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Overcoming Mommy Guilt

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In last week’s post (get your butt over here y’all), I explained the self-serving mechanisms involved in mommy guilt: the ways in which guilt forms an addictive cycle. In this post I’m going to explain the guilt-triggering mechanism in more depth and – most importantly – suggest how to crack the cycle. Seat-belts, people!

Let’s begin with a radical consideration: If you don’t want to feel a certain way, just don’t feel it. I know that’s far easier to say than to do, especially after a long time of forming habitual butthurt to certain things. Your brain has spent months, maybe even years, beating a neural pathway to butthurt, and you’ll need to retrain it. Let me explain..

The Voluntariness of Guilt

We humans are happy to take full responsibility for some of our emotions no matter how unbidden, so long as they fit into our personal agendas (pride, love, compassion, whatever). We deny responsibility for others (guilt, envy, lust) due to the most self-serving of reasons: to make excuses for ourselves. Our choices do not just ‘happen’ to us. Likewise, our emotions don’t just happen to us either. We practice them, cultivate them, and in many cases choose them, even if unconsciously (Check out the fabulous book by Professor Sheena Iyengar, ‘The Art of Choosing’).
Now, to say that moms choose to feel guilty is not to say that their guilt is a sheer instance of ‘will’. Circumstances may play a role. You may not have chosen to be on Facebook the same time an anti-formula article is shared, and after clicking the link and reading the content of the article you may begin to feel guilty about your choice to formula feed, and you now have to decide what to do with this feeling. You did not choose to be in this situation, presented with such an offensive article, but you chose to read it. Indeed, you may return to the source numerous times, maybe contact the author and tell her a thing or two. So you are not completely the victim here. Even if you did not know that this particular article was about to be shared, you did know about the reputation of the internet and the dangers that lurk in such an open, largely uncensored medium.
In this way, guilt is not a single episode, much less a sudden ‘burst’ of emotion aroused by stimuli. As the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” Guilt does not just happen to us and it is not simply dictated by the circumstances. We don’t go from having zero guilt to being overwhelmed with guilt at the sudden trigger of an article. Our guilt is our responsibility, and so we should take responsibility for it.
Let’s look at the butthurt-development process:
Here you are, and here is the offending article. You feel yourself getting tense, but now, do you get guilty? You have a number of choices, though none of them feels good. You can leave the website, you can think about the content in a different way, you can stay and debate, you can get angry. Meanwhile in all of these responses, you sense in yourself a rising guilt. You grow more tense and irritable. You find yourself thinking all sorts of insults and defensive responses to throw at the author, the sharer, the liker, and anyone who agrees with them. But your choices are real choices, with real consequences, some of which further the guilt, while others tend to shift the guilt – perhaps further towards yourself or towards the author (“you should feel ashamed for writing this”), and other choices tend to diminish it.

Contagious Mommy Guilt

The issue of the level of control we have over guilt is much more complex than a black-and-white distinction between activity and passivity. Sometimes emotional choices are so easy to make that we don’t think of ourselves as making them at all. We go on auto-pilot. Indeed, it’s easy and effortless to feel guilty when we step foot on the hyper-charged battlefield of the Mommy Wars. When the majority of formula feeders are proclaiming to feel guilty, this general consensus spreads like a virus to other formula feeders. “If they all feel guilty, then I should too”. The more formula feeders that publicise their guilt the more socially appropriate, even desirable, this behaviour is deemed by others. A common chain-reaction goes something like this: a mother reads an offensive article, then she acts guilty because it is socially expected, from which genuine guilt may follow. Psychologists call this ‘herd instinct’ or ‘social proof’. The social climate dictates: the better a mother you are, the worse you should feel when you stray from virtuous choices.
Then there are the mothers who ‘set themselves up’, knowing the probable emotional consequences. An example is the many formula feeders that click ‘like’ on The Alpha Parent Facebook page and then pour over the updates that appear on their feed, triggering themselves with self-loathing.
It is, of course, very convenient for these moms to think of their emotions (which motivate a great deal of their behaviour) as beyond their control. That way, they can blame their silly outbursts on their anger, and not take responsibility for it themselves. Sneaky.

In a nutshell

We mothers would be wise to divorce ourselves from the self-pacifying belief that emotions are hijackers that render us victims and instead think of them as strategies we cultivate and put into play. Now here’s a random fact for the nerds amongst you: The Latin root of the word ‘emotion’ means ‘to move’. Emotions are vehicles for transforming or moving your life. When you feel guilty, try to identify what the emotion is telling you. Think of your emotions as helpful messages. Fear protects. Sadness releases. Joy uplifts. Empathy unites. Guilt teaches. In this sense, guilt is a call to action to correct our mistakes and to learn from them. Then we become better mothers/people/citizens because we are boosting our self-efficiency, banishing our anxiety and making new, better choices.
Truly understanding the nature of our emotions and how they express and embody our deepest values is the cornerstone message of my book Breast Intentions. In the chapter titled ‘Guilt’ I discuss how misunderstandings of our guilt lead to excuses that we use to duck responsibility. I explain that the road to emotional integrity involves resisting those excuses and taking responsibility, and most importantly, how to do this as a mother. Worth a look, if you want to understand (and overcome) the shackles of the reticent maternal mind.
To end this post on a philosophical-note and to give you something to ponder, I’d like to refer back to Roosevelt’s infamous insight. The fact is, with the exception of our own minds, no power on earth has the consistent and absolute ability to make us feel guilty. Whatever happens, you have a choice as to how you interpret or react to something. You can’t control other people. Sometimes, you can’t control circumstances either. You can only control yourself – your own thoughts, your mind, and the attitude you take. However much we might be prompted by cues from other people or our environment, the choice to feel guilty is ours and ours alone. Owning one’s guilt includes recognizing that the source of the emotion and the reasons for it are part of our inner world.
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Is Breast Best by Joan Wolf – Book Review

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Is Breast Best by Joan Wolf - Book Review

Despite what her name may imply, Joan Wolf is not a children’s literary character. Disappointedly, she is an academic of Gender Studies at Texas A&M University. Her past works include ‘Harnessing the Holocaust: The Politics of Memory in France’ and ‘Conscience at War: The Israeli Soldier as Moral Critic’, which makes her perfectly suited to critiquing breastfeeding, no?

At least her identity as wannabe historian is transparent. A lot of the ‘evidence’ in this monographic rant is courtesy circa 1930. Come on, even the title of this book is lazy and out of date. No one is asking that question anymore Wolf, get with the program! Is Breast Best? No! Breast is normal. Alternatives to the breast are deviations from the norm. Look at it this way, ‘Breast is Best’ is like saying drinking a glass of water through your mouth is best, over funnelling it into your belly button. A normal physiological act cannot be ‘best’ – it’s just freekin’ normal. Jeeez.

