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Jenna Greenspoon is a mom to Jonah and Addison, aged 4 and 2. She loves staying up to date on all things kids and makes sure she is on point with the latest childhood trends! She is the Savvy Moms to the Savvy Sassy duo and manages a team of creative contributors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Jenna loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram

This post is sponsored by Ergo for BabyCenter.

There is nothing sweeter than having a baby. Once your newborn has arrived, you tell yourself that you are never going to put her down and you take in every breath of your new baby, loving her scent and having her so close to you. But as they days and weeks go on, you begin to think about what you’re missing… your arms! They used to be able to do so much and with a new baby, you need them back more than ever to do all the laundry, make meals and everything in between!

A few short weeks after my son was born, I knew that it was time to investigate carriers. At the beginning, I just wanted to write some thank you cards while he slept on me. I didn’t want to lose having him so close to me all the time because I knew that I would blink and he wouldn’t be a baby anymore. Finding a carrier that didn’t leave me recovering with back pain for days after wearing it was a challenge… until I tried on an Ergo carrier.

I quickly fell in love with the Ergo360 and have never turned back. I am not the kind of person who likes to stay home — I am always on the go and having two kids has made me even busier. What started as a sweet boy who wanted to be held all the time, turned into a sweet busy boy who wanted to be in the middle of the action (just like his mom) and be on my hip all the time. Now he has a sister who is exactly the same! We love to travel and my separation anxiety is worse than the kids, so I like to bring them with me! Here are some of my favorite places to wear my Ergo.

Ergo-Plane

In the air

A screaming baby on a plane is no fun for anyone. Some babies hate the airplane, while others love it. Both of my kids loved being in the Ergo on the plane. I always try to book my travel around nap times because, let’s be honest, the more time you knock out on the plane by sleeping, the better!  Before I get on the plane, I put my daughter in the carrier in the front-inward carry and before I know it she is out like a light, making the boarding process easy. The support of the carrier ensures that my back is supported and that she is support as well so that we are both as comfortable as can be. Not to mention, there are times when I have traveled alone with one or both kids. Travelling alone, with a stroller, luggage, diaper bag, toys, car seat — you get the picture — is no easy feat! Less is more, and I need my hands, so the Ergo is a must.

Of course, the Ergo is not approved for use during take-off and landing, so make sure you are getting your sleepy little ones out of their carriers during those times to be as safe as possible when you travel.

Ergo-Land

On the land

From Florida to Arizona to Boston or to Mexico, wherever my travels take me, my daughter is right there with me getting the best view around! Instead of pushing her in the stroller, both she and I like it when she is worn in the front-outward carry to take it all in. One of my favorite places to wear her is on a beach in the hot sand. Walking with her with the sun on my face and the smell of the ocean is a feeling to cherish forever!

Ergo-Water

On the water

I look forward to summer trips to the cottage country every year. Parking the car and travelling by boat gives you that feeling of being detached from the rest of the world for a bit! While I love the wind blowing my hair all over the place, I always make sure Addison is comfortable and snug in the carrier at we board the boat. I put the hood up to keep her head in place and protect her from sun and blowing wind.

Ergo-Everywhere

EVERYWHERE

Wherever life takes us, my carrier is just a reach away. Whether it be to the mall, apple picking in the fall, walks through the ravine in the winter or to an amusement park in the summer, one of my kids are bound to be in the carrier! As they get bigger, I wear them in the hip carry just as I would without the carrier.

Where do you baby wear?

This post is sponsored by Ergo in partnership with BabyCenter. All opinions are my own.

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Minecraft
Play Minecraft in a movie theater with Super League

If this isn’t your Minecraft-obsessed kid’s dream come true, we don’t know what is!

Super League Gaming is returning to a theater near you! The world’s first in-theater recreational video game league allows gamers of all ages to play Minecraft with all of the action broadcast on the big screen. It’s a fun, social, and in-person experience unlike any other.

From September 20 to October 1, gamers can take part in Minecraft Adventure. Every Tuesday and Saturday of the week, participants will explore custom built worlds and play a variety of games in Super League’s one-of-a-kind Minecraft mods. Each event will feature its own theme, ranging from superheroes to outer space.

Super League events empower gamers to use their creativity and imagination, fostering sociability and team-building as they play on teams of 4-7 members. While all of the games are rooted in having fun, they’re also designed to help gamers develop reading, organization, and S.T.E.M. skills.

Tickets cost $20 — come to one event, or come for them all! Parents, friends, and family can attend for free and are encouraged to cheer the gamers on.

