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Top Humidifiers for Baby (Easy-to-Use)

 

Top Cool Mist Humidifiers for Baby, Toddlers, and Preschools
In our post, Top 20 Items to Have On Hand This Flu Season, we talk about all of the items that you should have on-hand in case baby gets sick.  This post focuses exclusively on baby-safe humidifiers,  After great research and several failed attempts to find an effective, easy-to-use, safe, non-noisy, easy-to-fill, cool-mist humidifier for my newborn and toddler, I have, at last, narrowed it down to two different humidifiers (from different brands) that meet all of the above criteria: the Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights and the Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.  these are my conclusions as to the best humidifiers to use for your baby, toddler, or preschooler.  Please share with us your favorite humidifier for baby by commenting below! 





1.   Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier – Hippo


Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier – Hippo

Link:  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

 
 
 
 

2.   Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier with Colored LED Lights

Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier with Colored LED Lights
Link:   Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights

 

 

 

 
 
Both humidifiers are:
  • Effective at easing my child’s cold symptoms
  • Easy-to-use
  • Filter-free
  • Easy to clean! (compared to other humidifiers)
  • Easy to refill tanks (both the tanks fit in my small bathroom sink)
  • Quiet operation (unlike the Vick’s brand humidifiers that I have used)
  • Non-ugly
  • Small, yet still offers a 12-hour operation when used on a medium setting
  • Cool-Mist
  • Reasonably-priced
 
Tip:  
 
The  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is available in the DROP SHAPE (see the bottom of post for an example of the drop-shape) at Target and Wal-Mart (in-store), whereas I have only been able to find the Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights  online or ship-to-store.  So if you’re baby is sick right now, I would most definitely go head to Wal-Mart or Target instead of waiting for the Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier to be shipped to you.  
 
 
IMPORTANT:  You will not find the  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier in the typical humidifier section at Target or Wal-Mart (it is NOT located in the section with the adult humidifiers); you must go to the baby section and you can usually find it near the baby-proofing items.
 



Other Findings:

 
I did find a good number of moms who recommended the Vicks V4500 FilterFree Humidifier (shown below), because this model features Vicks Vapor Therapy with an integrated scent pad heater.  I bought this model when I was in a pinch and needed a humidifier for my sick child fast, and found this is my local Wal-Mart.  
Vicks V4500 FilterFree Humidifier
Link:  
Vicks V4500 FilterFree Humidifier
 
I personally found the Vicks V4500 Humidifier to be noisy, difficult to clean, and its tank was difficult to refill in my bathroom sink (I had to use my bath tub). All of that outweighed the Vick’s Vapor therapy feature for me.
 

All-in-all:


All humidifiers out there are annoying to deal with on some level because you have to clean them regularly and refill them daily.  The  Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights and the Crane Cool Mist Humidifiers  have been, in my experience, the two humidifiers that will be the least pain in your bum;  this is based on my own trial and error, my research on discussion forums and online reviews, and also my research on Babycenter.com; my research indicates that most other moms out there agree with me.  

 

 

 

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FuNote:  

My top favorite humidifiers also come in other fun colors:
 
 
 
Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier 
Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier 
Link: Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier 
 
 
(More colors available for the Crane Cool Mist Humidifier.)
 
 
 
 
 
Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Animal Humidifiers
Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier 
Link:  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
 
 


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Flight From Hell – My Experience Flying With My 20-Month-Old Toddler


I have just returned from what was seriously a flight from Hell with my 20-month-old toddler daughter.  I wish I would have thought to bring headphones for my little one…(or a Xanax for me…just kidding…kinda) because holy sh**, it was so bad.  My little girl is usually such a happy little tot – I don’t understand what even happened to cause this crazy side of her to emerge.  I can’t help but wonder if her ears were hurting her because she turned into a crazy little devil thing.  This hasn’t happened since I brought my toddler to a baby shower (that was located in a VERY non-baby-proofed home). 

Do you remember, “Taz,” the crazy Tasmanian Devil cartoon character from Looney Tunes?  If so, I want you to try and imagine “Taz” as a feisty 2-year-old toddler.  Then, I want you to try to imagine what it would be like to fly with to fly with little toddler “Taz.”  I found a Tasmanian Devil Iron-On Patch (shown below) from Amazon.com that makes for a fairly accurate depiction of the “Taz” that emerged in my little tot on our 2 flights.  

