Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair Review

When our son was born, we had initially bought a regular high chair. It worked well but it always felt big and in the way. It was then that I started looking for an alternative that would be just as comfortable and practical but that wouldn’t have the clutter factor of a regular high chair. One day, I stumbled upon the Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair, bought it, and haven’t looked back since.

pTRUCA1-6932566dtThis chair is perfect for parents looking for an alternative to the traditional high chair. Whether you want to save space or you prefer to have your baby or toddler sit directly at the table with you, this chair will exceed your expectations. Some of its key features include:

  • Can be used from birth and up; The chair has a three position recline option as well as a three position height adjustment which fits most dinning tables
  • Ease of use and secure with two sets of clips; One that clips onto the back of the dinning chair and the other, underneath it.
  • Removable cover for easy washing; the cover also washes very well with a damp cloth so there is no need to remove it every time it is used.
  • Removable tray for easy clean up.
  • Transforms into a booster seat for toddlers; same great seat but without the cover and the backrest.

This chair is getting rave reviews on the web and aside from one detail, I have nothing but good things to say about it. It seems to be quite comfortable and suitable for smaller, younger babies when used in the most inclined position. Now that my toddler has graduated to another booster seat, I’m thinking that this high chair will be very useful again once I have baby #2; he or she will be able to sit at the table with us while we eat our meals.

My son is quite the messy eater (really, which toddler isn’t, right?!) and I have had to clean up some gooey messes from the chair cover. I have never had an issue with stains. After two years, the cover still looks like its new. I have thrown it in the wash a few times and it is still intact and there has been no fading whatsoever.

The only negative point I can think of for this chair is that when used in booster seat mode, my son never quite seemed to be at ease. The seat appeared to be a little too deep for him and without the back piece to support him, it just felt like he was sliding around in it without being able to find a proper seating position. My son was always small for his age so that might be the reason why it didn’t suit him that well during that phase. It might be different for bigger babies and toddlers.

High chairs on the market these days can be pricey. If you are looking for an affordable, easy to use, and compact chair that will fit your baby from the first few weeks well into the toddler years, the Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair is a must-have item!

Happy feeding!

To Cloth Diaper or Not?

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When I was pregnant with my first child, cloth diapering briefly crossed my mind but I wasn’t really interested in trying it out at the time. Now that my husband and I are a little over 2 years into buying disposable diapers, we have come to realize that it is very expensive and that there might be a less expensive way to do this without necessarily compromising on the practicality that disposable diapers typically offer.

We really didn’t have much exposure to cloth diapers as none of our friends had used them and many reviews I read online scared me: leaks, messy poop diapers to clean, increased laundry loads, bulky cloth diapers…all of this just wasn’t really inspiring me to give it a try.

Now that I’m pregnant with my second child, I have recently started to reconsider cloth diapers. We now have a few friends who have used them with varying degrees of success. I have also done a lot more research online by visiting various company sites, watching videos on YouTube, and reading mommy blogs that write about and/or review cloth diapers.

Since then, I have been able to pinpoint exactly what I want out of a cloth diaper, in order for it to work for our family. My top three criteria are:

1) Must be trim and allow for proper clothes fitting – I know many companies offer super cute diaper covers made to be displayed but I am not interested in leaving my child pant-less for the majority of the time. I want to be able to dress him or her up as I’m currently doing with my son.
2) Must be practical, quick, and easy to use – Using disposable diapers is very convenient and quick and I would want similar features out of my cloth diapers.
3) Must be leak proof – this is one aspect that I find varies greatly for most cloth diaper brands. I often hear that for nap and night time, it is easier to use a disposable diaper as they prevent leaks better than cloth diapers. However, I also know from reading tons of reviews that sometimes it is just about finding the right fit and the right brand for your baby that will provide the proper level of absorbency.

Researching cloth diapers online can be very overwhelming as there are so many different brands and various diaper models as well. After hours of research, I think I have finally narrowed it down to what type of cloth diaper I want to use. I’m looking for an AIO (all in one), ideally adjustable/one size fits all, with the possibility of adding a doubler or biodegradable liner if needed.

The challenging part is to find one that is trim enough to fit under clothes and I am thrilled to have come across a company that seems to provide just that: Bum-Ware (*please note that I am in no way being compensated for this post*). After reviewing the website, I love how the company was started by a mom and how her diapers seem to be getting stellar reviews by anyone who has used them. They are apparently one of the trimmest on the market and although AIOs tend to have a bad reputation for drying times, this one rates above others in the same category. They come in a variety of cute colors and a few patterns. You can even send in your own PUL fabric and they will customize the diapers for you.

The company offers a few different options; the three I considered were: Bum-ware Extreme sized AIO (which have the most reviews and seem to be the most popular ones), Bum-Ware Max Adjustable (which have a pocket for extra inserts), and Bum-Ware Adjustable AIO (which are the same as the Extreme except they grow with baby).

