What I’m Packing in My Hospital Bag

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With about six weeks or less to go until baby boy number two is due to make his grand entrance-I figured it was about time that maybe I should have my hospital bag packed and ready-cause you never really know when baby will decide to come.

Considering this is my second, I learned the hard way the first time that I way over packed-but also forgot some things that this time I’m definitely going to be toting along.

I’ve broken the list down by two: my essentials for mama, and then what I packed for the baby.

Mama’s Bag

ErgoBaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow- $94.99 CDN available at Bed Bath and Beyond , Toys R Us or Best Buy

I really liked this pillow due to the firmness of it, which interestingly enough, is a lot of reasons why others don’t. In my experience from working children’s retail, one of the biggest complaints I’ve heard from customers is that they found breastfeeding pillows to either be too bulky, or that it was soft and comfy at first, but eventually their elbows started sinking into it, causing them to have to prop up with additional pillows. The ErgoBaby pillow is smaller then most, making it more compact, plus, it’s designed to keep baby’s head above their belly, which can assist in proper digestion, resulting in a less gassy, happier little babe.

 

 

The Honest Company Organic Body Oil ($12.99 CDN),  Sweet Orange Vanilla Shampoo/Body Wash in Costco size ($19.99 for two pump bottles), and Lavender Mint Organic Lip Balm ($10.99 for three)-available at Well.ca, Chapters/Indigo, Serenity Birth Studio and Buy Buy Baby

I love The Honest Company products. They’re gentle, natural, and lightly scented, and with the hospital being dry and arid, there’s no question what company I’d choose to help keep my lips and skin moisturized during labour and afterwards.  Plus, their shampoo and body wash is gentle enough to use for your first shower after birth-and if requested-for the nurses to use when baby has his first bath.

 

A comfy robe, slipper socks, nursing bra and organic cotton nursing pads of your choosing.

I’d suggest wearing most of this after birth. Birth can be a messy experience, so unless you have a robe or other clothing that you don’t mind ruining with blood and other bodily fluids, stick with the hospital issued stuff until you get a chance to shower and get comfy after labour. Hospitals can range from being over heated, to cold, so you want to be prepared, but also have loose, cozy stuff to wear while bonding with your new little one in the hospital room-and to look cute for the inevitable visitors.

 

Substance by Matter Company Nipple Cream-$13.99 CDN available at well.ca  and Liam and Lauren Baby and extra absorbent, extra long maxi pads-brand of your choosing.

I did not want a lanolin based nipple cream. I know people rave about the moisturizing benefits and the fact that its safe for baby to ingest-but if you look further into it, it’s actually really gross. Lanolin is a wax like substance secreted from the glands of wool bearing animals. Lanolin has to be purified with chemicals for use for human consumption and can legally contain 40 ppm of pesticides, and sheep are often sprayed directly with pesticides to prevent mites and pests. Like I said, it’s just plain gross. Substance Nipple Cream contains no lanolin whatsoever and is made from calendula, marshmallow root, plantain, witch hazel, olive oil and grapeseed oil-right here in Canada.  And well, the maxi pads-I think we all know why we’ll need those after birth.

Baby’s Bag

 

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Packing for baby is a lot more simple.

 

The Honest Company newborn size diapers ($16.99 CDN) and a pack of wipes ($7.99 CDN)-but you can choose whichever brand you’d like.

Most hospitals won’t provide you with diapers and wipes for that fresh little butt, so be sure to make sure to bring your own. I’d suggest a few extra too, as baby will likely urinate frequently and their first poo, meconium, can be pretty messy and sticky.

 

GoumiKids Jamms in Blue Forest Friends Pyjamas-$39.99 CDN available at Well.ca and Baby Land

I chose these for baby’s hospital outfit/coming home outfit not only because the organic cotton/bamboo blend is so unbelievably soft, but also because GoumiKids has integrated scratch mitts right onto the sleeper, as well as a bottom foot pouch, to make those first diaper changes super easy and convenient, and to keep germs off baby’s hands.  This company also sells adorable scratch mittens, booties and tiny little caps made of the same delicious bamboo/organic cotton blend that I definitely recommend you check out.

