I’ve noticed lately that I always have friends, family and clients ask me what my favorite products are for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. So I decided to make a list on my blog. It is by no means comprehensive, and please feel free to add YOUR favorites and also to ask me whether I recommend a certain product.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil
Yes, I still got a few marks. Not many though and he was 9 lbs! Also soothes dry skin and smells yummy!
This is how I slept the last two trimesters. It REALLY helps.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
I like Traditional Medicinal brand myself. Just make sure it’s 100% Red Raspberry Leaf, organic is best. Drink throughout pregnancy and afterward, it is a wonderful uterine tonic.
If you can go the whole pregnancy, do! If you can only afford it the last 6 weeks or so, I almost think it’s an essential to as good a birth as possible. Prepares the body for birth by making sure everything is in alignment and helps position your baby in the best position. Helps lessen the discomforts of pregnancy as well.
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
No, seriously! It doesn’t even have to be me, though I’d love to support your life-changing birth. Doulas are labor support professionals, trained to add to the comfort and peace of your birth. Statistically in births using a doula, cesareans are cut in half, episiotomies and other interventions are decreased, labors are shorter, and the mom experiences a higher satisfaction of the birth experience. Doulas can be useful for any type of birth: home birth, birth center births, hospital births, VBACS, twins, natural births, and epidural births. You can find one in your area at findadoula.com or dona.org.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Free Birth Plan Helper
Lists every possible option you might have to help you figure out your birth plan.
I’m not kidding. For postpartum bleeding, these are great. I’ve had clients kinda laugh at me, then call me the day after birth asking me to bring them some at the hospital.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Spray
Perfect for postpartum soreness.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Cream
No other cream was as soothing, good smelling, and natural. A MUST, especially for first time breast-feeders.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Mama Spray
A natural mood lifter. It truly works.
Your Encapsulated Placenta
Again, not kidding. You can read my story and more about this service here. I know you may think it’s weird, but if you’ve ever experience postpartum depression or any other mood disorders, you know that you’ll try anything to feel better. And this is THE most natural thing to try! Also aids with postpartum bleeding, and increase milk supply.
Postpartum Bath Herbs
Speed healing and sooth your bottom after birth. I order two before birth, I love them so much.
Ergo Baby Carrier
I’ve tried at least 5 different baby carriers (Moby, ring slings, pouches, etc) and the Ergo is my go-to and must-have. I sold a few carriers to get one. I use it from newborn to toddler. I have a very small frame and have carried a 30 lbs toddler in it no problem. It is worth every penny!! Dads can use it too. My husband never minded carrying the babies in it.
Combi Twin Sport double stroller
I love this double stroller. Side-by-side but can fit through regular doors. Very easy to maneuver and fits in our small trunk of our Hyundai Elantra. Great cup holders, washable seats, etc. It’s been wonderful. We have zero complaints and that’s hard to find with a double stroller.
Car seats: Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL or Evenflo Triumph Advance 65
XTSL =Rear-faces to 45 pounds and forward faces to 80 lbs. Narrowest car seat on the market; great for small cars if you have to fit more than one carseat in it. Installs like a dream in our Hyundai Elantra. Made of steel alloy. Folds for travel/storage. Super LATCH. This is Zion’ seat (she is still rear-facing and will be for some time. Ask me why rear-facing is safest!) Just make sure it fits/installs well in your car- this seat can be finicky about which car it goes into.
Evenflo: RF 40 lbs, Forward faces to 65 lbs. to VERY Easy to adjust height (no rethreading). Knob to adjust tightness (very easy). Takes up a lot of space width wise, though. We have the older version for Tor.
Must have for nursing. Hands down. Have used it through almost 3 years of total nursing so far and love it.
Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump
Amazon.com, Target, Babies R Us
I’ve tried a few (like the Avent manual ISIS- I couldn’t pump anything with it!) and this one is my favorite. Not as expensive as others and works very well.
Bebe Au Lait Nursing Covers
The best nursing cover! Lightweight, big enough, not hot in the summer, easy to use/adjust, very cute patterns. I know a lot of people have a friend sew one or sew their own, but really I’ve never seen one I like better than this.
Halo sleepsacks and swaddles.
Find them at Target, Amazon.com, or Babies R Us.
My favorite swaddle (so easy and tight)- and yes, you will thank yourself over and over for swaddling your newborn- they typically sleep much better with it! Halo’s sleepsacks go up to 4T and we use them until the child can pull his own covers up at night. Well worth it.
Disposable: I like the WalMart brand. Cheap and they work. For newborn, Pampers swaddles.
Cloth: This is what we primarily use. This is a whole other post in itself.But I will say that we use a mix of prefolds with ProRap covers (fave), Bummis Super Whisper Wrap covers, BumGenius One Size, Fuzzi Bunz, and Flip covers. And the BumGenius Diaper Sprayer is definitely a must!
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