Head and body support for babies

Posted by Alina on Friday Jan 23, 2009 Under Baby Products

snuzzlerThere are various types of head and body supports made for young babies. When my son was born, a friend (and mother of two) recommended the Velboa Snuzzler by Kiddopotamus. This is an excellent product! It is a support system made of two pieces, one for the head and one for the body. They can be used together (attached by velcro) or separately, and each piece is two-sided; one side is covered with fleece, the other with a smooth fabric, which seemed to keep my son cooler in the summer. Because there are two separate pieces, they can be adjusted as needed for a baby’s changing height. When my son was a newborn, I used this head and body support with the infant car seat. Once he got a big bigger, I only used the head support for when he fell asleep in the seat. Now (9 months) that he has outgrown his infant car seat but still has too much wiggle room in the big car seat, the Velboa Snuzzler has made a come-back. It helps to keep him snug in his bigger car seat, provides body support so he doesn’t end up leaning over too much to the side or twisting his body, and supports his head and neck when he falls asleep. Really great product, easy to care for (just throw in the washing machine), and comes in a variety of colors.

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Home made baby food

Posted by Alina on Thursday Jan 15, 2009 Under feeding, mommy products

magicbulletI give my son both home made an store bought baby food. I have found the website to be a great resource for information on age appropriate foods and recipes. Making baby food at home is quite easy. Most of the vegetables and fruit can be steamed and then blended. I use The Magic Bullet blender system, which is made up of a base that takes up very little counter space (and in our Manhattan apartment counter space is prime real estate) and comes with cups of various sizes. There are no buttons or settings, a piece with the blade screws on directly to the cup, then it’s placed on the base, when you push down it blends, you can hold it down longer for a finer puree. My husband and I also use this system for making fruit smoothies for ourselves.

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Robeez Baby Shoes

Posted by Alina on Tuesday Jan 6, 2009 Under Baby Products

The American Podiatric Medical Association states the following: “When a child begins to walk, shoes generally are not necessary.  Allowing an infant to go barefooted indoors, or to wear only a pair of socks, helps the foot grow normally and develop its muscles and strength, as well as the grasping ability of toes.”

monster-shoesThat being said, if you live in a climate where the weather gets cold and you want your young child to be able to crawl, pull to stand, and explore when you are out and about (even if it’s indoors), you will probably need to put something on their feet. We have wood floors, and if my 8 month old son tries to pull to stand or cruise in his socks, he ends up slipping and falling.  One of the best shoes for babies that I have found is by a company called Robeez. The shoes are leather, with a soft suede sole. This functions as a sock from the point of view of foot support, but prevents slipping on smooth surfaces, allowing the young explorers to climb around safely. Robeez shoes come in a multitude of adorable designs for boys and girls, and most importantly, they stay on. They have an elastic band around the ankle, making them very difficult for my son to pull off, believe me he does try. Robeez baby shoes carry the prestigious Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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Drying rack

Posted by Alina on Saturday Jan 3, 2009 Under Baby Products

rackWhether or not you choose to breast feed, at some point your baby will be driking from a bottle. Baby bottles are comprised of multiple little parts and after washing them you will need a place to let them dry. I looked at various drying racks out there and purchased the First Years Modular Drying Rack. It is made of two shelves for placing loose items (like various breastpump parts and bottle nipples) and multiple sticks for holding bottles or sippy cups vertically. The rack also comes with a drip tray to catch excess water and can be placed any where on the counter, not necessarily near the sink. We use only glass bottles (which are heavier) and the rack withstands the wieght just fine. Another big plus of this product is the price, compared to others on the market. I have been very happy with this product and would definitely recommend it.

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