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Welcome to the Accessorize your stash in August event, hosted by According to Jenny and So Easy Being Green, We’re taking a fun spin on the Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop Events and bringing you one with lots of accessories to use with your fluff!
This event will run from August 24th – 31st. Each blogger has a great prize for you so be sure to hop around to all of them and accessorize your cloth diaper stash!
Enter here for your chance to win:
- Cloth Diaper Butler ($12.95)
- Bummis Bio-soft Flushable Liners ($8)
Open to US residents, 18 years and older. According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, The Balanced Mama and participating Accessorize Your Stash bloggers are not responsible for participating sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.
It turns out that my little man is a very picky eater. I had hoped to make all of his baby food, and was enjoying doing so. But, I’ve had such a hard time getting him to eat any solid foods that I decided to try some store bought food. I wanted to get a better idea of what his preferred flavor profile was, without wasting a bunch of food making every combination I could think of.
I’ve preferred organic foods for years. When I got pregnant I was even more insistent about eating only organic. And that hasn’t changed since I’ve been nursing AJ. So, of course, I wanted him to eat organic foods as well. I also look at the labels really closely (my health counselor gene coming out I suppose). It is really scary what some baby foods are made of.
I’m thrilled that there are great options like Ella’s Kitchen! Ella’s Kitchen foods are made with fresh, organic ingredients. They believe in producing foods that is healthy, delicious, and easy to pop into a backpack or diaper bag for on the go lifestyles.
They currently offer 8 different types of foods: First Tastes, Ella’s 1 Baby Food, Fruit + Baby Rice, Baby Brekkie, Ella’s 2 Baby Food, Smoothie Fruits, Nibbly Fingers, and Yum Yummy Baby Cookies. We were sent a great selection to try:
We haven’t tried all of these just yet. And, I really do mean “we”. I always try the food before I give it to AJ just to see what it’s like. His favorite from this selection so far has been the sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apples and blueberries. It makes me feel so good when he actually opens his mouth wide and acts excited for food! YAY! Neither of us were a fan of the vegetable bake. But so far that is the only one that I wouldn’t get again.
Here are just a few of the things that I love about this brand (aside from the wholesome ingredients):
- The pouches are really easy to travel with. They fit nicely into the pockets of our diaper bag and I don’t need to worry about glass jars breaking.
- The spout at the top of the pouch allows you to squeeze virtually all of the food out, so there is practically no food wasted.
- If you happen to forget a spoon, the spout allows you to just squeeze it directly into your little one’s mouth. We tried this as an experiment. I thought that maybe AJ didn’t like the feel of the spoon and that’s why he ate so little. He did enjoy chewing on the spout! The novelty may wear off over time though.
- They are resealable, so you can squeeze out what you need and save the rest for a little later. (I wouldn’t save it if I happened to let AJ put the spout in his mouth.)
- Each package tells you if it will freeze well. Since my little man eats so little, one of these pouches will last several days. I freeze the leftovers in individual portions for later use. It appears that the ones with grains are not recommended for freezing. I’ve done it anyway. The consistency does change, which I’m sure is why it isn’t recommended. But, they still taste good.
We received the Closer to Nature Chewther trainer which is designed by a pediatric dentist to support jaw, lip and muscle development. It helps prepare the baby to chew mushy foods. AJ really hasn’t taken to his other similar toys. We have several sets of teething “keys” and he much prefers to hear the sound they make when he throws them on the ground then to actually chew them. But he actually likes to chew on these Tommee Tippee ones.
The teethers are chunky, and flexible which make them easier for AJ to hold. They are really very different from his other teething toys.
We also received the explora weaning bowls with lids and a weaning spoon. These are spill proof lids. And the really neat part is that the spoon actually snaps into the lid so that you don’t loose it in your diaper bag and so that it stays clean. I did find that I had to snap the spoon into the lid before I put the lid on the bowl or I couldn’t get the spoon cover to securely attach. Also, the spoon is really neat in that it is flexible. The bowls are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. These bowls are designed to work with the Tommee Tippee easy mat, to hold the bowls in place. But I don’t have the mat to try it out.
