Summer Wardrobe for Baby and Toddler Girls from Zutano

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If you have been following the blog, then you know that Zutano is one of those brands that I have fallen in love with. If you have just joined us, let me tell you a few of the things that I love about the Zutano line of clothing for babies and toddlers. One of my favorite things is that they always have such bright and fun colors. There are no boring pastels and baby clothes that look like every other line of baby clothes. These clothes are innovative, fresh and cute. When I was looking at putting together posts for boys and girls I did notice a few things though…with girls it is so much harder to not over shop! There are just more choices! I am including fifteen of my favorite must have items for baby and toddler girls that are available with Zutano.

Fifteen Pieces for a Perfect Baby Girl Summer Wardrobe

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Raibow Candy Stripe Baby Ruffle Sunshine Top $25

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Lions Lullaby Baby Short Sleeve Peasant Top $19.50

Summer Smile Baby Reversible Sunshine Top $28

Raindrops Baby Swing Screen Tee $19

One Pieces

Rainbow Candy Stripe Baby Ruffle Bubble $28

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Ellas Elephants Baby Cap Sleeve Bodysuit $26

Dresses

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Ellas Elephants Baby Short Sleeve Surplice Dress $30

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Lions Lullaby Baby Keyhole Collar Dress $30

Bottoms

Rainbow Candy Stripe Baby Skinny Leggings $19.50

Ellas Elephants Baby Harem Pants $22

Jackets/Hoodies

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Orchid Cozy Swing Jacket $26.50

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Ellas Elephants Reversible Baby Hoodie $44

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Hot Pink Terry Baby Bodice Jacket $36

Hat

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Ellas Elephants Baby Sun Hat $19

Booties

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Ellas Elephants Baby Booties $21

Fifteen Pieces for a Perfect Toddler Girl Summer Wardrobe

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Ellas Elephants Toddler Flora Top $26

Rainbow Candy Stripe Toddler Cap Sleeve Tee $20

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Violetta Toddler Cap Sleeve Screen Tee $20

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Amazing Day Toddler Cap Sleeve Screen Tee $20

Flower Shower Toddler Flora Top $26

Dresses

Flower Shower Toddler Sunny Day Dress $36

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Fuchsia and White Stripe Toddler Tiered Sleeveless Dress $36

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Elephantasia Toddler Ruffle Hem Dress $29.50

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Ella’s Elephants Raglan Sleeve Dress $34

Skirt

Fuchsia and White Stripe Toddler Dancing Skirt $29

Bottoms

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Ellas Elephants Toddler Puff Pocket Shorts $26

Rainbow Candy Stripe Toddler Bike Shorts $18.50

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Superstripe Toddler Skinny Leggings $19

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Fuchsia Toddler Stretch Knit Legging $29

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Violetta Reversible Toddler Hoodie $48.50

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Fuchsia Terry Toddler Bodice Jacket $40

These items are favorites that I love and ones that I am sure that my daughter would love as well. I love being able to offer her high quality clothing that looks cute and allows her to enjoy the experience of dressing herself.

 

 

 

Summer Wardrobes for Baby and Toddler Boys from Zutano

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We all know that when it comes to infant and toddler clothes that I have a few favorite brands. One of my favorites is Zutano. I love the bright colors, fun prints, and everything about this brand that is known for its comfort. It is a perfect brand for any infant or toddler boy. There are so many pieces that I want to share with you so that you know about the spring and summer wardrobe.

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The Zutano line for little boys has it all….pants, jackets, rompers, shorts, shirts, and even accessories. The best part is that the entire line comes to you in colors and prints that coordinate beautifully for each and every outfit that you are hoping to find.

I love so many of the pieces that I wanted to share with you my top ten picks for the summer for your infant and toddler boys. The best part is that if you pick up these ten pieces, you can mix and match your way to so many outfits. This means that if you have limited space or limited income that you can mix and match as many outfits as you’d like. How fun will it be to make sure that you get the exact outfits that you want without having to spend a fortune or have a dresser full of clothes. Sometimes less really is more!