I flick the face of anyone that claims this book is unbiased. Its fatal flaw lies in the unfortunate fact that its entire foundation is built upon two faulty assumptions: 1. That there exists a “Total Motherhood” zeitgeist; and 2. That Western culture is pedantically risk-adverse. I’ll roll up my sleeves and tackle each in turn:

1. The Total Motherhood Strawman

Wolf builds a house of straw only so that she can huff and puff and blow it all down, (sorry I couldn’t resist).

She begins her lament by asserting that:

“The significance of breastfeeding in America has its roots in long-held assumptions about femininity and masculinity”

Emm, what assumptions would that be? That women lactate and men generally don’t? That’s not an assumption, that’s fact. Quick! Someone call the sexism police! God’s being unethical!

Alas, we can’t blame Wolf for crying feminism. The trouble with a woman’s studies academic writing a book about breastfeeding is that her frame of reference is not necessarily a good match for the subject matter. Wolf paints the whole topic with a sociological brush, when by its very nature, breastfeeding is, of course, physiological. The fact that women lactate is not a patriarchal conspiracy. Yet Wolf describes the advent of (man-made) formula as a feminist triumph, welcoming it with open arms and wet panties, and describing it as:

“Evidence of our conquest of nature and mastery over our body”.

Formula is central to women’s liberation because apparently, our mammary glands are not just organs which produce milk to feed offspring, they are tools of the Patriarchy, designed to warp our minds and turn us into neurotic perfectionists. Breastfeeding is allegedly at the core of what Wolf calls “Intensive Mothering”, “The New Momism” and “Total Motherhood”. These rhetorical devices are designed to emphasise the pressure placed on mothers (but not fathers! The conspiracy!) to be “experts at everything”. This makes sense in a book about breastfeeding – dads have been dealt a duff card by Mother Nature on that front – however, Wolf asserts that Total Motherhood applies to all aspects of parenting: care, education, health, safety, behaviour, et al. Not only is this hyperbolic fiction, it is deeply offensive and dismissive of fatherhood. It smacks of the “don’t breastfeed because dad won’t be able to bond” fable, or more precisely, “don’t breastfeed because it lets lazy-ass dad off the hook”. Dads might not be able to lactate, but they can do pretty much 99% of the other stuff. Parenthood is a joint venture and the bulk of current evidence reveals that men are stepping up. In reality, the closest we ever came to Total Motherhood was in the 1920s when childrearing was regarded as the unique domain of women. Nowadays, Total Motherhood has long been replaced with Total Parenthood. Wolf is 90 years too late in her theory, which is kinda embarrassing for a sociology professor and wannabe historian.

Next, we can see deeper evidence of Wolf’s flawed reasoning when we look at the core of her Total Motherhood facade. This, we are told, is an anal preoccupation with risk:

2. Our Supposed ‘Risk-Adverse’ Culture

For her second strawman, Wolf bases her analysis on American society and speaks of a “risk culture” which:

“drives many people to build their life around reducing all conceivable risks. What they eat, how they raise their children, and which cars they drive”.

Apparently:

“Efforts to control the future, and specifically to prevent negative events from taking place, serve as an organizing principle”.

However, OCD-sufferers aside, the bulk of us don’tact this way. In fact, America and their Western cousin Britain are considerably accepting of risk. Renowned social psychologist Geert Hofstede (I’ve written about this dude previously) studied this phenomenon for several decades and found that the USA and UK were “uncertainty accepting”, “comfortable in ambiguous situations” and  willing to take risk. Turns out, our countries have “a larger degree of acceptance for new ideas, innovative products and a willingness to try something new or different, whether it pertains to technology, business practices, or foodstuffs” (Hofstede 2014). This is the polar opposite of what Wolf is basing her entire book upon.

She further stuffs her strawman by denouncing breastfeeding studies, drawing a phony distinction between “what children need (formula) and what might enhance their physical, intellectual, and emotional development (breastfeeding). Yet breastfeeding doesn’t ‘enhance’ anything. It’s merely the biological benchmark for normal physiological functioning. Again, the way this debate is framed by Wolf is remarkably off-course. It views breastfeeding as an optional extra – and one which is not worth the effort.

In a nutshell, this book is Wolf’s attempt to use her idiosyncratic faux concepts to frame women’s infant feeding choices, the very thing she disparages others for doing. At a pinch, I award it one star for effort.

10 “Unwritten” Rules When Traveling with Your Toddler

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After all the late-night flight bookings and hotel reservations, finally, you’re about to begin your most awaited travel escapade. Yes! And this time it’s even more exciting because you’re bringing your baby with you. But if you think you’re all set, think again. If this is your first time traveling with a toddler, here are 10 ‘unwritten’ rules to follow for a safe and enjoyable family vacation:

1. SAFETY FIRST – stock up on disinfectants and travel wipes

The moment you take on a seat in the airplane, you’re traveling with some hidden companion – well, thousands of them! According to research, bugs and microbes (such as MRSA and E. coli) enjoy making airplanes their home. Apart from skin rashes, these bacteria can cause diarrheal diseases too. And no – you don’t want your baby to be exposed to such a host of gross microorganisms! This is where travel and disinfecting wipes by SONO come very handy. It pays to spend a few minutes wiping down the germs on your seat, armrest, food tray, and even the seat pocket. Babies like to touch anything they reach. So make the surrounding surfaces are sanitized.

2. Make a checklist of nursing essentials.

Do you have enough diapers and baby wipes? How about formula and bottles, nursing shields and pads if breastfeeding? Have you packed enough baby clothes? You may need more than you think. Check if you’ve got the first-aid kid ready too with medications, vitamins, thermometer, etc. that she needs. It always pays to be prepared.

3. Travel light. Dress for security.

A huge part of your luggage is perhaps that of your baby’s. Even if you’re traveling with your spouse or some friends, it’s important to travel light – bring only the things you need. Carefully choose the clothes you’re bringing and eliminate unnecessary items. You want to dress simply and comfortably as caring the baby is hard enough. Wear shoes that slip off easily as you would have to take them for security check.

4. Prepare for takeoff.

The pressure inside the plane during takeoffs and touchdowns can bring discomfort and pain to your baby. Keep a pacifier or empty sippy cup nearby for your baby to suck. This alleviates popping ears and lessen the discomfort.

5. Bring her favorite toys.

The whole travel experience might be exciting for you but it may not be the case for your baby. She might get stressed seeing lots of faces or not having to lie on her favorite mattress. So make sure to bring a few of her favorite toys. This will make her feel secure and keep her out of boredom, which could lead to crying and tantrums. You sure don’t want that.

6. Of course, don’t forget her food.

A hungry baby is a grumpy baby. Make sure that she’s well-fed. Do pack some healthy snacks. Some food in the airport or hotel may not be suitable for your baby especially if she has dietary specifications or is a picky eater.

7. A portable bassinet is life-saving.

Relying on hotels to lend you a crib may not be a good idea. You never know if it has been cleaned and sanitized enough! A portable bassinet is a very handy, useful item during your travel. Having your baby sleep in a bed that’s comfortable and familiar gives you so much relief.

