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When traveling with my kids, the first thing I worry about is how to bring the everyday essentials with me… diapers, wipes, water and snacks for the plane, not to mention how to clean food items in a hotel room! For my upcoming tot-friendly vacation, I am trying out the OXO Tot collection to make travel with kids just a little bit easier.

The Most Convenient Wipes Container EVER

Must haves for travel with toddlers

The On-the-Go Wipes Dispenser w/ Diaper Pouch has been a lifesaver for both travel and home. In my diaper bag, diapers have a way of getting folded in half, filled with snacks or left behind! The On the Go Wipes Dispenser with Diaper Pouch helps my mommy brain from leaving one of the two behind — all moms know how hard it is to change a diaper without any wipes and having wipes without a clean diaper handy is pointless! The large button makes it easy to pop open with one hand while I keep the other hand on my very squirmy toddler. This trip, the One the Go Wipes Dispenser with Diaper Pouch has been permanently attached to my stroller with the convenient silicone tether!

Must-Haves for Travel with Tots

Snack time always has me concerned on beach vacations. With my kids, it feels like snack time is all the time so I need to be prepared! The Flippy Snack Cup with Travel Cover checks all the boxes when we’re traveling. For the airport and stroller time, the opening at the bottom of the handle conveniently hooks onto the stroller straps. When not in use (in my case, when it’s empty!) I can hook in onto the Mommy Hook on my stroller handle bar, or I snap on the travel cover and throw it into my bag. The travel cover is a dream for when we are at the beach and keeps the sand from making our snacks extra grainy!

OXO Tot Collection for Travel

The Straw Cup (7 oz.) is just as clever with a twisting lid that covers the straw when not in use to keep in clean. In the scorching heat, the clearly marked measurements on the side put my mind at ease knowing how much water the kids are drinking.

At the end of the day, pulling out the Cleaning Set for Straw & Sippy Cups makes me feel at peace knowing that they are getting a good cleaning when I don’t have access to a big kitchen sink or dishwasher. Every mom has tried — and probably  failed — to wash toddler cups and containers  in a hotel and the Cleaning Set is the perfect solution.

OXO Tot Travel Line

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram on Friday, April 29th to see exactly how we’re putting our OXO Tot products to use at our  spring vacation destination… The Atlantis, Bahamas!

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Nothing makes me happier than a new stroller. I’d go for a new ride over a snazzy pair of shoes any day and if it has a cup holder? Someone fetch the smelling salts because I’m fainting from joy over here.

When it came time to move from one kid to two I was in a slight panic over what I would need. Requirements included (but not limited to): a large canopy, seating for two that wouldn’t make me the obnoxious woman in the mall, the ability to fit in my trunk when folded and, of course, a cup holder.

Please meet the new Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite.

Meet the New Joovy Ultralight Graphite Stroller
Old Joovy vs. new Joovy

First off, let me tell you what’s new and improved. For starters it’s 10% lighter than the previous models and 21% lighter than the standard Caboose Graphite model — that’s always welcome when you’re having to lug it around everyday. Also, the canopy extension for the rear rider has been improved. While not huge, it does offer some shade for your older child and it very easily zips on and off when needed (for instance it gets in the way when your child is standing, but is great for when seated). Other improvements include the pretty new graphite colored aluminum frame and a leaner profile.

What You Need to Know About the New Joovy
For your baby

The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite could seriously be the one and only stroller you need, from birth on. Easily snap on the universal car seat attachment and you are off and running with more than enough room for your older child.

At 3-months-old, your baby is able to ride on the front seat with its five-point safety harness, three recline positions and utterly huge canopy. The Caboose also has a weight limit of 90 pounds — 45 pounds per seat — which mean your front and rear rider will be comfy for years and years to come.

If you have two littles at the same time, consider the Caboose Rear Seat, which turns the rear platform into a full-size forward-facing second seat with all the features of the first, including full recline. In my opinion this was surprisingly easy to snap on and off, and completely functional. Keep in mind that your rear rider isn’t getting the same canopy, but I found that there was still plenty of shade with the canopy extension. In addition, you will also lose some of your undercarriage storage space as that area is now for little feet to dangle. (Caboose Rear Seat suitable for kids up for 2-1/2-years-old and sold separately.)

