Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper Review & Giveaway

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The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper is a versatile piece of baby gear which converts easily from a seat to a napper and grows with your baby. I received a Rocker Napper in the brown and red design to review, and it came just in time for newborn Ingrid!

Here are the specs:

  • Three options: napper, tilted seat and inclined seat (pictured below) – a red lever on the back is used to adjust positions, and bars on the front and back of the legs allow you to switch from stationary to rocking.
  • Gentle vibrations (requires C battery)
  • Nine different tunes and lights (requires three AAA batteries)
  • Curved legs that allow you (or an older infant) to manually rock the seat
  • Two hanging toys
  • Washable bassinet and sleeping pad
  • Recommended from birth to 40 pounds
  • Measurements: the sleeping area is about 27 inches long and 13 inches at its widest; when in the completely flat (napper) position it’s about 10 inches off the floor
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It took about 30 minutes to assemble and was pretty straightforward with the exception of two small white plastic clips (“Part L”) that were pictured in the manual but no instructions were given as to their function. A call to Tiny Love revealed that they are anchors which go under the bottom of the seat to keep it from sliding. Tiny Love’s service department was very prompt and helpful and also sent me a set of complete instructions via email which explained exactly how to install and use the clips.

Ingrid sleeps very soundly in the Rocker Napper, and judging by its size I would say she’ll fit comfortably in it for a few more months.

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What I like:

  • If your baby falls asleep while in the seated position, you can gently and quietly adjust it down to the napper position without disturbance using the red lever on the back.
  • The seat and pad are very soft and cozy.
  • The music is appealing, not annoying at all, and the volume can be adjusted.
  • Even at the young age of just 3 weeks, Ingrid is already very captivated by the hanging toys, music and lights. I often find her gazing quietly up at them.
  • You can adjust the height of the toys by means of a velcro strip.
  • The arm which holds the toys swivels so you can move it out of the way.
  • The Rocker Napper is easy to pick up and move around the house.
  • Ingrid loves taking naps in it, and that’s just what I was hoping for!

What I would improve:

  • Young infants might need added support to sit comfortably; Ingrid is almost a month old but starts to slump to one side unless I anchor her with rolled blankets.
  • It’s low to the ground so it didn’t work bedside as I had planned because of having to reach way down. Young children will need to be closely watched when the baby is napping, since the Rocker Napper is well within their reach.
  • Hopefully, the next edition of the manual will have complete instructions and usage guidelines (not just pictures).
  • The rocking feature works better on hardwood floors than it does on carpet.
  • The size range for the rocker seat (up to 40 pounds) might be too broad; Erik is 18 months old and 24 pounds and has maxed it out (see photo below). But if you invest in the Rocker Napper right after birth, you’ll still get a lot of use out of it.

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Tiny Love is giving away a Rocker Napper, just like I reviewed, to one lucky reader in the US! Enter the giveaway below, and good luck!

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New Swaddles from Summer Infant, plus a Giveaway!

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It’s so wonderful to see more babies being swaddled these days, because it’s such a simple and time-tested way to help them feel cozy and safe. Summer Infant recently added two more products to their swaddling line-up, and sent an assortment of wraps for us to try on newborn Ingrid: the SwaddlePod, the SwaddleMe, the SwaddleMe WrapSack and the Wearable Blanket:

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With the new product additions, Summer Infant now offers 4 stages of swaddling options since a baby’s needs change over time. Here are the specs on each, plus my thoughts:

Stage 1: SwaddlePod [5-10 lbs] Mimics the womb and helps keep your baby safely on his or her back.

Made of soft cotton with a touch of spandex, this wrap fits very closely to my tiny little girl and makes her feel very secure. I like the zipper protector near the neck and the fact that the zipper goes both ways to make changes easier. I use SwaddlePod only when it’s time for a good long stretch of sleep because it works amazingly well; like many newborns, Ingrid needs regular waking for nursing, so I don’t want her sleeping too long!

Stage 2: SwaddleMe [7-20 lbs] Wraps your infant safely and securely for sleep until he or she starts rolling over.

