Grobag Safe Baby Sleeping Bags & Gro-Egg Review and Giveaway

by Jan

Grobag Baby Sleeping Bags are the ONE and ONLY Baby Sleeping Bags that FSID, the UK's leading crib death research charity, recommends

Grobag Baby Sleeping Bags are the ONE and ONLY Baby Sleeping Bags that FSID, the UK's leading crib death research charity, recommends



One of the reasons I jumped at the chance to do the Grobag Safe Baby Sleeping Bags & Gro-Egg Review and Giveaway is because I want to get the word out to new moms and mothers-to-be that are just putting together their baby’s layette that there is a safer alternative to covering your sleeping baby with flat crib sheets and blankets. From what I know about SIDS it’s best avoided using a multi-facted prevention campaign and Keen’s Grobag is said to be another weapon in our arsenal against it.

grobag baby sleeping bags chart


EXPERT OPINIONS

I’m no expert on infant crib death or its causes, but I found it very impressive that the Grobag is FSID's ONLY recommended baby sleep bag. Grobag is not one of this research groups‘ recommendations, it..is..the..ONLY baby sleeping bag that they recommend. Ok, now you might be wondering who exactly is FSID and how are they qualified to make such a statement? To answer your question, FSID is UK's leading crib death research charity.

And try this on for size. Grobag was the winner of the Mother & Baby Gold Award for Best Nursery Item for the three years in a row PLUS they won a Kids Superbrand award, a Tommy's Parent Friendly award and a 'Top Gear' accolade from FQ Dads Magazine.

Why are Grobag Safe Baby Sleeping Bags Special

Each grobag® baby sleeping bag is designed to fit just right. They are roomy enough so that air circulates around the baby to avoid overheating and yet small enough to keep baby from slipping down into the garment and they are lined with soft cotton which is kind to an infant’s tender skin.

Since overheated body and room temperatures are believed to be a factor in SIDS, every grobag® comes with a FREE nursery thermometer that assists in the selection of which baby sleeping bag to use and what weight of sleepwear to put your baby to bed in.

Each bag not only comes with the room thermometer but with all the laundry, care and safety information that you need to be sure that you are washing as well as using the Grobag properly and safely.

BENEFITS of the GRO BAG

As if we needed another reason beyond SIDS prevention to like Grobag, here are some added benefits of putting baby to bed in a Grobag baby sleeping bag…
  • makes it more difficult for a an older baby to climb out of my crib and the toddler-proof zip-click feature (on 18-36 month bags) will help to keep adventurous little ones from opening the zipper to slip out of the Grobag
  • keeps little hands from scratching itchy eczema and making it worse
  • keeps my feet and legs from slipping through the crib bars
  • makes the transition from my bassinet to a baby crib much easier
  • keeps baby from kicking off the covers and getting cold

Gro-Egg Room Thermometer

The Gro-Egg Digital Room Thermometer

The Gro-Egg is a wonderful thermometer for those of us (read: me) that would rather not have to try very hard to check to see if the nursery is too hot, cold or just right. Of course we will do whatever it takes to maintain a safe sleeping temperature for our babies but I must say that the color-coded temperature display is a real time-save PLUS the gentle glow is just bright enough to function as a night light.

To give you an idea of what I mean when I refer to the color coded display, the Gro-Egg will have a yellow glow when the room is that the optimal temperature for sleeping.
As you might imagine, when it glows with a blue light the room is too and a red glow indicates that the room is too warm. The colors are a guide for parents to either cool or heat the room, how to choose a baby's clothing, to use a different tog Grobag Baby Sleep Bag or to add or remove cover if you aren‘t using a sleep bag.

Benefits of Using the Gro-Egg at a Glance
  • The colors of the light give your the room temperature at a glance
  • You have a room thermometer and a night light in one gadget


By now you should be chomping at the bit to try the Grobag and one lucky visitor to
Unique Baby Gear Ideas is going to get to try them out for FREE! since Keen Distribution has offered to offer a prize of a wonderful prize package in the Grobag Safe Baby Sleeping Bags & Gro-Egg Review and Giveaway with a retail value of OVER $80 because they know that the winner is going to be so pleased with their baby sleep bags and tell all their friends about them. Keen Distribution is a very smart company to realize that moms who love their products and are willing to pass the word along gets them a ton of FREE advertising!

The Grobag Safe Baby Sleeping Bags & Gro-Egg Review and Giveaway Prize


1 Grobag - $39.99-49.99 (depending on which bag the winner chooses)
1 Gro-egg - $36.99


HERE’S HOW TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN BABY GROBAG and GRO-EGG PRIZE PACKAGE

1. YOU MUST visit the Grobag page on Keen Distribution’s website and then return here to leave a comment telling me something that you learned about Grobag and/or Gro-Egg and a mention of your favorite fabric pattern might be nice, too. (1 mandatory entry)

How to get BONUS ENTRIES for the Grobag Safe Baby Sleeping Bags & Gro-Egg Review and Giveaway

2. Follow Grobag on Twitter (1 entry)
3. Follow Grobag on Facebook (1 additional entry)
4. Enter another one Unique Baby Gear Ideas giveaways to win some free baby stuff or stuff for moms including a Bumbo Baby Seat with tray giveaway also from Keen Dist. (1 entry for each contest you enter and you can do so an unlimited number of times!)
5. Become a fan and like Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook (10 entries)
6. Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)
7. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES – Blog about the Grobag and Gro-Egg giveaway, with a link to my website and come back and leave the link to your blog post. (You should post FIVE separate comments for this!)
8. 10 BONUS ENTRIES
Go to our ongoing contest page and leave your vote for your favorite nursery in the comments section of that page and return here to tell me where I can find your vote for 10 additional entries!
9. Tweet about the Grobag giveaway and leave a link to that tweet (1 entry) you can do this Daily and I check the tweets so be honest!
10. Add Unique Baby Gear’s pretty NEW button to your sidebar (if it’s already there, let me know! I ask that you please don’t bury it on a page where nobody will see it ) and post the link to your blog in your comment (2 separate entries)

Here’s the code to use
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11. Add my blog, Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas blog to your blog’s blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

12. Add my shower blog, Unique Baby Shower Ideas blog to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

13. Become a follower of my baby shower ideas blog, Unique Baby Shower Ideas, in GFC (5 bonus entries)

14. Become a subscriber to our Baby Gear Reviews video channel! (1 entry)

The Grobag Safe Baby Sleeping Bags & Gro-Egg Review and Giveaway on Unique Baby Gear Ideas will end on Wednesday June 15. The Grobag and Gro-Egg giveaway is open to residents of the United States. The winner of the baby sleep bag and Gro-Egg will be contacted via email (by yours truly) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner is chosen.

I would like to say how much I appreciate Keen Distribution's sponsorship and to encourage everyone to buy Grobags for their baby even if they don’t win any free baby stuff in this contest!


There is No Purchase Necessary to enter the Free Grobag Giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. Keen Distribution sent me a Grobag and a Gro-Egg to review and no additional compensation. My opinions on the Grobag are my own albeit influenced by the expert opinions mentioned in this review.


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CANVAS PRESS REVIEW and GIVEAWAY

by Jan

The photo I sent to Canvas Press!  My Free Father's Day Gift

The photo I sent to Canvas Press! My Free Father's Day Gift

The Canvas Press Review and Giveaway came my way at the perfect time! FREE Father’s Day gifts like this one just don’t drop in my lap every day. I usually frame a photograph of something special to give as a gift. This tradition started with a photo taken at our wedding followed by pictures of babies. And when there were no new babies, vacation pictures were framed and wrapped.

But this year he is going to be amazed (and spoiled just a little) when he opens his amazing gift! He’s getting a 16X20 canvas that was created by Canvas Press from a photograph of yours truly that they sent for me to review. I guess that you can already tell by how excited I am that this product is getting a positive review, right?

WHY CANVAS PRESS INSTEAD of a PHOTO?
It’s really easy to have photographs enlarged to any size you could want and it’s pretty cheap. So, why would you have a canvas created at Canvas Press? For starters, there is no need to frame the canvas like a photo. Since the photo wraps around the sides of the canvas, it’s ready to hang on the wall.

And if you thought your photograph looked great before, just wait until you see what Canvas Press does for it! The colors are so deep and rich and the texture of the canvas enhances the highlights and shadows so much better than a glossy finish on paper.

WHY CANVAS PRESS INSTEAD of an OIL PAINTING?
There are a few reasons that I would choose a print of this type over a painted portrait. For one thing, hiring an artist to paint a portrait is very expensive and the other is that even after you pay out the big bucks there is every chance that you might not appreciate the artist’s interpretation of the subject. The beauty of having a photo printed on canvas is that you KNOW exactly how the piece will look with no unpleasant surprises.


WILL MY CANVAS PRINT LAST?
Canvas Press uses the finest canvas, wood stretchers and inks available to provide their customers with a long-lasting product that resists fading for over a century!

HOW DO I ORDER?
I had no idea how to go about redeeming my gift card code that they sent me for the Canvas Press Review and Giveaway. I had lots of questions about whether or not my digital photo would be good enough or how I would go about sending it to them. As it turns out, my picture exceeded their requirements (of being least 1600 x 1200 pixels) and ordering the canvas wasn’t any more difficult than ordering additional prints.

The Canvas Print promo code they sent specified which product I was to review so I didn’t have to ponder over which of their services I wanted to order. Then I used their cropping tool to fit my photo perfectly onto the canvas and VOILA, my order was done. The entire process didn’t take more than 10 minutes! Then came the really, really hard part, waiting for my print to be delivered.

I was tickled that my canvas only took a few days to arrive! I was so afraid that it would take too long for me to use as my very special (free) Father’s Day Gift! Turnaround time was fast and my worries about the print being damaged during shipping were totally unnecessary since the packing virtually guarantees that no harm can come to the item. It’s surrounded by several layers of protection and air space between your canvas and other items packed in the freight truck. However, I would advise that you contain your excitement and take every precaution while unpacking your artwork to avoid scratching the surface!

