Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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10 More Toddler Gift Ideas!

The items listed in this post were received for review except for the I See Me book, the Little People Princess Castle and the Klip Klop Stable. This post contains affiliate links. I’m telling you,


Baby and Toddler Gifts under $25

Please note there are Amazon affiliate links in this post. Thank you for your support! Toys are getting more expensive so I like to look for lower price points. I admittedly have a shopping problem


20+ Gift Ideas for Toddlers!

Still looking for some holiday gift ideas for toddlers or maybe what to shop for during after Christmas sales? Or even for upcoming birthdays? Rissa and I present you with 10 hot holiday gift


Learning Letters Got More Fun With #CypherKidsClub #CBias

There are two things my daughter seems to really love: learning and my phone.  I never push learning on her, we just integrate it into our play and everyday life.  Rissa is pretty good


Redecorating the Nursery With Winnie the Pooh

Once I knew we were adding a boy to our family, I pondered about redecorating the nursery. Both kids will be sharing its space at least for a little while. It didn’t feel right


ALEX Jr Sort and Count Wooden Toy Set

  Sometimes I think we go overboard on toys at our house.  Actually, I know this is the case.  We have quite a mixture from educational to cheap crappy toys; wooden and plastic… Rissa enjoys


Encouraging My Daughter to Play Music With the iTikes Piano

I’m all about encouraging my daughter to enjoy music.  Not only do I want her to listen to it and appreciate it, I’d love for her to play an instrument.  By exposing her to


Preparing for a Sibling With a Realistic Looking Baby Doll

Over the course of my pregnancy we’ve tried to keep our toddler informed of what is going on.  No matter what, I know there will still be an adjustment period for all of us.


Develop Motor Skills With the Little Tikes Basketball Hoop

Earlier this summer we went to a friend’s backyard BBQ and their son had a Little Tikes basketball hoop.  We were a little surprised at how much Rissa wanted to play with it.  Not


A Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree

When I was little, I loved helping to decorate the Christmas tree.  We’d put it up anytime after Thanksgiving and before Christmas Eve, making a night of it.  We typically put up an artificial


It’s More Fun to Grocery Shop When It’s Pretend Play

When I was little I used to love following my mom around the grocery store with those little kid-sized shopping carts.  I also remember playing “shopping” and “house” with my own cart and fake


Who Will Laugh More: Elmo or Your Toddler? #LOLElmo

Actually I think I laugh more than both of them. It might be terrible of me, but I have to stifle a giggle when my toddler says she’s scared of Elmo. Don’t worry, I’m


A Toy Smartphone for Tech Savvy Toddlers

Sometimes I hate to admit it, but smartphones have changed how I conduct my daily life. This in turn has affected my toddler. It’s a mixed bag of pros and cons, but it is


Musical Ball & Stack Elephant Giveaway! (US/CAN) Ends 11/26

This toy is already a hit in our house with my toddler.  I can’t wait to see what our baby thinks of it when he’s around six months old!  If you are looking for


Tiny Love Super Mat and Musical Stack & Ball Game Elephant are Fun for Babies and Toddlers

Tiny Love is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for baby gear and toys. Everything we’ve received from them has been great quality and useful beyond one developmental stage. With Rissa I got


IKEA Soft Toys for Education Make Great Gifts for Kids

This may shock you, but I’ve never shopped at an IKEA before.  There isn’t one very close by unless we want to drive a few hours.  I’ve heard people rave about their furniture so


Musical Fun With the Baby Genuis Rap & Tap One Man Band

Rissa’s favorite part of storytime at the library is the music toys.  She gets so excited to bang blocks together or shake maracas.  She also loves to sing!  In fact, she’s been asking to


Encouraging Young Girls With Moxie Girlz Sportz Dolls

I really love the message of the Moxie Girlz because they emphasize being true to yourself and the ability to achieve your dreams.  There are enough fashion dolls that focus on just that –


Cuddletunes – A Musical Bear for Baby

It didn’t take long for me to figure out that music helped calm and soothe Rissa as a baby. It still does, just in different ways. She definitely seemed to like hearing me hum


Remembering Tumbling Class and Fun with the Dora Gymnastics Doll!

Rissa was enrolled in a tumbling class throughout the summer, which she really enjoyed.  At first she just wanted to run around and watch everyone, but I watched her grow over the 10 week