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When your family grows…

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

There has been a steady stream of new babies in my life the past few months. I have truly loved the opportunity to hold all these squishy, sweet-smelling newborns. Talk about baby fever!! Watching friends’ families grow has made me reflect back on my own transition from one to two to three kids. Each transition came with its own set of joys and challenges.

I know I was especially nervous near the end of my second pregnancy about caring for the needs of three small children. As excited as I was to be welcoming a new family member, I was also worried about how it would feel to be outnumbered all day, every day. I expressed this concern to a friend who had recently welcome baby #3 into her life. Her reply (as usual) was spot-on.

She didn’t say impractical things like “rest when the baby rests” (which is not really an option when you have other young children) or generic affirmations sch as “you’ll be just fine”.  Without hesitation she said “Food is a big deal”.  At first I thought she meant for myself…making sure I was well fed since breastfeeding makes me crazy hungry. However she was actually referring to food for my kids. She suggested to make preparations for my other two boys (ages 2 and 4 when baby #3 arrived) to be able to access snacks on their own throughout the day. This was a very concrete suggestion that seemed easy enough to execute.

Trusting her wisdom, I went to Costco and dropped a large amount of moolah on bulk-sized quantities of some of our favorite snacks as well as a large box of snack-sized plastic baggies. Normally I am not a fan of plastic baggies (I have several Planet-Wise snack bags that get lots of lovin’) but decided to make an exception during this transitional time. I also made a large batch of trail mix and popcorn.

Near the end of my pregnancy I spent a good chunk of an afternoon scooping snack sized portions of the various snacks into baggies. I tend to save the 1lb plastic spinach containers from Costco and these were the perfect storage containers for all the snack baggies. I put three of them full of snacks on a low shelf in the pantry and viola! My kids could easily grab a snack from the pantry for themselves throughout the day.

This turned out to be one of the best postpartum preparations for us. My boys loved getting their own snacks and more importantly it freed me up to focus on nursing baby during those early weeks when breastfeeding is established. I am forever thankful for my friend’s suggestion as it helped make that special time go relatively smoothly for our family. 🙂

What helped you transition into your growing family? Would love to hear tips from readers like YOU!

-Sarah

Tags: affirmations, baby fever, costco, family member, new babies, newborns, plastic baggies, post partum preparations, second pregnancy, snack bags, three kids, transitional time, welcome baby
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Product Review: Planet Wise Reuseable Snack Bags

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Lately we have been spending a lot of time at the park and zoo, just soaking up the gorgeous weather! As you know outings with kids are far more successful if you pack several snack options for them. For environmental (and economical) reasons I don’t like to use disposable plastic baggies to pack snacks. Instead I mostly use re-usable plastic containers, however they are big, bulky, and heavy. They take up a lot of room in the diaper bag and are overall cumbersome to deal with. I don’t know about you, but no matter how hard I try to stay organized with my plastic containers and lids, I always spend way more time than I care to digging around to find the right sized lid. I decided because packing snacks for outings is pretty much a daily occurrence in my life, it was time to invest in some better options.

And what perfect timing because right now in honor of Earth Day, Planet Wise Reusable Snack Bags are 25% off! They offer three awesome options for packing food: Reusable Snack Bags, Window Bags, and Sandwich Bags. The bags are made in the USA out of FDA food safe material that is PVC, BPA, phthalate, latex and lead free. They are carefully designed to prevent leaks and seal in freshness with a hook and loop closure. You can easily wipe them out with a wet washcloth or simply throw them in the washing machine.

I decided to order three of the reusable snack bags; one for each of my boys. As a side note, I love getting packages from Mom’s Milk Boutique in the mail! In case you didn’t know they use packaging that is re-usable and 100% biodegradable. To me the environmental friendly packaging is yet another added bonus when ordering from them! 🙂

The day our snack bags arrived in the mail, we were so excited we decided to test them out by going to the park. I now realize what a conservative order three bags was…I definitely love the bags and would enjoy having several more! First of all, as with all the Planet Wise products, the Snack Bags come in several adorable prints to choose from. Colorful prints are way more fun than clear plastic disposable bags. My kids are really excited about their colorful snack bags. Also the bags are super lightweight as opposed to the bulky plastic containers I was previously using. They are the perfect size and hold a generous amount of snacks for your little one. I always like how heavy duty the velcro is…no chance at all of it coming open on its own bouncing around in my bag. Additionally they are super duper easy to clean out.

If you are looking for some new, fresh ways to pack snacks for your outings, you’ll definitely want to check out the Planet Wise products while they are on sale. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, they will save you money by replacing use of disposable plastic baggies, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap. I am enjoying ours and looking forward to adding a few more to our collection!

-Sarah