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What’s In My Diaper Bag? – Diaper Bag Essentials

This is a sponsored post with Beech-Nut brand, however all opinions are my own, honest thoughts.

 

Let’s face it moms are always on-the-go, whether it’s doctor’s appointments, playdates, or running errands. It’s so hard to try to remember the list of things to bring with you as you scramble to make it out the door. Organization and pre-planning go a long way in the mommy world, and while it’s not possible to plan everything {ie, diaper blowouts, or traffic jams; both equally horrible}, there are some things that you can plan that are easy and will simplify your life.

Today’s What’s in My Diaper Bag? – Diaper Bag Essentials post isn’t an absolute list, it’s a list to get you started in the right direction and allows you to make changes that will fit your family and personal on-the-go needs.

Playtime

The type of toy will vary depending on your child’s age, but generally speaking choose toys that are easily washable. You already know those toys are going straight to the ground. Sophie la Girafe Teether** {pictured above} is a must-have diaper bag toy. She’s easy to find in stores and can be wiped down quickly {don’t use her as a bath toy}.

Some fabric toys that wrap around the carseat or shopping cart are great too. {Always look for machine-washable to save yourself some time and stress.}

Mealtime

Easy travel dining ware, like pop-up bowls and disposable flatware are great for meals on the go.

I also highly recommend easy snacks. We’re pretty mindful of what our kids are eating and compare brands to see which are the healthiest and Beech-Nut** really stands out. Not only are their baby and toddler snacks and cereals real ingredients, but they are super portable and a great addition to your diaper bag essentials.

 

Check out their Naturals™ and Organics™ lines:

 

Don’t forget the two-in-one highchair/shopping cart cover like this multi-colored Eddie Bauer Reversible Cart & High Chair Cover**. We loved ours and highly recommend keeping one in your diaper bag. {Opt for darker colors to hide stains.}

While we are at it, I love these Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Milk Feeding Bib the unique dribble catcher absorbs moisture and is ideal for drips or teething and they’re reversible as well.

Changing time

Of course diapers and wipes are important, we heart Pampers brand. Be sure to put a few diapers in your bag, get a travel wipes case, and remember to check every so often to refill.

Changing Pads often come with diaper bags but personally I’ve always been hesitant to use them because I feel like they may not be super clean, I typically go with disposable options and you can find earth-friendly versions as well.

Don’t feel like carrying a dirty diaper around in your diaper bag? Yuck! I highly recommend having the handy Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser & Bags** attached to your diaper bag at all times. It clips on to the strap AND smells great.

 

 

Remember the extra change of clothes for when messes occur, trust me you’ll thank me later.

Mommy time

It’s always nice to have a few things for mom stashed away in your diaper bag. Remember some bottled water, a quick snack, extra clothes, and maybe even some shower wipes to freshen up a bit. If you can sneak a good book or magazine in, GO YOU!!

Healthy time

Disinfect the world. Okay I know some germs are good, but for public places and unexpected stops I love a good disinfecting wipe. Yep, I’m that mom.

You can buy a set of nail clippers, a thermometer, all your baby’s health needs separately, but why when you can get everything in a complete set that comes with a great little bag to keep everything in one place in your diaper bag. Love this set by Safety 1st. Check out their Deluxe Healthcare & Grooming Kit**.

Okay on this last one, I have not personally tried this but feel like I have seen parents in a standing ovation over this health product. Ladies, and gents, I give you the Fridababy NoseFrida® Nasal Aspirator**. Again, people swear by it and reviews on shopping sites are pretty impressive.

 

And don’t forget the cute Oh Joy!® Backpack Diaper Bag** that’s super stylish and just the right size to hold all your essentials and not be overwhelmingly large.

 

So tell me, What’s In Your Diaper Bag? No, seriously, I really want to know! Leave a comment below, can’t wait to see what your must-haves are.

Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus Review

Mealtime is definitely one of Lil’ C’s favorite times of the day. Of course as parents we want to make sure our children are comfortable and have everything they need to have a successful meal. Since Lil’ C is 4 she’s not quite a baby in need of a highchair but sitting in the dining table chairs doesn’t quite sit up to the height of her plate without the assistance of a booster seat.

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We’ve been trying out the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus for a couple of months to review all the features and in order to tell you more about our likes and dislikes about the product. Since we are using the booster for Lil’ C we don’t use the included tray, but it’s a great option for a smaller child.

We like the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus because:

  • It comes in four accent colors: Berry Blue, Galactic Grey, Flashbulb Fuchsia, and Gumball Green
  • There is a 3-point harness option for buckling your child in
  • The seat seems very durable in the months we have been using it and even through our move.
  • It’s super easy to clean, we just wipe messes away and the straps are removable for easy washing.

 

Things that we don’t love about theBoost Plus:

  • The price point is at the higher end for boosters
  • May not fit all dining room seats
  • Depending on your dining room chair it may be difficult for the child to seat themselves in the booster

Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus Review

 

All-in-all I would say this is a great booster option especially if you are going to be handing it down to younger siblings/family members or friends because the quality is great and well worth the retail price. Check out more details on Prince Lionheart’s website: princelionheart.com

 

I received sample product in order to give you an honest review of theBOOST plus seat. Your opinions may vary.

Cocoonies Baby Product Guest Review

I have big babies.

They have all been over 8 lbs, and 2 were 9+ lbs. I keep hoping one of these days I’ll have one of those sweet, tiny 7 lbs babies, but I doubt that will happen. A girl can wish though!

One of the things I love about big babies are their kissable cheeks and those precious rolls. I could just eat them up! Infancy is really the only time rolls are cute, but boy are they so sweet.

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But with those rolls, comes weight. Add an infant carseat to the mix, and you might as well be carrying a ton of bricks in the crook of your arm. Ouch! Those infant seats look light, but looks can be deceiving. I’ve actually had bruises on my arm from carrying my babies around in their seats.

That’s why I am so thankful I was introduced to Cocoonies. The Cocoonies Handle Cover provides just the right amount of padding to be comfortable and not bulky. They come in a variety of colorful fabrics to dress up your infant carseat. There are straps that go around the edges to make sure the Cocoonies Handle Cover stays in place. You can even add a plastic hook to the ribbon loop to hang a toy to entertain your little one while they stay in their seat.

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Recently, they also introduced Strapletz. Strapletz are great because they provide comfortable padding near the baby’s neck, covering the infant seat straps. Both Strapletz have ribbons so that you can attach a small toy on one side and a pacifier on the other side. And they come in coordinating fabrics, so you can match the Cocoonies Handle Cover.

Cocoonies and Strapletz Baby Review MommyB

Cocoonies and Strapletz make great baby shower gifts. They add a pop of color and style to the infant seat but are functional too. If you are searching for just the right baby shower gift or hospital present for a friend or family member, look no further than the Cocoonies and Strapletz coordinating set. You won’t be disappointed in the quality and your friend will thank you for saving their arm.

Whitney HeadshotWhitney is a stay at home mom to 4 littles. The author of Infertility: a Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears. She also writes to encourage other mamas and to introduce readers to natural living with essential oils at Beauty in the Mess.

 

 

I received product in order to give a hands-on review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” Event Video

This is a sponsored post in an effort to showcase car seat safety initiatives highlighted in the video below.

Three New York City newborns will be making their first ride home in one of America’s safest cars as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event. The program focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

Instead of making the journey home through the streets of New York City in a taxi – an experience that does not legally require a car seat – the parents participating in Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event opted for a ride home from the hospital with their new bundles of joy in a fully-equipped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander – an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) highest-rated “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle piloted by professional drivers. Their touching personal stories have become a series of short web films that contrast the craziness of the streets of the big city, with the calm, precious moments shared between three newborns and their parents.

Check out the video:

This is a sponsored post in partnership with car seat safety initiative.

