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 Prizes:

6 total Regular Prize Packs, valued at $100 each
AnyTime Sippy cups, TravelTime Sippy cups, Twist ‘n Click Snacker, Twist ‘n Click bowls, Diaper Genie Portable Bag Dispenser, SmartCool Bottle Tote,  SmartPrep Formula Dispenser, Infant Spoons, SmartSpace Dishwasher Basket, SmartBrush Bottle Brush, Bottle & Nipple Gift Set

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1 total Grand Prize, valued at $350
$200 Babies “R” Us Gift Card, AnyTime Sippy cups, TravelTime Sippy cups, Twist ‘n Click Snacker, Twist ‘n Click bowls, Diaper Genie Portable Bag Dispenser, SmartCool Bottle Tote,  SmartPrep Formula Dispenser, Infant Spoons, SmartSpace Dishwasher Basket, SmartBrush Bottle Brush, Bottle & Nipple Gift Set , Diaper Genie

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#PlaytexKnowsBabies Twitter Party Details:

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Prizes are open to Canadian residents only, but all are welcome to join in the conversation.

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time: 9pm – 10pm EST

Twitter Party Hashtag: #PlaytexKnowsBabies

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Back-to-School Success #MomTrust

Back to School

This back-to-school year was a big one for me … my first born was going into Junior Kindergarten … WHAT?! How did this happen so quickly, I mean I swear he was just 2.

Truly, I am not sure who was more nervous, him or me. It was as if I was going back to school again, I couldn’t sleep partially because of excitement for him and partially I was worrying about all the little things I know I can’t control. It wasn’t until the middle of the night I realized that I had NO idea what to send in his backpack, I thought there was some sort of guide (kind of like when your baby is born you wonder if there is some sort of mom manual). Thank goodness for my friends with older kids at the same school, because they got a frantic call from me at 6:30am. As unorganized as I was, I had a moment of clarity and  started making lists of lunch and snack options which made grocery shopping that evening a lot easier and then making secondary lists of food rotations. Yes this seems crazy, but I have the PICKIEST eater in my house and mornings are very slow in my house so this just helps make things just a tad bit easier and faster in the mornings especially the first day of school morning.

It wasn’t until we walked out of the house and my big guy looked at me with sheer excitement and said he was ready to go to Junior Kindergarten and that is when I smiled and realized that everything was going to be ok (for him and me).

Frankie School

 

Enjoy these moments because they only happen once
Happy Back-to-School to all your little one’s
T.
xo

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All Good Things Must Come to an End #MomTrust

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I don’t think a summer has ever flown by this quickly! I am still in shock that its the second week of August and in only a few weeks time I am back at work, BUT I feel very fortunate that I had the summer off to be with my kids (well the older one is at camp, but at least I can drop him off at the bus and pick him up everyday).

I truly think my older son had the absolute best summer of his life (so far) with lasting memories for both him and us and though my little guy is in his first year of life, it was a summer of exciting firsts for him including his first birthday coming up!

Here are some of our favourite memories:
My big guy was able to experience camp for the first time: When he got on the bus on the first day, naturally I cried and he just looked at me and said good-bye with no tears … NOTHING. Of course I was so proud of him for being so brave, but come on I was hoping he would be a little sad and miss me (better he wasn’t I know).

Camp

 

My husband and I took my big guy to Canada’s Wonderland with one of his best friends: Although we took him last summer, he was too small for all the rides he wanted to go on and cried 90% of the time because he couldn’t understand the concept of a lineup so needless to say we didn’t stay very long. This year was a WHOLE other ballgame: he ate all the yummy stuff he wouldn’t be allowed on a regular day like candy floss, big huge lollipops etc (sugar rush much), and best of all he got a blue bracelet and was able to go on all the rides he wasn’t allowed to the previous year like the the Ghoster Coaster (I am actually scared of that ride, but he insisted so my husband took him on). I had to enlarge the pic below, because his face is CLASSIC (front row – the little guy in the sunglasses and that’s my husband)

