Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reader giveaway (NOW CLOSED) Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier / Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer

Who has kids?
*pretty much every single reader raises their hands*

Who has kids who are sick ALL THE TIME because of day-care/preschool/elementary school germies?
*Aforementioned parents heave both exhausted arms in the air*

Guys, this is a goodie. I've teamed up with Vicks and Braun to offer a super-useful giveway, because TRUST ME -- I know how this whole winter/sickness thing goes. (This is Canada, amiright?)

In the interest of figuring out how to combat this never-ending parade of sickness (*cough* I blame preschool), I got to try out the Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier and the Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer.

Let's star with the thermometer ...


We had an inexpensive ear thermometer back when D was a tiny baby -- I won't say the brand, but it rhymes with Fray-co -- and I was really disappointed with it. It stopped working after a year, and when I finally tracked down the itty-bitty replacement batteries, it didn't help.

So we moved on to a "regular" thermometer, and bought the Vicks Age Smart Thermometer (coincidently, one of the products I was offered to review, but I already had it). I've been really happy with it. It changes colours -- which the kids love -- and lets you choose between babies, toddlers, or older children to get an accurate reading.

The only downside was that both D and C (age 3 and 1) usually REFUSED to put it in their mouth, so I was stuck wrestling them for an armpit reading. 

Fevers are one of those parenting situations where I get kind of antsy, because the idea of a febrile seizure scares the whatnot out of me. According to a Canadian health survey, I'm not alone -- 64% of parents are scared by their child's fever, and 70% call a health advice line (like 811 here in Nova Scotia).

D and C never have a problem getting their temperature taken by ear at the doctor's, so when I got the chance to try another ear thermometer -- the Braun ThermoScan -- I was excited. No more wrestling feverish kids!? Really?!?



Of course, luck would have it that the kids weren't actually feverish during my "test time" -- which is good news, really? -- but we tried it out anyway. It comes with a package of those cool disposable covers (that look like clear witches' hats, if you ask D) so it really feels like you're at the doctor's office.

I popped on a cover, showed it to the kids, and they had no problem with me checking their temperatures. They actually started fighting over who got to be next. Darling Husband and I tried it, too.



I love the little "docking station" (well, storage case). Is it just me, or does it look like a tiny iron?


 Little Miss C sitting quietly to get her temperature checked? Uh, MIRACLE! You just press the button, wait a second or two, and it beeps to let you know it's all set. I'm so relieved to know I won't have to battle with them during the next fever.

Now onto the humidifier ...

We have the original Vicks Cool Mist machine -- we registered for it when I was pregnant with D -- and we've been happy with it. But we keep it stored on the top shelf of the linen closet, so when the kids are sick, we usually don't even think to bring it down. Are we terrible parents? Maybe?

So what I love about the Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier is the fact that it's worth having out ALL the time: because it's also a light projector. It projects stars and a moon straight up onto the bedroom ceiling, and cycles through different colours in this pretty rainbowy haze.
We tested it out first in C's room, since I'd already really wanted to get her a projector for her ceiling. I thought maybe it would keep her in her toddler bed, but of course that isn't going to happen any time soon. I also thought the soothing white noise might be good for her -- she already has a sound machine, but LIGHT SLEEPER OMG.

We ran it in her room for two nights, but she didn't seem too impressed. I was all "Ooooohhhhh, look how pretty!" and she was all "Whatever, Mom. Let's talk about how you got rid of my climbing apparatus of a crib."

But D, of course, had been totally enamoured by the projection. So we moved it to his room, and that's where it's remained ...


It's got a place of honour on his desk ... 


I like that you can turn the projector on separately from the humidifier, so you can use it strictly as a projector in between sickness -- or keep the moisture on all the time.

The projection doesn't show up too well during the day, of course, but at night? It's totally awesome ... 


D is in love with his new humidifier/projector, and I love that it's helped with his occasional night-fears about the cleaning products "getting" him (thanks to preschool for the fearful lecture on bleach and Windex).

Now it's your turn! Fellow Canadians, want to win a Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier, Vicks Age Smart Thermometer, or a Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer?

Leave a comment telling me what you do to get through your child's illnesses -- tips, advice, anything -- and mention which product you'd like to win. 

One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday (March 5) and have the product of their choice mailed directly to them. (Canadian residents only, as per the rules). You can also pop on over to the Mommy Knows Best sweepstakes for more chances to win products.

Good luck, and stay healthy!

xo

Disclosure: I received product to help facilitate this review, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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This giveway is now closed, and a winner has been contacted. Congratulations to "ELYSEES" on winning the Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer. Here's her sick-kid tip:

"Humidifier in the bedroom, oil of oregano on the feet and lots of emergen-c (vitamin). Puffers usually make their rounds here too! :) I'd loooove to win the thermometer. It's something I always thought would make my life easier!"


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10 comments:

Megan S said...

When the croupy cough flares up in our house we do a lot of steamy bathroom trips and have the humidifier running all the time. We've gone through 2 humidifiers in 5 years due to his respiratory issues. I love the digital ear thermometer (we already have the same one), but I would love to win the humidifier as the built in projector is great for a little guy who gets sick a lot and is scared of the dark!

Breanna Williams said...

When we have sickness in our home warm baths, lots of water and co-sleeping snuggles works best :) I would love to win the Vicks humidifier, the air in our old house is so yucky!

Alicia Graham said...

Humidifier of course and vicks on the bottom of the feet really helps. Along with extra cuddles :)

Laurie said...

I have yet to experience the trials of a sick infant, fortunately. But I know my time is coming, and I'm dreading it, really. I would love to have the humidifier on hand when it happens. Living in Alberta, it's dry all the time, so the humidifier would get great use, and the starry night light would add a beautiful ambiance to his sweet little nursery.

lindsey said...

We use Vicks on the feet under socks to help with nighttime coughs. I've never used a digital thermometre, but it sounds like a dream! Oh, and the most important tip of all: Keep the germs far away from husbands to avoid the dreaded man cold! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

ELYSEES said...

Humidifier in the bedroom, oil of oregano on the feet and lots of emergen-c (vitamin). Puffers usually make their rounds here too! :)

ELYSEES said...

Oops... And I'd loooove to win the thermometer. It's something I always thought would make my life easier!

Evie said...

We stock up on the Tylenol and Children's Gravol, make sure everybody has tissues and buckets and wait it out. We have an old humidifier, but I'd love to have a new one with stars!

Caree said...

This makes me wish I was Canadian!!

Janet Nielsen said...

Great giveaway! We have had our share of illness this winter, that's for sure. We get through it with lots of couch/PJ/movie time... and I swear by my Hydrasense "snot sucker" for the little one :)

I'd LOVE the thermometer. We have an old crappy basic thermometer at the moment.