I am planning on sharing more about this past week eventually. Hopefully for Tuesday’s podcast episode. 

As I have shared about our sleep issues this week in my stories, so many of you have reached out saying you can relate to everything I’m going through and how I’m feeling.

Social media is funny because, people often feel validated and “normal” when  they read my posts and watch my stories... but, you guys make me feel validated and “normal” too when you share your stories in the comments and in DMs to me. It means so much ❤️

I am planning on sharing...

We’ll let you know 👍🏼

We’ll let you know 👍🏼

Why does dinner exist?

Why does dinner exist?

Every time I do something like this... (get in the bath tub with Milo when he’s refusing to get in) I can feel people rolling their eyes at me. 

I think people see me do these things and assume I’m doing it FOR MILO. I’m not. I’m doing it for my husband and I. We choose our battles. I know people assume if you do something like this, your child will expect it and you’ll be getting in the tub every night. That hasn’t been our experience with Milo. 

So, if he’s having an “off-night” and doesn’t want to get in the tub and me getting in with him makes it fun for him and he happily gets in, then I’m doing it. 

As someone who doesn’t feel like showering every day, I can relate to not wanting to get in the tub. 

I asked my husband to wash me too... he said no. 😞

Every time I do something...

Feelin’ hawt today. Sike. (Do we still say sike?)

Feelin’ hawt today. Sike. (Do...

The Mom Room Podcast: Episode 65 

Myths vs. Facts with @mommy.labornurse 

Liesel Teen (@mommy.labornurse) tells us about her birth experiences, how and why she started Mommy Labor Nurse, and sets the record straight about some of the most common pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum myths!

The Mom Room Podcast: Episode...

Genuinely curious.

Genuinely curious.

What a fun game! You just need a small nail clipper and two players. It’s the funnest if one player doesn’t have a fully developed prefrontal cortex! So many people tell me to cut his nails while he sleeps. I am just not that brave. I can barely breathe when he’s sleeping because I don’t want him to wake up.

What a fun game! You...

Toddlers on a plane: A list of items to make it suck less

I hated flying before having Milo and I hate it even more now. Before I had Milo, I mostly hated the airport part of flying. Line-ups, waiting around, shitty food, and trying to pee as many times as possible before boarding. Once I was settled on the plane it was okay. I would pay big bucks to be able to sit on a plane by myself and binge watch random shows and listen to podcasts now. If only I had known what a luxury that is!! Now that we have Milo, the worst part about flying is definitely the actual flying part. In the airport he is restrained in his stroller. It’s glorious. Once you board the plane he has freedom to move around and be a crazy-ass toddler in a tiny area with people crowded around. It’s a rather undesirable situation. To alleviate as much stress as possible on the plane, I plan out our carry-on bags days before we leave. Below you will find my list of carry-on items. I hope I can make your travels a little easier with my neurotic/Type-A packing guide!

 

A few days before we leave I start laying everything out on the kitchen table. I also keep a list beside the pile of things that we have pack the morning we leave (i.e., chargers, soothers, etc.). So we don’t forget anything!   

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT THINGS:

  • iPad + Charger (Download your child’s favourite TV shows/movies on Netflix before you leave the house. Fill that sucker up!! If you’re a no-screen kind of parent… stop trying to be a hero and just do it. You will thank me when you’re thousands of feet up in the air with a screaming child).
  • Phone + Charger (duh).
  • Baby Bluetooth Headphones (Milo doesn’t really use these yet. He just watches without sound. But, I think as he gets older these will definitely come in handy).
  • Toys (Bring some favourite small toys and a couple new toys they have never seen before – don’t bring any that play obnoxious sounds… obviously).
  • Books (Milo loves books. We always bring 2-3 of his favourites.)

COMFORT THINGS:

  • Lysol Wipes (Wipe everything down before everyone gets comfy. These are great to have on hand for when they drop toys or books or soothers on the ground. I usually put 10-15 lysol wipes in a little zip-lock bag in my purse).
  • Disinfectant Hands Wipes (Wipe everyone’s hands often – especially before eating – we use the Wet Ones brand because they kill germs and come in a thin little package that is easy to throw in your purse).
  • Face Wipes (I know what you’re thinking – “how many fucking wipes does this woman need” – my answer is ALL THE WIPES! We use the Aleva face wipes for babies. Throw a pack in your purse!).
  • Warm Socks (Sometimes planes are cold so be sure to bring warm socks for everyone).
  • Kleenex (Plane tissues suck! I always bring my own soft luxurious Kleenex).
  • Change of Clothes (I don’t know if you know this but, toddlers are messy AF. I threw two extra t-shirts and pairs of comfy pants in the diaper bag. If your child is really messy, you may want to bring an extra t-shirt for yourself also!).
  • Blanket (A small blanket – throw it in a re-usable shopping bag – easy to carry and when they’re using the blanket you can fold up the bag and throw it in another bag).
  • Favourite Pillow (We bring Milo’s favourite Paw Patrol pillow. This is so handy when your child has their own seat because you can lift the armrest and put the pillow on your lap so they can lay down comfortably. We fold it up and put it in the reusable shopping bag with the blanket).
  • Ovol (Life saver when your child is gassy or has an upset tummy).
  • Tempra (Just incase there is a fever, or your babe is teething).
  • Camilla (These are great for teething!).
  • A Favourite Stuffed Animal (for cuddles if your lucky and your child naps on the plane).

YUMMY THINGS:

  • Sippy Cup for Water (The absolute best sippy cup is the no-spill cup by Re-Play. Throw it in the diaper bag but make sure it’s empty when you go through security. We buy a huge water bottle after security and fill it up).
  • Pouches (Easy for them to eat. Keeps them entertained for a bit. Easy to pack!).
  • Snacks GALORE (Bring all their faves – Cheerios, Arrowroot cookies, Rice Puffs, Berries, Goldfish, Banana).
  • Bottles + Milk (Bring at least one empty bottle and whatever your baby is drinking – breastmilk, formula, cow’s milk, Bebe Latte, etc.).

OBVIOUS THINGS:

  • Diapers (duh).
  • Change Pad (duh – we also Lysol the change tables down before we change him – Lysol wipes come in handy again!!).
  • Butt Wipes (duh).
  • Dirty Diaper Bags (These aren’t necessary, but, they are nice to have if you can’t dispose of the diaper right away – you can throw it in a little scented baggy and not smell like shit till you reach a garbage).
  • Hand Sanitizer (We always have sanitizer in our diaper bag. Sometimes you have to change a diaper in a weird place. There may not be a sink nearby).
  • A collapsing/lightweight stroller (Apparently Air Canada is starting to not allow bigger strollers to be checked at the gate. Do you know what that means? You will have to carry your freaking child through the airport. Sounds like the plot of a horror movie. Our travel stroller is the BabyZen Yo-Yo. This stroller has been a life saver. You can easily collapse it, put it in it’s backpack, and check it at the gate).
  • Straps (By this I mean those little straps you can put attach to toys or soothers on one end and attach to the stroller on the other end. These are to prevent your child from throwing things on the ground. We didn’t have any of these on our last trip and they would have been super handy!!).

Your carry-on list may look a bit different than this, but, I think this is a good starting point. If there are specific things you would bring that I don’t have listed here, mention it in the comments!

XOXO Renee Reina

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