Friday, December 19, 2014

Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist #Review and #Giveaway

Winter is here and that means cold and flu season has arrived. There’s nothing worse than having to wipe your nose repeatedly. Constant wiping is always harsh on the skin and it’s one of the main reasons that my daughter struggles whenever we wipe her sensitive nose with dry tissues. Luckily we got to try Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes are made with saline, which works to dissolve mucus. These wipes are great for removing those dried, crusty and yucky boogies around the kiddo’s delicate nose. These wipes don’t contain alcohol and won’t dry or irritate the skin. Boogie Wipes were gentle enough that they didn’t cause my daughter’s eczema to flare up around her face. 

The one disadvantage is that the wipes are moist and don’t absorb very well. While you can easily wipe away those boogies, you might still need a dry tissue to help contain those very runny noses. 

The wipes are available in fresh scent, grape, and unscented. I must admit that I absolutely love the smell of the Grape scented Boogie Wipes! For convenience, the wipes are sold in 30-count packs, in a 90-count tub, and packs of individually wrapped wipes for on the go. We have a big tub in our living room as our baby is still battling a nasty cold. I keep 30-count packs in our daycare and diaper bags, as well as individually wrapped wipes in the car. 

I used Boogie Wipes on my 10-month old daughter but toddlers and older kids will also appreciate using these gentle wipes rather than dry tissues to wipe their sensitive noses. Saline drops are usually recommended to help clear stuffy noses. 

Boogie Mist is a non-medicated sterile saline nasal spray that helps relieve nasal congestion caused by colds and allergies. The gentle spray helps flush out and clear stuffy noses and soothes dry noses by moisturizing the nasal passages. Boogie Mist is available in unscented and scented. 

I liked that Boogie Mist was indeed a gentle mist appropriate for use on an infant unlike other adult nasal sprays I’ve seen. My daughter recently battled a horrible cold that left her miserable and severely congested. From the first use Boogie Mist quickly helped loosen the mucus and helped her breathe easier. A Boogie Wipe took care of the resulting mess with no problems. 

As a mom that uses both at home, I can confidently recommend both Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist as a gentle alternative to dry tissues. They’re a must have when your little ones are suffering from congestion due to the common cold this winter. 

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Little Busy Bodies, LLC provided the above Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and the opinions expressed here are based on my experience using the products.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Baby Mum-Mum rice teething biscuits and snacks #review

Delicious and addicting are good adjectives that describe Baby Mum-Mums. I first learned about Mum-Mums from other moms in my birth group. Mum-Mums seemed very popular among the babies and I decided to give them a try. The Original Mum-Mums were a definite hit at our house and have become a favorite snack for my daughter. I am thrilled for the opportunity to formally review the different varieties of Baby Mum-Mums.
 Mum-Mums are primarily made from Japonica rice, sugar, skim milk powder and salt. Other ingredients can vary depending on the flavors, which ranging from original to vegetable, banana, apple and carrot. Even better, USDA-certified Organic Baby Mum-Mums are also available in Original and Carrot flavors. These biscuits contain no artificial flavor or coloring, no preservatives, and are gluten, wheat, egg, and peanut free. These biscuits are a great alternative for babies with allergies.

Baby Mum-Mums are specially created for teething babies and those who are just beginning solid foods. These rice biscuits dissolve easily in the baby’s mouth without making a mess. I personally loved not having to clean up after my baby ate a Mum-Mum. Each box includes 12 individually-wrapped packs with 2 biscuits, which are perfect for travel. I usually carry one or two packages in our diaper bag so my daughter can always have a snack ready.

Mum-Mums are lightly sweetened and oven baked. They truly do taste great! My 10-month old is always excited when she sees a package and cannot wait to wrap her little hand around the crispy rice biscuit. I can honestly say that Baby Mum-Mums are my daughter’s favorite snack and she has yet to turn any away. A healthy and mess-free snack also keeps mom happy.

