Deaf-Friendly Games for a Children’s Party
Contributor, Our Friends at Wooden Toy Shop
While its natural to worry about all the children feeling included in a kids party, there really is no need to worry if you throwing a party with a deaf child in attendance. There are loads of great games that all children, and quite a few adults, will enjoy. Here are some of our favorite party games and tips for throwing an inclusive children’s party. These games are ones you will probably already know, but with fun twists to make them more inclusive and even more fun!
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NEWS POST- Chuck E. Cheese's Testing Sensory Friendly Place for Families with Special Needs Children
NEWS ALERT– We are happy to announce that our friends at Chuck E. Cheese are partnering with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders to lead the way in providing families with autistic and special needs children with a fun and safe place to play.
Beginning Sunday, January 8, 2017, ALL Chuck
E. Cheese’s locations in New England, New York and New Jersey will open from 9-11am to offer sensory-sensitive places. This will then continue to take place on the first sunday of every month starting in February. The participating locations will do the following to make the experience as easy and fun for children and their parents:
– Less crowds and noise
– Dimmed lights
– No show, music or radio playing
– No Chuck E. mascot or any characters visible
– Food and games are offered but parents are permitted to bring snacks for their children if needed due to dietary restrictions, gluten allergies etc.
– Staff are extra flexible with “the rules” during this time, i.e. running, playing a game incorrectly (as long as everyone is SAFE as safety is always a priority)
Attleboro – 287 S. Washington St., Attleboro, MA 02703
Burlington – Ten Wall St. (HWY. 95/3A), Burlington, MA 01803
Danvers – 139 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923
Everett – 29 Mystic View Rd., Everett, MA 02149
Leominster – 100 Commercial Rd Ste. 68, Leominster, MA 01453
Lowell – 209 Plain St., Lowell, MA 01852
Manchester, CT – 82 Buckland St., Manchester, CT 06042
Manchester, NH – 1525 S Willow I-93, Manchester, NH 03103
Methuen – 90 Pleasant Valley Rd., Methuen, MA 01844
Natick – 801 Worcester, Natick, MA 01760
Newington, CT – 3075 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111
Newington, NH – 30 Fox Run Rd., Newington, NH 03801
North Dartmouth – 412-418 State Road 6, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Orange – 82 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477
Springfield – 1716 Boston Rd., Springfield, MA 01129
Warwick – 650 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, RI 02886
Waterbury – 650 Wolcott St., Waterbury, CT 06705
Worchester – 50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604
Albany – 601 Troy Schenectady Rd., Latham, NY 12110
Amherst – 4990 Harlem Rd., Amherst, NY 14226
Bronx – 700 Exterior Street, Bronx, NY 10451
Bronx – 1816 Gun Hill Rd, Bronx, NY 10469
Brooklyn – 139 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Flushing – 40-24 College Pt Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
Greece – 3130 West Ridge Rd., Rochester, NY 14626
Hamburg – 4408 Milestrip Rd., Buffalo, NY 14219
Harlem – 280 St. Nicholas Ave, 2nd floor, Harlem, NY 10027
Hempstead – 162 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, NY 11550
Hicksville * – 11-15 Hanover Pl., Hicksville, NY 11801
Middletown – 8 Orange Plaza Lane, Middletown, NY 10940
Nanuet – 250 West Route 59, Nanuet NY 10954
New Hartford – 4631 Commercial Dr., Hartford NY 13413
Patchogue – 121 Sunrise Hwy., Patchogue, NY 11772
Poughkeepsie – 1895 South Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Queens – 3419 48th St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Rochester – 1000 Hylan Rd. Suite 20, Rochester, NY 14623
Staten Island – 1775-P South Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314
Syracuse – 3023 Erie Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13224
Vestal – 3901 Vestal Parkway E., Vestal, NY 13850
West Islip – 155 Sunrise Hwy., West Islip, NY 11795
*The Hicksville, NY location will begin the program on Sunday, Feb. 5 (not Jan. 8)
Brick – 28 Brick Plaza, Bricktown, NJ 08723
Bridgewater – 600 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Cherry Hill – 2100 Route 38 Suite 4, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Deptford – 301 N. Almonesson Rd., Deptford, NJ 08096
Edison – 1120 Route 1 North, Edison, NJ 08817
Hanover – 145 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936
Jersey City – 701 Route 440 #383, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Mays Landing – 4215 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Middletown – 1107 Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748
N. Bergen – 8101 Tonelle Ave., North Bergen, NJ 07047
Paramus – 275 Route 4 West, Paramus, NJ 07652
Union – 1660 Route 22 East, Union, NJ 07083
Wayne – 1639 Route 23 South, Wayne, NJ 07470
West Windsor – 520 Nassau Park Blvd., West Windsor, NJ 08540
5 Tips and Tricks to Deal With Two Little Munchkins
Guest Contributor, Our Friends at www.tinystep.in
It’s no easy task managing children. They need a lot of care and attention, and they’re not afraid to ask for it. Managing one child is a challenge in itself, so it’s understandable that the thought of having to deal with two might be daunting for many of us; double the workload, double the energy required, double the attention given. But, like most things in this world, there are upsides and downsides to having two kids, and it’s important to keep these in mind when you think about raising two kids.
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when dealing with two children:
1. Hear ye! Hear ye!:
When it comes to taking care of the needs of multiple little kids, the principle you need to follow is to attend to the greater needs first. For example, one kid just pooped in his diaper which is now on the verge of explosion and the other one has fallen down and proceeded to bawl her eyes out. The most sensible solution would be to ignore the dirty diaper for the time being and tend to the injury first.
2. The One Where You “Trick” Your Baby:
Another helpful trick is to try to keep one kid busy if you’re going to have to focus on the other one for a while. Example – when you need to feed one child, give the other one some toys or a game or put on a TV show to keep them busy while you feed your other child.
3. Santa’s Little Helper:
It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t force your older child to like his/her younger sibling. Often, the older ones get jealous when there’s a new addition to the family because they know that it means that they’ll receive less attention from you. When your child shows dislike towards their sibling, try to comfort them rather than telling them that they must like him/her. Try to get your older child involved in helping out with the care of their younger sibling – this will make them feel helpful and needed.
4. Born Besties:
Sometimes, you can take a back seat as your kids start to bond. Sometimes, it becomes easier to have two kids. They satisfy each other’s need for a playmate and friend, and it gives you time to rest and spend with your spouse without constantly having one eye on your kids. Though they may fight, siblings tend to find a great amount of comfort in each other. They’re born besties. They look out for each other, may even synchronize with each other’s schedules, and keep each other entertained when bored.
5. Time Management:
Ha! This one follows you everywhere, doesn’t it? You may think “I’ve got this down” or “I’ve been failing at this since I was in school!” Well, I’m here to say that it never hurts to try anyway. Make a schedule for each day your kids to follow and try your best to ensure that they stick to it. This can help ensure that nap time and feeding time for both children coincide. What’s in it for you? Well, imagine how much peace and quiet there’ll be if both your kids are asleep at the same time? If your kids adapt to those timings it could simplify your life a whole lot.
Having two kids can be quite a blessing if you’re open to thinking of it that way! You now have two shiny stars in your life instead of one. It’ll also prevent your child from getting lonely. Even better, it will teach him/her from a young age what it means to share, adapt, and compromise.
