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June 26, 2019

Three Packing Lists for Traveling With Toddlers and Young Kids

Any mom who’s done a trip anywhere with young kids knows the importance of careful packing. ‘Cause leave your kiddo’s favorite lovey behind and you could be looking at a week’s worth of stressful bedtime routines – not what you want when you’re on vacay! That’s why moms understand the need for a strong packing game, and why the usefulness of a packing list for traveling with a baby, toddler, or young kids should not be understated.

We put together three sample packing lists for kids, for trips that you might be planning. These lists aren’t meant to be exhaustive, just designed to get you started creating your own list of must-haves. You can print them out or copy them into your notes app of choice, add to them, and refer back to these toddler and kid packing lists anytime you have a bag to pack. Because saving moms time is a big part of what we’re about here at Kids on 45th!

🗹 Trip 1: Overnight to Grandma’s
Staying over at the grandparents can be a memory maker for kiddos. Being away from mom and dad for a night is a big deal! One way to make sure it goes smoothly is with careful packing that includes the essentials plus some comfort items.

▢ Two complete outfits (shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, socks)

▢ Diapers/training pants

▢ One sweatshirt or jacket

▢ One pair of pajamas

▢ Alternate pair of shoes

▢ Extra pair of socks and undies

▢ Slippers

▢ Toothbrush, toothpaste, child-safe shampoo and soap

▢ Medications

▢ Favorite stuffy/lovey/blanket for snuggling

▢ Kiddo’s pillow (that familiar smell could make bedtime in a new place easier)

▢ A nightlight

▢ Sound machine (if they use one at home)

▢ Recent photo of your family

▢ A few favorite games or small activities that kiddo could play with grandparents (hello, bonding!)

▢ Box of snacks

🗹 Trip 2: Family Road Trip with Multiple Stops
Hitting the road with your family is the classic American summer vacation! Doing it with kids is fun, with some planning and smart packing. Here are the absolute essentials you’re going to want to load into the car before you buckle those belts and hit the open road for a week.

▢ 5 t-shirts and 5 shorts

▢ 7 pairs of socks and undies

▢ 2 pairs of pajamas

▢ 2 swimsuits

▢ Sandals, flip flops, sneakers

▢ Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses

▢ Medications

▢ Child-safe shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion

▢ Comb or brush, hair accessories

▢ Car-friendly entertainment, such as audiobooks, etch-a-sketch, puzzle books, tablets, travel games, sing-alongs

▢ First-aid kit

▢ Snacks and drinks

▢ Small backseat cooler, ice pack

▢ Child’s lovey, favorite toy, small pillow

🗹 Trip 3: Beach Day
Packing for a day trip to the beach with your kiddo? Lucky you! Let’s do this – stay safe out there!

▢ Portable beach tent or umbrella

▢ Beach chairs

▢ Sand mats to sit on

▢ Towels

▢ Sunscreen

▢ First-aid kit

Sunhat, Flip Flops, Sunglasses

▢ Beach toys, balls, frisbee

▢ Floatation devices

▢ Small portable cooler

▢ Snacks and drinks

Swimsuits

▢ Swimsuit cover-ups

▢ Change of clothes

▢ Body wash, shampoo, after-sun lotion

▢ Flip flops

▢ Cash for the snack bar

We hope you have some fun reasons to pack on your summer calendar! Don’t forget, you can always take a vacation from shopping by building a Kids on 45th box, where there’s no need to waste time searching for deals or browsing through page after page in search of affordable clothes for your kiddos.

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June 04, 2019

5 Best Stain Removers to Get Stains Out of Kids’ Clothing

Summers with kids are a blast, but wow are they messy! You know what we’re talking about: those three months of sticky hands, dirty feet, and sandy everything. Plus it’s like everything kids eat in the summer, from berries and popsicles to chocolate ice cream and ketchup, leaves a stain. No worries: We’ve compiled some awesome tips for all-natural stain removers to help you remove popsicle stains, banish grass stains, and conquer chocolate ice cream stains, plus more. With these stain removers, plus smartly buying the cheapest-priced kids’ clothing, you can let your kids clown around and get messy all summer long. Because kids should play as hard as they want during summer playtime, and you shouldn’t have to stress the mess.

