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I was in search of a car seat cover to use when I take my baby with me to the park, beach, outings etc .. Being out and about little babies are sensitive to the sun (some exposure is obviously good) and especially all the dust and bugs flying around.  So what would keep my baby in a nice shade and keep the flies away?? The Babba Cover ofcourse! If you are by the pool with your other kids you can happily know that your baby is safely shaded, spf +5o fabric protected and fly free buzzing free.  The Babba Cover is simple, functional and has a window with a flap for easy access and front view of your baby and with the mesh net on the sides your baby still has sight of whats happening around him.  The covers are also available in seasonal fabrics.

You can purchase Babba Covers and search their range here or search on amazon.

Here is a product I found when I had my second baby an she loved it! Looking forward to wearing it again this time round. Babies love to grab and chew on your jewelry and here is a genius idea by a mompreneur!
Teething Bling® is the original teething jewelry. Made from the same FDA-approved material as most teething toys, our pendants and bangles look great on the adult wearer but are safe for curious babies to handle and chew.”
Their products are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure.

There is nothing I LOVE more than finding an AMAZING product!! New born babies have the tendency to have stuffy noses and since this is my 3rd baby I have tried all sorts of nose aspirators of all shapes and sizes and frankly nothing compares to the snotsucker by NoseFrida.  It may come across a little gross but its not and is very simple and easy to use and very very effective!! I came across this product on amazon and really wish it mentioned the need to buy the separate extra filters.  I just got back from Dubai and was raving about this product to all the new mums there.  My sister in law found that DubaiBabies the store sell it and sell the filters too… YAY I got to stock up!!!

All you mums out there with stuffy babies you will be thanking me everytime you use it!! Turns out Victoria Beckham is  fan too .. You can never be too posh to suck out snot! hehehe sorry couldnt help myself 😉

 

 

 

 There are loads of the things that are on a mums to buy list one of them may be a pacifier/dummy.  I am not a fan of paci’s per say but I needed one with my second born as she was such a sucker baby that I needed to give her something to satisfy her sucking needs other than being attached to me.  It worked well. She was happy and I was happy.  It much later struck me when I became aware of BPA’s etc that she has the paci in her mouth sucking away- what’s the plastic made of? what chemicals go into it? this doesn’t seem like such a great idea after all.  When I got pregnant later I had no intention on introducing the paci as I realized the stuff that goes into it and didn’t see or find a natural alternative (other than me) until I came across this brand, Natursutten!

These pacifiers are made from pure natural rubber from the tree Hevea brasiliensis. Which literally means it has zero of the nasty toxic stuff in it. “NATURSUTTEN pacifiers are softer than silicone, and are very hygienic because they are molded in one piece without joints or cracks where dirt and bacteria can accumulate.”

So this is the paci I have opted for incase baby no.3 turns out to be a sucker too 😉

You can purchase these paci’s online just google the name. I got mine from this great website, click here.  It is also available at Just Kidding in Dubai.

Which shape of Pacifier should I choose?

Natusutten pacifiers are helpful in satisfying the need of self-soothing through suction and in preventing possible negative effects on teeth and palate formation created by a baby’s thumb sucking. The ‘Cherry’ design works better for breast-fed babies, because the tongue is positioned under the pacifier as it is during breast-feeding, helping prevent nipple confusion. With the orthodontic design, a slant on the tip of the pacifier encourages tongue movement against it (as opposed to under it), and the tongue’s pressure is directed towards the tip. About 80% of babies have a habit of moving the pacifiers around in their mouths which is why midwives advise to start them on the rounded pacifier. Natursutten makes the ‘Cherry’ pacifier in four different sizes, to grow with the baby. For babies, who are already used to the orthodontic shape with the slanted tip, Natursutten offers this pacifier in two different sizes.

