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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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0 In mom hacks/ Motherhood

Best tips for moms on the go

Best tips for busy moms on the go
This post is sponsored by Dr Scholls but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ever since I became a mom, my life has become more chaotic. I’m constantly on the fly between work, errands and going out with my boys. Here are some of my best tips for moms on the go.

1.) Wake up early – I get up early before everyone else, even on my days off. Some days I get my work out in, other days, I just have my coffee in peace. It’s my little slice of me time before the craziness ensues.

2.) Prep the night before – Try to get as much done the night before as you can. Whether it’s packing lunches, laying out everyone’s clothes for the next day or doing some light cleaning. It’s one less thing you’ll have to do in the morning and cuts down on rushing around.

3.) Dress comfortably – Dress in layers and comfortable footwear is a must! This has become especially important since I’ve been working as a nurse and spend over 12 hours on my feet. Recently I discovered Dr. Scholls’ Stylish Step inserts with CushionFlex technology. They offer insoles for any type of shoe from sneakers to flats to heels. Whether I’m at working helping mamas deliver babies, or out on the playground with my kids, my feet feel supported and relieved of pressure. You can buy them at DrScholls.com or at Target now.

best tips for busy moms on the go

 

best tips for busy moms on the go

4.) Take advantage of grocery delivery or pickup – This is one of my favorite mom hacks. I order all of my groceries online and then pick up later in the day on our way home from wherever we are going. Not only does it free up some time, but you’re less likely to buy those things that you don’t need and aren’t on your list.

5.) Learn to say no – This one takes a little bit of practice, especially if you’re a people pleaser or get fomo (fear of missing out). At first I used to feel guilty but now it’s actually quite empowering. Say no to those things that you just can’t commit to or simply won’t bring you joy. Be protective of your time.

 

You can also check out my self care tips for moms

 

Click here to check out Dr Scholl‘s Stylish Step insoles at Target now!

best tips for busy moms on the go

 

 

 

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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

0 In Motherhood/ pregnancy

Tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse

tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse

You’ve got the nursery organized, the carseat installed and your freezer stocked with freezer meals, but are you truly prepared for the birth of your baby? Preparing for the birth of your baby is an exciting time, but is also a time of information overload, and lots of emotions as well. As a labor and delivery nurse, one thing that I have learned is that each birth is different and unique, and there is no way to predict how things are going to go. Yet, there are some things that you can do to be prepared.

Here are some ways to prepare for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the birthing process. Education is key to helping dissolve any fears and build your confidence. The more you can become educated on the birthing process, the more comfortable you can become with what to expect. One topic that I find especially important for new mothers is to be familiar with the birthing process and the stages of labor. tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse
  2. Take some childbirth classes. Classes are a great way for you and your partner to learn different relaxation techniques and coping mechanisms to help you through labor. In addition, they are also a great way for your partner or support person to learn how they can best support you throughout the birthing process. There are many different kinds of classes from Lamaze, to the Bradley Method to Hypnobirthing. You can reach out to your obstetrician or midwife or the hospital in which you plan to give birth to see what classes they offer. Some classes even include a tour of the hospital or birthing center as well.tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse
  3. Create some sort of birth plan. As a labor and delivery nurse, I do remind women that birth may not always go the way they had planned, and at the end of the day, the best plan is a healthy mom and baby. But it’s a good idea to have some sort of idea as to what’s important to you and your partner and have a discussion ahead of time with your obstetrician or midwife. And most moms feel comfortable knowing that they have a plan in place should certain situations arise. When you check into the hospital, let your nurse know your wishes for example if you want delayed cord clamping, or skin to skin. But remember, the best plan is a healthy mom and healthy baby, however that should happen.

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had envisioned going into labor naturally and having an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. However, at 37 weeks, I found myself being induced for high blood pressure and ultimately it ended in an emergency c-section. (You can read more about my birth story here). While it was not the way I had planned, at the end of the day, we were both healthy.

Even though I was a labor and delivery nurse and familiar with the different methods of induction, at the time being in that situation, I wasn’t thinking as a nurse.  I was a sleep deprived mom in that hospital bed and all of my clinical thinking and reasoning went out the window. However, had I had somewhat of a plan in place in the event that induction was necessary, I would have discussed with my provider the different cervical ripening methods and played a more active role in the decision making. In the end, the outcome wasn’t what I had envisioned, but both myself and baby were healthy and that was all that mattered.

 

tips for preparing for the birth of your baby from a labor and delivery nurse

While every birth plan may look different and certainly isn’t set in stone, education is the key to being prepared for your birth.

Click here to check out my post on what to pack in your hospital bag and get my free printable checklist

Check out my tips on preparing for your c-section and recovery