Sunday, March 31, 2013

SleepSack: A Safer Sleep Giveaway



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If you have just had a baby, then you know how important sleep is for both infant and mom. If you are looking for a way to keep baby warm and secure but safe at the same time, then check out Halo SleepSack wearable blankets.

I remember bringing home my infant daughter and putting her in a sweet pajama set to sleep in but I kept wondering if she was cold since I couldn't put a blanket on her.  I also didn't want to bundle her to warm since babies can overheat easily.  I wish I would have had the Halo SleepSack option which would have provided a wearable blanket for her and kept her warm enough at night. I'm really happy I have it with baby #2 though!

100% Cotton Ruffle SleepSack® Wearable Blanket

Retail Price: $30.00

I just love Halo's new Ruffle Sleepsack.  It's so soft and pretty.
The zipper zips from the bottom to the top to protect baby.

There is plenty of leg room for baby as well.

The SleepSack™ wearable blanket replaces loose blankets for safer sleep. It's the only product that carries seals from leading SIDS organizations in both the U.S. and Canada. The SleepSack™ wearable blanket reduces the risk of rebreathing (the inhalation of carbon dioxide), which has been associated as a possible cause of sudden infant death syndrome. The SleepSack™ wearable blanket allows your baby to stay safe, warm and cozy all night long. Now the #1 product on the market is available in an organic alternative - ideal for the family that embraces a natural lifestyle. Made of 100% organically-grown cotton that is free of chemicals, dyes and preservatives. 


About the HALO® Safer Way to Sleep Initiative:
HALO Innovation’s SleepSack® wearable blankets have become the standard for hospital nurseries and parents alike. In fact, almost 1,000 hospital nurseries use theHALO SleepSack Swaddle instead of blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative. That is 1.5 million births getting first-hand, in-hospital experience with theHALO SleepSack Swaddle and safe sleep practices! Leading health organizations agree that modeling proper baby care in the hospital is the single biggest influence on how parents care for their baby at home. HALO Innovations also offers free Safe Sleep Practices kits to childbirth educators to help further the cause of SIDS prevention.


HALO SleepSack is giving away a Sleepsack to 1 MBB reader!

To Enter: Visit HALO and tell me which design sleepsack you would like to win!


EXTRA ENTRY:
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3 Extra Entries if you blog about this giveaway linking back to me
*This contest ends 4/25 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
Winner will be notified via email.Open to USA and Canada only.

*Product provided for review purposes. All opinions are Mom's Best Bets

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter in Hawaii

What a lovely day at the beach and perfect for some pre-egg hunting.  Chocolate filled eggs would melt pretty fast in this weather so we opted for some mermaid style sea shell filled eggs for this hunt.

Each one filled with a gem from the sea!

The search begins! 

Happy Easter!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dr. Weil Baby Bottle



I am a fan of Dr. Andrew Weil. I have read Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Optimum Health and subscribe to his newsletter. He always has great tips and new healthy information to share, After reading more, I have learned a lot about the powerful medicinal properties of mushrooms for the body and especially for skin.

I didn't know that Dr. Weil made bottles and sippy cups! With all the hype over the BPA controversy, it's comforting to know there are safe alternatives. His line is not just safe but is a sleek modern design, made of Tritan and Glass. Tritan is a plastic made from copolyester. It is BPA-free, Recycle Resin #7, impact and shatter resistant, dishwasher safe, and able to be sterilized. Don't be confused with some plastics that are also labeled # 7 which are polycarbonates and do contain BPA. They also claim that tritan does not retain flavors from previous beverages, ensuring a fresh expected taste experience.


All of the parts are engineered, tested, and manufactured in the USA to ensure they meet the strictest quality control standards.
The metro-looking bottles have a AirWave vent system effectively works to reduce colic and a soft nipple. All of the products and packaging are recyclable to reduce the carbon footprint
For all of the expecting moms, and/or moms with babies looking for BPA free bottlesBPA free sippy cups or you want more information on a line free of toxins, check outhttp://weilbaby.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs


Our eggs we dyed using food coloring

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Eggs dyed using foods (picture from marthastewart.com)

My family and I have so much fun dyeing Easter eggs with foods around our house.  I seem to only have the picture of the eggs dyed with food coloring(see top picture) but we will be dyeing our eggs soon using some of these great ideas. Yes, we do love the brightness the food coloring gives to dyeing eggs but the natural look that using coffee, tumeric, and other foods is charming and a lot more fun.  
Last year, beet juice worked great and that was my daughter's favorite color. My husband preferred the rustic coffee color and I liked the golden turmeric hue. Here are some other great ideas for naturally coloring your eggs. Your kids will have so much fun because it's kind of a cooking/science experiment.

