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About me

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A quick blog post about me.  I’m new to the blogging world, and new to parenthood.  Kinda.  Well, I’ve been a mom to our 4-legged baby for 6 years, but am new to parenthood of the human type.  I decided to start blogging when I would be up countless times in the middle of the night, breastfeeding our son, and TV sucks at that time.

I was born and raised in Singapore, to a Singaporean mom and Canadian dad.  So I’m half Singaporean, half Canadian.  I moved to Canada when I was 16 and completed high school and attained a degree in Criminology in BC.  I am currently on maternity leave from my main job as a Safe School Liaison with the school district.  My job is kind of in between youth work and security – I am basically responsible for developing relationships with the students to gain their trust, and keep drugs, weapons, fights, bullying out of the schools.  Outside of my main job, I am also an ice hockey referee.  I started my own company in 2013 called REFcore, making and selling apparel and accessories to hockey referees, which is still thriving and doing well.  I served as the Referee-in-Chief for a minor hockey association for 7 years, and went on to be the Officiating Co-ordinator for BC Hockey for the Lower Mainland West.  When I became pregnant, I moved away from those responsibilities to focus on my family.

I still visit my friends and family in Singapore every couple of years, and my husband and I love vacationing there.  We were also fortunate to be able to travel around to Maldives, as well as to various states in the USA to follow our passion for hockey.  We both love hockey and love going to different arena’s in North America to get the sense and culture of the game in different cities.

Although, now that our son is born, I think most of our travelling has “paused” and I use the word paused because we would love to continue travelling, but when our son is older and able to appreciate the various places that we can take him to.  We look forward to going back to Singapore to show our son where his mom grew up, and to enjoy, experience and appreciate the different cultures.

For now, I’m enjoying this new role I have in life (mom-ing), and I’m enjoying being able to blog about it and share my experiences with other moms.  Since I started blogging, I thought I would expand and start my own segment called Parents in cars Getting Coffee, which is a spin off from Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in cars getting coffee, and I would combine talking with parents and getting a cup of coffee.  You can check out the website at http://www.parentsincarsgettingcoffee.com.

And thats pretty much it about me.  I’m pretty simple.  Loving life.  Living the dream.  Can’t complain, can’t ask for anything better.  Hope you enjoy my writing and reading my posts! Thanks for reading!  And if you’re interested in following, I’m on social media at:

Twitter @ WTFParent
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How To use the Owlet Baby Care Monitor

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I felt like I should write a post about how to properly use the Owlet baby monitor. I was reading and extracting information from various different blogs to try to figure out how to get the most out of our Owlet baby monitor, and thought I would write a “compilation”, if you will as a tutorial for the Owlet Baby Care Monitor.

Opening the Box and and Quick Start

When you first open the box, there’s a Base Station, 3 socks, the socks electronics (white thing that goes in the sock and is the essence of the Owlet), a power USB block, a USB power cable (for the Base Station), and a short micro USB cable, which charges the sock electronic (or sock) from the Base Station.

Once you’ve received your Owlet, head over to the iTunes App Store, and download the Owlet App.  Follow the instructions in the App to set everything up.  Its very easy, and very straight forward.

Charge and place the sock on your baby’s foot and connect through the app.  Your baby is now being monitored.  Its as simple as that.

Operating the Base Station

The Base unit is the “headquarters” of the owlet monitor and is your primary alert station.  The Base is the part that tells the end user (parent) if/when there is a problem – from the sock falling off, to not being able to get a proper read, to an actual problem with your baby’s vital signs.

The Base has both a light and alarm.  The alarm will sound if/when there is a problem.  The alarm can be turned off completely though the Owlet App, or can be customized to sound when certain things happen.  For example, we have configured it to NOT sound its alarm if the sock falls off, but we have it set up to set off the alarm if our baby’s oxygen levels or heart rate levels are not within the norms.  If you want to turn the alerts off without using the app, you can do so by pressing and releasing the Base Station until it beeps and the light turns off.