THE CANVAS PRESS REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Now that you know all the reasons that a canvas print is so much better than a photo, let’s get to the good (read: GREAT) part of this review where you can enter to win your own
FREE 16×20 1.5 inch Gallery Wrap Canvas.

IT is MANDATORY that you first
pay a visit to Canvas Press and browse their product gallery. Take a look at their prints on metal and their Canvas Gallery wraps and then return here to tell us what will be in the photo that you send to them if you are lucky enough to win this amazing prize with a retail value over $100!

After you take care of the mandatory entry you can get to work racking up BONUS ENTRIES to the contest by


1. Follow Canvas Press on Twitter and tweet this: Check out the fabulous giveaway for a photo canvas from @CanvasPress hosted by @msbaby – Enter to win here: http://www.unique-baby-gear-ideas.com/free-baby-stuff.html shortening the url if necessary and be sure to leave a comment. You can tweet about the Canvas Press Review and Giveaway DAILY leaving a comment for an extra entry each time.

2. "Like" Canvas Press on Facebook and post something you like about them on their wall leaving a comment telling me that you posted.

3. "Like" Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook and post something you like about US on our wall leaving a comment telling me that you posted. (10 entries)

4. Follow msbaby on Twitter.

5. Enter an additional giveaway on Unique Baby Gear Ideas for a chance to win some free baby stuff like stuff for moms including baby gear, nursery equipment, free baby diapers or clothes or free Amazon Gift Cards. (You get 1 entry for each one of our contests that you enter and you can do so an unlimited number of times!)

6. Make a blog post about the Unique Baby Gear Ideas Canvas Press Review and Giveaway, with a link to my website and come back and leave the link to your blog post. (You should post FIVE separate comments for this!)

7. 10 ENTRIES –Visit our ongoing BABY NURSERY PICTURES CONTEST and vote for your favorite nursery posting a comment in the comments section of that page and return here to tell me which one you voted for for 10 additional entries!

8. Add Unique Baby Gear’s brand NEW button to your sidebar (if it’s already on your site, let me know! I request that you not bury it on a page where nobody will see it ) and post the link to your blog in your comment (2 separate entries)

Here’s the code you should use
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9. Add my blog Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

10. Add my shower decoration blog Unique Baby Shower Ideas blog to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

11. Become a follower of baby shower ideas in GFC and give me your follower name for 5 bonus entries.

12. Become a subscriber to Baby Gear Reviews video channel, leave a comment on your favorite and return to tell me which is yours. (1 entry)


The Canvas Press Review and Giveaway on Unique Baby Gear Ideas will end on Wednesday June 29, 2011. The Canvas Press giveaway is open to residents of the United States. The winner of the canvas print will be contacted via email (by yours truly) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner is chosen.

I would like to say how much I appreciate Canvas Press’ sponsorship and to encourage everyone to order one of their amazing prints for your Dad for Father's Day!


There is No Purchase Necessary to enter the Canvas Press giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. Canvas Press sent me a FREE promo code so that I could order a print to review and no additional compensation. My opinions on the canvas print are my own.

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Free Boudreaux's Butt Paste Cream No More Diaper Rash Giveaway and Review

by jan

Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Rash Cream

Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Rash Cream

Welcome to our Free Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Cream No More Diaper Rash Giveaway and Review event. Is that a mouthful for a contest title or what? I know that the name of the promotion is rather wordy and long but since the product’s name is just so catchy and FUN, a lesser title for the promotion just seemed inappropriate.





My hopes are that other moms who spend their days wiping, diapering and fighting diaper rash can use a possibly appreciate why I find the name, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, so very entertaining!





WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT BUTT PASTE?
For starters, the smell of the original cream was just right and as skeptical as I was about the sample of the new formula that they sent out for the review; I like it just as well if not better.

Boudreaux's Baby Butt Paste Diaper Cream


Go here to get more details.



And the consistency of the diaper cream is just right, not so thick that I have trouble spreading it around on sensitive areas but substantial enough to stick where I want it to and form a visible barrier that lets you know it’s doing the job. And it DOES do the job! I’ve always been very careful to not allow a case of diaper rash get ahead of me. I give Boudreaux’s the credit for helping me to accomplish that goal in hot, sticky southern summer temperatures.

BOUDREAUX’S COMPLETE BABY PRODUCT LINE

You might wonder why on earth the company would send tubes of diaper rash cream have a lady who was already completely sold to host the Free Boudreaux's Butt Paste Cream No More Diaper Rash Giveaway and Review. The answer to that might be that they have more products they wanted me to try. Not only did they send me a tube of their new formula (as I mentioned earlier) but they also sent some Boudreaux's Baby Kisses a treatment meant for dry lips and chapped cheeks and (are you ready for this one?) a bottle of Butt Bath. Admit how that name makes you laugh and I’ll consider letting you play with my treasured Boudreaux’s Butt Paste bobble-head they sent me!

We had spent most of the day outside yesterday and my little one’s cheeks were a little pink from the wind. Everyone in our household has skin that chaps like crazy and and when that happens putting petroleum jelly on the irritated areas for a couple of days clears it up without peeling. The Baby Kisses sample arrived just in time to give it a test run and compare it with my usual method. Voila! It did the trick in half the time.

BUTT BATH RESULTS

All of our girls have very sensitive skin and allergies so I couldn’t just jump in and give them an official Butt Bath; I had to do a tiny skin patch test first. After a length of time passed with no problems, we were able to move forward and give this product a trial run.
The bath water became very silky, and the wash has a very refreshing scent but the big news is that it did not dry out or irritate my girls’ super sensitive skin or trigger any allergies which is no small feat.

Are you ready to hear how you can enter the Free Boudreaux's Butt Paste Cream No More Diaper Rash Giveaway and Review and get your own tube of
cream for Diaper rash and chapped cheeks and a little Butt Wash to boot?

FREE DIAPER RASH CREAM PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES: One (1) 2oz tube original Butt Paste, one (1) 2oz tube All Natural Butt Paste, one (1) 3oz Baby Butt Smooth, one (1) 13oz Butt Bath & Shampoo and one tube of Baby Kisses Lip Balm. Total value of all these free (full size not samples!) is $27.95!


Mandatory Entry:

Tell me which of the Boudreaux's Butt Paste product line that you are most interested in winning and why and then leave a comment here.

Bonus entries: Go to the Boudreaux's Butt Paste facebook page, click Like, and tell them Unique Baby Nursery Ideas and Gear sent you and leave a comment including the details here including your FB name, etc.

3 entries - Put the super cute, brand new Unique Baby Nursery Ideas button on your blog. Leave a comment telling me where the link is displayed using this code
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10 entries for following Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook or subscribing to my feed in your favorite feed reader.

10 entries - Blog about the Free Boudreaux's Butt Paste Cream No More Diaper Rash Giveaway and Review linking to this post and leave a link to your post.

You can also get 1 additional entry for every one of our giveaways that you enter (no limit).

This free diaper rash cream giveaway is now closed but please check back to see our latest freebies and if you have had a positive or negative experience with this brand please feel free to use the comments form below to write a review of Boudreaux's Butt Paste!

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ORIGINAL SPROUT BABY HAIR PRODUCTS REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

by Jan



THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED, BUT PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT GIVEAWAYS WHERE YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN FREE BABY STUFF!



Welcome to my Original Sprout Baby Care Products Review & Giveaway. Thanks to this family run company, you will find that it's no longer necessary to sacrifice good looking, easy to comb hair just to be green and eco-friendly! Their hair and body product line is the ultimate in worry free luxury.





WHAT IS WORRY FREE?

Worry Free indicates that these products contain neither synthetic nor natural ingredients that have been associated with estrogen enhancement, hormone disruption, autism or cancer. Original Sprout products are:

  • Soy, gluten and cruelty free
  • 100% vegan and biodegradable
  • Cosmetic Compliant


THE ORIGINAL SPROUT BABY HAIR PRODUCTS REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

They say that they carry every type of hair care product or body care product that anyone would need and they really stepped out there with this declaration. You see, my allergy prone bunch has very sensitive skin and scalp that is prone to breakouts so I'm very, very leary of products that claim to be gentle and natural.

After using the hair care products on myself, (I have slightly less sensitive skin and allergic reactions) with no problems, I tested them on my kids with super results. Their hair was fresh and clean with no scalp or skin problems and the detangler got me through combing their thick, coarse, curly wet hair with no tears. That, in and of itself, is totally miraculous!

WHAT I LOVED

OF COURSE, I was tickled that there were no blisters, no stinging skin or crusty scalp and allergic reactions. At my house, with my girls that is a rare thing but besides that I have to say that the Miracle Detangler is just that...a MIRACLE! And I have no reservations about using the Natural Shampoo for babies for my own hair since I need a gentle shampoo after bleaching some streaks last week. The Scrumptious Baby Cream helped ease the pain of my girls' chapped legs and worked nicely to smooth my own after shaving.

NEGATIVES

As far as the products are concerned, there are no negatives unless you count my disappointment at not receiving any free baby samples for the baby hair gel and body wash.

ORIGINAL SPROUT BABY HAIR PRODUCTS REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Original Sprout not only sent me a lovely assortment of free baby products and samples, they are also giving you a chance to win a free gift certificate to use to buy your own products!

MANDATORY ENTRY

Visit Original Sprout and return to tell us which of their hair and body care products that you would buy should you win the free gift certificate. Use the comment form below this blog post for your mandatory entry and all actions that you take to get extra entries.


HOW TO GET EXTRA ENTRIES TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS TO WIN THE ORIGINAL SPROUT BABY HAIR CARE PRODUCTS GIVEAWAY

  • Follow msbaby on Twitter and retweet this giveaway (once per day
  • Become a fan of Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook
    . If you share our page or send it to your friends, (provide your friend's page, sorry we have to check!) you will get two more entries!
  • Blog about the Original Sprouts giveaway and leave the link
  • Subsribe via RSS


The last day to enter the free baby products giveaway is December 14th at 12 midnight and the promotion is open to residents of the United States only.

