My Little Kitchen Helper

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, BUSY MOM TIPS, Cooking, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Health and Fitness, Life as a Toddler, Other Recommendations, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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I know that I’ve slacked in the department of product reviews since getting busier, but I am hoping to fix that in the near future and trickle out reviews of some of my favorite things or at least compile them into the TRIED and TRUE posts.

This is going to be more of a story of how our life evolved with the product than an actual review, but in so writing about it, you will get a good idea whether you might enjoy this product as much as we did or not.

This particular item has sneakily made its way into our life in more ways than I anticipated. We had featured a Kitchen Helper on Daily Mom, right at the time when I was struggling to keep Lexi occupied while I cooked. I had also heard good things about it from MULTIPLE people. So I thought it was a worth product to try and see if it solves our little problem. Our first test was Easter Cooking out of all things. I took an egg nest recipe from Daily Mom (of course), Lexi and I put on our favorite Mommy and Me aprons and we started cooking.

The Importance of Knowing Your Child’s Personality

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, New Mom Experience, Other Recommendations, Parenting, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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A few months ago, while nursing Lexi to sleep, I was on a Facebook Gentle Parenting group reading someone’s post about their daughter. I think she was refering to her daughter being an extrovert and her being an introvert and the difficulty surrounding her parenting due to that.

After reading her post, something clicked in my mind. The way she was describing her daughter seemed very much like Lexi: high excitement, high energy, non-stop movement unless she is doing something that requires her attention, constantly needing attention, not playing on her own.

I had always thought Alexis was high needs in the best possible way when she was little but some things just didn’t jive. She wasn’t sensitive in a way high needs children tend to be, she just needed a lot of attention and was very specific in what she liked (which was not being constrained)

This new idea suddenly made sense.

Front Facing Bookshelves: Creating a Green Playroom and Voracious Readers

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Green Products, Life as a Toddler, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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I have written about buying non-toxic rugs for the playroom.

I have shared with you about the play tents that aren’t sprayed with fire retardants

I have opted for solid wood storage furniture from IKEA, rather than their better looking MDF counterpart.

I have tried to mostly use green play furniture by Hape and toddler table by Svan

But the hardest part about creating a relatively non-toxic playroom was bookshelves.

And surprisingly so. You would think that the number one item in a child’s play area should be books. That could be my bias talking, of course. Or more precisely, Lexi’s bias. She is a book worm. Beyond anything I have seen in a toddler. She LOVES books. She inhales books. On daily basis, all you could hear from her is “READ READ! MAMA READ! PLEASE READ!”

Lexi Twins in Nununu Baby – Cuteness Overload

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fashion and Outfits, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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So the plan was to have the girls wear these adorable and cool outfits to Disney and take lots of adorable and cool photos with them hugging and holding hands and looking adorable and cool with the Cinderella’s castle in the background.

Just like most everything in motherhood, then real life happened.

Real life means two crabby 2 year olds who either wanted a balloon or nothing to do with each other (hold hands…ha!) or out of the heat or to go ride rides.

Lesson learned, little ones, lesson learned.

Our Favorite Active Outdoor Toys

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I’ve been mentally writing this post the whole summer. Every time I would go outside with Lexi, I would think about mentioning this and that in a post on the blog.

So I’ll keep it short but to the point.

After getting glasses, we decided to start spending even more time outdoors because that was the only thing that seemed to have any kind of correlation to slowing down myopia in studies . So we figured why not focus on spending as much time as possible outdoors. That meant creating an environment that was stimulating and interesting enough, especially for Lexi since she has a pretty high threshold on stimulation, just like her mama.

I had a few items we loved before that we moved outside and then slowly “collected” other toys that have together created her “outdoor space”.

Cute Organic Toddler Underwear Round Up

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, New Mom Experience, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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Lexi is 2.5 years old today, she has been potty trained since 22 months. She goes dry at night IF I make sure to put her on the potty before we go to bed and she doesn’t breastfeed much at night. She has been solidly and reliably going on the potty on her own without a reminder since about 24 months. Like any toddler, she waits to pee till the last second because she doesn’t want to stop playing, and then run run runs to the potty, but it’s still amazing to me that she does it all on her own.

I wrote about how she got to be potty trained. I can’t say we trained her, because we only introduced her to the concept and kept communicating it to her and then she just went when she was ready.

I never wrote about what happened next. She had a few accidents in the car while trying to figure out the whole concept of being out and holding. This quickly stopped after 1-2 trips. On long trips, she would communicate to us when she wanted to go. It was all pretty smooth with no regressions from the beginning. It wasn’t without our involvement, but there was no forcing or prodding, just talking.

So that was that, awesomely uneventful, mind-blowingly fast and easy-peasy. Just goes to show you that kids will do what they will do as long as you create the right circumstances when they are ready and no amount of forcing will make it happen until they want it to happen.

Creating a Green Playroom: Non-toxic Play Tents

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Green Products, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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I have been slowly but surely designing and adding to Lexi’s playroom over the past year making it into a comfortable space that is also non-toxic. As always, the last part has proven itself to be pretty difficult.

I keep struggling deciding whether I want to go for what looks cute, is cheaper and easier to get OR making sure that it’s as non-toxic as possible, even if that means sacrificing looks and price. Of course I want the first one. I want Lexi’s playroom to look really cute, but in the end I always end up doing the right thing, even if that means getting natural wood bookshelves instead of gleaming white ones.

At this point the playroom is virtually complete minus the art work and some lighting that is coming in soon, so I thought it was time to start highlighting the choices, items, toys, products and ideas for it with the final post being a “reveal” of the playroom itself.

You can see the earlier stages of it starting with rug, monitor, gates, etc here:
Playroom In Progress: Set Up

I’d like to start with tents, since there is a bit of a back story here.