Monday, December 12, 2011

Cloth Diapering in the 80's vs. today? A cloth diapering mom interviews her mom!

Guest Post by Bert

My mom always comments to me how she thinks it’s so funny how cloth diapering today is really turning into this hip cultural thing to do. She used cloth diapers on me in (and now you’ll know my age!) 1982 and apparently she hated them. She’s changed my son, Buggie’s, diapers and my daughter, Lady Bug’s, cloth diapers in the new millennium. I thought I’d ask her what her thoughts are on cloth diapering today. Remember the diapers of today are not your mother’s cloth diapers!

Me: Why did you cloth diaper me?

My Mom: We made this choice because of cost. When you were an infant, pampers had just come on the market and they were expensive, a luxury item. Everyone used cloth diapers. I was staying home and had the time to wash and fold diapers.

I also recall that my friends who used pampers said they leaked so it was still necessary to use plastic pants.

Me: What do you think about today's cloth diapers?

My Mom: First of all, I think they are 100 times better than they used to be due to the elimination of the pins and rubber pants. I think they are cute. I like the variety of pattern and design. They are easier to use with the addition of velcro and snaps. I used gigantic pins and poked my fingers often and I think I occasionally poked you too. Today's cloth diapers are pretty chunky. I have also found it difficult to describe them to women my age, they have a hard time understanding the "pocket" until they see it. It seems pretty time-consuming and complicated to launder them today. I just threw mine in the washer and then into the dryer, because we weren't worried about preserving their water-proofing ability.

Me: If you had a baby now, and you were younger, would you use disposable or cloth?

My Mom: I did use disposables for your sister and loved them. Use it and toss it...done! I would probably use today's cloth diapers, especially if I had a laundry service. Actually diaper services were a very popular baby gift in my day. This nice man in a cute truck came once a week to your house, took away a week's worth of stinky (think ammonia smell) diapers and left you with about 60 clean ones, all folded and ready to use. Is there such a thing as a diaper service now?

Me: What are the things about cloth diapering in the 80s that you loved? Hated?

My Mom: What did I love about cloth diapering in the 80's?.........................Not one single thing, see the following list to understand why.

What did I hate about cloth diapering in the 80's?............................

1. The horrible smell of the sloshing wet heavy diaper pail, the fumes made my eyes water.

2. The BIG pins, even the cute ones with bunny heads on them or little flowers. They were weapons.

3. The leaky plastic/ rubber pants. Those things never did the job, especially overnight. It was nasty when the leaky pee

and poo got caught in the creases of the pants and slipped out when you had to take them off the baby. YUK!

4. How the plastic pants got hard and crunchy with repeated washings. I can't imagine they were very comfortable.

5. Hauling the sloshing wet heavy stinky diaper pail to the basement and then removing said stinky diapers to put them

into the washing machine.

6. Folding the diapers into neat thirds and doubling some of them for overnight.

7. The fact that the dirty diaper laundry never stopped.

Me: What would you say to those who are thinking about cloth diapering but aren't quite sure?

My Mom: I would say try it. It is less expensive, it is more ecologically sound and it seems that they do a better job than disposables. They are cute and kind of like a cool baby accessory. Today, using disposables seems like the easy, albeit expensive, way out.



Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son. She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things. This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl! Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything! Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Scavenger Hunt, Dec 1-31, 2011! Register today!

Have you heard about Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt?  It's an online Scavenger Hunt of EPIC proportions!

Nearly 30 Knickernappies Retailers are participating, including Luvaboos, and there are just as many awesome Knickernappies prizes to be won!

How does it work?
Each Knickernappies Retailer who is sponsoring can be found in an album on Knickernappies Facebook page.  Along with their URL, you'll find a link to their Facebook page and the prize for their leg of the hunt.  Visit their site and look for the icon with clue #1, there you'll start your hunt.

After solving the clues you'll find a final icon linked to an entry form.  There you can enter to win that sponsor's prize.  *We suggest you then go back to the Knickernappies Sponsor Album and comment on the ones you've found so that you don't lose track.

Each sponsor's hunt that you solve will not only qualify you for an entry into their giveaway but it will also earn you an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway!  The more you solve, the greater your chances are of  winning the Grand Prize, a 6 pack of Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers with Micro Inserts in the color and size of your choice!


Entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway can be found on Knickernappies.com!

What if you need help? 
Can't figure out a clue?  Need a hint or a little extra help?  Each sponsor is responsible for helping hunters with their leg of the hunt.  Please visit their Facebook Page and ask questions or contact them directly.


First thing you need to do is register to hunt!
Fill out the Rafflecopter form below with your name and email address and LIKE each sponsors page.  Yes, this is mandatory, but think about it.  We would have asked that you like each sponsor anyhow so we figured it was best to just get it out of the way at the start.  Plus, this gives us a way to count how many people participated in the hunt.

*You have from December 1st-31st to figure out each sponsors clues and claim your entries into their giveaway and the Grand Prize Giveaway.

Monday, November 28, 2011

We'd like to THANK YOU in advance, with a Boba Carrier Giveaway! CLOSED

Here at Luvaboos we love our customers and we want it to show!  We need your help spreading the good word about Luvaboos and your experience with us.

We'd like you to leave your honest review of Luvaboos in a variety of places, which will help new prospective customers know what they can expect when they shop with us!

We've got a variety of easy ways to enter and on December 31, 2011 the giveaway will end and we'll choose a random winner!

What's the prize?
A Charcoal 2G Boba Carrier! 