Check out the new Joovy Ultralight Stroller
For your rider

When we first tried the stroller, my (standard sized) 6-year-old insisted on taking it for a spin. Even at six, she was easily able to hop on-and-off, sit comfortably, and stand without getting in my way, all with tons of room. For smaller riders, the rear bench offers a five-point safety harness.

New 2016 Strollers You Must See
For you

If you are picky about undercarriage storage, like I am, you will be happy to know this stroller has plenty. However, it is a bit tricky to access —  the rear bench needs to slide forward in order to get to it, meaning you will need to kick out your rear rider first. And, if you have the Caboose Rear Seat installed, the undercarriage storage is virtually inaccessible. A bummer, but definitely not a deal breaker.

On the upside, hello cup holders and snack tray! The parent organizer is made of a neoprene material so it’s stretchy, holds two cups, and it has an open pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other.

When it comes to its folded size I was completely impressed with the new Joovy. I have a smaller-sized crossover SUV and was nervous about even attempting to get this into my car since my usual full sized travel system took up the entire trunk. All I needed to do with the Joovy Ultralight Graphite was pop off the snack tray and it fit perfectly, albeit at an angle, but any other double would be a no-go.

Lastly, I found the actual ride and steering to be smooth and comparable to a single stroller. I can’t even believe I’m saying that about a double stroller!

All About the New Joovy Ultralight Graphite

I have never been a double stroller person, but I found the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite to be easy to use, easy to fold, easy to store, good-looking, fully functional and fun for my kids. Since strollers are now becoming an investment purchase for your family, you really want something that will last longer than a certain period in your child’s life. Your stroller now needs to tick off more boxes than ever before. If you’re in the market for a double stroller, I would definitely give this one a good long look, you will be glad you did.

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When I first started putting together my daughter’s nursery, prior to her birth, I wasn’t overly concerned with our older home’s lack of central air. While we do have an efficient wall heater and AC unit in the main room, it doesn’t easily travel to the other spaces in our house. As the temperatures started to dip outside, I began to worry that her room was getting too cold and judging by the temperature reading on the monitor it was time to find a solution.

Safety first

When it came to putting a space heater into my daughter’s room, there was really only one viable option, Vornado Baby Sunny CS. Not only did this space heater come with all the necessities I was looking for — cool touch case, safety shut-off, and  temperature control, to name a few — it also came in an aesthetically pleasing package. As someone who carefully picked every detail of my daughter’s nursery, I was happy that this wasn’t a giant eyesore in middle of the room.

Best Space Heaters for a NurseryWith crib sensor technology, the heater wouldn’t shut off until the temperature is reached at the crib. You simply select the temperature you would like the room to be and once the desired heat is reached, it kicks into fan mode. It also features hidden cord storage, automatic climate control, and a locking control panel. Perfect for those curious little fingers!

Must-Have Tech Devices for a Nursery

How to Keep a Nursery Warm... SafelyBoasting a 5-year Happy Parent Guarantee that is an added layer of peace of mind, I feel better knowing that when my daughter goes to bed at night, her room is always the perfect temperature and I don’t have to worry about her space heater. Looks like we will all be sleeping like a baby!

Keeping a Baby's Room Warm All Winter Long

In addition to Vornadobaby you can find an array of products from heaters to humidifiers at Vornado.

This post was contributed by Laura Parker as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. All opinions are her own. You can find more from Laura on her blog, Happily Ever Parker.

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If you left my 9-month-old to her own devices, there are three things she would do all day: eat Cheerios off the floor, stick her fingers in outlets, and climb our staircase. Luckily she has me to tell her otherwise!

Stylish and functional baby gates

Baby-proofing basics

As a mom to a fearless little one, my day consists of avoiding a series of mini catastrophes, and having the right baby-proofing solutions in-place makes my job much easier!

Our family recently moved into a new home and we used it as a chance to rethink our baby-proofing strategies. We created new toy storage, hid cords, and latched cabinets. I knew I would need something to keep the baby off the stairs, but I didn’t like the idea of using the same cumbersome gates we had struggled with in our previous house.

