Spring Fashion For Boys That We ALL Can Agree On!

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Winter was long and cold, and we had record snowfalls in Texas!  While it was fun, we are so glad that spring is here and we can enjoy the sunshine outdoors.  Spring means green grass, flowers, Easter, and FUN!  I wanted to get the boys matching outfits to wear to church on Easter Sunday and for spring pictures, but apparently the Captain is "over" matching with his brothers, so we settled on coordinating outfits.  We went to Carter's and were greeted with adorable clothes in gorgeous spring colors.  The Easter shop at Carter's is full of vibrant colors, florals for girls, and new classics for boys.  You can go with dressy styles, coordinating accessories, and even "My First Easter" products for babies.

#SpringIntoCarters #adWhile I wanted to choose everything, I let the boys go with the mission of finding something that fit their individual styles.  D immediately went to a beautiful blue shirt …. of course!  He loves blue!  He held on to that shirt for the duration of our shopping trip.  He was so proud!  Then, the Captain worked with D's choice to find a cute plaid short sleeved shirt and some khaki pants.  I then visited the baby boy section to pick out the most adorable navy blue romper with marlins on it for Baby Brother.  We were set and everyone was happy!  Oh and Carter's always has great sales, which makes Mom and Dad happy.

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After we had agreed on Easter Sunday outfits, I let them choose a few other items and I visited the clearance section.  The Captain loves sports clothes more than just about anything, so I let him pick out this outfit, that he wears every chance he gets, like during this trip to the zoo.
#SpringIntoCartersAll of the clothes at Carter's are stylish, comfortable, and fun!  There is definitely something for all personalities.  While we were there, I also picked up a set of adorable long sleeved onesies for Baby Brother.  They are so soft and comfortable.  I love to dress him in these at night because they don't ride up and expose his back while he sleeps.  They are also great for chilly spring days.#SpringIntoCarters #ad

Through April 5th, you can save 50% off of everything in the store!  BUT, before heading to Carter's to stock up on the new spring essentials such as tees, shorts, tunics, leggings, tops, polos, dresses, skirts, and much more, print out this coupon to save even more.  Or log on to Carters.com and use the code to save big without leaving your home.  (Note that this savings coupon expires April 5, 2015.)  Check out the Swim Shop while you're there and get ready for warmer days, now up through sizes 7-12.  I'll be going back to pick up some swimwear with UPF 50+.carters_0326_marchblogger_coupon

The New, Simple Way To Protect The Sheets from Bedwetting – PeapodMats {giveaway, too!}

This post that shows you how to protect the sheets from bedwetting is brought to you by PeapodMats.  All opinions are mine.

PeapodMats for BedwettingWhen kids and pets are in your house, it seems like accidents always happen.  Even with the best diapers or overnight protection, there seems to always be those nights when someone drinks way too much before bedtime and is far too sleepy to wake up and use the restroom.  Or when somone is sick with a tummy bug and can't make it to the trash can in time.  You know how it is!  Most often for us, however, it is an unanticipated, unknown deluge in the middle of the night.  I'll go check on the kids at 2 AM and D will be soaked and snoozing right through it.  So, I change him while he is half asleep, but I don't want to change all of the sheets on the bed, along with a mattress protector underneath.  So what's an easier solution?  Something that lays over the mattress that the child sleeps on!  I've tried this, actually…I threw a towel over the sheet, but it got all bunched up, wasn't comfortable, and didn't really absorb as much as you would think.

PeapodMats were created with parents in mind.  They lie flat on top of sheets and stay in place with a grippy material underneath.  This allows kids to sleep comfortably in bed without bunching underneath.  There is also no "plastic crinkle" sound every time the child turns over!  

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The PeapodMats are made with three layers -

TOP:  cotton terry for comfort and breathability, stitched grid to prevent bunching

MIDDLE:  cushioning fibers to absorb moisture

BOTTOM:  coated and brushed to prevent leaking and to grip surfaces

Unlike other products for kids, PeapodMats can be used for a lot of different purposes after bedwetting is over.  Think pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, travel mat, vehicle seat protector, beach mat, park mat, tummy time mat, changing mat, playpen mat, bathing mat, nap mat, sleepovers, campouts, adult incontinence, bedrest, and much, much more.  

PeapodMats come in different sizes and colors.  Check out the helpful PeapodMats website for more information.  Visit their "Retailers" information to purchase, or visit Amazon to see what's in stock!  

