Our Favorite Products
These products get our
Approval. We test these products and use them in our own
households. That's why we know that they are great
products. Many of them were designed by moms just like you!
NOTE: We don't get paid for our
reviews. These are honest, mom reviews from people actually
using the products. If we don't like something we test, it
doesn't get our Squeal.
Sign Language Tools
Sign Babies ASL Flash Cards
were created by show host Nancy Cadjan when she was signing with her
son. The flash cards include the 100 signs that babies and
moms need most. The flash card pictures help baby learn to
recognize common objects, actions, and emotions. Use the cards
individually as you learn the signs. Or, make your own personalized
book by placing cards in a
photo album. The ASL sign and hint on the
back side helps you remember the sign. Signs include MILK MORE EAT
PLEASE THANK YOU and many more.
Baby Signing 1, 2, 3: The
Easy-to-Use Illustrated Guide to Every Age and Every Stage is
the answer to all your signing questions. Learn how to sign with your
baby at every age and every stage. This new book covers your child's
physical, emotional, mental and linguistic development at every age and
how signing fits in to the picture. If you are starting to sign with
your baby at 4 months or 14 months, this book tells you how to do it
and gives you activities to help you and your baby learn to sign
quickly and successfully. Check it out and let Nancy know what you
think about her book.
the absolute BEST way to scrapbook--And it is CHEAP too! The cost is
about what you will spend at the scrapbooking store buying all those
cute papers that sit in your drawer while you wait to get your digital
pictures printed and write your journal entries for the pages.
Instead, keep it all digital and move your digital pictures
into the templates and tools that My Memories Suite provides.
Then, print them out as single pages or books or
to create a custom website, movie that you can send through
or even a DVD (and you can do ALL of that with the same file).
You can even add sound and video to make an interactive and
memory of your family life. We did it and we are totally
Parenting and Home Management Resources
We can't say enough about Kathy Peel's books and advice. As America's Family Manager
Kathy has appeared on every national morning news show and shows
like Oprah. She is so kind to come on Babies and Moms and share
her wisdom with her. Tricia keeps her books on her coffee table
as a daily resource and we have all learned superb tips from this
amazing mother and family manager. Kathy is the first to admit
that she is not naturally good at being organized and that gives us all
hope that if she can do it, we can too. She breaks things down
and makes it easy to follow. And being a great family manager is
the fastest way to save your family money in these hard economic times.
We especially love The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy Organized Home (see it on the Family Manager website
It is worth every little penny you pay because you will save that
and more in health, happiness, family peace, and money. Also,
check out the worksheets she has on the site to help you do
everything--even divide the work with your family members peacefully!
Also, check out the podcasts we have from Kathy by putting Kathy
Peel in the Search Engine on the Babies and Moms Podcast Page
Shampoo and More
especially loves the
La La Baby Wash and Shampoo
. Did you know that most shampoo
has a nasty chemical in it called laurel sulfate? It can
really bother sensitive baby skin. La La Baby Wash leaves my baby's
hair shiny and curly and her scalp looks much better (no cradle cap or
is a great way to get rid of that diaper smell
that sometimes lingers after you change a diaper (Nancy also uses it to
refresh Anna's curls in the morning when she can't give her a
bath--great hair and a wonderful smell). Tricia is a
huge fan of
too. We are all trying this because of her
recommendation. And just so you know, the woman who makes all
these products is REALLY named Rosetta and
she makes them
herself--really. And she uses the best ingredients. This
stuff is really good! We buy it by the case!
Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
is Shelly's favorite soap for keeping her hands from chapping.
She loved it more than all the other soaps we tested. And why
shouldn't shee? It is pure castile soap with our favorite
butter in it and has NO foaming agents (lauryl sulfate which is
incredibly bad for you and your baby). It uses a unique
get the foaming action going. This is NOT TEAR FREE because
free formulas just anesthetize the eyes and really still irritate.
The smell is different because it is an orange citris so if
don't like that smell, steer clear. It is also really good to
help with cradle cap (like Mama Rose's).
