Infant Top 10 List

Guest Blog Written By: Barbara Ann Solomon of Barbara Ann Style Blog

I started this post probably three days before I went into labour, which was 2 weeks before my due date. I was excited to share some of my favourite items, and why I thought #babyNegin would love them. There were a zillion things that they say you need vs. what works best for you, and this can be somewhat difficult to navigate. For Trevor and I, we tried to keep things simple and ensure we invested in things that would compliment our lifestyle.

New Rides

1. Our new ride: Trevor and I had been driving a 10 year old coupe upon getting pregnant and one of the first things that EVERYONE told us, was that it was time for a new car. There would be no way, we could get a baby in and out of our current ride and it was time to look for a bigger option. After months of research (mostly on Trevor’s part) we agreed that we wanted an SUV, packed with all the safety features but not comprising on style and luxury.

We test drove a number of makes and models but kept coming back to the first we had seen, the new 2017 Mazda CX5. Some of the features we loved about this SUV were the rear-facing camera, 4-wheel drive, lane departure warnings, Skyactiv Technology and the Smart City break support. We found our perfect CX5 at the Westowne Mazda dealership, located in Etobicoke, with the help of Doug Warsh and Niki Figliano.

2. Baby Negin’s new ride: When shopping for strollers, options seemed endless with so many varieties in the market place. We knew we needed something compact and lightweight, that was ideal for long walks with Taco. We started browsing and testing out each stroller and we loved how easily the ValcoBaby strollers handled.

We picked the Snap Ultra Tailormade in denim, weighing just 8.2kg, this lightweight stroller is ideal for easy traveling. Suitable for infants with a full reclining seat through to 45 lbs, the stroller includes a beautiful boot cover and collapsible hood. It also has adapters available to pair with our Maxi Cosi car seat.

Coat: Club Monaco, Sweater: Club Monaco, Leggings: Noppies from Carry Maternity,  Boots: Uggs, Diaper bag: Skip Hop (on sale)

3. Shopping Cart Hammock: One thing that confused me, while getting ready for Sterling, was how I was going to be able to go grocery shopping. Typically a task I love to do, I couldn’t figure out how to push both a shopping cart as well as a stroller. I was then introduced to the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock, a one-of-a kind hammock that provides a safe and cozy seat that hangs elevated inside the basket portion of most standard shopping carts. It’s ideal for babies who are not quite ready to sit up yet and allows plenty of room for groceries. I also love that I can place my car seat on top of the sling and secure it to the shopping cart, for those quick trips to the store.

4. Baby Carrier: When we moved into our stacked town home, I knew that our stairs would be an issue once we started our family. Not wanting to leave an infant alone, I’d need to find an easy solution to keep my little one close while allowing me to move around our home. Once getting pregnant and bringing home Taco, the requirement for something that would be effortless became urgent.

I stumbled upon Solly Baby on Instagram (where I find and fall in love with a lot of brands these days) and was taken back by the beautifully designed fabrics of these infant wraps. Made in the US, the wraps are made from certified Lenzing modal, which is lightweight, buttery soft and a sustainable fabric sourced from the pulp of Austrian beechwood trees and dyed with environmentally friendly dyes.

I simply love that I can keep Sterling close and still go about my daily activities, and he seems to love it too.

Innovative Essentials

5. Smart Pump: Breastfeeding is something I become very passionate about leading into my final stages of pregnancy. In late November, I was a guest on the AM640’s The Parenting Show with Pina Crispo, which airs Sunday nights at 7pm and discussed the topic of breastfeeding (listen here), with host Pina of Chic Mamma, lactation specialist Katie Wickham, and the hilarious momma, Meredith of That’s Inappropriate.

Together, they prepared me, while scaring the shit out of me, for everything I’d need to know regarding nurturing my newborn. I walked away from the show, knowing that the most important things was to feed my baby, regardless of method. Whether it be through formula, breastfeeding, pumping or any combination of these options, I felt confident knowing that there is no right or wrong way to feed your baby.

Socks: Comrad

Being a busy mom, with the hopes of jumping back into the swing of a blogger lifestyle, I knew I’d need to use a pump to help share the responsibilities and ensure that there was always a supply of milk available for my growing son. The new Sonata Double Electric Breast Pump by Medela, is quiet, responsive and smart connecting to the MyMedela app which tracks your baby’s growth, pumping sessions and personalized content regarding lactation information, to help you reach your breast milk feeding goals.

