Baby Leash.

At least it’s not a muzzle.

(BRB going to google if toddler muzzles are a thing. No? No. Ok, cool. I didn’t want one anyway.)

Babystar is an unpredictable little ToddlerMonster. As is to be expected. I love the unpredictable things she says to me all the time. I love most of the unpredictable things she does all day long. I do not love the sudden unpredictable public sprints.

Like many good parents, we tricked the trusting little monster. She wanted her very own backpack. Mommy has a backpack. Big Sister and Big Brother have backpacks. Her cousins have backpacks. I borrowed one of the Skip Hop Zoo collection backpacks (with safety strap) from a friend for a trial run. She loved it, and barely notices if I have to grab the safety strap. Not a leash. A safety strap.

Whatever. It’s a leash. And I don’t care.

She loves that she can carry around a few books and a toy car or tiny Care Bear or whatever. I love that if my own backpack gets too heavy I can fit her water bottle into HER backpack and help her become an independent human and build a strong character and mostly take some weight and bulk out of my own bag. I don’t always attach the harness but I always have it with me. When we are walking near a road or in a big crowd of people, I like the peace of mind that the harness gives to me. I don’t lead her around by the safety strap. I do loop it onto my wrist and then hold her hand. It’s a great backup for when she gets OH SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT THING WAAAAY OVER THERE HURRY HURRY MAMA! (It is usually rocks. It is always rocks.)

 

When the safety strap is not keeping her super safe, I can loop it around the backpack’s handle and give her a little free range chicken action. She doesn’t even notice or care that it’s there. She is just excited to have her very own backpack.

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And, ok, she picked out her very own backpack all by herself. But since it does have a LEASH, I find it absolutely hilarious that she chose the dog.

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CONFESSION TIME: Who has used a baby leash? Who hates me now?

Searching for the Unicorn of Water Bottles.

I am on a constant quest for the World’s Best Water Bottle. This pursuit extends to every member of my family, but this post is about Babystar.

We love love LOVE almost everything about her Contigo water bottleΒ but I can’t stop won’t stop searching for perfection.

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The Contigo doesn’t fit in her car seat cup holder. The Contigo should easily hook to a packback or stroller bar. The Contigo straw is a bit large for Babystar’s mouth; I want a more straw-like straw.

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Enter the Skip Hop Zoo Stainless Steel Little Kid Water Bottle. It is ADORABLE. It fits in one of our car seat cup holders but not the other. It has a velcro strap so it should easily attach to things but it is kind of heavy and expensive so I am afraid to lose it. The straw is perfection, though. It is a thicker but regular size straw that closes up under the bottles lid for cleanliness. And Skip Hop is thoughtful enough to include an extra straw. The stainless steel design keeps her water ice cold.

But there is one HUGE bummer: it leaks. This is definitely my bad because nowhere on the packaging or on their website does Skip Hop claim that this bottle is leak-proof. I just assumed a bottle meant for children (it has LITTLE KID in the name) would be leak-proof. Especially one priced at $17.99. But nope. I soaked several diapers and two sets of extra clothes on a day when that was less than ideal. Perfection, this is not.

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It’s cute, though. REAL CUTE.

MAYDAY MAYDAY: What is your favorite sippy cup or water bottle for your kids, and why? I am so close to finding Water Bottle Nirvana that I can almost taste it, but of course it is tasteless because a weird taste would be worth several demerits.

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