November 12, 2018

Taking a Sick Day


*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Being a mom is a full time job. But, unlike a regular 9 to 5, being a mom is a full time job that doesn’t come with sick days. You’ve always got to be on your game, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No calling in sick.

Creating a Mom Sick Day Kit

If you’re a mom, you can agree that being sick and having to take care of little ones, is not fun. 

And while it may not always come first, now that the cold weather is here, its time to start taking care of ourselves and being extra vigilant in the fight against those pesky viruses ready to wreck havoc on your health.

But, if you do find yourself losing the battle against sickness, and so badly wanting to “call it in”, make sure you’re armed and ready to face it head on. 

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

Arm yourself with a well-packed sick day kit, and be sure to include some of the following items,

For Tummy Troubles:


Chamomile Tea - helps ease the pain of an upset stomach. Keep a couple of packets in the cupboard to help reduce unpleasant cramping. 

Heating Pad - an inexpensive and cheerful way to soothe and calm your stomach. They also give you that warm comfy feeling that will make curling up on the couch much more pleasant (especially if you only have a few minutes before someone needs your attention).

For Cold & Flu:


Tissues - a no-brainer. There’s nothing worse than running out of tissues when your nose is leaking like a faucet. Keep your nose happy with a pack of your favourite soft tissues. 

Soup Packets - no on wants to cook when they’re sick and drinking soup is a great way to make sure you’re getting the liquids you need to stay hydrated. Soup is also a favourite amongst toddlers (or, at least mine), so its a win-win when you don’t need to make multiple meals.

Redoxon - a great way to get your vitamin C dose year-round whether you are sic or not. It is especially helpful when a cold throws off your usual diet, which always seems to happen when you’re sick. Just one tablet is equivalent to the vitamin C of 10 oranges**.  Available in great-tasting oranges flavours, Redoxon® also gives your water a fun fizz and flavour in case you’re getting tired of gulping down plain water all day. (**Not meant to replace food.)

hydraSense - clear your nose fast with a hydraSense® saline nasal spray. Just spray, blow and you’re clear. hydrSense is medicine-free, so you can use alongside your other cough and cold medicine. Made from 100% naturally sourced seawater, it is clinically proven to reduce and relieve nasal congestion and nasal cold symptoms. There is also a children’s version, incase they need a little help in the nasal department as well.

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

For Headaches:


Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever - to help take the sting off your headache.

Essential Oils - while they may not have any scientific claim to healing, a nice peppermint, lavender or rosemary essential oil can help.

Ice Pack - can help to temporarily take the sting off a headache. Wrap the ice pack in a towel or cloth before applying for more comfort.

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

With kids, sickness seems to be a never ending cycle of lovingly sharing germs. Especially if they’re in school. So, once those symptoms subside, be sure to plan ahead for the next round of sickness. Oh, the joys of parenthood.

Here are a few things you can keep on hand to get your back into your regular routine,

Getting Back on Track:


Hot Bath - when your partner gets home, pass of the kids and draw a hot bath to help clear your head and relax. Pour in some bubbles or essential oils, grab a good book and enjoy a nice, long soak. 

Sleep - nothing can truly rejuvenate your system like a full night’s rest (if you’re so lucky). Sleep plays such an important role in your overall health by reducing stress, improving mood and increasing energy. 

One A Day Multivitamins - when you are sick you may feel like you’ve been unable to eat anything, which means you may not be getting the important nutrients your body needs. One A Day® Gummies Plus Immunity Support contain zinc and vitamin C to help maintain immune health in a great-tasting gummy.

Motivational Playlist - a great playlist will lift your spirits and get you motivated to start moving again. And if you have kids that love to dance, a good dance party and a good laugh will make you feel that much better.

And there you have it - almost everything you need t make sure you’re prepared to fight the good fight when it comes to the cold weather crummies. Or in the case of being a mom, the things that can make being sick and chasing after the little ones just a little more bearable. 

REMEMBER, if your symptoms are severe or your find they are getting worse instead of better, or your children fall ill too, talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you and your family!


Do you keep a sick day kit at home? What are some of your sick day must-haves? I’d love to hear!