6. Portable Baby Lounger: Being an entrepreneur means that even though you may have just given birth, it doesn’t mean the projects stop. I am fortunate, as Sterling is a napper, who will fall asleep basically anywhere, as long as he feels secure.

Enter the lightweight and beautiful Dockatot, a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock you can take anywhere. Sterling sleeps like a champ in this 100% cotton, cozy and breathable nest available in two sizes, (Deluxe for 0 – 8 months and Grand 9 – 36 months), as its snug fit resembles the womb and makes him feel safe.

7. Easy Swaddle: Sterling, as mentioned is a great sleeper and we are fortunate because of that. We strongly believe in swaddling and creating cozy womb like environments, which has been proven to have therapeutic and developmental benefits. We tried a few different methods of swaddling and found that the most effective and easiest is with the help of The Ollie World Swaddle.

What we loved most about The Ollie was the design, the Velcro kept Sterling feeling secure in the moisture-wicking material and the opening at the bottom made over night diaper changes easy without the need to un-swaddle. Swaddling for us, has allowed Sterling to sleep safely and self-sooth throughout the night getting hours of quality sleep at a time.

8. The Cleaner Pacifier: I tend to fall in love with beautifully designed things, and hope that they product matches the level of design. With The Pop Pacifierby Doddle and Co, recently seen on Shark Tank, we’ve found that magic spot where function meets fashion. Recommended for babies 0 – 6 months (but suitable for older babies), this 100% silicone pacifier is designed so that the nipple pops back into its built-in protective bubble every time it falls, allowing for fewer trips to the sink to wash it.

Ring: Bluboho

Beauty and Brains:

9. Baby furniture that doesn’t look like baby furniture: Our living space, in our new home, was designed to be very open, with clean lines, bright and light colours (see our kitchen reveal and living room reveal). Trevor and I spent a lot of time curating the collection of furniture and decor to match both of our styles and allow for optimum entertaining.

With a baby on the way, we didn’t want to throw away everything we had done to create this aesthetic, and began the hunt for well designed baby items. We came across the ingenious Tripp Trapp highchair by Stokke, a Norwegian brand who’s focus is on creating products that encourage child development and to strengthen the bonds between parents and children in those crucial early weeks, months and years. Created in 1972, this chair is designed to grow from infancy (with the infant attachment) into adulthood by having adjustable seat and foot plates.

Shirt: Ripe Maternity from Carry Maternity, Pants: Noppies from Carry Maternity, Slippers: Walmart, Frames: Kam Dhillon from Clearly, Mug: Anthropolgie, Bowl: 1815 by Royal Doulton, Table: Universal Furniture

10. Rock-a-bye-baby: For the past few weeks, we have been very lucky. We did our research and found the perfect bassinet that allows Sterling to sleep well throughout the night, waking only when he has a wet diaper or requires a feeding. We knew we would want something that rocked, but was simple in design, and didn’t really find the need for technology to be involved (if he was a fussy baby we may have rethought our strategy).

We purchased the Canadian made Monte Design Ninna Nanna bassinet, which has a removable bed nestled into a solid birch rocker base and we loved everything about the stunning piece of furniture. When Sterling wakes up, he rocks himself back to sleep quickly, and the height is perfect for easy feedings throughout the night without having to leave my bed.

Blanket: Little Unicorn

I received products compliments of and/or in collaboration with Westowne Mazda, ValcoBaby, Binxy Baby, Solly Baby, Medela, Ollie World and Doctatot.

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A Boob is a Boob…right?

Last week I blogged about breastfeeding in public and included a social experiment video by JoeySalads. It was crazy to see the reaction a new Mamma received for breastfeeding her child in public…well at least it was crazy to me. When I see a Mamma breastfeeding in public, I simply see a Mamma feeding her child and providing for her little baby…nothing less, nothing more and definitely nothing disgusting or sexy about it!

Today JoeySalads posted another video and took his social experiment to a whole new level. This time, in addition to the new Mamma breastfeeding he introduced a very attractive model wearing a sexy low cut top.

Watch and see for yourself how things play out.

Pretty crazy right? A boob is a boob…right? Well I guess not and that’s a horribly sad thing. I think what get’s me the most is how strangers feel comfortable enough to make a comment to a Mamma breastfeeding her child. And the part that I find really upsetting is when it’s another female that makes the comment. I know it’s wrong no matter who says it but I don’t know, you’d thing that we as women would be supportive and stick together, not try to drag each other down.

