Sunday, May 13, 2012

Favorite Things for Parents of One Year Olds

Gift Ideas for PARENTS of One Year Olds

In my last post, I gave gift ideas for one year olds.  The below items are good gifts to give parents of a one year old.  If you've ever been to a one-year old birthday party, you know that the child is bombarded with gifts. Why not give something to the parents instead? There are so many useful products for parents out there. Here are some of my favorite.
*Please note that the links aren't the only place to find these products.

Bed/Sleep Stuff
Breathable Baby Crib Liner Once babies become more mobile, these breathable "bumper pads" help to keep limbs from sticking through the crib slates (I took mine down once my baby was starting to stand up in the crib, however.)
Leachco Easy Teether Crib Rail Cover and CribWrap Side Rail Covers I bought various other contraptions to cover the crib rails, but these were most successful. (The first link is for the front of the crib; the second link is for the two sides.)
Halo SleepSacks SleepSacks are great since little ones kick off blankets.  
Safety Gripper Door Stop My son loves to play with his bedroom door.  At first I bought a typical door stop, but he was quick to figure out how to pull it out.  This one is a little trickier for him since it slides under the door.

Food Stuff
Bumkin Bibs  My favorite meal time bibs come from Bumpkin.  They're thin, so not too stiff.  They can easily be cleaned—either by hand or in the washing machine.  Lots of fun designs, too.  
Gerber Sip and Smile Sippy Cups  These are my absolute favorite sippy cups.  They really don't leak and come either with handles or without.
Ikea Long-sleeved Bib One thing I hate about winter is how both of my babies had to learn to feed themselves while wearing long sleeved shirts.  Not matter how much you try to roll them up, they get filthy.  Ikea has a bib with long sleeves.  It totally helps to protect those winter shirts. 

Out & About
Boppy Shopping Cart Cover This one was especially good for both high chairs and shopping carts.   
Eddie Bauer Shopping Cart Cover This one was nice because it already has a seat belt built in, which is good since we all know about one in every five carts has a working seat belt. 
One Step Ahead's Wrap Strap Shopping Cart Safety Strap  This was handy once my baby was getting too big for the shopping cart's seat belt and, like the Eddie Bauer one, is nice since you don't need to search around for a shopping cart that has a good lap strap.
California Baby Sunblock Stick  I found this to be the easiest sunblock to apply to a squirming baby. 
Chicco Capri Lightweight (Umbrella) Stroller I couldn’t find the one I have online (it’s a pretty lime green one) but I believe this is very similar.  Mine rolls well, has high handles, is lightweight, and folds up slim.  It also came with a bag to store it in, which worked great at the airport.