Keeping Your Baby Safe in the Sun

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When that hot summer’s day comes, you’ll probably want to spend it outdoors with your baby. However, direct sunlight and heat can have its risks – your baby’s skin and sensitivity to heat are still developing and so caution needs to be taken to ensure your baby doesn’t burn or overheat. Here are some ways to keep your infant happy in the sun.

 

Stay in the shade

The best approach is to keep your baby in the shade at all times. Find a tree or canopy to sit under. Babies that aren’t crawling or walking yet will be happy to lay and roll in the shade. However, if your baby is mobile, they’ll probably want to wander into the sun, so you’ll have to keep them monitored at all times.

 

Apply sunscreen

When your baby is six months old you can start to use specially formulated sunscreen. Until then, keep them in the shade at all times. Don’t be afraid to overdo the sun cream – it’s better to be overcautious. You can buy some tinted sun creams that show which parts of the skin have sun cream on and which parts don’t. There are lots of online sites that can point you towards the best sun creams for babies.

 

Protect the pram

When pushing your baby in its stroller, you need to ensure that no direct sunlight hits your baby. Umbrella strollers are a great purchase, protecting against the rain and sun. You can search online to compare the best umbrella strollers in 2017. Alternatively, if your pram doesn’t have a sun hood, buying a parasol for it could be another option (these clip on and are also useful for protecting toddlers in buggies).

 

Dress your baby for the heat

Light, closely knitted materials such as cotton are best suited for the heat. In very hot conditions, stripping your baby down to its nappy may even be worthwhile. A hat is also recommended for protecting your baby’s head, as their scalp may not have enough hair to provide natural protection against the sun. A good baby hat needs to have a Velcro chinstrap to stop the hat from falling off. You can even buy wrap-around baby sunglasses to protect your infant’s eyes. Stick to cheap accessories – there’s no point shelling out on top of the range baby sunglasses if you may not get much use out of them, especially given that low end models are just as effective.

 

Cool off your baby with water

A water spray can be useful for cooling your baby down in the intense heat. A paddling pool can also be great for cooling off your baby in the garden. If your baby isn’t walking and climbing yet, the paddling pool will act as a playpen, meaning that they can’t crawl off. Only fill with a shallow amount of water as you would do in a bath and keep the paddling pool in the shade. Throw some toys in and your baby will be in its element! (not all babies like water, but most do).

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Packing Your Hospital Bag- A Little Help from Push Pack

Packing your hospital bag can be really difficult. After all, pregnancy brain is totally real and you don’t want to forget a thing when you’ll be away from home for a few days. There are so many other important things to do and think about before baby’s big arrival. When packing your bags, Push Pack has you covered!

 

Push Pack is a pre-packed essentials bag perfectly created for your maternity stay when giving birth to your new baby. The Push Pack bag includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial soap, lotion, make-up remover wipe, nipple cream, toothbrush & toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant wipes, razor & shave cream, comb & hair band, baby bottom balm, nail file, breast pads, maxi pads, disposable underwear, note pad, lollypops, snacks, mints, thank you cards & pen, and a “sticky-belly” baby milestone sticker. You can choose between three color bags: pink, blue, or green.

My Experience:

I had a Push Pack when I delivered Jackson and it made packing my bag SO easy! I was afraid of going into labor and then forgetting something important like my toothbrush or deodorant. I was able to pack my bag and the baby’s bag to leave by the door with nothing else to pack! When I went to the hospital, it was so handy to have! I remember using the lip balm in between contractions and sneaking a lollipop or mints in between my nurse coming in! 😉 In my opinion, it’s a must-have for your hospital bag and would make a fantastic baby shower gift!

 

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The Trick to Getting a Baby to Sleep Through the Night – The DockATot

The DockATot may have saved me. You see, like so many sleep deprived parents, I was desperate for a full night’s sleep. I wanted to sleep and stay asleep for any amount of time longer than 3 hours. Jackson just did not like to sleep. Nurse? He liked that. He would have nights where he was waking up every two hours, like a newborn, at 15 months old. To say I was tired…. well, that felt like an understatement. I was exhausted.

Enter in the DockATot. If you’re unfamiliar with the DockATot- it’s a breathable, multi-functional pillow for babies and toddlers. It comes in two sizes: The Deluxe is for babies 0-9 months and Grand is for babies and toddlers over 9 months old. It was designed to mimic the womb and offer a snuggly safe place for babies to sleep. While most families use it while traveling or for safe co-sleeping, it can also be used when transitioning a child into their own bed. The air-permeable sides offer security for both parents and child as they can act as a bed rail.

 

I had seen people rave over them. This huge pillow for babies and toddlers…. It was supposed to help him sleep through the night. But the cost?! Over $200 for a pregnancy look-a-like pillow for a toddler. Ugh. I needed sleep. I needed him to sleep. So I bit the bullet. I contacted DockATot and they sent me a coupon code to use to help me purchase the DockATot Grand- the DockATot for infants and toddlers over 9 months old. Guess what happened next…..

