I have a Super Power

This past weekend my family and I attended a bible educational assembly. We took our lunch break and I wanted to take a pic with my son outside. As soon as I saw the pic on my phone I realized that I had taken that pic before. I told my husband that I have this superpower that I can recall when a pic has a similar look.

He laughed but when I showed him my photographic evidence he said you have a gift lol. I LOVE to take pictures so when I find some that are similar and they have been taken some time apart it just gives me the biggest smile ever. This may not be a real superpower but it is something that I think is pretty awesome. Below are some examples of what I am talking about.

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Left: This past weekend Right: Dec 2014

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Left: Newborn photo shoot Right: Random pool day over a yr later

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Left: our wedding day Right: Maternity shoot 8 yrs later. Both of these were candid moments taken from two different photographers

So what are some of your “superpowers?”

First Impression: Tula vs Beco

This review is just my personal opinion. I purchased the Tula with my own money and the Beco I received after attending the baby wearing VIP at Mommycon Orlando. My hopes are that after you read this, you can make an informed decision about what type of carrier would work for you and your child.

I have a toddler Tula right now and the Beco Soleil

Lets start with the specs. I will be giving the specs of the standard Tula and the Beco Soleil since they are comparable. Toddler Tula weight and hight limit starts at 25lb and 35in. I want to write this article with first time babyweares in mind. I have also owned a few standard Tula but I don’t have pics to compare at this moment. They have a lot of similar specs so I will just put down a few differences. If you would like the full specs of the Beco Soleil and The Standard Tula just check out the links.

Beco Soleil Specs($140):

  • Front, Hip and back carry options
  • Newborn to toddler(with purchase of infant insert) 7-45lbs
  • padded headrest
  • ability to cross straps across back
  • key ring and toy ring on carrier
  • Has detachable pocket that is great for storage when out and about. Also has pocket on waist belt.
  • weight of carrier is 1.3lbs
  • 100% cotton which is great for warm temps

Wanted to add that for a newborn option you can also use the Beco Gemini($150). NO need for infant insert because you can make the base narrow to fit newborn and change it as baby gets older, unlike the Soleil and the Tula you also have the option of facing baby forward(as well as side carry, back and facing parent)it also has the padded headrest that the Tula does not have. This carrier goes from 7-35lbs.

Standard Tula($149) Toddler Tula($169)

  • Used from 15-45lbs
  • can be used from birth with toddler insert as well
  • has pocket on waist belt
  • weight of carrier 2lbs
  • carrier has canvas which can be very warm in hot temps

There are some of the differences. I have to say that I love both of them but the Beco beats the Tula for me only because you have so many more options of how you can carry. I also LOVE the padded head rest, so does my son who sometimes likes to lean back and his head is supported better with the Beco.

One main difference is the safety buckle feature. With Tula you have a small elastic band that you are supposed to feed the buckle through. Many people do not use this which is not good. It’s so important to use. Sometimes buckles can come undone, little hands could unbuckle it. This elastic band keeps your child IN your carrier and not falling to the ground.

The Beco has the same kind of latch that you see in shopping carts. You need two hands to unlatch the buckles. This is great because is a no fuss approach.

 

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The Tula has elastic for the shoulder straps and waist band, the Beco has the tri lock for shoulder straps and waist. They tighten differently as well. While wearing a Tula with baby facing you, you would pull straps towards the front. The Beco you pull straps back(like you are skiing) Can be a little confusing when you are wearing these two interchangeable but not a deal breaker.

The straps are what sold me on the Beco. I loved that my ergo had straps that I could wear cris -cross however I like the comfort of the Tula better so I purchased that(I also didn’t know about beco at the time). Beco is the baby of the ergo and tula in my mind lol. It takes the best of both and adds new features.

ImageTula is comfortable because the straps come down lower past your shoulders however, as my son gets bigger I like that I can reinforce my carry by making the straps cross in the Beco. My husband who has a bad back also liked this feature as well.

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Toddler Tula vs. Beco Soleil (sorry I didn’t have a great pick of standard Tula font carry)

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The truth about carriers is that they are like jeans, what works for me may not work for you. I would greatly suggest going to a local learn and play at your baby wearing chapter. If you don’t have one then check out a store local to you that sells different carriers and try them out. If that is not an option there are a few online stores that offer a 30 day return policy, that way you can try out the carrier and see if you like it. (Abby’s Lane is a great online store that offers this)

All in all I have to say that I really do love the Beco over the Tula. The price point is about the same but I like the added features that Beco has to offer and the comfort is key. What have been some of your favorite carriers and why?

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Sunrise, Sunset

I have been planing another girls night for about a month. My goal is to have one at least every two months. A night that I can get out the house and just relax with my girls. We decided to check out a place that we have never been to. This restaurant/bar that is set up like a speakeasy. You have to knock on the door and you can only get in IF you have a password(That is given to you the night before your reservation when they call to confirm) It was very chic and quaint.

I knew that I wanted to dress modern but comfortable. I hate waiting until the last-minute to plan an outfit but with a toddler you never know what kind of mood they will be in lol. So the DAY before the event I decided to just take a look around one of my favorite stores to see what I could find. I found a dress that reminded of the sunset and I had to have it. Paired with blue accessories and I was ready to go. In the words of Beyonce I was “feeling myself”. I threw on my GOOD wig and I was ready for my evening. I also have a video review of the wig here

Dress: H&M// Shoes: H&M// Necklace: H&M//Clutch: Ross

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How I Keep My Sanity AND My Toddlers While Traveling

My son has been on 8 plane rides(counting going to and from our destinations) Each time he has been occupied and the people sitting in front of us and behind us has commented that they didn’t even know there was a child near them. That makes me smile because I work hard to keep my toddlers sanity and mine when we are traveling. I have traveled recently without the help of my husband.

These are some of the things that I did that helped me during my trip. I will say this disclaimer: only YOU know the personality of your child and some of these things may work and some of them may not. I can only tell you what worked for me. I would highly suggest that you read this to give you some ideas and then you can make changes that may be needed to fit your child’s personality

1. Chose a flight time that is close or includes your child’s normal nap time: This has helped us every time we have flown, I have purposely paid a little more for my ticket just so I can get a nap time in. I know my son and if I wake him up early for a flight, he will go to sleep early. I also know that he only takes one nap a day so it’s important that I keep his sanity and mine. Sure the times may not be so convenient for us but the passengers and your child will thank you

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A sleepy baby makes a happy mommy

 

2. Bring toys they have never seen before:  As a childless person I always wondered what the big deal was when it came to those dollar bins at target. NOW I KNOW!!! That is one of the best places to get little coloring books, toys, little games that you can make a nice little goody bag for your toddler. It also helps that you don’t mind if they get lost while on the trip. Stickers are another genius thing to take. You can take vinyl stickers so they can stick it to the window on the plane(cheaper version would be sticky notes) Or you could also just by regular stickers and a notebook that they can put the stickers into.

3. APPS:  I will not debate the pros and cons of a toddler using a tablet. I will say do what works for your family. I have a few apps that I love that are educational and keeps their attention for a while(if they decide not to take a nap or even just a quick one)  Some of my favorite ones are: Endless ABC’s, Endless Numbers, Elmo Calls, Any of the fisher price apps and counting 123.

4. Favorite movies: My son will watch a few movies over and over, he will also watch them on silent and still be entertained. I make sure to put one or two movies on my tablet for the plane and any layovers I may have.

5. SNACKS:  Did you know you can pretty much bring anything for a toddler lol I brought little baggies of Apples, Pears, A whole banana, peanut butter cheerios, some chicken cut up into pieces and water for my son. The key is to bring a variety that they will love. If you bring liquid for your child TSA will test it(without opening it, they have a machine that will do that) This was AWESOME, I was a little hungry on the flight and I was able to snack a little as well( say no thank you to those little mini pretzels that leave you wanting more)

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Pears are a favorite of my little guys

 

6. I like to board early:  Some parents who have high energy children will wait until the last min to board and that is great. My son needs to get into the mindset that we are about to sit. So when the flight states that all families may board that is what we do. This gives me a chance to get all situated without bumping into the person next to me. I can make sure that the bag that has all the goodies is within reach and this also gives my son a chance to stretch a little and wave to the passengers boarding, which he loves.

These are just a few things that have helped me when I travel.  Sometimes I have to pull them all out on one flight and other times he may nap the entire flight or just want to look at a movie. Really depends on my sons mood. I will say that with travel you just need to be flexible and try to enjoy it. I pay the extra $50(roundtrip) to check my bags, it’s nice not to fight over the overhead compartment and to only have to worry about your kid on the flight. Remember, when you are calm that helps your child be calm, we all know that traveling can be stressful but it’s only for a short trip, you can make it.

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Toddlers and babies LOVE the window seat