Minivan Mama

I officially gained my “soccer mom” status this summer when we traded in my little blue SUV for a MINIVAN. And let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!! It’s true love. I knew I 17194_600always wanted a minivan someday, because I grew up with my parents always having one, and it always just seemed like the most practical with kiddos. What I didn’t know is how much I would not miss my old car and absolutely love this van!

My husband I had been talking about them for a while and finally buckled down and started researching them after we had our second child. We were tired of not having a lot of room in the car especially if we needed to take any extra people anywhere. Two car seats take up a lot of space. We looked at several minivans on the market, but narrowed it down to the Toyota and Honda. We did have a rental Chrysler that we were happy with as well. After test driving, we were actually surprised at how easy the decision was with the Honda Odyssey. The vans were priced roughly the same, but the Honda just felt like it was made better. We didn’t dislike the Toyota (my hubby drives a Toyota Tundra), but the Honda was just better.

 

 

We waited several weeks for the specific model and color to come in that we wanted, but once it arrived, it was love at first sight. I was so anxious and excited that Saturday morning we were able to go and pick it up with the kids. Our 3 year old was excited for the “new van!” too. It was bittersweet leaving our old SUV, but there are new reasons every day why I am so thankful to be a minivan mama now . . .

Here’s a few of them . . .

1.       The automatic sliding side doors… need I say more?! I don’t have to worry about my kids or I banging any cars parked next to us with our doors. You know how loading and unloading our kiddos goes, these door make it a dream come true!! Because of the sliding doors, the opening is so much bigger than an average car door – WONDERFUL! The doors also open and close by the simple push of a button from either the key fob, by the driver’s seat, or on the inside of the sliding doors themselves.

 

2.       Not only is there more room in the doorways, there’s more room EVERYWHERE in this car. I can honestly say I’ve been a passenger in every seat and never once did I feel like I had no space to move. And if you need more room . . . You can MAKE more room . . .

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3.       . . . You can make that extra space because of the movable seats. I know this is typical with most minivans and vehicles with a third row of seats, but the way the Honda was set up was another big selling point for me. Our Odyssey has the option to have an eighth seat. All of the seats are removable (except the front), but with the Odyssey you can have an eighth seat in the middle of the second row. You can easily remove that middle seat of the second row to have 2 captains chairs and an aisle way to the back row, or you can leave it in place to complete the row and have an extra seat. The seat also folds down as an arm rest if it’s left in place. The third row of seats EASILY folds down into the trunk of the van. When we drove to the beach this summer, we opted to fold the third row down so we had TONS of room for luggage and could still see out the back window.

 

4.       Handles on the high way – We drove the minivan on the West Virginia turnpike on our way to Myrtle Beach this past summer, and it handled so much better than my husband’s truck the year before. We could set the cruise control and not have to waver and hit the brake on those winding highway turns.

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5.       Good on gas – I know the gas tank in the minivan is bigger than my tank was in my SUV, but I swear still that the van gets better gas mileage. According to Honda, the Odyssey gets 19 mpg on city streets and 27 mpg highway. Either way, its way better on gas than a huge SUV would be!

 

6.        Does NOT ride like a bus – I traded in a small SUV for my minivan. I had driven it for 5 years. I will say that I was the most anxious that the minivan was going to feel like I was driving a bus after driving my little SUV. I was so wrong. The van does not feel any bigger to me. I would say it sits up off the road the same height as my old car. Even though the van is significantly longer, I really haven’t noticed other than making sure I pull in the garage far enough. The back-up camera has made this easier as well!

 

7.       Bang for the Buck – I’m telling you, you cannot beat a minivan. Even if you have a small family like we do, it is worth considering. For some reason, they get a bad rap, but I can’t think of one negative thing to say about mine. Maybe I don’t look the “coolest” driving the minivan around, but that is the last thing I’m worried about. Most companies offer all the bells and whistles you can find in luxury cars and SUVs, so don’t think those options aren’t available in a van. It’s convenient, affordable, and I know my kids are safe – that’s what matters to me.

If you’re thinking about getting a new vehicle for your new family, growing family, or just want more seats/space, take a look at a minivan. Check out all the options. Take them for a test drive. I think you’ll love it! And if you take the plunge like we did and buy one, you won’t regret it!

-Megan

 

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Mommy Must-Have: Milk Snob Cover


0f0fc5bebb3831133f6e526d36706b78I live in Ohio and the winters are cold. My first daughter was born in September, so she was tiny going into the winters months. It was a pain going out with her because you have to keep babies warm, but you can’t them in winter coats in their car seat (it’s unsafe to put little ones in puffy coats and strap them into their car seats, learn about it here). My youngest is almost 7 months old and can be moved to a convertible car seat, but I’m going to keep her in her infant seat during the winter because it’s easier to keep her warm and cozy, especially with our car seat cover from Milk Snob (that also doubles as a nursing cover and shopping car cover).

Milk Snob was created by Melanie Disbrow, a mom of three who moved to the US from Germany in 2006 after unsuccessfully finding a practical and fashionable car seat cover. It’s added nursing cover led to the design of the first patent pending multi functional cover on the market. Milk Snob offers beautiful modern swaddles, as well as their covers and drawstring multi functional nursing covers. Based in Dallas, TX, the Milk Snob continues to create beautiful and functional products for families.packagingcover1_5a985575-a63b-4921-ad77-0dcd79349331I desperately wanted to try a Milk Snob cover and was so excited when they offered to send one for me to review. The one I used with my oldest daughter is a very popular “free” car seat cover that is thick, doesn’t circulate air at all, and you can’t see baby unless you flip open the front. The Milk Snob cover is pretty much the best cover I’ve ever seen on the market. It’s made form a thin, breathable stretchy fabric that’s also modern and gorgeous. It fits on any infant car seat and I love that I can peek in on my little one from the top and that she can see me. It also protects baby from unwelcome touching and staring while ozu36285060_main_tm1456178349ut in public as we all know that strangers seem to think it’s okay to touch a random baby. And if you use a cover while nursing, this will actually be a welcomed fashion accessory because the prints are simply stunning. Now that my daughter sits up in shopping carts, this cover is perfect to keep her safe from yucky germs because she puts her mouth on everything, so it’s nice to be able to keep crazy illnesses out of her mouth! It’s so easy to use, it stretches in every which way but doesn’t stretch it out.

