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Products for new mom and baby – a Babbleboxx review

Products for new mom and baby - babbleboxx review

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own

Welcoming a new baby is an exciting time! One of things I looked forward to each time was trying out new products and gadgets for mom and baby. Babbleboxx recently sent me their new mom and baby favorites and I had the opportunity to test out some cool goodies. Read on below to see all of the products and read my review.

Baby Magic Bath and Body Products for Baby

Products for new mom and baby - baby magic bath products

Baby Magic’s Calming Baby Bath, Calming Baby Lotion and Gentle Baby Lotion keep your baby’s skin hydrated and soft.  Baby Magic has been a trusted skincare company for little ones for several decades. All of their products are hypoallergenic and free of sulfates, dyes, parabens, and phthalates so you can feel safe using them on your babies. And they smell really good too!

Starting in September, Baby Magic will be donating a portion of proceeds to Baby2Baby. Baby2Baby is an organization that provides children living in poverty with all of their basic necessities, something every child deserves.

To purchase, click the links below.

Calming Bath

Calming Lotion

Gentle Baby Lotion

 

Disney Lullaby Playlist

products for new mom and baby - disney lullaby

One of the greatest gifts you can get as a mama, whether you’re a new mom or a veteran is the gift of sleep. Disney Lullaby is a playlist featuring calming renditions of all of your favorite Disney tunes to help soothe your baby to sleep.  Music has been a huge help as far as getting our little guy into a sleep routine. (Read more about my sleep tips here). Download Disney Lullaby on whatever streaming service you use to stream your music.

Download the playlist on your preferred streaming service here

Auto-Dish Detergent Pods from Lemi-Shine

products for new mom and baby

With a new baby around, you’re going to have alot more dishes and bottles to wash. Lemi-Shine dishwasher detergent pods combine citric extracts for extra cleaning power that helps remove hard water stains, stubborn grease and food. I love cleaning products that use less chemicals and these detergent pods are a cleaner version. They’re available at most major retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon.

Get up and Go B12 supplement

Products for new mom and baby - vitamin B12

Boost your B12 with these great tasting and quick dissolving B12 supplements by Pink Products.  Each tab offers a blend of 5,000mcg of Vitamin B12 and L-Carnitine so 1 tab is all you need! Plus they’re free of gluten, dairy, artificial flavors and preservatives.

Visit pinkproducts.com for a $2.50 off coupon and to find a retailer near you! Valid through 12/31/20

 

My First Horoscope Book

Favorite products for new mom and baby

I love all things that tell me more about people’s personality types, horoscopes, enneagrams you name it. This book is so cute! My First Horoscope would make a cute baby shower gift for expecting moms to learn more about their little one’s personality. Mav is a Cancer like me and Maxwell is a Libra like his dad. It’s so crazy the similarities.

Baby Banana

new mom and baby products - baby banana

Baby Banana is a company most well known for their baby toothbrushes and teethers. These are a huge hit in our house right now since Mav is teething. All of their products are 100% non toxic and BPA free. We personally love the Mystical Dragon Toothbrush (also comes in a Unicorn) to help introduce little ones to oral hygiene as well as soothe achy gums (works great in the freezer!).  The Lil Squish Jellyfish is also a great sensory toy and teether as well!

Use code FALL50 to get 50% off through 9/30/2020

Breastfeeding Consultation from SimpliFed

Lastly, if you plan on breastfeeding or pumping, this is a great resource for you!  SimpliFed is a group of highly trained lactation consultants available online for virtual appointments to help you make decisions and guide you on your journey through feeding your baby. I love their mission which is to help moms through the decision making process of infant nutrition – whether that means exclusively breastfeeding, deciding what pump to buy and/or supplementing with formula.

SimpliFed is offering a 10% discount for all of my followers and subscribers ! Once you book an appointment, you will enter OURTINYNEST-SimpliBox110. This code will get you 10% off a 30- or 60- minute lactation consulting appointment.

 

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5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

5 tips to get baby to sleep through the night

This post is sponsored by Phillips Avent but all opinions expressed are my own

Our first baby was an awful sleeper. To this day, 3 years later, he still isn’t consistent. So when it came time for baby #2, we were determined to create a better sleep routine.  Teaching your baby to sleep is actually a learned skill but there are a few things you can do to help them sleep for longer stretches. Below I’m sharing 5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night. 