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Turning off the alerts without using the App

The Base also has different coloured lights that alert you to different problems when monitoring:
Green – General monitoring, everything looks good
Yellow – The sock fell off your baby’s foot
Blue – Sock is disconnected from the base unit
Red – There’s a problem!

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The light on the Base Station can also be dimmed by pressing and holding down the base station itself.  There is a brighter option for during the day, and a dimmer option for night time use.

If there is ever a problem with your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels, and the alarm on your Base Station goes off, you can also just press the base station to turn the sound off – rather than unlocking your phone and logging into the app to turn the alert/alarm off.  Pressing it a second time will turn it back on and re-establish the connection.  This prevents you from having to fiddle with your phone and apps when an alarm is going off, potentially waking up your baby (or partner).

Using the sock

The sock is pretty simple to operate.  There’s a white device called “sock electronics” that fits into the sock, and that device is the part that monitors your baby’s vitals.  It is interchangeable from sock to sock as your baby grows.  You need to ensure that the sock fits properly in order to be able to retrieve an accurate reading from your baby.

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The sock should have a snug fit and the sock electronic (white monitoring thing) should be below the toe line

The socks come in 4 sizes – newborn (size 1), 2 standard sizes (size 2 & 3), and an extra large (size 4).  Sizes 1-3 come complete with the monitor, and you can purchase extra socks individually for USD$8, or USD$20 for sizes 1-3 (basically a replacement set), or for sizes 2-4, or for USD$25 you can get the whole set of socks from size 1-4.

The sock takes just over an hour to fully charge.  You will most likely need to charge the sock every day.  7 hours of usage (and monitoring) uses roughly 30% of the sock’s battery.  If the sock is not in use, you can turn the sock off by placing the bottom flat surface of the Sock Electronic (white monitoring thing) against the centre of the Base Station until the red light in the sock electronic turns off.  (See pic below).  To turn it back on, plug the sock electronic back into the base station.

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Turning the sock off when not in use

Hopefully this helps clear things up in regards to how to use the Owlet to its full potential. If you have anything to add, please feel free to add them to the comments below.  I’m assuming that if you’re reading this tutorial, you already have the Owlet monitor, but if not, you can click here to be re-directed to purchase one now.  All Owlet monitors purchased now will be compatible with both iTunes and Android Apps, and if you have neither, the Owlet will still work for you through the Base Station alone.

How to use the Yoomi bottle warmer

I thought I’d write this post because, when I first received our Yoomi feeding set, I was intimidated by all the stuff I had to do with it to get it working.  Then after  a couple of days of everything sitting on the counter, I decided to get started with it, and I regret not doing it sooner.

The instructions took me a while, so I thought I would attempt to simplify the instructions here.

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When the warmer is brand new (i.e. never been used or heated up before), place it in the warming pod, and stick it in the microwave for 60 seconds.  take the warming pod out, and shake it. If it rattles, continue shaking it for 30 seconds.  Then put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Then take it out and shake it for 10 seconds.  Then its done.  Leave it alone for 75 minutes.  Or come back the next day and its ready to use.  DO NOT PRESS THE BUTTON ON THE WARMER – this will damage it, and its f***ed.  If you press the button while its hot, you will need to buy a new one.

I’ve added a 10 second video of me shaking the warming pod so you can hear the sound of the rattle that its supposed to make when you take it out of the microwave after 60 seconds.  (The video is meant for you to hear what the rattling sound is, just so you don’t have super high expectations of an amazing video review).  You will also see in the video, that the button on the warmer is a beige-ish colour.  (See pic below).

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This image shows the button in the beige colour – meaning it is NOT ready (or not charged) yet

When its ready to use, it will be orange/red in colour.  (See pic below)

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The button turns orange/red when its charged and ready to be used

Ok, your warmer is considered “charged” now, and when you’re ready to use it, place it in the top of the bottle (collar/nipple/teat part of the bottle), pour the cold breastmilk or formula in the bottle part, put it together and its ready.  Just press the orange/red button (through the silicone top part of the bottle), wait 60 seconds and its ready to use.  Its seriously, that simple.

