Kids Backpacks; My Very Strong Opinions on Them

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

I need to let you know that Whitney and I are on opposite sides of this kids backpacks debate. She likes to let her children pick their own backpacks and make them happy. Buying one each year or two is a victory in her family. That’s all well and good, but my vision of success is that my child own one backpack forever! And I do mean that he gets married and brings his kindergarten backpack on his honeymoon. If you’re down with my ridiculous philosophy, keep reading.

My Very Strong Opinions About Kids’ Backpacks

Back to school shopping. Ugh. As I walk through Target and see the many character-themed backpacks trying to leap into my shopping cart, I remember why I must make this journey alone. Back-to-school shopping is no place for kids. Alluring as my sons might find these school bags, they will never come home with us.

I insist on purchasing high-quality backpacks only.

Lands’ End, Eastpak, Pottery Barn, L.L. Bean, JanSport, REI, I’m looking at you. Buying a sturdy backpack means two important things:

  1. It will last longer.
  2. But if it doesn’t, it will be repaired or replaced for the lifetime of the backpack. As in, never buy another backpack again!!

So the $30 to $50 you spend on a good strong pack will more than makeup for the annual purchase of a $20 crappy-zipper, break-before-the-year-is-out school bag. Though my cheap gene shudders at paying nearly $60 for a kid’s backpack, I know it will withstand many years worth of aggressive treatment.

My kids are going into first, fifth, and seventh grades this year and their backpacks have stood the test of time. That’s it. For real. Let me tell you the specifics and break down my recommendations.

Sounds too boring? Of course, kids should be kids. Though I might want to borrow my kiddo’s solid color backpack, his buddies shouldn’t know his mama makes him suffer. If your child still wants to personalize, there are many ways to make a plain pack seem more childlike: LEGO keychains, silly zipper pulls, labels and stickers (now with emojis!), free printable star wars tags, or all of the above. Homemade lanyard and some dog tags and we’re good to go! I have been delighted that this method completely satisfies them.

Alright, with that out of the way, here are a few picks of high-quality backpacks (that I hope do not fall victim to the blogging curse of breaking because I said nice things about them).

Best Kids Backpacks

Best Pottery Barn Kids Backpacks

Check out the Mackenzie Backpack from the kid’s line. This little gem can be purchased based on the size of your little kiddo, ranging from sizes pre-k to large. In addition, your child’s name can be sewn into the front of the backpack, assuring it won’t be mistaken by another child’s as their own. Plus… how cool would it be for them to show off their very own PB kids backpack that’s 100% personalized to them? Check All of their awesome Kids & Toddler backpacks out here!

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PB’s Mackenzie Aqua Unicorn Backpack

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PB’s Mackenzie Blue Skateboard Camo Laptop Backpack

PB’s Mackenzie Navy Solid Glow-in-the-Dark Backpack

Pottery Barn Teen Backpacks 

These are by far the most decorative backpacks my kids have because, well, they are both stylish and surprisingly quite durable as they are meant for teens. I did not believe it at first but the sales rep convinced me and I do have to say, they last pretty well. I lean towards the PBteen line as they seem more durable and wearable long past childhood. It is also pretty cool that you can add a personalized touch by getting their initial or name embroidered. You can check these all out online or at your nearest Pottery Barn store. 

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PB’s Gear Up Navy Deco Medallion Backpack

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PB’s Gear-Up Supernova Backpack

School Gear

PB’s Gear-Up Yellow Neon Circuit Backpack

 

Sport BackPacks

If your kids are like mine, they are addicted to all things sports. I have found that some brands build some pretty weak backpacks but the one that is consistently a solid backpack is Adidas. We love this Adidas Classic 3s Plus Backpack. My son has had it for 3 years now.  Check it out here!

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Adidas Backpack

Lands’ End Kids Backpacks

We had a Lands End Featherlight for five years before the water bottle mesh started fraying after being dragged along the sidewalk every day. I should’ve kept it because now they’ve discontinued one of my all-time faves! Lands’ End accepted it as a return and replaced it for the full value I paid. The replacement ClassMates pack is $44 to $54 depending on colors, patterns, monograms. Machine washable. We have it and love it dearly, I even sprung for the monogram. Check out all their backpacks here!

The Handled Canvas Backpack is one of my current favorites. I can see my kids carrying it for years, and it is one option that I might just have to borrow from them on occasion! Check it out here.Kids Backpack

My kids modeled some of the newer styles, like the Classmate Medium and Classmate Rolling. We really loved both the prints and the durability. I was surprised by how much my daughter enjoyed the rolling option! 

Lands End Backpack

JanSport Packs

These popular kids backpacks are available on Amazon in different sizes and a gazillion colors. The Classic SuperBreak is good for your grade-schooler, while I’d suggest a Half Pint for your preschooler. They both range from about $20 to $40 depending on which color combo you choose. If I could steer you gently toward a darker color to hide the dirt, I would do that, but I feel like I’ve already been so bossy by making you put down the unicorn bag with monogram and glitter and the cool cats print. The JanSport comes in so many colors and patterns, all I ask is you consider how long each option will last! 

Splatter Dot Jansport

If you’ve got a big kid and schooling has started to get more serious, I would suggest the Big Student Classic Pack. It is the perfect size for 5th graders and above and allows for optimal organization. Check out current prices here!

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If you have a top-notch Jansport with a broken zipper floating around your house from childhood, you should see if the good folks will fix it for you. Check out the Lifetime Warranty policy they have here! My husband had his old high school backpack shipped off to “camp” for zipper repair and now it’s good as new. More than 20 years later!

LL Bean Kids Backpacks

Jump into the world of quality packs from LL Bean. Check out all of their designs and current pricing here! In a similar class to Jansport, I bring you the LL Bean Deluxe Book Pack. It might just be the only backpack you ever need to buy because it has a large capacity but is still nice and lightweight. Some styles are on sale for about $39, but they usually run about $49. Every year there are fresh fabrics to choose from. This year, I’m leaning toward this fresh mint with a grey trim.

Book Pack

LL Bean Rolling Backpack Options

In addition to their already wonderful, lightweight backpacks, LL Bean has the option of a rolling backpack. If your child prefers to pull along their books and goodies, this may be just the option to choose. Here is the current pricing!

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The North Face Kids Backpack Options

Sorry, North Face, you’re a great brand but your kids’ backpack selection looks to be a bunch of rip-offs with the possible exception of the Mini Berkeley, which runs about$40. I do really love this Taupe Green color! Whitney might steer you to the little Sprout bag, but that is because she believes that kindergartners and preschoolers need adorable small backpacks.

North Face Mini Berkeley

North Face Mini Berkeley backpack seems to balance quality and price.

REI Backpacks

Holden picked an REI Big School Backpack for 2nd grade because he liked all the extra pouches. After four years, it still looks nearly new. It would have completed his 6th-grade year with a few extra key chains and patches, but it finally was deemed too small. Despite the fun colors and patterns, the big school backpack seems to have been discontinued, which is total bullshit. Faced with today’s overpriced options at REI ($149?! F that!), I would encourage you to browse REI-outlet.com for close-out deals. It’s worth browsing because if you can find a deal they are truly great kid’s backpacks. If you are willing to spend the big bucks, the REI Co-Op Workload Pack is a wonderful backpack. Your kiddo will be able to carry it comfortably and it has tons of pockets. Buy yours here! 

Kids Backpack

I suspect you will get your money’s worth for about $40 to $60 at REI. Holden used his REI backpack for first grade with great success; it easily fit his folder and lunchbox. The only problem was that the whistle fell off (I suspect user error), and this is where I reaffirmed my very strong opinions. REI attempted to repair this backpack free of charge. When they couldn’t, they offered to return or exchange it. That’s what I’m talking about. Thank you!!

Going rogue with your kid’s backpack? 

