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Tips to Make Flying With a Toddler a Breeze

flying with toddlerThere are ways to enjoy flying with a toddler other than taking separate planes. If you plan ahead and prepare for the trip you can both have a great adventure.

Keep reading for some awesome tips to make flying with a toddler a breeze

Make a List and Check It Twice

Let’s face it, it’s hard to remember your name somedays when you spend it with a toddler. Lists are your friend.

If you’re anything like me you’ll want to put it on your phone. This will avoid you losing the list. You can also add to it easily when you think of it because you always have your phone.

As you prepare for your trip start thinking of things you want to bring. The more you have listed, the less you’ll forget. This will help avoid meltdowns for your toddler and for you.

List toys, snacks, clothes, and supplies you will need for the trip. You’ll want to have lots for them to do and eat. Planning for delays will help them be less stressful if they do happen.

Invest Time Before Your Trip

You’ll thank yourself later if you put some time into preparing now. There are some easy and inexpensive things you can do. It’ll be worth it when you’re flying with a toddler to take some time to gather supplies. When it’s time to pack you’ll be ready.

Pick a corner of your home where your toddler doesn’t have access. As you put things in the pile they won’t disappear because your little one wanted to play with it before leaving.

Take a day and go to the grocery store to get snacks or supplies you’ll need for your trip.

Remember airport security rules for liquids. You don’t want to throw away snacks because they don’t comply with TSA rules. With your toddler watching in horror.

Hit a Dollar or Craft Store

You’re going to want some supplies for your toddler survivor kit. You’ll want one for their entertainment too. Pick up things you’ll want during the flight for your toddler.

Some things you might want:

  • wet wipes– you’re not going to be able to take a big container of them in your carry on. You’ll want to either buy a travel pack or get a small container. Ziplock bags or a small Tupperware container will hold a wet facecloth or baby wipes.
  • freezer bags– These can hold and organize a million things. You’d be wise to get some. You can prepare activity bags with all the supplies your child needs for it. They are good to carry snacks, wet clothes or diaper changing emergency packs.
  • lamination supplies– You can buy lamination pouches at the dollar store. They’ll come in handy to make things last for future flights too.
  • small tackle box or large pill box– this can be used to place snacks. It is great for giving them several choices without making a mess. You can place their favorite snacks like raisins and cheerios in each compartment.
  • stickers and books– Pick up some new books for them to look through on their own. Some books you can read to them while taking off and landing. Stickers are a great entertainment source. You can laminate some background for them to stick them to. This makes it easy for them to reuse them.
  • A few new toys– You don’t have to spend a fortune on new toys when flying with a toddler. You can grab a few new toys at the dollar store and make some activity kits to entertain them for hours.
  • earphones– get a couple cheap sets of earphones. You don’t want your only pair accidentally getting broken five minutes into your trip.

Divide and Conquer

It’s so much easier traveling when everything you need is separated into kits. You can conquer anything this trip throws at you if you are prepared.

Changing Kits– You don’t want to be rifling for supplies when your little one needs to get changed. Plan on at least one for every four hours of travel. Then include an extra one or two so you’re not caught off guard.

  • have a ziplock freezer bag for each kit
  • include an undergarment. Even if your toddler is out of diapers, accidents happen.
  • a sandwich bag with a wet cloth or baby wipes in it
  • You can place lotion on one of the wet wipes. This way you have it but don’t have to carry a large container which may not get through security.
  • most kits should have a complete change of clothes, just in case. You never know when your suitcase will take a different flight than you.

Activity KitsKeep them busy and you will both be happier. Bring some familiar activities and some new ones. You don’t want to be flying with a toddler who has nothing to do. Activity kits can be made from a number of supplies.

  • recycle a baby wipe container to hold small toys like dinosaurs or farm animals. This keeps them all in one place. Your little one can have fun playing with them and be entertained trying to get them through the hole on the top.
  • metal lunch box or pencil case and magnets. Keep magnet letters or shapes in it to play with on the lid of the container.
  • laminated background and stickers- you can laminate any page as a background. Add a bunch of stickers or crayons and you have a fun activity to create some quiet time. Keep the backgrounds, sticker pages, and crayons in a freezer bag so they are together.

