Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cold & Flu Season Is Here: But, Vicks and Braun Has Your Family Covered -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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"Humidifiers help provide temporary relief from cough and congestion, counteract the effects of harsh, dry air, and can bring temporary relief to dry skin, stuffy noses, and chapped lips – the three most irritating wintertime ailments, according to a new survey of U.S. moms, conducted by the makers of Vicks humidifiers. Just in time for cold and flu season, Vicks has launched three new humidifiers for families: the Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier, the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, and the Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier now in pink!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cool mist humidifier, such as the Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier or Vicks Starry Night, in nurseries and children's bedrooms during the winter months. Warm mist humidifiers, however, are an ideal option if you're looking for 95% bacteria-free water and the ability to use Vicks Vaposteam® for added comfort through soothing vapors.  Both warm and cool mist humidifiers are effective at raising home relative humidity levels to the 40-60% range, which studies have shown can reduce influenza survival in the air and on commonly-touched surfaces like sink faucets, door handles, and countertops." 

New Vicks humidifiers for fall / winter 2013 include:

  • Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier (V4600) – Children and adults alike can now experience relief from cold and cough symptoms through the use of a humidifier that requires no filter! Offering hassle-free maintenance and operation, the new Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier is convenient to use, easy-to-clean, ultra-quiet and offers a 1.2 gallon tank which can run for up to 30 hours between fillings. The unit's rubber feet take the worry out of scratching delicate surfaces. 
  • Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier (V750) – Featuring a soft glow nightlight and automatic shut-off for added safety, the new Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier heats water to produce a 95% bacteria-free steam vapor, releasing moist, warm air for fast, soothing relief from pesky cold and flu symptoms affecting airways and nasal passages.
  • Pink Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier (V3700M-V) – Also available in purple, green, blue – and now pink – the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier is ideal for use in nurseries and children's bedrooms. The humidifier releases cool moisture into the air and projects a multicolor changing, star-filled night's sky on walls and the ceiling through the unit's built-in, independently controlled projector. Best used in medium-sized rooms, this model runs for up to 24 hours on a 1 gallon tank and features multiple output settings and quiet operation.

For added, non-medicated comfort, all three models work with Vicks Soothing Vapors VapoPads, available in original Vicks menthol and Sleepy Time lavender and rosemary scents.

For more information on product features, pricing, and where to purchase Vicks humidifiers, visit

In addition to these humidifier options from Vicks, another must have for family with young children is the new Braun Forehead thermometer.  
Braun Forehead Thermometer - Braun  - Babies"R"Us 

The Braun Forehead Thermometer features:
  • Fever Guidance System - Large color-coded screen for fever detection

  • Non-invasive convenience

  • Professional accuracy by gentle swiping the forehead

  • Easy to use and measures just in seconds

  • Safe and hygienic - no probe covers needed

I can't tell you how many times I struggled with the girls when they were newborns/infants, when it came to checking their temperatures. When the rectal thermometer didn't work, I tried different thermometers given to me at my baby shower, but with no luck.  Either the readers were wrong, or just the action of having to touch my sick children who would be sleeping, would wake them up.  So, I have been on the market for a new thermometer, and was excited to have the opportunity to try out the Braun Forehead Thermometer firsthand.  I don't know if I jinxed myself, or the sample came at a great time, as just days before receiving the thermometer, my girls and then I, came down with the head cold that seems to be going around these past two months.  With the head cold came 3-4 days with a spiked temperature/low-grade fever, that had to be monitored, especially in my youngest, who was still 1 yr. old at the time.

Knowing that sleep is crucial and that it is hard to achieve when you have a child who is congested and not feeling well, I was hoping that the new Braun Forehead Thermometer would not only provide accurate temperatures when I needed them most, but also not wake the girls from their light sleep.  

I can say after using the new Braun Forehead Thermometer, along with the Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier (V4600), the girls and I are finally feeling much better, and are ready to enjoy the upcoming holiday season...without colds. Knock on wood! :-)  I think that when they remind you to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and clocks, that they also remind you to check your humidifiers, so that you will be ready for the cold/flu season that always throws families for a loop.  In the past, I would have forgotten to buy replacement filters, and when I pulled out the humidifier to provide relief for the girls, I wouldn't be able to use it, as either I couldn't find the filters in stores, or by the time I ordered and received them, the girls were feeling better. Ugg.  Don't you hate that when you need something now, and find out you are missing crucial parts like a filter for your humidifier.  This is one of the main reasons why I am loving the new Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier (V4600), as it doesn't come with a filter, so no need to pay for expensive filter replacements.  Another great feature is its size.  It is not bulky like some humidifiers I have seen on the market, or have used in the past.  This one fit great on Bella's dresser, or in the living room on the dry sink.

And, with the winter and cold weather coming, I will be using our new Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier (V4600) to help add moisture to the air, and keep the kids and my nasal passages open and free of congestion.  Who wants to be having to deal with sick children during the holidays?  I sure don't, as it is very draining, and oftentimes leaves the caregiver run down and more prone to catching the cold or flu from those they are trying to nurse back to health.

Before you head out in the coming weeks to buy gifts for family and friends, why not check and make sure the humidifier in your house is working.  And, if you need replacement filters, to make a point to stock up now, so you are not running around like crazy when you need them most.  Or, if you find yourself in the market for a new humidifier -- either warm or cold mist -- that you make Vicks your first choice.  I have been using their humidifiers and Vicks Rub products for years, and swear by them, when it comes to providing relief for coughs and congestion.

Enter the Vicks Comfort Contest Now!!

And, before entering my giveaway below for your chance to win a Braun Forehead Thermometer (scroll down to enter), make sure you click here to enter their Comfort Contest, where you could win a package of Vicks products including a Vicks Starry Night Humidifier, a Vicks Behind the Ear and a Comfort Flex Thermometer -- .   Five winners will be chosen from all entries submitted showing your little one's favorite object for comfort when in need of an extra dose of TLC.  

Vicks Comfort Contest

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You can purchase all Vicks products at your favorite local retailer, as well as at online retailers and the Vicks website,

As for the new Braun Forehead Thermometer and other products from Kaz, you can find local retailers offering this brand based on the product (ie. humidifiers, air purifiers, etc.)  Click here now to learn more about Kaz products and locate a retailer near you --  


Thanks to the folks at Kaz, one lucky reader will win a new Braun Forehead Thermometer for their family.   To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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