Helping Your Toddler Get to Sleep at Night: Our Personal Tips.

 

If you have a toddler, like mine, who refuses to sleep because she thinks she’ll miss something, getting them to sleep can be a difficult task.

The “cry it out” method is a no go in our household. My toddler will stand on the side of her crib and scream for hours until mommy or daddy comes to the rescue. We are not the parents who co-sleep either. If you do, that’s awesome. With my anxiety and constant worry of my little ones falling from our bed, there is no way I’d ever get a good night’s rest. Plus, my kids sleep like ninja’s. I’ll pass on getting kicked in the head in the middle of the night.

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We’ve done trial and error with numerous bedtime rituals and we’ve seem to have figured out what works best.

Yes, every child is different, but if I can enlighten others on our nightly rituals you never know who it could help.

You never know unless you try, right?

 

White Noise. Yes, yes, and more yes! We put a humidifier in my daughter’s room that makes the perfect white noise sound. We have it running even before she goes into her room to sleep. It blocks out any other noises that might startle her throughout the night and helps her fall asleep faster. We use the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier. It gives off enough white noise to block unwanted noises, and you can also insert Vicks Vapor Pads when the little ones are sick!

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Brush Their Teeth. Now that my daughter has plenty of teeth, we are starting to brush them every single night before bed! I’ve made it more into a “before bed” chore.  Both of my kids know that brushing their teeth is one of the last things they do before bed. My daughter is very picky when it comes to food and certain flavors. We got our hands on some Nuby All-Natural Toddler Training Toothpaste. It has a fun and tasteful tutti frutti flavor that she loves. It’s safe to swallow, non-toxic, and fluoride free. It’s BPA free and made right here in USA! It’s also endorsed by Pediatric Dentist Dr. Grace Kim – Founder of Yummy Dental and Orthodontics for Kids in Chicago, IL.

If you purchase the toothpaste, it comes with a bonus toothbrush! It has an easy grip handle (perfect for those little hands!), comes in a variety of fun, bright colors and designs, BPA free, and has soft bristles to gently clean those little precious teeth. You can find this at Babies R Us and Kmart!

 

Rub their head. Something about rubbing the back of my daughter’s head is incredibly soothing to her. She’s been putting her hand on the back of her head since birth as a soothing mechanism when she’s tired. It’s the sweetest thing.

If your child doesn’t like the head, try their back or arms. Every little one is different! My oldest loved his back rubbed when he was a little one, and it still works to this day at four years old!

 

Show them you’re going to bed too. Every so often, I’ll lay on my daughter’s room for just a few minutes to let her know we are “going to bed” too. Even if we aren’t, it helps ease her mind knowing she’s not missing out on anything fun. I’ve been starting to let her know that Mommy is going to bed too by putting on pajama’s myself. Usually both my children go to bed at the same time, so I’ll put my oldest to bed first so she sees that he is going to sleep also.

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Stuffed Toy. No Minnie, No Sleep. Something about hugging Minnie tight at night is a good way to get my toddler to sleep. It seems like a comfort thing knowing that she has something lying in bed with her. She’s starting to say “Minnie” at night when I lay her in her crib, and it melts my hearts. Whatever your child is into grab a stuffed animal of their favorite cartoon or movie and have them snuggle up to it.

I’ll look at her monitor at night when she’s asleep, and she never let’s go of her Minnie.

 

Have the room dark. My husband and I always turn the lights off and the humidifier on before we take her into her room. Walking into the dark room lets her know it’s time for bed and we are not coming in here to play.

Since we started this, and now that she has caught onto it, she now lays her head on our shoulders. This made me believe that this is a good tip to helping her get to sleep, because before when the light was on she’d throw a fit.

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These pre- bedtime rituals have really helped our toddler get to sleep at night. She’s a wild little one so if these nightly steps work for her, I’m sure it can help another mama. Give them a go, let me know what you think!

 

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Bath & Pool Fun with Nuby Bath Links

Hey Everyone!

We got our hands on some Nuby Bath Links for my daughter and they are quite the hit with her! I won’t lie, even my four-year-old son enjoys playing with them. These are great for learning and having fun all at the same time.

They come with an adorable starfish, crab, and turtle along with multiple links in different shapes.

These bath links are great for little ones six months of age and older. They come in an adorable package of fifteen links. I really like how the package has a handle so it’s easy for even the young ones to carry around. My daughter enjoys carrying them around in their package and they have really helped her with her coordination and development, and it gives her something to play with while I wash her hair.

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They are BPA free, just like most other awesome Nuby products! You can find them on Amazon too! One of my favorite places to shop.

We have used these links in the tub, but since the weather has gotten nicer we brought them out to the kiddie pool to play also. My daughter really enjoy’s this because she can squirt them wherever she wants outside and rearrange them in all different orders.

We also started to pretend that the pool was an ocean for the turtle, crab, and starfish links and we were keeping them safe in their home.

