Top 10 Newborn Must Haves

Newborn Must Haves It has been a little over a year since we brought Carter home after a month of being in the NICU. By the time we made it home from the Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House® it was 10pm (we stuck around for dinner and bingo in celebration of Carter being discharged) and I was tired but couldn’t wait to start using all the fun things I bought previously. I was pretty thankful I jumped on the ball as early as I did, if I would have waited the “normal” amount of time before I started buying all the baby gadgets and goodies, I would have been too late and we would have come home to a big empty nursery. Now that a year has come and gone and I have had time to experience it all, here are my Top 10 Newborn Must Haves:

Expressiva Nursing Wear

I had many ups and downs when it came to nursing my baby, so for the majority of the time when I was actually able to produce breast milk I did it via pump. It was a lot of work, but I felt that the benefits outweighed the troubles.
As soon as I started pumping in the NICU (and when I finally was able to come home) my biggest struggle with pumping was holding my double pump in place all the time. It was such a pain not being hands free and always occupied after three hours. It wasn’t until I tried the La Leche League Hands Free Pump Bra from Expressiva Nursingwear, that my life got a little bit easier.
First bonus? It looks like a real bra. Yes, I understand that nursing bras serve a purpose but why is it that the majority of them are just down right ugly and (dare I even go to the point of saying) grandma-ish? As a young mom at twenty three, I wanted to feel like a woman again. Being milked like a cow eight or even ten times a day puts those feelings on the back burner and having an ugly nursing bra was just insult to injury. I really liked how the seamless cups didn’t show through my t-shirts and the bra was cut low enough that the cups weren’t riding out of my neckline (a problem I had with previous nursing bras).
Not only was the hands free pump bra aesthetically pleasing to look it, it kept my nursing pads at a need to know only basis. Another issue I had with previous nursing bras? You could clearly see the circular discs smiling at you through my shirts, it was so embarrassing.
Comfort wise, the La Leche Hands Free Pump bra is given two thumbs up. I didn’t have any issues with this bra while wearing or pumping. This pump bra is a mircofibre (also known as incredibly soft) padded bra. It has a drop cup for nursing, as you would expect to find but it also has a second layer that you can put the double pump shields in to keep in place while you pump. This way you are hands free and you can flip through channels, type on the computer (TMI?) or play with your baby.
The breast pump I used was the Medela Pump In Style Advanced, and the breast shields fit fine. The La Leche League Hands Free bra fits most double pumps.
To find out more information on Expressiva Nursingwear and all the products they carry, please visit: Don’t forget to check out their Facebook fan page either.
Expressiva Nursingwear carries all things nursing from the beginning stages of maternity to when you bring your child home. You will find nursing bras, swim wear, tops, dresses (even special occasion), sleepwear and breastfeeding accessories.
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Childish Notions | Bambino Mio Swim Nappy

I have been using cloth diapers on Carter now for four months and I love them. I love how they’re eco friendly, cost efficient and fashionable. I have been working with Childish Notions for the last couple months on reviewing their swim nappy. That’s right, there are reusable swim diapers. I’m elated to let you know about my experience.

I was sent the Bambino Mio Swim Nappy in the Blue Fish print. First things first: it’s incredibly cute. I recently took Carter swimming and the life guard not only fell in love with him, but his diaper as well. At first when I told her it was a reusable one, she gave me that look (most cloth diapering momma’s know what I’m talking about). After a few questions she asked me about the first thing I noticed about the swim nappy. “It’s so thin, it doesn’t look like it holds in pee.”
A week before I went swimming I sent an email to Childish Notions with a very similar question. The material is very thin and there is no fabric to absorb the mess. I was told that with the Bambino Mio the pee will actually pass through the diaper (it’s recommended to wait until you get to your destination before you put on the diaper) and that disposable swim diapers do the exact same thing. I had no idea. They just keep the solids in. So what is the advantage of the reusable swim diaper that Childish Notion offers? Disposable diapers absorb all the water from the pool/lake/river and make your diaper bulky, heavy and uncomfortable for your little one. Whereas the Bambino Mio doesn’t.

