I just Learned that it is Potty Training Awareness Month #PottyPartnership #Giveaway

Pull-Ups Potty Training

I just found out that June is Potty Training Awareness Month so what better time is there to start learning about potty training and get ready to start the process (now that I think about it the word “process” is actually a very suiting word here because potty training really is a process and a very frustrating one at that).

I got lucky with my youngest and potty training because he idolizes his brother and therefore wants to copy everything he does (and I mean everything), so he had a natural curiosity about the toilet just seeing his brother going all the time. No joke, sometimes my little guy would follow his brother to the bathroom and just sit on the step stool while his brother was doing his business and the two of them would chat about who know’s what as if they were sitting on the couch together (it was probably one of the cuter things I have experienced with the two boys).

Instead of telling you how I did it because Pull-Ups has an AMAZING online resource that will really assist with getting to know your child and providing a guide to help, I am going to let you know a few things NOT to do which were little mistakes I made (oops):

1. DO NOT RUSH POTTY TRAINING!!! It will become stressful for you and most importantly, scratch that .. equally as important, it will be stressful for your little one (mistake number 1 that I made)

2. Don’t get angry when you see their pants go from light grey to dark grey: as frustrating as potty training is, they are still babies and it’s not an easy thing to learn that feeling of having to pee (I am guessing because clearly I can’t remember this stage in my life). I promise getting angry at your little one will only backfire and cause my issues for you

3. Remember .. SMALL REWARDS: who thought it was a good idea to reward their child with a toy every time they peed or pooped in the potty (you can’t see me but I am guessing you know that my hand is up). Rewards I feel are important, but keep them small and something they do not get all the time so it actually feels like a reward (smarties were a big hit in my house) and the final touches was a big Mickey Mouse Stuffie thanks to Pull-Ups. If you don’t want to do a reward every time your little one goes to the washroom, make a sticker chart and at the end of the week give them a little reward.

Pull-Ups Potty Training Chart

4. Get a cute potty that actually peeks their interest: I got your run of the mill hole in a bucket type potty and though it looked nicer with my furniture because let’s be honest it does become a piece of furniture for a little while, it didn’t help peek his interest. There are really cute, stand alone potty’s out there that have their own little flusher which makes the whole experience more fun

Pull-Ups Potty Training

Not my little guy, but a friends who is just starting potty training

It’s definitely a scary world out there (I am talking about the potty training world), but with Pull-Ups new Potty Partnership, they offer a whole new way to potty train and it really does help!!! All you do is take a short quiz to find out what your child’s potty personality is and then it is almost like a personal guide for you as to how to go about potty training based on their personality (this is my son’s and was pretty much on point).

Pull-Ups Potty Partnership

If you are just starting to think about potty training, I highly recommend checking out this site to get some helpful pointers and tips.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our friends at Pull-Ups they are giving away 1 of their amazing Pull-Ups Potty Partnership ToolKit filled with: Pull-Ups® Training Pants, Big*Kids Flushable Wipes, Potty seat and chair, Milestone chart to track and award your child’s progress, Potty training book, Plush toy to reward potty accomplishments to 1 lucky winner. Must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec residents). Here’s how to enter:

Potty

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If you found these tips helpful, let others know by commenting below!
Good luck
T.
xo

If You Don’t Know … Now You Know!

Laceez

Well I am going to start this blog post off with a big YOU’RE WELCOME! Why? Because after this post you will be thanking me for introducing you to this product that I promise will make your life SOOO much easier.

Growing up I wasn’t exactly a girly girl! I loved to play sports, I hated the colour pink, frills and bows or anything froufrou for that matter (all of which my older sister loved) and over the years I didn’t really let go of my Tom boy roots, but embraced it just with a twist. Sure, when I needed to clean up for an event and wear a dress with heels I would, but my day to day life was (and still very much is) very casual.

It’s no secret that I love shoes! Clearly I am not talking about all those pretty high heeled, seriously uncomfortable shoes because to no surprise I legitimately despise wearing them, but sneakers … I have a serious soft spot for sneakers!! Having my two boys really let me embrace my boy sneaker envy and well now they both have a pretty awesome collection of retro Jordan’s.

