Baby

A Travel Bag For Kids & Adults – Itzy Ritzy

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As we are all approaching a big travel week/weekend, I thought I’d share one of my favorite travel bags – the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Everything Bag. Yes, they are created for kids, but I use them just as much as B does and we both love them. We have two of the “snack and everything” sized bags (7″x7″), both of which I got at different mom/mom-to-be events. Itzy Ritzy has a wide variety of material choices so you’re not stuck with a “baby” or gender specific look. ¬†And yes, I use them for snacks for B (he actually calls them the snack bags) but I also use them for:

  • Carrying pacifiers when we travel (hoping to not use them for this anymore since I’m breaking B of the nightly pacifier habit soon)
  • Crayons
  • Toys with multiple pieces (Legos, small cars, blocks, etc.)
  • Puzzle pieces when we travel
  • Make up
  • Jewelry when traveling
  • Coupons when running multiple errands (I have a coupon organizer but this is more for the Macy’s/BB&B/Target coupons that I need for special trips)
  • Wet wipes from the big container when I am out of the travel size
  • Cell phone holder in the beach bag to keep sand and water away from my phone

And I’m sure I use them other ways, too, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind. The bags are great because they are lined with a PVC free waterproof material and they just go in the washing machine (or in a sink with soapy water) to clean. I have seen them at various baby stores but you can find even cooler material choices by going to the website HERE.

Itzy Ritzy makes a lot of other kid tote products, too. And, they are from the Chicago area (Naperville) so I like that I’m supporting a (sort of) local business.

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.

I’d love to hear if you have tried the Itzy Ritzy bags or have other travel pouch suggestions – leave a comment or two!

Nosefrida – One of Things I Never Knew Existed Before I Had a Baby

Well Baby P is now just over five months old and I feel like I’m just starting to get the hang of this mommy gig. I’m certainly not a pro and I’m definitely learning something new every day, but I’m not as overwhelmed as I was at the beginning and I don’t find myself questioning my every move with the baby. Of course, tomorrow he’s bound to throw me for a loop and my new-found mommy confidence will be out the door!

Prior to Baby P’s birth, my friend, Becky, told me about Nosefrida. She has a daughter about six months older than Baby P and she gave me lots of great tips while I was pregnant. When she explained how Nosefrida worked (more on that in a moment), I both gagged and laughed and said no way. Well, because of Chicago’s crazy weather this year (I’m noting, not complaining), Baby P has been dealing with a stuffy nose for most of his little life. After quickly realizing that the aspirator is a waste of time, I finally relented and pulled out Nosefrida – and Baby P is glad I did.

How does it work? In short, you suck the snot out of your baby’s nose (see why I was both gagging and laughing?!?!). In long, Nosefrida is a tube with one end that you put in your baby’s nostril and the other end you put in your mouth (there is a filter to keep the parent from actually sucking in the snot). Go ahead and gag and laugh NOW. But, you’ll thank me when your kid has a stuffy nose and you look at that aspirator and want to chuck it across the room because it does not work. Nosefrida works. It works great and Baby P can tell you that he greatly appreciates it.

I have also quickly learned that this is not the grossest thing I will do to help my child. That is all I will say about that.

I hope to have a non-mom post soon. Right now, this is where my life is. At some point, I’ll add grown up activities back to the mix!

Until then, thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.