Over the last few months we’ve seen a few exciting new items from our friends at Bugaboo and we thought we’d share those with you, as well as a few cozy accessories that are perfect for the Winter season.
First up are two special edition strollers, the Bugaboo Cameleon³ Blend and the Bugaboo by Diesel Buffalo.
Bugaboo Cameleon³ Blend
The original all-in-one stroller from Bugaboo, the Cameleon³ Blend was designed for parents who enjoy city life as well as trips into the woods, sand and snow. Featuring a soft-brushed polyester tweed outer fabric and blue Tencel lining, this stroller is as stylish as it is sleek. The added detailing of a brown faux-leather handlebar, light-grey quilted jersey mattress and a cozy chunky knit cotton blanket gives it a look that is luxe and cozy for your winter strolls. If you love the look of the Blend, Bugaboo has also made matching accessories, like the Foot muff available in blue Tencel outer fabric and light-grey jersey quilted lining.
Bugaboo by Diesel Buffalo
Bugaboo has partnered with iconic denim brand, Diesel, to create a new stroller collaboration that feels like your favourite pair of jeans: worn-in and comfortable with the odd spill and splatter here and there. Kids can be messy so this design is forgiving while still looking stylish and on trend. Detailing on the Bugaboo Buffalo by Diesel includes contrasting, copper-coloured zippers on the extendable sun canopy, sophisticated black leather-look details on the seat, and the signature washed denim fabric complete with paint splatters, rivets, pockets and custom logo patches. Whether you are purchasing the stroller or just love the look of the denim collaboration with Diesel, you can also grab a matching Denim and Leather Diaper bag to be in on this trend. Featuring functional inner and outer pockets for parents on the go, the bag has a washed denim exterior with contrasting black leather details, copper-coloured zippers and a cotton-twill lining to match the interior of the Diesel Denim Canopy.
Bugaboo also has a full line of Woolmark accessories that are perfect for the chillier winter temperatures coming our way.
The easy-to-wash Bugaboo Wool Seat Liner is reversible to customize the look of your stroller. Made of 100% new wool pile on one side and grey knit jersey on the other, it is the coziest ride for your little one. This liner will attach to all Bugaboo strollers with slit openings and can be tossed in the wash whenever it needs freshening.
Keep your babe warm with the soft Bugaboo Wool Blanket, made from 100% extra fine Merino wool. This blanket defies all wool stereotypes by being machine washable and suitable to tumble dry. Available in grey melange, rose, and ivory, this is the perfect addition to your stroller this season.
Lastly, the Bugaboo Wool Mattress Cover offers true comfort for your newborn. The one-size-fits-all mattress can be used with all Bugaboo strollers with a pram body. Made from 100% Merino wool in Grey Melange, this cover is soft and sweet, providing the perfect slumber spot for your tiniest tot.
What do you think of the new styles and accessories? Leave us a comment and let us know which one is your favourite!
As the holiday season approaches (some say it’s already here, yes?), so does the season of car and air travel. Traveling (especially by air, as I am doing pretty much as you read this) with an infant, toddler or otherwise young (read: rambunctious) child can be extremely stressful – you never know how it’s going to go down. Will they sleep, scream or squirm? Oh dear. *breathes into paper bag*
So let’s talk about keeping your most precious of cargo SAFE during this peak travel season, as that’s all our #1 priority.
If they are young, walking, but not communicating clearly, write down your phone number and any other pertinent contact information and put it in their pocket or tag them with a form of luggage tag. If they get lost somewhere (like a mall or airport), they will have your contact information on them.
Also do your best to keep them safe from the flu and other illnesses. Traveling through airports or bus terminals means germs galore – if you’re a vaccination-friendly family, make sure everyone in your home gets the flu shot to avoid getting sick or getting someone else sick. Encourage hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer with your children if they are of an appropriate age.
For those traveling by car, I know I don’t have to say this, but never drive impaired and always make sure to drive cautiously when road conditions are less than optimal. More people on the roads means more of a chance of a car accident. Make sure your car seats are current, installed correctly, and used correctly. This means a seat that fits the child, a tight installation at the correct angle, no bulky clothing in the car seat (winter coats), tight straps and a chest clip at the armpit level, among other considerations. Here’s another post on car seat use in the winter.
