WubbleX Anti Gravity Ball {Review}

Last year Parker had the opportunity to review the Wubble Bubble Ball  shortly after Caity was born. It was the perfect activity for him to be a little silly and play with something completely different. It was exciting that about a year later I was contacted again to review the new WubbleX Anti Gravity Ball.

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Special thanks to Wubble for providing a WubbleX ball for review in addition to financial compensation. As always all opinions are 100% my own and never recommend a product I wouldn’t use myself or with my family.

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The kit comes with everything you need to enjoy your WubbleX.

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Filling Straw
Petroleum Jelly
{2} Valve Ceiling Patches
{2} Sticker Sheets to decorate your WubbleX
{1} Helium Canister +1 Bonus Can
Instruction Booklet

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First apply the petroleum jelly to the filling straw and insert it slowly into the valve. Make sure not to push too hard as you risk puncturing the WubbleX.

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The next part is definitely where an adult should take over. Connect the helium canister to the free end of the filling straw and remove the safety tab. Begin inflating the WubbleX slowly. If it is inflated too quickly you run the risk of pushing it away from the filling straw.

At full size the WubbleX is about 9 inches. You will know it’s close when it starts floating away from the filling straw. Once full place a vale sealing patch over the value to keep in as much helium as possible during play.

Then it’s time to have fun!

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The WubbleX is available on their website for $19.99 plus $8.99 shipping and handling. This includes two canisters of helium. The WubbleX is also available at Target for $7.99 but does not include any helium canisters.

Caity and Parker both really loved playing with the WubbleX. It was the perfect indoor activity for them on a rainy day. Parker couldn’t believe he was allowed to play with a ball in the house 🙂 I loved that they could play around without risking Caity getting hurt. It kept their undivided attention for about 30 minutes which is really good for their short attention spans.

Pros:
– The WubbleX is different and fun.
– Great for a wide age range (my kids are 1 and 3).
– Only takes 5 minutes to prepare.

Cons:
– Although the WubbleX seemed durable, even as Caity was pinching it, I have seen a few people say that theirs popped soon after opening. I can’t say what caused theirs to pop so quickly but it’s important to remember that this is just a heavy duty balloon and can’t sustain too much abuse.

– Since it takes about 1 whole can to fill the WubbleX it seems more like a one time WOW factor toy great for parties or in the closet for those days when you need a miracle to get through.

Friday Favorites: Playing with Lamaze

I recently had a chance to review a few Lamaze products on the Walmart(.com) website. Caity loved them so much I wanted to share our experiences with them here. Overall they are an adorable set of small toys that are great for travel, the car seat, and stroller. With a reasonable price tag and exception quality the attention to detail, use of bold colors, and engaging nature are a perfect combination.

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Freddie the Firefly Peekaboo Book

Caity loves crinkle fabric and this book has a ton of it. It’s a perfect size for the stroller or car seat and keeps her entertained for a while. The colors are vibrant and catch her eye as she plays around with it. The story is pretty cute and my son loves “reading” it to her. On the back Lamaze included some benefits of reading to your child, using the book, play ideas with it, and information on the 12-18 month development stage. I thought that was a nice touch.

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My First Fishbowl

I absolutely adore this toy and so does Caity. The fish, oyster, crab, and star fish are small and squishy, the perfect size for small hands. Each makes a unique sound which keeps her entertained for quite a while. She loves looking at their faces and I even think she is talking to them sometimes. The little aquarium, which is soft flexible plastic, houses all the pieces and is fun for my daughter to play with. We’ve also started using it with my son to teach him about sea animals and how to take care of an aquarium. It’s a great learning opportunity without the risk of losing a friend.    

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My Friend Emily

This is one of Caity’s favorite dollies. She really seems to respond to her life like features and bold colors. The bottom of her dress and feet have the crinkle fabric she is addicted too. She also has a necklace and rings dangling from her hand that are perfect to teeth on. There is a hook at the top to secure her to the stroller or car seat so she doesn’t get lost. Her legs are very soft and crunchy for cuddling. Emily overall is the perfect size for my 11 month old to play with. Large enough for her to grab on and cuddle with but small enough that it is extremely light weight. We are currently trying to teach her to hug her.


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Flip Flap Dragon

I have to admit I think I love this one more than Caity. The colors are bold really catching her eye, especially the purple wings. When you pull on the ring the dragons wings actually flap. Each leg, the stomach, and wings all have different textures, fabrics, and sounds including the crinkle noise. It’s small and light fitting perfectly on a stroller, shopping cart, or in the car seat.

