Before becoming a blogger myself, I was an avid reader of blogs. My all-time favourite blog to read, and the first blog I ever subscribed to and read on a regular basis, is Maman Loup’s Den. Lindsay, a.k.a. Maman Loup, and I are now bloggeagues (her invented word for blogging colleagues). To describe our relationship more accurately though, she is the Yoda to my Padawan. She helped me get my blog up and running and she now acts as my on-call tech support, mom friend, and cloth diapering guru. So, in an ode to her and all of her awesomeness, I present to you a list of all of the things that she made me buy.
Maman Loup’s Den served as my starting point when curating the perfect baby registry. I poured over her reviews and daydreamed about having all of the cool gear she spoke so highly of. Although I do not (yet) have it all, here is what her reviews compelled me to purchase so far, in alphabetical order…
Huckleberry is exclusively breastfed and a little stubborn bottle-refuser, so why do I need a pump? Well, that’s Maman Loup’s fault too. I donate about 5L a month to the Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank, all thanks to this lovely article by Lindsay. And this manual pump is all I need – plus it’s easy to pack, doesn’t require power, and I can use it while I nurse Huckleberry on the other side.
These nursing pads were soft little lifesavers in the first weeks postpartum. Bamboobies are thin, absorbent and gentle on the skin – exactly what a new mom needs hanging out in her bra! I don’t use them as much now, but that’s because I don’t spring leaks nearly as often anymore.
We live in a 2-bedroom apartment and we travel often. It was VERY important to us when shopping for baby gear that the items not take up much space while in use, and even less when packed away. The Habitat fits that description perfectly. We used it as a bassinet for the first six months, and it fit well beside our bed. Now it is a playpen and a travel bed. It stores flat and weight little and is easy to set up and take down. And it’s Canadian!
If I was stranded on an island and could have only one piece of baby gear – it would be my Huggaloops! Huckleberry and I lived in the Huggaloops carrier for probably about 4 months. After that, we still used it daily for another two months. Now, he’s a little too heavy and wiggly for a stretchy carrier, but I still use it on occasion when doing the laundry, getting the mail, or soothing a fussy teething munchkin. I bought one of these amazing carriers for my sister, too, and she LOVES it as much as I do. No wrapping, no buckling, no tying, just the cuddliest carrier you and your baby will ever use!
I was due right around Christmas time, so I assumed I would get some great use out of this coat extension while pregnant. However, it didn’t really get cold enough, and Huckleberry came early. However, you know me and my dual-purpose items! I used my Kokoala zip-in extension a ton for babywearing throughout the winter. And Bookworm the Trail Dad used it too, because we bought zippers that matched both of our winter coats. Another amazing Canadian product!
Not enough people know about newborn gowns and how incredible they are for new parents. They make middle of the night diaper changes so much easier. They make dressing a screaming baby so much easier. They really just make life with a newborn easier. If you’re looking for an easy shower gift for some expecting parents in your life, think about grabbing a set! They are not hard to find.
Thanks to winning a few of Maman Loup’s giveaways, buying some used cloth diaper lots from local parents, and grabbing the odd diaper on sale or clearance, I had built a decent stash before Huckleberry was born. I did not however have any newborn diapers and knew I would need a few to get through the first weeks (or days in our case). And these adorable newborn all-in-one diapers were perfect! The little umbilical snap down, the bright cheery colours, and the ease of use made for a smooth transition into cloth diapering our new trail baby.
I may or may not have peed myself a little bit just reading Maman Loup’s review of these cloth pads, making me need them all the more! She tells it like it is, pregnancy’s a messy time (and so is the postpartum period). The less trash you generate and the less clothing you ruin, the better! These were a great investment and I use them again now that my monthly visitor has returned.
And because I wouldn’t be here today talking to you about this if she hadn’t also made my buy…
It felt a little splurgy at first, but I am SO happy with Green Geeks and with my blog in general. Self-hosting is definitely the way to go and Greek Geeks is an incredible service.
Alright, that’s enough buttering up of my favourite blogger. You should definitely check her out, show her some love and then go buy everything she reviews!