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Happy Mother’s Day

I’ve always loved Mother’s Day because I’m obsessed with my mom and any day that is all about her makes me the happiest. I spent 30 years saying “Happy Mother’s Day” to all of the moms I know, until one day something magical happened. My first Mother’s Day.

It was the greatest feeling to have someone wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. Even though my little bundle of joy (who was 3 months at the time) couldn’t say it, the words didn’t need to be spoken. The image of my sweet little Olivia peacefully sleeping in my arms was the best gift anyone could have ever given me, and I will cherish that memory forever.

Now I’m an old vet at Mother’s Day. It’s officially my second one and it’s gotten a lot more exciting. Olivia is walking all over the place and greets me daily with “mama!” “dog” and lots of yelling in what appears to be a different language. I don’t know what she’s saying, but the sound of her sweet little voice happily yelling while she knocks everything around the house down, will be the greatest second Mother’s Day gift I could ever ask for.

Now that I am a mom, I realize it isn’t about the breakfast in bed (although that’s nice), or the gift card to mom’s favourite restaurant. I will spend my Mother’s Day simply sitting back and taking in the gift of getting to be my little princess’ momma.

Motherhood is loud, exhausting, wild, fun, hard, joyful and life changing. It isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s truly a blessing if you are fortunate enough to get to have a baby. I am so thankful to spend my days and nights nurturing and protecting Olivia, and Mother’s Day reminds me just how lucky I am.

So here’s the biggest and loudest HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to those who have given every part of themselves to another little being. It’s the most rewarding job in the world and you are all superheroes!

Pampers and I would love to hear your story! Tell us about a Mother’s Day (your 1st or 12th) that stands out. What made that day special? Help us celebrate all the moms…. the pregnant ones, the first-timers, the veterans, etc! Can’t wait to hear your stories!

Ash
Xx

I’ve been using Pampers since day one and only partner with brands I truly love, prior to being contacted. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Ashley, Pregnancy

Baby Registry Do’s and Dont’s

Creating a registry for your new bundle of joy seems like it should be super easy and fun right?? It wasn’t for me… I made some crucial mistakes when picking my registry, so here is what I have learned.

As I sit here looking at boxes of things I thought I absolutely NEEDED to have (which I have never used), I feel super guilty that I didn’t do a little more research on what the essentials actually are when having a baby.

After reading a recent Pamper survey to see if I’m the only mom who made this mistake, I found that more than half of moms said that diapering items including diapers, wipes and changing pads were the registry gifts they used the most often. Yet more than 1 in 3 (35%) of moms who included diapers on their baby registry felt guilty about registering for them! (I’m not alone) SO I am making this post to help you out so you don’t become a part of the statistic 🙂

MORE EVERYDAY ITEMS 

This is a big one. You don’t need that expensive bottle sanitizer or a high tech wipe warmer. Seriously, you won’t use them. Stick to the basics. My biggest regret was not asking for diapers. I had NO idea how many diapers a baby goes through, and if I had put them on my registry (in different sizes to grow with her) I would have saved myself a lot of money.

HINT – there is actually no such thing as too many diapers. 9  in 10 moms wish they had included more diapers in their registry.

WRITE IT ALL DOWN

My sister-in-law is truly the most organized person I have ever met, and she has a great tip to keep all of your new goodies organized. Write down on the back of the card what the person got for you. This is a LIFESAVER when writing your Thank You notes!

PLAN AHEAD

Don’t go into the store or online without a plan. If you do, you are likely to go scan crazy and end up with gifts that you didn’t actually want or need. 56% of moms who created a registry felt it was more overwhelming than expected, so make some lists beforehand. Pampers & Babies R Us have a great resource to help organize your registry. I wish I had known about this when I was making mine! https://www.pampers.ca/en-ca/pregnancy/baby-shower/article/digital-baby-registry

BORROW FROM FRIENDS 

Before you go out and buy a new highchair or bassinet, ask your friends or family who have children if you can borrow theirs. As long as the item is in good condition, you can save some spots on your registry for more every day necessities like diapers, wipes, or a change pad.

RELAX

It is super daunting preparing for a tiny human that you are responsible for keeping safe and alive. I promise you though, the only thing that baby needs is a full tummy, a dry bum, a warm and cozy house, and all of your love. Everything else is just a bonus <3

Good luck and enjoy making your registry with all of your new found tips 😉

Ash
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I’ve been using Pampers since day one and only partner with brands I truly love, prior to being contacted. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Ashley Leggat
Ashley, Pregnancy

Pamper’s Baby Dry

Pampers has come out with its innovative Baby Dry Diaper and we have been trying it for the last couple of weeks. I have to say, we love it! It’s been amazing for Olivia’s sleep as well, as she sleeps 12 hours with no leaks or wake ups from a wet bum.

