The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new mothers nurse their babies for at least six months, but as many nursing moms know, breastfeeding isn't a walk in the park. It can come with quite a few painful challenges, from clogged ducts and mastitis to struggles with low milk supply. Getting the proper relief is always a priority, so we've rounded up the best products to support, soothe, comfort, and heal mom throughout her breastfeeding journey. Don't worry mama, we feel your pain and we've got your back with supportive gear, stylish covers, calming balms and cozy nursing pillows. Check out these must-haves to help make breastfeeding a comfortable, bonding experience for both mom and baby.
Every parent is in search of the safest products for their baby, and green products designed to save the planet are a perfect pick for little ones while protecting Mother Earth. "When a child is born, their immune systems are exceptionally fragile, so it's pivotal to ease the toxic overload they are exposed to during their developing years," advises Gay Browne, environmental health advisor and author of Living With a Green Heart. "If I can suggest the most important time to jump into your own personal environmental health, it would have to be the moment you decide to become a parent." In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, we've rounded up the best eco-friendly finds to help ease mom and dad's concerns and even reduce baby's carbon footprint.
Finding the perfect pair of sophisticated sunglasses while protecting your eyes and staying on budget can feel impossible. But with this round-up of great women's sunglasses under $50, you can't go wrong. Check out our favorite picks from designers like Marc Jacobs, Quay Australia and Michael Kors.
Shhh...baby is asleep! Sound and white noise machines are a must-have for little ones and light sleepers. They're an excellent tool to help develop sleeping routines and provide soothing sounds while blocking loud noises to quietly calm your child. Backed by pediatricians and certified sleep specialists, the benefit of introducing a sound machine early on to your infant is to create a, "womb-like white noise that actually activates a calming reflex in the baby, which helps promote sleep," says Dr. Harvey Karp, founder of Happiest Baby and creator of the SNOO Smart Sleeper. "It also reduces waking from outside distractions like noises and lights and internal disturbances like gas and mild hunger."
When shopping for the best machine, parents should be on the lookout for a unit that blocks disturbing sounds, especially during naptime. "Sound machines help drown out the noise we can't control, this is especially important during the daytime when most outside noises occur (i.e. cars driving by, dogs barking etc)," observes Certified Child Sleep Consultant Susete Pinto. However, doctors and sleep professionals caution against keeping a loud sound machine near your sleeping baby. Always maintain the noise levels at 50 A-weighted decibels while never keeping the device too close to the crib. "I generally recommend a noise level similar to what a hair dryer or vacuum might produce," say Dr. Karp.
Sweet as a lullaby and the best method for blocking out boisterous household and outdoor noises, our top picks of sound machines will work to calm even the most restless little sleepers. Get ready to make some noise! Wait, on second thought, let's sound off on comforting white noises to soothe your sweet babe.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants which makes an oil with natural aroma. Diffusers allow essential oils to be dispersed in the air for humidifying and aromatherapy purposes. Many parents love how essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy benefits their little ones by helping them sleep calmly, breathe easy or get energized on hectic mornings or while they're studying. Always check the labels of essential oils to make sure they are safe for your child and to find out how much the oil should be diluted for misting or other use. Check out our round up of the best essential oil diffusers for kids from retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Buy Buy Baby.
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