Infant Car Seat Safety with the Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip

This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales on behalf of the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

How many times have you seen pictures of friends’ kids on Facebook in the car with their car seats strapped incorrectly? I know it makes me want to pick up the phone and call but sometimes we worry about stepping on feelings. But September is Baby Safety Month and now is the perfect time to share information on the correct ways to install and fasten a car seat.

In the United States during 2013, 638 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and more than 127,250 were injured says the CDC.

Did you know that 84% of rear-facing only infant car seats are misused or installed incorrectly? Whether you’re driving with children for five miles or five hundred, it’s important to make sure that your child is safely secured in the appropriate seat, and that it is installed correctly.

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In honor of Childhood Safety Month, I had the opportunity to check out the #1-rated infant car seat, the Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat. From the initial opening of the box I learned:

  • It is already seemed and attached to the base, ready to go.
  • I LOVE the zip boot. Perfect for keeping baby warm in the cooler weather or when it rains.
  • I love that the canopy is zip on and off. Great for when you need it and when you don’t

The Chicco base is what the fuss is all about with this car seat. It is easy to install and there is no guessing if the seat is installed correctly. Here’s how it’s achieved:

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  • ReclineSure®Spring-Loaded Leveling Foot to help achieve proper base angle in vehicle seat
  • RideRight®Bubble Level-Indicators on each side of the base to indicate accurate angle in vehicle seat
  • SuperCinch®One-Pull LATCH Tightener with force-multiplying technology to help achieve a tight and secure fit with a fraction of the effort!

Chicco Infant Car Seat

The base also features easy vehicle belt routing and a built-in lock-off system for vehicles without LATCH. An enclosed underside helps protect vehicle seats from damage and it also conforms to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.

My husband and I love that it has the easy to remove LATCH system. To take the car seat out of the car it is as simple as undoing a seat belt…just press the button. So now that we have safety covered let’s talk more about the bells and whistles. Now on my second child, I have learned the cardinal rule of style is one thing, but being functional and easy to clean is way more important.

Chicco Infant Car Seat

The KeyFit® 30 Zip features a quick-remove seat pad that is machine-washable for easy cleanup. The shell is lined with energy-absorbing foam, and is super comfy. I actually really love that it is black too. It shows less wear with the darker color and is more gender neutral if you plan to use it for multiple kids.

According to the CDC, buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries. Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles. Help spread the word by sharing Chicco’s handy infographics on your social channels!


Visit the Pampers Cruisers #SagToSwag Tour!

In celebration of the new and improved Pampers Cruisers diapers, Pampers is going on a national tour – with a branded vehicle “Cruiser” – to transform the nation’s babies from “sag to swag” one bottom at a time!

CruiserThe Pampers Cruisers #SagToSwag Tour is coming to San Fransisco on Saturday, September 20 at The San Fransisco Zoo on Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway from 11AM-3PM PST. At the tour stop, babies and their parents will get free Pampers Cruisers sample diaper packs, enjoy fun and interactive activities and learn about the new Pampers Cruisers. With music, dancing, inflatable slides, a video booth and more at each stop, babies will be showing off their one-of-a-kind swag. Make sure to check it out!

Making the World #BetterforBaby with Drew’s Tunes and Pampers

Like any Mom, there is nothing I would not do for my babies. By just watching the evening news, it is clear that today’s World is far from perfect but it is encouraging that despite the grim stories, there are even more good people in this World who will are willing to make it better.

I learned about two of these special people from a friend and was immediately moved by the story of Drew’s Tunes.  Georgia and Devron Boswell welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby boy in November of 2012. With smitten parents, Drew flourished and grew into a loving, happy, sweet toddler.

“Drew’s passion for music grew and he was constantly “playing” an array of instruments including kazoos, bongos and his favorite little red piano.”