Ladies and gentleman…. Jackson sleeps. He sleeps 12 hours every night. Straight through. I won’t pretend that it happened the exact day that we got the DockATot. Unfortunately, I learned just how easy it is to clean the first night we had it thanks to some toddler vomit. But after about a month of use, Jackson started sleeping through the night in his bed. We even traveled with it and the little boy that refuses to sleep away from home, slept pretty darn good!

We have “broken” the rule and allow it in his crib. This is NOT recommended by the company as it is against “safe-sleep” practices. But my husband and I felt comfortable since Jackson has the capability to move his head or get unstuck if necessary. He’s old enough for a pillow in his crib at 17 months old anyways. The DockATot has given him a sense of comfort and security and will stay with him as we transition to a toddler bed, sometime this year.

I can not say enough good things about the DockATot. It is super easy to clean, super comfortable- of course I laid on it! I love how easily it travels and can’t wait to take it camping with us! (If you didn’t know- Jackson was not a fan of the pack n play, therefore we had to take the crib mattress with us when we went camping 4 times last summer! Crib mattresses aren’t so easy to just take with you….)

While the DockATot may not be the exact answer to getting your baby to sleep through the night, it certainly helped us. In all honesty, Jackson may not have been ready to sleep through the night. Maybe he physically did need to nurse and cuddle mama all night- even though he REFUSED to cosleep- little booger. But I’ll continue to praise the DockATot for getting me some sleep. 😉

 

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Buon Bambini Pouch Topper Giveaway!

The Buon Bambini Pouch Topper has been such a lifesaver! You know how kids like to squeeze those food pouches until there’s a giant mess? Yeah- mama doesn’t have time for that! These pouch toppers will fit on the baby food pouches you buy from the store or the reusable pouches you fill at home.

The pouch topper keeps the mess at bay by controling the flow. Your baby or toddler can not squirt the baby food pouch all over the floor anymore! 😉 They literally have to suck it out like a straw.

I have been using this since Jackson started on solid foods last year and it is still a super handy food accessory in our home. It’s really easy to clean out either by hand washing with a nipple brush or rinsing it out and putting in the dishwasher. In my opinion, if you’re going to use food pouches, these are a must-have item!

 

Because this is one of my favorite baby food products and can be used into the toddler years- I want to give one away to a lucky reader! 🙂 Comment below with why you’d like one and subscribe to Fluff Bum Babies for a chance to win! I’ll pick a winner on April 21st! 🙂

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AWE Süsse PD All-In-One Diaper Review

The AWE Süsse PD All-In-One Diaper was designed and created by three moms that decided to open an eco-friendly family store! Their store, AWE Süsse was named with their youngest children’s names in mind, along with their German heritage. They carry many of the brands we all know and love- but they also have created their own diaper!

About the Diaper

This diaper was designed with their babies in mind. It is easy to use for babysitters and daycare providers- but also absorbent enough for bedtime! The diaper has a PUL outer layer around French terry, to keep clothes dry. On the inside, you’ll find a layer of athletic jersey lining to pull the wetness away from baby’s sensitive skin. The absorbant stiched in insert is made up of French terry, organic cotton, bamboo and hemp. The insert is wrapped in organic cotton so only the softest material touches baby. With four rows of snaps, there’s many size settings to make sure your baby gets the best fit possible.

On to one of my favorite features: the rainbow snaps. We’ve seen rainbow snaps on Lalabye Baby diapers, and it’s one of their big selling points. The AWE Süsse PD All-In-One Diaper also has rainbow snaps to make diaper changes easy for other caretakers. Its super easy to grab a index card and color the outline of the diaper and then circle which color snap setting baby is currently fitting into. This makes it a million times easier to leave baby with someone that is unfamiliar with cloth diapering!

Want to use it on a newborn? This diaper also features an umbilical cord snap down! Because of the way the snaps are designed, you also have the option of a fifth rise to make it even tinier for the itty bittiest of babies! This diaper will start to fit around 8 lbs and fit until 35 lbs.

My Experience

I refuse to post about a diaper that did not work for us- because how can I tell you to use it if I wouldn’t? Well- this is not the case here! I love this diaper! It fits SUPER trim but it so absorbent. It even passed our bedtime test! 😉 Jackson seemed comfortable and his super sensitive skin wasn’t red, even after spending the night in it- which is a constant issue we have with using cloth for nighttime. The available designs are super adorable! I absolutely love the galaxy print: AWE Süsse Dreams. Isn’t it amazing?!

 

Overall- my experience with the diaper was fantastic. I love the elastics, the rainbow snaps, the materials used, and of course…. the absorbancy! This diaper is a winner in my book. I just wish I had a teeny tiny squish to try it on and see how it would fit on a newborn!

 

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A Look @ Babyganics + a Review!

 

As a Guidance Guide Brand Ambassador- I received this amazing package from Babyganics! Inside the package included baby wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, body lotion, and body wash/shampoo. I’ve used a few Babyganics items in the past- but not all of these!

