ID-100214179Two New Pregnancy and Postpartum Must-Haves

Mom” is always on the lookout for sound nutritional products or herbal remedies for pregnancy and postpartum. Two new products have made their debut in the last six months that have “Mom” raving – BabyCare Prenatal Essentials and MILKY!™

USANA Prenatal

BabyCare Prenatal Essentials
A healthy mom means a healthy baby! For complete nutrition through pregnancy and while nursing, USANA Health Sciences now offers BabyCare Prenatal Essentials, which are prenatal vitamins that provide the proper levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to fill in many of the gaps in a mother’s daily nutrition. The new BabyCare Prenatal Essentials includes USANA’s Prenatal Mega Antioxidant vitamin supplement and Prenatal Chelated Mineral supplement with added iron to help support a healthy pregnancy for mom and healthy growth and development for the baby.


Celebrated TV stars and new moms Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley have a new product line, Need™, which includes healthy, innovative products for moms and moms-to-be. The first product in the line for postpartum moms is MILKY!™, a 2.5 ounce, lactation-enhancing herbal tea supplement created for moms who choose to breastfeed. MILKY!™ is a healthy and all-natural product to assist all breastfeeding women including those coping with milk production issues. When consumed twice daily, MILKY!™ increases both the quality and quantity of breast milk a mother produces. Moms can say goodbye to brewing and consuming a cup of harsh-tasting fenugreek tea three times a day and can now enjoy the same benefits with a delicious strawberry flavor (which “Mom” loves!) and on-the-go convenience of MILKY!™. (Consult your healthcare provider about the use of herbs when nursing a baby. NOT FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY.)

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Organic Pharmacy Baby WashMom” is loving this new organic product line designed for wee ones and their mothers! The Organic Pharmacy makes it easy to care for your new arrival in the best way possible by using The Organic Pharmacy’s mother & baby natural, toxin-free products designed especially with delicate skin in mind. The Organic Pharmacy line is gentle on baby’s skin, while the range of prenatal and postnatal care products is ideal for mom’s health and beauty needs.

Mom” adores the Apricot & Chamomile scent of the lotion, wash, shampoo and conditioner! It is light and fresh, leaving baby smelling sweet and oh-so cuddly! The line includes eight essential baby and mommy care products, including Mother & Baby Massage Oil, Lavender & Chamomile Milk Bath, Miracle Nipple Cream, Stretch Mark Oil, Apricot & Chamomile Conditioner, Apricot & Chamomile Shampoo, Apricot & Chamomile Wash, and Apricot & Chamomile Lotion. All of the products make an excellent baby shower gift to pamper the new mommy and her baby!

Organic Pharmacy Baby Wash

Some of our favorites from the Organic Pharmacy include:

Apricot & Chamomile Lotion (made with Aloe, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Apricot Oil, Chamomile, Honey, Jojoba, and Sesame Seed Oil)

Apricot & Chamomile Wash (made with Aloe, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rose Hip, St Johns Wort, Apricot Oil, Chamomile, and Marigold)

Apricot & Chamomile Shampoo (made with Algin, Aloe, St Johns Wort, Chamomile, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Lemon, and Marigold)

These luxe new items from the Organic Pharmacy will definitely be loved by little ones and their mommies alike! You can learn more at The Organic Pharmacy website.

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Morable Blanket BambooAs a mother to two little ones, “Mom” swaddled both babies from birth to 12 months in a Miracle Blanket®. They slept better, more comfortably and secure, and eased our worries that a blanket would cover their tiny nose or mouth. Now that her youngest is one year old, swaddling has now been replaced with footed sleepers, just as an eco-friendly swaddling blanket has made its debut! (why does that always happen!?) Regardless – the Miracle Blanket® makes it a breeze for anyone (new moms and dads, grandparents, visiting aunts and uncles…) to swaddle your little one properly and with ease.

Miracle Industries, LLC, the inventors of the award-winning Miracle Blanket®, have designed the Cool Bamboo Miracle Blanket®, the first eco-friendly swaddling blanket to join the company’s line of best-selling swaddling blankets.

