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How Toddler Beds Might Be a Wasted Buy For You and Your Family

Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead.
If you’re searching for a new bed to buy for your toddler, then you may be thinking about getting a toddler-sized bed. It makes sense to get a bed that size for your little one, right? They’re small and they don’t need that much space sleep on.  It gradually helps them to adjust to a “big kid” bed. But here’s the thing. If you buy a toddler-size bed. it may be a waste of money in the long run.

Our sleep situation got complicated when my daughter turned two. She rarely slept in her crib because she slept much better in bed with me when she was an infant. But as my daughter got a little older, it was getting harder to sleep with her. She did this thing where she wanted to cuddle right up next to me at night. But she would also get mad if she couldn’t stretch her feet out because I’d be in the way. It was almost impossible to sleep with her at night. In fact, my husband and I always joke about how she is a bully in bed. She would kick and punch me of that sort if something was not contented to her sleep needs.

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It was getting to the point where I was waking up every few hours at night. It felt like I had a newborn again and that was not fun! So I did something about it.
I’m not writing this to deter you from buying a toddler bed. It might be the right size for you and your family because maybe your toddler needs to adjust to a slightly bigger bed. Because maybe they already sleep in their own crib. But my daughter was used to sleeping in our queen-sized bed. So that is where I decided to get a bigger bed for my toddler and here is why.
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She was already used to sleeping in a queen-sized bed.

My daughter slept in our bed every night. I had this feeling that she would hate a toddler-sized bed because she never slept well in her crib. She moves around a lot in her sleep. And when she became more mobile as an infant, she would always wake herself up by hitting herself on the wooden slats of the crib. It became a hassle every night trying to get her to sleep in her own crib when I knew that she slept much better with me.

I had many issues with anxiety.

At that time, I was only worried about the sake of my own sanity. I don’t function well with little sleep so I picked and chose my own battles. Any time my daughter slept in her crib, I always worried about her constantly. So co-sleeping with my little one helped me to sleep better at night knowing that she was safe with me.

Your toddler will have a smaller chance of falling out of bed.

The main reason I bought a bigger bed for my toddler was because I knew that she would have more room to move around in. We had bought a full-size mattress from the link below and it’s surprisingly comfy for the price we got it for. So far, she has not fallen out of bed once. But if you worry about your toddler falling off the bed, then you might consider buying one of these pull-out bed rails to keep them from falling out of bed.
Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full 

She will be able to grow into her bed.

This is another factor of why we bought a full-sized bed. I felt that if I were to buy a toddler-sized bed then she would just grow out of it within the next year or two and we would’ve had to spend more money on a new bed. So, financially, it made sense to skip the small bed.Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead.

You can easily switch between your bed and theirs if you don’t want your kid to sleep in your bed.

So, the other reason we were buying a bigger bed is so that I could sleep in it too. I still don’t mind co-sleeping with my daughter, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough room to sleep there too. My husband gets up for work very early in the morning. And we both knew that it was best for her to sleep in her own room so that he wouldn’t wake her in the mornings. She’s a light sleeper. I have to say that it’s nice not having to worry about her sleeping in our bed. She doesn’t mind having her own room and I think she likes it better this way.

So where can you buy a bigger bed without breaking the piggy bank?

If you’re on a budget, you can buy a full-sized mattress as Walmart for under $200. We bought the 8 inch spring mattress with gel-memory foam. (Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full) I took my chances with buying a mattress online by checking out the reviews and they were surprisingly positive. After placing the order online, the shipping was free and delivery is only two days. I was pretty happy about that. The bed comes rolled up into a package.

The package was really heavy.

So the downside to this is that the package is very heavy. But it wasn’t so heavy that we needed help. My husband was able to get the package upstairs by himself. The upside to it is that it is very easy to unpack. Cut the plastic open and it immediately blows up into it’s full size. They recommend to wait 48 hours for it to fully conform. But I took it out of the package around noon and my daughter slept in her bed that night.
The other downside to the mattress is there is a smell to it once its open. You can either let it air out in a couple of days or you can buy a waterproof mattress cover below. I recommend that you buy one anyways in case they wet the bed.
DMI Zippered Plastic Mattress Cover Protector, Waterproof, Full Size, White

So, how does your toddler adjust to a new bed?

Overall, my daughter loves her new bed. The first night she slept in it, I got her adjusted by showing her her new bed. You can lay on it, talk to each other, read books, and tell her that this is her new bed and that she will be sleeping here from now on. You can always make it a huge thing for them because toddlers can easily get excited about these kinds of things if you just make it fun for them. This is a big deal for your toddler and I’m sure that it is for you too. It also helps too if you decorate their room and make them realize that this is their space. So make it inviting by using kid-friendly décor. Check out this post I wrote for toddler room decor inspiration.