Baby Wipes

Babyganics face, hand & baby wipes are made with plant-based ingredients. These baby wipes are super thick- but not so thick that you can’t handle them easily. They also have a slight texture to them to help clean up the messiest messes on baby! They’re fragrance free, so super gentle on baby’s sensitive skin. Added bonus? They’re also free from alcohol, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial dyes! I’m very particular about what baby wipes I use for diaper changes and these are my new favorite- hands down! They get the job done but without a bunch of added “stuff.”

 

Hand Sanitizer

Visitors in my house probably think I’m a germaphobe because there is hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE throughout my house. I also be sure to keep one in the diaper bag. This was a product that I already owned and love. There are seriously only 7 ingredients in the alcohol-free version. This particular hand sanitizer also foams, so it’s fun for the kids! And we all know that if the kids think it’s fun…. they’ll actually use it! 😉 My favorite part about this hand saniziter is that it doesn’t have a sticky feel after it’s all rubbed in. A little bit also goes a long way, so even the travel size lasts a long time!

 

Sunscreen

Here in Ohio, we don’t need sunscreen until May…. sometimes June! I’m really picky about the sunscreen I use, if I’m being honest. Babyganics’ Suncreen is SPF 50 and is mineral based. In their sunscreen, you will not find PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles. It’s made with plant-based and certified organic ingredients. Being tear free and non-allergenic, it seems like a pretty good sunscreen to try! Babyganics also states that it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes! I’ll definitely be trying this on the kids this summer for sure!

 

 

Body Lotion

I absolutely love this body lotion! Jackson loves his bath time, but it’s hard on his skin since he has some eczema. This lotion isn’t harsh on his sensitive skin but still smells super good! (We have the chamomile verbena scent!) It has all the good stuff- plant-based and certified organic ingredients like aloe, shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E and avocado oil. And again, you won’t find any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, artificial fragrances or dyes in this lotion! Jackson’s skin is super smooth after we use it and it also doesn’t get that sticky feeling. I’ve even started using on super dry hands- totally helps moisturize them. It’s also not super thick, so it’s much easier to rub in than some other baby lotions we’ve tried.

 

 

Body Wash/Shampoo

The Babyganics Shampoo & Body Wash is also a foaming soap- like their hand sanitizer. So obviously, it’s a huge hit with the kids! I love it because I don’t have to lather it up. I feel like that step has already been done for me! This particular soap makes me happy because it’s also tear free- we all know babies and toddlers don’t sit still for long! I like knowing that we won’t have a complete meltdown if some gets into Jackson’s eyes. Like the rest of the products, it’s made with plant-based and certified organic ingredients and is free of all the junk. It not only cleans baby’s sensitive skin, but it also has a 100% natural NeoNourish® seed oil blend to nourish skin as well.

 

 

All in all, I’m really happy with the Babyganics products! Last summer, I found their Insect Repellent and fell in love with it right away! But after trying all these products- it really makes me want to take a trip to Target and grab a few other of their products to try! So tell me this- do you use any Babyganics products in your home? What’s your favorite??? 🙂

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MommyCon Chicago- An Attendee’s Point of View

Earlier this month, I had the privilege to attend MommyCon Chicago! I traveled 6ish hours from Columbus- and it was SO worth it! This mama needed a vacation and I figured what better place than MommyCon?! I took Jackson with me and attended with my sister-in-law and nephew. While I wasn’t totally “child-free,” it was still a little freeing to get out of the house and have two children less for a few days! 😉 MommyCon Chicago was combined with WEAR this year- so we were looking forward to three days of the event!!!

 

We left Ohio Friday morning and made it with very little bumps in the road. We only stopped twice; once for lunch and once for gas. Can you believe we only stopped twice with TWO rambunctious toddlers? Yeah- I can’t either. But it worked out!!! We made it an hour before check-in, but Hilton was amazing and let us check-in early since our room was ready. After we got into the hotel room, we got ready and headed to MommyCon! Luckily, I really only wanted to attend one of the sessions on Friday and it was the last session of the day. After the session- I stopped at the MommyCon Shoppe and grabbed a new Milk & Milk & Milk shirt for Jackson!

Friday evening was the Wear Party presented by Abby’s Lane. Christy from Smartbottoms, Ula from Tula Baby, Julie from Cloth Diaper Geek and Stephanie from Abby’s Lane were on stage and spoke to the party-goers. It was hard to hear the amazing women on the stage, which was disappointing. But we all had a drink ticket, entered to win some prizes, and had some delicious food! (They served brownies, cookies, and a veggie tray with hummus!) Jackson enjoyed dancing to Miss Jamie’s music!

 

Saturday was the main event day! The exhibitor hall was full of amazing exhibitors and I picked up some amazing goodies! 😉 As a blogger for Cotton Babies, Jen Labit invited me up on stage during the mob party! I (unexpectedly) spoke to the attendee’s about why we started cloth diapering and why I started this blog. It was super exciting. I feel like I looked silly- my last “public speaking” was 8+ years ago in high school!

Also on Saturday, I took pictures with everyone I could! I love meeting new people and seeing my internet friends! Saturday felt really hectic so it was nice to be in the hotel connected to the convention center. I could go back to the room as I pleased to just decompress, grab a snack, etc.

 

Saturday night was a night to remember! I snatched tickets for the Tula Party! They did not disappoint- when using the #freetogrow on instagram, there was a printer printing out your photos! There was also an awesome green screen for pictures and they printed out those pictures right there as a souvenir! We were the first to see the upcoming release of the new Free to Grow Tula carriers and we were able to not only see them- but we could try them on as well! And did I mention…. open bar? Yeah. It was a phenomenal party! Perfect for a mom-cation! 😉

 

Sunday was our last day. The initial plan was that we would stay until giveaways that day- but it just didn’t work out. We were tired. And we didn’t pace ourselves well on Saturday. I attended a social media session with Xza and Mat York first thing in the morning and did a little bit more shopping. By that point, the toddlers were done. And the mamas were tired! Plus, add in the fact that we had a 6+ hour drive ahead of us…. it was just time to go. 🙁

 

MommyCon Chicago did not disappoint. Per the usual, we left with amazing freebies from sponsors and bags full of items that we purchased. I got to meet some of my new friends, take pictures with people I love talking with everyday, and got a weekend away. It was perfect. <3

 

 

*Want to see more pictures? Check out my instagram! I took so many pictures and don’t want to overwhelm this post with all of them! 😉

Thinking about attending MommyCon? Check out my “MommyCon 101” Page for tons of helpful tips and information- including a coupon code for your general admission ticket! 😉

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A Year to Remember

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Any birthday for your babies is an important milestone of their development (and yours as a parent), but their first is particularly special. It’s a testament to how you’ve been able to bring them up through arguably the most challenging year of their lives – and possibly yours too! With that in mind, here are some things to do to help take away memories of this special occasion.

 

Take Photographs

Your phone memory is probably full of all sorts of different photos of your baby, but try going old school and printing a few off to have in an album that you can get out and have a flick through whenever the mood strikes. You could look at hiring a photographer for a special shoot of them playing with their favourite toys or even doing an ever-popular cake smash. You can never take enough photos; each one tells a different story and captures a moment that can’t be replicated again. Get snap happy and make sure you get some good ones. If family and friends are visiting on their birthday, ask if you can get photos of them with your baby to look back on in years to come.

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Make a Memory Box

It’s not hard to create a memory box full of lovely things to do with your child in his or her first year of life – you may find that it’s actually overflowing by the end of it. You can find anything to go in – from the identity bands that they were issued in the hospital to the cards and tags from the presents that they have received. Add to it snips of wrapping paper that their presents came in on their first birthday and any special notes on tags that were with them. If you have had a cake, remember that sugar paste lasts for quite a while when dried out, so any cake toppers that may be adorning the centrepiece can be taken off and saved as a memento.

 

Create Finger Art

Not only is this fun to do, but it serves as a memory of how tiny their little fingers used to be when they start to grow up. There are so many different pictures that you can create using different body parts like their hands and feet. You don’t have to use paint if you don’t want to – putting down stickers inside the shape of a birthday-related object like a balloon or a cake can work just as well. Plus, this doesn’t just have to be for the children – if your child is having a birthday party, invite all of the guests to do a fingerprint and print it onto a piece of paper. You could have a tree or strings of balloons already put into place ready to create a montage of who was there at their special day. It’s relatively cheap to do but makes for a great lasting memory as well as a piece of art that can adorn their rooms for years to come.

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Out and About with Baby: Things to Do

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When your baby has to go everywhere you go, getting out of the house can be hard. They require more luggage for one day than you need for a whole week. On top of that, they need to be fed and changed regularly, and it’s not always easy to find somewhere to do either. But having a baby shouldn’t confine you to your home. With the right things packed in your bag and a plan in place, you should be able to get out of the house and explore with your baby. Deciding where to go might be daunting, but there are some great places for both you and your baby.

 

Relax in a Family-friendly Coffee Shop

Enjoying a coffee, especially with friends, isn’t something you want to only do at home for the next year of your life. Even if you have your baby with you, you can enjoy a relaxed cup of joe (or herbal tea) in a comfortable coffee shop. It’s a great way to get out of the house without having to exert yourself too much. But there’s also plenty going on to keep your baby entertained, from chatting and music to colorful art on the walls. A family-friendly coffee shop is handy if you can find one. They’ll have space for strollers, changing facilities, and maybe somewhere quiet for a feed too.

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Go to a Baby Show

If you’re looking for a baby-filled day, an event dedicated to parenting a baby has to be one of your best options. Baby shows give you a day or even two or more packed full of seminars and activities for you and your baby. You can get advice from baby experts on parenting matters, watching shows and seminars on stage. There are activities for you and your baby too, from entertaining shows to funny competitions. You can find local baby shows by looking online.

Catch a Baby-friendly Movie

Going to the cinema with a baby wasn’t a possibility not too long ago unless you were prepared to leave the moment your baby so much as whimpered. But now many theaters have baby-friendly screenings just for parents and their little ones. They’re shown at convenient times for parents and babies, and they can turn the volume down on the movie too, so it doesn’t hurt your baby’s delicate ears. If there are no special baby-friendly screenings, you can try going at a quieter time.

