Monthly Archives: December 2018

Sippy Cup Bungee Cords Solve an Annoying Problem


I give 10-points to the genius who thought of this idea: theSippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords.  It’s a bungee cord for your toddler’s sippy cups (my toddler’s favorite thing to do is to knock her sippy cups off of her high chair).  
Sippy Cup Bungee Cord
Link:  SippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords
Sippy Cup Bungee Cord

If your baby is like my baby, then she will love to throw her sippy cup on the floor once she gets to the “high chair phase.”  Prevent this with the  SippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords.  Genius.

We use no-spill sippy cups most of the time, so even if she knocks the sippy cup off, there is no collateral damages to our floor; it’s main selling point for me: I no longer find myself constantly rinsing off a fallen sippy cup. That was getting annoying.  The cup stays clean, and I stay sane (for the most part).  Love this. I bought mine off of – there are a few different brands that you may want to check out.  The one I bought is great (SippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords), and it runs about $11.00.  This also makes a great baby gift.

Sippy Cup Bungee Cord
Toddler Sippy Cup Bungee Cord


Top 25 Products and Must-Have Items for a 3-Year-Old Child


Top 25 Best of My Favorite Products for My 3-Year-Old Pre-Schooler Image


My passion in life is finding children’s products that make parenting easier, the child happier and make the entire parenting process more fun for everyone involved.  In Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items, we put together a list of the must-haves for newborns.  Now, at this next stage, I have found that there have been products that are once again significant enough to write about.  Below you will find the Top 23 Products that made Age 3 easier for me as a parent and made the life of my 3-year-old more enjoyable.  


Top 25 Best of My Favorite Products for My 3-Year-Old Pre-Schooler



1.    Contigo Auto-Seal Thermos

Link:   Contigo Trekker Kids Water Bottle
Contigo AutoSeal Thermos for Kids Image

Contigo Auto-Seal Thermos

The Contigo Trekker Kids Water Bottle water bottles are fantastic – I carry them around in my purse all day and I’ve never once had them leak. The stainless steal version is great for the summer and keeps drinks cool for up to 7-hours.  Otherwise I use the plastic version and put ice in it and bring it along to my daughter’s gymnastics lessons.  I use these myself too, and they make an “adult version.”  If you are looking for an item that is more similar to a Sippy Cups, we talk about sippy cups in Top 9 Sippy Cups for Your Baby and Toddler.  If you want to hear us complain about sippy cups then check out My Battle With Sippy Cups.  



2.  Play Visions Crayola Bath Dropz Tablets
Link:   Play Visions Crayola Bath Dropz Tablets

2. Play Visions Crayola Bath Dropz Tablets

Bath Dropz Tablets

The Play Visions Crayola Bath Dropz are THE highlight of every single bath that my 3-year-old daughter takes.  You put these in the bath tub water right when you turn on the water, and they dissolve and turn the bath tub water into which color tablet that your child chooses.  My 3-year-old daughter gets so excited to pick out her color every night before bath time.  Whenever it is time to head upstairs for to our bedtime and bath routine started, all that I have to say is, “Let’s head upstairs! What color are you going to pick for your bath tonight?”  (What follows is my 3-year-old running ahead of me upstairs all excited.)  The Play Visions Crayola Bath Dropz tablets come in Blue, Red (pink), and Yellow.  We usually only use one tablet per bath, but on very special nights, I will let her combine to colors in order to create a brand new color (for example, Blue and Yellow to make green, or Red and Blue to make purple).

3.  Crayola Finger Paints 
Link(s):   Crayola Fingerpaints Bold and Secondary Colors and Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Paper Pad

3. Crayola Finger-Paints

Crayola Finger-paints 

We think that Crayola Fingerpaints Bold and Secondary Colors are great for a Saturday afternoon or for when other kids come over to play (assuming you are able to keep a close eye on the kids).  That said, Crayola has lived up to its “washable” promise of its paint thus far.  And our 3-year-old daughter loves this stuff.  It could keep her entertained all afternoon.  We squirt the paint into a mini cupcake tin that we have to separate the colors and we bought a decent set of kids paint brushes as well.  The Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Paper Pad was the best deal that we could find on finger paint paper, so we’ve included that as well.

Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Paper Pad
Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Pad
Link:   Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Paper Pad

4.  Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib
Link:   Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib

4. Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib

Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib

If you’re going to let your child paint, then it is probably a good idea to have an all-encompassing smock to protect their clothing.  The Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib is the top-rated on  These bibs are also amazing during the phase when your child is too young to use a fork and insists on using their hands (somewhere around Age 2).  

For more on Bibs, check out our post Top 5 Baby Bibs that Actually Work.

5.  Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories

Link:   Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories

5. Curious George's 5-Minute Stories

Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories

I LOVE 5-Minute Story Books for kids, and there are quite a few different editions.  These stories are perfect because they don’t “commit” a parent to a long bedtime story, but they are the PERFECT length to get your child sleep enough while not over-committing the parent on a night that the parent is tired and in a hurry — everyone should have five minutes to spare for their child for a bedtime story.  We have several of the 5-minute story books, but out of all of them, Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories are definitely our favorite (our 3-year-old daughter agrees).  

For a list of our favorite books for babies, check out Top 10 Baby Books.




6.  The Nest Cam Security Camera
Link:   Nest Cam

6. The Nest Cam Security Camera

Nest Cam 

If you’re looking for a hybrid between a nanny came and a baby monitory, then the Nest Cam might be right for you.  This camera operates through WiFi, and has night vision, and connects with your smart phone.  We have the “DropCam” (the version prior to the  Nest Cam which is now owned by Nest) and we LOVE it.  We get an alert on our iPhone each time that there is motion or sound in our daughter’s room – which is perfect for a 3-year-old who needs to be in bed sleeping and for parents who want to make sure that their child isn’t getting out of bed.   Additionally, the camera has a “recording” option for an additional fee each month – I’ve found this feature useful for not only security reasons also to be able to check on our daughter if we are away from home and have a babysitter.  Another fun feature of the Nest Cam is that it integrates with the Nest Learning Thermostat (which is a thermostat that you can wirelessly control with your iPhone or Smart Phone) – and it also integrates with the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (which alerts you on your iPhone if there is ever an alert in your home).  All three of these are control through one single app on your phone.  NOTE:  The Nest Cam is better for older children (in our opinion) because with babies, you probably want to have a separate device to be able to constantly look at your baby. 

If you are looking for a baby monitor, then I would highly recommend looking at our post  Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Products where we constantly update the latest baby products and a baby monitor is always included.   


7.  Play-Doh: Toolin’ Around Playset

Link:   Play-Doh: Toolin’ Around Playset

7. Play-Doh: Toolin' Around Playset


This is an old-school toy, but Play-Doh is highly effective when it comes to entertaining my 3-year-old daughter.  I am actually going get a new set of Play-Doh for my daughter for her 4th birthday.  I am not a fan of the Play-Doh kits that imitate food (that just seems confusing…and I don’t want my child to want to eat Play-Doh!).  The reason we like the Play-Doh: Toolin’ Around Playset is because it allows for our 3-year-old daughter to practice her skills with scissors safely.   If you’re looking for toys recommendations for baby’s first years, check out Top 25 Baby and Toddler Toys.


8.  “Good Deeds” Stickers
Link:  PAW Patrol Stickers and Tattoos Party Favor Pack

Stickers for Good Deeds

We left our daughter with Grandma Mia while we went on a much-needed vacation, and when we returned, we realized that Grandma had uncovered something genius – a motivational method for 3-year-old children that required only a sticker book with a variety of stickers and construction paper.   Grandma Mia calls it the “Good Deeds” board — it is pure genuineness.  When our 3-year-old does something that is worthy of a good deed, we get all excited and tell her to go pick out a sticker, and this is truly one of the highlights of her day.  If she helps us dust, or helps us find the remote if it’s missing, then this is worthy of a good deed sticker.  These PAW Patrol Sticker Pack is the perfect sticker set for my daughter – she loves Paw Patrol.  Stay tuned for another post on more about the Good Deeds poster stickers.

9.  Get Ready for PreK – Activities and Illustrations Book

Link:   Get Ready for Pre-K (Get Ready for School)

9. Get Ready for PreK - Activities and Illustrations Book

Get Ready for Pre-K Activity Book

Mr. Mia bought the book, Get Ready for Pre-K (Get Ready for School), for Little Mia when she turned 3-years-old, and we love the book because the pages are fun and educational – it’s a great mix of games, letters, and visual teaching pages that actually keep our daughters attention span (which is fairly short) – it’s age appropriate (age 3 and age 4) and still challenging at the same time.  We had several different Pre-K workbooks, and this is by far the best one.  

