My Baby Planet

I have to say, motherhood has taught me so many life lessons. It sounds crazy, especially since my son is only a year and nine months old haha, but seriously, taking care of a baby has been quite the challenge for this new mom. The learning curve is steep, especially during the first three months after the baby is born. There are so many little trials, triumphs and defeats that happen on a daily basis, that one is just left amazingly overwhelmed. And it doesn’t end–the cycle continues each day, until I guess your baby becomes more independent (I’m assuming this is when he is in college haha).

I know, I am still in the beginning stages of motherhood, so I cant look that far ahead. But boy, was it a crazy first year. It’s like from being pregnant, you’re supposed to instinctively know what to do and become this perfect caregiver (weirdly enough, I imposed this on myself which was really unnecessary). Of course, we all know the ending to this story–we moms make mistakes and are far from perfect. It is actually our babies who do most of the work (nope, they don’t just eat, sleep, poop, repeat). They are our most patient teachers, who try to mold us into the parents we are meant to be. It is really a give and take, and the relationship relies mostly on trust and instinct.

Gosh, I remember how crazy I felt during those days. I could not leave the house because I was still getting used to taking care of another human. At the same time, my body was healing and getting over postpartum depression. It was a crazy time–I depended mainly on my husband to run the house and replenish anything we consumed like food, toiletries, house supplies and diapers. I remember wishing there were a site I could go to for all my baby needs; a service that will deliver what I need straight to my home. There were so many things that needed to be done and there was not enough time to do them. Having this convenience would’ve made my life so much easier. (It’s a good thing I had a great support group of positive moms, like the Baby Barangay and Maricel and Beng of The Parenting Emporium.)

That’s why I was all smiles when I found out there is actually an all-in-one baby shopping website that delivers. Finally, a site where you can buy anything from diapers, baby bath products, detergent, toys, things for the nursery–you can get them all from http://www.mybabyplanet.ph! They are the same people behind SNR, so you can be assured of their quality and service. And seriously, they are so complete. Anything a mom needs for her baby and herself is there! ❤

I attended the opening of their first store: it is located in Puregold Qi Central along Araneta corner E. Rodriguez Ave in Quezon City, and I have to say, I was impressed. They had the essentials, and they have all the best-selling products we moms would usually have to purchase abroad. I couldn’t help but do a little shopping while I was there as I knew these would sell-out right away. They assured me though that they had more than enough stock and there is more to come. Happiness!

Scroll down to see some of the available products in the store. And be sure to click on to the website to find a slew of baby products–I swear, they have so many amazing brands available at a click of a button.

                  

Stay fresh this summer with Belo Baby cologne

While the rest of the world is transitioning into spring, Manila is officially experiencing summer! Yes, it has been blazing hot over here in the Philippines, and everyone I know has been trying to find ways to stay cool. Over here at Casa Fernandez, the struggle is definitely real, which is why we’ve pulled on all the stops–we’ve stocked up on ice cream (and ice), switched on the A/C, fan and all cooling devices at home, and we’re heading to the beach soon!

Our little boy Tristan has been feeling the heat the most, which prompted us to find more creative ways to beat the heat. As you know, kids are the most vulnerable to hot weather conditions, and are prone to heatstroke or getting sick. Keeping them cool is a must; which is why I’m sharing with you the little tricks that have so far helped our energetic toddler stay cool.

Buy summer-friendly clothes. I actually had to do this out of necessity. Tristan went on a full-on clothing strike as soon as it got hotter, and he just refused to wear any clothes whether we were at home or outside. At first I thought it was something we could get over if I let him cry it out. But oh my, he was just so uncomfortable I knew it was just too hot. He did not stop crying until we removed his clothes!! I knew his old clothes had to go, so I went out and bought him loose, breathable clothes–sandos, soft cotton t-shirts and loose shorts. After that, problem solved–he’s been wearing clothes ever since!

Stay hydrated. This goes for both momma (especially if you’re breastfeeding) and baby. Drinking water constantly throughout the day makes a world of difference and just protects you both from heat-stroke or dehydration. Also, try to avoid salty food, like chips and instead serve fruits and vegetables as snacks.

