Review & Giveaway: First Keys by Green Toys



Some of you may recognize this brand. It might be from seeing it somewhere on the internet, hearing about it from a friend, seeing one of their products in person, or even from our very own review of the Green Toys Shape Sorter (which you can read by clicking here)! If you read our previous Green Toys review, you will probably recall that Green Toys uses 100% recycled plastic for making their various childrens' products, such as the Tractor, Dump Truck, and the Ferry Boat with Mini Cars. They are all proudly made in the USA!

Since discovering the brand ourselves, our household has become big fans of Green Toys. We have the Green Toys School Bus, Recycling Truck, Shape Sorter, and the First Keys.

I received the Green Toys First Keys for review. The First Keys comprises of three keys of different shapes and colors, and a "keychain" hanging from a large round plastic ring. The First Keys are safe for baby to play with from the day they are born, as they are lightweight, and there are no sharp parts for baby to hurt themselves with. The sturdiness of the plastic and the texture also make this toy great for teething! And unlike with some other products, you won't have to worry about your little one coming into contact with icky chemicals with this toy! The First Keys are free of BPAs, phthalates, and PVC --- they even meet the FDA food contact standards. You can rest easy knowing that this toy (as with everything else from the Green Toys line) are safe for baby, made with the environment in mind, and are made locally.

As soon as I took them out of the packaging, Baby E went right for them. He sat on the floor for more than 5 minutes, shaking and swinging them, making quite a racket! He was fascinated by the fact that he was able to produce noise. Every time he heard the clinking of the plastic, he would get excited and shake it again to reproduce the sound. As with many of his toys, he mystically makes them vanish for random amounts of time (translation: loses them), and whenever he discovered the First Keys again, they mesmerized him!

I've mentioned before that Baby E isn't always the most agreeable little guy when it comes to car rides. One of my tactics for helping him enjoy car rides to have car toys. When I say "car toys" I don't mean toys that are cars, rather toys that live in the car, to be played with only during car rides. The First Keys has become one of those toys. I will sometimes dangle them from another toy attached to the handle above the window near his car seat, and other times handle it to him as I can tell he's decided he's had enough of his car seat. It has become one of his favorite toys, since he loves the sound they make.

Another thing to love? They're also affordable! The Green Toys First Keys can be purchased for $7.99 direction from their website, by clicking here. You can also make sure that you receive news and updates on promotions and new products by following Green Toys on their social media platforms. You can find Green Toys on their Facebook page, and follow them on their Pinterest page, and Twitter account.

You also have a chance to win a set of the First Keys by Green Toys! Green Toys has kindly offered to give the First Keys toy to one lucky reader! Open to the US & Canada. Please read the fine print before entering, and then enter below using the Giveaway Tools form. Good luck!

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Green Toys First Keys

Back of the packaging

The First Keys have lots of bright colors that baby loves!

Baby E fascinated by the Green Toys First Keys

Disclosure: This product was received by myself in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my thoughts that are expressed above. All opinions expressed are my own, and were in no way influenced by the brand or any other sources.

Fine Print for Giveaway: Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada. Please make sure your email address is correct, so that you can be reached if you win. If the email bounces back, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email sent out to them, and should a response not be received within that time, they forfeit the prize. Please follow the instructions for each entry, as you have to have done what was instructed for your entry to count. All entries will be verified. Found Frolicking is in no way responsible for recipient receiving their prize, but will work with the sponsor in all ways possible to ensure the winner receives their prize.

Photo Friday - September 27, 2012

Baby E taking it upon himself to give our Chocolate Labrador-Retriever cross, Copper, a quality education in something or other. 12 months, 4 weeks.

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Have Hives, Will Travel

Last week was one of those weeks. The ones where I want to make hot cocoa, curl up on the couch in a throw blanket, and numb my mind in movies all day every day until I can't remember what my troubles are anymore. My husband, J, decided to bite the bullet two weeks ago and start working for a company, rather than continuing to be self-employed. Because of how timing ended up working out, he had loose ends to be tied up from his last two jobs still when he started working for the company on the 16th. As a result, poor J had to work two weeks straight.