I was supposed to review this diaper back in April during my Bringing Home Baby Event, but since Carter was preemie his legs were the same size as his wrists for a long time. In fact, his legs didn’t fit this diaper properly until recently. He has a size small which is suitable for 11-16 pounds, but he is just a real tall and skinny baby. At fourteen pounds he was able to fill out this diaper perfectly.
As for the waist fit, it varies. There is an adjustable draw string to ensure a correct fit for every baby.
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Belly Bandit

For years I have been saying that once I got pregnant one of the first things I could buy for after the baby would be a Belly Bandit.  So when I was told that I was accepted to review one, I was thrilled. Actually I was ecstatic.
About Belly Bandit taken from their website.
The first-ever post-partum compression wrap, Belly Bandit helps you regain your pre-pregnancy figure, restore your physical health and renew your self-confidence—so that you can rejoice in being a new mom while feeling like your old self again! Belly Bandit’s post-partum compression garments are specially engineered with innovative technical details and medical-grade, latex-free fabrics to do what no surgery, core class or crash diet can—naturally, safely, comfortably and conveniently.
Our exclusive collections are designed to help you flatten the uterus and loose inches, while offering support and comfort for normal physical concerns associated with pregnancy, c-sections and breastfeeding. With a revolutionary range of products that wrap you in perfection at every shape and stage, Belly Bandit provides a foundation of slimming support that you can rely on long after you deliver.
I received the black Bamboo Belly Bandit to review. I chose the bamboo because the original birth plan for Carter was a c-section and the natural bamboo material is recommended for moms who are having a scheduled c-section. The bamboo Belly Bandit is also the most popular one that the company has. It’s very eco friendly and very “green”. It’s also a celebrity favorite, read the celebrity testimonials and even Kourtney Kardashian has a limited edition Belly Bandit of her own.

I had a 41″ waist towards the end of my pregnancy (8 months mind you) so I chose to order the Belly Bandit in medium.Turned out, I needed small. I first tried it on day three postpartum and I was already running out of velcro to fasten it and my belly was still large at this point. So when I wore it, I was at the very edge of the velcro and it felt a little flimsy because it’s not as tight as it should be. So after speaking with my contact representing Belly Bandit, we decided to opt for a small.

Now that I have the correct sizing, what a difference. The support (even at 3 months PP) you receive from Belly Bandit is unbelievable. My stomach is almost back to where it was pre pregnancy, and since I am reviewing this so late I don’t believe it’s 100% The Belly Bandit. I actually love this product because of the postural support it provides,  the Belly Bandit has me catching myself slouching and I believe I have improved my posture because of it.
Would I purchase The Belly Bandit? Absolutely. Also, you don’t need to have just had a baby, The Belly Bandit is a great way to hide the muffin top as described in the below video:

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Bringing Home Baby Gift Guide A Huge Success


The Bringing Home Baby Gift Guide & Blog Event was a huge success, thanks to all of my readers who for all of the 21,856 giveaway entries.
This blog event would not have existed if it wasn’t for the fabulous sponsors. Here all the sponsors who made this gift guide possible (If you click on the photo it will bring you to the review).
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Booty Buns Cloth Diapers

I first want to start his review by letting you all know about Booty Buns’ amazing charity donations. Did you know that in many third world countries the “luxury” of cloth diapers is not always available. Instead, many parents who live in third world conditions wrap a t-shirt around their children’s bottom (if that) to catch the mess. No waterproofing or anything. Did you also know that the average American spends $1800-200 per child from birth to potty training? The two differences are extreme.
Booty Buns Cloth Diapers has started to donate diapers to third world countries (starting with Bolivia) and eventually Booty Buns has a goal to make a trip to Bolivia (and other countries) to share their knowledge and joy of cloth diapering. Booty Buns also donates diapers to families with children who have disabilities in the US. It’s so sweet that Booty Buns does this, especially since families have enough to deal with – diapering shouldn’t be another thing to add to the list.
I was sent a one size pocket diaper to review. Booty Buns was one of the only one size diapers that I had that fit Carter early on. That’s because Booty Buns’ diapers grow with your child from three to thirty five pounds, lasting all the way to potty training. Something I have found that is unique to Booty Buns is the fact that they have four rows of riser snaps! That gives you five levels of height adjustment, I have never seen that many options on a diaper before. Every baby is different, and this diaper really gives the option to bring you the best fit.
There are hip snaps on the sides (which prevents wing droop) and the snaps that are provided to grow width wise were places there to mimic disposable diapers, sizing wise.
I’m going to start with my favorite feature on the inside of the diaper. There is a snap to keep the insert in place. This makes it so much easier to stuff and keep everything in place. Great feature. The shell (outside) is a waterproof PUL and the inside of the shell is made of a the super soft suedecloth (it wicks away moisture, great for rashes). Another awesome feature that Booty Buns provides is the fact that you can take the insert out from the front OR the back (not a feature that you commonly find).
I’m really enjoying this diaper (that’s a statement I never thought I would make). It’s really cute aesthetic wise and does a great job in protecting my baby’s clothes from leaks and “explosions”. With the double gussets that hug the legs and the elastic backing, this diaper keeps the mess in. I haven’t yet had an “oh no” moment with Booty Buns. Each diaper comes with two microfiber inserts (one newborn, one large) and a liner. What I have learned about the liner is that you place it on top of the inner lining and it protects your diaper from creams and other products that can cause build up. It also can help clean up your baby’s mess a lot quicker (and easier) and it helps protect your baby’s skin if they have sensitivities to synthetic materials.
Last, but not least  I was sent a cloth wipe. The one I received is the cute brown one with a snowflake print. Each flannel cloth is 7.5″ x 7.5″ and double sided. The one side is terry (which is great for getting the mess off) and the other side is soft flannel (I like to use it to dry his bum before putting his diaper on). It’s a great cloth wipe, especially for someone who’s new to it.
For more information on Booty Buns and to see what fun prints they carry please visit
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aden + anais Muslin Crib Sheets


For years I have been hearing amazing things about aden + anais and after reviewing their new muslin crib sheet, I understand why.

