What’s Inside Your Diaper Bag – Spring Break Edition

Diaper bags are usually pretty consistent from mom to mom. You can probably find a few extra diapers, a pack of wipes, a package of crackers that are all crumbs by now, stray papers from appointments, receipts, etc., a small book or toy your baby loves, a pacifier,  and a few other odds and ends. There are usually seasonal objects you should throw in to make sure you’re prepared when you’re out with your little one in the changing weather.  Here are some important additions to your diaper bag for a hassle-free spring break:

Extra water bottle and straws

If your baby is old enough to drink out of a straw, you can just throw in an extra disposable water bottle if your family uses them, or even just fill up a standard reusable one so your baby can drink out of it with a straw. This way you don’t have to worry about leaky sippy cups or bottles. When it starts warming up outside and you need to keep your baby hydrated, straws are your best friend.

Heat-friendly snacks/Insulated Lunch Box

You might have gotten away with apple sauce pouches or bananas when it was cooler outside, but these snacks do not hold up well in warmer temperatures. Stock up on heat-friendly snacks or an insulated lunch box where you can keep fruit, veggies, dairy, (your sanity chocolate), and other snacks or drinks that need to stay cool.

Sunscreen

When the sun comes out after a long winter, you’ll likely be eager to get outside without. Even if it’s still a little bit cool, the sun can still cause damage to you and your kids’ skin, so keep some sunscreen in your diaper bag for those bright, sunshiny days.

Baby Hat

If your baby will tolerate it, keep a cute little hat in your bag to better protect them from the bright sun and shield their eyes. A hat with a chin-strap is probably your best bet for keeping it on your baby’s head.

Swim Diapers

A lot of shopping centers have splash pads that, on a nice sunny day, will be filled with children enjoying themselves. If you keep even just a single swim diaper on hand your baby won’t have to sit out on the fun.

Kid-friendly bug spray

Another often-forgotten item is bug spray. Especially in the spring when the rain leaves a lot of standing water, mosquitoes are bound to be buzzing around. Keep yourself and your baby bug-bite free by keeping a small bottle or stick of insect repellent in your diaper bag, separate from your food items, of course.

First-aid kit

Playing outside in the warm weather often means falling, and owies, especially on freshly-walking or crawling baby legs. Keep a few basic first-aid supplies on hand, such as antiseptic spray or wipes and band aids.

Hand-washing supplies

Playing outside usually means getting dirty. And that’s okay. But keeping some disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on hand can help you enjoy these nice spring days without getting sick. Wipe down those dirty park swings and sanitize those tiny baby fingers that have been pulling out grass to stay clean and germ-free.

Portable picnic blanket

A lot of mamas are eager to get out during spring break, so you might not always get a spot on a bench at the crowded park or a chair at the crowded pool. Consider keeping a portable picnic blanket or even just a lightweight baby blanket on hand when you need to pop a squat on the ground.

Empty grocery bags

Your diaper bag likely already has a spare change of clothes for blowouts and leaks, but when the potential for mud and water play enter the picture you might want to keep some empty grocery bags handy to keep them in until you can wash them.

 

Use this list to decide which spring break diaper bag items will be most useful to you, and let us know if there are any other handy items that we missed!

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The 6 Best of the Best Baby Pajamas

 

A good pair of baby pajamas can make or break you. Because, let’s be honest, you are going to need to select the best of the best pajamas that can take you from late-night feedings to diaper changes and beyond. Below are six of the best baby pajamas, in a variety of styles and price points.

1. HALO SleepSack ($26.95)
If you’ve read our post about safe sleep tips, you’ll know that it’s safest to keep baby in a crib without extra blankets, pillows or bumper pads. A sleep sack is a great solution for parents who want to ensure that baby is warm enough, while still maintaining sleep safety. And the HALO is the best of the best. With an inverted zipper that zips up from the bottom, diaper changes are no sweat. My husband and I used a sleep sack with our youngest and are kicking ourselves that we didn’t use one for our oldest.

2. HALO SleepSack Swaddle ($28.95)
If you like the idea of a sleep sack, but have a baby who loves to be swaddled, this is the sleep sack for you. This sleep sack features a 3-way adjustable swaddle (arms in, hands-to-face, one or both arms out) that adjusts to your baby’s sleep style. It also features a zipper that unzips from the bottom, so your baby stays swaddled during diaper changes. How great is that?

3. Old Navy Zip-Front One-Piece ($14.00)
I’m not going to lie, Old Navy makes a great pair of pjs. I like their footed, non-fleece pajamas, because they’re lighter weight, but still versatile. Plus, you have the option of selecting simpler colors and patterns, which is a nice break from all of the in-your-face character selections out there. If you’re worried about using the Owlet with footie pajamas, have no fear… the sleep sock is low profile enough to fit comfortably and opperate normally under footie pj’s.