We have decided to give the Bum-Ware Extreme a try so I have ordered 1 to test drive on my son and see how well it performs. He is a heavy wetter so it will give us a good idea of how absorbent and leak proof the diaper actually is. I have ordered it in the orange color. The Extreme version is a sized diaper; if I love it, I’m thinking of maybe buying a mix of sized and adjustable ones as this would be more economical in the end.

I’m excited to get it and I will write a review once I have used it for a while. I want to give cloth diapering a fair try so I am hoping that this brand works well for us! Otherwise, I’ll have to jump back into research mode.

Are you a cloth diapering fan? Which brand do you like best? What made you decide to switch to cloth diapers? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

Learning from my mistakes

All throughout my first pregnancy, I worried about everything…and I seriously do mean everything! From the day I found out I was pregnant, I started over-analyzing every little ache and pain, and everything that I came into contact with – whether it was food or my environment (I worked in a hospital). I wasn’t naive enough to believe that once I gave birth all my worries would go away; but, I also wasn’t prepared for what came next: hours upon hours of crying from a colicky baby for months on end, those first few days at home where I was afraid to fall asleep for fear I’d miss something that wasn’t quite right, breastfeeding pain and not knowing if my little guy was getting enough nutrients, etc. I could go on and on!

Having a baby is a life changing experience. Now, after 2 years and a few months, I can say that I have learned to relax a bit more and not worry about every single little thing. My experience of the past 2 years has also helped me cope better with my second pregnancy; I am much more relaxed and not so anxious all the time. I am still concerned about things from time to time but not overly worried like I was during my first pregnancy.

Also, knowing what we went through with our first child, I am confident that I can deal with pretty much anything this baby will throw our way. I’m certainly not wishing for hours of crying or a colicky baby; however, I am much more prepared to deal with the situation should it arise once again.

I’m typically the type of person that needs to have everything organized and planned in advance. However, this time around, we decided that we weren’t going to find out the sex of the baby. Contrary to what my normal reaction would have been (which is sheer panic), I feel excited for the unknown and I have no compulsive desire to have everything planned and ready to go for when the baby gets here. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still have some things organized, but not to the extent of the first time. The best part is, I’m ok with that!

Over time, I have had a chance to evaluate how I dealt with certain situations and how I’m going to do things differently this time around – not necessarily with regards to how I’ve raised my son so far but more in regards to how I react/deal with various situations.

Things I will do differently:
1- I will not worry about having a set schedule, even if it hasn’t happened after 6, 8, or 10 months.
2- I will not worry about having a baby that doesn’t sleep very much or for very long. Whatever his/her routine will be shall be normal to us.
3- I will not worry so much about the colics. If it happens again, we’ll deal with it and we know that in the end it passes and the child will be fine.
4- I will try and get out more and not be so scared of having my baby cry in public and having to face the stares of strangers who look like they think I’m a bad mom!
5- Finally, I will take it day by day and be more open to frequent changes as I’ve learned that there is never anything set in stone with raising a baby.

stockvault-heart-with-scribble-fill138417I can’t remember where I read this but a while ago I found a quote from Elizabeth Stone that I thought captured the essence of being a parent beautifully: “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

I have grown as a mother since my first pregnancy and I am ready to welcome this new baby and continue our crazy adventures into parenthood!

THE Essential Book: Pregnancy Day By Day

9781405332101HThe Pregnancy Day By Day book is, in my opinion, the bible of all pregnancy books. It features daily information on all the stages of pregnancy, includes snippets of information for dads-to-be, and provides answers to some of the most common questions. Each page covers a day in the 40 weeks of pregnancy; this makes for an easy and fast read since so many of us lead busy lives and don’t necessarily have the time to sit down for hours to read a book.

Aside from the pregnancy development information, this book also contains details pertaining to labor and delivery, possible complications, as well as post baby information.

I absolutely loved this book during my first pregnancy and I love it even more now that I’m expecting baby #2. I have very little time to read since I’m looking after a toddler but this book is succinct enough that I have just enough time before bed to open it up and catch up on my daily information. It is also ideal for dads who are not very fond of reading as the information is clear, concise, and quick to read! The information directed specifically at them makes them feel more involved in the process and helps them understand what their partner is going through.

Its price point is very reasonable and I find that it provides enough information that I do not really feel the need to go look elsewhere. The images are beautiful and I love that they have a picture of how big the baby is during the first few months – until it gets too big to fit the page. I find that, for first time parents especially, seeing these images and being able to track the growth progress makes the pregnancy even more real. Since most women don’t necessarily have a belly in the early stages, it helps to see what is going on inside and to get the reassurance that baby is growing!

If you are looking for a book that not only provides detailed and interesting information but also pictures, graphics, and charts related to the baby’s development, this one is for you! The reviews are phenomenal and the price is reasonable for a book of its size. What more could you ask for? Check it out now: Pregnancy Day By Day.