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Gender Reveal Party Ideas
By Alexis Pollitto, Contributor
So, you’re having a baby…how exciting! Arguably even more exciting, is finding out if you will have a son or a daughter. What better way to be surprised than through a gender reveal party.
Gender reveal parties have been up and coming for the past few years. Essentially, you can gather your closest family and friends and all experience the magical moment of learning the gender of your baby together. We have put together a list of the cutest gender reveal party ideas to kick off your planning.
First, you may want to select a theme for the party. If you love sports, you may be interested in a Team Pink or Team Blue theme, or Touchdowns vs. Tutus. If you plan to have the party during the summertime, you can put a twist on a summer classic by having a BaByQ and serve barbecue food. You can certainly select the theme based on the time of year you will have the party, like decorating blue and pink pumpkins for the fall or blue and pink shamrocks for St. Patrick’s day. You know you will want to treat your little one like royalty, so why not start at his or her gender reveal party with the theme of prince or princess. Developing a theme for your gender reveal party is a great way to tie together invitations, decorations, food, and activities that will happen at the party, but of course keeping the party simple with a minimal theme will be just as special.
Once you have decided on if your party will have a theme, you may want to announce the party through invitations. zazzle.com, shuttefly.com, and paperlesspost.com (for evites) has many cute invitations to go with some of the themes previously mentioned, and they also have a variety of simple designs at reasonable prices.
After the invitations have been sent, the real party planning begins. Of course, the most important part is deciding on which way you are going to find out the gender. Often it is common for the parents-to-be to give their sealed envelope to a baker who will fill the inside of a sweet treat with something blue or pink. But if you are looking to break away from the traditional, the possibilities are endless. Babycenter.com has some fun and unique ideas, especially if there will be a lot of kids at your party, such as announcing the gender through a silly string fight (with the color of the outside of the can covered by a brown paper bag). This is definitely an affordable and memorable way to learn the gender of your baby. Another fun idea for a kid-friendly party is a gender reveal pinata.
Alternatively, you can open a baby outfit to find out. Go to your favorite children’s store and pick out an outfit for a boy and a girl. Hand the sealed envelope to the cashier and have him or her wrap the correct outfit for you while you continue to shop. Balloons are another exciting way to find out. Go to the party store and give the sealed envelope to the cashier. While you are shopping for party decorations, have him or her seal a box with blue or pink balloons. If you want to get your guests more involved in the reveal, you can order Gender Reveal confetti push-pops from etsy.com and watch as blue or pink confetti flies into the air.
While you may find great party decorations in store, there are also some convenient options for ordering online. Be sure to look for awesome decorations, such as balloons, temporary tattoos, banners, and fun games for your guests to play. When you have decided on decorations, you will nearly be done with planning your gender reveal party, but one important decision to make is what kind of food you would like to serve. Some hosts serve food that mom has been craving, while others will decorate pink and blue cookies for dessert. I personally love these glam DIY He or She Hershey bars from etsy.com. Another idea we loved courtesy of popsugar.com is to have your guests pour white Kool-aid powder into their water and watch as it changes color to pink or blue.
Easy School-Safe Treats and Activities for Your Tots Classroom
By Paige Goodwin, Contributor
When I was young, if you had a birthday during the school year, your mom stayed up the night before baking the exact number of cupcakes for your classmates so you could hand them out with sticky fingers at lunch. It was glorious, getting to be the center of attention while handing out haphazardly iced desserts, bragging about how you made them by hand, all by yourself, the night before.
Birthdays are still celebrated in school, but with many schools and preschools cutting down on what foods can be brought in (if at all), it isn’t as easy as baking a few dozen cupcakes anymore, but certainly no more time-consuming.
If you child eats lunch in a cafeteria, chances are they can only hand out pre-packaged snacks that are nut-free (that also includes being made in a nut-free facility). Some schools do not allow any food sharing in cafeterias to protect students who cannot read food labels, so if the teacher hasn’t give you information on how to distribute treats on birthdays, get in touch ahead of time to see if they can help pass out snacks before the students go to lunch.
Here are some safe treats that don’t require a trip to a specialty grocery store:
• Single Serve packages of Rice Krispie Treats
• Pop Chips — these are actually friendly for most
allergy sufferers as they are vegan and gluten-free. You can find single-serve packages at most Wegman’s stores and Safeway, but go on to the Pop Chips website to check for nearby locations to you.
• Plain Hershey’s Kisses — make sure to not get any specialty flavors, as Hershey’s does can’t guarantee nut-free manufacturing for those. Hershey’s Kisses are made with milk, milk chocolate cane sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, lecithin and natural flavors. The Hershey’s website also includes a number you can call regarding the allergen information for each of their products.
• Wonka brand candies
• Starburst, Skittles, Fruit Roll-Ups, and Sour Patch Kids
There are also brands dedicated to making snacks and desserts that are nut-free:
• Treasure Mills has mini cupcakes, brownies and cookie bars. Their website lists the ingredients for each product, and has a store locator to help you find them in your area.
• Skeeter Nut Free sells packages of different types of cookies such as shortbread, double chocolate and chocolate chip. Click “Learn More” on each product to get a full ingredients list.
When in doubt, check the labels. Your child’s teacher will too, so check ahead to see if you need to bring in treats earlier for approval.
If your child’s class has a lot of students with diverse food allergies, or you child’s school does not allow food snacks to be shared, there are still quite a few inexpensive and fun things your child can share with the class. Small activities may also be a fun addition to a snack you bring in as well. Don’t be surprised if other parents borrow your ideas for other birthdays in class!
• Even if your child doesn’t bring in food, you can still make lunch festive by sending in themed plates, napkins, cups, or even brightly colored bendy straws. Try Birthday Express for a huge assortment of themes.
• If your child is in preschool or kindergarten where there
is a daily or weekly story, see if your child’s teacher would be okay with your child’s favorite story being read in honor of their birthday. If possible, volunteer to do it — the teacher will appreciate a short break, and you can embellish the story with funny voices to help make it a new class favorite.
• Older children may enjoy helping make a themed word search or coloring page about
them for the class. Try Really Color to turn a photo into a coloring page, or Crayola for pre-made coloring pages. Discovery Education has a free word search maker for your older child, which will generate a puzzle after you input the words their classmates must find! Have your child hand them to the teacher at the beginning of the day — there is always down-time in a school day, and the teacher will enjoy having the activities to hand out when there is time to spare.
• While many teachers give out special pencils to birthday children, you can make fun personalized pencils through Oriental Trading. Your child can put their name, or even a funny saying on the pencils so the whole class has a fun, matching pencil. The teacher will appreciate not having to find students an extra pencil, too!
• If your child’s class is a little too young for pencils, try giving old crayons new life by making each child a custom crayon using these instructions on Martha Stewart’s website. Your child can hand out rainbow crayons, or whatever color combinations they like best!
Please remember that with class activities, unless you are handing something small out, to talk with the teacher ahead of time to make sure whatever you plan doesn’t interrupt their schedule, and so that everything goes smoothly for your child’s special day.
