Happy Christmas Eve Wise Mamas and Papas! Hopefully you’re snuggled up with your loved ones today, maybe making a batch or two of cookies for Santa while singing lots of yuletide carols and drinking copious amounts of ‘nog. But, if you’re doing a little last minute shopping, we’ve got a round up of our favorites (and our kiddo’s favorites) from wonderful, old Ikea. Even if you’re all done Christmas shopping, we’ve got you covered because this list isn’t just fun toys but a few very wise products any kid could use. 1. Gulliver Crib. Harry sleeps in this crib every night and jumps in it every day and we love it. It’s simple, classic, and white so it fits into pretty much any nursery. And as my little toddler has fully tested, it’s jumping ready (read: very sturdy). It’s very similar to other, much more expensive cribs and I’d definitely say at $99 it’s a steal! (Don’t forget the mattress.)
2. Patrull Bath Mat. Ikea wins again in the price category with this bath mat, and bonus, it’s actually pretty cute. I like how long it is (it almost goes the entire length of our tub) so future Michael Phelps need not worry about slipping in the tub.
3. Mula Stack & Nest Cups. I don’t know what it is about these cups, but every kid loves them. Harry started playing with them from the second he could pinch his little fist around something, and we’ve got friends with much older kids who come over and go straight for these cups. In fact, these are one of the very few toys I brought with us on our Christmas trip to Montana, because they’re hours of fun and they all tuck inside of one cup.
4. Lillabo 20-piece Basic Train Set. I’m totally in love with this sweet little wooden train set and I can’t wait for Harry to really start showing interest in trains, because the second he does, he’s getting this train set. The wood will hold up against years of play and it’s so classic looking. Definitely a heirloom piece (at a fantastic price).
5. Lockig Children’s Potty. We’re not quite at this part of Harry’s life yet, but I know when we get there I will be heading to Ikea to pick this up. At $9.99 it’s very affordable, and it seems to be the perfect size to tuck into a bathroom out of view when it’s not in use.
6. Gosig Golden Soft Toy. Truth be told, any of Ikea’s softies are the absolute best because aside from being the softest, cuddliest stuffed toys I’ve come across, none of them have any buttons or anything else that could come loose and become a choking hazard. Harry has this doggy and totes him everywhere (in fact “Doggy” is his favorite word).
7. Samla Box with Lid. Storage is key with little ones. They are constantly growing out of clothes and into others, so having a place to store all of the stuff they aren’t wearing right now (or toys that have lost their flavor, gear you’re not using, etc.) is fab and these storage tubs are huge and inexpensive.
8. Mala Easel. Because they all have a little Picasso in them, I’m all about encouraging the creativity from kids. This easel is simple, sweet, and features a whiteboard on one side and a blackboard on the other. And only $9.99!
10. Cirkustalt Tent. Harry tested this out the last time we were at Ikea and I had to practically drag him away from it after he played in (and out of) it for quite some time. Something about being in a tent, he loved it! It’d be such a cozy little reading nook!
What am I missing? I feel like I could spend days in Ikea and not be done, especially since the addition of Harry to our family. The kids section is just so much fun, don’t you think?
This post was in no way in partnership with Ikea, just a real mom sharing her favorite, budget friendly child essentials!