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Hyland’s Teething Tablets Recalled

Hyland's LogoEt tu Hyland’s?? My all time favorite, most highly recommended teething pain releivers have jumped aboard the recall train. Why you ask?? As of Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 Hyland’s Teething Tablets made the recall list for several reasons, the main being that they contain a toxic ingredient called, “Belladonna” aka Deadly Nightshade. (Random fact: Belladonna was most likely William Shakespeare’s likely choice of drug for Juliet’s sleeping “potion.”)

Sound scary?? Well, it kind of is. Belladonna can be known to cause seizure, difficulty or slowed breathing, lethargy, sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or even agitation. All in the name of removing redness and gum swelling, really?? Who’s the Smart Alec that though that would be okay? Surely I’d never give my daughters poison in return for relief from redness and swelling. Come on! Read More

Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysOn our way back home from the Type-A Mom Conference I was talking to Daddy B and somehow one of my mommy brain moments was reffered to as, “Momnesia,” and I thought that was a great name for a website. I don’t really want to own two mommy sites, nor do I have the time, so I thought maybe I could incorporate my momnesia into this blog.

I really want to let everyone, parents and non-parents alike know it’s okay to think one thing and do another once you become a parent. I think that’s really the true spirit of momnesia. There were many things I swore I’d “NEVER” do when I became a mommy that I find myself doing all the time, or even moments that I’ve looked at someone and rolled my eyes only to do that exact same thing with my child. Really in parenthood, whether we like it or not, some things just work for our children and some don’t.

My mommy motto is, “No matter what, as long as you’re not hurting anyone else you really just have to do what is best for your own family.” So I hope you’ll take a moment, ready my Momnesia Monday posts, think about some situations where you’ve had momnesia, dadnesia, kidnesia and maybe even share some stories here too. Check back each Monday for some Momnesia favorites from me, your very own MommyB Knows Best.

Type-A Mom Conference Wrap Up

Type A StuffI’m back from my Type-A Mom Blogger Conference and boy did I have an amazing time. I could not have gone at all if it wasn’t for the support and backing by my wonderful husband Daddy B, he drove the four of us to Asheville, stayed in the hotel room with the girls for most of the day and was the one who encouraged me to attend in the first place.

Also on my “must thank list” are some great organizations and companies who helped sponsor me for this event. Check out their websites listed below to help me support them.

No Fizz Charlotte – Hydrating the Carolinas

Phoebe Nursingwear – Style and Convenience for Today’s Nursing Moms

Dipe N’ Go – The Ideal Changing Station for Busy Parents on the Go

Market Mommies – Mommy Biz Listings Read More

MommyB and Me: Attending Play Date Tips

Play Date TipsWhether you are a pro or a newbie at play dates each one can be a challenge. From meeting new people, figuring out what to wear, and even play date etiquette, yeah, that’s right, there are definitely some do’s and don’t in the play date world, but don’t worry I’m here to help as much as I can.

General play date tips include dressing according to what type of play date you’re having, if you’ll be on the ground playing with your child wear something comfortable, or if you’re having a fancy brunch (yeah right!!) wear your cutest (stain proof) dress.

Aside from the obvious, making sure the time and location are good with you and your child, there are a number of things that come into consideration for a successful play date.

Attending Play Dates at Someone’s Home:

– Check to see what the age range of children will be to be sure that your child will be able to connect. Most of the time 4 year olds don’t want to play with just babies and vise versa.

– Get a feel if the toys will be age appropriate and what kind of child proofing is done within the home. With older children come small toy parts and perhaps not as much child proofing, of course I ALWAYS think parents should watch their children at play dates, but going to events that are age appropriate will save you some of the stresses of checking baby’s hands and mouth every 5 seconds.

– Make sure your child is healthy, no one likes when their children are sick and even worse if you’re the one who caused it you may not be invited to another play date in the future.

– Offer to bring a snack, even if the play date is only for an hour snacks may come in handy for calming children down before the trip home.