I like this wrap even better than the SwaddlePod because of the adjustable wings. You make it as snug as you need to. The hook and loop attachments are secure without being scratchy at all. For diaper changes you simply unwrap the wings and open the pouch up.

Stage 3: SwaddleMe WrapSack [7-20 lbs] A traditional swaddling sack that allows you to place your baby’s arms in or out of the wrap.

Being able to keep Ingrid’s arms inside or outside the sack makes this the wrap that I reach for most often. Even though she’s just a week old, she already likes to suck her fingers. And when I’m nursing her, I don’t want her to get too warm or cozy or she’ll fall asleep on me. Being able to wrap her with arms out is such a handy thing. This is a very versatile swaddler and definitely is the one I’d buy for a friend if I had to pick just one. Oh, and I LOVE the bumble bee print!!

Stage 4: ComfortMe Wearable Blanket [12-24 lbs] A wearable blanket that will keep your older infant warm and cozy without the need for loose blankets in the sleeping area.

Because of Ingrid’s size/age, I wasn’t able to test the wearable blanket, so I’ve put it aside for later.

You can click the photo for a larger image

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Here’s a quick recap of the Summer Infant swaddling system so you can see how they grow with your child. In addition, you can find plenty of helpful swaddling resources, at the Summer Infant website. Swaddles can be purchased on their website or at a variety of Summer Infant retailers – both online (like Amazon) and in stores.

Summer Infant is giving away a 4-pack of swaddles to one lucky reader, just like I reviewed! Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends Monday, August 25th. Good luck!

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Imagine Cloth Diaper Giveaway

 

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I’m giving away a cute gender-neutral Imagine Baby diaper set as part of the 3rd annual “Accessorize Your Stash in August” Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. All of the giveaways listed below follow this theme, so hop around for chances to win things like wipes, wet bags and more (including diapers). Be sure to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway which includes a QD Diaper Sprayer and a Planet Wise wet bag.

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My Imagine Baby prize package includes:

  • Waterproof one-size Imagine diaper cover in the “Trumpet” print
  • Matching Imagine “Trumpet” leggings – one size, fits most, cotton/nylon/spandex
  • Imagine washable fleece “stay dry” diaper liners

I like shopping for Imagine Baby over at Nicki’s Diapers because the covers always ship free, and there are SO many choices in this product line – diapers, wipes, leggings, prefolds, flats, AIO’s and even newborn diapers! Prices are super affordable, too.

This giveaway is open to readers in both the US and Canada and there are lots of FREE daily entries you can come back and claim. Good luck!

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Let’s Celebrate the New Baby with a bumGenius Chaplin Giveaway!

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Since we didn’t know our baby’s gender, I bought the Limited Edition “Chaplin” Flip cover when it was released last month.

We were blessed with a sweet baby girl. So I’m giving the Flip cover away!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends in 6 days and is open to both my US and Canadian readers…good luck!

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Bloggiversary Giveaway: Win 4 Diapers Plus Inserts!

 

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I’m helping Lindsay at Maman Loup’s Den celebrate her 1-year “Bloggiversary” and her 5,000 Facebook fans milestone! To celebrate, she is giving away her four favourite diapers (that are readily available in stores, since she really loves Jules, but doesn’t have a spare kidney to score an extra one.)

The giveaway prize will be:

For even more chances to win prizes and take advantage of limited-time coupon codes, make sure you RSVP to the #MamanLoupThanksYou Facebook Event!

That’s all – easy as pie. Good luck to everyone and please stop by Lindsay’s Facebook page to say hello or congratulations!

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Diaper Junction One-Size Cover and Unbleached Flats Review & Giveaway

What’s colorful, trim-fitting, versatile and only $7.95? The Diaper Junction (aff) one-size cover! I’ve been really impressed with my purchase of a few months ago and wanted to share a review with you, just in case you’re on the fence about this product.

