The best things come in tiny little packages with 10 fingers and 10 toes! It just so happens that with your tiny bundle of joy comes the need for a few (okay, maybe more than a few) essential items to help make life a little easier. While the prospect of registering and picking out all the items that are going to suit your growing family can be very exciting, we know that it can also be a little daunting at times.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We teamed up with our BMTB (Best-Mom-To-Be), Love It or List It Vancouver’s Jillian Harris to create a registry that will leave you excited and confident that your registry is full of favourite baby essentials, guaranteed to making parenting a little bit easier to save you more time for baby love.
Infant Car seat: Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 4-35
This infant car seat flaunts safety. With a minimum weight requirement starting at just 4lbs and going up to 35lbs or 32”, you’re guaranteed to get a lot of use out of this seat. Packed with safety features from base installation to seat design, Peg Perego has outdone themselves in their goal of keeping your precious cargo safe while on the move.
Stroller: Bugaboo Buffalo
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam…Go where no stroller has ever gone before with this all-terrain performance stroller. Bigger wheels, bigger basket, bigger seat; from infancy to toddler, the Buffalo offers multiple options to keep your babe riding comfortably. Designed for every bump, be-it in life’s concrete jungles or the rugged outback, the Bugaboo Buffalo will glide over any terrain.
Baby Chair: 4Moms MamaRoo
We all know of the typical “bounce & sway” motion, used commonly to keep baby happy (or asleep). 4Mom’s MamaRoo has you covered and gives you a break! This sleek, moving chair keeps baby comfortable and content with its five calming motions and sounds. The best part? When baby gets fussy, simply change the speed and motion conveniently from your phone or tablet with the 4Moms mobile app!
Nasal Aspirator: Fridababy Nosefrida
The common cold is a friend to no one, and is especially heart wrenching to watching little noses battle colds and congestion. Fridababy “nose” what they were doing when they brought us the NoseFrida Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator. Electric aspirators can be scary for little noses but the NoseFrida lets you do the sucking, controlling the amount of suction applied without having to put anything inside their nose. We know is sounds gross, but trust us when we say it is 100% hygienic with its included filters and that it works!
Carrier: Lillebaby – All Seasons
The adventure does not need to stop when baby comes along, so go ahead, take the road less traveled – and don’t worry about having to bring a stroller along. Lillebaby’s All Seasons carrier gives you a reason to keep on with your adventure, hands-free! This carrier is full of functionality, designed to keep you and baby comfortable in any position. Try it out, you’ll love it.
Swaddles: Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin
Mamas everywhere know the importance of having versatile and multi-purpose pieces on hand. These beautiful Little Unicorn swaddles are great to use for swaddling babe, nursing covers, burp cloths and much more! They are super breathable, extra soft and they come in adorable, must-have trendy patterns too!
Lactation Assistance: Booby Boons
Let’s face it – breastfeeding is not always a walk in the park, especially when you feel like you’re not making milk enough to support little ones needs. If you’re looking to boost your milk production, what better way than delicious cookies!? Stork & Dove’s Booby Boons use the combination of nutritional yeast, oats & flax to help mama naturally boost milk production. These yummy cookies are gluten-free, soy-free, contain non-GMO ingredients, and come in two delicious flavors!
Change Pad: Nook Pebble
Changing time isn’t always the …. cleanest part of your day, but what if we told you that Nook’s Pebble change pad can help to control the mess with its all-natural eucalyptus cover that is stain-resistant, waterproof, removable AND washable! Did we mention it is made out of non-toxic, hypoallergenic, organic materials?
Travel Playard: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light
Travelling with a little one can get overwhelming sometimes. How does a person so small require so many (bulky and heavy) things! Thankfully, Baby Bjorn makes getting around with little one much easier and WAY lighter. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is a lightweight, ultra-breathable, travel crib with a soft and comfy mattress. It that takes seconds to set up and take down, which means you can spend less energy fussing, and more time enjoying your time away! And best of all, the fabric is removable and washable! Make sure to take the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib on your next adventure!
