Huggies Launches New Slip-On Diapers

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If you’ve ever tried to change the diaper of an active toddler, you will feel my pain.  Now that Little Bud has started walking (i.e. running around like a crazy man), he has absolutely no time for diaper changes.  In fact, holding him down long enough to do the “dirty work” is a lot like… Read More

Great Storage Solutions for the Car

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Do you ever feel like you live out of your car?  I do.  Let’s face it.  Most of us lead such hectic, on-the-go lifestyles that our vehicles oftentimes end up being our second home.  Between our works commutes, daily errands, and running the kids all over town, many families spend more of their waking hours… Read More

Tips for Avoiding a Road Trip Meltdown

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There must be something about a car trip that triggers a baby’s meltdown mechanism.  Oh sure…most children love the car in small doses, and you may even be one of those lucky parents whose little one is actually lulled to sleep by the motion of a moving vehicle.  We’ve all heard the stories about the… Read More

Ideas for Fun Family Stay-cations

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I nearly passed out the other day when I filled up my car’s gas tank.  Sure, we all know gas prices have gone up, but this is ridiculous.  I mean, come on – $70 for gas that won’t even last my SUV a full week?  I cringed as I pulled my receipt from the pump… Read More

Tired of Getting Bugged? Try These All-Natural Repellents

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Summer’s here, and unfortunately, so are the mosquitoes.  It seems like no matter what I do, I’m always getting bugged by bugs.  Those pesky little critters are constantly swarming around and I get attacked the second I walk outside.  Sure, I’ve tried all the regular repellents.  They seem to work for a little while, but they all… Read More

Got a Flight Planned? Here’s What You Need for the Diaper Bag

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We’ve all been there.  It’s time for your summer vacation.  You’ve made all the arrangements; the hotel is booked and the plane tickets have been purchased.  You have everything packed (you hope) and are ready to go.  Or are you?  I don’t know about you, but I never seem to know just what I’m supposed… Read More

Top Picks for Cool Summer Shades

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I don’t know about you, but I never leave the house without my sunglasses.  I always keep a pair in the car and have a couple pairs stashed around the house, just in case.  I will admit that they are probably my favorite way to accessorize my outfit, and I secretly feel a little more… Read More

Dear Nosy Rosy…

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Dear Nosy Rosy;  I saw you looking at Little Bud the other day while I was at the grocery store.  Initially, I assumed you just wanted to comment on what a little cutie pie he is.  Being the proud momma that I am, of course I appreciate every compliment he gets.  You steered your shopping… Read More

Daycare; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Who knew you had to start looking for a daycare so early?  Little Bud was 4 weeks old and I was searching for a daycare to put him in when I was scheduled to return to work in a couple of weeks.  Every response was the same…he could get on a waiting list, but no… Read More

Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: KidCo Go-Pod

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The KidCo Go-Pod is an ultra-lightweight, portable activity seat that is perfect for parents on the go!  This stylish seat makes it super easy for today’s busy parents to keep their children occupied and happy almost everywhere.  Love the convenience of the PeaPod?  KidCo has raised the bar on travel friendly kid accessories with their… Read More

Baby Gizmo Piggyback Rider Review

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Are you tired of lugging around those bulky backpack carriers? Does the thought of forcing your overloaded stroller over uneven terrain make you cringe?  In these cases, most parents would turn to the old standbys; piggyback or shoulder rides. One parent hefts the child up onto their shoulders, braving the hair pulling, neck straining, and… Read More

Stockpiling to Save on Baby – Would You Do It?

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Has anyone seen that new TLC show, “Extreme Couponing”? America’s most savvy couponers run wild through the aisles of their local supermarkets, piling cart after cart full of goods that will be free or close to free after coupons.  Being an experienced coupon user myself, I was naturally intrigued (and a little excited).  I sat… Read More

Easy Mother’s Day Gifts from the Crafty Kid

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I still laugh every time I think about it.  As part of our yearly celebration of mothers, my church always has an essay contest among all of the Sunday school children.  Every child writes down why their mother is the best mom in the world, and the winning mommy receives a gift card and some… Read More

Just in Time for Spring – Frilly Fannies!

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Think a baby’s bottom couldn’t possibly get any cuter?  Cover her baby booty with a pair of these girly bloomers and she’ll be the cutest baby on the block! What little girl doesn’t look absolutely adorable in ruffles?  These snazzy little diaper covers are the perfect way to cover up those plain old boring diapers… Read More

Baby Shower Gifts New Moms Don’t Know They Need

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I have been to my share of baby showers over the years.  Inevitably, the question of what to get the mom to be always comes up.  Do you get her something off of the registry?  Sure, you could go that route.  However, many first time mothers are baffled as to what they actually NEED. When… Read More

ThredUP-date

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I promised all of our great Rated By Mom/Baby Gizmo readers an update on my ThredUP experience.  I have “officially” completed my first clothing swap.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but my experience was not really all that great.  I know there are tons of moms out there who really love… Read More

Great Rain Gear Picks For Spring

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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for warm weather.  It sure seems to be taking its sweet time this year.  Mother Nature can’t decide whether she wants it hot or cold.  Here in the Midwest, springtime is synonymous with one thing – rain!  We’re not talking a little bit either.  It has rained… Read More

AAP Releases New Child Seat Guidelines

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Confused about car seats?  Join the club.  There’s just so much conflicting information being tossed around out there about how to best keep your children safe in the car.  For years, pediatricians and child experts have said it’s safe for a child that is one year old AND 20 pounds to be in a forward-facing… Read More

OMGap – An Awesome Deal!

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I love a good bargain and am always on the hunt for coupons.  I ran across this AWESOME Gap deal and thought I would pass it along to all of our great Baby Gizmo readers!  This is one of the best coupons I have found for GAP in a long time!  Go here and enter… Read More

Things I Wish My Kids HADN’T Inherited From Me

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I love baby bliss.  You know that period when you first bring home that adorable little bundle from the hospital.  You are so in love with them that nothing else matters.  Sleep?  Who needs it!  Shower?  I can do without one today!  Clean house?  I can live with a little dust!  You even forget (briefly)… Read More