Category Archives: Accessories and Supplies

Review (and Giveaway) of Teething Bling

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Momma fashionistas feast your eyes on this! Teething Bling from Smart Mom is the fashion accessory must-have.

The “teethable” jewelry was created by stay-at-home moms and friends, Amy and Kendra. Their “food-safe, phthalate-free, federally-approved silicone” pieces are designed for babies that love to grab and put everything in their mouths.

A bit of a slave to fashion, often my friends ask me to play personal shopper–a career path I sometimes secretly wish I’d taken–and the perfect accessory completes a look. So, when I laid my eyes on Smart Mom jewelry I instantly fell in love.

Smart Mom was kind enough to allow me to try one of their pendants, and I received a great deal of compliments. Some were even shocked when they realized it wasn’t a stone.

Because I’m a busy mom, sometimes the only wow factor I have time for is a piece of jewelry. With Smart Mom’s pendent I get a little oomph. Plus, Lovebug’s been teething and she loves momma’s new bling.

This is truly a fashion piece no mom should be without. Bedeck yourself with a beautiful piece of baby-friendly jewelry and look like a million bucks.

With an array of jewelry choices you’re sure to find something to fit your wardrobe and keep your little teether happy while cutting teeth. They even offer something for dad and scented tween jewelry! Talk about family friendly. Head on over and make a purchase for yourself, find a great gift, or enter to Win your own Teething Bling with The Anecdotal Baby giveaway.

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DISCLAIMER: Smart Mom Jewelry is sponsoring this giveaway.  I will contact the sponsor with your details.  If you do not receive your prize in 2 weeks, I will try my hardest to see what went wrong.  

Why I Cloth Diaper…

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Whenever someone finds out I cloth diaper Lovebug I get a whole slew of questions. Isn’t it hard? Does it take up all of your time? What’s the advantage? What ever possessed you?

I was even inspired to write about the diaper revolution–I was not alone! From celebrity moms to play group mommies, more and more it seemed, were choosing cloth over disposable.

When I got pregnant with Lovebug I already had a lot of BIG ideas. I knew–for the most part–how I wanted to raise her. I’m not a “crunchy” person, though I just learned what that meant a few months ago. I’m just a mother concerned about making the best choices for my daughter that coexist with my family’s beliefs.

When it came to diapering, I was REALLY interested in cloth. I didn’t know much about it, but my mom had cloth diapered me and my husband’s mom him. So, if it was good enough for us…

I dragged accompanied my husband to a class–actually, he was excited to go. Really. And yes, they have classes for this stuff. I learned more than I could’ve imagined about diapers and poop, and even received a little chemistry lesson. We were presented with all the different types of cloth diapering choices, from AIO (all-in-one’s) to basic prefolds and covers. The instructor discussed chemicals found in disposables to make them absorbent while reminding us of the current landfill problem.

I like to think of myself as a social-conscious person; I think about my global footprint. I may not be driving a “green” car, but I do my part, like asking for paper instead of plastic and recycling through my neighborhood program. Though, not my main reason for cloth diapering I did feel like I was getting the added bonus of helping out the planet.

I hear you asking “Why in the world, then, would she choose to use a diaper she’d have to wash poop out of?”

I’m not crazy, really. Before getting pregnant I was healthy, so now that I was growing life that depended on me for everything, I kicked my health into high gear. So, why then, wouldn’t I continue that after the baby was born? If you’re wondering if there’s a correlation with less diaper rashes, there isn’t–yeah, cloth diaper wearers can get ’em too–but as I mentioned earlier, they don’t contain any chemicals. I liked that natural fibers were the only thing between me and my baby’s bum.

I hear you thinking “Great! Who likes chemicals anyway? But, isn’t it time consuming?”

Not at all. It may take a few extra seconds as I wash out the poopy dipes in my toilet with my fancy bidet, but after that I simply put ’em in a diaper genie until wash day; about every third day. I am a stay-at-home mom so it’s not a big deal that I have one more load of laundry. But, honestly, it wouldn’t be all the much more time consuming for a working mom either.

“So you cloth diaper, you must be anti-disposable?” I’m not. Like any thing you choose for your baby, it’s your choice. And, I believe there is a time and place for disposables. In fact, (shhhh) I use them when we travel. I’m not going to be washing and drying cloth diapers in a hotel room or in our RV at a campsite; it’s just not feasible. But, if I can keep Lovebug’s bum away from chemicals for the majority of the time, I feel better.

Review (and Giveaway) of LaDy LaDuke Nouveau Nursing Cover

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LaDy LaDuke, a team of two sisters, has created a fabulous line of stylish nursing wear. Uniquely designed, the Nouveau Nursing Cover lets busy moms keep mobile while nursing in style without compromising full coverage.

