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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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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Product Review: Difrax Pacifiers

classis 0-6 monthsDifrax has two categories of pacifiers, Classic and Orthodontic. Each type comes in different sizes depending on the age of your baby.

Frances tried both kinds of Difrax pacifiers, with mixed results. She had never tried an orthodontic pacifier before, and wasn’t about to start now. After sterilizing the set, I took them to my breastfeeding group to see what the other babies thought. It turned out that there weren’t any infants there that had ever taken an orthodontic pacifier, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that they didn’t take the Difrax one either.

Next up were the Classic shape. To be honest, Frances is more of a thumb sucker, and really isn’t taking any pacifiers. But she did suck on the Classic for a moment longer than she would the Ortho. Once again I sterilized the set and took it to my group to get some other opinions.
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Review: Lamaze Firefly

Enjoying her firefly

Enjoying her firefly

We don’t have a ton of toys for our five month old, but among the few we have there are winners and losers. I consider a “winner” a toy that captures Franci’s attention for more than ten minutes. So far the most successful plaything is her Lamaze Play & Grow Freddie the Firefly Take Along Toy. It’s easy to hold on to, has that crinkle material inside so it makes noise and lots of limbs to gnaw on.

Eventually she does tire of playing with it, so I think it’s time to broaden her toy collection. I want to make sure and buy something new to introduce when we fly on an airplane later this summer.
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Father’s Day Product Review: EO Products for Men

I’m a sucker for beauty products, and I usually stick with ones with plant based ingredients. EO Products have all the things I’m looking for: sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate free, no parabens, and pure essential oils.  I thought I’d review a couple of EO Products For Men just in time for Father’s Day.  The soap is a shampoo/shower/shave combo and the lotion is for hands/face/body and both come in a large pump.  So not only are they organic, but multi-use too!

I had my husband try out the EO Everyone Soap For Men so I could include a man’s perspective.  He said the scent was light enough that he didn’t notice it, and it got him clean enough.  He said that he had to use a lot of it, four pumps for his chin-length hair and three pumps for his body.  It wasn’t a deal breaker, but he only has to use one pump of the conventional soap and shampoo he normally uses. I tried it myself to see if I agreed, and I did have to use quite a bit more than my regular soap and shampoo.
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