Newest Member Of The UPPAbaby Family

The UPPAbaby MINU
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Shopping For A New Ride

What are the most important things you look for and take into consideration when buying a stroller? Affordability, design, look, size, weight, convenience? I have owned seven different strollers since I became a mom twelve years ago. Three of them have been UPPAbaby because once I find a brand I know, trust and love they’ve got me as a loyal customer for life.

We first purchased the UPPAbaby G-LUXE when Joey was a toddler. Then the UPPAbaby CRUZ when we had Cruz. What kid doesn’t want a custom ride with his name on it? Kidding! That’s totally not why we got it. I wanted a stroller that was smaller than my old jogging stroller, that could be used from newborn – toddlerhood, and didn’t cost 1.5K without sacrificing style. What completely sold us on the CRUZ  was the piggy back attachment for Joey. It was a total lifesaver to and from school for all those preschool and kg pick ups/drop offs.

Fast forward to now, we are currently obsessing over our new UPPAbaby MINU. It’s like the hybrid of our other two strollers. The MINU is the perfect portable lightweight stroller and here is why…

What I Love About The MINU

It took me all of one MINUte [see what I did there ;)] to fall in love with this stroller. First of all, the only assembly required when unboxing the stroller was popping 2 wheels on and clipping the canopy in. Clearly they were thinking about moms who a) have to ask our husbands umm one thousand times to put something together or b) have our hands full with another thousand things we need to be doing during the day and during nap time.

The MINU collapses with one smooth motion using only one hand so you can use the other to hold onto those kiddos trying to make a run for it the second they are free. Trunk space is a major factor for me with 3 boys, car seats and sports equipment or shopping bags. A girls got to have space and the MINU ‘s compact design when folded is like a dream come true. Check this out.

It’s easy access large basket can store all of your everyday on the go items and more. I had no problem fitting my diaper bag, camera, tripod, gathre mat and blanket under the stroller leaving me completely hands free! We also have the Carry-All Parent Organizer which I love for outings because it stores my phone, cash or cards, keys, drinks and more and can be transferred to whichever one of my strollers I’m using.

If you’ve ever seen an UPPAbaby you probably noticed their oversized extendable canopy and pop out UPF 50+ sunshade to protect your babes from harmful UV rays allowing you and your babes to stay outside longer and enjoy the sunshine. Knowing my kids are safe is obviously a huge one for me, as I’m sure it is for all parents. The MINU has a spacious multi reclining seat with adjustable 5 point safety harness. Your child will always be comfortable whether they want to lay back for a nap or sit upright to take in every second of your adventures.

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The UPPAbaby MINU can be used from 3 months until your child is 50lbs. MINU has add on features specifically designed for newborns safety and comfort. This stroller can be used from birth with a From Birth Kit. With adapters you can also take baby from drive to stroll with no transfer needed in the MESA and select other infant safety seats.

Available in 4 signature UPPAbaby fashions:

  • Jake (Black Melange/Carbon/Black Leather)
  • Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
  • Denny (Red Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
  • Ryan (Teal Melange/Silver/Saddle Leather)

Comes with UbXtend 3 YEAR WARRANTY with online registration [linked here] making it as easy as a few click click clicks and you’re covered! Another amazing program UPPAbaby offers is their Travel Safe Program that guarantees gear during air travel. This came in handy on our trip to California and is included with the purchase of the appropriate Travel Bag for your stroller. MINU weighs in at under 15lbs making it an amazing travel stroller and even comes with a carrying strap attached. It’s lightweight design and all wheel suspension make sure your baby is smooth sailing.

If you’re on the market for a stroller I hope this was helpful for you. If you’re already an UPPAbaby owner, what do you love most about your ride? Drop me a comment below!

xo

 

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Baby Wearing 101

Why Baby Wearing?

There are many reasons why baby wearing is so great. Convenience being at the top of my list. You guys, I don’t know what I would have done without a form of baby wearing for any of my three boys. Two words for you: Hands Free! Hands free is a big enough perk if you ask me but the added bonus that your babe or toddler is attached to you and can’t terrorize everything in sight is like pure bliss. You name it I have probably done it with one of my carriers. House work, laundry, cooking, walking and travelling. On the daily I use a carrier for school pick up and drop off as well.

Not only does baby wearing make motherhood dare I say it easier at times, there are so many benefits for mom and baby. Carrying babies is good for their physical and mental development. Carriers improve yours and babies core muscles and posture. 50% less crying and fussing when carried. Keeping babies close when sleeping can reduce the risk of SIDS and increase your peace of mind. Moms who baby wear are twice as likely to successfully breastfeed. Babies tend to be calmer, more alert, observing and taking in the world around them. Regulates body temperature.