Snack Kits– Having snacks ready to go, in an easy to use container is a must. You can avert a meltdown by distracting them with an array of their favorite snacks.

Pack Smart

I’ve been on a trip where my suitcase took a completely different vacation than I did. Make sure your carry on has everything you need if it happens to you.

An extra change of clothes and an extra pair of comfortable shoes should be in your carry on. While they’re beautiful, you want to pack your Rachel Simpson heels in your checked bags. You’ll want to stick to your best mom running shoes for your flight.

Move When You Can

Let your toddler explore and move when they can. Take advantage of time in the airport for them to get some of their energy out. This will be good for you too as it will help circulation. This is especially crucial if taking a long flight.

An airport is a magical place for toddlers. Enjoy it with them. Watch planes and people. Let them show you all the new things they see. Leave your activities and snacks for on the plane if you can. Have them close at hand but why use resources if there are other things to distract them.

While on a long flight, walk the aisle a few times. Your toddler will get some wiggles out. It will help pass the time.

Enjoy the Moment When Flying with a Toddler

You are not the first who is flying with a toddler. If they have a momentary meltdown don’t worry. All the moms around you are sending their empathy and strength.

Anyone who gets cranky when your toddler does will get over it.

Time goes slow while you are sitting around the airport. Time flies by in life with our kids. Enjoy each moment. Plan for fun and have it no matter what bumps there are while your flying with a toddler.

We have lots of great ideas for living frugally and DIY crafts. Check out this great DIY flip book for your next trip flying with a toddler.

The Truth About Babyproofing Your Home (And Other Safety Tips for New Moms)

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Being a mom for the first time is a huge learning curve.

You may be worried about long-term things like a college fund and handling the crazy teenage years.

But, there are a few things you need to take care of right away, like baby proofing and potty training. Don’t start counting your grey hairs yet – these tasks are easier to do than you think.

Here’s the truth about babyproofing your home with ease, and for cheap!

1. Take a Look Around

First things first, ask yourself if you really need to go all-out on all the babyproofing.

You may not have enough room in your budget to get everything you want. You may not even have a valid need for everything you want.

The truth about babyproofing is that it’s not so much about making sure every inch of the house is perfectly safe.

It’s more about having a bit of common sense, a watchful eye, and peace of mind.

Yes, this means you can keep your coffee table and you don’t have to turn your beautiful home into baby land.

Start with the basics, then go from there.

2. Pay Close Attention to the Crib

One of the most important tools to ensure your baby is safe and comfortable is a crib.

The top things to keep in mind are the size of the railings and the quality of the materials used.

Railings have a specific set of dimensions meant to keep your baby from poking through the gaps.

But, there might still be some with drop sides or wide railings out there. If you’re using your sister’s baby’s old crib or buying one from a secondhand store, be sure it’s a safe choice.

Another thing to watch out for is the paint and wood used.

When your baby is transitioning from a few months old to a toddler, he or she will become increasingly curious. They will try to bite at the railings or edges, and you don’t want toxic materials ending up in their mouth!

Once you decide on a crib, try not to overdo it with the stuffed animals.

In fact, you should be as minimal as possible when setting up the mattress and blankets. This will prevent your baby from overheating or suffocation.

You may choose to set up the crib in your room or in a separate room.

Either way, get a baby radio to monitor the baby’s sleep.

This can help you track their breathing and some will even watch out for carbon monoxide. You can look into alarm system tips to learn more.

3. Watch Out for Wires and Outlets

Although babies spend a lot of their days sleeping in the crib or taking naps around other safe spaces in the house, they’ll be crawling around at some point.

Make sure your child doesn’t get into any trouble with electric devices.

A pack of outlet covers can go a long way.

It is such a simple, and fairly cheap, investment that can save you a lot of stress. Most parents even say covers are a no-brainer because most outlets are at a baby’s eye-level.

