Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Swaddle Designs Swaddle Duo Review and Giveaway

A Little About Swaddle Designs:

SwaddleDesigns was founded by Lynette Damir, RN, Designer and Mom of two in
2002. SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous
colors and prints, and their innovative 123 Swaddle® pictorial instructional
label sewn to the edge of their Swaddling blankets that makes learning how
to swaddle so easy. 

The Swaddle Designs Swaddle Duo comes with one Marquisette Swaddle Blanket and one Ultimate Receiving blanket that is a light weight cotton flannel.  This is the perfect pair.  I have been using both since my little guy was born.  I have used both to swaddle him and while the Marquisette is made for swaddling, I have found that the receiving blanket is a great swaddling blanket as well.  

After having him, I continued to run my air conditioner due to the warm weather.  I used the receiving blanket to swaddle him to keep him warm.  Both fabrics are soft and gentle.  I have been using them over his carseat as a sun shield and to lay on during tummy time.  These are versatile and would make such a great gift for any new or expecting parent.  Your child is sure to use these blankets for any number of things during the first few years of life.  I have since purchased a second set because I love them so much. 

With two different blankets, you will have two swaddling options depending on temperature.  

The large size and shape are designed for the perfect swaddle.  

There are easy to follow swaddle instructions on the tag of each blanket. 

Dominic swaddled in the Ultimate Receiving Blanket.

SwaddleDesigns is the brand so many parents trust for their baby.
SwaddleDesigns products are known for their great quality and long lasting
value that moms and babies love and enjoy for years.

For more information you can find Swaddle Designs Swaddle Duo here.  

Follow Swaddle Designs on Twitter @SwaddleDesigns

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Swaddle Designs is giving one of you a Swaddle Duo in your color choice!!


You must be 18 years old or have a parent's permission to give out your shipping address.  Prize will be shipped directly from Swaddle Designs.  Open to US and Canada Residents only.  Giveaway will be open from October 16, 2013 to October 23, 2013.  Winer will be contacted through the email they used to sign up to Google.  So please make sure you have the contact option available.  


Visit the Swaddle Design website and leave a comment below telling me what Swaddle Duo color you would choose.

Thanks for stopping by and entering!!


Maxi Cosi Prezi Infant Car Seat Review

European Style With Modern Flair

Dominic was 3 days old on our way home from the hospital, taking his first ride in the Maxi Cosi Prezi.

There are so many infant car seats available today.  When I had my first child 5 years ago, an infant seat was a basic infant seat.  They all had relatively the same design, similar fabric options, and had the same features.  The MAXI COSI Prezi is anything but ordinary or uniform.  It's a super stylish car seat with color options and safety features I didn't find on the traditional "ordinary" infant car seats.

I have been using the MAXI COSI Prezi for a month now and love it.   First of all, the Prezi has a very modern look.  Which is appealing to a lot of us who are tired of the traditional baby gear.  The design has a European feel to it and I've gotten complements on it ever where I've gone.  

The anti-rebound bar keeps the seat more secure in case of an accident.  The anti-rebound bar is a safety feature that we were looking for in a car seat but it's not a feature that is standard on most infant seats.  

The newborn insert provides extra cushion for your fragile newborn while keeping them snug.  I found this to be a bonus when it came to getting my little one home from the hospital.  The easy out harness keeps the straps up.  This makes it so much easier to get baby out of the seat, plus they provide a little cushion on baby's shoulders.  

Additional Photos:

The Features:

Rear facing only.  4 to 30 pounds and up to 29 inches in length. Perfect for a premie. 

Superior Side Impact Performance and new G-Cell HX foam and Air Protect Technology

European canopy that can be stored away when not in use.

5 Point Harness

5 Position No Re-Thread Adjustable Head Rest  

Plush Padding

Adjustable handle

Easy Out Harness

Removable Infant Insert

Compatible with Multiple Strollers

6 Fabric Color Options

6 year lifespan before it expires

FAA Approved for use on an airplane

My Experience and Opinion:

Love, Love, Love!!

