Good Baby Stuff


Pippalily stroller strap for toys

 

We bought this at KolKid during our staycation at the Intercontinental when the floors were getting refinished.

We bought this at KolKid during our staycation at the Intercontinental when the floors were getting refinished.

It happened. Sophie the Giraffe finally got chucked out the side of the stroller, never to be found again. So I bought a Pippalily toy strap that attaches to the toy and to the stroller with velcro for $10 at Toronto’s fabulous KolKid boutique so that we can hold onto Cillian’s other expensive toys that he takes on the road with him. 

That’s pretty much all I can write now, after a one-week vacation from this blog because HELLO, Cillian is crawling like crazy! He’s into everything now, and not content to sit around. He started on Father’s day and he’s been movin’ and groovin’ ever since. 

-GBS

What Cillian has been up to: He does this hilarious thing where he squints his eyes, smiles, and turns his head up to the ceiling. It’s so funny. He’s been eating fish lately, salmon and halibut at restaurants (spoiled, eh?). His eczema is still happening, but under control pretty much.


The reason for baby booties

Short post today: I finally figured out why you so often see booties for babies, and not shoes.

Shoes don’t stay on! At least not on Mr C’s little feet. I bought him the cutest pair of navy-blue leather shoe-sandals by TenderFeet (on sale at my local baby-stuff store). Alas, they won’t stay on! He kicks them off of they just fall off, particularly if he’s in his stroller. I think his heels maybe are too narrow. Thus the need for booties. But in this hot weather? I think it might be a barefoot summer for my little friend.

-GBS

What Cillian did yesterday: A whole lot of nuthin. It was a rainy day so we stayed inside mostly. Today we went to Starbucks and met up with S and Zach, and played in the park where there were something like thirty kids and their parents. Crazy! There’s a population explosion in my ‘hood.


Ikea’s toys and furniture for kids and babies

 

Relaxing in Uncle Jojo's chair. And eating a sock.

Relaxing in Uncle Jojo's chair. And eating a sock.

Practically everyone has ragged on Ikea at least once. Haven’t you?  Shoddy furniture, such-and-such fell apart, didn’t come with the necessary tools, delivery service didn’t show up on time, etc. But they do a lot of things right, especially kids stuff. 

Here’s Cillian in Uncle Joseph’s Poang chair for kiddies. (BTW, Uncle Joseph is not a midget, he’s my much-younger brother). 

On a related note, the New York Times has reported a trend of parents using Ikea’s inexpensive childcare services to get a break from junior on a budget. And the parents aren’t even furniture shopping, they’re just browsing and buying hot dogs. 

-GBS

What Cillian is doing now: Napping in his crib. Ever since his Betaderm medicine, he’s been sleeping pretty well (not to jinx myself here). Last night he was up twice (not so bad in an 11 hour sleepathon), but only nursed once at 6am. Yesterday we had lunch with my friend N at my office, and he loved her. Like, let her cuddle him, and touched her neck and face. And even flinged his legs, which is a sure sign he’s happy as a clam.


Water table for babies

 

Me, Mommy, S and Zach had a blast at this water table yesterday.

Me, Mommy, S and Zach had a blast at this water table yesterday.

Can I just say this is an awesome toy? You can get it at Toys R Us, but I got this one from my younger (much younger) bro, Joseph, seeing as he’s outgrown it.

It isn’t really for babies, being that you have to hold them there if they are able to stand, and very closely supervise them (I’ve read babies can drown in something like an inch of water), but if you’re game, man is it a lot of fun. 

Zach and Cillian (held by their mommies, of course) played for ages in it yesterday. It was a glorious warm sunny day, there was wine (for us), there was splashing, and most importantly, the bambini were majorly exhausted afterward.

Two thumbs up! Just be sure to drain the water afterward. Don’t want mosquitoes breeding in it!

-GBS

What Cillian did yesterday: Went to see the doctor and got a stronger cream called Betaderm, that worked a miracle on his skin after the first application. Slept happily in his crib, waking only once between the hours of 10pm to 8am. Minor miracle!


Educo Discovery Box

 

I love twirling all the beads and doodads on this toy!

I love twirling all the beads and doodads on this toy!

Does this Educo Discovery Box remind you of the doctor’s waiting room? Me too. 

My peer/pregnant-at-the-same-time-as-me friend MC, of the amazing magazine Canadian Family sent this to me as a gift for baby.

Apparently it’s for 2+, but C is already digging it. He loves swirling and twirling everything with his grabby little fingers while lying on his tummy. Sometimes he knocks his head against it though, so one must be careful. 

Of course I love the toy cause it’s wood and I’ve got a slight anti-plastic streak, you might have noticed from reading this. 

Downside, contraption is pricey, man. I think it retails for just under $50. 

-GBS

What Cillian is doing now: Rocking/dancing on all fours to, of all godforsaken things, Britney Spears’ Womanizer. Hey, it’s a catchy tune, right? Must try again to get him to the doctor today. He’s rubbed his chin to extreme redness.


