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6 – 9 Month baby Essentials

24 Jul

This boy is the light of our life – he seriously makes us so incredibly happy. This stage with Logan has been so fun!! His big personality has totally come through and he’s just the cutest little ham. During these 3 months so much happened for Logan, from sitting on his own, to rolling, to crawling backwards and interacting with us so much more. During this stage he was sleeping amazing (usually 630pm to 7am – with no night wake ups) and then having 2-3 naps a day (anywhere from an hour to two hours).

 

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GEAR

Between 5 and 6 months we had to transition Logan to his big boy car seat because we had almost maxed out the weight on his Maxi Cosi infant car seat. After endless research and lots of recommendations from other moms we decided on the Britax Marathon. We love this car seat not only because it’s one of the safest on the market because it is comfy, easy to clip and is idiot proof for putting in the car. It has a click tight technology so there is no guessing if you have the car seat in snug enough. Once you hear the click you literally can’t even budge it, it’s so tight.

The Marathon ClickTight converts from a rear-facing position (for babies 5-40 lbs.) to a forward-facing position (for children 20-65 lbs.)

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http://www.toysrus.com/buy/convertible-car-seats/britax-marathon-clicktight-convertible-car-seat-verve-e9lt75r-45199696

FEEDING

Around 6 months is when I started weaning Logan. His teeth were coming in fast & furious (side note: those tiny teeth are more like shark teeth than human teeth) and honestly he was just eating so much, my breast milk wasn’t satisfying him enough anymore. Luckily Logan took a bottle from the beginning and we had introduced formula in the beginning occasionally – as I never really liked to pump and found he always cleaned me dry so there wasn’t much to pump for him. So I weaned him for a couple of months, just replacing feeds with a bottle one at a time, starting with a bottle before bed. I stopped nursing just after Logan was 8 months, and really it just came down to one day he just wasn’t wanting to nurse and went the whole day without it, so I figured it was time to throw in the towel.

For bottles Logan would usually have a 6-8 oz bottle in the morning, then 4-6 ounce after each nap and then an 8 ounce bottle before bed.

We used the Goodstart formula with pro-biotic in it, and always used the Dr Brown bottles! Now if you are going to formula feed at all – you NEEEEED the baby Brezza formula Pro – this gadget is literally life changing. My parents bought it for us for Christmas and it has been amazing (especially when one of the Grandma’s is babysitting because they can make him a bottle at the touch of a button). I will do a separate review on this – but honestly it saves you so much time!! it makes a perfect bottle with the touch of a bottle at the perfect temperature. It makes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 ounce bottles. For like $200, this thing is priceless!!!

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http://www.babybrezza.ca/FormulaPro.asp?lang=0&s=0903JAD

<<Ours was from Toys R US online, but you can also purchase off Amazon etc>>

Starting Solids

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  • I ended up skipping the cereals and just going straight to sweet potato, pears and avocado. I tried the cereal once or twice and found it was hard on his tummy… so we went to the veggies and fruits and then slowly worked out way back to cereal (love the oatmeal by baby gourmet).
  • When starting the solids I ended up introducing a new food every 3 days. I also didn’t realize when I first started feeding Logan that they literally are only taking a tsp or two the first couple weeks…. (mommy fail – when I thought he could handle a whole bowl haha)
  • If you are going to attempt to make your own baby food, I highly recommend the baby brezza. It’s honestly amazing – it steams the food for you & then spins it into a puree (automatically once its done steaming), literally making clean up a breeze!

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http://www.babybrezza.ca/FoodMaker.asp?lang=0&s=0903JAD

<<We got ours off Amazon)

  • I had bought different containers to freeze the food I made, but honestly just found it so much easier to use ice-cube trays. That way I could grab a couple cubes of different things and make my own mix. Which Logan really enjoyed – he liked having different mixtures instead of just one boring veggie at a time πŸ™‚ however, I waited a couple of weeks before doing that just to make sure he didn’t have any reactions to anything

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  • I made about 50% of his food and then would also buy the squeeze packs that really come in handy when you are out and about or even just in a hurry! I love the baby gourmet ones because they are organic and have amazing combinations.Β http://babygourmet.com/ (you can get it at Loblaws or Walmart)
  • We then started introducing finger foods around 8 months – Mum Mum cookies, small pieces of toast with jam, cut up soft fruits like banana, blue berries etc) I found the finger foods took a little while for him to get the hang of but really helped him develop the pincer grasp and learn to chew.
  • Then between 8 and 9 months introduced Dairy products (Eggs: scrambled with formula or hard boiled, yogurt and cheese)

TOYS

For toys – I have actually purchased a few toys second-hand off Varage (virtual garage sale) and have saved so much money and got some pretty awesome things!

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  • Jolly Jumper – This was always Logan’s favorite, he would jump in it for hours sometimes. (he stopped using it around 9 months) I started putting his little rock & play table up to it and he would just play his music and it would keep him interested a little longer. (I got mine at winners but you can find it here, http://www.amazon.com/Playskool-Rocktivity-Stand-Music-Skool/dp/B0085UA8ZO it has also helped Logan with standing on his own).