Use promotion code SAVVYSASSY5 to save 25% on your ticket purchase!

For a full list of locations and to buy tickets, visit superleague.com.

Find a Los Angeles location nearest to you

Cinemark Playa Vista and XD, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90094

iPic Westwood, 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Century Huntington Beach and XD, 7777 Bella Terra, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

iPic Pasadena, 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

This post is sponsored by Super League. All opinions are our own.

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First Day of School Photo Ideas
No matter what grade your child is entering, the first day of school is a big deal. If your friends are like ours, your social media channels will be full of first day of school photos. We have put together some idea to document the first day of school in new and unique ways to make you stand out from the crowd! Depending on what grade your child is in, you can begin taking the same first day of school photo every year. Whether it be on your front lawn beside a big tree, on your front steps, or standing in front of the school, it’s fun to see the same photo every year in the same place!

DIY frames

Each year in my house, I engage in a little DIY by making photo frames for back to school. While he has clearly grown from year to year, I like the idea of a special photo that states what class he’s are going into. I also like that the frame is the same size each year, so it gives you an idea of how much they have grown. This year, I will be making a new kindergarten one for Jonah and Addison will get to use the pre-nursery sign.

To create this frame, I used a simple wood frame, scrapbooking paper, and wood letters, but there are so many ways to customize these frames to make them your own. You can make them out of Bristol board, bulletin borders from a teacher resource store, and even construction paper. The possibilities are endless!

First Day of School Chalkboard Sign

Chalk it up

Pick up some chalk and go wild! Write your child’s grade on the sidewalk or your driveway and encourage them to help to make it a special and memorable tradition, which will make it more exciting for them when you take their picture. They can look back at it and remember the experience and creating their back to school photo backdrop with you! If you have a chalkboard at home, write some school days information down on a chalkboard and take a picture of your child sitting next to it. Include them in the fun by having them write their name or grade themselves… it will be fun to see how their handwriting changes over the years.

Back to School Bio Boards

Plan ahead to go custom

Bio Boards are the perfect way document any milestone. At Addison’s baby naming, I displayed a bio board From Baby Bio Boards with all of her birth information including her weight, length, and time of birth. This year, I am using them to document her first day back to school! Bio Boards are completely customizable you so you can include any information you want to make their first day of school photos special. Make them fun by adding in what they want to be when they grow up or what their favorite song is. The more specific, the more fun they will be to look at years from now!

First Day of Kindergarten Photos

A special side for each kid

If you were part of our #SavvySassySchoolDays Twitter Party, then you know how much we love the Little Partners Tri-Side Learn and Play Art Center. Not only do we love it for playtime, but it inspired us to create some fun first day of school pictures. With three different sides, you can create multiple photo backgrounds for multiple kids — use a different side of the easel for each photo — paint a sign with your child, write it on the chalk board, or use magnetic letters it spell it out. Your child can grow with the easel and each side can be adjusted individually so children of different heights can use it at the same time. And, the best part? You can use it year after year to announce their return to school!

First Day of School Balloons

Say it with a pop!

Keep it simple yet fun with a balloon for first day of school pictures. This idea is especially great for your littlest ones, since holding a balloon in their hand will keep them distracted long enough to get a few photographs before they are over it and ready to move on. Add letters or numbers to a helium-filled balloon is quite easy… just make sure you blow up the balloon first!

Back to School cards

Make the memories last

Once you’ve taken all of the photos you desire to document that first day of school, what do you do with them? Do you post one on social media and then upload the rest to your computer? That’s typically the routine around here! They sit on my computer until they make it into a photo book months later (if I’m lucky).

This year, I made back-to-school cards with Mpix and sent them to all of our family and friends. Not only do they have a picture of my kids on them, but you can add in all of the additional information such as their school, grade, and teachers name. With so many options to choose from, I found myself creating cards for both of my kids both together and separately as well as one with my daughter and her best friend! Mpix offers cards for all occasions, as well as photobooks and photo gifts, making it easy to make use of all of your pictures!

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We have been all about back-to-school over here at Savvy Sassy Moms and how could we not be with so many kids to get ready? Starting the year off right is best for everyone involved. So while summer isn’t over yet, we can’t help but start to prepare for what’s ahead.

As a teacher myself, I know how essential it is to have the right back-to-school gear. I remember when Jonah was just 18-months-old, he picked up his Skip Hop backpack for the first time and put it on. The look on his face was priceless. You could see the pride in his eyes and the smile on his face. He instantly felt like a big boy! Carrying his own backpack gave him a sense of control and ownership over his belongings and since then, he has chosen each one of his backpacks.

