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Be Prepared: 10 Tips for Traveling with Your Baby for the First Time

Whether visiting a place for the first time or the tenth time, traveling is a fun experience that allows you to see new places or old faces. But traveling with your baby adds a level of stress and chaos that no one can fully prepare for, especially going through it for the first time.

Dealing with the unknown with a baby may make traveling difficult, however here are some tips that will make it easier the first time around:  

Bring snacks

You’ll never know what’s available on the other side of security or on the side of a highway. Airports or rest stops might not even carry children-friendly food. Bringing your child’s favorite snack allows them to have a familiar treat. Just be sure to take note of the amount of sugar since you don’t want a hyper child on your hands. Breastmilk and formula are allowed through security, but have a backup plan just in case you’re met with a security guard on a bad day.

Sign up for TSA Precheck

Adding a layer of ease gives you and your party the opportunity to start the trip off with less stress. Your TSA precheck transfers over to your child if they are 12 years old or younger, according to TSA’s website, so plan accordingly. Streamline the whole security process by skipping that unknown security line and not having to remove shoes, jackets, or liquids.

Review the guidelines

Is your car seat allowed on the plane? Is your child eligible to be a lap child? Will you have to check your stroller? Is your carry-on too big? Review your travel plan along with your airline and TSA’s guidelines to make sure your game plan lines up with all the rules and regulations.

Schedule the bulk of trip around nap time

Best case scenario for the journey there is your baby sleeps through the whole flight or car ride, at least as long as possible. To up the chances of that happening, try to schedule the departure time around when they would naturally sleep. So when they’re laying down they (hopefully) knock right out.

Bring a comfort item

Every child has their favorite cuddle partner. A stuffed animal, blanket, or toy, this item brings them instant comfort. They’re going to be fearful of new surroundings, noises, and smells, so keeping something they love consistent will help soothe them.

Pack all documentation

Usually, children don’t need documentation when flying domestically, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Security has been known to ask for some identification of children. This is especially important when you’re traveling with other people’s children.

Stock up on pre-packaged ready kits

Dragging a diaper bag around hoping you remembered everything you could possible need is painful, both physically and emotionally. And there is still a possibility that security might take it all away. Finding TSA accepted, prepackaged kits with everything you need lets you have peace of mind about having everything you need and be able to keep it.

This diaper set is TSA accepted, and comes in two sizes — one diaper or three diapers — depending on how long your flight is going to be. And don’t forget about yourself, this kit has everything to make your flight more comfortable, all in one package.

Create a home away from home

Constructing an area where both you and your kids feel safe and comfortable, keeps everyone calm. If you like to be cozy, make sure to pack that blanket. If your child usually likes their diaper changed every three hours, be prepared to keep them fresh. Even bring one of the pillows from bed to give a sense of familiarity.

Schedule time to burn off energy

Flying back to back or trying to push an eight-hour car ride in one trek will not only burn out your kids, but also yourself. Giving everyone time to breath and burn off steam is ideal to keep everyone tantrum-free. Scheduling a longer layover, or a schedule pit spot where everyone can stretch their legs and run around.  

Download their favorite shows

Sitting your kid in front of an iPad at dinner makes everyone calmer, why not use that technique on a plane or in a car? Netflix and YouTube Red allow you to download videos and watch them later without being connected to WiFi or data. Just make sure to download them in advance and the device is fully charged.

Want to make traveling with your baby easier? Check out Air Travel Kits and Poop Happens Diaper Changing Sets by Products on the Go!

Benefits of Disposable Bamboo Diapers for Babies

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A slew of factors go into picking a diaper that will work for your infant. Will it cause a rash? Does it absorb enough liquid? Does it fit correctly? As a parent, you consider all of these questions before strapping just any ol’ diaper on your child.

Parents are bombarded with countless options—both in-store and online—leaving many to settle between the convenience of disposable diapers and the eco-friendly, organic nature of cloth diapers. Fortunately, there’s an option that incorporates both!  

Here are four great reasons to choose disposable bamboo diapers:

Bamboo diapers absorb more liquid than cotton fabric

A diapers main purpose is to store your little bundle of joy’s fluids inside, and keep it there until changing time. Compared to cotton fabric, bamboo diapers absorb and retain nearly twice as much liquid according to the Indian Journal of Fibre & Textile. They keep your baby’s bum and surrounding areas mess-free, while your toddler stays drier (and happier) longer.

Bamboo diapers are chemical-free

Bamboo diapers are free from chlorine, alcohol, preservatives, latex, perfumes, lotions and phthalates—gone are the days of worrying about the purity of what you’re putting on your baby. Unfortunately, most disposable diapers contain dioxins, a byproduct of bleaching the diaper white. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes dioxins as a highly carcinogenic chemical. Products on the Go bamboo diapers are made using total chlorine-free (TCF) fluff pulp bleaching techniques.

