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Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate

As a mom of three, I have to say that weaning is definitely one of my favourite stages of our childrens’ lives so far. It’s a time to taste new flavours, see new colours and feel new textures. It’s just a beautiful time of exploration for the little ones, and I am honoured to be able to see it happen first hand. Of course during this stage, our children are perfecting their motor skills, and slowly figuring out exactly what eating entails, so messes and spills are expected. With that said, every so often, there comes a time where a product comes out on the market that helps make our lives as parents just a little bit easier. This is where this new plate by Nuby comes in.

The plate I am referring to is the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate. It’s made of 100% silicone, and suctions to most flat surfaces, making it harder for children to pick up the plate or tip it over. We have an adorable and energetic little girl who uses the “pick it up and chuck it” technique to let us know she has completed a meal. Our middle child used to do the same thing, and while it can be cute to see the look of satisfaction on their faces, cleaning up the mess is not always as amusing. These suction plates make it a little harder for children to pick up, which means I have the pleasure of being able to blink without fear of her making a swift move and making a huge mess.

My Favourite Features:
•They are made from 100% silicone, which is BPA free, and a lot safer for our children than plastic plates. Many parents are shying away from plastic tableware because toxic chemicals can leach into the food. That is a scary thought.
•The material is also microwave and dishwasher safe. So you’re free to reheat your child’s food without worry.
•They stick to the table and high chair! If you pick it up from a corner, it comes right up. Our baby girl is a year old, tugs at the sections of the plate, and has no success in flipping it over. I can’t count how many possible messes I have avoided cleaning.
•Separate compartments on one plate allow you to serve multiple items without them touching.

Additional Thoughts & Observations:
The plate does not fit the tray for baby’s high chair. I would love to see a slightly smaller model of plates. In the meantime, if you have the same issue, you can strap baby in the high chair, and push the chair to the table to eat with the adults. You can see from the images above that she’s still slightly short for the table, but she reaches her food fine and enjoys eating at the table with her older siblings.

Another thing I noticed is that if the flat surface of the plate is the slightest bit oily, it will not stick half as well. Be sure to wash it well, be it through the dishwasher or by hand. Also take note that it fits MOST surfaces, and I say that because I have seen one or two reviews stating that it didn’t actually stick to someone’s table. We have a wooden table, and a glass table, and our plate sticks firmly to both with no problems at all. Overall I am happy with our suction plate by Nuby, and our children approve of it as well!

Purchase yours at Sears Canada and Canada’s Baby Store:
http://www.canadasbabystore.com/en/search/Nuby%20Sure%20Grip/brand/n%C3%BBby

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*****I have received a sample for review purposes. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

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Review: Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker

As a mom of three, it is my mission to organize my household tasks in a way that saves me time. Keeping the children engaged throughout the day is a task in itself, so I can’t afford to spend hours in the kitchen, despite the fact that I enjoy it so much! I’ve been making homemade baby and toddler food for a few years now, and while I absolutely enjoy the health benefits of making their food myself, it can take up a considerable amount of time. Then, in comes Baby Brezza‘s One Step Baby Food Maker. I have been using it for the last few weeks and I have lots to share about it and my experiences with it.

The Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker provides parents with a way to prepare homemade organic baby food without the fuss of standing in front of a stove while it’s cooking. At the push of a button, you can steam and blend a combination of ingredients to create gourmet masterpieces for your little ones. The bowl holds 2.5 cups and the machine only weights 3.3Lbs!

The second I put it down on the kitchen counter, I realized that it had little suctions at the bottom. This means that it won’t slide around, which is essential when handling hot food. The Baby Brezza One Step is straight forward and easy to use. Add your water, wash and cut ingredients of your choice, add them to the bowl, set the timer and the machine does the rest! It’s pretty user friendly. The kids helped me prepare my first batch and we all had fun. It’s not as loud as our conventional blender, and the blending process is fairly quick.

