Basic Cares Archive

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Keeping the Kids Safe and Warm at Night #HALOSleepSack

We received HALO SleepSacks to review and share information with you.  One of my must haves for itty bitty babies is a HALO SleepSack. We bought some when Rissa was born and a swaddle one for Xander. Having both of my kids before Wisconsin winter is in full force means lots of

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My Top 5 Baby Money Saving Tips for New Parents

One of the first things I wanted to figure out as new parents was how we could save money on baby gear. I’m not a money saving expert.  In fact, I am much better at spending than saving. Well, I guess I have some idea on how to save so you can spend.

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Car Seat Safety Features You Can See

Thank you to Britax for providing this car seat for us to review.  This is part one to show you the safety features you can see on the Advocate 70-G3 (Amazon link) and that it can be used for an infant and a toddler. You never quite realize how much you value

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Feeling Like a Cloth Diaper Flunky [Because Prompts are Fun]

Once upon a time I loved cloth diapering.  I even loved doing diaper laundry.  While pregnant with Xander I looked forward to cloth diapering a newborn and packed them in my hospital bag.  I’ve used cloth with Rissa for two years – I’m a fluff veteran! I thought.  Think of all the

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Tips for Dressing Newborns

I almost forgot how awkward it can be to dress and change clothes on a newborn.  It is certainly much different than a toddler who can help get dressed!  I felt more at ease this time than when Rissa was a baby, but still… they are so little and you try to

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Overcoming Speech Issues When Tongue-Tied {Guest Post}

My son was a preemie, born at 32 weeks gestation weighing in at a whopping 3lbs, 5oz. He was full breech, and the doctors broke his arm getting him out. None of this relates to the rest of my story, but it’s important because it shows that the doctors were so busy

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Expanding Our Cloth Diaper Stash With Neutral Colors

When we decided to switch to cloth diapers, I tried to stick with buying neutral colors.  I did get a few girly colors (purple!) at first, but mostly wanted to build a stash that would work for our future children regardless of their sex.  Well, with all the cute prints and colors

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For the Love of My Teeth and Gums #CrestSponsored

I’ve previously shared with you that I didn’t have access to proper dental care when I was growing up.  As I’ve gotten older, wiser, and a card carrying dental health plan member, I’ve taken the care of my teeth and gums more seriously.  That’s not to say I’m perfect with my daily

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This Time I’m Cloth Diapering a Newborn! #clothdiapers

With Rissa, we started out using disposables.  I didn’t attempt cloth until she was 3 months old, going on 4 months old.  Now at nearly 23 months old, it feels like we’ve always used cloth!  I’m not quite sure why I planned on sposies (they are very mainstream, but expensive), but once

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OraLine Kids Dental Care Kit Wrap Up

So we’ve talked about how germy and gross bathrooms can be and the concerns of toothbrush cross-contamination. It’s seriously something I didn’t think much about until having my daughter. I swear I’m more aware of germs in general since she’s come along… every time she touches things I think are disgusting or

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Keep Tooth Brushing Fun and Healthy With OraLine Kids Products!

Oral hygiene is so important for us moms to teach to our littles.  The tooth brushing habits they form when young will make a big difference throughout their life.  I know I have a hard time changing my routine as an adult even though my dentist tells me to… I just can’t

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5 of My Favorite Cloth Diaper Prints #clothdiapers

One of the best parts about using cloth diapers is the fabric options.  There are so many different looks, colors and textures.  I started out with mostly neutral colors and a few “girly” colors and slowly got lured in by prints.  It’s what makes fluff so addicting to buy!  So many cute

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5 Tips for Bath Time Fun!

5 Tips to Bath Time Fun 1 – Use a baby/toddler tub. The size of the tub will seem less scary when they can sit inside a smaller version. 2 – Have plenty of bath friendly toys. Rubber duckies, buckets with holes, boats, letters and more can be great fun. A doll

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Rissa Has a Big Girl Cup!

Since I was first pregnant with Rissa and working on my baby registry, I’d heard a lot of good things about Tommee Tippee products.  I mostly knew about their bottles at the time.  Since we didn’t really use bottles, I didn’t get to try any.  I’ve continued to hear positive remarks about

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I Love That After The Dentist Feeling #CrestSponsored

I have a confession… I kind of like going to the dentist.  I don’t like going to get a cavity filled, but I do like going in for cleanings.  There was a time I didn’t like it, mostly because my plaque and tarter buildup was just plain nasty.  And when you have

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My Perfect Dream Cloth Diaper

Now that I have been a cloth diapering mama for over a year, I feel a bit more knowledgable. I’m no longer “new” to cloth and have a pretty good sense of what I do and don’t like in a reusable diaper. With more than 40 diapers in our stash from a

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The Mommy Mindset: Thoughts on Baby’s First Haircut!

Mary: I wish I would have prepared six year old better for his first hair cut. It was a disaster! He is sensitive to loud noises so the the sound of clippers next to his ear increased his anxiety. And the actually cutting… He did not handle it well at all and

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The Easiest Way to Ensure Child Car Seat Cleanliness

I once read about a mother who threw away her child’s car seat and bought a brand new one because he vomited on it.  I thought she was joking at first.  Really? Just… throw it away?  Child car seats are not the cheapest thing in the world and certainly not a piece

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The Importance of Hip Snaps on Cloth Diapers for Slim Babies

Not all cloth diapers are created equal. This is a good thing, believe me! But, one feature I’ve noticed has been a great addition on some is the hip snap. This snap is an extra behind the waist snaps. If you’ve wondered about an oddly placed third snap (for example) that is

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The Challenges of Cloth Diapering a Toddler

When I started cloth diapering my daughter, I figured everything would be pretty easy once we got into it. For the most part it has been easy… Well, easier than I initially thought it would be. However, I learned I cannot just find a routine and be done with it. Oh no,