Prepare for the Holidays with #HuggiesLatino

Disclosure:  This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving will be here in a couple of days and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got somewhere to go.  We always go to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving, and this year we’ll be visiting my in-laws too (just the thought of all that running around already has me tired!).  Ever since my son was born I have always packed way too much in his backpack.  I mean, with all the stuff we pack for him, you would think we were going away for the weekend, and not just out for a few hours.

This year I’m going to try and keep it simple.  I’m still going to bring along the backpack (you can’t take that away from me…lol) but I’m going to purge.  A lot.

Perhaps I don’t need 4 juice boxes.  Or 4 applesauce pouches.  Or 3 lollipops.  Or six pouches of fruit snacks.  I’m not even joking – I really just pulled all of those things out of the bag.  And that’s not to mention the extra change of clothes, the pair of pajamas, the Hot Wheels, and Thomas the Train toys.  Oh, and did I not mention that he’s 3-years-old, not 3-months-old!  Pathetic, I know.  I’m still packing for a newborn, and not necessarily a toddler.

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As long as I have my Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design and Huggies Natural Care Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers, everything else is just extra.  Making sure his bottom stays clean, and that I have enough wipes to clean up any surprise spills is my first priority. As long as that’s taken care of, then I’m good.  A little gravy on the face will be no problem for me. Smile

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Have you tried Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design and Huggies Natural Care Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers yet?  The diapers provide up to 12 hours of leakage protection, and the wipes are gentle enough for your baby’s skin, but thick enough to clean the mess – exactly what you’ll need to prepare for the holidays this Thanksgiving!

You can visit Huggies.com/tuprueba for more information on the new Huggies products and join in the conversation by sharing your own parenting challenges, tips, etc. on Twitter at @Huggies and #HuggiesLatino.

Keeping it Clean with Huggies #HuggiesLatino

Disclosure:  This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Ever wonder how many boxes of baby wipes a mom with a three-year-old goes through?  While it’s true that a lot of toddlers are already potty trained by the age of three, baby wipes aren’t only for the booty.  I know I’ve shared before how messy a toddler boy can be – from juice splattered on the kitchen table to remnants of dinner found all over the floor (and his hands, face, and everywhere in between)!  I always rely on baby wipes to clean up in a pinch.

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Playing in the sand box for hours at the park with no water fountain in sight?  Baby wipes.

Running late and there’s no time for a bath?  Baby wipes.

Your kid running towards you with an outstretched hand and a booger on his finger?  Baby wipes.

Paint and glue on his fingers after a few hours of crafting?  Baby wipes.

Dirty knees after playtime in the yard?  Baby wipes.

Found a sticky spill in the car or on the car seat?  Baby wipes.

I think you get my drift…I use baby wipes All. The. Time.

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For me, Huggies Natural Care Wipes with Triple Clean Layers has saved me so many times.  I always keep a travel pack on-hand in the car and in my purse, and a full-size pack is always in my son’s backpack.  They’re gentle on baby’s skin, but thick enough to clean the mess.  I don’t know what we’d do without them!

Former Miss Universe, Zuleyka Rivera, is also a huge fan of Huggies.  In her fourth webisode she shares her thoughts on sports and physical activities for her son.  She shares that having a diaper like Huggies Snug & Dry with New SureFit Design is essential for a growing (& moving!) toddler.  Their flexible waistband is great for an all-around fit.  Check out the webisode and let me know what you think…this time the video is subtitled, making it much easier for everyone to follow along.

What has been a parenting challenge that you’ve faced recently?  Any particular product or resource that helped you get through it?  You can follow and join in the conversation on Twitter at @Huggies and use the hashtag #HuggiesLatino.  You can also visit Huggies.com/tuprueba for more information on the new Huggies products.

The Forgotten Diaper – Another Parenting Miss #HuggiesLatino

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I like to consider my family to be a pretty active one.  Rarely will you find us at home during the day on a weekend.  We’re usually off to a museum, taking in the floral sights at a botanic garden, horsing around at a park, and doing just about anything else there is to do.  We love it!  Yes, it’s exhausting at times, but I’m a firm believer in teaching kids through experiences whether they be on a trip or in your own backyard.  We live a busy, busy life for sure!

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Down-n-out and in need of a diaper change. Not a happy camper. :(

One thing I don’t love about our out ‘n about excursions are the restrooms we’ve encountered in some places.  Many have been downright nasty!  And since I haven’t yet mastered changing my son’s diaper while standing up, I still have to lay him down to do it.  So, yes, there have been times where I’ve just skipped it and waited till later to change him.  *Smacks Hand* Yes, I know I’ve been bad!