Bibs and Other Food Things
Nancy's pick for the best bib. The absorbent material, large size and
easy side snap make this the only bib I use. After trying
every bib on the planet and thinking I could never be happy, this bib
is a DREAM! It covers enough to keep my baby clean. Oh, and
it ALSO doubles as a burp cloth (something I really needed with a baby
with acid reflux--can you say upchuck? As
a burp cloth, it covers the
shoulder and even down the back (which is where the acid reflux often
ends since it shoots out). Check it out. Nancy has
dozens of bibs--no joke, but she LOVES this one (that is Anna
wearing hers in the picture).
Loves the Piggy Platter because it is the most versitile placemat that
she has ever used--and she has used it for the past 4 years--everyday!
The Piggy Platter means less mess, quick clean-up and a great
education. It goes way beyond the typical placemat: it contains the
mess and can be personalized and updated with Platter Pix, the child’s
own art and more (anything goes under the platter and can be seen so it
is the best learning place). Nancy's son uses it to draw on
he even learned how to write his letters, do math and more on it
because it also doubles as a white board on the table. Bet
placemat can't do that. It cleans up fast and teaches.
is the way best thing that ever came to the table!
Stuff on the GO: Diaper Bags, Slings
We love PureWorks
as the only hand sanitizer we use in our diaper bag and in our
homes. This sanitizer does not use alcohol and is totally
even if your baby ingests it. And one other plus is that
dries, it still fights germs and it doesn't dry your hands out; so
fewer cracks. Check it out. PureWorks Antibacterial
FDA compliant as a First Aid Antiseptic and will not create antibodies.
PureWorks offers many other Antibacterial products that are great for
babies and moms alike.
diaper bag is our pick for the best-organized and best-looking bag. The
satelite bag for diapers and the cool pockets make it our favorite. It
has a place to put your keys so they don't get lost and even includes a
cute photo holder. And it doesn't look like a diaper bag. Can we say
enough about how much we like the changing pad and the pockets in the
bag? Probably not and you won't appreciate them until you try them. We
carry enough stuff for two kids in the bag! There are three colors, two
styles and lots of accent fabrics to choose from. Check them out.
won our hearts and saved our backs as we tested different slings and
baby carriers. We did an entire segment on slings, but as
hosts, we all loved this sling. Slinglings are stylish, comfortable
pouch style baby slings. Pouch slings are suitable for babies from
birth to approximately 35 lbs. We make our baby carriers out of a
variety of fun
stretch cotton fabrics. Select fabrics now available with leg
padding, to cushion a baby's legs in the hip carry. It is so cool that
your husband won't mind wearing it (but since it is a pouch style, it
is not adjustable so you might need to get two different sizes.
Shoes and So
Forth for Legs
created by a mom who sold them out of her basement for a long
time. The weird name is like Rob, her son's name, and Ease
together. We liked these shoes because they stay on the feet
and can't get pulled off even by Anna--the hardest thing on shoes and
socks in the world. We tried some knock-offs we bought at
Target, but they did not stay on. Kiera loves walking in them
because she doesn't slip on the hardwood floors. The leather
bottoms grip great and help her stay up better than the grippy bottoms
on some socks. Thumbs up all around. They are pricey and
watch out for sizing if your baby's foot is on the small side or the
large side (buy a pair with an extra 1/2 in in the top so your baby
doesn't grow out of them too quickly). SIZES: 0-6 month is a
size 1-2, 6-12 months is a size 3-4, 12-18 months is a size 5-6
footwear was created by a mom and dad team after searching for the
perfect soft- soled shoe for their daughter, Caroline. Having heard of
the benefits of soft-soled shoes, they wanted a comfortable shoe that
was easy to put on, yet stylish. pediped™ footwear combines everything
they were looking for. And a lot of moms feel the same way.
We've been trying them out for months and no matter where we go, other
moms come up to us and say, "Don't you just love those
shoes?" Obviously, these are some great treats for baby feets!