My 20-Month-Old Toddler On Airplanes  =  Tasmanian Devil

For starters, my little toddler seriously threw her stuffed animal(s) at the poor, unsuspecting woman who was sitting next to us (my LO wasn’t actually intending to throw it at the woman but was merely throwing a tantrum and decided to throw her stuffed Abby Cadabby doll in a fit…which happened to fly and hit the woman who was sitting in the window seat sitting next to us; it was awful…oh yeah, and this happened twice).  


Why did this happen?  Because, apparently, I have NO CONTROL over my child!  I’ve never seen such behavior from my child.  Before kids, I would have judged the parents who had a child who behaved this way.  


I shi* you not – the flight attendant brought Mr. Mia his cup of ice water to drink (which was in one of those plane cups), and before he could even take a sip from it, my LO (who was sitting on his lap) swats her hand at the water cup really hard, causing the entire cup of water to spill ALL OVER THE CROTCH of her daddy….he seriously looked like he wet his pants (it’s really funny now…but it was seriously not funny at the time).

Oh yes – and our entire flight (flying out of Denver) was pretty turbulent  so the seat-belt sign was on the entire time.  So, of course, whose child decides to take the most stinky poo in history?  Yep.  That’s right – my toddler.  Oh, and yes – the seat belt sign was still on…and the turbulence continued to get worse…and the smell of the poop in my toddler’s diaper also continued to get worse.  THE WHOLE GOD D*MN PLANE SMELLED LIKE MY TODDLER’S POOP!  People were seriously staring at us, with a look of disgust and hatred on their faces.  Eventually, despite the turbulence, I made my peace with the situation and I pressed the “call” button for the flight attendant.  When the flight attendant came to our seat,  I told her that my LO had a poopy diaper and I asked her if I could please leave my seat (despite the turbulence) so that I could bring my LO to the bathroom for a diaper change.  The flight attendant’s response:  “OH MY GOD, YES!  THAT’S WHAT THAT SMELL IS?! YES, GO!”

I’m supposed to be flying next week with my toddler – BY MYSELF this time (we’re going to visit her daddy who is stationed for work in a different state right now).  FML.  How am I going to handle this by myself?  Seriously?

Advice needed.

At the very least, I have next year’s Halloween costume for my toddler:

Truth be Told:  The title of my post says: “Do not do  it! Save yourself” in regards to traveling with a 20-month-old, but the truth is that seeing family was worth every miserable second that we spent on with our toddler on the flight.  If you have an opportunity to see family that lives far away, take it.  It’s worth it.  Just learn from the mistakes that I made (i.e., stay tuned for an upcoming  post regarding “lessons learned” on traveling with a 20-month-old).   



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Rock N Play Cradle (Fisher-Price) – aka “The Magic Cradle” – Photo Time

Rock N Play Cradle by Fisher-Price
I talk about what I refer to as the “Magic Cradle” (for its newborn baby magical powers) in my  post Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items.  I love the Rock n’ Play Sleeper, and I wanted to share a photo show with you of my daughter sleeping in this magical cradle.  I love this thing.  I miss it – she has outgrown it now, but I will definitely be using this with my next newborn baby.



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Rock N Play – Snugabunny Newborn Sleeper 
by Fisher-Price
Amazon.com Link:  Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper

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Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items Image


Save your sanity during the newborn phase of motherhood by making sure that you are prepared with these 25 must-have newborn baby items and products.  I am willing to put my reputation on the line here and say that these baby products are the most practical, easy-to-use and convenient newborn baby products out there (especially the Leachco Newborn Podster).  These items are available on Amazon.com, which is where I purchased each of these items, but you can also find most of the products at Target, Babies’R’Us, and BuyBuyBaby. 


Last Updated:  October 2015


Top 25 Newborn Baby Items:


1.  Leachco Newborn Podster 
Link:  Leachco Newborn Podster

Leachco Newborn Podster Image - PinkLeachco Newborn Podster Image
LeachCo Newborn Podster

The  Leachco Newborn Podster is my absolute number one favorite baby item of all time.  No question about it.  You can view my post about this product at How to Make Mommy’s Life With Newborn Easier, and the top uses for the Newborn Podster.  We feel so passionately about this product that we will be donating a number of them to an HIV Orphanage in Vietnam (see How My Favorite Baby Product Will Help Orphans With HIV in Vietnam).  I cannot find this item anywhere but Amazon.com and Babies’R’Us.  


