08 November 2007

Parent Hacks Store Featured Find: Woobee water resistant blanket/cover/soft thingie

All-weather Woobee blanketIn lieu of confetti, fireworks and a grand parade down Main Street, I decided the best way to celebrate the grand opening of the Parent Hacks Store is to shower you, my dear Parenthackers, with gifts!

Today's Featured Find is the all-weather Woobee...cuddly thing? Stroller cozi-fier? Nursing cover? It can be so many things, it seems a shame to call it a blanket. This...blanket...is flexible water-resistant material on one side and super-soft furry/cozy material on the other, so it's ideal for draping over the stroller on a damp day (grosgrain ribbon ties keep it in place). Or, you can wrap it around your front-carrier-filled-with-baby. Or use it as a dry and cozy nursing shelter. Or sit on it in the damp grass. Or use it as a makeshift changing pad. Then wash and dry and it's good as new.

If it weren't so beautifully-produced and useful, I'd balk at the price ($70, although some versions are on sale on the company's site). But this item is one of those "you get what you pay for" things that is SO versatile and useful (and will be for years), and will erase SO many potential headaches, that I wholeheartedly recommend it. I realize it's out of many people's price ranges (including mine, frankly) but it's good enough to warrant skipping or returning a few other useless baby items (like a diaper pail) to build up the funds.

The blanket I was sent for review is so lovable I'm tempted to name it Myrtle and make it my blankie. But my husband may object to my sleeping with something other than him, so instead I'm giving it away!

Win it! One randomly-chosen commenter will get my, uh, I mean this lovely Woobee blanket I'm fondling..um, I mean holding right now. (Perhaps now you don't want it given my questionable affection for the thing? Whatever.) I won't even make you answer a question -- just say hi in the comments, perhaps leave a nice little note. (Pardon the self-indulgence, but I could use a little cheering up from my Parenthacker peeps. It was a rough night last night.) I'll pick a lucky winner tomorrow at 5pm...good luck!


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we finally have a backyard (ok 3X9 patch of questionable greenery)to play in, now we need something to play on!

Couldn't we all use a little happy thought on a rough night/day.../week :o) Here's hoping it was only one rough night and that things look up in the morning!

What a generous give-a-way, I would love to win this for my wee girl.

Thank you so much for the Parent Hacks store; in the past I have spent so much time back tracking beofre trying to find specific products.

Looks sooo soft!!! I love finding great items just to watch my sister try and find the exact item and purchase it too. Wouldn't that be great if I could tell her I won it:)

I LOVE blankets!!!!! Thank you for your contest! :o)

These look soo snuggly. Thanks!

I'm sorry to hear about the rough night - thank you for posting despite it!

And waterproof always makes my day here in Oregon. :)

This looks like a great blanket. Wow!

Ooooo... Pick me! Pick me! :)


Hi! What a cozy-looking blankie...

Mmmmmmmm, Woobees.

As long as it doesn't snore, it's welcome in my bed!

I think it is love at first site - me and the woobee!

This blanket would make great outside fort material...or cozy camping in the back yard bedding (can you tell I live where it's still 90 degrees everyday)?! Fall and winter come hither!

Woobee, Woobee, Wooooobeeeee! Hah- that's fun to say. It looks like even more fun to snuggle with. Plus today's my birthday, so pick me, oh random number generator! :)

Parent Hacks is the best! Thanks!

You know you spend too much time blog reading when you find all your conversation starters are, "Well, I read on parenthacks that..." I also tell everyone about this site. Thanks for your hard work! And writing that makes me laugh.

Sounds very cozy. Thanx :)

Oooh... I could sure use some cuddly goodness!

THis looks like a very soft blanket!! I love soft blankets!!! Great site you have here!!

I'm glad you've set up your store so I can go straight to some of the neat things you mention. I'm sure one of the biggest parent hacks ever is to minimize time spent on the computer to be with our kids. It is so easy to get caught up on the computer around my house, so this is especially lovely. So thank you for saving time for us. Now, I'd love to feel that soft blanket myself. It looks so yummy!

