The muggy, warm weather has arrived. And for moms, this can mean trying to calm a baby in a hot stroller while out running errands. Baby carriers — unlike slings, which are worn diagonally and have been recalled — are a great way to carry your baby since they keep your hands free and provide the comfort of being held for your baby. To help keep you and your baby cool this Summer, I've found these stylish, lightweight, and very comfortable baby carriers, which are sure to do just that.
Lots of moms like to think out loud, and PatiBF is one of them. On her OnSugar blog, Baby Style, she identifies her favorite baby products. Just click on the image to find the actual items!
So I know this is a super simple and basic product but it turned out to be one of Sandra's favorite things. Forget the drum with flashing lights and all the other complex gizmos we got her. This step ($18), meant for potty trainers, is actually what she likes to play with most. She uses it to climb up on and sit. She also uses it as a drum! Sometimes the simple things are best.
Going hands free can lighten mom's load. But when Summer comes, baby-wearing mamas often find themselves in a catch-22 – they want the ease of a baby carrier, but a clunky stroller offers more shade from the sun.
Leave it to the company that brought the baby carrier to the mainstream to create a solution to the problem. This month, Baby Bjorn will introduce a sun cover ($70) complete with UPF 40 fabric to keep tots shielded from harmful rays. The lightweight cover has a detachable sun hood and mesh for ventilation to keep all of baby's limbs comfortably protected even on the warmest days. Would you try the Baby Bjorn Sun Cover?
There are high chairs, and then there are child chairs with flair! As baby product manufacturers move to more decor-friendly designs, mama finds herself wanting to swap out items she already has.
BabyBjörn, a brand known for its minimalist and functional design now offers a high chair. The sleek, black and white molded seat forgoes the typical fabric harness, using a foldable table (otherwise known as a tray) that locks into place to secure tots in the chair. The lack of harness makes it easy to wipe down and eliminates the cruddy fabric that just never seems clean. Unfortunately, like many products we envy from afar the seat is not available stateside yet, but if you are intrigued by the design, check out the similar Nano that is sold here.
When mama needs to jump in the shower or prepare dinner, a bouncy seat can be as good as a babysitter. Parents who love such contraptions, but detest primary colors, teddy bears and plastic are in luck as some of the high end baby companies are producing aesthetically pleasing options to appease a swank parent's decor craving. Check out my slideshow to see some of the hippest baby bouncing seats on the market.
The right gizmos go a long way when it comes to potty training. The simple toilet paper saver will defend against a trip to buy Costco's entire toilet paper supply and portable pottys will come to the rescue when your little one has to go in and out of the house.
While many families opt to install small, potty training seat covers on their home toilets, small and portable plastic pots offer a squatting spot whenever and wherever your tot needs it. Be it your home bathroom, grandma's place, or the back of the SUV (hey, it happens!).
The colorful Baby Bjorn Potty Chair ($30) is a favorite among seasoned potty trainers, but there are more fancy options like mini urinals or less expensive pots from stores like Ikea or BabiesRUS that offer the same comforting and liquid containing support.
Prepared for this bundle of joy, I recently spruced up my Baby Bjorn for the inevitable new mommy errand running. Just like last time the rain has started and the Winter chill is settling in, but I'm not going to let it stop me from getting outside for a sanity check.
I'm ready to rock the Baby Bjorn with the nifty contraption called the Peekaru ($80). Eighty-five percent of the Peekaru vest is made from recycled high quality Polartec fleece and is Oeko-tex Standard 100 making it Eco-friendly for mama and baby. Available in five practical hues, the cozy vest zips up over most baby carriers, has pockets for stowing small accessories, and a peep hole for the wee one's noggin.
Many women love the feeling and ease that baby carriers offer. Mamas don't have to worry about managing a stroller or keeping both hands busy.
Slings are timeless but in recent years, inventions like the Baby Bjorn, Snugli, Ergo, and other carriers have flooded the market place making it tough for a mom to select one.
Did you have a baby carrier? If so, which one?
Apparently it's time for my babe to start potty training. I feel like I did when I was first pregnant – totally lost. I wasn't sure if I should get the potty that sits on the ground or the kind that fits over the regular seat? Clearly there are drawbacks to both.
The former option means I go from changing dirty diapers to cleaning out a toilet. Not much of a step up, even if it's only a phase. The latter would require me to take the seat on and off every time she uses it because we are a one toilet family. That wouldn't be much fun either.
I went shopping and heeded to the store clerk's advice and purchased the $25 Baby Bjorn that sits on the ground. She said the other type is better once tots are a lil bigger and can sit on the adult toilet.
All of this potty talk makes me dizzy. I'll update you on my progress, but if you have any advice, please dish it in the comments section.