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If you asked me to name my newborn essentials, included among the list of standard baby items would be a subscription to an online streaming service like Netflix or Hulu. As draining as those first few weeks stuck at home nursing a newborn can be, they are also a perfect time to indulge in some major TV binge watching.     

When my kids were born, part of what got me through those first exhausting weeks was the promise of a little “me time” in the form of catching up on some TV while I nursed. This usually happened during the late evening feeding when I was at my most worn out and, quite frankly, just tired of having a baby clamped to my chest.

I quickly discovered that in my postpartum state not just any TV white noise would fit the bill. What I wanted was something that didn’t require me to think too much (not the time for hard-hitting documentaries); was addicting but not too addicting (I wanted to look forward to watching it but not to the point of being distracted at other times of the day); and most of all, wasn’t too emotional or dramatic (postpartum hormones had me sobbing at random Target commercials, so you can only imagine the devastation that something like Game of Thrones would have caused).

If I were nursing a newborn right now, these would be my top Netflix picks (currently streaming as of February 2016):  

 Gilmore Girls

This mother-daughter dramedy is charming, well-written, and just a pleasure to watch. I tuned in faithfully when it was on the air, and as luck would have it Netflix added all seven seasons one week after my daughter was born.  I spent many an evening listening to Lorelai and Rory exchange witty banter while cuddling with my new baby girl. I’m betting that my milk would still magically let down if I heard Carole King singing “Where you lead, I will follow….”

Parks and Recreation

Although I would argue that it doesn’t fully hit its stride until season 3, Parks and Rec is one of my all-time favorite sitcoms. Amy Poehler is at her best playing devoted civil servant Leslie Knope, and the supporting cast members are all hilarious.

The Great British Baking Show

A huge hit in the U.K., this baking competition is reality TV without the drama or intensity of the shows that air in the U.S. It really is just a bunch of nice British people baking amazing stuff in the beautiful English countryside (basically Xanax in TV form). And without exception everyone that I have recommended it to has loved it. Fair warning: if you’re like me and have the appetite of a teenage boy going through a growth spurt while you’re nursing, you might want to arm yourself with some snacks before sitting down to watch this parade of mouthwatering creations. 

Hart of Dixie

This pick falls solidly in the guilty pleasure category, so watch it when you’re feeling particularly braindead or immune to cheesy dialogue and far-fetched plotlines. Rachel Bilson (remember her from The OC?) stars as Zoe Hart, a doctor from Manhattan that moves to the charming town of Bluebell, Alabama to take over a medical practice. Love triangles, catfights, and random shenanigans ensue.

Fixer Upper

I’m usually not a big HGTV fan, but I really enjoy this show. Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines help their clients find a house in need of some TLC and proceed to transform it into something amazing. Again, reality TV without the drama. Unless maybe your husband decided to rip out your master bathroom when you were 39 weeks pregnant (a story for another time) and the thought of home renovations sends you into a fit of rage. Then maybe skip this one.

What are your Netflix favorites? 

Easter is coming y'all and you know what the means...DRESSES GALORE! Unless you're nursing....actually, I have great news for you. You can still wear a dress this year even if you are nursing and it's easier than ever! Here's my guidelines for nursing Mamas and dress wearing:

1. Find a dress you're comfortable in, where the top is easy to slide down and it's not too tight fitting (because that doesn't make it easy for the top to pull down)

2. Grab an Undercover Mama Top Cover

3. Put the top cover on, throw your dress on and you're ready to rule the world--breastfeeding and all!

See how I styled one:

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Here's the scoop, that Undercover Mama Top Cover slides right up, while the top of your dress slides right down-- making it an easy little shield and the perfect way to breastfeed. It's a win, win all around and perfect for Easter!

Here's a few of my favorite dresses to rock with a top cover and that's breastfeeding accessible:

This post was written by Jess Oakes. You can find her blogging at Positively Oakes, playing with her new babe and most likely sipping on a Dr. Pepper!


Between the many mamas of Undercover Mama (and the many children) we have tried a lot of baby products and found what works and what doesn't. There are many nursing pillow choices out there but we have definitely found the best, the My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow. It perfectly positions baby for latch-on and makes nursing so comfortable for mama.  Different than any other nursing pillow, It goes all the way around your body and buckles in the back which gives so much more support.  Plus it provides a much more comfortable surface for baby to nurse on. We love the back rest and the arm and elbow rests which make it easier to relax while nursing.  Plus it helps with posture as so often us mamas tend to bend down or hunch over while nursing which creates so much tension.  

Sometimes us moms need a little help boosting our supply.  Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the leaves, stems, seeds, bark, roots, and flowers of plants and have a wide range of physical and emotional uses including supporting a breastfeeding mother. DōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils work great!  Our friend Melissa is a dōTERRA consultant and has shared some of these incredible tips with us about Oils That Assist Lactation.

We recommend you consult a licensed aromatherapist for oil use to make sure what and how you are using is safe and effective for you and your needs.

BENEFITS:

-Fennel and Clary Sage help promote initial milk production

-Basil and Geranium promote milk production

-Peppermint promotes a possible decrease in milk production

TO USE:

TOPICALLY:  place 2 TBSP of a carrier oil, like dōTERRA's Fractionated Coconut Oil, in a glass bowl or container and add 10 - 15 drops of your chosen oil(s). Apply a small amount of the mixture on your breasts, avoiding the nipples.

Note: If you become pregnant, or have any concerns about using essential oils while breastfeeding, please consult your physician.

Melissa is a stay at home mom of two amazing little boys - a 17 month old nursling and a 3 year old toddler. dōTERRA essential oils have been a blessing for her and her family, and she truly enjoys sharing what she has learned with others, so that they too can experience the amazing benefits of these essential oils. More information can be found by visiting her website  or email her at melissamoore121@gmail.com

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are intended to support general well being and are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure any condition or disease.