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Luckily we’ve been using Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design.  Man, those things are absorbent – up to 12 hours of leakage protection!  We would’ve had a major mess if we’d used any other brand, but Huggies definitely saves the day for us.  And, speaking of major messes, Huggies Natural Care Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers and thick and strong enough to clean up those smelly accidents.

Former Miss America, Zuleyka Rivera, found her own way to use Huggies Natural Care Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers.  After a messy meal, she uses them to clean up her adorable son’s face!  The video is so cute:

You can catch a new webisode of Zuleyka and her son, Sebastian, each month!  They are always uploaded on the Huggies Latino Facebook page.

Visit Huggies.com/tuprueba for more information on the new Huggies products and follow the conversation on Twitter with @Huggies, using the hashtag #HuggiesLatino.

Overcoming the Diaper Dilemma #HuggiesLatino

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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My son, who will be three soon, is having some issues with changing his diaper.  He still refuses to potty train, and now also refuses to have his diaper changed.  More often than not, you’ll smell him before he tells you he’s got “business” in his diaper.  Asking him if he has caca, or poop, in his diaper goes something like this:

Me: Hey, is it time to change your diaper?

Toddler (as loud and defiant as he can be): NO! It’s fine.  I don’t smell anything!

Me: I think I smell something.  C’mon, let’s go get changed.

Toddler: Mami, I don’t know what you’re talking about, I’m fine.

See how mad he is?!?!

Of course I have to grab him and take him to be changed, and he’s crying all the way.  Who knew getting clean would be so traumatic?!?!

Lately I got to thinking…maybe he just loved his diaper!  Ever since we started using Huggies I’ve had a harder time getting my boy changed.  I mean, I know Huggies is the best in terms of leak prevention and absorbency, perhaps he’s just that comfortable in them.  So I asked him.  What he told me made me giggle…

Toddler:  Mom, I don’t want you to take my Mickey away.

Just can’t let go of Mickey!

See?  Told ya.  The boy just really loves his Huggies!

Fellow mom, and former Miss Universe, Zuleyka Rivera, shares the same sentiment – that her son Sebastian doesn’t like his play time to be interrupted for a diaper change.  She talks about it in her new webisode for Huggies.

Tune in monthly as Zuleyka shares more about her life with Sebastian.

Give Huggies a try and pick up a pack of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design and Huggies Natural Care Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers.  To learn more about  the Huggies brand and their products, their website it a great source of information.  You can also find Huggies on Facebook (Spanish page).

Want to join in on the diaper chatter?  Follow @Huggies on Twitter and use the hashtag #HuggiesLatino.

Former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera Partners with Huggies!

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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I am pleased to announce that I have been selected as a Huggies Latina Brand Ambassador!  Over the next few months I’ll be sharing my Huggies experience with you and I’m so excited to get started!

I’m no longer embarrassed to say that my son will be three in a few months and he still isn’t potty trained.  We have tried and tried – and I regularly ask him if he wants to go potty – but he has yet to show any signs of being ready.  Changing his diaper is a stressful experience and conversations usually go like this:

Me: It’s time to change your diaper! (Sounding very chipper, of course.)

Toddler:  But I already have a diaper on.

Me: But it’s full, we should change it now.

Toddler: No!  I don’t want to change my diaper.  I’m still playing trains!

This dialog could go on forever.  What can I say, the boy loves his Huggies!

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And aside from the toddler love Huggies receives in my household, using Huggies has been a huge sanity-saver for my family.  I hear so many comments from parents about how their kids’ diapers leak and have awful overnight coverage.  That hasn’t been an issue for us when we use Huggies diapers!

It’s really exciting to hear that former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera (2006) has teamed up with Huggies to try out their new and improved diapers and wipes. She’ll be offering real-life parenting tips via a monthly webisode series that will include personal moments with her son Sebastian.

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Zuleyka’s partnership was launched at a recent exclusive preview event in New York that several Latina Mom Bloggers network members attended.  Her first webisode, also unveiled at the New York preview event, shares a little bit about her life and her son, Sebastian, is so dang cute!  She’ll release a new webisode each month so don’t miss them!  You can view her first webisode here (video is in Spanish):

Wasn’t that just adorable?!?!

I’d love it if you’d give Huggies a try yourself.  You can grab a pack of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design and Huggies Natural Care Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers and join Zuleyka as she puts Huggies to the test. Visit Huggies.com/tuprueba for more information on the new Huggies products.

