Do YOU KNOW About DIONO?!

I love when I get deliveries! I’m like a child at Christmas, waiting for Santa to deliver the goods! So imagine how happy I was to receive the Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat to my doorstep. I was in car seat heaven.

Upon opening the box, the very first thing I noticed was a “fun fact” sheet which told me weight capacities at each stage, safety features, comfort features and convenience features. Some of the points listed under each feature were as follows:

Weight Capacities

Safety Features:

Comfort Features:

Convenience Features:

On Diono’s website, I loved the various selection of colours to choose from.

When we were on our car seat journey with our baby girls (the oldest being 3 and the baby 5 months) and upon further research and review, one of the leading car seats to purchase was a Diono. The general overall consensus was that it was a GREAT car set, but was extremely heavy and quite large which didn’t fit with most vehicles. So truth be told, just based on those reviews alone, we went with another brand. However, I always found myself drawn to the brand and have several mommy friends who “absolutely love” their Diono car seat! So of course I had to revisit this, especially since the Summer 2016 arrival of our little squish.

I got hubby to do everything as I trust him more than myself to put anything together, especially when it comes to our girls. There were only a few pieces that had to be attached to the main body of the seat so, overall, very easy. The seat was all ready and set to come with me to my Holiday Tot Christmas Party!

Before packing up to head to my class, hubby showed me how easy it was to carry the seat by holding the red strap which tied around the seat. I did notice that the seat itself was a bit weighty but nothing like how heavy the reviews were saying it was. I was able to carry it in one hand essentially. Once I arrived, I set the seat up and snapped pics of the parents and toddlers trying the Radian out.

One by one, I watched and took pics of each mom and tot who decided to check out this gorgeous seat. I asked a few about it and some said they were looking at the seat but didn’t make a final decision where others said that they own a Diono and absolutely love it. Some of the moms pointed out that they own more than one and knew that Diono was just about the only car seat out there narrow enough to put three across the backseat of a motor vehicle to hold multiple children.

The moms found placing their toddler in the seat pretty simple and found buckling up very easy, once the tots quit squirming, of course. The side cushions were amazing and the moms found the back support, though rather tall to be surprisingly comfortable for their child.

The kids seemed to love the Radian RXT as well. I caught one of the girls playing with the buckles, trying to clip and unclip them. It was too cute.

Overall, It was determined that Diono is definitely a good sturdy well-structured car seat that will win anyone over who tries it.  For our 5 month old, I will definitely be using the Diono Radian RXT and I’m really excited to see how baby girl enjoys it once she is out of her bucket seat.

 

Holly Jefferd is  licensed sleep consultant with WeeSleep and services Durham Region. Holly provide parents with a customized plan to help their infants and toddlers become independent and amazing little sleepers. Helping them become the best sleepers they can be is all done in a positive, gentle and loving way. I help parents feel confident in the plan. I can help with non-sleepers, short naps, early wakings, multiple wakings, twins or any other sleep issue you may have.

The “Speedy Sleep” package is perfect for those who need sleep and need sleep FAST!

Are you pressed for time, exhausted, overwhelmed, and on a budget? Want a plan that is easy to follow, and one that you can commit and stick to without a full support package? If this sounds like what you need, you can be sleeping within 10 days!

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Mommy Connections Durham introduces you to programs and services available within your community. Our classes provide a unique learning opportunity as well as a fun way to bond with your child and other moms in a social environment.

Each week’s 90 minute class offers a topic that is important to a new mom as well as something for moms to do with babies. This allows for a unique bonding opportunity with your little one while still fulfilling your need to obtain information and be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement.

Each week’s class features a discussion lead by local experts, on topics relevant to your child’s developmental stage, as well as a demonstration of popular programs available to you within your community. Plus, all Mommy Connections Durham participants receive a swag bag full of samples, discounts & promotions from some of our National and LOCAL sponsors!

Classes we offer: Mommy To Be, Mom & Baby 1 (0 – 7 Months), Mom & Baby 2 (8 – 15 Months), Travelling Tots (16months – 3.5 years)

MOM TO BE: Leading experts prepare and inform the pre-natal mom for pregnancy, delivery and beyond

MOM & BABY Level I & II: Engaging new moms and babies through an interactive and educational weekly program

TRAVELLING TOTS: An interactive and engaging field-trip based weekly program, for both parents and toddlers to play, learn and develop

We also host Infant and Child CPR and First Aid Classes as well as various workshops throughout the year.

We Provide Educational and Social Connections for the Modern Family Before Baby and Beyond!

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Let Food At Ease – Personal Chef and Catering do all the work for you by providing gourmet meals. Together with Chef (and Owner), Karl Watson, you’ll plan a menu. Then sit back relax and enjoy the culinary experience which he brings to you.

Having gone to George Brown for Baking and Liaison College for French Cuisine, Chef Karl Watson knows his way around the kitchen and knows how to satisfy your palette.  Growing up, Karl discovered his love for cooking and would often assist his mother in the kitchen. After working in two very reputable restaurants in the GTA, he decided to take his culinary skills and love of cooking to the next level.

From small to large gatherings and events, Chef Karl will tantalize your taste buds with his knack for flavours and mesmerize you with his visual presentations. Watch on with your guests as he creates meals made to order, taking you on a culinary journey right in your own home.

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Chiropractic care plays such an important role in the support of both mom and baby throughout pregnancy and postnatally.
Dr. Michelle Frazier wants to offer 6 lucky mommies complimentary spinal examinations to use on yourself and/or baby!  Although your health should never have a price tag on it, each prize is a $100 value!!
For more information as to how Chiropractic can serve you please visit Dr. Michelle’s website  or her Facebook page .
“I cannot wait to meet you all and join you on your pregnancy and/or childrearing journey”.
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As the proud owner of FITMOM Durham, Jennifer helps women achieve their personal wellness goals and promotes healthy birth experiences for new and expecting moms. With over 15 years in the health & wellness field she brings extensive experience in group facilitation and public speaking, and is skilled in providing enhanced learning and fitness experiences for her clients.

In 2006 she also added the designation of Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator to her list of credentials. She has been teaching prenatal Lamaze classes for nine years to families across Durham Region. Her background in Adult Education, Group Facilitation and Public Speaking ensures that your group or private series is fun and informative. She is well known for her sense of humour and past participants often say that attending her classes was the highlight of their week! Jennifer is also a DONA trained Doula and feels privileged to provide labour support to the families she works with. Jennifer is also a Program Director for the Canadian Institute of Childbirth Educators. Currently it is the only Independent Canadian Program that trains future Lamaze Educators.

She regularly attends workshops and courses to ensure her knowledge regarding fitness and healthy birth practices for the childbearing mother, is current. In her free time, Jennifer, gives back to her community as an active volunteer with the Durham Family YMCA.

Most importantly, she is also known as Mom to two busy, growing boys Ben (10) & Jakob (6).

The FITMOM+ Baby Class is the most popular FITMOM indoor class! Shape and sculpt your body using your baby to provide added weight resistance. Each class is a full body workout designed to improve your core strength, burn fat and build muscle. You can expect to see longer, leaner arms, toned and shapely legs and smaller waistlines. Exercise without the guilt, meet other moms in your community and have FUN!

Please bring a structured carrier or wrap to this class.  Your baby will love snuggling with you while you wear him in your baby carrier and you will love the extra resistance that wearing your baby provides!

This class is suitable for mom’s +babies 6weeks+

(We welcome crawlers, walkers and tots)

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Who doesn’t love to dress up in costume for Halloween? Especially when you’re a toddler?! Carving pumpkins and making Halloween crafts can be awfully fun…and messy at the same time.

While one is busy having so much fun, who really wants to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes to wash their hands? Well, thanks to the X3 Clean Hand Sanitizer by Farleyco, the tots get that super clean finish which is (by the way) fragrance and alcohol-free!

At first glance, I was thinking, “Here we go again. Another hand sanitizer on the market” and to be honest, because of the many alcohol-based hand sanitizers on the market, I really wasn’t expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got my hands on the X3 and the kids loved it! I loved the sleek look of it. it wasn’t bulky and it was compact enough that it could fit nicely in your pocket. The kids felt a kind of independence because they were able to use it as it was great for tiny hands.

14894660_10154765522246055_1988115365_oA bonus feature that you can’t find on other sanitizers is the easy open/close spray top. This secures it so there won’t be any unexpected squirts. Just turn it open to use and turn it back to close the nozzle. Super easy to explain to the toddlers and easy enough for them to understand and do it themselves.

The X3 Clean is fragrance and residue free, non-stinging and completely safe for the kiddies to use which is wonderful since harmful germs frequently fly between toddlers in their busy, sleepless lives, it’s good to know that the germs are being killed in just one or two sprays. You can get 200+ sprays in every 8ml bottle so it should definitely last awhile.14895582_10154765390781055_170821786_o

Another unique feature to the X3 is that it does not have the typical lotion pump. Instead it has a spray nozzle which again adds to its ability to go anywhere with you. Another reason why I wasn’t a fan of hand sanitizers is because they are typically drying because of the alcohol content. But with the X3 Clean Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer, the dryness isn’t an issue and its non-existent.

14895687_10154765522681055_170283879_oBecause the sanitizer is triclosan free,one doesn’t have to worry about all the cancer-causing attributes triclosan has. It was a definite hit with the kids and it’s something I will definitely place in my toddler’s backpack when she goes off to preschool14876287_10154765391136055_942048700_o

 

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