We’re two years in as parents and while we still have so much to learn, John and I have definitely gleaned a handful of life lessons when it comes to raising a little one. For example, it takes a million years to get a baby buckled in and buckled out of her car seat. I have no idea why it takes so long, but I’m always exhausted by the end of the process. Also, there is no greater gift that a child can give her parents than a loooooong nap — or if you really win the lottery — a full night of sleep. Seriously, can you think of ANYTHING better?
Aside from those little nuggets of wisdom (or were they?), I have teamed up with Ralph’s Grocery to share a few things that I know to be true about parenting babies from birth to two years:
Invest in lots of sturdy and safe tableware. We introduced Briar to solids at the age of four months so very early on in parenthood we were already using bowls and spoons (not to mention tons of bottles!). Once she learned to crawl around, her favorite activity became pulling out all the plastic bowls and plates from low cabinets. At the age of two, we go through several bowls, plates, cups, and silverware on the daily since it always seems like meal or snack time. I can only wash so many dishes in a day (before losing my mind) so it’s nice to have more than enough serve ware on hand. We especially love these divided plates and colorful plastic silverware made from recycled milk jugs by Re-Play!
Stash wipes everywhere. I have wipes in the car. I have wipes on the changing table. I have wipes in the bathroom. I have wipes in my bag. You never know when you’ll need to change a diaper or clean sticky hands or quickly mop up a spill (I’m amazed at how effective they are with treating spills!). We really love the Water Wipes and the Simple Truth brands.
You can never have enough snacks. My backpack might as well be a lunchbox because it is always chock-full of squeeze pouches, Goldfish crackers, apples, and water bottles. When Briar and I are out and about, I know that I can calm any sour mood instantly with a quick snack.
Stock up on medicine before your little one gets sick. During Briar’s first year, she had all the standard baby ailments: colds, teething pain, gas, fevers, and a few ear infections. The problem with these ailments is that although they are to be expected, they always seem to flare up in the middle of the night when you’re unprepared (why is that??). Through trial and error we have built up a nice stash of home remedies, so now we are ready to ease any toddler or infant discomfort at a moment’s notice (i.e. 4 AM). Some of our must-have items are Baby Tylenol, gripe water, Orajel, Boogie Wipes, and of course, a reliable thermometer.
All of the items that I mentioned above (plus so much more!) can be found in the Baby Care aisle at your local Ralph’s Grocery!
This post was sponsored by Ralph’s, but as always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are my own.