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Talking Spinal Health with Dr Erin!

17 July, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Welcome back everyone! 

We have slowed down with our live video's for the summer season, but we were very pleased to partner with Dr. Erin Kempt-Sutherland for a quick one on Thursday, July 13th!
If you missed it, no worries, it's always on our Facebook page, so you can watch it here.

Dr Erin Kempt-Sutherland is from the Choice Health Centre, at both locations, Dartmouth and the newly opened Bayers Lake! 

We were so happy to welcome Dr Erin to talk about spinal health for babies during diaper changes and baby wearing because those two things are our bread and butter here in store! We always stress the important of proper baby wearing for baby AND you! 

Here are some tips from Erin, 

Babywearing Pro's;

  • baby comfort (warmth, smell, heartbeat of mom, general closeness)
  • ergonomic ease for mom compared to holding
  • bonding (chest to chest)
  • better than leaving in a car seat - which can negatively impact lumbar or lower back development
  • babies are born with a lumbar flexion or kyphosis which as they develop and grow, needs to develop into the opposite type of curve, a lordosis, or arch. The carrier keeps them in a flexed position.
  • tummy time, crawling, and baby wearing allows this curve to develop naturally 

Baby Wearing Do's

The wrong carrier can negatively affect normal development of baby's hips and pelvis alignment 

  1. Thighs at 90 degrees to each other. Baby in utero is in fetal position with hips flexe and externally rotated. This is the position we want them in a carier as it is safest for pelvic and hip development. Specifically, we want the thighs to be at 90 degree angles to each other. This is definitely more easily attainable with baby facing INWARDS. 
  2. Wear baby facing in (belly button to belly button).  If baby faces forward, the thighs drop and internally rotate, leading to pelvic and hip strain. For these exact reasons, we do not recommend swaddlig infants, which forces their legs into a straight position, with hips extended and internally rotated. Facing in, we also have the added benefit of comfort for the infant, again, in being chest to chest and able to see mom, as well as the world, over her shoulder, as opposed to just the world. 
  3. Make sure hips are square by looking in the mirror to see if baby is twisted, and to double check that the legs are even.
  4. Make sure baby's neck is supported.
  5. Do switch up who is wearing the baby! Don't forget about yourself! Wearing a carrie all the time can negatively affect the person wearing the baby, creating repetitive strain disorders! Switch up who wears the baby! Even the best carriers with the best ergonomic designs can create shoulder and neck strain over time. This leads into how to wear the baby carrier as the parent.
  6. Do look for a carrier with wide straps (wraps are great for this - criss cross in the mid t-spine(T6-7,near the bottom of the shoulder blades)). 

P.S. The carrier that Camillia and Dr Kemp-Sutherland were demonstrating in the video was the Tula Free to Grow carrier in Play - check it out on our website here! 

Diaper Changing

Babies are born in the fetal position. Babies spines until about six months when crawling begins are therefore C-shaped whereas adult spines are S-shaped.
The typical way of changing diapers (holding by the ankles and lifting the legs upwards) forces the C-shaped curve into a hyper-flexed or more C-shaped position. This creates increased mechanical stress due to increased flexion on an already flexed curve. 
The nerves from the lower back region, specifically T12-L1. Usually the fulcrum of the curve, which is the point of the spine under the highest amount of stress with this technique, supply the intestine allowing them to function properly. This diaper changing technique can irritate symptoms of colic and intestinal distress through diminished intestinal function.
This also places a lot of stress on the cervical spine as well (the neck). 
Seeing a chiropractor can help, we will often detect restrictions at this level in these infants with colic, digestive issues, etc. But you can also help at home by changing how you change you baby's diaper using the roll method.
The live video on our Facebook has the best demonstration of the roll method! 

Another quick tip from Dr Erin to end the blog was when the best time to take your new born baby to a chiropractor is?
Basically after every major milestone that they hit. With the first one being birth! Then after they learn to pick their head up when on their tummy, then crawling, and then walking! These are all great times to take the littles ones to see a chiropractor! 

Thanks for tuning in! We will be sure to let you all know when the next live video will be!
Leave some comments if you feel we forgot anything or if you have any questions!

Love Always, 
The FBB Team 

 

Celebrating Father's Day!

26 June, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Welcome back to another Fluffy Bottom Babies Blog! 

Last week we had to push our live video to Friday, June 16th, due to technical difficulties. Luckily Camillia was able to pull it off flawlessly! The topic of the live was Father's Day Edition and our fave products that aren't just for mom! Dad can have some fun with too!

P.S. If you misse the Father's Day video, you can still check it out:

Part 1

Part 2

Let's get going! We're starting with some of our gift idea's for Father's Day!

Anointment

  • How about an all natural, incredible smelling gift set? The Men's Grooming Kit continues to be a popular choice!
  • With a full sized soap, beard oil and hand printed kerchief, this kit ill be an instant hit with dad!
  • It smells divine, and if dad isn't much into beard oil, but still needs some sort of relief, we carry Anointment's mustache and beard balm too!
  • Also, be sure to check out the shaving soap! Dad approved. 

Tula 

  • Did you know that Tula adjusts quite a bit, so mom and dads can easily wear their carrier? Well if you didn't know, now you do! Tula creates many rad-dad approved prints too, so that he can babywear and enjoy the awesome benefits to it! In the video we featured the Tula print called 'Jack.' Maybe you aren't into those sort of prints, and that's okay! Tula also makes their carrier in just solid colours, like navy, gray, and black! 
  • Tula also just came out with their new baby carrier, the Free-To-Grow which come in their own prints, like Discover! The adjustability and durability make Tula a perfect choice for taking the littles on a long walk or hike, and work wonders for the bonding process!

Tula in Jack                       Tula Free-To-Grow in Discover 

Boba

  • Perhaps you have a newborn, and maybe a stretchy wrap would be your starting point?
  • The Boba stretchy wrap is excellent; it's very soft and easy to wear. Plus this is an ideal bonding environment for baby and dad. 
  • Babies love nothing more then warm snuggles with their favourite humans, how could you resist? 

Ju-Ju-Be XY Line

  • Looking for a dad friendly diaper bag? Look no further than the JuJuBe in their XY collection. Functional and stylish, this collection is a bit more tame and neutral - plus with a new bag, Helix, these make perfect on-the-go diaper bags! 

The JuJu Be Helix bag in the colour BlackOps

Bummis & AMP

  • We couldn't resist throwing in the gorgeous plaids! You can have the little matching dad - that's rad. 
  • From the Bummis potty pant, to the AMP's one sized diaper in Timber - we love them both!

Colibri Snack Bags

  • Does dad like to snack? Dislike the extra waster of plastic baggies and not to mention the awful taste? Why not make the switch to reusable snack bags? They're very convenient, easy to wash and they look better than any plastic bag! 
  • Colibri also makes very durable and functional wet bags, whcih work VERY well in gym bags - if it can contain the smell of a poopy diaper, it can contain the smell of gym clothes!

