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3 Must Have Items For Surviving Those Baby Blowouts

I love clothes! Especially for my girls. I can find a cute outfit practically anywhere I go. But keeping those outfits clean can be a challenge, especially when you encounter those baby blowouts!

Luckily, I have 3 must have items for my diaper bag to help keep those outfits in excellent condition for future baby’s.

3 Must Have Items

  1. Extra Outfit

Aside from the basics (diapers and wipes), extra outfits are an essential part of the diaper bag! I typically have an outfit and two sleepers in a range of sizes, because they grow so fast. So once you have your sweet babe all cleaned up and in a fresh outfit, you can begin step #2!

2.  Soap

There are several stain removing products on the market. While I am sure some of them work wonders, I prefer to keep it low-cost and simple. This is why I use a $1-$2 bottle of clear hand soap from my local grocery store.

*(I have used hand soap with a purple tint before. While it did remove the initial stain, I do feel it left a purplish hugh in it’s place.)

*EXCEPTION – If you don’t have any soap in your diaper bag, use whatever hand soap is in the public restroom. It’s better than no soap at all.

Just run the now greenish outfit under cold water. Next, apply a few quarter sized helpings of soap to the stains and scrub for a minute or to. Finally running the outfit under cold water again.

3.  Plastic Bag

I cannot tell you how many times I have forgotten to put a few plastic bags in the diaper bag! Ugh! Nothing makes a blowout worse then having no place to put that dirty outfit.

The day I originally planned to write this post, I had just pulled into the Panera parking lot, when I realized my babe had an extreme blowout. I took her to the tiny public restroom and got her cleaned up. Thank heavens I had those spear outfits! Unfortunately, I did not have my hand soap or plastic bags.

So there I was, sweating in a small restroom, using the pink soap from the dispenser, as my babe was smiling blissfully in her car seat. Then I had to carry my baby and her soaked, dirty outfit to the front – sweating all the way mind you! Thankfully, the employees were kind enough to get me a plastic bag! I am very grateful!

*Note to self – Never forget these 3 Must Have Items*

*Side note – I wash all their clothes in cold water, on a delicate cycle.

What are your must have items for keeping those outfits in excellent condition after a blowout? I would love to hear your tips!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

4 Tips To Make Life With A Newborn Easier

The newborn stage is hard work! In the weeks since bringing our second daughter home, we are amazed at just how much we have forgotten in a few short years. Extra laundry due to all the blow outs,  the constant bottle cleaning, and then add a toddler to the mix. It can seem pretty chaotic at times.

Luckily, there are some things we haven’t forgotten that can make life with a newborn a little easier.

  1. Assurance Underpads

Say what!? This may sound like an odd item to purchase for a newborn, but I can assure you they are total worth it! Every time our daughter would have an accident while changing her, the pads would protect the changing pad and cover. This cut down on the amount of laundry we had to do. We always kept one on our oldest daughters changing pad until we potty trained her. I always keep a few in the diaper bag as well. Even though most diaper bags come with a changing pad it never hurts to have a disposable underpad on hand. Especially when you are out and about and your little one needs a change, only to find the changing area isn’t the cleanest. Laying down a larger disposable underpad is much easier then using your changing pad that will need washed immediately. 

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2.  Wet Wipe Container = Dirt Diaper Pail

We lived in a tiny two bedroom apartment until our oldest daughter was almost two. So we had to be selective on what items to put in the nursery. With limited space, a large garbage can or diaper genie was out of the question. So, I took the top off an empty wet wipe container and placed it on the dresser, next to the changing pad and WALA! We had a dirty diaper container. Granted it only held a few diapers before needing to be emptied, but it was totally worth not having dirty diapers laying everywhere while I changed her!

