BioGaia® ProTectis®  – Review

This review was written by Tara B, a mother of  a 6 month old

Everyone knows the importance of a healthy gut flora. Mostly baby’s gut health comes from mommy and breastmilk in first year. I was only able to breastfeed successfully for 4 months and after that I had to supplement with formula. Unfortunately, various formulas caused a lot of discomfort to my little one.

If you’ve ever dealt with a fussy gassy baby you become desperate to try anything to help. I did my research and read a lot about the importance and benefits of using probiotics for babies. I read how it can help with a gassy colicky baby and how in early life, a healthy gut plays a key role in shaping a babies immune development and helps prevent future diseases from occurring.

I wanted to make sure I was using a good quality probiotic, so I did my research and read lots of reviews and came across Biogaia probiotics. In a a few days to a week I started to notice a change –  my little one had a significantly less amount of gas and had noticeably less discomfort.

I would definitely recommend this product to any mom looking for a high quality probiotic. A tip that I found after using it, remember to shake the bottle before use it, as it helps it come out of the bottler easier!  I’m very happy with quality and am so thankful for the opportunity given to me to tryout and review this product!

BioGaia® ProTectis® is an evidence-based probiotic that’s been proven to soothe these common tummy issues in newborns and older children:

For colic and digestive health:





As an parent, educator, kinesiologist, coach and training, I have been working with children of all ages for the past 20 years I have researched and learned much about children and sport. For 15 years we have worked hard to develop a program at Prairie Fire Cheerleading that serves children, parents. We are very fortunate that organized sports in Canada are lead by talented, committed coaches and volunteers and Sport Canada has developed many resources to support athletes, parents and coaches. With the need to inform sport from a broader capacity the Sport for Life Society evolved in 2014 from 10 years of work supporting the expansive Canadian Sport for Life “movement.” The purpose of Canadian Sport for Life was to create cross-sectoral partnerships between sport, education, recreation, and health, while aligning community, provincial, and national sport and physical activity programming. Sport for Life has many resources that can be used by parents when making decisions about activities for children.

Fun vs Winning

Sport should be fun. Sport should be a place where children develop physical literacies and develop social skills like teamwork and self-dependence. Too many coaches and parents focus on the result, rather than performance: Winning should be the last priority.  A winning only attitude/organization leads to long-term failure as coaches forgo the development of skills to focus on specific game tactics that serve the game, not the athlete.

Fundamentals vs Specializing

Training fundamental movements that will serve today and in the future, will lead to the most success and excitement for sport. Too often, adult training programs are imposed on children and boys’ programs used for girls. Children are not small adults and girls develop differently than boys. As an example, younger athletes (6 to 8/9 years) need to spend more time developing basic movement skills and then (8/9 to 11/12 years) sport specific skills. As athletes get older, the focus should gradually shift towards fitness and tactics.

Many sports vs One sport

Athletes should not specialize in one sport too soon. After years of sport, teenagers will enjoy specialized competition but they will also crave the ability to be proficient in many movements, activities and sports. Parents need to support the efforts of athletes and encourage fair play, effort, skill development and individual improvements.

Failure vs Success

On the other side, overly protective parents, caregivers, rehabilitation facility staff, teachers, and coaches shield them from the bumps and bruises of childhood play. Sport is a safe place to make mistakes, take risks and learn from the wealth of experiences that come with sport. An ideal activity will balance enough challenge to encourage growth but enough success to motivate children to try again. Remember that most of a child’s learning comes within the struggle. It is a parent’s job to, without critique or judgement, be your child’s biggest fan, supporting them through the good and the bad.


Todd Knihnitski – Prairie Fire Cheerleading

Breastfeeding Struggles and How To Avoid Them

Breastfeeding your newborn can be a beautiful, convenient, peaceful bonding experience. It can also be a difficult, painful, frustrating, loose-your-mind-trying-to-make-it-work experience. Though breastfeeding is natural, it often doesn’t come natural to moms and babies and there are many potential issues that can arise. I see moms having all kinds of struggles while trying to breastfeed their newborn so I’d like to explain a few of the most common problems in hopes of increasing awareness and encouraging moms to seek help early and often so they can meet their breastfeeding goals.

