Things We Love Right Now

24 02 2012

Disclaimer: Trust me, I got NOTHING from anyone to give my opinions on these products.  Not even free samples.  In fact, I spent money.  That being said, if any companies want to send me free stuff to review: I ACCEPT.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles

We continue to be very lazy about using bottles with Hazel.  But.  She HAS used her Tommee Tippee twice, which is two times more than any other bottle, and the only times we’ve offered her the bottle when she was actually hungry (due to her love affair with my boobs, it’s often hard to tell when she’s really trying to eat).  What I LOVE about these bottles, though, is that her latch looks almost the same as when she latches onto my breast.  NO WONDER she can figure out these bottles.  I would definitely recommend these for anyone doing a breast/bottle combo.

Kidco Go Pod Activity Seat

When my kid started using her Megasaucer a month ago, I was reminded of this piece of gear I purchased with a gift card before she was born.  I thought it would be great for camping but it actually is useful anywhere we go.  It is easy to unfold, just like a camping chair but with a locking pin.  Easy to collapse, and is about the same size and weight as a camp chair.  It comes with toy loops so you can attach whatever the current fave toys are.  Hazel doesn’t like being on the ground and sometimes needs some independent (not held by mom) time; she LOVES this option.

Sleepy Wrap

We lived in our Baby Hawk Mei Tai for Hazel’s first few months.  I thought we’d transition from the Mei Tai to the Oh Snap (just like an Ergo, but cuter) when she hit the requisite 15 pounds, but we got to an awkward time when she was between the newborn hold and the front carry.  I thought we would never be able to walk the dog again, but then someone reminded me of the wrap – I have a Sleepy Wrap, but it is similar to the Moby and others.  IT CHANGED MY LIFE.  It’s super comfy, as it has some stretch and bounce to it, and goes wide across my shoulders.  The best part is that Hazel can start out facing forward, checking everything out and feeling the wind in her face, and when she gets cold or sleepy, I can easily flip her around so she can snuggle against me to nap or nurse.  Also, it lies snug against me when not in use, so I can tie it on before we get in the car and be ready at our destination.  With the mei tai, I had to deal with long ties dragging in snowy parking lots – ugh – plus take my coat off in frigid weather to get the baby in.

Citrus Lane

“Care Packages for Parents”?  I mean, really, what parent doesn’t need – and deserve – a care package?  I ordered one for my friend, and then, because I got a screaming deal (50% off), I ordered one for myself.  Each month, Citrus Lane sends out a gorgeously-wrapped box of 4 or 5 baby products on a theme.  This month was “Play to Learn.”  Month-to-month and 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions are available.  At $25 per month, it’s a good deal because they are packed with items totaling twice that amount.  They are customized for the age of your child (0-3yrs), so my friend 20-month-old got a different toy than we did.

Our box contained: a Rainstick Ball, a CD of children’s folk music, a caramel corn snack (for mom), an issue of Babybug that is almost as sturdy as a board book, and a pretty illustrated ABC poster.  Our friend got the same items except for the toy.

For $12.50 (half off, and NEVER any shipping cost), I got more than my money’s worth.  And as for the gift, it was definitely worth $25 or more, especially since I never know what to get for this kid (his mom is one of those wonderful gift-givers who always gets Hazel something wonderful, then I go out to Old Navy and get her kid a Bart Simpson t-shirt).

I have to admit that if I were going to spend $25 on products for Hazel, I wouldn’t have picked this group of items.  We already have a similar toy, and kids’ music?  Well, Hazel seems happy with a mix of Journey, They Might Be Giants, and Colbie Callait ($3 on itunes).  The baby magazine is cute, but I would just go with one of our favorite Sandra Boynton books ($6.99).  And the snack, well, if I am grocery shopping with my husband, he picks up the tab ($0.00).  That would leave me $15.00 to buy whatever toy most interested Hazel on our next shopping trip.

But, looking through past boxes on their website, I think that if you did 3 or 6 months, you would come out ahead most months, and overall get more than you paid for.  Also, they give you hint about what the next box will contain by telling you the theme ahead of time, so you can always purchase a single month if the theme sounds interesting.  PLUS you have the anticipation of the coming box, which is worth a lot, in my opinion.

And for gift-giving, it is stress-free and a great value.  And right now, they are being very generous with promo codes – 20-50% off.

Speaking of gift-giving, for slightly older kids (3-7 yrs), Kiwi Crate offers a similar monthly package but with 2-3 craft projects instead of baby stuff for $20 a month.

Obviously I am just a big kid, because the allure of a monthly surprise gets me every time…

No picture for this one, because my kid has been sick for a week, and all of the pictures would include unsightly snot bubbles.

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I recently read on a blog that the writer/mom was DONE with zip-up pjs because she had to take the whole thing off for nighttime diaper changes, whereas with snap pjs, she could just undo the bottom half.  I had to laugh, because Hazel has decided she HATES nighttime diaper changes, and trying to snap snaps in the dark on a flailing, screaming baby is nearly impossible.  My current recommendation for pjs would be ZIPPERS, or better yet, the two-piece style with bottoms you can just yank off.  So here’s a second disclaimer: if you purchase these products, your child will likely hate them all.

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2 responses

24 02 2012
Karen

Aw, Travis loved that Bart Simpson T-shirt! I was pretty shocked to get the package in the mail, and as soon as I opened it, I thought of you. The packaging and all the items, they looked like they came from a little boutique. But I didn’t know who it was from and was more thinking that it would be a good gift for Hazel’s birthday! Well that would just be lame to give you the same thing back . . . but maybe NOT so lame, now that you blogged about it being one of your favorite things? Hmmm.

Carter really liked the kids music and the puzzle. As soon as we opened the box we played with the puzzle for half an hour and listened to the CD on repeat. And I’m totally going to hang the ABC poster in his room. Thanks for the fabulous surprise! You rock. And you definitely stretch the truth to flatter people. I’m totally coming to you for gift ideas in the future.

17 03 2012
Marcel Pawlak

Looking forward to reading more. Great post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

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