Where to leave your honest reviews:
 Additional entry methods and details can be found on the Rafflecopter form below.
 



Thursday, November 17, 2011

The J&J Formaldehyde Issue, One mama shares her thoughts.

Maybe you’re like me and you trust brand name products, especially when they’ve been around forever. I chose to use Johnson & Johnson’s baby wash/shampoo because I trusted them. Their time tested product and the trust that they’ve gained from thousands of parents around the world was good enough for me. I was wrong.

The beginning of this month a few articles and news reports started circulating around the media regarding the use dioxane and a substance called quaternium-15 that releases formaldehyde in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. The study was completed by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and they are urging consumers to boycott the brand. The details of the issue is that Johnson & Johnson is currently make formaldehyde-free products in other countries EXCLUDING the US, Canada and China. In response to the report J&J released a statement saying that they intend on phasing out all formaldehyde-releasing products worldwide.

Why is formaldehyde dangerous? By now should all be thinking back to eighth grade biology lab and dissecting frogs – yeah the preserving chemical for dead things (okay preservation in general) is the one and only formaldehyde! Quaternium-15 is a problem for your child (as well as you) for a few reasons:
  • The release of formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen and was declared such this past June by the US National Toxicology Program.
  • Studies conducted by reputable groups have shows that there is a link between exposure to formaldehyde and leukemia.
  • It also is a potent allergen that can cause skin rashes and irritation.
J&J did release a statement on November 1st, after The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics issued their report, stating that they are taking measures to remove all formaldehyde containing chemicals from their products. The study that was conducted by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics was done from July 2011 to October 2011. They purchased J&J baby shampoo from 13 different countries including the US and Canada to see if any contained the chemicals discussed above. Sadly, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo in the US, Canada, Australia, China and Indonesia all contained both chemicals; while Japan, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, South Africa and the UK did not contain either chemical.

I don’t know about you but I feel a little perturbed that J&J would knowingly continue to put a dangerous chemical into my baby’s shampoo because they could simply get away with it here in the US. I’m assuming this was a cost cutting decision and unfortunately we don’t have the same kind of standards in the US regarding the chemicals that we daily place on our skin and our children’s. It’s one thing to know that you probably will get cancer from something or somewhere during your lifetime but it’s completely different to knowingly use a product daily on your child’s skin that has links to leukemia. I’ve heard the argument, “Well, we can get cancer from anything,” many times and sadly I have used it too. Little changes do make a big difference though. I’m sickened with J&J. I’ll no longer be spending my money on their product or any knock off.


Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Super Easy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe!

In our house smoothies are a staple.  Breakfast, lunch, snack, desert...the kids want them all the time.

Our smoothies are more like slushies so we call them smooshies.  If they're not "slushy" enough then the kids don't care for them as much.

Our recipe is super easy!  I'll share with you the simple steps below.

Here are the ingredients:
  • Ice Cubes
  • Frozen Mixed Fruit (Ours is a combination of strawberry, pineapple, mango and peaches.)
  • Frozen Bananas
  • Apple Juice
The steps are easy!  Add your ice cubes, fill about 3/4 of the way with frozen fruit.  Then add 1.5 to 2 whole frozen bananas.  Fill the rest with apple juice, to about an inch or two from the top.

Hit blend and voila!  Strawberry Fruit Smooshie!




You can also add yogurt, use a different juice and add berries.  We skip the berries because when the raspberry seeds are in the smoothie the kids get all weirded out.  When needed I have also put powdered or liquid acidophilus in the smoothie as well.

*Fresh Fruit works well too of course but if your fruit or bananas aren't frozen then your smoothie won't become a smooshie!

So what do you think?  Are you a smoothie fan?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Clogged Nipple Pore? It could happen to you too.

Guest Post by Bert


I noticed it a few days ago; that persistent burning feeling whenever I wasn’t breastfeeding my daughter. It wasn’t the twinge that I usually feel in my nipples when my milk lets down, it was different. It was painful and felt like I was just beginning to breastfeed again. As soon as my daughter would latch on and start eating the pain would reside. I knew what this was; after all it had happened almost three years ago with my oldest son.

If you haven’t experienced a clogged nipple pore you should be very thankful. If you have then you know what I’m talking about. And if you’re reading this and wondering if that pain you’re experiencing is a clogged nipple pore then read on, Mama! A clogged nipple pore looks like a white pimple on your nipple. It’s not to be confused with a blood blister that is usually caused by friction from poor latching or positioning. It’s also not thrush, although it does resemble it. Thrush will not feel better after your baby has eaten. It’ll burn. A clogged nipple pore will feel much better after nursing your baby or pumping.

Clogged nipple pores (aka milk blisters or blebs) are usually caused by oversupply, pressure on your breast from a tight bra, changes in feeding schedules (baby skips feedings) or stress. If left unattended the bleb could lead to mastitis so it’s really imperative that you take action to relieve the pressure. It can also reduce your milk supply in the affected breast. I noticed a reduction earlier this week when I was pumping. I thought it was odd. Actually I thought that it might be the pump for some reason. Then the pain came and I instantly knew what was happening with my milk supply – there was a plug somewhere inside.