The frustration about not being able to change my sons diaper when going out is what inspired the collection of our original “baby friendly” restaurant list which then turned into this website. The team at Baby Friendly America are proud that President Obama has taken a stand to make families lives a little easier by signing the bipartisan BABIES ACT on October 7 to make at least federal buildings more family-friendly by expanding access to baby-changing stations.
Introduced by U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), federal buildings from post offices to court houses and everything in between will now be more accommodating for both moms and dads when a diaper needs to be changed. This is a great common sense law to make the lives of parents easier when going out with their families and a great first step in recognizing that Dad’s have an equal and important role in childcare.
All Aboard! Trains Near You That Your Kid Will Love!
By, Charlene Chuquillanqui, Contributor
Since the early 1800s, trains have awed both adults and children. Although not the most popular mode of transportation nowadays, trains continue to captive us by exemplifying power, adventure, and history. Sitting and relaxing on a train chugging along on a track can be a splendid experience! Do you have a little one that’s obsessed with trains? Does your whole family love riding on trains? If so, take a look below! We’ve complied an extensive list of toddler-friendly trains near four metropolitan areas including the Washington, DC metro area, Philadelphia, Boston, Palm Beach County, and Houston. Whether on a full-sized vintage steam locomotive or an extra miniature replica train, these train rides can make for a great family day out!
To get even more into the railroading spirit, wear train-themed attire to take your train ride! We suggest wearing the classic conductor hat, overalls, and a red bandana. The website, Train Party, offers inexpensive train apparel for adults and toddlers; follow this link to an Adult Senior Railroad Engineer Kit (hat, bandana, & whistle) for under $10. Also, Amazon has some great deals on train apparel. Here’s a link for a Little Engineer Set (hat, bandana, & whistle) for under $10. You can also find adult overalls for as low as $29 on Amazon as well. Examples can be seen here and here. Cute Oshkosh striped toddler overalls can currently be found online at Kohl’s for only $13.60 too!
We hope the train ride options on this list will get your little conductor singing “choo choo”!
Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia
Miniature Train at Wheaton Regional Park
Address: 2002 Shorefield Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
Links: Website and Facebook
A personal favorite of mine when I was a child, this mini replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington 4-2-4T steam locomotive offers a delightful, scenic 12-minute ride in Wheaton Regional Park. Tickets cost just $2 per person and children under 2 years old are free, which makes this mini train perfect to ride with little ones! The train is opened April – September, as well as during some dates in October with its Halloween-themed “Haunted Train”. Be sure to check out its website and Facebook for hours of operation, party room rental packages, and more!
Miniature Train at Cabin John Regional Park
Address: 7410 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 765-8670
Just like the mini train in Wheaton Regional Park, Cabin John Regional Park’s train is also a mini replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington 4-2-4T steam locomotive. It journeys 2 miles through Cabin John Regional Park, providing riders with about a 15-minute scenic ride. Like in Wheaton, tickets are just $2 per person, while children under 2 years old ride for free! The open season begins around April and runs through September. It’s also open for select dates in October for its “Eye Spy Halloween Train”, which is a less scary, more kid-friendly Halloween train compared to Wheaton’s “Haunted Train”. Check out its website to learn more about its hours of operation, party room rental packages, and more!
B&O Railroad Museum
Address: 901 West Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223
Phone: (410) 752- 2490
Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
In Baltimore, you’ll find the most significant railroad collection in America. The B&O Railroad Museum, the birthplace of American railroading, encapsulates history, education, and fun! The museum possesses a large display of locomotives and rolling stock, small artifacts, railroading buildings and structures, and much more! Families can board the Mile One Express and enjoy a 20-minute round trip along the 1st commercial mile of railroad track laid in America. Train rides are offered Thursday – Sunday, April – December and weekends in January. Small children can also enjoy their own 3-minute ride aboard a kiddie train in Choo Choo Blueville, a tiny fictional town! The museum also offers a plethora of events and programs every month that are perfect for little ones. For instance, Princess Train Rides are coming up this September! Children can dress up in themed costumes to take a ride aboard a royally decorated train with princesses like Elsa and Ana! Museum admission prices are $18 for adults and $12 for children (2-12); train ride tickets are an additional cost of $3 per adult and $2 per children (2-12). Be sure to visit B&O Railroad Museum’s website or social media to learn more about admission tickets, weekend passes, hours of operations, special events, kids programs, facility rentals, and everything else the museum offers!
The National Capital Trolley Museum
Address: 1313 Bonifant Rd, Colesville, MD 20905
Phone: (301) 384-6088
Links: Website and Facebook
While you won’t see a steam locomotive, the National Capital Trolley Museum features a preserved collection of historic streetcars in Washington, DC. Opened every weekend year round, the museum offers visitors the chance to take a 20-minute ride in a vintage streetcar through the woods of Montgomery County. Special events like Pumpkin TrolleyFest, which includes a trip to Pinson’s Pumpkin Market, and Holly TrolleyFest, which includes a ride with Santa, are perfect for kids! Admission for adults (18-64) is $7 and admission for children and seniors (2-17, 65+) is $5. Admission includes museum displays, docent-led tours, and unlimited streetcar rides! To learn more about what the museum offers, check out its website and Facebook!
Miniature Train at Watkins Regional Park
Address: 301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Phone: (301) 218-6700
This mini C.P. Huntington replica located in PG County’s colorful Watkins Regional Park offers passengers the chance to ride through the woodlands of the park and even see a close-up view of Old Maryland Farm, an agricultural educational farm open to the public. For residents of PG or Montgomery County, tickets are $2 per person of any age, while non-residents tickets are $2.50 per person of any age. Summer hours run Tuesday – Saturday. Check out its website or give Watkins Regional Park a call for more details on hours of operation, birthday party packages, and more!
Walkersville Southern Railroad
Address: 34 W Pennsylvania Ave, Walkersville, MD 21793
Phone: (301) 898-0899
Links: Website and Facebook
Located in Walkersville, MD, about an hour northwest from Washington, DC, the Walkersville Southern Railroad features vintage passengers cars from the 1920s and open flatcars that travel over track that the Pennsylvania Railroad originally built in 1872. Taking your little one on a Walkersville Southern Railroad excursion will allow them to feel a sense of history and adventure! Passengers on regular excursions are offered an hour and 10 minute scenic ride through Maryland farm country. Regular trains run weekends, May-October, with charters and special trains running all year. Special event, holiday trains include Santa trains, Bunny trains, and more! Your little one will also enjoy activities like Teddy Bear Picnic and Superhero Picnic, which include a train ride and a stop in the park for lunch and story time. Additionally, on select dates, special steam train rides on an 80-year-old coal-fired steam locomotive are offered! Excursion fares are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (55+), and $8 for children (3-12); children under 3 are free unless occupying a seat. Special event excursions have an increased charge. To learn more about Walkersville Southern Railroad’s regular or special event excursions, museum, dinner trains, birthday party packages, hours of operation, and more, check out its website or Facebook!
Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers
Address: 1950 Eagle Drive, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
Phone: (410) 448-0730
Links: Website and Facebook
A little over an hour from Washington, DC, you’ll find a collection of extra miniature trains. The Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steam Club, a Baltimore nonprofit, offers the public free rides on their model trains the second Sunday of each month from April – November! Located in Baltimore’s Leakin Park, the club allows adults and children to delight in miniature versions of the great mode of transportation of America’s past. To learn more about the Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers, check out their website and Facebook!
