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Mattress Money

25 Mar

Mattress Money

Do people still use the term ‘mattress money?’  Well, at our house, we do!  We started adding $50 a week to our money jar in January and will attempt to continue through the end of the year!  The budget will be squeezed after baby #2 comes around the end of June, but we will do our best to continue through December.  By the end of we should have $2,600 in our jar for a vacation!

You should try it too!

XO

Jen

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Checklist For Traveling With A Toddler

12 Apr

We recently traveled to Arizona as a family and this checklist, from Babycenter was super helpful!  Thought I should share!

http://www.babycenter.com/packing-checklist-for-traveling-with-toddler

 

Checklist: Packing list for traveling with a toddler

Remember all the stuff you carried around when your child was an infant? Double or triple that load. Now you’re approaching the amount of toys, snacks, clothes, and gear you’ll need to keep your toddler comfortable and entertained.

Here’s a checklist of things you’ll need on the road, plus tips for easy, efficient packing.

Diapers
Bring extras in case of emergencies or delays
Wipes
Pad to put under your toddler during diaper changes
You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones at baby stores
Blanket(s)
Bring a few for comfort, shade, and warmth
Plastic bags
Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and shoes
Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel and toiletries
Tissues
Toys and books
Your child’s favorites, plus several new toys for surprises along the way. Bring sturdy toys that don’t have easy-to-lose parts
Your child’s lovey
Clothes, socks, and shoes
One to two outfits per day is a good guideline. Denim and dark colors are good for hiding dirt and stains. Prepare for weather changes by dressing in layers.
Bathing suit
Lightweight and easy to pack, and you never know when it will come in handy
Washable bibs
Sun hat and sunscreen
Sippy cups, canteens, or bottles
Encourage your toddler to drink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration, especially when flying
Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils
Portable highchair to use at your destination
Snack food
Don’t forget high-energy snacks for yourself, too!
Nightlight
(If your toddler uses one)
First-aid kit
Pain reliever and supplies for treating minor injuries
Laundry soap
For handwashing soiled clothes en route
Socket protectors
For childproofing rooms at your destination
Portable crib or play yard
Unless your toddler sleeps with you, or you’ve arranged for a crib at your destination
Car seat for travel by car or plane
Collapsible stroller
Can usually be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane
  • Packing Tips
  • Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to bring, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
  • Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
  • Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your carry-on bag — just in case.
  • Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in re-sealable plastic bags.
  • Keep your child’s outfits together in one suitcase so you can find them easily.
  • Take your camera — and don’t forget the battery charger.
  • Bring a clip-on reading light so you can read at night without disturbing your child.
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