Unfortunately, Drew passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in March of 2014 at just 15 months of age. With no cause of death, Georgia and Devron learned about the Sudden Unexplained Death in Children (SUDC) Program and joined a community of 600 affected families. This program not only is pioneering clinical research but is a centralized resource for information, support and advocacy. But for Georgia and Devron, this was not enough. They needed to do more to honor their son’s legacy and they wanted to do it through music. Drew’s Tunes was born.

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“Drew’s Tunes has made it our mission to honor the blessing we had in our lives for 15 blissful months by striving to bring joyous smiles to other children.”

As early as Drew’s Memorial Service, Georgia and Devron requested that people make donations to a children’s arts program in the impoverished neighborhood of Tremé in New Orleans in lieu of flowers. In just a few weeks, these parents raised $10,000 and saved the summer camp from being cancelled due to local budget cuts. Drew was already making an impact.

Georgia and Devron pressed on and hosted a Bowl-A-Thon just 5 months after Drew’s passing and raised $41,000! More than 200 instruments, $33,000 to summer camps and $12,500 to SUDC research have been donated in Drew’s name. Building on their success, Drew’s Tunes hosted their 2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon in August of 2015.

As a member of the Pampers Baby Board, I am often given the opportunity to make a difference in our own communities with the support of the brand. Pampers recently released a new video celebrating the fact that there is nothing parents won’t do for their children and how each person can make this World #BetterforBaby. The members of the Pampers Baby Board were challenged to make the World better for baby in our own community and immediately I knew I needed to help Drew’s Tunes.

Teaming up with Renee from What Mommies Need (another local Baby Board blogger), we combined our grant money to make a big impact. Donating money as a sponsor of Drew’s Tunes Bowl-A-Thon 2015 was just the tip of the iceberg. Renee and I were also able to purchase $2,000 in musical instruments (bongos, drums, maracas, xylophones, kazoos and tambourines) which will be donated to New Orleans preschools and daycare centers and $2500 in technology that will help Drew’s Tunes make an even bigger impact for years to come. I am happy to report that Drew’s Tunes raised over $61,000 at this year’s Bowl-A-Thon!

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Now, that is better for baby! Thank you, Pampers for making New Orleans an even better place to live for our children!

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If you feel compelled to make the World better for baby, we would be honored if you would consider donating to Drew’s Tunes.

What’s on Your Appliance Wish List?

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by P.C. Richard & Son. All opinions remain 100% mine.

As a Mom of two who not only works full time outside the home but runs a blog and two successful businesses in her “spare” time, I value anything that can give me a few extra precious moments to spend with my family.  When finally getting some downtime, the last thing I want to do is clean house, spent countless hours on laundry or vacuuming every inch of the carpet.  I realize housework is a necessary evil but finding the right appliances can cut your time and hassle drastically leaving more quality time with the family.

P.C. Richard & Son is Americas #1 family owned and operated appliance, electronics and mattresses store offering a huge selection of items that would no doubt make my life easier. Just a few items on my Appliance Wish List are:

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  • Maytag 4.5 Cu Ft Front Loading Washer may be the answer to getting extra sleep! You can do small loads in the overnight wash and dry cycle and clothes will be ready for you when you rise. Genius.
  • KitchenAid 24″ Built-In Dishwasher can fit 14 place settings in a single load. It’s like the superhero of dishwashers!
  • With the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina around the corner, it should come as no surprise that this New Orleanian included the Pulsar 10,000 Watt 4 Cycle Propane and Gas Generator on a list of “must-haves.”

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While convenience comes at a price, P.C. Richard & Son is offering the Appliance Employee Pricing Event through August 29, 2015. You pay what the employees pay and your order can be shipped nationwide!

What’s on your Appliance Wish List?



Design Inspiration from At Home

As the Experimental Mommy, it should come as no surprise that this Biology loving, math solving, computer coding woman does not have an artistic bone in her body. Enter Pinterest. This platform has been a godsend when I am trying to be creative with things such as meals, kid crafts or decorating. However, many Pins are deceiving! They look so easy and convince this science geek that she should totally redecorate the living room and change the motifs of both kids rooms. News flash: these projects are not always as easy as they seem.

