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In our family, bath time is one of the happiest moments of our day. It’s a chance to totally unplug and engage with our girls. My youngest baby, Everly, is three-months-old and just loves her bath time!

How to Create the Perfect Baby Bath Station

After two years of giving baths to my little ladies, I’ve come up with the perfect station to make bath time a breeze. The key is to have everything you need within arms reach — I gather all of my essentials in a cute metal bucket and get down to business!

Creating the perfect baby bath time station
Checklist for the Perfect Baby Bath Station
1. Start with the tub

Everly loves her Shnuggle bath. The little curve at the bottom of her tub helps her sit upright, which makes washing up a slippery baby so much easier. It also makes splashing and playing more fun too… at least for her! The non-slip back also ensures that she stays right where I sit her, a very important feature as she gets older and squirmier during bath time.

2. Just add soap

I think every family has their favorite baby soap. We’ve always been a Johnson’s family. I just love the smell of their products and the pump top mean I can always keep one hand on the baby.

3. Get washing

Soft washcloths are a must! I usually try to keep a handful in my bucket because we always use more than I expect. These days, Everly requires her own, just so she can chew on it.

4. Have a little fun

With Everly sitting upright with my undivided attention, bath time is the perfect time to play. A simple rubber duckie or other play toy can help spur a little more bath time fun and they’re easy to keep in your bath time basket.

5. Baby maintenance 1010

My little lady doesn’t have much hair yet, but I keep her brush on-hand to make sure her hair is all going the right direction before it quickly dries. If you’re using a brush during your bath time routine, make sure it’s one that will dry easily. Hopefully we’ll have more to brush soon!

6. Snip, snip, snip

I keep all of our nail grooming supplies in the bath station because it’s the perfect opportunity to trim up her fingers and toes. While she’s air drying after her bath, I’ll clip her nails and file down and sharp edges.

Checklist for Creating a Baby Bath Station

What would you include in your bath time station?

This post was contributed as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. Find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine, and on Instagram.

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NEW! Stokke Pipa Infant Car Seat

Nuna teams with Stokke for a beautiful new car seat

I’ve always loved sleek and modern Scandinavian design and Stokke strollers catch my eye whenever I see one on the street.

Moms who invest in a Stokke stroller have high standards for quality and overall look and feel for their baby gear. And face it, this is a status symbol, much like a BMW, and that attention is important. Just like you wouldn’t cover your new BMW with bumper stickers, you don’t necessarily want to use a different brand car seat on your Stokke chassis, even if it fits perfectly. You’d rather have a coordinating Stokke car seat too, right?

Stokke has partnered with Nuna— a Dutch-designed family of smart baby gear that produces high chairs, portable play yards, strollers, car seats and infant swings — and their popular Pipa car seat.

The Nuna Pipa clicks right onto the chassis of any Stokke stroller without any car seat adapters needed. A seamless and safe travel system for your baby’s first outing.

NEW! Stokke & Nuna Stroller Car Seat Partnership

About the Stokke Nuna Pipa Car Seat
  • Made certified Oeko-Tex® color coordinated fabric, which keeps your little one cool in warmer temperatures and toasty in cooler weather
  • Take it with you on the plane — it is aircraft certified by most airlines
  • Take it with you aboard taxis using the vehicle’s seat belt — no base needed
  • It weighs only 10.5 pounds
  • True Lock™ installation system helps you get it right the first time
  • Included base has green-for-go safety indicators
  • Steel enforced stability leg in the base secures the seat 90% more should impact occur
  • Side impact protection
  • Suitable for babies 4-32 pounds and up to 32-inches long
  • SPF 50 sun canopy provides ample shade and protection
  • Mesh window on canopy provides fresh air ventilation for baby and a peek-a-boo window for you
  • Removable, washable and padded seat liner provides extra comfort for baby and sleek detailing
  • Ergonomic handle bar is easy to carry
  • 5-point safety harness safely secures your little one

Stokke PIPA car seat and base comes in either grey or black, and is currently available from Stokke’s official website. Suggested retail price is $349..

Read about more luxury strollers where you can attach a car seat directly to the chassis.

Do you think the design goes well with the Stokke strollers? Let me know what you think of this new car seat in the comments.
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When Abbey started refusing breast milk (I exclusively pumped due to preemie latch issues), I had no choice but to go from supplementing with formula to full-time formula feeding. Since my oldest, Audrey, was exclusively formula fed, I was instantly flooded with memories of microwaved water, spilled formula and excessive crying (hers and mine). So when I heard there was now a machine that could make bottles at the push of a button I was already in love before I had even opened the box.