 

Just Go for a Walk

When was the last time you just went for a walk? If you’re desperate to get out of the house, you don’t have to have anywhere in particular to go. Going for an aimless wander can be a great way to get out and get some fresh air. Strap your baby into their sling or stroller and explore your neighborhood or go to the nearest store. You don’t have to go far to enjoy a trip with your baby.

 

There’s no need to be too worried about leaving the house with your baby. If you’re well prepared, you’ll survive your trip.

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Cloth Diaper Accessories: The Must-Have List

There are many cloth diaper accessories on the market. Some are more helpful than others while some are, in my opinion, a must-have. You can cloth diaper on the cheap without many of these amazing products but I personally love these 6 must have cloth diaper accessories because they make my life just a tad bit easier.

 

  • Diaper Sprayers
  • Spray Pal.
  • Smart Bottoms Wet Bags.
  • Fleece Liners.
  • Fresh Wave packs
  • Snappis

 

Diaper Sprayer

Cloth diapers are fun and all…. until the baby has peanut butter poop. Poop that just won’t plop off and is no longer exclusivly breastmilk poop needs a little something extra. For this- I love my diaper sprayer. There are many diaper sprayers on the market to choose from but we decided to go the DIY route and made a sprayer from the materials found at our local hardware store. It was pretty easy and it cost us about the half the price. (I would, however, purchase one next time.)

Spray Pal

I have done quite a few Spray Pal reviews in the past three years- because really, I have no idea if I’d still be cloth diapering without it. Spraying off the poop is a cloth diaper reality. Afterall, the first question people usually ask is, “What do you do with the poop?” For some people, this means dunk & swish. For others, this means having a designated poop scraper. For many, it’s the sprayer attached to the toilet. The sprayer can be a little messy so the Spray Pal saves my bathroom time after time.

 

Smart Bottoms Wet Bags

Smart Bottoms wet bags are truly my favorite of all the wet bags I’ve owned. They’re heavy duty and trap in the stinkiest of stinky diapers while we’re out and about. They’re the perfect size to use for a few hours out of the house or all day. I even use them for swim suits in the summer time!

 

Fleece Liners

Where have these been all my life?! I loathe stained diapers. It’s weird- I know. But I just am not a fan. But I’m also kind of lazy and don’t want to put in all the work of sunning my diapers either. Fleece liners are basically my best friends. I put these in all my natural fiber diapers (since those stain easier) and the poop is *mostly* contained on them. No poop on the diapers themselves means no stains on them! Score! Plus- They make it super easy to spray off of diapers that have flaps that don’t stay in place. Double score!!! 😉

 

Fresh Wave

Diapers stink. It doesn’t matter if you use disposable diapers or cloth diapers. They just stink. Fresh Wave odor eliminators remove the stink naturally. Instead of just covering the odor up, they get rid of it! It makes the room smell fresh. I use them in the bathroom and in the baby’s room. I also use the little packs between the cloth diaper pail and the liner and in the trash can between the can and the bag.

 

Snappi

I don’t use prefolds and covers very often- but when I do, I love my Snappis! They’re so much more convenient than trying to use diaper pins. But let me warn you- these suckers do hurt if you step on them…. Worse than a Lego. Prefolds with a Snappi and cover was my favorite option when Jackson was a newborn- as you can see tiny newborn chicken legs above. 😉

 

 

What are some of your “must have” cloth diaper accessories? Tell me in the comments below!

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Healthy Diapering 101

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So, I bet you’ve heard a lot about how good cloth diapering is for your wallet, and the environment. Stuff like how it’s the best thing in the world that loads of diapers aren’t ending up in a landfill. But while the environmental and financial impacts using cloth nappies is important, so is there effect on your baby. That is why you should read the guide below to make sure you are diapering in the most healthy way.

 

Baby’s Skin

One problem that parents can come across in term of babies skin is if they live in hard water areas. Hard water is very high in mineral content and can easily irritate delicate skin like babies. That is why it can be useful to use a water softener to ensure this doesn’t happen. Look at sites like WaterSoftenerGuide.com for some more information on which will be the right one for your family.

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It is also important to ensure that the diaper that you use are suitable for your baby’s skin. Diapers can be made from different materials, and not all will suit every child. Remember a baby’s skin is usually fairly delicate and sensitive, so you really will want to make sure you pick the right one.

 

If your baby doesn’t get on with the usual cotton variety, it might be more useful to use bamboo or hemp varieties instead. You can find out more about this at http://thehumbledhomemaker.com, where they describe all the different types.

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Cleanliness

Of course, one of the key concerns when using cloth diapers is making sure that baby and everything else stays clean! This isn’t always easy, but with a little practice, it is possible.

 

Something that can help you do this is a spray pal. Which can be used to spray off any excess waste from the nappy easily down the loo, before it is put in the wash. As you definitely don’t want that going around and around in your spin cycle, or sitting in a corner waiting to be washed!

 

Hygiene

Following on from cleanliness, hygiene is another important factor when using cloth diaper in a healthy way. Most have disposable inserts to catch waste which allow the worst of it to be thrown away.

