Must have baby items

Ok so I have decided to show you all my favourite baby products. All of these products have had a huge impact on my life and Addis first 6 months! I’m going to go over what has worked for us and also what hasn’t worked. Every baby is so different as I found out very quickly so don’t feel discouraged if your baby doesn’t seem to like what you bought for them.

Car seat: We decided to go with the peg perego primo viaggio 4-35. After hours of research I loved how many safety features it has. I also love that it grows with your baby with the 3 step system. No need for neck pillow when they are first born. At first Addi absolutely hated getting buckled in, but she soon learnt this was a part of life and she didn’t have a choice. It seems to be comfortable for her and we are soon going to be looking into upgrading her to a convertible car seat. I’ll have to do a bit more research but I know peg perego makes a nice convertible one.

Stroller: The first stroller that I had purchased for Addi was the bugaboo chameleon. At first I loved it for its sleek design and lightweight. But soon after Addi had arrived I noticed that it was NOT sturdy at all! There was barely any cargo space underneath. I couldn’t even fit the diaper bag and a winter jacket at the same time. I decided to get the mommy hook to hang on it so if I was shopping I could hang my bags off of it. This was a huge mistake as it would actually tip the stroller with Addis car seat on top. To fold the stroller up you actually need to take the seat off so this was a huge pain! So needless to say I sold it and had to get a new one. The new stroller that I picked up is the city select baby jogger. This stroller is AMAZING. The best part is that it is very sturdy and I feel like Addi is so safe in it! There is so much room at the bottom I can fit the diaper bag, shopping bags and two winter coats!!! You can also hang stuff off of it with no problem. This stroller turns into a double stroller just with an extra seat you can purchase so this is perfect for when we want to grown our family again! It’s so easy to fold with the seats attached. I would recommend this stroller to anyone and everyone!

The Halo bassinest: a life saver for the first 6 months. It sits right beside your bed and you can swing it right over your bed! It makes it so easy for those late night feedings. As a new first time mom you pretty much don’t sleep unless you can hear your baby breathing right beside you so this bassinet made that a breeze. This is definitely a necessity for any new mom.

The snuggle me organic: originally I had my mind set on getting a doc-a-tot but I soon realized that you cannot order one to Canada. So back to the drawing board I had to research other options. I came across the snuggle me organic and fell in love! I haven’t had a doc-a-tot but i actually think the snuggle me is better as it hugs your babies body. It helps to sooth them in the beginning as they think they are being held. This helps so much when I needed to put her down when she was napping and I knew she would be safe and not be able to roll at all. She actually is still sleeping in it right now as she’s so used to it. I think I’m going to have to get the toddles size in the near future! Definitely would recommend this!

MY HEART little nugget

Breast pump: I had purchased the medela double electric breast pump, I tried so many times to use it but would only be able to get 1 ounce at the most! For some reason it just didn’t work for me. I actually saw Jillian Harris post about the Haakaa and decided to give it a go. It was $35 on amazon so I figured if it didn’t work it wouldnt be a big deal. The Haakaa is a silicone hand pump that you suction onto the opposite boob of the one you’re feeding with. This thing was a life saver!!! The first time I used it I got 3 oz from the opposite boob and it did not hurt at all! I am very impressed with it and would for sure recommend. It’s so small so you can bring it in your diaper bag or purse for when you’re out.

Swing: I always see moms with the 4moms momaroo and I just assumed Addi would love it! So I splurged on it as it’s modern and doesn’t take up as much space as a normal swing. Unfortunately it could never calm her or keep her asleep. So another thing I had to sell. Luckily my friend from works son had just turned one and she was able to lend me her fisher price swing. She swore by it for both of her kids, so I figured I’d give it a go! It worked like a charm! The first time I put Addi into it she fell asleep right away and took a 2 hour nap, which was unheard of in our house!

Skip hop activity centre: Addi received the skip hop activity centre from her grandparents as part of her Christmas gift. She has loved it since day one! There’s so much for her to look at and play with. We put her into it a bit earlier than recommended but with a blanket behind her she loved it! It’s perfect because it actually turns into a table later on and you can purchase little matching chairs to go with it. I definitely see them in our future! Perfect for her own table to colour/have a snack on, or just do what she wants to do with it!

The jolly jumper: this is a must have, it keeps her entertained for a good half an hour just listening to music and jumping. I am usually able to cleanup the dishes and sometimes get in some vacuuming while she jumps and does her own thing.

Diapers: The only diapers I have used on Addi since day one are pampers pure. I have pretty sensitive skin so I know how it feels when you have a rash and never wanted Addi to have that especially as a newborn! These diapers have exceeded my expectation. She is now almost 7 months and hasn’t had a sign of diaper rash yet! To top it off they have the cutest designs on them! We will soon be starting size 3 and I can’t wait to see the new designs!