When you are ready to use the bottle, and press the button, I find myself always questioning whether it is working, but rest assured it is.  Wait the 60 seconds, and then test it on your wrist, and you seriously won’t even feel the drop of milk/formula, the temperature is that perfect.

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This is the 8oz feeding system.  Complete with an 8oz bottle, the warmer (with the orange button on it), and the warming pod (microwave safe)

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The nipple/teat on the Yoomi bottle.  Shown without the warmer in it

IMG_4029Hope this helps.  I’ve also added a picture of the instruction sheet that comes with the Yoomi bottles in case you threw it out or lost it – something I do frequently.  If you want any other pics/videos/instructions, please post them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to try to answer them as best I can.

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The instruction sheet for the Yoomi 8oz feeding system

Lastly, if you’re interested in purchasing a set of these, I highly recommend it.  Plus, you can get 15% off by using this code BEINGAMUMMY at the Yoomi checkout.  Also, if you can’t decide which set or what to buy, I would highly recommend getting a set that has 2 warmers in it, since it takes a while for the warmers to cool down before you can actually use them.  This way, you’ll always have one ready to go, even if the other one is charging/cooling down.  In my honest opinion though, one or two bottles is more than enough, depending on how frequently you bottle-feed.  We usually bring it when we go out, so usually one feed is all we need, so one bottle is enough.

The first 6 months as a parent

Linden turned 6 months old at the beginning of February.  A big milestone.  I can’t believe its been 6 months already.  Holy sh*t, where did the time go?  It seems like just yesterday I was still pregnant, complaining about having gestational diabetes and all the other non-fun things that come with pregnancies.  Anyways, here’s the breakdown of our son’s first 6 months.

1 Month

Newborns don’t do much.  All they do is eat, sleep, pee everywhere (literally), poop lots, and then eat and sleep some more.  They are really cute, especially when you’re holding them and they’re sleeping, but other than that, they really don’t do much.  We thought parenting was awesome – it was like, “hey! anyone can do this!”.  Our son had his fussy hours which were between 5:30pm and 8:30pm daily, like clockwork.  No fail, he would cry, wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t sleep, didn’t know what to do with him, but by the time 8:30pm rolled around, he would just stop.  It was like flicking a switch.  Before our son turned one month old, he started making these weird animal sounds in his sleep, he sounded like a billy goat.  We asked the doctor about it – apparently this is totally normal!

  • 15 days after Linden was born, he finally hit his birth weight (7lbs 11oz)
  • Still in newborn size clothes
  • Newborn size diapers (Huggies Little Snugglers)

2 Months

He started to sleep a little less.  He still ate a lot, but by this time, I had figured out that if he was crying, giving him the boob wasn’t the only solution.  Sure, he would take it, but we didn’t wanna raise a fatty (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we just discovered that there were other things that would satisfy his crying than giving him the boob.  His fussy time just stopped one day around the late 2 month stage, like between 2-3 months. He just outgrew it, I guess. Linden started to hold his head up pretty much right at 2 months.  He was still kinda a bobble-head, but you could see improvement in his neck strength.  Linden started to mimic facial expressions at this stage.  He didn’t quite get the smile down yet, not till a little later on, but he would like pucker his lips together if he saw you doing it. He also started making sounds.  Like this weird baby language.  My husband and him have conversations all the time.  Its kinda weird, but the bond they have together makes me glow.

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Linden’s got the pucker-up mimic going on

  • Weight: 9lbs 10oz
  • Still in newborn size clothes
  • Still in newborn size diapers

