With thousands of products focused on children, many times we have to trust that those creating those products aren’t misleading us as parents. Motts for Tots says it has 40% less sugar than regular apple juice – which, for us parents who have heard that juice isn’t the best drink choice because of sugar content and who also know how much our children love it, seems like a dream come true. Then I read the label. Normal apple juice contains 100% juice (the real ones anyway). This one contains 54% juice. Then I kept reading – the first ingredient is water. Then it dawned on me – this is WATERED down apple juice!! I’m getting 54% of the apple juice I could have gotten for my child because… and here is the news flash… I can ADD WATER MYSELF! Honestly folks, in my opinion this is a rip off. Now I will say that if someone wanted to buy the Motts for Tots in the juice boxes because if you are on the road you don’t want to carry Apple Juice AND water then I could understand it but otherwise I think this is a product taking advantage of parents wanting to do the right thing. I have other ridiculous marketing examples that I will share over the next few months.
The Magic Hockey Stick January 17, 2012
Perhaps I wasn’t aware that it would be such a search for a good toddler book. Maybe because there is an entire floor at the library dedicated to children’s books and endless “recommended” books for toddlers. Have you read these books? Many are boring, not written well, illustrations are odd, story is too scary or too deep for a toddler, hard to read, too long, etc. etc. When I bought The Magic Hockey Stick book by Peter Maloney, I thought it would be more of a sports book but it isn’t at all. The book has wit, it rhymes (but not the cheesy rhyming) which makes it easy to read, it isn’t too long, the story is so good – I even got teared up a little but it isn’t sad, and best of all, my kid loves it. I’m searching out other Peter Maloney books and will let you know if they are just as good.
The Magic Hockey Stick is available at Amazon.com for $5.99.
Risk free shoe shopping October 20, 2011
Umi shoes are well reviewed and highly rated across a number of sites. Sometimes kid shoes run on the side of boring but with Umi your child gets style, comfort and durability. Many shoes can be heavy, which wears on little legs and feet. Umi shoes are light, flexible and come with a patented anti-bacterial footbed. My FAVORITE part of the Umi website is that there is free shipping and free return shipping so you can try the shoes for your children RISK FREE. Style change often so keep checking back. Shoes run about $50 on average.
Zappos.com also offers the risk free shopping with the free shipping both ways and it carries an even larger selection of Umi shoes than even their own site.
6pm.com also carries Umi shoes and has some on sale.
Potty for big”ger” kids September 20, 2011
It dawned on me as my 2.5 year old was sitting on his training potty the other day that it looked extremely uncomfortable. He legs were too long to bend and sitting with them straight out didn’t seem to make sense either so I began to research different options and found the Prince Lionheart PottyPOD training potty which has a more comfortable seat cushion and an adjustable base so if it takes a little longer for potty training, your child doesn’t have to be all scrunched up. Obviously it has the basics like the removable bowl that can be washed out which make it easier than lifting the whole thing up and it has a sleek stylish design. Best deal I could find was on amazon.com for $37.
Deal: Kiddy USA Adventure Pack Child Backpack August 21, 2011
I preface this with saying that I have NOT reviewed or tried this product however it is offered for $54.99 on kids.woot.com right now and it seems like a very good deal for a hiking backpack.
Plasma TV for an Adult, Plasma Car for a Kid July 29, 2011
Similar to a Plasma TV for an adult, the Plasma Car for kids is hours of entertainment. The difference between the two is that a Plasma TV needs power, and the Plasma Car doesn’t. No pedaling necessary. No batteries necessary. Your toddler can propel the car by turning the steering wheel. When my son received this contraption, we had never heard of the Plasma Car before. Putting together the car was simple and he was quickly cruising around the hardwood floors. How it gains momentum is for those who understand physics frankly. For a while I tried to figure it out and then just decided to enjoy it without questioning it. Adding to the coolness factor, the toy is very sturdy, virtually indestructable (at least from our experience) and you can choose different colors.
At about $70 – this is a great investment, in my opinion, better than a majority of the plastic cars that toddlers use. You can find it at Learning Express, Amazon.com, and a variety of other places. We thank our friends for introducing us to this toy and we hope you all enjoy it as well.
Raincoat February 19, 2011
February blizzards bring April showers? Or something like that. Anyway, I’m being optimistic and getting ready for spring. This Hatley® Kids’ Raincoat from Cabela’s is adorable. The outside is waterproof and not all sticky and cheap and the inside is soft, like a thin fleece. They have cute designs including little pockets for little cold hands. Sizing starts at 2T so it is not a product for the little little ones but I have some recommendations for those cuties coming soon.
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hatley174-Kids-Raincoat/731475.uts – retails for about $40.