BABY GIFT IDEA: BED TIME IN A BOX + PRINTABLE.

Every time we have a party to attend where we need to bring a present, Scott always tells me how important it is to find a "signature gift" that people can always count on you to bring that is unique, clever, and memorable, and I agree with him. When we were getting married, a friend of mine gave us a "love note kit" with paper, markers, bath crayons, pens, and envelopes in a cute basket with a clever note on keeping the love alive in marriage by writing each other notes. It was simple and inexpensive, but because her gift was so clever and unique, I can still tell you all about it and who gave it to me 3 years later, even though I couldn't tell you what any other person gave us. We are always looking for things to make our "signature gift", and now that we have a little bit of experience in the parenting field and know the kinds of things we would have liked to be given before Jack was born, we have finally found ours for baby showers... Bed Time in a Box! (Weddings, bachelorette parties and birthdays? Yeah, we are still working on that.)
Bed Time in a Box
For this gift, I just threw together our favorite things that have become part of Jack's bedtime routine, but you could obviously change it to include your own "bedtime must-haves." My favorite part about this gift is you can change it each time to cater to each person you are giving it to, and it can be as cheap or expensive as you want. For the last baby shower we attended, our gift included:

Goodnight Moon: This book is definitely a classic bedtime story. We read it to Jack every night and I think every baby needs it in his or her collection!

Pajamas: Our favorites are Carter's and Gymboree cotton pajamas with the zipper because they make nighttime diaper changes a breeze! Seriously, who has time for 100 snaps at 3 a.m.?

Butt Paste: This is by far our favorite diaper cream. It doesn't stink like Desitin, and I think the name is clever. Jack has never had a diaper rash (knock on wood) and I attribute it to the fact that I put this on his little bum every night before bed.

SwaddleMe: I know I have mentioned these before, but they are PERFECT for newborns. Jack aka Houdini escaped every single swaddle we put him in until we found these. They have velcro so it is basically impossible for a newborn to escape, making them cozy and swaddled all night long.

Gripe Water: When Jack was freshly born, he always had tummy trouble before bed. We would hit him with a dose of gripe water (and sometimes gas drops) and it would help him get to sleep. Life saver.

Binkies: Although Jack doesn't really take a pacifier anymore, he did when he was a newborn and it seemed like he would only sleep if he had one in his mouth. Because they are so small, bouncy, and easy to lose, I figure you can never have too many! Nuk is our brand of choice, but they all seem to get the job done!

Security Blanket: We love these security blanket animals! Jack has a monkey and this giraffe one, and he loves to cuddle, chew, and throw them. They are the perfect size for little newborn cuddles and make a great lovey!

Baby Bedtime Lotion & Body Wash: I love the smell of this lotion and body wash so much that I usually steal it to use for myself. It is definitely the best smelling baby product I have found, and who doesn't want to cuddle a clean baby that smells amazing? Plus, studies have proven that using this actually helps baby sleep better, so it's a win-win.
Bed Time in a Box: Free Printable Gift Tags
As far as wrapping goes, I arranged everything in a cute gift box from Target and tied some matching ribbon around it. To top it all off, I added one of these cute tags I designed, and because I love you, you can download these tags for free in four different colors by clicking here!

What would you include in your "bedtime box?" I would love to hear!

STOPPING SUMMER MESSES WITH STYLISH BABY WIPES

If your summers are anything like ours, they are filled with constantly running everywhere from the pool to neighborhood BBQ's and mini-roadtrips. It can be exhausting, which is only made worse by the fact that Jack needs about six thousand things packed up in a giant diaper bag before we can so much as step outside. You other parents feel me, right? That being said, if I find a product that is going to make our "leaving the house" process a little bit easier, you better believe I am going to buy it!
Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes
When I heard about Huggies new Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes, I thought they looked perfect for on-the-go parents like ourselves and I knew I had to have them in all three adorable styles. They are super portable and have a fun strap with a button so you can attach it anywhere - a stroller, the car door, your wrist, the possibilities are endless! We picked some up for our trip to my hometown for the holiday this past weekend, and they were a LIFESAVER. We were out all day at the fair, parades, and BBQ and there was no way I was about to haul around an 18 pound baby and a ten pound diaper bag. These clutches make it so easy to tackle any size of mess when you are out and about, whether your baby pukes in your hair or you need to clean off the grill before you put more burgers on. (Yes, these are both real things that I used the wipes for this weekend.) The trendy print on the clutch didn't make me embarrassed to be carrying it around while I was running into everyone I knew from high school, and the design makes it easy to pop the top and grab a wipe, but not so easy that Jack can do it himself and end up with a mouth full of Huggies. I even got a couple compliments on my "cute purse" while I was toting it around, so that's a huge win!
We stashed one at my parents', one on the stroller, and I even started carrying one on my wrist so we were never too far from some wipes... and believe me, with a messy kid like Jack (or any other kid in the world!), you need wipes within arms reach at all times. Plus, now that we have begun to experiment with baby led weaning and let Jack feed himself, I feel like he is constantly covered in some sort of gooey food mess. 
Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes
With my new Clutch 'n' Clean wipes, the tomatoes, pickles, and hot dog buns that Jack was feeding himself and rubbing in his hair at every BBQ were a cinch to clean up, and since they come filled with Huggies Natural Care wipes with Triple Clean layers, I felt confident about wiping off his face and hands with them. I love that they have a nice zip-lock top so the wipes won't get dried out and they are completely refillable, because let's be honest.. we are going to go through about a pack a day.
Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes
I honestly can't say enough good things about these wipe clutches. Everyone I have showed them to over this holiday weekend was in awe of how awesome they are, and we definitely agree! It was so convenient to have a set of wipes near me at all times, especially ones that don't look like I am hauling around a container of baby wipes. They have made our on-the-go summer lifestyle 100% easier, and I plan to continue refilling my clutches with more Huggies wipes for a long, long time. So, what are you waiting for? We picked ours up at Target, but Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean are now available at retailers worldwide. Go grab yourself one (or three!) and see what all the fuss is about!


This post was sponsored by Huggies, but my opinions and new found addiction to these stylish wipes are all my own!