NOTE: Kelly Sue says "Henry
loves his pedipeds, but he doesn't walk yet. His foot is
so wide that I have had trouble finding shoes I can get on and
off him. The pedipeds work GREAT for wide feet."
are the most fun shoes on the planet! If you can imagine
child walking around with a cute squeak in their step, you can imagine
how cute these shoes are. But they are also fashionable and
functional. The shoes are good quality and Squeaker Sneakers
carries tons of styles (the owners of the company are moms and do this
business from home). They are functional because you always
where your child is and if your child is hesitant to walk, the squeak
will get them going! It worked for Anna who did not walk
she was 18 months old. Therapy did not work but the Squeaker
Sneakers did. And the best thing is that now that she is
we always know where she is. When we go to the store, people
to hear her squeaking and we get lots of fun comments (and we can take
the squeakers out for quiet functions like church). Silly
has now learned to walk on her tippy toes when she wants to sneak
somewhere that she doesn't want us to know about! Kids really
was inspired by the need for comfortable shoes with flexible soles for
the creator's little son Kai to wear outdoors. This
wanted to create a line of shoes that was as happening as Kai - bold,
hip, fun, with an urban sensibility. Something entirely different than
what was offered. She has met the challenge and then some.
Kai Run shoes are more expensive than other shoes but they last way
longer. The way they are created, your child will be able to
them longer--through two or three size growths. So that
these shoes comfortable and affordable. Tricia loves these
NOTE: See Kai Run Shoes have received the APMA
Awards Children’s Footwear Seal of Acceptance.
Warmers are totally
cute and Anna loves them so much she wants to wear them over her
jammies. These are not the Flash Dance Fuzzy leg warmers--they are like
sweaters for the legs and the cute factor is amazing. And
besides, her legs are warm--even in a cute dress or over thin pants.
Check out the tons of styles they have. They even have cool
ones with flames for boys. So Check them OUT! UPDATE:
have a couple of pairs and we get so many great comments on them!
The great thing is as your child grows, you don't need to get
other cute tights--I just purchase 1 set of white and one of cream and
then use these as the cute factor. So adorable!
Hair Clips Hats and Clothes
created by an investment analyst turned craftaholic mom who says it was
her desperate need to tame her new daughter's unwieldy Mohawk with
something cool, quirky, and fun that started the giddygiddy experience.
These clips are equally adorable and functional and stay on even the
thinnest hair. Tricia and Nancy can't get enough of these clips and
have them in tons of styles.
ZOONI is the CUTEST hat on the
PLANET! We can't say enough about this hat. Even
Spencer who would NOT be caught dead in a hat loves this hat.
He has the Puppy Love hat that is pictured here. We
also love the Firecracker, Flower Power and Kate in Moss hats.
They are warm and cute and just the best OOOH factor we have
seen. Check them out!
live where it is cold, check out Warmsies.
They are made of a magical fabric that keeps your child warm
while keeping them from sweating. But that is not it.
They have totally cute fabrics on the neck and legs so that
it's not an issue if they peek out from under the clothes.
Nancy loves the Zebra fabric and loves how it looks with
black pants. Check these out to keep kids warm when outside
without being uncomfortable.
are the ingenious creation of a wildlife biologist turned stay-at-home
mom. She had an Aha! Moment (we love that) when she was
crawling with her kids that if her knees hurt, theirs probably did too.
She looked for padded pants and couldn't find any. So, she
created Comfy Crawlers and made the world safe for crawling babies
everywhere (maybe she should have made herself a set too).
These pants are made by moms and grandmas in the US so they benefit not
only your baby's knees, but also the women of America. Aren't Moms just
the BEST! WE ARE SO AHEAD OF THE CURVE--Comfy
Crawlers were featured in Costco Connection the month after we featured
them! We know the best products!
The Obuba Nursing Cover
is the solution of a smart mom looking for something to solve more than
one issue. When the mothers who developed
Obuba were nursing their first children, they recognized a huge need
for a product that would allow them to breastfeed in public.
mothers on-the-go they decided to create a product that would
compliment their lifestyle and protect the privacy of their
child. The design is simple enough that you can wear it
and not cause attention. It is functional so that you can use
for many different tasks with your baby, eliminating the need for more
items in you diaper bag--a blanket, a car seat cover and a shade.
It is also very stylish and DANG cute. Even those
of us not
nursing wanted one. The colors compliment any setup with
forward color combinations and trim options. No one will know
is a nursing cover.
