Non- Toxic Skin Care & Clean Beauty


Skin care & Pregnancy 


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If you saw my makeup post then you know I'm all about all natural skincare. I always check for parabens and phthalates among other things. Though this started during my first pregnancy, it's now something I stick to, pregnant or not. My go-to skincare one stop shop is, Follain. It's the equivalent to Sephora minus all of the chemicals. Follain is somewhere you can shop with 100% confidence that you are getting products that will help, not hurt you. I suffer from slight redness and the occasional breakout but other than those two issues, I have normal skin. Check out my skincare routine below. 

MAKE UP REMOVER

I've tried so many makeup removers but they all seem to strip my skin. I stopped using wipes and now only use cleansing oil. You can find it HERE    

CLEANSERS

I use different cleansers each day depending on how my skin is acting. I have four I alternate among. 

1) To get a squeaky clean feel, I use this awesome charcoal bar; you can find it HERE . If you workout everyday this is a great post workout cleanser and this is for YOU! 

2) When my skin is acting sensitive, this is my cleanser. This cleanser is gentle enough for babies. Its ingredients include natural grain-based witch hazel combined with healing lavender and geranium to deliver squeaky clean skin without stripping or irritation. You can find it HERE. If you have sensitive skin, this cleanser is for YOU!

3) There are days where that "pregnancy glow" is a distant memory, when your skin is so dull that you need an instant pick me up. You need a brightening cleanser. If that's you, then you can find it HERE . If you have dull skin then this is for YOU!

4) This Osea mud cleanser does wonders for oily or acne prone skin. This potion includes organic algae masquerading as mud and delivers immediate relief. The result is clean, tingling skin, ready to work its way back to balance. If oil or acne is your problem you can find it, HERE If you have acne prone or oily skin then this is for YOU!

REDDNESS

If you suffer from redness or skin that gets irritated easily this Organic soothing Gel soothes & calms skin. It works wonders. You can find it, HERE

TONER

Out of all the products, the Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist is a favorite. All I know is when I spray this baby on,  I'm left with smooth and glowing skin. I was never a person that used toners until I found this product. It is a MUST have. You can find it HERE. 

FACE SERUM

I love this serum. Its very versatile and works for any skin type. While it reduces lines and redness, it's even gentle enough for fine lines in the sensitive undereye area. The nutrients in this product leave your skin radiating. You can find it HERE  

UNDER EYE SERUM

If you choose to use an under eye specific repair serum I like La Bella Figura. It's a little $$$ but check it out. You can find it, HERE

MOISTURIZER

 I like a very lightweight moisturizer. When I'm breaking out, I use Osea Blemish Balm Moisturizer. You can find it HERE

For all other days, I use  the Osea Atmosphere Protection cream which is also lightweight. It shields skin from youth-robbing free radicals. You can find it HERE 

OR 

The indie Lee facial cream. You can find it HERE

Staying healthy while pregnant

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I've been on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to healthy eating, pregnant or not. I can't stress enough how much easier your pregnancy will be with a nutrition packed healthy lifestyle. I was so motivated during my first pregnancy and had none of those normal pesky side effects of carrying a baby. Yes, I'm sure genes play a role but I give most of the credit to frequent movement and nutrition. The second time around has been harder due to obvious reasons....a little person with an attitude that stands about 2 feet tall. This is about your unborn baby and about taking care of yourself. An added bonus to all of this is labor and delivery will be easier and it should take less time to bounce back. 

 first trimester disclaimer:

If you are suffering from nausea and can't even think about eating leafy greens and protein just know, it's very normal. The meal options below will be great for the 2nd and 3rd trimester, when you are feeling like yourself again. During the first trimester I would pack in my leafy greens and protein on days I was feeling up for it and stick to foods that would help keep nausea at bay during the others. To help with pregnancy induced nausea I would pack 5-10 small bags of snacks and eat them continuously throughout the day. The bags would include salty crackers, fiber crackers, grapes, apples, string cheese, nuts, pretzels. If you're feeling like you can stomach larger portions you might want to consider, whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana, whole wheat toast with scrambled egg, oatmeal or chicken noodle soup.  

 

 Healthy eating:

First off, you are not eating for two...I know it was all a lie, I was pretty disappointed when I found this out. You are actually only eating for 1.2 which only means an extra 300 calories in the 2nd and 3rd trimester and 450 calories after delivery, if you are exclusively breastfeeding. Just remember these foods should be filled with nutritional value. 

 

Start off the day with a good amount of protein and good fat to keep you feeling full longer. I would recommend eating your largest meal in the morning. Making good choices for your first meal is so important for setting you up for a successful day.

