Posted by TinyTotties on September 21 2009
We know how fun it is for you to periodically freshen up the look of your child's room by adding new crib bedding sets, and so we are always adding to our collection of crib bedding, toddler bedding and children's bedding.
Buying new crib bedding is especially fun when the seasons change and you feel the need to change things around the house. Purchasing a new set of crib bedding is an easy, affordable way to makeover your child's room without spending too much.
Here's an overview of some of our favorite new additions to our line of crib and toddler bedding sets.
Dr. Seuss ABC 4-piece Crib Bedding Set
The Dr. Seuss 4 Piece Crib Bedding Set by Trend Lab is suitable for girls or boys and is a celebration of the renowned children's author's ABC book. The classic book's Icabod and Izzy characters are spotlighted in the center motif alongside large ABC letters embroidered on white mini-waffle pique.
The rich deep colors include barn red, avocado green, cornflower blue, mango orange and chocolate brown. Bold dots, variegated stripes, and a whimsical alphabet and character scatter-print bring a fun Dr. Seuss classic to life.
This 4-Piece Crib Bedding Set includes a crib bumper, crib skirt, crib sheet, and crib quilt. It’s on sale for just $189.99, with no sales tax and free shipping in the U.S.
Pink & Green Flower 5-Piece Toddler Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs
Pink and lovely – the perfect bedding set for little girls. I love the cheerful design, which features large, bright, pink and green flowers. It's a timeless look that will last for many seasons. Fabrics are non-allergenic, 100% cotton and machine washable for easy care. Set includes s a comforter, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a pillow sham, and a pillowcase.
The look is so pretty, you will probably want to add extra items such as the gorgeous lampshade, the wall décor set, and a bed skirt.
At just $69.99 for the 5-piece set, you get high quality and a beautiful design for an incredibly low price.
Mod Dots Purple 9-Piece Crib Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs
I love the mod look because it's so clean and modern. If you ever find yourself worrying about the nursery looking too "cutesy" or kitsch, this crisp, simple look will make sure it doesn't. The combination of large purple and chocolate dots on white creates an incredibly sophisticated look. If you have a modern taste, this look will appeal not just to your little one – but to you too!
This 9-Piece Crib Set is made of 100% cotton and includes a crib comforter, crib bumper, fitted sheet, crib skirt, diaper stacker, toy bag, decorative pillow, and two window valances. Priced at $189.99, it's a great value for this classic, timeless look.
Butterfly Pink & Lavender 9-Piece Crib Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs
Sometimes, an all-pink room is not what you have in mind. Sometimes you want a different, more exciting color combination. If you prefer a more sophisticated look for your little girl's nursery, the Butterfly Pink & Lavender 9-Piece Crib Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs is exactly what you’re looking for.
This baby girl bedding set features a pretty color combination of pink, purple, yellow and sage green. It is made from 100% cotton and is machine washable for easy care. It features detailed embroidery and appliqués of butterflies and flowers that create a cute garden-themed look for your nursery.
The set includes a crib comforter, crib bumper, fitted sheet, crib skirt, diaper stacker, toy bag, decorative pillow, and two window valances. At just $149.99 and free shipping, it is a real bargain. Take advantage of it today.
Butterfly Pink & Orange Toddler Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs
Another crisp, gorgeous design for little girls, this 5-piece toddler bedding set features large, bright, pink and orange butterflies. I love the addition of orange here – it goes well with the pink while making sure the look is clean and modern, and not overwhelmingly pink.
Fabric is 100% cotton, non-allergenic and machine washable. The set costs just $69.99, and you can add several more lovely, matching, affordable items such as the gorgeous wall décor that sells for just $19.99.
We are always adding new items to our collection of crib bedding, designed by Sweet Jojo Designs, Trend Lab, Glenna Jean, Doodlefish and many more. Check back again soon!
