Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer Review
Taking a child’s temperature can be a chore sometimes, especially when the child isn’t really feeling well. With traditional oral or rectal thermometers, trying to see if your child has a temperature can be even worse as he or she squirms when you are trying to get an accurate reading!
Many companies have developed new thermometer technologies to help parents, but Vicks has come up with a great thermometer to make taking a temperature a breeze: the Behind Ear Gentle Thermometer.
I’ve had my own Behind Ear Gentle Thermometer for about a year now, and personally, I love it! It is quick, easy, and accurate, which is perfect for any parent who cares about the well-being and health of their child.
- Locate the soft spot right behind the ear lobe.
- Place the thermometer tip in that spot and push the blue button.
- Wait one second for a beep and remove from spot for reading.
Nuby Gator Grip Pop Up Sipper Cup Review
Last month I shared with you my love of the Nuby Flip-It Top Gator Grip cup, but I have found another one of Nuby’s Gator Grip cups that I love: the Gator Grip Pop-Up Sipper cup.
With the same basic design as the Flip-It Top cup, the Pop-Up Sipper cup has a snap on cap that will keep the sipper clean as your child carries it around. It too has the Gator Grip textured sides so that it’s easy for little hands to carry and hold.
My little helper, my two-year old, was once again excited to try out this new cup. Once I showed her how the cup worked, she had no problem working it on her own. She carried it with her all day and gave me no problems about drinking the water that was inside.
My big helper gave it a try as well. He has been on a recent campaign that water was ‘lame’ since it was colorless and flavorless, but none of that mattered when he was drinking the water from this new sipper cup. He didn’t want to give it up!
This cup is recommended for ages two and up, dishwasher safe (top shelf), and it is BPA-free. Just like the Flip-It Top cup, it’s a great cup to bring along to the park, to a sporting event, outside in the yard, or in the car for a long ride.
This cup is available at these retailers for around $5.99:
Nuby Bedlite Buddies Review
What child doesn’t love a musical cuddle buddy that glows? Here is the Nuby Bedlite Buddy, a Glo-Pal that lights up and plays music when your child hugs it at bedtime. It’s a super soft plush animal with a BPA-free face that glows, made for ages 6+ months.
When squeezed, the Bedlite Buddy (this one is the frog) lights up and plays either a nursery rhyme melody or even a classical melody. It stays lit up for about a minute before slowly shutting off. With each squeeze comes the light and a new song. It is definitely a great toy to give a child during nap time or bedtime to help him/her fall asleep.
As soon as she saw this froggy come out of the box, my daughter was ecstatic! She quickly hugged him and loved even more that his face glowed and he played music with the hug. She sat for quite some time just hugging him, watching him glow, and listening to the music.
She cuddled with it in her big girl bed. I could hear it occasionally singing, and then after a little while, all was silent. Success!
If your child would like a new bedtime cuddle buddy, Bedlite Buddies would be a perfect gift! You can choose from a frog, a turtle, or a bee. Retail value is about $13-$15.
The Nuby Bedlite Buddies are available at the following retailers:
Nuby Flip-It Top Gator Grip Cup Review
Do you need a cup for your active kids that is both fun and functional? Nuby has a fun straw sippy cup for kids called the Flip-it Top Gator Grip Cup that is great for kids and parents who are on the go.
This cup is designed for small hands to grip it securely while kids drink from the straw, and when they’re done, the straw sipper flips back into the small handle to keep the drink inside. Because of the flip-it feature, it’s a great cup to bring on trips in the car, to the store, or to the park without having it spill the contents all over.
My two year old loves to use her new Flip-It Top Gator Grip Cup as well. The ergonomic design is great for her little hands and it doesn’t slip out of her hands when she’s using it. You can see her using the cup without the straw inside (holding it up like a sports bottle) and with the straw inside (holding it down like a sippy cup).
I highly recommend this cup for toddlers and preschoolers!
The Nuby Flip-It Top Gator Grip Cup can be found at these retailers:
|Yep, even I have rules for naming my children!|
Choosing a Baby Name
Do you know why your parents’ named you with your name? Did they follow a trend, make up their own, or focus on the celebrity baby names? Chances are, none of the above.
Then why are we so intent on having the best baby name according to what everyone else thinks or likes?
I was named after my mother’s best friend at the time, who had a rare name for the 1960s and 1970s: Marissa. Even as I grew up, the name wasn’t popular, nor did people even know how to pronounce it since they had never seen it before. While I didn’t always appreciate how different my name was from all of the Jennifers and Ashleys, I learned to love that I was the only one who had my name to my knowledge.
My husband was kind of in the same boat, only that his name was chosen because of his Irish background and completely fit with his last name. When we found out our first child was a boy, we decided to give him the same name, thinking it would still be different enough and still awesome with the last name.
Then we discovered that every other boy born that year and the year to follow had that name, plus the multiple variations of it (care to guess what it is?). In my mind, it was still a choice not based on a trend but on carrying on a family name…
I digress, kinda.
It really was our goal for our child to have a different name than what was trending, but normal enough for others to spell and pronounce it. It was also a stipulation that none of our students’ names (we were both teachers at the time) or funky celebrity baby names were to be considered. We also both needed to agree on the name and it had to have a nice meaning behind it (okay, that was something I stressed…I liked to research the origin of names and their meanings…).
