Sunday, December 19, 2010

Giveaway - Jack, the Cuddly Dog (CLOSED)




I am giving away three free copies of an adorable new baby video called Jack, the Cuddly Dog in Jack Goes West! All you have to do is  become a fan of their Facebook fan page, my Facebook fan page and follow this blog by Wednesday! (see links and details below on where to find the fan page and the drawing of names).
Created for toddlers and babies three and under, the Jack, the Cuddly Dog video series is about an adorable puppy who lives in Central Park, NYC. I went to their website, http://www.jackthecuddlydog.com/, where the producers share some thoughts about how they went about creating "a new generation of baby videos" on their website: 
The Jack series is based on a process of research and study of children’s education and cognitive development. Our main goal at Hello Baby Productions has been to create a form of edutainment that is (to borrow Harvard professor Daniel Goleman’s terminology) "emotionally intelligent."  ...

The Jack, the Cuddly Dog video series is based on a process of research and study of children’s education and cognitive development. Our main goal at Hello Baby Productions has been to create a form of edutainment that is (to borrow Harvard professor Daniel Goleman’s terminology) "emotionally intelligent."

Our criteria for emotional intelligence has been the following:





  • Creating a warm, nurturing character that young children can relate to and feel comforted by in the same way that they find comfort in a teddy bear or special blanket.



  • Creating a warm feeling in the viewer by using quality animation originating from hand drawings rather than computer-generated images.





  • Stimulating the auditory senses and cognitive benefits of rhythm and harmony in music with genuine acoustic instruments.





  • We don’t devote larges sections of screen time to showing plastic toys or stock footage - instead we show animals one can see in the yard next door, in a park, or on a farm. We focus on beautiful and meditative shots of nature combined with images of other babies, colors and shapes, animals, (and of course and lots of dogs :-) 





  • Babies are amazing and precious! We want to give them the very best we can offer. We want to help them delight in the world, learn and laugh with us and grow to be happy, healthy and wise human beings. We hope you enjoy Jack, the Cuddly Dog!


  • Above philosophy taken from http://www.jackthecuddlydog.com/philosophy.php. You can find more information on Jack, the Cuddy Dog at http://www.jackthecuddlydog.com/.

    I have not had a chance to review this video yet, but received the opportunity to giveaway three (3) copies of Jack, the Cuddly Dog goes West.

    Win it here:

    Please leave one (1) comment stating that you did ALL of the following:
    1-"like" Jack, the Cuddly Dog on Facebook
    2-"like" NewbieMum fanpage on Facebook
    3-Follow this blog (click on "follow" on the upper right hand column on this page)
    4-Leave your name, Facebook name (if different) & email address.
    Entries with invalid or missing email addresses will be disqualified

    You may earn one (1) extra entry per day by posting this link with a description of the giveaway on your Facebook page. Copy and paste the permalink with your email address in the comment box. To find the permalink click the timestamp of you post.

    This video retails for $14.99 and can be purchased at  http://www.jackthecuddlydog.com/shop.php


    Shipping is available worldwide, however the video is approved for Zone 1 countries (US and Canada). Offer ends on December 23, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond. Maximum one prize per household.

    Good luck!!!

    I was not paid to say any of these things. I did win free product during a giveaway, which did not affect my opinion of the product/company

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    Playing catch up

    These are the last blogs from Newbie Mum on Facebook:

    December 13 at 1:22am ·
    NewbieMum Let's talk about shots! She just had her 4 mth shots. I know they are required by the school system and are scientifically proven to give you immunity to X, Y and Z, but are they really? It is like a FDA approved drug that works until it doesn't. Then action is taken. These shots are such a double sided coin.

    December 10 at 4:31pm ·
    NewbieMum In the hospital they had a plastic container on wheels. I was yelled at one night for having her sleep in the hospital bed with me. (Same people that kept telling me that we should be tummy to tummy as much as possible). At home she has a cosleeper next to the bed and when she is ready to feed we do a side lying position and fall asleep (oops!). So how do you sleep with your baby?

    December 9 at 3:47pm ·
    NewbieMum So then it was time to breast feed. Well I have a breast and figured if I got her mouth to breast she would know what to do. Wrong! (but you knew that). I had to go to a lactation class where I learned the "nipple" is not the tiny thing on the end and she could take the entire thing into her tiny mouth. So now I knew w...hat I was doing and she decided she wanted to sleep rather than nurse

    December 8 at 3:09am ·
    NewbieMum At the hospital you are given the choice of "rooming in" or having her stay in a nursery. I chose "rooming in." So there she was looking at me as if she wanted me to keep her warm and protect her. In my mind, I thought what the heck am I going to do with this? Keep in mind she was 5lbs.

