I belong to a interactive online magazine for Aussie Mums, called Connect2Mums. This site is filled with hundreds of MumPreneurs and an unending number of products. In this post I would like to share a review by Rachael Stott.
The Importance of Dad’s
I recently spent an evening handing out information to new Mothers at the local hospital. It was only 12 months ago that I was in their position and so I had anticipated the empathy I felt for the slightly dazed, sleep deprived and sore mothers. What I hadn’t expected was the empathy I felt for the fathers.
Being a mother my bias is obviously female and I would not, for a moment, say that the Dad’s have it worse than the Mum’s in early parenting. But what I noticed for the first time was that there is no support for the Dads.
Dads’ miss out on all the good stuff. They aren’t as hormonally charged to nurture the baby, which is not to say they are less nurturing, but that they get far less biological help to do so. Fathers don’t experience the hormonal shifts that aid in returning to sleep after being woken mid sleep & they have fewer feel good hormones raging through their bloodstream that help mothers out in the early months.
Dad’s even miss out on a lot of the ‘stuff’ that goes with a baby. There is really no male equivalent to a traditional Baby Shower, and even if there were what would you gift to a father-to-be? They really don’t have any use for body creams, re-usable breast pads or spa treatments. At best Dad’s get the practical things like a baby carrier- but nothing really cool. Until now that is.
Last week I met Alan Jones and was introduced to his very kool product for new Dads’ – The Milkooler. Yes that’s right it’s a stubby holder for a baby’s bottle. Aside form being super cute there is more to this product than the novelty factor. It keeps Milk warmer, or juices cooler for longer, it is far easier for little hands to hold, it prevents the sun getting to the contents inside and when children are in the mimicking phase it is just like an adult stubby holder. They are inexpensive, fit most bottles and scrunch up easily in a nappy bag.
My son is totally breastfed but still uses his on some of his sippy bottles and bottles of expressed breast milk. My partner loved this product and it went straight to the top of his ‘Great kids gear’ list. We have ordered a few more for expectant friends.
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I also had the pleasure to meet Alan Jones and to see the Milkooler myself. As our children are no longer using bottles or sippy cups I gave one to my brother as he has 3 children under 3. The kids all wanted to try it, and dad thought it was cool too. The Milkooler is an Australian product that can be shipped to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, UK and Ireland, Canada and the US.
For quite a while I have offered the coupons that we don’t use to friends and family.
As very few have children in diapers or eating baby food I often wonder how many coupons they are able to use and had considered seperating them out so I could share the baby coupons with people who need them. Honestly I don’t have the time to do that.
So I was really excited when I discovered that US Military personnel posted overseas can use expired coupons for up to 6 months past the expiration date at the commissaries. These coupons are good at commissaries within the US also, but personnel stationed overseas have ore difficulty getting the coupons.
This means that all those coupons you clipped and didn’t use, along with the coupons you didn’t need can be sent to military personnel overseas and they can save money!
It cost me just $4.95 to send a USPS Domestic flat rate envelope full of coupons to a friend of mine whose husband is stationed at the Navy base in Japan.
So if you know someone stationed overseas, ask them if they could use the coupons.
If you don’t, get on Twitter or Facebook and offer free coupons to military personnel. I’m quite sure someone will put their hand up.
If you have not heard of It Works Marketing yet that’s OK. They are currently in the USA and Canada only. There are plans to expand into other countries in January.
It Works offers one-of-a-kind body slimming treatments, top-notch nutritional supplements, and a specially-formulated skin care line that helps stop or delay the harmful environmental effects that contribute to the speed of the aging process.
For the month of September they are offering the opportunity to start your own It Works business for just $99.
$99 will get you a Distributor Kit that includes 8 single Ultimate Applicators, a padfolio, start up materials, one month of E-office, Customer Generator and FitWorks and a personal website. Purchase of this kit automatically generates an monthly $29 autoship to which will renew the E-office, Customer Generator and FitWorks.
Host a Wrap-n-Lose party and have the potential to make $454 per party.
Who do you know that wants to lose weight or inches?
Isn’t it time you learnt more about this business opportunity?
This really does work. My friend Sheri has lost 40 inches and 40 lbs since April.
What are you waiting for?
When we had our first child 6 years ago, we got the Graco infant seat that attaches to the stroller. I didn’t give it a lot of thought as it had a high safety rating and came with the stroller I wanted.
When we had our second child the same Graco infant seat was used for the new baby, but as we now had 2 vehicles and one of us was dropping children off and the other picking up, we really needed another car seat for the baby.
Without any hesitation we purchased the Britax Boulevard. We were already using the seat for her older brother and we were very happy with the features for an older child. To our surprise this seat, that can accomodate a child up to 49 inches and 65 lbs, is able to provide a lot of support for a little girl who wore premmie clothing until she was 10 weeks old. How? There is a removable infant body pillow that helps with positioning infants and provides a truly custom fit.
There are 2 main features that we love about this car seat.
1. Side Impact Protection and
2. No Re-thread Harness Adjustment allows you to adjust the harness height without having to re-thread the harness straps
There is a knobb near the side of the head rest that you turn when you want to raise or lower the harness height. You never have to remove the seat to adjust the harness height.
Our son is almost 6 and has still not outgrown his Boulevard. Our daughter is 4 and she is still in the same seat she used as a newborn. Both seats look like they could last for many more years. They are very easy to install with the latch and the fabric is easy to remove and wash. A seatbelt installation is possible; it just took a little longer for little me.
Here’s a list of the many other features of these great car seats.
– Rear facing until 35 lbs
– Forward facing until 65 lbs or 49 inches tall.
– Energy-Absorbing Base deforms in the event of a crash to absorb impact forces
– Plush, Premium Cover Set with matching belly pad provides extra comfort
– Front Harness Adjuster provides effortless front adjustment when loosening the harness system
– Small Contoured Base ensures a tight installation in all types of vehicles
– Convenient Harness Holders keep harness straps out of the way while placing child in the car seat
– Built-in Lock-Off(s) secure the vehicle seat belt so that the child seat does not move more than one inch side-to-side or front-to-back at the belt path
– HUGS™ (Harness Ultra Guard System) reduces forward head movement and cushions the chest in the event of impact
– Infant Body Pillow for infant positioning and a custom fit
– High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion the child
– Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner (EPS) absorbs and distributes crash forces
– Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning
– Premium, Push-Button Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick, simple, and tight installation
– Patented, Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether with staged-release tether webbing, anchors the top of the child seat at two points to minimize forward movement in a crash
– Five-Point Harness makes contact with the strongest parts of the body
If you have a newborn, a baby who has outgrown their infant seat or a child who has outgrown their convertible car seat you really should take a look at this seat.
If you are worried about the cost of this seat then I recommend you read the testimonials at the Britax site. We have purchased 4 of these seats over the years and they are worth every penny.
I believe that all children should be in a 5-point harness car seat as long as possible. If you have a child who you think is ready for a booster seat and the car seat belt please read this Is My Child Ready for a Booster Seat
I am so excited that this site won the ‘USA Award’ as part of the ausMumpreneur Awards at Connect2Mums
The site was up against some great USA sites so I feel very honoured and blessed at the moment.
I would like to congratulate all of the other entrants and also all the winners of the other categories.
I feel quite honoured to be included among them.