We love our toddlers. They are passionate and have so much love to give. Seeing their personalities and imaginations develop puts a smile on our faces every day. We are also simultaneously ready to die from embarrassment and lose our tempers every day because our toddlers are huge jerks. Even at their best, they sap all our energy and leave us incapible of doing much else. As such, toddler moms need a lot of love. For Mother’s Day, Christmas, a birthday, or just because, the following gift ideas for moms with toddlers will go a long way toward showing Mom just how much you love her.
I Just Want to Pee Alone
What toddler mom hasn’t said or thought, “I just want to pee alone” about six times a day every day for the last year? I Just Want to Pee Alone is a hilarious essay collection from amazing mom bloggers who know how to keep it real and make all moms feel better about their parenting abilities. There is something here for everyone.
Toddlers are A**holes (It’s Not Your Fault)
Again, toddlers are huge jerks. It’s not your fault, and honestly, it’s not their fault either. Being a jerk comes with the territory for toddler life. But it gets tiring. Knowing that you’re not alone and can commisserate with other parents helps. Bunmi Laditan’s Toddlers are A**holes (It’s Not Your Fault) is a hilarious, satirical guide that provides welcome comic relief on a wide range of topics from dinner time to potty training to holidays. You will find yourself laughing along with many of Laditan’s stories because they are so relatable.
“I work out. Just kidding. I chase toddlers.” gear
“I work out. Just kidding. I chase toddlers.” has been my mantra since my son became mobile, and I quit working out. While you may not be hitting the gym or going for runs, you are chasing a tiny human for what feels like (and may actually be) hours every day. When you’re not actively chasing them, you’re pushing them in the Cozy Coupe up and down the driveway, following them in circles around the house, picking up dozens of toys and other miscellaneous items that they’ve thrown everywhere, etc.
Don’t ever apologize for not officially working out when you have young children because you are unofficially working out. Instead, stand by your mantra proudly with this awesome “I work out. Just kidding. I chase toddlers.” t-shirt. You can also find the “I work out. Just kidding. I chase toddlers” phrase on an aluminum water bottle and a large tote bag.
Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are perfect for toddler moms because they’re a fun, low-pressure way to relax while watching TV or before crashing at night without the time commitment or creativity of a full DIY project. I received Calm the F*uck Down from friends for my first Christmas as a mom and have since gifted it to a few other friends. Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book is another popular choice. If snarky coloring books aren’t your speed, there are a wealth of other adult coloring books available, too.
When you gift an adult coloring book, include a set of colored pencils. My current favorite pick is Prismacolor soft core colored pencils, which come in sets ranging from 48 to 150 pencils. They’re a step up from Crayola but are reasonably priced.
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Go the F*ck to Sleep
You can’t mess with the classics. Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach has become one of my standard gifts for new parent friends, and it never disappoints. Let me be clear that this book is intended for parents, not children. Many reviewers seem to be confused by this concept. It’s the book that you read to yourself at 3:00 a.m. when you’ve been woken up or still haven’t really gone to sleep yet for what feels like the millionth time this year, and you need some comic relief. Adam Mansbach’s You Have to F****** Eat is also a great read.
Car backseat organizer
Going anywhere with toddlers, even the park or the grocery store, seems to require enough toys, snacks, and other entertainment for a long road trip. Getting a couple of good car backseat organizers will help you feel as though your toddlers aren’t taking over every last inch of your car. I love the layout and pockets on these KNGUVTH backseat car organizers.
The Next 1,000 Days
In the Pinterest era, there is so much pressure to create flawless scrapbooks, gorgeous photo books, and detailed blog posts of every aspect of motherhood. In reality, most moms don’t have the time or inclination to record their lives in this much detail. The Next 1,000 Days makes documenting the important moments with your kids much less overwhelming.
Coordinating low battery/full battery mom/kid t-shirts
All toddler parents relate to this sentiment every single day. You can either cry about it or laugh about it. Enough said, right? I prefer the basic low/full battery shirts with no text. I also like the color options for this version. There are also variations with battery power percentage and family member name (i.e., mom, son).
Mother of the Year: 365 Days of Encouragement for Devoted Moms
A mom quote book is a bit cliche, but sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a classic gift. I like Mother of the Year: 365 Days of Encouragement because it gives you a reason to pick up the book and get a little motivation to start the day, all in just a minute or two, which is great for toddler moms.
365 Toddler Activities That Inspire Creativity
Figuring out what to do with toddlers day after day can get tedious, especially when their favorite activities include things like pointing to and saying “car” for every single car in the grocery store parking lot and picking up all of the sticks in the yard. 365 Toddler Activities That Inspire Creativity includes a range of options with lots of different songs, games, and art projects.
Mom & Me Cookbook
Getting kids involved in the kitchen as soon as they’re able to be involved helps them take ownership of their meals and snacks and develop a range of kitchen skills from a very early age. The Mom & Me Cookbook provides basic cooking tips and techniques, simple first recipes, and tasty and nutritious meal ideas for families with kids ages three and up. There are lots of great kid cookbooks, but I like Mom & Me because it’s tailored to toddler parents.
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