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As a child, did you pretend to live in a castle by arranging old blankets over the couch and chairs? There was something so fun about sitting underneath mom's old sheets. Now think how much more awesome it would be to actually have a bed that looks like a mini house! Enter the toddler house bed, also known as a Montessori floor bed.
These beds are exactly what they sound like: Picture a house-shaped frame above the mattress, complete with windows, a door and a kitchen (OK, just kidding about the kitchen). But now picture your little angel's precious head resting underneath one of these magical creations.
While this may seem like a cool, new way to sleep, the floor bed concept actually dates back to the early 20th century teaching philosophy called the Montessori Method, which focuses on placing everything a child needs to learn and explore at the child's level. So, by placing their bed on the floor, you give children independence and a chance to learn on their own terms.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite toddler house beds that are ready to take up residence in dreamland.
Sometimes it's best to think outside of the box. Unfortunately, cleanup time is not one of them. As all parents know, kiddos believe the perfect spot for storing their toys is on the floor. While this might be convenient for all of those dolls and dinosaurs to swiftly spring into action when it's time to play, the massive mess probably isn't a good look for mom. Luckily, for everyone's sake, there are super cool storage solutions that are not only functional, they're also fun and perfect for bedrooms and playrooms. Parents can even turn tidying up into a teachable moment. "Introducing kids early on to organizing will set them up for success later in life," says Tracy McCubbin, decluttering expert and author of This Book Will Set You Free: The 7 Emotional Clutter Blocks and How to Finally Conquer Them. "Organizing their toys when they are little will teach kids how to keep their future homes neat and even manage their schedules." Time to round up the best storage solutions for keeping your kid's play space looking spick-and-span! Check out our these awesome picks to give those games and gadgets a stylish home while making mom and dad happy. Toys in the bin or bust!
Open wide! Those baby teeth are beginning to break through which means your child may start feeling cranky thanks to teething pain. Parents should be on the lookout for the first signs to help soothe and pacify little ones. "First, it is important to understand the symptoms of teething. A low-grade fever (less than 101) may be a sign," says Danelle Fisher, MD, FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics), Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. "Teething babies may have a clear runny nose or may have poop that is slightly more runny than usual and get a mild diaper rash. Also, your baby may be fussy or not eat as well. For any symptoms that are not mild or last longer than 24 hours, consult your pediatrician." To help alleviate your babe's irritating gum pain, we've rounded up the best teething toys to help ease the discomfort. Check out our top picks of chewy choices well worth biting into!
Who can help but fall in love with that, "tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff?" This month marks author A.A. Milne's birthday on January 18th with the annual celebration of National Winnie the Pooh Day. We've rounded up these super cute pieces for your little one featuring the silliest bear in styles that are sweeter than a pot of honey! This lovable, little bear cub is guaranteed to be your babe's favorite new friend!
As a first-time parent, you are trying to figure out the best products that make life with baby easier to manage. After all, your life was just turned upside down and all the things you used to rely on before, just won't cut it now with this little person in your life, in fact you will need a whole new set of "stuff" just for the baby. You'll be super sleep-deprived and have lost count of how many diapers you've changed in 24 hours. Being a new parent isn't going to be easy, so anything that will help you along your parenting journey is definitely worth checking out. Babies need a lot of stuff and finding the right stuff can make all the difference from day to day. From finding the perfect temperature for baby's bath to getting rid of nasty boogers (in a way you probably never imaged), these products are multi-purpose and life-changing!
Game of Thrones frenzy is at an all time high as fans get ready to bid farewell to the Seven Kingdoms with the final season. As we gear up for the last episode ever (OMG!) we've rounded up some great baby gifts to keep the battle raging on! While we know this is not a show for kids, we do know you get just a few years to dress your kids in whatever you want to before they start to have their own opinion. These gifts include funny onesies, character blankets and more! We've rounded up the fiercest gifts for your little Arya or Jon Snow.
It's never too early to teach your little one to be a good sport on and off the field, and these adorable athletic toys train children to understand basic game rules while encouraging exercise. No doubt, your kid will get a kick out of these fun indoor and outdoor activities. With soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, bowling and so much more, there's something for every future all-star in this round-up. Your kiddo can develop motor skills and sportsmanship while making some smooth moves. Get ready to have a ball with these fun picks!
Shhh...baby is asleep! Sound and white noise machines are a must-have for little ones and light sleepers. They're an excellent tool to help develop sleeping routines and provide soothing sounds while blocking loud noises to quietly calm your child. Backed by pediatricians and certified sleep specialists, the benefit of introducing a sound machine early on to your infant is to create a, "womb-like white noise that actually activates a calming reflex in the baby, which helps promote sleep," says Dr. Harvey Karp, founder of Happiest Baby and creator of the SNOO Smart Sleeper. "It also reduces waking from outside distractions like noises and lights and internal disturbances like gas and mild hunger."
When shopping for the best machine, parents should be on the lookout for a unit that blocks disturbing sounds, especially during naptime. "Sound machines help drown out the noise we can't control, this is especially important during the daytime when most outside noises occur (i.e. cars driving by, dogs barking etc)," observes Certified Child Sleep Consultant Susete Pinto. However, doctors and sleep professionals caution against keeping a loud sound machine near your sleeping baby. Always maintain the noise levels at 50 A-weighted decibels while never keeping the device too close to the crib. "I generally recommend a noise level similar to what a hair dryer or vacuum might produce," say Dr. Karp.
Sweet as a lullaby and the best method for blocking out boisterous household and outdoor noises, our top picks of sound machines will work to calm even the most restless little sleepers. Get ready to make some noise! Wait, on second thought, let's sound off on comforting white noises to soothe your sweet babe.
Scratch "cuddly pets" off your Christmas toy list and snag one of these hilariously ferocious monsters instead. Grumblies are the fuming counterparts to Skyrocket Toys' sweet Pomsies. Each character has its own personality and design, plus over 40 fierce sounds and reactions. Tremor, Hydro, Bolt and Scorch will be your kid's best friend — until the fiery creature reaches full-on meltdown mode, of course. A Grumblies' short-fuse is something every parent and child knows a little bit about. These hot-headed and mischievous electronic plush toys are a major toy trend for kids this Christmas, so you might not want to wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Buy one (or the whole group!) and get early savings from Amazon and Walmart now.
What parent isn't totally on board with finding the perfect train set to support their baby and big kid in building a love of locomotives, steam engines and freight cars? If your cute little conductor is driven by spending hours constructing and running rail cars while stimulating their imagination and improving cognitive skills, then we have the inside track on the best trains to entertain budding engineers of all ages. From stacking trains for toddlers to battery operated, electric and magnetic engines for more mature railroad enthusiasts (with many compatible tracks that can be expanded as your little one grows), there's something fun for every young train fan.