Having Fun and Reaching Milestones with Baby Brother (VTech giveaway, too!)

This milestones post was brought to you by VTech.  All opinions are mine.  The VTech product, giveaway, and information have been provided by VTech.

Baby Brother turned ONE last week!  In some ways, it seems like just yesterday that we found out we were having a baby and in others, it seems like oh so long ago.  Many nights with little sleep will do that to you, I have found.  (No, still not sleeping through the night, but that's ok!)    He is his own little person and is doing things at his own pace.  It has been fun watching him reach the milestones.  For awhile he wasn't into mobility.  He rolled over about three times before 6 months old and I really began to worry.  But, once he learned that he could move, he took off and hasn't stopped.  Rolling over, scooting, crawling, and after he turned 11 months old, walking!  And his mimicking sounds and learning to talk is really taking off now, too.  Oh and his temper…wow.  He is definitely a toddler!  His favorite thing is probably music, creating it, listening to it, and dancing to it, too!

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Baby Brother is like any toddler…into anything and everything.  I like to have toys available to him that encourage learning and thinking and VTech toys do just that.  I never really thought about what goes in to toy making, but I recently learned that VTech works closely with a panel of children's learning experts as they develop new toys that children will love and learn from!  Milestones are broken down into three categories:

  1. Language and Cognitive
  2. Social and Emotional Development
  3. Physical and Motor

It's important to remember that each child is different and each child learns, develops, and reaches milestones at their own pace!  VTech clearly describes recommended age, milestones, and educational aspects of each toy they develop.VTech TrainDr. Lise Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A Chicago native, she received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and did post-doctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to more than 50 published peer-reviewed journal articles and magazine pieces on children’s brain and mental development, Dr. Eliot has authored two books.  Dr. Eliot has answered a few questions about children and milestones and I have included her answers below:

Q. As a parent, what are your suggestions on things I can do with my child to help them develop their social and emotional skills? What are ways I can help my child to get the most of their playtime? 
A. Social-emotional skills are the bedrock of learning, so good for you for taking an interest in cultivating them in your child.  The best way to promote emotional and interpersonal skills is through interaction–reading, singing and lots of talking with your child.  Make eye contact with him or her. Laugh together.  Direct your child's attention to interesting things in your environment.  When you read together, ask your child questions about the characters' thoughts and feelings. This can help build empathy. Another way to think about it is to use books or videos as a stepping stone for dialogue with your child.  It's the two-way, back-and-forth sharing of words and feelings that build emotional and communication skills.  Playtime has ample opportunity to do this, whether you are visiting the zoo, finger-painting, or playing with toys.  Take every opportunity to talk about the feelings and relationships among characters your child is drawing or playing with.
 
Q. As a stay-at-home mom, I feel like I'm responsible for most of my toddler's learning the first couple of years. How can I ensure that I'm teaching him all he needs to know? What are the best games or play to help him learn basics things like numbers, colors, words, etc.?
A. Children learn through play, so almost any activity is a learning opportunity for your child.   Show your child how to count banana slices at lunch time, or toothbrush strokes at bedtime.  Read ABC books to him to teach letter sounds and recognition.  But don't worry too much about academic skills in younger children.  Most important at this age is for children to learn the joy of discovery.  Try to avoid drilling exercises (like flashcards) and instead focus on learning about the real world around him–animals, people, vehicles, music, art–whatever you encounter through books or the world outside that excites your child.  When kids find a passion and get absorbed in it, early literacy and number skills follow easily.
 
Q. What if it seems like your child isn't reaching a particular milestone, what can you do to facilitate the learning of it?  While every child is different, are there any Milestones (when not achieved on schedule) a parent should be concerned about?
A. It's important for parents to know what milestones to expect, because failure to reach them can be a warning sign of a developmental delay.  For social skills, we like to see babies making eye contact early on, and worry if it doesn't happen by 3 months or age, or if s/he is not sharing facial expressions or some other kind of back-and-forth communication by 9 months. For language skills, we worry when children are saying no words by 16 months, or only a few words at 2 years, and when there is any loss of communication ability at any age.  For motor skills, it is concerning if a baby cannot bring an object to his or her mouth by 7 months, sit independently by 10 months, or walk by 18 months. If your child isn’t reaching these milestones, talk to your pediatrician, who may propose additional testing and exercises you can do with your child at home to promote his or her development.
 
