5 Tips for Surviving Toddler Haircuts

5 Tips for Surviving Toddler Haircuts

Toddler Haircuts – those words make my brain itch (yes, that’s possible – because I said so).

Both of our toddlers are in need of a haircut. This will be Zeke’s first haircut. Izaiah’s hair is looking shaggy in a not cute way, so looks like it’s time to head to the local kid hair salon for a hair whacking.

Having 3 boys with very thick hair, so needless to say I feel like we are getting haircuts every week (more like every 6 weeks). Here are some things I’ve learned along the way about surviving toddler haircuts. 

5 Tips for Surviving Toddler Haircuts

Tips for Toddler Haircuts

1. Make Sure Your Toddler is Fed and Rested

A happy fed toddler is a lot easier to calm down and keep still than a tired hungry toddler. Try to bring your toddler when he is in his best mood (I see you rolling your eyes).

2. Prepare Your Toddler For the Haircut

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I have found that if I get my toddler in the right mindset for getting a hair cut, it helps a lot more than if I just spring on a surprise trip. Also, maybe not using the word “hair cut” maybe “hair trim” might make the situation better. Cut is just not a good word in a toddler’s mind.

Make the hair cut place an exciting adventure. LIE and make it the best place ever, not the germ-infested kiddie scream fest that it actually is.

3. Kids Hair Salon

We have tried several hair cut places and at the end of the day, we’re sticking to kid hair salons from now on. Yes, they do cost a bit more but the truth of the matter is, they work only with

toddler haircuts at snip its kids hair cut

Snip-It’s is one of the kid hair cut places we frequent.

kids and know how to handle melt downs and moving heads.  Plus, the kid hair salon we go to has a TV, videos, video games and what not to keep your child entertained. Oh and don’t forget the fun race car they get to sit in while getting their hair cut!

We took our oldest son to a generic hair cut place when he was 2. The man was SO MEAN to my son, screaming at him, and holding his head down like he was a dog. Let’s just say it didn’t end pretty. My son feared getting his hair cut for the longest time.

Call your kid hair salon and find out if they have discount days. They also offer an after-school special on certain days as well as home school discounts. We don’t home school but since we can go mid-day, we save $5 on the hair cut. $5 x 3 is $15 – and that my friends is a cute pair of flats from Target, or a manicure.

And if You Don’t Go To A Kids Salon…

If you don’t have a kids hair salon near you, or prefer to go to another hair stylist, do make the experience as fun as possible. I read somewhere a recommendation to put stickers all over your child’s clothes once they sit down for a haircut. That will help distract them for what is about to happen.

Another suggestion is to bring a Bumbo for your toddler to sit in. Make sure you hold them, but the Bumbo chairs act as a great booster, especially if the hair salon doesn’t frequent kids.

Come up with a creative way to engage your child with the water and the clippers. Tell your toddler the water is rain and the clippers are a race car. Make it fun, and silly and as painless as possible.

4. Stay With Your Child During the Hair Cuttoddler haircut tips

While your a toddler hair cut can be hell, a toddler left alone to get their hair cut is surely a frightening sight! I have multiple kids and know the pains of trying to juggle many. I make sure each child has my attention while getting a hair trim. Put the baby in the stroller, or leave her home.

It never fails that I end up holding my toddler’s head so that the hair stylist can get a somewhat straight cut around the ears and neck. Be of assistance where you can be, your toddler will appreciate you more than a stranger telling him to hold still.

5. The Art of Bribing a Toddler

I have no problems bribing my toddler. Our kid hair salon has a bucket of suckers that they keep out on the counter. If our toddler is good during his hair cut, he’ll get a sucker.
MOM CONFESSION:  In all honestly sometimes, I just stick a sucker in his mouth during the hair cut to help keep him from screaming. You gotta do what you gotta do.

DIY Toddler Haircut

Occasionally I’ll pull out the clippers and do a touch-up on the boys in-between hair cuts. With toddler hair cuts, I typically prefer to just let a professional hair dresser do it. With my daughter’s hair, I’m scarred from many years of my mom cutting my bangs too short so I always take her to a professional.

{ This post is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk  }

What Tips Do You Have for Toddler Haircuts?

 

2017 Best Toddler Alarm Clocks – Perfect for Sleep Training!

2017 Best Toddler Alarm Clocks – Perfect for Sleep Training!

In order to keep you up-to-date with the best toddler alarm clocks, we update this post regularly. 

