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How to Get Ready for Your Baby’s Arrival

How to Get Ready for Your Baby’s Arrival 0

Congratulations!  Your Baby’s Almost Here!  Here’s What to Do Until the Big Day!

So, you’ve been pregnant for a while, and your delivery date is right around the corner.  It’s time to get ready for that magical day!  By now, you’ve done a lot to prepare for your precious little one’s arrival.  You’ve probably stocked up on baby necessities and received all kinds of great baby items.  You’ve probably enjoyed a baby shower in your honor.  You’ve watched your belly expand, and felt those fun little kicks from inside.  You’ve heard the swishing of the little heartbeat, had ultrasounds, and witnessed the growth of the beautiful life inside you.  You’re ready!  And, now, you wait. 

Here are some tips for getting ready for baby’s arrival. 

  • Have your hospital bag packed and ready to go! Read here.
  • Have your baby’s bed (crib, bassinet, etc.) ready with mattress, a clean mattress pad, and clean fitted sheet on it. Have additional washed fitted sheets on hand.
  • Have your baby’s diaper changing station ready – with a changing pad and a clean cover on it, and additional clean pad covers on standby. Have a stash of diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, hand sanitizer, etc., nearby
  • Have the baby car seat installed, and have it inspected (such as by the California Highway Patrol or another safety agency) to make sure it’s safe and installed correctly. Check here for an inspection location near you.
  • Wash all baby clothes, bibs, burp cloths, sheets, blankets, towels, wash cloths, etc. in a baby safe detergent (such as Dreft).
  • Depending on whether you will be nursing or bottle feeding, have whatever supplies you need cleaned, sanitized, and ready (i.e. bottles, nipples, breast pump parts, etc.) and any formula (if needed) on hand.
  • Have some pictures taken of yourself (so you can commemorate this special time in your life).
  • Write a letter to your unborn child.
  • Prepare a baby book and/or journal.
  • Get organized.
  • Relax and pamper yourself.
  • Get some rest.

Revel in the excitement of this amazing gift that’s about to come into your life!  You have lots to look forward to!

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Beach Days with Baby

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How to Have a Fun Beach Day with Baby

If you’re planning to take your baby to the beach, here are a few tips for making it the best experience possible! 

Some baby beach day recommendations:

If a baby is six months or younger, keep them in the shade completely.  Most doctors don’t recommend sunscreen for babies this young, yet their skin is very sensitive and would burn very easily.  If you do decide to take a baby this young to the beach, do so with extreme caution.  Better yet, if possible, wait until they’re older.  Some experts say you should wait until your baby is at least one year old before taking them to the beach.  Again, if you do take them, keep them shaded and cool, and preferably for short periods of time during cooler parts of the day.

For older babies and toddlers, it’s best to keep them out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (the hottest time of the day).  Again, keep them shaded, especially during the sunniest times.  Keep them loaded up with sunscreen!  Lather them up before leaving for the beach.  Do it again when you get there, and then, reapply every two hours.  Use a baby safe sunscreen, preferably a stick version for the face, and lotion for the body.

Make sure your little one wears a hat and sunglasses at all times.  And, keep them hydrated!  Take lots of water and other healthy fluids with you and have them drink throughout the day. 

Also, bring healthy snacks, depending on their age, and what they are able to eat yet.  If they’re eating solid foods, some options include cut-up fruit, such as watermelon, bananas, strawberries, mango, peaches, and pears, as well as snacks like applesauce, dry cereal, and any other favorites.

family beach day

Bring an umbrella for shade.  Use blankets, towels, or mats, and create a safe, shady spot for your baby to relax and play, and maybe, nap. 

Bring swim diapers (and other diapers), wipes, a change of clothes, bottles or cups, and formula or expressed breast milk (if applicable).  Bring bags for trash, dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc.  It’s also a good idea to bring a first aid kit.  You might also want to bring a spray bottle with cold water in it to spray on baby if they get too hot.

Bring toys, depending on your baby’s age.  This can include sand toys, water toys, a ball, or other toys baby might play with on the mat or blanket.  Some people recommend bringing a small inflatable baby pool to let baby play in.

You might also want to bring a lightweight baby blanket in case it gets cool or breezy, or for when your baby takes a nap.  Make sure you have a great bag for packing baby’s beach goods (shop bags here).

Beach days with babies and toddlers are lots of fun!  These are some of the ways to prepare and make them even more enjoyable! 

