Holidays

The Best Personalized Christmas Gifts for Kids

Growing up, one of The Salty Mamas (Christine) found her name on every pencil or bike license plate in town. While the other Mama (Jaymi) had more of a challenge. And while we didn’t veer too far outside of more traditional names, the internet means never having to miss out on awesome personalized gear. Which means amazing opportunities for personalized Christmas gifts for kids.

Here are some of our favorites, that might just be showing up under our trees this year.

This year, make the holiday extra special with these personalized gifts! #holidays #christmasgifts #christmaspresents #giftsforkids #bestgifts2018 #bestgiftsforkids #kidsgifts2018 #bestchristmaspresents #christmasgifts2018

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Mom Humor

Moms Guide to Surviving Kids and Daylight Saving Time

Arguably one of the worst things about kids is that many of them have an irrational hatred for sleep. The worst part of parenting is navigating all of the things that mess up our kids already delicate sleep cycles: teething, climate change. But the greatest of these is Daylight Saving Time. We here at The Salty Mamas firmly believe in keeping it real, so we won’t lie to you. Dealing with the time change is going to SUCK. BUT, there are a few things you might be able to do to help cope with the double trouble of kids and Daylight Saving Time.

Parenting is hard. Parenting during Daylight Saving Time is a nightmare. Here are some tips to help cope from The Salty Mamas! #daylightsaving #daylightsavinghumor #daylightsavingandkids #kidsanddaylightsaving #survivingdaylightsavingtime #dealingwithdaylightsaving #copingwithdaylightsaving #momlife #parenting #parentingduringtimechange #kidsandtimechange #dealingwithtimechange #kidssleepduringtimechange

Good luck, and we’re pulling for you.

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Toddlers

5 Ways You Should Be Teaching Toddlers About Consent

Consent is a huge issue in today’s climate. As we’ve started to realize, kids are never to young to start learning about what consent is, and how to receive and give it. That means you should already be teaching toddlers about consent. As parents, we are the front line in facilitating these discussions and teaching consent to kids. Perhaps more importantly, it’s also our jobs to model this behavior in our own lives. Here are 5 ways to model consent in your everyday lives.

It's never too soon to start teaching toddlers about consent. Here are five great tips on how to begin from The Salty Mamas! #consent #consentforkids #consentfortoddlers #consentforpreschoolers #teachingtoddlersconsent #teachingkidsaboutconsent #howimportantisconsentforkids #consenteducation #educatingkidsaboutconsent #educatingtoddlersaboutconsent #consentandpreschoolers #consentinpreschool #momlife #parenting #adviceforMoms
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Why We're Salty

The Unwritten Rules for Parents During Open Gym

We love going to open gym with the kids. We love the energy our kids get our running and jumping and tumbling. We love watching our kids learn balance on the beam and strength on the bars. However, we do not always love that some people take the “open” part of open gym a little too far. With dozens of kids running around, it can turn a little Lord of the Flies real quickly without parents being involved. And while we’re generally team “Let the Kids Explore and be Kids” there are just too many kids at an open tumbling session for us to stick to this. To keep some order, we submit to you the unwritten rules of open gym:

Help make tumbling a whole lot more fun for EVERYONE with these 6 simple rules! #opengym #tumbling #kidsgymnastics #toddlergymnastics #minigymnast #somersaults #summersaults #letsplay #playforkids #toddlerplay #YMCA #YMCAclasses #gymnasticsattheYMCA #itsfuntogototheYMCA
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Mom Humor

Most Hillarious “My Kid is Crying” Tweets

If you have kids, you are NO stranger to all the crazy reasons that they’ll throw a fit. And yet, no matter how many tantrums you’ve witnessed, you’ll never stop being amazed at the things kids can freak out over. So we scoured Twitter for some of the funniest, craziest, most ludicrous reasons kids cry. Then, we asked our followers – Why did your kids cry?

25 of the most ridiculous reasons our kids cried! #momhumor #mommyhumor #mykidiscryingbecause #mytoddleriscryingbecause #reasonskidscry #tantrums #terribletwos #momlife #dadlife #funnytweets #besttweets #funniesttweets #momlifetweets #momtweets #twitter #momtwitter

Here’s what they told us!

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Cleaning

Tips for Getting Your Preschooler to Clean Their Room

One of the most epic battles we wage as parents, is the war against clutter. There’s so. much. stuff. EVERYWHERE. And unfortunately for us, our little ones probably aren’t very good at cleaning it up on their own. But that doesn’t mean hope is lost. There are some great preschool and toddler room cleaning tips that can help you keep your sanity. And keep their rooms clean.

Here are seven of our favorites!

