Preparing for a New Arrival with Huggies Little Snugglers

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies & Target. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I don’t know if you saw my announcement on Facebook the other day, but we’re expecting a new little man around here. That’s right, around Valentine’s Day, the Little Monkey will become a Big Brother to a little Brother. We are very excited and very nervous, as I have never had two kiddos in diapers at once. Come February, I’m going to be going through a fair amount of diapers (not that we don’t go through quite a few already!)  When I buy diapers, I generally buy one of the two main disposable diaper brands. I have friends who have used cloth diapers, but I have enough of a challenge keeping up with my almost 2-year-old. I cannot imagine keeping up with cloth diapers for a newborn and a toddler. (I do applaud those mothers who can manage this better than I.)

My Mom Made That: Baby Announcement Huggies

We don’t have a lot to buy to get ready for the new baby.  It’s amazing how much stuff we already have.  Most of the clothes and equipment from the Little Monkey can be reused.  I do need to get another car seat, and also replace a few items.  We did, however, the Little Monkey and I travelled to Target to buy some new diapers for our new bundle– as I said, we will be going through a lot of diapers.

Huggies Little Snugglers Shopping

The commercials on television discuss the absorbency of diaper brands a lot, but honestly I have found that all of the better quality diapers, like Huggies, tend to be very absorbent. They all hold a lot of wetness, and I can’t tell much difference between the two main brands of diapers.  Have you ever put a baby or toddler in a wading pool wearing a disposable diaper?  Those things can end up weighing 5 pounds!

Huggies Little Snuggler Fit Comparison

That being said, there are differences in the two primary disposable diaper brands. Most of these differences surround the fit of the diapers. Overall, Huggies Little Snugglers offer a snugger fit that is more contoured than its leading competitor.   It’s waist has additional elastic to reduce those “blow-out” experiences.   Not only did I compare the Little Snugglers to their leading competitor, I also compared them to the larger sized Little Moves.  While I am going to have an itty-bitty in Little Snugglers, I already have a toddler who wearsLittle Movers. When I compared the fit differences between the little sizes of the Little Snugglers and the larger sizes of the Little Movers, I found them to be extremely similar.

Huggies Diaper Patterns

The one difference between Little Snugglers and Little Movers is the presence of the wetness indicator strip.  For Huggies, it is available only in the Little Snugglers brands, which are available up to size 3.  For the competing brand, the wetness indicator is available on sizes up to size 5.  I do like this feature, but I have found that it’s more important with younger children.  I generally know when the Little Monkey needs a fresh diaper.  If this is a critical feature for you; however, that is an important consideration in your purchasing.

Overall, I think the Little Snugglers offer a more contoured, secure fit than the competing brand.  I have found the absorbency to be equivalent between the two.  I like the plainer front of the competing brand, as I’m not crazy about characters and animals on the front of diapers, but that is a personal choice.  I do know that both of my little boys, the one that is arriving, and the one that has already arrived will be using a lot of them!

 

Chalkboard Vinyl Word Bubble by #Wallternatives

Disclosure: I received this item as a part of a campaign for Wallternatives, and received this product in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Those who read this blog regularly know how I feel about Vinyl. I think it’s an awesome material, and I love crafting my own signs and items with Vinyl. However, there are limitations with my personal vinyl cutter, most specifically the size. While I was at the Haven Conference in July, I got to see an awesome new line of Vinyl decals that is being produced by Royal Design Studio called Wallternatives. Wallternatives specifically has a line of decals that are perfect for you tween/teen and college-aged student. As it’s back to school time around here, and the Big One is now in Middle School, I was really excited about this new teen-inspired line, particularly their ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Art.  You see, we have a bit of trouble talking around our house.  Boys don’t talk that much I’ve learned, and tween/teen boys talk even less.  I thought that installing a Chalkboard Vinyl Decal speech bubble would be a great way for the Big One to share things with us.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Title

The other wonderful thing about this project was the time that the Big One and I spent together. It’s hard finding things that we can do together. He had a great time installing the speech bubble all by himself, with a little help from me. The parts that I had to show him, he actually recorded on his iPod, so I have a movie that I can share with you. You can see how we got the image safely onto the transfer tape.

As you can see, it does require that you burnish the image thoroughly before you apply the decal to your selected surface. Wallternatives does explain that their vinyl decals have a low tack adhesive, meaning they will not stick well to rough, textured, chalky, dusty, etc. surfaces. Clean your surface before you try to position your decal, and don’t try to stick them on popcorn walls! Luckily, the Big One had selected his door, which was easy to quickly clean and very smooth.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Installation

After the Big One positioned the decal where he wanted it on his door, he burnished the decal extremely well with the provided squeegee tool.  I had him go over the image, particularly the smaller dots three or four times, pressing down hard.  These decals are low tack, so you need to make sure that they are securely attached to your chosen surface.  Then I told him to slowly peel back the transfer tape.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Removing Tape

Once the tape was removed, the Big One had his very own Chalkboard Speech Bubble to decorate, and he had a good time with the chalk although I’m not sure how much he really communicated with me.

My Mom Made That: Chalkboard Vinyl Decal Art in Progress

Here’s a bit more information about the ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals that I thought I ought to share.  They feature a slight surface texture that makes them perfect surface for writing or drawing on it with chalk, and can be applied to any flat, smooth surface such as refrigerators, doors, and painted walls. What’s more they wipe clean with an eraser, damp towel or sponge.  If you have specific questions about Wallternatives, you can learn more by checking out their thorough collection of FAQs.

Has your family gotten into Chalkboard decorating.

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #89

The last week of August? Really? Talk about time flying when you’re having fun! This month has just flown by and we HAVE had FUN!



Today’s most viewed post is absolutely no surprise. Just look at the title and you will see why! “3 Seconds to an Organized Husband” by Coconut Head Survival Guide. Were you one of the ones who clicked on it the moment you saw it? I was!!!


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button craft greeting card #buttons #crafts

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #88

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #87 is starting right out of the chute with our features from last week’s party!

 

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Guest Posting Announcement: Vinyl Laptop Decals

Guess what!?  I have a cool announcement.  I’m writing this post from my awesome new MacBook Pro.  Yup, I’ve made the switch after a lifetime on a PC.  This is a bit of a transition, but I’m in love with my new computer.  So much so, that I’m sharing a new project today over at the Silhouette School while Melissa is on vacation.  I’d love it so much if you’d stop over there and visit me.  Here’s a hint– it’s a tribute to one of my favorite books.    I also promised the readers of the Silhouette School that I’d show them another vinyl decal that I made for the Big One’s laptop.  (I had been borrowing his laptop while I was between laptops, and he’s so excited to get it back!)  It is a tribute to one of his favorite computer games: Minecraft.

My Mom Made That: Laptop Vinyl Decals (Minecraft Inspired)

The tutorial and vinyl recommendations are over at the Silhouette School, but if you are interested in the cut file for the Minecraft creeper, I have a free one available here.  I’ve gotten a ton of use out of this cut file, as I also used it to make the Big One’s back to school supplies that I shared a few weeks ago.

Now that I have our laptops all personalized with vinyl, my next step is to make an iPad decal for the Mellow Man.  His request is one that is Super Mario brother’s inspired, so I’m trying to come up with ideas for his decal.  If you have any suggestions, be sure to send them my way!