Bamboo diapers are naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic (capable of inhibiting the growth or reproduction of bacteria)

Ensuring there is no bacteria between your baby’s kicks, wiggles, and squirms can be difficult. Often, the sheer challenge of getting a new diaper on leaves little time to get little nooks and crannies squeaky clean. With bamboo diapers, you can rest assured that whatever is going on inside the garment is as pure as possible—lowering the risk of rashes, irritation, and allergies.

Bamboo diapers are biodegradable

Regular disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose—that’s a big carbon footprint. Opting for cloth diapers might seem like the better option, but doing so adds another layer of work to parents’ already tall pile of to-dos. Disposable bamboo diapers decompose in about 75 days, allowing parents the convenience of disposable while staying friendly to the Earth.  

Thinking of making the switch to disposable bamboo diapers? Check Little Toes on the Go diaper changing sets, made by Products on the Go!

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First Class Experience on the Go: 8 Ways to Arrive in Style and Comfort

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Most frequent flyers will tell you, the key to making travel efficient is all in the planning. From making reservations well in advance, allowing yourself plenty of time to navigate through security, to packing smart, the best way to take some of the stress out of traveling is to plan ahead as much as possible. Here is a series of expert tips to ensure your travel experience is first class all the way, no matter where you’re headed.

  1. Avoid extra fees. Plan ahead if you are checking a bag, or ensure your carry on meets FAA and airline requirements and size restrictions. Use your smartphone as your boarding pass to avoid printing fees (and save trees), pay in advance and find coupons to save on Wi-Fi. Generally, if you purchase Wi-Fi before you board your flight, it can cost significantly less than if you wait until you reach your seat.
  2. B.Y.O.F. (Bring Your Own Food!). Nothing puts a damper on the thrill of a getaway faster than a soggy sandwich that costs $12. For the sake of convenience and cost effectiveness, bring along your favorite snacks to avoid becoming “hangry” and/or poor. A great combo is a homemade salad to nosh on while waiting at the gate, and then a bag of almonds and some fancy chocolates to enjoy in-flight. Think of it this way, if you’re bringing something healthy from home, you won’t feel so bad splurging on an airport treat like fro-yo, a smoothie, or a gigantic cinnamon roll with that amazing gooey glaze that you can’t get at home. It’s okay to indulge; you’re on vacation, after all.
  3. Drink up. Bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it up at a drinking fountain on the way to your gate. Not only is it better for the environment, but you will be happy and hydrated while wait to board the aircraft, take off, reach your cruising altitude, and wait again until the beverage cart finally reaches you. Plus, staying hydrated helps fight off jet lag so you’re ready to start the fun as soon as you touch down at your destination.
  4. Invest in a good travel pillow. You can get some quality shut eye in those economy seats, but only with the right gear. If you want to avoid neck pain, a quality neck pillow is key. Pro-tip: an eye mask makes a great compliment to a neck pillow for the most restful sleep. It’s a wearable do not disturb sign.
  5. Don’t leave home without earphones. Earphones are right up there on the list with your wallet and your kid. If you inadvertently leave on of those behind, the rest of your trip will surely be a disaster. Seriously, you need earphones for air travel for a variety of reasons: to drown out noise that may interfere with your travel zen, to send the message to your seat neighbor that you’re not interested in hearing why they were in Memphis, and of course to catch a movie or some in-flight TV. The possibilities are endless, but only if you have earphones!
  6. Be strategic when selecting a seat. Whether you’re a nervous flyer, someone with a tiny bladder, or just looking for some peace and quiet, there’s a seat that’s perfect for you. If you are a person who will need to get up a few times during the flight, or you’re tall, then an aisle seat will allow you to get up as much as possible without disrupting other passengers. Travel and Leisure recommends choosing a seat forward on the wings, for a quieter ride with less jet noise. If you have a connection to make, a seat closest to the front is your best bet for quickly getting off a flight and on to the next.
  7. Get Cozy. Don’t forget to bring a scarf, sweater or cozy sweatshirt (style tip: pairs well with eye-mask for chic travel affect) or even a blanket to keep warm, particularly at higher altitudes. Socks are nice to have, too and can make all the difference.
  8. Bring along some toiletries. The recycled air and lack of ventilation can really take a toll on your skin. Be sure to bring along a small spray bottle of water, some light moisturizer, lip balm, and gum. This is the perfect combination to keep you looking and feeling fresh.

Travel is about exploration, expansion, and experience. Get out there and enjoy yourself in comfort and style, ready for anything – because you live life on the go!

