What To Do When Your Toddler Starts Walking On Their Own?

One of the most exciting moments for any parent is when their toddler starts taking those first wobbly steps on their own. It's a sign that they're growing up and becoming more independent. But what do you need to do to make sure your toddler stays safe as they start exploring the world around them? Here are some tips to help you out.

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Fine Motor Skills You Need to Develop in Your Toddlers and Preschoolers

Fine motor skills refer to the small muscle movements used for intricate activities such as writing and manipulating tiny objects. These skills are important for young children as they help in developing coordination and control of their movements. You must encourage toddlers and preschoolers to develop these skills early on to ensure a smooth transition from childhood to adulthood.


How to Introduce Toddlers to Fun and Engaging Educational Topics at Home

Introducing toddlers to educational topics can be daunting, but there are also a lot of solutions for it! There are fun and engaging ways to introduce toddlers to important educational concepts. By using activities that are fun, educational, and suitable for the age, you can help your toddler learn about educational topics at home.

Here are some of the things you can do to boost your toddler’s interest in educational topics at home:

How to Help Your Toddler Develop Physically and Mentally

As a parents, it's part of our job to help our toddlers develop physically and mentally. This can be a daunting task, but with the right information, you can make sure that your child is getting everything they need to grow and thrive. This blog post will discuss how to help your toddler develop physically and mentally in both the short-term and long-term and also provide some helpful tips on how to make this process easier for both you and your child!

Helping Your Toddler Try New Foods

One of the best things about having a toddler is that everything is new to them, and they are fully aware of that fast. It’s so much fun seeing them have new experiences and watching how they react to their first sunset or that initial visit to see the monkey at the zoo. Of course, when it comes to food, things are not always so lovely.

Many toddlers, although curious about everything else in the world around them, are less than excited about the prospect of trying new foods that may be unfamiliar to them but if you don’t want to end up with a fussy eater on your hands, you do need to help them experience new foods that they will grow to love.

With that in mind here are some top tips you can use to help your toddler try new foods as often as possible:

How To Get Your Toddler to Eat Healthy Meals

How To Get Your Toddler to Eat Healthy Meals

It is concerning that only 7% of children in the US consume vegetables daily and in required amounts. Research also shows that most toddlers are fussy eaters and will likely reject foods they are not familiar with. With these hindrances, how do you get your toddler to eat healthy meals without dealing with tantrums? It is a tricky one until you both master the act. Below are some ideas you may want to try out in your bid to get your tots to eat healthily.

These 5 Activities Are Great For Toddler Brain Training

Many parents find it is relatively easy to care for their child’s nutritional needs given the abundance of literature and information available. However, developing your child’s brain in dynamic and interesting ways is equally important.

Toddler brain training is vital to allow their natural curiosity and interest in the external world to flourish. The habits you set down in these early years can provide them with a lifelong love of learning. This can help them be mentally healthy and successful in all their future pursuits. It all starts with some simple activities you can do with your toddler today.

Let’s look at five specific activities you can do with your child to facilitate your toddler’s brain development.

What's In My Toddler's Diaper Bag?

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Summer time activities are in full swing here in Georgia and if you follow me on Instagram, then you know that we have been going now stop since school let out. With constantly being on the go and the fact that I always like to be prepared means I like to have everything in my diaper bag. I am also potty training an always hungry toddler. So here is what is in my toddler's diaper bag.

Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials

So here are my diaper bag essentials for my toddler:

My Tot Clock Review & Giveaway

It's 4:45 am, do you know where your kids are? That's right! You have a toddler and it's Saturday, but they think it's time to wake up for the day! Oh joy. Routine is key with children, in fact they thrive on it. They also say it takes a village to raise a child. In the age of technology, we have My Tot Clock.

My Tot Clock is the perfect all-in-one toddler clock for tiny tots and their sleepy parents. It includes a sleep clock, alarm clock, nightlight, timeout timer, and activity timer in one! The magic of My Tot Clock is that it changes colors to teach little ones when it's time to sleep (blue light) and when it's okay to wake (yellow light). Parents set the routine! My Tot Clock, with analog and digital clock displays, also plays bedtime stories, lullabies, fun wake-up music, and even white noise to make the traditionally stressful bedtime and morning routines more enjoyable.