Breastpump: Medela Freestyle
Calling all busy moms! (Who are we kidding, all mommas are busy!) If you’re a woman on the move with a breastfed babe, the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump may be just what you’re looking for. This double-electric pump features a rechargeable battery and lightweight motor which makes pumping on the go a breeze. The Freestyle allows you to customize your experience with a memory feature, adjustable suction and strength for your comfort. This pump can also be used hands-free! Medela has so many different accessories to add to your pumping and feeding routine that take some of the stress and discomfort out of breastfeeding. Keep scrolling to find out how you can win a Medela Breastfeeding Initiation Kit valued at over $125!
We love these tried and tested, mom-approved products and hope you will to! While there are endless options for products to suit each family, be confident in knowing that you will find the right combination for your growing family.
Looking for more items to add to your registry? Check out Jillian’s full registry here.
Want to win a prize pack from one of Jillian’s favourite brands? Login to the rafflecopter below, answer the question “What has been your biggest challenge or fear around breastfeeding?” Leave a comment that you answered and you will be entered to win a Breastfeeding Initiation Kit from Medela! This contest will run from Friday, August 5th to Monday, August 8th at 11:59pm EST. Contest Rules and Regulations.
**Update: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Flora C, you are the winner of the Medela Breastfeeding Initiation Kit. Thank you to all who entered!
After six years and three kids, our household is officially diaper-free! I still need to pinch myself, because after years and years of diapers, usually diapering two kiddos at a time; it’s hard to believe we are down to just one child, using one diaper for over nights. It’s so surreal. And we didn’t get here quickly, or easily.
I’ve read all the books and tried all the methods, and I can assure you that not one technique will work across the board. Always be wary of a method that promises perfect results in a set period of time (especially if that period of time is a day or two!). Kids are unique, their bodies are all different, and each child matures at their own pace. Instead, I’d like to share some guidelines and general ideas surrounding potty training, in hopes of making your potty training journey a smoother ride.
If a child starts to tell you they’re going, they have the interest and awareness needed to potty train. Some kids just don’t care if they’re in a dirty diaper, and that tends to mean they’re not concerned enough to potty train.
• Does she communicate verbally?
This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but potty training is infinitely easier when your child is verbal. For our first child, who was a late talker, we waited until she was verbal before potty training, even though it meant she was almost three. Our second child was verbal sooner, so we potty trained sooner (maybe too soon, more on that in a minute!), and our third child wasn’t verbal when she was potty trained but she showed such interest we went for it anyway. It’s totally possible to potty train a non-verbal child, but it’s easier if they can at least say the basic vocabulary of potty training: Go! Pee! Poo!
• Can he easily remove pants and underwear?
If your child can’t easily take off their bottoms, they’re going to have a hard time rushing to the potty. One tip would be to make sure they have elastic wasted bottoms that are easy to remove, or just to let them go around in underwear while you’re potty training. During this season, overalls are your enemy and leggings, your best friend.
• Is she over age two?
We’ve all heard those stories (usually from women a generation older than us…) about how their child was potty trained before they were two. I’m not sure why people think this is helpful information to share, and I’m also not sure that I believe them! It’s not a competition, and if you potty train too early you may find yourself frustrated and inconsistent as your child just isn’t ready yet. This happened with our son. I was one month away from delivering our third child and didn’t want to deal with potty training when I had a newborn to care for, so I rushed potty training, before he was ready. He showed some signs of being ready, but not all of them, and we pushed ahead anyway. He went days and days with little to no success, and then I’d take a few days off from exhaustion (or running out of bottoms), and we’d start up again. This went on for months and every day I wished I’d simply waited until he was a bit older. An almost-three-year-old is light-years ahead of a not-yet-two-year-old developmentally, and potty training them will be so much easier.
If your child meets these markers, they may be ready to give potty training a go.
• Get a potty, or two.
If you have a two-story home, it’s easier to have one potty on each level. We used the BabyBjorn potty and loved it for its high back and simple design.
• Let them pick out new underwear to get them excited about potty training!