 

PEPPA Tino Organic Bonding Doll- $24.99 CDN available at Liam and Lauren Baby, well.ca and Smashing Baby

I love these cute little bunnies for newborns and older children (my three year old has decided his brother’s bunny is now his, so we may have to purchase a second). Filled with 100% antibacterial wool, these dolls are designed to help comfort your little one with familiar scents. Mom and Dad or any other caregiver can sleep with it, or some mom’s deposit a few drops of breast milk onto it, and the wool holds the scent, helping to encourage the bonding process, as well as prevent separation anxiety and can be used to help promote independent sleep when baby is ready. They’re non toxic and with no extra fluff, so they’re perfectly safe for snuggles and the occasional chew. They make really great gifts too.

 

Black Herringbone Bamboo Muslin Swaddle Blanket- $17.99 CDN available at Toys R Us, and well.ca

Canadian made and super soft, Lulujo Swaddles are so cuddly and perfect for baby’s first swaddle at the hospital. You generally are provided with a standard hospital blanket for your babe, but I’d also suggest bringing one from home. They can be used as nursing covers, swaddles, or to bundle baby up on that first car ride home. They also come in handy for spit ups.

 

What were your favourite things or must have’s for your hospital bag?

 

Yellow tote bag featured is courtesy of my best friend Amanda and Thirty-One-you can find her at here if you’re interested in purchasing any awesome Thirty-One products.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Must Have Items For Baby

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This is a sponsored post where I was given product in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Everyone has certain products they love, that they can’t seem to do without. Whether it be a specific shampoo, a certain foundation or the perfectly worn in hoodie you’ve had since high school-some items really are just must haves. It’s the same when you welcome a new baby into the family. Here is my list of my favourite 4 products that I think should make an appearance in any home with a babe under the age of 1.

 

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The DockATot Deluxe-$296.00 CDN and available at Well.ca , SnuggleBugz and Chapters/Indigo

The DockATot Deluxe is an awesome little tool to have around the house, or on the road with you, as it allows you to “dock” your 8 month and under infant in a safe and comfy spot where they’re able to rest, lounge, lay, cuddle, enjoy tummy time and even have diaper changes. They’re light weight and portable, making them really easy to take with you in your travels, which is what we plan to do come summer when we enjoy family camping trips. Meant for use on safe, stable and low to the ground surfaces, and not to be used in confined spaces such as cribs and bassinets, the DockATot is great if you intend to try co-sleeping, as it gives babe a safe place to sleep and helps prevent caregivers from rolling onto the child, or the child rolling off the bed.

Made with high quality and washable fabrics, I was impressed with the fact that it came with its own little tote bag (a separate travel bag can be purchased) and I’m excited to make use of it once baby boy number two makes his debut.

 

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Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock-$49.95 USD and only available in Canada from Binxy Baby or Amazon Canada

This is a product I’m really excited to use. With this being my second baby, I’m already nervous about taking both boys out grocery shopping, or shopping anywhere, on my own. My 3 year old is very active, and I’m not a huge fan of leaving infants in bucket car seats any longer then the necessary car ride, and I wasn’t really wanting to have to take my stroller shopping each time. Binxy Baby has solved that problem by creating a very user friendly, quick install shopping cart hammock that holds up to 50 lbs, has a built in seat belt, and has the capability of supporting a infant car seat safely as well. Plus, it sits above the cart, still giving you the ability to make full use of all the space below and rolls up to easily stash in your diaper bag or purse. This is going to be a life saver.

 

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Finn and Emma Modern and Organic Baby Clothes, Toys and Gifts-range of $$$-available at Amelie and Max, Chapters/Indigo ,Well.ca and WestCoast Kids

High quality kids clothes made from top notch, butter soft organic cotton, Finn and Emma makes dressing your kids easy and fun. With products ranging from infant and toddler PJ’s, crochet rattles, hats, bibs and beautiful wooden play yards and teethers, Finn and Emma turns out beautiful product.

I ordered the hat pictured above, as well as the matching footie pj’s and bandanna bib for the new babe, and would love to order more once he arrives, for both boys.

