Ever the comer-upper with great ideas, Dawn has started a little business in which she collects bloggers' information and puts it in a database and then PR people from companies that make kids' stuff pay her to go through her database and select blogs they like to send free stuff to in exchange for product reviews on the blogs in question.
I know it works because I already got an email from a company that said if I'd just tell them Nat's precise age and my address, they'd send me some free products for her demographic and I could keep them in return for a blog review. Mind you, the review doesn't have to be good.
I am starting a new category called "Solicited Product Reviews" for doing these. They will be distinguished from the "Baby Stuff We Love" category (unless we happen to love them enough to cross-list them) so you'll know what I love enough to recommend by myself and you'll know what was sent to me to judge.
Meanwhile, please sign up at Get Them Blogging!. Dawn is not going to give your info out to anyone but interested companies, of course. You can sign up and change your mind later and un-sign up, and you need not have a "big" zillion-hit blog to register. What will happen is that a company who has access to the database will decide to send you a pitch about their product at the email address you have given Dawn. Then you can decide whether or not you're interested. You don't have to do anything at all if you don't like the pitch. And when I signed up, minimum real-life information was required. You can use your blogging name instead of your real name (if they're different) for example.
I think it's a terrific idea and I can't wait to see the free stuff winging its way to me as we all type...