The rest of the blog will now consist of fun bath items we like to suggest for dad and babe!

Boon

  • Boon makes so many incredibly fun and clever products for the bath! Try setting up with Ledge first, so that the water isn't spilled over onto the floor! Instead they can pour onto this ledge that allows the water to flow back into the tub. It also closes up and keep bath toys tucked away!
  • You can grab CAST, a fishing line with little toys to hook onto, or maybe PIPES, so they can again, pour water into the tub, while creating fun pathways for the water. 
  • Leave it to Boon to create fun and useful bath toys that are also very baby and toddler safe! Their goods are BPA , PVC, and Phthalate free - which basically means, AWESOME.

Delish Naturals

  • We've got the baby, the bath, and the dad - what about bubbles? Cue Delish Naturals and their delightful bubble bath. You can choose fom a variety of yummy scents, or go with a scent-free option. 
  • These bubbles are safe on skin and eyes and won't harm the environment if you have a bubble bath outside! 
  • Try taking the bubble bath camping with you, making the camping bath less of a 'chore.'

3 Sprouts 

  • You know and love 3 Sprouts for their cute toy bins and boxes, but did you know they also make really great hooded towels? They are awesome to wrap up in after a nice bath (whether it was a relaxing one, or one full of non-stop play), and will keep the little warm and dry. They have different animal faces on the hoods, but be sure to let dad know it's for the baby - not him ;)

By letting dad take over the bath time, you allow them their special time together. They can make up their own silly games and jokes, or they can take it nice and relaxed, getting used to a sweet bedtime routine. 

Sometimes, as a new dad, it might seem hard to find where you fit into the aily activities in the beginning. But it is so important for you (dad) to get in there and simply, get messy. Give babywearing a try, you won't be disappointed with the cuddles, and you may even find it therapeutic.

We hope you enjoyed our Father's Day edition of live "Thursday"! If you think we missed anything, let us know in the comments!

We'll keep you posted on Facebook and Instagram when our next live video will be!

Love Always,
The FBB Team 

 

 

Infant Sleep Tips - Part 3

07 June, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there and welcome to another Fluffy Bottom Babies blog! This past Thursday (June 1st) we had another live video session! It was the final video for our 3 part series of sleep tips with the help of the wonderful Stephanie Covey from Goodnight Sleep Site Nova Scotia!

If you missed the live video on Thursday, don't sweat it - you can watch it here!

This week focused on the toddler and older child, while looking at issues that commonly affect sleep in these years. These are times when parents often run into issues around the crib to bed transition, new night wakes, new fears and anxieties in the older child and battles around control with the younger child. 

Just a reminder, these can be complex topics and we are really only scratching the surface so if you have any questions or you are struggling with some of these at home, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie! She would be more than happy to tell you more about what she can offer your family! Check out her website here  or send her a message on her facebook page here!

Let's get to it!

The Toddler 

Toddlers are wonderful, they are exploring new abilities and the are little sponges soaking everything up. At the same time, they are tring to find their place in the world and looking for control and wanting to do things by themselves! As wonderful as this is, it can cause some frustrations, especially around sleep! They suddenly need to go from 100-0, and this is difficult for them. They may need a change in routine more suited to their age but keeping an early bedtime with routine an consistency is important now more than ever!!
So what can we do to help them through this time but still keep them well rested and on a good schedule? Lets look at the 4 C's of setting limits with your toddler. 

  • Control 

Remain in control of the big things but let them have control over the smaller ones. For example, you can control bedtime but they can choose their pajamas or the books they want to read (set a limit on how many at the outset) - *check out our awesome selection of books here* - They will still push to see if they can get more and to see how far they can get, this is normal toddler behaviour, the important thing is that as the parent, you need to stand your ground and remain in control. This gives them a feeling of safety and security and they really need this right now!

  • Comunicate

Many of you probably know, toddlers are PROS at negotiating, especially at bedtime! "One more story" or "I need a drink of water" or "I need to go pee again," etc. Negotiating with them is not going to do it, we need to communicate and be direct as to what the plan is. For example, "we are going to read two books and then it's bedtime." Once you read the two books then stand by this, give a kiss ang hug goodnight and leave. If you give in to more, they have won and they will keep adding to the requests!

  • Consequences

It is important to be sure you communicate the consequences to your toddler before they break the rules. "If you leave your room, then I will shut your door." Be sure to then follow through. They are very black and white right now, if you give an inch they will take a mile and it will take longer to reset the stage. It is also important that consequences are immediate so they understand why they are happening. Once it has happened, move on, do not harp. Give a hug and communicate why it happened, and then let it go. 

  • Consistency 

Consistency is SO important at all ages when it comes to sleep but even more so with toddlers! No matter what method of training or what rountine, remaining consistent is so very important. It is the best way to stay successful and to maintain a healthy bedtime that is free of struggles and headaches.

Optimal Sleep Environment for the Toddler and Older Child 

The next thing we can look at is, how to create the most optimal sleep environment for the toddler, and how does this differ from the younger child?

  • As before, we want it dark and cool, as conductive to sleep as possible! The darker the better. Even a little sliver of light can wake a really sensitive sleeper between sleep cycles!
  • Blackout blinds (such as the Gro Blind), garbage bags or tinfoil on the windows, these are portable and really do the trick!
  • If you want a nightlight, use a low wattage one (4-7W), and it your little one gets up to go to the bathroom, we carry a few options for low wattage night lights here in store and online! Stephanie mentioned the Boon Glo for the potty trained child or the nighttime anxious child - because it has removable light-up balls that can be carried to the bathroom to make pee breaks easy! Check out the Boon Glo here!
  • Stephanie also mentioned the Gro Clock to help the early risers! This updated version of the Gro-clock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it's time to get up. Parents set the clock to display a cheerful smiley sun at progressively later times of morning, training the child to get up only once they “see the sun."

  • Stay away from blue and white lights, these can suppress the melatonin and turn their sleep switch off. It is better to use red or yellow bulbs.
  • Get rid of any distractions and clear out some toys if your child's room is quite cluttered. Make sure the main idea is that their bedroom is for sleep and not for play. 
  • If the house is loud or if you feel there are sounds that distract, then keep using the white noise machine to help drown some of this out. Keep it on continusously. These are safe as long as they are across the room and at a low volume.

Some other toddler considerations..

This is the time when many toddlers make the transition from a crib to a big kid bed. The problem is that many parents do this before the child is ready and this can lead to a whole host of problems once they realize their new found freedom!

What are the DO'S and DONT'S?

