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Product Name: The Edge Cushion 12′ by Kid Cushions
Submitted by: Megan Cahill; Louisville, KY
Rating: 10
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description: The Edge Cushion by Kid Cushions provides a soft protecting layer of material between your child and hard or sharp edges of your furniture.

Measuring twelve feet, this cushion will wrap around almost anything with an edge perfectly, round or square. These cannot be used on beveled tables. This product can be used on countertops, window ledges and cabinets to name a few. The cushions are available in 3 colors, black, brown and ivory. They are easy to attach with adhesive strips that will connect to any of the types of surfaces in your home including tile.

Review:  No parent can stand to see their children crying, whether a cut lip or a bumped knee, it can be just as painful for the parent to watch their child experience these feelings. But children will bump and they will scrape. It’s part of the growing and learning process, which helps them survive their grown up lives. You can do your part though to prevent these bumps and bruises from happening often or possibly being severe which should be a #1 priority in a household with a young child. 

At this affordable price it’s hard to see why you shouldn’t get this item or 3!

Criticism: This Item could have been made available in more colors.

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Product Name:  Jump-O-Lene Castle Bouncer
Submitted by:  Emily Howard; Cincinnati, OH
Rating:  8
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description: Inflatable jump-in product good for indoor or outdoor use. It holds up to 120 pounds, about 3 or 4 toddlers! It also comes with about 25 soft balls which kids can have fun pushing through the holes of the castle or bouncing around with. It’s 85″ x 45″ x 76″.

Review:  This is the answer to the child who never seems to run out of energy! Finally, a place for my toddler to bounce around and wear himself out without my having to worry that he’s going to fall and crack his head on something!

If you’ve got a reasonably open space indoors, you can use it inside during the cold months or rainy days. In the summer, you can leave it outside with no problem.

We weren’t sure if this would be too small for our 3 year old, but it’s definitely large enough for him to play with for a few years to come.

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Toddler tantrums can be both embarrassing and traumatic.  This is just another normal phase of your toddler’s development.  Many tantrums are due to the fact that your toddler just doesn’t have the necessary vocabulary to express his feelings.

He’s gone from being a bystander in life and just letting the world pass him by to fully diving in and wanting to explore and grab every little thing life has to offer.  Along with this newfound thirst for life also come many emotions and the feeling of not being able to express these emotions.

That’s why when your toddler feels tired, hungry, or just bored and cranky he will result to having a tantrum as a way to change a situation he doesn’t like or has any control over.  By the same token, your toddler may also have a tantrum when she doesn’t get her way. 

When this tantrum rears it’s ugly head, you certainly shouldn’t give in.  As tempting as it may be, if you’ve said no to something you should stick to no.  If you give in now, you’re child will think next time he throws a tantrum he’ll get his own way too.  This will create a cycle of repeat tantrums.

However, you should be close at hand and ready to give your toddler a big hug once he has calmed down.  Reassure him that you still love him and let him know how pleased you are that he has regained control.  This will emphasize the fact that he has been able to control his emotions and will give him the confidence to know he is able to control himself at certain times.

Above all,  try not to get too frustrated or upset by your toddlers tantrum.  The worst thing you can do is lose control yourself; this will only make the situation worst. 

As your toddler goes through this normal phase of development, keep the future in sight.  You are teaching your toddler a very valuable lesson on how to control and deal with his emotions.  Best of all, the tantrums will soon pass.

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Product Name: Millie Moo by Camilla Moody
Submitted by: Rachel Logan; Richmond, VA
Rating: 10
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description:  The Millie Moo book by Camilla Moody is a Search and Find book as well as a Touch and Feel book. Millie Moo is a cow that is searching for her farmyard friends.

Review:  My son got this book for his second birthday and he loves it! He insists I read it to him at least twice during the day and before he goes to bed at night.

