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The Ultimate Baby Bottle Guide

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This post covering The Ultimate Baby Bottle Guide has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. I remember over 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Sophia and in stores registering for my Baby Shower.  To say I was overwhelmed with the choices in the baby aisles would be an extreme understatement.  I was shocked about the sheer number of baby gadgets and gear and had no clue what to do in the bottle and pacifier aisles. Who know there were so many types of baby bottles!? If you're a Mom or Dad, or a soon-to-be parent, you're not at all surprised by that statement, I'm sure.  I would wager a guess that you've been standing in one of those aisles, just like me, completely and totally overwhelmed with the choices. Sure - choices are good because we all want what's best for our baby, but the thing is - how do we know which baby … [Read more...]

Innovation Appreciation – Freemie Freedom Breast Pump Giveaway – US

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Welcome to the Innovation Appreciation Giveaway Hop!  Have you ever found a product that's so great it makes you want to stop everyone you meet and tell them about it? When I find something that makes my role as a mom easier, I just feel so thankful someone invented it! That's what the "Innovation Appreciation" giveaway is all about. That and a chance for you to win over $450 in fabulous prizes - YES!!! We're celebrating those products who have made our lives a whole lot easier - even in the crunchy world!  I am so excited about the product I'm featuring too because I know it could really make a difference for lots of women! The Freemie Freedom Breast Pump system is a huge advancement in electric breast pumps as far as innovation goes.  This unique system makes pumping easier and much more discreet for women - especially those … [Read more...]

Looking for a Doula or Lactation Consultant in Your Area? Check MamaViews First.

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Let me admit something here at first.  When I was pregnant with Sophia I had no clue what a Doula, Baby Nurse, or Lactation Consultant was or did.  I was clueless.  I knew you went to the hospital and had your baby because that's what everyone else that I know did.  Luckily I did find out what a Lactation Consultant did after attending my hospital's Childbirth Classes, but that's as far as my knowledge went. Once I found my way into the Attachment Parenting world that crunchy and cloth diaper blogs so often represent, I learned a lot more.  A lot.  I had no idea that people still had home births or that you could hire someone to go through the birthing process with you.  I so wish I could go back and have had a Doula with my first pregnancy and birth! All I can say is I wish I had known about MamaViews.com then too.  Not only … [Read more...]

A Look at the Mombo Nursing Pillow

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Comfort and Harmony for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. My babies are growing up.  Moreaya is already 16 months old and Sophia, my baby, is going to be 3 in less than 2 weeks.  It just doesn't seem imaginable.  I still see them both, so tiny. Even though I don't have a baby baby, I still love to look at baby products in stores.  Do you find yourself wondering over to the infant section and checking out all the new products?  I know I can't be the only one.  I was sent a Mombo nursing pillow a few weeks ago.  Although I'm not currently breastfeeding, I do remember a few things about the subject and being comfortable {both myself and the baby} was one of the most important parts of the breastfeeding … [Read more...]

Pretty Mommies Skincare

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Did you know it's important to use safe skincare while you're pregnant and breastfeeding? The Blogging Mamas Network and Pretty Mommies have come together to bring you important information about safe skincare during these special times AND to offer you a chance to win 1 of 4 sets of Pretty Mommies Skincare! Pretty Mommies Skin Care is an all-natural, physician-based maternity skin care line that has raised the bar to become the new standard in safety and efficacy for pregnant and nursing women. Pretty Mommies not only addresses the challenges due to the hormonal changes associated with motherhood, but also sets a new standard of safety for you and your baby. Contains ingredients such as Rose Hip, Vitamin C, Aloe, Green Tea, Red Tea, Squalane (derived from Olives) and Trichloma Matsutake Singer Extract (Japanese … [Read more...]

Boppy: Travelin’ With Baby Grand Prize Sponsor #babytravels

Today, Jenny is reviewing 2 great products that will be in the Travelin' With Baby Grand Prize - a Travel Pillow and Nursing Cover from Boppy! These feeding essentials make traveling with baby a cinch and the Boppy Travel Pillow also doubles as a nice resting spot for baby. Portable and comfortable! Boppy will be sponsoring a Travel Pillow and Nursing Cover in the Travelin' With Baby Grand Prize! … [Read more...]