3 Months

Linden at this point had very good neck strength and could hold his head up no problems.  He started to use his legs a lot more – he was standing up (obviously with help, and support and having someone hold him up, but he liked to stand).  We got him a jumperoo from Babies R Us, and a walker (the kinds with wheels) from Amazon since he liked to stand so much.  He didn’t physically jump in the jumperoo, but he loved to stand in there and look at and play with all the sensory toys that are attached to it.  Although he had not figured all of them out, he played with one or 2 of them and that occupied his time.  He was also doing really well at tummy time at this point.  At 3 months, he started to drool – not all the time though, it seemed to only happen when he was focussing on something (such a typical guy, can’t multi-task).  We discovered his love for Elmo at this point.  Elmo’s song seemed to be the only thing that could calm him down – and he went from a 10 to a 0 the instant it came on.  To this day, I am still amazed by the impact it has on him.  Apparently, screen time isn’t good for babies as it affects their ability to think in stages, like to think 2 steps ahead, but as long as you limit it to 15 minutes a day, its ok (according to our doctor).  This is fine, since Elmo’s song is only 3 minutes long.  For any parents at a loss of what to do with a screaming baby, I highly recommend trying this tactic.  Its priceless.  Close to the end of 3 months, he also started his fascination with sticking everything in his mouth.  And I mean Everything.

  • Weight:  11lbs
  • Now in 3 month size clothes
  • Now in Size 1 diapers

4 months

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Elmo reads nursery rhymes to Linden before bed

Linden shows interest in crawling.  He got his legs moving, all in the crawling position, but he wasn’t actual mobile at this point yet.  You could see he was starting to figure it out, and we thought he would be crawling in the next couple of weeks.  (It took longer than we expected).  We also thought he would be able to sit up on his own soon since he was kind of getting the hang of it.  This also took longer than we had thought.  At 4 months, he is also starting to understand when he’s tired, that he can self soothe by sticking his thumb in his mouth, and sucking on it.  He puts himself to sleep this way.  Its really nice that he’s figured this out because we don’t have a screaming baby in the car nearly as often anymore.

  • Weight:  12 lbs 13oz
  • Still in size 3 month clothes
  • Still in size 1 diapers

5 Months

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We have take off!  Linden is officially on the move.  He’s crawling all around his room.  He crawls towards toys and anything that he can find to stick in his mouth. We also got the green light to start him on solids (well, puréed foods).  We started with sweet potatoes because we figured he might like the taste of them considering they are naturally sweet.  He seemed to like it.  Then we gave him some rice cereal, mixed with breastmilk and he absolutely loves that.  He loves to sit in his high chair thingie and grab the spoon and feed himself.  Well, he thinks he’s feeding himself.  Then he sucks on his thumb, and I think he legit thinks rice cereal is coming out of his thumb.  Babies are so dumb, but its so insanely cute.  Maybe he sucks his thumb because it helps him swallow the food because that’s really the only way he’s known how to eat – through sucking – who knows, but I like to think that he thinks food is coming out of his thumb.  It’s cuter that way. On the day he turned 5 months, we started him in swimming lessons, and we go twice a week.  He absolutely loves it.  The second time he was in the pool, we were already dunking him fully under water.  He has started to sit up on his own for more than a few seconds.   Prior to this, he was sitting “gorilla style”, with his arms on the floor in front of or beside him, and he uses his arms/hands to balance himself.  But the day before he turned 6 months old, he sat on his own for at least a minute before falling sideways and onto his tummy – where he’s most comfortable. I notice if you put a block or some sort of toy in front of him when he sits, he’s more likely to sit upright, but then he gets uninterested and literally folds in half on the floor.  It looks so uncomfortable but I guess he’s ok with it.  This is also the stage where I was finally able to pump (comfortably, without it hurting), and actually get a decent amount of milk – about 5oz double-pumping in a half hour.  So I’ve been pumping every night so we have milk to mix into his solids.

  • Weight:  14lbs 12oz
  • Still in 3 month size clothes, or 0-3 month size
  • Now in size 2 diapers

6 Months

Well, this month just started for our little guy, but it looks like we all have quite the adventure ahead of us!  He hasn’t cut any teeth yet, but he is apparently teething (whatever that means).  He eats less frequently now, but absolutely loves oatmeal cereal.  Its his favourite “solid” food.  We also tried giving him an apple slice in one of those Munchkin mesh pacifier things, and he definitely did not like it.  We will be continuing to try him with apples and other fruits, and try to mix more purées into his diet.  He has said his first word(s) – “da da dad” – and has long conversations although he is just babbling.  We have enrolled him in music class, sign language, and he still loves swimming!

