Baby Brand Showdown

Alright fellow mommas and poppas! I have tested out just about every diaper brand available in stores to give you the full scoop! Of course know that these are all my opinions, I purchased everything myself and every baby is different.

Best overall

Hello Bello is a winner in every category! It’s a great price, gives great coverage, has super cute designs and the brand offers a full line of baby products. And I use them all!! You San save even more buy doing the subscription service! Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, body wash, lotion, conditioner and now they even have vitamins, baby oil and baby powder. It’s formulated without harsh chemicals and the packaging is adorable. Do yourself a favor, head to Walmart and try it out! They have multiple scents so there is something for everyone!

Honest brand:

I really enjoyed the honest company brand. The packaging is also adorable and the diapers worked well but it is a bit expensive. All the bath products smell nice and work well but again you’ll be paying for it!

Pampers:

I know so many people like pampers but let me just say I do NOT like them at all. The diapers always leaked and blew out and they are expensive!! Yea they are a no go in my house.

Huggies:

Huggies was always my go to and favorite brand with my first baby. I still love them. They are great quality and the price isn’t awful. I made the switch to Hello Bello and love that they are a great price and made with plant materials! I still use these for my son and huggies makes the best wipes!

Luvs:

They are cheap and they work but they feel scratchy and cheap. That’s pretty much all there is to that. Not exciting.

Seventh Generation:

Wanting to try a more natural diaper? Seventh generation are okay. I found they leaked bad if my baby laid on her side at all. And they were very expensive. Cute designs tho!

It’s so great that Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard came out with a brand using plant based materials and cleaner ingredients to create such an affordable brand!! They really beyond impressed me and work so well for my baby girl! Check them out!

Xoxo erin

How I pumped over 450oz in 1 month!

Hello friends! A month ago I gave birth to the perfect little girl. From those first moments of trying to breastfeed we had issues. She just wouldn’t latch well and it caused me intense pain. The first night we were home from the hospital I just couldn’t take it anymore. Just know that breastfeeding shouldn’t cause you serious pain. That night, after attempting to feed and getting mad at my husband and the baby I said I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to give up but being angry and tired and in pain was not a sustainable way to live. I immediately pulled out my pump and decided to start pumping exclusively. This is just the inside freezer. Our deep freeze is filled with target bags full of milk!

Exclusively pumping

As soon as I made that decision I felt a weight lifted and was immediately happier. I could feed my baby, still give breast milk, and my husband could help out more. Also formula is very expensive so being able to save money was a huge plus. So over the past month I have been able to pump enough for baby to eat all day/night and store up a stash of over 450oz!! Here is exactly what I do and what works for me.

  • Water water water! I’ll get this one out of the way because it’s the most obvious. I drink a minimum of 16oz each time I pump. Pumping makes me super thirsty. I keep a 32oz jug with me and drink all day and night.
  • Pumping of course. Get a good pump, I use the Medela pump in style. I also purchased a car adapter so I could never miss a pump. I pump every 3 hours around the clock. I set alarms to go off on my watch so I’m always aware. I know it seems like a lot but pumping takes a major commitment. For me it’s easy to remember 12, 3, 6, 9 for the times I pump. It also helps to use some lanolin on the flanges to make pumping more comfortable.
  • I drink one body armor drink everyday. Some people claim it boosts milk supply. I find that it helps break up the water drinking with something flavorful. They taste amazing and have milk boosting ingredients like coconut water.
  • I eat oatmeal each morning. It’s filling, helps milk production and I think it helps with weight. I made tons of lactation cookies with my first baby and found that I couldn’t lose weight and even gained and so I was not letting that happen this time.
  • Sunflower lecithin. I ordered mine on amazon. This is supposed to have some great health benefits and also helps prevent mastitis. I would suggest, if you get the liquid form, to just take a spoonful and not mix it in food or smoothies. It is a thickening agent and it can ruin your smoothie or food in my opinion.
  • I always have my Arbonne protein shake a day. It gets my fruits and veggies in as well as my protein and fiber and pre and probiotics each day! Plus it tastes amazing. Get it here! Click the link to get yours or message me for more details!
    Sleep!!

These are my tips and tricks to building your stash and making pumping work for you! I will continue to update and I continue my journey

Xoxo erin

Hospital packing list baby #2!

Hello friends! I know I have written this before with my first baby but I wanted to write an updated one for the second time around. Keep in mind it is always a good idea to ask your doctor what you need to pack. My hospital is really awesome and provides almost everything needed, I’m sure yours does too. No need to over pack!

  • Alright so you obviously need a duffle bag or small suitcase to pack everything into! I use this one I have from Lucky Brand.
  • In my bag I have packed a cute plaid shirt to go home in. It is a maternity shirt that buttons. I wanted to make sure I had something that fit, made me feel put together, and was breastfeeding friendly. You probably won’t leave the hospital looking like you did before you ever got pregnant so plan for a pooch still.
  • Granny panties. Really you just need some full coverage, comfy panties that can hold large pads during recovery.
    I picked up this belly binder from amazon. Only 13$! This will help shrink your uterus and get your tummy back to its original size. As soon as I am in recovery I plan on putting this bad boy on!
    A comfy nursing bra that can be slept in. I found mine on amazon for so cheap!
    This time I packed some tall compression socks because last time my feet, ankles, and legs got soo swollen. It was very painful and looked horrendous. And hospitals are cold so better to be prepared lol.
  • I packed a set of pajamas that button up so I can be comfy in my own clothes after the IV’s come out and I get that first shower! Plus the buttons allow easy access for breastfeeding.
  • Lastly for myself I packed toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, hairbrush, skincare, light makeup, hair ties and my glasses.

Your hospital should provide giant pads, pain relief, ice packs, sitz bath, dermoplast, witch hazel pads… mine did, I literally didn’t need to bring anything, they even had mesh undies to wear. Some people hate them but I am all for not ruining anything of my own, use the hospitals! My hospital also fed me really well and the food was good so there was no need for bringing snacks!

For Baby:

  • I packed 2 outfits- one in newborn size and one 0-3m. Along with the outfits I packed matching bows. I know there will be lots of pictures!
  • I packed a swaddle for pictures and a thin muslin blanket for coming home.
  • Car seat

Other than clothes and a car seat you really have no need to pack other items. The hospital will have diapers, wipes, baby wash and lotion, anything you will need. And you get to bring all the extras home!

Extras:

  • Phone and phone charger
  • Camera
  • Donut pillow- giving birth makes it feel like your tail bone is broken. At least it did for me. I got a pillow specially for my poor bum.
  • Pillow- with your own unique case
  • Clothes for dad- if your husband or SO is anything like mine, make him pack his own bag! My husband over packs so much and it drives me crazy!

You can always keep some extras in your car if you really think you’ll need them.

Breastfeeding Ain’t Easy!

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Breastfeeding is hard people! I commend those who make it through a whole year or even longer! I wasn’t able to sadly. I have posted before about milk supply boosters which are great and tasty! I wanted to share my story and journey with breastfeeding. Starting off it was a breeze! I was so lucky because I know so many people have difficulty getting started. Not here it was so easy but then got harder. I feel like if it was reversed maybe I would have lasted longer. I made it breastfeeding just over 3 months. And I am super proud about that!! I have poor circulation and it caused me pain every time a feeding was over L I’m working hard on getting my body more fit eternally, not just looking good on the outside. I am hoping that for baby #2 I will not endure the same pain. Because of this pain I worked my way to being an exclusive pumper. WOOF!

