Toddler “Diaper” Bag

Now that my son is getting older, I am getting out of really having to pack a diaper bag. There are some days when I just take my purse and throw in a snack and his water and call it good. However, if I know I’m going to be somewhere for a longer period of time, I do pack a bag to ensure I won’t put myself into a situation where I wish I had a certain item. Before I get into it though, I am going to share my most recommended bag that I think would be great for just about anyone and any age of your child.

I personally love diaper backpacks over a regular bag. I hate having to balance a bag on one shoulder and would much rather be hands free, especially chasing after a 2 year old. However, many backpacks can be ridiculous in price. While I do believe, you get what you pay for, I believe it to an extend. If you look hard enough, you can find a great product with an amazing price point!

This bag has so much to offer and so much room! There are 13 pockets for organization for all essentials. There is a built in charging port and power cable so you can charge your phone on the go. Having your phone charged is important for safety of yourself and child along with wanting to make sure you can capture any moments while on the go. There is a waterproof pocket for any wet clothes along with an insulated pocket for bottles. There is a side pocket for wipes, a must have for any age. The outside fabric of the bag is also water proof so getting caught in the rain won’t mean ruining items inside the bag! Not only that, but stroller straps are also included so you don’t even have to carry the bag when walking if you don’t want to! All around it’s a great product and bag with multiple uses!

What’s Inside My Bag

Toddler Essentials:

  • Extra Underwear: Now that we are going throw the potty training stage, I always bring an extra pair of underwear just in case. My son is normally very good about not having accidents, but he can also be picky about going in a public restroom. Plus, you never know when your child is going to have to go while stuck in traffic.
  • Pair of Clothes: I always bring an extra outfit with me when I leave for a place I am going to be a while. I have already had to do a last minute sleep over with my mom, so after that, I bring clothes just in case. Plus, kids can be messy when eating and playing so it’s always good to have just in case. I don’t normally have to use them, but it never hurts.
  • Snacks: I bring snacks EVERYWHERE. Not much is worse than a toddler having a melt down while out in public due to being hungry. I typically bring either gold fish or a Nutrigrain bar just to hold him over until I can get home to a meal.
  • Water: I think this is a pretty obvious answer, but there have been a few times I have forgotten to bring water with me, so now I just keep an extra bottle so I don’t forget.
  • Travel First Aid Kit: I always, ALWAYS, bring a first aid kit with me. I haven’t had to use it too much for band aids, however, mosquitoes can get pretty bad around here so having cortisone on hand has been important.
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sanitizing Wipes: If we are going out to eat, I always take sanitizing wipes to clean the table and high chair that my son is going to be sitting in and touching. It never fails that those chairs are dirty and sticky, so this is an important item for me to bring.

That is about what I take with me when I take a bag for my son. This isn’t to include my items like wallet, keys, phone, hand sanitizer, etc.



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10 Wishes For My Son

May you always know my little one you were wished for, longed for, prayed for, and wanted.”

Integrity

I hope you follow right from wrong and do the right thing, even if it’s hard. I hope you have the understanding of consequences for each action and that it is ok to not follow what others are doing.

Love

I wish you all the love in the world. I hope you love on others in a caring way. Include others if you see them alone. Care, understand and bring joy. I hope you love yourself and are able to find your worth and don’t allow others to lessen it. Love others, the world and yourself.

Health

I hope for you to always be in good health. Nourish your body, take care of it and don’t allow substances to poison it.

Gratefulness

I hope you know the value of everything around you. Food, housing, relationships, etc. Don’t take a single thing for granted because it can all be taken faster than it is given.

Joy/Happiness

I hope you find people and professions that bring you joy. Not only that, I hope you continue spreading happiness to everyone around you. Let your smile and laugh bring joy to others.

Honesty

Be true to yourself and others. Surround yourself with people who don’t change you but bring out the best in you. Don’t lie to friends, family or yourself. The truth always comes out eventually and is liberating.

Own Your Feelings

Allow yourself to feel all your emotions. Sad, happy, mad, lonely, etc. but don’t allow the bad ones to take over your life. Feel them but handle them appropriately and in a healthy way.

Intelligence

I hope you continue to show interest in learning new things. Push yourself to explore the unknown and gain experiences. Whatever interest you may have, learn the in’s and out’s. Have an open mind to things you don’t know much about.

Family

I hope you surround yourself with family. Whether it be you, dad and I, or a family of your own. I hope you keep them first and care for them as much as you do now.

Faith

I hope you keep your faith the center of your life. Remain close to God and your faith and everything else will fall into place. This isn’t to say there won’t be struggles, because there will, but hold on to your faith that everything will work out in time.



