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Friends, Meet Milton!

In our home, Milton has become a household name within a matter of hours. It was that easy. The box arrived, I called out “Milton is here!” and the kids’ attention had been caught. We opened our box to find our new friend, Milton, along with a Meet Milton book. Before using Milton, I ran him through the dishwasher that night, and sat with the kids before bed to read the story about him and his adventures. The book is pretty fun to read, as it features images and text that describe Milton’s story and how he got to this point. It’s a cute story, and after reading it, I felt that the kids were set up to use him the following day.

Our Uses for Milton:
The creation of Milton is one of those situations where a simple concept does far more than the obvious. Of course the boys were excited to offer Milton some food, but that is not the limit to his capabilities. Here are a few other ways we use Milton

•Milton keeps his mouth open nice and wide to help me show the boys how to care for their teeth. I am able to show them that with brushing after meals and flossing each day, he is able to avoid cavities!
•Milton is a great bath time companion. He loves feeling the water from the shower head on his bald little head, and has a blast in the bathtub as well. No tears over here!
•He’s a great chew toy. Milton is a sweetheart. He doesn’t complain when our seven month old girl eases her sore gums by nibbling on him throughout the day.
•He is our snack sitter. When the boys have not finished a snack, they have Milton guard their plates or bowls while they run off to play until they are ready to finish eating.

Favourite Features:
•Milton is easy to clean. Simply squeeze the sides to pop his mouth open, and use a baby bottle cleaner or sponge to clean him. This is a great way to get toddlers to practice helping in the kitchen as well. What greater way to teach responsibility than to have them clean their own mealtime companion after meal time? He’s also dishwasher safe in case you’re not in the mood for hand washing.
•He’s safe for children to play with. Most of our tableware and utensils for the kids are made of silicone, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered that Milton is made of 100% food grade silicone, making it BPA free, phthalate free, and PVC free. He’s a squishy little guy, making him a great companion for our youngest, who will chew on anything in sight.

Cons:
•This isn’t really a con, because it’s not about the product itself, but I will leave this header to attract attention. On their FAQ page, the website mentions that the Meet Milton book is not just to introduce children to their new mealtime companion, but also serves as a user manual for parents. This is true in my experience. What I would like is to see their website place a bit more emphasis on the book, because its role is a bit underplayed. I found it informative, the kids had a blast reading it at night, and it motivated them to try new things even before they had Milton join them at the table. It’s too awesome to not brag about! I would love to see more focus on the book within their website, so that visitors can get as excited as I did after reading it.

Milton Gives Back:
Here’s a great fact about Milton that I learned from the website. For every Milton made, $1 is donated to Feed My Starving Children to support their “mission of feeding children hungry in body and spirit”. It’s one thing when a brand comes out with a fun hip product that works well with the kids, but the fact that the makers have made it a point to give back (on a quarterly basis) shows that they also have heart, and it doesn’t get better than that! Click here for details on how the folks over at Sixty LLC give back.

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Milton Online:
Website: https://www.mealswithmilton.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mealswithmilton
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mealswithmilton/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mealswithmilton

***I received Milton for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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Bapron Baby Bibs

Bapron by BapronBaby
Pants by Coton Vanille

As a mother of three, I have tried my share of bibs. Cleaning up drool and spit up over the last four years has become quite a chore, especially during teething and weaning time. I did have bibs, but most of the standard ones offered partial coverage, so I found myself offering the messiest food right before bath time to save my sanity. I had not heard of baprons until recently, and I am glad I did. The ones featured in this post are two different styles by BapronBaby. The closure in the back are available as ties for parents to make a quick knot, or as stay flat hooks (See photos below). Both stay safely out of baby’s way, making it impossible for babies to yank them off or wiggle their way out.

BapronBaby Front view

BapronBaby offers both back ties and stay flat hooks

What I Like Most About BapronBaby Bibs:
•I cannot stress how incredibly light weight these bibs are. Having 3 children means packing a pretty big bag for outings, and it makes life easier when you have a product that is useful, and does not take up too much space or weigh down the bag. I can easily grab two BapronBaby baprons, roll them up and toss them into a small pocket in my bag.
•They are stain resistant and waterproof. Before using bibs, I used to grab a shirt of my own or a sheet to protect the kids’ clothing from being stained while eating. I realized quickly that I would have to choose my own clothing carefully, as they themselves could also end up getting stained. Watch the video below to check out what happens with spaghetti sauce spilled on a white BapronBaby bapron. It all comes right off! Our baby had gotten green smoothie all over our zebra printed bapron, and my fingers were crossed that the colour would not stick, and it stood true. No permanent staining so far.
•They will last quite a while. Many bibs we have purchased in the past lasted us a month or two at the most. Not only do these ones not stain, but they are longer than standard bibs, and the adjustable straps combined with sleeves make them comfortable for children of a wider range of ages and sizes. They are advertised as fitting children around ages 6 months to 3 years old. The ones we have fit our children who range from 6 months to 4 years old. It is a little snug on our oldest, but for arts and crafts time at home, we can leave the back open and he can still experience the coverage benefits.
•No Velcro. I’m not a huge Velcro fan. It tears other clothing, and wears out after a while. I find it too easy to tell if a bib is old just from looking at the Velcro attachments in the back. BapronBaby bibs come with ties or flat snaps, so no worries about them damaging any material it gets into contact with.