  • DO - keep them in the crib as long as possible. If you can keep them in until they are three or older, fantastic. The older they are, the better able they are ato undersatnd the rules that go along with moving to a bed.
  • DO - have a family meeting prior to the transition to discuss the new sleep rules, make a poster, have some flashcards, etc. Make a big deal of their new role and make a point of saying everyone sleeps in their own bedroom. 
  • DO - set limits and consequences and follow through onc eyou do the transition.
  • DON'T - move them because the new baby is coming and they need the crib. If this is the case, try to borrow a crib or use a bassinet. It can be asking for trouble to move them too soon. The crib is their safe zone and a bed can seem very large and intimidating if they are not ready. If they are ready, it is still advised that you do the transition at least 3 months ahead of the new baby so you can deal with any issues well ahead of time. 
  • DON'T - move them just because they have started climbing out of the crib. This is generally just a new discovery, a phase, and should pass. It will require you intercepting them each time they try to climb out with a firm "NO" when the leg goes over. You may need to do this 100 times but they will eventually get bored and stop. You can also make sure the crib is as low as it can go, put them in a sleep sac to inhibit movement a bit and move the crib so that the higher side faces out if it has one.

In the case that you just have a monkey who continues to climb and/or safety becomes a consideration then you may have no choice than to do the transition but give all these things a try before giving in, especially if they are on the younger side.

Night Wakes and Anxieties

Toddlers can often decide, whether they are in the crib or not, that a sleep strike is in order, which can understandably be quite frustrating especially if this was a previously well-sleeping child. Often, they are just testing boundries or are trying out new skills or perhaps cutting those awful molars. Others may regress some if a new baby comes into the picture. It is again, a situation where there is not a "one size fits all" answer and it is another common thing Stephanie will work on with families to remedy. However, following the four C's can be very helpful and at times using things like boundries or a pass system can be useful.*

  •  Anxieties tend to arise in older children or if children become aware of the ideas of ghosts or monsters, or if they have one bad dream and are then afraid they will have more. It can start a bad habit if this means coming to mom and dad's bedroom every night.
  • For the most part, if these are not major anxieties, it is best to address them as they are real and scary to them and not to make too big a deal and discuss ways to handle their feelings so they do not always need mom and dad (ie. monster spray, a nightlight, deep breathing, mediatation).
  • It can be helpful in some of these situations to use a pass system so they really need to consider if this is the time they are going to call for mom and dad or if they can handle it on their own.
  • It is usually easy to tell when it is true fear as oppose to just an excuse to get into your bed!
  • If you do have a child who truly suffers from night terrors, nightmares, or other parasomnias then this can aboslutely be more difficult. If anyone has questions about these please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie so she can give you some more information on how to best handle these situations!

That about sums up our video series on sleeping tips! There is lots of information and if any of you feel there is a topic you would like a more detailed discussion on then contact Stephanie, as menitoned earlier, you can check out her website here or her facebook page here!  

All of us staff here at Fluffy Bottom Babies want to thank Stephanie for taking the time to feature in our videos and give us and our audience so many amazing sleeping tips! 
Thank you Stephanie!!!!

Feel free to drop a comment or send us a message if you have any questions or concerns!

Love Always,
The FBB Team 

Infant Sleep Tips - Part 2

26 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Welcome to another Fluffy Bottom Babies blog! We bring you our Live Thursday topic of Infant Sleep Tips - part 2 of a 3 part series with our returning special guest, Stephanie Covey from Goodnight Sleep Site Nova Scotia!

Don't fret if you missed us this morning, click here to watch it!

So welcome to Part 2 of our series on sleep! This week we look at what happens starting at about 4 months and why this starts to be the ideal time to really focus more on schedule and routine. This is the time we will begin “sleep training”.

Safety and prevention of SIDS remains top priority in our sleep considerations so remember these key points:

  •  If they cannot roll and even when they can, place them in the crib on their Back to sleep, be sure the area is free of anything that may obstruct breathing such as heavy blankets, stuffies and bumper pads
  •  Use a onesie or my personal favorite, the sleep sac. These are fantastic and come in so many materials for all different times of the year. (There is a wonderful selection here at FBB!)
  • Also a consistent sleeping place that is their own is highly recommended as is motionless sleep from here on in.

** Remember, optimal sleep requires a very dark room (we suggest the Gro Blind - portable blackout blind), a consistent temperature between 18-20C and ZERO distractions or things in the sleeping area – think lights, the crib aquariums, mobiles, etc.

Why are we starting at 4 months? 

  • At 3-4 months, babies transition from unorganized sleep to more organized sleep because of the development of melatonin and circadian rhythms.
  • They respond better to being on a schedule for naps and an earlier bedtime.
  • The sleep environment, routine and cues for sleep play a larger role at this stage.

 This is also when many parents report issues with their previously well-sleeping babies or even not great sleepers become worse! This is due to the fact that there are better biological times for naps.

 Naps

We recommend they follow what we call a “sleep wave” so there are times of the day when sleep is more restorative and there should be much more of a schedule as opposed to the whenever, wherever approach of the first few months. 

  • It is best to now offer naps in the crib where night sleep takes place and avoid sleep in motion as it is not as restorative. This means we really need to get away from the sleeping in swings, strollers, the car etc.
  • Follow the general rule that ideal wake time is 6-7am, Nap1 anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours after waking, Nap2 1.5-2.5 after they wake from the first nap and a third cat nap later in the afternoon (3 ish) ****(Always keep in mind this is very broad and specific nap times are developed between the family and Stepahnie based on the child, every case is slightly different). These times will vary!
  • Aim for a 1-1.5h duration for the first two and a 45 min cat nap for as long as they take that nap.
  • It is important that the nap routine is just a shorter (15 min) version of bedtime routine.

Bedtime

  • Bedtime should now be about the same time every night and the biggest mistake parents make is putting their little ones to bed too late thinking this will make them sleep longer in the morning. The opposite is actually true, the earlier they get to bed, the more restorative their sleep will be.
  • I recommend bedtime of 6-6:30 and even earlier if naps have been sub-optimal during the day. I know this can be hard but even just 15-20 mins can make a difference. 

Wake Time

  • A too late bedtime can contribute to early wakes.
  • The other big thing to consider is that sleep drive just is not as strong in the early morning as it is in the first part of the night. Making sure the room is super dark and conducive to sleep can also help with this. The same applies to nap times.
  • We often will also recommend to parents as part of the sleep training process to set a time as wake time say 6 or 6:30am and to not go to them until this time even if they wake earlier and fuss a bit.

Remember – the gro-anywhere blind is super useful in keeping the room nice and dark – when melatonin production decreases in the brain with light, the body begins to wake up! Even as adults we enjoy sleeping in near-to-total darkness!

Another great product that was mentioned in the video was the Gro Hush - because darkness and quiet are so important for healthy sleep habits, the Gro Hush is great for travelling or at home - providing soothing sounds for baby so outside noise can be blocked out. Gro Hush provides three different sounds including, heart-beat, ocean waves or rain falling on a tin roof, each are set at a safe volume for baby's delicate ears. ***P.S. - This is the item that we will be giving away in next weeks live (Thursday, June 1st, 2017).