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A Letter To Joshua

Hey Baby Boy,

I wonder now if you still let me call you baby boy, or if you correct me like you do now saying, “No I Joshua David!” Your current interest are Dinosaurs. You know the names of most of them and try to do all the sounds they make. You love Jurassic World, Toy Story and The Incredibles. 

You have a love for all things Car, Truck and Planes. (Helicopters and Dump Trucks are a big hit currently) Oh and I can’t forget Trains. You’re the pickiest eater and eat the same breakfast almost every day. (Muffins which you call Moo Moo’s, strawberries and eggs, which 90% of the time you ask for but never eat…unless they come from a breakfast taco.) 

I don’t think you have stayed in one place for more than 2 minutes since you were a newborn and even then you had me walking all over the house all day long. I don’t get many snuggles from you, but you make up for it when it comes time to go to sleep.

I love listening to your sweet voice and how funny you are. I feel like you get funnier every day with your newest phrases of “Come on DUDE!” and “Helloooooo!!” I love that you know you’re being funny and make yourself laugh along with every one else. You are so smart and sweet and have the BIGGEST love for all animals. You sympathize when you see anyone hurt or sad and get real quiet and sad for them. I have never seen that in such a young age.

I hope and pray you continue being your caring, smart, and silly self. I see such an amazing future for you.

I love you my sweet boy,

Love,

Your Mama



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Why Me Time Is Important

When you become a mom, suddenly everything seems like it is all about your baby. You base you time and activities around the babies schedule and me time is now something that is hard, if even possible, to indulge in. However, there are many studies that have found that having time alone is very important not only for you but for your family.

Some might argue that this is impossible and your life is busy enough as it is so finding extra time just for yourself, isn’t something you are able to do. However, if you aren’t looking for extra time, you will never have it. You need to make time for yourself.

You Are More Than A Mom Label

Now that you are a mom, it seems like you life before having a child is now completely gone. However, before becoming a mom, you were a person with different relationships, you had dreams, you had goals, you had places you wanted to travel. You probably even had hobbies you loved doing. Just because you are a mom, that doesn’t mean you are no longer that person. Being a mom adds another label, another role, another relationship. It does not take away those things from before. It’s a benefit, not a negative.

You Matter

Taking time for yourself shows not only you, but your children that you matter. Not everything is and will be 100% about them. Sure, you do a lot for them, but you also need to do something for yourself. They look up to you and if they see that you find it important to take care of yourself, they too will learn that they matter and that their own well being is important. It is important that they learn that relationships don’t take away from the importance of their own self.

It’s Better For Everyone

We all know being a parent is stressful. With busy days, sleepless nights and the constant worry of your child’s health and happiness, it is all bound to get to you and affect your mood. Getting time for yourself will not only improve your mood, but those around you as well. How is this so? You will be more relaxed, which helps ease on the stress from every day life. Less stress leads to a happier mood. And we all know, if mom’s happy, everyone’s happy.

So be more than just a mom. Do something you enjoy doing. Continue your hobbies, take a bubble bath without interruptions. Take a break and spend some time focusing on yourself. Build up the relationships around you. Because your kids won’t be kids forever and one day they will move out. Have time with your husband doing more than just being labeled as parents. Continue getting to know your partner and keep your marriage alive and thriving beyond parenthood.



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The Greatest Keepsake

I had recently read a post on pinterest about when your child is born or still little, reserve a email account for them. Throughout the years, you can send them pictures, notes and stories about their childhood.

You can share their greatest achievements and share it in an email to them, sort of like what you would do in a baby book, but you have much more room to go into detail. The point of this would be, once they turn 18, you can give them the password to this account and they can go through and read and see all the things you sent to them as they grew up.

You could write something to them each day, or save special notes for certain occasions, it’s really up to you. I wish I had seen this when my son was first born, but I have decided to still get started on this as he is still only 2 years old.

The point of this post is really to give you an extra idea to preserve the memories of you child in an exciting way for them and for you. When they turn 18, you and your child can look back on the memories together and remember one’s that you may have forgotten about.



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The Truth About Motherhood

There’s come many times when being a mom is so overwhelming, I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the day/night. Times where sleep is minimal or nonexistent, crying is nonstop, and times I just don’t know what the heck I’m doing.

As a mom, you question everything. Is he getting the nutrients he needs? Is he on track to learning everything he needs to? Is he interacting with kids enough? Am I spoiling him too much? Am I not doing enough? The list goes on and on. So many people judge you for the decisions you make or don’t make. Family, strangers, fellow mom who, you would think, know what it’s like being judged by others, doing just that, judging you for not doing what they’re doing.

