Baby Product Review

My favourite and not so favourite products

Swaddle Up by Love to Dream – Stage 1 (0-4 Months)
Product is said to replicate your baby’s behavior in the womb, allowing the natural arms up position and movement of their hands to the mouth to truly self-soothe.

Hope of Hype? …. Neither
I had so much hope for this product before I tried it. It didn’t work as well as it clamed, at least not for my baby. I think that it is worth a try for anyone that has problems with regular swaddles. I should suggest starting with it as soon as baby is born for best results. Retails at $36 and even if it didn’t work better for us, I do think its worth a try for the price.

Live Clean Baby Products

Product is said to be eco-friendly and delivers exceptional results using plant and natural based ingredients, efficacious and a pleasure to use.

Hope or Hype? I give this product HOPE!
I have used Live clean on my baby since the beginning and I really don’t like using anything else. It works as well as any other product but it is gentler on her baby skin. The scents are amazing and I can feel good about picking a product that is better for the environment. Best yet, it isn’t an expensive product and it is easy to find at most major retailers e.g. Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Safeway and London Drugs.


Swaddler by Miracle Blanket

Product claims to help baby sleep better than you ever imagined and makes it easy to get the perfect swaddle every time, even in the dark!

Hope of Hype? I give this product HYPE
While this product did achieve some of what is claims (Prevents Facial Scratches and makes baby feel warm and secure) it left me wanting more. Even in a tight swaddle my baby was able to escape and wasn’t user friendly for everyone (my husband). At $30+gst I suggest skipping this product.

 

City Select – Baby Jogger Stroller

Product claims it could be the only stroller you’ll ever need. The most versatile stroller on the market today, the City Select was designed to keep your family rolling as it grows from one child to two… or even three.

Hope or Hype? I give this product HOPE
I love my City Select stroller. It folds simply and compactly; it really is as easy as it sounds. The stroller is lightweight so it is easy to lift into the back of the car. The wheels are smooth and swivel with ease. This company makes stroller attachments for most popular cars seat brands, which makes for convent use of your stroller and infant car seat together. Only downside is the price at $750+gst plus $50+gst for the car seat adaptor.

 

Laundry Detergent and Oxy Boost – Honest Company
Product is said to have only naturally-derived ingredients as well as be hypoallergenic, effective in all temperatures, color-safe and septic safe.

Hope or Hype? I give this product HOPE
I really like the honest company brand laundry products. I have found the products to be effective on breaking down organic stains while still being gentle on the clothing. These products are mild and we have had no reactions on my baby’s skin.

 

 

Whats in my Hospital Bag?

Since my plan is to give birth at a birth centre instead of a hospital some of the items in my hospital bag aren’t allowing in most hospital. ** Indicates the items that you would need to check on before using in traditional birth settings.

  • 2 pairs of warm, nonskid socks that can get ruined
  • A warm robe or nighty you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause ( I have a labour and delivery robe from Pink Blush)
  • Maternity bras or  bra with no underwire and nursing pads
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries and personal items (hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup, shampoo, conditioner , Hair ties and lotion)
  • Inspirational or calming music **
  • Camera and camera charger
  • Cellphone and Cellphone charger
  • Comfortable going home clothes
  • Birth plan (3 copies)
  • Maternity underwear (or comfortable underwear) and heavy overnight pads
  • Diffuser and essential oils **
  • Snacks ** ( high protein/ high fibre and low in sugar) I made a couple different healthy muffins recipes and have them stored in the freezer
  • Coconut water**
  • Ener-c Packs **
  • Cooler and Ice packs for bring home my Placenta (I plan to do encapsulation)

Depending on if you have a midwife or an OBGYN the hospital bag list my differ, however, most of the top point are pretty standard for either health practitioner and either birth place.

What’s in Baby’s Hospital Bag ?

Since you never know how long you will be away from home and at your birth location its good to be prepared. If you are giving birth at the hospital there are somethings that they will provide for the new baby that you don’t get at alternative birth locations (like birth centres). This list is everything I wanted to pack and/or what my midwives suggested for either a hospital or birth center birth.

  • 2- 3 sleepers (you ever know what feeding or changing mishaps may arise)
  • Baby blanket (s)
  • Receiving blanket
  • Disposable Diapers (save the cloth diapers for when you are back at home)
  • Wipes
  • Coconut Oil (helps to prevent the sticking of meconium to the infants bottom)
  • Booties or socks
  • Hat
  • Going home outfit
  • Infant car seat
  • Jacket or Snowsuit (if its that time of the year)

If you are at the hospital, especially for an extended period of time, they will provide disposable diapers and formula for the baby.

As a mom-to-be I want to pack everything I might possibly need, try to resist, don’t over park the baby bag. Make sure you have appropriate items for the weather and a safe car seat, you will do fine.