Pneo Baby Shusher Review

Posted on March 4th, 2014 by by carrie

Baby Shusher – The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies


Why do the cries of babies either send us scurrying in the other direction or send us into a panic? When you’ve checked the diapers, the belly is full and he isn’t noticeably ill, parents are left scratching their heads. Now, you can calm that baby with this new device, a Baby Shusher.

It’s named after the sound we always make to quiet a loud noise or to try and get baby to “lower their tone.” Sometimes, baby just can’t be consoled and there is nothing immediately wrong. The crying sounds can still be distressing, though. To ease your nerves and also to give baby a bit of peace, try this handy little device.

It only weighs a few ounces so you can keep it near baby. This little wonder plays loud shushing sounds at rhythmic intervals. There are two timing options: 15 and 30 minutes. The two AA batteries required are included. Set the volume so that the sounds are louder than baby’s cries to quickly calm them down. Now, you can get on with your nightly rest or those household chores and baby also gets some attention.

Instead of running to baby when they are fussy, use this device to calm their cries and your nerves. Baby Shusher – The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies

How to Recover from Childbirth

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by by carrie

How To Recover From Childbirth

 

Having a baby is one of the most wonderful of life events. However, childbirth brings with it many physical and emotional challenges. Here are a list of ways to ease the transition to new motherhood.

Preparing for Childbirth: Before The Baby Arrives

 

  • Postpartum moms, especially if they’re breastfeeding, are hungry! You won’t regret taking time in your final weeks of pregnancy to cook and freeze extra meals. Casseroles, soups and stews and pasta dishes freeze well. Ask friends and relatives to help you stock your freezer.

  • Are friends hosting a baby shower for you? Instead of frilly, impractical baby outfits that will be outgrown in minutes, ask for things that will make postpartum life easier. Disposable cups, plates and cutlery to eliminate dishes. Gift certificates to local take out restaurants. Diapers and disposable mom pads too.

  • A new mom doesn’t need to be fussing about the nest. Treat yourself to a cleaning service in those early weeks. Better yet, ask friends and family to! Some cleaning services offer a registry so that several people can contribute.

Baby’s Here: How To Enjoy Your Babymoon

  • Many cultures traditionally expected nothing from a new mom in the first 6 weeks other than that she rest and get to know her newborn. Learn from their wisdom! Even if you’re feeling high on love hormones and had an easier birth, rest as much as possible. This helps ensure a hearty milk supply and reduces risk of infection. Some moms who do too much in the early days postpartum pay for it months down the road with depression, fatigue and health problems such as mastitis.

  • Let the tears flow. It’s ok to feel out of sorts during the postpartum period. Don’t worry about being “strong”. Cuddling your baby and loving on him or her will help.

  • Limit guests if you need to. Moms differ in their tolerance or need for people after baby’s birth. Don’t be apologetic if you need quiet time or rest. Have a trusted friend or your partner run interference if relatives get meddlesome.

  • Keep the phone number of your Lactation Consultant or La Leche League leader handy, and don’t hesitate to call if you need assistance with breastfeeding.

  • A “belly band” type of girdle can be very helpful in providing support to your middle and helping your posture  (as well as protecting a C-section  incision) while your abdominals remember what their job is!

  • If you’re recovering from a Cesarean  these tips are even more important. You will have more pain and a longer recuperation time. So give yourself lots of grace! You’ve just brought a brand new human being into the world, it’s ok to feel tired.

How To Choose A Good Nursing Bra

Posted on July 7th, 2013 by by carrie

Far from being a luxury, a good nursing bra is a must have for a successful breastfeeding experience. Why? A well fitting bra can make your (now heavier) breasts more comfortable, help prevent plugged ducts and make getting baby settled and latched on to the breast faster and easier too.

Some moms may ask, why not just wear a regular bra as long as it fits you? Nursing bras are expensive! Good question.

