(North County San Diego)

So, we’re about to reach a year of #quarantinelife. Needless to say, it’s challenging to keep toddlers engaged while also staying sane ourselves. So here’s a list of COVID safe activities that provide a nice deviation from the daily routine.

1. Farm / Petting Zoo visit

“Studies show that animals help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.” No brainer! Get outside and visit with some animals and I guarantee everyone will feel a bit happier! Here are some local SD places to do so:

  • Children’s Nature Retreat (Alpine, CA)

This one is in Alpine so requires a day trip but lots of moms in the 101 Mamas…


As you all know, there are infinite accounts on IG that give parenting advice on sleep, feeding, potty training, behavior etc. Of course, these are all helpful (I’ll do a blog post featuring some 101 Mama faves soon), but for now, I’m SO excited to share these accounts with you. These are the content creators we really need to hear from, writers, poets and leaders who so beautifully capture the absolute joy, chaos and emotional challenges of motherhood.

Check them out and subscribe to any/all that you find relatable.

So much love to you, mama!

1. Kate Baer

Vogue calls her the “Instagram…


To complement the last blog post featuring books that foster diversity and inclusion in 2021, here’s a list of 21 dolls and toys that better represent the different colors, shapes, cultures and abilities of the human race. For your convenience, I organized them from cheapest to most expensive 😚

1. Barbie Fashionistas Line (approx. $10)

Barbie dolls with various body types, hairstyles, and two recently launched differently-abled dolls.

2. More Than Peach Palette Packets ($12)


It’s hard to know where to start in order to raise socially, racially and culturally inclusive kids. Don’t feel overwhelmed- just like everything else in parenting - the process is incremental and requires consistency rather than intensity.

The books you have and stories you tell in your house is a great way to introduce complex topics in a way that’s easy to be grasped even by the youngest of little humans.

So to celebrate a new year and hopefully new beginnings, here’s a list* of 21 kids’ books that celebrate diversity and inclusion:

  • Note: All the links are to books…

Now more than ever, it’s so important to support small biz. Lucky for us, there’s a plethora of small businesses making the most adorable kids clothes so I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites, many of which are local to Southern California. For your convenience, I’ve rated them based on their price range from $=affordable to $$$=pricey.

*Reminder that affordable in terms of locally and sustainably made is different than WalMart made in China 😉

Happy shopping!

Ultra Violet Kids (made by hand in LA) -$

This is one of my all-time faves! They have the most adorable onesies, jumpers and sets with super creative prints…


Giving your baby solids and water for the first time is very exciting, but can also feel very overwhelming. Here’s a short list of what the vast majority of 101 Mamas agree are the best plates, utensils and cups to give your little one as they venture into the wonderful world of FOOD! 😋

EZPZ Suction Plate ($20)

ezpz Suction Plate with Round Place Mat

As you’ll see, we’re big fans of EZPZ for a few reasons: they’re 100% silicone, BPA free, easy to clean and great for taking on the go. The only issue I’ve experienced is that while they do suction onto most tabletop surfaces, they don’t stick to…


Of course, all you actually need is love and support, but according to the 101 mamas who contributed, these things will really help you get through the first 6 weeks with a newborn ❤

#1 Yoga Ball ($20)

GalSports Exercise Ball

While you may not be doing any crunches for the foreseeable future, a yoga ball (aka exercise ball) is an essential household item for new mamas. You will be so grateful to have that so you don’t have to be on your feet to bounce and shush your little one’s sleep rhythms get attuned with the outside world. It’s great for pregnancy too so buy early!

#2 Postpartum Doula (approx $35/hour + but prices vary)


Here’s a compilation of the top things 101 Mamas recommend to have in your hospital bag for your adventure to the other side of motherhood ❤

#1 Water Bottle with a Flexible Straw ($7)

If you’re expecting your first, you may look at this boxing water bottle and think it’s superfluous, but honestly, this was by far the #1 recommended item by all the 101 mamas. There are several brand options, but just make sure you get one that’s clear so you can see how much liquid is in it and most importantly, that has a very long, flexible straw. …


The thought of driving long distance with your antsy toddler is intimidating, but with these helpful suggestions from 101 mamas, you’re sure to have a much more relaxing trip while your little is fully entertained in the back 🤩

Container to put it all in:

Curious George Tin Box ($9):

Many mamas found a little pail like this one to be the best for storing toys and snacks. It’s sturdy and easy to transport in and out of the car. The only downside is it doesn’t fit a lot of stuff, but that may be just the ticket to staying organized and trading out the items inside at each pit stop.

Fjallraven Toddler Backpack ($60-$70)


Hopefully your partner will be equally committed to taking your little out and about, meaning that they’ll be sporting the diaper bag often too! I’ve compiled a list of unisex diaper bags that are practical, stylish and durable. Sorted as lowest price → highest price. Enjoy! 🎒🍼

Teethy’s Gray Backpack ($25)

I (Melina) have this backpack and love it. I take it everywhere including the beach and the zoo and it fits well under my UppaBaby Cruz stroller. It has super comfortable straps, an easily wipeable interior and plenty of storage/pockets. My husband wears it all the time too!

Hafmall Black/Gray Backpack ($33)

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