Sleep training your toddler? Check out these toddler alarm clocks that will help a child who can’t tell time understand when it’s okay to get out of bed. Parenting toddlers is all kinds of crazy if they get a little more sleep – that will give mom and dad more sleep as well!

I survived the toddler years with our 2 older kids and am now going through it now with another 2 toddlers! You can survive these years (at least, I hope – these last 2 are quite challenging.) It’s all about finding things that work for you. One of the hardest challenges when I had to get the kids to childcare and we had a strict morning routine was finding a kid-friendly alarm clock. I have had many friends recommend these and are glad to share these here. I hope they work well as you sleep train your toddler. As you transition your toddler from the crib to a big boy bed (or big girl bed), it’s time to introduce the alarm clock.

Alarm Clocks for Toddlers

Here is a round-up of the best toddler alarm clocks. This is a fabulous assortment of the clocks that have different functions to help with sleep training. Help teach your toddler how long to stay in bed when it is okay to get out of bed and some toddler alarm clocks even have a timeout time! These toddler alarm clocks serve multiple functions and are an essential during these trying years. Find one that will be the perfect addition to your kid’s room. 

Okay to Wake Alarm Clock

okay to wake alarm for toddlers

First, let’s look at the OK to Wake toddler alarm. It is ranked 4-stars on Amazon with over 2,200 reviews! The OK to Wake clock features a color changing night-light timer teaching children to stay in bed longer in the morning so parents get more sleep (at least that’s the plan!). Set this bedside alarm clock next to your tot’s bed and let sleep training begin.

A few things else to note about the OK to Wake alarm:

  • This clock features a color-changing night-light that teaches children to stay in bed longer so families get better sleep!
  • It is 4.5″ and is perfect for your child’s bedside table.
  • The clock is soft yellow night-light and glows green when it’s OK for your child to get out of bed
  • OK to Wake features an alarm clock with snooze, convenient nap timer, interchangeable faceplates, and fun animations that give this personality!
  • This is easy for parents to program – the idea is that this will grows with families by helping them get more sleep, and teach children independence and help with sleep training.

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Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light

teach me time best toddler clock

Next, we have the Teach Me Time Talking Clock. This wake up clock for toddlers is one of the best-rated kid alarm clocks with over 2,200+ reviews and a 4-star rating. With those reviews, you can say this is definitely a good choice!

A few things to note about the Teach Me Time Talking:

  • This child’s bedside alarm clock features a time-teaching educational game and dual-color nightlight all in one!
  • Three interchangeable color rings are included.
  • The night-light is a soft yellow in the evening and turns green in the morning (parent programmable) so children know when it’s OK to get out of bed!
  • As your child grows, they can play with the interactive talking time-teaching game. It  has five adjustable skill levels and teaches time-telling concepts on the analog and digital clock faces
  • For older children: Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock is a fully-functional alarm clock with snooze–just like mom and dads! So this will grow with your kids!
  • Included is a USB cord and will need 2 AA batteries. 

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Amazon Echo Dot

amazon echo dot toddler alarm clock

Let’s talk about the Echo Dot. While not this isn’t something you would think of as a traditional toddler alarm clocks – this is what we have moved to for our kids! Why? Every night since our littles were babies, we’ve had music playing in their room. With the Amazon Echo Dot – we have been able to set up a music playlist and play that for them as they go to sleep AND set up an alarm for the morning. This keeps them in bed until the alarm goes off. I do recommend locking down your Amazon Echo Dot so that you don’t have children ordering things, but it’s easy to do.

The rating on the Amazon Echo Dot is off the charts, understandably so. It’s received 4.5 stars with over 19.2k reviews! We have multiple Echo Dots and an Echo in our home and use them daily. This is definitely a tech home device that we recommend.

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Argos Children’s Alarm Clock – Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer Clock

sleep train clock

Here is the Glo-Clock Sleep Trainer, also known as the Argo Children’s Alarm. It features a pleasant glow of light – not to bright and the concept is unique. The stars disappear over the night, so when your child wakes up in the night, they instantly know how long they have until morning by how many stars are left. In the morning, at the designated time, the last star and the big star disappear, and the sun comes out as the face color changes to yellow. The kids know they are allowed to get up when the sun comes up.