Q. My 2 year old (26 months to be exact) barely talks unless she wants to.  She has two older siblings who tend to speak for her.  She can string a few words together like "me up" or "love you."  How can we encourage her to talk more and what VTech products would be most beneficial for her?
A. There's a simple equation to verbal development:  "Language in = Language out"  The more words you and others address to your child, the larger her own vocabulary will eventually be.  You are right that younger children sometimes do have trouble getting a word in edgewise in a big family.  Find opportunities when your daughter can be the only one speaking.  Try to carve out some one-on-one time, when you are just focused on each other, and make sure to listen and respond to every word or babble she makes, acting as if you understand her.  Imitate her words and sounds and offer lots of praise.  Just giving your child the confidence that she is being heard will provide great reinforcement to encourage her to speak more.
Also, VTech's infant toys can promote this language development since most produce simple words or phrases that babies love to control.  Toys such as Cody The Smart Cub™ and Cora The Smart Cub™ introduce children to first words, emotions, stories, sing-alongs, and more.
 
Q. How do doctors come up with specific milestones for each age group? What are some milestones for older age groups (up to age 9)?
A. Infant developmental milestones have been cataloged by studying thousands of babies from all walks of life.  In healthy children, the various milestones emerge in a predictable sequence and time, give or take a few weeks or months.  This predictable pattern is due to the maturation sequence of the developing brain, along with the typical sequence of practice most babies engage in, given their gradually growing strength and coordination.  Some milestones you can look for as your child gets older include: able to draw a circle at age 3, asking lots of "Why" questions at age 4, knowing his or her letters at age 5, tying shoes at age 6, reading aloud fluently at age 7, and a big spurt of social independence beginning at 8-9 .

Q. What are some of the benefits of teaching children sign language at a young age to help improved their cognitive, motor and social skills? How can teaching sign language to my child help promote more than language development?  How can sign language help stimulate a child’s brain in other ways?

A. The research on sign language is not terribly strong, but enough has been done to indicate that sign language may benefit your child's overall language development. The more words addressed to babies, whether spoken or gestured, the faster their own vocabulary growth. Sign language also has the advantage that it is easier for babies to communicate using simple gestures, compared to oral articulation.  So especially in the first year of life, some babies find it easier to communicate their needs when taught simple signs, and may express less frustration than infants who were not exposed to baby signing.

Chomp n Count Dino
Baby Brother has really taken a liking to the VTech Chomp & Count Dino.  He learned how to "feed" the dinosaur and loves to play with him!  It also has counting games and D loves to help him with that, too.  It's a fun toy that has kept Baby Brother engaged and learning.  And I love it because as Baby Brother grows, he will learn how to use this toy more and learn from it, too!

What milestone has your child reached most recently?  

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Stress-Free Mealtime with Baby – You Can Depend on Gerber and Save-A-Lot

 

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Baby Brother rarely finds a food that he doesn't love.  He loves to taste, nibble, and chew on just about anything he can get his hands on.  I am noticing that he IS turning into an official toddler and beginning to reject some foods that he isn't crazy about.  This makes it difficult when we are eating outside of the home.  I like to always have a few things in my diaper bag that I know he will eat and enjoy, so we can avoid fussy baby.  

The Captain had a soccer game a couple of weeks ago and it was cold.  Not bitterly cold, but it was definitely a shock to this warm weather loving Texan.  Both D and Baby Brother were not happy, so I pulled out the Gerber yogurt puffs and sat them on a blanket and they stopped caring about how they hated being there.  They just happily stuffed their faces!  (See Baby Brother was wearing the Captain's jacket….unprepared mommy left his coat in the car!)

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We recently visited a Save-A-Lot store for the first time. I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at the new things that I found. Save-A-Lot has a produce section, meat department, lots of refrigerated and frozen food, and of course pantry staples.  But did you know that Save-A-Lot now has the Gerber baby snacks and foods that babies love? I stocked up on the yogurt melts that Baby Brother adores. We go through quite a lot of those because D, at almost 4, still loves them as well! 

 

 

Gerber

Baby Brother doesn't mess around with being spoon fed, but he can quickly devour a Gerber Graduates Grabbers.  It is a (usually) mess free meal for him.  I found them at a great price at Save-A-Lot, along with a few other snacks:

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Make sure to visit your local Save-A-Lot for the Gerber snacks and foods your little one loves!

For the chance to win a $25 Save-A-Lot gift card to get more Gerber goodness, check out the Smart Shopper Club Sweepstakes on the Save-A-Lot Facebook page.

