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Fisher-Price Power Plus SpaceSaver Cradle 'n Swing
Fisher-Price Power Plus SpaceSaver Cradle 'n Swing
Price: $110.52
7 used & new from $105.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good portable swing - but consider a full sized first, August 19, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is very useful if you need a lot of flexibility in where your baby naps. If you have a good dedicated space a full sized swing (in particular I like the Fisher-Price swings like this one: Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing) is a much better option: the full sized swing can swing side-to-side or pivot to swing front-to-back, can support a higher weight, and has more swing levels. However if that doesn't work for you, or you have that, but you need something for napping away from home then this is a great portable swing.

It does well at the four most important things:

It's safe: it sits low to the ground, and the support design is simple but effective. The harness is easy to use and keeps the baby from falling or leaning out.

It's cozy: I had this same basic fabric on one of our FP swings and it goes through the washing machine without any shrinking or tearing.

Decent swing levels: While not as effective as a full-sized swing it has a good number of swing options.

Easy to move: you can fold it up, but the profile is so small you probably won't need to, just grab it and go.

I like that it doesn't have a ton of toys. Those are there to look cute for parents. Toys won't help your baby take a nap - and the more a toy moves or lights up, the worse it is for getting a baby to sleep. And honestly, it's all about getting the baby to go to sleep. The angle too is great for babies with colds - keeping them a little upright can help prevent ear infections and help reduce nasal drip issues.

So overall this is a great portable option - if you need one. Or if you just have money to spare. If you are on a budget your choice between this and a full-sized swing should be based on how flexible you need your nap location to be. You can move a full-sized swing between rooms with only a modest amount of trouble.

This model has AC adapter however if you are sure don't want the adapter you can buy this model for a little less: Fisher-Price Spacesaver Cradle N Swing.


Britax Affinity Stroller, Silver/Black
Britax Affinity Stroller, Silver/Black
Price: $560.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best strollers out there, August 19, 2014
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We have four kids and we've been through a number of strollers. We've had a Peg Perego Aria and Duette, a Joovy Caboose, and the Baby Jogger City Select along with a few umbrella-style strollers. Along the way we've considered a half-dozen others.

So first off: this is a great single stroller and I'd rate it as one of the best strollers I've used. The materials and build quality are first rate. The aluminum frame is lightweight and feels solid. The material is comfortable, wipes off most stains easily, and it's a breeze to remove and machine wash the seat liner. They've got a sun shade that actually extends pretty far, something that man strollers can't seem to get right. I also like that you can open a mesh vent in the back so which is nice for chatting with your baby or reducing the "parachute" effect of the canopy on windy days. It has shock absorbers and air filled tires so the ride is really easy on your baby and it's not hard to push. While not sold as an all-terrain stroller, you aren't going to have any trouble with this at the park if you cut across a field. At its core however this is an urban stroller from its ride down to its style. There is plenty of storage below the seat and it's easily accessed from the rear. The fold is simple and can be done from the rear of the stroller, however it doesn't fold as flat as the City Select. Our neighbor has an Uppababy Vista and the Affinity ends up taking up just a little more space than the Vista when folded. Not a big deal unless you are really crunched for space in your car. As a single stroller I would say it's as good as the City Select or Vista in all the ways that matter, though with fewer accessories (it's new so perhaps that will change).

Assembly is simple and tooless: open the folded stroller frame and snap in the removable parts: wheels, seat, and arm bar. You are up and going in just a few minutes. The arm bar can be opened on just one side if desired. You buy either a black, silver or white frame and a color pack which includes the canopy, basket liner, strap cover, and seat liner. The foot rest folds but does not extend. The whole seat pivots for reclining like a City Select or Uppababy Vista, which is nicer than many cheaper strollers where just the seat back reclines. The seat can face forward or in reverse. There is no option for a second seat.

It doesn't come with a cup holder and there isn't one as an accessory. You are going to want one, fortunately Britax and others make universal storage and cup holders. You are going to want at least one cup holder, so you might as well plan for it. Rather than buy the cup holder accessory for our City Select, I got the ($25)Britax Stroller Organizer which has two cup holders and enough storage to keep a few essentials in easy reach. Naturally the Affinity can dock a Britax infant seat or you can buy a bassinet. For about $40 you can buy the Britax Infant Car Seat Adapter Frame for other common car seat brands (it works well with our Chicco Keyfit).

If all you need is a single seat, this is a fantastic stroller that is stylish, easy to use and solidly built. If you have already decided to get the Britax infant seat, then all the more reason to get this stroller. However, if you think that you might have another baby within two years or so, consider getting a stroller with a second seat option. The UPPAbaby Vista can add on a rumble seat in rear facing configuration (which works, but it's not ideal). The Baby Jogger City Select can add a second seat in just about any configuration you can imagine (having tried many let me tell you it's the best twin stroller around) and you can get adapters for just about any infant seat that matters. The Britax B-Ready is another great stroller than can add a second seat that doesn't quite match up to the City Select, but it's darn close and it cost less.