My tips to get your baby to sleep through the night:

1.) Set a routine – After dinner, we give the baby a bath and he gets a nice massage. I have his sound machine playing in his room and the lights down low when I bring him into his room to get him changed so that he knows it’s time for bed. He gets his nightly bottle or dream feed and then goes right down in his crib. Whatever your nightly routine is, just be consistent so that your baby can learn those cues and recognize when it’s time for bed.

5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

2.) Dream feed – If you haven’t heard of a “dream feed”, it’s basically feeding your baby to sleep. Think of it like topping off your gas tank. Basically you rouse baby awake enough to feed and then put them back to bed. This cuts down on the number of times baby will wake to feed.

3.) Use a soothie – Both of my kids loved their Philips Avent Soothie Snuggler. The Soothie Snuggler is a BPA free soothie with a plush toy they can play with as they grow. There is a secondary piece that can attach to backpacks, bags etc. so they can use them when their older. They’re easily detachable which also makes them really easy to clean. Check out the cleaning instructions from Philips Avent below or this video.

5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

  •  To start, detach the Soothie pacifier from the Snuggle.
  • Sterilize the Soothie either in a Philips Avent Steam Sterilizer bag or in
    boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • After sterilizing, allow the Soothie to cool for at least 5 minutes and
    squeeze any trapped water out of the nipple.
  • Check the product before each use and replace the pacifiers immediately
    in case of damage or weakness.
  • Philips Avent recommends replacing your baby’s pacifier after four weeks
    of use.
  • You can wash the plush toy in a mesh laundry bag with your normal
    laundry cycle. Set it out to air dry.
  • Once you’ve cleaned both parts of the Soothie snuggle you can connect
    them back together and give the pacifier to your baby.
  • The plush toy is compatible with all Philips Avent Soothies and pacifiers
    which can be swapped out and replaced with age appropriate
    soothies/pacifiers as baby ages.
  • Philips Avent Soothies are designed for babies 0-3 months and 3+ month,
    and other Philips Avent pacifiers are designed for babies 0-6m, 6-18m and
    18+ months.
  • Once your child outgrows pacifiers altogether, his or her snuggly friend
    can still stick around and conveniently attach to car seats, strollers, or
    backpacks.

4.) Use a sound machine – I literally swear by mine! (Click for ours. It even projects little stars on the ceiling). Over time, my little guy has learned that it’s a cue that it is time for sleep once he hears the music playing.  Now at a year old, when he’s tired, he goes in his room and brings me his little elephant sound machine to tell me he’s ready for bed.

5.) Give yourself grace – all babies are different. My first was an awful sleeper and my second has been a great sleeper since a very young age (me knocking on wood). At the end of the day, you have to do what works best for you and your family.

5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

 

 

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New Mom and Baby Essentials

New Mom and Baby Essentials
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx

As a new mama to two little boys, I was thrilled when Babbleboxx wanted to send me their New Mom and Baby box. It’s filled with so many amazing goodies that can make pregnancy and motherhood a little easier. So whether you have one on the way or are a new mama, I’m sharing some of my favorite products below.

For mama

Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Morning sickness is no fun. I was lucky with my first pregnancy and didn’t have any at all. My second pregnancy however, that boy did a number on me.  Before I realized I was pregnant, I actually thought I had the flu. I relied on alot of crackers and ginger to help ease my tummy.

Ginger has been used for over a thousand years as a natural remedy for nausea and stomach issues. These Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace are convenient to keep stashed by your nightstand or in your purse for when the queasies hit.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer from Vichy

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Motherhood can cause many skin changes from dryness, to breakouts, to uneven skin tone and even wrinkles (thank you to stress and all those sleepless nights). Vichy’s LiftActiv Peptide-C anti-aging moisturizer helps correct the visible signs of collagen loss on your skin.  This moisturizer is packed with tons of peptides for your skin to strengthen it’s structure, as well as Vitamin C to help brighten and firm your skin. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and look brighter and more energized!

Click here to get 10% off and free shipping when you use code “BABBLE19” through 9/30/19.

The best undergarments

I didn’t truly appreciate comfortable undergarments until I became a mother (#momlife). Playtex’s Nursing Bras and Maternity Panties are soft and breathable and offer full coverage making them great for postpartum.

For Baby

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle and Natural Bottle

When I was pregnant with my first and it was time to make my registry, I was so confused with all the various types of bottles and pacifiers there were to choose from. Ultimately, I relied on good old fashioned trial and error to find which ones my baby preferred. Phillips Avent was one of the brands we loved.

I love Phillips Avent Natural Bottle because it’s great for moms who are breast and bottle feeding. The breast-shaped nipple makes it a smoother transition for baby to go back and forth between the two or transition from breast to bottle. It also features an air valve to help reduce feeding issues such as colic. If you’re looking for a versatile bottle I highly recommend you try this one from Phillips Avent.

