Remember your baby shower registry? Grabbing that barcode
scanner and adding gift ideas to your list was empowering—until you realized
months later that many of your "must-haves" weren't all that useful. Fast
forward to the toddler years, and it's a whole new set of gear. But doesn't
some of that stuff seem a little over the top? Here are a few things I think
your toddler can do without.
Worried about a fall? Toss a pillow or two on the floor.
I'm pretty sure these were designed more for parents than for toddlers
transitioning from crib to bed. It can be pretty anxiety-inducing to see your
wee one in a bed that doesn't contain him. Will he get up in the middle of the
night? Roll out onto the floor? What if he realizes that he's free? But in
reality, even if you have the bed rail attached to a toddler bed or a
full-sized twin bed, it isn't going to keep your kid from escaping. Worried
about a fall? Toss a pillow or two on the floor.
2. Faucet extender
In an attempt to solve the puzzling question of how to get your toddler to wash
his hands, someone invented the faucet extender. Most of these are made in the
shape of an animal and they simply direct the water flow closer to the edge of
the sink. The first thing I thought when I saw one? Water fight. A stepping stool
is a much easier—and drier—solution.
3. Reusable food pouches
Want your toddler to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet even though she craves
mac and cheese 24/7? Puree those veggies into an unappealing paste and stick it
in a food pouch. Boom, you've got all the food groups covered. It's like being
Mom of the Year all the time. But can I just say one thing? Gross! Pretty sure
if I brought pureed peas in a sandwich bag to playgroup I would have been kicked
out. Even for the pickiest eaters these just seem unnecessary to me. The goal
is to get your toddlers to like people food—and I think food pouches simply
delay that transition. Yuck.
I know many of you experienced toddler-raisers are shaking your heads at this,
but I'm not a fan of the potty seat. The ultimate goal of potty training is to
get your kiddos to use a regular toilet—no matter where you are. Sure, Grandma's
toilet seat has that pink furry cover and the gas station bathroom has the
automatic flusher. But why should we carry an extra toilet around? And the
worst part about potty seats is that they don't have a flusher. So guess who
has to clean them every time? You. Yuck.
So don't fret, future parents of toddlers. Some of the best
toddler gear you can have is your own common sense—and a sense of humor.