Review

“Konny” ready wrap Baby Carrier.

In the midst of having my last baby I had learned about “baby wearing”.

Baby wearing is more or less the practice of constantly having your baby doing skin to skin or “wearing” them with a bay carrier for the first three months after delivery to kind of help baby adjust to the outside world (I’m almost 30 and still not adjusted but hey if those extra 3 months attached to me or my hubby helps them feel more comfy just means all the more cuddles).

So this brings us to the quest of which carrier is best for the baby? Which is best for me? Which can withstand longer periods of time? And in my case, due to bubs being born in March, which one will do well and not overheat my lil guy in the warmer months?

I had narrowed down ultimately two carriers and the first one was the “Konny Summer” (we’ll get to the second in another post)

After a few hours (days) of research I had found my first baby carrier to try my baby wearing experience.

The Ready To Wear Wrap

To my current knowledge there are a TON of baby wraps that are a solid very long article of fabric that you can wrap and morph into a saftey caccoon for you and your baby.

This scares the shit out of me.

I had one with an older child of mine and I could never wrap it quite right with out help and the whole time I used it I felt afraid she was slipping out. So naturally when I saw the ready to wear wrap I was over the moon, because it honestly was quite easy to use.

The wrap I had bought was the “Konny Summer” and it is as easy to put on as a tee shirt (in fact that might be one of their selling points, but im not here to sell, just to give my humble opinion). Another thing that I liked about it was the fact it definitely ran cool due to the construction of a large mesh. Lastly I love that I can transition to toddler mode if need be due to the fabric being able to hold up to 20 Kg or 44 lbs. So high point of this baby product was the fact that it would keep bubs cool, for a few years at that, along with being as hassle free as you can be.

With that said the carrier did have a few down sides which did ultimately have me get a second carrier.

The first issue I had is that you order this product to size, there is a saftey strap/ tie around band but THAT IS THE ONLY ADJUSTMENT. This is very well is a Me problem, the product is made in Korea and while that itself is not an issue (c’mon I’m a mutt married to a Lao- Brit I’m the last person to be judgy on where someone is from) I am not from a country that has the same thin giving eating habits, not to mention that my chest likes to play an interesting size change game the duration of breast feeding so I can go between a Large and an XXL easily with my chest alone. So some days I felt like I was sqeezing bubs to much (he slept the whole time so I guess he didn’t mind) while other times I felt like he could slide out. This is what led me to letting my hubs use this wrap and me switching to a different carrier for myself.

Secondly is a slight design issue that could be my personal paranoia, the wrap has a cross or “X” that goes across baby’s back, while I don’t see how else this could be made better ( I’m a writer not engineer) I felt it was easy for my son to throw himself backward and the security band not being tight enough (the material is a smooth and slick feeling polyester and spandex combo that feels like a 90’s sports jersey) to stop him from tumbling outward.

In essence it’s a nice product that I would enjoy if my body was a bit smaller and predictable and if there was maybe a more wrap design that had one one permanent layer over the “X” shape. If traditional wraps are a pain and traditional carriers are cumbersome, then with keeping safety in mind at all times, this could be a great baby wrap for you.

Cheers.

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Covid-19 & MIS-C

Today worldwide there have been more than 5 million cases of Covid-19. That is a lot. To add insult to injury there is now a illness affecting children called MIS-C that is making little ones sick and is potentially more fatal to them than Covid-19 itself.  I don’t want to have too lengthy a post about this because it has been the topic of the world for what feels like forever some days.

 Signs of COVID-19 in children are generally mild and may even mimic a cold for some children. Now that is not to say that children can’t or won’t get more critically ill but these are most common:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

As said before, children generally recover from COVID-19, However there is now an illness that seems to “follow-up” mostly after a child has been infected with Covid. This illness is called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C for short.  MIS-C appears to develop two to six weeks after infection with Covid-19 or exposure to Covid and affects children mostly from ages 2-21. Complications from MIS-C can include organ damage including heart damage that is irreversible.

