Product Review: Kiddie Pool

Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

Summer arrived a little early this year and the temperature has been way above the historic average for our area. I’m glad I remembered to buy a kiddie pool this year before they all sold out!

If you haven’t spent $10 on your molded kiddie pool yet this year, I highly recommend heading down to the nearest big box store and dropping that tenner before it’s too late. The last thing you want is for the 4th of July to come around and not have a pool for the kids (and dogs) to cool off in!
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Review: MaterniT21

MaterniT21

Test Your Baby’s Chromosomes with MaterniT21

Nowadays there are several tests you can take in early pregnancy to detect abnormalities such as Down Syndrome. The most common is the NT ultrasound, which is non-invasive but has a high rate of false-positives and is not a diagnostic tool (it merely estimates the risk that the fetus may be affected). It is often the first choice for parents that will then choose a high-risk amniocentesis or CVS test if the results are positive. Both tests are considered high-risk because of the likelihood of miscarriage (around 1 in 300 or 1 in 360 respectively).
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Product Review: Potette 2 in 1 Potty

Toddler Approved

Toddler Approved

We’ve been practicing Elimination Communication, commonly known as “Infant Potty Training” for over a year. Although we are a long way from being diaper free, Franci uses her BabyBjorn potty successfully 6-8 times a day. At least once a day she signs “potty” when it’s time to poop, or right after she pees (if any one has tips on getting her to sign it before the pee, that would be great).

On the rare occasion we are out of the house when it is time to poop, Frances is not happy. She tries to hold it in, which everyone knows is uncomfortable. The problem is that she doesn’t like me to hold her over the toilet. It occurred to me it might be time to get a portable toddler seat that fits on a regular toilet seat.
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Review: Amazon Mom

Amazon Mom

Amazon Mom

Most of you have probably heard of Amazon Prime, but have you heard of Amazon Mom? It gives you all the perks of a Prime membership (free 2-day shipping, access to the Kindle lending library, and free instant video streaming) plus 20% off Subscribe & Save orders of five or more.

(For those of you not familiar with Subscribe & Save, here’s how it works: Whatever items you’ve subscribed to are delivered by the first of the month at a 5% discount. You can cancel at any time, skip deliveries or have items delivered every two months, or six months, or whatever you decide.  If you don’t cancel the subscription for an item, it is automatically delivered on the schedule you’ve set but you get a warning email with plenty of time to postpone or cancel subscription items.)
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Review: Airbnb Vacation Rentals

Airbnb Rental

Our Recent Airbnb Rental

We were out of town earlier this month and instead of staying in a hotel, we booked a rental through Airbnb. For the same price as a suite, we ended up with a whole house! It was a dream, and we plan to use Airbnb every time we travel.

There are a million things that make staying in a house better than staying in a hotel. First of all, everyone had their own room. Frances slept soundly during her naps and at night and we didn’t have to worry about tiptoeing around her crib. Secondly, I was able to make her fresh food in the kitchen, and we cooked several meals while we were there, which saved time and money.
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Product Review: Melissa & Doug Alligator Push Toy

Walking Practice

Walking Practice is Serious Business

Frances is dying to be mobile but hasn’t quite figured out the balance portion of walking. I blame it on her big head, because it isn’t for lack of motivation.

Since she loves walking but needs help, and my back can only take so much bending over, the Melissa & Doug Alligator Push Toy is the perfect activity.  Franci spends hours every day pushing it around the house. The only caveat is that someone has to turn her around once she reaches a dead end. She’s not particularly good at steering it, either, and constantly gets it stuck on chairs, corners, the couch.  She lets me know right away that she’s stuck and needs help.
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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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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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Book Review: Experimenting with Babies

experimenting-with-babiesWhen Franci was a few weeks old, and I was finally recovered from being pregnant and giving birth, I started to realize that there wasn’t much to do with a newborn. It hadn’t really occurred to me earlier that this would be the case, but there was very little entertainment to be had. For either of us! She couldn’t sit or crawl or read books. She didn’t call me mama or sign for more milk or giggle if I tickled her. I wish that we’d had Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid on hand to keep us busy!
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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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