Chummie Elite Bedwetting Alarm with 5 Tones, Vibration and One Drop Detection Technology, Green
Chummie Elite Bedwetting Alarm with 5 Tones, Vibration and One Drop Detection Technology, Green
Offered by Theos Medical Systems
Price: $79.99
2 used & new from $79.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicer than the Malem, August 14, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Prior to getting this we had tried the Malem Ultimate with our son. I did reduce the number of accidents he had, but it did not eliminate them. More importantly we had trouble keeping it attached to the right spot, because our son moves around a lot in his sleep. We decided to try out this "Chummie Model" and so far it seems to be working better. We just got started, so time will tell, but after a week of use we've had no "misses" and we attribute that to the flexible sensor pad, which is much more forgiving of movement than the Malem.

The Chummie looks to be a little bit better built, has a more flexible wetness detectors, and it cost less. All things considered, I just can't see a reason to recommend the Malem.

One tip consider getting the arm band. While the clip attachement is better than the safety pin other brands use, it still won't stand up to an active sleeper. The armband should come with every Chummie.


GE NIGHTHAWK XENON 9006 Halogen Replacement Headlight Bulb, (2 Pack)
GE NIGHTHAWK XENON 9006 Halogen Replacement Headlight Bulb, (2 Pack)
Price: $47.74
2 used & new from $47.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice improvement over my old bulbs, August 11, 2014
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I have to admit I was a little dubious about how much difference these would make. It took all of 10 minutes to get replace the bulbs in my 2007 Honda Odyssey. You pull off the old light and attachment and then and put these on. It's that easy. Even in looking at them in the daytime I could see a big difference. I took a drive out at night and I was actually impressed. You definately get a brighter light that does a better job of providing some color contrast.

Now these are not the awufl super-bright Xenon bulbs some people put on to (apparently) blind other drivers. But these are a nice improvement over the old factory bulbs in my van that were probably due to go out soon anyway. These cost about 30% more than regular replacement bulbs, but they are definately worth it in my book.


Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set
Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set
Price: $39.99
5 used & new from $32.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best things you could buy for a kid, August 2, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Sometimes the old toys are the best toys. This is a great set, which includes a large selection of tracks and a battery powered car launcher. This is a great alternative to a slot car track for kids who are too young for one. Assembly is… well I helped my eight-year old son unpack it, and then I just let him go at it. He’s good at this sort of thing, and he had a nice track layout together in 30-45 minutes.

This is a good, loud fun. Yeah, the car launcher is pretty loud. If you need to get revenge for that drum set your sister gave your kid, this is a good choice. However if you’ve got someplace the kids can use it, they will get tons of entertainment out of it. One of the best things of course is that they can combine bits of other Hot Wheels sets and make new track configurations. This is great “engineering” play. I’d much rather have the kids spending the day being loud, playing together and designing new and improbable race-tracks than staring at a screen. It's also a great way for kids of different ages to play together. For the money it’s hard to buy a better toy.


Philips SHK1000BL/28 Kids on Ear Headphone
Philips SHK1000BL/28 Kids on Ear Headphone
Price: $14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for the price - there are better options, August 2, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is very basic set of head phones with sound attenuation. I did verify that it caps the volume at a pretty reasonable level. The headphones aren’t terribly sturdy and my kids don’t find them to be that comfortable, but they are “good enough.” The sound is pretty good for the price. The ear pads are pretty thin and don’t provide any sound dampening. We’ve tried a number of kid’s headphones and we think the Kids Gear (CH68KG04) is a better set of headphones (though they cost a little more). We’ve yet to find the “perfect” set of headphones for kids. For the price this set is okay, but you can do better for just a little more money.


OXO Good Grips Lift and Lock Pole Caddy
OXO Good Grips Lift and Lock Pole Caddy
Price: $110.49
8 used & new from $76.81

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to add storage, July 24, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I got this for one of our bathrooms after previously installing the Simplehuman Tension Shower Caddy in another bathroom. They are very similar in terms of installation and (apparent) build quality. The SH caddy has three shelves and a wash cloth hanger whereas the Oxo has four shelves but no hanger. So far the Oxo has been great, but no better or worse than the SH one. I can say that after more than a year the SH hasn't rusted. We will have to wait and see how the Oxo does.

The Oxo defiantly has better trays for small items. The SH has wire shelves and small items can fall through. The Oxo design is also a little better at holding large objects because the rails on the trays are a little higher. I do like the wash cloth holder on the SH, it's very handy.