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  • Teepee – so I bought this for Christmas when Logan was 3 months old. I honestly bought it because I thought it would look cute in our family/playroom area and would be great to hide toys etc and didn’t think he would actually use it until he was one or two haha. However, it has turned out to be a great investment. Starting around 6 months Logan loved going inside the tent and just staring around in it and playing peakaboo. He is still in love with it now at 9 months, and when he starts to get fussy or have a meltdown we just sit there with him and he is immediately happy! lol it’s pretty awesome. This teepee is from restoration hardware <link below>

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https://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod482145&categoryId=rhbc_cat353019

  • Puppy Bean Bag Seat – my parents got this for Logan for Christmas and it was another thing we didn’t really think he would use to much until he was older – but it was a GREAT investment. He sits on it every day and loves to just lay on it and cuddle. It has actually helped him with starting to crawl because he leans on it and tries to climb over it. It is really cute – and has become one of his favorite things!

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https://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod381087&categoryId=rhbc_cat377265

  • Radioflyer 3 in 1 – my Dad bought this for Logan from Costco at Easter. It is really awesome, and will transition to a bike and scooter later on! he loves being in it, and even holds the handle bars which just melts my heart with cuteness!! http://www.radioflyer.com/buildatrike.html

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  • Β  I always read to Logan in the bath tub, we keep a basket of his favorite books in there and I find that’s when he pays the most attention to them. As soon as I grab a book he has the biggest smile on his face – it’s so cute!

Logan’s favorite books

  • DR SEUSS: “Mr Brown can MOO – can you?”
  • Nancy Tillman: “On the night you were born”
  • DR SEUSS: “Green Eggs & Ham”
  • DR SEUSS: “I can read with my eyes shut”
  • Eric Carle: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Β Here are some highlights from the last couple months

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Logan got baptized this past July with his cousin

IMG_8977Logan started riding in the cart – and absolutely loves it. It actually helps make our shopping trips longer because he has so much to look at and literally tries to grab anything within his reach lol… a whole new obstacle for mommy!

 

I still can’t get over how fast time goes when you become a mommy!!!! And cannot beleive my beautiful baby will be ONE soon (insert tears and ugly cry face)

KT, XOX

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2 & 3 Month Essentials for Baby

26 Mar

During the second and third month so much happens! its such an exciting and overwhelming time as your baby’s little personality is emerging. They are starting to recognize you, smile, interact and it becomes way more apparent of what they want and don’t want. They also start to play and grasp different toys – there are so many milestones during this phase!

Logan grew so much during these months! he grew over 5 inches and at 3 months weighed over 15lbs!!

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Β He started to turn into quite the chunker by month 3 πŸ™‚

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During our second and third month we still used the stability ball ALOT – as he still struggled with gas and being colic. And the one thing he really just loved was to be bounced <awake or to sleep> .Β  You learn very quickly in the world of motherhood that you do whatever you need to! Happy Baby = Happy EVERYONE! lol.

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TOYS & GEAR

This playmat has been awesome… in the second month it was the first thing that really entertained Logan without me having to be constantly engaged as well. Every morning I would put him down on the mat and that’s when I would run around like a chicken with its head cut off grabbing my coffee and breaky and sometimes even got dressed πŸ™‚

This mat is great because it has a piano at his feet that he constantly kicks, it plays music (which also has the option of shutting off lol) and has a big hanging mirror in the middle which Logan LOVES. It also has little toys, but I would change up the toys and once he started grabbing things I would hook the linky toys on and he loved that.

 

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You can get it here: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/gyms-playmats/kick-n-play-piano-gym-bmh49-30181276

Babies sure do love mirrors!! its one of the first things they notice – and they never get sick of looking at themselves πŸ™‚

we have this whale mirror I found at winnners for $5… but here’s a similiar one at BUYBUY BABY by Skip Hop

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Here’s a similar one at BUYBUY BABY by Skip Hop:Β  http://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/skip-hop-reg-alphabet-zoo-baby-safe-activity-mirror/1040569703

If you have a breastfeeding pillow – that also comes in handing for tummy time! helps them enjoy it a little more πŸ™‚ (I have the boppy pillow)

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We got this vibrating bouncy chair when he was 3 months! I don’t know why the hell we didn’t have this sooner, it’s awesome! It’s cheap, has vibration, he bounces easily, toys and music! its a winner in my books! (It also has a toy bar that attaches that isn’t in the picture)

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Here is the link for the one we have by BRIGHT START: http://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/bright-starts-trade-playful-pals-trade-bouncer/1041385937?Keyword=bouncer

However, if we had of realized before hand I would have registered for this one by Baby BJORN! I have read raving reviews about it

 

These link toys are AWESOME! for such a cheap little thing, man they are a lifesaver. He loves them, I hang them off his carseat, playmat you name it!

or we have these ones from Target by BRIGHT STARTS

 

This OBALL – was the first toy that Logan learned how to grasp. And you can hook it on to things with the linky toys above!