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Address: 13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: (240) 920-6273
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
Located a little over 2 hours from Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Pittsburg, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers rides around Maryland’s mountain country with their Mountain Limited Trains. On-board narrators will provide passengers with historical facts and information about cultural locations along the route. Specialty Trains excursions that are great for kids include Royal Rails Weekend, which welcomes passengers to dress up as royalty! Also, a holiday train ride, the North Pole Experience, is a great way for children to enjoy the holiday spirit and visit with Santa! Fares for the Mountain Limited scenic round trip range from $40 for an adult coach ticket to $80 for an adult 1st class ticket. Children tickets (0-12) range from $21 for coach to $35 for 1st class. Specialty train excursions have pricier fares. There are specials rates and deals offered for passengers as well. Check out the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s website and social media for more details on fares, excursion trains, events calendar, rentals, and more!
Miniature Train at Burke Lake Park
Address: 7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Phone: (703) 323-6600
This miniature C.P. Huntington steam engine travels over 1.75 miles in Virginia’s beautiful Burke Lake Park, offering passengers a fun 10-minute ride. It operates April – September, as well as some dates in October as “Ghost Train”. Burke Lake Park charges no entrance fee for Fairfax County residents, weekdays – weekends. For non-county residents, there is no charge on weekdays; however, there is a charge for non-county residents on weekends and holidays, April – late October. The entrance fee is $10 per car. Tickets for the miniature train cost $3 on weekdays and $4 on weekends and holidays. Riders under the age of 2 years old ride for free! To learn more, check out its website!
West Chester Railroad
Address: 230 E Market St, West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (610) 430-2233
Links: Website and Facebook
About 40 minutes from Philly, the West Chester Railroad, offers a variety of delightfully scenic 90-minute train rides along the Chester Creek Valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania. All trains make a 20-minute stop at the historic Glen Mills station, where passengers may explore the station and a picnic grove along the Chester Creek before heading back to West Chester. Year round, there are several special events offered that are perfect for families like the Summer Picnic Special, Fall Foliage Express, Santa Express, Easter Bunny Express, and Mother’s and Father’s Day Express! Tickets for adults are $15 and children (2-12) are $13; toddlers under 2 ride for free! Be sure to visit West Chester Railroad’s website or Facebook to learn more hours of operation, ticket prices, special events, party rentals, and more!
New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
Address: 32 W Bridge St, New Hope, PA 18938
Phone: (215) 862-2332
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
A visit to New Hope and Ivyland railroad will allow you to explore the rolling hills and valleys of historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Adults and children can discover what it was like to travel in the past while riding in a restored 1920s vintage passenger coach, antique bar car, steam locomotive, or a historic diesel locomotive. Special events and hourly excursions that are great for families include Firefly Express, where adults and children enjoy story-telling, firefly sighing and firefly facts at night, Wildflower Express Train, which includes live narration and a chance for children to throw their own wildflower seeds from their windows, Song & Story Hour Trains, Family Dinner or Sunday Brunch Trains, hourly excursions, and much more! Fare prices vary with your choice of coach, 1st class, or open-air seating. Hourly excursion and special event excursions fare prices differ, along with adult, children (2-11), and toddler (under 2) tickets as well. Be sure to visit New Hope and Ivyland Railroad’s website for detailed information on specific ticket costs, private charters, birthday party packages, and upcoming events.
Address: E 3rd St, Boyertown, PA 19512
Phone: (610) 367-0200
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
Colebrookdale Railroad, located about an hour from Philly, provides an historic and scenic ride in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A variety of train rides are offered for visitors like the Secret Valley Expedition, an hour and 45 minute ride into the beautiful Secret Valley. There are also fun family-friendly excursions like Autumn Splendor-Hayride on Rails, Bonfire Train, Night Before Christmas Train, Santa Claus Train, Winter Starlight Express, Easter Bunny Train, Mudball Express, Mother’s Day Tea Train, Father’s Day Special, and more! Ticket prices vary with the choice of deluxe coach, café car, parlor car, or loco cab seating; prices for adults (13-64), children (0-12), and seniors (65+) vary as well. Check out Colebrookdale’s website for specific ticket costs, excursion details, party packages, and everything else it has to offer!
Strasburg Rail Road
Address: 301 Gap Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
Phone: (866) 725-9666
Links:Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
The Strasburg Rail Road, America’s oldest short-line railroad with turn-of-the-century steam locomotives, offers visitors rides through beautiful Amish countryside to Paradise, PA and back. Regular train excursions, which are about 45-minute in length, are a great family experience. Regular train ticket prices range from $14 for adults and $8 for children (2-11) aboard beautifully restored Victorian style coach cars to $20 a ticket per adult or child (0-11) for Victorian 1st class parlor or lounge car seating. Dinner Trains featuring an Amish feast and Dining Cars featuring a “hobo lunch” are also available and great for kids. A variety of special event excursions are also offered. Your little train lover will definitely enjoy the Day Out with Thomas Event, which includes a 20-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as loads of other Thomas & Friends activities! Tickets are $21 for ages 2 and up and those under 2 are free. Percy Packages for $27 a ticket are also available. Other special event excursions include the Easter Bunny Train, Christmas Tree Train, Santa’s Paradise Express, and The Night Before Christmas Train. Be sure to check out Strasburg Rail Road’s website or social media for details on operating schedules, events, ticket prices, passes, party packages, and more!
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Address: 1 Susquehanna St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (610) 562-2102
Links: Website and Facebook
About an hour and a half trip from Philly, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway features relaxing rides in vintage coaches, built as early as 1917, which are pulled by diesel or steam engines. The scenic train rides, operating May – December, follows the Lehigh River, through Glen Onoko, and into the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Rides are about 70 minutes in length, with the expectation of October train rides, which are 45 minutes in length. Several special event trips are also offered like Easter Train Trips, PA Dutch Treat Train, Autumn Leaf Trips, Santa Claus Specials, Winterfest Trains, and more! Tickets for regular, standard coach rides cost $13 per adult and $9 per child (3-12); children under 3 receive a free ticket! For regular open-air coach seating, tickets cost $18 per adult, $10 per child (3-12), and free for children under 3. Costs for special event trips vary. Be sure to check out Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway’s website and social media to learn more!
Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad
Address: 42 Community Center Dr, Kempton, PA 19529
Phone: (610) 756-6469
Links: Website and Facebook
The Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern Railroad offers scenic rides aboard locomotives built as early as 1914 with their regularly scheduled train trips and special event trips. Trains operate May-November and offer passengers a beautiful 40-minute round trip through farmland and forests. Regular train ride tickets cost $10 for adults (12+), $5 for children (3-11), and free for children 2 and under. Regular train ride tickets include unlimited all day rides! Special events tickets are one-ride only tickets. Special events that are great for kids include the Harvest Moon Special, Fall Foliage Excursion, Pumpkin Patch Train, Halloween Spooktacular, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, and Kids’ Fun Weekend. Special event ticket prices vary. To learn more about special events, reservations, group rates, and more, check out the Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern Railroad online!
