Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Playtex® Infant Products - Review and Giveaway!

***This giveaway is closed***
Winner: Robyn

Just before Mia was born, I received a number of Playtex® products to try! Yes, that's how behind I am on reviews (sorry!!). I have had some time now to give some of them a test run and am finally happy to get this review written!

We received:(clockwise from left to right - the new Playtex® Infant Lil’ Gripper cup, Playtex® Drop-ins System, Playtex® First Sipster, the classic Playtex® Binky, and the Playtex® Ortho-Pro® Pacifier (with sterilizing cover, shown between the pacifiers).

What a selection for little Mia!

The Playtex® Drop-ins Original Nurser System is probably familiar to most of us, as it's been used for generations. The collapsing, BPA-free liner (available in helps prevent baby from swallowing air, and the NaturaLatch® nipple is designed to mimic a mother's breast. I honestly hate pumping and since I'm not away from her much, we haven't had a chance to test this one out. As she gets older I am sure I will want the chance to skip a feeding here and there, and this will come in really handy for dad or a babysitter to take over! This system is super easy because you don't need to sterilize the bottle; the liners are sterile.

The Playtex® Infant Lil’ Gripper cup is a brand new design. Of course, it's slightly above Mia's current skill set, but we are looking forward to using it with her when she's a bit older! This new product is squeezable and has a straw, as well as those easy to grip handles. Designed for children four months and up, it is meant to help transition to a cup. Mum can give it a squeeze to get the liquid started and show the little one how to sip, using the natural grasping and sucking abilities of even very young children. It is guaranteed to be break-proof, spill-proof and leak-proof, and comes in blue, purple, green and pink. It's BPA-free and phthalate-free!

The Playtex® First Sipster is the next step towards drinking from an adult cup. What I like about the design is that the handles are attached to the lid, so you never have to worry about the spout not lining up properly. Just like the Lil' Gripper, it's guaranteed to be break-proof, spill-proof and leak-proof! It's also BPA-free and phthalate-free.

The Playtex® Binky is another classic. It's meant to simulate the shape of mother's nipple and comes in many sizes and colours to suit newborns to older babies. I know every baby has a favourite soother, and I must say that this one is not Mia's. Again, BPA-free and phthalate-free.

However, the Playtex® Ortho-Pro® Pacifier has been good for those moments when she just wants to soothe herself with sucking but isn't hungry. My husband uses it to get her to sleep when she is overtired. I always felt kind of anti-pacifier, but I'll be honest... sometimes it's just the best thing to help her relax and I have accepted that.

Here she is just over a month old snoozing with the Ortho-Pro® Pacifier. I know those pants look way too tight - it's just the cloth diaper bulking up her booty! She has a tiny waist, a big belly, and a fluffy butt :)

And I can't resist posting one more pic of her with her favourite paci at six weeks old. What a cutie!

One thing I love about the Playtex® pacifiers both is that they are available in a two-pack with a sterilizing cover. You just click them into it, fill to the water line and microwave for two minutes to sterilize. So easy and convenient. We used this feature while on the road as we drove to Calgary - every night at each hotel we stayed at, we could be sure her paci was clean and germ-free. Not that we're super paranoid about germs, but it's so easy to do, why not? If it fell on the hotel carpet (ick) or ground, it's better than just trying to rinse it off or wash with harsh soaps that might leave a residue.

It is also very thin and shaped so as not to interfere with normal oral development (hence "Ortho-Pro"!). The handle has teething nubs, too. And like the other, it's BPA-free and phthalate-free and comes in different colours and sizes.

The only thing about the pacifier that is frustrating for all of us is that Mia can't seem to maintain a hold on it. She will suck, it falls out, and then she is upset because it's not in her mouth. She hasn't learned in all this time how to keep it in her mouth herself. She is starting to use her hands to hold it there finally, but is not particularly coordinated yet. Anyway, I'm sure that is just her special style...!

Playtex® products are available pretty much everywhere across Canada - check your favourite department store, pharmacy, or grocery store. You can check out all the product offerings at the Playtex Baby website.

You can also check out the new online forum Playtex Mommyville, which has resources, articles, product info, sweepstakes, and forums for mums! There's also a Playtex Mommyville Facebook page. It's Canadian, too :)

Playtex® has generously offered a prize package just like the one I received to one of my readers!
The giveaway: One winner will receive the five products I tried: the new Playtex® Infant Lil’ Gripper cup, Playtex® Drop-ins System, Playtex® First Sipster, the classic Playtex® Binky, and the Playtex® Ortho-Pro® Pacifier!

How to enter: Visit the new Playtex online community PlaytexMommyVille, and tell me something that piques your interest, OR something you learned from the website. Please be sure to include your email if it’s not public in your blogger profile! This is the mandatory entry - do this first!

Extra entries: Bonus time! Leave a comment for each extra entry.