Our friend Stephanie tested the Cheri
nursing pillow and says that it is so wonderful. "I had
it was like nursing without it until one night I went to reach for it,
and it was gone. I had to endure a nursing session without
it, and let me tell you, I missed it. The pillow not only
keeps my arm from getting tired, but keeps the baby up close and
comfortable. I love its shape, and
firmness." So we
are not tiny women--except for Shelly--and we always hated having to
squish in to those traditional boppy-like pillows. But not
using one is worse. So we say Hallelujah for women with more
than 10 pounds on their bones. This pillow is also great for
women with a C-section. We also have personal experience with
that and pillows. It was really painful. This helps
MiniMe Baby Gear Wet Happened bag is the best thing we've
tried for the blow-outs and other wet and messy things that happens
with babies. It’s made with thick cotton outer material (that
is a VERY cute print), then lined with a Polyurethane Laminate, called
Baby Dry. Because we received these in the early part of spring to
test, we weren’t quite sure how we were going to use them.
TRICIA: I started using mine as a bag for dirty cloths that I
would have used in place of a Ziploc bag. The inner material is great
for storing used diapers, wet clothing, or bathing suits.
NANCY: I never have blowouts with Anna, so I never
used mine until swimming lessons for Anna and Alex started and now it
is my best friend. Best of all, these wet bags are washable,
reusable, environmentally friendly, and a fashionable way to store wet
items while keeping your diaper bag dry. Not just for kids-
great for adult bathing suits as well.
UPDATE: This bag is really
great for potty training and having to package up all those soiled
Blankets and Bedding
A friend whose 3 month old baby was
having a very hard time sleeping at night was one of our guinea pigs
for the Burrito Baby Blanket.
Even though she is a mother of 4, she had not learned how to train her
babies to sleep through the night. "I was going back to work
at night and quite nervous that my husband was going to be up with my
baby all night. I was introduced to the Burrito Baby blanket
and theory, and although skeptical, it worked that very first
night! A first for us, and I was sold. I am so
happy and so is my husband! I only wish we would have had
something for my other 3 children when they were
babies." Additionally, Nancy has been trained by
Jami to help her get Anna to sleep through the night. You can
check out the info about how successful it was in our podcasts and
blog. Anna is now sleeping through the night so
well! We would recommend Burrito Baby and anything Jami Kent
I'm sure you have been
there and can
relate. The other day I went to get my little girl up from
her nap only to find a complete and utter blowout awaiting
me! Even though I still dread the clean-up, I have found a
diamond in the rough! QuickZip Sheets by
. A mom-made baby item that
REALLY makes life easy! You just zip the soiled top off and
zip a new one on. No heavy lifting of the mattress or removal
of the bumper pad required. It?s easy, not to mention very
cute at the same time. In the past I have used products that
have the same concept but nothing that actually looks good
too! Three cheers for QuickZip Sheets!!! (Since we
recent illnesses in our houses lately, we LOVE these sheets and have
found them to be an incredible blessing when dealing with the mess in
the bed thanks to stomach bugs!)
is Nancy's FAVORITE stain remover hands down. It really gets
the most amazing things including blackberries, blueberries, pen,
blood, grape juice and more. No Joke! It is amazing and
Toys and Books
Zoobie Pets was
created by two brothers who wanted to create something cool and cuddly
for both kids and parents. Zoobie is the answer. It
is a plush pet, a pillow and a blanket in one. We tested them
and the COOL factor was definitely there. The pets are so
cute that you can't help but hug them. Then, you can open
them up and turn them in a pillow. If you want, you can zip
them open and take out a soft blankie (Anna sleeps with her blankie
every night). Kids like them
different ways: Shelly's kids love the blanket the most; Nancy's kids
also love the blankie but like the Zoobies fully stuffed so they can
carry them around (use another pillow to stuff it again if you take the
blankie out); Stacey's
kids use it as a pillow. The new Zoo Pets collection has some
great animals to add to the Safari Collection. Tricia says
the orangutan sheds.
can't say enough about how amazing
the Custom Made for Kids books
You create a custom book for your child using information from your
family, home, neighborhood and so forth. This is an amazing
book to give to any child and is destined to become a family heirloom
and a snapshot of your life together.
has been a lifesaver for a few of our hosts and
many of our listeners as we gave away over 40 seats! Tricia says the
best thing about this product is that it helps your child to potty
train without the fear of falling. It was really easy to
install and it comes in 5 different fun kid colors! And you
don’t have to empty a potty seat since it is attached to your toilet!
Shelly reports that even though she was not able to attach the seat
like it should be, it still helped her daughter to get over the fear of
the hole and and learn to use the big potty.