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Tommee Tippee {Review}

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 I remember trying (almost literally) every single bottle system on the planet when my first son was born.  He was in the NICU for about a week after he was born, and nursing wasn’t working so well for us — but, frankly, bottle-feeding wasn’t working either!  He had a difficult time eating without getting lots of air bubbles in him, and we later discovered that he had acid reflux (which was quickly solved after his pediatrician gave us a prescription — oh, happy day!).  As we went through each of these bottle systems, though, we discovered two that we liked the best and stuck strictly to those two.  I stuck to those two bottle systems again when my second son was born, and they worked like a charm.

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This third time around, though, I’ve been surprised to find that those bottle systems have changed and have all sorts of new fancy terms and styles!  Where are the original ones that I know and love??  As I started doing my research to explore my options, one new-to-me bottle system that kept popping up in my research was from the Tommee Tippee brand.  I don’t even remember hearing about this brand with either of my other two babies, so I was excited to receive Tommee Tippee brand items to try out at home this time around.

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Closer to Nature Added Comfort Feeding Bottles — Colic in infants may be caused by a combination of influences including ingesting air during feeding. The new Added Comfort range from closer to nature is specially designed to help reduce air bubbles in the milk and to encourage a good latch-on to help reduce the risk of baby ingesting air during feeding. The air vents down through the tube and into the air-space at the base of the bottle, completely bypassing the milk.

This bottle combines my favorite features from my past two favorite bottle systems and puts them right into one bottle!  I love the air vents on this bottle (that seem to make a huge difference when it comes to gassy babies!), and I love that the nipple is shaped and designed to make the transition from breast to bottle and back again easier.

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Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bibs — Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bibs have a unique dribble catcher that absorbs moisture, helping prevent rashes on baby’s sensitive skin. Our Milk Feeding Bibs are super-soft on tender young skin, yet working really hard to soak up dribbles and spills before they can cause a rash. Perfect for those first milk feeds, they’re also ideal for the teething stage.

I cannot tell you how much I love these feeding bibs!!  The extra material and cushion around the neck is absolutely genius!!  Both of my boys were chunky babies with rolls and rolls on their necks and legs, and I can’t even begin to tell you what colors I’ve discovered in the neck rolls of my boys during their baby baths — that milk would get past carefully placed burp cloths or bibs and would just sit all day long!  On top of that, these bibs are so incredibly soft and are made of lightweight material.  I can’t wait to use these with Baby Boy #3 in the next couple of months!

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**This post was sponsored by Tommee Tippee, but all opinions are strictly my own.

aden + anais {Review}

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My first son was born a month early and spent about a week in the NICU before being able to come home with us.  I remember being so excited to finally get to take him home with us, but I had NO IDEA that there would be so many classes and trainings we would have to finish in order to be checked out of both the hospital and the NICU.  One piece of information that stood out to me, though, was the swaddling techniques that they taught in order to keep babies feeling secure and warm.

I, of course, was on board with keeping my baby secure and not having his limbs flailing while he was trying to sleep, but I was not concerned at all about keeping him warm.  In fact, I was concerned about the exact opposite thing — keeping him cool!  On the day that we drove home from Palm Springs, California, in the middle of September, the temperature was 105 degrees.  Even though we had the AC cranked down in our home and fans going day and night, I tried as much as I could to find thin receiving blankets that would not increase his body temperature any more than it already was in the hot desert.

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I learned about aden + anais blankets about a year ago from a friend of mine, and I only wish that I would have known about these thin, breathable swaddling blankets earlier!  My second son was born in April and was fine to have thicker blankets, but this third one will be arriving next month to (most likely) heat and humidity.  I can’t wait to use aden + anais swaddling blankets for him!

“As a young woman growing up in Australia, our founder Raegan Moya-Jones was introduced to many traditional practices of motherhood. One of them in particular– swaddling babies in generously sized, gentle muslin sheets– amazed her. Even the fussiest babies seemed to sleep more peacefully in muslin. Despite the hot days and the cold nights, muslin swaddles helped keep babies comfortable. And, most importantly, the very act of swaddling seemed to build a bond between mothers and their babies.