Steam Into History
Address: 2 W Main St, New Freedom, PA 17349
Phone: (717) 942-2370
Links: Website and Facebook
Steam into History, about 2 hours from Philly and Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization that features a 1860s replica steam train. The coaches of the train are also newly built, but resemble 1860s construction. The steam train chronicles the Civil War history of York County, as a replica of the locomotive that carried Abraham Lincoln to deliver his famous Gettysburg Address; the tracks are also the ones that carried Lincoln’s funeral train two years later. Opened in 2013, Steam into History offers visitors narrated, history-filled round trips to Glen Rock and Hanover Junction. The Glen Rock Express is a one-hour round-trip and the Hanover Junction Limited is a 2 and a half hour round-trip with a 20- 30-minute stop at Hanover Junction, where passengers can get off the train. Tickets for Glen Rock are $23 on weekdays and $26 on weekends for adults and $15 weekends and weekdays for children (3-13); children under 3 are free if held in lap! The Hanover Junction trip costs $3 more for adults and $1 more for children (3-13). There are also special events that are perfect for little ones like the Reading Express from Glen Rock Library, American Girl Tea Party, Pumpkin Train, Fall Foliage Glen Rock Express, Christmas Tree Train, Santa Sing-a-long Caroling Express, and so much more! Special event ticket prices vary. Check out Steam into History online to learn more about all they have to offer!
Address: 5 Pine St, Carver, MA 02330
Phone: (508) 866-8190
Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Edaville USA is a little train lover’s paradise. This amusement park, with 3 different park areas in 1, is loaded with several train-themed attractions. Particularly, in the Thomas Land theme park, visitors have the chance to explore Knapford Station, Tidmouth Sheds, and have fun on 11 different Thomas & Friends rides. Most importantly, visitors can enjoy a 20-minute train ride on a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine as he travels around Edaville and scenic cranberry bogs! Edaville USA’s seasons run from May-January and special events are planned throughout the year. Admission tickets can be purchased online at $34 (ages 4 & over) and $29 (ages 2-3 & 60+). Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $3 more. And admission includes access to over 90 rides & attractions! Check out Edaville USA online for more details on their fantastic amusement park!
Cape Cod Central Railroad
Address: 252 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 771-3800
Links: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
A little over an hour from Boston, the Cape Cod Central Railroad offers classic, narrated train rides through woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs, and salt marshes. Train rides run from May – October and are about 2 hours in length. Families can enjoy train rides like the Coastal Excursion Train, Colonial Lunch Train, Thanksgiving Dinner Train, or Yankee Clipper Brunch Train. Tickets for Coastal Excursion Trains range from $44 for standard class adult tickets to $47 for diamond class (upper dome) adults tickets. Children tickets (2-12) range from $17 for standard class to $42 for diamond class (upper dome). Boxed lunches are available to be purchased for the Coastal Excursion Trains as well. Specialty trains with served meals vary in price. Cape Cod Central Railroad also offers their Polar Express Train Ride, where kids can wear their pajamas and delight in the holiday spirit with hot cocoa, cookies, storytelling, music, and Santa & elves! The Polar Express Train Ride departs from the Buzzards Bay Depot and lasts about an hour. Prices vary from choice of standard class, 1st class, or diamond class seating. Be sure to check out Cape Cod Central Railroad’s website and social media to learn more about train rides, schedule, fares, classes of service, group occasions, and more!
Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad
Address: 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066
Phone: (954) 494-6877
Links: Website and Facebook
In Tradewinds Park, about 40 minutes from Palm Beach County, you’ll find one-eighth life-size trains that you can ride monthly on a half-mile track along a scenic lake. The Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad, a nonprofit club, dedicates their time exploring the history of railroads and mechanical engineering. They set out to educate both adults and children all about the importance of railroading! Train rides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays on the third complete weekend of each month. The mini trains are run by steam, batteries, or small gas engines. Tickets cost just $1.50 per person, regardless of age. Tradewinds Park admission is also $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays. There are also birthday train reservations available! Check out Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad online to learn more about their organization, train schedule, and more!
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Address: 12450 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177
Phone: (305) 253-0063
Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
About an hour and half south in Miami, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum features over 40 historic railcars. Visitors can explore these historic and restored cars, exhibitions, a model train display, and Thomas the Tank Engine play tables. Train rides are also offered on the weekends for your family to enjoy. And every 1st Saturday of the month, the museum opens its doors to all visitors for a free day! Regular admission costs $8 for adults and $6 for children (2-11). Train rides aboard diesel locomotives or diesel-electric locomotives vary from $6 per person for all ages to $12 per person for all ages for a 25-minute ride. The museum also hosts special events like Day Out With Thomas, when families can take a 25-minute ride and enjoy Thomas-themed activities. There is also the Polar Express Train Ride to bring in the holiday spirit, which includes a 45-minute round trip, holiday treats, Santa, and more! Ticket prices vary for special events. Check out Gold Coast Railroad Museum online or by phone to learn more about the museum collection, admission, train rides, special events, and more!
Miniature Train at Hermann Park Railroad
Address: 6102 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 524-5876
The beautiful Hermann Park in Houston features a replica C.P. Huntington miniature train. At the Hermann Park Railroad, visitors can enjoy a 2-mile, 18-minute train journey. Riders of all ages will love all the sights and sounds the ride offers around the park! There are three different stops along the railroad, where riders are allowed to hop on or off. Stops are close to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Texas Medical Center, and Rice University areas. Rides run Monday-Sunday and tickets cost just $3.50 per person, 1 year and older. You also have the option of purchasing an all day pass on weekdays for $7. Gift tickets, private rentals, and special kid train programs are also available. Be sure to check out Hermann Park Railroad online or by phone to learn more!
Shark Voyage Train at Downtown Aquarium, Houston
Address: 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 223-3474
At Houston’s Downtown Aquarium, you’ll find a miniature C.P. Huntington train that can take you and your little one through the center of a 200,000-gallon tank for an up-close view of sharks! The train ride will make a stop under a tunnel where a variety of different shark species can be watched from your train seat! Tickets for the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit cost $11.99 for adults, $9.99 for seniors (65+), $8.99 for children (under 42”), and children under 2 are free. Individual tickets for the Shark Voyage are $5.99. Visitors also have the option of purchasing All-Day Adventure Passes for $19.99, which includes one-day unlimited access to all rides and the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit! To learn more about the aquarium, the Shark Voyage train, and more, check out the aquarium online or by phone.
Miniature Train at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Address: 3203 Farm to Market 1960, Humble, TX 77338
Phone: (281) 446-4001
Links: Website and Facebook
Old MacDonald’s Farm, about 30 minutes from Houston, is a 15-acre outdoor park for both kids and adults to enjoy. Apart from the petting zoo, pony rides, swimming pool, and other fun activities, the farm offers train rides aboard a miniature train. All activities at the farm are included with the admission fee of $10.75. Babies under 18 months are free! The farm is open daily from February – November, and on weekends December – January. Family outings, birthday parties, and group events can be hold at the farm as well! Visit Old MacDonald’s Farm online or give them a call to learn more about what they have to offer!
