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How to Choose the Best Baby Carrier

Over the past 9 years I’ve used a lot of different baby gear and I’ve found that one of my must-have items is a great baby carrier. It’s simple, you need to get stuff done but babies demand being held. And while snuggling a sweet little baby 24/7 sounds awesome it isn’t practical. Baby carriers allow you to keep your baby close and feeling secure while freeing up your hands and allowing you to be mobile all the while.

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There are many different kinds of baby carriers and the choices can be overwhelming so let me give you a brief run down on the various types of baby carriers.

  1. Wraps – Long piece of cloth that is wrapped around both the baby and user.
  2. Ring Slings – Long piece of cloth sewn on rings
  3. Pouch Slings – Sized pieces of fabric sewn together to create a pouch.
  4. Mei Tai – Waist band and shoulder straps sewn to a rectangular piece for fabric, belt and shoulder straps are tied.
  5. Buckle Carriers – Structured carriers that often have adjustable padded straps and buckles.

You can read more in detail about the types of carriers at Baby Wearing International. Of course there are also a variety of hybrid carriers as well.

So now that you know a little bit about carriers lets’ talk pros and cons.

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I have found that I prefer different types of carriers for the different ages of my children and for different uses. I prefer a ring sling, pouch sling or wrap when my babies are newborns. They keep the baby close to my body and offer support for the baby’s head (when worn correctly). However, wrap slings do come with a learning curve and do require a bit of practice when tying different positions. Ring slings can put a lot of stress on one specific shoulder. And pouch slings are NOT one-size-fits all so you and your spouse will most likely not be able to share.

I prefer structured carriers or mei tais for older babies and toddlers. They are quicker and easier to operate and often provide greater comfort for the user. Most structured (buckle) carriers and mei tais can be worn on both the front and back. (I highly recommend getting a versatile carrier.) They are also typically adjustable to the size of the user, meaning both you and your partner can wear it. Structured carriers can get expensive and they often aren’t ideal for smaller infants and newborns.

You can read more about the pros and cons of different types of baby carriers on Parent dot Guide.

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Ultimately I don’t think there is one superior carrier over another but you need to find out what works best for you and your baby. Examine your lifestyle and weigh out the pros and cons of the different types of carriers. And then once you’ve decided on the type of carrier then you have to compare brands to determine what fits your budget and which features you prefer. It can seem overwhelming but I think purchasing the carrier that works best for you will insure successful baby wearing. There are numerous benefits of babywearing and I’ve found that my babies are generally happier when they are being worn.

This post is a partnership with Nakturnal.

Super Abel and a Super Swim Diaper

We are at the pool a lot between swim team and recreational use I think we are at the pool almost every day during the summer. Abel is a water baby for sure. He loves to splash in the baby pool with his brothers.

When you’re at the pool as much as we are a reusable swim diaper is a must. We love the new Bumkins reusable swim diapers. They are durable and waterproof, they keep any diaper contents tightly contained to prevent spills. Plus, they have a ton of really cute prints available like this super adorable Superman diaper.

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Bumkins swim diapers are outfitted with three adjustable snaps on each side for easy changes. They are also machine washable.

Most pool require swim diapers for children who aren’t potty trained and the Bumkins swim diaper meets those requirements while looking adorable.

I was provided a featured product free of charge but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Save Money, Earn Money when you buy diapers + A GIVEAWAY

I’ve bought a lot of diapers over the past 7+ years of motherhood. I wouldn’t even begin to speculate on how much money I’ve spent buying different brands of diapers. But I’ll tell you this, spending more money on diapers doesn’t make them any better. Disposable diapers should be affordable yet still provide ultra leak protection.

LUVS diapers are designed to contour baby’s body for a great fit, and have a cottony material that feels soft and gentle on baby’s skin. They have large refastenable stretch tabs that ensure a secure, snug fit. Plus, the Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core keep leaks in the diaper where they belong. Not to mention LUVS are very affordable. Plus they offer the Luvs Money Back Guarantee: If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money!

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SAVE
LUVS is offering opportunities to save on diapers this month with a $2 print-at-home coupon offer.

Visit http://www.coupons.com/brands/luvs-coupons/ to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack. Print the coupon at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.