2.  Boon Grass Bottle and Nipple Drying Rack

Link:  Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack, Spring Green 

Boon Grass Drying Rack


The Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack is fantastic, and in my humble opinion, it is the prettiest drying rack out there.  More importantly, it works great for drying nipples and bottles.







3.  Rock ‘N Play Newborn Sleeper
Link:   Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper

I refer to the Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper as the “Magic Cradle.”  I love this thing.  I brought it with me almost everywhere I went with my baby. It’s easy to bring from room to room, and easy to fold-up and bring with you on the go. Fisher-Price now has a vibrating edition of the wonderful Rock ‘N Play Sleeper – the Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper.






4.  Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother

Link:   Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother

Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse

The Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother is made by Fisher-Price, and I swear this little seahorse is magical when it comes to babies.  Newborns go from crying to happy within a seconds when you put this cute little, glowing seahorse in front of them. I would become frantic when it would run out of batteries during our baby’s newborn stage.  I love the Soothe and Glow Seahorse Baby Soother so much that I made my sister buy a “back-up” seahorse for her house.  You can see more about this magical seahorse and other baby toys in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.






5.  Video Baby Monitor

Link:  Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens

Video Baby Monitor Image

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens


I highly recommend getting a baby video monitor – it will bring you more peace of mind than you can imagine.  I recommend purchasing a monitor that has a “mute” button feature that way you can get some sleep.  The  Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens not only has a “mute”button, but the display is activated by sound, so it will turn on if the baby makes noise.  Tip: Many of the Motorola brand monitors do not have a mute button. Hopefully Motorola updates their next model with the mute button feature.  If you are interested in a WiFi Baby Video Monitor, the WiFi Baby 2.0 is a great option, but is complicated to set-up.  With the WiFi Baby 2.0, you will be able to view the video stream from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, or PC (you can also use the WiFi Baby 2.0 as a Nanny-Cam, and record video and audio).




6.  Crane Cool Mist Humidifier

Link:   Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier


Crane Cool Mist Humidifier Image
Crane Cool Mist Humidifier

This adorable Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is easy to clean and easy to change, and they are filter-free.  The Crane Cool Mist Humidifier will also fit in most bathroom sinks, whereas many of the Vick’s humidifiers are so bulky that they need to be refilled in a bathtub (which is annoying).  Also, if the hippo-look doesn’t appeal to you, a new a noteworthy humidifier (as of 2015) is the Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights.   The Remedies Humidifier is also a cool mist humidifier, and it is very quiet quiet – as a bonus, it not only automatically shuts off, but it has seven different colors of LED lights that can help distract a sniffling child (The Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights is shown below).  See more on humidifiers at Best Humidifiers for Baby that Are Easy-to-Operate.

Remedies Cool Mist Humidifier
Link:  Remedies Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier With Colored LED Lights







7.  Side-Snap Onesies

Link:   Kimono Bodysuit Side-Snap Onesie

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Side-Snap Onesies

Side-Snap onesies are essential for your sanity if the thought of putting a t-shirt over your baby’s wobbly head makes you nervous.  Avoid that pain and invest in at least five side-snap onesies for your newborn.  The above picture is a link for side-snap onesies that are sold on Amazon.com, but side-snap onesies on Amazon are extremely expensive (a single side-snap onesie can run about $17.99), so I would highly recommend going to Target and purchasing a 3-pack for $9.99 (Made by Gerber).  Nevertheless, I have provided a link to the expensive version from Amazon.com for you to take a look at (Kimono Bodysuit Side-Snap Onesie).  For more on side-snap onesies at The Must-Have Clothing Item For Your Newborn Baby .





8.  SpaceSaver Swing and Seat (Vibrates)
Link:   Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat, Rainforest Friends

Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends SpaceSaver Swing

A lot of baby swings end up taking up a lot of space, but the Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends SpaceSaver Swing is great because it won’t take up 1/4 of your living room.  The 
Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat, Rainforest Friends has all of the features. It vibrates (which is a very important feature in a baby swing and many of the expensive swings do not have this), and this swing is easily portable from room to room.  







9.  Swaddle Blankets with Velco
Link:  Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets

SwaddleMe Blankets
SwaddleMe Blankets

Get yourself Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets blankets (make sure that they have velcro) – these are so much easier (and safer) than the traditional swaddle blankets.  The velcro makes the swaddling process significantly faster and easier for tired moms and dads.  






