Archive for the 'Baby Stuff' Category

Doula’s make a difference….

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Are you looking for a doula in the Kemptville, Winchester, Ottawa  South or the St. Lawrence Valley?  Well, give Gina Merlin a call.  She’s a CAPPA certified and DONA trained Doula who specializes in Labour and Postpartum care along with Labour preparation.  She also rents out birth pool if you are hoping for a water birth.

Contact her at 613-989-3841(hm) or 613-314-0534(cell).

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Louise and Company has Cloth Diapers…

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Louise and Company located at Creekside Center in Kemptville is now carrying cloth diapers.  She just got a shipment of Bum Genius Diapers and Mother Ease Diapers along with ALL the accessories.  This is great news for local Mom’s who now have a local vendor of such great products.  They also carry Melissa and Doug wooden toys and is a vendor of all Medela products.

The owner Louise Arsenault is a La Leche League Leader and is always willing to consult/talk to you regarding and breastfeeding issues you may have.

What a multipurpose place…. go visit.

Check out her store online :

Cloth Diaper Market – Impressive

Monday, December 24th, 2007

I recently started purchasing my natural family products from the Cloth Diaper Market located in Barrhaven, ON (South/West’ish end of Ottawa). This is a super convenient location for us since we always go by Barrhaven to get home from Ottawa. Being able to pick stuff up locally means NO shipping charges for us!!

I was impressed that Andrea (the owner) actually carries Allen’s Detergent which is the recommended laundry detergent for Fuzzi Bunz and other diapers. I went on a bit of a tour of her business and was impressed at the variety of different cloth diapers which includes the Canadian made Annie Marie Padorie (AMP) diapers which are very similar to the Fuzzi Bunz but maybe better (I am going to have to try these with our next babe). Baby Bits are also a bit cheaper here, too!

I found out about the Cloth Diaper Market while participating in the Breastfeeding Challenge in Ottawa, she very conveniently put a business card in the gift bags with a code for 10% off. Of course I like when I get a coupon. I have only ever received a coupon once before from a site I have ordered from. Very smart, Andrea!

So be sure to check it out by clicking on the links above!!

Ottawa Baby Boom Show!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

So I decided to go see what the Ottawa Baby Boom Show was all about the weekend of September 8-9, 2007. There was some pretty big hype about it on Hott 899 (the radio station I listen to most of the time). I enlisted my friend Jenn as her 2 year old LOVES the Backyardigans and they were making an appearance at the show all weekend… meet and greet only nothing cooler. Anyways, we were walking around the show and came across the Similac/Abbott Labs booth since we had noticed some pretty neat looking bags were being given out from that booth. As avid extended breastfeeders we cautiously approached the booth to see if we could figure out how to get one. I asked the gentlemen, so whats the deal with the bag you are giving out? He says, well you have to fill out this form for a chance to win the carseat over their. Easy enough I thought… so off to filling out the form. You know for a chance to win a carseat they wanted to know a LOT.. like my kids age, if a breastfeed, how long I planned to breastfeed…ect. Of course I answered the “how long are you planning on breastfeeding question” with as long as possible crossing out the “months” option on the ballot. So, in the bag he was putting “FREE” cans of formula which of course I have no use for. I asked for some Pediasure instead since its something I would considered giving my babe later on. He said… sure and made me up a bag with some in it. Strangely enough I was somewhat pleased with the whole deal…. until I opened the bag at home and realized that he had also chucked in a can of formula. UGH! So now I get to add the can of formula to the other formula samples I got before I had my babe and hopefully find time to bring them to the foodbank. Strangely enough if I was a formula feeder I would totally pick Similac/Abbott Labs since there business is meal replacements ect unlike Nestle who makes chocolate syrup and violates every breastmilk alternative marketing practice.

I got some good info on Doula’s although the lady was kinda pushy so I certainly wouldn’t be choosing her for the birth of any of my children.

Overall, its a decent show to go to but New Momma’s beware the formula company and all there money are trying to suck you in. Breast is BEST(and cheapest)!!!

