No-Leak Cup!

81neZG58tQL._SL1500_People OFTEN ask me for great sippy cups and I haven’t really found so many that I’d call “great”.  I do like our Zoli Cups that I’ve blogged about, but those aren’t for every purpose.

My kids like to take a cup of water to bed, so I’ve been on a hunt for a truly leakproof cup that’s easy to clean and easy enough for them to drink out of.  These Tommee Tippee 12 oz water bottles have been “GREAT”.    No leaks, no spills, easy to hold.  We love them for the car and for the crib.

These are perfect for my 1 yr old and my 2 yr old.   Have you used them with younger children?  I’d love to hear feedback if you’ve used these at 6 months, 8 months, 10 months, etc.    THANKS!!!

Try one here at Amazon.com:  Tommee Tippee 12 OZ Water Bottle

2013 Baby Jogger City Mini New-in-Box $140

2013 Baby Jogger City Mini New-in-Box For Sale 

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Grab a great stroller at a bargain price & support the Detroit Baby Drive at the same time!  We have brand new Navy/Silver City Mini 2013 strollers available for $140.  First come, first served.

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a fantastic all-around stroller.  With it’s famous one-handed fold, huge canopies, and great maneuverability — you’ll surely love it.

Please contact detroitbabydrive@gmail.com for more info or if you have any questions.

More about the City Mini 2013:

Features:

  • Patented Quick-Fold Technology – allows you to fold your stroller with one hand
  • Swivel front wheel for quick and agile maneuverability can lock into place for long distance strolling
  • 8″ quick-release EVA wheels with sealed ball bearings
  • Padded seat reclines to a near flat position with a vented seat top and retractable weather cover
  • Universal accessory mounting bracket – accessorize your stroller with ease
  • Large multi-position sun canopy with clear view windows
  • Rounded handlebar for pushing comfort
  • Front wheel suspension provides a smooth comfortable ride
  • Seat back storage compartment
  • Large, easy to access under seat storage basket
  • Adjustable five-point safety harness with shoulder pads and buckle cover
  • Rear parking brake
  • Removable auto-lock to keep stroller folded
  • Lightweight at about 16 lbs

40% off of Mattel and Fisher Price

40% off of Mattel and Fisher Price 

The Amazon GoldBox Deal today is 40% off of select Mattel and Fisher Price stuff — toys and other baby gear included.  Check it out!!!  There are a LOT of great deals.  Here’s a link to all of the choices.

Some specific sales that caught my eye include:

1.  My Favorite Baby Swing –

$89.99 for the Fisher Price swing with the A/C adapter that plugs into the wall.  Even better than yesterday’s deal on a similar swing.

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2.  My Favorite Baby Play Mat – 

The Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym is available in the pink colors for $29.99 and in the traditional colors here for $31.79.

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3.  Fisher Price Rock N Play

The Fisher Price Rock N Play Newborn Napper available for $44.99

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4.  Fisher Price Deluxe Booster Seat

This Fisher Price Booster seat for $17.99 is a great, easy-to-clean, option for a small space OR  a great second high chair.

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Stroller Hook, by Think King

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This Think King stroller hook is my new favorite stroller accessory.  For $15 you can add so much functionality to your stroller!  These hooks are universal, and attach to any stroller, regardless of make or model.  The hooks allow you to hang shopping bags, diaper bags, water bottles, etc from your stroller without adding so much added weight and/or bulk to the stroller when it’s not toting anything.  You can use both hooks at once for a large bag or a diaper bag, or you can use a single hook for a small bag, a baseball cap, or a water bottle.  They are super-easy to install.  Just a simple velcro strap, and the leather just stays in place on any material!  They stay in the place YOU put them and will not move around when you’re collapsing stroller or putting it in the trunk.  Also – I love that there’s nothing huge and bulky sticking out of the stroller when they’re not in use.  Check it out here, on Amazon.  This Think King stroller hook is my new favorite stroller accessory.  For $15 you can add so

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Fisher Price Piano Playmat

71SNR6f+caL._SL1500_In my opinion, this Fisher Price piano playmat is the best and most versatile playmat around.   I followed all the registry guides and bought a playmat with my first baby, but thought it was only a little better than a blanket.   It took up a lot of room on my floor and my babies didn’t pay much attention to the stuffed toys hanging from it.  Also – it was only useful for such a short window of time before it had to go into storage.  This playmat gives a bit more bang for your buck, some cuter hanging toys, and lasts longer before it needs to go away.

When you position the piano vertically, the baby can lay on his back and look up at the toys while playing piano with his feet.   The bar can also be moved so it’s laying on the floor, which is great for tummy time.  When the piano is positioned horizontally, the baby can practice his sitting skills while banging away on the durable instrument.

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Outdoor Stroller Storage

61+YCWmmq4LIn my garage-less house, I had to get creative to come up with a good outdoor stroller storage option for storing our very wonderful, but very large, stroller.  Schlepping it inside every night was getting difficult, and even if I was willing to do the schlep – I didn’t have a great indoor storage space for it either!  Plus – I love having it on the porch, ready-to-go for a quick walk.  I’m pretty pleased with the solution and wanted to share it with you!