10.  HALO Sleepsacks
Link:   HALO SleepSacks

HALO Sleepsack Image 
HALO Sleepsack

I love the HALO SleepSacks for after the “swaddle phase.”  I recommend getting two of each size (S, M, L)  for the first year.  Amazon.com sells them for about $20, but if you have a Marshall’s store nearby, then you can get amazing deals on these ($7.99).



11.  Little Tummys’ Gas Relief Drops
Link:  Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops 

Little Tummys’ Gas Relief Drops

Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops have saved my sanity a few times when we were trying to find the right formula for our baby (which resulted in baby having an upset tummy).  These things are great at relieving tummy pains.







12.  OXO Dishwasher Basket 
Link:  OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket 

Oxo Dishwasher Basket Image
Oxo Dishwasher Basket

If you’re going with the Playtex Drop-In bottles, then I highly recommend the OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket because it is the perfect size for the Playtex Drop-In nipples (which don’t easily fit inside the slots of most dishwasher baskets).  It is also very convenient to have a large dishwasher basket versus many of the common Munchkin dishwasher baskets found in stores, which can usually only fit five Playtex Drop-In Nipples (the OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket can fit up to ten nipples).





13.  Kick and Play Piano Baby Gym
Link:   Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym 

The Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym is our favorite because not only does it provide a mirror (babies love mirrors), but the kick-able piano feature provides for a ton of entertainment for baby by playing music and lighting up – babies love it.   Another great feature about this baby gym is that you can level up the piano as baby grows and starts sitting.  The only downfall to this baby gym is that it is hard for the baby to roll over all the way without getting caught in the arch.  You can see my little one playing with this baby gym at my post: Favorite Baby Gym Photo Time.  She loves this thing!  This baby gym also made my post Top 25 Baby Toys.





14.  Boogie Wipes

Link:  Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes Image


Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes are great for wiping noses without irritating baby’s skin by rubbing it raw.  They have grape-flavored and also a fresh flavor.  These are a must-have to keep in your diaper bag, and I’d recommend getting one for your changing table as well.  We talk about the best items for your sick baby more in the post – Sick Baby:  Top 20 Must-Have Items to Have On-Hand.




15.  Secure-A-Toy Straps
Link:   Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy 

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Secure-A-Toy

The Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy is an amazing invention that prevents your baby from losing toys when riding in the stroller.  I love these things.





16.  Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover
Link:  Jolly Jumper Car Seat Cover 

Car Seat Cover

Car seat covers are a great and easy way to keep your newborn warm in the cold winter months when getting in and out of your car.  Amazon.com sells the Jolly Jumper Carseat Cover, but you can find these at Marshall’s for quite a bit cheaper.



17.  Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table
Link:   Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table Image
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun Activity Table

The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table is the BEST activity table out there.  Unlike other activity tables, the Laugh and Learn Fun table has multiple settings (e.g., Play, Music, Spanish, Learning Time), so it keeps your baby occupied and entertained for longer than other single-setting activity tables.  You can remove the legs for baby to use it during the Sitting phase as well.  See more about this table Keep Baby Busy, Keep Mommy Happy, and I also mention this great toy in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.




18.  Playtex Drop-Ins Bottles

Link:  Playtex Baby Drop-ins Nurser Bottles

Playtex Drop-In Nurser Bottles Image
Playtex Drop-Ins

The Playtex Baby Drop-ins Nurser Bottles are the best bottle out there – in this mom’s opinion.  I could go on and on about these bottles and how much I love them.  The disposable liners make cleaning these bottles substantially easier than any other bottle out there (no more putting bottles in your dishwasher). More importantly, the liner system prevents your baby from gulping air during feedings.  Also, if you plan to have kids in the future, the drop-in bottles are better for storage because you don’t have to worry about the plastic going bad.  





19.  Toys Links
Link:   Sassy Ring O’ Links

Toy Links Image
Toy Links

Get yourself the Sassy Ring O’ Links. Toy links are great for attaching toys to strollers and babies just love to hold onto these with their tiny fingers.  Your baby will also love to chew on these toy links (great for teething)! 