I’ve had several different carriers but here I will only compare the 3 most recent kinds that I use and love. Ergo Baby with Petunia Pickle Bottom, Beluga Baby Wrap & Lille Baby Ring Sling.

Choosing the right carrier for you

Ergo Baby w/ Petunia Pickle Bottom Carrier

Ergo carriers are considered soft structured carriers. Weight recommendation is from 5lbs up to 45lbs. 100% certified organic cotton twill body and 100% certified organic cotton sateen lining. Supports front and back baby wearing. Features a sleeping hood with elastic edge and snap to snap attachments. Hood supports babes head while sleeping in the carrier and protects from sun and wind. Adjusts with 5 different levels for babies growth. Padded waist band and shoulder straps  made with high density foam. 

Beluga Baby Wrap – The Rachel

This is a wrap style carrier. Suitable for babies newborn to 25 lbs. Beluga wraps are 4.2 meters in length. Made from sustainable and eco friendly bamboo. Unique four way stretch that wearers and babies love. These carriers are honestly the softest I have ever felt. Folds up into attached storage pouch. Fits perfectly in diaper bag without taking up space or adding extra weight. Made locally here in Vancouver BC!

Lille Baby Ring Sling

Sling style carrier suitable for infants from newborn to toddler. Recommended from 7lbs to 35lbs. Made from 100% natural premium linen fabric. Beautifully engraved zinc alloy rings are durable and easy to adjust. Removable pouch for storage. Optional padding provides extra comfort. Available in one adjustable size measuring 27 inches by 78 inches.

My Experience

All three types of carriers give the benefits mentioned above as well as so many others. I have used a structured style carrier for 11 years and just newly discovered wraps and slings. Ergo feels very supported and distributes the weight evenly. It’s honestly been my go to being so easy to use with two simple clips. Love being able to use it front and back. Some days this thing has saved my life and my ears. Makes long days and trips pleasant with how happy each of our boys has been in it.

While pregnant with Cruz I discovered the Beluga Baby wraps at a local baby market. Haley is super helpful and showed me how easy they were to put on and tie. I had always been interested in trying one but felt like they might be difficult to use and lets me real, no mama wants anything that makes things harder. After trying one on, feeling how incredibly soft they are and how easy it actually was to use I knew I needed one before little Cruzie arrived. I really loved how soft it was against my newborns skin and how it mimics a womb like feeling for baby after birth.

The Lille Baby carrier is the newest we’ve tried but really fell in love with it from the moment I tried it on. I absolutely love that baby is in a side carry position like a little koala bear. Cruz is all smiles feeling like he is being hugged 24-7 in the sling. To be honest, I was a little unsure of how secure the ring sling would be with a 25lb baby starting out in it. Well those thoughts were completely unnecessary because it felt well supported on me and didn’t slip around or loosen at all when wearing him. Cruz loves being next to me in the sling and not just because he can grab my face and tries to rip my top down to find his oh so precious milk makers.

Baby Wearing Safety Checklist

Keeping your baby safe with K-I-S-S-E-S:

  • Kissable
    Keep your baby close enough to kiss! While you don’t want to constantly be bumping your little one, their head should be close enough to your chin that you can easily bend your head to kiss your baby on their head.
  • In View
    Keep your baby in view at all times. When wearing your little one, you should always be able to glance down and easily see your baby’s face.  The fabric of the carrier should not close over their face. (this would be more of a problem with a sling or a wrap).  If the baby is in a cradle position, they should be facing upwards and not toward your body.
  • Supported Back
    Your baby should be held close to you so that their tummy and chest are against you. Keep their back supported in a natural position. If you gently press your hand against your baby’s back, they should not uncurl or move closer to you.
  • Supported Hips
    You want to always be sure that the carrier you’re using is supporting your baby’s hips and thighs. Ideally, the baby’s legs should be in a “M” position with their knees higher than their bottom. Their weight borne by their bum and thighs. If the width of the seat portion of a carrier goes from knee to knee, then this will also ensure that gravity pulling on a baby’s weight isn’t putting too much strain on their hips.
  • Easy to Breathe
    Keep your baby’s chin off their chest, so that their airway is open. Always be sure that you can fit the width of two fingers between your baby’s chin and their chest while they’re in a carrier. Little ones should never be curled so their chin is forced into their chest, as that will interfere with their breathing.
  • Snug
    No matter whether you’re using a wrap, a sling, or a soft-structured carrier (and anything in between!), make sure that the carrier is holding the baby very snug against your body. While you obviously don’t want it overly tight as to cut off circulation, keeping your little one tight against you will prevent the baby falling out of the carrier. Any slack or loose fabric can also cause an especially young baby to slump over, possibly restricting their breathing.

