Toddler Sleep – Yes, it’s still important.

Toddler Sleep - Yes it's still important

Did you know that toddler sleep is just as important as infant sleep? It is. You’re still setting the foundation for your child’s lifelong sleep habits. Whenever I think about sleep and how important it is, and maybe this is a little extreme, but I like to think about how sleep deprivation is a form of torture. Your body absolutely needs sleep just as much as it needs oxygen and water. Without it you won’t thrive and you definitely won’t survive. What does that mean for your child? Start making sleep a priority now so that it will be easy for them to have that recovery that’s needed throughout their developmental stages and adult life.

Toddler Sleep – Yes, it’s still important.

First let’s talk about what age a toddler is. My sleep authority is Dr. Mark Weissbluth’s Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. Weissbluth determines toddler age between 13 and 36 months. Here are a few of the biggest toddler sleep problems as well as some solutions to help.

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Photo courtesy of Abigail Ellis

Transitioning from two naps to one afternoon nap.

I’m not going to lie, I hate nap transitions more than any other developmental sleep stage. I’m not sure why though. I think some of it is because as a parent you get so used to the routine of a morning nap and afternoon nap that you almost depend on that down time. Plus, even when your child is exhibiting signs of needing to drop the morning nap, they’re still adjusting their sleep patterns to accommodate that which means you may have a cranky toddler on your hands.

The change from two naps to one typically occurs between the ages of 13 to 15 months. Here are some signs that your child is ready:

  • Morning nap becomes briefer or it takes your toddler longer to settle down and fall asleep.
  • Nighttime sleep is uninterrupted and at least 12 hours.
  • The morning nap becomes the longest nap and your toddler isn’t ready to nap until later in the afternoon.

At this age your child needs to start mimicking the daily pattern of an adult so breakfast, lunch, dinner and then bedtime. They still need more sleep than an adult so that’s why the afternoon nap is still needed and must occur between 1pm and 2pm. Without the afternoon nap your toddler would need to go to bed by 5pm to make up the hours needed for development. Think about it, most of us getting a little sleepy during which part of the day? The afternoon, right? There’s a natural, biological rhythm that takes places in your body where an afternoon nap occurs. You want for your child to transition out of the morning nap so that the afternoon nap can happen easily and bedtime will take place at a normal time of 7:30pm or 8pm.

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Tips for transitioning:

  • Move the bedtime earlier remember, sleep begets sleep. It sounds counterproductive but trust me it works. The more sleep your toddler gets the longer he or she will sleep.
  • Keeping the morning nap brief – one hour – and starting it earlier.
  • Plan an outing after the morning nap so that your toddler is stimulated and will be sleepy around noon.
  • Move the afternoon nap up a little bit. For example, if nap time was 1:30pm try moving it up to 1pm or 12:30pm.
  • Have one or two days that are morning nap days. I did this when my daughter was transitioning from her morning nap to one afternoon nap because we had activities on Monday and Wednesday mornings so those were our no morning nap days.
  • Be flexible and watch your child’s cues!
  • Whatever you do stick to your afternoon nap routine. Don’t stray from it unless it’s an absolute special occasion and cannot be avoided.

By the time your toddler is between the age of 16 to 21 months the morning nap will have disappeared. I think it’s always important to keep in mind that this can be a long transition. It’s not going to happen overnight so don’t force it.

Fell asleep in Times Square
Fell asleep in Times Square when we traveled to New York City to be on HARRY. Definitely a special occasion to miss naptime.

Fears

The active imagination your toddler uses to play and interpret the world around him is affecting him even at night. Nightmares typically happen during the second part of the night when your toddler reaches REM (rapid eye movement). The key to handling nightmares and the fears that are associated with them before bedtime is to allow ample time for soothing. Don’t let your toddler cry it out at night if they are afraid. Your job is to comfort them as well as to help them learn how to self soothe. If you’re having a difficult time leaving after you’ve soothed your toddler, Weissbluth suggests setting a timer so that when the alarm goes off they understand that it’s time for them to sleep. This simply puts a time limit so you aren’t stuck in their bedroom forever. Other tips you can try:

  • Reading stories about dreams and sleeping
  • Staying away from any children’s programming that your child may think is scary, especially at nighttime.
  • Stick with a calming bedtime routine.

Transitioning to a regular bed because a new sibling is on the way.