One of the most common myths about breastfeeding your newborn is that it’s normal for it to hurt. While it may be uncomfortable for the first couple days as your nipples get used to around-the-clock nursing, it should not be so painful you are unable to nurse, and it shouldn’t cause trauma to your nipples, or make them bleed.

Nipple pain is often due to baby having a poor latch. This means that the baby is not positioning your nipple correctly inside their mouth while sucking, which leads to nipple pain and even nipple injury and bleeding. This can be fixed by encouraging baby to open wide while latching and by learning the best way to hold your baby while breastfeeding.

Another common cause of nipple pain and injury is a tongue tie or, less commonly, a lip tie in baby. What this means is that the baby has tight fibres under their tongue which prevent them from properly sucking the nipple. This improper suck can result in nipple pain for mom, the baby not getting enough milk, and mom loosing her milk supply. Tongue ties can be fixed with a very quick, very simple procedure done in our office.

Not having enough milk, or low milk supply, is another issue some breastfeeding moms struggle with. Many things can contribute to this including poor latch and tongue ties discussed above, not nursing often enough, and maternal or mother-specific issues. Maternal issues that can cause low supply include: thyroid or other hormone problems, previous breast surgery, or not having enough breast growth in pregnancy. You can increase supply your by frequently nursing baby or pumping, and we can help by starting prescription medications, called galatogogues, that promote milk production.

Some moms have the opposite problem and have an over supply of milk. This can lead to breast engorgement (over-filling), pain, and even infection. We can instruct you on how to decrease supply slowly and safely to avoid plugged milk ducts, which can lead to infection. Breast infections can make you feel very unwell and need to be treated quickly with prescribed antibiotics.

While the issues discussed above can definitely make breastfeeding your newborn frustrating and difficult, they can almost always be fixed. My goal is to help you meet your breastfeeding goals, whether your goal is nursing baby sometimes for a few months or exclusively breastfeeding into the toddler years and beyond.

I am delighted to see all moms and babies in my clinic. If you are pregnant and wanting to set yourself up for success, are struggling to breastfeed your newborn, are concerned your baby might be tongue-tied, or have any other questions about nursing your baby, I would love to help. You can ask your doctor, midwife, or lactation consultant to refer you to Cornerstone Medical Clinic’s Breastfeeding Clinic or you can call (306) 975-1262 to book an appointment.

More information about our clinic, including a referral form for doctors, can be found at

Here for all your breastfeeding needs,

Dr. Emily Sullivan, MD, MPH, CCFP



Palmers Products for Expectant and New Moms

Local Mommy and Blogger (Babies, Besties and Bubbly) Yessenia tried out 3 Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula products – massage lotion, massage cream and tummy butter.

I have never tried the brand Palmer’s previously before this package was sent to me! Since I have had eczema I felt very limited to lotion since everything I used was prescribed, steroid and unscented.

The massage lotion felt so soft on my skin. It was very easy to use since it had a pump dispenser. I applied it more of a full body moisturizer.

The massage cream was pretty thick compared for the lotion which is something I was used to. Having eczema most of my life cream was the only thing that worked or stayed on long enough for my skin to actually absorb. So I seemed to really focus this on my prone to stretch mark areas (tummy,legs, bum,breasts)

The tummy butter is solid form. I would put it in between my hands and rub in circular motions to warm up and once it was oily I would apply it when I could walk around with my shirt up or a bra on so that it could sit on my skin to dry. Instead of throwing clothes on it right away.

I’m glad to say I still haven’t got any stretch marks for my second pregnancy. But I can tell you that this formula is truly moisturizing I could feel it stay on for a very long time compared to any other. I’m very happy with quality and am so thankful for the opportunity given to me to tryout and review these products!

