Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I thought it was about time to review a couple things for all of the mama's reading, and what better way to do it than with a shielding lotion, AKA Skin MD. It is a shielding lotion that "Exceptionally enhances your skin's hydrating and protective abilities." I'd never heard much about a shielding lotion before this product, and I'm guessing many of you haven't either. Before I outline the pros and cons of this product, here is an exert from Skin MD's website about shielding lotions:
"Shielding Lotions are a new type of skin care product based on years of research into how skin heals. They form a protective shield with the outer layer of skin and help keep out irritants. They allow the natural oils and moisture to remain in the skin so it can heal better and they're light in texture so they go on without a greasy mess. Your skin needs help to keep out these moisture-robbing irritants.
A fundamental difference between Shielding Lotions and traditional skin care lotions is that Shielding Lotions enhance the skin's own natural protective abilities by turning the outer layer of skin into what could be described as a hydrating invisible shield making them many times more effective than mere protective lotions and moisturizing creams."
Dr. Brian Zogg
board certified dermatologist
Albert Lea, Minnesota
• Dermatology tested
• Fragrance and colorant free
• Paraben free
Friday, January 23, 2009
I mentioned in my baby einstein post how much I love these dvds. What better way to show how much I love them than by giving one...or two away! So up for grabs in this giveaway is 2 baby einstein dvds. (Meaning there will be 2 winners.) Baby Mozart and Baby's First Sounds are the two I am giving away.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"Jamie Ortega said...
With two kids in diapers I will buy anything that is on sale. Luvs have been the best for my 2 year old boy and Huggies is my favorite for my four month old girl."
Jamie, send your shipping address to email@example.com and I will get your giftcard off to you! Thanks for entering everyone, there will be another great giveaway coming up soon!
Monday, January 19, 2009
I thought this review would fit perfectly as we have just finished up disposable diaper reviews.
Holly is a reader of babes and kids and was invited to write a guest post on Elimination Communication. I had never heard of this until I talked to Holly about it, and it seems that it has worked great for her.
"I first heard about EC when I was pg. I read this book called "The diaper Free Baby" At first I thought that can't work. Then Arora was born and I thought well I'll try it one time. So after a nap I took her to the potty make a cue sound (psss) and she went poop and pee! i was amazed! I thought wow that was a great coincidence, I decided to try it for the rest of the day . I watched her and when she would fuss or grunt I would take her to the potty and she went. After a few days I told my husband and he thought I was crazy, until he took Arora tothe potty and she went. We have had great succes . Arora now uses the Potty every day, some times we only use 1-2 diapers per day! Arora has started to crawl tothe potty when she need to go! It has been a great way to talk to Arora about her pottying needs, great way to save money on diapers and great to be able to share this with other mammas.
EC, elimination communication is a great way to communicate with your baby. The premise is that all mammal are born with a desire to not soil themselves, and can communicate when they need to "go". Just as you will learn when your baby is hungry and tired you can learn when he is telling you "mom I need to go!". The great think about EC is it is not an all or nothing practice, you can do it full-time ,part time or occasionally. When we moved we didn't "pee" her for a week but when we did again it was easy to get back in to the routine.
To get started you need to recognize when your baby is eliminating. If your baby is young (even newborn) it is easiest to do this by laying them naked on an absorbent towel or blanket, with a cloth or disposable diaper under them. When they go make a cue sound like "psss". Very quickly they will assocaite the sound withthe action. Almost all babies will need to go upon waking up in the morings and after naps. Simply take your baby to the potty, hold them over, or have them sit if able, make the cue sound and most likey baby will pee.