Canada's Wonderland

 

We got to meet our cousins from LA for the first time: I am fortunate that I have a very large family, but sadly they are all over the United States. My father told me our cousins from Los Angeles were coming to Toronto to visit, so immediately I planned a big family get together so that the kids could all meet their cousins for the first time and it was as if the kids had known each other forever. The best part of the meeting was that when F’s oldest cousin walked in, he noticed that he had the same jersey as his cousin was wearing and went upstairs and changed into a matching outfit so he could be like his big cousin. A memory that will never be forgotten

Frankie and Jake

Spending time with my whole family: My family consists of my mom and dad, my two older brothers, my older sister and their kids (S is 11 years old, P is almost 5 years old, J is almost 3 years old, B boy is 6 months old and B girl is almost 1 year plus my two boys). We are a very close family, so much so we all live about 5-10 minutes max from each other. I don’t think there was one weekend this summer that I didn’t see a family member which truly is the best. To me, there is nothing better than being surrounded by family

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Although all good things must come to an end, the memories we make are forever!
T.
xo

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Summer Time in the City #MomTrust

Summer Time in Toronto

So it’s summer time (though these days it doesn’t feel like it here in Toronto) and you want to spend as much time outdoors with your kids as possible since we only have a short amount of time to enjoy it, but what is there to do? The real question though should really be “Where do I start?”

Although we have no big family trips planned this summer, there is so much to do around the city, it’s hard to fit it all in, in only a few short months. Wondering what all those things are? Well here are few  things to do in Toronto that you may or may not have thought of to help kickstart your summer fun:

1. Centre Island
Whether you just want to walk around and enjoy nature or speed it up and jump on some rides (including the fairy boat ride to the island which the kids love), this is a great place for kids of all ages. Plus I love it because it brings back a lot of memories from when I was a kid (did I mention not much has changed there since I was a kid?!)

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Summer 2013 with our one and only (at the time)

2. Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s largest playground and I promise it will keep the kids entertained for HOURS!! For the little kids (or the adults like me who are scared of large rides) there is Planet  Snoopy and for the bigger kids there are roller coasters, roller coasters and more roller coasters. Oh did I mention there is a large water park?

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Summer 2012

3. African Lion Safari
Now I haven’t been before, but it is on my list for this year! I have heard such great things and I think my older guy will freak seeing exotic animals so closely. Now I know a lot of people worry about ruining their cars, but not to worry as a friend told me you can pass by the area with the monkeys which apparently is where they jump on the cars and can scratch it up.

4. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Aquarium (save this one for those rainy days)
What a cool place and both parents and the kids will love it. It’s like an escape into an underwater world with the most beautiful fish swimming all around you and there are lots of fun, interactive things for the kids to do. One word to the wise, it’s best to go as soon as it opens or close to. PS you know what’s even more fun? Taking the subway down, the kids love it!

Ripley's Believe it or Not

5. The Toronto Zoo
I have to say I am quite proud of our zoo though don’t expect to see elephants because they are gone (my son was very sad about this discovery) but giraffes, tigers, monkey’s and zebras there are 🙂 

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Baby VS The Monkey (my little guy seems confused)

6. Backyard Fun
If you are just simply looking for something on the more “chill” side, buy some sprinkler toys, a little table for the kids to do some arts and crafts on, a little blow up pool and your set. If you are thinking bigger (and spending more money), go for a bouncy castle, cottage, sand table and/or water table to keep them busy.

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Enjoy the weather while you can
Happy planning
T.
xo

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Holy *#$&% #MomTrust

Dirty Diapers Having an older sister has a lot of perks, one of which is that she is the first to have kids so I could see what parenting is REALLY like!!! I am not just talking about the cute snuggling, the little tears because of hunger etc. I am talking about the faucet vomiting, massive meltdowns and most importantly the rancid (and I stress rancid) diapers.

