The Essentials: Junior Toddler Checklists

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Below are lists of what I deem the "essentials" when caring for a junior toddler that is 10 to 14 months old.  Some are repeats from previous sections, and some are new adds.  This time frame is when that baby gets very curious and graduates to a junior toddler, they start walking and get busier than ever! ! 

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Junior Toddler Checklist:

*Items not in previous sections are marked*

Feeding​ - At 10 months when baby has some teeth they can eat almost anything parents are eating (that's relatively soft)!

  • *Bib with Food Pocket (make sure you buy a sturdy one, you'll use this a LOT)  (E)

  • *Squeezies (pack them everywhere they're healthy and a get snack for the go!)  (E)

  • *Portable High Chair/Booster Seat (great for the park, grandma's house, etc)  (E)

  • High chair (make sure there is an insert for smaller kids) (E)

  • 6-8 Baby spoons (E)

  • Powder formula (E)

  • Starter cereal (oat and prune is great to also keep them regular) (E)

  • Sippy cups with soft end (make sure it’s soft…) (E)

  • 8 oz bottles (10-12 bottles, since 4-5 feedings per day) (E)

  • Double electric breast pump (E)

  • Bottle drying rack and scrub brush (E) (E)

  • Glass bottles for freezing and feeding breast milk (E)

  • 10 Cloth bibs (Velcro connector) - babies spit up a lot... 

Child Proofing

  • *Baby Gates (these are amazing and pressure mounted, no wall marks and adjustable with a gate!) (E)

  • *Plug Covers  (E) 

  • *Cupboard locks  (E) 

  • *Table Corner Protectors (E) 


  • *Tooth brush (start good habits early, they don't brush much but encourage them to brush once a day with you!) (E)  

  • *Tooth paste (Fluoride free) (E)

  • *Silicone Popsicle Molds (cold snacks are a must) (E)  

  • Teethers (teething usually starts around 4 months, Sophie from indigo is a huge hit in our house) (E)

  • Crib Protector (this one is great, my kid was actually chewing off the crib rail) (E) (E)

Play Time!

  • *Custom Toddler Recliner (these are great for reading, and snacks... watch for sales!) (E)

  • *Activity Table (great for play and learning to stand) (E)

  • *Building Blocks (now is great time to use easy stacking blocks) (E)

  • *Flap Books (make reading fun and interactive) (E)

  • Some form of jumper (Baby Einstein is great because it has the most setting for different sizes) (E)

  • Stack up cups (Great for developing hand-eye coordination) (E)

  • Some toys that you can hang off things like the stroller (E)

Personal Care


Baby’s Room

Diapers and Change Station

  • Honest company butt wipes for poops (I still used the rags for pees) (E)

  • Portable play pen with change station (E)

  • Changing pad for at home (E)

  • Changing pad covers (E)

  • Bum wipes

  • New born diapers

  • Zinc cream - generic brand, this is to treat diaper rash

  • Vaseline

  • Dog poop bags – these are great for traveling, holding dirty diapers, wipes, or soiled clothes

Clothes and Blankets

Traveling with baby

  • *Booster Seat (eating on the go, park, or grandma's)  (E)

  • *Umbrella Stroller (airplane approved, lightweight and easy to maneuver)  (E)

  • Baby sun glasses with a strap (roshambo is also super malleable and you can add a strap) (E) (E)

  • Baby carrier (I liked the sling and a separate forward facing one) (E)

  • Car seat & stroller combo, this will save you so much time and effort everywhere (E)

  • Diaper bag/backpack with fold out changing pad (E)

  • Stroller UV cover (weather shield) (E)

  • Stroller wind cover (weather shield) (E)

  • Nursing cover (can also be used for the stroller) (E)

  • Snow suit (do not wear in car seat)

  • Pack and Play mattress (check measurements) (E)

Bath Time

  • Organic baby shampoo

  • Baby bath  (E)

  • Bath mat for parents knees (E)

  • 6-8 face clothes


  • *Good Quality Dust Buster (baby's on the move, the mess is too!)  (E)

  • 4+ Nursing bras

  • 2 Nursing sports bras

  • Fragrance free and dye free detergent (E)

  • *Dinners see the meal prep section for meals the whole family will love!

  • See the food section for baking treats


These were my essentials, but I'm sure I missed some great things that have worked for others.

What did I miss?