If you’re looking for a nursing cover, car seat cover, and shopping cart cover, definitely check out Milk Snob! You can spend a lot of money buying three different products, but at only $36, you’re getting a 3-in-1 cover and it can probably be used in many more ways. And with 37 different prints and colors, it’s hard to choose which one to get. Check out all of the amazing products Milk Snob has to offer and buy yours hereimg_1861_srgb!

Don’t forget to follow Milk Snob on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay updated on sales and new releases!

– Casey

**BurritoBuzz received these products at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

BurritoBuzz Mom Approved: Ella’s Kitchen

We want the best for our babies. When it comes to food, I try to make sure my 6 month old is getting the best possible nutrition. Some say the best way to know what your baby is eating, is to makek_logo_good_bluestrap_rgb_painte their baby food yourself. Well, I don’t have the time or patience to make her food. I know it’s not that hard, I just don’t want to. So how do I know that my little one is being fed the best possible food for her little sensitive belly? Ella’s Kitchen!

Ella’s Kitchen is 100% USDA certified organic baby and toddler food and drinks that is handy for mom and dad. Ella’s Kitchen makes food that appeals to all of the senses of little ones, from the texture, colors, taste, the packaging, and even their names. Made with natural ingredients, Ella’s Kitchen shows that food can be both healthy and yummy, even for the pickiest of eaters! You can even do a product search on their website for special diets; gluten free, lactose free, and vegetarian products can be searched for here. Ella’s Kitchen also takes care of our planet. You can send back your used pouches and capsella, and they’re then made into unique products and of course the cardboard boxes can be recycled. 

Ella’s Kitchen offers foods for babies from 4 months (Ella’s 1) and from 6 months (Ella’s 2) to toddlers 1+ year and Big Kids. There are no baby food jars, just easy and convenient pouches. Baby foods are made with all kinds of savory fruits and vegetables. There are so many combinations available for baby food, toddler snacks, and drinks, there are too many to list! Check out what Ella’s Kitchen has to offer here!

My almost 7 month old loves everything she has tried from Ella’s Kitchen and my toddler loves their delicious nutritious drinks and shakes and dev41f41c19c7dbee85307d6fcf40f8d043ours their toddlers snacks. I love knowing that both my girls are eating healthy and that they love what they’re eating.

I am so glad I found Ella’s Kitchen and that my family loves it. And while it costs more than Gerber or Beechnut baby food, you know that your little one is getting certified organic food and getting the best for his/her little belly. Check out your local grocery store or find out where to buy here. Your little one will love Ella’s Kitchen, and so will you!

Don’t forget to follow Ella’s Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter!

– Casey

**BurritoBuzz received these products at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Delta DX Side by Side Stroller {Review}

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I had been dragging my feet about getting a second double stroller. We have an awesome hand-me-down double jogger that has been well loved, but it’s perfect until it’s not. Almost all double strollers have three things in common:

THEY ARE HUGE, HEAVY AND EXPENSIVE.

Just about every single one on the market. I got to thinking, how long are they really going to tolerate sitting in a stroller? Is it worth spending $300 on the one I really want? In the end my answer was no, it was most definitely not worth it. Even though I didn’t see the value in a super expensive, but more compact double stroller, I also needed something to help me out.

You can’t baby wear all the time. I do a lot, but in some situations it’s just not the easiest. Don’t even get me started on tandem wearing toddlers. Good grief is it a hassle. When we were getting ready to go on vacation, I decided that we had to get something. Long walks, back and forth to the pool, shopping, going in and out of attractions, whatever vacation might bring, I didn’t want to be chasing my toddler and fighting my one year old to stay on my back. I asked some friends what they used and came across this gem of a stroller.

I always thought that umbrella strollers were cheap and not worth my money, but I was incredibly wrong!

Details:

  • Super compact fold for travel and storage. I  can literally shove it under their seats behind my seat, it’s super small!Delta Double Stroller BurritoBuzz3.jpg
  • Two separate canopies
  • Soft and comfortable handles
  • 360 degree shock absorbing, locking front wheels
  • Large 6”front and back wheels
  • Back wheel brakes
  • JPMA certified and exceeds all ASTM and applicable CPSC standards
  • Assembled Dimensions (in inches): 22.8 (width) by 36.8 (height) by 18.5 (depth)
  • Weight: 19.16 lbs
  • Each seat has a 35 lb weight limit
  • Fits through standard 30″ wide doorways
  • Cup holder with 2 attachment points and 2 hanging storage bags
  • Foot push to collapse and one lever to secure close

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  • Assembly was a breeze. All you had to do was pop the wheels on and take some plastic off. It literally took me two minutes.
  • Super easy to move! You can push it with one finger with the kids in it.
  • It fits through doors! I haven’t had a door that I couldn’t get through and because it is so compact, you don’t have to have anyone hold the door open for you to get through.
  • The 35 lb weight limit is great! I know I am going to get a lot of use out of this even though I have large toddlers.
  • It’s a very smooth ride. I can go in and out of stores, through door ways, over hills, up embankments and over gravel, and my kids stay asleep.
  • It’s not heavy! I can carry my one year old on one hip, fold the stroller and get it in the car. Thank you Stroller Gods!
  • Tiny, tiny, tiny. You can fit this stroller into any car and it’s great for travel when you have more than your stroller to put in your trunk. My big jogger literally takes up my entire cargo area.
  • Cup holder fits adult cups!
  • Reflective material. The white stripes are reflective, so if you take evening walks, you don’t have to worry about pushing a black stroller and no one seeing it.
  • It’s inexpensive but high quality. I’ve had this stroller for about a month and have used it almost daily. There is no sign of any wear and tear and nothing feels cheap or like it’s going to break. If I didn’t tell you that it was cheap, you wouldn’t know it!
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Cons:

  • The canopies are small and don’t really do a whole lot. I didn’t purchase it with a canopy in mind, but after a few times of walking directly into the sun, I wish I would have taken the very small canopy into consideration. I throw an Aden + Anais swaddle` over them and it’s fine, but that’s not always convenient.
  • The wheels are super small, making rough terrain difficult to navigate.
  • The description on their site and on Amazon says that it has a “Large Under-Frame Storage Bag” and it does not. I thought I would be able to slide a diaper bag under the seats or something and that is not the case. There are the two small hanging bags on the back of the seat that work nicely for a few diapers and wipes, but that is about all they can hold.
  • Advertised as a 5 point harness and it’s not.
  • The handles are short (as are most umbrella strollers). I am 5’4″ and I have no problem, but my 5’11” husband wasn’t too happy with them after a  while. 11601-007-delta-city-st-side-by-side-stroller-black-plaid-front-hi-res_1024x1024

Overall, this stroller is amazing! My complaints are small and I do not regret purchasing it at all. A few changes would make it a little better, but for the amazing price, it can’t be beat! If you have a second little one on the way, this is definitely a must have!

