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Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Nov 04

Formula help

Do any of y'all know if there is a difference between SIMILAC ADVANCE AND THE PARENTS CHOICE ADVANTAGE formula? I want to switch over to the Walmart brand but want to know if there's a difference before.

  • Lilina
    Nov 05

    I would just compare the ingredients on both and if they are the same should have no issues switching

  • Destin
    Nov 05

    We switched our daughter from the similac sensitive to the target up and up brand of the same. The ingredients were all the same except there was a little more water...she switched just fine and actually didn’t seem to care/notice...just compare the ingredients to be sure it’s the same and it should be totally fine!!

C posted in Child's Health Nov 03

Painless way to treat painful diaper rash?

Is there a product that helps with diaper rash pain, maybe a diaper rash cream that also soothes or reduces the pain? Or a technique to change diapers while minimizing pain associated with diaper rash? When my son’s diaper rash gets really bad, changing diapers is a traumatic experience for him. At its worst there can be deep redness and bleeding. Opening the used diaper and using wipes sends... More

  • Bethany
    Nov 03

    Huggies gave my daughter super bad rashes!

  • Jenn
    Nov 04

    Warm water wash, no baths, and petroleum jelly with or without aloe. Heals in a day and immediately relieves pain.

What do you do with your old breast pump?

Now that insurances cover breast pumps all of my friends get one for free so I have no one to give my old pump to. Have any of you found a place that accepts old breast pumps?

  • Jenny
    Oct 31

    Post on FB or Craigslist. There’s an entire population that does not have the fortune of having insurance. I have given away my previous 2 pumps to moms who needed them.

  • annag
    Oct 31

    this is a reason to get medical-grade equipment. I wish more insurance companies would support that option!

Advice on breast pump

I can't seem to decide between the Motif Luna and one of the Spectra. I am expecting any day now and still have no pump. I know Spectra has good reviews but now feel torn between Spectra and Motif Luna. Has anyone had both?? Any advice?

Anonymous posted in Diapering Oct 19

What do you pack in diaper bag?

I haven’t packed a diaper bag in years, what do I pack? Diapers, butt cream, wipes, change of clothes.. anything else?

  • Stacey
    Oct 21

    Our son is two but we include these as well now: bibs, plastic silverware and sippy cup, dry snacks, sunscreen and lotion, Tylenol and usually a small toy.

  • Laurice
    Oct 28

    Pack yourself an extra shirt too in case baby spits up on you! MUSLIN COTTON SWADDLE!! Most practical item by far - it can be used as a nursing cover, put on top of a surface for a diaper change, cover the car seat or stroller when baby is napping or needs privacy, used as a burp cloth, a blanket for tummy time or for playtime sitting, literally used it for everything. I kept one in my diaper b... More

Give me all the organizational tips, please!

We are expecting our second daughter in December and we will be trying to make our tiny two bedroom apartment work until we can buy a house. We’re pretty minimalist and don’t have a lot of clutter or unnecessary stuff, but I’m desperately looking for some kitchen organization hacks. I think I spend a good deal of my life these days frantically hunting for Tupperware lids and I might lose my ... More

  • Anne
    Oct 17

    Idea: throw a reverse baby shower! Invite friends and family to your home for a day to help you organize, build shelving, and take things to donation/trash/etc. Or help themselves to things you don't need anymore!

  • Jade
    Oct 17

    @Anne you blew my mind with that one! So. Good.

Toddler Cups!

Hey moms! Which cup do you recommend for milk on the go? For a 3 year old! Big enough and spill proof of course

  • A
    Oct 04

    We use the Re-Play sippy cups, they are amazingly durable and spill proof. I actually take the little rubber stopper, which makes them extra spill proof, out because it just seemed to hard for my kids to drink out of it. We used to use the 360 cups and I loved them. However, my son started chewing through the rubber piece on the top of them. I was over replacing them constantly. Lol For water... More

  • Angela
    Oct 08

    Munchkin 360. Awesome and spill proof

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Sep 28

Best Bag for Toting around 2 Toddlers

I have twin 3yr olds and I’m look for a new “Parenting Bag.” We’ve kind of outgrown the diaper bag, but still need room for their water bottles, snacks and a change of clothes. It wouldn’t hurt if it was halfway stylish. 😂 Any ideas, suggestions on bags you love.

