Packing Checklist for Traveling with a Baby

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  I am happy to be participating in the Huggies Costco Ambassador program.

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?

 

 

Calling All Costco Moms and Dads! Stock Up On Huggies Plus Diapers and Wipes! (free sample, too!)

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  I am happy to be participating in the Huggies Costco Ambassador program.

Our family recently became Costco members for the first time and our whole family just loves it.  They have everything!  Clothes, books, frozen foods, organic foods, fresh foods, cheese, toilet paper, batteries, hot dogs, ice cream..whatever you need!  And in addition, Costco also offers great deals on just about everything, including baby supplies.  I love to go stock up on all of the essentials, like disposable diapers and wipes for those long summer trips.  Did you know that Huggies Plus products are available only at Costco?  

Costco Huggies sample

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 allllll of the time now and is also heavy wetter.  They're 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 has us covered…we can stock up on absorbent disposable diapers and natural wipes so they'll be there when we need them.  We can rely on Huggies Plus diapers and natural wipes to get us through the messiest of situations and keep Baby Brother free of leaks.  I highly recommend stopping in your local Costco and grabbing a few packs of Huggies Plus diapers and wipes.  They stack great, last a long time, and are even great for baby gifts and showers.    

Make sure to follow @Huggies on Twitter to learn more!

**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 starting today, July 21 through July 26, 2014 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 1 sample per household. 

Baby Brother is Enjoying the Summer with Kushies

This post was brought to you by Kushies.  All opinions are mine.

Being the third child is hard.  Scoff if you will, but I was the third child and my older brothers might see it differently, but being the baby has it's challenges!  The constant noise, physical battles, living up to older siblings' reputations, and having to wear hand-me-downs is what we babies of the family have to suffer through!  Okay, okay, so it wasn't that bad.  And, I was a the first born girl so I did get new clothes.  But Baby Brother is the third boy and while he does not care what he wears, it is nice to have some new things from time to time….especially cloth diapers!

Throughout our cloth diapering journey, I have continued to hear great things about Kushies.  Their diapers are adorable, but for whatever reason, I never tried them, until now.  We tried the Kushies Ultra Lite "All in One" diaper, in White Crazy Circles.  The outer shell is lightweight and waterproof.  It has a hook and loop closure system, which usually I am not a fan of, but Kushies makes it work  because of the positioning and length of tabs:

Kushies all in one diaper

This diaper is less than $20, which makes it easy on a family's budget.  It features six layers of 100% cotton flannel with a super absorbent soaker layer inside.  And the best part is….this diaper contains a patented built-in flap that can be folded up for boys or down for girls for extra absorbency.  The infant diaper fits babies 10-22 pounds and sells for  only $14.49.  The toddler version is $17.49 and fits from 22-45 lbs.

Kushies all in one cloth diaper

I had no clue that Kushies offered WAY more than just cloth diapers, too.  If cloth diapering isn't your thing (or even if it is,) you should visit the Kushies website to see all the wonderful things going on!  Baby Brother loves this Little Lizard Romper by Blue Banana.  It is soft and super adorable.

Blue Banana RomperAnd don't forget the perfect summer accessory…sunglasses!  These Kushies blue sunglasses are fit him well and keep his eyes protected from UVA and UVB rays.  The lenses are scratch resistant and the arms are flexible and virtually unbreakable.  And it's true that my children have big heads, (95 percentile, y'all!) but these sunglasses even fit D, who is three.  They are less than $6 and fit for quite a while, so I will be looking to Kushies for more sunglasses in the near future.

Kushies sunglasses

Find out more about Kushies and see all the great things they have to offer for your baby.  Follow Kushies on Twitter and Facebook, too, to stay up to date about new products and sales!  Check their products out on Amazon, too.

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Finally – A Baby Seat That Can Be Used For A Long Time!

This baby seat post was brought to you by Mamas & Papas.  All opinions are mine.

Baby Brother loves being where the action is.  He also wants to sit like a big boy and watch the action around him, but I can't trust his sitting skills enough to just let him sit in the middle of the floor by himself.  He's getting too big for his bouncer and other baby chairs, so I  needed something different for him.  We received the most awesome Mamas & Papas product – the Baby Snug – at the perfect time. 

Finally - A Baby Seat That Can Be Used For A Long Time! #ad @CptFussybuckets @MamasandPapasUS

I am able to leave Baby Brother in the Baby Snug (always on the floor of course!) and get some work done nearby while he laughs at his brothers, plays with toys on the tray, or just watches the world around him.  I also love the Baby Snug for eating because it wipes down so easily.  We recently started giving him some food to play around with and sit on the floor with him while he explores new foods.  His favorites have been orange bell peppers and bananas, but the carrots weren't so much a winner…yet.  

Mamas and Papas Baby Snug for BLW

I love that the Baby Snug isn't just for a short time in a baby's life.  The insert is meant for kids 3-12 months and it is easily removed so older toddlers can use  the seat.