Check out these all-natural stain solutions to tackle the messes that happen a lot in summer, including popsicle stains, grass stains, and chocolate ice cream stains. Can’t get the stain out? Buy your kiddo some super-affordable “new” clothes now.

Five All-Natural Stain Removers Perfect for Summer Stains

Popsicle Stains: Our kids eat popsicles – outside, please! – all summer long. Those things are mess-ee! But somehow kids only look cuter when they have an orange tongue. To remove popsicle stains on clothes, follow these steps. Source: Huffington Post

    1) Rinse out as much of the stain as you can in cold water.
    2) Using a toothbrush or sponge, gently rub the stain with lemon juice, or a water-hydrogen peroxide solution (use one per to three parts).
    3) Let the pre-treatment solution sit on the stain for a half hour, then wash as usual.

Grass Stains: Grass stains can be tricky to remove, but hey, isn’t it great that your kiddos are playing outside! Try this treatment for grass stains on your kid’s pants and shirts. Source: First for Women

    1) Soak the item for 15 minutes in a cold-water solution of two parts water to one part white vinegar.
    2) Using a clean white rag, gently dab the stain.
    3) Wash using an enzyme-based laundry detergent (like those used to remove pet odors), repeat if necessary until the stain is diminished.

Chocolate Ice Cream: Cone, cup, on a stick: whatever the delivery system, ice cream in a kid’s hand is messy! If your kiddo’s sweet treat has left its mark on his or her clothes, here’s how to remove the stain. Source: Cleanipedia.com

    1) As soon as possible, run cold water through the back of the stain. If you have access to hand soap, massage a little into the stain and rinse again with cold water. Avoid allowing the stain to dry.
    2) As soon as you can, wash the item in the cool cycle of your washing machine.
    3) If the stain has had time to set, try soaking it for 15-30 minutes in concentrated laundry detergent before laundering it.

French Fry Grease Marks: Does your kid have a french fry habit? Use dish soap to remove any grease stains – its concentrated formula is designed to remove grease from pots and pans, and it does the trick on clothes too. Source: The Kitchn

    1) Rub a small amount of dish soap on the grease stain as soon as possible.
    2) Allow it to sit for a few minutes before washing as normal.

Marker Stains: If your kiddo has a fondness for coloring (on his clothes) with magic markers, you need to know this trick! Source: How Stuff Works

    1) First, rinse the stain in cold water to remove as much of the marker’s color as you can.
    2) Then place the area with the stain on top of a paper towel, and gently dab it with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. The marker should begin transferring to the paper towel (replace if necessary).
    3) After you have removed as much marker as you can, throw the item in the washer as normal. Rubbing alcohol can also work wonders on berry or fruit juice stains.

When in doubt, Oxiclean it out

To remove common kid stains like berries and fruit juice, do what our CEO and kids’ clothes queen Elise does: soak them in OxiClean. Be sure to first fully dissolve the OxiClean in water (check the directions for the correct ratio for your needs), and submerge your stained clothing to soak for one to six hours. Wash as normal.

Not every stain is going to come out, and that’s why we’re here for you, mama! It’s much easier to stomach a stain when you know you paid 70-90% less than retail, right? Now go enjoy your summer!

May 07, 2019

Zip Pouches Can Help You Have Your Bag Organized in 5 Minutes

Sort your stuff into zip pouches and you can kiss the days of digging for your keys, baby wipes, and hair elastics goodbye

You know how there are those habits and systems you put in place as a mom that make your life run soooo much more smoothly? Using zip pouches for purse organization is one of those mom wins for us. Takes a few minutes upfront, but saves you oh-so-much time in the long run. Sorting the messy contents of our tote into cute zipper pouches has been seriously life-changing. If you’re struggling with “messy bag, it’s a drag” – we really recommend getting yourself some fun zip pouches and trying out zip pouches for purse organization!

