When you become a new parent, everyone has tidbits of advice that they want to offer, but when it comes to supplies, the list can go on and on forever! If you listened to everyone’s advice of what you have to have on hand when you have children, you would literally be traveling with everything but your kitchen sink every.single.day. Just know that there are a few key items that you should have around when you have children, and some of these items are not something we would have thought of. You’d be surprised.
Simple toys such as building blocks, puzzles, coloring books, etc are always nice to have around. Because they a) help your child create, and use his or her imagination and b) are easy to clean up and put away. Blocks are such a simple toy, but so versatile! You’d never think to buy a set every time you step into a target. And it’s likely that your child won’t go running to the building blocks if given a choice on the matter. But trust me, they will play with them and likely use them the most.
This is also something that I did not think of when I was a new parent. There are baby books that will advise new parents to buy a humidifier, but if you’re like me, you probably bypassed it as not yet necessary. However, there is nothing more important than the air you and your baby are taking in. And it’s probably your best bet at a good night sleep.
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This is something that I definitely bypassed, but trust me, as soon as my kids were older, anything and everything they brought into the car, ended up on my floor. If I didn’t have this handy bag, all their little toys and ipads minis, etc would be on the floor. I have a golden rule in my car that it all goes into the bag. It’s also good to note that if you cannot find something, check the car-bag.
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Books are so important! Recent studies have shown that books will increase your child’s thirst for knowledge, independent learning, and will increase their capacity to retain information, memory retention, and more! All good things! Why not, right? I keep books around the house, the car, in my purse, you name it. Don’t get me wrong, they still get their fill of youtube, but frequently, they will ask to read, and I like to oblige, by having a book available.
Always.have.snacks. These little people will not stop eating! More than likely, your children are hungry right now and asking you for something to eat while you read this. Am I right? Have snacks available at home, at your office (if they visit often), in your purse, etc. Always.have.snacks.
I hope you found some value in this article, and if you’re a new parent, I hope this helps ease you into the hard work of parenting. It’s a miraculous transition, but the hardest one you will ever make.