mtiny coding kit and accessories

Makeblock mTiny Coding Kit Review

I love educational toys and can immediately tell when I see a great one. The mTiny Coding Kit was one of those toys that I knew my kids would love, and it would teach them new skills in a screen-free, hands-on manner. TL;DR: The mTiny is the perfect coding kit for toddlers. It’s well-made, durable, …

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Coding Critters STEM Toy for toddlers

43 STEM Toys for Toddlers

Introducing STEM concepts to toddlers may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! This guide will give you: By the end, you’ll have a roadmap for seamlessly integrating STEM into your toddler’s playtime! BONUS: Look for my list of everyday household STEM objects for toddlers and how to use them.  What’s The Difference? Encourages …

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Baby in a Chicco LullaGO Anywhere bassinet

The Best Bassinets for Babies

My curated list with the best bassinet of 2021. Whether you are looking for a smart crib like the Cradelwise or Graco Sense2Soothe, or something more basic, this list has you covered!

Lineup of Paw Patrol action figures and vehicles.

50 Coolest Paw Patrol Toys and Gifts for Kids

Toddlers and young children can’t get enough of Paw Patrol, so here are the best Paw Patrol toys for your little fan.  As a teacher, I’ve compiled a list of toys that I think are great for creativity, imaginative and pretend play, educational purposes, and fun!  ​Before You Buy  Here are a few considerations before you …

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two year old playing with beading toy

75+ Best Educational Toys and Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

As a certified K-12 teacher, I am all about educational toys! My core value as a teacher was to “sneak the learning in.” I wanted to make learning so much fun that my students didn’t realize they were learning in the process!  So, I wanted to do the same regarding my own kids. Now that …

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woman holding sesame street, paw patrol, and bob the builder MYO Yoto cards.

DIY Yoto Make Your Own Cards & FREE MYO Sticker Template

⚠️Yoto Mini Recall ⚠️ On April 11, 2024, Yoto voluntarily recalled Yoto Mini players due to burn and fire hazards. Read the total recall from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and instructions from Yoto on what to do next. Per Yoto: Stop using your device immediately. Since getting my son a Yoto Mini player …

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Child listening to Yoto Mini player wearing Yoto headphones.

Yoto Mini Review: a Must-Have Audio Player For Kids

⚠️Yoto Mini Recall ⚠️ On April 11, 2024, Yoto voluntarily recalled Yoto Mini players due to burn and fire hazards. Read the total recall from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and instructions from Yoto on what to do next. Per Yoto: Stop using your device immediately. In this Yoto Mini review, I’ll tell you …

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Boy jumping on an outdoor stand alone trampoline

Benefits of Outdoor Play and Exploration

Outdoor play has a significant role in children’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development. The outdoors is Mother Nature’s classroom, with limitless opportunities for exploration, learning, and fun. Playing outside is great for recreational activities (bikes, scooters, sports, etc.), but nature has its own benefits, where every landscape, creature, and phenomenon has open invitations to discover …

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Baby standing at gate of playpen with toys in the background.

Best Baby Playpens for Crawling Babies and Toddlers

Let me guess: you’re looking for the best baby playpen because your sweet little bump-on-a-log has started rolling, crawling, or walking, and now you’re panicking about finding a safe environment for them to play in.  I have been there!  I have gone through several iterations of playpens for my two toddlers over the years, and …

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Mom measuring her one year old's shoe size using the free downloadable guide from

US Baby and Toddler Shoe Size Chart and How-To Guide

Typically, one-year-olds wear US-size 4 shoes. This number can be slightly higher or lower, depending on your baby’s size.  My children were in US size 4 when they were 12 months old. If you look at baby shoe sizes, US Sizes 4C (child) size shoes and 4T (toddler) are the same.  If you’re wondering what size …

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Sleeping newborn baby with milk on their cheeks whose mother's breast milk just came in.

How Much Breast Milk For a Newborn Baby Feeding?

Hey mama! To answer your question, generally, newborns need 1-1.5 teaspoons of breast milk (days 1-3), 0.75-1 ounces of milk (days 3-7), and 1.5-2 ounces of milk (for the first month).  It’s hard to say exactly how much breast milk each baby needs because babies are born in all shapes and sizes–some of them are …

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1 Month old baby with 1 month blocks sitting with a baby blanket and teddy bears.

How Big Is A Crib Blanket? And Other Baby Blanket Sizes

A standard crib blanket is 30 by 40 inches (76 by 102 cm). A standard crib mattress measures 28 by 52 inches (71 by 132 cm). You want a blanket just as wide (maybe even a little wider) and not quite as long (to leave room for the head and pillow).  ​Babies need all kinds …

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14 month old playing with water table

47 Fun Activities For a 14-Month-Old Busy Toddler

39 Activities for a 14-month-old to keep a toddler busy all day long. This list will give you ideas for activities to meet developmental milestones for 12-18-month-olds. Water play, sensory play, Montessori activities, playdough, pom poms, and arts-and-crafts like finger paint and edible paint.

Baby rolling onto side showing signs of developmental readiness to transition from the swaddle.

When to Stop Swaddling a Baby and How to Transition

When to stop swaddling your baby and how to transition (peacefully) from the swaddle. Learn at what age you should stop swaddling, and the safety concerns if you swaddle too long. Tips and tricks from a mama who’s been there!

dad carrying baby in inward facing baby carrier

Best Baby Carriers, Wraps, And Ring Slings Of 2021

This guide will show you all of the best baby wraps, ring slings, hybrid carriers, and baby carriers on the market in 2021. Included are the descriptions, weight and sizing information, features, product images, and tutorial videos.

Jacqui wearing her baby in the Moby wrap.

Baby Wrap Vs. Baby Carrier

Are you researching baby wrap vs. baby carrier to decide on which one to buy or register for? The answer is: you need BOTH. And here’s why.