Review: Baby Trend’s Hello Kitty Travel System is a Great Investment

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BabyTrend recently introduced a new stroller system with Hello Kitty styling. The popular baby products manufacturer sent me its EZ Ride5 Travel System – Hello Kitty Expressions for a review and from my inspection.

Bottom Line: I think it is a solidly built stroller, with quality construction and durable hardware that will last you a few years and is a good investment because it is mid price range for a stroller system.


What Comes With it: The system includes a car seat and base; and a stroller that can be used as a carriage in baby’s infancy before it can be used in her toddler to early childhood years.

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Assembly:  The stroller shipped to me in a giant box but I was able to assemble it in under 15 minutes without even reading the instructions! Ha! I imagine had I taken the time to read through first, it would have been even easier and taken less time.

The parts snap into shape and no tools are required.  The car seat snapped easily and securely in the base. The car seat accommodates a 5 to 30 pound child (2.2 and 13.6kg) child who is less than 30 inches (76.2cm).

Review of Baby Trend’s EZ-Ride5 Travel System – Quickly and easily lock into base

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Installation: It comes with a 5-point safety harness with padded harness covers to protect baby.

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I was able to quickly and securely install it without the base in my car seat.

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To install it with the base, one must take more time to use the anchor. It has a Peek-a-boo cover so mom can check in on baby on the go.

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Once installed, you can check if it is level and at the legal and proper angle using a guide on the side. (see example).

Folding, Travel and Storage: The stroller opens and closes easily with one hand fold.

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Once folded, I was able to pick it up and toss it in the back of my SUV with no trouble at all. The stroller was not too heavy for me at all.

Review of Baby Trend’s EZ-Ride5 Travel System – Easy to stow and go!

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The stroller has a parent tray with two deep cup holders, multi position reclining seat which adjusts with a simple pull or tightening of a strap behind the seat. I wish it could recline further back in case the kid wants to take a nap.

You can release the break with a simple step on a lever at the back.

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Other features include a covered parent tray with two deep cup holders.  The tray doesn’t snap into place because it is a swing-away and has a snack and/or cup holder. When I was assembling it, because I didn’t read first, I got confused why it didn’t snap into place. snicker Hence, why it’s a good idea to read the instructions first.

It has a large storage basket too.

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Overall, at a decent price point at $199.99 on Amazon, you can use this system for several years, making it a pretty good investment. You may need a second base for another vehicle used to transport you baby. Also, if the pads or covers, which are wipe clean and washable get too worn, you can order replacements.

Cons/Criticism:  I would have preferred for the front wheel to be a bit more sturdy and have more swivel for tight areas. Also, the stroller doesn’t recline as far back as I’d want to allow a sleeping child to slumber comfortably. Also, you need two hands to adjust the straps. Something, a mom may not always be able to do if she’s in a tight spot or on the go.

Otherwise, it’s a solid stroller system.

And this stroller will do very well for some young teen mom or homeless young mother who is about to have a baby at the St. Ann’s Home in Hyattsville, Maryland where I donated the stroller system.

Kelly RowlandGets Really Raw in her New Book About Pregnancy

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So actress and TV cooking show host Tia Mowry  wrote “Oh Baby“. Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels penned “Yeah Baby“.  The new celebrity to come out with a book about pregnancy for the first time is multi-Grammy winning artist Kelly Rowland.

Her book, “Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened)” written with her OB/GYN of 10 years Dr. Tristan Bickman went on sale on Tuesday, April 11.


In it, Rowland shares her candid reactions to pregnancy and motherhood; and dealing with all the surprises that you’re never prepared for until you experience it first hand, even if you read about it before in a book.

The Voice Australia coach discussed the book with USA Today and how she too was duped by the perfect magazine covers with the facade celebs who were fit and trim weeks after giving birth.

The former Destiny’s Child band member wrote: “I just saw a cover that I did for Shape and then I’m looking in the mirror going, ‘Oh, my god this is not the same body. How did this happen?’ And, I had to just keep reminding myself that, ‘You had a baby, Kel.’ But I was hard on myself. I really was.”

And in the interview as with the book, the mom to 2-year old son Titan doesn’t hold back. Nothing’s off the table. Incontinence, vaginal tearing, check! and check!

In the book, she referred to herself looking at her lady parts in the mirror after giving birth”the world’s worst idea!”

Your vajayjay does not look the same for a very long time,” she told openly shared, noting that a friend told her that her husband wouldn’t care. “‘But, I care about it.’ We go to get it all done up and trimmed and waxed and this and that and it’s all swollen and crazy and you’re just wondering what just happened?”

It’s a very raw discussion in the book, it seems. She also talks mom guilt and more. Check out the full interview HERE!  

You can pick up your copy of the book HERE!

h/t USA Today

Not Your Grandma’s Nappy, Review: These Cloth Diapers are Revolutionary

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Cloth diapers have come a long way from the ones your great grandmother might remember.

Case in point: the award winning designed Bambino Mio.


Unlike traditional cloth diapers, the brand sells super absorbent cloth diapers with Velcro fastening to enable a snug fit. And another benefit is that they are better for the environment. Bambino Mio skips on the chemical gels found in disposable diapers and of course because they are reusable, they are more cost efficient than traditional diapers.

Next up for review! These awesome cloth diapers by @bambinomio ! We loved them! Look for the review on the blog today.

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We were sent a pair to review and we loved the design. Our initial concern was about the holes for the legs. We thought they would be bit too big for a small baby or almost premie which is true, so a smaller newborn would need to pick up in size, then they can use the diaper just fine.

We also feared the diapers would leave an indentation or mark on baby’s legs if put on too tightly, but that was not the case for our tests. They fit fine without any sign the baby was uncomfortable and it dint leave any lines or indentations from being too tight.miosolo-lifestyle-all-2015-prints-stack-2

The nappies, as they are called in the UK where the company that makes them originates, come in an assortment of fun colors. The quality appear top notched and pretty durable.


There are two different sizes: the misolo for small babies which is a one piece and the miosoft made of two pieces. At about $20US each, that’s a steal considering how much one box of disposable diapers cost and they only last for about a month. Bambino Mio also sells three packs and an entire kit.

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They also sell accessories like detergent, waterproof mattress covers, diapers pails, potties, and other essentials. Get it on the store website or at our partners at Amazon.com

Review: Here’s Another Very Cute Baby Shower Gift Book

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Novelty books are always a great gift to give a first time mom or a woman who has just announced she is expecting her first kid. I was sent a copy of Norweigian illustrator and animator Line Severinsen‘s new graphic book, “I’m So Pregnant” to check out (retail: $14.99US). It’s a humorous take on all the common and untold unpleasantness of pregnancy.

In the intro to the hard cover book of over 50 pages of illustrations, Severinsen explains, “Like many women, when I became pregnant with my first baby, I was so excited to have the experience of carrying a child…but then, not long into my first trimester, I started noticing how the media and blogosphere continuously painted pregnancy in such a glorious light, completely leaving out the negative things that many pregnant women experienced.”


She said that’s when she grabbed her pencils to start telling her “pregnancy story in an honest way.” But with all the “keepin’ it real” in between the pages of her new book, Severinsen acknowledges it all ends well.

“I like to think that these drawings show that while pregnancy is not always easy (or pretty, or comfortable, or fun),in the end, when you see your baby for the first time, it is completely worth it,” she writes.

I found the illustrations about the sudden appearance of stretch marks, the asinine question one gets at the end, “You’re still pregnant?!”, the screaming for an epidural, the delivery selfie, and the unexpected bowel movement during the pushing stage to be the BEST and funniest parts!”

Overall, the short read is a pleasurable and fun take on pregnancy-hood. It’s on sale now! Grab your copy from our partners at Amazon.com.

Meanwhile, the title reminded me of this parody of rapper Iggy Azalea‘s song “Fancy” called “I’m so pregnant. WATCH:

Purchase of This Backpack Gives Back TWO-Fold to Kids In Need

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We love social good initiatives that help children and families and that’s why we’re happy to report about innovative company whose entire business model is centered on helping kids in need.

Sydney Paige is woman-owned company that makes very sturdy, cute and practical backpacks, school accessories and books and partners with worthy causes to donate a matching product for each sold. That way customers know their purchases will have a philanthropic effect as well.


This month, Sydney Paige is teaming up with an inspiring nonprofit, Rainbow Pack. This organization was started by founder Riley Joy Gantt when she was just ten years old and is dedicated to providing elementary school students with educational tools they need to be successful learners irrespective of their financial circumstances.

It’s a big deal because Sydney Paige is upping the donation match this round from its traditional one purchase/one donation model.

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Sydney Paige has agreed to donate two of their premium backpacks for every bag purchased while Rainbow Pack has committed to fill all bags with their very own ‘homework’ supplies. This is a major twist to Sydney Paige’s Buy One/Give one mantra as they have implemented a Buy One/Give TWO model.