FIRST H20 

This is one of the most important things when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. It's what you drink. I can't stress the importance of hydration in general, but especially when you are pregnant. Overall you will feel better and you will have less swelling. Hydration is so important it's part of my TOP 5 PREGNANCY TIPS blog post. My BKR water bottle holds 4 cups of water and I fill it up at least 3 times per day. Having it by my side has helped set good habits when it comes to drinking water.  

BLD, MY GO-TOS

BREAKFAST 

3-4 scrambled eggs and half an avocado with steamed spinach. If there is left over meat from the night before I will throw that into the scrambled eggs. 

OR

A bowl of oatmeal with a touch of honey with banana or berries 

LUNCH

ON-THE-GO: This is a tough one because I'm always on the go. I end up buying a lentil avocado salad most days which comes with 2 pieces of whole wheat bread. I really trust the quality and preparation of the food at this restaurant. When pregnant, I try and be a little more careful where I eat. If you end up eating salads while you are on the go, just try to stay away from salad bars where the food might not be kept at the right temperature. 

In an office or at home: This gives you much more flexibility with meal planning. I always try to get my greens in for lunch so would naturally just recommend making your own salad. The great thing about eating lunch in an office is you can bring a protein from home and heat it up in the office microwave. Another option would be fiber crisps topped with grilled chicken to help battle any pregnancy constipation.

SNACKS: NUTS, STRING CHESSE, FRUIT, FIBER CRISPS, GREEK YOGURT 

DINNER

I'm usually exhausted by the end of the day so we keep dinner pretty simple. I like to pair a lean protein with a vegetable or I'll cook something from my rolodex of anti-inflammatory recipes...more on that later.  

 Proteins:

-Grass fed flank or skirt steak, salt and peper

-Free range whole chicken, you can ask the butcher to spatchcock it for faster cooking time. I throw a rub on it and put it in the oven. 

-Wild salmon 1-2X per week topped with fresh ginger and low sodium soy sauce

Veggies: 

I try and stick to local vegetables and whatever is in season. This is harder in the winter months but great for fall, summer, and spring. 

I'll make this very easy for you, click HERE to see what is in season in your region. Click on your region & the season and the site will give you a list of veggies from which to choose. 

I try and just stick to cooking what I love so I'll eat more of it. 

-squash

-mushrooms

-sweet potatoes

-spinach with garlic

I prepare all vegetables by roasting or steaming with just a little olive oil, nothing fancy.

  LEFTOVERS REHEATED ARE ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND. 

 

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Pregnancy & A healthy Lifestyle 


Non-Toxic Make Up Picks


Pregnancy & Makeup 


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YOU ABSORB 60% OF EVERYTHING YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN, BE THOUGHTFUL

The long list of makeup ingredients to avoid while pregnant is overwhelming to say the least. Sometimes I feel like you need a text book just to protect yourself from harmful products. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate, Beta hydroxy acids, Chemical sunscreens, Diethanolamine (DEA), Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Formaldehyde, Hydroquinone, Parabens, Phthalates, Retinol, Thioglycolic acid, Toluene. Overwhelmed yet? I spent over an hour at Sephora looking for makeup that was pregnancy safe.

I'm going to make it easy for you, Follain is a very easy place to shop for beauty products. Follain makes it easy because of their promise to offer toxic free makeup. Bare Minerals is a great natural looking brand that was my eighth grade go-to that has come full circle. RMS Beauty is another one of my favorites. I decided to go chemical free during my first pregnancy and I'm so happy I made the change. I haven't looked back! Check out my makeup routine below.

Here is what I use and love

this mineral FOUNDATION with this BRUSH or this CREAM FOUNDATION

this CONCEALER 

this BLUSH in The Aphrodisiac with this BRUSH or this CREAM BLUSH

this BRONZER in Skinny Dip with this BRUSH or this CREAM BRONZER

this BROW PENCIL in Dark

this MASCARA 

this HIGHLIGHTER

this LIP BALM and this LIP TO CHEEK balm 

this MAKE UP REMOVER which is a glideaway cleansing oil




 

 

 

Mrs. Nipples Product Pick of the week


Baby products & Pick of the week 


This product is a life saver for every mom out there! Do you ever want to just put your kids down when you are out and about? Whether it's during a coffee date, at the airport or even during a doctor’s appointment, floors are just never clean enough for your child. This is a genius product and I really wish I had thought of it. It's a bag that can store multiple toys and books that folds down into a play mat, a perfect product. The best age for this is any time before crawling begins. We still used this after Charlie was crawling, but it was a  bit more difficult to keep him on the mat. I now save new toys to introduce to him during these times to help him stay preoccupied.  This sounds a little like an infomercial, but I'm just a believer!!!! 