Sleep Crutches and Associations
 

One of the most common impediments to babies and older children falling asleep on their own is that they have developed a sleep association. This is very common and one of the main reasons Stephanie says she works with clients.

But what is a sleep association?

  • Anything that gets a child to sleep or that a child requires to get to sleep that is an external thing such as rocking to sleep, nursing to sleep, taking a car ride, having someone lie with them. Something that they will require when they next wake in order to get back to sleep.
  • Since they have not learned to get to sleep on their own, they “need” this as it is all they know. It is absolutely easier to break these habits at a younger age but it is never too late!

Breaking these habits is something that is specific to each child and family and there is no one size fits all answer here. This is where Stephanie comes in and has families complete a detailed questionnaire, decide on a plan and she will work together with your family to help the little ones break the associations and sleep on their own.

Milestones and Regressions

  • Milestones are times in development when so much is happening that sleep may be disrupted in some way. This is a much healthier way to view them instead of a “regression”.
  • These happen at times when our little ones are learning one or many new physical skills such as crawling or standing or when their little brains are going through some major developments such as with language and increasing social awareness. This can be frustrating but it is a phase and it will pass.
  • The best thing to do is to stay consistent in your routine, and know that “this too shall pass”.

Nap Transitions

3-2

The first transition involves dropping that third end of day catnap and this happens at about 7-8 months.

How do you know they are ready?

  • They are fighting it and consistently staying awake through it
  • Other naps are getting longer (finally!)
  • Bedtime is getting either compromised or confusing. 

2-1

The second transition involves dropping the morning nap and happens between 15-18 months.

When are they ready?

  • At 12 months it is a matter of tweaking times or capping naps as very few are ready to drop the nap yet.
  • You may need to cap the morning nap to an hour (no less).
  • If they have played through the morning nap consistently for two full weeks, they are often ready to move to one nap.
  • If their mood is good and they seem to be able to handle being up then they are also likely ready.

During any nap transition, it is recommended that bedtime be moved earlier (even as early as 5-5:30) to let them get used to the new schedule and then move it back to what it was when they get used to the new schedule.

The final transition of 1 to none I will leave for the next session as it happens in the toddler years.

As Stephanie mentioned, plans are very specific to families which is why she spends so much time finding out information to tailor plans to each family she works with. If you have more questions or you would like to work with Stephanie please do not hesitate to contact her - you can check out her Facebook page here or go directly to the website here!

 

Here is another useful link that talks about the "wave"!

Thanks for tuning in!

Love Always,
The FBB Team 

 

Infant Sleep Tips - Part 1

20 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Welcome to another Fluffy Bottom Babies blog! We bring you our Live Thursday topic of Infant Sleep Tips!

If you missed the live video, don't worry, you can still watch it here!

We were also lucky enough to have a special guest with us, Stephanie Covey from Goodnight Sleepsite Nova Scotia! She is a certified infant and toddler sleep consultant!
Good Night Sleep Site is a National company and one of the most amazing things is that they have a whole team that works together to troubleshoot and brainstorm about one of the main things parents everywhere seem to encounter issues with - SLEEP
Stephanie is here to do a three part series for you; Part 1 will focus on infant sleep and tips to promote healthy sleep in the first few months, Part 2 will focus on 3-4 months+ with tips on naps, bedtimes, wakes, regressions and transitions and Part 3 will focus on common sleep struggles with the toddler and older child

**What is being discussed here today is put forth by the American Association of Pediatrics (in October), and we do wish to point out that later on, we can cover some different natural approaches to sleep. There are a lot of over-lapping ideas, and we all have different thoughts on the sleep process. We aim to keep this informative and respectful, because different strokes for different folks!**

 

So first and foremost is Safety and from day one we want to be sure that we are placing our little ones in the safest place possible for sleep.

Very basically, we have the A,B,C’s which is:

Always on their back with nothing to impede

Breathing in a designated

Crib or Bassinet

Some important points regarding safe sleep:

  • Avoid soft mattresses, pillows, fluffy blankets, bumper pads and toys in the sleeping area – these are objects that could suffocate baby.
  • Be sure to place baby on their backs for naps and at bedtime, regardless if they can roll over on their own.
  • Be sure to use proper fitting clothing and sleep sacs that are both age and size appropriate!
  • In this guideline and as per our educator, there is a designated sleeping space for baby, such as their crib or bassinet.

 

Biological Changes and Sleep

 

To babies, day and night can easily be confused – babies have yet to develop a circadian rhythm because they are not producing melatonin. Melatonin is our sleep hormone that develops later in life, and therefore, without this, sleep patterns will not exist. Babies require much more sleep than us, and it is important to let them get all the sleep they need.

“Never wake a sleeping baby” is a very apt statement. So if your baby has unorganized sleeping patterns and rhythms, don’t fret! This is normal and biologically sound.

 

So what should we do in the first 6-8 weeks?

 

Do what you can to help get baby to sleep! Try skin-to-skin contact as often as you are able, and this is a great time to introduce a stretchy wrap to wear the baby.

You can also use swings, or strollers or even a ride in the car.

And with anything you try – safety is always paramount! Always consult with someone trained in their areas, especially when it comes to babywearing.

 

Components of Healthy Sleep

 

Having consistent soothing routine/cues to sleep help, such as: a bath, infant massage, feeding or books! Or maybe all of the above!

 

What do you all do for a pre-bedtime routine? Anything special, and has this changed as they got older?

 

We should also remember to be respectful that babies, unlike adults do not have that circadian rhythm! Let the baby sleep when they want to, and be flexible with the bedtime based on quality of the daytime sleeps and their “sleepy cues”. We also need to be especially mindful of these cues because we can miss the optimal sleep window.

 

What are the “sleepy cues”?

  • Eye rubbing
  • Glassy eyes
  • Pulling at their ears
  • Moving head side-to-side

 

First Milestone at 6-8 weeks

 

If you are able to get a consistent thing down with sleep (including the pre-bedtime routine), you’ll start to notice some things, such as:

  • Their night time sleep becomes more organized: a great example of this is social smiles! That means learning is happening, and they can recognize cues and routines.
  • Evening fussiness begins to lessen and subside – they may also sleep longer stretches at night, and the day/night confusion ends.

 

So what does all of that mean for sleep?

  • Perhaps now is a great time to introduce a crib, and move away from props so that they can experience motionless sleep.
  • We can become even more aware of their sleepy cues, which we will need to be more focused on before they become over-tired. A good gauge is about 45 minutes to an hour of awake time.

 

We can now watch to see if baby puts themselves to sleep if given the opportunity to do so – this can help establish a self-soothing routine they can associate with sleep.

 

What does a soothing routine look like?

