Checking in with a brief Tootie update today. Nothing in this post in sponsored, but there are some affiliate links. You can read more about that here.
A Tootie Update: Baby Things We’ve Used the Most (8-12ish months)
Tootie update! You see this monster? She’s almost 14 months now. (About 12 months when these photos were taken.)
We’re still happily using most of the things I shared in my 4–8 month roundup. The highchair, V-tech walker, black and white foam play mat, diaper backpack, and stack cups are all used daily. We’ve added a few other daily items to the lineup as she’s grown and her needs have changed, though. Here are a few other things we’ve found valuable during the 8–12 month age range (and 13 months, really, because I’m lazy and just now getting around to this).
I mentioned silicone bibs in the 4–8 month roundup. So convenient to just rinse them off and dry, and they don’t stain. The PandaEar bucket bibs are great. We especially love them when we have to feed her away from home and want to try to contain some of the mess. (See below pic)
Love the Antilop high chair, but the tray doesn’t come off very easily. This silicone place mat was a bit of a splurge, but I think it makes cleanup a million times easier. It’s food-grade silicone, and shouldn’t stain, but we did have one spot stain on ours when we left something tomato based on it overnight.
Perfect for R when transitioning to sippys with meals. She was already used to the bottle, so we figured the sucking mechanism used for the straw would be easiest. They also don’t leak unless water is left in the straw valve (or if the lid isn’t sealed correctly).
For transitioning away from bottles and formula to whole milk. Milk just wasn’t working well in the Muchkin straw cups, which was very annoying. My friend Lisa recommended the ZoLi BOT cups for milk, and it only took Ramona a few days to totally get it. They also don’t leak if sealed properly.
This is a recent addition after my mom got her one and we saw how much she loved it. Her teeth are coming in like rapid fire these days, and she loves gnawing on the teething bit. They are a bit pricier, so we just got a few.
She loves her balls I got her from the dollar store. May she forever be this easy to please. She’s taken to trying to carry three around at once while yelling “BAWL. BAWL. BAWL.”
The perfect solution for when they realize they can pick up and dump out their food. We often just dump it right on her place mat, but we use a Munchkin bowl for messier meals. We also like to use it when eating out or away from home. They don’t get the best seal on wood tables, but they are better than a plate.
Our neighbor gave us this toy, and R loves it. She gets a REAL KICK out of watching the balls fall down and make noise on the xylophone. I like that you can take the musical part out and make it two toys, too.
9. Primary.com Babysuits and Leggings
More money than Carter’s, but definitely higher quality. She’s been living in the long-sleeved babysuits and recently the striped leggings. We also have some of their socks, too. The quality is excellent and stands up to a ton of washing, and their customer service is great. Seen in almost all the photos in this post! My favorite little black baby dress is also from there (we had it in grape in 3-6 months as well).
10. Nose Frida
Honestly thought this was a made up thing when I first heard about it, but we have a daycare kid, and those daycare kids are put through the wringer. She HATES IT, but she can’t blow her nose, and this really helps clear her out. Especially after a warm bath or steamy bathroom party. As long as the snot doesn’t touch the filter, I wash and reuse them a few times.
Ain’t no one got time for Freshly Picked. (So cute, but these ones from Amazon are cheaper and also so cute.) We have them in black, and she wears them whenever she needs shoes. She just started walking at a hair over 13 months, and she’s still pretty terrible at it, so she’ll probably wear them for a while.
12. Tylenol, Motrin, and Wet Ones
For teeth. For fevers. For disinfecting everything when there are fevers or viruses or infections or WHATEVER. We’re generally not too liberal with antibacterial soaps and what not, but I don’t mess around with decontaminating the baby after leaving the library’s children’s section, which is a petree dish of children licking things. I keep these in the diaper bag. And yes, I buy the singles packs in bulk.
And that’s that 🙂