You can find the PLAY MAT BAG HERE

SEX OF THE BABY BLOOD TEST


PREGNANCY & PRENATAL SCREENING TEST


Finding out the sex of you baby is as easy as ever. It was an almost painless (as long as you're not scared of needles) few minutes of blood draws and that was pretty much it! I had the test done as early as I could, at nine weeks pregnant (with my first). It took around ten days for my physician to get the results, which they were able to communicate to me over the phone. The nurse told me the screenings all looked good and before she was able to get the sex of the baby out I asked if I could pick up the results in an envelope.  We changed our mind and ended up deciding to wait the entire pregnancy to find out. 

ABOUT THE TEST

Panorama is a noninvasive prenatal screening test (NIPT) that reveals your baby’s risk for genetic disorders as early as nine weeks. Panorama analyzes baby's (placental) DNA through a simple blood draw from your arm. It tests for trisomy which is a genetic condition caused by extra copies of a chromosome. These include Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Patau syndrome. This test also screens for sex chromosome abnormalities, Microdeletions, Triploidy, and reports the babies gender. Panorama has the highest published accuracy in determining the baby's gender. 

FINDING OUT THE SEX OF YOUR BABY VS. WAITING, THE GREAT DEBATE


PREGNANCY & THE GREAT DEBATE 


When we announced that we were pregnant with both our babies, the first question people would ask us was, "Are you finding out the gender?" The more we debated if we should find out with our first baby, the more I realized people have very strong opinions. Very rarely did I speak to someone that found out with one and waited with another. It was eitheryou are crazy for waiting or don't find out! It’s such a beautiful thing to wait. 

Here is my take on the "Great Debate"

WAiTiNG

After trying to talk my husband into the idea of waiting for about two whole months, he finally agreed to wait to find out the gender of baby #1, our Charlie. There was something so wonderful about not finding out. I'm not sure if it's the fact that there are very little surprises left in life and hardly any as magical as giving birth and finding out the gender of your baby all within a few minutes. I also think it was just as much about having that mystery for ten months. I can't really put my finger on it, but waiting was so worth it. There are so many "planners" out there that would have a really hard time waiting, but I think everyone should try it, at least once. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. How are you going to register? I'm a huge fan of classy neutrals and don't like gender specific baby products (PINK/BLUE) You do not need a ton of gender specific clothes before the baby is born. Your baby will live in his/her onesies and pjs for the first few weeks. The only outfit I had to buy for both genders was the coming home from the hospital outfit. We were also told Charlie was going to be eight pounds, so when he was only six pounds we had to go out and buy all newborn sizes anyways. 

2. What about the nursery? Charlie slept in a bassinet next to our bed for 6 months, so we wouldn't have even really used the nursery. I picked a gender neutral crib so we could use it for our second baby as well, so that was not an issue. 

3. How will you choose a name? Many people narrow down the names to one for each gender, which I HIGHLY recommend. We procrastinated with narrowing the list down to a few names for each and ended up in the hospital holding a baby boy with no name. It caused me a great deal of stress. I felt rushed and overwhelmed.  We had too many options and ended up picking Charlie which was very random. This was the only negative experience with waiting, though I do tend to procrastinate and could see this happening either way. His full name is Charles Everett, and I wouldn't change a thing. 

 

FiNDiNG OUT 

For baby #2, we decided to find out the gender! I really loved the experience of waiting,  but having only given birth just a short 10 months before the task of picking a new name for two genders seemed too much for me to handle at the time. I didn't want another hospital incident with a no name baby and nurses with a white board trying to help us decide. We did the blood test around 14 weeks and was given an envelope with the results. We decided to wait until I was five months pregnant (half way there) to find out the gender of baby #2. I was always a little skeptical around gender reveals but I was sucked in and we did a fun little video (check is out on instagram @mrsnipple_) When I opened the box and read it was a BOY,  it was great...and then it was over. Anti-climatic is not that far off from the entire experience compared to finding out on D day. Yes, we shared hugs and kissed and celebrated for about 30 seconds and that was it. 

MY CONCLUSiON

It's such a personal decision,  but if you can't tell yet, I'm a huge fan of waiting to find out. There is just something indescribable about the entire situation. 

TRAVELING WHILE PREGNANT


PREGNANCY & TRAVEL 


If you have a healthy pregnancy then flying anytime before you hit 37 weeks is completely safe. If you are traveling later in your pregnancy always check your specific airlines policy regarding flying while pregnant. I've been on two very long flights at 6 months pregnant and I highly recommend traveling during the second trimester. With the days of morning sickness and exhaustion hopefully behind you and a new found energy before the third trimester lull, it really is the perfect time for travel. 