To learn more about Huggies you can follow the conversation on Twitter at @Huggies using the hashtag #HuggiesLatino.

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

New Huggies Diapers with SureFit Design and a $20 Dollar General Giveaway!

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies, Dollar General has provided me with a $25 gift card for review and will supply a $20 gift card to one reader for this giveaway.  However all opinions expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines, 16 C.F.R Part 255.

You may remember that awhile back we decided to put my son’s potty training on hold.  It hasn’t been easy, but we knew that he simply wasn’t ready.  Little did we know at the time that our decision would bring on a whole new set of problems.  He’s now a little over 31 months old and drinking a lot more fluids than he used to.  The weather’s nicer so he’s been spending a lot of time running around outside and is constantly asking for more water.  He drinks, and drinks, and drinks.  Suddenly we found that the store brand diapers we’ve been using just aren’t making the cut anymore.  He has woken up on plenty of occasions with his pajamas completely wet because his diapers can’t hold it all in anymore.  I knew that we likely had to switch diaper brands.

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On a recent trip to Dollar General, I picked up a package of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with the new SureFit* design (*exclusive waistband, new softer outer cover and less bulky more flexible absorbent pad).  I’ve been shopping at Dollar General more often lately (even though it’s a bit of a drive from my home) because their fantastic prices make it easy for me to save a bit of money, and that, coupled with coupons, makes for even bigger savings!  In fact, make sure you print this $2 off coupon to score a great deal on Huggies Snug & Dry diapers at your nearest Dollar General.

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Huggies 12 Hour Leak Protection

I love the way these diapers hold up through the night.  The 12 hour leak protection was exactly what we were looking for.  No need for us to wash the sheets everyday…YAY!!!  My son loves them because he likes to pick the characters he gets to wear (his favorites are Mickey & Pluto) but I love the SureFit design.

To learn more about Huggies you can visit their website or like them on Facebook.

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WIN IT!

How would you like to win a little Dollar General treat to try these out yourselves?  One lucky winner will receive a $20 Dollar General Gift Card.  Just follow the easy Giveaway Tools form below.  Good luck!

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies, Dollar General has provided me with a $25 gift card for review and will supply a $20 gift card to one reader for this giveaway. However all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines, 16 C.F.R Part 255.

All About the Timing: Pull Ups #EveryFlush {Giveaway}

We decided to start potty training my son a little over a month ago.  At the time, my husband was concerned that my son was two and a half and still wasn’t potty trained.  I also thought that if we didn’t start now that he would enter preschool with a diaper on.  Back then, I thought I knew it all.  I thought I had all the answers.  And, more importantly, I thought it would be easy.

BUAHAHAHAHA!

Are you laughing too?  What a crock that was!

After spending some time learning some tips with Huggies Pull-Ups I realized just how wrong we were.  Aside from the tips I told you about in that post, I also learned a few pointers that I was just too ashamed to admit at the time.

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Your child will let you know when they are ready.  Some of the signs include your child telling you when they wet/soiled their diaper, your child expressing interest in using the potty, or your child taking off their own diaper.  At the ago of two and a half, my son wasn’t exhibiting any of those common readiness indicators.  We decided to potty train anyway.  Not our finest moment.

There isn’t an age cap in potty training.  Looking for the cues mentioned above is more important than worrying that your child is 3 or 4 and not yet potty trained.  Starting to potty train before your child is ready will only yield frustration and disappointment.  Don’t get hung up on the numbers.

Use the potty training method that works for YOUR CHILD.  When it comes to child rearing, it seems like everybody has something to say.  While it’s great to soak in all the information you receive, be careful not to choose the method that worked best for someone else.  Every child is different and what worked for one might not work for another.

All that being said, we decided to put potty training on hold for now.  My son simply isn’t ready.  I’m glad we recognized this fairly early and pulled back instead of forcing him to do something he clearly was uncomfortable doing.

As a Madrina del Baño for the Huggies Pull-Ups #EveryFlush campaign, however, I did receive some AWESOME products to help facilitate the potty training process.  These potty training essentials are great tools to use when beginning the potty training process.

Pull-Ups Prize Pack

One lucky reader will win this fabulous Huggies Pull-Ups Prize Pack that includes:

      • Pull-Ups training pants; preferred size and gender
      • Flushable wipes
      • Disney softee toilet seat; preferred gender

To enter the giveaway, please use the easy Rafflecopter form below.

