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Preparing for a Child with Disabilities

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It’s something that no parent wants to hear. Before your child is even born you can be told about severe disadvantages that your child may have in life. It is a heartbreaking moment, but it shouldn’t be a life-breaking one. Finding out early can prepare you to understand some of the challenges that you and your child will face, so you can focus on bringing the most happiness into your child’s life. Even if your child is injured at birth or develops a disability later during their development, such as autism, you can be prepared.

Prenatal Testing

A prenatal test cannot determine whether your child will develop autism or other learning problems but it can give parents tremendous amounts of insight into the health of their baby. Prenatal testing allows parents to know if their child will have down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, or other genetic abnormalities before the child is born. There are a range of tests that can be done in the prenatal period.

Blood tests happen regularly during pregnancy, and while they don’t give much information on the baby, they do check on the health of mother.

Ultrasound is one of the most well-known prenatal tests. Obviously, it is the key tool used to determine the babies gender, but a skilled ultrasound technician can also verify how viable the pregnancy is and how far along the pregnancy is. Ultrasounds also give doctors the opportunity to check on the child visually, to ensure that everything is ok with its limbs, organs, and for any heart defects.

Amnicentesis is commonly used during high risk pregnancies, when doctors already suspect that there might be a problem. The procedure is done using an ultrasound-guided needle, which removes a small amount of amniotic fluid. The fluid is then taking to a lab and used to test for Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis.

Other prenatal tests include chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and Triple or Quad screens. Both of these test for genetic abnormalities or defects including spina bifida.


If you know your child is going to be born with certain conditions, researching that condition will give you better insight on not only his or her life, but the experiences of other parents. Learning about treatment options will give you a solid foundation to build from. If you look on the Internet, remember to take everything with a grain of salt. The Internet is a wonderful place, with all the information you could ever need at your fingertips, but a whole lot of filler too. Plus, most of the stories you’ll see on the Internet feature either the best or worst case scenarios. While that could certainly be your experience too, it is more likely that you will fall somewhere in the middle.

Another good idea is to contact your hospital based social worker. Most hospitals have one or two social workers who have dealt with similar cases before. They can give you support and advice for raising a child with disability. On that same note, many communities also offer support groups for parents and children with specific conditions. Attending meetings can relieve anxiety and create a better sense of comfort, as you hear the stories of other people who have been through the same things as you.

Figuring out the best health insurance plan for your family will be a key part of your research as well. The time between when your child is born and when you discover his or her disability should be enough time to pick a health insurance provider. Take the time to re-hash what is already covered by your insurance so you can then decide whether a secondary insurance is necessary. Pretty much all insurance plans pick up from the moment of birth, so treatments should start being covered immediately. Look for specific state-run programs that can assist with out-of-pocket costs for things like heart problems. Make sure you know what treatments your child will need, before he or she is born. This includes meeting doctors, touring hospitals, and learning about alternative methods and treatments.

Wrap Up

Advances in healthcare have led to breakthroughs that allow children with disabilities to live full and happy lives. It is important to recognize the unique challenges you and your child will face together, but not to let them overwhelm you. With the right support, you can still focus on being a mother first. Nothing will replace the love you give your child, even if he or she is born with a disability.

Why I decided to leave my 3rd son intact, after choosing circumcision for the first two.

I have been pretty vocal on my personal page about circumcision over the past year and I don’t think a lot of people truly understand WHY it is that I made this decision.  This also seems to be the biggest question I get when people are why I left my son intact, especially since his brothers are circumcised.

First… my response is this, you live and you learn.  Yes- I LEARNED what a circumcision actually is, I LEARNED the true functions of the foreskin (the “flap” of skin that is removed– Oh yes it serves very important functions for a man- all of which are taken away from him at birth or shortly after with Routine Infant Circumcision), and I LEARNED WHY we do it in the United States.

I only wish that someone would have given me all this information when I was 21 and my first born was brought into this world.  Unfortunately, I had no idea.  With my second son- I really started to question it.  I really didn’t feel right about it, but I felt pressure to make him “normal” so I had it done… and I regretted it pretty much instantly and I still do.

