Let’s Talk About Toddler Wearing

Our daughter turned two years old at the end of December. She is growing daily and is now firmly into the toddler stage. Even though she can walk well, we still use her LÍLLÉbaby carrier often. We have had a lot of people tell us it was time to put away the carrier, but we will not be doing that anytime soon! This morning, we want to talk a little bit about toddler wearing and answer some common questions we get!

**This post contains affiliate links. We may get a small commission, at no additional cost to you, for purchases made from our links. All opinions expressed are our own.**

Just because a child can walk, does not mean they can walk easily in a crowded environment. We often will use our carrier instead of our stroller in hard to navigate places. We also use a book bag style diaper bag, so there is really no need at all to try to use a stroller most places we go. The other reason we love toddler wearing is that it provides a perfect, comfortable place for our little one to nap even in noisy places.

While some older carriers may have been uncomfortable, there are modern carriers designed just for toddlers! The one we have is for children from 20 to 60 pounds. Our two year old is only 21 pounds now, so we will get plenty of use out of it! Our daughter feels much lighter when being worn than she does when she is being carried in our arms. The carrier is also designed to support your back, which does not happen when you are just holding your child.

This last one is not a question, but still a statement that we have heard before. The only thing we can say is, we are pretty weird, but toddler wearing should not be viewed as unnatural in any way! A majority of toddlers still use strollers, so what is the difference? Using a carrier is more convenient and it takes up less room in the car! While baby wearing is a fairly recent “trend” in America, people from around the world have been wearing their babies and toddlers for as long as history has been recorded!

If you would like to start wearing your toddler and you are unsure what carrier is right for you, we have a few suggestions!

The LÍLLÉbaby Tie The Knot Baby Wrap is a lower cost option for children up to 30 pounds. If you want to try baby or toddler wearing, but do not want to put down a lot of money in case you do not like it, this is a great option!

The LÍLLÉbaby 3 in 1 CarryOn All Seasons is our carrier of choice. It is safe for children over 20 pounds and 12 months of age. Our toddler is tiny, so we did not purchase this until around her second birthday. The has three easy positions and is super comfortable for both the wearer and the child. It is more expensive than the wrap, but it is worth the investment!

We would love to hear from you! How do you feel about toddler wearing? If you’ve never tried it, but have interest, please leave any questions below and we will try our best to answer them!

Abstract Heart Art

Valentines day is getting closer and today we want to share a quick little art project that can be done by toddlers, adults, and anyone in between.

Materials Needed

  • White Paper
  • Construction Paper (The color does not matter)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers (You could use colored pencils or crayons as well)

We started by cutting out a heart shape from the construction paper. We just used a piece of paper that was in our scrap paper bin.

Next, we put tape on the heart and let our toddler place it anywhere on the white paper that she wanted. After the heart was on the paper, we gave her some markers and let her start scribbling on the paper.

Once our toddler was done happily scribbling on the paper, we carefully lifted up the heart. This left us with a beautiful heart shape. Before we had her do this, we tried it as well, and it is super relaxing and fun!

Taking a Road Trip with a Toddler

We love to travel! Road trips, both big and small, have a special place in our hearts. When our daughter was tiny, she was pretty easy to just pack up and take anywhere we wanted to go. Now that she is firmly into the active toddler stage, things have gotten a bit more challenging, but definitely not impossible! Today, we want to pass along some tips that we use to pull off a successful road trip with our toddler.

**The following post may contain affiliate links. We may get a small commission, at no additional cost to you, for purchases made from our links. All opinions expressed are our own**

Pack Accordingly

Packing is an essential part of road trip preparation. It is important to make a list in advance so that you do not forget anything that you may need. While exactly what you will need to pack will vary trip by trip, we have a few items that we do not leave without! One of our most essential items is our daughters iPad. Her grandparents gave it to her mostly for car trips! If you do not currently have a tablet for your toddler and are on a bit of a budget, the Kindle is a great choice as well. Depending on the age of your little one, coloring books are also a great thing to bring. Our next road trip essentials are snacks and drinks. You can stop along the way to buy both of those things, but it just costs so much more. A soft cooler can keep your drinks cool without taking up too much room. Lastly, we like to be prepared with a first aid kit, sunscreen, and a flashlight. You never know when something might not go as planned.

Plan For Additional Stops

You will want to stop much more frequently than you would if your toddler was not on the trip with you. Even if it is not time for a diaper change or potty break, small children need time to get out and move a little bit.

For Longer Trips, Drive at Night

When you are taking really long trips and have two adults who can drive, traveling at night is a great way to cut down the time you have to entertain your toddler. It also will get you to your destination faster and save money because you will not have to pay for a hotel. There are a few drawbacks to this, like that you may miss out on seeing some sights along the way, so you will have to decide if this is the best driving method for your family.

We hope these tips can be helpful for your next road trip! Do you have a tip you’d like to share with us? Please leave it below!

Paint Blowing Snow Man

We have shared several snow men crafts in the past, but most of them were aimed towards toddlers. Today, we wanted to share a winter craft for older children. This one is perfect for children aged four to eight. Our toddler helped us out a bit, but it was far above her developmental level.

