Nighty Night Nursing Light: Night Feeds Made Easier

Posted February 7th, 2012 in Accessories, Baby Feeding by admin

Nighty Night Nursing Light

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Secret TipThis small light clips on your clothing to give just the perfect amount of glow for a late-night feeding.

Find It Here $19.99 from Nighty Night Nursing Light

Why You’ll Love It: Coming in at just 2.5 inches in diameter and weighing only 2.1 ounces, the Nighty Night Nursing Light is perfect for those late night feedings. No more fumbling around your baby’s room in the dark, or switching on the glaring overhead light (no baby, it’s not time to get up for the day). This little gadget clips right to your clothing, emitting the perfect amount of light so you know baby has latched correctly. As if the soft glow wasn’t enough, it’s also built with a vibrating alarm that can be set to help mom (or dad) stay alert during feedings or track the length of a feeding with the adjustable timer.

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Hooter Hiders: We Said It

Posted February 7th, 2012 in Breastfeeding, Nursing Covers by admin

Hooter Hiders

Shared By:  Emily K. from Detroit, MI.

Secret Tip: Hooter Hiders have a great name, but also a clever function: they provide a discreet way to breastfeed in public.

Find It Here: $35 and under from Amazon.

Why You’ll Love It: Bebe au Lait’s Hooter Hiders are becoming something of a must-have at all of the recent showers we’ve been attending. They are in high demand because they not only work great but come in a wide variety of pretty prints. The cover can be used as a changing mat, too. As they say on their site, “you can breastfeed your baby with complete modesty.”

What Emily Has To Say“My older sister has three kids so she has gotten over any fears about breastfeeding in public, but I had more of an issue with it. These actually do work and come in nice prints. It also comes with a little bag that I pop into our diaper bag.”

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Zo-li Buzz B. Baby Nail Trimmer: Save Yourself and Baby Some Pain

Posted February 7th, 2012 in Nail Care, Personal Care and Health by admin

Zo-li Buzz B. Baby Nail Trimmer

Shared By: Meghan C. from Chicago, IL

Secret TipThe Zo-li Buzz B. Baby Nail Trimmer is a safe, easy way to trim baby nails.

Find It HereFrom Amazon for $26.95

Why You’ll Love It: The grow-with-me Zo-li Buzz B. Baby Nail Trimmer is perfect for evening out and trimming down baby nails from 0-2 years. It comes with a convenient case for storage and traveling, but most importantly it won’t aggravate that delicate baby skin. Plus, you can protect yourself from the paranoia that you may accidentally injure your baby while trimming their nails. It comes with four interchangeable file pads to accommodate baby nail thickness. So have your baby sit back, relax (maybe while they’re really sleepy?) and file away.

What Meghan Has To Say: “After going through the horrible experience of cutting my newborn daughter’s finger while trimming her nails, I bought the Buzz B nail file in hopes that I could avoid having to clip her nails again. This is a battery-powered rotating file that sands down baby nails without any risk of hurting their little fingers. The only downside is that it takes awhile to get the nails short enough, so you need to use it when your baby is somewhere where they are happy sitting still for a while.”

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Breastfeeding Support Groups: A Little Support For Your Boobs

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Shared BySarah J. from Huntington Woods, MI

Secret Tip: It’s a widely held belief amongst some moms that there are wonderful health and bonding benefits to breastfeeding, but it can be tough sometimes. Support groups connect you with other moms and provide continued education to help optimize the breastfeeding experience for both mom and baby.

Find It HereYour local hospital, Le Leche League International, and National Breastfeeding Hotline

Why You’ll Love It: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the ideal food for the first year of life. While the benefits are clear, a year can be a long time for mom and it’s important to know there is support out there if needed. Issues may come up like chaffing, unexpected infections, low milk supply, difficulty with latching, maintaing a proper diet, and the list goes on. Contact your local hospital to inquire about breastfeeding support groups or use the national links above to find a support group close to you.

What Sarah Has To Say: “My friend told me that she signed up for a breastfeeding support group at her local hospital on Saturday mornings and she loves it. She has met a lot of other moms and it is taught by a nurse. She has made a lot of new mom friends, plus they can talk to the nurse about other things besides breastfeeding.”

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Lifefactory Multi-Sensory Silicone Teether: The Best Teether?

Posted September 30th, 2011 in Personal Care and Health, Teething by admin

Lifefactory Teether

Shared By: Katie C. via Facebook

Secret Tip: The Lifefactory silicone teether is easy to grip, gnaw on and keeps those sore gums soothed.

Find It Here: $6.99 from Amazon

Why You’ll Love It: The Lifefactory Multi-Sensory Silicone Teether is easy for little fingers to grasp and has four different sections on it to encourage some stimulation. It can be worn on mom’s wrist so that baby always has something to chomp on close by. You can also pop it in the freezer for a few so that it becomes extra soothing to sore gums. It is dishwasher safe and made in the USA with 100% food grade silicone. Choose from five different colors, but we prefer the yellow’s boundless cheerfulness.

What Katie Has To Say: “This is the BEST teether ever. I’m usually a fan of wood, but this silicone model is BPA-, phthalate-, PVC-, and latex-free and seriously LOVED. I’m thinking of getting another in case this one gets lost. My teething little one is super happy.”

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Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion: Keep Mom’s Hands From Chapping

Posted September 30th, 2011 in Personal Care and Health, Skin Care by admin

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Shared By: Nicole from Munford, TN.

Secret Tip: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion lasts long and doesn’t cost a lot.

Find It Here: $19.99 from Amazon for an 18 ounce pack of two.

Why You’ll Love It: Sometimes mom needs some pampering, too. This dermatologist-recommended lotion is the perfect antidote for constant hand washing, hand sanitizing, and scrubbing. It continues to moisturize for 24 hours without being greasy or clogging pores. It’s priced reasonably, too.

What Nicole Has To Say: “After my daughter was born, my hands became so chapped from the frequent handwashing that my knuckles cracked and bled. I tried everything — even lip balm — but nothing helped. This lotion healed my skin in a couple of days!”

 

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Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoon: Soft-Tip Spoons For Young Ones

Posted September 30th, 2011 in Baby Feeding, Personal Care and Health by admin

Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoon

Shared By: Molly M. from Chicago, IL.

Secret Tip: Munchkin’s soft-tipped spoons are safe for little mouths. They’re really cheap, too.

Find It Here: $4.99 for a 6-pack from Amazon

Why You’ll Love It: The Munchkin soft-tip spoons are easy on baby’s mouth and mom’s hand. The end you hold is ergonomic like a fancy toothbrush, while the business end is soft and pliable for little mouths. The six-pack is a rainbow of bright colors for curious eyes and of course, it’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe. You are the best judge for when baby is ready for these spoons, but the manufacturer says they are ideal for babies three months and up.

What Molly Has To Say: “These are cheap so I’ve bought a bunch and my son likes the bright colors. The spoon itself is really soft and the entire ‘bowl’ of the spoon is soft so it’s easy to get in there. They are pretty long, too, which is good for scraping food out of the bottom of a jar.”

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Tummy Butter by The Spoiled Mama: Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks

Posted August 11th, 2011 in Personal Care and Health, Skin Care by admin

Tummy Butter by The Spoiled Mama

Shared By: Missy S. from New York, NY.

Secret Tip: Tummy Butter is a fatty-acid filled way to prevent and reduce stretch marks.

Find It Here$34.00 for 4 oz. jar or $71.00 for 12 oz. jar, both from Amazon.

Why You’ll Love ItThey say at least 50% of pregnant women get stretch marks, so why take a chance? The Spoiled Mama’s “Tummy Butter” has become a top seller and something of a fan favorite based on the tips we’ve been reading from moms. It has a cocoa butter base, with added organic ingredients, oils, and high amounts of fatty acids, which is known to fight the development of stretch marks. It’s a toxic-free way to firm up the skin and promote greater elasticity. For maximum stretch mark prevention they recommend the one-two punch combo of Tummy Butter and Bump Gloss.

