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At some point, almost every breastfeeding mama has faced a blow out.  Those yellow stains can be such a nuisance, so we turned to our instagram community of moms for help.  Here are a few tips they've shared to deal with stains like this:

 

1-  Oxiclean 

 

 
4-  Blue Dawn + Hydrogen Peroxide + Baking Soda
 
5-  Sunshine
 
No matter the method, once washed lay clothing out in the sun.  It works as a natural stain remover and helps bleach the stain out.  Plus it's all natural and completely FREE!

Welcome to the MOM OLYMPICS! 
 
 
All events require the assistance of a newborn and a potty training toddler. 

 1-TRIP TO TARGET: Buy all items on the list, and nothing else. Timed Event.

(must take toddler to the bathroom at least twice)

 
 

 
2-PLAYDATE PLAYOFFS  Get together with another mom + her 2 kids. Share & gather 5 pieces of information from the other mom. i.e. Where would you like to go on your next family vacation? What books are you currently reading or would like to read? (1 hour time limit.) 
 
 

 
3-FEEDING FRENZY-Make a healthy & delicious lunch for yourself and your toddler, while breastfeeding your newborn. RULES: no blue or red foods, food may be cut in pieces sometimes. Foods must not touch on the plate. Food must be warm, but not hot or cold. 
 
 
Everyone left standing after all 3 events gets the GOLD! 
 
Bonus: stay up all night watching the Olympics and wake up ready to do it all again tomorrow.

 

Whether you are an exclusive pumper or just ocassionally use your breast pump, we can all agree that pumping is a PAIN. BeauGen is a company created to help moms have a more positive, more comfortable breast-pumping experience.

They've created a soft and stretchy nipple cushion that adds significantly more comfort to each pumping session by creating a soft barrier between your skin and the hard plastic breast shield. The cushions will move and stretch with the nipple during pumping.  

Enter to win a pair of Beaugen Nipple Cushions Below:

 

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 We've teamed up with Ergobaby to give you a chance to win the amazing Adapt 3-in-1 baby carrier!  We love the ADAPT baby carrier  because it does just that, it adapts to your growing baby and requires NO INFANT INSERT!  That means you can use this incredible carrier from newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs).  Using Velcro on the waistband the ergonomic bucket seat gradually adjusts to fit your baby.  Plus it has lumbar support and crossable straps.  To say we love this carrier would be an understatement.  Enter to win one below:

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When my son was born I wrote him a lengthy letter every week describing that week’s events, any milestones or changes, etc. I thought that for sure I would have no problem keeping this up throughout his childhood and for any other children that came along (ha ha ha ha ha) but as tends to be the case, by the time he hit 2 and I was pregnant with my daughter the letters shifted to monthly, as did my daughter’s when she was born. The real bummer is that I had high hopes of making these letters into photo books with pictures from every week, but sadly they are still just Word files on my computer. Maybe I’ll have time to create the books when my kids go off to college. To save all you other moms from repeating my mistakes, I’ve rounded up three simple ways to document your kids’ milestones without too much stress.

Chatbooks

This Utah company has been a favorite of mine since they started offering their super affordable 60- page softcover books as a way preserve the posts on your Instagram feed. In the years since they have expanded their offering to include hardcover books, and the sky is the limit when it comes to methods of creating your Chatbook. You can pull photos from various social media accounts, your phone, or your computer.

Chatbooks also offers the option of creating a book by hashtag, which would be a pretty efficient way to create a keepsake for your kids. Just create a hashtag for each child, then post once a week (or whatever frequency you like) on your Instagram account (I actually created a second private account for this purpose) with a few words about what they did that week. At the end of the year you should have enough posts to fill up one of these books, and you can order it for less than ten bucks! Easy as pie.

Promptly Journals

Perfect for those that want more of a traditional keepsake, Promptly Journals is the brainchild of a fellow Utah mom/graphic designer looking for a way to document her daughter’s entire childhood in one place. These beautiful linen covered journals eliminate the problem of staring at the blank pages of a journal wondering what to write by providing questions for each phase of your child’s life, from your pregnancy through their teen years. Prompts include questions like “is there any special significance to your child’s name?”, “what is your toddler’s favorite item of clothing?”, and “what are your teen’s dreams for the future?”

Qeepsake Baby Journal

I heard about this concept when a friend of mine posted about it on Facebook, and it truly doesn’t get any easier than this. Qeepsake was started by busy parents of five children, and the concept is simple: qeepsake texts you a daily question about your kid (something simple like “what makes your baby smile?”), you text back, and your entry is saved in their online journal. When you have more time you can access the account online and edit, add photos, etc. Qeepsake will be available for customers in the U.S. and Canada sometime in Spring 2016, but you can get early access by sharing the link with friends via social media or email.

Summertime is upon us, and that means spending more time outside! Keeping babies safe in the hot summer sun is imperative; sun damage is cumulative over a lifetime, and overexposure early in life can increase your risk for skin cancer. Practicing sun safety doesn’t have to mean keeping your children cooped up all day long; instead, a little forethought and preparation is all you need to keep your little ones safe on the playground and in the pool.

An infant’s limited amount of melanin, our skin’s naturally protective pigment, makes them especially susceptible to the damaging effects of sunlight. Unfortunately, sunscreen isn’t the answer for infants. Pediatricians advise not using sunscreen on babies 0-6 months old; the skin is too sensitive at this age for sunscreen. Instead, infants should have limited sun exposure by covering their body as much as possible and keeping them in the shade. Dress your baby in lightweight clothing that covers arms and legs, and choose a wide-brimmed hat to protect baby’s face and neck. I am partial to Swim Zip’s stylish and functional rashguards, sun hats, and sunsuits.

