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 I

Nora’s Birth Story – Part I

Today Nora is 2 months old!  It’s amazing how fast the time is going by.  I keep meaning to post Nora’s birth story, but to be honest, I’ve had a really hard time writing it.  Partly, because it’s so intertwined with my own health story, and partly because it’s been a really difficult season in our lives as a family, and I just haven’t had the same motivation to blog.  However, despite it all, Nora’s birth should absolutely be celebrated, and this blog is not only a way for me to connect with all of you – but also a way for me to document and archive important moments in our life as a family.  So, I’ve finally written the whole story down!  I’ll warn you right up front – this is a long story, and it’s as much about my heart health as it is about Nora’s birth – I just couldn’t find a way to separate the two stories.  So, as a result, I’ve written it in two parts, for better or for worse.

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Continue reading “Nora’s Birth Story – Part I”

Molly’s Toddler Room Reveal

Molly’s Toddler Room Reveal
This blog post features sponsored items from Rocky Mountain Decals and MASHROOMkids.

Well, it’s been a long time in the making, but I finally have another bedroom reveal on the blog!  As I’ve already mentioned in previous blog posts, we decided to shuffle our kids to different rooms this summer to make space for baby #4.  Our two big kids moved down to the basement, and Molly moved out of the nursery and into her own toddler room.

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I have to admit, for as fun as all of the home updates have been so far, this bedroom really gives me all the feels!  Molly’s toddler room is surprisingly large; it’s actually the bedroom that Isla and Ben used to share before we moved them downstairs this past July.  So, figuring out how to decorate this large space for only one child took some time and creativity.  I ultimately decided to break the room up into three spaces – the bed area, the play area, and the dressing area.

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Although the majority of my house has a very neutral colour palette, I love for my kids’ rooms to be something special and reflective of who they are as people.  Obviously Molly doesn’t have a lot of opinions when it comes to what her room looks like at this point, so I was really able to dream up my version of the perfect girly bedroom.

This room was also a lot of fun because of the many fun details I found to incorporate into the space, while also avoiding having to paint again. (This room was actually given a fresh coat of white paint only two years ago when we moved our big kids into the bedroom to share to make room for Molly in the nursery.) At that time, we had also painted one entire wall with chalkboard paint, so I knew my colour scheme for Molly’s toddler room needed to work well with a chalkboard wall, because I just love the feature too much to paint over.

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My vision for the room really started to take shape when I came across this gorgeous removable wallpaper from Rocky Mountain Decals.  I had never used removable wallpaper before – in fact, I’ve never used regular wallpaper before!  I’ve always found it a bit daunting.  However, the idea of removable wallpaper was super appealing, and the patterns by Rocky Mountain Decals were so lovely that I knew I wanted to incorporate a statement wall in Molly’s room.  It was a tough decision, but I ended up choosing the Snowy Rose print, as I knew it would work great with the white and chalk walls already in the room.  It was also really easy to install!  Jeff and I spent a couple of hours one afternoon putting it up, and I was amazed at how easy the process was.

The wallpaper really served as the main source of inspiration for the entire room, and it was fun finding pieces that would compliment it.  I was able to use a few pieces that we already had, such as the bedside table, and the vintage dresser (although we did add a fresh coat of pink paint to the dresser so it would match a bit better).  I was also really excited to have spotted a gorgeous vintage bed frame at a garage sale this summer that works perfectly with the whole feel of the room.  A new duvet cover from HomeSense, and a few throw pillows from Chapters Indigo really brought her bed setup together.

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One of the most special details in the room by far, however, is the play area/reading nook.  I am absolutely in love with the gorgeous canopy from MASHROOMkids, as well as the play mat which just add the perfect touch of magic to Molly’s space.  I can imagine her and Isla snuggled up in the space looking at picture books for hours; one day, when Molly gets older, the reading tent will transition perfectly to a canopy for above her bed. It also has to be said that the quality of this canopy and play mat are amazing!  A few shelves from Ikea adorned with Molly’s favourite bedtime stories, paper lanterns and throw pillows in the tent, and a couple of storage baskets for all of Molly’s favourite toys make this a really sweet and simple play-space.

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Putting together these spaces for my kids this summer has really been such a fun process for me, and for them as well.  It’s so fun to see their personalities emerge, and also how they delight in their new spaces and really take ownership of them.  How do you blend your sense of home-styling with what your little people love?

 

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