 

While it’s tempting to wear a regular non-nursing style, if you do so you’ll likely either pull down on the cup or pull up on the bra in order to expose your nipple and get baby latched on. Both of these can put excessive pressure on sensitive breast tissue that can lead to discomfort, and in some moms, plugged ducts. Nursing bras are designed to expose the breast comfortably and fully so that baby can latch on easily and you aren’t being pinched anywhere.

 

Also, a regular bra may not be as comfortable because the nursing breast tends to change sizes through the day. Many women notice that they wake up fuller (and their breasts therefore larger) and their breasts are smaller at night. Nursing bras generally are designed with a bit more stretch to accommodate these changes.

 

The last issue is ease and quickness of access. When you have a crying baby, especially in a public place, the last thing you want is a difficult bra that makes it hard for you to get baby onto the breast. A nursing bra has openings that enable you to use one hand to discreetly open the cup.

 

So how do you find a well fitting nursing bra? Here are a few tips:

How To Choose A Good Nursing Bra

 

One way is to get a proper bra fitting at a maternity clothing store, lingerie store or department store. If you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy, your rib cage is a bit bigger but your breasts are a smaller than they will be the week after baby’s birth (it takes about 3 days for your milk supply to “come in” or increase dramatically after baby arrives, this is when your milk goes from colostrum to mature milk). Keep this in mind if you go bra shopping during this time.

 

Some women love underwire for additional support, and some nursing moms hate it. If you do prefer an underwire style, make sure the wire isn’t poking you anywhere and feels comfortable.  If you get plugged ducts while nursing, suspect the underwire. No matter what style you choose, your bra should not leave red marks on your skin. That means it doesn’t fit properly.

 

A bra that fits well will be far more flattering to your postpartum body because it will give you good support and a better profile. If you have large breasts, look for wide straps or cushioned straps for comfort. If you exercise, you may want to wear two sports bras at a time, especially if you jog. Heavy breasts that bounce around can get sore.

 

Some nursing openings are easier to manage than others. When you go bra shopping, try opening the clasp with one hand to be sure it’ll be easy to manage while holding a squirmy baby.

 

If you’re on a tight budget, avoid buying more than 3 bras in one size at a time. Since your breast size will change several times during the course of breastfeeding (especially if you nurse for a year), you’ll probably need a different size long before the bra actually wears out.

 

Wash bras by hand and dry on the line if you want them to stay nice longer. One easy way to wash your nursing bra without much fuss is to simply take it into the shower with you, wash it with a little soap, rinse and hang it to dry over the shower rod. This method only takes a minute. It’s a good idea to avoid fragrance in your laundry detergent and skip fabric softener. Some babies are sensitive to the perfumes. A mild soap such as castille or Ivory is effective and gentler on your bras.

 

Choose a bra that is made from breathable fabrics (cotton), or one that absorbs moisture such as microfiber. You don’t want a bra that encourages the growth of yeast, which can cause a painful condition known as thrush. Avoid nursing pads with plastic on them for this reason.

 

Some of the more popular brands of nursing bras are Bravado and Glamourmom. Bravado offers good support without underwire and has a wide, anti roll band that is more flattering to the postpartum body – it doesn’t “cut” into your skin and create an unattractive roll underneath. Bella Materna bras are a bit pricier but they get rave reviews from moms. Their microfiber styles are great under T-shirts and help avoid the “head lights” phenomenon.

Nowadays moms don’t have to choose between glamour and nursing. A lot of lingerie companies are recognizing that women want to look sexy when they’re breastfeeding too and are making pretty, feminine and even racy nursing bras. Some of these are featured at sites like sexynursingbra.com.

 

What about nighttime? Most women are more comfortable without a bra at night, but when you’re nursing you may wake up in a pool of milk if you don’t have a bra and nursing pads on. Choose a style made especially for nighttime. These are designed to be super stretchy so you don’t have to fuss with opening cups. Simply move the cup to the side. They also hold nursing pads in for extra protection against leaking.

Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

Posted on July 7th, 2013 by by carrie

Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

 

Congratulations! You have a new baby and you’re breastfeeding. You’ve made the best choice for your baby’s (and your own) health and wellbeing, both short and long term. Here are a few tips for making breastfeeding easier in those early weeks.

 

Nurse frequently.

While your milk supply is being established, nurse often and avoid scheduling the newborn. As the saying goes, “watch your baby, not the clock”. Your baby will indicate a desire to nurse by turning her head towards your breast when you stroke her cheek, by sucking on her hands, and of course by crying. Young babies have tiny tummies, and breastmilk is digested quickly and completely. They’re also growing quickly and need nourishment as well as the comfort sucking provides. Nursing frequently will not cause sore nipples. Sore nipples are caused (generally) by poor positioning (see below).

 

Avoid “triple nipples”.

Giving a young baby a pacifier before breastfeeding is well established can impact mom’s supply. So can offering supplemental bottles of formula. The best way to ensure a hearty milk supply is to nurse when baby indicates the need. Keeping track of baby’s wet and soiled diapers – the “output” – will give you peace of mind if you’re concerned about baby’s input.

Good Positioning Is Imperative

When latching baby on, make sure his mouth is wide open. He also needs to be “belly to belly” with you, facing towards the breast so he doesn’t have to turn his head to nurse. Use pillows under baby so he is at the level of your breast, and don’t lean down to him. Relax your shoulders. Good positioning and latch on prevents most issues with nipple pain, but if you do experience pain despite these tips, don’t hesitate to call a La Leche League leader (who will help you for free) or a Lactation Consultant.  Pain isn’t normal and most issues can be cleared up quickly, leading to a much more enjoyable breastfeeding relationship.

When and How to Wean Your Nursing Baby

Posted on July 6th, 2013 by by carrie

When Should I Wean My Nursing Baby?

 

Your baby is getting older and you’ve enjoyed a successful breastfeeding relationship thus far. Congratulations! Now, however, you’re beginning to think about how long you want to breastfeed. You may be wondering, what are the benefits of nursing an older baby or even a toddler? Is there any advantage to early weaning? What about starting solid foods? And what can I do to make weaning earlier if I decide to do so? Here are the answers to your questions.

 

Nursing the Older Baby

 

There are distinct advantages to nursing an older baby. Firstly, if your baby is crawling (or walking), s/he is exposed to more germs than they were as an in-arms baby. It’s only a matter of time before you have to dig a piece of old food out of your baby’s mouth that the vacuum cleaner missed. Not to mention the dog’s chew toy, or any other random object babies can spot and excitedly shove into their mouths before you reach it.

 

Thankfully, breastmilk is still your baby’s best defense against illness. This benefit doesn’t go away as baby gets older. In fact, studies show that in the second year of life, breastmilk contains even higher levels of some immune factors. Once again nature’s wisdom gets a big high five!

 

As your toddler shares slobbery kisses with their playdate pals, breastfeeding can help protect them from viruses. Since breastmilk is so easily and completely digested, it can be – literally – a lifesaver to baby if s/he gets diarrhea or is vomiting. It is so easy for little ones to become dangerously dehydrated, and it can be difficult to coax a sick baby to eat. However, breastmilk may be the only thing baby is interested in taking in during illness. Some older babies or toddlers who are eating solids already may temporarily return to full time breastfeeding for their nourishment, and this can result in much peace of mind for mom. Since breastmilk is considered a clear fluid (and NOT a dairy product), there is no need to wean during baby’s illness.

 

Another reason to consider delaying weaning an older baby or toddler is because the hormones (such as oxytocin) released while breastfeeding bring about calm and loving feelings in the mother, and can help mitigate the stress the mom of a busy toddler feels. Many mothers have reported that once their little ones weaned, feelings of stress or irritation at parenting increased.

 

For some mothers, extended nursing can also reduce their fertility. This may be a welcome occurrence if mom doesn’t want to conceive again right away.

