Ikea must-haves for babies and kids

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Like all of you, we have a love-hate relationship with IKEA. Sometimes it’s the best, sometimes it makes you want to gouge your eyes out. But there are a handful of things for babies and kids that really are awesome, especially for the price.

1. The IKEA easel. Chalk on one side, whiteboard on the other, with a tray for paint cups. It’s only $15 (!!) so if you leave it outside all summer long, (painting is always better en plein air), you won’t be sad when you have to put it out on the curb once the boards start to warp.

2. Chalk and other art supplies – Cheap and good enough!

3. The $20 highchair – It’s small, it’s plastic, it’s a cinch to dis/assemble, you can hose it down outside once it’s completely crusted in food, and it’s inexpensive enough that you can buy one for all of the grandparents to keep at their houses too.

4. Birch step stool – This one is a little high for babies, but it’s great for the pre-school set. It’s sturdy and doesn’t tip easily and can be used all over the house for parents too.

5. Bead roller coaster

6. Wood puzzle vehicles – 3 for $10, baby!

7. Play baking set. The play kitchen is pretty great too.

8. L├Ątt table and chairs – For $20 it’s impossible to turn down this kid-sized table and chair set. When your kiddo scribbles all over the top, you won’t sweat it.

9. Expedit bookcases – These are major workhorses in a kid’s room. Great for books and toy storage, something similar at other kid furniture shops would be 3 or 4 times the price.

10. Alligator tub mat – Let’s be honest… these things get pretty gross, pretty fast. For $6, stock up on three or four and you can toss the mildewy one when it’s time is up.

11. Leka baby gym – We love that this baby gym is simple and wooden and not too complicated.

12. Play tea set

Have any favorites of your own? We want to know what we’re missing!

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(@100LayerCakelet) (@100LayerCakelet) on Mar 8, 2013

This table and chair set is a MUST HAVE for kiddos: http://t.co/AHM4r4oCON

Lindy on Mar 8, 2013

We have a lot of those. My favourite is the high chair. So light but sturdy and easy to clean! A definite must have!

Cathy (@FiscallyChic) on Mar 8, 2013

Love these recs! The play food is also adorable RT @100LayerCakelet This table & chair set is a MUST HAVE for kiddos: http://t.co/pypVp11QnX

Samantha on Mar 8, 2013

I love IKEA all the way around. It's bring a friend day tomorrow; skip over to you local IKEA for some free breakfast! And get a free blue bag. Just thought you might like the heads up! :)

kristina on Mar 11, 2013

We have no. 6 and our boy loves it!

Angelica Golden on Mar 11, 2013

The Expedit bookcases are a must, and not just for the kids' rooms. They're surprisingly sturdy for IKEA and they're not too bulky.

Tiffany @ BabyList on Mar 12, 2013

Love all of theses picks! Ikea is so great, but they don't have a baby registry- but with BabyList you can add any Ikea item to your registry - here are some of our faves http://blog.babyli.st/ikea-baby-registry/

Andrea on May 12, 2013

The play fruit and veggie baskets are so adorable and my daughter loves them!

Regan on Mar 28, 2014

Great list! But you left off my fave--their packs of washcloths http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40054538/ also their junior-size chairs, especially the black Swedish spindle-style ones. They actually look chic and deliberate in my dining room. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70253541/

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