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Gift guides aren’t really my thang. We just don’t buy much, you know?
But, there are a handful of products that we’ve bought over the years for our baby, now toddler, and if you’re still looking for a few items, I thought I’d throw them up as a gift guide.
Important to us are quality, longevity, maybe eco friendly and affordable.
I’m not going to swear that everything is the most eco friendly out there. But, when you consider healthier choices and reusable products you’re on the path.
For me, eco friendly doesn’t always mean it’s made with the “best” products. IF it’s something I can buy once and not need to replace or something that weans us off of products we have to purchase over and over, or if it encourages us to do more cooking at home, it’s all setting you on the right path.
If you want to read more about what we’re on the sustainability and frugality front, I suggest you check out this guest post on #PrepperFi!
Being frugal, thinking about and minimizing your impact on the environment, it’s all a journey and we have to start somewhere.
Hopefully here’s some good ideas to start with!
Prices listed here are all from Amazon Prime (which has tons of benefits).
Not an Amazon Prime member? At this point, either you are or you aren’t, or you’ve been living under a rock.
Lastly, maybe instead of buying some of these gifts, you’d like to give someone an Amazon Prime subscription as a gift. That’s an option too!
We bought a total of 4 of these Tommee Tippee “pelican bibs” when my son was about 6 months old. They’re sturdy and dishwasher safe on the top rack. Who wants to mess with cloth bibs?! Not me! That’s a lot of washing and everything still falls on their laps. They’re also flexible, which means comfortable. I note this because we tried the similar style from Baby Bjorn, but they’re hard shaped plastic. My kid hated those, and we joked we’d turn those into a suit of armor costume when he got older, specifically, the chest shield (lol!).
$7.09 for two pack on Amazon Prime.
Used DAILY in my house and packable for travel
We tried a variety of cups in our house. Based on recommendations from dentists about the reasons to skip sippy cups, we went straight to normal-ish training cups of some kind.
The FIRST cup we used (and still do sometimes) was the Baby Bjorn Baby Cup. It is small, and easy for little hands to grasp. It also has the great wide base making it fairly hard to tip over. I think this is a really great option for about 9 months and on.
$18.99 for two pack on Amazon Prime.
Used DAILY for many months.
The next cup we upgraded to was the Oxo Tot Transitions Cup. The model they have now has improved somewhat on the shape making it easy for little hands to hold.
I liked this when baby got a bit bigger. I could fill it with more liquids, and he could learn to drink without dumping the whole thing on himself. The little “strainer” looking lid allows liquids to flow out freely, but without the possibility of it all coming out at once. I think we started using this at about one year old.
$8.99 on Amazon Prime.
Drinking on the go and away from the dinner table, we used the Contigo Kids Autospout Gizmo Water Bottle (wow, that’s a name!). Given the nature of cleaning these things, they are used ONLY for water.
This is the water bottle we take in the car and on trips. It’s also the bottle, that, after about 18 months (when we found them). Kiddo is free to take wherever he wants in the house and learn to drink based on his own thirst cues. I’m really quite happy with them.
At 14 ounces, they hold plenty without it being “too much” for a kid. And the mechanism for opening and closing has been totally toddler friendly for us. I also like that the “straw” goes all the way to the bottom and is angled so they learn to tip the bottle the right way for the straw.
They’re not perfect, but they’re the best I’ve found. There is sometimes minimal leak from the little gasket, but I’m pretty sure that happens from something my son does to them.
The “nipple” is pretty tough. My son has yet to ruin the hard rubber drinking tip, despite heavy active chewing (there are some chew marks). As far as I can tell, the tip is not replaceable, like some bottles, but, again, he’s yet to actually destroy it.Drinks on the go!
Drinks on the go!
It comes apart enough that with a fine nipple sized bottle brush attachment, I feel that I can get all the parts cleaned.
They also come in a stainless insulated for COLD drinks if that’s important to you.
$23.97 for 2 on Amazon Prime
Used ALL THE TIME!
Other Drinking Supplies
Related, I also bought some reusable metal straws. I’ve really liked having these handy if we go out to a restaurant and sometimes for sharing my drinks out of a bottle with kiddo.
The straws we get at restaurants usually don’t hold up too long to toddler destruction.
BONUS, I’ve found I like to use them too, especially for the drinks I drink out of mason jars (I’ll link the lids I use for that too).
$8.99 on Amazon Prime
There are a whole bunch of options out there these days for way to adapt mason jars. In our house, I’ve found the most use out of the one’s that turn my mason jars into on the go drinking cups. Mostly I use these for myself, but you could use them for kiddos too. Especially for fruit flavored waters and things like that.
Fun as these are, and I like that I can use my existing mason jar stash (plus they’re easy to clean), I have found they leak a little bit. NO PROBLEM, I just use one of my metal straws! They come in sizes for wide and regular mouth jars.
$5.99 for 4 pack on Amazon Prime
Other Feeding Supplies
We’ve really tied to cut down on our plastic baggie use, especially since we seem to need them a lot more with a kid.
I can’t say that we’ve eliminated them altogether, but for “cleaner” foods, we’ve transitioned to reusable snack bags.
I use these Lunchskins reusable snack bags. They have a velcro closure and you can write a name on to them.
There are other brands out there with other types of closers, such as zippers. The zippers might be nice to provide a more complete seal. We have ours because they’re the first we bought and they work. As an adult, I think I might like the zipper better, but there are a few concerns there:
- Could be harder to clean.
- More potential for “mechanical failure.”
- Harder for a toddler to operate.
So, we’ve been happy with these and will continue to use them for dryer snack. Things like nuts, crackers, grapes, granola, sandwiches etc. I won’t be putting chopped peaches in mine anytime soon, I’ll stick to hard containers for that.
But for a bag replacement, they’re nice! Dishwasher safe, freezer safe and quick drying fabric.
Lunchskins Reusable 2-pack Bag Set
$10.00 on Amazon Prime
We’ve tried to buy better healthier cleaning supplies, especially since having a baby. And… with a baby, you are going to do a lot more cleaning. So this guide wouldn’t be complete without some suggestions on how to clean up!
One thing I’ve really been happy with is this All Purpose Cleaner with Refills by Meliora
It comes in a sturdy glass bottle. The first time when you purchase the bottle, it comes with soap powder in the bottom. You add warm water it mix it.
As that runs out, you can purchase refill soap powder to make more cleaning solution.
AND, it actually works! I’ve found it will even help cut through the biofilm from my dog licking around my kids high chair. If you know about this disgusting stuff and dog slobber, you KNOW, if not, you’re lucky.
I love that you’re cutting down on packing costs and shipping weight, plus, it’s dye free and fragrance free. My husband HATES all the various fragrances in home supplies, so he was happy about that. I read that some people add a little bit of essential oil if they want to scent theirs.
Meliora All Purpose Home Cleaner in Refillable Glass Bottle
$11.87 on Amazon Prime
Ready to get started?
I hope that’s given you some ideas!
Whether you’re looking for products for yourself or looking for some gifts for friends or family.
Let me know what you think and if you have any other favorite products!