 

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The swaddle was a must for us however, he grew out of the summer infant velcro swaddles quickly. So we ended up using the Halo sleep sacks with the swaddle wings on them. We used a fleece one at night and cotton one during the day.

IMG_1069Here is where you can find them: http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=4277362

 

  • White noise is still really important – we use a white noise app on an ipod dock in his nursery
  • We transitioned to the crib around 11 weeks, and it went well.. Logan wasn’t a great sleeper at this stage anyways – so it didn’t affect him much

Unfortunately he wasn’t a huge fan of the swing, and the carseat was STILL a struggle for us. However one thing that started to help at around 3 months was that he started to take a soother again – he really seemed to love these ones by AVENT. They were a good transition from the soothie ones!

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I bought this Solly wrap around 3 months and really wish I had it from the beginning… It makes wearing him around the house alot more comfortable. It takes some time to learn how to master the wrap, but within a couple tries it becomes pretty easy. I didn’t use it past 4 months, because I just find hes too big in it and doesn’t like to be carried facing me anymore (He’s too curious about everything around him hehe)

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You can order them here: http://shop.sollybaby.com/collections/all

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And the baby susher was awesome for us during these months! We also had the ipad/iphone app we used all the time! <you can see it in the picture above>

http://www.babyshusher.com/

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Logan started to smile – and that was by far the BEST milestone πŸ™‚

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Hope this helps some future mommy’s out there πŸ™‚

KT, XO

4 & 5 month baby essentials

7 Mar

 

The 4th & 5th month brought big changes for Logan! The gas & colic he struggled with in the months prior disappeared! He became a happier and more easy-going baby. He started laughing and doing things more independently. His little personality really came to life during this stage and it was honestly the most amazing thing to watch. He melts our hearts more and more each day. Towards the 5 month mark we ended up sleep training which was by far the best decision EVER!!!!! I was so resistant at first and then after I saw such a big change in him it was worth those 2 hard days of starting it!!

4 + 5 month baby essentials

**4 months** Logan weighed over 17lbs (was in 6-9 month clothing, size 3 diaper). He started babbling alot more and wanting to have conversations with us. He was getting better at grabbing things (especially mommy & daddys faces :)) and he was really starting to notice the world around him. He started to get alot better during our outings because he just wanted to look around and watch everything. He was and still is a curious little boy.

**5 months** he weighed almost 21lbs (was in 6-12 month clothing, size 3 diaper) he mastered jumping, grabbing with two hands rolling side to side. He started sleeping through the night (generally 6pm – 7am, with one nursing session in between there). We were also able to start putting him down awake, and he would just babble until he fell asleep. Napping also got alot better! He would have 3-4 naps a day (usually only awake for 2 hours at a time) and his naps would last anywhere between 45 mins and 2 hours. We also transitioned him from swaddle to sleep sack at this point (and also used the Merlin suit for 2 weeks in between that – see below). We also tried solids for a couple days (rice cereal) however, he became quite constipated, so the doctor said to wait closer to 6 months and skip the cereals.

 

TOYS & GEAR

Jolly Jumper – Logan is OBSESSED! He is seriously obsessed, I think maybe since he has spent most his life so far bouncing on a stability ball he just loves bounce! It’s great entertainment and exercise for our little man… He’s the happiest when he’s in it and we play nursery rhymes by Hooplakidz on our laptop and sing along πŸ™‚ haha

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Exersaucer: this is also great entertainment for him… Especially closer to 5 months, when he could grab and gnaw on the toys lol.. Which is always his main objective!

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We have this one by EVENFLO… It’s got lots of lights & music.. And he likes to grab the Tucan & dragon fly the best…

Β http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/evenflo-triple-fun-exersaucer-animal-planet/6000161802950

The bumbo chair – lots of people told me not to get this… However, we are really glad we have it! But I would suggest buying it second-hand because you can get them so much cheaper and they are easy to wash πŸ™‚ We got ours off VARAGE for only $15. This chair is great for when we are having dinner or just need to plop him somewhere real quick (like bathroom breaks for mommy)… He doesn’t like to be in it long, but it definitely helps.

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http://www.toysrus.com/buy/infant-positioners/bumbo-floor-seat-blue-b10056-15591546

Around 4.5 months, Logan discovered his feet and would love to just lay on the playmat and grab them. This is also a great skill for them when learning to roll. As he would grab his feet he would topple over from side to side. They also love to just be in their diaper or onesie so they can move easier.

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BEDTIME

Transitioned from Swaddle to Sleep Sack… Now we did this transition the same time we sleep trained Logan (the weeek he turned 5 months) because there was no way we were able to put him down without swaddling, it was a nightmare. But really it only took about two days until he got the hang of things and was able to self soothe! Definitely the best decision we ever made!!!! He is a COMPLETELY different baby!