Some of you cannot be convinced by my strong opinions. I implore you to test the hell out of the zippers when you choose a backpack and here’s how:

  1. Pretend you’re drunk — or actually get drunk — and zip and unzip until you lose count.
  2. Put your stuff in the bag and then walk around with it half-zipped to see if the zipper gives out the rest of the way or secures your load.
  3. Ask your BFF to wear the bag and then try to climb on his/her back. Claw at the zipper. I’ve been led to believe that’s how backpacks get treated on the playground.

 

Lunchpails

I couldn’t leave you hanging with just the best kid’s backpack options. Of course, I had to include some of my favorite lunchbox options. Just like with backpacks, I think it is super important to find long-lasting lunchboxes that really get the job done. 

ECOlunchbox- 

If you are looking for an eco-conscious option ECOlunchboxes are fantastic. My daughter loves her Furoshiki ECOsnacksack Kit, and though this option has been discontinued they have other kid-friendly lunchboxes we adore. The Furoshiki ECOlunchwrap Kit is very similar to what my daughter has, and includes the bamboo spork she raves about. BONUS- you do your part to help protect the planet by reducing waste while saving cash on Ziploc baggies!

Eco Friendly Kids Gear

OshKosh/ SkipHop-

This year OshKosh B’gosh partnered with SkipHop to create an adorable line of backpacks and coordinating lunchboxes. My 4-year-old was all about matching so we opted for these and are pleased with the quality. The added zippered pouch on the front is nice and we like the mesh pouches inside too. Learn more about these over on my Global Munchkins blog. I’ve got some great back to school tips over there as well!

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Sterilizing Baby Bottles [Top 5 Best Bottle Sterilizers!]

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

A bottle sterilizer may seem like a frivolous gift to add to a baby shower registry, but newborns can definitely benefit from using a bottle sterilizer. They make it easier to sanitize bottles, bottle nipples, toys, and anything the baby may put into their mouth. Household germs and those from people around the baby can be harmful to little ones with weaker immune systems. This is especially true for premature babies, babies less than 3 months old, or babies who have been recently sick.

The best bottle sterilizers use steam to treat baby items. Some families choose to use the dishwasher, microwave, or hot soapy water to clean items. However, using a sterilizer will kill bacteria and keep everything safe for newborns. 

Bottle Sterilizer Basics

There’s a difference between a clean bottle and a sterilized bottle. It is important to understand this so that you can make the right choice for you and your family! 

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Why Choose a Sterilizer Over Other Methods?

Using hot soapy water can clean bottles, but it isn’t a guaranteed way to kill germs and bacteria.

The dishwasher is another alternative as it uses hotter water for a longer time to clean bottles. Keep in mind, it also isn’t guaranteed to kill all germs that the baby can find tough to fight off. Without a bottle sterilizer, you can still sterilize bottles by placing them in boiling water for five minutes. Another method is to use the dishwasher if it has a sanitize cycle.

I actually think it’s more convenient to use a bottle sterilizer than running the dishwasher or using a pot of water. A bottle sterilizer is a countertop device that you place bottles, bottle parts, pacifiers, and other small items inside. You can even put your breast pump parts in the sterilizer! Then you just run the cycle which treats the items with steam killing all germs and bacteria.

Types of Bottle Sterilizers

Most bottle sterilizers use electric steam to sanitize but there are also microwave steam sterilizers that you can use in the microwave. The last type of bottle sterilizer uses UV light which uses light to kill germs, just like they use in hospitals and dentist offices. This method is great because it reduces the mess steam sterilizers can create.

There are a variety of bottle sterilizers on the market, which can make it difficult to choose. When selecting your sterilizer consider how many bottles you’ll want to clean at once, how much counter space you have, and if it would be easier to have an all-in-one device that dries and stores, or a simple unit that fits in the microwave when you need things cleaned.

 

Best 5 Bottle Sterilizers

Electric Sterilizers

1: Papablic Baby Bottle Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer

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This is a great all-in-one bottle sterilizer because it sterilizes with high heated steam, dries your items, and is a great rectangular size to keep clean bottles stored in right on the counter. It’s also a great item for families with a newborn because it can sterilize breast pump items, bottle pieces, and pacifiers, almost like a tiny dishwasher for your baby items. In addition to these great features, it also has one dial with simple settings. There is no real need for instructions, simply place your items in, set it, and go about your day.

 

2: Gourmia Jr. Baby Bottle Sanitizer and Bottle Warmer

Electric sterilizers are also a good choice because they often have more than one function. As in the previous electric sterilizer that dried the items as well as cleaning, this sterilizer also has a bottle warmer. The sterilizer compartment can hold 6 bottles at once, or four bottles with the accessory tray for toys and pacifiers. The bottle warmer has several functions to warm slowly or quickly, and with everything in one unit it saves counter space. This is a great all around bottle sterilizer because of its design, function, and quality.

 

Microwave Sterilizers

3: Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

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Microwave sterilizers are a good option for something simple and easy to use, without needing a separate appliance. They all have a similar design, a clear dome top with a tray for holding the bottles and the water. This one by Philips holds four bottles at once, either standard neck or wide neck. Items can be sterilized in as little as two minutes and are considered sterile for up to 24 hours if you don’t open the lid after sterilizing. Families often use this as a quick travel option for sterilizing on the go.

 

4: Dr. Brown’s Steam Sterilizer

Another great microwave sterilizer is this one by Dr. Brown. It has a simple design and fits four Dr. Brown bottles, but is compatible with other brands. The tray steams the bottles and is also useful for small objects like pacifiers. This specific sterilizer comes with a set of plastic tongs and is a solid, simple, microwave option. Microwave sterilizers are also a good beginner sterilizer, as their price point and design make it easy to navigate bottle sterilization for first-time parents.

 

UV Sterilizers

5: Wabi Baby Touch Panel Function UV Sterilizer and Dryer

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UV bottle sterilizers are a bit more expensive, as they’re more high-tech than the steam sterilizers on this list. The most recommended UV sterilizer is this one by Wabi Baby. The unit sterilizes, dries, and stores bottles which is great for counter space and keeping track of which bottles have been washed and are ready for use. The simple square design and touchscreen buttons give this a futuristic look. Choosing a UV sterilizer could be a good option for the family overall, as this unit can be used to sterilize pretty much anything, which makes it useful beyond bottles to clean cups, toys, and even devices like cell phones.

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How to Choose the Best Twin Carrier [4 of Our Faves!]

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A baby carrier is a necessity for many parents as it’s an awesome way to bond with your baby that lets you skip the stroller and tend to your child with your hands-free. If you are expecting twins, you might be wondering what about me? While baby carriers, from slings to traditional Ergos are readily available for single babies, it can be a bit more tricky to find something suitable for twins. Luckily, there are several twin baby carriers on the market right now. They offer all the convenience and appeal of a single baby carrier but cater to both babies at once. They also make it a little easier for one parent to carry, tend to, and bond with twins at the same time.

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What is a Twin Baby Carrier?

Twin baby carriers use the same principle and technology as single carriers. The only difference is that they allow one person to carry both children at once. The most common setups are with one carrier in the front and one in the back. Think; adult sandwich. Some carriers allow both children to be carried on your sides. This position kind of mimics holding and carrying both children at once in your arms, but with the added support of the carrier. Other carriers on the market allow the carrier to be used in tandem, and separately so parents can carry one child at a time. This is a great feature to keep your eye out for!

 

Must-haves:

  • Carry both babies at once: this seems obvious but many carriers are marketed as a “two pack” and not for carrying both babies at one time on one person. If you ever want to do anything hands-free with two babies, this is a must.
  • Easy to use and wear: managing a baby carrier with one baby is tricky as it is. So, a twin baby carrier must be easy to wear, get on and off, and configure with one arm.
  • Comfortable: baby carriers are getting better at distributing weight, but this is especially important when carrying both babies at once. You’ll want a carrier that can handle two babies, without hurting your back, shoulders, or arms.
  • Flexible: many twin baby carriers can carry both at once or be used as individual carriers. This is a must-have so parents can carry one baby at a time, or handle both at once if needed.
  • Safe for both babies: you’ll want a carrier that supports each child appropriately and takes their hips, spine, and weight into consideration. If it isn’t comfortable and safe for baby, it won’t be the right carrier for anyone.