TIPS SPECIFICALLY FOR FLYING

THE DO'S:

DO get a seat at the front of the plane because there is better air circulation (preferably an aisle seat making it easier for those bathroom runs) 

DO get up and walk around every hour to help with the heightened chance of blood clots during pregnancy. 

DO make small movements with your feet and legs while seated to help with blood circulation

DO wear compression stockings which work WONDERS when is comes to combating the nasty side effects of pregnancy. Compression stockings can fight the effects of being inactive, helping your legs stay healthy and lessening the chances of varicose veins, DVT and swelling. They also will improve your comfort levels drastically. 

DO drink plenty of water

WHAT TO AVOID: 

AVOID carbonated beverages and anything that can cause excess gas to build up in your stomach both before and during the flight. I made this mistake while pregnant with both seltzer and broccoli, I was in complete discomfort the entire flight. To be safe avoid all foods that encourage intestinal expansion, as the nature of the pressurized airplane cabin promotes further bloating which is heightened while pregnant. This isn't limited to but includes, fried and super-saturated dishes, and even healthy foods such as onions, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, lentils, broccoli, apples, and kale. 

AVOID tight fitted clothing. I highly recommend sticking to loose fitting or clothing with stretch when flying while pregnant. Even if you are in the second trimester and still squeezing into your non-maternity skinny jeans this might not be the case as you reach a high elevation and your stomach begins to expand. Stick to leggings or joggers and a tunic when in the air. There are enough options these days, you can still look cute while being comfortable. 

AVOID uncomfortable shoes. There is an increased chance of swelling to the legs, feet and ankles while traveling when pregnant. This can be especially heightened when traveling to warm climates.For these reasons opt for comfortable footwear that can expand with your feet if they decide to swell. 

**I figured I would spread the word to help other mothers thinking about flying while pregnant. During my first pregnancy I flew from NY to LA while 6 months pregnant with my skinny jeans (that already didn't fit) unbuttoned in extreme discomfort from the seltzer water I drank before take off. 

AFTER THOUGHTS

Though the Transportation Safety Administration says it’s safe for all travelers, including pregnant passengers, to go through the agency’s Advanced Imaging Technology and metal detector systems as they do not use x-rays but non-ionizing electromagnetic waves to produce an image I personally always opt for a pat down. 

 

Here is the Anthropologie Two Toned Shawl vest that is sold out BUT available in select stores. The store in Greenwich, CT has a few left. STYLE #44627073



PREGNANCY & HAIR DYE


PREGNANCY & HAIR DYE


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As you begin your pregnancy journey you might start noticing the not so pretty changes. The hormonal influx your body is going through can cause havoc on us pregnant women both mentally and physically. I never really did understand that "glow" that is reverenced oh so often.

One positive change many women experience is the long and thick beautiful mane that starts to develop as estrogen beings to increase. Hair usually goes through a three-stage cycle of growth, transition and rest before it falls out. A non-pregnant woman sheds up to 100 hairs a day, but the extra estrogen we produce during pregnancy prolongs the growth stage, resulting in very little shedding and the stage in which your hair usually falls out is put on hold. Since you're not shedding nearly as much hair as normal it feels and looks like you’ve got a fuller head of hair.

Unfortunatly one thing that is not put on hold are those pesky grays and horrible roots. Many pregnant women wonder what hair treatments are safe during pregnancy. While in my opinion keratin treatments are a solid NO, according to both my physician and the American Pregnancy Association it's safe to dye your hair starting in the second trimester. Though only small amounts of hair dye may be absorbed by the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus, it's still important to take precautions. 

MRS.NIPPLE MAMA TIPS

1. Highlights are a great option vs. permanent/semi-permanent all over dye because highlights don't need to touch the scalp when applied, reducing your exposure to both chemicals and toxins 

2. Always ask to sit in a very well ventilated area. If you feel like the salon is not well ventilated don't hesitate to ask for a face mask or find a new salon that is.

4. Ask if the salon has Ammonia free dye when booking your appointment. My stylist uses the Inoa by L'Oreal line for all of her pregnant and breastfeeding mamas. Inoa is an ammonia free oil based line and covers 100% of grays. you can find more information on it HERE

 

 

WORKING OUT WITH A BUMP


Pregnancy, Volume 3


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Check out my favorite workout/leisure wear brand above. There will be plenty of workout gear and exercise posts on the Mrs.Nipple blog in the upcoming months. 

 

There are so many benefits to exercising while pregnant. If you read my previous post you might remember all of the possible perks. 