Houston Area Live Steamers at Zube Park
Address: 17560 Roberts Rd, Hockley, TX 77447
Phone: (281) 758-8012
Links: Website and Facebook
Zube Park in Hockley, about 40 minutes from Houston, features the Houston Area Live Steamers’ track and their special public run days, when they allow the public to ride on their life-sized model trains! The members of Houston Area Live Steamers share their love of model trains with the community by offering free rides on the 3rd Saturday of the month, March-November. All ages are welcome to ride! Check out Houston Area Live Steamers online to learn more about their organization, trains, public run days, and more!
Miniature Train at Oil Ranch
Address: 23501 Macedonia Rd, Hockley, TX 77447
Phone: (281) 859-1616
Links: Website and Twitter
Hockley’s Oil Ranch features over 50 acres of fun, kid friendly activities like pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a swimming pool, a jumping pillow, and so much more! More importantly, for your little train lover, they offer rides around the ranch on their Oil Express. Train riders get to see the ranch’s windmill and take a journey past a lake filled with fish. The Oil Ranch also offers Santa’s Ranch Express, which allows adults and children to enjoy the Christmas season with a train ride and other activities. Birthday parties and family reunions can also be held at the ranch! Admission costs $15.95 per person (24 months+). Admission includes all of the regular ranch activities except mining and paintball. Group rates are also available. Visit the Oil Ranch online or give them a call to learn more!
Miniature Train at Kemah Boardwalk
Address: 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Phone: (877) 285-3624
The Kemah Boardwalk is a theme park attraction located about 45 minutes from Houston. Visitors can enjoy an array of rides and amusements. For little train lovers, there is a replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington train! The train takes its passengers around the entire boardwalk and allows them to see a fabulous ocean view. Tickets for the train ride cost $5. All day ride passes are available for $18.99 for those under 48” and $24.99 passes for those 48” and over. To learn more about the miniature train ride and other Kemah Boardwalk attractions, visit their website or give them a call!
Galveston Railroad Museum
Address: 2602 Sante Fe Pl, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-5700
Links: Website and Facebook
An hour away from Houston, the Galveston Railroad Museum features incredible exhibits of rolling stock, railroad memorabilia and history, model railroad layouts, and more! Additionally, the museum offers 15-minute train rides aboard their Harborside Express on most Saturdays. Museum admission costs $10 for adults (13+), $8 for seniors (60+), and $5 for children (4+); children 3 and under are free. Saturday train rides are an additional $5 for passengers 2 and over; infants 1 and under ride for free. The museum also hosts several special events! Check them out online or contact them by phone to learn more!
Tips on How to Survive a Summer Pregnancy From One Soon to be Mom to Another
By, Jenilee Keefe Singer
Being pregnant in the summer is no joke. For me, the heat has induced contractions and given me kankles, and made me plain tired. Here are some tips on how I’m surviving the heat and making myself feel more comfy.
1) Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important throughout pregnancy, but it is especially important on those hot, summer days. Dehydration is bad news. Not only can it make you feel awful, but it isn’t good for the baby. I recommend investing in a good water bottle and taking it with you everywhere you go—and chug that water down.
2) Eat lighter meals. Nothing makes me logier than a heavy meal on a hot day. This may be a good time to lay off the lasagna and opt for the salad instead. I also try to avoid super salty foods, as they only contribute to my swelling (oh ankles, how I miss thee). Please don’t completely eliminate salt. Salt does help maintain fluid balance and contains needed iodine.
3) Wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant feet can swell. Hot pregnant feet REALLY can swell. Keep your feet comfortable in forgiving shoes. Flats and sneakers help. Watch out with certain sandals and flips flops. Those straps can dig into your feet!
4) Wear breathable, loose fitting clothing. Wearing lighter (materials and color), loose fitting and breathable materials will help keep you cool. Dresses are really helpful and luckily there is no storage of options. You have a job that requires business attire? Throw on a blazer or nice cardigan for the office and take it off went you head outside.
5) Make friends with air conditioning and fans. Ah AC. One of life’s modern pleasures. I know summers are meant to be spent outdoors, but when you are pregnant there are just some days that will beckon you indoors. If it’s 95 degrees outside and incredibly humid, don’t push it. It’s ok to spend some time inside. I recommend finding something to do around the house. If you are nesting, this is the perfect opportunity to get things done—organize that hall closet, put away baby clothes. Or get out of the house and go to a movie, the mall or a museum. These places are almost always cool—so cool for me that I often bring a sweater!
6) Pay attention to the weather. Does the forecast call for it to be 90 for the next five days? You not looking forward to spending more time inside? Well, pay attention to your hourly forecast. You may find that the morning and evening temperatures are better. Then do what I do – hit that farmers market as soon as it opens or take walks after dusk.
7) More on water. I’m not talking about drinking water. Use the water to cool you off. Take a shower. Carry around a spray bottle. Freeze a towel and place it on your neck. Go for a swim. Or run through your kid’s sprinkler (I am not ashamed to admit that I did this).
8) Kick up your feet. The heat is tiring. If you can, take some time to kick up your feet and relax. Elevating your feet will also help with swelling. And better yet, if you have the time, get in a nap.
9) Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. Feeling off? Can’t seem to cool down? Swelling like crazy? Talk to your doctor. You never know if you what you are experiencing is a simple annoyance or something more serious. It never hurts to ask for medical advice.
22 Essentials for Every Diaper Bag
By, Mariana Sava, Contributor
You have (or will have) a baby! Congratulations! Now let’s get down to business. What are you going to do about the diaper bag? A well-stocked diaper bag keeps away the white flag. You shall not be defeated by a dirty diaper or drooled on shirt with the list of essentials I put together. With the help of real mommies and daddies (and the internet) I made up a list of diaper bag necessities to make your lives easier. I hope this list helps and happy packing! Oh and if you think of something else I might have missed on this list, just make comment down below and let everybody else know.
A Diaper Bag
– Make sure it’s waterproof
– Choose a bag with multiple pockets to keep your items more organized
– You don’t necessarily have to buy a diaper bag, but a bag that will fit all the items, like a backpack. Check out our list of Chic and Practical Diaper Bags here: https://babyfriendlyamerica.com/2016/07/chic-diaper-bags/
Diapers – two diapers for each hour you are out
– The rule says one diaper per hour plus extra ones, well, might as well just make it two diapers per hour to be safe. You know what they say, better safe than sorry.
Change or two of clothes
– In case of drooling, spitting, blow outs, vomiting, or spills
– An extra set of pants and shirt should be fine, especially because of all the other items you will pack to prevent messes.
An extra pair of socks
– Keep those cute little toes warm in case it gets chilly over time.
Hat for sun or cold
– You can never be too careful.
Bibs – 1 or 2
– So you don’t have to change the baby’s clothes…again.
– Maybe not for the baby, but you might need this to cover in case you want to breastfeed the baby in public.
– The blanket doesn’t even have to be in the diaper bag, just store it somewhere in the car.
– Never leave the house without wet wipes. There is always something to wipe clean.
– In addition to cleaning bottoms, good wipes can clean clothing better than anything (good to keep in the office too)
– It’s also good to have a variety. If you don’t want wet tissues, then use some dry tissues.
– To kill those germs on your hands if a sink isnt nearby
– To change the baby’s diaper, of course.
Plastic bag or diaper disposable sack
…or any bag that could be used as trash for the poopy diapers.
