We’ve had four of these mugs for about a year now, and I think it was a reader who recommended them originally. They’re great for kids! They’re stainless steel, so they’re easy to maintain and free of BPA — and of course, they won’t break if your kid drops them on the floor. They’re also a nice next step after the sippy cup, and if the drink you’re giving your kid is warm/hot or cold, the insulation will help keep it that way. There’s a version with a straw as well, which we have but have never used. Although these aren’t marked dishwasher-safe, we haven’t had any problems so far (and neither have most of the reviewers on Amazon). A pair is $11.99. (There’s a size for adults, too.) Housavvy Kids 2-Pack Stainless Steel Cups
If you’re on the hunt for a diaper bag/backpack combo (great for babywearing), this simple black one from Petunia Pickle Bottom looks great. I like the black floral design, the boxy shape. Amazon only has a few left in stock, but they are on a nice sale — meanwhile Nordstrom has them listed full price at $215 (and a smaller bag at $189).
As a side note, ladies: do you prefer bags with TONS of pockets or hardly any? I wore my Le Sportsac Everyday bag a few months ago on a family trip to Texas instead of my usual hobo and decided I hate all the zippered compartments and pockets because it meant I never knew where anything was — I would literally be zipping and unzipping everything until I found where I’d stuck it.
Happy Tuesday! Since I’m sure we’re all recovering from lots of buying this past weekend, I thought I’d give a shoutout to this drugstore favorite of mine as we head into winter months: Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy. I use it myself when I have severely chapped lips and want more than my usual nighttime balm — but I LOVE this stuff for my boys. This will be my fifth winter as a mother, and it now seems inevitable that at some point the following will happen: one or both of my boys will have chapped lips. They will refuse all offers of regular lip balm, instead choosing to lick their lips and the skin around their mouth, resulting in WORSE chapped lips and a red, splotchy, dry rash around the mouth. So what I do is wait until they’re asleep, and then sneak into their rooms to put this on their lips — it’s got enough of a watery consistency that I can do that without waking them; I even spread it over other dry patches around their mouths. (We’ve never had a problem with goopy, gunky sheets!) When they wake up they look a thousand times better, and I feel a bit better about my stealth ninja lip balm tactics. Amazon has this awesome balm for about $4 if you do Prime Pantry orders; I’ve always just picked it up at the local CVS. Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy
I have a trick for how to store kids’ gloves and hats (and their backups) — and I found it by accident. We had one of these shoe organizers hanging in our hall closet and it wasn’t getting a ton of use for shoes. One day, I cleaned it out and vowed to only put the shoes we had worn recently there — and after a few days found that instead I was sticking all of my son’s little hats, gloves, and other things there instead since there was no great place to put them and they were always underfoot and right by the door. I’ve since made it official: I got out my label maker and labeled each “column” with our names, and because they’re clear you can see the contents pretty easily. I stick: winter hats, gloves, sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, extra mitten clips, and all those other little things you always need right before you run out the door. This pictured shoe organizer is $8.99, eligible for Prime, at Amazon. Whitmor Crystal Clear Over The Door Shoe Organizer
Parents learn very quickly that going anywhere with a baby requires a lot of “stuff.” If you’re talking going out to dinner and bringing a diaper bag packed with supplies, that’s not so bad, but family vacations are another story. If you’re traveling somewhere (say, an Airbnb) rather than visiting friends or relatives who already have baby gear you can share or borrow, you’re likely to find yourself with a long list of things to bring: carseat, Pack ‘n Play, stroller, baby carrier, etc. — and that’s a huge hassle, especially if you’re flying with kids. Have you ever used a service that rents baby gear for travel? What did you rent? (Do you have any other strategies for dealing with a need for baby gear on a trip?) As the holidays approach, we thought we would round up three companies that rent baby gear for traveling families:
There are always a lot of cooks in the kitchen when it comes to feeding kids — your husband may portion out man sizes, your mother-in-law may think salami sandwiches are a-ok, and your nanny may see no problem with a lunch of Pirate’s Booty. (Of course the mother is always well-intentioned and perfect!) So even though these portion plates may seem a little obvious, they can be a great way to make sure everyone feeding your kid is on the same page when it comes to portion size and the general make-up of a healthy meal. Bonus: they’re dishwasher safe, only $6.95 each, and eligible for Prime. Super Healthy Kids Healthy Habits Kids Myplate