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November 1, 2018

Roasted Beet & Kale Salad


Looking for the perfect fall recipe that's both healthy and delicious? This recipe for Roasted Beet and Kale Salad is sure to be a tummy pleaser around the dinner table. 

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad Recipe

Beets. Some people love ‘em, some people hate ‘em. Personally, I’m a lover. Pickled, steamed, roasted, I love them all. 

I really don’t think beets get the credit they deserve. When roasted, they turn into this unexpectedly sweet vegetable. Perfect to pair with the bitterness of another one of my favourite vegetables, kale. 

Tip for buying and storing beets: When buying your beets, look for firm, small to medium-sized beets. To store, loosely wrap in paper towel and keep in refrigerator crisper for up to one week. 

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad Recipe

This recipe for Roasted Beet and Kale Salad is sure to be a tummy pleaser around the dinner table. And it may even convert those haters into lovers of this delicious, hearty root vegetable. 

Make this salad for a hearty weeknight meal or for lunches on the go. Wherever and whenever you eat it, it’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients to keep your body fuelled as the weather turns colder and all we want to do is hibernate.

Roasted Beet and Kale Salad Recipe

Roasted Beet & Kale Salad

Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 6 large beets
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash and dry the beets and kale.
  3. Prepare the kale by removing the middle rib and chopping roughly.
  4. Prepare the beets by cutting into bite size (approximately 1 inch) chunks.
  5. Toss the kale with salt, pepper and a small amount of olive oil. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast in the oven for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. 
  6. Toss the beets with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a small amount of olive oil. Place the chunks on lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast for approximately 45 minutes, tossing twice.
  7. While beets are roasting, make the vinaigrette. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, salt and pepper in small bowl and set aside.
  8. When beets are roasted to your liking, remove from the oven and allow to cool. 
  9. In a medium bowl, combine the roasted kale and beets, thinly sliced red onion and half of the slivered almonds. Toss with honey-lemon vinaigrette. 
  10. Garnish with remainder of the slivered almonds.
  11. Enjoy!

What is your favourite (healthy) fall meal? I'd love to hear!




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October 22, 2018

Storage Wars - Custom Kitchen Roll-Out Drawers


As a now family of four, space is tight in our new two bedroom condo. Storage is at a premium, which means we're pulling out all of the stops to fit the belongings of two adults, a toddler and an infant into 700(ish) square feet. Where there’s room for additional storage, we’ve found it - every nook, cranny and crevice. It’s a full on storage war.

This includes the kitchen space. Specifically, the kitchen island cupboards.

Custom Kitchen Roll-Out Drawers

Since moving in to our new space in May, our island cupboards have been the place where kitchen utensils, appliances, pots, pans, etc. go to die. 

Oh the things you can find - from the normal pots and pans, to things we probably don’t need and will never use but are saving “just in case”. For example, there’s a sushi bazooka in there. Seriously. It’s still in the box.

If you don't believe me, see the "before" for yourself. A mess, am I right?


Custom DIY Rollout Drawers - Before

While the amount of space in the island is generous, it’s not maximized to its full potential. The problem with these lower cabinets is that they are too deep. Stuff gets pushed to the back and forgotten, much like that sushi bazooka we just had to have.

Without getting lost in there myself, the easiest way to reach these items is to have them come to us. Enter custom DIY roll-out drawers.

Yes, I said custom do-it-yourself.

Sure, you can have someone do the work for you. But, after an estimate came back at just over $1,600 (and a mom - aka me - that nearly lost her cookies because of it), we decided to look elsewhere. 

Sure, you can buy pre-made drawers. But, they’re expensive and, well, pre-made - no surprise that our cupboards do not fit the usual specs. 

So, a custom DIY build it was.


Custom Rollout Drawer DIY

My husband was gung-ho from the very beginning. And after some thorough research, and one handy father-in-law, he knew he could tackle it.

We turned to the Home Depot Canada for all of the supplies we needed - most importantly the wood, sliders, Kreg jig and screws. 

Living in a small space, the number and size of tools we can have is limited to the necessities (much to my husband’s disappointment), so we also took full advantage of the Home Depot’s lumber cutting service and had all of the pieces we needed cut to size before we left the store. 