And the packs are also good for another very important thing: the environment. Sydney Paige backpacks are made from eco-friendly materials of 100% cotton canvas, natural leather, nickel free hardware and/or recycled polyester.

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We know because we got a chance to check one out up close and personal: the Guidi Laptop Rucksack which actually helps Matthew McConaughey and his wife, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Camila Alves McConaughey’s nonprofit just keep livin foundation.  This nonprofit works with local non-profits to run after school fitness and wellness programs in inner-city high schools and the results have been incredible! Participants get in shape and gain confidence while also improving their grades, attendance and behavior.

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My daughter GiGi (pictured below) headed off to school with a pack provided complimentary of the company in exchange for the review. Indeed, the material was quality and the hardware was durable. It is light weight and not too heavy. A lot of back packs weigh a lot even while empty but after a child adds their books and perhaps a laptop or other tablet in there, it can be very hard for him or her to carry.

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The price point is medium at $95 but when you consider that the pack will also be used in charity, it becomes worth the investment. When you know that your purchase will actually help another person, and in this case another child, it moves it closer to the basket of other forms of active philanthropy.

It’s definitely a product we can support and get behind! kudos to Sydney Paige, Rainbow Packs, the just keep livin’ foundation and others working to help make positive impacts in the lives of more children.

Yo! This New Hip Designed Baby Tub is Mad Cool, LOOK!

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I saw this bathtub and got excited because it looked so neat.

The Shnuggle is a compact bathtub for baby can be used anywhere in the home; in the kitchen sink, the shower; the family bathtub or even in the nursery.  It has a  large foam backrest that is warm against babies skin, making it very comfortable for newborn through toddler.


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It has a non-slip rubber feet so it stays secure on whatever surface it is used on. I think it is wonderful that baby product manufacturers aren’t resting on their laurels and are producing new, inventive and innovative gadgets, tools and resources for parents and babies constantly! So I leaped at the opportunity to review this tub and receive a complimentary tub (retail: $35)  in exchange for our honest feedback.

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Our Bellyitch reviewer Lauren used it and offered this feedback:

I gave my two month old baby boy a bath in the tub. I liked that I could set it on the counter next to my kitchen sink and fill it up with the spray hose. The way the tub is shaped was perfect for him. It kept his back and neck supported so I didn’t have to worry about him sliding down while giving him his bath. There was one thing I would change and that is the bath should have a drain hole in the bottom. Other than that, I loved it. I would definitely recommend this tub.

Lauren’s son is a newborn and we weren’t sure whether he’d be able to be comfortable in it, but it was perfect for him. It is a really decent price at $35. Check out the pic!
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This quick little video give a tutorial too:

Pley’s Disney Princess Monthly Subscription Box is Here!

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With the decline of retailers (more than 1,600 stores  set to close this year) and the growth of online shopping, subscription box services are on the rise – offering wine, cosmetics and even beard lotion to your doorstep.

Now, our little princesses can finally get in on the fun! This month, toy subscription box company Pley launched a brand-new limited edition, Disney Princess subscription, mystery box designed to empower girls.


For just $24.99 you’ll get a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories (all have $50+ retail value).

Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value.

Little girls everywhere will anxiously await the sound of the doorbell, announcing their Disney Princess Pley Box delivery.

“Instead of throwing the packaging away, our physical shipping boxes become a part of the princesses’ story. Each box has instructions that transform the shipping box into a playable toy such as a castle, boat or a carriage that can be decorated and played with,” said Pley CEO Ranan Lachman. “We call it ‘Pleycycle,” and are proud to be a leader in reducing the environmental footprint of toy packaging.”

The box will be offered at a limited quantity and timed for delivery with the new Beauty and the Beast movie, a live-action retelling of the Disney classic coming to theaters in March!

See the trailer below:

Win a $250 Personalized Luxury Baby Gift Set (ENTER NOW)

 

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If you or someone you know is expecting a new arrival, having a baby shower, Christening, Baptism, Bris or some other special ceremony to welcome a baby, consider gifting them a personalized baby item. Here is why:


These types of special gifts stand out during the gift-opening portion of baby showers and they are usually heirloom quality and can be stored as keepsakes or even passed down. We’ve got just the place to get that special and memorable gift!

MyBabyGift is a Texas based company that specializes in personalized premium gift sets and unique gifts for babies, moms-to-be and brand new moms. The company delivers nationwide and internationally in Asia, where it has a Singapore headquarters.

