5 New Products for Toddlers

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Yesterday, I shared 6 New Products for Babies that caught my eye at the PBJ: Play. Baby. Juvenile. trade show. There was just so much to see and do at the show, but I was able to narrow down my favorite products for toddlers as well. I received samples of some of these items, but others I just tested at the show.

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6 New Baby Products You Can’t Miss

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Last week, I was asked to attend PBJ: Play. Baby. Juvenile., a juried trade event for the most innovative gifts and gadgets across the baby and children’s industries. I was really excited to learn more about some new baby and toddler products.

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Finding His Independence

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The other day, I caught Andrew playing by our back door with a basketball. It’s funny — sometimes, he has to be right beside me, holding my hand and playing just with me. Other times, he’ll play all by himself for hours at a time, his imagination in overdrive.

Someone once told me that I was a fool for co-sleeping with Andrew. I have to admit, the decision to co-sleep was born out of my survival instinct and not out of intensive research into the psychological or developmental effects.

My baby, who spent weeks in the NICU in a lonely crib, craved human interaction and touch when he came home. He refused to sleep unless he was in my arms. I remember staying awake with him, rocking him and laying him down, just to be back up again with him within an hour. But the moment we laid down together, he’d sleep the night through.

Anyway, this person told me that I was keeping Andrew from developing independence by allowing him to sleep in our bed. My friend’s advice was to put Andrew in his room, shut the door and let him cry it out. My response was that they should have a baby and then come give me that advice.

I cannot be that mother. The one who shuts her child up in a room alone, him not understanding why she left. Don’t get me wrong — I have nothing but respect for those who can and do raise their children that way. They get a full night’s sleep. I don’t.

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But when I caught Andrew all alone, playing happily by himself with a basketball while Mommy got some work done, I knew.

I’m not stunting his emotional growth or his independence.

This boy is just fine all on his own.

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Until he realizes that Mommy is watching.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 – Thoughts From a One-Year-Old

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A few nights ago, my mommy took me to this super-fun party where I got to meet lots of people. There were a bunch of other kids there and the other moms kept oohing and aahing over everyone. It was really cool.

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After we got home, Daddy came into the house with this awesome box. He started pulling things out of it and fastening them together. It looked really neat so I wanted to help.

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The next day, my mommy took me out to the car and put me into a brand-new car seat. At first, I was mad, because I don’t usually like to ride in my car seat. But soon, I realized how SOFT and COMFY this one was! There’s even this awesome pillow at the top that keeps my head from going side-to-side.

And the harness was just the right height — Mommy didn’t even need to adjust it! She just pushed this button and the headrest got higher. I didn’t even have to get out of the car seat while she adjusted it!

Pretty soon, though, I got bored. Luckily, Mommy pulled out the iPad and there was this cool little nook at my feet to set it in. I got to watch all my favorite shows.

Oh! And Mommy hung some toys from the handle at the top of the seat — it was so awesome. I got to play with my car and giraffe and it was a lot of fun.

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I’m totally loving my new car seat.

Disclaimer: Mommy said that Graco gave us my cool new car seat in exchange for our honest opinions, or whatever that means. All I know is that it’s awesome. And I’m glad I got to try it out!

 

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 and the #GracoSafety Event

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Andrew is quickly outgrowing the infant carrier we’ve been using as a car seat, and we’ve been looking around at some different options that would fit our needs.

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children stay in a rear-facing car seat until they’re 2 years old and 40 pounds?

Car seats are a hefty investment, and we wanted to be sure that we chose one that would last and keep Andrew comfortable.

So when I was invited to attend a #GracoSafety event, I was excited to learn more about Graco’s latest car seat.

Here’s a little about the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40:

  • 4 – 40 pound weight limit — a full 2 years
  • Base adjusts with 8 recline positions for most leg room of any rear-facing car seat for baby comfort
  • The Simply Safe Adjust™ harness systems allows parents to adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby’s height as their baby grows, all without having to rethread the harness for extra convenience.
  • Click Connect™ attachment which allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller through a simple, but secure, one-step “click.”

Staci’s family was so welcoming – and Andrew became an instant celebrity among her daughters. We had some amazing food from Zoës Kitchen in Flower Mound. Zoës’ menu features Mediterranean-inspired comfort food with made-from-scratch recipes using fresh ingredients.

Then we got down to business – testing the car seat.

Some of my favorite features are the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system (no re-threading the straps! Woohoo!) and the foot shield, which prevents your child from kicking the back of your seat in the car.

I’m excited to share some of our travels with you, featuring the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 and what Andrew (and I) think about it!

Disclaimer: The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.



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