Swaddle blankets: I know you’re supposed to use muslim cotton swaddles as they are breathable and reduce the risk of suffocation. Unfortunately I have a million and one and Addi hates them and would never stay swaddled. I came across swaddles from copper pearl and they have been a life saver!! They are SO SOFT and have the cutest patters you could ever imagine. They even have adorable patters for you boy mamas. Addi has slept swaddled in these since her first week and still does! She’s one of those that needs to be swaddled at all times or else she will not sleep a wink. So thank you copper pearl!

Baby wearing: the last thing I want to share with you is baby carriers! I was gifted the baby k’tan from my aunt at my baby shower! This was a life saver in the early days when Addi wouldn’t nap unless she was touching me. As much as I love snuggling her, sometime I need to get things done. This wrap allowed us to have the best of both worlds. I could snuggle her and she could sleep touching me all while I would be cleaning or out for a walk Or whatever I had to do. Later on I bought the ergo baby carrier as she is able to face out with this one and we were going to Mexico and needed something that we could wear for a long time. This carrier is so amazing as it has a back support strap so your back doesn’t get sore while baby wearing! I would for sure recommend both of these!

These are just a few of the things that did and didn’t work for us as new parents! Hope this helps you new mamas (and dads) out ♥️♥️

Thanks for reading,

XO Natasha

The Birth of Addison Marie

8am I know every women’s birth story is very different… So here’s mine haha. We had just recently moved in to our newly built house. So since I was off for one month before Addison’s birth I had people coming and going almost every day fixing minor details and finishing things. On this day there just so happened to be the duct guy here as our fans were not working in the bathrooms. He had just left around 830 and I was sitting on the couch with Teddy looking out the window. I was just about to head upstairs to go get ready to go mall walking as almost every overdue soon to be mama does. And then all of a sudden I heard a loud POP and felt like I peed myself, I felt a jolt of electricity in my pelvic area!

It happened… My water had broke just like in the movies. Everyone who I had talked to told me that they never experience their water breaking before the doctors having to do it for them. I called Eric in a panic. He was kind of annoyed that I called him because he JUST got to work. I would call him all the time in the last month of pregnancy because I was bored and just wanted to talk haha. Once he realized what happened he got right back in the car and was on his way to come pick me up. I was a mess rushing around the house trying to figure out everything that we needed to bring to the hospital even though the hospital bags were packed weeks before.

10am We just arrived at the hospital and Eric drop me off at the door and he went to park. I rushed upstairs to the second floor and went to the desk where you get admitted. They quickly checked to see how dilated I was which was 1 cm. They told us to go walk the halls for three hours and come back and hopefully they will have a room for us. We got to know Saint Boniface Hospital quite well in those three hours as it is very small and we had a lot of time on our hands. We went back to the desk and they check me again and this time I was 3 cm dilated so this was progress. They still didnt have a room for us so they sent us to walk for another three hours. We were extremely bored and tired of walking the halls I think we went past every room and every ward we could get into. We headed back to the desk and of course still no room I was still 3 cm dilated at this point so we were sent on another walk.

830pm YAY! We had a room! Since I was still 3 cm dilated and they had induced me around 9 PM. I remember thinking to myself is this it? Is this labour? Since I wasn’t feeling any pain or contractions at this point. The nurse kept telling me you will know when its go time. I went into this knowing I wanted the epidural as I am a baby and have a horrible pain tolerance. I kept asking the nurse when should I get the epidural. She would tell me that I would know when/if I needed it. So in the meantime we watched movies on the small tube TV with a VHS player. All the movies were at the end of the tape, so we basically watched them backwards first while they rewinded then watched them all over again with sound…. thanks to everyone for not rewinding them when they were done haha.

3am We were for sure movied out 6 hours later… The Dr came into check me and still 3cm dilated! The nurse kept telling me I should try to get in some sleep while I could but how are you supposed to sleep when you know you’re going to meet you baby anytime!!! By this time I was in quite a bit of pain and asked for the epidural. The anesthesiologist had come by earlier to explain the process to me so when I was ready he could do it quickly. He was just doing one other mamas and then it was my turn! I was so excited for this as any mom knows, contractions are NO JOKE!! Unfortunately it took the anesthesiologist 4 times to attempt to get it into the right spot as I’m trying to stay still during contractions but also hunched over squishing my baby. Finally it was in and I thought we were good to go. 1 hour had passed and I was in even more pain than before. The anesthesiologist came back to try again, another 4 attempts and he thinks he got it this time.

6am I was in excruciating pain at this point still 3cm dilated. Before getting induced I thought it meant this baby was going to be here very soon, I was very wrong haha. The anesthesiologist didn’t get it the second time either. Did I mention he was in training? I had to wait an hour but then the attending anesthesiologist did my epidural for the third time. She was AMAZING! It took her about 5 minutes and it started working instantly. The amount of pain I was in in that hour is indescribable. I asked the nurse to check to see if I dilated any more as it was so much pain. She checked and said you’re never going to believe this but you’re 10cm! so within that hour I had gone from 3cm to 10cm! ITS BABY TIME! She ran to get the Dr. and with 20 minutes of pushing Addison was born at 8:04am. The most amazing moment in my life as we welcomed our baby girl into this world. All 9 pounds 2 ounces of pure love.

one hour old