The one thing you need in your nursery

monte_blog_nursery“This. I need this.”

What a little slice of heaven sitting in a good, supportive chair is. The comment above came after one of my shoppers collapsed into the Monte Design Joya Rocker, a customer favourite here at the shop.

On average, nursing moms will spend over one thousand hours breastfeeding in the first year — not to mention the magnitude of moments holding, rocking and reading to your child. If there is one piece of sage wisdom imparted to me from breastfeeding support that I always pass along, it is to make yourself a “nest” at home. Doing this will allow you to be your best, most rested self during your magnitude of snuggling and feeding hours.

A well designed rocker is your best starting point for, in essence, a nesting venture.

I was at lunch recently with a friend who has had a Monte chair long before we brought them to Nurtured. She shared how much appreciation she has for Monte – “It’s the only piece of furniture I still have from when my child was a baby,” she gushed. “I love it. I literally spent hours in it. It was like a centrepiece of my nest.”

Earlier this year we had the sheer joy of visiting the Monte Design office and factory. How lucky I was to be able to join Eric (aka “NurturedDad”) on this trip. He is always raving about the company’s manufacturing and design options, plus their basketball court on the factory floor. For a guy who has bought hundreds and thousands of pieces of hotel furniture, it means a lot when he expresses so much enthusiasm while selecting Monte rockers and gliders for Nurtured.

Eric, mind you, is able to pick out a piece of furniture in a heartbeat whereas I’m one for taking all the measurements — seeing where my feet land, how my lower, upper and middle back and hips feel, where my elbows and forearms rest.  After all, and perhaps I’ve emphasized it already, the time you will spend nursing or feeding, rocking your child, reading story after story [on repeat] should be replenishing and enjoyable. 

Design-driven with superior quality and comfort is the Monte difference. Here’s a lineup of the Monte selection:

monte_3chairsJoya Rocker – Iconic in design, modern, contemporary and soothing. Ottoman available.

Como Glider – Sink in to this soft and sumptuous beautifully tailored chair that features removable and washable coverings. Ottoman available.

Grano Recliner – A modern streamlined recliner and rocker in one. (My personal favourite.)

monte_4chairsJackson Rocker –  Discerning in design and superior comfort this chair will cradle your body with a high back and a gentle rock.

Luca Glider – Simple lines with exceptional comfort; this chair has all the original ergonomics that Monte is recognized for.

Vola Glider – A signature statement piece with curves that will reflect your luxe sense of style as you rest your head.

Grazia Glider – A roomy glider yet with a rounded high back on a swiveling and gliding base.

It’s clear that parents are the true inspiration behind each chair in the Monte Glider & Rocker Collection. They are among the most beautiful and modern looking along with exceptionally comfortable on the market because that was exactly where Monte was born when the owner and his wife were expecting.

Ergonomic arm height combines with an incredibly thoughtful back design while lounging or snuggling and nourishing your baby.  You’ll take note there is a Monte standard of an included lumbar support pillow included with every chair. May it lend a lift to a heavy arm weighted down by baby’s sleeping head or your aching back or your very own heavy head. Bonus points always add up to Monte’s design details where they somehow manage feet can touch the floor (and/or reach to a cozy ottoman). I can’t convey enough how lovely this is.

monte_luca_detailsAfter a walk through the Ontario factory,  I saw firsthand why Eric’s enthusiasm for Monte shines. Let me tell you it goes beyond the fist bumps he has with the familiar smiling faces in the factory as they greet each other like besties.  I’m one for details. Do feel free to waive me away if I start to say how awesome their water based glue, strength in basket weaving or wire gauging and emphasis on only choosing flame retardant free fabrics and foam is top of their musts, (and definitely waive Eric away if he talks about making a 3-pointer from behind the line). You are welcome to block anyone else’s opinion out and savour the “ahh” in it’s simplest and most euphoric of relaxation as you daydream holding your child.  Afterall, it’s incredibly nice to find that piece of furniture for your life. We’ll chime back in only after you “ooh” over customizing your piece of furniture to match the nursery or living room. 

Do visit our Agricola Street Halifax store to catch our excitement (and concoct your own) for the hand-crafted quality of Monte that simply can’t be beat. From the finishing touches of true Canadian craftsmanship to everywhere in between Monte will give you the top of the line quality, durability and style you need long past the baby years.  

See you soon.


Halifax Workshops and Events at Nurtured

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Did you know a good sign for a transition in season can be found in our workshop calendar? Step out of the house for a social event like the Pregnancy Party or bring baby to sit with you while you learn about introducing solids.

Music With Babies

This five-week class is always a hit with customers (and staff members!) Music with Babies is best suited from 4 to 12 months. We will explore rhythm, movement, and musical activities that offer your little one a fun introduction to music, bonding time with their caregivers and a playful social environment with other babies. (New dates for April and May are up!)

Instructor Louise Hanavan is a musician, mom, and true artistic spirit you will love to see each week. She plays the banjo, guitar, piano, and french horn, but most of all loves to sing!

Baby Led Weaning

Old Man Winter seemed to have his way to bring you two opportunities this month to hear Dr. Jen Salib-Huber of Pillars of Health present the most up to date information. Babes in arms are welcome to classes.

