Thursday, June 14, 2018

12 Must Have Items for 6-12 month olds

This list of 12 items are all things I have personally purchased, and found useful. 

1.) The Jumperoo. There are a few different versions of this product out there. The one I purchased was the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. My baby girl had enough neck strength to start using this toy at 4 months, and we used it consistently until she was about 10 months old. We have a small living room, and it does take up a lot of space. once she started crawling consistently, we moved it to the kitchen, where we put her if we are cooking. She loved this product from the start, and it helped her develop her motor skills as she started to use her fingers to move the toys attached to the Jumperoo. 

Jumperoo on Amazon

2.) Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. Baby girl liked this toy from the start. It's a musical toy, but the volume can be turned off. In the beginning, her favorite part was the detachable telephone, but as she's gotten older, she's enjoyed interacting with the spinners, and the number buttons, and especially the barn door. She loves to open and close the door. Lol. 
We have a carpeted living room, which has helped as she started using the walker to walk. I've always kept the back tires locked, because I'm afraid unlocking them will make the walker go to faster for her. If you have hardwood floors, this walker might be hard to handle for a little one. 
Sit-toStand Learning Walker on Amazon

3.) Rubber Ducky Bath Tub! I'm not going to lie. I saw this on a friends Facebook feed, and I immediately went online and bought it. Thankfully it's as useful as it is cute. It's also just $12! (currently) I did buy a small foot pump with this item, because I do not have time to blow up inflatable bath tubs. 
I've enjoyed this product very much. It saves water, it's easy to use, and it's cute!

Rubber Ducky Bath on Amazon

4.) Helium/Mylar Balloon. This is a great way to entertain your baby for cheap. I just get a balloon from the Dollar Tree, and tie it down to a toy. I will caution that you should not let you child play with a balloon without constant supervision. There is a string attached, and kids have a way of entangling/choking themselves very easily.

5.) Pack 'n Play. This was a great gift we received at our baby shower. We used it as baby girl's bassinet when she was an infant, and as she's gotten older, we've been able to take it outside (in the shade) to get stuff done on the house. I love that it has wheels, so it's easy to move from room to room as well. 

Pack 'n Play on Amazon

6.) Stroller. I mentioned in my previous post for must have items that it would be best to get a travel system stroller. You don't want to wake an infant up just to unbuckle them from their car seat to rebuckle them in a stroller. However, I never got a travel system myself. I went the cheaper route, and got this stroller. I can't say how it works for infants, but for 6-12 month old's, it's great. It's easy to put together, simple to use, and good quality. 

stroller options on Amazon

7.) I would highly suggest getting an inflatable pool as a play pen. It has been a life saver for us. Our living room is a bit small, and baby girl tends to get bored in there pretty quickly. So it's nice to take her upstairs to a different play area. This is also in my craft room, so I can work on crafts, and she can be entertained at the same time. For more details on the inflatable pool play pen please refer to this post

Inflatable Pool on Amazon
8.) Baby chair. I found this chair at Aldi. Baby girl likes climbing on it more than sitting on it, but it's still a fun item to have around. I know she finds it comfortable to sit in since she has fallen asleep in it before.
baby chair options on Amazon
9.) Car Window Shades. I will never forget when my nephew was little, and the sun was in his eyes when we were driving somewhere, and he kept saying "Turn light off! Turn light off!" I think about that every time I put baby girl in the car on a sunny day. I bought these window shades because they were cheap and well reviewed. I honestly didn't know if they would work, but they work great! I'm very pleased with this product!

10.) Baby Rear Seat Mirror. This is a great item to have, and I found it is worth it go buy a nicer mirror, instead of going cheap. The first car mirror I bought was only $10 and it had a weird pivot system that didn't actually work, and the mirror kept falling off. So I threw it away, and bought the one below. I am very happy with this mirror. It was easy to install, and it works great.

11.) Books! It can get difficult to read to baby if they insist on grabbing the pages, but the experts do say, hearing the words is helpful for their language development. I strive to find books with female main characters, and minorities. The Amazon list below shows the books I've personally bought to read to baby girl.

12.) Clothes! It can always be tricky to buy clothes online, but sometimes it pays off! I read the reviews for sizing comments. The outfit pictured below was reviewed as "larger than expected" so I bought it for the summer knowing she'd grow into it before the Fall arrived. The ad beside it is a 3 pack of snap rompers that I love!

baby girl summer dress

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