Giveaway: $200 Gift Card to Babies"R"Us & Pampers Baby Fresh wipes


This month, numerous milestones have been reached and checked off by both of my daughters. Here are two equally big pieces of news…

1) Harlow started walking.

I don't have a good video yet but she's taken at least ten steps on three different occasions. Unfortunately, every time I take out my camera to film her, she lunges for it and messes up her stride entirely.

In case anyone is keeping score at home, Harlow started just shy of 11 months. Yes, I know this will make life more difficult. But I'm still gonna brag about it.

2) Mazzy started pooping on the potty.

Let's be clear. She still fights the urge and holds it in way longer than I think is healthy. But she has now pooped on the potty four times. The first time it happened, Mazzy got up in the morning, walked into the bathroom on her own and two minutes later, yelled, "Mom!!!! I pooped in the potty!!!!"

I walked in and without missing a beat, my daughter deadpanned, "WHERE'S MY PRIZE?"

I told Mazzy we could go to Babies"R"Us that afternoon and she could pick something out herself.

Then I patted myself on the back because, no joke, Pampers had just given me a $200 Babies"R"Us gift card as part of a Swaddlers promotion. The timing could not have worked out better.


That day, I left work early to pick Mazzy up from school. Then we walked over to Babies"R"Us to buy Swaddlers for Harlow and a potty training prize for Mazzy. 

I'm pretty sure "The Circle of Life" was playing faintly in the background.

The top floor of Babies"R"Us has tons of toys and Mazzy walked slowly down each aisle to make sure she had selected the best prize possible. This was serious business.


I had to steer Mazzy away from an enormous Cars-themed couch and a dollhouse the size of our apartment, but eventually it came down to a Team Umizoomi set and a Cars-themed LEGO racetrack. Finally, in a surprise twist, Mazzy spotted a talking Daniel Tiger and was instantly smitten.

Even better, Daniel Tiger has an on/off switch.


You'll notice that her hand briefly grazed a shirtless Ken doll. I breathed a sigh of relief when she passed it over. Thank god, we are not at THAT milestone. 

With our gift card, we also bought Harlow a walker, her first sippy cup, new pacifiers, Puffs, Gerber GoodStart (I'm down to one pumped bottle of breastmilk a day) and her first pair of shoes with a sole— she wore them to my cousin's wedding that I talked about yesterday.

Mazzy made out with a new bath toy and a puzzle of the world from Crocodile Creek.


Whether it’s your baby's first tooth, first steps, or *ahem* first poop on the potty, Babies “R”Us is a one-stop shop providing all the advice and products you need to help your baby reach each milestone. They now carry the new-improved Pampers Swaddlers in sizes 4-5, so moms can continue to use their favorite diaper as their baby grows.

Besides being ultra soft, Pampers Swaddlers now feature an absorb-away lining, a wetness indicator and new packaging. Other Pampers improvements include increased absorbency speed for Cruisers and Baby Dry. You can find all these Pampers products, including everything you need for your Baby’s Milestones, at Babies"R"Us.

If you'd like your own baby shopping spree, today is your lucky day. I'm giving away one $200 Babies"R"Us gift card with a pack of Pampers Baby Fresh wipes in the comment section below.


1) You must be a Mommy Shorts facebook fan to enter. Then tell me the last milestone your baby crossed off in the comment section. 

2) If you'd like a second entry, follow Mommy Shorts on Pinterest and pin the graphic below. Then leave a second comment telling me you did so.


Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, October 25th.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Kelly! Her 6 week old is "rocking at social smiles"! Please contact me at to claim your prize. 


From now thru October 24th, Babies”R”Us customers will receive a free $10 Babies “R” Us Gift Card with an in-store purchase of any two Pampers value boxes. Babies”R”Us has recently lowered the price on Pampers Super Economy Packs to $39.99. So not only are you saving big but you get the free $10 GC as well!

This post was sponsored by Pampers, but all of the thoughts and opinions are my own.