Basic at best, we can make a quick routine to help the sleeping process, such as relaxing and soothing the baby!

  • Try dimming the lights, or using a black-out blind, perhaps give them a low-stimulus bath followed by an infant massage. You can also feed the baby, gently rocking with the baby and singing or telling them a light story. These will be our cues to help baby establish their own ability to lull themselves off to sleep.
  • Be sure to recognize when they get drowsy, or if they are fussing!

 

Now be sure to understand that these are guidelines – these aren’t strict rules, and you need to be easy on yourself in this process!

  • We can also discuss natural parenting in relation to sleep at a later date!
  • Don’t try for day time sleeping patterns – naps are the hardest thing to establish.
  • Practice what has been explained for the first 4 months – after that, things change again! And luckily, we will have another video on that period of time plus milestones.
  • And always remember: every baby is different!

 

Safe sleep guidelines: 

http://goodnightsleepsite.com/novascotia/2017/05/17/healthy-sleep-foundation/

 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx

 

Newborn Sleep Patterns:

http://www.parentingscience.com/newborn-sleep.html

 

www.goodnightsleepsite.com/novascotia

 

https://www.facebook.com/GoodNightSleepSiteNovaScotia

 

stephanie@goodnigthsleepsite.com

 

What to pack in your birth bag - Mother's Day Special

11 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Today, May 11th, 2017, our live video featured the topic, what to pack in your birth bag/tips to prepare for the arrival of your new bundle! 
If you missed the live video, don't worry, you can watch it here!

With Mother's day arriving shortly we thought we would talk about expecting moms and what to pack in their hospital bag for when they go into labour!

****If you live in the area, don't forget to pop in here for a visit at Sunnyside Mall on Saturday, May 13th for a unique Mothers's Day experience that many of the shops will be participating in! There will be a gift basket giveaway that we have donated a $25.00 giftcard to! We wish you lots of luck!***

Also!! As a special bonus, we have created our own amazing Mother's Day gift basket for you to win! The giveaway will begin tomorrow, Friday May 12th, 2017, on our Facebook page and will run until next Thursday May 18th, where we will do another live video and announce the winner!!

We have been lucky enough to recieve some AMAZING items from our sponsers and neighbors.They include, Indigospirit Sunnyside Mall, Comfort Orthotics and Podiatry Clinic, Made in the Maritimes, and The Body Shop Sunnyside Mall! 

Along side Ivy today was Monique, from The Birth Collective

P.S. The Birth Collective has been SO kind and donated a pass to the July 9th Workshop for the giveaway basket!!

If you haven't heard of The Birth Collective, they are a team of 3 birth professionals, Jennifer, Leslie, and Monique herself! 
In the video, Monique explained that she is a postpartum doula and birth educator; 

  • She says, as a PP doula she works with moms and families once the baby is born
  • Monique can help you with just about anything from breastfeeding, infant care in general, meal prep/chores, bathing baby, even how to use your carrier!
  • She is very passionate about maternal mental health
  • One of her unique classes she teaches is called Fearless Birth, where the intention is to release fear surrounding childbirth so women can birth with confidence!

We will be having a Birth Collective Workshop here in store on July 9th, 2017 at 9am until 12pm! Jennifer and Monique will be here to teach it! You don't have to be a first time parent! We have second time parents who take these classes just to brush up on skills or learn things they didn't know the first time around! They will go through each stage of labour and do a lot of myth busting! 

You can sign up for this workshop on the bith collective website, Fluffy Bottom Babies website, or stop by and register in store! 

If you would like to learn more about what The Birth Collective can offer you and your family, read more about them on their website here.

Now, lets get to the list of what to pack- we're going to stick to the essentials!
Monique suggests to pack 2 bags, and to have them packed around the 37 week mark just to be safe!

Bag #1 - The going into labour bag 

For this bag we suggest the JuJuBe BFF! It has plenty of room and pockets to store all of your essential belongings, and it can convert to be worn as a backpack, or use the shoulder strap!

What to put in it;

  • ID + Health Card + Insurance + special diet instructions, and brith plan (it is a good idea to explore your birth preferences and have them written down for your nurse)
  • Any medications you are taking
  • Slippers/flip flops, socks, robe/wrap sweater, old nightgown or big T shirt - make sure you only bring clothing you don't mind ruining, birth is messy!!) **** Comfort Orthotics has graciously donated an AMAZING pair of slippers and two pairs of socks for our basket giveaway!!***
  • Lip balm/hair elastics/headband
  • Hard candies/honey sticks
  • Electrolyte drinks/coconut water
  • Rebozo (learn more in the Birth Partner Workshop - (Monique did a demo of the double hip squeeze with a LuLuJo Turkish Towel in the live video!)
  • Relaxation tools; magic bag, lotion/massage oil, music/iPod, stress ball

Bag #2 - The postpartum bag 
This bag will hold your after birth essentials for yourself and for baby. P.S. Dont forget! Your partner should bring a bag with them as well, they will need a few things for the stay!

For the postpartum bag we suggest the JuJuBe Super Be! It's a huge bag, but runs very light so if you end up not having to use it, you can stuff it away in your JuJuBe Bff! 

What to put in this bag - We are using the IWK list that you can find on their website as a guide, but we have added/subtracted to this list based on our experiences as doulas and moms!

  • 2 pens and some paper/notebook (to keep track of your babies eating, urine and bowel movements, and you will also need to complete papers regarding the birth) ****Indigospirit graciously donated these items for our basket!!***
  • 2 Nursing bras or good support bras (the bras we mentioned were Cake Mousse, and the Rock Candy by Cake
  • 12 breast pads (Applecheeks, Bummis reusable pads)
  • 24 sanitary napkins (super absorbent are requried) - We offer the Charlie Banana and Bummis reusable pads
  • Atleast 5 pairs of underwear - no thongs as it is difficult to wear a peri-pad with a thong
  • Nightgown/pajamas, nursing shirt, extra socks, outfit to go home in
  • Toiletries; shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, brush, tissues, bottom balm/spray - **HINT** The JuJu Be Be Quick is great for packing these items! ALSO - ** Made in the Maritimes and the Body Shop have donated these items for our basket!!***
  • Small amount of money (for snacks and miscellaneous items)
  • Camera/video camera/extra batteries/chargers
  • Watch or small travel clock
  • Books/magazines 

We're still on the bag #2 here - but now we're going to list essentials to pack for your brand new bundle of joy! - You can keep it organized within your postpartum bag by using a wet bag!

  • Two to three dozen diapers (approx 12-14 used per day, cloth diapers, wet bags, cloth wipes)
  • Diaper cream (we carry, anointment, angel baby, bummis, and delish naturals)
  • Two onesies ** Indigo so graciously donate these items as well!!!**
  • One take-home outfit
  • One receiving blanket (we carry, lulujo, tula, aden+anais, and little unicorn brands)
  • One heavy blanket (incase it gets cold)
  • One CMVSS (Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) infant car seat, removed from the box and assembled. Please also bring the car seat manual with you, as it may be needed if you are having difficulties. You are expected to have attempte to put the car seat into your car yourself as staff cannot go to the car with you. Snowsuits and buntig bags are not recommended to be used for taking babies home in car seats as the straps do not fasten snug enough. Using them is not safe. 

