Wednesday, August 22, 2012

9 Things I Love: Toddler Edition (Part 1)

Now that we're fully consumed by all things toddler in this house, I thought it was time for another installment of 9 Things I Love and this time, we'll focus on the things that make life easier with an early preschooler.

These are in no particular order and no, the companies didn't pay me to endorse their products (but I'm not saying I would turn it down!).

1. The Aquaduck Faucet Extender
Bea has been potty trained for most of the year, but getting her to wash her hands has been a battle. A disgusting, gross, kid-who-picks-their-nose kind of battle because you know, "Bea Bea do it myself" is her mantra these days. Plus, she's getting' kind of heavy so lifting her around to all the house sinks is hard work. So, when I was at a doula client's house this February, and saw this on her bathroom sink for her toddler, I was in love with this little thing. It enables Bea to climb up to the sink and reach the water without drowning the bathroom in the process. Plus, it's pink. And she likes all things pink (much to our dismay).

2. Washable Crayons

Probably this is a "Duh" product, but seriously, crayons have saved our sanity more times than I can count. Whether it's in a doctor's office, and she just has to draw out a creative urge or we're at church and Bea spends the entire sermon tearing the wrappers off. I carry a box of Crayons in every bag I own these days. Oh, and make sure their washable. Otherwise, situations like these are unpleasant:
In her defense, she did ask if she could draw on the floor.
3. Crayola Glue Sticks
Along the same lines as Crayons, Bea loves to glue stuff down. Well, actually, she likes to paint pictures with glue and then occasionally will add a few pieces of ribbon here and there. These glue sticks are good for that. They go on purple and dry (quickly) clear. Plus their non-toxic, so when Bea inevitably puts a stick of glue in her mouth- I'm not as freaked out by it when it's this brand. And see the weirdly shaped tops (which also can serve as a base)? Those are perfect for little toddler hands (and coordination) to help them stand their glue sticks up in between additions.

4. Bull City Craft

Maybe you're sensing a theme here? Life with a toddler is a lot easier when there is craft time. And unfortunately for Bea, the limits of my craftiness mentoring end at glue sticks and crayons. Luckily, here in town, we have Bull City Craft. We visited BCC for the first time this week and holy, moley, we'll be back. For $5 ($5!) your preschooler can have access to unlimited crafting supplies for hours on end (we stayed for an hour before Bea figured out the shop is located right next to her favorite Frozen Yogurt place). The advantages to a place like this are countless. Your toddler can wonder around, in a craft-induced haze, until their tiny toddler heart is content. Plus? The mess stays out of your house. For me, that's worth $5 alone. But for Bea, she got to paint, play with Play-Doh, do some collage building, draw with crayons and pencils and even do a little playtime with their in-house toys. This place is the Bees Bea's Knees for us, and we'll be back weekly for sure. I mean, come on, they even provide smocks? Be still my neat-freak heart:

Tomorrow I'll round out the list with my favorite things (right now at least) so stay tuned. And if you have any favorite toddler things, let me know in the comments. I'm always looking to steal for new ideas.



  1. um, please let me know where I can get that faucet extender!! thanks!

  2. We LOVE our Aquaduck extender. Which reminds me that I have NO IDEA where it is after our move. (resisting urge to go through boxes at this very moment)