Tips for Baby-Proofing Your Stairs

A stylish solution for baby proofing stairs

The Stair Barrier is such an innovative alternative to the traditional baby gate. It’s a stylish fabric safety gate that rolls neatly to one side when it’s not in use. My bannister to bannister option didn’t require any drilling, and instead securely snaps into place with three buckles on each side.

I love the sleek look of the Stair Barrier and the fact that it won’t permanently damage any of the fixtures in our home. It offers a wonderful first impression when guests walk in the door while still providing the safety and security we need with a little one on the move! 

One less catastrophe for this mama to think about!

Stylish Baby Gates to Use in Your Home

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What are your favorite baby proofing products?

This post was contributed by Joanna Murnan as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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All about the Britax B-Safe 35 Car Seat

Choosing a car seat is one of the more daunting of tasks when you’re expecting a new arrival. When I was pregnant with our first baby, I did everything I could to try to find out which car seat was best — aimlessly walking down the aisles of my local baby store, scouring the Internet for safety reviews, and compiling research in an effort to choose the perfect car seat. Fortunately, I found that all my investigative efforts (which at some point rivaled that of a seasoned CSI detective) kept pointing me to Britax.

Now years later, as we are awaiting baby number three, I knew exactly what to choose — the Britax B-Safe 35. This sleek car seat hits all the marks, and then some, for reassuring the on-the-go parent that their new little one is riding around in first class style and safety.

Have you heard about the recent Britax B-Safe 35 handle recall? Read more about the details and how to see if your Britax is included on the Britax website.

See the Safety Features of the Britax B-Safe 35

It’s all in the details

The Britax B-Safe 35 is top of the line in rear-facing car seats for infants 4 to 35 pounds. The B-Safe 35 features Britax’s SafeCell Impact Protection in both the car seat and its base to give your baby the ultimate care in car seat safety technology. With its deep protective shell and steel-framed base specifically designed to absorb the impact Baby might experience from any crash forces (including side-impact crashes), you can rest assure that your baby will be protected with the latest and greatest safety technology on the market to date.

Installing the Britax B-Safe 35

All that safety technology isn’t worth anything unless the car seat itself is installed right. Car seats can be tricky to install, especially for a new parent, so it’s not shocking that the majority of car seats end up being installed improperly. Britax definitely took this into account when designing the B-Safe 35. We found installation to not only by easy, but that there were several features to assist in the ease of making sure we can protect our baby with just a few simple steps. The easy to pull-center adjusting strap and the centered guide along the side of the base were just a couple of the features included to help give us the peace of mind that we needed to know that our baby will be safe and sound riding around town.

NEW B-Warm Car Seat Cover from Britax

Bundle up Baby

One of the biggest challenges for any parent having a new baby in winter is how to keep Baby warm while on the go. Fortunately, long gone are the days of having to tuck multiple blankets around your precious newborn (that inevitably will get kicked off in a matter of minutes) or having to throw a blanket over the top of the car seat in order to try to combat the elements. The Britax B-Warm Car Seat Cover allows the modern parent to keep Baby warm with the simple zip of a zipper. Without the hassle of worrying if anything will fall off, get lost, or constantly need to be adjusted, the B-Warm Cover is, hands down, one of our favorite winter accessories.

Don’t miss these winter travel safety tips from our friends at Britax!

Best Products for Keeping Baby Warm

The Britax B-Warm Cover is super easy to install on your B-Safe car seat. With just a quick stretch around the car seat, the insulted cover is set in place within a matter of seconds and you are ready to head out the door, reassured that your baby is warm and comfortable with in their seat.

NEW from Britax: B-Warm Car Seat Cover

Keeping Baby Warm in Winter with Britax

The Britax B-Warm Cover features also features convenient flip-up sides with a zippered snap enclosure that allows for quick and easy temperature adjustments. The cover also helps repel moisture, which is especially important when battling the varying elements of Mother Nature during winter.

Knowing that baby will be cozy, warm, and dry during travel to and from one place to the next is just the reassurance any busy parent on the go needs.

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You can’t go far these days without someone touting the benefits of essential oils for just about everything you can think of. From migraines to allergies, there’s an oil for whatever ails you. But what about babies? Many oils can be too strong for babies unless formulated and mixed in such a way to make it safe for little senses. More and more companies are taking the worry and guess work out of essential oils, allowing your babies to reap the benefits in safe and absolutely adorable ways.