I joined a mom group recently to interact with other moms and to get advice on certain topics. But I can’t do that. Moms are the harshest critics on how others raise their children. And why? Why do others care what my child had for dinner? How does their child’s set bedtime decide what my child’s should be? Why do other moms find it necessary to put other moms down as if they know everything? In reality, none of us really know what we’re doing. We may think we do, but do we really? Nobody taught of any of this. We just do what we think is best for our child. Each child is different so can we really parent the exact same way? No. The biggest most important factor is we are doing what is best for our child and can you put a parent down for caring? You shouldn’t.

Now don’t get me wrong, I know there are mothers and parents that really don’t care. I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the ones that are trying their absolute hardest and may not even get appreciated for the things they do for their family. Those who do all that and still get judged by others. Instead of bringing each other down, because we all know we bring ourselves down at the end of the day, why don’t we support each other? Is it really that hard?



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  1. Create Your Registry
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And that’s all there is to it!



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A Gift For New Mom’s

Being a new mom can be exciting, tiring, scary and basically every emotion all at once with all the hormone levels high and the sleep minimal.

When I had my son in the hospital, I had a total of 2 visits. The day I had him my husband, mom and step-dad and my mother in law were there. The following two days my mom visited and then my sister and her husband and two kids, other than that, it was just me and my son, as my husband had to work.

Needless to say it was lonely and I was exhausted and honestly I had no idea what I was doing. Then the day I got to bring my son home from the hospital, this first night was actually the worst. The one and only pacifier he would take had suddenly disappeared and would not sleep at all without it. Luckily, my mom came to the rescue the next day.

The weeks that followed, there were many things I found out there were some items I wished I had, as well as items I have later discovered that would have been nice to have at the time. This is why I have come up with a list of items that would make a great gift for the new mom to be. These items can be given separately or you can turn it into the ultimate gift basket she is sure to love.

Ultimate New Mom Gift Guide

  1. Lanolin: This not only helps treat cracked nipples, but is great for prevention.
  2. Pain Reliever: Great for obvious reasons. Whether C-Section or Natural, there’s pain that needs relief.
  3. Lidocaine spray: Nobody told me about this prior to birth and I was so thankful my hospital provided it for me.
  4. Peri Bottle: Another item I didn’t know existed and so glad it does!
  5. Witch Hazel Pads: I did not have this after birth and so wish someone had told me about it.
  6. Maxi Pads: Honestly you can never have too many.
  7. Hot/Cold Pack: Cold to reduce swelling and heat to increase circulation.
  8. Stool Softener: Your first time going after having a baby isn’t the most fun, so it’s great to have on hand prior to going. However, check to make sure a laxative is not combined in this.
  9. Fuzzy Socks: Getting out of the must have’s and into the pampering side, the added comfort is nice after everything you went through and are still going through.
  10. Lip Balm: Is it something about all your nutrients going to your baby that you lose all moisture? Seemed to be the case for me so this may be something not even thought of to have just in case.
  11. Gum: If you barely have time to sleep, do you really even have time to brush your teeth?
  12. Snacks: I cannot stress this one enough. Whether it be from nourishing your new baby, to having a sleeping baby on you, or just being caught up in the craziness of this new life, sometimes you don’t find the time to eat. Any sort of protein snack, trail mix, or even a special treat like chocolate will be highly appreciated by the new mom.

I hope this list helped you come up with some ideas of what to give your sister, friend, whoever it may be. You can always add in any personal items you know they’ll love, just to show your appreciation and love for the new mommy.

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What’s in the Bag?

These are some essentials that I have come up with that I have found to be very useful when out and about. Items may change depending on the age of your child, but you can alter the list to fit your needs.

The Right Bag

I am a HUGE fan when it comes to diaper bag backpacks. You have free hands, you don’t have to juggle anything on your arm, and all the weight is distributed evenly on your back. It is a lifesaver in the diaper bag game and I HIGHLY recommend anyone and everyone getting one!

This one in particular has plenty of room for your needs and many different compartments, along with being waterproof. There’s special places for bottles, wipes and a separate wet cloth pocket. Not only that, it comes in 19 different colors and patterns so you’re bound to find one you LOVE!

