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About Laura Carr

Laura is a work-at-home mom with a passion for children. She wants the best for her children -- which requires the best equipment -- so she came on board as our lifestyle and family editor with a focus on product reviews for new parents... you know, baby stuff. She's not as much "geek" as the rest of us, which makes her our voice of reason.
12 01, 2017

Best Baby Swing – Graco Duetsoothe Swing Plus Rocker

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Baby Stuff, Featured, Recommendations|

If you search on Amazon for a baby swing, you will find more than 41,000 results. There are so many to see! How do you even start to find the best baby swing? My go-to criterion is always finding something with dual purpose. If I can buy something that accomplishes more than one goal, then I think I'm really getting my money’s worth. Sometimes that works... sometimes it doesn't, but that's how I started looking for the best baby swing. Best Baby Swing [amazon template=amazon embed&asin=B00AO [...]

21 08, 2016

Best Baby Floor Seat for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |August 21st, 2016|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

When we started having babies, I knew we would need some essential items. We looked for a floor mat, Jumperoo, and floor seat. We've already covered the floor mat and Jumperoo here on eciov, so now it's time to talk about the best baby floor seat. Bumbo was a household name -- everyone seemed to have one -- but one of my friends gave me a different recommendation. She had been using the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat with her children and liked it enough to recommend it to me. I decided to gi [...]

21 01, 2016

Best Kids Play Mat – Tadpoles ABC Floor Mats

By |January 21st, 2016|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

Life was so easy when my son was in the “potted plant” stage. He was happy to sit on a blanket and play with the toys that he could reach. If he couldn’t reach a toy, he would just play with his toes. I didn’t have to worry about him venturing off somewhere if I needed a few seconds to grab laundry or feed the dog. Of course, this phase does not last forever. Eventually, he began to work on crawling and moving around. We have hard floors in the living room, so we needed some kind of soft surface [...]

20 01, 2016

10 Good Things about Being Stuck at the Hospital

By |January 20th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Opinion|

On the morning of January 2, 2016, I went to the hospital. I was 33 weeks pregnant and had some significant bleeding. The doctors determined I have a placental abruption, which means at least part of my placenta is beginning to detach. I didn’t realize the consequences of this at first, so I was hoping to be back home with my 14-month-old son in a few hours. However, the doctors informed me I would at least need to be there overnight. Overnight?! We have no family who lives in town to take care [...]

7 01, 2016

Favorite Toddler Car Toy – VTech Car Carrier

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

Christmas has already come and gone, and a new year has arrived. We spent a quiet Christmas at home this year, and our son got to “open” his presents all day long. Since he’s 13 months old, he still didn’t quite get the excitement of presents. By the last gift, he finally tore the paper on his own and actually seemed to enjoy it. There was definitely one standout toy for the day that is continuing to be his go-to during playtime. This is the VTech Pull and Learn Car Carrier Pull Toy. My brother [...]

23 11, 2015

Best Baby Bottle Drying Rack for Most People

By |November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Kitchen, Recommendations|

Baby bottles are a necessity for almost any family with an infant. Whether you’re a full-time bottle user or only need them every once in a while, you’ll want a place to wash and dry bottles, cups, pumping parts, etc. We don’t have a lot of counter space, so I knew we would need something that was compact. The ones that look like grass and flowers are cute, but you can only get so many parts on that green surface. That's why I set out to find the best baby bottle drying rack. What factors did we [...]

30 10, 2015

Best Baby Jumper for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |October 30th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , |

Once my son was about four months old, he wanted to stand up all the time. Since my husband and I run a business from home, we didn’t have the ability to hold him up all day -- nor did we think that would be healthy for his development. That meant it was time for us to find the best baby jumper. Originally, I wanted to get an Exersaucer. I saw that style a lot, so I assumed it must be the best baby jumper. After showing my husband a video of a baby jumping in an Exersaucer, he was completely aga [...]

8 07, 2015

How Do I Stop Swaddling My Child?

