• Some kids wake up dry one morning. Mine was not one of those! As she was nearing four, it was clear that my daughter wasn't interested in holding her pee all night on her own. This is how we approached night time potty training. (Spoiler alert: it worked!) | Fulfill & Thrive
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    Night Time Potty Training

    Night time potty training is a controversial topic in the mom world! Of course, being able holding in pee while sleeping is a developmental issue. But what is the right age to try? What if your kid is still wearing Pull-ups at night later than her peers? At almost four, I had these questions about my daughter Emma. She’d never woken up dry a day in her life! (Is that even a real thing that happens??) I also saw something on the Internet (that darn thing) that said if you don’t start training your child to stay dry overnight by four, you’re more likely to have a bedwetter as they…

  • Some babies sleep wonderfully in their own cribs from just a few weeks old... mine was not one of those babies! Read the story of how I finally got my girl sleeping in her own bed, and my tips for you! | Fulfill & Thrive
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    Our Bedtime Battles

    Isn’t it funny how we have such grand ideas of what kind of parents we’ll be before we have kids? Some of the rules I thought I would stick to just make me laugh now. One of those was the idea that I would never, ever let my kid sleep in the bed with my husband and me. I get a good chuckle whenever I think about that one! But when the baby actually came, reality smacked me in the face! My natural serene woman-power birth ended up being a scheduled C-section. Breastfeeding, which the La Leche League book made seem so natural and easy, was really painful and difficult…

  • Brushing teeth is a strange sensation for any young kid. My daughter had a hard time letting me brush her teeth. But we've found some tips and tricks to make tooth brushing fun! They've even helped my little girl learn to brush her own teeth! | Fulfill & Thrive
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    Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

    My daughter Emma didn’t get her first tooth until she was 10 months old! And when she finally did, she hated the idea of brushing teeth. She would happily chew on a kids toothbrush, drooling all the while! But she wouldn’t let me actually brush. Do you have the same problem? Sure, we tried the wash cloth on a finger trick for a while, but by 2 she had all her baby teeth and I was getting worried about keeping them clean. Here are all the tricks I’ve been given by my wise mom friends – take a look and see if they help you! Let Them Brush She already…

  • Juggling dinner, bedtime, and cleaning up is like a circus act! And stress has a way of making those babies stay up longer. Read about the evening routine use to get dinner on the table, my daughter bathed and in bed, and the house cleaned up for bedtime. | Fulfill & Thrive
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    Our Bedtime Routine

    Oh man. The bedtime routine. Just reading the phrase is exhausting! Trying to wrangle an energetic little girl, still wound up from the excitement of the day into bed? Good thing I get to go to sleep after— I mean, spend quality with my husband, of course! If you haven’t already, check out our morning routine and our afternoon routine before you read this post. It’ll still be here when you get back! Our bedtime routine begins with… Dinner Time! The battle of dinner time is legendary! Just like with lunch, I usually give Emma a first course of veggies or fruit to keep her busy while I finish up…