 

It is also important to consider how you will clean Baby when they have been to the toilet. As some moms prefer to steer clear of baby wipes as well because they are not biodegradable. If this is the case for you, make sure that you have something else in place like a wet wash cloth instead, so as not to compromise Baby’s hygiene in these areas.

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Smell

Of course, no used nappy is going to smell great, but at least with a disposable one, you can throw them away and get them out of the house as soon as possible. With cloth ones that just isn’t an option. Instead, you can use a charcoal insert which will help to capture smells and stop them leaking too much while Baby is wearing the nappy.

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It is also useful to make sure that you are washing your diapers on a high enough setting to kill all the bad bacteria. This should also deal with the ammonia smell that can be a common issue with cloth diapers.

 

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What Every New Mom Should Have in Her Bag

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For busy moms on-the-go, you’re going to need to ensure you’re well equipped for any situation. A well prepared bag is a necessity. Make sure you pack these essential items before heading out the door.

Wet Wipes

Newborn babies are mucky at the best of times, so make sure you have wet wipes handy wherever you go. These multi purpose cleaning tools are not only great for diaper changing, but also getting rid of stains and spillages. They’re excellent for cleaning little hands too. Muslin squares will also do the trick. Make sure to pack a hand sanitizer too, for those times when there’s no place to wash your hands.

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Cloth Diapers

When it’s baby changing time, cloth diapers are definitely the way to go. Not only are they prettier and more cost effective, but they are also environmentally friendly. While disposable diapers take 200 years to fully decompose, cloth diapers are made from natural materials and can be used again and again. The removable linings make them really easy to wash, and you can choose from a number of designs and colors. Make sure you have a diaper pail at home. Look online for the Best diaper pails for cloth diapers and dispose your diapers in this odor preventing bin. They’re made especially for trapping unpleasant smells.

Plastic or Biodegradable Bags

It’s a good idea to have a plastic bag rolled up and ready in your bag for disposing of any used diapers and soiled clothes. Bring a few just in case and make sure a secure knot is tied, to prevent leakages and odors being released. Special baby changing bags will have separate compartments, so you don’t need to mix your trash with other items in your bag.

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Toys and Comforts

To keep your baby from tantrums and tears, you’re going to need a few distractive toys on hand for any temper outbursts. A pacifier is perfect for keeping your little one entertained, plus it’s small and soundless and isn’t disruptive in a public place.

Changing Mat

Some baby changing bags come complete with a changing mat. If yours doesn’t there are many styles of mat that are light, padded and easy to roll up to pack in your bag. Some public baby changing rooms also have them, but it’s definitely more hygienic to have your own.

A Spare Change of Clothing

Just in case of accidents and mini emergencies, it’s very helpful to have some spare clothing with you. Babies can be very unpredictable and if any leaks or spillages occur, you don’t want them to be uncomfortable in wet or dirty clothes for hours.

Baby Bottle

It’s important to have your baby’s milk prepared before you leave the house. Even if you’re breastfeeding, a bottle might be more practical at times when you’re out in public and baby is hungry. You’re going to want to bring along a bib as well, as babies are notoriously messy eaters! You might also need a bottle of water to mix with dry formula food.

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Upspring Baby Products Review

As a MommyCon Parent Squad member, I received the opportunity to try some of the Upspring Baby products made for breastfeeding moms. Jackson is 15 months old and still nurses pretty regularly throughout the day and sometimes during the night. Throughout our breastfeeding journey, we’ve (luckily) had very little bumps along the way. At one point, I had doubts about my milk supply. At another point, I learned (rather quickly) that my breasts don’t respond well to pumping. Recently, I started to doubt my milk supply again- so these products arrived just in time!

 

Vitamins

Upspring sent me prenatal vitamins that you continue to take while breastfeeding. With these gummy vitamins, there’s also a softgel filled with Omega 3, DHA/EPA, and choline. These vitamins are non GMO, gluten free and have no artificial ingredients. I’m really terrible at remembering to take my vitamins, but these are seriously SO good- that I look forward to eating them. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve tasted some horrible gummy vitamins before!) I was prepared to hate them but the Mango-Peach flavor is just right.

 

Powder Drink Mixes

I also received samples of their Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Powder Drink Mixes. I received the Orange, Berry and Chocolate flavors. Here’s how they affected my milk supply:

On day one, I just received my package and couldn’t wait to try one. I also received a shaker bottle to mix it up quickly and easily. I went for the Berry flavor- because I just don’t think you can go wrong with berry drinks. I honestly really liked it. It smells a little weird- you definitely can smell the fenugreek! But it’s sweetness of the drink masks the flavor of the herbs. Pretty good! I couldn’t see much of a difference yet, but I was sure it took more than one drink to pep up my supply. That first night, I could tell a difference in my milk supply. It really felt like I had more milk. Jackson wasn’t fussing at me as much as usual and wasn’t unlatching like crazy, like he had been.

Throughout the past few weeks, I added the drink mixes into my water. (Or milk- the chocolate mix uses milk instead of water.) I have really noticed the affect on my milk supply. It’s been awhile since I would leak from the opposite side he was nursing on- but it has started happening even in the middle of the day. My opinion? They work! The Berry flavor is totally my favorite of the three choices. (Which, is also the only flavor conveniently sold at my local Target!)