What do you think? Are you with me on this or do you disagree?

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Cuz babies need to eat too…

Hunger, it’s a funny thing as it can strike at any time. As adults we have the freedom to grab food, feed ourselves and be on our merry way, but it’s a totally different ball game for babies. They can’t speak to tell us and they definitely can’t feed themselves.

As a breastfeeding Mamma I often get the nasty looks and glares when I stop to feed my little one in pubic.  Lucky for me, I have what you call a “don’t give a shit” attitude and just do what I need to do to feed my baby. Even before I had children, I never really understood why people had such an issue with seeing Mammas breastfeed their babies in public, it was always just a natural and normal thing to me. Well it seems I’m in the minority, as it’s issue for many.

Here’s a great video done by social experiment pro JoeySalads. Watch and see how people react to seeing a Mamma breastfeed her hungry child in public.

Are you for breastfeeding in public or against it? What are your thoughts?

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Yup, breastfeeding in public needs to STOP!

I just about pee’ed myself when I saw this YouTube video about why Mammas shouldn’t breastfeed in public. Many people might see the title of the video and go off thinking…OMG how dare someone create a video with 4 reasons why Mammas shouldn’t breastfeed in public but honestly you gotta watch it first. Kristina Kuzmic did an awesome job with this video and you’ll soon see why hahaha.

Alright Mammas, get comfy, grab your little one, go out in public, whip it out, breastfeed and enjoy 😉

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The Todd Shapiro Show – Breastmilk it does a body good!

As you know in a previous life I used to be a radio chick and occasionally still am when I visit my buddy Todd Shapiro of The Todd Shapiro Show. We talk all things Chic Mamma and have a few laughs here and there. Well last week I dropped in to see the guys and brought a little treat for Mr. Jay Brody…I’m talking about BREASTMILK 😉

Take a look and see what went down…

(The Todd Shapiro Show weekdays between 3pm to 6pm on Sirius XM Canada Laughs channel 168)

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Art is in the eye of the beholder…

Her name is Sophia, she’s pretty yet spooky, has a love for animals who she enjoys to breast feed and feels no need to hide behind a nursing cover not even in front of Jesus…am I close? HAHA!

Let’s be honest here, I have no effin clue what is going on in this painting but from the moment I saw it I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. Maybe it’s the fact the at first glance it looks child like or maybe it’s because when you do stop to look at it, you can’t help but wonder what the artist was thinking when he created this piece.

Mark Ryder is the artist behind this painting and he’s probably the only person who knows the true meaning of it.

Take a look, what do you think? Do you like it? Hate it? Are you interested by it? Or could you careless about it? Let me know cuz I would love to hear your thoughts on it.


Sofia’s Mercurial Waters
By: Mark Ryder

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Listen & Listen Carefully…

As many of you know I run a facebook group and in that group I am surrounded by these amazing mothers! Mother’s who over time I’ve had gotten to know and can call my friends 🙂 One of these mothers is Katie from Babies First Lactation and Education and she recently posted this video on her facebook page that I just had to share with all of you. So take a seat, get comfy and listen, listen carefully. This is BEYOND amazing and kudos to Hollie McNish…well said!

Thanks for sharing this Katie 🙂  xo

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Babies First Lactation & Education – Weekly Vendor Showcase


It’s Friday and after taking 2 weeks off from writing the weekly Vendor Directory Showcase I’m back and proud to be featuring Babies First Lactation and Education today! It just seemed fitting as a little over 2 weeks ago I gave birth to my second daughter Liliana and my breastfeeding journey began once again.

With my first daughter Samantha I exclusively breastfeed her for 17 months so needless to say I hope to do the same with Liliana. To make sure that we are both on the right path, I gave Katie from Babies First Lactation and Education a call to set up an appointment and it was one of the best things I could have ever done 🙂

Katie from Babies First Lactation and Education is not only is a registered nurse, First Aid/CPR teacher, she’s also a Lactation Consultant…the perfect combo if you ask me! Katie offers a wide variety of services for her clients from Baby/Child CPR courses, Pre-Natal Breastfeeding classes, Pre-Natal Child Birth Classes, Babies First Classes, and of course Breastfeeding support which include email/phone support and in-home consultations.

