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Category Archives: Pregnancy & Postpartum

A Must-Have Item for Parents of Babies. Our Story & Review of the Owlet Baby Monitor

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My cousin, Kerby, and his wife, Aubree, have been so kind to share their personal experience using the innovative Owlet Baby Monitor with you. Welcome Aubree… Hi! Thanks for having me. First, I’ll describe what the Owlet Baby Monitor is/does and then I’ll share our story which can be found in the ‘Our Story’ section

Free Financial Boot Camp for New Parents

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Babies are the sweetest things, yet they are expensive! The average baby costs over $15,000.00 in their first year. Diapers, clothing, formula (if you formula feed), gear, food, supplies, etc. all add up. When I was at about 6 months pregnant with my first, I had to go from full-time to part-time work due to health

All Natural Remedies for Common Breastfeeding Issues

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I’ve made it no secret that I struggled to breastfeed both of my babies. I had difficulty because I experienced a variety of ailments and issues. Here are some common breastfeeding issues many women experience and the all-natural remedies I have found that help. Cracked or blistered nipples. Wearing nipple shields (so the nipple can air out

“Fourth Trimester” Secrets: Your Body After Childbirth

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  After childbirth, the physical changes, feelings of discomfort, and emotions experienced during pregnancy and labor don’t just mysteriously reset in an instant. There are major shifts that occur as the body fights to heal and recover. At the same time, if you breastfeed, your body is also working hard to make and regulate the

9 Steps to Take Before Conceiving

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There are many things to do and consider before trying to conceive. When we were thinking about trying to concieve our first (who is now almost three) I asked my sister, friends, etc. what they recommended. Doing what they suggested made for a better pregnancy and experience. I now have two children and have learned a few other

10 Amazing Birth Stories

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I love to read birth stories. Many are very beautiful, emotional, and inspiring. I have learned a lot from different unique experiences I’ve read or heard about. Reading through birth stories (especially if you are pregnant with your first) can help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Hearing about a variety of labor experiences helps

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Recipes

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My son responds really well to Desitin for his diaper rashes. My daughter does not. It’s been a struggle finding something that works for her as well as Desitin works for my son. Through this experience, I’ve learned that little ones respond differently to diaper rash creams. They are not a “one works for all” type

9 Lessons Learned from a 7-Day-Labor

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Aurora is our second baby (first daughter). Overall she was a much easier pregnancy than Denali (our first son). I wasn’t nearly as sick and I wasn’t sick for as long. Denali was positioned differently and gave me severe PGP (I was pretty much bed ridden). Aurora sat higher and despite some pain, I was

Labor Bag Packing List for Scheduled C-Sections

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A reader emailed me and asked me to provide a list on what to pack for a scheduled C-Section. I asked around, scoured the internet, and surprisingly found out a lot about C-Sections! Read about the items you’ll most likely want with you below: 1. Insurance card/ID/Medical Papers – All your identification papers (your insurance

Custom Baby Mobile

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A great idea for decorating a nursery it to make your own baby mobile.  They are often less expensive, match the decor better, and are fun to customize. I made this baby mobile for my son’s changing table a few years ago. This would be a great gift at a baby shower as well! My

How to Get a Baby to Drink from a Bottle Even When They Refuse To

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My daughter is just an angel. She has been so calm and sweet and just an absolute joy to have around. The only thing that she’s really put up a stink about is drinking from a bottle. My first was so hungry all of the time that he took to the bottle very well. The only problem

17 Darling, Practical, & Custom Handmade Baby Gifts

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There are so many fun ways to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a baby. Making custom gifts is one of them. Here are 17 great homemade baby items/gifts to show your excitement for a new baby. Further, many of these are less expensive than buying store bought presents (which saves you money). I know quite a

How to Cure Diaper Yeast Infections

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My son has only had a few very bad diaper rashes. Whenever he shows any kind of diaper rash signs we put on Desitin or this homemade diaper rash cream and it goes away. A few weeks ago nothing was working. The regular, extra strength, and my miracle diaper rash cream weren’t cutting it and the rash looked

A Common Side Effect Women May Experience Post Pregnancy

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Shortly after having my son (my first baby), I started to get an intense pain in the middle of my back at random times. The pain would come and go, but it was extremely uncomfortable. About a month and a half later, the pain became unbearable. I tried using an ice pack, and since I

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