What to Do When You Have a Congested Infant?

infant congestion

My first delivery turned into an unexpected C-Section. After 20 hours of intense labour and two and a half hours of pushing, with no success, it was recommended that I deliver my daughter via caesarean section. I was NOT happy with this outcome, but that is a topic for another blog post. I didn’t realize at the time that the outcome would be a beautiful, healthy, yet congested infant!   My daughter was a congested infant. And, I do believe that might have been the cause of her lack of sleep and irritability in the very beginning. We tried all … Continue reading

Powering Smiles This Holiday Season #PowerImagination

powering smiles

Children love to smile and parents love to see their children smile. Unfortunately, at this time of year, for some families, smiles are difficult to find. Every year, thousands of children and their families spend time in Canadian hospitals over the holidays. And while they may have difficulty finding their smiles, I do believe that there is always a smile hiding in there, and we have to find creative ways to bring that out during particularly difficult times. Powering smiles is something that Duracell is passionate about… especially this time of year! For children who are sick, we have to … Continue reading

Saving for Your Child’s Education #EducationSavingsWeek

Educations Savings Week

Children are expensive little creatures. Saving for your child’s education is not always easy. In this day and age saving for your child’s education is a subject that you should research and understand. By the time our children complete high school, post secondary education fees are going to be considerably higher. There are many ways to invest in your child’s future by saving for your child’s education. Heritage Education Funds will be sharing tips on their blog all week from November 21 – 25 to help you understand your options. In our family, we have a set amount that comes … Continue reading

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you won an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway right here on Multi-Testing Mommy? It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about holiday gifts! What would you do if you won the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway? Would you keep it or would you gift it to someone you know? One of the many items that you can purchase if you won this Amazon Gift Card Giveaway would be ebooks. Do you have an e-reader? What I LOVE about the Kindle e-reader is that it has NO GLARE! That is one thing about my … Continue reading

Options for New Moms! {Giveaway} #babytime16

options for new moms

When I was pregnant, I wanted to learn about all of the options for new Moms! Attending shows like the the babytime show helped me to learn about my options; everything from products to services and free workshops from experts and influencers. Some of my favourite featured options for new Moms at the babytime show this fall include: Wonderwear Cloth Diaper Service Dalcini Stainless luv child – bum spray Munch Mitt Kind Snacks live clean Medela Mother Hen Petit Coulou well.ca You can listen and learn to the following speakers throughout the weekend (see schedule here and here): Nanny Robina, … Continue reading

Halloween Safety {Giveaway}

Halloween Safety

Teaching children about Halloween Safety including tips like never trick-or-treat alone (get your free safety tip printable here) is extremely important. Children need to understand that when it is dark outside, there are additional safety hazards that present themselves. Many people light up their Jack-O-Lanterns with real candles. This has never sat right with me! When I was a Kindergarten teacher, I came up with the idea to light up our pumpkins with a battery-powered flashlight instead of a candle. This way, you don’t have to e concerned with children (you know, the little ones who aren’t watching where they … Continue reading

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns

What? There’s a No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns? Who knew, right? I bet that blog title caught your attention! Every baby is different and every parent is different. That is why there is no cookie cutter way of parenting or caring for your baby. Of course babies are going to cry as that is one of their means of communication with the world, however Elizabeth Pantley teaches us how to maximize a newborn’s sleep schedule in her new book The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns. As soon as I learned about Elizabeth Pantley and her No-Cry Book Series, when my … Continue reading

Mess Free Art Idea

Mess free art allows children the space to be creative in a mess free zone – a parent’s dream come true, right? Creativity can take many forms, but often when it comes to children, it is MESSY! Like the protagonist of ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, budding artist Rafe Khatchadorian, would tell you, creative self-expression can take many forms, from a doodle in a note book to a wall covered in Stickies. I can tell you that as a Child Studies major from the University of Guelph, one key learning that continues to stand out in my … Continue reading

Concussions are SERIOUS!

Concussions are Serious

Concussions are REAL and if left undiagnosed and untreated, can cause serious long term effects. Children often are involved in play and sports that increase their risks for a head injury and possibly a concussion. Since becoming a parent, I have heard of conflicting information with regards to diagnosing and managing concussions, which is a cause for concern. I am grateful to have learned of a new service that is FREE to Canadians to provide extra assistance when a child has a suspected concussion. An estimated 225,000 Canadians suffer from concussions each year. Thirty per cent of all traumatic brain … Continue reading

Cost Effective Snack Ideas for Kids

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I knew that kids eat a lot, but I never expected just how much it would cost! I’m always on the hunt for cost effective snack ideas for kids as it often feels like they are a bottomless pit! I love to make baked snacks for my kids, but let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t enough time. I often make muffins first thing in the morning as they are a great breakfast and school lunch food. I also find that they are very cost effective and a great way to include healthier choices (like banana, carrots or zucchini). In … Continue reading