Peace of Mind – Oma Sense

Peace of Mind – Oma Sense

This post contains sponsored content from Levana.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but as a mom, I feel like I am constantly worrying about my kids.  I know I shouldn’t worry as much as I do, and I know there is so much we don’t control in life – but I think it’s just second nature as a parent.  I have been especially aware of this with Nora being born eight weeks early, at 32 weeks gestation (you can read her birth story here if you’re interested in more about that journey).

Anyway, having already gone through the newborn stage three times, I really thought I was prepared for anything, but having a preemie opened up a whole new world of concern for my little one.  The constant monitoring while she was in the NICU, although a little overwhelming, was also such a comfort. I have to admit, I was nervous when we brought her home and suddenly the responsibility of her health and safety was entirely in our hands.

With that in mind, I  was really excited to receive the Levana Oma Sense Movement Monitor with Wake-Up Technology to try out with Nora.  Safe sleep is so important for all newborns, and even more-so for preemies who often struggle with learning to regulate their breathing in those early weeks.  The idea of having a device in my own home that would safely monitor Nora’s movement while sleeping was a huge relief to me.

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So – what do I love about this monitor?  The monitor itself is designed for new babies, 0-6 months in age.  It is compact, lightweight, and cordless.  Additionally, the one-handed clip mechanism is easy to use and comfortable for baby, and also doesn’t need to be in direct contact with your infant’s skin in order to work effectively.  A simple on button activates the monitor, and an easy to understand light and alerting system keeps you notified of your baby’s movements. The best part is, if no movement is detected for 15 seconds, the monitor will first attempt to wake your baby with sound and vibrations; if regular movement has not been re-established after 5 seconds, an emergency alarm notifies you as the parents that your baby needs attention immediately.

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I have been using the Oma Sense Movement  Monitor with Nora for several days now, and I am really impressed.  Because it is so lightweight, it never interferes with Nora’s ability to sleep (note: babies need to sleep on their backs for the Oma Sense to work because it needs to be clipped to your baby’s onesie overtop of his/her stomach).  I also accidentally left the monitor on after removing it from Nora’s sleeper the other day, and within 15 seconds, it started to buzz and beep. When I didn’t react within that 15 seconds, a high-pitched alarm sounded as the monitor obviously sensed no movement (because it wasn’t attached to Nora) – so it definitely works, and would absolutely wake me up if it were to go off in the middle of the night when Jeff and I were sleeping.

I also love the fact that Levana is a Canadian company, and that I am able to support a local Canadian business by promoting the Oma Sense to other parents who are looking for something like this for their little one.  And best of all, the Oma Sense Movement Monitor really does give me that added peace of mind when it comes to Nora’s safety while she sleeps – which definitely helps me to sleep better at night as well!

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I recently did a “Favourite Baby Products” post which you can read here if you haven’t already, and honestly, I wish I had been using the Oma Sense when I wrote that post because I would definitely have included it on my list!  So, if you find yourself looking for an easy to use sleep monitor for your preemie or newborn baby, definitely check out the Levana Oma Sense Movement Monitor.  If you have a minute, I would also love to know what products give you peace of mind as a parent!?

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Favourite Things for Baby

Favourite Things for Baby
This post contains sponsored content from DockATot and Oribel.

Four babies in and I have to admit, I continue to be amazed by the clever and useful products that are available to make life easier for mamas and their babes.  I remember when I was pregnant with Isla, I wanted to buy ALL THE THINGS immediately, without having a clue what I would actually find the most useful.

Then, with our second baby, Ben, we lived in an apartment in China so there was a lot we chose to do without – not because we couldn’t find it, but because we just realized there was a lot we didn’t need, and space was limited.

As a result, I feel like I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum when it comes to products that I really and truly think are essential, and definitely make life easier for babies and their parents. Keep reading for a review of a few of my favourite baby items!


DockATot

Ok, so first off, I am absolutely in love with both of our DockATots!  We have both the DockATot Deluxe – which is perfect for infants and small babies, and the DockATot Grande – which is perfect for our toddler.

