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AMBER TEETHING NECKLACE

No my son is not a girl.

I got that a lot when I put the amber colored teething necklace on Luke. Friends had told me that these necklaces help when your child is first teething, something about the Baltic amber that contains “natural analgesic” called succinic acid. When a baby wears the necklace, his or her body heat then releases this magical chemical from the gem that seep into the skin and helps with inflammation of the gums as well as drooling.

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And truthfully who knows if it really works but I did notice my son was drooling less once he wore it. For approximately $15 on Amazon, I thought why not. And I got a lot of compliments, I think people thought I was a hippie momJ

In the end, it really can’t hurt, so check it out and make sure you get Baltic amber.

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LET YOUR BABY GET CARRIED AWAY – LILLE

For many centuries, mothers have carried their babies in some sort of sling. Not only is this great for moms to be able to have their hands free but really it’s about ultimate bonding time with your baby. When it comes to carriers, for the most part they all serve the same purpose to safely and comfortably carry your little one. Some have more pluses than others but what I learned overall is my son absolutely loved being in the carrier.

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Everyone told me to get the Ergo but it was super expensive so I opted for the cheaper Lille which turned out great. I liked it because it had head support that I could use from newborn age that the Ergo didn’t. While the Ergo looks nicer and neater, the price difference couldn’t really justify me buying an Ergo. The Lille is about $40 cheaper.

I started facing Luke outward pretty early on as he didn’t seem to like being faced in, even at three months. I got the most use out of this when Luke turned 6 months and the weather was warmer. With all the NYC stimulation, when I placed him in it, he laughed and cooed and waived to everyone.   Not only did my son enjoy the carrier but so did New Yorkers. People would stop me in the street and talk to him and it was great. I got some great parenting advice tooJ

I also got some much needed and great exercise. The stroller is always easier but I found the carrier to just be such a great source of stimulation and joy for Luke. I used it up until he was 15 months. Now that he’s walking, he’s not as interested. I know some mothers don’t really use it much but I think it helps your baby to be more social and open, well who knows but we loved it.

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LITTLE BABY BUM

I don’t like promoting too much TV for my son but I do think there are some great TV programs that are educational and creative for your baby to enjoy.

Little Baby Bum is pretty fun.  It has colorful 3-D animations in HD with traditional nursery rhymes as well as some original songs.  Your baby can learn his ABC’s, numbers, colors and even how to brush his teeth and go potty – that one is hilarious.

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Created in 2011 by London born Derek holder and his wife in an effort to design not just your ordinary nursery rhymes but ones that really come to life on the screen.  With oversized heads and eyes and colors that are really bright and rich, your baby is sure to be mesmorized.

I admit, there are times I’m sooooo tired, I just need Luke to be still and chill out, so when I put Little Baby Bum on, he is entrenched and doesn’t take his eyes of the screen.  At 9 months, he now rocks and swings his legs whenever some of the familiar songs he likes comes on.

He always smiles when the Panda character comes on, it’s so cute. about-meetPanda-1

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Unfortunately, LBB is not available on DVD, only on YouTube and if you subscribe, you can avoid all the commercials.

You can also check out Laurie Berkner who has a folksy approach to her songs and sings about pigs being on her head and dinosaurs stomping around the earth.

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There’s also a ton of rock/pop stars who have turned their music into nursery melodies like Cold Play, Madonna and The Beatles.

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If you want your baby to enjoy something fun and educational or let’s be honest, you need a “mommy” break, I recommend Little Baby Bum, it’s like a fun acid trip for your little one:)

 

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COMOTOMO BOTTLE

Bottle, breast, bottle, breast, help my baby is confused!

If you are breastfeeding and supplementing with formula like I did, you probably have experienced the “nipple confusion” that my son Luke experienced. He would get frustrated both on the nipple and with when taking from the bottle. He would pull away or use his hands to grab at my breasts. Many times he would just cry.comotomo-bottle-hero-2160x1200

The lactation experts at NYU told me this is common and is due to the inconsistency of not just the amount of milk coming from either your nipple or whatever bottle you are using but the nipple texture and form itself.

While no product out there will ever measure up and replace your breast, I found the Comotomo to help in having my son be less frustrated with the transition. For about $10.00 (prices vary depending on where you get it), the bottle is unique in that it is created entirely from silicone. It’s ranked third in most innovative baby bottle.

The bottle itself is soft made out of BPA and phthalate-free medical grade silicone so it’s safe to boil. Only con is the measurements are a bit hard to read.

Give it a try, it helped me and my son with the back n forth.