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she {hearts} diono

When you have more than three kids, or they are spaced out years apart, you will usually have to purchase multiple car seats due to expiration dates.  As our fourth baby prepares to make her arrival, we have been working to get everything ready for her. Car seats were an issue for us.  We had car seats expiring and the brands we had been using we weren’t fans of.  So, I went on a hunt for the best car seats on the market.  That is how I came across Diononew-lineup-rotator-v2

Diono is a company that is at the forefront of car seat innovation.  They routinely have the highest crash test ratings and their streamlined shape makes them easy to fit into any vehicle.  One thing I love is that you can fit three across in most mid-sized vehicles since they aren’t bulky.  Another benefit that is that Diono seats can be used from birth, up until your child is out of a booster.  The weight limits on these seats, 5 lbs to 120 lbs, allow you to use them for your child’s entire car seat experience and not have to purchase another seat.  That is a huge bonus when you consider how much is spent on infant, convertible, and booster seats for kiddos.

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I reviewed the Diono RadianRXT seat and we are in love with it!  It boasts a steel frame, which I love where safety is concerned.  The seat folds up so when we travel and have to take it through an airport it can be carried as a backpack.  I noticed the buckles were easy to use and I never questioned whether they were securely fastened, or not.  I was sure they were fastened properly and securely.  When the seat is installed, there is no movement.  It is the first seat we have owned that we have been able to install without any movement from the seat.  It certainly gives me peace of mind.

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Be sure to check out Diono‘s selection for yourself!  They have three new car seats is fantastic colors that would be perfect for your child- Pacifica, Rainier, & Olympia.

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She {hearts} Evenflo Right Fit Booster Car Seat

My family and I will be hitting the road this weekend for one last hurrah before we fall gracefully into the school year. And since road injuries are the leading cause of preventable death and injuries in children in the United States, Evenflo wanted to make sure that safety and comfort of older kids was being addressed. The Evenflo Right Fit Booster Car Seat offers a 2-in-1 design, allowing it to be used as a high-back booster, and then later on transforming to a backless booster. It has e3 foam integrated into the head and back to reduce side impact forces. Cosmetically, there are a variety of colors to choose from and the addition of 2 activity lights allow the child to read and play, even after dark. A correctly installed car seat can reduce the risk of death by 71%, so be sure to check out SafeKids.org for more helpful tips and info on children’s travel safety.

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Available for $89.99 at Toys r Us.com.

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She {hearts} SwimZip

Sun protection is super important to me, especially when it comes to my kids. My kids have acquired my exceptional paleness (you’re welcome, my dears) so it’s always a long, dramatic process to get them sunscreened up in the summertime. Sunburns and the potential long-term effects of too much sun exposure are painful, scary, and issues that should not be taken lightly.

SwimZip is a line of fashionable kids swimwear whose shirts zip up the front, making UV protection a “zip!” Their adorable SPF 50+ line keeps kids skin sun-safe and reduces the need for lots of chemical-laden sunscreen on their delicate, often sensitive skin. And, as every parent knows, it’s usually not a fun time having to wrangle a wriggling two year old and lather them up every few hours while they are having fun in the sun. Each SwimZip piece is made of quality stretch lycra/nylon, which blocks 99% of UVA and UVB rays and is chlorine resistant. This tagless line’s key feature is the full length front zipper, which makes for easy on, easy off (especially when wet!).

Betsy, the founder of SwimZip, was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 26 years old. She wanted to take her scary and traumatic experience and bring something good of it, and she saw it as a “chance to help others avoid my fate – and maybe even save lives.” Betsy says, “With the conviction that comes from knowing without a doubt that you are doing something right, I dove headfirst into the world of UPF sun protective clothing … and thus was born SwimZip.”

Betsy graciously sent me the Caribbean Dolphin front zip rash guard shirt for my oldest daughter to try out when we went on our beach vacation this past week. I love how the shirt opens and zips up the front of the body, eliminating the hassle of trying to fit a big-kid head through the usually small head hole of normal rash guard shirts. The material is light and comfortable, and kept my daughter cool yet protected those delicate shoulders with an SPF of 50+. Plus, how bright and fun is the design? And the hot pink definitely pleased my girly-girl.