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Bunny Toddler Alarm Clock

bunny toddler alarm clock

This bunny toddler alarm – also known as the Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer comes in both blue and pink.  Here are a few features you should know about:

  • The Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer teaches kids when it is time to sleep and when it is time to get up.
  • The sleeping bunny character is illuminated and the child knows he or she has to sleep a while longer. There are three different brightness settings within the display.
  • At the time set by the parents by means of the timer, the bunny character changes to the wake-up position. The child knows that he or she can get up!
  • There are two-time settings, one for the morning and one for the afternoon nap.

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Boon Glo Balls

boon night balls

How cool are these Boon Glo Balls? Not an alarm clock, but this will help you in your sleep training your toddlers! You can take the glow balls with you – no more dark trips to the bathroom for a potty break. Your toddler will love this clock as it also doubles as a portable nightlight.  The Boon Glo Balls glow lasts for 30 minutes.

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Zazoo Photo Clockzazzo best clock for toddlers
You can customize how your child wakes up with the Zazoo photo clock. Use your PhotoClock as a traditional clock with an audio alarm. The clock comes with display options that may include the time only or time and date.

There are several options for the audio alarm tone including ringing, beeping or waking to music. Use one of the pre-loaded songs for the alarm tone or wake to any song of your choice. The Zazoo photo alarm clock is also a digital photo frame!

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Toddler Alarm Clock OK To Wake Owl With Night-Light & Music, Nap Timer

owl night clock

This cuddly OK to Wake! Owl is a night light and toddler clock in a non-traditional sense all-in-one.  It has received 3.5 stars on Amazon. The OK to Wake Owl teaches kids to sleep in so you can too! OK to Wake! Owl’s face illuminates in two colors: a soft yellow glow in the evening comforts kids as they fall asleep. In the morning, Owl’s face turns green when it’s “OK to Wake!” (a time that parents can select). You kids will quickly learn the morning routine, giving parents extra sleep.

Next, this adorable Owl also plays lullabies and gives kids gentle reminders to stay in bed when its tummy is pressed at night or in the wee hours of the morning. A convenient nap timer function (up to 12 hours – that’s a LONG nap!) is another added convenience that parents love. When nap time is over, the Owl’s face glows green to show that it’s “OK to Wake!” Pressing the Owl’s tummy plays a fun wake-up tune.

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Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Clock

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With the Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Toddler Alarm Clocks toddlers know if it’s time to get up by looking at the stoplight. When the red light is on it is time to sleep – when the green light is on it is time to wake up. This color clock for toddlers is a parent favorite.

Here are some reasons this may work for your while sleep training your little:

  • Sleep enhancing alarm clock for kids featuring a stoplight and sculpted figure
  • Toddlers know if it’s time to get up by looking at the stoplight
  • Red light means it’s time to sleep; green light means it’s time to wake up
  • Digital clock and optional beeping alarm function included
  • Features a friendly boy driving a red and blue car with sports emblems

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Kid’Sleep My First Alarm – Light Up Clock for Toddlers

Pink, pretty and a high rating on Amazon! The Kid Sleep My First Alarm Clock will help your little one wake up when it’s time to wake up and help teach your toddler how to read a clock.

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Little Tikes Discover Sounds Alarm Clock

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Little Tikes Discover Sounds alarm clock is the perfect toddler clock for your younger toddlers. The clock will say the time.

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Onaroo Night Owl Portable Night-Light with OK to Wake!

Perfect for your little night owl, this portable night light works as a night light and glows green in the morning when it’s okay to get out of bed.

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Diggin Thomas The Tank Go Glow Sleep Training Clock

Fans of Thomas the Tank will love this 2-in-1 bedtime training clock and night light.

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Rocket Projection Alarm Digital Clock

My 8-year-old has this and loves this, but you know who loves it more? Our toddler! While it’s not the best at teaching how to tell time, it’s perfect for an outer space bedroom. So, definitely check it out!

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Sleep Buddy – Toddler Sleep Training System

Next up, we have the Sleep Buddy toddler sleep training system. This toddler sleep training clock is designed to help your tot learn when he or she should stay in bed.  The sleep training system includes a SleepBuddy light, a children’s book, a reward chart and a step-by-step parent’s guide to sleep training. As a result, can help you and your kid get a better nights sleep!

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My Tot Toddler Alarm Clock

The My Tot Clock changes colors to teach your toddlers when to sleep and when it’s okay to wake up by using lights (blue light means sleep – yellow light means okay to wake up.)  

