23 Things From Target That Any Parent Of Toddlers Will Think Is Game-Changing

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23 Things From Target That Any Parent Of Toddlers Will Think Is Game-Changing

These items will help you start winning at parenting with your toddler.

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A Disney stroller cargo net perfect for…Yup, you guessed it— your family’s next trip to the Mouse’s House! This awesome stroller accessory clips onto most strollers and offers more storage so you can find your toddler essentials quickly. Gone are the days of rifling through the bottom of your stroller looking for baby wipes.

Disney cargo net


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Promising review: “Perfect size for a pack of wipes and snacks for my kids throughout the day at Disneyland! Fit great in my Graco jogger.” —Ad

Price: $13.99

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And a Disney stroller organizer to pair nicely with the above stroller cargo net. Not all strollers come with an organizer, so this nifty product is a game changer. It offers you a place to store your phone, water bottle, and any other knickknacks your kiddo might need.

Disney stroller organizer


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Promising review: “We went to Disneyland a few times, and I found myself trying to put my phone and water bottle in odd places in our stroller. I came across this, and was impressed. It was a nice size for our compact stroller. It looks small, but it fit two drinks and all our trinkets very nicely, and made everything easily accessible. It says insulated, but with the sun beaming down on it — it obviously doesn’t keep drinks hot/cold. I love the design — very minimalist Disney. The straps are velcro and adjustable which was great! Would highly recommend!” —tiffanikki

Price: $16.99

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A folding travel potty seat because it is always a great idea to be prepared for bathroom pit stops. This nifty item folds up nicely so you can easily take it with you on outings and trips. It makes it easy (and safe) for your little one to sit on almost any toilet!

travel potty


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Promising review: “This potty seat has changed our world. We can take it anywhere and it quickly snaps on for my daughter to feel secure and like she’s not going to fall in. It folds up really small and fits nicely in my bag. Wish I had purchased months ago!” —shannoneunc

Price: $14.99 (available in two colors) 

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A dinosaur lunch tote that’ll hold the above bento box. It has a zipper front pouch, a mesh water bottle holder, and a handy clip strap so you can hang it from your stroller or backpack. It’s *dinomite!*


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Promising review: This lunch bag was purchased for my toddler’s lunch. It has an outside pocket for a water bottle. The inside is roomy enough for a plastic lunch container. I am pleased with this purchase.” —tarawtrs

Price: $11.99

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A floating Papasan, our family just took on a camping trip to the lake. My 3-year-old had a blast floating around on this inflatable floaty, and spent hours playing in the water. It also deflates easily and folds up nicely so you don’t have to lug another large item around when you go out.

kid in papasan


Target

Promising review: “Great for pool and springs. Stores up nice and small. Super fun for my kid.” —Hailee S

Price: $16.99

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A Melissa & Doug lobster toy to bring even more excitement to your next fun-filled pool day. Or you can use it as an incentive to get in the bath because we all know toddlers are notorious for not wanting to bathe. This sturdy lobster toy is easy for small hands to use and great for developing fine motor skills.

lobster toy


Target

Promising review: “Super cute! Works perfect for a day at the beach! Definitely would buy again these are very sturdy!” —Pegan

Price: $10.99

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A classic beach ball because toddlers love anything they can easily hit and throw, or at least mine does. For less than $2 this beach ball is a major score and will provide hours of entertainment this summer, while helping build gross motor skills!

Beach ball


Target

Promising review: “My 2-year-old granddaughter wanted a big ball and this was perfect.” —bobbysue

Price: $1.50

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An adorable shark chair perfect for your next beach day or camping trip. My son is in love with this miniature chair, and is so stoked that he has one just like ours. Plus it comes with two cup holders so he can store his water bottle and toys in a safe and easily accessible place.

kids shark chair


Target

Promising review: “Perfect size for my 4-year-old and 2-year-old.” —Black desk 

Price: $15

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Go Camping, an adventurous book to prepare your little ones for their upcoming excursions. This board book answers questions like what kind of animals might they see? Or what will they hear? And what will they roast around the campfire? Mmmmm, I think that the last answer is s’mores!

Book about camping


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And a portable lantern, also great for your next camping trip. It comes with a practical hook so you can hang it from your kid’s tent and read them exciting bedtime stories like the one above!

Blue lantern


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A pack of Bravery Badges so you can be ready for any surprise accidents or injuries. This kit includes 48 flex fabric bandages that will protect all kinds of cuts and scrapes from dirt and germs. They also come in a convenient tin to keep you organized while out on the trails.

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Promising review: “I love the patterns! Welly ‘bravery badges’ are the only bandages we use in our home. They’re cute, stay put and don’t hurt to remove.” —55436 Mom

Price: $6.99

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A sticker activity book because what toddler doesn’t love stickers? This book was a huge success during our last trip. My son made adorable cards and letters for his friends back home. It is such a fun activity to give mom and dad a break. Trust me your kid will be *stuckon this activity for hours!

