Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Hi All! As many of you know, we just bought our first home. We don't have internet hooked up and life has been a little crazy to say the least. I will try to get on and post reviews when I can. Thanks for being patient and watch for an update!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with great memories for you and your families.
Monday, December 22, 2008
For newborns: pampers swaddlers-they are have the little groove cut out for umb. cords like other newborn diapers, but they are SOFTEST on their precious new skin. The material feels softer and they elastic isn't uncomfortable around their legs. Downside-they aren't really thick. - Becca, mom to Christian
We like Pampers Swaddlers for NB size. - Christine, mom to Belle
We used Pampers swaddlers until Mady outgrew size threes, then we started trying out generic brands. - Cassandra, mom to Mady
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Pampers Cruisers are one of the more expensive diapers on the market. Worth it? Keep reading and you'll find out.
Pros: Pampers Cruisers are an extension of the swaddlers. They start in a size 3 (16-28 lbs) and go up to a size 7. It's nice that they offer them in a size 7 for larger children, or those who are in diapers longer, as many brands don't offer this big of a size. Pampers doesn't disappoint when it comes to coverage. I think the cruisers run a tad bit bigger than most brands meaning that your little one can stay in a smaller size longer, saving you money. My 3 year old is fairly tall for his age and these diapers have GREAT coverage in the front and back. They are incredibly soft on the inside and out and move really well with your child. They have an absorb away liner which pulls pee and poop away from your child, thus helping with diaper rash. Pampers has a cute sesame street design which my son gets excited about wearing too. The sides are extremely soft and stretchy creating a snug fit. The tabs are sticky and I have NEVER had them come undone in the 18 months that we have been using them. You can fasten and unfasten them, and they are still just as sticky. I can count on my hands the number of times my boys have blown out of the Cruisers which is ALWAYS fixed by going up a size. I can't rave enough about these diapers.
Cons: These diapers are pricier than most but I feel that can be quickly outweighed by the fact that you will be doing less laundry. I've heard some don't like the pampers because they are thinner and they seem soggier. I like the fact that they are thinner as it means there is less bulk on your child, allowing them to move more freely. They do seem a little soggy in the morning, but hey they DON'T leak. Worth the extra money? Absolutely.
The Bottom Line: My favorite diaper and the one I would choose if I were a baby/toddler. :)
Price: $11 for a jumbo pack, $21 for a box (Price per diaper is based on a box, which is what I usually buy them in. I almost always have a coupon too. Watch for them in your Sunday paper. They also have pampers coupons on the back of cheerios boxes right now, and if you shop at Walgreens or Albertsons, coupons print out at the register when you buy them for a future purchase.) Price per diaper is before coupons.
Where to Buy: Target, Diapers.com, Walmart, Most Grocery Stores
What other readers had to say:
We've tried Huggies, Pampers, and a couple others and we had problems with the pee leaking through all the layers, with the cottony stuff sticking all over her bum, with the pee leaking out the front (if she sleeps on her tummy), etc. -Christine, mom to Belle
Pampers - I feel like Pampers are much better for baby girls than they are for boys. I love their texture, and they seem more comfortable, but they just do not hold up to a lot of liquid in the front. Tristan was constantly leaking out of his Pampers diapers - on him, on me, on the furniture - from birth. We tried them again at every size change, but it was the same situation over and over. - Jayme, mom to Tristan
"I have three children. For my first child and last child the very best diapers are Pampers. " - Fran, mom to 3
"We normally use Papers baby dry. they are nice and trim and what I like best is i can fasten and unfasten then a lot and they stick stick.. no other brand I have tried does that ( ok not many people need this feature but it is nice for us:) )
Also if you use an alberston card you always get a ton of pampers coupons!" Holly, mom to Arora
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Catchy name for a diaper, isn't it? When I bought these diapers , I was sure hoping I'd "luv" them more than the last time I used them for my 3 year old. These diapers tend to be cheaper than Pampers and Huggies, but a dollar or two more than generic store brands or white cloud.