EXERCISING WHILE PREGNANT

-Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating & swelling

-Can prevent and treat gestational diabetes

-Increases your energy & improves your mood

-Helps you sleep better

-Improves posture & promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance

-May improve your ability to cope with labor (all of that pushing)

PROBLEM AREAS

Now let's talk about the problem areas many of us like to target during pregnancy. The areas that start to change and really become problematic in the third trimester include upper thighs & butt, upper arms, and back. I also try and focus on keeping my endurance up and getting my heart rate going at the beginning of my workouts with a quick treadmill or rowing session. In the past, there was so much emphasis on monitoring a pregnant women's heart rate very closely, but that has changed in recent years.

"For healthy women, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity — preferably spread throughout the week — without any specific heart rate limits" -MAYO CLINIC

Check out two exercises below that help target your booty, compliments of Courtnay O. Johnson Personal Wellness and training, based out of NYC. 

Glut Exercise

Fire hydrants and donkey kick are great go to exercises to help perk up your butt. Another added benefit is that they are very beneficial when dealing with sciatica pain that many pregnancies can cause. 

Donkey Kick: Get on all fours on a mat. Place your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Keeping right knee bent 90 degrees, flex right foot and lift knee to hip level. Lower knee without touching floor; lift again. Repeat. 

Fire Hydrants: Start on all fours, placing your knees directly under your hips, and hands directly below your shoulders. Keep your back and neck straight and look forward. Keeping your knee bent, raise your right leg out to the side, until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Keep your knee bent and lower back down to starting position. Repeat. 

Slim Thigh exercise

Using gliders are what I like to call my little secret for slim thighs. If you haven't used gliders, then get on board. Courtnay introduced gliders into my routine a few years ago and I'll forever be grateful. If your gym does not have gliders, paper towels or regular towels on a wood floor does the job. 

Gliders: One leg side lunge for 30 seconds on each side. Clasp hands in front of body and stick out booty as you lower into your lunge. 

 

Courtnay Oliver Johnson, MA, EdM, is a NASM certified personal trainer specializing in pre/postnatal care, weight loss and management, and nutritional and wellness counseling. www.courtnayjohnson.com 

Always remember the following information is based on my personal experiences. Please consult your physician before trying anything new.

FEEDING tools & MY LOVE FOR BABY BREZZA


BABY GEAR, VOL 5


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BabyBrezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker

As you knowI’m a huge fan of the BabyBrezza products, so their food maker comes highly recommended.  We introduced solids at 6 months and I used the BabyBrezza from day one.  It is so incredibly easy. You simply put the raw food in the glass bowl, steam, and blend. Whether it’s vegetables, fruit or meat, the BabyBrezza steams and blends the food in one application. The BabyBrezza also comes with recipes organized by age, so you know what foods are age appropriate for your little one. Clean up is also very simple just throw almost every piece in the dishwasher and that’s it! This is one of those products I still use every single day. Now that my son is one, I do not need to blend the foods, but I still use the steamer. 

Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station

This product is a perfect pair with the Baby Brezza.  Making all your own baby food has many benefits, but you need a way for your baby to enjoy it on the go, right?! This unit presses your homemade baby food into individual pouches for convenient storage and feeding. Just pour in the puree, press down to fill, squeeze and enjoy. I used this primarily for preparing food when we were traveling or on the go! You can also freeze the packets for your little one to enjoy at a later date. 

High Chair:  I recommend the 4 moms highchair. The tray is magnetic for easy on and off one handed use. There is also a tray liner you can throw right in the dishwasher or clean in the sink without having to clean the entire tray. The high chair also has bowls that are magnetic that stay secured right on the high chair tray preventing you baby throwing the bowl over the edge.  Because the tray liner is so easy to clean, our son’s food goes right on the tray liner. The foam seat is removable and very easy to wash. Overall, I love this highchair for both functionality and its contemporary look. 

Inglesina Fast Table Highchair:  This is such a great chair to have for both on the go and at home use. We use it at home when we want to have our baby pulled right up to the table. It’s been such a great product for on the go use. Whether it’s a long weekend at my parent’s home or a nice lunch out, this highchair makes eating on the go easier.

Boon Pulp: This is a really fun way for your baby to explore foods and it’s also great for teething! These durable silicone feeders make it easy for your little one to test out fruits and vegetables with its ingenious design and baby-friendly handle, while the easy-clean, dishwasher-safe design makes it parent-friendly, too.

Comotomo Baby Bottles:  These bottles have worked really great for us. I love how soft and squishy they are. The bottle features a silicone nipple that mimics feeding at the breast and eases breast-to-bottle transitioning. The wide-neck design makes for easy dishwasher cleaning, while strategic, leak-free vents are designed to help prevent colic.  They’ve been dishwasher cleaned too many times to count and they still look brand new.

THE DOCKATOT


BABY GEAR, VOL. 4


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Dockatot Deluxe

0-8 MONTHS

If I had to pick ONE yes ONE must have baby item for the first 0-8 months,  it would be the Dockatot.  No question. At first glance, it’s just a docking station for your baby, it docks your tot. It’s so much more though. Your baby has been living and growing in such a cozy tight space for the last 10 months, and they are thrust into our world, gravity and all. The 4th trimester can be tough on everyone, but the Dockatot makes this time period that much easier. The Dockatot creates a womb like space for your baby to lounge, sleep, get his/her diaper changed and even do tummy time! It’s one of the most versatile products on the market. Let’s talk about SLEEP. As a new parent,  I was very worried about SIDS and this product along with the Owlet monitor gave me peace of mind. The Dockatot is breathable, it doesn’t harbor heat, it reinvents the womb, and it’s portable. Maternity leave can be tough and we would frequently escape to my parents’ home for some TLC. I never had to worry about Charlie sleeping in new environments because the Dockatot went wherever we would go. We also didn’t have to haul the pack n play for overnighters. You can place the Dockatot right on the bed for sleep and naptime (until baby starts rolling over) and it’s approved for co-sleeping. I’m not sure if this is proven,  but I also praise the Dockatot for Charlie’s perfectly round dome! Funny how our priorities change in one year. 

Dockatot Grand

9-36 MONTHS

 Our son had some trouble transitioning from his bassinet to the crib. We decided to use the Dockatot Deluxe in his crib until he grew out of it around 8 months old. We replaced the Dockatot Deluxe with the Dockatot Grand and he now sleeps in it every night.  The Dockatot Grand will be a lifesaver when we transition our son from the crib to his toddler bed.  Not only is the grand bigger but another difference vs. the Deluxe is the Grand is approved for use in toddler and twin beds. The sides of the Dockatot Grand act as bumpers for your child during the transition into a big kid bed. 



WINTER RUN DOWN


                  BABY GEAR , VOL. 1               


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WINTER LIST OF ESSENTIALS: 

  1. Car seat cover
  2. Stroller footmuff
  3. Hats & Gloves
  4. Bunting
  5. Baby carrier cover
  6. Stroller gloves 

Car Seat Cover: It's important to make sure if you do use a car seat cover for warmth that it doesn't jeopardize the safety of the car seat in any way. Charlie was born in October, and needed that extra warmth during the cold winter months. This was a must have for us. We used the 7 A.M.® Enfant LambPOD Footmuff Cover. It will keep your baby warm during outings and is easy to unzip to prevent over heating while traveling in the car. When your baby is a little older and spending less time in the car seat, you can transfer it right over to the stroller. It has a universal stroller fit. I also linked a few very affordable, traditional car seat covers below.

Stroller Footmuff: 7 A.M.® Enfant Blanket 212 Evolution This will keep your baby warm all winter long. Many strollers make their own footmuffs but most are universal. I used the cover mentioned above for our first winter but will most likely transfer over to this one which will carry us through the next few winters. This footmuff can be used from infancy through preschool and can also fit over a car seat. It's equipped with zippered length and width extensions, so it really does grow with your child. They also have a ton of really nice colors and prints.

Hats & Gloves: Some women spend money on shoes but I spend my money on Charlie's hats. He's a hat guy. Babies in cute hats pretty much melt my heart. If you have an infant the JJ Cole mittens stay on! I linked them below. Look for mittens with no thumb area and an elastic type wrist. 

Bunting: I wouldn't even bother purchasing jackets for babies under one for the winter months. Bunting is where it's at! I recommend an ultralight down type bunting. Bunting made out of ultralight down will be on the thinner side and it's safe to put your baby in the car seat wearing this bunting. I only use a bunting or the car seat cover, not both at the same time. Always check your child for signs of over heating. Here is the link to an Ultralight down bunting. It's water resistant, and will keep your baby warm without weighing them down. I purchased ours from Baby Gap, but it's not available yet this season. 

Baby carrier cover: I did not use one of these but they can be beneficial if you plan on having your baby in a carrier most of the winter. I personally think the bunting can work just as well but I'll link some carrier covers below. 