Custom Kitchen Roll-Out Drawers DIY

Lets just say, the project was a learning experience. If you asked my husband, he wouldn't say it was difficult (in fact, he's already planning his next project), but he would say it took a bit of trial and error and some creativity. Some things didn't go according to plan, and some improvising was required. But, once the first drawer was installed, we were rolling (no pun intended). 

Custom Kitchen Roll-Out Drawers DIY

After a bit of back and forth, we ended up leaving the existing shelving in place and putting the drawers on top. Not only did this add some extra support, but it also helped to ensure the drawers were level during installation. 

Not only do the roll-outs allow us to take adventure of the depth of the cupboards, they also make use of the height of the island. We took full advantage of the vertical space, putting the bottom and middle drawers at heights so that pots, pans, dishes, etc. could be stacked. Wanting to remove the clutter from the counter, we made the top drawer more shallow to store our utensils and knives. Eventually we may put some dividers in the top drawer to separate utensils, but that’s a project for a difference time. 

Since the drawers are hidden behind cupboard doors, we also didn’t paint them, and instead left them the natural wood colour (we invested in a higher quality plywood for this purpose). Painting is also another project for another time. 

Custom Kitchen Roll-Out Drawers

We’re so happy with how the drawers turned out, and how organized our island cupboards now look. Everything has a place, and everything is easy to find. 

It’s amazing how much a small change makes a big difference.

Have you tackled any home DIY projects lately? I'd love to hear!





Disclosure: This post is in partnership with the Home Depot Canada. However, all opinions are 100% that of To & Fro. Thank you Home Depot!


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October 16, 2018

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast


When you think of a place that makes your heart happy, what comes to mind? 

For me, it’s Ontario’s Blue Coast

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

Earlier this fall, we had the chance to explore my old stomping grounds - Ontario Southwest’s Sarnia Lambton. Better known as, Ontario’s Blue Coast. 

Located a short 2 1/2 hours southwest of Toronto and 1 hour north of Detroit, Lambton County is the perfect day or weekend getaway - from arts and culture, to the stunning Lake Huron beaches and everything in between, there are many ways to experience the Blue Coast. And one of the best times of the year to explore is the fall.

With the vast array of scenic drives, fall fairs and farms to explore, there is so much to do in Sarnia-Lambton during the fall months. 

Hop in the car, and join us on our fall family road trip through Ontario’s Blue Coast…

FRIDAY

After leaving Toronto before ‘rush hour’ hit, we arrived in Lambton County early afternoon. We dropped Morley off with Gramma and Poppa and drove to F.I.N.E. a restaurant in Grand Bend for dinner, just mom and dad (and baby Berkley, of course - she doesn’t stray too far from mom yet).

F.I.N.E specializes in regional cuisine with exciting daily specials, utilizing the local wealth of fresh available ingredients. After enjoying the mussels as an appetizer, for the main course I opted for the local pickerel with seasonal veg and Steve had the duck. The peanut butter cheesecake and local wine from Dark Horse, the local winery, were also delicious. 

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

We had an amazing dinner experience, and part of that was in thanks to the Grand Bend locals that were also dining. As we had Berkley with us, we were taking turns eating. Pretty typical when we’re out these days, and a cold meal is something we’re now used to. A woman the table next to us asked us if she could hold the babe while we both enjoyed our dinner. Without hesitation, I passed Berkley over. And it didn’t end there - two ladies from the table on the other side of us said they wanted to hold her as well. Safe to say, we enjoyed our meal at F.I.N.E. that much more knowing that Berkley was content. We are very thankful for the complete strangers offering to hold her. Now, I wonder if that would happen in at home in Toronto… (but that’s for another time). 

SATURDAY

We woke up Saturday morning and the sun was shining. We knew it was going to be the perfect day for exploring.

We drove back down Lakeshore Road to Ipperwash Beach, and enjoyed breakfast with the entire family at the Ipperwash Beach Club. This local dining spot is just steps from the Lake Huron beach access tucked away in this quiet community of Lambton Shores. Breakfast consisted of eggs benedict and smoke salmon roti. Both delicious! With a large patio, we could tell it would be a popular spot with all of the cottagers during the summer months and vowed to come back.

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast
A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast
A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast
A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

After breakfast, it was time to continue our annual apple picking tradition. This year, we visited Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House, an award-winning cider house located in the countryside. The weather was perfect for hitting the orchard and filling our basket with apples. 

