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Top 4 sleeping apps for kids.

Your toddler’s sleep is important! They’re in a time of growth unlike any other, and that much needed regenerative rest is going to be their biggest aid in that growth.

By now, you’ve covered the bases in terms of quality bedding and pillows for your youngster, so you’re off to a great start! From here, consider supplementing that with some digital sleep aid apps… but which ones? Let’s talk about a few of the best toddler sleep apps to help your little one get their best night’s sleep EVERY night!

Moshi Twilight

Looking for a great catch-all option? Moshi Twilight is a great app to turn to! Boasting a massive library comprised of sleep stories, music, meditations for mindfulness, and sounds, this app spans the gamut in terms of sensory sleep supplements. All soothing in nature, the contents of this app are scientifically shown to help your toddler achieve the perfect environment for great sleep! Check out Moshi Twilight for yourself on Google Play and the App Store!

Children’s Bedtime Meditations for Sleep & Calm

As aforementioned, sleep is going to contribute in your child’s growth. So why not also incorporate sleep aids that while grow with your little as they go from baby, to toddler, to infant — We’ll stop there, they’re already growing up too fast as it is! To best accommodate the different stages of your child’s growth, an app like Children’s Bedtime Meditations for Sleep & Calm will absolutely do the trick, with calming music and mindfulness meditations to help lull your little one to sleep, even as they become not-so-little. Check out Children’s Bedtime Meditations for Sleep & Calm on Google Play!

Baby Sleep Sounds

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest impact. Sleep aids for toddlers are anything but one-size-fits-all. While some babies, toddlers, and infants may fall asleep to stories and music, others may just need the right sounds to set the sleep stage. Baby Sleep Sounds achieves exactly this, with a primary focus on white noise, by means of gentle sonic replications of hair dryers, vacuums, and other everyday ‘whirring’ sounds. We know, this mights sound like a weird idea upon first being exposed to the app, but the reviews are raving! Check out Baby Sleep Sounds on Google Play!

Huckleberry: Baby & Child Tracker, Sleep Experts

If you are a parent that wants to get into the nitty gritty of ensuring your child’s best sleep possible, you’ll want something with greater tracking capabilities. This is where something like Huckleberry: Baby & Child Tracker, Sleep Experts will serve as your go-to tool! Offering insights and guidance from pediatric sleep experts, all the way to details analysis of sleep patterns of your child, and more, this app is robust and data-heavy! Check it out on Google Play!

Conclusion

To conclude, you’re your little one’s biggest advocate as they grow, day after day! You’ve made the right moves in ensuring they have the best products for sleep comfort, and now you’re supplementing that with additional sleep aids. There are tons of sleep apps available in the marketplace, but this will serve in providing some great options for getting started! To learn more about helping your little one achieve their best night’s sleep, look no further than Dreamtown Kids!

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Kid Activities to Substitute for Screen Time

Screen time.
It has become all too much a part of our day-to-day lives. The dawning of streaming serves couples with our inherent desire to take the path of least resistance has made us far too prone to take this easy-way-out to entertainment and engagement.
As we look to our kiddos, the next generation, it’s becoming ever more important to ensure that the amount of screen time they are intake be moderated for sake of their well being. So, what are some good substitutes to that screen time? Let’s talk about it!

Mentally Stimulating Activity : Reading

Screen time can often times be… well… less than mentally stimulating. So why not start off with an option that can prove to stretch the mental mind? Reading can fit the bill for exactly this! A lot of the time, the screen time that our little ones are consuming are shows, movies, or other stories. By substituting these forms of screen time with reading, your little ones are essentially still getting what they crave for, but through a new, more productive medium than that of the TV or iPad.

Creatively Stimulating Activity : Arts & Crafts

At times, the reason for screen time could be attributed to a desire to play with a tangible devise. When those times come around, smartphones and tablets are no doubt fun tinker toys. Heck, even us as adults tend to play around with them in our free time, how much more fun must they be for children! In order to satisfy the need to tinker, why not keep their hands busy and constructive by building something, creating something, and diving into arts and craft products? They’ll love it!

Strategically Stimulating Activity : Board Games

Aside from watching shows like we discussed earlier, another popular use of screen time for our kids is by playing games like Angry Birds and the like. To address this is a quick and easy swap! Board games! By getting kids interested in board games as a replacement for unruly amounts of screen time, you give them a fun activity that they can enjoy with friends and family gathered around, not just isolated to the four corners of a screen. There is no denying it, kids LOVE board games!