Winners of the free gift certificate will be chosen using the Random Number Generator. Winners of the Original Sprout Free Baby Hair Care Products Giveaway will have 48 hours to confirm their win by email or a new winner will be chosen.

WHERE CAN YOU BUY ORIGINAL SPROUT BABY HAIR CARE PRODUCTS?

What if you don't win the prize? Do not despair, you can pick up more information and all of these wonderful products that have the celebrities that are part of Hollywood's "GREEN SCENE" totally hooked on the website and if you would like to get a nice discount we have a gift code for you. To get 10% off your order use this code
FIRST_ORDER_10-U.

I would like to thank Original Sprout for sending me free baby samples to try and for offering visitors of Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas a chance to win a gift certificate that they can use to buy some of their products in this giveaway! My opinions of Original Sprout's baby hair care and body products are my own






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Free Mumoocie Body Pillow Giveaway

by Jan

Mumoocie Body PIllow

Mumoocie Body PIllow

For those of you who are wondering why you should enter to win the Free Mumoocie Body Pillow Giveaway, how does winning a product that may just give you the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a while sound to you? If you’ve never seen or held one of these unique body pillows, they just feel snuggly and GOOD!

I had read about them in so many magazines and news sources that I read and respect like Self, Southern Living, the Chicago Tribune and on Fox News. But take it from me that until you wrap your arms around it and pull it close, you will not fully appreciate the relaxed feeling or support that this ingenious pillow has to offer. It makes me feel drowsy just thinking about it!

mumoocie pup

You have a choice of getting the Mumoocie in either Memory Foam or a fiber fill version. The fiber fill pillow is a favorite with children who are either afraid or just trying to be more comfortable sleeping alone. I’ve read in other reviews that some believe that fiber fill is a softer, cuddlier choice than the Memory Foam pillow. I can’t make a comparison between the two, but I chose the fiber fill and it’s very soft.

It’s soft enough that it’s “one size fits all”. DH and I took turns using it and it came in very handy one night when our oldest wasn’t having a very easy time getting relaxed enough to drift off to sleep. I was about to let her sleep with us in our bed when I remember that another unique characteristic of the Mumoocie pillow is that it will hold your scent and make kids who aren’t happy about sleeping alone feel more secure.
In fact, you can even order your Mumoocie with a voice recorder that you can use to record a soothing message to your child. This allows the little one to play it whenever they want to hear your voice during the night. If I could convince the kids that hearing my voice is better than waking me up it would truly be a miracle.

Before I actually got the Mumoocie to review for the Free Mumoocie Body Pillow Giveaway to tell the truth I found that part about the fabric retaining scent rather off-putting. I worried about how to REMOVE the scent after it had been used for awhile. As it turns out, my worries were totally unfounded and that the pillow’s cover pops right off for me to machine wash and tumble dry. There is a sturdy zipper that lets me pop the inside of the pillow in and out and the cover did not shrink or get all out of shape in the wash.

There are lots of people who will benefit from Mumoocie, not just pregnant chicks or moms with fussy kids. Anyone who has wrestled with a standard sized bed pillow and tried to mold it into a shape that would give them some relief from aching hips should give this pillow a test run. Waking up without pain after a good night’s rest is one of the pleasures of life and if we have to have a special pillow to get it, I want one!

If you can’t visualize what I’m talking about, please visit the Mumoocie website and see their slideshow of the many ways that happy customers have found to enjoy their pillow and use it for comfort and pain control.

After you have watched the slide show, you are ready to enter Unique Baby Gear Ideas Free Mumoocie Body Pillow Giveaway!

WHAT YOU CAN WIN

You can win your very own unique body pillow with a retail value of $85.99 (when it’s not on sale).


HERE’S HOW TO WIN YOUR MUMOOCIE

1. YOU MUST visit Mumoocie and then return to leave a comment telling something that you learned about the pillow and/or how you would like to use it. (1 mandatory entry)


BONUS ENTRIES

2. Like Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Face book (10 entries)
3. Follow msbaby on Twitter (1 entry)
4. Enter another one of our giveaways to win some free baby stuff or stuff for moms (1 entry for each contest you enter)
5. Follow Sleeplikeababy (Mumoocie) on Twitter (1 entry)
6. Subscribe to my RSS Feed in a Reader (1 entry)
7. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES – Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my my website and come back and leave the link to your blog post. (You should post FIVE separate comments for this!)
8. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a link to that tweet (1 entry) you can do this Daily and I check it so be honest!
9. Subscribe to the Mumoocie YouTube Channel (1 additional entry)
10. Add my pretty NEW button to your sidebar (if it’s already there, let me know! I ask that you please don’t bury it on some page where nobody will see it ok?) and post the link to your blog in your comment (2 separate entries)
11. Become a subscriber to Baby Gear Reviews video channel! (1 entry)



11. Add my blog Unique Baby Showers to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)


The Free Mumoocie Body Pillow Giveaway will end on Wednesday June 8, 2011. The body pillow giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only. The winner will be contacted via email (by yours truly) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new Winner is chosen. I would like to say how much I appreciate Mumoocie’s sponsorship and to encourage everyone to buy one even if they aren’t lucky enough to win!


There is No Purchase Necessary to enter the Mumoocie giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. Mumoocie sent me a body pillow to review and no additional compensation. My opinions on their unique fiber fill pillow are my own.


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Win a FREE Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress

by Jan

WIN a NATUREPEDIC ORGANIC CRIB MATTRESS!

WIN a NATUREPEDIC ORGANIC CRIB MATTRESS!

Here's how to enter for a chance to win a FREE Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress in our latest giveaway! Unique Baby Nursery Ideas is pleased to announce that Naturepedic is giving one lucky visitor a chance to win a No Compromise Ultra Traditional Organic Crib Mattress with a value of $359 that is from their Ultra Series that offers premium fabric and support.



The No Compromise Ultra Traditional Organic Crib Mattress has 252 Coils and a traditional design with an easy to clean, wipeable, surface that is so pure that it meets food contact standards all while giving the you the ultimate in non-toxic and stain resistant waterproof surfaces.

The crib mattress is made from organic cotton fabric and filling and you don't need me to tell you as I'm sure that your finely tuned "mommy instincts" have already informed you that unbleached, undyed Organic Cotton that has been raised without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers is what you want your sweet baby to be napping on.

Naturepedic prides themselves on providing a crib mattress that is not only organic but one that offers firm, comfortable support. The firm, flat surface of their mattress is designed to provide support in accordance with pediatrician and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommendations AND non-toxic fire protection.

Naturepedic baby crib mattresses are available with both 150 and 252 coils, heavy duty edge support and a hypoallergenic design that have their own dust mite and bed bug barrier that eliminates the need for an additional dust mite encasing. Can you believe that we actually have to be concerned with bed bugs? According to news reports, there is an epidemic of these pests so a bed bug barrier is a very good thing! Count that as one more excellent reason that any mom should be thrilled to win a free Naturepedic Organic crib mattress!

PLUS Naturepedic mattresses do not expose your babies to wool or latex which eliminates the need to worry about exposure to these high allergy materials. And if your babies have as many allergies as mine you should know that organic crib mattresses are a very important part of your baby's nursery!


The non-toxic fire protection that I mentioned earlier is an exclusive fire protection system that features a non-toxic, naturally derived fire barrier system that is safe, effective and not only meets but exceeds all Federal and State flammability standards without the use of harmful chemicals.

To learn more about Naturepedic Mattresses and see which one is best for your baby, please visit the company's website.

Ok, now onto how you can enter to win a FREE Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress!


THE PRIZE

One (1) No Compromise Ultra Traditional Crib Mattress


HOW TO ENTER the NATUREPEDIC ORGANIC CRIB MATTRESS GIVEAWAY


In this contest there is one mandatory entry and several ways to get additional entries and be sure to leave a separate comment for EACH action AND your email address.

MANDATORY ENTRY

1. Look at the entries in our nursery pictures contest, vote for the one you believe qualifies to win the $500 1st prize Amazon Gift Card by leaving a comment below the picture's description and then return to tell us which one you voted for and why it was your favorite.


ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

1. Become a friend of Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas, LIKE us and leave a comment saying "I’m a fan" on our wall! (5 additional entries!)

2. Follow BABY SHOWER DECORATIONS IDEAS. (1 additional entry)


CONTEST DEADLINE


This free baby stuff giveaway contest ends on February 23, 2011 midnight CST and is open to US Residents and US Addresses Only (within the 50 States).


Thanks so much for visiting and I hope that you will enter our other giveaways to win some free baby stuff and free stuff for moms!

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KIDS CHAIR WORLD FREE $100 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

by Jan

Personalized Boys Blue Denim Rocking Chair and Ottoman - Find this chair and more at Kidsworld.com!

Personalized Boys Blue Denim Rocking Chair and Ottoman - Find this chair and more at Kidsworld.com!

Before I get into the details of the Kids Chair World $100 Gift Card Giveaway and review, I want you to take a minute to consider the reasons that you should buy, or in this case enter to win, a kids chair when you already have more sofas, rocking chairs and easy chairs to go around. It’s true that most of us have so much furniture packed inside our homes BUT there are so many benefits in providing special tables and chairs that are designed to fit our children’s needs.

Kids Chair World is well aware of these needs and has brought together a collection of beautifully designed, high quality chairs that cute, fun and sized just right for the smaller occupants of your home. One of the most important reasons to buy our babies their own place to sit is that a kids’ chair that is age appropriate encourages independence. No more having to wait until an adult comes around to give a lift. When the chair is the right height and they can manage on their own, it gives that feeling of accomplishment and at this stage of the game it’s these moments that start to build a positive self-image and self-esteem.

rose pink red little reader baby chair soft lightweight

Perhaps the perfect example of this is the P'kolino Little Reader chair that I was sent by Kids Chair World to review as part of the Kids Chair World FREE $100 gift card giveaway and review promotion. At first glance, I noted that the wide base on the chair would make it hard for a little one to topple over. It’s so soft with no sharp edges and corners which makes it a good choice for a nursery where a baby is just learning to walk. I haven’t put it to the test yet but other reviews of the Little Reader give it high ratings for being easy to clean.

