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Tag Archive: toddlers

Real Mom Talk: Letting Kids Choose Their Own Clothes
February 23, 2015 6:46 pm | by

Getting 3 kids out of bed, dressed, fed, and out the door each morning is a circus: matching outfits, brushing teeth, combing hair, finding shoes, putting on coats. It’s chaos. A time-sucker. It’s not for the faint of heart. Mama’s always trying to find a way to make it easier. I used to pick out a week’s worth of outfits per kid every Sunday night. This way we’d have an easier time getting out the door each morning. Sometimes this would backfire. On more than one occasion, my daughter put ALL of the clothes on, as well as her brother’s

 
Review: Natural Toys
December 11, 2014 7:35 pm | by

With the cooler months in full swing, keeping your little one entertained indoors can be somewhat of a challenge! Play and imagination is everything at a young age, and here are my favorite toys that will not only keep your little one entertained, but are also great for learning. And right now, ALL Cotton Babies toys are on sale . Just in time for the holidays! 1. Green Toys Tool Set – This toolbox from Green Toys is a favorite of ours. My little guy plays with his almost every day!  2. Interactive Books – Read, read, read! What little doesn’t love a fun interactive book! Makes for great stocking stuffers as

 
Real Mom Talk: Teething Toddlers
September 29, 2014 7:54 pm | by

A teething toddler can be just as tough to handle as a teething baby. Those first and second year molars can be a real bother for your energetic little and a stressful time for mama as well. Today, I’m sharing a few helpful tips that have done wonders for my (almost) two year old.  So, what are the most common teething symptoms in toddlers? Some of the most common teething symptoms include: refusal to eat biting swollen gums, sensitive gums drooling  disrupted sleep irritable  Teething Remedies Teething Toys – The Jellystone jChews are perfect for teething toddlers. They are strong enough for your little

 
Sili Squeeze
May 3, 2013 4:00 pm | by

If you love making food for your baby or toddler at home, but love the convenience of a single serve food pouch, have we got the product for you! We’re pleased to add the Sili Squeeze to our lineup of innovative feeding items for your little one you can find on the shelves of Cotton Babies. The Sili Squeeze is not a bottle! It is a reusable, silicone food pouch that you can fill with homemade baby food, smoothies, yogurt, applesauce or other squeezable foods your toddler enjoys. The BPA- PVC- and Phthalate- free four easy-to-assemble components can be safely

 
Real Mom Talk: Off to the Zoo
May 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by

Now that the weather is (finally) warm, it’s time to start planning our outdoor activities. One of my favorite places to take the kids is the zoo. It’s perfect: sunshine, animals, and (fairly) contained spaces for children to explore. What more can you ask for? Don’t overthink the venue. Kids will be equally thrilled with a zoo complete with African safari or a farm with a few horses and cows. Everything is fun for them. Some of Vicki’s favorite experiences were feeding turtles animal crackers at the lamest zoo I’ve ever been to. She didn’t care – for her, seeing

 
Real Mom Talk: Baby Proofing for a New Crawler
April 24, 2013 5:30 pm | by

My almost 6-month old is crawling already. Yeah, I know… I didn’t get much of a chance to get ready for that one. Now that he’s suddenly very mobile, I’ve had to remember what it’s like to have a baby crawling around the house. My older kids are somewhat reckless but at least I can tell them not to do something because it is dangerous and I know that they will have at least understood me, if not listen to me. The baby, unfortunately, will neither understand nor heed my words. So baby proofing… Electrical Cords     I didn’t realize

 
Gardening With Toddlers
April 3, 2013 4:36 pm | by

It’s already warmed up enough here to start re-planting our garden. It wasn’t much of a success last year, but that doesn’t stop us from trying again! It’s been really fun to get outside with my kids now that they are both mobile toddlers who don’t need help walking. Their favorite activity when we’re outside is to watch what I’m doing and “help”. Fortunately, gardening is something that toddlers or preschoolers can participate in and even learn a little! Here’s how they helped me plant our garden and flowers: SeedsThe kids had a lot of fun looking at seed packets

 
Valentine’s Day for Littles
February 14, 2013 2:42 pm | by

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday for children. Most of us have fond memories of making a special valentine box for school or sifting through all the phrases in a box of valentines to find the perfect one for our classroom crush. But have you ever paused to realize that this holiday, so much more than others, revolves around words and sugar? Neither are exactly applicable to babies and toddlers. Toddlers are naturally loving and giving, so it’s fun to find ways to celebrate a day about expressing love and kindness to others. Your little one likely can’t write

 
Potty Training – What to do when it’s time for #2
September 26, 2012 10:30 am | by

After almost 3 months of being completely potty trained for peeing (self initiating, able to go to the potty all by himself), my almost-3-year-old son still refused to poop in the potty. Any potty. Not his potty chair, not a potty seat on the big potty, not even the kid-sized potty at his preschool. Every single day, I used my diaper sprayer to spray poop out of his big boy underwear while we repeated the same conversation:Me: “Where does the poop go?”Him: “In the potty”Me: “Where did you put it?”Him: “In my underwear” *sigh* It got to the point where

 
When big kids go back to school
August 22, 2012 11:30 am | by

Yay! School is back in session! I mean, I think. I was getting a little worn out being Addie’s cruise director everyday. She learned the fine art of being bored this summer but she also managed to ask enough questions that I began to go cross eyed by the end of July. Addie was an only child for the first six years of her life and she’ll go through most of her life as a somewhat only child. She’ll never be in the same school as her sister at the same time, they’re not likely to have the same group