– Amanda

 

 

Silikids Silimap Placemat {Review}

The moms here at Burrito Buzz have sampled several products from Silikids over the last several months. You can read about them here – Siliskin Sippy & Straw Cupthe Silibib, and Silicone Bags & Spoons. I was able to sample the Silimap from Silikids which is a folding silicone placemat for kids. I was immediately intrigued by it and knew my 3 year old would be the perfect little person to demo it. She is always asking questions and
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The Silimap is a silicone placemat that folds up for easy storing. This placemat is compact once it’s folded (7″x 4.5″x 0.75″), so it can fit into any purse, clutch, or diaper bag for perfect on-the-go usage. It is also great to use at home – we took it outside and used it on our patio table. Another unique feature of the Silimap, is that it can be colored on with washable marker and then wiped clean. So, when your kids are getting restless waiting for their food, they can instead stay busy right on their placemat! The placemat is made of silicone, which keeps it from sliding around and perfect for messy kiddos like mine who are all over the place. 20160715_105458

More perks include:

  • Dishwasher safe – I will admit, I have not tried this with the Silimap. To me, it’s easier just to wash it by hand than have it take up a bunch of room in my dishwasher
  • Available in two colors: clear or “sea” blue and large in size (18″x 14″)
  • Perfect learning tool featuring a geographic map of the United States
  • Can be drawn on with washable markers
  • 100% silicone – making it not a harbor for bacteria, BPA and DEHP free, resistant to high temperatures and hypo-allergenic

I was overall pleased with this product. My only complaint would be that it did not clean up as easily as I thought it would. I will be honest; I’m not certain how “washable” the markers were that my daughter used on it. I ended up soaking the placemat in soapy water and it came clean. My 3 year old really did enjoy being able t5FnjE1uVo color on it. It was perfect for her to use while I was getting her lunch ready and I can teach her about geography in the process – win!

 Check out Silikids to purchase the Silimap for $14.95 and to see their other unique products! You can also purchase the Silimap on Amazon by clicking here: Silikids Silimap.

– Megan

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Family Vacation. What is “vacation”?!?!

1471628573867Merriam Webster defines vacation as “a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel.”

Okay, so we have the first part down. Definitely away from home and business, but definitely not the last few words,”relax”? Not sure I have even figured out what that is yet! You see, as a parent your “work” never goes away. You are always a mommy and a daddy. No matter how much help (in the form of other competent adults to watch your tiny humans) you bring with you, your children ultimately want you and need you!

We have been at the beach down south for 5 days now and my expectation for what our first vacation as a family of four would be has changed drastically!

TODDLERS DO NOT LIKE CHANGE. 

My tiny humans are so confused and out of their element. We are in a huge house with a large portion of our family. They don’t know which way is up, or how to get anywhere. It’s a long walk to get to their snacks and up to their toys in their room. How frustrated would you be if you had no idea where anything was? We are trying as hard as we can to make it feel like home, but that’s pretty impossible in a house double the size of ours.

It’s light out way past their bedtime. Falling asleep has been extremely hard, and they aren’t sleeping through the night because of various unpredictable noises.sleep8.jpg

Thankfully, I am a morning person and I don’t mind getting up at five, but I’m sure the entire house doesn’t want to get up at the arse crack of  dawn to go for a walk. The up side is I have seen more beach sun rises than ever before!

TODDLERS AND HEAT AREN’T FRIENDS. 

“I got my toes in the water, butt in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today.”

Life is definitely good, but your typical vacation habits are just a dream. Babies get hot quickly and then the tantrums start much more easily than they otherwise would. We only spent an hour or two outside at a time for the first few days of vacation.  It is a completely different heat than they are used to in Ohio.

TODDLERS ARE A LOT OF WORK. 6cc5077b7cce3efb033f0b79e148bdc4.jpg

Oh my word. I am a stay at home mom, so I am used to my children around me 24/7, but add in a different location and they were attached to me like white on rice. Go into vacation with the mindset that you will only relax when the munchkins are sleeping. We never stopped worrying or running around with them. We loved every minute of it, but it was work, work, work, work, work, work…

TODDLERS STILL MAKE MESSES.

Okay, so this is obvious, but I still want to mention it. They still get into everything that you don’t want them to get into. There are still toys strewn across the house. And, unless you pack for every single day, then you will be doing laundry. A lot. All the chores you had at home are still there, just more annoying because all you want is to be laying on the beach. Just to lay on the beach for five minutes…

TODDLERS SENSE RELAXATION LIKE ANIMALS SENSE FEAR.

We worked in shifts, attempting to be able to just sit and soak up the sun. It never failed that once one of us settled down in our chair that both children would start screeching like they were dying.1122d00fe61511c76ef0d455707a4abb.jpg

Sand in eyes.

“He touched me.”

Grandparent moved out of sight.

Wrong parent is holding the baby.

Daddy covered his foot with sand. He is dying because said foot is now gone.

Catching birds is hard.

The best one of all, both toddlers get up and go. In different directions.

So, you run to the rescue of whoever was attempting to watch two toddlers alone.

NO ONE ELSE SPEAKS YOUR TODDLER’S LANGUAGE.

Like I said before, we have a ton of family with us that give us breaks from time to time.

All parents know the “toddler language” but unless someone is around your toddler a lot, then you run into conversations like this…

Adult: I know you were trying to relax, but I have no clue what she is asking for and now she wont stop crying!

Me: Okay, bring her out here.

BK#1: mommmaaa  oooseie in yewwooo tup!!!

Me: Good grief kiddo, take a deep breath and tell that to her without fussing.

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Two year olds are funny fickle little things! Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what they are saying 80% of the time. There are days I just stare at her like she is an alien because the things she is saying definitely doesn’t follow  a language on earth.

We are having a blast on vacation and you should definitely make it happen for your family if you can! Thankfully, all my children will remember are the hours floating in the ocean and lots of alone time with mom and dad, but man oh man, next year I will definitely be going with much lower standards of what family vacation is with young children!

