Round Up – Issue 12 January 2014

Aw poop, I missed December’s Round Up. I will forever underestimate how busy I get in December with work, the site, and that fat Santa asshole taking all the credit for the Lego Hulk Helicarrier Breakout that I tracked down in a blizzard.

No matter! I have some cool stuff to share so here goes:

This Kiinde Twist was at the ABC Expo and I wanted to tell you about it because it’s so awesome. This feeding system allows you to directly pump from ANY pump into breastmilk storage pouches with leak-proof, twist-locking caps. You can then label, organize, store, warm, and feed from that same pouch – without ever having to transfer the liquid gold from bottles to bags. Collapsible pouches completely eliminate gas from your baby’s meal, and Active Latch nipples are designed to teach natural breastfeeding behaviors that ease the transition between bottle and breast. So smart. The Starter Kit is $40 on Amazon.

 

You know when you see those brilliant ideas and think “Aw, crap, I needed to start that In January.” Well, here’s one of those great ideas and I’m telling you now.

Take a picture of your baby every month then make a calendar for all grandparents next Christmas. I tried to do this at one point but couldn’t find great pictures of the kids for every month (I would have tons in June and none for March, say). So if you’re out doing something “calendary” you can take a shot and think, “There’s February”.

 

Speaking of pictures, I also found this neat emergency contact magnet from pinholepress. Sure, you can write it all on a piece of paper but I just love the little photo reminder for grandparents, caregivers and, hell, parents for when you panic because your baby stuck a pea up their nose. It’s a nice thing to slap on the fridge or filing cabinet. $4.99

 

The folks at Otteroo asked me to pop by their booth at the ABC show. I didn’t really understand what the product was so I wanted to swing by.

When I saw what it was, this was my thought process: “What the hell is that?” “Holy shit, you can’t do that to a baby” and finally “That thing is brilliant!” So bear with me here so I can briefly explain it.

It is an inflatable ring that supports your baby’s head in the bath or in a pool. Essentially it keeps their heavy head afloat while they groove out in the water. The woman that makes them had been bringing a similar product back from her trips to Asia for all her pregnant friends and they loved it so much that she decided to improve the design and sell it in North America. If nothing else, check out the video of the baby just kickin’ it in the water – it cracks me up. I don’t think I need to mention that you don’t walk off and leave your baby unattended in water, do I? No, I know you’re too smart for that. You can buy them for $35 on their site and Amazon.

Otteroo Baby!!! from OtterooBaby on Vimeo.
 

 

After I did the post on the LifeNest a number of people said how they were worried about flat-head syndrome, so I wanted to bring up another product called Tortle. It’s a little beanie that has a support built in to reposition your child’s head so they don’t favor one side and develop a flat spot. Be sure to check out the site but keep your perspective – I watched the video and could feel my panic growing and I don’t even have a baby anymore. Both of my kids were put on their backs to sleep and never developed flat head, so it’s not something that will happen, it’s something that can happen. Just tuck this info in your back pocket and remember it if your baby does start getting a spot. $20 on Amazon – you can also find it at Babies “R” Us and Target.

 

My husband and I took the boys to see Frozen last week and we all loved it. I tried really hard not to go off on one of my messages-for-girls tangents but it was hard not to because I thought the movie had such a great story.

Its message about sisterhood and whirlwind relationships made me want to tackle every 12-year old girl in the lobby and say, “See, that’s why Twilight is bullshit and your relationship with your sister should be cherished!” but I imagine that would have been frightening for a young girl, so I refrained. I should also mention that this movie passed the Bechdel Test, which should be on your radar if you have kids – especially girls.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

 

Four articles that I thought were just wonderful:

When Your Mother Says She’s Fat: I beautifully written article that reminds us how much it affects our children when we put ourselves down. This is something I need to be mindful of – especially when I put my post Christmas pants on.

Babies Ruin Bodies: Another beautiful article that points out the wonderful things that happen to your body when you have a baby. A nice perspective while we’re bombarded by the “How I Got My Body Back” headlines in the grocer aisles.

How to Name a Baby: It’s written in a tongue-in-cheek style but it makes some really good points. You can also visit the Baby Naming post if you’re in the market for a good name while you’re at it.

I Have the Kid I Used to Judge Other People for Having: This post from Renegade Mothering was so good that I didn’t even laugh because it was so fucking funny-perfect. I want to go for beers with her and her toddler. Is that wrong?

 

If you haven’t already heard about BabyList’s amazing giveaway – Win the Best Baby Registry Evah – then you need to get in on it. They have a ton of great gear to be won and it’s all going to one lucky person. (I would have dropkicked a nun to win all this stuff when I was pregnant.) It’s only open to U.S. residents so if you live somewhere else and you have an Uncle Bill that lives in Florida, tell him that you’re entering him in a contest and that you’ll take him for a spin in the Stokke stroller if you win. Enter here and win this in my honour, would ya?

 

Last but not least, I wanted to tell you how it went with the Give a Cluck charity. We raised over $1,800 with the auction so I was able to walk into the YPNFA meeting with 50 Walmart cards, 25 No Frills (grocery store) cards, and 20 Tim Horton’s (coffee shop) cards, to hand out to young parents that may be having a tricky time.

I also had a GIANT box of cloth diapers from lilhelper that I carried along College Street when it was -20º outside. I grossly underestimated the weight and size of the box, and grossly overestimated my physical fitness. Thankfully, they were having the meeting in U of T’s Faculty of Nursing building so if I had a heart attack and/or my fingers froze off, someone could help me.

All the people representing the agencies were so grateful for the donation. One woman even said, “Oh my God, if I handed one of my clients a $20 Walmart card right now they would just die!”

I did a little cloth diaper demo and pointed out that even if their clients were using disposable, they could give them one or two cloth diapers that could be used in a pinch if money was tight and they couldn’t swing a package of disposables. The woman that was my contact admitted that when she heard “cloth diapers” she had the old “baby pins and cloth” in mind and couldn’t believe how gorgeous they were.

It felt great to hand that stuff over, so thank you. Thank you to the companies that donated the amazing stuff. Thank you to all of you that purchased the items and donated money. And thank you to all the people that work at these amazing agencies helping people having a tough time get through it. You all rock.

I totally forgot to take a picture of the group because I was too preoccupied with my hands turning a bizarre shade of purple from the diaper box debacle, but I promise to get one next year.

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  • Thanks for the magnet idea, my husband and I are heading out of town twice this Spring and while I don’t’ mind typing all the info up on the computer, this magnet idea is WAY cooler! Love the Bechdel test for movies for girls…especially do they talk about something besides a man…maybe I need to use it for some of my friendships lol?! I will check out the links when I have another free moment, glad I stopped by today!

  • When Your Mother Says She’s Fat. omg, story of my life (minus the chow mein and Australia). I am so glad to hear other women in my generation refuse to burden their daughters with the ridiculous notion that skinny=beauty=self-worth.

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