8. Insect repellants are a MUST.

Many travel-related diseases are brought about by insect and mosquito bites. It’s important to have your baby vaccinated first before planning about traveling with her. Don’t forget apply insect repellant on her exposed skin (except from her hands) before going out the hotel.

9. Practice food and water precautions.

If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, it’s a relief. But if your toddler is already eating solid food, be extra careful. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 10 people suffer from food poisoning during travel. See to it that your baby’s teethers, pacifiers, feeding bottles and toys have been disinfected.

10. Check out baby-friendly destinations.

You want your child to enjoy the whole experience as much as you do. Wherever you are going – whether it’s in the beautiful highlands in Europe or adventure-filled tropical countries in Asia – you want to choose your destination wisely. Some destinations are less ideal for traveling with babies. Don’t make it too hard on yourself. Do check if the hotel you’re staying at have child-friendly facilities and recreation areas.

Final Word

There is no concrete set of rules or guidelines that will make your travel experience with your baby fool-proof from all the stress and little mishaps that may come your way. Even experienced family travelers do encounter problems from time to time. But definitely, you will find this collection of unwritten rules greatly helpful in reducing the stress, anxiety, and risk that comes with traveling with a toddler. By planning and preparing ahead, you’re sure to have an enjoyable and memorable trip with your baby!

 

10 Best Feeding Bottles Every Mom Should Check Out

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When it comes to feeding a baby, there are a lot of things new parents should learn. It’s not easy really – having to decide whether to breastfeed or use a formula milk instead. But regardless of your choice, a high-quality feeding bottle can help make things a lot better. But here comes another challenge – choosing the right brand. And if you’re thinking feeding bottles are made all the same – think again. With the endless list of choices – from BPA-free plastic bottles to glass feeding bottles and everything in between, it can be difficult to find the brand that’s best for your baby.

Don’t worry – this post has got you covered. Below are the 10 best feeding bottles for 2018. Thanks to their stellar design, high standards of quality control, smart innovations, and user-friendliness – moms and dads out there have one less thing to worry about!

Choosing the best feeding bottle for your baby

Now that you’ve seen the best baby bottle brands in the market today, it’s time that you decide which one to buy. And truly, it’s a complicated process. Taking the step-by-step approach seems to be the best way to find the right feeding bottle for your baby.

Keep an eye to the materials used.

Considering the fact that this is your baby’s first exposure to potential chemicals, and that their primary source of nutrients will be stored there for minutes or hours, it’s sensible that you prioritize examining the materials used in your baby bottle. Most moms prefer glass bottles that are thermal and shock resistant. If you’re buying plastic feeding bottles, make sure they’re BPA-free.

Decide on the nipple style

Once you’ve decided on the material type, the second most important thing to consider is the type of nipple that suits your baby. In general, it is thought that natural-like nipples work better for babies transitioning to bottle feeding and those who are both nursing and bottle feeding (to avoid confusion). But obtaining a good latch is always a concern. In the end, it really depends on what type of nipple your baby is more comfortable with. It’s recommended that parents start with a larger nipple if possible, moving to a narrower one if the baby is having problems feeding.

Go for comfort and convenience.

Lastly, opt for the brand that makes usage and cleaning a breeze. Leaking bottles are a shame, and you don’t want to waste your hard-earned milk, don’t you? Cleaning is another thing. Not only do you want to save time and effort, you also want to make sure that every part of the bottle gets cleaned and sterilized properly. Some brands come with their own brush and cleaning tools for your peace of mind.

The world of baby bottles has gotten bigger than ever – with more advanced technology and design features coming. From plastic to glass bottles, and even disposable liners, surely, there’s the best option for every baby. With the ten best feeding bottle brands for 2018, along with these buying guides – you’re one step closer to choosing the right one for your baby.

Top 10 Baby Feeding Bottles in 2018

Philips Avent Anti-Colic Baby Bottles

Philips Avent is probably one of the most solid baby bottle brands since time immemorial. They offer top-quality natural bottles that are scientifically proven to reduce colic and discomfort. How’s that possible? The bottle has an anti-colic valve that is integrated in the nipple, which vents air into the bottle and away from the baby’s stomach.

Playtex Nurser Drop-Ins Liners

If you wish to free yourself from the hassle of cleansing and sterilizing your baby bottles, Playtex Nurser Drop-Ins Liners are a great choice. These disposable liners, made from BPA-free materials, are pre-sterilized for quick and convenient preparation. The liner is designed to collapse as baby drinks the milk, keeping the air from entering your baby’s stomach, thereby reducing colic discomfort.

MAM Anti-Colic Bottle

This baby bottle features a skin-soft nipple that feels natural for the baby, making the transition from breast-feeding to formula feeding easier. Apart from being self-sterilizing, the MAM feeding bottles also claim to help reduce colic by 80%.

Dr. Brown’s Original Wide-Neck Bottle

This physician-designed feeding bottle features a patented internal vent system that is clinically proven to lessen colic, gas, and burping. The innovative design of the bottle also allows your baby to feed comfortably because the vent system eliminates air bubbles and vacuum.

 Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set

The Medela breastmilk bottle set is ideal for breastfeeding moms. The bottle is compatible with all Medela breast pumps. This means you only need one bottle to pump, store and feed your baby. It also perfectly measures the amount of milk you are pumping with its colorful markers both on ounce and milliliter units.

Sassy Baby Food Nurser

As your child grows, bottle-feeding and nursing may not be enough. For babies approaching six months, the Sassy Baby Food Nurser helps make the transition easier from milk to solid food feeding. The bottle features a uniquely designed nipple that allows your baby to eat cereal through it. The vacuum disk keeps the air out as your baby feeds, so you don’t have to worry about clogging.

Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle with NaturalWave Nipple

Specifically designed for breastfed babies, the Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle features a nipple that allows the infant to engage in the same natural sucking actions learned from breastfeeding. This groundbreaking design is backed with 50 years of scientific research.

Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottle

Made from breast-shaped silicone nipples and pharmacy-grade borosilicate glass, the Avent Natural Glass Bottle features an advanced anti-colic system with innovative twin-valve. The wide, breast -shape comfort petals allow for natural latch-on. The bottle is also heat and thermal shock resistant.

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles, Clear

As what the company promotes – the Philips Avent natural baby bottles provide the most natural way to bottle feed. Along with the natural nipple shape, it features an ergonomic shape that enables the baby to hold the bottle comfortably. Meanwhile, the wide neck makes it easy to fill and cleanse.

Comotomo Baby Bottles

The Comotomo Baby Bottles are perfect for infants having difficulties transitioning from nursing to bottle feeding. Its innovative and sensible mimics natural breastfeeding, featuring naturally shaped, soft, silicone nipples. Its wide-neck design allows for a stress-free cleaning bliss!

