Category - Baby

SwaddleKeeper Spotlight and Giveaway {CLOSED}

SwaddleKeeper Sleep in a BoxBabies are always swaddled after birth in the hospital, and most parents continue this method once they get home, wanna know why? Babies love to be swaddled! SwaddleKeeper – Sleep in a Box is like the Lexus of swaddle blankets. SwaddleKeeper is a swaddle blanket with a cotton padded head support, and has openings near face and feet that allow for safe breathing and easy diaper changes.

SwaddleKeepers come in so many great fabric choices it’s hard to choose just one. My favorite, being a mom of two girls would have to be the Minky Fabric: Hot Pink SwaddleKeeper. I think it’s great that not only are there different styles but SwaddleKeepers come in three different fabrics, the Minky Fabric I just mentioned, a flannel, and a lightweight cotton, so you can choose what fabric works best depending on the season your baby is born. (SwaddleKeeper also comes in preemie and doll size as well.) Read More

IKEA Crib Recall

SNIGLAR RecallAbout 26,000 of IKEA’s SNIGLAR cribs between the United States and Canada are being recalled. The main reason for this recall is that in some SNIGLAR crib kits the four bolts used to secure the mattress support are not long enough. This can cause the mattress support to detach and collapse, creating a risk of entrapment and suffocation to a child in the crib. Fortunately, there have not been any injuries reported from this product malfunction so far.

This recall involves SNIGLAR non-drop-side, full-size cribs with model number 60091931 (the model numbers are printed on a label attached to the mattress support,) that were sold from October 2005 through June 2010.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada…announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.ikea-usa.com

Bebe Au Lait Review

Bebe Au Lait LogoBaby C has completed her first review 🙂 Hooray!!

Like most babies, little Baby C is not a huge fan of baths (yet). She’s not a huge fan of being naked and cold and wet, until it comes to hair washing time, and then she’s in heaven. We are currently giving her sponge baths on the kitchen counter, but that’s going to change soon since she has her very own “big girl” belly button. Hooray for her first milestone! So of course we have the baby wash, washcloths, and water, but we also have the Bebe Au Lait Hooded Infant Bath Towel.

Since this is our second child we’ve accumulated about 10 cute hooded towels, but this Bebe Au Lait towel is my favorite by far. In fact, I’m sad when we have to wash it because then I can’t use it. When I gave Baby C her bath using this towel was the first time she didn’t cry during bath, it could have been the fact that mommy is faster at bathing than Daddy B, but I really think it was the comfort and warmth of this towel. Read More

Little Stinker Butt Spray Review

LogoButt Spray? What’s that?? Well, I have to say this is the one and only time I have ever, or will ever say, “butt” and “yum” in the same sentence, but Little Stinker Butt Spray smells yummy!

I found Little Stinker on Twitter and thought it was such a neat idea. Little Stinker Butt Spray is useful for getting rid of stinky smells using natural, organic ingredients. By using safe ingredients instead of harsh chemicals, Little Stinker Butt Spray is 100% okay to spray directly onto your little one’s bottom. Can you believe that?? Read More

Halo SleepSack Swaddle Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Halo SleepSack Swaddle ReviewI love seeing newborn babies in the hospital, not only are they an amazing blessing but they also look like cute little burritos swaddled in their blankets. I don’t think I ever got the hang of wrapping Little Miss A up quite like they did at the hospital though. I think I’d compare it to when you go get your hair done at a salon and try to recreate it yourself the next day with no help. But nonetheless I swaddled her, people unwrapped her to see her hands and feet, (I guess to make sure they were still there,) and I re-swaddled her again.

Being that I’m a short mommy I’m sure she was scrunched pretty tightly in my womb so I wanted her to feel like she was at home. So I did my best to wrap her tightly, but being a first time mom I didn’t know there was a much easier way than folding, using my knees, mouth, elbows and any extra body parts I had available to perform the perfect baby swaddle. Fortunately for my resourcefulness and great word of mouth from other moms, I found Halo. Read More

Chelsea & Main Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Chelsea & Main Review GiveawayChelsea & Main is a new parenting brand designed for moms and dads who want the best in products for their new baby. Their design team combines great design, style, and function to create the highest quality products at the most affordable prices.

Their designs are warm, vibrant, colorful, friendly, and energetic-distinctively Chelsea & Main. Designed hand in hand with a team of new parents, Chelsea & Main offers the greatest attention to detail, up-to-the-moment looks and best quality, all at a fantastic value.

Best yet, all of their bags are available at Walmart.com and $25 and under! I love my Chelsea & Main Flap Pocket Diaper Bag. While the name isn’t very flattering, I love so many things about this bag. Before my Chelsea & Main bag I had been using a Nine West bag-turned diaper bag, so the bag wasn’t really made for diapering or mommying but looked cute. Well, my Chelsea & Main bag has both. I love the cute flower print, since I’m having another girl I figured it was appropriate. Read More

MommyB and Me Paci Tips

MommyB and MeWhether you call it a Paci, Binky, or a Plug pacifiers are often a major part of parenting. Typically your child will receive their first pacifier in the hospital, unless you express otherwise. It is from this moment that some children begin their addiction. Dum-dum-dum!

When Little Miss A started off on the “Paci” we never knew that she would be so attached. There were moments when we contemplated saying, “goodbye,” to it, but just didn’t see the need to give it up quite yet. We decided that we’d give Paci up cold turkey now since Baby C is on her way and all of the other “big girl” tasks have been checked off, (potty trained, big girl bed, getting herself dressed (mostly,)).

There are so many ways to rid your home of the pacifier. If you’re in the market for pacifier removal pronto feel free to try some ideas from the following list.