Summer is almost here and we’re excited to celebrate – Mommy Connections style!
Join us for a FREE community Picnic In The Park at John Lake Park on Sunday July 29th at 11am. We will be hosting these events across the country as a way for all of our amazing families to come back and reconnect with old friends you met through our programs. It’s also a chance for those of you who may not have experienced Mommy Connections, to come and see what we’re all about! This event is open to everyone, so feel free to bring a friend or two along! Kids of all ages are welcome, including those still in bellies 😉
We’re thrilled to have partnered with Panago Pizza for this event. They’ll be delivering complimentary slices of their delicious pizza for the first 100 guests to RSVP. Across the board Panago uses quality ingredients you can feel good about feeding your family including 100% Canadian wheat and cheese, pork and chicken raised without the use of antibiotics, organic Italian tomato sauce and zero artificial colours or flavours ever. Truly #qualityworthsharing – and a great go-to for busy weeknights and park parties alike!
In addition to lunch, there will be plenty of surprises and complimentary treats as well as Facepainting with Kreative Mum ($5/face)
The only catch is that you – and your guests – need to RSVP so we have enough food and freebies to go around. You can do that here:
We look forward to seeing you on July 29 for a great morning of outdoor fun at John Lake Park

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Halloween Party on Tuesday October 27th! I hope everyone had a great time!

Thank you to Kerry with Kerry’s Photography for taking the great photos (over 120 of them!)
Thank you to Tanya with My Smart Hands Saskatoon Baby Sign Language and Understanding Your Toddler for the great sensory area!
Thank you to Kelly with Move N Soar for the fun music area!
Thank you to Sylvia with Singing with Sylvia Fan Page for the great concert!

Here is a list of the lucky door prize winner.

Halloween Party Door Prize Winners:


Free Movies for Mommies Movie Pass and Book:

Trista Cave


Munchkin Gift Basket:


Andrea Garidia




Greg Parton


$25 Prairie Wind Alpacas Gift Certificate


Maureen Hrbackek


50% off any Mommy Connections 6-8 week program:

Natasha Solvason and Vanessa Shannon

Please email to claim!

We have a great guest blog entry from Tanya with My Smart Hands Saskatoon addressing the commonly heard myth that teaching your baby, toddler, or speech delayed child baby sign language (ASL signs) will delay their verbal speech


While at a trade show yesterday I met many families who have used sign language, were interested in taking sign language classes or my past signing families! I enjoy hearing stories about how signing has positively impacted a family and how they are able to communicate with their young children. The best feedback I received yesterday was how a family can see how their child feels empowered to be able to communicate with her parents!

However, there was many parents who expressed concern that using #ASL signs with their children may delay natural speech and language. The short answer is no! I think the confusion is due to the fact there is often confusion between  speech and language. Here is a great link explaining the difference:  (this blogger is a Speech and Language Pathologist).

When a child is using baby sign language (ASL signs) they are using language, and bridging the gap to meaningful communication! How wonderful is it that a non-verbal baby or a late talking toddler is able to use a true language to communicate their needs and have a sense of empowerment over their environment?

The Mayo Clinic promotes the use of Baby Sign Language stating, “Baby sign language — when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language — can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.”

To read full article:

Our classes are also language rich as teach baby sign language through music, signing, movement, sensory activities. we encourage parents to constantly talk with their children while using baby sign language to support and encourage verbal English.

Please feel free to ask me any questions!

Tanya Myrfield-Wofe – BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Instructor, and Parent Educator

My Smart Hands Saskatoon

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“It is vital when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect their hearts” ~Dalai Lama

I was fortunate to be given the chance to review Boiron Coryzalia. I have an 8 month old daughter and a 2.5 year old and we do our best to use natural remedies for both of them. See my review below

Boiron Coryzalia
Cold (1 month – 6 years)
Nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing

Boiron offers a full line of homeopathic medicines for children under 6. Coryzalia relieves cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose and acute rhinitis in children ages 1 month and up. Available in easy-to-administer drinkable unit-doses, Coryzalia is sugar-, dye-, and preservative-free.

Why choose Coryzalia?

Parents and children alike will appreciate the ready-to-use, sterile water–based unit-doses, which are faster and easier to administer than ever. No mixing, no measuring, no fuss! And because they’re a cinch to tote, they’re a must for your travel bag as well as your home medicine cabinet.



This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

Since having children my husband and I have become very aware of the products we use and we do our best to use  natural products with both our children. Health Canada has issued a warning to parents about some over the counter cold medications – they have found very few studies that prove over-the-counter or pharmaceutical-based cough and cold products work effectively on children under 6. However Coryzalia has been approved by Health Canada for children under 6 years of age.