Our kids loved this! I’d say a child needs around eight pairs of underwear if you do laundry every-other day (accounting for accidents).
• Clear your schedule
Potty training requires all of your attention and if you’re not consistent, your child won’t grasp it. If your child is truly ready to potty train, you should be alright to get back to your normal routines within a week or so, but for the week that you’re really investing in potty training you’ve got to hunker down. No play dates, no grocery runs, no park visits.
• Get them REALLY hydrated
They need to learn to go to the potty when they feel the urge, so you’ve got to create that urge frequently. This is the time to go nuts and give your kids all the watered-down juice they could ever want!
• Ask them if they have to go to the potty ALL THE TIME.
You will feel like a broken record but you need to give them the opportunity to assess their needs and go to the bathroom, and kids are easily distracted! I asked my kids every 5-10 minutes. If they say no, leave them be, but if it’s been 20 minutes, it’s not optional. Tell them, “Ok, now we’re going to give it a try – even if nothing comes out, its good to try. You never know what will happen!”
• Celebrate with them when they’re successful, stay neutral when they fail
There is no space for shaming or disciplining when a child is learning a new and very difficult task. We celebrate when they go in the potty and make sure they know how proud we are of them, but when they fail, we simply clean up the mess and remind them, “next time, you’ll go in the potty, right?” If they start wetting themselves and they’re away from the potty, rush them over to the potty to finish up there. Even if nothing gets in the potty, it’s connecting the dots for them that pee and poop belong in the potty, not in their pants.
With these tips, I hope potty training isn’t too traumatic at your house. As I reminded myself day in and day out when I was potty training, they will get this! Accidents will happen, and overnight dryness may take much longer, but they won’t be wetting themselves when they’re eighteen. And one day we’ll long for the season when our parenting challenges could be so easily cleaned up with paper towel and a smile. Try to stay positive, as your child is looking to you to model how he should feel about this – his successes, failures, and struggles. And keep the end goal in mind – soon you will be diaper and wipes free!
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.
In the second edition of our Watercolour Collection Blog Series, we welcome Snuggle Bugz owner and Mama, Tanya, to review the BabyBjörn Balance Soft Bouncer. Available in exciting new colours exclusive to Snuggle Bugz in Canada, this bouncer runs on fun alone- no batteries required! Read on to find out Tanya’s take on this product.
The BabyBjörn Balance Soft Bouncer is absolutely incredible! I know you often hear about how amazing so many different products are, and how they will “change your life” but I must say, this bouncer really is worth the two thumbs up that I constantly am raising for it. As an owner of Snuggle Bugz, and a mom of three, I see tonnes, literally tonnes, of products all the time and pretty much can have my pick of any product I would like for my babies – and the BabyBjörn Balance Soft Bouncer is always on my must have list and one of my top recommendations to new parents.
There are a lot of things I look at when considering an item for my babies, and as much as I want something to be aesthetically pleasing, if it doesn’t do more than that it doesn’t make the cut. I need something that is durable, safe, easy to clean and want it to have a life past 2-3 months. Not only does this bouncer cover my must haves, it is also pretty nice on the eyes! Here are my absolute favourite things about this product:
- Self Bouncing: With the slightest motion in the seat, from baby kicking legs or moving slightly, the seat gently bounces to soothe baby. I often would sit in front of my baby and play peak-a-boo or read a book without having to also rock her with my hands. It was such a bonding experience to always be able to fully engage with her as she was sitting and bouncing in her chair.
- Compact: I absolutely love how simple it is to fold into a flat position to make for easy storage and travel. Our family was taking a vacation with some great friends when my baby was 3 months old, and they checked with us to make sure we were going to bring “that amazing bouncer we use”! So, of course we packed it up and took it on our flight to Florida with us. We used it every single day, she would sit and giggle in the shade as she bounced herself and we BBQ’d lunch or as I was putting one of the older siblings down for a nap.
- Adjustable Positioning for 0-2 years: This seat lasted so much longer than a few months. I have three children so trying to keep them out of baby sister’s seat is nearly impossible. Because of the three seat levels, this seat can be used for both babies and toddlers up to 2 years old. Without fail, anytime our baby was out of the seat our 2 year old was running over so that she could sit in it like a “big girl.”
