I wanted to share some more products that we are absolutely loving right now! It's mostly toys, but toys are very important at this age :) All of the pictures are from Amazon and I've linked you to each product. As always, I do not get paid to tell you about this stuff, I just like to share what works for us with other moms.
1. Playtex Straw Sippy Cups.
Everything I've read says to try to get your babies to use straw sippy cups instead of spout ones because it's better for their speech development. We did give Landon a spout sippy cup with handles to start with (before I read the stuff on straw sippys), but we switched to these pretty quickly and he was able to use them well within a week. I think we started him on these with water at 5 months. He loves these and so do we! They're easy to clean, they don't leak, and the straw has held up well with Landon biting it with his 4 teeth. He drinks several ounces of breastmilk way faster out of one of these, so we've done away with bottles. I offer him one of these with water several times a day and he typically drinks at least a little bit out. I always bring one with us full of water when we're out as well.
2. Munchkin Bath Ball.
This is such a simple concept, but it's so awesome. The bottom has holes so when you fill it with water, it comes out the bottom and looks kind of like a shower. There's a smaller ball inside full of sea creatures. Landon adores this thing! He likes to toss it, chew it, shake it, and fill it with water and watch it all come out. It comes in 2 color choices, the one above and 1 in pink and purple. Amazon doesn't give you a color choice, you get whatever they send and of course Landon got the pink and purple one. I don't really care and he loves it, so whatever.
3. Playskool Explore and Grow Busy Ball Popper.
Jeff bought this for Landon and I'm not sure who loves it more haha! It's exactly what it sounds like: a ball popper and it plays some fun (but kind of loud and obnoxious) music. Landon has a blast trying to catch the balls as they pop up. Sometimes they shoot out fast and I've spent more time than I care to admit chasing balls around my house, but it's worth it.
4. Step 2 Push Around Buggy.
My friend's son turned 1 last week, and she had this at her house. I put Landon it while I ate some pizza and he LOVED it, so now we have one on the way to our house. I love that he gets strapped into this and I can put him in it for walks outside or in the house. Such a fun toy!
5. Playskool Busy Gears.
Another toy that keeps Landon entertained for awhile. It plays fun music, lights up, and the gears spin when you press the button. Landon likes to chew on the gears too of course lol.
6. Kidoozie Drum.
This is probably Landon's favorite toy of all. When you hit the drum it lights up, and depending on which button you press on the side it either makes drum noises, silly sounds, or it plays music. When you roll it on its side it plays a tune as well.
7. Earth's Best Food Pouches.
These are awesome and Landon loves them. We use a lot of Earth's Best foods, but Landon is moving on to more finger foods now. These are fabulous for when we're out which happens fairly often and Plum Organics makes spoons that screw on the top on the pouch. All you have to do is squeeze and spoon feed your baby! We've tried just squeezing the food into Landon's mouth, but it made a big mess, so the spoons are fabulous for us right now.
8. Munchkin Soft Tipped Infant Spoons.
I like these because they're easy for me to hold, they hold a lot of food and are deep enough that you don't spill food everywhere when you go from jar to your baby's mouth. Landon bites these all the time and they're holding up great.
9. Happy Baby Yogurt Melts.
These are one of Landon's favorite snacks, and I think they're pretty tasty too lol. I love that they're organic, and I like that they're relatively flat. I've given Landon the Gerber ones too, which are much thicker and he always gags on them and scares the crap out of me. We will be sticking with these.
10. Baby Einstein Animal Discovery Cards.
I love these so much! They have great pictures of all sorts of animals and bugs, and there's facts on the back to read to your baby while you show them the pictures. I read a few of these each day to Landon after he eats breakfast. We also have the numbers and shapes cards as well.
Our favorite books right now are Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See? and basically anything else by Eric Carle. We are also loving Dr. Seuss, and touch & feel books. Landon will take books, hold them correctly, and look through them on his own. I love that he's enjoying books already.
A friend of mine showed me what she did with color coded bins for her son's toys to help him learn. I plan on doing something similar, so stay tuned for that post as well as my thoughts on the ball pit we got for Landon.
In case you missed them, here are my other baby gear posts.