When my sister changed my nephews first few diapers, I actually thought to myself that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and felt confident I would be fine when I had a baby considering my sensitivity to bad smells … boy was I wrong. Needless to say there was quite a bit of gagging and breathe holding on my part.

Google’s definition of the word EXPLOSION: “a violent and destructive shattering … as is caused by a bomb” and it just so happens that the bomb was my son’s … well … you know!

No diaper could handle the kind of explosion my son had. Thank goodness I wasn’t alone that day, my husband happened to be working from home and the moment came when I went to change his diaper and HOLY #$(*&#$ (literally) it was all up his front side and then I took a look at his back side and I swear I felt like it was slow motion when I screamed CODEEEEE BROWNNNNN. In the moment, the two of us were hysterically laughing because we couldn’t figure out what to do next. The first question: how on earth are we going to get the onesie off without it getting near his face (TIP: roll up the onesie then pull it off – learned that from experience, but that wasn’t how we did it this time) well that ended in a complete disaster, need I say more! The next step, clean it off. My husband was holding the baby up (at arms length) while I used an entire pack of wipes to wipe him down and then the moment we were waiting for, yup he peed all over us (of course he had a look of “what did I do” on his face”) and then to the bath. Just re-telling that story, I truly feel exhausted!

I’m sure we all have funny stories, feel free to share yours!

Happy Diapering
T.
xo

 

Spring is in the Air #MomTrust

Spring Time

Spring is finally here although you wouldn’t know it with the continued snow fall (tear sniff), but everyday when I look at my backyard and see more and more green I know we are in the winter home stretch. Let the planning begin.

First on my list: Taking walks!!! There is nothing better for your little one’s (and you) than getting outside and breathing fresh air (especially Spring air), so bundle them up, put on your sunglasses and go out for a long walk around your neighbourhood. If there are groceries or cosmetics you need, map out a location that is a little further than your regular stop and make it your mission for the day. Once your fridge gets too stocked from all your trips, call some friends and meet them in their neighbourhoods just for a change of scenery.

Well I might be jumping the gun here, but on those “warmish” days, go to the park! All winter my older guy kept asking to go play at the park, so what did I do … I took him! The moment he got there, (wearing more layers than you could ever imagine) he either had to go pee or wanted to come home because he was so cold. I’m just waiting for the disappearance of the snow and then I will be park hoping (oh how the times have changed).

When its nice and warm out, parents try to find activities to keep their little one’s busy outdoors and well I have spent the last two years trying to find great activities which is what we will be doing this Spring/Summer
– Sportball has great weekend sport programs in parks around the city
– As I mentioned park hoping is always fun and mixes things up – google parks near you and go check them out
– Go to the zoo! It’s always best to go on those ‘not so hot days’ so Spring is a great time check it out
– Find the cities splash pads (yes that is a summer activity), but there are a lot of great one’s
– If you want to stick around the house, get some fun outdoor games like bean bag toss, a fun sprinkler attachment that the kids can run through or best yet, a childhood favourite slip and slide

Smile, its finally spring!!!
T.
xo

The Battle of the Bottle #MomTrust

Battle Between Breast and BottleI remember walking around the halls of the hospital trying to progress my labor and seeing signs everywhere about breastfeeding: why “breast is best”, guides how to breastfeed, ways to get the baby to latch and so on and so on, and I thought to myself ‘what about the moms that can’t breast feed or for that matter don’t want to, will they look down on mothers for not breast feeding’ and sure enough before I started pushing the nurse said “would you like to breast feed your baby as soon as he comes out”. There was no question as to whether I was breast feeding or bottle feeding, I was just basically told this is what I was doing.

As a first time mom, your walking in blind! You have no idea what to expect, so I did as I was told. Before my little guy was born, I was given some advice by some experienced parents; offer a bottle earlier than later to avoid the baby rejecting the bottle later on since it will be your only chance to have an extended amount of time to yourself (husbands/parents/grand parents/siblings/friends could do a feed for you). I know this isn’t for everyone as a lot of people believe in nipple confusion, but it was the right advice for me. It wasn’t the perfect transition (only slightly difficult), but compared to a lot of friends I had it good switching from breast to bottle, bottle to breast.

