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Stock up on all your summer essentials in the new Diapers.com Summer Boutique!
To say that I'm a fan of Diapers.com would be a vast understatement. When my daughter Sadie was born, Diapers.com was our absolute lifeline. Not only did the site carry pretty much everything we needed as new parents (except sleep, of course), it delivered it right to our door the next day, usually for free (it's not hard to meet the $49 minimum when you're buying diapers by the truckload). As Sadie grew, Diapers.com grew right along with her, and we found ourselves purchasing not just diapers and baby shampoo from the site, but also organic baby food, toys, DVDs, a Melissa & Doug easel and even a retro KidKraft play kitchen.
Diapers.com also came in quite handy when we traveled to visit Sadie's grandparents in California and Florida. Rather than rely on our relatives to pick up exactly the right organic baby food or toxin-free baby shampoo, we would place an order on Diapers.com ahead of our visit and have it shipped directly to the grandparents' house. This saved me a lot of headache in terms of worrying that Nana or Grandpa would adhere to my shopping list (I think we all know how difficult it can be to explain phthalates to a senior citizen), and made our visits much easier on the grandparents, who didn't have to stress over finding a market that carried our preferred brands and products.
I'll confess that once Sadie was fully potty trained, I fell off the Diapers.com wagon for awhile. Sure, I would place an order with Diapers.com's sister site, Soap.com, every so often, but I somehow forgot how easy, convenient and reasonably priced Diapers.com was when it came to so many of the essentials we continued to use on a daily basis. I kept meaning to return to the site, but just hadn't gotten around to it. So when BabyCenter offered me a chance to stock up on some summer essentials in Diapers.com's new Summer Boutique, of course I lept at the chance. We're in the midst of planning a road trip to D.C. and Virginia this summer, so I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to do some pre-trip shopping in the Summer Boutique and throughout the Diapers.com site. Here's what I selected:
1. Travel-Sized Versions of Babyganics sunscreen, lotion and body wash/shampoo: I'm a big fan of Babyganics' line of products, which are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and other harmful toxins. I've never seen travel-size versions of these products in a retail store, so I was delighted to find them on Diapers.com.
2. Zak Designs Dura Sack and Thermos 6 Cube Ice Mat: Whenever we travel, I pack a small tote filled with snacks for Sadie. I know Sadie will love having her own Disney Princess-themed tote for our trip, and the Thermos ice mat will keep everything nice and cool.
3. Revolution Foods Mash Ups: Sadie goes through these Revolution Foods fruit "mashers" (as she calls them) like crazy. They are perfect for trips because they don't need to be refrigerated in advance (although Sadie does like them chilled - such a diva), so you can just throw them in your diaper bag or purse and you're good to go. They also allow your child to feed him or herself with minimal mess, which is always a plus.
4. Thermos FUNtainer Disney Princess 12 Oz Straw Bottle: I've actually never tried one of Thermos' insulated cups, but I'm eager to do so. My hope is that this will keep Sadie's milk cold while we're on the road - an especially important concern in the hot summer months.
5. The First Years Insulated Cup 9 Oz 2-Pack: You can never have enough sippy cups when you're traveling with a toddler, and The First Years makes some of the only sippy cups I've found that don't leak. Sadie will adore the Disney Princess theme on these.
6. Beauty & the Beast DVD: In my experience, long car rides with a toddler are much more tolerable when you have plenty of entertainment on hand. We always bring a portable DVD player with us when we travel, and, given her absolute obsession with all things Disney Princess, I know Sadie will be occupied for at least an hour with this DVD.
7. American Baby Company Washcloth Set: I know washcloths might not seem like an obvious choice to pack for a summer road trip, especially when suitcase space is at a premium, but they don't take up much room in your luggage and I tend to be a bit wary of the rough washcloths in some hotels.
8. Oral B Zooth Toothbrush: Whenever we travel, I try to pick up a couple of new items with which to surprise Sadie during our trip. If the items serve a practical purpose, even better! She's going to love this Tinkerbell toothbrush.
9. Band-Aid Princesses Bandages: A first aid kit is a must when you're embarking on a family road trip, and who doesn't feel instantly better when their scraped knee is covered up by Snow White?
10. Summer Infant Tub Time Tea Party Set: Along the same lines of surprising Sadie with something new, I thought it would be nice to have a new bath toy for Sadie to enjoy during our trip. This tea set is adorable, and I think it would also work well in a kiddie swimming pool (fingers crossed that we encounter some good pools on our trip).
11. Kumon Workbooks: Sadie has recently developed a fondness for these workbooks geared especially toward younger children, and they'll be great for down time at the hotel. They also take up far less room in a suitcase than bulky toys.
Phew, that was quite a spree, wasn't it? I'll confess that I spent an extra $20 above and beyond the $100 credit with which I was provided, but that's because I really do have difficulty exercising restraint when it comes to Diapers.com! Now that I'm back in the game, I know I'm going to once again be using Diapers.com on a regular basis (indeed, I'll admit to placing a Soap.com order the day after I went on my Diapers.com shopping spree!). So, how would you like to have a Diapers.com shopping spree of your own? Read on for all the details!
GIVEAWAY! The folks from BabyCenter have provided me with a $100 Diapers.com credit to give away to one lucky Macaroni Kid subscriber. Here's how to enter:
- Leave a comment below telling me one item you'd like to purchase from Diapers.com if you win (this part is mandatory).
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- Want yet another extra entry (or two or three or twenty)? Get a friend to subscribe to Macaroni Kid and put your name in the "How did you hear about us?" field when signing up. You'll receive one extra entry for each friend you refer who puts your name in the "How did you hear about us?" field.
- You can only enter once via commenting regarding what you'd like to purchase if you win, a second time via "liking" Macaroni Kid on Facebook and a third time via following @MacaroniKidNYC on Twitter, but there is no limit on the number of extra entries you can receive via referring new subscribers.
- As always, you must be a Macaroni Kid Manhattan East Side subscriber to be eligible to win. Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up (it's free and you'll love it)!
- I'll use Random.org to draw one lucky winner from all eligible entries received by 5pm on Thursday June 2, 2011. Good luck!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BabyCenter in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network. I received a Diapers.com credit to purchase the items for this review and also received compensation in consideration of this post. The opinions expressed herein, however (especially my adoration of Diapers.com), are, as always, entirely my own.
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