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It seems like this time of the year is baby shower season, doesn't it? I am actually hosting a baby shower for this coming Saturday for my daughter, Kendallyn! She is having a girl. Kendallyn plans to breast feed, but there will definitely be time when she would like to give her baby a bottle. I wanted to give my daughter the best baby bottles on the market for a baby shower gift.
When I was doing research on the best bottle to feed a newborn, I came across Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® Options+™ Anti-Colic Bottles.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Brown’s has redefined bottle feeding with its unique internal vent system, which is clinically proven to reduce colic, decreases spit-up, burping, and gas, better preserves nutrients in breast milk and formula, and aids in digestion for a better night’s sleep. This is exactly the kind of bottle that I was looking for. I wish that these were available when my own babies were small.
- The newly enhanced internal vent system in the Options+™ Bottle improves an already innovative feeding experience that babies and parents have come to know and love.
- Both new bottles (wide-neck and narrow) are designed to offer baby fuss-free feeding and ease the transition from breast to bottle and back again.
- An all-new, breast-like nipple on the Options+ Wide-Neck provides a correctly contoured shape that’s flexible at the top and gradually firms, encouraging a proper latch and more natural bottle-feeding experience.
Before having a child, there are some considerations that you need to take into account to ensure that your life runs smoothly post child. These will help to protect your child in the course of unforeseen events as well as ensure that you manage to tick all boxes on your checklist before they come into your world.
- Take Out Life Insurance
Many people start to think about life insurance when their child is born, and this is something that you should make sure that you invest in before having a child. Life insurance can help you to protect your child when you are gone by ensuring that they are financially secure and support your partner in covering the costs of childcare when you are gone. If you have not already taken out life insurance, Local Life Agents is a life insurance comparison service which can help you to find the best life insurance for you, such as guaranteed issue life insurance which offers life insurance without an examination of your medical history.
- Communicate with Other New Parents
Having a child can be extremely distressing for new parents, and this can lead to distance between you and a potential social life. However, gaining the support of people that understand and can offer you advice is key to a healthy relationship with parenting. To find people that you can connect with, you could try and attend Mother and Baby groups in your area and communicate with mother and father’s groups online which can help to offer you support in the first weeks of your adventure. They can also help you to know what to expect during your pregnancy and reduce any apprehension that you feel towards the birth.
- Consider Your Career
You should also consider your career moves after the baby is born. You should decide how you will split the childcare between the two parents and how you will be able to return to work when you are ready. You should also discuss this with your boss before you go on maternity leave as this will reduce any stress you feel about making arrangements once the baby is born. This will help childcare to run smoothly within the first few weeks.
- Renovate Your Child’s Room
You might not be able to fit in the time needed for renovations when your child is born, and so it is vital that you think about decorating your child’s room beforehand. This is also important to do early in case your child is premature as you will want your child’s room to be ready for them when they are born. This will also include buying them all the accessories and essentials that they will need, including a cot. If you are worried about budgeting for these, you should look at selling websites like eBay and ask friends and relations for preloved items.
- Go on Holiday
While this may seem idealistic, it is important that you are able to relax in the last few weeks before the birth. Additionally, this may be your last opportunity to see the world for a few years until you are comfortable to travel with your child, and so you may want to make plans to start ticking off the bucket list while you can.
When your baby is suffering from the pain and discomfort when they are teething, it can break Mommy and Daddy's heart! You might feel tempted to give your little one pain relieving medicines, but that can be scary. No one wants to give their precious baby potentially harmful ingredients, even if it is deemed safe on the label. What if you get the dosage wrong?
It is better to play it safe with the correct type of teether for your baby to chew on. Again, how do you know if the teething you that you give to your baby is chemical-free? Plastics are made with certain toxins, the list goes on and on....
Thankfully, TYRY-HU teethers are made with food-grade silicone. Not only are these teethers safe, but they are oh, so adorable! Plus, they really help to soothe baby's sore gums as they chew on them.
TYRY-HU has a huge variety of adorable teethers to choose from. They are very affordable, too. In fact, my stylish blogger daughter, Kendallyn, from Shop With Kendallyn has them listed on her baby shower registry! (She is due with her first baby, a girl, in July.) I bought her two of them (pictured below.) The ones I selected double as pacifier clip-ons, which help you to not lose baby's pacifier!
You can purchase the teethers here on Amazon!
For additional information, please visit: https://tyryhu.com
Check out TYRY.HU's selection of the cutest ever baby teethers here on Amazon!
When your baby starts teething, you definitely want to do everything you can to soothe and comfort them. You wish you could trade places with them, so they wouldn't have to feel the pain! It is tempting to give them some kind of pain relief, but how can you be sure that over-the-counter meds are safe? I always hated giving my babies Tylenol. It always constipated them. Thankfully, there is a solution.
Teetherpop™ is a brand new line of USA-made fillable, freezable teethers designed to hold water, purees, homemade smoothies, freshly juiced fruits and veggies, Mother’s milk or baby’s favorite drink.
You simply fill the Teetherpop with the liquid of your choice, and pop it into the freezer for about an hour. Teetherpop's flexible slits allow your little one to enjoy their thawing drink as they teethe! You can rest assured that your baby's gums are being soothed from the cold liquid as they chew on this handy dandy device. And maybe, just maybe- a breastfeeding mama may be able to avoid some painful bites!
Teetherpops are made from U.S.-sourced, FDA-approved, medical grade materials so they’re BPA, PVC, latex and phthalate free.
They also make a perfect baby shower gift!
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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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.