We were given a Pack N Play for our oldest at our baby shower, my mom and dad also bought one. I would recommend it to anyone who travels with babies or grandparents who keep baby over night occasionally.
The Pack N Play worked well when we went on vacation, it stored easily in the back of the car with our luggage and didn’t take up too much space. It was cheaper than a crib, so my parents used it with both kids as babies when they stayed overnight.
Pros- lightweight, works as well as a crib, cheaper than a crib, holds up through babies- my girls are almost 5 years apart and we used the same Pack n Plays with both.
Cons- none that I can think of off the top of my head. We used a normal crib on a day to day basis, but she did nap in the Pack n Play more than a few times.
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We hardly used a normal high chair. From the time our kids were big enough to sit in the booster high chairs, we were using those. These booster seats. They have straps, come with trays that can be used if you’re not at a table and the seat can scoot into the table like a normal chair. After being gifted one, a normal high chair seemed like an unnecessary large purchase.
These booster chairs can be used on the floor, in a chair at the table and can easily be tossed in the backseat or trunk and used in restaurants and at friends/family’s house while visiting. They are versatile and the tray works for play as well as eating.
Pros- small, portable, easy to take on trips or when eating out, work like a normal high chair as well as a booster seat, easy to clean, take up less space than a high chair and less expensive
Cons- Can’t think of any in all honesty. This is a product I felt was a necessity and one worked well through two kids. They did prove to be hard to sell in a yard sale, though.
You do need to be careful and make sure they are securely strapped onto the chair if your toddler moves a lot. They are also harder for the child to climb out of and if the straps are too loose, the chair can fall but the straps work similar to a car seat- as long as you tighten them in enough and strap it to the chair right, it’s safe.
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If you’re like me, you need to keep allergy/intolerance friendly snacks around.
I lucked out with having one child who is able to eat normal foods but Enjoy Life has been a lifesaver for me with my youngest. Every product we have purchased has been a winner. The chocolate chips and chocolate candy bars have been a regular in the house. I use the chocolate chips as snacks lol
I cannot give my daughter the same foods over and over but she’s not a huge breakfast person. We found these breakfast bars- easy to eat on the go (school drop off or on the way to grocery shop) and delicious.
Of course, all children LOVE waffles and pancakes. Enjoy Life also has these for a fast pre-drop off breakfast. Great for the whole family.
You also have to have snacks. These nut and seed packs are just the right blend of sweet and savory. They are healthy, guilt free snacks for the whole family.
These along with the chocolate chips I posted in the top picture and the soft cookies are go to snacks and breakfast foods in our home, especially since transitioning to the gluten free and dairy free life. I eat a lot less since being gluten free for as long as i have, but I’m not forcing my daughter to give up foods she likes just because of an intolerance. Enjoy Life has one of the healthiest ingredient lists of the other brands available.