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Reader tip: Minestrone soup for toddlers

August 20, 2013

Sarah reports that her son Theo has never met a food he doesn’t like. Lucky mama! She shared a tip that sounded brilliant to me: Take a can of low-sodium minestrone soup and dump it in a strainer. Serve your self-feeding baby or toddler the remaining bits and let him explore what he likes. “Pasta, […]

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Crazy supersized giveaway for toddler parents

August 20, 2013

Do you live with someone who can say a handful of words but has selective hearing? Does he or she walk like a drunken sailor? Love to be tickled? Fall asleep in the car frequently? Wear diapers? Throw balls? Throw food? Throw folded laundry? Want to do it MAH SELFFFF! Then this giveaway is for […]

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Discipline and the 22-month old

August 13, 2013

Toddlers are delightful creatures when they want to be. But as their baby cuteness gives way to limitless curiosity and newfound mobility, it is time to say “No” once in a while. But what does it mean to discipline a barely verbal three-foot-tall person? There are many answers, and maybe one of these styles will […]

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How to make the most of your child’s nap

July 29, 2013

In this video, I talk about why you might want to put your computer or smart phone down during your child’s nap. It’s not about unplugging, though, it’s about recharging yourself, using your downtime to refresh your energy level, your social life, or create mental space. I provide different three ways to spend your time. […]

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Yeah, I lied about my toddler’s age

July 12, 2013

My 22-month old is quite precocious. Ask anyone who knows him; he can totally pass for a two-year old*. On my recent week-long family vacation, I said he was two to get him into the childcare den for three different mornings. At the child watch bunker, he could slide, dig, play with toys, read books, […]

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10 Ways to Entertain a Toddler on an Airplane

July 10, 2013

In the age after constant shushing and nursing but before the ever-entertaining Skymall catalog and immersive iPads, there is the fidgety toddler. I recently brought one of these opinionated people on four flights to test out my chops on entertaining such a person. Let’s just say that it was nice to be able to trade […]

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Camping with a toddler, take 1

July 2, 2013

In a case of perfect timing, I received this post from Christina just as I was packing to take my family on a modified camping trip. Her son, Robby, is nearly the exact same age as my little guy. I already know we disagree on a couple points, but I LOVE her very strong opinions […]

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Tech Tuesday: Claim your toddler’s hood with a t-shirt

June 25, 2013

Customized tshirts have never been easier to order. No longer must you be ordering for a whole team to secure an affordable price per shirt. Numerous websites allow users to design and purchase tshirts with their own names or inside jokes. This personalized onesie is from, where nine years ago I ordered Heather’s husband […]

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Tech Tuesday: Use an app to save kid art

May 21, 2013

My kindergartner is the most prolific artist in the house. Allow me to present to you five from his recent series of monsters and beasts (incredibly adorable until you realize that they’re all holding weapons and shooting poison from their spiky appendages). I really love all most of what he creates but I can’t possibly […]

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Is my baby ready for a toddler bed?

May 16, 2013

One of our local experts offered to field this question, which comes up over and over again: For the past few days my son (2) won’t stop climbing out of his crib, and I’m afraid he will get hurt! Does this mean he’s ready for a toddler bed? Won’t he just get out of that […]

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Tech Tuesday: Make a super easy video storybook

May 7, 2013

If you’ve ever lost your enthusiasm for reading the same story over and over, you’ll appreciate our guest Abbi’s discovery. She sent this tip to us as an alternative to letting YouTube read to your child. I was first introduced to A Story Before Bed via the Nursery that I work for here in Dubai […]

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How we got our baby to stop standing up in the crib

April 19, 2013

This guest post is by my friend Karen from, about her son, Laz. We are among the lucky few who had a baby that slept through the night from a pretty early age. We didn’t really do anything to make it happen – but around 4 months old, our son just stopped waking up […]

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