Ten Pieces for a Perfect Baby Boy Wardrobe

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Splish Splash Baby Short Sleeve Screen Tee $18

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Periwinkle Multi Stripe Short Sleeve Tee $18

Sing Along Baby Baseball Screen Tee $22

Big E Screen Baby Boy Shirt $27

Bottoms

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Orange Baby Shorts $14

Pagoda Baby French Terry Big Pocket Shorts $32

Enzos Elephants Baby Pants $19.50

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Pool Terry Baby Pants $26.50

Jacket

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Enzos Elephants Baby Reveresible Hoodie $44

Pool Cozy Baby Contrast Hoodie $43.50

If you decide that you have extra money, then there are some adorable accessories that you should add to the pile. I would highly recommend a hat and a pair of booties.

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Pool Baby Hat $10.50

Booties

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Enzos Elephants Baby Booties $21.50

Ten Pieces for the Perfect Toddler Boy Summer Wardrobe

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Car Tunes Toddler Short Sleeve Screen Tee $22

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Traffic Screen Toddler Baseball Tee $24

Colorful Cars Toddler Polo Shirt $29

Periwinkle Mutli Stripe Toddler Polo Shirt $29

Bottoms

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Colorful Cars Toddler Treehouse Shorts $28

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Pool Toddler Bike Shorts $16.50

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Navy Terry Toddler Pants $29

Mandarin Toddler Matchstick Jean $36

Jackets/Hoodies

Navy Toddler French Terry Zipper Jacket $40

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Colorful Cars Toddler Reversible Hoodie $48.50

As you can see Zutano can make shopping easier for parents by offering the right clothing choices for perfectly matched outfits. They are also a great choice for vacations and trips because you can get everything that you are looking for with pieces that mix and match so easily that your little one is always the perfect vision of style even when you are trying to pack light.

10 Pieces, 55 Outfits for Newborn Baby Boys with Zutano

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When I was shopping for my little boys, I will admit that I struggled.  There just did not seem to be a great assortment of adorable baby boy clothes.  Once I found Zutano I felt surprised and shocked at just how cute the clothes were.  Another thing that I discovered was that I never needed to worry about my son having something cute to wear.  The clothes give you choices that you can easily mix and match to create a wide range of different looks.  Since babies grow out of their clothes so quickly it doesn’t make sense to buy a ton of different outfits.  However it isn’t much fun when you see your baby wearing the same thing all of the time.  Being able to pick out these great mix and match clothes will give you everything that you are looking for.

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Here is a look at some adorable pieces that when worn individually or together can really offer you some adorable outfits and allow you to stay within a set budget.  Plus you will love thee high quality, always soft materials, and never fading vibrant colors that the brand brings to you.

Preemie and Newborn Easy Mix and Match Pieces for Boys

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Le Chien Newborn Short Sleeve Body Wrap $20

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Beep Newborn Short Sleeve Body Wrap $20

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Le Chien Newborn Kimono Top $22

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Vroom Newborn Kmono Top $22

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Beep Beep Newborn Kimono Top $22

Bottoms

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Mandarin Newborn Pants $16.50

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Periwinkle Newborn Pants $16.50

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Navy & White Stripe Newborn Pants $19.50

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Orange Candy Stripe Footed Pant $19.50

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Periwinkle Candy Stripe Footed Pant $19.50

10 Pieces…So What’s the Big Deal?

The big deal with these awesome ten pieces is that you can do so much with them.  You can actually mix, match, and layer these pieces to  create an impressive 55 outfits.  This is really nice when it comes to newborn clothes since they grow out of them so quickly.  You will be able to change up their looking without investing a ton of money into the clothes.

One Piece Outfits

One piece outfits can really build your collection and offer you more options for your little ones.  I understand that they do not mix and match as well so they are not as big of a bang for your buck.  However there are some one piece outfits that you are going to need when you have a newborn.  This collection will give you a few more outfit options and will offer you the ease and comfort of one piece outfits.

