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Having children can be quite a financial burden if we allow it to be…

Here are 8 things you really don’t need to buy your toddler!

I’m no expert as I only have two children, but I’ll say there are wayyy to many products marketed for kids to the parents that are simply NOT needed!

Pull ups

I know every mama won’t agree with me on this here…I feel like the pull-ups always incite a HUGE unwarranted war LOL…But, in my opinion, Potty training in normal underwear may be more work with a lot more mess, but those training days will be shorter, I promise you!

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Toddler ‘milk’ formula

Move along on this one…this is simply a marketing tactic for companies to get into your pockets! Give your sweet baby a healthy varied diet and they will be well. It’s not a necessity that your kiddos drink this ‘special’ toddler milk. If your kids drink milk, any normal type will do.

Candy/Sweets

I know I don’t need to explain this one! Resist the urge to introduce these sweets and/or use them as bribes…It’s the worst thing ever LOL. Candy is simply full of artificial sugars that contribute to soooo many ‘deficiencies’ and ‘disabilities’ Avoid at all costs.

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Juice

Unless you’re giving fresh-squeezed juice this is almost packed with unnecessary sugars and nasty ingredients. Does your bottle or carton read: ‘fresh’ ‘natural’ ‘100% juice’? It may be….but after the pasteurization process takes over…we are left with a carton of unhealthy sugar 🙁

Sugar

Your little one doesn’t need any more help with energy! Try only using natural sugars…use fruits to sweeten meals and cravings or opt for honey, stevia, or xylitol.

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Extravagant toys

It can be quite tough choosing toys that our kids will love, without buying everything on the market. My personal rule of thumb when toy shopping is simple: I ask myself 3 questions-

  1. Is this priced right? Can I afford this right now? Or can it wait?
  2. Is this toy durable? Can it take the rough treatment of use by a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old?
  3. Will this spark creativity? Does this toy inspire my children to create?

If you can answer a yes to these questions, that toy may be a good fit!

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Shoes with laces- straps only!

I had to throw this in here! Is it just me or do we have enough things on our to-do list as we are getting ready to run out that door? LOL. When I buy my girls those velcro strap shoes- I like to think I’m helping them grow in their independence! 🙂

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Boogie/face wipes

Mamas- normal, plain ‘ol wipes or a wet cloth will do!

Hope you enjoyed this list 🙂

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How else can we stretch our budgets?

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