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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Product Review: Baby Food Pouches

On our recent travels, we found ourselves out of fresh food but still on an air plane. Luckily I had packed a backup meal for Frances: a Peter Rabbit Organics Puree. The 4 oz. serving was a little small for Franci’s appetite, but it was so easy to just squeeze it into her mouth and not worry about spoons or bowls or ice packs.

There are several choices out there for organic food pouches, like Happy Tot, Happy Baby, and Earth’s Best to name a few. Some, like Earth’s Best, have added minerals. Others, like Happy Baby, have ascorbic acid. I chose Peter Rabbit because the only “preservative” used is lemon juice.
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Book Review: The Underland Chronicles

 

The Underland Chronicles

The Underland Chronicles

The Underland Chronicles: Books 1-5 Paperback Box Set by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here at The Green Baby Guide, we mostly review books for babies or about babies. For those of you with older children or that are kids at heart, you might enjoy these books as much as I did.

I bought this set years ago with the intention of gifting them. The right opportunity never presented itself and, after deciding that the set had been taking up space in my present bin for too many years, I thought I might as well read them myself.
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Product Review: Gum Massagers

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Zo-li Gummy Stick

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KidGear The Teethifier II

 

It all started when I noticed Franci was more interested in rubbing her gums with the xylophone wand than using it to make music. I had suspected that her gums were starting to itch since she spent a lot of time with her fingers practically down her throat.

While she is more than welcome to use the wand in whatever way she desires, I thought it might be a good time to try out one of the gum massagers available.  There are lots of different choices, so I narrowed it down to cheap and easy to hold (and hard to swallow).
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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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Book Review: The Baby Signing Book

babysigningA few weeks ago I mentioned that I was planning to pick up the pace on using baby sign language. I finally found the book I was looking for when I cleaned house, and I’m glad I did!

The Baby Signing Book by Sara Bingham is a great resource that I’d recommend to anyone wanting to use ASL with their kids. The book starts out with instructions on how to introduce sign language to your baby.  The following sections are geared toward young babies, older babies and toddlers.

Bingham includes strategies and “teaching moments” as well as “Notes from a signing parent”.  All of these additions helped me get excited about signing with Frances.  She encourages you to use as few, or as many, signs as you’re comfortable with, and I appreciated her low-stress approach.
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Product Review: BabyBjorn Smart Potty

Sitting on the Potty

Sitting on the Potty

As I mentioned in last week’s post, we’ve been having success with infant potty training. One of the best investments we made when starting out was the BabyBjorn Smart Potty. At $15, it’s paid for itself in saved diapers and loads of laundry.

As you can see, Frances loves to sit on it. I think some times she holds it in, just so she can sit there longer playing patty cake and looking around. Before she could sit on her own, I would hold Frances over it, one hand on her back and the other holding her feet.  We even bought one to keep over at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
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Book Review: Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene

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Great Infant Potty Training Resource

I was inspired by Joy and her success with infant potty training long before I was pregnant, so when Frances came along I was determined to give it a try. I read Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene cover to cover and was intrigued to learn about life before diapers, and modern cultures that don’t use diapers.

Although I wasn’t ready to let my baby run free without a diaper at all, I wanted to give infant potty training a try. As they say, it really is “parent training”. I have to make sure to put Franci on the potty when I think she needs to go. We started at about 4 weeks, and it didn’t take her long to get the idea. I enjoyed the communication that passed between us, and it felt like one of the only things we could “do together” at that point.
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