Getting your bag organized with zip pouches is pretty easy. You’ll want to buy or order some zip pouches you love (you can find really cute ones on Etsy, and Target often has fun designs). The number you need depends partly on how big your bag is and partly on how many zip pouches you want to keep track of – for us three or four zip pouches is ideal. This week only, get an exclusive, handmade zip pouch with your Kids on 45th order in celebration of Mother’s Day.* Use code MOMLOVE at checkout and we’ll send you this fun mom gift! Plus, see some of the fun stuff we’d pack in it on our Instagram.

Once you have zip pouches you love, it’s time to get serious about sorting through what you’ve got in your purse. Dump out bag and see what’s in there! Some people find this is a good time to clear out all that unnecessary stuff you’ve been toting around, and pare down to the “necessities.” These of course vary for every mama, but for us this means everything from sunscreen, snacks, and toys to a spare pair of socks, phone charger, and three kinds of mascara! Hey, whatever gets ya through the day, right?!

Sort, Store, and Stick with It purse pouches handmade by Indian Moon

Once you’ve cleared out the contents of your bag and ditched anything that doesn’t need to be in there, you’re ready to get zip-pouch organized. We think it’s easiest to sort stuff into categories and then designate a zip pouch for each category. For example, one mom in our office has three zip pouches, and she breaks down their contents like this:

  • the “First Aid” pouch, where she stashes bandages, tissues, sunscreen, etc.
  • the “Lip Kit” pouch, packed with lipstick, gloss, and other cosmetics
  • the “Kid Stuff” pouch, home to a few crayons, tiny notepad, stickers, and some small trinkets her daughter frequently requests while out and about

The trick is to remember what pouch contains what stuff! Some moms like to use clear or see-through zip pouches so there’s no confusion, and that system can work seriously great. If you decide not to go the clear zip pouch route, it’s just a matter of training yourself about which zip pouch holds which stuff. It might take a bit of getting used to, but for us, it was worth it (compared with the alternative of having a perpetually disorganized bag that we spent a whole lot of time hunting through!). Like any new habit, you have to stick with it, but if you have cute zip pouches and your items are nicely sorted, that’s hopefully not too tough to achieve!

So, what do you think: zip pouches for the organizational win, yay or nay? Let us know if you use zip pouches to organize your bag, and what you’re packing in them. We love to hear it and we know other mamas do too.

purse pouches handmade by Indian Moon

Our fun Mom Love zip pouches are handmade by Washington State-based mom of three Kristin Morris, who makes and sells her awesome designs on her Etsy store Indian Moon Handmade. You can also see her latest creations on her Instagram @indianmoonhandmade

March 20, 2019

Kids' Clothing Fit Chart: Which Children's Clothing Brands Run Big, Which Run Small, and How to Find Your Kid's Best Fit

Almost every kids brand in existence has been shipped out in one of our nearly-new kids clothing boxes. So, we can tell you firsthand that a girls’ 3T shirt from Carter’s can be a totally different fit from a 3T girls’ shirt from Old Navy. A boys’ six-month onesie from Gerber has a good chance of being way smaller than a six-month onesie from OshKosh B’Gosh. When it comes to children’s clothing, fit can vary wildly across sizes and brands. We sort through thousands of kids clothing items each month and see all variety of brands, so when it comes to how different kids clothes fit, we like to think we’re experts and authorities!

Finding Clothes that Fit Your Kid

Just like when shopping for your own clothes, you have to keep your kiddo’s shape in mind. Some brands are known to be cut more tall and slim while others have the short and stockier market cornered. And to make matters more complicated, as a lot of us moms know, kids often alternate, growing tall, then wide…. then tall, then wide again. For example, Carter’s is one brand that is consistently designed for long, narrow babies, while Gymboree (which just went out of business in 2019) always had some room for the roly poly phases.

shopping for kids clothing

Here are four tips we swear by when it comes to finding the best-fitting kids’ clothes for your littles:

1. Check the size chart: Children’s clothes in the U.S. are conveniently sized by age, and it’s tempting to want to buy that way. But it’s always good to consult a brand’s size chart before buying anything new. Compare your kiddo’s measurements against the brand’s height/weight guidelines for the best fit.