*The print-at-home coupon can be used at mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs diapers are sold. It will be available for printing from the website until 6/30/16, and the expiration date is 7/31/16.

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EARN
In partnership with Ibotta, Luvs is also offering a limited-time $3 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs Diapers, 54ct. box or larger.

Step 1: Sign up for Ibotta and Download the free Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android.

Step 2: search “Luvs” to unlock an exclusive $3 rebate

Step 3: Go shopping for your Luvs Diapers at any participating store

Step 4: Verify your purchases by scanning product barcodes and submitting a photo of your receipt.

Step 5: Save money and earn cash back! Your $3 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

*This rebate only includes Luvs Boxes, 54 ct. or larger. The rebate excludes Luvs Bags, 48 ct. or smaller.

So go buy some diapers. Save Money. Earn Money. But remember, this is a limited-time offer. Once you unlock the rebate, you can see the exact date of the rebate expiration. In order to qualify for the rebate, you must submit your receipt before the rebate expiration.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a $100 American Express Gift Card. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 6/10/16.

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Giveaway ends on June 10, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Ways to Save When Preparing for Baby

In celebration of moms this Mother’s Day I’ve teamed up with online retailer zulily.com to share some great budget tips for all things baby.

Here for some of the survey insights they found regarding spending and saving habits when preparing for baby:

  • With annual childcare costs hovering around $6,000, it’s crucial to choose (and pay!) the right person to watch your kids.In our survey Julia Roberts was voted the top celeb moms would let babysit, but Kim Kardashian didn’t make the cut and was only selected by 3% of respondents.
  • Raising kids can get pretty pricey, so it’s no surprise a third of mothers surveyed said they’d compete in a monthly random dance battle (32%) in exchange for free baby gear, attire, etc.
  • Almost half of mothers surveyed (45%) said the most missed pre-mom indulgence is actually having a day off.
  • 33% of moms agreed that the most common squabble couples have regarding new parenting is about money.

WAYS to SAVE

  1. Borrow – If you have friends or family that have recently had babies and may not be ready to pass along their gear ask to borrow items like a bassinet or baby swing for a short time.
  2. Buy Used – Baby clothes and other baby gear is great to buy used at consignment sales or online. However, beware about buying certain items like car seats and cribs.
  3. Sales – Always look for a sale, shop sites like zulily.com to get great deals on hot products for baby.

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With all the above stats, it’s no wonder moms everywhere are always on the lookout for smarter ways to spend on baby, and online retailer zulily is dedicated to helping their plight by serving up fresh, unexpected items for baby and the whole family, in fact, just in the last year customers have saved millions of dollars on baby gear items. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Savings on baby blankets: over $2.4M
  • Total savings on key items needed to set up a nursery: over $2.6M
  • Savings on all baby feeding supplies: over $4.5M

Be sure to check back on zulily.com or on their app every morning to discover new finds, especially on Mother’s Day (May 8th) for their Moms First event, to shop everything a new mama wouldn’t want to be without.

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This is a compensated post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

How I style my Chewbeads

Ok, so I will wear a teething necklace for my baby with just about anything but sometimes you want your teething necklace to coordinate with your daily outfits. (You can add that sentence to things only a mom would say!)

I think the key  to easily incorporating a Chewbeads teething necklace is to select a design that compliments the majority of your wardrobe. You see, I wear a lot of blues, blacks, gray and green with the occasional pink so I selected the Essex teething necklace in grey because grey is a neutral. It also has lovely accents of blue, green and white which makes it easy for me to wear it with almost anything hanging in my closet.

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Like, today I’m wearing it with a simple black t-shirt. I love how my teething necklace adds a pop of color to my otherwise drab outfit and dresses it up… even though my jewelry is designed to be drooled and chewed on!

I decided to create my ultimate fall outfit for a mom with a teething baby to show you how easy it is to incorporate Chewbeads into almost any everyday outfit.