Baby Beach Day Packing List

  • Umbrella
  • Beach Bag
  • Wagon (for hauling stuff)
  • Blankets, towels, beach mats
  • Baby blanket (such as muslin, or light cotton)
  • Cooler/ice chest
  • Sunscreen (including baby sunscreen)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Swim Diapers
  • Regular Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Water, beverages
  • Snacks
  • Bottles, sippy cups, other cups
  • Formula or expressed breast milk
  • Robe or cover-up
  • Change of clothes
  • Sandals, flip-flops, or water shoes
  • Bags for trash, dirty diapers, wet clothes
  • Toys (sand and other)
  • First aid kit
  • Camera
  • Water spray bottle
  • Small inflatable baby pool

Don’t Forget!

  • Apply sunscreen before you go, once you get there, and every 2 hours!
  • Use sunscreen stick for the face!
  • Keep baby shaded, protected from the sun, and cool.
  • Keep baby hydrated.

Visit www.kabanakids.com for all your beach family needs!  Send us your comments to lori@kabanakids.com.  Sign up for our newsletter for updates and specials.  Follow us on Instagram and tag us in your summer photos @kabanakids

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Toddler Gift Ideas

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What do you get a toddler for a birthday present?  Clothes, toys and books are some popular choices.  But how about something a little different?  Here’s something that is cute and useful, and that any toddler is sure to love!

Give them a fun play mat and a toy, or a few toys, and/or book/s that match its theme!  The play mat can be used over and over again for the next several years.  And, pairing it with toys and/or books makes an adorable coordinated gift set.

Here are some ideas for toddler gifts using Kabana Kids’ Beachy Play Mats and items paired with them based on their themes!

mermaid toddler gift

Mermaid Friends Beachy Play Mat – This sparkly mat features adorable mermaids, whales, and other happy sea creatures, frolicking in the sea!  Pair it with a mermaid doll, sea life plushies, and a mermaid book, such as “Three Little Mermaids.”  Shop now!

Little Seahorses Beachy Play Mat – This mat features sweet little seahorses and bubbles.  Pair it with a cute stuffed seahorse and a book about seahorses.  Shop now!

seahorse toddler gift

Loving Whales or Cape Cod Beachy Play Mats – Pair these with a plush whale and anything nautical or ocean-related.  Shop Loving Whales Mat!  Shop Cape Cod Mat!

Boats Galore Beachy Play Mat – This mat would be really fun with some toy boats and a book about boats.  Shop now!

Green Pineapples Beachy Play Mat – This mat is great with anything pineapple or pink flamingo related!  You could add a cute plush pink flamingo, a pineapple pillow or a fun flamingo or pineapple pool float.  Shop now!

pineapple toddler gift

Tropical Monkeys Beachy Play Mat – Add a whimsical plush monkey and a book about monkeys, such as Eight Silly Monkeys.  Shop now!

Hawaiian Floral Beachy Play Mat – This mat features fabric from Hawaii, and would be a great gift for a child who will be going on vacation in Hawaii.  You could add a book about Hawaii and a Hawaii related toy.  Shop now!

Any of the Beachy Play Mats would make a great beach day gift as well, paired with sand toys, pool toys, an inflatable floatie or beach ball.  You could also add some sunscreen, bubbles, a beach hat, flip-flops, swimsuit, bath toys, and any other fun things you can imagine!  Shop all Beachy Play Mats here!  You could also package it all up in a Beachy Diaper Bag (which is a great beach bag, pool bag, overnight bag, and more).

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Awesome Products for Families On the Go

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In honor of parents who like to get up and go with little ones in tow, Kabana Kids created its signature combination of coordinating diaper bags and play mats.  These products are meant to make family fun time together a little more convenient, with some cute and beachy portable products. 

pink bag and mermaid mat

Kabana Kids’ coordinating Beachy Diaper Bags and Beachy Play Mats were created to allow parents to easily get out and go anywhere with their babies and young children.  The mats fold up easily and fit into the bags with lots of room left for other items.  So they’re great for going to the beach, the park, the pool, on daily outings, overnight trips, vacations, and everywhere else you go with your little ones.

The bags, which function as both over-the-shoulder totes and as backpacks, are ideal as your go-to bag.  The mats serve so many functions (read here) and come in really handy when you need something for your child to sit, lie, or play on, while you’re out-and-about.  Plus they’re really cute and beachy!

Here’s some more information

Beachy Diaper Bags – The bags were created to be very convenient and versatile – you can carry them as an over-the-shoulder tote or wear them as a backpack.  You can fit as much or as little as you want in them, and they can accommodate you.  They will spread out so you can stuff them with lots of things, and they also hang nicely, and don’t take up much space, when not very full.