In his book, Weissbluth suggests allowing a child to stay in the crib until they ask for a big kid bed. As long as the crib is large enough and the toddler isn’t climbing out of it there isn’t a need to switch. If you’re expecting a sibling and need to use the toddler’s crib there are a few ways to make the transition easier. With my two oldest we transitioned into a big kid bed roughly six to eight weeks before I was due because I usually delivered before my due date. If you have the baby with you in your room or you co-sleep then Weissbluth says to wait until your newborn is four months before moving them into a crib. The reason why is because four months tends to be a magical age of predictability for an infant. This sense of schedule and routine for your toddler is needed when you’re going to be making another transition.

Toddler Sleep

Tips for switching to a big kid bed

  • Flexibility is key. If you rush through this without allowing for set backs it adds undue stress on your family and especially your toddler.
  • Leave the crib up and empty for a bit before moving baby into the crib. This sends the message to your toddler that she’s not being kicked out of her bed. Plus, flexibility.
  • Make hard and fast rules about getting out of bed at night. This is all about what you’re comfortable with; we placed a childproof lock on my son’s door when we switched him to a big kid bed because I could totally see him finding his way out onto the highway in the middle of the night because you know, he can get out of his bed and there are cars with lights out in the street. No thank you. I’d rather contain him.
  • Do not become “social candy” to your toddler. Weissbluth says on page 317 in Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child,

“A habit may slowly develop in which your child learns to expect you to spend more time with her, putting her to sleep or returning her to sleep. Imagine what would occur if a baby-sitter gave your two-year-old candy every day instead of a real lunch. Once you discovered this, you would immediately stop the candy for meals. Your child might protest and cry, but would you give in and let her have the candy? No. If you are spending too much time at night with your child when she should be sleeping, consider you are doing to be ‘social candy’ – not needed and not healthy for the child. Be firm in your resolve to ignore the expected protest from your child when you change your behavior.

Take it from me, my husband and I have become “social candy” at night for one of our children. It’s exhausting. Stop it now if you notice a habit or you’ll be like us, spending two hours laying in your kid’s bedroom while they go to sleep.

Jack-in-the-Box Syndrome – In and Out of the Bed All Night Long

The switch to a new bed brings about a sense of independence. Let’s be honest, bedtime is boring and parents are fun. Remember, your job as a parent is to help raise a capable adult who will contribute positively to society. Following rules and obeying authority is part of that.

Suggestions for stopping Jack-in-the-Box Syndrome

  • Keep a chart for the nights that your toddler stayed in bed all night long (bathroom visits are obviously necessary and you shouldn’t force your child to ignore nature when it calls) then rewards your child when they stay in bed a certain number of nights. I like to encourage rewards that aren’t food based because I want for my kids to learn that food is fuel and not to use it for emotional needs but that’s not to say we don’t do a trip to the local Dairy Queen or Culver’s. Offer a number of options, going to the library for example can be a great reward, or letting them pick out a movie for movie night, that one is particularly motivating if you have more than one child.
  • Stay nearby and whenever your toddler gets out of bed, quietly and gently enter the room and place her back into bed. No talking, no singing, no stimulation. This isn’t party time; it’s bedtime. Be boring.
  • In the morning make a huge deal when your toddler stays in bed all night long. Shower him with praise first thing, as soon as you see him.

Of course there are always exceptions to the rules but for the most part, the main problematic areas for toddler sleep are getting rid of the morning nap, handling fears and nightmares, moving from a crib to big kid bed and curing Jack-in-the-Box Syndrome (in and out of bed all night long). Hopefully you found some ways to work through these areas so that your toddler continues to grow and develop with enough sleep to feel well rested. Remember, be flexible!

 

4 toddler sleep problems and how to fix them!

 

Five products toddlers need to aid sleep because if that toddler isn’t sleeping you’ll be miserable

Five Products Toddlers Need to Aid Sleep

Just when you think you have it all together, your sweet little baby is now a toddler. Toddler sleep, while you may think is not as important as baby sleep, you’ll find that it’s still just as important as it was when your fiesty threenager was just a little two-month-old. What’s more than the occasional “mine” confrontation and hitting phase are the common problems that come with toddler sleep or lack thereof. That, my friend, is enough to make you want to drink yourself to blissdom but don’t do that! If you aren’t familiar with the common toddler sleep problems read the blog post here covering the four most common toddler sleep problems. You can’t be yourself lady if you feel like you’re losing your mind because no one in the house is getting sleep!

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How much sleep does my toddler need?

By the time your baby is a toddler he or she will need about 10 to 14 hours of sleep total. Now, that doesn’t all happen at once, although for some toddlers they can do one long stretch of nighttime sleep with a shorter nap. For the most part, your toddler will sleep about 12 hours at night (7:00pm – 7:00am) and take one or two naps during the day. Most 18-month-olds are down to one afternoon nap and the majority of 24-month-olds are taking only one afternoon nap.