So what can you do to fix a bleb? It’s really rather simple. Apply a hot (be careful, you don’t want to burn yourself!) damp compress to the breast to loosen things up. You can also use a cotton ball that’s been soaked with olive oil to help loosen the skin. Next you’ll want to apply a hot compress to your nipple before your baby nurses. After a few minutes, take the compress off and allow your baby to nurse. Be sure to nurse frequently as this will unclog the pore and relieve the pressure. My lactation consultant also told me that if I could see the white part’s head I could sterilize a needle by lighting a match and holding the tip of the needle into the flame for a while until I knew it was hot. Then place the needle in rubbing alcohol and soak for ten to 15 minutes. Then lift the skin of the bleb with the sterilized needle. Do not pierce, lift. This should relieve some pressure immediately and then your baby can get working on helping you out!

I think it’s just amazing how the “cure” for this is your baby’s sucking. Our bodies are made wonderfully, don’t you think? Another way of treating a bleb is to do the following: Fill a spray bottle with five drops of grapefruit seed extract, ¼ cup of white vinegar and two cups of water. Apply the solution to your breasts one a day. For more information I highly suggest checking out KellyMom. It’s a great resource for all things breastfeeding! Now I’m off to go and work on getting this bleb to go away…

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Monday, October 31, 2011

New Holiday Hours at Luvaboos, Plus we're Hiring!

The holiday season is fast approaching!  We've extended our hours to make it easier on you to shop!
Now Open:

Tuesday 11am-8pm 
Wed-Fri 11-6pm
Saturday 11-5pm
Sun & Monday Closed

We will also be closed December 24th for Christmas Eve this year!  

We have been filling the store with new toys and gear for Christmas and after many requests will also have Class Gift Cards Available!  So make your wish lists now at Luvaboos!

Our

Has been filling up all week.  If you want to join the fun Register online today, after this week you can call the store to register and class tuition will be prorated for the duration of the session. 


We're hiring, keep the applications coming!  
Send us an email with Luvaboos Application in the subject and we'll get you an application.  Even if it's not the right time or fit for you now we'll keep you on file for the future.  We love getting to know our families in this way so don't be shy :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Boo-nana Ghost Pops! A healthy Halloween treat!

I’m always on the hunt for healthy snacks for my kids. That doesn’t mean that they have to have tasteless food! I LOVE reading the blog Skinny Taste for ideas on slimmed down flavorful food. I happened upon these cute little guys! Happy Halloween!

Ingredients:
Bananas
1 Cup of White Chocolate Chips
Mini Chocolate Chips
Popsicle Sticks (wooden or reusable)

First you’ll cut your bananas in half and then take those halves and cut them in half again lengthwise. From there you’ll place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and put the sheet in the freezer. Keep them in the freezer for a little while.

While you’re waiting for the bananas to freeze you can get started on melting your white chocolate. You’ll want to do this in the microwave, setting the microwave for thirty seconds on high power, stirring the chocolate at the end of thirty seconds until the chocolate is melted.

If you try to hurry the process like I did you’ll get burned white chocolate and yes, it does turn brown!

After the chocolate’s melted take the bananas out of the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate. Then scrape the excess white chocolate off the back of the banana and place them onto the cookie sheet. Quickly place two mini chocolate chips on the top of the banana so that they look like little ghost eyes. Put your finished pops back into the freezer and let them freeze.
Once they’re finished give these yummy snacks to your kids! Happy Halloween friendly ghosts!

You can check out the original recipe from Skinny Taste here

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Breastfeeding Twins, A mother's journey.

Guest Post by Amanda

At just 10 weeks pregnant, I found out I was expecting twins. The hubby and I were shocked but super excited to be blessed with two. My pregnancy, although uncomfortable, went by without a hitch. I was always in perfect health at every doctor’s appointment and the twins were growing perfectly. True to my public health background I had no doubt that I would breastfeed my twins. I read everything I could get my hands on about breastfeeding twins. I bought the My Brest Friend nursing pillow for twins and registered for a double electric breast pump. I was as ready as I was ever going to be.


The twins were delivered via c-section at 36 weeks gestation because they were both in the breech position. I gave birth to identical twin boys who we named Noah and Eli. The excitement of the twins’ arrival was quickly replaced with fear when we found out that Eli was born with a tracheosophageal fistula and esophageal atresia. Basically, his esophagus and trachea formed incorrectly. His esophagus didn’t connect to his stomach and there was a connection between his esophagus and trachea. He underwent surgery to repair his esophagus and trachea when he was just one day old.


After surgery Eli remained in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for 6 weeks. He had some serious complications following his surgery. He spent 3 long weeks on the ventilator. After coming off the vent I was finally able to hold him for the first time. He also began eating 5 milliliters of breastmilk every 3 hours. I spent a lot of my time pumping so Eli could get as much breastmilk as possible. After being on a ventilator for 3 weeks Eli had a serious oral aversion and hated anything being put in his mouth. It was painstakingly hard to get him to suck and drink even 5mLs of breastmilk. At this point in time, attempting to breastfeed him wasn’t even an option.
 
Noah came home from the hospital after 2 weeks in the NICU. With no serious health complications I was able to begin breastfeeding him while he was in the NICU. However, because he was born early, he wasn’t quite strong enough to latch on and suck well. With all that was going on with Eli, I breastfed Noah when I could, but we ended up having to supplement his diet with formula.

Whenever things seemed to be getting better with Eli, a new problem would emerge. Due to the complications he had following surgery, Eli developed kidney damage. Now it was even more important that he get as much breastmilk as possible. He still refused to latch so I continued to pump and bring bottles to the NICU. It was difficult for me because I wasn’t able to pump enough milk to feed 2 babies. I struggled with depriving Noah of the precious breastmilk in order to give Eli as much as I possibly could.

