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New Mom Needs: #BabyBasicsBoxx

This post is sponsored by Babblebox.com 

The past 11 weeks of my daughter’s life have been a blur. She’s “growing like a weed” and I’m slowly getting a little more sleep. When I’m this tired I’m usually fueled by coffee; but since I’m exclusively nursing and no one likes a caffeinated baby, my drink of choice is water. We’re surviving on snuggles and the sweet sound of baby giggles. While my wee babe is sleeping, I thought I would share a few must have items from my Babblebox #BabyBasicsBoxx that you might enjoy. It was full of fun products like a Mumbrella (yes, a mom umbrella), Mustela baby lotion, the comfiest nursing bra ever from Playtex, Vichy mineral moisturizer (because self care is important), a Land’s End diaper bag, soft and sweet baby clothing from B’Gosh Baby, and some rash kicking butt paste from Boudreaux’s.

Playtex

If you’re a breastfeeding momma, you know one of the most important thing that you need besides a good water bottle is a supportive and comfortable nursing bra. This Playtex Nursing bra is not only my absolute favorite nursing bra ever, it’s also one of my favorite bras. I think I’ll wear this one long after she is weaned. One of my least favorite aspects of nursing my son was trying to find nursing bras and clothing. The other brands that I had were ill-fitting, especially when I had a change in milk supply, and just plain ugly. The lace detail is a beautiful finishing touch to a bra that covers two cup sizes and a full band size. It’s made of fabric to help keep you cool and comfortable. If you’re currently breastfeeding or planning to breastfed, you’ll definitely need to check out the Playtex Nursing Bra Collection.

 

Baby B’Gosh

Can we talk about baby clothes? I love all them. It’s hard not to like a baby’s outfit, especially when it’s from OshKosh B’Gosh. We’re an OshKosh household. My son wears a size 10 now and I’m going to be sad when he can no longer wear OshKosh B’Gosh. I love that Baby B’Gosh is a balance of cute and practical. The sweater that they sent is incredibly soft and oh so very sweet. I can pair it with lots of outfits to help transition her summer clothes to fall, and fall clothing into winter. It looks particularly precious with the mint colored floral dress also from Baby B’Gosh. You can always find great deal on Baby B’Gosh clothing but you can use this code (OKBG3352 or in store with code 036992) to save 20% off a $40+ purchase.

Mustela

While we’re chatting about great clothing for babies, it’s a perfect time to mention my favorite lotion. I’m picky about lotion that I apply to myself. I don’t like anything with a chemical smell or fragrance. Lotion should go on smoothly and hydrate, without feeling heavy or filmy. Mustela Hydra Bébé lotion is hypoallergenic and makes my daughter’s skin soft and smooth. Since she spends so much time in skin to skin contact with me while nursing, I use the same lotion on myself. It helps preserve cellular richness and primarily contains natural ingredients. We actually use several other Mustela products from their maternity and baby lines. You can use code BABBLEBOX17 for 20% off on their website.

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Maximum Strength Jar

What do you use to treat the dreaded diaper rash? I’m going to share a true and slightly embarrassing story. I got really chaffed during the summer. I was hugely pregnant and waddling back and forth to my son’s baseball games. I didn’t know what to put on my chaffing and I figured diaper rash cream should work nicely. I put another cream on that a friend had given me as a shower gift; holy smokes that stuff stung. I couldn’t image putting something like that on my sweet babe’s skin. It went in the trash and the next time we were at the store I picked up a tube of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. It didn’t sting or burn like the other cream, and helped soothe my chaffing. I would never put anything on my baby’s skin that I wouldn’t put on my own. I was excited to learn that you could get Maximum Strength Boudreaux’s Butt Paste in this large jar. I find it easier to apply than the tube version and no need to worry about quickly running out (because who has time to run to the store with a new baby?). I’ve trusted Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with both of my little ones and I consider it an essential baby product.

Vichy

Now that we’ve talked about moisturizing baby’s skin, can we discuss moisturizing mommy? Usually I struggle with dry skin during fall and winter months, and this year seems to be worse than I remember. Until recently I’ve never touched my face and had it feel rough to the touch. Sadly, it has been bad enough that occasionally spots remind me of a fine grit sandpaper. I hate dry skin; it makes your complexion look bad and it’s hard to get foundation on evenly. I’ve noticed a tremendous improvement since I started using Vichy Mineral 89. My skin definitely doesn’t seem as ruddy and I don’t have those rough patches that I had previously. I like that my skin feels soft and hydrated. Vichy Mineral 89 contains thermalizing mineral water from French volcanoes and hyaluronic acid to help give you a healthy glow. It’s fragrance-free, oil-free and tested on sensitive skin. You can use code BABBLEBOX for 20% off and free shipping through 11/30/2017, that’s a great discount to try a new product.

 

 

Lands End

Did you know that Land’s End has a small line of diaper bags? I struggled finding a diaper bag. I don’t like loud prints and I wanted something more than just a big bag to shove things into. I love that this bag has outer pockets to store things. They’re easier to access and you don’t have to dig through your bag to find small items such as keys or moisturizer. It has a wide web strap that doesn’t dig into my shoulder and it’s lightweight. The black color makes it gender neutral and stylish. The strap is designed to strap onto your stroller, so you don’t have to carry it or reach under the stroller to get it.

