Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sorry!

I'm so sorry about the lack of posting. Life has been hectic and crazy lately; there have been a few deaths in the family and a ton of craziness going on! I'll get back to it with a bunch of reviews, hopefully to keep everyone sated since it's been a while! :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nuk Ultra-Thin Nursing Pads Review

As a nursing mother, I am particularly in need of a nursing pad that will allow me to nurse in public (and in private!) without fear of staining every single bra I own! I picked up a box of Nuk Ultra-Thin Nursing Pads at the local grocery store because I was in dire need of some; I had been at my mother's house visiting and I had been using menstrual pads I cut in half as makeshift absorbers.The Good: I think these nursing pads were relatively cheap: discounted or on sale. They were available at the grocery store that I was at, and so the ease of purchase was nice, considering my predicament.

The Bad: But, that's about all there was to this product being good, whatsoever. The edges of the pads are coarse, despite the claims of being gentle. They are VERY thin and so they slip everywhere when you are wearing a bra. Because of these nursing pads, I found myself in the habit of completely taking off or down (depending on which bra I was wearing) my bra/the cups, and using a towel to absorb what came out of the breast I was not nursing on because the ultra-thin nursing pads did not absorb my rapid flow.


The Verdict: I would never, ever recommend the Nuk Ultra-Thin Nursing Pads. I am a fan of their other products; I like their bottles, the bottle nipples, and the pacifiers, but I am less than pleased with what happened when I used these pads: abundant leaking.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Green Line Diaper Review

So, back in September, I won the Green Line Diaper giveaway from Thrifty Nifty Mommy. I finally received the diaper liner (in Syracuse University colors, huzzah!) and bamboo fiber/cotton liner just before Christmas.

I was pretty excited, because I really haven't been having super success with disposable diapers. Baby boog is a monster when it comes to, well, pooping. I know we all want poop "out rather than in!", but good GOD -- I also like not having to figure out how to get bright orange poop stains out of all of his clothes, too! So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally received an alternative to give a go!

Cloth diapers are not only reusable, thus cutting cost, but they are also far more environmentally friendly: you don't toss any part of the cloth diaper into the trash to fill up landfills. Disposable diapers take over a century to finally decompose!


The Good: The outer part of the diaper, called the diaper cover or shell, is fantastic! Green Line Diaper offers a whole slew of shells, many of which are colorful and fancy, which, if the baby were older, I know he would appreciate. The cover consists of two parts, one is waterproof and the other is a breathable cotton. The liner, or the absorbent inside of the diaper, is made of 70% bamboo fiber and 30% cotton, and goodness -- when I opened the package and pulled the liner out, I basically cuddled with it to my face for 20 minutes. It was supremely soft and snuggly. The diaper's velcro fastener sticks tight, and the drawstrings at the legholes are a good application for keeping 'things' kept in.

The Bad: That being said ... the baby made an absolute mess out of this diaper: liner, shell and all. Apparently, even though the outer shell stayed put with how tight I tucked it around the baby, the liner inside fell prey to his constant, and I mean CONSTANT, wriggling. He creamed everything with a load of pee and poop; so much, in fact, it leaked through the waterproof core of the diaper and out onto the orange outside.



The Verdict: While stylish in design and cost effective, I think I will be trying cloth diapers out a little later; maybe after the baby starts solids. I do not have a washer and dryer available all day to me, as we live in a townhouse complex and have to share the pay-to-use laundromat. The design seems like, in construction, it would work well, but with how liquidy this breast milk poop is, I'm not sure that it is a good option for us at this moment.

I would probably recommend this option to older infants and toddlers, as after they have introduced solids or cereal to their diet, they are far more likely to have solid waste, that isn't so viscous that it runs through porous material. I hope to give these another fair shot in the coming months to see if my opinion has changed at all. :)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2012 is a fantastic year all around.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Review

A little back story for those who do not personally know me or my situation in general: I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy back in October. The hospital that I gave birth in was less than helpful in assisting me with breastfeeding my child. It never has been an option, to me, to give my child formula. Despite the setbacks that we've faced during his two and a half months alive (and kickin'!) so far, I finally have begun to get the little one to latch on. It took me nearly 10 weeks to finally stop pumping (though I still have to on occasion, when he refuses!) so that I could truly experience what it meant to breastfeed!

During this time, I have had to deal with a myriad of problems ... Mastitis, from switching to pumping to breast-feeding, thrush, and most notably, cracked nipples. I'm sure this might be an awkward or uncomfortable topic for some women, but for me it's reality. And since I'm still working with the baby to get a proper latch (I had inverted nipples to begin with and he has a tongue-tie that hopefully will be clipped soon!), cracked and sore nipples are basically an every day thing for me to deal with.

When I asked manboog to pick up some crack cream for me, he brought home this lovely purple bottle; I think he chose the flashiest one that was available in the baby aisle for me. And so far ...