Clearly not a model, but this is me lovin' my Nouveau Cover!

I was introduced to LaDy LaDuke by way of a Social Moms article naming Courtney Gillard SocialMom of the Monthand instantly fell in love with the Nouveau Nursing Cover. As a new mom, finding clothing that makes nursing my little one easy while keeping some sort of fashion sense hasn’t been easy. Aside from the nursing tank stash from Target, I’m left without much else to wear. Not to mention if I’d like a little coverage, I’m forced to shove Lovebug under a blanket or cover. LaDy LaDuke to the rescue!

The Nouveau Nursing Cover isn’t only functional–my daughter loves that she isn’t hidden under a blanket in the sweltering heat–it also fits into my wardrobe, whatever the occasion. Pair it with jeans and a cardigan for a dressy-casual flair or dress it down with shorts for running errands. The cover would even fit nicely into a working mother’s closet.

Designed to be worn as a single piece, unlike a traditional cover, the Nouveau Nursing Cover fits like a shirt with the snap of some buttons and stick of the velcro. The cover is easy to put on, stays in place and fits you from the moment you deliver your bundle of joy. You don’t have to worry about outgrowing it either as you lose the baby weight. This nifty creation will adjust for the best fit and plus sizes are also available.

The creatives behind LaDy LaDuke offer several other nursing-friendly and maternity wear. And, for your little ones, some clever designs. Check ’em out on etsy or WIN a Nouveau Nursing Cover for yourself with our giveaway.

Win your very own LaDy LaDuke Nouveau Nursing Cover:

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LOTS OF CHANCES TO WIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT, AUGUST 14TH!!!!!!!!!


DISCLAIMER: LaDy LaDuke is sponsoring this giveaway.  I will contact the sponsor with your details.  If you do not receive your prize in 2 weeks, I will try my hardest to see what went wrong.  

Recent Recalls

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Here’s the recent item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

“Little People Builders Load ’n Go Wagon by Fisher-Price. The toy’s handle poses a laceration hazard if a child falls on it. There have been seven reported injuries, including five reports of children needing surgical glue or stitches. The product was sold in mass-merchandise retail stores nationwide from June 2009 to July 2011. If you have one of these toys, immediately take the recalled product away from your child and contact Fisher-Price to find out how to get a free repair kit. The company can be reached at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or you can contact Fisher-Price through its website Service.Mattel.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also recalled about 7,560 phil&teds Explorer and Hammerhead strollers. The brake mechanisms on the strollers can fail, posing an injury hazard. There have been eight reported incidents globally, but none in North America. The strollers have been sold online at philandteds.com, PishPoshBaby.com and AlbeeBaby.com, and in stores like Babies “R” Us. If you have one of these strollers, immediately stop using it and contact phil&teds to arrange to receive an upgraded brake assembly. You can contact the company by phone at (855) 652-9019 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at philandteds.com/support.” As reported by Sarah Yang at The Bump

 

 

 

 

 

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Perfectionism Taken Too Far

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Why do I worry over stupid things?

As a new parent, I’m constantly second guessing every choice. I want to make the best decisions for my child and our family, but not quite the “go-with-the-flow” kinda gal I agonize over every detail; like the swaddle.

In the beginning I truly believed my daughter hated swaddling. She came in to the world with a bit of difficulty because she had her hands up, with little fists, near her head and so this became the only way she preferred to sleep, ahem, cat-nap.

Along came ‘The Happiest Baby On the Block’ video and we were back to swaddling and much longer nights of needed sleep–for baby and myself. At three months, my daughter is sleeping anywhere from 6 to 10 hours a night–which I credit swaddling with! Unfortunately, she doesn’t sleep well without the swaddle.

With anticipation much worry growing for the day she’ll need to be swaddle-less–being the freak about controlling everything–I want to be two steps ahead so, I’ve been working on weaning her from this cocoon in which she has become so dependent. Reluctant to give up my long nights of rest, I thought I’d start with the afternoon naps.

One arm out at a time seems to be the way to begin, but we keep going back to square one; both arms are back in! I think I might be afraid to commit. I so cherish the small swaddled naps she takes during the day which allow me much-needed time to keep up on things.

I’m making a bigger deal out of this than need be. She’s sleeping longer and better and isn’t fussy, so who cares if she’s dependent upon it? Weaning will come with time, right?

When I thought about writing this post I asked myself what it is that has gotten my panties in such a bunch. The worst that will happen is she’ll begin rolling over and I’ll have to stop swaddling cold turkey. But that’s what has my nerves rattled. What’ll happen to our sleep? Like anything, we’ll adjust. I try to remind myself everything doesn’t have to be perfect.