Symptoms of MIS-C include the following (remember not all children would have the same symptoms):

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired

 Now I have never and will never use my writing to invoke fear because first off, the media is doing that already and secondly, it’s a crap thing to do. I will however use my writing to help anyone I can by informing them, If I can help even one person with this blog I will be thankful.

Stay safe friends and remember that like many pandemics before this one it will end.

Cheers

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Potty Training 101

Watching your child grow is full of bitter sweetness. There are moments that you will miss along with moments that you might not miss so much. Big example of one you may not miss so much is blow out diapers (in all their stinky glory). Potty training is a monumental milestone and once achieved one that gives your nose along with your wallet a well-deserved break, that is at least until those teenage years.

“How will I know when my toddler is ready for potty training?”

Well a few hints to know when the right time is including:

  • Your child being able to walk efficiently (seems to be a no-brainer but we’ll get to why I say that in a moment).
  • Having the ability to hold their urine for at least two hours.
  • Have solid bowel movements consistently.
  • Has the ability to pull his/her pants up and down on their own.
  • Possesses the ability to sit undistracted for a few moments.
  • Have the ability to express that they need to use the restroom prior to doing so.

While ever single child is unique and will learn at their own pace there are a couple of key points to keep in mind such as the gender of your child. Typically boys will learn how to use the potty quicker than girls, but girls seem to show a need for independence earlier than boys and will learn at a younger age. Also boys seem to become distracted easier than girls (in my experience my sons rather play in the sink than actually sit on the potty)

One thing that does stay relatively the same is how to go about getting your little miss or sir to use a potty. The first thing I learned was to go for a simple toilet. With my oldest child I bought an expensive potty chair that would sing and play music whenever it sensed “she went potty” this turned into sheer horror and she refused to get near ANY and ALL potty chairs for months. Ultimately with her I had gotten one of those seats that you can place onto a normal adult toilet but this led to me having to go into the bathroom every time she had to go and then making the choice of carting a mini toilet seat every where or taking the chance that she may not sit on “the big potty” and take steps backward in our training journey.

The next tip I have is a very simple one and one we use everyday as parents, a ton of praise when he or she does go to the bathroom in the right area. It’s beyond simple but if five babies have taught me anything it’s that a little praise goes a very long way.

This brings me to my third tip (That I’ve only had to use once), just let baby go around in the buff. I kid you not my second child became potty trained because he had no diaper on and peed a little on himself and disliked that so much that from that day on he used his potty chair ( I wish they were all that easy).

There is way more tricks and tips you can find but I have found those to be my top ones.

Good luck to all mommies going through this milestone and may the porcelain gods be with you.

Cheers

Nursing

Back to work bottles for the Breastfeeding Mamma (pt.2)

Ok mumzies bottle number 2 on my list is none other than Dr.Browns. Now after boasting about the nipple on the Lansinoh it feels awkward to say Dr.Browns but hear me out. The nipple is more standard but they have different flow rates that are interchangeable. The reason that I love this so much is that the Newbie has to work a bit harder to get the milk out on the “preemie flow” which mimics the flow of breast milk, this helps prevent baby from wanting the bottle more because he can get a full feeding out in 5 minutes as opposed to like 7 or 10.

Another perk to the Dr. Browns is the system to vent its air so that baby won’t be colicky or have gas. The extra part is a bit annoying to clean however there is a small pipe cleaner brush that is included in most bottle sets that makes this easy to get into the nooks of the piece, along with getting into the deepest parts of the bottle nipple.

I truly wish there was a way to get the best of both worlds with the flow rate of this bottle and the nipple shape of the previously mentioned one, but I suppose that is in a perfect world.

Cheers

Nursing

Back to Work Bottles for the Breastfeeding Mamma (Pt 1.)