Similac Advanced New “Free” Giftbag

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Those who know me know I am an avid breastfeeder (check out some of my other posts).. heck my babe has NEVER had even one drop of formula. I’ve certainly gone thru some breastfeeding ups and downs but never gave into the stuff. Anyways, formula marketing is ridiculous these days and here is an example of how one new’ish mother has been bombarded by the “free samples and stuff” given to new moms as a welcome to their new babes. Welcome my Butt.. seriously!

Anyways.. here is a pic of the current stash of free stuff that I have acquired over the last little bit.

Similac Advanced - Free Stuff

I got one can and a blue cooler bag (not pictured) before my babe was born. One green cooler bag and can of formula at the Baby Boom Show and then just this week I got ANOTHER green bag and 2 cans of formula (advanced and isomil) in the mail. Holy Moly!! So now I have 4 cans of Similac formula to give away or throw out. However, the cooler bag is great!!! Its the perfect size for a short outing and as you can see I have come up with a way to NOT advertise for them.. that’s right… the beautiful brown patch over the embroidered logo. Now I don’t feel so bad.

It all really makes me think about marketing and how new Mom’s are targeted in a time when they are most venerable. Smart marketing I guess but still just awful for the babe who deserves breastmilk not formula.

Of course its not only Similac that does all this…. Enfamil is just as bad although I only got a sample can from them…. no gifts. Nestle is however the worst violator of not following marketing requirements for infant food. See Baby Milk Action. If i HAD to use formula I would try to use Similac since its made by a company that pretty much only makes nutritional supplements… not stuff like chocolate syrup and bottles of water (aka Nestle).

Anyways… Thanks Abbott Labs/Similac for the nice bag!

What its like to participate in the Breastfeeding Challenge…

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

As I mentioned in a previous post I participated in the 2007 Breastfeeding Challenge today at St. Laurent Center in Ottawa. I met up with my friend Jenn and we were ready for anything…. well for the most part.

Since we both had pre-registered online we got to go into a “special” line to get our numbers. I was lucky and got number 40 with no issues. My friend however had to stand in 2 lines before being told they couldn’t find her pre-registration and just to start anew. It was very frustrating as it could have been better organized.

Anyways, we find our seats and get set for the challenge. The question of course in our heads was… what the heck is going to happen? So out comes Sandra Plagakis from 105.3 Kiss FM to let us know that she has nursed 2 babes and introduce the real MC’s. She introduced Angie Poirier from A-Channel Ottawa and a french doctor (my apologizes to her for not catching her name). They go on about sponsors, the benefits of Breastfeeding and encourage people walking by to participate. You could just see all the young men who were out for a nice day at the mall realizing that they had potentially scored an opportunity to catch a glimpse of a boob. So she gives the warning.. 2 minutes until we start, then keeps talking. My babe was getting tired and antsy so I started nursing early… then all of a sudden the count down… 5,4,3,2,1… LATCH! The strangest thing of all was you were asked that once your babe had latched on to put your hand up to be counted.

Anyways.. Congrats to Ottawa who had 198 woman and babes breastfeeding all at once! 🙂

Breastfeeding Challenge – Sept 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

That’s right its that time of the year again…. time to grab your nursling and head out to a local mall (or venue) and nurse in public with other mothers! The Challenge is put out by the Quintessence Foundation located in BC and people across Canada and the US compete to see who can gather the most breastfeeding woman in one place. The winner is determined by the percentage of participants vs. birthrate of the area.

Here is the link to the site in Ottawa which is at St. Laurent Shopping Mall this year. Check out the Quintessence site for a location near you!!

Baby Bits make using cloth wipes easy!

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I purchased some Baby Bits from Punkinhead Kids an online retailer of natural parenting products. They were recommended to me by a friend who is also uses cloth diapers and wipes.

Here is the description of what exactly they are:

Baby Bits Description

So basically its soap that you can either pour over some cloth wipes to have them wet for later use or you can mix up the soap solution in a spray bottle for single uses. Its a neat idea. I personally find that the recommended 1 bit for 1 cup of water is a bit much so I usually cut them in half or quarters and dissolve in water. I use distilled water and heat it up in the microwave as this helps the soap dissolve very quickly. My baby has had some bouts of a yeast rash and for these times I actually add a couple drops of tea tree oil into the water to increase the antibacterial/anti-fungal properties of the solution… works great!