    December 8 at 3:09am ·
    NewbieMum Since it is 3am let me tell you my first thought after she was born. Why did they put that there? She gleamed at me with trusting eyes as if she were saying, "oh there you are. I know you." After our eyes connected I had nothing to say, nothing to think. Only to give her permission to trust me. That was Day 1.
    NewbieMum In starting this new page I decided to do what I wanted to when I began Newbie Mum: To have a place where new mums can talk about what's going on with their babies. Mine baby girl is 14 weeks old. How old is your child/ren? What was your first thought after delivery? I realize I am about to post this in the middle of the night and I have 5 likes, but let's give this a go :)

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    Orbit Travel System

    My first product review and it is a MUST have
    This is the first product that I used, my Orbit Travel system (www.orbitbaby.com). I have to admit that I saw this system on Keeping up with Kardashians. I purchased the system from Baby Earth (www.babyearth.com) with free shipping and no tax. I purchased the stroller, stroller bag, car seat base (2), infant car seat, bassinet with rocker and later stroller seat. Also, I bought both the small and large rain canopy/mosquito net.
    Each item came with a warranty card and more importantly instructions, with pictures! Each piece was very easy to become acquainted with and use. My husband was very pleased from day one with this system (points for me!).

    I live in NYC and went to Florida for a month with this system. It worked in both environments and while travelling through the airport also.
    Infant Car Seat
    We first used the infant car seat to bring her home. She looked very comfortable and cozy. The first time I went to her pediatrician I took the entire seat into the office without the stroller. It was easy to carry and worked very well. I have travelled with this car seat in an airplane from NY to FL, but there were no extra seats to carry it onto the plane.  I used a large laundry bag to cover and the white metal part of the bassinet to attach to the base of the seat in case it was bumped I did not want the circular piece to be damaged. In Florida, we attached a Bright Stars stroller toy to the seat and it worked perfectly.

    Car Seat Base
    It was worth the decision to purchase two car seat bases especially since she will graduate from the infant car seat to the toddler seat. I believe at some point you can turn the toddler seat to forward facing without needing the base.  Also, you do not need the car seat base when travelling it was just more convenient for me to use it.

    Stroller
    The stroller is easily folded and unfolded with one hand. It is possible to carry the baby in the seat in one hand and the stroller in the other hand with a diaper bag across your body. At first glance, the system looks huge, but in reality it is the same width as the other brands, but is longer to accommodate the 360 degree turning radius of the seat. The wheels pop very easily for storage. After I bought the system, I understood the G1 had two cup holders. I prefer one cup holder with areas to put my keys and other items. Also, the handles are adjustable for taller people I have not had the need to adjust them. I bought a stroller lock on Amazon because I live in NY just in case I wanted to take her away from the stroller it attaches to the stroller perfectly. There is a cargo bag at the bottom of the stroller. I personally do not detach it often and carry it around as I have a separate diaper bag, but I do store the weather pack inside of in just in case.


     Weather Pack
    Also, the mosquito net came in handy as the hot Florida sun disappeared and the pesky bugs came out.  There were some days I used the canopy and some days I did not just depending on the weather. Now that we will expect snow I will definitely use the canopy.


    Stroller Bag
    Putting the stroller into the stroller bag at the gate took 10 minutes, but was only time consuming, not difficult. The headrest on the seat and the strap covers saved me buying them.

    Bassinet
    Up to three months, she enjoyed the bassinet on the stroller (very rarely used the rocker). She loved walks in the park where she was able to lay down and sleep. In the park there were many very windy days, but the depth of the bassinet shielded her from the noise, debris and cold air of the wind.



    Stroller Seat
    When I purchased the stroller seat my mum said, “Do you really need another seat?” When I used the stroller seat she had more of an opportunity to sit up and look around. I think it was a great idea and as she grows older the bassinet will be folded down and put away and this will be the preferred seat. It has a snack tray that also keeps the child securely in the seat. I have not tried the recline function and I have read reviews about the shade being sloppy and falling out, but I have not encountered that problem.

    My favorite features
    I cannot finish this review before I mention my favorite two things the 360 and the paparazzi shield. First, the paparazzi shield sounds over the edge, but really it is not. I used it for days that the sun was hot and shining and while I was in the airport. Who wants germs of the world falling on their child? The 360 aspect of the seat is the reason I bought this entire system. There are days where she faces me and days where she faces outward. There are many factors in this such as weather, age, fussiness index (I should make a scale for this). There are actually studies that show (I have seen them, but don’t quote me on this) that it is healthier for children to be able to see their parents and be able to look out.
    Every time I use the system I find another reason I love it. I know it is on the pricier side, but it is worth every penny!

    (I was not paid to say any of these things. I did not receive a free product to review this is my opinion of the product. I only give honest reviews. Thanks!)