"We also tried luvs but the smell was so bad I hated putting that much perfume on my kids bottom." - Holly, mom to Arora
"Our little angel wears Luvs size 4. I've tried them all and have found I like these the best for the money." -The Ball Family
Monday, December 15, 2008
If any of you participate in the Pampers Gifts to Grow program, they are offering free shipping on all rewards through December. It's a great time to cash in! For those of you who don't know about the program, you sign up for an account at pampers.com. Then you collect points by entering in codes found inside the diaper packaging, and redeem them for rewards. It's a nice perk if you already buy Pampers. You can also enter the code: WEAPPRECIATEU08 for an extra 10 points. Not sure how long that code is good for.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Don't we all spend way too much on diapers? It probably doesn't help that it is Christmas time, and we'd love to spend our money elsewhere. Since I am doing diaper reviews I thought it would be appropriate to do a diaper giveaway! Up for grabs is a $15 Walmart gift card you can use for a few weeks worth of diapers. You know the drill - leave a comment to enter and let me know what kind of diapers you last bought. Winners will be announced the day after my last diaper review....sometime in January.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
If you spend $20 on Pampers at Albertsons right now you get $5 off for a future purchase and 5 redbox rentals! So if you have an Albertsons close by, it might be worth going! (Thanks Holly for the deal.)
Monday, December 8, 2008
I've started to notice a trend with store brand diapers so I didn't want to try anymore. However, one Saturday night I realized I only had a few diapers left for each of the boys so we made a quick stop at Albertsons to pick some up. I decided to try the Baby Basics brand - the supreme kind.
Friday, December 5, 2008
To stop night time coughing in a child (or an adult, as we found out personally), put Vicks Vapor Rub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime and then cover with socks.
" Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about five minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. This works 100 percent of the time, and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly."
Ingredients in Original VapoRub
Active Ingredients (Purpose)
Camphor 4.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant)
Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
Ingredients in BabyRub
Petrolatum, fragrance, aloe extract, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil
You can buy this in most grocery/retail stores. I will usually buy the generic brand from Target.
Hope this helps!
Labels: Cold Remedies
Gymboree online is having a 25% off sale and free shipping on any order. The free shipping is great in and of itself!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I must admit, I love Target. Love their store, love their stuff! I remember buying Target brand diapers when Chan was little and using them for a while. I stopped using them and couldn't remember why, so I bought another pack and decided to give them a go.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Amazon is having a sale on Pampers diapers, up to 30% off, which is a great deal as their diapers hardly go on sale. Free shipping and you don't even have to go to the store! Click here for more info on the deal. (From slickdeals)
Monday, December 1, 2008
"I really like Huggies. They have stretch wings so that the diaper can fit more snugly at the waist and the wings also make the diaper more "adjustable". They are really great for night, as they hold more than other diapers their size, so you don't have to wake up a sleeping baby just to change his diaper. They are one of the more expensive brands, but work well. We use these as Tristan's "night-time" diapers." - Jayme, mom to Tristan
"We've tried Huggies, Pampers, and a couple others and we had problems with the pee leaking through all the layers, with the cottony stuff sticking all over her bum, with the pee leaking out the front (if she sleeps on her tummy), etc." - Christine, mom to Belle
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thanks all for entering. After looking through the comments and checking to find links on blogs, I put the numbers in the number generator via random.org. The first and second numbers both requested the boy's shoes, so I had to look at who wanted the girl's shoes and redo it. Seems like we have a lot of moms of boys reading :) After the 5th try of generating numbers, I finally got a winner for the girl's shoes too.
Girl Shoes: Christine
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Diapers, diapers, diapers! Many of us find our favorites through trial and error. Every child is different and everyone may have a different opinion about the diapers that they do and don't like. I was one of those moms who went through every diaper with my first son, trying to decide what we liked the best. Since that was a few years ago, I decided to try another experiment. I have my favorite diapers which I use faithfully but decided to give the other brands another shot since it's been a few years. We have 2 boys in diapers, ages 10 months and 3. Over the next month, I will review different diapers that we've tried again and why we did or didn't like them. I will also include reader's comments in the posts if I received feedback about that diaper. As far as cloth diapers go, I have no experience, and I don't intend to. Kudos to moms who cloth diaper though! I have a few readers that will be featured in guest posts that have used cloth diapers.
One big thing I've learned about diapers is that if you find a brand is constantly leaking, go up a size. The weight guidelines for diapers are just a suggestion and while the weight for a size 4 diaper is typically 22-37 lbs, my 10 month old has been wearing them since 8 months and 18 lbs. So if you decide to try different diapers for yourself and hate a diaper because it is leaking, go up a size and give it another shot. Also, make sure the guard on the inside of the diaper that goes around their legs is flared out. If it is tucked in against their legs, that's asking for a blowout! I've learned that too many times the hard way.
Since I have your attention, I'm sure you are all SO excited to get reading about diapers. What mom doesn't LOVE changing diapers? *wink* Hopefully the reviews to come will help you make an informed decision and guard against those infamous blowouts and leaking diapers.
Diaper reviews will start on Monday - Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Brook and Krysta!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching us and what better way to celebrate than with some festive shirts for your little turkey? :) I have 2 Thanksgiving shirts from Old Navy available - a bodysuit in 6-12 months and a 3T shirt.
Scentsy is a line of wickless candles. You purchase a warmer, a few scents, and you are on your way.
"Scentsy is safe for young children. That is one of its major selling points! There is no open flame, so no potential problem for burns and fire. Also, it is not emitting lead and soot into the air like traditional candles do. The wax is heated to just above body temperature so if children do get into the wax, they won't get burned. If you are afraid your child will pull the warmer over, you can always try a plug-in warmer that is made to go in upper plug-ins that are found in kitchens and bathrooms. " (Taken from Sara's blog.)
I love Scentsy. Covers up that poopy diaper smell and is safe for my kids. Two thumbs up from this mama!
Let's show Sara some love - head over to her Scentsy website and browse around, place an order if you'd like (shipping is 10% of your order.)
Then come back here, and leave a comment letting me know what scent you think would smell yummy and which Thanksgiving shirt you would like to win.
Since Thanksgiving is so close, this giveaway will end on Saturday - 5:00 pm MST and winners announced that evening!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Avent bottles were recommended to me by a friend when I first had Chandler. Although I did breast feed him for 5 months, I wanted to make sure he would take a bottle while I was away. After trying a few bottles, we decided to stick with the avent.
Labels: Bottle Feeding
Monday, November 10, 2008
Labels: Bottle Feeding
Friday, November 7, 2008
It seems like anything personalized is in right now. You see personalized pacifier clips, labels like the orbit labels I reviewed, onesies, bibs and more. Personalized items for baby really add that special touch. Fill in the Blankie is an ultra personalized blankie, taking it one step further.
How do they take it one step further?
"We personalize ‘em out the wha-zoo”
You provide the copy, we’ll embroider your warmest wishes along all 4 satin edges. Much more than a monogram, or a name & a date, you’ll have up to 200 characters to work with. Each blanket truly tells a story.
When I first got my blankie in the mail, I thought the packaging was adorable. Rowan seems to love it too. It's the Martha's Majesty style blankie and is incredibly soft with beautiful detailing. These blankies are great for special occasions but are also great to use as a lovie blanket. They wash up well and are really great quality. I think they'd also be a great baby shower gift and they offer gift wrapping as well as cute plush animals they can add to the blankie.
Cons: I don't have any complaints about these blankies, just wish I had known about them sooner!
The Bottom Line: Great quality cute blanket with a fun personalized touch. Visit Fill In the Blankie to learn more
Price: $39+ depending on the style you order.
Where to Buy: FillIntheBlankie.com
Labels: Baby Gift
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Anyone that knows me knows that I am all about sales and getting good deals. I decided that if I saw a really good deal on baby or children products I would pass it on to those who are reading. Gap is having a sale - an extra 25% off sale items. Enter the code EXTRA at the checkout. (Will only work for sale items.) For those of you who have a store near you, this is in store too. I LOVE baby Gap clothes, they hold up extremely well, are great quality and super cute. A lot of the baby clothes that I kept from Chandler to use for Rowan were Gap and they still look new. I refuse to pay their high original prices though and will watch for sales like this one. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags are a way for moms to store breast milk for their babies.
