Posts tagged Reviews
I love to read and one thing I hope is that my son also finds joy in reading. If he doesn’t, so be it, but seeing as though he is only going to be 4 next month, he will be getting at the very least one or more night time stories for the foreseeable future. And as parents, we all know that our children will ask for more books if they know it pushes back their bedtime.
I am not overly picky about the books we read before my son goes to bed. If they are educational, great, but the winners More >
After quite a few rants (and an extended time not posting), I figure it is about time to do another review. I have been light on these because I have found that the costly, quintessential items you needed for a newborn do not carry over into the toddler years. I do have some thoughts on Thomas the Train and the multiple variations therein, but one toy I came across that I love (as well as the most important review, my son), is the Discovery Toys Motor Works (link is to where you can buy it on Amazon).
I will caveat and say More >
After just about two and a half years and a brief stint on an Aerobed (a re view on this gem coming soon), we modified the IKEA Mammut crib into the IKEA Mammut toddler bed. As I have noted in some earlier comments, the crib/bed has held up great — but we were also lucky with the fact our son didn’t gnaw on the railing. We are still in love with this piece and the three drawer chest that is in his room.
A few things: 1. Make sure to read the instructions. Changing the crib into the bed requires More >
So far, our vote is tu-be — in other words — we had made the decision to get ear tubes for our son after 10+ year infections and a burst ear drum in less than a years’ time, with the bulk coming between October and March (7 months old – 1 year).
The short of it: Do the risks of putting a child under general anesthesia outweigh the benefits of tubes? Articles (here is one from the NY Times, 2006) are coming out all the time about ear infections with the current base of knowledge suggesting that ear infections do not More >
Not cool, I know. We took the easy way out. Rather than fly someplace exhilarating and fun for the whole family (me, Wifey and the meatball), we took the easy way out and decided to pick a place in driving distance.
So we set out on our 14 hour drive to Nashville to visit family, followed by a cross-Tennessee drive to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. Since I am not a travel review site, I will leave the tourist reviews out — but I can say that I have always loved Nashville and the Smoky Mountains were amazing.
Overall, it More >
It’s hard to review toys since they are like beauty — all in the eye of the beholder. It is either a shoddy product or a fun toy — not a whole lot in between. This toy from Playskool I think deserves a call out. Why?
#1 The kiddo can’t get enough of it — from the time he was nine months until now (he is 14 months) he can sit and hit the start button over and over….and over…and over
#2 I think it’s cool and like to fire it up when he isn’t around
#3 Other dads that have stopped More >
When we left the hospital with our little bundle of diapered joy, I realized a lot of things. The first was that I should have wrapped the entire car in bubble wrap and had the folks at NASCAR install a steel role cage in the car. The second was: What diaper brand should we choose? (not really, but I needed an opening)
Each diaper company vies for our attention with promises of leak protection and comfort, but for me it ultimately came down to personal preference on one item — the tabs that secure the diaper. Our own debate was More >
First — this is going into the Good Things file simply due to the look on our son’s face as he rounded the corner and saw the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe – 30th Anniversary Edition sitting in the center of the room.
The one criticism across the sites where you can purchase this was that it is difficult to assemble. As you can see in the first pic — it is definitely a bit more complicated than the seeming simplicity of the product would suggest. There are 30 steps involved that have no written direction — just pictures. Overall, it is More >