Count down is on. This week I’m 34 weeks pregnant. Crazy right!? If you’re pregnant too I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing… this is just flying by! I hear the last few weeks feel like forever though haha. Regardless, I want to make sure I’m prepared. I’ve officially registered for the hospital and I’m starting to think long and hard about what we still need before our little one gets here. Technically, I could go all the way to my due date (October 28th) but there’s always the chance of an early delivery as well. That’s why today we’re talking today about my Hospital Bag must-haves.
Here are my top 10:
1. My glasses. You bet that I want to be able to see my beautiful little baby once it arrives. I actually only need my glasses for long distance but when we have visitors it will be nice to be able to see. I usually wear contacts but I don’t want to have to worry about getting in and out of bed to put those on in the hospital.
2. Light reading. Recently a friend went to lend me a new book and my husband joked saying, “Does it come in an audio book?”. Moral of the story… I’m not a big reader. I totally wish I read more I just don’t make the time for it. Magazines are one of my guilty pleasures though. I still have a subscription to two decor magazines and literally look forward to getting them every single month. I’ll be bringing a few of these to the hospital with me that’s for sure.
3. Massage Oil or Cream. I showed my bestie my list of essentials and she laughed when she saw ‘massage oil’. Ok, obviously this isn’t some romantic evening to be lathered up but I’d like to think my hubby will give me a back rub if I want one when I’m in labour. Fun fact: I literally beg my husband to play with my hair on a daily basis. My closest friends and family know that’s my absolute favourite thing. Either that or getting my back rubbed. Am I weird or what? I may have to use the pregnancy card to get Ryan to do this on delivery day.
4. Lip Balm. Another random fact about me: I always carry about 4-8 options for my lips. I have a little coach zip up that has some lipsticks, lip balms and glosses in it. You’ll find it in almost every purse I carry. Obviously, I’m not going to the hospital without it. One of my all time favourites? Plain old Blistex. I like that it gives me a gloss while taking care of my lips. I know the air in hospitals can be very dry so this may come in handy.
5. Electronics. My phone doesn’t leave my hand on a regular basis so this will be there with me while I wait for my sweet little one to arrive. I’ve packed my headphones but to be honest my hubby and I listen to music so much that I bet we’ll have our Bose speaker with us. Are you allowed to do that? I guess maybe I should be making a baby playlist? Or start making a list of podcasts I want to listen to.
6. Hard Candies. A friend of mine bought me some sour suckers for my birthday and I’ve had these throughout my pregnancy. They’re not just a great treat, they’re great when you feel nauseous. I hear that some women feel VERY sick when they go into labour and that vomiting can be a common. Hope these sour suckers are going to help me out with that.
7. Change for vending machines. I’ve been told that you should eat a big meal before going to the hospital. You could be in labour for 24 hours (plus) and you’re going to want food. It’s essential to bring some snacks and drinks with you but make sure you bring some change for the vending machines. I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies and kettle chips so I’m hoping our vending machine is stocked up.
8. Hair Elastics.This is a no brainer. Who wants sweaty hair in their face when they’re in labour? Not me.
9. Comfortable Pjs & Robe. You may not know this about me (I think my sister and my mom might be the only ones). I’m a PJ hoarder. My mom has been buying us new pyjamas every year for Christmas since I was a kid. It’s a tradition we all look forward to. This year the baby will get it’s first pair of Christmas Pjs!!! Regardless, pyjamas are definitely an essential part of my hospital bag. I found these super soft ones from Love Ophelia that I’m really excited to wear. I know I’m going to want to be as comfortable as possible.
10. Diaper Bag. This is a blog post in itself. Of course, you’ll want all the essentials that you’ll need for baby to be. Formula (just in case), diapers, swaddles, baby’s first outfit… I still have to do some research on what exactly I’ll need. Would love some tips from you mammas. Feel free to leave me a comment below.
Jackie is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood weekly through this series “Baby Talk” with Jackie and check out her Nursery planning tips and tricks in her blog “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville.
Love Child Organics is recalling Baby’s First Buckwheat + Chia Organic Infant Cereal because it may contain gluten, which is not declared on the label. People with a sensitivity to gluten should not consume the recalled product.
This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. There have been no reported reactions related to consumption of this product.
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If you have identified that you have a recalled product in your possession, please do not consume if you have a sensitivity to gluten.
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Do you squeal with joy? shout out with glee? run and tell your partner? I think I did all three at the same time when I first found out I was pregnant. Those steps come naturally, but I do remember thinking after that… “Now what do I do?”.
If you’re asking yourself the same question, we’ve compiled a list of things to first do when you find out you’re pregnant.
- Make an appointment with your Doctor – They may want to confirm your pregnancy with a blood test, or start the referral process for an OB. If you are planning to work with a Midwife or Doula, it’s also a good time to start your research.
- Start your prenatal health regime – At your first Doctor appointment, speak to them about which prenatal vitamins are right for you.
- Quit unhealthy habits (you know what those are!) and become aware of do’s and don’ts while pregnant – Health Canada’s website is a great resource for tips for a healthy pregnancy.
- Decide who to tell, when to tell and how to tell them – If you want to be creative and cute, one quick pinterest search will give you plenty of ideas!
- Be prepared for early pregnancy symptoms – Nausea and vomiting are common in the first trimester, check out our blog for Tips on Dealing with Morning Sickness
- Pick up a Bra Extender and a Belly Band – you never know when your regular clothes will start not to fit, but these two items will buy you some time before you have to shop maternity.
- Start rubbing your tummy with a Body Butter or Cream – This will keep your skin hydrated, which will help reduce the appearance of stretchmarks as your belly grows.
- Register! People will start buying you baby gifts from the moment they find out your pregnant so why not have them be items you like and need!
- Do your Kegels! It’s never too early to start exercises to keep your pelvic floor strong. Products like Elvie, a pelvic floor exercise tracker can help.
- Start looking into Childcare… sounds crazy but if you’re planning on going back to work after your maternity leave there can be year long waiting lists for some locations.
Was there anything you did when you first found out you were pregnant that’s not on the list? We’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment below.
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Congratulations, your family made it through the first week of school! Parents know that it takes organization and planning to be ready for back to school. Why not build on that preparation so that your family stays happy, healthy and well rested for the entire Fall season? We’re sharing a few key areas that will help your child maintain healthy sleep habits as we move through Fall and into the Winter months.
Encourage Positive Sleep Habits:
Create the right environment.
Even though there may still be sunny afternoons, the temperature has started to drop at night and it will only continue to get colder. Your child may find themselves waking up more frequently at night if they’ve kicked the covers off and are left with bare legs thanks to their summer pajamas! When the seasons change, it’s time to change out bedding and pajamas. Flannel sheets may be the right option for your child, or it may just be time to add that extra blanket at bedtime.
If your child doesn’t have an alarm clock yet, consider introducing one. Bedtimes and wake times can be easier when they can see the time on their own. Digital clocks are great for older kids, and if your younger child needs some help, create a wake up time ‘cheat sheet’ so that they know the numbers to watch for on the clock. You can write things like what time they can come out of their room or what time it is okay to wake up a sibling or parent.
Fall is also a great time to declutter and organize bedrooms. The less mess and distractions (no electronics please!) there are in the bedroom, the more inviting and relaxing it will be, which promotes winding down before bedtime.
Build On That Back To School Bedtime
Parents have the best of intentions when it comes to early bedtimes during the school year. While many families stay on track for the first few weeks of school, it is easy to start letting bedtimes slide as extracurricular activities and homework ramp up. But remember that an appropriate bedtime and a good night’s sleep is important for children and supports their cognitive ability, their overall mood and temperament as well as their immune system.
Keep bedtime as a priority and create a positive bedtime routine that can help your child leave the day behind and get their mind and their body ready for sleep. There are lots of options when it comes to helping your child get ready for sleep, so talk about it together and find out what appeals to them, what fills their attachment tank and what helps them relax.
If it works for your family, you can even create a smarter bedtime routine that includes opportunities for reading, comprehension and math by using flash cards, books and story kits. Some other popular bedtime routine options include practicing yoga and making a soothing bedtime playlist.
Make Mornings Easy
Getting to bed on time is important, but so is getting up in the morning! Once the novelty of the new school year wears off, kids tend to be less organized and are prone to having to rush out of bed and race around the house trying to get out the door on time.
Some of our best busy morning hacks include:
- Using a five drawer bin to lay out clothes for the entire school week.
- Making and freezing healthy breakfast options such as muffins, pancakes, energy bites or granola bars. You can even portion out your smoothie ingredients and then freeze in individual bags so that you just throw it in the blender come the morning.
- Getting dressed first. Let your kids know that getting dressed should be done before coming downstairs. Sometimes it can be too much of a battle to get them back upstairs and dressed after breakfast.
A consistent and appropriate bedtime and bedtime routine can really make a big difference. Keep sleep top of mind for your family this Fall by implementing some of our suggestions and you just may notice a healthier and happier child for the entire first semester!
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC) and serves on the faculty of The Family Sleep Institute. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) and when she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice in national publications like Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, PBS Kids, and Canadian Living. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and Good Night Sleep Site and you can join Alanna on the first Wednesday of every month at the Burlington location of Snuggle Bugz/Nestled for her in-person sleep clinic from 10-11am. Follow Good Night Sleep Site on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all your sleep essentials.
One of the most common mistakes we see when we’re designing spaces is that people buy rugs that are too small. If you’re currently planning out your nursery I want to save you from this mistake. I’m giving YOU 5 designer tips for choosing the perfect area rug for your nursery.
TIP 1: GO BIG
Buy the largest rug for your space. A lot of the time this means going with something a little more practical like a jute or a sisal rug. They’re definitely more cost effective when it comes to larger area rugs. If you’ve got the budget, I’d highly encourage investing in something with some colour or some pattern. If you’re hoping to keep your walls quite neutral this is a FANTASTIC way to make your space fun and playful. Now I’m not saying to buy an orange rug with big flowers or anything but if that’s your cup of tea… go for it! I’m just saying that you can really make a statement with the rug that you choose.
TIP 2: LAYER
I LOVE a layered rug. Now this could be the same rug placed on two different angles, a cow hide stacked on larger rug OR a smaller rug layered on a jute or sisal. I’m actually thinking I’d like to do this in my own nursery with one of the Lorena Canal rugs from Snuggle Bugz. When Karin and I designed the Nestled showroom we use this technique in several rooms and it looked incredible. If you haven’t checked out the showroom yet you should really see it for yourself. My favourite is the Bereber Beige. I like the boho feel of this rug and that I can use it anywhere else in my house at a later date.
TIP 3: CHOOSE COMFORT
This one might be obvious… buy something comfortable. You’re going to be living in your nursery (well for the first three months at least) so I encourage you to invest in something that gives you some cushion. Already have carpet? Don’t be afraid to put a rug on your carpet. I’m telling you, you can really change up your space by doing that. The key here is to make sure you’re buying a rug that’s big enough so that you don’t even see the wall to wall carpet.
TIP 4: FEEL IT OUT
There are so many different rug options and the material that they’re made from can really change the feel of a rug and the price. If you’re looking for something cozy a great option would be a wool rug. These are more plush on your feet than some of the low pile rugs. The only thing to make note of is the fact that they shed. If you go with a synthetic rug they’re fantastic for cleanup and durability. They don’t give as much cushion but they also tend to come with a lower price point. If you want something really high end I’d recommend going with a silk rug or a bamboo silk. These rugs feel silky smooth on your feet and can give your nursery a luxurious feel and look. Looking for something neutral? Try a sisal or a jute rug. These are great rugs to layer with. Especially if you’re looking to purchase a Lorena Canals rug for your space. On their own, sometime these natural fibres can have a bit more of a rough texture and that’s why I’d recommend going with a layered rug to make the room a bit more comfortable and cozy.
TIP 5: SHOP FOR YOU NOT FOR BABY
Of course you want your baby’s room to be cute and quaint BUT you’re the one that’s going to be spending the majority of your time in it. Might as well make it something you want to look at. We always encourage our clients to go with beautiful pieces that work for their space. You’re the one that’s going to be looking at it right? When you’re shopping for your area rug for your nursery you don’t have to look in the baby section (this rule also applies when you’re shopping for art). I also love to shop for things that I know I can re-purpose in the future. Invest in a rug that could go in a bathroom, or a bedroom or a family room! The best part about the Lorena Canal area rugs is actually the fact that you can throw them in the wash time and time again so they continue to look like new.
Happy Rug Shopping!
Jaclyn Colville is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her Nursery planning tips and tricks through this series “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville and check out her blog on her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood on “Baby Talk” with Jackie.
- My Hospital Bag Must-haves! September 19, 2017
- Product Recall: Love Child Organics Baby’s First Buckwheat + Chia Organic Infant Cereal September 14, 2017
- The stick showed you two lines… now what? September 13, 2017
- How to Keep Your Child’s Sleep on Track During the Fall Season September 13, 2017
- 5 Designer Tips for Choosing the Perfect Area Rug September 12, 2017
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