Thursday, January 31, 2013

Comfortable Cute


Comfortable Cute

Comfortable Cute - wore similar outfit today and it was easy and comfortable for the office + chasing around my little one.

Sweater Vest: I love pairing sweater vests over dresses and blouses. It gives you some added warmth without all the bulk {I remove the tie/belt and wear open}. Plus this vest is $20 at Old Navy - can't beat it! 



Shirt Dress: I love shirt dresses - so comfortable and can be worn to the office or to chase around my rugrat. This polka dot one at Old Navy is adorable. I am also loving this one at Kohl's from the LC Lauren Conrad line for a little pop of color. 



Opaque Tights: Love them - total staple in my wardrobe. Great selection at Target too!



Favorite Boots: Born boots are SO comfortable for chasing around your little ones. They are so worth the price... and love that their boots are a little wider through the calves so that you can wear thicker socks {or tuck into jeans} if you please. 



Stackable Rings: Loving this trend. Too cute and so easy to wear. 



Perry Mackin Diaper Bag: How adorable is this diaper bag?? So versatile and on sale at Belly Dance Maternity right now. 



I also included the "SOCK BUN" as part of this easy momma look. There are tutorials all over Pinterest and I thought I would give it a try - and I LOVE it! So easy to do and it looks really adorable. Try out this easy Youtube video tutorial here



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bathing Baby




There are so many baby bath products out there...and so many have yucky additives that can dry your little one's skin. For my son, I ditched the bubble baths and soaps...and stuck to solely water on his sensitive skin {for those first few months}. I did use Cetaphil gentle cleanser on his hands and bottom/groin area...but stuck to warm water everywhere else. For those "first baths" - I found that disposable incontinence pads were SUPER helpful. Since you can't submerge them in the tub yet (due to belly button healing, etc.)...I would lay him on an incontinence pad and bathe him with a warm wash cloth {the pad can be thrown away after each use...and it keeps your counter dry and can make clean-up easy if he/she decides to "potty" during bathing}. **Another tip on those "first baths" - I would put a cap on my son's head after cleaning/drying his scalp area...to assure that heat was not being lost during bath-time (warm baby = happy baby). 

My son has majorly sensitive skin + eczema and these are some of my favorite products to keep his skin calm and soft {plus a few other "must-haves" for bath-time}:




1) Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: this liquid cleanser is SUPER gentle and fragrance free. It came highly recommended by our pediatrician and we have loved it so much more than some of the "baby washes" out there. {Sold in value packs at Costco}




2) Mustela Oil Bath: bubble bath seemed to dry out our son's eczema-prone skin but this Mustela oil bath gives the bath water a milky consistency and keeps our little one's skin super soft.




3) Mustela Moisturizing Cream: this stuff has done wonders for our son's eczema {its pricey... but a little goes a LONG way}.




4) Mustela Diaper Rash Cream: Mustela is also the brand of choice here...I am sort of obsessed with their products. 


5) California Baby Calendula Cream: this was the only product that got rid of our son's cradle cap. LOVE this stuff! 






6) Coconut Oil: love using coconut oil as a lotion, rash cream, etc. Its a cure-all and 100% natural. 





7) Infant-Toddler Tub: this  tub was a great value and worked really well for us. Our son also loved this inflatable tub when he started to get more wiggly but wasn't quite ready for the "big" tub yet. 




8) Toys: these Munchkin toys are awesome for chewing, squirting, etc. Love them. Also love these foam tub stickers and stacking cups (for inside and outside bath-time)... and the Boon toy storage container and Skip Hop spout cover are wonderful (and act as toys themselves). 





9) Wash Cloths: be sure to stock up on soft wash cloths! You will use LOTS! 




10) Cradle Cap Comb: I found this comb to work well and it is really easy to hold. 


I hope this helps! Are there any bath products that you can't live without? {splish splash}


Friday, January 25, 2013

Products to Help Milk Production


One of my sweet friends just returned to work after her maternity leave. She will be pumping at work despite some rudeness from her superior {who is a WOMAN} on accommodations for her. Don't even get me started on how ANGRY this makes me...that will be a whole other blog post one day. My friend had asked me for some tips on keeping her milk supply up after returning to work - and this is what I found to be helpful for me and wanted to share with you all! {Links below will take you directly to the product sites}





Organic Mother's Milk Herbal Tea: this tea contains fenugreek and thistle - these herbs have been used for years to increase supply. I would highly recommend adding some honey to help {sweeten} it a bit. Also, make sure to drink lots of water to assure that you are staying hydrated!



Photo: http://share.food.com/community/jugglingmom4/style.esi?member_id=2174541

Oatmeal Cookies: a great little snack to have at your desk to help keep your supply up {home-made or store-bought}. Check out this wonderful oatmeal chip lactation cookie recipe here




Non-alcoholic Beer: tip that my Grandma learned from her doctor while living in Germany. The yeast helps to keep your supply up. *Bonus: it will give your hubby a chuckle to see you cracking a "cold one" on the couch in the wee hours of the morning {mine did}. 