 

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Milestone Baby Cards- $26.96 per set CDN-  available at SnuggleBugz

Being a blogger/Instagram mom, these beautifully illustrated cards will help make photo taking and documenting baby’s achievements easy. With a card for the first few weeks, through to the first birthday, ones for firsts like smiles and steps, and blank ones you’re able to fill in on your own, you won’t miss a single thing. They also give you the option to fill in the dates each moment occurred, or leave it blank if you choose to use for more then one child.  Plus, they come in a great and cute little box, making for easy storage, and the ability to keep them for years to come.

 

What are some of your favourite baby related products? We’d love for you to let us know in the comments below!

My Top 3 Favourite Things For Pregnancy 


Now that we’ve hit the 30 week mark-we’ve got about ten weeks-or less-to go-until our sweet, new little man makes his debut.

Having had an “easy” pregnancy with Little, this one was a whole new ballgame for me. I’ve had nausea, vomiting, acid reflux and indigestion-pressure and aches and pains, varicose veins in not very pleasant places and restlessness. I feel like I’ve gained over 100 lbs-where as last I knew I haven’t even gained 25. Long and short, it’s been tough-even though I know it could be a lot worse.

Through it all, I’ve been doing a lot of research for natural remedies to some of the ailments I’ve been dealing with-as I’m generally anti medication unless absolutely necessary.

Ginger Capsules -besides being great for the obvious nausea-these little guys have calmed my burbling stomach and helped settle down the flaming reflux I’ve had almost nightly. I chose to just go with the inexpensive Equate brand from Wal Mart-and they’ve done the job for me. You can get higher dose varieties or go organic if you choose to-but if you can’t get your stomach to settle, I highly suggest you give ginger a try.

Earth Mama, Angel Baby- Mama-to-be Tea Sampler- My lovely friend Allison over at Serenity Birth Studio turned me on to these organic herbal teas-and my favourite very quickly became the Morning Wellness Tea. For at least the first 25 weeks I was waking up insanely nauseous to the point of not being able to eat-but sipping at a warm cup of this before putting anything else in always helped. They also have a Peaceful Mama tea that’s a big recommend for before bed, and a Third Trimester and Heartburn tea.


The Honest Company Organic Body Oil-Anyone who knows me, knows I love the Honest Company and their entire line of products-we use them through the whole house. But this, I was hesitant with. I wasn’t sure about an oil-it can take so long to soak in and be greasy. But after I finished my first jar of belly cream (which I very highly recommend too-Mummy Tummy by Baby and Eve), I thought I’d give it a go, as I’d always heard great things. Not only does it soak into your skin almost immediately, you need such a tiny amount, as it spreads really well. And no greasy aftermath left on your hands! It has a very subtle, pleasant scent and a really easy, mess free little pump bottle. So far, we are still stretch mark free-so I definitely recommend you try it out!

As tough as pregnancy can be-try your best to enjoy it! It goes by way too fast!

Living Healthy As A Family With RIPE Juicery

 

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As a family, eating healthy is super important to both my husband and I. From the get go with Little, we’ve always tried our best to focus on a wide variety of organic (mostly) fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low sugar snacks (with plenty of cheating on this one lol), cruelty free meats and free range eggs. Its important to know what you’re putting into your body and especially, knowing where your food is coming from. And it’s important to know how much your body, and your overall health, can truly benefit from clean eating.

 

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When RIPE Organic Cold Pressed Juicery opened up downtown in our little city, I’ll admit, I was super excited. Not only were owners Meghan and Lindsay super friendly and welcoming, but here was a easy, and enjoyable way to make sure we were getting more then enough of our fruits and vegetables in the forms of juices, salads, acai bowls, nut milks, smoothies, energy balls and elixirs. All made fresh in store, I might add.

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Most importantly, they had their RIPE Minis Line, geared especially for kids-in four super fun, and super delicious flavours. Little adored them the first time he had them, and from then on, I started getting daily queries of, “We go get a super juice, mama?” (In reference to the Super Hero Orange he loved so much.) or “I have a strong apple, mommy?” (Referring to the Hulk Apple Juice). With pleasant fruit tastes, and added kick of greens, these kids juices are divine.

Hulk Apple- one of our favourites, made with apple, kale and lemon.

