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How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

It is extremely evident to most new moms that the art of breastfeeding is not for the lazy individuals in this world – breastfeeding is hard work, but oh so rewarding! It takes dedication, commitment to meet the growing milk supply needs of your child, faithfulness in caring for yourself in order to maintain good health to keep the milk healthy and flowing strong, flexibility like you wouldn’t believe, and an ability to love without end for the sake of that tiny bundle of innocence suckling at your breast. Are you one of these incredibly strong, resilient moms who tarry on despite circumstances beyond their control? If you are, we’ve got you covered! Read on to discover a selection of ways you can improve and control the ability to increase the flow of your milk supply. This is both for your peace of mind and to the benefit of protecting…

Ultra Cool Gear For Moms and Babies with Budgets in Mind

I love a pretty baby/child item. We have so much gear to carry, haul and manage that it makes things easier if everything just looks pretty and stylish. I feel like the prettier something is, the less I see the mess! I have a great list of my favorite baby gear and mama gear pieces that are totally modern, sleek, and functional! Most are very affordable, and will absolutely make your life easier with functionality. Here’s my compilation of my favorite mommy gear must-haves to make you feel like an uptown designer mom, even when you have spit-up on everything, blowouts, and jelly stains. Ruvalino Diaper Backpack Skip Hop Diaper Clutch Upsimples Travel Bag Baby Bjorn Carrier Infantino Convertible Carrier Lillebaby 360 Ergonomic Baby Carrier Original Black Munchkin Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet 3 in 1 Diaper Bag Backpack Organizer Cozy Cover Alpine Baby Carseat Canopy, Nursing Cover and…

Nesting Projects To Do Before Your Baby Comes

There comes a time in every pregnant woman’s life when she feels like she needs to clean every corner of the house, wash all baby clothes, re-pack the hospital bag, and do other similar chores.  For those who don’t know: when a pregnant woman feels this unstoppable drive to organize, clean, and prepare everything for the baby’s arrival, is called the nesting instinct. It usually starts somewhere around week 38 of the pregnancy or closer to your due date. Nesting is a completely normal instinct that happens during pregnancy and it can be just as powerful as it is for other mammals.  It’s important to know that going through a nesting phase is normal just as it’s normal not to have this phase. We’re all different and so are our pregnancies.  However, if you’re going through a nesting phase, here are some projects that you can do before the baby…

Easy-To-Miss Steps To Make Your Home Safe For Baby With First Alert

Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Help protect your home and family with voice and location alarms from First Alert! As a mom of three, I’ve had to prep for three babies. There are some safety tips you want to follow or have in place before the baby arrives. These are simple, yet often forgotten little tasks for the home, which in the event of unfortunate can be life-savers! I am going to assume you’ve thought of some of the major steps to baby-safe the home. These would be things like the crib, safety items like first aid kits, and other basic things. This list is easy to forget because they aren’t always a hazard right away. You may think you have all detectors in place, or TVs are installed properly because there haven’t been any issues. Here are some things to make sure you take a look…

Breastfeeding Nutrition: Why Eating Healthy is Vital to Your Breastfeeding Journey

Having a baby is one of the most joyous moments in a new mother’s life. Smelling that sweet newborn and providing the best nourishment for your baby through breastfeeding are some of the happiest times. The postpartum phase as a new mama can also be a time of stress and anxiety as you learn your newborn’s feeding cues and other important signs. All babies want to be cuddled and cared for. This also means as a new mama, you need to be in your best physical, emotional, and mental state to be able to best care for and nourish your new baby.  The proper nourishment in the postpartum period is so important- from positive affirmations to eating a healthy diet. As your body heals in this postpartum period, fueling your body with the best nutrients is essential.  Milk production requires an extra 250-500 calories per day in breastfeeding mothers. If…

9 Essentials You Forgot In Your Diaper Bag

Oh, the diaper bag. I’ve had a few now that I am a mom of three boys. I put together a list of nine items I have NEEDED at some point but never remembered to pack. This isn’t your usual diaper bag essentials list of diapers, wipes, binkies, and bibs. These are items you will want, that nobody mentions! I get bored of carrying a diaper bag, so I often switch back and forth between purses, backpacks, and diaper bags. It depends on my mood and where we are going. A backpack is often my go-to because I need to be hands-free with my little ones. this post contains affiliate links Packing the diaper bag is always the harder part. When you are a first-time mom, everything goes. Clothes, extra socks, and shoes, wipes and more wipes, extra bottles, toys, hats, burp clothes, 20 diapers…you know just the whole nursery.…

12 Designer Diaper Bags for Under $100

As a mom of three, I’ve been through a few diaper bags. I have even completely boycotted diaper bags for a while because I just wanted to carry a purse. I decided not to pack all the stuff and try to be minimal. Well, all the “stuff” just wound up on the floor of the car and on the way back. I was digging around the car, rather than a diaper bag, which is just too much. We mamas need diaper bags, and we need all the goodies to keep our little ones happy. I still haven’t bit the bullet and purchased one over $100. Because of all the spills, messes, beach trips, and parks, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So, I’ve shopped lots of bags, and I thought some other mamas out there might appreciate a list of diaper bags that look designer without the designer…

Explaining Postpartum Depression to Your Partner: The Importance of Communication

It can be very stressful having a baby, even if you even look forward to doing so for a long time. Also if you love your child unconditionally, it is unsurprising that many people are preoccupied after having their firstborn. Just like experts at Top-Mom.com say, “a lot of mothers have new responsibilities, are sleep deprived and don’t have a lot of time for themselves.” it’s no wonder that mothers get postpartum anxiety frequently around the world, feeling like they’re on an emotional journey. Mate swings and depression are prevalent in new mothers, that’s why email has heard postpartum definition to be dubbed as “baby blues.” The vast majority of mothers around the world do experience postpartum depression symptoms immediately after they have had their child. The underlying reason for this is that hormone suddenly changes after the baby is delivered – these hormonal changes are coupled with isolation, stress, fatigue, and sleep deprivation. The result is slightly…

How To Be A More Present Mom

Wondering how to be a more present mom? Here are ways that I’m putting my focus on doing that, each and every day. If I were living in a dream world where every mom was a literal supermom and I could whisk away my children’s tears and hardships, get chores done in a flash of light, and meet everyone’s demands with a smile on my face – that would be amazing. The reality is a bit different though isn’t it? I may dream of becoming that parent, but exactly how can I honestly and realistically go about accomplishing it? How can I be a more present mom and fulfill my children’s deepest longings for my listening ear, and my constant attention given to them every moment of every day? Well, if I’m honest with myself, that dream may never be all I hope it to be, but I am certainly…

Awesome Apps for Tracking Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

You don’t want to miss these awesome apps for tracking pregnancy and breastfeeding. As a new mom, you’ve got a lot on your plate so these simple apps can help you try and keep track of it all! Getting in the modern groove of trying out new apps, are you? Great! There are so many fantastic new apps to explore for tracking pregnancy, baby’s growth, and breastfeeding. Many of them you may recognize from popular pregnancy books, others may be totally new to you, but still may offer some extremely valuable advice and helpful tips. Don’t forget to check out the reviews on some of these apps, as the responses can sometimes share a hidden component within an app that isn’t described in the original description. Some suggested functions that are a huge help and something to consider when choosing which ones you wish to keep and use, is…