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Your Breast-Friend for Mommy-to-Be!

August as Breast Feeding Awareness Month and before I joined the pack to become a mom, I did not even think about it. I thought it is natural, easy and super straightforward right?

WRONG!  I didn’t realize that breastfeeding could be so challenging that there are actually people called LACTATION consultants that you can hire to help you.

Besides professionals and classes, there are also a lot of great products out there to help you.

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The Lansinoh Breastfeeding pillow is like a pillow arm sleeve that props the baby up to the right position for feeding. It is handy and small enough to take with you in your diaper bag or travel. It has a minky soft fabric inside and a washable soft cotton on the outside. You can buy it here for $24.99

The Lansinoh Nursie Breastfeeding Pillow is comfortable, portable, and helps support proper breastfeeding positioning.

By sliding onto the arm, rather than around the waist, the thoughtful design is perfect for c-section tummies and one size actually fits all, regardless of shape and size. The Nursie allows mom to naturally bring baby up to the breast to nurse rather than leaning over, which is ideal for positioning, latch and avoiding back pain. As a small and lightweight nursing pillow, it is ideal for today’s on-the-go mom. Strollers, diaper bags and airplanes are no match for the small but mighty Nursie!

Upspring Milk Flow – Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Chai Tea Latte Powder Drink Mix $17.99

A Tea-Riffic Way To Get Your Breast Milk Flowing
For years, moms have been going to great (although oftentimes not-so-great tasting) lengths to boost their breast milk supply, choking down bitter concoctions and making cumbersome cups of tea. UpSpring’s Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Chai Tea Latte, is the first and only chai latte-flavored fenugreek beverage, formulated to help boost breast milk supply.*
Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Chai Tea Latte Drink Mix can help:
  • If you’re trying to establish a sufficient breast milk supply for your baby
  • During baby’s growth spurts, if your milk supply can’t keep up with demand
  • When you want to increase pumping yields
  • When your baby needs more breast milk than you are currently producing
Why UpSpring Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Drink Mix?
  • Helps promote healthy breast milk supply*
  • Contains three known galactagogues (aka breast milk boosters) fenugreek, blessed thistle, and anise
  • Delivers 1,800 mg of fenugreek in each yummy chai tea latte flavored drink
  • Consume only 1-3 times daily
  • All natural, non-GMO, and gluten-free
  • Contains milk
  • Recommended by lactation consultants
More Breast Milk Boosters for Your Buck
Our new Millkflow resealable canister gives you 24 servings and comes with an easy-to-use single serve scoop. Each scoop contains a concentrated 10:1 fenugreek blend, giving you 1,800 mg of fenugreek plus Blessed Thistle and more in each serving.
How To Use Milkflow Chai Tea Latte
Mix one scoop in 8 oz of hot or cold milk, stir vigorously. Pour over ice for a refreshing pick-me-up or enjoy warm cozied up with your favorite mug and beautiful baby. No matter the weather, Milkflow Chai Tea Latte is the perfect companion for breastfeeding moms year-round. Milkflow contains dairy and soy but no gluten or GMO ingredients.
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Upspring also makes a product called milkscreen for $19.99. If you ever go out for a drink or dinner and want to make sure it doesn’t get into your baby’s system – this is the best tool you can get that works in 2 minutes.  You can get it here! Drinking while breastfeeding can raise some questions. Are you throwing away breast milk unnecessarily? Are you giving your baby breast milk that has alcohol in it? Don’t guess, test! UpSpring Milkscreen, the first and only test of its kind, is an easy, 2 minute at-home test that detects alcohol in breast milk.
Voted one of the best baby shower gifts, this bottle is very unique and good for extra breastmilk feeding.