2. Think of baby sizes as “up to”: When you’re looking at clothing that sizes by month, it’s best to see it as topping out at that month. For example, a “3 months” onesie will fit up to a three-month-old baby, and a “9 months” tee may fit your six or seven-month-old.

3. Know the difference between 24 months and 2T: This is a case of a baby versus a toddler. Is your babe more chunky baby (complete with a diaper), or active toddler who might already be in undies? The 24-month-old clothes are designed for rounder baby shapes, while 2T will be more slim and streamlined.

4. Some styles are more forgiving: Dresses are easier to fit since they tend to be less form-fitting. Jeans and pants can be more challenging. Elastic waists and adjustable-waist pants are definitely a mom’s best friend, especially if you have a tall and skinny kid! Pay attention to the style when you’re shopping; some brands offer slim and husky styles in their bigger kid sizes.

Baby Clothes: Fit by Brand

BabyGap logo BabyGap runs a little big, shrinks a bit
Carter's logo Carter's baby clothing, which includes labels like Child of Mine, Simple Joys by Carter's, Precious Firsts, and Carter's Just One You, runs true to size or on the smaller side. Carter's clothing often seems to be best suited for long and skinny babies. Some items (onesies) tend to shrink a little.
The Children's Place logo The Children's Place baby clothing runs small, particularly their pants.
Garanimals logo Garanimals baby clothing runs small and tends to be shaped short and wide.
Gerber logo Gerber baby clothes run very small – as much as a whole size – and are also known to shrink significantly.
Gymboree logo Gymboree baby clothing runs big and tends to be shaped wide.
Kate Quinn Organics logo Kate Quinn Organics baby clothing runs long and slim, and is best for slender babies.
KicKee Pants logo KicKee Pants run long and slim.
OshKosh B'Gosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh baby clothing runs true to size generally. OshKosh B'Gosh tops can be on the wider side.

Toddler Clothes: Fit by Brand

BabyGap logo BabyGap toddler clothing runs true to size, but is known to shrink (particularly their denim).
Cat & Jack logo Cat & Jack toddler clothing runs true to size, with a slimmer fit.
Carter's logo Carter's toddler clothing fits true to size.
The Children's Place logo The Children's Place toddler clothing runs small.
Garanimals logo Garanimals clothing for toddlers often runs large and wide, but it can be inconsistent.
Gerber logo Gerber Childrenswear toddler clothing runs small and often shrinks.
Gymboree logo Gymboree toddler clothing runs big.
H&M Kids logo H&M Kids' toddler clothing runs true to size or a little big.
Jumping Beans logo Jumping Beans toddler clothing runs a little small
Old Navy logo Old Navy toddler clothes run small and often shrink.
OshKosh, Genuine Kids from OshKosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh and Genuine Kids from OshKosh toddler clothes fit true to size, generally. The website notes that "dual sizes (like 4-5) are sized generously for a comfortable fit, with room to grow."
Tea Collection logo Tea Collection toddler clothing runs true to size in the shirts and dresses categories, but Tea Collection pants and leggings run a little small. It also tends to shrink.
Wonder Nation logo Wonder Nation toddler clothing runs true to size.