New Look, Same Protection: 

Pampers Baby Dry diapers are now enhanced with the same Extra Absorb Channels that exist on Swaddlers and Cruisers, so now they’re thinner and drier (which makes me a well-rested mama)!

A Thicker Diaper is Not A Better Diaper:

Pampers Baby Dry is now thinner than before, which allows for a more comfortable fit and has extra absorbing channels, to help distribute wetness and lock it away, so babies are even drier than before and can sleep soundly all night. I’m loving the 12 hours Olivia sleeps now!

Researched and Proven:

With Pampers Baby Dry, I feel super confident because Pampers Diapers undergo testing with pediatricians, dermatologists and parents to ensure products meet and exceed the needs of their most important customers – our little babes –  I wouldn’t trust any other product on her!

Stretchy Sides:

I certainly don’t like wearing something tight around my belly when I sleep, and Livi doesn’t either. Pampers Dry has all around stretchy sides for a comfortable fit and a soft like cotton touch.

Wetness Indicator:

LOVE THIS. Available in smaller sizes, it changes colour to let me know when Liv needs a change so I’m not having to open her pyjamas and wake her up each time to check.

Ashley, Pregnancy

New Year’s Savings!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing and safe New Year. Now that we are into 2018 (and have spent way too much on Christmas even though we said we would be good this year, HA!), I wanted to share with you some of my major mom saves that I am implementing for the New Year.

  1. AMAZON’S SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE PROGRAM

I’ve been using Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Program to buy my Pampers Diapers and Wipes, cleaning products, and a ton of other things. Makes life so much easier and stress-free knowing it will come directly to me, AND I am saving money! IT’S SUPER EASY – Basically you can schedule regular deliveries right to your door monthly, and can unlock extra savings on items that you need most. BONUS – shipping is always free!

Just create your subscription and Amazon will take care of the rest – Set it and forget it!

***For all you Pampers mamas, Amazon Subscribe and Save carries the whole line –  Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes, Pampers Natural Clean Baby Wipes, Pampers Baby Dry, Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Easy Ups, Pampers UnderJams, and Pampers Splashers. So whatever you need, Amazon’s Subscribe and Save has got you covered.

For even more savings, parents can earn points through every Pampers product scanned using the Pampers Rewards App – turning diapers into rewards! Redeem your points for great gifts, coupons and rewards from the catalogue for you and your whole family!

  1. BORROW CLOTHES

When I first had Olivia, I was offered so many hand-me-downs, but I wanted to get everything brand new for her… WHY?! Once you have a child, you realize they grow out of everything after one wear, so accept those hand-me-downs graciously and save yourself some money!

  1. DON’T BUY BABY SHOES

Olivia is almost 11 months old, and guess how many times I have managed to keep shoes on her feet for more than 5 minutes?? ZERO. At this point, I’m lucky if I can even keep a sock on her foot. So all of those adorable little baby shoes I bought are collecting dust in her closet. Save yourself the agony of wrestling those adorable little moccasins onto a flailing foot, only to watch it be kicked across the room 10 seconds later.

  1. HEAD TO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY FOR CLASSES AND GAMES

I had no idea that libraries offered play classes for babies for free! My sister-in-law told me all about the programs offered and I was amazed that there are so many educational, fun, and FREE things to do with your babe!

  1. DON’T BUY AN EAR THERMOMETER

I wish I had known this one before spending $100 dollars on our top-of-the-line ear thermometer. Apparently, they aren’t accurate in children under 3, so skip the expensive ear thermometers and stick with a tried and true digital oral or rectal one.

  1. MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD

I’m always amazed at the price of jarred baby food in stores. I buy fruit and veggies for Olivia, and puree myself. This will save you lots over time.

  1. MAKE YOUR OWN TOYS

Earlier today, I sat looking at the abundance of unused expensive toys that I bought for Olivia. It dawned on me that she is happier playing with the box they came in than she is the actual toy.  A month ago, I made a shaker for her by pouring some rice into one of Jeremy’s old water bottles, and she has not put the thing down since then! There are also great recipes for homemade play-doh and homemade fingerprinting that I will use when she gets a little bit older.

These are a few of the things I have started doing in 2018, but I’m always looking for more! Message me what saving tips you are using for the New Year!

Happy Saving!

Love, Ash.
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