It makes me sound lazy to say that life is easier when everything is at the touch of a button, but in all honesty, having kids requires much of our time and energy, and any device that allows you to get work done with minimal attention is a great help.

Pros:
•At only 3.3Lbs, this compact machine is easily portable, which makes it perfect for travel. Take it on vacation and use in your hotel room, bring it with you while seeing family or friends. Not only is it convinient, but might just encourage someone else to make their own homemade baby food someday.
•It beeps before switching from steaming mode to blending mode. This feature seems simple, but it’s more useful than you think. Last week I was preparing food with it, and baby fell asleep. Once the beeping began, I was able to jump up and stop the second stage from taking place. Baby slept soundly for another two hours, and I was able to blend the food at a later time that day.
•BPA/phthalate free and easier to clean than my larger size blender
•A regular handmixer works fine for making baby food, but if you’re looking for a machine that does everything for you, this is the way to go.
•Compact space helps the food steam faster

Cons:
•Many parents are gravitating towards glass and silicone products that are designed for baby feeding. While the Baby Brezza One Step bowl is made of plastic, it’s also BPA free.
•Keep in mind that the bowl is NOT leak proof. If you prepare food and want to store some for the same day, it’s best to store it in an air tight

Notes/Tips on the Product:
•Although the Baby Brezza One Step is marketed as a tool for making purees, I noticed fairly quickly that it’s useful even after the early weaning stages. You can prepare steamed veggies, fish and more for both children and adults. Prepare tasty smoothies, applesauce and more with it. The possibilities are endless.
•Do you prepare your baby food in advance and freeze for later? Many parents are reluctant to use a microwave to defrost frozen food. The Baby Brezza one step allows you to defrost your homemade baby food.
•Afraid of overcooking or undercooking? Keep their cooking guide handy.

Video credit: Baby Brezza on Youtube

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*****I have received a Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to try out. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

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Nuby Bandana Bib With Teether (Review & Giveaway)

Nuby Teething Bib

As parents, my husband and I have been very fortunate to not have gone through the horrible teething phases everyone talks about. With three children under our belt, we have yet to experience the cries, sleepless nights, fevers and other not-so-fun symptoms of teething. For the most part, our little ones have experienced large amounts of drooling, and mild fussiness during that stage. It doesn’t mean we have gotten away scot-free. Our baby girl is now ten months old, and not only are there signs of teeth slowly emerging, but we are also still breastfeeding. So with that said, I’m not worried for her as much as I am for myself 🙂

Lately she has had her fair share of drooling and fussing during the day. She has a few teethers, and sometimes I put frozen fruit in a fresh food feeder for her to sink her gums into. When we don’t have those things at hand, she uses my shirt, or latches improperly during feedings, which in turns, causes myself some pain as well.

Nuby Teething Bib

If you haven’t heard of these teething bibs by Nuby Canada, I highly recommend checking them out. Not only are they a stylish accessory to an outfit, but they are reversible, and come with a teething corner for babies to nibble on. The teething corners are little plastic corners with bumps on them. The textured ends make for great portable chew toys, which means easy access for baby when on the go. The times these come in most handy is when driving long distance. If our baby girl’s gums are bothering her or she needs a distraction during a car ride, I rarely have to pull over to relax her. She has quick access to her teething bib and can self soothe until we have reached our destination, and that works out well for everyone. It is also great for babies who are not too sociable. If they are reluctant to be in the arms of a family member or friend, the teething bib is a fun way to keep them focused on something else, and possibly being more calm for photo opportunities as well.

My Favourite Features
•They are machine washable. Any products that are machine or dishwasher safe just make my day. As a mom of three, it really helps to own products that are efficient with regards to both usage and care.
•They have a VELCRO® brand closure tab. This makes them super easy to open and close. If you have a little one who is fidgety or fussy, you will appreciate a bib that literally takes seconds to put on. Also, sometimes she falls asleep with it on, and the easy tab means I can quickly remove it and get her in her crib without waking her. Mommy needs her quiet time too!
•Absorbent cotton keeps baby dry. Perfect for the minutes leading up to family photos, or keeping dry during a long car ride.

