Here are a few of my favorite things for my two toddlers right now!
Velcro Converse: saving me millions of minutes a day, I’m sure. Although I still lace up K’s mini converse, I love that Oshiolema can help put these on and take them off by himself.
I Like Myself Book: This is Keogena’s hands down favorite book. She will point to it and reach for it every time. The pictures are beautiful and I love that the girl in the book looks like her, but most of all, the words in it are incredible. “No matter if they stop and stare, no person ever anywhere can make me feel that what they see is all there really is to me.” What powerful words to speak over our littles!
OXO Tot Bibs: We’re out of the bib phase with Oshiolema, but K can ruin an outfit in 0.2 seconds flat. I’ve exclusively used these bibs at mealtime since Oshiolema was about 8 months old. I can stick a spoon in the bottom section and the bib rolls up to create a perfect pouch and takes up no space at all to pack. Hands down, the best bibs ever!
Herschel Backpack: I will be the first to say I tried to get my kids to wear backpacks the second they could walk (10 months old) and while it was pretty ridiculous, it was also too precious not to try. Now that I have a 2.5 and a 1 year old, they both love carrying their own backpacks around. We love Herschel for their perfect prints.
OK to Wake Clock: Oshiolema moved into a big boy bed a couple months after turning two-way earlier than we were prepared for. We were moving back to Virginia after 8 months in Dallas and when the movers took his crib, he slept on a mattress on the floor. He had been waking up in the middle of the night for months and after being completely potty trained before he turned 2, he had even more reasons to wake up (not wanting to wet his Pull-Up.) The new freedom he had in his room in Virginia made his visits to our bed in the wee hours of the morning far too common. This clock was a game changer as far as giving him a sense of time and what’s allowed, and while he still wanders out of his room every now and then, he knows he can’t “wake up and start the day” until the clock turns green.
Risen Motherhood Podcast: Specifically this episode, “When Momma gets Angry.” I can’t recommend this podcast enough. It has been life changing in the least dramatic sense of the word- these two women have six children between them and they pursue the heart of Christ and sharing the gospel exactly the way we were designed to. Their teachings have become one of my biggest inspirations to get in the Word for myself. This episode is one I reference often when the ugly side of me comes out too many times in a row and I need to be reminded of the root issues of anger in motherhood. Their resources for teaching the Gospel to kids are fantastic as well.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every morning, we read a story from this Bible to Oshiolema (we read it to K at night) and ask questions based on the story we read that day. We then go through the catechism questions (we’re up to question 27) and have prayer time with him. This Bible really pulls him in and keeps his attention and I really appreciate that it doesn’t turn topics into baby versions, it stays true and teaches just as our Bibles would. This has been a favorite since day one.
Melamine Spoons: These spoons come in a pack of 6 so I got a set of pink tones for K and a set of blue tones for Oshiolema since their plates and bowls are also Melamine and have proven themselves indestructible. Oshiolema can’t get enough of choosing his color each meal ( “I think I wan’t this green. No blue. No THIS blue!!”) and I of course like that they’re a nice accent to their grey dishes. Life changing? No. Super fun? Yes.
What are your current toddler favorites? Please send them my way!