Superhero Orange- our second favourite in the line up, made with orange, carrot and lemon.

Green Monster- Made with pineapple, spinach and lemon.

Pink Candy- made with pineapple, strawberries and beets.

 

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If juices aren’t your Little’s style, I definitely recommend you try one of RIPE’s smoothies. Made fresh for you with raw, organic ingredients, they’re creamy goodness in a cup. One of our favourites is the Strawberry Fields, so yummy and subtly sweet from the addition of dates, that even the smallest of mouths (my 1 year old niece in town for a visit) enjoy it.

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For an extra special treat on occasion, we add one of RIPE’s energy balls in with our smoothies or juice. Offered in a variety of scrumptious flavours, our go to has always been the peanut butter. Dense, a little bit gooey and chewy, we could probably eat about a dozen of these little morsels in one sitting-and they are definitely a must have treat to try for everyone, large and small.

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Make sure to stop in at RIPE in beautiful downtown Barrie. And I highly recommend you check them out online HERE– they also have local delivery available.

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Photos (and beautiful baby girl) courtesy of my wonderfully talented sister Kate.

An Easy and Fun Lunch for Valentine’s 


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to share a super easy, fun, and nutritious lunch that you and your little can make together to celebrate the day of love.

You will need the following:

  • Two slices of whole wheat bread. (We chose an ancient grains bread.)
  • A natural, organic peanut butter.
  • A organic, low sugar jam. (We used strawberry because the red worked well to make our heart-but any flavour will do)
  • A heart shaped cookie cutter.
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries or blueberries or another berry of your choice.
  • Butter knife easy for little hands to grip/use.
  • A spoon easy for little hands to grip/use.
  • Nutella

Step One


Take your cookie cutter and make a heart in the centre of one of your slices of bread.
Step Two



Spread peanut butter on whole piece of bread. A lot or a little, it’s totally up to you.
Step Three



Put your slice of bread with the heart cut out on top of your slice with peanut butter on it. Spoon jam into the heart shaped hole until filled.
Step Four, Five and Six (I had a little helper that was too excited to eat his creation then let me take pictures lol)



Slice up strawberries and whichever other berries you chose and place in separate bowl. We chose to add Nutella as a special dip for the fruit-but Greek yogurt or anything of your choice works too.

Serve with a cold glass of almond milk (Or drink of your choice).

Enjoy!

Simple, easy and fun to enjoy the season of love!

Some of My Favourite Newborn Essentials


With our new little man arriving in May-there’s not much I need since we got everything with baby number one. Besides a few newborn sized summer clothes (our first was a winter baby), there were a few things that I absolutely adored using when Little was brand new-and wanted to get special for this little guy.

Honest Newborn Diapers and Wipes-$16.99 for 34 diapers (available at Chapters/Indigo, and Bed, Bath and Beyond) or $166.99 for Well.ca’s newborn bundle of 306 diapers and 4 packs of wipes. $7.99 for individual packs of wipes. 


Babies in general, but especially newborns have sensitive, delicate skin that’s still adjusting to being outside the womb. Even with Little, at now 3 years old, I’m still very particular about what we put onto his skin, and try my best to only use all natural products. We had bad luck with both Huggies and Kirkland diapers in regards to rashes, and the synthetic fragrance and colouring of some types of Pampers never sat right with me. Honest diapers held up for us, never having issues with leaks or rashes, and their wipes are so thick and durable, you generally only need one for even the messiest poop explosions.

 

Carter’s Onsies-$18.00 for 5 pack short sleeve or 4 pack of long sleeve.


Inexpensive and durable, these onesies always fit my long, and slim Little the best, and after seeing our ultrasound pictures of our up and coming gentleman, we’re pretty sure he’s going to be built similar to his brother, so we’re going to stick with what worked best for us. These onesies come in a variety or prints, plain colours, or good old classic white, and hold up wash, after wash, after wash.