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Le Chien Newborn Henley Bodysuit $26

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Vroom Newborn Henley Bodysuit $26

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Beep Beep Newborn Henley Bodysuit $26

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Le Chien Newborn Footie $29

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Beep Beep Newborn Footie $29

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Vroom Newborn Footie $29

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Le Chien Newborn Receiving Gown $25

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Vroom Newborn Receiving Gown $25

Accessories

The following accessories can really change up your new baby’s outfits and offer you a ton of bang for your buck.  In fact, they can offer you a unique look with different pieces, more options with your looks and so much more.  It is a great way to increase the number of outfits and looks that you have by simply changing up the accessories.

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Madarin Cozy Newborn Booties $21

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Mandarin Cozy Newborn Hat $14.50

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Vroom Baby Bib $11

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Le Chien Baby Bib $11

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Le Chien Newborn Hat $10.50

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Beep Beep Newborn Hat $10.50

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Vroom Newborn Hat $10.50

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Vroom Newborn Booties $21

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Le Chien Newborn Booties $21

Still Not Enough?

If that is still not enough for you, you can choose toys and blankets that match your baby’s clothing collection.  This will give you the perfect opportunity to go anywhere and everywhere with your little one always in style.

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Vroom Baby Blanket $38

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Road Trip Bed Time Buddy $14

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Road Trip Plush Activity Toy $14

There are so many adorable options with Zutano that it really is a brand to fall in love with.  The amazing mix and match options make it easy for your little one to always be in style and to have a lot of different options from just a few items.

The Simple Way to Get 200+ Outfits Out of 25 Items for Your Newborn Baby Girl with Zutano

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Do you find yourself shopping on a budget?  Are you constantly trying to make the most of your purchases?  If so, then you have got to hurry over to Zutano to pick up amazing pieces that can be combined for countless outfits.  In the past I have posted a few reviews from the brand with these awesome combinations.

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Today I am going to share with you my personal picks for a quick and easy newborn and preemie girl wardrobe that is not going to break the bank, but will offer so many combinations that she will never need to wear the same thing more than once.

Newborn and Preemie Girl Wardrobe Made Easy

First off, it is tough to find cute and high quality newborn and preemie clothes.  Second, you do not want to have to buy a ton because your baby is going to grow out of them so quickly.  One thing that is great about Zutano is all of the pieces that you can combine together to make adorable outfits.  The combinations are really endless.

My top picks for fall include the following:

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# 1 — Happy Thoughts Newborn Long Sleeve Screen Body Wrap $22

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#2 — Friendly Bird Newborn Kimono Top $22

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#3 — Friendly Bird Newborn Short Sleeve Body Wrap $20

Bottoms

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#4 — Aqua Newborn Pants $16.50

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$5 — Hot Pink Multi Stripe Newborn Pants $19.50

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#6 — Hot Pink Candy Stripe Footed Pants $19.50

What Can You Do With 6 Pieces?

I am going to stop here and break down a few things that you can do with these 6 pieces.  You actually have quiet a few combinations that you can make thanks to layering with the kimono top.  So you can create 15 outfits out of these 6 pieces….pretty impressive huh?  The great thing about Zutano is that the fun does not stop here you can add more pieces to your newborn’s collection and get more outfits without having to take up a ton of space and without having to worry about having a ton of clothes that they do not wear.

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#7 — Wide Awake Newborn Little Dress $29

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#8 — Hot Pink Multi Stripe Newborn Short Sleeve Dress $20

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#9 — Friendly Bird Newborn Short Sleeve Dress $20

How Much Value Do These 3 Pieces Add?

So you are probably thinking 3 dresses, I can’t really do that much with three dresses, can I?  And my answer is that you are going to be shocked…with these three dresses you can add 32 more outfits to your total count.  That means that with just 9 pieces you are able to create 47 different outfits.

One Pieces

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#10 — Friendly Bird Newborn Cap Sleeve Bodysuit $26

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#11 — Friendly Bird Newborn Receiving Gown $25

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#12 — Wide Awake Newborn Receiving Gown $25

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#13 — Hot Pink Multi Stripe Newborn Receiving Gown $25

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#14 — Friendly Bird Newborn Footie $29

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#15 — Hot Pink Multi Stripe Newborn Footie $29

An Easy 6 Extra Outfits

I will admit that one piece outfits do not add a lot of bang for your buck.  That being said, every newborn is going to need a few of these essentials.  These 6 extra outfits when paired with all of the outfits above still make your total 15 pieces and 53 outfits which is still really impressive!!

