42+ Things to Do After the Kids Are in Bed (Besides TV)

Fun things to do as a couple or solo after the kids are asleep

Stop me if you’ve been here before.

You finally got the kids to bed.

And I mean, FINALLY. (There was a struggle.)

Now it’s, what, 9pm? And you’ve had a long day. You’re tired. The house is quiet (you can’t be too loud or you’ll undo your hard work getting the kiddos down).

You really don’t feel like doing much of anything. But you also don’t want to go right to bed like a lame.

So what are some things that parents can do as a couple or individually after the kids are in bed? (Other than flopping down in front of the TV and turning on Netflix.)

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My 3 Favorite Toddler Beds for a Grandparents’ House

A toddler bed for grandma's house

Sending your little one off to go spend the night with grandma and grandpa is supposed to de-stress you.

It doesn’t always work that way.

What if they get sick? How do we handle it if they act up? Will they eat their dinner? What if grandma and grandpa let them do whatever they want with no rules?!

Oh, yeah, and where the heck are they going to sleep?

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15+ Toddler Travel Essentials (Don’t leave home without these!)

Essentials for traveling with a toddler

My family and I are gearing up for an 11-day trip to Italy…

… with our 4-year old!

The logistics are mind-boggling. Where if I were traveling alone or just with my wife, we’d be winging it to a much higher degree, we’ve instead been planning out every detail and contingency.

And it’s led me to the question: What are the best toddler travel essentials you really need to have a successful trip with your kid?

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The 3 Best Toddler Beds with Rails Explained

Toddler bed example

Kids… they grow up so fast!

One day you’re laying them down in the crib, the next you realize they’re ready for their very own toddler bed.

A lot of parents these days choose to go with a convertible crib from the start, one that can be turned into a toddler bed once your child is around 2-years-old.

But you might find yourself needing to buy a separate, standalone toddler bed for a number of reasons, and in that case, you’ll probably want to go with something that has safety rails on the sides.

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Toddler Beds: Size, Dimensions & When to Switch

What is a toddler bed plus size

I remember moving when my daughter was about to turn 3 and buying a lot of new stuff for my place.

The question I had to ask, with her at such a crucial age, was should I buy a convertible crib or jump right into letting her use a toddler bed?

Every parent has to face this sooner or later! Whether your kid is starting to climb out of the crib, you need the crib for a new baby, or you just want to give them more room or responsibility.

But what exactly is a toddler bed and how big are they?

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I tried Artkive to organize my toddler’s art (Honest Review)

Artkive box review

Any parent of a toddler who goes to school knows this problem well:

The absolutely endless influx of artwork that enters your house on a daily basis.

Yes, it’s cute! It’s adorable! It’s a piece of history!

It’s also incredibly annoying when the pile starts to take over entire rooms in your house.

I’ve written before about some different storage solutions for this particular problem, but there was one, in particular, I really wanted to try first hand:

The Artkive box — It’s a box you fill up with your kid’s art and send off in the mail. A few weeks later, you’ll get a professionally bound book filled with photos of the art. Much easier to store!

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Why Your Baby Hates The Bassinet (And What To Do)

Baby hates the bassinet

When you bring your newborn home for the first time, it’ll probably be a pretty big challenge getting him or her to sleep.

In fact, brand new babies usually only sleep for 2-4 hours at a time — if you’re lucky! There are tons of factors that can interrupt even those limited stretches of sleep.

So if your baby hates the bassinet, the place they’re SUPPOSED to sleep at first, it can be really frustrating.

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Is Your Baby’s Crib Mattress Too Hard? (What to Do)

Crib mattress too firm or hard

Babies, and especially newborns, need a lot of support while they’re sleeping.

Not only that, a firm crib mattress is an absolute must when it comes to safe sleeping and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) prevention.

But many parents, after a few nights, week, or even months at home with baby, start to wonder: Is my baby’s crib mattress too hard or too firm?

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The 4 Best Diaper Bags for a Toddler Explained

Best diaper bags for a toddler

Watching your baby grow up is hard.

What’s not hard is finally being able to leave all the baby stuff at home when you leave the house!

You’ll still need a few things when you head out for the day with your toddler, but the load gets significantly lighter.

Hallelujah!

If you’re looking for the best diaper bag for a toddler, you’ll be happy to know that you can finally spring for something that doesn’t SCREAM “diaper bag” — a smaller purse-style or backpack-style bag will work just fine.

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