10.   Fineline Ultraclean Markers by Crayola
Link:    Crayola Ultraclean Fineline Classic Markers

Fineline Ultraclean Markers by Crayola
The fine-line ultra-clean markers by Crayola were recommended by my daughter’s pre-school teacher because these thin-sized markers are perfect size for the first steps of helping your pre-schooler learn how to hold a pencil (i.e., these markers are the same size as circumference as a standard pencil).  I also love these markers because my pre-schooler can see her progress while she traces the letter of the alphabet in her activity books – the bright colors make her tracings on the paper so much more visible than it does with a standard pencil or even colored pencils.  The bright colors are so much more fun for her at this age too, so I think it helps her stay motivated during the learning-to-write process of preschool.

11.  Side-Walk Chalk
Link:   Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk
10. Side-Walk Chalk

Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk

During the warm seasons, the Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk kept our daughter highly entertained on our driveway and in our backyard on the concrete patio.  I actually had a lot of fun playing with her.  I have several photos on my phone of our creations on our driveway (many of them feature Olaf from the Disney movie, Frozen….these photos are available upon request).  If you’re looking for toys recommendations for baby’s first years, check out Top 25 Baby and Toddler Toys.


12.  Children’s Bath Robe 
Link:   Children’s Animal Hooded Bath Robe – Princess Cat and Children’s Animal Hooded Bath Robe and Too Cool 2 Sleep Boy’s Plush Sports Bathrobe


12. Children's Bath Robe 112. Children's Bath Robe 2

Children’s Bath Robe 

Our daughter LOVES her Children’s Animal Hooded Bath Robe – Princess Cat, especially during the winter time when it’s cold – she loves that she has a robe just like mommy and daddy have a robe.  On the weekends, she throws on her robe in the morning as soon as she wakes up.  The photos shown above are the Children’s Animal Hooded Bath Robe (in pink) and the Too Cool 2 Sleep Boy’s Plush Sports Bathrobe (the sports robe).


13.   Window Markers

Link:  Crayola Window Markers with Crystal Effects

13. Window Markers

Window Markers

Grandma Mia brought these markers for our 3-year-old daughter while Mr. Mia and I went on vacation.  The Crayola Window Markers are fantastic because they wash off of your windows very easily and as long as you explain to your child that these are “special markers” and that she cannot draw on the windows with ANY other markers, then these window markers are a huge hit.  


14.  The Kalencom Potette Travel Potty

Link:   Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus

11. The Kalencom Potette Travel Potty

The Kalencom Potette Travel Potty

I cannot say enough amazing things about the Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus.  Our 3-year-old is fully potty-trained; however, this device makes traveling with our child so incredibly easy.  The Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus not only can it be a make-shift potty that our child can sit on alone (you use liners if you need to use it this way), but you can expand the sides and have it be a potty seat on a regular toilet.  I am not a big fan of our daughter touching public restrooms, so I bring this thing along with us whenever I can.  It is an amazing size to travel with too – you can easily fold it up – I carry it in the backpack that I bring for my daughter whenever we travel.  I store it inside of a shoe bag in a separate compartment of the backpack.  This is without a doubt my favorite potty item out there.  If you’re looking for a good book to inspire your little one for potty training, check out The “Potty” Book (by Leslie Patricelli).

15.  Munchkin Secure Grip Bath Caddy

Link:  Munchkin Secure Grip Bath Caddy

14. Munchkin Secure Grip Bath Caddy
Munchkin Secure Grip Bath Caddy

If you didn’t get a good bath toy holder when you set up you baby registry, then I HIGHLY recommend the Munchkin Secure Grip Bath Caddy.  It is expandable so it can fit various sizes of bath tubs (we have a wide bath tub and it expands perfectly to fit the width.  I like that it has holes in the bottom to help drain the water and it hangs over your bath tub – I feel like every other bath toy holder that we have had eventually produced mildew in the bottom – but not this one.  I’m a big fan.  For more of the best baby care items, check out the top 20 items to keep on hand for baby during flu season.