Posted by TinyTotties on September 19 2009
It's Here, It's Here, It's Finally Really Here
When I was a child, I loved having the Dr. Seuss books read to me. They always made me laugh and I loved the colorful characters shown in the books. So when I heard Trend Lab was producing a new line of children's bedding sets with a Dr. Seuss theme, I couldn't wait to see them. The first bedding set to be released is the Dr. Seuss ABC 4-Piece Crib Bedding Set. This set features everything I loved about the Dr. Seuss books, including 2 of the whimsical characters, fun alphabet letters, and brightly-colored patterns of polka dots and stripes. Trend also makes a Dr. Seuss ABC toddler bedding set so you can read the Dr. Seuss books to your child in their Dr. Seuss bed.
View our entire Dr. Seuss Collection by Trend Lab, including wonderful matching accessories.
Posted by TinyTotties on September 10 2009
Toddlers are notorious for being picky eaters. I remember being so excited when my babies reached the age of 6 months and started experimenting with various foods – they loved food and loved to eat! As they got older, they were especially excited about food they saw us eating.
Fast-forward a few months, and all of a sudden they developed a mind of their own! Toddlers know what they like, and they know what they don't like, and this is true for everything, from the clothes they wear to the foods they eat (or don't eat, as the case may be).
The thing is, you can't expect to reason with a toddler. They are not reasonable, and they are not supposed to be reasonable – they haven't yet developed that ability. So it's futile to say "but it's good for you" and it's definitely never a good idea to try to force children to eat – this could lead to miserable battles, and even if you "win", to a lifetime of food issues for your child.
Instead of reasoning, forcing or begging, try enticing. We all appreciate food when it's presented in a way that appeals to our senses, and toddlers are no different. Since toddlers are very independent and love to feed themselves, one of the best ways to get them excited about food is to give them finger foods.
An ideal daily menu for toddlers should include about 3 ounces of grains, 2 cups of milk, 2 ounces of meat, beans or legumes, 1 cup of vegetables, 1 cup of fruit, and a tablespoon of fat and oils.
This is not a lot of food – in fact, if you were to take all the food your toddler eats in a day, it could easily fit on a dinner plate. The trick is to get your toddler to actually eat all those "good for you" foods voluntarily.
When searching for toddler meal ideas, the concept of finger foods comes up fairly often. This is because finger foods give toddlers a sense of control and independence, which are very important to them – so they tend to eat finger foods happily or at least are open to trying them.
For example, a simple toddler recipe that tends to become an immediate hit with most toddlers and is also very healthy, is to cut half an apple to slices and serve it to your toddler with a tablespoon of peanut butter for dipping, and a glass of milk. This simple meal, which your toddler is likely to eat happily, takes care of half of her milk, meat and fruit requirements for the day.
Another great toddler meal idea is to serve half a cup of baby carrots with a dip made
From either hummus (if your toddler will eat it) or cottage cheese.
A few more simple toddler finger food recipes and ideas:
String cheese is a huge favorite with toddlers. My toddlers used to like it so much that I was actually taken by surprise when they reached school age and decided that they don't like it anymore! String cheese and a piece of fruit make a great meal for toddlers.
Cooked whole-wheat pasta of any shape, with a little olive oil and grated cheese on top.
Banana wrap. Warm a flour tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds, spread with peanut butter and jelly, place a banana at the edge and roll over to make a wrap.
Mini "Pizza." Spread catsup over half a mini-bagel (whole wheat is best), add shredded cheese and toppings (my kids used to love black olives) and warm in a 350-degrees oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. Catsup is rich in anti oxidants and can be considered as a veggie serving. Try to find a brand that does not contain high fructose corn syrup.
Fish sticks. Either make them yourself or buy frozen ones. Serve with catsup or applesauce for dipping – toddlers love dips!
When planning a daily menu for toddler, it's important to remember that all you need to do is offer a variety of healthy foods, and let your toddler decide how much she wants to eat. Don't pressure your child to eat more than she wants to. Even if her diet seems out of balance on a particular day, usually it will balance out over the course of a week.