With only four sleeps left until the big man comes, many of us are scrambling to find some last minute stocking stuffers. Since toddlers and bigger kids are usually pretty verbal about what they want for Christmas, it is often much easier to fill (or overfill!) their stockings. With our tinier customers though, it can be difficult to figure out what they would like to receive from Santa. We’ve been there and know that even though babies may be too young to remember or realize what they are opening, they deserve a visit from jolly ‘ol St. Nick too! We have compiled a list of great last minute items that your littlest love is sure to enjoy.
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Our boy’s names are Kellan and Myles. You may not like either and that is okay, it doesn’t bother me. I have come to grips that not everyone will like my child’s name. Yup, I am sure someone said “what were they thinking naming him that??” To be honest I do not like choosing names – it is the one thing Adam (hubby) and I both struggle with…do we go trendy? Classic? Unique? Will it work when they are older? Can you butcher it? Is it easy to pronounce? Does it work with our last name? Does it work with other siblings? Bah! There are so many things to consider when naming your baby.
I also find that there is a lot of pressure – this will be their name for life! We are making this decision for them – Gulp!
So where do you fall??
Are you a people-pleaser name chooser? – Not wanting to offend anyone you go safe and name after family members?
Follow baby name books faithfully? Trust the author’s opinion on what is cool or uncool.
Childhood name hog? Go with the name that you scribbled in your highschool agenda. All your friends/family know this is your name and wouldn’t dare steal it!
Name eliminator? Find out the sex and delete half of the battle.
Name over-thinker? You can’t sleep at night; your baby has been named and renamed about 100 times by the time he/she is born.
I am a name procrastinator, over-thinker with a dash of people-pleaser. I never liked the name Kellan. Adam really did and he said if I could come up with one that I liked more we would use that name. Obviously I didn’t find one and by the time I was 9 months preggo ‘Kellan’ grew on in me….and now I love it. It suits him to a tee. We are bad with nicknames and I thought Kellan was pretty nickname safe but we do call him Kelstar, K-master & Kels.
When it came to choosing Myles we procrastinated. We were still brainstorming during contractions and had a vote with our midwives post-delivery whether we should name him Gavin or Myles. Myles won. I am so happy we chose it and I like how Kellan and Myles work together.
Another name tester Adam and I do is pretending that we have that name. Our conversations go something like this:
Lydia: “Hello my name is [insert girl name here]”…….
Adam: “well, hello my name is [insert boy name here] so good to meet you”………
If it feels awkward we know that it’s off the list!
How did you choose your little ones name?
I am a huge fan of baby wearing/carrying, and who wouldn’t be? It is such a great way to bond with your new bundle and it is also super convenient. Both boys found it soothing to be right next to my heart and I love having my hands free to get things done chase my 2 year-old! 😉
Just like any baby purchase, finding the perfect carrier for both you and babe can be pretty daunting. To help you out over the next few weeks I am going to be blogging about different carriers that are on the market. I will put each one to the test with mister Myles and go over the pros & cons.
There are 2 different ‘styles’ of carriers:
- Slings/wraps- wearing baby with the help of fabric
- Structured carriers- wearing baby with the help of straps & clips that can be adjusted
Both are great ways to carry baby and it’s just about finding what works best for your lifestyle and needs. I always tell customer to get educated and then come in after baby arrives and try a bunch on with baby. Not all babies like the same style so it’s best to see what they are most happy in (that’s most important) and what fits you (without your belly ;)).
This week I put the Cuddly Wrap to the test – love that the super soft fabric is 100% organic cotton!
I know that a lot of you loooove your wrap and it is easy to see why- The wrap is one piece of fabric that you tie on yourself (there is a manual and after a couple of times it is a breeze). When you put baby in there is hardly anything between you and baby.
Here is my list of pros and cons:
– One size fits all. Both my hubby and I can wear Myles without having to adjust straps/clips etc…
– Hands free. I could cook, clean, make my bed, change Kellan’s diaper all while wearing Myles. I also know a lot of Moms who sleep with their newborns this way.
– Many different positions to use. The wrap really grows with your babe- from cradle, facing out, to wearing your toddler on your back (Kellan even went for a ride)
– Washable. Who’s kidding who there will be spit-up or poo explosions so having a carrier that you can just toss in the wash is a HUGE bonus!!
– Baby loves it! Myles was so content to be snuggled right next to me with no clips or straps jabbing into his thighs. He was instantly soothed and very happy to be tucked into the wrap
– Great support. You wouldn’t think this but the fabric can be fanned out over your shoulders distributing the weight plus you get great lower back support.
– Not convenient to just slip on. I found I would put the wrap on before going out so I don’t have to play around with it in the mall/grocery parking lot.