Riggs Raccoon Skip Hop

Meet all the Skip Hop back-to-school friends

Skip Hop’s Zoo Collection is popular line — one that has been around in my house almost since the day Jonah was born, over four years ago! We have welcomed many of the Zoo Collection Backpacks into our life including the Marshall Monkey, Dakota Dinosaur, Livie Ladybug and Floyd Frog. Every child has a favorite animal and if they don’t, after seeing all of the animals available, there is no doubt that one will call their name. After all, there are 25 animal friends to choose from! This year, SkipHop has added four new friends to the crew: Cody Chameleon, Riggs Raccoon, Peyton Pig and Brett Bunny!

Skip Hop Back To School

Tips for prepping for back-to-school

My two little ones will both be starting at new schools this year. With new schools come new transitions, and with new transitions comes excitement… and some anxiety. As both a teacher and a mom, I find that one of the best ways to ease the anxiety and prepare for a smooth transition is to include your child in preparing for what’s to come. Here are some tips for preparing for back-to-school:

  1. Talk to your child about the school year beginning. Share with them any information you have, such as their teacher’s name, which friends will be in their class, and some of the fun activities that they will get to do at school.
  2. Encourage them to voice any concerns they may have so that you can try and tackle them ahead of time.
  3. Read a variety of books about starting school to help with the transition.
  4. If you have little ones entering preschool or kindergarten, make a little photo book with them of pictures of everyone in the family that they can keep in their backpack.
  5. Include your child in their back-to-school shopping, from their first day of school outfits to their backpack.
  6. Come up with fun lunch ideas with your kids before school starts and then include them in their own lunch preparation.
From home to school and back again

No matter what grade and stage your kids are in, they will be coming home from school with activities and work to share with you. They work hard all day long and take pride in their work, so you must make sure that you are sending your child to school with a backpack that can hold all their work, but not be too big and heavy for them to carry. Skip Hop backpacks are the perfect size for your preschoolers to carry! The adjustable pocket on the side is perfect for their matching straw bottles to ensure easy access. Keep important notes for the teacher or anything else you need to access quickly in the front zipper compartment. To avoid losing their belongings, write your child’s name on their backpacks in the space provided.

Riggs Raccoon and Eureka Unicorn Skip Hop Zoo Collection

If you child is a lover of all animals, welcome another zoo friend into their school day with a Skip Hop Lunchie and Straw Bottle. If they like to commit, like mine does, keep the theme the same and bring the whole animal family to school! But if your child can’t decide which animal to love, mix-and-match their Zoo Collection style.

The Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies have lots of room for their favorite main course and snacks. The insulated bag keeps their food and drinks cold — there is one large compartment that is big enough for main course, snack and drink. The interior mesh pocket is the perfect place to put their cutlery, napkin, and even a note to make your little ones smile! If their Zoo Backpack is full on the way to school, use the top handle clip to attach it to the outside instead of their backpack instead. We can’t help but love the write-on name tag that inside the lunch and zoo pack… they really thought of everything!

Skip Hop Zoo Collection

Learning independence, one school day at a time

As both of my kids start school, I am teaching them to become independent. We are all guilty of putting on our children’s coats and shoes to hurry them out the door, but it is important to give them time to dress themselves so that they are independent when we aren’t at school to help them. Zipping zippers is no easy task for their small little fingers, which is why I love the tags attached to the zippers on the Zoo Packs and Lunchies. The big tags are perfect for their little hands and help them get the grip to zip and unzip their zippers independently. This gives me peace of mind that while they are at the snack table during those first few weeks of school, they will be able to open their lunch boxes on their own.

The straw bottles are easy to flip open and closed to ensure they stay clean. The Velcro hand grab-strap attaches to anything or can be kept in the side pocket of the Zoo Pack so they have easy access to it at all times. Throw it in the dishwasher at the end of the day so it’s ready to go the next morning. Mom tip: Before school starts, show them how to open and close the bottles and they will be good to go. With the cute zoo character on their straw bottle, they won’t want to put them down.

Back to school with Skip Hop

This year, my kids will be off to school with their favorite zoo friends, Riggs Raccoon and Eureka Unicorn. They both can’t wait to show them off to their friends, but until school begins, they will settle for showing their back-to-school gear off to the neighbors!

Enter the giveaway to win

Don’t forget to enter the Savvy Sassy School Days Giveaway for your chance to win over $1250 in prizes, including Skip Hop Raccoon and Unicorn Backpacks and Lunchie and Straw Bottle Sets ($80 value). See our original post for all the details.