REGISTRY CHECK LIST


MRS. NIPPLE'S REGISTRY CHECK LIST 0-3 MONTHS


SLEEP

  • Bassinet 
  • Blackout Shades
  • Baby Monitor 
  • Humidifier                                                                                               
  • White Noise Machine
  • Crib Mattress
  • Crib Sheets X2

LOUNGING AND SOOTHING

  • Glider or Rocker
  • Rock n’ Play
  • Bouncer
  • Lounger

FORMULA FEEDING

  • Bottles 
  • Bottle Drying Rack
  • Bottle Warmer 
  • Chemical Free Bottle Cleaner Soap
  • Bibs & Burp Cloths

BREASTFEEDING

  • Nursing friendly tanks
  • Nursing friendly Bras
  • Nursing Cover
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Nursing Pillow Cover
  • Nursing Pads
  • Nipple Cream
  • Bibs & Burp Cloths
  • Electric Pump
  • Breast Milk Storage bags
  • Bottles 
  • Bottle Drying Rack
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Bottle Cleaner

BABY GEAR & ON THE GO

  • Stroller
  • Lightweight Stroller
  • Infant Car Seat
  • Car Seat Adapters (if needed)
  • Car Window Shade
  • Baby Carrier
  • Baby Wrap

FIRST AID AND HEALTH

  • Infant Tylenol
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Nasal Bulb Syringe
  • Thermometer & Rectal Thermometer 
  • Baby Nail Clipper

DIAPERING

  • Changing Pad
  • Diaper Pail
  • Diaper Bag
  • Travel Changing Pad
  • Wipes
  • Newborn Diapers
  • Diaper Cream
  • Wipe Dispenser

BATH TIME

  • Infant Bath Tub
  • Hooded Towel X3
  • Washcloths X5
  • Chemical free Shampoo and Body Wash

CLOTHING

  • Long sleeved onesies sidesnap tees X5
  • Long-sleeved Onesies X5
  • Short-sleeved Onesies- seasonal X5
  • Newborn Caps X3
  • Pants X5
  • Socks X5
  • Swaddle X2
  • Pajamas X5
  • Hamper
  • Gentle chemical free detergent

MRS. NIPPLE'S REGISTRY CHECK LIST 4-12 MONTHS


 

GEAR

  • Portable Play Yard
  • Play Yard Sheet
  • Convertible Car Seat
  • Activity Center Jumper
  • Baby Play Gym
  • Foam Play Mat
  • Toy
  • Board Books

BATH

  • Kneeling Mat
  • Bath Toys
  • Baby Bath Tub

FOOD

  • High Chair
  • Food Processor
  • Baby Food Storage Containers
  • Utensils
  • Sippy Cup

 

 

REGISTRY GUIDE 4-12 MONTHS


NURSERY


 

Babyletto Crib: I love the Babyletto crib from Land of Nod.  Buying a crib is such a personal choice. One thing to decide before you start looking is if you want a convertible crib. These types of cribs convert into toddler beds and will grow with your child.

Newton Breathable Crib Mattress: I would recommend spending the extra $  for a breathable mattress. Why take any chances?  The Newton Breathable Crib mattress has an innovative design which allows air to flow freely for optimal breathability and temperature regulation.  100 Percent breathable, washable, recyclable and free of toxins!!!  If your child throws up or has a blow out on the mattress, you simply throw the cover in the wash and wash the actual mattress right in the tub. The material is very cool!

Crib fitted sheet:  You do not need sheets if you buy the Newton Mattress. If you do decide to throw a fitted sheet over the mattress, make sure it’s made out of a breathable material.  A muslin sheet is a wonderful option since muslin is a finely woven breathable fabric.  I love the Aden and Anais muslin sheets because they are not only breathable but come in a variety of very fun prints.

Halo SleepSack:  This is a really great swaddle to use as your baby grows. Our son has been using it for the last 4 months. The wrap offers the feeling of security while the option for arms in or out as your baby grows really makes this swaddle last. 

Dockatot Grand:  Our son had some trouble transitioning from his bassinet to the crib. We decided to use the Dockatot Deluxe in his crib until he grew out of it around 8 months old. We replaced this with the Dockatot Grand and he now sleeps in it every night.  The Dockatot Grand will be a lifesaver when we transition our son from the crib to his toddler bed. 

Natursutten:  Our son did not use a pacifier until he was 3 months old. We decided to wait, so he would satisfy his sucking urges by breastfeeding. He was an underweight infant so any extra calories were welcomed. It is such a personal decision. From around 8 months on, he now only uses it at night and on rare occasions, during the day.  If and when you use a pacifier, I absolutely LOVE Natursutten. They are 100 percent natural, made from pure natural rubber from a Hevea  Brasiliensis tree. They are softer than silicone and are molded into one piece. This is so important because there are no joints or cracks where dirt and bacteria could accumulate. Your little one is going to be sucking on this thing all day and potentially all night long, so I would recommend choosing the brand you use very carefully.