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3.  Motherhood Maternity

This may sound odd, but make sure you purchase at least one item from here at the beginning of every pregnancy. Why? Well, a few reasons. First, I am fairly certain thats how Enfamil gets your information. So make sure you give Motherhood all your information(I usually give a junk email), including your due date. Don’t have one close by? No, problem! Make a purchase online. Even if your budget is super tight like mine, shop the clearance/sale rack for one useful item. Trust me, its worth it! Once your about 32 weeks along Enfamil sends you two small sample cans of formula and 4 ready to go powder sticks. They also send you $5 coupons for their cans of formula throughout the first year. Even if you plan to breast feed, its nice to have these on hand in case you need to supplement. If you don’t end up using them hopefully you can pass them to a friend.

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Secondly, in the box you also receive this nice little booklet that not only talks about formula, but also touches upon baby’s first year milestones. Although I feel the booklet I received with my oldest daughter went a little more in-depth on the milestones then my current one, its still nice to have.

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Finally, you receive a nice little gift the first time you shop their with each pregnancy. It’s usually coupons to different store and either a bottle or pacifier.

4.  Prescription Breast Pump

This is awesome! I didn’t learn about this until I was getting ready to leave the hospital. Ask your midwife/doctor to write you a prescription for a breast pump and take it to your medical supply store. Check with your insurance first to see how much they will cover. With my oldest we had to pay $50, which wasn’t bad at all considering how much they are at full price. With our second child we have a different insurance company and have yet to see a bill.

What are some of your favorite mommy hacks to make life with a newborn easier?

3 Tips To Combat The Picky Eater

I feel like the “picky eater”, as the phrase is coined, has become a hot button topic in the mommy world of social media. Often times I will see posts through different forums, asking for advice on how to combat their picky eater. The question seems innocent enough. As a mother myself, I will be the first to admit I don’t know it all. So, its always nice to talk with other moms and hear what works for them. Yet, when its comes to the picky eater, posts often become a heated debate. People bickering with one another over their advice.

In truth, we are all strong, loving mothers just trying to do the best we can. I feel we should love and celebrate each others journey through motherhood. With that being said, its through my own experiences that I have figured out how to combat my picky toddler. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to children and food, but I have come up with a few tips that I would like to share.

3 Tips To Combat The Picky Eater

  1. Don’t make eating the food a big deal.

This was VERY difficult for me at first. When my daughter began the picky eater stage, meals became a point of contention. The more pressure I put on her to eat, the less likely she was touch anything on her plate.  So, one day I decided to bit my tongue. I sat her plate in front of her and walked away. Of course I stayed in the kitchen to keep an eye on her, but I pretended to appear busy. I shuffled papers, wiped down the countertops, and ignored the “all done” she would scream in the first few minutes. Leaving the plate in front of her for a reasonable 30 minutes pre meal. It didn’t happen over night, but by the end of the week she began eating a little of everything on her plate with no complaints.

2.  Cook Together

I have mentioned this tip before in a previous blog post called, Little Hands in the Kitchen. Having my daughter cook with me has truly been one of the best tips in combating the picky eater stage. Giving her the opportunity to work with and help to make the food gives her a sense of pride. It makes her want to try something because she had a hand in its creation. For example, I have had her put spinach in the blender whenever we make fruit smoothies and other meals. After almost a year of putting this ingredient in her food, she will now pick it up and eat it raw! No joke! I can set spinach leaves on her plate and she will eat them by the handful! Honestly, I never expected that! But she loves to try each ingredient now, before combining them together.

3.   Negotiate

Now that our toddler is approaching 3, negotiating during meal time has become helpful. She is now at the age where we do require she try one bite of each item on her plate. So, telling her she can be all done if she tries one bite of “XYZ” is helpful. Or if she wants to eat a sweet snack after dinner, she needs to eat so much of each item. Sometimes she wants second or third helpings of vegetables. Honestly, I consider this a mommy win! So I just keep refilling. On the other hand if she wants another helping of pasta for example, then I say sure once you have two “big girl” bites of this vegetable or fruit. Then, I refill with a tiny portion of pasta and repeat the two bites rule before another pasta helping.