MyBabyGift’s high quality, soft and cozy products leave a memorable personal touch by embroidering the new baby’s name or initials. All products  are elegantly tied up with satin ribbons and beautifully wrapped in a luxury MyBabyGift signature gift box, leaving a WOW impression on the lucky gifted young family, and a memorable souvenir.

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As a bonus, the company offers a leading toy, skin care line or clothing item like Sophie the Giraffe, California Baby Skin Care, Manhattan Toy, for example, to encapsulate the treasure., for example to encapsulate the treasure.

Your recipient of this gift will burst with emotion upon glancing at baby’s own special blanket or towel. This elegant gift baskets are perfect family member, friend, colleague or a client is giving birth.

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As a special treat, Bellyitch readers are specially invited to take 30% off a gift box by using the code BELLYITCH30 now thru April 30, 2017. But you can also win a $250 gift card to get your very own Luxury Personalized Baby Gift Set to keep for yourself or really impress someone and give it as a gift!!

One lucky Bellyitch Reader will get this!

We invite you to celebrate new life, and win a $250 giveaway includes: Baby Bodysuit, Bunny Blankie, Star Bodysuit, Cotton Blanket, Hooded Towel, Bib, Socks & Baby Mitts. All* personalized embroidered with baby’s name or initials. Comes in Blue or Pink. *Excluding socks and baby mitts

Contest is open today thru Friday, February 17, Enter TODAY! THERE ARE TONS OF WAYS TO ENTER TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING!

ENTER DAILY! Good LUCK!

Luxury Personalized Baby Gift Set ($250)

Man, Companies have Really Upped their Baby Swaddler Game Up!

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A cousin of mine is due to deliver her first child pretty soon and I’m stoked to help her prep for baby. If you couldn’t tell, I love pregnant women and babies.  One of the must-have items is the swaddle blanket with is essential for helping baby feel safe, secure and comforted during those very early weeks.

There are many swaddle blankets on the market and I am always pleasantly surprised about all the updates in baby tech. Here is a repost of an excellent review of  two distinctive models from our partners at BabyCubby. Both of these are products of innovative technology to accommodate advances in knowledge of early infant development:


Ergobaby Original Swaddle: This swaddle has been designed to easily and safely swaddle your baby, with comfort in mind. Made from 100% knit cotton terry, it is soft and cozy (and can easily be washed)! The Ergobaby keeps your baby’s hips in the proper position, while still leaving enough room in the removable leg pouch. It securely fastens the arms making the Ergobaby practically escape proof! The best part about this swaddle? Thanks to the removable leg pouch, you don’t have to unswaddle your sleeping baby for a diaper change! Can I get a Hallelujah?

The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is an excellent choice that many parents love! Here are a few thoughts to consider before buying:

  • One possible downside to the amazing removable leg pouch, is the possibility of baby kicking himself awake because his legs aren’t secured.
  • The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is made from 100% cotton, which isn’t the best material for cooler temperatures, so keep that in mind if you live somewhere a little chilly!

Ollie World Swaddle: This swaddle encourages your baby to be calm and improves overall sleep quality. Featuring velcro straps, theOllie makes swaddling easy! Additionally, the mix of polyester and spandex is great for moisture wicking, cooler temperatures and also keeping a nice snug fit! The Ollie World Swaddle also features a tie at the bottom which decreases the likelihood of hip dysplasia in infants. This makes diaper changes a breeze, while still allowing your baby a little wiggle room!

While the Ollie is also an exceptional swaddle blanket, some facts to think about are:

  • It does not have a removable leg pouch, but instead features a tie at the bottom. This allows for easy diaper changes, but does not secure the legs to keep baby from kicking.
  • It is significantly different in price, but also includes a laundry bag to properly launder it.

Happy shopping parents!

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This Toy Will Teach Your Baby How to Code

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Coding is all the rage and there are more jobs for computer programmers and in the tech space than there are people who can fill those positions. Now, parents can start molding their tots to be able to work in the tech space with Fisher Price’s Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar.

The toy teaches the basics of coding, like sequencing and programming, with segments of the caterpillar’s body. Each of these eight segments is labeled with different symbols and colors. Kids put them together, attach them to the caterpillar’s smiling, blinky-eyed, motorized head, and press a button to get the whole toy to move.


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The child can cause the toy to move different ways. Here’s how it looks.

Fisher  Price also sells three expansion packs at $15 each, allowing kids to add additional features like turning 180 degrees, or making different sounds or lights.

The caterpillar also works with a free companion app on iOS and Android that teaches counting and patterns.

 Order one for your baby! It debuted last January for $50, retail but is available for under $40 at Amazon.com.
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