How much sleep does my toddler need?

When should my toddler go to bed? 

It’s really up to you, the parent but my favorite sleep authority, Dr. Marc Weissbluth, suggests that toddlers go to bed no later than 8:00pm. Now, if your toddler is still napping then you can probably sneak in something a little past 8:30pm but understand that sleep begets sleep.

What products will really help my toddler sleep better?

Toddler Pillow from Little Sleepy Head – Last fall we reviewed Little Sleepy Head and Abigail said she loves their pillows. What sets Little Sleepy Head apart from other toddler pillows is their Hypoallergenic Cotton, being made in the USA, its easy to travel size and it holds its shape over time. Read the full review here

little sleepy head toddler sleep aids

Books that help toddlers calm down for bedtime. – In the previous blog post and Facebook live regarding toddlers and their sleep common sleep issues, I talked about setting a routine and making those minutes even the hour before lights out, a time of calming down and relaxing. Reading books that have a soothing rhythm and bedtime stories that talk about falling asleep peacefully are excellent to add into your routine if you haven’t done so already. Here are a few that I like:

Books that help toddlers calm down

OK to Wake! Alarm Clock & Night-Light  – A common problem toddlers have is staying in bed once it’s the wee hours of the morning. This is where the OK to Wake! Alarm Clock comes in handy. The clock not only acts as an alarm clock but it’s also a nightlight. Then the 4.5″ bedside clock with soft yellow night-light glows green when it’s OK for your child to get out of bed. Other versions include My Tot ClockKids Sleep Trainer Night Light and Bluetooth Speaker – Pam The Penguin and Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep My First Alarm Clock and Sleep Trainer.

OK to Wake Clock

Nightlight – Not every toddler needs a nightlight, however, if you have a kiddo who is spooked by darkness then finding a nightlight that isn’t terribly bright is extremely important. Many of the clocks that I listed above can double as a nightlight. Here are a few of my favorite standalone nightlights:

  1. Starry Sky Rotating Projection by Bananas Over Baby – Portable Device Powered By Battery Or USB
  2. ANTEQI Carton Night Light – Features Dual Light Modes: Warm White Light and 9-Color Flashing Modes, Sensitive Tap Light Control, BPA-free Washable Soft Silicone, 12-Hour Portable Usage Supports All-Night Companion, Handheld Size and Standing Design for Flexible Placement
  3. Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Turtle – Projects a complete starry night sky onto the walls and ceiling of any room, three soothing color options blue, green and amber to create magical, tranquil environments and 5 minute timer ensures complete darkness during child’s deep sleep

Nightlights to Help Aid Toddler Sleep

Transitional Object – If your child has a transitional object such as a teddy bear, blanket, these objects can really help your toddler sleep longer in the nighttime. Read more about what a transitional object is here.

The main thing to remember with toddler sleep problems is that usually it’s a phase so if that means you keep reminding yourself, “It’s not going to be forever.” You will get through this and thankfully there are a few products out there that will help make that happen.

First Time Mom's Five Products Toddlers Need to Aid Sleep

What to Buy on Black Friday Week on Amazon

What to buy this week on Amazon. Black Friday DealsWe are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Black Friday is this week and as you may have already seen, the deals have begun! There are so many out there and since I really dislike in-store shopping, Amazon is kind of my go-to place for everything. I thought I’d offer up some of my suggestions on what is available this week deal-wise for Black Friday. This list will be updated so keep your eye out so you don’t miss anything!

What to Buy on Black Friday Week on Amazon

My Favorite Picks!

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

  • Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle
  • Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors
  • Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet. To maximize performance of cooker only use genuine Instant Pot accessories.

SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby

  • ERGONOMIC: Perfect for newborns. No insert needed.
  • COMFORT: Voted most comfortable baby carrier.
  • SIX (6) POSITIONS: Front inward (fetal, infant, or toddler settings), front outward, hip or back carry. 7 – 45 lbs.
  • ALL-IN-ONE: Lumbar support, headrest, hood, zippered pocket, dual adjustments, generous padding and more. Machine washable.
  • ALL SEASONS: Unique air panel allows you to control baby’s temperature.

SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby – The COMPLETE Airflow

  • ERGONOMIC: Perfect for newborns. No insert needed.
  • COMFORT: Voted most comfortable baby carrier.
  • SIX (6) POSITIONS: Front inward (fetal, infant, or toddler settings), front outward, hip or back carry. 7 – 45 lbs.
  • ALL-IN-ONE: Lumbar support, headrest, hood, zippered pocket, dual adjustments, generous padding and more. Machine washable.
  • AIRFLOW: Allows for maximum ventilation and temperature control for both Baby and Parent

Wood Designs Step-Up-N-Wash Stool

SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby

  • ERGONOMIC: Perfect for newborns. No insert needed.
  • COMFORT: Voted most comfortable baby carrier.
  • SIX (6) POSITIONS: Front inward (fetal, infant, or toddler settings), front outward, hip or back carry. 7 – 45 lbs.
  • ALL-IN-ONE: Lumbar support, headrest, hood, zippered pocket, dual adjustments, generous padding and more. Machine washable.
  • ORIGINAL: Soft and durable 100% cotton cradles baby in comfort

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit littleBits

  • Read about my experience with it here.
  • Complete Droid Kit: Comes with everything kids need to create and control their own Droid – right down to the battery – plus stickers and extra accessories.
  • No grown-ups necessary: Kids can put together easily with step-by-step, in-app instructions, then challenge themselves to level-up their inventor skills by building new custom Droids.
  • Missions & challenges: With the Droid Inventor app (iPhone & Android), kids can teach their Droid new skills like head spins and self navigation, and send it on 16+ special Star WarsTM missions.
  • Customizable: Stickers and in-app missions help kids get creative – inventing their own R2 unit with crafts & household objects, and giving their Droid its own unique personality.
  • Reconfigurable: Each electronic block has a different function (motor, sensor, speaker, etc.), enabling kids to rebuild their Droid in new ways, transforming their original R2 Unit into any Droid they can dream up
  • Award Winning: a Toy Insider STEM 10 awardee, TTPM’s Most Wanted Holiday Toy, and Top Rated By Kids.

Save on LEGO Star Wars : 10% to 50% off

Save on LEGO Super Heroes : 10% to 50% off

Disney deals : 20% to 85% off

 

Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart, Stainless Steel by Yedi Houseware

  • IT’S LIKE A KITCHEN IN A BOX: Combines Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Cake Maker, and more. You can customize cooking times with the Manual key and can change the pressure levels to achieve your desired meal.
  • ONE-YEAR WARRANTY: from day purchased on Amazon. UL and ULC certified with 9 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors. Quality control inspections were done by the following companies: Eurofins Productions, Industrial Housewares LLC and Yedi Houseware.
  • GREAT FOR BEGINNERS : Included is a detailed instruction booklet that comes with a link to our online FREE STARTER RECIPE BOOK, DEMO VIDEO and COOKING TIME TABLE (All 3 can be found on the YediHousewareAppliances website).
  • ALSO INCLUDED: Stainless steel inner cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack, 2 cooking spoons, measuring cup, and condensation collector.
  • MICRO-PROCESSOR INTELLIGENT CONTROLLED PROGRAMS: Soup, Stew, Beans, Chili, Meat, Poultry, Fish, Steam/Veggies, Cake, Rice, Multigrain, Quinoa. When any of these preset function keys are activated the YEDI pressure cooker calculates the perfect cook time based on the weight and temperature of the foods placed in the inner pot. Has a 24-hour delayed cooking option and the automatic keep-warm function holds the temperature of the food until you are ready to serve it.

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs 10-Day Meal Prep Kit, 30-piece Set, Reflecting Pool (2005692)

  • Made for easier meal and snack planning and packing
  • 1.2 cup and 2 cup food containers feature a twist-tight for a secure seal and divided sections for wet or dry foods
  • 3.7 cup divided container features a click-tight lid for a secure seal and provides plenty of room for a sandwich and sides
  • Bases and lids are BPA-free as well as microwave and dishwasher safe
  • 30-Piece set includes (10) 3.7 cup divided containers, (2) 2 cup and (3) 1.2 cup divided containers with removable insert tray

 

Baby Products & Clothing

Earth’s Best TenderCare Chlorine-Free Diapers, Fragrance Free, Size 2, Weight 12-18 lbs, 160 Count

  • Size 2 diapers for babies that weigh 12-18 pounds
  • Chlorine free, latex free, dye free, fragrance free
  • Comfortable, secure fit with breathable sides – soft and stretchy panels that refasten to prevent leakage
  • Bulk value pack of 160 diapers

JJ Cole Bottle Cooler, Black/Cream

  • Attach-anywhere handle
  • Includes freezer pack for extended temperature control
  • Exterior pocket
  • Holds two extra-large bottles

JJ Cole Changing Clutch, Cream & Black

JJ Cole Changing Clutch, Cream & Black

  • Unfolds to large, 19″ x 28″ pad
  • Attach-anywhere handle
  • Pocket holds wipes and multiple diapers
  • Slim design fits in diaper bags