Keep a lookout for more on our family vacation. Tips, tricks, lists, products and how we turned chaos into fun!

❤  Amanda

 

Baby Spring Float by SwimWays {Review}

BurritoBuzzBabySpringFloatI have been prepping like a mad woman for our end- of-summer vacation! Taking BK#1 &#2 on vacation is not going to be an easy task. I have been diligently researching and trying to make sure we have all the essentials to make this an enjoyable and fun vacation! I might be wound a little tight, but my anxiety kicks in and I kinda loose it thinking about a 10 hour car ride, miles of open play areas, sleeping arrangements, making sure we don’t forget anything,  oh and safety!

Obviously, I have been looking into beach safety, but I have really been worried about the pool! We don’t have one at home, so my babies aren’t around them often. Besides that, they are 1 and 2! Rules don’t mean a whole lot to them right now! When I came across the SwimWays Baby Spring Float (Whale), I was so relieved! Most baby floats have a weight limit that my oldest child exceeds and usual pool floaties are only safe when your child is at least 30 pounds, so my toddler can’t use ones like the Puddle Jumper! SwimWays covered that 20-30 lbs gap that most floats don’t.

About the Spring Float:

  • No weight limit.. within reason. Don’t try and put your 4 year old in it.
  • Ages 9-24 months
  • It comes in  different color patterns and they are all adorable!
  • Low seat provides secure center of gravity
  • It has their patented “inner spring” for better stability in the water.
  • Flat area around them to put toys on or to splash without flipping into the water.
  • Folds flat and compact for easy storage and portability – it’s perfect for travel! I was going to wait and post this review in my Beach Babies post, but it’s too awesome not to share now.BurritoBuzzSpringFloathowto
  • Very light and comes with a mesh storage bag.
  • Some styles comes with removable and adjustable sun canopy.Burritobuzzswimways.jpg

This float is priced fabulously! Only about $18. The construction of this float is superb and I’m sure it will hold up for a long time! Even though the price point is affordable, they didn’t skimp on quality.

While doing research on it, I found some people were upset because water got on top of the float. I didn’t have this problem, but I did see some photos where people didn’t blow up the little air pockets. It is designed like a pop up kid’s play tent, but you still have to inflate it! Be sure to follow the directions when you use it.

I am very happy with the Spring Float and it is definitely a must-have for summer! Keep a look out for an update on this post. I will probably add some more pictures when we use it at the beach!

– Amanda

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Another Guava Family Review! {Plush Quilted Sheet + Fun Shade}

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I did a review awhile back on my recent favorite baby purchase: The Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib. I want to share two awesome accessories for the Lotus travel crib.

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The mattress on the Lotus is perfectly fine without a sheet, but I really wanted to add another layer of protection and also give the mattress a softer feel for when my toddler is hanging out inside. More so, when we travel with him, I want to ensure that his sleeping spot is cozy so that he can sleep soundly the entire night. The quilted sheet was ideal! It fits great, is incredibly soft and more importantly, it’s sturdy. It washes well, too!IMG_0090

The quilted velour surface is 100% polyester, recommended for ages 12+ months and it runs $26.95 on the Guava Family website. The sheet is fitted, but also has holes for the velcro straps on the Lotus, which really ensures that it stays in place.

Crib_SunShade-LightGreen_grandeAnd, my personal favorite, The Fun Shade:

I stumbled upon the fun shade after getting my Lotus crib and thought it was perfect! We had already been making our Lotus into a fort when it wasn’t being used as a pack n’ play since the side zips down. But this UV shade is even better because it actually conforms to the crib. Ideal for the outdoors and I cannot wait to use it at the beach when it’s nap time. After putting it on a few times, my son thought it was the coolest thing. Available in several bright colors, making it particularly fun. The Fun Shade will run you $36.95 on the Guava Family site.

  • The Fun Shade is UPF 50+ to provide maximum protection from the sun.
  • Machine Washable, 100% quick-dry polyester.
  • Comes in a great little travel bag.

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I’m thrilled with these two Guava additions. Again, I always wish things were less expensive, but such is this life of raising tiny humans.

I would love for Guava Family to come out with some kind of waterproof sheet to add to the mattress for situations where you might want to quickly pull off the sheet and toss it into a wet bag. It would be ideal to have something that could be pulled off and later throw in the laundry. I’ll be watching for new accessories over the next few years!

– Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Babymoov Glober Diaper Bag {Review}

When I was pregnant with my second child, I knew I wanted a backpack style diaper bag like I had with my first (it was ragged and I was due for an upgrade) because it was so much easier to tote around without straps falling down your arm while juggling a baby plus a toddler this time. I also knew it needed to be big. It needed to be able to carry all of the baby stuff and fit my toddler’s many strange items she demands we take with us when weFullSizeRender (16) leave the house (lookin’ at you random plastic plates, Paw Patrol figures, bracelets, Lego pieces and anything that is circular or round). So I did some research and came across Babymoov’s Glober diaper bag. It was exactly what I was looking for so I reached out and they were kind enough to send me one to review.

First of all, Babymoov is a fantastic mom-in-mind company. Their products are awesome and their diaper bags are just beautiful (be sure to check them all out here). But as I was looking for a specific type of bag, the Glober caught my eye immediately. There is so much space, it measures 39x35x26cm. It has a ton of pockets to fit just about anything you could possibly need to take with you for baby. With the pull of a draw string (which I am crazy about) opens the bag’s main compartment that could perhaps fit your actual baby (please do not put baby in the bag, I was just comparing the bag and your baby for size reference), it is huge. The fabric is so soft  and durable. There are also several little bags that come with it for organization (I am an organization freak – I blame my OCD).

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Organization Accessories:

  • Pacifier bag
  • Insulated bag
  • Transparent bag
  • Stroller harness
  • Changing pad

It also comes in four gorgeous colors, Cherry, Black and Smokey. I chose Smokey, which is a heather gray, so mFullSizeRender (18)y husband can also carry it without it affecting his manliness. The Glober bag can be worn two ways, as a shoulder bag or even as a crossbody bag with it’s included strap and as a backpack, which is my prefered way of carrying it. There is also easy MP3 access so you can listen to your favorite music while out with baby.

There is nothing that I can complain about with this diaper bag, it’s met and exceeded my expectations and is exactly what I was looking for! I’m so happy I found Babymoov! I give the Glober bag a 5 out of 5 stars. I bet their other bags are just as fantastic, be sure to check them out! Click here to purchase your own Babymoov Glober Bag, Smokey!