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A good night’s sleep is not just a want, it’s a need. We all want to ‘sleep like a baby,’ but more importantly, we want our babies to live up to the saying! A sleep routine is so important, which we discussed in our post The baby sleep tips you’ve always wanted and Johnson’s has played an integral part in my own children’s bedtime routines.

As the no. 1 baby skincare brand and a pioneer in the science of baby sleep, Johnson’s understands the importance of sleep for happy, healthy baby development. We have implemented Johnson’s Baby 3-Step Bedtime Routine at our house, the first and only nighttime routine clinically proven to help babies and toddlers 7 to 36 months sleep better in just one week. Babies thrive when a routine is put in place and a sleep routine is the most important of them all for all parties involved!

3 Steps to Make Bedtime with Babies & Toddlers Easy

Step 1: A gentle, soothing bath to wind down

The first step of our night time routine is a bath. My daughter loves the bath and looks forward to splashing and playing in the warm water each night. As she enters into the bath, she knows that the day is coming to an end, which helps her start to wind down and get ready for bedtime. For our bedtime routine, I’ve been using Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath. The gentle and soothing NaturalCalm aromas featured in Johnson’s Bedtime Baby cleansers are designed to calm her in preparation for sleep… and we both love the scents jasmine and blossom! She loves to lather the soap on her belly herself, but has not mastered washing the soap off her hands before touching her face (sound familiar, moms?). I trust Johnson’s No More Tears products as they ensure gentleness for her delicate eyes.

Tips for Making Bedtime Easy and Calming

Step 2: Get prepped for bedtime

I have been told time after time to moisturize her right after the bath. On her damp skin, I massage her with Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Lotion to lock in moisture. It’s very important to me that these products are hypoallergenic as she has very sensitive skin. A baby’s skin looses moisture much faster than our skin, so her massage is an essential part of the bedtime routine. The NaturalCalm aromas are designed to help soothe her and hydrating emollients leave her skin feeling soft and smooth. She loves the massage almost as much as she loves the bath and looks forward to it each night! The familiar and pleasant scents make her feel happy and relaxed, just in time for a good nights sleep.

Johnson's 3-Step Bedtime Routine

Step 3: Calm and quite time just before bed

As her mom, the third and final step of Johnson’s Bedtime Routine is my favorite part. This is when I get to cuddle and snuggle her before we part for the day. The moments before she goes to bed are an opportunity to help her wind down and relax before going to sleep. We spend this time reading her favorite stories and singing songs. Then, after having a snuggle, we dim the lights. As she gets older, we’re sure to have conversations before bed about her day and about what tomorrow holds. This time is our special quiet time and is my favorite time of the day. After our cuddle, I tuck her into her crib for a good night’s sleep. Each night, she has a quality sleep of 12 hours or more and wakes ready to take on the new day!

JOHNSON’S Bedtime Baby Sleep App

In order to track her sleep, I downloaded the Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Sleep App. I began by completing the questionnaire in the app which conducted a sleep analysis. The app provided me with a sleep score as well as an analysis and recommendations for her sleep. I can also track how long she sleeps each night by setting the timer once she is asleep and then I stop it in the morning when she wakes up. This gives me an idea of how long she is sleeping each day and allows me to ensure that she is getting enough sleep between nighttime and naps. If she wakes up in the middle of the night, I can add it into the app as well. I find this to be very helpful if she is sick, acting out of sorts, or going through a dreaded sleep regression, so that I have a clear picture of what happened throughout the night.

In addition to tracking her sleep, we use the app to listen to quiet lullabies or ambient sounds before bed. I love that I can add can add my other child and track his sleep as well! Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Sleep App makes bedtime and tracking sleep easy and there is nothing better than seeing the improvement in their sleep after a week of the Johnson’s Baby 3-Step Bedtime Routine. Now, go to sleep!

Read more about Summer sleep tips for babies.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Johnson’s Baby Canada in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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It’s hard for me to believe that in just a few short weeks, I have will have one child in preschool and one in kindergarten! I’m not sure how this happened… anyone else with me?! They have both become independent individuals with their own savvy and sassy sides. And with those personalities, they have also developed their own unique styles. Sending them off on their first day of school will be a busy morning with emotions flying left, right, and center, so to alleviate some of the pressure, we picked out their first day of school outfits in advance!