Making the Natursutten Pacifiers

Natursutten very proudly manufacture their own pacifiers. This means that Natursutten have a direct influence on production methods & ingredients. Natursutten use rubber from a fair trade plantation and the pacifiers are made in Italy by a small third generation family run ‘baby product manufacturer’ with very proud traditions. It takes 40 days for a Natursutten to go from fluid rubber sap to the finished product, going through over 30 steps, many of these done by hand. Because Natursutten’s are manufactured in Europe under they are subject to stingent European safety standards (unlike some other brands of rubber pacifiers which are made in Asia). They are made using a ‘dripping’ technique which is a very thorough production method that uses natural rubber directly from fluid sap. The pacifiers come beautifully presented in eco friendly packaging.

 

If you follow my blog you would know by now how I am a huge FAN of homeopathy! This kit was recommended to me by a friend. I just wish I knew about it sooner since it’s great to have right from the start of your pregnancy to help with all sorts of symptoms.  The kit contains remedies for pregnancy, pre labor, during labor and post labor.  I used this kit in my last trimester since I only receieved it then and used it for different symptoms such as nerve pain, feeling despair, contractions, for stitches, for healing, swelling  and a whole lot more! I don’t know what I would have done without it. I really recommend everyone to get this whether you are having a natural birth or cesarian, because I truly feel it helps with post labor healing! The remedies are in 200c potencies and are not exclusive to just childbirth but have been put together as a kit for it.  Therefore these remedies can be used for other treatment and symptoms too.

If you are interested in homeopathy, I blogged a while a go about a great kit that comes with a book to help you treat different symptoms and illnesses.  Click here to read more on that and here is another post on homeopathy and your kids.

You can purchase this kit here.

ONE WORLD BIRTH is a unique FREE video website launching 1st Sept featuring evidence-based information and opinions from the world’s leading birth experts including:

Ina May Gaskin, Sheila Kitzinger, Michel Odent, Elizabeth Davis, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Cathy Warwick (RCM), Mary Newburn (NCT), Marilyn Curl (Lamaze International), Dr Sarah Buckley, Professor Soo Downe, Professor Lesley Page, Professor Cecily Begley, Professor Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, Professor Ngai Fen Cheung, Associate Professor Denis Walsh and lots more leading midwives, academics, obstetricians, authors, doulas, birth educators and birth warriors around the world.

Here is a short video about the ONE WORLD BIRTH project and how together we can help change the world!.

Come join us and help empower ALL women to have better births. The website launches Thurs 1 Sept: http://oneworldbirth.net

 

You may have heard that Missoni is collaborating with TARGET to produce over 400 pieces of Missoni items ranging from women’s, kids, and men’s clothing, and bedding and dinnerware for the home.

Here are a few of my faves from the lookbook which can be worn with jeans to modestify the look for us girlies who cover! I am loving these pieces. The look is very Missoni with its famous zigzag stripes and mod vibe 60’s feel.

The collection hits stores and online September 13 and will be there until October 22. Be sure to grab your picks fast because I am sure it will sell like hot cakes!!

Anyone who knows me knows I have said this soo many times!! School is a cookie cutter educational system which caters for the masses-everyone is expected to learn the same way or else they get labeled by the school system as not smart, weak in concentration, fidgety and not to mention all the other fancy labels such as ADHD, dyslexic and much more! The website and the videos below explain so much and should open up people’s minds that there are other ways of learning far more beneficial.

Born to learn is a fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn.

“Your brain is the planet’s most powerful learning machine. But our current systems of education aren’t doing enough to unlock our true potential. This is what Born to Learn is all about.”

I am always on the look out for natural remedies and when I came across this one I knew this information just had to be shared word for word.

Below is the exact post from the website www.drmomma.org so I do not take credit for the writing, but I hope you find what she has to say as useful as I did.

The Article:

I’ve recently received a number of inquiries from mothers with concerns related to breastfeeding or c-section healing who may benefit from Castor oil pack therapy. I have used Castor oil pack therapy myself to aid in healing from surgery and when, after 7 months of exclusive breastfeeding and during a time of high stress, I developed a deep and throbbing pain in one breast which lasted for several days. After starting with Castor oil packs, the pain was alleviated quickly and did not return.

