Christmas came so fast this year and now we are about to welcome in 2019! WOW! This year was huge milestones for our girls and we are so proud of them and how far they have come. With developmental and occupational therapies done weekly we have seen them both learn so much!
We hope that you + your family enjoyed the Holidays + we send blessings to you all for this New Year!
This Christmas we were excited to test out Nûby's Fruitsicle Popsicle Molds! Texas is never a winter wonderland, so we decided to make some cool treats for the girls to enjoy! The mold is brightly colored and hols up to 4 1fl oz. of any yummy mixture to freeze. The mold includes 4 easy and re-useable popsicle stick handles! They are perfect for little hands, and help reduce dripping. I love that they are so easy to clean and the perfect snack for my girls! We did a fresh strawberry cream popsicle and Emma loved it!
BPA FREE + Freezer, Dishwasher + Microwave Safe
Speaking of snacks, Emma has started to really enjoy peanut butter. At HEB I found some really yummy snacks that are peanut butter stuffed pretzels! She loves to enjoy that or we will get some whole wheat Ritz Crackers and sandwich some yummy peanut butter in between. Selena loves to eat the Ritz and peanut butter crackers as well! So to help keep snack time yummy + fun we got a new snack holder for Emma to use!
We love to try new toys from Nûby but we love most how they help developmental skills for our girls! The Build A Buddy toy is for 6 Months + and is an interactive toy. It has bright stimulating colors that are pieced to build a lion buddy. There are fun crinkles and squeaks to play with and different textures to feel. The idea of the build a buddy toy helps promote hand-eye coordination. Emma loved taking it apart and would laugh at the funny squeaks! Great toy for any child.
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Tub time surprise! This Tub Time Turtle is a lot of fun for kids in the bath! Emma loved to play with it and even poured the water in the turtles shell herself. She loved the brightly colored turtle and loved the waterfall fun! The turtle would float when she wasn't playing with it, so it was always close in reach. The tub time turtle is for 18 months + but our Selena also has had a lot of fun with this toy in the bath too! Definitely a must have in the bath.
As our kids grow up, so do their needs! Selena has been getting more teeth, and also has been getting occupational therapy to help her development. Nûby has always provided great options for these growing babies to enjoy and also help their development! Check out these new toys and why we love them!
#1: Squeezy Teethe
This toy comes in a variety of playful characters! We chose the blue peacock and it is such a cute toy! The teether is intended for kiddos who are 3+ months. It is soft and made out of natural rubber. It has a textured body to help soothe those little gums and even makes a funny squeak when she squeezes it! I love that I can wipe it clean, and easily take on the go for her.
#2: Stacking Cups
Occupational therapy has opened our eyes to how important choosing our toys are. I try to find toys that will teach and help their development thrive! I love the stacking cups because they are full of color and have great uses of play! Firstly she can use these in during bath time or during regular playtime! The bottoms of the cups have different shaped cutouts that release water from the bottom. When not being used in the bath she is able to utilize her hands to "tale-out" and utilize her thumb and pointer finger at the same time. This is a technique that she is slowly learning to do more, and so it is pivotal to help her through play!
#3: Gumball Teether
This may be pretty obvious of why we love this toy...but Selena is in NEED of toys to help soothe and relax those gums! This little ball is really cool and reminded me of an old toy we had growing up! The brightly colored spikes are textured differently to help give different sensations to her sore gums. It's intended for kiddos who are also 3+ months, and is made of soft silicone. It's small for on the go, and super easy to clean!
All BPA Free
Transitioning the girls early on is a key component of their development. Nûby provides amazing products time after time. I love using their products in these key milestones of growth and development. We have started a new style of cup for Selena to drink from and Emma has found another great cup for her fast happening toddler-life!
