Monthly Archives: November 2009

safe drinking on Cyber Monday


No, I’m not referring to what responsible parents should be practicing as the start of the holiday party season kicks off. I’m talking about safeguarding your baby from drinking out of bottles that aren’t environmentally sound. BornFree has a complete line of bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and other feeding supplies that are BPA- and PVC-free. If you are making the choice to rid your bottle racks and cabinets of any potentially harmful plastics, switching to a line that is chemical-free is a wise move. BornFree’s bottles are available in both plastic and glass, for all you retro mommies out there. The bottles also tout a specially designed venting system, designed to reduce colic and inner ear discomfort. Savings alert: If you order online today, you can take advantage of BornFree’s Cyber Monday free shipping for orders of $20 or more.

In a Nutshell: Let your little one drink responsibly with bottles that are BPA-free. We’ll drink to that, too.

washing our hands of germs


A-choo! In my last post, we covered a product that provides some relief for babies suffering from coughs and colds. This time, the ever-popular hand sanitizer is this season’s best friend in keeping kids and adults healthy when hand-washing isn’t possible. You know how it goes: your preschooler is ready for her snack, but her little hands have just been gripping shopping cart handles as though she were holding on for dear life. Rather than hand over the Goldfish right away, you grab some CleanWell hand sanitizer, apply them to her grubby little hands and voila, snack can be served! This line of hand sanitizing sprays, soaps and wipes come in travel sizes, so you can easily stash them in your purse or diaper bag. Plus, the fact that they are made from natural ingredients found in plants like thyme will put your mind at ease. I love the yummy flavors in the antibacterial hand soap line, especially orange vanilla and spearmint lime. And CleanWell is safe for kids, too.

In a Nutshell: When you can’t get to a restroom, hand sanitizers save the day–and your sanity.

babying your baby’s cough/cold


My daughter’s kindergarten class has been racking up absentees lately, thanks to the start of cold and flu season. The last thing I want is for my 18-month-old to come down with a case of the sniffles. Heaven forbid she does, I want to be prepared that we have something on hand to give her a little relief. While I’m a fan of eucalyptus rubs that work their magic by opening up breathing passages, I don’t want to recall that medicinal smell from my own sick days as a child spent in bed with a rattling humidifier and mugs of chicken broth (remember those?). That particular scent can be a bit overpowering, especially for little noses. I like the fact that Bella B Little Bee Rub is balanced out by a calming lavender fragrance, so she doesn’t quite like, well, a floor cleaning polish. The rub’s organic ingredients are kind to sensitive skin and because it’s menthol-free, it’s safe for all ages–even newborns.

In a Nutshell: A little cold relief goes a long way. Here’s hoping your busy little bee won’t have to use up the entire rub this winter…

Maclaren responds to recall news

In light of the recent recall of Maclaren strollers, the company has issued an official statement to its customers. If you own one of these strollers, or know someone that does, be sure to contact the company to receive a hinge cover kit. Here is what Maclaren has to say to consumers:

At Maclaren safety is at the heart of what we do because of the consumers we serve. It is with the youngest consumers in mind that we design our products with the utmost care and engineering, not only to provide a smooth ride but a safe one.

We regret that children have been injured while using our product and we acknowledge that parents may be upset or even angry. That is of our deepest concern and makes us even more committed to serve you better.

As many of you know we have voluntarily recalled our strollers in the United States and are providing hinge cover kits to remedy the problem. We fully understand that the recall has not been perfect and that consumers have had some difficulty requesting the hinge cover kits. Over the past few days we have improved our system and it is now better suited to respond to the needs of our consumers.

While the recall is only in the US market we are providing kits to any of our customers no matter where they may live.

Parents expect a Maclaren stroller to be of the highest quality and safe for use. Our long record of safety is why we are one of the most trusted names with parents around the world. We are confident that the action we have taken will rebuild and maintain that trust. Ensuring safety is crucial to the long-standing relationship we have built with parents for more than 40 years.