Additionally, try to tuck TV or computer wires behind their stands if you can.

This is the most efficient way to save on extra babyproofing items. Instead of buying more gates than necessary or special hooks, you may just need to move some furniture around!

Such thinking saves you money and stress while keeping your babyproof home looking fabulous.

4. Protect Entryways

Do you have a two-story home? Is your apartment set up with a pretty open floor plan?

If so, you’re going to need something more than couch cushions to keep your baby safe. But, you don’t have to gate up every room in the house.

One gate will do for the stairs. Take it with you to block the bottom when you’re downstairs, and then move it to the top when you go upstairs.

For open spaces, use your best judgment.

If you’re in the kitchen and your baby is within eyesight in the dining room, set up a barrier where they won’t go too far.

This doesn’t mean locking them in, though. It can be as simple as buying a play pin you can move around the home. This one tool is fun for the baby and makes safety much easier for you.

You can set it up nearby whether you’re cooking dinner or getting some work done in your home office.

5. Be Careful During Feeding Time

Many parents will focus on household hazards when they discuss the truth about babyproofing.

Yet, some people forget to educate you on good practices for your baby’s meals.

Avoid heating food up in the microwave.

Microwaves can cause hot spots on some parts of the dish that will burn the baby’s mouth. Instead, heat food up in a bowl of warm water – kind of like you would with a double boiler.

Test the heat of solids by tasting with a separate spoon (no double-dipping). For liquids like formula or breast milk, splash a few drops on your hand to get a feel for the temperature.

Always wash your hands when you’re doing any kind of cooking for your baby.

Their immune system is much weaker than yours, leaving them at a higher risk of germs which your body may not even notice.

This is also why most parents advise a slow transition into solid foods.

When you introduce things one at a time, you’re better prepared to catch allergic reactions. These include hives or a rash, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Sharing the Truth About Babyproofing

As much as you want to be a well-prepared momma, don’t forget to let dad in on the truth about babyproofing.

Communicate with your partner about all the efforts you’re doing to create a safe environment for your baby. Establish a set of rules and expectations for one another as you take on parenting together.

If your husband is particularly nervous about how he will do (or is doing so far) as a father, try making him a dad survival kit!

Click here to see how simple and fun kit-making can be.

10 Essential Baby Preparation Tips for an Expecting Mother

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The arrival of your baby is getting near, and you still feel clueless about how to prepare and what to expect.

It’s natural for new parents to feel nervous before the arrival of their baby. The right baby preparation plan is key to ease on the nerves.

Check out these 10 baby preparation tips so you can begin preparing.

1. Pick a Pediatrician

If you’re preparing for the arrival of your first baby, you might not have a pediatrician picked out.

You should start your pediatrician search before the baby arrives. You could approach your pediatrician search different ways. Ask friends or family member with children about who their pediatrician is.

If you have no one who could recommend a doctor, you could do some online searches to find one near you. Read the reviews online and see what people say about the pediatrician.

Once you narrow it down to a few pediatricians and schedule an appointment to meet the prospects.

2. Buy Bottles and Breast Pump

These two come hand in hand in the baby preparation process. If you’re going to breastfeed the baby, the breast pump will aid you with milk stimulation those first few days.

For some moms who plan on going back to work, a pump will help them make the transition. There are some breast pump options that make it easier to extract the milk and it takes less time.

Moms who plan on staying home, they might do with a simple manual pump.

Whichever pump you pick, you will need a place to keep all that milk. Having plenty of baby bottles will ensure your milk is always ready for when your baby needs it.

3. Prepare the Diapers

Yes, you will need plenty of these so be prepared. First, you have to make the decision whether you’re picking cloth or disposable diapers.

Be careful buying newborn-sized diapers because sometimes babies outgrow them within only a few days. Unless you’re having a tiny baby, don’t buy more than just one pack of newborn diapers.

Make sure you bring enough of them to the hospital and you should also have plenty accessible for you at home. You’ll be needing them.