Cool Bamboo Miracle Blankets® are made from a super-soft bamboo-cotton blend (70% bamboo and 30% cotton). “Mom” is a big fan of anything that is made of bamboo! It is extremely soft and just lovely next to the skin. The silky smooth fabric is stretchy, odor and stain-resistant, breathable, and lightweight, making it perfect for swaddling during the warm weather months and year-round according to Michael Gatten, CEO and founder of the dad-invented Miracle Blanket®.

“We know many families are conscientious about the environment and rightfully so. That’s why we have been working hard to give these families an eco-friendly swaddling solution – and not just any solution – but a solution that also happens to be the #1 pediatrician recommended swaddling blanket on the market today,” says Gatten. “While the fabric is different, the one thing that remains unchanged is our guarantee that Miracle Blanket® will give your baby (and mom and dad) a good night’s sleep.”

The new Cool Bamboo Miracle Blanket® is available for $32.95 on and at authorized Miracle Blanket® retailers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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Looking for a gift that will be appreciated by the mama-to-be? This affordable, luxe little gift set is the perfect addition to any gift to pamper the expectant mother. The Mom & Baby Gift Set Sampler by Dr. Hauschka offers a selection of nourishing trial size remedies for both moms and their newborns, and can be used on all skin types. “Mom” is loving the Rose Body Moisturizer – keeps your little one smooth as silk, and it makes her hands soft, too! An affordable $27.50, the set can be found online at Hazel Wood Children’s online store. We’re pretty sure your shopping won’t end there though with all of the lovely natural and organic choices for the whole family!

The Mom & Baby Gift Set Includes:

Rose Day Cream: has natural soothing properties, making it perfect for changing time, protecting baby’s skin from dryness often caused by diapering or harsh weather conditions, a moisturizing emulsion after bath time

Rose Body Moisturizer: Featuring precious rose ingredients to wrap baby’s skin in protective warmth. Sensitive skin is hydrated and kept as soft as a rose petal

Rose Body Oil: Damask rose extract and essential oil balance and harmonize, soothing and calming irritated skin while helping to soothe the senses

Lavender Bath: Perfect for Baby & Bath. Lavender essential oil imparts soothing warmth to the skin, relaxing the body, easing the mind, calming skin sensitivities and visibly reducing redness

Hand Cream: Softens, protects, renews. A daily moisturizer for dry, overworked hands. Protects hands from cold, harsh conditions

Blackthorn Body Oil: Care For Moms. Provides warmth and protection while supporting elasticity. Helps minimize the appearance of stretch marks due to weight loss or gain

Dr. Hauschka is a 45 year old German based, holistic skincare line that is made from 100% organic and biodynamic plant based ingredients offering products that can be used for moms, dads and babies alike. The line is truly a step above all others in terms of handcrafted quality and ingredients. They have been nurturing plant and mineral extracts since the 1930s. Their pharmaceutical expertise joins over forty years of pioneering work in holistic esthetics to create the purest, most effective natural skin care preparations available.

*Samples generously provided by Hazel Wood Children.*

5 Most Effective Natural Therapies for New Mom Blues

It’s not unusual for new moms to experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. From the discomfort felt after giving birth, to the stress caused by chasing after toddlers for the better part of their day, the things that a new mom has to deal with can be overwhelming. For a new mom, or the mom of small children, it’s important to take time out of the day to care for one’s self.

Here are five natural therapies that can help calm the discomfort, stress and anxiety that new moms can experience:

Healthy Diet

By making healthy food and beverage choices, they can alleviate a wide range of ailments. There are foods that can replace lost vitamins and minerals, foods that can relieve stress, and those that can release pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain. Eliminating stimulating foods from the diet is just as important as making healthy food choices. Caffeine and sugar, in particular, can amplify feelings of anxiety and stress.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort has been shown to have significant effects on depression without the risk of the side-effects of prescription medications. By taking 900 mg of the herbal supplement a day, new moms can gain relief from their feelings of depression and anxiety. St. John’s Wort is perfectly safe, though moms will need to inform their physician that they are taking the supplement before they are prescribed any medication.