It’s name says a lot; it’s the perfect chair for a toddler to enjoy their favorite storybook just a like a big kid which is exactly what my youngest did as soon as we took it out of the box. And when she was tired of "reading" guess what she did! She picked it up all by herself and took it into the den. It’s just that lightweight and easy to handle! The only problem I see is that the kids are fussing over who gets to sit in it. Bottom line is we love the P'kolino Little Reader chair and may be forced to get 2 or 3 more in the very near future.

BUT…the P’kolino is not by any means the only chair that interested me at Kids Chair World although if you win the Kids Chair World FREE $100 gift card giveaway and review you really should consider getting one!

I saw so many themed potty chairs, rocking horses, upholstered chair and table sets, that I just had to sit down with my file of nursery ideas in front of me and match up the products available on Kids Chair World with my list of nursery decorating ideas for nurseries that I have in the works.

baby girl personalized pastel pink chenille nursery rocker rocking chair



For example, the pink, upholstered chenille rocker would be perfect for a baby girl’s pink nursery. For a baby boy’s room I would choose the masculine blueberry chenille or the denim rocker that is just so cute! And you can have them monogrammed!

If you have been paying attention to kids’ bedroom and nursery decorating trends at all you are well aware that monogramming and personalization is very stylish. That’s another reason that I love these upholstered kids’ chairs, you can have them personalized with an (up to 10 letters) embroidered monogram!

And if you have the room for it, I would definitely get the matching kids sofa so that there would be plenty of seating when company comes to play. It can be used as a chair, or the kid size sofa will fold down for a quick nap.

I mention these items because they will work in projects I have going right now, but Kids Chair World also has outdoor furniture for kids as well as indoor furniture like wooden beach chairs that would be so cute around the pool and the nursery classic, rocking horses!

BOTTOM LINE

The important thing for you to know is that Kids Chair World carries the best, most stylish in kids furniture and that you can be sure that when you order from them that you will be getting high quality, durable, safe and long-lasting chairs. They are very careful what manufacturers they work with and stand behind their products with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

AND NOW FOR THE KIDS CHAIR WORLD FREE $100 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY and REVIEW


IMPORTANT! This contest is limited to the first 70 participants!

There are several ways to enter to win the $100 Gift Card:

Entry 1: (1 entry) post a Tweet mentioning your favorite Kids Chair World product (providing a link to it from the twit) and mention that you are entering the Kids Chair World FREE $100 gift card giveaway! Here is a sample tweet:

I love this Chenille Rocker! (link to rocker here) and I have entered for a chance to Win a $100 GC to Kids Chair World from @msbaby!

*You must change the item and short link in that tweet. If you copy that tweet exactly, your entry will not count!

Entry 2: (2 entries!) Blog about your favorite product that you saw on your visit to Kids Chair World. Your blog post must contain links to the product, as well to this giveaway page.

You can do either entry, or you can do both, for a maximum of three comments. Please leave the link to your tweet or your blog post in your comments and YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS when you share the link to your twit or blog post so you can follow.

The $100 Gift Card Giveaway will end on March 22, 2011 (3/22/2011) at 11:00pm CST and the winner will be chosen by random.org. I will use the email provided to notify the winner by email within 24 hours, and you will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within the 48 hour time frame, I will pick another winner. Please leave your email address in your entry so I will have a way to contact you. I will announce the winner once they have been confirmed. This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.

Disclosure: A big Thank You to Kids Chair World for providing the giveaway prize of a $100 gift card as well as the adorable Little Reader that I reviewed! I received no other compensation and I voiced my own honest opinions that are solely my own and may vary from others.

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The Silhouette SD Cutter Giveaway

by Jan

Create personalized nursery wall decor using your own Silhouette SD!<br><BR>This mom chose to frame a rocking chair, a fairytale ballerina and her baby's footprints in pink.  <BR><BR>The artwork looks amazing on the brown paint color of the nursery wall.

Create personalized nursery wall decor using your own Silhouette SD!

This mom chose to frame a rocking chair, a fairytale ballerina and her baby's footprints in pink.

The artwork looks amazing on the brown paint color of the nursery wall.

Create personalized nursery wall decor using your own Silhouette SD!<br><BR>This mom chose to frame a rocking chair, a fairytale ballerina and her baby's footprints in pink.  <BR><BR>The artwork looks amazing on the brown paint color of the nursery wall.
The Silhouette SD Cutting Machine Attached to a Laptop Computer

I am so excited about The Silhouette SD Cutter Giveaway because moms who are looking for cheap nursery ideas are going to LOVE this machine! Even if crafts has never been your thing, my prediction is that you will fall in love with the Silhouette.

Vintage Silhouette of a Little Girl and Baby Stroller



We are all looking for ways to save money without sacrificing a comfortable, attractive home. Forgive me if I'm biased here, but a baby's first room is perhaps the most important decorating project in a girl's life. I have recently learned that whether you decide to take the "do-it-yourself" approach or hire a professional decorator you can save so much money on wall decorations and artwork by using the Silhouette SD!

This machine works for everything from scrapbooking, freezer paper crafts and card making which are all very nice. But what caught my attention were all of the cool etched glass and vinyl projects that are popping up all over the web.

There are many, many boxes of boring glassware in my storage room that I am dying to etch and blank walls where my favorite quotes and words of wisdom can be displayed. Not to mention onesies, t-shirts and frames that I can fill with the kids' silhouettes! I can practically decorate the entire house for less than $50 using the Silhouette SD, adhesive vinyl and stuff that I was about to either throw away or donate.


I had been watching all the crafts that people were doing with the Cricut for awhile but the idea of having to buy all those cartridges kept me on the sidelines. Why is the Silhouette SD better than the Cricut? I'm not knocking the Cricut by any means because I've seen too many really cute things that crafters have made with them but those of us with little or no storage space will find it appealing to learn that the Silhouette doesn't need cartridges to do its magic; you simply connect it to your computer and get to work!

WHAT IS THE SILHOUETTE SD
the silhouette craft paper cloth vinyl cutting machine crafter




Perhaps it would be helpful to show you what the SD can do before we get into technical specifications and such. Please refer to the pictures of beautifully framed silhouettes at the top of this page that were recently submitted to our nursery pictures contest. They were created using a Silhouette SD which is a small, multi-talented cutting machine that connects to your computer and uses fonts and files on your computer's hard drive to cut paper, vinyl and even cloth! All you have to do is plug one cord into an electrical wall socket and another into your computer and you are ready to go.

If you are undecided on whether a Cricut or a Silhouette would be best, please check out these comparisons and read as many reviews as you can before investing your money.

WHERE DO I GET DESIGNS AND SUPPLIES?
You can visit the online store at Silhouette America to buy (regular and premium) vinyl in whatever color that you need for your home decorating needs.

As far as designs that you can use with your cutter, you will get some very cute designs to play with right in the box, but if you have something else in mind you can just go shopping in their online design store and simply download whatever you need without having to wait for it to be shipped. I am all about instant gratification and just love that feature because I hate to wait!

DISCOUNTS! YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE CONTEST TO END!
Speaking of not having to wait, the details of the Silhouette SD Cutter Giveaway are coming up but just in case you want to get started and happen not to win the prize this time around, here are some wonderful discounts.

Silhouette America has given visitors to Unique Baby Gear Ideas promo codes that you can use between May 17th-May 25th, to buy a Silhouette and 3 rolls of heat transfer material for $219 which is a nice discount off full retail price. Your savings will be over 125 dollars in all and the PROMO CODE you should use is UNIQUE!

OR.. if you already have the Silhouette cutter they are offering a nice discount of 25% off of all heat transfer material! Think of all the baby onesies you could make as baby shower gifts for your stash!

THE SILHOUETTE SD CUTTER GIVEAWAY PRIZE is (1) Silhouette SD cutter and three rolls of heat transfer material to get you started on your first project!

Here is how to enter to win the Silhouette SD Cutter Giveway:


Please don't forget to leave a separate entry for each action taken AND your email address!


1. You MUST be a Unique Baby Shower Ideas blog follower AND a follower of the Silhouette blog and post a comment on Silhouette blog post. (this constitutes your mandatory entry and you must leave link to your comment)

2. 10 BONUS ENTRIES Visit our Nursery Pictures contest and tell me which nursery is your favorite and/or what kind of Silhouette SD artwork would look good in it. YOU MUST leave your vote/comment on the picture's page! (10 Entries)


3. Blog, Tweet, Facebook about the Silhouette May, 2011 giveaway on Unique Baby Gear Ideas! (one entry each and you must leave the link here)

4. Like Silhouette on Facebook (one entry)

5. Like Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook

6. Get one (1) extra entry for each additional giveaway on Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas. Leave a comment stating which contest that you entered. You can find a current list under the "free stuff" button on the nav bar.


This Silhouette cutter giveaway is open to US Residents only and ends on May 23 at Midnight!

Disclaimer: I was sent an Silhouette SD cutter machine for the purpose of this review. But as grateful as I am for this wonderful machine, my opinions are honest and my own.

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Bambo Nature Diapers Review and Giveaway

by Jan

Bambo Eco-Friendly Premium Disposable Baby Diapers Are Soft, Absorbent and Designed Not to Irritate Your Baby's Sensitive Skin

Bambo Eco-Friendly Premium Disposable Baby Diapers Are Soft, Absorbent and Designed Not to Irritate Your Baby's Sensitive Skin

The number of free diapers that you can win in the Bambo Nature Diapers Review and Giveaway beats any free diapers sample coupon that I‘ve seen! Hold onto your diaper coupons, girls! This free diaper giveaway will have not one, but two Grand Prizes!


WHY BAMBO NATURE DIAPERS are BETTER than OTHER DISPOSABLES?

Our girls were born with uber sensitive skin and allergies to boot. Early on I depended on cloth diapers made from chemical free organic cotton for our diapering needs simply because I had no choice. I had nothing against using disposable diapers especially since studies have shown that using disposables do no more damage, environmentally speaking, than cloth; I just couldn‘t use most of them that were available to me.

