Best Car Seats for Small Cars

2015 was a milestone year for me.  Granted, it was a milestone many people reach before I did.  In 2015 I bought my Ford Focus.  I was so proud, I felt like I had made it. Now, I realize most people buy a car before they are 27 but I had never needed one before. When I was in high school my older brother was happy to drive me places (I know I am super lucky to have a brother like that) and he would jump at any excuse to get behind the wheel of his car.  When he couldn’t be my chauffeur, I would carpool with friends. Then I went to college and grad school where there was public transportation.

In 2013, I moved to New York and I relied on the subway or the bus along with what seemed like every single person in Manhattan.  When I moved back home I couldn’t put it off any longer…I needed a car. After a ton of research and a few test drives, I bought my Ford Focus and I fell in love with it. It was a great deal and has all of the bells and whistles. Sunroof, leather seats, navigation, the works. But, its blessing is also its curse…it is a very small car. I am talking ‘barely fits an adult in the back seat’ small. So, in 2016 when I got pregnant the search for the best car seats for small cars was on. Continue reading

Math Board Games For Kids and Why You Should Start Using Them Today

Math… a word that strikes fear into the hearts of not only kids but also adults. I’ll never forget when I was learning long division I literally thought to myself, “there is nothing harder than this!” I toiled for hours over each problem, racking my brain for solutions. I thought it was difficult and I thought it was boring. Surprisingly, math doesn’t have to be boring. Making any subject into a game will catch a child’s attention and trick them into learning. Math board games for kids is the perfect place to get started!

My parents used a similar method to teach spelling.  I can remember when I was learning the word “brigadier.” I couldn’t correctly spell it to save my life.  My parents had me play a game where frogs playing instruments taught spelling.  Looking back, that game was ridiculous but it was because of that game that I learned how to spell that word, the one which mocked my command of the English language…brigadier. Continue reading

One Pregnant Mama’s Hunt for Sexy Maternity Swimwear

Spring may be hiding this year, but (if it knows what’s good for it) summer will be here before we know it. That means beach days galore! This year, I have the pleasure of being pregnant (I mean really pregnant like I’m due in the beginning of August pregnant) for the summer fun. Watch out whales in the sea, you’ve got some competition! Just kidding. I actually have never felt sexier in my skin than I do while pregnant. There’s just something about that ginormous growing belly that really gives me confidence in my curves. Crazy, right? Here’s my dilemma: flattering maternity clothes and, more specifically, maternity swimwear. Continue reading

From Tween to Teen – Teen Boy Room Ideas

It’s probably hard to believe that your little boy has finally become a teenager. Their bedrooms need to evolve with them as they grow. After all, your son’s room isn’t reflective of the baby stage anymore. You’ve made updates to their room from baby to toddler, from toddler to school ager, and from school-ager to tween.

And, just like that, your “tween” became a “teen.” So, it’s time to update things yet again. If you are in need of teen boy room ideas, read on to gain some awesome tips and tricks for creating the perfect bedroom space for your growing young man. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Never Say To Your Child

If you are a new parent, you will be told to read and speak to your child from the day they are born and as often as you can.

As your child graduates from babyhood into toddlerhood, you will most likely find yourself talking to your child even more. Most of it will be things like, “No. Don’t put that in your mouth” or “Don’t hit others with your truck!” Occasionally, you will also find yourself saying positive things like, “I am so proud of you” and “I love you”.

We parents often have to remind ourselves to focus on the positive and not the negatives when bringing up our children. And gosh, that can be extremely difficult, especially if your toddler is experiencing the Terrible Twos or Threes. Continue reading

At What Age Do Babies Start Crawling?

According to the ‘Journal of Nonsense’, babies can start crawling by 3 days. Haha. Just kidding. But there are some real world baby record setters (some are a bit ridiculous, to be honest).

The real answer to the question of when do babies start crawling is…when they are ready! Not very helpful, huh?

The average age for babies to crawl is around 7 to 10 months. However, a few rare babies may start crawling by 3 months.

On the other extreme, some babies keep their parents waiting and don’t start crawling till they are 17 months!