Here is the problem: as your children get older and you are searching for shoes for them, you will find that they offer less and less shoes with Velcro and elastics and they are all lace up (Jordan’s especially). The solution … Laceez!! The minute I saw this product I had to have them. I had the opportunity to test out a few pairs and within 15 minutes I was online ordering 8 more pairs in all sorts of fun colours and sizes.

Laceez

What I love about Laceez
– they make every parents life easier just by changing their regular laced shoes into slip on shoes
– you can change up the look of the shoe by changing the laceez colour
– they are so easy to lace up
– a friend of mine got the wrong size once and she said their customer service was amazing with helping her
comes in a few different sizes XS-XL (there is a guide of which size you should order in comparison to shoe size)
– they ship to Canada (if you order 3 or more they will discount the shipping)
– the tips of the laces easily lock them into place
– they have lots of fun bright colours (i’m hoping they will come out with some cute prints like gingham in different colours etc)

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
As if I don’t love them enough already, they are kindly giving away a set of 3 pairs of laces to 1 lucky winner!!! The contest is open to Canadian and US readers. Here’s how to enter:

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For more information on Laceez or to order them, click here
*i went up a size for both my kids shoes

Happy Shopping
T.
xo

Light it Up with KinderGlo Night Light – Enter to WIN!

KinderGlo Night Light

Who knew finding a night light would be so difficult!!! So difficult in fact, that I am on my 4th night light for my older son.

Sure, you can get the cheapie one’s that plug into the wall (nope I have not bought one of those), but when your little one needs to get up in the middle of the night to pee and has to open his door to a dark hallway (which they see as “spooky”), take a step out of their “safe zone” to get to that bathroom, is scared shitless and therefore calling your name on the top of their lungs waking everyone up in the house, you will be WISHING you had one of these night lights!

Now I won’t be mean and tell you the brands of my previous night lights, but what I will tell you is that they were all awful which is why I went scouring the internet for a new light and stumbled across KinderGlo which immediately got my attention.

Why were they so awful? Well one I spent over $50 on and within two months the bulb burnt out and my luck they aren’t replaceable so there goes money down the toilet (you would think I left it on all day and all night 7 days a week – not the case). The second one I bought was more reasonably priced (over $30 + tax), but honest to g-d I could not and still can not figure this thing out even after reading the terrible directions which took me half an hour to figure out. Sometimes it would randomly shut off in the middle of the night, it never stays charged and my son basically hates it. The last one I bought, was similar to the first one that I liked at the beginning, I was surprised it was cheaper when I went to buy it (silly me I thought they figured out that “most” people won’t spend that on a night light unless they are desperate like me) and then I got home and sure enough it was battery operated. You would be sick how many batteries I went through in the last few weeks using that thing.

What I love about KinderGlo?
– I love all the cute night light designs, it was hard to choose but I am very happy with my choice (the dragon)
– The product feels like it is of the highest quality, both the base and the night light do not feel light and cheap (as was the case with one of the others I tried)
– The night light has multi-colour which continually goes through the colours all night
– Also your little one can choose one colour and leave it on that all night, my son loves picking a colour every night
– Has a timer option which will turn the night light off after half an hour
– Has an option to leave the night light on all night
– Rechargeable

-Lastly 8-10 hours when fully charged
– Automatically powers on if knocked off the base or power outage
– The user guide is VERY easy to follow
– Portable for those midnight trips to the bathroom
– It never gets hot
– Gives off just the right amount of light (not too bright and not too dull)

Where to Buy:
You can purchase direct from the KinderGlo website and receive 20% off using the code BABYLISH on checkout OR you can purchase on amazon.ca (but no discount)
Price: $24.95

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at KinderGlo, they are giving away one night light (winners choice) to one lucky reader. The comest is open to residents of Canada and the US. It’s easy to enter:

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Sleep tight
T.
xo

No Spill Solution with the Playtex Twist ‘n Click Snacker Cup #MomTrust

Playtex Mom Trust

I have always been a huge fan of snacker cups, not only is it the best for on-the-go snacks, it’s a great item to help kids with independent eating.

When I first saw these years ago, I was loving the brilliant invention, however, my purse wasn’t loving it so much. I felt like there was always a surprise waiting for me at the bottom of my purse … Goldfish, Cheerio’s, Yogurt Melts … you know those great snacks that crush the minute something hard hits it, maybe like keys, your phone, wallet everything???!!! I could seriously feed a family of pigeons with the amount of crumbs at the bottom of purse and it drove me crazy.

