This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own.

When our girls were born (they are now 13 and 14) the must have book for parents was the What to Expect series.  Much has changed since our girls were born and I was curious what is new and especially what is the new must have book for parents of toddlers and babies.  I knew there had to be something!

Then I was sent this book and knew it must be it! Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents’ Top 150 Questions.

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It is written by Tanya Altmann who is both the author and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The book is laid out in chapters with questions, advice and bonus tips from Tanya throughout.  It has the most recent information on topics like “Do I really need to give medicine for a fever?” Or “What is the appropriate amount of Acetaminophen to give?”.

I put the book to the test by looking up a few of the questions we’d had over the course of raising our 4 kids.

Like the ever allusive tummy ache.  How many times kids have complained that their tummy hurts.  They are young enough you know it hurts, and maybe sometimes there are tears.  But is it something more?  Do we need to call the doctor?  The book gives great advice on this topic, like keeping a food diary to see if perhaps there is a certain food, or food group, triggering these tummy aches.  It goes through a list of questions to ask yourselves (or the doctor).

I was pleased with the content of every question I looked up.  It was informative, without being overly basic.  It felt valuable to me, even as a quite seasoned parent and I KNOW would be invaluable to new/expectant parents as well.

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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RubyRoo Baby offers high-quality baby products on Amazon and rubyroobaby.com Founded in 2015 by a husband and wife team, RubyRoo Baby creates smart solutions for savvy parents. They take tremendous pride in selling a beautiful array of teething necklaces and sibling shirts. RubyRoo Baby recently expanded beyond their best-selling line of silicone teething necklaces to offer All About Me: A Little Book of Love and Adventure, and heirloom quality baby journal covering birth through age 5.

A company with a conscience, RubyRoo Baby donates 1% of profits to charity. Each year we support a charity dedicated to improving the lives of parents and babies: in 2016, they will donate 1% of profits to the March of Dimes, which funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.

You may remember awhile back we offered a giveaway for one of their baby books, but now they are back with a fun bundle of joy giveaway bundle! Check out these cool prizes and win a bundle of joy for YOUR bundle of joy!

We are so excited to have teamed up with RubyRoo Baby for another fabulous giveaway! We are so happy to be offering our readers the chance to win an amazing Bundle of Joy Holiday Prize Pack. The winner will receive:

• 1 – “All About Me: A Little Book of Love and Adventure” (winner to choose Woodland or Floral Version)

Available in Woodland and Floral themes, this new heirloom-quality baby memory book stands out not just for its 48-pages of beautiful designs covering birth through age 5, but for being the only baby book available to be inclusive of all families.

Finding that the design of most baby journals excluded many families, RubyRoo Baby wanted to create something that truly embraced the belief that love makes a family. Through carefully selected captions, text, and design, RubyRoo Baby created a baby journal that works not just for traditional families, but also for families who adopt, LGBTQ families, homebirth families, and single-parent families. All About Me: A Little Book of Love and Adventure is also the only baby book that includes both Christian and Jewish holidays, with a unique design that allows families to remove the holidays they do not celebrate.

• 1 – RubyRoo Baby Silicone Teething Necklace of winner’s choice

Soft non-toxic beads help soothe teething pain without dangerous teething gel or medicines. RubyRoo Baby’s best-selling tething teething necklacesProvide an engaging sensory experience. Your baby will love to chew the beads and play with the necklace while teething, nursing, or while baby-wearing in sling or carrier. Available in three styles and multiple colors to suit every style.

• 1 – Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper in Aqua Stone Fashion (Item Model No. CHN28)

At nighttime and naptime, the inclined sleeper lulls baby to sleep with relaxing music and sounds – plus hands-free rocking all night long! And when baby’s ready to play, use the songs, sound effects and linkable clacker toy to keep baby busy and entertained. The extra-deep seat and breathable mesh sides make the Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper a dream for baby to stay in day and night. And it’s lightweight and portable to make it easy for mom and dad to bring along on vacation, to grandma’s and grandpa’s, the babysitter’s or anywhere! The pad is machine washable and dryer safe. AC plug provides battery-free operation.

