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Products that make Momsense
May 2, 2011 - Betsy Bethel
It's almost Mother's Day. Have you moms asked for anything special this year? Personally, I would like my bathroom renovations to be finished and my car to be professionally detailed. Neither appears on the surface to have much to do with being a mom, until you realize the bathroom and the car are the two places I spend the bulk of my time with my daughter! And the kitchen, of course ... but that much-needed renovation will have to wait another year or two.
Anyway, none of the products listed below is what I am actually recommending as Mother's Day gifts ... so, Dads, don't get any ideas. However, in honor of mothers everywhere, I am posting them because they will most likely make your life easier in some way, be it convenience or peace of mind.
SNACK TIME SOLUTIONS
Beanstalk Express has a new product called "The SnackTime Survival Kit" that takes the guesswork out of snack decisions. I know from experience that creating a breakfast schedule has made weekday mornings go just a little bit more smoothly. The fact that my 5-year-old and I both know that Monday is cereal day, Tuesday is egg sandwich day, Wednesday is pancake/waffle day, etc. removes that particular variable from the sometimes dizzying equation of the weekday morning. The folks at Beanstalk Express have found a fun way not only to help set up a snack time schedule, but they have empowered kids by allowing them to make their own healthy choices. The survival kit includes a working clock, three control clocks with movable arms and three hooks for snack cards; plus 33 snack cards. Each day, you select a few snack cards of available snacks for that day; from these, the child chooses three snacks. Each card goes on a clock with a time you set. When the time comes, the snack is served. If you have school-age kids, this might work better for weekends and summer days — or pick two snacks, one for after school and one before bed. Check it out at www.beanstalkexpress.com.
SAFE AND SOUND SLEEP
The LifeNest Sleeping System was developed by an ear, nose and throat surgeon who specializes in pediatrics to help ensure babies are breathing easily while sleeping — which helps you breathe easier, too! LifeNest is a very slightly sloping sleeping wedge with a breathable mesh hammock that cradles the baby who is sleeping on his back. The mesh has an air pocket underneath of it, allowing free circulation of air even if the baby turns over during sleep. Bonuses: The system recently was listed with the FDA as a medical device helping to prevent plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) and it helps prevent overheating. I definitely would have bought this for my baby if it had been available then. To appreciate it fully, you should watch the demonstration video at www.ubimed.com.
ON-THE-GO DOUBLE DUTY CUP
My daughter thinks the Cubbie Cup is very cool. I have to agree. This is a double-barreled sippy cup/snack container. The two-in-one contraption means your child can carry around his drink and his snack with one hand. It means you only have to contort yourself in the car once to hand her her drink and snack, rather than twice, once for each item. On the down side, it means when the Cubbie Cup is dropped on the car floor, the child has lost both his snack and his drink. But it's still cool. The snack container has a soft plastic lid with a star-shaped opening that allows the child to stick his hand in and pull out a cheese cracker or grape but doesn't spill the snacks when it is tipped up when drinking. You can see the cup at www.cubbiecup.com.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone! My advice: Get YOURSELF something that makes your life easier!
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