Category Archives: Amazon

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

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.**

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