Baby eczema treatment

What a weekend of eczema-fighting it has been. Poor CC has had this dreadful condition since birth, practically, and has had a flare up on his cheek for the last month or so. At least I think it’s eczema. It responds to his 1 per cent cortisone ointment treatment if I stay on top of it all night long, reapplying and reapplying everytime he swipes it off…which is often. 

It goes away, then comes back with a vengeance. Unfortunately, I have it too, if you saw my elbows you’d probably barf. They’re all cracked and bleeding. Yuck. So I’ve been creaming them and using Eucerin and vaseline (on CC too), etc and so forth.

Probably will take little guy to the doctor. Would love to treat this naturally with just calendula or something, but natural treatments, frankly, take too long if they work at all (I’ve never had any luck with them). Will update with what the doc says.

-GBS

What Cillian is doing now: slapping a book of Baby Faces. We also discovered that when he drinks water out of a sippy cup or regular cup and you hold it for him, he holds his little hands up when you do it. Too cute!


Chinese chopsticks for feeding baby

 

Believe it or not, these are easy for me to eat from.

Believe it or not, these are easy for me to eat from.

This is for sure one of the nuttier things I’ve posted, but the hubby suggested it, and since he so seldom pipes up about such matters, I thought I would include it.

In feeding Cillian the stray bit of Chinese food from my plate, I discovered he could eat really easily from chopsticks. Not the pointy wooden ones, but the blunt-end melamine ones you find at dim sum places and real Chinese restaurants. We use them all the time at home, and my Irish hubby has become admirably proficient at using them, for a lo-fan.

What’s kind of cool is that it’s easier to feed him in his high-chair, cause the chopsticks in effect make your arm longer. On the other side, it’s kind of weird to use them with non-Chinese food, which we haven’t done.  I use them when he’s eating dong

-GBS

What Cillian is doing now: Acting like a teenager. Seriously. He sleeps late, gets the middle-of-the-night munchies, and has a messy crib, where I found him faceplanted among his toys this morning. His dad put him there at 6:30, left the house for work (baby was awake) and I guess C fell asleep by himself at some point.


Kushies Waterproof Bibs

 

I wear Kushies nylon bibs when I eat my morning cereal and lasagna and meatballs for dinner!

I wear Kushies nylon bibs when I eat my morning cereal and lasagna and meatballs for dinner!

Babies make a giant mess when they’re learning to eat. And depending on the baby, for a long time thereafter (C’s friend little Zach makes no mess when eating. He doesn’t miss a drop! It’s quite impressive.)

These Kushies bibs have been indispensable for mealtime. They’re soft, waterproof, and have a little lip on the bottom to catch loose food and (sorry to say) the odd throw-up. They’re also good if you have a baby who drinks out of a cup, so any extra liquid dribbles down into the lip. 

-GBS

What Cillian is doing now: Whining. He’s been in a playful mood mostly this morning, but I think he’s had enough of writhing on the floor. Last night he pulled my hair in bed all night, until his dad put him in the crib at around 7, where he slept until 9:40. Ah, sleep. I’m very pleased when I get a few straight solid hours.


 

These are incredibly soft!

These are incredibly soft!

Washcloths really come in handy when you have a little one. In this age of reuse, reuse, reuse, what could be more reusable than a washcloth? My favourites are these ones by Piccolo Bambino. The are so soft and very thin, which sounds counterintuitive (we are obsessed with thick everything, thick towels, thick blankets…you get the drift) but they work great. I have about 20 washcloths, but new parents probably need about 8 to 10 baby washcloths. Reason being is that you’ll end up doing a wash before you run out of washcloths, so no need to overdo it. 

-GBS

What Cillian did yesterday: Played with Janet when she came to visit. Would not go in the cosleeper, and preferred the crib (I knew it wouldn’t last). Is growling at me in his highchair right now.


Baby toy: Sassy wooden/fabric worm teether

 

I'm 4 months old here, and bundled up for a trip with my worm.

I'm 4 months old here, and bundled up for a trip with my worm.

Sassy makes pretty decent baby products. We have a few things by the company (unbreakable baby mirror, this worm teether, and a mesh feeding ring).

I like this worm teething ring because it’s wood and fabric (as opposed to plastic). The bad thing about wood and fabric for babies is, how do you really give it a good deep cleaning? I guess you don’t. Plastic can withstand a nice hot bath of dishwash soap bubbles, but on the other hand, plastic may not be the best thing for baby to have in his mouth 24/7. 

C likes the wooden rings, he clamps down on them like nobody’s business.

-GBS

What Cillian did yesterday: Slept in his cosleeper, again. Praise the lord. We actually slept in until 9. I can’t say he was relaxed the whole time – toward the end he was doing pushups and falling asleep with his bum in the air – but at least he wasn’t kicking me and pulling my hair. This morning he has somehow learned to slurp (again, the quarter-Asian in him) his oatmeal porridge. He takes a mouthful and slurps it around in his mouth.