Beachy Play Mats – The mats were created to be easy to take with you wherever you go.  They make amazing play mats for babies, toddlers, and older kids, as well as beach mats, picnic blankets, and mats to relax on at the park, pool, in the yard or house.  They fold up easily and fit into the bags for portability.  They mats are soft cotton on top, water resistant nylon underneath, and with light padding inside.  They feature, fun, cute, whimsical prints. 

Here’s how you use Beachy Diaper Bags and Play Mats together: get bag and open it, fold mat (easily with the sewn in panels), put it in the bag, put anything else you want to bring in the bag, carry bag (as a tote or over the shoulder) or wear it as a backpack, go!  Wherever you are, take the mat out of the bag, place it on the floor, ground, sand, grass, etc., and your little one/s can sit or lie down, play, read, rest, etc.  When you’re ready to go, fold the mat and put it back in the bag.  Pretty simple!

Where to use our bags and mats: beach, park, pool, traveling, overnight, day trip, road trip, airplane, airport, waiting room, appointments, friends’ homes, your home, inside, outside, sporting event, picnic, anywhere!

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Cool Bags for Dads

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Dads who like to get out and about with their families need a bag that can keep up!  And, dads with babies (or a baby on the way) and toddlers need a great dad-friendly diaper bag!  Many dads want a bag that’s neutral, or even manly, that matches their own personal style.  And, most want a bag that goes way beyond diaper duty, that’s versatile, multi-functional, durable, and can continue to be used long after the baby and toddler years! 

the perfect dad bag

Kabana Kids has some amazing bags (diaper bags, dad bags, family bags, travel bags, adventure bags, etc.) that dads (and moms) love!  Our bags are casual with a beachy style, and are superbly made with the very best materials.  They are large and roomy, soft yet sturdy, fully lined, and have pockets inside and out.  They have a big, strong zipper on top, waterproof vegan leather on the bottom, and two sets of straps – over-the-shoulder tote straps and backpack straps.

dad friendly diaper backpack

With six fun and beachy colors to choose from, we offer some great dad-friendly choices!

brown dad backpack

Coconut Beachy Diaper Bag – in rich brown with tan trim, deep brown lining, and brown vegan leather waterproof bottom

brown diaper bag for dad

Tropical Green Beachy Diaper Bag – in a muted green with dark green trim and lining, and brown vegan leather waterproof bottom

green diaper bag for dad

Deep Navy Beachy Diaper Bag – in a dark navy blue with beige trim and navy lining, and navy blue vegan leather waterproof bottom

navy diaper bag for dad

Our Sand-and-Navy and Coastal Sky bags are also neutral and make good bags for dads.  Shop all bags here.

Kabana Kids’ Beachy Diaper Bags also coordinate with our Beachy Play Mats, which serve as amazing play mats, baby mats, beach mats, park mats, and more.  They can also be used as changing pads, and they fit easily into your Beachy Diaper Bag, leaving lots of room left for other items.  Check out bag and mat bundles here!

daddy diaper bag in brown

These awesome, dad-friendly bags make a great, unique gift for a dad (or dad-to-be), for Father’s Day, a birthday, a shower, or just because!  You can also add a personal touch by pairing the bag with a coordinating Beachy Play Mat, and by filling the bag with some fun and useful goodies!  For example, for a new dad, or dad-to-be, fill his bag with all kinds of dad survival items and baby necessities.  Here are some other ideas (these can also be given to couples and families as gifts):

  • Classic diaper bag stuff – pouches for smaller items, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, pacifier and case, baby toys, bibs and burp cloths, and other baby items
  • New dad survival kit stuff – coffee, his favorite adult beverage, snacks, gum, Advil, baby book or manual, anything related to his favorite hobbies or interests
  • Picnic/Park stuff – picnic blanket, portable, travel food containers, thermos, bubbles, frisbee
  • Beach stuff – beach towel/s, sunscreen, sand toys, kite, sun hats, flip-flops, sun glasses, beach ball
  • Pool stuff – towels, sunscreen, pool toys, dive rings, blow up raft, floaties, sun hats, goggles, fins
  • Camping stuff – stuff to make s’mores, binoculars, first aid kit, beef jerky, trail mix, trail map
  • Travel stuff – luggage tags, passport holders, travel books/guides, neck pillow, small toiletry bag, portable batty charger, travel sized toiletries

Other ideas include sports stuff, cooking and/or barbecue stuff, dog stuff, car stuff, family game night stuff, fishing stuff, movie night stuff, and other topics related to interests and hobbies.

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How to Pack a Maternity Hospital Bag

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Packing your bag for your maternity hospital stay is one of many pregnancy milestones.  It’s another way to prepare for your baby’s arrival.  Just as you would pack for any trip, vacation, or adventure, you’ll need to pack some important items for your journey into the land of motherhood. 

