I love giving gifts, no matter what the occasion. Buying gifts for baby showers is probably my favorite though because baby stuff is just so stinkin’ cute! One of my biggest worries when picking out a gift was always that it would be a repeat, whether the parents had already bought it for themselves, or that another guest at the shower gifted it as well. After scouring aisle after aisle of fun baby stuff, and browsing for ideas online, I was inspired to create an “Oh Crap” bag. I had heard of something similar before, and decided to try my hand at creating one of these nifty things myself.
The “Oh Crap” bag is a bag meant to be stored in mom or dads car with a few necessities that baby may need when out of the house. You know, when the pacifier got left behind, or baby has a blow-out and there are no spare onesies in sight? This kit perfectly covers nearly every “oh crap” moment that involves the little one, and would be so handy for any parent no matter how experienced they are.
A bag. (Pick one up at a thrift store, or use a tote bag found in the dollar store.)
Travel size baby wipes.
Travel size antibacterial wipes.
Diapers, a few in at least two different sizes.
Small package of Diaper Sacks. (Optional. You could also include a couple plastic grocery store bags.)
Onesies. (Include at least two different sizes. The parents will need to change these out as baby grows.)
Stuffed animal or other small toy.
The best part about this gift is that it is so easily modified. Anything can be put into it based on the baby’s needs. Simply adding a few granola bars for mom or dad, or a spare t-shirt for them when stains magically appear out of nowhere. A small blanket or burping cloth may be a great idea as well. There are so many options.
Another plus is that it shouldn’t cost much to assemble as most of the supplies can even be found at the dollar store! Even though it is an inexpensive gift, it doesn’t look like it is! It looks like you put a lot of thought and effort into the assembly, especially if you add specific items you know that the parents like.
This gift is sure to be the hit of the next baby shower you attend and really mean a lot to the new parents. Taking the time to assemble the items really shows how much you care, and you have so much room to personalize this present! You’ll give the new parents a bit more piece of mind as they head out with baby, knowing that when they inevitably forget something or run into a situation, they’re covered.
Bath-time can be difficult. Lucky for you though, I’ve compiled a few ideas that may help you convince your kiddo that bath-time can actually be just as fun as play-time (without spending a dime)!
DIY Bath Crayons
There’s something about being able to color on things they normally can’t that kids just love. They get to color all over the tub, their toys, themselves, and the best part is they’re actually getting clean at the same time!
These ingredients are so easy, too. I bet you already have everything you need right now.
- bar soap
- a few tablespoons of water
- & food coloring!
Making these is half the fun! Have your kids help you and you have a fun craft, too!
Grate the bar soap into a medium bowl
Add the water and a few drops of food coloring
Stir, and once incorporated, knead into a paste
Have your kids help you mold these into fun shapes (placing the mixture into a cookie cutter or other mold for at least one day will help the crayon keep its desired shape)
Let dry for an additional 2-3 days
Once they’ve fully dried, they can be played with in the tub for hours!
Re-purposed Bath Toys
You don’t need to go out and buy toys made specifically for the bath tub. Let Barbie take a dive, or use pool toys for extra fun! A few new (or rather, re-purposed) toys can work wonders in motivating your little man or lady to hop into the tub. A great idea, especially for toddlers, is to let them use bowls and measuring cups in the water. They’ll be so entertained pouring the water from cup to cup, or pretending they’re baking bubble cookies in a bowl with a spoon that you’ll wish you’d saved your money on the rubber ducky and brought out your plastic 1/2 cup sooner.
Want some extra special fun on the cheap?
- Cut up a pool noodle into a bunch of small sections and add them all to the tub
- Glow-sticks!!! Dim the lights and add some dollar store glow-sticks to the water, I guarantee you your kids will think you’re a genius
- Buy a kid-friendly bath bomb, the fizzier the better
Homemade Bubble Bath
Bubbles may be all you need to entice your kiddo to take a bath, and making it together beforehand would be so fun.
- 1 Cup liquid soap or shampoo (Castille works great. Also, make sure to find the tear-free version of whatever you use, if possible)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp. vegetable glycerin (this makes for more bubbles, and moisturizes their skin!)
- (optional) essential oils of your choice (lavender is great for soothing crazy kiddos before bedtime)
Then comes the hard part: add the ingredients to a bottle and shake a few times to incorporate. (Just kidding, that’s not hard at all. Unless you don’t have the cap screwed on tight enough and you end up with a luxurious-smelling slippery mess…)
Add a couple tbsp. to the running bath, and boom! You’ve got a relaxing bubble bath for your toddler.
Give these ideas a try and see just how quickly your toddler finds that taking a bath can actually be a lot of fun!
**Remember, never leave your child unsupervised in the tub. Even just a couple inches of water and a few seconds alone can prove to be fatal.**
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