Eli came home from the hospital when he was 6 weeks old. I tried over and over to get him to latch on and breastfeed, but he would arch his back and scream bloody murder. It was so upsetting to me that he wouldn’t breastfeed. I breastfed Noah during the night and continued to pump every few hours so I could have bottles for Eli. For 6 months I pumped and supplemented the twins’ diet with formula. This was such a trying time in my life, but I did the best I could to get at least some breastmilk into my babies. At 6 months, my mom lost her battle with cancer and pumping became too much for me to handle.

I still wish I was able to breastfeed the twins exclusively.  I  did the best that I could with my circumstances. I am happy that I didn’t give up sooner and that they at least received some breastmilk for the first 6 months of their lives. I know that some breastmilk is better than no breastmilk. They are now thriving 3 year olds, and looking at Eli, you wouldn’t even know he had such a tough beginning. I am also now successfully breastfeeding my 8 month old daughter and loving every minute of it.

Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of 3 year old, identical, twin boys and a beautiful, 8 month old, baby girl. She is a new found cloth diaper addict who also enjoys sewing and crocheting when the kids aren't climbing all over her. She married an amazing man and enjoys living two houses away from her in-laws. Amanda has a degree in Public Health Education from Brigham Young University. She started blogging to keep her family updated on the crazy and cute things her kids are up to.  You find her at The Duke Family blog.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Luvaboos, Rochester NY Store updates!

 Starting to have to bundle up out there!  We've been having a blast with classes at the store.  Don't miss your chance to join in the fun before the holidays.  I can't believe I'm saying this but this is our last official session before Christmas!  Starting next week so check them out today!


If you want in register soon because we've started to fill up faster with the cold weather finally here.  If you are still having trouble viewing check your anti-virus first then let us know if you still can't see the page (still not sure all the kinks are out).

NEW this session is Itsy Bitsy Yoga!  Get to know other caregivers, bond with your baby and feel empowered with more tools to play and sooth at this early age.

If you are expecting, don't miss Tamara Alberts comprehensive session, Childbirth: A Joyful Experience Saturday November 5th.  I can tell you first hand you won't regret it (went through it 3 times and 3 amazing births!).  

Want to join the fun but can't find a good time?  Jump over to our FaceBook page and answer the poll about what times work best.

Lots of new products are in. 
We've been unpacking like crazy around here with all the new products coming in.  For those of you that are new around here (welcome!), every fall we head to the largest baby expo in the world and hand pick many of the products you see in store.  It's a great chance to meet the families behind the things you've come to love.  We also see products in person and learn about the manufacturing process before bringing them to you.  If you haven't been in lately stop by and say hello :)

AND we're hiring again!  
Send us an email with Luvaboos Application in the subject and we'll get you an application.  Even if it's not the right time or fit for you now we'll keep you on file for the future.  We love getting to know our customers in this way so don't be shy :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Make your own baby food at home!

Guest Post by Bert

There are tons of cookbooks and products out there for making your own babyfood. I did not purchase any of them. In fact, I didn’t decide to make my own baby food until my son was ready to eat meat. That’s when I looked at the packaged meat baby food and decided that I would never eat pureed meat from a jar, why should my kid? Did I buy a special food processor or a special baby food cookbook? No. I’m married to Mr. Frugal (and as a result we live pretty debt free aside from our student loans) so purchasing something was out of the question. Plus, it’s not rocket science – anyone can do this! And as I’m sure my Nana would say, “We made our own baby food back in my day. We didn’t have to buy anything fancy.”

What do you need to make your own baby food?
  1. Blender, food processor or my personal fav, the handy chopper. It’s really very easy to use all of these tools and you’ll get the same result – pureed food that your baby can eat. What I did, for example, is I cooked a chicken breast then I chopped it up. Next I put it in my hand chopper with a little water. I kept adding water to the chopper until I got the consistency that I wanted. The difference between the three tools really is the way you get the food out. A blender is better for liquids so you might find that approach to be rather messy.
  2. Food – You’ve got it! You can’t make baby food if you don’t have regular food. It’s past the gardening season for those of us who live in the northern part of the States, however, if you Southerners can grow your own! This summer I planted green beans so that I could make and freeze some for my daughter who is four months. You’ll want to do the same thing for any veggie or fruit that I did with the chicken. Cook or steam it, place it in the chopper, add a little water as needed and viola! You’re very own green baby food! If you don’t have access to a garden I have heard from some nutritionists that frozen veggies are second in line to fresh. If you need to eat on a budget but still want to provide a healthy and nutritious meal for your baby go the frozen route before you eat anything from a can.
  3. Baby cube trays. Freeze your pureed foods. Your baby will not eat an entire thing of chicken in one sitting so you’ll want to pour the food into the cube tray. I then put the tray into a freezer storage bag. The food can be stored that way for no more than six months. Obviously any kind of freezer burned food should not be consumed.
As far as fancy cookbooks go I think they looked cool on my shelf but really I never used one baby food cookbook. My favorite site for inspiration was WholesomeBabyFood. And here’s my favorite recipe from there as a way to get your baby to eat meat (they are yummy!) and make sure that they get a veggie or fruit in as well:
J&J's Baby Meat Balls* (from WholesomeBabyFood)
Ingredients:
  • Ground Turkey, Beef or chicken
  • Plain baby cereal (boxed type)
  • Pureed veggies or fruits
  • Spices as desired
  • Wheat Germ
Directions:
  • Place 1 part lean ground beef/turkey or chicken into a mixing bowl
  • Add 2 parts baby cereal and 1/2 part wheat germ. Use Spices that you find appropriate (you may use bread crumbs if you choose)
  • Add pureed veggies and/or fruit to moisten the mixture
  • Mix together as you would when making “adult" meatballs.
  • Bake in an oven at 400 degrees until brown and cooked thoroughly – Cover with tinfoil, be sure not to burn the meatballs as they will become tough on the outside and baby may not be able to eat them.  (*Ground turkey, rice cereal, wheat germ, pureed sweet potato, dash of cinnamon for example)