Be sure to follow Babymoov on Instagram at @BabymoovUSA and on Facebook at BabymoovUSA.

-Casey

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Why I Never Leave My House

I gave birth to my second daughter 12 weeks ago today and I thought having two kids kids, a toddler and an infant, would be a piece of cake. For some reason, the first few weeks were great. My toddler seemed to be adjusting well and baby was the epitome of perfect; she slept great, was a good eater and rarely cried. Soon after those first two weeks, shit hit the fan. My toddler was a supreme sass-hole in every way, shape and form. If you were holding the baby, she had to be up in you face, making sure she was getting all of your attention. She threw tantrums over anything and everything. She was talking back and acting out at school. She also pretty much stopped sleeping. She wakes up every two or three hours at night screaming for my husband or poking him in the face while he sleeps on the couch. Yes, my poor husband has been sleeping on the couch since baby came home from the hospital so there goes our sex life (as if we had one since becoming parents). This is all normal behavior when a new baby comes home so I expected it. Now that school is over, I no longer have those four precious toddler-free hours during the week to just sit with baby and take in her fleeting baby-ness. But that baby isn’t as ‘perfect’ as I once thought. I wasn’t expecting her to hate something so much so early in life.

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Not my baby, but you get the idea.

My baby hates her car seat and car rides.

She is a feisty little thing that will in fact pierce your eardrums if you so much as put her down for a millisecond. The moment she is put in her car seat, she screams. Most babies like car rides and even have to be driven around by a sleep deprived mommy or daddy to lull them to sleep. Nope. This one is defective and hates it. That is why I never want to leave my house.

Leaving the house with said a baby + a toddler is a nightmare and fills me with so much anxiety, I chose to stay home as much as I can or wait until their daddy is home to go anywhere. Before baby, I was constantly on the go with my oldest. We went everywhere from the moment she was born. She actually loved the car so this car-hating baby is very different for me. We’ve been missing out on parties and other events since she’s been born because it’s just easier to stay home than to deal with a screaming baby which then makes the toddler cry (she has sensitive ears). If we’ve missed out on something in the past two months, family and friends, this is probably the reason and we’re very sorry. 

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I’m sorry.

So if you invite us to any sort of birthday party or barbecue or play date this summer and I decline or we don’t show, please don’t be offended. We’re adjusting to having two kids and it’s definitely not easy. Add a screaming baby who hates her car seat and car rides, it’s just not worth it for us to go somewhere where she’d have to be in the car for 20-30+ minutes. We still love you all and will see you as soon as she outgrows her hatred of the car. 

– Casey

Baby Trend 1st Debut 3-Wheel Travel System {Review}

I’m a big fan of Baby Trend baby products. When I was pregnant with my first daughter I received their Expedition Travel System (jogging stroller + infant car seat) which is a phenomenal product system. The stroller is so rugged and sturdy with its bike-like tires, it literally can be used on any surface (I’ve tested it) and I always recommend it to friends who are buying or registering for their baby. Baby Trend car seats are safe and affordable which is very importable to me. I was excited when I saw they added more sleek and modern designs to their stroller and car seat line and when I was pregnant with my second baby I knew I wanted to go with Baby Trend again.

debutProduct Facts:

  • Stroller Weight limit: birth to 50 pounds
  • Stroller Height limit: up to 42”
  • Car seat Weight limit: 5 to 32 pounds
  • Car seat Height limit: up to 32”

I was given the opportunity to review Baby Trend’s 1st Debut 3-Wheel Travel System and I was thrilled to give it a spin and share its beauty with our readers! As soon as the delivery man dropped it travel system off, I ripped the box open (the big box doubles as the best free toy for toddlers!) and assembled the stroller. It was incredibly easy to put together – I did it by myself with my whiny toddler and baby clinging to me. I didn’t even have to look at the instructions. Once together (took maybe 5 minutes), I strolled around my house with my 7 week old. It was such a smooth ride! I first tried the bassinet which I liked but the canopy doesn’t cover as much as I would like even when I unfolded the gray lip out. It’s so easy to attach to and remove from stroller and it folds flat when storing in the trunk or closet. I love that baby can lay completely flat in the bassinet but can also be strapped in for safety thanks to its 5-point harness. With just the touch of a button and pushing the bassinet upward, it goes in to the toddler seat position. Once in the seat position, just use the buckle underneath to make a seat (requires a bit of strength) and you’re done. carsesatA snack tray and cup holder would make it more appealing for when baby gets older, though. We then tried baby in the car seat which is absolutely amazing. I had a Baby Trend FlexLoc infant car seat before this one and I couldn’t believe the difference in comfort. This one is so cozy and I love how protected the baby is in it! The plush padding hugs her little body and she fell right to sleep the first time in it. The basket underneath is the perfect size (weight limit is 5 pounds), and has plenty of room for all of our stuff. We took it outside for a walk the day we got it and I was so impressed with the way it handled and how smooth it was on uneven surfaces. It’s really easy to fold up: just put two loops on each side and it folds right down to the ground. It’is also very lightweight, which makes it easy to get in and out of the trunk. It helps that all 3 wheels can be removed to put in a small trunk or to store in a small space.

I love the ease the stroller provides. I have used it on trips to the doctor, Target runs, quick trips to the grocery store, to the park and walks around the neighborhood. When running into a store for a few things, I just put the car seat on the stroller and go. It has made girlsrunning errands with a toddler and baby a breeze. I also use the bassinet and stroller when outside in the backyard with my 3 year old. My toddler gets the attention she craves and I can still have my eyes and ears on her baby sister while she sleeps in the shade.

Pros:

  • Gender-neutral colors
  • Stroller is lightweight
  • Car seat has very soft plush padding
  • Stroller is a smooth ride
  • Bassinet lays flat
  • Removable bar for access to baby in bassinet
  • Adjustable stroller handle
  • Easy to change between car seat and bassinet

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    Adjust straps easily with the turn of a knob located on the back of the car set
  • Stroller folds almost flat and wheels can be removed
  • Seat and bassinet can face toward you or away from you
  • Large storage basket
  • No-thread harness on car seat to adjust straps
  • The triangle handle on car seat makes it easy to carry

Cons:

  • Small bassinet canopy
  • No cup holders
  • Small front wheel (can cause tipping)
  • Hard foam EVA tires
  • No tray for toddler seat
  • Car seat is on the heavy side

The only things I would change is the canopy (make it bigger) and I would add a cup holder for mom and dad, as I was disappointed that it currently lacks one. I would also like it better if the wheels were rubber like the Baby Trend jogging strollers. These ones are like a hard foam and I think rubber wheels would last longer and be able to navigate better on rough terrain. All in all, it’s a great stroller and car seat and I give it 5 stars. I am very happy with both the car seat and stroller. I have been recommending it to friends and family who are expecting babies, as I have with all Baby Trend products I have tried and loved in the past.