I’ll admit, while I love cloth diapers, we don’t use them all the time. We’ve had to find a balance of cloth and disposable that works for us. My son manages to pee through diapers even with extra hemp inserts, so we use disposable at night. We also use disposable when traveling. And the grandparents use disposables with AJ too. They claim that they “don’t know how to work” the cloth diapers. A little lame, I know. But I haven’t pushed the subject since I’m just thrilled to have a babysitter!
Early on we tried all of the eco friendly disposable diapers, but I was always disappointed in them. They felt scratchy and stiff and weren’t all that absorbent. We ended up using the big name brands, even though I hate all of the chemicals and yuck they contain.
But, we recently tried Honest brand diapers and they are really nice! They are soft and absorbent. They come in cute designs (my favorite is the skull pattern), and they are free of nasty chemicals. They also carry wipes, and personal care products. In my opinion, those were so-so.
If you are interested in trying them, check out the Honest website to learn more. (referral link)
Photo from honest.com website.
My son is such a little sweetie…and a big time wimp. He is a very sensitive little guy. Noises easily startle him. He is getting better as he gets older. When he was very young, he’d cry inconsolably if I so much as sneezed! It was awful. Still at 7 months old, I feel like I can’t vacuum or run the food processor without him getting scared and crying. So, I was really excited to try Baby Banz Earmuffs with him.
He wasn’t sure what to think of them at first.
I’ve been getting him to warm up to them by acting like they are a fun toy and that it is a fun game to wear them. He’s coming around. I thought it might help if he saw me wear them, so I tried them on too. I wasn’t worried about stretching them out because I have a tiny head and his is off the charts large. I’m glad that I tried them because it gave me a sense of how much noise they really do block out. I could still hear sounds but they were greatly muffled. And I think if he couldn’t hear anything, it would totally freak him out.
I was hoping that, with these earmuffs, I’d be able to wear him while vacuuming or mowing the lawn. But, they’d also be great if you plan to take your little one to see live music, or to watch fireworks.
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Many doctors and health care providers recommend a daily prenatal multivitamin during conception, pregnancy, and lactation, since women need more nutrients during these crucial times. Scientific studies link prenatal multivitamins taken before and immediately after conception to healthy pregnancy outcomes and healthy childhood development. Requirements for most nutrients are higher during pregnancy, and most women are not able to meet these increased needs through diet alone. Nutrient needs remain higher during lactation, when maternal nutrient intake directly affects the nutrient content of breast milk.
Of course, many women also suffer from morning sickness while they are pregnant and can’t handle swallowing big pills. Even without morning sickness, I have a hard time taking vitamins. They’ve often upset my stomach and I tend to gag and struggle to swallow them in the first place. When I found out about Prenatal Oxylent, I was really interested to try it. Oxylent is a multivitamin drink mix.
As soon as I saw the package and it read “No Sugar” I got concerned. Honestly, I expected artificial sweetener, which I try to avoid like the plague. But, I was wrong. It is sweetened with stevia, which is an all natural sweetener.
This vitamin could not be any easier to take! It comes in individual packets that are easy to stuff into your purse, diaper bag, or desk drawer. You simply mix the powder with water, stir, and drink it down. If you’ve never tried stevia before, it can be pretty strong (sweet). So, this drink definitely doesn’t taste like vitamins! (Currently, the only flavor for the Prenatal Oxylent is cranberry raspberry.)
I did detect a faint vitamin smell and wondered how that would be if I were dealing with morning sickness. But I highly doubt it would be any more challenging than swallowing a big pill!