Pros: These bags are thick and have a double zip closure, this helping prevent against freezer burn and possible leaks. They are easy to close and stay closed. They are BPA free which adds that sense of security while using them. The ounces are measured on the outside of the bag and there is also a place for you to write the date and ounces at the top of the bag. You can lay these flat to freeze and they don't take up a lot of space. It is very easy to pour milk into these and they have a great pouring feature when you unthaw milk to pour it into a bottle. When you buy these in a 25 count pack, they come in another nice ziplock bag. This bag lets you know how long to store breast milk in a freezer which I thought was helpful as I could never remember on my own.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Chances are if you've walked down the baby feeding isle at the store, you've seen a box of Gerber Biter Biscuits. Designed for an older baby learning to self feed. Here are some guidelines as given on the box if your baby is ready for biter biscuits:
Saturday, November 1, 2008
This month I am giving away a pair of girl's or boy's soft soled shoes from the children's place. Super cute, huh? I will be reviewing this product this upcoming week. You have until the 29th of November to enter, and winners will be announced on the 30th! Just leave a comment to let me know you are reading! Link this giveaway on your blog and get another entry. Both sets of shoes are size 12-18 months.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
3 pieces that go to a sippy cup, 3 more pieces that go to the bottle. Straws, valves, bottle nipples, and more. Doesn't it get old washing them by hand? At the same time, you've probably had pieces melt in the dishwasher or had the problem of them not getting washed well enough. You are nodding your head as you read this, right? The Munchkin Dishwasher Basket attempts to solve this problem for us.
Pros: This is basically a basket that you put in the top rack of your dishwasher. The basket opens up and is a great place for your sippy cup valves, nipples, straws, and any other little piece you may have. If you are washing bottle nipples, you actually pull them up through the top and they actually get washed well. Too many times I have washed bottle nipples on the top rack only to find them still dirty, turned on their side with dirty dishwasher water and other junk still in them. This solves that problem which is so nice! The top has room for 14 bottle nipples and then also has room for other things such as sippy cup lids and valves. There is also a handy straw holder on the side if you have straws you need washed. (The straw holder can be removed)The plastic on this is very tough so it holds up well.
Cons: This does take up some space in the dishwasher, so if you live in an apartment like I do and have a small dishwasher, it's hard to really make room for it. It also makes it awkward when your dishwasher is small and you are trying to unload other cups and bowls from around it. I've had a few problems getting it open up when it is wet. I like what the product is for but ended up getting rid of ours as it just took up too much space. One day when I have a big new dishwasher, I'd invest in another one of these.
The Bottom Line: Cool product, does it's job.
Where to Buy: Amazon, Target
Monday, October 27, 2008
Johnson's Baby Cream is that classic baby smell in a thicker cream instead of just a lotion.
Pros: It's nice to have this lotion in a cream for dry skin. It does a great job moisturizing and has that great baby scent. It is a very mild formula and is allergy tested. I feel like it does a much better job than the original baby lotion. It comes in an 8 oz size and a soft squeeze tube.
Cons: This isn't the best cream for babies with exzema. I think there are better alternatives to help deal with this type of dry skin. I also think you have to apply often for it's moisturizing benefits.
The Bottom Line: A good lotion with that smells wonderful.
Where to Buy: Most major retailers (Walmart, Target)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The First Years Take and Toss not only has sippy cups that I have reviewed before, the have a whole line of products that inexpensive enough to "take and toss"
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Good Bites are another mom inspired invention. How many little kids don't like a crust on their bread? I could raise my hand on this one as I didn't like them when I was little. I do now, but it took me time to warm up to the idea. I remember tearing the edges off my bread many times when I was a child. With Good Bites, you don't have to do that. Available in 4 different designs, Good Bites will cut the crust for you.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The RazBerry Teether resembles a raspberry and although it doesn't taste like one, it really helps babies with teething.
