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Getting bigger he is!

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The littlest one recently turned 3 months old.  On Easter Sunday we finally broke him out of confinement to attend church.  He had been out a few times since his birth, but NEVER to church.  I had just been staying home with him on Sundays while my Audi husband took the older kids.  There’s just too many people at those types of places.  Too many sick people.  Well, potentially sick people.  You get the idea.  I’m super particular about when my babies can be around the general population.  Especially when the date of birth is during cold and flu season.  It’s hard enough to keep the littlest from catching something from his older siblings so why quadruple the exposing him to hundreds of people at one time?  Now that you know that I’m a major germaphobe then I’m sure it’s not surprising that we didn’t having his blessing until he was 3 months old!  We had the blessed day on Sunday, May 4th and here he is in his white attire:

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He’s just getting so big!  With his little rolls of baby fat…  It’s like he’s not a newborn anymore and it makes me start to wonder if he will be my last newborn.  *sniff*  All of my babies have been formula fed.  That does tend to bulk ’em up.  This little guy is no exception.

I sincerely hope that I don’t get some major flack from the announcement that I just made.  About the formula.  Not that I have to explain anything, but I will.  😉   I most definitely know that breast is best and was devastated that it just didn’t work out the way I would have liked.  So maybe in some ways my proclamation will be beneficial to someone out there.  One of my readers somewhere.  Or a friend of yours.  My battle and decision to go with formula came not from a lack of trying.   I tried.  I tried hard.  I visited countless lactation specialists with baby Banjo.  He was not gaining weight.  It wasn’t working.  He was at risk for complications from not gaining weight.  After much deliberation and supplementation we decided to go to formula only.  I was stressed.  I wasn’t sleeping.  I’d try to nurse… Then I’d pump… Then we’d (my husband and I) bottle feed the breast milk… Then we’d bottle feed the formula… Then we’d clean the pump parts… Then the process would start all over an hour later.  I was exhausted.  My husband was exhausted.  It was a nightmare.  Going to exclusively formula for Banjo was a difficult decision, but it was a good decision.  It’s what worked best for our family.  If you happen to be in a similar situation… No one can blame you and you don’t need to blame yourself.  Everyone is different.  We all make different decisions.  Breastfeeding just doesn’t work for everyone and that’s okay.  I’m glad that there are options.  Options that are best for the baby.  So if I helped just one person today…  I’m glad that I made my announcement.

Now about Ruby.  Remember she was born a month early.  She struggled with feedings due to her own medical reasons.  We went to formula.  Both times I felt a sense of devastation.  I felt like a bad mother.  I had to Let. It. Go.  It took some time and I honestly didn’t get to enjoy being the mom of a newborn.  I felt stressed about the breastfeeding not working.  With this baby my husband and I both decided we weren’t going to go down that path again.  The baby is healthy.  I’m healthy.  My family is happy.  Sometimes we have to do what is best for everyone.  For the entire family.  We are good.

With the birth of a new baby came some gifts from my friends over at Joovy.  I love reviewing items for Joovy, because they have so many great items for baby!  Strollers.  Highchairs.  Slings.  Potty chairs.  You name it and they got it.  🙂    Joovy has now entered the world of glass baby bottles.  Just fyi… Joovy also has BPA free plastic baby bottles, but my heart belongs to the glass ones.  I think I’m just drawn to the look of them:

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And those fun silicone sleeves in a selection of different colors!  Isn’t it pretty?

What’s also so great about the Boob baby bottle from Joovy is the specially designed nipple.  Sure it works great for babies who are exclusively formula fed.  Like my baby.  But at the same time it’s perfect (I’ve heard from my breastfeeding friends) for babies who receive nourishment from both breast and bottle.  The baby doesn’t get confused going back and forth.  So the bottle is a win-win for all babies.  Pay no attention to the tired looking momma in the picture:

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My little guy is thriving and I’m grateful for the Joovy Boob baby bottle.  The bottles are durable and easy to clean.

As in go in the dishwasher easy to clean.

Going. Going.

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Stay tuned for another great product from Joovy…

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The BabaSling

*This posting is a review for Joovy.  I did receive the above products to conduct the review, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

 

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.

Liberty Bottleworks {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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What’s the one thing you can’t ever leave the house without? Mine is my water bottle. I started carrying around a water bottle 24/7 in college because one of my roommates swore by it to help lose weight (it works, by the way). Through the years I’ve been through many iterations of bottles. I’ve used and refilled bottled water bottles, I’ve bought really expensive ones from sporting goods stores and I’ve bought really cheap ones from the Dollar Store. But while the bottle has changed, what hasn’t is the fact that I am attached at the hip to my water bottle! So naturally, I was anxious to try out  the only American made metal water bottle by Liberty Bottleworks.

