Toddler Milestones, Sensory Bins For Fun, Win a Year’s Worth of Birthday Gifts, and More :: Links of the Week

Between one World Cup match and another, take a look at our Links of the Week, handpicked with love by the weeSpring team. Stay cool and have a great weekend!

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– GROWTH: Stop saving your stickers
So often we don’t use the things that bring us joy; instead we choose to save them, thinking this will somehow prolong our enjoyment of them.  This lovely idea by The Art of Simple encourages us all to use our “stickers”–whatever that may be. Let your kids jump in muddy puddles (the laundry has to get done at some point anyway) or break out your nicest wine glasses to use when you order-in pizza.  Don’t discover too late that you had something of joy and beauty at your fingertips, only to let it slip by, too afraid to use it all up or break it.

– PARENTING: Wait Your Turn… Don’t Touch… Playdate Rules That Limit Learning (And What To Try Instead)
The immediate effect on little ones of “Share your toy”, “Don’t touch that!”, or “Wait your turn” is separating our kids instead of bringing them together. It might seem like a good idea–setting boundaries and good examples, but shouldn’t our goal for playdates, playgroups and preschool be to also encourage children to learn to play together, without constant oversight? (by Janet Lansbury – Elevating Child Care)


– PLAY: Over 200 Sensory Bins For Tactile Fun
Sensory bins are a great way for toddlers, preschoolers, and even kindergartners to learn about their senses. While kids are touching, smelling, listening and even sometimes tasting they’re exploring and learning without even realizing it. (by Kids Activities Blog)


– HEALTH: Major Developmental Milestones for Toddlers Aged 18 Months – 3 Years

While every baby and toddler learns at a different rate, there are some things that most children should know by a certain age. These milestones are just one of many ways to make sure you child (for the most part) is developing on par with other children the same age. As always, these are a guide and if you have any concerns or questions, don’t be afraid to talk with your child’s pediatrician at your next visit. (by The Jenny Evolution)


– PROMO: The Ultimate Best Gifts List + Win a Year’s Worth of Birthday Gifts
We’ve teamed up with Melissa and Doug (a perennial weeSpring fave) to give weeSpring parents a chance to win a year’s worth of birthday gifts. All you need to do is create a “Best Gifts weeList” that includes your favorite choices!  (And while you’re at it, check out some of our awesome partners, too, like Red Rover, Slidelane, and My Life and Kids.)

– FATHERHOOD: March Madness – My first 30 days as a father
A detailed account of the first month with a newborn daughter, as seen through the eyes of a sports fan (and father).

Ally Downey

Ally Downey is the founder and CEO of weeSpring. She's also the author of Here's the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood. You can follow her on Twitter at @allysondowney.

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