So I’ve had a few different toddler/baby items that I’ve been trying out over the past few months and I’m here to spill all the details with you. I like having some time with products before I write about them to see if they really last. (For example, I can confirm that last year’s absolute hands-down still most-loved review item is the Chuggington Stack Track trains which are pulled out on a near-daily basis.)
First off we’ve officially moved Tessa out of the highchair and into a booster seat. She is enjoying eating at the table like a big kid. And drinking milk from her cereal bowl like a big kid. Making it possible is the Bumbo Booster Seat, which we ordered in pretty red.
Height is perfect. Seat is soft. Wiping it down is a breeze. It’s easy to strap on the chair and secures both around the back of the seat and under the bottom of the seat. We’ve been quite pleased with it and Tessa is comfortable sitting in it. My only real complaint about it is that the back of the seat is relatively low so the straps holding her in just barely go over her chubby legs instead of something more around the waist or over her lap. But she’s certainly not complaining.
Next up: the battle of the diaper pails. We had a diaper champ we used for years with Graham and I was ready to retire it by the time Tessa was a year old. The major problem I have with the Diaper Champ is that any mess from a diaper goes on the pail itself and has to be wiped up. Not my favorite and it’s not the easiest thing to clean in the first place. Initially I got it because I could use my own bags, but ultimately I decided to bite the bullet and try the pails that have their own bags.
The first one I got: the Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. It was cheaper than many of the other pails and I’d passed on most of those pails when I was looking the first time around so I bought it. I won’t lie, the first few months bugged me. This pail has a seal that closes on the bag when you close the pail, reducing the smell. And it has a baking soda insert to help. But I was having so many problems closing the lid that I almost got rid of it. I finally contacted them for help and was told that the problem was the baking soda getting into the gears. So I rinsed out the entire pail (a breeze, the bag system works well, any mess gets on the bag and not the pail, and it was spotless) took out the baking soda insert, and never used one again.
Since then? It’s been fantastic. Still no smell. The baking soda is unnecessary. The lid works well most of the time, though it can be a little more difficult when the bag gets closer to full. The bags are on the small side, which gets a bit more annoying when I’m putting toddler-size diapers and kid-size pull-ups in there. But they seal closed tight when you’re done so you don’t have to deal with any smell when you change bags either.
After my good experience with Munchkin/Arm & Hammer, I was feeling magnanimous and agreed to review the new Tommee Tippee 360 Sealer Diaper Disposal System. It is bagless and has a special plastic that seals around each diaper so you can just take the bottom of the pail out and dump it. Love the idea.
Hate the product. Basically, mine didn’t work at all. It wouldn’t create a seal around the diaper. I checked the system, I reinstalled everything. Still didn’t work. I contacted them asking for help… and no response. So now I have a rather large and useless hunk of plastic in my living room that I wouldn’t donate to anyone because it’ll do them more harm than good. Also it’s certainly brought down the reputable Tommee Tippee brand that I’d thought well of before.
At this point I don’t think we have much more gear to get. It feels good to be moving out of the “gear” stage, even if it means toys are taking over my house. I can take it.
Any great new products you’ve tried and loved? Or anything the rest of us should steer clear of?