Newborn Must-Haves

 

Newborn Must-Haves

Having a brand new baby can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many books, forums, and even family and friends that are going to give you loads of advice. The main piece of advice that I can give you if you’re a new mom is that every baby is different so find what products work for them.

I compiled a list of products that I absolutely loved as a new mom. They helped me so much during the first 6 +/- months of Avery’s life. Some products I am still using.

  1. DockATot – This is such an amazing product for babies! It is cozy just like the womb, so babies get great naps in here. I literally packed this lounger in my suitcase wherever I traveled. It’s perfect for tummy time, naps, play time… you name it.
  2. NoseFrida – If you’ve ever researched bulb syringe’s, you’d see that many get mold build up in them which is pretty gross. When teething or sick, babies can get runny noses. I love using the NoseFrida because it’s extremely easy to use, it cleans out the baby’s nose, and you can clean it thoroughly.
  3. Pampers Baby Dry Diapers – I LOVE the yellow strip on these diapers! When your baby has peed, the strip will turn blue so you know you need to change them. These diapers are great for overnight. I’ve never had a leak out of them.
  4. Ollie Swaddle – For my baby shower, I received an Ollie Swaddle as a gift from my sisters-in-law. It is such an excellent swaddle! When Avery was a newborn, she wiggled sooo much in her sleep and her hands would keep her awake. Ever since I used this swaddle, she slept so peacefully at night and it kept her calm. It helped a ton with her startle reflex.
  5. Fisher Price Baby Swing – During the day, when Avery was a newborn, I liked to keep her in close proximity to me. This swing was a God-send for me. With the spinning mobile up top, Avery would fall asleep watching it and would nap so well.
  6. Infantino Baby Carrier – I love this baby carrier because it’s extremely easy to use. I never could figure out the cloth wraps. I love how I can put my daughter in this and she’s completely content. There comes a time where some babies don’t want to be put down. Just having your baby in a carrier can help keep them happy. Plus, you don’t have to tire out your arms from carrying the baby around.
  7. Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock – This hammock is amazing for going to the store. It connects to the grocery cart and your baby can sleep in it or just relax while you shop. Since it rests at the top of the cart, you lose hardly any space inside the cart compared to putting a car seat in it.
  8. Comotomo Bottle – I always pumped when Avery was a newborn so I loved these bottles for her. What I think is great is that even if you nurse, I’ve read numerous reviews that these bottles are great because they’re reminiscent of a breast. A lot of breastfed babies have hard times taking bottles. I get so many funny comments about these bottles but I really love them! They’re made from silicone so they’re comfortable to hold.
  9. Desitin Rapid Relief   I love this diaper rash cream! It works incredibly fast. I’ve tried several kinds but I keep coming back to this one.
  10. Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover – This cover is amazing because it can be used numerous ways. You can use it when you’re breastfeeding, you can cover your baby’s car seat, you can also put it on a grocery cart so your baby doesn’t touch the handlebar. I like using this cover during the winter when everyone is sick. I can place it over the car seat, and it deters people from touching my baby. 

What are your newborn must-haves?

*Some products may have referral links where you get a discount and I may make a small commission. 

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Gorgeous Stackable Rings from Everly

Everly Stackable Rings

I absolutely love jewelry so when I see pieces that are stunning, I have to get my hands on them. I find so many great shops and products through Instagram, which is where I found Everly. They make the most gorgeous rings. Whether you’re getting engaged, you feel like dressing up to go out to town, or if you just feel like spoiling yourself, Everly’s rings are perfect.

Everly Stackable Rings featuring the ZARA, DEVLIN, and SIA bands

I love the look of black diamonds, so I opted for a mixture of different bands when I chose my rings. Everly has an incredible deal where you can choose 3 stackable rings for $150. I have (from top to bottom) the Sia band, the Devlin band and the Zara band.

Everly stackable bands

The Sia band features .15 carrots of simulated diamonds. I chose mine with a black mix, but you can have all white simulated diamonds.

Everly Stackable bands with black and white simulated diamonds

The Zara band features .15 carrots of brilliant cut simulated diamonds. Again, I chose a mixture of black simulated diamonds for mine.

Stackable bands from Everly

And lastly, the Devlin band features .75 carrots of simulated diamonds. You can get a plain simulated white diamond ring or you can get a simulated white diamond and blue sapphire ring! Very pretty.

I love the idea of stackable rings because Everly has birthstone bands where you can get your own or your children’s birthstones in each ring. There are a lot of necklaces on the market that feature birthstones but I love the idea of rings. I tend to wear rings more so it makes more sense for me. I also like the fact that stackable rings don’t all have to be the same. You can mix and match colors and designs and it all coordinates well together.

Everly has so many different stones, metals, and designs. You’re sure to find something you absolutely love.

*Everly sent me these rings in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Baby Basics for Fall and Winter from Babbleboxx

*This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com. All opinions are my own.

Baby Basics Babbleboxx

I received a Babbleboxx recently with products to review and I can’t tell you how much I love what I received. I did a few Insta stories on my Instagram showing the unboxing of my Babbleboxx and the feedback I got from my followers was so great! Every one was loving all the products I unboxed. 

I’m going to go down the line and tell you my opinions on each of the products I received and also where you can find them. There is also some great discount codes for some of the brands, so keep an eye out!

Osh Kosh B’gosh

OshKosh B'gosh Plaid Dress

I was thrilled when inside my Babbleboxx there was two pieces of OshKosh B’gosh clothing – a plaid, multi-colored dress and a denim jacket. I love the quality of OshKosh B’gosh’s clothing and I feel like their clothing lasts forever. The materials they use for their clothing are top-notch. Avery, of course, looks like a doll in both pieces.

OshKosh B'gosh Jean Jacket for Girls

I love the buttons on the back of the plaid dress. I think every little detail gives a handmade look. I also love that on Avery’s jean jacket, there is the look of buttons but it’s actually snaps. It makes putting her jacket on so much easier.

OshKosh B’gosh has both baby clothes and toddler clothes. Their sizes go up to 5t! You can purchase their clothing here: http://www.oshkosh.com/babybgosh.
Receive 20% off  a $40 order by using the online code: OKBG3352 or retail code:
036992

Mumbrella

Mumbrella

Okay, this product is genius! Let me tell you.. So, the Mumbrella is essentially an umbrella for moms to use on their stroller — HANDS FREE! I have a stroller that is very easy to push but only really with two hands. If I am walking my dog or if I have anything in one of my hands it makes is impossible to push my stroller straight. Having the Mumbrella makes walking in the rain so much more doable and enjoyable. Aside from protecting me from the rain, it also protects me from the sun! It’s both water resistant and 50UV coated.

Setting up the Mumbrella is very simple.  There is a clamp that can be tightened or loosened and you simply attach it to either the handles or the axis of your stroller. I chose to attach my Mumbrella to the handlebar of my stroller. There is a bendable area midway up the Mumbrella that swivels so you can have the umbrella canopy exactly where you need it. You can also adjust the height of the Mumbrella by pushing a button on the side of the clamp. One of my favorite parts is the swiveling for the canopy so it can sit exactly where you want it to!

Purchase the Mumbrella at http://www.gomumbrella.com/ . There are a few different patterns to choose from. Use code BABBLEBOXX for free shipping!

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Maximum Strength Jar

Boudreaux's Butt Paste Maximum Strength Jar

Before receiving Boudreaux’s Butt Paste in my Babbleboxx, I had not yet ever purchased this diaper rash ointment. I would always look up reviews on Amazon or online to see what folks were saying about this diaper rash cream and a majority of the reviews were praiseworthy.

After having finally used Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, I can say that I do really like it. I’ve always used Desitin Rapid Relief, but the Zinc Oxide percentage in Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is even higher. It works wonderfully to both treat and prevent diaper rashes. I really enjoy the design of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste’s tub. When changing a wiggly (nearly toddler) sometimes you need both hands free. It’s not very easy to open a twist top lid with one hand. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste comes with a flip top so it’s extremely easy to open for diaper changes.

You can purchase Boudreaux’s Butt Paste by going to this site: http://www.buttpaste.com/

Mustela: Hydra Bébé ® Body Lotion

Mustela Hydra Bebe Lotion

I love a good lotion and if both my daughter AND I can use it, it’s a winner to me. 97% of the ingredients in Mustela’s Hydra Bébé baby lotion are natural. Avery has super dry skin. She’s always had some type of eczema. What I like about this baby lotion is that it’s very moisturizing, it smells great and it helps keep her skin soft.

One thing I’ve had to worry about with Avery is if certain products are going to irritate her skin. She’s been pretty sensitive to several lotions in the past. Luckily, this baby lotion is hypoallergenic and she’s never had any issues with it. It’s no wonder it’s one of the best-selling moisturizing body lotions on the market. I love it for my little girl. The fragrance is really nice as well!

You can check out Mustela’s products HERE. Use code BABBLEBOX17 for 20% off at MUSTELAUSA.com 

Vichy Mineral 89

Vichy Mineral 89

You guys know I love a good skincare product. A majority of my blog before I had Avery was skin care related products. So what this moisturizer does is it protects your skin from pollution, cold weather, stress, etc. It helps boost your skin’s hydration.

Here’s my thoughts on this moisturizer: I like what it does for my skin long term.  I think the texture is not totally my favorite. The moisturizer is like a gel so, initially, when I put it on my skin it feels like it sits on top of it. After rubbing it in completely, I do feel that is has moisturized my skin. I, personally, love silky light-weight lotions since I have pretty dry skin. But I think this moisturizer does a pretty good job. The moisturizer contains Mineralizing Thermal Water with 15 essential minerals in it. This is found at the bottom of French volcanoes. I like that Vichy Mineral 89 does not have colorant, fragrance, paraben, alcohol or silicone. For my dry, sensitive skin it is important to not have fragrances in my skincare products. I have to say I love the bottle this product comes in!

You can purchase Vichy Mineral 89 HERE. Get 20% off and free shipping by using code Babbleboxx. Offer Live: 9/1/2017-11/30/2017 

Land’s End Diaper Bag

Land's End Diaper Bag

I had no idea before I received my BabbleBoxx that Land’s End made diaper bags. I’ve always known they made clothing because my friends love to purchase their clothing but I didn’t know they made other items.

I love the design of this diaper bag. I think its a design that can go with lots of different outfits. I’m a huge purse lover and so it’s no surprise that I also love cute diaper bags. I’ve never loved the stereotypical “mom” diaper bags …you know the ones I’m talking about. I think the fabric of this diaper bag is great. It’s super soft and lightweight. I like that there is handles on this diaper bag as well as a strap that can be attached to your stroller or grocery cart.

You can see more of Land’s End’s diaper bags on their website https://www.landsend.com/

Playtex Nursing Bra

Playtex Nursing Bra

So, I always pumped for my daughter. One word of advice I would give to my pregnant or nursing — even non-nursing friends.. get a comfortable bra. Most bras can be super uncomfortable when your milk comes in or when you’re pregnant. You want a bra that is super soft and versatile. 

It’s pretty funny, I know several moms who still wear nursing bras despite not producing milk. Some nursing bras are just super comfortable. I like that this Playtex nursing bra has no wires. It also extends 2 cup sizes and one band size making it the perfect fit! Very comfortable, in my opinion.

You can check out Playtex’s nursing bras on their website http://www.playtexnursing.com/

What are your baby basics for Fall/Winter?

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Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth + Giveaway

I learned about a great whitening kit from Smile Brilliant through YouTube long ago. I don’t remember who was talking about the kit but they said such great things about it that I purchased my own kit. I had such great results the first few times I used Smile Brilliant, that when they messaged me to try out a whitening kit again, I said “oh yes!”. Long time fan here. 🙂

Smile Brilliant Whitening Tray Mold

So, what I really love about Smile Brilliant’s whitening kit is that they custom make trays for your teeth. I feel like there’s so many kits that are one-size-fits-all and that doesn’t quite work. With Smile Brilliant’s whitening kit, you receive putty and a mould to create a teeth impression. They have detailed instructions and they even give you extra putty, so everything can go flawlessly.