Today is my baby's 3-month birthday, and this seems like something that would be perfect for our cold and wet climate, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

LOVE ParentHacks btw, I check it out every day and have gotten so much inspiration from this site!

I bet that is very comfy for Baby. We have a new baby in the family that I know would love to cuddle into that. :)


I would love this not-just-a-blanket blanket for so many reasons! What's not to love? Anything that soft and cozy sounds like a must-have for the impending Upstate NY winters. My 14 month old daughter would love this (and maybe she would even share it with me!)

That's beautiful!

Looks amazing! Love your site-keep up the good work!

Oops forgot to put my name on the above email!!

I find your sites one of the most useful and practical of any out there. Thanks for the giveaway!

Looks like a whole lot of people need some woobie love (me included).
As for your long night -remember better to be with them now than later - when you'll be wondering who they're out with and what they're doing! ;-)

Cool item! Thanks for all you do!!

Thanks for putting this store together. What a great idea to have all of the "highly recommended" in one easy-to-find place. And one more way to feed my Amazon.com addiction!

Everyone needs some love! I love the sound of the blanket, but quite honestly I love your blog more. It sounds like you might need a little pep talk, so know that this mother of 2 (almost 3) visits your site everyday and I love it. I used the "write notes on the diaper hack" (from a couple of months back I think) yesterday to the delight of my son's teacher - it was his last day, and I scribbled a little t.y. note.

I hope you had a better night last night. Try and use the bad days to measure how good most of the other ones are.

I love getting the Parent Hacks email posts. Keep em' comin'!!! The blanket looks amazing!

This blankie looks so soft. Great gift for a little one.

You sure sold that well!
You've definately got me interested!

Hey there. I hack my children.

Sounds like a great thing for the upcoming winter! My 5 month old sure would love the cozy soft side:) Sounds like it would be a wonderful ground cover for the many parks we go to for my older child. I love your site - it has so many wonderful ideas to make any parents life easier! Thanks for all the effort you put into it - and I love the new ParentHacks Store!

Pick us!! Pick us!!

Hope things go better tonight. I tell all my mom friends about this site - not only is it valuable, but there's a "real" person behind it all, so it makes it feel like you're my personal adviser.

Hi!!! Your email and your site is awesome!! We all need help with this most important AND WONDERFUL job that our Lord gave us, our children!! thank you for all of your time and efforts! The "snuggle square" looks so soft! I am officially entering my chance to win.. thank you!! Happy day!! and Happy holidays!!

I need something soft and warm and fuzzy. I don't do winter. Well, I do, but I don't like to.

Those sound lovely. If I hadn't already gone over budget on gifties (recommended by parenthacks, no less, like the teething bling) for my new-mom best friend for Christmas, I'd be getting this, too!

Wow, that looks incredible! I'd LOVE to have it - your fondling notwithstanding! ;)

My babe needs a new soft blankie...he's about worn out the one he has!

The email I get from Parenthacks every day is one of the few I *never* delete unread. :)

Love the site & Woobee good luck.

I'm not going to lie and say that this would be mostly for my kid.

It'd be for me.

Hopefully you're not up all night with the flu! I can relate there. It's been a long week.


If I win do I have to share with my child?? :-)

It looks the perfect thing to me (I mean the kids) asleep with on these wintery Michigan days.

my 3-year old daughter would love this blanket to make a "bed" for her and her 11-month old brother (who will probably try to take it away from her).

haha! my son had his "bee" and his first soft weird yellow teddy bear was *named* "woobee"! i kid you not. would love one of these for daughter.


Looks adorable. I hope tonight is better for you! We all have rotten nights, you're not alone.

looks so soft, i want to lay in it!

WOuld love to have this -- great for snuggling with my little one!!

It looks so cozy. I'd love to win it.

