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“Big Kid” beds with your toddler’s favorite characters!


Surprise your toddler with a toddler bed featuring their favorite character!


It hasn’t been that long since both of my little boys switched from cribs to toddler beds.  It was a transition they were both happy to make, even if the younger one would just get out of bed and sleep on the floor by the door!  At first, my husband made a custom conversion kit to change their cribs into beds.  This worked well, but they were both SO excited when we got brand new ‘big boy beds’ featuring some of their favorite characters!

Delta Children is a brand we knew of and felt we could trust, and with a large variety of children’s furniture we knew we’d find something perfect.  Enter the Mickey Mouse 3D Footboard Toddler Bed!  We received the Mickey Mouse bed and found it very simple to put together.  The whole process took my husband about fifteen minutes, with the majority being time to carefully place the stickers.  Some models, perhaps older ones, use the metal tubes as slats to support the mattress.  This bed uses a taut fabric support connected to the outer frame, making the bed lighter and easier to assemble, which made a big difference!  This also prevents little arms, legs, and heads from getting stuck between the slats when curious kids crawl under beds or move the mattress (this is coming from experience).


This toddler bed was easy to assemble and gave me confidence that it is sturdy and safe for my son


Once complete, the bed is sturdy and includes integrated safety rails, a Mickey Mouse themed headboard, and a footboard of Mickey’s face, complete with a large plastic nose to add depth!  (NOTE: Be very careful when applying the stickers.  If you can keep part of the backing on the sticker, do!  Large stickers are difficult to line up, very sticky, and if you get a significant crease in it, it will never be completely flat.)  My one suggestion to Delta Children would be to have the stickers pre-applied, for the sake of parents.  But both our boys loved the Mickey Mouse bed.  In fact, we got the bed for Evan, and the first thing his older brother Alex did was swap their blankets and stuffed animals, trying to claim the bed as his own!

The bed is so enjoyable for the kids and so sturdy (holds up well to jumping!) that we have bought a second bed, the Delta Children Spiderman Toddler Bed, for Alex.  He loves it and insisted on a Spiderman blanket and sheet set to match!  Both boys feel like big kids now, and are much happier with the bright colors and characters as opposed to the dull wooden bed frames they had before.  Head over to Delta Children to see their full selection of baby and toddler furniture, gear, and decorations featuring all your children’s favorite characters!


Accessorize your child's room with their favorite character!


Disclosure:  We were provided a complimentary sample in return for an honest review.  

Boken Every Day (Convertible) Diaper Bag

This diaper bag can be a backpack or shoulderbag - perfect for both parents!


The Boken Every Day Diaper Bag is one bag you won’t mind carrying around.  Many diaper bags are designed for the baby.  That’s great, because of course, it’s made for babies.  But the baby doesn’t often look at the bag, and definitely isn’t going to be the one carrying it around!  So why not design the bags for mommy and daddy?  In comes Boken, with the stylish, compact, convertible Every Day Diaper Bag.  The name says it all – this bag is made for every day use, and I’ve found that it works nicely even as a bag for day trips with toddlers!

The first thing you see about the bag, the packaging is very nicely done.  After removing the card stock wrapped around the bag, I found a small 8×10 or so satchel with a handle and zipper.  Open the zipper and the first thing that comes out is a matching and rather nice looking changing pad.  It’s a far cry from the black and white, sticky vinyl pads included with many diaper bags I’ve purchased.  Also, while still being waterproof, it is very thin and folds up nicely.  It is twice as large as most I’ve seen, being a square instead of a long pad with just enough space for baby.  This will cover an entire changing table or lay out on the floor with space to sit clothes and wipes on it too!