#1: 2 Handle 360 Wonder Cup
Selena has had no issues with different sippy cup styles, however when we introduced the 360 Wonder Cup she had no idea what to do. I stayed persistent and left her that as her only option to drink from. Trial and error lasted 30 minutes, and then finally she understood what to do. She instantly became a pro and loves drinking from her 360 Wonder Cup. The cup is perfect for everyday use, and on-the-go! They come with lids and are super easy to wash out and clean! They don't leak and hold up to 8 oz of any drink. I love the durability of the cup and ease of her holding and drinking from it. This is a great cup to introduce to them and help them learn new ways to drink and help train them for that next step..drinking like a BIG KID! A must have cup for sure!
#2: Thirsty Kids Flip-it Boost
Emma has become a pro at all cups now, thanks to Nûby! So I love trying to find fun colored, and cute cups to keep her on trend and make drinking time always FUN! This cup is another great cup for moms on-the-go and for toddlers who have a fast paced way of life! Emma is always running around and loves to take her cup with her. She tends to drop them, and misplace them around the apartment. As a mom I look for ease when it comes to breakdown the cups and clean, and for hygiene coverage. This cup offers a top flip cover to protect the straw from being exposed. So being able to have her easily flip it back and forth is great! It is great for her to easily carry and hold while running around! The cup can hold up to 12 oz of drinks and includes a straw with a TOUCH-FLO valve. The no spill feature and durability of the cup also helps ensure less mess while she runs and drinks on-the-go! Great cup and highly recommend!
Nûby Oral Care Set
With all of Selena's new teeth coming in, we have to make sure to give her the best oral care! Nûby has a great oral care set that is a 4 stage system. It comes with different brush heads to help soothe, and clean those new teeth and freshly ruptured gums. It helps promote good oral hygiene at a young age that is pivotal for their development. Selena has enjoyed her gums being brushed, and those little teeth. It gives me peace of mind that we are taking care of her all around, and not forgetting those new baby teeth! Emma also used this 4 stage system and is now a pro at brushing her teeth. This oral care set is great for your kiddo to grow up into and to help you give them that oral care they need.
As children our imaginations wonder into worlds only we understand. As parents we try to create those worlds into reality by showing our kids how to play, create, and even dress up! I love to see Emma play on her own and watch how she laughs and smiles. I know she is only two years old, but this is the time to truly engage her in imagination and limitless creativity.
I love to find different ways to keep Emma intrigued by playing pretend. We have pretend food, tea set, doctor tools, fun instruments and even clothes for dress up. These are all great ways to help your little one interact alone, and also with others. She has learned to serve play food and pour pretend tea in little cups. She loves to count the pizza slices as she serves and will even sing Happy Birthday while blowing out pretend candles. Making music is another fun activity we do with her and Selena! They make music and we dance, and play along with them.
Get creative and find ways to explore your kids imagination. Having fun and being a little over the top sometimes, will just enhance their experience in playtime. I love to act silly and truly engage with Emma. I know she has more fun when she sees I am fully involved with her and our fun activity! Have fun and happy playing!
Check out some links for some play necessities!
Hangers are pivitol in showcasing dress up options! These are from Nûby and are perfectly sized for childrens garments! With Halloween coming up, be sure to check out every store for discounted costumes and accessories to keep on for all year round play! Target has really cute stuff in their dollar section. I have found unicorn ears, bracelets, masks, and much more!
This Tuggy Teething Ball by Nuby is a perfect toy to help soothe and entertain her. It's for kiddos 3+ months and older, and is 100% silicone. It is super easy for her to grasp and hold. It has textured surfaces that help soothe their gentle gums. It has been a great addition to her collection of toys and she finds comfort in it every time.
Now that Emma is a little person and loves to eat food, it makes my day of cooking exciting and exhausting all at the same time. She luckily isn't too picky and eats a lot of what I cook for the family. I love to try new ingredients to cook, and create yummy dishes from scratch. So we need essential pieces for our girls to help with ease, and clean up. These are 4 MUST HAVE Items to try out and introduce in your eating routine!