16.   Play Tent 
Link:  Liteaid Rocket Ship Tent and Girl’s Pink Princess Castle Play Tent with Glow in the Dark Stars by Pockos
16. Play Tent (Indoor/Outdoor) 116. Play Tent (Indoor/Outdoor) 2

Play Tent

Doesn’t every kid love a tent?  Children at the age of 3 especially love a tent.  You can always go the old-school way of building a tent – using a blanket and chairs, but I like these tents because you can bring them outside.  Warning: these tents are relatively small compared to other toy tents; however, they take a up a large footprint in your home.  I would only recommend these to somebody who has enough space.  The  Liteaid Rocket Ship Tent and Girl’s Pink Princess Castle Play Tent with Glow in the Dark Stars by Pockos seem to be very popular on right now.  



17.  Mega Bloks – Building Blocks
Link:  Mega Bloks
17. Mega Bloks - Building Blocks 2

Mega Bloks First Builders Build’n Go Wagon

The Mega Bloks toy blocks have consistently kept our daughter entertained – beginning at age 1.5-years and still today (she is almost 4-years-old).  They are fantastic and much better than Legos for the young toddlers because these toy blocks are significantly larger than Legos.  I highly recommend the Mega Bloks First Builders Build’n Go Wagon as a supplement for your child to have a platform to build on.  


18.  Toy Lawn Mower
Link:   Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower Toy
18. Toy Lawn Mower

Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower Toy

We do not own this item, but I think we should.  Our daughter loves to help Mr. Mia mow our lawn, and it would be so adorable to watch her alongside her daddy.  This product also comes in pink.  The Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower Toy would be a great gift to give to a little 3-year-old boy or girl.   If you’re looking for toys recommendations for baby’s first years, check out Top 25 Baby and Toddler Toys.


19.  Tricycle
Link:  Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Tough Trike
19. Tricycle

Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Tough Trike

A tricycle is a staple item when it comes to toys (in our opinion).  Our daughter loves her ladybug tricycle.  My best friend’s son (who is almost 4-years-old) loves his motorcycle tricycle (Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Tough Trike) and it is adorable when he rides it.  Don’t forget to buy a helmet!



20.  Toy Grocery Shopping Cart
Link:  Little Tikes Shopping Cart
20. Toy Grocery Shopping Cart

Little Tikes Toy Grocery Shopping Cart

Grandma has a toy grocery shopping cart at her house, and this toy is a huge hit with our 3-year-old daughter every time she goes there.  Little Mia (our daughter) runs around the house carrying her animals and toy baby-dolls in the Little Tikes Shopping Cart and pretends that she is grocery shopping and it is adorable.


21.  Playtime Fruits and Veggies, by Melissa and Doug
Link:   Melissa and Doug Playtime Veggies and  Melissa and Doug Playtime Fruits
21. Playtime Fruits and Veggies, by Melissa and Doug

Playtime Fruits and Veggies, by Melissa and Doug

Our 3-year-old daughter loves to pretend make us dinner with the Melissa and Doug Playtime Veggies and  Melissa and Doug Playtime Fruits.  She will go on and on about how we need to eat healthy, which is amazing and adorable and hilarious to hear.  If you’re looking for toys recommendations for baby’s first years, check out Top 25 Baby and Toddler Toys.

22.   SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins

Link: SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins
22. SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins

SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins

The SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins with Omega 3 Fish Oil and Vitamin D are my favorite not only because they contain Fish Oil and Vitamin D, which I really like my little 3-year-old to have, but also because they are delicious and I sneak a couple too.  The SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins are fantastic “treats” for my daughter if she behaves well (which she will at the threat of not being able to have her “vitaminins”, as she calls it), and I have somehow tricked her into thinking that these are dessert.  

For more on the best baby care must-have items, check out our recommendations for the best baby humidifiers or for more information, check out the top 20 Tips and Essentials to Keep On Hand This Flu Season.



23.   Corduroy – Board Book 

Link:  Corduroy – Board Book 

23. Corduroy - Board Book

Corduroy – Board Book 

I’m not sure who loves Corduroy book more – my 3-year-old daughter or me.  Much like the 5-minutes story books, this is a book that I am more than happy to read to my child each night – it’s probably about a 3-4 minute read.  For a list of our favorite books for babies, check out Top 10 Baby Books.  

24.   Music, Music, Music

3-Year-Olds Love Music Image

If your 3-year-old child is similar to mine, that child will LOVE music.  From Taylor Swift, to some questionably appropriate rap music, to Disney songs, my child pretty much loves it all.  If you are looking for a gift for a 3-year-old, something with music would be fantastic.  