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  • Clinically proven to reduce colic and discomfort
  • Anti-colic valve integrated into the nipple vents air into the bottle and away from baby's tummy. Designed to reduce gas and fussiness
  • Only 4 parts for quick and easy cleaning and simple assembly
  • A range of flow rates are available for your growing baby. This bottle includes a 1Month+ Slow Flow nipple
  • Trusted by millions of moms since 1984, Philips Avent is the #1 brand recommended by moms worldwide

10 Best Jogging Strollers for Outdoor-Loving Parents

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Who said your fitness goals end with having a baby? Who said you can’t enjoy fun outdoor activities while nursing a kid? With a top-notch jogging stroller, nothing can stop you from attaining your health goals this 2018. Strollers can be every parent’s best friend. But choosing the wrong one can spell a lot of troubles. So, before you spend hundreds (perhaps thousands) of dollars on the wrong one, you may want to check out the best-rated jogging strollers by moms and dads out there. They are regarded as the ‘best’ not only for being great in quality, but also being the frontrunners in style, safety, convenience, and amazing features.

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How to Choose the Best Jogging Stroller

Strollers come in varying designs and features to fit every parent’s lifestyle. It’s helpful to think about how you want to use your stroller, how often you’d like to jog with your baby, as well as your storage and travel options. Check out this buying guide of the best baby strollers for a stress-free shopping:

Verify the safety features.

Remember that you are jogging with your baby, so SAFETY is of prime importance. Check the stroller’s stability before buying. One that has a five-point harness is best. Also test the parking brake. This is important as it holds the stroller in place once you’ve parked it.

Know what fits your lifestyle

Decide for which purpose you will use the stroller more often – running or walking? Strollers that are designed for both walking and running have more stability, so it’s a little difficult to maneuver them during running. Many modern jogging strollers which can either be locked for straight-ahead running position (best for running) or swivel for easier steering. If you live in a city or an area that has limited space, a jogging stroller with swivel wheel is a better option. If you live in an area that’s sparsely populated and has a lot of space and parking lots, you’re fine with a stroller that’s always facing forward.

Look for added features and accessories

Different brands offer different features that are exclusive to their products. Some strollers come with added storage baskets, cup holders, trays, rain hood, and more. The cushion and padding for the seat is an important consideration too. You want your child to feel comfortable all the time. Another interesting feature to check out is a Peek-a-boo window – a covered window on the canopy so you can keep an eye on your baby while you jog.

Determine your storage and mobility needs

Also, don’t forget to consider its folding and storage options. You may want to choose the stroller which makes folding and moving around easier. The size and weight matter too. If you travel more often, a lightweight modern stroller may come in handy.

Check the stroller’s suspension features

Having good suspension allows your stroller to move smoothly even on uneven terrain. The kind of suspension to consider depends on how you plan to run and the types of surfaces you usually cover when you jog. If you plan to run on steeper, tougher terrains, opt for jogging strollers that have better suspension.

There are several jogging strollers in the market today that feature all the things you need. Keep in mind these buying tips to ensure that you end up buying the baby stroller that gives both you and your baby, a high level of security, comfort, fun, and satisfaction.

Top Jogging Strollers this 2018

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

The Baby Trend Expedition Stroller has a lot of great features for the outdoor-loving moms and dads. These include large bicycle tires that roll effortlessly on both rough and smooth surfaces, reclining padded seat for your child’s maximum comfort, front swivel wheel for easy steering, and fully-adjustable five-point safety harness. What’s more – the stroller features a convenient tray with two-cup holders. A great deal for your buck!

Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear Jogger Stroller

This jogging stroller boasts a host of seat configurations to ensure that your little one gets the best of comfort and fun while you sweat out those excess pounds. Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear  is compatible with any Snap Tech Infant car seat. It features a “carriage mode” and “stroller mode” which are both forward-facing and parent-facing. It has durable steel structure frame for maximum support.

 Schwinn Interval Jogging Stroller

Specifically designed for jogging parents, the Schwinn Interval Jogging Stroller has adjustable handle that gives you the perfect push angle. It features polished wheel ball bearings that reduce rolling resistance, air-filled bicycle tires, and a spacious storage basket for your running and nursing stuff. Want a walk in the park from time to time? The stroller has front swivel lock for an easy transition from running to walking.

Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller

Always on the go? Check out Baby Jogger City Tour stroller. This compact portable stroller features an amazing one-hand quick-fold, auto-lock, multi-position near-flat recline, and a UV 50+ sun canopy.

Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller

For parents living in the city and areas with limited space, the Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller is lightweight, compact and features quick-fold technology. It supports multiple recline positions, and an adjustable UB 50+ sun canopy.

Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller

This is your stylish everyday stroller and fitness jogger all in one. Featuring premium, no-maintenance never-flat tire technology, weatherproof fabrics, coverage extendable canopy, adjustable five-point harness, and multi-position reclining seat, the Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller makes a great option for active moms and dads. You can store it in a room or garage through a standing fold, or in your car trunk through a flat fold.

BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Jogging Stroller

Here’s one for the outdoor adventurers as well as the urbanites. The BOB Revolution FLEX is an on- and off-road jogging stroller featuring front wheel swivels for easy maneuvering and high-end lock features for more stability when jogging on rough terrains. The handlebar can be adjusted to 9 positions – making it perfect for parents of different heights.

Baby Jogger City Select LUX

Why buy an additional stroller when you can have one that can support two children? The Baby Jogger City Select LUX is unique in its kind as it goes from a single to double. It features the most riding options, with more than 20 configurations, along with wheel suspension and a decelerating hand brake for more stability even in tough terrains.

Baby Jogger City Select

Here’s a jogging stroller for a growing family. The versatile Baby Jogger City Select can comfortably carry one, two, and even three babies! It also serves as a travel system. Simply choose an adapter that is compatible to your car seat and viola – you’ve got a customized infant travel system.

Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller with 2nd Seat

This versatile stroller comes with a second seat kit. This allows you to mix and match seats, car seats, and bassinets. Baby jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller’s amazing features include a hand operated parking brake, quick-fold technology, telescoping handlebar, quick-release wheels, and front wheel suspension.

9 Best Baby Teether Pain Relief Toys

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Is your baby being fussy and irritable? Is she drooling and putting literally everything in his mouth? There’s no doubt – your baby is teething. Surely, seeing your poor baby suffer is heartbreaking. Thankfully, there are cool toys that are specially designed to ease the pain and discomfort your little one feels.

The biggest question, however, is this: Which teething toy should you buy?

When it comes to anything that your baby puts in his mouth, you, as the parent, has every right to be picky. You want to make sure that your baby’s teether is free from toxic chemicals, soft and gentle, and proven safe and effective. Below are the best teething toys in the market today.

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How to choose the best teething toy for your baby

Before you start shopping around for your baby’s teething toy, check out the following guidelines. Always keep in mind the safety and comfort of your child when choosing the best product.

Be cautious about the ‘plastic danger’.