Prepare For Dry Winter Skin and Soothe Irritating Eczema

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aveeno #AveenoEczemaTherapyOctober is National Eczema Awareness Month and with good reason.  When the temperatures start getting cooler, I know now that I need to be prepared with an arsenal to combat our eczema.  It seems that the dry, cold winter weather is awful on our skin. The Captain has suffered with eczema many winters, and Baby Brother is following in his footsteps.  

What Is Eczema ?

Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that affects approximately 35 million infants, children, and adults in the United States.  Inflammation causes the skin to become itchy, red, and dry.  Extreme cases can cause the skin to become leathery, cracked, and bleeding.  Eczema can be caused by stress, heat and sweat, temperature changes, extreme cold and dry climates, heredity, allergens, or irritants.  In our case, heredity plays a huge factor. We haven't been able to isolate any known cause of our eczema, but we do know that the dry winter weather causes flareups.
 
I have bad hand eczema, even though I use fragrance free products or products with natural oils and scents.  I think it's just part of being a mom with sensitive skin and frequently washing my hands. The Aveeno eczema hand therapy cream really helps!  If I remember to moisturize my hands throughout the day when I feel them begin to get dry, they feel awesome. 

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It was recommended to us by a dermatologist recently that we should limit the boys baths to once or twice a week.  I feel better about giving the boys a bath now that we have Eczema Therapy soothing bath treatment from Aveeno.  This bath additive is fragrance free, tear-free, and provides relief for our dry, itchy, irritated eczema skin.  
 

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After the bath, we follow up with Aveeno Eczema Therapy moisturizing cream.  It is thick and really seals in the moisture!  Our skin feels so soft afterwards and our dry skin is soothed!
 

eczema dos and don'ts

 
Dermatologist Kenneth Beer M.D. has provided some dos and don'ts for eczema that were helpful:
  • DO use hydrating cleansers and barrier creams with soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal daily to maintain the integrity of the skins barrier.
  • DO look for products with ceramide – an essential lipid naturally found within the skin that plays a key role in enhancing and restoring the skin's protective function.
  • DO you use fragrance free laundry detergent to wash clothing, sheets and towels and avoid dryer sheets.
  • DON'T  use body lotions with irritants which can aggravate skin and cause eczema to flare.
  • DON'T  use products with fragrances or harsh dyes.
Also, remember to look for products with the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.
We have tried so many different products and I know that all of these suggestions, plus a combination of high quality eczema products like Aveeno helps with the horrible eczema symptoms we have had!  If we stay on top of it and keep our skin moisturizer throughout the winter, I think we will have healthier skin. 
 
To learn more about eczema, visit www.nationaleczema.org.
 
For more information about Aveeno eczema therapy products, visit Aveeno.com and Facebook.com/Aveeno.
 

How do you prevent and treat eczema?

 

 

What Is A Healthy Snack for Babies and Toddlers On The Go?

This non-GMO snack post was brought to you by Mum-Mum.  All opinions are mine.

As much as we try to always have healthy, fresh foods available for Baby Brother to eat, the need for healthy packaged snacks is always present.  When we go to the store, church, or to his brothers' soccer games, I know now that I need to have something easily accessible and portable in my diaper bag for him to munch on. He is all about self feeding, as we never did traditional baby food with him.  And at ten months, he has already found what textures and flavors he prefers.  His favorite foods are blueberries, grapes (cut up, of course,) bananas, peas, sweet potatoes, cheese, and carrots.  Do you know how hard it is to serve a bowl of squished up blueberries to an energetic ten month old at a soccer game, though?  Yeah, not easy!  

non-gmo snack

Baby Brother has been snacking on Baby Mum-Mum rice rusks for a few months now, and still gets excited when I offer one to him.  They're not messy and are made with non-GMO Japonica rice.  There are many options available, like Original, Vegetable, Banana, Apple, and Organic Carrot.  

Mum-Mums:

  • are made with non-GMO Japonica rice
  • contain minimal sugar and fat
  • contain no artificial colors
  • contain no artificial additives or preservatives
  • dissolve easily in your child's mouth
  • are gluten-free, egg-free, and peanut-free
  • are available in many different flavors
  • are available for different ages
  • have organic options

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I gave Baby Mum-Mums to the Captain and D when they were babies, as well, and honestly, D still loves them!  I have gotten into the habit of putting TWO packages of Baby Mum-Mums in my bag because it's a good, healthy snack for D, as well!  D loves Toddler Mum-Mums, too, which are recommended for kids ages 18 months and up.  They're a little more dense and for babies who chew well.