Protect Baby from Bugs and Sun with Cozy Cover {Guest Review}

This week has been wonderful! I am so excited that the weather has been warm and the sun has been bright and shining in North Carolina. Hopefully this is an indication that Spring is here to stay!

We are spending a lot of time outside. That’s wonderful for the older children, but we just welcomed our newest member of the family into the world last week. I can’t be two places at one time, so she comes outside with us. She’s definitely been getting her vitamin D, but I don’t want her to burn.

I was pretty excited to see the Cozy Cover Sun & Bug Cover when it arrived in the mail. It’s the perfect solution!

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Cozy Cover Out of the Box

Not only does it protect her from the sun, it also keeps the bugs away. We have a pergola attached to our back porch and the wood bees LOVE it. Thankfully they tend to mind their own business if we leave them alone. So far we haven’t had to deal with mosquitos. But they usually aren’t bad until Summer officially starts.

With the weather being so nice out this week, our oldest daughter requested that we eat outside for dinner. I didn’t really want to lay a blanket on the grass or the concrete and lay baby girl down, so I pulled out her car seat and attached the Cozy Cover.

It was so easy to use!

There an elasticized edge around the cover, and it fits snuggly around the sides of the infant car seat. This makes for a great universal fit. We have an Cybex Aton infant seat, and it fits great.

The pullover flap protects the baby from the sun, or even rain. It has elastic at the bottom of the flap so it fits securely over the seat.

There is even a self-supporting canopy to keep the cover away from the baby’s face.

Cozy Sun and Bug Cover Review

Her brothers and sister enjoyed having her outside with them, and I had peace of mind that she was safe from the sun and any bugs that might want to feast on her newborn sweetness.

 

Whitney HeadshotWhitney is a stay at home mom to 4 littles. The author of Infertility: a Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears. She also writes to encourage other mamas and to introduce readers to natural living with essential oils at Beauty in the Mess.

 

 

I received product in order to give a hands-on review of the Cozy Cover. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

North America’s Leading Children and Maternity Consignment Event – Just Between Friends Franchise

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Just Between Friends.

Have you ever thought about running a business of your very own? Being able to set your own hours? Helping your neighborhood and community? Making some extra cash for your family?

As moms, often times we want something in addition to being a mom and turn to jobs outside the home. As a blogger, most of the time I work from home, but there are opportunities for me to attend media events and work with the community, much like owning your own franchise with Just Between Friends Franchise {JBF}, North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event. I get to be mommy first and work at my own pace and as much or little as I want, and I really enjoy what each job, {different in it’s own rite}, brings me.

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With the opportunity to turn your passion for helping other families save money, and wanting to step into a role of business owner for whatever reason it may be, Just Between Friends may be the perfect fit for you to become a business owner.

Some benefits to running your own business:

  • Make your own hours – if your children have sports or extracurricular activities that you can’t miss you can plan your working hours and event hours around your family’s needs.
  • Know your customer base – living in the area that you are hosting your consignment events gives you a great advantage of knowing what the best dates for sales will be and how to promote your sales.
  • Help families save money – JBF helps more than half a million families save and earn money every single year and you will be a big part of that!
  • Make extra income for your family – supplement income, save up for vacations that you might not have been able to go on before, or start or build on your family savings.
  • Work with others – Should you decide to run a business with friends, you’ll be working together to help create a successful business and enjoying that relationship that may be stronger

The Today Show calls it “the hottest ticket in town” and you could be the person or people who bring this to your area. Check out this video to hear more about the Just Between Friends consignment franchise.

 

Just Between Friends currently has 138 franchises in 28 states and Canada and expanding. That’s where you come in. JBF is looking a mom, or several moms to be the first to bring this super-successful event to area where there aren’t any.

