Sweet Sweet Sleep with Mommy’s Bliss! {Review}

Now that we’ve moved into our new home, we are no longer co-sleeping. My son has his own room, with a big boy bed, and that’s where he sleeps. It’s been quite a transition for him, and most nights, he has trouble winding down. That’s why I was so grateful to Mommy’s Bliss for offering me the opportunity to review their Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. (FYI – some of the links below are affiliate links. Click and support PGM! Thanks!)

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The products in Sweet Slumber Sleep Set use extracts of lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang, which are known to aid in relaxation, to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep. And, all of the Sweet Slumber products are free of parabens and harsh chemicals, so you can feel good about using them on your little one’s sensitive skin.

Our bedtime routine starts with a bath and Sweet Slumber Baby Wash. This is a 3 in 1 body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath, but we mostly use it as a bubble bath because there are SO MANY BUBBLES! My 2.5 year old just loves it! The subtle scent is not overwhelming like a lot of other lavender-scented kids products, and it doesn’t seem to irritate my son’s eyes (though I don’t see that it specifies “tear-free” anywhere.)

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After bath time, I put his pajamas on (it’s summer, so just a t-shirt and wool shorts over a diaper), and give his legs and feet a quick massage with Sweet Slumber Massage Cream. I didn’t use a lot of lotion on him as an infant, so this step has taken some getting used to on his part, but now he wants to put it on himself! I don’t notice the lavender scent so much with this product. I think it smells a bit like sunscreen personally, but it’s definitely not a bad smell. It’s very easy to apply – nice and silky, not at all greasy, which is awesome!

While Daddy gets his teeth brushed and they pick out a story, I spray a bit of Sweet Slumber Mist on his pillows and blanket. This is my favorite product of the three…I even use it on my own bed! It’s a very fine mist, and doesn’t seem to leave any residue on his bedding. The smell doesn’t stick around that long, though, so I recommend spraying it on right before bedtime.

Sweet Dreams!

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I am very pleased with the Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. It has made bedtime at our house calmer, and my son seems to sleep more soundly! If you’re looking for tips on a good night’s sleep, Mommy’s Bliss has created a slideshare called Ten Steps to Help Your Baby Sleep Better. It’s obviously targeted toward infants, but some of the tips can apply to toddlers, as well.

You can find these and other great Mommy’s Bliss products at your local pharmacy, or online at Amazon.com.

{I was sent a Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Set in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am an affiliate blogger for Amazon.com. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Yummi Pouch Makes Snack Time Fun for All Ages!

My son loves those little baby food pouches, and most days, giving him one of those pouches is the only way I can guarantee that he got at least one serving of anything green. (Toddlers are picky…amiright?!)

But after the Plum Organics recall, and the Earth’s Best scare (those are the brands we purchased most), I started to get very concerned about what exactly IS in those pouches after all…

Yummi Pouch to the rescue! They sent me a few samples to review from their reusable pouch line, and they are awesome!

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Here are just some of the great features of Yummi Pouch!

  • Each pouch holds up to 2.5, 6, or 10 ounces of your favorite homemade smoothies and blended snacks.
  • Food grade material is BPA-, PVC-, phthalate-free. Dishwasher safe, just expand the bottom and stand upside down over the prongs.
  • Freezer safe.
  • Reusable and recyclable.
  • Great for healthy, on the go snacks.
  • Easily fillable through the reinforced, leak proof zipper seal.
  • Backed by our 30 day product guarantee.

Little man (age 2) preferred the 6 oz. pouch.  He liked the fun colors (“I want blue pouch”), and it was the perfect size for a snack.  The smaller (2.5 oz) pouch didn’t hold enough food for him, but would be great for a younger baby just starting solids.  The larger (10 oz) pouch was MY favorite for an on-the-go smoothie!

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I was a little concerned about the zipper seal, but we didn’t have any problems with it opening on any of the pouches.  The trick is to make sure you don’t have any food stuck in the seal, otherwise it won’t close tightly.  (I recommend using a small funnel when filling your pouches – it makes it much easier!)  I really love how easy these pouches are to clean.  Rinse them out, pop them in the dishwasher, and they’re ready for next time!

Want to try a Yummi Pouch for yourself? Use promo code YPSAVE10 to save 10% off any order!

And be sure to follow Yummi Pouch on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes and more!

{Yummi Pouch provided me with a set of reusable food pouches in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Create Customized Children’s Games with TinyTap

**This is a review written for TinyTap. No compensation was received.

Over the past couple of weeks, Little Man and I had a chance to test out a new app for iPhone and iPad called TinyTap. TinyTap is a unique app, because not only does it offer educational games for your child, you can create customized games for your family using your own text, photos and voice!

The app comes pre-loaded with a few games already, one of which (“Who is bigger?”) became an instant favorite in our house!

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There are a lot of other games available to download, created by people just like you! (Bonus: Most are FREE!)

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You can also search for games by language and/or age, which makes it easy to find all sorts of games for your child’s skill level.

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But how do you create your OWN game? It’s super easy! On the home screen, select “create a game”. You’ll be taken to a blank canvas with several options. Here you can import photos from your camera, Dropbox, or use stock images from the TinyTap app.

I decided to create a counting game for my son, so I didn’t want to overwhelm him with images or colors. I left the background white and added black text. The next step is to add sound to the game. Again, there are several options to choose from, but I figured “Ask a Question” fit the best with what I was trying to achieve. With this selection, I was able to record a question, an answer, and what would play if a mistake was made. From here, you can continue adding slides until your game is complete!