The SwimZip sets are ADORABLE and so unique. My favorites are Grey Grey Go Away! and Ruffle Me Pretty.

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SwimZip SPF 50+ kids swimwear is perfect for summertime swimming and outside play at the beach, at the pool, or in the backyard. These pieces give kids ultra sun protection while adding so much style with their unique designs and front zipper feature. SwimZip was born of a passion to protect kids from the harmful effects of too much sun exposure without using harsh chemicals and with ease and style in mind. You can also find SwimZip on Facebook and Twitter.

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She {hearts} HALO SleepSack

As the weather gets cool, I want to make sure that my 7-month-old stays warm at night, but I don’t want to overdress her or have a bunch of loose bedding in her crib! I am in love with HALO SleepSacks at the moment, particularly the new HALO SleepSack at Pottery Barn Kids.

These SleepSacks are part of Pottery Barn’s new fall collection, so they coordinate with the bedding AND they can be personalized with the baby’s name.  All of these SleepSacks are 100% organic.

My daughter has been sleeping wonderfully in her new HALO SleepSack.  It keeps her warm (and she still looks super cute to boot)!  Purchase one today for your little one or as a gift for a new-mom-to-be!

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These adorable (and safe for baby!) HALO SleepSacks can be purchased at Pottery Barn Kids for $39.50.

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She {hearts} Puj

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Puj (pronounced “pudge”) is a company founded by a creative couple seeking to create products to “simplify parenthood.” As a parent, I know most of us need all the help we can get while on this crazy, challenging, ever-rewarding journey!

Puj‘s innovative products are not only appealing because of their purpose to simplify the care of your baby, but also because of their stylish and modern designs. Puj’s products include the Puj Tub (a soft, space saving, baby cradling bathtub), the Puj Flyte (an even more compact, space saving, travel friendly baby bathtub), Puj Unos (adorable, breathable, machine-washable, symmetrical baby shoes) and the Puj Snug (a flexible, ultra soft bathtub spout cover that is mildew resistant and made from recycled materials).

Puj graciously sent me a Puj Snug to try out. Not only is this soft spout cover adorable, but I love that it is non-absorbent to resist mold and mildew. My crazy kids love to splash around in the tub, so bumps are inevitable. I love the protection that the Snug provides to their baby shampooed heads! The Snug is also BPA/formamide/PVC free and made from reclaimed materials. It is flexible to fit most any bathtub spout, while still giving easy access to the shower diverter. I also love how the water still runs out of the faucet normally with the Snug, unlike other similar products that I’ve tried that make the running water spray everywhere and freaks my kids out! My kids LOVED having a new “friend” in the tub with them during bathtime, and my 3 year old daughter was sure to keep Mr. Elephant clean and rinsed. The day after their first bath with the Sung, my 22 month old son was eating dinner and announced “There’s an elephant in there!” when I mentioned bathtime. Needless to say, the Snug was a hit in our household, for both mama and babies!

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Puj’s baby care products range from $15 to $45 and can be purchased directly through their website. Also, be sure to “like” Puj on Facebook and follow Puj on Twitter to stay in the loop on new products and more giveaways of their fun products!

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She {hearts} HALO Safe Sleep Crib Set

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Because of safety concerns and on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, many parents are now choosing to forgo crib bumper pads and excess bedding in the crib. The HALO Safe Sleep Crib set provides everything you need to keep your sweet baby safe and happy.

The five-piece HALO Safe Sleep set includes: a HALO SleepSack wearable blanket, SleepSack Swaddle, both in 100% cotton; two coordinating crib sheets in soft cotton jersey; and a matching crib skirt.  I love the Caroline Flower Print, which I received for this review.

