometimes it blows my mind just how much children learn during their second year. He has had some time to play with the gifts he received for his birthday, so we've had a few months to put away all his infant toys and introduce him to a few new favorite toys.
Here are my top must-have items for the second year of your child's life.
Jogging Stroller and Toddler Structured Baby Carrier
As a mom of three kids, we are always on the go. It's important to me to have multiple carry-the-toddler-around options.
Most of the time, he prefers to walk, but for longer outings, I don't leave home without a jogging stroller and toddler structured carrier.
Jumbo Blocks are great for developing fine motor skills. Also, they don't hurt your feet as much when you step on them like smaller building block sets do.
The Hoberman sphere is constructed with rainbow-colored plastic links. It starts small but grows larger as you open it. It can be used in many different ways, such as for dress up, for playing games, and as a timeout-and-relax activity.
As a mom of three boys, I have little cars all over the house, including in the bathroom! My boys love playing cars. My toddler's favorite car activities are the Hot Wheels Straight Tracks and a road play mat from IKEA.
The New Glow Worm
For the toddler who has trouble falling asleep at night, the Glow Seahorse is a great solution.
Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head is one of my son's favorite toys. Perfect for language development, direction following, and imaginative play, it's a wonderful learning toy.
Baby Dolls and Accessories
I love watching how tender my son can be with baby dolls. He adores pushing them around and rocking them to sleep. You can't go wrong with classic dolls.
I know, I know — it's messy, a pain to pick up, and a never-ending battle to not mix all the colors together. Yet Play-Doh is all sorts of magical. It holds the attention of kids of all ages. Whenever I haul it out, my kids are entertained for at least 30 minutes. Thirty minutes of me time is well worth the extra clean-up effort.
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