– Casey

 

Disclosure: I applied to be part of the Baby Trend Product Review Group and received this product free of charge. All opinions are my own and not influenced by Baby Trend.

 

LILLEbaby Complete {Carrier Review!}

 

I have been baby-wearing since my son was born. We’ve used a great many carriers: the Infantino Fusion, Ergo, Ring Sling, and Tula (some of which I’ve reviewed on this site! Check out our baby-wearing category for more.)

The “buzz” on baby-wearing has recently shifted to LILLEbaby, a company that I hadn’t heard of prior to having my son, but certainly have heard PLENTY about in the last few months. Their carriers have really gotten a ton of momentum, so I wanted to see what the craze was all about.

Lille was kind enough to send the Complete carrier my way to test and review, and I’m so glad they did!

The carrier’s packaging is simple, elegant, and appealing to the eye. When the box showed up on my stoop I was like a little kid on Christmas. Within minutes I had it unpackaged, had read through the instructions, and had my toddler on my back to tote around.

The carrier’s adjustments are similar to most that I’ve used (and very similar to the Tula.) Easy straps to adjust, safety strap around the waist, hood with easy anchor. But the Lille’s design goes above and beyond the expected. Here’s why:

-The carrier is simple to put on. Forward and side potions are exceptionally simple, and back carry just takes time or another person. I’ve never been one that is comfortable with back-carry when I’m on my own.

-The waist strap is thicker than most, and includes lumbar support (or hides your belly pouch, which I was stoked about…)

-The chest/back strap has an extra cushion so that it doesn’t pull so hard on your skin.

-The hood has simple snaps, with multiple adjustments.

-The fabric is soft, and easily cleaned (machine washable.) Unlike some other carriers, this fabric feels ‘broken in’ from day one.

-My personal favorite: the back panel unzips to allow for a breathable mesh backing, which is so nice for when we’re out doing work/hiking since my LO gets so hot. If you’re out in the cold/wind, zip the panel back up for a layer of extra protection.

-Fold down head support. My toddler mostly likes to sit with his arms free, but when he falls asleep it’s nice to pull the head rest and hood up to keep him cozy and shaded from the sun.

-Several neutral colors, but also a great many (and ever-expanding) set of patterns!

-Works in SIX positions all the way from newborn (7lbs)-45lbs. (Adjustable from narrow, to wide seat.)

-Stirrups can be purchased as an addition. I already have a set, and my guy loves them. I’d highly recommend them, especially for anyone with a toddler that likes to stretch out.

I’ve worn my carrier several times now, in multiple positions. I’ve done some serious yard work with my 26lb toddler on my back, and can say that I was comfortable, as was he, the entire time.

I initially struggled with the wide waist strap and getting it to feel ‘right’ for me. I found that simply making and adjustment and pulling the shoulder straps tighter to my body corrected the problem fully.

There is a pocket on the carrier, but I would love to see more, particularly a waist pocket that zips, similar to what most structured carriers have. Because let’s be honest: a great many of us live in yoga pants, with no pockets, and having a pocket on my hip for my phone, cash, cards, and keys would be ideal. (You’ll notice in one of my photos I slid my iPhone into the waistband. Not safe or practical, but necessary in the moment!)

Lille is one of my new favorites. Their line includes more than just the Complete carrier, but this concept is hands down one of my favorites. For anyone that loves baby-wearing, toddler-wearing, and ESPECIALLY those of you that have a hot little one, this is the carrier for you. I found the Lille practical, comfortable, and to be a good deal (the complete runs around $139, depending on where you’re purchasing.)

To see more on the Lille Complete, head over to:
SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby – The COMPLETE All Seasons (Stone)

-Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Guava Family Lotus Crib {Review}

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My son is now 14 months old. He is weighing in at 26lbs. and a very tall 34in. Meaning, he’s over the limits, or close to the limits, for most traditional pack n’ plays.

Crazy, right? While we aren’t a family that is super keen on the idea of a pack n’ play for every day use, let’s be honest… sometimes they are necessary to get the bathroom scrubbed, throw in some laundry, or just sit down for a second instead of chasing your baby/toddler around.

A pack n’ play is a safe place for your little one, and the peace of mind that comes with that makes the purchase worthwhile.

So, what was I going to do? Travel was going to be harder– many vacation spots don’t offer cribs, and we aren’t co-sleepers.

Upon Googling “large toddler pack n’ play” I stumbled upon a few options, the Guava Lotus being one of them (and the top rated, as far as I could tell.) The lower shelf of the crib sits on the floor, making it safer for those higher-weight babies/toddlers. 

Fascinated, I checked out all the facts on the website and quickly decided that this was a great option for us. IMG_1565

Purchase yours here: http://www.guavafamily.com/ 

Why?

-The travel crib is so much more than just a place to sleep. The side unzips so that my son can crawl in and out when he’s playing. Great for the beach (and you can purchase a sun shade for this,) outside camping, or just for making a fun fort in the living room (which we did.) The side zip has a zipper safety so that your little one can’t undo it.

The Lotus is light. I have some pretty bad lower back problems, so a traditional pack n’ play wasn’t cutting it for me. The Lotus is 13lbs, and easily moved around.

-Set up and tear down could not be any easier. In a matter of seconds, I can have this set up, or torn down. 

The mattress is much better than a standard pack n’ play. I found myself un-enthused with the cardboard-like structure of most, and this one is an exception. It has a nice amount of cushion while still being within safety guidelines. It also has a coating to keep it waterproof.

IMG_1544-The 360 mesh sides bring comfort in knowing that if my guy smashes his face up against the sides, he’ll be able to breath just fine.

-The mesh and guard rails easily come off if washing is necessary.

Legs have extra padding on the inside, just in case your little one falls or likes to bang their head on things (which, my son does…)

Optional accessories: sheet, quilted mattress pad, sun shade, mosquito net.

-The best part to me? This whole thing folds up in to a super portable backpack, with padded straps and all. It stores on an airplane in the overhead storage, as well. The quick design, and portability, make traveling much less daunting.

