Review: NoseFrida The Snotsucker

nf-main-prod-370x370The NoseFrida Snotsucker is no doubt one of the strangest contraptions I purchased while pregnant.  It is, quite literally, a snotsucker.  It is designed to remove mucus safely and effectively from a small childs nose.  The NoseFrida is an alternative to traditional bulb style nasal aspirators.

It works by placing the end of the larger tube up against the childs nostril.  You then suck on the red mouthpiece, creating enough suction to remove mucus and relieve stuffy noses.  Sounds kinda gross, right?  Well, the larger tube is equipped with a disposable filter.  Their website says clinical studies show that the filter prevents mucus and bacterial transfer from child to user.  In my experience, mucus didn’t even make it anywhere near the filter, and I’m honestly not worried about bacterial transfer when using it on my child anyway.  Should mucus ever make it up that far though, the filter will prevent it from getting into the smaller tube.

So why did I decide to buy this odd little gadget?  Well, while I was pregnant, I was telling my mother about the NoseFrida and how I wasn’t sure what to think of it.  She said “If that baby gets a cold, you won’t care if it seems gross or not, if it can give them some relief, you’ll be glad you have it.”.  Momma knows best, because our son recently had his first cold.  I was so happy to have the NoseFrida here, and even happier when I saw how well it worked.

My son wasn’t a fan of having it used on him, but who could blame him?  NoseFrida recommends using a couple drops of saline solution in each nostril before using the Snotsucker.  I didn’t have any saline drops here, but I did have some Aleva Nasal Wipes for children which contained saline, so I found those worked to loosen up the mucus.  By placing the NoseFrida against the nostril, it creates a seal (when the baby isn’t wiggling all over the place).  Because of the shape, you can’t accidently push it too far into the nose, and they say you can’t suck to hard either.  So, thankfully I didn’t have to worry about those things while trying to help my little guy breathe better.  I was shocked how much mucus came out when I used this on him.  He was instantly able to breathe (and then nurse) easier.

The NoseFrida was easy to clean as well.  The large tube just pops off to rinse with soap and water.  It’s also top-rack dishwasher safe.  Now, I have to fess up – I didn’t change the filter each time I used it.  As it turns out, I was sick with the same cold, so I wasn’t worried about bacteria transfer.  And like I mentioned earlier, the mucus just stayed in the end of the tube.  I did rinse the filter a couple times, and now that we’re both all better, I’ve tossed it.

After surviving our first baby cold, I’m very happy with the NoseFrida.  It’s a safe and effective way to help baby breathe and feel better.  Who wouldn’t be sold on that?

 

#CDLocalToMe Giveaway Hop!

Enter to win this diaper!

Enter to win this diaper!

I’m incredibly excited to bring you guys our very first Giveaway!!  Thanks to Mama Loup’s Den, we’ve partnered with Go As You Grow Kids Gear in Nova Scotia to bring you an awesome prize!  Go As You Grow is giving away a Bamboo Funky Fluff diaper in the brand new “Funk-Eh Forest” pattern.  Have you ever used a Bamboo Funky Fluff?  They’re the softest, squishiest diapers I’ve ever had my hands on.  We have a few in our stash and I love them.  They’re also a Canadian company (hence the “Funk-Eh Forest”), based in Toronto.

Huge thanks to Go As You Grow for sponsoring this awesome prize!  They’re located in New Minas, Nova Scotia and offer some great services.  Not only do they sell cloth diapers, but they’re the place to go for car seats too.  They have 2 Certified Car Seat Technicians on staff and offer their expertise as a free service.

So, how does this contest work?  I’ll post all the needed info below.  Near the bottom of the page, you’ll find the Rafflecopter widget where you can earn up to 12 entries!  Then hop around to our other blogger friends by clicking on the links and enter to win their prizes too!

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Welcome to the #CDLocal2Me Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by Mama Loup’s Den and Our Piece of Earth.

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We have teamed up with some amazing bloggers who love supporting local businesses and are excited to share these products and companies that we love with you. Each participating blogger will be showcasing cloth diaper or natural living products and stores local to them. This is a great way for you to find out where some of your favorite products are made and discover some that you may not have heard of. Be sure to hop around to all of these fantastic blogs and enter to win.

 

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Disclosure: Mama Loup’s Den, Our Piece of Earth and the participating #CDLocal2Me bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize shipments.

Review: Cloud B Sleep Sheep

The cuddly Sleep Sheep plays white noise to help baby sleep

The Sleep Sheep is a great accessory for any nursery

For a few years now, the Sleep Sheep from Cloud b has been one of my go-to shower gifts.  It’s adorable, snuggly and I’d often heard babies love white noise.  What wasn’t there to love?  I was lucky enough to get one as a shower present too, so now I get to tell you what I thought of this little fluff ball in action.  :)  First of all, this is a battery operated sound machine (there are pros and cons with this, but I’ll get to that in a bit).  It plays 4 different white noise sounds: Heartbeat, Spring Showers, Ocean Surf and Whale Songs.  There are two timer settings, 23 and 45 minutes.  It has a Velcro strap that allows you to hook it onto the rail of a crib (Cloud b recommends you put it on the outside of the crib) and an easily accessible volume control.