We never isolated the exact chemical that set my girls rear ends on fire but when you check to see what’s used in making many disposable diapers there are more than a few chemical “flags” that no mommy wants in contact with her baby’s sensitive skin.

Bambo Nature disposables don’t have perfumes, odor eliminators and the absorbent core of their diapers have less SAP. Actually, the absence of artificial fragrance was one thing that I noticed when I first opened the package. I love the smell of baby powder and perfume but when your little ones have allergies and asthma, fragrance is something you learn to live without. Since we’ve learned about phthalates, we now know that scent free is best.

Other factors that make Bambo Nature Diapers workable for us are that they are:


1. specially designed to avoid irritating the baby’s skin. Part of this unique design has to do with the construction of the diaper. Neither the waistband nor the elastic tape tabs have creases that may rub and irritate causing diaper rash.

2. breathable and allow air to get to the baby’s skin. More air to the skin is healthier as it lessens the amount of heat and humidity which means less diaper rash.

3. soft and absorbent. The absorbency prevents those dreaded diaper changes during the night where the crib as well as the baby has to be completely changed and re-dressed. Staying drier will help your baby to sleep through the night without waking because he/she will be more comfortable, not wet, cold and clammy.


BAMBO DIAPERS REVIEW
Frankly, I was having a hard time wrapping my head around how this diaper could handle all that a one year old baby could throw at it. I respect that Bambo diapers are 75% biodegradable but would they wimp out as an overnight diaper?

As of this morning, I am happy to report that they did fine. My worries about how absorbent (or not) they would be were totally unfounded. They were as absorbent as I needed them to be in fact, I have to rate them as better than any other eco-friendly disposable diaper that I've tried. I am very pleased with their performance as an overnight diaper for my little "heavy drinker" and I have no itchy red bottom to report either!

COST
Can you really put a price on a baby's bottom that's free of diaper rash and a good night's sleep?

These are top of the line, premium diapers so they may cost more per package but due to their quality the amount of laundry that you normally do will decrease.

ABOUT BAMBO NATURE
As I mentioned earlier, I want to do the right thing for both my little ones AND the environment and some green diaper companies simply don‘t have the transparency that I would like nor are they as mindful as I might like in the waste management and energy consumption department of their business model. Bambo, on the other hand, comes forth with plenty of information regarding their views on environmental impact that is posted on their web site right where you can easily find it. That's very important to me and I hope that I can convince you that it needs to be important to you as well.

Individuals and their daily choices can make a difference but let’s face it; it’s the big companies and major manufacturers that need to clean up their act. Bambo Nature is in complete agreement with me on this issue. They have taken steps to reduce CO2 emissions by using recycled plastic and their eco-friendly diapers are the only ones to carry the Nordic Swan Eco-Label. You can read more about what this means on the Bamboo Nature website.

Now..would you like to win some Bambo Nature diapers for yourself? Well, 6 lucky moms who stop by looking for green nursery ideas and take just a minute to enter the Bambo are going to do just that!

The PRIZES
The free Bambo Nature Diapers Review and Giveaway will have two Grand Prize Winners and 4 Runner Ups


Two moms will win the Grand Prize of 1 Case of Bambo Nature Diapers EACH!

Four moms will win 1 Bag of Bambo Nature Diapers each which is nothing to sneeze at and still better than a diaper coupon!

I TOLD you it was going to be better than clipping diaper coupons, didn’t I?


The Grand Prize winners will be chosen by the best answers (so write something impressive!) and the Runners Up will be chosen by Random.org.


How to Enter Bambo Nature Diapers Review and Giveaway:

1. Visit Bambo Nature then return to the giveaway page and leave a comment (at least 2 sentences if you want to win the Grand Prize) what you appreciate most about their ultra-premium, eco-friendly diapers. This entry is mandatory and must be completed before any bonus entries will count.


Bonus Entries (Complete the mandatory entry before jumping in here, if you please and leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

2. Enter another giveaway for a chance to win some free baby stuff.


3. Follow both @bambonature and @msbaby on Twitter. Leave your twitter ID (1 Entry)

4. Tweet about Bambo Nature Diapers Review and Giveaway on Twitter. You can do this once daily. Leave the link to your tweet in a comment (click the date/time on the bottom left of your tweet to get the link and then you can copy and paste: Win Bambo Nature Eco-Friendly Disposable Diapers (6 Winners)! @msbaby @bambonature http://tinyurl.com/43znddx #giveaway (1 Entry per Day)

5. Like Bambo Nature on Facebook. (1 Entry)

6. Like Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook. (1 Entry)

7. Add the Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas button to your sidebar (and not on a buried page..and I check!) . ( 2 Entries)

8. Subscribe to my feed in a reader. (2 Entries)

9. Vote for your favorite nursery entered in our nursery pictures contest (check the CONTEST tab on the navbar) here at Unique Baby Gear Ideas. (10 Entries)

10. Blog about this giveaway with a link back to Unique Baby Gear Ideas and Bambo Nature. Leave a comment with the blog post url. (3 Entries)

11. Become a subscriber to Baby Gear Reviews video channel! (1 entry)




The last day to enter the giveaway will be on May 31, 2011 at 11:59 CST. The Grand Prize winners of the free diapers will be chosen according to the quality of their answers and the Runners Up will be chosen by Random.org. After the winners are chosen I will contact them and they will have 48 hours to reply before I choose new winners. The Bambo Nature Diapers Review and Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only who are 18 years of age or older.


I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review but was provided with the products mentioned above free of charge for review. The opinions that I have shared in the Bambo Nature Disposable Diaper review are my own.



















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Whistle Stop Custom Baby Bedding Giveaway and Review

by Jan

Elegant Black, White Damask Print and Hot Pink Custom Baby Bedding Set

Elegant Black, White Damask Print and Hot Pink Custom Baby Bedding Set

I was surprised with a great, early Mother’s Day Gift today! I’m going to go ahead and post it because the prize is so cool and because I'm supposed to start decorating a nursery early next week! The item that I was expecting next week for the Whistle Stop Custom Baby Bedding Giveaway and Review came earlier than expected so I'm going to bump it to the top of my list!


The Whistle Stop Custom Bedding & More contest is right up my alley since I spend an inordinate amount of any given day obsessing over nursery decorating ideas (or the lack of) either to write about or to present to potential clients. There are times when I suffer from "decorator’s block" and I can’t find anything to inspire me.

Black, white and hot pink custom baby nursery decor with zebra print fabric
But after browsing through the gallery of nursery accessories and baby bedding at Whistle Stop Bedding & More, my inspiration board runneth over. Did you take a close look at the examples in the pictures at the top of this page? Are those crib sets marvelous or what?

Before you dismiss the idea of having your crib linens custom made due to budget limitations you should know that Whistle Stop also has a baby registry and LAYAWAY plan! Many of the collections cost the same as your average designer bedding set and the beauty is that nobody will have one just like yours in their baby‘s room!

custom black and white ruffled zebra print nap mat for my little diva girl
custom black and white ruffled zebra print nap mat for my little diva girl


Here are pics of a few of Whistle Stop’s custom bedding sets that caught my eye but you should know that they make so much more than bedding. They have many, many decorative items including the sweet nap mat that they sent me to review. What I wouldn’t have given to have been asked to review an entire comforter or crib set, but I’m pleased as punch with the nap mat they sent.

To call it a mat almost seems wrong; it’s more like a nap KIT! It comes with its own pillow after all and you can also have a blanket included for just a slight pricing increase!
The nap mat is a custom item just like their bedding sets and is made using your choice of fabric for the outer shell with a coordinating soft minky inside and on the attached pillow.


There were a few pleasant surprises here. For one thing, the nap mat is very roomy. You get your money’s worth for sure because it’s long and large enough to easily last several years. The sturdy, high quality fabric as well as the size makes this extremely possible!

It would be easy for a child to take to sleepovers as well as to school because as you see in the pictures it folds into a nice, neat package and the handles make it easy to carry. It could easily be the most elegant mat at your little girl or boy's kindergarten!

custom black and white ruffled zebra print nap mat for my little diva girl


And you can win your own ruffled or tailored mat in the Whistle Stop Custom Baby Bedding Giveaway and Review!

Here are the specifics of the Whistle Stop Nap Mat Giveaway that is open to contestants in both the United States and Canada.

The prize is one (1) custom nap mat with a retail value of $84.95.

Instructions: Post one comment per entry, all entries MUST include your email!

Required Mandatory Entry: Visit Whistle Stop Bedding and More and leave a comment indicating which baby bedding set or nursery accessory is your favorite.


Bonus Entries:
1 entry- Follow msbaby on Twitter
5 entries - Like Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook
1 entry- Like Whistle Stop Bedding on Facebook and tell them Unique Baby Gear Ideas sent you!
1 entry- Share this on your Facebook page - leave link
1 entry- Enter another Unique Baby Gear Ideas giveaway (one comment per giveaway entered and be sure to tell me which one you entered)
1 entry- Tweet this post on Twitter - this can be done once daily and please leave a link.
1 entry- Post about this giveaway (with a link to the contest) on Facebook and leave a link. You can post it daily,
5 entries- Buy an item from Whistle Stop Bedding and more leaving a comment and an order number for what you bought!
10 entries- Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to the post in your comment.
10 entries- Add my lovely button to your sidebar (not buried on some obscure page that you buried and we check!) using the following code!

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Giveaway will close May 25, 2011 05/25/2011 at 11:59pm. I will choose one winner for the Whistle Stop Custom Baby Bedding Giveaway and Review via random.org. The person whose entry is drawn will be allowed 48 hours to reply to the email and if no reply is received within that time frame the winner will forfeit the prize and another winner of the free baby stuff will be drawn. To avoid missing the notification email please make a point to check your spam folder!

In order to complete the review I received a free custom made from the company. I received no monetary compensation for this post and my opinions are entirely my own. Your opinion may or may not be the same as mine on this product.