New Mommy and Baby: Mombo Nursing Pillow

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I had the pleasure of receiving one of the newest nursing pillows on the market... the mombo™ nursing pillow from Comfort & Harmony!  I was very excited to try out this new product and see how it worked for Moreaya and I during our nursing sessions! I was sent the Comfort & Harmony™ mombo™ Deluxe Pillow in Pinehurst™ Fashion to review.  It's a beautiful pillow in the prettiest shade of green.  Right away, I noticed the difference in the sides of the pillow and, other than the optional vibration, is what really makes this nursing pillow stand out from the rest! Pinehurst™ is soft and sophisticated. Styled in calming green, Pinehurst will effortlessly coordinate with any nursery décor or accessory item. Mombo™ offers a unique Firm2Soft™ design for better nursing support and positioning, plus a soothing vibration feature for … [Read more...]

New Mommy: PumpEase

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As I've said before, I prepared myself to be more successful with breastfeeding Moreaya than I think I was with Sophia.  But, I should say, success is measured by the person who is breastfeeding, right?  I'm not here to judge anyone.  Whether you exclusively breastfeed, exclusively pump, exclusively formula feed, or a combination of both... you're doing what you should/want to do for you and your child!  I wanted to successfully exclusively breastfeed Moreaya for as long as possible and I feel like I did succeed. One thing that hurt me with Sophia and I's nursing relationship is I turned to my breast pump the day I got home from the hospital.  I wanted to see if it hurt less and it did, in a way.  But pumping is a lot of work and if you've ever done it, you're rolling your eyes at that understatement, I'm sure.  How are you supposed to … [Read more...]

New Mommy: LilyPadz & C-Remedy

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Today I'm going to introduce you to a brand that makes two truly unique products for New Mamas!  You may have heard of them before, but I hadn't and I was just intrigued and had to try them out for myself.  LilyPadz® are the revolutionary alternative to traditional nursing pads combining such unique features as flexibility, breathability, invisibility, and "sticks-to-your-ability" to provide the kind of protection every expectant and nursing mother needs. Whether or not you breastfeed your baby, inconvenient, leaky and let's admit it, "obvious" nursing pads are the last thing you want to worry about during and after your pregnancy. The special soft, flexible and non-absorbent material in LilyPadz® conforms to your breast for a secure fit, allowing you to wear whatever you like with confidence. Now that you have a choice... Say … [Read more...]

New Mommy: My Brest Friend

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When I got pregnant with Sophia, I wondered what all the fuss was about with breastfeeding.  I naively assumed that it would be easy... it's natural, right?  I didn't take a breastfeeding class, I didn't buy any types of pillows/support to help with breastfeeding, and I, at only the last minute, bought a generic cream to help with nipple tenderness.  I just wasn't prepared at all. Luckily, this time around, I did a bit more research and connected with some great companies, like My Brest Friend, that have helped m e in our breastfeeding journey!  You may remember that I reviewed a couple of Maternity Pillows from My Brest Friend a few months ago {and I'm still using my 3-in-1 Body pillow... I don't think I'll ever give it up}!  This time around, I'm introducing you to three great products that are perfect for once your baby … [Read more...]

New Mommy: Nursing Bra Express

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As I mentioned previously, when I was nursing Sophia I purchased a few nursing tank tops at a local department store.  I was unsatisfied at the amount of support they gave me {although I loved the belly coverage}, so I went back to the same department store and bought a couple of nursing bras.  They worked.  However, they were worth every bit of the $16.99 I paid for them, and probably not a penny more. This time around, I want my nursing relationship with Moreaya to last longer and be more successful so I've realized that in order to accomplish this, I need to arm myself with the right tools and supplies {and you're getting to reap the benefits too}! When I discovered the Nursing Bra Express site, I was so excited to see the huge variety of lingerie that was available to help me making this breastfeeding experience go a bit smoother, … [Read more...]

New Mommy Grand Prize Giveaway: Hot Mama Gowns

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When I found out that I was pregnant for the second time, there was one thing on my mind that I wanted to get... ok, maybe there were a few things, but there was one company that really stood out in my mind from the first time I saw it.  Hot Mama Gowns!  Not only does the name and logo grab your attention, but the product itself is genius. I loathed wearing the ugly, drab, worn by way too many strangers hospital gown when visitors came to see Sophia and I in the hospital after she was born.  What I gave birth in {or had my Cesaran performed in} wasn't as much of a concern to me, but to walk around the halls of the hospital in, have your friends and family see you in, and have so many pictures taken of you in... now that was my concern! The idea for Hot Mama Gowns was born at the same time our daughter was born in May of 2006.  After … [Read more...]