The First Year Home With Baby

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

People always say that time moves fast as a parent, but my husband and I used to agree that the first year with our first baby, Scarlet, felt like an eternity! I’ve never known so full and overwhelming and surreal as that first year home with our baby.


It was different with our second, Des. We could see the results of long days and fast years – and we could see what we had to lose – last milestones, last diapers, last first words, last first steps, last first sentences, and hugs, and kisses, and last first everything. Soon we learned that all of those losses are actually GAINS. Nothing is taken away – it’s just added.

It’s certainly not easy – and maybe nothing is harder. At least I can laugh about the first time I was spit up on, and the first diaper blowout while in the car. I can laugh about messy car seats, crusty high chairs, and many sleepless nights. While I don’t laugh, I can still learn from Des’ week in the NICU, and Scarlet’s hospital stay for a dog bite on the eve of her first birthday.

I love the people they are becoming; have become.

And I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Now that my two sisters are new moms, I come bearing gifts, as part of my rule to never show up empty-handed. I bring food, diapers, baby gear, rock n’ roll hand-me-downs, leggings for mom, water, vitamins, wipes, more specifically – WaterWipes.

I remember a lot of worrying for that first year – about what they needed and if I was providing enough for them. What I’ll never forget is the inevitable realization – whenever it hits – that you are all that your little one needs.

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We still need baby wipes for Des, who is quite particular about what goes near his skin, but honestly I don’t think the need for baby wipes EVER goes away when you have children. Just the way that the needs for contact, affection, and pure love don’t go away either. Des cares a lot about what goes near or on his skin, and you know what? I care a lot about it too.

Look at him grow!

It makes you lose your breath. WaterWipes have been there for the years. They are chemical-free baby wipes that contain only two ingredients – 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. They are the world’s purest baby wipes since water is nature’s natural cleanser and moisturizer, and grapefruit seed extract helps to maintain good skin condition too.

And even skin that is two or three or four-years-old too!

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Parenting is Messy!

I think messiness is the part of parenting that everyone DOES try to prepare you for – along with loss of sleep, doing everything you said you’d never do, and eating cold, boxed macaroni and cheese for dinner – but it still doesn’t sink in until you have a kid, or kids. Parenting is a lot of things, and for me, it’s been about seeing what bodily fluids I CAN stomach, and which ones have me running for cover. The answer is: it changes. As they change. As you change. Change is a beautiful thing.

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Whether you are pregnant, have a baby, are potty training a toddler, or even have older kids, you pretty much need Cottonelle Flushable Cleaning Cloths, always. I mean it. Always! From babyhood to adulthood. They come in handy.

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Even though my kids are getting older and moving past the potty training stage, which is both sad and glad, they have three cousins younger than both of them, and I feel like I’m still learning as I watch my brother and sisters with their kids. It’s just a messy time, isn’t it? So I compiled a list of ten things you need to keep in your toddler diaper bag, and maybe/probably even after your kids are not toddlers anymore. It’s a Parenting Bag, and mostly, you can’t travel without one!

1. Diapers and changing pads. I find that even after potty-training, we still keep these around for quite awhile because you just never know.

2. Resealable bags. Never.. underestimate needing these. Even with older kids!

3. Sunscreen.

4. Spare clothes.

5. Snacks.

6. Hand sanitizer.

7. Bandages and other first-aid items. A first-aid kit?

8. A favorite toy or lovely.

9. Spare eating or drinking utensils. We always keep sippy cups in there!

10. Cottonelle Flushable Cleaning Cloths

Yup. They’re vital for all ages. We get ours in Sam’s Club. I got my membership not too long ago, and I’ve never had anything but a pleasant experience there. These were at the back of the store for me, so I got to pass some delicious samples.

These are really awesome for having on the road, and also really awesome for having at home. You don’t just wipe with Cottonelle Flushable Cleaning Cloths. You experience a more confident clean, with their SafeFlush Technology™ – which starts to break down immediately after flushing. They are easy to open and reseal and they have a flip lid for easy dispensing, and for lasting freshness. I keep them in my purse, in the kids’ bags, and in my car for travel.

Every year we go to Orlando and Cape Cod, and several times a year we go to New Jersey. This handy packs go everywhere.

What’s a must-have for you in your toddler diaper bag?

As you may know, a Sam’s Club Membership more than pays for itself with exclusive savings on the things you need, the things you love, and all sorts of useful things. I find that each trip we take together, is full of unexpected surprises!