We remember meeting a parent whose daughter did not start crawling till she was 14 months. They looked embarrassed as they shared this but is there any reason to feel bad? Continue reading

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Behavioral Therapy for Treating Your Child’s ADHD

Behavioral therapy has been around since the early 20th century with roots that reach as far back as the Roman times. Behavioral therapy emphasizes improving behavior, in combination with thoughts and feelings.

Behavioral therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are well known to be effective tools for improving mental health for many different types of mental ailments including depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading

10 Best Activities for Kids with ADHD

Believe it or not, having ADHD can be a fantastic blessing. There are many sports stars, Nobel prize winners and talented achievers who have ADHD and some even say that having ADHD actually helped them.

Parenting a Child with ADHD

However, parenting a kid with ADHD can be a totally different matter. Common parenting advice and activities are often created for children who are not challenged by the same things that kids with ADHD are.

Often, the parenting journey can feel like a lonely and isolated one. Resources and support may be hard to come by. You have to be creative to adapt your child to situations which may not normally be a problem for kids without ADHD. On top of this, you may feel judged by other strangers who probably don’t realize that your kid has ADHD or don’t understand it. Continue reading

How Much Cereal for a 4 Month Old

“A man finds out what spitting image means when he tries to feed cereal to his infant.

Imogene Fey

4-Month Milestone

Your child is now 4-months old. You have survived childbirth. You have overcome diaper emergencies and nights without sleep. Feeding with breast or bottle is easier than it used to be – in fact, you’re a pro now.

Maybe it’s time for the next step. Perhaps it’s time to put on the bib (yes, you might need one, too) and offer cereal and other solid foods to your baby. Continue reading

Best Toys for 2 Year Old Girls

‘Oh no! It’s the Terrible Twos…’

 You may have heard about this phase or you may already be experiencing it with your 2 year old girl! The ‘terrible twos’ is known as a time when your previously adorable, obedient child starts acting like a rude teenager. Saying “No!” becomes their favorite word. But don’t worry that it’s something wrong that you have done, it’s just part of their normal development. In fact, if your 2 year old is not actively trying to be defiant, you should start worrying a little!

Having said that, this doesn’t mean that you should let your 2 year old girl walk all over you. This is also a time to start establishing rules and boundaries. Negotiation can be a very effective strategy. We have found something like this to be extremely effective, “If you want mommy to read you a book, you need to pick up your toys now…”

Fun 2-Year-Olds

Having a 2-year-old kid is also great fun. At 2 years of age, their physical development continues to progress and they can move around a lot quicker on two feet. They are also learning to say words and short phrases and can surprise you with new words every day.

They start to show much more interest in other kids and because of this, you may find it more enjoyable to bring them to museums and plays because they interact a lot more.

This is also the time where you may start doing research for a suitable preschool (*gasp*) and attend crazy amounts of Open Homes until you can’t stand the sight of another preschool.

2-Year-Old Milestones

In this article, we are going to cover some common 2-year-old milestones and then examine some toys which we believe 2-year-old girls will not only absolutely love but will also benefit from in terms of their development.

Here are some milestones to look out for if you have a 2-year-old:

  • Independently climb up and down from furniture

When our child was 2 years old, she could climb not only couches but also ladders. That’s right, the things you used to place on tables to keep them out of reach are no longer safe.

  • Carry several toys in their arms

This can be super useful if you are training them to clear up after themselves.

  • Run

This can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. In general, if your 2 year old is running towards you, it’s good. If he or she is running away from you, that’s bad.

  • Pick up and throw things

This is great if you want a child who can play ball with you. Not so great if your 2 year old throws a stone through a window.

  • Playground fun

Your 2 year old may enjoy playing with playground structures such as climbing steps and shooting down slides. Your taxes to pay for these community things are finally being put to some good use, huh?

  • Do simple puzzles

Finally! You have been wondering when your 2-year-old will finally work out that the square pieces don’t fit the triangle hole.

  • Hold pencils and crayons with fingers

This is great because you can introduce your child to coloring activities which usually means that he or she will leave you alone for a while. The caveat: you need to keep an eye out to make sure your child is not coloring on furniture and walls. We have a solution for you for this later on in this article. Keep reading.

  • Longer term memory

You can’t hide objects from them now and hope that they will forget all about it. This means that if they see you eating a yummy piece of chocolate cake, you won’t be able to hide it and assume that they will forget that it exists.