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Nuby Squeeze n’ Squeak Teether Review

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Caity never really took to a pacifier so I have noticed she likes to chew a lot more on her toys than Parker. I like to have a few toys in each room to keep her occupied when I need to get dressed or make dinner. We have always been a fan of Nuby’s teethers and I was so excited when Nuby sent us the Squeeze n’ Squeak Elephant to try out in exchange for my honest review. As always, all reviews are 100% are my own and I never recommend a product I do not use myself or with my family.

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The colorful and animated characters are appealing to baby while the variety of textures help soothe sore gums.

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There are several rings and hoops that make it easy for little hands to grab a hold. Caity likes holding on and flinging it around, especially when her brother is bothering her.

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The Squeeze n’ Squeak Teether is appropriate for ages 3 months, BPA-free, and is currently available at Walmart for $5.97.

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Nuby 3 Stage Teether Set Review

I am having a hard time facing the fact that my little baby is growing up. Although I can try to deny it until the cows some home it’s impossible to ignore the obvious signs of teething. The drool, irritability, need to chew on everything, and the occasional fever. Yep, my little girl is teething. Crap!

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We have always been a fan of Nuby’s teethers and were excited when they sent us the 3-Stage Theether Set to try out in exchange for my honest review. As always, all reviews are 100% are my own and I never recommend a product I do not use myself or with my family.

Stage 1: Teethe-eez Super Soft Teether
Since she is just in the beginning stages of teething we have been using the Teethe-eez Super Soft Teether designed for babies 0+ months. The soft texture of the bristles provides a delicate comfort to Caity’s gums. When it’s time, the design will help assist the process when her teeth begin to break the skin. She is still a little too young to hold it herself, although she sure tries, so we do it for her. Of course that means we get covered in drool in the process!

Stage1 v3Stage 2: Softees Soft Silicone Teether
We are about ready to introduce this next teether which stimulates the lips and tongue to help with the transition to chewing. The Softees Soft Silicone Teether has different textures on each nub for different sensations and more places to grab a hold as she develops her fine motor skills.

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Stage 3: Softees Hard & Soft Teether
Eventually we will introduce this next one to Caity, around 6 months, which has more of a dual surface to massage and soothe sore gums and reach those back teeth. The Softess Hard & Soft teether is lightweight and easy to handle.

nubysofteesThe 3-Stage Teether Set also comes with a travel pack of Nuby All Natural Pacifier and Teether Wipes. These are perfect for the diaper bag when you need to do a quick disinfecting on the go! You can purchase the 3-Stage Teether Set at Walmart.com for about $13 and Target.com for about $15 in two different colors.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas: IQ Twist

Although I am not a huge fan of cold weather I absolutely love the Christmas season. Candles in the windows, hot chocolate, fires by the fire place, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite though has to be shopping for the stockings.

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.”

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Special thanks to SmartGames for providing me with an IQ Twist for review. All opinions are my own and I never recommend a product I won’t use myself or with my family.

Along with some practical and fun items I always like to find a small puzzle or brain teaser for my Dad. He plays a lot of games on his iPad but it is fun to have something in your hands to play with. As luck would have it, one of the wonderful goodies I walked away with while attending Blogger Bash this past summer was IQ Twist. After trying it out I knew it would be perfect for him!

SmartGames are fun, multi-level logic games and puzzles for one player. IQ Twist received the 2012 Best New Puzzle Award from Games Magazine. You can check out more of their award winning products here.

Although small in nature, this game is packed with 100 challenges to keep you for quite some time. IQ Twist challenges start off “easy” and get progressively harder working through a Starter, Junior, Expert, Master, and Wizard level.

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To start each challenge remove all of the squiggle pieces and pegs. Using the challenge as reference, match the appropriate color pegs and squiggle piece on the board.

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To complete the challenge you must place every squiggle piece on the board. Seems easy enough, right? Or not… The tricky part is arranging them so that each peg is matched up with the same color squiggle piece.

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I found the Smart level challenges to be a little difficult until I got the swing of things. If you are really stumped on a challenge the back of the booklet as all of the answers.

You can purchase IQ Twist on Amazon Prime for $9.99. That means it’s not too late to grab one up this year to stuff in your stockings. It’s a great gift idea for any parent who spends a lot of time in nap jail, the car, or waiting for doctor appointments.

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