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SNEAK PREVIEW of Reviews to come from Mama Owl…

~Pacifiers: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

~cloth diapers: chemical free, earth-saving, light on the wallet bums!

~swaddleme by Kiddopotomus

~Arm’s Reach: Cosleeper, Cocoon

~Baby Bjorn Travel Bed Lite

~Slings and Things: Maya, Ergo, Moby, Peanut Shell, Sleepy Wrap,

~Monitors: Graco, First Years

~Inflatable Tubs

~Car seats: Britax, Cosco, Graco

~Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout cover

~Green Toys: Plate Set, Tea Set, Dump Truck

~Edushape Sensory balls

~Lil’ Diner suction platform

~Summer Infant Tiny Diner (placemat)

~Melissa & Doug!

~Jonticraft: Wooden kitchen, sensory table

~Cloud B: Sleep sheep

~great mama deals websites: babysteals, mamabargains, babyhalfoff, etc

~Mozart Music Cube

~Leap Frog Drum

~Sing-a-ma-jigs

~Cooshie Booster

~Chicco Caddy Hook on chair

~Gumball machine toy

~Gates: Retract-a-gate, First Years hands free, etc

~Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Bebe Pod Booster

~Fisher Price: Piggy Bank, Standing table (no batteries)

~Recommended authors: Sandra Boynton, Leslie Patricelli, etc

~Leap Frog: Fridge Phonics, Fridge Farm

~Wedgits

~mOmma straw cup

~GoBaby diaper bag

~Gagou Tagou infant/toddler socks

 

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Peace Weighted Blankets

For those with various special needs things that come easy to some, like
sleep, are a near impossible task. As I mentioned in another post Little
Ladybug has struggled with sleep since day one and at almost three has only
slept through the night a handful of times. Her OT ( occupational therapist
) had recommended a weighted blanket. I searched what seemed like all
corners of the internet before coming across
http://peaceweightedblankets.com/. Kristi has been a joy to work with, her
communication through out the order and the speed of the process was great.
She offers lap pads, toddlers blankets and up. If you have ever looked for a
weighted blanket you know they are pricey but Kristi has good quality
blankets ( my mother is a quilted by trade so passing her test is good
enough for me! ) at reasonable prices. Since it’s just Little Ladybug and me
I need to keep us on a budget, and at $45 for a toddler blanket I was able
to do it compared to the $75 minimum I was finding at other places.  

The first night Little Ladybug used her new blanket she said it felt like a
“hug from Mama”, I’m assuming she is referring the to deep pressure. I
normally hear Tad’s song over and over through the monitor with some “Mama?
……Mama?!” here or there but only 2 rounds of Tad! I was scepital that it
would work just like that and chalked it up to a late night the night before
and not much of a nap. Since then sleep has improved, I can’t say she is
sleeping through the night but that would a miracle fix. She is waking less
often and able to fall asleep easier when she does wake. I’m hopefully with
the combination of OT and blanket I will have a rested child.

Even used as a lap pad I find it helpful. Little Ladybug is a big cuddler
but just simply can’t sit still and is always fidgeting on my arms. I placed
the blanket over her lap and it helped her to fidget less. We just used it
for a long car ride that involved a nap on the road, a normal scream fest.
It was a dream, she went out in a flash! For those kiddie in daycare the lap
pad is a nice size to drape over them on nap cots, 12 x 20.

Overall I would recommend this blanket to anyone with sleep issues, young or
old, special needs or not.

L and O rating: *****

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Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse

Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse

The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse is a huge hit here at the childcare! We have a little guy who has one at home and one here at childcare for nap time. He seems to love it so much that with Little Owl having such sleep issues, I wanted to try it out for her as well. It is a very sweet and soft seahorse with a glowing tummy. He plays soft classical music with ocean sound (bubbles and waves) in the background. There is a sound adjustment for soft and loud, but personally I think there could be an even lower setting. It really isn’t super loud, but I find that if it isn’t on before the going-to-bed-process then it tends to be a distraction/toy rather than a soothing sleep aid. Little owl doesn’t like to be in the dark and his tummy glows ever so slightly that it is enough to be a nightlight and snuggle friend, but not illuminate an entire room or hurt little sleepy eyes. I also find it helpful sometimes to turn it on and lure her back to sleep while doing to middle of the night pacifier hunt.

‘Seabiscuit’ as Daddy Owl so lovingly deemed him, is a soft nighttime friend that I almost wish they had for adults. It brings back nostalgic memories of my glowbug I used to have when I was a little Owlet. Fisher-Price does also make a newer glowbug, but its music doesn’t seem as pleasant from my in store experiences as ‘Seabuscuit’.

