Two Under Two Essentials

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Blog_EssentialsWithEmily_HeaderWhether you’re having twins or expecting your children in quick succession, having two children in less than two years is a beautiful whirlwind. Our first two children are 14 months apart, and our third came along under the three year mark, so I definitely understand the chaos of having multiple minis underfoot, but, like everything, it’s easier when you’re prepared. So here’s my list of essentials for two-under-two.

Firstly, look on the bright side. One can’t plan having twins, and often if a second pregnancy comes along while the first baby is still in the newborn stage, it was a surprise, but having your children this close can be wonderful. Your children will always have a built-in best friend and teammate. Sure they can team up against you, but let’s not focus on that! With minimal (if any) space between your children, they’re really a peer group, which comes with plenty of benefits.

  • You won’t have to store hand-me-downs for long. Yay for more storage space!
  • Your kids can share toys and books, as they’ll be in the same developmental stage and likely be interested in the same things. This means having less stuff as you have more kids. Magic!
  • You’ll be finished with the challenging stages of childrearing faster than if your children were more spread out. I do not miss the sleepless nights of newborns!
  • Your children can be together, or at least overlap one another for day care, play groups, sports, music, and school. Transitions have been made all the smoother knowing a sibling is along for the journey.
  • As a parent, you are already in the trenches of parenting a newborn, so by some logic, it makes sense to stay there for another year, rather than come completely out, only to jump back in a few years later. I often said if we had our kids further apart, I would have lost my nerve after our first!

BlogImages_Two_under_twoPractically speaking, having several tiny humans in your care requires more than a positive attitude. Luckily, there are a lot of things to prepare your home, your nursery, and yourself for the pending chaos.

Stroller:  

For twins or siblings who are both under two years, a double stroller is a must.  Because I use my stroller every day for errands and in lieu of a car, I prefer the tandem seating as opposed to side-by-side. My favourite double strollers are the UPPAbaby VISTA and the Baby Jogger City Select, as they can both be used as a single stroller, and accommodate up to three kids.

Car Seats:

If you have multiples, you need to consider if your vehicle can handle the car seats required. If you don’t have a minivan, this is particularly important. We have three children but don’t own a minivan, meaning we needed to fit three car seats across the back of our mid-sized SUV. The Diono Radian birth-to-booster car seats are designed to do just that, and so we promptly bought three. If you’re only considering car seats for two children, you can be more flexible. An infant car seat doesn’t expire for at least six years (depending on manufacturer) in Canada, which means it can easily be handed down to a second sibling, but if your children are twins or very close in age, you may find yourself buying two.

Nursery:

If your children will be sharing a room, consider that they can share practically everything. Even with twins, you’ll only need one activity mat, one dresser, one changing table, one diaper bag, one glider, etc. At a time where it probably feels like you need to buy double of everything, this is a relief! Many parents of twins even prefer to keep their twins in the same crib until they begin to roll over and require more space.

As a mom of three-under-three, I can honestly say I wouldn’t have it any other way. You might find yourself going through linens and diapers like crazy for a few years (did I mention that you should stock up on those?), and sure, you’ll be short on sleep for a while, but your children will always have someone to walk beside, and that’s pretty special.

Emily is a Montreal-based writer and blogger, but most importantly, a mom of three littles (age five and under). She geeks out over cloth diapers, lattes, and will do just about anything to travel. You can find her on Instagram @emmorrice where she profusely overgrams pictures of her meals, kids and city.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Blog_Header_MothersDayThis Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day and we wanted to send our heartfelt wishes to all the Mamas and Mamas-to-Be for the Happiest Mother Day, filled with love, family, and maybe some extra sleep! (every mom’s dream, right??) For anyone looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift (hint, hint gentlemen!) we have rounded up a few great items for both the busy mom on the go and also for the nesting Mama, waiting on baby to arrive.

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Let’s face it, once baby arrives, they come with a lot of stuff, and the majority of that stuff needs to travel with them (and you) when you leave the house. Trading your purse in for a diaper bag is a serious transition so the bag you carry should definitely be one that you love! Enter the Charlie Bag from Timi and Leslie. The perfect gift this mother’s day, this vegan faux leather bag comes with extra accessories to keep you totally organized and stylish. Insulated bottle holders, stroller clips, a change pad, and a separate mini clutch that you can hold your personal essentials and travel with you whenever you are solo and not wanting to take a whole bag with you. This bag has it all and will last well beyond the baby years.