Designed to preserve breastmilk nutrients
• Warms faster than standard bottles
• Bottles stack easily to save space and track pumping order
• Anti-slip silicone bottom prevents tip overs
• Easy to take apart for thorough cleaning
• Advanced, triple channel venting system designed to reduce colic
• Unique shape allows babies to self-feed at a younger age
• Extra soft silicone nipple
• Breast pump adaptor included
• BPA and Phthalate free
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Breast Feeding Awareness Month Must Have

We all know the term ‘one and done.’ The Ellie Nursing Cover embodies this… and then some! With a multitude of functional uses for the momma on the move, the Nursing Cover can be used for breastfeeding, as well as a Stroller Cover, Carseat Cover, Highchair cover, and Shopping Cart Seat Cover! Taking mom from the infant stages and beyond with her little one, the practical Ellie Nursing Cover is an absolute must-have!

In addition to the uses mentioned above, the colorful, stretchy fabric makes it a breeze to wear it as a scarf, poncho or hood. The Ellie Nursing Cover comes in a variety of bright colors, including Black, Pink, Orange, Aqua, Blue, Red, Lime, Green, Yellow, Gray, Neon, Pink and Light Blue.

  • Sunshade
  • Nursing Cover up
  • Blanket
  • Changing table cover
  • High Chair/ Shopping Cart cover
  • Baby Sling

To learn more about the Ellie Nursing Cover by Baby Benjamin, please visit https://babybenjamin.com/products/the-ellie-cover


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Bitty: How to Grow a Smart Baby Prenatal Tips

As many of you know, I am into my 2nd Trimester now! 5 Months so far and 4 months more to go before we meet our baby boy. Very very excited!  I have been doing a ton of research on everything since I am a FTM on everything from Elimination Communication or the difference between a sleep sack and a swaddle! It is all very confusing and overwhelming but I am getting the hang of it. My cousin said there is so much new baby tech since he had his first kid 8 years ago, now that he is expecting his third. So as I grow and as the blog grows, I will be helping other FTM and FTD out there by using HEYDOYOU Bitty as a resource to explain a lot of the research I have found. I hope you find it useful!

Some of the most interesting things I found during my research is how much you can do for your baby prenatally. You don’t have to wait til the baby is of a certain age or actually be BORN before you implement these fun things below. On one hand, 9 months feels like forever but I must admit these 5 months have gone by pretty fast!

First things first.

Music is very important for your fetus, your baby and your toddler! As a mom, listen to a lot of music and singing is top of my priority list. This toy was invented by a 4 year old and his dad. Check it out: The Magical Musical Thingy-Majigger, a new toy that reintroduces traditional, hands-on sensory activities and creates an opportunity for children to be more imaginative and inventive during playtime.  Select how many pieces and color combinations you’d like to use, and connect them together. Then, twist and turn the creations into all sorts of Magical Musical Thingy-Majiggers. All the pieces can rotate 360 degrees, allowing your imagination to run free with countless shapes and designs! You can also experiment and play with the different shapes you create and the sounds produced!

 

Reading: So many people have told me to read aloud. Everything and anything so the baby knows my voice and learns language. Since the baby can hear now at 20 weeks old, I have been looking for things to read everywhere I go. Last night, I read Alan C Fox’s new book to baby. BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE, is all about Focuses On Perseverence, Dreams, and Letting Go. Good life lessons for the baby right?  This book tells the enchanting story of a young boy who learns that possessing something is not quite as meaningful as letting it go. Benji adores kites. All kinds of kites – big or small, plain or fancy, square or diamond- shaped. He loves flying them at the beach, watching them float high in the sky. One day Benji sees a giant orange kite at the toy store. He wants it more than anything else – ever. But his mom explains that he’ll need to earn the money to buy the kite. So Benji buckles down and weeds the garden for the next two weeks – the vegetables in the morning and the flowers in the afternoon. It seems like he’ll never be done. Finally the special day arrives, and Benji’s mom hands him the giant orange kite of his dreams. At the beach, Benji lets his kite soar higher and higher with every gust of wind. He watches it rise above the people, the hotdog stand, and even the houses beyond. Soon the kite becomes a distant speck in the sky. Benji is thrilled. But when it’s time to pull the kite down and head back home, Benji can’t bear to do it. He wants to set the kite free to fulfill its destiny among the clouds. Benji lets the twine go and the kite disappears into the sunset sky. The kite may still be up there yet.