L&O Rating: ****

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Cloud B Twilight Constellation Night Light, Sea Turtle

Cloud B Twilight Constellation Sea Turtle

The Cloud B Twilight Constellation Night Light Sea Turtle is a wonderful addition to any child’s room. It provides visual sensory stimulation and also allows a child who may fear the dark to drift off to sleep while looking at the stars and constellations. Little Owl and I nurse while using the stars as our nightlight before bed.  It is so peaceful knowing she doesn’t have to fall asleep in the dark or if she stirs shortly after, go from being in my arms all snuggled to a dark room. The Sea Turtle has 3 choices of colors: Blue, Green, or Blue and Green together. You can also illuminate pictures of 5 individual endangered sea creatures on the  circumference of the Sea Turtle’s shell. This is nice because it helps children learn about endangered creatures paired with a nice story book and adoption certificate. There is an automatic timer that shuts off after about 45 minutes. The only downfall is that you cannot keep it on all night, so it cannot be used successfully as an all night nightlight. Sometimes Little Owl wakes up in the dark and gets scared; that would have to be my only con to the Cloud B Twilight Sea Turtle. He has a soft plush body and a hard plastic shell, so he isn’t ideal for snuggling, more the type of guy who likes to hang out on a shelf, dresser, or nightstand. 

As far as the constellations go, there is a guide for identifying them, but I have a bit of trouble. I thought I saw the Dippers, but that is all I could see. There is also a nice crescent moon among the stars as well. Overall the Cloud B Twilight Constellation Night Light Sea Turtle is very nice, peaceful, and comforting.

L&O Rating: ****

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Cloud B Polar Cuddle Cub

Cloud B Polar Cuddle Cub

“Made using eco-friendly Soy fibers, Polar Cuddle Cubs soft shivers create a nurturing tactile sensations that warms the heart and calms the senses. Polar Cuddle Cubs soft and unique rhythmic vibrations will soothe and comfort your child, creating an ideal read time environment.
Polar Cuddle Cub features:

  • Eco-friendly anti-bacterial Soy-based fabric
  • Vibration device with 2 gentle rhythmic options
  • Time and hug activation options
  • Memory foam hands and feet
  • Storybook and adoption certificate
  • 2 AA batteries included
  • Ideal for ages 3 and up
Polar Cuddle Cub is part of the Cloud B Endangered Species Series which helps bring awareness to our animal friends who need our attention. A portion of your purchase will go to an international wildlife organization” From:http://cloudb.stores.yahoo.net/ongo1.html
I recently got the Cloud B Polar Cuddle Cub for Ladybug. She has never been a great sleeper, at 2 years and 9 months she still does not sleep through the night and takes a long time to fall asleep. Cloud B is a company selling many different kinds of sleep aids for children ( Mama Owl will review the Sleep Sheep and Twilight Turtle soon). Little Ladybug is very tactile and craves deep pressure and constant closeness. This product is AMAZING! The cub has two vibration modes: a constant shiver or tiny shivers in the rhythm of a heartbeat. Either setting can be on the timer, shivers are on and shuts off after a few minutes and will start over when hugged or the hug mode that only shivers when hugged. Ladybug was not fond of the heartbeat mode as the shivers were very subtle but I could still see it as calming to another child who may not crave sensation as much as my ladybug. The cub is machine washable, a major plus when dealing with a much loved stuffed animals, as all of you know :). I like that the cub is made anti-bactireal and eco-friendly but I’m not thrilled with the soy fibers for allergy reasons. Although Little Ladybug is not allergic to soy she does have food allergies and soy is a top 8 allergen. Little Owl is allergic to soy so when visiting her the cub must keep its distance. I would have no complaints about the Polar Cuddle Cub if he was made from another less allergenic material.
“Cloud”, as she affectionately calls the cub, has been an instant hit. Her eyes lit up the minute she felt the first shivers as she hugged it. At bedtime she did not protest nearly as much as normal, instead she hugged the cub, smiled as he shivered and proclaimed it her best friend. And although she still woke twice that night she was able to fall back to sleep on her own, the subtle sounds of the cub could be heard as she hugged away. We are on night 3 with the cub and so far it is helping her soothe herself back to sleep, actually as I type she is peacefully napping at Little Owl’s house, with Cloud tucked under her arm.
ETA!!!! Cloud had an unknown mishap at daycare, and came home not working. Little ladybug was crushed, she wasn’t able to communicate exactly what happened just that he stopped working. I frantically emailed Cloud B customer service (in addition to buying a new backup Polar Cub from Babysteals.com 🙂 ) and heard back the same night, asking for my address to send me a FREE new replacement heart so Little Ladybug would have a working Cloud. Now thats customer service for you!
Ladybug
L & O Rating: *****

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