The price tag of $12 CAN for about 50-60 bits is pretty good considering how many cups of solution you can get especially if you cut them in half since you are only using half of the recommended amount. Best of all, its a natural product and nothing ends up in the garbage. They smell good too… if you like lavender and tree tea oils that is!

The Bits are actually made by hand in Gainesville, Florida by a company called Soaps by Denise and by the looks of a note on the site they are so popular they can no longer accept wholesale clients, good thing Punkinhead kids is already a client of theirs.

Here is a pic of the 3oz package:

Baby Bits Packaging

Yard Sale for Dr. Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Clinic

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Dr. Jack Newman is the “Canadian Breastfeeding Guru” and he is no longer receiving government funding to run his clinic that helps many new mother succeed at breastfeeding their babies. This is really a sign of how sad things are for woman seeking help while learning how to nurse there babies. I for one have contacted Dr. Newman via e-mail a couple of times and he has been nothing but a great help and should be credited with helping me nurse my baby for so long. Anyways, Mom2Mom-Toronto is rallying around the clinic and raising money that will go directly to help Dr. Newman’s Clinic. Here is the press release:

Charity Fundraising Indoor Yard Sale for Dr Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Clinic on Canadian Breastfeeding Challenge Day by MOM2MOM TORONTOCheck out the flyer for the event at this site. Not your ordinary indoor yard sale

Toronto, ON —Dr. Jack Newman established Canada’s first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in 1984 at The Hospital for Sick Children. Soon thereafter, he opened clinics in several Toronto hospitals as the need for his expertise grew. Unfortunately, all of his hospital clinics have closed down, including the last of them at North York General Hospital last December 2005, when government funding for the programme came to an end. Thankfully, Dr. Jack Newman has found a new home for his new and sole clinic in Toronto where new and breastfeeding moms can go for help.

Today, Dr Newman, together with Ms Edith Kernerman, continues to empower mothers to achieve their own breastfeeding goals through the NEWMAN BREASTFEEDING CLINIC & INSTITUTE (NBCI) which is located in the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Building. Since they no longer receive any government funding, they rely on the support of moms, families, and organizations such as ours.
As a breastfeeding advocate, MOM2MOM TORONTO is holding a Charity Fundraising Indoor Yard Sale for Dr. Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Clinic in Toronto. 100% of the proceeds of the Charity Yard Sale will be going directly to the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic & Institute.

When : Saturday, September 29th 2007 10:00am-2:00pm, during Breastfeeding Challenge Day

Where : The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Building
1255 Sheppard Avenue East (@ Leslie, near IKEA), Toronto M2K 1E2

How : We need your help and support! Here’s what we’re looking for…
Item Donations (all items collected will be sold at the sale, with the funds being collected by and going directly to the NBCI). All pre-loved baby/kids/maternity clothing, toys, books, baby equipment donations should be clean, and in good condition. To arrange drop-off of your donated items, kindly email us.

Monetary Donations
Please consider a donation to the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation, a registered charity, and earmark the donation for the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic & Institute.

If you don’t need a charitable tax receipt, you can also forward a cheque directly to Dr Newman’s Clinic at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Please be sure to put “DONATION – M2M” on your cheque so they know what it is for. Donations will also be accepted at the Sale by Dr Newman’s staff.

Your presence come and shop for great deals that support a great cause! admission is FREE!Join other breastfeeding moms at the Breastfeeding Challenge 2007 and let’s make breastfeeding history together! Buy a raffle ticket or 2 (all monies to go to the Newman Clinic) and enter to win a prize from our supporters during the hourly raffle draws.

If you need more info you can contact: Dani Arnold via e-mail at or

Unfortunately I don’t live close enough to physically help out but I wish Mom2Mom-Toronto the best of luck as Dr. Newman is a man we need to keep around.

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