Even though my son’s name turned out to be way more popular than we had hoped, we stuck with it and it completely fits him.
Next it was time to name our daughter. We took the same approach, and compromised on a pretty little name that also suits her very, very well.
Now we have to name our second son. At first, I was looking into Biblical names, but it’s kinda hard to match up a Hebrew, Latin, or Greek name that isn’t a John, James, Peter, Luke, David, Matthew, or Michael, etc. to a very Irish last name. I fleetingly considered Eliot, a variation of Elijah, but once I thought of E.T. and heard the voice in my head, that name was out.
Back to the drawing board it was. But while discussing it one day, my husband and I found a name that met all of our criteria. We’re still playing around with it, trying to match up a middle name (oh, what fun!), but I think we’re going to stick with it.
Unfortunately, I saw recently on a trending baby name list that the name we have picked out may become very popular this year as there is a character with the same name…sigh. I think we’re still going to keep the name, though, since our original intent was to be, well, original, and in our minds we definitely were.
Darn baby name lists and trends….
Your turn! How did you decide on your baby name? Did you have any ‘rules’ to follow? What was the deciding factor in choosing the perfect name? I’d love to hear from you!
|My daughter standing under the belly bump.|
Preparing the Kids for the New Baby
It’s pretty obvious to the kids now that Mommy has more than a basketball under her shirt. With all of the kicks and jabs coming from the belly, they pretty much understand that there’s a baby in there, not just chubbiness from Mommy’s insatiable appetite.
With a little over two months to go, I feel like I’m mentioning the baby to them more and more every day, with comments referring to him as their ‘baby brother’ (I’d use his real name, but then they’d ruin that surprise by telling others…). My oldest likes to ask questions about him, such as where he’s going to sleep and if he’s going to want to play with certain toys (oh, the concerns of a four year old!). My daughter just likes to poke the belly and say “Aw! Baby!”.
As I sat with my son today, the baby began making my belly dance. When I pointed it out to him, he was a little confused, but then understood it was the baby making the movements.
His comment to me? “That’s okay, Mom. I know what it’s like to be pregnant”. I had to laugh. Sure you do, Buddy!
I think it’s really going to hit home when they see him for the first time in the hospital (that is, if they’re allowed in…hospitals around here aren’t allowing kids in due to the flu). I’m hoping that by that time I have ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Big Sister’ shirts ready for them and perhaps a little gift from the baby to them.
I remember when my son saw my daughter for the first time. He was excited and wanted to see her, but then he found something else interesting. At the age of two, I guess that’s all you can expect! He did, however, want to join his dad in singing to the baby, which was one of the sweetest moments ever.
I can only hope it goes that smoothly this time. Until then, I’ll keep mentioning how things are going to change with the new baby:
- Toy boxes and other items need to be moved to make room for baby gear.
- There will be three of them in safety seats in the back seat of the car.
- He’s going to be drinking the bottles and using the pacifiers (my daughter still has interest in bottles and a new found interest in binkies…).
- When he’s in the living room, there will be no throwing of toys or pillows.
- They can’t hold the baby, try to pick him up, or give him things to eat without Mommy or Daddy.
|Nuby’s Snack Keeper Cup for Babies and Toddlers|
If you are a parent of toddlers, you know this to be a fact: toddlers are messy little creatures! I probably spend more time cleaning up after my toddler than I do cleaning the rest of the house.
This is where the Nuby Snack Keeper Cup comes in very handy. Designed to help prevent messes and spills, it has a soft rubber top with an opening that only allows toddlers’ hands to reach in for a snack while not being able to spill the rest of the contents out. [Read more…]
|Nuby’s Tear Free Rinse Pail Review (This post contains affiliate links)|
Nuby Tear Free Rinse Pail
I don’t know about you, but I usually have one heck of a time rinsing shampoo from my kids’ hair during bath time. While my son is now a better sport about it, my two-year-old daughter does not like the water dripping in her face one bit.
Thanks to Nuby, I was able to try the Tear Free Rinse Pail made just for this purpose during bath time. It’s a fun way to rinse the shampoo from your child’s head without spilling extra sudsy water in their face or asking them to lay down in the water to rinse their hair.
This rinsing pail has a soft, rubbery edge that you place on your child’s head as you pour the water toward the back of their head, diverting the water away from their face and their eyes. It’s easy to hold with a comfortable handle to grip, and is BPA-free.
|Test run of the Tear Free Pail in the sink.|
When we first tried this out, I had to find the right spot on my son’s head to pour the water. Of course, when you’re trying to hold a camera and have a test-run at the same time with a giggling little boy, things are bound to happen. When we got it right though, sans camera, it was easy to use and kept the water from his face and eyes. It helps a lot if your child also sits still as you wash the shampoo from his/her head, which is why I tried it on my son first. Once my daughter saw how it worked and how her big brother was happy, she let me try it on her and thought it actually was fun!
|Testing the Nuby Tear Free Rinse Pail|
If you’re looking for a solution to rinsing shampoo from your child’s hair, try the Nuby Tear Free Rinse Pail!
It’s available on Amazon, and comes in a variety of colors: