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There's nothing worse than when your little one is uncomfortable with a diaper rash. Diaper rash is no laughing matter, it can lead very quickly to raw skin. A baby's tender skin is very sensitive, and needs extra care. Olen Cosmetics developed the best solution to this dilemma with their Baby Butz Cream.
Majda Ficko created Baby Butz because of her sons extremely rare syndrome…so rare most doctors had never heard of it. She then went on to fight for her son’s needs and never intended to sell the cream, but his doctor saw the cream’s power and encouraged her to do so. To learn more about the Baby Butz story, please read here!
Baby Butz Cream is the safest and most effective diaper rash treatment available without a prescription. It contains 100% natural ingredients and 30% zinc oxide. Baby Butz Cream is a celeb mom favorite and is used in hospital neonatal units. Many pediatricians hand out samples to new parents. Medical professionals have endorsed this cream because it contains no chemicals, no alcohol, no perfumes and is hypoallergenic.
Other Uses for Baby Butz
- Excellent for Eczema
- Baby drool rash (from teething)
- Bug bites...especially mosquito bites...it reduces the itching almost immediately...just a little dab on top of the bite
- Poison Oak and Poison Ivy...kids or yourself walking in the bushes/ tall grasses...applying Baby Butz immediately soothes the itch and burn
- Cold sores...apply a dab and in 2-3 days cold sore is dried up and gone
- Itchy dry skin...a light layer and itchy is gone
- Dry cracked hands and feet...apply a light layer before bedtime...put on cotton gloves/socks....overnight in the morning smooth soft hands and feet.
- Heat rashes
- Other types of skin rashes
- No alcohol
- No chemicals
- No perfumes
- No parabens
- Gluten Free
- No Animal Testing
The beauty of this product it that is 100% Natural...and Hypoallergenic...means absolutely no reactions. Target is the first and only retailer to carry Baby Butz !
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You can find Baby Butz at Target, or order online here.
Since becoming a mom, I’m constantly busy and I’m constantly looking for ways to make life easier. Since becoming a stay at home dad - my husband faces the same challenge. I’ve always been a big fan of baby-wearing. I absolutely love that closeness and comfort it brings to both baby and mama.
I didn’t start my baby-wearing journey until my babe was a little bit older but I so wish I would’ve had a sling when my girl was just a new baby. I love the ease of Sakura Bloom ring slings, the high quality, and the convenience of being able to put her sling in her diaper bag for on-the-go moments and not having to push a stroller everywhere (especially in crowds). I feel less anxious having my little girl close and she feels the same.
My hubby is a do- it-all kind of guy. He can play guitar, cook dinner and rock our baby to sleep. We are so fortunate to be able to have him stay at home while our baby is young! However, we quickly realized that all this extra ‘time’ he had at home really wasn’t extra at all!
Taking care of the home can be a lot of work especially with an adorable (but needy baby). My husband was looking for a way to be able to give her the attention she needs while also getting some chores done. Sakura Bloom ring sling is the best of both worlds.
When I first suggested baby-wearing to my husband he was a little hesitant, it’s not totally advertised in the dad community like it should be!! But the truth of the matter is, for all you dads out there, one of the sexiest things you can do as a new dad is care for your new baby and baby-wearing is at the absolute top of that list! He was more inclined when I showed him Sakura Bloom’s quality products in ‘dad friendly’ neutral colors to start and went with a ‘Black Currant Chambray’ (although they have a huge, gorgeous variety)!
The fabric is to die for, it perfectly molds to baby every time it’s worn and can be used from 8-35 lbs! My husband was surprised at how easy it was to put baby in a sling and loved how happy she was just hanging out with him in it. I also loved this companies amazing customer service, if you ever have any trouble they are right there to help!
I was so happy to share my love of baby-wearing with my husband and he’s become a huge fan as well. Sakura Bloom is definitely our top choice because it is made of the highest quality, softest linens, hand-dyed and tumble dried. We love supporting businesses we believe in and were happy to find the different baby-wearing options that grow with baby!
If you go on Instagram, baby-wearing is HUGE and us ladies have all realized that the best way to keep mama and baby happy is to find products we both love. Well, guys - I’m here to tell you that baby-wearing is also dad approved and a great way to make your wife fall in love all over again!
