NoseFrida and Fridet the Mom Washer Review

Those of you that follow my social media accounts know that I had my baby girl on April 19th. Things have been a little hectic over here for the past almost 3 weeks, but I am trying to figure out a schedule between sleeping, taking care of baby and blogging. It’s been difficult but I’m somehow making it work.

Before I had my baby girl, I contacted Frida baby who sent over the Fridet Mom Washer, which is a peri bottle that’s great for cleansing your bottom post delivery, AND the Nosefrida the Snotsucker, which is a unique and effective way to get the snot out of your little one’s nose.

The peri bottle came in handy at the perfect time considering I had just had her. It’s so much more effective using the mom washer over the ones the hospital gives you all because it’s ingeniously designed to be held upside down and is able to reach everything with its curved neck. It also came with a travel bag for easy on the go healing. My husband wanted to travel up to his families house 6 days after we had her, so this was perfect for just that. I did notice that you’ll need to apply your finger over the spouts to stop it from pouring out once you turn it right side up again, otherwise, you’ll have a wet toilet seat/floor. I guess it helps to follow directions. LOL

Fridet Mom Washer
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How to use the Fridet Mom Washer

1. Unscrew top of Fridet and fill reservoir with warm water
2. Mix in a few drops of witch hazel for soothing relief
3. Screw cap on securely and invert the bottle with one finger covering the silver valve
4. Position the bottle with the tip facing the desired direction and remove finger from valve
5. Squeeze bottle gently and repeat as desired
6. Unscrew top, empty contents, and insert top into reservoir for travel

To clean: disassemble the Fridet and clean in warm soapy water

Nosefrida

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The Nosefrida Snotsucker may seem a little weird or gross since you’re basically sucking snot out of your child’s nose, but there’s a filter that blocks anything from entering your mouth, which is why I wanted to try it. Although, it hasn’t really been used effectively quite yet. I did notice that when she feeds, she seems to be a little congested so I decided to break out the snot sucker and see what I could get out. I stuck the blue end up to her nostril and sucked on the other end. Nothing really came out, but she didn’t have snot inside of her nostrils either. When I sucked, it caused her to sneeze, so I know that it works, I’ll just have to wait until she actually has snot inside of her nostrils to see how well it does then.

How to use the Nosefrida Snotsucker

  1. The disposable filter should be in place to prevent mucus or bacterial transfer.
  2. Place the large tube against the child’s nostril, creating a seal.
  3. Use the red mouthpiece to SUCK out the snot. TIPS: Move the tube in a circular motion against the nostril – you will hear and see the mucus coming out of the nose. A few drops of saline solution in each nostril will help loosen thick mucus before using Nosefrida.
  4. To clean, detach all of the pieces, and dispose of the filter. All pieces EXCEPT for the long thin tube should be cleaned with hot water and dish soap (they are also top-rack dishwasher safe).The long thin tube should be cleaned with a few drops of rubbing alcohol and shaken out to dry.

Why is NoseFrida better than other aspirators?

NoseFrida is non-invasive – instead of going inside the nose like the bulb, it forms a seal with the outside of the baby’s nostril (creating a vacuum). Parent-powered (mouth) suction is much stronger and more effective than the static suction of the bulb or battery-powered aspirators. NoseFrida is also easy to clean.

The nosefrida comes with 4 filters, 1 which is preloaded and 3 extras. It is recommended to toss them after each use, so it’s a good thing that the replacement filters are relatively cheap at $3 for 20 filters.

Overall, both products are useful and effective and I recommend them to all moms/parents.

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2 Free Educational Apps for Children on iTunes!

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Kids Academy | Educational Apps for Children

It’s hard finding a good educational app that is both educational and attention grabbing. Kids need things to be fun and appealing to the eye in order for it to be entertaining. That’s why I love Kids Academy apps, because they’re vibrant in color, have 3D graphics and they make learning fun!

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Educational Books & Free Songs

Teaching young children who aren’t even in preschool yet how to trace numbers and letters is GREAT in my book. My niece loves this and she’ll be breezing through school in no time. Great app with wonderful vibrant colors and 3D features.

 

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Bugs, Shapes and Robots

Face Paint for Toddlers

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

Electronics is the new way to teaching. Hands on play is great as well, but we live in a technology advanced world today. My 3 year old niece is loving this one and has identified all the shapes in no time. She loves when she gets them right and collects all of the bugs.

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Kids Academy: Free Educational Apps for Children on iTunes!

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media Blogger Network. All views & opinions expressed below are my own and are not influenced in anyway.

Kids Academy | Educational Apps for Children

It’s hard finding a good educational app that is both educational and attention grabbing. Kids need things to be fun and appealing to the eye in order for it to be entertaining. That’s why I love Kids Academy apps, because they’re vibrant in color, have 3D graphics and they make learning fun!

