Things you may not have known about newborns


When we became parents, there were a ton of things we wished we knew about babies and newborns, so hopefully this post helps new moms, or moms-to-be and if you’re an experienced mom, hopefully you can relate.

Newborns don’t need baths as often as you may think

In the hospital, they give your baby a bath to teach you how to bathe them, all while freaking you about about getting water in their ears during a bath, or about the water being too hot or too cold, or them drowning, etc.  But in reality, according to my doctor, they only need a bath once every 4-7 days.  Their logic? They don’t do anything to sweat or smell, so they don’t need daily baths.

Newborn pee has dark orange crystals in it

About 2 days after our son was born, we literally thought he was pissing blood.  Turns out, they release these deep orange coloured crystals (which look like the colour of blood) in their urine.

Newborn limbs are all stiff and weird

It’s really difficult to straighten your newborn’s limbs.  It’s extremely challenging to try and get your baby’s legs into those sleepers with the feet parts because their legs don’t go straight. And when you pull them straight, once you let go, they go back into that fetal position until their muscle memory (or gravity) kicks in and they have better control over their limbs.  Also, their arms stay close to their chest and under their chin, totally looks like Mr Burns from The Simpsons.

 

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Newborns have this soft spot on their heads that feels like a bruised peach

Newborn’s have this weird soft spot on the top of their heads, because their skulls haven’t completely formed or closed up or something.  When you touch it, it’s literally like touching a bruised peach.  Oh, and it pulsates.  Totally creepy.

Newborns have white zits on their noses

Well, ours did anyways.  It was really weird and you kind of want to just pop them, but you’re supposed to just leave them alone, so I did.

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Newborns are really hairy (like with body hair)

Newborns have this “peach fuzz” all over them.  I thought my son was going to be super hairy right off the bat.  But surprisingly, it disappears after a short period of time.

Newborns have this startle reflex

Newborns have this startle reflex that is like when you’re sleeping and you have that dream like you’re falling and you just jump in your sleep.  Well they have that a lot, so bad that it wakes them up and then they get cranky and can’t go back to sleep.

Newborns make weird animal sounds

A few days after we brought our son home from the hospital, he made these really weird sounds in his sleep, where he literally sounded like a billy goat.  It was so odd, we even took a recording of it and asked the doctor if it was normal.  Apparently it is, so I’m sharing in case you’re wondering the same thing…

Newborns sometimes choke and can easily turn blue

The first time this happened, it scared me so bad I was literally shaking all the way to the clinic.  Good thing my husband was calm, cuz I was freaking the f*** out.  I was nursing our baby when he choked. He literally turned blue and panic set in. I quickly turned him over and smacked his back to try and help him clear his throat.  When we got to the clinic, the doctor said there’s really nothing for them to choke on because they aren’t eating solids, so you just have to help them get the liquid down.  As for them turning blue, because their skin is so thin when they’re that young, it’s normal for their colour to be more obvious.

Sometimes, newborns are just assholes

They don’t mean to be, they just don’t know any better. So when they’re crying during their witching hours, you just have to be patient with them.  They also will pee all over you, or poop in the bath, or pee immediately after you change them.  Probably the best thing to do (in my experience), is to just make sure they have everything they need – they’re fed, dry, and have love/physical human contact.

At the end of the day, newborns are the most amazing thing that will ever happen to you and your family

Unless you have a dog – then the dog becomes second fiddle, and probably isn’t all that amazed with a newborn.

Water Babies

 As some of you may have read in one of my previous blog posts, I wrote about what to do with your baby and what kinda activities you can do with them since I was completely at a loss.  I finally managed to enroll Linden in a swim school and so far it’s been great!  He seems to really enjoy it, and he sure is tuckered out after!

He goes twice a week, and although he’s really too little to teach him anything, we are getting him into a rhythm with what he does.  For instance, they practice “Humpty Dumpty” with him, where they sit him on the pool deck, sing Humpty Dumpty and then dunk him (totally submerged) in the pool, then direct him back to the edge of the pool.  This is supposed to help their muscle memory (or maybe just regular memory) so that if they ever find themselves in a situation where they fall from the edge of a water surface, they know to turn and head back to the edge.

They also get us to practice roll overs, where we swim with him on his belly, then turn him over onto his back, and continue to do this.  This is also supposed to help so if they ever fall into a body of water, they will know how to roll over onto their backs so they can float and won’t breathe in or swallow any water.

