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 Truth about Motherhood

 

When you become pregnant, the “truth” about motherhood is almost hidden from you. Been there, done that moms don’t want to scare you with what is about to come.

You’ll never get to pee alone. I don’t care if your child is 5 days old or 5 years old. Chances are, you’ll never use the bathroom alone again. And if you try to, that’s when they’ll start getting into stuff (especially during the toddler phase) and you’ll regret not taking them with you in the first place.

You’ll survive on coffee. And wine. There are nights that you can count the hours of sleep you got on one hand. You’ll be exhausted. Coffee will be your best friend. And then when you’ve had a rough day- wine will be necessary to make it to bedtime. Might as well buy stock on both after you get that positive pregnancy test! 😉

Hello internet friends. Hanging out with friends with kids can be super hard. I love my Target dates and going to ChickFilA with other moms, but in all honesty, I get the most interaction from my internet friends. These moms are up breastfeeding when I am, they’re pulling out their hair midday just like me, and they crave adult interaction as much as I do. Sometimes the best mom friends you’ll have, are friends you’ve never actually met in person.

You’ll catch vomit in your hands, at least once. This is something that you never imagine will actually happen…. But it will. I can almost guarantee it! And if it isn’t your hands catching the vomit, it’ll be your hair. Your shirt. Your mouth. Yep- the real truth.

Prepare for the newborn pee/poop. On you. If you have a baby boy, you probably know this is coming. But if you’re having a girl- you can get peed or pooped on too! Just a word of advice: be quick. And if you plan on changing them in your bed at night, have towels nearby to throw over the mess so you can go back to sleep. Change those sheets in the morning! 😉

Babies get older…. And they turn into kids. I mean, I know we all know this will eventually happen. But I know I wasn’t really prepared for this. Give me a newborn or a toddler and I’ll rock that kind of motherhood! Give me a school-age kid with homework and preteen emotions at 6 years old- SEND HELP. Kids do not get easier as they get older. They get more independent, sure. But easier, oh heck no.

 

Motherhood is not for the weak. But let’s be honest- women are pretty badass so we get through it just fine. With wine. And cookie dough. What’s a “truth” about motherhood that comes to your mind?

 

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How to Have an Easier Pregnancy

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Being pregnant is amazing, life-changing and frequently mind-blowing, but it isn’t always easy. No matter how hard you try to do everything right and have a simple pregnancy, you are going to have struggles. That’s perfectly normal, and it happens to everyone, which is why you shouldn’t beat yourself up. Of course, you shouldn’t just sit back and accept it either – there are a number of things you can do to make your pregnancy easier.

 

Here are some tips to help your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible:

 

Eat A Nutritious Diet

 

When you’re pregnant, it is more important than ever to eat well. If your body feels good and you are well-nourished, you’ll be better able to deal with everything that your pregnancy throws at you, including the dreaded heartburn, and you’ll be helping your baby to grow and develop as well as possible.

 

Continue to Exercise

 

Some women worry that exercising might harm their babies, but as long as you are careful, keeping active will help to reduce your chances of experiencing a hemorrhage, prevent you from gaining too much weight and make your birth easier. Just listen to your body, stop when it feels to much and try out gentler forms of exercise like walking and pregnancy yoga. Click here to find out more about exercising when you’re pregnant and know that you’ll be fine and so will your baby.

 

Get Plenty of Sleep

 

Sleeping isn’t always easy when you’ve got a big baby bump getting in the way, and junior has decided bedtime is the perfect time to stretch his legs, but it will help your body to rest and recover from the hard work it is doing to grow your baby. If you find it hard to sleep because you’re uncomfortable, click here to buy a supportive pregnancy pillow, and look up progressive relaxation videos on Youtube. There’s a good chance they will sort the problem out.

 

Take Supplements

 

Even if you’re eating a healthy diet, you can improve your wellbeing by taking vitamins specifically designed for pregnant women. If you suffer from restless legs, headaches or cramps, taking a magnesium supplement may also be helpful.

 

Take the Time to Relax

 

Babies that are exposed to high levels of their mother’s stress hormones can be affected in terms of their IQ and their temperament, and of course, being stressed when you’re pregnant can make things a whole lot harder than they need to be. So, it really is very important that you take time out to relax. Book a pregnancy massage, try meditation or watch your favorite comedy shows with your hubby to relax, unwind and get rid of the day’s stress.

 

Ask for Help
If you are finding it hard to do the things you need to do, whether that be shopping, doing chores or anything else, do not be afraid to ask for help. Your friends and family are there to support you, and they would not want you to struggle. Let them lighten the load, and your pregnancy will go by much more smoothly.

