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Whatcha Got in There? A Review of the Bebe Au Lait Premium Muslin Car Seat Cover

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If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for muslin blankets. We have several that migrate around the house and Declan has a designated one he sleeps with every night. They’re just so perfect-lightweight, breathable, snuggly, and they get softer and fluffier with every wash. So obviously I was pretty stoked when I was asked to review the new breathable muslin car seat cover by Bebe Au Lait.

a perfect fit on a Graco Classic Connect!

a perfect fit on a Graco Classic Connect!

When you hear car seat cover you most often think of the actual fabric padding on a car seat. This is not a seat pad. It is a cover that drapes over the top of your car seat and attaches to the handle and protects your baby from unwanted hands and the elements. It does not interfere in any way with the proper use of the car seat.

It’s very easy to use. You simply pop the elastic around the outside of the car seat (like a shower cap) and attach the straps on the top to the car seat handle to create a cozy little baby tent. It has a zippered opening in the front for easy access to your baby and it also has this nifty little pocket on the back for any lightweight items you want to store there.

It has a snap closure too!

It has a snap closure too!

Have a puker? Rubbed it along your car that hasn’t been washed in who knows how long? No problem-o, this cover is machine washable. Just toss it in and put it back on your car seat good as new. I’ve seen/used several different kinds of car seat covers but this is my favoite hands down. Mostly I’m in love with the adorable little owl/mushroom pattern but I also love how breathable the material is. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that air circulation is pretty important for babies so the fact that muslin is such an airy fabric is big points in my book. Also it’s silent! No scratchy slippery material to rub up on something and wake the baby. It’s enough to block direct sunlight but not so much that your kid is banished to the baby cave.

Bottom line? It’s a perfectly simple product to use that incorporates comfort and innovation to give your little one a squishy, breathable barrier to the outside world.

The Bebe Au Lait Premium Muslin car seat cover retails for about $35 and comes in 8 different prints/patterns to suit just about any taste.  For more information head to Bebe Au Lait’s official webpage.

Thank you Bebe Au Lait for providing this cover for a review! No monetary compensation was provided for this review and the opinions written are entirely my own.

The Things They Don’t Teach You…

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With Liam turning 5 in July, I’ve been paying attention to things I’ve never had to before, such as school. It never really occurred to me that things have changed at all since I’ve been in elementary/middle school, but apparently they have. Some people argue that it’s for the better, and others argue that it’s all going straight down in the metaphorical handbasket.

Personally, I don’t think I have enough experience with school age kids just yet to be able to voice my opinion on what works and what doesn’t, but I do know that one thing seems to be blatantly and obviously missing:

Life skills.

I’m not talking about skills such as interacting with others, sharing, whatever. I mean like, “adulting”. Apparently these things started disappearing when I was in school because I was fairly clueless on a lot upon graduating, but now they are all but extinct. I’m talking things like how to balance a check book, how to budget appropriately, how to perform basic maintenance work on your car, cooking/shopping/nutrition, building things, how certain tools work, gardening, etc etc. I’m sure there are programs at schools out there that exist but it’s definitely not the norm. I do agree that these are things that could definitely be taught at home by parents…but when is that going to happen? School lasts longer and longer these days, then kids come home with hours of homework. Combine that with parents who work full time and when is this teaching going to happen? No, it’s not the job of schools to teach your kids how to change the oil in their cars but really, aren’t basic life skills just as important as knowing how to solve an equation or edit a sentence? All the mathematical knowledge in the world isn’t going to save you when you burn your spam because you’re broke from not budgeting and getting ripped off from paying someone to do something you could have easily done yourself.

 

I don’t want this to be a touchy subject because heck, not all of us have time to instill this vast HOW TO BE AN ADULT knowledge upon our kids. I barely do and to be honest, I can’t do it anyway because no one taught me. But because I know what it’s like to feel an inch tall when buying a house or going to Home Depot, it’s important to me that my kids don’t. I want them to excel in academics, yes, but I also want them to be able to take care of themselves and not rely on others. I feel like as a society, we are becoming so technology dependent that we are forgetting how to manually do things for ourselves.