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When I tackle a big project and finally admit that I am far from a DIY legend, I call for help and run to a local home decor store. Fortunately, one of the best just opened a few miles from my house. Welcome, At Home to New Orleans! This home decor superstore boasts more than 50,000 unique items that will make you look like a master interior designer.

My family and I were invited to check out the Grand Opening of the new At Home and were provided a gift card to do a little shopping, too. I should have guessed that my daughters would quickly make good use of the gift on items they just “had to have.” But as soon as we walked in the door, we were all a bit mesmerized. This place is enormous!

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The patio section caught my eye first with a huge selection of colorful chair cushions, umbrellas and accessories to make your backyard the most comfortable place in (or out) of your home. But my 10 year old daughter noticed a sign on the wall that simply stated “SPARKLE” and she was drawn to it like a moth to a flame.

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Making our way to the “sparkle” section, we found lots of wall art, frames, decorative pillows and just plain fun accessories. If you have a college freshman, the campus shop is just as enticing to make a dull dorm room feel like home.

After making our purchases, I literally had to drag the kids (and my Mom) out of the store which was only successful with a promise of returning soon. Do you shop At Home? What has been your favorite find?

Sippy Cup Solutions: Testing Avent’s New Range of Toddler Cups

This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales on behalf of Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

With my older child we struggled in the transition from bottle to sippy cup. I could not find a sippy cup that she liked nor could I find one that was really truly spill proof. She ended up going from bottle to cups with a straw. She was fine with it and that worked for her. But straws are not spill proof either so that didn’t really solve that problem for me.
Testing Avent's new sippy cups
Now, with number two I am going to do better research on the sippy cups available on the market. In the nearly four years since my first one was at the sippy cup stage, I am sure there have been many new products introduced to the market and new technology.

I was asked to test the new Avent sippy cups that hit the market in January of this year. They come in the four stages of cup transition and they range in price from $6.99 for an individual cup to $12.99 for a two-pack and are available at Babies R Us, Amazon, Target, Walmart and

Here is the breakdown of the new products:
Stage 1 is for babies around four months old as they learn to take and hold the bottle independently. We are using the Avent Naturals bottle line so the new Philips Avent My Trainer Cup with the same soft spout Natural nipple is excellent for my little one. She is already familiar with that nipple so when I gave her the cup for the first time, she was already comfortable. She enjoyed the easy to use handles.

Stage 2 is for babies who are to transition away from the bottle nipple to a traditional sippy cup top. However, in my experience I have found that the transition to the hard top in the new design can be sometimes too drastic. So the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup and the Philips Avent My Easy Sippy Spout Cups come with both the hard and the soft spouts to help ease that transition. The easy to use handles follow the same penguin cup shape design that the stage 1 cup had which allows baby to feel more comfortable with the new product.

Stage 3 is for the growing toddler. This is for the baby who has mastered the sippy cup and is ready to take the leap into a straw cup. This new shape expands drinking skills with the Philips Avent My Twist ‘n Sip Straw Cup. The silicone straw that stays clean with the twist lid keeps it clean on the go. Since I didn’t have this option with my first little one who preferred straws, I am excited about this new product.

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Stage 4 is the big news. This is the first product of its kind. The Philips Avent My Natural Drinking Cup is going to change the way that children about a year and up learn how to use a real cup. Once your kiddo has mastered the sippy cup and the straw you don’t want to hand them an open cup to roam around with. You would probably be cleaning up after them all the time. But with this new cup they can still master the drinking from a cup skill without the mess. Here is how it works. The lip-activated rim allows toddlers to drink like a grown-up, from 360 degrees around the cup, while an internal leak-proof valve prevents spilling. Genius!

To help you learn which might be the best fit for your toddler, Avent teamed up with Scholastic to create “Sip, Sip, Hooray,” a story of several toddler friends and a mischievous Mama “Sippopotomus” who’s hunting for the perfect sippy cup for Baby “Sippo” (you can even download a digital copy here).

While my little on is still mastering stage one, I am excited about the cups that will grow with her as she transitions from bottle to cup. I am sure I will blink and she will be hold enough for stage four soon enough!

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Encouraging Summer Adventures with Netflix’s Dragons: Race to the Edge

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam however all opinions are my own.

When the last school bell rings and Summer officially begins, our family can’t wait to start our adventure. With no tight schedules, homework or dance lessons, we are free to go wherever our heart takes us….with one caveat…my seven year old is not a fan of the unknown.

From new foods to new clothes, it can take some convincing to get her to try new things. So, I knew our Summer Adventure to Nashville, Tennessee would be a little outside her comfort zone. Thankfully, our plane had wifi and we were able to comfort her with an old friend, Netflix.

Because she loved the movie, How to Train Your Dragon, I directed her to the new Netflix original series, Dragons: Race to the Edge featuring Hiccup and Toothless. Soaring beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, the series introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.

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With the magical Dragon Eye, an artifact Hiccup finds aboard an abandoned ship, Hiccup learns there is more outside the confines of Berk, and that a little curiosity and determination can make every day an exciting journey. In Hiccup’s own words, “this changes everything.”

What a great message for my little one as we flew to a new State in search of fun family experiences! To her credit, she was a trooper! Trying new things like an Alpine Slide, water rides, roller coasters and even some new foods was way outside of her comfort zone but she enjoyed the adventure!

Reduce the Red Nose with Scotties Tissue

This post was written by contributor, Erin, of the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

I am so tired of using tissues that make your nose red, irritated, raw, or hurt. During the summer in Louisiana I feel like I use tissues every single day because of allergies. The pollen count is so high that just stepping outside makes your nose start running.  Have you tried these allergy fighting tips from Everyday Health?

  • Find out what you are allergic to and avoid the triggers
  • Wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes
  • Use Dust mite covers on beds and pillows
  • Keep your house as dust free as possible

Try as you might, sometimes avoiding allergy symptoms is futile. Working in an allergy clinic, I see this firsthand and I can tell you that we go through tissues like crazy. I, like our patients, am so tired of buying and trying all of the different types in the stores in order to find one that will not hurt or make my nose raw. That is, until I found Scotties Facial Tissues. They are amazingly soft, gentle, and hypoallergenic. When the company says “Soft as a Kitten” they are not lying!

Scotties Tissues

Scotties tissues, produced by the Irving Consumer Products, are made from new wood fibers from the J.D. Irving forests from both hard and softwood trees. One important thing about Scotties is that they are ink and dye free making them hypoallergenic. One of my favorite things about the product is that Irving Consumer Products is a family owned company committed to managing its operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner, which makes it a company I am proud to give business to.

But don’t take my word for it! Test it for yourself and see that the Scotties brand delivers kitten like softness, strength, and value in every box. The product is environmentally considerate and the company is dedicated to responsible forestry so everyone can feel good about supporting the company. The Tissues are sold in numerous stores and can be purchased online as well.

Making the World #BetterforBaby with Pampers

This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales. While a sample was received, all opinions remain 100% mine.

At iRetreat in New Orleans, I had the chance to see the unveiling of the Pampers Better for Baby campaign. It is a program that recognizes how babies have the ability to bring out the best in all of us and that is why we should do our part to make life better for them.

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 9.23.11 PMAs part of the campaign, Pampers is unveiling a video that celebrates all the profound ways babies change the world around them for the better – and in turn asks families to pledge how they will make life #BetterForBaby. Disclaimer: grab a tissue, it’s a definite tear jerker.