I would highly recommended this to any mom or dad who want to try it. Read the book, or look it up online. I bet if you try it for 2 days you will be impressed enough to continue it." - Holly
I also found another resource on Wikipedia for those of you who would be interested in learning more. If you have any questions for Holly, feel free to post them in the comments section!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I personally don't have any experience with cloth diapering, but invited Sara, a babes and kids reader, has. Here is her review of cloth diapering:
"I used cloth diapers with my oldest, Carson...the Fuzzi Buns brand. I LOVED them. They don't look like the traditional cloth diaper, but more like a disposable, I think they are super cute. They do up with snaps so no worry about diaper pins. They have a microfleece lining which absorbs the liquid away from your child's body and wicks it to the liner (which is removable). Your child really does stay dry! The microfleece also keeps poop from really sticking to it so you can just flick it off into the toilet. The exception being, of course, diahhrea. The outside fabric of the diaper is waterproof, so no leaks either. The outer fabric is soft, not at all like the vinyl underwear you usually have to put over a cloth diaper. Because of the softness of the fabric, my husband didn't believe me that the diaper was waterproof so he ran a diaper under the tap and sure enough, it didn't leak through. In usually only used the Fuzzi Bunz at night or when Carson had really bad diaper rash. His diaper rash cleared up really fast when I put these on him. I only bought 3 of them as they were $15 a piece (back in 2006). They now retail for almost $20. Also, I only bought the medium size so I am waiting for my baby Jonas to get big enough to try them on him. They are a great investment, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for them. But if you calculated up how much you'd spend on disposables, it evens out. If you go to their website you can learn a lot more about cloth diapering and the dangeres of disposables." - Sara
You can learn more about Fuzzi Buns at their website.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Pros: These diapers are very soft to the touch inside and out. They have a slight baby powder smell, but I think they are just enough without being overpowering. When we first tried the baby dry with Chandler when he was around 6 months old, they didn't have the stretchy tabs. In fact the old baby dry didn't have any stretch at all to them. I think it was about 2 years ago that they introduced the flex stretch which I think is very comparable to the cruisers. The tabs are soft and stretchy and give that nice snug fit just like the Cruisers. I love how sticky the tabs are too. I've never had this diaper come undone. Rowan has been wearing the baby dry for a few months now and we've had no leaks, blowouts or rashes. These diapers may feel thin but definitely hold a lot. To top it off, they have that cute Sesame Street design in a green based theme.
Cons: They don't have the absorb away liner and they seem to run just a tad smaller than the Cruisers. When Chandler grew out of a size 5 baby dry just before he turned two, we turned to the Cruisers and were able to stay in a size 5 since they were just a bit bigger.
The Bottom Line: Great diaper!
Price: $11.99 for a jumbo pack, $21 for a box, $46 for biggest value box.
Price per diaper: (If bought in a value box)
size 1 - $.18
size 2 - $.20
size 3 - $.23
size 4 - $.26
size 5 - $.29
size 6 - $.36
Where to buy: Most grocery retailers, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Diapers.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Old Navy is having a HUGE sale in store. An additional 50% off clearance merchandise. I got a lot of the boy's clothes for next winter. Coats for $10, long sleeved shirts for $2, hoodies for $3, just to give you an idea. You might want to call your Old Navy to make sure the sale has started at your local store. I even found a couple cute tops for me for $2! Definitely worth checking out!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It seems like more and more people are going "green." Diapers are no exception, and there are more brands out there now if you are wanting a biodegradable, earth friendly diaper. Nature BabyCare is one of those brands.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
"We use absorbent polymer (gel) in our diapers because it is the best method we have found for keeping babies dry and reducing diaper rash. Our exhaustive research on this gel has shown that it is non-toxic and safe for babies while helping keep them dry and comfortable. Independent scientific research on this chemically inert gel, sodium polyacrylate, has shown that it is non-toxic, not carcinogenic, and non-irritating to the skin."
Friday, January 9, 2009
So it seems that being environmentally friendly is the way to go anymore. My sister-in-law Natalie started a blog about how we can do things in our everyday life to be more environmentally conscious. There are a couple entries she recently wrote about organic kid's cereal as well as a great magazine just for moms, that you all might want to know about. (You'll have to scroll down a little for those entries.) If you go over there to check it out, she is also doing a giveaway for a nice stainless steel waterbottle, so be sure to enter while you are there! Greengoer Blog and Giveaway
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Pros: I remember not necessarily liking Huggies original diapers with Chandler. I had a little bit of a different impression this time around. These diapers are really quite soft. They have good coverage from front to back and run true to size. The sticky tabs do a good job and I didn't have them come unfastened like I have with other brands. They also have a little bit of a fresh scent. It isn't overpowering like Luvs, but just enough to give your baby that fresh smell. The sides have stretch to them and believe it or not, we didn't have one leak or blowout the entire package. They top back part of the diaper is stretchy which helps hold around baby's waist for a snug fit. They have a really cute Mickey Mouse design on them and really are better than I remember them. Although the Huggies Supreme are a little softer, I do think that the original Huggies diapers are very comparable and would buy them over the supreme as the supreme tend to be more expensive. They seem to be good for sensitive skin and we experienced no rashes.