Make note, if you plan to visit, be sure to mark Apple Fest (the last weekend of September) in your calendar. It’s busy, but a great chance to pick your own apples, sample both hard and sweet cider and choose a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. 

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast
A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast
A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

After a quick afternoon siesta back at Gramma and Poppa’s house, it was time for more food! Dinner was at Grog’s Pub and Grill, located on Lakeshore Road in Port Franks, not far from Twin Pines. To be honest, I’ve driven past Grog’s many times but have never actually stopped in. Even with an early dinner at 4:30pm, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. It is definitely a local hot spot. And after enjoying one of their homemade pizzas, we know why. It was delish!

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

Safe to say, after our fall fun-filled day, it was an early night for everyone. 

SUNDAY

We woke up Sunday to grey skies and rain. Not the ideal day, but that didn’t stop us from making the most of our last day.

Breakfast was at Highway Girl, a finer food shop in Grand Bend featuring a bakery and cafe with a lovely retro style gift shop with local goods. They offer a wide variety of fair trade specialty coffees and teas, fresh baked delights and pressed juices. Their breakfast bomb (tasty dough filled with egg and bacon) is delicious, and toddler-approved. 

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

It’s been years since I have visited the Pinery Market, located along Lakeshore Road not far from the entrance to Pinery Provincial Park. Pinery Market is a family-owned market filled with an eclectic blend of vendors, from local produce and meat to toys, antiques and more. The Market runs every Sunday from the beginning of May until Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure to check their website for all of their fun family events, including Barktober Fest and Superhero Sunday.

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

Before heading back to Toronto, we stopped for lunch at the Schoolhouse Restaurant in Grand Bend. Grand Bend Public School opened in 1874 and remained an active school until 1925 when a new school was built. Today, the old schoolhouse is a restaurant filled with history and delicious food. Schoolhouse specializes in from-scratch fare (the biscuits and sausages gravy are seriously delicious), ensuring the finest ingredients make it onto your plate. 

A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast
A Fall Family Road Trip Through Ontario’s Blue Coast

With full bellies and full hearts from a weekend of family fun, it was time to hit the road and head back to the concrete jungle of Toronto.

Every time I visit, I’m quickly reminded why I love this little corner of Ontario so much - good food, good scenery and good company make my heart so happy. 

Until next time Blue Coast…

Have you ever visited Ontario's Blue Coast? What is your favourite thing to do there? I'd love to hear!





Disclaimer: This trip was in partnership with Ontario's Southwest and Ontario's Blue Coast, however, all opinions are 100% that of To & Fro.


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October 14, 2018

Two Months Later

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Philips Avent. I received products and/or compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions and advice shares are 100% that of To & Fro.

Today marks exactly two months since little miss Berkley came into our lives and turned us into a family of four. 

As we continue to settle in to our new dynamic, I can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come in the past two months. Despite being our second child, it’s safe to say, we’ve learned a lot. But then again, I don’t think the learning really ever stops with children.

What I've Learned From My Second Child

For my husband and I, we’ve had to relearn what life is like with a newborn. It’s only been 2 years, 7 months and 27 days since Morley was born, but it’s funny how quickly you forget. You forget how tiny they are, how high pitch their little screams can be and you definitely forget those sleepless nights. We’ve had to relearn it all.

Big sister is learning what it truly means to be a big sister - how to be helpful, how to be gentle, how to have patience and how all of the attention is no longer on her. The last one has been a bit of a struggle, but we’re working on it. 

We’ve also learned that sisters can be oh so different. Like, oh so different. While they may have looked nearly identical at birth, they’re slowing proving to be very different in temperament. In fact, the exact opposite. Morley was a fairly easygoing baby - didn’t cry, slept well and liked her space (as in, you could put her down and she would be quite content). Now, think the exact opposite and that’s little sister Berkley. 

Dealing with two kids in itself is a new challenge, but now, there are new things that we are experiencing that Morley never threw at us, including the c word… colic.

I never truly knew what a colicky baby meant until it started taking over my life. It’s exhausting, it’s frustrating and it’s absolutely heartbreaking not being able to do a damn thing about it. But what I’ve learned from other moms is that no matter how stressful it is, it will pass. Things will get better, things will get easier. 