Witch Hazel

During a natural childbirth, the perineum is stretched. This stretching can result in tearing or the necessity for an episiotomy. With or without an episiotomy, this area of the body will be mildly sore for several weeks after giving birth, causing anxiety, or even depression. To alleviate the discomfort that the new mom will be or is experiencing, soak a folded wash cloth in witch hazel and lay it on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Because witch hazel is perfectly safe, one can repeat this treatment several times throughout the day.


Tapping is based on an ancient Chinese method of using the body’s meridian energy fields to relieve physical and emotional discomfort. By tapping one of nine acupressure points on the body, or by being tapped by someone else, with varying levels of intensity, anyone can rid their body of pain, discomfort and emotional distress. These natural, emotional freedom techniques use the human body as its own healing tool.


Yoga is one of the best stress-relievers that there is. By practicing yoga while the kids are sleeping, a mom will learn how to breathe correctly, quiet her mind and stretch her body; all of which will help relieve stress, depression and anxiety. Yoga will also help her lose weight, lengthen her muscles and help her body return to its pre-baby shape.

Whether a mom of a newborn or a toddler, no one should feel guilty about any feelings of stress, sadness or depression that they are feeling. These emotions are just as natural as any physical discomfort that they may be experiencing. By using the natural therapies above, they can soon return to a physically healthy body and an emotionally sound state of being.

About the Author

Ann Bailey is a mom, former journalist, and contributing writer for the health industry dedicated to teaching and sharing emotional freedom techniques such as tapping. By discussing these techniques of meridian energy field tapping, the health and wellness provider professionals at bring this ancient Chinese healing practice into the 20th century, helping to benefit health-conscious parents of today.

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Mom” is home with a newborn and a toddler in diapers, and the SaraBear® Diaper Caddy by Munchkin has proved to be an absolute must-have in her household! Rather than rush up the stairs to get diapering essentials each time one of the girls needs to be changed, everything is now at “Mom’s” fingertips, from the diaper cream to the super adorable eco-friendly diapers by the Honest Company that actress Jessica Alba founded. (Have you seen them? They take cuteness to a whole new level with their prints!)

The PVC-free SaraBear® Diaper Caddy was invented by a mom who wanted to create an easier way to have everything parents need at their fingertips when caring for a baby. Putting all of the baby care essentials in a gorgeous Shaker style basket with dividers and pockets makes going from room to room with baby a breeze! Each caddy is made of real wood, and a handle is attached on either end of the basket that can be collapsed to lie along the side of the basket. The lovely printed liner is made from a heavy-weight, 100% cotton fabric. The caddy can hold everything from baby wipes and lotions to burp cloths, an extra change of clothes, diapers and swabs.

Mom” also was pleased to learn that the diaper caddy contains no PVC or formaldehyde. The wood stain on the basket is water-based and lead-free, and even the packaging was designed without the use of plastics.

This would make an excellent baby shower gift for the expecting mom, as well – just tuck all of the items inside the basket for baby and wrap a large bow on top of the handle!

To learn more about the SaraBear® Diaper Caddy or to locate a retailer near you, please visit

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Mom” is a huge fan of swaddling newborn babies – for security, comfort and warmth in those first precious months of life! Her favorite swaddling blanket is the Halo SleepSack® Swaddle as not only does it make swaddling your infant much easier than using a blanket that may unwrap itself during the night, posing a risk to baby, but it provides the proper positioning for the legs and hips, helping to prevent hip dysplasia. Were you are aware that hip dysplasia is the most common abnormality in newborn infants? The SleepSack® Swaddle is a wearable blanket that provides a warm and toasty environment for baby to sleep in, while at the same time, allowing the arms to be tucked in or out for freedom of movement!