Kids are messy, so here are 7 tips to help them learn how to keep their rooms clean! #cleaningtips #cleaningforkids #kidscleaningtips #toddlercleaningtips #preschoolercleaningtips #cleaningwithkids #kidscleaningtips #kidscleaninghacks #hacksforcleaningwithkids #toddlercleaninghacks #playroomcleaningtips #playroomcleaninghacks #howtogetmykidtoclean #howtogetyourkidtoclean #howtomakecleaningfun

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The Wonderful Ones

How to Keep a One Year Old Busy! GUARANTEED!

Ah, one year olds. All the moxie of a full-grown toddler, but none of the interest in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. And while the real fun and games of toddlerhood seem to hit around two, our kids definitely grow out of the “baby” stage well before then. We’re left with this not-so-fun in between time where our kids are more active than babies, but cannot yet be bribed. Worse still, they often will refuse to sit through a 21 minute episode of something bright and cartoony so we can just make dinner already! It’s not like I don’t love sitting with my one year old and playing Pat-a-Cake until my hands are raw, but sometimes I just have to get something done. And if I could find a way to entertain my toddler while they’re sitting next to me also doing something she enjoys, then hurray for us both!

Here are some things I’ve found that actually entertain a one year old.

Fine five activities that are guaranteed to entertain your one year old! from The Salty Mamas! #toddlers #howtoentertaintoddlers #howtoentertainbabies #toystoentertaintoddlers #besttoysfortoddlers #bestbooksfortoddlers #bestgamesfortoddlers #bestbookforbaby #bestbooksforbabies #bestgameforbabies #bestgamesforbabies #besttoyforbaby #besttoysforbabies

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Holidays

Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest with Kids

My birthday is in October, and luckily for me, every beer garden in the world has decided to throw me a party complete with live music, tons of people and – of course – giant steins of beer. Now, I’m not delusional enough to think that every Oktoberfest in Long Beach is actually thrown in celebration of my birthday, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t spend many years taking full advantage of this easy to throw party. I mean, who doesn’t want to go to Oktoberfest?!? But the harder question is, Who wants to go to Oktoberfest with kids?

Not me.

Standing in front of a large crowd chugging a stein of beer just doesn’t have the same appeal when my three kids are part of the audience. But the truth is that somewhere along the line I ended up enjoying so much more about Oktoberfest than just the beer. And I found myself wanting to find a way to share some of that with my kids. Here are some cool ideas of ways to celebrate Oktoberfest with your kids.

Just because you have kids doesn't mean you can't rock Okctoberfest! #oktoberfestwithkids #oktoberfestlongbeach #oktoberfestlb #alpinevillage #alpinemarket #octoberactiviteswithkids #octoberwithkids #fallactivitieswithkids #kidsandbeer #germankids #teachingkidsaboutoktoberfest #oktoberfestcrafts #oktoberfestcraftsforkids

This post was sponsored by Cool Cabins. As always, all thoughts and opinions are those of The Salty Mamas. You can read more at our legal page

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Momsquad

9 Moms You Need for the Best Advice

If there’s one things Moms hate, it’s unsolicited advice from people that aren’t particularly helpful. Because everyone has an opinion and is more than happy to offer their advice for Moms. But that’s not to say that all advice is bad. In fact, one of the best things you can do as a new Mom is start building your roster of other Moms you can go to for help. Because you will have questions – so. many. questions. And sometimes you need a very specific type of answer.

Here are the nine different types of Mom friends you need to have on deck for when you need advice.

Moms need all the help they can get - especially from these 9 types of friends! #Momsquad #Momadvice #adviceformoms #advicefromMoms #DearAbby #advicefornewparents #adviceformomtobe #adviceforyoungmoms #breastfeedingadvice #advicefornewparents #momfriends #typesofmomfriends

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Bouncing Babies

Why You Shouldn’t Find Out Your Baby’s Sex

Ah the age old debate about whether you should find out your baby’s sex (and have a kickin’ gender reveal) before they’re born! There are two kinds of people in the world: The kind that think you’re absolutely insane if you don’t find out and, well, me.

That’s right, I’m team “Don’t Find Out!” And yes, it drives people crazy (but more on that later). Now, I’ve never been super into the argument that there are so few surprises in life – because it’s sort of a surprise no matter when you find out. And lest you think that I don’t know what I’m talking about, we actually did find out once, so I’ve lived both ways. And I can confidently say that should we go for #4, we won’t be finding out the sex.

Here are the reasons we love not knowing!

Six reasons we chose NOT to find out our babies sex! #genderreveal #itsaboy #itsagirl #babyshower #babygender #shouldIfindoutbabiessex #whytofindoutbabyssex #whytonotfindoutbabyssex #whentofindoutbabyssex #shouldIhaveagenderreveal #genderrevealideas #baby #babies #momlife Continue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Find Out Your Baby’s Sex”