25.   Kid Ear Phones with Volume Control

Link:   Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids


25. Ear Phones with Volume Control for Kids


Ear Phones with Volume Control for Kids


When we went on a family vacation last year, we bought the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids for our 3-year-old daughter to use on the airplane.  We wanted headphones that would actually stay on her head, and that wouldn’t put her at risk for hearing loss due to loud volume.  The Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids are perfect for this because they not only fit her 3-year-old head perfectly, but they have a volume control feature that helps us not worry too much about the level of volume that she is listening to music (or watching an episode of Paw Patrol) on my iPad.




Where the Sidewalk Ends

Link:  Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings

15. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

The book Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings is Mr. Mia’s book that he reads to our daughter when he does the bedtime story.  For a list of our favorite books for babies, check out Top 10 Baby Books.



What’s your favorite product for a 3-year-old? Share it with us by commenting below!



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Hilarious Blog Post From a Fellow Mom Blogger – Very, Very Funny

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

You must read this blog post,  A Letter to My Childless, Pregnant Self, if you want to laugh your butt off.  This blogger is HILARIOUS.  

Here is a direct link to this blog post from this blogger’s website:  A Letter to My Childless, Pregnant Self.  You will laugh.  You might cry.  It’s that funny.

Top 3 iPhone Apps to Temporarily Distract Your Baby

1.Elmo Calls’
Elmo Calls is my favorite smartphone app, by far  You can “Face Time” with Elmo.  This app is awesome.  It’s just a quick call and they have a wide-variety of pre-recorded Elmo fun.  Works great when you need to distract your little one quickly. I pull this app out when I need to give my daughter saline spray up her nose (she’s not a fan of that, but this usually does the trick).   

2.  ‘I Hear Ewe’
My baby loves animal sounds with this app.  You just tap on different animals and they made a different noise. This is fun to do with your baby.

3.  ‘Alphababy’
I can’t locate artwork for this app, but just search for “AlphaBaby” on your phone.  In the Alphababy app, your little one just taps on the screen and a different letter of the alphabet, or a number, will pop up each time baby taps.  Each letter or number will be in a different color.  This app is great for the waiting room at the doctor’s office, because the app is still stimulating for your bored baby even when the app is muted (numbers and letters still pop up the screen). 

“Elmo Calls” iPhone App

6 Things To Do Before Baby Comes For a Happy Mama

(1)  Sign up for your Birth Club on +BabyCenter 

The BabyCenter website is a fantastic fountain of information for all-things-parenting.  The BabyCenter birth boards were an essential piece of me maintaining my sanity (somewhat) during my pregnancy and post-birth stages (aka., parenting). 
  • How the Birth Boards Work:  If you’re expecting your baby in, for example, December 2013, then sign up for the “December 2012 Birth Club” where you can chat with other women from all over the world who are due in the same month as you and many of whom are going through many of the strange pregnancy things as you.  This saved my sanity during pregnancy.            

(2)  Bring your own pillow to the Birthing Inn.

 Make a “things to pack last minute list” and make a note to yourself to pack your own pillow when the times comes for labor and delivery.  Hospital pillows are terrible. You can read more on my passion for this at Making Labor and Delivery Easier.

(3)  Read up on breastfeeding before the baby comes.  There is no worse time to learn about breastfeeding than when it’s not working for you and you have a screaming, hungry, newborn in your arms.  Read up on breastfeeding ahead of time.  If you’re opting out of breastfeeding, I highly recommend using Playtex Baby Drop-Ins Premium Nurser Bottles

(4)  Meet and choose your Pediatrician before the baby comes.  You’re going to have your hands tied once the baby comes, and there is nothing worse than not having a good feeling about your pediatrician.  Do this ahead of time. Read more about this at Why It’s Important to Choose a Pediatrician BEFORE Baby Comes.

(5)  Read a funny pregnancy book.  If you’re sick of the tone of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” pick up a funny pregnancy book to lighten your mood. My personal favorites are The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy, by Vicki Iovine, and Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Jenny McCarthy.  


(6)  Buy the Newborn Podster, by Leachco. This Leachco Newborn Podster will save your sanity, and you will not know how people have babies without it.  No, I do not work for or get paid by LeachCo. This is seriously my favorite baby product in the world.  I rant on and on about my love for this product in my post How Do People Have Babies Without These Podster Things? and at Top 5 Uses of the Newborn Podster and it is listed as our number one item on Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items.

