Best Baby Gates for Stairs in 2018 (to keep your little one SAFE)

Shopping for baby gates to keep your little one safe around stairs can be overwhelming - there are so many choices! We've made it easier for you by narrowing the list of the best baby gates for stairs down to four...

When you find yourself expecting and the shock/excitement/oh-crap-I’m-having-a-baby emotions start to wear off a little, you will likely find yourself looking up to find all the baby “unfriendly” areas of your home. Wall outlets, table corners, toilet seats, and… stairs.

Keeping kids safe around stairs requires the best baby gates for stairs – but which one actually is the best?!?

There are baby gates that mount to the wall and there are baby gates that pressure mount between the doorway to the stairs.

While pressure-mounted baby gates are my go to for rooms and doorways, they are not as safe and effective for use in stairwells. They’ll work for a while until the baby is pulling up to stand and then entering toddlerhood. Once the child is big enough, it may be easy for him to push the gate over or loosen it with a carefully placed tantrum.

Shopping for baby gates to keep your little one safe around stairs can be overwhelming – there are so many choices! We’ve made it easier for you by narrowing the list of the best baby gates for stairs down to four…

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When to Transition to Toddler Bed: The Perfect Time to Do It (and How to Do It)

Are you getting ready to kick your toddler out of the crib? Before you make the big move from baby’s crib to the big kid bed, you need to have a firm understanding of how and when to transition to toddler bed.

Are you getting ready to kick your toddler out of the crib? Before you make the big move from baby’s crib to the big kid bed, you need to have a firm understanding of how and when to transition to a toddler bed.

Why am I emphasizing you must know how and when to transition from a crib to a toddler bed?

Well, because sleep is important.

And, if you switch your child from the crib to the toddler bed before he or she is ready, neither of you will be getting as much sleep as you need.

As parents of little ones, it is very easy to start looking forward to the next big milestone, such as the transition to a toddler bed. We are excited to watch our little ones grow up, but this is really one of those times where you are going to want them to stay put for a bit longer.

Trust me.

If you are not ready for a kid who can come and go from his bedroom whenever he pleases, then it may be worth holding off for a bit.

Let’s take a look at not only when to transition to toddler bed, but the right way to do it.

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7 Hacks to Effectively Get Your Baby to Transition to Crib (without TOO much struggle)

If you're the parent of a newborn baby, you may be wondering when and how to help your baby transition from a bassinet or basket to a crib. Check out these seven hacks to effectively get your baby to transition to crib without too much struggle...

If you’re the parent of a newborn baby, you may be wondering when and how to help your baby transition to crib. When babies are first born, they are so small they can sleep just about anywhere. Many parents opt to have their little ones close at night in a bassinet or Moses basket.

However, as they grow, parents are faced with making sleep decisions. Many questions arise about where the baby will sleep.

The nursery? A sibling’s room? The master bedroom?

But before deciding which room baby will sleep in, you will likely face the challenge of transitioning your baby from a bassinet to a crib.

This change can be an intimidating change, especially if your little one is just starting to sleep through the night. We transitioned my son around 3 months (because he was too long for his bassinet). My daughter (who just turned 3 months) is still in her bassinet.

As a seasoned mom, about to make the transition for the second time, I have put together some tips for getting through this transition.

Keep reading for 7 hacks to effectively get your baby to transition to a crib!

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Best Baby Mattress for Crib (to make sure your little one sleeps well)

Researching all the possible options for a crib mattress can be overwhelming. We've narrowed it down for you, making a short list of our picks for the best baby mattress for your baby's crib!

There are few things more precious to a parent than sleep. So, when you are purchasing a crib and mattress for your baby’s nursery, there is no doubt you are thinking about your sleep as much as theirs. Crib mattresses can be a tricky buy.

What is the right firmness? Softness? Are there special materials to avoid? With so many options, what is the best baby mattress to buy?!?

To help simplify the process, we’ve done the research for you. As you’re considering what the best baby mattress is for your baby, ask these three questions:

  1. Is it safe?
  2. Will it last beyond the crib and into toddlerhood?
  3. Will it help me sleep by making them sleep?

Here are our picks for best baby mattress for your baby’s crib, each designed to make sure your little one sleeps well (and you do, too!).

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12 Insanely Clever Ways for Moms to Keep the Car Clean and Organized

If you have kids, then you have already realized that your once beautiful car is more like a minefield.

Kids and clean cars simply do not mix.

Even the most organized, cleanest moms will inevitably have to battle the car chaos. That’s why I searched high and low for kid-friendly car organization ideas.

Think I’m exaggerating? Unless you have a strict no food in the car policy, then you will find crushed goldfish crackers and smashed fruit snacks on the floorboards and in between all the crevices.

For those of you saying, “My kids just won’t eat in the car,” I’ll let you try that rule on a road trip with a toddler. Have fun!