I’ve done it time and time again but going back to work sucks. I had all this time with my little monsters seeing them day in and day out, not to mention having the Newbies skin to skin cuddles and (of course or else this post wouldn’t exist) being able to breastfeed on demand. It’s a special bonding moment that really doesn’t feel like it can be replaced, and after a difficult road of a crappy latch for his first 4 weeks (swear my nipples looked like they had the same crater look to them at the moon) I am not ready to give that up.

After who knows how many hours looking at bottles and reviews and “what to look for in a bottle” This is one I had finally decided on.

The first bottle being the “Lansinoh Momma” bottle which boasts to have a nipple for the most natural latch. This was an instant try it out in my book, I said before Newbie had a horrible latch and I didn’t want anything to change it now that we got it down well. The company is also a breast pump manufacturing company so I figured they would know a thing or two. The nipple is very flexible and has a good shape also it is a more gentle slope than most standard bottle so my son didn’t seem to have much of a problem getting used to the feel of this bottle. There is also a hole on the top of the nipple for ventilation to avoid colic (which I mean we all have to appreciate right?)

The only real con I am finding with this particular bottle is that I do wish there was a slower nipple flow. The flow is a bit slower than a standard bottle but the issue at hand is that he might get lazy on me and decide to prefer the bottle and getting his food quicker than working for it from me. Here’s to keeping the breastfeeding relationship alive for a bit longer at least.

Cheers

If you had to go between bottle and breast definitely leave a comment below

Labor & Delivery

Maternity ward during the Covid19 pandemic.

It was different giving birth during the pandemic than any other one of my pregnancies.

  • No visitors were allowed.
  • Only one support person was allowed to be with me and was not able to leave and come back .( my husband who still slept through a good part of the process so that stayed the same)
  • The whole staff wore masks, the whole time,which gave (me, the person who watches way too many horror movies) an unbelievable eerie vibe.
  • No newborn pictures came (I actually preferred this because newborns look like aliens and one less person to bug the little milk monster I just got off my sore boobs)

It was go time, after a very high risk pregnancy with bubs my OB decided it was time to pull the plug and get an induction going at 39 weeks 1 day. Now this was heartbreaking for me because this was my last baby and I knew for the safety of myself and others that no one would get to meet him (and still haven’t for that matter.) There would be no flowers, no balloons, no smiles from friends and loved ones that have supported me through this tough pregnancy.

I was however lucky enough to be in a state that would allow me to have one support person permitted that they stay the duration of the time I was a patient. My lovely husband Luke stayed true to his job of sleeping through the boring parts and this time actively waking up when my epidural wore off and I was pushing (He was awake for the last baby I swear). Husband holding my thigh and laying, there with about 7 blue masked faces staring down at me, and having a rushing thought of “If aliens are real I’m sure this is what their victims see directly before being probed.”

My little fat man made his way into the world after 3 pushes and was placed on my chest which gave me the feeling of familiarity and amazing emotions that I’ve felt before putting everything at ease… and then he peed on me.

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Something Beautiful during a challenging time.

In the midst of dealing with social distancing, being isolated from family that I would see at least once a week, trying to figure out what the hell is up with this “new- not so new math” and what is going on with the “do not enter” stickers on the store floors… I had my last baby.

Yep had a baby just like so many other strong woman that I know are doing the same during this scary time. I feel for these women because even though I did the same thing there are women who are having their first child and can’t have their mom’s there or even in some areas are forced to give birth alone. no spouse. no support person (except a nurse). Just them and the doctors trying to do something they’ve never done before.

And that experience and view of strength led me to here.

Seeing other women endure sharing the memory of one of the happiest and scariest moments of their lives with the constrictions of a monster like virus, showed me to work through my fears of wanting to write a blog and hopefully help women in all stages of motherhood feel less alone during these times and feel a part of a village in happier times.

Here’s to being a mommy, mom, mother, mum, mama or mumzie in all fashions.

cheers.