I knew when I found out I was expecting another boy that I would leave him intact.  I knew that I really regretted allowing that to happen to my son’s and that I would break the cycle now.  I also want to inform other parents-to-be that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE TO CIRCUMCISE your son.  It is not necessary, it is not normal, you ARE taking something away from him, and most of all- truly– it is not your body and not your decision to remove body parts from your child because in some way, you feel this is how a man’s penis is supposed to look.

I am not going to harp and preach on circumcision in this post.  I will leave you with a link to video that I feel every person should watch Elephant in the Hospital.  I hope you will take the time to watch the video because it does have really great information in it.

What made me change my stance?

Well first… I was not exactly “pro cut” I feel like I was a sheep- just doing what I thought I had to do.  And for that, my sons suffered.  After my second son was born, I feel like something immediately clicked and I knew what I did was wrong.  I also met a friend that was a huge intactivist and she shared some info with me to help solidify the feelings that I was already having.  Once I realized everything- did some of my own research… I knew where I stood.

1. It is NOT a sin NOT to circumcise your sons.  This is one thing that I hear- about how the bible says you should or you are “unclean” or you are sinning.  This is not true.  Not only this, but the circumcision that is performed today is not at all like the circumcision that was performed by Abraham in the Bible.
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2. The foreskin has functions!!  We are led to believe the forskin is just a flap of skin that has no purpose and will cause infection if we leave it attached.

This is NOT TRUE.  The foreskin has 16 functions, all of which are lost with circumcision, and most of which can not be regained with restoration.

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3. It is NOT my body.  I think this is the biggest one parents need to remember.  How do you know that your son wants to be circumcised?  You don’t!  An infant can not express if he wants to have this elective cosmetic surgery done, why should you be the one to decide this for him?

4.  It is cruel.  Think about what actually happens during circumcision… YOU ARE ALLOWING THIS HARM AND PAIN TO HAPPEN TO YOUR NEWBORN BABY!  We are so desensitized and are so concerned with what is “normal” that we don’t care that we are intentionally causing pain to our children.  Pain that can have life long negative effects!  (And a circumcised penis is not “normal”!!)

5.  It is not important for my sons to “match”… If you are choosing to circumcise because your husband is… Why?  Do you think they are going to “compare”… no and if they somehow notice… you can explain how you did better for your son because you had all the information.

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I really hope this helps to answer the questions most people have asked me about my choice to leave my son intact (after choosing to circumcise the first two).  The one thing I can urge every parent to be is– do your research!  Don’t just do it because you think you have to… you don’t!  You can break the cycle and your son will thank you for it when he older.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments.  :-)

Feeling More Frumpy Mummy Than Yummy Mummy?

It’s easy to get into a rut with your appearance and end up being more of a frumpy mummy than a yummy mummy. The truth is that when you’ve got little ones to take care of, you have a tendency to put your appearance on the back burner, to concentrate on your little ones.

While there’s nothing wrong with dressing in clothing that’s comfortable and easy to pull on, like sweatpants and jumpers, for instance, you can end up feeling frumpy and lacking self-esteem because of it.

The key to feeling more like a yummy mummy is to put time and thought into what you wear, as well as into your hair and makeup. There’s nothing wrong with going bare-faced every so often, but if you want to feel good about yourself, you need to make time to style your hair and apply your makeup each day – you’ll feel better for it.

To become more yummy and less frumpy, here are the steps to take:

Treat yourself to some new clothes

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The first step to feeling more confident in your appearance and less frumpy is to treat yourself to new clothes. If the clothes that you usually wear are a little on the frumpy side, now is the time to update your wardrobe. Start off by having a look online to get an idea of what’s in fashion, and then do some shopping.

You can either shop online or head to your local shopping centre and shop there, depending on your personal preference, of course. If you are going to shop online, make sure to take advantage of deals and discount sites, such as When you’re a parent, every penny counts.

