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The Perfect Bag for the Post Diaper Phase

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Potty training, it is a truly glorious thing ( once they are fully potty trained). Even though your child no longer wears diapers that doesn’t mean you no longer need a bag of stuff for them. Let’s be honest a 3 year old needs just as much stuff as a two year old, the only exception being no more diapers. Now you probably have back up underwear and even a back up outfit (mom tip: pack the clothes in a zip lock bag so you have it for wet clothes if an accident happens). As for baby wipes, I am not sure those ever go away. I carried baby wipes in college after a dry cleaner told me how useful they are in getting stains out of delicate fabrics. I can attest to his wisdom! I once spilled Dr Pepper on light gray wool pants, the baby wipes got them completely clean ( no stain at all).

Three year old’s also often need a snack, a drink and things to entertain them. My kids are constantly attending practices, games and events for their siblings so they need a full bag of stuff. Initially I used a kids back back but since I am the one who ends up carrying it that got old. I wanted a cute bag that I can throw my wallet in if I don’t want to carry two bags. I tried a cute adult backpack purse but after the first drink spill it was ruined and I was not thrilled.

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Must Have Baby Essentials for the New Mom Plus a Baby Registry Kit Giveaway

I am a member of the Pampers Baby Board, all opinions are my own.
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When my friends and family are expecting their first baby I always know exactly what to get them. Sure, they have a registry and while I love to give people something they wish for, I also like to get them the things I have come to love and rely on as a mom. After 5 kids and more than 10 years of motherhood, I definitely have things and brands that I love. Many of these new mom essentials I did not discover until my second, third, fourth or even fifth child. So here is my list of new mom essentials, favorite baby items and everything I want when I have a baby. So whether you are making you baby registry or buying a gift here are the baby items I think you will love. Continue Reading

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Making Bath Time Easier with Johnson’s Baby

The following is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own.
bathime with johson baby wash

 

Bath time, you either love it or hate it. For me it is a necessity that needs to happen and the quicker the better. My kids are crazy in the bathtub and I always end up wet and frustrated. I am happy to let the kids play and enjoy bath time but when I have to wash them they soak me and it drives me bonkers. Because of this I like 2-in-1 bath products like the new JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO- TOE® extra moisturizing baby wash. My youngest is 2 and that means her hair doesn’t need a separate shampoo and conditioner yet so this product is perfect. JOHNSON’S®HEAD-TO- TOE® extra moisturizing baby wash means I can wash her literally head to toe with one product. A 2-in 1 product allows me to lean in, get her clean and then back away a few feet and watch safely out of the splash zone.

 

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How to Pack the Perfect Diaper Bag

“This post is brought to you by Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.”

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I distinctly remember the first time I packed a diaper bag. I was about 36 weeks pregnant with my first child and I was deep into my nesting phase. This meant I was preparing my hospital bags and of course that included a diaper bag with all the essentials for my new baby girl. I can’t remember exactly what I packed but I do remember that I did not pack what I actually needed. Since then I have had 4 more kids and packed more diaper bags than I care to count. All that experience has led me to today when I can easily pack the perfect diaper bag. It doesn’t matter if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding (I have done both) these essentials are universal to babies.

So what exactly goes into the perfect diaper bag?

First you have to start with the bag itself. Over the years I have had many diaper bags and loved each of them for different reasons. If you like to be hands free, I suggest a Petunia Pickle Bottom Backpack or the SkipHop Backpack. With my first child my bag constantly slipped off my shoulder and whacked me when I bent over, a back pack diaper bag was my saving grace. Once I had my second child and embraced baby wearing that no longer worked so I switched to a traditional diaper bag but one that offered a cross shoulder option like the SkipHop Duo so I could do that when not baby wearing. Finally, there was the phase in my life when I needed a ton of space with 2 kids in diapers and 3 kids not in school for that I loved my Petunia Pickle Bottom Wistful Weekender.