You rock Asha! Wishing you long restful nights, sweet dreams (and myself being able to cuddle with my daughter in this "blanket").

Looks great, but once under this blanket, why leave?

Hope last night was better than the previous night!

MMmmm...I totally understand. My baby has a soft fuzzy (and heavy) blankie that I love. I'm always trying to fit underneath it, but I'm too big! Love the parent hacks :)

We have "woobies" at home - I love the reference to Mr. Mom!

Sounds like a great product, & I think it probably is a play on the Mr. Mom security Item (blanket for boy, Flannel shirt for Mr Mom). Woobie or Wubby is what our house always called it's comfy security item. (fingers crossed to get one)

Congrats on getting the store going!

My head is swimming with all the possible Woobee uses! Thanks for being willing to part with it!

This looks so cozy!

Hope you're getting more rest! TGIF!

This blanket looks so soft!

That looks like a wonderfully versatile (and cozy!) blanket for winter! :)

They look heavenly! I love your website and I love getting emails about new posts so I don't have to remember to check it every day! My pregnant brain can only handle so much.

Right there with you on the rough night. Five months worth, when oh when is the child going to sleep through consistently? This is my fourth and you'd think I'd be used to the beat by now, but alas I don't think one ever gets used to the brutal lack of sleep. I'm nursing a huge cup of Jo to get me going this morning. Cheers! And I love, love, love your blog. Sheer genius to have all these little flash bulbs of Mommy and Daddy wisdom all compiled in one place.

Ymmy blankie! I had a rough night last night too...the 1 year old has decided that he doesn't sleep through the night anymore. Grrr......

What a great sounding product. I hope today is better for you!

Thank you so much for your site. I heard about it on Jumping Monkeys and have been reading ever since.
BTW... Last night was rough here as well.

I hope last night was better! I found your website through Prizey... although i have heard about it before, I hadn't yet checked it out. Great site!

When I win the lottery, I'll buy wobbies for everyone! Thanks for such a great and useful site.

Awesome giveaway! I hope you have a better day today, TGIF!

Hi! Could use a Wubby myself! :)

Hi, There are a lot of people that would love this blanket...me included!!!

Great "blanket!" Funny blog!

Looks yummy! First DS has the "Favorite Blanket" from PBKids - loves it still. Second DS needs a soft cuddly!

hi asha. nice blanket-thingie!

That's looks great. My 1 1/2 yr old girl is really attached to her blanket lately but it is pretty thin.

Wow look at all the comments. :) Lov ethe site. Also would love the blanket :)

Looks so cuddly! My DD would love it...

Love the site!

Would love to win the "blanket"!

It would love to be able to tie it on my little girls baby carrier when I'm chasing after my toddler this winter.

That looks like the softest blanket ever. It would be perfect for the bundle of joy we are expecting in December.

My 10 1/2 month old has just realized how great it is to wrap up in cuddly blankets. Would love to win this versitile one!

And thanks for the site. As always it's a wonderful help with all of the hints and tips.

i heart parenthacks!

How fantastic and versatile! This would be such an amazing thing for a winter baby.

Love your site! I always go here to find product recommendations for gifts and for our family!

Thanks for sharing the interesting products you review. I am expecting my third baby and am always interested in learning about new products that can make my live easier. I would love to have a blankie for number 3, my first girl!

Awesome! I would love to get one of those blankets! So great that it's water repellent! My 18 mo is obsessed with her current blanket, could use a sturdier replacement for on the go.

It looks great!

Great giveaway! Smile it's Friday!

I can see why you like to "fondle" the blanket.

Hi there-
Rough night here too - restless, feverish, kicking toddler and 5:00am alarm for the workday.
TGIF and may tonight be better for both of us.
Love the new store!

I am right there with you. Tough day but TGIF! Time for a margarita!

I love the blanket and your site!

WHat a great blanket! Please sign me up!

beautiful blanket....would love to win it! looks soo soft!

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