Top Toddler Essentials to Boost Learning and Well-Being

Added 11 months ago

Raising a child is no easy task. Children of different ages have specific requirements and learning needs. For instance, our previous article on ‘Spend, Save, Give, Loan and Invest describes how teaching your children about financial literacy is valuable no matter their age. However, older children might have a better mental handle on budgeting compared to those who are younger. While navigating the transition phase from baby to toddler can be a huge leap for some parents, investing in a few key items will help ensure that they stay safe and happy as they grow up.

A safe car seat

With so many types of car seats available on the market, it can be difficult to narrow down the selection process. NCT’s guide to choosing a car seat for toddlers explains how trying different types in your vehicle will help you make the right decision. You should also take into account your toddler’s current height, weight, and growth rate when making your decision. To make things easier for you, making sure that it has an isofix connector will help make installing it in your car smoother process. Many modern cars have an isofix connector hidden in the cracks between your car seats. Practising how to install the seat and take it down will also help reduce any crankiness (for both parent and child) during journeys.

A sturdy pushchair

If you have more than one toddler, a tandem pushchair can be the solution you need when you’re traveling or going for a walk outside. The selection of a double pushchairs listed on iCandy shows how contemporary tandem models are slim like a single-buggy and considerably more manoeuvrable than side-by-side pushchairs. They can be adjusted to let your toddlers sit in front of one another and play, keeping everyone happy. Depending on your needs, you can even convert it from a double pram to a single one. However, it is important to note that double prams tend to suffer from more wear and tear compared to single prams, so investing in a high-quality pushchair will be more worth it in the long run.

An art-themed toy

When it comes to encouraging the growth of creativity, there’s no such thing as starting too young. If you’re stuck at home, investing in some art supplies can keep you and your children busy on a rainy day. Hobbycraft’s variety of craft kits includes the ‘Decorate Your Own Canvas Tent’, which is a fun way to pass the afternoon. You can customise a tiny tent with paint, felt cutouts, fun fabrics, and more. Alternatively, you can also do it yourself and use a discarded bed sheet to create a makeshift tent. It’s also worth noting that the benefits of making art are limitless. It improves motor skills, boosts self-esteem, and impacts visual processing and memory.

An educational tablet

These days, electronic gadgets are pretty commonplace as learning tools and communication gadgets. Made for Mum’s list of travel essentials includes the Fire HD 8” Kids Edition Tablet, which can keep toddlers engrossed on a lengthy journey. You can download educational apps, videos, games, and more from well-loved brands like Disney, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street. Most importantly, it comes with the ability to set time constraints, because limiting screen time is essential for the developing mind. As a bonus, it also has an incredibly long battery life that lasts for up to ten hours and comes with a protective kid-proof case.

When it comes down to it, investing in a few quality essentials can help your children grow and learn. Hopefully, this list will help get started on your research and choose items that can stand the test of time and add value to your child’s future.

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