Then they play games with him, like Motor Boat (which is not the “grown-up” version of motor boat at all), and it’s his favorite game! We basically just spin him around and say a motor boat rhyme and he likes to be spun around.  Then they bring out little ducks and fish and he grabs them and gets to put them in his mouth – another one of his favorite parts of swimming.  If he can put something into his mouth, he approves of it.

Anyways, today is his 3rd week of lessons, so he’s gone 5 times now, and he started kicking his legs for the first time!  So exciting.  So, for anyone who is at a loss of what to do with their baby, swimming is awesome.  It’s pretty much the only activity that you can do with them since they can’t even sit up or stand or walk yet.

For anyone in the Lower Mainland area, we go to Swim Clo and although they’re kinda pricy, I totally recommend them.  The pool is heated and it’s totally private so the baby doesn’t get freaked out.  You can visit their website Here.

About this blog

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Well, I figured I should write a post about this blog to anyone who’s following or interested in following.

First off, Thank You to everyone already following my blog.  It really means a lot to me that someone is interested in what I have to say, or that others can relate to what I’m experiencing, so it’s nice to know I’m not the only one with these experiences. In other words, this blog serves my selfish needs!

Second, I’d like to give you some insight to my plans with the blog.  I am new to the blogging world – I started blogging in the wee hours of the night when my newborn would wake up for a feed, and TV literally was horrible. My blog is mainly on baby product reviews, because I know that as a new mom, there’s so much stuff on the market and buying things that you need for baby can get confusing, overwhelming and downright stressful.  So, I’m sharing my experiences with baby products so you’re not wasting money on either crappy or poorly made items, or on unnecessary gear.  Also, we are fortunate in that my family and my husband’s family are generous and loving enough to help out in spooling our son, showering him with amazing gifts, enabling me to write lots of reviews. In doing this blog, I’ve reached out to some companies to exchange my services for product.  My goal however, is to maintain my integrity and to continue giving honest reviews on items, whether they were gifted to me or not.

So far, I’ve been lucky to team up with Yoomi Bottles which is a self-warming bottle company.  They’re my first. In partnering up with them, I will be able to offer you (my readers) a discount code on their products, as well as being able to possibly host a giveaway! Please share this blog so that I can get more followers to be able to host more of these giveaways and discount codes! The more followers I have, the more discounts and giveaways!

IMG_0285-0I run an apparel company for my passion which is officiating ice hockey, which has sparked me to begin selling baby onesies, since I already have everything set up.  Please check out my store, Onezzzies, and if there’s any specific designs or styles you’re interested in, please feel free to contact me and I can have them made up for you.

This blog has also inspired me to create a segment called Parents in Cars Getting Coffee, which is a spin off from Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  You can check it out at http://www.parentsincarsgettingcoffee.com – basically, I go out and enjoy a cup of coffee with another parent, and discuss everything around parenting – advice, tips, the headaches and the joys.

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Thanks for your support, and for reading, and sharing my blog!

Product Review: Munch Mitt


This is probably one of, if not the best teether on the market today.  Our son Linden absolutely loves it.  He’s had it since he was about 3 months old and he’s almost 6 months and it’s still one of his favorite tethers.  And as a parent, it’s definitely my favorite too!

First of all, it goes on their hand since it’s a mitt, so you don’t have to worry about them poking themselves in their eye, or having to hold it for them, or worry about them dropping it on the floor.  Second, because Linden loves to suck on his thumb and stick not only his thumb and fingers in his mouth, but his entire hand, this product is perfect for him. Third, the whole Munch Mitt pretty much fits in his mouth, so he doesn’t get frustrated with it like he does with other toys and teethers. Our son also enjoys chewing not only on the “teether” silicone part, but also on the strap so it keeps him busy even if he gets bored with one end of it!

It comes in 2 sizes, the regular Munch Mitt which comes in 2 colours (a pinky-purple, and a green), and the Munch Mitt Mini comes in yellow.  Linden is 5 months old and the Mini still fits him.  It’s pretty pricey as far as teethers go, but if you don’t waste your money on other ones, this is the only teether you’ll need.

In Canada, you can purchase it at Westcoast Kids and at Baby’s World/Snuggle Bugz. And in the US, I know you can get it from Amazon.

If you have experienced with the Munch Mitt that you would like to share, post them in the comments below!