Potty Training Preparedness 101

Potty Training. I said once the new year hit, we were going to buckle down and get it done. But how do you teach an unwilling student? Seriously. I am researching and trying every trick in the book. In all my searching, the number one tip is to be prepared! Be prepared that they'll have accidents, be prepared to clean up, and be prepared to reward as well. So I have compiled a list of products that make potty training easier and help make you more prepared.

Potty Training Advice

Tips for Grocery Shopping with a Toddler

I am a stay-at-home mom and as much as I would love to go grocery shopping by myself, that just isn't realistic for our lifestyle. My daughter is in school, so I usually only have one in tow when I grocery shopping these days. My toddler son. Two of his favorite ways to keep him entertained are toys and snacks.

Tips for Grocery Shopping with a Toddler #GerberWinWin

As soon as we head into our local Publix, we make sure to get the car grocery cart. It's a fun way to keep little ones entertained while grocery shopping. Sometimes we will head over to their bakery department and get a complimentary cookie, but most of the time we head straight to their baby aisle and grab some Gerber® toddler snacks. Our new favorites are the Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™.

Personality Based Potty Training with Pull-Ups + Giveaway

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My son turned TWO! Where does the time go? His little personality is showing that he has definitely two. Others have told me that it tends to be a boy thing because he can get so aggressive one moment and then so sweet the next. Whatever it is, it's something new for me.

Two Years Ago...

My son is turning TWO in a week and a half. Where does the time go? It feels like yesterday I was sharing his birth story....four months late. His little personality is showing that he has definitely started turning two. Others have told me that it tends to be a boy thing because he can get so aggressive one moment and then so sweet the next. Whatever it is, it's something new for me.

Sweetie Pie Organics Toddler Snacks Review {Hugs & Kisses Giveaway Hop, Ends 2/16}

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My son eats ALL DAY LONG. He is definitely a grazer. I am a firm believer that snacks are completely acceptable as long as they are good for you. Cakes, cookies, etc. are considered treats in our house. But what if your little one could have both? Insert Sweetie pie Organics.

Sweetie Pie Organics has a variety of different snacks for your toddler. I received a variety of snacks to try out. The Tiny Wafers that come in Sweet Beet, Carrot, and Apple. The last one is my son's favorite. They also have some freeze dried snacks that come in Apple/Green Pea/Pineapple, Mango/Sweetcorn/Apple, and Banana/Sweet Corn/Blueberry. You can purchase Sweetie Pie Organics on Amazon.

Build & Discover with Scout's Tool Set from LeapFrog #HGG2015

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By now you know I am a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador. And as part of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, we get to try new LeapFrog products. I recently shared my thoughts on the new Android based tablet, the LeapFrog Epic and the Number Lovin' Oven, but today I wanted to share Scout's Build & Discover Tool Set.

Keep little builders learning with the LeapFrog Build & Discover Tool Set, designed just for toddlers ages 2 years and up. My son is loving this because he is at a very hands on stage right now and he loves to bang and "fix".

Reading to Your Baby with DK Books

I received a complimentary Toddler Book Pack from DK Publishing for the purposes of review. All opinions are mine.
 Reading to your baby/toddler is very important. Hearing your voice and saying different words is how they learn to talk. It is also very beneficial for them socially. And what you read to your little one is very important as well. DK is a best-selling and award-winning children’s publisher with a crop of titles for babies and toddlers. DK books for early learners are perfect for children ages 0 to 3 and help provide a fun, hands-on playtime experience for babies and toddlers. DK books contain bright pictures, easy-to-read text, novelty features and more to excite and engage little ones. So when I received the opportunity to review a few titles from DK Publishing, I was very excited to share them with my 5 month old and 3 year old.

Little Cosmetics Pretend Make-Up Review & Giveaway, Ends 5/7

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A few weeks before little man came, I received the opportunity for SweetPea to test out Little Cosmetics Pretend Make-Up. I decided to put it in the gift that the new baby was going to give her at the hospital. You can see her whole gift HERE.