Mom’s” first daughter was quite a fussy infant, and the swaddling blanket truly helped to soothe and calm her when it was time to rest and to sleep. As “Mom” is expecting again, the Halo SleepSack® Swaddle is an absolute “must-have” for this new little one about to make her debut! An added bonus to the SleepSack® Swaddle is that other caregivers such as grandparents can easily swaddle baby without an issue!

There are various sleepsacks available by Halo, including an organic cotton sleepsack swaddle, and you can learn more or order online at

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Are you an expectant or new mom who wants to get back in shape after baby? Below are 5 “get fit tips” that new moms can do to get back in shape – without starving themselves, spending a lot of money, or driving themselves crazy!

Get Fit Tips for New Moms

1. Acknowledge that your body has been through a major change.

As with anything worth doing, getting started on the way to post-pregnancy fitness involves acknowledging the fact that your body has changed in ways that are less appealing. This is perfectly fine, and it is something that every new mom (including celebrities) has had to go through. That being said, look your body over in the mirror and try to be as objective as possible about your appearance.

2. Make time to be active.

If you wait around until you have the time to start getting active, chances are you will never be. You need to make time whenever possible. Sure, it can be rather exhausting to take care of your baby, the house, and job all at the same time but getting fit will really make a difference in how you feel about yourself. Being active does not necessarily entail going to the gym—even short bursts of exercises can add up to a lot throughout the day. Do 20 lunges while waiting for the laundry to finish, or get onto a bike and take your baby for a pleasant ride during the cooler hours of the day.

3. Stop eating for two.

When you were pregnant, you probably indulged yourself with desserts and other sinful treats more often than you did before. If so, you have to start watching what you eat more carefully. Eating healthy does not always mean depriving yourself; it only means making better choices and knowing when to stop. For instance, have ice cream after dinner but watch your portions.

4. Don’t try to do everything at once.

Yes, easier said than done but this is important. For new moms, it is very easy to feel like you have to take charge of everything. Accept that with a new baby in the house, you simply won’t be able to clean the house as completely as you did before. Prioritize so that you cover all the basics and get enough rest. We are more likely to eat when stressed, which makes us feel crappy, and so we eat more. Stop the cycle.

5. Shop for a new wardrobe.

Yes, give yourself permission to shop! Why try to squeeze into your old jeans or wear maternity pants when no longer pregnant? Both will make your feel worse about yourself. Instead, buy a few key pieces of clothes that flatter and fit your new body. Go on, you deserve it!

About the Author

Chrystal is a writer for MattressNextDay, the top online retailer for beds, mattresses and other sleeping needs in the UK. As a mom to an active toddler, she credits daily playtime with losing a total of 30 pounds to date.

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Mom” is expecting, and one of the most important items she wanted to have on hand prior to this little one’s arrival is a new nursing pillow. She had tried various nursing pillows with her first daughter, and was amazed at how many more choices there are now compared to just three short years ago! She was introduced to the mombo™ by Comfort & Harmony, which is exclusive to Babies R Us, and wow – this is the nursing pillow that beats them all! She cannot wait to start using it in just a few short weeks!

What does “Mom” love about the mombo™? Everything! That is not an exaggeration – this innovative nursing pillow features a two-sided design called Firm2Soft™ which offers a firm, supported area for baby to lay while breastfeeding, which props the baby up close to the breast area, which is more comfortable for both baby and mommy. The soft side of the Deluxe mombo™ is made of a plush fabric surface called Boa, which is the ultimate in snuggly soft fabric, and gives your little one with a cozy place to lounge or be propped for some tummy time action! But what “Mom” finds to be the best feature of all is the soothing vibration unit that can be placed inside the mombo™ to provide your precious cherub with the ultimate relaxing experience! For fussy babies, this is a must-have! (Why hasn’t anyone thought of this brilliant idea before for a nursing pillow or infant positioner?!)

Whether you choose the Standard mombo™, the Deluxe mombo™ or Nude mombo™, you can select from a variety of removable and machine washable slipcovers to cover the mombo™ fashionably. An extra slipcover or two is a must-have for any nursing mama, as baby spit-ups and messes are inevitable!