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How the Baby Brezza Formula Pro works

The Baby Brezza Formula Pro instantly makes bottles as small as 2-ounces up to 10-ounces in less time than it would take for you to make them by hand and works with any brand or size of bottle. The easy to refill water reservoir holds 50-ounces of water and heats to near body temperature, which is perfect for most babies. My picky baby, however, prefers her bottles to be slightly cooler so I only turn my machine on when I need it and I don’t let the water fully heat up. There is no way to adjust the maximum temperature of the water so this was an easy fix.

The formula storage container holds 700-grams of formula or one whole large container. But learn from my fail and save the scooper  that comes with your formula before you throw out the container. You never know when you have to make a bottle for travel and then you’re left, like me, trying to eyeball your scoops. (Total amateur move.)

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Tips for using the Baby Brezza

I’ve actually gone online and read just about every customer review I possibly could just to get a feel of what kind of issues, if any, people had with this machine. And trust me, I also put it thorough its paces from running it until it was completely empty with both the formula and the water to leaving it on all day and night — really anything to replicate any possible problem. From what I can tell it comes down to two things: read the directions and clean it regularly. Seriously, read the directions. The set up of this machine is very detailed and specific to each brand and formula type. Setting the machine to the wrong formula brand and formulation can lead to wrong mixing ratios and nobody wants that… especially your baby.

As far as keeping it clean, I have just made it a habit of. Once a day, I take out the funnel and clean the underneath part where the formula comes out. This is the area where formula tends to collect and dry out. Because of this, I have yet to have an issue with clogging, clumping or misfires with dispensing in any way. Once a month I will wash out the reservoir and the formula storage, easy peasy.

Some baby gear items are luxuries, some are necessities, and then some luxuries turn into necessities…this is one of those items.

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The ever-growing trend of babywearing is everywhere. It isn’t a new concept, rather an ancient one. Men and woman have been carrying their children for ages, while working in fields, preparing meals and tending to more children. Lucky for us, baby carriers are getting more and more comfortable and stylish every day!

When we registered for our baby shower, I researched so many carriers that my eyes started to blur. I wanted to choose one that would be comfortable for both Dad and myself, as well as one that was cute and safe. Cute was tricky — Dad wasn’t as excited about the adorable prints as I was, if you can believe that! Comfortable was easy to determine with padding on the shoulder straps, large carrying pouches and easy to access buckles. Safe was obviously our biggest concern. Thankfully most carriers on the market today meet all safety suggestions for babywearing. If you are unsure if your carrier is safe for use this is a great resource for checking for suggested recalls.Babywearing Safety Tips

Babywearing safety tricks using TICKS

Now that you have determined which type of carrier you are in love with, you want to make sure that you are wearing your baby correctly. Here are a few babywearing safety tips easily remembered as TICKS.

TIGHT — Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.

IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES — You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position, your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.

CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS — Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.

KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST — A baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.

SUPPORTED BACK — In an upright carry, a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose, they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently — they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.

More about wearing your baby safely

We chose the Ergo Original as our go to carrier, keeping on in both of our cars we always have one on hand. My husband sports the Original in Aussie Khaki (very manly), I love my Indigo Mint Dot.

You can win an Ergo Baby Carrier of your own in our #AwayWeGo Instagram Challenge. Read all of the details on Instagram.

TICKS Babywearing Safety Infograph // Savvy Sassy Moms

Here is a great printable infograph to help you remember the key safety points of babywearing.

Free Babywearing Safety Printable

This post was contributed by Lani Derrick as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts Program. You can find more from Lani on her blog, Life Anchored.

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Here they are, the dog days of summer. I’m not sure why they call it that, but I live in Phoenix so I can take a wild guess since all I seem to want to do it lay on the cool spot on the kitchen tile and take a nap. But, since we are moms and hiding away in an air conditioned house is not always possible, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 best products to beat the heat and keep your kids cool when it seems almost impossible.

1. Geleeo Universal Stroller Cooling Pad

Geleeo Cooling Pad for Babies

It doesn’t get an cooler than this, does it? (I mean seriously.) The Geleeo Stroller Cooling Pad is the one and only of its kind ever invented. Made of a special cooling gel, it stays up to 10-degrees cooler than the air around it without refrigeration and lasts for years. On top of all that, it’s wipeable, comes in several colors and it’s reversible if pink (or blue and beige) isn’t always your bag, there’s a neutral gray on the other side. For more information on this amazing technology and to find a store locator to get your hands on one of your very own, check out their website.