For more information, go to: https://www.sakurabloom.com/
Having little ones is an adventure! You never know what each day is going to bring. Along with all of the good stuff, there are going to be days of bumps, bruises, aches and pains, fevers and sickness. Such is life as a parent!
When a child is sick or gets injured, it is never easy to calm them down! Simple ice packs and heating pads can be intimidating to children. With
Children love stuffed animals and these products help parents try to comfort their children by giving them an animal that also acts as an ice pack or heating pad.
There are a wide range of animals and various colors of bears to choose from, ensuring that every child has a product they are happy with and comforted by.
The animals can be cooled in the freezer and heated in the microwave, allowing parents to use the animal for any form of injury or illness. Unlike usual therapeutic treatments that become smelly and old, the animals are made of natural cotton, and contain a heating/cooling element composed of a specially treated and processed corn product that eliminates molds, fungi and odors. The animals are also washable, allowing parents to use them as often as needed.
I have several of these animals. They are adorable! My eleven year-old son, Braxton is always getting bumps and bruises, so these animals are perfect to have on hand. Most recently, Braxton was sunburned at the beach, and we placed his frozen monkey pal, JoJo on his back while he slept, and it was the perfect solution to cool his sunburn. He adores his monkey!
My sweet little seven month-old granddaughter is teething. She loves to chew on her little Thermal-Aid elephant, Ellie after I have had it in the freezer. Baby Reylin enjoys cuddling with her cooled down Thermal-Aid animals on these hot summer days!
I can imagine that these animals will also be perfect during the cold winter months, too. Maybe we can put one in the microwave and warm it up to place in her car seat with her before traveling.
Thermal Aid animals are perfect for soothing:
Sprains,Strains, Muscle Soreness: Start with cold to reduce inflammation and swelling, After 48 hours, alternate hot and cold.
Headaches/Migraines: Alternate hot/cold Thermal-Aid animals on child's forehead.
Growing Pains & Leg Cramps: Lay a warm Thermal-Aid animal on the child's legs at bedtime.
Babies with Colic: A warm, not hot Thermal-Aid animal placed alongside baby's back or tummy can help soothe baby for a restful night's sleep.
Earaches: Place a warm Thermal-Aid animal on the child's ears, neck, or head.
Bug Bites/Bee Stings: A cold Thermal-Aid animal will decrease swelling and inflammation.
Flu Symptoms: Reduce fevers with cold Thermal-Aid animals, or offer comfort with warm.
For more information go to: https://thermalaidproducts.com
Product received. All opinions are my own.
When I first discovered Kantha Bae I was blown away by the gorgeous colors of their textiles. While my hubby usually opts for black, I couldn’t help but want every single pattern in this shop!
While this company offers all sorts of items for mama and baby from quilts and slings to kimonos and headwraps, I decided to try out one of their beautiful ring slings for my sweet little Rey.
I always like to look into the ‘about us’ section of the companies I buy for and the story of Kantha Bae is definitely one that you can feel good about supporting. Kantha Bae is partnered with Basha Boutique that employs women coming from at-risk and trafficking areas in Bangladesh. These women hand embroider these fantastic fabrics in exchange for a fair trade environment that helps them find a home, job and safe care for their children. I feel great about having a product that empowers women and supports this fantastic avenue. I feel this cause also speaks mountains of the founder who is a boss mama herself to 5 babes.
Growing up in Oregon I’ve always had a strong connection to nature and I feel like this company really really supports the earthy mama vibe that I love. This company is all about support and attracts all those free-spirited, kind mom’s that want their babies to love the Earth and take care of it (and each other)!! That is super evident in their online Facebook community and Instagram, too!
Back to the product itself - I was so excited for this product drop, since each product is unique, items usually sell out pretty quickly (but there is still plenty to choose from and if you miss a drop there’s awesome email lists and instagram updates to keep you ready for the next!)
I debated between a few gorgeous slings (SO HARD TO CHOOSE) but ultimately chose a more girly color for my Rey and excitedly waited for it to arrive - which it did in fashion. I love the way Krista (the founder) packages - so cute and such a good way to know that every single item is lovingly selected and delivered just for you!
The colors are SO vibrant and the fabric is soft but still a little crunchy for sturdiness. I was very excited for baby to wake up so I could carry her around. After a few test runs around the block (and in the kitchen cooking dinner), hubby and I took the sling to the river to take out mommy-daughter photos that I’ve been looking forward too and this hippie-chic sling was SO PERFECT! I feel like it supported my little girl so well and she loves it.