I love the Aden & Anais sleep sacks! I managed to score some from Winners however, you can pay full price on numerous websites including diapers.com

http://www.diapers.com/p/aden-anais-100-cotton-muslin-cozy-sleeping-bag-609772?qid=960480522096948674&sr=1-17

During desperate times before we sleep trained I had ordered “Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit” – but decided to sleep train before we got it. Even though he was sleeping and napping so much better by the time we got it I still thought I would give it a try to see if it would help him last longer for naps because he was only napping for 30-45 mins at a time. I also thought his arms and hands were so cold in the sleep sack at night so I hoped that this would keep him warmer (which it did) he absolutely loved it! And although he looks like a giant marshmallow man, it really did help. His naps started to last a lot longer and he started to go straight to sleep in it. We only ended up using it for a couple of weeks and then when we transitioned back to the sleep sack he was still sleeping long stretches and would go down without a fuss!!

<I know it looks like he can’t reach his hands to his mouth, but he can! it’s just a little more work for him hehe>

and doesn’t he look adorable? πŸ™‚

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http://www.magicsleepsuit.com/

 

Logan at 5 months also started loving blankies, which is really helpful when he sleeps in the car seat!

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TEETHING!!!!!

5 month’s brought Logan two bottom teeth! He was teething on and off for about a month, but the week they came through he was really fussy, his cheeks were bright red and he just wanted to chomp on anything he could get his hands on.

Check out these bad boys πŸ˜‰

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I honestly thought I would have stopped breastfeeding as soon as his teeth came in however, having them only on the bottom wasn’t as bad as I had thought. Luckily his tongue covers them while I am nursing (although don’t get me wrong I still feel those razor blades, but luckily they have only grazed me so far lol). I also give him 2-3 bottles a day now, so don’t nurse him as often.

Here are a couple of things that seemed to help while he was in the midst of teething:

Sophie is also a lifesaver – Now I know some people shake their head at this expensive little giraffe, but the company who came up with this sure was genius. Not only do babies love her, but she has so many great features for such a little toy.

PRODUCT DETAILS: “The contrasting spots are easy for baby to see, even from birth. After a while, Sophie becomes a familiar, comforting sight, and a regular pal. Sophie has a playful squeaker which is pleasant to your baby’s ears. Your baby can safely chew and taste Sophie from every angle. The giraffe’s soft, pliable legs, ears, and horns are easy on the mouth and perfect for soothing your baby’s sore gums. Sophie is long, lanky and stretchy, so your baby can easily grip her neck and legs from any angle, improving their dexterity and building motor skills without harm. Plus, her skin is soft, smooth, and comforting for your baby.Β  Sophie is made with Hevea tree sap, a 100 percent natural rubber, which gives the giraffe her special smell. This teether is made from all-natural rubber and food paint, so it’s completely baby safe.”

http://www.diapers.com/p/vulli-sophie-the-giraffe-teether-in-natural-rubber-15640

He mostly loves to chew on her face though! (Poor Soph lol)

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Breastmilk Popsicles πŸ™‚Β  I just pumped and put the milk into an ice-cube tray and covered it with tin foil, and whenever he was really fussy and grabbing his teeth during the day I would put a milk cube in a mesh feeder and he would chomp down on it!

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Other things that helped were:

  • Cold Cloth – he loved to just suck on it over my finger… and really liked it when I would put pressure on his gums
  • his pacifier was also a huge help, I think the sucking motion would relieve the pain for him
  • Tylenol at bed time

BATH TIME

We moved from bathing Logan in the sink with the blooming bath around 3 months, into theΒ  SUMMER INFANT right Height bath tub. This bath is great because it has a step stool underneath so it’s the perfect height for bathing the baby! and saves your back!!! (the stool can also be used when they are a toddler which is great)

Now the one thing I didn’t like about it was the mesh insert that clipped around the tub, because I felt like it kept him above the water so he was always cold. I ended up putting my blooming bath in it to keep him comfortable until he was big enough to support himself a little more.

IMG_0198Blooming bath link: https://www.bloomingbath.com/blooming-bath-baby-bath.html/

In this picture below, he was finally big enough for me to unclip the bottom so that it would just float, yet his body was heavy enough to keep him in the water more

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Now just as I went to grab a link for you guys, I noticed that they have changed the bath tub πŸ™‚ must not have been just me that felt that way!! the seat they have in the bath now is WAYYY better, long that it is on an angle.

check it out: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/bath-tubs-more/summer-infant-right-height-bath-tub-08970-3680336

 

I also have this bath stool by summer infant for Adam & I to use when we bath him, and I LOVE it!

https://www.babyhaven.com/summer-infant-tubside-seat.html?utm_source=pricegrabber&utm_medium=cse

Walking with baby in the winter time is never easy – but it feels so good to get some fresh air and get of the house! Unfortunately I didn’t realize to later in the winter that I could use the rain cover that came with our UPPA BABY stroller to block the wind out. It was a lifesaver and truly brilliant! It would block the wind, keep him toasty warm and he could still see me and everything around him (which obviously makes him happy).

