Hotsling AP – Review
September 5, 2010

If you’re into slings and carriers like me, you’ll be disappointed to find out that Hotslings is now officially closed for buisness. However, several locations are still selling their slings. I’ve always kept an eye on the hotsling, but it wasn’t until the new hotsling AP came out that I really wanted to get myself one. The new Hotslings AP is an adjustable pouch-style sling that remains true to the Hotslings brand through its innovation and sleek design. The adjustable pouches are so easy to use, you can literally pull to adjust the sizing of the sling with one hand. Basically, the adjustable straps allow the sling to fit most women between 100 lbs to 220 lbs and you have the freedom to pull your baby as close to your chest as you want.

I purchased the full bloom hotsling AP which is super cute but also pretty unisex if Nathan were to ever get a baby sister. It comes folded, so no folding necessary, and padded on both sides so larger babies or babies who can support their own weight and head have full leg and back support when sitting in the sling. I put Nathan into it this morning and we went to the mall, his first outing and he loved it! Not only did he sleep like a baby in the sling, but at home he wouldn’t fall asleep so I used the sling again and he instantly fell asleep. I guess it’s the positioning of the baby plus the closeness to mom that makes him feel so comfortable. At first, I was a little worried at how his head was resting kind of weird in the sling so close to his chest. I thought he would choke or gag or not be able to breath properly but he was fine. Now I just pull him up closer to my chest instead of letting him rest down low or I pull his head completey out of the sling and rest it on the straps so I can control his head placement. Either way, I’m so happy with my new sling and I’m thrilled that Nathan loves it too!

Short walks to the corner store will be so much more convenient now that I don’t have to lug the big stroller around or fiddle with trying to get him into a full carrier which he’s currently too small for anyways.


The Ultimate Battle between ….
August 4, 2010


Mom’s… which do you prefer?

I’ve been told that Huggies has better leakage protection for boys and Pampers for girls, but everyone I know, whether they have a little jack or a little jill use Pampers. I was originally leaning towards Pampers myself, until I came across the Huggies Pure and Natural.

The Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers are designed to be the disposable diaper’s answer to cloth diapers. And as a mom to be who originally wanted to use cloth diapers I really fell in love with this concept. The goal is to be gentle on baby’s skin with the convenience of a disposable diaper. Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers do this by using organic ingredients, particularly paying attention to the cotton that they used. In addition to what is added to the diaper, Huggies tried to pay attention to things to avoid. One big problem that many parents have with popular disposable diaper brands is the perfumes added. The Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers has no perfumes. They also have very few inks used in the diaper, as evidenced by the very mute designs on the diapers. The diapers are supposed to be hypoallergenic to avoid any signs of diaper rash or even irritation at the edges with the elastic. The interior of the diaper also has added aloe and vitamin E.

The only con I notice – they’re so hard to find!

Baby Boy Styles
July 19, 2010

My girlfriend had her baby shower for her soon to be little girl yesterday afternoon and after going to my first baby girl baby shower, I was just blown away by how cute little girls outfits are. Made me want a little girl so badly … just so I can put her in cute little outfits, have shopping spree dates with my daughter, salon dates, nail dates … girly chit chat dates, talk about boys and …. well things I can’t really do with my son. Everytime we see a little girl, my husband and I just ohhh and ahhh at their girly cuteness and melt!

Don’t get me wrong, we’re EXTREMELY excited and happy and over the moon about having Nathan first! I always wanted a boy first, but next … yes we’re already thinking of a next … we really do have our hearts set on a girl. Although we do want another boy as well … LOL. To be completely honest, I don’t care – as long as we have healthy kids who grow up healthy and strong and happy! But we do want a larger family and kids running around here and there for as long as we can and a little girl in the mix would be nice!

But back to the girly outfit thing … seeing all the cute little girly outfits made my heart melt a little and with all the “ohhh…so cute’s” and “omg – that’s adorable’s”, I came home and started looking for cute boy outfits so I can get the same reaction looking at boy clothes! Although girls have more accessories, boys do have their share of wonderfully cute and styling outfits. Here are a few of my favorites! Hats are a must… so cute!

Week 35
July 16, 2010

Mrs. Julia Roberts has one, and now so do I~

My cousin who lives in CA sent me the Ergo Baby Carrier in green and put a HUGE smile on my face! I actually have 2 other carriers, an organic one from Korea which is great and the baby bjorn which I also received as gifts, but the Ergo is the one I really wanted! Now, what do I do with my other 2 carriers … pass it down???

Week 35 today – just got back from the hospital for my weekly appointment and baby Nathan is completed upside down now. He still has to drop a little more but he’s a good weight and is prepping nicely to make his appearance. My Dr warned me to stay off my feet as much as possible because he still wants Nathan to stay inside for as long as he can as he still needs to put on some more weight and go full term if possible. He doesn’t see me delivering early, but then again, stranger things have happened so he says. Otherwise, baby is doing well and me … the pains I’ve been feeling, the aching joints, constantly being tired, lack of sleep and the discomfort of being so big now … I’m doing well 🙂

Because daddy has a running shoe fetish, he’s starting little Nate on this path already as well. I’m a sucker for cute shoes so I’ve done very little to discourage this little collection… here’s what we’ve been eyeing!

… omg … way too cute!!!

Finally Decided on a Travel Gear
May 28, 2010

GooGoo over GuGu

After months of contemplation, going over reviews, visiting baby store after store, testing out stroller after stroller we’ve come to the conclusion that …

A. There are way too many strollers out there to choose from!
B. Strollers are like cars, everyone has their own preference.

But let’s be honest here folks, the choice of strollers they had back in my parents days were limited to say the least, but they all coped. Ultimately we’ve decided that we just need to find a stroller that fits our needs, not a name or label that everyone is familiar with. So after many many hours of searching I think we found our stroller. The GuGu 042.

The GuGu was created by Canadian designers so we’re happy to be supporting a Canadian product that’s comparable to the Uppa (which was our also on our list of strollers we liked), and the Bugaboo. It ultimately came down to our needs and the GuGu 042 fulfilled all our needs without the fancy name which means no fancy price tag. Our requirements were:

1. Size – we wanted a compact full stroller without the weight
2. Telegraphic handles for adjustment as I’m 5’3 and my husband is 6’1
3. Reversible handles, not just a reversible seat
4. A seat that rises up to table height for feedings
5. Good storage space
6. Great handling for daily use
7. Universal car seat adaptor
8. Reasonably priced
9. Good sturdy fabric
10. Accessories included in the fee, not separate (leg-muffs, rain cover, bassinet)

The only down falls are that the tires are air filled where as the Cameleon and the Uppa are not. The canopy is not ventilated but is a full cover canopy and the GuGu is a fairly new stroller so there isn’t very many reviews on it, but from what we can see, it seems to be the perfect fit for us. Who knew looking for a stroller would be so difficult. This stroller is a gift from our sister and brother in law, so we’re extremely thankful! Here are some more images of the GuGu.