Another NON-Baby use of a Wet Bag.

I have used my wet bags for all sorts of travel situations. My aunt and uncle go on lots of motorcycle trips. Having only saddle bag storage for overnight luggage makes you pack as light as possible. This gave my uncle the bright idea of taking their kitchen wet bag with them for the dirty or wet laundry. They said it worked out great. It was a good thing I made them a pepper patterned bag so it went well with all their Harley stuff. My aunt said that it would be great for the beach to put your wet towel and bathing suit in so you don’t get your car wet.  pepper 300x200 Another NON Baby use of a Wet Bag.
I do this all the time with my son. I put the clean clothes/towel/diaper in the wet bag when I leave the house. Then after swimming, I pull out all the clean and dry stuff to put on my son, and put all the wet and dirty stuff in the bag. It works out really well. It keeps all the stuff I will need right away separate from all the other diaper bag stuff and quick to grab. I find myself using the diaper bag less often these days anyways. I always keep it in my car with all the extra stuff you may need when you are away from home, but may not need all the time.
I have also been doing the same for myself. I’ll bring a wet bag with a set of dry clothes for myself. It is like a kit. I can just grab the bag with my stuff and head to wherever I can change with just the stuff I need and a place to put the wet suit and other stuff.
Then when you get home you can simply toss everything in the washer keeping all the sand and water out of your car and other travel bags.

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Ahhh, the leaves are just starting to change color and clutter up the yard. I love this time of year. I am looking forward to apple picking in sweaters and scarves. All of the fall rituals are so much more fun with our 18 month old son.

Last year for Halloween we went with the simple skeleton pajamas. I didn’t even know if we would go trick or treating since he was only 6 months old at the time. We did end up going out with his cousins for a little bit. So I’m pretty confident that we will do the same thing this year.

Okay, it took me a while to figure out what he should be. I looked at the costumes in the stores to get some ideas. I don’t think I have ever bought a readymade costume. All of the costumes that would fit him had some sort of mask or hat or something. I don’t know about other 18 month old kids, but there is no way mine would allow or keep anything on his head. It seems like every little boy is going to be Superman this year since there are so many of those costumes. So through all my searching around, I finally settled on a raccoon costume. Cute for a little boy, but still just a little different (I didn’t see any raccoon costumes out there!).

The other thing that drives me crazy is buying or spending time on anything that is a single use item. Why would I or anyone else spend time making some costume that is only going to be worn once. My grand plan is to make his costume also his winter coat. I purchased the pattern and fabric today. This will be my first piece of children’s clothing. I plan as using the pattern mostly for the base shape of the jacket, but changing up all the details.

Tomorrow will be the big sewing day. Well at least to get it started. If someone takes some nice long naps I may be able to get it mostly done!

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We are all ready for some fun in the sun, but are we prepared? If it is your first summer with a baby, get ready for the learning curve. Not to mention we are a bit over protective this first time around. So, relax. But do your research.

 

The Sun  After being stuck inside we are ready to feel those warm summer rays on our skin. Our babies are not ready for the scorching of their delicate skin. First thing is to keep in the shade as much as possible. I know us adults love laying and playing in the sun, but our number one priority is keeping the little ones protected. I actually bought a small umbrella to keep in the diaper bag. We went out on the boat a few times and there is no shade to be found. The umbrella was very useful to hold over him or prop up against something to keep him shaded. Super cheap and always useful in the rain also. Sunscreen, jeez where to start on this one. For the really little ones you can’t use it until a certain age (check your labels and with your doctor). My little guy is over a year old now and I bought Alba spray on (not aerosol) sunscreen. The California Baby company makes a very nice sunscreen that you can purchase at Target or online, but I fond it a bit pricey. Most sunscreens have a ton of yucky chemicals in them so be very careful.

 

The Pesky Bugs I hate these guys. So annoying. Little babies must be extra tasty compared to us adults. I would see my son being mauled by mosquitoes and may flies when they weren’t even near me. So even if you aren’t bothered by bugs, your little one may be. California Baby makes a wonderful bug spray also. I think it was actually harder to find a safe bug spray than find a safe sunscreen. It makes me crazy watching parents spray their kids down with OFF spray. Please don’t grab any old spray and douse your kids or even yourself with all those unnecessary chemicals.

 

Safety Alright, I’m talking common sense here. Don’t leave your kids in a hot car. Watch your kids around water and pools. Kids can drown in only a few inches of water. Don’t let your kids play with or approach unknown dogs. After working with dogs for over ten years and having three of my own, don’t always trust the pet owner saying “My dog is friendly.” Seems to me, every time a owner said that, the dog was not fine, it turned out to be quite nasty. I’m sure there are plenty more. Something that I didn’t know about until recently was “dry drowning”. Where a kid gets water in their lungs and seems fine, but has complications later. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20140602/dry-drowning-faq  I was so glad someone had posted this on Facebook and that I read it.

 

Enjoy your summer and stay safe!

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One year update on Cloth Baby Wipes

I reviewed my previous post and added some tip and modifications to my system at the bottom.   http://mandj34.com/cloth-baby-wipes/


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How exciting that you are interested in cloth diapering! I do not make or sell cloth diapers, but I do sell Wet Bags, Cloth Baby Wipes, Wool Dryer Balls, and a few other items at etsy.com/shop/MandJ34. You need more than cloth diapers. The great thing is that once you are set up with all the accessories it is still cheaper than buying disposable diapers. Plus you can use many of these items well after your baby is out of diapers for so many things.

 

I have also included lots of great information on this site, so take some time to click and read around.

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