4. Install the Car Seat

You want to protect your precious baby from harm, and getting a safe car seat is the best way to do so while you’re in the car.

In fact, most hospitals will require for you to have a car seat installed in your car before leaving the hospital.

Ensure you allow yourself plenty of time to install the car seat before the baby arrives so you don’t feel rushed.

Take your time reading the instructions on the manual so you don’t miss anything.

5. Attend Baby Classes

If you’re going to become a parent for the first time, you might feel clueless about what to expect when the baby arrives.

Some people to don’t think about taking a class as part of their baby preparation plan, but it’s helpful.

You can take one at your local hospital and learn from how to give a bath to how to swaddle your baby.

The Pediatric Center lactation support offers a complete class for future parents.

6. Nursing Bras

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, then you should invest in a nursing bra.

As a new mom, you’re not allowed to use bras with underwire until you have been breastfeeding for three months.

Nursing bras are great to make you feel comfortable as a new mom, and they make it so much easier to breastfeed. Adjusting to breastfeeding can be a tough process and having a nursing bra is essential in your baby preparation.

If you can get a couple and bring one to the hospital, so you can start wearing it the first day.

7. Pre-Wash Baby Clothes

A smart step to take during baby preparation is to pre-wash all those baby clothes. Everyone knows babies produce a lot of laundry because they need constant changing every time they have an accident.

If you take the time to wash it a few weeks before your due date you’ll ensure everything is clean and accessible in the place you pick.

When you bring your baby back from the hospital, the last thing you want to worry about is getting all of those clothes washed and put away.

8. Pack you Hospital Bags

Have this bag ready and packed well in advance before your due date. You will need a bag for the baby and a bag for you.

Make sure you pack everything you, the baby, and even dad will need. Depending on the time of day you go into labor there won’t be much time to pack or even think, so have the hospital bag waiting for you by the front door or another accessible place.

For your bag, you’ll want to have undergarments, comfortable pajamas, slippers, and even a robe. Also, pack some essential toiletries so you feel more comfortable.

For the baby, you’ll want to pack stuff like diapers, blankets, pajamas, socks, pacifiers, bibs, etc.

9. Maxi Pads

Right after birth, new moms will experience heavy bleeding for days to weeks after the arrival.

It’s important to prepare yourself with some maxi pads so you feel more comfortable.

You should take them with you to the hospital so you can start using them right away. Also, have plenty of them at home accessible to you for the weeks to come.

10. Test Run to The Hospital

The moment you go into labor everything will happen so fast you might have no clue what to do when you get to the hospital.

It’s in your best interest prior to the arrival to do a test run to the hospital. You should figure out the most practical route.

Familiarize yourself with the hospital such as where to park and which entrance is the closest.

Ready to Start Your Baby Preparation?

The arrival of your baby is a time of joy and the more prepared you are the more time you’ll have to spend with your baby.

Remember to pack all of the essentials, prepare the logistics, and attend a parenting class.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to learn more baby tips, visit us.

Traveling While Pregnant: Tips for Future Moms

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If you’re an expecting mother, it’s understandable to be worried about flying when pregnant. While flying is generally not harmful during a low-risk pregnancy, there are potential side-effects and factors to consider before taking a trip.

Before you take off, you should always consult with your midwife or doctor about any health issues or pregnancy complication to confirm it’s safe for you to fly when pregnant.

If your midwife or doctor have said you’re okay to fly, chances are you have nothing major to worry about. But just because you can fly, doesn’t mean the idea of flying when pregnant isn’t still scary. But if you follow these tips and tricks, we guarantee you’ll have a safe (and enjoyable) flight.

Tips for Flying When Pregnant

When you’re pregnant, the safest time for you to travel is during your second trimester, which is between the 18 and 24th weeks of pregnancy. This is the safest time because your risk for miscarriage and preterm labor are at their lowest.

It’s generally not advised for you to travel during your third trimester, so if you’ve planned any traveling, you should try to stick to a domestic travel destination within 300 miles of your home in case there are any sudden changes.