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To learn more about the potty training process, the Huggies Pull-Ups website is a great information source to get you started.  You can also visit Pull-Ups on Facebook for more information.

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pull Ups. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Potty Training Tips from the Experts #EveryFlush

As many of you all know, I recently started to potty train my 2.5-year-old son.  It has not been easy, and I have struggled with many set-backs and uncertainties.  Luckily, last week I had the opportunity to attend a teleconference with Dr. Alberto Andres Cotton, a well-respected Miami based pediatrician with 17 years of pediatric experience and Jeannette Kaplun, an award-winning journalist and internationally recognized parenting expert with over 17 years of experience on TV, radio, online media and as a published author and conference speaker.  Talk about a superb panel of experts!

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Here are a few of the potty training tips I learned on the conference:

Don’t stress about numbers!  According to Dr. Cotton, there is no age to worry about in particular.  As long as your child is able to control his/her urine by the age of 5, you have nothing to worry about.

Boys might take longer to potty train.  Jeannette Kaplun, a mom of two, suggests that boys may take longer, especially at night.  Each child is different, though, and a parent shouldn’t stress about what one child is doing over another.

Regression is normal.  You shouldn’t get mad at your child when they are showing signs of frustration.  It can happen that your child reverts at a moment of stress. If at that time he cannot control his urine, he will most likely revert so he/she can advance later on.

Make potty training a family affair.  Potty training is a form of stress for a child. The family has to take it as a game so that the child becomes calm.  Getting the entire family involved by sharing potty training tips with other family members (dad, abuela, aunt, tio, los primos) engaging and educating them about training pants, the process and the fun rituals that make sticking with the process easier.

Consider using a timer.  Jeannette Kaplun suggests using a timer with children that crave structure. Every time the timer goes off, lets say every 30 minutes, the child can go. This will help them learn and after a while they wont need the timer to go. It becomes a habit because it is more fun to turn it into a game.

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To learn more about the potty training process, the Huggies Pull-Ups website is a great information source to get you started.  You can also visit Pull-Ups on Facebook for more information.

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pull Ups. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Parenting Stresses from a Dad’s Point of View

A few weeks ago, I shared a few of my tips for handling parenting’s messes and stresses.  My tips included things like making a to-do list and asking others for help.  Of course, my post covers the “Mom’s Point of View” of handling a toddler boy, but what about the dads?  Ever wonder how they tackle everyday messes and stresses?  For this post, I’m interviewing my husband to hear what he has to say on parenting stresses from a dad’s point of view.  I might be dreading his answers, but we’ll see…

We both know that the boy can get easily frustrated and has occasional melt-downs, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when this happens?

When I see him start melting-down, honestly, my first instinct is to get angry.  It takes me a few seconds to realize that he probably just needs some help and I calmly ask him what he needs.

Calmly?  Really?

[Laughs]  I’ll admit that I can get a little frustrated, but I really do try to not take it out on him.  I know he’s still too young to express exactly what he needs sometimes, but once I realize that I just try to help him.

OK, so we’ve covered tantrums.  How about when he makes a mess?  Toys everywhere.  How do you handle that when I’m not around?

Besides wait for you?

Yes.  (Duh!) How do you handle that by yourself?

I typically don’t clean-up while he’s playing.  I wait till we’re completely done in that room and have him help me.  I don’t want him to be one of those kids that leaves a mess all over the place and waits for his parents to pick it all up.  Not my son, he’s gonna learn to pick up his own mess.  He doesn’t listen all the time so I make a game out of it and he’s more likely to help.

Any words of advice for other dads out there?

The biggest piece of advice I can give is: Be Flexible.  Before my son was born I had all these ideas in my head on how he was going to be raised, things he was going to do, and so on.  I can be a hard pill to swallow when things don’t turn out the way you planned.  Learning to be flexible will help alleviate some inevitable stress down the road.

So there you have it, folks!  Some tips on handling raising a toddler from a dad’s point of view.  (And it totally wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be…LOL!)

And on Thursday, September 20th, from 12:00 pm EST to 1:00 pm EST, you can hear how Mexican TV personality and father of two, Poncho de Anda, handles parenting and even ask him a question of your own.  (*Please note that the chat will be in Spanish.)  You can find the chat on the Huggies Latino Facebook Page – just look for Poncho’s picture of the page to participate in the chat.  He looks like this —>

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Disclosure: This is a compensated post sponsored by Huggies and Latina Bloggers Connect.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own (and, well, my husband’s too!).
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