Toddler hairstyles and the froggy voice

The other day, I was looking for some hair inspiration for fun things to do with Liv. Her hair is getting so long, and I have a blast braiding and ponytail-ing it. It’s kind of an athletic event, because she’s usually walking around and playing while I follow, my hands intertwined in her hair and braiding as quickly as possible.

When I Googled, some hairstyles looked a little painful,


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and those belonging to girls who own something called a flipper.


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For Livi, my main goal is to keep her hair out of her face, and create a little staying power to last the carseat ride. Getting both of us dressed and out the door is an act of God itself, so I’m not about to complicate things with intricate hairstyles, as cute as they are. Her hair usually takes around 60 seconds to do– it’s all I’ve got!

Some favorites:

French braid:

Livis braid


French braid pigtails:

Braids  1 of 1





Twists into a top knot:

(couldn’t find any pics of this one!)

Side braid:



Crown braid:


Crown braid  1 of 1

Some tips:

-Practice braiding! My mom taught me how to braid my doll’s hair when I was three, so I’ve been doing it for a long time. I practice on my hair pretty often, which makes braiding others’ hair a piece of cake.


Since I’m a quick braider, I can do Liv’s hair before she gets too bored standing still, or while she’s walking around.

-Sometimes, I’ll do her hair after she finishes breakfast and is still in the high chair. This is the easiest way, since she’s entertained by Super Why! for a second and then all we have to do is get dressed for the day.

-Become friends with the twist. This is one of my favorite strategies to keep her hair out of her face and can go into ponytails, a bun or even just a clip. Fast, pretty and super simple!

This morning, she rocked two braids -she calls them her “Dorothy braids”- and was eating a snack. I took a little video of her singing, just to share how funny she is. She does this thing called the froggy voice and it cracks me up every time.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!



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  1. shelby on October 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my gosh how cute is she?!?!

  2. Paige@FitNotFad on October 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Oh my goodness…no words! She’s adorable. I’m jealous at your braiding skills….I never learned ๐Ÿ™ My curly hair is way too thin for braids anyway. Her hair’s getting so long too!

  3. Ramani on October 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    She is the cutest thing and you are the nicest Mommy EVER!

  4. Julie on October 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I can hardly do my own hair! I tried to do my little cousin’s hair once and she wasn’t happy – I didn’t want to make it tight but it would keep falling out!

  5. Livi on October 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    toooooooo cute! I need to practice my braiding for the little girls I babysit- their hair is always full of paint, food, etc… braids would be a big improvement haha

  6. leigh @ beach and back runner on October 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    So cute! Wish I knew how to braid like that!

  7. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on October 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    too cute! I love her froggy voice ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on October 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    The crown braid is BEAUTIFUL! I need to learn how to do it on my own hair! Livi’s got it going on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    These are all so super cute! I Love the braid you did on your hair – do you have a tutorial on that anywhere?

  10. Abby on October 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    How is she so big? Seems like you were just pregnant with her! She couldn’t be any more adorable!

  11. Maryz on October 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    OMG! She is so adorable! When my daughter was little, the best I could do was the pony tail with a clip to keep the bangs out of her eyes! I only wish I could have braided that fast!

  12. Pua on October 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    She’s so adorable! I love her froggy voice, but I especially like the part when she tells you she loves you. I think that’s one of the best gifts to get from your child! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Oh man, she is too cute!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. jasmine on October 19, 2013 at 12:43 am

    she speaks so well! my little one is 4 months behind Liv and starting to use her words more. today she tried mimicking me all day and I am shocked each time. it’s exciting. but I have tried braiding and it just does not work out. her hair in the back is so curly I haven’t learned to do much with it but thankfully the curls are super cute and can be kept they way they are. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Liza on October 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Mimicking is great! Keep talking to her and encouraging her to mimic you! Pause after you speak and give her a chance to “respond.” (Sorry, I’m a speech pathologist!).

      Gina, that “froggy” voice she is doing is called glottal fry. It’s very common for young college-aged women to go into glottal fry at the end of sentences (in American English at lease). She’s super cute btw!

  15. Sarah @ MarvelousDarling on October 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

    You’re lucky Livi’s hair is straight and silky! My mom always kept my hair long, but since it’s coarse and used to fall into ringlets (until I decided at age 8 that I wanted to look like Sandy at the end of Grease and chopped it all off…), it took about an hour to brush out regularly.

    She’s gorgeous, just like her mama!

  16. Valerie on October 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    So cute! I have a little boy so hair is not much of an issue but those are some great ideas!

  17. Jodie on October 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Love the braids. She is the cutest

  18. Emily on October 20, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Those pigtails are the cutest!

  19. Kath on November 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Love the video!!!

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