I think that you’ll find that making your own baby food is really easy and you’ll have peace of mind as you have the control of what goes into the food itself. Also, you’ll save a buck or two and create less waste because you won’t be throwing anything away. Happy feeding, Mamas!
Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Breastfeeding Supplies and Accessories you'll need!

Guest Post by Bert

Whether or not you’re new to breastfeeding or you’re looking for some great ideas for a breastfeeding mom, this list is sure to inspire you. Using my own experience and the experience of the fans on my Facebook page I think you’ll see that we have quite the helpful list for you!
  1. Nursing Tanks are a must, according to quite a few moms on my fan page. Kelsey said, “…so much easier than shirts!” And Mary Katherine suggests using bikini tops during the summer, “Bathing suit tops were my go – to bra during the summer for nursing. They easily slide, are relatively cheap, can be thrown in the wash, and [they] don’t look bulky under tank tops.” Now, I do have to add that I don’t think I could use a bikini top for my rather full girls but if they were smaller I would totally use Mary Katherine’s tip!
  2. Good Nursing Bras is something that I cannot emphasize enough! Your breasts will be heavy and you need good support. Also, you can buy bras to sleep in too if it’s uncomfortable to go unsupported at night.
  3. Nursing Pads are on my list of must haves as well as the majority of the breastfeeding fans on my page. I prefer the reusable kind because I don’t really see a need to create more waste when I have to wash clothes anyway. Nursing pads are especially important in those beginning weeks as your milk supply is being established and you will likely be engorged right after your milk comes in.
  4. A Nursing Basket is something that my home health nurse suggested to me after my son, Buggie, was born. I loved the idea. Basically what you’ll want to do is put everything that you think you might need in the basket next to your preferred nursing spot so that you won’t have to get up to do anything while you’re feeding your baby. This is so important during the first weeks when it can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour to nurse. Dena said, “…a good book or magazine – you will spend lots of time sitting! Oooh and a good water bottle, nursing makes you oddly thirsty.” I could agree with her more.
  5. Lanolin cream or coconut oil is something that you could put in your nursing basket as you might experience dry, cracked or sore nipples in the beginning. Rebecca, from the fan page, suggested using Soothies, a gel pad that prevents leaks as well as soothes sore nipples.
  6. An electric breast pump and/or a manual breast pump were practically unanimously in every suggestion on the page and I couldn’t agree more. You want your baby to receive the best and no one can deny that breast milk is the best thing for your baby. The only wait to ensure this is to buy a pump. Erica also suggested using a bra that promotes hands free pumping. Pumping helps keep infection and mastitis away.
  7. Green cabbage keeps mastitis away according to five time breastfeeding mom, Miranda. (I know! I’ve never heard of this but what a great tip!) Miranda said to, “Take a leaf, slice open the veins, and apply directly to your breast inside your bra.” She swears it works.
  8. A good support system. You need this. It’s a must. My mom came to my house for two weeks after my first child was born. Why? I didn’t know until I had him but she anticipated that I would need the support, encouragement and extra help because she needed it after she had me. (I’m the firstborn in my family.) Breastfeeding can be really easy or it can be quite the challenge. My son did not know how to breastfeed until he was 12 weeks old. The only reason I stuck it out was because of the people who surrounded me and supported me. An experienced mom, a lactation consultant (I LOVE mine) or a spouse or significant other is a great support system for you during this sometimes trying time. Don’t give up, keep at it and it’ll eventually come naturally. Trust me.
Like I said whether you’re new on this path of breastfeeding or you needed a few ideas on how to help a mother on her breastfeeding path, I hope this has helped you and given you a few tips. Green cabbage. Green cabbage?! Amazing.

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Featured Product: Raz Baby BPA Free Toothbrush is a must have!

Brushing your teeth is obviously something that baby and child must get used to so in my opinion it's best to get them acclimated to the feel, texture and routine of using a real toothbrush from the start.  You can do just that with the RazBaby BPA Free Baby and Toddler toothbrush!  No worrying about baby gagging or reaching for the brush and cramming it down their throat.

The Raz Baby toothbrush has a silicone guard that protects baby from over insertion while you brush.  Baby can help you brush and you can easily clean a squirming child's teeth.

Luvaboos carries a great selection of RazBaby BPA Free Teethers, Pacifiers, Toothbrushes and more! 

So what are your thoughts? Do you use a toothbrush, washcloth, your finger?  How does baby react to you cleaning their teeth?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Leaky diapers? There might be a simple solution.

Often leaky diapers are the reason families want to give up on cloth or think that something is wrong with their diapers.  They wonder, Are they ruined?  Worn out?  Need to be stripped?  Do they have holes or defective PUL?  Is XYZ just a bad brand of cloth diapers?