This toddler clock also plays bedtime stories, lullabies, white noise and wake up music!  With a clock face, your toddler will also be able to see the time as he learns to tell time. The lights make a great night light, as a result – this is multi-functioning!  This toddler alarm clock even has a built-in timeout timer and a toddler activity manager for positive activities.

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Best Alarm Clocks for Toddlers

Favorite Kid Alarm Clocks for Toddlers

Which of these toddler alarm clocks is your favorite? What tips for toddler sleep do you have for other parents? So, leave your tip and favorite in the comments!

Last updated: 2/12/17.  We have revised to include the best-rated alarms for toddlers.

best toddler alarm clocks

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20 Best Toys to Develop Fine Motor Skills

20 Best Toys to Develop Fine Motor Skills

Looking for the best toys to develop fine motor skills – here they are! The few years we have our kids as toddlers – they are rapidly growing and learning. Your toddler’s gross motor skills, like running, walking and jumping doesn’t require much work on your part. Our toddlers took off on their own.

Our youngest Zeke is trying SO hard to jump – it’s hilarious watching him light up when he gets a centimeter of air while jumping. Your toddler’s fine motor skills, such as precise movements with their hands, wrists, fingers are skills that you can help develop. Your little one’s fine motor skills support several vital physical and mental skills. These are things we are working with the boys on.

Best Toys To Develop Fine Motor Skills

Let’s look at these children’s fine motor toys that will both entertain your child and help develop their fine motor skills. 

Shake and Match Shape Sorter

Fine Motor Skills Toys - Shake and Match Sorter

The 6 sided Shake’n Match Shape Sorter by Hape is expertly crafted from Baltic Birch plywood and hardwood. Included colored shapes are a circle, square, trapezoid, triangle, star and half circle. The shapes are filled with beads, and can be removed from the sorter through stretching the orange elastic at the top or bottom, or through the cutouts on the sides. Learn colors and shapes, while developing coordination and problem solving skills. It will stay in your family for years. Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction are hallmarks of Hape toys. Hape’s toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities. All Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all applicable safety standards.

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Learning Resources Snap-n-Learn Shape Butterflies

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Cute, chunky shapes are easy for little hands to grasp. Match up the shapes and snap on the wings to practice shape recognition (circle, star, heart, square and triangle), colors and fine motor skills. Five 3-piece butterflies (heads, wings, bodies) measure (3 3/4″W x 2 3/4″H) when complete. Includes storage bucket. Ages 2+.

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Buckle Toy “Buster”

Buckle

Buster the Square offers a variety of bright colors, shapes, numbers, a zipper, and 6 child-friendly buckles that are sure to keep your little ones attention anywhere! Buster is the perfect size for on-the-go because he can easily fit in any diaper bag!

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Early Learning Ready, Set, Cut! -Little Hands

Cutting Set - best fine motor skills toys

Learn to cut while creating 8 different crafts! Just follow the dotted line! Cut circles and spirals, or snip a strip. Includes easy squeeze scissors, 8 illustrated cutting activities, practice sheet and over 300 stickers. Ages 4+.

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The Wikki Stix Book of Wiggles, Squiggles & Curlicues

wikki stix

Beautiful, hands-on interactive board book for ages 3 and up. Each page features an adorable illustration with something missing, to be completed with Wikki Stix. Give Piggy a tail. Add wavy black smoke to the top of the bright red train. Excellent for learning colors, and fine motor skills. Ideal for special needs, too, with heavy board pages that are easy to turn, plus Wikki Stix provide assistance with pointing and pressing.

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Super Shapes Magnetic Maze

Super Shapes Magnetic Maze

As children guide everyday objects through our fun magnetic maze, they learn to identify six geometric shapes! Kids simply use the attached magnet wand to guide real-world objects–from an envelope to a watermelon slice–to their corresponding shapes…and learn six different shapes while they play. The 13″ x 14″ hardwood game board features three object magnets for each shape, all permanently encased under a clear-view top.

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No-Spill Paint Cups & Brushes Assortment

Paint

Ten 3 1/2″ non-spill pots have inner safety lid, brush rest, and colored caps with matching color brush handles. Cap colors include red, green, black, white, yellow, dark blue, orange, purple, brown, and light blue.

