DIY baby headband

You all know how we love an easy repurposed DIY for our kids, so now that we have a little Small Fry lady on board we’re excited to add DIYs for her, too! This one is a super easy headband you can make from an old t-shirt!DIY headband

 

Grab a t-shirt:

 

 

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Cut a 14″x3″ strip, straight as can be lines, and raw edges are great!DIY-headband-3

 

Tie the knot, if you don’t have a baby on hand you can use a ball or bowl as a measurement.

 

DIY headband

This one is such a great quick project, makes a great gift and we love being able to choose the fabric’s pattern and feel.

DIY Baby Headband

 

Find more repurposed DIYs: Leggings & Knotted Beanies!

minimal nurseries

While we wait the long 40+ weeks for our new arrivals, creating a space for them to rest, play, and of course house their substantial amount of stuff, is our favorite way to pass the time! There are so many routes you can go with the design of that special space so we wanted to share our favorites from reader submissions, and of course, our “LIVE” pin board which is brimming with inspiration.

First up is the best of the web for quiet and serene spaces. Simple and neutral color palettes, timeless organic design, and soft decor elements.

15 Minimal Nurseries

The Minimalist Home

(this whole tour is a stunner, see them all here!)

15 Minimal Nurseries

Decopeques

15 Minimal Nurseries

Deco Crush

15 Minimal Nurseries

Lay Baby Lay (killer inspiration resource!)

15 Minimalist Nurseries

Lou What Wear

15 Minimal Nurseries

Domaine Home

15 Minimal Nurseries

Petit and Small

15 Minimal Nurseries

Sissy & Marley (design firm that will knock your socks off!)

15 Minimal Nurseries

Varpunen

15 Minimal Nurseries

Mitt Lille Hjert

15 Minimal Nurseries

Design & Form (RIP!)

15 Minimal Nurseries

Domaine Home

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and one from the SF archives! With mazing tips by designer Jodee Harris.

Check back for the next post which takes a wildly different approach!

best of breast feeding

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you’ve enjoyed and learned from this first week of New Mom / New Baby month! We’ve got a lot more where that came from and today we’re finishing up our feeding series with the best gear and accessories for breast feeding. After editing this post, we laughed because it truly sounds like we’re trying to talk you out of breastfeeding. The funny part is all three of us are obsessed and solely breastfeed our kids. There is no denying the adjustment phase that the first few weeks can bring and all of these products will help you get over that hump.

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1. Those early days of nursing are a blur, and usually a braless and sometimes topless one at that. The Cupcake Nursing Tank is such a great option because you can easily access the goods, but you still have a tank for a little coverage when you’re lifting that shirt up.

2. While you get the hang of nursing (it’s a two and sometimes three hand job at first) you need all the support you can get. The Boppy Nursing Pillow is an essential and staple for a reason. So nice! And it’s a great little cocoon for your to chill in too.

3. While you and your baby are figuring out that latch you’re going to want something soothing for those nips. Yeah, we said nips. Boob-Ease Natural Nipple Balm is a great one!

4. Is this not the most attractive nursing bra you’ve ever seen? Slow claps for Belly Bandit. We love this Bandita Nursing Bra!

5. We saw these Cupcake Nursing Pads at a convention and were immediately sold. You can’t tell you’re wearing a nursing pad, you can add liners for extra absorbency, throw it in the wash, reuse and it’s comfortable and soft. We could tell some horror stories about those cotton disposable kind, but another story for another time!

6. Your adjusting milk supply is a wild ride. Engorgement, let down, leakage, spray-age, the works. Boob Warm/Cool Relief is everything you need to help sooth any of the above.

7. Believe us, you don’t need to deal with a blanket that can be yanked off, hands free cover is the way to go! (Covered Goods Nursing Cover)

8. If you need to pump for work, to help guide your milk supply, or just a break from a late night feeding, don’t skimp on the pump, just skip to the Medela Pump In Style.Two of us tried the hand pump and it was futile. You’ll be so glad you have it and will use it for years to come.

9. If your milk supply needs a boost, Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea is your answer.  Their whole line-up is really amazing. Certified organic and everything works wonders. The butt balm is another must have!

Anything you’d add to this list? Have a great weekend!

nursing tips from a lactation specialist

We’re excited to have Lindsey Shipley, Registered Nurse, IBCLC, certified lactation specialist here sharing her tips for breastfeeding!  For any expectant local mamas out there Lindsey holds monthly classes to help you prepare before and and trouble shoot any issues during and after! We also have Lindsey on our Facebook page today for a “Ask a Lactation Specialist” — head here to ask any questions!

The Breastfeeding Journey

All moms have been there. The excitement of getting the positive pregnancy test, ultrasound of your baby, finding out the gender, and registering at your favorite baby store. You go through the mood swings, the weight gain, the aches, and finally you’re in labor and they place your baby on your chest. Then comes that startling thought, “What now?”
Just as pregnancy is an exploration of emotions and life-altering changes, the preference one faces in feeding their infant can be a very intimate one. I’m excited to be featured on small fry blog today and offer a few of my insights into our choices as Moms, particularly how we will feed our newborns. I’m an advocate of breastfeeding, but I think it’s important to be prepared on your options, regardless of breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. As a lactation specialist, my role is to support and facilitate the choices mothers make in how they want to feed their newborns. Education in regards to nutrition for your infant is vital.