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The New, Upgraded Pack ‘n Play ® Is Perfect From Newborn – Toddler

#AtHomeWithGraco ADTracking PixelThis Pack ‘n Play® post has been brought to you by Graco®.  All opinions are mine.

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The one product that I have used from the Captain's second day of birth is the Graco® Pack ‘n Play®.  We set it up in our room before he was born and it was awesome for middle of the night changes, and a comfy place for him to sleep while in our room.  We used it as his bed anytime we traveled, and also did the same for the other two boys.  This is the ONE product that truly is great from newborn – toddler age.  A friend of mine has two – one to keep at home and one in the car.  It allows her toddling baby to have a safe place to play at the water park, park, or other outdoor events if she needs to tend to her older children.  It is just so multifunctional and I recommend everyone add it to their baby registry!

Last week, I attended a party for the NEW Graco® Pack ‘n Play® Playard Portable Napper & Changer™.  It was well attended by other bloggers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, along with Massive Sway representatives, and a knowledgeable Graco rep, who told us all about this updated playard.  We were all in awe over this awesome product.  (And also in awe of the precious 2 week old baby that was there, trying it out!)  My favorite feature of the playard was the option for a newborn to sleep in the portable napper or the bassinet part and all you have to do is flip the napper over to create a changer that can be easily wiped off.  This is something that even *I* can do at 3 AM!  And while there are two wheels on the playard, which makes for easy mobility, the removable napper/changer can be easily carried around the house to make the perfect spot during the daytime hours.

At the live Graco® There were many fun friends to meet, snacks to eat, and cool Graco stuff!  There were also stairs.  Stairs entice babies and toddlers.  Stairs are a mom's worst enemy. 

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I loved getting to hang out with fellow mommy bloggers from the area and listening to what the Graco rep had to say about this helpful product.  Plus…did I mention the adorable babies?  So, so sweet!
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If you know any new or expectant parents or grandparents, THIS is the one product I definitely recommend.  Graco® products are dependable and honestly, it's my favorite baby brand.  Graco® is a leading innovator of baby and children's products that are trusted by millions of parents.  Car seats, strollers, travel systems, swings, high chairs, playards, and nursery care essentials are all quality and helpful for parents, grandparents, guardians, and childcare providers.

The features of the Graco® Pack ‘n Play® Playard Portable Napper & Changer™ are beyond awesome:

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Our Journey of Firsts {Giveaway and Twitter Party, too!}

This journey of firsts post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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I never imagined that I would be the mother of three boys, but I am, and it is pretty awesome.  I remember distinctly many firsts in each of the boys' lives.  That first sweet smile, giggle, crawl, or step!  I am glad that I have kept a first year calendar for each of the boys, however, or I would not remember when certain "firsts" happened in the boys' lives.  I have learned though that when firsts happen does not really matter.  What matters is that babies are surrounded with love and support….and sweet celebration when little ones roll over, crawl, walk or talk for the very first time!

From the first time parents see their little one on a sonogram to the first evening home from the hospital, this Pampers “Firsts” video showcases precious, heart-felt moments babies and parents share together.  Pampers recognizes that all first moments, no matter how big or small, are moments to be cherished and celebrated. Pampers is honored to be a part of the journey of firsts for millions of families around the world every day.  Grab a tissue and watch this incredibly sweet video!

Pampers Swaddlers was the first diaper each of the boys wore in the hospital after they were born.  Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and the first diaper worn by millions of babies.  I always loved the sweet smell of Pampers Swaddlers, the the soft feel against baby's skin.  These are quality diapers that you can depend on when you have so many other things to worry about!

Pampers Swaddlers are now available up through size 6.  Pampers listened to parents and have provided us with the dependability and soft, sweet diapers through the journey of firsts through the diapering years.  Swaddlers offer up to 12 hours of protection so, if your baby isn't sleeping through the night, (mine didn't and Baby Brother still doesn't!) you can rest assured that it's not a leaky diaper that's to blame.  You CAN depend on the color changing wetness indicator and Absorb Away Liner® to pull wetness and mess away from babies’ skin.

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Having Fun and Reaching Milestones with Baby Brother (VTech giveaway, too!)

This milestones post was brought to you by VTech.  All opinions are mine.  The VTech product, giveaway, and information have been provided by VTech.