Overall, I can say that this bib is a keeper. I am all about versatility and getting more for your buck. This product falls under that category because you get two styles in one since it is reversible, and it is also two products in one. The designs are fairly unisex, which means you can pick some up for a baby shower without knowing the sex of the child in question. Everyone wins!

Nuby Teething Bib

Nuby Teething Bib

Nuby Teething Bib

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

CONGRATULATIONS @KRISHA4444 FOR WINNING OUR GIVEAWAY FOR A FREE NUBY CANADA TEETHER!

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Potty Training With Reusable Training Pants

It’s that time again! Yes friends, we are back into potty training. After going through it once some years ago, and now going through it again with our second child, I have definitely learned a few things. The tips and techniques from experts are useful, but nobody knows your child better than you do. Please keep that in mind when time comes to choosing a potty training technique.

Choose a Technique That Works For you:
Each child is DIFFERENT. Weaning techniques vary depending on the child. Teaching techniques vary with each child, and it’s only logical to think that potty training techniques may be adjusted to fit the child as well. Our first born began to speak later than most children, and he was a very quiet and shy toddler. So the technique that worked well with him, was to wait until he was almost age three, and to go cold turkey. It took less than a week for him to start using the toilet on his own.

Potty training our second child is a whole other ball game! He began to speak really early, and is far more charismatic and adventurous than his brother. I realized quickly that my approach with his brother would not lead to the same results. It was then that I decided to go from our cold turkey method to putting him back on diapers, which he would randomly remove himself to use the toilet on his own. He expressed a difficulty in removing the diapers in time to use the toilet, and this is where our Bambio Mio potty training pants come in.

About Bambino Mio:
I’m not a fan of disposable diapers because although they’re convenient, they contribute to A LOT of waste on our precious earth. Disposable training pants are the same, and on top of that, they’re more costly. It’s for those reasons that I kept it going with the diapers and went straight to underwear with our oldest. Bambino Mio carries reusable potty training pants, and I was so excited to find out. I didn’t know these existed until this point. The patterns and colours make children excited to try them, and the soft cotton material means optimal comfort. Did I mention that they have extra padding in the crotch area to catch little spills? These absorbent inner pads make life easier for everyone. I wouldn’t say that they absorb the contents of a FULL pee session, but at a stage where a toddler understands the whole concept and really wants to practice going on their own, these make that happen. The best part is that when they have finished and possibly made a small mess, you get to teach them about the importance of reducing waste, and leading by example, as these training pants are washable. They are made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester.

If you go for the potty training bundle, it includes a reward chart, as well as stickers to mark the journey. We taped ours to the bathroom cupboard for easy access, and our toddler has loads of fun adding his choice of stickers for the times he went on his own. This milestone in their lives may or may not be overcome easily, but if we make an effort to make it fun and light, it can be one without stress on the part of both parents and their children.

Other Features I Love:
•Very soft material. Our middle child has eczema, and it’s worse on his arms and legs than anywhere else. His skin is fairly sensitive to some material, and the fact that he gives these training pants by Bambino Mio a thumbs up, means that they are suitable for his skin condition, and that means a lot to me.
•They’re machine washable. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I’m a sucker for dishwashers and washing machines. If I can toss them in and let the machines do the work, it makes my life easier.
•They have concealed inner pads to absorb small leaks.
•Check out the cute designs! Nothing makes a toddler happier than the feeling of independence they get from making their own choices. So when it’s time to put his training pants on, I ask our toddler which prints or colours he wants to wear. This choice alone is enough to distract from the fact that we’re weaning him off the comfort blanket that is a diaper. I’m so sneaky!

Other Points to Share:
•They do not hold a full pee session’s worth of urine, but they do protect our son’s pants from accidental dribbles while on his way to the bathroom, and they hold poop very well.
•If there is poop inside, I simply empty the training pant contents into the toilet, rinse it by hand and then toss it in the washing machine with the rest of our laundry.