 

The Best Twin Carriers on the Market Right Now

1: TwinGo Carrier Air

This is the ideal twin baby carrier, designed by a mother of twins! She wanted to be able to soothe both children at once, over having to choose which baby to carry. You will wear this twin carrier with one child on the front and one child on the back. This positioning makes it easier to have hands-free time while also connecting with both babies at once. Each carrier takes the baby’s safety and support into consideration with an ergonomic design and breathable fabric.

In addition to wearing both babies at once, each carrier can be worn solo. This allows both parents to carry a child for one on one bonding time. The sleep hood accessory supports the baby’s head gently to make it easier for sleeping. It also doubles as a sun shield. There are three models of the TwinGo Carrier. The original which has a larger pocket for carrying items, a Lite model which has the pocket removed, and the Air model which has a zipper to reveal a mesh panel for air flow.

2: Malishastik Twin Baby Carrier

If you’ve tried to carry both twins at once you know it’s a handful. This twin baby carrier situates one child on each hip so you can tend to them and carry them with added support. Most baby carriers you wear like a backpack, but this carrier is more like a harness that allows you to hold both babies on your sides. This carrier is also different from other twin carriers in that it is all one piece and doesn’t separate to allow for single baby carrying. It doesn’t have any different configurations, only one baby on each hip. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you enjoy the hip configuration, though! The Malishastik twin baby carrier comes in a wide range of colors from standard neutrals to those with a bit more color.

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3: Twingaroo Twin Carrier

Another great baby carrier for twins is this Twingaroo. You can use this twin carrier harness with one or two babies, either as a front wearing carrier with a backpack rear or with both babies, one in the front and one in the back. The backpack style straps are well-padded for comfort. Also, the rear carrier has a backpack style look which makes it easy to carry gear, snacks, and other necessities. There’s also a front pouch for little things like keys and phones. This is great for twin parents as it carries both children and works as a diaper bag, with everything on hand and still hands-free.

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4: Baby Tula Ring Sling (You’ll Need 2 of them!)

If you like the idea of a sling carrier, there is a little trick to make this work with twins. You can simply get two ring slings and put them on opposite sides. You will use the ring sling just as you would with a single baby (x2!). Many moms love the sling because of the closeness it provides with their baby being snuggled right up against them. Check out this video to guide you on how to put the slings on and get the babies in. I would try to explain it to you, but it makes a whole lot more sense when you just see it!

Pictured is a single carrier

 

 

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Fenugreek and Breastfeeding; Does it Work & Is it Safe?

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

Fenugreek and breastfeeding; these are probably two words you will hear side by side often during your breastfeeding journey. Many moms struggle with low supply. It can be frustrating trying to nurse a baby or to pump an adequate amount when you aren’t producing enough. Fenugreek has long been touted as a natural way to increase milk supply. Fenugreek is a herb that is considered a galactagogue, something that increases breastmilk production. It has been in use for centuries even though modern studies produce varying results.

If fenugreek does not sound like the solution for you or if you want to double up on methods, you can also try power pumping! 

 

What is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek is a plant with small whitish flowers and your typical green leaves. It also produces small tan fenugreek seeds within its pods.

Indian and Asian cuisine, as well as Chinese Medicine, all use Fenugreek. The flavor, when added to dishes, resembles maple syrup. Interestingly enough, mothers who take Fenugreek supplements will also smell of sweet syrup.

Rather recently, Americans have started ingesting it for its many health benefits. Fenugreek can boost testosterone, help control blood sugar in diabetics, and is a galactagogue.

Breastfeeding mothers who take fenugreek pills or drink fenugreek tea often do so hoping it will increase their milk supply. The results are mixed. Some studies show that its role in milk production may be more psychological than physical.

A few moms will notice an increase almost immediately, within the first two to three days, others may have to wait a week or two, and still, some never see an increase. You can use Fenugreek until adequate supply levels resume or long-term.

 

Is Fenugreek Safe When Breastfeeding?

Fenugreek is a safe substance to consume while breastfeeding. As they use it to flavor artificial maple syrup and you can find it in many cuisines, fenugreek is pretty harmless.

However, it does interact with some medications such as insulin and anticoagulants, so check with your doctor prior to taking it in any form. Take Fenugreek with caution if you suffer from asthma or diabetes.

Fenugreek is in the same genus as peanuts so use care if you have a peanut allergy or have had prior negative reactions to peanuts.

Possible Side Effects

Fenugreek regimens come with a few side effects. Some moms experience intestinal upset. Fenugreek has been associated with diarrhea, upset stomach, and nausea in breastfeeding mothers. These side effects may not only be present in you but in your baby as fenugreek passes through breastmilk.

Fortunately, in most cases, a reduction in the amount of fenugreek or complete cessation provides symptom relief.

 

Fenugreek and Breastfeeding; Do I Need It?

Determining if you need a galactagogue can be difficult. Most moms assume that they need fenugreek when this isn’t always the case.

If your baby is meeting weight goals set by your pediatrician while exclusively nursing, then your milk supply is probably fine. If your baby is not gaining weight, then you should meet with your child’s doctor or lactation consultant.

There are a few methods and factors that are not good indicators of milk supply. Often, supply levels change with your hormones during your monthly cycle.

Babies can go through cycles as well, and the frequency and duration of nursing rarely indicate supply. They may be having a growth spurt or just experiencing a particularly fussy phase. A baby that is nursing more frequently, fussing at the breast, or seems to drink slowly does not always mean your supply has dropped.

Finally, the feel of your breasts or the sensation of a letdown, or lack thereof, are also not good indicators of the milk supply level.

If you are pumping and not producing enough, or if your doctor has recommended trying to increase your supply, then you can consider fenugreek.

 

How to Use Fenugreek

Fenugreek comes in capsules, powdered form, seeds, or as a tea. The product you purchase should come with a dosing chart. In most cases, once you experience an increase in milk supply, it is safe to stop consuming fenugreek with no negative effects.

It is best to use Fenugreek in conjunction with other supply increasing techniques. This includes nursing frequently and on demand, reducing the use of pacifiers and/or bottles, and adding in pumping either directly after baby nurses or in between feedings. The removal of milk from the breasts signals to your body it needs to produce more.

Start off slowly by taking fenugreek and using supply increase methods. It is easy to go from having too little milk to having too much. Engorgement can return if you overdo it with your breastmilk production efforts.

 

Best Brands of Fenugreek

You can take fenugreek either in its pure form or blended with other herbs classified as galactagogues. Breastfeeding moms most commonly take fenugreek in the blended form, but if you would like fenugreek in the pure form we have provided you some of those options as well. 

Pure Fenugreek

Pure fenugreek is often marketed towards the general population and may not target nursing moms directly.

Nutrigold Fenugreek GOLD – a top-rated, gluten-free, GMO-free, organic product produced in the USA

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Nature’s Way Fenugreek – available at most supermarkets and free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

Solaray Organic Fenugreek – organically grown and 100% vegetarian, produced without fillers.

 

Fenugreek Blends for Breastfeeding Moms

Fenugreek blends are typically created just for nursing moms. They include a variety of supply increasing herbs along with fenugreek and may even have additions like probiotics.

Pink Stork True Milk – this blend contains fenugreek as well as blessed thistle powder, milk thistle extract, goats rue powder, anise seed powder, and fennel seed powder. A powerful blend with some of the best-known galactagogues.

Mommy Knows Best, Blessed Thistle Herb and Fenugreek Seed – a pared-down blend that works quickly.

UpSpring Milkflow – A powdered drink mix with a mixed berry flavor containing fenugreek, carrot seed, beetroot, anise, and blessed thistle. For women, who have difficulty swallowing pills.

