I use products that make my days easier, as part of a holistic lifestyle. My week consists of attempting to eat clean, exercise, rest, be present for my family, and run my household and three business. After having three kids, I found that certain products saved me time, energy and SANITY! I’m excited to share these life changing items on my top 10 essential baby products list with you.
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1. Legendairy Milk Breastfeeding Supplements
The first item on my list of top 10 essential baby products is the Legendairy Milk breastfeeding supplement line. Some women choose not to breastfeed. Some women dream of breastfeeding, but aren’t able. For me, breastfeeding my kids is one of the most important gifts I could ever give them.
I wanted to do everything possible to facilitate an excellent milk supply and ability to pump this last time around. With my first two kids, it sometimes took me an entire week to pump milk for one bottle so I could work a few hours at the tutoring job I had at the time. Ability to pump doesn’t necessarily mean you have a low supply, but it was extremely time consuming and frustrating.
When I was about 7 months pregnant with my third baby, I heard about Legendairy Milk breastfeeding supplements in a Facebook group. After checking them out, I ordered a bottle of Pump Princess, in hopes that it would help my pumping supply this last time around. It took about five days for my milk to come in after my first two emergency c-sections, and I wanted to be proactive in helping my supply as soon as this third baby was born. Because I would also be having an immediate hysterectomy after my c-section ( as a life saving procedure for placenta accreta), I was concerned my milk would take even longer to come with with the extra trauma.
Did It Help?
As soon as I was allowed to eat and drink post surgery, I took my Pump Princess in hopes that it would help. It was amazing watching my body do what it was designed to do. I was absolutely DELIGHTED when two days later my milk came in! Along with my new Spectra pump (more on that later), I was able create a freezer stash of pumped milk. It was such a relief to know I could get back to my part time photography business, once I recovered.
It turns out that I never needed that freezer stash, as I could pump enough in the day or two before a photo shoot for a bottle! For the first time ever, I was also able to donate some extra milk to a mom in need. It was a whole new milk flowing world! I found that alternating between Pump Princess and Liquid Gold worked best for me personally. To learn more about Legendairy Milk products, check them out here!
If you are concerned about low milk supply, check out this information from Kelly Mom.
2. Spectra Pump
Number two on my list of top 10 essential baby products is the Spectra breast pump. Oh Spectra Pump, where have you been all my life? I LOVE the Spectra breast pump. It’s quick, efficient and WORKS! As an added bonus, the Spectra is super cute, too.
I had no idea what I was missing from my previous pumping attempts. This was the first baby season ever, that I didn’t mind, and actually enjoyed my pumping sessions. If you need to build a freezer stash, pump so you can work, or simply want to be able to enjoy a date night baby free every now and then, the Spectra is the BEST pump out there.
3. Land MOMMY&BABYBAG
Number three on my list of top 10 essential baby products, the Land MOMMY&BABYBAG, is so amazing, that I bought two of them! One for me, and one for baby. I tend to have the cliche black hole of a purse where I can’t find anything. In the past, I also found satchel type diaper bags inefficient and cumbersome.
Before my last baby was born, my friend showed me the PERFECT backpack style diaper bag, that doesn’t scream “diaper bag”. As soon as I saw hers, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. I loved it’s organizational ability so much that I now use one as my purse, and one as a stocked diaper bag for the car. I get compliments on them all the time, and I love that it leaves me hands free to juggle baby, and whatever else I need to carry. Beyond the fact that it’s pure genius and looks great, this backpack style diaper bag isn’t expensive!
4. Nana’s Bottom Butter
Number four on my list of top 10 essential baby products has a special place in my heart. Due to medical issues, my nephew struggled with extreme diaper rash that would not heal. My mom helped take care of him, and tried everything under the sun to give him some relief. Finally she took to her kitchen to create her own diaper cream formula. I told her she should sell it, but my sweet mom wanted to give the simple formula to the world after it worked wonders for my nephew.
Using a stick blender, mix equal parts organic extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil and arrowroot starch (flour). Store in a jar at room temperature. The cream will turn a bit runny on contact with skin and then dry to a powdery finish.
5. Cover Me Ponchos
Fifth on my list of top 10 essential baby products is the Cover Me Poncho nursing cover. I 100% support nursing in public with or WITHOUT a cover, and probably nurse without one 85% of the time. There are times however when I’m more comfortable with a cover, or the baby is so distractable that he needs a cover so he can chill out and nurse. It’s all about YOU and your comfort level in any given situation.