He loves the bright colors of both the pictures and the words. He also really enjoys the touch and feel aspect. The colors are attractive and the pictures and rhymes are incredibly funny. Through the holes in the pages you can feel what you think is going to be a “sheep’s wooly coat”, “donkey’s brown fur coat”, or “goose’s feathers” and then you turn the page to find it’s really a Monkey wearing a sweater, a Fish with fingers or Parachuting Penguins and many other crazy zany animals, each with its own little rhyme: “It is a well known fact that a penguin cannot fly. So a parachute comes in handy when he’s falling from the sky.” His favorite character is the Bug in Boots whose simple lesson is “Whatever bug you are, be you beetle, ant or mite, when putting on your boots, don’t mix your left with right!” 

I love that he’s learning the different touch and feels and having so much fun at the same time.

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“Mommy, could I have something to eat?” (my 3-yr-old daughter)

“Sure, what would you like?”

“A hot dog train.”

I pause a moment…”A hot dog train?”

“Yes, a hot dog train.”

I pause for another moment and a light bulb went off in my head! “You want a hot dog train? OK, I’ll give you a hot dog train.”

My “little” as I call her went to grab her stool so she could get a good view of my culinary skills.

I got a hot dog out of the refrigerator and cooked it in the microwave (about 30 sec), then I sliced it lengthwise 3 times and cut those pieces into 3 chunky pieces.

Next, I cut small blocks of cheddar cheese to put in between my hot dog “cars.”

My “little’s” face begins to brighten.

Last come the wheels and the whistle on top…CARROTS! Cut some baby carrots into little “wheels” and place 2 each underneath the cars, then cut another in half and place on the front car to make the whistle.

VOILA – you have yourself a hot dog train.

My daughter thinks I’m a genious!

Let’s let her think that at least for a little while 🙂

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That’s right, my sitter is away this week. She had a family emergency and had to go out of town.

I’ve been wandering around all week trying to figure out how to get my work done, do the laundry, clean the house and entertain my 3 yr old.

We are SUCH creatures of habit! I’m used to having my routine of getting up, doing about an hour’s worth of work, grabbing a shower, getting the kids off to school and the sitter and having a 5 or 6 hour chunk of time during the day that I get all of my work done. Then, when the kids come home, I take care of the housework (of course, with their help) and cook dinner. Since, my sitter has been away, I am lost without my routine!

So, after much deliberation (and feeling worthless because I am having trouble with this simple change), I decided not to fight city hall and: let my daily blog turn into an every 3 day blog; get only the work done that absolutely HAS to be done during nap time and the early morning hours; let a little bit of laundry slip (we can all wear those shorts ONE more time before they need washed, right?); and PLAY with my little girl.

Hopefully, things will be back to normal next week, but if they aren’t – I’m not going to sweat it!

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Toddlers are, by nature, self-centered. Everything has been taken care of for her since you brought her home from the hospital as an infant.

When your child becomes a toddler and can begin to communicate, this is the perfect time to teach them the importance of sharing with others. It may take some time, but with continuity and positive reinforcement, your child will become very adept at playing with others!

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. If your toddler doesn’t want to share, explain why it’s an important thing.
  2. Tell your toddler that not sharing may mean his friends will not want to share with him either.
  3. Take the toys in question away. If your toddler doesn’t want to share – then no one will play with the toys.
  4. Never yell at the toddler, but be firm in your reprimands.
  5. If other toddlers are invited over, ask your toddler to pick out some toys to put away. But also remind him the toys left out can be shared with everyone.
  6. If your toddler screams and carries on, give the toddler a time out.
  7. Teach by example. Show your child how you are willing to share something you own.
  8. Thank your toddler for sharing his toys with others.
  9. Teach your toddler to think of others.

If all else fails remember this is probably a stage your toddler will outgrow. However, it is important to instill in your child that sharing and giving is important. Try not to give in to everything your toddler wants or buy your toddler a present every time you give another child or their sibling a present. Even though she is still very young, your toddler needs to understand the importance of the basic skill of sharing.

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