Accessories

One of the things that I really love about Zutano is that they offer you a full collection of fun accessories to match.  Now when you consider that you can mix and match these accessories with the 53 outfits above you can see how there could easily be over 200 unique looks with just these total of 22 items from the baby girl collection.

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#16 — Hot Pink Cozy Newborn Booties $21

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#17 — Hot Pink Cozy Newborn Hat $14.50

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#18 — Friendly Bird Baby Bib $11

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#19 — Wide Awake Baby Bib $11

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#20 — Hot Pink Multi Stripe Newborn Hat $10.50

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#21 — Friendly Bird Newborn Hat $10.50

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#22 — Wide Awake Newborn Hat $10.50

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#23 — Wide Awake Newborn Booties $21

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#24 — Hot Pink Multi Stripe Newborn Booties $21

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#25 — Friendly Bird Newborn Booties $21

More to Match

Plus you can find blankets, toys, and more to match your new daughter’s wardrobe that will make it perfect for you to take her anywhere.  These are my five suggestions for you to check out!

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Hot Pink Multi Stripe Swaddle Blanket $28

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Wide Awake Baby Blanket $38

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Zutano Just for Aden Owls Swaddle 4 Pack $39.95

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Owl Plush $18

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Owl Blankie $18

Zutano‘s bright colors and one stop shopping offers you a great way to invest in a few quality pieces that will build a great high quality wardrobe.  So many of us are frustrated when trying to find something for our babies to wear and it could all be avoided if we had just shopped Zutano.

 

 

Lead Poisoning — The Real Danger

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The idea of my child becoming ill really scares me. Recently I was made aware of just how dangerous lead poisoning is. To be honest I thought that this was something that was just a problem from the past and not something that my family could still be effected by today. I was wrong.

There is not a lot of information about lead poisoning available which is one of the reasons that this completely avoidable issue is still something that is happening. In light of learning more about lead poisoning from Lead Safe America, I thought that I would bring you this post with information that I think is important for you to know.

Lead Poison Happens Every Day!

The first thing that you should be aware of is that lead poisoning is happening. In fact, each year in the US alone there are more than 310,000 children who are diagnosed with lead poisoning. While lead is toxic in everyone, young children are the group of people who suffer the most from exposure. The reason that younger children are most at risk is that their bodies are still growing, and they can potentially absorb and retain the lead in their systems longer.

Where is This Lead Coming From?

There are many places where you child might be exposed to lead. Lead is often found in older homes in paint. It is also found in the paint that is used on toys that are not manufactured here in the US.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

There are many different symptoms that can appear from lead poisoning. When lead reaches an unsafe level in the body these symptoms present themselves. Headaches, stomachaches, behavioral issues, and anemia can all be traced back to lead poisoning. If a child is very young, lead can affect their brain as well.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

If you suspect that you might have lead in your home, the best thing to do is have your paint tested. You should also talk to your doctor about suspected levels of lead in your home or other areas where your child is at. If there is reason to believe that your child has been exposed, you can have a simple blood test to learn the answer.

More to Come…

I plan on bringing you a series of pieces about lead exposure where I take an in depth look at the things that lead can do to your body and explain more about what you can do to prevent this from happening to your family. I look forward to going on this journey with you.

The Perfect Simple Baby Shower Gift

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Have you ever been invited to a baby shower for someone that you did not really know?  Do you hate being the one to ALWAYS buy something from the registry?  But do you want to make sure that the item that you buy is actually going to be used?

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Well here is one thing that I can assure you as a mom is a great baby shower gift.  In fact I personally did not receive one of these when I had babies and I did buy a small diaper clutch that was similar but really I  wish that I had been lucky enough to receive the Cozy Cover On-The-Go Changing Pad when I was pregnant.