 

MAM newborn size pacifiers-$7.99 for a two pack (available at Babies R Us or WalMart


We’re a pacifier family. Little took one from birth, up until recently with no ill effects, and we intend on trying the use of one with our second. Not everyone is a fan, and that’s understandable-but for our family they worked great for soothing a fussy babe, reducing the risk of SIDS at night time and keeping babe calm during long car trips. With Little we had bought the Avent soothers, but they always looked so gigantic on his tiny little face. MAM specifically designs them to be properly shaped for the inside of baby’s mouth, but also so that the plastic outer piece doesn’t overwhelm their sweet little faces.

 

Lulujo  Bamboo Muslin Swaddle from their Modern Collection-$18.99 for one (available at Babies R Us)


We very unsuccessfully attempted to swaddle Little, until finally, when he was about two weeks old, we gave up-and to be honest, for him, he slept much better not swaddled. With this little guy, we definitely intend on trying to swaddle again and see how it goes. We love Aden and Anais bamboo swaddles as well, and have purchased a black and white set of theirs for the new baby-but Lulujo, at a better price point, and in my opinion, cuter range of prints, is a really great option too. Muslin swaddles also make great breastfeeding covers, tummy time blankets, stroller covers, or just a good, snuggle cuddle buddy.

What are some of your favourite items for newborn babe?

In the Kitchen with Kids


I think teaching kids to love food is one of the greatest gifts to give. Food is a part of everyday life, part of our culture. It brings families together for meals and chatter, it can comfort you on bad days, it can hold memories. We need it.


Since Little was, well, little 😜, I’ve been getting him in the kitchen with me. He helps me bake, helps me cook, helps me prep-and it’s time I love with him, I look forward to it, and he does too.


It’s not only great bonding time, but it can help develop fine motor  and basic math skills as well. One of the best purchases we made was the inexpensive plastic kids cutlery from IKEA. While we don’t use it for eating (I have a thing with plastics lol) they’re the perfect size to help encourage little hands to learn how to cut up produce, scoop and mix with spoons or spear things with a fork, and maybe just get a little messy for fun. 👍🏻💕  Also, helping to measure out ingredients can assist in number knowledge and early math skills.


In my opinion, it can also help picky eaters start to overcome their distastes by introducing new foods, or letting them experience known foods in a different way. When I cook with Little, he always asks to try-and unless it’s something I know that could make him ill, like raw meat, I allow him too. He’s tried anything from red onion and different kinds of olives, to baking soda and egg shells 😝🙃. But the great thing is, he tried it-and on his own accord. He’s generally the kid that will choose the fruit over the sweets at a birthday party, so I’ve never had any major concerns about his eating habits, but getting him involved in the process of making family meals has opened up a whole new world for him.

Try it next time dinner time rolls around or your making cupcakes for the school bake sale-you never know, you might be raising the next Gordon Ramsay (hopefully without the temper and language lol 😘)

Happy dining! 🍴🍽🍴🍽

The helper stool was made for Little from his super cool Uncle Aaron. The pink mat is from EZPZ.

Sun Care for Littles 


With the warm weather fast approaching we’re spending more and more time outside-at the beach, at the park, camping, out for bike rides, you name it. The sunshine is infectious and a sight for sore eyes after a long winter-but if you’re not careful,it’ll burn you-bad. Even with hats and proper clothing, you still need to have a great sunscreen on to help protect your skin and the skin of your little.

Like anything, when you first try a sunscreen on a little 6 months or older, do a test patch to make sure they don’t react to it, before you liberally apply it all over.

Children 6 months and younger are not recommended to use sunscreen due quite simply to the fact that an adult and a baby’s skin are different. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, a infant’s skin is not only thinner then an adult’s, but also lacks a working acid mantle, which is the film on your skin surface that helps protect against bacteria, viruses and water loss. Because of these two things, a small baby is more likely to absorb the dangerous chemicals in a lot of the generic, unnatural sunscreens. And well, we all know tiny babes love to get whatever body part they can into their mouths, and the ingredients in any sunscreen are not meant to be ingested. This is why before 6 months it’s best to try and keep little out of direct sunlight and dress them in appropriate clothing to protect them from the sun.

No matter what age your little is, I highly recommend you try to go as natural as possible when it comes to sunscreen. A lot of generic sunscreens are laden down with chemicals, and may do their job protecting you from the sun, but could potentially cause other health concerns. Sunscreens made from physical and mineral agents like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are going to be a lot less likely to irritate a little’s skin then the chemical sunscreens. Also, it’s strongly recommended to avoid spray sunscreen for use on children. The potential of a squirmy little inhaling it as they’re being lathered is dangerous, but if it’s your only option, spray it onto your hands first before applying it to the body. The same is recommended with adults using spray on sunscreen.

Check out Healthy Child, Healthy World for a great list (it is American) of the top sunscreens to avoid for children, and some chemical ingredients to watch out for when purchasing sunscreen. 


Here is a list of some of my favourite, little safe sunscreens:

  • Substance by Matter Company Sun Cream-$18.95 CDN for 6 oz.  This is the sunscreen we use personally for our family, and I love it. It’s thick and spreads really well, a whole bottle will last you roughly the season, even with applying it daily. We use the scented (natural scent, no synthetic perfumes), but they do have an unscented version as well. It’s made in Toronto and is as natural as they come. Because of the high zinc content, try your best to apply it before getting yourself or little dressed to avoid the white smudgies-which do easily wash out if unavoidable. Find it at Well.caLiam and Lauren Baby and SnuggleBugz.
  • Badger Balm Sunscreen Cream-$21.99-$23.49 CDN for 87 ml. Another one of the top rated sunscreens for children, this one is available in a variety of different natural scents. It, like Substance, is also available in stick format, which can be easier to apply to little faces. Available at Well.ca and Parenting by Nature.

A really great, comprehensive site to check out is EWG’s Guide to Sunscreen. It’s an extensive, well researched and credible list and ratings of most major brands of sunscreen and which ones are top for protection and safety. 

Have fun in the sun! ☀️☀️☀️

Travel Essentials 


Traveling alone can be tough enough trying to figure out what to pack, how much to pack etc etc. Throw a little into the mix, and it can make it that much more of a stressful situation. Here are some handy products that are compact, easy to tote, and can help make travel with littles a bit easier.


Phil and Ted’s Lobster Seat-$79.99 CDN

This portable high chair folds completely flat, comes with its own plastic tray so you know little is eating from a clean surface, and holds up to 37 lbs of weight. Super easy to use, it clamps safely onto most table or kitchen island edges, and also comes with its ow. Storage bag, making traveling with it that much easier. Available at Liam and Lauren BabyBabies R Us CanadaSnuggleBugz, and Well.ca


Gro Anywhere Blind from The Gro Company-$64.95 CDN 

This portable black out blind hangs by using the provided suction cups and fits most standard size windows. It’s a life saver if you have a little that needs complete darkness to sleep, and is lightweight and comes with its own travel bag, making it super easy to pack. Available at SnuggleBugzWell.ca and Liam and Lauren Baby.


EzPz Mini Mat-$27.95 CDN

The smaller version of the EzPz Happy Mat, these little dishes suction to any tabletop and standard sized high chair tray, making feeding time a little bit less messy. Plus, the rinse clean easily, and their small size makes them a breeze to pack into a diaper bag or picnic basket. Available at Liam and Lauren BabyWest Coast KidsSnuggleBugz and Well.ca


Boon Spout-$13.95 for a 3 pack CDN

These stretchy, adaptable, soft spouted silicone sippy lids are the handiest thing ever. They fit on any standard sized cup top, forming a tight, 95% leak proof seal that makes dining out with littles a tad bit more of an enjoyable experience. Also available in green, blue and orange, or a straw version, they wash up simply and are tiny enough to store in a diaper bag. Available at Well.caSnuggleBugzBabies R Us Canada or Liam and Lauren Baby


BenBat Travel Friends-$24.95 for 0-12mths, $29.95 for 1-4 years CDN

These head support pillows are meant for use in car seats and strollers, and provide excellent head and neck support for those long car rides when little is likely to fall asleep. They also help prevent flat head for newborns, and come highly recommended by a lot of physiotherapists.  Available at WalMart.caSnuggleBugzLiam and Lauren Babyand Safety Superstore.


