Well here we are, at the (near) end of the pregnancy. Hasn’t it flown by? Hahahahaha, no, no it hasn’t. As with all life events, at times it takes forever and at times it flies by. And when you get to the due date, you’ll think “already?!” on one side of the brain and on the other you’ll think “good gravy just get it over with”… To be honest that’s where I am right now.
29-31 weeks – My mom is in town for the 29th week, she usually seems to do a visit at the beginning of April each year. We didn’t really do too too many things, I’m not sure why. I did get the kids’ nearly-matching thrifted side tables sanded and painted and we went to a Hometown Hockey festival that was in town. Overall I’m feeling rather large Marge but mostly ok. My sinuses have calmed down substantially, thank goodness, and I’m sleeping decently.
32 weeks – My 32 week midwife appointment determined that the baby is still breech – most have turned into the head down position by this point. If you missed my exciting breech experience last pregnancy, you’ll certainly want to catch up. Last time they didn’t catch it until 36 weeks though and 32 is MUCH earlier to start thinking about things I can do to help the baby turn. Lots of time…. right? We moved Harrison out of the nursery and into his big boy bed after taking the front off his crib and letting him get used to that for two weeks. So far so good! He loves his new room which I’m so happy about as I put a lot of time and energy into it (time, I have. Energy, not so much).
33-35 weeks – 34 week ultrasound to confirm positioning confirms that I have another Frank Breech on my hands (bum down, head and feet up). I’ve started going to a waterfit class twice a week and it’s pretty amazing. Even if it doesn’t help the baby turn, it’s so nice to get into the pool and stretch my hips and my shoulders. I’ve mentioned it before but water workouts when you’re pregnant are the absolute best. I’ve also started going to a chiropractor pretty aggressively (at the very beginning of my 33 week) to try and get some head-down movement from this child. Still keeping up with chiropractic and waterfit regularly. My inlaws visit for a while and we do *all the projects* that need doing in the house – big and small. Some nesting things like freezer meals and hanging a mobile, some repair things, it was super productive and a big relief.
36-38 weeks – Oh boy. The almighty ECV. For those unfamiliar with an ECV (which is most), it’s an External Cephalic Version and it’s an attempt to turn a baby head down from the outside using a little bit of pressure (or lots of pressure but who’s counting). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and it really can’t be predicted. I had it done with Harrison at 37 weeks and it worked on the third turn attempt. I wasn’t so lucky this time as the baby was positioned with its back to my back which makes it very hard to turn. Three tries with no luck and they called it a day. I was devastated and cried for a few days while I laid upside down on the ironing board (propped on the couch) and tried to encourage the baby to turn on its own. A follow-up appointment led to me asking if we could try it again. The doctor was very reluctant, but didn’t say no, and I knew if there was a chance, then I had to go for it. And lo and behold, they had a spot the next day and THE BABY TURNED WITH NO RESISTANCE! I couldn’t even believe it. So then I cried again, for like half an hour while they monitored the baby’s heartbeat and then we got to go home. So back to Plan A! Phew, that was stressful, and I know that people give birth differently every day but it was taking me a while to come to terms with what the new options could have been.
And now we wait for baby!
Important information from bblüv, Cariboo Distribution and Health Canada regarding the Nidö Mini 2 in 1 Travel Bed and Play Tent.
Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that the Nidö Mini 2 in 1 Travel Bed and Play Tent does not meet the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations in Canada. As a result, bblüv in conjunction with Health Canada, is voluntarily recalling the following model number B0103 with the UPC 628451387039 sold from March 2016 to May 2017.
As of June 12th, 2017 there have been no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.
If you have this product in your possession, please stop using the Nidö Mini as a juvenile sleep product. However it can still be used without any risk, as a sun protector and play area.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Cariboo Distribution Customer Service at 1-888-995-9981 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm EST or by email at email@example.com.
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For the last two or so years, diapers have been part of the daily grind, just as that extra cup of coffee probably has. One of the most distinct memories I have from the early years of mothering my three children is the sheer amount of diapers! For a brief moment in history, we even had all three in diapers at one time. Whether you use cloth diapers or disposable, diapers are no mom’s favourite element of child rearing, of that I’m sure. Given that nobody enjoys diapering, the idea of potty training should have us leaping for joy, right? Maybe, but likely no. Potty training is a whole new world and can be intimidating for any parent, whether you’re a first time mom, or having your third go at it. When are they ready? How on earth to go about it? And is there really a difference between boys, girls, and age? Here are my thoughts.
