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THE Most Important Things to Bring Camping with a Toddler

This isn’t going to be one of those fancy-shmancy checklists where I dish out all the camping basics like bring lots of clothes (no duh!), bring sunscreen, bring bug spray, yadda yadda.  I think we’re all competent enough to remember the basics of camping with a toddler or infant in tow, right?  I mean, it’s just like any other day just this time you’re in a tent (that leaks like an ‘effing sieve). 

This is THE MOST Important Things to Bring Camping with a Toddler or you’ll kick yourself in the ass kinda list.

Mmm, bacon.

Other kids.  Preferably other kids your toddler is ubber comfortable with.  Need to run to the outhouse or port-a-potty while the hubs is busy?  Free and instant toddler entertainment!  Want to lounge around the campsite with a book for a hot minute?  The kids are probably busy playing with bubbles, so, go for it!  We brought our two nieces this weekend when we went camping and J was just beaming about it all weekend.  She had so many people to “tiggle tiggle tiggle“, run around and have fun with, plus, I got a much needed break from time to time while still being connected.

Me & J's bed.

A huge umbrella and extra blankets. Because when your tent starts raining on the inside as much as it’s raining on the outside you need to keep your toddler warm and dry while your husband sets up the reserve tent.  We didn’t have a reserve, sadly, so I camped out at the end of our bed holding my daughter as she nursed back to sleep at 3am all while holding our giant umbrella over us to keep us dry.  I was able to keep her asleep until right around 5am, luckily.

Weeee!!!!

Tissues.  Because you never know when and if you’re going to tear up because your kid has grown up so quick that you say “Ok, but be really REALLY cautious, please!” as your husband straps your 18 month old into “The World’s Fastest Go-Karts”.  J giggled and said “weeeee” the whole time while using her own little steering wheel.  I cried, I’m not gonna lie.

So, these are the most important things I need to remember to bring camping with my toddler – don’t leave without them on your next camping trip! 

Have you been camping with your little?  What did you forget to bring?

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Wordless Wednesday: Cousins Growing Like Weeds

A & J as babes...

 

A & J as toddlers....craziness.

 

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Cloth Diapers: Hip, Smart, Green, & CHEAP – A Moms Dream!

J Wearing a BumGenius 3.0 Cloth Diaper

If you have a kid in diapers and they’re disposables you, my friend, are a fool.  Anytime you buy a package of disposables you are paying for garbage, literally.  When you change those disposables it’s like throwing money into the garbage daily, hourly, even!

Switching over to cloth diapers can seem intimidating, it can seem fruitless (it’s not!), there’s *gasp* poop involved here, too!  But, you can will do it.  I have faith in you…and your kid can look as cute as mine (look at the cuteness to the right!) while you save not only money, but this wonderful earth we like to call home.

Cloth Diapers are AWESOME because…

  • You can save THOUSANDS (upon THOUSANDS, especially if you use them on more than one kiddo).
  • You can save over TWO TONS of waste from going into a landfill per child.  (Did you know it takes over 500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose!?)
  • Super comfy, super absorbent, and healthy; they don’t have the harmful chemicals found in disposable diapers.
  • Cloth diapers have resale value – you can’t resell garbage!
  • Cloth diapers are way way WAY cuter than ugly paper diapers of terror.
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J Wearing a Prefold w/ Thirsties Cover

J has been wearing cloth since she was born and for the first few months we went the cheapest route we could and bought this awesome Basic Cloth Diaper Package.  It came with 24 pre-folds, 5 Thirsties covers, a package of wipes, a Snappi, and extra flannel inserts all for $126.50 SHIPPED.  With this package we had about 3 months (5-12lbs) worth of diapers for a grand total of $126.50…that’s like one month’s worth of disposables (if you’re lucky)!

Plus, get this, I sold them.  Yep, I sold my used Thirsties covers for $6 each so I made $30 there.  Then I sold my used prefolds for $15 a dozen so another $30 there and I kept the rest of the wipes, inserts, and the Snappi.  So, from birth to three months my daughter’s total diaper cost was a whopping $66.50.  I’ll say it again, THREE MONTHS OF DIAPERS FOR $66.50!!! If you don’t want to sell them and use them for kid #2, #3, etc. then the savings can be simply astonishing.

But, the diaper options don’t stop there.  There are oodles upon oodles of different cloth diapering systems out there.  Some, like Fuzzibunz are literally worth their weight in gold.

The poop, Sara, THERE’S POOP.

J Sporting BG

I know, it’s a crying shame that babies have bodily functions, right?  I mean, if you use disposables you’ll never ever have to deal with washing poop, right?  WRONG

Have you heard of this crazy phenomenon called “exploding newborn poop“?  That’s when you have your newborn all strapped into their car seat (carrier, crib, your arms…) and their poop literally EXPLODES out the diaper, up their back, through their arm holes of their onsies, up into their hair, etc. etc. etc.  Pretty gross?