Make sure you are buying a clinically tested product as your baby will be putting it in his mouth most of the time, and you don’t want him to be exposed to illness-causing chemicals and toxic materials. Always check the label and see if the teething toy has the following dangerous components:

  • Phthalate – chemicals added to plastic to make it more flexible and pliable. But since it doesn’t bind with plastic, it can leak overtime as your baby bites the toy.
  • BPA – chemicals often used in manufacturing plastic containers (such as water bottles). Studies suggest that BPA exposure can have hazardous effects to a child’s brain development.
  • PVC – a carcinogenic compound that is extremely dangerous to humans, animals and the environment.
  • Paint – this is something that many parents overlook. Check if the paint used to color/design the toy is non-toxic and lead-free.

Consider age recommendations.

Age recommendations should be available in the manufacturer’s packaging. Some toys have small parts that are not suitable for very young infants due to choking hazards. If you prefer necklace-type teething toys, make sure your baby uses it under your supervision.

Carefully examine how it’s made.

Make sure the product you are buying is made from materials of very high quality as it is equally important to safety. Teethers should be sturdy enough to endure long periods of playtime and biting. It shouldn’t have sharp edges. Teething toys that have different textures and areas for the baby to explore is preferable, as it keeps the baby’s interest going. Another thing, check if it’s light enough for your baby to grip for a longer period of time.

Ask for certifications.

Check with the manufacturer to see if the product has passed adequate safety certifications, such as those given by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Teething can bring great discomfort to your baby. Good thing, there are teething toys available in the market that helps alleviate the pain as the teeth pushes through the gums. On this post, we’ve highlighted several important tips when buying a teether. Generally, the best teethers, like the ones listed here, are made from sturdy, high-quality materials, and are specifically designed to provide comfort while maintaining high safety standards.

Top Baby Teether Pain Relief Toys in 2018

Super Soft Silicone Sensory Chew Molar Teething Toy and Tail Ring

This cute teether pain relief toy is made from very soft food-grade silicone which is gentle on the baby’s gum and emerging teeth. The giraffe’s body spots are specially designed for training tongue sensory, which aids in baby’s cognitive development. Comfort, durability and cuteness – these features all come together in this super soft silicone sensory chew moral teething toy.

Punkin Butt Teething Oil

When you feel like any toy isn’t helping to ease the pain and fussiness of your teething baby, Punkin Butt Teething Oil is a great remedy. It’s made from all-natural ingredients, such as chamomile, clove, and peppermint oils that are scientifically proven to alleviate pain and inflammation. You can either apply it directly on your baby’s gum or put a small amount on your baby’s teether for immediate pain relief.

Silicone Sensory Teething Rings

This toy features not only pain relief, but also additional benefits like enhancing your baby’s motor skill development. The clever ridged design of the silicone teething ring makes it easier for your baby to gnaw and bite while soothing his aching gum.

Sophie La Girafe

This teething toy is made from 100% natural rubber. Sophie La Girafe has two rings with different surface textures so your baby can choose which ones suit him more.

BEBE Cookie Teethers & Gum Massagers

What’s fascinating about this product is it comes in two cute cookie-like teethers – one is hard and the other is soft for different chewing sensations. The BEBE Cookie teethers are made from luxury medical-grade silicone that is antimicrobial and free from latex, lead, PVC, BPA and cadmium. It also claims to help promote visual, motor, sensory development.

Fruit Teether Set with Pacifier Clip/ Holder

One set comes with 5 beautiful fruit designs – peach, orange, strawberry, grape and pineapple – all made from 100% food-grade soft silicone. These FDA-approved BPA-free silicone fruit toys feature wide handles for easy grip. Plus, you have a two-sided thick nylon ribbon pacifier clip that keeps the teethers off the floor.

Babylian Teething Mitten

Recommended for babies 3-12 months old, Babylian teething mitten features soft silicone surfaces that help relieve sore gums and prevent the development of blisters that may result from thumb sucking. The mitten comes with a complimentary hygienic travel, perfect for parents who are always on the go.

 Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

The Baltic Amber teething necklace has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that makes it a great alternative medicine for teething aches and discomfort. Not only is it effective, it looks very stylish too.

Chews Life Rainbow Rosary- Silicone Teething Rosary

Chews Life Rainbow Teething Rosary is made from soft food-grade silicone beads in beautiful, vibrant rainbow colors. The beads are securely knotted using an organic cotton cord. It also features a snap clasp which can be used to secure the rosary on your stroller, car seat or carrier.

10 Best Breastfeeding Covers

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Breastfeeding moms go through lots of sacrifices. Engorged nipples, pumping pain, and nursing discomfort– to name a few. Not to mention the sleepless nights, cancelled dates with friends, and missed lunchbreaks at work just to pump some more. Well, here’s another one – having to breastfeed in public. And truly, it’s never comfortable. But as a mom, sometimes you have to.

Gladly, you don’t have to rush to the public CR to nurse your hungry baby (which is totally not a good idea). With a good-quality breastfeeding cover, you can nurse practically anywhere and everywhere with ease and comfort – a perfect solution for a super mom like you!

But not every breastfeeding cover is created equal. Check out the best brands in the market today. Surely, you will be able to find the right one for you.

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How to choose the best breastfeeding cover

Nursing covers have truly taken out the hassle from breastfeeding a baby in public. But with so many options available today, it can be daunting to choose the right one for you. Check out these tips to get started:

Check for versatility

Like any mom out there, you want something that adds value to the product you’re buying. There are nursing covers that provide additional features like pockets for storing pacifiers, diapers and breast pads, and can serve as stroller or carriage cover, shawl, and much more. Check if these features are helpful for your lifestyle.

Choose the cover you’re most comfortable at.

Generally, there are three types of covers: apron-like, shawl, and poncho style. It really depends on your breastfeeding style and needs. If your primary concern is modesty, poncho nursing covers are best for you. However, ponchos don’t have rigid necklines so it can be difficult to see your baby. Nursing shawls are a good option for fashionable moms. They come in fairly neutral patterns so matching them with your daily outfits is a breeze. If you are pumping, however, it can be difficult with a nursing shawl. The third type is the apron-like cover. This one makes pumping and breastfeeding both easy. It’s easier to put on and has rigid neckline so you can see your baby clearly. However, it’s also easy for the baby to pull off.

Be keen about the material used.

Breastfeeding covers made from 100% breathable material are the best because they prevent overheating. This gives you and your baby maximum comfort. Check if the cover your purchasing is machine-washable. If you don’t have the luxury of time to hand-wash, it’s a great option.

Consider the design too.

While the design is less important, you still shouldn’t ignore it. Consider covers with patterns that are less gaudy-looking. Neutral colors with fine, simpler patterns will surely make a great pair to most of your everyday outfits.