When is your child ready for potty training?
There’s no perfect age, but there is a window
This is a varying season and is unique for every child, so don’t worry too much if you have friend’s whose children are already trained, or in the process, before your child is there. Generally, children potty train between age two and three and a half, and typically girls potty train more quickly. That said, even in my own family each of my three were unique, so don’t stress if your child isn’t ready yet, or push it if you’re not personally ready to commit to training him.
Awareness of their body
For potty training to work, your child needs to be aware of her body and what’s happening. This often happens with children as young as 12-18 months, but alone it doesn’t mean they’re ready. You can teach your children this when you believe they’re going in their diaper, and telling them what’s happening. This is especially easy when toddlers are going number two, as their bodies tend to react more and they usually pause from playing for that brief moment. If they’re vocal otherwise, but aren’t saying they’re going, you can tell them casually, “Looks like you’re ready to go poop!” or ask, “are you going poo-poo?”. Help your child connect what’s happening with the words (whichever words your family chooses to use for these bathroom activities!). It’s a good sign that your child is beginning to care when you hear them announce that they’re going in their diaper. Listen for “pee pee!” and “poo poo!” – it’s a great marker of readiness, even if it’s not the most polite conversation!
Mobility and ability
This is a main reason why toddlers before age two don’t tend to potty train successfully – potty training requires mobility! Is your child able to quickly get to a potty, even if it’s in the other room, before having an accident? Is your child able to pull up and down their own underwear and pants? Speech isn’t absolutely necessary for successful potty training, but as I mentioned above, it helps a great deal. I found that my children were stronger in their physical abilities and speech closer to age three, which made potty training them then, a lot easier.
Get them on board
Once you’ve determined your child is ready to potty train, you need to get them on board. Talk to them about wearing diapers and ask them if they’d rather use the potty just like mom and dad use the toilet. Most kids get really excited about the idea of underwear and being “grown up”, but if your child resists, don’t push it. Revisit in a week or two, and try to keep it a light conversation.
How to potty train your child
Clear your schedule
Potty training usually takes a couple of days, minimum, so it’s important to clear your schedule. I didn’t venture out with my potty training kids until I’d seen a degree of success at home first. Of course, accidents happen, but they discourage your child (and you!), so planning a grocery shopping trip the day after you begin probably isn’t a good idea.
Practice makes perfect, so you need a lot of opportunities for your child to learn, which means a lot of liquids. My kids weren’t ferocious drinkers beyond water at each meal, so I had to ease up on my no-juice rule when potty training. A bit of fruit juice in their water bottle had them guzzling away, which lead to a lot of practice! Just be extra diligent about tooth brushing on those days. Once they’ve drank a lot, they’ll soon be peeing every ten minutes or so. The first several times, your child will probably wet themselves wherever they are, but as soon as you see it happening, rush them to their potty and have them finish there. If they’re already finished, still carry them to their potty and gently remind them “this is where we go pee!”. Keep the liquids coming and they’ll continue the learning process.
Consistency and Calm
The key is to be as consistent as possible, and never lose your cool. This is why it’s so important to clear your schedule, because that first day is a continuous loop of your child drinking, going pee, and you taking them to their potty. I think my first child had over fifteen accidents before she made it to the potty to finish a pee that she began on the floor, but it was sweet progress when it happened! Every time they have an accident and don’t make it to the potty, be consistent with your reminder, “this is where we go pee!” or “we go pee on the potty”.
Set them up to succeed
There are a few things you can do to help your child have the very best shot at potty training. Always have the potty nearby at the beginning. If they switch rooms, bring the potty to them and keep it close. We used the Baby Bjorn Potty Chair and loved it. If your home is on two stories, consider one for upstairs and another for the main floor. Also, I found having them in pants tended to complicate things, so we potty trained them in just underwear, or their birthday suit. Definitely avoid complicated bottoms with buttons and zippers at first. We also helped our kids with wiping for the first while, and focused on them learning to use the potty without over-complicating the process for them. In time, definitely teach them to clean up after themselves, but for the start, keep it simple. Lastly, tackle potty training in a potty first and don’t worry just yet about the toilet (which is higher, larger, and more difficult).
