10 Baby Products To Skip

10 Baby Products To Skip

When you’re a new mom (or a new mom to be) it’s easy to get caught up in the products that are “all the rage” at the time, or products that you think would be incredibly useful. I’m more then guilty, I have boxes full of useless baby stuff I never used. Here is The Bewitchin’ Kitchen’s 10 Baby Products To Skip :

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Top 10 Newborn Must Haves

Newborn Must Haves It has been a little over a year since we brought Carter home after a month of being in the NICU. By the time we made it home from the Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House® it was 10pm (we stuck around for dinner and bingo in celebration of Carter being discharged) and I was tired but couldn’t wait to start using all the fun things I bought previously. I was pretty thankful I jumped on the ball as early as I did, if I would have waited the “normal” amount of time before I started buying all the baby gadgets and goodies, I would have been too late and we would have come home to a big empty nursery. Now that a year has come and gone and I have had time to experience it all, here are my Top 10 Newborn Must Haves:

Tips on Choosing Nursery Furniture for Your Newborn

Choosing Nursery Furniture

If you’re having your first baby and have been brave enough to begin looking for nursery furniture — not to mention looking for baby clothes, baby bags, baby toys, baby foods, and the best universities for babies — you might be feeling a little overwhelmed right about now.

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Expressiva Nursing Wear

I had many ups and downs when it came to nursing my baby, so for the majority of the time when I was actually able to produce breast milk I did it via pump. It was a lot of work, but I felt that the benefits outweighed the troubles.
 
As soon as I started pumping in the NICU (and when I finally was able to come home) my biggest struggle with pumping was holding my double pump in place all the time. It was such a pain not being hands free and always occupied after three hours. It wasn’t until I tried the La Leche League Hands Free Pump Bra from Expressiva Nursingwear, that my life got a little bit easier.
First bonus? It looks like a real bra. Yes, I understand that nursing bras serve a purpose but why is it that the majority of them are just down right ugly and (dare I even go to the point of saying) grandma-ish? As a young mom at twenty three, I wanted to feel like a woman again. Being milked like a cow eight or even ten times a day puts those feelings on the back burner and having an ugly nursing bra was just insult to injury. I really liked how the seamless cups didn’t show through my t-shirts and the bra was cut low enough that the cups weren’t riding out of my neckline (a problem I had with previous nursing bras).
 
Not only was the hands free pump bra aesthetically pleasing to look it, it kept my nursing pads at a need to know only basis. Another issue I had with previous nursing bras? You could clearly see the circular discs smiling at you through my shirts, it was so embarrassing.
Comfort wise, the La Leche Hands Free Pump bra is given two thumbs up. I didn’t have any issues with this bra while wearing or pumping. This pump bra is a mircofibre (also known as incredibly soft) padded bra. It has a drop cup for nursing, as you would expect to find but it also has a second layer that you can put the double pump shields in to keep in place while you pump. This way you are hands free and you can flip through channels, type on the computer (TMI?) or play with your baby.
The breast pump I used was the Medela Pump In Style Advanced, and the breast shields fit fine. The La Leche League Hands Free bra fits most double pumps.
To find out more information on Expressiva Nursingwear and all the products they carry, please visit: http://www.expressiva.com/store/. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook fan page either.
Expressiva Nursingwear carries all things nursing from the beginning stages of maternity to when you bring your child home. You will find nursing bras, swim wear, tops, dresses (even special occasion), sleepwear and breastfeeding accessories.
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Childish Notions | Bambino Mio Swim Nappy

I have been using cloth diapers on Carter now for four months and I love them. I love how they’re eco friendly, cost efficient and fashionable. I have been working with Childish Notions for the last couple months on reviewing their swim nappy. That’s right, there are reusable swim diapers. I’m elated to let you know about my experience.

I was sent the Bambino Mio Swim Nappy in the Blue Fish print. First things first: it’s incredibly cute. I recently took Carter swimming and the life guard not only fell in love with him, but his diaper as well. At first when I told her it was a reusable one, she gave me that look (most cloth diapering momma’s know what I’m talking about). After a few questions she asked me about the first thing I noticed about the swim nappy. “It’s so thin, it doesn’t look like it holds in pee.”
A week before I went swimming I sent an email to Childish Notions with a very similar question. The material is very thin and there is no fabric to absorb the mess. I was told that with the Bambino Mio the pee will actually pass through the diaper (it’s recommended to wait until you get to your destination before you put on the diaper) and that disposable swim diapers do the exact same thing. I had no idea. They just keep the solids in. So what is the advantage of the reusable swim diaper that Childish Notion offers? Disposable diapers absorb all the water from the pool/lake/river and make your diaper bulky, heavy and uncomfortable for your little one. Whereas the Bambino Mio doesn’t.

I was supposed to review this diaper back in April during my Bringing Home Baby Event, but since Carter was preemie his legs were the same size as his wrists for a long time. In fact, his legs didn’t fit this diaper properly until recently. He has a size small which is suitable for 11-16 pounds, but he is just a real tall and skinny baby. At fourteen pounds he was able to fill out this diaper perfectly.
As for the waist fit, it varies. There is an adjustable draw string to ensure a correct fit for every baby.
For more information on Childish Notions and the products they carry visit http://childishnotions.com.
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