Top 10 Breastfeeding Covers in 2018

1.    Kyapoo Nursing Breastfeeding Cover

The Kyapoo Nursing Breastfeeding Cover is made from 100% breathable fabric for total comfort. It has an adjustable neck strap for breastfeeding convenience, and open neckline so you get to maintain eye contact with your baby. This cover comes with its own pouch too.

2.    YOFIT Breastfeeding Cover Nursing Cover

Made from 100% cotton fabric to prevent overheating, the YOFIT breastfeeding cover also features a rigid neckline so you can keep an eye on your baby while still maintaining privacy.

3.    PPOGOO Nursing Cover

The modern, high-quality fabric used in the PPOGOO nursing cover makes a cozy and secured environment for your baby, protecting her from insects, bugs, wind and sunlight. What’s more, you can use it as a cover for your shopping canopy cart, baby car seat, or stroller.

4.    UHINOOS Lightweight Breathable Nursing Cover

This breastfeeding cover is made from lightweight, breathable material that’s gentle on your baby’s skin and doesn’t feel warm even during the summer season. The UHINOOS nursing cover is big enough to give you full coverage but small enough to fold and put in your bag.

5.    Kyapoo Baby Nursing Breastfeeding Cover (Multi-Use Flexible)

The Kyapoo multi-use flexible nursing cover can be used in 10 different ways – halter top, poncho, blouse, baby blanket, shawl, car seat cover, baby carrier cover, and more. The cloth is made from a combination of lightweight cotton and breathable cotton fabrics.

6.    QUNQI STAR Breast Feeding Nursing Cover

This cover features two adjustable straps that makes it comfortable to wear and set free your hands. The QUNQI STAR Breast Feeding cover also has bendable area so you can see under and check on your baby.

7.    Hooter Hiders Premium Cotton Nursing Cover

The Hooter Hiders nursing cover features a patented neckline for proper ventilation and maintaining eye contact. It’s made from flexible fabric that maintains its bowed shape. It also has two small pockets inside that are great for storing little essentials like pacifiers and breast pads.

8.    Fashion Cotton Shawl, Nursing Cover

Here’s a great pick for the stylish mom. The Fashion Cotton Shawl nursing cover provides 360° coverage and is made from stretchable soft material. You can wear it with one hand outside the cover or both hands inside. This multi-purpose nursing cover not only keeps your baby from mosquitoes and insects but also makes a chick fashionable accessory in a form of a shawl.

9.    Vintage Navy Floral Nursing Cover with Sewn-in Burp Cloth

A unique feature of this award-winning nursing cover is an extra-large burp cloth that is sewn into the cover. This allows you to easily transition your baby from feeding to burping in just a matter of seconds. The vintage navy floral nursing cover comes with a pouch which you can use not only as a storage for the cover but also for some diapers and nursing pads.

10. 2018 New Year Gifts Nursing Covers with Reinforced Neckline and Storage Pocket

This one features a structured reinforced neckline so you are free to bond with your baby as you nurse her under the cover. It has a stylish plastic buckle for adjusting the neckline, plus a convenient stylish pocket for some nursing stuff like pads and pacifiers. This nursing cover can serve as a carriage cover too.

Nursing covers are indeed a life-saver. The offer privacy, comfort and style that every mom deserves. And since they come in various kinds and features, there’s always a nursing cover that will perfectly match your needs and definitely – your taste.

12 Best Crib Mattresses for the Picky Moms

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Shopping around for the best crib mattress? You’ve come to the right place. The mattress is equally important to the crib so you want to make sure you are getting the right one for your baby. If you’re a first-time mom, choosing a baby mattress can be a tricky task with so many options around. It’s not enough that it’s soft or pretty. You should look for one that gives long-term comfort. Luckily, here’s a list of the best crib mattresses in the market today. Check out their unique features so you can easily decide which one is perfect for your baby.

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How to choose the best crib mattress

Understand what makes a good mattress.

Baby mattresses are not simply a smaller version of adult mattresses. They have unique features that are specially designed for the growing infant. Generally, they are firmer than ordinary adult mattresses in order to keep the baby secure and support their developing bones. You want to make sure the mattress you’re buying is rated for infant use.

Don’t forget to do your research.

Not all infant mattresses are the same – they could be foam, innerspring, or organic. Take time to research about the pros and cons of each one so you can decide which one is most suitable for your baby. Generally, foams cost less, are lightweight, and can either be organic or not. However, they are less durable, may lack edge support, and prone to indentations. Coil mattresses, also called ‘innerspring’, tend to be more durable, have good edge support, long-lasting, and offer better support. But they are usually more expensive, heavier than foam, and if you’ve got a low-quality cover, it can lead to exposed, uncomfortable coils.

Get your measurements right.

It’s sensible to buy the crib first before you start shopping around for the mattress. Even though most baby mattresses fit standard-sized cribs, it’s always a great idea to make sure that the measurements of the two products perfectly match. A good mattress snugs perfectly against the frame so you may consider a mattress that has square corners.

Check the features.

You want extreme comfort for your baby, especially during his first few months as an infant. Don’t buy a mattress with insufficient vent. Vents allow air circulation which is needed in preventing odor, as well as mildew and mold buildup. Check for reinforced holes along the sides. This suggests good venting. Another thing, check if the mattress is made from materials that are generally considered safe for your baby. More and more moms are choosing organic, eco-friendly mattresses as a growing number of research suggests that many of the chemicals used in manufacturing household products may pose potential health hazards, especially to children. A good mattress would also have very helpful features, like being water-resistant, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic.

Examine third-party certifications.

Some brands would claim that they are tested for safety and being eco-friendly, for instance. Believe it if the certifications were provided by a third-party. Products in the United States should meet specific safety standards, such as those given by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSP) and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Not all certifications boasting ‘organic’ means the entire product is made from organic materials. If you’re really into buying organic mattresses, check the label to see if it is marked “100% organic”.

 Top 12 Crib Mattresses in 2018

1. LA Baby Waterproof Portable Mini Crib Mattress

If you prefer buying a smaller crib, the LA Baby Waterproof Portable mattress makes a wonderful choice. It is made from high-density polyfiber, and stain-resistant waterproof outer fabric that’s hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and non-toxic. The vinyl cover keeps the mattress fresh.

2. Dream on Me Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

This lightweight baby mattress features 80 sturdy interwoven heat-tempered steel coils which offer strong support to your baby’s developing bones. The Dream on Me Spring Crib mattress is consists of hypo-allergenic protective polyurethane foam that gives lavish comfort, plus a triple laminated waterproof cover.

3. Graco Premium Foam Mattress

This mattress perfectly fits in any full-sized crib and toddler bed. It features a high-quality, breathable foam that have anti-microbial properties. The Graco Premium mattress is initially compressed in lightweight box so it’s so convenient and easy to travel. You will be amazed to see the mattress expands in full size after unpacking it.

4. Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress

Lightweight and water-resistant, this mattress also fits to any full-sized cribs. It is comprised of thermo-bonded polyester filling and core that offers firm support.  The Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams mattress is GREENGUARD certified, which means it meets the standards for low-chemical emissions.

