[MrsTags reviews] Pockit Stroller

We don’t want to spoil Ellie when it comes to material things but we don’t want to sacrifice – quality, convenience and comfort that some material things offer. Recently we were in search for a compact, easy to expand and adjust stroller for her. The stroller that we got her makes her uncomfortable because the heat gets trapped on the pads making her sweaty and irritated most of the time. Don’t get me wrong we LOVE that Hauck stroller very much and it is with us even before she’s born.

My first choice is the Juniors Scooty Baby Buggy  I found in Babyshop. The price is very affordable at AED 149. This buggy systems has 5 point Harness system. It is also Compact and lightweight for storage  and features an umbrella style easy-to-fold system.  I love the price but I had a hard time adjusting and expanding it and it is still bulky – my husband wants a space-saving stroller this time.

We also looked at Maclaren, Chicco,  and Joie travel systems – these brands offers different options – some of the models are not as lightweight as I expected. The price ranges from AED 200 – AED 1600. Then my husband found the GB Pockit Stroller and that’s the end of the story.

The FOLDED GB Pockit Stroller

True to it’s description – lightweight folding champion! All we have to do is to just click on the buttons located on the handle and we can easily fold the whole thing and what amazes me is the size after it is folded.  In only two steps the buggy becomes a compact and feather-light handbag-shaped package –   30 x 18 x 35 cm to be precise.  Tags loved it and I know my husband when he wants something – he’ll test it and inspect all of the details and will even do online research about it. We found out that it has won awards and it won our approval too! If you’re interested you can check out Babyshop for this great find or you can visit online shops like mumzworld. I made several transactions with them before and everything went smoothly – from ordering to delivery.

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When it comes to our kids safety we always do our own research (like what my husband did!) to check reviews and product ratings too. I checked one post from MomStrollerReviews.com : Mom’s Picks: Top 20 Best Strollers for 2017. It is a good read since the author of the post concentrates on practicality a little more than style. :)

What stroller are you using? What are the special feature that you like about it?

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Toddler Care during SUMMER :)

Summer in the UAE is very different from summer time in the Philippines. Each season has its own charm and its own challenges. But whether it’s here in Dubai or in Manila, summer still brings with it scorching sun and hot winds. It is a big change for the little ones (even adults too!) But do not fret. I want to share with you a summer care guide to keep us and our munchkin comfortable and cool this summer. Most of what’s written here are advices from my mom, fellow moms and based on my personal experiences too.

  1. Dress them right.Wear light coloured clothing. – What our baby wears can help keep them cool. Whites and brights are nice to look at and very comfortable to wear during the hot season. Put on your checklist cotton clothes and say no to synthetic fabric at this time of the year – this can cause prickly heat rashes.
  2. Get a proper sun hat for your baby. Make sure it has a wide rim, and that it fits well. My mom already bought three different hats for Ellie.Take note that it’s best to avoid hats with elastic support which may constrict blood circulation.
  3. Stay indoors during the peak heat hours. Do I have to explain this further? It can cause heat stroke on adults and what more on our kids right?
  4. Choose suitable nappies.Remember that nappies tend to trap the heat, this can cause rashes and other types of skin irritation. We haven’t tried using the washable nappies that’s currently on trend. Ellie uses Pampers Premium Care because of the breathable materials note : micro pores help air circulation, allowing skin to breathe.
  5. Be HYDRATED.If your baby is younger than six months, and if you are exclusively breastfeeding, you do not need to give them water, even in hot weather. Babies who breastfeed whenever they wish do not get dehydrated. If your baby is formula-fed, you could offer him some boiled, cooled water in hot weather. For older babies who are already on solids, you could try milk shakes, fresh fruit juices and coconut water. These are refreshing and nutritious. Avoid sodas and caffeine-loaded drinks.
  6. Sunscreen. There lots of good brands out there just make sure to go for the mild sunscreen specially designed for babies and toddlers as they need to be protected from harsh sun too! Ellie’s Godmother – Geli, gave her The Honest Company Honest Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+. We also have Mustela High Protection Sun Lotion and the Nivea Sun KidsSunscreen. Costco-Find-Honest-Company-Honest-Mineral-Sunscreen-SPF-50.png
  7. Cool off with some water play. Summers are a good time to let your baby enjoy some water play. You can head out to the beach or even just the bathtub or a small inflatable baby pool with a little water and some bath toys. I noticed that Ellie or toddlers in general, love to splash around, so let them have fun. *But make sure that they are supervised – little ones can drown.. even with just few INCHES of water.
  8. An air conditioned room right after a bath is a NO NO. They can easily catch a cold and chills. Switch on the air conditioner only after they are fully clothed and their hair is dry. Whenever Ellie is sleeping or playing, we make sure that the cold air does not flow directly at her (my mom told me this). It’s also best not to take them into warmer areas just after she has been in an air conditioned room. Switch off the AC first.  We have to let our kids adjust to the warmth before taking him out.
  9. Protect them from mosquitoes.Dengue fever and even malaria are caused by stagnant water and dirty surroundings. So,regularly clean and change water. This will prevent the breeding of any insects. Use insect repellent creams on your baby.
  10. Use shades or eye goggles to protect their eyes. Some might say that this is too much… but please make sure that it has UV protection, after all that’s the reason why we are buying it for them  – and second is, of course,the undeniable cuteness.]