  • Jess
    Sep 30

    We actually got a regular backpack that my husband doesn’t mind carrying either 😀 we just keep it in the car all the time with diapers, wipes, books to keep her busy, a change of clothes and some crackers or snacks like that. Then if we go somewhere, I throw water bottles in my purse. That way if we are just running a few errands, I don’t have to remember to grab everything but have in case o... More

  • Kieli
    Oct 01

    Yes I have a backpack too. And I love it! It’s a nice outdoorsy one, so it’s durable and has multiple pockets. Even a little pocket that is insulated so I could keep an ice pack with breast milk if need be. And same with my husband, he doesn’t mind throwing it on for me when I ask him to

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Sep 25

Has anyone heard of britax one4life car seat?

I have a 2 year old daughter and we’re thinking of getting her front facing car seat. I’m thinking of buying her the one4life which is coming out this October but it’s too pricey ($400-$600 I think). One4life car seat is for infant to big kid. It says it grows with your child up to 10 years. If I buy that car seat I already missed out the 2 years of the car seat. Do you think it’s worth it? A... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 26

    We have the Graco 4Ever and didn’t start using it until our daughter was 9 months old, it’s a 4in1 so it grows with your child. it’s super durable and it’s only about $150, which is well worth it if it’s going to last us 10 years. It goes from rear facing to front facing and it turns into a booster when the time comes. Good luck finding one!! It took us a while to choose which one we wanted too

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Sep 17

Insect repellent recommendations

What are you using on yourselves and your little ones? Need recs.

  • Ivana
    Sep 18

    Avon skin so soft wipes - the best!

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Sep 16

First response test

I’m seeing a lot of mixed reviews for the first response tests, amazon has a lot of false negatives then target has a lot of false positives. Anyone get false positives?

  • Beth
    Sep 19

    Honestly the little tests from Dollar tree are perfectly fine as long as thier not expired and they usually aren't in my area!

  • Jenn
    Oct 27

    I've bought exclusively from the pharmacy and had accurate results every time.

Second seat for Baby Jogger City Select 2016

Does anyone know if a Baby Jogger City Select LUX sear will fit in a 2016 City Select? I have a single City Select stroller and need a second seat, but have learned that they’ve been discontinued. Thanks!

C posted in Dental Health Sep 12

How to get him to take orthodontic pacifier?

He's 1. Pediatric wisdom says that he shouldn't be using pacifiers anymore at his age, yes, but I dare you to tell him that. He's attached to a non orthodontic pacifier that he's had since he was in the NICU. So if he's going to keep using that thing, I figure he should at least transition to one built for kids his age, and one that won't be a detriment to his emerging t... More

  • B
    Sep 12

    My dentist says as long as it is gone by 3 teeth will be fine. I wouldn’t stress it and just work in only giving him a pacifier for sleep and then slowly transition out in the next year or so

We had a milk spill in the car. I didn’t find it for 2 days. How do I get the stink out? Help!

  • Kieli
    Sep 12

    I second baking soda!! My daughter had the stomach bug once and it worked wonders.

  • E
    Sep 13

    It was on the floor and under the driver’s seat a bit. We did carpet cleaner, air out over night, then baking soda. It worked! I was thinking we would have to get the drivers seat up, but my husband’s long arms got under the driver’s seat.

Stepstool/ladder combo with seat? Or other recs?

My son is potty trained with the big toilet. He knows how to take off his pants and underwear then we help him up onto the toilet seat. However lately he’s been trying to get up there himself with the step stool that he uses for the sink. He’s having trouble maneuvering himself onto the seat (the seat sits at the back of the toilet). Any product recommendations for something that might help my ... More

  • Ivana
    Sep 09

    We have a little step stool in front of the potty as well as the sink, that seems to help. Also the baby bjorn toilet seat fastens super securely so I’d recommend that even if he tried to climb or wiggle that thing will stay in place at least

A Good Mosquito Spray for a 22 month Old?