Peel iPhone Case Discount

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I don’t normally post about this kinda stuff, but I’ve come across a product that I really like, so I feel like I have to promote it.  Peel HQ is a company that has come out with probably the thinnest, lightest, most naked-est (that’s not a word, but I’m into making up words), iPhone case.  This company has come out with an iPhone case that literally makes your phone feel like its full on naked.

Its a great product, both my husband and I absolutely love it, and I’m sure you will too.  So, if you want, here’s a 20% discount: PEEL Naked iPhone Case

Baby activities

Your baby is finally here. Now what?  I spent the first month and a half wondering what the heck to do with a newborn.  I felt like all we did was feed him, make sure he had a clean diaper, make sure we had lots of skin-to-skin touch with him and make sure he did tummy time once a day. Feeding, sleeping, and making sure his diaper was dry and clean took up a big portion of the day, I’ll grant you that, but what do you do the rest of the day? Every mom I asked said the same thing “not much, I guess”.

It all started when a couple of our friends came over for our routine “games night” for the adults. Long story short, we had Linden in the Bumbo seat and one of our friends picked up a small yellow M&M’s packet and started crinkling or ruffling it in front of Linden. He started tracking it with his eyes, followed by a mere attempt to grab it.  It was the first time he had shown interest in possibly “playing” with something.  For those wondering, he managed to grab it but not for long. For me, it looked like I was watching someone who had been paralyzed try to relearn how to reach for, grab and hold an item. Truly amazing.

Tummy Time – we were fortunate that our son didn’t despise tummy time. He didn’t take a liking to it, but he didn’t hate it like some babies. But we always thought it was weird because he wouldn’t do anything. He would just lie there. He wouldn’t try to move. Eventually he did but not till quite a bit later. I think having a proper tummy time mat with a “pillow” to put their chest on really helped. We didn’t have one at first but then we purchased one and it almost forced our son to work on lifting his head. He was always able to lift his head just enough to turn it from his left to his to his right but not strong enough for him to lift it right up.

Linden at 2 months after we finally bought a proper mat for him to do Tummy Time

Activity Mats – around 2.5 months, we bought him this activity mat (which you can also use as a tummy time mat) which had a little piano at the base of it so your baby can kick it. It was awesome and we wished we got it for him from the beginning. Although, this is an exercise he does on his back, but it gets his little legs going and stimulates him because of the music/noise he realizes he can make.


Jumparoo –  at almost 3 months (12 weeks), we bought Linden a jumparoo as he started showing interest in toys and noise and colours.  He absolutely loves it. He’s still a little small in it (like in the seat), so we just padded his back with a small pillow and/or a blanket/towel. The other purpose this has is that it helps to support his neck when the jumparoo moves since his neck muscles aren’t 100% developed yet. He doesn’t really jump in it, but he stands up and puts weight on his legs and he is also insanely fascinated with the toys that are attached to it.  We bought a Finding Nemo one, which has a plastic “bubble”, filled with small balls inside which make noise and light up when he spins it. It’s by far his favourite toy on there. Then there’s Dori, which he could just stare at for 20 minutes and not do anything – I’m not sure what his fascination is with it but he seems to like it.  The actual jumping feature on the jumparoo is a little too much for him at this age, as he seems to prefer the sensory part, like figuring out how to spin the plastic nemo thing in the front and making noise. Also, because he is still kinda small for the jumparoo, it seems a little challenging for him to reach some of the toys, so when he reaches for some of the toys and the thing moves, he can tend to get a little frustrated sometimes. But if you hold it, he’s happy. We kinda just let him play with the sensory toys for a while, and then let him jump/kick his legs a little, while he is in there so he can also work on his coordination and leg strength and get some exercise in as well.


This specific jumparoo (pictured above) was purchased from Babies R Us in Canada: click here to go directly to the product site (not the Babies R Us Home Page).

I wish we had known about these 3 items when Linden was first born, or when I was pregnant with him so we could’ve been more prepared to do activities with him (other than the usual things).  These items seemed to really stimulate his senses, and watching him play and learn is priceless.  To top it off, he seems to really enjoy playing with his activity mats and his jumparoo and seeing the determination and smile on his face is unlike any other feeling in the world.

How to put a Dockatot cover on


It seems a lot of people are having problems with putting the Dockatot cover back on once they’ve removed it to wash it.  So, I created a video tutorial on how to put it back on.  Hopefully it helps.