For my Diaper Junction review, I chose the Cobalt color, a nice deep blue that looks pretty sharp on both my guy and my gal. MENTION NEW PRINTS/COLORS

Here are the basic features of the Diaper Junction brand diaper cover:

  • It’s made of waterproof TPU. TPU is slightly softer and more pliable than PUL.
  • The inside of the cover has a flap at the front and back to help secure inserts or diapers. The back flap is elasticized for even better performance.
  • The inside is wipeable, which means you can reuse it a few times if it isn’t soiled with #2.
  • The rise features 3 rows of snaps, which translates to 4 size settings (three snapped up and one completely open).
  • The wings close with 1 snap and then have 2 additional hip snaps for further adjustment.
  • The snaps are covered on the inside with a thin white piece of fabric.

After about four months of regular use, here’s my feedback.

WHAT I LIKE:

  • The TPU fabric is silky smooth and makes for a very trim-fitting cover. It’s a little thinner than some of my other covers, and for that reason I was hesitant at first, but it has performed just as well.
  • The covers has washed and worn extremely well, with absolutely no visible wear or fading of colors.
  • The leg elastics are snug and comfortable and haven’t loosened up at all.
  • It fits well on both my 1 year old and my 2 year old, although I’ve been using almost exclusively on the younger one.
  • The wings are nice and stretchy.
  • It’s a roomy cover that fits well over fitteds, prefolds, flats or whatever else I feel like putting inside. Sizing is very comparable to a Flip diaper cover, with the only noticeable difference being the wing style and roominess in the rear (DJ cover is a bit more generous).
  • It’s performed great overnight.
  • The elastic sewn inside the back flap helps hold inserts in place better (in my opinion) than other covers with regular flaps.
  • You can choose from 12 different colors!
  • It’s only $7.95.

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE

    • Looking at the photo above, you can see how the snaps on the waistband are angled somewhat, and not straight up and down. This is the only thing I would change about the cover – to have the snaps straight up and down. Every once in a while, I feel like I can’t quite get the exact fit I want with the waist snaps.

This is the Diaper Junction cover on Erik; in this picture he is about 14 months old and 21 pounds.

These would make an ideal cover choice if you’re working on building a budget stash. My recommendation? Pair these Diaper Junction covers with Diaper Rite flats (also a DJ product). Diaper Rite birdseye cotton flats are sold in packs of twelve; you can choose from sizes small (27×27) and large (32×32) – measurements are prior to washing and drying. I bought unbleached Diaper Rite flats, since they are softer than the standard white. Flats are just one big square layer of fabric, so they wash and rinse out fantastically and dry super quick. I have a dozen of the smalls, and typical of cotton, they do not shrink up perfectly after the initial prepping. That is, they aren’t perfect squares, but they’re close. After you fold them up it doesn’t really make a difference anyway.

Small flats are $21.95 for a dozen, so that comes to $1.83 per diaper; one dozen larges are $26.95, bringing the cost per diaper to $2.25. Super economical!

There are two very easy ways to use Diaper Rite flats with the Diaper Junction covers. Pad-fold the flat (click here for quickie tutorial) and insert into the flaps of the cover:

Or try this simple fold with a Boingo or Snappi fastener if containment of messy poo is a going concern. This flat fold is one of the easiest you’ll find (sorry, I don’t do Origami, Kite, Mini Kite or Adapted Kite – LOL). It doesn’t even have a name that I know of. I call my creation the Custom Fold because you pick the width and length that you want.

There are only 4 steps. Easy, easy, easy!

Something else I really love about my soft unbleached flats: in a pinch I can grab them for other uses – burp cloth, clean up cloth or even an emergency changing mat for our bed (folded in half). Fitted diapers, AIO’s and pocket diapers just aren’t that versatile.

If you are thinking of grabbing a few of these bargain covers for your little one, here are the vibrant colors you get to pick from!

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A closer look at the two new colors (Rainforest and Antigua) plus my favorite of the new prints – Scottie!