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Fenugreek and Breastfeeding Final Considerations

If you decide fenugreek is for you, carefully review any drug interactions and/or allergies. It is best to discuss taking a fenugreek supplement with your doctor, pediatrician, or lactation consultant prior to starting.

When you take fenugreek, begin with a small amount and increase the dosage very slowly over the course of a few days to weeks. If you notice any symptoms, cut back or stop taking fenugreek.

With so many great brands on the market, you are sure to find one that will help make your nursing journey lasting and pleasant!

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48 Mother Daughter Quotes To Make You Laugh & Cry

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Oh, our sweet girls. We are so blessed to have them but, man, they know how to drive us crazy. A mother and daughter relationship really is like nothing else in the world. It can be messy and hard sometimes, but at the end of the day, it’s really something beautiful. Whether you are searching for inspiration to pull you through the struggles or looking to hear some sweet sentiments, you will love these mother daughter quotes!

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Mother Daughter Quotes that will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Sometimes raising a sassy, sweet, beautiful daughter requires finding a way to laugh your way through it. 

  1. “There’s a reason some people think they can achieve anything. They listened to their mother.”
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  3. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his. ” Oscar Wilde
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  5. “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” P.J. O’Rourke
  6. The only words I hear these days. 

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  8. “I hate when I’m waiting for my mom to cook dinner and then I remember that I am the mom and I have to cook dinner.”   
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Sweet Quotes for Girl Mamas

All jokes aside, the chance to raise a strong woman really is something special. If you are looking for some sweet words of wisdom or inspiration to get you through it, you will love these mother daughter quotes. 

  1. “A mother is a daughter’s best friend.”
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  3. “There is nothing as powerful as a mother’s love, and nothing as healing as a child’s soul.”
  4.  “A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart.”
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  6. “My mom taught me a woman’s mind should be the most beautiful part of her.” Sonya Teclai
  7. “Mother and daughter never truly part, maybe in distance but never in heart.”
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  9. “A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.”
  10. “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.”
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  12. “The biggest surprise about motherhood was how completely and totally it changed how I look at myself, and what I believe I deserve, for the better.”
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  14. “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mother.”
  15. “A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.”
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  17. “I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.”
  18. “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” Laura Stavoe Harm
  19. “A mother is the only person in the world, who can turn a daughter’s worries and fears into happiness.” 
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  21. “My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” Jodi Picoult

Quotes to Get You Through the Teenage Years (Or Threenager Years!)

The two stages mentioned above are without a doubt the hardest to get through when it comes to raising a daughter. If you are looking for some laughs and some real-life relatable content, these are the mother daughter quotes for you!

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  2. “A mother. When you’re a child she walks before you, to set an example. When you’re a teenager she walks behind you, to be there should you need her. When you’re an adult she walks beside you, so that as two friends you can enjoy life together.”
  3. “Home is where your mom is.”
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  5. “Of all the haunting moments of motherhood, few rank with hearing your own words come out of your daughter’s mouth.” Victoria Secunda
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  7. “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own. To teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing, even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…And to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.” 
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  10.  “Dear mom, I get it now.”
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  12. “There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.” Taylor Swift
  13. “A mother’s treasure is her daughter.”
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  15. “No matter what we go through. No matter how much we argue. In the end, you are there for me always, and I love you for that.”
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  17. When my teenager says more than 3 words to me. 

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Free Baby Stuff – 50+ Baby Freebies for New Moms

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

Babies might be little angels most of the time, but they sure do know how to clear out your wallet. I was in disbelief each time I packed up a diaper bag for a day trip or a suitcase for travel how much babies really do need. Don’t worry you will eventually find the perfect method to grab all your things, pack up and head out the door. The thing that really gets me is how much it costs to buy all these new “things” that your baby apparently needs. It’s all tiny, so it should be cheaper right? Wrong! Here’s the positive twist though, there are actually so many options for free baby stuff out there for moms and you should not be afraid to take advantage of them. We have pulled together some of the best freebies for moms out there all right here.

Free Clothes

You are going to go through a lot of adorable baby clothes….. a lot. So, here are some super cute options that are Free, yes Free!

Free Baby Shoes

Free Baby Shoes

Get up to $60 in Free shoes at Little Wanders when you use promo code Rookie2. There are so many adorable pairs, you have to check them all out. 

Free Baby Stuff

 

Free Baby Leggings

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Yup free adorable baby leggings.  Visit Babyleggings.com and put one pair in your cart. Use promo code rookie2 and you only have to pay for shipping.

Free Baby Leggings

Ruffle Buns 

Free Baby Clothes

These adorable ruffle buns can be yours for free. In fact you can actually get three of them. Get $60 in FREE Ruffle Buns when use code: Rookie2 

There are tons of styles to choose from plus they any have a whole different line just for boys called Stud Muffins. Check out all their styles here

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Free Baby Gear

Carseat Cover Freebie

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Carseat Canopies are lifesavers in a lot of ways and were a huge favorite of mine for the way they kept our babies private in public and shaded from the sun. Canopy Couture has some amazing car seat covers in many different styles. Use promo code rookie2 to receive $50 off your first order. Most of the car seat covers are $50 so all you have to pay is the shipping. Check out all their styles here!

Free Baby Sling

Free Baby Sling

Saving your back and arms is a must for any mama. I loved having a baby sling for my little one and these baby slings by Seven Baby are not only adorable, but they are also FREE! Use promo code rookie2 and get $40 Off any Sling. Check out all the styles here. 

Udder Cover Nursing Cover

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You might already have a favorite nursing cover picked out on your registry, but it never hurts to have an extra one especially when you can get it for free. Go to uddercover.com, place one of the nursing covers in your cart, and enter the code Rookie2. You will only have to pay the cost of shipping, which is around $14.

Free Nursing Cover

$35 in FREE Breast Pads

Free Breast Pads

Breas Pads are unfortunately a necessity for any nursing mama. Breastpads.com offers $35 of FREE Breast Pads when you use promo code: rookie2 Check out all their available styles. 

 

FREE Bed for Baby

Baby Box University – 

This is a specially designed box that can be used as a safe place for your baby to sleep. Inspired by the famous Finland Baby Boxes, which have significantly driven down the infant death rate in their country. The box, of course, comes with some goodies inside like breastmilk storage bags and diapers. When it is empty, it can be used as a safe place for your baby to sleep. Visit their site at https://www.babyboxco.com/.

Delivery Method: Shipped to You

Costs Involved: Free (just watch a quick series of helpful videos on their site!)

 

Free Stuff for Mama

Belly Bands

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Belly Bands are a must-have for any pregnant mama. They help transfer your pants into maternity pants and provides great support for your belly and back. The belly button band is a great option. Use our code: rookie2 and save $40 off which can get you 2 Bands for FREE!

 

Free Books

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Dr. Seuss Book Club Freebies

When you sign up for the Dr. Seuss & His Friends book club subscription, you will get 4 books for $4.99 and no shipping costs. It is definitely a steal. Dr. Seuss books are classic and I love my bedtime memories of reading them with my kids. Make sure to cancel the subscription, which is a piece of cake to do online to prevent this from becoming a recurring charge. Here’s the link to register.

  • Delivery Method: Shipped to you within two weeks
  • Costs Involved: $4.99

Free Books from Babsy

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Babsy offers $40 in Free Books. Use Promo Code: Rookie2 You can get great titles to help your child with development.

Imagination Books Monthly Freebie

This program is only available in certain communities, but if it happen to be in yours you can sign up for one free book a month from 0-5 years old. Take a look at this map and see if the program is available in your area.

  • Delivery Method: Shipped to You
  • Costs Involved: $0

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Free Kindle Children’s Books

So, this free baby stuff freebie is a little different. Kindle offers various free books in all categories, but if you are a mom you need to check out their children’s section! They have great books available for all ages.

Free Formula

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StoreBrandFormula.com

Visit storebrandformula.com for tons of coupons monthly that will get you discounted baby formula. They also are running a sweepstakes for two free cases of formula and an iPad mini. Keep in mind, when you fill out your information the first time to click the “Get My Coupon” button.

