Choosing a diaper bag for a boy

Congratulations! You have managed to bring forth a baby boy, and now it is time for you to show him off to the world. Now during infancy, you are going to go through about 7,000 diapers or more. Not all of them are going to be where you need them, unless you have a very good diaper bag.  Some even choose a designer diaper bag for a boy.

Things to consider:

When you are out shopping for a diaper bag, it can be time consuming, especially if you don’t know what to look for. Admitting that is the first step. The first thing you should do is make a list of what you are going to need with you when you go on an outing with your baby. Besides diapers, you are going to need clothes, feeding items, bibs, pacifiers, toys, and so much more. By time everything is said and done, you are grunting about why the diaper bag is so heavy.

You will need to start with finding a cute diaper bag that you need to want. You have to be able to plan what will fit in that bag. You also need something that is going to look stylish. Diaper bags can come in basic canvas totes to really chic messenger bags all the way to Italian leather bags from Mia Bossi, Kate Spade and Pyknyk. You don’t have to go overboard with your first bag, but you should find what is comfortable for you.

Different types of diaper bags

Diaper Totes:

This is a tote like bag that is great because it is oversized and works for those who have a lot of items that need to go with them. They are great for long days out and even overnight trips.

Shoulder diaper bag:

This is similar to a tote bag, but these bags are a bit smaller. The straps are mean to be worn on the shoulder like a purse and can be adjustable. Shoulder bags can be very fashionable and sophisticated as well.

Hobo Diaper bag:

This is often used as more than just an infant bag. The hobo bag comes in handy and is super informal, so it looks quite functional. There are massive straps that will pull the bag into a sack-like appearance. Most hobo bags have metal feet on the bottom.

Diaper backpack:

This is great for those who need to be hands free. They look like regular backpacks, but it has plenty of pockets that make it more beneficial such as bottle holders, mesh pockets, and even zippered or Velcro pockets.

Daddy Diaper Bag:

This is just for daddies as it lets men have a diaper bag that isn’t girly. These bags are normally done in masculine shades and styles. Many are either messenger bags or backpacks.


You need to begin with cute boy diaper bags that you are comfortable with and will enjoy. Be sure to find one that works for you. Look at what features it has, what you will be need to carry around, and see if it will work with your little one. Plus, take it for a test run. Some stores will let you try before you buy.


Bugaboo Cameleon Review

The company, Bugaboo, is a Dutch company with headquarters stationed in Amsterdam. With offices all over the world today, it was founded in 1999 by physician Eduard Zanen and designer Max Barenbrug. They later established themselves in America where they have provided quality products to families across the world since. This review discusses one of their favored products, the Bugaboo Cameleon.

The bugaboo Cameleon in a nutshell

One of the more popular brands inside the major cities in Germany, the Bugaboo Cameleon is crafted with high quality materials and rates favorably in safety. With this products focus set mainly for the safety of the child, it offers great ease of use and maneuverability, as well as excellent sun protection. Outside of Germany and Europe, the Bugaboo Cameleon has also attracted the eye of several celebrities. Claiming versatility, and multi-terrain mobility, the Cameleon can either be used as a bassinet or traditional stroller designed for newborns to toddlers as old as 36 months.

The bugaboo Cameleon – an overview

The frame is made of aluminum to help minimize the weight while maintaining the solid, durable structure. Some of the features include; Two-wheel positioning for snow and sand, 3-way seating unit that is adjustable, Lounger and Workable seat attachment, Hand brake, Lockable swivel wheels in the front, adjustable wheel suspension. The size of the product makes it easy to comfortably move through isles in the store, hallways in homes and buildings, and sidewalks. As far as transportation and storage, the wheels are removable and the Cameleon is easily broke down for convenient stowaway into the trunk or back of a car, or in a closet. The handle bar is reversible and height-adjustable. Reversing the handle bar puts the bigger wheels in front, this is to help stride over rougher terrain.  There are also a great number of accessories that can be purchased to improve upon the Cameleon including adapters for car seats, cup holders, and parasols.

The tests that were ran for the Bugaboo Cameleon, as compared to competitive brands, showed considerable positive marks in many different key categories. Safety, quality, maneuverability, and ease of use. Scoring high on the scale for each of these vital categories, the Cameleon is presented as an all-around companion for parent and child. Customer reviews reveal satisfaction in most buyers. Their emphasis on the satisfaction was focused on the maneuverability, quality of the products and materials used, and most importantly the safety of the product for the child.  Make sure you keep the stroller clean to prevent the spread of germs –


The overall consensus of this product is a positive feedback that makes it a promising buy.  It’s storage compartment adds to its list of features being considered a medium size storage holding up to 8 lbs safely. One of the many safety features that the Cameleon offers is the harness style seat belt that ensures your child is secure and comfortable. The company itself is prideful of their overall safety and quality products, encouraging parents to go out and explore the world with their children. The Cameleon is an excellent tool to help parents do just that.


How Safe Is Melatonin For Children?