Physically Stimulating Activity : Physical Play Time

Go to a park and hit the jungle gym! Do some tee-ball practice! Kick a soccer ball around! Heck, even just run! All of these are wonderful options for your kid to pull them away from the alluring glow of the screens in their lives.

Furthermore, Dreamtown Kids being a company based on providing the best in toddler pillows and bedding, we also see the benefit here as two pronged. It encourages physical activity, which will aid in falling asleep, and deters from one of the biggest things hindering our sleep, the light from screens. All of these factors considered, you can’t go wrong with physical activity for your kids!

Conclusion

In conclusion, screen time can be a tough thing to combat, with its appeal, ease, and accessibility today. While it can be fun in moderation, it is important to moderate the amount of time spent on devices and encourage more time doing activities in the real world! We hope these prove helpful to you in coming up with good substitutes for screen time.

For more information on kids bedding and pillows, turn to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!

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Memory Foam vs. Fiber Fill Pillows

When it comes to sleep, and achieving the most high quality sleep possible, people’s attention oftentimes gravitates towards their mattress. While it’s important to give ample consideration to this all-too-important sleep tool, it’s often to the dismay and oversight of an equally, if not more, important sleep aid; your pillow!

Today, we’ll dive into two of the more popular pillow types today, discuss their advantages and disadvantages, and consider how they will aid your sleep health overall. Let’s get into it!

Memory Foam Pillows

Advantage: Support
Your head and neck require special attention, this much is for certain. With your head weighing somewhere between 10 and 12 pounds, serving as the control center for the rest of your body, and needing a sound place to rest night after night for a lifetime, you don’t want to neglect the quality of support for your head. Memory Foam pillows serve this purpose greatly in that they are designed to cradle the head better than most pillow materials.

Advantage: Requires No Adjustment
We’ve all experienced tossing and turning at night. The feeling of not being able to find a comfortable spot to fair through the night plagues us all from time to time, as we adjust our pillow relentlessly to find our sleeping ‘happy place’. With Memory Foam, this is taken out of the equation, as the material itself molds to fit your head and neck profile exactly, no matter your orientation.

Disadvantage: Non-malleable
The previous point that was outlined, while a benefit to many, could also serve as a point of issue for others. To have more control over the exact use of your pillow, folding it, fluffing it to lay thinner or thicker, or other approaches could lend itself to more quality sleep for an individual than a pillow rigidly doing the work for you.

Fiber Fill Pillows

Advantage: Easy to Clean
One thing about sleeping, we all sweat in our sleep whether we like to believe it or not! Now, take one night of sleeping, multiply it by 365 nights per year, and then multiply that by the roughly 2 to 3 years you will be using this pillow, and that amounts to a lot of sweaty nights. To have a pillow that you are able to easily wash will be beneficial in maintaining a clean and comfortable sleep setting over the long haul, and Fiber Fill pillows fit that bill!

Advantage: Soft and Fluffy
As mentioned earlier in this blog, sometimes people prefer to be the one in control as opposed to their pillow being in charge. To have a pillow that is soft, fluffy, malleable, moldable, flexible, and usable in a number of different fashions like a Swiss army knife pillow is a plus to many. In the event that this is a sleeping style of yours, a Fiber Fill pillow may be the best route for your for quality sleep.

Disadvantage: Clumping
Sometimes, good things come at a cost. To have a soft and fluffy pillow like that of a Fiber Fill could ultimately be more prone to clumping over time. Bear this in mind as you’re looking into this type of pillow as a consideration over time.

Health Benefits
When it all boils down, the best health benefits to consider in any sleep aid, whether it be a mattress, or a pillow as we’ve been discussing here, is simple. The goal of doing your research on pillow types and finding the right one for you is ultimately to provide yourself the best sleep possible. If there is any one thing that affects your overall health above anything else, it is your quality of sleep, so to be finding the right tools for a good night’s sleep every night will serve you well!

Conclusion
In conclusion, give your pillow some consideration, and as you’re looking into the right pillow for you, bears these two types in mind as a starting point. To learn more about pillows and bedding for your little ones, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!

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Difference Between Organic Cotton Vs. Conventional Cotton.

Last week we touched on where the majority of cotton is produced in the United States, and where we here at Dreamtown Kids find the organic cotton we trust when creating infant and toddler pillows and bedding, as well as other products for all of you! This week we want to continue the discussion on cotton, focusing on the distinction of organic, and talk about the processes involved in organic and conventional materials. Let’s talk!