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Liberty Bottleworks considers itself a “vintage American company.” Not only do they support jobs in the USA, they pledge 1% of their sales and 1% of their working hours to helping large, local and grass roots efforts, such as the National Park Service, the Conservation Alliance and Keep America Beautiful.  They are also extremely committed to protecting the environment. Their production factory in Yakima, Washington, is filled with state of the art equipment which uses less energy, cleans waste water, and conserves resources. They even melted down their own scrap and made it into more bottles! They are truly Green all the way.

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All Liberty Bottleworks’ bottles are made  from 100% recycled aluminum, are BPA Free, non-toxic and non-leaching. In addition to supporting the environment, Liberty Bottleworks also supports local artists. The Artisan collection features designs by artists who stand behind a cause, and a portion of the sale supports their cause. There are seven pages worth of designs on the Artisan page alone, and all are unique and interesting–there is definitely a bottle for everyone! There are several other cool collections to choose from including the Mass Transit collection, the Topography collection, the Freedom collection, or you can design your own Custom bottle!  They also have a Kids collection with bottles in 12 and 16 ounces and designs kids would like.

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I chose to review the Blossom bottle from the Artisan collection. It arrived safely in a small, (most likely) made-from-recycled-materials box. The color of the bottle is beautiful though slightly darker than the picture shown on the website. The design on the bottle is raised, which is due to the cylindrical printers used at Liberty Bottleworks. I like it because it gives me a little something to grip as I constantly drink my water. The metal is smooth and strong; I have dropped it accidentally a few times since receiving it and have yet to see a scratch or a dent. The metal keeps my cold water colder for longer, which I love.

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My water bottle goes wherever I go. This is where it lives at night, right next to my bed.

I chose the Sport top as opposed to the Standard cap with an O-ring because I am a straw drinker all the way. I love the easy flip top and the wide loop for holding it when the straw is down. The mouthpiece is smooth and doesn’t leave a weird taste in my mouth like some plastic straws or mouthpieces do. My only complaint would be that while it’s really easy to open the top to fill it, it’s almost too easy and I worry that my kids will pop it open and spill all over themselves or that it will pop off in my purse and soak everything inside. It hasn’t happened yet, but we’ve come close.

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After a day at the pool, what I need is some cold water!

If you’re not a fan of the straw-type bottles, never fear! Liberty offers both the Sport top (in black only) and a Standard cap with O-ring in seven different colors to match whichever bottle you choose. Bottles can be purchased  in select, local retailers or online. Prices are really reasonable and start at $15 for the 12 oz. Kids bottle, $18 for 16 oz., $19 for 24 oz. and $20 for the 32 oz. bottle. Connect up with Liberty Bottleworks on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, or apply to be a Sustainability Officer and spread the word in your home town!

THREE lucky winners will get to pick a Liberty Bottleworks water bottle of their choice!

(Winners are limited to bottles in stock)

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 29th, 2013 and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Liberty Bottleworks, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Yoomi Bottle and Warmer {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Right after my first son was born, I remember a good friend of mine inviting me to go to Palm Springs (about an hour away) with her for the day.  I could hardly fathom the idea of taking my 2 month old to even the grocery store at that point, but I figured that if she was planning to take her 2 month old and her 2 year old, I could at least try it out.  Plus, I had sort of bragged to my (very alarmed) husband the day before that I hadn’t left the house for 72 hours, and I thought that maybe a trip past the mailbox would be good for me.  🙂

Well, that trip was the clincher — we all had a great time without any problems, and I realized that I needed to get out of the house to keep my sanity.  Since then, I generally leave the house and go somewhere (the park, the library, the grocery store, the aquarium, to a friend’s house, etc.) at least once a day, regardless of the weather, the age of my boys, or how much sleep we got the night before.  We definitely have our pajama days, but we all fare better on the days we get ready and go.

One of the most difficult parts of traveling with a baby (especially a very young one) for me was trying to figure out feeding; finding a place to nurse can be tricky and keeping a toddler entertained while nursing is tricky, so I usually used a bottle when we were out.  Figuring out how to quickly warm that bottle, though, was also tricky.

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When I discovered Yoomi bottles, I knew that this problem of warming up a bottle would no longer be an issue with my future babies.  Yoomi bottles have their own warmers that can be charged ahead of time, which then can warm the breast milk or formula to the perfect temperature in just 60 seconds.

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That’s it!  Charge the warmer, push the button, wait 60 seconds, then feed your baby.  You no longer have to hold the bottle under running warm water in the bathroom, ask the waiter at a restaurant or the flight attendant on the plane for warm water, or pray that you don’t burn your baby’s mouth after using a microwave at a friend’s house.  Check out this video to see how it works:

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“Charging the warmer is easy. Either charge your warmer in the Yoomi pod in approximately 2 minutes in the microwave (750-1000 watts) using the “heat shake, heat shake” method or place the warmer in a pan of water (or steam sterilizer) and boil for 25 minutes. Once charged, your warmer stays charged and is ready to use whenever you need it.”

I love this innovative product, and I can’t wait to put it to good use with our next baby!

Yoomi is offering a Dandy reader a Yoomi 5 oz. bottle and warmer — enter below to win!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 4th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Yoomi, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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