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Lessons I’ve Learned From My Toddler’s Temper Tantrums

I'm sharing the lessons that I have learned from my toddler's temper tantrums and hopefully this will give you some insight to your toddler's tantrums too.

“May your coffee be stronger than your daughter’s attitude”

I’ve had about 2 or 3 cups of coffee this morning and there is not enough coffee in this world that could be stronger than my toddler’s temper tantrums. I am going to give you the honest truth here and spill the beans. I almost had a breakdown moment with my daughter the other day. The kind of breakdown moment where I felt like giving up and hiding in the bathroom.

It starts with my toddler’s temper tantrums. She’s almost two, and I finally understand the true meaning of the terrible two’s.

Now, I’ve seen some parents writing about how you shouldn’t call it the terrible two’s. “Because our kids are not terrible human beings and blah blah blah…” Well, of course, they aren’t terrible. We, as parents, know for a fact that our kids are not terrible. We love them to death and we would do anything for them, literally. But it’s understandably called the terrible two’s because of those terrifying moments that you have to face when it comes down to disciplining our kids.

The first time I actually felt like a terrible mom…

The other day, we stopped over my in-laws to spend some time with them and the kids. It was a beautiful Sunday. It was hot outside, but nonetheless, it was beautiful because we were spending time together as a family. We talked, laughed, and had the kids in the baby pool just to cool off a bit. My daughter was having such a great time. But I knew she was getting tired. Because she had skipped her nap a couple days in a row due to other family activities.

Mind you, she also went to bed very late the night before. But we’ve already established an early bedtime routine that you can read here.

I'm sharing the lessons that I have learned from my toddler's temper tantrums and hopefully this will give you some insight to your toddler's tantrums too.

I'm sharing the lessons that I have learned from my toddler's temper tantrums and hopefully this will give you some insight to your toddler's tantrums too.

Well, we got some takeout and all of us were having a pizza picnic on the front porch. The baby gate was up and everything was going great. Until I saw my daughter trying to climb over the brick wall to do her own thing.

This turned out to be a disaster because of course, she flipped out while I tried to stop her. As she was refusing to get down, she started whipping her head back and forth. It was becoming too difficult to control her. And she was determined to do what any normal toddler would want to do. So, I sat her down in a chair while she was still having some serious meltdown. It was so serious that when she whipped her head back, she slammed it against the brick wall.

My husband is a worrywart and he was ready to take her to the hospital. But thankfully she was okay. She just had one huge lump on the back of her head.

But right at that moment, I felt like a terrible mom. I didn’t know what to do or how to handle that situation in front of everyone. It was like my mind went truly blank. How do you even handle those types of situations when you’re not at home?

After that chaotic moment passed, I started to notice that my daughter was having all kinds of meltdowns every time I would try to tell her no. I kept brushing it off, thinking that she was just tired or her teeth were coming in. So, that’s why she was acting the way she was. I started making excuses for my toddler’s temper tantrums.

The lessons learned from my toddler’s temper tantrums

Finally, the one day I had had enough. I felt like giving up and hiding in the bathroom. But I couldn’t because, in reality, I was just not facing the hard facts. I needed to face this ugly side of parenting and discipline my daughter. This was the first time I really put her in a timeout and it actually worked. After she was done screaming, I went in to comfort her and I had to tell her that she needed to listen to me when I told her no. That moment there, I felt like a real mom.

I'm sharing the lessons that I have learned from my toddler's temper tantrums and hopefully this will give you some insight to your toddler's tantrums too.

About two years ago when my daughter was a newborn, I couldn’t have imagined disciplining my daughter today. You feel like the only thing you need to do in this world is to comfort them. But now that my daughter is getting older, I’ve realized that sometimes you just have to put your foot down. Otherwise, they are never going to learn those hard lessons.

It wasn’t easy for me to put her in time-out that day. But I was running out of ideas on how to deal with my toddler’s temper tantrums. And she was really pushing me to the limit. You only have so much patience until that timing runs out.

When it comes down to it, there will be some challenges that you have to face when it comes to parenting. It’s not always going to be hugs and kisses. No one wants to deal with that ugly side of parenting. But I’ve realized that I need to embrace my position as a parent.

So even when you feel like giving up, try to take on that moment. See where it takes you so you can get back to those precious moments with your child.

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I'm sharing the lessons that I have learned from my toddler's temper tantrums and hopefully this will give you some insight to your toddler's tantrums too.



18 Summer Bucket List Ideas for 2018

Do you need some inspirational ideas for you summer bucket list this year? Click through to see my top 18 summer bucket list ideas for 2018.

Do you need some inspirational ideas for you summer bucket list this year? Click through to see my top 18 summer bucket list ideas for 2018.