Perfect for Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Fun Drinking Cups
Sure Grip Miracle Mat
3D Silicone Bib
Click-it Grip N'Sip Cup
Lunch time has become huge milestone tracker for us recently. We are introducing new products to both girls and are far from perfect use; but it's all about staying consistent and watching them learn! I decided to throw out Emma's sporks and introduce some actual stainless steel utensils from Nûby. They have various colors with an animal or insect on it to choose from. So being devoted Queen B lovers, we chose to go with the cute bumble bees! (#Beyhive) They are so cute and come in a three piece set which includes: fork, knife and spoon.
They are for 12+ months, and have an easy grip handle for these cute little hands to hold! They are BPA free, and wash so easy! Emma is still figuring out the best way to hold and deciding if she wants to be left or right handed while eating.
When you think of the future, you think of how your kids will fit and who they will be. I know for Emma and Selena I try to be as active and silly as I can be. I want to enable these little girls to feel confident in being who they are. By showing them these fun characteristics it will make them feel free and build them to be outgoing and daring.
Mark and I have found Emma's passions, and we incorporate it daily to give her that freedom to express herself. We must interact with our children to learn who they are and who they will want to be in the future.
Future People is a brand that was designed to bring parents to interact with their kids! By using fun tees and onesies this brand gives OPPORTUNITY. The opportunity is for us to teach and interact with our little ones! The designs on the shirts compose of different ways to quiz our kids. With different shapes, animal sounds, colors, and MORE.
We have found a new way to show Emma how to tap into her creativity and still have fun! Nûby has a set of Bath Crayons that are for 3 years and up. Yes, Emma is not even two yet..BUT she loves to color and I am always with her to monitor her crayon usage. So please be sure that your little one is monitored if they aren't familiar with how to use crayons.
The set comes with 5 vibrant colors that are easy to hold and use. The crayons are BPA free, and easily draw on any flat tile surface. The best part is...IT WIPES OFF CLEAN! The crayons also allow the kids to easily push up more crayon when needed. ( I had to help Emma because she is still too young) It was a simple slide and the crayon is ready to be used! I was drawing alongside her and thought it would be fun to use her foam bath animals to also be in the pictures we were drawing. Emma loved it and enjoyed the freedom of coloring where she wanted in the bath. A fun way to keep your kids creative and enjoy some freedom with their art!
Having a toddler is a lot of work and you have to always try your hardest to teach them new things. The best way to teach is through play and hands on. I have been trying to find toys that can effectively teach Emma. She loves to play and run around, so finding toys that can keep her full attention are a MUST.
Count & Match Egg Set
KidzLane was amazing enough to send Emma a toy that helps teach her many different things! For starters it features a well designed carton that is a durable plastic case. They have 12 eggs that are brightly colored on the inside but also have a number of small prongs that connect when you close the egg.
Emma is a fan of books, and loves to build and connect toys together. So these eggs are perfect for her! They keep her attention and she may not understand exactly why they all don't fit together but she is noticing that they won't. THAT'S A GREAT START! She tries to fit them and will look at them when they don't connect properly, and that's the opportunity for me as her mom to show her why. I love that, because this is allowing me to teach her colors and how to match them. The number of prongs can come in at a later time when we start to count! A whole new thing to teach her and all with the same egg set! I truly love the eggs, and the quality is exceptional! I truly recommend checking them out! Thank you so much Kidzlane for allowing us to try out your toys, she loves it!
Emma and Selena have both started to share toys and use them for different purposes. Emma has so many new teeth coming in and needs constant comfort and play distraction. On the other hand Selena is learning about textures and finding toys to her mouth. So we need versatility in our toys and they must be for TEETHING.
Ice Ice Baby
The best thing to help relieve sore gums is something nice and cold. Nûby has some cute teethers called IcyBite Fruit Teethers, and they come in pairs of two! They are two brightly colored fruit shaped teethers with multiple teething surfaces. They are perfect size for little ones to hold and have soft re-moveable covers to cap over the fruit teether when it's cold. That helps keep their tiny hands from getting too cold. Its great because the PûrICE gel stays cooler longer than water filled teethers, and is BPA free.
Endorsed by Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist Dr. Grace Yum
**ICYBITE Fruit Teethers can be found at your local TJ Maxx**
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