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As you may know from my previous post, my fourth child has finally arrived and I am so relieved and happy that he is here! It was really tough those last few days before I delivered but now I am recovering and I’m slowly starting to feel like myself again.

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Why I Love My Baby K’tan Baby Carrier/Wrap

When I was pregnant with my second child, I was really nervous because I didn’t know how I was going to manage with 2! I thought, what if I had to tend to my older child and my little one was crying? How could I hold the new born baby and still get stuff done?

I had a inexpensive baby carrier for my first child but I didn’t like it because it didn’t have much back support and so I wouldn’t be able to hold my baby for long periods of time in it. Short walks with my inexpensive carrier were not even tolerable.

With that in mind, I wanted to try a different type of carrier, the wrap kind. I’ve seen other moms with baby wraps and it seemed a bit intimidating, with all the long pieces of fabric that you have to wrap round and round. It made me wonder if it was actually safe and secure and worth the money. I didn’t want to spend more than 100 dollars on something that I didn’t like using.

I stopped by a local baby store and they recommended the Baby K’Tan. I have baby no.4 on the way and I plan on using it again. Here’s why I love the Baby K’tan and why I highly recommend it!

 

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How To Put Together This Super Cute Diaper Clutch

Are you tired of carrying around your purse and your super huge diaper bag? I really like my diaper bag. It’s a Skip Hop Diaper bag meant for twins. I decided to get the large diaper bag because I have two little ones who may need extra clothes etc…but sometimes, I really don’t want to be lugging it around!

I mean the diaper bag is great because it carries everything you need, but sometimes, I know I won’t be going out for a long period of time, and I just need the essentials for a straightforward diaper change.

So if you’d rather just carry everything in one larger bag, then read on how to put together this super cute diaper clutch. I’ve searched online for diaper clutches but they are expensive! I don’t feel like shelling out 40 to 50 bucks (Canadian) on a so-called diaper clutch when you can easily put one together for less than 20, maybe 15 bucks!

 

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8 Things I Wish My Toddler Wouldn’t Do

Taking care of a toddler is a lot of work, especially when they get to the stage where they’re climbing on every chair, table, object, stool, ledge…you name it. You really have to watch them like a hawk otherwise they could really hurt themselves. Oh the joys of motherhood! My youngest is 18 months now and I’m really cherishing her because soon enough she’ll be like her old sisters and she won’t be my little baby anymore. But there are several things that my toddler does that’s quite annoying or gross. Here’s my list of 8 things that I wish my toddler wouldn’t do.

Taking care of a toddler is a lot of work, especially when they reach the age where they are just climbing on everything. What my toddler does can really drive me crazy sometimes. Here are 8 things I wish my toddler wouldn't do.

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Why We Love Baby Munchiez Organic Baby Food

With my second child, I was more ambitious and tried my best to make my own baby food. At first, I was constantly buying store bought baby food from Superstore. Hey, it was convenient and I don’t blame you if you do, but when I opened the jar and saw the consistency of the baby food, it just didn’t look right. The colour just seemed wrong and the consistency was so watery. I wasn’t sure if it was the best choice for my baby. So, I went and bought a Baby Bullet. You’ve seen the commercials, right? They make it look so easy. Next thing you know, your baby is enjoying delicious and nutritious, home made baby food. Something you should be proud of right?

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The Best Sippy Cups for 12 Months +

This post contains affiliate links. All ideas/opinions on my blog are my own and I wouldn’t endorse a product that I (or my baby…hehe) haven’t tried. 

So you’re baby is getting older now and you want to transition her from bottle to sippy cup. You’ve tried a number of different types of sippy cups, and you can’t get your child to switch! You find yourself wasting another 10 bucks on a pair of sippy cups that either don’t work properly, they drip or spill (even though the label says spill proof), or your baby can’t get the fluid out of the darn cup! Does this sound like you? Well this is exactly what I’m going through! LOL! Here are two sippy cups that have worked for me.

My daughter loves drinking from a straw, so I bought her this toddler cup with a straw and she couldn’t suck the water out. Then she would bend the straw and it would fling one way or the other and the water would just project and hit you or your baby in the face. Then she would try to tip the drink upside down, like a baby bottle, and get frustrated because she couldn’t get the fluid out.

Then I tried cheap, take and toss cups, and once they tip over, they leak, so you get juice or water on your furniture or on the floor. These are ok for older toddlers. At least you can tell them to keep the drink upright, but for a baby just over a year, they just leave their cups all over the place.

But at last, I have found two types of sippy cups that my daughter loves! They don’t leak. She is able to tip them upside down likes she’s drinking from a baby bottle, and she’s able to get the juice or water out of the bottle. Both of them are AVENT brand and I got them from Toys R US.