non-gmo snack

Baby Mum-Mums are also a great option when we are dining out, too.  Whether it be something that is spicy or contains honey, something that I am not sure of the ingredients, or he is just not ready to eat, a Mum-Mum helps him to feel like he is crunching and chewing something just like us and helps keep him satisfied.  Baby Mum-Mums promise to never contain any of the main allergens, as seen in this infographic:

non-GMO snack  Top 10 Food Allergens and Senstivities

We love Mum-Mums and are pretty sure that your baby and children will, too!  Also, check out Mum-Mum Snax for older kids!  Find out more about Mum-Mums and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Packing Checklist for Traveling with a Baby

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  I am happy to be participating in the Huggies Costco Ambassador program.

traveling with babyPacking for yourself is hard enough, but add in a baby, and that's when things get tricky. I am always forgetting something when I'm packing for the boys. I forgot my own toothbrush and some things for Baby Brother a few weeks ago when I went on a trip.  I have compiled a helpful packing checklist for the next time you travel with a baby so you will not forget the important things that will make your trip easier and help everyone to sleep better!

  • Huggies Diapers 
  • Huggies Natural Care Wipes
  • Lotion
  • Baby soap
  • Clothes – at least two outfits per day
  • Pajamas
  • Socks and shoes
  • Bibs
  • Sound machine to help baby (and you!) sleep well in the hotel room
  • Blankets
  • Crib sheets for the hotel crib
  • Pack n Play
  • Toys
  • Diaper changing pad
  • Foam bumpers for co-sleeping - (always be prepared or Baby to not like his new surroundings.  I suggest having a plan B (and C!) for sleeping arrangements.)
  • Comfort items like loveys, dolls, or stuffed animals
  • Food, formula, bottles, breast pump, spoons, bowls, etc
  • Pacifiers
  • Travel baby seat for feeding or just sitting in the room 
  • Two diaper bags
  • Nighlight
  • Baby carrier
  • Stroller
  • Medicines, diaper rash cream, thermometer, etc –  just in case 
  • Hat and sunglasses (and a natural sunscreen if baby is over 6 months old)
  • Tissues, plastic bags, and disinfectant wipes

If you are planning one last hurrah this summer, remember to stock up for your trip at Costco. Pick up Huggies Plus diapers and Natural Care plus wipes exclusively at Costco.  Then, you will have all the diapers and wipes that you need and you know you can trust them not to leak, day or night.  For a limited time, save  $6 on diapers and $5 on wipes!

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Costco's exclusive Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus diapers are extra absorbent for day or night, have the Leak Lock® guaranteed protection, Snug Fit waistband, and Grip Tabs for a secure fit.  We love them for Baby Brother, who is on the go – crawling, cruising, and never still .  Huggies are very dependable for naps and travel.  Leaky diapers can ruin a night or an outfit, so we definitely rely on Huggies for no leaks.

At Costco, you'll also find Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes.  These wipes are thick and durable and are the simplest wipes formula Huggies has to offer, which is nice for Baby Brother's delicate skin.  The special pack at Costco comes with two kinds of refillable dispensers plus 1160 refill wipes to keep Baby clean at home or when you're out and about.  One of the dispensers is the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean pouch, which comes in every pack of Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes.  You will find the perfect dispenser for your needs at Costco in these handy, time saving, money saving big packs.

Costco Members – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit one sample per household. 

Do you have anything to add to this checklist that is essential for traveling with a baby?

Five Ways to Keep Baby Happy in Quiet Places (Church, Weddings, etc!)

Five Ways to Keep Baby Happy in Quiet Places

All three of our boys have never been known to be quiet as babies.  Thankfully we go to a church where the people love our children and don't mind the baby babbles during service.  It has always been important to keep them busy and happy, though, so they are making happy sounds and not fussing.  I like to keep them in church for as long as possible but we do have to get up and head to the nursery if they're too loud….which is embarassing, but I want to catch as much of the service as possible.  

I wanted to share with you some things that keep Baby Brother happy during church, plus a few more great things you can make or gather for your church/restaurant/special occasion bag!

1.  Quiet toys like these adorable DIY Soft Blocks from Mama Say What?!

quiet soft blocks for baby

2.  Board books are great for babies to look at during church or other quiet times.  (Until Baby Brother decides he needs to yell at the characters.  :)  Check out this great list of the best board books for baby from Carrie Elle:

Board Books for Baby

3. Tag blankets like this one from COOPCRAFTS are great for babies to play with.  They love exploring all of the little pieces and different textures.