My daughter got bit on her legs from Mosquitos I just want to know if anyone has any good Mosquito sprays they recommend.

  • Ivana
    Aug 22

    Avon skin so soft wipes all the way

  • Erica
    Aug 31

    We use stickers that have natural repellants in them. One on the front of the shirt and one on the back. No bites and no sticky residue on the skin to wash off later

Best Spill-Proof Sippie Cups?

Wanting to transition my son to sippie cups, but can’t find one that is labeled spill proof but ends up spilling or leaking. Any recommendations of ones you’ve tried and liked?

  • Destin
    Aug 19

    Right now we are using the nuk brand. My daughter has 3 of them and none have them have ever leaked on us. She even has thrown them and hit them on things (lol kids) and we have still never had a problem with leaks. I have heard great things about the 360’ cups though and fully intend to get one soon!

  • Lena
    Aug 20

    The Munchkin 360 worked for my son. A little trial and error at first, but he got the hang of it

7yo Water bottle recommendations plz!

My daughter is going to be in 2nd grade and we and I both share in the terrible stomach issues so we stoped drinking dairy milk (which has helped a lot) and a bunch of other stuff. Point is I normally get her a water bottle for school but last year she went threw them so quick and would destroy them 🤦🏽‍♀️ i normally get them from Walmart or target but I end up spending a bunch of money since sh... More

  • Jackie
    Aug 13

    I have 2 Mira stainless steel vacuum sealed insulated bottles. They are great at keeping water cold or warm all day! Yetis are nice but super expensive and this is a great alternative. They offer many different sizes and lid types. Go onto amazon and just search Mira water bottle.

  • Jennifer
    Aug 15

    I got the Swell water bottle and the water stays cold and the bottle takes some good beating and lasts for the whole school year.

Momof2 posted in Diapering Aug 01

Has anyone had experience flushing G diaper disposable inserts?

I recently heard about G diapers and watched the video claiming they are flushable. I have read mixed things online about whether they clog toilets or not. Anybody have any experience with them? Did your toilet get clogged if you flushed them? Also if you use them did you take them out and about with you and flush them in public toilets?

  • Caroline
    Aug 08

    I’m thinking you’re referring to flushable liners? I use a liner with each cloth diaper. It’s basically a poop catcher that lays over the cloth insert. It’s permeable to urine which will then absorb into the cloth insert. If the child poops, the liner will contain the poop so you can throw the liner with the poop in it into the trash or flush it down the toilet. The liners are typically ab... More

  • Vonda
    Aug 08

    They are too good to be true. If they don’t clog your toilet they’ll clog the waste system that becomes a problem later when they have to repair it. Costing money no one wants to spend. My husband works for waste management where we live and they have to do more maintenance just to try and get rid of them. “Flushable” is a lie. Please just throw them away. As Julie said; flushing anything othe... More

Sippy cup

From your experience, do you know any good quality of drinking cups for the age of 3 years and more? I want them not to cause a mess and they can use them in the cat car. Surely they can drink from the regular cup, but you know this age and the movement they have. I want something to relax mentally when I give it to my son. Most of the over the shelf just for younger age

  • Anonymous
    Jul 26

    Just a regular water bottle should be fine. They sell them in the kitchen section at Walmart and Target. They are around $10. Just make sure you wash the parts a lot, they grow mold if you dont

  • PK
    Jul 26

    We have the playtex insulated straw sippy cup. It said 12+ months on it. My son is 2.5 now... and we have had it for about a year and a half. Easy to clean (you will need straw scrubber) and very durable. It’s not super insulated like a hydro flask but it is nice that it keeps water colder for a little longer. And like yours... he drinks from an open cup for meals. This is mainly for on the go.

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