On the same note, if you have a child in a low-back booster but it converts to a high-back, consider doing that for the car ride so they have a bit more support and can stay safely buckled in, even while sleeping.
Make sure all occupants of the vehicle have warm clothing *in* the car (not necessarily on their body) in case something happens. On a similar note, a car emergency kit is a must-have when traveling with your family by car. Items inside should include food, a small first aid kit, a candle (or a couple), (you can store these in a tin can and then use the tin can to block the wind from the flame), matches, a few glow sticks or road flares, and anything that might apply to the road conditions (shovel, salt, etc).
Make sure everything is packed tightly with heavy items on the bottom and secured when possible. The last thing you want is something from the hatchback coming up and hitting your rear-facing baby if you have to brake quickly or in the event of a collision.
If your children are of an age where they will get bored, ensure you’re prepared with many ‘car’ (or plane) activities or games to occupy them. This helps make the trip more pleasant for everyone, and you shouldn’t drive while stressed out, waiting for the trip to be over. Lots of cars (and planes) have TVs built in these days which is great. Car trays and audio books (individually or through the car speakers) will also make the trip pass faster. And snacks.
And finally, at your destination, remember that people who don’t have toddlers or babies generally don’t have toddler/baby proofed homes. Do a sweep and remove any hazards that you can – even if it seems a bit of an imposition. If you’re staying with someone for a week, they’ll be thankful you removed their Royal Doulton figurines before they were used as a hammer on the tile. Fireplaces are used almost constantly during the holiday season, so make sure they aren’t accessible by a toddler or crawling baby who can’t understand how hot they are.
And make sure the kids know which punch is for adults only, wink.
To you have any other tips you’d like to share?
We are excited to announce a partnership with Kids & Company, one of Canada’s leading child care and early learning providers. Providing a nurturing and educational early learning environment for children to play, discover and grow, Kids & Company takes the stress out of finding childcare. Snuggle Bugz is proud to partner together to bring our customers expert advice, tips, and special offers from Kids & Company. In the first installment of our ongoing blog series, we are fortunate to have Kids & Company share their tips and tricks for dealing with sleep disruptions – a hot topic for every parent!
There are many things that can upset your child’s sleep schedule: travel, changing bedrooms because of visitors, illness, the lengthening/shortening of daylight and more. Fall is especially challenging because of the return to standard time when the clocks roll back and the inevitable colds that seem to accompany the change of seasons. Whatever reason your little one is off schedule, here are some tips to use at home and ones we use at our child care locations during nap time to help everyone catch a few more ZZZs.
Prep the bedroom for more morning sunlight: In the short term, early fall rising after the clocks change can be caused by the morning sun. The same is true for later winter – sunrise gets incrementally earlier after Dec 21st. Make sure you have shades, darkening curtains or even towels tacked up over the windows for the few weeks after the clocks roll back, or once February rolls around, since it lessens the odds of early morning sun waking your child before you want her to get up.
Early to bed: Whenever we go through transitions and changes in life, we can all use more sleep. When little ones are adjusting to a new sleep environment, routine, or schedule, they can be excited, nervous or stressed, often resulting in less sleep than usual. Making bedtime earlier, even by 30 minutes for a few weeks, will help you and your child transition through these sleep disruptions and adjust to new changes.
How we handle naps at our child care centres:
Sleep is a very important part of our day too and we make it a priority to ensure that children are well rested and following a routine to get an optimal amount of rest for proper development. This is what we do for each age range to protect sleep:
Infants: In our infant rooms, we mirror a child’s home sleep schedule. If your baby has had a change in her nap or sleep habits at home, make sure to tell your child care provider. You want them to adapt her daytime schedule as needed to ensure she’s receiving all of the sleep necessary.
