Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Friday, November 21, 2014
I'm guessing most of you are like me- tired of buying cups that claim to be spill-proof and sick of cleaning up spills. I've had a couple rugs that I ended up throwing out because my kids spilled juice on them and the stains wouldn't come out.  I bought several different cleaners and used my steamer to lift out the stains to no avail. I really thought I'd just have to deal with it... Kids are going to be messy and spill.  But then I found this new product called a Wow Cup, and it absolutely looked amazing.  I mean, how many cups have you seen out there that actually offer a water tight seal guarantee? I'm sure you're wondering if this cup is actually all it's advertised to be.
Wow Gear  http://wowcup.net/ sent me three cups for all three of my kiddos for reviewing purposes. We recieved the Purple Wow Kids Wow Cup® with pink locking valve ring/valve, Pink Wow Baby Wow Cup® with pink handles/locking valve ring with teal valve and the green Wow Kids Wow Cup® with orange locking valve ring/valve.  There are a total of six different color options available for the Wow Kids Wow Cups and three different color options for the Wow Baby Wow Cup.  You can buy several and mix and match colors too, which makes it more fun!
All the cups come with the same 360° Uni-Flow drinking edge that do not contain straws or spouts utilizing the EVEN-SEAL technology, which eliminate spills. This drinking edge helps toddlers transition to an open cup, supporting natural oral development.
Wow Cups are BPA free, Phthalate free, PVC free, and dishwasher safe. The valves are made of a soft food grade silicone and easily are removed from the lid by gently pressing on them from the inside of the cup.  There is a convenient lid on every cup to keep the drinking surface clean when storing. 
The Wow Kids Wow Cups hold up to 9 ounces, but only non-carbonated and beverages which are not hot are to be used in the cup.  There is a clear marking on the inside of the cup saying FILL LINE to help you when pouring. The Wow Baby Wow Cups are clear and hold up to 7 ounces.  There are measurements along one side of the cup to easily track how much your child has drank. 
The Wow Baby Wow Cup® is slightly different because not only does it have handles, but the rim of the cup is wider, giving baby a more natural edge so they don't need to apply much pressure while drinking. 
I think this cup is FANTASTIC for my four year old, and she does too!  She always wants this cup with her.  She waves it all around showing off how it doesn't spill. It's been tossed around on the floor.  She has fallen asleep with it, takes it in the car and over to her friend's house.  She even packed it up inside the main part of her backpack and took it to preschool.  I have zero concerns about it making a mess!  I noticed that she does have to tip the cup up a bit higher than she would an open cup but she had no issues with that.  She loves it!
The baby on the other hand, is confused as you can see from her expression in the photo below.  She has been having a very hard time moving away from bottle-land and if it doesn't flow right out she has no idea what to do with it. 
 She is a stubborn little sweetie...  But she found a way to make the cup work for her the next morning!
We're still offering the Wow Cup to her, as I do want a spill-proof cup available to her for car rides (and I'm sure our relatives would appreciate it when we visit too).
My eleven year old son is hard to get photos of...  However, he uses his cup and he thinks it's awesome. I'll try to sneak a pic and get it added in here for you guys.
I had to try it out too.  I wanted to know what it was all about.  Can't let the kids have all the fun! I recognized that you do need to create a suction like a straw with your mouth and the flow from the cup is not very quick. A bit of a learning process, but worth it if you don't want to worry about spills.  There are adult versions of these cups available, called Wow Life® as well as the Wow Care® line that is meant for those with personal needs related to physical challenges.
 No matter where you are, you don't have to worry about spills anymore.  This cup is the solution.
I wouldn't change anything about this cup. I give it a 10/10!
Check out Wow Cups on Facebook- www.facebook.com/wowgear
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
 You may have troubles getting your toddler to nap and at times it may seem nearly impossible.  Resisting naps is actually a normal part of childhood.  There's many reasons why naptime can end up being a hassle, including your child being overtired, schedule changes, health concerns, or they may simply be growing out of naps.  The best things to do to get your child ready for naptime (or bedtime) is to stay consistent with your routine and maintain a positive sleep environment.  Everybody wants a nice warm cozy place to curl up and snooze. They want to feel comfortable and calm.  A great thing to offer your child is their own personal nap mat, like the ones available at www.janiebee.com!