Choosing a bottle can be difficult because there are so many on the market, so which to choose? I have seen so many of my friends have issues finding a bottle their child would take, spending hundreds of dollars trying out EVERY bottle on the market including those that are not found in your local baby or pharmacy and only on the internet. What if you could buy a kit that has two bottles and four different nipples to try? Smart right? Playtex has introduced a bottle and nipple gift kit in both medium and slow flow so you can use the same bottle but try out different sized and shaped nipples (you can buy the nipple variety pack separately as well). Nipple innovations a few years back are not what they are now!

Unfortunately, I can not talk about my son’s experience with this kit since my youngest son is now 7 months old and has been using the same bottle since he was about 4 weeks old, so he wouldn’t take a new bottle (the kid likes what he is used to and doesn’t like change, can’t fault him for that), but no two kids are alike so this is just my experience. The variety pack was created to reduce the trial and error for young babies learning to take a bottle as there are a variety of options. I have never seen anything like this on the market and I think its an amazing idea.

There is a great selection to choose from in the variety pack:
1. Breast-like Shape which was designed to mimic the breast
2. Full Sized for those with wider mouths
3. Angled for upright feeding
4. Naturalatch

Way to go Playtex, you did it again
Happy Feeding
T.
xo

Sleep? What’s that!!!!

Tired Mama

 

Can you even remember the days when you slept in till 10am and went to bed at 12am … why did you do that … no reason … just because you could?!!!

I strongly feel that sleep deprivation is one of the hardest adjustments to parenthood, but GUESS WHAT … there is a light at the end of the dark dark  tunnel that your trying so hard to run to (wait .. too dark? There are some people out there that function extremely well on no sleep (that’s my sister) and then there are those who love their precious sleep so much that the massive change is such a hard adjustment (that’s me!). I swear my first born knew I was a new mom and had no clue what I was doing so he decided to throw me into a pool to see if I would sink or swim, how about I was lightly treading. He was colicky and didn’t want to sleep .. EVER. I bounced him on a fitness ball for hours, I took him out for walks in freezing cold weather, I sat next to a running tap in my kitchen and I even paced and rocked him in my laundry room while the dryer was running and I even added in a pair of running shoes to the dryer so that it would make loud ass noise (desperate times) and this is how I survived the first five months. On a happier note, my new little guy was the complete opposite, easily goes down (well now after sleep training him) and is just such a calm, happy baby.

With all that, here are a few things I have learned and I personally recommend to help

1. ASK FOR HELP!!!!!!!!!!
My mom always asked me if I needed anything, my sister, my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, everyone and I kept saying “no, I am ok thanks” and really I wanted to say “yes I would love the help” but I was too proud and well I crashed and then had no choice but to get the help. Second time around, anyone asked if they could hold the baby, I passed him right over. If anyone told me they would take him so I could lie down, sure no problem. I know its hard, but let people who offer help!!!

2. SLEEP WHEN THEY SLEEP
I know this is not easy especially when you have a thousand things to do like laundry, dishes, cleaning up the house, making the beds etc but try to close your eyes for sure once and if you can twice a day. Even little cat naps help to make you feel just a little bit better (I know easier said than done).

3. DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO SURVIVE
Everyone made me believe that by rocking the baby to sleep, holding him too much or co-sleeping with the baby I would somehow damage him and made me think that I would be doing this even when he was 18 and then I spoke to a few friends (one of which is a paediatrician) and she gave me the best advice “do what you need to do to survive” and I did (in fact when I was doing all these things and having anxiety about doing them, I kept repeating this over and over in my head) then at 4 months, you can sleep train to break all the bad habits (totally your comfort level – I did with both kids and they are both amazing sleepers)

You will get through the sleep deprivation and feel human again, I promise!!
If you have any sleep tips that helped, please share them below

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Happy sleeping
T.
xo

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