JJ Cole Backpack Diaper Bag, Black Tri Stitch

  • Spacious interior with multiple organizational compartments
  • Easy-access front zippered pockets
  • Exterior bottle pockets
  • Removable, adjustable, padded shoulder strap
  • Includes Grips stroller attachments and coordinating changing pad

Graco Glider Lite Baby Swing, Finch 

  • Soothes with the same gentle motion you use when cuddling and comforting baby in your nursery glider
  • Lightweight, portable frame makes it easy to use anywhere in the house
  • Roomy seat with soft fabrics and plush head support keep baby cozy and comfortable
  • 6 gliding speeds allow you to find the right pace to suit baby’s mood
  • 10 classic melodies and 5 nature sounds will delight and amuse your little one

4-in-1 Cotton Muslin Receiving Blankets (4 Pack). This Swaddle Is A Soft Unisex Baby Blanket With Timeless Neutral Patterns. Free e-Book, How To Bond With Your Baby, $15 Value

  • COMFORT YOUR BABY – It’s a fact, swaddling your baby makes them feel safe and secure. It reminds them of being in the womb and provides comfort and warmth. Made of 100% cotton muslin fabric, one of the most comfortable and breathable materials on the market, the SnuggBugg receiving blankets help you swaddle your baby comfortably and in style!
  • HELP OTHER BABIES – A portion of the profits from this infant swaddle are donated to Camp Firefly, a summer camp for terminally ill or seriously ill children and their families. Buy here and help us give back!
  • HELP KEEP YOUR BABY CALM – One of the most effective ways to help calm a fussy baby is to wrap them up snug and secure. Don’t let the baby blues get you, swaddle your baby and rest at ease!
  • MULTI-PURPOSE – We know you have enough carry in your diaper bag and purse, which is why we love the fact that you can use the SnuggBugg swaddle for a number of different purposes. It can be used as a swaddle, a nursing cover, carseat cover, burp cloth, and more.
  • BUY WITH PEACE OF MIND – MONEY BACK GUARANTEE – If you’re unhappy with your purchase of this baby swaddle for any reason send it back within 30 days for a full refund

Serta I-Comfort Premium Infant Bouncer, Grey

Serta I-Comfort Premium Infant Bouncer, Grey

  • Oversized cushioned seat with removable newborn head & body support
  • Triple-Effects gel memory foam in head & body support and bouncer seat provide cushioned comfort Nano-text seat offers advanced temperature regulation and moisture wicking
  • Soothing Electronics module with 15 minute auto-shut off includes, music, nature sounds and vibrations
  • Pivoting mobile with toys keeps baby entertained while they bounce
  • Soft, quilted fashion cover & head and body support are removable and machine washable

Serta Perfect Start Supreme Crib and Toddler Mattress

  • Extra firm high density thermo-bonded polyester fiber core Light weight for easy changing
  • Ultimate Edge® Design: Firmer edges for extra support and square corners help with snug fit inside crib Naturally blended woven cotton cover has waterproof backing
  • Cool Twist™ Gel Memory Foam: exclusive liquid gel-enhanced memory foam designed to increase airflow, which helps move heat away from Baby, also provides enhanced cushioning to help reduce the pressure points GREENGUARD Gold certified: recognizes products with low chemical emissions, contributing to healthier environments
  • CertiPUR-US certified: Certified foam products are made without PBDE fire retardants, lead, mercury, formaldehyde, prohibited phthalates and other potentially harmful materials Meets or exceeds flammability, lead, phthalate and CPSIA testing and does not contain toxic fire retardants

Serta Perfect Crib Mattress Cover, Balance Organic

  • 100% organic cotton quilted top for comfort and softness; 100% waterproof underside protects mattress from liquids
  • Fitted crib pad cover measures 52″ x 28″
  • End to end elasticized fit to prevent sliding and shifting
  • Machine washable
  • PVC and phthalate free

Serta Perfect Sleeper Foam Bedrails Set, White, Extra Long

  • Great for transition from crib to twin bed
  • Prevents child from falling or rolling off the bed
  • Fits Twin, Full, Queen & King Size beds
  • Slips under fitted sheet to stay in place
  • Soft foam design with removable & machine washable cover

myBaby SoundSpa Portable Machine, Plays 6 Natural Sounds, MYB-S200

  • Plastic
  • Imported
  • 6 natural sounds heartbeat, white noise, ocean
  • 15, 30 or 60 minute auto-off timer
  • Portable perfect for new mother or traveler
  • Battery or adaptor operated adaptor included and uses 4 AA