Slings are the ultimate lifesaver and the easiest baby carrier that I’ve used with my girl. I LOVE how unique my Kantha is and I can’t wait to keep wearing it and getting compliments and use it in future photo-shoots. Seriously the perfect baby gear that fits in your diaper bag/purse or car and really saves your back when carrying baby around. It’s just so comfortable!
I also received a baby swaddle that I cannot wait to use on a future newborn photography session. It is so sweet and earthy colored. I love that I can use this for my photos and it is so perfect for putting over our baby when she’s in her car seat but it’s still a little too hot for a blanket. You can see the love and hope stitched into every Kantha Bae product and I have fallen in love with this company. I can’t wait to stay involved with the community and supporting the women that make these products and the women that wear them!
Sweet Baby Rey with her Daddy
Please check out this site and purchase your own Kantha Bae product: https://kanthabae.com
As a new mom, with so many baby product options, I’m still trying to navigate and find what works best for my babe especially when it comes to baby carriers.
We recently took my Anoona carrier by Soul Slings to the Oregon Coast for our day trip. We loved how easy it was to get baby in and out and all of the extra features this carrier has to keep our little girl comfortable and held right. I love that they thought of everything and there aren’t all these crazy straps sticking out. But for this trip, I was especially thankful for their sun shade attachment!
Usually the Oregon Coast isn’t a very sunny place to be but we happened to go on one of those rare, gorgeous days without any wind and the sun high in the sky. While Soul also makes some adorable baby sun hats, unfortunately our little girl is in the low percentiles for her head size (basically she has a tiny head) and her hat still doesn’t fit her quite yet.
We were grateful to be able to use the sunshade on this nice day to keep her newborn skin away from the harsh rays. She loved that she was still able to look around through the sides to see the ocean for the first time, and we were all happy.
We’ve taken this carrier on hikes, walks around the neighborhood and to the beach and have had a great experience! I love how diverse it is and that it will grow with her. I also love that it isn’t bulky so we can carry it around with us ‘just in case’.
This is the perfect carrier for new moms and would make the perfect baby shower gift!
For more information about the Soul Sling Anoona, please visit: https://soulslings.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Nowadays breastfeeding is seen as being an option for mothers, maybe even a preference. However, reality wasn’t always so lenient and convenient for moms-to-be, as not too long ago in history you absolutely had to breastfeed your baby to ensure their survival. Baby formula was originally invented to supplement baby diets and help babies who were having trouble digesting their mother’s breastmilk. However, over the years the industry ballooned, and a huge percentage of mothers began relying solely on formula as a complete substitute for breastfeeding, simply because it’s easier. With that said, here are 3 reasons why every mom should at least try to breastfeed their babies for a significant amount of time:
1.Helping Your Baby Grow Faster
The first and most obvious benefit of breastfeeding your baby is that they’ll have access to additional nutrients that will help them develop faster. As you’d expect, development is a key issue to focus on and one of the most discussed aspects of pregnancy/baby care mentioned on blogs like Preg Med (view site). The mother’s body actually adjusts the constituents of the breastmilk as the baby ages to accommodate for their changing nutritional needs as they grow, so it really is a fine-tuned nutritious drink that has taken millions of years for nature to perfect.
2.Building Their Immune System to Protect them from Disease
Breastfeeding not only makes your baby bigger, it also makes them healthier by giving them crucial antibodies that protect them from pathogens later in life. It’s an indisputable scientific fact that the vast majority of babies who are breastfed wind up getting sick less, not only as a baby but also as a toddler and all the way through into adulthood. The first round of breastmilk the body makes after the baby is born is called colostrum and contains a particularly high number of antibodies to protect the newborn from infection, which is perhaps the most important reason why every mom should give their very best effort to breastfeed as much as possible in the first few weeks of a baby’s life and beyond.
3.Making Your Child Smarter
Last but certainly not least, breastfeeding your baby gives them a huge boost in brain development. In fact, there’s extensive evidence that shows babies who are breastfed go on to have higher IQ ratings and test scores later in life, so the increase in intelligence tangibly carries through to adulthood. Thus, breastfeeding your child can have a tremendous positive impact on their ability to lead a fulfilling, enjoyable, and successful life.
When Should You Stop Breastfeeding?
