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Cream Haus Play Mat & Nap Mat Giveaway


I am super excited to announce that I am partnering with Cream Haus – the only foam play mat on my non-toxic play mats guide – for this amazing giveaway!

To find out more about why I consider this foam play mat to be truly non-toxic, you can check out my Cream Haus Folding Play Mat review here.

The best news is that I will be giving away not one but TWO great prizes!!

Two lucky Mommy to Max readers will win:

1) Folding Play Mat ($239.99 value) – A large folding play mat that measures 51″ x 79 ” x 1.6″. It provides a large, comfortable, and safe play surface. We love and use this play mat in Max’s room.
2) Nap Mat ($129.99 value) – A portable play surface that measures 47 ” x 31.5″ x 1.6″. It folds in half and has a carrying handle. This mat is great for newborns and babies for naps and tummy time.

I love hosting giveaways for products I love and this is for sure one of my favorites. 🙂

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The giveaway will run until November 2nd, 2016, 11:59PM EST. Open to US residents only. I will e-mail the winners for their shipping and order information within 24 hours. Good luck!

Top Survival Must-Haves for Baby’s First 3 Months

Now that we’re well past the newborn stage for both kids, I can reflect on the items I could not live without. The following products are the things that helped me make it through the roughest months!!

Top Survival Must-Haves for Baby's First Three Months (2)1. Yoga ball | 2. Beco Gemini baby carrier| 3. Baby Connect app | 4. Cream Haus play mat | 5. Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance | 6. NoseFrida Snot Sucker | 7. Gap footed one-piece | 8. Dohm sound machine

1. Yoga ball This yoga ball is the unsung hero of our household. Not enough credit is given to yoga balls. If it wouldn’t cause death stares, I would gift a yoga ball at every baby shower.

When I was pregnant, it was a great place to sit to relieve back pain. When I was in labor, it was amazing in helping me to deal with labor pains. And, when I needed to rock my newborn to sleep, nothing worked better than bouncing on a yoga ball. Nothing.

2. Baby carrier – Hands-down the single most essential piece of baby gear for me is a good baby carrier. I am preferential to the Beco Gemini baby carrier for the newborn period because I like how soft and padded the panel is. The base also gets very narrow so the baby can easily be in an optimal M-position.

The number one place a newborn baby wants to be is on you. A baby carrier will save your arms, your back, and your sanity.


CorkiMat Lite by Pillobebe Giveaway

CorkiMat Lite by Pillobebe Giveaway

Ever since I wrote my guide for the best non-toxic play mats, by far the most popular play mat on that list is the CorkiMat by Pillobebe.

Well, this week, I am super excited to team up with Pillobebe to give away a full 9-tile CorkiMat Lite set (a $299 value)!

The CorkiMat Lite is a truly non-toxic play mat. Each tile has a removable 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton cover and polyester padding. The tile measures approximately 19″ and can be put together to fit the dimensions of any play space.

Best of all, one lucky Mommy to Max reader will win this amazing play mat!!

The giveaway will run until August 19th, 2016, 11:59PM EST. Open to US residents only. I will e-mail the winner for his/her shipping information within 24 hours. The winner can choose one design from the in-stock CorkiMat Lite listings. Good luck!

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Best Non-Toxic Foam Play Mat: Cream Haus Folding Play Mat Review

Non-Toxic Foam Play Mat Cream Haus ReviewI have to preface this review by saying that I did not think there was a foam play mat on the market that I would consider to be truly non-toxic. I was wrong. But if the thought of using plastic anything bothers you, you should just stop reading here. (You can also check out my Best Non-Toxic Play Mats for Baby guide for a comprehensive list of all non-toxic play mats.)

When Cream Haus USA contacted me, requesting a review for their Folding Play Mat, I was skeptical about the mat’s non-toxicity claims. I had never heard of this company but I soon learned that Cream Haus is a premium South Korean brand which, until recently, was not available in the US.

When speaking to Brian, the US distributor for Cream Haus, about the properties of the play mat, he was immediately and unabashedly transparent – something I found very refreshing when dealing with a baby play mat company. He attached two complete and unredacted ASTM reports from a CSPC certified lab for both the polyethylene foam material and the polyurethane leather cover which showed non-detectable limits of heavy metals, lead, and phthalates.

Upon further inquiry, Brian also confirmed that the play mat has been tested for and is free of flame-retardants, formamide, formaldehyde, VOCs and azo dyes.

(These reports have since been published on their website here and here.)


Best Non-Toxic Play Mat: Peppermint Pinwheels Quilted Play Mat Review

Non Toxic Play Mat Review - Peppermint PinwheelsI’ve come to realize: I have a thing for play mats. I’ve always liked fabrics, blankets, and comfy, cozy things. I guess that translates into a love for beautifully designed, high-quality, non-toxic play mats. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to announce that I have found a winner with the Peppermint Pinwheels Quilted Play Mat.

Awhile back, when I was doing research for my non-toxic play mats guide, I came across a few recommendations for Peppermint Pinwheels but I was reluctant to include it on my list. I could not find many in-depth reviews and I was concerned that the quilted play mats did not provide sufficient padding for hardwood floors.

But these beautiful and unique play mats made an impression on me and have always stayed in the back of my mind. Since Alexa is becoming more and more mobile (and has hit her head on our floors more times than I care to admit), I decided to buy a play mat for our living room area. I reached out to the owner of Peppermint Pinwheels, Stacey, and she generously provided me with a discounted mat for review.

Peppermint Pinwheels play mats are all handmade, by Stacey, from thick, canvas-weight 100% cotton fabrics and are completely non-toxic. The play mats come with padding that is either a single or double layer of 100% unbleached cotton batting. There is an option to add a triple layer of batting to make the mat thicker and/or a waterproof PUL layer to make the mat waterproof. (It is worth noting that PUL, polyurethane laminate, might have toxicity concerns. However, the PUL will be sandwiched between thick cotton layers so any exposure to potential toxins will most likely be inconsequential.)