top 12 long lasting baby products

Top 12 items that grow with Baby into Toddlerhood

Since we have a baby on the way, and our first baby just turned 2 ½ a couple days ago (yes, half birthdays are a thing!), I’ve been thinking a lot about the essentails we need for baby – and what of those things we STILL use with our toddler.

A million things change between birth and toddlerhood and yet there are a few items that have had staying-power in this house, following Ellie through life as a baby to toddler. I’m sure this list varies by family, but these are the items that are still must-haves in our world, and have been since day one.

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secret to getting ready with a toddler

My secret to getting ready in the morning with a toddler

If I ever needed proof that routine is important to kids, this is it.

Anyone who knows my daughter knows that she doesn’t sit still for more than a second. There’s a world out there to explore and she’s going to explore it. Not a minute to waste!

And yet, every morning, she asks to go in her “crate.” (I didn’t name it that, she did I promise).

Yes, she requests that she be confined to a tiny 4′ x 3′ space for 30 minutes or so.

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organic kid safe nail polish

Natural Product Review: Organic Edible Nail Polish for Kids (+ Giveaway)

I had to invite Ellie in on this review since this is a natural product all for her. She’s a typical two-year-old who wants to do everything Mama does, but all by herself.

I’m not about to hand over my nail polish (even if it is 5- or 10-free polish!!) but I happily provided her with Kidlicks’ organic edible nail polish for her to go to town with. All by herself.

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tutu making tulle

A Tutu Making Station for a Toddler Birthday Party

Call me cheesy, but I think activities at birthday parties (or any party for that matter) are a lot of fun! Anything that gets people involved and having a great time is a good thing.

I didn’t have a particular theme in mind when planning Ellie’s 2nd birthday party. All I knew is that I really wanted to create a tutu – actually a “two-two” – making station and have all her little friends make and take a tutu of their own creation. The play on words was too good to pass up (again, call me cheesy)!

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