Overall, I have very few complaints. The design shows immense time in engineering, and attention to detail. It was a purchase worth making in my book.

This WILL run you a good $250, unless you can get it on sale. The accessories are not included, and are also pretty pricey. To make this mainstream, I’d like to see this running consistently at $175 with a sheet and sun shade included.IMG_1540

There is a bassinet, as well, which comes separately. Ideal for new parents that want their LO in their bedroom for the first few weeks/months.

This has been one of my favorite baby purchases so far. We enjoy traveling, and it’s nice to have a quick, safe place for my guy to hang out and snooze. We hope to use this for years to come! Thanks to Guava Family for providing a great product.

-Katie

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Lucas enjoying the Lotus as a fort…

Connected {Military Wives & Deployment Part 2}

I wanted to do a short blogging series reaching out specifically to military moms. We are a small army (ha.) of women that experience a lifestyle that not many can relate to or comprehend. We experience long absences from our men filled with worry and stress. And we also take on a role of solo parenting. We definitely aren’t single moms, but we also have to learn to speak as both parents and guide our children through their emotions and confusion. This series will be focused on letting you know that you are definitely not alone and that there are many skills and resources available that will help you get through.

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1. COMPASS

Start here. The mission of COMPASS is to educate and train new military spouses on the ways of the land. Aka the roughly 8,392 abbreviations you’ll mostly smile and nod when you hear, why you can’t just roll up on the ship and drop off cookies, education opportunities and benefits, how to get a military ID, what to wear to certain events and how you can and can’t behave on a military base. There are courses you can sign up for regularly to get you jumpstarted on this crazy thing called the military and all its qwerks.

2. FRG

FRG stands for the Family Readiness Group. This is your contact for your spouse’s specific command. If he’s on deployment, these are the people you go to with questions and information on dates, events and how to send packages. FRG’s vary from command to command. Some are extremely helpful, wonderful groups of people that look out for imageall spouses, keeping them updated and hosting activities to mingle and meet people. Some are just there to fulfill a duty (the head of the FRG is usually the responsibility of the command leader’s spouse) and you never see them. But more often that not, this is a wonderful resource to keep updated while your DH is away

image3. MWR

You will find the MWR on basically every military installation. This is the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center that is there to provide you with things like a rec center, bowling, golf, tickets for local events, travel information, lodging and activities for children. You can find local activities for military families that will cost you next to nothing and also purchase tickets to sporting events, theme parks, etc for a heavily discounted price. Winning.


 

The military does a good job providing several resources for military families to keep you informed as well as providing recreational activities. Don’t hesitate to google your spouse’s specific base or command and get a list of phone numbers and addresses for everything from free legal advice to the nearest commissary for grocery shopping. Use the resources that are there for you!

I personally think that once you’ve connected with the command and familiarized yourself with basic military procedures, it’s so important to connect with your community. Sometimes you’re stuck on a base overseas and it’s not possible for you to venture out into the local civilian world. But if you’ll be in once place for any extended period of time, I strongly recommend investing in the area around you.

1. Know Your Neighbors

Get to know the people across the street. Whether they become lifelong friends or someone you simply chit chat with every now and then, it pays to have people nearby in an emergency when your closest family may be states away. I’ve even had a system before with a fellow military spouse across the street to turn our bedroom lamps on when we got home to let the other know we were safe.

image2. MOPS

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers but it has grown into far beyond that. This is a nationwide organization for moms of younger children simply looking to just get out of the house and meet other local moms and do fun activities. Great way to meet new friends and provide social interaction for your littles.

image3. Volunteer

I’m that nerd that knows the librarian’s names at the local library. Besides the free books, I love using it as a resource to learn about community events, food drives, school supply donation events, whatever. Getting yourself out of the house and doing something simple to give back will not only set a great example for your children but it will draw you closer to the locals and help you not to feel like a nomad that will only be here for a year and then move along to the next town.

4. Find a Church

Finding a local church is not only a great way to meet like-minded people, but also a way keep yourself healthy spiritually. It’s so easy to drown in feelings of hopelessness and lacking in purpose when you’re trying to get through a deployment. Staying connected at church will help nurture your emotional well being and find that joy in your faith that you may have lost in the middle of the frustrating circumstances surrounding you. If you aren’t interested in the religious aspects of church, this is still a great resource for volunteer opportunities and events for children. Check it out, you may be surprised by how renewed you’ll feel after an uplifting service.

Being a military spouse is not something I’ve conquered. I still have no idea what the majority of those acronyms stand for and I don’t think I’ll ever come to a point in my life where deployments are a breeze. But I’m trying. I’m determined to strengthen my family with each separation. It’s so important to me that you know that military life, though foreign to most outsiders, can be a rewarding, uniting experience. Embracing the community around each new assignment and working with your spouse to create a parenting environment that is positive and united is possible.

This won’t be the last you hear me talking about this crazy military life, but I’d love to know where you struggle the most or traditions your family has to stay connected? Let’s get better and better at this military life together.

-Chelsea

For part one on dealing with the emotions of deployment and separation, head here:

http://www.burritobuzz.com/2015/11/03/uniforms-in-the-laundry-military-wives-deployment-part-1/

 

Product Review- Comfort and Harmony Cozy Shopping Cart Cover

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PROS: This product is very versatile. It can be used to cover a shopping cart seat as well as a high chair at a restaurant. It has 3 pockets on the back and 3 cloth loops in the front that are perfect to hook toys or pacifier clips to.

This cover is very easy to clean, just throw it in the wash or quickly wipe it down with a wipe. The material is very soft and cushioned, perfect for smaller babes that are just learning to sit up on their own. If they start to lean to the side, the cushion will catch them. I also love that this cover really does actually cover the entire seat. Any area within reach of slobbery mouths is protected.

Finally, I appreciate that is has a buckle on the inside. It keeps baby in place and is adjustable so it is like the one baby product on earth you’ll be able to use for several months and never need a bigger size.

CONS: The sheer size of this thing is ridiculous. It is a royal pain to cart around. The cushion of the cover does NOT fold up well. If I was going out by myself with Callie to the grocery store and had to carry both her and my diaper bag and there wasn’t a cart immediately next to my car? Forget it. If they could make a version that was still soft and cushioned but maybe a more quilt-like style that you could fold up? Perfection.