Sleep: I know, I know. This is sort of an annoying tip to a mother of a little one. We know that you are TRYING to sleep. But keep trying momma - trust me! The more stressed and tired you are...the less you will produce. Ask your hubby, mom, friend...whomever for more help (so you can rest) if needed! 

Don't forget to buy a hands-free pumping bra when you return to work {or when you start pumping} - this thing was a LIFESAVER for me! I also LOVED my Medela Pump in Style Advanced backpack (so lightweight and easy for toting to/from the office).  I hope this helps! Would love your input on any other products to help increase milk supply! Happy pumping! 


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Breezy Momma

Breezy Momma

Love this look for running around town with your little one{s}! Super breezy and fun


Denim Shirt: This is a staple in my closet. Love it for the office and the weekends. I saw some less expensive ones here at Old Navy



Novelty Sweater: I love layering sweaters over my denim shirts. So fun and comfortable. Snagged a similar one at Target for $18! 



Skinny Military Jeans: Loving skinny military inspired jeans. Saw some cheaper ones here on Asos.com



Jeffrey Campbell flat: Love the ankle strap on these flats - some added security to assure that they don't fall off while chasing around kiddos. Adorable. 


Original Ergo Baby Carrier: LOVE the Ergobaby for trekking around town with little ones. 






Products to Battle Teething



I have found that when my little guy has teeth "breaking through" that he drools more, chews more, sleeps less, eats less, can run a little fever and has runny stool {sigh}. Poor little feller. Breaks my heart. Teething is a battle  and these are some of my favorite products to help you win {or create some peace} in that war:







 Banana Toothbrush: This thing is awesome! The rubber texture is soothing, the handles are perfect for little hands and the long shape is ideal for reaching molars when they start coming in.














Clove Oil products: My favorite clove oil-based teething products are Babyganics Teething Pods and Orajel Naturals Teething Gel. Clove oil {diluted} has been used forever by dentists to soothe sore gums. {Both aforementioned products are benzocaine-free}. Bonus: Put the Orajel Naturals ON the toothbrush for your little one! 









Munchkin Mesh Feeder: I love stuffing this thing with crushed ice or frozen fruit to help cool and soothe my little man's gums. 














Sophie: Yes, Sophie looks like a glorified dog toy. But this little French import is worth the $20! My son loves chewing on her - plus it easy to hold, easy to clean and is BPA-free & made with food-grade rubber.













Frozen Wash Cloths: One of the oldest teething tricks in the book! They work wonders to soothe those sore little gums! 















Hylands Teething Tablets: These tiny dissoluble tablets really work to soothe my son - they are homeopathic and drug-free {which is nice}. 











Any products you would recommend? Would love to hear your ideas! Hope this helps! A big hug to your little teethers! 





Monday, January 14, 2013

Mommy Style Crush: Miranda Kerr


Mommy Style Crush: Miranda Kerr

My current mommy fashion crush is Miranda Kerr. She always looks so effortless cool and her little boy is BEYOND adorable {and always seems so happy}. She manages to be comfortable - but still look cool! Love that! 


Striped T-shirt
I absolutely love the comfy cool factor of a striped tee for a momma. Tres chic! This is a more pricey Splendid tee (I LOVE the softness of their tees...and I tend to splurge on this brand) but they have tons of budget friendly striped tees at Forever 21 right now. 100%   cotton = 100% machine washable! 



Yellow Cardigan
Yellow is so cheery and I love mixing it with nautical prints. I love the length of this sweater for a great layering piece! 



Skinny Boyfriend Jeans 
Skinny dark denim jeans {that can be rolled} to show off your "showcase" shoes. These are definitely pricey (though I LOVE Paige jeans)...but the Rockstar Skinny jeans at Old Navy are much less expensive and very cute/flattering. 



Leopard Loafers
I love mixing leopard with stripes - and these loafers do the trick! Flats are ideal for chasing around your little monsters. I saw some cute leopard loafers for a cheaper price at Target too! 



Stella & Dot Renegade Bracelet
I absolutely adore the versatility of this bracelet and I wear mine all the time {it is great stacked with your watch and other arm candy}. I have found this bracelet to be SUPER sturdy - which is always helpful when you are a momma. 




