Transitioning from baby to pre-toddler was tough time for me as a parent. Overnight, it seemed like everything changed. I was completely at a loss for what to do with my little one. Here are some things that are life savers for this transition! I call this my pre-toddler survival kit–things we couldn’t live without! (Pre-toddler refers to the 12-18 month range in a child’s development.)
First, the Pre-Toddlerwisebook was instrumental! Read this when your little one is around 11 months old!
Feeding transitions are going to be one of the biggest changes. My little one refused to drink milk from a cup. She would drink water out of a cup, but not milk. The thing that finally worked for us was the NUK Learner Cup. It makes for a more natural, gradual transition from bottle to cup.
Also, there are two snack containers that I couldn’t live without. The Snack Dispenserhas four compartments, which is perfect for separating snacks or meals. The second one is the Snack Catcher, which allows little ones to eat things like puffs and cereal on their own with minimal spilling.
As far as other snacks go, stock up on frozen peas. They’re yummy, healthy, and easy in so many ways. We also love the GoGo Squeez Applesauce on the Go because it is around 65% cheaper than similar products, it travels well, it’s healthy, there’s little mess, you can take it hiking, and little ones love it!
Finally, I realize that DVDs can be a controversial topic for some parents, and I completely respect parents who don’t allow their little ones to watch. There are two DVDs that we couldn’t live without! First, Baby Einstein: Baby’s First Moves is super fun because it’s interactive. It teaches little ones how to clap, twist, and move, and it features “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” My little one was very eager to learn and participate and that song with all of the little babies gave her so much joy! Second, Baby Einstein: My First Signs. We didn’t get this DVD until our little one was around 17 months, and I wish we’d gotten it sooner! We have all learned basic signs (taught by actress Marlee Matlin) and it has made communication so much easier and less stressful. Our little one watches intently and loves signing and speaking words like ball, friend, please, thank you, eat, drink, milk, dadda, momma, baby, blanket, and more. It has provided a foundation for us to build upon to further our communication skills, and it has been fantastic.
So, if I could go back a year, these are the things I would arm myself with in preparation for the upcoming transition to pretoddlerhood!