Mumbrella

Speaking of things that attach to your stroller. Have you ever tried to push a stroller and carry an umbrella? I have and I always ended up wet and frustrated. My new Mumbrella attaches to my stroller, so I have both hands to control the stroller. The Mumbrella is water resistant and coated 50UV, so you’re protected from the sun and rain. It’s such a handy piece of mom equipment. You can use code BABBLEBOXX to get free shipping on your Mumbrella order.

What’s your favorite product in this #BabyBasicsBoxx? It’s impossible for me to choose. There were so many great products that serve different purposes. I hope you’ll check out a few that are new to you and take advantage of some of the discounts that they’re offering A Southern Mother readers.

The Proper Peony

The Proper Peony Dresses: Finding Favorites

My introduction to the brand The Proper Peony came through Instagram. A long time friend had her daughter dressed in the sweetest little dress and I decided that Little Miss needed one too. There was one problem, I couldn’t find it. The Proper Peony is a small but very popular brand. The dresses are hand embroidered and that limits production numbers. Many boutiques only get one size each in each style (if that), and they occasionally have waiting lists for dresses. I eventually located the dress in a The Proper Peony Buy/Sell/Trade group and I paid more than retail. Now we’ve acquired more than 10 The Proper Peony Dresses in an assortment of sizes (not all sizes are available in all styles), I thought I would share a few tips for locating your favorite The Proper Peony Dress. Just a little FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post; I’m just a The Proper Peony enthusiast.

The Proper Peony

Little Miss in her The Proper Peony Pink Stella

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DIY Baby Gift Basket Inspiration

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias

I decided when I found out that I was pregnant that I didn’t want a shower or a “sprinkle”. I really appreciated my son’s baby shower and all the gifts, but I found it more stressful than helpful. I felt the need to wear all of the clothes that he received as gifts; we had so many pieces in a few sizes that he would need to wear an outfit a day to wear all of them before he outgrew. What was I supposed to do with all that he couldn’t wear? I felt guilty selling or gifting them to someone else. I thought that not having a shower for my daughter would prevent that, but it actually made things worse. People bought us lots of gifts and dropped them off. I think I may have gotten more stuff for her than I received for my son. If you’re considering not having a baby registry or you’re buying for a new baby, please read this post. Here are a few tips for creating your gift registry and buying for a mom-to-be/new baby, and some DIY Baby Gift Basket Inspiration. DIY Baby Gift Basket Inspiration Read more

Rubbermaid Brillance containers

Prepping Meals On The Go: Rubbermaid Brilliance™

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.

I have a two month old daughter and a 7.5 year old son. He plays several sports and we’re always on the go. Did I mention the’s the size of an average 9 or 10 year old? While I was still pregnant, we would playfully tease him about eating more than me. He’s either eating or thinking about eating. I haven’t been able to work (blog) as much since my daughter was born and finances are much tighter. It’s really expensive to eat out constantly and there are very few healthy options on the average drive-thru menu. These new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE™ Salad & Snack containers make it easy to prep meals and snacks. I’m sharing some meal prepping tips and giving you an opportunity to win a set of Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers at the end of this post.

Rubbermaid Brillance containers

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#StyleUp4School

#StyleUp4School With OshKosh B’Gosh

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

We have a new member of our household; in late July, I gave birth to a daughter. My son started school just two weeks later and luckily we had done most of our back to school shopping prior to the arrival of his little sister. My son is 7.5 years old and just started 2nd grade. He has strong opinions on everything, including his school clothing. When cleaning out his closet before shopping, I realized that nothing from his spring school wardrobe would fit him, unless it had elastic in the waist (and that didn’t guarantee they would fit). We always head to OshKosh B’gosh for most of his clothing. I’ve found that their clothing can withstand fun on the playground and life on the farm, and without breaking my budget; this is more important than ever since I have two kids to buy clothes for now. Today I’m sharing a few of our favorite pieces from OshKosh B’gosh and how we #StyleUp4School. I’m also giving away an OshKosh B’gosh gift card and asking for your helping selecting a project to fund on DonorsChoose.org at the bottom of this post. #StyleUp4School Read more

tips for planning maternity photographs

July Is Cord Blood Awareness Month

There are so many decisions that have to be made prior to the birth of a baby; one of the most important is whether or not to hire a company to bank your baby’s cord blood. I’m due with my second child any day now, and I didn’t bank my son’s cord blood. I actually knew very little about our options for cord blood banking until after my son was born. July is Cord Blood Awareness Month; CBR® wants to remind everyone of the importance of saving your newborn’s stem cells and to encourage you to research your options for cord blood banking.

tips for planning maternity photographs

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UK Midwife Clinic

When Should You Find A New Healthcare Provider?

When I found out that I was pregnant, I scoured the list of approved obstetricians and nurse midwives from my insurance company. I had a wonderful experience with a certified nurse midwife when I delivered my son. She was always attentive and caring, and I never second guessed her medical decision making. Sadly, I discovered that she wasn’t an option for this pregnancy; since my experience with her was so pleasant, I was convinced that I wanted to use a nurse midwife this time around. I’ve slowly discovered why people use the phrase, “assumptions will make an ass out of you.”  I regret my assumption that my experience with one specific nurse midwife would equate to a positive experience with another group of nurse midwives. I’m sharing my personal experience with selecting the wrong midwives and I’m trying to help you answer the question, “When should you find a new healthcare provider?”

When Should You Find A New Healthcare Provider?

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