Toddlers: When children “graduate” to the toddler room, they generally nap once a day. The set time can fluctuate depending on the average age of the children and when they start their class day. Often nap time is 12 or 12:30 PM until 2 or 2:30 PM. If a toddler still needs 2 naps a day (or if someone is recovering from an illness, etc), she’ll visit an infant room for that nap so she has a quiet space to get the rest she needs. Make sure your care giver provides a soothing environment outside of the normal play spaces for naps and works with your child’s natural sleep rhythms. Forcing a child to drop a nap too early can have a negative impact on learning, temperament and nighttime sleep.
Crib to cot (or toddler bed) transition: The transition from a crib to a cot for naps is around 18 months at Kids & Company. Since all the children are napping on the same type of bed and the youngest children mirror the behaviour of their older classmates, we have few issues with this transition despite the fact that toddlers now have the ability to move about freely.
Preschoolers and phasing out napping: As preschoolers age, they begin to nap less often. If the child sometimes naps, they begin each quiet period on their cot so they can sleep if they’d like. They can transition to a quiet activity if they don’t sleep that day. Once he or she has stopped napping entirely, rest time begins at the table with quiet activities. Keep in mind that it may take several months to phase out naps entirely, so make sure your child care offers the opportunity to rest and quiet activities during this phase.
Kids & Company is an early education and child care company with over 70 locations across North America. Our CEO, Victoria Sopik, is a mother of 8 and an expert in early childhood education and care. She knows her stuff. So do our directors, curriculum specialists, child behaviourists, nutritionists, chefs and ECE teachers. In between planning art projects, exploring new plants and bugs in the playground with our classes and perfecting the art of toilet training toddlers, we like to share some of our expertise. We hope it’s useful to you. Got more parenting or child related questions or want to know more about us? Visit the Kids and Company website at kidsandcompany.com
months years of waiting, the much anticipated UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat has finally arrived to Canada! Available now in all colours, you can be among the first MESA owners in the country.
Taking the guess work and hassle out of infant seats, UPPAbaby has entered the infant car seat market with an innovative and well thought out product, designed for parents by parents who just “get it”. Receiving a top marks for ease of use, MESA combines safety and simplicity in one.
Does the product live up to all the hype? After testing it out, here are 10 reasons we think that UPPAbaby really knocked it out of the park with this product:
- Smart Secure System:
- An industry first, MESA created a unique technology that uses a tightness indicator and self-retracting Universal Anchorage System (UAS) connectors, resulting in a 10 second accurate install! This is time saving genius at work!
- Equipped with an indicator window that turns from red to green when installed, you get a visual confirmation that the seat is properly installed and secured.
- Side Impact Protection
- Studies have suggested that over 50% of side impact collisions involving infants result in death. MESA’s headrest is reinforced with EPP foam, providing added protection that keeps an infant’s head stationary during a side impact collision. This results in up to 4X better crash test scores and provides amazing peace of mind.
- No Rethread
- Eliminating the need to take apart the harness system as baby grows, MESA’s unique no-rethread five point harness ensures that the harness is installed correctly every time.
- Adjustable from the front, the height can be changed by simply pulling up a lever on the top of the seat to adjust harness position. This can be done while baby is in the seat and even in the car, guaranteeing a perfect and safe fit in seconds
- Performance Travel System
- Pairing seamlessly with the VISTA or CRUZ strollers, no adapters are required as MESA is designed to attach directly. This saves money and is more convenient without sacrificing safety- a win-win in our books!
- One Button Stroller Release
- A unique one hand release on the carry handle of the infant car seat is used to release the car seat from the UPPAbaby stroller. This may seem like something minor, but it will make it much easier for parents to navigate busy parking lots with bags, toddlers and baby!
- Light Weight
- Weighing in at less than 10 lbs, this light weight beauty makes it easier to tote around your growing baby, lengthening the amount of time you can use the seat. As baby gains weight you will be so thankful that your seat is light weight, trust us!
- Designed to Fit Preemies and Newborns
- With a weight range from 4 to 35lbs and an included infant insert that creates a ﬂatter and safer riding position for preemies and small newborns, MESA can be used right from the hospital.
- Adjustable harness and crotch strap settings allow a secure fit for infants as small as 4 pounds, giving the tiniest peanuts a safe ride home.