Tag Blanket

4.  Wooden toys are great and usually pretty quiet.  We always pack this wooden fish toy from BeginAgain toys:

wooden fish toy

(The adorable chevron blanket is from Mamas and Papas, and is handy when Baby Brother can play on the floor.)

5.  Teething toys like Sophie the Giraffe or necklaces that can be chewed/teethed on.  (Sophie can be squeaked but Baby Brother hasn't figured it out yet!)

Chew Jewels Necklace

Do you have any quiet toys or ideas that could be added to this list?

 

 

Calling All Costco Moms and Dads! Stock Up On Huggies Plus Diapers and Wipes! (free sample, too!)

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  I am happy to be participating in the Huggies Costco Ambassador program.

Our family recently became Costco members for the first time and our whole family just loves it.  They have everything!  Clothes, books, frozen foods, organic foods, fresh foods, cheese, toilet paper, batteries, hot dogs, ice cream..whatever you need!  And in addition, Costco also offers great deals on just about everything, including baby supplies.  I love to go stock up on all of the essentials, like disposable diapers and wipes for those long summer trips.  Did you know that Huggies Plus products are available only at Costco?  

Costco Huggies sample

Costco's exclusive Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus diapers are extra absorbent for day or night, have the Leak Lock® guaranteed protection, Snug Fit waistband, and Grip Tabs for a secure fit.  We love them for Baby Brother, who is on the go allllll of the time now and is also heavy wetter.  They're very dependable for naps and travel.  Leaky diapers can ruin a night or an outfit, so we definitely rely on Huggies for no leaks.

At Costco, you'll also find Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes.  These wipes are thick and durable and are the simplest wipes formula Huggies has to offer, which is nice for Baby Brother's delicate skin.  The special pack at Costco comes with two kinds of refillable dispensers plus 1160 refill wipes to keep Baby clean at home or when you're out and about.  One of the dispensers is the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean pouch, which comes in every pack of Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes.  You will find the perfect dispenser for your needs at Costco in these handy, time saving, money saving big packs.

Costco has us covered…we can stock up on absorbent disposable diapers and natural wipes so they'll be there when we need them.  We can rely on Huggies Plus diapers and natural wipes to get us through the messiest of situations and keep Baby Brother free of leaks.  I highly recommend stopping in your local Costco and grabbing a few packs of Huggies Plus diapers and wipes.  They stack great, last a long time, and are even great for baby gifts and showers.    

Make sure to follow @Huggies on Twitter to learn more!

**Costco Members** – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day starting today, July 21 through July 26, 2014 so try back tomorrow if you aren’t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household. 

Baby Brother is Enjoying the Summer with Kushies

This post was brought to you by Kushies.  All opinions are mine.

Being the third child is hard.  Scoff if you will, but I was the third child and my older brothers might see it differently, but being the baby has it's challenges!  The constant noise, physical battles, living up to older siblings' reputations, and having to wear hand-me-downs is what we babies of the family have to suffer through!  Okay, okay, so it wasn't that bad.  And, I was a the first born girl so I did get new clothes.  But Baby Brother is the third boy and while he does not care what he wears, it is nice to have some new things from time to time….especially cloth diapers!

Throughout our cloth diapering journey, I have continued to hear great things about Kushies.  Their diapers are adorable, but for whatever reason, I never tried them, until now.  We tried the Kushies Ultra Lite "All in One" diaper, in White Crazy Circles.  The outer shell is lightweight and waterproof.  It has a hook and loop closure system, which usually I am not a fan of, but Kushies makes it work  because of the positioning and length of tabs:

Kushies all in one diaper

This diaper is less than $20, which makes it easy on a family's budget.  It features six layers of 100% cotton flannel with a super absorbent soaker layer inside.  And the best part is….this diaper contains a patented built-in flap that can be folded up for boys or down for girls for extra absorbency.  The infant diaper fits babies 10-22 pounds and sells for  only $14.49.  The toddler version is $17.49 and fits from 22-45 lbs.

Kushies all in one cloth diaper

I had no clue that Kushies offered WAY more than just cloth diapers, too.  If cloth diapering isn't your thing (or even if it is,) you should visit the Kushies website to see all the wonderful things going on!  Baby Brother loves this Little Lizard Romper by Blue Banana.  It is soft and super adorable.

