Saturday, January 28, 2012

ScratchMeNot - Cuffed Sleeves to Prevent Scratching Review





ScratchMeNot (company known as Short Stacks) was invented by a mompreneur, who has a daughter that suffers from eczema.  This clothing item helps prevent little ones from scratching their delicate skin, which allows for a better healing process for whatever skin irritant a child may be dealing with.  Not only is the ScratchMeNot for children with eczema, but also for kids who rub and scratch themselves to sleep or ones with poison ivy, chicken pox, psoriasis, or anything else that causes them to scratch.  With children who are too young to stop scratching on their own, it is impossible for a parent to watch their child 24/7 to hold their hands down.  Awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Seal of Approval, ScratchMeNot is the gear that has it covered.
     
"Easy for adults to put on; hard for children to take off"

One of my favorite ScratchMeNot designs is the SMN Classic - Teal wHoo NI.  It features a teal sleeve with owl print flip mittens (un-cuffed) and solid teal (cuffed).  It is made of 96% Bamboo, Cotton, Silk and 4% Lycra and made in the USA.  They also offer 100% cotton ScratchMeNots.  The Teal wHoo NI is part of their New and Improved Fit collection (description with NI in the end).  The fabric is more stretchable and the fit is much wider.  The sleeve is wide enough to fit over 2 layers of clothing.  Sizes are available in 3 months (up to 25" wingspan) up to 3T (34"-36" wingspan).  Custom orders are also available.  To calculate the wingspan for a good fit, measure from the middle of the back to the fingertips and multiply by 2.  I would opt for a size up since kids grow rapidly and they can always grow into it.  

I would've never guessed I would be dealing with a child that suffers from chronic scratching due to eczema.  It really breaks my heart to see Baby Hsu's uncontrollable scratching (since 3 months old) when he's idling or soothing himself to sleep, which results in flare ups and scabs.  It started with scratching his scalp (thankfully that phase has ended) and now to his arms and elbow and knee bends.  Even with his weekly nail clippings and constant "itch monitoring", all it takes is one scratch to leave a scab and start an eczema flare up.  Baby Hsu almost always wears a ScratchMeNot during car rides and when sleeping.    

ScratchMeNot is the BEST product invented in helping me deal with Baby Hsu's scratching and I never leave home without the ScratchMeNot (HSUper Parents-Approved).    

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BUY IT!  The SMN Classic - Teal wHoo NI may be purchased for $19.95 on ScratchMeNot.com.  ScratchMeNots may also be found at other retailers near you (including Canada and UK).

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bravado! Designs - The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra Review (With Must-Have List for New Moms)




Bravado! Designs began with a leopard-print bra, the Original Nursing Bra, from two moms - Kathryn From and Shery Leeder.  Their products are perfect down to the finest detail by testing them on hundreds of actual pregnant and nursing moms every year.  In addition to maternity and nursing bras, they also offer maternity and nursing bra tanksundies, bra conversion kitwashable breast pads, and a DVD that guides breastfeeding beginners.  Bravado Designs is committed to bolster and enhance the self-esteem of pregnant and nursing moms. 

"Bras fit for breastfeeding"

The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra (Bravado Designs' best-seller) is a mom and celebrity favorite that molds to your shape.  The bra is made of 90% nylon, 10% spandex with foam cup inserts made of 100% polyester (lining) and 100% polyurethane (foam).  This is a simple yet elegant seamless bra that is very comfortable and breathable.  I like how it is stretchable and buttery soft.  I always stick to seamless bras because I don't want to worry about the pressure caused by wires, which can be the source of milk duct compression and can lead to infection or mastitis.

FEATURES
* Seamless Nursing Bra - offers seamless silhouette, lovely shape and great support (nursing or not)
* Removable Foam Cups - option of a thicker cup lining or breast pads
* Bravado Best-Seller - also makes a great Yoga nursing bra
* Easy to Size - fitting 2-3 rib band and 2-3 cup sizes
* Full Access - clips unclip at the shoulder and drop away from your body
* Nursing Clips That Stay Closed - discreet nursing clips that lie flat under clothing
* Bra Conversion Kit (BCK) - a proprietary BCK that converts a nursing bra to a regular bra
* Available sizes - S, M, L, XL
* Available colors - black, butterscotch, ivory, pink ice and poppy

The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is an excellent fit for an enjoyable nursing experience (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

Stay current with Bravado Designs on Facebook and @BravadoDesigns on Twitter for news and promotions.

BUY IT!  Bravado! Designs' The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra may be purchased for $49.00 on BravadoDesigns.com.  You may also locate a retailer near you. 

After experiencing over a year of motherhood and trying out various baby and mommy products, I have compiled a must-have list (non-exhaustive) for new moms.  To all new moms out there, these products will help make your motherhood journey much easier.

MUST-HAVE LIST FOR NEW MOMS
Baby Carrier (BabyBjorn)
Baby Food Maker (Baby Brezza)
Baby Leg Warmers (BabyLegs)
Flannel Fitted Crib Sheets (SwaddleDesigns)
- Handmade Baby Bibs (Hip Violet and Crib Creations
Hooded Towels (Ahmelie) 
Muslin Swaddles (aden + anais)
- Rain Wear (Kidorable) 
The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra (Bravado Designs)
What To Expect Series Books (What To Expect)

What are your must-haves that have helped you through motherhood?

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SwaddleDesigns - Stroller Blanket Review





SwaddleDesigns, founded by Lynette Damir (a registered nurse and mother of two), focuses on stylish, innovative, modern, durable and quality baby products that help parents comfort and care for their baby.  SwaddleDesigns is an eco-friendly company that uses many domestic fabrics, sustainable fibers, recycled fibers, and recyclable packaging.  In addition, they offer a certified organic collection.  SwaddleDesigns' line offers a wonderful assortment of mixing and matching that coordinates with your baby's style - swaddling blankets, wearable blankets, security blankets, cozy blankets, burp cloths and bibs, baby apparel, towels and washcloths, baby bedding, and baby gift sets.

"Cozy Comfort on the go!"

SwaddleDesigns Stroller Blankets are one of the most luxuriously soft and chic stroller blankets with many contemporary designs to choose from.  The Fuzzy Pastel Pink with Brown Mod Circles is one of my favorite designs for girls.  The 100% polyester stroller blanket features double-sided Chocolate Brown Mod Circles against Pastel Pink and trimmed with Chocolate Brown satin.  It measures 40" x 30", which is a good size to keep baby tucked and warm and even to cover the stroller when baby is sleeping.  The Stroller Blanket is made in the USA.

Two words sum up the SwaddleDesigns Stroller Blanket - luxury and stylish (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

Stay current with Swaddle Designs on Facebook and @SwaddleDesigns on Twitter.

BUY IT!  The Stoller Blanket - Fuzzy Pastel Pink with Brown Mod Circles may be purchased for $48.00 on SwaddleDesigns.  Currently, you can save 10% off (use promo code CELEBRATE).  Plus, check their website everyday for their Deal of the Day where you may enjoy savings of up to 50% off selected items. 

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.