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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Items I Recommend for Anyone with Kid.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend
5-minute read
Episode #26

Hey there!  You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some Quick and Dirty Tips for Practical Parenting. Today’s Topic:  My Favorite Things.

Items I Recommend for Anyone with Kids

As I was going through my daily routine I realized that there are many items I use every day without giving them much thought. I take them for granted. One of the items I am very fond of is my cell phone. Today, I thought I’d misplaced it. I remembered that my son had it briefly and I had intended to take it away from him, but he had set it down and moved on to something else. When I went to leave the house to run an errand, I ran down my checklist of “must have” items. My cell phone was missing. I picked up my landline and dialed my cell phone and heard the ringing. The sound was coming from the trashcan in the kitchen. Last week, my husband lost his cell phone. We think we know where it might have gone.

Having a phone that travels with me is a nice convenience, but more importantly, it can be a lifesaver if there is an emergency situation and I need to call for immediate help. If you are a parent or guardian, it’s a good idea to have a phone with you at all times if possible. If it is an issue of cost, keep in mind that there are pay-as-you-go plans that don’t require a monthly fee. We may have survived many years without cell phones, but we don’t have to anymore.

There are many items that I am quite attached to which may not be as important as my phone, but I love them all the same. One of these items is an ideal baby shower gift. There are many different brands of diaper disposal systems on the market now. These are containers where you put soiled diapers. The seals on these containers are so good that you can’t even smell what’s inside. If you invest in one of these systems that require refills, you can save money by only using the system when necessary. Only use them for the truly soiled and smelly diapers. If you remove a slightly wet diaper from your baby, don’t waste your refill space, just put it in the trash. You won’t need to buy bag refills as often this way. I only wish somebody had told me that with my first child.

Another one of my favorite items is a shopping cart seat cover. There are many different brands of these on the market and I’m sure they all do pretty much the same thing. Basically, it’s a seat cover that fits over a shopping cart seat. The cover I have, and love, is padded and has its own seatbelt. When my children were babies, I would use it in restaurant highchairs as well as shopping carts. It protects from some germs, makes the seat more comfortable, keeps babies strapped in securely and offers extra support for those kids who still lean a little bit when they are sitting up. Another great feature of this item is that when it’s dirty, you can just throw it in the washing machine. My favorite version also has a pocket to hide my sunglasses, keys and coupons.

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