Baby Brother turned ONE last week!  In some ways, it seems like just yesterday that we found out we were having a baby and in others, it seems like oh so long ago.  Many nights with little sleep will do that to you, I have found.  (No, still not sleeping through the night, but that's ok!)    He is his own little person and is doing things at his own pace.  It has been fun watching him reach the milestones.  For awhile he wasn't into mobility.  He rolled over about three times before 6 months old and I really began to worry.  But, once he learned that he could move, he took off and hasn't stopped.  Rolling over, scooting, crawling, and after he turned 11 months old, walking!  And his mimicking sounds and learning to talk is really taking off now, too.  Oh and his temper…wow.  He is definitely a toddler!  His favorite thing is probably music, creating it, listening to it, and dancing to it, too!

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Baby Brother is like any toddler…into anything and everything.  I like to have toys available to him that encourage learning and thinking and VTech toys do just that.  I never really thought about what goes in to toy making, but I recently learned that VTech works closely with a panel of children's learning experts as they develop new toys that children will love and learn from!  Milestones are broken down into three categories:

  1. Language and Cognitive
  2. Social and Emotional Development
  3. Physical and Motor

It's important to remember that each child is different and each child learns, develops, and reaches milestones at their own pace!  VTech clearly describes recommended age, milestones, and educational aspects of each toy they develop.VTech TrainDr. Lise Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A Chicago native, she received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and did post-doctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to more than 50 published peer-reviewed journal articles and magazine pieces on children’s brain and mental development, Dr. Eliot has authored two books.  Dr. Eliot has answered a few questions about children and milestones and I have included her answers below:

Q. As a parent, what are your suggestions on things I can do with my child to help them develop their social and emotional skills? What are ways I can help my child to get the most of their playtime? 
A. Social-emotional skills are the bedrock of learning, so good for you for taking an interest in cultivating them in your child.  The best way to promote emotional and interpersonal skills is through interaction–reading, singing and lots of talking with your child.  Make eye contact with him or her. Laugh together.  Direct your child's attention to interesting things in your environment.  When you read together, ask your child questions about the characters' thoughts and feelings. This can help build empathy. Another way to think about it is to use books or videos as a stepping stone for dialogue with your child.  It's the two-way, back-and-forth sharing of words and feelings that build emotional and communication skills.  Playtime has ample opportunity to do this, whether you are visiting the zoo, finger-painting, or playing with toys.  Take every opportunity to talk about the feelings and relationships among characters your child is drawing or playing with.
 
Q. As a stay-at-home mom, I feel like I'm responsible for most of my toddler's learning the first couple of years. How can I ensure that I'm teaching him all he needs to know? What are the best games or play to help him learn basics things like numbers, colors, words, etc.?
A. Children learn through play, so almost any activity is a learning opportunity for your child.   Show your child how to count banana slices at lunch time, or toothbrush strokes at bedtime.  Read ABC books to him to teach letter sounds and recognition.  But don't worry too much about academic skills in younger children.  Most important at this age is for children to learn the joy of discovery.  Try to avoid drilling exercises (like flashcards) and instead focus on learning about the real world around him–animals, people, vehicles, music, art–whatever you encounter through books or the world outside that excites your child.  When kids find a passion and get absorbed in it, early literacy and number skills follow easily.
 
Q. What if it seems like your child isn't reaching a particular milestone, what can you do to facilitate the learning of it?  While every child is different, are there any Milestones (when not achieved on schedule) a parent should be concerned about?
A. It's important for parents to know what milestones to expect, because failure to reach them can be a warning sign of a developmental delay.  For social skills, we like to see babies making eye contact early on, and worry if it doesn't happen by 3 months or age, or if s/he is not sharing facial expressions or some other kind of back-and-forth communication by 9 months. For language skills, we worry when children are saying no words by 16 months, or only a few words at 2 years, and when there is any loss of communication ability at any age.  For motor skills, it is concerning if a baby cannot bring an object to his or her mouth by 7 months, sit independently by 10 months, or walk by 18 months. If your child isn’t reaching these milestones, talk to your pediatrician, who may propose additional testing and exercises you can do with your child at home to promote his or her development.
 
Q. My 2 year old (26 months to be exact) barely talks unless she wants to.  She has two older siblings who tend to speak for her.  She can string a few words together like "me up" or "love you."  How can we encourage her to talk more and what VTech products would be most beneficial for her?
A. There's a simple equation to verbal development:  "Language in = Language out"  The more words you and others address to your child, the larger her own vocabulary will eventually be.  You are right that younger children sometimes do have trouble getting a word in edgewise in a big family.  Find opportunities when your daughter can be the only one speaking.  Try to carve out some one-on-one time, when you are just focused on each other, and make sure to listen and respond to every word or babble she makes, acting as if you understand her.  Imitate her words and sounds and offer lots of praise.  Just giving your child the confidence that she is being heard will provide great reinforcement to encourage her to speak more.
Also, VTech's infant toys can promote this language development since most produce simple words or phrases that babies love to control.  Toys such as Cody The Smart Cub™ and Cora The Smart Cub™ introduce children to first words, emotions, stories, sing-alongs, and more.
 
