b.box bottle + dispenser {Review}

When it comes to babies and kids, convenience is absolutely necessary. When leaving the house with baby, the diaper bag needs packed with entirely way too much stuff to feed baby (bottles, formula, burp cloths), change baby (clothing, diapers, wipes), skin care (sunscreen, diaper cream, lotion) and the list goes on and on. My diaper bag is so heavy and bulky because it pretty much houses everything from my little one’s nursery except for her crib. The two things I can’t leave the house without are bottles and formula. I had the opportnity to try out and review the b.box bottle + dispenser which is ideal for parents on the go!

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The b.box bottle + dispenser is a curved bottle with a formula dispenser attached to it. It is innovative for parents who formula feed! It’s also super easy to use and so convenient. Before leaving the house, add formula to the dispenser (the bottom has a cap that twists off, add formula and then put the cap back on) and attach to the bottle and add water. When baby is ready to eat, you twist the bottom of the dispenser and a piece twists through the bottom of the bottle and dispenses the formula. Just shake and feed! There is also a cap that can be put on the bottom of the bottle once the formula is dispensed or you can choose to use it as a conventional bottle. b-box-bottle-colorsb.box bottles are BPA, Phthalates and PVC free.

I packed it the other night when we went out to dinner to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. My little one was a screaming mess for some reason (I think she’s teething) so I pulled the b.box bottle from my diaper bag, twisted the bottom to dispense the formula and started to shake it to mix it. Formula started leaking everywhere from the bottom! All over my baby’s face and my face. I made sure when I put the bottle together that all of the pieces were correctly placed and the dispenser was tight, so I’m not sure what the issue was. However, I used it three times since then and had ZERO leakage!

The bottle has so many pieces that have to be washed thoroughly after every feeding. So for me, the bottle + dispenser will only be used when leaving the house and just the bottle (without dispenser) will be used throughout the night or for a regular feeding during the day. It is a really awesome product, so innovative and really makes things easier when out and about with your little one. I give the b.box bottle + dispenser a 4 out of 5 stars, only because of the occasional leaking from the bottom and because of the amount of pieces and time it takes to wash the bottle + dispenser after every feeding (it is more time consuming compared to regular bottles).The price point is a little high at $20. I would like to see it a come down a bit. b.box has a ton of awesome producs for baby, be sure to check out all of their products here!

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Boobie Beads {Review}

We were so thrilled to get a few products sent to us from Boobie Beads to review!

IMG_7590My son is almost 9 months old, and is just now breaking his first tooth through. He’s been a teething, drooling machine lately. He chews on everything in sight, whether it’s edible, safe, or clean… it doesn’t matter to him. So I always try to provide him with the appropriate baby products to chomp on.

Boobie Beads, Ltd. provides 100% food based silicon teething necklaces and product that are BPA and toxin free. They are safe and one size fits all. Based out of the UK, this mom of 3 had the great idea to manufacture a product that little ones could grab and chew on any time, but especially when they are close to their mommas during holding/feeding.

My little guy LOVED the necklace. He seriously can’t get enough of it. My necklace has several large beads, knotted around safe string. He’s played with it each time he’s been fed, and even when I’ve just been carrying him around. I wear my little guy all the time, so he’s close to me often and really loves to have something to chew on. The necklace has a safety release toggle, making it practical for an infant. IMG_7524

They also make pacifier (dummy) clips. While I love the concept of the clip, my baby enjoyed holding it and chewing on it without it being clipped on. None of my pacifiers actually worked with the clip, but all of my teethers do. I added one of the teethers on, and Lucas has been chomping on it like crazy. The clip on this could use some work: My son easily removed this several times over, leaving the sharp clip edges open and the thought of him getting his fingers smashed in there scared me a bit. A few small clip modifications would make this safer (I’d recommend a typical metal clip with nothing on top of it. The star provided leverage for him to grab and actually open the plastic clip.)

Both were easy to clean. I rinsed them and washed them with Dawn, and left them in the open air to dry.

Overall, a good product. My son really loves the necklace, and I’d recommend it to moms with teething/grabby babies.

IMG_7539I think the clip will need some work, but with a few changes it will be more practical.

Thanks to Boobie Beads for the product!

-Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Don’t Bullshit a Bullshitter.

Jane-in-Role-Models-jane-lynch-11352323-853-480One of my favorite movies of all time is Role Models. Which, I know, makes me quite the embodiment of what a good parent should be (sarcasm.) If you’ve ever seen this movie, you know it’s full of all kinds of nonsense. One of my favorite scenes is when Jane Lynch is telling the two main characters that they aren’t going to get away with anything, and not to try to “bullshit a bullshitter.” It’s hysterical, and Jane Lynch is amazing.

I had an experience recently with a customer service rep at Gerber that made me think of this phrase over and over. I try SO hard to feed my baby organic foods, and up to this point I’ve been pretty successful. More expensive? You bet. But if getting him the best food means I have to get one less Chipotle bowl a month, I’ll make it happen. My frustration comes from food labeling, and the ambiguity in all of the wording. Anything labeled “organic” is certified organic. BUT, you will come across food labeled “all natural”. HUH?! Honestly, I didn’t think there could be much of a difference. Wrong. So wrong. I contacted Gerber to ask what the difference was. The rep beat around the bush and gave me the most vague answer; that essentially their “all natural” products met strict standards. Well great, but why wouldn’t all of your food just meet the absolute best standards? These are babies we’re talking about here.

After quite a bit of research, it’s evident that “all natural” doesn’t mean what it says at all. All natural means GMOs, unconventional farming methods, and the difficult part of this is that the “all natural” products aren’t regulated as well as the organic ones are. Organic products must meet strict criteria, whereas adding the word “natural” onto a product just means minimal processing and additives, to an unknown degree.363f8569da3f967b514bdb9f1d987339

It’s frustrating. Frustrating that there is an option at all for us not to feed our kids the best, and that baby food labels are misleading. In my perfect utopia I’d just like to see 100% organic baby food on the shelves, with a larger demand so that it’s more affordable for everyone.

So to the companies intentionally misleading customers, shame on you for not just laying it out. Don’t give me the run-around and try to convince me that your products are much the same. And to the companies that only offer organic solutions? Bravo. I’m only buying your products, and thank you for being concerned about the well-being of these babies.

So, parents, here’s a breakdown:

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Some brands that I love:

  1. Plum Organics
  2. Earth’s Best
  3. Ella’s Kitchen

All of these can be somewhat difficult to find, depending on what you have close by as far as shopping goes. I have the most luck at Babies R Us and Target. Most big chain grocery stores have a pretty poor selection of organic baby food.

Good luck, parents!

-Katie