Sometimes when you're troubleshooting leaky or malfunctioning diapers the best place to start is by trying the simplest solutions first.
  • Check the size.  If the diapers a bit too small it could just be that you need to go up to the next size.
  • Check the setting.  If you use one size diapers you might be using the wrong setting, perhaps you need to snap up or down or adjust the leg elastic.
  • Check the inserts.  Could be that adding an extra insert or doubler is all you need.  The other possibility is that you might be overstuffing your diapers which can cause the diaper to not fit properly.  Here's a great post on the Knickernappies blog about the issue of "overstuffing."
Before you assume the worst try some of these simple tips and tricks to see if you can fix the problem without too much work.  Through process of elimination you  should be able to determine the cause of the issues.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Quest for the Perfect Nursing Bra!

Guest post by Bert

The quest…it took a long time but I think I have finally found a nursing bra to support my rather well endowed chest. That’s right. Well endowed. I have never struggled in that department and it’s a family trait. From an early age and after Oprah aired her bra show featuring bra fittings at Nordstrom’s my mother has been insistent that my sister and I have good supportive bras to lift the girls up!

With my daughter, Lady Bug, I produce more milk than I ever did with my son, and as a result my larger than life breasts now need extra support. Back in May, before Lady Bug was born my mom and I took a trip to our beloved Nordstrom’s lingerie department so that I could get fitted before I started nursing. Now the only reason we did this was because the bras I was wearing were over a year old and stretched out. The woman fitting me did know what she was doing; she gave me a cup size bigger than what I currently was. I, however, didn’t think it was correct so I returned the bra and got a smaller cup size. How was I to know that I’d be a mass milking machine this time around?

I broke Rule #1Wait until at least three months before really settling into a nursing bra size. By three months your milk supply is well established so the likelihood that your size will go up is pretty slim.

Rule #2 – Always get professionally fitted. This is essential if you are a larger chest size like I am. I don’t even mess with trying to figure it out on my own.

Rule #3 – Don’t be afraid to buy the expensive bra; it’ll be worth the support in the end. I’m basing this on my own personal experience but when I have a good fitting bra I feel slimmer and my back doesn’t ache as much. I have two bras that I own and yes they are well over $50 but it’s worth the money.

Some Helpful Hints:
  • If the band rides up in the back you need a stronger support band to compensate for a heavy load. You may also need to reassess your cup size
  • If your straps are falling down your arm and they are on the tightest setting then your cup size is likely too big.
  • If your shoulder straps are digging into your shoulders then your cup size is too small and the straps are being forced to do all of the work. You should be able to slide your straps off of your shoulders and your bra should stay in place. Your poor little straps should only support 10% of your breasts’ weight.
On my FB page, FTM, I threw the question out there and asked if any of my fans had a favorite maternity bra that they used. Some of the suggestions were Bestform found at Wal-Mart, Bravados, and nursing sports bras found at Motherhood Maternity. Now you can always get fitted at a specialty store and then look for the bra at a different retailer who has a cheaper price. My favorites? I like Elomi and Anita nursing bras. Elomi is made for larger size breasts and you can definitely tell that they know what they are doing!

Support the girls, get fitted and spend a little extra cash for a good fitting bra. You’ll look better and feel better, I promise!

Luvaboos carries a great selection of Bravado nursing bras.  Stop by and check out the bras in person if you're in Rochester or shop online at Luvaboos.com!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The day I squirted breastmilk in my eye, on purpose!

Just thought I'd share today.  No, this is not about a breastfeeding blooper or accident!

Something I never thought twice about doing for my kids when needed, was squirting breastmilk in their eye, it never occurred to me that I too could benefit from it and need it.

If you nurse your kids then you know the awesome healing power of breastmilk, not just as a nutrient for your growing babes, but as a topical treatment for scrapes.  Beyond scrapes, the real magic happens when you used breastmilk for eye infections.  You know we all have those days when baby wakes up with crusty eyes or they're lid is a little swollen and you think they might get a stye.  Just a few drops of breastmilk worked like magic for my kids.

It wasn't until the day I personally woke up looking like heck, one eye was swollen and sore and I was for sure either getting a painful stye or the dreaded pink eye!  It was gross, embarrassing not to mention when your eye is read people tend to treat you like you have the plague.

Now my breasts were saggy and there was plenty of milk but no way I could aim and get it in my own eye!  So I squirted some into a tiny cup and used an eye dropper.  I applied the breastmilk to my sore eye twice in one day and then next day I was completely cured!

This benefit of breastfeeding is one I miss the most now that my kids are older.  They're all very prone to those awful styes and I wish each time that I had a little breastmilk I could defrost and use (although it would long since be expired).

How about you?  Ever used breastmilk for it's medicinal purposes?

Friday, September 30, 2011

The perfect alternative to disposables...GroVia BioSoakers!

Often mamas and their families are a little leary of making the switch directly from disposables to cloth diapers, especially if they may not know anyone who uses cloth.  The perfect transitional diaper to gradually get you addicted to cloth is the GroVia system.

GroVia's cloth diaper shell, also known as a cover, is a one size product and it's super versatile.  It fits babies from birth through potty training and can be used with cloth/reusable soaker pads or their super awesome Bio Soakers. 

GroVia's Bio Soakers will give you that semi-cloth yet semi-disposable feel.  They're biodegradable, which means they rock....errr...I mean they're better for the environment, and they work a lot like disposables.  They stick right into the cover and can easily be removed, often all you'll need is to replace with a fresh soaker and you're ready to go.  That means you don't need a new cover/shell for each diaper change.

The GroVia Hybrid system is perfect for cloth and easy enough to use for those who don't really want to.  If you've got a caregiver, daycare or spouse who perhaps refuses or despises cloth, they're sure to be willing to use the BioSoakers!