I was excited to receive our samples of Boiron Coryzalia. Shortly after receiving our samples my then 3 month old came down with a cold. With her being so young I was very cautious about what I wanted to give her for her symptoms.She developed a very stuffy nose and started breathing out of her mouth which was very problematic when it was time for her to nurse. She would latch out for a couple second and then would unlatch to take a breathe and then re-latch – over and over again! She wasn’t able to nurse effectively which resulted in a not so happy baby.

I gave my daughter one of the pre-packaged doses of Coryzalia in an attempt to help clear her stuffed up nose. It was very quick and easy to administer the dose. I easily twisted the cap off and then did a couple squeezes of the remedy into my daughters mouth. She is a breastfed baby and therefore often spit out anything else but to my surprise she drank the liquid with no problems and did not attempt to spit it out. My husband who had watched my daughter struggle to nurse, and who had just recently introduced to homeopathy was very skeptical – he didn’t think a small package of clear liquid would do anything for our daughter.

To his surprise and my relief within about 15 minutes of taking the remedy by daughter was able to breath out of her nose again. She attempted to nurse again and was able to do so successfully without having to struggle for air through a stuffed up nose!

Like most colds this one lasted a couple days. We used the Coryzalia remedies a couple times a day for 2 days and then once on the last day. Each time it worked great and quickly to clear her nose. The individual doses were great for throwing into the diaper bag when we were on the go and I didn’t have to worry about bring along a measuring spoon or anything.


We have used the Coryzalia remedy with my youngest twice now and my oldest once. All 3 times it worked great for both our children. I would and have recommended Coryzalia to other parents whose children have a cold and are suffering with the symptoms.



For More information about Coryzalia check out their website

Health Canada Concerns About Children’s Medication


I was fortunate to be given the chance to review both the Could b Tranquil Frog and the Alligator Twilight Buddies. I have an 8 month old who is not the best sleeper around and a 2.5 year old who is newly completely off her soother. I have been able to use both products for about a week and a half now.  See my review below


Tranquil Frog



Tranquil Frog is a multi-sensory plush night light, sound soother, and calming companion all in one. Based on pediatric sleep research, Tranquil Frog combines soothing sights and sounds to help your little one fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. With the touch of a button, Tranquil Frog projects a magical underwater light effect with a gentle wave motion and plays either white noise or a soft lullaby to help ease children to sleep. Turn any room into a peaceful oasis!



This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

When I heard I would be reviewing the two Cloud b products I was excited. Like many moms I’m always looking for things to help us with our bedtime routine that will help both my daughters get to sleep as quickly and painlessly as possible! My 8 month old daughter is still in our bedroom, we are in the process of transitioning her to  her crib in her own room but it hasn’t been going so well!

Once receiving the Tranquil Frog  we set it up in our room and turn it on during naps and bedtime. From the first time we turned it on Izzy was in love with the lights – she was completely mesmerized and calmed by them. One thing we are working on with her is putting her down to sleep awake so she gets used to falling asleep on her own – this wasn’t going too well! However, once we started using the Tranquil Frog this seemed to change – I was able to nurse her and lay her down awake, turn on the Tranquil Frog and leave her. She would lay and watch the lights on the ceiling and this really seemed to calm her down and help her relax and fall asleep.


I also really like the white noise and music options – with a two year old in the house naps/bedtime can sometimes be interrupted by a not so quiet big sister. I found that by turning on the sound Izzy was able to stay asleep for longer and would not wake to the household sounds.

The Tranquil Frog is very easy to use – my 2.5 year old will sometimes set it up for Izzy at nap time. With the push of a button you can turn on the lights. The lights project a gentle wave motion on the ceiling and walls which is very calming – you can also turn the light so it does not move, but still gives the feeling of being under water. You can easily switch between the white noise and song and  I really like the adjustable volume.


For us the Tranquil Frog worked very well with our daughter in helping her get to sleep and stay asleep – and like every mom knows the more sleep your little one can get the better!____________________________________________________________________________________________

Twilight Buddies – Alligator


Twilight Buddies™ are ultra-cuddly friends that help ease children’s fear of the dark by projecting a starry night sky onto bedroom ceilings and walls. Hidden within the soothing starry projection are the moon and 3 constellations! Little ones find instant soothing companionship with the fun and cuddly animal collection that can travel with them wherever they go.



This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

I was excited to try out the Twilight Buddy – about a month ago we completely weaned our 2.5 year old from her soother, which she used a every nap and bedtime! Bedtime used to be fairly easy – we would do our routine and send her to bed with her soother and she would fall asleep fairly quickly and would stay in bed. Once we removed her soother she started getting up out of her bed multiple times, knocking at her door – sometimes for hours before she finally crashed. We were willing to try anything to help!


The first night with her new Twilight Buddy we did our usual routine and then we turned on her Alligator Twilight Buddy. The Twilight Buddy has 3 different colours – either blue, green or orange – or you can have it alternate between all 3 colours. Addie’s favorite colour is orange so she asked for the stars to be orange. We then sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I left the room. I was expecting to hear her knocking at her door within a few minutes, but to my surprise I didn’t – she stayed in bed, didn’t get up once and went to sleep quickly. I was completely amazed – it had been a month since we had such a smooth bedtime routine.  We continued to use the Twilight Buddy at bedtime and continued to get the same results.

The Twilight Buddy is very easy to use – a button to turn it on and off with and then a button for each of the 3 colours. I like how the stars will be projected for a long enough time that Addie is asleep by the time they turn off automatically – which is great as I don’t have to try and seek in and turn it off and risk waking her.

11870728_10207030316577218_3794947757039102074_nBoth Cloud b products worked very well with our children and help both of them to fall asleep quicker and easier on their own. Sleep is so important for our growing little ones and I know with our daughters you can always tell by their mood how well or not so well they slept the night before. I would definitely recommend these products to other parents.

For more information check out Cloud b’s website or Facebook page:


I was fortunate to be given the chance to review the BRICA Push to Close Extending Metal Safety Gate. I have a newly on the move 8 month old daughter and a 2.5 year old. I have been able to use the gate for a couple days now.  See my review below

Munchkin BRICA Extending Metal Gate

The Extending Metal Safety Gate by Munchkin has no unsightly adjustment holes along the bars, and is equipped with a unique tilting spring mechanism to reduce stress on walls every time its used. The spring mechanism allows the gate to tilt open or close, which minimizes pressure applied on walls. Handy quick-release settings allow for quick and easy removal when needed, too. Safe for use anywhere in the home (especially in the stairway), this hardware-mounted baby gate stands 30.5″ tall and fits openings 27.5″-45″ wide.



This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

I was excited to receive the BRICA gate – with an 8 month old and 2.5 year old I have used a few different gates and I’m always looking for something that is easy to use. I found that this gate was fairly easy to assemble. I liked how easy it was to set to the width of our hallway and the fact that it doesn’t have the adjustment holes along the top and bottom of the gate. It took us about 1/2 hour to get the gate assembled and mounted. The instructions were just diagrams, not written instructions, which made some steps a bit more difficult to follow, but it wasn’t too complicated.

The gate can easily be opened with one hand, which as a mom is very important as we always seem to have our hands full! The handle is easy to use for adults, but not for children, which is great as I don’t have to worry about my daughter opening it. It is also easily closed – I can ask my 2.5 year old to close it and she is able to with no problems. Another added bonus is you can choose which way the gate opens – towards you or away from you.

The gate locks securely at both the top- and the bottom, making the gate very solid – which is very important with a not so gentle toddler who likes to stand on and pull things! Unlike some gates, the BRICA does not have a bar across the bottom, that could be a potential tripping hazard, which is very important if you are wanting to mount the gate at the top of the stairs.

Overall I really like the product! We felt confident that it would keep our girls safe, which is the most important thing. I highly recommend this product to ay family looking for a gate.

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– Easy to use, secure locking mechanism
– Can swing both in and out
– The lack of adjustment holes makes the gate more aesthetically appealing
– No bar at the bottom as a potential tripping hazard
– Gate can be adjusted to fit a variety of different sized openings

– Instructions were sometimes hard to follow without words, just diagrams



Available online at Babies R Us


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