  • Delivery Method: Print Immediately
  • Costs Involved: $0

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Baby’s Only or PediaSmart Free Sample

Head over to Nature’s One Brands to receive your free 12 oz sample of formula. All you have to pay is the shipping.

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Enfamil Family Beginnings Program Freebies

This freebie is easy to get and so worth it. Just sign up for the Enfamil Family Beginnings program and you will receive free products like formula samples and lots of coupons.

Freebie Gift Boxes

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Target Registry Freebie Box ($50 Value)

Target is my life. No for real, I do not think I could survive without my weekly trips there. You will probably be creating a baby registry here anyways, but if that was not in your plans you should highly consider it because when you sign up you qualify for a Baby Welcome Kit. It’s a box you will go pick up from your local Target full of samples and up to $50 worth of coupons. Moms say they’ve received everything from wipes to breast pads in theirs.

  • Delivery Method: Pick Up in Store
  • Costs Involved: Free

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Enfamil Formula

For free baby stuff, you will have to join the Enfamil Family Beginnings Program, but it is so worth it. You will receive gifts from your pregnancy all the way through your baby’s toddler years. They send little samples of formula, lots of coupons, and some cute freebies too.

  • Delivery Method: Shipped to You
  • Costs Involved: Free

 

Baby Box University – 

This is a free box for California moms and dads inspired by the famous Finland Baby Boxes, which have significantly driven down the infant death rate in their country. The box, of course, comes with some goodies inside like breastmilk storage bags and diapers. When it is empty, it can be used as a safe place for your baby to sleep. Visit their site at https://www.babyboxco.com/.

Delivery Method: Shipped to You

Costs Involved: Free (just watch a quick series of helpful videos on their site!)

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Honest Co Box

We love everything Honest Co and that’s why their freebie box is so high up on our list, but there is one catch. You get this freebie bundle by signing up for a trial, here. You will sign up for this monthly subscription, but you HAVE to remember to cancel or you will be charged monthly. Call (888) 862-8818 to cancel your membership once you’ve ordered your free trial. Once you are signed up, you pay the shipping fee of and receive either diapers and wipes or an essentials bundle (shampoo, lotion, household cleaner, soap).

  • Delivery Method: Shipped to You
  • Costs Involved: $5.95 shipping

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Similac StrongMoms Kit

To receive these goodies, you will register for the StrongMoms rewards program, which you can find here. They will personalize your gifts to fit you and your baby’s needs best. The program not only includes gifts, but customized benefits and exclusive savings.

  • Delivery Method: Shipped to You
  • Costs Involved: Free

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Amazon Registry Freebie Box

Amazon is a close second to Target when it comes to my favorite things in life. Did you know you can register for your baby shower through Amazon too? If you have Amazon Prime just register and spend $10, then you get to pick out a free baby stuff welcome box to be sent to your doorstep. The items in the welcome box are typically valued around $35, so it’s a pretty great deal!

  • Delivery Method: Shipped to You
  • Costs Involved: Spend $10 on one of your registry items before receiving the freebie

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Walmart Baby Box

Walmart offers 3 different boxes; expecting, newborn, and toddler. You just pay the shipping and handling fee and samples for you and your little one will be sent your way. The free baby stuff samples vary but can be anything from pacifiers, diapers, wipes, or coupons. Sign up for receive yours here.

Other Freebies

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50 Free Shutterfly Prints

Head over to Shutterfly by clicking here and pick out 50 4×6 photos of your little one. Enter the code YUR49S when you are checking out and they will become free! You will just have to pay for shipping and then you will be filling all your frames with new pictures in no time.

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Gymboree Play & Music Class

For about $75 a month, Gymboree offers different play classes tailored to your baby’s age. Fortunately, you can try it out with your first class being free. Click here to find the nearest location and snag a free class pass 

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30 Days of Amazon Family Prime

You can sign up for one free month of Amazon Family, which also includes 20% off things like diapers and baby food. The family prime account is well worth having even past the free month, so don’t miss out on it. Check out all the details here.

 

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Join Seventh Generation Baby for Diapers

Click here to sign up for Generation Good and earn rewards points, receive free baby stuff samples, and print out coupons.

  • Costs Involved: $5.95 for any shipping

 

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Pea to Pumpkin Baby Journal

As tired as you will be as a new mom, it’s so special to have a journal filled with special moments to look back on and remember. When you sign up for ScholarShare here, you will receive a free baby journal.

  • Delivery Method: Shipped to You within a week
  • Costs Involved: $0

 

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Parents Magazine Subscription

Time to trade in Cosmo for the Parents magazine! Good thing it’s free for a whole year to make the transition a little easier. There are a couple ways to get this offer, but here is one.

 

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Babies “R” Us

Sadly, both Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us are shutting down, but if there is a store near you head straight there and take advantage of their deeply discounted items. They also used to offer a bundle box when you signed up for a registry, so if you currently have one open there make sure to ask an employee about receiving it!

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Best Toys for 10 Year Old Boys – Gift Guide 2019

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

As your kiddos quickly approach their pre-teen and teen years, you will come to find the picking out a gift for them gets way harder. By age 10, there are not very many “toys” left to surprise them with. It’s a bit of a weird in-between phase. They need a little more substance than the simple easy gift ideas! However, they still love to play and as someone who cares about them you want to provide them with toys that help them grow specific skills or just simply help them grow as a person. We have pulled together some of the very best toys and things you can gift your 10 year old boy in this in-between stage!

Best Toys for 10 Year Old Boys

Think Box Inventors’ Box

What 10 year old doesn’t want to be the next great inventor? Give them all the tools they need to explore and create with this kit. We love that’s it’s very open-ended. This is the stage they start to start figuring things out on their own and move away from guided activities.

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National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit

This one is for all the long-time dinosaur lovers. With this kit, your ten year old will be able to dig up 3 real dinosaur fossils as they follow along in the learning guide. How cool does that sound? Of course, it will benefit your child by teaching them many aspects of general science as well.

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Wham-O Hamper Hoops

 Your 10 year old boy will probably think this is better than any toy you could come up with. Little boys specialize in making everything into a game, and with this hamper hoop, you’ll be ahead of the curve in making laundry a game too. This hamper hoop is both the hoop and the laundry bag, which easily detach from each other when it’s time to head to the laundry room. This age is really fun for gift-giving in the fact that they begin to appreciate the more practical things, making this hoop something that actually puts a smile on their face.

best toys for 10 year old boys

Robot Face Race

There are never too many games in the board game cupboard because there’s no such thing as too many family game nights. It’s one of our absolutely favorite ways to bond with our kiddos. The point of this game is too match the robot heads to their bodies. It’s really fast-paced but simple enough for a 10 year old to fully understand and get competitive with.

OWI 14 in 1 Robot

If a robot board game isn’t what you’re looking for, maybe you’ll like the idea of getting them a real robot instead. They will get to build it themselves and can choose from over 3 forms like a surfer or a dog with 14 different modes. One of the coolest things is that it’s solar-powered, introducing this technology to your child very early on and in a cool fun way.

Dinosaur Taco Holders

There are 10 year old foodies out there, and this is the perfect gift for them! Forget plates, you can choose from a couple of different types of dinosaurs to place your tacos into at the dinner table instead. This will make taco Tuesday even more fun every week. They can also use it for waffles, toast, or sandwiches.

Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle

 Thankfully your little guy isn’t old enough to drive at 10, but he’s just the right edge to enjoy a controllable RCV. This one is built specifically to drive off-road on the most rugged terrain in the neighborhood. It has a really cool monster truck look with huge wheels that have ultra grip. It allows for 3 radio-controlled vehicles to be driven together at once because it has a tri-channel transmitter. If you are truly looking for a fun toy, this is the best gift you can get your 10 year old boy. 

best toys for 10 year old boys

The Boys Book Of Survival 

A book might not be the first gift idea you have for a 10 year old. Just trust us with this one! Boys need some guidance in growing up and they aren’t always open to asking mom and dad. However, you can trust this book to help lead them down the right path. It covers everything from hiking tips to school dances.

