Click here to review some Children’s Life Jackets as well as Children’s PFDs.
We ultimately purchased a Mustang Survival Child’s Life jacket, though being in Canada we purchased from a local retailer since Amazon doesn’t offer to ship this product to Vancouver.
This weekend we left for a few days at the cabin which involves a short drive to a local harbor followed by a not-so-short water taxi ride from the mainland to the cabin. The Kidlet is presently about 3 months old and a robust 16-17 lbs based on last visit to the doctor. Now, prior to the trip I did a bit of research to find out where I could find a baby life jacket and guess what? All the information I could track down pointed to life jackets not being certified for children under 20 lbs (or was it 30? It’s too much work to find the page again on the crappy Canadian Government maze of websites) which suggested we shouldn’t worry about it. That seemed like a bad idea, so we went ahead and purchased the smallest approved PFD we could find (and yes it was a PFD and not a life jacket, and yes I did read that life jackets do a better job or keeping the wearer oriented upright).
Anyhow, we got to the boat, got aboard with the Kidlet in his Baby Bjorn and then proceeded to remove him from the Bjorn and put on the PFD. I’ll say this again, the Kidlet is no more than 20 lbs and the jacket we purchased is for children between 20 and 30 lbs. It was ridiculous. He looked like he was going to tear that thing apart. When we zipped it up to the top it looked like his jowls were going to spill over the neckline.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Baby sizing is ridiculous. At best it represents a near estimate of whether or not your baby will be able to wear the clothing. Why don’t they include dimensions as many adult clothing makers do as well in order to address the wide range of baby sizes out there? The PFD we purchased was for children up to 30 lbs or, apparently, chubby babies up to 17 lbs.
I would love to know how many tons of baby clothes are purchased and never worn each year simply because parents have no way other than ages ‘sizing’ and in some cases weight ‘sizing’ on which to base their purchase decision?
Sesame Street plots to torture fathers watching with their children by matching the extremely watchable Katy Perry with the near unbearable Elmo.
Tummy time sounds innocent enough. Your baby has until this point been sleeping on his or her back, and spending much of their waking time there as well, however friends, family and books are suggesting that you should introduce the little one to tummy time. Nothing wrong with introductions right? We’ll just turn him slowly on his side and then over onto his stomach, right? We’ll do it for a few minutes then back and see how it goes and over time we’ll increase the duration, right?
We’ve been trying tummy time with the Kidlet for many weeks now and the only time we’ve had any kind of success is when he’s so @#%@$% tired that he falls asleep before he figures out how pissed off he is to be on his tummy. Outside of those rare occasions he loses his mind immediately when turned over regardless how gently the roll is performed. I was hoping that by this time he’d come around. His neck is getting stronger (though his head is still enormous) and I would have thought he’d see some progress at this point. Lord knows he’s strong. He punched me in the face this morning and based on the impact I no longer buy into the thought that he can’t support himself with his arms. At this point I’m calling laziness with a side of cranky.
I will not be defeated. Tummy time will continue if for no other reason than my belief that he’s faking it.
Call it wishful thinking but I had assumed that since the Kidlet hasn’t yet mastered the manual dexterity required to catch and replace a released soother that he wouldn’t be up for Halloween this year. Apparently he doesn’t have a say and Mrs Kidlet has been nominated to speak on his behalf. As such I’m on the hook to find an appropriately cute Halloween costume for a 10 week old. That is the mission.
Oh, did I mention that Mrs. Kidlet isn’t a huge science fiction fan, so the great Star Trek onesies I’ve featured on the right sidebar are apparently out of the question. I even explained the history of the ‘red shirt’ but to no avail. And so the search continues. I’ll likely either update this post as I come across potential baby Halloween costume candidates, or throw up new posts to introduce the options, but for now I’ll outline those that I’ve shortlisted. Feel free to let me know what you think.
Star Trek Baby Onesies (see the right sidebar).
As I mentioned above I’m told this is out… however I’ve already taken it upon myself to purchase a couple just in case
Baby Lobster Costume
Let it be known that I’m not overly thrilled with this one, but its proving difficult to find a baby costume that’s worth posting AND isn’t science fiction-related.
Infant Bat Costume
This baby bat costume has promise especially given that the Kidlet continues to be a spaz in terms of arm / hand control. As a result I expect that he’d unknowingly play the part of a constantly-flapping bat like a pro.
Baby Pea in The Pod Costume
Not my thing, but I’ll throw it in the mix to pad the cute factor (and prep Mrs. Kidlet for the break from rules to come). The mother-in-law would love the Pea costume… and Jr is definitely a pee machine, but I don’t think I could bring myself to take him out in public in something like this. The Pea in the pod costume will stay on the list, but if purchased will be restricted to home and family viewing only. Photos are out.
Baby Chewbacca Costume
*BAM* consider the rules broken. I mean, come on… its a baby Chewie costume, how can you not love this? Issues with this one is that it’s more of a partially shaved infant Chewbacca costume with emphasis on hightop and shoulder hair… and where’s the crossbow?