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Bumbo Baby Seat with Tray Review and Giveaway

by Jan

Win your very own FREE Bumbo Baby Seat with Tray and Cover in Unique Baby Gear Ideas Giveaway!

Win your very own FREE Bumbo Baby Seat with Tray and Cover in Unique Baby Gear Ideas Giveaway!

I almost titled the Bumbo Baby Seat with Tray Review and Giveaway the MY CHANGE OF HEART review because you see, before I was presented with the opportunity to do a review on the seat, tray and cover I let a few reviews that I had read quite some time ago convince me not to add a Baby Bumbo seat to my rather extensive inventory of baby gear for my girls. I wasn’t shopping for myself when I found these reviews, I was actually looking for a gift to give a friend at the time and remembered the comments made by one or two moms when my own girls came along.



Why those comments stuck in my head, I don’t know. I suppose I’m always worried that I will spend our hard earned money on another baby product that wind up being a dust collector taking up my already scarce closet space and I let a few negative comments stop me from taking advantage of this really nice chair that is actually very useful for many reasons…not just a place for baby to sit for a few minutes. If you take one thing away from this review, it’s that you should see this seat in person, try it out and then make your decision rather than make a decision based on reviews that you read online.


WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE BUMBO BABY SEAT with TRAY

As soon as my girls starting getting some strength in their little necks, they were through lying down unless they were asleep. They wanted to sit up and see the world! The Bumbo seat is perfect for that situation. The scooped bottom of the seat supports their back and helps them to sit until they are ready to sit in their high chairs with NO STRAPS or FASTENERS

COMFORTABLE and EASY TO CLEAN

And it’s SOFT! Silly me.. I thought the plastic would be hard and cold. I was very wrong, it's soft and comfortable but smooth and easy to clean with no little nooks and crannies where crud can hide which is a big plus to me. I just don’t have time to be digging in tiny cracks for dirt and grime. I’m not lazy but I like easy care items that leave me time to take the kids on picnics and outings and this seat fits my criteria.

Speaking of outings, the Bumbo is very lightweight and easy to take along on trips so that the littlest one in our entourage will now have her own special seat with a tray to keep toys and snacks within reach to make her feel more independent. For baby’s safety, you should never use this on any elevated surface or anywhere unattended but there are plenty of instances where the seat is very useful even while following these rules.


BABY BUMBO SEAT in the BATH TUB
Other Bumbo Seat reviews that I read mentioned that it’s great for use while bathing a baby. For the sake of the Bumbo Baby Seat and Tray Review and Giveaway I thought I should give it a try and I must say that it does make bath time fast and easy. Of course, it goes without saying that you should never leave your baby alone in the tub for even a second. What’s good about using the Bumbo in the bathtub is that it allows access to all areas that you want to sponge off while keeping both hands free. When I’m done,just to be sure that all bath wash is gone, I use her plastic sprinkling bucket to pour warm water over her for a good rinse. The water just runs out of the seat’s openings and she laughs like crazy while I "water" her like a flower. After we’re done, I wrap her in a soft towel and off we go!


A CHANGE OF HEART

I don’t mind saying that I was wrong about the Bumbo and admitting that I dropped the ball, so to speak, by not doing my own research. At the very least, I could have borrowed my neighbor’s seat to see if it worked for me and I really wish that I had because it does make so many aspects of caring for a 3 to 4 month old baby much, much easier.

Just so that YOU don’t make the same mistake, Keen Distribution has offered to award one lucky visitor to Unique Baby Gear Ideas the following prize package with a retail value of almost $80 because they know that the winner is going to be tickled pink and tell all their friends how much they love their product. They are a very smart company to realize that a happy mommy spreading the word beats a billboard ad or tv spot any day of the week!

The Bumbo Baby Seat and Tray Review and Giveaway Prize


1 Bumbo Baby Seat – $49.99
1 Bumbo Play Tray – $11.99
1 Bumbo Seat Cover - $17.99


HERE’S HOW TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN BABY BUMBO with Tray and Cover




1. It’s MANDATORY that you like both Bumbo USA and Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook and leave a wall post on both walls and leave a comment telling me that you posted also YOU MUST visit the Bumbo page on Keen Distribution’s website and then return here to leave a comment telling something that you learned about the baby seat and/or how you would like to use it. Your favorite color might be nice, too. (1 mandatory entry)

BONUS ENTRIES
for the Bumbo Baby Seat with Tray Review and Giveaway


2. Follow Bumbo on Twitter (1 entry)

3. Follow msbaby on Twitter (1 entry)


4. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES – Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my my website and come back and leave the link to your blog post. (You should post FIVE separate comments for this!)


5. 10 BONUS ENTRIES
Go to our BABY NURSERY PICTURES CONTEST page and vote for your favorite nursery and return here to tell me where I can find your vote for 10 additional entries! YOU MUST leave your vote/comment on the entry as well as here!

6. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a link to that tweet (1 entry) you can do this Daily and I check the tweets so be honest!


7. Add Unique Baby Gear’s stylish NEW button to your sidebar (if it’s already there, let me know! I ask that you please don’t bury it on a page where nobody will see it ) and post the link to your blog in your comment (2 separate entries)

HERE's the CODE!

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8. Add my blog http://www.unique-baby-gear-ideas.com/baby-gear-blog.html Unique Baby Nursery Decorating blog to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

9. Add my blog http://unique-baby-gear-ideas.blogspot.com/ Unique Baby Shower Ideas blog to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

10. Become a subscriber to Baby Gear Reviews video channel!)


The Bumbo Baby Seat with Tray Review and Giveaway on Unique Baby Gear Ideas will end on Wednesday June 15, 2011. The Baby Bumbo Seat giveaway is open to residents of the United States. The winner of the seat, tray and cover will be contacted via email (by yours truly) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner is chosen. I would like to say how much I appreciate Keen Distribution’s sponsorship and to encourage everyone to buy a Bumbo for their baby even if they don’t win any free baby stuff in this contest!


There is No Purchase Necessary to enter the Free Bumbo Baby Seat Giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. Keen Distribution sent me a baby seat, tray and cover to review and no additional compensation. My opinions on the Bumbo and its many uses are my own.

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Sun Smarty Kids Sun Protection Clothes Giveaway

by Jan

CUTE UV Sun Protective Clothing for Kids from Sun Smarty

CUTE UV Sun Protective Clothing for Kids from Sun Smarty

sun smart uv protection clothes for babies and older kids



The products that I received for our Sun Smarty Kids Sun Protection Clothes Giveaway and review could not have come at a better time.
sun smart uv protection clothes for babies and older kids
Summertime has come early to the Southeast this year. It’s 80 degrees and sunny in April and everybody wants to be outdoors before it gets any hotter but I know from experience that it's unwise to be outside even on a cloudy overcast day without protection. There is such a high risk of my little ones’ sensitive skin being burned as well as my own!


sun smart uv protection clothes for babies and older kids

We know that even sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher isn’t enough to block those harmful rays and most don‘t feel great about slathering a baby from top to bottom with sunscreen; what if we miss a spot? And the older kids?

sun smart uv protection clothes for babies and older kids
Their sunscreen has to be reapplied if they get wet or sweaty. And they don’t like to stop every couple of hours to get a complete sunscreen "touchup" if you know what I mean. One way to provide sun protection to the kids and to simply the process is to dress them in items made of sun protection cloth. Wearing clothes with built-in sun protection continuously throughout the day add a quick and easy layer to our arsenal of sun blocking weapons. Baby sun protection can be such a challenge and I don't mind telling you that I find this approach to be the easiest way to go!

When I first heard of this method, visions of the old-fashioned swimsuits from way back in the day popped in my mind, bloomers and bonnets with lots of ruffles that cover girls from head to toe and those really ugly bodysuits for the boys. Who would want to dress their kids in that stuff, right? Imagine my delight when the precious I saw how cute the baby sun protection outfits are!

The SuperBaby – UV Cover Up is fitted without a lot of bulk and gives the baby full coverage from the cute little hood with the famous Superman logo on the front. And speaking of super heroes, dads are going to love dressing their baby boys for a day at the beach in the Superman UV suit that comes with its own cape that can be used as a towel (or vice versa depending on how you prefer to look at things)! As adorable as the Superman solar guard outfits are, Sun Smarty has a wide selection of clothes in pastel colors, cartoon characters and pretty patterns to complete your child’s wardrobe of protective sun clothing that is comfortable, stylish and fun! There are so many cute styles to choose from including one-piece wetsuits with a very handy diaper zipper, to the newest style 50++UPF Beach and Bike shirts in long or short sleeve with a secret pocket ranging in sizes to fit children from size 0-12 years.

In addition to the SuperBaby UV Cover Up and the Superman UV 2 Piece+Towel Cape I also received a sweet baby sun hat and a pair of matching sunshades. The sunglasses look precious and fit very nicely while giving my baby’s eyes 100% protection from the sun! I wondered if she would keep the glasses on her face or want to play with them. So far, she seems to like the way the world looks through the colored lenses and I’m very glad that she does!

THE BOTTOM LINE

Anyone who has been educated to the risks of too much sun exposure should appreciate how much Sun Smarty’s product line can simplify their life. One of the most amazing features is that SunSmart clothes have a UV sun intensity indicator that provides parents with near instantaneous guidance on the SPF value of sunscreen that you need at any given time! The images on the clothing that give you this information appear according the level of sunlight!

How many times have you stayed too long in the sun just because you were cool and comfortable? Most of us have learned the hard way that you don’t have to be hot to get a nasty, painful sunburn!

I was very impressed with the quality of the materials Sun Smarty uses in their outfits AND that all of their products come with Banana Boat Sunscreen to assist parents in putting together a successful campaign of sun protection for the kids!

Are you ready to hear how you can enter the Sun Smarty Kids Sun Protection Clothes Giveaway and win your own sun protection clothes and Bananaboat sunscreen (prize value: approx. $80) to have ready for your next family beach vacation?

Mandatory Entry:


Visit the official Sun Smarty UV Apparel website, take a look at their product line and then leave a comment here about which product you‘re most interested in.

