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.

 

 

Foods for Labour and Delivery

Try thinking of labour and delivery as along marathon that you want to fuel your body for. You want to make sure you give your body the food it needs to substance itself for hours. When a women is in labour, her uterus is the largest and hardest working muscle in your body. When it comes to food choices bland but sustaining is a good place to start, it’ll give you a good low release energy kick. Choose foods that go down easy, as well as offer the energy boost you’ll need for those more-challenging delivery moments. Try focusing on High dietary protein, high fibre but low in sugars.

After some research on the type of foods I should be fuelling my body with to help my body to perform well, I found some get muffin recipes that freeze well so they’re easy to have on hand.

Fuel to Go Muffins
INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups multi grain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raisins/dried cranberries/dried blueberries (or any kind of dried fruit (figs,apricots etc) about 1 ½ to 2 cups total
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 apple shredded
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cups olive oil (can also use vegetable oil)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS fuel-to-go

  • Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add dried fruit, coconut, seeds,raisins, crushed pineapple, apple and carrots. Stir to combine.
  • In separate bowl whisk eggs with oil and vanilla.
  • Combine this mixture with dry ingredients and blend well. This will be very thick.
  • Fill 12 cupcake baking cups heaping full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes

 

Morning Glory Muffins (Carrot, Raisin, Coconut and Pineapple)
INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour ( I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 1/4 cups of all- purpose)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (including juices)
  • 1½ cups shredded carrots (2-3 medium)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup walnuts (or pecans)

INSTRUCTIONS morning-glory

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cups.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together oil, eggs, and pineapple (including pineapple can juices). Stir egg mixture into the flour mixture, just until combined.
  • Stir in the carrot, raisins, coconut, and walnuts. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

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.