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Tick tock it’s time to change the clock and on Sunday, November 6th we set our clocks back and gain an hour of sleep. Sounds blissful, or at least it used to be, before kids entered the picture. Our children have a way of turning that extra hour of sleep we’re supposed to get into an extra hour of pretending you don’t hear the kids screaming for you bright and early in the morning. This time of year parents begin to worry about how it will affect their family’s sleep routine and wonder if their child will ever adjust to the new time.

I’m here to tell you that, with both the spring and fall time changes, our body clocks will adjust on their own, however, we may have to help our kids adjust a little bit.

If you happen to have a child that isn’t super sensitive when it comes to sleeping (lucky you!) then you may be able to just switch over to the new times and wait for them to adapt. This is definitely the easiest approach that I recommend to families. Consistency is the key here, and be aware that it may take them a week or two to adjust, but they will.

If your kids are more sensitive when it comes to routine, another approach is to begin a gradual shift in their schedule. Starting a few days before the time change shift your child’s bedtime and wake time 15 minutes later than usual. Remember: when the clocks change backwards, their 7pm bedtime will actually be an 8pm bedtime according to their body clock, so shifting everything later prior to the change will help reset their internal rhythms making it an easier transition come Sunday night. Continue to shift bedtime by 15 minutes each day until you reach the time when bedtime will be with the time change (1 hour = 4 nights of 15 minute increments). You may want to go as far as shifting their entire routine throughout the day and make naps and mealtimes slightly later as well, if you think it will help your child adjust.

It is important to understand that these time changes don’t only affect our children; they can also be a tough adjustment for adults! Where we go wrong with the fall change is that we use the thought of an “extra hour” as an excuse to stay up later and figure we will simply sleep in in the morning. The best route to take is to stick to your same routine. To help adjust your own body clock go to bed at the same time each night (even though it will be darker earlier) and wake up at the same time in the morning. By sticking to your routine, it shouldn’t take longer than a week for you to adapt.

How else can you help your family adjust to the new time? Set up each bedroom for sleep success.

  • Install black out blinds or shades to keep bedrooms nice and dark. This will help release our natural sleep hormone melatonin and prepare our bodies for sleep.
  • Use a white noise machine to drown out external noises, making it easier for us to stay in a deep restorative sleep.
  • For our toddlers and preschoolers use a toddler clock like the Gro Clock to visually cue our child when it’s time to stay in bed and when they are able to leave their rooms.

While children may not complain of being tired during this time change, they may get cranky that first week while their bodies wait to nap and eat. Remember my two favourite words: persistence and consistency! With a little of each, the whole family will get through the time change just fine.

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 at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and you can join Alanna on the first Wednesday of every month at the Burlington location of Nestled by Snuggle Bugz for her FREE in-person sleep clinic from 10-11am.


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Posted in 2016, Contests, Sleep |

Baby Wearing Essentials

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Blog_EssentialsWithEmily_HeaderOne of the most popular items on any baby registry is the baby carrier, and it’s no wonder why. Baby carriers provide parents with the freedom to move about while still being a nurturing presence for their baby. Mothers have been using some variation of a baby carrier for as long as time, and across all cultures, and today they’re still essential! It’s not rocket science that a baby is most content when in physical proximity to mom or dad, but that doesn’t change the reality that life needs to be lived and things need to get done! A carrier is great because it allows for both.

Simplicity and Mobility
Baby carriers are your best bet to keeping things simple on the go. While the average stroller weighs over 15lbs, a carrier is almost weightless can be stored anywhere. Getting out the door with a baby is hard enough, so parents will love the ease of setting baby in the carrier and having their hands free to grab the diaper bag as they head out.
If you’re ready to enjoy some hands-free parenting and start baby wearing, you’ve got several options. Here’s the low down:

Slings and wraps
These lightweight, fabric carriers are beautiful and simple. They weigh next to nothing and can fold into your purse or diaper bag when you’re not using it. I love how close baby can be to mom and dad and how truly perfect they fit a newborn’s body. They’re especially great for breastfeeding, and for newborns and preemies as they’re soft and snugly. These aren’t the carrier for babies over six months old, ideally, as they don’t provide a ton of back support for mom.
My favourite part about slings and wraps is the aesthetic – no buckles or plastic, just lovely fabric. The downside of slings is that they’re not great for mom’s back, so be prepared to upgrade to a more structured carrier when baby is around 20lbs or six months (whichever comes first). The downside here is that wraps aren’t quick and easy to put on – they require some time and work to get just right.

BlogImages_BabywearingFront and back carriers
These carriers are the most popular for parents, and can be used up to 45lbs! They’re designed with the child’s safety and carrier’s back in mind and evenly distribute the weight of even the heaviest toddlers. My kids loved being carried, well into their toddler years, and a solid front and back carrier like the Beco Gemini or the ERGOBaby was our best friend.
The most popular carriers tend to be soft structured carriers like those by ERGObaby, Lillebaby, BabyBjornBeco and Tula for good reason – they are diverse, affordable, and long-lasting. Our favourite was definitely the Beco Gemini. Like other soft structured carriers, you can use the Beco Gemini carrier on your back, front, or side to side, but what we loved about this one was that the back straps criss-cross, giving more security and comfort, especially if you don’t have broad shoulders.

These are not everyday carriers as they’re rather large, but they are extremely supportive. If your family is active and regularly goes hiking, you’ll want a backpack carrier. These aren’t for newborns, but can accommodate a heavier weight so you’ll use it for many years.
Try them out!