They truly bring out the imagination in my kiddos.

I really enjoy how versatile this product is. We have used them in the tub, the pool, and even without water. They are so fun!

It makes me so happy as a mother to know that Nuby puts out products that help my children develop while having fun at the same time.

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Learning To Read

Hi Everyone!

We are at the stage where my oldest is starting to learn how to read. I am so impressed with how well he is doing for only being four years old. He is learning so much at his pre-school, I couldn’t be more thankful!

But it’s not all that wonderful when we get home. I always here how phenomenal he does in school, so I want him to be able to do the same at home.

Besides his occasional homework he must complete, I wanted to find different ways to incorporate learning to read words at home also. We’ve came up with a few ideas that are really helping advance in his reading skills so of course we wanted to share.

Reading. Of course, this a no brainer. Obviously reading books helps you learn to read. What we do is I read most of the book. Any sight word I see that I know he has learned at pre-k, I stop and see if he’s following along and I let him read those words. We go through the books together and both read. It’s a fun way for him and I to have some bonding time, all while learning at the same time.

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Bath Time Letters. We’ve recently gotten our hands on some Nuby Bath Letters and Numbers. These are a must buy for little ones 18 months and older who are learning the alphabet, spelling words, and reading. Let’s not forget there are numbers included, which is great for learning also! These soft foam letters float in the water and easily stick to the walls to make spelling words so simple. It includes all 26 letters and numbers 1-10. They are so fun for bath time.

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My son enjoys attempting to spell certain words I ask him spell (especially his name), or I’ll spell a word and make him read it.  To make it a little more fun, if he gets the word wrong I dump a little bit of water on his head. He loves it and we laugh the entire time while learning.

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You can find these Phthalate and BPA FREE letters at multiple locations including Meijer, www.buybabydirect.com, and Baby Depot at Burlington!

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Word Hunting. This is a fun game we’ve started to play. I write his sight words on separate little sticky notes and place them all around the house. I will tell him a certain site word and he gets to run around the house to find the correct sticky note with that word on it. If he gets them all correct without messing up, he gets a popsicle.

Now that the weather is warming up, we’ll be playing this game outside in the back yard!

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What are some of your favorite activities to help your children learn to read? I’d love to add more in our routine!

 

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5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Hydrated

It’s always good to start a good hydration routine with your kids, especially over the summer months. Their bodies don’t cool down as easily as adults, so dehydration is at a higher risk for younger ones. I always push water on my children even when they say they aren’t thirsty. Especially since my oldest could be sweating bullets, but continues to insist he isn’t thirsty.

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I put together a list of ways to keep your kids hydrated over the summer. There are multiple ways to get water in their system other than just drinking out of a water fountain or plastic cup.

If you’re like my family, it’s a never-ending battle to get your kids to drink water. I’ll definitely be trying these tips over the summer to increase the water intake in my kiddos.

  1. Add fruits and vegetables into their daily meals.

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Food such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, raspberries, lettuce, and celery have tons of water in them.

Mix up a smoothie for them if you have trouble getting them to eat green veggies. Add some spinach in there, along with sweet fruit.

Did you know spinach is 92% water?!

You have to sneak those in while you can. Not only will they get hydrated, but they will get their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

  1. Make popsicles.

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Have them make their own popsicle with fruit and water. You can even mix it up a little and use some Gatorade or Propel. I personally enjoy using coconut water.

Surprisingly enough, a two-stick popsicle has enough water to help hydrate a young one. If you don’t want to do popsicle’s, just add some fruit to ice cube trays and freeze it. It can make the water look ‘prettier’ and they might drink it more willingly.

  1. Have them choose their cup.

When a little one gets a something new, they love to use it! So, try mixing up their water bottles.

My son recently received the Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip It cup. He loves it! Especially since it’s his favorite color, green.

This BPA free 12oz (360ml) water canteen is perfect for my son since he’s constantly on the go. There’s an easy to use hygienic cover that keeps the spout clean when closed. It is made from tough durable break-resistant Tritan plastic from Eastman, and has a colorful silicone band for easy gripping. You can find multiple colors at Target.

I’ll be sure to add this into the mix of his favorite cups. It’s the perfect size for him.

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  1. Infuse their water naturally.

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Have them pick out some fruits and let them add it to their water. I love lemon and mint in my water. My children love eating strawberries and blueberries, so I’m going to experiment with all different fruit varieties this summer.

Hopefully, the water won’t taste as ‘boring’ to them and they will consume more.

  1. Be a water role model.

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Monkey see, Monkey do. Show them how much mommy and daddy love drinking water. I try to drink water all day long and show them how good it can be for you. I also let them know that drinking water helps grow big strong muscles.

Kind of like a flower, you water the flower than it grows big and strong. If they put water in their bodies, they grow the same.

Use these tips to go along with my other post, 100 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside!

 

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