As for what to buy, leggings can work well as they’re comfortable and when teamed with a dress, stylish jumper or tunic, can look stylish. Or, how about buying a nice pair of jeans, to team with tops and jumpers? Skirts and tops can also look lovely, teamed with a pair of thick woolen tights.

Get a new haircut

To prevent having to scrape your hair into a bun or ponytail each morning, have your hair cut into a new, easy-to-style do. That way you can ensure that doing your hair in the mornings doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. Opting for an easy-to-do style means that you can wake up, brush it, and be ready to go, and feel good about how your hair looks.

Practice minimal makeup looks

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To get your everyday makeup look right, minimal makeup is a must. You don’t want to look overdone up. You want to wear enough makeup so that you feel good about yourself. Spend a couple of evenings practicing applying your makeup quickly so that in the mornings you can get your face on before the kids wake up. It might only be a little bit of makeup, but it will give your self-esteem that boost it needs.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know to look and feel better. Take note of the tips above, and you can wave goodbye to being a frumpy mummy.

Can’t Seem To Get Pregnant? Here’s What You Could Do

Some couples seem to be able to get pregnant really quickly. Others need to spend a lot of time and effort trying to get pregnant. Some seem to try for a long time with no results. Some get pregnant but aren’t able to keep the baby. Here’s what you could do if you’re struggling:

Get Yourself To A Healthy BMI

A healthy BMI is essential for getting pregnant and then carrying the baby full term. You may need to put on weight or lose weight. Make sure you do this the healthy way. Ensure you stay at a healthy weight for the duration of the pregnancy too!

Work Together To Make Yourselves More Fertile

Ensure you and your partner are both working together to make yourselves more fertile. You may need to quit smoking, start an exercise regime, eat better, or even change the underwear you wear.

Take The Right Vitamins

Vitamins such as folic acid can help you to get pregnant when you’re struggling.


Both you and your partner should take the time to relax – too much stress is definitely a hindrance!

See A Doctor

See a doctor if your problems persist. There could be a bigger problem present that you need to know about. You have other options if it isn’t possible for you to conceive naturally – take a look at this infographic:

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Items To Keep Safe After Your Baby’s Birth

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The hours and days straight after your baby is born are a total whirlwind! You have just welcome precious new life into the world; this will become your priority. However, in the months or years to come, there may be some things you wish you’d thought of at that time. One of those things might be items you wished you kept safer- or kept at all! So, what are these items? Let’s look at a few that you may want to get hold of early on, before something else distracts you! Some of these items are baby essentials; others are purely for nostalgia. Collect them all, or just a few. But make sure you get the first one, and keep it safe and sound. You’ll need it in years to come for a number of things. Of course, we are talking about the…

Baby Ink Foot Prints

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Birth certificate

When your baby is born, he or she will be issued with a birth certificate. Rather than a cute and official looking piece of memorabilia, it is really important to keep it safe! He or she will need it for things like travel, education and healthcare. That being said, don’t panic if you do need it further down the line, and can’t find it. This is one of the few items from your baby’s first moments that can be replaced. Or maybe it’s just tucked far away in a box upstairs, and you need it quick! Whatever the circumstances, you can now order a birth certificate online. Phew!

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A Newspaper

This tradition tended to be more prevalent in years gone by but is still a super sweet thing to do today. Ask somebody, be it a friend or a family member, to pick up the day’s newspaper on the day your baby is born. In years to come you can look back on all the different things that were happening in the world on that day!

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Hospital tag

If you have a hospital birth, to identify your baby, the nurse will put a little hospital tag around your baby’s foot! This just shows things like his or her name, as well as other basic details. Lots of parents like to keep this as a special momento. If your nurse goes to cut it off before you leave, be sure to ask him or her if you can keep it. Pop it in a safe place and be sure it doesn’t get thrown away by anyone thinking it is rubbish.

