How to Safely Elevate a Crib Mattress (2 ways)

You’d think it was some kind of miracle cure.

Having your baby sleep on an incline can supposedly help with everything from colic, to reflux, to common colds!

There is growing evidence these days that shows that may not be the case. However, many doctors and pediatricians still prescribe a slightly inclined sleeping position in certain cases.

How can you safely elevate a crib mattress at home?

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6 Essential Tips for Bathing a Baby or Toddler in the Shower

There’s no concrete age when kids and toddlers can start showering alone.

But most experts agree that somewhere around 5 or 6-years-old is when they’ll start getting close.

(That’s also about the time they might start wanting more privacy.)

You’ll have to be sure they can handle the responsibility, and really drill them on the safety rules!

But when your child is still a baby or younger toddler, they still need you to wash them. There may be times when you just can’t bathe them in a bathtub for whatever reason, so it makes sense to clean up in the shower.

How do you bathe a toddler or baby in a shower? (Without them screaming the entire time, and actually getting them clean!)

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6 Super Easy Ways to Baby-Proof Cabinets without Drilling

Baby on the way?

Better get to baby-proofing the house!

Beyond setting up the nursery, this is one of the most involved and time-consuming aspects of getting your home ready for a baby.

Seriously, you’d be amazed at how many things need attention and could be dangerous if not addressed.

There’s the TV and TV stand. Electrical outlets. Doors. You name it.

Then, of course, there’s your kitchen and kitchen cabinets. You can drill some simple hardware directly into the cabinets themselves, but there are lots of good reasons you might not want to do that.

So how do you baby-proof your kitchen cabinets without drilling?

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This Is Exactly How to Clean a Toddler’s Ears (And when not to!)

Toddlers.

They can be pretty gross sometimes, right?

They tend to get snot everywhere, never cover their mouths when they cough, and accumulate massive amounts of dirt under their fingernails.

And if you ever look inside a toddler’s ear, you’ll likely be pretty horrified!

Yes, even their ears can get surprisingly filthy.

But do you need to clean a toddler’s ears? Is it safe? What’s the best way to clean a toddler’s ears?

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Toddler Climbing Out of Crib: 4 Easy Fixes (No toddler bed!)

Ah, the baby stage.

When your child can barely move, hold their head up, or roll over on their own.

Those are the days!

Unfortunately, they don’t last long. And soon your baby will grow into a toddler that’s forever trying to hurt, injure, or maim himself.

Crawling out of the crib is one of their favorite ways to do it! And sometimes they figure it out way faster than you’d expect.

What do you do when your toddler starts climbing out of his crib, but he’s NOT ready for a toddler bed?

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Crib vs Mini Crib (Differences explained plus pros & cons)

Putting together a new nursery before baby arrives?

There are lots of decisions to make from:

  • Color scheme
  • Theme
  • Layout
  • Furniture
  • And, of course, the crib!

If your nursery is small, you have twins, or you’re putting the crib in your older child’s room, you might consider a mini crib to save a little space.

What is the difference between a crib vs a mini crib?

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Do You Need to Brush a Toddler’s Teeth If They’re Asleep?

The moment your toddler falls asleep is a magical time for some parents.

It can also be a very precarious time!

After all, toddlers have all kinds of problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up too early.

So when they do finally zonk out, the last thing you want to do is ruin it.

But what if they fall asleep before you’ve finished the bedtime routine, like while watching a movie?

Do you need to brush your toddler’s teeth while they’re sleeping? Or wake them up to brush?

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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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