Happy reading!

Bumbleride Indie Stroller Review

What It Is

Bumbleride IndieThe Bumbleride Indie stroller is a versatile stroller that functions very well whether it is used on city streets or on rougher, bumpier terrains. It has a modern look and offers a comfortable ride for baby. Weighing in at 20 pounds, this stroller features a swiveling front wheel (360 degrees), which can be locked in the forward or rear facing positions. It also features a multi-reclining backrest and comes with a universal car seat adapter, which makes this stroller both newborn and toddler friendly. Its rear suspension makes bumpier rides smoother and the large storage basket located under the seat is ideal for a diaper bag, grocery bags, etc. According to the manufacturer, the Indie is compatible with the following car seats:

Graco Snugride
Graco Snugride 32
Graco Snugride 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Chicco Keyfit 30
Combi Shuttle
Baby Trend Flex Loc
Britax Chaperone

My experience

 My husband and I purchased this stroller because we wanted something that was going to perform well during all four seasons. We live in Canada and get a lot of snow during the winter months. It was important for us to have a stroller that was going to work well with snowy and icy sidewalks. We were not disappointed. The Bumbleride Indie performs just as described. We used it along with the Graco Snugride 32 car seat when our son was born and we have since moved on to just using the reclining seat. We have used it for over 2 years in various weather and road conditions and it still looks great, and works like new.

In my opinion, here are the pros of cons of this stroller:


 Air-filled wheels, which allow for a much more comfortable ride, in all types of weather (compared to other strollers with the little plastic wheels)
Great color choices for a modern look
Large basket for storing everything parents need to carry around
Option to lock the front wheel for easier navigation and/or jogging
Adjustable handle bar, which is ideal when people of different heights will push the stroller
Comes with rain cover, bumper pads and cup holder
Easy to clean and throw in the wash seat cover
Adjustable footrest for children of varying sizes
Wheels come off for easier storing
When using with a car seat, the set up feels safe and snug


The folding process was somehwat frustrating at first as the mechanisms were quite stiff -this has gotten a lot easier over time
Folds a bit big, even when the back wheels are removed – we have a compact SUV and it takes up a little less than half of the trunk space
We never really used the cup holder feature as the cup tends to want to flip over
Price tag, which can be expensive for many new families

Although the initial cost to buy the stroller may seem like a lot, it was totally worth it for our family. It is a great investment if you are looking for a stroller that is versatile and long lasting. We have it in the seagrass color (same as picture above), and although the seat is a pale blue, I have had no issues with washing it clean – that’s even after a summer of multiple outings to playing in the park and getting dirty! This is a high quality product that will last you until your children outgrow it.

Interested? Click here to read more reviews at Amazon: Bumbleride Indie Stroller

Happy shopping!

So, You’re Expecting A Baby…Now What?

Whether your pregnancy was planned or not, finding out that you’re expecting a little one can be quite overwhelming.

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You may be feeling:



All of these emotions are normal. With raging pregnancy hormones, you are bound to experience the whole spectrum of emotions at different stages of your pregnancy.

I remember the moment I first found out that we were expecting. It’s almost surreal. Once the dust had settled a bit, I was immediately in planning mode and found myself to be quite overwhelmed with everything that had to be done in preparation for the arrival of the baby. One thing I have learned from my first pregnancy, which has been especially useful with my second, is to relax, take the time to enjoy and plan in strides.

The bottom line is that you have 9 months to get ready. If you’re feeling especially nauseous and tired during the first trimester, it’s OK to take care of yourself and let those first three months go by without actively trying to accomplish all that needs to get done for baby’s arrival. You have time; just remember that!

For me, the best time to do most of the planning (room prep, shopping, furniture assembling, etc.) was during the second trimester. This is the stage where, typically, a pregnant woman gets her energy back. With the heavy fatigue of the first trimester behind you, you’ll have an easier time getting your thoughts together on what needs to get done.

Here are a few tips to ease into the planning period:

1- Make a list of what needs to be done so you can track your progress easily. Plus, if you’re having a severe case of the “pregnancy brain”, it’ll be super helpful to write things down so you don’t forget.

2- Less is more; by this, I mean that you do not need to buy 20 receiving blankets or 50 washcloths, for example. It is so easy to get swept up into the consumerism aspect of baby products. There will be more posts on this later but if you’re on a budget or you just want to be a smart shopper, avoid buying items that are non essentials.

3- Enlist the help of others – whether someone wants to plan your baby shower or you have friends and family that offer to help with painting, furniture assembly, meal cooking, etc., take advantage of it. This works best with people that you trust and that you know will not elevate your stress and anxiety levels. Accepting help from those close to you can be a wonderful way to prepare for the baby’s arrival and enjoy your pregnancy.

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Happy Planning!