First Year Developmental Milestones

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The first year of developmental milestones are some of the funnest experiences for a parent! Those coos, giggles, first steps and other fun  milestones are the moments every parent waits for! But, it can also be scary when you don’t know if your baby is meeting those milestones or not! As always, if you think your baby is continually missing milestones talk to your pediatrician. Keep in mind these are GUIDELINES! If your baby is not hitting every milestone when its listed below, don’t panic! But if you are concerned, again just talk to your pediatrician!

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DIY Toddler Sandbox ||For the Busy Mama!!!||

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Can we just get three cheers that summer is here!!?? HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!! If I could I would be outside every single day all day playing with  my boys! And truth be told, my 2 year old would be outside all day every day as well!

I have been dying to get my son a Sand Box but have been a total cheapo and haven’t wanted to go buy one! Not to mention how much sand costs to fill it! (Who in the world came up with sand prices?!) Anyway…as I was scrolling through a classifieds Facebook page I am a part of I saw a little bookshelf for sale for $5. I had an instant light bulb! Bookshelf Sandbox! Yes please!

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35 Toddler Approved Christmas Crafts

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I LOVE toddler art!!! It is so fun, so cute and completely CRAZY!!!! My son is going crazy over our Christmas Tree and is beyond proud of all his creations he has made to stick on the tree and around the whole house! I cannot wait to try every single one of these crafts on this list! Their fun and easy, cost near to nothing and perfect for your toddler (and older kids of course!) Everything on this list is easy and simple enough that a very young child can participate and be independent! 

PAPER PLATE REINDEER

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Bake with your Toddler…and ENJOY it!

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Baking with a toddler…..does that sentence make you cringe? Don’t worry…you are not alone! It can be messy and quite frankly..you may not come out with anything edible. BUT… baking or cooking with your toddler is a great way to build many skills! It is a fantastic learning opportunity and it is a blast!! Not to mention, it is a great excuse to make some yummy treats!!! I LOVE this Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch! There is not better time than the Holidays to start teaching them some important and memorable skills in the kitchen! With these quick tips you will be well on your way to baking or cooking with your toddler and enjoying it!!!

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Lick ’em and Stick ’em [Homemade Stickers]

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I LOVE stickers! For so many reasons! They are fun, they are great motivators, they teach numbers, letters, counting, etc… the list goes on and on! But, the one downside to stickers is that they can go fast! Especially if you have a sticker lover in the house! Well, problem solved! This recipe for homemade stickers is SO simple and quick! And, I bet you have everything you need right there in your house!

What you need:

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2 Parts Elmers Glue
1 Part Distilled White Vinegar
Paint Brush
Pictures (Magazine cutouts, newspaper cutouts, pictures of your kids etc…)

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