Basically, you have to keep pushing the bumper parts down into the corners of the sides of the Dockatot.  Two things to note when getting the bumper into the cover, is to use your finger and thumb to pull the zipper up, keeping your finger on the inside, so that it doesn’t snag on the bumper fabric.  And the second thing which I found helps, is to feel the bumper once you’ve gotten it zipped up.  The 2 sides should be equally firm – if one side is softer or looser than the other, keep pushing the bumper to the ends.  Hopefully this makes sense, and if not, check out our video for a proper demonstration on how to do it.

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Get your finger underneath the zipper so it doesn’t snag on the fabric from the bumper

Keep in mind, you have to be patient with it, but honestly, I’d rather put the Dockatot cover on than try to get a douvet cover on! Haha

Video is on my YouTube channel here How to put a Dockatot cover on

If you need any clarification, or want me to post any other videos to help with this, please let me know in the comments below! Thanks for watching!

Product Review: UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

 
We were using the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller which was awesome and super compact, but since we take our son out of the car seat now and put him directly in the stroller, the Nano (having a shorter seat height) hasn’t been the best fit for us.  With a 4 month old, the Nano stroller seat is far too low, and our son isn’t even in our peripheral vision when he’s in the stroller.  With the car seat, the Nano is still the most amazing stroller, but without the car seat, not very good for an infant to be seated in it directly. Especially when you’re shopping at Costco – where things are so huge and open, and you’re worried about a tiny baby in a stroller!  And yes, I’m aware that you aren’t even supposed to put a baby directly into the Nano until they’re 6 months, but you’re also not supposed to keep them in their car seats for extended periods of time, so its half a dozen of one, six of another.

Anyways, so in comes the UPPAbaby Cruz.  We were looking specifically for a stroller where our 4 month old could sit directly in it (without the use of a car seat), and we wanted something that had the option of a parent facing seat as well. This stroller has far exceeded our expectations.

It took me a while to figure out how to tighten the straps on this stroller – adjusting the height of the straps was easy but figuring out how to tighten them was a nightmare. But once I figured it out I feel like such a dumbass because it was so easy. I’ve uploaded a video below if you need to figure this out. Or, you can click this link to watch it on my YouTube channel Uppababy Cruz – How to tighten straps

Pros:

  1. It’s super lights weight.  At 22lbs, it’s one of the lightest full size strollers on the market.  If you take the seat off, the frame itself is only 16.5lbs.  Which makes it really easy to get into the trunk of your car.
  2. The wheels are sturdy making it very easy to push over terrain, or easy to push over a lip for example on an escalator, or a door frame when walking into a store.
  3. Seems snug, cozy, comfortable and warm. We purchased the infant insert (our son is almost 5 months old), and the insert seems to help with the fit of an infant in the stroller. The infant insert is awesome as it is reversible, giving you a warm fleecy feel on the one side, and a moisture wicking cool feel on the other side for the summer. A good investment since it’s like you’re getting two for the price of one.
  4. Convenient latch on the back, so you can easily adjust the recline on the seat. Oh. My. Gosh. So much easier than the stupid straps that some of the other strollers come with.
  5. Very easy fold. We looked at a whole bunch of other strollers, including a few from Guzzie + Guss, Phil and Teds, Stokke, Armadillo, Bugaboo, and the UPPAbaby was by far the easiest to fold and unfold. Even my husband has no problems folding it up! So, in other words, it’s man-proof!
  6. Fairly small wheel base, making maneuvering around malls, stores, and restaurants fairly hassle-free.
  7. Available accessories such as blankets that attach to the stroller so you don’t lose the blanket, as well as cup holders (which is awesome for me, since being a new mom has caused me to have a coffee with me 24/7!)

Cons:

  1. Folded size. This is a huge drawback for me. We have a 2015 Toyota Camry and, and it almost takes up the whole trunk, with the diaper bag in there too. We normally remove the seat when we fold it up and put it in the trunk as well, and it still takes up a lot of space.  It doesn’t have the ability for you to fold it up with the seat in the parent facing position, so we normally remove the seat to fold it up.
  2. Costly but not nearly as expensive as some other brands. So this could be a pro or a con.