By |July 8th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

It’s no secret that I loved swaddling my baby from the time he was born. He slept well and didn’t startle himself awake. He was also born in the late fall, so the swaddling kept him snug and warm during the cold nights. Eventually, I knew that I would need to stop swaddling my son, but I found very little information about the process during my research. After a few months, my friends started posting pictures of their young babies sleeping with no swaddle. I continued to swaddle my son because t [...]

2 06, 2015

Yerdle Helps You Reduce Clutter, Get Free Stuff

By |June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society, Tech|Tags: , , , , |

American culture is full of wasteful thinking. We consume fast food in Styrofoam containers, we buy bottled water (seriously, that’s incredibly wasteful), and we throw out perfectly good clothes if they go out of style. Most of us have heard of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” concept, but how many of us care enough to participate? Thankfully, this movement is growing. What would you do if recycling your unwanted items became super easy? Would you actually do it? What would you do if that recycling [...]

22 05, 2015

Stackable Cooling Racks: A Great Space Saver

By |May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , |

When I was in college, I had a full kitchen in my dorm. It allowed me to cook whole meals instead of the typical college diet of microwavable foods. It also meant I needed an entire set of kitchen items: pots, pans, baking sheets, and dishes. Since the freshman kitchens had limited counter space, I set out to find compact kitchen awesomeness. I knew I’d bake cookies frequently, so I needed cooling racks that would fit on our counters. Luckily, I found these stackable cooling racks. Stackable Coo [...]

30 04, 2015

Breakfast Sandwich Maker – Healthier, Tastier than Fast Food

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

When it comes to breakfast at fast food restaurants, the options are pretty much all the same (as Taco Bell has recently pointed out). After spending countless dollars on these sandwiches, I grew tired of wasting money. I wanted to make breakfast sandwiches at home for cheaper than fast food restaurants; even cheaper than the frozen sandwiches at the grocery store. Who wants frozen sausage? Yuck. It turns out, there’s an appliance for that. The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker [amazon tem [...]

24 04, 2015

Best Baby Monitor for Audio and Video Connections

By |April 24th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

When I found out I was pregnant, I went crazy with checklists. By the third trimester, we had almost everything on our lists. The one thing we couldn't decide, however, was the best baby monitor. Do we spend $30 on a cheap audio-only monitor with poor quality? Is it worth spending $200 or more on a single-function video monitor that we’ll only need for a year or so? In this modern world, we expected a better option. After extensive research, we found the best baby monitor was actually an iOS app [...]

7 03, 2015

Best Casserole Carrier for Potlucks

By |March 7th, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , |

When I was growing up, we’d attend potlucks at least once a month. I loved it! It was like eating at a free buffet. Of course, the best part was the dessert table. My mouth waters just thinking of it! It was always fun to decide what to bring to the potluck and to see what deliciousness was waiting on those long tables. We knew some amazing cooks, so taking a small portion of each dish was the key to success. My best friend and I even brought divided plates so our foods didn't cross-contaminate. [...]

28 02, 2015

Banshees Aren’t Cute

By |February 28th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society|Tags: , , , , , |

There are many new things to experience and learn as a first-time parent. I read a ton of articles and blogs to prepare myself as much as possible, yet my infant consistently surprises me or catches me off guard. Usually, they’re cute little things that come and go, as he gets older. I take a ton of photos and videos to remember all the behavioral stages, but I'd like to forget one of them. In fact, I’m hoping to block it completely from my memory. Babies get more fun as they begin smiling and t [...]

19 02, 2015

Best Baby Swaddler

By |February 19th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

To swaddle or not to swaddle… that's always a debate for new parents. I decided to swaddle my newborn based on my ridiculous amount of research and conversations I had with other parents. However, I had no idea that wrapping your kid in a burrito would be this complicated. My friends gave me five different swaddlers before my son was born—not just five blankets; they were all completely different swaddler styles! How was I supposed to know which would work best for my child? I spent hours watchi [...]