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Q and A With Dr. Sharon

Products on the Go is all about happiness

Ever wondered what inspired the groundbreaking lifestyle brand, Products on the Go®? We sat down with founder and CEO Dr. Sharon Fried Buchalter to learn about what inspires her to help people.

 

Q: How do the daily pressures of modern life cause us to be stressed?

A: I’ve worked for many years as a psychologist and marriage and family therapist and I see stress as the biggest complaint of most patients. We’re out the door, at the office, uploading photos, reading articles and eating dinner out all while accomplishing more in a single day than any society before us, which is great. It also means we are really busy, all the time. When we discover we can’t fit in everything that’s important, we become stressed.

Q: How do Products on the Go cut down on stress?

A: The sets are designed with the consumer in mind; the average person. I wanted to create a solution to the stress, so I did it through products that make things easier for people who are busy. My products simply allow people to spend more time doing what they want to do and less time shopping.

Q: Can you describe some of these Products?

A: We have five prepackaged lines and in there are products that you would normally buy for a specific event or purpose, say for example, changing a diaper. Everything is in there, all-natural, eco-friendly and recyclable, there for you. All you have to do it use it, put it back in the bag, and throw it out.

Q: So what’s in the diaper changing set?

A:Well it’s called Poop Happens, because it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. We have a bamboo diaper (it’s so soft!), bamboo wipes, diaper rash cream, the diaper changing pad which is disposable, and hand sanitizer for after.

Q: Wow! What are some other Products on the Go?

A: In addition to prepackaged sets, we also wanted to look at the lifestyles of teens and tweens so we developed a sunscreen with shimmer and sparkle. The Sun Bomb Action and Sun Potion Princess sunscreens are a favorite with kids and parents because it’s fun to wear and looks great in addition to providing great protection and all-natural ingredients.

Q: Anything else we should know about Products on the Go?

A: Really just that they’re made with you in mind. Our collections allow consumers to reduce the hassle, shopping time, and pressure related to purchasing individual items by offering everything you need in one easy to grab pack. We know you work hard, that is why we at Products on the Go strive to simplify your life at home, on vacation, or anywhere you go.

 

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Five Tips to De-stress Your Life on the Go

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It’s official: summertime is gone and the living is no longer so easy. With school, work, after-school activities and the holidays looming just around the corner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the things life tends to throw at us this time of year. In order to conquer the daily grind and be the hero of the holidays, consider these 5 tips to de-stress your life.

  1. Identify the source of your stress. It’s easy to identify major life events that cause stress; a big move, divorce, change or loss of jobs are all things that typically cause stress. It’s the daily stressors that can be a bit trickier to pinpoint. That’s why being honest and realistic with yourself about your thoughts and feelings is a good way to identify the real reasons we freak out. The American Psychological Association recommends keeping a to-do list, journaling or even just verbalizing your feelings in the moment can go a long way in the fight against stress. It can also be a step toward getting the help you need, whether it’s your spouse helping with the grocery shopping or empowering your kids to decide for themselves what to wear the night before, instead of the morning of.
  1. Unplug and power down. A recent University of Kansas study revealed that excessive smartphone use can lead to stress and anxiety. Our brains are incredible structures. They process so much information, store a lifetime’s worth of memories and through ‘neuroplasticity’ actually change their structure throughout our lives so we can continue to learn and remember things into our advanced years. But brains also need downtime to process the ever-increasing amount of sensory information with which we bombard them. If we are constantly engaging at school and work, then hopping on Facebook and continuing to engage with whatever people are sharing and posting, the brain isn’t getting that break it needs. That also means we’re not involved in activities we find relaxing and fun, less time engaging with the kids and connecting with our loved ones. Power down the tablet, put the laptop to sleep, and silence your smartphone. You’ll be glad you did.
  1. Get Physical. Physical affection releases oxytocin, a hormone that reduces pain and causes a calming sensation. Whether it’s holding hands with your little one, having a sexy night in with that special someone, or even cuddling up with the dog, giving and receiving affection is a good way to break up stress and anxiety for everyone in the family.
  1. Get Out. There are a whole bunch of ways getting outside reduces stress. For starters, becoming one with Mother Nature promotes exercise, increases brain function and is an excellent way to get some Vitamin D. The smell of many flowers found outside, including jasmine, lilacs and roses, have been proven to decrease stress and increase relaxation. The scent of fresh pine has even been shown to lower depression and anxiety. Not to mention that much of the United States is transitioning into fall colors right about now, so scoop up the kids, peel your husband away from football and take a day to immerse yourself in nature!
  1. Just Say No. It can seem as though our plates are always piled high with obligations and commitments which is why cutting stress can be as easy as simply saying no, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is important to remember that other people’s priorities are not your priorities; only you can determine what your priorities are. Politely declining to make yourself available to others on occasion, can free up your schedule to do the things that are really important.