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So Simple, But So Useful

For such a simple gift this thing is awesome!!! I will be honest.  I get invited to a lot of baby showers where I really do not know the mom or dad personally.  In fact, I know the grandparents or it is my mom’s friend’s daughter or something like that.  I go and I always take a gift but sometimes I just want to take something useful and different.

An Easy Go To Gift

This is my new go to gift.  I can pair it with diaper rash cream, diapers, and wipes and I know that it is going to be used.  I love that the gift is practical and something that most moms do not even think about registering for.

What I Love Most

Here are the top five things that I love most about the Cozy Cover On-The-Go Changing Pad.

Practical

A on the go changing station is always practical.  Plus with the size it can be kept anywhere and always taken with you so that you do not end up in a situation where you do not have what you need for a diaper change.

Affordable

The Cozy Cover On-The-Go Changing Pad retails for $9.98.  That’s right if you do not know someone and just want to take a small gift, this one is under $10!!  I love the price point and was quite surprised by the quality because the diaper clutch that I chose was more expensive and did not have the same features that I love about this one.  In fact if I had owned both, the other would have never been used!

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The Changing Pad

Okay so we have all had that gross moment where are very squirmy and wiggly baby is getting their hands or bodies off of the changing mat.  Normal changing mats are so thin that it is really hard to change your baby on there after the first two months.  This one works great and is big enough that your little one can wiggle without getting off of the mat.

The Room

I cloth diapered so when I tested this product I tried it out with cloth diapers in mind.  I liked that there was a enough room for diapers, wipes, and a small container of diaper rash cream.  It was easy to tuck it all away and I would have been able to take everything that I needed with me.

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The Design

Another thing that I really love about the Cozy Cover On-The-Go Changing Mat is the design.  I love that it is all one piece and very easy to put it back together.  With other designs they are often two pieces and it can be tricky trying to juggle a baby, fold a changing mat, and get it put back together.  This design is so much easier that it would be especially nice for nervous first time moms.

Keeping up with the latest baby trends can help you to find great gifts for those baby showers that you get invited to.  The Cozy Cover On-The-Go Changing Mat is one great design that you are sure to love and one that is going to be the perfect gift any time.

10 Ways to Use BooginHead’s SplatMat if You Don’t Have a Baby or Toddler

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So I see so many blogs out there writing about this great product but it is always targeted as something that is just for babies and toddlers.  Well I am here to tell you that this is not true.  In fact I am going to share with you ten of the ways that I continue to use the BooginHead SplatMat with myself and my children who are all over the age of 3.

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I guess before I can tell you how I use the SplatMat that I should share with you a few things about the SplatMat.  The SplatMat is a great little mat that is made from a thick plastic material.  It is reusable and is made to last for a while.  In fact I have found that mine is holding up really well and we actually use it all of the time!

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The idea behind the SplatMat is that you have a waterproof clean place to sit with your baby and toddler when you are out and about.  The great thing that I have found is that it is something that actually fits in almost all of my purses and is something that I can take with me wherever I go.  Some of the places and ways that I have used it might surprise you.

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Perfect Picnic Spot

The most popular use for our SplatMat is as a picnic spot.  We picnic a lot with the kids because they love it.  They love being able to run and play while we are eating.  I hate for our eating area to be dirty.  While we do own picnic blankets that are larger, if we have a hike to where we are eating or if we have an impromptu picnic we have the SplatMat to save the day.  I actually keep mine in my big bag that goes everywhere with me.  It is not my purse but it is a second bag that I keep a change of clothes and other essentials in.

Camping Shoe Mat

Another great use that I have found for the SplatMat is that it make the perfect “welcome rug” for your tent.  It is waterproof and plastic.  You can throw it in the wash when you get home and it provides a nice place to stand and take off your shoes before stepping into the tent.

Concerts and Festivals

We also use our SplatMat when we are at concerts and festivals.  It is really handy to carry with you in a purse (it fits in my mid-sized crossbody bag really well.  It will keep you from having to sit down on wet or dirty ground which is always a plus for me.