The Good: This stuff works pretty well! I would say I have a particularly horrible case of nipple cracking, and Lansinoh HPA Lanolin has helped me heal between feedings. The best part about this stuff is that you can leave it on even while the baby is feeding, unlike a lot of other creams and ointments designed to heal the sensitive area that is a woman's nipple. The lanolin is pure and 100% natural and safe for me and the baby.

The Bad: It takes a while for this product to get used to the temperature of your home. It was very hard to squeeze the lanolin out of the tube for the first handful of times I needed it. And when I did manage to squeeze a pea-sized amount of product out, before it finally was warmed up, it was unyielding and not particularly malleable. It is also nearly $10 in stores, but I feel that after the initial cost that it lasts so long that the price is reasonable to pay.

The Verdict: I would probably have bleeding and incredibly sore nipples if I didn't use Lansinoh HPA Lanolin. I'm not kidding. This product has facilitated the breastfeeding experience for my son and I tenfold. I would easily recommend this product to any mom struggling with the horror and pain that is nipple cracking.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer Review

For the most part, I am a mother that likes to snuggle with her baby. A lot. A heck of a lot, actually. But sometimes, I need to get things done that are impossible to do even having the baby wrapped up in a sling. And for these times, I have relied on the Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer.



The Good: This thing is soothing. It really is. If babyboog's being unruly, is inconsolable, or needs to hang out in an upright position somewhere he won't tip over, the Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer is the first thing I go to. The vibration is strong, but not strong enough to jostle the baby. It also comes with a strap that keeps the baby in one place; two side straps connect to a thicker, stronger clip that secures over the baby's pelvis. I have tested the security of the harness out by pushing the seat into a wide bounce, and it passes the test! The colors of the fabric and the lights are bright and fancy. I am in love with the fact that the bouncer not only plays chipper 'baby' sort of music, but has the option to turn on rainforest sounds as well! The playful cover is removable and washable, thank heavens, and soft, to boot! The bouncer is also incredibly light weight and sturdy for its design.

The Bad: There isn't much I can say I dislike about this product. The biggest drawback is the fact that the lights, sounds, and vibration run on four D batteries. Manboog and I have stopped using the lights and sound so we can conserve for what we feel is this item's biggest boon: the vibrating; we feel the baby is still a little too young to appreciate all of the bells and whistles of the bouncy seat. The weight capacity of this seat is only 25 pounds, too, so I will be quite the sad momma when the baby outgrows it!

The Verdict: This seat is amazing. I am in absolute love with it, and I am so glad my mom picked it up for the baby! It has given me piece of mind - when I need to use the restroom or clean up and don't feel safe toting the baby around in his sling, I am given a piece of mind and am reassured that he is completely well-kept in the Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Colic Calm Review

I remember furiously typing 'colic relief' into Google search and hoping to whatever powers may be that I would be able to find some sort of respite for Sol when, during his first few fledgling weeks of new life, he had colic. And he had it bad. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with a baby who has a meek or mewling cry; this kid has a set of pipes and lungs on him that would probably scare the hair off of a witch's nose mole. His painful, constant shrieking for hours on end without me being able to comfort him was many times too much to bear and so, I searched. I tried everything: I rubbed his belly, bicycle-stretched his legs, stopped eating dairy, vegetables that made me gassy, everything, and not a stinking thing worked.

So, finally, I gave in and bought Colic Calm. I will admit to being a fan of homeopathic remedies as opposed to conventional Western medicine. I feel that nature provides the necessities in order to heal oneself of their ailments, so after discovering this product, I decided it was very much worth a try.

The Good: Almost instantly (which is less than 5 minutes for a mom who has been listening to a baby scream for hours on end), this stuff works. You have to initially titrate the doses, increasing in small increments until you finally reach the suggested dosage. It worked well and I used it (and sometimes still use it!) very, very often.

The Bad: This stuff is a tar black liquid, due to the activated charcoal present within the ingredients. And it stains. Horribly. That's not to say the manufacturer doesn't let you know to begin with that it stains, but good golly, this stuff ... stains. On top of the staining (even in the baby's poo!), which is bound to happen since babies love to regurgitate, and even after a few hours, can still have little streaks of black in their lovely spit up, this stuff is expensive. It is not very economical at all; a 2 ounce bottle, which can be anywhere from 24-48 doses, dependent upon age and weight, (when you can give up to 6 doses per day), is not going to last you very long at all.

The Verdict:
Despite the price, I know some moms (myself included) are willing to stain their baby's clothes, their clothes, the furniture, the carpet, the dog, as well as willing to pay 20 bucks for the piece of mind and temporary relief this stuff will give. It worked like a charm for what I consider to be a severe case of colic. If you have the money available, and are at your wits' end with needing something to relieve your poor child's colic, I would definitely, definitely recommend Colic Calm.