When she moved to the U.S. and started her own family, Raegan couldn’t find any swaddles like the ones she remembered from home. The only swaddles available were too small. Or made of much-too-thick flannel. Or, simply, unattractive.  And so, aden + anais was born. And within months of hitting the market, aden + anais swaddles starting popping up in magazines, on blogs for new mothers, in virtually every celebrity gift registry, and in stores around the country.

Today, aden + anais, has brought the legacy of muslin together with fashion forward design to create a line of products that are as stylish as they are useful; and as simple as they are beautiful. We believe in muslin– the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it works– to improve the lives of babies and their mothers no matter who they are or where they live.”

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We received the liam the brave / classic muslin collection 4-pack of swaddling blankets, and I LOVE them!  The designs were adorable while still looking classy (I can’t get over the cute paper airplane design on one of them!), and the blankets were large with thin but sturdy muslin material.  My boys helped me open the package in anticipation for these products that mom was so excited to get, and they each snatched up a blanket and have slept with them at night…just because!  🙂

I’ve washed them in preparation for use, and they are already softer; I’m happy to know that washing them will only improve the material and won’t take away any of the great qualities.  In addition to using these for swaddling babies, Swaddles can also be used as a nursing cover, carseat canopy, tummy time blanket, stroller cover, or a burp cloth.  (And, if we end up with another spitter like our first son, we’ll need something this large again!)  In our attempt to downsize for our move overseas at the beginning of the new year, I’ve been scouting out products that are multi-functional so we don’t have to take as many things; these Swaddles are perfect!

While aden + anais has always been synonymous with swaddling blankets for me, I was thrilled to see all of the other products that they offer in this same soft muslin material!

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boy in blue / cozy sleeping bags

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moonlight- leafy / bamboo burpy bib®

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splish splash hooded towel & washcloth / towel & washcloth sets

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hair + body wash (12oz) / mum + bub™ skin care

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for the birds – medallion / classic dream blankets

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azure leafy / bamboo crib sheets

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up up and away – elephant / classic changing pad covers

I was highly impressed with the size and the material of these aden + anais swaddling blankets that I received, so I imagine that I would feel the same way about any of their products.  I would highly recommend these swaddling blankets and aden + anais!

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**This post was sponsored by aden + anais, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

MarlMarl {Review}

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I have a picture of my oldest son when he’s about six months old sitting in his Bumbo seat eating pureed green beans, and he was wearing a white long-sleeved onesie.  You’d think that those green beans would be all down the front of him, right?  No way.  He is the cleanest eater I have ever known — we never needed a bib and could feed him on the go with a spoon in the most awkward of positions.  Fast forward another two or three years to another picture of him at Easter eating a melting chocolate bunny outside in the sun wearing his adorable three piece Easter suit.  And, again, no chocolate anywhere on his clothes — just a little on his cheek.

Well, his little brother has more than made up for that.

Our now-two-year-old still requires a bib for some foods (spaghetti, applesauce, etc.) and can make the biggest mess out of what I would think to be the cleanest foods (fruit snacks, maybe??).  This review was perfect for him!

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We were sent this absolutely adorable “Garcon” feeder apron from MarlMarl, suitable for children ages 0-3.  The snaps in the back are easy to attach but more difficult for kids to remove, and my favorite part is the extra material at the bottom that catches whatever might land in their laps.  My little boy put it on as soon as I showed it to him, and then proceeded to leave it on to play for the rest of the afternoon!  While he used it for a “dress-up” piece and brought us food as a waiter, it easily could be used in more formal atmospheres to keep clean while not catching the attention of others in the room.

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And, frankly, the beautiful Bouquet Rose Pink style for girls to wear could just about be an outfit in and of itself!

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MarlMarl also offers bib sets for boys and girls that come in a striped gift box with a greeting card for birthdays or baby showers.

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Marche Girl Bib Gift Set

Personalization is also available to give an extra special touch to these bibs and to set them apart even more.

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**This posting was sponsored by MarlMarl, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

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