Baby More Co. Baby Wrap Review

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I received a free Baby More Co. Baby Wrap in exchange for my honest opinions of the product.

When Aubrey came along I tried a conventional baby carrier, and she screamed every single time I put her in it. I gave up on the baby carrier and donated it. For the most part life without a baby carrier has been okay, but as Aubrey has gotten bigger I’ve started to have a lot of back pain after carrying her long distances. Most days she wants to run or walk beside me, but I carry her a lot if she tires out on a long walk or if we are in a crowded place where I don’t want to risk her running off. Strollers aren’t an option because she’s already figured out how to undo the belt. My super speedy toddler can wrangle herself out of the stroller and take off running so fast I’m playing catch up to stop her.

When I was offered the opportunity to test out a Baby More Co. Baby Wrap I decided this might just be my answer to my problems.

baby_more_co_baby_wrap_packagedThis particular wrap can be used for both babies and toddlers up to 32lbs. I was intrigued by the weight limit, so I decided to give it a try. Aubrey has always been on the small side, and at 23 months she weighs the same as my friend’s 7 month old, not quite 24lbs. She’s no where near the weight limit for the baby wrap, so it might just work.

About The Baby More Co. Baby Wrap

  • Made of a super soft cotton/spandex blend
  • Comes in 4 color choices, Black, Pink, Gray, or Oxford Blue
  • Supports babies and toddlers up to 32lbs
  • 200% satisfaction guarantee (money back plus replacement wrap)
  • Packaged in reusable carry bag made from same material
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Practicing with the baby doll that was larger than both my preemie and full term babies.

The Verdict

I tried the Baby Wrap on one of my oldest daughter’s dolls for practice until I was comfortable using it, and I chose a doll that was actually a tad bit larger than either of my girls were as newborns (we have photos of each girl with the doll to prove it!). The included instructions were great, but it took me a few tries to get the technique down.

Once I was satisfied that I could properly tie the wrap to securely hold the baby, I asked my friend to join me for a walk to try out the Baby Wrap with her 7 month old.  I carried the 7 month old (who weighs the same as my toddler) around for an hour with no problems. She was tucked safely and securely against my chest while we went for a walk around the local park, and she even fell asleep snugly tucked into the Baby Wrap.  We were both happy with the results, and my friend was sold on buying one of her own. In my opinion the Baby Wrap is a great way to keep your baby safe, secure, and provide the nurturing that comes with carrying your baby so close.

Unfortunately my experience with Aubrey and the Baby Wrap wasn’t so enjoyable. She may weigh the same as the 7 month old, but the experience was completely different.

First, I had trouble getting a squirming toddler properly situated inside the wrap. After a few tries we made it happen, and things only went downhill from there. Aubrey’s constant squirming continued to loosen the wrap no matter how tightly I wrapped it and tied it around my waist. Within a few minutes she was riding dangerously low, in my opinion, practically sitting on my hips.  I attempted to use the wrap two more time with Aubrey, and each time ended with the same results. I eventually gave up and decided the Baby Wrap doesn’t work with a squirming toddler, at least not mine!

If you’re looking for a great, comfortable wrap to use with a smaller baby I would definitely recommend the Baby More Co. Baby Wrap. But, if you’re looking for a wrap to use with toddler like mine who likes to squirm, I would have to say look elsewhere.

 

 

May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

If you’re a regular reader of Everyday Randomness you probably already know I’m a huge advocate for Preeclampsia awareness.

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Ellie and I almost lost our lives due to severe Preeclampsia, a disorder of pregnancy I knew very little about until I found myself in the hospital at 34 weeks 2 days pregnant fighting for both of our lives. Ellie wasn’t growing, and my blood pressure was dangerously high, so I welcomed my tiny baby into this world at 35 weeks on the dot.

I was much better prepared to recognize the signs and symptoms of Preeclampsia during my second pregnancy, and I’m very thankful Aubrey and I made it to my scheduled VBAC with a much milder case of superimposed Preeclampsia that developed during labor. 

Throughout the month I will be sharing information about Preeclampsia, my from my own battle with Preeclampsia, and how you can help in the battle to find a cure for this horrendous disorder. 

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Many women aren’t as lucky as I was.  The truth is Preeclampsia is still a major killer of women during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks postpartum. Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are responsible for 76,000 maternal and over 500,000 infant deaths each year, yet we still know very little about this horrible disorder that wreaks havoc on so many lives.  