Summer time is a great time to spend outdoors with the family. We are excited to be back in the Philippines for our vacation. We will definitely go far south for the beaches or went far North to Baguio City.  Nothing is definite as of this time but Tags and I are sure that Ellie will enjoy her vacation this year.

Share the love, let me know how you take good care of your toddlers during summer? :)

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Why We Love Parenthood (And You Should, Too!)

Every child begins the world again.
Henry David Thoreau

It is almost two years when we received God’s greatest gift to us. 20 months today, Ellie, is our constant source of joy AND worry. Is it easy being a parent? NO. Is it a whirlwind of emotions that you’re always worried if you’re doing a great job? YES. Is it awesome, exciting and surprising in ways that even the most upsetting of days cannot be compared to the hugs and kisses? Definitely yes.

Parenthood is terror mixed with delight and wonder – a true representation of humanity.Tags shared that he is happy being a dad because he is witnessing how Ellie is growing and how she reaches her milestones and achievements and such moments are priceless.

When Ellie was born (still shiny and brand new), we were ecstatic that even when there’s no manual for her this is the best OJT ever!

Here are few reasons why we love the F A C T that we are (her)parents:

  1. Feeling those little hands curling around our fingers to hold us.Knowing that we are blessed to have her in our lives.
  2. Gazing in those bright little eyes and knowing that deep inside she loves us too.
  3. Seeing my husband show off Ellie to his relatives and friends.
  4. Watching Ellie’s chubby innocent face as she sleeps and I can’t help but wonder what the future will be for her.
  5. Buying cute baby clothes and accessories (swimwear included) even if she’s too little for those.
  6. The moment she started laughing and you laugh with her for no reason because her giggles are infectious like that.
  7. The unspoken bond we build with fellow dads and moms.
  8. We never thought that we got talents when it comes to singing and dancing and became instant healthy chefs for our little one.
  9. The joy of sharing your experiences during pregnancy and THAT unique birth story.
  10. Smelling the best scent in the world – your tiny fragile baby.
  11. When she starts to develop her personality as early as 13 months.
  12. HER first steps.
  13. Now we know the right things to say when friends are also expecting a baby.
  14. When you became a parent you will again start to appreciate simple pleasures e.g. a cute butterfly or the bright chubby star hanging on the ceiling.
  15. Waking up from her hugs and sloppy kisses (sometimes a slap or a kick too)
  16. Mastering the tricky art of MULTITASKING
  17. We became more aware of VALUES and MORALS and other things that we want to rub off on her.
  18. We now have a much deeper and better understanding about other families too. Example: Toddler crying and shouting at the mall.
  19. Who would have thought that we can carry 15kg toddler around the mall for hours because she likes to be carried after running around. I never thought my husband is that strong.
  20. Hearing her say Mama and Papa and we know that it’s us that she is calling.
  21. Watching her grow and reach her milestones and seeing little version of us  – in many different ways.
  22. When she start scribbling on her books, paper, walls, doors and other available surfaces – we didn’t get angry at her –  I posted it on Instagram instead.
  23. The pride inside us when she started to learn stuff and can answer us correctly. That’s our girl!
  24. The way she invades our bed – our cabinets – the whole room because of her stuff and the whole house – because she is everywhere!
  25. Ellie made us appreciate life even more… all babies do.
  26. Now,our hearts got special spaces for other kids too! There’s a certain hurt inside us when we see kids being abused and not treated the way they should be taken care of.
  27. Capturing moments with tons of photos because we know those moments will never happen again!
  28. The precious moments of teaching (more of influencing) her to love writing and books.
  29. When we see her taking good care of her stuff toys and giving them hugs and kisses and even sharing her bottled milk. Sharing is caring and she knows that already! OMG.
  30. Being a parent means  we are able to create and shape the future.

Parenting is difficult but overall it is amazing. Let’s not take our days as a parent for granted. Before we know it, we will be sending them off to college and then… I don’t want to get to the next part. The time we have with our kids is very limited. Let’s be the best parents we can be while they still need us because time flies so fast.Just yesterday,  I was looking at a picture of Ellie as an infant and now she’s 20 months! Even as I type those words I choke up. I don’t want to miss a moment. 

What makes you love the fact that you’re a parent?

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Stay-at-home Dad? Pwede.

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TEAM CHARMING woke up like this!

Brace yourself for some cheesy  post. 

NOPE. He didn’t resign from work.He took a day off. Daddy duties. 

Today I want to say thanks to my dear husband for  a lot of things.

Thank you for filing a leave for today. I know that it is a very busy week for you at work but you chose us. I know how difficult it is to file for personal leave in your office nowadays.

Thank you for waking up on time without waking me up or me to wake you up.

Thank you for bringing mom and Tita Marie to the airport for their exit. I know 4am is way too early for you and driving back and forth safely is not an easy task.

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Ellie loves it when you prepare breakfast for her and when you spend a lot of time with her looking outside the window and/or playing hide and seek plus your  singing and dancing sessions.

Thank you for cooking and cleaning the house and giving Ellie a bath and basically doing everything today. I am so proud and thankful of how I can rely on you for everything.

Thank you for sending me your charming pictures with our Ellie and how you combed her hair and instead of pig tails you copied Kenshin Himura’s hairstyle. I am amused. Like what I said “ang tunay na maganda pogi paminsan minsan”.

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HAIRSTYLE BY DADDY :P

Thank you for always putting me and Ellie first. I know that all of your efforts at work is for our family, future plans and family goals.

Thank you for being supportive and being consistently sweet and loving to us.

Thank you for making us laugh every single day.

I just realized how blessed we are to have you as my husband and Ellie’s dad. Thank you for  being a responsible partner in life.

I know that it is not easy to manage a household. This is just one day and you showed me how much I can rely on you from little to big things. Life is easier with you. Let me rephrase that..you make life easier for us.

Thank you.

Iloveyou.

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Some magic takes time.

I am stressing and freaking out over these crazy thoughts. I know that toddlers have their own pacing when  it comes to unlocking their milestones.  Ellie has always been a healthy bundle of joy and everything about her is just a-mazing. She is 18 months and still not talking. I am bit worried although we already check with her pediatrician about my concerns. Her pedia laughed about it. She said that I was overthinking. Some toddlers don’t talk until they are two years old. But I can’t wait anymore.

Some kids are early walkers and some are early talkers and there’s nothing to worry about. I read a lot of articles about milestones and really gave a lot of time when it concerns speech and language. So far I don’t have to worry about anything. If you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language development, there are some things to watch for. An infant who isn’t responding to sound or who isn’t vocalizing is of particular concern.

I have to keep in my head that every child is different. Children pick up language in stages, and kids may reach those stages at different times.  I just have to give her more time and I have to relax. With the sounds and gestures that she makes now, I know that it will be a handful when she can say words properly and start asking questions.

As parents our concern for our little ones are endless. When it comes to their milestones and health, growth and development everything is a BIG deal. We want the best things for them and sometimes we compare them to other toddlers as well and when they cannot do what another baby can do we worry. I am so guilty of this.Tags told me that even if Ellie cannot properly say words she can do things that other kids cannot. :) So I will stop this. All babies are heaven-sent and special in their own ways. After all, she is only 18 months and her magic will surprise us soon.

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