  • Develop strong food preferences

Ice cream? Your 2-year-old is going to beg for it. Vegetables? Your 2-year-old is going to hate it. Welcome to food struggles.

  • Say words and short phrases

Your 2 year old’s vocabulary should continue to expand beyond “No!”. They should be able to say words with several syllables in it and can even manage 2 to 4-word phrases.

  • Identify objects

Your 2-year-old can point out objects, body parts and people, especially if you have spent time patiently repeating them for the 10th

  • Can sing along to tunes

Your 2 year old might surprise you by belting out a tune when he or she hears their favorite song.

  • Understand a lot of what you say, even if they can’t speak it

This means that when you say “Don’t touch” and your 2-year-old touches the item anyway, this doesn’t demonstrate a lack of understanding. It just means that they are choosing to disobey you.

  • Display tantrums when frustrated

Your 2-year-old will start to display tantrums as he or she starts to experience frustrations and wrestle with your rules.

  • Sense of humor is displayed more often

You may also find that your 2-year-old’s sense of humor continues to expand. Sometimes at your expense.

  • Recognize familiar faces in pictures

Your 2 year old should be able to recognize familiar faces in pictures and even point them out if you call them by name. A great time to start introducing extended family members to your 2-year-old if you haven’t started already. Grandma will love that your 2-year-old can call her ‘nana’.

  • Enjoy playing with other kids more

Your 2-year-old will start noticing other children more and more. They may even acquire ‘older child admiration syndrome’ which is when your 2-year-old wants to copy and bug other older kids.

  • Separation anxiety decreases

For some of you lucky parents, your child may not have experienced much separation anxiety at all. For some of you other less lucky ones, hopefully, the separation anxiety will start to lessen around this time.

  • Make-believe play

Your 2-year-old girl may start enjoying make-believe play such as dressing up and puppet play

Now that you have an idea about the developmental milestones of a 2-year-old girl, it’s time to examine some of the best toys that 2-year-old girls normally love.

Best Toys for Physical & Fine Motor Skills for 2-Year-Old Girls

NiceGiftProduct Water Drawing Mat

This is a drawing mat that uses a water pen. You fill the pen with water before you draw with it. The mat is divided into 4 quadrants that produce different colors when water is used on it. When the water dries, the markings disappear. It can be folded for easy storage which makes it a great traveling toy.

Why is this a great toy?

Most 2-year-olds start to display interest in drawing and coloring around this age. This is a great time to start introducing useful skills for school in the future such as the holding of a pencil, drawing lines and other shapes, coloring and increasing attention spans.

However, most parents worry about the destructive potential of paint, coloring pencils and crayons. You probably have seen the horrified look on parents faces when they discover that their little one has drawn their masterpiece on the wallpaper of their bedroom.

This water drawing mat takes away the need for you to watch your 2-year-old like a hawk. The worse that could happen is that your 2-year-old spills the water. But this is nothing compared to paint on walls, right?

This water drawing mat is also very affordable at its price for the hours of use. Great buy!

Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-On Push Car, Pink

This is a more fun way for both you and your toddler to go out for walks.

This ride on/push car is in typical girl colors- hot pink and purple. The front of the car has space for two drinks; one for your 2-year-old girl and one for you (can’t forget the mama!) The bonnet comes with extra storage space for other essential items such as toys, snacks, wipes or your keys.

This takes a maximum weight of 50 pounds or 22.7 kg.

Why is this a great toy?

A great way to encourage your 2-year-old girl to get outdoors and get some fresh air. Every girl also dreams of getting her own car someday and at her 16th birthday party, you can display a photo of her in her cute ride on push car to earn some brownie points.

Skoolzy Peg Board Set

There are 30 large pegs in 6 colors that can be stacked to create interesting structures, towers, and blocks.

Why is this a great toy?

If you want your girl to develop visual-spatial, patience, focus and STEM-related skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), this is a good toy option. It’s also great for building fine motor skills such as stacking, balancing and color matching. Don’t let the boys alone dominate STEM, we need more girls in it!

LEGO DUPLO l Disney Sofia the First Magical Carriage

This LEGO DUPLO set comes with Disney Junior’s Sofia the First and a horse and carriage as well as a revolving tree that looks like a castle.