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ALEX® Toys – Early Learning String & Beep

Cars

Alex String and Beep lets kid’s string big chunky wooden pieces together. This includes 12 wooden beads, wooden needle, cotton lace and stopper. Stringing beads improves a child’s fine motor skills and manual dexterity.

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Play-Doh: Toolin’ Around Playset

PlayDoh

Kids can hammer away the hours while making terrific tool creations. Extrude fun shapes with the included multi-tool that includes a wrench, saw, knife and more. Roll and cut lots of different compound creations. Cut fun shapes, roll out designs and load, press play. Set includes two five-ounce cans and five two-ounce cans of Play-Doh, multi-tool knife, scissors, roll ‘n cut dowel, two extruders with plungers, and three double-sided half molds, and trimmer knife.

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Melissa and Doug Basic Skills Board – Bear

Zippers

Incredible value and superior craftsmanship make this item a top seller and childhood favorite. Brightly colored, smooth-sanded pieces help build early shape, color and size differentiation skills. Newly redesigned!

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Beads & Pattern Cards Set; 108 Beads-Assorted Colors/Sizes

Lacing Beads Colorful wooden spheres, cubes, cylinders and laces provide plenty of patterning practice, a prerequisite for early reading and math activities. Set includes 20 Activity Cards, 108 beads in six colors, two 36″ black laces with 1″ plastic tips and Teaching Notes in a bucket.  Suggested grades:Pre-K – –2nd grade

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Story Time Finger Puppets

Finger Puppets

Begin your story and encourage your little one to make up their own ending. Includes: Animal Puppets – 10pcs and Family Puppets- 6 pcs. Family Puppets Size Range: 2.75″ – 4″ Animal Puppets Size: 2.76″ x 1.18″ Bonus: Smiley Face or Mini eraser x 1

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Super Sorting Pie

Thanksgiving Pie Toy

Includes 60 counters: seven fruits (apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, grapefruits, apricots, and plums) in five different colors. Activity Guide provides fun ideas for engaging children in a variety of kindergarten readiness skills: sorting with the Activity Cards, matching, color/attribute identification, patterning, and counting. Make early addition and subtraction concrete by removing pieces of fruit from a group and asking your child how many are left. Extend the play by encouraging some “pretend” pie baking, sharing, and selling.

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Sensory Shapes 8 Piece Mega Pack

SensorySensory balls are great fine motor development toys for toddlers and babies. These balls helps refine fine & gross motor skills, promotes tactile exploration, visually stimulating, bright, colorful balls and shapes in varied sizes.

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Hape Color and Shape Sorter

Shape Sorter

This multi-tasking sorter encourages counting, sorting, and color and shape identification. This color and shape sort is a great wooden toy for fine motor skills – perfect for toddlers. There are three easy to hold basic shapes (square, triangle and circle) give young hands a fun workout sorting and organizing. Count the holes, pegs, shapes, are they same? How many ways can you rearrange the pegs? Promotes dexterity, hand-eye coordination, matching and spatial relationships. 10 pieces. Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction are hallmarks of Hape toys. Hape’s toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities. All Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all applicable safety standards.

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Body Sport Therapy Putty

Therapy Putty

BodySport hand therapy putty is designed to help strengthen the muscles of the fingers, hand, and forearm, as well as improve dexterity. Used not only to develop and enhance muscles, but also as a rehabilitation tool after injury. BodySport hand therapy putty is the same putty used in Physical Therapy treatment centers world-wide. Available in soft, medium, and firm resistance.

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Lace & Trace Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Learning Toy

Kids love these Lacing & Tracing activities. Colorful, heavy-duty chipboard lies flat for smoother tracing of the fun shapes, animals, trains, planes, snacks, and more. Lacing helps promote good penmanship because it develops the pincer grip. The activities also increase fine-motor control, introduce problem-solving, develop concentration, and encourage quiet play. Laces are 27″ long with easy-to-thread 1″ tips. Pieces vary from 4″ to 7″ in size.

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Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board

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Young children will have a ball developing basic skills for daily living with our beautifully illustrated board. Each of the six durable activities is fully portable; enabling multiple children to play at one time. Hide-and-seek artwork makes it fun to remove pieces and peek underneath too!

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Crayola My First Crayola Triangular Crayons 8ct

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Triangular shaped crayons guide child’s fingers into the tripod position. Ideal for children learning how to write and draw. Washes off with warm water and a sponge. Color(s): Assorted Assortment: Black Blue Brown Green Orange Red Violet Yellow

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Fine Motor Fun, Grades Pre-K – Kindergarten

best fine motor skills toys - Fine Motor Fun!