IWK Feeding;
The IWK Health Centre promotesand supports breast feeding (you may want to invest in some nipple cream, and a nursing cover/scarf - we carry all of these in store and online!!)

The IWK will help you make informed decisions about your choice of infant feeding. They team is there to support you and provide you with the best possible care for you and baby!

That's everything on our list! We hope this helps you to narrow down what to pack for your new journey! Feel free to comment some suggestions if we missed anything!

Thanks for your support!

Love Always,
FBB Team

 

Potty Learning 101

09 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

The week of April 24th to April 29th, we dedicated some of our social media platforms to potty learning!

We had a wonderful response and great conversations in store with many of our customers on the subject! We were even able to chat about things from elimination communication, to different ways to set up the potty area and to compare the differences between potty learning and potty training.

We even went through briefly the four stages of potty learning – honestly, there were things even I learned while going through all of the information we collected. I hope that you were able to snag some good pointers, too.

So what does one need, exactly? It really is best to have all of the needed items before you begin – that way there is no scramble to pick up extra goods, and it even helps get the child used to the items they will be using!

The first thing we all think of is the potty itself. We carry the Ubbi 3-in-1 potty – why 3-in-1? Well we just love convenience and especially only needing to buy something once. With the Ubbi potty, you get the potty itself, plus a stool as well as a detachable toddler toilet seat!
The Ubbi Potty > The removable potty-pot & toilet seat trainer  > The stool!

The stool comes in handy once they are ready to move onto the toilet itself, and to help give them a boost to wash their hands after! And really, when are stools not a good idea to have around? The detachable toilet seat is also a really great touch for when they move towards the toilet, because it provides a slightly cushioned seat that is also smaller, so that there is no worry of them falling in!

All of these things are easily transported, so having that toilet seat may come in handy for road trips. It is also very easy to clean, and comes in three colours.

Getting the little one involved can be hard sometimes, but try to come up with fun ways to keep them interested like buying a foaming hand soap. Kids love bubbles, and a foaming hand soap like our Angel Baby Foaming Soap will keep them happy while learning proper hygiene. A foaming soap is also easier to apply than a bar soap, and when it comes to potty learning, easy is best.


Another great way to get the little ones involved is to have them help pick out their new reusable learning pants and underwear! Get them excited about picking out fun colours and prints and try and keep their new learning pants at eye level, so that they can also pick out what ones they wish to wear each day.

Here are some Zoocchini underwear & learning pants, and Applecheeks & Bummis learning pants!
     

Most learning pants will hold a small volume of urine, but they aren’t absorbent enough to hold multiple. Some come with an extra lining, but again, this will only hold so much but will allow the child to feel the dampness, whereas disposable training diapers will soak it up like disposable diapers.

Also be sure to choose learning pants that are doing to be easy for your child to pull up and down – time is of the essence in the early phases!

Speaking of easy-on-easy-off be sure to take that approach to their pants, as well! Just think: if we hold it, and hold it until we feel like we are going to burst, trying to fiddle with belts, zippers and buttons feels awful! And when children are learning, we want to make it as positive as possible. Once they are successful at acknowledging their bodily cues and can make it to the bathroom and pull on and off their pants without issue, maybe then you can think about “upgrading” the pants!

This is all well and good, but what’s needed for soiled learning pants or underwear? If you can’t get them into a wash that day, store them in a wet bag and be sure to give them a wash within two days. The wet bag will help contain the soiled learning pants/underwear/pants while also keeping the scent at bay. Wet bags are so useful for many, many things, so having one handy is never a bad thing! These can also be washed along with any dirty laundry.

Check out some of our AMP, Applecheeks, Bummis, and Colibri wetbags we have in stock!

If you’re ready for the overnight learning curve, having a waterproof mattress protector is never a bad idea, and having two is even better. Why two? Double make the bed – one mattress protector covered by a fitted sheet and add another mattress protector covered by another fitted sheet. This will help make a soiled bed change that much faster, because the second layer will be ready to go! It’s easy to toss a soiled bed sheet into the wash, but much harder to wash a mattress! Night time potty learning has less to do with the child’s efforts or parenting, but rather the anatomy – it’s a developmental and physical stage.

Now, I’m sure we all have taken something into the bathroom at one point or another to read. Whether it be our phones or a magazine... sometimes that may be our one chance to catch up on things like that. And honestly, having a great stash of books to sit next to the potty will help give it that extra bit of “fun”! Bonus points if you are able to have a good selection of potty-related books, and even more so if they are the dedicated potty-area books!

Here are a few of the fun books we carry in store and online! 

Lastly, being mindful that this isn’t an easy thing, but children LOVE to learn new skills and they enjoy the sense of accomplishment when they’ve mastered something like being able to use the potty and toilet independently. Keeping a positive outlook and attitude will not only help you, but the child as well.

Safe and Non-Toxic Teething Alternatives!

07 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

This past Thursday (May, 4/2017) our live video featured a list of our go-to non-toxic teething alternatives! This blog will feature some quick tips to help your baby ease through the teething process and suggest some of our favourite products we carry!

Let's get to it!

First up - 1. Cold

a. Applying something cold to help numb the gums is very effective and soothing for teething pain – even we put cold on things to help, so it’s no different for babies!
b. Try a frozen wash cloth like our locally hand made Bubble Bum cloths, or choose between Lulujo, AMP, Grovia or Bummis!


c. Wet and partially freeze one of those clean cloths for your little to chomp on – this is also helpful if you’re worried about your nursling biting the nipple while eating and teething!
d. A Peppa Bonding doll would also make a great cold fabric teether!
e. Don’t forget about Boon Pulp – you can fill it with frozen berries, frozen cubes of breastmilk, or even just an ice cube.

 

2. Applying Pressure

a. Along with something cool, applying pressure will also help relieving some discomfort!
b. Whittle Wood Teethers are an excellent, Canadian made wooden teethers for 3+ months that are handcrafted with anti-bacterial and non-splintering maple hardwood. They come in various shapes to suit your babies teething style.
c. We all know about Sophie Giraffe, she's a natural rubber teething toy which everyone loves. Sophie is also made from a natural food grade paint making it safe to be munched on!
d. How about teethers that help reach the back – because molars happen, and generally aren’t pleasant. We have several great options, like the Como Tomo silicone teether, Zoli bunny teether, and the always “a-peeling” Banana Teething Toothbrush!
e. Maybe your little likes to jam their hands in their mouth? Perfect time to introduce the Munch Mitt! Velcro this puppy on their hand, and voila! The Munch Mitt even has some crinkle paper inside, so a bonus toy!