Ticket Stub Diary

At 10 years old, kids begin to really make memories that will last a lifetime. They have experiences like their first concert or seeing a movie in theatres that they truly love. Giving them a safe spot to keep their tickets is giving them the chance to save a piece of those memories for years to come.

Collapsible Water Bottle

 Sure this may seem like a simple gift, but it’s the most usable for a ten year old boy. You’ll be saving them tons of space in their backpacks and lightening the load. Plus it’s never too early to start teaching your kiddo sustainable practices like having a reusable water bottle!

Scratch Travel Journal 

With families being more on the go than ever, you can gift one of the littlest travelers in your life this scratch journal. It’s a good way to feel a sense of accomplishment about the places you’ve been and the culture you’ve experienced. This one specifically linked is a checklist, diary, and interactive map all in one.

Think Fun Gravity Maze Game

This is one of the most fun STEM toys that I have ever come across, and your 10 year old boy is sure to love it. It combines a logic game with marble run. There are 60 challenges at all different levels, meaning you can bring it out at game night over and over again. I love that you can have this much fun while providing your child with really important skills, such as planning, building, and engineering. 

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Razor E100 Electric Scooter

Why would you get the 10 year old in your life any normal old scooter when you could get them this super awesome electric one? To get it going you use the kick start motor, and be sure your kiddo knows to hold on because it can reach speeds of 10 MPH. The razor has a hand twist-grip throttle and front brakes. As for the battery, it has a 24V that is easily rechargeable and safely sealed. The scooter can be used for 40 minutes continuously before needing another charge. 

Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, your little boys are going to find a way to shoot targets. Rather than something makeshift, you can purchase this target set for them! It comes with a target, 10 suction darts (which are safer than anything your 10 year old will find on their own), and a fire strike blaster. You can use the set just for fun, but it also comes with instructions to turn it into a competitive game if you would like.  

JEYPOD Remote Control Car, 2.4 GHZ High-Speed Racing Car 

Remote-controlled vehicles are just too perfect a toy for 10 year old boys for us to only have one on our list! If the Rock Crawler was not quite what you were looking for, then you might want to check out this high-speed racer from JEYPOD. It is classic and has everything you could want in an RCV car. 

 

 

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How Long Can Breastmilk Sit Out? + Great Storage Tips!

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

If you are wondering how long breastmilk can sit out or the best ways to store it, you have come to the right place. Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding journey, but it is not without challenges. Nothing can be more upsetting for a new mom than finding a bottle of breastmilk forgotten on the counter. As tempting as it may be to put it back into the fridge, you must throw it away if you have not properly stored it.

How long breastmilk can be left out depends on the condition of the milk prior to it being left at room temperature. In most cases, four hours is the ideal amount of time breastmilk can be left sitting out.

In this article, we will discuss best practices for breastmilk storage. This includes:

  1. How long breastmilk can sit out
  2. How to store breastmilk safely
  3. When to get rid of breastmilk

You work so hard to pump enough ounces; don’t let those vital nutrients go to waste by improperly storing your milk. These guidelines, if followed, will ensure that your milk is safe for your baby.

How Long Can Breastmilk Sit Out?

According to Experts; This Is How Long Breastmilk Should Sit Out

Breastmilk cannot sit out for long periods of time because of bacteria. When you express your milk, a small number of bacteria end up inside the bottle.

If you store the bottle properly, the bacteria will not have the opportunity to thrive and harm the milk. However, if the milk is left out for longer durations, the bacteria will grow and reach unsafe levels that can be harmful to your baby.

Even though it is best to freeze or refrigerate your milk immediately after you pump, fresh milk can be left out for a short period. Experts agree that four hours is the optimal amount of time fresh milk can be left sitting out.

If fresh milk will be used towards nourishing a healthy, at-home baby then it may be kept at room temperature for up to six hours says Mayo Clinic. However, if the room is particularly warm, this shortens the window. Four hours is the maximum duration of time that milk should sit out in a warm room.

Since milk is a “live food” like yogurt, it can withstand being unrefrigerated to a degree. If you forgot about that bottle on the counter, you may still be able to use it. Good news for new moms suffering through that exhausting post-partum haze!

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How Long Should Breastmilk Sit Out If It’s Been Refrigerated 

If you store your milk properly, either through refrigeration or freezing, these factors will affect the duration that it can be left out.

Previously refrigerated breast milk can sit out for up to four hours. After four hours, use it or throw it away. Once you warm this milk, it should not be put back in the fridge.

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If you froze the milk, its lifespan depends on how frozen it remains. If you thaw milk out in the refrigerator but do not warm it up, you can then leave it out for 4 hours. You can also take the milk directly from the freezer, and leave it out at room temperature to thaw.

If you had thawed frozen milk and warmed it planning to feed your baby, but ended up not using it, this milk should be tossed. Some studies suggest that you can place it back in the fridge. However further research is necessary, notes the Mayo Clinic. Some experts suggest that if you warm up milk, you should discard it immediately. Others state that previously frozen, then warmed milk can survive in the fridge for up to twenty-four hours.

The good news is, if you happen to forget and leave that precious bottle of milk on the counter, you have a short window of time to return it to the refrigerator.

 

Safely Storing Your Milk

Suitable Containers

Our Favorite Glass Containers 

In order for your breastmilk to remain healthy and safe, it should not sit out and also should be frozen and kept in a suitable container. You can store milk in glass, plastic, or freezer bags.

Glass jars with leak-proof lids are an excellent way to store milk. Mason jars are the most common glass option. Using glass means your container is washable and you can use it over and over.

Mason jars are a stackable, space-saving choice for your fridge or freezer. As they are not plastic, you don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into your baby’s food.

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Bottles That Connect Directly to Your Pump

Plastic bottles or containers are also an option. Sometimes, the plastic bottles will seamlessly attach to your pump. After you express milk into the bottles, you can cap them and place them directly into the fridge or freezer. Be sure to select BPA free bottles to keep the milk safe for your baby.

  • Tommee Tippee with Nature Electric Breast Pump- Tommee Tippee bottles make it a breeze for pumping moms. They have both a manual and electric pump, and you can pump directly into bottles or breastmilk bags. Many bottle brands have a set like this or you can use them with a universal adapter!

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Breastmilk Bags

Plastic breastmilk bags are like bottles. You can pump milk directly into them, then you can seal and store them. These bags remain standing or can lay flat, making them convenient for small freezers. However, unlike bottles or glass, most bags are not reusable.

  • 100 Count Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags– These bags are popular and it is no surprise since they are pre-sterilized with a double lock zipper. You won’t have to clean up any messes from leakage because these bags are so strong. 

Label & Date

No matter the storage container you choose, be sure to label and date all breastmilk while it is still sitting out. On the label place your name, the date, and the quantity in ounces. By dating your milk, there will be no estimating the expiration date.

It’s helpful to store milk in small amounts, typically 2-3 ounces, especially for newborns. By dividing the milk into 2-3 ounce portions, you will waste less. Any milk that you heat or your baby does not finish should be discarded.

A final consideration when freezing milk is to leave an adequate amount of room in the container. Liquid expands when frozen. If you do not have enough room in your container for expansion, the bottle could crack, rendering the milk unusable.

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When to Dispose of Your Milk

It is important to feed your baby fresh milk and to dispose of milk when it becomes unsafe. Expired milk should be tossed. Milk’s lifespan depends on how you store it.

Use milk that is in the freezer within six months. Keep your milk in the back of the freezer rather than in the door. In a deep-freeze freezer milk can last up to twelve months, but six months is still ideal.

Freshly expressed milk kept in the refrigerator is usable for up to five days. However, it is best to use refrigerated milk within 3 days. If you pump and do not have a fridge available, you can keep milk with ice packs in a cooler for up to twenty-four hours.