City Parks

When you are visiting the local park like I do a lot, then it is likely that you sit down if your kids are old enough to play independently.  This year I am looking forward to quiet days at the park while I read books on my blanket.  One great thing about the SplatMat is that it is the perfect space for me to sit while my kids are playing.  If they get wood chips or sand on it, it brushes right off.  It is really a handy item to keep in the car for trips to the park.

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Restaurants

This one is not one that you will use if you do not have semi-youngish children.  I have found that the SplatMat makes the perfect handy mat to throw under a toddler’s chair at a restaurant.  Most of the time Adeline is not too messy but when we are out to eat and there is rice involved it is a different story.  Since rice is one of her favorite foods and I hate leaving a mess for servers to clean up, I have found that the SplatMat fits right under her chair and catches all of the rice which I can carry out and throw away when I get home.

Rain Protection

I will admit that the SplatMat is not the best rain protection available today.  However, when I was recently caught out in the rain and had a nice little walk to get home I was able to use the SplatMat as a makeshift rain fly for our stroller.  It worked well and she was mostly dry.

Watching Games

My son plays soccer so we attend a lot of soccer games.  There are not a lot of bleachers at our soccer fields.  Sometimes I do not feel like lugging chairs around, especially if I am alone with four kids at the game.  In these cases the SplatMat really does make a great place to sit during the game.

At the Beach

I love the beach but I hate getting sand all over everything.  I have found that the SplatMat is a must for each time that you go to  the beach because the sand, whether wet or dry, will just brush off.  It is so handy to be able to spread it out and have a place to sit and eat lunch or enjoy a snack.

At the Water Park

Recently we went to an indoor water park with our kids.  It wasn’t very crowded so I did not feel the need to rent a $20 locker for our stuff.  I did want to keep our stuff from getting wet as much as possible so I tucked the SplatMat around it and it was nice and dry when we were ready to leave.

Hiking

Finally I find that the SplatMat works great if you are on a hike and need a quick place to rest.  It also works well to have a nice place for your children to eat a snack or even take a short nap just off the trail before you continue on.

The SplatMat is one “baby” product that you are going to keep around for a long time.  Even if you do not have a baby, you might find that it is great choice for you to be able to take along with you just about anywhere that you go.

How to Choose the Right Cloth Diapers for Your Needs with SmartiPants

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I will admit that cloth diapering actually become something that I became addicted to.  I tried many different brands, styles and fits.  For the longest time pocket diapers were my favorite but it was not until recently that I checked out SmartiPants for the first time.  I hate it that I just discovered these during our nighttime only diapering phase because I love them so much.

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For a few moments after receiving my SmartiPants diaper I even dreamed of having a new baby to put in the adorable diaper.  That dream only lasted a moment since I am 100% content with my family size and the fact that we are not going to be having any babies (at least not unless we have a miracle baby one day).

When it comes to choosing the right cloth diapers for your personal needs there are many things that you will have to consider and think about.  I like to think that if you choose to think smart that you can answer your own questions and find the right cloth diapers without a lot of headaches.

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One thing that I personally love about the SmartiPants diaper and accessory line is that they help you to think smart when you are cloth diapering.  The company was started by a mom who was similar to myself in that she was a mom of four.  She was looking for an affordable and easy way to cloth diaper.  If you have been in the market for cloth diapers for longer than five years then you will understand that finding affordable pocket diapers that are high in quality has not always been that easy.

Eight Reasons You Are Smart to Choose SmartiPants

1.  SmartiPants are made in the USA.  You probably all know by now that finding products that are high in quality and made in the US is something that I am particularly passionate about.  I love that SmartiPants are high in quality and that they are made here in the US by mothers.

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2.  SmartiPants is a company that is dedicated to being 100% green.  This means that they think about the way that their products are going to impact the environment when they are developing them.

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3.  SmartiPants feature a leak free technology.  I can not begin to explain to you how frustrating it was as a new cloth diapering mom to deal with different brands of diapers that we had leaks with.  One of the best things that I have found in SmartiPants is that they really are leak free diapers.

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4.  SmartiPants keeps your baby dry.  These specially designed diapers pull the moisture away from your baby in order to keep them dry. I have loved using these for nighttime with my little one because even if she has an accident I can be assured that she is going to wake up dry.