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A physical copy of the first photograph

Computers, social media and our phones now all mean that our photographs tend not to be printed out. However, be sure you make a physical copy on the first photograph, or photographs, of your baby. Keep it somewhere safe, where it won’t get damaged. Don’t keep this copy out in the bedroom either, even in a photo frame. Sunlight can fade photographs. That way, even if you lose your digital copies of these photos in the future, you will still have a physical one.

MommyCon is Columbus this weekend!

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I am counting down the days until Caleb and I venture off to MommyCon!  Good news, it is only 3 hours away– bad news, if you haven’t bought a ticket yet, they are currently SOLD OUT.  So- from what I hear, it is THAT good.

MommyCon is on September 19, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square (75 E State Street, Columbus 43215).

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What is MommyCon?  I have not personally attended, but I have been reading their website and talking to other moms that have attended and know that I just HAVE to go!!!  Here is a description from the MommyCon website:

MommyCon is a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together. Our focus is on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together. Our seminars and workshops include; babywearing, birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, car seat safety, natural health and medicine, baby gear, childproofing and so much more! We end our day with amazing giveaways and each attendee gets a gift bag from our sponsors.

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If you aren’t near Columbus, or didn’t score a ticket- there are still more MommyCon Events this year, so definitely check these out if you are within driving distance!  You can get tickets to these events from the MommyCon website:
Columbus – September 19th
Anaheim– November 14th
Seattle – November 21st
Atlanta- February 6th, 2016

Tickets are $40 for regular admission and there is a VIP option that can be added on to a regular admission ticket.  Wait… yes I said a VIP ticket.  Now if you want a VIP ticket, you have to be quick.  There are a limited amount of VIP passes that are released 30 days before the event.  You must have a regular admission ticket to upgrade.  I don’t know about you, but if it’s VIP- I want it lol. 

Sessions: There is a good variety of sessions to choose from like
Cloth Diapering 101
Potty Training 1 of 99 ways to get it done
Breastfeeding, pumping, and going back to work
Parenting & Your Family
Boobs & Bottles
Turning Red to Green
Essential Oils
Dinner Solved
Car Seat Safety

Exhibitors:  There will be over 35 exhibitors at the Columbus Mommy Con. Some, but not all are:  Aden + Anais, Ameda, Applecheeks, Babies R US, Baby Care Area ,Baby K’tan, Babywearing Lounge, Babyganics, Banjorjanics, Bottom Bumpers, Bundle Organics, Cotton Babies at the MommyCon Shoppe, Chompy Chic, Cloth Diaper Resource Center, Combi, Crane, Ergobaby Nursing Pillow, Evenflo Feeding, Happy Family, Innobaby, Little Dippers, Lullaby Earth, Marsupial Mamas, Meeyoo Handwovens, Moby, MommyCon Shoppe, Motherlove, Neb Doctors, Pink Lemonade Shop, Smart Bottoms, Sprout Soup, and The Breastfeeding Center.

I hope I will see some fabulous mamas and babies at MommyCon Columbus!  :-)

Ideas For Helping Your Single Mommy Friend Celebrate The Birth Of Her Baby

As a single mommy, I know just how hard it can be bringing up a little one on your own. The hardest time for single moms is when their child is newborn, as there is just so much pressure to deal with.

Most people think that when relationships break down, it’s always almost after the baby has been born, but that isn’t always the case. I have a few single mommy friends whose relationships broke down while they were pregnant, leaving them to muddle on alone.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who happens to be going it alone gave birth. As any new mom would be, she was over the moon that her baby was born safely and was healthy. But what she missed out on was the celebrations that come after giving birth.

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She didn’t have anyone to share her joy with because her ex-partner was absent from the birth and hasn’t been involved since. Having a baby is one of the most amazing things a woman can do, and I believe that every woman deserves to be celebrated for it.

That’s why I created this guide full of ideas for helping your single mommy friends to celebrate the birth of their child.

Surprise her with flowers and balloons
When married women, or women who are in relationships give birth, their partners tend to shower them with gifts. Flowers, balloons, chocolates – you name it, they’ll get it. It isn’t nice for a single mommy to see all the celebrations around her and have no flowers or balloons of her own. It’s hard being a single mom, and little things like this, just make it harder.