Don’t let the “W” word deceive you — this workshop is all about introducing your babe to solid food.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is Baby Led Weaning and what are the advantages over conventional introductions to solid foods?
  • Nutritional considerations and requirements
  • Resources and recipes

Baby Led Weaning is led by Dr. Jennifer Salib-Huber, RD, ND and mother of 3 children who used the Baby Led Weaning method with her twins. Dr. Salib-Huber will combine personal experience with professional expertise as a Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Dietitian.

Beyond Time Outs: Effective Strategies for Real Parents

Special guest facilitator, Alison Smith is a mother, certified life coach and former educator living in Saint John, New Brunswick. She supports parents in learning to decode their child’s behaviour, improve cooperation and communication so families can work together consistently as a team.

You’re already a good parent. In the space of two hours, you’ll learn how to increase cooperation and reduce meltdowns as well as how effective gentle discipline can be and will create a solid foundation for gentle parenting practices.

Plus, you’ll come away with a handy list of alternatives to time-outs, words and phrases to make a difference right away, and a few bonus tips for keeping yourself calm (even when your kids aren’t!)

This session is best suited to parents who are looking to help their kids (and themselves!) to be at their best. It is intended as an introduction to positive parenting, although those who are already familiar are sure to discover fresh ideas, and have a chance to ask Alison questions directly!

CPR + Emergency First Aid  **MOVED TO APRIL            

Get the Bee Jee’s song “Stayin’ Alive” playing on repeat as you prep to earn certification (or recertification) via Lifesaving Society, a nationally recognized provider in Canada. The instructor will cover all the basics of emergency first aid plus CPR with AED and does so with a focus on answering your many questions as a parent plus all the hands-on practice required to meet your certification.  Certification cards from Lifesaving Society are received in the mail upon completion.

**Emergency First Aid + CPR- Level C class includes Adult, Child, Infant CPR and Choking procedures. This level is all inclusive from parents to child care workers, first responders and lifeguards.

Prenatal and Childbirth Education

Providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, and offered monthly, Nurtured has partnered with two area childbirth educators to develop  Childbirth Preparation Classes for couples in HRM. In this class(es) you and your partner will gain knowledge and build confidence as you plan and prepare for birth.

Classes are interactive and provide couples with evidence based information to ensure you feel confident and empowered for your birth experience. Jen Hammond is a Certified Birth Doula, and Injoy Childbirth Educator.  Wanda is a Certified Birth and Post Partum Doula, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Certified Birth Educator and trained Lactation Educator.

Stress Free Mealtime

Ezpz-facebook-3Is January a month for a renewed goal in family mealtimes?

Here are a few tidbits you may find interesting from Miss Dawn, a Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist on EZPZ’s team. Her tip on focus is spot on for my family! Which resonates with you?

“Parents often tell me that work, over-commitments and family activities keep them from having consistent meals together as a family. They explain that when schedules get tight, dinner at the table gets dropped because it’s too stressful to manage on top of everything else. I have some suggestions for easing mealtime anxiety by establishing routines, planning and serving meals, and changing our feeding focus to be proactive. Let’s explore 4 tips for making a stress-free mealtime!

ezpz Routines: Having a mealtime routine can decrease the stress of mealtime for both kids and parents. I utilize pre-feeding rituals in feeding therapy, and I teach the families I work with to carryover this practice at home. Something simple like having the toddler/kid go to the bathroom, wash their hands and put on lotion before meals can be calming to a child’s sensory system, which makes them more willing to eat when they get to the table. Every child is different and some of my clients have to jump on a trampoline, listen to music, take a walk or have some quiet reading time before they are ready to focus on eating. Incorporating daily pre-feeding habits will help get their wiggles out and prepare them for sitting and learning to enjoy new foods. In addition, these rituals may give you a few more minutes to get the meal on the table so you can sit down with your children and enjoy it too!

ezpz Planning: When I first started meal planning I was overwhelmed by scheduling meals in advance, as it oftentimes entailed doubling recipes, finding freezer friendly glassware, searching for meals on Pinterest and making room in my freezer to store these extra meals! Now I teach parents easier meal planning; simply cook a little extra of your family’s favorite recipes and throw it in a zip bag. Mark the bag with its contents and put this extra portion into the freezer. Once you have eaten the food, wash the bag and store the marked bags with your recipe books. This technique helps meal planning for the next month, as you can look back at the bags to remind you what meals worked and what to make again.

ezpz Serving: Remove your frozen meal and place the food in child friendly plates that are oven and microwave safe, like the Happy Mat. This makes the prep, heating and serving of your food super quick, plus it generates less dishes! Remember, the Happy Mat is dishwasher safe too, making cleanup stress-free!

ezpz Focus: An important aspect of mealtime is shifting your focus on how much your picky eater is eating (or not eating) to something else. Focus on what you CAN change to make meals less stressful. Some focus questions to ask yourself are: How can I gently introduce a new fruit or veggie to my child today? Is it time to ditch the highchair tray and have baby at the table? How can I help my child be less distracted at mealtime? Am I offering the right portion sizes for my baby or toddler or am I giving too much?

I hope these tips help you make mealtime less about and more about family time! What are some of your tips for a stress-free mealtime? How would making mealtimes stress-free change the way you view feeding your child? Let us know and use #ezpzfun #stressfree #mealtime

Happy Feeding,

Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for EZPZ


You can see the original post of this blog here.  Be sure to catch Miss Dawn’s regular blog posts at the EZPZ blog!

P.S. You can buy EZPZ ‘s Happy mat, Happy Bowl and Mini Mat here in Canada on our web store. #NurturedMealtime