Now that my toddler is a 1 year-old, we’re more keen to snacking on-the-go instead of stopping to nurse whenever he gets a little hungry. I used recycled baby food jars and other small containers for awhile, until I realized that this wasn’t doing anything for his independence, and he let that be known. When I’d give him a puff or garbanzo bean, he would toss it until he could grab one by himself. Many times, this resulted in him grabbing handfuls out of whatever receptacle I was using and trying to stuff them all in his mouth at once.
Then, a fateful Babies ‘R’ Us trip changed our lives…or so I thought. I stumbled upon Munchkin’s [...]
In my shopping for a baby carrier, I knew it had to meet my standards for style and healthy positioning of my baby’s legs to avoid hip dysplasia. I ultimately decided on a BabyHawk Mei Tai carrier, but when it arrived, my hubby was less than impressed. So we immediately set out to find one that he would also enjoy using. That lead us to the Infantino Fusion carrier. This is a more modern working of a baby carrier, similar in scope to an Ergobaby that everyone on every other mommy message board seems to love, BUT, a much better value for our budget. Clocking in at only $39.99, this carrier is one of the better valued pieces of baby equipment we’ve found and we receive lots of [...]
Honestly, one of my favorite things to do is wear my baby. Not only does it allow me to have him close to me, for both of our comfort these days, it also allows me to get other things done around the house.
Before I invested in a carrier, I did some research to find out what the best positions were for RJ as he grew and there is a lot to read out there about which ones are best to prevent hip dysplasia and support an infant’s neck and trunk. I’m no doctor, so I won’t pretend like I can rehash the science of it all. You can check it out for yourself here.
The main factors I considered when choosing my carrier were support for RJ, value over time (would it grow with [...]
Hey mamas, I am happy to announce that RJ and I had our first mommy date last week and had a blast.
We’ve been out of the house to run errands and go to doctors appointments, but this was our first time hanging with another mama, Grace and her beautiful baby, “A.” If you have never visited Holmby Park in Beverly Hills, (I hadn’t until meeting up with Grace), this is definitely one to add to your regular LA park rotation. Grace and I used to work together and were pregnant at the same time.
And a sidenote, my lovely friend Grace can be seen in the now famous “crying baby hold” video. Yup, that’s her yummy little “A” featured at the beginning of the video. And yes, this [...]
As a first time mother the idea of breast-feeding was a great unknown for me. I knew that I wanted to breastfeed, but I was unsure of what the concept of breastfeeding and pumping milk was about. Through research online I found that my insurance company covered the purchase of a breast pump. Having zero clue on what to choose as my pump, I began to research Google. I found that Medela was a highly recommended pump, by both mothers and health care providers. The Medela pump that I chose was the Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump.
I have to say I highly recommend this breast pump. The pump itself is small and comes in a black carry pouch with a Velcro lid and a handle for easy [...]
For some reason I really had a difficult time trying to figure out the best option for babyproofing the doors in our home. Once my son started walking I knew that I had to find some door locks to prevent him from entering rooms or areas where he could get into things that I don’t want him to. We have a new home that has lever door handles and there really aren’t many options for this type of door hardware.
I first decided to try the Door Monkey Door Lock and Pinch Guard. This product is quite a bit more expensive than the other alternatives available and had over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, so I thought I’d give it a try. To my surprise, I found that this item was rather flimsy, [...]