Installation for both was pretty easy. Both times I ended up tweaking the location a bit, but that's a minor issue for a reasonably healthy adult. Anyone with strength or balance issues will want help installing this. Whichever brand you end up choosing, this is a great way to get more storage area into your bathroom. I had zero luck with suction cup based shelves but it's not worth a bathroom remodel to give me a better place to keep the shampoo. Overall this is a great product that's worth your time.


Fisher-Price Disney Minnie Jump 'n Style Pony Stable
Fisher-Price Disney Minnie Jump 'n Style Pony Stable
Price: $39.99
9 used & new from $39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, July 24, 2014
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It's Minnie mouse and ponies. I mean, seriously, whoever designed this knew their market, and it's my twin girls. They've had a blast playing with this set. They love being able to accesorize Minnie, though naturally those little pieces are going to be lost before you know it. They are small enough that you may want to store them off depending on the age of your kid and their propensity for putting things in their mouth.

Like all of these FP Mickey Mouse Clubhouse toys it's nice sturdy colorful plastic. They did a good job of eliminating points or anything a kid could reasonably get hurt on. If you kid is into Minnie Mouse and ponies, then you have a sure winner with this toy.
BTW - If you've got twins or simliarly aged sibblings you can buy extra figures such as these: B00IWOTPOI.


Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing (With Smart Swing Technology)
Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing (With Smart Swing Technology)
Price: $139.99
6 used & new from $139.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite baby swing, July 24, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have four kids. I've gone through a lot of swings over the years, and I can say with confidence that Fisher-Price makes the best swings. They are the most comfortable and they last. We use these for the "mid-day nap" and nights where the baby has a cold (helps keep them upright which can help prevent ear infections, minimize post-nasal drip and settle them if a cough wakes them up). Let me tell you about the things that matter when it comes to baby naps in these swings:
1. You can plug it in so you don’t have issues with batteries failing in the middle of nap time.
2. It's soft and comfortable.
3. It swings from side-to-side.
4. It’s safe.

Let me tell you what doesn't matter:
1. It plays music and has other sound options (they don't help)
2. It has toys for babies to look at (I take them off, they bother little babies and distract older ones)
3. What the theme is: babies don't care.

Some of them have a set of toys that snap across their lap. This keeps them awake and makes it hard to tap on the side. Tapping on the side of a swing rhythmically is a *great* way to put a wired baby to sleep. I don't want a piece of plastic there, I want padding which is more comfortable to tap.

So this is a great swing, and this version doesn’t have the old "dial" for setting the swing speed. Those were a little noisy to turn and could wake a napping baby. When you are sleep deprived yourself, anything that helps a baby sleep is gold. So get this model (or one like it) instead, which has nice quiet buttons.

Other things I like: the covers come off fairly easily and you can machine wash them (though the swings with the netting in back like this one add a minor amount of hassle – you will need to use a gentle cycle). The cord is well routed: your baby won’t be able to grab it and even if they did, the exposed cord is short and has a quick disconnect that can help prevent accidental choking.

Overall these are the best swings on the market, and I highly recommend having one.


Fisher-Price Spacesaver Cradle N Swing
Fisher-Price Spacesaver Cradle N Swing
Price: $83.16
7 used & new from $83.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great portable swing when you have multiple nap locations, July 24, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is very useful if you need flexibility in where your baby naps. If you have a good dedicated space a full sized swing (in particular I like the Fisher-Price swings like this one: Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing) is a much better option: the full sized swing has an AC adapter, goes up to a higher weight, and has more swing levels. However if that doesn't work for you, or you have that, but you need something for napping at Grandma's (or whatever) then this is a great portable swing.

It does well at the four most important things:

It's safe: it sits low to the ground, and the support design is simple but effective. The harness is easy to use and keeps the baby from falling or leaning out.

It's cozy: I have this same basic fabric on one of our FP swings and it goes through the washing machine without any shrinking or tearing.

Decent swing levels: While not as effective as a full-sized swing it has a good number of swing options.

Easy to move: you can fold it up, but the profile is so small you probably won't need to, just grab it and go.

I like that it doesn't have a ton of toys. Those are there to look cute for parents. Toys won't help your baby take a nap - and the more a toy moves or lights up, the worse it is for getting a baby to sleep. And honestly, it's all about getting the baby to go to sleep. The angle too is great for babies with colds - keeping them a little upright can help prevent ear infections and help reduce nasal drip issues.

So overall this is a great portable option - if you need one. Or if you just have money to spare. If you are on a budget your choice between this and a full-sized swing should be based on how flexible you need your nap location to be.

This model does not have an AC adapter, and that is one great feature you can get in a full sized swing. However if you want the adapter you can buy this model: Fisher-Price Power Plus SpaceSaver Cradle 'n Swing.


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