  • Weight:  15lbs 6oz (he is double his birth weight!)
  • Still in 3 month size clothes, but getting him into the 6 month stuff as well.  The 0-3 month still fits him.
  • Still in size 2 diapers

 

And there you have it – the first 6 months with a baby!  Its very different than getting a puppy, for anyone who’s wondering…

 

Product Review: Yoomi (self-warming) Bottles

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Yoomi bottles are revolutionary.  When we received the package, I’ll be honest – I was intimidated by the complexity of the pieces involved, and everything that we had to do to set it up before we could actually start using it.  Keep in mind, we’re pretty simple people – we like to be able to just pour expressed breastmilk into a bottle and away we go.  So, when I opened the package I wasn’t overly keen to start using them.

Then, I decided to just do it.  The instructions were fairly straight forward, but in case you are lost with them, I’ll make sure to add a small tutorial after this review, and hopefully get a YouTube video up on it as well.

The feeding system comes complete with everything you need to get going – a bottle, a charging pod (a plastic thing to heat the warmer up in the microwave), and the warmer (kinda looks like a bee hive).  First of all, I looked at the charging pod, and my first thought was, “that can’t go in the microwave, there’s metal in it”.  But I just followed the instructions, put the warmer mechanism thingie into the charging pod, put that into the microwave and prepared for the worst, but sure enough, everything went smooth!  You basically have to heat it up for 60 seconds, take it out of the microwave and shake it, and if it rattles, shake it for 30 seconds, then put it in the microwave for another 30 seconds, and voila, its done!  Then you leave it for 75 minutes to cool down, and you can use it anytime after that.  So, we took our son swimming, and when we got home, went to feed him.

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The metal piece in the charging pod that I didn’t think was microwave safe, but it totally was

The warmer has to be recharged after every use, but its pretty simple – basically you stick the warmer in the pod, microwave it, take it out and shake it and microwave it again.  Then you leave it to cool down.  Once its been charged, you can leave it until you’re ready to use it, push the orange button on it, and its ready to go within 60 seconds.  I found its best to recharge it before bed (it literally takes 2 minutes, if that), and then its ready to go the next day.  When my husband pressed the button on the warmer and it was ready to go, he was in disbelief.  He thought there’s no way it could warm up cold breastmilk (the breastmilk was in the fridge overnight) within 60 seconds.  We poured the cold/refrigerated breastmilk into the bottle, and took the bottle and baby upstairs for his feed.

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You will know the warmer is recharged when the button turns orange

I tested the milk on my wrist before we gave it to our 6 month old son, and I was amazed. My thought on it was that the idea of this hassle-free, one touch (practically instant) breastmilk/formula warmer was too good to be true.  But sure enough, it was the temperature of fresh breastmilk – all in 60 seconds.  My husband didn’t believe me so I squirted a couple drops on his wrist.  He was shocked.  His first thought was “how the heck have we been using a bottle warmer for so long”, not knowing about the Yoomi bottles.  Since my husband is usually the one who bottle feeds our son (when I’m at work, otherwise I would just breast feed him), he is the one who usually struggles with getting the perfect temperature for the milk.  We have a Dr Brown’s bottle warmer, but in our experience, it usually over heats the milk, so my husband just recently started warming up breastmilk the old-school way – by placing the bottle in hot water and waiting.  And I’m sure anyone who’s done this, knows that trying to warm up cold breastmilk (or formula) while listening to a hungry, screaming baby isn’t much fun.  Especially when you end up overheating the milk and you have to wait for it to cool down. So, the fact that it actually warms cold breastmilk in 60 seconds, is truly amazing.  It also lasts for about an hour, in case you press the button and your baby decides he/she doesn’t want to eat right away.  Yoomi Bottle 1, Regular Bottle 0.

