Fave 5: 19-21 Months


I am completely overdue for a post and I really miss blogging!  Things have been crazy over the past few months but that is no excuse for letting my poor blog sit here.  I am finally catching up on my monthly Fave 5s and as many of you know, Landon is well past the 19-21 month phase but we have to start where I left off.  I miss having a baby around so it's a good thing Landon's little sister is on the way!  Baby #2 is coming in late January!  Stay tuned for more details, nursery updates, my takes on the latest baby gear and more.

My first thought when looking at this photo collage is, "Wow, that looks like preschool gear".  I can't believe that it is actually the truth and our little guy started preschool this fall.  He is only there for three hours a day but he certainly seems like a grown up toddler now that he is spending more time away from home.  Over the last couple of months, his love for building has grown along with his ability to color with regular crayons (as opposed to the egg-shaped baby version).  He runs around like a wild man in his new high tops and even recognizes all the letters in the alphabet.  Where is the time going!? 

Please chime in and comment with your favorites for this stage and age!  I love to pass along the info for other moms and the more ideas, the better.

Clockwise from top:

Tegu Blocks  This Target find is a fun way to introduce building to little ones while avoiding the frustration that can come along with trying to stack things for the first time.  Since the blocks are magnetic, they stick together in any combination (which is also helpful if they are with you in the car/plane etc.)

Pillowfort Industrial Kids Chairs (and table) - I love the look of this table and chairs set (chairs sold as a pair, table sold separately).  The metal construction is super durable and the little chairs are quite sturdy.  Landon uses this table as his coloring station.  It is easily wiped down which is a HUGE plus.  

See Kai Run Dane Sneaker - These are currently 20% off at Nordstrom and have been a hit for us.  I like that the high tops provide great ankle support.  They also look more like big kid shoes than baby shoes (which is bittersweet).

Classic Crayola 64 Crayon Box - This box of crayons brings me straight back to childhood!  All the great original colors are here and thankfully the crayons are washable.  My go-to is a paste of baking soda and water on the rough side of a sponge for wiping down the Pillowfort table (and a few other surfaces such as walls...for wipeable paint sheens, see here).  I even got a nice orange crayon scribble out of our living room sofa with a brush and some dish soap.  I chose some great roller shades for our house and some crayon even made it's way onto those.  Let's just say there is nothing like the miraculous Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Now we need to work on our coloring boundaries...

Plan Toys Preschool Alphabet  Another great Grandma gift!  These letters have traveled with us in their trusty little sack and have been so helpful for learning the alphabet.  Matching the letters to the associated cards/objects adds an extra challenge and was a great way to prep for preschool over the summer.

Hard at work on his coloring (20 months)

Fave 5: 10-12 Months

Happy New Year!  The last couple months of the year just slipped right by me.  Between Landon's first birthday, a little design project, and the holidays, the weeks have been racing along.  Since we stayed home for Christmas and New Year's, I have a little time to finally catch up on the blog.  See below for my favorites from the last couple months of babyhood.  We now have a walking, babbling toddler on our hands!

Clockwise from top:

1. SpaRoom Aromafier Ultrasonic Diffuser  Along with a very large toddler appetite comes the inevitable and equally large...super stinky diaper.  The challenge was to find a non-toxic air freshener for the nursery that is stronger than baking soda but not chock full of nasty chemicals.  Enter the aromafier, a compact battery operated (and travel friendly) diffuser.  You simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I went for this minty option) onto the inner pad and a tiny fan helps to spread the scent around the room.  The only downside is that the "on" button emits a bright LED light.  This isn't an issue during the day but it is definitely distracting in an otherwise dark room at night. I have found that if I just run the diffuser for a couple hours during the daytime, it's enough to keep the stink away.

2. Tower of Babble Stacking Blocks This set was a birthday gift from the great-grandparents and it was an instant hit.  They say the simplest toys are the most entertaining and that couldn't be more true about these cute, durable boxes.  They nest for easy storage and are covered in colorful (and educational) graphics.  Landon loves to watch us stack these into towers so he can knock them down and watch the boxes fly.  

3. Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon My brother sent this gem for the big first birthday.   When the box arrived, I couldn't wait to see the adorable wagon so I quickly assembled it during nap time.  It was so fun to watch the pure joy spread across Landon's face as he took his first steps while pushing it around the house.  It was the perfect photo prop at the first birthday party where we also took a few pictures for our holiday cards.

4. Boogie Wipes  Luckily we only faced a couple colds during the first year but they hit both of us hard (dad somehow avoided getting sick each time).  The infamous snotsucker was a real challenge, and I had much better luck with simple saline spray followed by (a lot) of Boogie Wipes.  I opted for the unscented version and they were great for keeping the snot in check without irritating baby's little button nose.  They are super soft and soothing with saline, aloe, vitamin E, and chamomile.

5. See Kai Run Toddler Shoes (similar here)  Shoes were a struggle when I first tried them around 7 or 8 months.  Until Landon was standing and cruising, he really didn't see the point of having those pesky accessories on his feet.  These days, he will patiently wait for me to put them on his feet so he can happily toddle around in style.  I have found that some shoes are absolutely adorable but a pain to get on so they just end up sitting in the drawer.  This brand is not only high quality and super cute but the shoes open wide making it much easier to get pudgy toddler feet strapped in.