Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuffo Muddy Buddy & Outdoor Blanket Review and Giveaway



Like many babies, my daughter absolutely loves being outside. Rain or shine, sleet or snow, she just prefers the outdoors. She is the kind that will wallow in dirt, pick flowers, get into the water even though it is cold, and will choose sticks and stones over shiny plastic toys. For all the reasons above I was excited to find out about Tuffo and two of their three products: the Muddy Buddy and the Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket (they also make a Family Car Organizer). They were generous to let Eco-Babyz try both!

Ease of use: I love how both the Muddy Buddy and the Outdoor Blanket come in an easy-to-take-along package with their own totes. The Muddy Buddy is super easy to put on and a piece of cake to clean since you can just rinse it (it is machine washable if the baby should get into a big mess)! The outdoor blanket can be thrown in the wash. What I really love is that nothing sticks to the underside when you put it on the ground. So unless you get it dirty on top, it pretty much stays clean after outdoor use!



Quality & value: The Muddy Buddy is well made and has sealed seams so that water can't get in. It is a very light material yet sturdy enough to withstand even the most active of toddlers. It has some heavy duty zippers that will serve you well. The knees and seat are a heavier weave of nylon for extra durability. Likewise the Outdoor Blanket is a nylon material that will not rip easily and should last a while with regular outdoor use. You can buy the Muddy Buddy for around $30 and the blanket for about $30 to $40.

How is this green: Did you know that most children's rain gear is made from vinyl/PVC? Do you have any ideajust how toxic that material is? I know many parents are interested in finding more non-toxic and safe rain gear. The Muddy Buddy is made from nylon with a polyurethane coating. Though it is still a chemical, it is inert. It is also used in modern cloth diaper coatings and is a better alternative. Nylon with a polyurethane coating is a much greener and healthier option than PVC.

Fit & design: The Muddy Buddy is unique because it is a one piece rain suit. Unlike a single rain coat or even a rain and pant set, it keeps the baby warm and dry no matter what. My baby is 15 months and it is spring right now, though the 18 months size is pretty huge on her, she can still comfortably wear it. Best of all, we get some bang for the buck as I am pretty sure it will still fit this fall and next spring! It can also double as a suit for messy art projects. :)

The best thing about the blanket is the water resistant nylon backing. So even if the ground is slightly damp or has dew on it, you'll be alright. There is also some polyester backing on the inside to give you some cushioning - though I do wish it was a bit thicker still. It fits nicely folded into the carry case which also has storage pockets for your sunscreen and accessories.

Both the Muddy Buddy and the Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket are a great addition to any active family with small children who love the outdoors. This will accompany us on all beach trips, vacations, and maybe even camping!

One Eco-Babyz reader will be a proud owner of the Muddy Buddy and Outdoor Blanket from Tuffo!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to the Tuffo website and tell us in a comment what pattern blanket you would like and what color & size Muddy Buddy you need if you win.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (each one in separate comment, not counted unless mandatory entry is complete; each is 1 entry unless otherwise noted):

2. Buy something at Tuffo (10 entries, will be verified)
5. Follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter
6. Tweet about this giveaway with link to this post, mention @EcoBlogz (leave permalink to your tweet)
7. Subscribe to Eco-Babyz by email (2 entries)
8. Follow Eco-Babyz on Google Friend Connect
9. Vote for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs, click here to vote (3 entries)

Contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, May 25th. The winner will be selected using Random.org on Wednesday, May 26th and notified by email (make sure I have a way to get in touch with you). Open to US residents only! Thank you!

Disclaimer:
I did not receive payment in any form for this review.
I did receive a sample of the product or service for testing and review purposes. This will in no way sway my opinion of the product or service. The review is in my own words and is my own opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.

134 comments:

  1. I want the DOT blanket and probably 4T yellow muddy buddy..ill roll it up if anything lol so he has it for as long as possible before he grows up!