What is a Maternity Hospital Bag?

In the literal sense, it’s a bag that holds the items you take with you to the hospital when you’re about to give birth.  In the symbolic sense, it’s a transitional piece, in your rite of passage from pregnant woman to mother.

blue maternity hospital bag

Why Pack a Maternity Hospital Bag?

You will be staying in the hospital for a few days and will need to bring certain things with you.  And, when you’re in labor is not the time to decide and find what you want to bring with you to the hospital.  You’ll want to pack it ahead of time because sometimes babies arrive before their due dates!  Having your bag packed in advance makes life so much easier!  Many say that you should have your hospital bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant (maybe even sooner).

What Makes a Good Maternity Hospital Bag?

The best maternity hospital bag is one that’s soft, flexible, versatile, and that can hold as many items as you want to bring.  It gives you options.  What to use as a maternity hospital bag can vary, such as a suitcase, duffle bag, tote, messenger bag, or backpack. 

mom bags

Kabana Kids’ Beachy Diaper Bags make amazing maternity hospital bags.  They are soft yet sturdy, large and roomy yet flexible and not too huge (they expand as you need them to) and won’t take up too much room.  They’re super easy to carry.  They have handles that are just the right length, so they can be carried over-the-shoulder; they also have backpack straps, for added convenience.  They’re made from luxurious cotton canvas with a waterproof bottom made from eco-friendly, non-toxic vegan leather.  They’re also fully lined and have pockets inside and out.  With six colors to choose from, you’ll find the perfect bag to fit your style.  Shop here.

Suggestions for What to Pack in Your Maternity Hospital Bag

  • Important Paperwork – birth plan (if you have one), hospital information and registration papers, insurance information, photo ID
  • Robe
  • Nightgown or pajamas
  • Nursing bra
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Slippers
  • Flip-flops
  • Going home clothes for you – comfortable and maternity sized. Some ideas include a soft flowing top, t-shirt, tank top, yoga pants, pajama pants, or other soft pants, a soft comfy sweater or sweatshirt, socks, comfy shoes
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary pads (the hospital will also have these, but if you like a certain type, bring them), shampoo, conditioner, hair brush, hair ties, headband, face wash, face wipes (makeup remover wipes), moisturizer, lip balm, dry shampoo, lotion, makeup and makeup mirror if you want to fix up for pictures
  • Lanolin cream
  • Breast/nursing pads
  • Small notebook and pen (for keeping notes)
  • Snacks – such as bottled water, flavored water, coconut water, granola bars, protein bars, pretzels, crackers
  • Going home outfit for baby – pants (for the car seat strap to be secured) and a top (such as a kimono style), or a one-piece pants outfit; if pants don’t have footies in them, also bring socks; a soft hat
  • Muslin blanket/swaddle
  • Pacifier (sanitized and protected in a separate little container)
  • Pouches, smaller bags, and containers for organizing your bag
  • Also, make sure you bring these items (which may or may not be packed in your hospital bag ahead of time, but perhaps in your purse): a photo ID; prescription medications; glasses; cash and change (for snacks and gift shop); cell phone; charger

Here Are Some Items You Don’t Need to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

  • Diapers and wipes – the hospital will provide these
  • Bottles, formula, breast pump – the hospital will have these
  • Baby blankets (unless you want to bring your own swaddle blanket)
  • Sanitary pads (unless you like a certain type, then you can bring your own)
  • Books and work – you won’t have time for these

Suggestions for Packing Your Maternity Hospital Bag

Once you’ve chose your bag, gathered all the items you want to include, and washed anything the needed to be washed, lay everything out (such as on a bed).  Group similar items together and pack them into different pouches and containers.  Large items, like a robe, can go into the bag on their own.  Smaller items should be assembled together in pouches or containers, such as one for toiletries, one for snacks, one for baby clothes, and so on.  Place pouches/containers into the bag.  It can be helpful to have clear plastic or mesh pouches to you can easily see where certain things are.

It’s helpful to have a lot of your maternity hospital bag items packed up ahead of time, but some you will probably be using on a daily basis, or will already be in your purse (which you will want to bring to the hospital with you too).  This includes a photo ID, prescription medication, and more.  You may want to keep a list of these items near your pre-packed bag, so you can easily grab them too.

Also, in addition to your hospital bag, you will need to bring your baby car seat with you.  Some other possible items to bring include a pillow and comfy blanket, camera (other than your phone camera), entertainment items (like an iPad, iPod, or speaker).  Your partner may also want to bring some items, such as extra clothes, snacks, pillow and blanket, and toiletries. 

Having your material hospital bag all packed and ready to go will bring you piece of mind when the big day arrives! 

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