Tip: Check in With Your Doctor Before You Fly

Before you fly, you should ask your doctor to write you a letter giving you permission to travel, noting your due date, and detailing any pregnancy complications that a doctor at your travel destination might need to know. You should also ask your doctor the following questions:

  • How should I prepare for any temperature or climate change?
  • Are there any factors I should consider about flying?
  • Are any special medications or vaccinations required for my trip?
  • Are there any special food restrictions I should keep in mind?
  • Are there any activities I should avoid?

By asking these questions you can learn the dos and don’ts of flying and traveling when pregnant.

Tip: Check in With Your Airline

Not all airlines have the same policies regarding women flying when pregnant. In fact, some airlines don’t allow more than 35 weeks pregnant to fly. So before you book your trip, you should ask the ticket agent or airline representative about what those restrictions may be.

Even if there are no restrictions, you should still contact the airline to guarantee any special service you may need to keep your comfortable on the flight. We recommend that you avoid smaller planes that fly low, and instead choose a larger plane with pressurized cabins.

You should also keep in mind you most likely won’t be able to waive any ticket change fees and penalties that are incurred.

Tip: Don’t Fly if You Have Any Pregnancy Complications

Women who are experiencing complications associated with their pregnancy are considered “high risk” and shouldn’t be flying when pregnant as they near their due date. These complications include diabetes, sickle cell disease, hypertension, and risk for premature labor.

You should also avoid air travel when you’ve had a placenta-related problem or if your doctor has advised against it based on your current state or medical history.

Tip: Pick the Right Seat

Picking the right seat for your flight can make all the difference when it comes to overall comfort. For the smoothest ride, you should request a seat in the middle of the plane over the wing. If you need more legroom, you should consider paying for an upgrade that will allow you stretch and flex your fee to minimize and prevent swelling.

Tip: Dress Comfortably

Comfort is important when you’re pregnant, especially when you’re pregnant on a plane for an extended period of time. To make your flight more comfortable, you should wear loose clothing and avoid crossing your legs. You should also wear your seat belt strap over your lower lap and keep it securely fastened just in case there is there is any turbulence during the flight.

You should also wear comfortable shoes and try to take regular walks around the plane every 30 minutes. This will aid your circulation and help lessen any risks of blood clots.

It’s also important to pack lightweight clothing you can easily layer to accommodate any changes in temperature and climate that occur when you reach your travel destination.

Tip: Pack Appropriately

Every mommy-to-be should pack a travel bag that will keep her safe, comfortable, and happy while traveling. While you should travel light and smart, you should also make sure you have the following things:

  • Compression socks to promote blood circulation
  • Small lumbar pillow for sleeping
  • Snacks like granola and trail mix
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Easy-to-wheel luggage

If you’re not sure what else to bring, check out a mommy blog for

In general, remember to pack light and avoid heavy lifting so you don’t get injured! If you’re less suited for long-distance traveling or at risk, Green Trousers has products that can make getting around easier.

Tip: Bring a Copy of Your Prenatal Records

You should always bring a copy of your prenatal records and medical notes on your flight. You should also research where the nearest hospital or medical facility is located at your travel destination. These records will help a local doctor understand the circumstances of your pregnancy if a situation arises.

You should also keep your health insurance on you at all times and remember that medical expenses abroad are generally higher. If you do require foreign medical care, make sure to keep copies of all health care receipts.

Final Thoughts on Traveling When Pregnant

Traveling can be fun, but if you’re pregnant it can be tiring and often overwhelming. If you’re traveling when pregnant, remember to take care of yourself and travel on your terms. Don’t feel guilty about bailing on activities that are exhausting, and if need be, take some time to pamper yourself on your trip.

Are you a mommy-to-be about to go on a trip? Are there any tips or tricks we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Save Money on HIPP Combiotic Formula From Sources You Can Trust

combioticIt’s always difficult when you can’t breastfeed. Breast milk is every mother’s ‘go to’ when they have a growing baby on their hands. However, several factors contribute to the inability to breastfeed.

Formula becomes necessary.