My 2018 summer bucket list is filled with many ideas this year. I have an almost 2-year-old and sometimes its difficult to go anywhere with her. But I am not going to let that stop me from having a fulfilling summer this year. I want to be able to take my daughter places that I know she would love to see. Now that she is a little older, it would be great to get out more often and explore. It’s really fun to see how she reacts to first-time things. I feel I get to know her on a deeper level. And as a mom, I get so excited when there is a learning/teaching moment for the both of us. I want my daughter to see and appreciate things the way that I do.

 As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, we tend to go hiking whenever we can. Just this summer, we went hiking in the Allegheny National Forest. The scenery is as beautiful each year as always. And the sound of nature is as calming as it always is too.

Do you need some inspirational ideas for you summer bucket list this year? Click through to see my top 18 summer bucket list ideas for 2018.

There is so much to see and there are tons of trails to get lost on. But aside from hiking, there are still a ton of things that I would love to do before the summer is over. The end of summer will be here before you know it, so I will be sharing my 2018 summer bucket list with you. This list is filled with ideas that are for me and my family. But I also included ideas that I wanted to do myself.

2018 Summer Bucket List:

Places to go:
Camping
Kayaking
Petting zoo/Animal farm
Pittsburgh Zoo
Flea market events
Pool
Have a weekend getaway
Get a pedicure
Go to a fair or festival

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Things to do:
Create a new favorite summer drink
Summer reading
Get a new summer look (i.e. haircut and color)
Paint furniture and DIY new projects
Jogging/Walking a few times a week
Catch up with old friends
Host a summer party with friends and family
Have a campfire and make smores
Have a cookout/dinner party

What is on your 2018 summer bucket list? I hope I get to accomplish all of these this year. But next summer, I want to travel a little more and discover new places to see. We are hoping to travel to Colorado or Nashville for our next destination. It would be nice for us to make it a tradition to travel somewhere new each year.



5 Reasons You Need Self-Love In Your Life + FREE E-book

 

As a new mom, self-love is important for your own well-being and overall health. Learn more on why you need self-love. Plus, download your FREE E-book today when you join Pretty Crafty and Wanderful.
As a new mom, self-love is important for your own well-being and overall health. Learn more on why you need self-love. Plus, download your FREE E-book today when you join Pretty Crafty and Wanderful.

Self Love is such an important habit to gain when you're a mom. Check out the 5 reasons you need this in your life. Plus, grab a FREE E-book when you join Pretty Crafty and Wanderful | Self Love | Self Care | Motherhood Inspiration | Happiness | Motivation | Personal Growth | Intentional Living | Lifestyle Choices | Positive | Free Ebook #selflove #motivation #motherhood #selfcare #intention

As a Mom, it’s easy to forget about ourselves when we are so focused on others. Especially when it comes to our babies. But once in a while, we need to treat ourselves with self-love because we need it! Make sure to grab your FREE e-book: A Mother’s Guide to Self Love.

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Here are 5 reasons you need self-love in your life.

1. Having self-love brings more positivity in your life.

Having self-love manifests a positive lifestyle by taking care of yourself first. Although I love being home with my daughter, I noticed how unhappy I was being by myself most of the time. So, forcing myself to get out more was exactly what I needed.

Here’s what you can try to manifest self-love and positivity in your life.

One new thing I fell in love with was jogging every other day. My main reason for doing this was not to get in shape or to lose weight but to really clear my mind. I use this to my advantage for self-love and therapy. So, one thing you can try is going out for a quick run. And listen to some of your favorite music for motivation. Seriously! It can really get you going.

In my experience, running made me feel free and happy. Jogging a few times a week will most likely boost your self-confidence. And if you find something that makes you happy, this is how you’ll be able to manifest self-love in your life.


2. If you feel like you can’t get any love elsewhere, then why not give it to yourself.

Sometimes it is hard to explain to others about what or how you are feeling because they might not get it. Talking it out can be helpful in many ways. But sometimes you might have these negative feelings that are hard to subside. Then it becomes difficult to receive enough support to keep those feelings away, such as self-doubt or stress. 

But you should never be afraid to ask for help. I am only saying that when you think you aren’t satisfied with the way that you are feeling, then it is time to bring out acts of self-love because you deserve it. These acts of self-love are things that are most important and it starts with the most basic. I started eating healthier, hydrating, and picking up new hobbies. Even though these are tiny acts of self-love, the foundation of self-love starts with self-care and motivation.

3. The act of self-love contributes to your mental health.

I can tell you that I have come a long way since the day I became a mother. The first year was the absolute hardest for me. Especially when it came to figuring out who I was.

But, this is a new life change for you and it’s a huge deal.