- Comfortable : I always compared my baby sitting in this bouncer to perhaps feeling as she did when she was cocooned in my womb. The material formed around her and gave her great back, neck and body support while still being surrounded by a soft comfortable fabric. I also love the selection of fabrics, especially the mesh option, as it helped wick away the moisture from my sweaty lil’ babe. In addition to the mesh, they also have jersey and organic cotton, so there really is a fabric for every baby. The best part of all with this fabric- it is easily removed for cleaning! We all know that babies are messy, so this is a MUST in my books!
- Styling: This bouncer continues to adhere to BabyBjörn’s commitment to a sense of style, created with your home in mind. It comes in a variety of colours, so if you’re like me, and want it to just simply blend into your home decor they have a colour for you. If you’re more adventurous you can pick one of the awesome new Watercolour Collection shades in colours like Turquoise Turtle, Ice Blue Fish, and Soft Pink.
The BabyBjörn Balance Soft Bouncer continues to be one of the registry and baby gear items I recommend the most to friends and family. If you are looking for a more compact seat for a smaller space or another price point, BabyBjörn also makes a Mini Bouncer to suit your needs! Equally portable and packed with the same bouncing comfort and style, I am so happy there are even more options to choose from.
So much more than a baby bouncer, this product brings peace of mind, adaptability and comfort and two big thumbs up from this Mama!
Snuggle Bugz is proud to partner with BabyBjörn to exclusively launch the Watercolour Collection in Canada. Inspired by the fantasy world of children, a place where everything comes to life, the collection uses water colours and five friendly sea creatures. This three part blog series goes behind the scenes to discover how these products were created and how they stand up to parents and children using them.
We welcome collection creators, BabyBjörn, as our guests for Part One in this series to go behind the scenes of this undersea adventure!
Have you ever thought about the imagination of your child? Whimsical waves of creative ideas that make the simplest things come to life in the most colourful ways. When we become parents, we are quickly reminded of this. As we watch our child’s face brighten and their eyes smile with love when they see us, really see us, for the first time. They grow and begin to watch simple things like light dance across the wall and we stare at them with amazement, wondering what they see, what they think. We, ourselves, begin to imagine what they will embrace and grow to be.
At BabyBjörn, we try to capture the creativity and imagination that only childhood can bring. It was this idea that was the inspiration behind the latest Limited Edition collection, sold exclusively in Canada at Snuggle Bugz.
So, through the eyes of little ones and into the hearts of parents everywhere, join us on a little adventure into our Watercolour Collection.
Playful, inventive and full of color, the collection includes the beloved Bouncer Balance Soft, versatile Carrier One, and the indispensable Travel Crib Light.
The Bouncer Balance Soft is the first product introduced by BabyBjörn in 1961. Designed to safely support your growing baby’s head, neck and spine, this bouncer also helps baby to learn how to rock and calm down on their own. Gently, touch the bouncer to show baby how to bounce and as they grow, bouncing will become soothing and fun. Swim, little fishy, swim.
Two years ago, BabyBjörn introduced the Baby Carrier One. This carrier is the first from the company to offer four versatile carrying positions, include a back-carry option for toddlers. With a sturdy waist belt, padded shoulder straps and wide seat for baby, this carrier can support your little one from 8lbs up to 33lbs. This carrier has been reviewed by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and deemed a Hip-Healthy baby carrier. So, go on and plan your next adventure. We have you covered.
Did someone mention a vacation by the sea? Don’t forget to take the BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light. Portable, secure, and lightweight, this crib is the best place for a traveling baby to sleep or play. Take it to the beach or leave it by your bedside, baby will be safe and oh, so comfy. Great blue ocean waves will lull you both to a peaceful dreamland.
Stay tuned for the next two parts of this exclusive three part series for a hands on review of some of these Watercolour products. What do you think about our Undersea Adventure? Which colour plays to your sense of childhood adventure?
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