4. Carter’s Fleece Snap Front Footie (From $10.80)
After having a NICU baby that practically lived in pajamas for her first three months, I have to say that Carter’s makes the best fleece footed pajamas. They just do. They wear well, they have options with snaps or with zippers, which is nice, and there are a lot of different styles to choose from. Also, I feel like they’re always on sale, so I’ve scored some from $10 or less.

5. Candy Kirby Designs Knotted Gown ($28.00)
If sleep gowns are more your cup of tea, you must give these a try. The lap neck and soft knit fabric make them the best gowns of all the gowns. Seriously, these are so soft, and are easy to knot/unknot for diaper changes. And the color/pattern options are luscious. Plus, you’re supporting an awesome small business that manufactures everything in the USA, which I always think is an added bonus.

6. Hanna Andersson Baby Sleeper ($36.00)
Hanna Andersson pajamas are my absolute favorite. They are well made, cute and so versatile. The only slight negative about their newborn pjs is the fact that they don’t make them footed, but that means that your babe will be able to wear them longer. So you definitely see a great return on your investment. Plus, they go on sale a lot, so you can score some at a discount. (And you can also get matching pajamas for yourself, your partner, your bigger kids and/or your pets. Amazing, right?)

What are your favorite styles of baby jammies?

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Bath Must-Haves For Fun in the Tub

Bath time with baby will soon become one of your favorite activities to do together. We want to give you a list of bath must-haves to invest in so you can enjoy this time all the more.

  1. Bath tubs

When your baby is still tiny, bathing your baby in a sink is great so you can have better control over the splashing and bathtime fun. Here are some of our favorite bathtub options:

Puj Tub

I used this tub with all three of my babies and loved it. It is easy to use and especially easy to store. It snaps together easily and unsnaps flat for easy storage.

4moms Tub

Not only does this tub include a thermometer so you’ll know how warm the water is, it also keeps a steady flow of clean water into the tub.

Blooming Bath Baby Bath

Now, doesn’t this bathtub look comfy! If you are looking for a soft bathtub that you can lay inside a sink, this is the one to use.

Or, if you’d prefer to bathe them in the bathtub, try these extra sturdy models:

Summer Infant 1-2-3 Taking a Bath

With a canopy back, and a holder for you to place baby’s body wash, this is a good, inexpensive alternative.

Fisher-Price® Baby Bath Tub

This is a bathtub that you can use up until your baby is a toddler and includes a soft slingback for a newborn use that can eventually be removed.

  1. Bath soap

Babyganics Bubble Bath

This brand’s line of products are as natural as you can get with an over-the-counter product. This wash is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, artificial fragrances or dyes. You’ll feel good bathing your baby in these bubbles.

Tubby Todd

This is another great option if you are looking for something that is safe for the tiniest newborn and toddler and extra-gentle for sensitive skin. It also smells yummy – it’s a blend of Lavender and Rosemary (slightly sweet and tropical with hints of coconut and lavender).

Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash

This product contains oatmeal to moisturize and relieves dry skin and moisturizes it for up to 24 hours. Clean and simple.

  1. Bathtime Accessories

You don’t want to forget to add more bathtime accessories to make it extra enjoyable for baby. Of course, you’ll want some washcloths, bath towels and body lotion to help round out bath time. We like body lotion that comes in a pump, so you can keep one hand on baby at all times.

Bath toys are also a good idea to keep baby distracted so you can give them a good cleaning. Squishy bath toys that float are entertaining for them to look at, stacking bath toys are fun when they can sit up, and these foam alphabet letters are easy for babies to hold and stick to the tub when they get wet.

With these bath tips, we know you will love this special time with your baby at bath time! What are your favorite bathtime routines and products?

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Nursery Must-Haves | Roundup of the Best Rockers, Gliders and Chairs

One of the important furniture items for your nursery is the perfect, comfy chair. Whether it rocks, glides or is stationary, I have a roundup of the best rockers, gliders and chairs, at various price points.

Rocking Chairs

POÄNG Rocking Chair at IKEA ($179)
This pick may not have all the bells and whistles, but you can’t beat the price. It comes in over a dozen colors, and also happens to be really comfortable.

Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker at Target ($500)
I love that Target is bringing its A-game with high design at a more affordable price point. The fact that this rocker features a deep seat is an added bonus.

Urban Rocker at Pottery Barn (Starting at $799)
This option is great because you can select various colors and fabrics; you’re paying a higher price for the quality. You can also purchase a coordinating ottoman, which is great if that’s part of your nursery decor plan.

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