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Top 5 Items for RVing with a Toddler

With four young children, I seem to have most stages covered. I have an infant, two toddlers and one school aged child. All I’m missing is a preteen and a teenager! However, I’m in no hurry for them to grow up. While I dealt with the top items for a newborn already, I haven’t mentioned the toddlers yet. We have two toddlers, one girl and one boy. These are the items we’ve found extremely useful for them and we use these on a daily basis.

Potty Seat

I have found that for potty training, it is easier to have a potty training seat that goes straight on the toilet. We tried a potty training chair and found that we tripped over it often, it felt gross having it lying around and they wanted to use the big toilet anyways. So we ditched the potty training chair and now stick with the seat cover. It works great.

Foot Stool

This foot stool is amazing! It folds up for easy storage, yet is simple to use. It gets used daily for potty training, hand washing and for helping mom and dad cook. I also use it for reaching the higher
shelves in the pantry (the woes of a short person!)

Folding High Chair

I saw one of these mentioned online and knew it would be perfect for us! I managed to find one on Amazon and just had to get it! It’s basically a high chair that functions just like a camp chair. There’s even a small tray that can be removed for washing. This is one of my favorite things that we’ve ever purchased for the RV! We can also take this with us to a family or friends house that don’t have a high chair.

Waterproof Mattress Cover

When you’ve got little in diapers, these are invaluable! While the bunks we have are not a standard size, we find that the twin size works great for the beds. We have multiple of these for changing out beds between wash days as needed.

Bumbo

This little chair has come in handy. Mostly used for giving a kid a slight boost at the table, we also use it for extra seating around the campfire and a great place to give an active toddler boy his haircuts. It really comes in handy. (Even as a toy! The kids love sticking a recess ball in the bumbo and then jumping on the ball like a trampoline.)

These are the top items we have for toddlers in our RV. Each is very useful and completely worth the space they take up (even on the days when I kick the Bumbo away from my feet in frustration after tripping over it for the third time).

What would you use in a RV for a toddler?

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My Top 5 Items for a Newborn Baby in a RV

Our RV is only 354 sq. Ft, so for our family of six, space is at a premium. So on this list, you won’t find the typical swings, bouncers, diaper pails and other space wasting baby gear. These are the actual products that we use on a consistent basis in our RV.

Moby Wrap

This little wrap is a lifesaver for me! I constantly use it with every baby I’ve had. It’s great for getting work done around the house, for going shopping, or just going outside for fresh air with your other kids. I have two Moby Wraps right now, one for the car and one for the RV and I want at least one more to store in my stroller. One of the major advantages is that it rolls up very small, so is great for storing in our small place!

Waterproof Mattress/Crib Cover

There really isn’t much room in a RV for a crib or bassinet (though we’ve done it before!), so we co-sleep with our new babies. To keep our sheets fresh, we have small flat waterproof crib covers (not the fitted ones) that we lay under baby while they are sleeping in between us. As an extra layer of protection, we also have a waterproof fitted sheet covering the whole bed under our sheets. This has saved our mattress many a time from being stained with pee, though our sheets needed to be cleaned! 

Travel Bassinet

We have this great little bed that we use constantly. I can set it up on the couch, place the baby inside and can confidently go about my day, not having to worry about the baby rolling off the couch. This also is wonderful when we’re hanging outside the RV and it gives me an easy place to put the baby down if needed. The best thing about this little bassinet is that it folds up nicely flat, making it easy to store in a drawer or closet until needed.

Collapsible Baby Bath

Our RV only has a shower, no bathtub around, so we need a way to wash our baby! We found this collapsible baby bath that is easier to store than most and makes giving the baby a bath nice and easy. We have found though that if both HoneyBear and I are home, it’s a lot easier to have one of us jump in the shower with the baby and hold it while the other one washes the baby and then wraps it in a towel to dry it off and dress the baby again. The collapsible tub is perfect for only having one adult around or if the baby needs a bath when no one else is home.

Boppy

A boppy tends to take up some room and can feel bulky, but for me, I find this necessary while the baby is so small and breastfeeding. There’s not a ton of pillows available in the RV and no real way to support the baby at all when breastfeeding. I find that having this is the best way for me to breastfeed and is the most comfortable way to do so. My husband and I suffer through the inconvenience of having it lay around and sometimes in the way, since it is so useful!

These are my top five items to have when I have a newborn baby in the RV. They are all very practical and so useful that I’ve used them and am using them for all of my babies. I know many woman love having a swing or bouncer around, but there is no space for them in the RV and the baby is perfectly content with being in either the Moby Wrap or the travel bassinet. Only very rarely do I wish that I had a swing or bouncer, but overall, we’re happy without. However, if you feel that you need one, go for it! We actually found a small, compact secondhand bouncer which plays music that we bring into the RV sometimes to use. Most of the time though, it doesn’t stay around long because of how bulky it feels in this small place. 