Overall, immediately when we took it out, there was an obvious difference in how it rides.  You can tell right off the bat that it’s a quality product. Even when you’re adjusting the height of the straps, there’s a separate loop for each height adjustment, rather than struggling with trying to fish one strap loop through the slots. (See image below). It’s a pricy stroller, but worth the expense of you’re gonna use it all the time with a (young) infant.  Our son seemed very comfortable in it, and when he normally fussed and cried in our other stroller, he seemed content, sleeping in the UPPAbaby Cruz, and when he woke up he was just chill, looking around and quiet (rather than his usual fussing).  If you want peace and quiet, and to promote a sleeping baby while you shop, this is the stroller for you.


Product Review – Owlet Baby Care Infant Heart Rate and Oxygen Monitor

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Sometimes, the smallest baby products can make the biggest difference in your life as a parent

My amazing husband bought the Owlet Baby Care Monitor for me for Christmas.  He knows how often I wake up in the middle of the nights to check that Linden is still breathing.  Everyone in the hospitals and medical professionals have freaked me out so badly about SIDS that I can’t sleep as I’m constantly checking on our son.

So, for Christmas he splurged and bought me the Owlet.  So, here’s my review on it.

Let me start off by explaining what it is.  The Owlet is a baby care monitor that monitors your baby’s vitals, such as their breathing and their oxygen levels, similar to when they’re newborn, and hooked up to that sock thingie in the hospital for his/her first 24-36 hours of life.  The Owlet uses hospital technology called Pulse Oximetry, which is the clip that they put on your finger in the hospital.  What it does, is it transmits a red light through your skin, and the amount of blood flow and oxygen levels are estimated based on how much light is transmitted through the sensor. In other words, it measures (to a hospital grade), your baby’s heart beat/heart rate and their oxygen levels.

The main selling feature for me with the Owlet Care Monitor, is that it sends alerts to the base (and also to the app and/or your phone), if or when your baby’s vitals are not normal, or if they go beyond the range of what is “normal”.  So, for me, what this means is that the monitor will alert you before there is a major problem with your baby.  For example, if their oxygen levels are low, it alerts you immediately, rather than waiting until there’s no heart beat or no oxygen flow (which at that point would be pointless to have an alert).  I wanted something that would alert me before tragedy happened, so we would at least have the opportunity to save our child if we ever needed to.  The Owlet addresses this – which is what makes it so trustworthy.

How it works on your child

The Owlet is a sensor that is designed in a sock that is placed on your baby’s foot.  It has a strap that goes around the top of your baby’s foot, as well as their ankle to provide the best fit in order to have the most accurate readings, as well as to eliminate false alarms, such as having it move or fall off.

The kit comes complete with the base station, and 3 (yes, 3) different size socks, which provides accurate readings from the day your bring your baby home from the hospital, to when they are 1 year to 18 months (depending on the size of your baby and whether the sock can fit your infant properly).    In addition to the 3 socks, if you require a larger size or a replacement sock, or just want extras, you can purchase them from their website starting at USD$8.

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The Owlet Care Monitor on our 5 month old – still using the size up from the Newborn size, with room for him to grow.

My Experience with it

The first thought that comes to mind, is it truly is an amazing device.  It is ridiculously simple to use – you plug in the base, charge the sock, and install the app.  Then you place the sock on your baby’s foot, open the app and click a button and voila, your baby’s vitals are being monitored.  Doesn’t get much easier than that.  It works amazing.  It will alert you if the sock falls off, or if your baby is moving too much and it can no longer receive an accurate reading.  It will obviously alert you if their vitals are not within what is considered the “normal” range.  It has a high and low range for their heart beat and their oxygen levels, and will alert you if your baby’s vitals are off the charts.

Through the app, you can adjust the alerts.  For example, the first night, our son was moving and kicked off the sock (no idea how he does this, but he does this all the time with his regular socks and shoes too).  The base station alerted us, but not with a loud annoying BEEEEEEEEP or anything like that, rather a soft lullaby of twinkle twinkle little star, which was nice because our son still sleeps in our room in a bassinet, so the alert/alarm didn’t wake him up.  And it wasn’t a rude awakening for us either, but it did wake us up.  You can however, turn the sound off, and just have it send a notification to your cell phone, and it also lights up, so if you’re a light sleeper that may wake you up, without having to have the sound on.  The lights around the base station can also be dimmed, if you’re worried about the light being too bright. The last thing I would like to mention, is that you’re actually able to turn the sound off immediately by pressing on the base station – this turns the monitor off, but pressing it a second time will turn it back on, and you can re-establish the connection at this point.  This prevents you from having to unlock your phone, open the app, and turn off the sound through the app.

