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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Taco Tuesday featuring Nuby 3D Silicone Bib

Taco Tuesday is a weekly event in our household. We are definitely taco lovers. They are quick and easy to make and my kids eat them up.

Who would have thought my one year old would like tacos?

But then again, who doesn’t?!

One thing I do know is that my little one makes a complete mess while eating her taco dinner. Food gets all over her outfits (and stains), it falls all in between her legs, it goes all over the floor.

Let me just say, my one dog has gained 22 pounds since she’s been born. They definitely get the good end of the stick when it comes to her dinner time.

Food gets everywhere! I’ve even went to change her diaper a few times and found Fruit Loops and Cheerios stashed in there.

It looks like we may have found a solution though.

We got our hands on the Nuby 3D Silicone Bib. On the first wear, this mama was SO happy.

You guys, the mess was half of what it usually was!

The food fell right into the scoop pocket of her bib so it didn’t get all over her. The silicone was super soft on her delicate skin, and cleaned so easily with just a few wipes, and NO STAINS. I can’t tell you how many bibs I have ruined from the stains they received during Taco Tuesday.

They are also BPA Free. Always a plus!

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Let me also say, a good portion of her food didn’t go waste by falling under her. She saw where it landed, picked it up and kept on eating. My girl loves her food and we don’t like putting food to waste.

Looks like my pup won’t be gaining anymore human food weight!

I also really enjoy how easily this bib rolls up so we can take it on the go to restaurants and on day trips. The designs are adorable for boys and girls, of course! Nuby never fails with adorable designs.

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 Find them here at the Nuby website!

It’s perfect for little ones six months and older. There is little holes on the back of the bib to keep the perfect fit as they grow (because we all know that happens way to quickly).

You will get good use out of it. My daughter is 17 months old and we love it! I wish we would have started with it when she was younger.

You don’t know how much of a relief it is as a mother to have one less thing to clean up throughout the day.

Nuby has totally made Taco Tuesday’s even better!

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FabFitFun Summer 2018 Box Reveal

What a perfect package to arrive on the first day of Summer!

I’m like a kid in a candy store when my FabFitFun box arrives. I look forward to it every season. I’ve shared my Winter and Spring boxes with you all, and now here is Summers!

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As I’ve mentioned before, this box of full sized products is totally worth the price of $49.99. The total value of the Summer box is between $321-$368! You can’t beat it!

Use this link and get $10 off when you sign up.

Once you see the amazing goodies that are in these boxes, I can’t see why you wouldn’t sign up!

 

Summer & Rose Beach Towel ($55)

These oversized towels are PERFECT for a beach day. They are made from microfiber so the sand won’t stick! If you don’t go to the beach, use it for a pool day or a night of laying under the stars! The designs are adorable!

You could have also received the Yumi Kim Makeup Train Case also.

Tarte Tardiest PRO to go Palette & Sex Kitten Liquid Liner ($43)

The colors in this palette are to die for! Perfect for the summer months. The palette includes four long-wearing eyeshadows and two iridescent lusters. It also includes the waterproof black liner. So many summer looks can be created with these two products!

You could have also received the Tarte Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette.

ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel ($45)

I can’t wait to use this product during my ‘self care’ time when the kiddos go to sleep. It’s a rinse off cream that is made with exfoliating papaya, nourishing milk protein, and moisturizing vitamin E. They work together to leave your skin soft, revitalized, and radiant!

You could have also received the ORLANDO PITA PLAY Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray.

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Minor History Post Script Wallet ($20)

Tiny, cute, and perfect to take along to the beach when all you need to do is bring along your credit card and ID. It includes an adorable wrist strap, so you can take it wherever you go. If you’re on vacation, it’s perfect to keep your hotel key in to help keep it from getting lost!

You could have also received the Maji Sports Loop Resistance Band or the Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator.

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ERTH TU Y YO Ring ($55)

It’s a 14k gold-plated ring that features two naturally cultured freshwater pearls! It’s an adorable, modern design that I can’t wait to put together with some summer outfits.

You could have also received the Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar or the Aromatherapy De-Stress Muscle Gel.

