Products for Bath Time Fun With Six Giveaways!

We’re mostly a shower family ourselves, but every once and awhile we treat our kids to an evening bath. Since it doesn’t happen often, we pull out all the fun stuff and turn it into an activity. Here are some of the toys and accessories they are enjoying right now!

Tubby Table

tubby-table-newThe new Tubby Table is kept in place with an improved large suction cup at its base.  The table height can be adjusted, and it comes with a set of colorful cups in different shapes.  There are cutouts in the top of the table that the shapes can be inserted into, but my kids mostly like to pour water in the holes.  They also enjoy pretend play at the table, and sometimes ask to play with it outside the bath.
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Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway: Glow Bug

flowerworks-glow-bug-diaper We’ve been using cloth diapers since Franci was born and have tried a variety of types and brands.  Our motley collection includes everything from homemade insert diapers to Chinese pre-folds to designer prints.  We certainly have our favorites, but as eco-consious diaperers, we’re not going to get rid of any unless they are leak prone.  If we were new to cloth diapering and ready to invest, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers would be on the top of our list.

The most important feature of cloth diapers, for us, is that they don’t leak.  I don’t care how cute they are!  We’ve been using our Glow Bug Diaper for months, and have never once had a leak or blowout (which is more than I can say for Charlie Banana, which we had to stop using it was so bad).
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Super Undies Giveaway!

Reusable Nighttime Pullups

We’re excited to be hosting a giveaway from Super Undies! One lucky reader will receive their choice of Super Undie by entering the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.  Here are the different reusable training pants they offer:

  • We give their Nighttime Trainers two thumbs up (check out our full review from last week).  They are durable, extra absorbent and come in sizes for up to 10 year-olds.  You can add in extra layers for heavy wetters, and choose between cotton or microfiber, both in a variety of colors.
  • We have also been using their Hybrid Undies, and haven’t had a leak yet.  The idea is that they can pull off and on, but also have snaps in case of a big mess and have extra snaps so they will grow with her just a bit. They are too small for our toddler, but they fit our 11mo just right.
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Product Review and Giveaway: All Good GOOP and Kid’s Sunscreen

Elemental Herbs

When it comes to skincare, we usually stick to the basics. That means if we’re not making our own lotion or shampoo, we look for products that contain a few simple ingredients that get the job done. Elemental Herbs has many great products, and including an all-purpose healing balm and several sunscreens.

Besides using organic, medicinal quality ingredients, the Elemental Herbs facility runs on solar power, and all products are cruelty-free. They are an Eco-friendly corporation you can feel good about supporting. For more information, take a look here.

All Good GOOP Healing Balm

Healing Balm

Healing Balm

We live in a dry, high altitude climate that can be harsh on the skin. Dry, cracked skin and rough cheeks are a regular occurrence in our household, enough that Franci frequently requests “lotion” for her “owies”. I feel comfortable rubbing on a little bit of All Good GOOP, because I recognize all the ingredients (and usually put them in my own balm, when I actually have time to make it).
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Fun With Babywearing

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Swimming with Babies

Water Baby

Water Baby

When I took Francis to her first toddler swim class, she was the youngest by far (about 4 months old).  I could tell from the very beginning she loved water and believe it’s never too soon to get children comfortable around water. I’ve always showered with our girls instead of bathing them, as soon as their cord fell off in fact.  I take time to make sure they get plenty of water on their faces and are used to that particular sensation.

A few weeks ago Allison attended her first swim class and had a great time.  It helps that it took place in the warmer therapy pool.  I wish I had more time to take her so she gets as much exposure as Franci, who goes to the pool a couple of times a month with her grandmother.
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Little Lotus Kickstarter to Help Vulnerable Infants in Developing Countries

Embrace Warmer

Embrace Warmer

It’s easy to take for granted the tools we have in the US to care for premature and at risk babies. For example, there isn’t a hospital in this country that doesn’t have an incubator to help underweight babies regulate their body temperature.

In developing countries, hospitals don’t always have enough incubators, or even the electricity to run an incubator. While I don’t know this fact for certain, I can only imagine that small or remote villages don’t have an incubator handy for premature babies or low weight babies at risk of hypothermia.

Little Lotus Swaddle

Little Lotus Swaddle


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Fun With Paleo

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To Spank or Not to Spank

A better source of parenting advice than the Pope.

A better source of parenting advice than the Pope.

Pope Francis has made headlines with his story of a “good father” that chooses to smack his children a bit, but “never in the face so as not to humiliate them”.

I realize that priests are often called upon to give advice to parishioners, but maybe parenting advice is a little out of their purview. Of course, children of his generation were whipped, smacked, and spanked with abandon. Nowadays you can get sent to jail if someone finds out about it, even in the Pope’s home country of Argentina.

Corporal punishment is definitely falling out of favor. Studies suggest that spanking doesn’t correct behavior over the long term, and can erode the trust between children and their parents. It is not, however, illegal in the US. Unless the judge decides the punishment was abuse.  In fact, about 60% of American parents believe in spanking.
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Quarantining a Toddler: Is it worth the effort?

What's a little personal space between sisters

What’s a little personal space between sisters?

We had RSV work its way through our ranks this month, and I admit that I did nothing to stop it. When Franci fell ill, I briefly considered keeping her away from Allison only to immediately abandon the idea. I mean, how would that even work? Would I wear a smock when caring for Frances and whip it off when I ran to comfort Allison? No doubt we had all already been exposed before Franci showed any symptoms.

Sure, we make Franci wash her hands regularly and she remembers to cough into the crook of her arm half the time. She is relatively good at blowing her nose and knows where her “hankies” are and asks for a tissue when ever her nose starts to run. She also sneaks a suck on Alli’s pacifier when I’m not looking, shares bowls of granola with her dad and regularly coughs in my face. If RSV is as contagious as they say, any effort I could have made to sanitize my hands and everything around us would have been cancelled out by one well-aimed sneeze (and there were several).
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