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Toddler

Our BEST toddler fun activities: no-mess finger painting, potching at the sink, build a sweet fort, scope out some big wheels, and five easy (light) green toddler activities.

Immunity-boosting smoothie ideas for spring

3 terrific immunity-boosting brown green smoothies

This post was sponsored by PediaCare in celebration of Spring. The experiences are my own. My two-year old is suspicious of every food. Really. It took us three times offering ice cream for him to try it (ICE CREAM!) and forget about vegetables. If it doesn’t look like a cracker, he won’t put it in […]

Start training your toddler for Easter 2015

How to get ready for an Easter Egg hunt with toddlers

His first Easter, four-month old Julian slept through the whole thing, but once he got his first taste of modern American celebrations of this holiday the following year as a determined toddler, he never looked back. Since he is not actually Christian, his experience of Easter was limited to the hunting of plastic and hard-boiled […]

Transform bottom shelves into playzones. Your toddler already has.

How to babyproof the living room

Jennifer Latch, our San Francisco-based mom friend who blogs at Our Urban Playground, shared pictures online of how she surrendered to her daughter Phoebe’s obsession with playing in cupboards. I did the same when my son was a toddler. Today, Jen shares her strategies for embracing Phoebe’s behavior instead of fighting it. Toddlers love to […]

Glorified playdates make the best 2nd birthday parties!

The best second birthday party is a glorified playdate

We’ve gone on the record as saying that two-year old birthday parties are the ones you can just skip. A two-year old doesn’t know or care about such matters, so spare yourself the headaches of herding the kittens. My big caveat is when there are older siblings around because you don’t want them to think that the […]

Book report: Happiest Toddler on the Block

Happiest Toddler on the Block: or what would Harvey Karp say?

I was very lucky to meet Dr. Harvey Karp at a conference last year, and he gave me a copy of the Happiest Toddler on the Block DVD. Since I had so many specific questions for him, I didn’t confess that I’d already seen it thanks to the library. Let me cut to the chase, […]

Love or shove: Squeeze pouch-making station

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Baby food makers who sometimes feed their little ones on-the-go may be as intrigued as I am by this Squeeze Station by Infantino. Designed to take all the cursing out of getting pureed food into reusable pouches, the contraption enables parents to plunge batches of homemade baby food into resealable food pouches. This item costs […]

Never give your toddler food coloring

Super messy shaving cream activity for toddlers

I’ve been sitting on this “toddler friendly” art print project for YEARS because I wanted to test it before giving it my stamp of approval. Instead — holy cats, people! — I learned the hard way: NEVER GIVE A TODDLER FOOD COLORING. Let me back up a bit. The following activity was suggested to me […]

Activity #120: Try Potching

How to not trip over your toddler? Let him stand next to you while you do things in the kitchen.

My stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, plastic cups, utensils, etc. Let your toddler pretend to make something or […]