Creating Colors Naturally (from Whole Foods.com)
Here are some ingredient suggestions to get you started. Have fun, experiment and be sure to cover your work area!
Yellow – Lemon or orange peels, carrots, celery seed
Gold – Turmeric
Orange – Paprika, cumin, chili powder, yellow onion skins
Red/Pink – Cranberries, beets, raspberries, radishes
Purple – Hibiscus tea
Blue/Lavender – Red cabbage, blueberries, blackberries, purple or red grape juice
Green – Spinach leaves
Brown/Beige – Coffee, tea, walnuts

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Joovy's Spoon is Walker meets Highchair

Walker meets highchair.  Once mealtime is over, there is lots of room for play!

  

MY THOUGHTS:

The Spoon has a unique and modern look that we just love.  My seat is a lime green that's bright and fresh.  Joovy's spoon also comes in blueberry, charcoal, and purple.  

The first feature I noticed was the super-sized tray with removable insert where there is a lot of room for all your child’s favorite toys!  
The base is strong and wide  to support baby and also keep baby safe as he/she cruises around the house. The seat is comfy with three height positions that we tried out right away.
  
I also through the seat in the wash a few days ago and it came out great.
The wheels roll great and really allows the baby to move freely.  I also have to note that my daughter wanted me to put it together before my husband came home.  I hesitated but then gave it a go.  It took me 7 minutes to take it out of the box and attach the seat.  Super easy!  My husband checked it out to make sure it was safe and really likes the sturdiness of it while my daughter and I like the simple white and green look a lot that blends perfectly into our kitchen.  
He pointed out that baby's fingers won't get pinched when he/she is cruising through tight spaces thanks to the wide design.

It was also easy to clean and wipe down which makes it great for a meal or snack time. What a great product to help your child master walking and gain independence!

The Spoon folds flat for easy storage.



I'm REALLY happy that the Spoon is entirely BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free! Way to go JOOVY.



FEATURES:

- Super-sized tray with removable insert, insert is dishwasher safe
- Wide base ensures that little fingers won’t get pinched 
- Seat pad is supportive and comfortable, machine washable
- Three height positions, oversized wheels and non-slip stair pads 
- Folds flat for easy storage and travel
- BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free
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Where to buy:

$99 at Joovy.comAmazon and Toys R Us.

Click here to find other retailers near you.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Motorola Baby Monitor MBP 41



Motorola Baby Monitor
NEW! MBP 41

Baby monitors have come a long way over the past few years.  I remember that mine was a heavy monitor that looked like an old fashion T.V screen with lots of parts.  I was impressed when I saw Motorola's slim design and how clear the sound and picture was.  

This is the New MBP 41 Motorola Baby Monitor that is available now in Babies 'R Us! I have been testing it out for the past few days and I love the clarity and ease of the wireless capability.  Even at night it's easy to see baby sleep.  It has two-way communication that really puts a mom at ease, a room temperature monitoring, lullabies,  and and 590 ft. range with "out of range" warning.

MBP 41 Video Monitor

The Motorola MBP 41 is a 2.8” video monitor that gives parents the ability to keep a close eye on their children. 


2.4Ghz FHSS wireless technology
2.8” Color TFT LCD screen
Pair up to 4 cameras
LED sound level indicator
Infrared Night Vision 
Camera with pan and tilt function
Visual sound level indicator
Two-way communication

You can purchase this monitor exclusively at Babies”R”Us *Suggested Retail: $199
*product provided for review purposes all opinions are Mom's Best Bets

Friday, March 8, 2013

Organic Baby Green Puffs and Probiotics


When I think of the hours I spent looking for organic baby food and snacks for my daughter...there just seemed to be very few options. Thanks to Happy Baby Food making healthier options is easier! 
Who Are They:


HAPPYBABY is committed to making baby food as healthy and delicious as homemade with the essential nutrients needed for optimal growth and development. It is all organic and 100% natural. HAPPYBABY has partnered with Dr. Sears, well known author and pediatrician to ensure the healthiest formulations possible for baby's growing bodies. They work together to create products that he feels good about recommending. (My daughter and I are on a T.V. show called Building Blocks For Tots, that features Dr. Sears and his daughter-he is excellent!)



What They Make:
  • Fresh frozen organic baby meals in 15 flavors with a great variety of meats, veggies, grains and fruits for baby’s budding palette.
  • Probiotic dry cereals with DHA for baby’s immunity.
  • Toddler meals with hidden veggies and balanced nutrition.
  • Organic puffed grain snacks for babies and toddlers with half the sugar and nothing artificial.
  • Organic freeze-dried yogurt snacks with pre and probiotics for baby's optimal digestive health.
Their Happy Bellies Cereal offers pro biotic protection to help strengthen your baby’s digestive system. Happy puffs are a delicious finger food for babies that melt in baby's mouth. I ate them and and attest that they are yummy! Plus, they are a good source of Iron, Vitamin D, Calcium, and B vitamins. My daughter loves their Happy Tot salmon bites and mac and cheese. Plus on each box, their is a special agent animal that has a special environmental mission-very cute!
There are no pesticides, no chemical fertilizers, no genetic modification, no preservatives and for every package you buy, you and HAPPYBABY partner with Project Peanut Butter to feed malnourished children in Malawi.
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