Why is this a great toy?

If your 2-year-old girl is a fan of princesses and you are a fan of LEGO, this is a good combo of both. LEGO is well-known for its great quality toys and for helping kids acquire creativity, learn building and engineering concepts as well as develop fine motor skills.

Personalized My Quiet Book, Fabric Activity Book for Toddlers By Pockets of Learning

This book is no ordinary book. This is a cloth book with different activities on every page that teaches different life skills that your 2-year-old will need to eventually learn such as doing up buttons, lacing shoelaces, reading a clock face, working with a zip and lacing through a buckle. This is a Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Products award winner. It’s also great for flights or car rides.

Why is this a great toy?

It can be personalized with your 2-year-old girl’s name on the cover and she will love the new skills she acquires.

Best Toys for Mental/Cognitive & Language Development for 2 Year Old Girls

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe

This VTech toy is another fun, yet also an educational toy for 2-year-old girls. It looks like a normal desk and comes with a stool. But it is much more than that. It is actually an interactive activity center that comes with 5 activity pages. These activity pages come with more than 100 teaching words, numbers, shapes and at least 20 musical sounds and songs. The best part is that when you flip the desk cover over, there is a chalkboard underneath and also a clip that can be used as an easel. There is also a toy telephone for pretend play.

Why is this a great toy?

2-year-olds love having their own mini furniture created for their height level. The desk and stool will help your 2-year-old feel grown up.

The activities are all great for a 2-year-old; learning words, shapes, objects, musical instrument names etc. We love that this activity center basically caters to all the different art mediums that your 2-year-old may want to use including paper, color pencils, paint and chalk.

Getting your 2-year-old to sit and play at this desk is also good for training your 2-year-old to get used to a future classroom environment.

LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven

This toy features an interactive oven with delicious looking food including pizza slices, bread, fried egg and cupcakes. The food has numbers printed on them so that you can use them to teach about counting. The interactive oven plays words, catchy songs and phrases.

Why is this a great toy?

If you have a 2-year-old girl who refuses to eat much food, this could be used as a tool to get your 2-year-old interested in food.

This is also useful for teaching mathematical concepts like addition, subtraction and parts.

VTech Little Apps Tablet, Pink

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents should limit 2-year-olds screen media time to 1 hour a day only. Even then, you may still feel uncomfortable about letting your little one start using an actual tablet.

If that is the case, the VTech Tablet is a good compromise for your 2-year-old girl. This is a cute tablet lookalike but instead of an LCD screen, it uses a color-changing LED screen.

Your 2-year-old can use this tablet to learn letters, numbers, piano sounds, matching and counting. There is also a pretend camera.

Why is this a great toy?

Every child nowadays wants their own screen device. Enough said.

Best Toys for Emotional & Social Skills for 2-Year-Old Girls

Melissa & Doug Zoo Friends Hand Puppets (Set of 4) – Elephant, Giraffe, Tiger, and Monkey

Puppets are fun and a great way to introduce social and emotional concepts to your 2-year-old. You can use it to teach about appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, how to react in different settings etc. This set comes with an elephant, giraffe, tiger and monkey puppets.

Why is this a great toy?

2-year-olds love playing make-believe and puppets are also very good for social play with other kids.

VTech Care for Me Learning Carrier

This toy is great for little girls who really, really want a pet but you are not ready to get them a real one. This VTech Care Carrier lets your 2-year-old practice looking after a fake pet before you decide that they (or you) are ready for a real one.

This toy consists of a cute huggable puppy who has a fancy carrier/cage. The carrier is interactive and plays over 100 songs and phrases, lights up and also has sliding alphabet beads.

There are pet care accessories including a comb, bowl, ball and bottle (for feeding the puppy).

Why is this a great toy?

Which 2-year-old girl doesn’t love puppies? The puppy can double up as a comfort attachment toy and can also be used for pretend-play.

This toy also teaches early responsibility for caring for others as well as the usual alphabets, shapes, opposites and sounds.

Depending on what skills you want your 2-year-old to build, you could choose a toy most appropriate for your child. We hope you found our recommendations useful in helping you to find the best toy for your 2-year-old girl.