Can you believe the word toddler is in the title of this post? As you’ve seen in my baby girl fashion posts (these rompers were so cute, and here are some of her fav outfits), I love, love baby girl fashion. There are so many options out there, it’s hard not to get carried away even when she’s growing into new sizes in the blink of an eye. Luckily most of these dresses range from 12 – 24 months, with some other sizes mixed in – hope all you on the hunt will find one you like!
Ralph Lauren sweater dress / Aletta dress / Pippa & Julie dress / tulle bow dress / embellished tulle hem dress / pink tulle dress / polka dot jumper / TesaBabe baby girl dress / two piece sweater + dress
Who here is bringing a young toddler to a holiday gathering? First thing’s first, consider the vibe of the event. If you want some nice Santa photos or are planning for church on Christmas, you might be looking for something more formal. But if you’re not really the formal or preppy type, you’ll want her to wear something more laidback. Ariah is constantly smiling – seriously, girl loves to laugh – which is why I put her in fun tulle skirt and bows so often. I like to show off her playful attitude! But let’s be real, this isn’t your everyday attire. Actually, if you’ll just be lying low and hanging with the fam this season (something we do as much as possible), it’s a good idea to have some cute, casual dresses ready to go. That first polka dot one is perfect for layering, right?
In all seriousness, time FLIES with little ones. Be sure to cherish the memories you’re making whether or not she’s dressed in glitter and sequins.
What do your little ones wear to holiday events? Share your suggestions below!
Are you ready for part one of my recap of Aden’s birthday party? Even though his official birthday isn’t here until the 12th, he loves Halloween and dressing up so much that we knew he would have a ton of fun at a costume party. Ghostbusters made for an amazing family costume and jumping off point for our Halloween-inspired birthday bash, even though when the day came, Aden didn’t want to wear his ghost costume anymore. Kids, lol. But there was so much to do, he had a blast regardless…
We had yummy treats like candy apples and autumn pies, as well as other snacks catered by Bite Catering. My talented assistant Amy was behind the table accents… So impressive!
For spooky centerpieces, we had cauldrons filled with dry ice and water so the little ones could stand back and watch in amazement.
Sibling pic! So many of our family and friends were able to make it to the party, which is what really made the day so great.
Then it was time for Aden to open his gifts. Ariah wasn’t so sure about her hat at the beginning of the day, but she warmed up to it.
Party planning tip for those of you with little ones? Two words: Bubble. Machine.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Aden’s party, where we recap the magic show and cake cutting! So fun.
It’s no secret that Ariah loves her finger foods. Once we transitioned to them, there was no turning back. Since she’s at that oh-so-fun age of being curious about all types of foods, I’ve had to get creative…
Grilled cheese, turkey, and lettuce… Always a hit.
Cereal and rice are great, but for those of you with more adventurous little ones, here’s a big list of unique finger food ideas.
10 Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers
1. Grilled cheese with the crusts cut off, cut into small cubes
2. Sweet potatoes, cooked and cut into small chunks
3. Salmon or white fish – you can cut it or flake it, just make sure it’s not one high in mercury
4. Tender spiral pasta, cut into small pieces
5. Scrambled eggs
6. If they’re teething, cucumber strips can help
7. Bits of turkey
8. Homemade chicken nuggets, cut into pieces
9. Bits of pita with small amounts of hummus on it
10. Cooked beans (various kinds) – make sure they’re cooked until tender
Any finger foods I should add to this list?
One thing every parent goes through with their children: potty training. No surprise there – this is something all kids go through. The most important thing is to get your little ones comfortable with this transition. It’s unfamiliar terrain to them, so the biggest hurdle is putting them at ease. My secret?
As you can imagine, making it a game is a great way to make them feel more comfortable and at ease. When I was training Aden, I would tell him it’s time to play a game called Shoot the Cheerios. It’s not necessarily the type of game that matters, but that they feel relaxed and open to learning what you have to teach them.
Naturally we had to incorporate the Cheerios into our beachy home décor.
Positive reinforcement is also really important. It’s what tells children they’re on the right track, and they’ll feel accomplished with their achievements. That’s why I love little art prints like this throughout our house.
Quick Potty Training Tips
- Make this a laidback, fun experience – it doesn’t have to be serious!
- This time in their lives is full of information overload, the simpler, the better
- Some parents reinforce success by cheering them on, adding stickers or marks on a chart, or giving a special prize/treat – but no matter what, the important thing is that they know when they’re doing it right.
- Encourage them when they have a setback – accidents happen after all
- Be prepared for a relapse – this can happen and usually it’s a result of other changes in their life. At first, Aden did that for a little while – he wanted to be like his baby sister! So the fun game came in handy here, and he was back on track.
Have you been through this experience yet?
Happy Friday guys! Thought it would be fitting to walk into Labor Day weekend with these cute photos of one of Ariah’s milestones – walking! Or should I say running? She started taking her first steps awhile back, so there’s nothing like seeing her grow stronger and more confident in her new abilities.
Can’t slow this girl down!
How grown up is she?
We’ve been making sure to take more photos so we can preserve these moments and even create scrapbooks and wall art with them too. Can’t wait to share my progress with you all.
By the way, this dress is from Old Navy. It’s no longer on the site, but there are tons more cute dresses to choose from.
What family activities do you have planned this weekend?
You know that I think the #1 way to know exactly what’s in your baby food is to make it yourself. But that doesn’t make it any easier to figure out what type of foods your baby will love – especially when they’re constantly changing. With both Aden and Ariah I had to pick up on their signals (and believe me there are lots) to discover what would keep them happy and well fed…
The baby food you make at home become more substantial over time.
Babies at 4-6 months begin eating solid foods, such as simple 1-ingredient purees, which I’ve talked about before. For the first six months I had Ariah only eat veggies with the occasional brown rice and cereal. That way, she got all the nutritional benefits, but wouldn’t crave the sweet stuff early on (I learned the hard way with Aden!). Now that she’s older, she loves so many different foods so I lucked out there.
Getting fancy! This one is a creamy chicken and broccoli dish.
After about a year, littles start to transition out of those plain veggie mashes and get curious about “big people food”. Months ago, Ariah decided she would have nothing to do with pureed foods anymore! Finger foods all the way with her.
Girl is serious about her food. Lol.
You always know when babies are ready to expand their palette – they’re less interested in having the same foods over and over (who is?), and even get distracted at mealtime! When that happens, it means it’s time to introduce a few more flavors. Besides the pics I shared above, another one of her staples is a puree of sweet potatoes, green beans, and chicken. Both of these create a different consistency and flavor than those simple meals from early on, yet they’re still simple and nutrient-dense.
What are your little ones’ fave foods?