At this point you may be wondering how it all works:

• Local moms/families/friends run the consignment event twice a year – spring and fall (a few ambitious owners may add in a holiday sale or summer event if they decide to)

• Families in your community sign up as consignors and sell the new and gently-used items their children have outgrown (or never used)

• Consignors earn 60 to 70 percent of the price of their sold items

• Other families shop the sales event and generally save more than 50 to 90% off of retail prices

Because JBF is part of a franchise, you have all the tools you’ll need to help you succeed at your fingertips and a great support system to help you build this business. That means you still have the flexibility to put your family first AND enjoy your passion AND help others. JBF is great for any “mompreneur” who is interested in owning a business that will help earn extra money without taking long hours from your family every week.

JBF Franchise Owners WantedHere’s how you can get started:

– The Franchise Fee is $14,900 in the United States and $16,900 in Canada

– The total investment is between $25,000 to $30,000

– Traits of a successful franchisee include:

  • Experience in sales and/or marketing
  • Outgoing personality
  • Goal-driven with a “get-it-done” mindset
  • Management experience is a plus

If you or someone you might know may be interested learn more about Just Between Friends franchise opportunities here:

Click here to fill out a franchise application online

Click here for more information on franchise opportunities

Let’s not keep this a secret Just Between Friends.

 

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Just Between Friends. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. I love empowering families and helping others save and enjoy being a working mom, and wanted to share this information. Your opinions may vary.

Action Baby Carrier Guest Review & Giveaway

There are an overwhelming number of baby products on the market. Before I had my first child, I wasn’t sure what I needed and what I (and the baby) could survive without.

I quickly learned many of the “most have items” big baby stores and some well-meaning parents will tell you that you need are not really necessary. But there is one item I wish I had known about sooner than I did – an ergonomic baby carrier.

I’ve used several brands and types of carriers with my children from the time they were infants until now (they are 2 and 4 years old). By far, my favorite has been soft structured carriers (SSC).

My 4-year-old son is not as big of a fan of babywearing as my 2-year-old daughter. She has always loved being worn and she still does. Babywearing has saved my sanity many times, particularly when she was younger as she liked to be held – a lot. By wearing her, I’ve been able to do things I need to do around the house, play with my son, run errands, etc.

There’s a very popular ERGOnomic carrier that has several versions of its SSC (lightweight, organic, etc.) and I’ve owned several of them.

While I love those carriers, as my children get older, taller and heavier, I haven’t found them to be as comfortable for me.

I’m very excited to have found the toddler carrier from Action Baby Carrier, a small, Michigan-based business that hand makes their quality carriers in the U.S.A.

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Their toddler carrier is 3 inches taller in the body than their regular carrier (similar in sizing to most SSCs), the hood is an inch longer and the shoulder webbing is 2 inches smaller (because they are used mostly for back carries and this offers a tighter fit).

As children get bigger, the traditional SSCs don’t go as high on their backs or across their bottoms. I noticed a significant difference in how secure my toddlers (I tested it with both of them in it) seemed to feel in Acton Baby’s toddler carrier. The kids enjoy being in the carrier and seem to be more comfortable in the toddler carrier than a standard SSC.

Although the carrier is larger, it’s not bulky or heavy like some soft structured carriers. It’s actually fairly lightweight and it folds up to a very reasonable size.

The buckles on the carrier are strong and sturdy. The waist band is generous and is more likely to fit a plus size wearer without an extension. The body of the carrier is well-made and it comes in solid colors as well as prints. The company recently introduced four new fun prints, including the popular chevron pattern, elephants and classic cars. Their prints are classy, not “loud” and many of them are gender neutral.

Because of the additional sizing on the toddler vs. standard carrier, the weight of my children (30lbs and 39lbs) definitely felt as if it was distributed more evenly, which is very important to me as I have lower back issues.

Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is designed for children 15-45lbs (their standard carrier is for 8-40lbs).

The only real negative for me with the Action Baby Carrier is that the chest strap was not as comfortable as I would like and it dug into my arm pits a bit. However, I’m hopeful that as I get accustomed to using this brand vs. others, I will learn to adjust the straps to a fit that works best for me.