First Day of Kindergarten Outfit Ideas

Matching their clothes to their style

We have a constant struggle in our house about matching clothes — wearing what I picked out for them to wear vs. what they actually want to wear. My younger daughter always wants to wear my sons clothes! Ice Cream Castles has saved us! A line of unisex mix-and-match clothing that both my kids love, I know that they will be feeling comfortable, confident and like themselves on their first day of school.

Adding a bit of style imagination

My kids will be entering school programs that will be filled with play and creativity. They will use their imagination all day long and they will have fun while they learn! They both have such big imaginations and are so playful and fun, so getting to work that into their everyday school looks is such a bonus. Going to the store and buying what I think is in fashion isn’t quite enough of a reason for my children to wear what I have purchased for them. Whether moms like it or not, our children’s interests end up dictating what we buy for them, which in my home typically results in superhero clothing from head to toe! So in order to include other “mom-approved” clothing into their wardrobe, I need to get creative on a regular shopping excursion! As I pull the clothes out of the bag, I need to build up excitement and create a story about why what I bought is the best outfit ever. It’s not always an easy task!

Make sure you enter our Savvy Sassy School Days Giveaway where you can win a $50 Ice Cream Castles gift card!

 

Ice Cream Castles came to life through a playful imaginative story of young children. Each season of clothing is created around a new mythical adventure. When I showed by kids the clothing for their first day of school, I shared with them the story of the little girls and boys discovering life, music and love on the beaches. When they heard the story and saw the clothes, they were sold and so was I!

Ice Cream Castles - Fall Fashion

I love this Album Island Sweatshirt for Jonah as he loves music! Every time he pulls it out, he asks me to share with him the story of the boys on the beach. While it is perfect for Jonah’s style, I have no doubt that it will get passed down to Addi when he is done with it, such a great feature about a unisex clothing line for kids.

The Pirates Boom Leggings are comfortable and are easy to match with everything else in the line. What 4-year-old doesn’t want to be a pirate? Check out the rest of the line from Ice Cream Castles before the next mythical adventure, Galactic Glamping, comes out in fall!
Preschool Style for Girls

Addison, like most girls, has her own opinion about everything she wears… and I mean everything! When she decides she isn’t wearing something, there is little no chance that it will ever be worn again, so I am always cautious about what I buy her. After a summer spent in the water, the Shell Print Tee has her name all over it! She also loves the matching Shell Print Leggings in addition to the tee to make the outfit complete.

“Twinkle, Twinkle” is a favorite of hers, so I knew we couldn’t go wrong with the Wave and Star Leggings. When you find something you love, you want to buy it on repeat. Am I right? The versatility of the line is incredible, making the Shell Print Legging and the Wave and Star Tee a contender outfit for the second day of preschool.

Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

I have so many mixed emotions about sending Addison to a preschool program. I know that it will be incredible for her and considering the little social being that she is, she is going to soar, but I’m going to miss her! She will be in a program voicing her own opinion standing on her own two feet without me behind her. Shoes are the way to Addison’s heart, so when she walks through the doors on the first day of school, I want her in shoes that her teachers won’t miss, because the second they mention them, she will be off and running!

Don’t miss our Preschool Style Instagram Giveaway where you can win a pair of moccasins and an outfit from Ice Cream Castles!

 

Minnetonka and Free Range Mama came together this summer to collaborate on a line of moccasins. With the release of three pairs sized from infant to preschool (0 – 3), they have added color and a sense of imagination making them even more loved by children. Love One Another celebrates individuality, Sail Into the Mystic is inspired by the world of make believe, and We are Family celebrates the 70th anniversary of Minnetonka. For Addison, Sail into the Mystic was the perfect to go with her style and the imaginative line from Ice Cream Castles.

Love One Another - Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

Love One Another – Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

Sail Into The Mystic - Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

Sail Into The Mystic – Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

We Are Family - Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

We Are Family – Minnetonka x Free Range Mama

 

 

 

 

 

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Swimming is one of my kids’ favorite activities, especially this summer with the hot weather we have been having. If you are looking for us, we are in one pool or another, wet from head to toe! Once your child is toilet trained, there is less to worry about when it comes to undergarments, but for those little ones, it’s essential that nothing slips when they are in the pool. There is nothing worse than your little one being the reason to drain the pool!

We have had ample opportunity to test out the swim diapers on the market. There are two kinds of swim diapers, reusable and disposable. We tried our two of each and have expanded our swim diaper horizons!

Disposable Swim Diapers

Babyganics swim diaper and lotions

Babyganics just release their new Color Changing Disposable Swim Diapers. These diapers are adorned with a cute green frog on the front and back, which changes color as your child is exposed to the sun. This is the first product to introduce this new innovation in swim diapers offering baby-safe protection and inventive, functional technology.

