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Monkey Business Part 2

After this happened, it was just a matter of time before the crib became the next target to be conquered. I wonder how much time I have before she tries to do this from the inside of the crib!

Teaching Toddlers to be Safe

Today is National Missing Children's day. I'm by no means a safety expert but I know there are a lot of resources and articles available on child safety. Some of them are listed at the end of this post. Instead of rehashing all the advice, I'll like to share with you a few things I'm doing to keep my twins safe - there's still 18 months but it's never too early to start
Order a free safety kit from the Polly Klaas foundation. I ordered mine same time I was ordering my diaper and formula freebies. The foundation sent informational publications which I found to be very practical and helpful. Here's a link to their order page. One big plus is that orders can also be made from outside the USDownload the FBI child ID app which is available for both iPhone and Android users (didn't do this but wish there was a Canadian equivalent)Allow the "No". One of the developments of this stage is that both girls have learnt to say no. It irks me but it's a …

When Babyproofing Is Not Enough

10 things to do after babyproofing

Guess it's the week to talk babyproofing around here. Gates are installed, sockets are blocked off and cabinets are latched shut. What do you do when the kids still get hurt around the house and how can you make it happen less often?
Recognize that babies are rapidly-changing human beings. When Spice was around 6 months old, she fell off the bed with me beside her. Up until then, she had not shown any real ability to rollover much less roll all the way across a king-sized bed but she chose to do that the one afternoon I had her in bed with me and dozed off for all of 4 seconds. The pediatrician has actually said that after 4 months, don't assume that your baby is immobile againRecognize that walking toddlers move really, really fast. The toddler walking to your right is suddenly on your left with her fingers in the jamb of the door you're closing. They're fast! That happened yesterday morningWork with personalities. Sugar is the fast, …

Baby Gate Review

This is a review of the 3 babygates I used or tried to use in babyproofing our new house for the twins.

Safety First Baby Gate: The worst. Bad engineering, badly written instructions and super-bad installation. I bought 3 from BRU and returned them a week later. You get what you pay for with these gates. Available in Babies R Us, Walmart, Target and online

Summer Infant Baby Gate: This gate has travelled with us across Canada. It's my gate for the kitchen. The wood-metal combo is easy on the eyes and the price is decent. Installation was easy and it comes with 2 extensions. Only negatives are it doesn't stay put and has to be adjusted every few days. If I lived in a one-storey house, this is the only safety gate I would have bought. Available in Babies R Us and online

Kidco Center Gateway Baby Gate: This is the gate of choice for our staircase areas. I chose this gate because it's the only one with an attachement that allows installation onto staircases that only have one wa…

A year and a half

Sigh! It feels like a lifetime ago that I wrote my first post. It's just been 18 months but 18 beautiful, amazing, won't-change-it-for-anything months. Here's the stats on my little girls

The older by 20 minutes
Born 5lbs13 in the 10th percentile. Now 22lbs in the 45th percentile
81cm tall and in the 54th percentile for height
Wears size 4 diapers and 12-18m clothes

First impression of Spice is "tough chick". She evaluates all strangers with a stern eye before she warms up to them but once she does, they are gifted with the most beautiful smiles and hugs. All the daycare teachers she's had are fairly partial to her hugs. She makes everyone feel so special, I think it will be mean of me to tell them "you're just a warm body" - my baby likes her cuddles. She's big on communication and social skills, enjoys mimicking words and actions and is able to follow simple instructions to identify and bring things around the house. She's a…

Baby Onesies Review Update

Way back in September, I went on a shopping spree educational trip to evaluate the different brands of baby clothing. I bought white and colored onesies from each of the popular brands and my plan was to see how they compared at the end of the wearing season. The first two posts are here and here.

With our moving to Canada, I had to ship all the summer clothes and my experiment was put on hold after 2 months. Since we've moved and I've been unpacking, I got to see the bodysuits again and this is the conclusion that I've drawn.

Best Colored Onesie: Carters from Macys. This is the onesie that kept it's color and shape best. I emphasis that I got it at Macys because it appears Carters quality depends on retailer.

Best White Onesie: Janie and Jack. This was the only white that did not hold onto stains.