The next thing we noticed, is that our son had to have a good latch on the bottle because the warmer is in the silicone nipple area of the bottle, so he can’t just suck on the teat part of it.  (See photo below).  This is one of the most important things for myself (as the person breastfeeding), because you don’t want to deal with nipple confusion – it hurts.  So, this bottle, to my surprise was actually just as good in preventing nipple confusion as the bottles we used before, the Munchkin Latch.  Ok, I’ll give both bottles a point here:  Yoomi Bottle 2, Regular Bottle 1.

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You can see my son’s latch on the bottle – he’s not physically able to just suck on the teat part because of the size of the warmer and where it sits in the bottle

Another issue we have with our regular bottles (the Munchkin Latch), was that the nipple/teat on the Latch bottles sometimes collapse inwards.  We noticed that this doesn’t happen with the Yoomi bottles.  My husband usually has to open the lid of the bottle to release some air in order to invert the nipple or pop it back out.  So its nice that he doesn’t have to take the bottle away from the baby to do that with the Yoomi bottles.  Yoomi clearly stands out in this category:  Yoomi Bottle 3, Regular Bottle 1.

The system itself is also very easy to clean – warm, soapy water does the trick for the bottles as well as the warmer.  The nipple actually detaches from the rim of the lid as well so you can ensure you get it really clean.  Its just as easy to put it all back together again as well.

If anyone is wondering, the warmer itself is not hot to the touch (at least not through the bottle), so its perfectly safe for your baby to handle or hold the bottle themselves.  The only thing you may want to keep in mind, is that the bottle is top heavy because of the warmer – which may be a little inconvenient for younger or smaller babies who are just learning or figuring out how to hold their own bottle.  Or, if you get these bottles from the get-go, getting your baby to learn how to hold their own bottle may take a little longer as they will need more strength to hold it.  Our son just turned 6 months old, and he had no difficulties at all holding the bottle (see pics), but I just wanted to point that out.

Overall, in all honesty, I would give this bottle a 5 star rating.  It does what it sets out to do and more.  Ultimately, it is a self-warming bottle (which it does perfectly), but it really hits on all the things that you would want out of a bottle – anti-colic vents to prevent bubbles thus causing gas, creates a proper latch removing possible nipple confusion, and the nipple doesn’t collapse into the bottle like some other bottles do.  We don’t typically take milk with us when we go out, but we have started to since we received this system.  The bottom line is, it is so easy to use, even men can operate and feed the baby.  I like to refer to it as “husband-approved”.  It is completely worth its money – if you’re going to spend money on a bottle warming device, save your money and just get this instead – it seriously saves you the hassle and the headache.  And if you are looking to purchase one, you can use the discount code BEINGAMUMMY at the checkout at Yoomi U.S. (And Canada), or www.yoomi.com, which entitles you to 15% off since you took the time to read this review!

If you have experience with this bottle, or others, please feel free to leave comments below.

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You can see the milk passing through the warmer which is how the milk is heated to the proper temperature before it gets to your baby’s mouth

*Disclaimer:  I was offered this product at little or no cost, in exchange for a review.  All reviews are based 100% on our personal experiences and I am in no way obligated to give a positive review.  

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Product Review: Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Keep Calm and (Baby) Carry On

A few blog posts ago, I did a bunch of research on baby carriers, and I was looking for one that would not have a negative effect on my baby’s physical development (such as hip dysplasia).

Here is my review on the Ergobaby 360 Carrier.

Ease of use:
Once you figure out how to use it, its actually quite easy to use.  You do have to get accustomed to all the straps and almost practice using the top clip in the back.  Like I said though, once you figure it out and do it a couple of times, its really easy to do it.  The velcro strap at the bottom is great – personally, I find that its very easy to put on and take off (rather than fiddling with a clip/snaps).  I know the velcro has gotten some negative reviews in the past because its noisy, but I haven’t felt its been an issue.  In fact, I feel that with the velcro, you can get a better fit, as its easier to adjust it than tightening straps and clips (like on the Baby Bjorn One).