The Wunders

1. Slumber Belly Bunny by The Wunders

For you it’s peace of mind that your baby is enjoying all of the benefits of essential oil in a portable and safe way, for baby it’s a soft and adorable new buddy. The Slumber Belly Bunny is a soft and cuddily stuffed toy that hides an interchangeable scent pouch within it’s belly. In seconds you can go from lavender for sleep to eucalyptus for cough and colds.

Recently the baby was so sick but, we as moms know, life still goes on. I was able to essentially take an oil diffuser with me, from grocery cart to the car seat, she just hung on to this little eucalyptus filled guy which helped keep her breathing clear, even when on the go. Now that we’re all healthy again, we keep it full of lavender for crib snuggling and naps away from home. The Slumber Belly Bunny comes with a bottle of lavender, eucalyptus sold separately. (Slumber Belly Bunny, $30)

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2. Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser

Having kids means having at least one humidifier stashed away somewhere for when kindergarten germs get the best of you. Just after Christmas the plague hit our house hard,  so I was definitely able to put the new Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser through its paces. (At one point I had it running almost 24 hours a day for 6 days). I loved the digital screen that allowed me to set the level of humidity to whatever I needed and a timer to change the humidity level automatically at a set time.

The top has a round 360-degree rotating nozzle, which housed a tiny cup for oil diffusing. Since this isn’t a true diffuser you’re not going to get the oil strength you would from one, however I found it to be just fine and served the purpose well. You’re also not obligated to put oil in it since the little cup is removable when not needed. Rounding out all of these great features, this humidifier is also super quiet, has a huge water reservoir, shuts itself off when the water runs out and has two different colored nightlight (red and blue). (Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser, $100)

Oilology

3. Oilogic Essential Oil Care

Placing oil directly on babies sensitive skin is definitely a no-no unless, of course, within the right oil-to-carrier oil mixture. But how do you know if you’ve gotten it right? Thankfully two moms from Texas have taken the guess work and fear out of essential oils by creating an entire line of safe, pre-mixed oils, lotions and vapor baths. These little miracle mixes have quickly become a staple in my home, warding off everything from sleepless nights for the baby to monsters and nightmares for my five-year-old. And now my oldest even asks for a dab of Relax & Calm before school everyday. The pre-mixed roller balls come in Bug Bites & Itches, Itchy Eyes & Sneezes, Ouchies & BooBoos, Relax & Calm, Slumber & Sleep and Stuffy Nose & Cough. The bath vapors come in Stuffy Nose & Cough and Slumber & Sleep, each with cordinating lotions. (Oilogic Essential Oil Care, $10)

Young Living

4. Dino Land Ultrasonic Diffuser by Young Living

Diffusing oils in your home does everything from heightening your mood to helping you sleep to even warding off illness and easing pain, kids included. Diffusers in my children’s room are essential and this one from Young Living is just too cute. The dinosaur scene is just a cover which makes it interchangeable with other designs from Young Living, great for moving room to room.  Other features include six different volcanic “eruption” settings and continuous or intermittent (10 minutes on/10 minutes off) setting with automatic shutoff. (Dino Land Diffuser available through a Young Living representative, $120)

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5. YooHoo Children’s Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace by Crunchy Fox

Just because they aren’t home doesn’t mean kids can’t reap the benefits of essential oils. These adorable owl necklaces I found on Etsy are just the thing for utilizing essential oils everyday. Today it may be test day where a little juniper berry is needed, or maybe she’s been battling headaches and it’s peppermint to the rescue. Whatever the case, these cute little owls will do the trick, also available in sports themes and unisex styles. (YooHoo Essential Oil Necklaces, $15)

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2016 Baby Gear Favorites for Twins

Twins! Long gone are the days when having twins meant needing two of everything! Now, there are savvy products that help parents manage day-to-day life with two babies… and, most of them do it without losing even a touch of style.

