Product Review: Uchi Ltd.’s Aqua Twist Baby Carrier

I am so excited to be getting to share with you this product review. So many times I have thought it would be great if there was a carrier you could wear in the water, then I could take both my boys to the pool. So when Uchi Ltd. approached me to do a product review I was very excited.

Company:

Uchi is a local business recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast, that makes baby carriers from amazing fabrics, specializing in hot weather carriers, they have been a member of the BCIA since 2012 (Baby Carrier Industrial Alliance). The Maker Mariela Wilhelm is a Critical Care nurse turned product developer. Her products are ethically made in Canada.

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Maker:

Mariela Wilhelm, is a mom of four beautiful children ranging in age from 12 – 30. Growing up in Chili and France Mariela is fluent in both Spanish, French and English. Mariela used to be a critical care nurse, which she represented Alberta as a medical Inventor at Medica 2013, showcasing her neonatal kangaroo care wrap. She currently resides in the Sunshine Coast with her husband and two young children.

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Product:

Two Tone Aqua Twist Baby Carrier – Can be worn both while wet and while dry. This is the second aqua wrap made by Uchi ltd. They also have an aqua wrap.

Fabric:

Soft mesh model Jersey Fabric, polyester blend.

Restrictions:

Weight between 6 – 26 lbs due to light weight of fabric

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Where can you find the product:

You can purchase the product online, on Esty, in Gibson’s at Peggy Sue’s Gift boutique, in Powell River in Seaside Aenfae. She can also be found sporadically at Langdale Ferry Terminal, Sechelt Farmers market and Shipyards Night Market in North Van on Friday Nights this summer. Be sure to check out her  Facebook page for more information on where she will be.

Shipping:

Production takes 1-5 days, then it shipped via expedited small business service. I received my package within 4 days of being shipped.

Product Review:

First impression:

My first impression of the product is that it is very light weight. The fabric is super breathable.

Testing out of water:

The first time I put it on I found following the instructions very easy and was able to put it on fast and with ease. After wearing him for an hour or so he came out not sweaty and seemed to really enjoy it. I liked it for using it in the garden or outside in the heat as I didn’t find it overly heavy like I have found other carriers/wraps that I have used.

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Testing it out in the water:

I absolutely loved wearing this in the water. Brooks really enjoyed being in it in the water, and it was surprisingly very easy to wear in the water. I took him out and put him back in and doing so was easy even with the fabric being wet. I found the fabric remained light weight while wet and not too heavy.

 

Favorite thing about the product

My favorite thing about this wrap is that I do not have to worry about Brooks getting too hot, something we often forget as moms with small babies is just how easily they get too hot. So, for me a Huge win is that this is a lightweight carrier for the summer. Its definitely for moms with babies in the summertime. I also like how it doesn’t take up a lot of space, so it easily fits in my diaper bag without being too bulky. Its very easy to clean as well. I’ve washed mine a few times and hung it to dry and it shows no signs of wear.

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Contest:

I love this product and want more people to experience it. So I have partnered with Mariela, to give away 1 wrap to a lucky winner, All you have to do is follow @uchiwraps and @monsterzmama on Instagram, tag a friend (each tag is as entry). For extra entries share it in your Instagram stories tagging both @uchiwraps and @monsterzmama (if your private unfortunately it will not be seen)

Contest ends June 16th at Midnight Winner will be announced June 17th at 12pm PST.

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28-day Kegel Challenge with The Vagina Coach

After giving birth to Pearce 3.5 years ago, I have often thought things felt different down there. At first, I thought it was normal to feel that way after childbirth. But since I have read a lot about how it isn’t normal – oddly enough I thought, ah I will just wait to figure it out after I give birth to my second, maybe it’ll straighten things out. Funny enough since becoming a Mom I often put my health and my well being second to everyone else’s and given that it doesn’t affect me directly and I am not in a lot of pain. I have now ignored my feelings for nearly four years. When the opportunity came for me to take part in the Kegel Challenge, I was excited. It was finally time for me to make myself and my health a priority.