2. The Noggle

Keeping Kids Cool in the Car: The Noogle

I don’t care how great your air conditioning vents are in your car, if you have a rear-facing child I guarantee you they are hot. The Noogle is so simple and so effective that it has everyone saying, “Hey, why didn’t I think of that?!” Now I’ll warn you, it’s a bit intrusive if you have a smaller car like mine, but the cute fabric and the fact that it actually works makes up for the fact that you have a giant hose running down the middle of your car. The Noggle can be purchased at stores like BuyBuyBaby and online at NoggleNation.com for $40-50, depending on length.

3. Meeno Babies Cool Mee Bucket Seat Liner

Keeping Baby Cool: Meeno

My little one hates being in her car seat when it’s hot, and who can blame her. After all, car seats seems to be made from the least breathable material on the planet. Take her out of the seat on a regular day and you’re guaranteed to have a sweaty, soggy mess on your hands, but add a 100-degree day to that and now she’s pretty annoyed, too. This car seat liner has solved all of this and we love it. She stays cool and dry, even on the hottest days and I’ve noticed crying fits have even been reduced since she’s less uncomfortable on those days when she has to be in her car seat for longer than normal. The Meeno Babies Cool Mee Car Seat Liner, which retails for around $40, also comes in sizes to fit convertible car seats and strollers.

4. SunAngels Sun Sleeves

Sun Angels Sun Sleeves to Keep Baby Safe

This is one that I really, really liked. Not only are these functional and easy to use, but they’re also super cute and kid friendly! Created by two sisters-in-law who were tired of slathering on sun block on their little ones, they took their expertise in kids gear and the pharmaceutical industry to create these sun-safe sleeves for babies and kids that have a built-in UPF 50+ rating. I found them easy to get on and off and Abbey seemed completely unbothered by them. More importantly, Abbey is going through that stage where her hands and arms go directly into her mouth, so knowing that her arms didn’t need to be covered in chemicals to stay safe from the sun was a relief. Sun Angels Sun Sleeves are available in both babies and big kid sizes for $20 a pair.

5. Platypus Australia Swimwear

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear

This swimwear line has quickly become my favorite for kids and babies for two reasons: snap crotch swimsuits and zip-up rash guards. Hello! Why isn’t every swimsuit made with these features? If you haven’t wrangled a squirrely infant out of a wet, soggy suit for a diaper change, just to have to wrestle them back into the now cold suit, well then you just haven’t lived. All of their swimsuits, from babies to size 14, are UPF 50+, which blocks out up to 97.5-percent of the sun’s harmful rays. And Moms, don’t think they forgot about you. Head on over to their site to see the women’s zip-up rash guards and chic one-piece suits. You can purchase Platypus Australia Swimwear online at PlatypusAustralia.com, and don’t forget to sign up for their mailing list to get 10-percent off your first order!

Don’t miss our full review of Platypus Australia Swimwear from our Savvy Sassy Product Scout, Sara McCarty.

6. Otteroo Infant Pool Float

Keeping Kids Cool in Summer: Ottero Infant Float

At first glance this goes against everything in the parenting handbook you were given on day one: Don’t strap things around Baby’s neck and don’t strap things around Baby’s neck and then place them in water… but, stay with me. Meet The Otteroo, probably the cutest and strangest looking baby floatie ever made. Yes, it goes around the neck, but rest assured, it’s perfectly safe and made with only the highest grade of toxin-free and latex-free plastic. This pediatrician approved floatie can be used as for babies as early as 8-weeks-old up to a weight of 35-pounds and has physical and mental benefits such as enhancing motor skills, promoting early walking and helping Baby familiarize with the water in a fun unique way. Also, let’s not overlook the utter cuteness! See for yourself or order one of your very own at Otterroo.com.