Blue Banana RomperAnd don't forget the perfect summer accessory…sunglasses!  These Kushies blue sunglasses are fit him well and keep his eyes protected from UVA and UVB rays.  The lenses are scratch resistant and the arms are flexible and virtually unbreakable.  And it's true that my children have big heads, (95 percentile, y'all!) but these sunglasses even fit D, who is three.  They are less than $6 and fit for quite a while, so I will be looking to Kushies for more sunglasses in the near future.

Kushies sunglasses

Find out more about Kushies and see all the great things they have to offer for your baby.  Follow Kushies on Twitter and Facebook, too, to stay up to date about new products and sales!  Check their products out on Amazon, too.

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Finally – A Baby Seat That Can Be Used For A Long Time!

This baby seat post was brought to you by Mamas & Papas.  All opinions are mine.

Baby Brother loves being where the action is.  He also wants to sit like a big boy and watch the action around him, but I can't trust his sitting skills enough to just let him sit in the middle of the floor by himself.  He's getting too big for his bouncer and other baby chairs, so I  needed something different for him.  We received the most awesome Mamas & Papas product – the Baby Snug – at the perfect time. 

Finally - A Baby Seat That Can Be Used For A Long Time! #ad @CptFussybuckets @MamasandPapasUS

I am able to leave Baby Brother in the Baby Snug (always on the floor of course!) and get some work done nearby while he laughs at his brothers, plays with toys on the tray, or just watches the world around him.  I also love the Baby Snug for eating because it wipes down so easily.  We recently started giving him some food to play around with and sit on the floor with him while he explores new foods.  His favorites have been orange bell peppers and bananas, but the carrots weren't so much a winner…yet.  

Mamas and Papas Baby Snug for BLW

I love that the Baby Snug isn't just for a short time in a baby's life.  The insert is meant for kids 3-12 months and it is easily removed so older toddlers can use  the seat.

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Both D and the Captain love sitting in the Baby Snug, for whatever reason…but it works!  It's a clean resting spot when we go on picnics and play outdoors.

baby seat - through toddler hood

Other great features of the Baby Snug:

  • extra wide base ensures that the Baby Snug will stay put
  • ergonomically designed to provide back support and comfort for Baby
  • portable and easy to move

Find out more about the Baby Snug and check out the other colors, too.  You can also purchase the activity tray to keep Baby entertained while he sits.  (This would come in handy because Baby Brother loves to throw his toys off of the tray!)  The Baby Snug sells for around $59.99 on the Mamas and Papas site, Babies R Us, Amazon, and other stores.

Another fabulous Mamas and Papas product that we love is this super cute knitted baby blanket in Chevron.  It's the perfect size to throw on the floor or grass for Baby Brother to play with toys and practice his mobility skills!  (It's coming all too soon!)  I love the print and the bold gold trim.  It's made of 100% cotton and super soft against Baby's skin.  It's approximately 27.5" x 35.4" and sells for $39.99.  All of the Mamas and Papas blankets are adorable and would make a great addition to any baby's nursery.

Mamas & Papas blanket Chevron

Learn more about Mamas and Papas and all of their fabulous products on the US website, Twitter, and Facebook, too.  

Want Diapers You Can Depend On? Try *Improved* H-E-B Baby Diapers!

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Baby Brother is five months old and growing way too quickly!  With two older brothers and a busy youth minister father, we are always on the go, and we need a dependable diaper for when we are out and about.  Luckily, Baby Brother's mommy (that would be ME!) loves H-E-B and I had a hunch that H-E-B baby diapers would be super dependable, because I rely on everything else that this fabulous grocery store sells.

What I love about the improved baby diapers from H-E-B:

 

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I love that these diapers don't have a chemical smell to them.  That's the very first thing I noticed.  Doesn't everyone smell brand new diapers?  These diapers are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and contain natural botanicals, vitamin E, and aloe.  Some diapers have caused a reaction with the boys, but not these.  They are comfortable because they're super thin, have a soft stretch waist and side panels, and a soft outer cover.

These diapers are dependable, too, and offer up to 12 hours of leak protection.  Not that I would know because Baby Brother doesn't go that long, (ha!) but the super protection is a great factor.  

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Baby Brother is 20 pounds and pretty tall, so he is in size 4 diapers.  They are a great fit and have never leaked, even with the exposive poos!

Look for these great baby diapers at an H-E-B near you!  H-E-B has great baby products that are dependable and reasonably priced!

H-E-B baby diapers

For more information about H-E-B baby diapers and to find a store near you, check the H-E-B website.

Do you have an H-E-B store nearby?  What do you like most about the new and improved H-E-B baby diapers?H-E-B baby diapers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of H-E-B Baby Diapers.