Sticker book


Target

Promising reveiw: “Love how many stickers there are in this book for this price. Have been buying them to gift to friends’ toddlers. This is my kid’s favorite activity book!” —anonymous

Price: $6.97

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A pack of no-mess coloring books that are a lifesaver for long car rides. All you have to do is fill the pen with water and your kids can color the pictures in with the *invisible ink!This three-pack comes with 24 pages of fun pictures of farm animals, princesses, friends and fun, and adventures!


Target

Promising review: “These are perfect for Traveling! On the plain or keep them busy in the hotel room while getting ready for the next thing. I was surprised at how many pages each booklet has. Would definitely purchase again!” —Hbaker

Price: $13.99

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A pack of beginner pattern blocks to help early learners engage in math concepts like shapes and patterns. Or your kiddo can create their own designs — the possibilities are endless with these amazing geometric shapes!

Kid using pattern blocks


Target

Promising review: “I had one like this but harder for my older kids but I got this for my 23-month-old and he loves it. It’s way more simple only about five pieces on each one and we go over shapes and colors each time. I like how both sides of the wood use the same shapes so you don’t have to bring the whole container down.” —A

Price: $21.99

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A pack of two magnetic puzzles that’ll have your toddler jumping for joy. I am not sure what attracts toddlers to picking up items with a magnet, but they will be all about it. This set comes with one fishing puzzle and another bug catching puzzle — it is simply the *catch of the day!*


Target

Promising review: “I love Melissa & Doug products! The puzzles are great quality and my 2-year-old loves these!” —Mlsellinger

Price: $14.59

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A Match and Roll Shape Sorter to keep their little hands busy throughout the day and build dexterity. We use this toy to instill problem-solving skills in our household. Your toddler will learn new shapes such as parallelograms, quatrefoils, squares, rhombus, diamonds, ovals, ellipses, and pentagons.

child playing with shape sorter


Target

Promising review: “This well-made wooden shape sorter is an excellent way to build dexterity and develop pattern and color matching skills. The rolling design helps the child find the right match without frustration.” —John

Price:  $13.59

17.

A Dot Markers Art kit that we used to help develop our son’s speech skills. It creates less of a mess than paint, and encourage hand-eye coordination, all while developing reading and spelling skills.

kid using dot art markers


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The kit comes with eight jumbo dot markers with washable and nontoxic ink and a 50-page activity book with letters, numbers, color activities, and more.

Promising review: “Such a hit!! My 3-year-old daughter loves this! Keeps her entertained for hours and it’s easy to use!” —Alina

Price:  $14.99

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A travel Magnetic Dot Art Designer to nurture independence, self-expression, and creative problem-solving skills. This set includes 50 activities on 25 double-sided cards to create endless possibilities for imagination and art creations.


Target

Promising review: “I love the idea of sensory toys and the benefits that come with them, but a lot of them can be messy and require extra clean up. However this toy is mess-free and keeps my 3-year-old son entertained! Great for car rides and on the go!” —Breanicole16

Price: $14.99

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An LeapFrog On-The-Go Story Pal for encouraging listening and reading. With over 70 stories, poems, songs, and lullabies, this item is ideal for parents who just need a quick break. Plus you can even use it to wind down your kiddo before nap or bedtime.

Kids with story pall


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Promising review: “My 3-year-old daughter loves it. It has more than 35 stories and so many songs. So entertaining and educational.” —Zaina 

Price: $14.55

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A set of magnetic numbers and letters so you can build your child’s vocabulary while cooking! We place our son in front of the fridge and practice our ABCs and 123s all while preparing his dinner!

kid using magnet letters and numbers


Target

Promising review: “Great size for the fridge and also for our 2-year-old’s little hands. Nice quality — made of wood, not foam like so many other toddler magnets. Colorful and cheerful! Comes with upper and lowercase alphabets.” —Jaimeb

Price:  $12.99 

21.

123 of Thankfulness because this is a lovely way to teach your toddler about being thankful as well as how to count! This book has the most adorable illustrations by Summer Macon and also makes a great birthday gift.

123 of Thankfulness


Target

Promising review: “This book is absolutely adorable. The illustrations are beautiful and my daughter really enjoys the book. I love that it has a good message and shows our little ones how to be thankful. Definitely recommend to any parent.” —Ddlovely88

Price: $8.99

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A Retro Magna Doodle because every toddler needs one of these gadgets. This is a major throwback for some parents out there and is also a very fun travel activity. Get doodling with your Magna Doodle!

Kid with Magna Doodle


Target

Promising review: “Was the perfect gift for my 2-year-old who always loves to write and color. She can access it easily whenever crayons are not around (had to hide those because she started writing on walls. Ooops). So no guilt here when having this one out at all times.” —LizW

Price:  $14.99 

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And Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker because this is my toddler’s favorite bedtime story! We read this book almost every night and he is always finding new things to talk about it. If your kiddo is obsessed with construction vehicles and struggles to fall asleep, this is the book for you!

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site book


Target

Promising review: “One of my 2-year-old son’s favorites! We read it every night before bed. Perfect book for bedtime!” —Toastizonfiya

Price: $4.28+ (available in board book and hard cover)

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