We have only had one experience where our son’s oxygen level fell below 80 (which is their range – between 80-100%), and the alarm goes off on the base like an actual alarm.  It’ll scare you even if you’re not asleep!  (Which is good, because its not something you want to take lightly).  In addition to that, the base lights up and flashes red.  Thankfully our son was ok, I’m not really sure what had happened, but it fell below the level, and when we attended to him, he was back to within range.  The fact that the monitor alerts you before something serious actually happens so you have time to react is amazing, and was the main selling feature for us.

(For those wondering about charging the sock, just to give you an idea, a charge is actually really quick – much faster than charging a cell phone – and 7hours of baby sleep monitoring uses about 30% of the battery). You are also able to turn the sock off, when its not in use. Placing the sock on the base station will shut down the sock, so it doesn’t drain the battery.

Lastly, they have a 100 day satisfaction guarantee, and I think that is more than generous for companies these days.  What that tells me is that they stand behind their product if they’re willing to offer such a generous guarantee.

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Screenshots taken from the app when the monitor was in use. These are actual readings from our 5 month old.

Challenges with the product

I wish it was compatible with the Apple Watch as it would be easy to sleep with your watch on, and if something were to happen, it could buzz the watch.  Personally I would like a sensory alert option (like the vibration on a watch) rather than an audio alert. The other thing is that the Owlet is currently exclusive to Apple devices (iPhone or iPad) – the Android version will not be available until June 6, 2016.  (But for me, being an Apple/iPhone user, this isn’t a problem).  I just wanted to let people know in this review in case you’re using a device other than an iPhone.  So if you’re expecting, and your baby is due after June, any Owlet monitor that you purchase now will be compatible with the Android app (which is set to be released in June 2016).

The other thing that I would like to see is the ability to record history – it would be nice to analyze daily recordings of your baby’s vitals.  It’s not a huge deal, but it would be a nice add on to the App.

And that’s about it for the review.  I’ve really only had it for a week now, but overall, I love it!  It is a huge peace of mind for me, the paranoid mom I am.  I wish we had this when our son was a newborn, as I literally used to set an alarm and wake up every 30 minutes to check on him (call me crazy, but that is actually what I did).  And I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’ve probably done it (or still are doing it) too! If that’s the case, and you can afford the USD$249, don’t even think twice about it.  This is definitely on my list of baby gear must-haves.  A huge Thank You to my wonderful husband for purchasing this for me/us, and also to the people at Owlet who came up with the product. This is an item we ended up purchasing when our son was already 3 months old, and in hindsight, we should have just bought it from the beginning. I still remember how scary and new it was to bring our baby home from the hospital, and although the Owlet doesn’t claim to prevent SIDS or death, it does alert you if there’s a potential problem with their heart rate and/or oxygen levels, and it is a huge peace of mind. Well worth the $250, in my honest opinion.

If you’re interested in purchasing an Owlet baby care monitor, click here to be redirected to their site!

The Baby Carrier Debate

I am on a mission to find the safest, and most comfortable baby carrier on the market.  It was brought to my attention by my mom, that baby carriers could cause problems to the development of your baby’s hips, back and spine, so I decided to look into it a little more.

I am currently researching 3 baby carriers:

  1. Baby Bjorn One
  2. ERGObaby 360
  3. Mountain Buggy Juno

Baby Bjorn One

We actually have this carrier – received it as a gift for Christmas from my mom (as I had asked for it).  So far, in terms of comfort, I have not had any problems with it whatsoever.  It does not cause any back pains to myself when carrying my baby forward facing in it.  (My son, is 5 months old, and 15lbs on the dot).

In terms of the safety of this carrier, my understanding is that Baby Bjorn took the advice of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute when designing this specific model.  I also believe that although they have taken that advice, they may still lack in some areas, such as how the baby sits/hangs (in what some refer to as “crotch dangling”).

There are two zippers at the bottom of the carrier (where the baby sits) – one zipper for each leg – which can be unzipped to the centre of the carrier.  This zipper allows the baby’s legs to “dangle”, rather than their legs spread apart (almost in a wide ‘M’ shape).  When we unzipped them, our baby just looked like he fit better in it, so I would highly recommend unzipping this if you’re forward carrying with a young infant.