Friday was my birthday (and no, I will not tell you how old I turned---although I would be willing to confirm any correct guesses). J was so tired, he didn't remember that until (I presume) the late afternoon. I had expected as much, so it wasn't a big deal. Due to his starting work for a company (and their pay schedule of 2x monthly), and having little odds and ends for his previous projects to finish up, we are broke at the moment. This upcoming Monday, we'll be comfortable again, and it will be even better in two weeks when he collects from his previous projects, and gets his next paycheck at his new job. But, for now, that doesn't change the fact that we're broke! So we went out for a nice Indian buffet dinner at one of our local favorites, Daawat (which means "The Invitation"), and that was that.

The next day, Saturday, was my husband's birthday. Due to our budget, we skipped presents this year. We also skipped cake. Although, in all fairness, half the reason we decided to skip on the cake was that several months ago, our favorite natural bakery closed, and we aren't aware of any others in the city. J was actually supposed to work half of Saturday and a few hours on Sunday to wrap up the last of his projects from before starting with the company. But, understandably, he was completely burnt out. So with a little encouragement, he decided it was best to take this weekend to rest.

We were running a few errands when I noticed Baby E's ear was red and swollen. After reading up on what it could be, the best I could find was that it was an external ear infection, or that he was having a severe reaction to a bug bite. Nothing that said he should be taken to the ER, or even to a doctor. Deciding to keep an eye on it, we proceeded with our errands. Well, about half an hour later, I noticed patches of large red, splotchy bumps on his right cheek and on his neck. His ear was now back to normal. I knew immediately what it was. Hives. Allergies run in my family---my mother had asthma as a child, and to this day gets hives (a very severe allergic reaction that can last weeks---to cockroaches, dust, dogs, cats, and mice), and both of my brothers had asthma attacks in their younger years. But, considering that I never had many signs of that myself (I can count my very mild cases of hives that last only a few hours on my fingers), and since J doesn't have any allergies in his family, I crossed my fingers as all moms do and hope that they won't inherit any of the inconvenient things that may come with our genes. I held my breath when Baby E started crawling several months ago, knowing that coming into contact with many of my mom's allergen sources (namely dust, dogs, cats), he very well could get hives. But nothing ever happened, and I was relieved knowing he had not inherited my family's allergies. That is, of course, until now.

Baby E was so irritated by the hives that first day on Saturday that he did not nap at 10 am as usual, and instead stayed awake until he couldn't manage to any longer, and passed out for a nap at 3 pm. He napped for about an hour, and once he woke, the hives didn't seem to bother him as they moved in patches onto his arms, or chest, or tummy, or his back. But every time they popped up on his face, he was obviously agitated and miserable. Perhaps the only silver lining was that they'd travel quickly, so they wouldn't be on his face for long, and then he would return to ignoring their existence completely.

The icing on the cake (sarcasm here) was discovering that my closest mama friend, B, is moving far out of the city at the end of this week. J will be working half a day this Saturday and a few hours on Sunday since he decided against it last weekend. But, what can I do? I will just take a deep yoga breath, and keep going.

On the upside, Baby E's hives are finally almost gone. I'm hoping by Saturday they will have finally run their course, and return to the fiery depths from which they came. I realized that the night before the hives appeared, Baby E got a hold of my all-natural lip balm, and had managed to eat a little bit of it. I had taken it away and put it away safely, but after looking at the ingredients, I noticed the very last ingredient was tea tree oil. Something I had an allergic reaction to in my teen years when I tried using a tea tree oil facial wash! I'm positive that's what he reacted to, and going forward, I will be keeping him far away from tea tree oil!

Keeping my fingers crossed that things go more smoothly in October. Here's to hoping!

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Baby E on Sunday, with hives on his ear and the right side of his face

Review: Cloud B Gentle Giraffe



Baby E is a light sleeper. I have heard people say that you should always make noise while baby sleeps, because they will eventually get used to it. Well, you know what? They obviously never had to deal with feeling like they should kill themselves for waking up a tired baby for a month in a row! I really did try my best to get him used to noise. But it never worked. He's a baby that likes things quiet. Seriously quiet. "I would hear crickets chirping in the background if there were any" kind of quiet.

From the start, Baby E has had very strong instincts for keeping me near him. Even in his sleep. As a newborn, he would sleep most soundly if I was sleeping with him. The only ways I could get him to sleep by himself was by putting him into his swing with music on constantly, and with the swing set on a low setting so that he was in motion. The music would only last 20 minutes, and if I wasn't there to start it again, he'd stir, and then wake up within a few minutes. Needless to say, it's hard to get much done in a 20-minute time frame.

