25 Outdoor Summer Must-Haves for Your Toddler

25 Outdoor Summer Must-Haves for Your Toddler

Summer is almost here and I'm so excited to get outside and soak up some sunshine with my kids. There are a ton of fun activities to do outside and enjoy the warm weather while staying protected from the sun. Currently, we're experiencing the need to stay at home due...

Why Your Toddler or Young Child Needs a Daily Routine

Why Your Toddler or Young Child Needs a Daily Routine

If you're reading this post around the time of publication, you're probably stuck at home with nowhere to go and running out of ways to entertain your toddler. Being out of their normal routine for so long is probably driving both of you a little stir crazy, but there...

14 Things To Easily Teach Your 1-Year-Old​ Through Play

14 Things To Easily Teach Your 1-Year-Old​ Through Play

If you're like me, it's always on your mind- Am I teaching my child enough? Am I giving her enough attention? Should I be doing more to help her learn? Could I be a better mom?? The mom guilt is REAL and it's totally normal. We always feel like we could be doing more...

116 Fun Toddler Activities When Stuck At Home

116 Fun Toddler Activities When Stuck At Home

It's only been a couple of days since we have been stuck inside indefinitely and the kids (and parents) are already going stir crazy! With this virus forcing events and activities to be canceled and school and work to be closed, I think we're all in desperation for...

Quarantine Paper Chain Toddler Indoor Activity

Quarantine Paper Chain Toddler Indoor Activity

Since we're all stuck inside looking for ways to keep our children entertained, I thought this was a fun activity for the kids. When I was a child, I remember making paper chains in school to lead up to the 100th day. Then we would also make paper chains and tear a...

Easter Egg Water Scoop Activity for Babies and Toddlers

Easter Egg Water Scoop Activity for Babies and Toddlers

With Easter around the corner, I've been looking for some new springtime activities to keep my toddler entertained. I love activities that are simple to set up and use inexpensive household items that I already have.  This Easter egg scoop activity was definitely...

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds That Make Great Gifts

Best Toys for 1 Year Olds That Make Great Gifts

As a pediatric occupational therapist and mom, I'm always on the look out for toys that are geared toward learning new skills, concepts, and vocabulary.  Pretty much all toddler toys (and even household objects) will provide numerous avenues of learning because...

14 Lessons to Teach Your Toddler

14 Lessons to Teach Your Toddler

As a toddler's brain grows rapidly, they are learning and understanding a wide array of information. They're taking in everything from their day-to-day world and finally making sense of it all. As a parent, our hope is that our children grow up to be happy,...

How to Teach Your Baby to Walk

How to Teach Your Baby to Walk

Some of the most exciting moments as a parent are watching your little one learn and grow. Whether that means cracking their first smile, saying a new word, or discovering how to work a new gadget, your baby is learning so much every day. The baby and toddler years...

8 Reasons Your Toddler is Hitting or Biting and How to Stop It

8 Reasons Your Toddler is Hitting or Biting and How to Stop It

Around 18 months old, I started noticing my daughter exhibiting offensive behaviors to other children. Whether it was hitting, hair pulling, biting, or kicking, she always found a way to get her hands on other children. It would come out of nowhere: at a play date,...

How to Teach Your Toddler to Talk

How to Teach Your Toddler to Talk

In my experience, life as a parent got a whole lot easier once my daughter started talking. Not just saying simple words, but actually speaking in 2-3 word phrases and full sentences. When she could express herself to get her wants and needs met, it made her much more...

Christmas Pompom Push Activity

Christmas Pompom Push Activity

The Christmas pompom push activity is a festive fine motor task. It requires a little bit of set up, but uses items you should have around the house.   It only requires them to follow 1 step directions so it's great for younger toddlers and even older...

Handmade Gift Ideas for Toddler Girls

Handmade Gift Ideas for Toddler Girls

You may feel like your child has every toy and clothing that they could possibly need, so what's left to buy them for the holidays? At this age, you really have to think about their interests and the things that make them happy. Instead of just hitting Amazon or the...

How to Encourage Unstructured Play for Children

How to Encourage Unstructured Play for Children

Children love to imagine and experiment which is developed through unstructured play. It's important for parents to learn how to encourage this creativity, as it leads to a variety of cognitive advantages. What is unstructured play? Unstructured play is when your...

Christmas Bow Wall Stick Toddler Activity

Christmas Bow Wall Stick Toddler Activity

This wall stick activity is super simple and will keep your toddler busy for some time (in toddler world, a few minutes is a lot of time!).  It's a festive way for your child to play with items that they usually don't get to play with. You can incorporate a lot of...

6 Things Our Kids Need From Us (and It’s Not a Clean House)

6 Things Our Kids Need From Us (and It’s Not a Clean House)

Once we have children, our lives change dramatically. Our previously typical routines and daily life have been altered to completely revolve around our kids. From the baby stage through toddler years and beyond, our goals and regimens evolve to fit the needs of our...

Helping Toddlers Connect with Family Across the Miles

Helping Toddlers Connect with Family Across the Miles

When my three kiddos were toddlers, our closest family members lived a 13-hour drive away.  The furthest?  A 34-hour drive away.  (And, no, we never drove that.  Please!  We flew.) We went months without our children seeing their...

DIY Toddler Summer Bucket List Poster

DIY Toddler Summer Bucket List Poster

I've been looking forward to this summer for awhile now where I could share so many new experiences with my little girl. At almost 2 years old, this is the first summer that I really feel like she understands everything and will really appreciate a lot of outdoor,...

Mommy & Me Play Date Ideas to Spend Quality Time With Your Kids

Mommy & Me Play Date Ideas to Spend Quality Time With Your Kids

These days, with both parents and kid's busy schedules, it can feel difficult to squeeze in some quality time with your children. Even with summer coming up, activities and friends can get in the way of spending time together. However, having regularly scheduled dates...

13 Reasons Why I Actually Like Daycare for My Toddler

13 Reasons Why I Actually Like Daycare for My Toddler

Daycares get a bad reputation, but I don’t agree with all the negative attention they receive. Sure, your child isn’t getting one-to-one attention and they pass germs around like the plague, but I think the pros outweigh the cons, especially for toddlers. Not all...

Best Unique Gifts For Your Toddler That Aren’t Toys

Best Unique Gifts For Your Toddler That Aren’t Toys

At this age, your 1 or 2 year old probably hasn't completely grasped the concept of presents.  For my 1 year old, I could wrap an empty box up and she would have a blast playing with the wrapping paper and box without a toy even in sight! Since my daughter goes...