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Keeping Baby Safe on July 4

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Keeping Baby Safe on July 4With the 4th of July just around the corner, many of us are heading to celebrations and parades with our little ones. This is such a fun holiday, filled with family, friends and fun that sharing it with our babies comes naturally. But, before you head out to participate in the fun, read these few simple tips to keep baby safe and happy during the festivities.

When getting baby dressed for the day, think layers and sun protective clothing. I like to give my older babies a good dose of sunscreen before dressing for a summer day to make sure any gaps in clothing are covered. Items such as leggings or long sleeve shirts can help cover and protect skin both from sun and bugs. Clothing with a tighter weave does a better job at protecting from UV rays than looser, mesh-style fabric. Don’t forget the sunhat, glasses and lightweight blankets.

When the sun begins to set and you’re heading to the fireworks shows, remember to bring ear protection. There are many products on the market for baby ear protection. Baby banz provide excellent ear protection for fireworks, sporting events and other loud events. If you’re looking for something a bit less bulky, I’ve used silicone ear plugs as ear protection. They mold to the outer ear and babies cannot pull them off as easily. They do a great job in protecting the noise levels and helps keep the little guys from startling.

During a fireworks display or parade, babywearing can be a lifesaver. By wearing your baby you can tell when they have had too much, make sure they are not overwhelmed or in the line of fire for flying items, and baby is comforted by having mom nearby. Sometimes just being near mom or dad is enough to comfort baby during the busy and craziness of the day.

If baby is still upset over the noise and overstimulation, sometimes it’s best to hedge your bets and head indoors to watch the fun from the safety and quiet of inside. Remember to listen to your baby’s needs and cues as they let you know what they need to make it through the day.

Pia Watzig is a stay at home to three crazy boys in Portland, Oregon. She enjoys knitting, gardening, camping and chasing her kids. 

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Andrea’s Family

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you to Andrea and her awesome family of four! I love hearing stories like theirs; couples who grew up together, go on to get married, and eventually raise a family together…so sweet and inspiring! Also Andrea’s favorite quote might be one of my new favorites! Read on to learn more about Andrea and her family:

Who are the members of your family? Andrea (me), my husband Joel, and our 2 daughters, Tessa, age 2.5 and Nora, age 6 months.

How did you meet your significant other? We first met playing t-ball and grew up together in school. We started dating after being in Marching band together during his freshman year of high school. He played the quads, I played the bass drum in the drumline.

What do you and your family like to do for recreation? We are a very athletic family. We love to play sports, watch sports, and be outdoors. We enjoy camping, walks, and playing outside.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? I have so many. I started at MMB with just a few diapers. I now own what feels like half the store. I love the Ergo, Lactasties, CJ’s BUTTer, MotherLove diaper rash cream. I’ve recently starting using fitted diapers and I really like the Kissaluvs. Of course, my newborn stash was one of my favorites to build because they are just so cute and small.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? I love my Ergo. It is very sturdy and tough, it’s been through different kinds of weather and other wear and tear and holds up very nicely. It’s easy for both my husband and I to use on either of our children and they are safe, secure, and happy in it.

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two? Start a garden this spring, hopefully have a 3rd child, continue with our Dave Ramsey debt snowball payoffs.

Describe your daily routine: I get up at 4, pump, shower, get ready, and leave for work by 6:15. My husband gets the kids up, drops them off at daycare, and comes home to pick up the house. He leaves for work at 11:45. I get off at 3:30, work out, go home to start dinner, pick up the girls from daycare and serve dinner. Then we do bathtime, get the girls ready for bed and my husband gets home at 8, just in time to help tuck the girls in and get them asleep.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? Meeting the needs of everyone. It’s important for me to be a good, attentive mother, but I also don’t want to lose my identity as a wife or myself. Balancing all those simultaneously is tricky.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? I love to go wander around Target. I also love (and miss) coffee dates with old friends.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Be here to bless, not impress.

Thanks Andrea for sharing your family with us! I am excited for your plans to grow both a spring garden and a 3rd baby, lol! Wishing you the very best on both accounts. :)

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Amy’s Family!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you to Amy and her family! I absolutely LOVE the story of how she met her hubby…it would make a cute scene in a book or movie. Read on to learn more about Amy and her awesome traveling family!

Who are the members of your family? Amy (Mommy), George (Daddy), twins Alex and Drew (6 ½), Ethan (2), Victor (3 months). And our 2 cats, Felix and Persephone.