Front runners? Kirk and red shirt Star Trek costumes which have been purchased and will be kept well hidden until the time is right to break them out (Mrs. Kidlet, if you’re reading this… well, I”m sure you expected me to purchase them anyway right?). Chewbacca obviously, and then… geez. I guess the Bat.
Costume makers, if you’re out there here are some requests:
As I’ve mentioned previously our little one has been growing at a furious pace. At 2 months he was out of most of his 0-3 clothes and well into the 3-6 comfortably. This growth has impacted not only his clothing, but other aspects of our day-to-day. In previous posts I’ve mentioned how much we love our BabySmart Cooshee changer as both a place for him to cosleep and a changing table. Well, at this point I wish BabySmart produced a larger sized Cooshee because I would be first in line. Junior fits in the current Cooshee at present, but I think he’ll soon outgrow it and for the time being getting our hands around him for transfers only reinforces the fact.
Bouncy Chairs. The Truth, The Fiction And The Alternatives.
Outside of the clothes and the changer I was very surprised to feel that we needed to change our bouncy chair. We started out of the gate with the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer which according to Fisher Price’s site is intended for children up to 25 lbs. First, let me say that our son LOVES this thing. He sits in it, sleeps in it… it’s been our savior on several occasions… the cover comes off easily for washing. That said, there are two items that i think are worth mentioning. First, it takes 4 D batteries which initially seemed a bit much. My advice to anyone buying one of these is to make sure you have rechargeables so you’re not sending the batteries to landfill (I will note that the batteries seem to last a looooong time, so it’s not really a gripe, just a callout for the environment).
Next, the Rainforest Bouncer reclines quite significantly so he’s more laying than sitting upright. I’m sure this is by design and was great when he was smaller, but as he’s gaining head control it would be nice to have other settings so we could prop him up to a greater degree.
Rainforest Bouncer And Baby Heel Exposure
Here’s the one that surprised me. Our little guy is 15.5 lbs and loves to lie back and kick his legs. Unfortunately the location that holds the batteries on the Rainforest Bouncer doesn’t include a padded cover (see the beige element near the baby’s feet in any photo of the device). As baby kicks his or her legs her heels will strike the hard plastic case which honestly doesn’t appear to bother my son, but certainly bothers me. We’ve since added our own padding which resolved the issue, but it strikes me as a design oversight to have not addressed this out of the box. Additionally, given that his heels strike the box now, it won’t be long before it’s his Achilles and I can’t bear to watch that regardless how much it does or does not seem to bother him.
From Rainforest Bouncer To Baby Bjorn BabySitter Bouncer.
The other day I took the leap and ordered a Baby Bjorn BabySitter Balance Bouncer in hopes of addressing the issues listed above. The Bjorn BabySitter folds flat which will be great for travel, it has several settings to allow baby to rest at different angles, it includes a toy bar (so does the Rainforest Bouncer) for entertainment and it looks damn good. What it lacks is vibration, but I figure now that he’s got some bulk behind him my son will be able to produce his own bounce. The bouncer hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ll be sure to provide a review once it does and we’ve had some time to put it through his paces. If anyone out there has experience with the BabySitter please let me know.
8lbs 2oz at birth isn’t a terribly large baby. It’s certainly not small, but in the grand scheme of large babies passing through small holes its not huge either. That said, at 9 weeks the size difference between the Kidlet and other children of similar age is… ahem… noticeable. After a checkup we’ve been reassured that there’s nothing to worry about, that despite his being in the 95th percentile for virtually every measurement there’s no need to consider restricted diet. Everything is fine. That said I think I’ll take a more active role in positioning him beside things that de-emphasize is stature, at least until college scouts are able to start checking him out.
So to you, lady in the street who asked Kidlet’s age then virtually recoiled in shock, I say save your horror for the true monsters
They’re out there. Surely they are. Leave the Kidlet alone.
Absolutely. There is no question.
What frustrates me?
What frustrates him?
I would give almost anything to understand clearly what he’s trying to tell me. There’s nothing worse than a baby screaming a scream that’s different than you’ve heard before. Screaming so loud and hard that he almost drives himself to choke. Screaming so hard that he can’t focus on your face, or anything for that matter and darts his gaze from point to point in panic. A baby screaming to the point that he’s sweating. A baby screaming so that you see tears for the first time.
What frustrates me? Nothing of importance… other than the fact that I can’t always understand what frustrates him.
So we spent the last week on the other side of the country and we flew WestJet for this particular trip. This was our first trip with the little guy, and definitely the first time on a plane so we weren’t really sure what to expect. We spoke with friends about what advice they had for us based on their experience of traveling by air with babies and young children and the advice was good. Most of it we put into practice and I’ll outline that here for anyone who might benefit.
Before I get to the list let me say that the WestJet crew was great with us and made the trip as easy as it could have been. All were eager to help out, but us time when changing etc and generally making sure we were comfortable, aware of policies (in a friendly way) and happy.
I’ll edit this post as I remember additional items that may be helpful, but at minimum I hope the items above prove helpful to some.