Check out Luvaboos for a great selection of GroVia products.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Winner of our Baltic Amber Teething Bracelet or Necklace Giveaway is...Maria K!

Someone's little one is going to be super happy that mommy won this giveaway!  That lucky mama is Maria K, she's the winner of a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace or Bracelet from Knickernappies.

Thank you all for your interest and we hope we've shed a little light on this great natural teething pain remedy. 

SALE:  10% off Baltic Amber at Luvaboos
If you haven't won and you'd like to purchase an Amber Necklace or Bracelet from Luvaboos, they are now marked down 10% off for you on our website!  Shopping in the store?  Mention this sale to receive the discount.

Maria, please check your email for a notification from us and to claim your prize.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Meet our Lamaze Class Instructor, Tamara!

Did you know that our Childbirth, A Joyful Experience class is a Lamaze Class?  Get to know Tamara, our class instructor by reading her interview below.  You'll also find great information on how to register for classes and contact information in the event that you have questions.

Tell us a little about yourself and your family-
I am a certified doula with DONA and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.   I have been a doula for 10+ years, have attended 55 births and absolutely love it!  My main goal as a doula and a childbirth educator is assist you to have the kind of birth you desire.  My husband and I reside in Geneseo, NY and we have 5 wonderful children.   Abigail (16), Rebekah (14), Bethany (12), Timothy (3), and Phoebe (1)!  They are awesome!

Tell us about your hobbies and/or interests outside of teaching-
We are a homeschooling family – that keeps me pretty busy.  Also, we are very active in our church, serving as elders, nursery worker, and helping to run the bookstore/coffee shop.  My girls play soccer in the fall – and therefore, I become an avid “soccer mom” with two little cheerleaders in tow! 

Name and Description of your class(es) that you teach-
The birth of a child is among the most precious and wonderful moments a couple can share.  In order to enjoy this experience, training is necessary.  Childbirth: A Joyful Experience is a Lamaze® course designed to train both husband and wife to be prepared for this extraordinary event.

Our goal is to prepare you for the kind of birth you want to have.   Through focused information and training, Childbirth: A Joyful Experience is an excellent choice for you and your family.

How did you become interested in teaching and what do you enjoy most about it?
In 2001, a friend of mine asked me to teach her what I did when I had my first three children.  She had had a poor childbirth experience with her first and was pregnant with a second.  Being a type A personality, I dove in with both feet and wrote a manual!  My husband and I taught that couple and then I was hooked.  From there I taught several other couples, mutual friends who had heard I taught that first couple.  I researched certifying organizations, became certified as a doula first and then a childbirth educator.  I love it!!!  My passion is to help couples have the birth they desire!

Throughout your class session is there a specific topic or activity that you look forward to?
(in other words, what's your favorite part of your class)
My favorite part of teaching childbirth class is watching confidence grow in mom’s–to-be.  At the first class, many of the women are very nervous about giving birth.  By the last class, most of the women are confident and excited about it!

What's your favorite product or product line at the Luvaboos store?  Cloth diapers!


Current class dates, times, cost and any other pertinent information-

November 5th – Express Class.  $125 – discount given for registering early


Contact info for those interested in signing up-

tamaralynn@rochester.rr.com
585-243-1515

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Toys made from Milk Jugs, As Green as they can be!

You might remember our past blog post about "Toxic Toys" and how so many plastic products, especially toys, contains phthalates and other toxins that are harmful to ours and our childrens health.  Well luckily, companies like Green Toys have come to the rescue giving kids back those classic toys, without the harmful chemicals.

Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.

Luvaboos is super excited to now be a Green Toys retailer and we've got a great in stock selection for your to check out online or in person at our store in Rochester.

We've also got a great little video below that you can watch to learn more and see some Green Toys in action!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Luvaboos Instructor Interview with Sarah!

Sarah and Wren
Time to introduce you to another of our very talented class instructors.  Sarah is the mama who teaches our Yoga classes!  Read our interview below to find out more about her and the classes she offers here at Luvaboos.

Tell us a little about yourself and your family- I have 6 month old, Wren Rebecca, born Feb 23rd 2011 at home weighing 11 lbs 7 oz! My partner, Jesse Hughson is a self-employed contractor, specializing in recycled wood carpentry. I have been a self employed yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner since 2005. I've lived many places, teaching, studying and just exploring myself and life, including New Mexico, where I did my Reiki master training, South Korea, where I taught Yoga and English to middle schoolers, and Vancouver, B.C./Oregon, where I did yoga training. I also lived for a few months on Koh Phangan island in Thailand studying Yin Yoga. Happy to be back in the ROC for a few years. This past year and a half being pregnant and becoming a mommy has literally transformed my life! I am happy to finally be rooted and starting a yoga/Reiki practice in Rochester, my hometown. I am excited to see what "blooms" from here with Inner Bloom Yoga and all that I have to offer as a mom teaching yoga!

Tell us about your hobbies and/or interests outside of teaching- Yoga is still one of my favorite past-times. I try to get to at least one class a week outside of teaching and it sometimes happens...sometimes doesn't! Otherwise, studying bodywork is exciting to me. I am going to be learning Reflexology, which for me, is my favorite form of bodywork to recieve. I absolutely LOVE my feet rubbed...better than a full body massage and so beneficial to my whole being! Can't wait to practice on others!! Also always been a crafter. I started my own craft biz in junior high and have dabbled in it ever since. I make jewelry out of gemstones, which I also love. I have also just started sewing patchwork squares from old fabric samples together and making pillowcases and a duvet cover out of them. We'll see what else comes of the patchwork work! Doing artistic things really feeds me and makes me feel whole, just like yoga does!