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Ok, now let’s set straight a few “myths”, or pieces of advice I’ve overheard from moms to expectant mothers about feeding their new baby.
“You’ll figure it out.”
The moms that give this advice are probably among the lucky few that breastfeeding came easily for both them and their infant. Or the newborn difficulties are just far enough in their rear-view mirror for them to adequately remember their own struggles.
“Just ask a nurse at the hospital”. Most first-time mothers are surprised to learn that not the doctor, but their nurse is the one providing most of the care and support during labor. For most busy hospitals, the L&D nurses may not have time to help you latch your newborn.
“Make sure to see the lactation specialist right after delivery” This sounds perfect! It is a great decision to be seen by a specialist to ensure things are going well. Even if this is your intention, if you wait until your baby is born and the delivery is outside regular hours, there will not be a specialist on hand.

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As a lactation specialist, I’ve found these 3 tips to be the most beneficial for mothers as they begin their breastfeeding journey:
1) Take a prenatal breastfeeding class.
I would recommend planning to take a breastfeeding class in addition to a prenatal class. Make sure the course is taught by an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant). This credential ensures the professional is up-to-date on the latest research and interventions. I would recommend a refresher course whether it’s your fourth baby or first, as unforeseen problems can occur. A recent client sent me this message after delivering baby #3, “Wish I would have gone to one of your classes. I am STRUGGLING with breastfeeding.” I’d also recommend taking the class earlier rather than later in the pregnancy. I’ve had several clients put it off and then get too busy at the end or deliver 3 weeks early.

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2) Develop a support system. Make sure you have 2 people you can count on for support, encouragement, and questions. These people should know your preferences and goals with delivery and feeding so they can provide the best support possible. This is imperative not only for your feeding choice, but as a Mom in general. Ask these people up front if they can be there for you. It could be your Mom, sister, neighbor, best friend, lactation specialist, or someone you met in your prenatal classes.
3) Don’t panic!
Most moms are distraught and hopeless if their baby doesn’t latch on within 5 minutes and have milk spilling from their baby’s mouth. While I feel it is important to put your baby to breast within the first hour of life, if the first feed doesn’t go as you had hoped, don’t give up! Remember what you learned in your breastfeeding course, call a specialist, and draw strength from your support system.
Just as your pregnancy was a process, so is breastfeeding!

Candace

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Thanks to Lindsey for all these awesome tips! After the jump you’ll find real life experiences from readers with nursing. None are easy or wrinkle-free but we found lots of great tips and things to consider and try when breastfeeding. All three of us nursed exclusively with our kids and we learned a ton!

*Lindsey Shipley, Registered Nurse, IBCLC, is a certified lactation specialist. Lindsey provides in-home lactation consulting services before and after baby is born. She also holds breastfeeding courses once a month in Highland, UT — sign up here! Follow her on instagram @lactationlink for course dates and info. Email lindsey@lactationlink.com

 

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best of bottle feeding

We’re so thrilled with the response to yesterday’s post! Largely, everyone was so respectful and we’re grateful to those who submitted and those who commented their stories. We will be covering nursing tomorrow, but before we do, we wanted to share the best aids and products from around the web for your bottle fed angel!

best of bottle feeding

1. Baby Brezza Formula Maker: Basically the coffee maker of formula. It makes bottles of your choice of ounces, mixes them bubble free, heats them to the ideal 98.6 degrees, detatches for easy cleaning, and works with all size bottles. Cool is an understatement!

2. Zoli Formula Dispenser: This is a great way to carry formula on the go. Pre-measured and sealed for freshness. Use it for snacks too when the bottle goes bye-bye!

3. Aden + Anais Burpy Bib: This doubles as a burp cloth and a bib! Perfect for feeding and burping sessions.

4. Comotomo Baby Bottle: We’ve shared this a bundle of times because it’s so cool! The base is flexible, the neck is wide and easiest to clean, and it’s recommended for babies who are breastfeeding and bottle feeding simultaneously since it mimics the breast best!

5. Munchkin 4 piece Cleaning Brush Set: This multi-size set is awesome for getting those pesky cracks and corners clean!

6. Boon Bottle Warmer: Bottle warmers are such a nice short cut for all bottle or pumped, and this one is sleek and countertop worthy!

7. OrganicKidz Newborn Stainless Steel Bottle Set: This set has so many awesome features, we’ll try to cover them all. Stainless steel – antibacterial and indesctrucible and thermal, keeps bottles warm for six hours! Air-vents – no bubbles. The lids are 2 oz measuring cups. The drying rack doesn’t allow mold. They convert to sippys and then water bottles so you can use them for literally ever.

8. Boon Grass Drying Rack: Every parent should have this one, best designed drying rack for sure.

9. Honest Company Dish Soap: Clean those bottles in a safe and chemical free way!

Anything we missed? Share below!