In general, most pediatricians recommend that you breastfeed your baby until they’re at least 2 years old, at which point you can start weaning. However, many moms choose to continue breastfeeding their toddlers for additional health benefits. Your breasts will continue to produce milk for many years as long as you continue to breastfeed. In fact, some moms breastfeed they’re kids all the way past age 5, but generally if you can do it for the first 2 years you will have done a great job.
Don’t want to lose it? Cutie Clip It!
We weren’t sure if we were going to offer our new baby girl pacifiers at first. There are some things as a new parent you think YOU have the choice of, but after one screaming car ride with our normally happy little girl and finally letting her suck on my knuckle the whole ride home, we quickly realized our very own ‘Boss Baby’ had her own ideas. She loved it and it kept her calm on long car rides when she had just eaten but was still a little fussy so we gave in and so far don’t regret it one bit! There are actually some great benefits to binkies.
However, we quickly realized my husband and I would be asking each other one question a lot more often: Did you bring her Binkie? This resulted in a few mid-drive turnarounds back home to fetch the forgotten pacifier. Luckily we were quickly able to find a simple and extremely adorable solution: Ryan & Rose Cutie Clips.
Cutie Clips are designed to easily attach to baby’s pacifiers and then attach to anything you can think of to keep it where you need it - with baby! They have SO many design options for girls and boys, they also have gender neutral options for those who want it to be a surprise! I love how cute these look attached to anything and the function is perfect.
Probably the hardest thing about shopping on Ryan & Rose’s site is deciding on what to buy. I want it all! So I decided to go with a ‘Weekend Cutie Set’ that included a little bit of everything to try out: two clips, a teether rattle and two blanket clips.
This company is ran by the cutest mom and her daughters. I love mom-ran businesses for these kinds of products because they are tried and tested and personally proven to be loved by babies! In addition to their cutie clips I also tried out their baby teethers which are super adorable and perfect for babies!
The little sweethearts LOVE these things and a good teether can be hard to find! My three month old is drooling like crazy and believe it or not working on cutting a tooth and these teethers have been a lifesaver lately. They also are little rattles which are adorable and fun to use for baby interaction. I would highly recommend these cute little teethers which also happen to look adorable in your Instagram photos.
A few other awesome products they stock are orthodontic pacifiers and blanket clips which function a lot like their cutie clips and are perfect for keeping baby’s favorite swaddle blankets off the floor and attached to your bag or car seat, or right onto babies sleeve like we did! This company has such adorable baby accessories that make life a lot easier. We no longer are constantly searching for binkies and we love how cute everything is - perfect for Instagram pictures!
Ryan and Rose take care to ensure that all of their products are super baby friendly and safe. As a new mom, I would definitely recommend their cutie clips and teethers and I would’ve loved to receive these at my baby shower so these would make great gifts for any expecting mothers or little ones in your life.
They are also coming out with their new Pat Pat binkies which function as teethers AND pacifiers and I can’t wait to give those a try too!
For more information or to place an order go to: https://www.ryanandrose.co
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The Must-Have Items That New Moms Can't Live Without
Becoming a mom is easily one of the most wonderful and scary moments in any woman’s life. There is so much to learn and be aware of, it’s truly a crash-course in parenting right away. With that said, there are a number of items that can help make motherhood a whole lot smoother and simpler on both mom and baby. So if you’re busy making a list of all the items you need before baby arrives, then you’ll want to take a look at these must-have items that new moms simply can’t live without.
This particular item is great in that both moms and dads can use it. A baby carrier allows you to carry your baby around, snuggled close to your body, while allowing your hands to be free. This will allow you to go about tasks, errands, and chores without having to set baby down. There is also the added bonus that babies tend to feel more relaxed and comfortable while being snuggled. It’s a bonding experience for all.
The Mom Crib website has an excellent article on best baby carriers for 2018 and is a must-read before you head out shopping. It discusses the features you want to look for, the weight restrictions, whether the carrier allows for forward and/or rear positioning, and more.
If you plan on nursing your little one, then a nursing pillow is an absolute must. It allows for baby to get into the ideal position to latch, and it makes it comfortable for both you and your little one. You'll find a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors so you will probably want to look at them in person to get an idea of what will work best for you.
Bathing your new little bundle of joy is another bonding experience, but for new parents it can also be extremely stressful. They are so tiny and plopping them in the bathtub just isn't going to work. Instead you can pick up a baby tub that cradles their head and keeps it above water. This allows you to rest baby in the “tub” while washing them.