 

Some mothers also enjoy the peaceful break that breastfeeding gives them and their child. Some toddlers will only sit still for a few minutes during a breastfeed! Other toddlers won’t nap or fall asleep at night except after a nursing, making it “mommy’s little helper”. Furthermore, an out of control, overwhelmed or tantruming tot will often calm down beautifully after nursing. Breastfeeding can often be better than any Band-Aid for an “owie” as well.

 

What Do Experts Say?

 

The World Health Organization recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding and at least 2 years of total breastfeeding. UNICEF has the same recommendation. Organizations such as La Leche League, considered the world’s foremost authority on breastfeeding, also recommend a longer period of nursing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding and the “continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.”

 

Breastmilk does not “expire”. In other words, a baby or toddler continues to receive benefits from breastmilk as long as s/he receives it.

 

One of these benefits is higher intelligence. A 2002 study confirmed that babies who are nursed at least 7 to 9 months had higher IQs than their formula fed peers. Long term breastfeeding also means less: celiac disease, diabetes, obesity, some childhood cancers, Crohn’s disease, urinary tract infections, allergies and asthma for the child.

 

What about mom? What benefits can she enjoy from nursing an older baby or toddler? Women who breastfeed are less likely to get breast cancer (and longer duration reduces the risk more), less ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

 

When Should I Begin Solid Foods?

 

Of course, at some point, weaning is inevitable. Technically, the term “weaning” means not an abrupt cessation of nursing, but the introduction of solid foods to complement breastfeeding. At around 6 months of age, baby requires more iron than breastmilk provides. This is typically when mothers begin giving baby solid foods.

 

When starting solids, it’s a good idea to breastfeed first so as to protect milk supply. For a baby reluctant to eat, trying mixing the food offered with expressed breastmilk. Offer small amounts (1-2 teaspoons) of well pureed foods at first, and go slowly to give baby’s digestive system time to adjust. Giving too much solid food too soon can cause constipation in a baby.

 

How To Wean Your Nursing Baby

 

What if you have decided that you’re ready for baby to wean? Here are a few tips for making the process easier for you as mom and for your baby.

 

Go Slowly

 

Keep in mind that, as mentioned above, breastfeeding floods your body with “relaxing” hormones. This is why some women feel sleepy when they nurse their babies. If you wean quickly, you will experience a sharp reduction in estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin. You may experience feelings of depression, sadness, and even anger if you don’t give your body time to adjust to lower levels of these hormones.

 

Another side effect of sudden weaning is painful breasts. Too-quick weaning can result in plugged ducts and/or mastitis, a painful breast infection that feels like the flu.

 

It’s far better to wean slowly to give your body and your baby time to transition. Some breastfeeding experts recommend that you drop one feeding every week. So for instance if your baby is nursing 4 times a day, then drop one feeding the first week, nursing 3 times a day. The following week nurse 2 times a day, etc. Generally, older babies and toddlers cherish the first morning feeding the most, so consider dropping that one last.

 

Be sure to give your baby plenty of extra love, cuddles, “Daddy time” and attention during weaning. Weaning can be difficult for some babies emotionally since they derive so much comfort from nursing. A baby or toddler will also need extra liquids and calories during weaning to replace the breastmilk they were getting.

Healthy Weight Loss for the Nursing Mother

Posted on July 5th, 2013 by by carrie

Congratulations! You have a bouncing baby and are breastfeeding. That’s the good news. The bad news? Now you want to fit back into your snazzy prepregnancy clothing but aren’t sure how to do so while keeping up your milk supply. Here are some tips on sensibly losing weight while breastfeeding.

 

Breastfeeding Aids Weight Loss

 

Studies show that breastfeeding moms lose their “baby weight” faster and more easily than moms who choose formula feeding. Why? Did you know that during pregnancy your body puts on 9 pounds just for the purpose of lactation? It’s like nature’s little insurance policy, ensuring that you will be able to draw from fat stores to produce milk in case food sources are scarce. This means that if you don’t breastfeed, your body has to work harder to lose that extra weight.