Well, brace yourselves because with disposables that’ll happen…often.  With cloth?  I HIGHLY doubt it.  In the 1.25 years my daughter has been in cloth diapers there has only been one time the poop escaped and it was when we all had the flu.

No matter how you slice it there will come a time that you have to deal with your kid’s poop, I’m sorry.  Plus, they have these handy diaper sprayers to get poop off diapers, flushable liners or you can shake the poop off (that’s what I do) and then you wash your diapers.  It’s easy, you can do it, you can save money, you can save your baby’s butt, you can save THE WORLD.

To help you, there is this awesome company Everything Birth that started Diaper Parties to spread the awesomeness that is cloth diapers far and wide.  I became a Diaper Parties consultant to teach others how they can sort through all the systems to find a perfect one for their family/budget and how to care for their diapers.

What is Diaper Parties?

We bring the store/webstore to you, your friends, your family so you can look/feel/smell/investigate cloth diapers and get a personal consultation before you commit to buying anything.  But, it doesn’t stop there…

As a host you can earn FREE PRODUCTS and as a guest you can earn, you guessed it, FREE PRODUCTS.  Plus, we offer a rewards program where you earn 1 point per dollar spent, our commited to cloth guarantee in case you’re unhappy with your purchase, our forum, and the Birth Depot to resell your mom/baby gear!

To learn more about Diaper Parties head over there or if you have other cloth diaper questions send me a shout out – I’m a guru.  sara {at} diaperparties {dot} com

If you love cloth diapers and you want to become a consultant I can’t say better things about this family that is Everything Birth.

It is my goal to make this world a better place – one cloth diaper at a time.  Will you be making a difference by switching to cloth?  If you already cloth diaper, what’s your favorite brand/product?

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Getting Over “Extended” Breastfeeding

My daughter is starting to cruise around the house all by herself now, it’s amazing.  On Thursday she’s going to be a year old, unfreakingbelievable!  But, *gasp* I’m “still” breastfeeding

Unfortunately, my youngest sister-in-law, B, has a daughter, A, that is about 4 months younger than J.  I say unfortunately because it seems like everything is a competition and everything I do is scrutinized against how B is doing things.  I really try to avoid getting wrapped up in mommy wars and I try to let people’s comments or pressure to change the way I’m doing things roll off my back (Pass the bean dip!) but I feel like it’s going to get worse over the next few years.

The latest is “Well, B is only going to breastfeed until A is one…”, “You’re still doing that?”, “When are you going to give her milk?” or “When are you going to stop?”  My answers: Oh, that’s cool.  Yep, still doin’ it!  She’s drinking milk right now… and she’ll stop when she’s ready.

My daughter is only a year old.  She nurses for nutrition and for comfort which she is obviously ok with and I’m obviously ok with so why does it matter to you?  What’s the point of asking these questions?  Why don’t you just tell me what’s on your mind instead of beating around the bush?

So, you know what?  Next time anyone asks me when I’m going to stop or if I’m still doing that I’ll simply ask why.  Really, why do you want to know?  What’s it to you?  Yes, my daughter can eat regular food but she still has a need to breastfed just as your son/daughter might need their bottle, pacifier, thumb and/or to be rocked, swayed or bounced. 

Breastfeeding offers amazing immunological and nutritional benefits plus it’s the perfect time for connection after being separated all day when I’m working.  Not to mention children who breastfeed for an “extended” amount of time also benefit from fewer allergies, they’re well adjusted, possibly smarter, AND mother (and daughter, if you have a girl) can benefit from reduced risk of MANY cancers.  (Get the fact sheet here.)

When kids have needs they express them and I believe in “giving in” to those needs not suppressing them with what I’m being told that they should or should not need.  If my daughter has a need to nurse, I let her.  Not because someone told me that was right or wrong but that’s what feels right to us.

I want to know why everyone has such an issue with “extended” breastfeeding because really, is it “extended”?  What is considered “extended”? 

In my eyes my daughter has a need and urge to nurse, so I let her and I’ll continue to let her until she and I are ready to stop.  I think a better way to look at it would be continued breastfeeding.  When is this magical time that it becomes “extended”?  I’m not extending anything and I don’t think my daughter is; we’re simply continuing to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding is natural.  Breastfeeding is normal.  Breastfeeding doesn’t become “extended” it just continues until the need is gone.  So, when you ask me why I’m still breastfeeding I’ll ask you why you’re still breathing.  Oh, because you need to?  Well, my daughter still needs to, too.

What are your experiences with “extended” breastfeeding?  When do you think it crosses over to “extended”?  Is it because of social pressure that you think it is now “extended” or personal beliefs?

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