Acronym based on the T.I.C.K.S rule for safe baby wearing from the school of baby wearing & the ABC’s of safe baby wearing from baby wearing International.

Honestly all three styles are excellent options. I would have a hard time choosing just one. (Which is why I have all three). I would definitely recommend testing out the different options available. Borrowing them from friends or family to see what works best for you and your baby before purchasing a style you may not like.

If you have one of these three what do you like/dislike about it? If you have another kind you absolutely love drop me a comment I would love to hear about what you are using!

xo

 

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To Dockatot or Not?!

Dockatot they said, it will be fun they said, it will change your life they said and they were right. After hearing all the buzz about these we had to join the club. I don’t know about you but one thing I always treasure as a mom is sleep. Isn’t that what any parent craves? Then to hear numerous people rave about how well their babes sleep in this thing it almost sounded too good to be true.

As you all know and incase you don’t I have three boys that are all spread out in age. Where oh where were these Dockatot’s 11 years ago? 5 years ago? (I may have just not known about them then – my loss) Honestly when I was pregnant with Cruz I needed to find a sleep solution that would work for him to be as close to me as possible but didn’t really look into the dockatot. I had seen a Facebook add ( you know the kind that basically read your mind and know exactly what you are thinking about) yeah one of those for the Halo Bassinest.

Halo swivel sleeper was great for the first time Cruz would be put down to sleep every night until he woke up to feed. Then he would want to nurse and be next to me for the rest of the night. I often found myself too tired to put him back in the halo and would just leave him next to me all night long so I could function the next morning. After all I did still have two other kids to take care of. Anyways he outgrew the halo way faster than I had ever really thought about it and he was no where near ready to transition to his crib. I’m sorry, I’m not interested in sleep training my young baby, nor am I interested in never sleeping again so we co-slept.

Fast forward to a couple months ago, we got the Dockatot Grand.

About Dockatot

Dockatot is a portable lounging dock available in two sizes. Deluxe 0-8 months and Grand 9-36 months. They are designed in Sweden and handmade in Europe using all natural 100% cotton.
Some of the ways you can use your dockatot are:

  • lounging
  • supervised tummy time
  • bonding
  • playing
  • cuddling
  • resting
  • bed transitioning

and best of all is you can take it anywhere in your house, someone else’s house or on vacation. If you ask me anything that makes life more convenient with kiddos is a mega winner!

Our Dockatot Experience

Absolutely love it and to be honest I’m a little jealous. Is there a mama version? Don’t you feel like there should be? I promise if there ever is one I will totally share. I love that it’s light weight and it can be used everywhere in the house. Carrying it from room to room is super easy too with the handles. Cruz will hang out just lounging in it while I get things done off my daily to do lists. Nap time has also never looked so good. It’s also super easy to wash but that doesn’t mean I’d go changing dirty diapers on it, lets not get carried away.

Will it make my baby sleep?

I can’t answer this question because dockatot or not once Cruz transitioned to his crib he  inherited his fathers sleep genes. He will sleep sitting up or laying down, in our arms, his bed, the car seat, the dockatot, grandparents floor pretty much anywhere and yes my husband also sleeps in all those places too. Do I believe his ability to sleep has anything to do with the dockatot? No, just has to do with who he is. Also won’t claim the dockatot is a miracle sleeping baby maker. However I Definitely will recommend it as an extremely convenient portable lounger and that’s exactly what I love about it!

I wish I had the dock sooner to help with our co sleeping and the transition to his crib. I look forward to using it when we make the big jump from crib to big boy bed. I’ll definitely update you all on that experience. If your babe isn’t sleeping at night I feel for you, I really do. It took a full year for Cruz to be ready to sleep all night without breastfeeding. I like to think all those sleepless zombie feedings at all hours of the morning earned me this wonderful sleeping toddler. Being well informed about sleep expectations helped me cope and realize my children don’t hate me; they are just little people trying to figure shit out.

( I received this product compliments of Dockatot however the opinions are my own and I would not share something with you I didn’t truly love)

So the answer is YES YES YES! Dockatot is definitely on my mama must have list for babies and toddlers! If you are considering getting one, don’t miss out like I did for the first year of Cruz’s life. Don’t worry we are definitely making up for lost time with this beauty.