I know that you’re not supposed to have them forward facing until they’re 6 months old, but I’m still unsure the exact reasoning behind this, other than I know it has to do with their development and their ability to support their head.  But if thats the case, our son has been able to hold his head up since about 2 months, and probably didn’t have full control until he was maybe 3 to 3.5 months old which is still sooner than the 5 month age limit the carrier websites require.  I’m not sure if its their weight, as some carriers state it is ok to wear them forward facing once they are 15lbs, and others say to wait until the baby is 5 months, and others say until they’re 6 months. So, before you get all over me for wearing my baby forward facing, keep in mind that I don’t wear him in the baby carrier very often. Maybe once a week for about 15 minutes if that, if he’s pretty much done being in a stroller or car seat.

The Bjorn is fairly easy to put on, I normally slide it on from the top, rather than unbuckling everything, and then I lower my son into the front carrier part.  The hip strap is a fairly easy (and I use this term lightly) to use hook-clip, which is the only part that I have to fasten.  Its kinda like a bra strap if you will, and sometimes it takes a couple attempts before you actually get it hooked on.  I just tighten the other straps once I have it on and my son is in it.

From the little time that I have had my son in the baby carrier however, he has seemed to love it.  He never cries, or fusses, and generally just enjoys looking around.

ERGObaby 360

Now, I don’t have this carrier yet, but I am interested in getting my hands on one to review it and compare it to the Baby Bjorn One.  Also, mainly because I’ve heard very good things about not only the ERGObaby company, but also for this specific carrier.

My understanding with ERGObaby, was that they wanted to stay away from the forward facing carriers, because they didn’t believe it was a safe way to wear your baby.  However, they were faced with the reality that whether they liked it or not, people were using their carriers (and other carriers) to wear their babies forward facing whether it was safe or not.  So, their solution was to come up with a carrier that would address the safety issues.

In comes the ERGObaby 360.  Its the first and only baby carrier from ERGObaby that has taken into account the forward facing option, and has approved the carrier for that form of baby wearing.

I’ve heard people complain about the hip strap on the ERGObaby carriers because they are full velcro, which can be loud if your baby happens to fall asleep while in it.  When you need to take your baby out of it, the only way to take the carrier off is to undo the velcro, which may wake your baby up. However, I see the velcro as a pro, rather than a con, as its so incredibly easy to get it nice and tight without having to struggle with pulling on straps behind your back, almost at your butt (which is actually more challenging than one may expect).  Also, generally if my baby has fallen asleep in the baby carrier, once I take him out, I can remove the velcro hip strap away from him so as not to wake him – either in another room, or if I’m putting him in the car, I can just close the door before I remove it.

I think the biggest selling feature that I have read about the ERGObaby 360, is that the baby “sits” in the carrier, rather than is being dangled, or hung by the crotch area.  (See pictures below to see the difference).

You can see from the photos above, that in the Baby Bjorn One (photo on the right), the baby seems to hang, rather than properly sit in the carrier (shown on the ERGObaby 360 on the left).

Mountain Buggy Junojuno

I don’t know a whole lot about this carrier, but I love the fact that it has pockets in it, like a hoodie.  For those who know me, I LOVE hoodies.  Like, its kinda weird how much I love hoodies.  So this, for me is a selling feature.  I wear hoodies all the time.  So I feel really awkward when I don’t have somewhere to put my hands (since I always put them in that front pocket).

An excerpt taken from the Mountain Buggy website about their Juno baby carrier states that it was “designed to deliver the very best ergonomics in all carrying modes, for both [the parent] and child, [and that it was] developed in collaboration with medical professionals, parents and children”.

Their website provides an image that shows the optimal posture of your baby when he/she is in the carrier, in the 4 carrying modes (front, forward facing; front, parent facing; hip wearing; and back wearing).

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Other than this information, I don’t know a whole lot else about this carrier.  They seem to be fairly difficult to find in stores as well, so I’m not sure that I will get a chance to actually review this product.

Comparison Chart *This is from my research, directly from the product’s website* I’ve just put it in a easy to read/compare chart.

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Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on the ERGObaby 360, and see the difference between the way my 5 month old sits in it, versus our current Baby Bjorn One, and I’ll be able to get a more detailed and accurate review to you.  If you have any questions or comments, or if you have your own review that you would like to share, post them in the comments below!