  • Become a fan of/"like" PlaytexMommyVille on Facebook (mention your first name and last initial in your comment). Already do? That counts!
  • Follow me on Twitter (leave your Twitter name!). Already do? That counts!
  • Tweet about this giveaway (once - this is not a daily!) and leave me the permalink. You can use this for your tweet, if you like:
    "#Win FIVE Playtex Products for baby (inc. the new Lil' Gripper!) at Emily's Latest @emilyisland http://bit.ly/lmAuFV Canada only, ends 6/1"
  • Follow my blog (publicly) – 2 entries, leave 2 comments. Already do? That counts!
  • Add my blog button to your blog - leave the URL. Already have it? That counts!
  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post and to PlaytexMommyVille – 2 entries, leave 2 comments and please include a link to your post
  • Let me know if you've tried Playtex products before - and what was your baby's favourite one? If you haven't tried one yet, do you plan to?
Please be sure to include your email if it’s not public in your blogger profile! Anonymous comments without a way to contact you will be rejected. Canadian mailing addresses only, please. Giveaway ends June 1st at 11:59 pm EST. A winner will be drawn within a day or two of the giveaway's end, announced here, in a separate post and emailed!

A big thank you to Playtex for the products I received to test and the giveaway for my readers!

63 comments:

  1. Something I learned on their site was different ways to bond with your baby while they're in the womb (had this in the articles section).

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  2. I follow via GFC #1

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  3. I follow via GFC #2

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  4. This is my first baby, so I haven't tried their products before, but I do plan to.

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  5. I love the articles section. It's nice how it's separated into different stages of being a mommy!

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  8. I actually had no idea that Playtex made the diaper genie. I am on the look out for one because our local baby store is sold out!

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  9. I'd be interested in getting the Playtex® Diaper Genie II Elite
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  10. I used the playtex drop-ins with my first child. They were awesome. Would definitely recommend playtex products. Their sippy cups are wonderful too.
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  11. Oh, I read and refreshed myself on some things about labor prep. since baby is coming any day now. I don't know that I have visited that site before.

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  12. @beautifulcall follows you on twitter :)
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  14. I used their sippy cups with my first. I liked them well enough.

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  15. The PLAYTEX MEALTIME PLATES pique my interest because I really like the idea of the "Rubber rims and non-slip rings on plates' bottoms" in order to "help prevent slips and messes". Fabulous idea!

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  16. I "like" PlaytexMommyVille on Facebook (Robyn H C)

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  18. Tweeted - http://twitter.com/Mom2GMC/statuses/72325761100550144

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  19. Public GFC Follower (Entry #1)

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  20. Public GFC Follower (Entry #2)

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  21. Your button is on my blog (www.beingmom1.blogspot.com)

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  22. We have tried a few Playtex products. A favourite of my toddler is the Playtex® Insulator® Straw Cup. I love that they are guaranteed to be spill-proof.

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  23. I follow you via GFC as Melissa (#1/2)

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  24. I follow you via GFC as Melissa (#2/2)

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  25. I am new to commenting and extra entries and such, but I'll do my best! I was pleasantly surprised to see the recipes section on Playtex Mommyville- tasty, fresh recipes for families!

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  26. The articles were so interesting! Stuff to read for my toddler, and my pregnancy!


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  27. Your button is on my blog

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  28. I love all of the information that is on the site. I know that as a new mom when I had my twins, there was so much info out there that I didn't know what to trust. Great to have one site to go for!

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  29. I like the article BABY BODY LANGUAGE EXPLAINED. Very interesting

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  30. I like PlaytexMommyVille on Facebook (Catharine L.)
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  31. I follow you on twitter. @catamo

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  32. My tweet.
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  33. At the Playtex Mommyville website, I really like the Mommy Board. It is a great avenue for mothers to talk to other mothers. Sometimes the best advice you can get is from someone who has already had children. This is an invaluable resource.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. ~Pauline

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  34. I am a fan of Playtex Mommyville on Facebook.

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  36. I tweeted about your giveaway today:

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  39. When my Son was a baby, I used Playtex bottles exclusively. I loved the platic liners as it was so much easier to clean the bottles than it would have been if I had used glass bottles. Also, I really liked the shape of the nipple, it was more natural.

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  40. I appreciate reading about the transition to sippy cup. I'm having a HORRIBLE time with transitioning my baby from the breast to...anything! It was helpful to read this article. Thanks!
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  41. Fan of Playtex Mommyville on FB - Bao N.
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  42. Following w/GFC. x1
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  44. My favorite Playtex product was a binky that my baby had. That was the only one she took to!
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  45. the coolster tumbler cup piqued my interest.
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  46. on the mommyville website i really like the ways to bond with you baby and the way they list their products

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  47. like playtex on fb
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  48. follow u on twitter @marlibu

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  50. i like their mommy boards. I like helping other moms by answering their questions and since I am having my 6th child any day now, I feel like I have been aroung that block and have a lot o f experience

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  53. the Mommy board is an awesome resource
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  60. i learned that at 6 months old babies can start having juice


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