Baby’s comfort:
Our son is 6 months old, and 25.5″ long.  He just barely comes up past the top of the front of the carrier (with the front folded down as low as it can go).  So, if you have a smaller or shorter baby, you may want to keep this in mind if you’re planning on baby wearing forward facing.  Once you’ve figured out what’s right for your baby (whether to wear inward or outward facing), the carrier seems to be very comfortable.  They sit well in the carrier, unlike in the Baby Bjorn One.  In the Ergo 360, they are sitting “froggy” style, with their knees at or above hip height (versus the Baby Bjorn One which looks more like the baby is “dangling” rather than sitting).  I go for walks with my baby (always outward facing, as thats his preference) and he loves it.  He loves to look around at stuff, and he seems very comfortable.  He never fusses in the carrier, and at times, we will go for over an hour.  Please keep in mind though, that you should lead up to this, gradually adding the amount of time they’re forward facing in the baby carrier.  Our baby has even fallen asleep while I was wearing him forward facing, so it must be fairly comfortable.

Parent’s Comfort:
Personally, I like the fit of the Ergobaby 360 carrier better than the Baby Bjorn One.  I feel the shoulder straps fit me much better, and it doesn’t seem as bulky as the Baby Bjorn One.  This could be a good thing or a bad thing – for example, my husband likes the Baby Bjorn One better because he has broader shoulders, so he feels the fit is better for him.  He also prefers to be able to slip our baby in to it, rather than to hold our baby against us while putting the shoulder straps on and ultimately getting the carrier on.  For example, with the Baby Bjorn One, you can put the whole carrier on, securely fastened and slip your baby in from the top – with the Ergobaby 360, you cannot do this.  You need to get the bottom hip strap on first, hold the baby against your chest and then do up the top and back straps.  I also feel that the weight distribution on the Ergobaby 360 is better – distributing the weight of your baby to your back and your shoulders.  I felt with the Baby Bjorn One, the weight was mostly in your shoulders.

Cons with the Ergobaby 360:
The main (and probably the only) thing that I don’t like about this carrier, is that the bib that you can purchase for it separately is quite costly.  The carrier alone is over CAD$200, and the bib is an additional CAD$35.  The Baby Bjorn bibs were most half the price at about CAD$18 which was nice because we bought 2 bibs – which we have actually had to use because as moms, I’m sure you know, babies spit up.  So, that added cost for the bib personally, is a bit of a rip off, but it is something that does come in handy.

If you’re interested in purchasing the Ergobaby 360 carrier (or any other Ergobaby product), feel free to use this link, which will give you 10% off and Free Shipping on your entire order (on the US Ergobaby site).  The discount will be automatically applied at the checkout.

If you have any input or comments on any baby carriers, please feel free to post them in the comments section!

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Onezzzies Baby Apparel


I began blogging shortly after my son was born so that I would have something to do in the middle of the night during his feeds.  Because of my background in marketing and retail, I decided to venture out from blogging and start selling onesies for babies through my blog.  I would like to introduce Onezzzies by WTF Parent!

I make all my own designs from scratch, and generally get people’s advice on what they would like to see on a onesie.  I then create a graphic/design to print on a onesie to bring you the final product.  If you are interested in a custom design, please feel free to contact me at casey@onezzzies.com or comment below and I can have a design done up.

You can purchase Onezzzies here, or visit us at http://www.onezzzies.com.  The Onezzzies shop is powered by Shopify (a trusted e-commerce site), and you can pay through their payment system (Stripe) or via PayPal.  I also plan to run sales (since I know how expensive being a new parent is), and am currently running a 10% off sale for the launch of the Apparel line.  All you have to do is follow WTF Parent on WordPress, Twitter or Instagram, or like my Facebook page (WTF Parenting).  To verify you’ve done one of the above, visit Onezzzies.com and click on the “Discount Code” tab.  You’ll be prompted to follow or like our social media account and once that’s been done, a coupon code will be offered to you for an additional 10% off.

Lastly, Thank You for all your support, following my blog and social media accounts.  I am currently working on collaborating with publicity companies, and hope to be able to bring you more reviews, discount codes and giveaways in the near future!  I truly appreciate you spreading the word of my blog as well as my apparel line.  If you like the designs, please repost and tell your friends!