– It can be hot. Since there is quite a bit of fabric things can heat up quickly. Perfect for in the winter not so perfect while walking in the summer months.
Overall I loved this carrier and would highly recommend it to any Mom (or Dad). There are sooo many advantages to baby wearing. After carrying your babe for nine months, there is a sense of security found nowhere else except close to Mommy! I am still kicking myself for not coming up with the wrap idea myself, such a simple design that works!
Well ladies and gents that’s a wrap! 😉
Check in next week to hear why a sling may be perfect for you!
Travelling this spring to visit the hot southern sun for a little vacation? As much fun as it is to finally feel that warm sun again, there’s a lot of preparation to take your little munchkin to visit some of these warmer climates. Top of my list is protection against any of those harmful rays , although we love the sun we also need to be incredibly careful around it.
UV Protected Swimwear
My children spend a lot of time in the sun and I always feel at ease when they are wearing their Baby Banz UV Protected swimwear. My daughters have these adorable two piece swimwear sets (skirt and top) that are UPF 50+…. for absolute maximum protection. The skirt and top are both fully protected and look absolutely adorable on! There are boy options also, with great blue graffiti.. or a little simpler.
As adults we very rarely go into the sun without wearing sunglasses. As important as it is for our own eyes to be protected, our children’s are equally as important. The Baby Banz eye wear for both children and kidz is the answer for incredible eye protection. They are made with lenses that are a category 3 UV 400 lenses….. which means that it eliminates 100% of the UVA and UVB rays!! This is peace of mind for all parents.
I wouldn’t even think about going outside in the sun without Sunscreen, especially in the Southern sun where it is just that much hotter and more intense. I just spent an incredible week in the Caribbean and wore 50 sunscreen every day, while reading outside I could still feel my skin tingle from the sun. Safety is imperative, and there are way too many risks to not take care of our skin. Our little ones skin is even that more sensitive, which is why I recommend the Green Beaver Sun Products. I have been asked for quite a while to add this line to our current products, and I finally did it!!
If a vacation is in your near future.. you may want to check out my Travelling Mamma blog, with a few more tips!
Having a hard time making sense of all the different swaddles available? I know it can be incredibly daunting to go shopping for a swaddling blanket for your baby and end up walking into a huge selection unable to undersand the differences between them all.
In fact, often while creating gift registries for clients we spend quite a bit of time discussing the differences between all the brands. Everyone is always interested in something that will help baby sleep better, and in return mom and dad too! But, how do you make a decision when there are so many options available? There are many different types of swaddles on the market and they each have a unique quality to them that makes them appeal to different people for a variety of reasons. The Halo Sleepsack, the Woombie and the Aden and Anais swaddles are all top of our list for swaddles.
Halo Sleep Sack
The Halo brand is created by an incredible company that puts a lot research into their product. The founder of the company began research into sleeping environments after his family lost a child due to SIDS. Since then the Halo brand has been devoted to creating products that encourage healthier and safer sleep for baby.
This swaddle is great because it is both a sleep sack and a swaddle. The swaddle portion of this is attached to the back using velcro so that if your child doesn’t particularly like to be swaddled you can still use your purchase as a sleep sack. To use the Halo sleepsack you would place baby into the sleepsack, tuck babies arms in and wrap the swaddle around baby fastening again with the velcro. The sleepsack zips from the top to the bottom which makes it incredibly easy for late night diaper changes while baby stays swaddled, warm and comfy on top, you can easily unzip up to the diaper, change, and put baby back to sleep.
The Woombie amazed me the first time I saw it. We often have people say that their baby is continually trying to get their hands out of the swaddle, and then end up scratching their face or waking them self up. The woombie allows the child to still move their arms without actually having to be released from the swaddle. To see how this works watch the video where you can see the infant is able to fully move within the swaddle, comfortably play with their hands, move their legs, without scratching or startling themselves awake.
Aidan and Anais
The Aidan and Anais collection relis on the traditional form of swaddling where you use a fabric that you would then wrap and swaddle around your baby. The unique part of what they have done is in using an incredible Muslin fabric that all of our customers have fallen in love with. The Muslin fabric is a delicate, yet very durable weave. The fabric is stretchy, which is perfect for swaddling baby as it allows the fabric to be wrapped snuggly around baby while still allowing some give for movement. The muslin fabric is also very lightweight and therefore lends itself to be incredibly breathable. And…. my favourite part is that the material only becomes better as it softens with each wash, becoming better with age.
Although there are many brands on the market these are a few that we stand behind, love the company stories about the product and hear repeatedly how well new parents babies are sleeping thanks to their swaddles!!
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