Baby E outgrew his swing (it's pathetic to see a swing struggle to sway from side to side on its highest setting with a 16 lb. baby in it, only to end up barely moving at all) before he outgrew his need for music during his sleep. I found that if music was playing, I could get away with making some noise. But if he was sleeping with everything dead silent, it had to stay that way to keep him asleep. More often than not, since I didn't have another solution, I would turn just the music of his Fisher Price swing on, and play it while he slept in bed. That's right---I still had this giant space hog of a swing and I was using only the music function. A bit silly, I know.

I received the Cloud B Gentle Giraffe for review. First lets talk about the features. There are several friends to the Gentle Giraffe so that you can find the product that you and baby like best---Marvin the Monkey, and the very well known Sleep Sheep. Each of these products comes with a battery-operated sound machine, that you insert into the back of the stuffed animal. There is a velco strap to keep the sound maker in place. The generously sized velcro strap on the back of the Gentle Giraffe allows you to fasten him to your little one's crib, or anywhere else you need it.

The Gentle Giraffe has four different sounds, has a volume adjuster, and a timer. The timer can be switched to either 20 minutes, or 40 minutes. The sound options are, "Sleep," "Relax," Calm," and "Play."

For Baby E, the Gentle Giraffe has become one of our daily use items. When he was younger, he needed the 40-minute setting to fall into a deep sleep, and then he wouldn't stir from his nap. But now he's gotten to a point where the 20-minute timer is just perfect. I play him the "Sleep" song, and sleep he does! There are times during the day where he is cranky because he is fighting sleep, and I will turn on the sleep sheep to "Calm" or "Relax" (which, despite the fact that they are synonyms do play different songs, by the way), and most days that will start to put him to sleep.

To find out about all of the products that Cloud B has to offer, and to purchase any of their products, visit their website. You can also find them on their Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and their YouTube channel!

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The Cloud b Gentle Giraffe in the box

The back of the box

Close up

Disclosure: This product was by myself in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my thoughts that are expressed above. All opinions expressed are my own, and were in no way influenced by the brand or any other sources. The review and all photos with the watermark are the property of Found Frolicking, and should not be used or distributed in any way without first receiving permission.

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway




Coconut oil has been steadily gaining popularity among households all over the world. It has a light, but pleasant taste, which makes it an excellent choice for desserts or using to cook with. I have been using coconut oil for many months now, and I love using it in baking recipes in place of canola oil, or while cooking Indian dishes as a substitute for ghee (clarified butter). In fact, one of my own recipes has coconut oil as an ingredient! My recipe for upma, which is a savory Indian breakfast porridge.

But I can assure you there are many other ways to incorporate coconut oil into your everyday life, for all types of cooking and baking uses, and general household uses! Did you know, for example, that you could use coconut oil to naturally improve your hair? Or you can use it as one of the contributing ingredients in homemade face masks, lotions, soaps, and more. Find out many of the amazing uses for coconut oil here. As you will discover in minutes, coconut oil is worth its weight in gold!

I don't know about you, but for the longest time, the difference between "virgin" and regular oils of any kind eluded me. It took some research a few years ago to discover there's a bigger difference than just flavor and price. Click here to learn more about virgin coconut oil, and how Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard has to do with the standards for virgin coconut oil.

To learn more about Tropical Traditions and the variety of products they have to offer, check out their website by clicking here. You can also learn more specifically about their coconut oil products by clicking here.

We have partnered up with Tropical Traditions to bring you an amazing giveaway today! One winner will receive a 32 oz jar of Tropical Traditions organic Gold Label virgin coconut oil!!! Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form. Open to the US and Canada. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This giveaway has been shared because I thought it was beneficial and would be appreciated by my readers.

Fine Print for Giveaway: Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada. Please make sure your email address is correct, so that you can be reached if you win. If the email bounces back, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email sent out to them, and should a response not be received within that time, they forfeit the prize. Please follow the instructions for each entry, as you have to have done what was instructed for your entry to count. All entries will be verified. Found Frolicking is in no way responsible for recipient receiving their prize, but will work with the sponsor in all ways possible to ensure the winner receives their prize.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Photo Friday - September 20th, 2013

Caught in the act! Baby E attempting to figure out how to climb his high chair. But not to worry, there isn't a way for him to do that. 12 months, 3 weeks.

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New Wave Enviro Winner!