Video courtesy of BapronBaby.com

Back view of the flat snaps

Notes/Tips on the Product:
•Yes, these baprons are to keep messes contained during the weaning stages of a child’s life, but baprons are not limited to that specific purpose. Use yours to shield your children from food, paint and other fun crafts, and even from the drool of those cute little teething babies. Recently our little girl began crawling, and she wonders right off her mat within a matter of seconds. I have been using my bapron to protect her clothes from dust and possible messes on the floor. She can happily explore her surroundings, and I do not have to worry about having to change her outfit once she is finished.
•You can wash them by machine or hand. Tumble dry or hang to dry.


Plate, bowl and spoon by Oogaa
Travel seat by Chicco Canada
Seat cover by Sproutshell

BapronBaby bibs are machine washable

BapronBaby Online:
Website: http://bapronbaby.com/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bapronbaby
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bapronbaby/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BapronBaby

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Mixed Veggies, Smoothie and More

Plate Details:
mixed veggies (mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and spinach)
Mango slices
Cucumber
Blueberries
Water
Banana/strawberry smoothie

Credit:
Silicone plate and spoon by Oogaa.
Reusable pouch by Squooshi.
Silicone pouch top by Choomee.
Silicone cup, silicone straw and silicone cup lid by Silikids.

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Couscous, Broccoli & More

Full Plate Details:
Couscous
Steamed broccoli
Pear slices
Orange
Strawberries

Couscous Details:
Boiled up a mix of beans with various spices (using cooking instructions on package), added onions, more water, and two cups of couscous, then covered the pot, turned off the stove and walked away!

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Review: Mumma’s Little Helpers Food Catcher

Messy eaters are so adorable to watch, but cleaning up after them is not as sweet of an experience. Whether your little one is fed home made purées, or eats finger food on their own, a high percentage of the food does not make it to their mouths right away. Food can end up on their clothing, in their hair, on us, and (the worst place) on the floor or carpet. I have gone through numerous precautions to avoid messy floors, including putting down a towel under their high chairs, and even relying on my good old fashion reflexes to catch the food before it makes it to the ground. While those tactics have proven to be somewhat effective, there are many alternatives, such as these food catchers by Mumma’s Little Helpers.

About the Product:
These Food Catchers by Mumma’s Little Helpers are (Australian made) material cape made of cotton PUL, and designed to attach to any high chair to catch the mess that would otherwise end up on the ground. As a busy mommy of three, I am always on the hunt for products that save me some time. Every second counts! When that food falls, there’s no need to worry about it damaging your carpeting, or crusting up on your floor (which makes it harder to remove). Once baby is finished eating, simple grab a bowl and scoop out the contents of the catcher. Problem solved!

You can simply use a cloth to wipe any residue from the catcher once you are finished. Since the food catchers are machine washable, you can also toss them in the wash at the end of the day as well. This is what I do, as we also have cloth diapers and bibs to include in the load as well.

Pros:
•Less mess of course! That means more time for us parents and less stress.
•I LOVE that they are machine washable. Cloth diapers, muslin wraps and bibs are part of our everyday wash load, so adding our food catcher to the mix is a breeze. I hang my catcher overnight to dry.
•Attaches to both high chair trays and under the dining table. They basically grow with your child for the entire weaning stages.

Cons:
•If you want to attach it to other chairs, it comes with a case that helps you pack it neatly with your belongings. However, you will need to purchase extra pieces of Velcro, or save some cash by simply taping it to the chair of your choice.

Notes/Tips on the Product:
•We use a dinning room chair with a booster seat rather than a high chair, and our food catcher fits that as well.
•When I am feeling lazy, I sometimes just lay my food catcher flat on the ground rather than set it up the standard way. When completely flat, it covers enough ground to still catch the food without assembling.

More Fun Uses:
Changing Pad: Lay it flat on a couch or carpet to change baby. When you’re on the go, use the case to also include an extra diaper and spare wipes.
Emergency Crib Mattress Cover: Is your little one sleeping in someone else’s home? Your catcher can protect the mattress from a possible mishap
Play Mat: When your toddlers are in the mood for some messy playtime and crafting, this makes for a great plat mat as well.

Mumma’s Little Helpers Online:
Website: http://www.mummaslittlehelpers.com.au/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mummaslittlehelpers/

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