3. Teething Jewlery

a. The Chewbeads are a great tool and accessory for mom and baby! Mom or any caretaker would wear the necklace, and the babe will grasp and chew the beads! Made of medical grade silicone and out of bright colours, these are perfect for babies mouths and they are also used as a great sensory tool to keep them focused while nursing. They come with a breakaway clasp, just in case they get too grabby for mom’s neck!
b. As a bonus, Chewbeads also make styles for juniors so when your litle ones get bigger they can match mom! Chewbeads also make super cute pacifer clips, and car seat/stroller clip on toys too!

 

4. Amber Teething Necklaces & Anklets!

 Check out our selection of amber teething necklaces here!

a. Amber necklaces have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and we’ve had debates on whether it works or not. 
b. We will share with you some facts, and some information on the amber that we do carry – it’s important to know where the amber comes from!
c. We source our amber necklaces and anklets from Healing Amber, who gets the amber itself from Lithuania.
d. Amber is a fossilized resin, not a stone – this means when worn on the skin, the natural heat from our bodies warms the amber up, which releases the anti-inflammatory oils to be absorbed by the bloodstream. This can have a soothing and calming effect for teething babies and toddlers.
e. In some European countries like Germany, Switzerland and Austria, amber necklaces are sold in local pharmacies, making it a very common thing to see!
f. Are they safe? If you buy a reputable amber necklace, you should notice that each bead is secure on the string and knotted before and after every single bead. So in the unlikely event the string is broken, no beads will come loose. They are secured with a screw clasp, not a hook and ring or magnetic clasp. But, please don’t leave children unattended with their necklace, anklet or bracelet, it may present a chocking hazard.
g. You also need to be sure it FITS properly! These are not meant to go in the mouth!

We carry a wide selection of healing amber products, from baby sizes in necklaces and anklets to adult sizes in bracelets and necklaces too!

5. Different teethers for different stages!

a. Not all teeth are made equal, and some teethers are better suited for certain teeth than others.
b. First up – the bottom two teeth. The rest of the gum line will be soft, so stay with a soft silicone or natural rubber teether for those chompers.
c. Second to come in (normally) are the top four. By now the bottom teeth in conjunction with the top ones, they get sharp and can perforate shallow plastic teethers and especially those gel filled ones – we never, ever recommend those because if they puncture through it, who knows what they can ingest. Look for thicker and more durable teethers for this stage.
d. Third – the bottom teeth, and then those molars! You’ll need to find something that can reach JUST to those molars and nothing further. We don’t want the littles gagging themselves! The Como Tomo is amazing at this!
e. Lastly – the canines. For some, these are the worst ones to come in, but it’s almost over!
f. We carry a wide selection of teethers here in store an online! If you're in the market for one, don't be shy! We're here to help!

6. Lastly;
a. Remember: you are the expert on your baby – not us, not your parents, not your in-laws, YOU. We are stronger together when we are able to hear from each other what things have worked and what things haven’t, because then you can narrow down the items based on your knowledge of what your little one needs. SO – what has worked for you as a teether? What hasn’t? What would you recommend for those losing sleep over the white pearls of DOOM? Did you have an easy teether or a super fussy one? Spill the secrets, feel free to drop some knowledge in the comments! We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,
FBB Team 

10 Breastfeeding Essentials every mom needs!

30 April, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

On April 13th, 2017, we were live on Facebook with our nursing essentials video! In this blog post you will find a re-cap of the products we showcased!

Here we go!

When it comes to breastfeeding you might think that you really don’t need much right? Just you and your baby? Well, it certainly CAN be done with just you and your baby, but you will find that there are a few things that are essential to nursing and some other things that are really nice to have!

Whether you’re a breastfeeding pro or a first timer, having the right gear at your fingertips is the key to making the experience successful and enjoyable for both you and your baby.

If you’re still working on your baby registry, it would be smart to add these must-haves to your list so you can hit the ground running when you get home from the hospital.

And if you’re already knee-deep in nursing your little one, there may be a few things here you’ve never seen before that give you an “ah-ha!” moment!

 

1.Naked Nursing Tank 

  • The Naked Nursing Tank allows you the freedom of nursing without yanking up all of your layers – it keeps you covered and WARM! With no shelf, you can be assured that you will fit in the bust area and are free to wear whatever bra you feel like! Nice and long for layering, there are four colour options.

2. Cake Maternity  <-- Check out our selection of Cake here!

  • Bringing out the most important things very early on – Cake Maternity has done something so wonderful. They are beyond comfortable and do NOT look like nursing bras! Seriously! They spent careful attention to detail and have a bra for (we feel) everyone, from great supported, non-wire bras, to super soft sleep bras. They also have a wide range of sizes, which is super important with the ebb and flow sort of growing of the breasts.

3. Earth Mama Milkmaid Tea 

  • This tea is very popular here in store, and will help with production of milk.
  • Organic Milkmaid Tea is a fragrant, comforting and delicious blend of organic herbs traditionally used while breastfeeding to help support healthy breast milk production. Tasty iced or hot, formulated with fenugreek, fennel, milk thistle and other galactagogue herbs historically used by nursing mothers to promote healthy lactation. All Earth Mama teas are naturally caffeine free in easy to brew tea bags.
  • NOTE: This tea is only recommended for after baby is born - should not be consumed during pregnancy!

4. Applecheecks and Bummis Nursing Pads 

  • We have two excellent brands that offer nursing pads, Applecheeks and Bummis! They help soak up the leaks (because they happen, and wet spots can be super embarrassing!) and are breathable and so gentle on the skin. They fit very well into any bra or tank, and wash very well. Having reusable pads is (we think) so much better than disposable, and they often got softer with wear!
  • Applecheeks make theirs with bamboo and you can even get them with the backs of the pads in the shade 'Jem'
  • Bummis come wtih a resuable mini travel wet bag for easy storage when you're on the go!

5. Annointment Nipple Butter and Earth Mama Nipple Butter

  • Two outstanding brands both have nipple butters that are 100% safe for baby to nurse off. Zero taste and no weird residue! These formulas are actually made of different base ingredients, so depending on preference or perhaps allergy, you can pick!
  • Did you know, the nipple butter can also be used for chapped lips or cheeks? It’s supposed to help dry, cracked nipples – so you bet it’d be nice on other dry, cracked areas of skin!

6. Nursing Covers

  • Some mothers really enjoy nursing covers when they are out and about and need to feed the nursling! Covers provide that extra bit of privacy while still allowing the beauty of breastfeeding to happen, and all are breathable. We have several options in store, some of which also double as a fashionable scarf! Gotta love the multi-function aspect!
  • The link above will connect you to our Udder Covers! 