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The reason I am such a fan of the DockATot is because it is comfortable, easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to transport, providing my kiddos with a comfortable spot to rest and lounge either in our home or when we travel.  I love knowing that my littlest loves are safe and secure when they are resting in their DockATots.

I also really like the interchangeable covers that you can get for the DockATots, which make them so easy to clean (especially when Nora spits up or has a blow-out), and they come in so many fun prints and patterns as well!

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If you find yourself looking for a bassinet substitute for in your living room, or when you travel (especially camping!), I definitely recommend the DockATot!


Oribel Highchair

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am NOT a fan of highchairs.  I never have been, and in fact, I never even owned one for my first three kiddos as babies; I’ve always found them to be large, clunky, unattractive, and hard to clean.

However, amazingly, I have finally found a highchair that I absolutely love – the Oribel Cocoon.  This highchair is sleek and modern in its design, so it blends perfectly in with the rest of my home decor.  It is a fabric-free highchair, make it super easy to clean, but is still comfortable to sit in, with a five point strap system to keep your little one safe and secure.  The Oribel Cocoon is also foldable, and easy to tuck away when we don’t need it, although to be honest, the range of colours available make it easy to customize decor-wise to your unique space.

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The other thing that I love about the Oribel Cocoon is that it actually grows with your child from infancy, right up to toddlerhood.  The Cocoon can be laid flat and used as a bassinet for Nora, or adjusted to be used with a retractable meal-tray, or even as a booster seat that can be pushed right up to the table.  This highchair actually allows all of my kiddos to participate in our family mealtime, and I’m so glad we finally took the plunge into the world of highchairs with the Oribel Cocoon.

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(Note: straps hidden beneath the blanket keep baby secure and in place!)


Mebie Baby Swaddles

I know swaddling isn’t for everyone, but I have always found that my babies sleep so much better at night when they are bundled up. Finding the perfect swaddle is key, however.  So often the ones that are really pretty, don’t actually do the best job of swaddling, and the ones that work the best aren’t always as pretty as I’d like.  So, you can imagine my excitement when Mebie Baby sent me several of their popular jersey swaddles in a range of gorgeous fall colours.

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I LOVE these swaddles!  They are soft, stretchy, and very large, so it’s super easy to comfortably and securely swaddle your baby.  I also love the range of colours and patterns they come in, along with matching hats, headbands, and even little onesies.  If you are still searching for the perfect Christmas gift for a new or expectant mama – definitely put Mebie Baby on your list!


A few other favourites…

I have already written about a few of these items, but I just had to include them here as well.  For Nora, we really love our Fawn Design Diaper Bag – the optional backpack straps are perfect for when we have all four kids out and about.  We also really love our cozy organic sleepers from Love’d Baby, and they come in so many different colours and patterns.

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Another great swaddle option is the Ollie Swaddle from The OllieWorld, which actually has velcro tabs for extra security if your baby is a real wiggle-worm.  And last but not least, although I haven’t tried it out yet, I’m so excited to try out our BinxyBaby Shopping Cart Hammock when Nora gets a bit older!  I have seen so many people using this, and it really does look to solve that age-old problem of how to fill your cart when you also need a place to put your baby.


So there you have it!  Four babies later and I’m still finding fun new products that make my life easier as a mama, and that are great for the comfort, security, and enjoyment of my little ones as well.

Thanks so much for reading!  I would love to hear what baby items you just can’t live without!  Share them with me in the comments below so I can check them out!

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Nora’s Birth Story – Part II

Nora’s Birth Story – Part II

Thanks so much for taking the time to read the second part of Nora’s birth story; as I mentioned in part one, this story includes a lot of information about my own heart health, which is why I decided to write it in two parts (you can read part one here if you’re interested).  I tried to write each story as it’s own story, but I just couldn’t separate the two.  Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy reading the rest of this story, as far as I can tell it to this point.  It may not have been the journey we imagined, but it’s the journey we’re embracing nonetheless!

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