2016 Baby gear for twins
1. Remember the little moments

If keeping track of one baby’s big milestones wasn’t already hard enough with mommy brain, imagine having two to remember! Thankfully, these cute cards hit all of the moments you’ll want to hold onto forever, with special cards made specifically for milestones that only twins will have. (Milestone Baby Cards for Twins, available on Amazon.com, $34)

2. Makin’ bottles… and making them fast

Everything is a race against the clock when you have twins… and especially if you have twins who are both hungry at the same time. We’re already big fans of the Baby Brezza Formula Pro and with its ability to make two perfect formula bottles in under a minute, parents of twins will fall in love with it, too. (Baby Brezza Formula Pro, available at Babies R Us, $180)

3. Rock a bye, Babies

Parents of twins who are lucky enough to have them on the same sleep schedule will love having them in one of these cradles, which are designed to do double the rocking without double the work. When you’re done using it as a cradle, flip it up on its side to create a chic, useful bookshelf! (Babyhome So-Ro Twin Cradle, buybuy Baby, $600)

4. Double trouble tees

There are countless cute and cheeky tees for twins out there, but these are our absolute favorite. Available in gender neutral colors that will easily fit in the wardrobe of baby girls or boys (or, one of each!), we hope that this means you’ll never have to count to 20 again! (I’ll Hide and I’ll Seek Graphic T-Shirts, Modish and Co., $25 each)

5. Twins on-the-go

Braving heading out of the house with two babies might seem like an impossible feat… especially as a first-time parent, but thankfully you have strollers like this one in your corner. With an add-on sibling seat that makes going out with twins a breeze, you can kiss being housebound goodbye! (Stokke Crusi Stroller with Sibling Seat, starts at $1249)

Do you have twins? What products do you love?

Make sure you’re following our Scout, Amanda, who is a mom of twins!

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It’s really amazing to see how far the world of baby gear has come in the last 5 years since we welcomed our first son. With the arrival of our third son, just a couple of weeks ago, I’m excited to be exploring all the innovative options in gear.  A new nursing pillow has been on the top of my list and was one of my must-haves for bringing to the hospital when he was born.

Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, chances are you’ll use a nursing/feeding pillow to help get Baby in that perfect eating position. If you’re expecting for the first time, you’ve probably included one in your registry… and for good reason.  These pillows can be a lifesaver for moms — and dads, too! — providing helpful support and position for feeding (and even just holding Baby in the early days), and there are some new options out there that look better than ever.

6 New nursing pillows to try

6 New Baby Nursing Pillows to Try

1. Niche Feeding Pillow from Nook

This pillow is organic, inside and out, and made in the USA. The Niche has a unique squared design, which offers extra surface-space, while the lightweight Kapok core material provides comfortable support and breathability — no more sweaty feeding sessions! The Niche is also quite versatile as it can also be used as a prop seat for Baby and side-sleeper pillow for Mom or Dad. The pillow can be machine washed gently and alone. (Available on nooksleep.com, $100)

Eco-Friendly Nursing Pillow to Keep Baby Safe

2. Nursing Pillow from The Honest Company

The newest nursing pillow from The Honest Company has an angled surface that guides Baby towards mom’s breast. True to form for this super eco-focused company, the core of the pillow is made from Eco*Loft® virgin poly-fiber, which means no toxic foams, adhesives, flame retardants or harsh chemicals. To top it off, the organic cotton plush top and bolster are removable and washable. Other unique features include the patented vented privacy cover that easily tucks inside its own pocket, and the organic cotton travel/storage bag that comes with the pillow. (Available on honest.com, $70)

New Nursing Pillows for 2016

3. Natural Curve Nursing Pillow from Ergobaby

One of the newest nursing pillows on the scene, this debut from Ergobaby is made from solid foam with a unique contour to help properly position Baby tummy-to-tummy at a height that is meant to prevent slouching for Mom. It also wraps around your waist to provide an armrest. It’s a very firm pillow which should maintain it’s shape, a smart update compared to many nursing pillows of the past. Additionally, the plush cover is comfortable, removable, and machine washable. (Available on store.ergobaby.com, $70)

Must-Have Breastfeeding Gear for 2016

4. Premium Cotton Nursing Pillow from Bébé au Lait

Prefer for Baby to sit up a bit higher when she’s feeding? The nursing pillows from Bébé au Lait are a good choice. The reversible, dual-sided design gives Moms two options — choose from the flat, firmer surface or flip it over for a plush, softer surface. The pillow has an open-shaped design and also offers a two-sided pocket to keep burp cloths, breast pads and other essentials within reach. There is also an adjustable waist strap that can be tucked away if desired. The pillow and removable slip cover are machine washable. (Available on bebeaulait.com, $55)