Kids Clothing: Fit by Brand

Abercrombie Kids logo Abercrombie Kids runs on the smaller side and is often best suited for slim kids.
Calvin Klein Kids logo Calvin Klein Kids clothing fits true to size.
Cat & Jack logo Cat & Jack kids' clothing runs true to size, if a little slim.
Faded Glory logo Faded Glory kids' clothing runs big.
GapKids logo GapKids clothing runs true to size.
Hanna Andersson logo Hanna Andersson kids' clothing runs on the large side of true to size. Hanna uses centimeter sizing based on height, so you'll see sizes like 80/85 and 140. They say: "No need to size up, designed with room to grow. " We say: they run big, be sure to follow their height and weight charts on their site, and expect their clothes to be roomy in the waist.
H&M Kids logo H&M Kids clothing runs big and seems best designed for tall, slim kids.
Jumping Beans logo Jumping Beans kids' clothing runs a little big and wide, especially their pants.
Justice logo Justice kids' clothing runs small.
Lands' End Kids logo Lands' End Kids clothes fit like this: their pants run big, but their shirts fit true to size.
Old Navy logo Old Navy kids' clothing runs big and wide in the regular fit; try the slim fit if your child is slight. They also offer husky sizes.
OshKosh, Genuine Kids from OshKosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh kids' clothing runs true to size, generally.
Tea Collection logo Tea Collection kids' clothing dresses run big, but their leggings run short and narrow. Tea Collection clothing often shrinks in the dryer.
Wonder Nation logo Wonder Nation kids' clothes run true to size.

P.S. If you don’t even know where to start, you should definitely consider buying pre-loved children’s clothes and saving yourself a TON of money on kids’ clothes -– like 70-90% off retail. Plus, with Kids on 45th clothing bundles you’re sure to discover some brands you didn’t know about before that just might offer the perfect fit for your kid!

March 07, 2019

How to Make a Clothing Cake

Create a Unique and Memorable Baby Shower Gift for Your Loved One

We are celebrating our 1st anniversary – one year of sending seasonal boxes of pre-loved kids clothes to moms around the country. We talked about marking the occasion with the classic first birthday treat, a smash cake, but since we’re in the business of kids clothes, we decided it made way more sense to create a clothing cake! It’s a knock-off of the diaper cakes popular at baby showers, and honestly, we think it might be an even better idea than a diaper cake for a baby shower centerpiece!

Here’s how you can make a Clothing Cake. It’s easy to put together pretty quickly after you’ve made a quick trip to the craft store for some supplies. We whipped up our cake in less than an hour. It’s definitely helpful to have a few sets of hands to help assemble the cake, so enlist a mom friend or two and make a party of it! Your kiddo could be a good helper too.

Make a Clothing Cake: Step-by-Step Instructions

1) First, collect what you need for your clothing cake. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clothes! Hand-me-down clothes work great here. Really, any cheap kids clothes that you can find, since the cake will add to the cuteness of the overall gift. You might also consider making each layer a different size, and play around with the colors. If you need some different options or sizes, you could put in an order at Kidson45th.com, and we’ll send you a box of clothes (no subscription necessary).
  • Rubber bands: You’ll need a few giant ones to wrap around the bottom layers, and smaller ones to secure each rolled-up clothing item. The plain-color beige bands are best.
  • Ribbons: Here’s where you can make it your own and coordinate with the baby shower theme.
  • A cylinder to be your base: A roll of paper towels would work, or look around your craft store for something taller if you prefer.

craft supplies

2) Next, Roll your clothing items like burritos and secure them with rubber bands.

3) Set up your cylinder base and begin placing rolls of clothing around it. Be sure to use similar-height & width rolls together (so maybe all pants on one layer, then all shirts on the next). Here it’s fun to play with colors and patterns. Once you have a layer of clothes in place, secure this “cake tier” with a large rubber band. You could also use string or ribbon. We liked how the large rubber band held the clothes so tightly together.

4) Create your next layer of clothing cake on top of the base by stacking rolled clothing bundles and securing them with a rubber band.

5) Stick the lint roller in the top to extend your cylinder up and build your top layer of clothing. If you don’t have a spare lint roller handy ;), you could use a piece of clothing. You just need something that will stick in the middle of your base layer, and have a smaller circumference than the other cylinder, so that your Clothing Cake can have the appearance of having a smaller “cake layer” on top.

6) Wrap some ribbons around the cake and make it your own! We also created a little cake topper – just made a t-shirt design, printed on thick-stock paper, cut it out, then secured it with a pencil! Feel free to use our T-shirt image template below – Click here to download a PDF of the Clothing Cake Topper.

Let us know how your Clothing Cake turns out! Tag us on Instagram @kidson45th