Always offer to help clean up, even if you don’t end up cleaning it’s still nice to extend the offer.


Attending Play Dates at a Public Location

Print directions or type in the address on your GPS before you leave so your familiar with the area

– If this is your first get together be sure to tell a friend or spouse where you’ll be

– Be sure to sunblock, bug repellent, hydrate, potty your child up accordingly before heading out.

– Ask what other attendees will be wearing/what color their stroller is or some identifying item so you won’t have to ask everyone at the location if they are in your play group.

– Wash your and your child(ren)s hands or sanitize before and after play and be sure to follow the sick rule for both in-home and public play dates.

Play dates are supposed to be fun so following these few simple steps will make your job less stressful and able to enjoy playing with your child and meeting new parents and their children.

What play date tips do you have?? Have you ever been to a “crazy” play date, tell us more!!

Where Are They Now?? Product Reviews

Where are they now? I love watching TV shows where they show where some of my favorite 80s and 90s actors are now. So, I thought it might be a good idea to give updates on some of the products I’ve reviewed to see if I still love them, or if things have changed…

In no particular order here is my, “Where Are They Now?? Product Reviews segement #1.

Bebe Au Lait Hooded Towel – I still love this towel, it’s the only baby towel that we have that fully covers Colbie and is so thick even after so many washes. No fading, I am looking forward to buying more so I don’t have to keep washing the one I have over and over again to avoid using Baby C’s other towels.

Tommee Tippee Sippy Cup – Sad to say but after I wrote this review I’ve had a horrible experience with this “spill-proof” cup. Number one after washing the cup it was very difficult to put the valve back in place. For some reason it wouldn’t snap back into place. Secondly the plastics were very thin which was nice, but makes it hard to screw the top on the sippy cup, so I am a little disappointed now that I’ve had longer to test it out.

Japanese Weekend Clothing – Even though it’s been almost 5 months since I had Baby C, the nursing wear that I received from Japanese Weekend has really held it’s own. I am still loving how comfy the pajamas are and enjoy seeing myself shrink in them as my baby weight is slowly coming off.

Chelsea & Main Diaper Bag – When I first got my Chelsea & Main diaper bag I thought it was so huge, now that I’ve filled it up with goodies for Baby C and even a few things for Little Miss A I wish i had something a little bigger. If you’re the kind of mom that likes to travel light it’s definitely a great bad, but I like to have anything and everything I can possibly fit in there.

That’s all for now, have you had any afterthoughts about products you’ve purchased?

MommyB is for Bountiful Harvest

Today was our first Farmer’s Market visit and as I sit here eating McDonald’s, yes you heard right, not food from Old MacDonald’s farm, the kind of McDonald’s that has the fries that never decompose, I wonder where it all went wrong. I guess perhaps it all started this morning…I wasn’t feeling great and Daddy B let me sleep in with Baby C, we ended up getting up around 10:30, this is crazy late for me.

Now in a perfect world I’d get up at 10:30 and the whole family would be ready to head out the door by 11:00 right? Not with us, not only did I need to get myself around, I needed to feed Baby C, get her dressed, dress Little Miss A, and then, dum…dum…dum…Mis A’s hair….this is an entity in itself. Often times I find myself wondering why I prayed for daughters with curly hair, and I love the look when it’s all pretty and done up, but it sure does take some energy, time, and product! After all of us getting ready plus 30 minutes for two puffy piggies, we were finally out the door…at lunchtime?!?! Read More

You Oughta Know

There are some little known facts out there that I personally have found helpful and think would help most of you parents and families out there. I only put up a few, I’m sure I’ll think of more after I publish this, but feel free to share your own in the comment section as well. I always love new tips and tricks.

Are you one of those parents accumulating small toys and books from fast food restaurants? Chick-fil-A offers it’s customers an option to trade the unopened toy/book in for a free kids cone or cup of ice cream. Little Miss A prefers their ice cream over the books which are usually too young or too old for her anyway.

