How to Choose Wipe Warmer Machines for Babies

Many baby warmer machines exist on the market today. They come in many colors and have different functions. You could get one that has a high capacity of warm wipers, or one that has a high level of moisture. Tough to decide from all the options on the market today. But, don’t worry because many mothers go through the same thoughts. Generally, pick a warm wiper machine that fits your personal needs and style. The first steps to picking a warm wiper that you would love. Your the mother and you should be the one choosing what you really want for your baby. Let us help you better decide on your version of the best baby wipes warmer around. Read what we have to say below.

Baby Warmer Must Be Bacteria Controlled

Bacteria Controlled

Every baby warmer you buy must be bacteria controlled. There is no way you want a baby warmer that is not. Bacteria comes from the outside and inside of baby warmer. Bacteria can affect your baby. Cause baby to have a really bad stomach ache or cause you to make a trip to the hospital. Read the label of the baby warmer you buy and make sure it is bacteria controlled. The best baby wipes warmer is not the best if it is not bacteria controlled. You have things you want to do in life, and moments you want to enjoy with your child. Don’t let bacteria infection caused by a warm wiper machine not bacteria controlled get in the way. Your time is precious and so is your baby.

Outside bacteria is highly dangerous for warm wipers. Bacteria outside comes from dirt, digestion, wild animals, dead animals, viruses, sewers, and who knows what else. You don’t want that outside bacteria getting into your warm wipers and causing the moisture to evolve into something ugly. If you notice any bad smells after you use a warm wiper, that’s a tip that the bacteria is making a nest in there and you need a refund. Therefore, never use war wipers that attract outside bacteria.

Make Sure Heat Is What You Wanted

All baby warmer machines produce heat. What level of heat do you have in mind? Do you want your baby screaming in red marks or do you want them to be gentle? Meaning, test out each warm wiper you buy and make sure they suit a heat level you are comfortable with. You might not know the level of heat you and your baby likes. So, give it some time and try different levels of warm wiper machines. Keep trying until you find  a warm wiper that closely fits the dream you had in mind, when you decided to buy a warm wiper machine.

Seals in Moisture All Day

Furthermore, moisture in the warm wiper must be able to stay in all day and for days. Otherwise, you are wasting your money and should get a different warm wiper. You don’t want to brush your baby’s butt with a dry rag do you? Cause them more irritations and make them feel less of a baby and more like a adult. Moisture is important for making the skin soft, gentle, and free from dead skin. Give your baby that nice glow of love that you saw in the hospital. You want your baby to look amazing and have the best skin that nature can give them. Well, this is only possible if you have a warm wiper with long lasting moisturizer. If you notice your moisturizer becoming dry next week after use, use that receipt and take your item back to the store. Never accept a product that does not work as it should weeks later.

XLear Nasal Spray with Xylitol Product Review

Allergies run through my family it seems. Hayfever and animal allergies seem to be the most  popular. I keep an air purifier running in my living room and my bedroom.  Having 2 cats, it’s a must.

Another must is making sure I clean out my nasal passages regularly. That’s why I was thrilled to receive Xlear’s Nasal Spray with Xylitol. Now, here’s the funny part.

This nasal spray was formulated for kids but anyone can benefit from using it.  As blessings would have it, CJ is the only one in the house without allergies.  So, he really didn’t need the Xlear Nasal Spray for allergies.  So, I used it for mine!

I still use the nasal spray on CJ every now and again though because the air is dry in my bedroom and the spray helps him to sleep more comfortably.  As for me, the Xlear nasal spray helps to clear out whatever causes my nose to itch so it’s a good thing I have 2 bottles.

What I really like about this nasal spray is the fact that it has Xylitol in it. Xylitol is beneficial for so many things including:

  • Being a safe substitute for sugar. Inhaling the nasal spray was much more pleasant than inhaling the average saline nasal spray. You could sort of taste the sweetness.
  • Prohibits the growth of bacteria. Can you imagine how much bacteria is in your nasal passage? Xylitol helps prevent the over-growth of bacteria that leads to nose, ear and throat infections.
  • Helps reduce the instances of sinus infections. When used in a nasal spray, Xylitol is greatly beneficial in cutting down the amount of bacteria in the nasal passage that causes sinus infections.
  • Support the immune system. Studies suggest that when taken in small amounts Xylitol can support the immune system by encouraging the growth of your white bloods cells which fight infection.

Xlear’s Nasal Spray is now a household staple of mine. Even when CJ doesn’t need it, I’m happy to use it for relief of allergy symptoms :-)

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You’ve Got To Get a Butt Bench!

A butt what? You heard me. A butt bench!

When I was first contacted by the owners of the Butt Bench, I thought, “What a funny name!”

Little did i know what a handy item I’d be receiving.

What Is The Butt Bench?

Simply, it’s bench for your butt! You use it in your bathroom.

 

It’s a high quality wooden bench that’s sturdy enough to support your weight so that you can sit down and relax while you are showering.

You can even use the Butt Bench to store your bathroom beauty products on it.

How I Use The Butt Bench

While I love being able to sit down to complete my shower rituals, I find the Butt Bench to be even more helpful for me to bathe CJ.

CJ has a Rifton Bath Chair which is great but the heavier he gets, it’s a little more difficult to bend over to put him in and out of the tub.

The Butt Bench makes it all easier as it’s much higher up and I can shower CJ with ease. He likes it too since he can sit up like a big boy!

The Butt Bench is very easy to set up and requires no assembly. To find out more and to get your own Butt Bench (available in natural cedar or pine and the colors white and pink), visit http://buttbench.com

Note: I was not compensated for my review of this product. I received the Butt Bench completely free of charge but am providing my true experience with it.

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Laundry Secrets and How to Sort Your Laundry in 5 Minutes

I found the most wonderful invention and had to share it with you. It allows you to sort your laundry in just 5 minutes! In addition to this laundry sorting giant, I share with you my recommended stain remover.

In order to sort your laundry in 5 minutes (greatly relieving stress), you’re not actually sorting your laundry on wash day. You’re doing it as you take off your clothes. This way you don’t have to worry about being inundated with sorting or weeding through clothes that need to have a stain remover applied to them.

Neatfreak EverFresh Laundry Triple Sorter with Ironing Board

I bought this laundry sorting system about 6 months ago – one of the best household buys ever. As you can see, this laundry sorter has 3 buckets. As you take off your clothes each day, you’ll put them in the baskets as follows:

  1. Hamper Basket 1 – Whites
  2. Hamper Basket 2 – Blacks/Dark Blues/Deep Colors
  3. Hamper Basket 3 – Light Colors (Beige, Pastel, Grey, etc.)

The beauty of this sorting system is each laundry basket is one full sized load of laundry when filled to the top. No more worrying about how much to put in the machine. This is a perfect load of laundry for a medium sized washing machine.

On top of that, you have the ironing board on the top which you can use when returning from the laundry room. When you remove your clean clothes from the dryer, just put them right back in the sorter (which you can Febreeze after taking out the dirty clothes) and carry them back up to the base. Then you can iron them piece by piece out of the bags.

Bonus Tip

Keep your stain fighters right underneath and you can apply them as soon as you take off your clothes. The solution will stay on the clothes for up to a week, effectively removing the stain when it’s time to wash them.

How Did I Get Five Minutes?

If you follow this system of sorting laundry, it should take you no longer than a minute each day to put your clothes in the baskets. That includes if you need to add a stain remover. That’s 5 days of work clothes for you and your child or spouse. Then on Saturday, you wash.

Recommended Stain Remover

 

My kid always has large stains from PediaSure on his clothes. I’ve tried Shout Ultra Gel. I’ve tried Spray and Wash. I’ve tried OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder.

Nothing has worked at completely removing the stain until I found OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick. This stain remover does exactly what it says:

  • Lifts food stains
  • Targets protein stains like grass and blood
  • Binds to dirt and soils to suspend and rinse them away

For more information on OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick, visit: http://www.oxiclean.com/pre-treatment/Products/oxiclean-max-force-gel-stick.aspx

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Tea Time Thoughts Episode 5: The Ninja Kitchen System 1100

Sharing my thoughts and a video review using the Ninja Pro System 1100 Blender.

In this YouTube video I share my favorite recipe for making a smoothie using the Ninja Kitchen System 1100. The demonstration includes an overview of the features of the Ninja as well as how I make my favorite weight loss smoothie using Team Beach Body Fitness’ favorite meal replacement, Shakeology.

My husband usually makes my smoothies so it’s his hands you see doing the preparing and mixing of the smoothie. He’s using:

  • Shakeology
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup of Almond Milk
  • 2 teaspoons approx. of cinnamon
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Once the smoothie is done (literally seconds), it’s poured into a portable cup that I can take with me for the day.

If you have not purchased the Ninja Kitchen System 1100 yet, you’re missing out~

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Izzy’s Organic Blue Agave – The Best Sugar Substitute Available

Some say that the health claims of agave are just hype. I disagree. If you’re trying to minimize your family’s sugar intake, in my opinion organic blue agave is the way to go. If you watch the Dr. Oz show, you know that the doc recommends consuming raw Organic Blue Agave as a sugar substitute. I concur. My alternative health doctor also recommends using it in place of sugar. She’s been treating patients for years successfully helping them beat sugar addictions.

I’ve tried Splenda, Stevia and other sugar substitutes and nothing compares to agave.

What is Agave?

Agave nectar comes from a plant commonly found in Mexico. It’s the same plant that is used to make tequila. The nectar from the agave plant is extracted to create a sweetener that’s very low on the glycemic index. That’s great for diabetics. It’s also sweeter so you don’t need to use as much as you would sugar.

Agave syrup is available in different colors: light, nectar and amber.

Not All Agave is The Same

Just like with any food, how it’s processed and where it comes from is important. You don’t want to consume agave that’s been processed with chemicals or other pollutants. There’s also white agave and blue agave.

The first brand of Agave I tried was from Trader Joe’s. It was absolutely delicious. It was a blue agave and costs slightly over $3 for an 8 ounce bottle.

The next brand I tried was Madhava Agave Nectar. I’m not sure if this is white or blue agave but it was good. It was the most expensive of the 5 brands I’ve tried though.

I also tried Whole Foods brand of organic blue agave and this was by far the worst tasting in my opinion. It was also expensive.

The fourth brand I tried was by a company called Izzy’s Organic. This brand was the best tasting. It’s right up there with Trader Joe’s and it’s only $4.99 for a 23 ounce bottle, making it the most cost effective.  Hence, this is my brand of choice.

The last brand of organic blue agave I tasted was by a company called Wholesome. This was similar in taste and price to the Whole Foods brand. I would never buy either of these again. An important reason is these two brands were dark in color and therefore processed longer. The longer processing brings out a stronger flavor.

While no brand of agave is exactly the same due to extraction methods and other factors, you should try various brands for yourself. You can find the various brands in supermarkets. This way you’ll get a taste for what you prefer. I prefer the lighter nectars for taste.

For more information on agave, here’s a site with more detail: http://blog.xagave.com/tag/agave

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How You Can Get 6 Hours of Herbal Stress Relief

Last week I shared how a buckwheat neck pillow can be taken with you so you can get some extra sleep while you travel.

Today’s stress relieving product is also portable and helps you to catch some shut eye. Even more valuable is it also helps to relieve muscle pain naturally.

Herbal Stress Relief

The Herbal Stress Relief Gift Set from Spa Comforts is all you need to get some quick unwinding and muscle relief. It contains a sleep mask, a jar of Shea Butter that’s whipped with soothing herbs and a comfort wrap that can be used chilled from the freezer or warmed from the microwave.

Find out more about this Herbal Stress Relief set at http://www.antistressandpain.com/stress-relief-products/herbal-stress-relief-gift

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Are There Better Diapers for Older Kids?

At 10 yers old my son is still incontinent. For reasons the doctor’s can’t even figure out, he’s still not learned how to communicate his bathroom needs.

The only current option is for Christopher to wear some form of diapers.  Because he’s not walking, pull up style diapers are not an option. He has wear traditional style diapers for older kids but that close with tape or velcro tabs.

disposable diaper for incontinence

Using Kendall Disposable Briefs

Our service coordinator hooked us up with a medical supply company, Landauer Metropolitan. They provide us with disposable briefs by a brand named Kendall.

While this brand of briefs is popular for incontinent people, I have a few problems with it:

  • Unlike other brands of diapers, the tapes can not be resealed if opened.
  • There is no size that fits completely correctly. The child size is too small and cuts him on the thigh. The next size is adult and it’s way too big.
  • The diapers sometimes leak.
  • While the brand says Kendall on the box, the bags of diapers are clear and unmarked making me wonder if this is some bootleg brand.

After doing a little research I discovered that Kendall brands is now a part of a company called Covidien. Upon browsing their website, I couldn’t even find the diapers I receive! This makes me think that maybe we are getting left over stock because the only incontinent diapers I could find are these:

incontinence briefs

Seems there’s nothing available for my son’s size and height. Seeing how thin my CJ is, you have to wonder.  If these are supposed to be for incontinent people with special needs, why aren’t there additional sizes to compensate?

incontinence

I wish I had an alternative to these disposable briefs because while I’ve figured out a way to tape the diapers so they stay on, CJ’s school caregivers have not.  Often, he comes home with his spare change of clothing on.

The message I’d like to send to these providers of medical supplies is for them to be more cognizant of sizing. No one size fits all. Children with physical disabilities are often not “built” like children with no physical challenges. They need to make diapers for older kids who like those with cerebral palsy.

Kids with certain medical conditions may be classified within an age group but their bodies are under developed. Creating a diaper that is adjustable is a potential solution.  An example of an adjustable item to accommodate skinny but tall guys like my CJ is pants from The Children’s Place.

Special Mom – Is your child incontinent? If so, what sort of underpants to you use? Do you find it difficult finding diapers for older kids?

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New York Based Orthotist Creates Best Orthotics Around

Tight hamstrings and heel cords are often a problem for people with cerebral palsy. If the muscles are very spastic, surgery is sometimes done to loosen up these areas. However, if good quality orthotics are used, surgery can often be avoided. That’s why today instead of a product review, I wanted to share more of a provider review.

orthotics

When my CJ was younger he had to have surgery to loosen his hamstrings. His muscles tightened up so much that by the time he started wearing braces, he needed surgery.  After the surgery, his hamstrings were kept from over-tightening by having him wear HKFO’s (long leg braces). The AFOs are worn daily keeping his feet in a 90 degree angle so his heel cords don’t tighten up too much.

Look how straight his legs are with these orthotics

The Best In The Business (as far as I’m concerned)

Kenneth Lynch of Amken Orthopedics has been making my son’s orthotics for the past 8 or 9 years.  His work is impeccable and he has such a wonderful way with families and making children feel safe and comfortable.

Amken Orthopedics makes CJs AFOs, HKFOs and has in the past made special orthotics for him to sleep in (no longer needed). When Ken makes CJs braces, one adjustment is required after the initial fitting.  I’ve not had any problems with CJ getting red marks which is a great testament to the workmanship. I once has another orthotist make CJs braces (well, the school did) and the work was shoddy. Several adjustments needed to be made and my son still had problems with marks on his skin.

Contacting Amken

Amken is a small family based business. They take the time to do the work right and don’t mass crank out orthotics.

I thought it befitting to share Ken with you. If you are in the New York (Westchester and Rockland County) areas, check Ken out at 845-356-9357.

You’ll especially want to check Ken out if you are not happy with your current provider.

*I was not paid or asked for this endorsement. It’s sheerly my own opinion. Check out some of my other product reviews here.

Please Tweet this post or mention it on your Facebook page. Some of your followers may be in the Westchester/Rockland County areas.

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Thank You to The Children’s Place

Kids with cerebral palsy typically have a hard time either gaining weight or keeping weight on. I shared this in a recent post: Alternatives to Pediasure for Failure to Thrive. Well, now let’s look at another challenge…

On and Off The Growth Chart

When my son was first born, he was way off the growth charts. At 10 lbs 14 oz, he was bigger than the average newborn. As a matter of fact, he was the biggest little guy in the NICU!

Fast forward a year. No, two. He’s older but not much bigger. While my CJ does get taller by leaps and bounds, he does not gain much weight. That creates an entirely different dilemma for us both.

Finding Clothes That Fit

Because CJ is so tall and thin, it’s difficult to find clothes that fit him. If I get a size that fits him in the waste, they are 2 feet too short!  If I get a bigger size to fit the length of his legs, I can fit another child on the inside of his pants.

Belts are not an option because they are usually too big with not enough holes.

The Children’s Place Discovery

While the Children’s Place isn’t really a discovery, they have these pants that are perfect for kids like my CJ.  I love jeans and pants from the Children’s Place because of the way they are made:

They have the elastic band with buttons that allows me to get the pants in the length I need them and adjust the width of the waste so they can actually fit without falling off.

 

While I have seen jeans by brands like Arizona like this, I’ve not seen any dress pants or khakis like these anywhere else.  If they are out there, they’re certainly not easy to find.

Do you buy clothes from The Children’s Place? If so, what are your favorite buys? Let me know in the comments section.

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