7. Sakura Bloom Ring Sling Carrier

Sakura Bloom Sling for Babies

If you’ve never heard of ring slings or were intimidated by the whole process, I feel you as that was me… until I met a little lovely named Sakura Bloom. Straight out of the box I was surprised by how easy it was to put on, how clear the instructions were and how comfortable both Abbey and I were from the moment I plopped her in there. And, let me tell you about the fabric. Oh the fabric! It’s made from the most delicious Indian silk and comes in many different colors to fit anyone’s tastes. If you wanted to opt for an even lighter fabric, they even have an entire line in gorgeous linen. On this day it was 110-degrees and we were at a birthday party where we were outside the majority of the time. The true test came when I finally took her out of it only to find my shirt wasn’t soaked (as is always with my other carrier), neither was my back or the baby. You can find the entire line of Sakura Bloom ring slings on their website.

8. Bèbè au Lait Muslin Car Seat Cover

Keeping Baby Cool in Summer: Bebe au Lait Infant Car Seat Cover

Car seat covers are a necessity, bottom line. They keep out the sun, keep unwelcome hands off your precious baby, and keep outside germy germs at bay. But unfortunately, although adorbs, the fabric used is oftentimes heavy and allows for no circulation… until now. Yay for Bèbè au Lait and their brand new muslin car seat covers! Made from the same breathable muslin that you absolutely already love in their other products, the covers come in the four most darling patterns, have a front zipper for peeking in or out and even a small pocket to store small items such as binkys. Pair it up with matching muslin blankets and you’ve got all you need for cuteness on the go.

9. Dreambaby® Stroller Fan

Keeping Baby Cool- Dreambaby Stroller Fan

Arguably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to keep your kids cool when out and about is the stroller fan. They are lightweight, portable and most clip on to your stroller or car seat, for around $12 a pop. This one by Dreambaby® has a large clip that will fit on any stroller or car seat. It also comes with flexible stem to adjust easily as needed, is available in an array of colors (pink, blue, black and white) and the blades are made of a foam material that is strong enough to create a good amount of wind, but completely safe if your kids grab it (as kids do). For more information on Dreambaby® products and where to buy you can find them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

10. Babyganics SPF 50+ Sun Products

Keeping Baby Safe from the Sun: babyganics Sun Care Products

This last item on the list isn’t so much for keeping your kiddos cool as it is for protecting them when it’s not. I’ve been a fan of Babyganics products since I received a gift basket full of goodies at my baby shower and now it’s all that I use in my house. And really, how could you not? Their sunscreen is SPF 50+, provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, is water-resistant up to 80-minutes, non-allergenic, tear-free, pediatrician and dermatologist tested and never tested on animals. Whether it’s spray, stick or lotion, Babyganics has whatever your little sunburn-free heart desires. My favorite is the big bag of small single-use tubes that I throw in my purse, diaper bag and wet bag for swim class.

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Best strollers for trails and outdoor adventures

Summer’s in full swing and there is no better time than now to get into the great outdoors and have some adventures with your little one. You know how important it is to connect with nature and to pass-on those values to your child. Exploration, excited discovery, peace and quiet: all these reasons and more get you out of bed on the weekend and into the car for a beautiful day trip or weekend away.

While you’re out on the trail you want to ensure your child is safe in your all terrain stroller so you can focus on enjoying the beauty around you. Here are the brands to look for in each budget category to help you choose the best stroller for trails you’ll be hiking on soon.

Bob-revolution-ProBOB for a higher budget

For many years now, BOB has been a favorite for families who enjoy the great outdoors and the Revolution is the go-to option. Features such as an adjustable suspension, rugged 16-inch rear tires with a locking front swivel wheel and an enormous sun canopy are favorites that hikers and adventurers invest in year after year.

The seat is made of a molded open cell foam material and a Poly and Dobby weave fabric for optimum air circulation. It reclines to a 70-degree angle and can also accommodate a BOB B-Safe infant car seat.

The photo at the top of this page shows you the basic BOB Revolution SE, and recently BOB introduced the Revolution Flex and Revolution PRO with the same features plus some additional upgrades. The Flex has a nine-position adjustable height handle and the Revolution PRO has the adjustable handle plus hand activated rear drum brakes for added control going down hills. The PRO is the stroller featured at the right and it is the one recommended most highly for those of you who are serious about going over some rough trails.

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Photo credit: Fresh Dads

This photo is from a German blog with a dad taking his Revolution Pro over some rugged terrain. Click or tap the picture to see more photos on his blog; the review is all in German, but the photos say everything!

Kolcraft Sprint X for a mid-range budgetKolcraft Sprint X is a best stroller for trails

If you are looking to spend between $200-$300, then check out the new Kolcraft Sprint X. Formerly the Jeep Adventurer, this updated model has 16-inch air-filled rear wheels with precision ball bearings and dynamic suspension for the best push – important for getting over those rocky bits of trail!