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5.  SmartiPants are made from breathable fibers.  This means that your child is going to be less likely to break out from them.  In the past I was no so lucky as to be able to find diapers that offered breathable fibers like these and I can now say that I wish that I had.  I had one child who was very sensitive to everything and even certain cloth diapers broke him out.  I know if SmartiPants had been a brand that we had tried that he would not have had the problems that he had with rashes.

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6.  SmartiPants are so much safer for your baby than disposables.  You are not putting harmful chemicals next to your baby’s skin.  There are no irritants or other additions to the diapers that you will be surprised to learn about later.  I was shocked to learn that even some other cloth diaper brands have chemicals added to them for one purpose or another but this is not the case with SmartiPants.

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7.  SmartiPants are a smart choice if you are struggling financially or on a fixed budget.  They are a smart choice if you have extra money laying around too because why pay more for something when you can have it for less.  SmartiPants are known as being the most affordable cloth diaper choice.  A single SmartiPants diaper is $14.95 but when you start to purchase more you get a great discount.  Three SmartiPants diapers will run you $36.95, twelve is just $144.95, 24 is $279.95, and 36 is just $399.  This is a HUGE savings in comparison to some other brands.

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8.  SmariPants are a smart choice for the environment.  You will not be contributing to the problem of overly full landfills when you have your child in SmartiPants diapers.

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How to Find a Double Stroller That You Will Love with Joovy

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I will admit that I am not typically a fan of double strollers.  Having three kiddos in three years left me with no choice but to find one.  I went through a wide range of different styles, models and brands but the one that I have come to really appreciate and enjoy has been the Joovy Caboose VaryLight ($399).  I do not use it often and honestly wish that I had it when the kiddos were younger because the two bigger ones do not want to ride very often.

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However I have to admit that in the past I have literally hated the other double strollers that I had tried.  I had thought that I would NEVER be able to find a double stroller that I loved.  I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite tips for finding a great double stroller.  I am also going to share with you my Pros and Cons for the Joovy Caboose VaryLight.

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5 Tips to Find a Great Double Stroller

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1.  Find a double stroller that just meets your needs, not exceeds them.

Double strollers can be bulky and awkward to carry around.  One great thing about the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is that it is easy to pack along with you and really small for a double stroller.

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2.  Choose a double stroller that your children will like riding in.

I have to admit that the biggest problem that I had with double strollers in the past is that my children did not like to ride on them.  They wanted to be down walking but then would whine and complain when they were tired.  Not anymore, with the Joovy Caboose VaryLight they love being able to “skateboard” behind their sister.  In fact my two middle kiddos, Althea (6) and Huxley (5), fight over who gets to ride on it when we use it.

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3.  Know your budget for a double stroller.

One of the best things about the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is that it is a great quality stroller for the low $399 price tag.  Most of the double strollers that I have owned in the past have cost $500+ and I have not liked them as well as I like this one.

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4.  Read the instructions and make sure that it is a stroller that you can use.

I have to admit that I did read the instruction book.  I read the instructions as I put the stroller together as well but I did have a few hiccups along the way.  I didn’t realize the lock mechanism that opens and closes the stroller.  So I had a frustrating moment when I was out with the four kids shopping the summer clearance last fall.  I ended up not being able to open the stroller and having no back up with us.  This meant that I had to manage four walking children.  I later learned that this was a user error.  You have to push down a certain way that I was not pushing down when you open the stroller.

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5. Read reviews that are posted about the strollers that interest you.

Reading reviews is a great way to learn more about the strollers that you are looking for.  Joovy has a number of great strollers and you can find a lot of great reviews out there that show off these strollers.  Reading about the different styles and models can really help you to make sure that you love the stroller that you end up purchasing.