Babyganics Swim Diapers

I’m always concerned about my daughters delicate baby skin get colored by the sun and I’m frequently lathering her in sunscreen, but I love the quick visual reminder these swim diapers offer to reapply. These diapers are sized small, medium and large and range from 16 to 26 pounds. The easy tearaway sides make it easy for quick removal at the end of a swim or if they get soiled in the middle of the fun!

Swim Diaper Test

Huggies and Pampers both offer a disposable swim diaper, both of which are quite similar. They both offer the bright colorful patterns! Huggies Little Swimmers are known to have Winnie the Pooh characters or, more recently, Finding Dory, which the kids love! Pampers Splashers offer the same fun loving character equivalent with Elmo and Dora the Explorer! Both companies have sized their swimmers the same way the size their diapers, so if you wear one of the two brands, it makes it easy to select your disposable swim diaper size. Huggies cover children between 16 to 26 pounds while Pampers sizes go all the way up to 34 pounds. They both offer adjustable tabs on the side that make it easy to tighten them around the legs and remove them. Whether you go with Huggies or Pampers, they will keep the mess inside and won’t have you draining any pools!

Remember disposable diapers are meant to keep in a bowel movement, so don’t rely on the for protection for too long before going in the pool!

Reusable swim diapers

Our earth is a sacred place and it is our job to take care of the environment. We all have our own ways of lessening our carbon footprint, and using reusable swim diapers is a fun an fashionable way to do so! If your kids are in the water as much as mine, then reusable swim diapers are the way to go!

Bumkins offer a variety of styles and colors, including a whole line of DC Comic Prints and Dr. Seuss! Simply wear and wash again and again! Bumkins swim diapers are adorned with adjustable side-snaps that allow for the perfect fit and quick change. The elastic around the waist and thighs keeps everything inside. Choose from one of the two snap sizes to ensure a comfortable snug fit. I love the ability to match reusable swim diapers with cute two piece bathing suits like this one from Snapper Rock!

Bumkins Reusable Swim Diapers

Honest Company, the company that so many people love for their fashionable diapers, now offers the same reliable and fashionable swim diapers! Honest swim diapers are bright, durable and comfortable against your child’s skin. Pull the waistband tighter for a snug fit with the adjustable waist. The elasticized band around the waist and legs, fit nice and snug and pull on and off easily. Honest swim diapers are available from 11 to 35 pounds and are sized small, medium and large. As mentioned above, I love the fashion aspect to reusable diapers. Honest offers matching swim shirts and sun hats to complete the outfit! The Honest Company always gives back and your purchase helps fund research and training to advance the healthy development of children ages 0-3.Good for the environment and our community.

Honest Swim Diapers

Happy Swimming!

Which swim diaper is right for you?
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Planning a big celebration for my kids each year is one of my favorite pastimes! We love an excuse to celebrate and there is no better reason than a birthday. I am always filled with so many emotions as their birthdays approach, but this year I was overcome with emotion. This past year went by so quickly! It felt much quicker than Jonah’s second year, I guess because everything was just that much busier with two kids! Addison’s second birthday was here before I knew it, and while I usually start planning far in advance, time got away from me this year, so I planned an exciting Bubble Guppies party at home with all of her friends. The sun was shining and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!

Bubble Guppies Birthday

It’s party time!

When each child arrived, I took a photo of them in front of the Bubble Guppies Scene Setter. I always love using the Scene Setters from PartyCity, as they always make the pictures look perfect! I added Caribbean Blue Metallic Floral Sheeting to give it a more enhanced look. The kids loved it and it added the perfect touch to the pictures!

Bubble Guppies Birthday Craft
Arts and crafts

I always like to make sure that there are enough activities for the kids, especially since kids always come to parties with their siblings! My motto is, ‘the more, the merrier,’ but if I’m welcoming all, then I want the party to have enough variety for everyone! I created a craft for the children by purchasing under the sea stickers and white square paper frames at Michael’s. Before the party, I personalized the frames by writing ‘Addison’s 2nd Birthday’ on each frame. After the party, I sent the pictures of the children in front of the Bubble Guppies Scene Setter to all of the parents so that they could put the frame to good use! The children had fun at the art table decorating their pictures frames and were excited to take them home. We added magnetic tape to the back so that they could hang them on their fridge!Bubble Guppies Table

Let’s eat

With all the fun, everyone worked up an appetite and while the food is important, the table must look good and carry out the theme! We adorned our table with the Bubble Guppies Table Decorating Kit, a Bubble Guppies Table Cover and Bubble Guppies Lunch Plates.