Name and Description of your class(es) that you teach-
Prenatal/Postnatal yoga - A gentle approach to classic Hatha yoga designed to aide in relieving tension and opening the body to prepare for childbirth and help it recover post-birth.
Parent/Baby yoga - a time to stretch your body and stimulate/bond with your baby. Really a great way to connect with your baby and open your body while doing it.

How did you become interested in teaching and what do you enjoy most about it? I took teacher training to delve deeper into my own practice and not actually to teach...but somehow, I started to teach and loved it so much that it overcame me...and it is what I do...it is my bliss! =)

Throughout your class session is there a specific topic or activity that you look forward to? (in other words, what's your favorite part of your class)  I love seeing moms (and being a mom!) interacting with their own babies and hearing that sweet baby laugh as we do some interactive postures together. Baby laughs are the best part of the class!  

What's your favorite product or product line at the Luvaboos store? We have used cloth diapers and love the Thirsties covers and prefolds. Right now, Wren's favorite new Luvaboos toy is Sophie the Giraffe. She already has 2 teeth and it's a great teether that also entertains her for quite a long time.

Current class dates, times:
Saturdays -12pm-12:45pm - Parent/Baby yoga

Contact info for those interested in signing up- Book online https://www.luvaboos.com/articles.asp?id=296
or call the store!

Also, email me at: innerbloomyoga@gmail.com with any questions
Find me on Facebook: Inner Bloom Yoga, classes with Sarah Lamb
My website: www.innerbloomyoga.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Baltic Amber, a Natural Teething Remedy you're just sure to love!

Among other things, amber is a natural analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-inflammatory.  When amber is worn on the skin, the warmth of the skin releases trace amounts of healing oils on the skin.  Commonly known as "teething jewelry," baltic amber has been a natural and traditional European remedy for teething discomfort for hundreds of years.  

Our necklaces and bracelets are handcrafted with amber beads imported from the Baltic Region. They are made of authentic Baltic amber, the most esteemed type of amber in the world. The translucency of amber depends on the amount of air bubbles contained within a piece of amber and their distribution. Some believe the color is related to the type of tree source.

Succinic acid is the most beneficial component of the amber. I have read that the darkest colored amber generally contains less succinic acid than lighter colors. I have also read that the more cloudy or opaque amber is, the more succinic acid it contains (and usually the more cloudy amber is the nearer to the color white it becomes).

The string the amber is strung on is designed to stretch when a good amount of pressure is applied, and break if necessary. Each piece of amber is individually double knotted on the strand. The necklace fastens with a screw clasp. 
Enter to win your very own Knickernappies Baltic Amber Teething Necklace or Bracelet! 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Luvaboos Instructor Interview with Linda!

We'd love for you to get to know another one of our fabulous class instructors!  Today we're featuring our interview with Linda!  Read all about Linda, our Baby Signing Time Instructor, her family and the classes she teaches below.

Tell us a little about yourself and your family-
I have been married to my husband Bill for 30 years. Between us we have 6 children and 9 grandchildren.
We have always lived in the Rochester area and we are now living in Spencerport.

Tell us about your hobbies and/or interests outside of teaching-
I love spending time with my family. I like to walk and read and travel. We try to go to Florida every year and I love spending time at the beach.


What are the names and descriptions of the class(es) that you teach?
Baby Signing Time, Sing, Sign and Play Classes: are for hearing babies 4-24 mos. and their caregiver. We use books, music and playful activities to teach babies and adults how to use simple ASL signs for pre verbal communication. We will meet once a week for 6 weeks for 45 minutes.  Each class will have a theme (ie: bedtime signs, bath signs etc.) Supplies are included. Have fun with your baby, learn, play and make new friends.

How did you become interested in teaching and what do you enjoy most about it?
I became interested when my grandson was 18 months old.  He was speech delayed and very frustrated. His speech therapist and parents started teaching him to communicate with ASL signs.  Signing helped him so much that I wanted to learn more about signing with babies and toddlers.  I researched the subject thoroughly and decided to open my own business (Tiny Hands Talk To Me) so that I could help other parents and babies learn how to use ASL signs for pre verbal communication.

There  is something magical about seeing a baby actually be able to communicate his wants and needs before he can speak. I have had the privilege of seeing several babies signing their 1st sign. It's an awesome sight.

Throughout your class session is there a specific topic or activity that you look forward to?

I enjoy the whole class but watching the babies respond to the music is fun. They love when we sing and sign to them.

What's your favorite product or product line at the Luvaboos store?
So much has changed since my kids were babies, the whole store intrigues me. I especially like the little 2 wheel bikes that don't need training wheels.

Current class dates, times, cost and any other pertinent information-
Tues Sept. 20-Oct. 25 two classes to choose from
10:00-10:45 or 1:00-1:45  fee is $65. for 6 classes, can be pro rated if need be.
*Class times and dates are subject to change.  Please check the Luvaboos schedule for official dates and times.

Contact info for those interested in signing up-
To register for class please call Luvaboos at 319-4981.(1-5 Mon-Fri) (Sat 11-5) or stop in the store.  Online sign up is also available at Luvaboos.com.

To contact me (Linda) for more info or questions please call 259-1304 or lindasmk@yahoo.com