- Removable and Washable Fabric
- Let’s face it, kids are messy and absolutely everything designed for kids should be washable. The ability to machine wash your car seat and easily put it back on will make those inevitable spills easier to deal with.
- Smooth Bottom Base
- MESA’s base has a smoothly finished bottom to protect car upholstery and eliminate the need for seat protectors- which can compromise car seat installation and safety. This is another win-win with increased safety and change in your pocket!
- The Little Things
- Okay, we admit we couldn’t limit this list to just 10 things since there is just so much to love. Some of the little things, that aren’t deal makers or breakers, but are great additions include:
- Buckle Storage Pockets- Allows buckles to tuck away into the seat, making loading and unloading easier and keeps them cool on those hot days.
- Low-profile and Slim Base- Makes it easier to fit into newer cars with smaller seats and space. This keeps the passenger’s knees off the dashboard, which is more comfortable and safer for them as well.
- Performance Fabric- Soft, breathable and moisture-wicking fabric keeps those hot babes cool and comfortable.
- It’s pretty! Available in five gorgeous colours, that are so pretty it is hard to choose which one we like best!
- Okay, we admit we couldn’t limit this list to just 10 things since there is just so much to love. Some of the little things, that aren’t deal makers or breakers, but are great additions include:
- Car seat weight: 9.9 lbs (really good given it has a SIP system)
- Child weight: Supports 4 to 35lbs (Infant insert to be used from 4-8lbs)
- Infant Car Seat Dimensions: 17”W x 25.75”L x 23”H
- Car Seat on Base: 17”W x 28”L x 25”H
- Base: 14.25”W x 21.25”L x 10.25”H (lowest level), 13” H (highest level)
- Available Colours: Jake (Black), Denny (Red), Lindsey (Wheat), Georgie (Marine Blue) and Pascal (Grey)
- CDN Price: $429.99
We are so excited that this long awaited addition to the market is here! What do you think? Does it sound like something you’d like to use for your baby? Leave us a comment and let us know!
The Holiday season can mean a lot of travel for some families and keeping to your child’s normal sleep routine can be tricky. A common question I’m asked is how can I help my baby or toddler sleep well when we aren’t at home? Often what we pack can help our family stay as well rested as possible even when sleeping in an unfamiliar environment and Snuggle Bugz has some of my must-have items for avoiding those festive meltdowns. You child can still have the healthy sleep they need no matter where they are.
Grobag Gro Anywhere Blind – This travel blackout blind can help create that dark and dreamy sleep zone no matter where you are. Easy to set up and take down. A definite addition to your ‘what to pack’ list. – $64.99
Zoo Nightlight Monkey – An unfamiliar sleep environment can be scary for your toddler. Pack a nightlight to use in their room to ward off any fears they may have. This Skip Hop portable nightlight offers comfort and reassurance for your toddler and encourages independent sleep and bathroom trips. – $22.99
Stroll and Go Three Season Footmuff – For those winter outings Skip Hop’s outerwear for your stroller can keep your little one warm and cozy while they slumber on-the-go. Removable layers make it perfect all year round. – $129.99
TravelPod Playard – This super light KidCo TravelPod is the perfect travel companion. Set up is easy for this safe and comfortable environment and bringing it with you is a breeze. – $199.99
Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed– This BPA-free, Phthalate-free and Lead-free travel bed is perfect for travel, daycare, and Grandmas house. What I love about this portable toddler bed is the ability to use standard size crib sheets and it’s built in rails so that your toddler won’t fall off the mattress. It comes equipped with an electric pump so you can just throw it in the car, and away you go! – $94.99
Allie the Alicorn Backpack – These Zoocchini backpacks, available in different designs, are a great way for your over 3-year old to pack along their own belongings that they don’t want to leave home without. Bringing something familiar from home can help children sleep in less familiar environments. – $29.99
Double Dutch Bag – Parents need the perfect bag to pack on their travels as well and you can’t go wrong with any Lug bag. The Double Dutch Lug bag is a personal favourite of mine because it has the room and functionality of a diaper bag or overnight bag but can also transition to an everyday bag for mom or dad. – $72.99
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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