Worst Quality: Old Navy. It got holes and a tear after a few washes. Out of all the baby clothes I've purchased, the Old Navy clothes are the only ones that ever got rips a…

Babyproofing Weekend

Our house has 3 levels and this was the weekend to bring out the big babyproofing guns. I'm proud to report that we've installed
4 baby gates with various lengths of extensions2 toilet bowl covers6 doorknob thingiesNumerous outlet covers3 cabinet locks1 nightlight (so mommy doesn't keep running into the gate at night while playing pacifier fetch)I'm sure we may still have to add a couple of items to that list but for now it's save to say we're 90% babyproofed. I plan on writing a review on the various items later in the week but for now, I leave you with the before and after shots of our staircase.

Dapper Snappers Review

Even without the help of growth charts, it's pretty obvious that I have the quintessential tall, skinny toddlers. The clothes tell the story. Dresses have to be worn with leggings otherwise they look ridiculously short and skimpy. 12m pants fit at the waist but are too short. 18m pants are the perfect length but gape (and sometimes fall completely) at the waist.

So it was with a lot of pleasure that I made my latest impulse buy - the Dapper Snapper. The concept is simple but effective; a toddler half belt that fits into belt loops and is fastened in place. I love it. I know if I had a crafty bone, I could probably sew something to serve the same purpose but I don't and I didn't. Since I bought these, the girls have been able to wear better fitting pants. Bonus points for all the colorful designs available.

This mama loves her Dapper Snappers. 

I'm linking up to Julia's Mama Loves. I enjoy linking up  every time I can because it gives me an opportunity to blog about s…

Calgary Daycare Options Part Deaux

In the last couple of weeks, I've been on the lookout for a new daycare.

So I followed my own advice and came up with a shortlist of 5 accredited daycares to visit and inspect. NEVER sign up for a daycare without visiting and this post will tell you why. You'll notice the things I look out for when evaluating a daycare

Daycare 1: I got through the door very easily (bad security). I introduced myself and told the manager I would like some information about the daycare. She disappears and returns with a waitlist which she tells me to fill. Thanks. Can I have some information about the daycare please? She points me to the fees listed on the noticeboard. Information about your programs please? She looks at me quite blankly. I thank her and leave. FAIL

Daycare 2: This was in a complex with a public library (good, I love public libraries). The outside was a bit untidy but when I got in I was impressed. The center was very roomy. The manager greeted me and told me about the center (goo…

Adios Crib Shoes

Adios Crib Shoes
Our naming ceremony shoes. Worn once. Carters newborn size(Not pictured) Ballet flats currently hanging on my windshield. First Impressions size 0-3 months. I loved these shoes. I suspect I got these to go with some church outfit. Worn less than 5 times. The Childrens Place size 2Really wide fit. Worn twice. Gymboree size 3Never worn. New in box complete with tag. Stride Rite size 3Love, love, super loved these shoes. Worn very regularly. Very cute and hard for baby to kick off as the 3 stripes are actually one thick velcro strap. Adidas size 9-15 months purchased from AmazonWe took our first steps in these shoes. Worn regularly to daycare. Koala by Babies R Us size 4Our first birthday shoe. Worn thrice. First time for the birthday, second time for the weekend birthday party and third time for the birthday photo shoot at Sears. Robeez size 4I like to call these "the St John's special". We wore them throughout our stint in Newfoundland and the girls became…

Monkey Business

One of my pet peeves is that I hate it when people refer to kids as monkeys (lovingly or not). I just didn't get the correlation. Until now! 

Picture this scenario: I'm in the kitchen fixing dinner - a 7 minute event. The girls are in the dining nook beside me playing. It's a little quiet but I give it no heed. I come out of the kitchen with the food and almost passed out from shock. My two little angels - Sugar and Spice I call them - are sitting on their high chairs looking at me. No I'm not talking about the tiny booster chairs. I mean the full size high chair. I can't even fathom how not one kid, but two managed to climb and get themselves seated. I am also in a state of panic as obviously the high chairs are not safe anymore if the girls can climb on anytime. I'll bet a silver dollar they don't know how to get down safely. Is this where I buy a little dining set? Or revert to using our Fisher Price booster chairs?

AND, I still don't like it but I to…