For the rest of us, it comes down to being clever. We want to take back our cars, but we also understand that until the kids are driving themselves, they will be in our car making a mess of it.

Let’s check out these car organization ideas.

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Best Baby Climbing Toys 2018: Which Ones Will Help My Baby Develop?

As a parent, especially a first time parent, tracking your baby’s developmental milestones can be stressful and frustrating when your baby appears to be behind.

We went through a bit of this with our daughter.

At 9 months, our daycare performed the ASQ-3 test to test motor skill, communication, and other milestones. Sure enough, she was behind in most areas.

As suggested, we brought the test results to our pediatrician to get a professional’s perspective, and they suggested a physical therapy evaluation.

The most concerning area was that she wasn’t yet starting to crawl or pull herself up. However, at the physical therapist’s evaluation, we were told that we shouldn’t really be concerned yet; we simply had to keep working at it.

Lots of tummy time.

But we also wanted to work on climbing/pulling, so we evaluated what some of the best baby climbing toys are for this year. In this post, we’ll go through the ones we considered and tell you all about them.

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Best Crib Mobile in 2018 (How to Keep Your Baby Entertained)

Is a baby crib mobile really a necessity for your baby's nursery? We think is it... and we've reviewed several and put together a post of what we think are the best crib mobile options for your baby nursery. Check it out...

Crib mobiles are an adorable nursery accessory, but are they necessary? In this moms’ opinion, the answer is a resounding, YES!

But with so many to choose from, how do you know which is the best crib mobile for your baby?!?

I love my crib mobile for my littles. My son had an adorable woodland themed mobile and he used to love sitting under it in his crib. He graduated to a crib soother when he was old enough to crab the mobile and pull on it. Now my little girl uses one and does the same!

I love that crib mobiles can be used to entertain and soothe. In my experience, it made acclimating baby to the big crib, from the bassinet, much easier.

I use a crib mobile to entertain my little ones while I organize their clothes, fold laundry, or take a shower. It’s great for creating a calming atmosphere – perfect for sleeping.

Keep reading for our recommendations for the best crib mobile for your baby!

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12 Modern Woodland Themed Nursery Ideas for a Baby

Outdoor and woodland themed nurseries have become very popular in recent years.

I’m guilty of jumping on this band wagon! I LOVE how versatile the outdoor themes are. The best part of doing a woodland themed nursery is that it grows with your child. No need to repaint or redo all the decorations in 2 years – you can keep the theme going well into childhood.

On that note, we did some digging and found 12 modern woodland themed nursery ideas for your baby.  They’re all pretty cool and unique…enjoy!

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Best Nursing Chair/Glider to Perfect Your Baby’s Nursery

Finding the best nursing chair or best nursery glider for your baby's nursery can be a difficult task. We've narrowed down the choices and highlighted our top four - perfect for any budget.

As a seasoned mom, I am about to share with you the single, most important nursery purchase you should consider.

The nursery chair.

When you shop, shop carefully, because this purchase is for you, Mom (and Dad, too!). You want the best nursing chair you can get!

I have spent many, many MANY hours in my nursery chair, so I know what I am talking about. From sleepless newborn nights to story time with my toddler, my nursery chair has many miles. For me, when shopping for a nursing chair, I want something that is supportive, reclines, and glides smoothly and quietly. The chair is more for us as parents than the baby, but it has to be great for both!

Another concern I had while shopping is the height of the chair.

Now, this seems like a silly thing to worry about, however, after many sleepless hours, all you want to do is lay your head back and rest your eyes a little. It’s no issue for me in most chairs, being that I’m only 5’4”. However, my husband is 6’4” and it’s not always so easy for him. We needed a chair with a high back, plenty of toosh room, and budget friendly.

Let my hours of searching for the best nursing glider save you some time and take a look at our list. If you want to score the best nursing chair for your nursery, back, and budget, keep on reading!

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How to Teach Baby to Crawl: 6 Activities You Should Try

Are you worried your baby isn't learning to crawl quickly enough? Here are 6 activities you should try to teach baby to crawl!

Are your arms tired? Been there. During the first few months of your baby’s life, it seems like all you do is feed your baby, change your baby, and carry your baby. Each month, your baby seems to be moving on to bigger and better milestones, which may leave you feeling a little anxious about the next big one that will give your arms a break – crawling. These six activities will help you teach baby to crawl when she is ready!

It is super exciting when your baby begins crawling. The move from rolling from place to place to crawling means your baby is better able to get from Point A to Point B with clear intentions. In the midst of all the fun and excitement, it also means it is time to start baby proofing and preparing to chase rather than carry your little one everyone. What joy!

But, all the baby proofing and chasing you will do is going to be worth it. Crawling will give your baby more confidence and independence. Plus, crawling is important for developing gross motor skills.

For those of you who are worried that your baby is taking to long to crawl, you’ve come to the right place. I’m here to fill you in on all you need to know about how to teach baby to crawl, as well as why crawling is an important milestone.

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