As my baby grows I will most likely stick with this tried and true brand and transition her to Toddler and Snack Mum-Mums. 

McFadden/Gavender Advertising, Inc. provided an assortment of Baby Mum-Mums for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and the opinions expressed here are based on my experience using the products.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

New Molly’s Suds Whitener #Review

We have been using Molly’s Suds products for several years.  When the new whitener came out this fall, I was eager to give it a try.  One of the down sides to using natural detergents is that they don’t contain the optical brighteners that artificially whiten clothes.  Most mainstream detergents contain optical brighteners, which is good for keeping white clothes blindingly white, but potentially bad for those with sensitive skin.  Since our son has eczema, we don’t use anything that could cause additional irritation. The one product we hadn’t gotten rid of was an oxygen-based whitener.  It seemed to be working well, but there were times when that wasn’t enough to remove stains. There were some toddler-stained shirts that couldn’t even be helped with liquid bleach. 

I had a particularly gross pair of baby carrier teething pads—the ones you use to cover the baby carrier straps and prevent drool-stains—and I didn’t want to wash those with a mainstream oxygen whitener.  I also didn’t want to bleach them because they are 100% organic cotton and may have been damaged from the harsh chemicals.  This was the perfect test for the Molly’s Suds whitener.  Per the directions, I soaked the teething pads in the whitener for about 2 hours. They were very badly stained, but after soaking and washing them with our usual laundry, they looked almost new!  There was only a light stain from where our dark brown baby carrier straps had rubbed and transferred color onto the white pads.  While the whitening effect was pretty neat, I’m usually not organized enough to do a lot of soaking:  it’s something I reserve for very dirty laundry.  You can also add the whitener right to your regular laundry to help remove stains and get a detergent boost. However, if you have a badly stained article of clothing then it’s probably worth it to try soaking it first and then washing it.  As with most stains, if you don't treat them first, they are harder to remove later.
I was also impressed with Molly’s Suds Whitener’s effect on odor removal.  I had a pair of nice bed sheets sheets that had been misplaced during our move in 2010.  My husband had packed them into an old drum set (yeah, that perplexed me too) and they weren’t discovered until 8 months after our move.  They were my favorite pair of sheets, but they smelled musty after being trapped inside a drum.  I had already washed the sheets many times and with many different products in an attempt to get the smell out, but I was to the point of reserving the sheets for painting projects. I decided to give them one last shot: I soaked and washed them in hot water with two scoops of Molly’s Suds whitener.  Finally!  The odor was eliminated and I am able to use the sheets again.  This was really exciting because I had exhausted all other options—or so I thought!

We had a great experience with Molly’s Suds Whitener.  I wasn’t surprised that this product worked well because we love the laundry powder and cloth diaper powder from Molly’s Suds. We also didn’t have any problems with using the Whitener on colored fabrics or fabrics of different types.  Molly’s Suds does suggest that you test the Whitener on a small portion of fabric before treating delicate fabrics, but I just skipped that step since I feel very confident with how our water and clothes have worked with the Molly’s Suds family of products.  That’s not to say it’s not worth taking the time to test expensive or delicate fabrics. 

What do you think? Are you looking for an option to naturally whiten your clothes?  
Molly's Suds provided the Whitener for the purpose of review: I was not required to publish a review or provide a positive review. I am an ambassador for Molly's Suds and occasionally receive products test and share my opinion about.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Wash your #ClothDiapers

Washing cloth diapers is easy if you follow some simple steps

  1. Remove any solid waste.  If your baby is on solid foods (or formula fed), get as much poop off the diaper as possible.  There are products to help with this process, for example the Spray Pal* and a Diaper Sprayer* can be very helpful. Poops from solid foods will not dissolve in the washing machine. Poop from exclusively breastfeed babies can go right into the washer without rinsing.

  1. Rinse the diapers.  There are a few ways to do the rinse. My preferred way is to rinse the diapers in hot water because warmer water is more likely to open the fabric fibers.  You can also set your washer to “rinse” cycle and do a cold water rinse.  This will remove any breastfeed poop and also get urine out of the diapers.