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Alan Fox explains that like all of his books, “BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE is based on a real-life incident. “This one happened when I was a child. I decided to tell the story, because I wanted to share the sense of achievement I felt by working hard to obtain something I really loved. But once I saw the kite flying at the beach, I wanted to let it go. My dream had been accomplished. It was time move on to another, new experience. You must always keep going to fulfill your dreams and aspirations.”

Eating:  A lot of moms like myself are planning to breastfeed. But the first lesson of motherhood is that, nothing really goes according to plans! My friend who recently gave birth told me how hard it was and how she wasn’t producing enough milk. So after a few weeks of trying, she switched to formula. With bottle, sometimes there is a lot of air that the baby swallows that can result in gas, burping and discomfort. My sister said only 1 out of 3 of her kids ever took to the bottle and after trying multiple brands and nipples she gave up feeding with bottles. I found out about Minbie Nipples! These new bottle nipple alternative that solves a common problem with feeding. Generic nipples can often result in confusion and the bottle taking-over. Minbie solves this issue by encouraging babies to latch and feed with their instinctive breastfeeding technique.

Minbie is BPA-free, anti-colic & an anti-reflux bottle system: I have the newborn and 3 months ready now for when my baby comes. I plan to breastfeed but also pump milk so that my mom and my husband can also use the Minbie to feed baby. Since the baby’s stomach is only the size of a cherry, he will need to eat a bit at a time and frequently. I can’t wait to try out the Minbie system. Eating and nutrition is #1 factor in growing a happy, healthy and smart baby!

Stay tune for more Bitty posts!

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New Walmart.com Baby Nursery

Today, Walmart.com is introducing a new shopping destination in the baby department focused on one of the most important purchases for a new family addition – items for the nursery.

Customers can now browse and discover Walmart.com’s nursery offerings with new “shop by style” options in six curated collections of the most popular styles of nursery décor:

  • Wanderlust
  • Boho Chic
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Classic Pink
  • Traditional Blue
  • Gender Neutral

The collections feature hundreds of baby items starting at $4.99 for a decorative pillow up to $299 for a swivel glider.

This new experience complements Walmart’s aggressively expanded assortment with more than 30,000 new items over the past year, including Chicco car seats and strollers, Delta Children products, Skiddaddle by Skip Hop baby accessories, the SNOO Smart Sleeper bassinet by Happiest Baby and Water Wipes.

As a FTM I am sooooo excited for this and have my eye on several items too! Take a look for your little one and see what you can find. I am expecting end of December and this could not have come at a better time.

https://www.walmart.com/cp/nursery-decor/414099

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Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gele for the Family

This is our 3rd summer in Las Vegas! We are still acclimating to the desert heat and how to be summer smart, so I am always on the hunt for new products. As you know, we are expecting and with all the baby stuff coming into the house, I have been really overwhelmed. Babies can’t use certain products, pregnant mama’s can’t use products with Salicylic Acid, and dad just wants something simple and doesn’t smell girly!  But finally, there is a product that is good for the whole family.

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I am a huge fan of Aloe Vera and have been using it for ages but the Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gele is in a league of its own! First of all, it comes in the green bottle, which protects the integrity of the product. This is optimum for UV protection for light-sensitive contents.  The easy pump makes sure the perfect amount of product comes out every time. Using Aloe has helped my super dry shins!

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5 Reasons why men can benefit from Aloe Vera Gele:

  • Tattoo Healing
  • Acne
  • Sun Burn
  • After Shave antiseptic
  • All-natural intimacy moisturizer

5 Reasons why women can benefit from Aloe Vera Gele:

  • Skincare
  • Moisturizing legs and arms
  • After sun/After tanning
  • Stretching skin on the growing belly
  • Bottom of my feet and after washing my hands

+ Pets!