Organic Requirement
Below are some of the requirements to be labeled as certified organic. There are the guidelines by which a product receives its designation as such. While these are the rules to qualify for the certification, and in turn are the way in which products earn that label, it is important to remember that the absence of such a label does not mean that other-than-wholesome methods were used in production.

Production Methods
The manner in which something is produced is a big deal. If you’re creating a product designed to serve a good consumer purpose, but it happens to bring harm elsewhere in the process, any good that could’ve been brought as a result of the well-intentioned onset is virtually null and void. To be certified organic means to implement production that explicitly excludes harmful methods. An example of these harmful approaches is genetic engineering and modification, which has become ever more recognized in more recent years.

Production Materials
When it comes to receiving accreditation as certified organic, the process by which you create your product is not the only consideration. Another equally important factor of production to bear in mind are the substances being used. If a supplier is manufacturing a fabric or material for use by a private producer, the desire by said producer is knowing that the material they are using was not produced in a less-than-savory way. An example of harmful materials that is familiar to many is the use of certain harmful insecticides in the growth of crops.

Production Control
With the production methods and production materials addressed, there remains one last piece of the puzzle in order to be eligible for certified organic. That piece is in the entities overseeing the aforementioned methods and materials. To be certified, a USDA National Organic Program-authorized agent must certify the product in question as such.

Conclusion
In conclusion, organic is a buzz word, that we all have heard a lot as of late and may be curious about. Many may be wondering what it takes for products much like organic cotton products by Dreamtown Kids to gain that certification. To find great organic products for your toddler, look no further than DreamtownKids.com!

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Did you know? Most of our organic cotton products are made from cotton grown in Texas!

When it comes to the materials used our kids’ clothing, bedding, and more, parents want something that is trustworthy. You want to ensure the safety, comfort, durability are of the utmost priority, and are all top tier and not bottom of the barrel. That being said, Dreamtown Kids is thorough in selecting the right producers of the materials used in the products YOU rely on, especially the cotton used in our organic cotton products!

So, where do we look to for this reliability? Texas!
And what is is about Texan production methods that make them superior? Let’s talk about that!

Fewer Chemicals

The production of certain materials can remain somewhat of a mystery to consumers. Transparency can sometimes be lacking. This can unfortunately leave many under the impression that the items they own or sell were produced in a wholesome fashion, when in fact they were not. A common practice with some materials could be the amount of potentially harmful chemicals being used. Texan cotton producers have achieved methods of production that circumvent the need to rely on harsh chemicals in their end product, bringing you the peace of mind that those goods your buying for your little one will be safe for them!

More Economical

It’s not that parenting CAN be hard… it’s that parenting IS hard! And one way in particular that it can be challenging in particular is with regards to how you will fund all the things that your babies and toddlers will need as they grow and mature through even their formative lifespan. Because of the level of production for materials in Texan companies, organic cotton can be bought by companies like Dreamtown Kids more affordably, and be able to turn around and provide you a great product for an affordable price all the same! Because we know it’s hard, and we want to find any way to make it easier!

Higher Quality

If you’re going to buy something for your baby or toddler, you want to ensure it’s quality. Why would you settle for any less for your bundle of joy? Texas has been a leader in cotton production for sometime now, with over 100 years of industry excellence tracing back to 1880. Over that span of time, the same aforementioned operations that are providing a cleaner, less chemical-filled product for you are also providing a more quality product overall! So you can rest assured that the bedding, clothes, and other organic cotton items that you’re purchasing for your little ones will be the best!

Conclusion

In conclusion, you want the best for your kiddos. We want to give you the best! That’s why we rely on the best for sourcing of our organic cotton! To learn about high quality, synthetic products and materials we use, read our blog on cotton and polyester and to check out our organic cotton products and try them out for yourself, head to DreamtownKids.com today!

Benefits of Reading Stories Before Bedtime

We’ll just go ahead and say it. There is no doubting, denying, or arguing that bedtime stories are good for helping your child get to sleep and achieve more quality sleep and, subsequently, their overall health. Study upon study has shown that this one act can work wonders by leaps and bounds for all youngsters all across the formative age spectrum. So, we know this to be true, but why is this the case? What makes this so beneficial for kids? Let’s jump in!