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Logan loved to just talk and make tooting noises with his mouth – he thought it was so funny πŸ™‚ we did too hehe

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Logan really started to notice our dog more during this phase, which was adorable. He also started to grab his hair, which was not so fun for our dog Griffin πŸ™‚ But luckily he is really good about it and just let’s him do whatever. IMG_0734

Here are some pictures I captured during the 4 & 5 month phase πŸ™‚ I can’t help it – he’s just so dam cute!!!!

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Irish Onesie: Zulily

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Anchor Collared Shirt: Carters / Pants with Suspenders: H&M

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Onesie: Chapters Indigo / Pants: H&M

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Pants: GAP / Shirt: H&M / Hat: H&M

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Pants: GAP/ Shirt: H&M / Hat: H&M

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Thanks for Stopping by!!!

KT, XOX

1 Month Essentials for Baby & Mommy

3 Nov

Can’t believe our little Logie Bear is already over 1 month old!!

It’s amazing the changes we are already starting to see in him. He now tries to focus, and his neck is so strong. He loves to stare at the lights and our faces and is even trying to crack a smile every now and then. watching him grow and change is amazing!

 

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I have been asked by some soon to be mommy’s about the things we have used and needed – and advice of what I think they should be stocking up on! I have been working on a registry checklist that I will be posting soon. But I really want to share the essentials we needed the first month. For not only baby, but mama as well. Because recovering from delivery can not be pretty sometimes and there are quite a few things that other people had recommended to me that really helped get me through my first month post-baby!! I will also start working on a list for packing your hospital bag!

1 Month Baby Essentials

  • Diapers/ Wipes/ Sleepers/Β  – all the obvious things
  • Diaper rash cream – my GF gave me this organic one and we just love it – it works wonders!!!! http://yemaya.ca/

Diaper Ointment

  • Bassinet (Swivel Sleeper by Halo) http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=24126636 ~ this is great because we have a really high bed, and it was so hard to find something that would be high enough. Plus I love the mesh sides so air can get through easily. It also has a little night light, music and vibration to help baby sleep. But buyer beware – it goes through batteries QUICK!

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  • Diaper Pale – we got the Genie Elite (and refills) http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=13265017
  • Vibrating chair – this is great for being so light and portable. So when mommy is home by herself she can take it from room to room! We got ours from my sister in law as a hand me down…it’s by fisher price

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  • Baby Monitor (Summer Infant – Wifi Monitor) This monitor is amazing and super high tech. It comes with a mobile video monitor plus there is an app for your phone or ipad, so you can check in on baby no matter where you are. From both your phone or the monitor you can move the camera, check the temperature in the room and talk to the baby through the monitor. http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=24777286
  • GLIDER!!!! I spend HOURS in this…… and love it! it’s soooo comfy! we got ours at babyshack in whitby – its called Luana

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seriously how snuggly in this little cutie??

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  • Aden & Anais swaddle blankets (we actually don’t use these to swaddle at night, because we have a little Houdini… but they are awesome for just every day use of over stroller, wrapping him when feeding etc…you seriously can’t have enough of these!) http://www.adenandanais.ca/ all their products are awesome!! we have the wash cloths, burp cloths, crib sheet, change table cover and I just ordered the dream blanket!! all are so soft and breathable fabric…

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  • Blooming Bath for newbornsΒ http://babyramacanada.com/xcart/Blooming-Bath-Baby-Bath.html?wishlistid=14517 (also on Amazon or you can get a good deal on them when they are on Zulily) these make it so easy to bath him, and is so soft … he loves bath time! (someone told me to make the water warmer then what they tell you – and it’s true! he screamed for his first bath and now that I make it warmer (usually 103 or 104) he LOVES it!!!

