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First three years, in stuff


Emma Clover is almost three now! At the end of year one I cataloged all of the things we actually used. It was also amazing how many things went unused. The products that lasted through the next year also are truly the pieces that I can recommend.

Baggu zip bags. I love these so much and they are no longer for sale on the site. Excellent for bringing wet and soiled clothes home. I keep clean clothes in them and then change her and bring the wet clothes back. Excellent quality bags. To buy check in with Baggu again later or you can probably purchase in boutiques. Here is link for Crate & Barrel.

Summer Infant Changing pad. I use this pad daily while we are on the go. It folds nicely into her small backpack. Less than ten dollars and held up for two years.

Skip Hop frog backpack. We got it from Target and it is her diaper bag on the go. Fits over the handles of her umbrella stroller and carries sunscreen, diapers, changing pad and extra clothes.

She loves all of her blankets but the favorite is a cream colored acrylic blanket that is super soft and like all of her blankets was received at my baby shower. We really love her owl comforter from Muny that she actually gets to sleep with now that she is a big kid! Now she sleeps on her crib mattress on the floor.

These newer items have been my favorite this year:

Diaper cream of choice is still Weleda and for wipes we switched to Kirkland (a box comes with 900!) but still love the Lasinoh wipes. Baby wash is Burt’s Bees. The lotions we use are Honest and California Baby calendula cream (both gifted to us). Toothbrush and paste from Tom’s. Sunscreen from Jason.

Stainless steel tumblers from the eco store. Similar to these. They are great for little hands. We all have one for water and they are great. We first used them at Samovar Tea lounge and decided to get some for ourselves.

For footwear we like Saucony sneakers, Saltwater sandals, and Croc rainboots.

I buy her clothes used and second hand as much as possible, but do buy leggings and pajamas new. I love these Carters pj sets.

Books that we have are All the World, Wave, One Sunday Morning, Oh What a Busy Day, In the Small Small Pond, Jamberry, When You Were Small, Rain Talk, Jon J. Muth’s books and every Richard Scarry book ever written.

Emma’s favorite toys are kitchen utensils, a doll, stuffed animals, a tea set, wood blocks, matryoshka dolls, a train set (from Ikea), and collections of buttons and beads, and a ball to throw around the living room. We have a bin of beans and rice for sensory play and she loves to paint and draw. Crayola washable crayons and watercolors are the best for two-year-olds.


Not sure if this update post helps anyone but fun to catalog!

Oakland Zoo

We went to the Oakland Zoo with friends and it was really fun. The highlight for me was seeing an alligator swimming underwater. Unfortunately I did not get a photo but it looked like this. We both enjoyed watching the mama baboon cuddle (and perhaps breastfeed) her baby baboon and seeing the gibbon swinging in the trees. We blew bubbles for a bunch of squirrel monkeys and it really caught their interest. And Emma really enjoyed the rides that she went on at the end of the day. She rode an elephant, a blue car and a red airplane. It was a very busy day. ^_^











Emma picked out a box of beads from a garage sale last weekend. I had some beads to add to the collection as well and Emma has been playing with them non stop ever since. There are some other shiny things, small pendants and old key chains mixed in there as well and Emma works very hard to classify them. She is always inviting us to see her work, put our hands in the big tub of beads and grab one for her to organize. It has been a great experience to watch how her brain works. I know that my almost three-year-old is learning so much about size, shape, color and purpose and shows an amazing attention to detail in her work with beads (as well as buttons, another favorite activity!).


This morning I introduced some clear stretchy string to try beading. She picked up the activity right away and at the end had a string with twenty one beads. It was a definite success. Then of course they all fell off the string which can easily happen. We lined them up and counted the beads that she was able to string before they fell.