Check out The Binder Ladies’ full review of the Baby Heirloom Baby Memory Book HERE!
The more entries you complete, the better your chance of winning!
This giveaway will run from December 14th, 2016 to December 24th, 2016.
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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received aExtend2Fit 3-in-1 Car Seat from Graco for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Keeping our kids safe is our number one priority so making sure they are properly restrained in the car is at the top of our list.  The kids know that we don;t leave he garage until every one is strapped in.  The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends keeping children rear facing until at least 2 years old.  And that is a minimum.  The longer kids can stay rear facing, the better.  This is because their little spines and necks aren’t fully developed yet and are much more likely to be injured in a crash.

The new Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Car Seat from Graco makes it easy to keep kids rear facing.  It features a 3-position extension panel that provides 5” of extra legroom allowing the child to ride safely rear-facing longer. The seat can be used rear-facing from 4-50 lbs., forward-facing from 22-65 lbs. and as a high back booster from 30-100 lb.

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I know a lot of people are concerned about their child’s legs being cramped while rear facing.  The extendable panel really helps with this.  It easily pulls out by pulling on a lever.

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The seat features Simply Safe Adjust which allows you to easily adjust the height of the harness and headrest as your child grows.  It only took my a couple of minutes to adjust it to Little Miss’s height. The recline lever allows you to position the seat perfectly for your child’s age and the seat’s position.  The levels on the side of seat give a nice visual that allows you to make sure the seat is positioned correctly.

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I love how easy it is to adjust the tightness of the harness.  You simply press the small lever in the bottom center of the seat to loosen it or pull the strap to tighten it.  We don’t have to take the seat out to adjust it when A has a growth spurt.

20160715_151917 The 10-position headrest adjusts easily for your growing child and the padding adds extra protection for A’s head.  The seat pad is also nicely padded and machine washable.

The seat features the LATCH system and we were able to easily install it in just a couple of minutes.  It fit snugly and securely.

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Little Miss loves her new seat and says it’s really comfortable.  She also appreciates the two cup holders.  Those are really important to a three-year-old!  I love knowing that my daughter is both safe and comfortable.  It makes road trips much more enjoyable!

I really like the fact that the Extend2Fit seat will grow with my daughter,  She is on the small side (she’s 30 lbs at almost 4) so she’ll be able to ride rear facing for a while yet.  After that, she’ll continue to be safe while using the seat as a belt positioning booster.

We are fans of Graco and used Graco SnugRides for all our kids when they were infants.  We trust the brand.  In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards, the Extend2Fit seat has been side impact tested for occupant retention solely with the built-in 5-point harness system.  My husband has worked in EMS for 18 years and he’s seen first hand the importance of having little ones properly restrained.  With this seat, we both feel confident that Little Miss is safe and secure!

You can learn more about the Extend2Fit convertible car seat at gracobaby.com.  You can also connect with Graco on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Smockingbird for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Summer is in full swing and we are enjoying it! Thanks to Smockingbird children’s clothing, Little Miss has been having fun in style.  Smockingbird is an affordable classic children’s clothing line featuring smocked clothing for girls and boys. They have everything from dresses and rompers to long johns and bathing suits.  I was super excited to receive a few pieces from them, including something from their summer swimwear line.

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I let Little Miss pick out which outfits she’d like.  I wasn’t surprised at all that her first choice was this super cute Horses Smocked Gingham Shorts Set, since she loves horses!

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I love the design of this outfit!  It’s so pretty and perfect for summer.

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The cute pink and white gingham shorts match the fabric covered buttons on the top as well and the edging on the smocked section.  The little ruffles on the legs of the shorts are a sweet touch. 20160626_120545

The criss cross back and flutter sleeves are adorable!