20. DaBib
Link:  DaBib 

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Da Bib

If you have a baby with “hole” in his mouth that appears during bottle time (meaning the milk drips out of their mouth and gets everywhere), then DaBib is perfect for your baby.  It keeps your baby’s clothing clean and keeps your baby’s neck dry.  I love, love DaBib.  It’s a lot more expensive than other bibs, but worth every penny.  See more on bibs at Top 5 Baby Bibs that Actually Work.





21.  Disposable Diaper Bags
Link:  Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser

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Disposable Diaper Bags

These Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser are very handy to have.  You will get dirty looks if you put a stinky diaper in a public trashcan without one.  Just strap these on your diaper bag and refill as needed.




22.  The NoseFrida Snotsucker
Link:   Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

Nosefrida Snotsucker Image
NoseFrida Snotsucker

Now, let me explain a little bit about the Nosefrida. I was very reluctant to try this product initially –  the idea of sucking boogers out of anybody’s nose made me gag, but I swear to you that this thing works better than any nasal aspirator out there, and when your baby can hardly breathe because of all the snot in his nose, you will want this thing.  I promise you that the boogers don’t get in your mouth – even with the massive amount of snot my child has, the snot/boogers hasn’t even reached the filter yet, let alone anywhere near my mouth. This thing is awesome.  I talk about my love for the  Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator in my post How the Nose Frida Changed My Boogie Little Life, and you can also find a video of my baby loving the Nosefrida on that same post.

23.  Washable Changing Pads

Link:   MyKazoe Waterproof Changing Pads

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Washable Changing Pads

Keep changing pads on-hand near your changing table to eliminate constant changing pad laundry runs.  These MyKazoe Waterproof Changing Pads are great, but I’ve seen Babies’R’Us selling changing pads (made by Babies’R’Us) that are made with terry cloth and these work really well too.






24.  Sippy Cup Bungy Cord
Link:  SippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords
Sippy Cup Bungy Cord Image
Sippy Cup Bungy Cord

If your baby is like my baby, then she will love to throw her sippy cup on the floor once she gets to the “high chair phase.”  Prevent this with the SippiGrip Sippy Cup Bungee Cords.  Genius.



25.  O-Ball
Link:  Oball 

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The O-Ball Toy


Baby’s love the Oball because they can fit their tiny little fingers around it.  It’s costs about $4.99 and is a toy that is worth every penny.  This toy is also included in my post Top 25 Baby Toys.

26.  Huggies Newborn Diapers

Link:   Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newborn

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Huggies Newborn Diapers

The Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newborn are my favorite diapers for newborns because they have an umbilical cord cut-out to prevent your baby’s umbilical cord stump from getting wet with pee (it is best to keep your baby’s umbilical cord stump dry in the days after baby is born).


Share your must-have newborn 
and baby items by commenting below!

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Name of Book: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn
Category:  Thriller
Amazon.com Link:  Gone Girl: A Novel

5 out of Stars.


You will not be able to put this book down. It’s addicting. You will thank me for recommending this book, but then
you will be mad at me as soon as you finish it because you will feel so bored.

If you’re looking for a fast-read book that is impossible to put down, then I highly, highly recommend Gone Girl: A Novel, by Gillian Flynn.  ‘Gone Girl’ is an “I-can’t-stop-reading” thriller.  You will be transported into your own little book-world, away from reality, when you open this book.  I can’t say too much without giving away the plot or the ending, but holy **** – this is a great book and you will not predict the ending.   I miss reading this book (or the simple act of looking forward to it) in the same way that I miss the TV Show Homeland (on Showtime) until the show starts its 3rd season.  


This is currently my mom’s book club book of the month, and I just found out our babysitter is reading it for her book club as well.  It only has 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com, but I don’t see why it doesn’t have 5 out of 5 stars.  This book was like a roller coaster ride for my mind.



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Make Life With Your Newborn Much Easier – The Newborn Podster

Newborn Podsters and Your Happiness



I want to kiss the inventor of the Leachco Podster.   This is the greatest invention of all time. This is my absolute #1 favorite baby product out there.  THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BABY ITEM EVER!  Read the reviews on Amazon.com….they are not lying….it is amazing.


I bought the Podster when my newborn was 3-weeks old, and it changed my life. The Leachco Podster trumps all baby swings, bounces and other baby gear that I have tried, and I have tried a lot.  (Note: the Boppy brand makes a similar item, but don’t be fooled – this one is much better).  

“How do people have babies without 
these Podster things?” 