It baffled my mind that someone did not think of something so simple like adding a lid to the snacker cup … well times they are a changin’ because now Playtex has come out with their version of a snacker cup and guess what?! It comes with a lid!!! High five Playtex.

Playtex Twist 'n Click Snacker Cup

Here’s what I love about the Twist ‘n Click Snacker Cup
– well clearly it comes with a lid!
– it has the Twist ‘n Click technology so you know the lid is locked
– the lid rotates (harder for the little one’s to grasp this concept so you have to do it for them) and sits under the cup while not being used and doesn’t get in the way
– it has an ergonomic handle, easy for the little one’s to hold onto
– dishwasher safe (always a bonus)
– the opening is soft enough to get their hands into

Happy Snacking
T.
xo

Make sure to check out Playtex Mommyville to see what other moms have to say about their products and give them a “like” on Facebook
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the opinions expressed belong to Babylish Advice and are not influenced in any way!

Fall has Begun at Kidville

Kidville Canada

It’s funny how we wait all year for summer to come and then as soon as summer arrives, us parents immediately have to start planning our kids programs for Fall. Of course we want them to be outside as much as possible to soak in the last little bit of decent weather, but as we all know, one minute it’s Fall and the next, you look outside and there is snow on the ground. Is it just me or is there is no gradual weather change anymore?! Speaking of which, it is officially freezing outside (yes I just used the word freezing to describe mid September, but hey three days ago it was 28 degrees and now it is 8) so time to start moving those playdates and music groups indoors.

Since Kidville opened in Toronto, I was very curious about their classes as I had been to multiple birthday parties there and I loved so many aspects of it, but since I work full time and am not in walking distance it wasn’t possible for me at the time to attend classes.

Mid-summer, I was asked to have some friends attend a class at Kidville called Rockin’ Railroad for review and since I was on maternity leave, I happily accepted and honestly speaking I can not say enough great things about the class and facility. Let me start off by saying that this is not your standard music class where you have a music teacher singing the Alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle with some little puppets on their fingers.

Kidville Toronto

 

This music class has a 4 piece children’s band playing fun, upbeat music and they have every tool in the box to keep the little one’s engaged throughout the entire class. Everything from big puppets, books, bubbles, hand instruments and big drums teaching your children tempo, rhythm, word recognition, and sound identification. Truly what more can you ask for in a music class.

Kidville Toronto

 

After music class, we were all invited into their amazing indoor play-space/gym and all I have to say is WOW! Basically it is a giant padded play room where kids can play in a safe environment. They have a mini zip line and climbing wall for the older children and a lot of large geometric padded shapes for the little one’s to play in/on and explore.

Kidville Toronto

 

The cleanliness of the facility is amazing; no shoes for both the adults and the kids and there is a ‘must wear socks’ rule which I appreciate (so no bare feet – yuk).

We loved our experience at Kidville and I am absolutely certain you and your little one(s) will as well. Fall session has JUST begun, so make sure to check out all they have to offer because they have great, one of a kind programs that nobody else offers!  Call Kidville at (416) 483-7070 to learn more and to register today

Happy playing
T.
xo

The Cup that DOESNT Leak #MomTrust

TravelTime Sport Spout Cup

I know the #1 concern with sippy cups/travel cups is whether they leak and a lot of sippy cups on the market do which unfortunately, you usually find out the hard way (a wet purse or diaper bag) and then you get upset that you wasted money on a product that just ends up in the garbage.

I am always nervous to test sippy cups because I also worry about leaking issues and I don’t ever want to steer people wrong in my recommendations, but I received the Playtex TravelTime Sport Spout cup and I am telling you the honest truth, it is a fantastic cup!

The first thing I did was fill it up and turn it upside down, on it’s side and dropped it … absolutely not one leak! I didn’t really think about opening the spout and turning it upside down, but my son tested that on his own. I gave him the cup in the car and he thought it would be fun to play with it and my heart sank when I saw it opened and upside down thinking he would be soaked and we couldn’t pull over to change him. Sure enough, NOT ONE drip came out!!! Now that impressed me.

Playtex TravelTime Sport Spout Cup

You can see the counter DOESN’T have one drip on it!!!

