Baby M (should I be calling her toddler M now?) is obsessed with ‘side. She wakes up talking about ‘side. She goes to bed talking about ‘side. She doesn’t care if it’s raining or 95 degrees out, she only wants ‘side.
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She means outside, of course. We are so blessed to have a large, fenced in yard perfect for her to safely explore. Between her love of the outdoors and the new puppy, we are getting a lot of use out of our yard.
Our collection of outside toys started with a simple baby swing and has grown to a full kid-sized compound. It’s starting to look like a Little Tikes catalog back here.
Since we are outside constantly, I thought I’d share the items that we are using!
Let’s start with the house. Baby M is always asking for “house”, which means her house of course. No parents allowed (not by choice, we literally can’t fit in the house). It took my husband almost an hour to set up, but it was well worth it. Baby M moved a bunch of her toys in there and loves opening and closing the windows and doors. The best part – no taxes and we paid off her mortgage for her!
Next, let’s talk about “sly” aka The Slide. This one is a little tall for Baby M, so she isn’t keen on going down completely independently yet (she’s 19 months as I write this). She does, however, enjoy pushing her stuffed animals down and trying to walk up it, which is a wonderful gross motor exercise. It folds up for easy storage!
I know what you’re thinking – a brand new swimming pool? In this economy? You heard right folks; my kid has her very own pool. The water might run a tad cold if her butler (me) forgets to put it out in the sun to heat up in the morning, but it’s usually pretty refreshing.
The best part is it doubles as a dog swimming pool.
We got ours at Target last year – I can’t find it online anymore, but here’s a beautiful, classy second option!
To complete the aquatic theme we have a splash pad, which also features your signature ice-cold water that only children can tolerate. This one has little sea creatures that float around and your spigot can control the height of the fountains.
Not to brag, but my not-even-two-year-old has a horse. A real life, plastic rocking horse. This one is from Little Tikes and is a classic summer yard staple. We make sure to feed it grass every morning.
Little Tikes Rocking Horse Magenta (Amazon, $29.92)
To add to the zoo we have a few cows that came with this amazing water table. This one is so cute since we love all things farm over here! Our only complaint is the dog won’t stop drinking out of it.
How does Baby M manage all her land and animals? With her tractor, of course! She got this one for her birthday and it’s been a wonderful addition to her outside set up.
Here we have the swing that started it all! We have the blue.
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing (Amazon, $26.99)
I wanted to include some of our other outdoor summer necessities below!
Pampers Splashers Swim Diapers Disposable Swim Pants, 11 Count (Amazon, $11.99)
We have this lawn mower, but it looks like it’s sold out everywhere – here is another option that makes bubbles!
Little Tikes Easy Store Picnic Table with Umbrella, Multi Color (Amazon, $89.99)
Lastly, I always stick our JBL Flip 5 portable speaker in our summer basket. It’s small and lightweight but powerful! It just hooks up to bluetooth on my phone.
So, those are our favorite summer outdoor items for 2022!
What are your backyard summer essentials for your child?
Do you have any of these things?
Let me know below!
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