New Shapes in Nursing Pillows for Moms

5. Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow from Dr. Browns

The angled design of this pillow positions Baby at an incline as she eats, which may help with digestion and reduce reflux. The wider, flatter pillow surface helps prevent Baby from rolling down (No. 1 nursing pet peeve!), and the thick-to-thin design is intended to grow with Baby and offer limitless nursing positions. This entire pillow can be machine washed and dried. Read more about it on drbrownsbaby.com. (Available on target.com, $27)

The Next Generation of Nursing Pillows

6. Best Latch Nursing Pillow from Boppy

This new pillow from Boppy offers a two-sided design, each with different feeding surfaces. The firm surface features a soft minky fabric and features a contoured foam edge design that helps Baby turn towards Mom. The softer, fiberfill side offers a more snuggly surface as Baby grows. The wide arm design fits most moms and the removable belt keeps Baby snug against your body. With the foam insert and belt removed, the pillow is machine washable. (Available on boppy.com, $45)

How do I pick the right nursing pillow for me?

With so many great options out there, it can be hard to navigate deciding which pillow is right for you. Asking other moms and your local lactation consultant is always a good idea, but here are some things to keep in mind when shopping:

The right fit

With different body types and personal preferences, there is no one perfect pillow for everyone. If possible, explore the options in person — you can check your local baby gear store, meet with a local lactation consultant, doula, or try out friends’ pillows before your baby arrives. Specifically look at how the opening and height of the pillow fits your body.

Shape and firmness

This again will come down to personal preference, body type, and favorite feeding position. There unfortunately is no one-size-fits-all option. The “C-shape” is the most popular, but it’s all about what feels comfortable and natural to you. The pillow should put Baby at a height that doesn’t have you hunching down, and the firmness should be comfortable for Baby, but firm enough that she isn’t sinking down. If you’re nursing, Baby’s neck should be held straight at breast level when feeding.

Easy to clean

Between reflux, leaky boobs or bottles, and general everyday use, being able to machine wash your pillow, or at least its removable cover, is essential.

Features

If you’re expecting your first baby, you may not know what features you’re looking for until after she arrives, but do your best to test pillows out and ask around. Deciding what features are important to you will help narrow down your search. Think about if you want a waist strap, if you want a two-sided option, if you want something that can also be a support pillow for Baby, if you need a pocket and if organic fabrics are a must.

Price

As you can see, price points on these pillows can vary greatly. While many people find them to be essential, there’s no way of knowing how long you’re going to need or want the pillow, so only spend what your are comfortable with. As with all of your new baby gear, it’s often a good idea to set a budget before making a purchase.

Aesthetics

This might sound silly, but you’ve spent time designing your nursery and picking out colors, and if you’re going to spend the money on one of these pillows, you might as well like the looks of it and like the way it flows with your nursery. Most pillows offer a variety of fabric choices, so take your time and pick one you’ll love.

Will you be adding any of these pillows to your registry or wish list?

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama

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The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another cold and snowy winter here in Maine. For us, that means bundling up and making the most of the season. But this year, we are also gearing up for the arrival of our third son (our first winter baby!) and I’m realizing there is so much more to think about.  While our days may look a little different, bundling up baby to chase after his big brothers is going be essential. He are some of our favorites for keeping babies warm and toasty during his first winter.

Bundle UP Baby Keeping Babies Warm this Winter Savvy Sassy Moms

1. Babywearing coat

I’m a huge babywearing fan — it’s such a lifesaver when you have more than one kiddo to chase after! Babywearing coats are genius for these cold months. I’m loving the look of the M Coat and this Down Jacket from Mamaway.

2. A cozy and versatile blanket

With a winter baby, I imagine having a soft and warm blanket on hand is key. I’m loving the On the Go Blanket from Bella Bundles, because it is functional and adorable.

3. Soft, warm, practical accessories

Zunato’s Cozie Collection has always been my go-to for their colors and practicality in winter. Their booties are simply the best — they are truly so soft and they actually stay on those little tootsies. Or try these super cute and furry The North Face Booties!