Aden and Anais Silky Soft Classic Sleep Sack- $44.95 CDN

Made from incredibly soft bamboo muslin, these sleep sacks work as wearable blankets, so they save you from having to pack bulky blankets. They also make for a safer sleeping environment for little. Available at West Coast KidsSnuggleBugzIndigo and Well.ca


Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light-$299.99 CDN

Weighing only 13lbs and incredibly simple to fold up and set up, this travel cot is easy to stow in the trunk, or check with your luggage. With a super soft mattress and washable textiles, it’s a much lighter choice then some of the other pack n’ plays on the market. Available at Well.ca and SnuggleBugz.  Another great option is the Phil and Ted’s Traveller for $199.99 CDN. It weighs 7lbs, but is a bit more monotonous to put together.


Other handy things to stash in the car for road trips, or in bags for any kind of travel would be Colibri Wet Bags for keeping dirty clothes or other yuckies away from the clean stuff,  the Gro Hush for portable white noise that only little hears, or  Love Child Organics food pouches for easy, on the go meals. And to keep little hands busy, try June Bug’s Colouring Wallet.

Safe travels! ✈️🚂🚗🚙

Fed Is Best


This is more of a personal post, if anything. But I want the other moms who struggle like I did to know its ok, you’re not alone. The debate between bottle or breast is a real one-and I whole heartedly promote and feel that breast feeding your child is the best choice. But sometimes things just don’t work out the way they should-and well, I wanted to share my struggle in hopes that if I can make one other mom out there feel better about themselves, then I’ve made a difference.

When I was pregnant with Little, I was bound and determined-when he popped out, he was going to be a breastfed baby. My mom had breastfed my siblings and I, my sisters have breastfed their children-why wouldn’t I choose to do the same for mine?

I didn’t know how real the struggle was going to be.  Not only did I receive very little breastfeeding support during my hospital stay- Little’s birth was unexpectedly quick, and as a result, we had a few minor issues with his sugar levels being too low and him getting the “trembles”, and his poor teeny heels being pricked for blood work every hour. Because he needed to get his levels up, he ended up being supplemented with formula.

Despite being tongue tied, he latched on to my breast quite quickly and easily, and we began trying to schedule feedings before we left the hospital, to what seemed like great success. When we got home, he’d feed on each side for extended periods of time, and then fall asleep, and we slowly started to fall into a routine.

But then I began noticing the times between feedings grew shorter and shorter, until I felt like I was constantly breastfeeding at all hours. He began not wanting to latch, until one evening, when he was a few days old, he just became inconsolable. He was refusing to latch, but was rooting feverishly, and just seemed panicked. It was fairly clear he was hungry, but was adamantly not wanting to latch, when before he’d been such a champ at it. We had been given premixed samples of formula from a friend of mine, and when we’d exhausted every other option we could think of to console him, we tried that-and well, he very quickly gulped down two full vials of it.

My heart broke right then. I thought that breastfeeding had been going so well, but in fact, my milk had not come in. He had been getting next to nothing from me, when I thought I’d been feeding him adequately.

We scheduled an appointment with a lactation consultant and tried several suggestions she had to get my milk to come in, to no avail. I tried pumping, but would end up with a half an ounce after pumping both sides for half an hour or more. I began taking Fenugreek with no luck. We read books, I researched myself silly online of possible solutions until each time it came to feeding, not only was Little wailing and in tears, but so was I. It just wasn’t working.

I felt like I had failed as a mom. How could I not be able to feed my child?

That’s when I realized that fed is best. It doesn’t matter how he was fed, just as long as he was. It didn’t matter how he was growing and developing, just that he was. I found support online and in person from other moms that had felt like I had-and I slowly began to realize I hadn’t failed as a mother. I was still caring for my child, loving my child, nourishing my child. It just wasn’t necessarily the way I had planned.

Motherhood is the hardest job in the world-it truly is. And as mothers I feel we need to lift each other up, support and encourage each other instead of judging one another just because we may not feel their choice is best. We all have our struggles, each and every one of us.

If you are a struggling mama, whether with feeding or anything else-I highly recommend you check out Similac’s Sisterhood of the Mommyhood. It’s an awesome support site where you can connect with other moms, and as they say “get encouragement, not judgement. A place to nourish each other, like we nourish our children.” When you’re there, be sure to watch their #EndMommyWars film as well.

Because as Ellen always says, “be kind to one another.”

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