Surely I’m not the only one that’s thought of this, and I definitely don’t have a plan other than just involving my kids in every daily activity instead of sending them off to watch TV when I’m changing the oil in my car. How do we raise capable kids? Is there a secret?

 

The Universal Battle of Motherhood.

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Okay, so I know it’s pretty much a joke to have the word battle in singular form up there in the title. As if there is only one battle to motherhood. Or parenthood. Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

I wish.

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For real though, there are many battles, most of them individual and situation specific. Or not. The Battle of Taking Off Shoes in the Car. The Battle of Eat Your Friggen Dinner. The Battle of Stop Spitting on the Cat. The Battle of Keeping the Bathwater in the Bath. The Battle of Don’t Drink the Bathwater, Your Brother Probably Peed in it!

I’m not talking about those. Because we all know those are hopeless and we might as well not even call them battles because they will never be won. We should just call them  Losses You Need to Accept. The cat is just destined to be damp and stiff. Whatever, they’re covered in their own spit anyway so who cares.

I’m talking about the Battle of Alone Time. It’s a universal dilemma among moms. At least among the moms I associate with. All day long you are tired. You can’t wait till you can crawl back in your bed. You also can’t wait for silence. For time to chill on the couch. To internet surf without someone asking you questions, climbing on you, or getting into something. So bedtime comes, you breathe the sigh of relief as you close the last kid’s door…then what do you do?

Behind door number one you have sleep. You can go to bed early, and enjoy the extra sleep we all crave so you can feel refreshed in the morning. If you have a baby that wakes multiple times a night, at least you can feel less zombie like. But here’s the thing: the sooner you go to sleep, the sooner the morning comes. Scary isn’t it?

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Behind door number two, you have alone time. You can grab snacks, your iPad, the remote, whatever, and camp out the couch to do whatever your heart desires. Without interruptions. Herein lies the problem of alone time: it’s addictive. I always laugh when someone says if you get a few hours alone a week it helps tremendously. For me it’s like mama crack. You give me a few hours alone and I will go to desperate lengths to find a way to get it again. So when I’m camped out on the couch at 7:30pm, that quickly transpires to me at midnight surrounded by 3495872347 chocolate bar wrappers, eyes dry and huge, ten tabs open to different websites reading about stuff I will realize I do not need by the time daylight rolls around. But at midnight? Oh I totally need that.

So which is it? What is a mama to do? Get restful sleep so you only want to sell your children for half the day the next day? Or get some alone time but feel like a cracked out zombie the next day? Personally I like to rotate the two options; keeps me balanced. Until someone comes up with a door number three….

 

What you don’t know CAN hurt you. And someone else.

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If you’re reading this blog, you are more than likely safety minded, and searching for ways to keep your kids and family safe. We are all busy people but do our best to keep informed and up to date.

So let me ask you this-
What do you do if your child is choking? What is the first thing you do if you find a child (or an adult!) that is unresponsive? What if they have a pulse but are not breathing? What if they are breathing but their breaths are extremely shallow or gasping? Do you do rescue breathing or chest compressions first? When you do chest compressions, how many? How deep? How long?

Is your head spinning yet?

70% of people do not know the answers to those questions.

It’s easy for me to sit here and act like the answers to those questions are easy because I perform these actions on a regular basis for my job. I’m able to be calm and methodical, and do what I need to do. But for most people, encountering this situation is their first experience with ANY of this. Combine that with it being your own child or loved one…there goes the head spinning again. So the single best thing you can do is be confident in the answers to these questions. That way if a nightmare comes true, you KNOW you are doing everything in your power.

The American Heart Association offers tons of classes for basic life support training. Yes, it’s time out of your day. It’s easy to put on the backburner. But think of it this way- if you come across your child unconscious and not breathing, would you rather fly by the seat of your pants because you didn’t have time to take a class? Or would you rather give your child the best possible chance at surviving the situation?

The survival outcome of a person receiving CPR prior to EMS arriving is more than double that of someone who did not. Do you want that resting on your shoulders?

Go here to register for a class. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Find a class at heart.org