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Both D and the Captain love sitting in the Baby Snug, for whatever reason…but it works!  It's a clean resting spot when we go on picnics and play outdoors.

baby seat - through toddler hood

Other great features of the Baby Snug:

  • extra wide base ensures that the Baby Snug will stay put
  • ergonomically designed to provide back support and comfort for Baby
  • portable and easy to move

Find out more about the Baby Snug and check out the other colors, too.  You can also purchase the activity tray to keep Baby entertained while he sits.  (This would come in handy because Baby Brother loves to throw his toys off of the tray!)  The Baby Snug sells for around $59.99 on the Mamas and Papas site, Babies R Us, Amazon, and other stores.

Another fabulous Mamas and Papas product that we love is this super cute knitted baby blanket in Chevron.  It's the perfect size to throw on the floor or grass for Baby Brother to play with toys and practice his mobility skills!  (It's coming all too soon!)  I love the print and the bold gold trim.  It's made of 100% cotton and super soft against Baby's skin.  It's approximately 27.5" x 35.4" and sells for $39.99.  All of the Mamas and Papas blankets are adorable and would make a great addition to any baby's nursery.

Mamas & Papas blanket Chevron

Learn more about Mamas and Papas and all of their fabulous products on the US website, Twitter, and Facebook, too.  

Want Diapers You Can Depend On? Try *Improved* H-E-B Baby Diapers!

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Baby Brother is five months old and growing way too quickly!  With two older brothers and a busy youth minister father, we are always on the go, and we need a dependable diaper for when we are out and about.  Luckily, Baby Brother's mommy (that would be ME!) loves H-E-B and I had a hunch that H-E-B baby diapers would be super dependable, because I rely on everything else that this fabulous grocery store sells.

What I love about the improved baby diapers from H-E-B:

 

HEB baby diapers

I love that these diapers don't have a chemical smell to them.  That's the very first thing I noticed.  Doesn't everyone smell brand new diapers?  These diapers are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and contain natural botanicals, vitamin E, and aloe.  Some diapers have caused a reaction with the boys, but not these.  They are comfortable because they're super thin, have a soft stretch waist and side panels, and a soft outer cover.

These diapers are dependable, too, and offer up to 12 hours of leak protection.  Not that I would know because Baby Brother doesn't go that long, (ha!) but the super protection is a great factor.  

H-E-B baby diapers

Baby Brother is 20 pounds and pretty tall, so he is in size 4 diapers.  They are a great fit and have never leaked, even with the exposive poos!

Look for these great baby diapers at an H-E-B near you!  H-E-B has great baby products that are dependable and reasonably priced!

H-E-B baby diapers

For more information about H-E-B baby diapers and to find a store near you, check the H-E-B website.

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Your Baby Will Feel Like Royalty in a Cloth Diaper from Royal Fluff! {giveaway, too}

This cloth diaper post was brought to you by Royal Fluff.  All opinions are mine.'

Baby Brother inherited many cloth diapers from his older brothers, but I wanted him to have something new and luxurious for his cloth diaper days.  When I was asked by Royal Fluff to review their adorable diapers, I had no idea just how luxurious they would be!  I was sent two pocket diapers, "Prince in Blue" and an adorable "Blue Stars on Black" print:

Royal Fluff Cloth Diapers

The outside of the Royal Fluff diapers are super adorable, but it's the inside that really gets me.  It is made with fleece and so super soft and luxurious.  I have never felt a cloth diaper so soft on the inside!  

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Can Cloth Diaper Laundry Be Fun and Smell Good? {giveaway}

This cloth diaper laundry post was brought to you by Rockin' Green.  All opinions are mine.

When I began cloth diapering Captain Fussybuckets, I asked around to see what the best option was.  I decided to first go with the simple route and just see how regular detergent worked.  What a horrible idea.  Our brand new cloth diapers were stiff and smelly and I immediately regretted switching to cloth diapers.  But then, a friend told me about Rockin' Green.  It was a new company that made detergent strictly for cloth diapering.  I got a sample and I knew that it was a great choice because after I "rocked a soak" and began using Rockin' Green, my diapers were saved and I actually enjoyed cloth diaper laundry.  (I know that sounds silly, but if you are a cloth diapering parent, I'm sure you understand.)

Well, that was almost five years ago and two babies later, we are still using Rockin' Green.  I have never tried using anything else on my cloth diapers and I never will.  Rockin' Green works for us.

rockin green

Here are some other reasons I love Rockin' Green.  All of their products are:

  • eco-friendly
  • biodegradable
  • comes in recyclable packaging
  • contain no phosphates
  • gluten and vegan friendly
  • contain no SLS or parabens
  • contain no optical brighteners
  • scented with distillations of natural essential oils – never artificial scents

I feel good knowing that Rockin' Green is soft and gentle.  All formulas contain plant based surfactants.  For awhile, I used Barenaked Babies with the Captain because of his sensitive skin, but he had absolutely no problems when I switched to a scented version.  It was just precautionary, but just know that option is always available if your babe is sensitive at all.