I recieved the Meadow Quilted Nap Mat from Janiebee for reviewing purposes.  I'm happy to help you become more acquainted with the company and these beautifully handmade nap mats!
All Janiebee Quilted Nap Mats are made in Georgia, USA.  Janiebee Quilted Nap Mats are constructed of 100% soft quilters cotton on both the top and bottom. The designer quality fabric prints they offer are absolutely adorable!  The Meadow Nap Mat has owls and other cute animals and foliage in bright pink, aqua, orange, yellow and green. Janiebee Quilted Nap Mats conveniently roll up and securely tie shut. There is a coordinating shoulder strap for you or your child to carry their nap mat anywhere!
They come with an attached blanket, made of a double layer of Dimple Minky (plush, velvety fabric).  There is also an attached pillowcase, made of Minky as well. The pillowcase has a velcro closure to keep the pillowcase from shifting around, and the Janiebee logo tag rests on top of this closure.  A 11 inch by 16 inch pillow is included.

All mats are filled with a thick 2 inch layer of 100% polyester quilters batting, no chemically treated foam! This provides generous cushioning. The nap mat measures just a few inches short of two feet across and about four and a half feet long. The blankets measure at 48 inches by 30 inches.  Janiebee Quilted Nap Mats are SAFE!  From the Janiebee website:
Safety is our number one concern.  Don't risk your child's health on cheap imitations and sub-standard components. Our mats ARE the thickest and safest available, manufactured with fiberfill quilt batting made to our specs. It is 2 inches thick, NOT treated with any chemicals and has been recommended by the Center for Environmental Health...  Our Nap Mats have been tested for lead and flammability and have passed all government regulations. Our testing was conducted by an independent laboratory in North Carolina.  Janiebee Nap Mats are in compliance with the guidelines provided by the Consumer Safety Improvement Act and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
One other thing that I find fantastic about Janiebee is that every single scrap is not wasted!  Blankets, clothes and pet beds are made with remnants and donated to shelters and other community resources!  I love companies that pay it forward!!!
The moment that I unrolled our Janiebee Nap Mat, both my girls were so tickled pink, they spent a few hours examining the fabrics and cuddling and of course some pretend sleeping...  it was so interesting seeing their enchantment and appreciation of this lovely nap mat!
The mat is very spacious (even for my almost 5 year old who is three and a half feet tall already!) and the blanket snuggles your child up so they feel as snug as a bug in a rug.
Janiebee Nap Mats are AWESOME! My older daughter ended up putting it on her bed because she loves it so much!  I can honestly say it's helped tremendously with bedtime, because she knows she has a cute, safe, comfy and warm place to rest her sleepy head! 
Don't have any worries about washing your nap mat either!  I've had to do this, and they are super simple to wash.  Just remove the pillow and throw the nap mat in the washer.  Add your soap and wash on a cold or warm wash only. And you can put it in the dryer too!!!  Tumble dry on low. 
There's so many different color combinations of prints available to suit your child's fancy!  Personalization is an additional choice you can include and there's even an option to design your own one-of-a-kind nap mat! Janiebee Nap Mats are also great for daycares, grandparent's house, or camping! Be sure to LIKE Janiebee on Facebook to keep up with new products and to receive valuable coupon codes!
I'm so happy to get to host a giveaway here on my blog for Janiebee!  One of my readers will win a Janiebee Quilted Nap Mat, valued up to $119.99!  Thanks so much Janiebee!
All you have to do to enter is to fill the Rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway will run from 11/16/2014-11/24/2014.  Open to US only.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Void where prohibited. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the form with the email address you use).  You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. 
 Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibility. 
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Reflo Smart Cup ™ is a revolutionary new concept in training cups. It's a smart alternative to sippy cups and a great transitional tool for your children to learn to drink from an open cup.