Overall, Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is wonderfully made in the U.S. and is reasonably priced ($114 – their standard carrier is $98). The additional sizing makes it a more comfortable fit for the toddlers and those who wear them, including men (my husband found this toddler carrier to be more comfortable than standard SSCs).

Action Baby Carrier is giving MommyB Knows Best readers a one time 10% discount limited offer. Enter the code “mbkb8j7fabc” now through February 28th to save on full-price items only. They’re also giving away one of their awesome carriers to one lucky reader!

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Action Baby Carrier provided their toddler carrier for this review, however the opinions expressed are the author’s honest assessment of the product.

Jamie BioAfter a 13 year full-time public relations/writing career, Jamie K. now has the privilege to be home with her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Chocolate regularly “calls” her name, she’s forever going on a new “diet” every Monday and she’s always taking on more projects than one human can manage (this description likely fits many of you!). She currently lives in Northern Virginia, her 4th “home” state in 5 years thanks to her officer husband’s Air Force career.

Babies Love Bumbo #bumbocares

When I think about products that are must-haves for parents I think of things like Diaper Genie, Boppy pillows, Pampers diapers, MAM pacifiers, Snack Trap, and Bumbo {to name only a few of my favorites}. Whenever I shop for friends who are expecting a new baby I check to see if they have these things on their list and if so I usually try to buy them because I know they will get plenty of use and are invaluable to parents.

Both of my girls loved their Bumbo seat, we’ve shared with friends over the years, and in fact we even handed it down to another family a couple of years ago.

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While the Bumbo seat is pretty well-known, their BumboCares program is not as famous. Check out this video to learn more about BumboCares and to see how Bumbo is giving back:

Bumbo Cares Program from Bumbo USA on Vimeo.

BumboCares_SocialMedia_ABumbo is committed to child safety so please be sure to use Bumbo on the floor and make sure your child’s seat belt is securely fastened.

Bumbo is great to travel with, easy to clean, and great for babies and toddlers. The Bumbo seat comes in several colors and also has a play tray accessory. If you’ve never heard of Bumbo I suggest you check them out by heading to their website here: BumboUSA.

One lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader is going to win a Bumbo seat of their very own!!! Enter to win:

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I received product to perform this review, this is not a paid post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts. Yours may vary.

Free Gift at Target with Motorola Video Baby Monitor Purchase

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Motorola.

Do you ever find it a little overwhelming looking for baby gear? Recently, I was shopping for a video baby monitor for a baby shower gift for a friend and while I’ve tried a couple out {old school and new school} I was still really overwhelmed by all the options and functions.

Do I really need this feature, what things can’t I live without in a video monitor? Those are the questions that kept mulling around in my head and I can only imagine the thousands more if I was a new mom. So I figured I’d tell you, in “real mom” words what’s important in a video monitor to me as a mom.

Big Screen – If I’m dropping a good bit of $ on baby gear, I want it to be well worth it.

Remote Control – Yes, I want to be spoiled. Sometimes babies roll from one side of their crib to the other and out of view from the camera. I want “eyes in the sky”.

Night Vision – Speaking of wanting to see different angles, I also want to see my wee one in the dark.

Awesome Range – Not that our house is enormous, but if we ever get invited to live at the Biltmore {hey you never know}, I want my baby monitor to come to the west wing with me, {or at least the other side of the house}.

Room Temperature – Now I’m getting a little “brass tacks” here, but in our house the downstairs feels about 10 degrees cooler than the upstairs so when DaddyB and I are freezing in the winter, the girls are sweating in their rooms. I would love to be able to adjust the temperature in our home according to baby’s room temperature rather than our thermostat.

Intercom – One thing I always disliked about our monitors with the girls growing up is that we could hear them, but unless we yelled up the stairs {no thank-you}, they couldn’t hear us. I love the option of being able to soothe your child when they are a little fussy. Of course being a no-cry momma I always recommend going up if baby’s in distress, but this is a great way to sing or talk to little one as needed.

