10 Best Potty Training Books for Toddlers

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My twins are officially toddlers, which means they are at maximum mess-making stage, maximum tantrum throwing stage, and maximum poop producing age. I am counting down the days until we can start potty training.They seem to be just the slightest bit interested. They point at their diaper and say "Bye-bye" when they wake up in the morning, requesting a diaper change, but … [Read more...]

July 4th Protective Ear Bands for Babies and Toddlers

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I'm so excited for the 4th of July this year! My oldest is almost four and my twins are almost two. We're entering the ages where they can really enjoy the food and festivities surrounding the celebration of our nation's independence.I can't wait to experience their joy as we barbeque with family and friends, play games on the lawn, and watch them run around in a pack with … [Read more...]

Summer 2015 Toddler Reading Guide

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You should have seen my husband bursting with pride after my two year old requested to dance to “All Things Go” (more commonly known as Chicago by Sufjan Stevens) last week. For him, the ultimate parenting win--outside of raising kind and decent human beings--is instilling in his children a love for good music.For me, it’s all about books. My mother taught me to love books, … [Read more...]

Seven Things to Do to Get Ready for Spring Break

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Thanks to AT&T for sponsoring this spring break preparation post.Spring break is only a few weeks off for us so it’s time to get planning. I’m one of those type-A parents who likes to have a plan in place for where we are going, when and what we are taking with us. Sure, sometimes we fly by the seat of our pants, but for the most part, I like to have a plan. When … [Read more...]

You Are Not Alone – 80 Reasons Toddlers Have Meltdowns

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Today we played a little game on the Baby Gizmo Facebook page called "Toddlers have meltdowns because......"Our Baby Gizmo editor started off the fun with "Right now, mine is: Because the banana won't go back in the peel. Pretty sure my entire neighborhood can hear "Mama, put the banana back ON!""Our Baby Gizmo audience didn't waste any time chiming in with their … [Read more...]

The Mom Rage List

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As moms, the day is sometimes a series of events which call on our best efforts to swallow rage and exercise patience. Those days when all we’re doing is getting through it, possibly throwing up a prayer to the good Lord that we don’t maim an innocent bystander. On these days, we don’t give a shit if our kids eat Cheetos for dinner or take a bath.  We just want them to be quiet … [Read more...]

Check Your Toys with the Toilet Paper Roll Trick

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Today's parenting tip isn't a new one. It has been around for what seems like forever. I have no idea when it started but it is a valuable, cheap and easy trick to keep your toddlers safe. It has to do with choking hazards. Food and toys are the top two choking hazards in kids under 3 years old so I wanted to share with you a trick to know what toys are too small to be around … [Read more...]

5 Gross Motor Activities for Toddlers

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Gross motor skills, sometimes referred to as large motor skills, are very important to develop in toddlers.  These are the "bigger" skills that babies and toddlers develop naturally, such as rolling over, sitting up, walking, jumping, throwing a ball, etc. Gross motor skills go hand in hand with fine motor skills, for example, a child's ability to control their arm movements … [Read more...]

5 Sensory Activities For Toddlers

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Happy New Year! If one of your goals is for more hands on activities with your toddler- fear not! We've rounded up awesome sensory activities that your little one is going to love! These activities are not only fun, they are great learning tools that you can complete in the comfort of your own home. I have a three year old and I've found that hands-on teaching methods work … [Read more...]

8 Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers

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Last Christmas, my son’s stocking was filled with pacifiers and rattles. Nothing exciting because he would never remember it and he was a baby. Anything in his stocking was really more for my benefit at that point. This year on the other hand I have a toddler to buy for. He won’t necessarily remember this Christmas, but, he does like to have his own stuff now.If you also … [Read more...]

Toys That Boys Want Too!

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I am so sick of hearing the question “Don’t you worry about that making your son girly?” The answer is NO. No matter what he plays with, it will always be no. No, I don’t care that people think it’s weird that I let my son play with my old Beauty and The Beast puppets, I don’t care that you think letting my son wear my high heel shoes around the house will somehow scar him. The … [Read more...]

Fisher Price Disney Princess Garden Tea Party Playset Review

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So many holiday toys yet so little time! But which ones are right for your child? Today our Baby Gizmo Littles are taking a look at the Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Garden Tea Party. This playset is for ages 1-5 but we think the sweet spot is 2 and 3 year olds. It's a sturdy, colorful playset featuring Cinderella and Prince Charming that will get your little one's … [Read more...]

Fisher Price Disney Mickey Mouse Fly n’ Slide Clubhouse (VIDEO)

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"What kid doesn't like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, right?!" That is the question from our 5-year-old Baby Gizmo Lil' Tester.That's why today we are highlighting the Fisher-Price Disney Mickey Mouse Fly n' Slide Clubhouse. This adorable playset for 1 1/2 to 5 year olds is fun, well-made and features everyone's favorite mouse!Our Lil' Baby  Gizmo Testers show you everything … [Read more...]

DIY 3D Glasses Parent Hack

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 Tonight, we took the kids to see a stage show on the Carnival Freedom cruise that we are sailing on this week. When we walked into the theater, there were loads of 3D glasses that my kids jumped all over. What kid doesn’t love those blue and red, funny glasses?I didn’t know it was a 3D show but my kids were pretty darn excited about it. After we took our seats … [Read more...]

5 Best/Worst Things About Having Children Close in Age

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 I am often asked how I do it with three children under the age of four. And usually my answer to this question is some variation of "Who me?" I don't really know how I do it. But I do do it because I have to, and because, really, there's no alternative when you think about it.I get asked a lot if I would recommend having children close in age. I can't really … [Read more...]