I’m calling this a “new mom” item. Something cute you find and put on the registry (they have it at Babies R Us). It’s great in theory and yes, it did keep my baby safe from nasty grocery carts and germs. However, now that she’s a full blown toddler that’s walking running everywhere, I’m not wasting my time carrying it with me when I’m on high alert in a parking lot. It’s a good item, well-designed and does what it claims; I just wish is was more practical to throw in the diaper bag.

-Chelsea

Travelling with a Baby {Painful Truth Edition}

derek-imageOh man guys. I know I need to tell you all about this while it’s fresh in my mom-brain, but even thinking about it brings back a flood of stress and anxiety. If you’re a parent looking for tips that will help you travel with your LO: I warn you. This will both help you, and make you want to barf. #Sorry

We embarked upon a 12 hour, multi-state drive with my parents this past week. I really thought I had prepared for everything. Beach cabana for baby, travel DVD player, toys, blah blah blah. And let me tell you, no amount of prepping for this trip could actually PREPARE my mind.

  1. The Trip Down
    1. We decided to leave at 2AM. My LO goes to bed at 8, so we figured “great, he’ll sleep and we’ll sleep, and we’ll wake up to leave and he’ll stay sleeping.” Wrong. He was up and ready to party. Our pediatrician12065520_10205056619637005_1249445246177441679_n told us that we really needed to get him out of the car seat about every 3 hours to move around. HA. Do babies actually last that long in a car seat in the first place? So, the trip down was marked with many stops, lots of crying, and the occasional hour of constant entertaining to avoid screaming. (Photo is of my LO’s “comfortable” sleeping. He put the book there on his own.)
  2. Once at Our Destination
    1. Our condo had a pack n’ play and high chair provided. Sounds good, right? No. Just no. Though the condo was immaculate, the baby amenities were old, worn, and really kind of just sketch-city. Thankfully, I brought my own quilted pack n’ play sheet. If you’re traveling and have space, bring as much as you can. Bring your own pack n’ play, and something your LO can sit in to be entertained by (something you can fold flat for travel is ideal.)
    2. Don’t bring extra of everything. Bring enough to get you there, and then go to the grocery store for any food, diapers, wipes, etc. Same for the trip back: take what you need.
    3. The beach isn’t fun with a baby. Plain and simple. My LO had an interest level of ZERO in actually playing on the beach for more than an hour. And the ocean? HA. No. So we made short trips down to the beach, mostly to s12038538_10205056783961113_6812155279190095261_nave our sanity. We used our baby carrier and walked along the coastline often. Definitely the best/most relaxing part of our trip. (Photo is of me on the beach, with Lucas in his Tula.)
    4. SUNSCREEN. Tons of it. Also, swim diapers. You’ll be happy you can just tear the sides and throw them away when you’re done. I kept my LO shaded most of the time, so the swim suit with SPF was really a waste of money (considering you need to get the kind with “rash guard”, a thing I didn’t even know existed until last month.)
    5. Plan trips where you can use your stroller. If your LO is like mine, they love being carted around and seeing new things. We took our little umbrella stroller, and it was perfect. Malls, aquariums, places where you can move freely.
    6. When going to restaurants: go to places that are loud. Your LOs giggles, grumbles, and cries will be masked and others won’t be irritated with you. Also, bring a few toys, sanitary wipes to clean the high chair and table, and their food (my LO ate puffs often to keep him entertained.) Let them play with things at the table– our LO was entertained forever by a crumbly napkin.
  3. The Trip Back
    1. I was now a survivor. I prepared myself for the trip home. I learned from my mistakes. This momma was NOT going to lose her sanity again.
    2. We left a day early. This gave us two days at home to just get back into our “element” before having to go back to work. Best decision we made. Sure, we lost out on a day’s worth of condo rent… but totally worth it.
    3. We left at 8:30 AM. LO was fed, diapered, and in a good mood.
    4. I kept the atmosphere calm the entire trip. This helped not to get him super worked up, just to be stuck in his car seat for 10 more hours.
    5. We sat in the farthest back seat, where I could be right next to him.
    6. Toys. Just a few toys that are good for travel. Nothing to big that will be a hazard if a wreck should happen.
    7. We avoided the portable DVD player and just had some constant, steady music going.
    8. When he got tired, I wrapped him in a blanket and gave him his binkie. He slept much more the trip back than the trip down.
    9. All-in-all: our trip down was infinitely more successful. No stress, and our LO did great.
  4. To the Moms
    1. I know you want to look good. Especially if you plan on date nights. BUT, take my word on this… find ways to just look casual and cute, or you’ll end up looking Like Suzanne Somers after a sweaty episode on Dancing with the Stars. Your LO will interrupt your beauty routine, and you’ll have makeup everywhere and end up half dressed.
    2. I took a few casual summer dresses, which worked out great. I twisted my hair into “mom buns” so that later in the day my hair would have some natural wave to it.
    3. Keep the makeup simple. Less is more.
    4. Take advantage of the time your LO is sleeping to do what you need to do for yourself.

Our Travel Bag Included:

  • Several onesies, for approximately 2 outfit changes per day. A sweater for cold weather. 2 pairs of shorts. 2 pairs of pants. Socks. 1 pair of shoes. 2 pairs of pajamas.
  • Bath Chair that folds flat for a suitcase (Summer Infant)
  • Bath supplies: wash, powder, lotion. Diaper ointment. Nail clippers. A few small bath toys.
  • 2 baby blankets.
  • Quilted pack n’ play sheet.
  • Several toys. Our favorite was the Leap Frog drum
  • Food necessities: Travel spoons (I like Plum Organic’s) Bib that can be wiped off, any bottles or breastfeeding supplies. Take your own formula! And if you prefer organic food for your baby, research your options prior to travel. We found plenty of organic supplies while on vacation.
  • Extra diapers/wipes for travel, (but we bought most of our supply while there.)
  • Medications. Tylenol, saline, Advil, gas drops. Our LO was teething, and we ended up using Tylenol several times.
  • Teethers, if teething.
  • Video monitor. Our LO went to bed before we did, so this was great to keep an eye on him, and didn’t take up much space in our luggage.
  • Sound machine. Our LO doesn’t typically use one, but he wasn’t used to the new sounds and the close proximity (he slept in our room, when he typically sleeps in his own at home.)
  •  Beach: Cabana or umbrella, sunscreen, swim diapers, hat, portable fan.

Best of luck, travelling parents! May the force be with you.

-Katie