Something I struggled with previously after Pearce and that I have been hearing woman complain about my whole life is the “Mommy Pouch” all I hear them say is my baby gave me this Mommy pouch and I am never going to lose it, But what if I told you that the Kegel Challenge can help? Kegel exercises can engage your deep transversus abdominis which are the deep abdominal muscles that when activated will reduce the Mommy Pouch. Kegels not only help with the Mommy Pouch; they also help to reduce pain during intercourse. Intercourse should be enjoyable for both parties, and it should not only happen to satisfy your partner. By doing Kegels you will improve blood circulation in the pelvic floor and the vagina, which will increase your sexual arousal and decrease the pain during intercourse.

 

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Maybe your problem is a urine problem? Well Kegels got you there too! By doing Kegels you are strengthening your muscles which prevent urination and will make it less likely to have Urinary incontinence. Its also important to note that Kegels are a big factor in helping with Prolapsed bladder (our bladder is held in a position by supportive pelvic floor muscles and tissue – as pictured above. When tissues are stretched and or become week they can bulge through the layer into the vagina). Symptoms of a Prolapsed Bladder: Discomfort or pain in the pelvis, ball type tissue in the vagina, difficulty urinating, frequent bladder infections, and stress incontinence. By doing Kegels when you have a prolapsed bladder you can help to strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and can often significantly improve the prolapsed bladder depending on the severity. Also, by doing these exercises consistently through the challenge you will see better results as many women tend to do Kegels infrequent therefor taking longer to build the strength of their muscles.

Now to give you the goods, Starting May 21st , the amazing “Vagina Coach” Kim Vopni has designed a 28-day Kegel Challenge designed to help you learn how to properly perform a Kegel, which oddly enough 30% of woman aren’t performing correctly. It has also been proven when performed regularly you can achieve the following benefits reduced back pain, reduced pelvic pain, less pain during intercourse, and reduced incontinence – some have even seen symptoms disappear completely. Woman have also found that from completing Kegels regularly they have been able to lift heavier weights with more control, hold their bladder for longer, their abdominal muscles become stronger and their mid section becomes more toned – bye bye Mommy Pouch. The challenge is all through an easy to use App called “Obii” which notifies you daily of your challenges to complete. You also have a chance to win one of 2 Color Gradient Mat Yoga Mats.

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I am taking part in this challenge as I have often felt that going to the bathroom is uncomfortable and takes a lot of thought since having my son. It doesn’t flow as easily as it once did, I also am unable to hold my bladder as long as I used to. Not to mention losing the Mommy Pouch, I was unable to lose after having my first son would be a huge bonus. If you want to join me over the next 28 days Starting May 21st on this challenge use discount code Minimonsterz for $10.00 off. With this discount code you get the 28-day challenge for $17 instead of $27, for that low price how could you not put your body first and give yourself the best opportunity to feel like you again! I am so excited to take part in this challenge and will tell you all about it once done, unfortunately the code only applies for the challenge starting on May 21st, so let’s do it together!! Sign up here.

xOx Chelsea

Hospital Bag

As many of you know I am in my third trimester and have been spending the past few weeks getting my hospital bag ready, and this involves unpacking and repacking a few times. Making lists of things to pick up, and things to add, and taking out things I have changed my mind about only to re-add them later – typical indecisive pregnant lady thoughts.

When I gave birth to my son I went super basic, and my mom had to bring me stuff from her house because there were so many things I didn’t think of. But I’ve decided to share with you what I am bringing, and what I will be using from the hospital

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Mom’s Bag: 