Q. How do doctors come up with specific milestones for each age group? What are some milestones for older age groups (up to age 9)?
A. Infant developmental milestones have been cataloged by studying thousands of babies from all walks of life.  In healthy children, the various milestones emerge in a predictable sequence and time, give or take a few weeks or months.  This predictable pattern is due to the maturation sequence of the developing brain, along with the typical sequence of practice most babies engage in, given their gradually growing strength and coordination.  Some milestones you can look for as your child gets older include: able to draw a circle at age 3, asking lots of "Why" questions at age 4, knowing his or her letters at age 5, tying shoes at age 6, reading aloud fluently at age 7, and a big spurt of social independence beginning at 8-9 .

Q. What are some of the benefits of teaching children sign language at a young age to help improved their cognitive, motor and social skills? How can teaching sign language to my child help promote more than language development?  How can sign language help stimulate a child’s brain in other ways?

A. The research on sign language is not terribly strong, but enough has been done to indicate that sign language may benefit your child's overall language development. The more words addressed to babies, whether spoken or gestured, the faster their own vocabulary growth. Sign language also has the advantage that it is easier for babies to communicate using simple gestures, compared to oral articulation.  So especially in the first year of life, some babies find it easier to communicate their needs when taught simple signs, and may express less frustration than infants who were not exposed to baby signing.

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Baby Brother has really taken a liking to the VTech Chomp & Count Dino.  He learned how to "feed" the dinosaur and loves to play with him!  It also has counting games and D loves to help him with that, too.  It's a fun toy that has kept Baby Brother engaged and learning.  And I love it because as Baby Brother grows, he will learn how to use this toy more and learn from it, too!

What milestone has your child reached most recently?  

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Stress-Free Mealtime with Baby – You Can Depend on Gerber and Save-A-Lot

 

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Baby Brother rarely finds a food that he doesn't love.  He loves to taste, nibble, and chew on just about anything he can get his hands on.  I am noticing that he IS turning into an official toddler and beginning to reject some foods that he isn't crazy about.  This makes it difficult when we are eating outside of the home.  I like to always have a few things in my diaper bag that I know he will eat and enjoy, so we can avoid fussy baby.  

The Captain had a soccer game a couple of weeks ago and it was cold.  Not bitterly cold, but it was definitely a shock to this warm weather loving Texan.  Both D and Baby Brother were not happy, so I pulled out the Gerber yogurt puffs and sat them on a blanket and they stopped caring about how they hated being there.  They just happily stuffed their faces!  (See Baby Brother was wearing the Captain's jacket….unprepared mommy left his coat in the car!)

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We recently visited a Save-A-Lot store for the first time. I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at the new things that I found. Save-A-Lot has a produce section, meat department, lots of refrigerated and frozen food, and of course pantry staples.  But did you know that Save-A-Lot now has the Gerber baby snacks and foods that babies love? I stocked up on the yogurt melts that Baby Brother adores. We go through quite a lot of those because D, at almost 4, still loves them as well! 

 

 

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Baby Brother doesn't mess around with being spoon fed, but he can quickly devour a Gerber Graduates Grabbers.  It is a (usually) mess free meal for him.  I found them at a great price at Save-A-Lot, along with a few other snacks:

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Make sure to visit your local Save-A-Lot for the Gerber snacks and foods your little one loves!

For the chance to win a $25 Save-A-Lot gift card to get more Gerber goodness, check out the Smart Shopper Club Sweepstakes on the Save-A-Lot Facebook page.

Prepare For Dry Winter Skin and Soothe Irritating Eczema

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

aveeno #AveenoEczemaTherapyOctober is National Eczema Awareness Month and with good reason.  When the temperatures start getting cooler, I know now that I need to be prepared with an arsenal to combat our eczema.  It seems that the dry, cold winter weather is awful on our skin. The Captain has suffered with eczema many winters, and Baby Brother is following in his footsteps.  

What Is Eczema ?

Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that affects approximately 35 million infants, children, and adults in the United States.  Inflammation causes the skin to become itchy, red, and dry.  Extreme cases can cause the skin to become leathery, cracked, and bleeding.  Eczema can be caused by stress, heat and sweat, temperature changes, extreme cold and dry climates, heredity, allergens, or irritants.  In our case, heredity plays a huge factor. We haven't been able to isolate any known cause of our eczema, but we do know that the dry winter weather causes flareups.
 
I have bad hand eczema, even though I use fragrance free products or products with natural oils and scents.  I think it's just part of being a mom with sensitive skin and frequently washing my hands. The Aveeno eczema hand therapy cream really helps!  If I remember to moisturize my hands throughout the day when I feel them begin to get dry, they feel awesome. 

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It was recommended to us by a dermatologist recently that we should limit the boys baths to once or twice a week.  I feel better about giving the boys a bath now that we have Eczema Therapy soothing bath treatment from Aveeno.  This bath additive is fragrance free, tear-free, and provides relief for our dry, itchy, irritated eczema skin.  
 

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After the bath, we follow up with Aveeno Eczema Therapy moisturizing cream.  It is thick and really seals in the moisture!  Our skin feels so soft afterwards and our dry skin is soothed!
 

eczema dos and don'ts

 
Dermatologist Kenneth Beer M.D. has provided some dos and don'ts for eczema that were helpful:
  • DO use hydrating cleansers and barrier creams with soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal daily to maintain the integrity of the skins barrier.
  • DO look for products with ceramide – an essential lipid naturally found within the skin that plays a key role in enhancing and restoring the skin's protective function.
  • DO you use fragrance free laundry detergent to wash clothing, sheets and towels and avoid dryer sheets.
  • DON'T  use body lotions with irritants which can aggravate skin and cause eczema to flare.
  • DON'T  use products with fragrances or harsh dyes.
Also, remember to look for products with the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.
We have tried so many different products and I know that all of these suggestions, plus a combination of high quality eczema products like Aveeno helps with the horrible eczema symptoms we have had!  If we stay on top of it and keep our skin moisturizer throughout the winter, I think we will have healthier skin. 
 
To learn more about eczema, visit www.nationaleczema.org.
 
For more information about Aveeno eczema therapy products, visit Aveeno.com and Facebook.com/Aveeno.
 

How do you prevent and treat eczema?

 

 

What Is A Healthy Snack for Babies and Toddlers On The Go?

This non-GMO snack post was brought to you by Mum-Mum.  All opinions are mine.

As much as we try to always have healthy, fresh foods available for Baby Brother to eat, the need for healthy packaged snacks is always present.  When we go to the store, church, or to his brothers' soccer games, I know now that I need to have something easily accessible and portable in my diaper bag for him to munch on. He is all about self feeding, as we never did traditional baby food with him.  And at ten months, he has already found what textures and flavors he prefers.  His favorite foods are blueberries, grapes (cut up, of course,) bananas, peas, sweet potatoes, cheese, and carrots.  Do you know how hard it is to serve a bowl of squished up blueberries to an energetic ten month old at a soccer game, though?  Yeah, not easy!  

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Baby Brother has been snacking on Baby Mum-Mum rice rusks for a few months now, and still gets excited when I offer one to him.  They're not messy and are made with non-GMO Japonica rice.  There are many options available, like Original, Vegetable, Banana, Apple, and Organic Carrot.  

Mum-Mums:

  • are made with non-GMO Japonica rice
  • contain minimal sugar and fat
  • contain no artificial colors
  • contain no artificial additives or preservatives
  • dissolve easily in your child's mouth
  • are gluten-free, egg-free, and peanut-free
  • are available in many different flavors
  • are available for different ages
  • have organic options

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I gave Baby Mum-Mums to the Captain and D when they were babies, as well, and honestly, D still loves them!  I have gotten into the habit of putting TWO packages of Baby Mum-Mums in my bag because it's a good, healthy snack for D, as well!  D loves Toddler Mum-Mums, too, which are recommended for kids ages 18 months and up.  They're a little more dense and for babies who chew well.