I love this poncho for many reasons. First of all, it’s GORGEOUS. I feel like I’m wearing a pretty accessory versus baby paraphernalia. It’s also extremely soft and comfortable. If it’s not comfy, I won’t wear it. I also love that the baby can’t pull it off or detach it, and that I can see his little face easily by peeking through the top if I need to check on him.
Once this last sweet baby is weened, I’ll continue to wear my Cover Me Poncho as a beautiful accessory because I love it so much.
6. Punkin Butt Teething Oil
Sixth on my list of top 10 essential baby products is Punkin Butt Teething Oil. All of my babies have been miserable teethers. I wish I’d known about this product for the first two. This miracle teething oil takes the pain out of teething for my last little guy! I simply apply with a cotton swab and viola! Relief! I also feel 100% confident in it’s safety.
Punkin Butt Teething Oil gives immediate natural relief to your teething baby.
For parents, there is nothing worse than watching your baby suffer! While baby’s first tooth is an exciting milestone, it can be an exhausting and painful one too! Gum sensitivity can cause fussiness, irritability, and even food refusal! Punkin Butt Teething Oil is the natural remedy for you.
We make each bottle with love! It starts with a deep infusion of organic herbs and plants by soaking them in our carrier oils under the warm Texas sun, then we add a touch of essential oils to increase effectiveness. But don’t worry, we carefully ensure that each bottle has no more than 0.83% essential oil content to make sure it is safe for babies! Our mission was to ensure that even if baby opened and drank an entire 2 oz bottle, there would be no cause for concern. This means you can apply our oil directly to baby’s gums as often as needed without risk of overdose. Since each tooth is as different as each baby, frequency of needed use may vary depending on how the tooth may be striking the nerves as it breaks through the gum tissue. Some parents find one use per day to be sufficient while others need to use the oil as often as every 30 minutes! It all depends on the tooth and your baby, but rest assured it is always safe.
Punkin Butt Teething Oil to the rescue!
7. Kid Safe Vapor Rub
Seventh on my list of top 10 essential baby items is a Kid Safe Vapor Rub. (Safe for ages 6 months +) Last weekend my 9 month old was super snotty and developed a cough. I applied some Kid Safe Vapor Rub to his back and chest twice, and by the next day his symptoms were much better!
Kid Safe Vapor Rub is a great alternative to store bought vapor rub. It is free from turpentine, petroleum, chemicals, preservatives, and menthol essential oils that are unsafe for children. You can use this balm for congestion, coughing, and runny noses.
8. Ergobaby Carrier
Eighth on my list of top 10 essential baby products is the Ergobaby Carrier. I got my Ergo nine years ago when my first son was born, and it is still going strong for kid number three! Currently my sweet baby loves to be in the Ergo on my back so he can see out and interact with people. When we are out and about during his nap time, he will snuggle his little head against my back and take a nice snooze as well.
When he was newborn I used the Ergo as a front carrier with the infant insert to support his spine. The Ergo carrier makes it easy to baby wear and be hands free. It also supports my back and shoulders in ways that a sling did not.
9. Love to Dream Swaddle Up
Ninth on my list of top 10 essential baby products is the Love to Dream Swaddle Up. My first two kids LOVED being tightly swaddled, so of course I assumed this last little guy would love it too. I was completely surprised to find that he HATED the swaddle, and acted like I was destroying his life when attempting to swaddle him. He preferred sleeping with his hands up by his head, but his startle reflex constantly woke him up.
Enter the Love to Dream Swaddle Up. His little hands could rest where he liked them, which made him happy. It also restrained them enough that his startle reflex didn’t wake him. It was truly a dream come true for a tired baby and exhausted mama.
10. HoMedics White Noise Machine
Last on my list of top 10 essential baby products is the HoMedics white noise machine. I tried all the cutesy baby brands and NONE of them were loud enough. This HoMedics white noise machine ended up being perfect for all of my kids’ needs. I even have one for myself that I use for hospital stays to drown out machine beeps and hallway noise.
I hope you share this list of top 10 essential baby products with new parents, seasoned parents, and parents to be! These products all made my life better, and I hope they help someone you know.
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