35 Fun Activities to Do with Your Toddler At Home

Toddler activities for home

You’re not really a parent to a toddler until you’ve thought:

“What the heck am I supposed to do with my kid all day?”

The easiest ways to keep a toddler busy and wear them out usually involve going outside. Going to parks, riding bikes, playing in the yard, etc.

But what if you’re stuck inside with a toddler? What are the best toddler activities you can do at home?

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65 Reward Ideas for Kids (And brain-science explained)

Parenting isn’t all that hard.

(Sarcasm incoming!)

There’s really nothing to it except:

  • Keeping your child alive
  • Making sure they’re properly fed
  • Getting them enough sleep
  • Helping them do well in school
  • Teaching them to be good, moral people

You know. Just those couple of little things.

And when it comes to getting your child to do, or not do, the things you need them to on their way to becoming fully-functioning and healthy adults, you often need a two-pronged approach.

You can use rewards, and you can use punishments or consequences.

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9+ Ways to Be a Better Dad According to Science

Dads matter.

You probably already knew that, and so did I.

But don’t take it from me. Because the science on the subject is clear as day.

Children with good, loving, actively involved fathers have better outcomes in life.

They:

  • Have healthier relationships
  • Make more money & have more career success
  • Have less psychological problems
  • And often have higher IQs than their peers

That’s not to denigrate single mothers! Or lesbian couples! And it doesn’t doom kids who grow up without a father for one reason or another.

But if you’re alive and well, you owe it to your kids to be the best possible father you can be.

The question is: How exactly can you be a better dad?

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A Ram Sam Sam (Kid’s Song): Full Lyrics & Meaning

Ram Sam Sam song

A few weeks ago, my daughter came home from pre-k singing a new song.

It went…

“A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam, guli guli guli guli guli, ram sam sam…”

It also had these hand movements that went along with the seemingly nonsensical lyrics. And she LOVED it! She seriously loved this song and insisted on teaching it to us.

And it’s been firmly lodged in my brain ever since.

So what is the A Ram Sam Sam song, what are the real lyrics, and where does it come from / what does it mean?

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Artkive vs Shutterfly: Which is better for preserving kids art?

Artkive vs Shutterfly photobooks

When it comes to organizing your child’s artwork, one of my favorite solutions is to turn the best pieces into a photobook.

(Though you’ll still probably have a ton of them that need to go in boxes or portfolios somewhere. Or, sadly, even into the garbage… You can’t keep them all!)

I’ve used Artkive in the past with great success (here’s my Artkive review). You just mail in as many pieces of art as you want, and a few weeks later you’ll receive an absolutely gorgeous hardcover book with high-quality photos of each of the pieces. (You’ll get the art back, too, if you want.)

But you can also DIY this process by using a service like Shutterfly.

So when it comes to Artkive vs Shutterfly, which is better for making photo books of your kid’s artwork?

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Is the Casper mattress good for a toddler? (Safety explained)

Casper toddler mattress

My daughter recently outgrew her crib and toddler bed.

She’s only 4 years old!

I was totally shocked one night to walk in and see her toes and head both nearly bumping up against their respective edges of the bed.

(We bought a Pottery Barn Larkin convertible. It started as a crib and converted into a toddler bed.)

From there, the bed needed to convert straight into a full-size bed.

So suddenly, without much warning, we needed to buy a much larger mattress.

After an absolute ton of research we ended up going with a Nectar Sleep mattress, which has been amazing and incredibly affordable, but some customer service issues left me kind of wishing we had gone another way.

I found myself wishing we had just sprung for a Casper mattress for our toddler, instead. I have owned one as an adult and they are absolutely terrific mattresses from a great company that’s a pleasure to work with.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Quinn (Boy or Girl)

Best middle names for Quinn

One of the biggest decisions new parents face when they find out that they are expecting is what to name their new baby.

It’s definitely not a decision to be taken lightly, especially since your child’s name has a big influence on how others see him or her.

(Some studies claim that your name can affect your personality and even the shape of your face!)

It should come as no surprise then that people spend hours upon hours scrolling through Google search results in pursuit of the perfect name for their child. The only problem is that people spend so much time trying to find the perfect first name, that the middle name is often an afterthought.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your son or daughter!

Scroll down this post to find a list of the best middle names for a girl OR boy named Quinn.

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The 48 Best Middle Names for Lily

Best middle names for Lily

If you’re expecting, then you’re probably giving a lot of thought to what name you should give to your new baby. 

Deciding on a name for your baby is a big deal, and a child’s name plays a very big role in her life. 

(You ever meet someone whose personality just seems to fit their name perfectly?)

People spend a massive amount of time searching for the perfect name for their child. They spend so many hours on the task of finding the first name, in fact, that the middle name tends to get lost in the shuffle.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my guide to picking a middle name that sounds good with any first name you can think of!

Scroll down the page just a bit to find my list of the best middle names for a girl named Lily.

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The 51 Best Middle Names for Luna

Best middle names for Luna

Naming your baby is a major decision, and it might just be one of the biggest you make when it comes to your new bundle of joy!

Your child’s name can play a big factor in how she thinks about herself, as well as how others see her. 

No wonder people spend so much time poring over online search results; trying to find the absolute best name for their children! However, when all the time is focused on finding the perfect first name, the middle name tends to get lost in the mix. 

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. I’ve found what I think are the best options to go with any specific name you might be considering for your daughter!

Scroll down this post just a bit to find a list of the best middle names for a girl named Luna

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Preschool vs Daycare: Pros, Cons & Differences Explained

Preschool vs daycare explained

When it comes to paying professionals to watch your child so that you can have the privilege of going to work…

(I’m kidding. Sort of.)

… you have a lot of different childcare options.

  • Grandparents
  • Babysitters / Nannies
  • Daycare
  • And preschool

Free options are great!

But I definitely feel like we’ve gotten a lot out of having our daughter in structured daycare and preschool environments where she’s learned how to make friends and developed speech and learning skills at lightning speed.

What actually is the difference between preschool vs daycare?

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4T vs 4 Kids’ Clothes: What’s the Difference? (Explained)

4t vs 4 size

Keeping your kids clothed is actually quite a challenge.

They grow so fast, and the stuff you bought them last season will be way too small by the time the weather will allow them to wear it again.

So you’ll find yourself refreshing their wardrobe often.

Sizing is usually pretty simple, but it gets a little tricky once your kid is about 4 years old.

What’s the difference between 4T vs 4 clothes for kids?

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The 47 Best Middle Names for Jack

Best middle names for Jack

Choosing your child’s first name is a HUGE, time-consuming, and agonizing decision.

It sticks with them for the rest of their lives, so of course, you want it to be good!

But what happens to many parents is that they spend so much time on the first name that they totally forget about the middle name until, well, crunch time.

So I’ve been putting a series together all about how to pick a middle name that sounds good with any first name, to save frantic parents from spending hours on Google!

Scroll down the page a bit to see my list of the best middle names for a boy named Jack.

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Cradle vs Crib (Differences, Size & Safety Explained)

Cradle vs crib

When you bring baby home, you have a few basic goals:

  • Keep him alive!
  • Feed him
  • Change diapers
  • And get him to sleep

The last one, you’ll find, will probably the most challenging.

It also has the most potential solutions. Put him in the crib? Get a bassinet? A swing? A cradle?

In this article, I want to break down the differences between a cradle vs crib and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

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