But formula can be untrustworthy. You probably read the facts on different mommy blogs, and it’s scary.

Most formula doesn’t contain the necessary vitamins and fatty oils necessary for your baby to grow. And have you read the ingredients? All of the preservatives and artificial ingredients are every mother’s worst nightmare.

Fortunately, HiPP Formula has your back. Hailing from Germany, HiPP abides by the EU’s strict formula regulations. HiPP also makes formula for babies of all ages.

However, HiPP is very expensive. Here’s some advice on how to save when buying HiPP Combiotic Formula.

Why You Should Buy HiPP

A lot of formulas in the United States are filled with additives and are sweetened with ingredients such as brown sugar syrup rather than lactose, which is the sweetener found in breast milk.

HiPP Combiotic Formula doesn’t contain any of these ingredients. HiPP is organic and follows the EU’s strict regulations regarding what to add to infant formula. HiPP also makes their formula with essential prebiotics and omegas.

HiPP also uses milk with no GMOs. The cows graze on grass not tainted with chemical pesticides.

Here are the vitamins and minerals in HiPP formula:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Prebiotic oligosaccharides (GOS)
  • Omega 3 and 6 LCPs (DHA and AA)
  • Iron

All of these vitamins help your baby develop a healthy brain and a healthy immune system. The prebiotic also aids in digestion. You can supplement and even replace breastfeeding with HiPP formula.

HiPP formula is available in Stage 1 (0-12 months), Stage 2 (6-12 months), Stage 3 (1-2 years), Stage 4 (2+ years), Good Night Milks (6+ months), and even baby food.

Choose a Store You Can Trust

So many mothers are raving about HiPP Combiotic Formula. It is expensive, but you know every extra penny is worth it when you consider the well-being of your child.

So the most important fact is choosing a store you can trust.

Choose one that always has HiPP in stock and you can rely on for shipping and other factors. This is especially important for American parents, very few American retailers sell HiPP Organic Formula and you can only find HiPP online.

How Long Does HiPP Formula Last?

HiPP Combiotic Formula lasts about two and a half weeks if used every day. It comes in a box, and the formula in this box can be reusable.

Are you breastfeeding and only use the formula every so often? Have formula on-hand. Unopened boxes last a year after shipped, or you can read the expiration date printed on the box.

If already opened, wrap the formula in tin foil and keep the formula in a cool place, such as the pantry. Don’t store in the refrigerator, this will be too cold. The opened formula shouldn’t be used after two weeks.

Always keep in mind how much your baby needs and serving sizes recommended by their pediatrician. These numbers are estimates — always discuss feeding with your pediatrician.

Buy in Bulk

You’ll be using a lot of this product. Buying in bulk is smart in general, but it could also save you lots of money.

Certain retailers have discounts when you buy in bulk. Others offer perks such as free shipping or even a gift or sample.

When you look at the price tag and compare buying in bulk to buying a few, you may opt for buying a few. Depending on how food your baby needs, buying in bulk could save you money.

If you’re just switching your baby over, then you buy a few to make sure the food works for your baby. You can also buy little at a time if you’re also breastfeeding, but it’s still better to buy in bulk.

Keep Storage in Mind

Since HiPP is made without additives, it can spoil easily. One of the main tasks of additives is to preserve the formula longer. Since HiPP doesn’t contain additives, they’re strict on storage.

The formula should not be stored above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celcius).

If the formula is stored in an area that’s too hot, it can ruin the consistency. High temperatures can even ruin the taste, color, and aroma, ruining your infant’s appetite.

Even if it’s left in these extreme temperatures for a short period of time, it could cause severe changes. Try and keep the formula between 55 and 75 degrees.

If you want to increase storage, keep the formula in an airtight container. However, don’t use the formula beyond three weeks.

It would be a shame if you spend a lot of money on the formula and having to throw it out. If you’re ever unsure about the way you’re storing the formula, contact the company, retailer, and your pediatrician.

