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Lately, I have been chatting with my mom friends. You know what I have learned? None of us know what we’re doing. But I do know that we’re trying really hard and at the very least, well, we google everything to try and figure it out. Here’s a few things that I’ve learned that I think are helpful:)
P.S. After you read, tell me everything you know.
1. Kitchen Shears
Life with toddlers is All. About. Eating. There’s snacks and sippy cups and crumbs all day long. My favorite tip? Use kitchen shears (big, sturdy kitchen scissors) for everything. I spent a lot of time cutting tiny pieces of sandwiches with knives and trying to cut pizza into mini pieces until I realized this secret. Using big kitchen scissors makes everything easier- it’s awesome.
2. These child-safe locks are perfect!
We have a few hard-to-close cabinets in our home. I found these locks and they are awesome- no drilling holes or other difficult installation.
3. Target for what?
Target has a very good portrait studio. Nope, they are not going to look like a super professional (super expensive) photographer, but they do a great job. They are quick and affordable. At the prices they charge, you could do it a few times per year and if you join their birthday club, you can even go every month. Choose a plain background, nothing too crazy, and they look great.
4. A sweet potato every day
I hear a lot of talk about toddler constipation. Poop is possibly the only thing I have gotten truly right. These kiddos have NEVER had a problem going poop. They eat A LOT of baked sweet potatoes and it helps.
5. Paint with ziploc bags
Thank you, mom friends, who shared that Lily can play with paint in a ziploc while the bigger kids really paint.
6. The ultimate diaper combo
We go through tons of diapers. I change about 15 every day. We found the perfect combination for us: Regular Luvs during the day and Pampers Baby Dry at night.
7. One ice cube
My little ones drink a good amount of water. I have noticed when an ice cube or two is clinking around in the cup they are likely to drink more.
8. A change of scenery
Even on super cold days, we have been known to bundle up in the stroller and get outside. When one or all three are super cranky going outside for a change of scenery ALWAYS changes their mood.
9. Face Food
We’re into face food these days; setting up their plates in face shapes has them trying new things! Think: scrambled egg hair, grape eyes, strawberry smile.
10. Read This
A friend recommended this parenting book to me and I really like it. If you’re looking for a great parent read- try this! It has excellent reviews on Amazon.
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