Friday, April 3, 2009

Swaddle Designs Receiving Blanket

We received the Swaddle Designs Ultimate Receiving Blanket as a gift for our little girl (thanks Aunt Lizzy) and it has gotten a ton of use the last two weeks! We have had lots of receiving blankets for both kids including the Swaddleme which I reviewed here. Della is too small for the Swaddleme right now so we have been using the Swaddle Designs and the Target Dwell Studio brand (which are our second favorite swaddle blankets). This one is our favorite though for the following reasons:

-It is huge and has enough fabric to actually keep her wiggly arms down
-There are instructions on the tag on how to swaddle - good for grandparents and second time parents who forgot how (like us!)
-The fabric is great and washes up beautifully
-They are super cute

Swaddle Designs
is a great brand of simple and cozy baby products. Charlie couldn't live without his Fuzzy Baby Lovie which he calls "baby".

The lovey and receiving blanket are available at Land of Nod, Target and Nordstrom. My sweet sister Whitney works at Nordstrom and would be happy to hook you up with these great items! Email me and I'll get you her number!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Great price on diapers!

If you need cloth or disposable diapers there is a good deal at right now if you are a new customer. You can get $10 off your first order and free shipping if you spend more than $49. This just requires a coupon code – you can use my referral code EMIL1867 to get the $10 off and I actually get a $5 credit to my account too. This deal is always available.

What makes it a great deal though is you can get a free subscription to Parenting magazine with your first order or a rebate of $14.97. I’m opting for the mail-in rebate which would mean if you spend $49 you would only pay $24.03 (no tax or shipping of course!). I already have a account so I’m going to use my husband’s email and start an account for him. Here is the link to the magazine rebate.

I am going to purchase three cloth bumgenius diapers and will spend less than $10 a piece on them with no shipping or tax by the time the order is complete. Normally they would be $17.95 each. They also carry Fuzzi Bunz, Happy Heiny’s and other brands.

They are also having a disposable diaper sale and Pampers, Huggies and Luvs are all on sale. I figured out this scenario for getting five jumbo packs of Pampers or Huggies for about $30:

Jumbos of Huggies and Pampers are $10.99 on sale at (not a good price, I know). Spend $49 or more and get $10 off your order as a first-time shopper with the coupon code. Plus, get the $14.97 rebate (or a free subscription to Parenting magazine). That’s like paying $29.98 out of pocket for five jumbos, shipped for less than $6 each! If you got the Luvs they would be even cheaper. And if you choose Pampers there is an instant manufacturers rebate you can choose when you are putting them in your cart to save an additional $1.

They also sell a lot of other baby related items: formula, baby gear, baby food, clothing and shoes from brands like Gerber, Robeez; BPA-free feeding from Born Free and Nuby, natural toiletries from Berts Bees and Avalon Organics, etc. so you could get a deal if you needed any of these items.

If you use upromise you can get rewards I believe also.

Let me know if you have any questions or need any help! customer service is great too and if there is any problem with the coupon code they can just apply it over the phone.

If you get any great deals with this promo code/rebate, leave a comment and share!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm back!

After a brief break of blogging about baby products we love, I hope to be back! Look for more posts coming your way soon!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fuzzi Bunz

We have started using cloth diapers thanks to my wonderful friend Kim, who let us borrow a ton of diapers to give them a try. So, thus far I have tried Fuzzi Bunz, Bumgenius and Indian prefolds with a Litewrap cover. And, the winner is... Fuzzi Bunz! Hands down it is the easiest to use and the best for Charlie's little bum. The only drawback is they are probably one of the most expensive ways to cloth diaper your baby. And because one of our main reasons for going this route is to save money, I am having to get creative to buy the Fuzzi Bunz. I have purchased 11 on Craig's List for $7 each (including inserts) and two on Ebay for $10 each (including inserts). I you purchase them brand new they are about $18. They are available as seconds for about $14 but this doesn't include an insert.

Why do I love Fuzzi Bunz?
1) The snaps seem easier to use then velcro
2) They are so easy to use, that even grandmas don't complain!
3) Because they come in different sizes they seem to be a better fit than the one size fits all
4) They are much better at night than a prefold/cover combo
5) They aren't nearly as bulky as prefolds
6) The colors they come in are fabulous
7) Charlie's little bum is as cute as can be in them

I do have one disclaimer, I will be using these for Charlie and using bumgenius 3.0's for Della. This is mainly to save costs. The bumgenius work great also but because they are one size Della should be able to wear them until she fits into Charlie's large Fuzzi Bunz and I won't have to purchase a third set of diapers.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tot Lok

We had a babyproofing (or lack of babyproofing) incident this week when Charlie decided to suck on a dishwasher gel tablet and I found him with blue soap oozing out of his mouth. I haven't quite gotten around to babyproofing (actually toddler proofing) the new kitchen cabinets so I need to get on that. My favorite cabinet lock is the Tot Lok made by Safety 1st. I discovered this when we moved into our house last year and the previous owner had one on the bathroom cabinet. It uses a magnet to open up the door. My favorite part though is when you don't need it you can just flip a switch and turn it off.

Disclaimers -
1) Grandparents don't seem to understand how it works.
2) It scratched the paint a bit on our really old, yucky white cabinet, along with everything else that touches it.
3) If you lose the magnet you can be in a bit of a predicament.

You can purchase a four lock set at BabyCenter.

If you talk to me this week, remind me to babyproof!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Baby Bjorn Soft Bib

I'm going to let the description on the BABYBJORN website speak for itself. We just love our new Baby Bjorn bib we found at a new consignment shop this week. It is the only bib we use now. The little pocket catches most of Charlie's messes and then he just digs them back out with his fork and puts them in his mouth. This is the only plastic bib that we have ever used that is worth speaking of! If you have a messy little eater you need two!

The BABYBJÖRN Soft bib is ergonomically designed to fit your child’s body perfectly and has a deep pocket to catch food spills. The neck is designed like a bead necklace with continuous fastening, so it can be individually adjusted to fit your child.The BABYBJÖRN Soft Bib is easy to clean and is dishwasher-safe, but be careful not to put it close to the dishwasher’s heater coil.

Are you wondering why it is shown in pink? I am in pink (and purple) mode as we found out last week we are having a baby girl in March!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Boon Toddler Cup

Charlie has had a hard time transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup. He didn't even really have a bottle regularly until he was 13 months old but he got attached quickly! This week I found the Boon toddler cup and thought he might think it was fun. And he did! He loves drinking his milk out of it. I am a major fan of this sippy cup. One disclaimer - they call it "no-spill" but I don't agree and neither does my floor. It just takes a few shakes to get it to spill, so be warned. The top is super easy to put on and you can't screw it on wrong so it leaks, which I love. Charlie gets his chubby little hands around it so easily, he just gulps his milk or water down. I got it at Land of Nod for $5.99 and it was worth every penny.

On the topic of Boon products, has anybody tried the Squirt baby food dispensing spoon? I love the idea but I'm not sure if it works or is worth it. Charlie is past purees so I probably won't get the chance to try it until Baby #2 comes this spring. Let me know if you try it!! I have been really happy with all the Boon products I've seen in action.