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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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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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Pregnancy Survival Guide: Looking After Mom And Baby

If you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant, you’re in for a rollercoaster ride. Some days, you’ll be over the moon and incredibly excited. Others, you may feel exhausted and emotionally drained. When you’re pregnant, it’s normal to go through ups and downs and to experience both physical and psychological changes. Most women prioritize their baby from the moment they find out that they are expecting. However, the best thing you can do for your baby is look after yourself. This simple guide will hopefully help you to stay fit and healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Rest

You don’t need to spend all day every day in bed from day 1 of pregnancy, but rest is essential. Most women experienced tiredness in pregnancy, and you may hit a wall in the afternoon even when you’ve slept well the night before. As you go through your pregnancy, you may find that your energy levels peak and trough. In the latter stages, exhaustion is common. As you approach the third trimester, increase the number of rest breaks you take at work and take things easy at home. If you feel tired, take a nap. It can be really difficult to get comfortable when you go to bed, and this can affect your sleep patterns. If you can’t sleep in certain positions, or you’re tossing and turning, you may benefit from using a pregnancy body pillow. The pillow helps to support your body weight, and you can use it during the day and night.

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Eating well

Your baby relies on you for vital nutrients, so your diet is really important. The foods you eat can also help to boost your immunity and keep your body fuelled when you’re feeling lethargic. There is a list of foods you can’t eat when you’re pregnant, but you shouldn’t have to overhaul your diet completely. Start the day with a hearty, healthy breakfast, and try and incorporate fruit and vegetables into your lunch and dinner. If you find that your energy levels dip between meals, snack on raw vegetables, fruit and foods like whole grain crackers or toast. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to eat for two when you’re pregnant. In fact, you only need around 200-300 extra calories per day.

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Supplements

Pregnant women are advised to take certain supplements, including folic acid, from the beginning of their pregnancy. Folic acid helps to reduce the risk of birth defects, such as spina bifida. You can buy supplements specially designed for pregnancy, which contain a host of different vitamins and minerals.

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Exercise

Exercise is great for pregnant women because it lifts your mood, tackles stress, and keeps you supple. It can also strengthen your core muscles and improve your circulation. Check with your doctor before you exercise, as some activities are not recommended for pregnant women.

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When you’re pregnant, it’s important to look after number 1, as well as your unborn baby. If you’re fit and healthy, there’s every chance that your little baby will be too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MommyCon- Is it worth it?!

Mama- it’s worth it.

I have already gone over the MommyCon Basics & FAQS, MommyCon on a Budget, 10 Tips for MommyCon, and the latest post- MommyCon VIP. But in case you still need some convincing on just how awesome MommyCon is….

 

My goodie bag from Columbus 2015

The Goodie Bag

In case I didn’t write enough about it, did you know that every attendee will leave the MommyCon event with a super awesome goodie bag filled with stuff?! The sponsors have been pretty generous in the past. While this shouldn’t be your #1 reason to attend MommyCon- I can tell you that in my experience, the goodie bag is worth more than your general admission ticket price. It’s filled with samples, coupons, and full sized products.

 

The Sessions

The sessions and seminars you’ll attend at MommyCon will probably leave you with some awesome new knowledge. And in my experience as a parent- knowledge really is power. Whether you’re taking away facts from Cloth Diapering 101 or from Kim Rosas’ Reusable Menstraul Products- that’s up to you! I highly recommend attending as many sessions that you can squeeze in!

 

Jackson wearing Cotton Babies’ Exclusive MommyCon Flip Diaper for 2016

Exclusive Products

Did you know that many vendors go to MommyCon with “MommyCon Exclusives?” Cloth diaper companies like Cotton Babies and Smart Bottoms have had exclusive diapers. Pink Lemonade Shop had an exclusive pad print. Eylas had an exclusive water bottle last year. Tekhni typically has an exclusive wrap for each MommyCon event. Basically- lots of things you’ll find ONLY at MommyCon! 😉

The Giveaways

Now, I know I didn’t talk much about this. Did you know that at the end of event day- MommyCon does a HUGE giveaway?! I mean like $10,000 worth of products huge. It’s really easy to enter- go to MommyCon! When you check-in at the beginning of the day, you’ll be given a badge with a number. That number is your “ticket number” so to speak. If you hear/see your number called- YOU WON! You’ll get additional entries for any VIP tickets you purchase. My first year, a few moms couldn’t stay for the giveaway. They handed me their badges since they wouldn’t get to use them. I won a set of RePlay, even though it was with my own badge number. But I was super excited!!!! You can not win a giveaway if you are not present. So if you can stay the whole day- I suggest you hang around. (There have been car seats and strollers given away! 😉 So yeah- be there.)