Bubble Guppies Mac and Cheese

Let’s be honest… food makes the party! On the menu was a mix of delicious foods, but the hit of the party was the mac ‘n cheese for both the adults and the children! Homemade baked macaroni was even more delicious in the Bubble Guppies Treat Cups. These cups are perfect for every party and come in a variety of themes and colors. You can use them for desserts, side dishes, and even mains. They also come in handy when wrapping up loot bags!

How to Throw a Bubble Guppies Birthday Party

With a bouncy castle and a little bit of music, Addison and her friends had the time of their lives! A bouncy castle is perfect for the little ones. Both Addison, age 2, and Jonah, age 4, just couldn’t get enough! This is a great way for the kids to get out all of their energy from the sugar being served at the party. to make it bouncy castle about more festive, I attached Bubble Swirl Decorations to the the top. The kids enjoyed watching then spin as they jumped!

Bubble Guppies Cupcakes

Every party needs to end with a delicious treat in line with the theme. These homemade Bubble Guppies cupcakes were the icing on the cake! The cupcakes and the toppers were made at home — all you need is some colorful card stock, a paper press in the shape of your choice, and a printer to print out the Bubble Guppies. Cut, glue and assemble on lollipop sticks and you are ready to go! Each child chose their cupcake by their favorite character and enjoyed each and every bite.

We had a wonderful time celebrating Addison’s birthday with all of her friends and the Bubble Guppies.

Enjoy a few more pictures from our party!

Thanks to Party City for sending over Bubble Guppies goodies for us to celebrate with!

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A “big boy” bike has been in discussions for quite some time with my 4-year-old. So, we decided that this summer would be the summer he learned how to ride a bike. After looking at many bikes and talking about every bike we saw every child in the neighborhood riding, once Jonah heard that the Dynacraft 14″ Hot Wheels Bike with Turbospike looks and sounds like a real motorbike, he was sold! He walked around for weeks telling everyone that he was getting a bike that sounds like a real motorcycle!

Dynacraft Hot Wheels Bike with Turbospoke

Jonah’s reaction when he opened my trunk and saw his new Dynacraft Hot Wheels bike was priceless! He was jumping up and down and screaming with excitement. If you follow Savvy Sassy Moms on Snapchat, then you were also able to enjoy his excitement. The pure joy that he experienced filled me with such happiness. He sat beside me and helped me put the bike together. We put on the removable training wheels on the bike for stage one of learning to ride.  After we put on the two-piece pad set and looked at all of the custom Hot Wheels graphics, he was ready to ride!

Hot Wheels Boys Bicycle Helmet

Next, he strapped on his Bell Helmet and jumped onto the bike, ensuring he was safe and sound and ready to ride. Getting down the driveway, which isn’t very long, took quite some time! The rear coaster brake took a bit of getting used to, but once he got the hang of it, it was smooth sailing.

Dynacraft Bicycle for a 4-7 year old

Turbospoke, the bicycle exhaust system that looks and sounds like a real motor bike, was the highlight! As we rode down the street, he continuously asked me if I could hear how his bike sounded like a motorcycle. The bike has a sturdy steel BMX frame and is single-speed, which makes it perfect for our beginner biker. This bike retails for $89.99 and is for children between the ages of 4 and 7. At 4-1/2-years-old, I am happy to know that this bike will transition with him through to a two-wheeler when he will be riding independently. We can’t wait to get out on some family bike rides this summer!

You can buy your own Dynacraft 14″ Hot Wheels Bike with Turbospoke at Toys R Us.

Happy riding!

This post is sponsored by Dynacraft. All opinions are my own.

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Baby Sleep Tips Every Parents Needs

If there is one thing that seems to be impossible to get a handle on as a parent, it’s sleep! After having your baby, you wonder if you will ever get to sleep again, you wonder if your baby will ever sleep through the night, when you can train them to sleep through the night, what time you should be putting them to bed, when should you move them to a bed from a crib… then you move your baby to a bed and a whole new set of issues arise — it’s never ending! It gave me some piece of mind knowing that we all struggle with sleep, even Pampers Dad, Olympian Mark Oldershaw, and his wife, Annamay Pierse.

If you’re anything like me, you train yourself to work on little to no sleep and carry on! I sat down with Alanna McGinn, founder and senior sleep consultant of goodnight sleepsite. I asked her a few questions about infant and toddler sleep. I hope you find it as helpful as I did!