What I've Learned From My Second Child

I may have had to navigate many new obstacles on my journey as a mom of a toddler and newborn, but one thing that I have been able to count on is the products I use, thanks to Philips Avent. 

With a fussy baby, we’ve had to change up the way we do things around here, including the bottles we use. While we’ve always trusted Philips Avent bottles, we are now using the Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottles with Airfree Vent (4 oz.), designed to reduce colic, gas and reflux. The shape of the nipple allows a secure latch and stays full even when the bottle is horizontal, allowing baby to drink in an upright position so that they swallow less air as they drink. (Available at BabiesRUs and other popular retailers - $12.99 CAD per 4 oz 3 pack)

What I've Learned From My Second Child

And where there’s a bottle, there’s a bottle warmer. The Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer heats milk up quickly and evenly in just three minutes. It also features a handy defrost setting, making it safer than defrosting in a microwave and more convenient than using water - perfect for both frozen breast milk or homemade baby food. It is fully compatible with all Philips Avent bottles and containers. (Available at BabiesRUs and other popular retailers - $49.99 CAD)

When she’s not eating, our other secret to calm a fussy baby is the Philips Avent Newborn Soother, perfect for babies up to 2 months old. This dishwasher-safe pacifier is extra small and lightweight for tiny babies, and the collapsible silicone nipple has a symmetrical shape that respects baby’s plate, teeth and gums as they grow. (Available at BabiesRUs and other popular retailers - $8.49 CAD per 2 pack)

What I've Learned From My Second Child

The first 1,000 days are the most important in a baby’s development. Philips Avent has created the #First1000Days journey to provide parents with resources to help them know what to expect every baby step of the way – from newborn to toddler – and feel confident they’re making the right decision for their baby’s future and health, no matter what stage of the journey they’re in.

Philips Avent is the number one brand recommended by moms worldwide, including this one right here. Be better prepared for motherhood, with Philips Avent.

What was the biggest thing you learned from having children? I’d love to hear!



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October 11, 2018

Toddler-Friendly Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies


Have you ever heard of a kid that DOESN’T like chocolate? 

No? Well, they do exist. Because I have that kid… 

If you ask her, she will flat out tell you she doesn't like chocolate. If you try to trick her and hide the chocolate, she'll find it. She will instantly spit it out first bite, and you'll get the point pretty quickly. In true toddler fashion, it's extremely dramatic. 

But, I guess I should say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I don’t have much of a chocolate tooth either. So when I bake, I usually steer towards recipes that are chocolate optional. That means no chocolate chip cookies, no chocolate cake and no banana bread with chocolate chips. My poor sweets-loving husband.

Toddler-Friendly Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

What my toddler does love is peanut butter and oatmeal. Combined, it’s her go-to breakfast. This toddler-friendly recipe for Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies combines the best of both worlds in a snack form, and always leaves her asking for more. 

And despite asking, “Where’s the chocolate?!” after taking his first bite, my husband was a fan too.

Enjoy!

Toddler-Friendly Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 9-11 minutes
Serving Size: approximately 4 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup oil (we used canola)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup white flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • optional: 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the oil and peanut butter until smooth, about a minute. Add the sugars and beat until creamy.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, baking soda and eggs, beating to combine after each addition.
  4. Add the flour and oatmeal, and beat until just combined.
  5. If using, add the chocolate chips and store to combine.
  6. Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 9 to 11 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet.

Toddler-Friendly Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

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September 27, 2018

Baby Favourites for a Better Night's Sleep



Every parents knows that sleep-deprivation is just part of the package when it comes to life with a newborn. 

I won’t sugarcoat it, the first few weeks are tough. They will absolutely test you - baby’s up every few hours, he or she may be gassy and fussy, your boobs are leaking all over the place, and the list goes on. Not to mention the constant lying in bed wide awake, listening for signs of life coming from the bassinet (trust me, the worry is real). 
Baby Products for a Better Night's Sleep

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Like I said, those first few weeks are really tough. But, not to worry, you do get into a rhythm. You begin to work on autopilot - you just get up and go and eventually it becomes your new routine. The tiredness may never go away, but that’s just the new normal. 
So despite cursing the 3am wakeup in the moment, cherish them. Those priceless, magical moments you spend with your baby in their first few weeks of their life make it all worth it.  Babies grow way too fast. 

There are many different baby sleep products available on the market - from bottles to bassinets. Where do you even begin? 

You may also like >> What's In My Diaper Bag?

As we near the two month mark with little Berkley (holy cow, two months already?!), we have begun to develop a sleep routine. These are all products that we use in our home and contribute to what we would consider a better night’s sleep.
Baby Products for a Better Night's Sleep
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Here are my favourite baby products for a better night’s sleep:

Baby Probiotics  
Like adults, infant probiotics are also used to help with digestive issues. When Berkley was first born, she was extremely fussy and gassy, entering the early stages of colic. We immediately started her on BioGaia probiotics, and while the issues have not completely resolved, we are noticing a difference in her - less gas, less discomfort and less fussiness. 
BioGaia Protectis baby drops are a food supplement containing the patented lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis®/™that helps the good microorganisms restore a natural balance in the gut. 
Sleep Sack 
Not only is swaddling meant to help babies feel safe and secure, it also helps keep them warm. Especially as we move into the colder seasons. However, our babies were not and currently are not ones for being swaddled.
Researching an alternative to swaddling, and as blankets are a no-no, we found the Halo® SleepSack® wearable blanket. It replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby's face and interfere with breathing. In addition to sleeping safer, it helps babies sleep better, too. It's a warm cuddly blanket they can't kick off; ensuring baby sleeps soundly throughout the night. Available in cotton and micro-fleece, and a variety of designs and different sizes depending on baby’s age.  (Berkley is in size small, designed for babies 10-18 lbs. or newborn to 6 months.)

Baby Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Bassinet 
When Morley was born, she slept in the bassinet attachment for the pack and play travel crib. Now that space is at a premium in our master bedroom, we needed something a little bit smaller that could easily be transported for traveling to visit family. We also did not want to spend a lot of money on a bassinet, knowing it would only be used for six months max. 
The Fisher Price Stow and Go Bassinet is a portable flat bassinet that gives your baby a comfortable spot to soothe and snooze, without taking up a ton of space. It's easy to assemble, has breathable, mesh sides, a calming vibration setting and everything stores in the easy-to-carry storage bag! It can also be purchased for under $100.


Baby Products for a Better Night's Sleep

White Noise
Living in a condo, potential noises can come from all four sides of us. Not to mention the noises of a crazy toddler running around while baby is trying to sleep. White noise helps to mask the sounds that might occur naturally in an environment, such as a condo. 
The Sleep Sheep from Cloud B is the perfect night-time companion to help soothe children to sleep in a safe, calming and effortless way. A sound box tucked safely inside Sleep Sheep lulls one to sleep with pleasant "white noise” - soft sounds from nature (my favourite is the waves) and the reassuring sound of a mother's heartbeat. 
Baby Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Sleepers
When changing baby in the middle of the night (often in the dark), I want it to be as quick and painless as possible. That means removing as little of her clothing as possible. 
When it comes to her sleepers, I am pro-snap. Snap up sleepers from Carter’s are my go to. Unlike those with zippers, when changing baby, you can just undo the bottom few snaps to easily remove their legs and change their diapers while keeping their upper body warm.
Soother 
Now that Berkley is beyond the recommend 4 weeks of age, we have begun to give her a soother when she is fussy and at nap or bedtime to do just that, sooth her.

We have always been a Philips Avent family which is why we are currently using the Philips Avent Newborn Soother (0-2m). This soother is extra small and lightweight for tiny babies up to 2 months old. Unlike normal soothers which fall out of their mouths, this soother fits just right. It is also designed for natural oral development - the collapsible silicone nipple has a symmetrical shape that respects baby’s plate, teeth and gums as they grow.


And, if all else fails, there’s always coffee. In fact, I think I’ll grab another cup…






What are your favourite baby products for a better night’s sleep? Any tips or tricks? I’d love to hear!





*Please note, this is not a sponsored post. These are all products that we use in our home and contribute to what we would consider a better night’s sleep. All opinions are 100% that of To & Fro. This post contains affiliate links.

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