I hope you enjoyed this list, as it is a real glimpse into what we have in our RV and use on a daily basis for a newborn baby. What would you have for a new baby in a RV?

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Get Well Diffuser Blend

It started! The season where the littles end up with the sniffles and coughs. In our RV, with space so limited, when one gets sick, the others soon follow. There just seems no way to avoid it. However, today I’m sharing one of my little secrets that help my children bounce back quickly. As soon as I notice the sniffles or a cough, I start running this diffuser blend in the RV. 

This recipe came from a moment of desperation last year. We didn’t have our dehumidifier last winter and the children and I were constantly sick (the moisture in the air was causing mold in the RV). I had the essential oil diffuser and some basic essential oils. So I was looking up recipes for a blend that would help us get better. There was one main problem, almost every blend called for eucalyptus essential oil, something that is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Now, all my kids were under the age of 4, so I couldn’t use any of the blends that were called for. So I came up with a safe blend for infants, young children and pregnant mommies.

First off, I chose tea tree essential oil, since it has many benefits, such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, etc. However, I’m not a huge fan of the smell, so I decided to make the base an orange essential oil. This helps in cleansing the air, reducing the chance of re-infecting anyone or making someone even more sick. Last of all, I chose to add a drop of lavender essential oil,  to help the children calm down and sleep well during the night and nap times. 

This blend is a huge help for us at home! The children start getting better quickly, they sleep well and I have peace of mind with the orange essential oil helping cleanse the air. Plus, the smell is actually pretty nice! I’m not a fan of the smell of lavender and tea tree essential oil, but they are all I had on hand. The orange essential oil’s smell blends well with the other essential oils, making it something I like and masking the smell of the lavender and tea tree essential oil.

So, the next time you or your children get sick, put this blend on. I think you’ll be surprised at how well this works out. 

Get Well Diffuser Blend
An infant safe essential oil diffuser blend.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 drops orange essential oil
  2. 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  3. 1 drop lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. Add essential oils to your diffuser with the amount of water your diffuser requires.
  2. Use as needed while sick.
Notes
  1. My diffuser calls for 7-9 drops of essential oil. Your diffuser may call for something different. Adjust amount of essential oils as needed.
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5 Road Trip Tips with Young Children

Recently, our family of five went on a road trip from Houston to Seattle. We were in Texas for a family reunion and decided last minute to buy a car and drive back home. Seeing as we had three young children (3, 1 and 2 months; all in diapers) and no vehicle (we’d been borrowing my parent’s car), this was actually a pretty good idea. We had flown to Texas and I didn’t like it at all. So, after the fun of buying the car, now we had to figure out the logistics of transporting our family cross-country with no preparation.

First was packing our small duffel bag with all the clothing essentials for the trip. This would let us bury the bulky suitcases and not have to move them. Next up was a grocery trip. Here, we bought drinks, snacks and sandwich fixings for the journey. The grandparents donated an ice chest, so that was taken care of. All that was left was packing everything up and heading out. We learned a few things and wanted to share them with you!

1. Buy groceries for the trip

We only planned for one meal a day to be eaten out. This saved us lots of money on food in the long run. Plus, since we had bought plenty of fresh fruit, cheese, meat and crackers, there was plenty to give the girls whenever they were hungry, instead of making them wait for meal time or having to buy expensive, crappy junk food from the gas station we were at. 

2. Pack necessities in an easy to reach bag

The last thing you want to do when you stop (especially when it’s cold) is to be digging through tons of stuff to find what you need. Pack everything you need in a smaller bag, you’ll be glad you did!

3. Pack lots of extra clothes

There would be times when the children would sleep, so we’d keep driving and driving to stop and find out that the kids had leaked their diapers. We used all the clothes we packed and could have used even more! Next time, we’ll make sure the children’s suitcase is the easiest to access! 

4. Kids don’t need as much entertainment as you would think

Our two oldest barely played with anything on the trip. Neither did they have movies to watch. They both had a bag full of their new Christmas toys to play with, plus coloring supplies and books. Instead, they mostly slept or played with their clothes, legs or shoes.

5. Make sure you take a long rest stop a couple times a day

A lot of the stops were just filling up with gas, changing diapers and handing out food. However, we made a point to have a few rest stops a day where we let the kids really run around and burn off energy. This helped keep the whining at bay when in the car and kept up mama’s spirits too! 

Our family had a blast road tripping across the US and hope to definitely do it again in the future. (I’m rooting for this winter, when HoneyBear has three to four weeks off at a time…fingers crossed!) The kids were easy, the miles flew by and we had lots of fun! 

Would you want to travel with your young kids?