Do you have a picky eater? What has worked for your family in expanding their palette?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

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Tips for a Successful Movie Theater Experience with Toddlers

When my husband and I first began spending time together, we ended up going to the movie theater. Unbeknownst to us, movies somehow became our thing. Until we had our daughter, most weekends were spent at the movie theater. Our rewards card was always filled with an endless amount of points. Vacations were always planned with finding the closest theater in mind. Summers included road trips to the local drive-in.

Needless to say, when we were planning our daughters arrival one of the things we were egger to share with her was our love of movies. Fast forward two years later and now movies are a sweet, memorable family affair! Of course, any new outing with a toddler does come with its own set of challenges. Luckily, through several movie going experiences we have worked out all the kinks. Our sweet, beautiful little girl loves movies just as much as we do!

Here are my top 3 tips for a successful movie theater experience with a toddler:

1. Movies at Home

The best way to assess whether or not your child is ready to go to the movie theater is to begin movie night at home. Shortly after our daughter turned two we began checking out animated movies from our local library. My husband and I would toss a bag of popcorn into the microwave and watch the movie as a family of three. This allowed our child to move around the room freely without disturbing others.

2. Popcorn

Through our at home movie nights we discovered our daughters obsession with popcorn! When I say obsession, its no exaggeration. She is truly in love with popcorn! If you can find a snack your children love, having it during a movie works wonders! Our daughter sat still for a much longer length of time thanks to popcorn. When we took her to see her first movie, we miscalculated the amount of popcorn necessary to sustain our busy toddler. Once the popcorn was gone she became instantly upset and begged for more. But with the price of concessions it was not possible. Now, of course, we consider two important factors in deciding the size of popcorn.   1. Whether its just my daughter and I heading to a movie or if my husband will be joining us.   2. Whether the movie we are seeing will hold her interest on it own.

3. Plan Ahead

When it comes to taking a toddler somewhere that they will need to be quiet and sit for any length of time its VERY important to plan ahead!

Start with selecting a movie. Choose a movie you feel your child will really enjoy seeing. For us, it was the Minion Movie. My daughter is obsessed with them! The more they enjoy watching a film, the less likely they are to become restless.

Next, check out the movie theater website and give them a call. Our theaters don’t start charging admission until age 3. As a parent, this is a huge blessing because when you take a toddler to see a movie you have to be prepared to leave early for any reason. Recently, my husband and I enjoyed a date night. We drove to a theater that was quite a distance from us only to realize the prices were much higher. As I was reading their admission prices, I noticed they begin charging admission starting at age 2. I immediately directed my husband to the board and commented how relieved I was that we did not bring our daughter.

Potty Time: Once we began potty training, I had to bring her portable potty chair everywhere. The regular sized toilets scared her, so this was the perfect option. Luckily, all of our theaters are very child friendly and allow us to bring it in with us!

If you are as fortunate as us, we have always lived near multiple theaters. Having more than one theater near by can be very beneficial. Sometimes one theater or another may show older children’s movies for a discounted admission and concession price.

When it comes to taking a child to see their first movie I recommend choosing a movie that has already been in the theater for at least a few weeks. Thus, giving you a fairly empty theater in case your tot feels the need to move around a bit.

My final tip to creating a great movie going experience, be mindful of the showtimes. If we are seeing a movie with an 11:00am showtime, you can bet we are just pulling into the parking lot at that time. Why? I want my daughter to sit still for as long as humanly possible! Watching fifteen minutes of previews is fifteen less minutes she will be able to sit for the actual movie. So we always arrive to the theater just as the showtime begins. This gives us fifteen minutes of previews to park, buy tickets, and concessions. Thus, heading in just as the movie begins!

Lastly, grab a bag of buttery, salty popcorn and enjoy a movie with your little ones!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

(Ready to go to the movies!)

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(Waiting for the movie to start!)

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