My youngest, Master Frugal, is 11 this year so I’m really not clued up on what you do and don’t need for babies and toddlers these days but I got an email the other day from a lovely reader who wanted to know what I recommended that she buy in advance of her baby being born.
I moved it to my ‘must do something with’ folder (yes, I have one of those) and was planning to ask for some ideas to pass on over on my Facebook page but the next day I got an email from online4baby.com asking me to share some of their great deals and I thought I’d kill 2 birds with one stone. I’m going to tell you about the great offers they have on and recommend that you pop over to their site or visit their showroom and in return, I’m hoping you’ll share your must have baby and toddler essentials with us.
I’ll start with my three essentials that were worth their weight in gold when my two were toddlers (because I can’t even remember my essentials when they were babies – those years passed me by in a blur I think)….
A good car seat
I remember when Miss Frugal was a baby we used to struggle to fasten the car seat in when we had to put her in the car. We got the hang of it eventually and it became less of a pain but even so, when we were looking for a car seat for baby Master Frugal that was our top priority. We paid a little more for a base for his seat which meant that instead of faffing with seatbelts and fastening in, we just clipped the seat on to the base and we were good to go. It save about a minute each time we put him in or took him out of the car which might not seem like much but it made a huge difference to us. We bought new car seats as they grew always making sure that the seats they had were both age and weight appropriate and as they got older and didn’t want to sit in their car seats anymore we bought booster seats in designs that they loved. Master Frugal would have loved this Batman Booster seat….
A portable booster seat
I used to love our portable booster seats when they were little, it meant that we could visit friends, grandparents and take them to restaurants let alone clean and they usually can’t get close enough to the table so the legs stick out and trip people up. A portable booster seat meant that they could sit at the table with us from an early age and they loved it. This is a much better version than the one we had and actually, it’s probably cheaper than the one we bought….
I used to have a stairgate on Master Frugal’s bedroom door when he was younger because he used to be constantly in and out of his bedroom at bedtime and early on a morning. The stairgate meant that he could open his door but couldn’t escape which helped with bedtimes and giving us a little bit longer in bed on a morning as he learnt to stay in bed seeing as he knew he couldn’t get out.
Now it’s your turn, what was the one thing you couldn’t do without when your children were babies and the one essential must have when they were toddlers?
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