myBaby SoundSpa White Noise Machine, Plays 4 Soothing Sounds, MYB-S205 

  • Plays 6 soothing sounds especially designed to lull baby to sleep: Heartbeat, White Noise, Cradle, Ocean, Brook, Summer Night
  • Auto-off timer: 15, 30, or 60 minutes or continuous play
  • Bedside or Portable: use the AC Adapter and plug in in your nursery or take it with you on the go (uses 2AA batteries – batteries not included with purchase)
  • Perfect for mom and baby at home or while traveling and on the go
  • 6 natural sounds heartbeat, white noise, ocean, The soundspa portable is perfect for the new mother or traveler, working off of four AA batteries (not included) or the included adaptor, 6.000 inchesH x 4.000 inchesW x 2 inchesD

 

Carlson 68-Inch Wide Adjustable Freestanding Pet Gate, Premium Wood

  • Freestanding pet gate adjusts up to 68-inches wide
  • Stands 20-inches tall
  • Made with premium New Zealand Pine wood
  • Easily adjustable with patented locking system
  • Rubber inserts on bottom of feet keep you floor scratch free

Chicco 360 Hook On Chair, Hudson

  • Innovative seat locks in 6 positions with rubber table clamps for quick and secure attachment negotiates table skirting up to 5.5″ thick
  • Snap on serving tray
  • Hand-washable fabric seat pad
  • Dishwasher-safe tray
  • Compact fold and deluxe carry bag

OXO Tot Air Stroller, Jade

  • At only 11 lbs., the OXO Tot Air Stroller is lightweight with a quick, compact fold that won’t slow you down
  • Perfect for kids six months and up, this compact stroller opens and closes in a smooth, swift motion and folds down into backpack size (complete with carrying strap). When folded, Air stands locked in place with the wheels away from the fabric
  • Durable aluminum frame comfortably holds toddlers up to 55 lbs., front-wheel suspension gives you a smooth ride wherever the day takes you
  • The large, expandable UPF 50 canopy provides extra coverage, rain or shine, plus the peek-a-boo window lets you check on your tot without breaking your stride
  • With an easily adjustable 5-point safety harness, sandal-friendly brake, secret parent pocket and machine-washable fabric, the OXO Tot Air Stroller is built for travel and adventure, both near and far

SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

  • 100% Polyester
  • Imported
  • Mesh sides provide a clear view of baby and help air circulate to protect baby from overheating
  • Sturdy metal frame fold flat for travel,Dimensions: 32″L x 14.5″W x 11″H
  • Soft, comfortable fabrics
  • Includes mattress pad and fitted sheet
  • Age Range: Birth until baby begins to push up or roll over

Summer Infant PANORAMA Digital Color Video Baby Monitor

  • 5” full color digital flat screen
  • Temperature display
  • Remote control pan and tilt
  • Talk back to baby
  • Digital Zoom
  • 2 color soft-glow nursery nightlight
  • Automatic black & white night vision
  • 800-foot range
  • Sound activated LED lights
  • Low battery indicator
  • Out of range indicator
  • Power Save button
  • Kick stand
  • Adjustable volume & brightness control
  • Expandable system, up to 4 cameras
  • Table top or wall mount camera option

Summer Infant Pop N’ Jump Portable Activity Center 

  • Lightweight folding frame comes fully assembled, unfolds in seconds, and features 3-levels of height adjustment
  • Jumping support seat can be easily removed and machine washed
  • Toys include spinner ball, rattle, teether and mirror book
  • UV canopy protects baby from the suns harmful rays
  • Compact travel bag with shoulder strap makes Pop ‘N Jump perfect for use anywhere around the home, or on the go

Toys & Games

 

Melissa & Doug Disney Belle Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Doll Pretend Play Set (30+ pcs)

Paw Patrol Roll Patrol – Select Paw Patrol Toys

Pokémon – Select Multi-Figure Toys

Cool Maker – Sew N’ Style Sewing Machine with Pom Pom Maker Attachment

  • The Sew N’ Style Machine is safe and easy to use!
  • Pom pom maker attachment easily creates pom poms to add extra style to any design!
  • Includes enough fabric and accessories to create five projects! Customize your end results with style string, ribbons and pom poms! Pack everything away in the storage drawer to keep things tidy.
  • Cool Maker gives aspiring designers all the tools needed to make amazing creations they’ll be proud to share. The Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine is for Cool Makers aged 6+. Requires 4xAA batteries (not included).
  • Contents: 1 Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine, 2 Sheets of Glitter Fabric, 2 Cool Maker Pre-Cut Projects, 1 Sheet of Cool Maker Fabric, 3 Cool Maker Decorative Fabric Pieces, 1 Page of Pop-Out Patterns, 1 Pom Pom Maker Attachment, 1 Piece of Stretch Fabric, 1 Bag of Stuffing, 1 Elastic, 1 Spool of Ribbon (3/8”x 50”), 1 Spool of Style String (252”), 2 Spools of Pom Pom Yarn (96”/bundle), 1 Playbook