How did you meet your significant other? At an art museum, where we got into an argument over the merits of modern art. I won, and he bought me a tea at the cafe. Our whole house is now decorated with modern art.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? Very hard to say, but I think the Best Bottoms diaper system are currently my favorite. The inserts are super-absorbent (even overnight), and I can use them on both the 2-year-old and the 3-month-old. The shells are great, they hold everything, wipe clean, and come out of the wash like new! I just wish MMB could stock the training pants, hint, hint… :)

What do you and your family like to do for recreation? We travel! My husband is Active Duty Army, and we are stationed in Germany. We’ve lived here for four years and one of our family goals is to see as much of the world as possible. My twins had seen as many different places by age 3 as I had by age 30, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share so much of the world with our kids. Below is a photo I took last spring of my husband and the boys walking through the woods in The Netherlands. (Husband’s sporting the Ergobaby Performance Sport, which is his favorite carrier!) We also take a trip every winter to the Alps, where my husband snowboards, the kids go to ski school, and I go to the spa–very recreational. :)

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? My favorite is the Beco Butterfly II, because I can carry my toddler on my back and barely even feel him, and I can easily get the baby in and out. I also love that you can put an older baby in the “pocket” part and put the carrier on like a backpack–so much easier for when they can’t yet climb on your back!

Describe your cloth diaper stash: Mostly Gro-Via shells and inserts, although we’re adding in Best Bottoms. I have a few Blueberry and Thirsties shells, and a mix of inserts, but so far the Gro-Via and Best Bottoms work best for us. (I love that I can lay the BB inserts into another brand of shell and they still absorb everything.) We’re looking at trainers for the very near future, and I’m hoping to try the Blueberry trainers.

What is the best and worst parenting advice you have ever been given? The best advice was from my mom: “Trust your instincts.” The worst was from a lactation consultant in the hospital where my twins were born. They were premature and receiving gavage-feedings in the NICU with my milk. She was very upset that I was only using a manual pump (the electric never worked for me), and she scolded me “If you don’t learn to use the electric pump, you will NEVER make enough milk for two babies.” I never used an electric pump and my twins nursed exclusively until 4 months, and continued on only breastmilk (no formula) until they self-weaned at 19 months. Glad I followed my mom’s advice!

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two? The first goal is to survive colic. Our youngest is very colicky and it’s hard on everyone. Once we get past that, we’re hoping to do some more traveling. We want to go to Turkey, the Czech Republic, Berlin, and Poland in the next couple of years.

Describe your daily routine: I have a 3-month-old. Once I get the big boys off to school and the toddler to preschool, we go with the flow.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? Having a colicky baby. I think it’s more challenging because this is our 4th. We thought that since we survived preemie twins (brutal!) and already had a single baby (easiest baby in the world), that we were prepared to have another one. He’s starting to come out of it, but the nonstop screaming for hours on end has been extremely hard on everyone. I feel terrible that I can’t do anything to make him feel better (and we have tried EVERYTHING), and I feel terrible for the older kids too. The screaming is hard on them, plus Mommy is always pre-occupied with the baby. It’s definitely a tough transition. I’m so grateful that my 2-yr-old is still nursing, because at least we can tandem-nurse and he gets his mommy-time in (and the baby isn’t screaming then). I try to find time to spend with each of my older boys as well.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? Massages and pedicures! Also, I keep large scented candles, and I almost always have one burning. I like soothing scents, like lavender or apple pie, to warm up the whole house.

What’s your number one secret for stretching a dollar? Going from hybrid-diapering to all-cloth is saving us a lot of money! I was afraid to try all-cloth for a long time because we have a German washer and dryer, but once I saw how much we were going to have to spend each month to hybrid-diaper two at once, it made a lot more sense to go all-cloth. The laundry isn’t nearly as bad as I was afraid it would be, and we are saving over $60 a month not buying the Biosoakers.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” –Helen Keller

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I already have superpowers, are you kidding? I make milk! For two babies! At the same time! I also teach children’s theatre classes in the summer time, occasionally act and direct in our local theatre, and I’m on the board of directors for our community peer breastfeeding organization, Mom2Mom KMC, so I have the added superpower of being able to go on 3 hours of sleep for about 4 days… If I could have ANOTHER superpower, it would be the ability to create extra hours in the day when I need them!