This stroller is a bit heavier than the BOB, but you can do a few things to lighten your load, such as removing the child cup holder and bumper bar. Nothing is going to stay inside a cup holder anyway, if you’re going over lots of big bumps. Keep all you need in the basket below.

I like that the Sprint X has a safety tether attached and an adjustable height, ergonomic foam handle. The sun canopy has an extended flip-out visor that comes down nearly to the bumper bar to give you an idea of how much coverage it has. The seat has a padded 5-point safety harness and a multi-position reclining seat.

Reviews are starting to roll in, and so far it’s getting 4 stars from parents who like the sturdy construction and easy fold.

Graco FastAction Fold Jogger for economy budget

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Graco has always been proactive keeping up with the times and their selection of bulky, frilly four wheeler strollers are a thing of the past. They respond to what parents want and within the last few years, Graco has released several top fitness strollers.

In the budget category, you’ll find the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger, which I’ve seen in abundance around my neighborhood with the matching Graco Click Connect car seat attached. Once your baby out grows the car seat and is stronger, this stroller can take to some trails, but probably not like the trail you saw with the BOB Revolution Pro, more like wide gravel paths or packed dirt that has only mild inclines, because it weighs 32 pounds! No slowing hand brake will make it more of a challenge going down hills too. However, a safety tether is included, so you will always have contact with your stroller, bringing you peace of mind.

For easy going trails, the FastAction Fold Jogger is a fantastic choice – the air filled tires provide a natural suspension system and the large 16-inch rear wheels smooth out the ride. The seat is nicely padded and roomy enough for growth, but the safety harness does not come with padding. I like the ventilation panels in the sun canopy, and it offers adequate coverage, just not as much as the other featured strollers.

Parents love their Graco though! The FastAction Fold Jogger has a solid 4-star rating across several online merchants. They love the sturdiness, the smooth ride, and the parent tray that is designed to hold a smart phone!

These are just three strollers across three price points, and there are clearly more strollers for trails and outdoor adventures that have more features you require or a closer more exact price structure to work with. There are lots of options today, and we love that choice.

Which all terrain stroller would you want to take with you to hit the trails?
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Jeep strollers are no more! If you are not brand-new to the world of strollers, you’d likely heard of the Jeep brand of budget-friendly strollers from joggers to lightweight, umbrella strollers.

I have an especially fond connection with Jeep strollers because I used a Liberty All-Terrain with my son — continual use for an entire four years! I adored that stroller, even though it was a bit heavy and bulky, and had so many fun times using it.

And now, it is time to say goodbye to Jeep. Kolcraft, who has been the parent company of the line, is now branding the same products under a different name. For example, my favorite Jeep Liberty is now the Kolcraft All-Terrain Adventure:

Jeep Liberty Stroller is now the Kolcraft Adventure

I contacted Kolcraft, inquiring about how these strollers are different from the original Jeep products, and they reported that the steering has been improved, materials have been generally upgraded and extras like the iBaby MP3 speakers, which were found on some models, have been removed. The toy steering wheel is no more on this stroller as well. (How my son loved that steering wheel!)

Here’s another comparison with a wildly popular Jeep stroller, the lightweight Cherokee:

Jeep Cherokee Stroller now the Kolcraft Cloud Plus

The Kolcraft version is called the Cloud Plus and it is already selling as well as the former Cherokee. This version has a better sun canopy, as all of the Kolcraft versions do, but minus the side cargo bags. None of the new versions have side bags.

Jeep Wrangler Twin Stroller is now the Kolcraft Cloud Twin

Here’s the Kolcraft version on the Jeep Wrangler Twin Sport, a top economy pick for double umbrella strollers. Look at how much better the sun canopy is and it has the exact same roll-away seat padding to reveal breathable mesh sling-style seats. The single umbrella stroller, called the Cloud, is also available.

Near-identical versions of the Jeep Adventurer Jogger and Jeep Overland Fixed-Wheel Jogger are also available as the Kolcraft Sprint X and the Kolcraft Sprint Pro for the fixed wheel.

One thing this is different across the board is that the prices are now a little higher. With a different branding strategy and upgraded canopies and materials, the perceived value is not the same as when these were Jeep products.

Overall, I’m happy that the actual product is still around, even though it is under a different brand and considering not much has really changed. If anything, I like that these strollers are even better!