No buttons or other complicated mechanisms to operate. It's as easy as drinking from any ordinary cup without the worry of big spills due to the patented Reflo ™ insert that controls the flow of beverage anywhere along the cup’s rim and at virtually any angle.
BPA-free, phthalate-free and dishwasher safe, the Reflo Smart Cup ™ is designed for safety and hygiene with no moving parts to trap dirt and germs.
Recommended for all ages as a smart alternative to "sippy cups" which have been associated with dental and speech problems.
The Reflo Smart Cup ™ is the safe, smart way to learn to drink from a regular cup.
-from Reflo Ltd
I received a Reflo Smart Cup in translucent green for reviewing purposes.
The Reflo Smart Cup is not spill-proof, it is just like any other drinking cup, but there is a special insert that makes it splash-proof. The insert fits tightly into the cup, with no concern of it popping out. This insert is designed to give you a constant flow from any angle/rotation of the glass.  With the insert, the cup will hold up to 6 ounces of fluid.
The cup is made of BPA, phthalate free heavy-duty plastic. It is dishwasher safe and comes in red violet, blue, green and clear colors. It is super easy to clean, there's only two parts with no valves and straws for germs to get stuck in. When you have a beverage that contains ice, the insert conveniently keeps the ice from floating up and hitting you in the teeth. The Reflo Smart Cup is perfect for special needs and/or the elderly also.  The only thing you can not do with the Reflo Smart Cup is use it to drink beverages that contain pulp or with hot beverages.
 When I found out about the Reflo Smart Cup, I was very excited because I have been looking for the best cups out there for my little ones! My 4 year old has spilled her drinks all over herself as well as on the floor several times during this transition from sippy to regular cup that we are going through. Learning to control the flow of her drink by carefully tipping the cup can be challenging at times. The Reflo Smart Cup is great because it provides a steady, gentle flow which prevents spills with our little learners!  Plus it helps her place her lips in the correct position, preventing oral concerns.
We also have been trying to get our one year old to drink from a cup and we haven't had any luck. I have been trying everything, but she absolutely doesn't care. She will not drink anything all day long unless it is in a bottle. I was anxious to see her reaction to the cup and she has shown interest in the Reflo Smart Cup!  I'm very happy to have this option available for her to grow into!
What do I like most about this cup? It has less to clean, AND has been effective at preventing spills!
Is there anything I would change? I don't have any suggestions that I think could improve the Reflo Smart Cup, I think it does a wonderful job and I am already recommending it to everyone!
I give Reflo Smart Cup a 10/10!
Please take a moment and LIKE Reflo Ltd on Facebook to keep up with special offers and promotions and check out their site http://www.reflo.net/ to see instructional videos and additional reviews.
I'm excited to be able to help host a giveaway so one lucky person will win a package of one Reflo Smart Cup with insert! 
Giveaway will run from 11/13/14-11/24/14. Open to US only. Must be 18 or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed. You have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
 I love babywearing!  It's comfortable, baby is nestled against you which promotes baby's physical, emotional, social and neurological development. When babywearing, there's no need to struggle with getting a carseat in and out of the car, or hauling strollers around. It's easy, since you have less gear you have less work to do. It's safe, and it just makes sense.
I have a couple carriers and have my eye on a couple more. If you follow me on Instagram,  you've probably seen my DIY ice dyed Ring Sling. I'm lucky to have a local Babywearing group, Iowa City Babywearers is a great group of babywearing families where I have gotten great tips and it is nice to get to try all the different types of carriers there are available in their lending library!
I recently stumbled upon Bitybean Ultra Compact Baby Carriers and after one look at their site, I found their carrier design so fascinating!  This carrier wasn't like any other soft-structured carrier I'd ever seen!

I am pleased to help get you more acquainted with Bitybean today!
 I received the Bitybean Baby Carrier in Carrot Orange. The other colors available are Lime Green, Sand Grey and Sky Blue. When stored in the travel bag, it seriously is the size of a television remote control. It is super lightweight, not even as heavy as a can of food. The travel bag could easily be stored in your glove box, purse or diaper bag. It is the perfect size for those who are on the go.