MommyB and Me Paci FairyBinkie/Paci Fairy – typically you use this when your child is old enough to understand bribery. The Fairy comes in the middle of the night, takes said Paci and leaves the child a small gift. Make sure the child knows there is a no return policy. There’s even a Paci Fairy Website where you can buy a book to read and prepare your child for this transition.

Paci with Props – With this technique you can do many things, like planting a Paci and a tree at the same time and watching how the tree grows as your child grows, and it’s great for the environment too! You can also tie pacifier or multiple pacifiers to fun balloons and send them to (Angels, birdies, Care Bears, basically anything that lives in the sky.) Or you can also mail them to someone your child knows, personally I don’t highly recommend this one though because the child may form a never-ending hatred towards that person since they “stole my paci.”

Paci Party – *This is the one we used for Miss A. Whether it be an at-home party or something outside your home, make saying, “Goodbye,” to Paci a celebration. We took Miss A to Build-A-Bear, where she got to pick out her favorite friend and when she put the “heart” in she also let them put her Paci in as well. We invited friends to make it even more of a celebration and ended up playing and having lunch together afterwards as well. And again, if you don’t want to spend money getting rid of Paci there are several other options.

Broken Binkie – A lot of moms I know swear by either putting a hole in paci with a needle so the suction is lost or by snipping off the end. Once the Binkie doesn’t work anymore some kids just simply give it up or put it in the trash themselves.

MommyB and Me Paci TipsMy main recommendations are:

1. The sooner the better. I think had we gotten rid of the Paci earlier it would have been less of a struggle because she wouldn’t have been as attached, although she does understand that she’s a “Big girl,” now.

2. Make sure the timing is right for you and your family. If your child is sick or making big changes it’s probably not the best time to give up this security blanket for them.

3. Patience, patience, patience. For some children giving up their pacifier is like giving up a substance to an adult. Don’t expect them to be fine with it the first night (although it’s a bonus if all goes well.)

4. Lastly, reward them for doing such a great job, giving verbal, physical, and material rewards will only enforce the fact that giving up one of their prized possessions is tough but you’re proud of them.

What are your pacifier struggles? Have you given up the pacifier? Share your stories and ideas with us!

Handfuls Handprints Review Part II

Handful's Handprints Part IISome of you may have read my Handfuls Handprints Review Part I and if not feel free to click on the link and check it out. Basically, Handfuls is a wonderful handcrafted impression “company” that imprints anyone’s hand or foot print using very fine techniques creating an amazing keepsake.

When we went to pick up our piece Little Miss A was super excited because she though she was doing the imprinting process again. I must confess I loved the process too. Jenny Bertleson, the owner of Handfuls Handprints was very gentle and sweet and made the imprints fun. Read More

Baby Favorites

If you’re a new mom, shopping for a baby shower, or going to be a mommy anytime in the future..here are some things you may want to think about getting to save your life!!!! I’ve listed the top 10 things I couldn’t live without being a mom, at least a mom to a baby. These do not include the givens, diapers, wipes, food, but are definitely things you may want to look into.

In no specific order:

1. Diaper Genie II- especially now that she is eating solids, I don’t think we could live without it. Plus it’s so easy to take out and change the cartridges.

2. Purell Hand Sanitizer- for times when you could use a sink but there’s none around. Love the stuff with aloe so your hands don’t dry out too.

3. Baby carrier- any kind will do, I have Infantino. But this comes in handy for shopping, simple housework or just calming your baby down sometimes even putting them to sleep. Not so great for doing dishes or anything food related.

4. Burp cloths- Avery is the spit up queen, so this was and is still a must for us. We have them upstairs, downstairs, in the car, in the diaper bag, and still that’s not enough. Easy to wash and handy for explosions.

5. Swing- I love love love the Fisher Price Papasan! It’s so versatile you can rock two different ways, and Avery loves the mirror and animals. Unfortunately, the weight limit says 25lbs but Avery is topping it off at 17.5lbs. She is too big for the seat and when we put her in it creaks, probably not a great sign. But she has used it tons since birth, so I’d say we got our money’s worth, if you don’t have one and have a new baby put this on your registry!

6. Gas drops- these were a huge help. I use Little Tummies Gas Drops, I’ve also heard that their Gripe Water is a good one, we buy these in bulk :):)

7. At least 2 changing pad covers- of course changing pad covers are a must, but I love that I have two, when one is in the wash I can use the other, I don’t have to wait for it to wash and dry, this definitely saves me time and is well worth it.

8. Pampers diapers- I was going to just put Swaddlers on here, but since then I’ve also used Cruisers and Baby Dry and love all of the Pamper Line diapers. They are great, as far as diapers go. They may be a little more expensive than some others, but I’ve not had one pee-pee leak period.

9. A good watch- not just any watch, a watch with a stopwatch feature is a must. I use mine to time feedings and also to see how long she is awake and sleeping. Even to this day I am using it to help me remember. Lord knows every mom has a lot of things on her mind already, why not help yourself out a little bit? The only thing is you have to remember to set the timer or else it’s worthless. It’s more sporty than fashionable but then again now you’re a mommy. Sometimes fashion has to suffer when it comes to convenience.

10. One word: Boppy. I use this for lots of stuff. Mainly to feed Avery, it saves my back and gives her and I support. Whether your baby is formula-fed or breast-fed you can use this. We also used to prop Avery up with it when she was very small and then when she was learning to sit up alone used it as a cushion. The covers and Boppy are both washable and easy to travel with.

I hope these suggestions help you. I know there are tons more but these were the most important to me.