It was exciting to see what exactly comes in the kit:

Parenting Lesson #746 {WW #36 + Linky}

Parenting Lesson #746: An exhausted toddler will throw a fit for an hour before falling asleep where ever they lay, sat, or stood.

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Toddler Teething - AmberPieces Baltic Necklace #Review & #Giveaway

AmberPieces Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Review

SweetPea has been getting her two year old molars, and although slobber and crying are super fun, I had to find another way to help her through this.

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SweetPea's teeth have always come in pairs and her molars have been no different. And although I was sceptic of Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces in the past, I recently received the recent opportunity to let SweetPea try them out. So I figured I would give it another go.

Succinic acid is a naturally occurring component in amber that makes it so effective. Succinic acid is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and a central nervous system calmer. It is so effective on babies and small children because it simultaneously eases their pain while also having a strong soothing effect on their nervous system – all with zero side effects!

The beads are meant to be worn against baby’s skin, not chewed, and are worn at a short length so that baby cannot easily grab and pull at the necklaces. The necklaces are meant to break if pulled too tight, to prevent choking, but beads are individually knotted so they don’t all fall from the necklace. While it’s recommended that children don’t wear them at night, a necklace can be wrapped around an ankle and covered with a sock to keep it warmed against baby’s skin, and still effective while they sleep.


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15 Gift Ideas for Toddlers

15 Gift Ideas for Toddlers

It's Sweet Pea's Birthday week here at our house and the countdown begins to my baby turning TWO!

And in the spirit of birthdays and the up coming Holidays, I have been doing a ton of research on good gifts to give toddlers. Plus, I had multiple people ask me what to get her.
So here are the 15 Top Gift Ideas for Toddlers that I have Found:

Help With Small Motor Skills:

1. Puzzles
Love these Hand Crafted Chunky Puzzles by Melissa & Doug.

2. Blocks

3. Coloring Books and Crayons

Coloring Books and Crayons - Toddler Gift Idea

Speech Encouraging Products:

4. "Leap Frog: Phonics Farm"
This movie has helped my daughter tremendously! She can now recognize letters and I give a great deal of credit to this movie.

5. Flash Cards

6-7. Apptivities and Apps
There are tons of free apps but having a variety and mixing it up would pretty awesome as well. Get your niece or nephew (*wink*wink* Bubba) the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity iPhone Case or the iPad one Plus a $10 iTunes Gift Card. All in one gift and the parents will be grateful because you saved their electronics from dangerous little hands.
Or if you don't want to hand over your mobile device or tablet, get them their own!

Leap Frog iPad Case - Toddler Gift Idea

Imaginative Play:

8. Bubbles

9. Clothes, yes as toys.
Encourages creative play! Sweet Pea loves shoes and hats! And any accessories. :)

Creative Play - Toddler Gift Ideas

10. Plushies, Baby Dolls, and the like.
Pretty obvious how this applies to imaginative play! ;)
No doubt you know why I'm partial to these Dreamy Sounds Soothie plushies from Disney Baby. Great for little babies and your toddler baby too.

Large Motor Skills:

11. Balls!
My daughter has a slight obsession with balls. It was one of the first words she said very well and whenever she sees still to this day, it's "Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball". :)

Balls of all sizes - Toddler Gift Ideas

12. Tricycle
We got Sweet Pea the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike because it can grow with her and adjust to her skill level.

13. JumpStart Trampoline
At this age, Toddlers don't really jump. They just don't have the balance for it. But this can help them with that! It can teach them to jump by helping them gradually gain their balance, plus it provides safer bouncing for all.

Overall just awesome fun!:

14. Kid Friendly Music CDs.
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15. A Zoo or Aquarium Membership!
Our zoo membership was the Best Purchase of the year for us! And if I hadn't gotten into a car accident and had transportation for the second half of the year, it would have been better. But with Toddlers, an all day out at parks isn't an option. They still need their down time, but with a membership you can whenever you want, when it fits around your schedule, plus you aren't pressured to see everything in one day.

Zoo, Museum, Aquarium Memberships - Gift Ideas for Toddlers

Did you find this list helpful? What are you planning on buying your toddler or a toddler close to your heart?

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