Time outdoor activities wisely. Tristan’s pedia advised that he stay indoors from 10am to 4pm, because these are the hottest hours of the day. So we try to take our toddler out for a walk in the morning and go to the park or go for a quick dip in the pool in the afternoon. Watch out for mosquitos though–always apply baby-friendly bug repellant when you go out of the house!

Hide in the shade. When you’re out, try to stay in the shade to keep cool. If this means having to wear a hat and sunglasses, then do it. P.S. There are so many adorable sun gear that are made for babies. They are super cute!

Keep skin cool. When it gets really hot, I give Tristan a bath and skip the heater. He usually enjoys this, and stays a little longer than usual so I bring in his favorite toys and make it a playtime experience. If we are out, I apply Belo Baby cologne on him and it instantly cools him down. Plus, the yummy scents (my favorite is Cool Drizzle but Happy Tickle and Sweet Snuggle are just as bango) refresh my little guy and make him super huggable. The best part: all three are gentle, non-irritating, hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested. That’s why I use it on Tristan and recommend it to you mommas. Oh, and it is actually my favorite as well, because when I use it, I’m immediately put in a better mood. It smells so good! ❤

The Parent Files: Long Trips with a Toddler

Carlos and I are on a 6-day Asian cruise with our little boy, Tristan, and I have to say, so far it is both FUN and TIRING. We constantly have to keep our toddler entertained especially while waiting, which means we have to be prepared for anything. I love this episode of The Parent Files because it is tackles just that–how to keep your baby happy during a long trip. ❤ As always it is super informative. I am so thankful to my good friend Cat Juan-Ledesma for producing this wonderful show. ❤

Belo Baby turns ONE

Has it been a year already? Wow, time definitely flies when you have a baby! It seems like only yesterday when I first tried this then-super new baby skincare brand: BELO BABY. I remember, Tristan was only a few months old and I was desperately trying to find a brand or a product that would work on his sensitive skin. He had been suffering from rashes, and I couldn’t stand it that whatever product I tried, his skin only seemed to get worse. Tristan’s pediatrician recommended that I immediately change his skincare products and find a trustworthy brand that uses 100% all-natural ingredients and did not contain any harmful, scary chemicals. And so I followed her advice and tested out the available baby brands/products in the market.

It all seems so serendipitous now that I think about it. Because just as I began my search, Belo Baby sent me an entire basket of their products. They were all there–our bath time favorites: Belo Baby Hair and Body Wash, Bar Soap and to keep Tristan’s skin soft and moisturized, Belo Baby Face & Body Lotion. I read the labels and found out it was exactly what the doctor ordered–Belo Baby is made from the purest, most natural ingredients and nothing else.

True enough, it worked. I swear, I saw results in a matter of 2-3 days and I couldn’t have been happier. From then on it has become our daily habit–I use Belo Baby on Tristan all the time, and even bring it with me when we travel to be sure he doesn’t get any untoward skin reactions. (If you want to read my review on the three Belo Baby products I mentioned, click HERE.) My little boy is a certified Belo Baby, along with his buddies Alonzo, Luis and Theo, and the moms (that’s me, Patty and Nicole) are super excited for what’s to come this year.

So of course, I want you mommas out there to have the same happy experience as I had with Belo Baby. Which is why I am giving away three (3) Belo Baby gift packs, which you can use on your precious little loveys.

To join, all you have to do is:

(1) Take a selfie with you and your baby during your happy cuddletime moments.

(2) Caption with your best answer: What are the best lessons you’ve learned from being a mom?

(3) Tag me: @kellymisa and @belobabylove. And use the hashtag: #BeloBabyTurnsONE

That’s it! Best of luck to you, mommies! I can’t wait to see your adorable little babies!

 

 

 

Liana + Nara’s Birthday Party

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The little princesses of Baby Barangay: Liana and Nara recently celebrated their birthdays and threw the most wonderful party. Their mommas definitely outdid themselves and were able to pull off a happy, laid-back, super fun birthday party for the girls. Seriously, the kiddos did not want to leave as they had full access to a mini city (complete with pretend stores/shopping carts, cars and a bouncing castle), a building blocks play area, giant bubbles and super yummy food. Tristan had so much fun he refused to wear pants (proof it was indeed a kick-ass party haha).

Happy, happy birthday to LIANA, who turned four, and NARA, who turned two! We love you so much.

For a complete list of suppliers, click on to www.CATJUAN.com. ❤

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