I also am a big fan of the Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle. It combines a soothie with a soft plush toy which makes it easy for your little one to grab and hold onto. What I love best about it is that the snuggle can be easily detached for cleaning the soothie.

First Aid Kit

The Medipro Baby First Aid pod is great for the mama who is always on the go. I keep this compact kit handy in my car so that I’m always prepared. This kit contains a variety of bandages of various sizes, a cold pack, tweezers, antiseptic, and more for your basic first aid needs.

Click here to get yours.

And when you use code BABBLE2019 you can get 25% off through 12/31/19.

Bedtime Story

Guess How Much I Love You has been a beloved story for over 25 years selling over 43 million copies worldwide. This book was given to me at my baby shower and it is one of my favorites. This 25th Anniversary hardcover edition makes a great gift for the new mama as it highlights the special bond between parent and child.

Click here to purchase your copy

Use code CANDLEWICK at checkout for 25% off your book order (U.S. purchases only).

 

What are some of your must haves?

 

New Mama and Baby Essentials

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Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas
This post is sponsored by Linqia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

So someone you know is having a baby. You want to gift them something special but don’t know what. I’m sharing some of my favorite creative baby shower gift ideas they are sure to love.

 

1.) Something handmade or personal – I love handmade, personalized gifts. One of my favorite handmade gifts that I received at my shower was a toy box that was made by my aunt and uncle. My mom and sisters displayed it at my baby shower and people each brought a book to start the baby’s library and stacked them on the toy box.

Some of my other favorite ideas are a personalized blanket with the months so that mama can capture those monthly photos to see how much baby has grown.

Another cute idea is this wooden sign you can personalize with baby’s name to be hung in the nursery. I got one for each of my boys from Hickory Hollow Designs and they are gorgeous!

Creative Baby Showr Gift Ideas

 

2.) Newborn photography session – My sister’s gave this to us when I had my first and I was so glad that they did. With everything I had going on, I never would have thought on my own to book a photographer to take photos when we came home. And those photos, I will treasure them forever.

Newborn photography

3.) Invest in their future – Whether you have a newborn or a teenager, it’s never too early to start saving for higher education. With the NY’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, parents and family members can start putting away money for college now so that it’s less loans they or their children will have to take out later. It’s something you can always contribute to, so when birthdays start rolling around you always have a go to thoughtful gift. Plus, they have an easy gifting portal called UGift that allows you to give friends and family members a unique code to add to your 529 account My parent’s did a 529 plan with my sisters and I growing up and it was definitely helpful since higher education is very expensive and we were able to choose any eligible school, this includes vocation, trade schools, community colleges and graduate schools! For more information go to NYsaves.org.

Creative Baby Showr Gift Ideas - college savings plan

What are some things that you received for your baby shower that was your favorite gift?

 

Disclosures:

  • Up to $10,000 is deductible annually from New York State taxable income for married couples filing jointly; single taxpayers can deduct up to $5,000 annually. State tax benefits for non-resident New York taxpayers may vary. State tax deductions may be subject to recapture in certain circumstances such as rollovers to another state’s 529 plan, nonqualified withdrawls, or withdrawls used to pay expenses for tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private or religious school. Please consult your tax advisor.
  • Investment returns are not garuanteed, and you could lose money by investing in New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan.
  • For more information about New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, download a Disclosure Booklet and Tuition Savings Agreement at http://www.nysaves.org or request one by calling 877-NYSAVES (877-697-2837). This document includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. You should read and consider them carefully before investing.
  • Before you invest, consider wither your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in that state’s 529 plan. Other state benefits may include financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors. 
  • The Comptroller of the State of New York and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation are the Program Administrators and are responsible for implementing and administering the Direct Plan.
  • Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC, serves as Program Manager and, in connection with its affiliates, provides recordkeeping and administrative support services and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Direct Plan. The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as the Investment Manager. Vanguard Marketing Corporation provides marketing and distribution services to the Direct Plan.
  • No guarantee: None of the State of New York, its agencies, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The Vanguard Group, Inc., Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC, nor any of their applicable affiliates insures accounts or guarantees the principal deposited therein or any investment returns on any account or investment portfolio.
  • New York’s 529 College Savings Program currently includes two separate 529 plans. The Direct Plan is sold directly by the Program. You may also participate in the Advisor Plan, which is sold exclusively through financial advisors and has different investment options ad higher fees and expenses as well as financial advisor compensation.