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7 Reasons All Moms Need a Wet Bag

A wet bag makes a great gift for any mom to be. Whether or not she plans to cloth diaper her sweet baby or not a wet bag can prove to be very useful throughout the years. 1. All babies are adorable, but babies can be quite gross during all stages and ages. In the very beginning spit up is a very real thing. Wet bags are great for transporting those cute little outfits that have been spit up on a little, or completely doused in spit up. Plastic bags, while convenient, can sometimes transfer ink onto damp clothing. With a wet bag, you can toss in the dirty clothes then unzip the bag right into the washing machine. 2. Blow-outs. Blow-outs. Blow-outs. They will happen. They will be gross. A wet bag with a zipper will be a life saver in a blow-out situation. And as a bonus, if your baby is exclusively breast fed, you can unzip the bag and just throw the whole thing in the wash without having to worry about touching poop, again. 3. A wet bag is a great way to organize a diaper bag. You could use it to put all food items in to separate them from the other things in the diaper bag. You could also put toys in a wet bag to separate them, or blankets, or diapers. 4. Wet …

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30 Uses for Coconut Oil

I am an absolute nut when it comes to natural remedies, our medicine cabinet is full of essential oils and bandaids. I’m not sure what it is about it, but I love taking life back to the basics. Of course, coconut oil is not all that alternative, but there are still many people that do not understand the power of this edible oil. (Literally, I buy coconut oil by the gallons!)  There are many different types of coconut oil; Virgin is unrefined, and cold pressed is the way it is extracted from the fruit. My personal preference is Organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. As a young mom, I always looked for ways to safely remedy my child. Here are some things that I have used in the past few years that have helped us. 30 Uses for Coconut Oil: Add a couple spoonful’s to a bath for a moisturizing bath, you can also add lavender for additional benefits and aroma therapy. Take a spoonful to get rid of heart burn, indigestion or acid reflux. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is a powerful fatty anti-microbial, this assists the immune system of the baby. So the nursing mom, can take a couple spoonfuls a day to boost her baby’s immune system. Virgin coconut oil balances blood sugar and helps keep morning sickness at bay DRY HAIR -Cover hair in …

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Savi Mom Nursing Nightgown {Review}

I’ve been wearing my Savi Moms Nursing Nightgown throughout my first month postpartum. This would have been great to have in the hospital as a comfortable and functional outfit to wear in bed those first couple of days, but also cute enough to entertaining visitors and having my photo taken with the baby. The fabric is a nice weight and not at all thin or see through. It seems to be very nice quality and has stayed soft with washing and drying without any pilling or fading. The openings are large and easy to access even during nighttime feedings in the dark. I don’t like fussy nursing clothes that are difficult to manage with one hand while holding a hungry baby, and I really like the simple function of this nightgown. I’m very comfortable wearing this while sleeping as well as hanging around home on quiet days. The sizing is very generous. My newly postpartum body falls between a Medium and a Large and I chose to get this in a size medium.  I think the medium would have fit while pregnant as it is spacious enough to accommodate a bigger belly. I am very impressed with the quality of this Savi moms nightgown and would recommend it for pregnant and postpartum moms.  I plan to add this to my list of great baby shower gifts as a treat for …

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Camping With Little Kids

Summer has come to a close and fall is in full swing.  Even with the days and nights getting colder, it is a perfect time to go camping before winter brings her cold blanket to much of the country.  Camping might seem intimidating to those with young babies and children, but it is very doable with some extra thought and packing.  My little family actually just returned from four days of camping without any sort of facilities near Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.  The nights were cold and the days warm, we had no running water, or pit toilets, but we made it work with our 11 month old in tow. Here are 10 tips to getting outside with your little: Start local and close to home.  Our first camping adventure was thirty minutes from our house and close a grocery store.  This helped us come up with a packing system and an idea of what we would need on a longer trip.  If all went up in flames, we could jump ship and head home. Please do not think you need a camper or an RV to be successful, a tent is very workable.  My family has spent equal time between tents and campers.   We have actually had more luck getting a pack and play in tent versus camper.  Due to limited space, we typically cosleep …

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Confessions of the Pumping Mama

If someone were to ask me what my superpowers are, I would say, “I can make milk!” after, “I can make babies!”  Breastfeeding and bottle feeding both have their pros and cons. It is very convenient to breastfeed a baby and not have to worry about cleaning and sanitizing bottles. It is convenient for the mother to leave baby for an hour or two for a date night or girls night out and offer baby a bottle. I know some of you are laughing! For our family, pumping was the best of both worlds- I could breastfeed and my husband could bottle feed the baby. Three babies later, I have some “moments” I would like to share with you and a few tips and tricks of pumping along the way. I’m sure many of you pumping mamas can relate: “Look at all this milk I’m making, honey! I can feed an entire nursery!” followed quickly by, “I seriously feel like a cow making all this milk.” Over the years, I learned that pumping too much too early will create an oversupply of milk. I started pumping by day one at the hospital after every attempt to nurse and after a few months, I had over 1000 oz of breastmilk in my freezer and I donated it to a milk bank.  For my second and third baby, I only pumped after I …

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