Baby Sleep Tips That Every Sleep Expert Wants You to Know
Question: When should you get your baby on a sleep routine?

At goodnight sleepsite, Alanna and her team start working with babies at 4-1/2 months. Around this age, you can start paying attention to the clock as sleep patterns are beginning to develop and sleep rhythms begin to form. Many parents start sleep training too early. It is biologically difficult to get babies on a routine before 4-months-old because a baby isn’t able to sleep through the night before then. According to Alanna, you really shouldn’t start seep training before 4-1/2 months. With that said, you can start a sleep routine right from day one.

Read Alanna’s sleep tips for travelling on Jenna G Maternity.
Question: What does a good bedtime routine look like?

First and foremost, it is important to have a consistent bedtime routine. However you do it is up to you, but make sure it’s the same every night. Children thrive when they know what to expect! A bedtime routine that includes a bath, bottle or breast, a book and/or songs is enjoyable and relaxing for your child. A bedtime routine such as this one can be started as early as when baby is 1-month-old. This helps cue them that it is time for bed.

Alanna explained that it is also important to have a conducive sleep environment. Work on a conducive sleep environment where is your baby alone, in the crib on her back, in a dark room that is either quiet or has a white noise machine, and make sure to keep the temperature cool. As a sleep professional, Alanna advocates ‘best sleep practices’ for babies, which is in their crib on their back alone. If you co-sleep, which is room sharing or bed sharing, ensure that your room is conducive for sleep as well.

For a toddler, begin your bedtime routine 30-minutes before it is time for sleep. Goodnight sleepsite has started the #Bring Back Bedtime Initiative, which encourages parents to connect with their children before bedtime. Take away the technology and read a book, talk to your child about their favorite part of the day or what they will be doing tomorrow. Talking and connecting with you child before bedtime makes them feel secure. “Fill up their attachment tank,” as Alanna says, “and they won’t be looking for more in the middle of the night.”

How Creating a Bedtime Routine is Best for Baby
Question: What is the right bed time?

Alanna is a big believer in early bedtimes — the earlier, the better. When you put your children to bed too late, they become overtired. Alanna explained that an overtired child is a child who is wide awake. Shocking, but true! She goes on to say that once a child is overtired, cortisol and adrenaline get released in their bodies, and they become wide awake – that’s when you’re in an overtired state. Babies have a small window between tired and overtired. Night-waking and early morning risers are due to over tiredness. So if your children are waking up in the middle of the night or waking too early in the morning, try putting them to bed earlier and see how it makes a difference. For an idea of when your child should go to bed, Alanna recommends that a 2-year-old should not go to sleep later than 7 p.m.

Read Alanna’s tips of dealing with sleep regressions on Jenna G Maternity.

 

How do you get your toddler to sleep alone?
Question: How do you get your toddler to go to sleep on their own?

Many of us find ourselves in need of breaking bad sleep habits. They can range from rocking your baby to sleep to falling asleep next to your toddler. I asked Alanna how to get your babies and toddlers to sleep on their own and she told me that there are four key sleep tools to focus on:

1. Are we working with an environment that is conducive to sleep? As mentioned above, a conducive sleep environment means that your child is sleeping alone in their own crib/bed, in a quiet, dark, cool room.

2. Are they getting enough sleep during the day? Make sure that you are promoting an age-appropriate nap schedule, as well-rested kids throughout the day sleep better at night.

3. Are they going to bed with a calming routine? As discussed above, a calming bedtime routine is very important. Be consistent with your bed time routine to help your child predict that it is bedtime.

4. Choose a sleep method that works for your family. If you are breaking a bad habit and retraining your child to sleep on their own, it’s crucial that you and your partner are on the same page. Alanna stressed who important it is to work as a team with your partner and to make sure that you are both supporting the method you have chosen to train your child to sleep.

At bedtime, children begin to push their limits. When you let them, you are letting them take control of the situation and they begin running the show. It’s a slippery slope that starts with “one more book” or “I need some water.”  It is important to take control back a little bit at a time. Give your child choices to make them feel like they are in control. Saying something like, “I’m going to read you two books, which ones would you like to read?” gives your child the feeling of control as they are picking the books, but you are in control as you are telling them how many. As with everything else, it is important to be consistent — no negotiations — tell them what the expectations are and then follow through. Children need boundaries to feel secure, so if you can set some boundaries around sleep everyone will be happy. Your child will be better rested, and so will you!

What questions would you ask a sleep expert?

This post is part of my participation in the #PampersBabyPanel. All opinions are my own.

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