COOLA Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer ($32)

You can never go wrong with sunscreen. It doubles as a moisturizer, is water-resistant, and can last up to 80 minutes! It’s made with 70% organic ingredients, so you can be worry free in the sun. This will be going in my beach bag during vacation.

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Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish ($14.99)

Love, love, love! This adorable marble design with golden trim is perfect to keep my rings on. I’m going to leave this one by the sink so I can remove my rings and safely put them somewhere while I do the dishes. It’ll totally glam up my home.

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FOREO LUNA fofo ($89)

THIS YOU GUYS. If technology hasn’t just stepped their game up! This little device is powered by Bluetooth technology and advanced skin sensors to create a totally personalized profile. It’s also sent straight to your phone on the newly launched FOREO LUNA App.

So freaking cool.

It has skin sensor technology, measures 1,000 units per second to assess hydration levels, made of ultra-hygienic silicone, is quick drying and non-porous (which prevents bacteria build-up), has t-sonic vibrations, and has 8,000 pulsations per minute for deep effective cleansing.

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This is going to be a fun box for the upcoming summer months.

Be sure to check back in a few weeks for my review on each product!

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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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Bye Bye Bottle.

Hey loves!

It’s that time again where I should try weening my little one off the bottle. My youngest is about to turn 14 months old and this girl loves her bottle, or as she would say ‘ba ba’. She has an attitude like her mama and she’s already starting with the tantrums if she doesn’t get what she wants. I have a spoiled one on my hands, so taking her bottle way is worrying me a bit.

She loves having her bottle first thing in the morning, before nap time, and before bedtime. We’ve switched out the bottle for a sippy cup when she eats her food. Sometimes she throws it on the ground and wants nothing to do with it and other times she’ll drink it, shortly to realize it’s not her bottle.

My oldest was a little hard to wean off also, but we were finally able too. After going through a handful of different sippy cups, he finally found his perfect cup and it was all a piece of cake from there on out. They didn’t have half of the options they have today back when he was weaning off the bottle.

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We discovered the Nuby 360 Insulated Wonder Cup and few weeks ago and we love it. It comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it’s great for any little one learning to drink from a cup!

Little miss independent loves the fact that she can look like she can drink out of the big kid cup just like her big brother does. This nine-ounce, BPA free cup is perfect for little ones 12 months and older. She’s able to drink out of the cup from any side also.

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With the weather being very dreary and cold here in the Central Pennsylvania, we were able to get the cup outside on a warm day while visiting the park, and the entire time it stayed cold! As a matter of fact, it can keep liquids cold for up to six hours!

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While she hasn’t quite let go of the bottle yet, this cup is helping immensely! She won’t drop it on the ground during meal time and she genuinely enjoys drinking out of it. It’s a step in the right direction when it comes to weaning her. I was excited to discover this cup.

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While you can find the cup on the Nuby brand website, you can also find it at Babies R Us.

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2018 Spring FabFitFun Unboxing

Hey loves. It’s that time of year again where FabFitFun is sending out their seasonal boxes. I finally received mine on Saturday after it being delayed due to our snow storm. So, as I did last season, I want to share the unboxing with you! If you are not familiar with the FabFitFun box, it’s a seasonal mail subscription. It includes multiple products just for you. From fitness to beauty and more. You take a simple survey in the beginning to help guide them with picking the perfect items for your box. You can choose ‘add ons’ for your box and even decide between a few items you want put in your box for that season. Check out more here! This is my second unboxing that I’ve shared on my blog. Click here to check out my winter unboxing.

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When I received my 2018 Spring box, they did not fail to provide me with the most perfect items. This is the first box subscription where I honestly use every single product I receive. Did I mention all the products are full size also? No trial sizes here! I absolutely love it. It’s like my own special mom treat I do for myself each season. A mini Christmas four times a year.

Check out and follow my instagram for updates on how I like all the products!

Okay! Let’s get into the products. I received ten products in this box. Two of them I could choose what product I wanted from two different choices. This entire box was valued between $347-$354.99! All for only 49.99! Plus, here’s a code to get your first box $10 off.

