Picking our favorite children's books was like asking us to pick a favorite child! As hard as it was, we narrowed it down to our top 5 faves that got a lot of love in 2014:
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What are some of your kids favorite books?
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-Smaller Popsicle Stick or Craft Stick
Need a little help shrinking that postpartum tummy? The ultimate Bandita belly binding elastic is 100% latex free and can be adjusted to fit around the belly, waist and hips to create the ultimate slimming result. This customized medical grade Belly Bandit provides a powerful stretch and compress technology which creates a garment geared to shrink your new shape. Enter to win one below:
Every Mama needs a good pair of flats! Here are a few of our favorites:
Fun Flats- Emma Flats from Target($19.99-$39.99) Fun colors, real leather and styles that won't break the bank.
Forever Flats- Yosi Samra ($75-$100) These are great quality and will last forever!
Fancy Flats-Tieks by Gavrieli ($200) Wish list for your birthday or Mothers Day or one day!
Enter to win some of our very favorite essentials especially for Pumping Mamas! Prizes include an Ardo Calypso Double-Plus Breast Pump, a Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra, Multi-pack Bamboobies Nursing Pads, a box of Bamboobies® EcoPure™ Premium Bamboo Disposable Nursing Pads, and Boob♥ease 100% Organic Nipple Balm, a Milkit Kit and an Undercover Mama Value Bundle.
I had the pleasure of meeting Susan of Freshly Picked and hearing her speak at the Alt Summit. Susan is an awesome woman, mother and entrepreneur. She had a goal, which I think we can all get behind, Susan wanted to "go to Target and buy whatever she wanted or needed"! As her business grew, she expanded her goal to her team, so they could also "go to Target and buy whatever they wanted or needed". How cool is that? Cheers to Susan, her awesome mocs and her love of Target!
p.s. Freshly Picked Giveaway coming soon!
Inspired by Freshly Picked, we are giving away a $100 Target Giftcard!
The Snuza Hero is portable and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto baby's diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby's movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected at all for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will vibrate gently. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. After three vibration/rouse incidents, the Rouse Warning will alert you to the fact that your baby's abdominal movements have stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If no further movement is detected for another 5 seconds, an alarm will sound to alert you.
- small - fits onto baby's diaper
- vibration stimulation after 15 seconds
- Rouse Warning
- audible alarm after 20 seconds
- Movement-rate Indicator to warn about weak or infrequent movement
There are so many things to think about when preparing for your little ones arrival, we sometimes for get to prepare for what comes next. If you are planning on breastfeeding, it is important to prepare yourself baby's arrival. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for breastfeeding success:
1- Get Educated- If you are new to breastfeeding it is important to learn as much as you can! Talk to breastfeeding moms, attend a breastfeeding class, check out sites like The Leaky Boob and Kelly Mom, or find some great books to help prepare yourself.
2- Get a Support System- Talk to your partner and be sure you are on the same page about breastfeeding. Find a group of moms you can discuss your successes and frustrations with and who can encourage you when your feeling defeated.
3- Get Comfortable- For the first few weeks, it may seem that all you do is feed your newborn. Find a calm quiet place you can be comfortable while you get things figured out. Put together a basket that has everything you may need or want while you are nursing: snacks, water, burp clothes, nursing pads, etc. so you don't get stuck.
4- Get Supplies- Invest in a good nursing bra that is comfortable. You will also want a small supply of breastpads (we recommend Bamboobies reusable nursing pads) and some nipple cream to help with sore nipples. A nursing tank, like Undercover Mama is great to keep your back, sides and belly covered while you nurse your baby.
5- Get Help- In an ideal world, breastfeeding would come easy for all of us. But just in case it doesn't click right away, make sure you have resources on hand should you need help. Getting help early on can make all the difference for breastfeeding success. You can ask your OB/GYN, the hospital, your local La Leche League or visit the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
Breastfeeding during the Holiday Season can be stressful and difficult.
Here are a few tips to help make your life a little easier:
1- SLOW DOWN: Take regular breaks and go to a quiet place to feed your baby when possible. Accept help from family or friends when offered. (Easier said than done!)
2- WATCH WHAT YOU EAT: Drink! Drink! Drink water to stay hydrated to help maintain your milk supply. Avoid peppermint and sage as they can negatively impact your supply.
3- WEAR YOUR BABY: Avoid overstimulation and germs from too many visitors by wearing your baby. Plus baby may be more likely to sleep when tired and you get extra cuddles.