I have a toddler and an infant, so I’ve yet to experience the hustle, bustle, and manic mayhem of the much-dreaded (or perhaps highly-anticipated) back-to-school season—at least not as a parent.
My son does attend nursery school though, and getting him prepared for a few hours three days a week is still a massive undertaking. We have to get the backpack, the snack-pack, the coolers, the clothes, the sneakers... And everything, save for his socks, required a full-name label. Sheesh! And that’s just the tangible prep work! Getting him mentally ready is a whole other story.
Suffice to say, I can only imagine how challenging it is when you’re sending the kids off to school five full days a week. (Seriously, most days I forget to pack him a sippy-cup of water!) How do you amazing moms do it?
Believe it or not, back-to-school season is almost upon us. (Scary isn't it?) Summer is fleeting and it’ll be time to send the littles off on the big yellow bus before you know it. Lucky for you (and me!), Momtrends is here to help. We recently hosted a large group of NYC bloggers for an evening of mixing, mingling, manicur-ing (couresty of Glam Squad!), product-testing, and trend-spotting. The evening event, held at Indigo Rooftop in NYC, highlighted a few awesome products and services to help make Mom's life easier this busy BTS season. Sound good? Here are a few things you need to know about before that first bell rings on the start of the new school year.
Date Night Now by Sittercity
Who needs a date night? I do! I do! As parents, we are so busy planning school functions, activities, and play dates for our little ones, that we often forget to carve out quality couple time. And even when we do remember—finding a quality babysitter is no easy task. Fortunately, Date Night Now by Sittercity simplifies the process of finding, booking ,and paying sitters. This services provides you with access to an exclusive group of hand-picked sitters that are available exactly when you need them. Best of all, Sittercity has already vetted each candidate—in person!
Seriously, my son’s nursery school makes us label EVERYTHING. Little people tend to misplace. Mabel’s Labels makes personalized, durable and absolutely adorable labels for the stuff kids lose. (Move over, permanent marker! You’ve been replaced!)
What kid (or kid at heart) doesn’t love Play-Doh. You can sculpt and make just about anything your imagination can dream up. It also helps kids build motor skills. Win-win! With a two year old, this is one item that's always on-hand in my home.
It’s no surprise that schools are, well, germy. The cafeteria, the bathrooms, the computer lab, the gymnasium—you name it, it’s got lots of bacteria to be killed. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria—including Infleunza A Virus, Human Coronavirus, MRSA, E. coli and more. The wipe is ideal for cleaning messes on hard surfaces like door knobs, desks, light switches, and just about anything your kids touch. Pack ‘em in their backpacks or give a lifetime supply to your child’s teacher.
There’s a reason Stride Rite has been a staple in kids’ wardrobes since 1919. The shoes are equally stylish, practical, and durable. Stride Rite knows that kids march to the beat of their own drums, that they love dirt and mud, and they’re not always stable on their feet. And that’s why they make shoes that are designed with our favorite mini people in mind. (Bonus: Moms like them too!)
Matilda Jane Clothing
Who says you can’t mix and match. Certainly not Matilda Jane. This clothing company is known for its versatile prints, layers, ruffles, and girlie embellishments. Sold through Trunk Keepers (independent personal stylists),this brand has lots of adorable options for girls and a few fab picks for women too. A few Momtrends team members modeled some charming grownup styles from the brand; while some bloggers' kids showed off children's items during our casual fashion show!
Whether you’re decorating your child’s bedroom or styling your teen’s dorm, these peel-and-stick decals are a fun, bright, and easy way to spruce up any space. The dry erase maps are especially great for school-aged kids, and the dry-erase calendars are ideal for tracking school functions, PTA meetings, extra curricular activities, and more.
So there you have it. These are a few essentials that will help streamline and simplify going back-to-school. Check them out, stock up, and get ready for academic awesomeness... summer will be over in the blink of an eye, and school will be in session before you know it!
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