What’s your experience been like with a dockatot? Likes or dislikes?
I’d love to hear from you

xo

 

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Cruz’s Birth Story

The day we welcomed our third handsome little man, Cruz Tommaso Japuncic, into the world. I wanted to write his birth story down before I forget it all in the big blur that is labor. So here it goes. . .

Sunday, June 12, being 9 days past my due date I was getting cranky and anxious for baby to arrive. Even though my first two boys were 10 & 7 days past their due dates and I was expecting this one to be too, it truly felt like he was going to stay in there forever.

At this point I had been having braxton hicks contractions more often and a couple random contractions here and there for weeks. Mike and I had been trying just about everything (walking, spicy food, pineapple, sex, birth ball) to encourage labor to begin. Two days ago at our 41 week appointment our midwives suggested drinking the induction cocktail. My first thought was YUCK and not again but since I was ready for baby to be here, I did it!

First thing in the morning I drank the cocktail around 10:00am and then we waited and waited some more. Nothing was happening, not even a twitch. At 1:00 Linda, one of our midwives called to check in and see if anything was happening. She recommended taking a second dose of the cocktail around 2:00. The waiting game continued after the second cocktail. Mike and I went for a walk around the neighborhood and waited some more. Linda had said if nothing happened to take the cocktail again around 7:00pm for the final time. Around 6:30 my parents invited us for dinner at their place and since nothing was happening we walked over. While my mom was putting dinner on the table I started to not feel very good. I laid on the couch and paced in the bathroom for a few minutes and quietly told mike I thought he should eat… Fast! With no appetite I stood at the door while Mike tried to enhale his dinner.

We walked back home pausing a couple times on the way. As soon as we got home I felt my first real surge. Mike ask what he could do and immediatly I asked him to fill the birth pool. Two minutes after the first surge came another. I went from zero to 100 and knew this was it! After the third surge around 6:50pm I paged Linda and told her I thought she should come now. After one more surge she was in my bedroom. As Mike filled the pool I swayed back and forth in the bathroom using my surge breathing while listening to my birth affirmations. Linda checked baby’s heartrate inbetween surges a coulpe times. I was very focused, relaxed and in my own zone at this point, I couldnt tell you what time it was anymore. As soon as the water was the right tempurature I got in the pool immediatly. Once I was in the water I allowed Linda to do an internal check to see where I was at, 6-7cm and fully efaced! She called Rachel to come and assist.

Being in the water took the edge off the surges. Inbetween surges I felt like I was floating with waves swirling around me. It was such an amazing way to experience birth. Mike was by my side the entire time offering me support. I held his hand the entire time in the pool through each surge. Rachel and Linda were very encouraging and told me to listen to my body and helped me breathe baby out instead of pushing. My water ruptured right before baby’s head came out. Birth breathing & the very few pushes only took a few minutes.

Then finally our baby, Cruz, was here. Born at home in the water at 8:33pm, 9lbs 8oz 21in and just perfect. He was so calm when Linda pulled him out of the water and put him directly on my chest and in my arms. Mike saw gender right then but held in the excitement until I looked for myself, a BOY! Mike cut the cord after it stopped pulsing. Shortly after that I handed off the baby while I got out of the pool to deliver the placenta. Rachel and Linda helped me onto our bed to get cleaned up and examined. Baby was dried up from the water and given back to me as soon as I was on the bed for more skin to skin. Newborn instincts are incredible, within 15 minutes of being born he crawled and wiggled his way to the breast immediatly and started nursing right away! Linda heard him suckling and seemed completely blown away when she asked if he was already nursing. There we were, Mike, me and our little baby boy in complete awe of this amazing little man we brought into the world. In the moments after he finshed nursing he had this adorable tough guy look and was throwing little jabs and hooks with his little fists, like a little boxer. By 10:30 the house was cleaned up and we were alone to spend time with our new baby.

Cruz’s birth was everything I hoped it would be. I had the water birth at home that I wanted. Only 1.5 hours of labor (fastest one yet!), and I felt like I managed the surges really well and maintained control throughout my entire birth. My support team was wonderful, especially my amazing husband. He rushed around to get the pool set up and make it the right temperature. He was there the whole time for me to lean on and squeeze his hands. They all kept me motivated, hydrated and made sure I ate after giving birth.

Noah & Joey met Cruz the following day and were incredibly proud big brothers right away. Everyone has adjusted really well so far and we are really enjoying this newborn stage since it goes by way too fast.

Welcome to the world, Cruz! You are the perfect addition to our family and our hearts are so full of love for you.

 

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