Wind Down Time

Toddlers can be little balls of energy that move, move, move with no sign of stopping. Because of that, it can sometimes be tough to get them to settle down for sleep at the end of the night. The reason this happens is due to the fact that there can sometimes be no transition between wakefulness and bedtime. To have something in the equation to transition, a sort of wind down time, will be beneficial in easing your toddler into a sleepy state effectively. Reading bedtime stories will serve this purpose wonderfully as it will bridge that gap between the energy of the day and the calmness of the night. Make bedtime stories a part of each night with your toddler to improve their sleep!

Distracts the Mind

As adults that have not been toddlers for sometimes, we may often forget that being a toddler certainly had its fair share of stresses. Each day is still very new in this young state, you are constantly being bombarded by unfamiliar things, and the learning is non-stop! That being the case, our little ones’ mind could be moving at a million miles a minute, and that makes it hard to fall asleep at the end of each busy day. Reading bedtime stories to your kiddo will help distract the mind to more effectively clear their head and get in a mental state that is conducive for sleep.

Sense of Comfort

While there are pretty apparent benefits to reading bedtime stories to our toddlers, such as the aforementioned, there are also some not-so-apparent ways that bedtime stories prove helpful in getting our little ones to sleep. One factor that is a fringe benefit of you reading stories to your kids is that YOU are there. You are their most powerful source of comfort, and by you being there with them, even if for a short while, before they go to bed, they will have that much greater of a likelihood of being able to fall asleep peacefully and easily.

Teach a Toddler to Fish

Okay, we’re not necessarily suggesting that you teach your kid to fish, at least not in this blog in particular. But what we are saying is that by reading your toddler bedtime stories, you are setting them up for successfully adopting a good nighttime routine for them to carry through the rest of their lives. The younger, formative years of our youngsters pose a good opportunity to set good habits, one of which could be a great practice like reading before bed to encourage quality sleep.

Bonus: Better Than Screen Time

Screen time is quite possibly the worst thing for anybody of any age to do before going to bed. Many kids see screen time as a sort of reward and then they end up wanting and getting an unhealthy amount of it. Similar to if you gave a kid a chocolate bar every time they did something good… it wouldn’t fair well over time. Apply that reward mentality to reading, whether it be for bed time or just in general, and it will do your toddler much better service!

Conclusion

In conclusion, bedtime stories are undoubtedly a great thing to implement into your relationship with your little one’s in establishing good habits, emotional connections, and more! Adopt this simple addition into your routine with your toddlers and watch them get to bed quicker, have more quality sleep, and experience fringe benefits of this small addition all at once! To learn more about bedtime practices and products for quality toddler sleep, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!

Christmas Activities with Toddlers

Christmas is right around the corner, and we are all feeling it! If you and your little ones have yet to really dive into the Christmas festivities, now is the time to truly get into the season! Your toddler or toddlers are now at an age where you can start to actually do more activities, engage them more, and start those Christmas traditions. So the question there in lies, what are you all going to do to enjoy holiday cheer this year? Let’s discuss some options!

Classic Christmas Movies

Where do we even begin on this one?! If there is one thing we all know and love from growing up, it is those classic Christmas movies! “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are just a few of the movies that we grew up loving and associating with the season. Your little ones will love these movies and more as they begin to develop their own experience of what it means to feel the Christmas spirit. Just think, what movies are you going to make a part of Christmas this year?

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

As we discussed back around Halloween, crafting is a super fun activity for your toddler, and this is certainly no less the case with Christmas! You have this big tree that is just begging to have decorations placed all over it. That’s where you’ll get to enjoy some play time making all the wonderful ornaments and accent pieces to adorn that tree! Felt, beads, popsicle sticks, and some other basic crafting supplies are really all you need to make any cute design to put on the tree, from reindeer to snowmen to good ole Saint Nick and more! So get to it and have some fun!

Light Show

Our kiddos may not be so familiar with Clark Griswold and the number he did on his house (that’ll be a movie that can come to love years down the road, but we’ll hold off for now), but that doesn’t mean we can’t show them similar showcases of seasonal festivity! An easy way to embrace the season is heading into town and checking out the light show displays on some of the homes in your locale, as there is never a shortage of people willing to go all out!

Christmas Cookies

Christmas is a sensory experience to behold! But it doesn’t stop at the sights to be seen like the movies, light show, and snow. It’s about the smells and the tastes just as well. For that reason, it’s time to get your BAKING on! Christmas cookies are a huge part of the Christmas season and make for a fun decorating experience for your toddlers. Having fun designing and munching on adorable sweets (but not too much or else they’ll be up all night!)

