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Any breastfeeding or pumping mama knows the importance of maintaining milk supply. And if your breast pumping isn't doing its job, that could create a problem for supply. Many women experience a reduction in suction while using their breastpump. Over time, the elasticity of the valve membrane wears down causing them to lose effectiveness. But don't worry, there are better valves out there!

Our favorite valves are the duckbill valves. These can replace the valve and membrane on most breastpumps giving you less parts to wash, sterilize and assemble. Plus they are more durable which helps create a strong suction when pumping the breast. Thus giving you better output.

So snag some of these awesome valves and put aside your supply worries!

"I can't even believe the difference they make. Suction is 100% stronger (not exaggerating), my pump is so much quieter and better sounding, and they're just generally easier to take care of. AND I've already gotten over 2 ounces after 7 minutes of pumping. That's unheard of for me!" credit: Kari Neblock on FB

Breastfeeding is the best, but it can be totally time consuming! And for those long hours stuck on the coach or in the rocker, you need something to pass the time other than staring at your precious little baby. When your eyes are too tired to read, a good podcast is the perfect way to fill your nursing time. Keep reading for some of my favorite podcasts!

This American Life

“From WBEZ Chicago, it's This American Life, distributed by Public Radio International. I'm Ira Glass. Stay with us.” Thus begins one of my favorite podcasts every week. This podcast has a theme every week and tells 3-4 stories on that theme. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s heart wrenching, always it’s eye-opening.

The Longest Shortest Time

Self described as “The parenting show for everyone” this podcast brings you “stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them. The Longest Shortest Time is a bold, daring podcast about parenthood in all of its forms. But you don’t need to be a parent to listen.”

Beautiful Anonymous

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People is a podcast hosted by Chris Gethard, a comedian by trade. Every week he takes a phone call from a total stranger and talks to them for one hour about anything they want to.  I love listening to other people’s stories and hearing about their experiences. Such a fascinating concept and listen.

What are your favorite podcasts to listen to while you breastfeed, clean your house, or take your kids to school? Comment below and let me know! 

I still remember standing in Babies ‘R Us with my husband when I was pregnant with my first baby, holding a scanner and feeling completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of baby products lining the aisles while randomly adding the cutest looking ones to our baby registry.

Fast forward five years, and one of the nicest things about having my third baby as opposed to my first is knowing what I really need, and what random crap is just not worth my money or storage space. I went a bit Marie Kondo and purged a bunch of things from my collection this time around (sayonara, mini jetted baby tub!) and thought for sure I wouldn’t have to buy anything else but noticed a few gaps in my baby arsenal. Here are a few new products I discovered this time around:

 Baby K’Tan Active Wrap 

I love the idea of a wrap for teeny babies since a structured carrier just doesn’t seem to hold them as snugly. When I was pregnant with my daughter someone gave me a popular brand of wrap and the first thing I thought when I saw all the yards of sweatshirt-like fabric was “ain’t nobody got time for that” and the second was “this thing is going to be HOT.” Sure enough, even after watching a ton of YouTube tutorials it still took me about ten minutes to get my daughter into the thing, and after wearing her for less than an hour we were both sweaty messes despite the chilly November temps. That wrap was one of the first things to go into my discard pile. 

Luckily this Baby K’Tan carrier solved both of my issues. It’s essentially a “wrap without the wrapping”, since the two connected fabric loops make putting it on a cinch, and their Active model is made of breathable, lightweight material that makes wearing my baby a comfortable experience even during the hottest months of the year. This thing has been an absolute lifesaver as I’ve chased my two older kids around parks, splash pads, and pools this summer.

 Go Joonie Carseat Cover  

After dealing with fabric carseat covers that didn’t seem to actually cover my carseat so much as create needless bulk and attract dirt and stains, I was intrigued when I saw a photo of the joonie on Instagram. This cover is essentially a sleek camping tent for your carseat. It’s made of lightweight (wipeable!) fabric that fits tightly all around the edge of your carseat, with breathable vents on both sides so you can peek in on your little one without disturbing their carseat slumber. Genius! The Joonie’s design shields your baby from rain or wind, and keeps prying hands away from your little one. It’s ideal for moms that find themselves on the go a lot. 

 

 

Fridet MomWasher by Fridababy 

If you’ve had a vaginal birth, you’re probably pretty familiar with this thing:

Ah, the hospital-issued perineal rinse bottle. Pretty standard, right? Well, in much the same way that they gave the ubiquitous bulb syringe a makeover with the nosefrida, the folks at Fridababy have now made life easier for us recovering moms by replacing this bottle with their new fridet mom washer.

fridet works with gravity, making it so that you don’t have to get your hand anywhere near the rim of the toilet bowl (eww) when using it, and you get a more, ahem, thorough cleansing experience in a fraction of the time. Just trust me on this one and include this bottle in your hospital bag. Your lady parts will thank you later. 

 

 

 

Summer is here, which means it’s time for summer fashion! And just because you are nursing doesn’t mean you can’t keep up on the trends and look cute while checking things off your to-do list. If you keep your Undercover Mama pieces close at hand you’ll be set all summer long. Keep reading for some fun outfit ideas to stay cool, chic, and ready to feed your baby whenever you need to.

Keep things cool and casual with this outfit centered around Undercover Mama’s split side tunic. Pair it with some distressed Bermuda shorts and the black nursing tank. Finish off the look with these sandals that feature some fun texture. You’ll be ready for tackling your to-do list and a park play date!

