2 HUGE Time Saving Tips for Preparing Daycare bottles! (and a coupon!)


August 2016 Update: I used this method for over a year and it was a huge help! I wish I had come up with this method when I had my first son! Many people have viewed this page and I really hope that they, and you, find this useful!

 

I’m not a morning person… AT ALL. It’s always been really tough for me to get up in the morning no matter how much sleep I got that night. That makes getting myself, two kids, and lunches/food ready for work and school really difficult. Luckily, my husband is much better in the morning than me and does more than his fair share to help get the family out the door.

I’m always looking for ways to make our morning routine more efficient. For me, it’s not always a question of how much time I’m saving, as much as how many steps I’m cutting out. I’m tired in the morning and there’s a lot going on… the less I have to do, the better!

At my son’s daycare, we have to put his name and the date on all bottles. At first, I would use masking tape, write on it, and put that on the bottle. Then at the end of the day, I’d have to peel it off, wash, and start over. I knew there had to be a better way. With just a couple minutes online, I found it!

Waterproof Name Labels  and Dry Erase Stickers!
I got name labels from Label-Land that are waterproof so I only need to put them on once and they don’t come off in the dishwasher. I picked the mini size so that the labels would be most versatile.

These labels are great quality, arrive within about a week using their free shipping, and have held up great! They can be removed from the bottles and don’t leave any residue, but you have to intentionally remove them.

These labels are very affordable in general (trust me, I compared pricing!), but here’s a coupon for 10% off! Use coupon code “LOYAL10 and get 10% off your order PLUS you can get free shipping on any order over $25!

Dry Erase Stickers:

The dry erase labels I got from here. The pack comes with all different sizes and the smallest ones are perfect for bottles. I put them on the bottle caps and write on them with the provided super fine marker. It works perfectly! Most of the type the writing comes off after you run it through the dishwasher. Any bits that weren’t washed off come off easily when you rub it with your finger. You don’t need the eraser they provide (at least I haven’t). The writing doesn’t come off so easily though that it might accidentally come off. I love them!

In full disclosure, the dry-erase stickers link is an affiliate link, so if you purchase it using that link, I’ll make a few cents. That said, I used these stickers for over a year before becoming an affiliate and I paid full price for them – and I love them!

It seems so simple but these two stickers really made my mornings easier and cut out a couple steps during the day!

Do you have any good tips for getting ready for daycare?

Like this article? Check out my 4 Tips for how to make the most of your Honest Essential Bundles! This post includes my short review of the Honest Company products, the bundle, and how to save the most from your bundle!

 

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Product Review – Baby K’Tan Breeze (A Baby wrap for the Moby-wrap challenged, or petite!!)

Update: Shortly after I posted this originally, I used the Breeze on the beach with my little one and it worked out amazingly! I wore a tank top under it and was able to comfortably carry the little one around with me everywhere! Despite the heat, my little one was very comfortable and stayed relatively cool, and I didn’t feel any warmer in it than I’d have been in a black t-shirt! I really enjoyed using this and still miss being able to wear him in it. I hope to use it again if / when I have another baby!

Hi Everyone!

If you have an infant, you’ve probably been caught in this dilemma more than once… You want to hold you baby ALL THE TIME and snuggle him or her, but you also want to be able to get off the couch and do something, right?

That’s how I felt during maternity leave with both of my boys. I get stir crazy easily but I also absolutely love to cuddle my babies (both of them!). After the first week of maternity leave, the cabin fever started. I would put my son in the stroller and go for walks but I couldn’t that that all day because he had to eat and if I let him sleep all day, he’d be up all night. Then there was the problem of the mess that was building in my house… it was a disaster and it was impossible to clean from my couch.

With my first son, someone gave me a Moby wrap. I thought it would be the answer to my problem but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t figure it out. I read blogs, watched youtube videos etc but I could never get it right.

I ended up purchasing a baby carrier to use outside but it was bulky and not something you’d want to keep the baby in all day. Also, it didn’t feel like I was cuddling him. It felt more like I had him in a backpack (and looked that way too!).

This time around, I needed a better solution and I found it! Baby K’Tan.

It looks and feel like a Moby wrap but it has much less material, the material feels thinner, and it’s pre-sized. You don’t need to worry about wrapping it too tight or too loose.

I ended up purchasing the Breeze version (shown in the picture above). This one seemed even better than the regular one because half of it is made out of mesh which should be great during the hot summer months (and on the beach!). I haven’t used it yet in the heat so I’m not sure how well it works but I’ll be sure to update this post when I do.

I absolutely love the Baby K’Tan because of how easy it is to use, how light and compact it is, and how versitle it is. I was able to put my son in it and use it within just a couple minutes of opening the box! It’s also priced well compared to some of the other baby carriers and wraps.

The one complaint I have about Baby K’Tan is unique to their Breeze version. The seem between the regular wrap material and the mesh doesn’t stretch well like the rest of the material does. This makes it a bit awkward at the seam. I’ve learned to work around it, but it would be much better if the seam had been sown with a stretchy thread.

If you get the Baby K’Tan breeze, you just want to make sure the seem between the two materials isn’t in an awkward spot on your little one. It’s a small extra step, but should be worth it if it helps the baby stay cool in the summer!

If you’d like to order a Baby K’Tan Breeze or Original, you can use the links below! (These are affiloiate links, so using them will help support my blog!)

Do you have the Baby K’Tan? What do you think? What’s your favorite way to carry your baby?

Introduction and Update!

Hi everyone!

If you’re reading this or getting it by email, you’re likely a follower of my previous blogs (Chic Magazine and Athena’s Olive Tree).

Much has happened since I last posted on my blog. I’m now a proud mommy of two beautiful boys. One is 4 years old and the other is 7 weeks old as of today! I find that everything in my life now seems to revolve around my boys so I’d like to blog about it!

I’m very analytical by nature. I’m always trying to figure out what makes things tick, how to improve them, and how to save money. I apply that to everything in my life including being a mom.

I plan to post mommy tips and tricks, ways to save money, and product reviews here at least once a week. I hope you’ll find it useful and continue to follow and share this blog with your friends.

If you have any topic ideas, want to be a guest blogger, or want me to review a product, please let me know! I’m always open to suggestions.

Thanks!
Rachel