 

Click N’ Play Girl’s Princess Castle Play Tent, Pink

  • Light weight and easy to assemble Girl’s Pink Princess Castle design play tent
  • To be used in or out door. Easily folds and placed back in case for storage
  • Perforated Windows, lets the air in, helps keep the bugs out
  • Includes 4 Ground Pegs for better stability
  • Size: 40 inches diameter by 51 inches high. Material: 100% polyester fabric with steel frame. Adult Assembly Required

Anki Cozmo

  • He’s a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a personality that evolves the more you hang out
  • Challenge Cozmo to games, or use Explorer Mode to see things from his perspective
  • Equipped with Code Lab, the perfect platform for new coders to unlock their imaginations
  • Easier than you’d think and tougher than he looks, he’s tested for durability and security
  • Requirements: A compatible iOS or Android device and the free Cozmo app
  • 1 Cozmo robot; 1 Charger; 3 Power Cubes.

LEGO Creator Modular Poolside Holiday 31067 Building Kit (356 Piece)

  • Build a colorful vacation house with a rooftop terrace and barbecue, a garden area with fountain, a swimming pool, a table-tennis table, and modular sections for customization!
  • 3-in-1 model: Rebuild it into a Skate Park Holiday or a Music Garage Holiday
  • Includes male teen and female child minifigures
  • LEGO Creator building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building
  • Poolside Holiday is over 4” high, 7” wide, and 5” deep. Skate Park Holiday is over 5” high, 6” wide, and 4” deep. Music Garage Holiday is over 5” high, 5” wide, and 4” deep
  • 356 pieces – For boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 years old

Zoomer Hedgiez, Flip, Interactive Hedgehog with Lights, Sounds and Sensors, by Spin Master

  • Zoomer Hedgiez really move on their own, making cute sounds while they perform tricks. When you pet their heads they’ll walk, roll, do headstands, and more!
  • Hedgiez love to cuddle — tickles their bellies and they’ll curl up and giggle!
  • Each Hedgy has soft, pet-able fur, perfect for brushing. They even come with their very own comb.
  • Zoomer Hedgiez are for ages 4+ and require 4 AAA batteries (not included).

 

 

 

 

How to teach children to overcome fears during Halloween

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I like Halloween almost as much as the next gal but can I level with you? I hate the scary images that are plastered all over. There’s a giant billboard on the highway by my house that we drive by every time we  have to head in to the Twin Cities. What is it? It’s this horrid, scary clown, that my three-year-old asks about every time we drive by:

How can we teach our children to overcome fears during Halloween?

See?! SCARY! Halloween is fun; I love getting dressed up as much as the next girl but there is a scary side to Halloween that you may find yourself needing to navigate this year with your children. How do you do that though? How do you convey to your child that there isn’t a boogie man, that scary clown is an actor with face paint wearing a costume?

How to teach children to overcome fears during Halloween?

I was such a fearful child. I was scared of everything and pretty much anything that I saw. I had an overactive imagination (no surprise there, right? I’m a writer after all.) and everything I saw felt incredibly real. Here are some of the ways I’ve tried to help my kids with the scary things they’re seeing this time of the year.

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1. Explain how movies whether they’re live action or animated work.

There is great power in knowledge isn’t there? When I take the time to sit down with my children and say, “Hey, here’s how they made it look like Dory was swimming in the water” not only does it show them that not everything that is seen is real but it also gives them the power to see an image, like a scary clown, and remember that it is only a man or woman in a costume. My three-year-old doesn’t continually remember this when she sees the billboard, however, with some prompting she remembers that it is a man dressed up just like when she puts on her sister’s play make-up.

Some great books and shows to help aid you in explaining real vs pretend are:

 

Lucy is afraid of dogs, Josh doesn’t like to go in the pool, Dan doesn’t want the nurse to touch his bruised knee, and Ben is afraid to go on stage in front of people. Follow along as these friends learn that when something scares them, they can take a deep breath and feel brave enough to get through their ordeals.

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?


Can you tell the truth from a tall tale? Spot a phony photo a mile away? Figure out a fib in five seconds flat? Put your amateur detective skills to work in this fun and wacky book. See if the truth triumphs as you encounter suspicious stories, fishy facts, lying lists, and more. You’ll also learn about history’s greatest hoaxes, secrets behind a good fake, internet urban legends, plus bonus information that will leave you second-guessing everything you’ve ever read. Complete with awesome photos and hilarious collage art, this is one book that you have to read to believe…or not!

2. Bring your faith into it.

This is by far the biggest help for me when I’m trying to empower my children to tackle their fears. I talk about our Christian faith. It’s simple and I feel like sometimes as parents, especially if faith if part of your life, we forget how powerful our relationship with God can be in helping explain the world to our children. When talking about the scary clown she sees on the highway my three-year-old has also been talking about ghosts, a lot. She was watching some Mickey Mouse Halloween show and they told ghost stories that had a ghost or two in it. Ever since then she’s fearful of ghosts.

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I’ve been telling her that she doesn’t need to be afraid because God will protect her. I’ve caught her a few times telling her toys the same things I say, “Jesus protects you. Don’t be afraid.” My favorite Christian media for kids is Veggie Tales. It’s funny and really easy to follow. If you’re familiar with the show you probably can guess that I’m going to bring up the episode “Where’s God When I’m Scared?” Yep, I pull this one out annually for my littles and you should too!

3. Be more aware of the sounds and images your child is taking in during this time of year.

Some people like the feeling of fear and the adrenaline rush that comes with it. There are going to be more commercials out there for scary events like haunted houses, haunted hayrides, etc. Be mindful of what your children are watching on TV. There are more ads for horror movies this time of year too. Be smart. If you’re a streaming family like we are this isn’t too difficult to monitor. If you have the ability to DVR your child’s favorite shows maybe this time of the year you do that so that you can ensure they aren’t going to see something that will make them scared. If they do see something scary, talk about it. When my youngest was starting her ghost fear I sat down and asked her what she was seeing that was a ghost. After a few minutes I figured out that she was seeing shadows. Then we had a quick lesson on shadows. I made a bunny for her and a butterfly, we talked about how we make shadows. Remember, there’s power in knowledge.

How to teach children to overcome fears during Halloween

Hopefully this helps curb some of those fears your child may come up with this time of the year. The best thing you can do is empower your child to understand that world around them.

What tips do you have for helping your child overcome fears?

Feet NEVER stop growing but I hate shopping in stores! KidsShoes.com saves my sanity!

KidsShoes.com saves my sanity!

Confession time: I cannot stand going into a store and shopping. I don’t like malls and I hate indecision so when KidsShoes.com reached out to me to take a look at their site I jumped at the chance. My kids’ are growing like little beanstalks and it’s hard to keep up with their changing feet. Thanks to KidsShoes.com’s technology they can have a trendy and comfy pair of shoes for back to school but I don’t lose my mind trying to find that perfect pair.

KidsShoes.com saves my sanity!
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One of the things I love about their site is the KidsSizing™ tool that’s exclusive to KidsShoes.com. The way it works is simple: You create a personal profile for each child. Then using either a tablet or print out, you can measure your child’s foot.

KidsShoes.com KidsSizing

Then you’ll add their size to their profile and you can search through their selection by size. As their feet get bigger you can use the KidsShoes app and measure them again. It’s genius and if you don’t like crowds but want to make sure you buy the right sized shoes you have to use KidsShoes.com.

Feet NEVER stop growing but I hate shopping in stores! KidsShoes.com saves my sanity!

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My middle child, Kendall, is off to Kindergarten this fall. She’s so ready for it too! When you ask her how she feels she’ll tell you that she’s excited but nervous. It took her no time to choose her shoes! She went with the SYDNEY JORDYN FLORAL APPLIQUE, of course. The minute I saw all of the shoes I just knew she’d go for the sparkles and flowers!

Sydney Jordyn Floral Applique
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Brennan, my oldest, chose something classic, Kenneth Cole Reaction Kick Insight. Simple and not too flashy, plus they go with everything.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Kick Insight
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I couldn’t forget about my littlest spit fire girl, Keira! She’s not going to school this year but she could really use some new shoes. She gets all of Kendall’s hand-me-downs (another reason to buy good quality shoes, you can hand them down to your younger kiddos and save money) so getting a new pair that are all her own. Keira chose, I mean as best as a three-year-old can choose, S.Jordyn Flower Stud. They’re so cute and she can put them on by herself. I love the little flourishes and details!

S.Jordyn Flower Stud
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Take the guess work out of shoe shopping and do it from your bed! Ha! Seriously, if you want a relaxing shopping experience and want to beat the crowds check out KidsShoes.com. Actually take a look at their site and tell me in the comments which pair you’d go with.

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