Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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Keeping Your Toddler Off Your Couch..Literally

I would like to stress to all you parents out there how important it is to keep your kids off drugs and your toddlers off the couch.  And yes, I did put both of those points in the same sentence as both of those scenarios are extremely stressful.

Obviously, Sayle is not even close to the age where he even understands the concept of drugs, but he IS of the age where he understands the concept of climbing and that certainly keeps me on edge. My little monkey climbs chairs, tables, bookshelves, and the most fun of them all-the couch.  Like I mentioned in my “Really, Dad??! Really?” blog, Sayle has fallen off of the couch, even with adult…or daddy rather-supervision right there.

I get the allure of the couch, I struggle with it too.  Our couches actually call you to come lay on them as they are extremely comfortable.  The chocolate leather is wonderful once you get all cozy and warm your spot up, they are extremely bouncy, and they are big.  Not to mention, part of the attraction for Sayle is that the adults sat on them, therefore they must be a good time.  But toddlers don’t just climb on the couch to sit, at least I’ve never seen them do that.  Toddlers usually climb up there and then walk around or jump.

Laid back with Elmo and his friends

Here’s the thing-couches, much less slick leather couches, and toddlers don’t mix-kind of like how bookshelves and toddlers don’t mix.  The toddler spends several minutes trying to climb on the couch-sometimes screaming in frustration when he can’t immediately hop up there; the toddler stands up in victory once he gets on the couch by himself, and then loses his balance while doing the victory dance, hence hurting himself.

Yes, that is usually how that plays out.  Nobody wins but the couch.

After fighting many battles of trying to keep Sayle from climbing and dancing on the couch, we found a solution that works for everyone.  The Elmo couch.

The Elmo couch is a toddler size couch that actually unfolds to a little toddler futon bed for your living room, and it rocks!  Sayle loves his couch and for the most part, has stayed off of the big couches since he has his own couch.  It is small enough that you can throw it in the back of your car, or Swagger Wagon, if you’re going on over night visits, yet big enough for you to snuggle with your little one while laying on it (I can lay on it with Sayle if I’m laying on my side). When you unfold it to the futon, there is also a little sleeping bag component to it to keep them warm.

The couch covering is easily washable, which is important since Sayle appears to spill juice and anything else all over it, and it slips back on easily!  The couch is made from foam, but don’t be put off by that as Sayle has flopped all over his couch and the foam has kept perfect form.

If you are like me and stressed about your toddler climbing up on the couch, busting out their teeth or messing up their sweet face when they fall, I encourage you to go purchase one of these couches at Toys R Us.  I assure you the couch is cheaper and more convenient than an emergency room visit.

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