Conclusion

In conclusion, your toddlers are getting older and are finally at an age where you all can enjoy the season together, establishing new traditions in honor of the holiday! As you’re coming up with ideas of how to ring in the season, consider these options to help your kids get as festive as you. And remember, for all things toddler, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids

Calming Your Toddler Down Before Bed

Our kids have a lot of energy, this much is for certain! One thing that is not always so certain, however, is if we’ll be able to easily get them to sleep each night or if it will be a painstaking, futile effort filled with fussiness. Most of us can almost count on the latter of the two. And especially during a time like the holiday season where excitement is in the air, this can be doubly difficult to achieve. So how exactly to we help calm our kids down before bed? For their sake…and for ours! Let’s talk about some options.

Avoid electronics with bright blue lights before bed

We live in a very digital world now. A large portion of our days are spent staring at a screen, whether it be a watching a show on the tube or playing games on our phones. The high amount of eye exposure to these lights, and namely that of blue lights, has been known to excite the brain, ultimately deterring from restfulness and translating to heightened brain activity.

If your little one usually spends the last part of their day watching television or tinkering on your iPad, this may be a culprit in their inability to get to sleep soundly without issue. Consider alternative options for winding down at the end of the night. These screens can be an easy go-to, but they do more harm than good for your toddler’s sleep.

Read a book to them before bed

As you’re considering solutions to problem one, why not give reading books before bed a try?! The benefits of taking an approach like this are many-fold. For one, reading books with your little one before they hit the hay will alleviate the blue light issue from before, and furthermore it will provide an option that generally encourages restfulness. Reading or being read to, telling stories, are all effective ways of helping kids get to sleep more easily.

Aside from that, as far as being read to is concerned, this could provide additional benefits for a child’s sleep. As you’re reading to them, they will feel more at ease and comfortable as they lull off to sleep. As they reach an age where they do the reading themselves, the association between stories and comfort will have been made for them mentally, so they will be able to sleep just as well as they make this transition. Reading, a great way to end the day!

Avoid naps too late in the day and keep them short

Part of why your kiddo may not be sleeping so well at nice may have less to do with restlessness and more to do with maybe being too well rested. What do we mean? Well, we’ll answer this is the form of a couple questions. How often does your toddler nap? For how long? What is the latest time in the day that they will typically nap?

If your toddler is napping too much during the day, napping for too long during each nap, or napping too soon before bedtime, this could absolutely have an adverse affect on their ability to rest easy when the time comes at night. That being the case, what we’ll recommend here is being mindful of those nap times and making revisions if and when you see fit. For all you know, this may be the problem.

Set up a comfortable sleeping environment for your toddler

Let’s not forget the obvious here. And let’s address it from your perspective. When you lay down at night, you generally prefer a really uncomfortable, uneasy sleeping environment, right?… Of course not! You like to be comfortable and at peace in your space. Your toddler probably feels the same way! One obvious way to manage this is to equip them with a quality mattress, quality bedding, and a quality pillow. Did we mention quality, by chance?

How else do we reach this? Another way is nurturing your toddler’s development of a space that is truly theirs. Help them decorate it with things they like, things that put them at ease. This will certainly make them feel more at home in their space and help they get to bed more easily.

Conclusion

In conclusion, sometimes our little ones can have a difficult time getting to bed at the end of each night. While it might not always be easy to combat this fussy behavior, there are definitely things that could be done in an effort to do so. Give these listed methods a shot and see how they work for your toddler, and remember that for all of your toddler needs, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!

Holiday gifts for Kids and Toddlers

The holiday season is upon us! What this can translate to is that the season of gift-giving is upon us. Your little one or little ones are at an age now that they can start really grasping traditions and being a part of the gifting festivities! That being the case, you’ll have to consider what presents you may get your kiddos this year to in that nature of celebration.

While there are lots of toys and presents that may not be safe or beneficial to children of very young ages, there are many more that will be perfectly suitable for a toddler. Today, we’d like to go over some gift ideas that will be safe, fun, and constructive for you toddlers!

Building Blocks

Our little ones are little engineers in the making. Whether they are using their food at the dinner table to craft a tiny castle or building a fort out of the couch cushions, part of play for them is undoubtedly a sense of building something. For that reason, our first item on the list could make a great gift this year; building blocks! Wooden building blocks or interlocking blocks like larger LEGO are great play toys for your kids that they will love and be excited to put to good use. Furthermore, they’re great for developing finer motor skills in children, so win win!