  –   Quoted by my friend, Allison 

The Podster (lounger) is my “go-to” gift for every single pregnant friend that I have.  I beam with pride after my girlfriends call me in their tired postpartum state to thank me and tell me that they have no idea what they would do without this product.  

Newborns fit into the Podster so perfectly.   This thing is a life-saver for the unpredictable nap times of newborns. It’s like LeachCo. had a team of brilliant physicists working in a lab and mastered the science of a newborn’s physical body structure and found the perfect shape that meets a newborn’s sleep-comfort needs.  I put my newborn daughter in the Podster in the center of our bed while we both napped.  My daughter napped in the Podster while inside of her crib. (I watched closely on my video baby monitor with the volume on high to make sure she didn’t roll over).


The Podster is easy to move from room to room.  It is sooo much more portable than a swing or bouncer. The Podster is as portable as baby gear gets.   I took this thing with my everywhere.  I packed the thing in my suitcase when we flew to Grandma’s house in Idaho for a visit.


When my arms and back were tired, I would set her in the Podster on the couch and feed her a bottle.  This thing saved me so much back pain…it brings happy tears to my eyes.  You can set the Podster on the counter or floor of your bathroom while you do your makeup, pluck your eyebrows, etc.  

Great for Bath Time:   You can lay out your infant bath towel on the Podster while your baby takes a bath.  It is perfect for the quick transfer of a wet naked baby and the perfect surface to wrap that wet baby up in a cute little hooded baby towel.



Safety Reminder: Do not leave your baby unsupervised in the Podster.  Your baby can learn to roll over at any time.




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7 Things You Should Avoid Saying to a New Mom


I recognize that I may have been grumpier than the average newbie mama bear (see I Almost Ate My Professor for Lunch – Graduate School and Pregnancy for more on that). That said, I want to share with you the most annoying things that people said to me in the first few weeks after my child was born. Here they are:

7 Things You Should Avoid

Saying to a New Mom


1.  “Sleep when the baby sleeps.”

  • I swore to myself, over and over again, that if one more person told me to, “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” that I was going to slug them.  Turns out that I’m too polite of a person (or too much of a chicken) to do that.  I do understand the concept behind this advice (and I tried my best to follow it).  It’s actually very sound advice; however, let the pediatrician and the other doctors/nurses give this advice to the new mom, because, if she was cranky and tired like I was, this will annoy her after the 1000th time that she hears it.

2.  “Breast is best!”

  • I don’t disagree with this statement, but this saying gets very old, very quickly for some women, especially if they are already having a hard-time with breastfeeding.  To better illustrate my point, here is a clip from the movie, “Office Space,” that does a great job of showing you how I felt each time that someone said, “Don’t you know that ‘breast is best!'” to me.
    3.  “Cherish these moments.”
    • I understand the idea of “living in the moment” and I am a huge advocate of parents not getting too caught-up in the day-to-day chores and of parents making the effort to enjoy the time that they spend with their children (see my post You’re Gonna Miss This – A Reminder for Parents for more about my strong feelings about this matter); however, a tired new mom does not need to be reminded of this.  It might make her feel guilty if all she can think about at that moment is a shower or a hot dinner.  Unless you are going to watch her newborn baby for the next 12-hours (and miraculously produce her breast-milk from your own body, if she is breastfeeding)…while she takes a shower, shaves, eats a hot dinner, and gets caught-up on 8-hours of sleep, then I suggest that you lay off of this advice.

    4.  “A woman at my work had twins, and she was back to work in 3-days!”

    • If you say this to a new mom, be prepared for the look of death (a.k.a., the look that a person gives to you when they are attempting to kill you with their eyes).  I swear to God that someone said this to me – and they actually said it to me multiple times, on multiple occasions.  By the third (or maybe fourth) instance that this person told me this ‘story,’ I lost it – I lost my mind, and it did not end well for that person. 

    5. “I’m so tired.”

    • Unless you also have a newborn that wakes up every 1-2 hours to eat, then just shut up. 

    6.  “You’ll lose that baby weight in no time!”

    • What I wish I would have said to this comment: “Yeah, so will you!” (this would have been a terrible come-back if the person happened to be skinny – in which case, I have been trying to think of a great comeback to skinny people for the past 2 years….).

    7.  “They’re sleeping through the night at this point, right?”

    • Do not say this. Just don’t. 


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