Dear Diary, I can’t believe my daughter is turning three this summer! It seems like just yesterday when I compiled a list of baby items I could not live without. Since then, I’ve learned to curb my spending–somewhat. Although I still wasted money on a few things I wish I kept the receipts for, I did bring home a few top toddler items I always pack in my purse. Here’s what I go gaga over and recommend that all parents pack this in their diaper bags or toy chests. iPad At first, my iPad was off-limits to my little one. Then, I realized it doubled as a babysitter and an entertainer. In the past when we dined out, my daughter would finish her meal and then climb into my lap, which led to the waiter bringing me a to go container. Now, she watches Barney and Dora as I finish my dinner. Plus, there are lots of toddler friendly apps to read stories and play games. Germ Killer Although I’m no longer a germ fanatic, I am very particular when it comes to dining out. I bring along a high chair cover and disposable place mats, which are awesome, since my daughter can drop a french fry and still eat it. In the past, I would always dig through my bottomless diaper bag to retrieve things, but the Skip Hop wipe dispenser and Bath and Body Works’ Pocket Bac both clip onto my purse. Pillow Pet After my daughter tried to steal her cousin’s regular sized pillow pet, my mom ordered her a smaller version. She has since swapped out the blankie for the pink hippo–well, at least I think it’s a hippo! The website says it’s a pig. She always asks for her pillow at bedtime, and the plush toy comforts her to sleep. Toddler Bike My friend bought this bike for Caitlynn’s first birthday. I wasn’t a huge fan of the product back then, since it required me to bend over and push her around the living room for an hour after work! But after a few months passed, Caitlynn learned how to use her feet to mobilize the bike and ever since has been taking off throughout the house. It’s the best $20 you’ll ever spend! She picked one up at Target. Bath Toys My daughter is a water baby, so after I make her “nice and clean” as she puts it, I let her splash around in the bath tub for a few minutes–sometimes longer if I want to get some me time. Me time as in me using the toilet as a chair and checking email. She enjoys playing with squirt toys, but is also entertained with recycled yogurt cups. Hey DFTM Fam–What’s the top toddler product at your house? One Response MJ July 15, 2014 Zoë just got acquainted with the IPad but now I have to regulate her time in it. She also loves her toddler bike and her Doc McStuffins golf clubs and her Good Night Moon book. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.