October 28th, 2012
Going back to work has it’s challen
ges, especially when breastfeeding. I wanted Archer to get used to a bottle early on so it wasn’t an issue later, but I didn’t want to mess with his ability to latch on properly. I was excited to learn that Medela, breast pump makers extraordinaire, have come out with Calma, the bottle designed to mimic breastfeeding. Calma only releases milk when your baby creates a vacuum on the nipple, similar to nursing. Using this latch, the milk flow is determined by how fast (or slow) your baby feeds.
Just like nursing, Archer took a little bit to figure out the Calma bottle. Because it’s not a free flowing nipple, he had to adjust his latch to get milk out. Once he got it, however, I began to see why this is such a great bottle. The flow of milk stopped when he wanted it to, preventing any choking that my other two kids experienced when learning how to bottle feed.
Like all Medela products, Calma is BPA free and dishwasher safe! The uniquely designed nipple guards against leaking, and the is a “one size fits all,” no need to purchase additional nipples as your baby grows.
I was given Calma by Medela for my review. I was allowed to keep the product, but the opinion I am sharing remains my own.
January 10th, 2012
Reusable water bottles are popping up everywhere… glass, plastic, bamboo, take your pick. With all the choices, you want something that works well, and works well for your lifestyle. Sip N Go foldable water bottles are perfectly practical. These BPA free bottles easily fold up (and snap shut) for storage. I’ve found that these work just as easily in the diaper bag as they do in the gym bag.
Created by Elevate Brands, Sip N Go is a part of a family of brands created to promote solutions for sustainable living. All of their bottles are created ethically and with planet-friendly materials. You can choose from four colors, but at less than $10 a bottle, you can easily pick up a few!
Elevate Brands offers a Sports Case for your bottle; an easy way to hike or walk with your bottle hands-free & secure!
This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the sample was received for this review.
November 9th, 2011
Our friends at Yoomi recently launched a contest for expectant mothers and I highly recommend that you check it out! Simply head over to their Facebook page and nominate a deserving pregnant friend or family member. The winner will recieve an amazing gift basket with baby essentials worth over $500! This contest is open and will run through December 8.
And don’t worry if you don’t win this time around, Yoomi will host this contest every 3 months!
October 1st, 2011
Having been able to breast feed both of my children, bottle feeding during the first couple of months felt secondary. When I did go back to work, however, my kids & I both had to figure out the best way for them to take a bottle while I was gone. For any nursing mother, I think bottles can be a bit intimidating; how much milk do they eat? Will they take to the bottle? How do I get the milk the right temperature??
Yoomi introduces the self-heating warmer designed uniquely to heat breast milk. This warmer sits right inside the bottle and warms your milk to the perfect temperature. (Formula fed baby? This will heat all liquids to the baby-desired temp.) I’m a bit jealous that I didn’t have this for my first baby!
Charging the warmer is easy: simply place it in boiling water for 25 minutes. After that, you can use the warmer whenever it’s time to feed the baby! Push the button, wait 60 seconds, and all will be ready.
Created by experienced (and frustrated) parents, Yoomi is the unique solution to the tricks of bottle warming! All of the contents of the warmer are safe for your baby and 100% BPA free. The Bitrex inside has a bitter taste to it; if it ever leaked, your baby would stop eating.
Yoomi is now available in the US! Follow them on Facebook for ordering information, as well as special discount offer.
This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!
This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation was received for this review.
March 11th, 2009
Argh! I hated everything about this bottle. Believe me, as soon as my son was born, he loved to eat. So, being that I was suffering from major sleep deprivation, I was on an adamant search for the bottle that would assist in helping me take a break from breastfeeding. I thought it would be the Adiri Natural Nurser since the bottle features the only nipple truly shaped like a mother’s breast. It had such appeal with a petal shaped vent that helps reduce colic, and the Fill, Twist and Feed system that is easy to use. Also, made of soft polycarbonate-free and bisphenol-A free materials. In addition, the 8-ounce capacity bottle is dishwasher safe. But to my dismay, I just couldn’t stand how much it leaked. Trying to fill Adiri Natural Nurser with formula is just a disaster! The twist cap is on the base of the bottle and you flip it over so that the nipple with the cover on becomes the base. It is just illogical! Even with the cap tightly on, it leaks and when I finish mixing the formula and ready to feed, as soon as I take the cap off, which takes a bit of strength, formula leakes through the nipple. The idea of resembling a boob works, but the concept is only great in theory. Carried out, there’s major leakage. Also, there is no way you can heat the bottle. Plus, it’s so pricey….$12.50 for one.