These are just a few way ways you can cut down on the stress of the season and keep everyone in the family sane all the way through to the New Year.

Stressed Life on the Go: Overworked and Underloved

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Dr. Sharon Buchalter, CEO and Founder of Products on the Go®, has made it her life’s work to bring more happiness and less stress to people’s lives. This week Products on the Go dives into the issues of busy lives, and what effect these issues can have on intimacy.

We hear it all the time “Americans are always stressed and overworked,” but do you ever stop to realize how true this statement is? In a study conducted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University they found Americans are more stressed and more unhappy than our counterparts in other countries. What’s more, Americans are also fatter and sicker than people in any of the other first world countries. It may be hard to believe this is. Think about it we have any information at our finger tips, we can travel the world in a moment’s notice, and everything is made to be quick and easy. However, the heartbreaking reality is stress is all around us, and it has a very real impact on the most important part of our lives.

This enormous amount of stress and unwanted illness placed on us has damaging effects in every part of our lives. You might not realize it, but one area that can really suffer is intimacy with our partners. With daily pressures, you might go through an entire day and realize you haven’t looked your partner in the eyes once. Intimacy is vital in maintaining a healthy relationship. In a Psychology Today article Dr. Barton Goldsmith, author of Emotional Fitness or Intimacy, wrote “without [intimacy], your ability to take on the world can be greatly compromised.” Intimacy has the power to significantly change the way we think, and feel. Intimacy doesn’t just mean heading to the bedroom with your partner either, it is connecting with the one you love on a deeper level than solely physical. The greatest intimate moments usually aren’t the ones in the bedroom. It’s the ones outside of it, like watching the sunset with your partner’s arms wrapped around your waist.

If stress has caused a lack of intimacy in your relationship, it can seem difficult to get back to that understanding and safe place. Building intimacy doesn’t need to be some grand gesture. It can simply mean kissing your partner before they head out the door to work, or holding their hand while walking through the grocery store. Intimacy also involves being kind, and generous to your loved one. Opening the car door, or picking up their favorite beer for you both to share while sitting on the patio are wonderful actions that build intimacy. Little expressions of love, and caring go a long way in bringing intimacy back into your relationship.

Don’t let stress steal one more day of your relationship. In a quote from Professor Brene Brown, who has done TED Talks on vulnerability, “connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” So take a moment to hug your partner and tell them your favorites things about them, and take the first steps in rebuilding that connection. Intimacy is powerful, bring it back into your relationship and kick stress out.

All-Natural Products: Top 4 Benefits

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In today’s consumer market the demand for quality all-natural products has risen dramatically in the past decade. People are much more conscious about the dangers that man-made ingredients can cause to someone’s health. In a research study done in 2014, it was found that over 50% of women of all ages surveyed considered it highly important that their products be all-natural. With this trend in all-natural products on the rise, many people do not actually know why it is so important to use all-natural products, they are merely following the trend. Don’t just go along blindly. Learn why all-natural products really are the best option for you and your family. Here are a few of the rich benefits that these products can provide you:

  1. Earth-Friendly: Who doesn’t want something that is good for you, and for the Earth? All-natural products are eco-friendly. They don’t produce the toxic residue that non-natural products produce. During the production of chemical-heavy products, these chemicals seep into the air and water. On the other hand, all-natural products are manufactured with eco-friendly ingredients that don’t release harmful chemicals into the environment.
  2. Non-Irritant: Redness no more! Non-natural products contain additives like artificial colors, chemicals, and harsh fillers. All of these additives can cause significant skin reactions, or even cause a person to go into Anaphylactic shock if their allergy is severe enough. Other irritations that these ingredients can cause are acne breakouts, rashes, and itchy skin. While it is possible for a person to have a reaction to an all-natural ingredient, it is much less likely. it is possible for a person to have a reaction to
  3. Antioxidant-Rich: Good for you inside and out! All-natural products use ingredients that are created naturally by our Mother Earth. These ingredients are usually rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been found to reduce the appearance of aging, brighten skin, help fight diseases, and much more. For example, vitamin C is a well-known powerful antioxidant that is found in many all-natural skin care products that aid in the reduce the signs of aging.
  4. Well-Being: Ever wonder why you have that same headache every morning after doing your beauty routine? Your lotion may be the culprit. Many lotions and skin care products contain artificial fragrances that help mask the odor of other harsh chemicals. The combination of artificial fragrances and chemicals can cause headaches in many people. All-natural products tend to use essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances. The smell of calming natural Lavender oil is less likely to cause a headache than its artificial counterpart.

With all of these wonderful benefits and more, it’s clear why there is a growing demand for all-natural products in today’s market. Learn more about the suite of natural products from Products on the Go