 

Coconut Oil

Also in this Upspring goodie box, was coconut oil. Not just any kind of coconut oil but 100% Pure Virgin Coconut oil. It’s USDA certified organic and is lanolin, petroleum, paraben, gluten, and GMO free! We replaced lotion after bath on Jackson with this stuff- and it’s amazing! He smells good and his skin is so much softer! It’s also helped his eczema! I’ve also used it a few times on my lips since they’ve been extremely dry- darn Ohio weather! There are so many uses for coconut oil and I’m finding new uses for it every day.

 


Upspring also included Breastmilk Alcohol testing strips and Nipple Balm. While I haven’t been able to use them, I still thought I’d give you some information on them as they are great additions to any mama’s breastfeeding supplies!

 

Nipple Balm

Nursing can be so tough on our nipples. I don’t know how I would have continued breastfeeding without nipple balm. I have not had the opportunity to use this specific nipple balm, but I would definitely keep it around if I need it in the future! 😉

This nipple balm is made with beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, calendula flower extract, and rosemary seed extract. All these ingredients are natural and 100% organic. No need to wipe off before nursing baby again!

You can also use the nipple balm as a lip balm, dry skin moisturizer, ointment for cuts and scraps, and so much more!

 

Breastmilk Alcohol Test Strips

While studies have shown that some alcohol consumption while breastfeeding is okay, some mothers don’t want to chance the slightest amount of alcohol in their breastmilk. Upspring created these handy test strips that take just a few drops of breastmilk. You can either drip a few drops onto the strip or dip the strip into a small container of breastmilk. Within 2 minutes, you’ll have a result of whether or not there is alcohol detected in your breastmilk. I have found these at my local Target store- and they’re available online.

 

 

All in all, I highly recommend all of these products from Upspring! A huge thank you to MommyCon and Upspring for sending me the package to review! My milk supply, my toddler, and I thank you!!! <3

 

 

 

*Please note: I did receive these goodies in order to conduct the review. No other compensation was made. My opinions are 100% my own.

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MommyCon Q&A

 

How much money should I bring with me?

This greatly varies from person to person. Some people will walk in and not spend a penny. Others, could spend $500+. Make yourself a budget- do you cloth diaper? Will you want to buy a baby carrier? Will you want to buy a new diaper bag? Put a little wiggle room in your budget for new items that maybe you’ve never seen before. A lot of vendors also have MommyCon exclusive items so keep that in mind. You may find something you love that you can ONLY get at MommyCon!

 

How many diapers should I bring?

MommyCon has teamed up with Babyganics to have diapers and wipes available in the changing areas. Diapers are available in various sizes. Many parents bring a handful of their own diapers and then use the Babyganics diapers throughout the day as well. Last year, I mostly used the Babyganics diapers with a Flip cover on top, just in case since we cloth diaper 95% of the time. However, keep in mind that this is supposed to be a secondary option- not all you should use for diapering your baby during the event!

 

Are tickets sold at the door?

No. Most of the time, the event sells out. Don’t plan on being able to purchase a ticket the day of the event. Plan ahead and get your ticket weeks in advance so you don’t miss out! (Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general admission ticket. Combine it with the social share option at checkout for a total of $7 off your ticket purchase!)

 

What should I bring?

Bring your bump, your baby, your toddler, or your child. Don’t forget the things they’ll need throughout the day- but try to keep it light! It gets crowded, especially in the exhibitor hall. And you’ll have enough to carry between the goodie bag and the items you also purchase. Plan ahead and maybe bring a reusable tote to carry your purchases in as well! I also recommend bringing along a phone charger or one of those portable chargers. I use my phone so much during an event between taking pictures, looking up companies’ social media sites, and checking in the MommyCon hashtags to see what everyone else is doing!

I’m done with the baby phase- is MommyCon for me?

Check your event’s schedule to really decide. While there are products there for toddlers and older children, MommyCon focuses more on newborn to age 5. The sessions and exhibitors vary from event to event. Some sessions that are scheduled for MommyCon Chicago that I think any mother would enjoy include everything from Vagina Village, Angel Laketa Moore’s “Fall in Love with You,” “Redefining Motherhood” with Amy Appleton and Ilana Grostern, and the “Loss Mama Sanctuary” with Ambyr Amen-Ra- if that applies to you.

Does my child need a ticket?

Children under 16 years of age do not need a ticket when attending with an adult! Bring along your newborn, infant, toddler, school age kid, teenager or leave them at home and enjoy mom’s day out!

 

What time should I show up?

Come about 15-30 minutes before the event’s start time. There will be a line for registration! Be prepared with a print-out of your ticket or will it pulled up on your smartphone! This will help the line move a little faster. Be aware that the exhibitor hall will not open until the event’s start time so you may have a few minutes of waiting.

Can I bring items to donate?

YES! Cotton Babies’ cloth diaper bank, Share the Love, will have a box for cloth diaper donations and The Carrying On Project will have a place for baby carrier donations! Share the Love provides cloth diapers to families who could not otherwise afford them, and the Carrying On Project provides baby carriers to military families. They both accept new and used items.