I have throughly enjoyed using the MAXI COSI Prezi.  I absolutely love the modern flair and European style.  The safety features are amazing! The Air Protect and anti-rebound bar make me feel that Dominic is as safe as he can be during travel.   The easy out harness holds the harness up which made it a breeze to get him in and out, especially since he is asleep most of the time.  The seat is so well padded, I know that he is snug and extremely comfortable.  

The Prezi is very easy to attach and remove from the base.  It is 11 lbs and is longer and heavier than most infant car seats.  I honestly did not find that to be a problem.  My son is currently 10 lbs and I have not had any issue carrying the seat.    The only thing that I can't rave about is the canopy.  I would have liked a bigger canopy that kept the sun off baby a little better.  

Over all, I love the seat and I have had a great experience with the Prezi.  I use it with my Baby Jogger City Select Stroller.  I purchased the adapter and it works perfectly.  I would recommend the Prezi to any parent looking to purchase an infant car seat.  

For more information of the Prezi visit the MAXI COSI website here.   The Prezi retails for $289.00 and can be purchased at multiple retailers including, BuyBuy Baby, Nordstrom, and Amazon.  

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my review.


*This product was sent to me for purposes of this review.  I did not receive monetary compensation and all opinions are my own.*  

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Halo SleepSack Swaddle Review and Giveaway

The Orginial Wearable Blanket

Oh....How I love sleep sacks .  Sleep sacks are the safe way to keep your baby warm and snuggled without having the risk of a blanket in their bed. They help my baby sleep better, keeping them cozy.

This is the Halo SleepSack Swaddle.  I have it in the size 3-6 months or weight from 13-18 pounds.  The fabric is 100% cotton.

The Sleepsacks are great especially as we are getting in to the cooler months.  Due to the risk of SIDS, I try to keep my baby's room temperature comfortable, without running high heat, and I don't use blankets in his bed.  The Halo SleepSack keeps my baby warm and cozy and keeps me worry free.  I love that you can use it two different ways.  You can have their arms tucked in or out.  My son has gas and sometimes needs to move his arms around to help get more comfortable.  I love that I can adjust the SleepSack Swaddle without have to take him out.  I can simply adjust the flaps on the front.  This has proved to be very helpful.

I think this is a must have for all moms both new and seasoned.  They come in newborn and small sizes so your baby can be safety swaddled from birth to 6 months of age.

When I first read about this product, I loved knowing that the Halo SleepSack Swaddle is used in over 1000 hospital nurseries and was deemed "hip healthy" by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.A portion of all the sales are donated to safety and health organizations, which I have to say, I love a company that gives back.

Hands out.

Hands in.

During Oct, @HALOSleepSack is donating $1 to #SIDSAwareness for every new Facebook like. Please go like their page!

HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative:

"HALO Innovation’s SleepSack® Swaddle has become the standard for hospital nurseries and parents alike. In fact, 1,000 hospital nurseries use the HALO SleepSack Swaddle instead of blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative. That is 1.5 million births getting first-hand, in-hospital experience with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle and safe sleep practices! Leading health organizations agree that modeling proper baby care in the hospital is the single biggest influence on how parents care for their baby at home. HALO Innovations also offers free Safe Sleep Practices kits to childbirth educators to help further the cause of SIDS prevention."

HALO's Instagram Contest

Check out Halo's Facebook page here  for all the details on their Instagram contest and more chances to win your own SleepSack!!


Halo is giving one of you the opportunity to win a Halo SleepSack of your own!  You can choose your size and gender color preference.  

To Enter:
  Leave a comment below telling me when you first became a mommy or daddy or when your first little one is due.

Extra Entries:

Add a Halo SleepSack to your baby registry.
Follow Halo on Twitter
Like Halo on Facebook
Follow Halo on Pinterest

**** One comment equals one entry.  You can leave one comment per entry option. ****


You must be 18 or older to enter or have a parent's or guardian's permission to enter.  You will need to provide your mailing address to Halo.  Giveaway will run from Tuesday, October 8, 2013 until Monday, October 14, 2013.  Winner will be contacted by the email they registered with through Google.  


Halo SleepSack Swaddles can be found at the following retailers:

Final Thoughts:

I love my Halo SleepSack Swaddle!!

Good Luck!!

Thank you so much for checking out my thoughts and review!