I am mildly obsessed with baby feet. Why must they be so chunky and squeezable?! I didn’t love them so much until I had my own babies; now I can’t get enough of them.
When I learned, last summer, that there are things called Toe Blooms that can make little feet look like they have flowers on them, I cracked up. And I also learned that “barefoot sandals” are a real thing, like for adults too. But I like the baby ones best.
Cut to this summer…I’m happy to say that four lucky babies will get a free pair of Toe Blooms (most popular with the girls) or Toe Buds (aimed more at little boys). Winners can tell us which they’d rather, flowers or flair! Each set is worth $20-$24.
For a chance to win, leave a comment below, up to one a day, between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, May 29th. We’ll randomly choose four winners. If you comment, you should check back at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, to see if you’re one of our winners. You’ll then have 5 days to send a direct message to American Baby magazine’s Facebook page to accept the prize. (We’ll also send Facebook messages to the winners, but note, our messages fall into your “other” message folder on Facebook, which can be a bit hard to find!)
You can read the official rules here. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. And goody luck!
Can I tell you how many cribs we build here at American Baby? About a dozen a year, sometimes more…enough that we know a sturdy crib when we see one. Bonavita Lifetyle Cribs go in the “built to last” category. They are cribs that convert to a toddler bed, and then to a headboard and footboard for a fullsize bed, so though they cost a bit more, they’re made to last for all of childhood.
There’s another reason I like cribs that grow with your kid…you’re not tempted to try and make a crib work for new baby siblings. You introduce safety hazards every time you take a crib apart and then rebuild it for another newborn, because you risk screws growing loose or going missing. Keeping a piece of furniture with one child, turning it into a toddler bed and then fullsize bed, eliminates those problems. I am something of a safe-sleep evangelist, so here’s a link with more on making your crib safe.
In time for what may be your first Mother’s Day, Lajobi, the parent company behind Bonavita, will give you the opportunity to win their “Sawyer” Lifestyle Crib, in Linen Gray. The crib only comes out in June 2013, and will be sold exclusively at Buy Buy Baby for $500. To be eligible to win, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, May 15. We’ll randomly chose one winner after that. Click here to view the official rules. Goody luck!
Want to know the instant your baby pees? There’s an app for that. No, really. There is an app for that — in Brazil.
Huggies Brazil recently announced Huggies TweetPee, a small humidity-detecting sensor that looks like an owl and clips onto Baby’s diaper. Once your baby pees, the sensor will send you a tweet telling you it’s time to change your little guy’s diaper.
The accompanying TweetPee iPhone app uses the sensor to help you keep track of how quickly your babe goes through diapers and lets you order Huggies diapers when your supply runs low.
Check out the Huggies TweetPee video (in Portugese):
Huggies is only testing the product with four parents and will expand that number to 10 in July, ABCNews says. The company hasn’t announced plans to release this product in North America, but if it were available here, would you use it? Tell us in the comments below.
You’re not going to get out of parenthood without having had a car seat or two! Here is the latest and greatest from Snugli: Their All-in-One, a convertible seat that aims to be your main seat if not your one-and-only. It’s got a couple of new, unique features: First, a temperature-regulating fabric that keeps your babe cool in hot weather and toasty in cold weather. Second, it holds a kid up to 110 pounds when used in booster mode! That means she can sit in it until middle school (not that she would, but you get the idea).
It’s also got all the technology you’d expect such as side-impact protection, a recline option, and a LATCH system for easy installation. By the way, do you need a primer on installing and using a car seat? Roll our video!
Ready to win Snugli’s All in One? For a chance, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, April 17th. We’ll randomly choose one winner for this $330 car seat! And if you don’t win but want to buy or register for this primo seat, it’s sold at Buy Buy Baby. Check our official rules for all the giveaway details. Goody luck!
Baby girls have a lot of pink around them, and I’m not opposed to it. It’s a happy color, a feminine color, and cute as all get-out. I am in the thrilling position of waiting for a new baby niece to arrive this summer (yay!) and so pink little girl clothes are top-of-mind. I know a popular swaddle brand that also has pink on the brain: Aden + Anais. The founder is a mom of four little girls, and this week she announced a new limited-edition Hello Kitty collection.
And who doesn’t love Hello Kitty? Want a chance to win the entire collection for a little girl in your life? Post a comment here between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, April 10th, up to one comment a day. After that we’ll randomly choose one winner to receive this $160 prize, which includes three muslin swaddles, a hooded towel set, the $55 Dream blanket, and three bibs. Here’s where you can read the official rules. Goody luck!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Brandi Tysinger-Temple, the founder of Lolly Wolly Doodle, a kids’ clothing company that makes most of it’s sales, believe it or not, on Facebook. Every day her company posts pictures of new clothes they create at their headquarters in Lexington, North Carolina. Facebook fans (over half a million of them!) can view the clothes and send a message if there’s a look they’re interested in. Lolly Wolly Doodle sends an invoice, which you have a few days to pay, and then the clothes are shipped out. It’s a simple system, and now they are the largest “store” on all of Facebook!
That a mom of four created a business that went from her and a few friends to about 100 employees in a few short years is endlessly impressive to me! But then, the clothes are very cute and original. If you’ve got a little girl who loves ruffles, you’ve got to check them out! And know this: Brandi says that some styles sell out in just minutes. (Most disappear after about 72 hours. Talk about fast fashion!)
Lolly Wolly Doodle will give away six bodysuits, worth $17 each, to our American Baby fans. If you win, you can tell us whether you want the hot-pink girl style or the turquoise boy style, and in what size.
To be eligible, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, April 3. We’ll randomly choose six winners after that. Read the official rules here. Goody luck!
Got a great way to carry your baby…or an ideal bag that hauls all of her stuff? Vote here for your favorite baby carrier and diaper-bag brand. Then leave a comment below to explain why you love your pick! You can also enter to win a $250 gift card. Don’t see a brand you love? Head straight to the comments and write it in!
The centerpiece of every nursery is the crib. Do you have one that you love? What about a brand of cute crib sheets? Vote for your favorites, then leave a comment below. In your comment you can tell us which exact crib (including color!) and sheet (including pattern!) wins your approval. We’ll pick one random commenter to win the newest version of the Bumbo seat, worth $40. Here are the rules for winning the Bumbo seat. (Note that you can only leave one comment per day to be eligible, between now and the end of March). Don’t forget to also register to win our $250 gift card. Thanks, designing Mama!