Have you used Jeep strollers before?
What do you think of this big change going over to Kolcraft? 
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Love to Dream SwaddleUP

I remember it like it was yesterday, or maybe it was. I’m not sure since I have a newborn, which mean every day blends together like some sleep deprived version of Groundhog Day only with less groundhogs and more dirty diapers. The point is, I will never forget the knock on the door signaling that FedEx had delivered a present that would forever change my parenting life.

Okay, a bit dramatic, I agree, but I have found something that is that good. You see, in my house sleeping is for suckers, so is eating without screaming, or just not screaming in general. Some call it colic, the doctor calls it reflux with severe gas. As for my husband and I, we just figure one of us earned some horrific karma in a past life, which is the only other logical explanation.

As you can imagine I have been on the lookout for anything that will work to help our newborn sleep: anti-gas/colic bottles, gripe water, baby Zantac, massages, bicycle kicks, etc. However, everyone keeps recommending swaddling. I was always against it because Abbey (our four-week-early preemie that we lovingly refer to as the “sleep terrorist”) hated being swaddled from the get-go. Something about having her hands bound seemed to freak her out.

Love to Dream Sleep Sacks

This is where the Love To Dream Swaddle UP comes in. This amazing new take on the swaddle allows Baby to be swaddled with her hands up while still giving her that cozy, tight feeling. Did you know that babies self-sooth by rubbing their faces and sucking on their hands? The Swaddle UP allows this range of motion so that Baby can fully self-sooth, and more self-soothing means more sleeping for everyone involved. Within minutes of putting Abbey in her cute little pink Swaddle UP outfit she was doing just that. It was actually pretty impressive.

Details and features

The Swaddle Up comes in three colors — pink, blue and gray — and comes in sizes from extra small to large, fitting babies from as little as 4-1/2 pounds up to babies as large as 24-pounds. The material is a super soft and stretchy 93-percent cotton and 7-percent elastane material that I have washed and washed, over and over before taking these photos to show how well it holds it’s shape and color. And as you can see in the photos, it still looks amazing… and stains come out easily, too.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP for Newborns

My favorite part is the super smart twin zipper, meaning it zips up and down making it perfect for easy diaper changes and getting Baby in and out without fuss. On the back of the swaddle is a “travel slot.” Now, this took me a minute to figure out. When I first encountered it, I thought it was a little pocket to check diaper status. Actually, it’s there so you can safely buckle Baby in a stroller while still staying fully swaddled. But, just so you know, it’s also works as a brilliant diaper checker window, so we’re both right.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP- Zipper goes up AND down for easy diaper changes!

More from Love To Dream

The Love to Dream Stage 1 Original Swaddle UP also comes in an organic version, as well as a lighter summer version which is 30-percent lighter material for hotter days and climates, and also great for babies suffering with eczema. (I’ll be ordering this one next as I live in Phoenix and summer is already showing its ugly self.)

For older babies they have the Swaddle UP 50/50, an extremely smart way to help transition your baby from being swaddled to having their arms be free and independent, which is necessary when Baby starts to be able to roll over on her own. They do this with their patented easy zip-off wings, thus allowing Baby to get used to having one arm out.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP 50/50

Don’t forget the toddlers! For those little cuties, Love To Dream makes two different types of sleeping bags to make any sleep situation comfy and temperature perfect — the Inventa Sleeping Bag to help moderate their temperature while they sleep and the Nuzzlin Sleeping Bag in an extra-light, comfortable fabric to help them sleep longer.

Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag for Toddlers

Just so you know, I’m not easily impressed when it comes to baby products. I am lucky enough to try a lot of fun new products and while I like some of them, there are many that I don’t. So, when something is new and innovative and, more importantly, it works, I get all screamy and excited. This is just one of those things. We all have our go-to baby shower gift and now this is mine. 

Love to Dream Swaddle UP

Shhhhh…Baby FINALLY sleeping….

More Love to Dream reviews from our Savvy Sassy Scouts

Three of our Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts also tried out the Love to Dream products.

Read more about the Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag on Beloved Nest.

Read more about Love to Dream from the perspective of a soon-to-be mom of two on Makingmine.

The Magnolia Mamas share about how they use the Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag in their bedtime routine.