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I like how the penguin cup has handles so it’s easy for baby to grasp. I like the Easy Sippy Cup because it’s designed like a baby bottle. The mouth piece is made of the same material as a nipple for a baby bottle so it’s a good transitional cup. They are both easy to clean and I just take the pieces apart and pop them in the dishwasher. The penguin cup is also a good size.

If you are looking for the perfect sippy cup for your greater than 12 months baby, try these two AVENT cups.

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6 Tips On How To Care For A Baby With Eczema

My hubby and I always said that our kids would be born itchy and blind. Why? Because we both have to wear glasses and we both have horrible skin. Well it’s not really horrible but we both have eczema. I’ve been able to control my eczema now that I’m older but when I was a kid, it was really bad. I would scratch the back of my knees so hard that it would bleed. I would have rashes in the crease of my arms. I would be embarrassed to wear skirts because the skin on my legs was unsightly. It was so bad my doctor prescribed me some oral medication temporarily to calm down the inflammation. Now that I’m older, I can choose not to scratch and I’ve learned how to take better care of my skin.

All three of my kids have eczema. The oldest one’s eczema is very mild. She just has a bit behind her ears. My middle child has a few spots on her face and legs. It’s getting better now. But my youngest has it the worst! She’s always itchy. Her skin is extremely dry no matter how much we moisturize and she’s always scratching her belly. She’s also got it on her cheeks. My poor baby! Anyway, despite the flare ups and constant rashes, we never give up on trying to treat the eczema and help control the symptoms.

Here’s what has worked for me and my baby.

Here are my 6 tips on how to care for a baby with exzema

1. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.

You have to find a moisturizer that works for you. I’ve tried so many different kids of moisturizers. I really like using Curel and Cerave. Gold Bond Ultimate is also very good. All of these products that I have mentioned are on the list of recommended products by the National Eczema Association and are dermatologist recommended. They are more expensive than your regular Vaseline brand lotion, but they work very well at keeping the skin moist. My baby’s skin is so dry that I like to moisturize her whole body every 3 to 4 hours or every diaper change, so I keep the moisturizer right beside the diaper changing supplies.

2. Take a shower or bath daily.

According to the National Eczema Association, bathing is a great way to get moisture back the skin. The key is applying moisturizer within three minutes of bathing or showering to lock in the moisture. I’ve got my girls in the habit of applying moisturizer immediately after showering. It’s not the bathing that strips the moisture, it’s the fact that the skin cannot hold the moisture in. Make sure the water is luke warm and do not scrub the eczema effected skin with a loofa or wash cloth. Make sure to use gentle cleansers like Cetaphil and not soap. It’s also important to use products that are scent-free, fragrance free and dye free.

3. Wear clothing that is soft, breathable and not too hot.

I like to put my baby in cotton clothing. I avoid thick sweaters or acrylic material. These materials can sometimes be too hot or rough against the skin. I also try not to dress my baby too warmly because that also aggravates her skin.

4. Uses laundry detergent that is scent free, fragrance free and dye free.

Don’t get me wrong, I love smell of scented laundry detergent. My favourite is the Downy scent, but since baby has really bad eczema, I use Tide Free. It’s free of any fragrance, scent or dyes so I know it’s safe for my daughter’s sensitive skin. I also have to lay off the fabric softener or use very little.

5. See your family Doctor if nothing is working.

Maybe baby has a food allergy. Maybe the baby just needs a prescription cream to help calm down the skin. See your doctor if you’ve tried everything and the skin doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

6. Try a natural remedy.

According to the National Eczema Association things already in your kitchen like sunflower oil and coconut oil can really help. Coconut oil may reduce the amount of staph bacteria on the skin which reduces the chance of infection. Make sure that it’s “virgin” or “cold pressed”. This means that chemicals were not used in its extraction which mean it’s better for the skin.

Here are some great resources for information on eczema:

Click here for information about eczema from the Eczema Association of Canada.

Click here for the latest information from the National Eczema Association

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Do you and/or your kids have eczema? What has helped you? I heart your comments.

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The 1 tip you need to keep your diaper bag organized

Have you ever been out with the baby and you forgot to bring something in the diaper bag? You may have forgotten a diaper, wipes, or extra clothes. Has the baby ever pooped up the back and you didn’t have any clothes while you were out? Perhaps, you have everything in your diaper bag, but you can never find what you’re looking for. You have to dig through the bag and everything you pull out is not the thing you were looking for. These are just some of the frustrations when our diaper bag is not organized.

I’ve had many years of diaper changing experience. Now that I have three kids, I like to have a really big diaper bag to fit everyone’s stuff. Even my 4 year old has accidents sometimes so I like to stuff her extra things in there as well. If you saw my previous post called “my favourite baby items” you’ll see my skip hop diaper bag there. Through trial and error, I have discovered this one tip that will help you keep your diaper bag organized.

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What’s the tip?

LARGE ZIPLOC FREEZER BAGS!!!!!

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I use them to keep all the items in my diaper bag organized.