Wow, Amy you DO have superpowers!! Thank you so very much for sharing your family with us. We wish you all the very best and may your travel adventures resume soon as your youngest son grows! :)

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Bonnie’s Family

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Last week you met Bonnie, co-owner of Mom’s Milk Boutique. Well this week I would like to introduce you to another Bonnie. She is a mama to FIVE awesome kiddoes!! Her and her hubby are getting ready to celebrate their ONE YEAR anniversary this Valentine’s Day. Read on to learn more about Bonnie and her family (and check out her super cool breastfeeding photo!):

Whats your favorite MMB product?
My favorite? There are so many wonderful products. I would have to say my favorite are the Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0. I love the cute prints. I had ordered two and fell in love with them…so I ordered three more. :)

Who are the members of your family?
Well there is me of course ;) My wonderful husband that I married last Valentine’s Day. In addition to marrying me, he accepted the role of being Dad to my older 4 children.  My oldest  daughter is Serenity she is 12 going on 20! (lol, scary how fast they grow!). I have  2 boys  close in age; Brendan is 10 and Virgil is 8. They are very active  little boys! Next is my little “princess” Kaitlin, age 5.  And my youngest and  newest addition is Skyler, he just turned 7 months. :)


What’s your favorite carrier and why?
I have tried the Moby Wrap which I do like but I have had an issue problem with due to the strength in my arms. I find that the fabric is too long for me to handle. My favorite that works well for us right now is the Boba carrier. I love it…especially now that Skyler is older the back carry works out great! Not to mention I love the prints selection. We have the Kangaroo print.


Decsribe your cloth diaper stash:
My diaper stash consists of a lot of different types; I had never heard of cloth diapering when my older 4 children were born (except how my mom used to do cloth diaper us lol), so when I started to learn about it while I was pregnant with my last child I was overwhelmed. I had no idea what I was doing or what to do buy. I ended up buying a few Fuzzibunz which I liked. Then I bought some Bumgenius.  Now that he’s here and is my last baby, I want to try everything!  So my stash now includes: Fuzzibunz, Bumgenius, Thirsties, Grovia, Blueberry, Swaddlebees, and a cover with some prefolds. My next venture is wool…

What goals does your family have over the next year or two?
Our biggest goal for my husband and I is to get our new company off on the right foot and make it a success so that we can buy a bigger home for our large family.

What are some of your “me” time indulgences?
Being a mommy of 5 really doesn’t give me much time to have any “me time” but I definitely love being able to take a hot bath without anyone knocking on the door or yelling out my name…which doesn’t happen often though. :) Another is when a quick nap is able to happen..

Whats your number one secret to stretching a dollar?
It would have to be shopping at the Dollartree. Not all their items are a good but they do have a lot of name brand items that end up saving us money.

Thanks Bonnie for sharing your family with us! We wish you and hubby the very best as you build your business to support your family!

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah

 

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Karyn’s Family

Friday, January 25th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you Karyn and her family! Read on to learn more about one of our happy Mom’s Milk Boutique costumers:

Who are the members of your family? My family consists of: James, myself, our daughter Johanna Grace. We also have some dogs and cats: Janie Mae, Annabelle, Kate & Miley

How did you meet your significant other? My husband James and I met in a mutual friend’s wedding. He was a groomsmen, and I was a bridesmaid. Our friends paired us up to walk together.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? My favorite product is the CJ’s Butter stick. It works great for any diaper rash or irritation on my little girl, and it comes in fun scents. Our favorite is “Monkey Farts.” It smells like bananas!

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? My favorite carrier is the Boba 3G. It is so easy to get Johanna in and out of. This is the only carrier I have tried that she truly loves to be in. We got the cute kangaroo print carrier. It is super comfortable and doesn’t hurt my back. Best investment ever!

Describe your cloth diaper stash: We have a few different brands. We use Thirsties, Grovia, Bum Genius, & Bottombumpers. All of Johanna’s diapers are bright, fun colors. Of course, she looks adorable in them.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? I would say my toughest challenge has been giving up the idea that I can do it all. I tend to be a perfectionist, and I have had to learn that there will be days when the floor doesn’t get mopped. Also, I have had to learn that being a mom means that you have to be flexible. Sometimes you have a fussy baby who smells like spit-up. It happens to everyone, but in the end, you wouldn’t change a thing.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? Definitely Starbucks! I love my coffee. I also like to read, exercise, and watch movies with James.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Always look for the sunshine after the rain.” Not sure who said that, but I’ve always liked it. Things will always look-up.

Thanks Karyn for sharing your lovely family with us!!

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah