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  • Out and About with JJ Cole Bundleme After we put our twins to bed each night, my husband and I eat our dinner, sit on the couch, and check out our DVR. Lately, we have really enjoyed watching the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Earlier this summer, Jimmy got on a long-running tangent about pumpkin season coming up and how he wanted a truck to ... Read this post
  • InStep Take 2 Double Bicycle Trailer Review I know the end of summer is in sight, and with it comes the end of bicycle season (unless you live in one of those wonderful always sunny climates) but Christmas is right around the corner (crazy!), and a lot of you were on the bicycle trailer bandwagon after this post so I thought I’d do a ... Read this post
  • Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine Review Everyone I know and everything I read recommended getting a good sound machine to help little sleepers get on a regular schedule, so I registered for one straight away, praying to the gods of sleep. We ended up receiving the Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine from a dear friend and used it for over a ... Read this post
  • Summer Infant Pop ‘n Play Review As soon as our twins became mobile, we knew that we would need a play pen to keep them safe while we were visiting family. While we knew that we could get one of those plastic playpens, we liked the idea of something with a floor to it, since we are outside so often (we ... Read this post
  • How to save on baby gear Baby gear can be very expensive.  While we are all for splurging here and there, there are great, budget friendly items out there as well as ways to save on gear.  First, here are five ways to save money on baby gear: 1) Look for sales. Duh, right?  But subscribe to emails from places like diapers.com as ... Read this post
  • Traveling Lighter with Babies It’s amazing how much stuff you have to carry and travel with when you have a baby (or two, in my case). Over time, we have worked at finding the lightest weight (but still high-quality) of the essential gear that we need when traveling. Here is a round-up of our favorites. 1 PACK AND PLAY (STANDARD SIZE): NUNA ... Read this post
  • Ju Ju Be BFF Diaper Bag Review When I was looking for the perfect diaper bag, I struggled with size, fitting it all in, price, and function. With two babies on the way, I knew I needed something large (but not too large), organized (I love pockets in bags), versatile (so that I could use the same bag for many years), and ... Read this post
  • Summer Infant Swaddling Line Review When my twins Audrey and David were newborns, we did everything we could to create a comfortable sleeping experience for them: white noise, swaddling, darkness, the works. Swaddling itself became the hardest to implement correctly. We had taken the Happiest Baby on the Block class and learned the right way to swaddle. We even became masters ... Read this post
  • BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light review Since day one, I have been a big fan of BABYBJÖRN products.  We have loved the Original baby carrier, the ONE baby carrier and the high chair.  For the last couple weeks I have been putting the all new Travel Crib Light to the test and am excited to share my thoughts with you.  Annnddd, ... Read this post
  • Nuna Sena review We are lovers of all things multifunctional around these parts and one of the most multifunctional pieces of gear around are play yards also known as pack n plays can take the place of multiple pieces of gear – to name just a few uses…bassinet, travel crib, safe play area, changing table and really anything else ... Read this post
  • How to Choose a Bike Helmet for Your Child The weather is changing and the trees are getting a few leaves here and there, which means Spring is in the air. With the changing seasons comes all sorts of outdoor activities, many of which, I’m discovering with a 15 month old boy, include lots of laundry. But one of the outdoor activities I’ve been ... Read this post
  • Whisper Diaper Pail Review When we created our baby registry we knew we needed a diaper pail.  After plenty of research we decided on the Diaper Genie.  We were quite content with the Diaper Genie, especially when the little Man was on breast milk and formula.  Flash forward to when the little Man started eating solids and I was ... Read this post
  • 7am Blanket 212evolution review While I am cozying up with baby Margaux and big sister Eloise, my dear friend, Lisa is helping me out with a product review.  Here in Chicago the high is going to be -12° today so its safe to say winter gear for our little ones is an absolute necessity.  Lisa and her handsome little ... Read this post
  • Motorola MBP33 Wireless Baby Monitor Review It’s really no secret that we’re big fans of the video monitor here at The Wise Baby. The peace of mind you get when you’re able to take a peek at your little one without having to open that creaky door (and heaven forbid, wake up your sleeping little angel) is such a luxury. I ... Read this post
  • Graco Little Lounger Review + Giveaway! With the holiday travel season right around the corner (like next week) the Graco Little Lounger may be the perfect piece of gear to make your little one’s holiday season more restful.  The Graco Little Lounger is handy, portable and multi-functional and we are big fans.  Most recently, we featured the Little Lounger on our ... Read this post
  • Cloth Diaper Review We’ve chatted about the ins and outs of cloth diapers before, but today we’re tackling the big question: Which brand should I buy? We’ve tested out three different brands of cloth diapers – Harry really put them to work for you guys – and I’m here with my feedback. As with pretty much all baby ... Read this post
  • Chewbeads Review I used love to accessorize, especially with beautiful statement necklaces and baubles.  Then my little Man started his teething and grabbing phase.  Which meant  if my favorite necklace wasn’t covered in drool, he had his vice like death grip on them.  I was terrified he’d break them or that a piece would end up in his mouth, ... Read this post
  • JJCole BundleMe Reviews I think it is safe to say, these cooler temps many of us are feeling are here to stay.  We talked about darling infant outwear on Friday but what about cold weather baby gear?  JJ Cole makes one of the most popular products parents turn to protect their babes from the elements, the BundleMe.  Today,we ... Read this post
  • Best Baby Teethers Every parent dreads the onset of baby teeth.  While some little ones handle it like champs others are not so fortunate.  And since the symptoms of a tooth coming in can last from a few days to several months, finding a teething toy your little one enjoys is mutually beneficial for both baby and parents ... Read this post
  • Bayproofing Part II – Checklist On Friday, we talked about all of the products to think about when it comes to babyproofing and quite honestly, it is all a little overwhelming.  You start to look around your house and see it as a danger trap (or at least I did).  It is generally thought that the majority of your babyproofing ... Read this post
  • Babyproofing Part I – your Baby Registry Babyproofing your home can be an overwhelming concept.  When I was pregnant I felt the days of latches and outlet covers where so far in the future for us that we ended up not including much on our baby registry.  The days and months moved quickly and now so does our little Sydney.  I am constantly playing catch up and wishing I had ... Read this post
  • Prince Lionheart bebePOD baby seat review We love our Prince Lionheart bebePOD Flex Plus Baby Seat. The bebePOD flex plus baby seat is versatile as it functions as a baby seat and booster/high chair. Dual functionality translates to less clutter, and as we live in a condo, anything that requires little to no room is a winner in my book. The ... Read this post
  • Family Digital Camera Recommendations One thing that all parents can agree on – our little ones grow up too fast and it is important to capture and preserve those fleeting moments of childhood. Last week we talked about how to capture those precious moments, so this week I thought it would be fitting to discuss family digital camera recommendations.  1. Best ... Read this post
  • Best Parenting Apps Last week Brita discussed the apps that are essential to her pregnancy, and we just had to follow up with a “Best Apps for New Parents” post. Like Brita, I’ve got an embarrassing attachment to my iPhone. I kind of panic when I forget it at home, but since we’re talking baby apps today, let’s ... Read this post
  • Play area essentials + a giveaway! For some of us, a  playroom is more of a “play corner” but either way as our little ones grow it helpful for everyone to set up a designated play area.  We’ve talked about great toy storage options which are essential to keeping a play area orderly but there are also a few other pieces ... Read this post
  • Choosing a Diaper Brand + Reviews As a new mom I remember feeling totally overwhelmed when it came to shopping and getting ready for my new baby. The sheer number and variety of all things baby is daunting  – but nothing puzzled me more than what brand of diaper to choose.  I mean how does one choose a diaper when one ... Read this post
  • Chic toy storage ideas With babies and children comes stuff….lots of stuff!  I love being able to have toys and books at arms length and easily accessible to my little one but I also like to have a designated spot for those items.  We are lucky in that we have multiple rooms that Sydney can play in so in turn we have ... Read this post
  • Nursery Organization tips + Dex Baby Spin review + giveaway! With baby number two on the way, our nursery needs to be organized.  Not that it is a mess at the moment but we only have one little gal who gets to use the entire space for clothes, toys, blankets and all the supplies (ie, diapers) she needs.  While baby #2 won’t move right in ... Read this post
  • A Comprehensive Guide to Cloth Diapers You’ve asked for it, and today we’ve got it. We’re talking cloth diapering. We touched on it once before, and today we’re back with more. I’m really excited about this, because I’m a cloth diaper Mama, and when I was pregnant and trying to make the decision between cloth or disposable, I had a lot ... Read this post
  • Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station Review + Giveaway! It seems like this summer we have been on the go nonstop.  From quick errands to weekend trips to full on vacations I feel like I constantly re-stocking my diaper bag.  When I cam across the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station a few weeks ago I was intrigued.  I am on a self proclaimed baby ... Read this post
  • Best new baby products Today we are talking about some of the coolest new baby products to hit the market within the last year or so.  All of these products are worth taking a closer look at and hopefully we’ll be featuring more detailed reviews (and giveaways) very soon.  If you have any experience with them drop me a ... Read this post
  • 5 things I would do differently on my baby registry I spend pretty much time giving baby registry advice.  Someone the other day said to me, you must have registered perfectly – made all the right choices.  I laughed!  I would give myself an A-.  I think I did a pretty good job but there are things I wish I had done differently.    Not ... Read this post
  • One Year of Favorite Baby Products One of these days I will stop talking about how Eloise is one but today is not the day.  Today I want to talk about my all time favorite baby products after one year of using hundreds of products.  It is no surprise I am a product junkie so I feel like my list is ... Read this post
  • aden + anais product reviews + 2 giveaways! aden + anais products are by far one of the most loved around these parts.  Not just by yours truly but by our real moms that are sure to let us know.  Almost every week, our featured mama mentions an aden + anais product as their favorite.  It is no surprise.  Their products are fantastic.  Not ... Read this post
  • Imagine Baby – The Shade Review & Giveaway! Eloise was born in my favorite season – summer.  I was ecstatic to have a summer baby because it meant I could be out and about on my maternity leave.  Well, last summer in Chicago just so happened to be one of the hottest on record (which I would normally have loved) but with a ... Read this post
  • PaciPlushies Review & Giveaway! For most of us, pacifiers could be considered lifesavers.  I don’t leave home without at least one and Eloise is nearing a year old.  Enter PaciPlushies which are basically one of the greatest things ever invented.  PaciPlushies are soft, adorably cute, little stuffed animals that attach to most brand name pacifiers – that is right, ... Read this post
  • Baby Gear for 2nd Child It seems like I have quite a few friends having their second, third or fourth baby which means I have been fielding lots of questions about what sort of gear is needed for adding another member to the family.  Usually baby showers aren’t thrown for second or third pregnancy and registries aren’t created.  In theory ... Read this post
  • 4moms mamaRoo Review + Giveaway! To say I am excited about this review and giveaway is an understatement.  It is no secret I love all 4moms products and if there were one product I wish I had registered for it would be the MamaRoo.  For some reason (I still have no idea why) I did not register for the mamaRoo. ... Read this post
  • Itzy Ritzy Product Reviews + 2 Giveaways! Today, in celebration of Earth Day, we have a bonus post/review/giveaway of Itzy Ritzy products!  I am a big fan of Itzy Ritzy products and know lots of other are too.  Two of my favorites are the snack bags and shopping cart cover and lucky for you all we’re sharing our thoughts and giving away ... Read this post
  • NoseFrida Review We are hopefully coming to the end of cold and flu season.  However, your little one doesn’t have to have a cold to have a runny nose, right?  We mentioned the NoseFrida in our Tips for Surviving and Infant Cold post but I thought we would take a closer look at this innovative little booger buster. ... Read this post
  • Infant colds are no fun… This has been a tough week at Wise Baby headquarters.  Our little one has her first cold.  Who knew colds could be so tough on little ones (and parents too)?  After a trip to the Pediatrician, lots of online research and input from doctor dad we are surviving the cold over here.  But the thing ... Read this post
  • How can I have less baby gear? Two questions I get quite often is – do I really need all this baby gear and how can I get less?  Or some variation of the two.  These questions are almost always followed by BUT not lose the functionality of having it all. Whatever your reason for needing/wanting less gear – money, space, minimalist, etc ... Read this post
  • Humidifier Reviews + Buying Guide With these beyond frigid temperatures comes dry air which means dry skin, runny noses and the like.  A humidifier usually finds its way on to baby registry’s and if you are anything like me, for no other reason than you think you may need one.  Well, after doing research and having a baby I learned ... Read this post
  • 4moms Breeze Review + Giveaway! People often ask me if a pack ‘n play or playard is a necessary piece of baby gear and I think it’s a pretty tough question to answer because it really depends on your situation. Pack ‘n Play’s can take the place of a bassinet and even a changing table.  They are awesome for traveling ... Read this post
  • Zipadee-zip Review + Giveaway! I am super excited to share the Zipadee-zip review with you today.  One of my favorite things about The Wise Baby is that I get to learn and meet parents who created a product to solve a problem – it is right up my alley.  One of our readers actually mentioned the Zipadee-zip to me and I ... Read this post
  • Best Baby Products 2012 Just about a year ago I was sifting through book after book, review after review of baby products and was throughly confused at which products were best for our soon-to-be bundle of joy.  I have been doing the same research since then and am thrilled to name our favorite baby products for 2012.  Of course, ... Read this post
  • The Best Baby Mirror for the Car Finally.  I can call off the six month+ long search.  Seriously, I know I sound really drammatic but I have been searching for a mirror that would affix to the seat that would allow me to see Eloise since before she was born.  For some reason, I had the toughtest time. I asked friends, Google, ... Read this post
  • Graco Pack ‘n Play Review Next week we’ll feature a review of several other pack ‘n plays but due to its overwhelming popularity we thought we’d dedicate an entire post to review the Graco Pack ‘n Play specially the Pack ‘n Play with the newborn napper and changing station.  After my through research we ended purchasing this one and I ... Read this post
  • Baby K’tan Baby Carrier Review + a Giveaway! We’ve talked a lot about baby carriers around these parts and for good reason – it is an important piece of baby gear. There are lots of options some of which are intimidating or uncomfortable and some that are just down right awesome.  I would put the Baby K’tan baby carrier in the darn right ... Read this post
  • Video Baby Monitor Reviews As a follow up to yesterday’s baby monitor review today we are taking a look at three video baby monitors.  We opted for a video monitor because we wanted to be able to peek in our little ones room without having to actually go in.  As mentioned yesterday, monitors can be finicky so be sure ... Read this post
  • Baby Monitor Reviews – Part I I have been working on compiling the best of the best baby monitors for quite some time now.  I decided to split this post into two – traditional baby monitor reviews and video baby monitor reviews (coming up tomorrow).  This is a tough post because as you read reviews and get feedback from real moms ... Read this post
  • Newborn Sleeping Options I know I was really overwhelmed when it came to what Eloise was going to sleep in during the newborn stage.  From a functional perspective my first thought was a Pack ‘N Play but then I thought Co-Sleeper and then Rock ‘N Play Sleeper but what about the Nap Nanny too?  It sounds overwhelming just ... Read this post
  • Baby Gear for Grandparents We have a good handle on the gear we need for our own homes but what about when the little one heads to grandma and grandpa’s for a visit?  We’ve put together a round-up of the essential baby gear for the Grandparents house and have suggested products that are space saving, multi-functional and budget friendly. ... Read this post
  • Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Review The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has been mentioned here on The Wise Baby a few times and is featured in our Urban Baby Registry Guide.  Today, we thought we would take a closer look at this product that is all the rage.  We’d love to hear your experience with the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper ... Read this post
  • Arm’s Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet Review Bassinet, Pack ‘n Play, Co-Sleeper, Rock ‘n Play Sleeper…. so many options if you choose to have your baby sleep in your room.  We are taking a closer look at the Arm’s Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet.  What did your little one sleep in? Arm’s Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet www.armsreach.com The Wise Baby Rating: Highlights:  The “Mini” version of ... Read this post
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