Friday, February 24, 2017

Pregnancy and Baby Products That Will Change Your Life

Some of the products in this post were provided for review purpose. 

When our older daughter was born, we were dirt poor. Like dollar menu items were considered a splurge. We had the very bare necessities, and most of them were used. When it came time for our second daughter, I knew I wanted some fantastic items that would make my life easier and healthier this time around. I have rounded up some of my very favorite baby products. From bath toys that don't get moldy inside to the ultimate in pregnancy comfort. You NEED these. 

The Multi-Use Slipcovered Total Body Pillow - It is no secret that I am a Boppy Lover. I have used their products for years with both my kids and my photography clients. I love their nursing pillows and the newborn lounger was one of my very favorite products I discovered with my last baby. It allowed me to spend more time hands free, knowing my little one was safe. You can read more about my love for those products here.

When I discovered Boppy's prenantal pillows, I knew I had to have one. I have The Multi-Use Slipcovered Total Body Pillow and it is amazing. It is the best sleep I have ever gotten pregnant or not pregnant. There is a reason this pillow is the most popular choice among expecting moms. Filled with 100% virgin fiber, this one-piece pillow features a unique contour shape and offers full body support from head to toe. This one-piece pillow can be used in bed for sleeping or to prop yourself up on the couch. It also comes with a removable, machine-washable cover for easy cleaning.

Even not pregnant, I find myself sleeping with this pillow. It really was designed with the comfort of women in mind.

The Playgro Ball Activity Nest - One of my biggest frustration with baby toys is that babies can usually one use them for a short time before they outgrow them. That is why I love the The Playgro Ball Activity Nest because it can be set up four different ways depending on how old your little one is!  The gym offers engaging hanging toys, featuring a water-filled teether, mirror for learning reflections and soft plush characters with click-clack beads. The gym also comes with 32 colorful plastic balls that can be secured around the edge of the gym or loose in the gym for play. For Birth+. 

I pulled this out for a friend coming over with a infant and I literally cannot get the 2-year-old out of it. She keeps telling everyone that she has a circus in her house now. I LOVE that it is so space friendly, the ball goes round the edge of the nest and it folds almost flat. I love this toy so much! A great option for people in small spaces because you can fold it down and then stash it in a closet.

Marcus and Marcus Bath Toys- Did you know that a lot of your kids bath toys are filled with mold. I actually wrote an entire post on it. There is nothing worse than squeezing your child's bath toy and having gross mold come out. Worse is when you know your kids have been sticking them in their mouth!

These toys prevent mold,Marcus & Marcus’ NEW Mold Free Squirting Bath Toys that allow parents to clean and air dry the toys after each use to prevent mold growth inside. The soft silicone material also makes it perfect for babies to hold and play with providing hours of bath time fun!  I am in LOVE with these. I typically hate bath toys because of the mold and so both my kids are I are so happy with these.

Smarttemp by Infanttech - There is nothing more stressful as a mom than to have a sick little one. I have spent many hours rocking sick little ones and more than once I have woken up a sleeping baby to take a temperature. That is one of the reasons I love this thermometer so much.  The award-winning smarttemp by infanttech is only thermometer uses new Bluetooth thermometer  to track body temperature continuously in real time through a smartphone without disturbing your  sick little one! It is absolutely amazing! No try to get an accurate reading in a mouth or even more uncomfortable place. I adore this thermometer.

Oxyled BN05 Apple LED Night Light- I love this simple and fun night light you can choose from 4 white brightness levels to make sure you have the light you need without waking up your baby. I kind of love the on/off switch it is designed with an air inlet, so to turn it off to simply blow it out like a candle, which is perfect for a mom with a baby in her arms.

 Hydaway Bottles- These collapsible water bottles make sure you have the water you need for your kids on the go.  You can expand the bottle full size to bring some water with you and then collapse it when it is gone. The bottle features an easy-to-use, flip-up straw for quick sips, carabiner-friendly carry handle, and a watertight guarantee. BPA-free, taste and odor-free, and dishwasher safe. Comes in 12 oz. and 21 oz. sizes and 8 colors.

I adore these water bottles. It means I can always have a bottle with me but not necessarily the weight if I don't need it to be full. I love that I can stop at a drinking fountain when we are out and about, fill it up and then throw it back in my purse when it is gone.

