Monthly Archive:: January 2013

Pamper the Kids: Baby Spa Lotion Review


When I was little, my friends and I would spend hours in my bathroom, mixing concoctions of various lotions, soaps, and powders as we played “mad scientist.” My kids don’t do that, in part because I don’t want to clean stuff up, in part because it’s potentially dangerous, and in part because we don’t own many lotions or soaps (and no powders).

Around here, I typically use coconut oil or jojoba oil for moisturizing. It’s cheap, it’s natural, and it works. Now and then, though, I enjoy trying out commercial products. There’s something luxurious about opening up a bottle of something meant just for skin and not also for cooking.

I recently had a chance to try out some lotions by Baby Spa, a collection of soaps and lotions designed for little ones. I love that their products are 98-100% natural and contain none of the stuff I try to avoid in body-care products: parabens, phthalates, sulfates, BPA, etc. I tried three of their lotions: Soothing Face Cream Stage 1 (for newborns and crawlers), Soothing Face Cream Stage 2 (walking to 4 years), and Moisturizing Body Lotion Stage 2.

Technically, I don’t have a baby who fits into the Stage 1 category, but my walking toddler was 14 months old, and my other kids were still crawling at that age, so I figured he was close enough. I first tried the face cream when Oliver’s cheeks looked a bit chapped after a long day outdoors. The lotion went on smoothly and was neither too greasy nor overly scented, two things I can’t stand about most lotions. By the next morning, his cheeks were back to normal.

My three-year-old loved using the lotion on herself. The body lotion and face cream she used also had a very nice texture and consistency, and also smelled wonderful without being overwhelming.(I can’t quite describe the scents of the lotion and cream, but they’re slightly fruity and slightly floral. The important thing is that I can stand them. Overly strong scents are a huge turn-off for me.)

We’ll definitely keep the Baby Spa products around, and I might even order some of their bubble bath and shampoo, since I’m always looking for “stuff-free” options for those. I’ll keep them out of reach of the kids, though. I don’t want them being used in science experiments.

Thank you to Baby Spa for providing the samples used for this review.

Happy 13th Birthday, Son! Now Get Back in the Back Seat.


My son just had his 13th birthday on December 31st. Yep, a New Year’s Eve baby. We tried to get him to hold off to be the first baby born in Y2K, but he wouldn’t have anything to do with that, so the 31st it was. He’s always been a big kid: he came 3 weeks early and was 8 lbs. 5 oz., and was 40 lbs. at 3 years old, which back then was a big deal. He was never squishy fat, though (mmmm, except for his baby thighs); he was solid as a rock. Eventually J started thinning out and we actually worried about him being too thin, lol. He’s now 5’5.5″ (no, I’m not allowing him to catch up to my 5’6″ just yet) and around 92 lbs. So he’s big enough finally to sit in the front seat, right?

I guess so. The warnings in cars and on visors say that kids 12 and under should sit in the back and he *is* over 12 now. He had a couple of rides to school from his dad this past semester in the front seat because it was the only open seat; we carpool younger kiddos to school. It was a poorly kept secret from me: Giggle giggle giggle. “Guess how I got to school today, mom?” Giggle giggle giggle. But what could I do? It was raining and I wasn’t pulling my sorry butt out of my soft, warm bed at 7:15a to give him a ride when there was a car conveniently going right by his school ;). I know, bad CPS Tech. So slap me.

A day before his birthday, I wanted to get him off his computer, so I bribed J to go to the store with me. In a sing-song voice, I called to him, “Want to go to the store with me?”


“I’ll let you ride in the front seat.”

Next thing I hear is a teen’s large feet clomping down the stairs. Glad I know what makes him tick! The whole 5 minute ride to the store was awkward at best. It was just weird having my son sitting next to me, hearing his voice from *next* to me, instead of coming from behind me. He rode home in the front seat, but I told him that was the last time for a while that he’s sitting in the front. *I’m* not ready for it. He knows the statistics—that he’s 40% more likely to be injured in the front seat—and he’s my safety kid so he tends to do what’s safest anyway. He’s still going to ride in the front seat when he’s alone with dh because he wants to be like dad, but I’m not going to sweat that. He’s old enough now, he’s big enough, and he’s less likely to be leaning out of position in the front. It’s just another sign that my kids are growing up way too fast.

Graco My Size 70 Convertible *Giveaway* – Week 9 of CarseatBlog’s Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!


Happy New Year! The holiday season is technically over but here at CarseatBlog we’re still feeling the holiday spirit! Therefore, the Holiday Giveaway Bonanza shall continue!

For week 9, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Graco to offer a terrific new My Size 70 (aka Size4Me 70) convertible in the “Thunder” fashion. With a 40 lb. rear-facing weight limit and a very high rear-facing height limit, this convertible is one of the best on the market for extended rear-facing. Kudos to the Graco team for designing and engineering a convertible seat that can accommodate most kids in the rear-facing position until they’re 3 or even 4-years-old! Forward-facing this seat is rated from 20-70 lbs and up to 52″ tall. We have a review of the My Size 70/Size4Me here and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating!  A winner will be announced soon!

There are three (3) ways to enter to win this fabulous convertible!

  • Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Graco My Size 70 giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the Graco Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on the CarseatBlog &  My Size 70 giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  Canada is excluded – sorry! 

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at during 2012 or 2013 (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.

The contest will close on Sunday night, 1/20, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 1/21. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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