Of course all monitors being sold these days have wireless options, battery options,

Coincidentally, there’s a great, award-winning video monitor on the market that fits mom’s most important needs, and covers all the key featured I mentioned and more.

Parents, I give you the Motorola MBP 36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor

Motorola MBP36 Video Baby Monitor

This video baby monitor features:

• 3.5” Diagonal Color Screen

• Video Remote: Pan, Tilt, and Zoom from Parent Unit

• Infrared Night Vision

• Range Up to 590 feet

• High Sensitivity Microphone

• Room Temperature Display

• Two-Way Communication

• Rechargeable Battery (Parent Unit)

• 5 Lullabies and more!!!

For a limited time when you buy the Motorola MBP36 video monitor at your local Target store you get a 3 pack Dr. Brown’s Bottles for FREE!!

Motorola Video Baby Monitor Target Deal

 

What features are important to you in a video baby monitor? Be sure to click on this link HERE to get your special gift when you purchase this Motorola video baby monitor while supplies last!!!

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I received compensation in return for this post. I don’t have any little babies but was happy to bring the information about this great product to all of my readers. All opinions expressed in the above post are my own honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

Newest, Innovative Products from Target & Pampers {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post, about products and brands we love.

 

If you’ve read some of my previous posts you know that DaddyB and I are done having our own children {although adoption is never out of the picture} and I have a lot of friends who are having their second or third babies lately. As a opinionated mom {no kidding}, I love sharing my thoughts on baby products and best brands. I also love buying my favorite brands for other moms in hopes they’ll share the same love of the products with me, if they don’t already.

Two brands you may hear me talk about a lot are Target {because we practically live there}, and Pampers {although no one in our house currently wears them}. I have been a longtime fan of Pampers diapers, training pants, and wipes and ALWAYS recommend the brand, so it was a great fit for me to be able to share some exciting new, innovative products from Target and some cool news about Pampers with you.

I love that Target is now carrying some really cool brands like 3 Sprouts, Trend Lab, and Aden + Anais for Target. These three lines are really cool, fresh, and great quality products. I’m partial to elephants and each of these lines carry fabric featuring adorable pachyderms:

 Target Brands

 I also love finding new products that just weren’t around when my girls were little, and stumbled on the KidCo GoPod Activity Seat. How awesome! We loved our daughter’s activity seat, but it was so big and bulky that we didn’t really want to travel with it, but this seat makes it a breeze to go to grandma’s house or bring to the babysitter’s. I would definitely have loved one of these and will be putting it on my list of baby shower gifts to give.

GoPod Activity Center

Target also carries my favorite brand of diapers, Pampers. I used to be so sad that back in our baby days Pampers Swaddlers only went to size 2, then they moved up and believe it or not, Pampers Swaddlers now go up through size 5!!! Although Swaddlers were my all-time favorite, I did also like Pampers Cruisers and they are also, new and improved with more absorbent materials and an even better fit for babies on-the-go.

Not only are these awesome diapers, but they’re even better when you can get a reward for buying them.

Target is celebrating these new Pampers innovations with two exciting offers:

  • Now through October 26th, 2013 receive a free $15 Target gift card with the purchase of 2 Pampers Giant Packs at Target
  • Then, from 10/27 – 11/2, receive a free $10 Target gift card with the purchase of 2 Pampers Super Packs at Target

Not only that, but  one lucky MommyB Knows Best winner will receive a special prize pack (valued at over $95) that includes: 

  • $50 Target Gift Card
  • Pampers Wipes (56ct)
  • aden + anais for Target Zooaroo Swaddle Wraps (4pk)
  • Skip Hop Zoo Malamine Kids & Toddler Tableware Set

Target Pampers Giveaway

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This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Target and Pampers brands. My family has been long-time customers of both brands and we fully stand behind the products and brands that are represented here. Your opinions may differ.