Chemical-free Cleaning Home Starter Kit from Baby Care by e-cloth® -  As a mom with a child who has severe eczema and asthma, I work to keep as many chemicals out of our home as possible.   Harsh chemicals can pose serious risks to kid’s health such as eczema, airway irritation, eye irritation, allergies, and even poisoning! The set includes the three core cloths to clean all major hard surfaces in the home without chemicals using just water. Set comes with Bathroom Cloth, General Purpose Cloth, and Glass & Polishing Cloth.

You can watch a video on how an e-cloth works here.

Wee Blessing- Wee Blessing is kind of like Stitch Fix for kids and it is amazing. It provides hand picked outfits from the nations top retailers for 40-80% off retail. It is available for newborn to 14-year-olds.  Fill out a personal profile on your child including favorite colors and animals. Each box comes with four outfits, keep what you like and ship back what you don't. New and cute clothes without dragging your kids into the store. If you keep all four outfits you get a 10% discount.

We tried this service out and I absolutely loved it. You can see the four outfits we were sent on my 2-year-old in the photo above. I loved every single outfit and my normally picky daughter loved each and every outfit and begs to wear them. I love that we were sent things that I wouldn't have normally picked out myself but were totally my child's style. I adore this service.

Milkies Milk Saver- These amazing milk savers help nursing mamas save every drop of breast milk. You put the milkies on the opposite side that you are nursing on to collect any leaking breast milk. Patented design allows you to save every last drop of precious breast milk! Tested to ensure zero chemical leaching; contains no BPA or phthalates.

The Miracle Blanket- The Miracle Blanket guarantees your baby will sleep better, longer and will be less fussy!  The Miracle Blanket® is 100% high-quality cotton blanket mimics the tight quarters of your womb, keeping your baby comfortable and calming any fussiness. My babies LOVE to be swaddled and this blanket is just perfect for helping them stay asleep. For Birth- 14 weeks.

Marcus & Marcus Rocket themed Feeding Spoon Dispenser. This food-grade silicone container holds up to 3 oz of baby food so you don’t have to double dip! The spoon can be safely warmed directly with hot water or a microwave oven, has a soft edge for baby's tender gums and can dispense one bite at a time. The hygienic stand up base allows the dispensing spoon to stay upright and not touch surfaces. For ages 6 months and up.

Baby Change-N-Go Diaper Changing Station-

Did you see this video when it was going around Facebook? This product is BRILLIANT! It hangs from bathroom stall doors and folds up small enough to fit in your diaper bag or stroller. No more putting your baby down on the bathroom changing table, the same place a million other babies have been changed. This is  convenient, sanitary, and safe solution for changing your little one is a necessity for crowded restaurants, airports, rest stops and more.

So many times my husband would get up to change our little one only to realize that the bathroom in the restaurant we were in didn't even have changing stations in the men's room. This is an incredible way to combat there not being adequate changing facility in men's rooms.
Can hold up to 40 lbs. Available in 3 colors including Pink, Blue and Black.

Purl Lamb Clothing- These fun and comfortable clothing items are what childhood is all about. They are designed to let your kids play and be themselves. The best part? They are so darn cute! My daughter loves her star hoodie. 

With dinosaur scales or ears on the hoods, and bright prints, stripes or ruffles on the pants, these mix and match pieces for both boys and girls make playtime look cool.  The clothing is is made with soft, organic fabrics that stretch for ease of movement. The organic hoodies now feature a lined hood for added warmth and comfort with a pop of fun! The jumpers, hoodies and sweats are available in a wide selection of cheerful prints, including Peach Party Ruffle, Donuts, Stars, and Stripes. 

 Janiebee Personalized Nap Mats - I am completely obsessed with these nap mats from Janiebee. I love how gorgeous and well made they are. They are comfortable made with minky on the inside for comfy naps and are personalized on the outside. 

I never knew that I needed a nap mat. My kids don't go to daycare so it is a product that I have always skipped over when shopping for baby items. We got our first this last week and my mind has been completely blown. It is the perfect little bed to put on the floor next to mom and dad's bed for the little one who doesn't sleep well (ahem, my toddler). It is the perfect "sleeping bag" for a child spending the night at grandma's and of course it is perfect for day care. 

The fabrics on the mats are coordinated well and simply gorgeous. My daughter's mat has anchors and narwhals on it with soft pink minky on the inside for the blanket and pillow. It has ties on the outside of it so when nap time is over you can roll it up and tie it closed for storage. 

Janiebee Nap Mats are made in the USA with quality fabric, stitching and care. Personalization and custom nap mats are available, and designs change seasonally. Machine washable and dryer safe, too! 

The nap mats have a carrying strap for easy transporting to grandma's or just around the house.

So what are you waiting for? Make you life easier and check out these amazing products! 

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