What Siri Said

Siri and I usually get along just fine, but we were having some serious communication problems yesterday.

For the record, I was trying to send the following message to my mom: “Sweet Pea is wearing the cute tunic you bought her.” (except, ermm, Sweet Pea’s real name. I’m counting on nobody going back and reading this post later).

Did Siri just break up with me?

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Works For Me – What to do with that peri bottle

Linking up today to Works for Me Wednesday from We are THAT Family.

When you give birth at a hospital, you will be given a peri bottle. If you’re home birthing, it’s probably on your list of recommended supplies (it was on my list, though we didn’t end up with a home birth). It looks like this:

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It’s used for… keeping things clean. Moving on now.

Alright so, save that sucker! If you’ve already tossed yours and you still have a baby at home, go buy one – I promise they’re cheap (I know this because the hospital gives it to you for free). You may like an extra one anyway.  It’s about to be your best friend in baby washing. A peri bottle has several holes in the lid, so it delivers a really gentle but effective spray. 

It is the BEST thing to use to rinse your baby, especially baby’s hair. I am simultaneously proud of myself for thinking of this (though a google search suggests it’s not an original thought, imagine that), and a bit annoyed that it took me 9 weeks to think of it.

I’m saving you those 9 weeks of tears in the tub, my friend. Use the peri bottle. Enjoy happier bathtimes.

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Sprout Baby App Review

I’ve been meaning to do this app review for awhile now, but with several friends giving birth in the next few months, I figured I better get it done now.

App: Sprout Baby for iPhone and iPad

For: Parents of brand new babies.

Cost: Free 2 week trial, $4.99 thereafter.

Sprout Baby by Med ART Studios is a wonderfully useful app for new parents. As a first time mom I didn’t see this coming, but when I gave birth I was given a sheet to fill out recording all our feedings and diaper changes. As you may know, breastfeeding got off to a shaky start for me and Sweet Pea, and she lost 9% of her birthweight in the first couple days, which did not make the nurses very happy. They wanted to keep a VERY close eye on how many diapers we were going through. And, when I started to supplement Isla with formula, it was crucial to be able to track how much I was giving her, and when.

I got tired of that paper fast, and 8 weeks in, I still want to know how much formula Sweet Pea is getting. I knew there must be “an app for that,” and I was right – I looked at a whole bunch, and Sprout Baby came up the clear winner.  This app has everything I’ve needed so far, including:

  • Feeding Tracker – you can track breast feeding and/or bottles.
  • Pumping Tracker – I haven’t used this, but if you want to know how much breast milk you’re pumping, this is your friend.
  • Diaper Change Tracker – used for the first several weeks of Sweet Pea’s life to reassure myself, and provide ready answers for the nurses and midwives.
  • Sleep Tracker – I’ve only just started using this. I’m looking for patterns, now… and not really finding any yet. 😉
  • M.D. Visit Planner – schedule and take notes.
  • Growth Tracker – we tracked Sweet Pea’s weight quite carefully, and I love the graphs.
  • Immunizations – this is coming up for us!
  • Medication Tracker – haven’t had to use this yet, but definitely will in the future. Tracking doses given is very important, as I am forgetful.

What I Love: The app supports syncing across devices for multiple caregivers. You can also have profiles for more than one child. While I won’t need to keep tracking diaper changes and feedings, it will still be useful to track immunizations and medications when Sweet Pea is older, so I appreciate this feature.

This app is pretty. It’s fun to use. Alongside all the mundane baby-caring tasks listed above, Sprout Baby allows you to track milestones and memories with short text (think tweets) and pictures. With a newly-available in-app purchase, you can even turn all those milestones into an ebook… I suppose this is the new baby book for the digital world.

And, it creates a beautiful newspaper-like view for your home page. Here’s ours at the moment:

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It gives you a “Today at a Glance” section full of tips that are appropriate for the age of your child:

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And “A Closer Look” which talks about the developmental milestones your baby may be reaching. I find it particularly charming that they use your baby’s name throughout the text… very nice touch:

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And as is often the case, the whole thing is even lovelier on the iPad, which I tend to use more often while nursing:

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What I Don’t Love: As somebody who works in app design, I am critical of those that I use. If it doesn’t work exactly as I want it, I won’t use it. This app is near perfect. Before the last update I may have had something to say about the Sleep Tracker, but the developers apparently read my mind, and it’s been fixed. I have only one feature request, in regards to the Feeding Tracker; for breast feeding moms, the app tracks how long you feed from each side, and has a marker to remind you which you last fed from. That marker is removed if you do a bottle in between breast feeding sessions, and I think it would be extremely useful for us combo-feeding moms for the marker to remain from the last breast feed. But really, this is a minor complaint.