It is so much work to plan times to pump every day for at least 20 minutes and work on keeping up supply and demand from your little one! I truly enjoyed pumping more than breastfeeding only because of the pain but honestly I got lazy on keeping my pump schedule. Mommas who work and pump I bow at your feet!!! You must be wonder woman!! Anyways I was good for a while and was building a small freezer stash but nothing to be super excited about because those got used when I had to have a baby sitter! I just couldn’t get ahead of the game. Around 3.5 or 4 months my supply was pathetic!! I’m talking 3 pumping sessions just to get 2-  5oz bottles! Needless to say I kinda gave up. No swelling or engorgement because my supply was sad. I didn’t give up without a fight tho! Check out my water logged post. I made myself sick trying to get my body to produce more. I even tried to breastfeed again but my boobs said no and that is when I moved on to formula.

Now I am not ashamed of this and those people who shame moms who used formula should get a swift kick in the rear. Sometimes it just isn’t the mommas fault. And the important thing is the baby is getting fed! I do believe in giving breast feeding or pumping a fair chance but if you can’t or it doesn’t work then you shouldn’t feel bad! I did for a bit but came to my senses when I knew I did what I could and my baby was still healthy!!

 

Leave me comments guys!!

 

Xoxo Erin

Water Logged

Alright guys so I have a little bit of a different story for y’all today. I actually made myself sick with water. You heard me right, water. I have always craved water, and no I am not dehydrated, I just really love the taste of plain water. I know it’s weird but oh well. So after I had my son I was trying to drink lots and lots of water so that I could keep my milk supply up. I knew from reading and common sense that water = milk. I ate all the foods that were supposed to help and I drank tons of water. So much water that I began to get really bad headaches and my joints were hurting terribly bad.
I actually gave myself water poisoning!!!! How does one do that?? I was literally drinking over 200 ounces of water a day! That is not an exaggeration. And the regular standard is 8 cups or about half of your body weight in ounces. I was consuming way over what I was supposed to be and I paid for it. It was the worst feeling, especially the headaches which I never get!
Needless to say I got rid of my giant water jug I was drinking from and switched to a smaller bottle. I also track my water consumption on my fitbit app. I know it sounds crazy for someone to go through the trouble of tracking water but I want to drink enough but never want to go overboard again!!
xoxo Erin

Milk Supply Booster Tips

If you have decided to breastfeed then you may encounter the dreaded dip in milk supply like I did. These are my tried and true milk booster tips that helped me through that low. Some people are blessed with the overflow of milk and can stock freezers. I was not that lucky. I made just enough to keep my little going but I had a couple issues and decided pumping was the best option for me. So here are the tips that helped me raise my supply while I was pumping/breastfeeding.

  • Boobie Cookies- There are tons of recipes on pinterest to check out. You can check mine out, I have pinned tons of them. Also you can check out my personal cookie recipe that I have posted under tasty bites here on my blog! They are delicious, I still make them now even tho I stopped pumping because they have lots of protein.
  • Organic Mother’s Milk Tea– This tea really works! I love it and drank so much of it! Some people ( like my husband ) say it tastes bitter, I don’t agree at all. I don’t think it has much of a taste at all.
  • Brewer’s Yeast– This is the main milk boosting ingredient in those cookies I told you about earlier! You can easily add it to other recipes like smoothies as well! It tastes awful but it really works so make sure you add lots of other flavors!
  • Pump, pump, pump! Make sure you are pumping on schedule with babies feeding schedule. You have to make sure your boobs think baby is needing to eat so they continue to produce.

I hope this helps someone like it did me! Enjoy!!

xoxo Erin

Milk Boosting Cookies

Every now and again you need a boost, and these will help you with just that. Whether you need a little sweet treat, protein bite, a milk supply boost, or all 3 these have got that!

I got this recipe from my sister in law and made some tweaks to it for myself.

Boobie Cookies:

In one bowl beat together:

  • 1c butter
  • 1c sugar
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Let 4tbs water and 2tbs ground flax seed sit together for 5 minutes.

In another bowl mix together:

  • 2c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 4tbs brewers yeast

Combine all of the above

then mix in:

  • 3c oats
  • 2c dark chocolate chips
  • 3tbs peanut butter

bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

These are so good! Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you would like me to send you a PDF of the recipe (:

 

xoxo Erin