Thank you to all of you for visiting the blog, reading, and entering the New Wave Enviro giveaway! It was certainly lovely to work with them both for this giveaway. If you missed it and would like to read it, click here.

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If you didn't win this one, don't worry! I will continue to work hard to bring you amazing giveaways, so you'll have another chance again soon! Be sure to check all of the posts from the last few weeks to view current giveaways.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. If you didn't win, you can find out all about the products that New Wave Enviro has to offer, and find a retailer, on their website, by clicking here. Now for the giveaway winner! Drum roll, please!


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Peek Away Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all of you for visiting the blog, reading, and entering the Peek Away giveaway for the 4-in-1 Nursing Essentials Kit! It was certainly lovely to work with them Peek Away for this review and giveaway. If you missed it and would like to read it, click here.

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If you didn't win this one, don't worry! I will continue to work hard to bring you amazing giveaways, so you'll have another chance again soon! Be sure to check all of the posts from the last few weeks to view current giveaways.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. If you didn't win, you can purchase your own amazing 4-in-1 Nursing Essentials Kit from Peek Away, by clicking here. Now for the giveaway winner! Drum roll, please!


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Gandhara Designs Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all of you for visiting the blog, reading, and entering the Gandhara Designs giveaway, hosted by the Earth Tribe Baby Company! It was certainly lovely to work with them both for this giveaway. If you missed it and would like to read it, click here.

If you like the blog and want to continue seeing amazing reviews and giveaways, please take a moment to vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs and Top Mommy Blogs (you can do it by clicking the buttons on the sidebar on the right hand side of the blog). Also make sure that you "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest!

If you didn't win this one, don't worry! I will continue to work hard to bring you amazing giveaways, so you'll have another chance again soon! We will be partnering up twice more with Earth Tribe Baby Company for their 30 Days of Giveaways celebration. Be sure to check all of the posts from the last few weeks to view current giveaways.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. If you didn't win, you can purchase any number of direct trade and fair trade treasures from Gandhara Designs, by clicking here. Now for the giveaway winner! Drum roll, please!


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Recipe: I Heart California Garlic Fries

It's been some time since I was last able to post a recipe! The last recipe posted was before the Made in Canada series started at the beginning of June. Some time ago indeed. So I am long overdue for another one. And I figured it was time to share one of my creations from earlier in the year that I was very happy to have come up with.

Five years ago, I moved to Canada from San Francisco, California. After my first three years, I realized I had not once seen garlic fries anywhere. Not anywhere. Poutines are aplenty, but even now, garlic fries are not to be found. Perhaps it's a Californian thing, I really have no idea. But I really missed garlic fries. Since driving hours and hours to California every time I'm craving garlic fries isn't exactly practical, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands. It was time to make my own garlic fries.

My first attempt was based off the assumption that the garlic is roasted. I'm not sure why I thought that, but there you have it! The first time, I definitely left them in too long and they got far too crisp. Well, okay, if I'm being honest, they got a little more than that.... they ended up burnt. In my defense, garlic is already easily overcooked, but minced garlic is about a million times worse.

After a handful of times making it using this same method, I mentioned it to my mother. She told me that she thought that somehow the garlic was actually raw. A light bulb went off in my head. And the next time I made it, I made it exactly as I did below. I've been making that ever since! Now I share it with you, and hopefully I am saving you from the trial-and-error process I went through!

You can easily use this recipe with roasted potatoes, or with fresh fries. But be sure to give yourself enough time to cook those properly according to your usual method. I also can't stress enough how important it is to get California garlic, or garlic grown somewhere else on the same continent as where you are. If using garlic from China (most common), it will be more dry, and less flavorful. If you aren't as fanatic about garlic as my husband and myself (and every restaurant in California I know of that makes garlic fries!), you can feel free to decrease the garlic amount by half, and then increase next time according to taste. It is best with fresh parsley, but you can substitute with dried parsley if you don't have any on hand. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Ingredients:

4 cups approx. of frozen fries of choice (plain french fries or wedges)
1 bulb US-grown garlic, minced
1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp fresh minced parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

serves 3-4 side serving portions
Prep time is 7 to 15 mins. Baing time varies depending upon fries of choice from 30 mins to 1 1/5 hrs.

Directions:

Put the fries into the oven to bake according to the directions on the packaging.

In the meantime, mince the garlic. The most painless way to do this is with the use of small food processor, but you can also do it by hand.