 

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Now that we have the perfect diaper bag let’s fill it up with essentials. Here are the things I think need to be in a diaper bag and why:

  1. Diapers – I always carry 4 diapers at a time and I only use Pampers. After trying most every name brand and several store brands Pampers is the only one for me and my kids, I especially like Pampers Swaddlers. 4 is a good number because it accounts for most any length of trip and any issues or surprises (with kids those things tend to happen like peeing while you are changing the diaper so you use 2 diapers in one change)
  2. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – Yes diaper cream is important and the brand is even more important. This was one thing I neglected with my first child and then my second came along and I learned the hard way how being without it can lead to a painful mess for baby. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is my favorite brand and they have several options to choose from: Original Butt Paste (for minor or moderate rash), Maximum Strength (for stubborn rash), and All Natural (for minor or moderate rash but made with natural ingredients and is petrolatum free). The natural is my favorite and the maximum is great for my kids with sensitive skin who tend to get more severe rashes. I love that Boudreaux’s Butt Paste uses safe natural ingredients and is still super effective ( and fast acting). In case you are unclear when to use it… pretty much all the time!
  3. Wipes – Always have a package of wipes, you never want to be caught without baby wipes!
  4. Muslin or Bamboo Swaddling Blanket: Having one of these can serve several purposes. It is a blanket to keep baby warm or lay baby on as a clean surface. It can cover and protect baby from the sun and it can serve as a nursing cover, it can even be used as a burp cloth in a pinch.
  5. Burp Cloth – If your diaper bag is small you can skip this and just use your blanket, otherwise have one burp cloth for spit up.
  6. Baby Toy – Every mom knows to never leave home without some form of entertainment. Whether you choose a wooden teether or rattle, make sure you have something they love.
  7. For nursing moms: Extra nursing pads and a nursing coverFor bottle feeding moms: 1-2 bottles and plenty of formula. I used dry formula and liked having this formula dispenser full of enough for 3 feedings with me at all times.
  8. Extra Clothes: Be sure to have on complete outfit change for baby including socks.

Now you can stop right here if you are a bare essentials person but if you want to be fully prepared add these items:

  • Pacifier
  • Extra shirt for mom – for when you get coated in spit up or other bodily fluids.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks – as they start into food be sure to have food, I love the pouches with spoons for on the go feeding
  • Bib
  • Baby carrier – I love the Boba Wrap for newborns and the Boba 4G for up to 2 years old.

 

So now you know how to pack the perfect diaper bag and you will never be caught unprepared.

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The Day I Doubted My Ability As a Mother

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
Mia baby

 

 

I always wanted to be a mother, it was just who I was and who I knew I was meant to be. When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I was overjoyed and confident I could do this. After all I had been babysitting from the time I could hold a baby. I was the one who always asked to hold and care for the little ones at family gatherings and parties. I loved babies and I still do, everything about them is so sweet and pure and wonderful!

After my daughter was born life was going well, I felt relatively confident I could keep her happy with all of my experience and knowledge and we were both great. Then when she was about a week old it happened, she started crying and just wouldn’t stop. I still remember reaching the end of my rope and taking all of her clothes off thinking there must be a tag or something bothering her because nothing is working. Well it was not the case and I will never forget calling my husband in tears saying “how on earth can we have more kids like we want when I can’t handle this one?!?! I can’t even make this one baby happy, what is wrong with me?”

Later we figured out she has a very sensitive stomach and was suffering from gas and discomfort. As I had more children who also suffered from this to varying degrees I always wished there was something to help my kids with their discomfort. I hated having my little ones wriggle about in pain while I stood by helpless. On top of all that I really hated being woken constantly at night when they could not sleep due to discomfort.

 

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Recently I was introduced to Little Remedies Gripe Water and Little Remedies Gas Drops and I wish I had known about them before. I am sure that Little Remedies Gas Drops would have been my best friend, good news though I still have one child who will be benefiting from them I am sure.

 

 

 

Do you have little one’s who suffer from tummy discomfort? Have you tried Little Remedies on them?

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