Bottles and Feeding Accessories
If you plan on bottle feeding your baby, then you’re going to need to stock up on a few bottles and accessories. Keep in mind that you will need to pick a nipple that is right for their age. Newborns need slow-flow nipples so that they don’t get too much liquid at once. As for the accessories, parents tend to love the convenient bottle warmers that warm bottles to the perfect temperature quickly and easily, plus there is cleaning and sterilizing gear you can get.
For new parents it's impossible to imagine just how much gear you'll need to pack and take with you each and every time you step foot outside of the house. This is exactly why a large diaper bag with multiple compartments and pockets is necessary. Look for one that is washable, waterproof, and includes a travel-sized change mat. Some also include insulated pockets which are perfect for carrying food and bottles.
The List Goes On
This is just a small look at some of the must-have gear that every new mom will need in order to make life with a new baby as easy as possible.
Driven by their passion for a healthy lifestyle Baby Mantra was founded by Nupoor and Vinnie, two sisters committed to a natural and organic lifestyle. A deep appreciation for natural skin care was ingrained in them at a very young age as their mother relied greatly on the use of all-natural home-based remedies growing up. This not only enriched them with an incredibly healthy lifestyle but also gave them great passion for all things natural. It was only “natural” that they would utilize the same techniques when they had children of their own. It was at that moment, Baby Mantra was born.
Made in the U.S.A from only top quality all-natural and organic ingredients, Baby Mantra hosts an entire product line of baby lotions, baby oils, Mommy Body butter, shampoo & body wash all tested and approved by Nupoor and her beautiful baby girls. These products safeguard baby soft skin by forming a natural barrier to lock in moisture and guarantee soft, supple, healthy skin for years to come. With such phenomenal results, they simply could not resist sharing this lush line of products to all the caring mothers & beautiful babies of the world!
Newborn 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash
Baby Mantra's naturally low foaming 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash brings you our favorite bath-time essential. Moisturizing coconut oil paired with antioxidant rich aloe make this a favorite for mom & baby. The convenience of a shampoo and body wash in one refreshing foam free preparation. Guaranteed splashes and smiles! Perfect for babies. It contains all natural and organic ingredients and NO toxins, NO artificial preservatives, dyes, chemicals. In addition, Baby Mantra's Newborn Shampoo & Body Wash is Gluten Free and Vegan.
My Experience: Although my baby is seven years old, I am still very concerned about his skin. I am always very cautious and careful when it comes to choosing shampoos and body washes for him. I will not use products on my child that contain harmful chemicals and ingredients. Baby Mantra 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash is made with only natural ingredients. I love how moisturizing it is, and the fact that I can wash his hair as well as his body. It smells so fresh, soft and sweet and makes my little boy smell like a baby again. (I miss those baby days.)
Baby Mantra Calming Massage Oil
Baby Mantra Calming Massage Oil gives you the essence of Avocado, Apricot, Grape seed, & Jojoba to leave your little one feeling nothing short of elated. Rich in Vitamin E, a few drops of this oil will work wonders in baby’s sensitive skin, forming a lush moisture barrier that is surely to last throughout the day. Also it can be used as a pre-bedtime massage oil to help soothe baby into sweet slumber. Avocado moisturizing oil is also beneficial for rashes and eczema. Your new bundle of joy deserves to be wrapped in Baby Mantra’s Calming Massage Oil.
Baby Mantra Calming Massage Oil contains all natural and organic ingredients and NO toxins, NO artificial preservatives, dyes, chemicals or fragrances.
My Experience: I wish I had this amazing product when my baby was actually a baby! I have been using Baby Mantra Calming Massage Oil on my little boy's skin right after he gets out of the bath tub. His skin has been so dry lately and I had not found any lotions that do not irritate Braxton's skin. It seems that every product I have ever tried, no matter how 'gentle' the formula claims to be, always further aggravated my son's skin and made the dryness worse. That was until we tried Baby Mantra Calming Massage Oil. I love how it completely absorbs into the skin and leaves it soft and supple without being greasy. It seems to penetrate the skin in a way that no other product has ever done for my child's sensitive skin. His dryness has completely vanished! It leaves 'my baby' smelling soft, sweet and very cuddly!
To learn more about Baby Mantra products or to place an order go to: http://babymantra.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.