Fine Motor Fun is a large resource written for early childhood professionals and teachers as well as occupational therapists. Teachers will be delighted with the wealth of instructional suggestions plus reproducible activities and patterns designed to strengthen the fine motor and visual-perception skills of young and special learners. Included are: scissors skills, lacing cards, stencils, finger plays, stringing activities, dot-to-dot, tracing, finish the picture, mazes, tactile and first pencil experiences, and so much more! 160 pages

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What are your favorite toys for developing fine motor skills? Leave a comment!

Dressing Your Kids Cute Without Breaking the Bank

Dressing Your Kids Cute Without Breaking the Bank

3 boys, 1 girl – that’s a lot of kids to clothe (don’t get me started on feeding!) While I have no desire to spend our expendable income on fancy clothes – I still want my kids to look cute. Cute, you know – while I am still allowed to dress them.

My go to for affordable stylish clothes THAT LAST for boys is PS from AERO. We’ve had a long time partnership with them, and while we do receive free products, I still am spending my own money because – ALL THE CUTE THINGS and the prices are reasonable, I mentioned that – right?

Here’s a look at the latest outfits that I bought my boys. And yes, I dress my boys alike, still (again, while they let me, i’m doing it.)

PS From Aero

Similar, but different – matchy-matchy but not TOO matchy-matchy, right?

My fave and the boys fave? The JEANS. The elastic waist band (which I like to refer to as the maternity pants band) – is awesome for growing boys. In fact, we JUST got our winter stuff out of storage (we’re in Texas, winter weather just arrived.) As I am pulling out the boys jeans, every pair of PS from Aero jeans are still in tact. Amazingly, none of the PS from AERO brand from years past had holes in the knee. That is the joy of having 3 boys – HAND ME DOWNS.

These are our favorite style. They each fit the boys well. The style is called Kids’ Dark Wash Bootcut JeansPS From AERO Jeans

If you are in the market for cute clothes without breaking the bank, check out PS From Aero.

Best Toddler and Balance Bikes For Learning How To Ride a Bicycle

Best Toddler and Balance Bikes For Learning How To Ride a Bicycle

Looking for a toddler bike? or what about a balance bike? Do you have a little one that needs a bicycle or trying to learn to ride without training wheels? 

Bicycles are a long time gift favorite. I think we’ve given a bike just about every year. With 4 kids that continually grow, we are always buying bikes!  If you are in the market – check out this round-up of balance bikes and toddler bikes. 

Best Balance Bikes for Toddlers

I first learned about toddler balance bikes from a parenting group I am apart of. Time and time again, when anyone mentioned learning to ride a bike, the balance bicycle was mentioned.

Each of our kids learned to ride their bikes without training wheels at different ages. Our second child used a balance bike and was able to transition to no training wheels very quickly! 

Classic Run Balance Bike for Kids

best balance bike

The Classic Run balance bike for kids sets up in seconds. There are only 5 pieces. It is as light as a feather, maintenance free and no air filling required! 

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Kinder Feets Chalkboard Balance Bike

 

Toddler Bikes - Kinder Feet Balance Bike

The Kinderfeets is designed by a Dutch designer living in California. He originally made this bike for his son because what he wanted was not available.

We used a balance bike with our second child. Which they seem odd, they totally work!

So what makes the Kinderfeets Balance Bike different than the other wooden balance bikes? The Kinderfeets Balance Bike is painted with a chalkboard finish to allow your child to customize their bike. Not only is this a balance bike but it can be your child’s work of art! All Kinderfeets Bikes are handmade with wood from fast growing birch trees. They are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This well designed, eco-friendly balance bike is made for toddlers as young as 2 years of age and will grow with your child with a simple adjustment of the seat. It has a footrest strategically positioned where pedals would normally be. It has an adjustable, washable, cushioned seat and a low step through frame to accommodate the youngest balance bike rider. This wood balance bike also comes with no air no maintenance biodegradable tires. (Age 2 & up) and has great balance bike reviews!