Cami’s paws get very dry and I put the Aloe Vera Gele on her paws to restore her paws.

+ Baby!

I will be using this product on baby once he or she is here as it is quite safe. … Eczema can inflame the skin with itchy and red patches. Allergies and a weak immune system can also lead to eczema and worsen the condition. You can use natural remedies like aloe vera gel on your baby’s skin without any side effects!

If you are interested in getting pure Aloe Vera, I recommend checking out Desert Harvest for their quality products: http://www.desertharvest.com/

 

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TTPM® Reveals its 2018 Spring ‘Most Wanted’ List

TTPM®, the leading review site for Toys, Tots, Pets, & more, unveiled their 2018 Spring “Most Wanted List” on last Thursday. During a press conference for hundreds of members of the media, analysts, social influencers and bloggers at the TTPM 2018 Spring Showcase, the TTPM editorial team revealed the toys they’ve predicted will be hits with consumers for the spring and summer season.

2018 Spring “Most Wanted List”

From, action figures and characters to creativity toys and outdoor fun, the TTPM editors selected 13 toys representing the most innovative, playful and on-trend.  The list includes new products in established brands and innovative playthings, some making their first appearances at the Spring Showcase.

The TTPM 2018 Spring “Most Wanted List” products are:

 

Movie Toys

Role-play toys have become most popular with children as they want to become their heroes, not just play with them. For other kids and lifelong fans, contemporary collectibles are more popular than ever.

Classic Play

Activity toys and collectibles are big sales drivers at this time of year, as toymakers deliver the novelty kids want at values parents appreciate.

Outdoor Toys

Warm weather means outdoor fun! This season, kids and families can enjoy the sunshine together with sand, water and bubbles.

TTPM 2018 Spring Showcase

All of the “Most Wanted List” winning products were on display at the TTPM 2018 Spring Showcase. The event gave media representatives the chance to photograph, film and play with the latest toys and baby gear, scout products for upcoming segments, meet new companies and make great connections with leading and new brands. Dozens of leading, influential, and cutting-edge toy brands, including Mattel, Spin Master, Just Play, Hasbro, LEGO Systems, Nickelodeon, Step2, and more brought their most in-demand products.

The event was also the debut of TTPM’s Baby Shop section and featured brands including Fisher Price, Britax, LÍLLÉbaby, Little Me and more. In addition, more than 100 children were in attendance at the event alongside their parents, to experience the event first-hand in celebration of “Take Your Child to Work Day.” They were able to get hands-on experience with the newest toys and find their favorites!

Summer is also the most important season for ride-on toys, and visitors had many to choose from. Pacific Cycle and Razor each showcased its newest entries, and Mattel introduced a new Jurassic World version of its popular Power Wheels vehicle.

Other popular exhibits included Super Impulse with the World’s Smallest Hot Wheels track and VTech’s Play Area that let preschoolers play with the company’s newest additions to its Go! Go! Smart Wheels product line. Children also had the opportunity to play laser tag at the ArmoGear and NSI International booths, swing on the oversized PlayMonster swing set, and play outdoor games like Zing’s bow and arrow archery set or Antsy Pants’ picnic table and Build and Play Kits.

To view details on the 2018 Most Wanted List, please visit: https://ttpm.com/mostwanted/

About TTPM

TTPM® is a leading product review site for toys, tots, pets and more. With more than 10 million monthly views of its comprehensive video reviews, TTPM is the number one resource for consumers seeking to find and easily buy the best toys, baby gear, pet toys, kids electronics, and sporting goods for their families. The site’s expert team creates more than 5,000 independent reviews annually, each featuring the TTPM Price Check, which lists live price comparisons and one-click purchasing from major retailers. For more information, visit www.ttpm.com.

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