Bonus entries:


Go to Sun Smarty's Facebook page, click Like, and tell them Unique Baby Nursery Ideas and Gear sent you and leave a comment including the details here including your FB name, etc .

3 entries - Put our brand new Unique Baby Nursery Ideas button on your blog. Leave a comment telling me where the link is displayed using this code

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1 entry for following Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas on Facebook or subscribing to my feed in reader.
10 entries- Blog about this free baby carrier giveaway linking to this post and SunSmarty. Leave a link to your post.

1 entry per- Enter another of our current giveaways on Unique Nursery Decorating Ideas.


The last day to enter this giveaway will be May 3. The winner will then be chosen at random, verified, contacted via email and will have 48 hours to return the email and claim your prize. If prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. By entering this giveaway you agree to Unique Baby Gear Ideas Full

All contestants who enter the Sun Smarty UV protective clothing giveaway contest must be over the age of 18 and live in the Contiguous US.


*I received a package of UV Protective clothing from Sun Smarty for my review but my thoughts and comments on the product are my own.

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Gift Basket for a Baby Shower

by Jan

Baby shower gift baskets for boys, girls or for both in gender neutral colors like green and yellow.

Baby shower gift baskets for boys, girls or for both in gender neutral colors like green and yellow.

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Baby duck theme bath baby shower gift basket.  A yellow rubber ducky a personalized bath towel, soap and shampoo make a lovely presentation.
The very next time I'm pressed for time and need a gift basket for a baby shower or for a friend with a new baby, rather than stress myself out and lose sleep brainstorming ideas, I’m going to simply visit GourmetGiftBaskets.com and have them deliver one of their specialty baskets filled with goodies right to my door. Since I guess you might say that new babies are my business, I pride myself on filling gift boxes and baskets for new moms and newborn baby boys and girls with cute stuff that they might not think of buying for themselves.

That’s just what I do and that’s not going to change. However, what I have learned from the GourmetGiftBaskets.com review is that this company will relieve me of the responsibility of searching for and gathering snacks for mom and dad. With this taken care of all that’s left for me to do is perhaps tuck a personalized bib, onesie and pacifier inside and I‘m good to go. Talk about a timesaver and yes, it’s very affordable.
Gourmet gift basket suitable for any special occasion.

More often than not, the birth of a new baby is my primary reason for putting together a gift basket but there are many, many occasions that call for such a nice surprise. Holidays, birthdays; you name it! Practically any celebration can be made brighter and more festive with a basket of food, flowers and gifts.

The basket that they sent me to review was filled with snacks that would go over in a big way while waiting on a mother-to-be to deliver. I know my husband has enjoyed munching on the goodies and he has a fully stocked kitchen at his disposal!

And just so the recipient of your gift basket for a baby shower or other occasion is as pleased as I was with the contents of my basket, Gourmet Gift Baskets has all sorts of themed baskets to choose from including baskets filled with plants, flowers and corporate gifts as well as fruit, candy, cookies and many other gourmet foods.
BBQ grilling theme gift basket for new dads.



GIFT BASKETS FOR NEW DADS

They have many different themes in gift baskets for a baby shower or other special occasion. If you would like to give one to dad, there are BBQ and even beer themed baskets that guys will go crazy over!
Beer theme gift basket perfect for new dads or any guy who appreciates a good cold brew.



ABOUT GOURMETGIFTBASKETS.COM

I am so embarrassed that I haven’t been savvy enough to let GourmetGiftBaskets.com help me out long before now! Noticing their features in some of my favorite magazines like Woman’s Day, The New York Times, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit should have tipped me off. And even if that didn’t trigger a light bulb moment, there is really no excuse for my procrastination after seeing them on The Today Show, The Early Show, and on Fox news. My only excuse is that I’m a stubborn, DIY kind of lady and I was just too hardheaded to admit that a company could possibly put together a gift basket for a baby shower as good as I could. I still maintain that I can gather the best baby shower gifts, but I am finally seeing the light that buying a basket already filled with personalized snacks and then adding my own unique touches is the smart thing to do.

ABOUT THE GIFT BASKET

The first test that the company passed was a very fast delivery time. The next test which it passed with flying colors had to do with appearance of the basket which it passed with flying colors; with a slight fluffing of the colorful raffia bow, it was ready to go right out of the box.

The next hurdle was whether or not there were lots and lots of goodies in the basket and not just a few crackers and lots of “filler”. I took a quick inventory and to put it simply, there were no disappointments in this department.

There were savory cheese biscuits, peanuts, trail mix, pretzels and raspberry honey mustard pretzel dip and in the sweet category there were deliciously addictive key lime white chocolate chip cookies, almond pecan crunch, buttered pecan crunch, peanut roll and an organic coconut bar! Everything was tasty and fresh which means a lot!

In fact, it was packed so tightly that it would be difficult to squeeze in a few small baby items if I were preparing the gift basket for a baby shower. With determination, it would be possible to squeeze in a silver charm for mom and some baby socks but it would be a very tight fit. The best idea would be to wrap the gifts separately and attach them to the basket with a pink or blue ribbon rather than to have to unwrap and rewrap the basket.

NOW..would you like to win your own gift basket for a baby shower or other special occasion?


The rules of the gourmetgiftbasket.com Giveaway

Gourmetgiftbasket.com is so sure that you are going to be as impressed as I am with their wonderful goodie baskets that they are going to give one lucky winner the very same basket filled with gourmet snacks as the one they sent me to review.

As your MANDATORY ENTRY you must “Like” (become a fan) of their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/gourmetgiftbaskets and
LIKE Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas as well posting on both walls and leaving your username in your comment/entry or it WILL NOT COUNT.

To score extra entries:

1. Check out Baby Gear Reviews Youtube videos, subscribe, leave a comment on one and return to tell us for 10 bonus entries


2. Follow msbaby on Twitter and tweet: Check out the FREE Gourmet Gift Basket giveaway hosted by @msbaby – Enter to win here: http://www.unique-baby-gear-ideas.com/free-baby-stuff.html shorten url and leave a comment. Tweet the basket giveaway DAILY and leave a comment.


3. Enter other contests for a chance to win FREE Baby Stuff like free diapers, carriers, etc. or gifts for moms! (1 entry for each contest you enter)


4.5 ENTRIES – Blog about the FREE gourmet gift basket giveaway linking to this page and provide a link to your post. (Post FIVE separate comments for this!)


5. 10 ENTRIES
Visit our nursery pictures gallery featuring the most beautifully decorated nurseries EVER entered in our BABY NURSERY PICTURES CONTEST and and vote for your favorite in the comments section then tell me where I can find your vote for 10 entries and be sure to tell the moms which of their baby nursery ideas is your favorite.


6. Add my colorful little button with the pretty, pregger chick on it to the sidebar of your blog or website (if it’s already there, let me know (it won't count if it's on a page where nobody will see it) and post the link to your blog in your comment (2 separate entries) using THIS CODE:

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7. Link to our baby blog on your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back! (10 entries)

8. Add a link to Baby Shower Decorations blog to your website or blog (using the provided URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

9. Follow Unique Baby Shower Ideas in GFC (5 bonus entries)

The baby gift basket giveaway will end on September 14, 2011 and is open to residents of the United States only (void where prohibited by law).

The winner of the free gourmet gift basket will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner is chosen.

Thanks to Gourmet Gift Baskets.com for the sponsorship and the delicious goodies and basket they sent me to review!

There is No Purchase Necessary to enter the prize and I received no compensation for my review or opinions.





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How to Make a Wall Mural

by Jan

Splendid Garden Wall Decal Kit that I used to decorate my baby girl's blue nursery wall!

Splendid Garden Wall Decal Kit that I used to decorate my baby girl's blue nursery wall!

My Wonderful Walls

Learning how to paint a wall mural can take years but learning how to make a wall mural using decals takes no time at all. Who needs the hassle of taping off and covering the floors and everything else in a room that you don’t want splattered with paint? Why would you blow your budget to buy an expensive assortment of paints and brushes just to paint the baby’s nursery wall?


I’m sure the answer most new parents would give to those questions would be that they want their baby’s nursery to be attractively decorated and personalized to complement the rest of the décor. That’s certainly understandable, but my advice is to forget spending time and money taking art classes and painting lessons (unless your goal in life is to become a professional mural artist) and let wall stencils or a collection of wall stickers for kids do the work!
The complete sheet of wall decals.

After reading many positive My Wonderful Walls reviews, I decided that maybe, just maybe, their wall decal kits might be something that even a klutzy chick such as myself could manage. Since Cassidy’s room was long overdue for a makeover, I contacted the company to see if they would sponsor a review and giveaway and they did! So, here we go!

I requested the Splendid Garden wall sticker kit which includes an amazing 62 wall stickers including a large tree decal and lots of colorful birds, a birdhouse, flowers, bugs, butterflies PLUS a snail, a frog and a peacock! To personalize the mural, they sent a street sign decal with Cassidy’s name on it! SWEET!

The stickers came on one large sheet rolled up in a tube and when I saw how large the main pieces of the mural were, it kind of threw me. Cassidy’s room is small like most modern kids’ bedrooms. She has a double bed, a dresser and a single window that leaves no large, open wall spaces whatsoever. After pondering the issue for a minute I came to the conclusion that this was not going to be a problem. That’s the beauty of learning how to make a wall mural with decals; you can create mini-tableaus. I actually liked this idea better than if I had had one big, empty wall to cover. Having more than one focal point in the bedroom worked very well.
Large tree decal decorated with flowers, leaves and birds in baby girl's room.

We decided that the best place for the large tree decals was on the wall with the window to the right of the bed. I was very afraid that the tree’s limbs would all be stuck together and tear before I could smooth it on the wall. Some of the small branches did stick together but they were easy to separate and the sticker went on easy as could be!



Next I added leaves, flowers and the birds and birdhouse on and underneath the tree.
Personalized, black wrought iron street sign with my baby girl's name on it decorating the baby blue nursery walls


Oddly enough, the street sign was more of a challenge than the tree. If I had used a level and straight edge from the beginning it would have gone faster. Being the DIY dummy that I am, I tried to eyeball the signpost and hanger and they kept coming up crooked!