– If your baby uses one.
– If there is a pacifier in question. To keep it clean you can buy a container from the store or just store it in a little plastic container like the ones for ketchup or other sauces.
– For milk, formula, water, or juice
– For those sunny days to avoid burns
– Your baby might fall asleep and give you the perfect chance to cut those cute little nails.
– To get rid of those annoying boogies.
– To keep him/her distracted and that wont drive you crazy.
– If the mommy wants to breastfeed the baby in public
– Or you can just use the blanket like I mentioned above
Baby food or snacks
– I may be 21 years old but my mother still carries snacks in her bag for me…and my sister, but mostly me.
– if your tot eats solid foods this is essential as no restaurants have these… we have asked
First aid kit – This is serious business people!
– Antibiotic cream/ diaper rash cream
– Any prescribed medications
A diaper bag should be packed in consideration to how long the trip is going to be. The longer the trip, the more items should be packed. In addition to our above list
Attention! Don’t forget your personal purse with your essentials. (i.e. phone, wallet, keys, water bottle)
30 Chic and Affordable Diaper Bags to Make Other Parents Envious!
By, Charlene Chuquillanqui, Contributor
A diaper bag becomes an essential staple of life once you have a baby.
There are so many things you need to carry and keep organized every time you leave the house with your little one, so you definitely need a bag that’s functional and easy to wear. However, there’s an array of diaper bags to choose from, and some aren’t the most flattering. While colorful bags with tiny baby animals may look cute, they aren’t the most stylish to wear daily out in public.
However, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your style for a practical bag for your baby! There are great diaper bags out there that have room for all the essentials while still being cool, stylish, and convenient. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of 30 different bags that don’t exactly scream diaper bag. These bags range from inexpensive to slightly more pricey. Whether you’re looking for something more laidback or sporty to something more chic and trendy, these innovative diaper bags in disguise will fit your lifestyle and keep you organized.
Hopefully this list will help you decide on a diaper bag that you’ll truly love to carry around!
1.) LA Police Gear Tactical Diaper Bag $19.99
The perfect multi-use bag, this affordable bag holds and organizes everything! It has polyester lining to protect your necessities, a large main compartment, a hidden full size pocket with a hook and loop, two adjustable side pockets, accessory pockets, pen pockets, a large zippered pocket, and a padded removable shoulder strap. LA Police Gear even offers a larger version of the bag as well, if you need even more space! Choice of colors includes desert tan, black, and olive.
Check it out online: http://www.lapolicegear.com/lapg-tactical-diaper-bag.html
2.) Graco Gotham Backpack Diaper Bag $29.49
This backpack is great for parents on the go. It has a large and spacious interior with storage compartments that store your baby’s essentials. Exterior zippered pockets, an insulated bottle pocket, and wipes dispenser make it extremely practical. It also comes with a changing pad!
Check it out online: http://www.target.com/p/graco-gotham-backpack-diaper-bag-black-gray/-/A-15335188
3.) Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag $34.99
This convenient and practical messenger bag will hold everything your baby needs for a day out. It features an adjustable cross body strap, 4 exterior pockets, zippered interior pocket, an easy-to-clean exterior material, and a changing pad!
Check it out online: https://www.diaperdude.com/diaper-dude-sport-olive-brown.html#.V4bP_pMrL-Y
4.) Pottery Barn Navy Printed Canvas Diaper Tote $39.99
This is a stylish print tote that you can take everywhere! It organizes the daily essentials a parent needs to have on hand, from diapers and bottles to your cell phone and more. It features leather straps, a changing pad, and polyurethane underside that resists stains and easily wipes clean. Pottery Barn offers personalization as well!
5.) Fisher Price Fastfinder Dome Backpack Diaper Bag $44.99
This backpack keeps your baby’s things organized with its 3 interior pockets and 8 exterior pockets. It also features a push-button wipes case, a padded changing mat, a zippered insulated bottle pocket, and a removable pacifier pouch that easily wipes clean!
6.) Pottery Barn Kids Geo Harper Diaper Tote $49.50
A bag that’s stylish and sturdy enough for you to take everywhere, this geometrically patterned diaper bag has function and style. It features interior and exterior pockets plus woven handles that make it easy to carry around. A matching changing pad is also included! Choice of colors includes gray, back, navy, and turquoise.
7.) Wendy Bellissimo Black Main Squeeze Diaper Bag $49.99
This is the perfect bag to wear out on the town with your little one! It features 5 exterior and 5 interior pockets that can hold all of your baby’s essentials. It comes with a removable, cross-body strap and a changing pad.
Check it out online: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=62354446&prodFindSrc=search&cp=
8.) Carter’s Drop Front Tote Diaper Bag $49.99
This striped stylish bag has the perfect storage features. It has a large main compartment, easy to access side and back pockets, and a zip down front that transitions into a changing pad. It also includes stroller loops!
9.) Obersee Rio Diaper Bag Backpack $55.99
This roomy backpack keeps you organized while you’re on the go. It has plenty of pockets and space for all your necessities. It has a large and roomy main compartment and 4 pockets; one is large enough to hold a laptop! There are also 2 side pockets for sippy cups or bottles. The back of the backpack also has comfortable padding and the straps have breathable mesh padding that makes it easy to wear while you’re out and about. A changing mat is also included!
Check it out online: http://www.obersee.com/Obersee-Rio-Diaper-Backpack-p/o3rbp001.htm
10.) Diaper Dude Messenger I Bag $64.99
This messenger diaper bag is also sporty and perfect for the parent on the go! It comes with lots of handy features as well, including a stroller strap, durable polyester, a wide and padded adjustable strap, exterior pockets and inner compartments, and a padded changing pad. Choice of colors includes black, grey, navy, navy/orange, olive, brown/pink, and other designs!
Check it out online: https://www.diaperdude.com/black.html#.V4ZnUJMrKCQ
11.) Little Unicorn Rambler Satchel Bag $65.00
This versatile diaper satchel is perfect for organizing your essentials and keeping you looking stylish. It features a protective iPad or tablet pocket, a cushioned changing pad, stroller straps, a key hook, and 12 pockets. It’s also made of durable cotton canvas with vegan leather. Choice of colors includes gray, obsidian, and denim.
12.) Skip Hop ‘Swift’ Diaper Changing Station Bag $65.00
This bag easily transforms into a full-sized changing station! It has a cushioned pad and 10 roomy pockets for storing all the baby’s necessities. Adjustable shoulder straps and straps for strollers make it easy to carry around. Colors include black and heather grey.
13.) Obersee Rio Diaper Backpack with Detachable Cooler $69.99
This backpack is fully loaded with great features! It has a detachable insulated bottle cooler that’s great for holding up to 3 bottles or snacks for your little one! The backpack also has a large main compartment and pockets for organizing everything you need on the go. You can even fit a laptop in it! There are also several exterior pockets like 2 side drink pockets. Comfortable padding on the back and shoulders make it easy to carry around. It also includes a changing pad. And there are 14 different color options! Be sure to check out Obersee’s Bern Diaper Backpack, if you want even more room!
