GB Lyfe Travel System

This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the GB Lyfe Pram Travel System to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.GB_Lyfe_travel_system (1)

Going into the baby mode again last fall, I wanted to make sure I had the baby gear to be able to keep up with our busy lives, but also welcome Ford with loving arms. I knew with three kids three and under, I would need some top notch gear to keep up but I also wanted to be able to look good doing it all. When I found the GB Lyfe Travel System that comes with the car seat, base, and stroller sold at Babies ‘R’ Us, I knew I had to share it with you guys. I have been in love with it since mine came.GB_Lyfe_travel_system (2)GB_Lyfe_travel_system (3)

One of the first things I noticed was that the whole set looks good. I love how simple the design is, which is part of what makes it so stylish and sleek. It also made it really easy to put together, even all by myself. The base was super easy to install and makes putting Ford in and out of the car a breeze. GB_Lyfe_travel_system (4)

With my first two boys, I moved them from an infant carrier to a rear-facing car seat really quickly because it was so hard to carry them in the infant carrier. The way that the handle is shaped on the GB car seat is so comfortable that I can carry my 20 pounds baby around without it being awkward and uncomfortable. I love how plush the car seat is too, it seems like he’s riding in a little cloud!GB_Lyfe_travel_system (5)

One of my favorite features about the stroller is that you can either just click the car seat into it or use the stroller insert as a pram or upright seat. When I had my first, I searched everywhere for a pram stroller. They are so classic and stylish and they were so hard to find. I’m so glad I was able to get the GB Lyfe with Ford  and take him anywhere and he’ll be comfortable. I think the husband’s favorite part is how easy it is to open-up and click in either the car seat or pram/stroller seat. He’s probably gotten sick over the years of me asking him to lug heavy strollers up and set them up for me.

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This one clicks together so easily and is the smoothest push I have ever felt. The brake is really easy to put on a take off too. This is by far the most comfortable stroller I’ve ever pushed. When you have three kids, it’s hard enough just to go out and about with them, the last thing I need is the stroller wheels locking up and skidding (that drives me crazy!) or it being too hard for me to set up with one hand.GB_Lyfe_travel_system (11)GB_Lyfe_travel_system (12)

Now that Ford’s trying to sit up more, I love that once he’s awake, I can simply press a button to raise the pram into an upright seat and clip the foot rest so he can sit up and see the world. It’s so nice that he can face out or face me if misses Mom. It’s great for going to the park so he can watch his big brothers play and look at the ducks, and it comes with an awesome hidden compartment on the canopy that has an extra sun shade in case it gets too bright or he falls asleep.GB_Lyfe_travel_system (13)GB_Lyfe_travel_system (9)

The GB Lyfe travel system is available at Babies ‘R’ Us in both Charcoal (like mine) and a pretty Merlot. If you want your baby to be riding in style, this is the travel system for you!

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What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag

So last week I shared what I packed for the boys while I’m gone. Today I’m sharing what I’ve got packed in my hospital bag! Packing the hospital bag is so fun to me and almost necessary for me to slow down and fully comprehend that yes, we are going to be having a baby soon. Actually, I’m not sure anyone can fully comprehend the change that happens when you go from carrying a baby in your womb and bam, just like that, there is a child in your arms, but for me, packing that bags helps me understand it at least a little.

Here’s the link to the hospital bag I packed for baby #2. This time is pretty similar, but I’ll go through again what I will be taking, and what I suggest leaving behind. Whats-in-my-Hospital-bag-Pinterest

So I actually pack two bags. One is a small bag I can throw in my purse, I call this my labor and delivery bag. I’ve got this dumb fear of showing up at triage thinking I’m in labor and them laughing and sending me home. And I don’t want to be that pathetic woman dragging her bag back out to the car with her haha, plus, a big bag would just get in the way during labor.

Labor and Delivery/Triage Bag:

Rubberbands- Nothing is worse than wanting your hair up and having no rubber band. Definitely worth throwing a few of these in.

Camera- (with charged battery and charger if you need it)- If I could only bring one thing to the hospital with me, it would be this. You can never recreate those first moments when they’re born and even if you’re not a professional, you’re going to want those first moments documented. Don’t forget your memory card(s).