If you know that your single mom friend has just given birth, turn up at the hospital with a big bunch of flowers and congratulations balloons. It might seem silly, but trust me, the new mom will really appreciate the gesture.

Buy her a personalized gift to commemorate the birth
Having a baby is a big deal, and it should be celebrated. When you visit your friend at the hospital ask her what time her baby was born, the weight at birth, and what name she has decided on. You can then take this information and can use it to create her a personalized gift.

Personalized baby gifts are a fantastic way to celebrate the birth of a new baby, as they are not only cute but are also a great keepsake. From baby blankets and outfits to music boxes and dream catchers, there are all sorts of personalized gifts that you can choose from.

Welcome her home with a celebratory cake and lots of homemade food
The hardest thing for a new mom who is coming out of the hospital is taking her baby home on her own. You can make that a little easier for her, by delivering a celebratory cake and lots of homemade food to her house.

Don’t make the mistake of surprising her when she gets home, though, as chances are she will be exhausted. Instead leave her surprises on the kitchen counter, along with a card telling her that whatever she needs you are there for her. It might not be much, but trust me, she will really appreciate the gesture.

Having a baby is meant to be the most amazing time of your life. To ensure that your single friends enjoy their first few days of motherhood, there are lots of things that you can do to help them celebrate.

How To Overcome The Stresses And Strains Of Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most traumatic times in a woman’s life. I should know. My son caused me some serious issues during the later stages. With that in mind, I thought some of you might benefit from my experiences. The post you are reading today will offer some advice and guidance on the best ways to recover after the birth. Our bodies and minds can take a real thrashing, and so we have to work hard to get things back to normal. At the end of the day, you need to ensure you are healthy and active. That child isn’t going to look after itself. It needs a parent who feels enthusiastic about their new job.

Ask your doctor for counseling

Lots of women can become depressed after they give birth to a child. There can be bonding issues that make things even more difficult. The worst thing you can do is suffer in silence. There are many specialists who could help you to make it through the hard times. You just need to contact your doctor and ask for a referral. Don’t worry about what other people might think. You are doing that to improve your outlook and help you to look after the child properly. In some instances, the professional may prescribe medication. Make sure you take it as the doctor advises. Also, involve your partner in the process.


Experts recommend that breastfeeding because it helps you to bond with your baby and many other health benefits to both mom and baby.  Mothers that breastfeed are actually less likely to have post partum depression and breastfeeding helps to regulate your hormones, which may get out of whack after you have a baby.  Breastfeeding helps your baby feel secure and that his needs, both physical and emotional, are met which makes for a happier baby and less-stressed mom. 

Get rid of those stretch marks

Stretch marks can make a woman feel ugly. However, that is the wrong attitude to take. You should consider them to be battle scars from the ordeal you’ve just experienced. They are not unsightly. They are a beautiful reaction to the strains placed on your body. Those of you who want to get rid of them quickly should speak to your GP. They will recommend the best product for stretch marks after pregnancy. You might have to use the products for a few months before you notice a difference. Even so, things will get back to normal if you stick with it.
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Now you know how to overcome the stresses and strains of pregnancy, I hope you can put more effort into the care of your child. Bringing up a young person in the modern world is difficult. The road ahead is filled with challenges that haven’t yet passed your mind. Life is going to be tough for the next eighteen years. However, it will be worth every ounce of effort you exert.

Welcome to parenthood!

Breastfeeding Essentials Guide

In celebration of National Breastfeeding week I wanted to share with you a list of things I found very helpful in my breastfeeding journey.  I nursed Colton for a full year and I am 4 months in with Caleb and going strong!

I know there are so many products out there for breastfeeding, different brands and all that fun stuff, so I hope this guide helps you!

If you plan on Breastfeeding, here are some things you will want to get BEFORE you have the baby so you are prepared:

1. Breastpump:  I have two because I use one upstairs in my room and the other down in the living room and it keeps me from having to pack up my whole pumping station if Colton is playing in the living room.  Do you need two pumps?  Definitely not. But I suggest having A PUMP before you have your little one because nothing is worse than when your milk comes in and you can’t get at least a little relief.

