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My favorite baby products, tips and tricks!

Only two months in and already my home is filled with baby stuff!  Here are a few of my favorite baby products, tips and tricks.

I’ll start with the cutest nursing cover but it has a dual purpose; it’s a car seat cover as well!  This has made my life so much easier to manage.  All I have to do is pack one product and use when needed.

Here’s a picture of me wearing it:

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At first I was nervous to feed in public places like restaurants but then I learned there are laws that protect breastfeeding mamas and I usually sit on the inside of a booth where it is a little bit more discreet.

And here’s a picture of it as a car seat cover:

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I’m a breastfeeding only mama!  At first I was having a hard time with latching and milk production but in a few days we were flowing.  I really wanted to go all natural so boy was I thankful when everything worked out.  Whew!  What a relief.  

So for the first couple of months I’ve been feeding her every 2-3 hours, more like every 2 hours.  But this will change as she gets bigger.

When I don’t have time or know that we are going to be out for a while like at church or on errands, I give her a newborn bottle.  The nipple is in the shape of a breast nipple so that she doesn’t start to reject mommy when its time to switch back and forth.

Fortunately, for me, this has worked out well.  I pump milk that morning (the best time supposedly to get the most amount of milk supply) and put it in the refrigerator for whenever I will need it.  Then I pack it into my diaper bag.

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This bag has everything I need, it’s so spacious and only $30 on Amazon! I got a separate one for hubby but this has a cooler for milk, pockets for separate bottles, a space for your wipes on side (easy access), spot for clothes, keys, wallet and everything else you need!

All these things I got at really discounted prices, woman in ministry prices lol.  For anyone else that needs to stay on a budget I’ve included pics below and where you can find them too.

Another quick tip: I got my hubby a more manly looking bag for when he is out with her so he doesn’t have to carry polka dots!

My favorite newborn bottles:

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If you look closely on the newborn nipple there is a number 1. That is the size of thenipple. I got a bunch of nipples in different sizes for when she grows. I use this at the newbie stage. You can also see how many ounces are n each bottle. And the one on the right attaches directly to my breast pump. Very convenient to then place directly in the fridge.  Here’s a starter kit for these bottles, I love them

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I also love these bottles because they have a day of week feature on the top of them. I can gauge when I pumped and placed milk in fridge. It even has the time of day,am or pm on top of cap.  Heres the entire storage starter kit the works with the breast pump below

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This bottle cleaning brush looks basic but believe me, its a life saver! You don’t have to cross use regular sponges for your precious babes bottles and it reaches down to the bottom of your bottle instantly cleaning hard to reach places.

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This organic bottle cleaner gives this first time mama bunches of relief. I know its safe and use it to clean her bottles/my pump supplies separately from my normal dish detergent. I keep one in the kitchen and in my bedroom bathroom so its readily available.

 

Here are a few more breastfeeding supplies I love!  Since this takes up the majority of my day these are must haves.

For a better milk supply I use this tea, its actually pretty tasty no need for sugar or honey.  I found it at my local Whole Foods but it can also be found online.

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I dont do caffeine like tea or coffee when breastfeeding so this is a nice warm luxury. I love warm drinks and use this the same way I used Maca tea while trying to get pregnant/balance my hormones.  Get it here

The second thing I do is eat oatmeal to increase my production.  I’m using this recipe while fasting.  It is both good for you and tastes good.

Fall Harvest Oatmeal
This was taken from my favorite Daniel's Fast recipe site, www.ultimatedanielfast.com
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Ingredients
  1. ½ recipe Cinnamon Baked Apples
  2. 2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  3. 4 Medjool dates, pitted, chopped (about ¼ cup)
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Prepare Cinnamon Baked Apples as directed. When apples are done, cook oats on stovetop according to package directions. To serve, place ½ cup oatmeal in two bowls. Top with apples, dates, and pecans. Pour 2 tablespoons of apple juice over each serving, and serve immediately.
  2. Yield: 2 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
  3. Recipe Notes
  4. Use figs or raisins instead of dates.
  5. Since you only need half of the Cinnamon Baked Apples recipe, you can store the other half in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use the following day.
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This will keep milk from falling all over your clothes. Oh, and remember not to wear them for long periods of time, usually they stimulate more milk supply for me, if I’m wearing something tight especially and I can get sore if not careful.

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Ok so here’s a link to where you can buy these they really help when you are wearing cotton based clothes or a cotton bra.

And you can get a free breast pump with your insurance too!  I sit this one by my bed and try to pump at least once a day preferably in the morning.

Here’s where you can sign up for a free pump: https://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/breastfeeding-insurance

And here’s the pump I use:

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I use the same dish soap above to clean my pump. Remember I have one in my bedroom bathroom too so I don’t have to go all the way to the kitchen. Having these stations have helped me keep my sanity! You can get this pump here

And finally here’s my co sleeper:

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This cosleeper may or may not work for you but its great for me. I love it because its so close to me but safe to use. And its easier to place her in with our startling back awake like in my bassinet. Buy it here

My last tip, the Daniel’s Fast we are on right now has been a life saver!  I have More Energy, I feel my immune system being able to fight off sickness easier (really important during flu season and with our unusually cold weather) and I noticed baby girl having less gassiness with an all natural vegan based diet.  I supplement with Iron Pills (I always take with orange juice, talk to your doc about this first) when I am not eating meat (gives me more energy too, plus my favorite prenatal vitamins).

When I get more time I’ll try to come back on here to share about my stroller and the newborn-2 month baby schedule that gave me life!

Love you guys hope this helps some new or soon to be mama!  

Maybe even a couple ideas for a veteran mama…

JL

More Great Baby Tips: If you want even more baby product reviews I really recommend you go over to my new friend Jen’s website https://www.jenreviews.com/best-baby-products/ where she writes about everything you need for your baby according to science! 

P.S. I wrote a book called The Ferguson Dilemma, check it out at www.thefergusondilemma.com  Its about racial healing in America and will give you the story of our background plus How to Heal from a black woman’s perspectiveMadam_reachingwomen_design_2

P.S.2 Also, we are posting all our Waiting Women Daniel’s fast teaching/prayers on YouTube here and you can get conference call playbacks here  This year my hubby has joined me to teach!