Pros: The RazBerry Teether is made of a food grade silicon which I think is a great idea. It has a bumpy texture that that resembles a raspberry which really helps massage your baby's gums. The first time I gave this teether to Rowan, it was an instant hit. He is working on two more bottom teeth and he immediately started chewing on it. He pulled it out of his mouth, looked at the bright colors and went right back chewing on it. I really think it gives him some relief. I like that this is designed somewhat like a pacifier. He can chew on it while he is crawling across the room. It fits in his mouth nicely and he also loves to look at the bright colors. And did I mention it looks super cute in his mouth? On the packaging, it says that it can be frozen for extra soothing comfort. This is a great idea and gives your baby the bumpy texture while also cooling their gums. A great idea is to get a pacifier clip and clip this to your baby for teething, even if they don't take a pacifier. That way you always have teething comfort right at hand!
Cons: This looked a little big at first like it might be a bit bulky, but it works great for my 9 month old. I can see how it might be a bit big to put in a 4 or 5 month old baby's mouth who is teething.
The Bottom Line: A great teething alternative to other toys and pacifiers. For more information visit the RazBerry Teether site.
Where to Buy: Amazon
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Baby Shower Savvy! This is the site I have been working on that I referred to in a post last week. I'm still working on building content but feel I have a really good start! My focus is to provide a free resource for baby showers. I want others to be able to save time and money and still throw a great baby shower. Anyways, if you could pass the site onto anyone who is having or throwing a baby shower, that would be great! And if you have any ideas, input, stories, or pictures from your baby shower or a baby shower you have attended that I could add, that would be great as well. Thanks for checking it out!
Just wanted to give some of you a heads up on a great sale at Kohls. A bunch of the Fisher Price gear is 50% or more off. They have the rainforest & papasan swings for $50-60 which is a steal. So for any of you needing baby gear like this, click this link for more info.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Boppy Pillow is yet another mom inspired invention. It was intentionally designed for young babies who couldn't yet sit up by themselves. It has many versatile uses and has quickly become a very popular product.
Pros: This C-shaped boppy pillow is a simple idea but serves it's purpose well. It can be used around your tummy as a breastfeeding support. You simply put the pillow around your waist and have automatic support for baby. I have heard that it isn't optimal for mothers who have had c-sections as it puts pressure on the incision. I have had both of my boys via c-section and had no problems using this pillow. If anything, I felt like it alleviated the pressure. Because baby rests on the pillow, it helps mom relax as well, giving her arms a much needed break. It isn't just for breastfeeding, it works great with babies who are bottle feeding too. Once your baby is a little older, it is great for tummy time. It helps strengthen neck and back muscles. You can also prop baby on their back so that they can look around while having a support system. I also loved using this pillow for the boys to sit in the middle of, around 5 months, when they couldn't quite sit up by themselves, but really wanted to. If they tumble to the side, they have a soft landing. Another great feature of the boppy - slip covers. I have a few different covers including the boppy luxe cover. It is a soft velvety cover that I would definitely recommend. I love that if my baby spits up on this pillow I can easily change the slipcover. The covers wash up wonderfully too. Lastly, this pillow is awesome at holding it's shape. When I had Chandler, I had a similar pillow to the boppy, but it wasn't the boppy. It served it's purpose but got lumpy and didn't have the interchangable slip covers. I've had my boppy for 9 months and it still has a great shape and hasn't gotten lumpy. To the right is a picture of my sweet Rowan laying on his boppy at the hospital.
Cons: I wish that this pillow were a little smaller in ways so that you could take it places with you. Because of the size, it seems too large to take on an outing or in the car. Other than that, I think the boppy is great in every way.
The Bottom Line: Great pillow, great investment! The Boppy Pillow website also offers more information on this pillow.
Price: $30-$35 for the pillow, $10-15 for slipcovers
Where to Buy: Target, Babies R Us
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Learning to crawl is a huge milestone in a babies' development. It's fun to encourage and want them to crawl. (Ok ok - so I encouraged my first one and didn't do it so much with my second son. After all, it's all downhill once they get mobile, right?)