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Educational Books & Free Songs

Update: It’s never too early to give your kiddos a head start on math. It’s one of the most hated subjects, with this Kids Academy app, they’ll love it because it’s fun!

I think this app game would better be suited on a tablet since its hard for little fingers to see the screen to trace on a small smartphone. Ideally best for 3-5 year olds as anyone younger won’t grasp the concept of what to do without getting totally bored and wanting to move on. loved the graphics and all the fun things to do in the game and so did my 3 and 5 year old nieces!

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Bugs, Shapes and Robots

Face Paint for Toddlers

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

Great fun and a good way to get your young one to learn how to draw and recognize shapes well before they head to preschool or kindergarten. Love all of the vibrant colors and especially the robots face paint. Gives the little ones something extra fun to do after they get bored with the educational aspect of the app.

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Cricut Explore One™ – perfect for crafting beginners and basic crafters

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If you’re new to the wonderful world of crafting — or even if you consider yourself to be more of a “basic” crafter — then Cricut‘s brand new machine is just for you! This nifty new machine is called the Cricut Explore One™ and it’s perfect for crafting beginners and basic crafters because it offers a simplified design-and-cut system that is incredibly user-friendly. The Explore One™ actually offers most of the same features as Cricut‘s other Explore machines, it’s just priced lower!
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In addition to its affordable price, here are a few other things about the Cricut Explore One™ that you’re sure to love:

  • It can cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can also cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings.
  • You’ll have free access to Cricut‘s Design Space™ online software and iPad® app so you’ll able to design on your computer or your Pad®. You’ll also be able to use a Bluetooth® adapter for wireless cutting.
  • The Explore One allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial. From there, the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.
  • You can upload your own images and use your own fonts — for free!
  • Each machine comes with over 25 free 1-click projects and 50+ free images to get them started right away.
  • If you want to use the machine to write or score, you can easily swap out the cutting cartridge with theCricut Explore One™ Accessory Adapter and Pen.

The Cricut Explore One™ makes it easy, fast, and affordable for you to explore your creativity and delight your loved ones with personal handmade projects and gifts! And if you purchase your very own Cricut Explore One™ before the end of May – you’ll get free shipping when you use code MAYSHIP!

And Here I Thought Breastfeeding Was Going to Be Easy

What’s funny is that my husband kind of warned me about breastfeeding. Told me he needed to get my nipples prepared for what’s about to come, only because he dealt with it for a little while with his ex-wife but she gave up right away.

I didn’t even fathom the amount of pain, emotions, and frustration I would be going through once my little one arrived. I knew I wanted to breastfeed but didn’t think it would be this hard.

From the time she came out, she was ready to suckle on the breast. It’s kind of amazing how they know exactly what to do upon birth. The nurses were helping me with correct latching, but I never really got it down on my own while I was there in the hospital for 2 days. I needed a lactation specialist to come chat and show me what to do, which still wasn’t going well the first 4 days at home.

My milk had come in on the 3rd day in the evening which left my breasts hard and sore, my nipples were cracking, blistering and it made getting my little one to latch correctly difficult. She basically could only take the nipple even with me squeezing the end into a c shape like the doctor told me, so I finally said screw it and just let her have the nipple which only made things worse for me and I assume worse for her too.

And before my milk came in, I was an emotional wreck. She was acting lethargic, turning yellow which means jaundiced (she didn’t have it at the hospital) and I couldn’t get her to eat without falling asleep. She wasn’t getting hardly anything from me on day 1, 2 and 3. I finally told my husband that I couldn’t do this and sit there and watch her pretty much starve, so we supplemented with formula and she started acting normal again. I know most people say that this is not good when you want to breastfeed but it was what was best for us. In order to get jaundice out while my milk started to come in, we needed to supplement to get her to poop. She hadn’t pooped but once when we got home the first day and barely peed which means she was dehydrated. It was painful to watch that so please don’t judge.

It’s been 2 weeks now for breastfeeding and although I am getting the latch down somewhat, it’s still painful, only I don’t have the blisters or the cracking anymore because I’ve been religiously putting medela lanolin on them. On really sore days, I try to pump more to give them a break from intense suckling. I’ve read enough on breastfeeding to know that the pump is not going to get anywhere near the amount of milk I can produce out, but again, it’s what is working for me at this time. I just hope it begins to get better.

I honestly believe this is far worse than labor and birth.

Today I got about 2 ounces from both breasts which is the most I have gotten so far in these 2 weeks. She’s eating 2-3oz per feeding, so I hope I can continue to produce what she can eat. She’s been a miss piggy lately, but apparently, this is normal.

Wish me luck…

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