Our founder, Elisa just had a beautiful new baby!  To celebrate, we've rounded up some of our favorite baby products into one fabulous giveaway!  Here's what's included:

The Naturalmat Top Mat with Carry Bag is a lightweight machine washable quilted mattress that rolls up neatly into a drawstring bag for transport making it ideal for travels with baby. Top Mat offers a comfortable natural fiber overlay to a crib mattress ensuring baby gets the best night’s sleep away from home. Top Mat is made by using deep tufted organic wool which is then covered with an unbleached cotton ticking, making it breathable and ideal for all climates. 

Silikids Gift Package- $50 worth of assorted items. Silikids combines function with high design and innovation along with technological advances of silicone. 

b.box Essential Diaper Caddy is a portable and stylish change station at home with an easy clean change mat. 

MAM Gift Package- $50 gift package of assorted MAM items.  MAM is a global authority on baby care product design and quality. 

NurturMe Gift Set- $55 giftpackage from NurturMe, the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created to nourish healthy growth and overall wellness in little ones. Bursting with vital nutrients and fresh organic flavor, NurturMe’s Quinoa infant cereals, dried NurturMeals baby food and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between. Includes: 4 bags organic quinoa baby cereals, 1 pouch each nurturmeal blend + nurtureal quinoa 4 yum-a-roo toddler snacks, 1 re-useable eco pouch, 1 BPA free baby spoon ,1 coupon, and 1 informative quinoa bookmark. 

Babyhome Taste High Chair - Taste is a very light, simple and safe high chair with a polished aluminum frame and wide, stable base from Babyhome. The seat is large and comfortable with a quilted liner. The chair features a new system that allows for the tray to be easily removed sideways with one hand without having to remove it completely. Additionally, the chair’s tray can be totally detached to be put in the dishwasher. The tray can also be fully removed for versatility allowing the use of the chair with or without a table. A five-point safety harness is included that can be adjusted as a child grows. The highchair folds easily in a single step compactly so that it can be stored in small spaces.

PacaPod Jura Bag-  Perfect to suit your everyday look whether that’s a worn wax jacket, or fur collar coat because it has an easy-to-wear over the shoulder style and comes in two much loved heritage colours: navy and cranberry. Tucked inside the bag is the brand’s revolutionary ‘3 in 1 baby organisation system’ which includes two detachable feeder and changer ‘pods’ which make it simple to pack and to retrieve essential items on the move and in a hurry. The lightweight ‘pods’ can be removed from the main bag and attached to most anything.

To make it even better, we threw in an Undercover Mama!

Enter here:

Oh Baby Giveaway

Do you need a baby tub?  After a lot of babies and a lot of experience, we can honestly say we have found our favorite!  

"The Puj Tub makes bathing your baby so fast, easy and convenient.  After using a conventional tub for our first baby and dealing with the hassle of filling it up, cleaning it out, and storing it, I knew we wanted to go a different route for our second.  The puj has made it so our baby actually gets bathed on a regular basis!  Definitely one of our favorite baby purchases!"

Here are our favorite features:

  • Cradles and comforts baby
  • Hangs flat for easy and convenient storage
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Fits in standard-sized bathroom sinks
  • Works with pedestal and countertop bathroom sinks

 

And here's the best part:  We have teamed up with Puj to give our favorite baby tub away!

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Every mama needs a good stroller and a fabulous diaper bag and we have found two fabulous finds!  The Guzzie and Guss G+G101 works like a full-size stroller, but is compact enough to fit in the smallest spaces and weighs only 16lbs! It will hold any infant car seat and the fabric is a heavy gauge nylon which is highly resistant to normal wear, tear and fading, while the footrest and bumper bar are wrapped in a dirt-resistant material that makes it simple to clean.

Here's what we love about the G+G101 Stroller:

Ultra compact fold and Lightweight
Flip out Visor 5-point harness
Full Suspension
Linked rear Brake
Lockable front wheels
Removable front bar
Car seat compatible

And what a better match to the red stroller than a diaper bag from The Bumble Collection.  One of our favorite bags is the Rachel Roundabout in Royal Ruby Montage.

Here's why we love it:

Water & Stain Resistant
Comfort Handle Straps
Built-in Stroller Straps

Top Zipper Closure for added security
Soil-Proof Changing Pad
Wipeable Fabric

But here's the best part, we are giving away the G+G101 Stroller, the Rachel Roundabout Diaper Bag and an Undercover Mama!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Chasing a busy toddler or picking up after kids all day? Back pain while pregnant? The good news is, your baby is growing. That's exactly what should be happening -- but the downside of pregnancy is the weight gain and body changes can put a lot of stress on your back (especially if you are chasing other kids around). If you find yourself with a lot of back pain, especially in the last stages of pregnancy, have we got the tool for you: The Grip 'n Grab Picker Upper. This is mostly applicable to baby #2 and onward but we promise it is so worth it!

Save your back, the price is your pride... and $17.99 to have it shipped to your door!

We're back from the ABC Kids Expo and we've brought a surprise!  We are giving away a Motorola Digital 2.8" Video Baby Monitor - MBP33S!  This is an amazing digital Baby Monitor and includes Two-Way Communication, Infrared Night Vision, Room Temperature Display (always know the temperature in your baby's room), 5 Lullabies, Low Battery Alert, Out-of-Range Alert, Rechargeable Battery, Flip-Out Stand, Split-Screen Function with Use of Additional Cameras.  Yes we said a split screen function that can be used with additional cameras! 

Talk about peace of mind!

Enter to win below:

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