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Bottle Warmer, Bottle Shwarmer

Okay, I think every single advertiser out there is using this line, and it’s a cliche, but in this case I mean it. In this economy, and especially when you have kids, every penny counts. So believe me when I say: don’t waste your money or time on a bottle warmer.

With all the models I’ve tried, bottle warmers just seem to double the time that it takes for you to actually warm up the milk or formula in the bottle. That’s because usually a bottle warmer requires you to fill it directly with water that you heat up, and then when the water is hot enough, you insert the cold breast milk or baby formula to be warmed up by the hot water. So you’re waiting for two liquids to heat up. Usually 5-1o minutes for the water to heat up, then 5-10 minutes for the actual breast milk or formula to heat up.

Also, because the bottle warmer has so many parts, it’s usually pretty tough to clean. That, and they are usually electrical, so you can’t submerge them in water to really get all the gunk out. The result is, bacteria accumulates in the bottle warmer, and whatever water you put in there will become contaminated. In result, when you put the bottle that needs to be warmed up in the water, bacteria then gets transferred on the bottle, which then gets transferred to your hands, which then gets to your baby. Capishe?

So what’s the solution? Listen to mom! Do it the traditional way!

  1. Heat up some water either on the stove in a 1 qt. sauce pan, or in the microwave in a 1 qt. microwavable bowl.
  2. Then, submerge the bottle that needs warmed up in the hot water up to the top level of the liquid inside of it. So if there are three ounces of milk or formula inside the bottle, submerge the bottle up to the 3 oz line.
  3. Always take the cap off, or the liquid inside the bottle may overheat.
  4. Keep testing the liquid temperature by spraying some on your wrist.
  5. NEVER put a baby bottle directly in the microwave to heat up, because the microwave will heat the milk or formula unevenly, even scorching parts of it.

You’ll see that in most cases, it takes the simplest and cheapest system to achieve most things rather than spending like $20 on a complicated contraption. And seriously, who has time to read directions any more? babyeating

Homemade Baby Food

Making baby food is probably one of the easiest things that you will ever do. The simpler you make it, the healthier it will be for your baby.

I asked my own children’s doctor if it was better for me to make it than to buy it, and she gave a totally thumbs up to the idea of making baby food. When you make it yourself, there’s no preservatives in it, and it’s a lot cheaper than buying the pre-made jars.

foodcarrot0981_smallYou don’t even need to use fresh vegetables in order for the homemade baby food to be nutritious. Frozen vegetables preserve a majority of the nutrients that they had when they were fresh. The best vegetables to use for the homemade baby food are vegetables that can be pureed easily without any chunky residue. Peas and carrots are prefect, whereas broccoli won’t work so well. So here’s what you do:

  1. Follow the instructions on any frozen bag of vegetables in order to cook them.
  2. Once cooked, like I said, the less you add to them, the better. If you’ve got a baby that is underweight, you can add butter to loaf the vegetables up. Do not add salt. You don’t want to start that habit early.
  3. Put cooked and seasoned vegetables in food processor, and hit puree button.
  4. Periodically mix the vegetables with a spoon in the processor so that each single veggie gets grinded by the blade.
  5. Once you feel they are all pureed, sort through them with a spoon just to make absolutely sure there are no chunks.
  6. When you’re sure, separate the veggies in different little containers. Put 2 oz. of veggies in each container. I recommend The First Years Take n Toss bowls with lids for containers.
  7. As your baby grows, you can make the food chunkier, and separate it into 4 oz portions rather than 2 oz portions.
  8. You can keep the servings that your are going to use within two days in the fridge. Put the rest in the freezer.
  9. To heat refrigerated servings, spoon them out of the plastic containers into a microwave-safe bowl and heat the refrigerated ones for 20 seconds.
  10. To thaw out the frozen servings, run the bottom of the closed container under hot water for about a minute. Then, take lid off of container and just flip the container upside down into a microwave-safe bowl. It should pop right out of the container in which you froze it. Then microwave that for a minute, stirring it every 15 seconds.
  11. Always test the temperature of the food before you serve it to your baby.
  12. And there you have it, just bib up your baby, and spoon in the deliciousness!

Car Seat Recall

According to KDKA about 447,000 car seats were recalled today by their product manufacturers. This is because the carrier part of these infact car seats were coming loose, causing at least three injuries for babies such as bruises, bumps, and even head injuries. The handle from the car seat was either partially or even fully coming off the product — which you can imagine the severity of that if you’re midst-walking, holding the car seat up high.

This recall has been supported by the government, who has said that all consumers of this product should cease to use it right away.

Brands that are affected by this recall include  Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Disney. This recall only affects products that were made after on or after January of 2008.

carseatAside from the recall, specialists advise that one should always carry their infant car seat with both hands: one on the handle, and one supporting the seat underneath. Of course that is easier said than done for any mom who is tending to multiple children.

Babytrend Highchair

Don’t get me wrong, this highchair does have good features, but sometimes they seem outweighed by this one, very loud and annoying feature: the tray continuously pops off. It will not snap on, and any kicking, flailing of arms, ecc. will set it off to slam on the floor and in result, sometime make your baby cry. Also, it’s not very compact. It does snap the legs together, but that doesn’t really save much space. high chair

But, like I said, it does have positive features like the snap on wheels (My favorite — I can move it all around the kitchen and living room).¬† Also it has a four position full seat recline with a three position tray. On top of reclining, the seat moves up and down a pretty wide variety of heights. The tray also includes a dishwasher-safe snap-on various-compartment tray.

Baby Walkers

There’s been some controversy when it comes to baby walkers. You should definitely use caution when letting your baby use a baby walker. But they’re also a great tool to have to keep your baby movin’ and groovin’.

For example, you should always make sure that all access to stairs is completely shut off by doors or gates. Otherwise, using a baby walker will lead to danger. Also, make sure that you have clear path for them to move around, and always make sure that your baby is within eyesight when using a baby walker.Otherwise, when your baby gets more mobile, they may start trying to climb out and get hurt while using their baby walker.

But, baby walkers also have many positives. For example, baby walkers allow your child to exercise by walking all over the place, and keep him or her moving rather than screaming in an exersaucer or jumper, which my kids happen to hate. But that’s a whole ‘nother blog entry and is totally dependent upon the child. Haha. Also, baby walkers give your baby practice for walking before they can even walk. baby-walker-thumb9372968

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