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: 12-15 Months

In a couple weeks the little man will already be 16 months old!  He is constantly on the go these days and loves to explore every corner of our house and backyard.  We are working on holding hands as he walks down the sidewalk (he is perfectly content to walk up and down our block multiple times) and he loves to run around on the grass at our neighborhood park.  He is still having fun with his friends at his music and Gymboree classes.  See below for our recent faves!

 

toddler shoes | water bottle | kid chair | set of cards | bath book

1. Once Landon started confidently walking, I began searching for shoes that would be supportive, comfortable, cute, and lightweight.  I love the look of all the mini styles of adult shoes (there is something so adorable about tiny versions of dad's shoes), but so often they are made of the same heavy materials as adult shoes and aren't too easy to wedge chubby toddler feet into.  The Tsukihoshi shoes above can be found locally in Houston at Imagination Toys and Shoes or online at Amazon or Zappos.  They are a great brand from Japan that specializes in kids shoes.  The materials are lightweight and flexible.  We love them!

2. Now that our little guy is so active, he is frequently more thirsty.  When he started sneaking sips from his dad's full-size Camelbak, we knew it was time for Landon to have his own.  This bottle comes with us everywhere.

3. Since we first decorated the nursery, I have been on the search for a cute and functional kids chair.  This was the perfect addition to the corner of his room where we have picture books displayed on wall ledges and board books in baskets below.  The seat cushion is removable and the cover is stain resistant and washable.  Plus, the foam core is free of flame retardant chemicals.

4. We keep books in almost every room of the house and in the backseat of the car since our bookwork can't get enough of them.  The only place where we were missing them was in the bathtub.  Landon received this waterproof, floating bath book for Valentine's Day!

5. This beautiful set of cards was a gift from Santa.  At first glance they look like individual packs of 10 playing cards but they are actually prayer cards for 10 different religions.  For some reason, cards are really intriguing at this age and Landon likes to study the images on each one, hand them to us, or trade for others.  This set will (hopefully) last a long time and through various childhood stages plus the cards are interesting for all of us.  Especially in this day and age, a little education about other religions is both eye-opening and educational.