Thursday, June 24, 2010

Vacations here we come!! 6.24.10

June 24, 2010
Now my experience with traveling on vacations is with one SBG, only been three times, and only in a car! (these trips ranged from about 12-15 hours.) But I thought of some things that I have learned along the way to make traveling a little easier. I will be referring to your little one as SB (Sweet Baby!)

Instead of packing diapers bags and losing your mind trying to find them when you hit a rest stop buy a new package of each and have them in a central location in the car. This way if there is a diaper change, a food spill, any reason that a wipe/Diaper would be needed you know where they are in the car.

•Extra change of clothes (or 3) ☺

•Grocery shopping bags-Have as MANY as you can in the car! These can be used for many things. Getting rid of dirty diapers, garbage in the car, did I say dirty diapers! ☺

•Surprise Vacation Bag-have a bag full of fun car items for SB in case boredom erupts! A friend of mind played a game with her older son that every time they saw a State Trooper and pointed it out he would get something out of the “vacation bag!” For the younger kids, they can get a "prize" every 20 minutes, or every time you travel through a state line, national park, or just see something awesome, a new toy is given! We started one for SBG; I raided the dollar store and got soft books, stickers, and some games that have lots of buttons, crayons, and coloring books. Also, go to kid websites like Nick Jr.; they have great coloring pages but also summer ideas and songs that you can use in the car to keep everyone happy.

•Music-take along some of SB’s very CD’s to keep them entertained.

•BabyLegs! Oh Yes, the SPF legs will be on SBG for our trip this summer. The sun can hit you in the car at different times, gives you some piece of mind that your precious SB won’t get a car tan!!

•If you have a tray or something that your SB can use to color, play games, or just bang their hands up and down for self-amusement.

•Magnetic games-keeps the little ones entertained and busy
*Disposable placemats
•Extra Binkies
•Extra Blankets
*Extra Utensils
*First Aid Kit

The most important thing is to HAVE FUN! SBG’s daddy always says that getting there is part of the vacation, so have fun, travel safe, and enjoy the ride!!! I would love to hear your travel tips, so please post them below.
-Mama D

Saturday, June 5, 2010


June 5th

I think this is going to be a great summer and to make it even better I have a giveaway thanks to B Crazi Bows! You can win this adorable bow by writing a comment (and your email address) of your must have summer item, or great idea for traveling in the car for you or for baby! SBG will pick the winner at random on Sunday evening so have your entries in by 6pm Sunday, June 6th!

Here are some items that I have found helpful for last summer when SBG was a little over a year old!

We used the catalog One-Step-Ahead for her swimsuit. She wore the Sun Smarties UPF 50+ Zip Up Surf Suit . She wore the all summer long and she loved it, it was quick and easy to get her in and out even when it was wet from the pool.

Also from One-Step-Ahead, we bought Sun Smarties™ Adjustable Swim Diaper it is environmentally friendly, and there was no soggy mess that you might get with a disposable diaper.

Water socks by, they are wonderful! We had two pairs for her and they were used at the beach and the pool. A very durable product, it protected her feet from the sun but also from outside elements like sharp shells or the hot concrete at the pool.

Her summer hat was an SPF hat from Babies R’ Us, love this product and so happy it still fits her for this year.
For vacation, we purchased the PeaPod Plus Infant Travel Bed from One-Step-Ahead. This tent was safe and secure for SBG. It packs up nicely and is very compact; a nice bonus is that is comes with its own pump. I do remember having to watch the video to close and “fold” up the tent; it did take a few times but worth it. I will be very interesting to see how she does in it this year.

This summer!
This year we wanted to try something different for the diaper cover. I went to Babies R’ Us and found their diaper covers, I went with the next size up of XXL and it was the perfect fit! I do wish they had a linking in the cover but all in all a great product and it was only $3.99!

Can’t wait to read all of your great suggestions and don’t forget your sun tan lotion!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Summer items and a super fun giveaway coming at the end of this week!
Mama D