How the Quality of Breastmilk Changes When It Sits Out

When you store your milk for a long time the quality can change. Over time milk kept in the freezer will decrease in Vitamin C. Additionally, breast milk is constantly adapting to meet the needs of the baby. Milk that was expressed six months ago may not suit the nutritional needs of your baby as well as freshly expressed milk.

 

Enjoy the Journey

If you store your milk in a clean glass or plastic container, follow the guidelines about when to refrigerate or freeze it, and dispose of it at the proper time, your milk will be safe and healthy for your baby. Breastfeeding is no easy task; keep up the good work!

 

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Best Nipple Creams to Soothe Breastfeeding Pains

 


Best Toys for 7 Year Old Boys [21 Unique & Fun Gifts]

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

We have another list of the best gifts for the kiddos in your life! There is a little of everything, from Star Wars favorites to things to get your little guy up and moving around. There are so many great options out there, it makes it hard to decide what your little one will like. We are here to help you find the best toys for 7 year old boys! Yes, these toys are definitely great for girls too! However, with our own 8 year old boy in our house, and many boys before him, we know what works and what quickly gets kicked to the curb.

It’s hard to wade through the sea of toys these days, especially with all the online shopping options, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these authentic, genuine gifts that appeal to all the different parts of a young boy’s developing skills. 

The Best Toys for 7 Year Old Boys – 21 Super Unique & Fun Gifts

Star Wars FurReal Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie Interactive 16-inch Tall Plush

What seven-year-old boy doesn’t want a co-pilot? And who doesn’t love Chewie? He was always one of the best of the Star Wars characters (seriously, how can you not love this guy?), but this interactive Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie brings him to your child in a whole new way. His non-threatening appearance is perfect for the little guys, and he really does make a great friend! He’s completely responsive to what you say to him; he moves, his facial expressions change, and he even answers in Wookie language! He’s always ready for whatever adventure may be in store for him, whether it’s defending the galaxy or curling up on the couch to watch a movie. Click here to check current prices!


Nintendo Switch 

The Best of the Best Toys for 7 Year Old Boys

Best Toys for 7 Year Old Boys

I have to say this is probably the most used toy at home and when we travel with our kiddos. Nintendo really hit it out of the park with the newest console, the Switch. There are so many things about this that make it the perfect first system for a budding gamer. First, as we all know, occasionally younger children are prone to dropping things; these things are tough! Clearly built to withstand a lot of abuse, another of the Switch’s biggest advantages is its portability and versatility. The Best Part of this device is that it transitions seamlessly between the big screen and its own small screen, which is plenty big enough! It’s a great size for a younger child with smaller hands, too. If you’re looking for an amazing gift for your 8 year old, this is it. Click here to buy one now!


JELL-O Play Build + Eat Jungle Kit

Best Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

Sometimes boys  like to play with his food? Yes, sometimes it’s a mess, but with this   JELL-O Play Jungle-themed kit, it’s okay! Great as a stocking stuffer or underneath the tree, this kit turns your food into a toy! It comes with two packs of Jell-O, but of course the mold is reusable, so you can always buy whatever flavor your guy likes the most. Click here for current prices!


SMARTWORKS Super Science Lab

Best Toys for 7 Year Old Boys

Help foster your young scientist’s super powers with the SMARTWORKS Super Science Lab. Specially designed for young children, this kit is a safe and fun way to introduce them to their own flasks and beakers. Have no fear, there won’t be any explosions with this one! It’s available exclusively on Amazon.


Transformers Official Hasbro-Takara Tomy Collaboration Masterpiece Movie Series Bumblebee MPM-7

 

Bumblebee TOy

Get this one before it’s sold out.  Bumblebee is sure to be a popular toy this holiday season, with the release of the new Bumblebee movie a few days before Christmas. This officially-licensed Transformers toy is a great one to have on your list for any seven-year-old boy in your life. Let his imagination play with his new friend at his side! Check Current Prices Here.

Highlights for Children

Best toys for 8 year olds

Ok maybe not one of the best yoys for 8 year old boys, but this is definitely one of the best gifts. This brings back a simpler time for me, a time when running gleefully up to the mailbox to find something with your name on it was exciting time… a time before bills. A subscription to a magazine is a wonderful gift to give your son, grandson, nephew–really any little boy in your life–because it gives them something to look forward to every month. Highlights is especially good, as it is about as classic as they come with a long history of providing meaningful, entertaining content for young readers. We have read the same issues over and over with my son, and he even likes the old ones that my packrat mother saved all these years. Here’s where you can sign him up for a year of enjoyment!


New Nintendo 2DS XL – Black + Turquoise With Mario Kart 7 Pre-installed – Nintendo 2DS

Best Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

Yes, another Nintendo product is on our list this year. The Nintendo 2DS XL makes a great, less expensive gift than the Switch, but it really does pack the same level of fun. Since about age three, my own son has been stealing my phone, installing his own games all willy-nilly, and beating my high scores; something like this would have been perfect! We love playing Mario Kart together on his Switch on the big screen, but that’s just not always practical (or possible), and the fact that Mario Kart 7 comes preinstalled on this Nintendo 2DS XL makes an already good gift great, and you can download new games directly onto it if you have a Wi-Fi connection. Get this one here!


Osmo Genius Kit for iPad

Best Toys for 8 Year Olds

This product really is a genius toy for 7 year old boys. It takes the iPad or Amazon Fire Tablet and turns it into something completely new and different, and it’s a great way to give a young boy a new way to interact with one of his favorite electronic devices. He can draw a physical picture, and *poof*, like magic, it instantly shows up on the tablet screen. He can move the letters and numbers around on the table, and the tablet can detect what he’s doing. You can take it anywhere, and it’s a great add-on product whether your little boy has an iPad or Fire Tablet of his own or one he can borrow. This is the kind of toy his teacher would probably be happy he brought to school! Get yours here!


Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids 

Best Toys for 8 Year old boys – Under $5

LOL Jokes

Help your little comedian work on his act with this book of Jokes that kids will love! Start him out with this, and he may even end up appreciating those “dad jokes” you crack just a little bit more… Really, we liked ours so much, we bought one for our nephew, too. Grab one here!


Just Dance 2019

best toys for 8 year old boys

Got a little guy who likes to bust a move? The newest version of Just Dance makes a great way to help him gain some mad skills, plus he’ll be able to keep up with some of the newest, most popular music out there. I always find my kids dancin up a storm to this game, especially when family is over. Just Dance 2019 is a great way to combine “screen time” with exercise, all while learning, and it really will get the whole family involved. Here it is for sale!


Star Wars Movie Roaring Chewbacca Wookiee Sounds Mask

Ah, Chewbacca is back! Yes, another officially-licensed Star Wars Chewie toy makes our list of the best holiday gifts for 2018, but this is one great mask. But this time, you don’t just get to have Chewie at your side, but you get to be him! Buy this with no worries, as it comes with adjustable straps that make sure your seven-year-old won’t outgrow it. Don’t have his famous Wookiee roar down yet? No problem! Just open the mask’s mouth, and he lets out an authentic one for you (outside of the real Chewie). This really is a perfect gift for any young Star Wars fan. Buy it now before there aren’t any left!


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime & Putty Lab

Best Toys for 7 Year Old Boys

Who doesn’t remember playing with things like this when they were young–and loving it? 7 year old boys (and girls!) need toys that allow them to play with their hands–and not just by tapping on some electronic devices all day. They need a break once in a while! National Geographic doesn’t disappoint with this set of, count ’em, eight (I didn’t even know there were that many!) different types of slimes and putties. We all know the importance of the STEAM-focused toys, but this stuff is so much fun to play with, they may not realize they’re doing some learning at the same time! Plus, the high-quality containers make clean-up and storage a breeze. Boy, even toys like this have come a long way since I was a kid, and the price on this is perfect!