1)  I purchased a cheap, waterproof tarp from Amazon, some heavy basic steel washers (linked picture below),  and some zip ties (linked picture below).

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2)  I draped the tarp over the stroller so that the tarp covered most of the stroller but didn’t touch the ground.  I want the tarp to hang low enough to make sure any rain water or snow would drip off without damaging stroller, but I also wanted to allow some air flow underneath tarp to avoid mold/mildew.

3)  I trimmed any extra tarp (mostly at each corner).

4)  I used the zip ties to attach some washers to each of the reinforced steel holes of the tarp – all the way around the perimeter of the tarp.  I would recommend 10 washers to each zip tie. (see picture below)

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5)  I covered my stroller with my tarp!   It doesn’t look stunning sitting on my porch, but it is working to keep my stroller in good shape and helps me avoid shlepping it inside every night.  (And we haven’t yet had complaints from any neighbors)  🙂

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6)  Optional:  I used a permanent marker to quickly mark where my handlebar was.  Not sure this was necessary, but I think it fits best this way so I like to position it correctly.

7)  For easy storage while I’m not using the tarp, I gathered a bit of the material together and attached an extra zip tie to the center.  This way, I can just hang the tarp near my porch while I’m using my stroller and it’s easy to grab it and re-cover the stroller when I’m finished.

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This solution definitely isn’t as good as a garage, or even an outdoor shed, but is much, much, MUCH cheaper and has been doing it’s job for us.   Check it out!



 

 

Baby Nail Scissors

41XU4crsguLIf you were as nervous to cut your baby’s nails as I was, these Piyo Piyo baby nail scissors might great for you.  They are sharp and effective, but shaped in a way that makes it almost impossible to nip your baby’s fingers.   I use them for both fingernails and toenails.

At $6.99, the price can’t be beat.  I actually bough two pairs.   I leave one in the bathroom so I can quickly grab it before or after a bath, and I leave one in the closet for all the other times.

Check them out on Amazon HERE.

Fisher Price Baby Swing

71tMnA8zS1L._SL1500_This Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing is my favorite baby swing.  Its a great choice for a few reasons.  It can swing both side-to-side or front-to-back, it has a built in mobile/mirror for baby to gaze at, it has two different incline settings for younger/older babies, it has music/silent/white noise choices,  and the best part — it comes with an AC adapter so you don’t go broke replacing the batteries.

It does take up a bit of room, but I find it’s worth it.  I stick it in one of the corners in the main room while we’re using it, and then store it in the basement after the baby grows out of it.   The size is actually a big advantage to any family with toddlers walking around.  The raised swing allows the toddler to peek in, but doesn’t allow him/her to plop right down on top of baby like some of the floor swings do.  It’s also easier on Mommy’s back!!  Check it out on Amazon HERE.

 

 

Zoli Cup Sippy Cup

31Kk6OMqXtLThis Zoli Cup has become one of my favorite cups, and I tried A LOT of sippy cups and a LOT of straw cups.

I start early with cup skills and really try to use regular open cups during meal times as much as I can.  I (try to) only use sippy cups or straw cups between meal times, during car rides, and for taking water into the crib at night.

If choosing between a straw cup and a sippy cup, from a speech/oral-motor perspective, straw cups.  (Sippy cups are not a developmental milestone AT ALL, just a convenient and often spill-proof choice for parents.)  Therefore,  I try to use straw cups instead of sippy cups when possible.   I place emphasis on the word “try” …. because I do use sippy cups as well.  (I’ll leave that to a separate blog post though because after trying almost every sippy cup on the market, I end up favoring the cheapest/simplest choice).

Anyway – as straw cups go, I like this one especially because: 1) the weighted straw allows kids to drink even if they aren’t holding the cup completely upright, and 2) my kids can’t take the straw out!!!!!   Check it out today — The Zoli Cup comes in 2 size options the 6 OZ version and the 9 OZ version.

**Note – I recommend this cup for water only.  Though I did get this great OXO contraption 519Dq2g26rL._SL1200_to help clean sippy cup parts, I still find anything with hard-to-reach insides is best used with water only.**

Graco Recall Update

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Graco added another 403,000 car seats to the recent recall.

See more specific info here:

Graco —- http://www.gracobaby.com/

Potential Problem:

As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco identified that some harness buckles can become progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Therefore, we have decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on select toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats.

As a solution, Graco offers a new and improved replacement harness buckle to any consumer who may be experiencing difficulty with their harness buckle at no cost. Consumers are encouraged to place their order for a replacement harness buckle using our online order form. Graco would like to stress that our car seats are safe and effective in restraining children. You can continue to use your car seat while waiting for your new buckle.

Injuries Reported: 0

Number of Units Affected: 3.7 million

Dates Produced: See chart below

MSRP: $99.00-$399.99″

Models Affected:

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