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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: BABY & TODDLER

THE TIME HAS COME! We are taking our very first trip as a family of 4 and heading to Mexico today!! Wooohooo!! 🙂

While I’m beyond excited to finally let some real sun hit this pale skin of mine (New York has been playing games with all the rain and gloomy days), I’m also a tinyyyyy bit nervous about traveling with a new baby again. We got pretty spoiled with Steele – she took her first flight when she was 2.5 months old and has been extremely easy to travel with these past couple years. Let’s all cross our fingers (and toes) Sage is just as easy going on the plane as her big sister was.

If you know me, you know Organization & Preparation are my middle and last name. I’m a write a to-do list, check my check list, make tidy piles of clothes, line up shoes neatly, kind of person. I’m usually over-prepared and I always over-pack (with so many of us now, I’m trying to be better but who doesn’t like OPTIONS). Thankfully with two kids now, I pretty much have a good system and know what are essentials vs “nice-to-haves”. My goal is just to get through the first plane ride with minimal tears and all my hair still on my head — is that too much to ask for?!?!

Check out our must-have travel necessities that we’re taking with us to Mexico:

  • Diaper Bag — well DUH, I never leave home without it these day! The bag that I’ve been using technically isn’t a baby bag but I’m loving my Nena & Co Convertible Day Bag (which can be used as a backpack) so I’m taking this baby with me. Plus it kinda fits the Mexico vibes!
  • Bag Insert – this ToteSavvy baby bag inset is everythinggg. I like when everything has it’s place and this thing has so many compartments, I always know where everything is and I’m not scrambling to find things. Check out some of the pictures too!
  • Diapers & Wipes — if you know me, you know I use Honest brand. I travel with a full sized package of wipes since both of my kiddies are still in diapers. Steele is potty training but still wears diapers when we are on the move.
  • Extra Clothes For Both Kiddies — accidents DO happen; poop explosions, faulty diapers, toddler spillages, I could go on forever!
  • Planet Box Snack Holder & Sippy Cup — who doesn’t love snacks!!! This little “lunch box” is perfect for a variety of snacks options all in one container. Plus it’s stainless steel & eco-friendly…..HOLLA.
  • Fruit Pouches — my daughter LOVES Ella fruit pouches but will only eat the peach ones these days. These are an absolute must for our trip since they’re so easy to travel with and don’t need to be refrigerated.
  • Baby Carrier — since Sage loves to be held all the time, our carrier has been a life saver. Gotta keep her close at all times or she’s not a happy camper! #MomLife
  • Baby Blanket/Nursing Cover — it always seems to be cold on planes so I keep a blanket handy at all times. Plus, I also use it as a “nursing cover” (Let’s be honest, I rarely cover myself when I breastfeed – yea, I’m that type of mom. I just struggle with why I need to cover my child’s head while she’s eating and make her hot & uncomfortable to appease someone else. That’s a whole different topic though…..I digress).
  • Headphones — it’s a 4 hour flight so I have these on hand should Steele want to watch a movie or listen to some music.
  • Toddler Activity Pack — coloring books, a little playdoh, her favorite miniature figurines, a few books plus an iPad with lots of Sesame Street.
  • Pacifiers — because LAWD help me not pull out my hair on these flights!!!
  • Hand Sanitizer — gotta stay fresh & clean 🙂

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Surprisingly, all of this stuff fits neatly fits into one bag for easy travel — but to lighten then load, I’m passing off some of these things to dad (lol)! This is just a list of what we plan to bring on the plane with us. Of course we’ll also have both car seats, Sage’s stroller and our Baby Zen travel stroller for Steele, our Dockatot for co-sleeping, and a few additional things to keep Steele entertained.

So excited for this trip and can’t wait to share pictures when we get back. In the meantime, catch us on Instagram. Peace!!

 

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LIFE WITH TWO KIDDIES: 1 MONTH RECAP

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#RW TOP 5 NEWBORN ESSENTIALS

Preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming to say the least! What products do I need?What brands are the safest? Which ones have the best reviews? It’s easy to go overboard with all the baby products, especially as a new mom (I know I did). I had so many little gadgets and toys when Steele was born and looking back, half of them I probably only used a handful of times, if that. In a effort to minimize the amount of things  we were buying this time around (we will only be in NY/NJ for a few months after the baby is born and then will have to move everything back to LA), I’ve tried to keep my purchases to things that I really NEED or products I felt like I wouldn’t want to live without…. so below I’m sharing a few of my favorite products to have with a newborn:

  1. Uppababy Vista Stroller – I did a lot of research on strollers when I was pregnant with Steele and came across this brand, which had really great reviews. There were many benefits that sold me on this stroller (adjustable handle bar for taller people like me :), large under basket for storage + it also comes with a newborn bassinet) and now with TWO young kids, it easily converts into a double stroller without us buying a new stroller. WOOHOO!! It’s also easy to fold and unfold + is easy to travel with. Winner!
  2. DockATot Deluxe Dock Infant Pillow – this one is new for me this time around but a good friend of mine told me its a MUST. We are a co-sleeping family (Steele NEVER wanted to sleep in her bassinet as a baby) so this seemed like the perfect product for us to try since we’ll most likely have this baby in the bed with us too. And not having to worry about rolling over on the baby while we sleep is a breath of fresh air.
  3. Honest Diapers & Wipes – when I was pregnant with Steele, I wanted to find body products that were either eco-friendly or organic and focused on sensitive skin. I had eczema as a child and wanted to be conscious of the products we were using on her. Knowing that the Honest brand makes products without potentially harmful ingredients – I decided to try them out….and I loved them! We’ve never really had any issues with leakages or rashes & who doesn’t love all their fun designs.
  4. Nook Niche Feeding Pillow – I had the Boppy & My Brest Friend nursing pillow when Steele was a newborn. Both were good but I’ve heard such great things about the Nook brand & this specific feeding pillow that I decided to give it a try this go ’round. What I like about the brand is that they use organic materials and focus on the breathabiity of their products. You can also use the pillow to prop baby up next to you or for elevated tummy time. I’ve had it for about a month now and have used it to help me get comfortable during pregnancy, definitely a plus.
  5. L’ovedbaby Organic Gl’oved-Sleeve Overall – I bought a few of these for Steele (she was too big to fit the newborn size when she was born so we had to go up a size) but these little onesies were perfect for the first few months of life. We didn’t go out much in the beginning so having cozy options that I could easily throw on her was perfect. Plus, they are super soft and well made….so I’m passing the ones Steele had to the new baby + picked up a few extra ones too!

Of course there are many more products that we use with our little babies but these are just a few of my favorites.

I want to hear what brands & products you guys like/can’t live without – fill me in!!

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