Make Sure You’re Preparing the Formula Correctly

Mothers, especially American mothers, are confused that you need to boil the water first before mixing in the formula. American formula doesn’t require this; rather, only asks to mix the formula in water or in a water bottle.

As we stated previously, American formula is different than European formula — American formula is filled with additives to kill bacteria and European formula isn’t made with these additives.

Therefore, the powder can be a growth area for bacteria.

Boiling the water helps to kill bacteria. The lack of sterilization and the chance of bacterial growth, specifically Cronobacter sakazakii, can make your baby sick.

Make sure you follow all preparation instructions. You don’t want to spend the money to result in your baby being sick. If you have any questions about preparation, call the brand or retailer.

Time to Buy HiPP Organic Combiotic Formula

HiPP sent 50 years devising their quality formula. HiPP makes their formula without additives, GMOs, and sugar substitutes. Their formula is made with essential vitamins, cows treated humanely, and even prebiotic.

If you’re looking for other parenting tips and savings advice, take a look through our articles.

How To Make The Ulitmate New Dad Survival Kit

New dad survival kitFrom gender reveals to elegant baby showers, sometimes it can feel like all the focus is on the mother when it comes to a new arrival.

However, dads are just as excited — and probably even more nervous! — about the prospect of becoming a father for the first time.

What can you do to make them feel just as special as the mother, without making them sit through endless luncheons and baby clothing swaps?

Create a new dad survival kit that will help them feel prepared to tackle the challenges of parenting head on.

Stumped on what to include? Don’t worry — just keep reading!

Some Baby Essentials

Let’s face it: when it comes to successfully completing a grocery store run, most dads don’t exactly have the greatest track record. Plus, new parents would much rather use any extra time to sleep instead of running to the grocery store to restock on baby items.

Make the new dad in your life’s first few months of fatherhood a little bit easier by creating a festive kit of baby essentials.

Start by picking up some organic hypoallergenic formula, which is made on a chemical/pesticide-free farm.

For many new parents, it can be a real struggle to figure out what their baby might be allergic to. And for fathers especially, watching new moms struggle with breastfeeding can be frustrating.

Just in case things don’t go as smoothly with the baby’s breastfeeding and diet as the parents had hoped, be sure to include some formula in your new dad survival kit.

Also, be sure to throw in a few packs of hypoallergenic diapers, like the Pure & Natural option from Huggies. These types of diapers work wonders on babies with sensitive skin and ensure that little ones aren’t exposed to any harsh dyes or chemicals.

A Gift Card To A Night Out

When you’re a new parent, it can be tough to make time for date night.

However, since communication between parents is now more important than ever, there’s absolutely nothing selfish about taking some time away from the baby.

Oftentimes, the mother will feel guilty about leaving the child behind. So, it’s usually up to the new dad to plan a romantic date night and encourage the mother to get out of the house.

Help out the new dad in your life by throwing in a gift card to his favorite restaurant — with an expiration date that comes within the first few months after birth. You take the burden off of the father, both when it comes to planning the date and picking up the tab.

You might even throw in an offer to watch the baby yourself for a few hours while mommy and daddy are out at their favorite restaurant.

A Coffee And A Cup

Caffeine: it’s every new father’s best friend. However, when the coffee runs out on a new parent, disaster can strike.

Ensure that the dad-to-be never has to go without by picking up a premium blend to include in your new dad survival kit. You can pick up his favorite roast, or help him find something new by including several sample packets of different blends.

Don’t forget to include a few packets of sugar as well.

Of course, he’ll also need something to enjoy that coffee from. While novelty mugs might be fun, they’re not the right choice for a dad that’s on the go. Instead, get him a portable mug with a tight lid.

He can even use it while inside the house. After all, babies are notorious for knocking things over, so this will help him to contain any spills.

A Parenting Book

Another item you should be sure to include in your new dad survival kit?

One of your favorite parenting books.

Dads, just like moms, can feel completely under-qualified and under-prepared for the job of being a parent. The truth is that no one will ever be truly “ready” to have kids and that there’s never really the “perfect time” to become a parent.