14.) Little Unicorn Brookside Tote $75
This is definitely an incognito diaper bag! It’s not only stylish, but it’s great for storing all your daily essentials. It includes 8 interior pockets where you can even store your iPad or tablet, durable carry handles, and a top zip closure. It comes with a cushioned changing pad, matching stroller straps, and a convenient key hook. The vegan leather also wipes clean! Colors include brown, taupe, blueberry, black, and pomegranate.
15.) Skip Hop Versa Expandable Diaper Bag $75
This stylish, lightweight bag features 9 interior pockets and 2 exterior, zippered insulted pockets, which are great for bottles and snacks. And the expandable zippered center makes the bag 20% larger! You can wear it over your shoulder or hang it easily on a stroller with its non-skid stroller straps. It even comes with a cushioned changing pad!
Check it out online:
16.) Wendy Bellissimo Hot Tamale Diaper Bag $79.99
This edgy and stylish bag with its faux-suede trim and silver studs is also extremely functional! It has 4 exterior pockets and 7 interior pockets, double padded handles, as well as an adjustable, removable shoulder strap. It also includes a changing pad and wristlet! Color choices include red/black or grey/orange. Babies R Us is currently selling it for $69.99 too!
17.) Babymel Soho Messenger Diaper Bag $80
This messenger bag combines function with style! It has 11 pockets in total and integrated stroller attachments. Some of its features also include wipe clean padded nylon material, two zippered insulated compartments, and a washable padded changing mat. Choice of colors includes forest green, grey, and navy.
Check it out online: http://babymel.us/diaper-bags/soho-messenger-forrest-green.html
18.) Little Unicorn Petite Manifest $85
This classic and chic bag will keep you organized and stylish. It features 7 pockets, a protective iPad or tablet pocket, a handy key hook, and side zippers that allow for expandable access. It’s made with durable cotton canvas and vegan leather. It also comes with a cushioned changing pad and matching stroller straps. Colors include grey, denim, and obsidian. And for even extra room, Little Unicorn offers their Manifest Weekender Diaper Bag for $10 more.
19.) Skip Hop Select Day to Night Diaper Satchel $90
This versatile and trendy bag is great for a stylish parent. It has a spacious interior and 2 insulated side bottle pockets. It’s made of high quality durable fabric with sturdy shoulder and stroller straps. It comes with a cushioned changing pad as well! Color choices include black or pewter.
Check it out online: http://www.skiphop.com/diaper-bags/studio-select-diaper-bag
20.) Little Unicorn Marindale Backpack $90
This stylish backpack is great for when you’re out and about. It features 7 roomy pockets, and an iPad or tablet pocket. It also comes with a cushioned changing pad and matching stroller straps. The padded shoulder back straps are also adjustable! The backpack is made with durable cotton canvas and vegan leather. Colors include obsidian, grey, and denim.
21.) Diaper Dude Messenger II Bag $92.99
This sporty messenger bag is another bag that’s great for parents on the go. It’s made of durable polyester fabric. There are several compartments for organizing yours and your baby’s essentials. It even has an insulated bottle holder. The padded shoulder strap and clips for a stroller strap make it even easier to carry around. It also includes a padded changing pad and a little checklist on the inside flap!
Check it out online: https://www.diaperdude.com/messenger-ii-bag-black.html#.V4bR_ZMrL-Y
22.) Newlie Lily Tote Diaper Bag $99
This tote diaper bag is chic and functional! It has 2 exterior pockets and 6 interior pockets with one zippered pocket being insulated (perfect for bottles and snacks)! It’s made of high quality faux leather and accented with antique brass hardware. The lining is also water resistant, along with the nylon-changing pad with foam cushioning. It also comes with a matching detachable cross body strap. Color choices include black and pewter.
Check it out online: https://newlie.com/collections/all-products/products/lily-tote?variant=6217988609
23.) Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Satchel $100
This stylish bag doesn’t only look nice, but it’s also perfect for carrying all your baby’s things! It has 12 spacious pockets including insulated side pockets. It features a comfortable adjustable shoulder strap that you can wear over your shoulder or on your arm, and a cushioned changing pad. Choice of colors includes black, champagne, and charcoal/shimmer.
Check it out online: http://www.skiphop.com/diaper-bags/chelsea-downtown-diaper-satchel
24.) Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Backpack $100
This chic mini backpack is also perfect for the stylish parent on the go! It features multiple compartments like two insulated bottle pockets and a zippered front flap, an expandable drawstring opening, adjustable straps, clip-on stroller straps, lightweight durable fabric, and a cushioned changing pad.
25.) Skip Hop Bento Meal-To-Go Diaper Bag $100
This bag is perfect for the multi-tasking family! It includes pretty much everything such as a mealtime kit with food containers, an array of pockets, padded straps, an insulated cooler bag, a freezer pack, shuttle clips, and a cushioned changing pad. Choice of colors includes black, olive, and platinum.
Check it out online: http://www.skiphop.com/diaper-bags/bento-meal-to-go-diaper-bag
27.) timi & leslie Charlie Diaper Bag $144.99
This vegan faux leather bag is stylish and functional! It’s so large that it can easily fit a 15in laptop, along with yours and your baby’s essentials. It includes a cross body, adjustable detachable strap, a changing pad with a mesh pocket, a zippered sac, a stylish wristlet with credit card slots, an insulated bottle tote, and matching stroller straps. The lining of the bag is also water resistant. In total, it has 2 exterior pockets and 6 interior pockets! Target is currently selling it online for a low price!
Check it out online: http://www.target.com/p/timi-leslie-charlie-diaper-bag-sand-cinnamon/-/A-23940943
Also be sure to check out timi & leslie’s several other stylish diaper bags: https://www.timiandleslie.com/shop/
28.) FEED Diaper Bag $150
First and foremost, the coolest aspect of this bag is that every purchase of one provides 180 micronutrient servings for mothers and their children. It’s also both roomy and stylish; it has 3 large interior pockets, 2 exterior pockets perfect for bottles, and a large exterior zippered pocket on one side. It’s made from natural cotton and has a faux suede bottom. It includes an adjustable messenger strap and a changing pad. Overall, this diaper bag is not only functional and cool, but also makes an impact! Choice of colors includes indigo, burlap, black, pink floral, and blue floral.
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29.) The Mission Critical Messenger Diaper Bag $165
This heavy-duty bag is definitely multifunctional! It will hold all the baby’s essentials and can also double as your everyday bag for work or travel. It has extra padded shoulder straps for all day comfort, exterior and interior pockets, reverse opening top for easy access, and the changing pad sleeve doubles as a laptop or tablet holder. Changing pad is not included however. Mission Critical also has daypacks and backpacks as well!
Check it out online: http://www.missioncritical.cc/products/messengerdiaperbag
30.) The Honest Company Honest Everything Tote $169.95
This chic diaper bag masks as a stylish, classic handbag that keeps both yours and your baby’s essentials organized. The bag includes several pockets that are perfectly within reach. It’s truly a convenient bag that can easily transition from day to night. Some features include sturdy vegan leather, wipeable PVC-free lining, insulated pockets, a large zippered exterior pocket, 7 other exterior pockets, inner storage compartments, a cross body strap, and a changing pad with a zippered pocket. Choice of colors includes black, platinum, and blush.
Check it out online: https://www.honest.com/collective/honest-everything-tote