That first year I had my daughter, I didn’t care about anything else but her. That is totally normal when you are a new mom. But I realized I wasn’t taking care of myself in the way that I needed it.

And maybe for you, it’s time to make something happen for yourself.

One thing I changed that contributed to my mental health was to cut out t.v. time and read more books. I used to love reading books, so I went back to that. Contributing to your mental health will help you to become your best self.

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4. Self-love will only spread love to others.

Don’t forget that the more you take care of yourself, mentally and physically, the happier that you will be. And the happier that you are, the more love you will have for yourself and others.

I noticed how much I did not want to be around others for the longest time. This was a symptom of post-partum depression that I dealt with. I knew that lashing out or feeling angry was not the person that I was. But I got the help that I needed to help me focus on being the best version of myself.

If you love the person that you are, then you will gain more love for others. If you have experience with symptoms of PPD, don’t ever be afraid to talk to someone about it.

5. Self-love will help you gain more confidence in yourself.

Those tiny acts of self-love and kindness made me more confident as a mother and a person. You don’t care anymore about who is judging you whether it is parenting or who you are as a person. Although I am introverted, I became more outgoing, had less anxiety, and loved who I was becoming in the end.

Self-love can be challenging especially if you feel like it’s impossible to accomplish. Because when you’re a new mom, you can only focus on the two people that matter most to you. And that is your husband and your baby.

Self-love does not happen in a day. It takes time. But you will eventually see yourself grow into the more confident person that you’ve always wanted to become.

That is why I have written an e-book just for you. A Mother’s Guide to Self Love teaches you how to overcome the self-doubt and stresses that come with motherhood. This e-book also has a free challenge that will keep you motivated. You can sign up here to receive your FREE e-book today and you will never have to miss out on FREE content when you join Pretty Crafty and Wanderful. Plus, you will also receive an ALL ACCESS PASS to my library of free printables, ebooks, and exclusive Motherhood and DIY content.

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Why You Need a Day to Yourself When You are a Stay at Home Mom

 

Let’s just get one thing established here. Being a mom is not easy and sometimes you just need to have a day to yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you are a stay at home mom or work full-time. No matter what you do, you try to be your best during the worst times.

Being a stay at home mom can be challenging some days. You need to have a day to yourself without feeling guilty about it. Click through to learn more.

As a mom, you want what is best for your child and many times we are in doubt because we ask ourselves the same questions. Are we giving our best shot? Are we doing what’s best for our kids?

It’s okay to worry about these things. But sometimes when life can just become too much to handle that is when you know you need a day to yourself. When I found out my grandmother passed away, I wondered how I was going to handle this tragedy while taking care of my daughter. It’s not easy to keep a positive image and I hate to break down or become vulnerable in front of my child.

Even though she is a toddler and has no idea what’s wrong, I always feel the need to stay strong.

Being a stay at home mom can be challenging some days. You need to have a day to yourself without feeling guilty about it. Click through to learn more.

Being a stay at home mom can be challenging some days. You need to have a day to yourself without feeling guilty about it. Click through to learn more.

Being a stay at home mom can be challenging some days. You need to have a day to yourself without feeling guilty about it. Click through to learn more.

That’s why you have to keep yourself busy and have hobbies or a side hustle.

You need to have a day to yourself because it’s not only important for your mental health, but it’s nice to be able to have a break. We spend so much time worrying about others when we really need to take care of ourselves first.

Inspirational ideas on having a day to yourself

1. Retail Therapy

Sometimes when you need a day to yourself, you just need a little retail therapy. It feels good to get some new clothes and switch up your look once in a while. It keeps things interesting when your sick of wearing the same old leggings or sweatpants.

2. Grab a drink with a friend

Let’s face it. As a mom, we never have time to go out with friends anymore. But it’s good to catch up with a friend, hang out, relax, and have a few drinks.

3. Get a new do

I’m the type of girl to let my hair grow and then get something new done to my hair every once in a while. But I love doing something different each time.

Being a stay at home mom can be challenging some days. You need to have a day to yourself without feeling guilty about it. Click through to learn more.

4. Go to a yoga class

I haven’t done this in a while, but it’s definitely on my list of things to do when I have a day to myself. I would love to get up on a Saturday morning and get my day started right with an early morning yoga class. Bonus points if it’s hot yoga.

5. Start a new hobby

I am always interested in learning something new each day. You don’t always have to do something that you are already good at. So think about picking up a new hobby that you think you might be interested in. Last year, I learned a bit or two about outdoor photography. Now I am interested in learning how to draw on my iPad and creating graphics.

So have a day to yourself without having to feel guilty about spending time away from your family. It’s good for the soul, your mind, and your body. And you will feel good about yourself later on. Maybe you will even find a new outlook and start to see yourself differently too.

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