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Baby Mum-Mums are also a great option when we are dining out, too.  Whether it be something that is spicy or contains honey, something that I am not sure of the ingredients, or he is just not ready to eat, a Mum-Mum helps him to feel like he is crunching and chewing something just like us and helps keep him satisfied.  Baby Mum-Mums promise to never contain any of the main allergens, as seen in this infographic:

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We love Mum-Mums and are pretty sure that your baby and children will, too!  Also, check out Mum-Mum Snax for older kids!  Find out more about Mum-Mums and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Packing Checklist for Traveling with a Baby

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traveling with babyPacking for yourself is hard enough, but add in a baby, and that's when things get tricky. I am always forgetting something when I'm packing for the boys. I forgot my own toothbrush and some things for Baby Brother a few weeks ago when I went on a trip.  I have compiled a helpful packing checklist for the next time you travel with a baby so you will not forget the important things that will make your trip easier and help everyone to sleep better!

  • Huggies Diapers 
  • Huggies Natural Care Wipes
  • Lotion
  • Baby soap
  • Clothes – at least two outfits per day
  • Pajamas
  • Socks and shoes
  • Bibs
  • Sound machine to help baby (and you!) sleep well in the hotel room
  • Blankets
  • Crib sheets for the hotel crib
  • Pack n Play
  • Toys
  • Diaper changing pad
  • Foam bumpers for co-sleeping - (always be prepared or Baby to not like his new surroundings.  I suggest having a plan B (and C!) for sleeping arrangements.)
  • Comfort items like loveys, dolls, or stuffed animals
  • Food, formula, bottles, breast pump, spoons, bowls, etc
  • Pacifiers
  • Travel baby seat for feeding or just sitting in the room 
  • Two diaper bags
  • Nighlight
  • Baby carrier
  • Stroller
  • Medicines, diaper rash cream, thermometer, etc –  just in case 
  • Hat and sunglasses (and a natural sunscreen if baby is over 6 months old)
  • Tissues, plastic bags, and disinfectant wipes

If you are planning one last hurrah this summer, remember to stock up for your trip at Costco. Pick up Huggies Plus diapers and Natural Care plus wipes exclusively at Costco.  Then, you will have all the diapers and wipes that you need and you know you can trust them not to leak, day or night.  For a limited time, save  $6 on diapers and $5 on wipes!

traveling with baby

Costco's exclusive Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus diapers are extra absorbent for day or night, have the Leak Lock® guaranteed protection, Snug Fit waistband, and Grip Tabs for a secure fit.  We love them for Baby Brother, who is on the go – crawling, cruising, and never still .  Huggies are very dependable for naps and travel.  Leaky diapers can ruin a night or an outfit, so we definitely rely on Huggies for no leaks.

At Costco, you'll also find Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes.  These wipes are thick and durable and are the simplest wipes formula Huggies has to offer, which is nice for Baby Brother's delicate skin.  The special pack at Costco comes with two kinds of refillable dispensers plus 1160 refill wipes to keep Baby clean at home or when you're out and about.  One of the dispensers is the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean pouch, which comes in every pack of Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes.  You will find the perfect dispenser for your needs at Costco in these handy, time saving, money saving big packs.

Costco Members – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit one sample per household. 

Do you have anything to add to this checklist that is essential for traveling with a baby?

Five Ways to Keep Baby Happy in Quiet Places (Church, Weddings, etc!)

Five Ways to Keep Baby Happy in Quiet Places

All three of our boys have never been known to be quiet as babies.  Thankfully we go to a church where the people love our children and don't mind the baby babbles during service.  It has always been important to keep them busy and happy, though, so they are making happy sounds and not fussing.  I like to keep them in church for as long as possible but we do have to get up and head to the nursery if they're too loud….which is embarassing, but I want to catch as much of the service as possible.  

I wanted to share with you some things that keep Baby Brother happy during church, plus a few more great things you can make or gather for your church/restaurant/special occasion bag!

1.  Quiet toys like these adorable DIY Soft Blocks from Mama Say What?!

quiet soft blocks for baby

2.  Board books are great for babies to look at during church or other quiet times.  (Until Baby Brother decides he needs to yell at the characters.  :)  Check out this great list of the best board books for baby from Carrie Elle:

Board Books for Baby

3. Tag blankets like this one from COOPCRAFTS are great for babies to play with.  They love exploring all of the little pieces and different textures.

Tag Blanket

4.  Wooden toys are great and usually pretty quiet.  We always pack this wooden fish toy from BeginAgain toys:

wooden fish toy

(The adorable chevron blanket is from Mamas and Papas, and is handy when Baby Brother can play on the floor.)

5.  Teething toys like Sophie the Giraffe or necklaces that can be chewed/teethed on.  (Sophie can be squeaked but Baby Brother hasn't figured it out yet!)

Chew Jewels Necklace

Do you have any quiet toys or ideas that could be added to this list?