Materials Needed

  • Blue Construction Paper
  • White Paint
  • A Straw
  • Snow Man Parts (We used a foam orange triangle and black confetti. You can use your imagination based on what you have in hand)

Start by making a traditional looking snow man with white paint. If you are brave, let your child handle the paint bottle.

Next, let your child use the straw to blow the paint around. This might get a little messy, but they will have a blast.

After they are done blowing the paint around, let your little one put on the snowman parts. We did not need glue, because the paint was enough to hold everything.

The end result will take awhile to dry, but is super cute when it does.

Winter Tree Cotton Swab Painting

Right now, it is freezing in Ohio. Mr. Not So Crafty has been braving the cold to go to work, but the rest of us have not left the house in several days. It is a perfect day to make art!

Materials Needed

  • Blue Construction Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • White Paint
  • Cotton Swabs (Between four and six work great)
  • A Rubber Band
  • Glue
  • Scissors

This art activity has very little prep work involved. Use the brown paper to cut a base of the tree and some rectangles for the branches. Next, wrap the rubbing band around the cotton swabs. After that, you will be ready to start creating with your little one!

Start by letting them glue the tree onto the blue paper. The older your child is, the less help they will need with this.

After the tree is assembled, it will be helpful to let it dry a bit before you let your little one start painting. However, our toddler has no patience, so we had to start painting right away. It turned out fine that way.

When your little one is done, they will have a beautiful winter tree scene!

Perfect Book Picks for Preschoolers

Before we became parents, the not so crafty momma was a not so crafty preschool educator! We have previously posted our picks for must have books for newborns and terrific books for toddlers. Tonight, we want to share some books that we feel are perfect for preschool aged children. Because we know most parents are on a budget, all the books on our list are under $12.

**The following post contains affiliate links. We may get a small commission, at no additional cost to you, from purchases made using our links. All opinions expressed are our own. All prices are under $12 as of the time that this post in published. Prices could change at any time.**

The Wonky Donkey became a home library essential when
the video of the grandmother laughing hysterically while reading the book surfaced online. It is a silly story that will make everyone giggle.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be is beautifully written and illustrated. The story is simple and very sweet.

Dragons Love Tacos does not contain any deep life lessons or fancy story line, but it will make most preschoolers (and their parents) giggle. It is a silly, but adorable, story that is really well illustrated.

On the Night You Were Born hold’s a special place in our hearts. We bought it for our toddler while she was still in the NICU as an infant. It is also a great story for preschoolers though! Preschoolers are often very curious about the parts of their lives that they do not remember, so this book is the perfect way to help open up conversation on that topic.

We hope you enjoyed our book list! We would love to hear from you! What is your favorite book to read to a preschool aged child?

Heart Wreath

After every holiday, we go shopping for clearance goodies. Last year, one of the goodies we found were foam hearts. Those hearts inspired today’s craft.

Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Foam Heart Stickers

Start by cutting the center out of the paper plate.

Next, peal the paper off of the back of the foam hearts and let your little one put them on. This could be done with foam hearts (or paper hearts) that do not have a sticky back as well by putting glue on each heart. We like the sticky style foam because it is less of a mess!

When your little one is finished, just turn it around and tape on the ribbon. After that, your wreath is finished!

Terrific Books For Toddlers

Last week, we shared a list of great books for newborns. This week, we want to share some terrific book choices for toddlers! We know toddlers can be rough on books, so every book on the list is under $12.

**The following post contains affiliate links. We may get a small commission, at no additional cost to you, from purchases made using our links. All opinions expressed are our own. All prices are under $12 as of the time that this post in published. Prices could change at any time.**

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a must have classic! We love Eric Carle in our house and have many of his books. This story is colorful and very easy for toddlers to follow along with!

Press Here is a fun and very interactive book. Most toddlers have short attention spans, so books like this that really get them involved are so important!

I fell in love with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus when I was doing my student teaching “a few” years ago! It is just so fun! This is a great book for not just home, but for a toddler day care setting as well.

Baby Faces lets toddlers explore a variety of faces and words.
Most toddlers love looking at pictures of other babies and toddlers!

Mess Free Painted Heart

Today, we did another heart themed craft! This time, we painted.

Materials Needed

  • Paint (We used three colors, but the amount is up to you)
  • White Paper
  • Scissors
  • Gallon Sized Plastic Food Bag

Start by cutting out a heart from the paper. Next, put paint in drops around the paper. Our toddler loves mixing colors together, so we did multiple colors. You can just do one color if you’d like as well.

Next, put it in the gallon bag and let your little one move the paint around.

Once your child is finished, just take out the heart and throw away the bag! The clean up is super easy.

Tissue Paper Heart

So we know Valentines day is still almost a month away, but today we want to share a simple craft that is perfect for little ones between one and four! This tissue paper heart is great for both home and classroom art time.

Materials Needed

  • White Paper
  • Tissue Paper Cut Into Squares
  • A Pen or Marker
  • Glue

We started by drawing a heart on the white paper.

Next, we covered the heart in glue. We put a bit of extra glue on the outline of the heart.If you are working with a child who is three or four, you can let them put on the glue themselves to keep them interested in the process.

After that, we let our little one put the tissue paper on. We handed her one piece at a time.

The finished project is simple but adorable! It only took about 20 minutes from start to finish, so it is perfect for a busy day!