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  2. and as far as I know, i voted for you on the site you stated, http://www.topmommyblogs.com/blogs/in.php?id=EcoBlogz.... only it doesn't have an option to vote, but rate, so i left a comment and stuff..i hope that's what you were looking for, and i dont have tweeter (:

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  3. I like the pink Muddy Buddy in size 4t and my favorite blanket is the DOT.
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  11. Would love the earth stripe blanket and would need the yellow 3T muddy buddy!
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  16. I like the dot print and I would need the 2T size.
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  17. I love the Earth Stripe blanket and for the Muddy Buddy, I would need a Yellow 4T. Great products!!
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  19. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

    I like the Dot blanket and a Yellow 4T!

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  20. yellow 4T for my little boy and blanket pattern = multi-stripe
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  21. What a fun giveaway!! We could definitely use this blanket over the summer months! I like the Earth Stripe blanket the best and the yellow muddy buddy in 4T. Love it!

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  24. I like the DOT blanket and Yellow Mudddy buddy in 3T.

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  28. the DOT blanket 2t mverno@roadrunner.com

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  29. If I won I would like the Dot water resistant blanket, the pattern is awesome!
    And I really love the Pink 4T muddy Buddy.
    Fabulous products Thank you for the opportunity to win :)


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  32. I subscribed via email and confirmed!

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  34. I would love the DOT pattern blanket and Muddy Buddy in yellow - 2T!
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  38. I voted for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs! #1
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  40. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/ampaetka/status/14136372612
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  41. I voted for Eco-Babyz on Top Mommy Blogs! #3
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  42. We like the Earth Stripe Blanket and the Yellow Muddy Buddy in 12 months. seraphou@aol.com

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  43. i'd get earth stripe & yellow buddy in size 3t

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  44. I like the dot blanket and the pink 2t muddy buddy

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  45. I follow EcoBlogz on twitter

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  46. I like the earth stripe patterns. I will take the muddy buddy in yellow in 4t
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  47. I like the Multi Stripe Pattern and yellow 2T. Thanks for entering me into this giveaway!

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  48. I like the ladybug blanket design

    Yellow 2T Muddy Buddy for us :)

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  49. I like the Navy Plaid Blanket and the Yellow 2T rain suit.
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  50. I like the green plaid blanket and the Muddy Buddy in size 3T-these are perfect for Oregon weather!
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  51. I like the Earth STripe blanket and the Muddy Buddy in size 4T.

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  54. would like the Dot pattern and for the muddy buddy- Yellow, size 4T
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  55. I love the multi-stripe blanket and the Yellow 2T Muddy Buddy!

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  56. I'm an EB subscriber! #1
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  59. I love the Multi Stripe Blanket and the yellow 4T Muddy Buddy!

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  65. I like the earth stripe blanket and pink 4T Muddy Buddy.

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  66. I'd adore a Red Hawaii blanket, and a yellow 4t Muddy Buddy!
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  67. Vote 3
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  69. I voted!
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  70. Subscriber 2
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  71. I'm a subscriber!
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  72. I follow EcoBlogz on Twitter-pyrodamsel
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  73. Would love the blanket in Denim and the yellow Muddy Buddy in size 18 months!

    Many thanks!!

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  74. I would choose the Denim blanket and the yellow 4T buddy.
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  76. I follow ecoblogz on twitter.
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  77. I like the Green Paid, and I would need a Yellow MuddyBuddy in a 2T

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  78. I have to pick The Ladybug blanket cause its my favorite little bug. the Pink muddy buddy in size 4T

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  79. I like the Multi Stripe blanket and the Yellow 4T MuddyBuddy.

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  80. I like the Ladybug blanket and the pink Muddy Buddy in 18 months

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  81. I love the Dot design, and the pink 3t Muddy Buddy!
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  86. I like the multi stripe blanket, and would probably go for the 3T yellow MB.

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  87. I would pick the multi stripe blanket (or maybe the ladybugs) and a yellow muddy buddy in 2T.

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  92. I love the multi strip print - We would love to have the yellow 18 month muddy buddy :-)

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  96. i would like the denim blanket and the pink 12 months muddy buddy
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  97. I love the dot blanket and the muddy budy in yellow size 3t

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  101. i love the lady bug blanket and i would need a yellow 2t muddy buddy

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  105. I pick the striped blanket
    I pick the pink muddy buddy in size 2T

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  112. I like the dot blanket and the pink 2t muddy buddy
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  113. I love the Earth Stripe Blanket and I'd want a 3T Pink Muddy Buddy.

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