Pampers.com has a great reward “program” called Gifts to Grow, basically, when you purchase Pampers products, wipes, diapers, etc, there is a code or sticker on the item. Once you register at their website you can enter your codes for points towards free merchandise. Most of the items are Shutterfly related, but I have seen gift cards, toys, and free baby product coupons as well.

With Miss A we received a Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling set worth $25. I did not have to pay for shipping, although I think back when the program started a few years ago they did make you pay. Anyway I think it’s a great idea, if you’re already buying Pampers anyway why not take the few extra minutes to enter the codes and get something free. And if you don’t want to use your codes feel free to send them to me 😉

What’s the scoop on Bed Bath & Beyond coupons? Well of course you can use them at any Bed Bath & Beyond, and often Bed Bath & Beyond will accept them if they are expired as well. Bed Bath & Beyond is in the same company as Buy Buy Baby so they allow you to use their coupons at their baby stores as well. I have also heard that some, not all, BabiesRUs stores will accept either Bed Bath & Beyond or Buy Buy Baby coupons because they are competing stores.

What are some ways you save money that others may not know about?

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!

MommyB and Me – Breakfast

At breakfast this morning, I was trying to think of something cute to add to my blog, something both moms, dads, and hopefully their kids would like too. As I was munching on my delicious vittles, I thought how fun it would be to do tips for parents to use and for parents to use to trick have fun with their kids.

So since I was in the middle of the “most important meal of the day,” I figured I would start my first MommyB and Me post with just that, BREAKFAST!!

MommyB and Me

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Public Potty Tips

Being the mom to a newly potty trained 2.5 year old I’ve struggled with getting the hang of going potty in our own home. Potty, wipe, flush, wash. Then I realized once I left the comforts of my own home, my step-stool and into the “unknown” of public restrooms that it gets scary.

For those moms who are preparing to take their little ones on the public potty here are a few tips and suggestions I hope you take with you.

A few of my momma friends have actually purchased travel potty seats, a mini toilet cover fold-up version so the kiddos bums don’t have to touch the existing seat. A lot less actual work in the potty. You can find some here: http://www.mypreciouskid.com/potty-seat-cover.html

Most, but not all, public restrooms have the paper toilet seat covers that are a life saver when you don’t want to hold your little one over the toilet in mid-air. Beware, occasionally the seat cover will fall in if you don’t place it correctly and nix all your plans for a germ free-ish potty session. In my search I also found disposable potty covers (like the free ones but better) and these ones even stick to the seat with adhesive tabs! Check them out: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009QYSO4/ref=asc_df_B0009QYSO4955539?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=googlecom09c9-20&linkCode=asn&creative=380341&creativeASIN=B0009QYSO4

Now we don’t have these and if you use the potty seat covers this may be going a little overboard, but if you’re really freaked out by germs then you may want to think about getting some Potty Mitts. Looks like they cover your child’s hands so they can grip the potty but not have to worry about what’s getting on them. I wonder if they make holding on more difficult though, they look a little slippery. Perhaps an upcoming review idea??? If you want to buy some Potty Mitts I suggest these: http://www.amazon.com/Potty-Mitts-Disposable-Hand-Covers/dp/B000ZZCANU

and if all else fails there’s the good ole standby: Toilet Paper. Here’s a trick I like to use while I toilet paper the potty like it’s Halloween on steroids. After trying to get into the largest stall available, (it gives you more space to not bump into anything and keeps little hands further from the yuckies,) I look for a drain, or colored tile, something that I can assign Little Miss to stand on that’s hopefully just out of reach from everything. I double and triple paper each side (including the front) of the potty so she has a spot to put her hands and does not have to touch the actual seat/base.

A few smaller tips I also like to use in the community potty sessions are: putting paper towels under my arm so I have them ready immediately after Little Miss washes so her shirt, pants, shoes don’t get too wet. Also hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer.

What are your tips for using the public restrooms with your children??