Know The Symptoms:

If you are pregnant please learn the symptoms of Preeclampsia, a disorder that can turn deadly extremely fast. My own pregnancy went from perfectly healthy to severe Preclampsia in less than 48 hours. The truth is many women who suffer from Preeclampsia never experience any symptoms prior to finding themselves admitted to the hospital, while others will experience many of these symptoms throughout pregnancy.

The Preeclampsia Foundation has put together a video that every pregnant woman should watch.

 If you or someone you know is pregnant and experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact your medical professional or visit the ER immediately. Don’t wait around! Preeclampsia can come on “lighting fast” and lead to seizures, strokes, or death very quickly!

 

preeclampsia_promise_walk_2015Support The Cause:

I encourage you to visit the Preeclampsia Foundation to find out more about Preeclampsia and consider donating to the Promise Walk, the Preeclampsia Foundation’s fundraiser that takes place throughout the month of May in 43 cities across the nation as well as virtually.

 Are you a Preeclampsia survivor, or have you lost a loved one to Preeclampsia? Feel free to share your own story in the comments below.

 

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode with Crystal Paine’s New Book (Baby Product Giveaway)

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I received free products from Perrigo Nutritionals and Moneysavingmom.com in exchange for this review/giveaway.  All opinions are my own.  The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals.

Do you feel like you are running in a never ending circle of chaos and clutter? Do you find yourself saying “yes” to everyone and everything even though you already have too much on your plate?  Do you feel like you are running on steam, maybe even running in survival mode? If you answer yes to any or all of those questions you are not alone.

I’m excited to have the opportunity to share a new book with you that is all about getting our chaotic lives in order. Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com shares 9 simple strategies to get rid of chaos in your life in her new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life.  I’ve been given the opportunity to read this book and share one with my readers as part of a money saving prize pack from Perrigo Nutritionals.

Crystal Paine is best known as the author of the extremely popular blog, MoneySavingMom.com where she shares money saving tips, coupons, and freebies as well as information on home-based businesses, homeschooling, money management, and even recipes and menu planning.  I’m a big fan of Crystal’s freezer cooking section.  I recommend checking out Money Saving Mom if you aren’t already a reader. Crystal is also a homeschooling mom of three, active in her church, and a speaker for many conferences and events.

 The Book- Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life is an easy read.  Crystal’s steps to breaking down your current routine into a manageable one or creating a routine (if you’re like me and suffer from lack of a real one) is outlined in 10 chapters with easy to follow steps.

I read the book during the little one’s hour long nap and found myself flipping back through a few chapters later on.  Crystal discusses setting goals you can actually reach, focusing on the important aspects of your life and putting them first, budgeting, and organizing your life in a way that works for you.  She provides quizzes, lists, ideas, and forms to write your goals as well as examples of how she has applied each to her own life.  You can also find free customizable versions via her website. The book is broken into sections to help you take control of your budget, life, family, and time, and begins with Crystal’s own testimony of reaching that breaking point and rebuilding her own life with purpose. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hope you will, too.

Shopping Frugally With a Budget

As a mother of three Crystal has plenty of experience feeding a family on a budget.  She teaches you to save on shopping by using cash so you don’t overspend, menu planning, and using coupons through a coupon database.  She also recommends options such as buying store brands. Check out Crystal Paine’s money saving tips for families.

  • Create a Budget- A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.
  • Shop With Cash- When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!
  • Plan a Menu- When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.
  • Use Coupons Coupons- are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.
  • Buy Store Brands- One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you. For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website – StoreBrandFormula.com.  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year.

Crystal has teamed up with Perrigo Nutritionals, the largest supplier of store brand infant formula and nutrition products in the world, to make others aware of the many infant and toddler store brand items that are available to help you save money.  I’ve received the opportunity to share these products with you with a special giveaway! Yogurt bites, puree pouches, and puffs are all big hits in our house (I even have to hide the baby’s snacks from the 4 year old!), and we always buy the store brand. I prefer them over the big name brands for many reasons including the lower price.

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One winner will receive:

  • 1 Copy of “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life” by Crystal Paine
  • 1 Container of store brand formula
  • 9 Assorted Store Brand Puree Pouches
  • 5 Assorted Store Brand Puffs
  • 4 Assorted Store Brand  Yogurt Bites

To be entered to win follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below! A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 21, 2014.

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and Perrigo Foods Giveaway

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