Sunday, January 16, 2011

Baby Bond Review and Giveaway! CLOSED


If you've been following Mommy Rantings for a while, you know a few things about me: 
  • I have breastfed all 6 of my children
  • Each child breastfed for over a year
  • I'm a Medela Mom Maven Ambassador
There are a few things that you might not know, though:
  • My husband was/is a major supporter of me through the course of breastfeeding all of the children - he felt strongly about it, because he is completely aware of the benefits for the babies and the mommy. He wouldn't have had it any other way.
  • After all of these years, I'm still not comfortable with breastfeeding in public 
  • I have never had to deal with ear infections, and for the most part, my children have all been very healthy. They also recover pretty fast when they do get sick.
I know that I chose the best thing for my children by breastfeeding them, however I will admit that it's not easy being a breastfeeding mother, as it consumes more time than bottle feeding. In the case of my children, they became breastfeeding addicts. Ugh! I remember that my daughter, now 10 years old wouldn't let me out of her sight! Dylan, my 3 year old, and my current "leach" (as I fondly refer to it), Dakoda, both had the "Mommy, don't leave my sight!" issue, too.

By the age of two, they all end up weaning themselves...and that "bonding" period ends...believe it or not, breastfeeding mothers, the time goes fast and you end up missing the cuddles and bonding...

Onto Baby Bond!

www.babybond.com


I was ecstatic when Slurp and Burp LLC/Baby Bond asked me to review their product, Baby Bond (through Tomoson). What is it, you ask? It's exactly what I've needed all of these years...and it finally comes along when I'm at the last stretch of breastfeeding my 6th child!

Cover It Up!

It bothers me tremendously that women have been shunned for breastfeeding in public! As a matter of fact, the Denny's episode had me ticked off! Are you seriously going to expect a woman to go into a nasty, germ infested restaurant bathroom (sorry, Denny's!) to feed her baby?!? And then an Arkansas mom was told, "Don't you ever do that again in here!" by a bailiff in a courtroom when he realized that she was breastfeeding her baby, under the concealing blanket. Are you kidding me?

There is no doubt that "the breast is the best" for little babies.
It's a shame that mothers aren't praised and complimented about giving their child the best milk nature can supply. Good things often come out of bad, though...

Like Baby Bond!

Baby Bond is essentially a cotton sash - available in different colors and styles - which is worn over the shoulder and wraps around your opposite side (well, I guess the picture describes it better!). Anyways, it covers you up when you are breastfeeding, making breastfeeding in public - or even around close friends and family, or maybe even your older children - much more comfortable and natural.

Here's a picture of the founder. (pretty innovative diva momma, huh?):



It has two layers that separate, covering you up when you are breastfeeding your baby, from both the top and the bottom. The one that I chose (Couture) also converts into a waist band, like a belt, and can be used underneath the shirt, as opposed to at the top.




Some Honesty

Now, honesty is my policy, so I will say that I was a bit confused about how exactly to wear it, mostly because it came wrapped up so nicely, and fit into my hand, about the size of a toilet paper roll - and I have yet to figure out how to get it back like that! If you get one, pay attention to how it comes, because once you unfold it, you may never get it back to that compact, easy to pack-and-tote little bundle.

This is a pic from the Baby Bond website that demonstrates how the Baby Bond Couture can be used under the shirt, around the waist:

www.babybond.com


Back to putting it on...I figured it out (okay, call me blond - it really wasn't that hard!)...and Dakoda was more than willing to try it out immediately. Baby Bond definitely covered me up, but it didn't cover Dakoda's head or face - it's a great concept! (He refuses to have his head covered anyways.)


Award

FYI: Baby Bond received the iParenting Media Award. Cool stuff!

Looking Forward...

Now, we just have to figure out how to get people to really accept breastfeeding in public. But, I think that's going to be an endeavor that starts with one person at a time. I'll never be completely comfortable with breastfeeding in public and I will take every precaution to make sure that I simply don't have to, like sitting in the car. I can tell you that if my son gets hungry - or thirsty - I'm going to feed him. With my Baby Bond Couture, it will be so much more "comfortable", all the way around! (Where were you 11 years ago???)

Buy It!

You can purchase Baby Bond in various colors and you have a choice of the three styles pictured above, original, flex, and couture. They retail for $35 at the Baby Bond website or Amazon.com.

Win It! (This is open to my worldwide readers!!! Anyone can enter!)

But, wait! Baby Bond has offered to give one lucky Mommy Rantings follower their very own choice of Baby Bond style and color! Not breastfeeding? This would make the perfect gift for a friend, sister, cousin, or anyone else who plans on breastfeeding!


Here's how to enter:

Mandatory entry: Go to the Baby Bond sit and tell me something about them that I did not mention (check the about page for interesting story).

The winner MUST be a Mommy Rantings follower to win the giveaway.

Extra entries:

1) "Like" Mommy Rantings on Facebook. (2 entries) (right hand column of blog)

2) Follow QueenBMomma on Twitter. (2 entries) (left hand column of blog)

3) Like Baby Bond on Facebook. (Leave a comment that Mommy Rantings sent you!)

4) Follow Baby Bond on Twitter.

5) Grab my button and put it on your blog (leave the link) (3 entries)

6) Update your Facebook status with this giveaway. (2 entries)

7) Subscribe to Mommy Rantings via email (2 entries)

8) Blog about this giveaway - tell me your blog's URL (3 entries).

9) Tweet this giveaway (you can do this once per day!) (1 entry per tweet -leave twitter name)



Winners will be chosen through Random.org and the winning entries will be validated (I will make sure that you did the mandatory entry and the entry # that is chosen. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN ONE OF YOUR ENTRIES. RUNNING AROUND THE INTERNET TRACKING DOWN WINNERS IS NO FUN!

Thank you to Baby Bond for sponsoring this giveaway! This giveaway will end on Feb 3rd, 2011 at midnight EST. I will contact the winners by email and they will have 24 hours to respond before the runner up is chosen. Good luck!

I received a product for the purpose of review. I did not receive monetary compensation. All opinions are expressly mine. ;)




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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure. Sponsored by Tomoson.com

79 comments:

  1. Your first link isn't right...

    I think it's funny that she started out by using her husband's shirt! I guess that's how creativity begins...gotta try with something! :-)

    I love this idea as I was never good at nursing in public discretely...just couldn't get coordinated.

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