Hold on to your diaper bags ladies, this is a big one!
Bright Starts strives to develop innovative, high quality baby products that are affordable. When I buy products for Jane, I definitely want good "stuff" but I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it - knowing that in 6 months she'll probably have outgrown it. In the meantime, however, anything that helps make my life easier for any length of time is worth the expense!
Not only does Bright Starts have reasonably priced products but the new InGenuity Line combines the latest innovations in baby gear with fabulously styled products that will actually coordinate with your home decor (unless you love primary colours and have bright blue and green walls)! It only makes sense for companies to start designing baby products that are both functional and attractive... duh! :p
I was given the opportunity to try out the InGenuity Playard - I know, lucky me, right? Honestly, part of me would love to save myself an hour right now and just say "buy it" end of sentence, end of post. However, it's probably best if I tell you why I would...
I try to buy mid to high quality baby products, with the hope that it will last through two babies. However, I regret that I bought a cheap-o playard... I was disappointed with it from day one but am even more mad at myself after experiencing the InGenuity.
I am such a big fan of this product. My favourite feature is the Sleep Easy Incline. I wrote about my want for an inclined sleeping surface back in August in a Tips-N-Tricks post discussing my concern and frustration about laying Jane down flat to sleep after a big feed (made no sense to me). The InGenuity Playard bassinet has two options - baby can lie completely flat or with a slight (10 degree) incline, which is the default setting (see picture below). This is genius to me. I wish I had bought this playard instead of my cradle! Add in the fact that there's a change station and now I'm just grouchy that I didn't save myself some dough by getting the InGenuity playard ($99) vs. buying a separate cradle ($130) and playard ($100)! Even though Jane's too big for the bassinet now (good to 15 lbs), the change station is good to 25 lbs and saves me forty-five trips up the stairs to change diapers during the day. It's also got really high sides so it keeps my "little wiggler" in place, a task that's hard to do now that she wants to crawl away anytime she's laid down.
What else rocks about the bassinet? You don't have to remove it in order to fold up the playard. GENIUS! I had to do this for my other playard and it's a pain. Plus, without this feature, you're left having to find a place to put the bassinet and, if you're traveling, you have to pack it in a suitcase (vs. the travel case that comes with the playard) - trust me, there is not enough room for an extra pair of panties when you're traveling with your baby, let alone a bassinet!
Our new playard is set up in my tv room. With Jane crawling and being so active now, I can no longer let her out of my sight for a second while I grab something from another room. This is where the playard is key. I've left a few toys in there so that when I need to dash somewhere I just plop Jane down and go - without worrying I'll find her climbing the bookshelf when I return.
If I haven't sold you on how fabulous this playard is at this point, then I'd probably have to tell you it changes diapers for you and does the dishes to make you want it and, lets face it, Dan barely changes diapers some days so keep dreaming ladies. I am telling all my pregnant friends to pick this one up - it has way too many new and convenient features.
The InGenuity line has three other awesome products -
The Automatic Bouncer - Do I need to say Hallelujah again? That's right, AUTO. MATIC. BOUNCER.
The Cradle and Sway Swing - Like the "old school" models, this swing can go side-to-side (which Jane LOVES) or front to back.
The Portable Swing - a dream for parents, who like me, had babies who would only nap in the swing when they were newbies.
Ready for the exciting part...
The Bright Starts 14 Days of Laughter Giveaway:
One lucky, I mean super lucky, MOmMy bRaIn follower will get her choice of one of the products from Bright Starts InGenuity line (break out the happy dance)! This is our biggest giveaway to date! YIPEE! I am so excited about this - not only do I get to let everyone know about great products but I get to give them away!
Here's how to enter:
(1) Because this is such a special giveaway, Bright Starts and I want to hear your funniest Mommy Brain moments - leave them as a comment on this post. Other Moms have shared their funny stories on Bright Start's Facebook page (click here). Whoever provides the most laughs wins. To keep things as unbiased as possible, I've enlisted two friends (one Mom, one non-Mom) to help "rate" your stories. However, I also hope that y'all know that I will be fair and honest (yeah, right, I'm just going to make up a name and vote myself the winner :p ha ha ha, joking, obviously).
(2) Become a fan of Bright Starts on Facebook by clicking here.
(3) Vote for MOmMy bRaIn on TopMommyBlogs.com by clicking the button at the bottom of this post. Not entering the giveaway - show me some love (if you wanna :p) and vote for me anyways. All you have to do is click the button, that's it, vote cast!
For extra entries:
Tweet about this giveaway - make sure to reference #brightstarts (one entry per tweet) or blog about this giveaway (only one blog post please - I'm sure you're readers would be pretty annoyed if you posted about it everyday)!
FYI... unlike the usual giveaways on MOmMy bRaIn, our Bright Starts 14 Days of Laughter Giveaway is only open to entries for five (5) days! So get your entry in by Friday and the winner will be posted Saturday morning. Also, because there are 14 days of laughter - there are 14 other opportunities to WIN!! Check out Heir to Blair (one of my favourite blogging "sistas") tomorrow, and tell her I sent you, for another chance to win!
Please note: Winners must live within the forty-eight (48) Contiguous United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. Bright Starts does not ship orders to US Territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, etc. or Post Office (PO) boxes. We are proud, however, to ship to APO addresses. (sorry Canadian girls - although you've had quite a few Canadian girl only giveaways yourselves :p).
WHOOPEEE - Good luck! Can't wait to hear your stories. FYI... some of you have already shared stories with me on MB Mondays. Feel free to post them again! If you don't want to type them out, click here to see all of my MB Monday posts and you can find your shared stories in the comments section of each post.
If you aren't lucky enough to win - click here to see where you can purchase Bright Starts' InGenuity products for yourself. Visit makemomlaugh.com and post your funny stories or jokes and you'll receive a coupon code for your next purchase!