Products:

Physique Massage Roller. This roller is wonderful! I’ve already used it on myself and my husband. We both approve. It’s great for sore, achy muscles. It can improve flexibility, break up scar tissue, and keep achy muscles at rest. Just 5-10 minutes a day is all you need! This product was valued at $20.

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Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. I’ve already used this product since my skin has been feeling so dry. Of course, I love it! This moisturizer is oil free and super light. It provides hydration to you skin and even helps moisturize acne-prone skin to help it stay smooth and healthy. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, soothes redness and irritation, and refines texture. This product is valued at $40.

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Anderson Lilley Sunset Collection Candle. I received the Super Bloom scent. Smells amazing! It’s made with a hand poured coconut blend and has a leak free cotton wick. It’s in an adorable copper colored vessel. Stylish and smells great! This product is valued at $45.

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ISH Lip Statement Palette. I just started getting into wearing lip color and these colors are gorgeous! I am really excited to try them. This palette includes 11 pigmented shades and one balm that will give your lips a beautiful colored pop! They are enriched with rose extract, she’s butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and aloe vera. You can also mix and match them! This product is valued at $42.

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Maya Brenner Designs “Love” Bracelet. This is such an adorable bracelet! I love the simplicity of it, and it’s just enough to pair with any outfit. This product is valued at $65.

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Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyes Travel Eye Mask. I used this mask last night and loved it! It’s a vegan leather eye mask that includes a removable non-toxic cooling insert. My eyes felt very refreshed! The elastic strip is adjustable to fit anyone comfortably. This product is valued at $40.

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KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask – Set of 5. This lip mask is used to plump and hydrate your lips. They are infused with collagen, rose flower oil, cherry extract, and vitamin E. It is a gel textured treatment to make your lips look nice and fabulous. This product is valued at $25.

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Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler. This product is used to conceal nail imperfections with a beautiful natural pink hue. It treats your nails with protein, vitamins, and moisture to keep them healthy, glossy, and smooth. This product is valued at $18.

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Dove Exfoliating Body Polish. I love anything Dove. My entire family uses it. This body polish removes dull, dry skin from the surface and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. It’s created with 1/4 moisturizing cream, so it smooths your skin while exfoliating. I’m very excited to give it a try and add it to my nightly routine!

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Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch. I received the Paradise clutch and it’s perfect for my style. The bright mint color is a great spring color and with it being reversible, it’s two clutches in one. I’ll take it! I’m excited to pair this accessory with spring outfits. This product is valued at $60.

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I highly recommend this box. They never fail to amaze me with their products each season. Go give it a try!

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All In One On The Go Snacking.

My wonderful husband bought me a brand-new car about three months ago. A beautiful all black Toyota Rav-4. You can pretty much call her my third baby. We made a deal to not allow anyone to eat in car so it can stay nice and clean. Well, that lasted about two weeks… if that. We did great for the first two weeks. We only brought water in there and everything else was consumed in the house before we left. Then the busy, rushed mornings kicked into full gear where my son would refuse to eat breakfast all morning then decided he was hungry right before we had to leave for Pre-K. Of course. I couldn’t let him go to school hungry so he started taking breakfast in the car, whoops. He is in love with eating cereal without milk. That’s usually his breakfast. So, I would fill a little sandwich baggie full of cereal and let him munch on it on our ride to Pre-K and I’d fill a separate sippy cup with some water for him to have. No Biggie.

Of course though, forgetting he’s only four, whenever we arrived at daycare my car would either be filled with dropped cereal all on the floor or a torn-up baggie would be laying on the seat. Then, his sippy cup of water would be spilled on the seat or laying on the floor slowly leaking.  He’d never fail to make a mess with his food and drink.

So much for a ‘food free’ car. I kind of knew that wouldn’t last long. Especially with two young kids. Just the other day I was feeding my one year old french fries on the ride down to visit my parents.

Anyway, I’d constantly hear

“Uh-oh mommy, I dropped my snacks again”

“Oh darn, now all my snacks are dirty”

You would think I would have learned the first time that my son was going to make a mess, but you know, as a mom you always try to give them a million opportunities to do it the right way.