Bambino Mio Online:
Website (potty training): www.bambinomio.com/usa/potty-training
Website (main): www.bambinomio.com/usa
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***I received sample product for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils

I believe the weaning stage is a time of exploration of new colours, textures and flavours. My milk is still her primary source for nutrition, so we are easing into this stage gracefully, and learning together as we go. I noticed a trend on social media, where parents seem almost forced to choose between serving purees or finger food (also known as baby led weaning). With our children, we have always offered both. One fun way to allow them to dabble in both worlds is with the NumNum Pre-Spoons. They were designed not only to be little spoons for little hands, but also to make the self feeding experience a little easier for them. I will explain.

Photo Credit: NumNumBaby.us

So the NumNum Pre-Spoons are pretty small, measuring at 4″ L x 1″ W x .5″ D. The size is perfect for our little girl’s hands during this fun weaning stage. The heads are flat, and the purpose for this is so that children can hold the spoon handles in any direction and will still be able to retrieve food. No need to scoop the food out as we adults must do. Children simply need to do the dipping motion, and then eat what the NumNum spoons gather. Of course with adult spoons, things won’t be so easy for her, but we’re trying to take things one step at a time. She’ll learn about adult spoons when the time comes.

My favourite feature is definitely the textured surfaces. They make the spoons easy to grip, which is great when slippery food is involved. I’m speaking about you, my dear hand mashed bananas! Easy grip isn’t the only benefit from the textured surfaces, as these spoons are perfect on the gums. Teething was never a huge ordeal with any of our children, but baby girl does have her fussy days. I have noticed lately that after eating with her NumNum spoons, she sits back and eases her little gums by chewing on the rubbery spoon tips. They are also BPA-, PVC-, and phthalates-free.

The GOOtensils set comes with two spoons. One spoon is for food of a thin consistency, while the other is for thicker mixtures. I mostly steam and handmash baby girl’s food, so a thicker consistency is usually what she gets. Even with this being the case, I am following her lead, and I give her both spoons so that she can decide what works for her. Sometimes she eats from both, while other times, she eats from one and chews on the other to ease her gums. I like that each spoon is for another step in the weaning process, but still come packaged together. There is also a less risk of a huge mess, as the food sticks to the spoons. You can imagine how much of a nightmare it is when children use adult spoons and have to rotate them to gather the food. I’m not a fan of those large clean up sessions!

Favourite Features:
•They are dishwasher safe. I put them on the top rack and let the machine do the rest. When items are not safe in the dishwasher, it can be a bit of a hassle to have to wash them separately from everything else. We have three children, so it’s a full house over here. The simpler the task, the better.
•They made baby more confident. You can definitely see the frustration build when little ones struggle to get tasks done on their own. I mean, who could blame them? Imagine having delicious homemade food in front of you, but having poor motor skills keeping you from gobbling it down! Well the spoons collect the food on impact, so that makes life that much easier for the kiddies. It leaves more time to actually enjoy the food, rather than focusing all their attention of trying to retrieve it long enough for it to get in their mouths. Mind you, I do feed her from time to time. Whether or not she self feeds really depends on the day and how she feels.
•They are great for teething babies. They were designed for food, but let’s face it, teething can occur months before the gums are cut. The rubbery end of the GOOtensils is so perfect for baby girl’s itchy gums. Even when she’s not eating, sometimes I just pass one to her to chew on…whatever it takes to ease the discomfort.

Note:
•Quick heads up that my blue spoon faded a little with time. Mine still works perfectly, but it’s now a lighter shade of blue. Our baby obviously doesn’t care about the shade. It’s all about the food, and using a product that helps her do so.

NumNum Online:
Check out the NumNum website for updates on new products, or to order your own set of GOOtensils. Be sure to tag them on social media so that others can follow along on the NumNum adventures!

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***I received the set of spoons shown for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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