Pros to the Joovy Caboose VaryLight Stroller

  • The stroller is a great size and folds up really small.
  • The stroller has an option that allows for you to make the base shorter (if your child on the back is only going to be riding on the board part) or longer (if your child on the back wants to sit on the seat).
  • The storage basket is not too difficult to get to and it is actually large enough for the stuff that you take with you for two small children.
  • The stroller maneuvers better than any other double stroller that I have ever owned.
  • The stroller is light weight compared to other full size double strollers.
  • The stroller is made in fun colors that I really enjoy.  We got the purpleness one and I LOVE it!!
  • The stroller is an affordable $399 when compared to other similar quality double strollers.
  • My child actually likes riding in the stroller (this is HUGE for a child who really does not like to ride in strollers)!
  • There is an option to attach a carseat to the stroller.
  • There is also an option attach two carseats to this stroller.  I can only imagine that this is one of the best options for moms of twins when I see those bulky strollers that are out there.

Cons to the Joovy Caboose VaryLight Stroller

  • The sunshade is not as big as I would have liked.
  • There is no sunshade for the child sitting in back.
  • Opening and closing the stroller takes some getting used to.
  • Making the wheel base longer or shorter seems to sometimes get a little stuck and requires two people to open it.
  • The seat is a little thin and not as padded as other strollers (although Adeline has never complained when riding in it).

Joovy doesn’t just have the VaryLight double stroller. There are a number of additional models that you can pick from.  If you are looking for a double stroller your needs could met with any of the amazing Joovy models like the Scooter X2, Caboose, Caboose Too, Caboose UltaLight, Too Qool (this one answers some of my cons), Ergo Caboose (this one also answers some of the cons on my list), and the Too Fold.

If you do not need a double stroller then you can get your needs met with one of their single strollers like the Zoom 360, Scooter, Qool, or Cocoon.  You will find that you really can get all of your stroller needs met with a stroller from Joovy.

Please excuse the stock photos that were used for this post.  My pictures of the stroller just did not show the specifications as well and I thought that these would be better for you, the reader, to be able to use.

Holiday Gift Guide Features — Bella Bundles

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Bella Bundles offers high quality blankets that are perfect for babies and toddlers.  We love the Blanket On the Go ($54) that we got for Adeline to use when we are taking walks in her stroller or riding in the car.  The blanket is the perfect size for this type of thing and for being on the go.  I love it for this reason because my kids always want blankets and full sized blankets just take up too much room on car trips.

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The blankets are a great gift for everyone who has a baby or a toddler.  Parents will love the high quality of the items and babies and toddlers will love how soft they felt.

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Here are a few of my favorite tips for choosing great high quality products for babies and toddlers.

Tips for Choosing High Quality Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

**Choose Something Parents will Appreciate

Parents always appreciate something that they can use with their little one. Of course as a parent I have appreciated every gift that we have received for one of our children but there are times when we just have gotten so many of the same thing that it is a little harder to appreciate the 100th plastic toy than it is to fall in love with the new blanket that is made from high quality materials.

**Choose Something that Has Been Hand Crafted

Hand crafted items or items that come from smaller companies seem to last longer than the items that are mass produced.  This holiday season why not shop around for something that has been made by a small company like Bella Bundles.  These blankets are so nice that you will be very pleased with them.

**Choose Gifts that Babies Will Love

Babies love cuddly soft things.  The Bella Bundles blanket that we received is one of the softest blankets that we have ever owned.  It is so soft and cuddly that personally I would love to be able to find an adult sized version of it to cuddle myself.

**Choose Gifts that Can Grow with Them

A great tip that I was told when I went to my first baby shower was not to choose something that could only be used temporarily but rather to find something that is going to grow with the little one.  Well, this was some amazing advice and something that has always stuck with me.  I have found that there are a lot of gifts that can grow with little ones and that there are also ones that can not.  I personally like the gifts like this great blanket that we received that kids could use as a baby and through their toddler years.  Even my school age children love cuddling with this blanket on long car rides.

**Choose Gifts that Will Last for Years to Come

As a mom of kids who are blankie babies there are only so many blankets that really last.  We have owned hundreds of blankets and of course my children never want for us to get rid of them but there are definitely ones that have seen better days.  One of the things that I love about Bella Bundles is that they are such a nice high quality blanket that I know that they are going to last for many years to come.