Also- the more you pump, the more milk you will produce.  Obviously if you are going back to work or school, you need a pump to supply milk for when you are away, but you can also use a pump to build up your supply if you feel you might be low.

The two I have are the Avent Comfort Double Breast Pump and the NUK Double Electric Breast Pump.

Avent Breast Pump

What I love about the Avent Comfort Double Breast Pump:
1. GREAT SUCTION that is adjustable to comfort.
2. Comes in a nice bag to carry if you need to transport it
3. Has soft silicone cushions on the breast shields that give added comfort while pumping.
4. Is designed so you can pump while sitting up straight and it actually works!
5. The pump connects right to the Avent Bottles.
6.  Phillips Avent ALWAYS takes time to make sure every detail of a product is thought of and they did a GREAT JOB with this one!
NUK Breast Pump

What I love about the NUK Double Electric Breast Pump:
1. GREAT SUCTION.  When turned all the way up, I felt like this one had the most suction… but I don’t recommend turning any pump all the way up because more suction does NOT mean more milk.
2. Has soft silicone cushions on the breast shields that give added comfort while pumping.
3. GREAT PRICE.  The price point on this is $99.99 and for a double electric pump that WORKS GREAT, This is a great value.

2. Nursing Pads.  If you are breastfeeding you will want to invest in these for sure!  I love the disposable Avent Nursing Pads for night time and when I am out and about.  They are SUPER soft and really comfortable.  The night time ones hold A LOT so you don’t have to worry about night time leaking and who wants to lug around wet nursing pads.  I always go disposable if I am leaving the house.

Avent Nursing Pads

I also like the Milkies Softies Bamboo Nursing Pads They are reusable, which is a huge plus since you can wash and reuse over and over again.  They are also soft, and since they are bamboo they wick the moisture away from your skin which will reduce tenderness if you are experiencing any sort of irritation.

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3. Nipple Balm In those first few weeks of breastfeeding (at least) you will want nipple balm to soothe and protect sore nipples.  Lets face it, it is a fact of life with breastfeeding- but it doesn’t have to be as bad as it seems.  I really liked the Milkies Nipple Nuture Balm  but there are several options out there.
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I like the Milkies Nipple Nuture Balm most because it is safe for mom AND baby.  It doesn’t need to be washed off before feedings.  Who wants to wipe off nipple balm from sore nipples before you feed your baby?  Also, I started off using lanolin and even with wiping it off, Caleb wouldn’t latch when I used it- once I switched to the Milkies Nipple Nuture Balm– we did not have this issue any more.

4. Nursing Bras and Tops I know this sounds like a no brainer, but you need these before you have the baby.  I don’t know about you, but I wanted to put my own bra on as soon as I could after delivery, so having a nursing bra on hand was a MUST.  I also love my nursing tops.  I have gotten pretty good with nursing in regular shirts too, but I really do prefer the ease of using my actual nursing tops.

5. Nursing Pillow I have a Boppy Nursing Pillow and I LOVE it!  If this is your first baby, I suggest this nursing pillow because it is two sided.  You have the soft cushiony side and the harder, but still soft side.  Since you won’t know which type of surface you prefer, I recommend this pillow since it is so versatile.  It also has a strap that makes it good to carry and stays in place while you are using it!

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I also have the Boppy Pregnancy Back Rest Pillow.  This was advertised for use while you are pregnant, but I have continued to use it for back support while I am nursing or pumping.

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5. Nursing Cover
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I have the Boppy Nursing Cover that I use while we are out.  I like it because it attaches around my neck and has a plastic piece on top so I can peek under and check on Caleb as he nurses.

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I also use my Hanchell Babies Swaddle Blankets as nursing covers because they are large and light weight and also very versatile.