Sports bra- After I had my last one they told me at my hospital they allow you to wear a bra during delivery as long as it has no underwire. I hate that way it feels to be all…free flying underneath that hospital gown, so I’m definitely doing that this time.

Phone charger- Everyone is going to be wanting the play by play, and your phone will die fast so bring along your charger.

Smart Phone/Tablet/Laptop- Something to keep your mind busy when you’re bored. I sat in triage for 6 hours one time with pre-term labor. I was so bored out of my mind. Bring something to keep you busy.

Lip Balm- The hospital is sooo dry, you’ll want it if you don’t already carry some in your purse.

Cash/Change- My husband always gets too excited when I tell him it’s time, and even though I tell him to go eat his way to the hospital, he either forgets or labor takes so long that he’s starving a few hours later. Most hospitals have a vending machine you can grab snacks at but they only take cash. Plus it’s a good way to entertain your husband.

My post-partum bag

Robe- I’ve got this post-partum outfit thing down to a tee. Three steps: yoga pants, nursing tank top, and a robe. I hate wearing the hospital gown any longer than I have to, so as soon as they’ll let me, I change. My robe is cotton and so light weight so I can leave it on most of the time and just open it to nurse. I feel much more covered than just a tank top and it’s so pretty that it looks like you have a nice top on. My robe is from this etsy shop, but I’ve been swooning over this fringy one and this option is great if you’re scared off by the white print. Floral-Robe

Yoga Pants- Take a pair for each day you’ll be staying +1. That first day there will be a lot of blood. Just being honest here. You’ll want extras. Take something comfy, I take black pairs that way if the lovely diaper you have to wear after leaks, you won’t be ruining a white pair of pants.

Nursing tank tops- If there is one thing you go buy right now, it’s nursing tank tops. Specifically, these nursing tank tops. They are by far the best I’ve found, and I’ve found a lot. You’re not going to want to deal with a nursing bra and shirt those first few days. In fact, even the first few weeks I live in these. You don’t want to invest in a super expensive nursing bra that you won’t fit it four weeks anyways at the start. These have pretty good support from the built in bra, and that’s coming someone who’s not exactly flat. Do yourself a favor- buy these suckers in every color. You can thank me later. (p.s. they also now have a “shaping” version of this tank top, here.)

Big, comfy, undies- Nothing more fun than the huge amount a blood you’re about to expel from your body. The hospital will provide you with these giant, mesh-y undies that some people say are fantastic, but I think are horrible. I mean, they are one size fits all, and I’m by no means a size 2, but they fell off of me every time I stood up or moved. That is not what you want when you’re trying to trap blood from going everywhere. Just being completely honest here. I like taking undies that fit snug but are by no means tight. I go a size or two up from my pre-pregnancy size and just buy a pack of ones I don’t mind throwing away. You want them big because- 1. You aren’t pre-pregnancy size yet. 2. You’ve got to be able to accommodate all those pads and ice packs and lovely things they have you storing down there post-baby.

Toiletries- That first shower post-baby is going to feel like the greatest shower of your life. The hospital isn’t a hotel, so plan on bringing shampoo, conditioner, soap, facewash, etc. etc. I like bringing small sizes of the same stuff I normally use at home. It makes me feel more normal and less like a bomb just exploded down there. I bring my make-up too, just the basics, some foundation and mascara because it feels good to get dressed up a little.

Nursing Balm- If you’re planning on nursing, plan on using some kind of nursing crème/lanolin product. My favorite by far has been The Honest Company’s. It’s not super goopy, it’s organic, and it didn’t stain my clothes. These products make nursing so much less painful and help you heal fast if you get cracks or other painful nursing problems. That’s it on the left below.

BE Firming Eye Treatment- (pictured on the top right) This stuff is the best. When my oldest had colic for seven months, I rarely got more than two hours of sleep in a row, and that was on a good night, yet everyone said I looked great. This stuff was my secret. Three tiny drops rubbed beneath my eyes and on my eye lids every morning and night and I always looked well rested. I’ve always had a bad dark under-eye problem and I don’t anymore.  You can buy it from this site  or they have it in stores at Ulta.

Flip-flops- Something easy to throw on to walk down the hall to the nursery and definitely good to have for showering.