 Here are a few important facts about Bitybean baby carriers.
  • all Bitybean carriers weigh 8 ounces
  • are capable of front (belly to belly) and rear carries for infants over 3 months and 8-40 pounds
  • are ultra compact
  • fully adjustable- from women's size zero the waist strap extends to 46 inches
  • are machine washable
  • can be used as a water carrier in non-chlorinated water
  • made of 60% nylon and 40% polyester
  • comes with a 12 month warranty
  • sleep hood, fleece liner and waist extenders are sold separately 
  • meets consumer product safety regulations- "Bitybean's carrier has been independent laboratory certified to ASTM International F2236-12 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Soft Infant Carriers, testing to the -13 version of the standard is underway.Bitybean uses buckles which are lead-free and the fabrics do not have any flame retardant coatings. Bitybean is proud to be a member of The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, and ASTM International."
My daughter instantly fell in love with her new carrier.  She loves being worn! Wherever we go, I find it necessary to have a carrier. I personally prefer soft-structured carriers because they offer more padding which provides more support for both mom and babe.  It is crucial that baby is in correct position reducing pressure to their hips, groin and spine. This is easily attainable with soft-structured carriers because they have a seat for baby's bottom, distributing weight evenly. The Bitybean carrier has wide straps, they do not dig in at all. There is a seat for babe and when worn for short periods, the babe will remain in a good ergonomical position.

 Our family went out this weekend, visiting the pumpkin patch and I wore Karebear in the Bitybean. You can tell she is supported well in both a back carry and front carry. Using the Bitybean is simple, take the waist strap and put it around your waist, buckle and tighten. Insert baby, buckle leg straps and tighten if under 15 pounds. Slide your arms through shoulder straps and buckle the chest clip, tighten. Takes maybe one minute from start to finish. While wearing Karebear, near the third hour, I noticed she settled more, and I felt the need to adjust the seat for her position to improve. I would not suggest using this carrier for an extended period of time. Bitybean is perfect for quick trips!
I am a 2X and it fits me very well, with at least 6 inches to spare without an extension. However, the front carry seems to be the most comfortable to me, when back carrying, the waist straps seem to dig in more. The straps are an inch wide and the clips are small. Here is a photo of the buckles/clips size compared to a quarter.

Wrapping it up and putting it back into the bag took a couple tries at first, but I found the best way to pack back up. If you fold it in half then tuck the straps in, it rolls up easily.
What is my favorite thing about the Bitybean? I can carry it with me wherever I go, it is super convenient and easy to pack up and store for the next use!
Is there anything I'd change? I think the clips are very small and am afraid that they will get stepped on or broken too easily. If the clips were a bit bigger, I wouldn't have this concern so because of that, I give the Bitybean a 9/10!
Follow Bitybean on Facebook & Twitter!
www.bitybean.com
Bitybean is helping me host a giveaway and one of my readers will win a Bitybean UltraCompact Baby Carrier in their choice of color. Thanks Bitybean!
Giveaway will run from 10/28/14-11/5/14. Open to US only. Must be 18 or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed. You have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. 
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 Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media.

Friday, October 24, 2014
I've been exclusively pumping for 13 months. I have never been able to get nursing to work with my Karebear, but I want her to have the best nutrition. Pumping takes so much dedication and perseverance.  As a pumping mom, I never felt I had many options to show off all my efforts, until I came across Bottle Nursing Boutique.  
Bottle Nursing Boutique began in February 2014. Stephanie, Christine and Bethany, got to chatting one day about how there wasn't gear out there for pumping moms, and decided to start a Facebook group and run a "buy" with the first items, a "bottle-nursed with love" onesie and a "bottle-nursing...another way to share the love" shirt for moms. After that, the whole thing just took off.  The "bottle-nursed with love" onesie  is still one of the most popular items sold.
