Monday, January 11, 2016

Best Products for Baby Bath Time

Oh, bath time. When I just had one kiddo, it was actually enjoyable to bathe her regularly and relatively drama-free. My oldest loved to play in the water and only cried about getting out or pooped in the bathtub occasionally. Enter second child. Enter extreme sleep deprivation and being overwhelmed. All the sudden bath time wasn't so much fun anymore.

9 months into being a mother of two, I can say with confidence that bath time is more like the bath time I used to love and cherish - enjoyable! But not without the help of a handful of products that really make bath time more enjoyable and safe for both me and my sweet little angels.

As a mom, I'm constantly looking for products that make my life easier and keep my kids safe. 

Without further adieu, here are some of the best (in my opinion) products for bath time! (disclaimer: some of the links provided are affiliate links, which will result in a small amount of compensation to help fund my freelance writing efforts if clicked on and used to assist in any purchasing via Amazon)

1. BBCare® Non-Slip Safety Play Seat with Extra Long Play Mat (Blue_Whale) - This has been integral to success in bathing my two children together in a regular-sized tub. I was previously bathing them both together in my big-girl tub, with my 9 month old in her baby bathtub inside the big-girl tub (and effectively taking up 3/4th of the tub space, leaving my 2.5 year old a small amount of space to move around. This play seat has suction cups on the bottom and attaches to a play mat that fits perfectly in the bathtub. So with this, the 9 month old can sit with some additional support and there is plenty of space in the tub for my other child. (additional disclaimer: AS ALWAYS, don't ever leave your kiddos in the bathtub alone, but especially not a kiddo that is DEPENDENT on a play seat to sit up safely.)

2. Boon Flo Water Deflector and Protective Faucet Cover with Bubble Bath Dispenser,Blue - If you have a wild child like I do, and you DON'T have a faucet cover, then you know how the faucet is a sharp little magnet for the top of your kiddo's noggin. This awesome faucet cover protects your kiddos head, but it also serves as a water deflector so your kiddos can get their hair wet or rinse the stuff out of their hair easier AND a bubble bath dispenser. Seriously, one of the best inventions ever.

3. Skip Hop Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser - This is a great thing for kids of all ages, until they are old enough to close their eyes, hold their breath and rinse their hair themselves under the faucet! The rubber siding along the rim of this rinser molds to your kiddos forehead so you can rinse their hair without getting the sudsy water in their eyes. This comes in big-time handy, because whoever said all those shampoos were actually "tear-free" are lying!!! (from my experience anyway)

4. Munchkin Secure Grip Bath Caddy - This is a public service announcement: ALL of those toy storage bags or bins that require you to suction anything to your bath tub walls DO NOT WORK. I cannot tell you how many millions of times those suckers (pun NOT intended) fell off their little spot on the bath tub wall, spilling toys everywhere. This is why I love the bath caddy from Munchkin. Not only does it NOT require suction cups, but it has little holes that will help your bath toys drain out. No one likes mildew-y toys, no one!

5. Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers Stacking Cups - While we are on the subject of toys, I'm a big fan (no surprise here) of educational bath toys. So, I love these stacking cups that can second as bath rinsers if you are in a "soap-in-my-eyes!" situation and your trusty waterfall bath rinser is not within your panicked reach. Also, they drain completely -- no nastiness here -- UNLIKE those very cute but very GROSS (when they have water stuck in them) squirt toys you can get for the bathtub. Those squirt toys WILL end up on the opposite end of your child's mouth, and your child WILL suck nasty mildew-y water into their mouth and digest it. Gross. Throw ALLLL those squirt toys out!

So, there you go. My favorite products for a fun, safe and organized bath time for the littlest people in your life. Hope you love it!

What are your favorite bath products for your kiddos???

Monday, January 4, 2016

Dear Disgruntled Mama....

Dear disgruntled mama....

Dear disgruntled mama, who cusses (sometimes not very quietly either) in response to her 5:30am alarm clock who WILL NOT SNOOZE, both literally and figuratively.

Dear disgruntled mama, who has set her personal aspirations and cleanliness aside for the last however many years while she cares for littles ones and makes their dreams hers.

Dear disgruntled mama, who has yelled more in the last year than she ever thought she would in a lifetime.

Dear disgruntled mama, who puts her frustrations inwards because there is no more room for it on the outside.

Dear disgruntled mama, who wants to murder the next person who asks her "how do you do it all?" because like you have a choice.

Dear disgruntled mama, who wonders when and if there will ever be a day again where she can sit down on the couch and truly be "done" for the day.

Dear disgruntled mama, who longs for some time away but knows that even that time away would never be the same with the little hearts at home waiting for you to return.

Dear disgruntled mama, who is struggling between creating a loving atmosphere at home and making ends meet financially with your choice to stay at home.

Dear disgruntled mama, who wants to SHAKE her former self silly for not fully appreciating the weekends spent sleeping in, carefree vacations and showers that last over 3 minutes.

Dear disgruntled mama, who would love more than anything in the world to be acknowledged for the thankless job she has.

Dear disgruntled mama, who listens to whining or crying all day over the sounds of Fisher-Price toys or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse whilst changing diapers and sitting on the floor of a bathroom bribing a small human into pottying with M&Ms.

Dear disgruntled mama, who is so spent by 7 pm, that all the things she had planned for herself go on the ever-growing "To-Do" list for the next day.

Dear disgruntled mama, who can distinguish a pain cry from a hunger cry and smell a dirty diaper from across the house.

Dear disgruntled mama, who understands that the punishment for doing work from home or going to the bathroom by yourself is almost always a child accompanied by tears.

Dear disgruntled mama, who heard but did not listen to when people said that being a parent was the hardest but most rewarding job in the world.

Dear disgruntled mama, who heard but did not listen that this is a season, and that one day she will miss this chaos she is surrounded in.

Dear disgruntled mama, who is so lonely and so disappointed and so good at fooling the world around her that she has it all together.

Dear disgruntled mama, who spends her morning taking a shower with an audience and putting on her makeup with a crying baby or toddler demanding her attention and/or lipstick.

Dear disgruntled mama, who knows that the only thing that is worse than a crying baby is prolonged silence from a toddler.

Dear disgruntled mama..... these times will pass. You will be victorious, and when these times have passed, you will miss them. In all honesty, I don't know that last part from experience, as I am a disgruntled mama standing (or rocking in the fetal position) right next to you, waiting for bed time so you can prepare for another day. But that is what I have heard, and it's what I'm counting on being true.

Dear disgruntled mama, I know that there is NO WORSE FEELING IN THE WORLD than feeling invisible and/or unappreciated. But unfortunately, our co-workers in life are not specialized in compassion and appreciation, as they cannot even wipe their own butts or feed themselves yet.

Dear disgruntled mama, I know you want an award for the crap you have to deal with on a daily basis and the fact that your job is never done. But the truth is, you will never get one, so if you are expecting one, you will be sorely disappointed.

Dear disgruntled mama, instead turn your unrequited appreciation outwards. Find time to appreciate your little heathen and laugh at their tantrums (albeit behinds closed doors as to not continue the issue). Find time to close yourself in the bathroom and eat that candy bar. Find the time to figure out one thing you can do for yourself each day, no matter how big or small. Find the time to look at all the things your significant other does, because I'm sure he's feeling pretty unappreciated too.

Dear disgruntled mama, these times will pass. But until then, don't be so hard on yourself.