Castor oil pack therapy has been used by humans for as long as we have recorded human history. It was seen as the most healing of agents in antiquity. So much, in fact, that ancient Romans came to call the Castor seed plant thePalma Christi, or “the hand of Christ.” Castor oil was viewed as the all-healing agent — almost divine in nature. Whether or not you are one to practice homeopathic or other natural remedies in the 21st century, the results obtained from Castor oil pack therapy typically speak for themselves – even among critics.

Castor oil is extracted from the seed of the Castor oil plant, whose botanical name is ricinus communis. And while it was Edgar Cayce who made Castor oil well known throughout the U.S. in the 20th century, it has a long history of use as a healing agent around the world. The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine published findings that Castor bean seeds, believed to be 4,000 years old, were found in many Egyptian tombs. Historical documents reveal the medicinal use of Castor oil in India, Africa, Greece, Rome, Egypt (for eye infections), China (for induction of childbirth and expulsion of the placenta), Persia (for epilepsy), Southern Europe, and the Americas.

Today Castor oil pack therapy remains an effective source of relief for a number of maladies. It is used for everything: general aches and pains, colds, flu, sciatica, eye infections, c-section healing, mastitis, arthritis, ulcers, and to decrease soreness/irritation/inflammation of almost any body organ – breasts, nipples, fingers, throats, abdomen, uterine cramping, etc. Castor oil pack therapy has been used to increase milk production among lactating women, and it is occasionally used to quickly and effectively heal the umbilicus of newborns, and is regularly used to stop hormone-related hair loss.

Castor oil pack therapy has also been used in the clinical setting for liver and gallbladder complications, abscesses, headaches, appendicitis, epilepsy, hemorrhoids, constipation, intestinal obstructions, hyperactivity, as well as in cases where pregnant women are at high risk of miscarriage.

Women have benefited from Castor oil pack therapy when used to avert breastfeeding issues (such as mastitis, clogged ducts, and general soreness/inflammation), and also to heal from birth (especially beneficial in cases of cesarean section or other healing from surgery). Castor oil has been used to treat ovarian cysts, fibroids, and heavy menstrual cycles.

Dr. Harold J. Reilly (2008) worked with Castor oil pack therapy for 45 years and told of one of his patients who’d been dealing with especially heavy menstrual cycles for 13 years. By the time this woman came to see Reilly, her problem was threatening her career as an opera singer, and had already impacted her home life as a mother and wife. Four leading gynecologists who reviewed her case all recommended surgery – ranging from D&C to total hysterectomy. Instead of surgery, Dr. Reilly put her on a regimen which included castor oil packs four days a week. This woman soon reported, “After the first two nights of the Castor oil packs, the spotting stopped, and this was remarkable, because it was just after my menstrual period, and usually that went on and on. By the end of the week, I sang in a concert and felt fine.”


Directions for Use

1) Always use a high-quality, cold-pressed Castor oil, available in health food stores.

2) Use a cotton or wool flannel cloth that is folded to the correct size (for the location you are using the pack on) and is several layers thick when folded.

3) Pour Castor oil into a pan and soak the cloth in the oil.

4) Wring out the cloth so that it remains wet, but not dripping.

5) Apply the cloth to the area which needs treatment.

6) Cover with plastic (saran wrap or even plastic bags cut open work great) and then apply heat if desired (a hot cloth, heat pack, etc.) to increase penetration of Castor oil. Do not use heat if there is already open infection at the site.

7) If you are resting on a bed or couch, towels can be put down to protect the surface you are relaxing on.

8) After the pack is in place, you can wrap a large towel around the body (if using on the abdomen or breast) or a smaller towel (if using on the throat/head). An ace bandage can be used to hold the pack in place on the arm or leg.

9) The pack should remain in place for 60-90 minutes. So r-e-l-a-x. Breath deep. Listen to soothing music. Meditate. Pray. Watch a feel-good movie. Read a book. Whatever helps you stay calm and just let go of your worries for the hour.

