Anyone who has chauffeured a toddler around in their car knows that spills are inevitable. Between the apple sauce packets and the hundreds of goldfish crackers, you’re sure to have some toddler debris in your vehicle. But what if there was a way to reduce the number of spills in the car? Take a look at our top three toddler products that have worked wonders for reducing the number of spills in the car!
1. A Good Sippy Cup
The first thing you’ll want is a good sippy cup. Not all sippy cups are made equally, and not all sippy cups that claim to be spillproof are actually telling the truth. It might take a minute to test out a few and see which one your toddler is most comfortable with, but once you find it, you’ll be so happy to have it. Get a good stock for your kitchen and keep a sippy in the car filled with water for when they start asking for a drink.
Keep in mind that, just because a sippy cup is a bit pricier, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to work better. I once spent $22 on one cup that claimed to be spillproof, and not only did my little one get juice all over the car, but he didn’t like the feeling of the straw. That’s why it’s important to test out a few different options, find something that is functional works well for your little one.
2. Something for Thicker Foods
Think about some of the most popular toddler snacks on the market right now. The first thing that comes to my mind is those squeezable applesauce packets. Your toddler loves them, but it’s a gamble passing them one in the car. The next thing you know, there’s applesauce all over your toddler, the car seat, and the floor. And they’re crying. Ugh.
We recommend getting a food bottle. These are designed specifically for toddlers to eat thicker foods, such as applesauce, oatmeal, smoothies, etc. in a safe and clean way. These food bottles have a platform at the bottom that pushes the food up as the child is eating, reducing the possibility of things like air bubbles. They come in a variety of colors, so pick one that you like and keep it in with the snacks in your diaper bag!
3. Toddler Snack Cups
In theory, putting crackers and fruit snacks in a ziplock bag is a good idea. But there’s a (likely) chance that your toddler turns it upside down, spilling all of their snacks, and in turn, gets extremely upset. I get mad when I spill all of my snacks on the floor too, so I can’t really blame them.
That’s where these toddler snack cups come in handy. They’re designed to work for small hands, creating easy access to the snacks through silicon flaps that are soft enough for them to push through, but strong enough to keep all of the snacks inside the cup when turned upside down. You can basically put anything in these, and you should. Honey graham, yogurt drops, small cookies, you name it. These are a total lifesaver.
Life with a toddler will be unavoidably messy. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some tips, tricks, and supplies you can keep on hand to make life easier. Make sure you’re well-stocked with these three must-have toddler tools to reduce the number of spills in your car!