Before I start this post, I have to say that my dad has affectionately started calling Emma a “pre-tod”. It’s weird to me to think that she’s not a baby anymore, but she’s definitely out of that phase now at 14 months.
With that big transition into being a toddler (or pre-tod), there has been an influx of new things we’ve grabbed for Emma. I wanted to share some of my favorites here on the blog because I know lots of you have little ones around the same age or are even expecting (congrats).
So without further ado…
This is one we’ve been using for a while now, and obviously it’s not new to Emma’s age, but I honestly love them so much. We’ve tried so many different diapers, and I keep coming back to these. Others have awkward sizing and don’t fit right so I end up worrying about leaks. I even wanted to really love Honest diapers, but they weren’t cutting it either.
The Pure line of Pampers is supposed to be a more natural diaper. They have adorable patterns. Most importantly they fit perfectly. We still use Pampers Baby Dry at night to help avoid nighttime changes, which I’ve been doing for a looong time now, but for day time I always go for Pampers Pure.
Also, while I’m talking about diapering, I use the Seventh Generation wipes and love those. They’re thick and not too wet. Also, I feel great about using a natural, unscented wipe on her! In fact, I love that I can use these on her hands and face and not worry about her consuming chemicals.
These are definitely a new addition for us. We’ve had a couple of plates, but I recently grabbed several of thee, and I’m so glad I did!
These plates are literally only $0.59 at Target, and they come in several cute colors (for boys and girls). They have some that are open and others that are divided. This line also has bowls, silverware, and cups, but we just have plates. Best of all? They’re dishwasher safe, which might be our favorite thing aside from the price!
The only downside on these plates is that there’s nothing to stick them down, so you won’t want to use them if your little is in the habit of picking up plates. Emma is pretty good about that – she generally won’t pick up her plate until she’s done; though, some days she’s just wanting to play.
Here’s a shoutout to my friend Katie that told me about this toothpaste. Emma got 6 teeth within about a month and a half late last fall, and I knew it was time to start brushing her teeth. There are so many options out there, and I had no idea where to start until Katie shared about this with me!
I love this toothpaste because, just like the diapers, it’s natural, and I don’t have to stress too much about what she’s ingesting – especially since half the time she tries sucking the water out of the toothbrush. The flavor doesn’t seem too overpowering (I can smell it, but it’s not super strong), and since you don’t use a lot for little ones, I know we’re not going to break the bank buying it.
Going along with the last item, this is the toothbrush that we’ve been using on Emma, and again, I love it. The bristles are soft, it’s a small brush, and Emma can hold it and help “brush” her teeth, which she loves to do.
There’s not much to say about this one, honestly. I don’t love crazy characters and colors of some things marketed for little kids, so the fact that this is simple and a light color is perfect. Plus, it gets bonus points for being made in the USA.
Last but not least, I wanted to share one of our current bath soaps for Emma! I was so excited when I saw that fellow designers were making a product for littles, and I knew right away that I’d have to grab it.
This stuff smells amazing, and while we were visiting with family I was using it for myself as well as Emma. I even used it one night to let her have a bubble bath just for fun, and whoa at the bubbles!! Aside from that, the ingredients are great. I can’t wait to see what else Wiley ends up creating!
When we aren’t using the Body Bubble, I also use Johnson’s Vanilla Oat Baby Wash. My mom heard great things about this product in terms of helping with eczema, which Emma has on various parts of her body. I’ll happily admit that I’m a little nervous about the ingredients in this baby wash, so I don’t go for it as often.
If you have a little one around Emma’s age or older, I’d love to hear your favorite items for this sort of in-between stage!