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Even at 2 years old, my son had so much fun with the TinyTap App on our iPad! The app is geared towards kids from ages 1-12, so I’m sure it would be a fun activity to add to your traditional preschool or homeschooling curriculum.

TinyTap is available for download now on the App Store! There are also 12 individual games currently available for Android devices (just search for “Tinytap” in the Google Play Store), and the rest of the TinyTap games and game creation capabilities are coming soon!

{This is a review written for TinyTap. I received no compensation for sharing this information. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Look who’s TWO!

Little man –

We celebrated your second birthday this past weekend. (Just a small get-together with family, but you had a blast!) Oh, how are lives have changed of the past couple of years…

I just can’t believe how much you have grown up since your first birthday! You are a SUPER active kid, and you talk ALL. THE. TIME. (I have NO idea where you get that from! lol) You are definitely more social than I imagine your father and I were at this age. It’s really fun to see you interacting with other kids. A few days ago, when I dropped you off at daycare, you went right up to another boy in your class and said “HI!” and waved! It was so cute!

You love being outside, playing with trucks or a ball, and playing “fetch” with the dogs. You are quite artistic, too! Your finger paints of choice are applesauce or yogurt…all over the table…and any other furniture you manage to touch on the way to the sink to get cleaned up.

I’m so excited to see what adventures the next year has in store!

I love you SO much!

~ Mommy

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

Current stats: {as of 9/30/13}

weight: 29 lb.
height: 34 in.

Shorts: 18 months {I imagine 18 month PANTS would be too short now, though.}
Shirts: 24 months-2T
Shoes: Size 6
Diapers (when he’s in disposables): Size 4

Foods:
Likes – Cheese, chicken, applesauce, strawberries
Dislikes – Red meat, most veggies (unless I hide them in something else)

24 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can name at least six body parts on a doll – Yep
  • Half of speech is understandable – Definitely
  • Can make short sentences – Been there, done that!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Starts talking about self – BTDT
  • Can arrange things in categories – Kind of.
  • Can walk down stairs – Yep

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Begins to understand abstract concepts like sooner and later – Not really.
  • Becomes attuned to gender differences – I don’t think he’s there just yet.
  • Learns to jump – YES! That’s why my in-laws got him a TRAMPOLINE!

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13 months / 14 months / 15 months / 16 months / 17 months / 18 months / 19 months / 20 months / 21 months / 22 months / 23 months

Wordless Wednesday – A boy and his dog #ww #hugadobie

My little guy and his favorite dog. Dobermans have such a bad rep, but they really are fantastic family dogs! 😀

Wordless Wednesday – Strawberry Monster!

This kid LOVES his “tawbedies”!

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23 months!

Little man,

I can’t believe in one month, you will be TWO. I know I keep saying that on all of these monthly updates. But seriously…it boggles my mind.

That being said, you have definitely entered the terrible twos already. Tantrums happen at the drop of a hat. Taking you ANYWHERE is exhausting, and I imagine it will be that way for the foreseeable future. (I hear three and four is even worse…oh goodie! *sarcasm*) As your father says, it’s a good thing you’re cute.

You’ve been in the two year old class for a few weeks now (the daycare decided you were ready to move up a little early), and you seem to be thriving with the older kids. You’ve sat on the potty a few times after seeing the other boys do it, though you still haven’t done so at home. I was a little concerned about you being a summer baby and always being the youngest in your class, but it seems to work out well for you to have the older children to emulate.

I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store for us!

Love you lots and lots!
~ Mommy

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23 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can make a tower of four bricks – Yes, I think the highest he has stacked is 6 or 7.
  • Can name a simple picture in a book – Been there, done that.
  • Can use 50 single words – Easily!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can make two or three word sentences – Yes
  • Can sing simple tunes – Yep
  • Takes more of an interest in playing with other children – Yes

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Talks about self (likes, dislikes) – Not yet.
  • Asks “Why?” – Not yet.

22 months

Hey little man!

You’re 22 months old, which means in 2 months, you will be TWO! (That’s a lot of twos…) You are definitely ACTING like a two-year old already (MINE! NO WANT! *throws tantrum on floor*) I can honestly say that I don’t remember being two, but it seems very frustrating. lol

The attitude aside, you’re a great kid. You never stop moving. You love do athletic things – run, kick a ball, throw a ball, and Poppy taught you how to hit a ball with a bat (aka: plastic bowling pin). You definitely did not get your athleticism from me!

You can now say “Gigi” (that’s what you call my mom), “Where we going?”, “See ya!”, and “Found it!” among other things. You are so verbal (I guess more so than other one year olds?) the daycare has already started transitioning you to the two year old class, and if things continue to go well, they are planning to move you in July instead of waiting until August!

I love you so much! You never cease to amaze me!

– Mommy

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22 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can kick a ball forward – Been there, done that!
  • Follows two-step requests (get your doll and bring it here) – Yes
  • Imitates others’ behavior – Yes

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can do simple puzzles – Yes
  • Can draw a straight line – Almost
  • Can identify several body parts – BTDT

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Can put on clothing – He’s great with shoes. That’s about it.
  • Might be ready for a big bed – Probably, but he’s not climbing out of the crib, so he will stay there for now.
  • Understands opposites (tall and short) – Not quite yet.
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