The Essentials: Toddler Checklists

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Below are lists of what I deem the "essentials" when caring for a toddler that is 15 to 24 months old.  Some are repeats from previous sections, and some are new adds.  This time frame is when that toddler graduates to little person!  They understand things and start to take direction (and rebel)...  It's all a new adventure for everyone.

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Toddler Checklist:

*Items not in previous sections are marked*

Feeding​ - Toddlers are little people, they eat big people food in little portions!

  • *Toddler Fork & Spoon (encourage independent feeding with size appropriate tools) (E)

  • *Toddler Eating Bowls (light weight and easy to handle) (E)

  • *Toddler Snack Bowls (great for containing dry snacks like cereal) (E)

  • *Picnic Table (We do snacks here, and bring it on holidays, it's a real hit in our house)  (E)

  • *Booster Seat (multiple settings with a supportive back and easy to clean)  (E)

  • 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)

  • Powder formula

  • 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... 

Potty Training

  • *Potties (on for each room makes your life a lot more simple) (E) (E)

  • *Training underwear (to protect against accidents, but get away from disposable diaper material) (E)

  • *Educational Books (to help encourage "big kid" behavior) (E)

Child Proofing

  • Baby Gate (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) 


  • *Silicone Popsicle Molds (bigger molds are also available) (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)

Play Time!

  • *Toddler Puzzles (2-3 piece puzzles are awesome for brain development!)  (E)

  • *Water Table (keep them amused for hours outside)  (E)

  • *Index Cards (write body parts on cue cards, go over 3-5 per day for a week, you'll be surprised how fast they learn!)  (E)

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

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

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

  • Activity Table (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, fun for the bath too!) (E)

Personal Care

  • No Touch Thermometer (not as accurate, but super convenient!) (E)

  • George's cream (no dyes or perfumes) (E)

  • Baby underarm thermometer (E)

  • Nasal spray & sucker (E)


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

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)

  • 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?