Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dads Supporting Breastfeeding



Brought to you by Medela

When you think breasfeeding, you think MOM. Mom produces the milk and baby feeds directly from Mom's body. There are many ways that Dad can help. Medela has outlined some ideas for dads. Read all about it here and check out Medela's amazing line of products as well as their website for more information!

Daddies and Breastfeeding: Ways to Stay Involved
Before the Baby Comes
  1. Be supportive of your partner's decision to breastfeed by understanding the benefits of breastmilk.
  2. Help your partner find information on what breastpump your insurance will cover. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide equipment and support with no co-pay, but the actual pump provided will vary from company to company.
  3. Join your partner in preparing for the experience of breastfeeding by taking a course that will provide you both with the information you'll need to know.
  4. Seek out other fathers who have supported their partners while Breastfeeding to gain real world advice.
At the Hospital
  1. At the hospital, be an advocate for your partner. Make sure the staff knows that she wants to breastfeed and that formula should not be given to the baby without consent.
  2. Find the lactation consultant if mom is struggling. Many hospitals have one on staff, and early intervention and support from a professional is crucial, particularly for first-time moms.
  3. Ask the hospital staff about local breastfeeding support groups for after your family goes home. Peer encouragement is helpful, and it's an excuse for mom and baby to get out of the house.
At Home
  1. In addition to making sure your partner has what she needs while she heals from childbirth, you can help the breastfeeding transition to home by making sure she is comfortable while nursing—by bringing her pillows, foot rest, water, etc.
  2. It doesn't sound glamorous, but diaper changes are a great way for you to get involved in baby care. In addition to giving your partner a break, it's a chance for you and your baby to start practicing conversation skills by making eye contact, cooing noises and engaging your baby with changing facial expressions.
  3. If your partner starts pumping, you'll have a chance to bond with your baby over a bottle and give your partner a break. You can further help your partner by washing and sterilizing pump parts and bottles.
  4. Be your partner's biggest cheerleader. Breastfeeding can be frustrating and difficult in the beginning, but you can provide moral support by acknowledging the difficulty of nursing and offering to find a professional to help, such as lactation consultant (which should be covered by your insurance). And remind your partner of why she wanted to breastfeed in the first place!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Skip Hop Has Your Holiday Shopping Covered!


Check out this amazing gift guide from Skip Hop!! We knew we loved them but this quick and easy gift guide just sent them to the top of our list for brands to shop with this Holiday season! 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Toy Nanny Is a MUST HAVE this Holiday!



We are absolutely in LOVE with this amazing new product by 2 Red Hens! It is THE most ingenious creation to hit the baby world since disposable diapers!  



This cozy floor blanket quickly and easily cinches up into a smart toy tote for on-the-go moms.  Transporting toys from grandma’s, to play dates, to the back yard has never been easier!


•              Eight mesh pockets keep small pieces in place
•              Soft velour interior creates a clean play surface
•              Water resistant backing keeps spills from soaking through
•              Machine washable
•              Converts into convenient tote; cleanup is a snap by just pulling       straps





Available in 5 custom designed vintage-inspired patterns: Chevron Stripes, Grey Damask, Peacock Mum, Pink Lemonade and Owl Dots
Recommended retail: $70 

Visit their website to buy yours today!

Can you honestly think of a cuter, better product to make traveling with toys, SO easy?! We can't!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stocking Stuffers for the Littles!



Check out these great items from Kids II for your holiday shopping, perfect for gifts for baby or easy stocking stuffers! These are SO cute!!







Taggies™ Jingle Bells Book ($12.99) A sweet holiday story book to read with your little one. The story of a polar bear is featured on soft, bright fleece. Plus, an insert jingles on the cover for extra cheer. Tags are on every page for simple, engaging fun at bedtime or anytime. Available at Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us and more.









Bright Starts™ Having A Ball™ Giggables ($6.99 for 1) Age Range: (6m-36m) Have a ball with these characters! The Giggables wobble and roll as baby pushes them along, making 6 different electronic silly sounds while moving. Great for stocking stuffers and works as gifts for friend’s kids also!  Available at Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us and more.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shop thredUP for the Upcoming Holidays!



Why spend $60 on a size 2T blazer or dress for holiday card pictures or parties when you can buy one for up to 75% off on thredUP?  With 100,000 items on the site, they are a consignment clothing superstore! 

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Check out thredUP online for more great Holiday looks!!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Medela: Vote for your Favorite NICU



As part of National Prematurity Awareness Month, Medela is hosting a Virtual Human Milk Collection Campaign throughout the month of November to help increase awareness of the importance of breastmilk for premature babies and support the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) that support them and their families. 

