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?)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Labels: Self Feeding
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I want to thank everyone who has been reading, it's been fun to have feedback on the products I am reviewing. I am currently working on another site - an informational one. Since it takes a lot of time to review a new product everyday, I am probably only going to be doing around 3 a week until I get the content for my other site up and going. I know I've told a few about my new site but I'm going to keep it a surprise to the rest of you until I feel I have adequate content on it. Between getting my new site up, and taking care of my two little guys and hubby.....well, you get the point. Thanks again everyone for your support. I promise I will have a new product review up by Tuesday!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The winners for the giveaway are:
Friday, October 3, 2008
Today is the last day to enter the Halloween Giveaway. For more information, click on the link at the top of the right sidebar.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I remember the firs time we popped in Baby Mozart after Chandler was born. It was my first time watching baby einstein and I couldn't believe someone had produced a show with lava lamps and people playing with toys. My opinion of baby einstein has since changed.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I've always felt bad that little babies have to go through the teething process. It causes them pain and they don't even know why. I had these teething tables recommended by a friend and decided to try them.
Chamomilla 3X HPUS - for irritability
Coffea Cruda 3X HPUS - for wakefulness and diuresis
Belladonna 3X HPUS (0.0003% Alkaloids) - for redness and inflammation
In a base of Lactose (milk sugar) NF