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Friday, August 20, 2010

Infantino Review and a Giveaway

Today I'll be reviewing the Flip baby carrier and the Firefly Soother from Infantino
as part of my participation as a Mom Central Infantino Test Drive Mom. :-)

I was excited to get the Firefly Soother because we don't have a baby mobile. The Firefly Soother is designed to look like a Firefly jar, with bugs that move and light up inside. It's very cute! It seemed a little bulky at first, but once I put it on the side of the crib it's not too cumbersome and hangs very securely with the buckle strap and ties. And the bulkiness of it makes it sturdy for a stand-up nightlight for older children on a nightstand, so it's nice that it is versatile like that--it can grow with your child or be used with an older child. My older kids also enjoy watching the cute little fireflies and listening to the different types of music, 2 soothing lullaby songs and a nature sound.

One thing I really like about the Firefly Soother is the ability to control so much. You can pick your own mix of music, lights and motion, with settings of mute, soft, and loud on the music, and choose from 3 music themes. You can have only the music on, only the lights on, only the lights and motion on, or the music, lights and motion on. I've mostly been using it with just the music on. Once you have your settings set on the top, there is a green button on the front that can be used to easily turn it on and off, and each cycle runs for 15 minutes. Because of the controls, you could also just use it as a nightlight. Here is a video of baby J in her crib with the Firefly Soother. Notice how it is secured on the crib rail, the controls on top, and the movement and lights. Click through to my blog to see the video.

The Infantino Flip baby carrier is designed to hold babies 8 to 32 pounds. It can be used in three positions, facing in, facing out, and on your back. I've been using it facing in with baby J right now, since she doesn't have full neck control yet. Even though baby J is long (97 %ile!), the carrier is tall enough to keep her head and neck protected. The Flip baby carrier is stylish and not bulky, and the straps are padded. I haven't used it for long periods of time, but so far have been pretty happy with it. The padded straps and lumbar support distribute baby's weight and help prevent back and neck pain, at least for me. I tried it out with baby J on front (3 months, about 13 pounds) and F on my back (2 years old, about 24 pounds). J fell asleep while snuggled in close, but F didn't want to stay in it. She is a busy 2 year old, after all, and would rather walk (or should I say RUN)!

Want to win something?
Visit the Infantino Facebook page to enter for your chance to win one of five
Fold & Go Bouncy Seats through September 1st. I REALLY like our Fold & Go Bouncy Seat--we use it every day! And because it folds up so flat, we were able to take it on our visit to the in-laws this summer, even though the minivan was packed (having 5 kids will do that to a minivan)! You can read my review here.

From today through Saturday, August 21 - you can get 25% off Twist & Fold Activity Gym (vintage style) at Target with the code TGTINFNT. We also use the Twist & Fold Gym every day! I usually leave it out, but it takes me less than a minute to fold it up and put it away when company comes over. You can read that review here.

I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation. All opinions are my own.


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