Baler Essentials

The rainy weather made me miss the beach! And while I was looking at the photos, I realized I haven’t shared about the stuff we brought at our beach trip last August. Eeeep!!! So many backlogs to do. So here’s what we had in our bags:

In our luggage…

Z and I shared one luggage. Our clothes are separated into packing cubes, with his stuff in the bigger one. For his clothes, I packed 3 sets of clothes for his daily use. It was mostly sando and shorts since we were at the beach. I highly recommend using packing cubes to save space and organize your clothes properly.

Z’s toiletries

Z’s toiletries bag is from Safety 1st. In it are: alcohol, Betadine, powder, top-to-toe wash, Cetaphil cleanser, Cetaphil Restoraderm lotion, Indigo Baby’s Sunblock and Jar of Hope and Vapor Soove. Even though Mr. Sun wasn’t peeking the days we were at the beach, I still slathered Z’s body with sunblock to protect him for the UV rays. The powder was really useful in rubbing away the sand!!! It’s also best to have a top-to-toe wash to save time since we just gave Z a bath in the shower by the beach, as the bathroom in our room was slippery.

Another toiletries bag

The little one’s stuff still manage to get in my bag. This plastic bag from Duty Free has been serving as my toiletries bag since 2010! Z’s toothbrush and toothpaste are both from Colgate. Is it obvious that I love J&J too much? I love their creamy oil, which is good for my super dry skin. For sunscreen, I use The Beach Hut for my body and Nutrogena for my face. Mustela’s Physiobebe No Rinse Cleansing Fluid served as my and Z’s facial cleanser while we were at the beach and on the road.

More stuff!

For Z’s munchies on the road, I stored them in Manila Baby Shop‘s insulated lunch box. His Dutchmill was still cold after 6 hours on the road. We also used their wet bag to store the wet clothes when we were on the way home, and there were no leaks whatsoever! I also packed 2 pairs of shoes for Z and his beach shoes from Speedo. Toys and books are also a must to keep the little one busy. I’m really thankful for the in-house wifi at the resort for Z’s YouTube-ing 🙂 The speakers from an event helped in streaming Z’s sleepy music to drown out the party music being played outside our room.

Loving this hooded towel from Two Tots!

For the beach-goers, I highly recommend Two Tots Hooded Towel for your little one! It helps keep your baby warm after being in the water for a long time but not yet finished playing in the sand. The material is very soft but super absorbent. I loved hugging little Z he was all bundled up in it!

Thank you to all the mommies who shared their beach essential lists when I posted my query before! I hope my list gets to help other families as well. 🙂


YML Asks: Beach Tips Please!

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It’ll be Z’s first time at a beach next month. And honestly, I don’t know what to expect! Since both my husband and I aren’t beach persons, I feel that we don’t have the necessary gear to have a smooth-sailing beach weekend.

So, I am asking you dear readers for tips, things to bring, what to expect (horror stories are welcome as well!) and anything that will help me be prepared for this trip!

I can’t wait for your sharing! But if you feel that the comment space is too short, you may send me an email at hello[at]youngmomlove[dot]com!

Preschool Jitters

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Preschool is not yet opening for another 2 weeks. But there are some things which you can do with your child that may help them in easing into a new environment:

  • Schedule a school visit. This will help your child in getting familiar with the school materials. She/he will have something to look forward to on your next visit, which may be the first day of classes. Your child will also see that you trust the people in school, making it easier for him to warm up to them and eventually, trust in them as well.
  • Have a countdown. Be it a calendar or tearing up links of paper, this will surely amp up the excitement! Remember that your kids need a lot of conditioning in order to accept a new thing or event. By doing this, she/he will feel that you are excited also and that school is something to look forward to.
  • Do activities during the time that she/he is supposed to be in school. Most kids still rely on their body clock to do their routines. So having activities at their designated time will help their bodies adjust. You may also copy the school’s routine and songs to further enhance the experience.
  • Prepare her/his things together. You need not buy new stuff, his current water bottle and extra bag will do. Or if you really need to buy, make a pictured list that will allow her/him to help you while shopping. It would also be a fun learning experience labeling his things with his name!

Sure, there may be tears (mostly from you), but that wouldn’t mean that the school year will turn out bad. Crying is absolutely normal. In just a few weeks, your child will be the one to tell you to leave her/him in school.

This made post made me miss teaching! How I wish I could go back to school. Are your kids going to school already?! How was it? Please share your stories in the comments section!