What I love about the TravelTime Sport Spout Cup
– The non-leaking issue is #1 on my list (
New spill-proof valve allows liquid to flow only when the child sips)
– Interchangeable lids with other Playtex Twist ‘n Click lids
– It’s dishwasher safe which is always a bonus
– Insulated (has a dual wall to keep cold drinks cool and warm drinks warm)
– BPA Free!
– Cute dinosaur design
– Easy flip straw
– 100% leak-proof and break-proof guarantee

Enjoy your new non-leaking cup!
T.
xo

Make sure to check out Playtex Mommyville to see what other moms have to say about their products and give them a “like” on Facebook
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the opinions expressed belong to Babylish Advice and are not influenced in any way!

Freshly Picked Moccasins – ENTER TO WIN!

Freshly PIcked

The Google dictionary defines OBSESSION as “the state of being obsessed with someone or something” and “an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind” that pretty much sums up how I feel about baby shoes! I swear I look at baby shoes and my ovaries explode (wait TMI?!)

So as it seems (from my SwimZip post), I like to watch Shark Tank a lot and a few months back I was watching an episode about a brand Freshly Picked. Not having any clue what the brand was, I kept watching (good thing) and the moment I laid eyes on the adorable moccasins, I instantly checked them out on all forms of social media and like a stalker, I went through every picture, post etc and just couldn’t get enough … I HAD TO HAVE THESE!!!!

There are no words to describe how ridiculously adorable these moccasins are and I feel so lucky that I had the opportunity to chat with their amazing team and review a pair. I don’t think I was on the website for more than 30 seconds before I spotted the pair that I wanted (camo of course) and within days they were in my hands and immediately on my little guys feet.

Freshly PIcked Moccasins

Here’s what I love about Freshly Picked
– They are made in the USA
– The patterns they have are so unique (ie. ant print, pineapple print, watermelon print) and they also have standard colours for those who don’t want a print
– An amazing mama started this company making shoes from scrap leather at her kitchen table
– They have elastics to help stretch the moccasin to get your child’s foot in (because we all know that getting shoes on baby feet is near impossible) and they help with keeping the moccasins on their feet
– They come with a little shoe bag and button
– Made out of genuine leather
– They are HAND MADE (how often do you hear that)
– Their website is fresh (you will see what I mean) and is easy to navigate and to order from
– They have a size chart in order to determine what size your little one is and if you don’t know your little one’s size than they give you a guide on how to measure his/her foot 

Freshly Picked Moccasins

Now I have to note that these aren’t cheap ($60 a pair), but remember you are getting a handmade product, made in the USA, good quality and you will see that when you get them in your hands … they are SOOOO worth it!

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
A huge thank you to our very generous friends at Freshly Picked they are offering one my very lucky readers a chance to win a pair!!! The contest is open to residents of Canada and the US. Here’s how to enter:

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T.
xo

Is Your Little One Canada’s Luckiest Baby? Win up to $50,000 in Prizes!

Canada's Luckiest Baby

We all think our baby is the cutest baby in the world (obviously), but is your baby the luckiest baby (besides of course being lucky to be born into your family)? Your little one could win you and your family over $50,000 in prizes!!!! That’s one lucky baby.

Prize:
Grand prize of a $10,000 RESP, a 2014 Ford Flex and a (much needed I am sure) family trip to Orlando. Better yet, they will be adding more prizes as the contest continues so make sure to keep checking in.

Who’s Eligible:
This Canadian-wide opportunity is open to babies on the way and newborns up to the age of three (by contest end date). Current and soon-to-be moms, dads, grandparents, other family members and friends will all have an opportunity to enter. You must be 18+ to enter and you must be a resident of Canada excluding Quebec

How to Enter:
It’s quick and easy to enter – click on this link, create a profile (just some basic information), Opt-In to each prize and Increase your odds at winning (you can earn extra entries by taking surveys and showing us some love on Twitter and Facebook)

Timing:
The contest is running from May 15th, 2014 to October 15th 2014

Social Media:
Facebook: Parent Life Network
Twitter: Parent Life Network
Pinterest: Parent Life Network
Social media hashtag: #luckybaby

Website: Canada’s Luckiest Baby

Good luck to all the adorable babies (and babies-2-be) out there
T.
xo

 

Playtex has New Sippy Cups #MomTrust – Enter to WIN!