In order to do their part to make the World better for baby, Pampers has supported the happy, healthy development of babies for the last 50 years. Pampers is committed to doing their small part through  commitments including:

  • protecting premature babies
  • helping families in need through product donations
  • preventing maternal and neonatal tetanus
  • reducing their environmental impact.

In fact, at the launch of this #BetterforBaby campaign, Pampers is making a significant donation to each of their charity partners (Graham’s Foundation, UNICEF and Feeding America).

The generous actions of this brand who really gets behind and supports the consumer really got me thinking. What was I going to pledge? How can I make life better for baby?  While I can’t do anything on such a large scale like Pampers does, I can do things in my own home. Babies may be little, but they have this extraordinary power to bring out the best in us and in turn, change the world for the better. So I pledged to do the following three things:

  1. Take care of my health because a healthy mom means a happier mom.
  2. To maximize my family time because I can’t get these moments back.
  3. To be a positive support for other moms and not contribute to mom shaming.

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I really enjoyed the experience to reflect and determine what I could pledge to do my share. If you are ready to make your pledge, I encourage you to visit Pampers YouTube and Facebook pages and watch the Hush Little Baby video. Celebrate how babies bring out the best in all of us as you think about what your own pledge will be.

If you want to join others making their pledges, check out the Pampers #BetterforBaby Twitter Party: hosted by @iConnectIM (formerly Double Duty Divas).

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Also, iConnect in partnership with Pampers is holding a giveaway right now for an Apple Watch worth $400!  Simply tweet your #BetterForBaby pledge with the hashtags #Better4Baby and #B4BDivas along with a link to the Pampers video (  One random winner will be chosen from the #B4BDivas hashtag and the content ends at 11:59pmEST on July 15, 2015).

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Why We Love the Bubula Steel Diaper Pail

This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales. While a product was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

Since it has been four years since I had my first baby, there have been two changes in my baby gear status. One, it either didn’t survive the first child or two, there have been revolutionary changes to make a product better than the one that I had.

One instance in this situation is the diaper pail. With the first child I had a popular brand that existed on the market. At the time it was innovative and did the job. However I never had the trash bag refills stocked when I needed them. And the refills were just another niche baby expense.

With baby number two, thankfully there have been advances in the diaper pail. Now there is a product on the market that takes standard trash bags! Hallelujah!

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The Bubula Stainless Steel Diaper Pail is the answer. In my opinion, here are the best features:

  • The Bubula Steel Diaper Pail is made of steel and aluminum construction, so it does not absorb odors like plastic pails.
  • An air-tight lid prevents odors, while strong and flexible rubber seals prevent leaks and keep odors locked in.
  • Bubula’s larger container size holds 50% more diapers than other leading brands, which extends bag life.
  • You can pick from 7 colors to coordinate with your style and nursery design.
  • The Bubula Diaper Pail is super sturdy. Because of its design, it is not top heavy like some competitors which is great as baby becomes more mobile.

And, did I mention that you can use regular trash bags? So that means no special line items for custom trash bag refills on the Target list.

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I wish this one was foot peddle operated like other versions but I am happy to trade that for the list of features that make this diaper pail far more innovative.

If you are like me, before I had a child I wasn’t quite sure what you needed a diaper pail for. Why didn’t you just throw it in the regular trash can? Well a couple of weeks in to baby number one, I learned that the hard way. You need something right at the end of the changing table to toss and go. You have a baby on your hands, that now needs to be washed and you don’t need to be parading a disgusting diaper around the house. Plus, if you throw a dirty diaper in a regular trash can, the smell will haunt you. Maybe not at first….but once they eat baby food, it is downhill from there.

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Bubula is a brand designed and developed by people who have kids. Bubula products are premium products with functionality to make both yours and your baby’s life better, with a pleasing and stylish design. Every step in the process, from product concept, engineering to production is performed by people who have kids ensuring our customers get the best quality and functionality to make both your life, and your baby’s life, better. You can check them out online,

You can also pick up a Bubula Steel Diaper Pail at, Amazon, or Babies R Us.