However, knowing what’s normal and getting familiar with a few different parenting styles can help a father-to-be feel more prepared for what’s to come.

Make sure to write an encouraging inscription on the inside to help calm the father’s nerves. You might also include your cell phone number so that they can call you when they encounter an unfamiliar situation.

Presentation is Key

Now that you know what items to include in your new dad survival kit, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll wrap it all up.

We love the idea of putting all of your items inside a beer cooler that you’ve decorated to the new dad’s specifications. Don’t forget to throw in a six-pack for good measure!

If the dad-to-be isn’t a drinker, you can also decorate a beach bucket and place all of your items inside of it. Tie it all up with a bow the color of the new baby’s gender (if it’s still unknown, go with yellow or purple.)

Ready To Create Your New Dad Survival Kit?

Now that you’re inspired to create your own new dad survival kit, what other items will you include? What helped you to get through your first few months of parenting?

Let us know in the comments section below, and don’t forget to follow us on social media for more updates and ideas!

Looking for ideas on how to decorate a baby’s nursery? Want to steal a few more parenting hacks?

Spend some time on our website to learn more about how to actually achieve parenting nirvana, and don’t forget to share pics of the dads-to-be in your life unwrapping their survival kits!

5 Reasons a Pregnancy Spa Trip Can Help Both Mommy and Baby

pregnancy spaWhile pregnancy is undoubtedly a joyful time in a woman’s life, it can also be an extremely uncomfortable time.

There are a lot of physical stressors put on the body during pregnancy that can be hard to handle. These physical stressors coupled with the emotional rollercoaster of carrying a child in you can make for an extremely difficult pregnancy for some expecting moms.

Luckily, there are ways to deal with these physical and emotional stressors in a healthy, productive way.

One such way is to take a pregnancy spa trip. A pregnancy spa trip isn’t just good for mommy, but for baby as well. In this article, we’ll discuss the five reasons why.

Regulate Hormones

During pregnancy, your hormones soar to new levels they never have before.

For some women, this means experiencing heightened feelings of elation and joy. But, sometimes these hormones manifest in tears and anxiety and can make you feel like you are losing control. This is especially true in the last months of pregnancy when estrogen and progesterone levels are at their highest.

Luckily, research has shown that getting a massage while pregnant can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by increasing the hormones dopamine and serotonin.

And even better, pregnancy massages have been linked to fewer birth complications as well.

Better Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 78 percent of pregnant women experience sleeping problems that they did not experience prior to their pregnancy.

Sleep is extremely important for both the baby and the mom. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found links between the quantity and quality of pregnant women’s sleep and birth complications.

A trip to a pregnancy spa can help relax you and lead to a better night’s rest.

Better sleep will not only lower your risk of birth complications, but also help improve your mood, energy levels, and your brain function.

Reduce Swelling

Swelling is one of the most common physical symptoms of pregnancy.

In fact, in some cases, the swelling is so severe that it can be difficult for women to walk and to carry out daily functions.

A trip to a pregnancy spa such as Serenity Spa can help reduce the swelling. This is because massages help improve circulation and reduce swelling by stimulating soft tissue.

Alleviate Pregnancy Pains

Have you noticed new pains creeping up on you during your pregnancy that you never experienced before?

For example, many women experience back pain for the first time in their lives while they’re pregnant.

Luckily, the majority of these unfamiliar aches and pains can be alleviated with a pregnancy massage. Massages help to relax muscle tissue and relieve nerve compression. It can even help with the awful pain so many women experience on their sciatic nerve during pregnancy.

Increase Skin Pliability

It’s no secret that being pregnant means your body is going to expand.

To make the expansion process easier, skin pliability is important. A trip to the pregnancy spa can help improve your skin’s pliability, making it easier for you to deal with the discomforts of the body stretching.

Pregnancy Spa: Wrap Up

As you can see, a trip to the spa can work wonders for both you and your baby during pregnancy.

Of course, you want to be as comfortable as possible during your entire pregnancy, not just on your spa days. For tips on keeping comfortable during pregnancy, click here.