One thing that is great about creating your teeth mould with Smile Brilliant is that you can make it at home. You receive an envelope to ship your mould to their lab for free and within 2 weeks your whitening trays arrive at your house ready to use!

Something that absolutely drew me to Smile Brilliant is that they have gel for teeth sensitivity. My teeth are extremely sensitive to cold and especially to whitening gels. I love that I can use the sensitivity gel and there is no pain and I don’t get sharp random pains through my tooth. I’ve used Crest Whitening Strips in the past and even have done ZOOM Whitening and the discomfort and sensitivity they caused is something I don’t want to experience again.

Whitening is very simple. You can whiten anywhere from an hour to 3 hours. I like to start off slower like 20 minutes when I first whiten, but then I boost the time with the following days. It’s recommended that you whiten every day or every other day for optimal results. You should also use 1/3 of the gel from each syringe to whiten each time. You can use the whitening with veneers, which is awesome! It doesn’t whiten the veneers more than their actual original color, but it does remove surface stains. I have some veneers AND I love coffee and sodas so I think it’s the perfect all-around whitening.

Smile Brilliant Before and After Whitening

I’d absolutely recommend Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening kit to anyone who is looking for professional quality whitening that works. With the ease of using everything at home, you can’t beat that. You receive everything you need in one box and you can also order extra whitening gels or Desensitizing gels online if you need them.

If you’d like to check out Smile Brilliant check out their sites below.

SMILE BRILLIANT WEBSITE | YOUTUBE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

GIVEAWAY! WIN A TEETH WHITENING KIT! OPEN TO USA, UK, AUSTRALIA AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS. SIMPLY CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND ENTER YOUR NAME AND EMAIL:

www.smilebrilliant.com/g/prettyloved

GIVEAWAY ENDS IN ONE WEEK.

ALSO, FOR $20 off trays, use coupon code prettyloved20

*Smile Brilliant sent me this kit free of charge for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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Tooth Whitening Gel

Cradle Plus Pacifier Feeder

Cradle Plus Pacifier Feeders

My daughter is great at feeding herself except she is super messy with certain foods. I found Cradle Plus through Instagram and they have awesome products to help with the mess of meal time.

Cradle Plus Pacifier Feeder Nipples

I’ve been using the Cradle Plus Pacifier Feeder with A when she eats bananas or fruits that are a little harder for her to chew. The feeder has been working wonderfully for her and she loves it!

Cradle Plus Blue and White Pacifier Feeder

Cradle Plus Yellow and Orange Pacifier Feeder

Cradle Plus Green and Blue Pacifier Feeder

So, the kit comes with 3 different handles, 3 different nipples and screw tops to keep the nipples on the handles. You can mix and match the different nipples with each handle.

Cradle Plus Teddy Chain

You also receive a plastic bear chain to attach to the loops on the feeder handles.

Using the pacifier feeder is very simple. I made a few videos for Cradle Plus’s Instagram explaining how to use it. You can click the arrow on the right side of each video to go to the next one :

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I’ve really been liking Cradle Plus’s Pacifier feeders for A. I have tried several different brands and types of feeders  – the mesh ones as well as ones with plastic nipples from Nuby. So far, Cradle Plus’s works the best for my 10 month old. She is able to grip the handle of Cradle Plus’s feeders and hold them herself which I like. The nipples are made of silicone so they’re soft for her to chew on while she’s teething.  She also doesn’t have to squeeze the feeder so she doesn’t end up with a ton of food all over her.

If you’d like to purchase one of Cradle Plus’s Pacifier Feeders for your baby or for someone you know you can check out their social pages below. I’ll have a post about one of their other products soon! 🙂

For a limited time you can get $10 off your order with promo code EMBERSALE!

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE 

*These products were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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