Styling a Teething Necklace

 

Not only are Chewbeads fashionable but babies love to chew on them. Abel has 1 tooth and is working on a few more and he is constantly chewing on my Chewbeads necklace.
If you have a teething baby I highly recommend purchasing a Chewbeads teething necklace. Chewbeads have been around since 2009 and are made with 100% silicone products. They contain No BPA, Phthalates, lead, cadium, or metal. The necklaces are also dishwasher safe so you can keep germs away.
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Adorable Gifts for Babies from Piyo Piyo USA

Christmas will be here before you know it. Our local stores already have their Christmas displays up. So now is the time to start planning your gifts. If you have a baby or expecting mother you will be shopping for this holiday season check out Piyo Piyo. They have innovative and adorable items for babies, they also have some pre-assembled gift sets that make gift giving super easy.

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The Piyo Piyo USA Toy Gift set makes a great gift for a new baby. The fun, simple toys were a huge hit with my little guy. The set includes some of the most popular toys from Piyo Piyo including the Piyo Piyo Rocking Rattle Stacker, Piyo Piyo Rolling Barrel, and Piyo Piyo Duckling Rattle.

Piyo Piyo Toy Set

What I love about all of these products is they each make noise but don’t require any batteries. Abel loves the duckling rattle because it’s the perfect size for his little hands.

You can purchase the Piyo Piyo Toy Gift Set online for $25.99

Piyo Piyo also has a great Toddler Feeding Gift Set which would be a great gift for either a toddler boy or girl. The set includes:

• Piyo Piyo Slip-Proof Three-section Dining Plate
• Piyo Piyo Stylish Bendable Spoon and Fork Set
• Piyo Piyo Cup
• Adjustable Waterproof Bib with Food Catching Tray
• Piyo Piyo Keep-N-Trap

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Abel is just learning to eat solid foods so we don’t use all of the products yet but I love the adorable design that is carried through all of the products. We do use the Adjustable Waterproof Bib with Food Catching Tray and it is my new favorite baby product ever. It is so easy to clean and use.

You can purchase the Piyo Piyo Toddler Feeding Gift Set online for $29.99

Piyo Piyo has a variety of other great gift sets and individual items that are ridiculously adorable.  You must check them out now.

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I received the featured products complementary to review for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the company.

Great Deals from Sam’s Club Baby #SamsClubBaby

September was Baby Month at Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club has all the must-have daily baby items you need. With 4 boys we love shopping at club stores like Sam’s. We find the best deals on top quality product for our whole family.

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Sam’s Club offers a huge variety of baby products in store and online.

Did you know that Sam’s Club offers Club Pickup? You can enlist a “personal shopper” with Club Pickup, a service that allows you to place your order online and have it waiting for you at your local club at the time that works best for you. This is such a wonderful program, now I don’t have to haul all of the kids through the store or interrupt nap time to do our big monthly shopping trips.

They also have the option to subscribe for an automatic subscription service, allowing you to set up weekly/monthly deliveries to your door on all of your baby and household needs.

SAVE
Now until October 31st anyone that joins Sam’s Club (via the provided link only) will receive $80 in Instant Savings on baby items like diapers, wipes, formula, etc.

This is a compensated post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Noodle & Boo Review

My all time favorite baby wash is the Noodle & Boo Soothing Body Wash. I’ve used it on all of my boys and I absolutely love it. Most recently I’ve tried some of their moisturizing and protecting products like the Super Soft Lotion ,Ultimate Ointment, and Baby Balm.

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The Super Soft Lotion is made with a sweet almond oil and vitamins E and V. The natural formula hydrates and protects to most delicate skin. It is also Hypoallergenic and clinically tested for sensitive skin. My boys typically have sensitive skin so I’m very conservative with which products I use on them and I love this Super Soft Lotion.

The Ultimate Ointment is great for treating a variety of skin issues that effect babies such as cradle cap, eczema, diaper rash and more. The Ultimate Ointment creates a moisture repellent barrier between the skin and sources of irritation to help enhance the healing process. It’s fragrance and preservative free and is also hypoallergenic for sensitive skin.

The Baby Balm is an ultra thick cream that provides long lasting moisture care for dry, chapped or chafed skin. The addition of calendula provides natural soothing and comforting properties for irritated skin.

Noodle & Boo uses the best natural ingredients that are created to be gentle on baby’s sensitive skin.

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Noodle & Boo products are available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Von Maur, and NoodleandBoo.com

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I received the featured products complementary to review for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the company.