Cuppow Canning Jar Lids and Lunchbox Adapter Giveaway!

Smoothie Time!

Smoothie Time!

By now you might have gathered that glass is my favorite reusable container material.  Especially with the news about BPA-Free plastics, I’m trying to use glass as much as possible.  My quest just got a little easier now that I’ve discovered Cuppow canning jar drinking lids.

I was looking for an easier way to give Franci her smoothies when I came across this new product. Since smoothies are too thick to drink through a sippy cup, I started using reusable straws (I like the glass ones best, but metal is a bit more practical). This was better than trying to spoon the smoothie into her mouth, but it was still a little messy. That’s when I turned to the internet and discovered Cuppow canning jar drinking lids.
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Are BPA-Free Plastics Safe?

Not Safe Enough?

Not Safe Enough?

I remember getting rid of my trusty Nalgene bottle when BPA-Free became the big thing.  I tried switching to stainless steel, but couldn’t stand the taste.  I’ve finally settled on glass, but it’s not always the most convenient.  Frances is still at the stage where every sippy cup gets tossed on the floor when she’s through with it, so unless I want to hold it for her it has to be plastic.

I figured as long as we stuck with BPA-Free sippy cups, I didn’t have to worry too much. Well, it turns out that recent studies are showing that other plastics are just as full of estrogenic activity as BPA when put through the same cell-based tests. Since the plastic industry isn’t required to test the chemicals that have replaced BPA unless there is proof that they are harmful, consumers have no idea whether or not these new plastics contain endocrine disruptors.
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Product Review: Nubby Ball

Playing Fetch

Playing Fetch

The first birthday came and went, and Franci has been enjoying all her new toys. One in particular has been providing lots of solo entertainment: the nubby ball.

Frances likes to play fetch with herself, which means I can get a few things done while she throws the ball and then crawls after it. The 4-inch ball is easy to grip with one hand, because of the nubs, and is just bouncy enough. It’s unlikely to do any damage when thrown, unless she manages to hit a tall vase just right. She may be strong, but she doesn’t have that good an arm!
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First Birthday Gift Ideas

Rocking Horse

Rocking Horse

wooden-tricycle

Tricycle Walker

Hammer Set

Hammer Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frances is coming up on one year at the end of the month, and the grandparents have started asking for gift ideas. I don’t remember what it was like to be that young, so I’m not sure what to suggest. She has certainly outgrown some things since Christmas, like her bouncy seat and jump-up, but I don’t know if they even need to be replaced with anything.

She’s too young for crayons and still prefers to chew on books rather than read them, so I don’t want to request art supplies or more books. She loves her wooden blocks and stacking cups, but I don’t think she needs more of them. She’s too young for a Doll House, and I think I would have more fun with that than she would.
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Secondhand Cribs – Yay or Nay?

Rebecca's, and now Franci's, crib

Rebecca’s, and now Franci’s, crib

Back in 2011, the sale of second hand cribs was banned. While you’re still allowed to give away a used crib, the question is still out on whether or not it is safe to use a second-hand crib.  In the interest of frugality, reusing and family heirlooms, we put Frances in a used crib.

This is not a new topic here on The Green Baby Guide.  Joy wrote about giving their used drop-side crib away but making sure to include a crib immobilizer kit.

Rebecca posted about her second-hand crib and said she felt safe using it, despite the fact that it is from the 1970s, because it meets all the safety standards.
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Product Review: Travel Highchair

It’s usual to find a restaurant these days that doesn’t have a high chair, but there are other uses for a travel high chair.  Perhaps you are visiting relatives that don’t have one, or you have friends for dinner that have a little one.  Rather than be stuck with a baby on your lap while you’re trying to enjoy a nice meal and good company, stick that kid in a travel high chair!

Brica

Brica

There are a couple of good options out there, depending on your needs. A great one for the price is the BRICA Fold N’ Go Travel Booster Seat. It folds up flat, weighs 1.8 lbs and will hold a child that weighs up to 40 lbs. We took this one on our latest trip and it was worth every penny. We stayed in a suite with a kitchen, so Franci had lots of meals and snacks strapped in her portable chair.
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Product Review: Stacking Cups

Stacking Cups

Stacking Cups

As expected or a 10-month old, Frances favorite Christmas present was the tissue and ribbons that came wrapped around the toys. She spent the majority of the morning tearing the tissue into tiny pieces and, when we turned our backs for the briefest moment, sticking them in her mouth. Now that the tissue and ribbon have been stashed away and only the gifts are left, she’s turned her attention to an actual toy: Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stack & Roll Cups.

Franci loves the way they sound when she hits them together, and she likes tracing the ridges and bumps with her fingers. If I nest them and put them in front of her, she likes to sort through them. Although she’s not able to stack them herself yet, she likes to knock down the stack I make for her, usually before I can build it all the way up.
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Product Review: Bouncy Seat

Lounging

Lounging

Even 9 months in, Frances spends the first 15 minutes after eating in a reclined position. Although she spits up less than she used to, it’s still a threat after each meal. As a result, nothing has gotten quite as much use in our household as Franci’s bouncy seat. She has spent hours sitting in it, on the back porch in the shade, in front of the fireplace, next to me while I type up blog posts.

There are a lot of choices out there for bouncy seats and, to be honest, we hardly ever turned on the music or vibration. Bouncy seats are pretty easy to come by used or borrowed. Still, we’ve loved our Fisher-Price Little SnugaMonkey. It’s soft, easy to wash, gender neutral and the colors don’t make the living room look like a daycare. From the beginning, Frances has loved staring at the dangling monkeys overhead and, more recently, grabbing for them.
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Caring for Baby Teeth

Check out my pearly whites!

Check out my pearly whites!

So far I’ve heard varying advice on when to take your baby for his first dental check up, ranging from when the first tooth appears to when he turns two.  Frances has five teeth now, and it just occurred to me that we might need to start thinking about her dental health.

Taking her to the dentist now seems drastic, but it’s probably time to think about brushing. A quick Amazon search for Infant Toothbrush returns so many different types of teeth-cleaning devices, I don’t know where to begin. Do we start with a finger toothbrush? Or a silicone toothbrush? Or should we start right away with a toothbrush with bristles, since that’s what she’ll use eventually?
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Product Review: Footed Pants

Footed pants keep ankles warm in the Jump-up!

Footed pants keep ankles warm in the Jump-up!

Now that the weather is colder, Frances can no longer go around barefooted all the time.  I have a hate-hate relationship with baby socks, which either fall off or are too tight, so I’ve been on a quest to find footed pants for Frances. I mean, sometimes it’s just time to get out of pajamas and put on some real clothes.

After finding a pair at Goodwill, on my first try, I thought they’d be a lot easier to come by.  As long as your baby isn’t too tall, what’s not to like?  Well, it turns out they are not as prolific as I would have imagined.  I haven’t been able to find footed pants anywhere locally.  The thing about buying footed pants online is that they are expensive.   I finally broke down and bought a set of fleece pants with a sweatshirt, but that was a month ago.  Now the same set sells for 40% more!
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