Win a Love to Dream Gift Set

One winner will win a Love to Dream gift set including a Swaddle UP, a Swaddle Up 50/50 and a Sleep Bag.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
U.S. Residents only, please. Must be 18 or older to enter and win.
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One of the items I was most looking forward to purchasing as a new mom was a baby carrier. The idea of being able to “hold” my baby close, yet having my hands free was brilliant to me. However, I soon became extremely overwhelmed with all the options available. There seemed to be hundreds of options that were all different in their own way. Carriers for newborns, carriers for toddlers and bigger infants, facing forward, facing inward, and so on. The options seemed endless and I soon threw in the towel. I didn’t want to have to purchase a new carrier for every stage my child went through!

When I got the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One, it was the answer to all my first-time mom prayers. There are four different front and back positions, varying for newborn infancy to toddlerhood.

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Review

I will admit I was a little stressed out when I saw the directions for all the wearing options available. Surprisingly, for someone who is a little challenged when it comes to directions, I found the instructions very easy to follow once I tried them. The best part is the instructional YouTube video. For me, I definitely follow along better if I can see someone else doing the demenstations. Once I figured out the simple steps, switching between the different positions became a breeze.

I was also so surprised to see how comfortable the carrier fit. My baby is a bit of a chunkster and we both found it perfectly cozy. I loved the sleek design that wasn’t too crazy and still stylish for a carrier.

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Positions

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One: 4 PositionsFacing Inwards: Two different height positions allows you to make adjustments according to what is best for your baby. For newborns, you can adjust it so your baby is higher on your chest and closer to your heart while providing excellent head support. After 4-months-old, you can use the lower facing inwards position and adjust the width of the opening at the legs as well.

Front Facing: Babies who are 5-months-old and older have the option of the front facing position, which is a huge plus. My baby boy loves to look around and once he was able to observe the world around him, he didn’t much care to just face in towards my chest. You are able to fold the head support down and carry your child facing out. The design makes it easy to switch back to facing in as well.

Back Carry: Now that my baby is a year old, I loved trying this back carrying option. You put the child facing in and can swivel them on to your back easily without additional help. We had so much fun exploring outside in this position where I had my hands free, but he was able to look around safely and comfortably!

BABYBJÖRN  Baby Carrier One

Additional Favorite Features

You can safely and securely unclip the safety buckles to remove a sleeping baby easily. This is particularly great for babies who are light sleepers! No tugging or pulling trying to remove your sleeping baby.

The entire carrier is machine washable. Every mom knows how important this feature is!

The carrier folds up to be very compact so it doesn’t take up much room. This makes it so easy to store in the bottom of your stroller, in the car, or in your diaper bag.

I have tried a handful of carriers, and honestly, I absolutely love all the options The BABYBJÖRN  Baby Carrier One has to offer. It is extremely comfortable and durable, without feeling bulky. I’m thankful for a carrier that has multiple options and truly does it all! Babies grow so quickly, and I’m happy to see that the Baby Carrier One can grow with them.

This post was contributed by Amy Gene O’Leary, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout Program. You can find more from Amy Gene on her blog, O’Leary Love.

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April Baby Bundle Giveaway

It’s a new month and a new Baby Bundle Giveaway to kick us off! This month, we’re featuring some favorite picks for Baby from Babymoov, a company who is innovative, modern and chic, offering products that fit perfectly into your life as a mom, while still maintaining their style.

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Zero Emission Baby Camera

Babymoov is the first brand to take into consideration the potential health impacts of electromagnetic waves. With the arrival of the Zero Emission Baby Camera, Babymoov launches a worldwide innovation: the first connected video camera that completely eliminates electromagnetic waves from the baby’s room.

The secret to this worldwide innovation is the use of PLC (Power Line Communication) technology. With this system, waves are carried from the baby’s room through the home’s electrical wiring to another room in the house. Parents simply plug their camera’s adapter into an electrical outlet in the baby’s room and connect a second adapter to the home’s modem. The camera sends the signal to the modem, which then connects the camera via WiFi to any authorized device. The camera’s patent-pending acrylic mount enables the camera to be used on any crib frame.

Key Features

Unlimited Range via WiFi
Connects to intuitive and complete application for iOS and Android devices
Walkie Talkie functionality
High-resolution image & video and crystal clear audio
Multi-users – connects up to 4 users simultaneously
Lullabies
Multiple Alerts for temperature, motion detection
Night Light
Night Vision
Temperature Sensor
Universal attachment to connect to any crib or bed frame

MSRP: $199.99
Zero Emissions Baby Camera

U.S. Arrival: Late April 2015
Optional WiFi Key (for nights away from home): $19.90
Optional Receiver (to watch baby continuously without using phone or tablet): $99.90

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Nutribaby Food Processor – Cherry

The flagship of the company’s U.S. launch is Babymoov’s award-winning Nutribaby Food Processor, a five-in-one tool that warms, sterilizes, defrosts, steams and blends and features a digital screen for easy set-up of the functions. The Nutribaby guarantees healthy and tasty cuisine by giving parents the ability to cook different ingredients, each in its optimal cooking time, at the same time. With the Nutribaby’s two cooking baskets, parents simply start with the foods that need to cook the longest then add the other ingredients to the second basket once their correct cooking time is left in the cycle. Cooking foods separately and for the correct amount of time ensures that baby benefits from all of the foods’ vitamins and flavors.

The appliance’s detachable blender and cooking units offer the largest capacities on the market, 6.25-cups blending and 3.75-cups steaming, to help busy moms easily prepare several meals at once or prepare one delicious meal for multiple children. All five functions of the Nutribaby are digitally controlled by the LCD display that guides the user in an intuitive way eliminating the need to constantly refer to the manual or measure water. Parents simply fill the reservoir, set the cooking time and wait for the cycle to complete.

Key differences between the Nutribaby Food Processer and other baby food makers on the market:

Two Baskets: Separate baskets allow parents to cook food separately. Separate cooking ensures food keeps its vitamins and flavors. With standard food processors, all the ingredients are cooked together and for the same amount of time.

Can also be used from birth to warm bottles and jars and sterilize bottles and accessories.

Set cooking time by minute, not water level, using a digital screen. Better ability to control cooking time helps ensure that veggies and protein retain their vitamins and flavors.

Huge Capacity: 6.25 cups food processing/blending; 3.75 cups steaming. The capacity allows parents to make multiple meals at once. (Beaba: 1 cup blending; Baby Brezza: 2.5 cups blending; SmartPlanet: 2.5 cups blending; 2 cups steaming)

MSRP: $119.99
Nutribaby Food Processor

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Digital Humidifier

Babymoov’s Digital Humidifier offers a huge capacity tank with a running time of 15 to 26 hours,
rotating steam head, choice of humidity, temperature and steam output levels, an automatic shut-off
when the water level is too low, a nightlight, essential oils diffuser and LCD screen for easy
programming. Babymoov’s Digital Humidifier allows parents to set the unit to their ideal humidity
level. Once the room reaches this level, the humidifier turns off. If the humidity level drops, the
humidifier kicks back on. This automatic on/off keeps the room at the optimal humidity level and allows the water in the tank to last longer.

Key Features

Display of ambient temperature and humidity levels
Cool mist (ultrasonic humidifier) with adjustable flow
Choice of humidity levels: automatic setting from 30% to 90% humidity
Humidity levels can be programmed at desired times
Nightlight function using separate red and blue illuminated LEDs (on/off)
360° rotary mist output
Running time: 8 to 22 hours (depending on setting)
Automatic shut-off when water level is too low
Removable essential oil diffuser
Child-Safe (dial can be blocked)
Silent
Backlit blue LCD display

MSRP: $99.99
Digital Humidifier

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Turbo Steam Sterilizer

Babymoov’s Turbo Steam Electric Sterilizer is the first 2-in-1 sterilizer that offers parents the cleaning efficiency of a sterilizer and the convenience of a bottle drying rack. The sterilizer’s patent-pending turbo steam system and long, removable steaming arms direct steam at the core of bottles for efficient sterilization of the entire bottle.

The Turbo Steam Sterilizer accommodates all types of bottles and its central structure allows it to sterilize up to six bottles, inside and out, in 10 minutes. The universal system’s removable arms modulate the space to sterilize other types of products such as breast pump shields and jars.

Like all Babymoov products, the Turbo Steam Sterilizer is intuitively designed, easy to use and backed by a lifetime warranty. Step by step instructions and a measuring cup are included. An alarm sounds when the cycle is complete and the system’s automatic shutdown prevents unnecessary energy consumption.

MSRP $64.99
Turbo Steam Sterilizer

April Baby Bundle with BabyMoov

Contest ends 4/30/2015 at 11:59 p.m.
U.S. Residents only.
Must be 18 or older to enter and win.
One winner will win all four Babymoov products.
Total value approximately $485.

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