Our commitment to parents is to provide the safest stroller on the market. There is simply nothing more important to Maclaren than the safety of a child.

give the gift of reading


This entry marks what will be the first of several holiday gift write-ups, since we are (gasp!) fast approaching the start of the season. What I like about this particular suggestion is its universal appeal; from kids to grandparents, giving the gift of reading is one that never goes out of style and is right for any age. And if your gift list is like mine, it also includes babysitters, bus drivers and others who deserve to be recognized for their year-round kindness. If you are hard-pressed about what to give that will be actually be used, but that won’t make a gaping hole in your wallet, try BookSwim. Dubbed the Netflix of books, it’s a book rental service that lets you “borrow” books without having to commit to a purchase price that’s too big for your budget. Right now, BookSwim is offering $10 gift certificates for everyone on your shopping list. Simply send your gift recipients an e-greeting–you select the delivery date–or print out your e-greeting and gift card and box it up nicely for a personal touch. Know that your hairdresser devours chick lit? Include a suggestion in your greeting for the latest Jennifer Weiner title. After all, she does your roots so nicely…

In a Nutshell: When the standard gift card fare won’t do, here’s one that shows you put some thought into your holiday shopping, and that’s bound to please even the hardest-to-buy-for person on your list. And now you finally know what to get your great Aunt Sue.

diaper bag does double duty


These days, it makes even more economic sense when you can find a product that extends its life cycle beyond a few months. And when you’re a mom who feels like she’s carrying around everything but the kitchen sink, a diaper bag that can outlive its intended purpose is a real find. Chelsea & Main has come with a line of diaper bags that, with a little ingenuity, can be used when you’re not toting baby necessities. I like the Metro Messenger style because–yes–even a dad can use it and not feel like all eyes are on his bag. The JetSetter tote (shown above) is another favorite since you can take out the changing pad when you’re not using it and fill the side bottle pockets instead with your cellphone and bottled water. And since all of the bags in this line are under $25, you won’t feel as though you’re breaking the bank if you pick up more than one.

In a Nutshell: Who says that fashion comes at a price? These diaper bags will make up the difference in cost for all those diapers you’ll be buying over the next few years anyway…

snap to it!


It may be a little difficult to think swimwear when a cold November wind is blowing, but transporting my mind to sun and surf does help take the chill out of the impending winter. What doesn’t help my reverie is having to change my daughter’s diaper while at the beach. Forget the fact that she’s already covered in sand and sunscreen, which makes her squirmy enough. But the faster I can change this active toddler, the easier it is on all of us. SnapMe Swimwear is one of those “now, why didn’t I think it?” products that will have you stocking up on well in advance of beach season. Simply put, this line of girls’ bathing suits features two rows of snaps that enable you to get your daughter’s diaper off–and suit back on–faster than you can say “She sells seashells by the seashore.” What I like about these suits is that they don’t gape or bulge, not to mention that they come in stylish prints (like the red floral one above) and are available up to size 4T.

In a Nutshell: Finally–changing your little one’s dirty diaper can be a day at the beach. Warm weather vacation, anyone?

stress-busters


Tis the season to be…stressed? How is it that as soon as Halloween is over, the mad holiday rush immediately sets in? You know what I mean: your mailbox is teeming with catalogs galore, the supermarkets have already swapped Christmas trees in place of pumpkins and your kids are drawing up their wish lists faster than the blink of an eye. All the more reason not to let the craziness get to you and instead take some time to pamper yourself. And if you’re a new or expectant mom, you have even more of an excuse for some much-needed TLC. Maclaren’s beginning line of bath and body care products has something for everyone. From the Alleviating Leg Lotion to refresh tired skin, to the Purifying Bath & Shower Elixir to give her an invigorating way to begin her day, moms will truly relish these great-smelling, organic-based products. If you’re looking for an early holiday gift that will relax and soothe via aromatherapy, check out the new Harmony candle that is scented with cinnamon and cloves…pure bliss. And with those cold weather days slowing starting to creep into the calendar, favorites like Calming Bath Milk and Soothing Delicate Soap will be helpful in winding down little ones’ days too.
In a Nutshell: These skincare products are worth treating your best gal pal–or even yourself. If a name like Cocooning Massage Oil doesn’t make you want to hunker down and chill out, what will?