Saturday, January 12, 2013

Broadly Babies: Today's Podcast



Listen to internet radio with The Awesomology Podcast on Blog Talk Radio

I was honored to be included on today's Awesomology Podcast to discuss breast feeding, birthing, baby products {and more}! Be sure to listen to the recording - we had a lot of fun! I would love to hear your feedback on some of the topics! To listen to the podcast and other Academy of Awesomology Podcasts - follow the link below: Broadly Babies: Birthing, Breastfeeding, and Beyond!! 01/12 by The Awesomology Podcast | Blog Talk Radio

You are also going to want to check out The Lady in Red Blog and her wonderful {and educational} "Big Boobie Blog" - find that here: http://www.theladyinredblog.com/1/post/2013/01/the-big-boobie-blog.html     

A big shout out to Ben, Laura, Sarah {and Sunday} for a wonderful discussion! Thank you for including me! Much love! 

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Easy Baby Food Recipe: 1


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This is one of my favorite baby food recipes for my son - I use organic ingredients and end up making two freezer trays worth for around $6 {such a great value when you consider an organic pouch costs around $1.60/each}. Here is how you do it:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil
  • Slice the following:
    •    1 large sweet potato (peeled)
    •    2 apples
    •    2 Zucchini (peeled)
  • Coat veggies and fruit with coconut oil
  • Roast for 30 minutes (or until soft) on lined cookie sheet
  • Place roasted fruit/veggies in blender with handful of prunes (and maybe a handful of raw spinach)
  • Add milk or soy milk to desired consistency
  • Pour in freezer trays
Bon appetit!

**I like to throw in a handful of prunes because this helps with constipation issues and it is a natural sweetener. They sell dried prunes in bulk at Costco in the fruit/veggie section.

Some Mommy Fashion: 1

Mommy Friendly



Jack Wills cardigan
I love long cardigans since we all know you are {constantly} bending over as a momma. The extra coverage helps to protect you from showing off your "knickers." 


Current/Elliott skinny jeans
I still love pastel skinnies. They have some wonderful {budget friendly} ones available at Target


TOMS ballet flat
These ballet flats are BEYOND comfortable {they run 1/2 size large} and perfect for chasing around toddlers. 


Earrings
I generally prefer stud earrings with babes...less chance for pulling. 


Lily and Lionel grey scarve
I have a grey leopard scarf and I wear it ALL the time - its so versatile. I am pretty obsessed with scarves as a momma...the uses are endless {burp cloths, nursing cover, etc}. 


Pier One Owl Cookie Jar
I just love owls. Thats all. 




The Baby Registry


New mommas are always asking me: "What should I register for?" With so many baby items on the market - it can be overwhelming! I have put together a little list with some of my favorite items {with practicality in mind} - note I would also recommend registering for gender neutral items...so they can be passed down to your future "heirs and heiresses" too: 

1) During your pregnancy:
  • Books"The Happiest Baby on the Block" - this book teaches you how to soothe your newborn. I would highly recommend! The 30 minute DVD is even better than the book {but I would recommend both} because you and your S.O. can watch together - which is lovely. 
  • Baby Care Class: I would recommend taking a basic baby care class/Infant CPR course. They will cover everything from swaddling, bathing, CPR, etc - and I found it to be super helpful. I also took a breast feeding class (it was free at my hospital) and I found it to be really informative as well.
  • Clothing: I would invest in a few comfortable night gowns and robes - I LIVED in mine at the end of my pregnancy and when my son arrived (robes provide easy access for breast feeding). Plus I had to have a C-section and pants hurt my incision - so dresses/robes were a must! I would also recommend you purchasing at least two nursing bras (without underwire) and two nursing tanks (Target has a wonderful selection). Go a size up on your bra - because you will be super engorged {its sorta scary}.
2) Products you will actually NEED:

