*Don’t want to get your kid hooked on brightly colored characters, or just sick of trying to clean the little straw cups? Those big plastic cups for iced coffee work very nice:
*Your toddler keeps taking the baby’s blanket because it’s crazy-soft? Not the normal polar fleece, but that fluffy, furry, super soft ones. Go to the fabric store and choose one that you like, get about two yards and hem the ends. Doesn’t even have to be a good seam, mine looks horrible– and the Princess LOVES it, especially since it’s big enough to snuggle with mom and dad. (you could buy a big, really soft blanket, if you can find one for less than about $20 and it interest your kid…)
* Toddler songs drive you nuts? Try out Gilbert & Sullivan. Watching “The Backyardigans” with Princess and Duchess, I stared at the TV for a good thirty seconds before freaking out my dear husband by starting to sing the song whose tune they’d…”borrowed”…. (I’ve ribbons and laces to set off the faces of pretty young sweethearts and wives….) If your kids can resist “Three Little Maids” or the Major General’s song, I’m amazed.
* Dry Erase Crayons. AWESOME. They write on glass very well, and come off of walls with a damp cloth. (Wrap in duct tape before giving them to your toddler– they snap rather easily, and it’s easier to hold.)