Shopping My Closet
December 27, 2016

Diaper bag packing essentials

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My baby just turned one and I remember trying to pack everything under the sun into his diaper bag when he was first born. Now, I’ve been able to narrow it down to the essentials and share with you what’s in my diaper bag.

(1) Purse / diaper bag: the obvious essential product. I opted for an all-black bag since it goes with anything! Additionally, having the ability to convert it from a tote to a messenger-style allows for more hands-free shopping

(2) Diapers: Another essential: extra diapers when we’re away from the house for a few hours

(3) Changing pad: Not all public restrooms have a changing pad so we’ve had to devise our own station. These are essential to keep him clean and protect from dirt and grime.

(4) Hand sanitizer: A must have for us, especially during the cold and flu season.

(5) Snacks: my son loves eating so I always pack him some healthy finger foods that will keep him satiated.

(6) Book: we always have a book from this list with us. He loves flipping pages and looking at the illustrations!

(7) Music: if my son is getting fussy or bored, talking doesn’t always calm him down. But, the minute we put on some music, he’s mesmerized and forgets what was bothering him before! Having a happy baby is key!

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October 17, 2016

Baby sleep gear when traveling (+giveaway!)

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Traveling with a little one sometimes brings lot of challenges. For example, the first time I ever traveled for an extended weekend getaway, I was feeling overwhelmed. The number of items the baby “might need” grew into a small hill and at one point, looked like it was twice the size of the luggage I had on hand. Since then, I’ve learned what things my baby absolutely needs and has to be packed and what I can count on buying when getting to the travel destination.

One thing that has been a challenge is the sleeping situation with an infant. Foreign environments are one thing but sleeping in a foreign bed hasn’t always been the most positive experience for my son. Somehow, he always knows – even when half asleep – that he isn’t at home. More often than not, my son’s ended up in the bed with me since he didn’t like foreign bed. One challenge, now that he’s much older, is the amount tossing and turning he does while asleep. I recently discovered these inflatable travel bed rails, and let me tell you, it’s made things much better. It gives him his space in my bed and still allows me some undisturbed sleep away from his flailing arms and legs.
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I love that the entire set up is compact – the two rails fit into a small pouch and the pump is lightweight and easy to use.

Baby sleep gear when traveling | read more and win yours on www.shoppingmycloset.com

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I can easily inflate both rails and slide them underneath the fitted sheet to create a space that feels safe for my son.

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Now, everyone can be well rested and ready for some family vacation time.

I love this product so much that I’m giving away a pair to one lucky reader. Let me know what challenges you’ve faced traveling with an infant or why these travel bed rails are a must have for you! Be sure to enter using the widget below!

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September 19, 2016

Tips for choosing the right baby stroller + giveaway!

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I knew that having a baby would impact the ways I would be able to do errands so when I was shopping for baby strollers I did a lot of research and helped narrowed down my search by answering some key questions. There are so many options out there so I thought it would be helpful to any new parents out there to share some of my tips on what to think about to help you hone in on the stroller that will work for you and your baby.

(1) For new parents, it’s important to consider if you want a system that will allow you attach the baby carrier to the stroller unit and use it that way (aka “frame stroller”), or if you want to have a convertible system (i.e baby carrier attaches to the stroller but as the baby grows, you can attach an actual upright seat).

(2) Are you looking for something compact and lightweight, or do you want something a little heavier that will allow navigation through various terrain?

(3) What are your potential future plans? If more children are a possibility, would you want to purchase a stroller that has add-on options (i.e kickstand, double seats (car seat + upright, 2 uprights))?

(4) Safety was the key thing for me so once I was able to answer the questions above, I consulted various reliable websites to look at the safety ratings, including: Consumer Reports and Baby Gear Lab.

I’d love to hear what other tips you may have – leave them in the comments below! If you’re in the market for a new stroller for your baby or as a gift, enter the giveaway below for a $50 certificate towards one (or anything else baby-related!) on Diapers.com!


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