  1. This time I opted for a house coat, last time we had so many visitors come to the hospital, Pearce was a bit of a traumatic birth, and it was really uncomfortable to be nursing, and having all my husbands friends around, and just sitting in a hospital gown or my mothers night-gown she brought me which was not nursing friendly. I got my house coat from Pink Blush Maternity, I went for a mid-length one and am really pleased with the quality.
  2. As stated below it was really difficult to breast feed in the night-gown my mom brought me and the last thing I wanted to wear was pants LOL. So I opted this time for 2 night gowns. One black one that is a tank top style from the Gap, and One that is a T-shirt Style from Thyme Maternity, Both will be great for breast-feeding and are long enough that I feel comfortable and aren’t too thick as I tend to run hot even when I am not pregnant!
  3. I also packed a pair of flip-flops – for showering at the hospital, and a pair of slippers for walking around at the hospital. – no specific type or brand
  4. I packed my favorite pillow and put an extra pillow case on it (that’s black – self-explanatory)
  5. When I gave birth to Pearce I did not buy ANY nursing bra’s prior, my thought was that I don’t want to spend the money and not be able to nurse, as I know so many woman who struggled with this. This time I purchased a few soft ones from Amazon, (since my boobs changed so much after the initial engorgement I will wait to buy any wire or supportive ones till that happens). I purchased a 4 pack of nursing bra’s from Amazon, they came with back extenders which is so nice when you first give birth. They were 4 for $39.99 which is pretty hard to beat (black, pink, beige and white)!
  6. I always like to pack my own towel and face cloth, just because I do like to shower after giving birth and having one from home just makes you feel more comfortable, and I have an obsession with washing my face with really hot water with a face cloth a few times a day.
  7. I packed a going home outfit – A pair of baggy sweat pants, a t-shirt and a sweater, nothing fancy, Comfort is key for me. As well as Warm Socks for the cold hospital floor when my slippers are too far away.
  8. Nursing pillow, I just have a jolly jumper one that I got when I was pregnant with Pearce, I didn’t find that I used it too much, except for at the hospital

Toiletry Bag:

  1. Loofa – This is self-explanatory, I bring a new loofa whenever we go anywhere.
  2. Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray – I didn’t have this spray with my son but I opted for it this time, just knowing how things feel down there before and after labor, so Far I have found it really helpful.
  3. K’Pure Smooch Lip Balm , K’Pure Get Closer Deodorant  & K’Pure Keep Going spray
  4. So Luxury Sitz Bath – I packed this as I plan to put it in my spray bottle for my bottom bits after labor!
  5. Then I packed your regular travel toiletries

For My Hub:

  1.  Change of Clothes – with Extra socks
  2. I Packed a sweat shirt this time for him as last time he was very cold.
  3. Snacks – I made some pumpkin muffins and froze them that we will grab on our way out the door and other snacks I know he will like
  4. Toiletries
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For The Baby:

  1. I grabbed the Baby Starter Kit from K’Pure Naturals as it came with everything I would want for the hospital, I have used the sleepy time bath stuff on my son since he was an infant. The Numpfer baby cloth is so incredibly soft compared to what the hospital provides.
  2. I packed 4 Sleepers, my last birth we were in the hospital for a few days so I wanted to pack a few to be safe
  3. I packed So Luxury Coco Oat Bath  – Depending on babes skin I may use this instead of the K’Pure sleepy time.
  4. I packed 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of hand mits to cover babe from scratching
  5. I packed 4 diapers and a pack of wipes – I plan on using the diapers from the hospital so these were just extra.
  6. I packed 1 Muslin receiving blanket (I always used this as a breast-feeding shield with my first), 2 regular cotton receiving blankets, and 1 blanket to go over the car seat
  7. Take Home outfit for girl and Take home outfit for boy – I like to pack a different outfit for each gender so its obvious what we have in the picture. This time I got the outfits from Jax and Lennon.
  8. Nipple leaking pads – its unlikely that I will be leaking at the point of leaving the hospital because my milk most likely won’t have come in yet, but they’re packed just in case
  9. I also packed little knit skates we got made for my son, we didn’t know the gender of my son either so we had Pink, and blue laces made so I have packed them as well for babe to come home in. Below is a picture of the one I got in case its a boy, But I also got a matching bow so it can work for both!

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Its getting down to the final days of this pregnancy and I am so excited to meet this little bean and find out if it’s a boy or a girl, and to just really take some time to bond as a family of 4. Whether baby comes early, on time or late, I know that it is going to be an experience all its own!

xOx Chelsea