6. Breastfeeding Support Supplements
As you know you are burning a ton of calories while breastfeeding and you need to make sure you are getting the vitamins you need so you can product the best breast milk.  I drink Mamalicious every morning for breakfast.  It is PACKED with vitamins that support breastfeeding mothers and I feel SO GREAT when I am drinking it vs if I run out.

If you are concerned about your supply I also suggest Premama Lactation Support Powder.  You can mix this right in with water.  It tastes really good and is another great supplement!

7. Sterilizer

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Avent 3 in 1 Electric Sterilizer.  It is basically the Mercedes of Sterilizers.  You need a sterilizer because you are dealing with food storage… for your newborn baby.  There no room for mistake and no want of any sort of bacteria.  So after you wash your pump parts and bottles, you will want to run them through the sterilizer to make sure you have all the icky bacteria KILLED.  I like this because it sits on the counter.  You don’t need to move it to or from the microwave.  Just load it up and you are ready to go.  It also comes with a nice dishwasher caddy if you have a dishwasher.  :-)

9. Bottle Drying Rack. I suggest this because it gives you a clean place to dry bottles and pump parts.

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10.  Thermo Packs.

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Avent Thermo Packs are AWESOME.  Cold to relieve sore or tender breasts and hot to do the same or stimulate milk flow.

11.  Milk Storage Bags.

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Another thing you need to stock up on for sure!  The Avent Milk storage bags are pre sterilized disposable bags that make milk storage easy!  I pump directly into the bag, seal it and Colton is my little milk runner and will run the milk to the freezer for me.  They even have a spot to write the date and amount on it :-)

I hope this helps you if you are considering breastfeeding.  I encourage you to give it a try and stick with it.  The bond with your little one is amazing and I can’t imaging feeding either of my boys any other way.  These products are things I personally used and felt were helpful in my breastfeed journey.  

FTC Disclosure:  I received and tested out many products that are included in this guide.  I gave only my true, honest opinions about the products. All opinions are my own.  

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As a new mom, I can tell you those first few weeks with your newborn are nerve racking.  You are constantly wondering if you are doing things right, and hoping you are making your new little one comfortable.

From the moment Caleb was born, he was just the sweetest little thing.  I will not lie when I say we instantly bonded and I am loving every minute of it.

I brought my SwaddleSure by HALO sleep pouch to hospital with me along with my bag of :everything I really want to use from day one: so Caleb was put in the SwaddleSure by HALO Sleep Pouch from day one.  And from day one, he slept SO well and was hardly fussy.  If he was fussy, I would swaddle him and it seemed like he instantly calmed.  Caleb Halo Sleep Sack

The SwaddleSure by HALO Sleep Pouch is my favorite swaddle wrap because it is SO easy.  In 3 quick steps, he is swaddled, comforted, and happy :-)

Swaddle Sure How To

Some benefits to Swaddling are:

  • Swaddling is a great way to soothe and calm a fussy baby by giving him a feeling of security, similar to being in the womb.
  • A newborn cannot regulate his temperature as well as an adult, so swaddling keeps his body warm. (Just make sure that he doesn’t become overheated.)
  • Swaddling often helps a baby sleep longer because it prevents the sudden movements (startle reflex) that can cause him to wake up.
  • Swaddling can help a baby focus on breastfeeding, helping to keep his arms and legs out of the way
  • Swaddling prevents a newborn baby from scratching himself with his nails.
SwaddleSure became available in January 2015, and can be found at and for a suggested retail price of $14.99.
Also- one VERY important thing about the swaddle sure is the Hip Healthy design.  One os the common worries of Swaddling is hip dysplasia from wrapping the legs.  With the design of this sleep  pouch the legs are loose, so Hip Dysplasia is not a concern :-)
I am a huge fan of swaddling and the Halo SwaddleSure is my top pick of all the swaddle wraps I have tried.  If you are expecting… definitely add this one to your registry :-)
And now for the giveaway!  I am giving away ONE SwaddleSure by HALO Adjustable Sleep Pouch to ONE lucky Mommy Has A Life winner.
Giveaway Ends July 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM
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Disclosure: I received free product to review for purposes of this post.