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It fit A really well and she was able to run, jump, and play comfortably, all afternoon.

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A has really been into dresses lately.  She loves to put them on and twirl, so the Hula Hooping Girls Smocked Dress is perfect for her!

 

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This pretty dress features angel sleeve sand rick rack trim.  I love the bright primary colors in the dress.  The classic design is timeless and one of my absolute favorites.  It’s simple but beautiful.

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The little embroidered girls are super cute!

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And what is summertime without a new bathing suit?  A picked out this sweet Aqua and Red Gingham Seersucker swimsuit.  We chose to have it monogrammed.

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I absolutely love it and we have gotten so many compliments on it!  The red monogramming is the perfect compliment to the light blue gingham.  I am especially pleased with the cut and design of this suit.  We bought a swimsuit for A a couple of months ago and I wasn’t pleased with the cut of the back of it.  A is on the small side and the suit still didn’t cover her little bottom completely.  This suit has great coverage and the sweet ruffles around the legs add even more.  It didn’t ride up the first time even after hours of jumping into the pool and climbing on and off of floats.

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The back of the suit has a wide elastic section.  It was a little big on A but I expected it since like I mentioned, she’s on the small side.  She’s actually between a size 3T and 4T so I ordered the 4T, hoping she may be able to wear it again next summer.  The halter straps tie at the neck.  There are no criss cross shoulder straps to deal with so we can easily and quickly use the potty.

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Little Miss loves her new outfits and so do I!  The quality is excellent and everything has held up great in the wash.  I was very impressed with the huge selection Smockingbird offers.  The sizes range from infants to children’s 6 and monogramming is available both on swimsuits and most of the Smockingbird line.  I highly recommend checking out all they have to offer!  Make sure to connect with them on Facebook, where you’ll find special discount codes and pre-order info.  You can also find giveaways on their Instagram page.

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Even now, I can still remember that feeling my husband and I had when we learned we were expecting our first child together.  Pure happiness, excitement, joy, amazement and so much more all wrapped into just a few moments as we celebrated and pondered the little miracle already growing inside me.  It was one of the best moments of our lives.  Shortly after the initial excitement and celebration, the questions began.  Would we breastfeed or bottle feed?  Did we want a jogging stroller or a regular stroller.  Did we want a soft structure carrier or a wrap?  Nightgowns with footies or zip up sleep sacks?  It seemed like a never ending stream of questions and decisions.  Like most parents, we only wanted what was best for this child and what worked best for our family.  After having our first, it was a little easier to answer those questions and make those decisions as we learned, grew and discovered what was unique about each of our children.  We now have four children and our baby is now 2.  One struggle we had with Jack, threw us for a loop.  With the girls and Benjamin we pretty much chose whatever baby wipes we wanted.  Which ones had the best price, was usually the determining factor.  But with Jack, he was prone to rashes and after trying multiple things, I realized the culprit was the baby wipes.  Thus began my quest for the most natural baby wipes I could find.  I tried some DIY baby wipes, but he still broke out in a rash from those.  Then I discovered a brand carried at our local Meijer called WaterWipes.

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WaterWipes were our chemical free solution for Jack.  In fact, they contain EXACTLY two ingredients; water and grapefruit seed extract.  To be precise these chemical free wipes contain 99.9% purified water and .1% grapefruit seed extract.  And yes, they do clean his bottom well and he has had no rashes since we switched over to WaterWipes.

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The only thing I found to be a downside is that these are not interfolded like other wipes are.  The reason is so they stay sterile.  But it just means you should not transfer to them to another container.  Not a big deal for us, but some might find it difficult.

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If you are a parent, perhaps even a first time parent; I know the questions may seem endless and overwhelming.  Set your mind at ease and choose the chemical free wipes that are affordable, eliminated Jack’s rashes and are a safer option for your children.  You can easily locate WaterWipes at your local Meijer by using their store locator.

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I would love to hear what questions you have had as a parent and what solutions are working for you!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen