Posts Tagged ‘water bottle’

Top 5 New Mommy Must Haves!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

You won’t find these items on a traditional list of suggested items for a new mommy, although they can certainly help during the early postpartum transition with a new baby.

1. High quality, easy to fill and clean water bottle – Nursing mamas get extra thirsty and need to drink lots of water to stay well hydrated as well as to maintain an adequate milk supply. Having a nice water bottle that is easy to fill, drink from, and clean helps ensure mama gets plenty of water throughout the day. A water bottle with a straw is extra helpful for quick sips since mam’s arms are usually full with new baby.

2. Blackout Curtains – Sleep is a rather elusive concept during the early postpartum period, so having the ability to create a dark, quiet space whenever needed to get some overdue sleep is especially helpful for all family members…mama, papa, baby, and/or siblings included. Add in a sound machine and you’ll be able to create a peaceful sleep environment any time of day!

3. A well stocked pantry and freezer – Breastfeeding mamas need to consume between 300-500 extra calories a day. (did you know making milk was such workout? ;) ) And that doesn’t mean just adding a daily milkshake to your diet because the quality of the calories is equally (if not MORE important) than the quantity. So as a breastfeeding mama be sure to have lots of healthy snacks readily available for yourself. Stocking your pantry and freezer near the end of your pregnancy can help you to avoid frequent trips to the grocery store with a newborn.

4. A Stash of Light Hearted Reading Material – Newborns nurse a TON…as frequent as every two hours. In addition to high frequency, the nursing sessions also tend to last a long time as baby is still gaining efficiency at the breast. As a mom of a newborn this means you will spend a great deal of time sitting with a nursing baby. Having a good book or a magazine to keep you company is helpful during this period of long and frequent feedings. Although keeping the reading material light hearted is usually best because new mommies operating on virtually no sleep often lack the mental attention for complex, in depth literature. Also hormones are pretty imbalanced during the early postpartum period and emotions can be a bit intensified, so you might want to avoid sad, dramatic literature for a while.

5. Comfortable Clothes – I didn’t catch on to the importance of comfortable postpartum clothes until my third baby was born. During the final weeks of my third son’s pregnancy I bought myself some nice pajamas to wear after baby was born, knowing that I would be spending a lot of time at home with him during the first several weeks of his life. During the early postpartum months feeling as comfortable as possible is essential. A wardrobe full of baggy maternity clothes or tight pre-pregnancy clothes usually leaves mama with limited clothing options that are comfortable. Therefore investing in some nice, comfortable, easy to nurse in postpartum clothes is a nice way to care for yourself (and subsequently for baby). You don’t have to spend a ton of money either; you can shop second hand store or clearance racks.

What non-traditional items are included on your new mommy must have list? Anything special that helped you survive those early postpartum weeks with new baby?


PS. Don’t forget about this week’s Fan Photo Friday! Let’s celebrate mama’s milk with some nursing photos! Send your Favorite Nursing Photo to photo to by Thursday, June 21. Be sure to include any information you
want shared such as age of nursling, significance of photo, etc. Then check back on Friday, June 22 to enjoy a celebration of mama’s milk through a collection of nursing photos! Winner gets 25 Milk Miles deposited into their account! :)

7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

If you are breastfeeding and cloth diapering you have already made two great ‘green’ choices for your family! And are reaping the economic benefits of those choices at the same time! Are you interested in more green living ideas that could equate to saving money as well as the earth’s resources? Here are 7 simple ways to further reduce your carbon footprint:

Buy items used
Garage sales, craigslist, and thrift stores make buying used items a very accessible option. It may take a little extra time to search for desired items but it’s well worth the effort. Plus you might find some hidden treasures along the way. For example a recent favorite thrift store purchase of mine was a $3 couch. Yep, for the price of a cup of coffee, I bought a couch!

This couch cost me $3!

Buy in bulk
Bulk purchases tend to use far less packaging material and cost less per ounce. For example imagine the difference both in cost and packaging between buying canned beans versus a 10lb bag of dried beans. Spices are another item to consider buying in bulk. You can easily refill your existing spice jars with loose spices rather than replacing the entire bottle each time. If a bulk option exists when making a purchase, do the math and examine the packaging to determine if it’s the better buy. Check into local food co-ops for bulk purchasing.

Use a re-useable water bottle
Invest in a good, easy to clean re-usable water bottle and a water filter to replace purchasing disposable water bottles. You will definitely save money and decrease waste. Even if you are recycling the disposable water bottles, there are a significant amount of resources used in the production and shipping of disposable water bottles.

Buy locally grown produce
Buying locally grown produce may entail joining a CSA or shopping at a Farmer’s Market. It might be an adjustment at first because you will be limited to seasonal produce however the benefit of that is in-season produce taste much better and costs less!

Grow a Garden
It doesn’t get any more local than your own backyard! If the thought of gardening intimidates you, start out small. An herb garden is a good beginner’s garden. Once you’ve experienced cooking with fresh herbs from your own backyard, you just might get the urge to expand your garden to include a variety of vegetables. There’s nothing I love more than creating meals with vegetables harvested right out of my garden!

Some goodies from my garden


Use natural cleaners
Two inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have in your home can replace all those costly and toxic cleaners; they are baking soda and vinegar. These two ingredients can tackle almost any cleaning job as effectively as ready-made store bought cleaners. Another bonus is using far less packaging. You can re-use the same spray bottle over and over again filling with equal parts water and vinegar to make a cleaning solution.

Forgo nightly baths
Commonly night time routines include a bath, however a daily bath equates to a significant amount of water usage. Children don’t need to bathe daily and it’s probably better for their skin if they don’t. Typically a wipe-down with a warm wash cloth is an effective means of cleaning a young child’s skin. If you are used to bathing daily, perhaps you could replace the bath portion of your nightly routine with an infant massage. This would be a nice calming and connecting activity to do with your child before bed that uses far less resources than taking a bath (and it will reduce your water bill).

What do you do that is green? Would love to hear your eco-friendly ideas!!

Come back tomorrow for 7 more ideas on green-living.