When I pulled out the diaper bag, I found that the satchel it was in was actually an inner storage pouch of the diaper bag itself!  That’s crafty packaging, and keeps down waste a lot.  There aren’t the filler papers many diaper bags use to keep their form, and minimal wrapping on the outside that’s all recyclable.  Once pulled out, the Every Day Diaper Bag is about the size of a small adult back pack.  On each side there are small handles for carrying, or you can use a longer shoulder strap like many diaper bags include.  It also has the added benefit of backpack straps, which are hidden in a compartment on the back of the bag when not being used.  That same compartment is extremely roomy, and would be ideal for the changing pad and diapers, or books or even pamphlets you might get while out traveling.


This diaper bag can be a backpack or shoulderbag - perfect for both parents!


One side of the bag has a very tall and spacious elastic mesh pocket for drinks, but will fit anything you want, unlike many bags that only go halfway up a bottle or sippy cup, allowing the risk of falling out while walking around.  The other side has a roomy pocket with surprisingly strong velcro closure.  Each of these pockets are about 10-12 inches tall.  The front has two large pockets, and the main enclosure is just huge.  The pouch that held the bag when packaged is at the top of the main compartment, and an elastic mesh separator gives extra organization at the bottom of the compartment.

The only aspect of the bag I didn’t like at first is simply a requirement of the design.  To make it foldable and resistant to water and dirt, so it’s able to be wiped clean, a material was used that is pretty noisy at first.  The almost crinkly noise reduces as you use the bag and the material starts to soften.  I would also love if there were additional pockets or dividers on the inside of the bag, since most of my use will be for day trips when I might need to grab something very specific out of a large and fully packed bag.  Otherwise, this bag is nearly perfect, especially with toddlers or on trips.  And if you just want an extra bag in case you come home with more stuff than you left with, the bag folds back up into the pouch to take up minimal space until needed!  This is definitely the bag we’ll be using when we visit family or take a day trip to St. Louis or Chicago – with or without the kids!


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2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Youcopia was chosen to be included in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!  Are you looking for that perfect gift?  Check out the gifts on our list and you might find just what you were looking for!


Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Kelsyus Go With Me Chair: the chair that “grows” with your kids!



This past year, I took my boys to the State Fair parade and several family cookouts.  My toddler has his own fold up chair, but my youngest still needed sat in a high chair or held.  Well, trust me, this little little boy is a wiggler just like his big brother was, and it is hard to keep him still for very long in your arms.  He just wanted down to crawl and get into everything, which we couldn’t always allow where we were.  When I came across Kelsyus’ Go With Me Chair, I knew it was something I had to have!  Continue Reading…

Are all those extras necessary on a high chair?



Being broke, young and having our first child, we bought whatever baby products we could actually afford while I was pregnant.  We shopped at thrift stores, yard sales and got stuff as low of cost as we could find.  One fairly necessary thing to get is a high chair.  We could not afford to spend $50-100 on a high chair so we checked yard sales.  My husband picked one up for $5.00.  All it consisted of was a basic plastic frame with a tray.  No seat padding or other feature you typically see on high chairs now.  

We worried my son would be uncomfortable but he was happy and even fell asleep in it a few times.  After our finances turned around some and my son was a little over a year old, we decided to do the Babies R Us trade-in for 25% off of a new high chair.  We were actually little sad to see our son’s first high chair go away.  He celebrated his first birthday in it… we even used it to teach him how to color because crayon was very easy to wipe off of the tray!  We bought a nice new Chicco high chair that folds up, has super cushy padding, straps, an extra removable tray to go on top of the main tray so cleanup is easier and a removable footrest. 

A week or two later, my husband and I thought to ourselves “what did we do?” and felt as though we had gotten rid of a piece of our son’s childhood.  We did not need all of these extra features… heck, we end up leaving the high chair up most of the time so we didn’t even take advantage of the foldability!  Our son did not seem more comfortable – he actually seemed a bit more awkward because of the height of the tray.  We don’t use the extra tray because my son gets fidgety and pries it off.  The only benefit of the new high chair – the strap.  Our son learned how to stand himself up in his old high chair but even that did not require this new high chair – my husband said there was a way to install a strap if we needed.  So this high chair may be a little “prettier” and have more features, but in the end, I honestly miss that old $5 plastic frame high chair.  


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