There’s a healthy list different activity monitors and connected scales on the market for adults, but what about kids? Ensuring your child is healthy can be difficult, especially if he is young and can’t vocalize any potential issues. One of the key metrics in helping quickly identify if a child is healthy is his or her weight. Enter the Withings Smart Kid Scale. This Wi-Fi connected scale will keep a log of the weight and height of your child from birth to 55 lbs.
Britax is one of the most trusted car seat manufacturer’s around. They have been making convertible car seats for the US market since 1997. Never satisfied, Britax continuously improves their products to make them safer, easier to use, and more comfortable. In August of 2010, they released their new line of convertible car seats with many improvements. Having been a Britax customer since 2007, I was excited to see the improvements they made.
Just like our mess of kid cups, we had a mess of odd-shaped kid plates and our cupboard where we keep them was always a gamble to open. Would the Elmo plate come crashing down on us or would the ladybug ones? I don’t know why it took us so long to just go ahead and buy a set of normal-shaped plates but I’m tellin’ ya; I’m not going back.
Now that I just purchased my first digital SLR, I needed a bag to carry it in. I originally chose a standard style bag but quickly decided it wasn’t for me. It looked too much like a camera bag and I didn’t care for the way it was organized and the dividers didn’t quite work for me. More research online led me to the Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag. If Lowepro is listening, I have some suggestions for a new bag that would work even better for me and perhaps others.
I originally selected the Munchkin 5 Multi Cups set as a filler for another item I was ordering. I wanted to reach the $25 single order minimum from Amazon’s Baby store so that I could get an additional free month of Amazon Prime shipping as part of the Amazon Mom program. As it turns out, I probably should have ordered these long ago on their own merit.
It’s no secret that Amazon.com is the world’s largest e-tailer and they are constantly introducing innovative ideas to enhance the customer experience. A few years ago, they introduced Amazon Prime, a shipping subscription in which you pay $79/year to get 2-Day shipping on a large number of products sold by Amazon. Then came Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program which provided a 15% discount on items on the S&S list if you subscribed to send them on a regular interval (1, 2, 3, and 6 months). I began using the S&S program for our toothpaste and diapers for the savings and convenience, rather than making the dreaded monthly trek to Costco. A few months ago, I was invited to join the new Amazon Mom program which combined the Amazon Prime and Subscribe & Save programs.
The Amazon Mom program starts members out with a free 3-month subscription to Prime. It also adds an additional 15% off of Subscribe & Save items in Amazon’s Baby Store giving members a whopping 30% off. Diapers suddenly became significantly cheaper for us. In addition, for every order of $25 or more worth of items from Amazon’s Baby Store, Amazon adds another month to your Prime membership. Mind you, this is all available for FREE.
Here are some other notes on the memberships mentioned above:
Amazon Prime – If you need a package sooner than 2 days, you can pay just $3.99 for 1-Day shipping. When you join Prime, it is set to automatically renew. If you prefer, you can turn of auto renewal in your Prime settings. Also, if you have other Amazon shoppers in your household, you may add up to 4 additional people to share the Prime membership with.
Subscribe & Save – The number of products qualifying for S&S is growing but is still pretty selective at the moment. You can cancel a subscription at any time. I’ve had to cancel certain diaper subscriptions as my toddler grew and required bigger sizes.
Amazon Mom – Perhaps a bit sexist in naming, you can designate in your profile that you are a Dad and list your children’s profiles should you wish. I elected not to.
There is no reason not to try out the Amazon Mom program. For basic necessities like diapers and wipes, it is extremely convenient and a great value. I probably won’t be able to extend my free Prime membership as I don’t regularly buy $25 in baby products anymore since my children are now older. But when they were infants, I would have certainly qualified for extensions. Regardless, this is a great service that Amazon is offering and I recommend it to all parents.
Go to http://www.amazon.com/mom to sign up or for more information.
We already had a plastic step stool from Target and a heavy 2-step wooden one but were not satisfied with either of them. I remembered seeing the Babybjorn step stool at a friend’s house and decided to take it for a spin. I’m glad I did.
- Very sturdy
- Entire step surface is covered in non-slip rubber
- The base also has non-slip rubber
- The underside does not have any sharp or jagged plastic
Our plastic step stool we got from Target worked, but was not ideal. The stepping surface was only partially covered in non-slip materials and the underside had lots of jagged plastic. Whenever I put my fingers around the bottom to move it, I’d poke myself with it and silently (sometimes not so silently) curse the thing. The Target one and the Babybjorn are the same height (6 inches) so if your child needs something bigger, obviously this won’t work for you. My oldest child needs to get on their tippy toes to reach the sink and it works well for our younger child while going potty. The larger wooden 2-step stool worked great for reaching the sink, but it was just bulky and moving it so adults could use the sink was inconvenient.
Both my kids have used the BABYBJÖRN Safe Step for about 3 weeks and have never come close to tipping it over or falling. The base is very wide compared to the other plastic step stool we have. In my opinion, accidents happen. Sometimes, it has nothing to do with anything. I’m very confident in the stability of the step stool and if my kids fall off of it because they were careless or put all their weight on the very edge of a corner, well, then they’ll learn to balance better next time. Even with the premium price, I highly recommend it and I would purchase it again.
Available from Amazon.com.