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1 month Mommy Essentials

here is a pic of me in the hospital in them…

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  • A good water bottle with a straw! I keep this in the nursery – you need to drink so much water when breastfeeding, so make sure to keep it in all your main spots!
  • Breast pads & Nipple cream – you can never have enough!! http://www.amazon.ca/Lansinoh-HPA-Lanolin-40g/dp/B00BLA3EPQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1415030362&sr=1-1&keywords=lansinoh
  • Lansinoh Thera Pearl 3 in 1 – These little things are amazing for your nipples the first couple weeks! I would pop them in the freezer and use them when my nipples were sore!!! I think I bought mine at shoppers…Β  http://www.amazon.ca/Lansinoh-Thera-Pearl-3-in-1/dp/B00BLA3J38/ref=sr_1_5?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1415030218&sr=1-5&keywords=lansinoh
  • Breastfeeding pillow I had both the breastfriend and the boppy and I only ever used the boppy… the breastfriend just wasn’t comfortable for me. But everyone is different… (this is really crucial those first couple weeks, I am only now at a point where I can breastfeed literally sitting or standing … each day gets easier)
  • Now this is definitely TMI for some I am sure – but it’s a must on the list. go out and get yourself some stool softeners (the hospital will send you home with some, but don’t stop taking them for another 2 weeks) TUCKS pads, Preparation H cream – these pesty buggers didn’t get me till 2 weeks after I gave birth, so I was so grateful to have this stuff on hand!
  • The hospital will send you home with a squirt bottle for after you go the bathroom – this thing was yet again my best friend, I even took it with me if I was leaving the house. Just helps sooth and clean everything down there for the first little bit. So whatever you do, don’t forget to bring it home with you!!
  • Pads, and lots of them at all different sizes. The big heavy ones are great for the first week, not only for your little friend, but also just for comfort. Oh and don’t forget to invest in some big old granny panties! Because those big pads are just not going to be comfortable in your normal underwear… So go pick up some comfy hanes for $10
  • Padsicles – have you heard of these? if not, they are a MUST!!!! a couple weeks before you are due, get some pads, throw some Witch Hazel on them and then pop them in the freezer… when you get home from the hospital those bad boys will be your best friend!! Oh, and while your at the hospital make sure to ask the nurse for some if she doesn’t offer, they keep them in the freezer there, I would send Adam most the time to grab them for me. So make sure your husband is well aware of the kitchenette at the hospital! lol… here is a link on how to make them: http://intheknowmom.net/diy-padsicles-musthave-postpartum-item/

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  • Breastfeeding clothes and bras – I had only one bra, and a shirt…. Target has some awesome tank tops and bra’s. I went out the first week and stocked up. I really like theΒ  Gilligan & OMalley Nursing Bras and the tanks! You will literally be living in these things, so you need enough so that your not constantly doing the laundry (because there will be many nights you wake up drenched – not fun)

I like these ones for night time…

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And these ones for during the day… gilligan-omalley-nursign-bra

 

and these clip down nursing tanks are seriously the best…. I live in these!

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Here is a link – but remember it is US because target doesn’t have a good canadian site yet… http://www.target.com/c/camis-tanks-intimates-women-s-clothing/gilligan-o-malley/-/N-5xtccZ5xv9c

– these are also great and super cheap!! I wear these alot when I leave the house!! and they are long enough to wear with tights πŸ™‚ http://www.babybeminematernity.com/Before-After-Maternity-Nursing-T-Shirt-p/t101.htm

  • Mother Tucker Leggings – these are amazing and I live in them!! they are compression, and literally go up to your boobs. They make you feel so much better about your body in the first month when everything is still jiggly. http://www.babyjoy.ca/product-p/bb530013blk.htm (also baby joy has free shipping πŸ™‚

0010030000032I first heard about these leggings and the belly bandit, from watching this girls youtube videos! When you are in the third trimester and just stuck to the couch her videos are a great way to kill time… lol

http://www.annasaccone.com/2014/04/fashion-friday-mother-tucker.html

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  • Kuerig πŸ™‚ I bought this the week before I had Logan, and it has been awesome because I can just make one cup of tea or coffee at a time! and saves me from wasting a whole pot! Also makes it easier for when you have visitors… and great way to still have your starbucks when you are stuck at home
  • Netflix – As a nursing mom you spend alot of time just sitting while your baby feeds… and if you have a kid like me you spend hours in you glider. I have my ipad set up beside the glider and I just watch shows and movies all day and all night… lol, and of course surf pinterest every now and then. Ps. the show “The Killing” on netflix is awesome!! all 4 seasons got me through my first month!! haha….
  • Dry Shampoo – for obvious reasons πŸ™‚ mommy doesn’t get to shower as often as she used to!
  • A good phone App to track everything! I use “Baby Nursing” and literally track and time everything… because you will be amazed at how much you need to know about how often your baby feeds, poops and sleeps! and not to mention tracking the colour of poop lol… and in your first month, you will be so tired you will forget when you did 5 minutes ago! so this app is super helpful.
  • Baby Susher App – this is worth the $5 over and over again!!! it’s amazing… and really helps Logan sleep (ANYWHERE) I truly recommend it for some white noise < I just ordered the actual shusher off amazon πŸ™‚ thats how much we love this thing!! > http://www.amazon.ca/Sleep-Miracle-Baby-Shusher-Control/dp/B00FGY8KCU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415030548&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+shusher

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Our first month was really tough with Logan because he would get the worst gas pains – it is so heartbreaking when your baby is upset and uncomfortable and there is literally nothing you can do to help them. We tried everything, and the only thing that would calm him would be to bounce on an exercise ball (which is fine for the first 15 minutes, but let me tell ya – mommy and daddy are going to have to see a chiropractor soon lol) It wasn’t until lots and lots of late night research that I learned fennel really helps babies digestive system. So one night while I was on my hour break from baby duty and Daddy was looking after Logan I was scoping out the health food isle at the Loblaws superstore and came across this nursing tea by Lunar Eclipse. I thought it was worth a shot since it had all natural ingredients, one being fennel – and it said right on the front it was to help with colic. Well let me tell ya, I went home – had a cup … and he sleep for 8 HOURS THAT NIGHT!!!!! I was in disbelief…. and when he woke up and fed, still no pain, no fuss – I felt like I was in a dream… he went back to sleep for another 3 hours… so that day I had another cup in the afternoon and same thing, he was having no pains. (only the normal fuss, diaper changes, tired etc…) The next night he slept for another 6 hours… Now I am not saying this is a cure all, but for all you parents out there that are living on no sleep with a crying baby that just can’t be settled – this is worth a shot! I have talked to my doctor about it, and he was happy with the all natural ingredients… and fingers crossed it keeps working for us!!! but I thought I had to share this with people because I know how heartbreaking and frustrating it can be, when neither you and baby are sleeping and you are stuck in the house.

