September 19, 2008
Andy was mostly breastfed, so we didn't use very much formula. But if you are, I'm sure the clumps are bugging you. They annoyed us! We've discovered a Formula Mixing Pitcher which is supposed to cut down on the clumps. It has mixing blades that remain immersed so there are no air bubbles. You simply pump the handle up and down to mix the formula quickly and easily. It will do up to 32 ounces at a time and has a lid lock so nothing will spill out. It's also dishwasher safe. If you are using formula often for your baby, this might cut down on the time you spend making bottles as well!
September 16, 2008
Sick of cleaning up crumbs from the crease in your car seat? Ever wish they made a "sippy cup" for snacks? Well, guess what, the folks at Witty Works Inc have answered the call with the Munchie Mug. They were kind enough to send us a mug so that we could review it for our readers!
- It's large. It holds 16 oz, which is important because your child has to stick more than just his finger tips into the mug in order to retrieve a bite. Besides it wouldn't make much sense to fill the whole thing up, since you have to be able to push the fabric opening aside.
- It works well. After a few days of usage, there weren't any spills to clean up.
- Easy to use. Andy was able to figure out how to extract his fish crackers and dried cranberries in no time. The website states that kids as young as 10 months have had no trouble using it, but its probably best for kids 18 months and up.
- Cleanups up great. Just stick the whole thing, fabric top included, on the top rack of your dishwasher. Obviously you want to let the thing dry out before you start using it again.
- It's made with safe materials. Witty Works got each component of the Munchie Mug certified as food-safe by the FDA. And it is made with Phthalate and BPA-free plastics!
The one drawback to the Munchie Mug is the separate air-tight screw-on top. In order to use it, you have to take off the fabric top and screw it on. I wish there was a way to have them both on the Munchie Mug at once, as it seems a lot less likely to get lost that way. But, if you do lose it, you can always keep your snacks in a separate container (like a ziplock bag), and pour some into the Munchie Mug when you're ready to eat!
The Munchie Mug is great for car trips. You can fit quite a lot of snacks in there, and you don't have to worry about them getting everywhere every time you go over a little bump in the road!
I heartily recommend picking up a few of Munchie Mugs. You'll find lots of different ways to use it, and who knows, when your child grows up, you can use it to store easily-accessible odds & ends!
September 15, 2008
I think one of the most fun baby products to buy is the high chair. There are so many interesting ones on the market now with tons of great features. But more importantly, there are a lot that are cool looking and very modern. The HiLo Chair is one example. It has two heights, curved armrests, a raised plastic tray, resistant nylon wheels, and a three point seat belt. It comes in four colors too: asparagus, carrot, portobello, and raspberry.
September 10, 2008
Many times I've wished that I could give Andy a regular water bottle. I have forgotten to bring along a sippy cup and not had a straw either, so he'd have no way to drink. Until he learns to drink from a cup, I think the Spill-Proof Cap is perfect for us. It basically is a cap that turns plastic beverage bottles into sippy cups with no spilling or leaking. This set comes with four screw on caps, two for wide-mouth juice bottles and two for different sized water bottles. They fit most leading brands and are dishwasher safe. They are also small so they easily fit in your glove compartment or purse. It has great reviews, so we think it must work really well!
September 8, 2008
Sick of all your child's snacks ending up on the floor of your car? Try out the Loopa bowl, a spill resistant bowl that will dip, swivel, and oscillate in order to keep the snacks where they should be. It has a weighted inner bowl that rotates 360 degrees. It has three handles on the outside of the bowl and three feet so it can stand on carpets. We haven't tried it personally, but if it works, it's an essential for all parents!
August 26, 2008
One of the easiest ways to keep Andy happy when I take him shopping is to feed him. I find it hard to hold his food container while also pushing a shopping cart, so I am so happy to find the OnTray. This tray attaches to the handle of the shopping cart, and you can put the food directly in it. It's easy for your child to reach, and it gives you two hands to push the cart! If you aren't feeding your child when shopping, use it for a place to keep toys. It comes with a cover, it is microwave and dishwasher safe, and it comes in four colors too.
August 22, 2008
If you like vintage materials, check out the new vintage line at Kidcosmic. Each piece in this new collection is recycled from vintage fabrics, so it is eco friendly as well as cute. This collection includes bibs, blankets, chenille jackets, and there are so many beautiful pieces. We recommend you browse through to see all the great things they are selling. They'd make the perfect gift for a new or expecting parent.
August 19, 2008
If you are worried about the safety of plastics, this is the sippy cup for your family. The Safe Sippy™ is a stainless steel cup free of all the harmful chemicals in plastics. It holds 11 ounces, has removable easy grip handles, and is top rack dishwasher safe. It comes in three colors: blue, pink, and wintergreen.
August 8, 2008
Here's a high chair that is definitely worth the money you'll spend on it. The Fresco Loft Chair is also an infant recliner and toddler seat and safe for infants 3 months and up, so you'll get tons of use out of it. The seat fully reclines so an infant could sleep in it, and it also swivels 360 degrees so you can leave it in one place and have it facing any way you want! It comes with a white seat pad, a dishwasher safe tray that is removable, five point harness with adjustable shoulder straps, and multiple position footrest. It also features an easy lift height adjuster, multiple position reclining seat, enclosed wheels at the base, and a storage compartment.
July 28, 2008
We're trying to teach Andy how to feed himself right now. It's hard, mostly because I hate to have him covered in food. He always has stains going down his front when he tries to use his utensils on his own. The Catch Bowl is a great idea because it'll help with that problem at least a little. The bowl is designed with an extended lip so that it catches a lot of the food as it falls off the spoon or fork and funnels it back into the bowl. It also suctions to the table, so your child won't be able to pick it up and dump it on the ground, which we've dealt with once or twice. Also check out the Benders Adaptable Utensils, which have handles that you can adjust to match your child's grip.