5. BeautySleep SlumberTime Naturally Crib and Toddler Mattress

This brand features soy-enhanced foam core for high-quality firmness, and is specifically designed for both infants and toddlers. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative for your child’s room, you can be sure about BeautySleep SlumberTime crib mattress.

6. My First Crib Mattress

My First Crib Mattress features a premium memory foam that provides a comfortable and restful slumber. It has removable and washable plush velour cover that is soft to your baby’s skin, and is initially vacuum-packed for easy transportation.

7. Simmons Kids BeautySleep Woodland Dreams

Thermo-bonded polyester fiber core for supreme strength, 3D microclimate border for better air circulation, and square corners for easy fitting to the crib. Despite all the heavy features, the Simmons Kids BeautySleep mattress is lightweight for easy changing.

8. Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Infant/Toddler Crib Mattress

This award-winning innovative baby mattress uses renewable soybeans for firmness, supporting children from infant to toddler years. The Sealy Soybean mattress also features an embossed waterproof and stain-resistant cover that is secured through lock-stich binding, ensuring that no liquid seeps through the foam inside.

9. Simmons Kids Beautyrest Beginnings Sleepy Whispers

Simmons Kids crib mattress features a dual-purpose design that provides an ideal firmness for the newborn and a soft, comfortable cover for a toddler. Inside are 231 luxury pocketed coils for superior support and a reinforced border protection so you can be sure this mattress will last for a long, long time. The woven cover is water and stain-resistant too.

10. Serta Tranquility Eco Firm Crib and Toddler Mattress

Designed for a tranquil slumber, this crib mattress features 120 highly durable innerspring coils and ortho-insulated layer for support. The foam of Serta Tranquility Eco mattress is made from convoluted cotton layers on the toddler side for added comfort, wrapped in waterproof vinyl cover to keep the moisture and stain away.

11. Colgate Dual Firmness Eco-Friendlier Crib mattress

Certified organic – this orthopedic-style crib mattress is 6-inch thick, lightweight, and can fit to standard-sized baby and toddler cribs, featuring a dual-firm design to suit your child’s comfort needs. The organic cotton used in Colgate Eco Dual Firmness mattress has a texture that is closest to a baby’s skin and has waterproof backing.

12.  Graco Natural Organic Crib and Toddler Mattress

Made from high-quality soybean oil foam and other organic materials, Graco organic mattress is made from extra-firm dye-free foam and comes with a removable and hand-washable cover that has waterproof lining. The mattress is anti-static and anti-microbial.

Like choosing a crib, choosing a mattress really depends on your own needs and preferences. Keen examination of the product is the key so you end up buying the right one for your baby. Since your baby will be spending most of the time in his mattress, it is worthy to take time exploring your options. There are many mattresses available today, for sure. But don’t be overwhelmed. With these helpful tips, along with the list of the best crib mattresses in 2018, you know you’re on the right path.

10 Best Books to Read if You are Pregnant

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As an expectant mom, you are now entering a different chapter in your life which can be both exciting and worrying at the same time. It feels exciting because you’re about to receive the greatest gift you’ve ever had; but it’s a bit terrifying because at this point, you don’t know exactly what to do. Are you taking care of your health the right way? Are you eating the right food to support the growth of the little one inside your womb? Are you supposed to feel those weird feelings? Are you on the right track?

You have a lot of questions. Fortunately, there’s a really good book out there that could have all the answers for you.

When it comes to pregnancy books, there are a LOT to choose from. Selecting therefore can be a very stressful process. If you’re in search of the best pregnancy book, you’ve come to the right place.

The following are the top 10 pregnancy books this 2018. Check them out as they may have the answers to all your questions and more helpful resources for a safe, healthy and enjoyable pregnancy.

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How to Choose the Best Pregnancy Book

Each book on pregnancy offers something unique for the readers. It greatly depends on the information you’d like to know, and your very own set of inquiries about pregnancy which you want answers to. Check out this buying guide to streamline the process of finding a great read for pregnancy.

Determine the type of information you need.

There are so much to learn about pregnancy and no single book covers it all completely. It is important that you identify what types of information about pregnancy you’re interested knowing. For instance, if you want to understand what happens inside your body as you begin to conceive, look for books that provide accurate, scientific details about prenatal health. On the other hand, if you’re more interested about what you should and shouldn’t do, limit your search to books that specifically cover this topic.

Check the author and publisher’s credentials.

Everyone can write. But not everyone can write a good book. Ideally, you should look for the book that has been written by an authority – someone with credible background about the subject, such as doctors, scientists or researchers, and pregnancy experts. If you’re interested on learning about natural childbirth, you may want to choose a book written by a pregnancy coach or doula. You also need to check who the publisher is.

Verify the edition and publishing year.

Some books on pregnancy have been revised or rewritten to include the newest updates and more comprehensive details. Make sure you are buying the latest copy/edition of the book. The more editions the book has, the better. This means that the information presented has been regularly updated and revised.

Check how it’s written and presented.

To be sure that you don’t get bored, look for a book that has a friendly tone and a little more interactive or personal. This keeps your interest going until the very last page.

Knowing that you’re now about to become a mom feels like heaven. But it does have ups and downs too. Overcoming the challenges of pregnancy can be easier with a well-researched, helpful book on your side. With these tips in mind, you’re sure to find the best pregnancy book to read this year.

Top 10 Books to Read in 2018 if You are Pregnant

1.Praying Through Your Pregnancy: A Week-by-Week Guide

This award-winning Christian book on pregnancy takes you to a fresh spiritual insight as it reveals what is happening to your baby week on week from the moment of conception. Here, you get to learn how your faith in God affects the development of your baby, and how you can deal with anxiety and stress by depending on Him.

2. he Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly

The Belly Book allows you to creatively keep track of your pregnancy. There, you can write about how you’re feeling day by day – your food cravings, morning sickness feels, etc. There’s even a portion where you can post your belly photos and ultrasound images.

3. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

If you’re looking for an accurate, reliable source of facts and information about pregnancy, the Mayo Clinic Guide is something you should check out. It provides a comprehensive week-by-week update on your child development, symptoms guide, review of important pregnancy decisions, and a 40-week pregnancy calendar.

4. What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Paperback)

Every mom has probably heard about this book. Regarded as one of the 25 most influential books by New York Times for the past 25 years, the book has undergone a brand new, cover-to-cover revision. Filled with up-to-date information, every single chapter of this book has been rewritten, giving answers to dozens of new questions by thousands of moms out there. The latest edition also features most-requested materials like a comprehensive week-by-week fetal development section.

5. Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies

Essential oils are scientifically proven to have amazing health benefits, especially to pregnant women. If you like to learn how to use essential oils for a safe and healthier pregnancy, this is a great book to read. It’s a reference guide to educate, empower and inspire pregnant women, as well as the people assisting them, such as midwives and doulas.