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Here’s your chance to try the Diaper Junction one-size cover for your baby….for FREE! Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below, and you’ll have a shot at TWO one-size covers (choice of in stock colors) – thanks to our friends over at Diaper Junction! Open to US and Canadian residents. Allow 2-4 weeks for prize fulfillment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smart Bottoms Newborn AIO Giveaway

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The Smart Bottoms newborn diaper will be available in three new color combos this fall! Starting July 25, 2014 you’ll be able to buy their tiny “Born Smart” AIO’s in Lil’ Monster (purple and orange), Limelight (green and purple) and Crushin’ It (orange and green).

Here are the specs:

  • Organic cotton interior soaker plus a snap-in organic cotton doubler
  • Colorful waterproof PUL outer with an umbilical cord cutout
  • One additional set of snaps on the rise to give your newborn some extra growing room
  • Inner pocket for extra absorbency, if desired
  • Fits babies 6 to 16 pounds
  • Retails for $18

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New colors are big news and Smart Bottoms wants to celebrate by giving one of my readers a newborn diaper in her choice of the 3 new colors!

THERE’S MORE TO BE EXCITED ABOUT: I received a Born Smart in the new Limelight color to review on my newborn, so be sure to look for that in your inbox very soon. Just waiting on baby to come!!

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and ends on August 4th at midnight. Good luck!

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bumGenius 3-Pack Diaper Giveaway

Welcome to the bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

You can enter to win a package of eco-friendly cloth diapers which fit from birth to potty training! This giveaway is being hosted and sponsored by Sam at the Crunchy Livin Mama Style Blog. Sam has been cloth diapering for over 4 years and has tried many brands, but one of her favorites is bumGenius, namely the one-size 4.0 pocket diaper. I’m happy to share this opportunity for my readers to add 3 of these top-rated diapers to their stash!

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The bumGenius 4.0 fits most babies from 7 to 35+ lbs. The diapers are well-fitting, highly absorbent and have a stay-dry lining inside. You can choose from either snap or hook & loop closure.  Each diaper comes with both a newborn and one-size insert. The newborn insert is great for the first few months when you need absorbency but not too much bulk. The larger insert is adjustable for the perfect fit.  It can be snapped over itself for more absorbency in targeted spots. Another way to use the newborn insert is for a nighttime booster if you have an older, heavy wetter. One really nice feature of the 4.0 is the overlap at the back of the diaper opening to cover the pocket area. It gives a clean look to the back of the diaper but it helps eliminates any redness from the elastic along the back of the diaper. To adjust the fit of a 4.0, use the 3 rows of rise snaps and double row of waistband snaps. Visit Crunchy Livin’ Mama Style to learn more about her experience with bumGenius!

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You can connect with bumGenius on Facebook and Twitter.

To Buy: You can purchase bumGenius! products through a handful of retailers.
To Win: One winner will be chosen to receive a 3-pk of bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diapers valued at $54.

OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY

This giveaway will begin July 25th and run through August 8th at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tool. The winner E-mailed and given 48 hours to claim their prize. They will then be announced on the Giveaway Tool. The winner will receive the prize shipped to them from Crunchy Livin’ Mama Style. Any other participating blog is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only.

Zephyr Hill Blog was not compensated for the promotion of this giveaway. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way. Keep in mind what works for us, our children or our family may not work for you. The sponsor will be responsible for prize shipment. Any participating blogger is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. This disclosure is done in accordance with the FTC. If you have any questions regarding this post, please email Sam at Samantha@Crunchylivinmamastyle.com.

Imagine Training Pants Review & Giveaway

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Imagine Baby training pants have worked well for both Susanna and Samuel, so I wanted to go ahead and share an official review with you. The Prefolds to Potty Training giveaway hop seemed like the perfect time to do this!
PrefoldstoPottyTrainingFINALHosted by Lauren at lo-wren.com and Maria at Change-Diapers.com, this event began as a one year cloth diapering anniversary celebration for Lauren last year, but has grown into a celebration of the journey from diapering through potty training. Join us for two-and-a-half weeks of cloth diapering and potty training guest posts, introductions to some amazing products (to help get you through the diaper-potty training journey), two amazing grand prize packages, and a blog hop with fifteen other bloggers giving away cloth diaper and potty training prizes! Be sure to check out (and thank) our amazing grand prize sponsors, and “hop” on over to the other participating blogs via the linky at the bottom of this post.