here is the link: http://www.lunareclipse-babies.com/page7/nursingtea.html

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And for all you soon to be mommys out there! Make sure to watch some video’s of Dr Harvey (Baby whisperer lol… ) he’s the guy that wrote Happiest Baby on the Block … and let me tell ya! It took me a couple weeks to find out about these little tricks – and boy they could have helped those first couple weeks!! here’s a link to the youtube video….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK4O9N3DjJM

Also, this chick is on to something as well (she was on Oprah after all :)!! I am definitely starting to recognize his cries and getting alot quicker at finding out what is troubling him…http://www.pinterest.com/pin/190628996703050134/

That is our first month list in a nutshell πŸ™‚ and just remember this first month is all about survival… make sure to accept help! I can”t even begin to explain how amazing our parents and family have been through this! from bringing meals, to sleeping over and lending extra hands or even just coming for an hour and letting me shower. And make sure to get of the house as much as you can, even for a 15 minute walk around the neighbourhood – fresh air makes you feel so much better!

 

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KT, xox

Target Canada is here!!

21 Mar

Tonight I finally got the chance to check out the new target that has just hit Canada!! I loved the targets in the states, so I was really looking forward to finally having one in our home town. Now I did go with the expectation it would not be the same as the states version. I had heard mixed reviews, so I definitely went with an open mind. I think they are still in the beginning stages of the store, meaning more shipments and new merchandise will be coming – so I am excited to see the store progress over the next few months.

I thought they had great clothes, bathing suits, shoes, kid clothes, home decor, dog stuff and definitely great gift wrapping/stationary. My only real disappointment was with their holiday selection. I thought for sure they would have a huge Easter display or aisle,Β  but there was really nothing. I am hoping that is just because they opened to close to the holiday.

Here is a little glimpse into the store:

They had super cute bathing suits!! Royal blue was a prominent colour in the women’s section … which I am really loving right now!!

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They also had a ton of neon & cute pastel skinnies, which you all probably know I love πŸ™‚

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They had tons of bright coloured scarves of all different patterns – mostly around the $16 range

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Now on to the home decor….

I love these baskets below with the chalkboard tags

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I really like this lamp with the clear base! And I love that you can buy the base and shades seperately.

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Really love these stools, but thought they were a little overpriced @ $79 each

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They had really nice throw blankets ranging from $16 – $29

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They had 2 really nice floor lamps that I loved. This one below with the chunky base, and a white one. I thought they were reasonably priced at $79 each.

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I was happy to see that all the stationary/ gift wrapping was similar to the states with a wide range of products. I absolutely LOVE all the bright colours they are using!!!

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I thought the prices for gift bags were great too! Some were as little as 50 cents!!

Now onto the shoes…. I was extremely happy with the selection of flats & sandals – but refrained from buying any yet as I just can’t justify it when there is still damn SNOW o the ground!!!

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So what did I buy you ask??

I got some adorable baby clothes for an upcoming shower, snacks and food for my nephew and niece coming over this weekend and then a few treats for myself πŸ™‚ I got two super cute maxi dresses for summer! Each $20
And I restrained myself from the shoes, but I will Definitely be going back… πŸ™‚

Here are the dresses

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Anyways, that is just my little review on the new Target Canada!! I was really happy with it, and super glad it is here! I realize it might not be the exact same as the states, but hey – it definitely beats walmart!!!!!!!!

KT, XO

Pillow Talk

19 Jan
Accessories really make or break your home decor. Pillows are a great accessory to add colour, pattern and dimension to your space.The best part about them is that they are cheap, and you can change them throughout the season. It let’s you try out different colours and looks without breaking the bank πŸ™‚
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Now, I need pillows for my main floor (light seaside colours beige, blue, white, burlap) and for our future basement that we are currently renovating (colours I am thinking are navy, tartan, rustic red)… so let’s check out our options…

I have these pillows already from Pottery Barn in the ‘Blue Smoke’ colour that I just love them!!!

<<If you click on any of the pictures it will take you directly to the ETSY store>>

MAIN FLOOR PILLOW OPTIONS

RESTORATION HARDWARE $36 – $44

ETSY $37

ETSY $25

ETSY $34

ETSY $34

BASEMENT PILLOW OPTIONS

ETSY $45

ETSY $42

SET OF 2 – $36!!!! ETSY

TARTAN OPTIONS…

ETSY $42

Happy Saturday!!!