  • DIAPERS: Oh my goodness - you will need lots. Many of my "crunchy" friends do cloth diapers - love it! It just was not for me. If you do disposable diapers, plan on going through 8-10/day in those first few months. I would only recommend buying one package of Newborn diapers because they will grow out of those super fast {tear}. I would register for size 1 and 2 (most retailers will let you return diapers if you received too many tiny diapers). I would highly recommend using diapers.com or amazon.com  when you start purchasing diapers. Both have the best pricing I have found - with free shipping! {Trust me - the less that you have to leave the house to grocery shop after your little one arrives...the better}. 
  • Wipes: make sure you register for the fragrance and alcohol free ones. Their skin is SOOO sensitive!
  • Swaddles: swaddles will save your life in the beginning. After you watch/read "The Happiest Baby on the Block" - you will understand more. I would suggest one package of swaddles. And we LOVED the Aden + Anais brand (they are larger and really stretchy and breathable). 
  • Car Seat:  make sure you know how to work it and install it before you get to the hospital. The nurses will definitely give you the "judgy" eyes if you don't have that all worked out.... A lot of hospitals and fire stations will do free safety checks. We did that - and I would highly recommend. Pick your stroller first - and then choose a car seat that adapts to your stroller. 
  • Stroller: this is totally a personal preference (jogger, city stroller, etc). We actually got ours from an upscale consignment shop for SO MUCH cheaper. Search Craigslist, consignment shops, etc. if you have your heart set on a pricey stroller (we have a Bugaboo - retails for $1000 but got used for much cheaper). If you guys are doing lots of trail-blazing and running - I have so many friends that SWEAR by the Bob strollers :) But if city life is more your thing (and you want something lightweight) we love our Ingelisina Zippy stroller {SO easy to fold - I LOVE this stroller}.
  • Baby Carriers/Slings: babies LOVE to be close to their parents and baby carriers are KEY. We STILL use ours all the time - my son LOVES it. We have a Baby Bjorn and Moby Wrap - we love both. But I have heard lots of great things about the Ergo Baby too. 
  • Swing: a swing will give you the freedom to make dinner, shower, etc. Lifesaver. We loved the Fisher Price Snuggabunny swing because it PLUGS into the wall. This is key when purchasing as swing...you don't want a battery operated one.  
  • Bassinet: we had a pack-n-play with a little bassinet in it and our son seemed to be super cozy in there (plus it can be converted into a play-yard for later use): 
  • Inclined Bassinet: this thing has been a necessity for us  - my son LOVED to sleep in it and the incline helped with congestion issues. Plus its super portable - so we can bring it anywhere. Its great to have him sit in it while I get ready in the mornings too. We loved the Rock N Play {note that you will need to stuff blankets BEHIND attached material behind child's head to avoid his/her head from "molding" or "flattening"...I noticed in some of the reviews online that there were some complaints of that. Though we didn't have this issue with our son.}.
  • Boon Drying Rackthis thing is great for drying bottles, pacifiers, etc {it doesn't hurt that it looks cool on your kitchen counter top}.
  • Microwave Sterilizerwe use this thing all the time to sterilize bottles and pacifiers and breast pump parts.
  • Pacifiers: these help to soothe our son so much. We really love these little Wubbanub pacifier stuffed animals because he can hold onto them and they don't get lost as easily:
  • Breast Pump and Hands-free bra: these are both must-haves if you are breast-feeding. I have a Medela Pump in Style pump and I love it. The hands-free bra is a MUST.
  • Breast Feeding Pillow: I had the My Brest Friend and loved it - I would recommend bringing this item to the hospital or birthing center when you deliver (the lactation consultants will be there to help - use them!).
  • Burp Cloths - LOTS!! Wash cloths work fine too!
  • Bottles: every baby is different in this category - but I would recommend trying a few and seeing what works best for your little one (esp if he/she has GERD or reflux). Make sure you start will a slow flow/level 1 nipple in the beginning. Our lactation consultant had recommended the following bottles: Playtex Drop-ins, First Years Breast Flow and Tommee Tippee. We personally use the Playtex drop-ins and love them :) Just start with one package of bottles - in case you don't like them and you can buy a different brand.
  • Bottle Brush
  • Bathing: You will need an infant tub and a few towels (the hooded ones are great) and 4-5 wash cloths. As far as soap goes, our son has such sensitive skin (and all babies do), so our pediatrician recommended Cetaphil liquid skin cleanser and its worked really well (sold in value packs at Costco). You will also want to register for a diaper rash cream (we like the Mustela brand). Our son has awful eczema - and I swear by the entire Mustela Stelatopia line of products (diaper rash cream, bath oil and lotion). You will also want some Aquaphor or Vaseline (if you like petroleum products). I will have a later post about some of my favorite natural bath products (coconut oil, calendula, etc...).
  • Hygiene: You will need baby finger nail clippers, nail files and a little brush/comb (try to find a comb that works specifically to remove cradle cap).
  • Monitor: there are so many options out there in different price ranges. Get what works best in your budget. You can find these used on Craigslist too!
  • For Snot: saline booger wipes and the Nose Frida work great {I am sort of obsessed with the Nose Frida}.
3) These products are nice but not ABSOLUTE must haves if you are on a budget:



  • Einstein Take Along Tunes: I don't know why but my son is OBSESSED with this toy and all my friends with babies say the same. 
  • Activity Mat: these are really nice and Braden loved to play on his during "tummy time"...{but they won't use them after they are 6/7 months old}. 
  • Nursing cover - I actually just used my Aden + Anais swaddles for covers...but the covers do offer a little {extra} security.
  • White noise maker: we loved this one by Cloud B. 
  • Night Lightwe love this one by Cloud B - and our son loves the twinkle lights on his ceiling. 
  • Diaper Trash Canthis keeps our house smelling clean and the bulldog out of the diapers (yes - she will eat dirty diapers...stinker).
  • Changing Table: make sure to buy some extra covers for your changing pad because you will most certainly get poop/pee on them. Like, a lot. 

People will buy you TONS of baby clothes, books, stuffed animals and blankets - don't even worry about registering for these items! I hope this helps! 


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