Here's that cupboard now. No bottles. No formula. No baby megaphones.
Munchkin Sippy Cups
Sophie and Michael have a few different kinds of sippies, and they get excited when they see all of them. We bought these on sale last weekend just to have a couple more in the rotation, and they are Michael and Sophie's clear favorites. The removable nozzles are similar to bottle nipples in that you have to remove them and put them back in after cleaning. That's a little annoying, but I also suspect that similarity is why Michael and Sophie like them so much and drain them dry.
Fisher Price Space Saver High Chairs
Like all big ticket purchases, I did my homework on high chairs. I liked the idea of wooden ones, possibly the kind that you find in restaurants, but after one MoM after another raved about these, I went for it. And now I'm raving. They travel well, clean up pretty easily, are comfortable for Michael and Sophie, and they do save space over full-sized high chairs, even though the kitchen chairs have to stick out a bit.
We've only used these a few times so far, but they've been pretty handy...and fun. We have to put a towel down on the bottom of our bathtub because it has ridges that don't allow the seats'suction cups to stick (the towel holds them in place). That little adjustment is worth it to be able put both babies in the tub at the same time with a little help in keeping one safe while we deal with the other, an ongoing struggle in the land of twin parenthood. The seats open with a latch for easy loading and unloading and fold down a bit for storage. If the makers had multiples in mind, they would have made them stackable as well, but they didn't.
These came recommended and then as a gift from a friend and fellow mom. On their maiden voyage just this evening they proved to be all they're cracked up to be. They suction cup right to any table and have a little trough to catch food, both of which really work! They're dishwasher safe, BPA free, and super portable.
I could go on and on about favorite toys, but the few I've chosen below, are ones that are so appealing to Michael and Sophie that they work when a distraction is needed. "Oh, Sophie, Michael took your Elmo phone and made you cry? Hey, look at this!"
Fisher Price Music Table
Some friends gave Michael and Sophie one of these for Christmas, and we bought one at a mom-to-mom sale. Before they could stand or even sit up at the tables, we'd set Michael and Sophie in their Boppies, take the legs of the table, and set it on their laps. Now they stand at the tables, often playing two at once like skilled DJs.
That's Not My Monkey
Another Christmas gift, this time from Mike's brother and sister-in-law, this book is one of a few touch and feel books that are hot items in our playroom. Michael and Sophie love to touch the fuzzy tongue, smooth feet, and furry bellies that distinguish each monkey in the book. The title makes Mike and me laugh like thirteen-year-old boys, so that's good too.
There's probably some sensory learning justification for this ball spewing, wind blowing, Rockin' Robin singing toy, but around here its purpose is 100% fun.
A few items that made this year of breastfeeding easier have come to mind, but I'm thinking that will be its own post. We'll see!