My 3 Favorite Things for Life with a 2 Year Old

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My youngest child, James, is now 2.  This is my fourth time having a 2 year old.  Most of the time it’s a lot of fun.  Two year olds can walk and talk and are becoming more independent by the day.  James likes to dress himself and take everything off so that he can use the big boy potty.  He likes to brush his teeth by himself and refuses help when it’s time to get in his car seat.

I’m not saying life is always easy with a 2 year old.  There are frustrations and tantrums too, mainly on his part, but occasionally on my part too.  🙂  Regardless whether we are having a good day or a bad day I like to find things that make my job as a parent of a 2 year old (and 3 others) run a little smoother.

These are my 3 favorite things that have made my life a little easier each time I’ve had a 2 year old in the family.

1.  An indoor swing


Each of my kids has spent countless hours using our indoor swing.  I realize that not everyone’s home is conducive to an indoor swing, but if it is, then I highly recommend one.  Ours is in the basement where the washer and dryer are located.  My son loves to swing while I’m doing laundry.  Over the years we’ve also used it during the bitter cold of winter, the brutal heat and humidity of summer and on rainy days.

{Safety note:  Never leave child unattended.  Always install and use according to manufacture’s instructions.  Adhere to weight limits.}

Added bonus:  An indoor swing can be used with younger or older children.  The one we have is recommended for 18 months to 3 years, but others like this one are recommended for children 9 months to 4 years.

2.  Portable potty for the car

portable toddler potty

This is probably the best $20 I’ve ever spent!  I can’t tell you how many times my kids have used it.  If you are potty training, then it is a must have.  Whether we are on a back road with no bathroom in sight or at a ball field too far away from the bathroom (our car is usually pretty close), my kids use this portable potty all the time.  I love that it folds up and is compact.  I also love that it uses disposable liners, so there is no bowl to clean out.

Added bonus:  It’s not just for kids that are potty training.  My 4 and 6 year olds use it quite often.

3.  Heavy bottom glasses

heavy bottom glasses

This is one suggestion that you might not have been expecting and it’s because I hate cups like these.

plastic cups

Yes, I know they don’t break, but they tip over much too easily.  Before we switched over to heavy bottom glasses for our kids, we were cleaning up spills every day, sometimes multiple times a day!  Unlike plastic cups which are light weight, these glasses are heavy.  They are not too heavy for my kids, but the are just heavy enough to almost never get knocked over.  Also, they are either wider on the bottom or the sides are straight.  Again, making them more difficult to knock over.

You might be wondering about breakage.  My kids have never broken a glass by knocking it over.  (One of them did break one when he tossed it into our cast iron sink, so we now ask the kids to put the glasses on the counter when they are finished.)

{Safety note:  Because these are glasses and could possibly break, always use with adult supervision.}

Added bonus:  These glasses can be used by all members of your family.  In my house that means that there is less fighting because everyone has the same thing!

I’m always looking for new ideas!  What are your favorite items to make your day run smoother with a 2 year old?


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