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Prince Lionheart Balance Bike

toddler bikes - prince lionheart

The Prince Lionheart wood balance bike teaches young children to balance, steering and coordination. It is a great transition from ride on toys. The frame is made up of 100% birch wood with a height adjustable seat and solid rubber handgrips. The tires are made of 12” rubber. This requires adult assembly. Always wear a safety helmet and don’t ride at night.

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Strider Balance Bike

Strider Balance Bike

Inspire mobility and freedom with the Strider balance bike. This balance bicycle is designed to focus on a simple goal – learning and improving balance. These skills will help your toddler in learning to ride a bike. 

This Strider balance bike offers a simple, safe and easy way to naturally transition toward a pedal bike. 

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Toddler Bikes for Boys

Our family loves to ride together. We finally are at the point where the entire family can go out for a ride together. 

Spiderman Bicycle

spiderman bike

Give your child’s spidey senses a workout with this 16-inch Spider-Man 4 themed BMX bike. Our youngest has this bike and absolutely love it. It’s the perfect gift for the spidey fan!

I can see my boys in their spiderman outfits cruising down the road on this one.

Built for stability and comfort, the bike boasts such features as a heavy-duty steel frame, rear coaster and hand brakes for sure stopping, pneumatic 12-inch knobby tires for extra traction, a padded seat for maximum comfort, and a fully enclosed chain guard for safety. More significantly, the bike is ideal for bicyclists-in-training thanks to its set of secure training wheels. and your child will love the variety of Spider-Man 4 decals and graphics, which are dispersed throughout the bike. 

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Schwinn Boys’ 12-Inch Grit Bike

Schwinn Toddler Bicycle

The Schwinn 12 toddler bike for boys. Grit is an ideal bike for the beginner rider, equipped with a parent push handle that actually steers the bike while the child learns how to steer and pedal. This push handle easily is removed when the child learns how to ride alone.  I love this as the boys have outgrown the push tricycle and the Little Tikes convertible so when we go on walks, this will be great!

Wide street tires make the bike very stable and gives a comfortable ride. The fully enclosed chain guard keeps the child clean and safe. Heavy duty training wheels for stability and a quick release saddle adjustment for growing children. Front and rear fenders keep the road grit off the rider. Includes a water bottle and cage mounted on the push bar. (12 Inch Bike)

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Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Classic Red Cruiser

Radio Flyer Toddler Bicycle

Your child will love learning to ride on his Classic Red 12 inch Cruiser™. The bike features classic style, like the one you loved as a kid! With 12 inch wheels, the bike is the perfect size for beginners.

And who doesn’t love Radio Flyer??

It comes with removable training wheels and a coaster brake, which is easier to use for young riders. The sturdy steel construction, padded adjustable seat, and rubber air tires ensures your child will be able to use his bike for years. It also comes with a real ringing bell for even more fun. (12 inch toddler bicycle)

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Hot Wheels Bike

hot wheels bike

Bright colors that will sure to please your little one! Coaster Brake, Rev’in Rev Grip, Deluxe Paint, Hot Wheels Decals, Handlebar Pad 

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Tony Hawk Boys Bike

Tony Hawk Toddler Bike

Tony Hawk fans? Perhaps the dad’s! This bicycle is 14″ and a great yellow color. 

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Disney Toddler Bike

Disney Cars Bicycle For Toddlers

 

The new Disney Cars movie comes out this summer. Our boys loved cars. This Disney Toddlers bike featuring Cars is 12 inch. It is red with distressed black in color, rear coaster brakes, padded seat and crossbar, removable Disney Cars race ready tire case, Cars grips and tires featuring racing flames and training wheels.

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How did your child learn to ride a bike? Did you use a balance bike? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Messes My Kids Made – Sharpie on the Kitchen Counter and Cabinets

Messes My Kids Made – Sharpie on the Kitchen Counter and Cabinets

Oh the life of a mom with 2 toddlers. It is NEVER boring at our house. It also is never clean. In this edition of MESSES MY KIDS MADE, I am sharing a lovely diddy that the boys surprised me with a while back.

kids messes

Yes folks, this is good ol’ SHARPIE marker on my kitchen counters and kitchen cabinets. Nothing says “I LOVE YOU MOM AND AM SO THANKFUL FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR US!” like permanent marker.Magic Eraser for Kid Messes

Good news – I was able to clean it with magic erasers and bleach. It wasn’t easy and took a while to scrub, but the magic erasers did the job. Thank God and thank you Mr. Clean.

Messes My Kids Made

Here’s another kid mess: