Do you need a diaper bag, or is a regular backpack just as good?

A diaper bag and baby supplies

>Babies sure do come with a lot of stuff. It’s hard to believe that one little person could need that much!

(Check out my guide to everything you need for a newborn baby.)

However, it’s true, babies take a lot of work and a lot of things, and many of those things need to come along with you when you go on an outing.

For example, you’ll want to bring:

  • diapers
  • bottles
  • wipes
  • a toy
  • a blanket
  • a change of clothes
  • and who knows what else

…with you when you take your baby out for a day. So, where do you keep all of this stuff when you’re on the move?

For a jaunt around town, some parents prefer to bring a classic diaper bag, while others just use a regular backpack.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between diaper bags vs. regular backpacks and help you decide which one makes more sense for you.

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The 47 Best Middle Names for Chloe

A toddler girl with headband

I bet you can’t to meet baby Chloe.

There’s just one problem:

You haven’t figured out what her middle name is going to be yet.

Should you honor a loved one? Use your backup first name as a middle name? Or just choose something that sounds good?

This is exactly what I’ve been creating my middle name guides — lists of middle names that pair perfectly with any first name.

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Chloe.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Elizabeth

A girl looking at bubbles

Picking a first name is hard, but a lot of parents forget one thing until the last minute.

Picking the right middle name!

The good news is this: Once you’ve picked the first name, it’s not too hard to find a good middle name that sounds good with it.

All you need is a few options to get you started.

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Elizabeth.

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Eleanor

Baby girl lying down

You know how some people just “look” like their name?

Well, it turns out that the name you choose for your baby actually has a big impact on how people see them as they grow up, and even how they see themselves!

Picking a first name is beyond my pay grade, but I do think I can help you pick a good middle name to go with it.

It all comes down to how it flows with the first name, so now that you’ve picked Eleanor, the rest should be easy.

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Eleanor.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Elijah

Boy in chair in yellow room

Deciding on the perfect name for your baby is not an easy choice.

After all, your baby’s name is a big deal. Not surprisingly (at least, according to Parenting.com) a person’s name is a big deciding factor in how he is perceived by others, as well as how he thinks about himself.

So it’s no wonder that you want to find the perfect name for your son. You can easily lose hours and hours of time searching on Google and reading books for the best first name for your baby, and in the process, little time is left for finding the best middle name.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your son!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a boy named Elijah.

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12 Romantic Anniversary Ideas for a Pregnant Wife

Pregnant wife and husband kissing

Happy Anniversary!

Whether you’re planning a special celebration of your marriage (or honestly, any kind of date night at all) during pregnancy, you’ve probably run into some roadblocks.

The unfortunate truth is that there are so many things you and/or your wife can’t do when pregnant, depending on how far along, including:

  • Drink wine, beer, or cocktails (a big one!)
  • Eat sushi or raw meat/fish
  • Ride rollercoasters
  • Fly
  • Sit in a hot tub
  • And the list goes on

There are other challenges, too, like unpredictable appetites and cravings (or anti-cravings) during pregnancy, nausea and other related ailments.

If you’re here looking for some anniversary ideas for your pregnant wife, I’ve got some tips and activities to help get your creative juices flowing.

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Baby Bouncers vs Baby Swings: What Are the Differences, Pros & Cons?

A mother kissing a newborn baby

If you have a new baby on the way, chances are you won’t be able to hold it in your arms 24/7.

(As much as you might want to at first… Trust me, it gets tiring!)

That’s why there are products out there like baby bouncers and baby swings, specifically designed to simulate the movement your baby feels when you hold him — without you actually having to do it!

Placing your baby in a bouncer or swing is a safe, comfortable way for both you and baby to be happy while you attend to other things.

But which one is the safer, better choice?

In this article, I want to break down the differences between baby bouncers vs. baby swings and help you decide which one is right for your budding family.

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Rocker vs Glider: Which Chair is Right for Your Nursery? (Differences Explained)

A nursery rocking chair
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Oh, the excitement that comes along with having a new baby; there’s just nothing quite like it!

Of course, along with all of that joy also comes a lot of questions:

  • How many diapers will we use each day?
  • What if he cries all of the time?
  • How do I get him to calm down when he’s upset?

Look, it’s a given that your baby is going to cry, and probably cry a lot. One of the ways you can calm your baby is by using a gentle rocking motion or some other form of movement, which is one of the reasons people buy rockers and gliders.

It might seem like these two items are one and the same, but they actually have their differences.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between rockers vs. gliders and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between rocking chairs and gliders?

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Travel Crib vs Pack ‘n Play: What Are the Differences, Pros & Cons?

Baby crawling on floor near crib

When it comes to traveling with your baby, you’d be amazed at how much stuff one little person needs to bring on vacation.

You need to consider diapers, wipes, food, toys, clothing, bottles, strollers, car seats, and of course, something for your baby to sleep in.

If you’ll be staying in a hotel, many of them offer the option of renting a crib of some type in your room; other times you may be staying with relatives. If you are faced with the need to bring a bed for your baby on your trip, there are a few options such as travel cribs or pack ‘n plays.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between travel cribs vs. pack ‘n plays and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between travel cribs and pack ‘n plays?

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Swaddles vs Sleep Sacks: What Are the Differences, Pros & Cons?

A baby sleeping in a swaddle blanket

It’s common knowledge that when a new baby arrives, sleeping parents become a thing of the past; at least for a little while.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that parents want to try everything possible to help their little darlings sleep for longer periods of time. Quite often, what works for your baby might be different than what works for another bundle of joy; so knowing the different options out there is essential.

Some of the many things that parents use to help their babies sleep are swaddles or sleep sacks; or perhaps even both!

Babies are used to being snug and cozy inside the womb for roughly nine months; therefore, when they come out into the big, wide-open world things can be a little jarring.

Swaddles and sleep sacks are designed to help mimic that tight, comforting squeeze but to varying degrees.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between swaddles vs sleep sacks and help you decide which one is right for you. So what’s the difference?

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