Tunic //Tank //Sandals //Shorts 

 

Don’t save your favorite nursing dress for more formal occasions! This dress can easily be dressed down for every day wear, whether you are taking the kids to the splash pad or on your way to a check up for your baby. Pair it with a fun and quirky baseball cap and classic sneakers  for a nice and breezy ensemble.

 

 

 Dress // Hat // Sneakers

 

Most days, especially in the summer, I just can’t handle the thought of putting jeans on. Or any type of pant that require me to suck in and button them up. Enter the jogger. They are basically sweatpants, but they are much more socially acceptable to wear out in public. So pair your favorite joggers with our new black nursing shirt and some slider sandals for an easy and ultra comfortable look.

Shirt // Joggers // Sandals 

Now you’ve got no excuse not to stay trendy and chic, even while nursing your sweet little one. Just keep your favorite UCM pieces in the rotation and you can’t go wrong.

 

I wanted to share some of my favorite baby products that I find myself loving & using daily! It's been 10 years since my first baby so it's fun to see all the new things that come out each baby I have.
 
 
 
#1. Brazil's best kept secret- Natura Mamãe e Bebê perfume. You can get it on Amazon and it smells like a dreeeeam! I have used this with all my babies cheirosos!
 
#2. The Woombie- this zippy swaddler is made of a stretchy jersey knit so baby can wiggle his arms up if he wants to but keeps him nice and snug. I have loved this for nighttime with a newborn.
 
#3. The Joonie- My own sister invented this! So you may think I'm biased (of course I am!) but it really is the car seat cover of my dreams! It keeps the wind and rain and little hands out and I constantly find myself thinking how much I love it! Thanks sista! Check it out @gojoonie
 
#4 White noise app- we use this at night with Lily on an ocean sound and it cuts out the noise from what's going on in our little house. Also, Max loves the rain sound and it calms him down and keeps him calm & sleeping at night. I love how it's on my phone so it's always close.
 
#5. Nose Frida- I was a bit skeptical about sucking my kid's snot out through a tube but my friend gave me this and it is seriously the best! Way better suction than the blue bulb and I use it for my toddler too!
 
#6. Undercover Mama nursing top- this has become a favorite part of my wardrobe because every 3 hours no matter where I am I need to be able to nurse! This top hooks to my nursing bra so everything stays in place when I lift up the top layer of the shirt. Lol. Thank goodness for nursing friendly clothes! @undercover_mama 

 
These gifts are tried & true! You really can't go wrong. 
 


 
1- This WATCH! The quality is great and you will gets compliments all the time. So simple & stylish, and waterproof! It comes in a little box that's perfect to gift.  Plus, did we mention that it's only $14.99?!
 
 
 
2- These PANTS! $88 Kind of spendy but worth it. Lightweight and flattering, you'll want them in every color! I have the same style pants from 3 other brands and the Albion Jetsetters are the best. They pair perfectly with the Undercover Mama tops!
 
 
 
3-This vacuum! $299 it's a splurge, but so worth it! I use it daily on my stairs, kitchen floor, couches and the car. This would be at the top of my list!
 

 

 

 

Let's face it, sometimes you don't want to haul around your big stroller.  Or maybe you don't have room in your trunk for you regular stroller.  Or maybe your baby is turning into a toddler and you don't need the travel system anymore.  No matter the reason, sometimes you need a really great umbrella stroller.  Here are our 4 favorites for 2017:

 

This has one of the coolest features I've ever seen in an umbrella stroller.  Baby can face you or face the world!   Plus it has a six-position recline which means it can definitely be a napping stroller.  The canopy is quite large which helps protect baby from the sun.  It handles smoothly and is one of the best umbrella style strollers out there that can also accommodate an infant.
 

This is a great lightweight stroller with a one-handed fold.  What makes this one awesome is that it also accepts graco carseats!  GENIUS!  It can also accommodate a child up to 50 pounds so you can still get a lot of use out of it.  
 

This is the most cost conscious our favorites, but it's still pretty great.   It has a 4-position recline with a 5 point safety harness, anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels, and an adjustable and removable canopy with flip out sun visor
 

This umbrella stroller is amazing!  It's only 7.5 pounds!  It has ergonomic, anti-microbial handles, a large-ish sunshade, a peekaboo window, a linked braking system, a large basket, a rain cover and four-wheel suspension.  It's a little pricey, but I've been a fan of the Maclaren umbrella strollers for a long time and this one doesn't disappoint.

There are a million diaper bag choices out there, but it seems that every year they get better and better.  Here's our top three favorites:
 

We are loving this new bag from PPB.  The outside is glazed cotton canvas which makes it super easy to clean.  It has coordinating packing pods called pixels and dividers called caddys that can help keep you super organized.  It is one of the most customizable bags we've seen!  And we love the fact that it can be a tote or a backpack.
 

This is a beautiful bag.  You can definitely carry this one even when you're out of the diaper bag stage.  It comes in a variety of stunning colors and has 10 pockets!  One of the best features is the fact that it opens super wide so you can easily spot anything you're looking for.  It can also be carried as a tote of backpack.
 

This is our favorite cost conscious bag!  It's a great mid-sized bag with lots of compartments and it's easy to clean which are our 2 most important features.  And it comes with complimentary stroller straps and a matching folding changing pad.  

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