To learn more about the mombo™ by Comfort & Harmony, to locate a Babies R Us near you, or to order online, please visit

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Breastfeeding Tips for Working Moms

Whether for financial reasons, self-fulfillment or both, many moms need to work. If you plan on working while nursing you can still accommodate your baby’s breastfeeding schedule. Here are a few tips to help new mothers successfully breastfeed and keep their job:

Keep Your Options Open: You may have had a particular career track and lifestyle for many years, but once a baby arrives, your interests, priorities and goals may very well change. If you find that having a baby has you reassessing your career path, speak with a counselor about possible career options that will give you a better work/life balance.

Consider Telecommuting: More and more moms are considering the many benefits of telecommuting. Working from home allows you the chance to earn a living while breastfeeding and caring for your child. Speak with your employer to see if telecommuting may be either a temporary or permanent option.

Let Baby Visit Your Work: If your place of employment is fairly close to your home, have your caretaker bring your baby to work at some point during the day. This will give you the chance to breastfeed and offers some extra bonding time during the day.

Find a Support Network: Work and motherhood can be a challenge but there is no need to struggle on your own. Seek out other working mothers in your community and ask how they are juggling work, breastfeeding and other duties. If you live in a small town or rural area, consider joining an online group for new moms. Check to see if there is a La Leche League chapter in your city; a wonderful support group.

Find Childcare Close to Your Workplace: While it is understandable that many new parents tend to seek out childcare services near to their home, if you are planning on working and breastfeeding, a childcare provider near your work may be the better option. Having your baby nearby would allow you to breastfeed during your lunch break and perhaps even during other breaks during the day.

Practice with Your Breast Pump: Don’t wait until your maternity leave is over to start learning how to operate your breast pump. Start 2-3 weeks ahead of your return to work so that you are familiar with how it works and how it should be cleaned and stored. This time will also help your body adjust to the breast pump as well.

Don’t Worry About Not Producing Enough Milk: Some new mothers worry unnecessarily that they are not pumping enough breast milk. It takes time for your body to acclimate to the pump. It may also be that there is not enough milk for you to pump in between feedings. Speak with your healthcare provider or lactation counselor if you have any concerns.

Freeze Small Amounts of Milk: Since thawed milk must be discarded after 24 hours, if you must leave home to work during the day, freeze your milk in several small amounts that can be quickly thawed. Once you have a better “feel” for how much your baby consumes at routine feedings you will be able to more accurately determine the proper portions to freeze and thaw.

Take Your Pump to Work: Many working moms bring their breast pumps to work. A number of pumps can be carried to work so discreetly that many of your co-workers probably won’t even know that you have it with you. Before pumping, find a private area where you can use your breast pump and store your milk.

Be Candid with Co-Workers about Breastfeeding’s Benefits: If you start to hear grumbling from coworkers be honest with them about why you are breastfeeding. Explain the many health benefits that breastfeeding provides and how breastfeeding encourages a closer mother/child bond.

Be A Considerate Coworker: Most employers and coworkers are happy for new moms and want to be supportive. But if you are taking time off from work or asking for others to fill in for you while you breastfeed or pump your milk, make sure to acknowledge your coworkers and thank them for helping you. Colleagues who have helped you will also appreciate offers from you to reciprocate when they have family emergencies or personal issues that may pull them away from the office.

Breastfeed as ften as Possible: Most mothers are able to breastfeed a minimum of 4 times daily and so can you: Once in the morning prior to getting your day started, twice after getting home from work and once before bedtime. Remember, nursing will help produce more milk than the pump, and ½ the benefit of breastfeeding comes from the skin-to-skin contact and bonding with your baby.

Remember that if mothers around the world have been able to successfully combine work and breastfeeding for thousands of years, so can you. With some forethought and support from family, friends and other new moms, you’ll be able to manage work and motherhood with ease.

About the Author

Sharon Anderson is the mother of three and also works as a marketing consultant. She enjoys creating business cards from template choices available online. She says to check out this flickr page for a photo set of great looking business cards.