The Tula Carrier is a popular mom favourite and is a great gift for the mama who is looking for a little bit of freedom and mobility, while still keeping baby close. Available in so many great patterns and styles, this carrier is easy to use, versatile and can be used up until four years old with many babies!

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A great gift this year would be to relieve the burden of mom guilt! We all worry so much that we aren’t doing enough, spending enough time, teaching enough, feeding them the right things, or documenting all of the amazing milestones they do manage to achieve despite their underachieving mothers. These Milestone Cards are a great way to easily snap a quick picture to document those special moments in pregnancy and throughout baby’s early years and are also a great reminder of things that are actually noteworthy. No crafting or exceptional DIY required, these cards do all the talking so you can worry about documenting them in that baby book you’ve been meaning to start whenever you have time (like just in time for a High school graduation present?)

This next “mom essential” is another great bag that can be used as a diaper bag and also as a purse. Little Unicorn is a well loved brand for moms (those swaddles, though!) and we think this Rotunda Bag is the perfect piece to accompany you to both Baby Picasso and then take you back to work as your briefcase. This bag is stylish and functional and zips completely closed to avoid losing your entire mom life contents within.

For those Mamas-to-Be, baby might not be here yet, but he is already wreaking havoc on your body. Before babe arrives and every moment is dedicated to taking care of him, take a minute to pamper yourself. This Mama’s Morning Tea is the perfect pause for your day. Blended with stomach settling Ginger Root and Spearmint, a safe hint of Peppermint, Chamomile and Lemon Balm, this tea is a great way to keep nausea at bay and wake up feeling somewhat like a human.

Another great way to treat the pregnant mama-to-be this weekend is with this Mom Pack. Complete with belly jelly and leg & back cream, it is the perfect combination to sooth the skin during pregnancy. The pregnant body goes through lots of changes and anything you can do to treat yourself is well deserved!

And the last treat is quite possibly one of the coziest gifts you could give or receive for Mother’s Day (and we won’t judge you if you buy this gift for yourself!) We have partnered up with our favourite new Mom-to-Be, Jillian Harris to help her navigate this overwhelming world of preparing for life with a baby. Jillian already knows a thing or two about how to treat herself to comfort and has gone so far as creating her own line of AH-Mazing pyjamas and clothing to make sure her comfies are the coziest. These Pyjamas by Jillian Harris for Privilege always sell out, so if you can get your hands on a pair, consider it a total mom score.

As a mom you will find your life turned upside down, will discover that you had more courage than you knew you could possess, your heart will grow so big that you think it might explode, and you will have truly earned the best title- Mom.

Blog_Prize_MothersDayWe’d like to treat one lucky Mom to a pampering prize pack for Mother’s Day. Our BMTB (Best-Mom-To-Be), Jillian Harris has teamed up with us to give away a set of her amazing pyjamas (the most comfortable things you will ever wear) and we are throwing in our favourite Earth Angel Mama Baby Tea for Mamas and a Mom Pack. To enter, log into the rafflecopter below, answering the question and then leave us a comment! This contest will run from Friday, May 6th to Monday, May 9th at 11:59pm EST. Contest Rules and Regulations.

*Update, congratulations to Katherine K who is the winner of the Pampered Mama Prize Pack! Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for more exciting partnership and contest announcements! 

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Wednesday, May 4th from 10am-2pm, Snuggle Bugz will be having a fantastic, time-sensitive sale at our Clearance Centre Outlet. As always, we must stress that this is a CLEARANCE sale and not a warehouse sale. And as much as we would love to have you shop at one of our beautiful retail locations, the Clearance Sale will be taking place in our Clearance Centre at 1040 Sutton Drive, Unit #1 in Burlington.

Product inventory is limited – meaning once we are sold out, that’s it – and products are SOLD AS IS. ALL ITEMS PURCHASED AT THE CLEARANCE CENTRE ARE A FINAL SALE & CANNOT BE RETURNED TO ANY SNUGGLE BUGZ RETAIL LOCATION.

Find an incredible assortment of gear this sale including strollers, stroller accessories, car seats, high chairs, diaper bags, baby gates and more on sale for up to 70% off! If you are in the market for one of these big ticket items, arrive early to avoid disappointment! 

