Little Tot’s Hair Shop

Location:  1926 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H5 
Website: http://www.littletotshairshop.com
Hours:Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm Saturday: 9am to 5pm Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Cost: I believe it was about $20

I have been cutting my son’s hair myself since he was born, and I confess it’s been cut quite badly. I finally decided it was time to take my son somewhere for a first professional haircut. Most kid’s shop have mixed reviews including this one but I did have an overall good experience and the ball pit was a huge hit. Continue reading “Little Tot’s Hair Shop”

Holiday Family Fun Day in Support of New Mom Project

Location:  Ralph Thornton Community Centre
Website: http://www.newmomproject.ca/nmp-holiday-family-fun-day/
Date: Sunday, December 9 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10 per child, accompanying adults are free.  Tickets can be purchased here.

I normally post ongoing programs I have tried but I wanted to share an upcoming charitable event at the Ralph Thornton Community Center. This is in the same building as the Queen and Saulter library.

The new mom project is a great charitable organization supporting new moms and babies in need. If you are looking for a holiday event for the kids this is great because 100% of proceeds are charitable.

From their website:

Come out for a day of fun with the kids and a chance to see some creative gift ideas from our vendors just in time for the holidays! Photo mini sessions with Pictonat Photography, a large array of Silent Auction items and free gift bags for the kids. A chance to meet Santa and tell him your wish list!

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Mama Mobile Massage

Location:  Your House
Website: https://mamamobilemassage.com/
Hours: Flexible, including Saturdays
Cost: $113, no travel fees, RMT receipts

I recently had a great prenatal massage from mama mobile massage. Their business model is such a great concept and it’s something I want to do again when baby two comes along. I got a few massages in the year after Jacob was born, but it was often very stressful to schedule for the first 9 months or so since he was hard to predict and could be very fussy. Continue reading “Mama Mobile Massage”

Little Rebels Music

Location:  Various or host in your house
Website: https://www.littlerebelsmusic.com/
Hours: Classes are 9:00am – 3:00pm weekdays, birthday parties more flexible
Cost: Depends on group size. Birthday party was $150

I didn’t get a chance to join or host a little rebels music class while I was on maternity leave but I recently booked them for my sons second birthday. It was honestly the best decision I made for his birthday. The instructor, Samantha, was so enthusiastic and had so much energy she really made my son excited. Continue reading “Little Rebels Music”

Bud’s Coffee Bar

Location:  11966 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H8
Website: https://www.facebook.com/budscoffeebar
Hours: Sundays: 8am-6pm, 6:30am-7:00pm

Bud’s is a small boutique coffee shop with the advantage of having a small play space in the back with a chalk board and some toys. I stumbled upon this when I was taking my son for a haircut in the beaches and I’ve gone back since when I wanted a change of scenery.

There are so few things open Sundays and sometimes I just need a change of scenery and to get out of the house for a little bit. I think bud’s is perfect for that. They have good coffee and a small selection of pastries.

 

Mumnet Spring Session Starting Now

Beaches Location:  470 Woodbine Ave, Toronto (inside St. Johns Norway)
Website: https://www.mumnet.ca/Programs
Hours: Various weekday mornings
Age: Childcare available for a variety of ages
Cost: Varies by session length and if you need childcare

Mumnet is an awesome mom group. It offers a great fitness class (with childcare) and a great discussion group after. They also have lots of great speakers: sleep consultants, parenting experts, etc.

I’m sorry but I thought BeauGen breast pump cushions sucked

I didn’t start this blog to review products. I started it mostly just as a diary of me and my little mans early days and to hopefully help out other moms in the area. That said I get pretty annoyed when every blogger online who reviews products got sent them for free. Not to mention that they are so desperate to get sent other free products they don’t date leave a bad review. Like seriously if a mom blogger has NEVER disliked something you should probably take her review with a grain of salt.

I ordered these breast cushions out of desperation. After being back to work for a few months and pumping once a day I was in agony. I had ordered smaller flanges, larger flanges, nothing seemed to work. I balked at the price (well more the shipping) $20USD for lettermail to Canada? You’ve got to be kidding me. The shipping plus price came to 40 canadian but I was desperate so what could I do.

Not Comfortable At All

I tried these over the course of a week. Following all there fitting tips. Different sized flanges, folding it over to double up, etc. No matter what I did it ranged from either being neutral or worse.

Not Sanitary At All

These cannot be sterilized. So to start they are absolutely not safe for a newborn. Further, they are are like a lint and dust magnet. It actually boggled my mind. I would wash them so thoroughly in hot soapy water and my the time I got my breast pump set up they seem to have collected every piece of dust in the air.

Not Returnable

Of course these can’t be resold but I would hope a good company would stand behind their products. I was so frustrated after using them for a week. I think I actually cried to my husband that it would never stop hurting so much.

I’m happy to say 3 months after I quit using these pumping is more bearable. I switched permanently to a smaller flange and run on a lower setting but more than anything I think I just got use to it. It just rubs a different way then nursing and I think your body needs to adjust a bit.

Maybe these might help some moms but they didn’t help me.

Cherry Street YMCA

Location:  461 Cherry Street
Website: https://ymcagta.org/find-a-y/toronto-cooper-koo-family-cherry-st-ymca-centre
Hours: Check Schedule
Cost: $100/month (as of Feb 2018)

The cherry street YMCA provides various fitness classes with childcare as well as a playground for children and gym time. There are also swimming lessons for young children. Full schedule online. The play area includes a small infant room and large play structure for walkers. Continue reading “Cherry Street YMCA”

Monarch Park Stadium Toddler Time

Location:  1 Parkmount Rd, Toronto
Website: http://www.monarchparkstadium.com/programs-events/toddler-playtime
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 9am-noon, November 7, 2017 – April 19, 2018
Age: 0-5
Cost: $7, babies not walking are free

Throughout winter monarch park stadium is open for toddler time. While the stadium is heated when we went there it was -22 outside and the heaters could not keep up with the cold. It was quite chilly still inside probably a little above zero. My guess is it wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t such extreme cold though. I wished I had brought a mid-weight jacket.

Still despite the cold baby J loved it. There are tons of balls, ramps to climb, tunnels, and a bouncy castle, etc. He never wanted to go back to the changeroom area to warm up. Continue reading “Monarch Park Stadium Toddler Time”

Fitness with Child Minding in East Toronto

Here are some places to exercise in Toronto when you have baby (or a toddler in tow).

MOVE Fitness

Move fitness is a women’s only studio in Leslieville with several time minding time slots. Including one on saturday which is rare. I have heard from other moms that their kids actually ask to go there because they like the playroom so much. It’s very busy on Saturdays in the kids room though so I might not take a very small baby on the weekend that gets easily overwhelmed. The emphasis of move fitness is strength training. The facility is extremely nice with all the amenities you could want and new equipment. It is on the pricier side but you get what you pay for. It would be nice to see more cardio focused classes though and they also don’t have a lot of mid-afternoon classes.

See their schedule here: http://www.movefitnessclub.com/schedule/

Child minding info here: http://www.movefitnessclub.com/kids-programs-1/ Continue reading “Fitness with Child Minding in East Toronto”