What Missy Has To Say: “I have a slight obsession with skincare products, but when I found out I was pregnant I began scrutinizing the ingredients in my lotions and found that some contained parabens and other questionable ingredients — eek. After tossing my lotions to the curb I was somewhat panicked about a replacement. I discovered The Spoiled Mama and bought Tummy Butter, which smells great and has worked so far! The rest of their line has natural ingredients and smells really good. It is expensive, but most of the natural stuff you find will be.”

 

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Medela Swing Breast Pump

Posted August 1st, 2011 in Breast Pumps, Breastfeeding, Personal Care and Health by admin

Medela Swing Breast Pump

Shared By: Carly V. from Chicago, IL. and Jennifer D. from Toronto, Canada

Secret Tip:  While Medela’s “Symphony” model is known as the Cadillac of Breast Pumps (and costs thousands of dollars), the lower-priced Swing model gets high marks. Use the car adaptor to make it mobile, too.

Find It Here: $116.99 for the Medela Swing and $17.14 for the Medela 12v adapter for your car, both from Amazon.

Why You’ll Love It: The Medela Swing is the company’s ultra-portable pump, but a lot of moms choose it as their sole pump. The soft (BPA-free) materials fit well and Carly tells us it’s quieter than others she’s tried. Best of all, the Swing has two phases of pumping. It’s small enough that it can fit in an average purse, with the one main disadvantage being you can only pump one breast at a time. Jennifer tells us that the Medela car adapter is a must-have if you own a Medela breast pump. There are a multitude of reasons why you may want to pump in the car: long road trips during the summer, lunch-break from work, and in Jennifer’s case a power outage at home. Whatever the reason the adapter comes with an extra long power cord so it allows you to have some privacy if you prefer to pump in the back seat. Note: be sure to purchase the right voltage adapter; one is designed for 9 volt breast pumps and the other for 12 volt breast pumps.

What Carly Has To Say: “I rented the Medela Symphony but needed something more portable, so we purchased the Swing. It is definitely a high quality pump and I have used it on long car rides back and forth to visit my parents in Michigan.”

What Jennifer Has To Say: “Our son was born with moderate to severe tongue-tie and despite correcting the condition and trying for nearly two months to get him to latch, it never happened for us. So I pumped. I pumped and I pumped and I pumped. My Medela Double Swing Pump went with me wherever I went and my life was saved the day my mom bought me the matching car adapter. We were able to do a few road trips with our son, all while I covered myself and discretely pumped in the backseat. There was also a power outage that summer and thanks to the car adapter, I was able to go pump in the car while we waited for power to be restored. It truly was a lifesaver and made me much more mobile than I ever would have been with just the pump alone, which was restricting my every move.”

 

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The First Years Modular Drying Rack: How to Dry All Your Bottles

Posted July 21st, 2011 in Baby Feeding, Bottle Accessories, Personal Care and Health by admin

The First Years Modular Drying Rack

Shared By: Becky F. from Chicago, IL.

Secret Tip: The Modular Drying Rack from The First Years is a vertical drying rack that helps keep all of your various bottles and cups organized and dry.

Find It Here: $11.54 from Amazon

Why You’ll Love It: The First Years created this Modular Drying Rack to help corral all the plastic bottles, nipples, various baby consumption parts in a space-saving drying rack. Becky tells us it is sturdy and works well even though it’s relatively cheap. Bonus: it is dishwasher safe.

What Becky Has To Say: “There are a lot of little prongs on this that I use to keep my baby’s bottles and things drying. It is relatively small despite all the junk I hang on it, and it fits in one of the taller lower cupboards in our kitchen. When it gets gunky I just put it in the dishwasher.”

 

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