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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….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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Help! Baby HATES the Booger Sucker

Please share your experience(s) using Booger suckers 
with babies and toddlers in the comment section of this post.

The Booger Sucker battle with my sick 13-month-old toddler is wearing me down.  My baby toddler absolutely hates – actually, she despises –  the Booger Sucker (i.e., ‘nasal aspirator’).  Watch her run/speed-crawl in the opposite direction, as fast as she can, when she sees me pull it out.

Today, I drew a happy face on her Booger Sucker, desperately hoping that this would resolve my 13-month-old daughter’s phobia of her Booger Sucker by convincing her that it’s actually a “friendly booger sucker.”  This was my last resort. It didn’t work.   I don’t understand – she feels noticeably better using the Booger Sucker (which only occurs only when I am clever/fast enough to accomplish this).  

Ahh! Not the Booger Sucker!

1 of 4 Things Happen During Booger Sucking Time With My Toddler: 

    (1)  The “Mommy Ninja Sneak-Attack”:    I nonchalantly stick the booger sucker up her nose while she is completely focused on something else, such as her Elmo toy.   (Success Rate: 10%)

    (2)  The “Wresting Match: Mommy vs. Toddler”:    This is what it sounds like: a wrestling match between my 13-month-old daughter and me.  The sad part is that the spread for this match is 50/50.  I hate this method, and I only use it when I’m afraid she won’t be able to breathe for a nap or bedtime.  (Success Rate: 50%) 

    (3)  The “Mommy Surrenders” Failure:    I surrender to my little toddler, accepting that she is stronger than I.  Her extreme squirming and protests make me fear that I will either poke her eye or cause permanent emotional damage if I persist with booger sucking efforts.  (Success Rate: 0%)

    (4)  The “Mr. Peek-A-Boogie” Game:    I make Booger Sucking a game of Peek-a-Boo….aka. “Peek-a-Boogie” with Mr. Booger Sucker (I even drew him a face!).  But she is too smart for this nonsense.  My toddler is well aware that Mr. Booger Sucker is right behind mommy’s back, and she is well aware of Mr. Booger Sucker’s intentions.   (Success Rate: 10%)

      Hand-Draw Smiley Face: 
      “Mr. Peek-a-Boogy” 
      Happy Booger Sucker” 

      There has to be a better way to go about this Booger Sucker business – there has to be some brilliant mommy “tips and tricks” that the brilliant moms out there use –  moms who live in a happy land with happy toddlers who love their booger suckers.  (Don’t get me started on the Saline Spray…)   

      The Declaration of Booger Sucking Support for Moms:  Let this be a Support Forum and an Advice Board for mom’s and babies and toddlers who struggle with Booger Sucking.  I am well aware that we are not the only family that struggles with Booger Sucking.  

      Please share your struggles with Booger Suckers, and if you have any suggestions or advice on how to successful maneuver the booger sucking process with babies and toddlers, please, please, share your advice here on this posts comment section.

      – Signed, The Booger-Determined Mom


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      Best Strategy for Flying With Your Baby or Toddler (Results in!)

      Toddler Sleeping on Airplane

      I’m happy that we stuck to our plan for our travel and flight with our 13-month-old toddler. Our strategy for ensuring that we got a spare seat for our toddler (coined the “Who Wants to Sit Next to Baby on the Plane?” Strategy) worked for one out of two of our flights this trip!  (50% Success Rate).  Historically, and overall, this strategy has worked for 4 out of 6 flights (67% Success Rate).  It’s easy, free and worth your time to try if you’re traveling with a baby/toddler under the Age of 2-years-old.

      Recap: The “Who Wants to Sit Next to Baby on the Plane?” Strategy 

      For the full-details on this strategy, you can view the article Strategies for Booking a Free Plane Seat for Your Baby or Young Toddler When Traveling.  Otherwise, I recommended reading a quick re-cap on the details of this strategy:

      • If both you and your spouse are traveling, try to book an aisle and a window seat that are in the same row, and make sure that the middle seat in between you is open when you’re booking.   Other passengers who book their flights after you will usually not choose a middle seat and this can sometimes mean a free seat for your baby.   
      • Best Case Scenario:  The person in the middle seat will decide that sitting next to a baby doesn’t sound so fun.  This person will switch seats to a different row – leaving the middle seat free for you and your toddler to sprawl out!  
      • Worst Case Scenario: If the middle seat ends up getting booked, most people will happily trade you for one of your aisle/window seats so that you and your spouse can sit together. 
      • See my article: Strategies for Booking a Free Plane Seat for Your Baby or Young Toddler When Traveling for more details.  (We chose Strategy Number 1 from the article).

      THE RESULTS:  

      Strategy Implementation of “Operation Free Baby Seat on Airplane”
      Here is a breakdown of the results of the strategies implementation:

      Flight Number 1 (Departure Flight): Failure.

      • Our departure flight was oversold, so our seats were rearranged – voiding this strategy (very disappointing).

      Flight Number 2 (Return Flight): Success!

      • On our return flight, the “Who Wants to Sit Next to a Baby on a Plane?” strategy was a complete success – the man in the middle seat between us decided to switch to a different middle seat that was in a row behind us (who wants to sit next to a baby?).  This left the middle seat in our row free for us to sprawl out!  

      The new name for this strategy: The “Who Wants to Sit Next to a Baby on a Plane?” Strategy. Success! 


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