 

Experts point out that breastfeeding burns around 500 calories a day. So even if you don’t diet or exercise, your body will burn more calories than a non-lactating woman. Breastfeeding moms usually find that they experience increased hunger and thirst in the first weeks of nursing while their milk supply is being established. This is the body’s wisdom and it’s a good idea to listen to it.

 

Healthy Eating While Breastfeeding

 

There is no danger in losing weight slowly while breastfeeding. However- crash diets or extreme diets that exclude entire food groups are not appropriate for nursing moms. Calorie counts of less than 1800 calories have shown in some studies to reduce milk supply. Nursing moms should eat to hunger and drink to thirst. Weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week is safest. Remember that if your nutrition profile or calorie intake is too low, your body will pull nutrients from your own stores to make milk. Eating well is in your best interest as well as baby’s.

 

A breastfeeding mother should eat a healthy, whole foods diet and avoid junk foods and hydrogenated fats (“trans fats” reduce the quality of fats in mom’s milk). It’s also a good idea to avoid excessive amounts of sugar, which will add empty calories.

 

Exercise With Baby

 

It’s admittedly not easy to adopt a new exercise program after baby. Life with a newborn is surprisingly busy, and mom may feel plenty of aches and pains left over from pregnancy – as well as fatigue from interrupted sleep.

 

A breastfeeding mom still has loose joints from the hormone relaxin, present in her body before birth. This means it’s easier for a new mom to injure herself if she isn’t careful. One of the best and safest exercises for a new mom is walking. Babies generally love the change of scenery and motion of walking outdoors, many moms have found that a fussy or colicky baby in particular is soothed in this way. Put baby in a stroller and head outside. Or better yet, use a soft cloth baby carrier to add some resistance and burn extra calories!

 

Shoot for a daily walk of 1-2 miles at a leisurely pace, working up to a brisk pace as you feel ready. This is a wonderful way to boost the metabolism, burn calories and generally feel better about your body postpartum. Studies show that daily exercise and time spent outdoors in sunlight also helps prevent or cure a case of the blues, which for some moms can proceed into full blown postpartum depression.

 

Talk with your healthcare provider about the safe time to resume exercise. This will vary depending on your activity level before and during pregnancy, and the birth experience you had.

 

For extra motivation and accountability, team up with a fellow mom or a group of moms to walk with. Check out local gyms, community centers and groups like “stroller moms” for exercise programs for new moms.

 

Be Patient

 

It took you 9 months to build and grow a life in your body with accompanying weight gain. Why expect yourself to drop that extra weight overnight? Give yourself time. 6 months is a good goal. This time frame allows you to lose the weight slowly, which is more sustainable long term and less likely to harm your metabolism. Reject the images of celebrities with seemingly instantaneous weight loss after baby. Hollywood types have a team of people: nannies, chefs, housekeepers, fashion consultants and the like to rely on. For real moms, it takes time.

Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness

Posted on July 4th, 2013 by by carrie

Are you thrilled about your pregnancy but miserable in the throes of morning sickness? Here are a few tips and tricks for dealing with pregnancy nausea and vomiting that have worked for many moms.

Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness

  • Eat a snack before getting out of bed in the morning. Either have your partner bring it to you, or keep something in a cooler next to your bed. Raising your blood sugar and then getting up very slowly can head off morning sickness before it begins. Similarly, eat a high protein snack before bed and every time you wake in the night to go to the bathroom. Cheese, a spoonful of nut butter, nuts and whole grain crackers are good choices.

  • Vitamin B6 helps some women. Talk to your health care provider about supplements during pregnancy.

  • Small frequent meals keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day and don’t aggravate your sensitive tummy as much. Eat every 2-3 hours.

  • Avoid trigger smells. Have someone else deal with smelly trash cans, pet messes, rotten food on dirty dishes or other stinkies. Have your partner switch to unscented personal care products if fragrance makes you ill.