Lionel Polar Express Ready to Play Train Set

The Lionel Polar Express Ready to Play train set is a classic. We set ours up around the Christmas tree every year now, and it’s always a huge hit, year after year. Are you a grandparent looking for something to give your grandson one of the best gifts of 2018? Well, this is one of the best gifts period, and it’s something that they’ll always remember. It will definitely last years to come (and can maybe someday be passed on to his own children!). This should probably be on every year’s best gift list, honestly, because a classic toy like this never gets old. Click here to buy.


Nintendo Labo – Robot Kit

Maybe you’re looking for something to get with a brand new Nintendo Switch, or maybe you’re looking for a gift for a seven-year-old boy who already has his own, but either way, this LABO is one of the best investments you can make. Even if you’re not video-game savvy, you get to join him in building his new heavy-duty cardboard creations.

Seriously, if you haven’t seen the LABO before, do yourself a favor and watch a video of it in action. This is an absolutely great gift that combines physical activity and construction with their already-held love of video games and brings something new and never-before-seen. Don’t miss out on this one!


Upper Bounce Trampoline and Enclosure Set Equipped with The Easy Assemble Feature 

The Most Surprising Best Toy for 7 year old boys on this Moms List

 

I was very nervous to give a trampoline to my kids. I have to say it might be the greatest gift I have ever given them. For three years now, the trampoline has been used almost every day.  This Upper Bounce trampoline is maybe one of the single greatest gifts you can give your kids, and thanks to its super-secure safety enclosure (complete with a nice padded zipper and foam cushions for the bars), it’s one of the safest ways to get some exercise.

Jumping on a trampoline is well known to have an array of health benefits, but in your little one’s mind, it’s just a whole lot of fun! Plus, it’s fun for adults, too. My son and I have had more fun on the trampoline together than I ever would have imagined, and one of these would be sure to be one of the best, most favorite gifts of 2018 (although we’re not sure this one will fit underneath the tree!). Here they are!


LEGO City Arctic Air Transport

Best Toys for 8 year olds

This Lego City Arctic Air Transport Building kit also makes our list of one of the best gifts to give a seven-year-old boy in 2018. Whether he’s already a master builder, or whether he’s just starting out, this kit makes a great addition to anyone’s Legoverse.

The quad-rotor helicopter is meant to pull the ice-encased mammoth from its resting spot, but of course it could likely be used to carry just about any other Lego creation away, too! If he’s just learning how to build, it’s a great kit for adults to help put together, too! This is why it’s on our list of the best seven-year-old boy gifts of 2018. Get yours here!


Educational Insights Kanoodle – Brain Twisting Solitaire Game

Best Toys for 8 year olds

Oh, how I wish we had this the other day when we lost power for most of the weekend. Or a lot of other days, when I need to get some work done (take a nap). For a seven-year-old used to a full suite of electronic devices, the worst part of it was certainly his boredom. Making a great stocking stuff (or underneath the tree!),

Kanoodle is a classic brain-teaser that kids can play solo, as it’s a 3-D solitaire game. This helps develop so many different cognitive skills at the same time, and it’s easy to figure out with the included instructions. I’m glad I bought one of these for him while I could, although there’s a good chance I’ll be playing it myself! Click here to buy one.


Extra Large 4-In-A-Row Game With Carrying Case

Best Toys for 8 year olds Boys

This extra large 4-in-a-Row game is perfect for a young child to an adult. Made of real wood, this thing can be set up on a table, on the floor–pretty much wherever you want to put it–and with its portable carrying case, it can easily be taken with you anywhere. You can watch your special little guy open this up and take it out and start playing immediately.

It’s fun and easy to learn, but still always a challenge. It’s sold as an outdoor game, but I think it works just as well indoors. The price on this makes it right to consider for any little boy this year. Order one now!


Exploding Kittens Card Game

best toys for 8 year old boys

Who doesn’t love kittens? Now, who doesn’t love explosions? Two of the best things, right? But when you combine them… you get one of the most popular card games of all time, and a perfect gift for a little guy this year on our list of the best toys for 7 year old boys, Exploding Kittens. Don’t worry, that’s not all there is–you also have your standard Tacocat and Unicorn Enchilada. All these things together make one of the most enjoyable and fun times you can share with a child.

There’s nothing quite like seeing the pure fun in his eyes and hearing the laughter and getting to experience that with him, and playing a game is one of the best ways to do that. We love playing card games with our son, but sometimes the completely chance-based games get old. That’s what is so great about Exploding Kittens, though; the level of strategic play involved makes it so much more than simply the luck of the draw, and it helps develop his reasoning skills in a way that other games simply do not. Make sure you get yours here!

 

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Mommy and Me Yoga [5 Amazing Benefits for Mom & Baby!]

Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

There are three things that are really hard to balance as a mom; one on one bonding time with your little one, exercising in a way that provides self-care and hanging out with other mamas in the same phase of life. Well, there is one way to get all of these things done at once. Head to mommy and me yoga! Trust me, you do not have to be a yogi to attend one of these classes. They are seriously fun and even better, so beneficial for both you and your baby. 

mommy and me yoga

What to Expect at Mommy and Me Yoga

Don’t be intimidated! Mommy and Me Yoga is going to be different than any other yoga class you have been to. And of course, your baby does not have to be perfectly behaved to fit in. No one will judge you for feeding or changing your baby in the middle of class, either. These classes usually focus mostly on stretching and are themed with fun, upbeat music. A little baby will spend the yoga session in your arms, but usually, once they can walk or crawl you will put them down next to you. As far as a time frame, you can expect to be there anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes just like most normal yoga classes.

Safety Precautions

The yoga instructors that run mommy and me classes are trained professionals (as long as you find a reputable studio). They know what is safe for you and your baby and exactly how to make the experience beneficial for you both. However, start gently and don’t feel like you need to push yourself too hard. It is not recommended to start until your baby can hold their head up without help, but every studio has different guidelines. You may also want to run the idea past your doctor. 

Finding a Mommy and Me Yoga Class

These classes are pretty common these days, and finding a studio may be as easy as googling “Mommy and Me Yoga near me”. The YMCA often offers Mommy and Me options, so you can also start by checking there!

mommy and me yoga

5 Reasons Mommy and Me Yoga is Beneficial 

Physical and Emotional Connection 

The absolute best thing about Mommy and Me Yoga is how you get to bond with your baby. It is time dedicated just to the two of you. Yoga is an activity that is both healthy and playful which are the perfect kind of things to bond over. 

Photo Credit; Yoga Jai Ma in San Diego

Learn Stretches and Gain Strength Specifically for Moms

Our bodies really get put through the wringer during pregnancy. And yeah, it’s all worth it but that doesn’t mean we aren’t trying to find ways to get back the body we once had or to find a new normal that we are happy with. Yoga is an incredible way for many women to make peace with their bodies and recognize the miracles it has performed. At one of these classes, you will find the poses are geared specifically to heal mamas. You will gain core strength as well as work your pelvic floor muscles. Plus, many general poses help you gain strength in your arms, shoulders, and chest. All the things you need for bouncing and rocking your babe! So, get your downward facing dog on! 

Help Your Baby Develop Motor and Sensory Skills

Heading to Mommy and Me Yoga with your baby isn’t just beneficial for you. They will actually get a lot out of it, too. Many experts are in agreement that getting your baby moving a bit will help them in the long run. It is also beneficial for them to experience a new environment like the yoga studio. 

Leave with a Happier Baby (who sleeps & eats better!)

Baby yoga can help with digestion and getting your little one down to sleep. When you practice any knees to chest pose, you are helping to relieve any constipation or gas. As for easier sleep, there is no real proof but getting your baby out and about on top of moving around usually helps. 

Meet Other New Moms at Mommy and Me Yoga

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If you and your friends all had babies around the same time, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Many moms find themselves looking for other mom friends that can relate to them and share in experiences. Obviously, this yoga class is going to be full of other moms and potential new friends! Be brave and put yourself out there before and after classes and chances are you will leave with some great new mama friends. 

 

Looking for more mama friends? We have a whole group of moms who share and ask for advice. Check out our Rookie Moms Facebook Group!

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