As with all baby gear, it’s best if you can test a few brands and styles before you buy. And make sure both parents have tried on the carrier, as carriers will fit certain body types better than others. All of Snuggle Bugz’s stores have a selection to try on to make sure you are getting the perfect fit. If you aren’t close to a store, ask around and borrow a friend’s carrier to see if you like it. Don’t be shy! I’ve had moms at the park ask me if they can test out my baby carrier. It’s totally normal, and doesn’t it take a village? You want to make sure you’re comfortable taking the carrier off and putting baby in, so practice as much as you can before baby’s arrival. If you’re not comfortable with your carrier, you likely won’t use it often, and trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the glories of baby wearing!

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KidCo Wood Safeway Gates Recall

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KidCo has issued a voluntary recall on their Wood Safeway Gates.  The stop clip may separate when applied at a 90N force and pose a choking hazard. The effected models are listed as:

Kc-G2300 Wall Mount Angle Gate Wood – Oak

KC-G2301 Wall Mount Angle Gate Wood – Cherry.

Kc-G2302 Wood Safeway – Espresso

KC-G2400 Designer Angle Safeway Oak

KC-G2401 Designer Angle Safeway Cherry

KC-G2402 Designer Safeway – Espresso


Should you have any of the listed gates, please removed immediately and contact KidCo toll-free at (855)847-8600 or visit www.kidco.com for instructions on how to remove the stop clip.

Thank You.

Posted in 2014 |

Phil&Teds Traveller Recall

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phil&teds™ has voluntarily recalled the Traveller Portable Travel Cot version 3(V3). Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that these cribs do not meet the Cribs, Cradles, and Bassinets Regulations in Canada and may pose a choking hazard. Specifically, the four plastic clips that attach the mattress to the bottom of the crib do not meet the requirements. At this time there have been no reported incidents or injuries related to the use of these cribs in Canada.traveller blackPT-TRv3-5_Traveller with Baby 2
Product description:

Affected products will have a serial number beginning with TRV3RV, which can be found on the top rail. The product is a fold-able, portable crib with four corner posts, a top rim, all black mesh sides, and solid bottom with a self inflating mattress that rests on the floor. The product is available in both black or silver. This recall includes all phil&teds™  travellers sold between February 2013 to September 2016.

The Following Products are included in this recall:
TR_V3_5, Colour Black; UPC 9420015734003
TR_V3_6, Colour Silver; UPC 9420015733990

What you should do: 

If you have an affected product that falls under this criteria, please immediately stop using the travel cot and contact phil&teds™  USA toll free at 1-855-652-9019, or by email CanadaCare@philandteds.com. Please visit Phil&Teds to register for a free repair kit.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Thank You

Posted in 2014 |
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We love to travel, and we always bring along our stroller, the Uppababy Vista. This stroller has more passport stamps than our youngest child and has been with us from the beginning! And while all Uppababy strollers are extremely high quality, airlines are not gentle with stored items at all.

Last year, when travelling to Sweden and Italy, our stroller was totalled. As in, it arrived on the luggage carousel in pieces. Not a great way to begin our family vacation, especially with three little ones who were still very stroller dependent. Thanks to duck tape and ingenuity, we were able to use our stroller during our holiday, but it was clear that it needed to be replaced ASAP.

After a quick Google search, we discovered that the majority of Airlines do not claim responsibility for broken strollers for a variety of reasons. Strollers are free to store, it’s difficult for the airline to know the previous condition of the stroller before your flight, they don’t come in cases, and they’re often checked at the gate – all reason enough for most Airlines to ignore the damage they’ve caused to your kid’s ride. We struck gold with our Airline, and they did take full responsibility for our broken stroller, but we understood how lucky we were and vowed to never take the risk again.


This year we travelled to Iceland and of course, brought along our Uppababy Vista, though this time not without the Uppababy Vista Travel Bag to keep our stroller safe.  What a game changer! Last year’s traumatic stroller saga left me really concerned about bringing our stroller on this most recent trip, but I know with three kids in a foreign city a stroller is a non-negotiable. The Uppababy Vista Travel Bag let us bring our stroller without any worries. Here are my thoughts after travelling with it by car, bus, and plane:

  • Make sure to try your the bag with your stroller at home before you travel. We made the mistake of using it for the first time in a busy airport when we were running late for our flight. Not ideal! It is easy to use and the stroller fits perfectly, but if you’re rushing and not familiar with the bag, it can be difficult.
  • Give your stroller wheels a quick clean before storing them. With the UPPAbaby Vista Travel Bag, you remove the wheels from your Vista, which is why it is so compact. But stroller wheels can be gross, so wipe them down first!
  • Ideal for all kinds of travel! We wanted the UPPAbaby Vista Travel Bag particularly for flying, but we were amazed at how much simpler it made packing the car. Tiny European rental cars are already tricky enough to pack, so this was so great. For our next road trip, we’ll definitely put the stroller in the travel bag instead of simply fold it into our trunk.
  • Don’t forget to register your gear! This is so so important!! Your UPPAbaby stroller needs to be registered, as well as the travel bag, or claims are not valid. It’s an extremely simple online form and it takes seconds to fill out, but it’s crucial.


After using the UPPAbaby Vista Travel Bag during our recent trip to Iceland, I swear by it for all kinds of travel. I only wish we bought it sooner, and I’ll use it again and again for simple road trips or International flights.

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. 

Posted in 2016, Product Reviews, Strollers | Tagged , , |