Bethany says moms deserve to celebrate and show their exclusively pumping pride, and that's why she decided to take it to the next step and opened the website, Bottle Nursing Boutique. She has a full-time job but works very hard at coming up with new ideas for Bottle Nursing Boutique merchandise and is always keeping the Facebook group up to date with items that are available to buy. Everything is custom printed once there is twelve of each design ordered.  Bethany's goal is to be able to become large enough that they can keep all items in stock at all times, and to expand to include other items for not just pumping moms but for all moms!  
Right now, there are a total of 6 different designs available.  Two are for moms and the others are for babe.  The products aren't limited to clothing but also bibs, bags, tumblers and Bethany is working on keychains and pumping awards as well.
I received the "bottle-nursed with love" onesie in lavender.  I love how Bethany adds a personal note into the package.  It feels like a gift!  The onesie is made with Rabbit Skins brand, which is super soft cotton. There are three metal snaps to secure the onesie and the printing is durable throughout the several washes it's been through. The onesie was sized at 12 months, Karebear is 13 months and it fit perfectly! I love it!  I feel so happy seeing all my hard work written right there on her shirt for everyone to see!
Isn't my little Karebear sooooo cute in her Bottle Nursing Boutique onesie?
Like the Bottle Nursing Boutique Facebook page! Also, join the Bottle-Nursing Co-op Facebook group to help pick out new products and meet friends!
Below is a collage I made of some of the Bottle Nursing Boutique models from the FB group!
Here's a chance for you to get something too!  Bottle Nursing Boutique is offering a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!  Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older.  Void where prohibited.  Giveaway will run from  10/25/14-11/3/14. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed.  You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.
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Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Bras. Can't get by without one, especially when you are lactating. I haven't met a breastfeeding mom who doesn't have at least one nursing bra in their wardrobe. Whether you are going to nurse or pump, you want a bra that will provide quick access.  There are many different bras available for nursing and pumping moms. I was absolutely fascinated when I first learned about the different bras TheDairyFairy.com offers for those who are breastfeeding.
I received the new Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra in white to review. This bra is made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. It is wire-free. The cups and wings are composed of a double layer of the soft, stretchy cotton blend, which make it more supportive. The cups have slits through the center for the pump flanges to stick out through. The band and straps are made of a strong yet silky smooth elastic. There's a beautiful decorative stretch lace embellished on the inset of the cups. The Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra has a 3 hook and eye closure in the back. With 6 inches of setting adjustments.
When I tried on the bra, it felt comfortable. I wear a 2xl usually and was slightly concerned I would not have the right fit, as the sizes only go up to XL. I was so happy that it fit so perfectly. I also thought the Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra looks quite attractive on me. I could wear this bra at all times, even when I am no longer pumping. It feels that good. While pumping, it took a little getting used to. After my second try and some tightening of my straps, I found the Rose Handsfree  Pumping Bra is very efficient. You can conveniently set your flanges within the bra and they slide through the openings very quickly. This was my first bra specifically for pumping and it was so nice to be able to not hold the pump. I often get cramped up in my wrists and hands from holding the pump and felt freed from that obligation! Yet still able to get the job done. I used it for half an hour and got my typical output.
Washing the bra is simple. Cold wash with like colors, hang to dry. The bra makes pumping a heck of a lot easier! I am imagining all I can do now that my hands aren't tied up!
My favorite thing about this bra is the stretchy cotton cups and wings. The materials are great!
Is there anything I would change? I would reverse the direction of the slits in the cups so they point inward instead of outward, as it did feel my breasts were spread further apart than what I am used to.

I give the Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra a 9 out of 10!
Please take a moment and stop by The Dairy Fairy Facebook page and give them a thumbs up!
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 I'm super excited to let you know that The Dairy Fairy is helping me host a giveaway!  One person will be the lucky winner of their very own Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra in their color choice of either grey or white.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter! Open to US only.  Must be 18 years of age or older.  Void where prohibited.  Giveaway will run from 10/20/14-11/3/14. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed.  You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. 
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Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media.

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