When it comes to kids it seems the amount of items necessary to raise them are endless. While in comparison our family is extremely minimal, it still feels like a lot of work to keep the stuff that we feel add value to our lives when raising our baby and toddler. At this time in our lives, here are my most valued items I feel greatly contributes to my life as a parent and my children's growth:
- Baby Carrier (I have 2) - I love these things! They add so much value to my life especially when I am shopping with both kids, want to nap one, walk with both or have my hands free around the house. I love how the Ergo has a hood to shade baby from the sun, or discreet nursing, or privacy while napping. It also has a pocket for my keys and wallet and you can also choose from an assortment of bags that can clip onto the carrier for diapers, bottles, or whatever else you need! Having baby carriers eliminates my need for strollers, which are difficult to travel with and store. They also make my time more efficient by allowing me to shop while napping my baby.
2. Small Cooler - As a family that loves outdoor activity and travel, our small cooler has been priceless for carrying extra milk, fresh fruit snacks, and cool water. We use this thing day in and day out! I use the small pocket in front for spoons, napkins, and teething tablets.
3. iPad - I know what you're thinking, iPads are totally an excessive item! However, it greatly reduces our clutter and adds value to my kids' learning life. While we maximize imaginative and outdoor play as much as possible the iPad has served us for long car rides, keeping physical books to a minimum, and teaching our kids things like colors, letters and numbers. Like anything, it's not about what you own but how you utilize it and I am extremely grateful for this piece of technology.
Well, there you have it! Those are my three most valued kid items at the moment. They are either the most frequently used and/or add the most efficient value to our lives. If you had to choose, what are your 3 most valued kid items? I'd love to hear!
All the best, Marin