Taking early morning walks and evening strolls also limits the amount of sun exposure. The hours of 10 am to 4 pm are when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, so finding a shady spot in the middle of the day for your picnic or playground outing is essential. Shade isn’t always easy to come by, so consider keeping a baby pop-up shade dome in the car. I liked this one from Redmond Beach.

Once your baby reaches 6 months of age, you can use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. This type of sunscreen protects from harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you choose a spray-on sunscreen, be sure to mist it into your hands and then apply to your child. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before venturing outdoors, and should be reapplied every 2 hours or more often if swimming. Be generous when slathering on sunscreen; the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that most only apply half as much sunscreen as they should. A good rule of thumb is about half an ounce (enough to fill the palm of your toddler’s hand) to cover a child’s body. And even though it seems counterintuitive, cloudy days still necessitate skin protection; 80% of UV rays penetrate cloud coverings.

Choosing a sunscreen can be confusing; the Environmental Working Group recommends finding a brand of sunscreen that does not contain potential hormone disruptors like retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and oxybenzone. Some of the suncreens on this list can be hard to find. Look for Kiss My Face and California Baby brands, both of which are easier to find in stores.

The best way to ensure your baby is safe in the sun is to make it easy on you – keep extra sunscreen, layers of clothing, and a hat in your diaper bag. You’ll be ready for impromptu outings and you and your little ones can safely soak up some vitamin D.

As new moms we tend to neglect our own self-care as our main focus becomes our newest addition(s).  Duo Diary allows you a space for self-care at a time when you are likely to neglect it, but also at a time when you need it the most.    

A Duo Diary is a portable journal that allows you to monitor your postpartum health and wellness while you care for your new baby. Track all of your baby's feedings including breastfeeding, bottle, formula, and pumping; monitor behaviors, patterns, sleep, diapers, and more on one side. On the other side, care for yourself with a food journal; track water intake, sleep, and exercise, plus keep notes on how you are feeling mentally and physically postpartum.

Studies have shown that the act of writing down is important in helping us process information, something that doesn't happen as well without the physical act of writing. The notes space can be used in so many helpful ways- jot down behaviors or patterns your baby is displaying, discover food sensitivities much faster, jot down emotions or any physical pain or issues you are noticing in yourself, keep track of questions for the pediatrician or OB, leave instructions for a sitter - the possibilities are endless. 

If you saw the title of this post and expected to see yet another article screaming at you to drink 5 gallons of water a day or else you and your baby will shrivel up and die, rest assured that isn’t the case. Hydration while breastfeeding, like so many other aspects of motherhood, seems to be a simple concept made complicated by the wealth of information available on the internet.

Nursing mothers do indeed need more fluids to offset the amount lost while breastfeeding babies, but most research shows that letting biological indicators (like thirst) guide your water consumption will be your best bet in maintaining milk supply and staying hydrated. After all, as the Institute of Medicine points out, everyone’s water needs can vary: “Given the extreme variability in water needs that are not solely based on differences in metabolism, but also in environmental conditions and activity, there is not a single level of water intake that would ensure adequate hydration and optimal health for half of all apparently healthy persons in all environmental conditions.”  

That said, it can sometimes be tricky to consume the extra water you need while taking care of your baby and juggling all the other tasks that mothers deal with on a daily basis. Below are some tips to help you stay hydrated while also staying sane:

Drink when baby drinks

If you have a rocking chair or certain area where you usually go to nurse your baby, keep a water bottle or glass of water in that spot. When baby is nursing, use that as an opportunity to take in some extra liquids too.

Find a water bottle you love

This one is especially important if you find yourself on the go a lot. Keeping a water bottle in your diaper bag or your car ensures that you always have some water on hand if you get thirsty, which is especially applicable in these hot summer months. My personal favorite water bottle is the Hydro Flask. It maintains the temperature of your drink for a full 24 hours (great if you like your water ice cold) and is available in a wide variety of sizes and colors. The straw lid is a must.

 

Another great option, especially if you’re a bit more Type A about your water consumption, is the hydr-8 bottle:

This one is marked with lines indicating how much water you should drink by each time of day. It also mimics the design of the hospital-issued water bottles that so many new moms love.   

Add some flavor to your water

Water is the best choice for new moms (and people in general), but it can sometimes get a bit boring to drink it exclusively. If you find yourself craving more flavor, try simply adding a splash of fruit juice or natural flavoring packets to your water. Flavoring my water with a little bit of cranberry juice made all the difference when I was nursing my first baby.

Listen to your body

As mentioned above, it is impossible to nail down a specific number of ounces that each woman needs to stay hydrated and maintain milk supply. Most sources say that as long as you drink when you’re thirsty and your urine is light-colored, you should be good. There’s no need to force yourself to chug tons of water or make staying hydrated a full-time job. In fact, overdoing it may have a detrimental effect on your milk supply. According to Dr. Sears, “Drinking more water than you need won’t produce more milk. In fact, by a strange biochemical quirk, forcing fluids has been shown to diminish milk production.” That very thing happened to a woman I know who took the “drink lots of fluids” advice a little too far and ended up with a very hungry newborn. So be sure to drink the water you need, but don’t go too nuts J 

Happy hydrating, mamas! 

I am a great big ball of anxiety when I travel, and particularly when I fly. My brain becomes a worry machine, listing all of the what-if questions one after the other, killing any and all excitement for my trip. So, needless to say, adding a baby to my travel scenario just about sends me over the edge. However, because I can’t avoid flying all together, and because driving is not an option as it’s the only thing worse than flying, I have come up with a few tips and tricks to help ease anxiety while flying with baby.

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