  1. Wash your diapers on hot and add detergent.  Set the washer to “hot” and do a normal cycle.  You may need to do some experimenting to see how much detergent to use.  The general rule is to use 1/4th the recommended amount of detergent.  If you are using a detergent made and advertised specifically for cloth diapers, then use the amount of detergent recommended on the package. You might be able to use less detergent if you have soft water.  If you see soapy bubbles in the water during the wash cycle, you are using too much detergent (more is not better, it can actually be bad for the diapers).

  1. Rinse the diapers again.  Usually this rinse step is included in your normal wash cycle, but remember to add one if your washer does not include a rinse step.

  1. Dry the diapers.  If you plan on putting your diapers into the dryer, make sure to dry everything on low heat.  Diaper covers, or diaper shells (for pocket diapers) should ideally be line-dried.  This will keep the diaper shell in nice condition, and prevent separation of the waterproof layer from the fabric.  Some brands will tell you that their diaper covers cannot be dried in a dryer or they will shrink, so read the packaging carefully when you purchase diapers.

What if I have a front-loading washing machine?   Front loading washers are more difficult to use with cloth diapers.  The great thing about front loaders is that they use less water; the bad thing about them (for cloth diapering) is that they use less water.  Getting clean diapers really requires that the diapers get nicely agitated in water.  People who have front-loading machines will do much better if they wash smaller loads more frequently rather than larger loads less often.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Potty training: remembering an innate desire for cleanliness

Our family used to foster rescue dogs for the Nebraska Dachshund Rescue. We fostered one particular dog that had been living in a puppy mill. A dog would never intentionally soil its own bedding because of an innate distaste for living in filth. However, puppy mill dogs have no choice but to urinate and defecate in their small cages. In time, puppy mill dogs learn that living in filth is normal. When the dogs are removed from their puppy mill situation and placed into a home setting, they crave confinement and usually soil their bedding. It takes time and patience to re-train a dog, and help them unlearn these detrimental behaviors.  A desire for cleanliness is universal, but it can be forgotten.

Human babies also have an innate desire for cleanliness. Young babies are sensitive to soiled diapers: they often cry and fuss when a diaper becomes soiled.  However, most babies grow to learn that soiling their diapers is normal. As they age, toddlers may barely acknowledge that they've had a bowl movement in their diapers.  Some children even violently resist potty training and may scream for a diaper when the need to go potty.  In order to become potty trained, a toddler must unlearn the behavior of soiling his diaper.  As a parent, our job is to train children to understand that using the potty is much more pleasant than soiling a diaper.

Unlearning something you've learned and ingrained is an extremely difficult task.  Some parents have chosen to try and prevent the learned behavior of soiling diapers by practicing a method referred to as elimination communication.  In this method, parents use timing and subtle signals from their babies in order to identify their children's urination and defecation needs.  Even those who use this method usually supplement with diapers to prevent accidents from occurring.  While we had some good experiences with elimination communication, diapers seem to be a necessary evil for most parents.
Because the process of unlearning is so difficult, we need to help toddlers become less reliant on diapers.  The first step is helping them to recognize when they have soiled their diapers.  Disposable diapers absorb liquid almost instantaneously and baby is often unaware he has soiled the diaper.  Cloth diapers are slower absorbing and children will feel moisture as it is absorbed by the diaper.  As toddlers age, they should be given opportunities to practice wearing underwear or have diaper-free time.  This will allow them to quickly discover that they have potty needs, and these needs are best addressed by using the potty chair.
Unlearning undesirable behavior may be difficult, but with encouragement and support, any child can learn to use the potty.  They only need to be reminded that peeing in a diaper is unpleasant. Little babies may not be made of "frogs and snails and puppy dog tails", but they do have one thing in common with our furry friends: they both have an innate distaste for soiling themselves. 
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