As a young woman growing up in Australia, founder Raegan Moya-Jones was introduced to many traditional practices of motherhood. One of them in particular– swaddling babies in generously sized, gentle muslin sheets– amazed her. Even the fussiest babies seemed to sleep more peacefully in muslin. Despite the hot days and the cold nights, muslin swaddles helped keep babies comfortable. And, most importantly, the very act of swaddling seemed to build a bond between mothers and their babies. When she moved to the U.S. and started her own family, Raegan couldn’t find any swaddles like the ones she remembered from home. The only swaddles available were too small. Or made of much-too-thick flannel. Or, simply, unattractive. And so, aden + anais was born.

I never heard of muslin before this review and this is what I have learned about it: muslin is one of the most purest, gentle and perfect fabrics in the world. It was used by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to swaddle their little ones. It protects the wearer from the elements (heat and cold), it’s breathable and oh-so soft.

aden + anais just released their line of muslin crib sheets and I had the opportunity to review a classic crib sheet in Super Star Scout (fawn stars). When I first took this out of the packaging, I couldn’t believe how soft and luxurious this muslin sheet felt. Immediately I was confident that this would be gentle on Carter’s skin. This sheet is very breathable (perfect since Carter sweats like crazy) and it keeps him cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Here’s the best news: the more you wash it, the softer it becomes. Instead of breaking down in every wash and shortening the life (like most sheets) it does the opposite and you get the best use the more it is washed. There is no special care for muslin either: just toss it in the washing machine, which even if it wasn’t machine washable it would be going in there anyway – I don’t have time to wash by hand.
The print of my sheet is very soft and (lucky for me) matches my decor in his nursery. I’m not a fan of loud prints, and this sheet set is more then appropriate for my taste. The classic set of crib sheets come in seven different prints and the organic set of crib sheets comes in four.
For more information on aden + anais and their muslin products visit 
Update: it has been over a year and these sheets have got better in time. I LOVE these sheets.

Lovely Pocket Diapers | Baby Gift Guide

Lovely Pocket Diapers is all about supplying quality diapers for affordability. Cloth diapers can be expensive, and now you don’t have to sacrifice quality for an affordable cost.
Melissa, the founder of Lovely Pocket Diapers, is a naturally frugal individual and when she gave birth in 2010 she discovered cloth diapering. She started out with pre folds and then discovered the one size pocket. She was stunned with how much just one diaper cost and couldn’t justify paying the range of $15-$30 for one diaper. She was inspired and after some hard work, Lovely Pocket Diapers was born.
I chose the cow rave diaper to review. The Rave line of diapers consist of double row snaps, including four rise snaps. The double gussets that surround the legs make this diaper a fighter against leaks. The rave, like all of the diapers, is lined with micro suede that never pills (makes washing so much less stressful). The inserts are three layer protection, absorbing a lot so you don’t leak and with the micro suede and inserts combined, it keeps your baby’s bum dry – preventing diaper rash.
The outer diaper of the Cow Rave is made out of the super soft (and ultra lovable) minky material and waterproof PUL. So not only did I receive a fun print, but a soft diaper as well (love it). Each diaper from Lovely Pocket comes with a microfiber insert. These fun and practical diapers come in at the cost of only $12/diaper or $12.50/print diaper. I recommend these diapers because I love how secure the double snap rows are, but if you’re new to cloth diapering I recommend trying both the rave and the classic line.
The classic line is incredibly affordable. Regular prints are $7/diaper and the fun prints (they have leopard!) are $7.50/diaper. Wow, those prices are unheard of when it comes to cloth diapers. The only difference is instead of double row snaps, it’s single. (If you need a visual check out the photo above.)
Last I want to talk about the Bumfetti line. It’s an upgrade of the Rave line with a double pocket opening. What that means is that the insert will come out in the wash, you don’t have to get your hands messy. Very daddy friendly.
All of Lovely Pocket Diapers products will fit babies from the size range of 8-35 pounds (I love one size, they’re so economical) and at $7-12.50/diaper you could pay as little as $182 for your whole stash! That’s two-three months of disposables. Lovely Pocket Diapers is such a money saver.

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