Friday, June 12, 2009

live clean Non-Petroleum Baby Jelly

I've been using Vaseline on my daughter's butt for 2 years.
...And? you ask.

The live clean products are plant-based and "natural" (whatever that means, but I'm hoping and guessing it's a better combo of ingredients). I haven't been using it that long yet, but what I can tell you is that it does exactly the same thing Vaseline does as far as lubricant/protective factors. The texture is a bit grainier, but there is absolutely no scent. Purchased from my local Zehrs grocery store.

Happy to have options. I'll be reviewing live clean's baby wash in the near future.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Snack Trap

Eight bucks for a snackholder? You're kidding, right? Well, I wondered if I was being a big sucker when I purchased this little item. A plastic cup with handles and a lid (a la tupperware) didn't seem to be a wise investment. But, as usual, I was intrigued by its claims. My daughter was just under a year old at the time and was into little finger foods like cheerios and gerber graduates puffs (things that took about .5 seconds to be dumped by her, with glee, onto my floor). Little did I know that I would be using said container almost every single day for over a year! At first my daughter would just shake it to try to get the snacks out from inside the little rubber flaps, and I thought that kind of defeated the purpose of the whole "trap" business. It didn't take long for her to understand the mechanism though, and she's been using it almost daily since. Now, at just over two years old, she knows how to have a snack in a bowl without spilling it all over my living room. But I still find it very useful for the car! Favourite fillings: dry froot loops, alpha bits or goldfish crackers.

The plastic cup is sturdy and can handle being dropped and banged around like crazy. The specially-designed, spill-reducing lid does get a bit of wear over time, especially if you use a dishwasher, but you can buy replacements separately at a lower cost. Also available: sippy lid attachment or a stay-fresh lid that fits over the original lid. You can also purchase the Snack Trap in a two-pack or buy a special tether to attach it to your stroller, purse, or ...belt-loop ('cause that's attractive! what could possibly scream "i'm a mom!" more than that?), but you could also just use any other clip or carabiner I'm sure.

Purchased from a store that no longer exists... but available from many places, including Rolz&Sassy (Kincardine), Safety Superstore, and Cheeky Monkey (London).