Clothes to Wear Home- Don’t worry about dressing super cute or anything. Let’s be honest, everyone’s looking at that baby, not us! Yoga pants and a top for the win.Coming-Home-From-The-Hospital-Outfit

Baby’s Outfit to Wear Home- You need something to take that sweet baby home in; I love picking out something special for my babies to wear home and then I keep it in their baby box as their first outfit. Obviously, think about what kind of weather you’ll be taking them out into, and make sure you’ve got a hat and some socks no matter what season it is. Our hospital won’t even let them leave without a hat on. Carters always has some great little sets, this baby will be wearing this set home and here is a really cute little girl one.

Mittens- Babies can scratch their pretty little faces up soooo fast and those scratches seem to stay forever. They sell great little mittens to protect them or some onesies come with little mittens that fold over their hands. Either way, take some!

Baby Wipes- Most hospitals are no longer providing wipes since some babies are sensitive to them. They provide these wipes that you have to get wet and are really stiff and really hard to get poop off with. I just take my own small pack of wipes to use since I prefer them. Honest companies are great because there isn’t anything in them for the baby to react to.

Blanket- You’ll need a blanket to bring them home too. For summer babies, think lightweight muslin, (I just bought these cute ones that are the picture), and for winter, something nice and thick and warm (this baby will get to be snuggled in this one at home). Even if you think it’s super hot out, the a/c might be cold in the car or house when you get there and a blanket will keep them from getting chilly.

Car seat- Can’t leave without it! It’s not actually in my bag, but have it at the ready! I usually just leave it in the car after 37 weeks that way it’s already there.DSC_5541

An extra bag- I’m gonna copy this one straight from my last hospital packing post, because it was great advice. “You get so many gifts while in the hospital, you’ll need an extra bag (I just folded up a canvas market tote inside my overnight bag). There’s the free gift from Similac or Enfamil, which is quite bulky, welcome gifts from the hospital (ours included a silver spoon and cookies), plus any gifts your friends or family bring, and then there’s all of the items you take with you when you leave like the diapers/wipes/etc. I’ve heard of some people going overboard and even taking the pillows, but really it’s just the disposable items that you can take. Good to Know: A good rule of thumb is if they opened the package for you, it’s yours to take. I take the diapers, cloth wipes (they make good cleaning rags), the blue pidddle pads they have under baby, and the pink ones they have on your bed. The reason I take the last two is because the blue ones they have under the baby are awesome for putting under your changing table cover in case baby gets it messy; it makes for easy clean up, they also fit great in bassinets. Same for the pink ones. I use them under the pack and play sheet (those pack and play mattresses can be ruined if they get too wet), in the crib under the sheet, or anywhere else I need them. They’re great to have around.”

What I brought the first time that I won’t bring again:

Baby Book- I wanted to get their footprints right in the baby book, but the labor and delivery nurses told me that the staff nurses would do it, and the staff nurses told me they didn’t do it. They did do them in labor and delivery, just on a pretty take home certificate, so I do have them, and I just put that in the book. I didn’t have time/energy to write in anything in it in the hospital, so it ended up being forgotten about and taking up lots of bulky space in my bag. This time, I’ll just leave it at home.

Nursing Pads. Most people’s milk doesn’t come in in the hospital, and if it does, your Lactation Consultant should have free samples of them, you just have to ask. Not everyone even needs these so, not worth the space.

Most important part- enjoy getting ready for your new baby to come! Life is about to get crazier and better than ever before!

Overnight Bags For Older Siblings

Hospital-Bags-for-SiblingsBefore everything gets crazy and with the unpredictability of a due date, I decided to pack the boys bags for while I’m gone and they go stay with Grandma. While she will have a key to our house and most likely be staying there, I wanted to have something I could grab really quick with all the essentials they might need in case I needed to drop them off really fast or they went to stay with my Aunt for the afternoon or something until my Mom gets off work. When it’s go-time and I’m in labor, the last thing I want to do is be looking for diapers or toothbrushes.

I got these adorable bags from Groopdealz with each of their names on them that way Grandma can easily tell whose stuff is whose, like which bag to find diapers in (and really I just wanted an excuse to order such cute bags). They sell them on and off through-out the year, if you sign up with them you can get notified of new sales and see when they’re for sale again.

what to pack for siblings brother sister when mom goes to the hospital to have babyIn my three-year-olds bag: an outfit (with his big brother shirt to wear to the hospital!), a pair of pajamas, undies, his toothbrush and toothpaste (most people only have grown up toothpaste at their house), a pouchie, granola bar and a sucker in case he gets missing mom and Grandma needs to bribe or distract him

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In my one-year-olds bag: an outfit (with his shirt to wear to the hospital), pj’s, lots of diapers (you just never know), wipes, toothbrush, a bottle, and pouchies, a lollipop and granola bar as snacks in case they need them.

I threw in the snacks and might add a toy in case Grandma needs a quick distraction or bribe. Being away from Mom for two days can be really hard, especially on the littlest ones and I want to do all I can to make the hard moments easier both for my kids and for the people watching them. I love going and having my newborn but it’s tough being away from the ones at home. If my Mom wasn’t so used to my boys routine, I would probably also be adding a note saying what time the boys nap and go to bed and anything they are used to at bedtime. It might seem controlling or bossy but I know when I watch other people’s kids it is so much easier to get them to bed if I stick to their normal routine. hospital bag for siblings when mom goes to hospital what to pack for brother sister vacation travel baby is born

A few more ideas you might want to add to your kids bags and that I might add to mine are favorite stuffed animals (if my boys stay overnight at Grandma’s I’ll remind her to grab them since Sawyer sleeps with one), a favorite toy or treat, a fun new game they’ve never played to distract them from having mom gone, a book about becoming a big brother or sister, a note for your child, their pillow (anything to help them sleep better away from home, a.k.a. be easier on whoever is watching them), a fun new movie, or a gift for them to bring to their new baby sibling.

Here’s the little brother onesie that match the big brother shirts for those who are interested!Personalized-Bagspacked and ready to go!

Did you pack your kiddos overnight bags for while you were gone? Did they have anything special in them? I love hearing other families great ideas!

The 10 Things You Don’t Want To Forget to Buy Before Having A Baby

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser but all opinions are mine and ones I am happy to share with my readers! #MyLittleRemedies #CollectiveBias

When prepping for a new one, it’s so fun to get all of the cute onesies, the nursery décor, and tiny socks but there are some lifesavers that can be so easy to overlook. You are going to want to have these somewhere at home before baby comes home from the hospital because when it’s three a.m. and you can’t get that unhappy baby back to sleep and need one of these items,  you’ll be so grateful you had them. Ain’t no body got time for running to the store when there’s a screaming little one. We’re about to bring home baby #3 and I’ve got all these items stocked up. Some of them are new so it’s worth checking out even if you aren’t a first time mom (plus, who couldn’t use a refresher!), the Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Releif is a new product that just came out at Target! My husband was glad we already had in them in the house with the second one because those “hurry up and go get such-and-such!” runs to the store were never fast enough for me haha. Trust me, you’re going to want these super useful items around.Pinterest

1. A Sound Machine- I totally used to think people were silly for spending a bunch of money on a sound machine, but it is so worth it. You have no idea how loud just walking around your house or doing dishes is until there is a very light sleeping little newborn in the house. Your husband and kids will thank you for getting one too so they don’t have to tip toe every time the baby is asleep. Plus, when you go on vacation, if you bring it along, your babe will be used to the sound and feel more at home which means more sleep for everyone.

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2. Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief Drops– Obviously not everyone’s baby has colic, but you have no way of knowing, and it’s better to be prepared than be walking that baby for hours and have nothing to even try to calm them down. With my first, we endured seven months of colic. That’s right, seven months. Products like this and the next one were life savers for us in giving baby even a little bit of relief from the pain he was feeling. Even babies who just fuss a lot can benefit from these. This is a brand new product that is a safe, herbal blend that you can feel okay with giving even a newborn. Giving babies any kind of medicine makes me cautious, but these aren’t a medicine, they’re a dietary supplement with no dyes or flavors to help baby stop crying. Less crying for baby = happier mom. Nuff said. We grabbed some of these and the next item at Target to make sure we had them on hand when baby #3 is born.Little-Remedies

3. Little Remedies® Gas Drops- Most moms I know use these at some point when their baby is little. Maybe one day you eat too much broccoli and it gives baby horrible gas (new moms- did you know that’s a thing?? It’s true!) or maybe he is just really having trouble passing a gas bubble. Gas drops work in minutes to relieve that pain. I’ve seen formula feeding moms put them straight into the bottle to help get rid of bubbles and you could see it working right there in the bottle, settling all the foamy milk. Definitely have these on hand because it’s so sad to see your little baby straining and crying in pain from gas.

4. Bigger sizes of baby clothes- A lot of people focus on stocking up on newborn and 0-3 month baby clothes, but the reality is, most babies are way out of that size by the time they reach three months. My boys have both been in 6-9 month clothes or bigger at three months. Definitely have some bigger size clothes on hand because one day their pjs will fit, and the next day they don’t! Most new mamas aren’t ready to go out for big shopping trips on a whim with their newborn, so have at least a few things around in case your little one grows like a weed!923666_463236307154476_1391806425_npoint in proof- that’s my son on the left next to my best friends daughter who is only two weeks younger. They grow a lot in two weeks! (disclaimer, Rhett was a very tall baby, but still!)

5. Formula- Even if you are a nursing mom, I recommend having just a little bit of formula stashed somewhere. I nursed both of my first two, but there were nights at the beginning when after an hour of trying to get them to latch unsuccessfully and the baby got so worked up that he wouldn’t even try, I was really glad we had some formula on hand to calm him down and get him full so we could all get some rest and try again. Missing one nursing session every now and then won’t kill your supply and you can always pump if you’re really worried about it. Tip: Some companies have nipples included in their nursette size bottles, some don’t. Make sure you read the box so you aren’t stuck with a bottle and no nipple.DSC_5635

6. Pacis- These things are like little life savers. You’ll lose/drop/go through a million of them so have a nice supply on hand that way you’re never left without one when you need it. I like to even a couple kinds that way if they won’t take one kind, I can try a different brand.

7. Diapers- It’s a good idea to have the next size up of diapers already on hand, even if you think your baby is too small for them. I didn’t realize my first one was too big for the size he was in at one point until he kept pee-ing out of them. Sometimes they still fit, but your kiddo just needs more absorbency.

8. Wipes- You can never have enough of these on hand. Keep an extra pack in the car or at Grandma and Grandpa’s house if you go there a lot. Poop isn’t something you want to run out of supplies for.

9. Nipple Balm- Nursing hurts. Nursing is hard. You should still do it if you want to, and if you can. Treat yourself well, and have some kind of nursing balm on hand. I thought I was tough and wouldn’t need it, but once I tried it it made a world of difference and helped me to heal a lot faster than if I’d just kept enduring the pain with nothing to help.

10. Diaper Rash Crème- Babies have sensitive bums, and they react to what you eat if you’re nursing. Some foods can cause diaper rash, and a lot of pain for baby. The faster you get some crème on that tushy, the faster it will heal and the happier baby will be. You don’t want to wait until you can get to the store to relieve pain.

I hope this list helps, and if you find yourself like me, with a colic-y baby, be sure to check out the Little Remedies® page where they have videos, free samples, and even a chance to win a visit from the Little Remedies® Rescue Team. I think all new mommas could probably use a rescue at some point! Target is also be running some great deals on the Little Remedies® products this month. There is a cartwheel offer for the Colic Relief Drops (found in the baby aisle) for 20% off from 9/13-10/17. Also from September 27th-October 17th you can get a $5 Target gift card when you buy 2 bottles of Little Remedies® Gas Drops or their Gripe Water which can be found in the digestive aisle. That’s a great opportunity to stock up!Colic-Releif

36 Weeks

36-weeksRemember how last week I was talking about how easy this pregnancy has been? Well, I didn’t knock on wood and now I guess I’m paying for it. Monday we were out of town and I had some of the worst pre-term labor I’ve ever had. At first I was so sure it would go away, but by the time I decided I needed to get to the hospital, it took us forever getting home and right when we got home, it stopped. It was awful though, like give me the epidural awful. My body was so sore and tired the next day and I’ve been having a lot of contractions since, but nothing to worry about. The only other “end of pregnancy” sign that I’m getting is the bloated face. I knew it would be inevitable, even though I hoped I wouldn’t get it, but my face has gotten so puffy. I guess I should just be grateful that it held off until this long. I haven’t been feeling very “ready” for this baby to come, but now I’m getting tired enough of being pregnant that I feel ready haha. Outfit details below!

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cardigan: forever21 (though I saw the same one on Groopdealz the other day / maxi skirt: Target (similar) / tank top: Buckle / necklace: Forever21