  • Try eating beans. The soluble fiber in beans helps bind with the extra bile (pregnant women have extra bile thanks to the hormone HcG) and carry it out in bowel movements.

  • Go with your cravings. It’s better to have a cheeseburger and fries that stays down than a salad that comes back up.

  • Ginger in its many forms helps some: ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger capsules, ginger candy.

  • Preggy pops are a lollipop sold in maternity stores that help some pregnant ladies.

  • Lemon essential oil can quell nausea. Try sniffing a lemon when nausea hits or putting a drop of lemon oil on a cotton ball and taking a whiff when you smell unpleasant odors.

  • Similarly, peppermint oil can help. Take a whiff of peppermint oil straight from the bottle when you feel waves of nausea.

  • Get enough protein. Eating protein and fewer sugars can help put the brakes on nausea.

Motherlove Nipple Cream

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by by carrie

Motherlove Nipple Cream

Breastfeeding builds a closer relationship between mother and baby. It provides enjoyment for mom and nutrition for baby that contains natural immunity from mother. As can happen with consistent feeding, breasts can become sore, sensitive and cracked. This can make it harder for you to bear the sensation of baby feeding. Motherlove nipple cream is designed to naturally relieve the pain so you can get back to feeding your child in comfort.

The one ounce jar contains a creamy salve that can be used to help with sore, cracked nipples. Cracked skin is more prone to infection that can result in mastitis. Clean breasts thoroughly and then apply a layer of Motherlove nipple cream to cracked skin. The product begins to work immediately to relieve the pain and heal and soften the skin. This formula can also be used as a diaper rash ointment for baby.

You can apply the salve before and after breastfeeding for best results. For moms who are worried about baby feeding with the cream, it is all natural and safe. The ingredient list includes Shea butter and olive oil. There is no residue or odor left behind to deter baby from feeding.

Motherlove Nipple Cream is available on Amazon.com

Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by by carrie

Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes

Breastfeeding is nature’s way of providing food for your baby. Before there were bottles there was only the breast. It is a way for mother and child to bond. Breasts are nature’s feeders but they can also become sore. In order not to mar the breastfeeding experience, try Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes to alleviate pain, soreness and sensitivity while you feed your child.

Nursing mothers can often encounter discomforts like engorgement, sensitive nipples, cracked nipples, clogged milk ducts, swelling and tenderness. These issues can make it hard for baby to latch on to the breast as well as making mom wince overtime that he does. Booby Tubes are gel free and made of natural construction to help alleviate these problems. Each cloth tube is filled with flaxseed. It can be cooled or heated and the contents will hold the temperature.

Cool the two packs in the freezer. Gently place around each breast to reduce engorgement and swelling. Warm your packs in microwave for about 30 seconds. Place around each breast to prevent clogged milk ducts and facilitate easier “let down” of the milk. Booby Tubes also help with healing of mastitis.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Wide Neck Newborn Feeding Set

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by by carrie

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Wide Neck Newborn Feeding Set

When it comes to feeding your baby, you want to use the best bottle system for them. Even if you breastfeed your child, eventually you may use the bottle and choosing the appropriate one can take some trial and error. Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Wide Neck Newborn feeding bottles are designed to help baby feed without getting excess air in the tummy.

Some babies are colicky. It could come from the excess air in the bottle during feeding. With Dr. Brown’s feeding set, you get an internal vent system within each bottle. It is designed to reduce colic, spitting up, gas and the need for burping. The vent creates a vacuum effect that produces positive pressure feeding with no build up of air bubbles or air at all in the bottle.

The set is easy to clean in the dishwasher and comes with everything you need to get started including: three 8-ounce wide neck bottles, two 4-ounce wide neck bottles, two extra level 2 nipples, two storage caps and three cleaning brushes. All items are BPA, latex, phthalate, PVC and nitrosamine free.

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Wide Neck Newborn Feeding Set on Amazon.com