If you are an expecting Mamma, first time Mamma or a Mamma who just needs a refresher like me I highly suggest and recommend that you give Babies First Lactation and Education a call, you and your baby will be happy you did 🙂

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Putting your Best Breast Forward

Guest Blog Written By Yummy Mummy: Katie Wickham

breastfeedingBreastfeeding is an amazing way to nourish your child; it is important for both of you for so many reasons.  This amazing gift you can give your child should be easy, the baby should come out and take to breastfeeding perfectly and stay that way for however long you choose to breastfeed, Right?  If only that were the case for everyone!  Breastfeeding is often a huge learning curve for both Mom and Baby.  The frustrations that are common in the early weeks can be exacerbated by the normal hormone fluctuations you experience, lack of sleep, self-doubt, naysayers and plain old exhaustion.

I wish I knew some of what I am going to share with you before starting on my breastfeeding journey 5 years ago with my preterm twins.

  1. Prepare mentally for breastfeeding.  It sounds silly, but a positive attitude can make all the difference in the world.  Firstly, if you have had a previous experience with breastfeeding, analyze what was good and bad about your experience.  Let go of any remaining emotions or guilt that may still be present.  It may help to discuss your previous experience with a Lactation Consultant and see if there was anything that could have been done differently that you may want to change this time around.  Similarly, if this is your first experience, think about any concerns you have and discuss them prenatally with a Lactation Consultant.  Many Moms have it in their head that they may not be able to breastfeed because of something like a flat nipple, or someone else in their family who couldn’t, but there are many things that can be done to remedy these concerns.  Setting yourself a reasonable breastfeeding goal may also be helpful.  I am going to try really hard with support to get to 3 months, or whatever makes sense for you.  This goal can be constantly moved further as things get easier with time.  If you enjoy reading books the book “The Motherly Art of Nursing” by La Leche League is a fantastic book to read prior to deliver or after for support.  Lastly, know who your supporters are and turn to them postpartum, whether they are friends, family or a Lactation Consultant.
  2. Try to minimize interventions in labour.  This includes things like, IV fluids, early epidural use, induction, and caesarean section.  Obviously some of these cannot be avoided sometimes, and if they do happen it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to breastfeed.  The fewer interventions, the easier the breastfeeding should be.
  3. Spend lots of time skin to skin and start breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth.  Your baby will be alert and ready to feed the first two hours after birth; thanks to a healthy release of hormones during labour.  Take advantage of this time and snuggle close.  Your partner can do skin to skin if you are unable to due to a caesarean section.  Initiating breastfeeding during these first 2 hours has been shown to increase breastfeeding success rates.  After these initial 2 hours your baby will get sleepy and so will you.   So hold off all those excited visitors during this time and enjoy the moment.
  4. Get help early.  If your baby and you are having trouble with latching, ask for help early!  Ask your nurse in the hospital for help, or ask to see the hospital Lactation Consultant.  Make sure you get a good latch each time to prevent damage; it can make future nursing sessions more painful even with a good latch.   Hand express a small amount of colostrum after each feed and rub it on your nipple and areola, allow it to air dry to help protect and heal nipples.  If you have damage on your nipples, you have been having a difficult time in the hospital breastfeeding, you are supplementing or you are using a nipple shield or tube at the breast; early access of community support from a lactation consultant is crucial to a successful breastfeeding journey.
  5. Start hand expressing as soon as possible after birth if any of the following is happening: your baby is very sleepy (and not feeding well), having trouble latching, or separated from you due to health concerns; this will help with your milk supply. Ask your nurse or hospital Lactation Consultant how to hand express.  If the difficulties continue or you are going to be separated for a while, start pumping with a hospital grade pump.  If you need to pump, ensure you speak with a lactation consultant for tips on how to establish your supply and properly remove milk from your breasts using a pump.  Spend as much time as possible skin to skin if your baby is having trouble latching or separated from you, this will help with your milk supply and help wake up a sleepy baby.
  6. Ask about what is normal.  If you are concerned about something, ask friends, family, or a lactation consultant what is normal.  There are many things that cause Moms worry but are totally normal.  Things like cluster feeding, fussy evenings, growth spurts, and changes in your breasts; to mention a few.  Hearing from other Moms, or an expert like a lactation consultant, can help you rest at ease or provide you with tips for how to get through these norms.
  7. Hang in there!  Get that support if you are feeling frustrated, and use those supporters you have surrounded yourself with to be your cheerleaders.  When everything is right (latch, supply, etc.) breastfeeding will just continue to get better!  Your baby becomes more efficient at feeding and you both get the hang of things… and each other.

I am always happy to answer questions or provide support!

Katie Wickham BScN RN, IBCLC

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