Crank-operated camping lantern stands in for a night light — no batteries required

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Julia's money-saving, battery-saving, fear-of-the-dark solution: Sometimes a night light just isn’t enough for our sometimes dark-shy five year old. She was begging to take battery-operated flashlights to bed with her each night but we quickly grew tired of the incessant need to replace the batteries after the flashlight was left on a night or two […]

Turn a crib sheet into a non-kickable toddler blanket

Brilliant cool-weather problem-solving, Jessica! My toddler wakes every night crying because she kicked off the blanket and is cold. I took another crib sheet and cut the elastic away except for the two corners on the ends. I tuck those corners under the mattress and let the rest of the sheet cover her. She can't […]