THE BOTTOM LINE of my review is that these decals are:

FAST

I learned how to make a wall mural in one hour or less. It took more time to get her bedroom walls painted than it did to make them look totally fabulous using the decals from My Wonderful Walls.

EASY to USE

The decals are EASY to apply and if you don’t like how they look in the first spot you put them they are easy to remove and relocate; the term peel and stick is accurate but you can actually peel and stick and stick again and again!

Mother AND Child approved:

Cassidy liked the color of her walls and the look of her room to start with, but she is IN LOVE with her room now that the walls are decorated. We couldn’t wait to invite her friends (and their moms) over to show them our handiwork. It’s so cool to complete a project that looks like it was so much more complicated than it actually was!

NOW..would you like to learn how to make a wall mural the quick and easy way like I did? You are invited to enter to win your own nursery wall stickers in our My Wonderful Walls Review and Giveaway and if you don’t win just buy a set; they aren’t that expensive. In fact, for the decorative impact they provide; they are darn cheap!


The details of the My Wonderful Walls Giveaway

mywonderfulwalls.com is so sure that you are going to be as knocked out as we are with their decals, stencil kits and kids wall art that they are going to give one lucky winner a $100 gift certificate to their store!

As your MANDATORY ENTRY you must “Like” (become a fan) of their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Wonderful-Walls/113187792070749, and
LIKE Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas as well posting on both walls and leaving your username in your comment/entry or it WILL NOT COUNT.


To score extra entries:

1. Follow My Wonderful Walls on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/MyWndrfulWalls.

2. Check out the video that we made that shows how easy it was to use these wonderful decals on Baby Gear Reviews Youtube videos, subscribe, leave a comment on one and return to tell us for 10 bonus entries


3. Follow msbaby on Twitter and tweet: Check out the My Wonderful Walls giveaway hosted by @msbaby – Enter to win here: http://www.unique-baby-gear-ideas.com/free-baby-stuff.html shorten url and leave a comment and you can tweet the $100 gift card giveaway DAILY and leave a comment.


3. Enter other contests in addition to the My Wonderful Walls gift card giveaway for a chance to win FREE Baby Stuff like free diapers, carriers, etc. or gifts for moms! (1 entry for each contest you enter)


4. 5 ENTRIES – Blog about the $100 Gift Card giveaway good for products at My Wonderful Walls, link to this page and provide a link to your post. (Post FIVE separate comments for this!)


5. 10 ENTRIES
Visit our nursery pictures gallery to get even more ideas for how decals are being used to decorate nurseries from pics entered in our BABY NURSERY PICTURES CONTEST and and vote for your favorite in the comments section then tell me where I can find your vote for 10 entries and be sure to tell the moms which of their baby nursery ideas is your favorite.


6. Add my colorful little button with the sassy, pregnant chick on it to the sidebar of your blog or website (if it’s already there, let me know (it won't count if it's on a page where nobody will see it) and post the link to your blog in your comment (2 separate entries) using THIS CODE:

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7. Link to our baby blog (using my URL), with a link back to pick up (10 bonus entries)

8. Post a link to Baby Shower Decorations blog to your own website or blog (using the provided URL), with a link back to me for (10 more entries)

9. Become a follower of Unique Baby Shower Ideas in GFC (5 bonus entries)

The Free Gift Card giveaway will end on September 14, 2011 and is open to residents of the United States only (void where prohibited by law).

The winner of the $100 gift card to My Wonderful Walls will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner is chosen.

Thanks to My Wonderful Walls for their sponsorship and for the really cute wall decals kits that they sent me to review!

There is No Purchase Necessary to enter to win the free gift card and I received no compensation for my review or opinions.





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Is Baby Sleeping Through the Night

by Jan

Baby Sleeping Through the Night

Baby Sleeping Through the Night

A baby white noise machine will have baby sleeping through the night in no time!
The first thing we ask new moms and dads is usually, "Is baby sleeping through the night?" and if the answer to that question is NO we know that mommy and daddy aren’t getting a good night’s sleep either. As all new parents know, the amount of sleep we get is directly influenced by baby’s sleep patterns.

So, what do we do if baby is not sleeping through the night? Do we just brew another pot of coffee, work out a sleep schedule where everybody does a shift and just suffer until things sort themselves out? The truth is that every infant has a sleepless night at some time or another. That being said, there are some tips and tricks to help baby sleep better so that we can do the same.


BABY SLEEP PROBLEM SOLVING

One of the best places to start is to create the best atmosphere in the nursery to get baby sleeping through the night without waking. This has been a challenge for me since my house is anything but quiet what with the television, music and traffic noise that I can’t seem to eliminate no matter how hard I try. That's where the a white noise machine like the Sound+Sleep sound therapy system comes in very handy.

THE SOUND+SLEEP MACHINE

The machine arrived at a great time since our neighbors (whose driveway is right by the bedroom window) have started slamming car doors and coming and going at odd hours of the night waking the girls up making it necessary for me to get up and settle them back down again. Night after night of broken sleep had left us feeling exhausted and I needed some relief.

I didn’t waste any time unpacking the machine to take a look and a listen. The sleep machine is very compact and it’s black and silver so it doesn’t clash with the baby’s nursery decor. The controls are so easy to read and use that I didn’t have to refer to the instructions manual to turn it on unlike our new clock radio that was so complicated that I almost sent it back.

A full selection of white noises and sounds that create a peaceful and natural sleep environment.


PICK a SOUND

Right off the bat, the husband and I listened to all of the sounds on the dial. He liked the ocean sound setting and I’m torn between the meadow sounds and the rain setting. The sounds of the crickets chirping are very relaxing, but if I have to choose the sound of the rain would probably be my favorite.

Since everyone has their own idea of what is or isn’t relaxing and restful, the SOUND+SLEEP machine also has sounds of a
  • Crackling fire
  • The rhythmic clacking of a train
  • City Noises
  • The sound of a waterfall
  • New age meditation sounds
  • White noise


SETTING the VOLUME

One of the questions that I had was how high should I set the volume to mask the noises. I shouldn’t have concerned myself with this because I quickly learned just how smart this little gadget is and that it eliminates loud noises by automatically raising the volume slightly until the noise has subsided. For example, when the noisy neighbors crank up the racket in the middle of the night, the SOUND+SLEEP will automatically turn up the volume just enough to mask the noise. Isn’t technology grand? It is grand indeed especially when it WORKS! And since the SOUND+SLEEP arrived, the entire house has been sleeping more!

In addition to the volume, you can set the sleep timer to turn it off in for 30, 60, 90, 120 minutes if you don’t want the machine to run all night long although I can’t imagine why you would want to turn it off! You can also turn the display lights on and off, control the sensitivity or how it adapts to noises.

You really should get one of these baby white noise machines so that the next time someone asks you, Is baby sleeping through the night, you can smile and say YES! When you are responsible for taking care of a newborn, sleeping pills may not be a very good idea so it’s good to know there are other ways to get a little rest that are completely drug free!

NOW..would you like to own a SOUND+SLEEP system to help both you and your baby sleep through the night?


You can buy a Sound+Sleep for $99.99 on their website and you can also enter for a chance to win a machine which would be a free baby product that any new mom or dad will appreciate. Don’t worry about ending up with more than one; just put one in your bedroom and the other in the nursery or one of the kids’ rooms.



Here are the rules of the SOUND+SLEEP Giveaway

soundofsleep.com is so sure that you are going to be as impressed as I am with the improvement in your sleeping schedule that they are going to give one lucky winner the very same sleep machine as the one they sent me to review.

As your MANDATORY ENTRY you must answer the question “Is baby sleeping through the night?” AND tell me which of the sounds that you think you will love the best and
LIKE Unique Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas as well posting on both walls and leaving your username in your comment/entry or it WILL NOT COUNT.


To score extra entries:

1. Watch one of Baby Gear Reviews Youtube videos, subscribe, leave a comment on one and return to tell us for 10 bonus entries


2. Follow msbaby on Twitter and tweet: Check out the Sound+Sleep Machine giveaway hosted by @msbaby – Enter to win here: http://www.unique-baby-gear-ideas.com/free-baby-stuff.html shorten url and leave a comment. Tweet the white noise machine giveaway DAILY and leave a comment.


3. Enter one or more of Unique Baby Gear Ideas’ contests for a chance to win FREE Baby Stuff like free diapers, baby carriers, etc. or gifts for moms! (1 entry for each contest you enter)


4.5 ENTRIES – Blog about the white noise machine giveaway linking to this page and provide a link to your post. (Post FIVE separate comments for this!)


5. 10 ENTRIES
Visit our gallery of baby nursery pictures featuring the most beautifully decorated nurseries EVER entered in our BABY NURSERY PICTURES CONTEST and and vote for your favorite in the comments section then tell me where I can find your vote for 10 entries and be sure to tell the moms which of their baby nursery ideas is your favorite.


6. Add my site’s button with the pretty, pregnant mom on it to the sidebar of your blog or website (if it’s already there, let me know (it won't count if it's on a page where nobody will see it) and post the link to your blog in your comment (2 separate entries) using THIS CODE:

http://www.unique-baby-gear-ideas.com/images/ubgibutton.jpg

7. Link to our baby blog (using my URL), with a link back! (10 entries)

8. Add a link to our Baby Shower Decorations blog to your site or blog (using the provided URL), with a link back to me! (10 entries)

9. Follow Unique Baby Shower Ideas in GFC (5 bonus entries)

The Is Baby Sleeping Through the Night giveaway will end on September 14, 2011 and is open to residents of the United States only (void where prohibited by law).

The winner of the SOUND+SLEEP white noise machine will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner is chosen.

Thanks to Sound of Sleep for their sponsorship and the sleep machine they sent me to review!

There is No Purchase Necessary for entry into the “Is Baby Sleeping Through the Night” giveaway contest and I received no compensation for my review or opinions.





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