Sunday, December 11, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Funkoos Organic Baby Towel

I love uncovering new baby shops, and I was excited when I came across Funkoos, an organic baby apparel shop. Like many parents, I'm becoming more aware and educated about toxins and their harmful effects. I feel even stronger about it after learning my fertility and breastfeeding issues are likely due to dioxin exposure in utero and as a young child. I don't want my son to have health issues like I do because of exposure to toxins.

The founders of Funkoos were similarly concerned about chemicals and pesticides, and looked for organic clothing for their newborn in 2008. After they were unable to find quality and affordable organic baby clothing, the idea for Funkoos was born. I looked through the site and they do have a ton of cute stuff. The prices will be higher than you'll find at a traditional baby store, but that's to be expected with anything organic.

I got to try out this adorable airplane organic cotton hooded baby towel. I couldn't wait to give my 7-month old son Caleb a bath after this arrived.

Right after I opened it, I noticed a couple things that were different than the rest of our baby towels:
  • It's soft. This thing could be a comfort blankie. I wanted to snuggle up with it.
  • It's thick. Honestly, I first thought this was a beach towel and felt stupid that I was going to use it for a bath. I double checked, and yup - it's intended as a bath towel.
  • The airplane pattern is adorable. It has a high-quality, custom feel to it. You know this wasn't a cheap patch someone slapped on in a factory somewhere. I call this "the etsy effect" and I love it. My only suggestion would be to make the clouds blue because you almost can't see them against the white background.
Caleb after a bath in his Funkoos towel!
Once I used it, I noticed it did a better job of absorbing the bath water than the usual towels I'm used to. The hood is a generous size, so it can definitely last you beyond just the infant stage. All in all, a fabulous bath towel. And the next time we go to the beach, we're taking this with us!

Guess what? The generous Funkoos team is giving away a towel to one of my readers! Just enter a comment below telling me your favorite bath time toy or ritual (make sure you fill out the Rafflecopter below to get your entry counter!). And there are lots of ways to get extra entries. Easy peasy.

[Disclaimer: I received a bath towel from Funkoos in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own].

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Monday, December 5, 2011

How to feed a baby, daddy-style

Caleb has not been interested in eating solid foods, despite our very creative attempts to make it fun and exciting.

I think he ate a bite here, and the rest was PLAYTIME!

One evening, I threw my hands in the air in frustration after he refused to eat yet again. "Your turn!" I tell my husband.

And then? I watched in awe as he successfully got Caleb to eat a bite. I took careful notes of his method, and my internal thought process:

  1. Sit down to feed baby (Ok, I have this part down).
  2. Lean to the right. (Wondering where he's going with this? A special dance, maybe?)
  3. Rip a deafening, award-winning caliber fart. (Oh.)
  4. Out of a mixture of fear, awe and pure shock, baby's jaw will drop to the floor. (Poor kid).
  5. Shove spoonful of food into baby's mouth. (Sweet baby Jesus, I can't believe that worked).
Daddies certainly have their own style, but they get things done.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to duplicate his method, but I will diligently keep trying.