The Newborn Podster


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This woman is hilarious.

I have a new favorite to add to my list of favorite blogs that I read.  The blog, called, The Bloggess, written by Jenny Lawson, is so stinkin’ funny that I sometimes snort when I read it because I’m laughing so hard.

Here is a video of The Bloggess that I found on YouTube of her reading some of her writing.  It’s very funny.

Daily Mom Humor – An Optimistic Birth Plan - You're a first-time mom with a detailed birth plan? Let me know how that works out for you.

You’re a first-time mom with a detailed birth plan?  Let me know how that works out for you.

Yeah, my “birth plan” did not go as planned.  That was not in the brochure!  

My water was supposed to break (just like it does in the movies), but nope.  I had to be induced.  And even after being induced, I failed to progress.  

After 24-hours of “labor” (contractions), I had “failed to progress,” and I ended up getting a C-section.  I was 0 cm dilated, and at a -3 station.


The worst part: they wouldn’t let me eat (and I was the hungriest pregnant person ever!), and then they wouldn’t let me drink (I was also the thirstiest pregnant person ever!).

Stay tuned for the story of my birth experience.

What experiences did you have with your ‘birth plan’?  Did your child birth experience go as planned?  

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Help! Baby HATES the Booger Sucker

Please share your experience(s) using Booger suckers 
with babies and toddlers in the comment section of this post.

The Booger Sucker battle with my sick 13-month-old toddler is wearing me down.  My baby toddler absolutely hates – actually, she despises –  the Booger Sucker (i.e., ‘nasal aspirator’).  Watch her run/speed-crawl in the opposite direction, as fast as she can, when she sees me pull it out.

Today, I drew a happy face on her Booger Sucker, desperately hoping that this would resolve my 13-month-old daughter’s phobia of her Booger Sucker by convincing her that it’s actually a “friendly booger sucker.”  This was my last resort. It didn’t work.   I don’t understand – she feels noticeably better using the Booger Sucker (which only occurs only when I am clever/fast enough to accomplish this).  

Ahh! Not the Booger Sucker!

1 of 4 Things Happen During Booger Sucking Time With My Toddler: 

    (1)  The “Mommy Ninja Sneak-Attack”:    I nonchalantly stick the booger sucker up her nose while she is completely focused on something else, such as her Elmo toy.   (Success Rate: 10%)

    (2)  The “Wresting Match: Mommy vs. Toddler”:    This is what it sounds like: a wrestling match between my 13-month-old daughter and me.  The sad part is that the spread for this match is 50/50.  I hate this method, and I only use it when I’m afraid she won’t be able to breathe for a nap or bedtime.  (Success Rate: 50%) 

    (3)  The “Mommy Surrenders” Failure:    I surrender to my little toddler, accepting that she is stronger than I.  Her extreme squirming and protests make me fear that I will either poke her eye or cause permanent emotional damage if I persist with booger sucking efforts.  (Success Rate: 0%)

    (4)  The “Mr. Peek-A-Boogie” Game:    I make Booger Sucking a game of Peek-a-Boo….aka. “Peek-a-Boogie” with Mr. Booger Sucker (I even drew him a face!).  But she is too smart for this nonsense.  My toddler is well aware that Mr. Booger Sucker is right behind mommy’s back, and she is well aware of Mr. Booger Sucker’s intentions.   (Success Rate: 10%)

      Hand-Draw Smiley Face: 
      “Mr. Peek-a-Boogy” 
      Happy Booger Sucker” 

      There has to be a better way to go about this Booger Sucker business – there has to be some brilliant mommy “tips and tricks” that the brilliant moms out there use –  moms who live in a happy land with happy toddlers who love their booger suckers.  (Don’t get me started on the Saline Spray…)   

      The Declaration of Booger Sucking Support for Moms:  Let this be a Support Forum and an Advice Board for mom’s and babies and toddlers who struggle with Booger Sucking.  I am well aware that we are not the only family that struggles with Booger Sucking.  

      Please share your struggles with Booger Suckers, and if you have any suggestions or advice on how to successful maneuver the booger sucking process with babies and toddlers, please, please, share your advice here on this posts comment section.

      – Signed, The Booger-Determined Mom


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