I am starting to prime the basement today – woo hoo!!!

KT, XOX

Pottery Barn ~ Coastal Summer

22 Mar

I just took a look at Pottery Barn’s new summer items. and OMG – I am in love and pretty sure I want everything!

They are doing a coastal theme (which we all know is right up my alley) – amazing!

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Coastal Soap Dish $13

Faux Wave Coral $77

Isaac Floral Sculpted Bath Towels $13- $39

Starfish Pillow $64

Mari Pillow Covers $38

Clift Seeded Pendant Light $521

Caged Glass Pedant $259

Mari Duvet & Sham $168

Fish Dipping Bowl & Plate $16-$21

Salem Bench $390

Need to make a trip there soon I think πŸ˜‰

KT, XO

Winners Score!

19 Mar

Many of you know I have a slight obsession with Winners (and homesense for that matter). I just LOVE finding designer items for a steal. I was just walking through winners today when I spotted these awesome Michael Kors Ipad cases – Perfect for when I go away!!

Here is the exact same case @ Nordstrom for $132

And what did I get it for? $39!!!!!! amazzzzing.

Get to Winners quick if you want one!!

Also, have you guys checked out the Winners App? It is actually pretty cool. People upload pictures of items that are at the winners store closest to you! I am just afraid I will get all excited and then it won’t be there. But still a pretty cool App.

KT, XOX

 

Product Spotlight ~ Scentsy!!

4 Jan

I was recently introduced to a product called “Scentsy.” Scentsy is a wickless candle! It comes with little cubes of wax that is gently warmed (by a tiny light bulb) rather than burned and it can hold more fragrance oil than a traditional candle. There is no flame, there is no smoke, soot, or lead. Scentsy wickless candles are a safer alternative to traditional candles –> Which I have learned can be very harmful to you as they release chemicals in the air!

Now, I grew up in a house where candles were a big NO NO! My mom once had an accident with a candle during our Christmas dinner. She had a candle burning in her bedroom (right next door to the dinning room we were eating in) and with a quick screech from the fire alarm we watched her bedroom go up in flames! We were soooo lucky that at the time my parents had a water-bed or else the damage would have spread throughout the house alot quicker and we could have been looking at alot more damage. But we were very lucky and all left unharmed- well besides the pretty bedroom. After that episode my mom has totally banned candles, which I totally get.. However, doesn’t everyone love having a nice smelling candle in their house?

Well I have now found a solution that makes both me & my mom happy! – SCENTSY!!! πŸ™‚ I ended up buying a full size warmer & a night light… and I LOVE them!!! they are so pretty, smell amazing & are super easy!! there is no mess or cleanup and they are such a cute night light. Plus there is about a hundred different smells to choose from!

So you all need to go and check out all the options!

Here is her website: https://loriesolomon.scentsy.ca/Home

Here are the ones I got: Heirloom Full Size Warmer & Tea Rose Night Light…

The scents I got are really nice and clean smelling – Satin Sheets, Pima Cotton & Coconut Lemongrass β™₯

Each pack comes with little square cubes of wax that you break off and place in the top of your warmer like below:

If you any of you are interested please check out the Scentsy Catalog

and then email Lorie Solomon-Honeyman!!!

lorie.solomon@sympatico.com

Product Spotlight – Arbonne

27 Dec

ARBONNE!!!! I don’t know if any of you have experienced this product line yet? But man am I ever glad I did. It is so awesome!

I first saw Arbonne on my friend Lisa’s Blog – Lisa’s Pieces… A friend of ours started selling it so she dropped off some samples and explained to me how good it is for your skin because it is all natural and has no mineral oil in it. I am the first to say I don’t have the best skin, so facial products are extremely important to me and have to be super light or else I will get break outs.

I ordered the FC 5 … Facial Cleanser with the Day & Night moisturizer and I cannot believe the difference! My skin feels so soft and clean… I love it!

Lisa from http://lisa-lisaspieces.blogspot.com/ raves about the RE9 Products, I am actually going to order some my self and check it out as they are known for being like “Botox in a Box”

http://www.arbonne.ca/

Arbonne is committed to the development of unparalleled products free of harmful ingredients, using a combination of botanical principles and scientific discovery. Arbonne’s commitment begins with research and testing to ensure that each of their ingredients meets or exceeds industry standards for purity.

Arbonne products are Vegan certified: Their formulas are never tested on animals and do not contain animal derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Arbonne personal care products are formulated without:
β€’ Animal products or animal by-products
β€’ Parabens
β€’ Formaldehyde donating preservatives
β€’ Petroleum based ingredients
β€’ Benzene
β€’ Mineral Oil
β€’ Petrolatum
β€’ Phthalates
β€’ Toluene
β€’ PABA

If you guys are interested please contact Violet by email violet_gandera@hotmail.com

Currently she is selling the products with 40% off so I would email her quick!