 

How do we sign up for sessions?

All the awesome sessions you see in the schedule is included in your general admission ticket! No need to sign up unless it’s a special event that requires RSVP. Just show up to the room at the time of the session and find a seat!

 

 

Have any additional questions? Check out the other posts on the MommyCon 101 page or ask them in the comments below! Enjoy MommyCon!!!!! 🙂

 

 

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Having a Baby? Tips to Design the Perfect Nursery

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Finding out you’re pregnant and expecting a wonderful bundle of joy into your family can be such an exciting time of your life. The nine months pregnancy can sailed by very quickly as your busily prepare yourself for your baby’s arrival. There seems to be so much you have to think about and prepare yourself for during those short nine months that it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed by it all. From dealing with the pregnancy symptoms to preparing for labor and birth it’s easy to focus more attention on those aspects tan anything else.

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But one of the things we need to get ready for when your little one arrives is the nursery and it can be such a wonderful a lovely process to be part of. Starting with a blank canvas of a room and bringing your vision to life in different ways can really add to the excitement of your pregnancy. So I thought I would share with you some amazing tips to help you design the perfect nursery for your little one. After all, they may not be spending those precious first nights in there, but I guarantee you will be spending a lot of time in the nursery.

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Do you want a theme?

So for many new parents, there is a lot of excitement when it comes to decorating the new nursery. One of the main things a lot of parents consider is the theme of the nursery. This might be a color choice or something more specific based on a fairytale or well-loved character. You may just like to add certain details to the room like personalised items or toys to match the theme you choose. This is when websites like http://www.makaboo.com/personalized-toys-and-games could come in handy. It’s very tempting to consider a wonderful vibrant interior decoration. From bright colored paints to feature walls featuring cartoon characters and themes. But try and refrain from going too over the top and consider some calming colors into the interior. A lot of new parents consider a color choice to go with the new baby. This works well if you are finding out the gender of the baby. But even if you are opting for a surprise there are some beautiful neutral colours you can consider like greens and yellows. Both of which are lovely.

A moses basket and cot

One of the big essentials every new baby needs is somewhere to sleep. For those first few months, you may want to consider a sleeping arrangement such as a moses basket, a co-sleeper or even co-sleeping together. Every parent has the right to make their choice on how they do it. But, of course, it still needs thought and consideration. After the first few months, you may want to consider advancing from your newborn sleeping arrangement to a cot. This is something that takes them right through to their toddler years. So it is a worthy investment to make and looks wonderful in a nursery setting. A cot is definitely one of the key features of your nursery room, so make sure you consider your overall vision when choosing one.

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Breathable bedding

Bedding is one of those things that is a difficult subject. This is the worry of young babies suffocating under duvets or getting too warm in the evening. So while you want to still have a great bedding set in place opt for organic materials or bedding that is especially breathable. To be honest, this will more be for show than anything else, as new parents tend to use blankets or a sleeping bag when their babies are so young. Enabling you to control the temperature without there being too much risk. Another thing you might want to do some research on is swaddling. It’s a great way of calming your baby as they feel secure, much like they do when they are in the womb. There are, as you can imagine, many different options for you to consider. But just do what feels right for you. There are plenty of step by step guides on websites like http://www.babycenter.com/how-to-swaddle-your-baby-gallery.

Curtains or blinds

During nap times and the summer months when the nights are lighter, you may find it difficult to settle your baby into a relaxing sleep. This is especially harder as they get older and fight their sleep. So it’s worth considering how you dress the nursery windows. You may want to consider putting up blackout blinds so that you can darken a room come naptime and bedtime. Try and consider investing now so that it isn’t something you have to worry about in a few months time. It will save you a lot of hassle in the long run, especially when you are just wanting your little one to settle in the night or during the day.

A nursing chair

Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, you might want to consider a nursing chair in the nursery. These are amazing for those night feeds where you might not want to disturb others in the home. A nursing chair can be just a comfortable chair that you pick out or something more specific that is designed for the job. Those ones tend to rock back and forth and also have pockets at the side to store bottles and soothers. Or even something for you to keep you going in those early hours.

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Changing area

Of course, what no existing parent tells you is how often you are going to be changing your baby. They need changing, a lot. So it’s always a great thing to add a changing station or area to your nursery. This is an excellent place to store all those diapers and wipes. As we like to use cloth diapers, it’s essential to have a place to store everything. But there are other things you need easy access to as well like baby vests and sleepsuits. It’s the place that you will dry or dress your baby as the months go on. You can create one yourself or even consider buying one that has all the storage in place ready for you.

Wardrobe or clothes storage

Finally, you won’t be able to resist buying cute little outfits for your newborn, so of course, you will need a place to store them. This is when the last big piece of furniture that will become an essential is either a wardrobe or a set of drawers. Even both if you have the space for them. These pieces will often stay with your baby right through to toddler and the younger child years. So think wisely before you invest and make sure you pick something that will stand the test of time. This saves you having to spend again in a few years time.

 

 

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