It's been quite a while since I wrote one of these Loving Lately: The Toddler Edition posts, in fact, I think back in February was my last, so it's well overdue for Tyler Lee and I to share what we've been loving for toddlers lately. It's safe to say that as the son of a blogger Tyler Lee is a lucky little boy who gets to try out and help me in reviewing different products for his age group, he's also lucky in the fact that he has a mother and father who can never stop buying him things - when will we learn?! Anyway, without further ado, let me share what we've been lovely lately and wanting to recommend to fellow parents and toddlers.
Lullaby Star Cube. Tyler Lee has always been a great sleeper but as of late he has begun waking up in the middle of the night crying "mummy!" and looking for his dummy, he has also been fighting his set bedtime of seven o' clock - which I'm putting down to it being summer, so I've been looking for ways to calm him, get him ready for bed with ease and anything that will help him sleep soundly through the night, this is where the Lullaby Star Cube* (£19.99) comes in. This is such a lovely product which is filled with a mixture of lullaby and nature sounds with an ever-changing light that projects stars onto the ceiling. This is such a calming addition to Tyler Lee's bedtime, he especially loves the 'birdie sound' as he calls it and the ocean sound has even helped me drift off into a peaceful sleep at times. I would recommend the lullaby star cube for anyone with a restless baby or toddler as it really is so calming and is small and stylish enough to sit nicely on a shelf in their room.
outdoor toys. They recently sent us the Jacks Sand and Water Table* (£25) which is a lovely, compact sand and water table which is super simple to put together - you just slot the legs into the tray and you're good to go, what's even better is that it comes with everything your little one needs to have fun with the sand and water including a little watering can, a spade, rake, bucket and molds for the sand. He's been having an absolute ball with it out in the garden and when he's done playing with it I simply pop the lid on to keep everything safe and secure until the next playtime. I highly recommend this product for those who may have gardens/balconies which are on the smaller side and who want to get something affordable and fun for their little ones.
Books, books and more books. We are always buying Tyler Lee new books, whether they are brand new from the book shop or second hand (and very cheap!) from the charity shop, we like him to have lots of books and always a new story for bedtime. One of his favourite books lately is his Dear Zoo Noisy Book. He could sit there for hours on end pressing the animal sounds, his favourite (and mine!) being the monkey as it reminds him of his cuddly toy monkey Georgie. He loves to sit with his First 100 Words Board Book and point at the pictures so that I can say the word for him to repeat, it's great to see him interested in learning. My favourite books to read to him at the moment are Adam's Cloud range of books by Benji Bennett. These really are the sweetest and most magical books you could ever read to your child. My favourite is Before You Sleep and it's just filled with a parents love for their child, I also love the fact that the books are written in rhyming verse, I can never help but love a bit of poetry. These books are €9.99 each and we really have to pick up some more. We were recently sent The Fairy Force book* (€7.95) by The Irish Fairy Door company, whose fairy door we have received in the past. Being a lover of fairies myself I thought it'd be lovely to read this book to my son and spark his love for them too. However, although this book is a nice addition to The Irish Fairy Door company range of products it wasn't an enjoyable read for me as it didn't have the traditional and rather whimsical view of fairies that I have and love. I also think the book is more suited to older children and I'll be passing this onto my little cousin who loves to read.
New clothes. I've gotten Tyler Lee a lot of new clothes in the past week as he needed some new t-shirts and trousers for summer camp. The neck of all his tops get covered in chocolate and dribble stains and I can never get them out (any tips on how to are greatly appreciated!). I ordered the stripe print trousers (which reminded me of old men's long-johns!) and the star print sweatshirt from Zara because lets be honest, I can never resist a stars and stripes combo for my boy. When Jacek and I visited the Disney store in London I was disappointed not to find any classic Mickey Mouse clothing for our boy, so when I saw this monochrome Mickey Mouse sweatshirt I just had to get it for him, unfortunately it doesn't seem to be stocked online so check in-store if you love it as much as I do. I also went to the Mothercare sale yesterday and the Little Bird section had been raided, there was nothing left in my boys size but I did pick him up this Little Bird by Jools Green Check Top which I think will look lovely in the autumn with his jeans. It was only €8 and I've never really dressed him in green before so it'll be a welcome change.
Personalised things. Now that Tyler Lee is almost two and a half he recognises his name on things so I try to get him personalised things whenever I can. I've featured his personalised pyjamas and blanket on the blog quite recently but I just had to share them again because he really does love these things, especially his blanket. Both are from My 1st Years and the Personalised Star & Stripe Pyjama Set is now reduced to £20 and the Personalised Blue Star Jacquard Blanket is £35, it really is the loveliest blanket ever, I'll have to get another in case I have another baby someday!
These are the things we've been lovely most lately for toddlers. Expect to see another of these posts soon as I just can't resist picking up new clothes and things for him in the sales at the moment.
Do you love any of the above things as much as we do?