Here’s what HALO has to say:

“Too often parents ‘overdress’ the crib with quilt and bumpers, both of which can pose a breathing threat for baby,” comments Bill Schmid, founder of Halo Innovations. “The Halo SleepSack and SleepSack Swaddle are the only things a baby needs in the crib to stay warm and sleeping safely, and the soft jersey sheet provides a snug fit on the mattress.

I love several things about this set.  First of all, the sheets are really soft, which is important to me.  I also think the pattern and colors of the Caroline set are quite adorable!  The skirt is really cute and adds a fun look to the nursery while concealing storage under the crib.  Another thing I love is that by wearing the sleep sacks, my baby can stay comfortable in the cooler months without having loose blankets in her crib.

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The new HALO Safe Sleep Crib Sets are available on amazon.com and babiesrus.com. The set comes in six patterns including pink, blue and neutral tones.

You can also find HALO on these social media networks:

·         “Like” HALO on Facebook
·         Follow HALO on Pinterest
·         Follow HALO on Twitter

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She {hearts} The Graco TurboBooster with Safety Surround

My daughter, Allie Grace, turned a whopping THREE years old last month. Its amazing how quickly time flies by. Even though she’s a skinny little thing, she’s very tall and often looked uncomfortable in her 5-point harness carseat that she’s been in since she was 9 months old.  I came across the Graco  TurboBooster™ with Safety Surround™ just a week before our vacation and decided to give it a try. Some features that I liked about this new carseat, just from reading about its features, were the adjustable back height, it converts to a backless booster, the armrests and cup holders, the removable pads that were machine washable, and of course the new safety surround. While she’s only 30 lbs., which is the minimum weight required for this carseat, I knew it was time for her to go ahead and change seats. We are on the road all the time and she just seemed uncomfortable in her old seat.

We hadn’t had the seat for a week yet when we went to a birthday party and one of the items in the favor bags was a purple marker. Somehow the top came off the marker and it sat in the carseat on the ride home, soaking purple ink into our brand-new light grey carseat. The next day was followed by our weekly trip to the beach so I decided it would need washing again after that so I let the stain be while we were at the beach. As soon as I returned from vacation I did some minimal spot cleaning with Shout, threw it in the wash and it was good as new again!  There’s something to be said about a carseat that’s so easy to take the cover off and actually get stains out of!

Since we are on the road so often, I sometimes try and plan our long trips during Allie Grace’s naptimes. The Safety Surround also acts as a cushion for her to lay her head when she’s asleep. In her Daddy’s truck, that carseat doesn’t have the Surround and she can’t get comfortable while sleeping. The US currently doesn’t have a standard for side impact tesing but Graco decided on the European draft standard because they believed it is the most comprehensive. They tested their Safety Surround™ in Europe to ensure they have the best side impact protection.

The armrest and highback have grow-with-me features where you can adjust the height as your child grows. The seat will help safely transport your growing child from 30-100 lbs. in highback mode. Once they are 40 lbs. the back can be removed.

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Purchase your own Graco TurboBooster™ with Safety Surround™ for just $79.99 from any Target store or Target.com. They come in lots of fun colors too (black/green, black/purple, black/orange, black/tan)

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Graco & Target are throwing a party—a Twitter party, more specifically! TONIGHT (June 28) at 9 p.m. (EST), their car seat safety experts and engineers will be on Twitter, answering your questions, live! If you’ve never joined a Twitter Party, here’s how you can:

  • Log on to Twitter at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST) TONIGHT, Thursday, June 28.
  • Make sure you’re following the conversation at #TargetChat. *Target is helping Graco host the event, since they’re the exclusive retailer of the NEW TurboBooster with Safety Surround!
  • Ask a question of your own, or just learn from others at the party.

During this fun, information-packed event, a few lucky party-goers will even receive a FREE TurboBooser with Safety Surround, in one of four bright, stylish colors.

  • Tweet about this giveaway.[tweetbox width=”200″ height=”80″ label=”Tweet This!” content=”Join @Gracobaby & @Target 6/28 6PM PST for a chance to #Win a Graco Turbobooster during the Twitter party! #TargetChat @sheheartsitcom”]

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