Musical Toys

One thing about your kids is that the younger they are, the more absorption they are capable of and the more creativity they exercise. For that reason, some great gift ideas are ones that can really harness that level of creativity and early development, especially musical toys! Instruments or noise makers are loads of fun for kids, plus they introduce them to concepts that could benefit them their entire lives, and has also been linked to improving math and language skills. So look to musical toys for your toddler this holiday season as you go about your gift shopping!

Books

Keeping up with the trend of presenting our kiddos with gifts that be both fun and constructive, our next one is undoubtedly a great idea for the holiday season; books! If you’re looking for a great present to really spark your toddlers’ imagination and boost their reading ability, this is perfect. Whether your little one is brand new to reading and will be going over the most basic classic kids learning books, or if they are more developed as readers, there is never a shortage of great reading options to excite youngsters into avid readership from their intrigued young minds.

Plush Stuffed Toys

We can’t forget about the classics here. We’re talking about stuffed animals or stuffed toys. We all had that stuffed animal that we clung to Calvin clung to Hobbes, and young children benefit from having toys like these. These cherished childhood toys have a large emotional impact on a child as well as they provide a lovable, comfortable, and familiar item to enjoy as they learn to self-soothe in their young years. You just can’t go wrong with stuffed toys!

Conclusion

In conclusion, as the gift giving holiday season comes into view, and we start looking for things to get our little ones, there is a lot to consider. Will my child enjoy this? How will this help them grow? Is it safe for them at this age? With these questions in mind, consider the aforementioned options, as they’ll be great for your toddlers! For all things kids, turn to the experts at Dreamtown Kids!

Thanksgiving dinner for picky toddlers

How could you NOT be utterly jazzed for this time of year! Thanksgiving around the corner, another chance to gorge on some good ole fashioned home cooking and enjoy the subsequent naps to follow, good times all around.
While YOU may be excited for all the food that will soon fill you right up, your little one may not be quite so enthused. The picky eater tendency is undoubtedly a common one amongst toddlers, and if you have a youngster, you may be in for it yourself.
So how do we combat picky eater syndrome at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Let’s talk about how!

Implement Foods They Enjoy

Consider adding foods into the meal that your toddler does enjoy. We’ll start by stating this, by no stretch are we suggesting you completely reconstruct your Thanksgiving dinner to accommodate pickiness. It doesn’t help your little one establish good habits and it will make for a really downer on the dinner altogether. Achieve this in small, subtle ways.

Take this for instance, kids love marshmallows! And what can marshmallows be incorporated tastefully into? Sweet Potatoes! Think about dishes like this where you can integrate some of the things kids love and as a result, they’ll be more inclined to eat those items and experiment with other items on their plate.

Plain-ify Certain Items

But why would we want to make anything in our Thanksgiving dinner plane? Simple, so your little one can put their touch on it… even if it’s in a less-than-gourmet kind of way.

Kids are crazy about condiments, whether it be ketchup, mustard, or something else. Have these sauces or fix-ins at the ready for your kiddo for dunking turkey bits or something else into, and you should be successful in combatting some of the fussiness.

Have Them Help Prep

By no means are you going to assign turkey-carving-duty to your toddler. That would be reckless! But giving your little one some smaaaall degree of ownership in the process will make them that much more stoked on the final product. Meaning, they may be more inclined to be not-so-picky.

If they helped mash the potatoes, they’ll have that much more fun downing them at dinner time. If they were responsible for mixing all of the green bean casserole ingredients together, they’ll enjoy being responsible for consuming a surprisingly large portion. Get your kid involved and watch the pickiness subside!

Snacks During the Day

This one is up to you, but it’s worth us mentioning. If you feel that your child will be rebellious in eating whatever food is prepared for the big dinner, it may not be a bad idea to allow them snacks throughout the day. Your options are simple, the possibility that your child may not eat, period, or them eating earlier on and spoiling their appetite for dinner. Your call!

Bonus Tip: Proper Sleep Gear!

As we mentioned earlier in this blog, the post meal carb nap is just as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as is the food… seriously. For that reason, be equipped with the right gear for you toddler to get solid sleep after the big holiday celebration, by means of bedding, pillows, and more!

Conclusion

In conclusion, Thanksgiving is a holiday to really look forward to, and for any parent, the hope is that their children will enjoy the celebration the same way they do free of fuss. Consider trying some of these methods for getting your picky eater to embrace the holiday in the best way possible!