Boon: Flair Review

71Ucha7SUqL._SL1500_As soon as the pediatrician gave our baby the go-ahead to start eating solids, we started our search for the perfect high chair. The more we asked around, the more we heard the same (funny) word over and over again – boon. After doing our due-diligence (ie – reading Amazon reviews) we decided this was the chair for us. 

When it finally came in the mail, it was as just chic and modern as I thought it would be. The chair’s basic one piece design is very pleasing to the eye, and the pop of color makes it fun. We ordered the white seat which comes with a neon orange tray; but the gray seat comes with a neon green chair and tray. (Electric blue and fuchsia are also available to order separately.)

The heavy chair rolls around easily, but with one push of the foot-brake, the chair becomes much more stable and difficult to move – which is great for when your baby gets into a squirmy fit. With the pneumatic lift, you can easily adjust the height of the chair for your convenience, and to bring baby to the table to join in the family meals. One Clorox wipe, and the chair looks brand new – and the tray can easily pop into the dishwasher.

We were sold on its functionality, easy clean-up, and classic design – but the ultimate critic, our 7 month old, also gives her stamp of approval with a big gummy grin every time she goes in it, and we know we made the right choice.

Check it out on Amazon HERE.

Reviewed by Bryana Toran, guest blogger for the Detroit Baby Drive.

 

Great CoSleeper

81DWjVKhBRL._SL1500_What’s your favorite place for a newborn to sleep?

I’ve tried several different options, and so far the The Arms Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper Bassinet is my favorite for the newborn stage (I use it until about 5 months, and then transition baby to crib in another room).   Comment below if you like something else better.

This model can be used as a free-standing bassinet, or a co-sleeper.  I lower the side use it as a co-sleeper, but I actually don’t attach it to my bed.   It’s nice and small, and easy to bring from room to room if need-be.  It’s a flat surface, so transition to a crib later on is super simple.

I love that this model collapses and folds up small for storage in between babies.  Some of the other models by the same brand need to be disassembled before storing.  Who has time for that??  🙂   Check it out on Amazon HERE.

 

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White Noise

41neDSwVMLLDo you use white noise machines in your house?  I received our first Marpac White Noise Machine as a gift, and have since purchased one for each bedroom.

It doesn’t block out ALL noise, but I find it’s a nice buffer while the kids are sleeping – especially in a ranch house where the bedrooms are so close to all the household noise.   We stuck one in the guest room so that visitors can sleep comfortably and soundly through footsteps, other people talking, or children up early.  I even put one in my own bedroom!

I initially worried – would this be “addicting”?  Would my children have trouble sleeping without it?  I have not found that to be the case.  We often stick one in the suitcase when we’re traveling if there is room, but have certainly successfully traveled without it as well.

Check it out here:  Marpac/Dohm White Noise Machine

Diaper Pail

21DKR9CP-YLThis is another item on that list of “things-I-thought-were-unnecessary-and-later-learned-were-amazing”.

With two young kids at home, and lots of diapers, I have come to love this pail.  We have the Diaper Dekor Plus (a larger size than the standard).  It can be used as a diaper pail as long as we need it and then can be converted into a regular garbage pail.

Some diaper pails require you to stick your hand all the way into the pail to shove the diaper in, but this pail let’s you easily toss the diaper in hands-free.  A major plus.

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It has a convenient lock to keep those very-curious, exploring children out of it – and the bags are extremly easy to change.  From reading reviews, I learned that the regular bags keep out odors much better than the newer and better for the environment choice – so we stuck with those (shown in picture 2).

 

FREE? Everyone loves free!

6a00e398228361883301a73d685d69970dThank you to KOAB (via Swaggrabber) for the heads-up that you can get a season of Sesame Street From Around the World is FREE today on Amazon.  In addition, the download qualifies you for $1 credit towards an MP3 purchase on Amazon.

Once downloaded, the season (or episode you choose) can be watched as many times as you’d like!  Haven’t watched any of these yet, but hey – for free, it’s worth the try.  🙂   Check it out HERE on AMAZON.

Cushy Floor-Mat

51lDYv2PIgL._SL1500_A great addition to the playroom!  This soft, foamy floor mat is great for a playroom with young kids, especially for rooms with hardwood floors.

The mat gives a nice cushy pad to sit on (or fall on!).  Great for kids learning how to sit, stand, or walk.  It can be set up in any configuration.

Available on Amazon here.

And….. for those who like the edges to look complete like me, there is a 16-piece edges and corners set, available here.  Enjoy!

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Swaddle!

81AwfM7ZG6L._SL1500_If you’re a swaddling mommy or mommy-to-be, these Aden + Anais Swaddles are a must-have.  I avoided buying these with my first baby because “Why would anyone spend double on a silly swaddle?”  When I had my second baby, we got a 4-pack as a gift and NOW I see why all my friends buy these.

The Aden + Anais Swaddles ($29.99 for a 4-pack on Amazon) are far superior to all others I’ve tried.  They are larger, easier to wrap, and the material makes baby stay in securely.  Besides being a fantastic swaddle – they are also great as a burp cloth, a nursing cover or drape, a towel to wipe up spit-up, a blanket to put on the floor for tummy-time, a liner to put under the baby on a swing or bouncy seat, etc.  The material is light, breathable, and soft.  You’ll love them.  Advice– Buy at least 8!   🙂

Sleep Lady

51KffuN6cALKim West, The Sleep Lady, writes what might be the best sleep book out there.  There is no perfect sleep book, and no magical solution — however, this book gives an organized, helpful breakdown of what to do when.

It has a more middle-of-the road approach… great for those parents who feel that cry-it-out is too extreme in one direction and who feel that sleep training with no tears is too extreme (or unrealistic) in the other direction. She teaches how to effectively calm and soothe your baby without un-doing any progress in sleep training.

Kim West empowers the parent to be the baby’s coach, gently encouraging healthy sleep habits from early on.  She divides the book by age, and reminds us what the goals should be at each stage.  Check it out on Amazon…. or Kindle… here!