My Favorite Baby Things

Going through 3 months with my little gal, I want to share some products and brands that I have tried and either loved, or not loved so much and have a need to promote it to all new moms, moms-to-be or veteran-moms out there! Keep in mind that I like efficient products, easy-to-use products and items that I believe promote healthy growth and development (that’s my physiotherapist side).

From swaddles, to baby wear, and car seat to strollers, here are some of the things I’ve discovered so far. There are also many more products that is on my wish list and am excited to try! What have you tried that’s been useful and effective? Leave me your suggestions! Continue reading

Week 13

This was another “crazy” week, but turned out with such great accomplishments! So I have given up the fact that I can master this parenting business (again)! Nothing ever seems stable, and a curve ball always seems to come my way! Parenting is like getting constant curve balls – anyone agree?!?!? But I’m pretty proud to say that Colette’s graduated to a 4 hour schedule! Here’s what happened this week and how we were able to achieve that!

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Week 12

“Uneventful” week as Colette continues to be in the midst of her possible Wonder Week. I’m getting more used to it, and just letting my mind settle by telling myself to relax and that maybe she’s just a short napper by default. Haha. ANYTHING to help me ease my mind and change my perspective that it’s okay that she’s having short naps. She did seem to ease back to her old self towards the end of the week. But I’m very careful to let myself be so hopeful (because I’m not good with handling disappointment haha). So we will see how it goes next week! At least seeing this cute face every few hours helps counter all my stress 😉 Continue reading

Week 11

OH MY GOSH. What a rough week! It seems like everything we’ve “gained” in progress just got tossed out the window. Naps are off, time to fall asleep takes longer. Short wake-ups or rustling in the middle of the night…I think in hindsight I was able to piece together that this was the start of a Wonder Week. The craziness took a toll on me as again, I wasn’t able to control nor “fix” the situation. But I was proud of myself that I didn’t tap out until a full week of chaos had reached. haha. It didn’t help that this week was super stressful as we were finishing more renovations on our secondary suite for our friends to move. If I’m mentally tired, everything else feels 100x harder! Continue reading

Week 9

It was Christmas week! It was ridiculously busy especially with both families are in town. We were out and about a LOT and Colette handled it well – I usually timed it so that we fed her right before heading out, so she could fall asleep in the car and hopefully stay asleep when we arrive at wherever we went. She slept in her carseat a lot this week when we were at our in-laws or just out and about at restaurants etc. Training her to be adaptable pays off 🙂

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Week 8

So my husband and I have chosen to live our lives with structured flexibility as we want to live beyond ourselves. And we are leading our little Colette in this way too- we want her to learn to be adaptable. This Christmas week was filled with situations to try. We had a few parties with a gathering of 30+ people, filled with tonnes of cute but loud kids as well. So imagine the noise with all these people, singing, kids that’s had lots of sugar and a joyful group of friends. Definately made me anxious as Colette’s never been in such a situation and I wasn’t sure how the noise and stimulation would affect her. But we knew these types of situations would be inevitable and they were important to us, so no better time than now to take the plunge!
So one time, the party was at a friends house, and the other was in our home. Both times Colette did not nap well – waking up 45 minutes into her nap. I wasn’t sure if it was the new environment (i.e. loud noise and stimulation of people), or just her having an “off” day as she has had a tendency for shorter naps in the past little while. Through these situations, I did have a revelation – “tomorrow is a new day”. For our Christmas party, our church community decided to actually celebrate the “spirit” of Christmas which is Jesus’ birth. So we held a Birthday party for Jesus. Throughout the night, I was stressing on having half my mind on hosting people and the other half thinking about what to do for Colette and how to help her. I remember when I was nursing her, I just thought to myself, you know what, this party is important to me and I want to be present! Yes I love my baby and want to help her, but if she’s having a bad day – she’s having a bad day, and tomorrow will be a new day and she will be OKAY. That really helped me let go of my worries and anxiety and attend the party with more peace in my heart.

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Week 5

Recapturing week 5! It was another what-is-going-on week. She started having these crying fits even when we were there with her (where she would normally settle). She seems a bit more gaseous than normal. My friend’s newborn mentioned his symptoms of dairy sensitivity which seem similar to Colette. So I did try cutting out dairy and baby seems to settle down. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m starting to take dairy out of my diet, started using gas drops or because we are giving her more time at home (not going out as much). Not sure if she just doesn’t do good on outings – seems to wake up earlier (maybe nap half the time vs when she is at home).

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