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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Our Overnight Cloth Diaper Solution - Lollidoo!

We have been cloth diapering during the day for quite some time now, but night time had been a real challenge. Both of my girls are heavy wetters, and the last thing I wanted was added night waking and bleary eyed sheet changes. Until recently I had been using disposibles at night, and even then Sugar Plum would often wake up in the early morning and need changing.

I was excited to receive a Lollidoo overnight diaper to test out - I had heard great things about them. Not only are they made out of recycled plastic bottles, but they are super soft and don't require a cover. There is an amazing amount of adjustability designed into the diapers, and the absorbency can also be adjusted by adding additional inserts. The outer cover retains wetness but is also very breathable, helping to keep baby's bottom dry. {as a side note, if your baby is older like mine, this may also mean you will really smell baby's diaper in the morning, but I'll take that as a trade off for dry pajamas and sheets!}

It took a few tries to get the fit just right, but we found the right combination of adjustments and have been enjoying dry nights ever since. We use three of the Lollidoo innies for overnight, and two for naps.

If you're interested in trying LolliDoo diapers for yourself, you can use the code problemsolvinmom at LolliPlace to save 10% on any purchase over $40!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tips for Stress Free Family Travel

Family vacations can be magical for young kids and parents alike, but traveling, long lines and late bedtimes can set up the perfect storm for meltdowns. Here are my tips for planning a vacation to remember, rather than one everyone is ready to forget.

Choose a location that has activities that will appeal to everyone in your group - and find a hotel or rental that has the amenities you want (such as a pool or wifi).

Be realistic about what you can do each day. Plan time for rest, eating, relaxing and naps if necessary. If dinner reservations are late, you may want to feed younger children ahead of time or arrange babysitting.

Prepare plenty of entertainment during travel and wait times - a travel activity book, electronic toy or new book may be in order.

Do your research - sites like tripadvisor and chowhound and twitter allow you to search for food and lodging options as well as reviews like never before. The more research you do ahead of time, the more likely you are to choose wisely.

Relax, be flexible and have a sense of humor. Even if things don't turn out as expected, try and find the bright side. At least you're with family, try and make the best of it. Advocate for yourself if you are in a position that is outside your expectations.

Do you travel regularly with your family? What are your tips and tricks for stress free travel and successful vacations?

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