I mean.. it’s how they learn, right?

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Then! A few weeks ago, we were introduced to the Nuby Snack N’ Sip Cup. Not only did I instantly fall in love with it’s adorable design, my son was ready to rip the cup right out of the packaging as soon as he seen it. It’s an adorable little pirate theme, and he just loved the fact that he could have his snack and drink in one place. It’s a spill proof cup for ages one and older. It has a soft, flexible silicone straw and it’s BPA free. You can find it in multiple designs here. The lid to the snack container easily snaps shut, so if the cup gets dropped the snacks won’t go flying and the drink doesn’t spill. It’s wonderful when it comes to being on the go! He was so excited about his new cup, he wanted to take it into Pre-K to show all his friends and I’m excited that my car no longer gets full of cereal!

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This cup is a total win for me. My car stays much cleaner, he is learning to put to his cup in the cup holder and snap his snacks shut when he is done and I’m not going through a ton of sandwich baggies every week. I just rinse the cup out and it’s good to go for the next day. It’s the perfect size to put a good portion of snacks into the top and plenty of room for liquids on the bottom. I’ve come across cups where the snack holders were super small and barely any snacks fit into it. This is the first cup where I didn’t run into that issue. I love it! If now I could only find a fix for the muddy shoes and toys everywhere. Maybe one day!

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Lunch Made Easy: Featuring Nuby’s Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate.

Hey Everyone!

When it comes to meal time for my youngest, it can be a nightmare! She is the queen of sliding her hand back and forth on her high chair top and knocking all of her food to the ground for the dogs to eat. Most of the time she thinks her food is just to play with, so she barely consumes any, except her ice cream. That she won’t share. She also enjoys feeding the dogs so I’m sure that’s half the reason why she does what she does, and I’m sure the pups don’t mind it either. She thinks it’s hilarious to throw the food off of the high chair and watch the dogs try and catch it. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to pick up food off the floor, or I find a three week old nugget piece underneath the sofa. It’s a never ending cycle when it comes to meal time with Miss ‘Do What I Want’.

Then I was introduced to the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate. First off, I can’t rave enough about adorable the Elephant design is! I just love it. Not only are they stylish, but these silicone plates are BPA and PVC free, come in multiple different colors and are for little one’s six months and older. It’s an integrated section plate with a non-slip base the sticks to flat surfaces. Best part is that it’s a plate and place mat all in one. It’s like a one stop shop for giving meals to the kiddos. You never have to worry about misplacing one or the other, it’s all together. Easy Peasy!

When I gave the Nuby Section Plate to my daughter at first, she gave me this side eye look which I’m sure she was thinking in her mind

“what’s this mom, are you seriously trying to ruin my fun”.

She could no longer fling her food right off her high chair and give it to the dogs. After a moment or two of staring at it, I could tell she liked her new plate. She noticed her ham, strawberries, and veggie straws were nicely placed in three separate sections, and she actually started eating her own food and not feeding the dogs! Total mom win! Thank goodness, my daughter was finally eating her food! Of course, near the end once she started getting full, she slipped the pups a few left over pieces, but no crazy messes like before! Plus, she couldn’t pick this plate up and toss it on the ground either. I was so relieved and she was nice a full. It was a win win situation.

Happy Mommy, Happy Baby.

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Once lunch time was over, the cleanup was simple! The silicone plate easily wiped clean with no hassle at all. Although I’m old school and wash my dishes by hand, these plates are dishwasher safe, so you can pop it right in the dishwasher for a simple, quick clean. I just gently wiped mine with some baby dish soap and water, sat it on my drying towel, and I was done! No hard scrubbing or anything!

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I 100% recommend this Nuby product. I am all for simplifying my daily routines when it comes to being a stay at home mom of two kids. There’s already so much on our plates to get completed throughout the day, and this product definitely simplifies my lunch time routine, which gives me a few extra minutes to get other household chores finished. You can find these adorable little silicone plates at your local Babies R Us. Check them out!

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*I received this product from Nuby as a review, but all opinions are entirely my own*

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