Contents of the Bag

Essentials:

  • Diapers/Pull Up’s: 1 for each hour you will be out (if using diapers) plus a couple extra.
  • Wipes: I recommend as full a pack as possible, so you never have to worry about being out and not having any on hand. Perfect for diaper changes, dirty hands and faces, as well as dirty surfaces.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Portable Changing Pad:
  • Plastic Bags for Dirty Diapers:
  • Bottles or Sippy Cup
  • Stackable Snack Container: For older babies/toddlers
  • Pacifier w/clip (If your baby takes one)
  • Extra Clothes
  • Baby Sling or Carrier of Choice
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(Variety of Colors)
  • Blanket: Good for keeping child warm, as a changing pad (if forgotten), or a cover to nurse. (If you choose)
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Compact First Aid Kit

Mom Essentials

  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Phone
  • Portable Charger: You never know when you might need it.
  • Sunglasses
  • Gum or Mints
  • Extra Shirt: Spit up, Leakage, Spills

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Journey to the Beginning of the End

*Disclaimer: In no way am I saying you should/shouldn’t breastfeed your child nor am I saying you have to stop at a certain time. This is just how it is for me and my son.*

When I had my son 2 and a half years ago, breastfeeding was a love hate relationship. It took him a while to get it, it was painful, he ate almost non-stop and I dreaded it. I always worried about my supply running low due to not getting much when I pumped, but he got plenty while actually nursing.

However, over time we got the hang of it, it stopped being so painful and it actually was so easy for us. It was convenient to be able to feed him anywhere I went. It was easy when it came to feeding him in the middle of the night, I didn’t actually have to get out of bed to feed him.

Fast forward 2 1/2 years, and it was still the way I got him to sleep and he was still waking up during the night just to nurse himself back to sleep. It finally got to the point that I was no longer enjoying the nursing experience again. He only wanted to nurse to go to sleep and would wake up for the comfort. It had been over 2 years and he still wasn’t sleeping through the night when everyone else I knew had their kids sleeping through the night before the age of one.

So that’s where my journey to stopping breast feeding started. He needed to learn to get himself to sleep and in my hopes, that would mean he would stop waking up throughout the night. If I got rid of what was waking him up (realizing he wasn’t nurse every time he stirred) then maybe we could get the rest we have been needing.

Day One

The first night, I actually set myself up for it being easy. I actually hadn’t entirely planned to stop this night, but in the moment, I knew it was time. He had skipped his nap during the day so I knew he was going to be tired. When it came to bed time, he asked to nurse, but didn’t put up much of a fight when it came to me telling him no. I offered to play with his hair and he was asleep within minutes.

Now, this didn’t last long. He actually woke up every 2 hours this night, but I was able to get him back to sleep with either scratching his back or snuggles. He did decide to get up for the day an hour earlier than usual, but night one was complete.

Day Two

This night was slightly easier, he woke up about 3 times this night. It did take him a bit longer to first fall asleep, but again didn’t put up much of a fight. In my head, it was much easier than I had expected.

Day Three

This day he was set to go to my moms in the evening after his nap. This is when the struggle really began. He didn’t want to nap and he also wasn’t feeling very good so he was just not in a good mood to begin with. He was constantly asking to get up and had to go to the bathroom or was hungry. Basically he was using anything he could to not go to sleep. Finally I managed to get him to sleep, but had to be woken up after 45 minutes.

After waking him up, it was constant screaming. He would say he wanted one thing and when I tried to get it he would say he wanted the opposite. He started saying he had to go to the bathroom but every time I tried, he would scream saying he didn’t have to. Finally got him calmed down, and off to my moms he went for the night. Apparently he woke up often, but my mom still managed to get him back to sleep. Again, he was up an hour earlier than usual.

Day Four

This was the hardest day by far. He screamed all before his nap. He did not want to lay down but he was definitely tired. It took way longer to get him to finally fall asleep. It took a snack and me rocking him to sleep before he crashed from putting up such a fight.

This night was also the hardest. It didn’t take much to initially get him to sleep. My mom had mentioned playing lullabies to get him sleepy when he stayed the night with her, so I put on some music on my phone and he fell asleep somewhat fast. This did’t last very long. He woke up twice, but both times was a struggle to get him back to sleep. He kept crying, he kept saying he had to go to the bathroom but wouldn’t let me take him. I finally got him to sleep by playing more music for him.

Day Five

So far the easiest day. When it came to getting him to take a nap, he didn’t want anything from me. He didn’t want me to scratch his back or play with his hair. He just laid in bed for a while, rolled over onto his stomach and slowly fell asleep on his own. He slept for a long time this day and woke up in a great mood. A nap time win!

It also didn’t take much to get him to sleep either this night. He did ask for a snack and music but I just told him he could have it in the morning and that was enough for him. I did have to scratch his arm (by scratch I mean rubbing my nails gently up and down his arm to relax him) for a little while, but then he wanted to fall asleep by himself. This was the best night sleep he has EVER had. He woke up one time at 4:20 a.m. but fell back to sleep really fast and didn’t wake up again until a little after 8 a.m.

Weaning him from breast feeding was the biggest thing I was dreading. I had tried it in the past and there was no calming him down. I say if you are looking to stop, follow the timing of both you and your baby. And once you start the process, stick with it. Day Four was the day I really thought about just giving in, but I knew I would just have to start the process all over again. Then look, the next day was the easiest day.

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