Here are some helpful hints so you know WHAT TO EXPECT at the sale:

1.Location. As mentioned above, the sale is at our Clearance Centre, not our store. 1040 Sutton Drive, Burlington. There is no street parking available for the sale.
2. Come On-Time. The doors open at 10am and will close promptly at 2pm.
3. Be prepared to wait. Come with a charged up phone, warm clothes, and even a compact (emphasis on compact) folding stool that you can move along with you would make your experience better.
4. Dress for the weather. The line to get in is located outside, in our parking lot. Even though it is May, we see that Mother nature still thinks it might be winter so dress warmly!
5.  Food. Eat before you come, bring snacks and plenty of water.
6. Washrooms. We know we said bring water but we DO NOT have access to washrooms for public use. Please plan accordingly.
7. Strollers. This event is not particularly stroller friendly. Please leave any strollers in the car or at home and consider using a baby carrier if you are bringing your child with you.
8. Carrying your purchases. We do not have shopping carts, so come with free arms and hands.
9. Payment. We accept Visa, Master Card or debit only. Amex, Cash and Gift Cards are NOT accepted. All items are FINAL SALE.
10. Delivery. All items will need to be taken with you when you purchase. Please ensure you bring a vehicle that is capable of transporting what you hope to buy.

Please keep in mind that these products are sold AS IS. The inventory selection includes pieces that were floor models, discontinued items, items that have been opened or removed from their original packaging, etc. These are not items that you would find in one of our retail stores or online. All products are safe for use.

With expectations clearly set and helpful hints provided, your shopping experience at our May Clearance Sale should be that much better! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Baby Registry Essentials

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Baby Showers are the absolute best! Period. I can’t think of a better tradition than friends and family gathering around to celebrate a new life, while making sure the parents-to-be are as prepared as possible for the task. The expression “it takes a village” is true every step of the way, and it starts with the baby shower.

With each of my three babies, my list of true essentials became smaller and smaller. There are some things you’ll use daily and feel like you couldn’t survive without; and other things you’ll never unwrap and will re-gift as soon as possible. My job is to help you discern between the two.

My first recommendation is, don’t register for clothing! You will get clothing anyway. People love to buy clothing for new babies. You’ll have more than you need, and baby will be most comfortable in pyjamas or sleepers anyway, so keep their wardrobe simple. For clothing, 8-10 one-piece sleepers are all you need for the first three months as far as I’m concerned. Sure, it’s hilarious and adorable to put babies in cardigans and suspenders, but really, let’s focus on what we NEED, ok?

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Gear + Linens + Diapers – Clothing = Baby Registry Success!

 Stroller: This is probably the most expensive baby item you’ll own, so definitely put some thought into it. Are you a runner? Consider jogging capabilities. Do you plan on having more children within a couple of years? You’ll want a stroller that can grow with your family. Are you petit? You’ll want a light weight stroller you can manoeuvre.

Strollers can run you upwards of $1,000 but consider that a high quality stroller will also have re-sale value when you’re done with it. And keep in mind that while most baby items are out of a job in a matter of months, your stroller will be used until your youngest is around five years old. If you plan to use your stroller often, they’re worth the investment!

Car Seat: Unlike a stroller, these aren’t really optional. Even if you don’t drive often, you can’t drive at all without a car seat – including the rare times you may rent a car or when traveling. An infant car seat is good for six years in Canada, whereas convertible car seats (that last from infancy to booster) tend to be 10 years. Also unlike strollers, it is recommended to never purchase a car seat second hand as the history of car accidents would be unknown. Thus, they’re a baby registry essential.

Baby Carrier: These are one of the most popular items on any registry and it’s no wonder why. Baby carriers provide parents with mobility while giving baby comfort and contact. Make sure you visit the store and try on different carriers before you decide on one for your registry. Have both parents try the carrier, too! Some carriers are more comfortable for certain body types, so you need to try them all. Also make sure both parents are confident putting on and taking off the carrier. If it’s too confusing, you probably won’t use it, so make sure you register for one that you feel good about!

BlogImages_registry_essentials3Furniture: I’m a firm believer that babies don’t need much, and this extends to their nursery. I suggest buying furniture that will grow with them and easily match different decor in your home. Consider if the baby will be sharing a bedroom right away, or in the future, and the gender of current or future siblings. Our three kids still all share a bedroom, and we have both genders represented in the room, so neutral is always my rule of thumb.

If your budget allows, I recommend having a fixed crib as well as a travel crib/playard. The crib is their stationary bed that’s always at home, but the travel crib can travel with your family and pop up in mom and dad’s room when needed. If I had to choose between the two though, I’d be sure to have a playard as they’re much more versatile and affordable. Make sure you choose one with a bassinet insert for the newborn months!

Linens: One thing is for sure, babies known how to go through linens! Laundry will be the first chore you notice doubling, nay, tripling when baby arrives. While clothes may be superfluous, you can never have enough linens!

  • 2-3 crib sheets (like these)
  • 2-3 pack-and-play sheets (like these)
  • 10+ receiving blankets (love these and these)
  • 10+ bibs (great for catching spit up!)
  • 3+ zip-up or Velcro swaddles (these are my favourite, and work like a charm!)
  • Sleep sacks, for after the newborn stage (these are cute!)

Diapers: There’s nothing else I can think of that baby will need 10x a day, every day! Diapers are the most essential or any baby registry. They make a great gift because they’re always useful, never out of style, and available anywhere.

We used these cloth diapers and loved them, but I also always had disposables on hand for traveling, over nights, baby sitters, and the newborn days. There are some great chemical free diapers on the market these days, so you really can’t go wrong with either style of diaper. Buying cloth diapers can be a large upfront cost, so they should definitely be on your registry. Even if you are gifted just a couple of diapers it’s a tremendous help! I love giving my friends the Honest Diaper Bundles as a shower gift because they include wipes, too. Perfect gift!BlogImages_registry_essentials2

Things to avoid: When making your registry, avoid anything gender specific. You may be having a girl, but what if your next baby is a boy? We tend to focus on the present, but if you’re anything like me, you could get a surprise a few months after your baby is born, and all of the pink frilly things are suddenly out of a job.

I also try to stick with baby items that serve multiple purposes, for multiple stages. Muslin swaddles are a great example of this – I used them to swaddle, to shield the sun in the stroller, and they make perfect light weight blankets in the summer.

Like clothes, toys and books aren’t the best baby shower gifts, either.  The parents-to-be need so much just to get them through the initial six months, so as cute as those wooden blocks or that famous Dr. Seuss title is, if it’s not useful or needed in the baby stage, wait and give them at a 1st birthday party instead.

Emily is a Montreal-based writer and blogger, but most importantly, a mom of three littles (age five and under). She geeks out over cloth diapers, lattes, and will do just about anything to travel. You can find her on Instagram @emmorrice where she profusely overgrams pictures of her meals, kids and city.

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Oral Care Tips for Baby

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BlogHeader_MAMoralHealthAt every age, dental health is critical to overall health, and even though they’ll fall out, it is important to care for your child’s primary teeth. Whether nursing or bottle feeding, good oral hygiene should begin at birth. April is Oral Health Month so we decided to work with our friends at MAM for some tips on keeping your kid’s teeth bright and healthy.

  •  Your baby should visit the dentist shortly after the first tooth appears and no later than your baby’s first birthday. At the first dental check-up, the dentist will examine your baby’s first teeth and mouth, determine the right amount of fluoride for your child, discuss feeding practices and decide the best prevention plan that fits your child. Tooth decay is preventable!
  • The routine of cleaning your baby’s mouth should begin right from the start. After feedings, wipe your baby’s gums and mouth with your finger wrapped in a soft, clean cloth.
  • Around 6 months, sometimes sooner or later, your baby’s first teeth will begin to erupt. You may notice your baby has increased drooling and mild irritability. To help soothe your baby offer a chilled, not frozen, teething ring or try massaging your baby’s gums. Teething gels that numb your baby’s gums are not recommended because of the toxicity potential.
  • Begin brushing when your baby’s first tooth erupts. Use a soft bristled toothbrush that is age appropriate. Brush twice a day. Your health care professional may recommend a smear of fluoridated toothpaste based on your baby’s risk for tooth decay.
  • During your pregnancy, oral health care for you is important. The many changes taking place throughout your pregnancy, such as hormones, eating habits, indigestion and acid reflux can impact your oral health. Poor oral health can affect the health of your baby. Maintain a healthy mouth through daily home care and regular professional dental care.
  • Tooth decay is an infectious disease. This means the germ that causes tooth decay can be spread from your mouth to your baby’s mouth. Avoid putting things in your mouth and then in your baby’s mouth such as sharing a spoon when testing your baby’s food or cleaning a dropped pacifier with your mouth.

To celebrate Oral Health Month, MAM is giving 6 lucky winners a gum and tooth care prize pack, including an oral care rabbit and a training brush! Leave a comment on this blog post that answers the question “When did you start or do you plan to start your child’s oral health regiment?” and log in to the Rafflecopter to click “I commented!” Contest ends Sunday, May 10th at 11:59PM EST. Rules and Regulations. 

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