10) After 60-90 minutes, the skin should be cleansed with a baking soda solution: 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 pint water. You can wipe this over the area you treated in the shower (if desired) and shower off.

11) The flannel pack can be re-used several times. Do NOT throw it away. Put it into a ziplock baggie for future uses. It does not need to be rinsed or cleaned. The Castor oil soaked into it is fine to leave as is. Next time, soak again before starting.

12) Repeat these steps daily, or for 4 consecutive days per week (4 days on, 3 days off), until results are obtained.

References

The Oil That Heals (1994) by William McGarey

The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy (2008) by Harold J. Reilley and Ruth Hagy

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years (1985) by Susun S. Weed

This is a slightly older video (with explanation and demonstration). Castor oil pack therapy need not be this cumbersome (you don’t need safety pins, plastic sheets, etc.) but the video will give you another take on the whole process.

 

A friend of mine who just had her baby naturally after two cesarian births swore about drinking herbal teas to prepare your body for birthing.  With pregnancy you have to be careful of the types of herbal teas you drink and make sure it is suitable for the trimester you are in (such as raspberry tea life can trigger labour and should only be taken in the last trimester etc..).  You can buy the herbs in bulk and if you have the ingredients prepare your own tea, or you can buy them in tea bag forms.

I came across a great site called Mum Stuff that sell lots of great stuff from pregnancy and beyond.  They have a section where they sell herbal teas and the ones I purchased since I am now in my third trimester are; Organic Third Trimester Tea, Organic Milkmaid Tea and Raspberry Leaf Tea. The benefits of each are listed below each packet. I am looking forward to trying them out.

“Heavenly Brew” as recommended by Pregnancy and Birth Magazine February 2006!

Third Trimester Tea is a blend of organic herbs that helps provide vital vitamins and minerals, benefiting you, your uterus and your breasts during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Uterine tonic herbs like partridge berry and red raspberry leaf have long been used to prepare women for an easier childbirth. It’s also packed with vitamin and mineral-rich herbs such as stinging nettles, alfalfa and oat straw.

Raspberry Leaf has healing and preventative properties which are said to tone the uterus, and improve contractions to facilitate childbirth. Raspberry leaf is also an astringent herb rich in vitamins and minerals important for pregnant women, among them vitamins C, E, A and B complex, and the minerals calcium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium and iron. (Source: Earth Mama Angel Baby).

This tea is intended for use in the third trimester.

Earth Mama Angel Baby’s famous Milkmaid Tea now in easy to use teabags! The organic herbs such as fennel seed, red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle and fenugreek in Milkmaid Tea have long been credited with safely inducing lactation by stimulating breast milk supply for breastfeeding mums. It’s delicious both iced and hot.
There’s more…many of the herbs in this delicious tea also contain vitamins and minerals and are a soothing digestive aid for both breastfeedingmum and her nursing baby.

100% Organic Ingredients: Fenugreek Seed, Fennel Seed, Red Raspberry Leaf, Orange Peel, Nettle Leaf, Spearmint Leaf, Anise Seed, Caraway Seed, Alfalfa Leaf.

Certified organic and certified kosher by EarthKosher.

A fragrant blend of raspberry leaf, natural flavour and real apple pieces combine to make this delicious tea, traditionally valued for its benefits to women in the late stages of pregnancy (from 35 weeks onwards). This Raspberry Leaf Tea is naturally caffeine free.

Raspberry Leaf has healing and preventative properties which are said to tone the uterus, and improve contractions to facilitate childbirth. Raspberry leaf is also an astringent herb rich in vitamins and minerals important for pregnant women, among them vitamins C, E, A and B complex, and the minerals calcium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium and iron. (Source: Earth Mama Angel Baby)

This product should be avoided by those in the early stages of pregnancy.
Each serving delivers 1.0g of Raspberry Leaf. Recommended maximum intake: 3 cups of raspberry leaf tea per day.

Ingredients: Raspberry Leaves, Hibiscus, Blackberry Leaves, Natural Raspberry flavour, Tartric Acid, Rosehips, Raspberries, Apple Pomace.

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