When your child has their first successful trip to the potty, it’s a big deal! Celebrate accordingly with praise, hugs, encouraging words, and some sort of treat (stickers, chocolate chips, etc). After that, plan some sort of reward for their first full day without any accidents. Never punish them for having an accident, but instead celebrate and reward when they’re dry.
Potty training is a messy endeavour, and it can mean a few very long days, but the results are huge! Giving your child that independence and watching them grow up pulls at your heart strings, but it’s also so rewarding. Good luck!
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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When I’m speaking at my monthly Snuggle Bugz sleep clinics a question that I often ask parents attending is “how many of you are struggling with babies not napping?” About 95% of my audience raises their hands as non-existent naps or short naps are such a common sleep struggle for parents.
If you are planning on bettering your baby’s naps it’s important to understand why they aren’t happening in the first place.
Lack of Consistency
At around 4 months of age it’s important to start working on more of a consistent sleep schedule for naps and bedtimes. When we treat naps as options, and create inconsistencies in timings you end up working against your baby’s natural sleep rhythms making it harder for you baby to fall asleep and consolidate their nap. Lack of a sleep schedule also doesn’t provide naptime and bedtime cues that will help your baby accept sleep better when it’s time to go to bed.
On the Go and Bright Lights
At some point you’ll notice that your baby will become less portable. If your baby is constantly sleeping on-the-go they are unable to get the deep and restorative sleep they need to remain well rested and even though they are sleeping in the car or stroller they still could be accumulating a sleep debt, which will result in an overtired baby who fights sleep. Practice a consistent sleep environment and one that is conducive to sleep. Darken up their nursery as best you can and make sure the temperature remains on the cool side – anywhere between 68-72F. Also drown out external sounds that may wake them up by using a white noise machine and one that runs continuously throughout the nap. The use of a constant sound like nature or static will also help lull your baby into their next sleep cycle and consolidate their nap.
No Preparation for the Final Event
Babies, and even adults, need time to prepare to sleep. Our sleep switch doesn’t just turn off; we have to help it do so. Just like doing a bedtime routine for your little one you can also do a short naptime routine where you are creating consistent activities to help prepare your baby to fall asleep. All you need is 5 or 10 minutes prior to naptime and include activities like dimming the lights, changing their diapers, talking in soothing tones, and reading a book or singing a lullaby. Your baby will soon come to know that naptime is next and be better prepared to fall asleep a lot easier.
Ending the Naptime Before it’s Even Started
If you are assuming that your baby’s nap is over after only 20-30 minutes of sleep and you go and get them because they’ve just woken the only thing you are guaranteeing is that your baby isn’t getting enough sleep per nap. Don’t assume the nap is over. While it takes time your baby can lengthen out their naptime but it’s up to you to allow them the opportunity to do by trying to not go in right away. Even if you can manage waiting 5 minutes or even 10 minutes, the longer you sit tight and allow your little one to practice to fall back to sleep on their own the quicker you will be able to consolidate those naps.
It takes time so be patient. Naps won’t get fixed in a few days or even a week. It can take weeks before things are consistent so take your time and keep taking steps forward.
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) Alanna and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice on Marilyn Denis, The Goods and national publications like Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Prevention, and Huffington Post. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. 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, and follow Good Night Sleep Site on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all your sleep essentials.
Important information from Diono Canada, ULC and Health Canada regarding the Diono Dreamliner Travel Bassinet.
Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that the Diono Dreamliner Travel Bassinet does not meet the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations in Canada. As a result, Diono Canada, ULC in conjunction with Health Canada, is voluntarily recalling the following models; Dreamliner Travel Bassinet in Grey (model 71001) and the Dreamliner Travel Bassinet in Teal (model 71002).
As of May 25th, 2017 Diono Canada, ULC has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.
If you have this product in your possession, please contact Diono Canada’s Customer Service for a full refund on your Dreamliner.
• email: dionoCA@diono.com
• phone: 1 866 954 9786
• write: Diono Canada, 50 Northland Rd, Suite 400, Waterloo ON, N2V 1N3, Canada
Please do not bring the affected product to Snuggle Bugz store locations as we are unable to provide you with a refund.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Diono Customer Service at 1-866-954-9786.
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