Medela will donate a total of $30,000 in breastfeeding support products to NICUs–$5,000 to each of six geographic regions across the country.


Every year, 500,000 families are impacted by premature births and related complications. Our nation's NICUs help premature babies survive and thrive. Enabling hospitals to support moms in providing breastmilk to their babies is a critical to giving them a healthy start and preventing infections. The only way your favorite NICU can win is if you visit www.medelapreemieawareness.com to vote! 

Each person may only vote once from now until November 30. For full details on the promotion, please visit www.medelapreemieawareness.com.  
Additionally, Medela has recently announced the launch of its new Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap, the newest addition to its line of Quick Clean products! The Quick Clean Soap saves time and makes cleaning easy – just add Quick Clean Soap and let everything soak for five minutes. This is a great product for moms and dads on the go! 



Quick Clean Soap is designed specifically to break down the proteins and fats in breastmilk and removes breastmilk residue up to three days old in just minutes. It contains no added fragrance or taste that might discourage baby from breastfeeding, and is safe and hypoallergenic.



To learn more about the new Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap visit the Medela website here. To learn more about Medela’s other Quick Clean products visit here.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

An Amazing Photographer, Yummy Cakes, and a Super Happy 1st Birthday!



So the title might be a little long, but today we have a lot to share with you! You may have seen some of our pictures up on our Facebook page from our amazing new photographer Stephanie of Caught Fire Photography. She is simply amazing and GREAT with kids! My little lady Cailynn had her first birthday on October 18th and Stephanie captured some beautiful birthday photos including a very un-messy cake smash shoot! Cailynn was no easy subject to shoot for her first birthday, sadly. My hubby had to run some errands and Miss C was not interested in smiling for the camera, without Daddy there to entertain her but Stephanie did everything she could think of to get some great shots of my little girl for her 1st birthday.




Would you believe that I myself created the decorations for Cailynn's birthday?! YEP! I did! I had a little help from clipartof.com who supplied the hippo image, a great friend Jen who helped cut everything out using her Silhouette Cameo {I'm absolutely dying over the capabilities of this machine!} and Pink Hippo Boutique who created Cailynn's birthday invitations because I'm just not graphically inclined. We took the image of the hippo from clip art of {see the comparison photo below for why this hippo HAD to be the theme for Miss C} and traced it out on the computer then then Silhouette cut it out! Using some scrapbook paper from Michael's, we layered scalloped circles and straight edge circles then put the chubby little hippos on top. There are so many different options with this machine, I only wish I had one of my own to explore them all!






As always, we are loyal to Kake Korner in Laurel {where we are based} and they came through for us just like they always do! The adorable Number 1 cake was airbrushed with the adorable little hippo from our theme and tasted beyond amazing. Let's just say there were NO left overs! Diane from Kake Korner is super sweet and the ladies she works with are some of the most talented pastry chefs I have ever had the pleasure of working with. We were provided a small Number 1 cake for the cake smash photo shoot with Caught Fire Photography as well as a large Number 1 cake for the day of the party. The cake was embellished with an adorable cake topper, handmade by Carly of Hand Crafted Critters by Carly. She was more than willing to work with us on a custom design specifically for our occasion and I was completely in love. I think I went a little Hippo overboard LOL!





Little Miss C is wearing an ensemble that was put together by two different companies and these ladies were more than accommodating! I initially contacted Jen from KRose Kreations to make our Hippo onesie for Cailynn's 1st birthday and was going to make a tutu {yep I learned how to make those too!} but when browsing Etsy, I came across Custom Cutees and OMG I fell in love with these ruffle bloomers with matching hair bow. I immediately messaged the shop owner {also a Jennifer} and requested a custom design to match our theme. I did not know that Custom Cutees also offers onesies but being that I had already ordered one from Jen, I linked the two ladies up and they collaborated to make sure the entire outfit matched perfectly. I could not thank either of these ladies enough!



Cailynn's 1st birthday was absolutely magical from a mommy's point of view. I am more than grateful to the many ladies who contributed and want to say a HUGE thanks:

and my good friend Jen Ches for her amazing crafting abilities and taking time out of her busy schedule to help me create these unique decorations for my little princess!



In this gorgeous photo by Caught Fire Photography, Cailynn is wearing her Little Giraffe jeans and a gorgeous hair accessory from Winter Scarlett.


I absolutely LOVE this photo of Cailynn in her lace petti romper and oversized flower headband by Banner Boutique. Seriously, could she be any cuter?!

Check out Caught Fire Photography, KRose Kreations, Kake Korner, Custom Cutees, Little Giraffe, Winter Scarlett, and Banner Boutique on Facebook to learn more about why we love them all soooo much! I wish I could share even more photos with you but there are just too many to choose from!!
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