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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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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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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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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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