The Mommy has long been into baby carriers, but I have always been on the fence. However, now that LTD is four and BB is five months the level of activity and range of motion needed to for me to navigate these waters have changed my mind. I can’t use the stroller at the playground or library because where LTD is concerned, he is just too fast. The Boba Carrier solves my mobility challenges in way that makes me feel like Luke carrying Yoda in Empire. Since it has foot straps I guess the analogy would be that I am a horse that the baby rides. I was wary at first thinking I was going to need to take yoga to be able to put him in it by myself, but like most things I was making it more complicated than it needed to be and now I can strap the baby to my chest pretty quickly. I do need to turn him around at some point because the level of drool on my shirts is getting ridiculous. I also occasionally feel cool like last weekend when I had him strapped to my chest and the baby supplies pack on my back, it looked like I was parachuting into Normandy.
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Almost over night LTD has turned into an artist, I’m not saying we are in the Monet ballpark just yet, but I think he has a bright future. The Mommy and I wish to feed his creative development and so we looked at the Netflix of art projects, The Wummelbox (and yes it’s German before you ask about the name). You can order the Wummelbox as a one time thing or you can sign up for the subscription with free shipping to get new materials on a monthly basis. The box comes with different projects that are base on a theme like Music or the Circus and comes with an illustrated instruction pamphlet. Additionally, the box is environmentally friendly and designed to be used by the child again and again when the project is finished, the circus box features masks and a ring toss game. LTD loves getting things in the mail so I take care of half his energy just by opening the box in the first place. Some of the projects are best with adult supervision so the box is a little more involved then a coloring book so bewared you may have to put down the iPad and spend time being creative with your kids.
Disclosure: While I did received the Wummelbox for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you don’t know that then you may be in need of a quick gift idea. BloomNation.com sets you up with a trusted florist in your area but you order on the BloomNation site in a set it and forget situation. In most cases, if you order by a certain time you can get same day delivery. The cool thing is that you get an order email and a delivery confirmation email so you don’t call and ruin the surprise. When I typed in my wife’s office address the site auto-completed to make the process even simpler. Lastly, when picking the actual flowers you choose from real pictures without being overwhelmed. Having a picture is key, since the last time I tried to pick flowers it did not go well (I do know that carnations are bad in case you were wondering). When you are as sleep deprived as I am simple and easy are the big pluses.
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LTD frequently uses my old iPhone and BB now uses my iPod (just kidding, but he did grab my phone the other day and make it all sticky). So with all this “i” technology floating around the house it is time once again to discuss cell phone radiation. As mentioned earlier I don’t want to get into the debate, except to say that if cell radiation is bad there are simple fixes out there to deal with the issue and ride the safer than sorry train. One simple way to handle the things so that your kids don’t transform into the Hulk is to use the Bodywell Chip. You just place the small square on the back of the phone and go about playing Words with Friends. The Chip works by blending frequencies that counter cellphone SAR radiation without affecting service. The process is similar to that of noise-canceling headphones. The best part is that even if the radiation turns out not be the danger that some say, the Chip is easy enough to use and frankly when I write the word radiation as many times as I just did it doesn’t sound like something I should be ignoring.
Long time Beyond the Car Seat readers may have noticed a new app along the right side. When you click on it, you will be directed to the Sunnybump site. What is Sunnybump you ask? Sunnybump assembles and sorts baby products collected by the very parents who have used them. You will find that the Beyond the Car Seat collection is particularly useful and features only the coolest items.
While LTD is four his eating habits drift towards a child of younger disposition. He still has a difficult relationship with the fork. Therefore the placemat has become a vital part of our dining experience. A lot of our hard plastic placemats get sticky and worn quickly from cleaning and fork abuse so we have turned to our friend vinyl. The Oopsy Daisy roll up soft vinyl reversible placemat is easily cleaned after each zoo like feeding cycle. As an added bonus the placemats feature cool designs including animals from around the globe and world landmarks by artist Donna Ingemanson. We use the map version and it is nice to be able to see all the countries instead of the scratched out missing LTD edition from the other placemats.
LTD has been watching a bit of the undersea adventure show The Octonaunts lately. I don’t mind the show as it has its beginnings in England so the characters all sound more professional and act with more gravity then some of the other shows on Disney Junior (ie. that creepy princess show. The show focus on a team of ocean adventurers who discover new worlds, creatures and promote ocean conservation. The Fisher Price toy line has the characters from the show and one of them comes with something called a Vampire Squid which is something that I don’t remember on any Jacque Cousteau special. The show also has a Life Aquatic vibe which gives the toys a pretty cool color spectrum. So far the little guy loves the Octo-Compass as he is getting into maps and states. I like the toys that logically can also go in the tub as LTD still puts up a fight in that department and every bit helps.
It didn’t take BB long to develop his first case of wicked bad diaper rash, I won’t lie there was a little blood (just a little). We turned to Flanders Buttocks Ointment for two reason. One it has a ton of Zinc Oxide, which is just the best for dealing with diaper rash, the best and the second or more important reason is that it’s name has the word buttocks in it. I mean how can you not love that? If you are being bold you can even use it on adult rashes especially if you are my college roommate who used to moon everyone by announcing it was time to make buttocks. Take the time to learn how two pharmacists came up with cream 30 years ago, it’s pretty interesting.
BB is almost two months old and so far he has been living someone else’s life. Namely LTDs as he is wearing most of his old baby clothes. However, when it came time for his first toy we decided that he should have something new. The NogginStik is a pretty cool rattle that features a bumpy grip, mirror and changing color smiley face. When you swish the Stik back and forth the head changes from red to blue to green (don’t worry if you don’t move it for a minute the colors stop to save power). It is a little hard to tell due to his age, but it does seem to hold his attention and on my end it is neat seeing the colors reflect in his eyes. Of course when we ask LTD to hand it to BB it takes him a little while to actually give it to him, but BB seems to enjoy the interaction.
If you have ever been to the grocery store or a Starbucks then at some point your child has asked for one of those small cartons of chocolate milk. You have either bought one or powered through the cries. Either way in the end you asked yourself, why doesn’t this stuff need to be refrigerated? Turns out the answer is in the way it is pasteurized and put in the special single serve carton so that you don’t need to put it in the fridge until opened. However, whenever I give LTD a single serve chocolate milk and he can’t finish it, he will ask to save it for later, but somehow on every trip to the fridge it ends up in my mouth.