The Experience

I have only given you some tools to make your MommyCon experience great. Now- it’s completely up to you to make it great. Take pictures. Meet new mom friends. Meet some of the small businesses that are exhibiting there. Buy yourself something. Buy something for your kiddos. Learn some new information. Take the day to be “free” if you go without kids. Take the day to bond with your significant other, if they go with you. The experience will vary from person to person since no two people will visit the exact same sessions, meet the same people, or buy the same things. The “ideal” MommyCon experience is unique to everyone and really- your overall experience is up to you!

 

Still need to buy your general admission ticket? Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off, combine this with the social sharing discount at checkout for a total of $7 off!

 

 


 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts in my MommyCon Series! And be on the lookout for a GIVEAWAY of MommyCon tickets! EEEEK!

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The Ins & Outs To Preparing To Have Your First Child

So you’ve just found that you’re pregnant with your first child, that’s incredible news – congratulations are in order! The chances are that you’re not only feeling excited about the prospect of becoming a momma, but also incredibly anxious. Being pregnant for the first time is scary, there’s no doubt about it – the worst part is not knowing what to expect. However, as long as you take the time to prepare properly for having a child, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

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What it’s important to realize is that all moms-to-be are nervous about having their first baby. After all, it’s a big step – having a baby isn’t something to take lightly – so it’s normal to feel anxious about the changes that will come with it. However, there’s plenty of help and support out there to help make preparing for your new addition easier, so there’s no need to stress.

As a momma to three kids myself, I have plenty of wisdom to share when it comes to preparing for your new addition. So below I have put together a list of the ins and outs of getting ready to welcome your first child into the world.

Read up on what to expect from pregnancy

One of the most daunting parts about being pregnant for the first time is that you have no clue about what to expect. You might have heard rumors about what you can expect, but that doesn’t really give you a good understanding of what being pregnant is like. However, if you take the time to read up on pregnancy, birth and motherhood, and what’s involved in each, you should feel a little less anxious as you will know what to expect.

If you’re not sure what resources to do, there are plenty of fantastic pregnancy and motherhood books to choose from. One of the most popular ones is, of course, ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting.’ If this isn’t for you, don’t worry, as there are plenty of other options to choose from. As well as reading books about pregnancy, parenting blogs can also be great resources, as you can get a more personal look at what pregnancy and motherhood is like.

Save as much money as you can

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A lot of newly expectant mothers worry about money more than anything else, because they are concerned that they won’t be able to cope. Yes, babies can be expensive, there’s no doubt about that. They need toys, clothes, food, and lots of other things, meaning that they don’t come cheap. However, if you make an effort to budget effectively throughout your pregnancy and get into the habit of doing so, you shouldn’t struggle when it comes to coping financially with motherhood.

Especially when you take into account any benefits you are entitled to, such as maternity pay, for instance, you can make life easier for yourself. When it comes to understanding maternity leave, it can seem a little confusing, but it’s actually fairly straightforward. You get a set amount of time off of work that is paid; this can be leading up to the birth of your child or afterward, it’s up to you. Most moms take a month or so off before their baby is born then use the rest of their maternity leave afterward.

Write a list of all the essentials your new addition will need

When it comes to preparing for the arrival of your new addition, it’s important to ensure that you have everything that you will need to take care of them. Take the time to write a list of all the items that your little one will need, from clothing to a pram, and then set a budget for each item. That way you can ensure that you don’t end up overspending.

It’s easy to go a little crazy when it comes to what your new addition needs and spend too much money buying this and that. However, it’s a good idea to stick to just the essentials, to ensure that you don’t end up wasting money on items that you don’t need or won’t get plenty of use. If you’re unsure of what the essentials are, it’s a good idea to spend some time doing your research to make sure that you only get what you need.

Create a birth plan

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If you’re yet to start thinking about the birth of your baby, now is the perfect time to get planning. While it’s important to create a birth plan detailing what you would like the birth of your baby to be like, it’s important to realize that it may not go exactly to plan. The priority is always to get the baby out safely, so sometimes birth plans can change, and it’s important to understand that. Even so, it’s still important to put together a birth plan.

Your birth plan should detail where you would like to give birth – you may have various options. Who you would like to be your birthing partner, and whether you plan on having a natural birth or whether you would like to have drugs to make things a little easier. Obviously, you’re entitled to change your mind once labor starts, so there’s no need to worry if you’re not sure about what type of birth you want, you just need to give the medical team an idea, that’s all. If you don’t know what you want, talk to your friends and relatives who have had babies, spend some time reading up online, and see what other people recommend. As a first-time mom, you can use all the help that you can get, so don’t be afraid to ask others what they think.

So there you have it, the ins and outs to having your first child. Being pregnant for the first time is always going to be scary, as you don’t know what to expect. Hopefully, however, the above tips and advice have made things a little less worrying and given you a better idea of how to prepare and what to expect.

 

 

 

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