Now put the minced garlic, salt, black pepper, parsley, and olive oil in a bowl. Mix until well blended. Set aside.

As soon as the fries are completely baked, pull them straight out of the oven and put them into the bowl of the garlic mixture. Gently turn and mix to coat the fries with the garlic mixture.

Set aside for at least two minutes. The heat from the fries will just slightly cook the garlic to give it the perfect taste. Then serve, and enjoy!

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 Measured out ingredients

Ingredients combined to generously coat the potatoes

Fries served on the side of a burger

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Review: ZipIt Monsters Products



When I was a kid, I loved school supplies. I thought it was a lot of fun to find cute, colorful pens, pencils, binders, pencil cases, and everything else in between. My mother can attest to the fact that I had an unusual amount of binders (one entire shelf on one of my three bookcases was stuffed with them), and I also had quite a few pencil cases and other regular office supply or school supply essentials. When I was  a pre-teen, I was obsessed with Lisa Frank. Binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, stickers... you name it, I had it! Once I had hit the age of 14, they seemed to "kid-like" to me, and I was sad to outgrow them. Because they were fun to look at, and fun to use! They've since just become a nostalgic thing from the old days. I'm sure everyone can relate! Perhaps not about Lisa Frank in general, but in some other things from any part of your life as a child.

Since a few years ago, a trend started to show up where even teenagers were walking around with backpacks depicting Dora the Explorer, the Cookie Monster, Strawberry Shortcake, Blues Clues, and other iconic childrens' favorites. On the one hand, I was puzzled as I observed this trend. But it was also intriguing. Because something that would have been thought as "babyish" before, was becoming "cool" to a significant number of the teenage population.

Enter ZipIt. These unique and creative products are made from manipulating one very long zipper into purses, pencil pouches, and coin pouches. They are one of the neatest and craziest things I've come across in awhile! Unlike the trend of backpacks I mentioned above, the ZipIt products can be enjoyed by all ages, with whimsical products such as the Bright Colors Case, Neon Twister Pouch, and Color Case! Then, ZipIt mixes it up even more with the Monsters line! These things are absurdly cute, so much so that I'm in love with them. I don't care that I'm in my 20's, darn it!

I received two Monsters coin pouches, two Monsters pencil pouches, and Monsters purse for review. The funny thing is, that it really does seem to appeal to all ages. Although there is no obvious practical use for him quite yet, Baby E was obsessed with them. I put them down to take pictures, and he was all over them in two seconds flat. I can easily see the appeal to pre-teens, teenagers, and adults alike. ZipIt stands behind their products, as each item comes with a lifetime warranty! They use a high-quality zipper to create each product, so no catching and fighting with the zipper to be found here!

The coin pouch is a modest size, and yet it has the carrying capacity that anyone could need for their day to day change. It can hold a generous fist full of change. The pencil pouch is amazing, and has replaced my previous pencil pouch that I've been using for a year! Rather than the short but tall style, it is a flat but wide style, which fits nicely anywhere---a purse, into a small space in a locker, or into a small desk drawer. The purse is a smaller style, but just the right size to fit the basics for those who don't like to carry enough things to become borderline luggage! I was impressed it was able to fit my giant Roots wallet, keys, cell phone, and still had room for more. You wouldn't think that the integrity would be that great for products comprised of zippers (especially considering the cheap zippers that can be found on many clothing items), but they use very high quality materials to make the ZipIt products to last.

If you'd like to learn more about ZipIt and purchase some of their products, go to their website here. On their website, you can easily purchase directly from ZipIt, or locate a store by you to get your hands on some ZipIt products today. You can also find them on their Facebook page! So Zip to It!

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A variety of ZipIt Monsters products

Baby E inspecting all of the ZipIt items for approval. Couldn't resist snapping a picture! He was fully supervised the entire time, do note that these products are not toys and not designs for use by children.

Pink ZipIt Monsters coin purse

ZipIt Monsters purse, with the outside pocket pulled out

Buckle on the adjustable strap of the ZipIt Monsters purse

ZipIt Monsters red pencil pouch

Close up of the wonderful high quality zipper on the ZipIt Monsters red pencil pouch

The ZipIt purse can fit all the most important essentials for a school-aged girl, or someone else who travels light.

