In the last 21 months we’ve used a lot of new, interesting and sometimes odd products relating to our bundle of baby joy (he was, now he’s a bundle of toddler energy).Some were good and have become everyday essentials (lidded snack pot I’m looking at you!), some were ok but not essentials, and some were bad. Or too strange to even try (I’m just not ready to try snot suckers…bleurgh!)
But there’s just been a few products where I’ve wondered “Why is this even an option!?)
Spill proof cups:
Seriously. Why wouldn’t ALL toddler cups be spill proof!? Is there anyone who actually wants to risk the mini flood in the changing bag, or on the living room rug? Toddlers are usually unable to contain they’re excitement even when holding things, so when that bus drives past the dining room window during dinner and G starts waving excitedly at it, suddenly it’s raining indoors and I’m off to the kitchen to bin all the cups that aren’t spill proof.
Shoes with Velcro:
I love G’s preloved little converse we got from eBay. They look so cute and go with everything, plus they seem to be withstanding the regular toddler beatings and trips to the washing machine. But there is one major issue with them. The laces. Why do shoes sized for toddlers come with laces? If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying to tie a wriggling, hyped up toddler’s shoes then you have no idea what frustration is. And when you do succeed in tying them, he’ll then undo them in the car to wherever you’re going (grrr face) or they’ll come undone mid park visit and you’ll only notice once your toddler has face planted the floor (so I’m guessing…not saying it’s happened…honest).
Gloves without string:
Ok so I know many of us will remember the irritating feeling of half a meter of wool running through your sleeves and across your back, and I know we all swore we’d never put our kids through these torturous situations, but when your on your third pair of toddler gloves (this week!) you suddenly realise what a genius idea it is. Next thing you know you’re sewing the string on yourself!
Do you agree with me or do you actually prefer the alternatives to these? Or what items have you wondered aren’t ‘standard’?
Mrs H xxx