6. A Child Is Born

The book A Child is Bornfeatures the drama of life before birth. The new edition of this beloved international classic is now entirely in color, with new, never-been-seen-before photos in each chapter. The photographs are accompanied by texts written by doctors, explaining prenatal development and providing advice on pregnancy.

7. Debunking the Bump: A Mathematician Mom Explodes Myths About Pregnancy

Through in-depth research which took years, Daphne Adler, writer and mathematician, gives new insights regarding the dos and don’ts of pregnancy. Her book is great for women who are in a quest for facts. This book is filled with practical recommendations and clear explanations of risks and trade-offs that allow expectant moms like you to make smart choices.

8. Pregnancy Day by Day, 3rd Edition

Written by a team of experts, “Pregnancy Day by Day” is a comprehensive guide that covers each day of pregnancy, including labor and birth, to the life with a new baby. It makes a one great resource for first-time moms.

9. What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Hardcover)

This very popular book, which has been read by 93% of moms who have read pregnancy books, takes a warm, humorous and empathetic approach to guiding mothers-to-be. It gives detailed answer to every conceivable question. With the revised edition of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, more updates are added such as updates on Zika virus, medications safety during pregnancy, and prenatal screening.

10. Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing (9th Edition)

It pays to learn as much as you can about proper nursing before you give birth. The Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing book gives up-to-date, accurate facts and detailed guide about pregnancy, labor, birth, the newborn period, and postpartum care.

9 Best Breast Pumps Every Mom Like You Deserves

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You’ve been pumping for almost an hour now. Yet your breastmilk hasn’t even wet the base of the bottle. Sometimes you wish you could be that Instagram mom who could fill two bottles in 15 minutes. And it feels depressing, really. All you want is the best for your baby.

Take a deep breath… Before you blame yourself for not being ‘good enough’, consider this: It’s not you. It’s your breast pump!

A pump can be a very useful tool for all breastfeeding moms. It gives you an option to save and store enough milk for your baby, especially when you work in the day and could not nurse her until you get home. And even if you’re a full-time mom, having a breast pump allows you to take a break from breastfeeding. However, the wrong pump can cause so much distress and disappointment.

Well, NO need to further stress yourself looking for the right pump. Here’s the 9 best-rated breast pumps this 2018.

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How to Choose the Best Breast Pump for You

Figure out your needs.

Here’s the truth – it isn’t always about the price. Not all moms need the most expensive types of breast pump. It really depends on what you need. For instance, if you decide to pump because you simply like to relieve engorgement and take a break from nursing from time to time, a manual breast pump is a great pick. If you occasionally have to leave your baby at home for regular errands, you might consider buying an electric single breast pump. But if you’re a working mom and couldn’t spend as much time nursing your little one, you may want to go for an electric double breast pump.

Hospital-grade pumps are meant for nursing moms who have difficulties establishing their milk supply. The reason varies. Sometimes, it’s due to some health problems. Other times, the baby could not just latch properly (like in the case of premature babies).

Determine if the features suit you.

Not all pumps are created equal. Generally, the more features, the better. But these pumps tend to be more costly than the rest. So if you think you will not be needing those added features, consider other brands. If you’re unable to produce a steady supply of milk, you may want to buy a pump that has different suction levels and features a massage mode for better stimulation and expression. Pumps that have more configuration settings are great because you are able to choose and identify which setting is best for you.

Check the accessories too.

The best breast pumps would come with essential add-ons, such as breast shields, LCD screen, a storage bottle, power bank or extra batteries (if you’re choosing electric pumps), and many others. Check if the pump you’re buying is compatible with many feeding bottle brands. Some even come with a nice tote for easy transportation.

Choose quality, as always.

Go for the breast pump that is made from high-quality materials free from toxic chemicals like BPA. Modern pumps have a ‘closed system’ design – the milk flows in one direction to avoid contamination.

Check your health policy.

See if your insurance covers personal breast pumps. Your plan may have guidelines on what type of pump you can choose – whether manual or electric and when you will receive it.

Everyone – doctors and your fellow moms – would agree. Breast is best. Your milk is the most precious thing you can give to your baby. Having a high-quality breast pump will surely shake all your breastfeeding troubles away. And with the best breast pumps available in the market today, plus the tips outlined here, you will find the perfect one for you too.

Top 9 Breast Pumps in 2018

1)    Manual Breast Pump Silicone Breastmilk – Dobor

If you always fret about your current pump getting out of shape as you press through and through, the Manual Breast Pump Silicone saves the day. It doesn’t go out of shape, so you are able to collect milk more efficiently. This pump also features a soft, warm cushion that aids in stimulation.

2)    BTshine Electric Breastmilk Pump

The BTshine Electric Breastmilk Pump can be used in two ways – one as “breast suction” and another as “breast massager”. It has 4 gears to either decrease and increase the suction, allowing you to choose which one is most comfortable for you. Since it’s lightweight, this product is great for moms who are always on the go.

3)    Vakey Electric Breast Pump

The Vakey Electric breast pump comes with a prolactin mode which allows you to massage your breast for stimulation, and features a one-way milk flow design to prevent contamination. Since the bottle comes with a lid and nipple, you can simply give it to your baby once she’s ready to feed.

4)    Motif Double Electric Breast Pump

The Motif Double Electric Breast Pump can be adjusted to suit your comfort level. Part of the amazing product features is the twist that comes with two soft silicone breast shield inserts. This provides comfort while pumping. This breast pump is one of the lightest brands in the market – weighing just under 1 lb.

5)    Gland Electric Breast Pump with LCD Screen

What’s unique about the Gland Electric Breast Pump is it allows you to record the most comfortable pump setting for your future use. It has four working modes – automatic, massage, stimulation, and expression.

6)    Breast Pump Breastfeeding Pump with Large LCD Screen

This pump mimics the baby’s natural sucking and comes with a massage mode as well. It has a large screen, allowing you to see clearly your settings at night. The double breast pump has a closed system design that prevents milk contamination while allowing you to choose the most comfortable posture to express.

7)    Nibble Double/Single Electric Breast Pump

In addition to mimicking a baby’s natural sucking pattern, the Nibble Electric Breast Pump features double pumping function, 10-level suction, and expression/stimulation modes. It is fully automatic and has anti-backflow system.

8)    MADENAL Double Electric Breast Pump Travel Set

This brand features 3 function modes and 9 suction levels. It automatically begins with a gentle stimulation mode. Then, you can choose from three expression settings and 9 suction levels to find the setting that’s best for you. The MADENAL electric breast pump comes with an attractive tote bag with its own ice bag, providing a functional, safe and convenient way to transport your milk bottles.

9)    Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump

The Philips Avent breast pump features a no ‘lean forward’ design, allowing you to comfortably sit upright while you pump. It has a soft cushion and five massaging petals for stimulation. The package includes a natural feeding bottle for easy transition from nursing to formula milk feeding.