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Breastfeeding During the Holidays

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.  

Tips for Breastfeeding During the Holidays

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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Claim your Free Shirt in 3 Easy Steps:

1- Purchase an Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt from any Canadian Retailer.  Find all Canadian retailers here.

2-  Email an image of your receipt to sales@undercovermama.com.

3- Get an electronic voucher to shop our website for your free shirt! 

Offer valid 12/3/14 to 12/31/14. Not valid on prior purchases.

Void where prohibited. Shipping to Canada can take up to 4 weeks.

We've rounded up our Top 10 favorite gifts for Pregnant Mamas to make shopping a little easier.

1-PREGNANCY PILLOW- This is a lifesaver to help that expecting mama find a comfortable position to get some much needed rest.  Here's one of our favorites:

Snoogle Chic Total Body Pregnancy Pillow

2- PAMPERING KIT- Every mama deserves a little pampering.  The Earth Mama Angel Baby a Little Something for Mama-to-beincludes happy mama hand to toe wash, happy mama spray, organic morning wellness tea, earth mama body butter, and natural stretch oil.

3- PREGGO LEGGINGS- The key to a happy pregnancy is leggings and these are chic and comfortable and go with practically everything!

4- LINGERIE-  Every woman needs beautiful and comfortable maternity and nursing bras and panties and that's why we love You!Lingerie!  It's not just cotton, it's super cute and comfy cotton nursing lingerie. 

5-COOKIES- What mama doesn't want wholesome, real, nutritious snacks?  Bumpboosters are the perfect sweet snack to grab on the go specially designed for pregnant mamas.

6- PRENATAL MASSAGEStudies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

7- PEDICURE- Treat that Mama in your life and help her have perfectly pedicured feet when it comes time to push.

8- Push Pack Prepacked hospital bag, just for mom which includes Lather® body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and facial soap, loofah, shave cream, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant wipes, Motherlove® nipple cream, breast pads, Earth Mama Angel Baby® lip balm & bottom balm, comb, hair band, nail file, disposable under ware, maxi pads, thank you cards, note pad, snacks, gum, lollypop, playing cards, pen, gifts from Daddy & Co and Stickybellies. 

9- DIAPER BAG- Every mama needs a new bag and we absolutely love the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Messenger Diaper Bag!

10- UNDERCOVER MAMA- Perfect for pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond.  The lace add extra length to the Undercover Mama, perfect for a growing belly.

 

1- Register your American Express card here.  Look for a confirmation email.

2-Find Your local Undercover Mama retailer here and make sure they are participating here.

3- Shop on Saturday November 29th, at the participating small business with your registered card and get a $10 statement credit on your AMEX.

Offer details from American Express here.

Remedies for Teething Babies

The dreaded teething baby. Teething is painful for the sweet suffering baby and painful for everyone trying to comfort them.  Every baby is different and there is no fail safe remedy but we've rounded up 3 NATURAL tips and remedies to help sooth teething babies.

1- BREASTMILK POPSICLE- Anything cold brings relief to swollen gums and there is nothing more nourishing than mother's milk so why not combine the two and make a Breastmilk Popsicle?  You can make your own mold by using the lid off a gerber bottle and a pacifier.  Fill the lid 2/3 of the way to the top and place the pacifier in the milk and freeze.  When ready, run the lid under warm water for a few seconds to loosen and give to (supervised) baby.  If you don't have either of those on hand, you can trust Amazon to come through again with these:

Annabel Karmel Fill and Freeze Puree Pops

2-  ESSENTIAL OILS- There's a lot of information out there about Essential Oils for Teething, but we love Mama Pure.  Check our her post here.  But if mixing oils isn't your thing, you can purchase an already mixed version:  

Punkin Butt Teething Oil 2 oz is made with essential oils of chamomile, clove and peppermint, on baby's gums will help banish teething pain and soothe baby.

3- TEETHING BISCUITS-  Biscuits are the perfect hard, edible snack that can help disctract your baby from the pain.  Pinterest is full of natural recipes, but here are a few of our favorites:

Imprintalish Homemade Teething Biscuits

Sugar Free Homemade Banana Teething Biscuits

Family Feedbag Baby Cakes

What remedies have worked for your little one?

A birth plan is a simple, clear, statement of your preferences for the birth of your child. Remember that things don't always go according to plan and at the end of the day the important thing is the safe birth of your child.

Some Issues to Tackle:

-Natural, Non-Medicated, or Medically Assisted (throw in there water birth or VBAC if needed)

- At What Point to Go to the Hospital

-Personalizing Atmosphere (clothes, music, etc.)

-Managing Pain (medication, breathing, hypnosis, massage, etc.)

-Situations that Warrant an Episiotomy and C-Section

-Presence in the Delivery Room

-Role of Father

-Fetal Monitoring

-Vacuum Extractor or Forceps

-When to Cut Cord and Cord Blood Banking

Here are some great resources to help you in your birth plan creation:

Great Resourse from the Bump, there's a lot of questions here but it will help you really narrow down what you want to include in your birth plan.

Here is a great straightforward one page birth plan from the Humbled Homemaker 

Did you write a birth plan?  What would you add to this list?

We had so much fun doing this today. There are lots of variations so do what works best for you.

Here is how I did it:

1-My kids picked out their 25 favorite candy from their Halloween stash

2-They wrapped the candy individually in Christmas wrapping paper.

3-We put the wrapped candy in bags for storage.

I'll probably make a garland on December 1, and they will open a candy a day to countdown to Christmas. We have a ton of candy, so we will be making some for friends and family. It will make a great gift!

What fun plans do you have for your Halloween candy?

3 Alternatives to the Traditional Baby Book

Baby books take a lot of time. And while most of us moms start out with great intentions of keeping up a baby book for every one of our children, filling in every slot with pertinent information and keeping the baby scrapbook up-to-date, the reality is usually quite the opposite.

Here are 3 alternatives to the traditional baby book that may make your life a little easier, especially if you are active on social media.

1- InstaBaby- If you’re like me, you’re already using Instagram to capture your baby’s favorite moments. Why not print them all into a digital baby book you’ll keep forever? And even better, why not create a private instagram of your baby exclusively? That way you can keep the dates and milestones documented with just a few clicks of your smartphone.

2- Baby’s First Twitter Account: While I'm not a huge tweeter, I did like this idea. Sometimes all you have time for is 140 characters. Create a Twitter account for your baby and post status updates of latest milestones, funny moments and first words. If you are an active tweeter this wouldn't take too much effort and the tweets you compile will help your mom brain remember all those precious moments.

3. Baby's Own Email: Set your baby up with his or her own email and then start emailing them their milestones, funny happenings, descriptions of their personalitiy, etc. Be sure to attach photos and videos. And even have friends and family send emails too. How fun when they become adults (or even teenagers) for them to gain access to all of these heartfelt emails. Plus for moms on the go, you can find even just a quick second to send an email to record exactly what you want to remember.

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!

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