Category: Parenting

How to Transition a Co-Sleeping Toddler to Their Own Bed

Transitioning a co-sleeping toddler to their own bedroom can seem like an impossible task, but it's easier than you think and it WILL happen. Here are some tips to help!

Co-sleeping is a wonderful, wonderful thing.  It’s a decision I never really anticipated making, but now that I’ve experienced it with my oldest, I hope I get to experience with every other child I end up having.  But as with all great things, at some point you realize it’s time for a transition.  And in this case, that transition means a move from co-sleeping to a toddler bed.  Whether it’s overcrowding, time to welcome a new baby, or just the right time for your toddler, you will reach a point where your co-sleeping toddler needs to move out! 

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So how do you do that?  How do you get your toddler to sleep in their own bed after co-sleeping? Or, as so many like to point out, are you destined to sleep with your child until they leave for college?    

My husband and I co-slept with our son until he was 2 and then began the transitioning process.  And believe it or not, it was way easier than we thought!  Just like with breastfeeding, the transition seemed to be 1,000 times easier for my toddler than for me…which was a relief because I ended up being the only one that needed to cry-it-out. 🙂

Obviously every child (and parent) is different, so some tips may work better than others, but this is what worked for us.  And as I said, we were able to pull it off without any crying-it-out (at least from the toddler).

So if you need to figure out how to get a toddler to sleep in their own bed after co-sleeping, give some of these tips a try:

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Your Next Philadelphia Day Trip: The Crayola Experience

The Crayola Experience is such an amazing Philadelphia day trip for your toddler! If you're in the area, you have to check it out!

When we were invited by friends to join them at The Crayola Experience, I was so excited for a new Philadelphia day trip to enjoy with our little guy.  I had memories of The Crayola Experience (though at that time we called it The Crayola Factory), but none of my memories compared to what it is now.  What an amazing trip!  I’m not exaggerating a bit when I tell you this was just as amazing for a 2 ½ year old as Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum – it was that cool!

The Crayola Experience is located in Easton, so it’s a bit of a drive for some of the Philly suburbs (it took us 1 ½ hrs.), but there’s so much to do there that it’s well worth the drive. We were also pleasantly surprised by how nice Easton was, so there’s lots of restaurants and shops to keep you busy if you want to hang around after The Crayola Experience.  We were there on a Saturday and a huge farmer’s market was set up right in the center of town, so check to see if that will be there!  It was a lot of fun.

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10 Easter Basket Ideas for 2-Year Old Boys

Looking for Easter basket ideas for your 2-year old boy?? These are the winners in our house!

It’s that time of year again!  The Easter Bunny is on his way and more importantly, spring will soon be here!  Easter can be a really fun day, especially with little ones.  This will be the first year that my son will understand what’s going on (kind of), so I can’t wait to pull out all of the stops!  We’re going to be decorating eggs ahead of time, hiding them, and of course opening up an Easter basket from the Easter Bunny!

In my excitement, I’ve already ordered the fixings for my son’s Easter basket this year and I know how tough that can be when you don’t want to spend a lot and you just don’t really know what a toddler would like.  So here are some great Easter basket ideas for 2-year old boys!  Happy Easter 🙂

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How to Create a Vision Board

How to Create an Effective & Inspiring Vision Board

What if you could look at a picture of your dream life and in an instant it became your reality?  It may seem far fetched, but there is tons of research suggesting it’s possible. Not to mention anecdotal evidence coming from some of the world’s most successful people. And once you know how to create a vision board, you’ll be one step closer to living your dream life just like they are. 

Vision boards have a simple but amazing concept.  If you visualize the life you want, then you’ll ultimately obtain it. They’re an amazing source of inspiration and motivation for basically any goal you could possibly have.

Here is how the classic vision board works:  You gather pictures that embody the life you want to have and you create a collage of the images on a bulletin board.  You should spend time looking over your vision board at least once a day and voila! You’ve got instant inspiration to achieve your dreams.

While creating the classic vision board is pretty easy, I’ve found that they don’t always look that great over time or they’re pushed aside as yet another unfinished project. This is a huge shame because they truly are very effective!  So how do you create a vision board that is effective and inspiring? Follow some of these tips to ensure your success:

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Where to Find Cute Baby Boy Clothes

Shopping for baby boy clothes is easier than you think! There are so many fun options. This list includes all my favorites!

Whether you find out ahead of time or at the moment of delivery, hearing that you’re having a boy is an amazing feeling.  You’re life’s about to change!  Amidst the excitement though, you are bound to experience one tiny twinge of disappointment – no bows, glitter, tutus, or accessories. But it’s ok, you tell yourself, because having a boy will be more fun anyways. And trust me, IT IS.  And best of all? You will be blown away by the cute baby boy clothes that you will come across if you look in the right places.

What you don’t know yet is that baby boy clothes can actually be way, way cuter than anything you can find for a girl!  Not only do boys have their own adorable accessories, but they can pull off being dressed like mini versions of their dads, something little girls just can’t seem to do (or maybe it’s that yoga pants and an oversized T-shirt just don’t pack a punch ;-)).

Here are some of the cutest places to get baby boy clothes (and accessories) that you may not have thought of:

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10 Things I Didn’t Know About Weaning a Toddler

10 Things I Didn't Know About Weaning My Toddler

The time has come.  I’ve weaned my toddler.  No more breastfeeding, no more magic wand to cure all ailments and discomforts, no more being a superhuman mommy.  I thought I was ready, then I thought I wasn’t, and now I don’t have a choice because once I started it just happened really quickly.

So, to all the other moms out there that are breastfeeding a toddler and wondering when (and how) they’ll wean them, this post is for you!  Here are all the things that surprised me as I weaned my soon-to-be 2-year old.

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DIY Finger Paint Wrapping Paper

Last year for Christmas, I wrapped all of our gifts in shipping paper and did my best to spruce them up with some fun embellishments. My son had been with me every step of the way (whether he liked it or not), so I finally figured out a way to get him even more involved in the process.

So how exactly does one get a toddler involved in gift wrapping??

Drum roll please….finger paint!

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Household Items that are Far Better than Any Toddler Toy on the Market

This scenario plays out in my house almost everyday: The playroom is strewn with blocks, cars are on their sides, balls are piled in the corner…and my son?  He’s playing in our cabinet with the pots and pans. There’s no question he loves his toys, but sometimes I can’t believe how much he loves his “not toys.” So much so that I find myself converting old household products into play things just for some free indoor excitement.

So if you’re tired of buying toys, look around your house and see if you’ve got any of these big winners:

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12 Best Gifts for 2-Year Old Boys

Shopping for a 2 year old boy is no easy task! There are tons of options out there, so it's hard to know what's a true winner. Check out this list to see what the winners are in our house!

My son is a November baby, so every year I get a special preview of all the great gift ideas before Christmas arrives.  We do our best to save some of the big surprises for Christmas morning, but how can you resist an early gift??  This year we celebrated the big number 2. I know, crazy!  🙂  

So, for all the parents, grandparents, and aunts & uncles  that are wondering what to get for a 2 year-old boy, here’s how to be the favorite this year!   

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