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Five Toddler Learning Activities on a Budget

These are fun, engaging hands on learning activities perfect for toddlers. These activities teach basic skills but can be modified to teach more difficult skills when your child is ready. Many of these activities contain small parts so you may need to substitute some materials depending on your child. Materials: There are many resources for acquiring materials, some ideas of free and cheap places include dollar stores, local buy nothing Facebook pages, Target Dollar Spot, or collect things from your recycling bin or have friends/family start saving items for you. I love to shop after holiday clearance when many of the items needed for these activities go 70-90% off. Ideas for Storage: zip locks, small plastic containers (I save containers from lunchmeat and cheese), various sized wet bags, shoe boxes. Activity ideas 1. Parking Cars – (Skills: fine motor, matching letters or numbers) Materials needed- shoe box, toy cars, scissors, tape, one sharpie, pieces of paper or plain colored stickers. First, cut holes in a shoe box for garages. Put numbers or letters above each garage space using paper and tape or plain stickers. Using stickers or taping on small pieces of paper put corresponding letters or numbers on toy cars. Have your child “park” the car in the the spot that matches the letter or number on the toy car. To include the skills of identifying have your child …

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How to Dress a Cloth Diapered Baby

As a mom of three boys, I keep asking myself why it took me so long to get on the cloth diaper train! My first two that are almost five and seven now were in disposables until they were potty trained at three and a half.  When my third was born six months ago it never even crossed my mind until I started talking to some old friends that say they can’t imagine life without cloth diapers. After a little research and advice from other mommas, I recently became obsessed myself =) What’s not to love? It’s friendlier for Mother Earth, it reduces skin irritation from toxic chemicals found in disposables, and the possibilities are endless!! If you can’t resist the cuteness of a fluff butt but are wondering about clothing ideas to fit over those bottoms, take a peek at a few of my favorite options. Buy clothing a size bigger: Better to be a bit too big than too small and your little one is only going to get bigger right? Consider sleep and plays for overnight when you have extra fluff to stuff: As a mom, convenience is key and S&P’s are the ultimate in simplicity for any parent! I’ve learned that snaps tend to last longer than the zippered ones because there is more flexibility and you can even leave the bottom snaps undone if needed. …

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10 Reasons Smart Bottoms is Our Favorite Brand

With so many great brands it can be hard to choose just one. The good news is that you don’t really have to, but if I had to sway you in the direction of choosing one it would surely be Smart Bottoms. Smart Bottoms is a made in the USA company. Producing a product in the USA is not always easy, but it surely shows in the quality of their products. I take pride in knowing that I am supporting ethically made products while supporting local economies. I love that organic materials are an option. Smart Bottoms’ organic cotton, the inners of their 3.1 AIO and Born Smart newborn diaper, is perfect for babies who react to synthetic fibers. The cotton begins buttery soft. During the prepping process, which takes a while as Smart Bottoms does not treat their cotton with any chemicals, natural oils are released from the cotton. The cotton will become a little pilly, but then it goes back to being smooth and soft. The Smart Bottoms 3.1 fits a wide range of body types effectively. The 3.1 was the first one size diaper that fit my tiny baby in a trim way. Even though it says the weight range is 10-35 pounds you can play around with them and get them to fit sooner. If you have a skinny baby it is easy to prevent “wing …

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April Showers? Toddler Crafting!

Crafting with an infant or a toddler is no easy task. Honestly, these days, nothing is easy. We try to stay busy since Daddy is overseas and C is a handful. Every time that we send Daddy a box, we put a couple “art” things in there. Granted, “art” with a 10 month old, doesn’t look like much. One of my favorite crafts to do with C to send to Daddy is handprint or footprint art. We send one box every month and so far, they have all been involved with the holidays. In February, we got a frame and put his handprint and footprint on each side. C does NOT like paint on his hands so the handprint was a ball and his footprint had no toes. March was a hand “shamrock” that really just looked like four handprints with missing fingers. This box will have a footprint carrot for Easter. C doesn’t really understand it or like it but I think that it is cute and Daddy also loves them. Now that it is warm outside, there is a lot that we can do. Messes can stay outside and it makes it much more fun to do anything with a toddler. I found a recipe for taste safe paint. Anything that is taste safe with a toddler is a must try! It’s a really simple recipe, too (save …

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Candy-free Easter Basket Ideas

The Easter baskets we put together for our kids are far from the sugar-laden baskets of my childhood, but the kids are every bit as excited to see them as I was!  Some of my favorite crunchy-mama basket treats are… Play dough: If I’m feeling ambitious, I will make a different color/scent for each kiddo but Eco Kids makes a nice, soft dough that is ready to buy! Recipe for homemade dough.  Books: This year the baby will get a book made for chewing & pulling and one that has a pop-out bunny; the older kids will each get a book from their favorite series. Utensils: We are adding a set of NumNum Gootensils to the basket for our new-to-solids babe.  I also like the RePlay sets for school lunch boxes! Sun Hat/Rash guard: last year, each kid received a beach friendly accessory to gear them up outdoor fun. Teether: A family member made a maple teether for our youngest but Baby Banana and SweeTooth have excellent options. Rattle: A Pebble carrot rattle will be the perfect basket addition! Bubbles: Every year, for every kid…bubbles are a big hit!  Small Cars: Our oldest son loves small cars, so we try to find a unique one or two for his basket. Cup/Water Bottle: Baby will receive a colorful Replay cup, while the older kids may get a water bottle for spring …

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