Two years ago, I purchased the Emerald trainers in size large:

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A view of the inner lining and sewn-in soaker (it only unsnaps on one side so I can’t open it up completely to photograph).

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Here are the basic features of Imagine Training pants:

  • Cotton knit outer with a 100% flannel lining
  • Hidden layer of microfiber to absorb small accidents plus a hidden layer of waterproof PUL in the wet zone
  • Snaps on one side (the right side of your child’s hips)
  • Three sizes: Small fits 21-29 pounds, Medium fits 24 to 35 pounds and Large fits 31-41 pounds.
  • Five colors to choose from

Our Imagine trainers worked well for both Samuel and Susanna at a certain stage in potty training. This was the time when they were actively learning and were able to get through *most* of the day without a big accident. For the inevitable “oops,” these training pants are sufficient, but you have to change your child pretty quickly or it will wick onto clothing.

In this picture, Susanna is wearing the size large; she is 2.5 years old and 31 pounds.

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Here’s a quick summary of my thoughts:

WHAT I LIKE

  • The cotton knit fabric is very soft and comfortable. It has a bit of stretch and the fit is superb.
  • The flannel lining helps them feel wetness immediately.
  • The inner layers are sufficient to catch a small accident but don’t add any bulk to the trainers.
  • Drying time is normal.
  • They look like “big kid” underwear, and not at all like a diaper (see photo above on Susanna)
  • The bright colors are fun.
  • They are very durable. I’ve used for over two years with two different toddlers and all I note at this point is some normal pilling on the fabric.
  • At $13.95, they are affordably priced. (NOTE: they are on sale for a limited time for just $11.95 each!)

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE

  • They run small, so to have an XL size available would be great. Lots of toddlers are still learning at age 3 and beyond.
  • The snaps on one side are very handy (and they are well-hidden so as not to look like a diaper); it would be nice to have them on both sides! However, if your learner does not like snaps of any kind on their “big boy” or “big girl” underwear, this would be a plus for you.
  • The tiny side snaps are a *little* less secure than the regular-sized snaps you see on most cloth products. Sometimes, one or two will come undone as I’m pulling the trainers up or down on my children. However, they’ve never come unfastened while wearing.

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Nuby Booster Seat Review & Giveaway

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Last year I reviewed Nuby’s step stool and was so happy with its performance that I was very curious about the booster seat. Nuby’s booster is made of durable plastic in a limited variety of color combos: pink with purple handles, green with orange handles and blue with green handles. It has a wide base and contoured design for comfort. I received the orange and green seat from Nuby in exchange for a review.

Here are the specs:

  • Holds up to 65 pounds
  • Includes white safety straps for securing to a chair, and also 3-point straps for fastening around your child.
  • Base measures 14×14 inches at its widest
  • Seat boosts your child up about 5 inches.

There are holes in the bottom of the seat to feed straps through around your child’s waist.

Like the step stool, this is a very durable yet lightweight accessory. Both of my toddlers can pick it up with no problem; the textured handles on either side make this even easier.

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It has worked fine to boost Susanna up at the table, and is just the right height to allow her legs to fit under the table.

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Note: the seat is secured to the chair, but the child restraint straps weren’t yet fastened when I snapped the above picture.

Both of my toddlers have actually enjoyed the seat much more for play. They sit it in, climb on it and put their dolls and stuffed animals in it. When used away from the table, the straps are not needed and can be easily removed.

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If you’d like to pick up Nuby’s Booster Seat for your child, try retailers like Target and Walmart, Amazon and Bed, Bath & Beyond. They retail for about $14.95.

Here’s how to connect with our friends at Nuby:

www.facebook.com/nubyusa
www.twitter.com/nubyusa
www.pinterest.com/nubyusa
www.instagram.com/nubyusa

Did you know that all Nuby sippy cups are on sale at Target right now? This promotion ends Saturday, July 12th!

You can enter to win a Nuby Booster Seat for your child. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below. Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends July 10th.

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