Recently, my middle daughter, Avianna, went to the doctor and was measured at 48 inches tall. This meant that she was only 1 inch away from outgrowing her Nuna Rava car seat. It was officially time for the great car seat shuffle! I already had a booster picked out for her, so I was ready to uninstall her Rava and install her new booster. I am a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), so I knew I could safely take on this task myself. I recommend always consulting a CPST for car seat installation or a safety check. I waited for
When I had my first baby, I was definitely learning everything as I went. Breast pads weren’t even on my radar before my first son was born. He surprised us by coming two weeks early and although I had everything I needed for labor and the baby, I was missing things I needed for myself. Thankfully my sweet sister offered to run out for anything I overlooked – one of which was a pack of disposable nursing pads. My first baby: disposables My milk came in pretty quickly, so I was grateful to have them on hand. I quickly discovered that I’m what
Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. A friend showed me a photo from their childhood nursery. There were big, plush bumpers, blankets and stuffed animals all in the crib set up for a newborn. It was basically an advertisement parents would get today for what not to do. Now, there are tons of products on the market that prey on exhausted new parents who are desperate for their baby to sleep. Unfortunately, some of these products have risks associated with them; risks that most parents would not take if they were aware of them. The AAP has outlined
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans in the United States must provide breastfeeding support, counseling and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. That means that insurance will cover the cost of a breast pump for new moms; either a new one to keep or a rental unit. This applies to all plans with the exception of grandfathered plans. So, how do you get your free breast pump? Call your insurance company. There should be a phone number on your insurance card. Give it a call and tell them you need to find out how to get your free breast pump.
As a parent, there is nothing I hate more than watching my child be in pain. A teething baby is usually miserable and fussy. I can’t say I blame them. Those sharp little teeth must feel like little razors under their gums. How to Soothe a Teething Baby What can you do to soothe a teething baby? Here are a few tips that have worked for my kids. Teething Toys There’s almost a whole aisle in big box stores dedicated to teething toys. At Cotton Babies, we carry a selection of toys that have worked for our babies. Frozen Toys
To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, we’re hosting a special Lottie Life Pop Up Shop on Saturday, August 4 from 1-4 pm at our Cotton Babies store in Fenton, MO. Lottie Life Pop Up Shop We’ll kick off the event with a Breastfeeding 101 class taught by our certified lactation counselor. Join other breastfeeding moms and families and shop great deals on the Lottie Life nursing line. Plus, our friends at Lottie Life are bringing treats! We’ll have in-store specials on our MilkDaze nursing line as well. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled event! Lottie Life is a St.
So many moms choose to breastfeed their babies, yet many of these moms find they are struggling soon after birth. I was one of these moms. I had a plan, education, all the tools I thought I needed, but I struggled. I really, really struggled with breastfeeding. Luckily, I found a great breastfeeding support team, and we persevered and managed to meet and exceed my breastfeeding goals. I did change my goals a bit along the way, but that’s okay! All moms have different breastfeeding goals. I always encourage moms to make both short-term and long-term goals. The more confident
World Breastfeeding Week World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, with continued breastfeeding in addition to solid foods up to at least 12 months of age. The truth? Breastfeeding is hard. It can be difficult physically and emotionally for new moms. According to the CDC, only 51.8% of infants are breastfed at 6 months and 30.7% of infants are breastfed at 1 year of age. Obstacles One reason mothers stop breastfeeding is a lack of support. Even though a
I am extremely lucky to work at a company that goes out of its way to support mothers and families. At Cotton Babies, I get to bring my baby to work. Babies at work is easily the best perk I’ve ever had. Since returning to work, everyone asks me what it’s like. I came back to work when my baby, Tommy, was 8 weeks old. He is now 13 weeks old, and we are both adjusting to life in the office. Here, I’ll answer the questions I am most commonly asked. Where does the baby go? He’s with me most of
Like your birth plan, breastfeeding doesn’t always go as planned… and that’s okay! You simply need to do what’s best for you and your baby. Here’s my breastfeeding story, and my journey to finding peace despite the fact that things didn’t go as planned. Forgiving yourself when breastfeeding doesn’t go as planned This one really hits home for me. I didn’t breastfeed my first two babies long because I didn’t know enough about it. When I told my pediatrician that my daughter would nurse for 45 minutes at a time, he was worried. When she didn’t immediately gain her birth