Marpac Dohm Sound Machine:  We have not one but two sound machines in our little ones room.  We use this machine and The HoMedics Sound Spa sound machine. I would not have it any other way and highly recommend using a sound machine for your baby.


FEEDING


 

High Chair:  I recommend the 4 moms highchair. The tray is magnetic for easy on and off one handed use. There is also a tray liner you can throw right in the dishwasher or clean in the sink without having to clean the entire tray. The high chair also has bowls that are magnetic that stay secured right on the high chair tray preventing you baby throwing the bowl over the edge.  Because the tray liner is so easy to clean, our son’s food goes right on the tray liner. The foam seat is removable and very easy to wash. Overall, I love this highchair for both functionality and its contemporary look. 

Inglesina Fast Table Highchair:  This is such a great chair to have for both on the go and at home use. We use it at home when we want to have our baby pulled right up to the table. It’s been such a great product for on the go use. Whether it’s a long weekend at my parent’s home or a nice lunch out, this highchair makes eating on the go easier.

BabyBrezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker: As you know, I’m a huge fan of the BabyBrezza products, so their food maker comes highly recommended.  We introduced solids at 6 months and I used that from day one.  It is so incredibly easy. You simply put the raw food in whether it’s vegetables, fruit or meat and the BabyBrezza steams and blends the food in one application. The BabyBrezza also comes with recipes organized by age, so you know what foods are age appropriate for your little one. Clean up is also very simple just throw almost every piece in the dishwasher and that’s it! This is one of those products I still use every single day. Now that my son is one, I do not need to blend the foods, but I still use the steamer.

Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station: This product works really great if you buy the Baby Brezza.  Making all your own baby food is great, but you need a way for your baby to enjoy it on the go, right?! This unit presses your homemade baby food into individual pouches for convenient storage and feeding. Just pour in the puree, press down to fill, squeeze and enjoy. I used this primarily for preparing food when we were traveling or on the go!

Boon Pulp: This is a really fun way for your baby to explore foods and it’s also great for teething! These durable silicone feeders make it easy for your little one to test out fruits and vegetables with its ingenious design and baby-friendly handle, while the easy-clean, dishwasher-safe design makes it parent-friendly, too.

Comotomo Baby Bottles:  These bottles have worked really great for us. I love how soft and squishy they are. The bottle features a silicone nipple that mimics feeding at the breast and eases breast-to-bottle transitioning. The wide-neck design makes for easy dishwasher cleaning, while strategic, leak-free vents are designed to help prevent colic.  They’ve been dishwasher cleaned too many times to count and they still look brand new.


GEAR


 

Jumpers:  Many of the jumpers on the market are very similar. I bought the Baby Einstein Jumper because it is small and I live in an apartment.  Now that the Skip Hop Jumper just came on the market, my choice might have changed. The Skip Hop Jumper FOLDS DOWN!!!  I really wish our jumper had that feature.

Activity gym: Again they are all very similar; it just comes down to personal preference.

Skip Hop Foam Floor Tiles: These are really great, especially when your little one starts crawling. These tiles are especially beneficial to place over hard wood floors.

4moms Playard: I listed two above and I’ll tell you why.  If you plan on using the playard when your child is an infant, I would choose the 4moms Breeze because it comes with a bassinet attachment.   If you plan on waiting until your baby is rolling over, I would choose the Breeze. I did not use a pack n’ play until my son was consistently rolling over because I just used the DockAtot when we would travel. 

Joovy Spoon Walker:  Our son lived in this walker for months. It was such a nice product to have when he reached six months. He loved running around our home in this, eating snacks and even watching movies all in this walker!

Nuna Reva: When it comes down to new and improved technology, I am always on board. The smart design of the Nuna Reva uses advanced safety technology making installation very straightforward and simple. This car seat is not only safe but it’s also very easy to move from car to car. Nuna is a brand you can trust which has one of the best customer service departments I’ve ever dealt with.

 

 

 

 

       

Two Weeks

Two Weeks

Your baby’s crib, or bassinet, should have a firm mattress. The crib slots should be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. Your baby should not sleep on a waterbed, beanbag, or soft blankets that may hinder his ability to breathe. If your baby sleeps in your bed, make sure the mattress is firm. It should be a single bed, not two beds brought together where your baby may get caught between the beds.

Two Months

Two Months

Your baby will have longer periods of wakefulness as he develops a more regular sleep-wake routine. Your baby will enjoy excursions and regular activities, even running errands. Your baby will enjoy conversations and interactions with adults and children. Talking with Your baby, singing to him, looking him in his eyes will encourage social/language development.