It’s time for back-to-school scrambling which usually includes shopping for brand new school supplies. But which school supplies are safe for your kids? Last year, a report was released by Environmental Defense and the US-Based Center for Health, Environment and Justice outlining guidelines for purchasing safe back-to-school products. Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC is found in many common school supplies and other children’s products and is of key concern in the report.
We’re all about hip and funky. And if you can save the environment and your own health in the mix, that’s a big bonus. (Kind of like getting a daily calf massage after a night in 4 inch heels). Did you know that 87% of Canadians believe that household cleaning products are safe even though only 10% of the chemicals used in the typical products have been tested? Or here’s a scary one.. apparently housewives face a 55% higher cancer risk due to their exposure to household cleaning products… Nice. Seventh Generation has come out with a super-cool app for the iphone or free download for your home computer. While you are shopping or surfing, you can search a directory of common cleaning products to see what ingredients are inside. Merci!
Oh, to be a child. What kid wouldn’t want to play in this all day? The creative possibilities are endless, and the craftmanship is sublime. The Lucy & Michael play tent folds up for easy storage, but it is so pretty, you may just want to keep it in the living room. Available at Raspberry Kids.
Overwhelmed. That’s how many expectant parents feel about making a stroller purchase. With so many choices in the marketplace these days, it can be a daunting task to try and learn what makes one stroller better than another. The staff from North Vancouver’s jack & lola have outlined their top picks for 2009. Make sure you join our list to be notified of exclusive promotions and other great articles.
In my ‘20s I traveled for 6 weeks through Europe with one backpack that I carried myself. For our week-long honeymoon, my husband and I took one large suitcase between us. Just over 2 years later, my husband, 11-month-old daughter, and I had an overflowing luggage cart that held 2 large suitcases (overweight), 2 stuffed-to-the-brim carry-ons, and a car seat. In hindsight, we should have added our playpen to the pile, since the hotel-issued crib for that trip was pretty wobbly.
We are junkies. For everything French. And beyond the Bonpoint-Floriane addiction, there is one product that we can’t live without. The Jacadi sleep sack comes in two sizes, and each season there are a number of new, creative, soft designs for your precious one.
Oh la la! Opening the mail has never been so exciting. Instead of bills and flyers, what appeared in my mailbox today? Nothing other than the sexiest, frilly French panties that I have ever seen. Panty by Post is the brainchild of Natalie Grunberg and Lori Sholzberg, and in our estimation, will up Canada’s birthrate by alot. Great as a gift delivered monthly, you can order one, six or twelve pairs of sexy panties. Sure to boost your self esteem during the pregnancy or postpardom period, the marketing for the company features naturally beautiful women who are not airbrushed. Fabulous!
Q – How should I deal with my increased breast size in clothing?
A – Breasts change drastically during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post pregnancy. Increased breast size can be as frustrating as not getting back into your jeans. But don’t hide it! Flaunt it, but first embrace it. Start by getting a proper fit. Believe it or not, the majority of all women aren’t wearing the proper bra for their breast. Wearing the right size bra is essential for proper support. Bulky knit sweaters and extra layers are definitely not what you want to be wearing. Instead opt for smooth silk button downs, smooth Tee shirts and printed wrap dresses.
Q – Does a maxi-dress really hide my tummy?
A – Borrowing from celebrity style (Anegelina loved these), the maxi-dress is a long, flowing frock that can certainly be comfy during the later stages of prenancy. Just be sure that the bodice is fitted so you don’t look like you’ve donned a mu-mu. And careful of lenght – we don’t want you tripping on a hem!
So you’re nearing the end of your third trimester, and it’s time to start planning for labour & childbirth. Some important things to remember before the big day!
Have you pre-registered for the hospital? Your doctor’s office will have a registration package for you, which you can fill out at home and mail directly to the hospital. Many hospitals offer a tour of their maternity wards so it’s a good idea to book one for you and your partner to prepare you for your labour and what to expect during your stay. Book early; if you are having multiples you may be put on bedrest and be unable to attend a tour later in your pregnancy. Most hospitals recommend a tour when you are around 20 weeks pregnant.
Pack several weeks before your due date, in case you go into labour early. Throwing stuff into a suitcase at the last minute is not what you want to be doing when your water breaks! Have your bag in your room and put things in it as you think of them – this way you can be sure that you have everything.
It may be useful to divide what you will need at the hospital into two categories:
Labour / Delivery and Post-Partum and if you have two bags it makes it easier to find things. This is a near exhaustive list. Some hospitals provide many of these things, and your partner may not use the swim gear unless you plan to shower or bathe during labour.
camera and power cord
copies of Birth plan
favourite moisturizer and lip balm
flip-flops for both of you
hair bands or barrettes
medical records/insurance papers/Care card
padlock for locker
sign for parking at emergency whilst you get admitted
snacks and beverages for your coach
swimming trunks for partner
tennis balls in a sock
toiletries for you and your partner
baby diapers / wipes
baby names book
comfortable clothes – maternity size!
infant car seats that have been installed correctly*
infant wear – hats, sleepers etc.
nursing bras/nursing pads
overnight pads – industrial strength!
pens for filling out forms
telephone numbers and calling card
‘Tucks’ medicated pads (2 thumbs up!)
fun stuff to read
* BCAA, your local fire or police station will be able to ensure that your car seat has been installed correctly, or show you how to do it.
** bring lots of receiving blankets, some hospitals use them as ‘sausages’ to keep baby’s head secure in the car seat for the trip home
BC Ministry of Health. Baby’s Best Chance: Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care. (free at local BC health unit)
Iovine, V. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy: Or, Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You.
Murkoff, H., A. Eisenberg and S. Hathaway. What to Expect When You are Expecting.