Recommendation: Buy this. Sprout has separate apps that track just feeding or diaper changes or sleep. I’m not sure why. They are $2.99 each, and don’t provide nearly the full feature set that Sprout Baby has.  If you are thinking you just want to use it to track the feeds and diaper changes you need to track while you’re in the hospital, the 2 week free version will be everything you need. If you need to track beyond that, you can purchase later. Or, if like me, you see usefulness in being able to track future growth, immunizations and medications, just go ahead and spend the $5. I promise you’ll find it worthwhile.

* I am not affiliated with Med ART Studios, and am in no way being compensated for this review. All of these opinions are just my opinions.

Lilla Rose Party & SPECIAL!

So, do you know about Lilla Rose hair accessories? If you’re a Canadian blog follower, I’m betting you’ve never seen them! I was introduced to them ages ago through somebody’s blog, but I was skeptical – I have hair that slips out of clips easily. Eight or so months later  my mom mentioned that she thought I’d probably want to grow my hair out long so I’ll be able to put it up out of grasping reach of the baby. I thought “no way am I wearing a ponytail every day,” and I took another look. I ordered a couple clips, and I’m never looking back. Here’s my pretty collection in three different sizes:

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I’m having an online party, because I think everybody should take a look at these. You can join the party chatter on Facebook, or register directly on the party site.

Did I mention that our fab consultant, Sarah Ives, is running a special for this party? She’s offering a Buy 3 Get 1 Free Deal for new Lilla Rose customers! If you’ve never purchased from Lilla Rose before, simply purchase 3 or more items and then e-mail her for details about getting your FREE item (up to $16 value!).

Take a look at Sarah’s site and leave me a comment letting me know which you would choose as your freebie!

What I love about the flexi-clips:

  1. They were easy to figure out. I’ve bought hair do-dads before that I’ve struggled with for hours, only to give up. When my first two flexis arrived, I spent about half an hour watching a few videos and playing with different styles, and I got the gist.
  2. They’re quick to put in your hair. QUICK! I can make a ponytail or a twist at a stoplight.  I think I’m going to appreciate this brevity in the coming months when I’m a new mom.
  3. You won’t lose the pin. Because it’s attached. This would be an issue for me if it wasn’t – I’m incredibly disorganized. Enough said.
  4. No headaches. I get headaches and migraines. I am not naive enough to think that flexis will cure me, but at least they won’t make things worse. This was all a dilemma with elastics – can’t have my hair up in one, but who wants their hair down and in their way when they aren’t feeling well?
  5. No breakage. I have lots of curly hair, and curly hair is known for being fragile. I was always annoyed when I realized that my elastic bands were full of hair that had literally broken as I removed the elastic. I’ve yet to find a single hair left behind in a flexi clip, and I like that. Less breakage is less frizz for us curly girls.
  6. It holds. These things really hold. I don’t like to fuss around with things with a lot, and I don’t want to have to redo my do 5 times a day. I like that the flexi clip holds my hair up and doesn’t slip, even throughout a particularly active day. I can’t wait to buy flexis for our kiddo down the road – I have a feeling her daddy and teachers will be glad to not have to be fussing with fixing her hair.
  7. You can rest comfortably. Ever tried to lean back in the car or snuggle up on the couch wearing a claw clip? OUCH! I actually fell asleep on the couch with my hair in a twist held by a flexi-clip, and woke up 2 hours later still perfectly comfortable. Oh, and my hair still looked good enough that I went out for dinner. True.
  8. They’re really pretty. I’m not the most fashionable lady. I live in jeans, I don’t get up early enough to put on makeup, and frankly at the moment, my ugly flip flops are about the only shoes that fit. But I can have pretty clip in my hair, even if it’s a simple ponytail – it really dresses up the maternity capris. 😉

Party is open until Monday, May 20th. I hope you love Lilla Rose as much as I do!