7. Water Bottles for mom 

  • It is so important for mom to stay hydrated while breastfeeding, thats why we decided to add the water bottle to our list even thought it isn't techinically an essential 
  • Since you'll be nursing with only one free hand, it's much easier to use a glass straw water bottle. It will be a life-saver!
  • There are lots of options to choose from, here in store we carry Life Factory bottles, just like baby bottles, but made in the 22oz size with either the straw option, or the flip cap!

8. Baby bottle for transitioning - Como Tomo 

  • When you are ready to transition your baby from nipple to bottle, choosing the right bottle might seem daunting. You may have to try a few before settling on one that works for your baby. Colic and bottle refusal are just two of the struggles faced by parents of infants; causing frustration, fear and confusion for all. Comotomo nursing and feeding bottles were created with these struggles in mind. Mimicking the mound shape and nipple feel of a mother's breast, Comotomo baby bottles have relieved many struggling parents around the world, by easing their baby into the transition to bottle feeding. The innovative wide-mound design and anti-colic vents help to create, "the best bottle for newborns!"


9. Breastmilk Storage - Avent Milk Bags

  • Philips AVENT breast milk storage bags provide safe and secure storage for your precious breast milk. They can be stored in the fridge or freezer and are pre-sterilized for immediate use.
  • Includes 25 milk bags 

10. Lactation Cookies

  • Cookies are always a good idea, so lactation cookies that help increase your milk production are an even better idea if you're a breastfeeding mom! Boons cookies are made withall-natural ingedients and packed with rich vitmains, minerals and antioxidants that nursing moms need. These cookies are both delicious and powerful!
  • We carry two yummy flavours, Cocoa Quinoa & Oatmeal Raisin!

That's it for our list! Feel free to comment any other suggestions you might want to add! 

P.S.  We will be starting up a Breastfeeding Support Group here in store! Dr. Kathryn Urquhart will be visiting the store once a week for support! The sessions will begin on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, from 10am to 11am! Keep in mind the first session will be tentative, but we hope to have the group up and running every Tuesday morning! Open to everyone!

Thanks so much for listening!

Love,
The FBB Team 

Sun Essentials for Babies and Children!

29 April, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

On April 6th, we had a live Facebook video featuring 10 summer essentials for babies and children, and today we want to revisit this!

We are finally (well, we THINK) on the upswing of the warmer weather and sunny skies, so let's talk essentials!

  1. Natural Sunscreen
  • All of our sunscreens contain zinc oxide – which creates a physical barrier against the sun, and most are non-whitening, water resistant and easy to apply.
  • They are good from 6+ months onward, but if you have a younger little, there are other ways to help protect their skin!
  • Check out our selection, HERE.
  1. Sun Hats
  • Twinklebelle Grow-With-Me hats are the bees knees. They run in three sizes; Small (0-9months), Medium (9-36months) and Large (3 years – 12 years). They are adjustable in two areas that help create the ever-changing fit, which means you don’t have to scramble every year to find a new hat! Unless you want another colour or print.
  • They have a nice wide brim all around the hat itself, and have 50 UPF rated cotton fabrics as well as a few Aqua-Dry styles that are fast drying and still 50 UPF rated!
  • Take a peek at our selection, HERE.
  1. Sunglasses
  • We all love a good pair of sunglasses, and usually that’s the tell-tale sign of good weather! But even in winter when the sun reflects off the snow, we need the shades. Babies and children are no different, and we should protect their eyes as soon as possible.
  • Baby Banz are a great option for the little ones eyes, as they help block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays, and also some styles have a Velcro fastener which help keep them on!
  • Here you can see our selection of Baby Banz.
  1. Swim Diapers
  • Here at Fluffy Bottom Babies, we LOVE swim diapers. They are much more convenient, and fast drying, and easier on the wallet, easier on the environment and way cuter than disposable swim diapers. These allow the liquids to pass freely, and stop the poop in its tracks – where as disposable swim diapers absorb ALL of the liquids, including the pool water! YIKES. They are also sized, which will help get the perfect fit along with some seriously awesome prints and colours.
  • See our reusable swim diapers, HERE.
  1. Wet Bags
  • Stop carrying plastic bags for wet clothes everywhere – wet bags are a total life and environment saver! Plus they look way better. We have several styles and sizes of wet bags to choose from – you can get some large enough to fit swimsuits, to towels and in between. They are very easy to wash, but when it comes to drying them, in order to keep them from leaking liquids, dry them on a low heat, or hang dry!
  • Toss your wet garments in the wet bag and toss the wet bag into a dry bag without fear of anything else getting wet!
  • Check out our selection of wet bags, HERE.
  1. Tuffo Outdoor Blanket
  • Going to the beach or planning a picnic in the park? Grab your Tuffo Outdoor Blanket and know you’ll be covered. This blanket is very large, and is water proof. Yep – you read that correctly! Water proof, easy to clean AND has its own carrying handles built in!
  • The blanket comes in several prints, seen HERE.
  1. Chimparoo Water Ring Sling
  • Need a hands-free carrier that is great in the warm weather and meant for being in the water? Check out this years ring sling from Chimparoo, the Air-O! Great if you have a toddler running around and a baby to wear while you’re at the beach. And perfect for those summer walks and excursions.
  • Take a peek at the Air-O!
  1. Water Bottles
  • It’s very important to stay hydrated, especially so when it gets warm. Every member of the family should have a reusable water bottle with them, and we have a great selection to choose from in store. From the glass Life Factory bottles, to stainless steel Pura bottles, there is one to suit every need at every age!
  • Find our water bottle selection, HERE.
  1. Beach Tote
  • Did you know the Ju-Ju-Be Super Be makes a GREAT beach tote? It’s very light (12 ounces!), and has a large carrying capacity with a zippered top to keep everything inside.
  • Each Super Be has three exterior pockets on one side, a large back pocket, two mesh pockets inside the bag and a zippered pocket inside! Ju-Ju-Be knows how to make smart bags, and if their smart pocket organizing system isn’t enough, it’s WASHABLE! Teflon coated and anti-microbial (the lining) with a light coloured lining inside just adds to its amazing ability to be the one and only beach tote.
  • Check out our Ju-Ju-Be Super Be selection, HERE.
  1. Hooded Towels
  • Hooded towels are just plain fun, and practical! They keep the kids warm and dry, with a pocket for the head and hands so it makes it easy to cocoon themselves. Plus, with different animal choices, they can use this towel as a dress-up item at home on rainy days!
  • We also have the Lulujo Turkish towel, which is ideal for any member of the family (100% cotton, 150cm x 100cm) and it’s fast drying, very absorbent and pack easily.
  • Any sort of hooded towel or Turkish towel is also really great on the slightly over-cast beach days, as the UV rays are often trickier! And they make excellent cover-ups if you happen to catch a nap on the beach.
  • Browse the hooded towels, HERE.
  • And browse the Lulujo Turkish towels HERE
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