  • I put all the diapers in one bag- this keeps them clean and all in one place so you’re not searching through you bag looking for them
  • I put all the extra clothes in one bag- again, this keeps them clean and easy to find
  • I put all the baby food in one bag- That way when you are reloading your diaper bag, you know exactly what needs to be replaced
  • don’t forget the baby wipes and change pad! – they don’t need a bag

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This one tip has made it easier to grab things from the diaper bag and keeps everything neat and in it’s place. You can also use the Ziplock bag for dirty/soiled clothes. Let’s say baby spat up or pooped on a bunch of clothes, you have a ziplock to put all the wet clothes so you don’t get your diaper bag dirty.

I also like to carry in my diaper bag a few extras:

  • nail cutter– so when you’re out with baby and you’re just hangin’ out somewhere, you can cut the baby’s nails
  • a couple of dark chocolates- let’s say you’re out shopping with baby and you’re blood sugar is low, pop one of these babies and you’re good to go. Or let’s say one of the kids are acting out or just need a distraction when you’re out shopping, give them a dark chocolate and they will be quiet for a few minutes.
  • lotion/moisturizer– my baby tends to have dry skin all over her body. It’s nice to bring some lotion when you’re on the go to help moisturize those dry spots.
  • hand sanitizer– sometimes when you’re out, there is no running water available, so the next best thing is hand sanitizer. Use it before and after diaper changes and before and after eating with the kids. My kids love the smell of hand sanitizer for some reason.

Try using Large Ziplock freezer bags to keep the items in your diaper bag organized. It’s helped me a lot! If you have an organizing trick, let me know about it in the comments sections!

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6 of my favorite baby items!

So you have baby no. 1. You and your spouse are thrilled and of course you only want the best for your baby, so you go out and you get the most expensive stroller and most expensive car seat the market has to offer. Then you have baby no. 2 and you realize, dang, we need another car seat, so you grab a Safety First car seat and perhaps a double stroller so that you can push around both baby no. 1 and no. 2. Then baby no. 3 comes along and you’re like, crap!!! Car seats expire!!! So you have to get all new car seats for all three babies! (We have every single kind of car seat in our van. We have the booster with back rest, we have the forward facing convertible 3 in 1 and we have a rear facing infant car seat.) And you perhaps grab another stroller because baby no. 1 and no. 2 made the first stroller all dirty and worn out. Lol! This was us.

What I’m trying to get at is after we had baby no. 3 we had to get a lot of new things firstly because things expired, secondly because things got old and worn out and thirdly because it’s just nice to have new stuff! I buy a mixture of cheap things and more expensive things. Sometimes you just can’t settle for something similar. When I try buying the inexpensive one, I end up wasting money because I go out and buy the one I originally wanted anyways. But I also believe that you don’t always need to spend a ton of cash to get things that work well.

Here is my list of 6 of my favorite baby items that I use daily! All of them I purchased online on Walmart or Amazon.

  1. My Skip Hop Duo Double Signature Diaper Bag
    1. it’s trendy
    2. spacious- enough to hold baby food, extra clothes, carrier and nursing cover
    3. you can carry it over the shoulder or cross body
    4. can easily be hung on a stroller with the easy to use clips
    5. lots of pockets on the front and the bottle holders on the side
    6. fits on a double stroller or a regular stroller
  2. My Bumbo Combo Floor Seat and Play TrayIMG_4917Why I love it?
    1. Baby loves it!
    2. Baby can stay there for a good 20 minutes so you can get stuff done
    3. Baby stays put!
    4. Can be used till after baby turns one
  3. Fisher Price Comfort Curve BouncerIMG_4938Why I love it?
    1. Good price point- Under $50
    2. Baby is super comfortable in it and takes long naps
    3. You can easily bounce the baby in it with your foot so you can watch baby and eat at the same time!
    4. Baby actually likes the toys!
  4. Evenflo Natural Fit CarrierIMG_4944Why I love it?
    1. Baby is comfy in it
    2. Baby feels secure
    3. I can carry baby in it for hours!
    4. Very good price point at less than $40!
    5. Easy to wash! Just put in washing machine
    6. Easy to stuff in a diaper bag
    7. Easy to put on by yourself!
    8. Easy to adjust the straps!
  5. Urbini Omni Travel SystemIMG_4932Why I love it?
    1. Light weight
    2. Easy to push with one hand
    3. Nice trendy look and I love the bright colour
    4. Easy to fold
    5. My baby grew out of the car seat quickly but the stroller works great. Make sure to oil the wheels!
    6. I easily added a cup holder/ pouch to the handle bar
  6. Evenflo Triumph Convertible Car SeatIMG_4943Why I love it?
    1. Baby is comfy in it
    2. Nice head support
    3. Straps are thick and don’t bunch up
    4. Easy to recline
    5. Nice price point at less than $150

If there’s a product that you think we should know about, post it in the comments section! Hope this helps!

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