ZipIt Monsters red coin purse filled with a handful of coins, and room to spare

ZipIt Monsters pink pencil pouch when closed

Disclosure: These products were by myself in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my thoughts that are expressed above. All opinions expressed are my own, and were in no way influenced by the brand or any other sources. The review and all photos with the watermark are the property of Found Frolicking, and should not be used or distributed in any way without first receiving permission.

Review & Giveaway: Bamboosa for Baby Swaddle Blanket



As you are all well aware, there are few things I love more when it comes to products than when earth conscious materials are used in making local products. That's right. Local. Bamboosa, which makes products for adults as well as children, manufactures solely in the USA! Then of course there is the fact that bamboo is a renewable resource, as it replenishes very quickly. It really doesn't get more earth-friendly than that!

What makes the Bamboosa for Baby Swaddle Blanket so special? It's not just your ordinary swaddle blanket. It is silky soft, and is very lightweight and breathable. That means even on warmer days, the Bamboosa swaddle blanket is perfect for putting on baby.

I received the Bamboosa for Baby Swaddle Blanket for review. It has an adorable design at the bottom of a panda, which is a lovely touch. As soon as I touched it, I was immediately taken with how luxuriously soft it is! I mean it. I wish they made it in my size! It's heavenly! The swaddle blanket is a nice, large size, which makes it great even as baby grows. My son is now almost 13 months, and it will be some time before he outgrows it. Sadly, my little guy is not so little more. He's a pretty big guy, and no longer needs to be swaddled. But out of curiosity, I decided to see if the Bamboosa swaddle blanket was large enough to swaddle him in even at nearly 13 months. And it worked! It is sized just that nicely.

Since Baby E was out of his newborn stage, he's been prone to sweating in his sleep if the temperature of the house is even a tad above room temperature. If he gets too warm, he always wakes up early! As a result, I always end up having to turn on our floor fan onto the lowest setting to keep him cool for his 2-hour nap. Generally, this makes me worry that he'll get too cold. So on several occasions I have tried to throw a baby blanket over him, hoping that it creates the perfect formula of warm and cool. This fails miserably every time. He wakes up half an hour later, with beads of sweat on his precious little head! I had to finally give up. I would leave the fan on, and not throw anything over him.

If your little one is like Baby E, they like to have something over them so that they feel secure. It takes a pillow fort (a pillow on each side for him to snuggle with) to keep Baby E happy for his naps when I'm not right there beside him. Although rarely, occasionally he will still wake up early. I knew the culprit was that if he's not in a deep enough of a sleep, the feel of the air touching his skin will wake him up. The Bamboosa for Baby swaddle blanket has been the perfect solution. As soon as he drifts into slumber land, I gently place the swaddle blanket over him, turn on the fan, and leave him to sleep. Because the swaddle blanket is the perfect thickness, it breathes enough that he does not sweat, but also is a protective layer against the draft of the fan. I've been doing this for weeks, and it works like a dream!

I can tell after using the Bamboosa for Baby Swaddle Blanket that this would be perfect for fall, spring, and summer. When Baby E was a newborn, I didn't swaddle him very often. All we had were cotton receiving blankets, and a microfleece swaddler. Occasionally, he would be happy swaddled in a receiving blanket, but there were times that was just a little too warm for him. Well aware that babies can get heat rash from being too warm, I eventually didn't bother to swaddle anymore. It just wasn't working. I was not aware at the time that any bamboo swaddling products were on the market. I know for the future to stock up on these!

You can purchase a swaddle blanket of your own, and check out all of the other amazing products they offer, by going to their website. You can also keep tabs on Bamboosa's sales, new products, and more by "liking" their Facebook page, by clicking here, and following them on Twitter, here.

Bamboosa has generously offered to giveaway one Bamboosa for Baby swaddle blanket to one lucky reader! Open to residents of the US. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below! Good luck!

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Disclosure: This product was received by myself in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my thoughts that are expressed above. All opinions expressed are my own, and were in no way influenced by the brand or any other sources.

Fine Print for Giveaway: Giveaway open to residents of the US. Please make sure your email address is correct, so that you can be reached if you win. If the email bounces back, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email sent out to them, and should a response not be received within that time, they forfeit the prize. Please follow the instructions for each entry, as you have to have done what was instructed for your entry to count. All entries will be verified. Found Frolicking is in no way responsible for recipient receiving their prize, but will work with the sponsor in all ways possible to ensure the winner receives their prize.