Is there a specific melatonin for children? Because my 9-year-old seems to be having problems with sleeping. I know she is still up hours after I send her to bed because I can hear her fumbling around. And when I go over to check, she pretends to sleep, and she is very grumpy each morning when I try to wake her up for school. I am wondering if it would be safe to give her melatonin supplements and what the appropriate dose would be.

Melatonin is a human hormone produced by the pineal gland. It is a powerful antioxidant and plays an important role in the regulation of the sleep/wake cycle. Synthetic versions of melatonin are now sold over the counter as diet supplements for the management of sleep disturbances and for several other purposes including cancer treatment. Melatonin is well-tolerated among adult users with very few cases of adverse reactions and with no reports of life threatening side effects so far.

Several studies have been conducted from the early 90s to the present to determine whether melatonin for children would bring about favorable results in the treatment of childhood sleep disorders. Sleep disturbances are relatively prevalent among school-age children. The most common sleep disorders in children are usually associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), visual impairment, and neurologic injury.

Studies showed that administration of melatonin to children suffering from sleep disturbances resulted in earlier sleep onset, fewer nighttime awakenings, increased sleep duration and improved daytime behavior. About 90% of all subjects exhibited positive results and very few cases of adverse reactions were reported.

The side effects commonly observed among the study group include headache, drowsiness, increased heart palpitations, decreased body temperature and depression. The doses employed varied from 0.5 mg to 20 mg depending on the age of the child and the severity of the sleep disorder. But the most common doses ranged from 2 mg to 5 mg and were administered in the evening about an hour before bedtime.

However, these studies were not enough to provide adequate evidence that melatonin for children really does work and safe for long term use. In fact, melatonin has been found to worsen the symptoms of asthma and could even result to seizures. It is also not advisable for children with autoimmune disorders. The studies were conducted on a limited number of subjects with neurodevelopmental illnesses wherein melatonin deficiency could be an issue, so it wouldn’t be surprising that the results were overwhelming.

Currently, there is no specific melatonin for children. Its effective dose has not yet been determined and further randomized studies are yet to be conducted to ensure its efficacy and safety. However, in cases wherein traditional management has failed to improve sleep, this could be a good adjunct therapy especially among children suffering from neurodevelopmental disabilities.

But parents should bear in mind that melatonin is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and saying that, you might want to think twice about giving the next dose to your kid. There is no such thing as “melatonin for children” as of yet. And since we are talking about safety, let me just add that synthetic forms of melatonin could be a little safer than bovine-derived ones, but still that does not make it advisable for use in children.

What Are The Most Common Melatonin Side Effects?

One of my friends is using melatonin as a sleeping aid and she seems to be doing well on it. Since I am on shifting work schedules, sleeping is really a problem especially in the daytime. I am occasionally taking over-the-counter sleeping pills but I have heard that they got nasty side effects, so I am thinking of switching to melatonin supplements. Does it really help with sleeping? Are there melatonin side effects that I should know about?

Melatonin is currently known for its antioxidant and anti-aging effects as well as an immune system booster. But it is also fast becoming a household name as a natural sleeping aid. People clearly prefer “the natural” over “the pharmaceutical” because of the lower risk for side effects.

Can you overdose on melatonin?

How common is a melatonin overdose?  You can od on melatonin –

Melatonin is a hormone, specifically a growth hormone, secreted by the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland located at the center of the brain. Melatonin serves a lot of functions. Aside from being a growth hormone, it regulates our biological clocks, the reproductive hormones in females, prevents cell damage from free radicals, and strengthens the immune system. Not bad, huh?

So, from the above-mentioned melatonin functions, it is not surprising why melatonin food supplements and other products have been sprouting like mushrooms, especially melatonin sleeping aids. But a lot of studies have been conducted for possible melatonin side effects. Being natural does not always mean safe.

Yes, there are melatonin side effects but they are way milder than pharmaceutical sleeping aids’. Most common complaint of melatonin users are vivid dreams and nightmares and drowsiness. Extreme daytime drowsiness would indicate overdose and should be promptly reported to the doctor. Disruption of circadian rhythm and reduced sex drive are also possible with prolonged use of melatonin. Side effects like depression, confusion, headaches, dizziness, irritability, and stomach upset with nausea and vomiting are also not uncommon. But another melatonin side effect which may be helpful rather than harmful is its ability to lower blood pressure.

Major melatonin side effects especially with excessive doses are increased human growth hormone (HGH) and decreased luteinizing hormone levels in the blood. So, when you are planning to have blood tests done and is taking melatonin supplements at the time, inform your physician about it. It has contraceptive effects and should be contraindicated for pregnant moms and those who are planning to have a baby. Allergic reactions may also be encountered with melatonin use but this rarely happens. If itchiness, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, and difficulty breathing is observed while on melatonin supplements, seek medical attention immediately.

Looking at the melatonin side effects versus its uses, the latter clearly outnumbers the previous. But whatever it is we are taking, we should be vigilant and be on the lookout for its untoward effects. The main reason why we take supplements and medications is to make our lives better. If we chose to abuse it or disregard the doctor’s orders or go beyond what is considered safe, then we will suffer the consequences no matter how “natural” it may be.

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