I was sent a package of Rockin' Green Classic Rock detergent in Lavender Mint Revival to review.  I love the scent and how it smells good, but not overwhelming as I scoop some into the washer to clean Baby Brother's diapers.  Each bag can do up to 90 loads and they really do last a long time.  Here's to a few more years with Rockin' Green, making my cloth diaper smell good!

cloth diaper laundry

Through the years, the company has really evolved and perfected their cloth diaper detergent and has even branched out to make other products like room deodorizer, pet toy and bedding detergent, ammonia bouncer, detergent for mama cloth, and more.  The original Rockin' Green cloth diaper detergent also comes in Hard Rock if you have hard water, which we did at our last house and it was awesome!

Enter to win a bag of Rockin' Green in the Rafflecopter form below!  Then go check out the Rockin' Green website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on new products and deals!

 

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Prevent Flathead with a Babymoon Pillow

This post was brought to you by BabyMoon.  All opinions are mine.

Three years ago, when D was Baby D, we were sent a Babymoon pillow to try with him.  He was already five months old, but it was still very useful.  We would use it with him lying on the floor to make him more comfy and to prevent a misshapen head.  We have also used it in the car and the boys used it quite awhile, until we gave it to the mom of a newborn.

babymoon

Well, Baby Brother came along and I knew I wanted to have another Babymoon pillow for him.  This pillow is great for preventing flathead in babies.  You know when Baby lies in his crib, or on the floor, a swing, bouncer, or in his carseat…always in the same position….there tends to be a flat spot on the back of his head.  The Babymoon is great for getting Baby's head up off of the floor and shifting the pressure to other parts of the head.

babymoon

The Babymoon also doubles as a neck pillow for use in the swing, bouncer, or carseat as Baby grows older.  (It should always be used with supervision, of course, and never in the crib or while Baby is sleeping.)  The pillow has a piece of velcro that can be used to attach the arms of the pillow, or be covered with a piece of fabric so it doesn't scratch when being used as a neck pillow.

Baby Brother has already been using his new Babymoon pillow.  He thinks it's quite comfy and we know it's preventing him from getting a flat head!

 

 

babymoon pillow

 

 

babymoon

Find out more information about the Babymoon pillow at the Babymoon website.  Also, check out their other fun and functional products like the Cuddly children's wearable blanket and Burpette burp shell and nursing cover.  Find Babymoon products on Amazon, too!

Simplify Your Day with the DayDreamer Inclined Infant Chair

Disclosure: I received this DayDreamer inclined infant chair as part of an advertorial.

I love to hold Baby Brother and of course, he loves to sleep in our arms.  I am, however, also the mother of two other boys who need my help a lot, and a wife, and also a cook, dishwasher, launderer, blogger, etc, etc.  As much as I wish I could just hold Baby Brother all day without having to put him down, sometimes I just have to.  He is a pretty easy going baby, but he doesn't always like to be put down.  If he's awake, he wants to see what's going on.  If he's asleep, he doesn't like to be laid down flat on his back.  The DayDreamer infant lounge chair has been such a help to me because it's there when we need it and it's perfect for Baby Brother to just chill in.

daydreamer

Some other great aspects of the DayDreamer include:

  • ventilated core and moisture wicking fabrics keep baby cool
  • inclined design is good for babies with reflux, colds, and fussy babies
  • toys and teethers stay clean because they are more likely to fall in the chair than on the floor
  • ultra-stable base rests securely on the ground
  • one-hand-release safety harness
  • available in powder blue, carnation pink, or sage green
  • removable cover is machine washable
  • easy to transport
  • waterproof seating area
  • lifetime guarantee with registration

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When we first started using the DayDreamer, I was a little frustrated because he would wake up the minute I put him in.  He has gotten more used to it, though, and he will take a short little cat nap in it.  We mostly use it for lounging, though.  If I need to run to the bathroom to help one of the boys, Baby Brother will happily relax in the DayDreamer and I can feel confident that he is safe in it.

Other uses for the DayDreamer, though not encouraged by the company, of course are:

Lounging and napping for older brothers:

daydreamer

While DexBaby warns against babies who can roll, scoot, or crawl using the DayDreamer and recommends only babies ages 0-5 months be allowed to use it, the Captain and D absolutely LOVE the DayDreamer and if Baby Brother isn't in it, you can bet one of the boys is!

And it's also great for photos!  I love the DayDreamer for getting great shots of Baby Brother, like this adorable pic from after church one Sunday:

baby

The DayDreamer retails for $129 and can be purchased at Babies R Us and other baby stores. Visit the DayDreamer website for more information.

Come back later this week to enter to win your own DayDreamer in the New Year, New Baby Giveaway!

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