We mostly used the Sleep Sheep during my sons first few months.  He was sleeping in a bassinet in our room and thankfully was a pretty sound sleeper.  I never personally felt like we needed a sound machine to help him sleep, but I found I was actually turning it on just to make me more comfortable. I found turning on the Sleep Sheep when we first put him down for the night would muffle the noises I was making walking around the room or getting ready for bed.  I would also turn it on when I put him back down after a feeding.  That way, when I was trying to get back to sleep, I wasn’t worried about waking him if I had to roll over or something.  It just kept me from feeling like every tiny noise would wake him.  So, in a way, it was my Sleep Sheep.

 

4 Sound Options: Heart, Rain, Ocean and Whales

4 Sound Options: Heart, Rain, Ocean and Whales

The two timer settings were useful, often I found that the 23 minutes was long enough, so it helped save batteries.  Switching between the two is easy, just the flip of a switch on the back.  I like the battery operation because it means the sheep is easily portable.  We’ve brought it to my parents house and found it did a great job of blocking out the noise from a birthday party that was happening there.  The downside of the batteries is two-fold:

1. You have to buy batteries (but I have to say, this thing doesn’t eat batteries.  We did nightly use for several months on the original set.)

2.You can’t use it for any longer than 45 minutes without turning it on again.

This second point is important if you have a really light sleeper or you just feel you might want white noise all night.  If for any reason you will consistently want more than 45 minutes of white noise, the Sleep Sheep might not be for you.  For example, we live on a noisy street.  This summer we had our windows open a lot, so I found myself using my sons Graco Sound Machine (plugs in) to block out some of the sounds outside.  I was able to run it all night and thankfully then I wasn’t waking with every loud motorcycle, wondering if it had also woke my son.  **See the theme?  These sound machines are obviously for me.  I don’t think my son needs them at all.  I however, do.**

As mentioned above, the Sleep Sheep has 4 sound options.  Neither of them is the standard “static” type sound that I associate with “white noise”.  Instead, it has 3 lovely sounds, and one whale sound that I really didn’t care for personally.  I used the Ocean Surf sound most often and found it really relaxing.

I’ll continue to give the Sleep Sheep as shower gift because you never know what baby (or Mom) might benefit from a little white noise.  And hey, even if they never even use it, it’ll still look darn cute in the nursery.  :)

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Review: Boon Naked Baby Bathtub

I researched pretty much everything we purchased for our baby.  Even the bathtub!  As with most baby products, there were so many options – spa tubs, bucket style, fabric slings and traditional style tubs.  Decisions, decisions!  We don’t have a lot of storage space in our house, so space saving items always appeal to me.  I also like products that are cute and eye catching, but don’t scream “baby”.  The first time I saw the Boon Naked 2-Position Collapsible Baby Bathtub, I was struck by how simple it was, yet how different it was from other tubs.  Some things to note about the Boon Naked:

1) It’s collapsible! Ultimately, this is what sold me on this tub.  It takes up very little space once it’s collapsed and can easily be stored out of sight. For a while we were keeping it in the small space between our washer and the wall. It even has a little hanger if you’d like to hang it on a shower rod for example.

2) Two positions, a recline for newborns and fully expanded for older infants and toddlers.  Our little guy is on the bigger side, but we used the reclined position until we was about 3 months (around 16-17 lbs and 26 inches).  Now we use the tub fully expanded and just keep the water level low.  It’s also equipped with a support bar for the recline position.

3) No extra parts!  Love this.  There’s nothing to misplace, and I think that’s an added bonus if you’re planning to keep it for any future babies.

The tub also comes in several fun colors (all with a white base) and is BpA-Free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free.  Boon previously offered a larger color selection, but I believe it’s now available in pink, blue or green only. We love our green tub. We picked it because it was a fun, gender neutral color.  Boon indicates that the tub is good from birth to 18 months.  I’m not sure we’ll still be using our tub at 18 months, but I don’t’ think we’ll be outgrowing this tub any faster than any other tub.  If anything, I think this one would outlast others.  My mother has what I’ll call a traditional style baby tub at her house for our little guy and he was getting too big for that tub at 3 months.

Overall, we’re very happy with our Boon Naked Baby Bathtub.  When researching, I remember seeing one criticism of the tub was that the drain was not at the lowest part of the tub when in the reclined position.  Although this is true, I must say, it is not something that bothers me.  We’ve never had any trouble dumping the tub and have always found clean up to be pretty easy.  The fact that there are no grooves or “ledges” like in other tubs, means that a quick wipe with the towel and you’re all set.  One other thing I saw pointed out in reviews was that babies were slipping down in the recline position.  We did notice that this happened, but again, it wasn’t a problem.  Obviously when you’re bathing you’re little one, you are going to be right there to adjust them if need be. We just kept the water level a little lower and that was that.

I’d recommend the Boon Naked 2-Position Baby Bathtub to any new parents, but especially to those looking a space saving option. The fact that it’s so cute and modern looking is just a bonus! :)

We even used it as a place to cool down on a really hot day!

We even used it as a place to cool down on a really hot day!