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my mommy friends and I have OVER tested baby products and we are here to share our findings

Please Touch… and they mean it! March 22, 2011

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Honestly, the Please Touch museum in Philadelphia was not my own discovery. Parenting magazine found it and rated it one of the best museums/outings for kids and now I know why. I went there this weekend with one 2-year-old, one 3-year-old, and one 4-year-old and it couldn’t have been more fun. The museum is for kids. Period. There are no adult things to do at all. Everything is touchable, unbreakable, movable, and it teaches kids along the way. The highlight of the museum for the kids was the grocery story complete with aisles such as produce, breads, and canned goods. Each child got a shopping cart, they could shop, checkout at the register, work behind the counter, wherever their imagination took them. They could work at or eat at a “McDonald’s” set up just for kids with pretend burgers they could assemble and the trays and cups for the dining experience. Children can change a tire, pump gas, pay with water, play the piano, find their way through Alice in Wonderland’s maze. They can ride a bus, a train, a motorcycle, a car (real car). They can work construction, play doctor, etc. etc. etc. You get the point. I wish we lived closer to the museum. It is a wonderful way for children to experience everything they see adults do every day and it allows them to explore their curiosity. For anyone who lives even remotely close, I highly, highly suggest a trip.

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

A few tips: earlier morning is better, less kids, less hectic. Parking isn’t all that easy – we parked on the street/grass a short walk away and it worked fine. Make sure if your kids like puppet shows to go in a little early because the theatre filled up quick.

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Quick Tip – Don’t lift the crib mattress March 20, 2011

Filed under: Product Recommendation — mommytester @ 10:42 pm
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Those who have a newborn or are awaiting a newborn – pay attention. Even at almost 2 years old, my son wets through his pajamas and as a smaller child, it happened… ALOT. It doesn’t matter if you buy a light mattress or a heavy mattress for your crib because the way crib mattresses are made to fit, they have to fit SNUG for the safety of the child. Thus, to lift the mattress out, and to change the sheet is not an easy task. In fact, I might even say it is a two person job and in the middle of the night  who wants that?

The Summer Infant ULTIMATE crib sheet helps you avoid this hassle. It attaches on the top of your crib sheet using elastic and snaps that will go around your crib panels. Thus your cute crib sheet that matches the rest of the decor in the room will not be covered. The cover is waterproof and if it gets wet, you can just unsnap it and put the baby back in on the crib sheet. Then wash the Ultimate crib sheet and attach it back the next night. It comes in an organic option which is nice touch.

Don’t spend another night wrestling with the crib, mattress and sheet. Make it easy on yourself!

Sold at babiesrus.com and amazon.com for around $20.

 

The Next Van Gogh (with both ears intact of course) March 18, 2011

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Adults come with or without artistic talents but every kid’s artistic expression is something interesting and lets admit it, everything our children draw is ADORABLE. As parents we love showing it off on the fridge but perhaps they would like to show it off too! This is a mobile art-easel/backpack/drawing surface called the GoVinci backpack. It is a backpack that has dedicated the a whole side to showcase your child’s artwork. When not being transported to and from school, it is a great drawing surface in the car or out on the go and the backpack itself is very durable. Just $29 at www.trendykid.com

 

Create your own bedding February 22, 2011

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The Nursery Designer® from Carousel Designs allows you to avoid the hours and hours of searching for the perfect crib bedding. I remember the search very well – I was looking for something that was a good balance on cute and stylish. I didn’t find it and ended up with the Alphabet. For our next child, this will be my first stop. The Nursery Designer® lets you choose the fabric for the crib skirt, comforter (2 sides), the crib sheet, and then all parts of the bumper including the inside, the panels on the outside, the ties, and the piping. While allowing you to be your own personal baby room decorator,  it helps you along by showing you matching patterns/fabrics and also allows you to choose textures from satins to minky to cotton.

http://www.babybedding.com/

 

Raincoat February 19, 2011

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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.

 

Valentine’s Day Idea #7 February 3, 2011

Filed under: Product Recommendation — mommytester @ 10:37 pm
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How many times have you seen a photo of a mother and baby or mother and child and just been so impressed? It is so cool to catch a special moment and be able to relive it for a lifetime. A really cool Valentine’s day present (and what I’m asking for MYSELF) is a sitting with a photographer specializing in children. For those of you in the tri-state area there are a few photographers that can do an amazing job:

http://www.heathermosher.com/

http://www.kimschmidtphotography.com/

http://www.kcontephoto.com (doesn’t specialize in children but does great work)

For those in other areas or this area who have recommendations feel free to post them.

 

Join the Amazon “Mom Club” to save! January 25, 2011

Filed under: Good Deal — mommytester @ 11:47 am
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Thank you to one of our followers for this really great find. Amazon has a “mom club”. Who knew? If you enroll you get Amazon Prime shipping benefits (which is the equivalent of expedited shipping) and you get discounts (it says up to 30%) on diapers and wipes along with other exclusive discounts.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/info

Just for a comparison – you can get a free trial of Amazon Prime but after the trial I believe it is $75. So this is a nice benefit. How nice of Amazon to recognize Moms. Just as note though – this club is applicable for ANY caregiver of a child, not just a mom. So daddies/grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/Sisters/Brothers – you’re in!