4. Lightweight, warm baby bunting

We are big Patagonia fans and their Down Sweater Bunting is fantastic. This should not be worn in a car seat, for safety reasons, but it is perfect for time outdoors.

5. Socks that actually stay on

Smartwool is our sock of choice for everyone in our house, and baby is no different. For days when baby is out of his footies, we love the Baby Booty Batch from Smartwool. They are soft, warm, breathable, and yes, they stay on.

6. Weather repellent car seat cover

This is going to be a necessity with a busy family of five! We’ll be using the 7 A.M. Enfant Cocooon all winter long. It’s safe for Baby (goes on the outside of the infant car seat), warm, and both wind and water repellent.

7. Warm, yet breathable sleep sack

Sleep sacks are a great way to keep Baby warm and safe as they eliminate the need for a blanket in their crib. The Gunapod from Gunamuna is one of our favorites. It’s innovative WONDERZiP system allows you to control temperature and also allows for easy access for diaper changes.

8. Stroller bunting

Fresh air is key to winter survival and sanity, so in cold climates like Maine, keeping your stroller “weather ready” is important. There are lots of great options out there, but we love the 7 A.M Enfant 212 Blanket Evolution.

 

What are you favorite products to help keep your baby warm & cozy in the winter?

 

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama

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I’ll never forget how excited I was to pick out all the items for my diaper bag the first time. I would be prepared for every occasion, every change of weather, every diaper blowout and beyond. I had creams, bibs, swaddles, hats — everything a new, first time mom thinks she needs in her bag. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how heavy that bag would get!

While on some occasions those extra items did come in handy, it was few and far between and I found myself carrying around a lot of extra weight. I never quite pictured myself as a mom that would carry a traditional diaper bag, but I also couldn’t bring myself to invest in a luxury handbag that would eventually be home to dirty diapers and crumbled goldfish. Then came my Newlie diaper bag…

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All about Newlie

Newlie was created by Leslie Newton, the founder and other half of timi and leslie, a well known diaper bag company. After moving on from timi & leslie, she founded Newlie, a diaper bag that doesn’t compromise style. My first thoughts when I opened this bag was this mom knows what she’s doing!

I am guilty of loving purses — and, admittedly, expensive ones — which is one of the things I immediately loved about the Lily Tote… it looks expensive, but doesn’t cost a small fortune. Coming in at just under $100, it’s practical in every sense of the word.

Try the new Newlie Diaper Bag: Under $100!

What I love about Newlie

Here are a handful of the things that I love most about this new diaper bag:
— Durable outside material that can be wiped down with warm water
— Two outer pockets and two inner pockets
— Two side pockets perfect for bottles or a sunglasses case
— Large insulated pocket, great for storing milk that you’ve pumped at work to carry home
— Antique brass hardware makes it trendy, but timeless
— Larger changing pad than what comes with most diaper bags
— Long strap included to convert it to a cross body bag

New to Newlie : Diaper Bag Essentials

What’s in my Newlie diaper bag

Here’s what I packed in my Newlie diaper bag:

Honest Diapers + Wipes: A favorite in our household. Who doesn’t love the adorable prints?

Lollacup: The best cup for anti-leakage we have found thus far. Nobody likes a leaky cup in their diaper bag. (Nordstrom, $18)

Disposable placemats: Because restaurant tables can be questionable. Enough said. (Amazon, $10)

aden + anais Swaddle Blankets:  We are out of the swaddle stage, but these have such an array of uses and they’re a diaper bag must-have. (Nordstrom, $44 for a set of four)

Ella’s Kitchen Organic Food Pouches: There is not a flavor of these my daughter won’t eat. Lately it’s the only way I can get her to eat her veggies!

An extra Mam Pacifier: We have been MAM fans since day one. (Amazon, $6 for a set of 2)

Skip Hop Tuck Away Bib: These are so convenient because they tuck into a very small pocket for easy diaper bag storage. (Nordstrom, $8)

Don’t forget: An extra set of clothes, a pair of pajamas and a small zippered pouch with items like sunscreen, hand sanitizer, band-aids and a spare set of contacts (for me!).

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Do you like the look of the Newlie totes?  What are some essentials you keep in your diaper bag?

This post was contributed by Laura Parker as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more about Laura on her blog, Happily Ever Parker.

 

 

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