North States Superyard® Classic Play Yard Review

North States Superyard® Classic Pink

If you have very little children who are crawling, climbing, and walking around — you probably need a play yard. North States makes some of the most versatile and easy-to-assemble play yards on the market.

I found North States through my friend’s Insta Story several months back and I loved how her little one had so much space to roam in his play yard. Not only that, but he seemed happy toddling along inside. He wasn’t off getting into mischief while she did chores and other things around the house.

Avery is nearly one and she gets into EVERYTHING! She climbs, pulls items around the house onto the floor, crawls super fast and walks along the couch. Having a play yard is a lifesaver for me and I know it is for many moms.

North States Superyard® Classic in color "Pink"

Things I Love About the Superyard® Classic Play Yard

  • Avery is able to be in a safe environment with her toys or whatever I place inside with her.
  • I am able to get chores done without having to carry Avery around with me.
  • The superyard can be made into either a square, hexagon or octagon. You can add a two panel extension to make the space inside that much larger.
  • It is tall and Avery is not able to climb out of it.
  • There is a variety of colors you can choose from. I love PINK, obviously. 😀
  • It is very easy to assemble — no tools required (see diagram below).
  • You can put your pets in it as well to keep them safe in one spot.
  • Messes are a breeze to clean!
  • It is made in the USA which is something I love to support! 🙂

North States Superyard Classic Diagram

Superyard Features

  • 26 inches in height.
  • 18.5 sq ft enclosure — with 2 panel extender, you get a 34 sq ft enclosure.
  • Non-slip pads to help keep floor from being scratched.
  • Folds for transportation and storage.
  • Panels connect by a spring mechanism that holds a pin into a cylinder by pushing down.
  • Made of plastic.

North States Superyard® Classic Pink

I’ve been really loving North States Superyard® Classic. It is easy to use and it keeps my daughter out of harm’s way when I am busy. The price point is great for this playpen as well. You can find it at Walmart for just $69.99. They have a few colors for this particular play yard.

North States actually has an abundance of different play yards as well as baby gates so definitely check them out!

*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Newborn Must-Haves

 

Newborn Must-Haves

Having a brand new baby can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many books, forums, and even family and friends that are going to give you loads of advice. The main piece of advice that I can give you if you’re a new mom is that every baby is different so find what products work for them.

I compiled a list of products that I absolutely loved as a new mom. They helped me so much during the first 6 +/- months of Avery’s life. Some products I am still using.

  1. DockATot – This is such an amazing product for babies! It is cozy just like the womb, so babies get great naps in here. I literally packed this lounger in my suitcase wherever I traveled. It’s perfect for tummy time, naps, play time… you name it.
  2. NoseFrida – If you’ve ever researched bulb syringe’s, you’d see that many get mold build up in them which is pretty gross. When teething or sick, babies can get runny noses. I love using the NoseFrida because it’s extremely easy to use, it cleans out the baby’s nose, and you can clean it thoroughly.
  3. Pampers Baby Dry Diapers – I LOVE the yellow strip on these diapers! When your baby has peed, the strip will turn blue so you know you need to change them. These diapers are great for overnight. I’ve never had a leak out of them.
  4. Ollie Swaddle – For my baby shower, I received an Ollie Swaddle as a gift from my sisters-in-law. It is such an excellent swaddle! When Avery was a newborn, she wiggled sooo much in her sleep and her hands would keep her awake. Ever since I used this swaddle, she slept so peacefully at night and it kept her calm. It helped a ton with her startle reflex.
  5. Fisher Price Baby Swing – During the day, when Avery was a newborn, I liked to keep her in close proximity to me. This swing was a God-send for me. With the spinning mobile up top, Avery would fall asleep watching it and would nap so well.
  6. Infantino Baby Carrier – I love this baby carrier because it’s extremely easy to use. I never could figure out the cloth wraps. I love how I can put my daughter in this and she’s completely content. There comes a time where some babies don’t want to be put down. Just having your baby in a carrier can help keep them happy. Plus, you don’t have to tire out your arms from carrying the baby around.
  7. Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock – This hammock is amazing for going to the store. It connects to the grocery cart and your baby can sleep in it or just relax while you shop. Since it rests at the top of the cart, you lose hardly any space inside the cart compared to putting a car seat in it.
  8. Comotomo Bottle – I always pumped when Avery was a newborn so I loved these bottles for her. What I think is great is that even if you nurse, I’ve read numerous reviews that these bottles are great because they’re reminiscent of a breast. A lot of breastfed babies have hard times taking bottles. I get so many funny comments about these bottles but I really love them! They’re made from silicone so they’re comfortable to hold.
  9. Desitin Rapid Relief   I love this diaper rash cream! It works incredibly fast. I’ve tried several kinds but I keep coming back to this one.
  10. Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover – This cover is amazing because it can be used numerous ways. You can use it when you’re breastfeeding, you can cover your baby’s car seat, you can also put it on a grocery cart so your baby doesn’t touch the handlebar. I like using this cover during the winter when everyone is sick. I can place it over the car seat, and it deters people from touching my baby. 

What are your newborn must-haves?

*Some products may have referral links where you get a discount and I may make a small commission. 

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Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transitioner Blanket + Giveaway

If you’ve swaddled your baby for a while but they’re starting to turn over, you may want to get a swaddle transitioner. I’ve been using the Zipadee-Zip for a few months now, and I love it. My daughter had been swaddled since birth so, naturally, I was worried about taking a swaddle away from her. The swaddle was comforting to her and also it was familiar.

I starting using the Zipadee-Zip when Avery was 4 months old – but that proved to be too soon for her. With teething going on, and so much mental transitioning, she just wasn’t ready for it. I decided to try it months later at 6-7 months and Avery slept wonderfully in it. I would say the biggest thing is to not compare your child to anyone else’s. Do what works for your child.

As far as transitioning Avery when she was older, it was seamless. I’m glad that I waited a bit to use a transitioner with her. Her first night (at 6-7 months) with the Zipadee-Zip she slept with no problems. The nights thereafter, she slept great too.

What I love about the Zipadee-Zip is that Avery has a blanket to keep her warm. I don’t have to worry about the material covering her face or anything scary like that. Because Avery used to take naps with me nearby, I’d let her use a blanket. So she became comfortable with a blanket. At night, that posed a problem. Thankfully, the Zipadee-Zip solved that problem for me. I love that it’s easy to put on to her. I simply put her arms and legs in and I zip it up. If she happens to turn over in the night, it’s no problem because she is able to use her hands and arms to move around. One thing that is great about the Zipadee-Zip is that it helps with the startle reflex in babies. It has a wing design so there is a slight resistance if the child puts their arms out.

I’d definitely recommend the Zipadee-Zip to moms whose children have been swaddled. It’s the perfect way to transition your child to sleeping without the swaddle.

The makers of the Zipadee-Zip also make teethers! My daughter absolutely loves hers. I clip it to her outfit and she’s able to grab it and gnaw on the silicone shapes. There is also a piece of fabric with a snap button on the opposite end of the clip so that I can attach a binky to the teether. Let me just tell you now that I have tried numerous teethers with Avery and she will hardly ever touch them. This one is one of her absolute favorites! 🙂

You can find the Zipadee-Zip HERE. Follow their social media platforms below.

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Also, the folks at Zipadee-Zip are very kind and wanted me to do a GIVEAWAY for my followers. Enter at the link below with your name and email. There’s also a chance for extra entries. 🙂 

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*This product was given to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Shopping with Babies Made Simple Using the LullaBelay

LullaBelay

Shopping with a baby can sometimes be challenging. Unless your baby can sit up well on their own, you have to put their baby seat into your cart and that takes up room where groceries would normally go. Fiddle Diddles has solved this problem with their LullaBelay. This crazy, genius invention is absolutely perfect for shopping trips!

Using the LullaBelay is really simple, but explaining it can be a little bit tricky, so I’ve added an instructional video from Fiddle Diddle’s YouTube channel. To explain briefly, you use carabiners to attach your baby’s seat to the grocery cart you are using. You’re probably thinking “umm.. wouldn’t the cart tip over??”. The answer is “no”, and here’s why… You attach the LullaBelay to the bottom of the toddler seat, and NOT to the handle bars. The LullaBelay actually LOWERS the center of gravity from where it sits! Crazy, I know. So it is completely safe to use. You can read more about the safety tests they’ve performed HERE.

Fiddle Diddles LullaBelay

So, I know the next thing you are probably thinking is “wouldn’t the car seat get in the way of where you’re walking?”. The answer to that is “no”, the reason being is that your baby’s car seat actually fits nicely under the handle bars of the cart. Thus, you are not walking into their car seat as you stroll around.

LullaBelay

I’ve absolutely loved using the LullaBelay. I can actually fit my groceries in my cart. I’ve gone to the grocery store several times without my LullaBelay and am completely frustrated with the lack of cart space I have. When I first got it to review, my husband was a bit skeptical. After a stroll down one aisle in the grocery store, he was sold and was pushing the cart around the rest of our grocery trip. My daughter loved it too because she was so comfortable, she fell asleep in her seat.

I like that you can put a covering over the seat, or you can leave it off and just let the seat hang. I’ve gotten so many looks and questions whenever I bring my LullaBelay to the grocery store with me. People want to know what it is and where to buy it! I feel like one of those cool moms who’s in the know. Haha

If you’d like to purchase a LullaBelay of your own or share it with friends, you can check out Fiddle Diddle’s site HERE. They offer a 3o day money back guarantee!

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*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Easier Meals with Baby: Featuring Nuby

Nuby Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate

Nuby has some amazing products for babies and children. One product that I’ve found myself reaching for over and over is their Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate. It makes meal time so much easier for both A and myself.

Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate

Meal time seems to be a struggle sometimes whenever A gets a plate or bowl. She inevitable tosses them on the floor or wants to spill her food out of them. I’ve learned to keep a dust pan and brush close by so that I can clean up the crazy amounts of food that get dropped on the floor. With A’s Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate, I don’t have to worry about the plate tossing! It suctions to a flat surface so it can’t be moved! Truly a life saver for moms and dads.

Nuby Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate

The plate is 100% silicone and very easy to clean. You can simply wipe it out or you can put the plate in the top rack of the dishwasher. The plate is also microwave safe which makes it the perfect all-in-one plate. You can find these plates at Babies R’ Us and Amazon.

Baby using Nuby Silicone Spoon

My second product that I tend to grab for A’s meals is Nuby’s Silicone Spoons. They are so great for teething babes! A has been teething since 4 months old and she loves to chew on soft, rubbery things. These spoons are so gentle on her gums, they’re easy for her to hold, and they’re not too soft to the point where they flop around. Again, these are silicone and dishwasher safe. I love them! I have some spoons from other brands and they tend to be too hard for A’s liking. I love that she can grab these, and it helps her love feeding herself!

Nuby Silicone Spoon

Baby and Nuby Silicone Spoon

I love the ease of using Nuby’s products and I find them to be extremely affordable so they fit anyone’s budget. These are currently my two favorite products from Nuby. You can check out more of Nuby’s products HERE.

*These products were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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