Prenatal Oxylent is the official vitamin of the American Pregnancy Association. It is also recommended by Dr. Audra Foster, a licensed, board-certified doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Primary Care Physician in the state of California. Here is what Dr. Foster has to say about Oxylent and prenatal vitamins in general:
Pregnancy is a special time for mom and baby. Eating for two can sometimes become a complex undertaking as requirements for most nutrients are higher during pregnancy and lactation. Since most women are not able to meet those increased nutritional needs through diet alone, health care professionals recommend a daily prenatal multivitamin during conception, pregnancy, and lactation … but not all prenatal vitamins are equal and offer a woman convenience, ease, assurance and quality. Choosing the right prenatal multivitamin that nurtures you and baby is crucial. So is making a commitment to taking it every day, even when you are breastfeeding! Here are some tips that make navigating the store aisles a bit easier so you can make a better choice.
Look for these key nutrients for a healthy pregnancy
Folate/Folic Acid: Increased intake of this B vitamin during pregnancy has a well-established role in reducing the risk of neural tube defects.
B Vitamins: In addition to Folate/Folic Acid, the other B vitamins are also important for proper nervous system development. B6 supplementation has also been shown to safely and effectively decrease nausea.
Vitamin A: This fat-soluble vitamin is key for embryonic growth and the development of the circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems.
Iron: This mineral is essential for the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood and for the development of the brain and nervous system during pregnancy.
Choline: Pregnant women are at a higher risk of being deficient in this essential micronutrient, which plays important roles in brain and nervous system development.
Vitamin D: Because evidence indicates that the current recommendations of 200-600 I.U. daily may not be adequate for optimum maternal and infant health, I recommend choosing a daily prenatal vitamin that contains at least 800 IU Vitamin D3.
Replace the standard, large prenatal pill with an effervescent multivitamin drink
Many of my patients experience nausea, sensitive palates, and difficulties swallowing pills, and/or keeping pills down while pregnant—which makes taking the prenatal vitamins they crucially need especially challenging. That’s why I recommend an effervescent prenatal multivitamin instead of traditional pill-form prenatal vitamins. You simply add the effervescent powder to a glass of water or juice and stir to create a tasty sparkling drink that provides the nutrients required for a healthy pregnancy. An added benefit is that drinking an effervescent prenatal multivitamin everyday also helps women stay hydrated during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Effervescence also delivers nutrients more effectively than pills. Many of us do not break down pills efficiently. But unlike pills, an effervescent drink does not need to be broken down by stomach acids in order to be absorbed—delivering better absorption (and therefore better results) than pills.
Choose a brand that has been tested for contaminants.
A responsible company will always test a prenatal product. It must be free from any ingredients that are not healthy for you such as additives or synthetic sweeteners and from chemicals in the environment that are dangerous such as mercury, PCBs and lead.
I recommend a product called Prenatal Oxylent because of its effervescent delivery system and superior quality — plus you will find it easy-to-digest. Prenatal Oxylent’s convenient single-serving packets mix into water to make a nutritious, delicious drink that contains only the highest-quality ingredients in their most absorbable form—including Albion Minerals, the only manufacturer able to guarantee the absorption and metabolism of their minerals. Prenatal Oxylent is the official prenatal multivitamin of the American Pregnancy Association. (You can check out this educational organization at www.americanpregnancy.org.) With no sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine or artificial additives of any kind, you can feel confident about its purity. Most importantly, the product is third-party tested to be free of environmental contaminants like heavy metals and PCBs. To learn more, see www.oxylent.com. And please, enjoy your prenatal vitamins … each and every day!
Interested in trying it? Use code TOPOXYLENT for 20% off your entire purchase at www.oxylent.com. There is free shipping on orders of two or more boxes. The promo code is valide until July 31st, 2012.
By the way, TheOliveParent.com is hosting the Healthy Baby Belly Blog Party, sponsored by Oxylent and Nordic Naturals. This is a HUGE giveaway event that will feature informative topics on healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding. Weekly topics will feature guest posts including Healthy Child Healthy World and Anni Daulter, author of Sacred Pregnancy. Weekly prizes range from award-winning products from Oxylent, Nordic Naturals and more, totaling $400.00 in prizes to share!
I received this product free of charge. All opinions are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure or treat diseases.