Organizing Thursday: Car Seat Travel Tray

When we booked a flight to visit relatives in England this summer, I wanted to find something that would stop my son’s Legos, crayons, food, etc., from falling off the tiny airplane tray table. I spent way too much time reading Amazon reviews, and this product was the closest to what I wanted — it has its own bag, a detachable strap (in case we wanted to use it in the car one day), and handy pockets. Most importantly, all four edges were high enough to keep things from rolling off. The trade-off was that there was no good way to actually attach it to the tray table (which was an option for a couple of others). I MacGyver-ed a solution, however, by adding two of these velcro straps to the bottom of the tray (using more velcro), which made it possible to secure the tray to the tray table by wrapping the straps around it and fastening them. I’m so glad we had this on our two 7-hour flights, and I would definitely recommend it (for road trips, too). Car Seat Travel Tray

Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: 3-Pack Classic Swaddling Cloths

Every mom gets these Aiden + Anais swaddling cloths — we still have them from our kids’ baby years. For what it’s worth, I never liked swaddling our kids in them because the SwaddleMe velcro system was much better for me — maybe my sleep-addled brain just couldn’t figure out how to do a little baby burrito. In general, we love Aiden + Anais — they make great stroller blankets and things like that, and my boys still sleep with their Dream Blankets. This “metallic gold deco” set (it also comes in silver deco) is so pretty — my kids are too big to swaddle now but I kind of want to get a set anyway! I can see these working for a boy or a girl (although, really, everything can work for a boy or a girl), and there are a bunch of other cute patterns. A set of three is $49.95 at Nordstrom. 3-Pack Classic Swaddling Cloths

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Family Friday: Crazy Loop Straws

I saw this idea last year, and I think it’s really clever for Halloween if you’re bemoaning the huge glut of candy that your kids get and that you give out to trick-or-treaters. I think it’s a great idea to give out crazy straws, because what kid doesn’t love crazy straws and what mom wouldn’t be happy that her kid got a crazy straw? This is also a nice option if you’re doing a gluten-free, allergy-friendly, teal-pumpkin Halloween. The only thing is, I can’t find links to any that are individually wrapped — they’re all sold in bulk, so you be the judge of how gross you would feel if your kid brought home an unwrapped straw. I think it’s still probably worth it if you’re into the idea. This pack of 50 is $10.99 — also check Party City, dollar stores, Walmart, and places like that. This does look like a great set though! Crazy Loop Straws (Pack of 50)

(If you prefer the idea for a small giveaway rather than a mass one, such as for a class Halloween party, this blogger has some nice printables for crazy straws.)

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Family Friday: Shape Sequence Sorting Set

This game is one of our favorite puzzles, and both boys have gotten a lot of play out of it over the years. It takes a little bit of maneuvering and figuring out, but they’ve enjoyed it. The good-quality, brightly colored wooden blocks help teach the shapes and colors — so you can play with it at that level, too. It can run the gamut from just putting the triangle shape in the triangle space to actually figuring out how to use the short, medium, and tall blocks. It’s $12 at Nordstrom Rack and also available at AmazonShape Sequence Sorting Set

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: ‘Sprig’ Bottle Drying Rack

Special festive bottle drying racks for your kids: yea or nay? We never had one, but honestly I kind of regret it — I think it would have been a bright spot in the otherwise dreary task of washing bottles (and ZoLi cups and Take & Toss, and so forth) and would have made the kitchen look nice, too. I always think of the faux grass–looking one, but this new rack from Boon looks like it takes up even less counter space. It’s $12.99 at Nordstrom. Boon ‘Sprig’ Bottle Drying Rack

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Family Friday: Non-Skid Kids’ Socks

If you’ve bought little boy or little girl socks that have the little rubber grips on the bottom, you may have noticed that they can be kind of hit or miss online. I have to say that we’ve had nothing but good luck with Old Navy and Gap brand socks. They stay on, they’re affordable, they don’t get holes, and they hold up to machine washing. So if you’re looking for something easy to buy online, I definitely recommend these socks. Many are on sale right now, too — for example, a 6-pack of non-skid crew socks for toddler/baby (pictured) is $8. Old Navy Non-Skid Socks

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