Playtex

Hi my name is Terri and I am a sippy cup hoarder!!! Yup, that’s right, I have probably bought every product on the market. It all started 3 years ago when I was trying to transition my big guy (who was about 6 months back then) to a sippy cup and he refused to take it. So in true Terri fashion, I went to a baby store and bought every sippy cup on the shelves in the hopes that he would take at least one of them and voila he took one. Fast forward 3 years and he is still using the same sippy cup to drink his milk and honestly speaking I absolutely despise this cup because it constantly leaks which causes a huge meltdown and the stubborn guy won’t change it. Needless to say it was pulled off the market and I can understand why!

I can say that I am lucky that I will not have to buy another sippy cup ever again since I can just use all my old one’s that my other son didn’t like, but I was sent the Playtex Anytime Straw Sippy Cup to review and those other one’s do not compare, I am sold! In fact, I am going to get a bunch more since now I won’t use any other sippy cup (I am a firm believer that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it).

Anytime Straw Cup

Here’s what I love:
– First and foremost it’s LEAK PROOF (tried and tested)!!! My biggest pet peeve are these sippy cups that claim they are the best and then leak so it can’t leave my house
– I love that it has a the Twist N Click technology so that once you twist to close the lid u know that it is properly sealed
– Extremely lightweight
– Contoured to make it easy for the little hands to hold it
– It is breakproof which is great since we know the little guys think its hilarious to throw things on the floor and watch us get it over and over
– BPA Free (obviously)
– Dishwasher Safe – this is always important to me
– Interchangeable lids so the cup can grow with your child
– LOVE LOVE LOVE how the straw goes right to the bottom of the cup so there is no fussing to get the last sips (another pet peeve of mine)
– The Anytime Cup also comes in Spoutless, Spout or Straw so there are lots of options to suit all kids

Playtex also offers a great line of cups for all different ages: TrainingTime (great for the little one’s transitioning to a sippy cup), PlayTime (my son loves his), AnyTime (insulated to keep drinks cool)

Playtex Anytime Sippy Cup

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at Playtex, they are giving away one Anytime Straw Sippy Cup to one lucky reader!!! The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter: 

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Make sure to check out Playtex Mommyville to see what other moms have to say about their products and give them a “like” on Facebook

Happy Child = Happy Mommy
T.
xo

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the opinions expressed belong to Babylish Advice and are not influenced in any way!

The Cadillac of the Baby Bath Tubs #Sassy – Enter to WIN!

Sassy Inspire the Senses Bath Tub

Who knew there could actually be a Cadillac of bath tubs?!!!

When my oldest guy was a baby, I bought 3 bathtubs: one I took out of the box and immediately returned it because it looked beyond uncomfortable, and two others I kept, but were absolutely nothing special, but did the job.

For those of you in the market for a bath tub, the Sassy Inspire the Senses Bath Tub is a must have and for those of you that have the standard bath tub, perhaps you should think about upgrading. I only recently found out that my littlest guy gets upset with transitions. Since my littlest guy was born we have been using the same tub and a month ago I decided to change him from the baby tub to a bigger tub and he FREAKEDDDDD!!!! It took him a few days to get used to it, but he calmed down eventually and calm bath time continued as normal. When I was invited to try out this new bathtub, I was slightly nervous about the switch, but he did not even shed a tear. In fact, it was just the opposite, he was kicking his legs and grabbing at the toys and even cried when I tried to take him out. Lucky the toys are detachable and he could take them out of the bath. Well if that’s not a glowing review (by my little guy), I don’t know what it is!

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What I like:
– Extremely easy to assemble (took under 5 minutes to put it together)
– Encourages developmental play
– Good for ages 0-2 (grows with your child)
– Comes with a great infant sling to attach to the bath which is perfect for the newbies and littlest ones (it’s machine washable too)
– Large basin (my biggest guy jumped into the tub with his brother and they both had the best time)
– Comes with 5 developmental toys (a cup, three bath squeeze toys and a light up hanging bug which is bar far my guys favourite)
– There is a tray that attaches to the bath to store the toys
– Love the signature Sassy company colours
– Extremely light weight

Sassy Inspire the Sense Bath Tub

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our amazing friends at Sassy, they are generously giving away the Sassy Inspire the Senses Bath Tub to one of my lucky readers. This contest is open to Canadian residents only! Here’s how to enter: 

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Where to buy: Babies R Us
Price: $47.97

Happy bath time
T.
xo