The holidays can be stressful, especially if you’re hosting and have out of town guests coming in. When those out of town guests have kids, it’s always best to be prepared. Thanks Pampers at Sam’s Club for sponsoring this post today.
One of the things I love about the holidays is being able to spend quality time with family and friends. Getting my home ready for said guests, however can take quite some preparation. It isn’t just cleaning the house and making sure that everything is in its right place, but that I have everything that is needed and nothing’s been forgotten. I tend to overstock and nothing’s wrong with that, and thanks to Sam’s Club I’m able to do most of my preparation in one place. I detest running out of the house to grab things at the last minute, due to the fact that I know the stores are going to be crowded. So how do you prepare for your guests who are coming in with little ones? Here are five easy ways.
1. Child proof your home
Before your guests arrive with their little ones, there are a few things that need to be done. Get your home childproofed. Cover all exposed electrical outlets and lock away household chemicals. Be sure to keep all medicine out of the reach of children and get a safety gate if there are stairs. However, you don’t want your home to be sterile, so purchase a few toys that the little ones can play with while away from their home to make them feel comfortable.
2. Make your guest bedroom comfortable
Everyone likes a comfortable room to sleep in. Place clean sheets, pillows and blankets on the guest bed. Having some extra pillows is not only great for when your guest wants to read in bed, but it’s fun for the kids who love building pillow forts. While it’s great to have candles, when there are kids involved, it’s best to have LED candles to prevent burns.
3. Stock up on bathroom supplies.
Clean your bathroom and stock up on extra bathroom supplies. One of the most forgotten items when traveling is generally a toothbrush. I know that I have forgotten mine on numerous occasions while traveling. Having extra toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner and other necessities on hand will make it easy for your guests in the event that they’ve forgotten their own. Don’t forget to have special toothpaste for the kids.
4. Stock up on food
While the holidays are all about food, family, friends and fun, be prepared for allergies. Speak to your guests about allergies beforehand so you can avoid the foods that they are allergic to. Have kid-friendly meals available as snacks and keep your refrigerator and pantry stocked with your guest’s food preferences. Show your guests around the kitchen and let them know where they can find everything they need, and let them know that it’s OK to help themselves.
5. Have extra diapers and wipes on hand
There is no such thing as having too many diapers or wipes with little ones around. I remember the day when I traveled with Madison as a baby – packing extra diapers and wipes not only added weight to my suitcase, but also wasn’t very practical. I would walk with a few in my suitcase, but would purchase whatever I needed once we arrived at our final destination. When you have guests visiting with little ones, having extra diapers and wipes on hand will make such a difference and will be greatly appreciated. I stock up on wipes all the time since I use them almost daily for my own needs. I LOVE Pampers and it’s my go-to brand. Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes’ Softgrip texture is perfect for baby’s skin, and they are perfume-free and hypoallergenic. Pampers Swaddlersare Pampers’ softest diaper and offer up to 12 hours of overnight protection. Get a few sizes to make sure your guests’ babies will all be covered.
Now is the right time to stock up on Pampers diapers and wipes, because from now until November 30, when you shop at Sam’s Club or SamsClub.com, you get an Instant Savings of $10 AND free shipping or Club Pickup (where available) when you buy 2 packages of Pampers diapers or wipes. The savings are automatically calculated when you check out at the register in-club, with the Scan & Go App or on SamsClub.com.
The Sam’s Club Scan & Go App makes it easy to shop. You can skip the checkout line and save time by downloading the app to your mobile device and scanning your items with your phone as you shop in the club. Check out with the app, your receipt will appear on your phone, and you’re on your way! Download the app for Apple or Android. You can also visit SamsClub.com or use the Sam’s Club App to have your diapers delivered straight to your door with free shipping, OR have them waiting when you arrive at the club with Club Pickup.
This conversation is sponsored by Pampers at Sam’s Club. All opinions are my own.