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What’s in Your Diaper Bag? Guest Post from MizMeliz.com

Here is a question for those of you with babies. . .

“What’s in your diaper bag?”

You may be asking yourself, why does she want to know this – her kids are teenagers!??

That’s it exactly! My kids are way, way, way out of diapers and well on their way out of high school and I am out of touch on the new stuff for babies. When I get invited to a baby shower, I have no idea what a new parent wants or needs. Most of the stuff I thought was cool when I had babies has been replaced by newer products. But, I wonder, are they better?

I asked my friend at work, Jeff Beam, a few questions. Jeff’s beautiful wife, Kelly, had just given birth to their baby girl, Lynnox, a few weeks prior. I had a lovely conversation with this sleep-deprived first time father on his first week back to work. He gave me some insightful, however sleepy, answers.

MM: What were your first impressions of becoming a parent?

JB: I was blissfully ignorant. I felt ready, for sure. I thought, “this really isn’t that bad, my baby is great!” Then, the sleep deprivation set in. I went from thinking; this is magic to what the hell is happening?

MM: Have you found any baby item particularly helpful or useful at this point?

JB: We were given a small backpack with compartments from the hospital, a good supply of diapers and a changing pad. So far, that has been very helpful.

MM: What is your favorite gift you have received for baby?

JB: For me, it’s the Boppy. We use it constantly.

MM: They still have those? I loved mine!

JB: It’s great! We also received a rocking chair that is perfect for Kelly. She sits in it as she is breastfeeding. My wife’s comfort is most important.

MM: What is the best piece of advice you received when you were expecting that has proved to be most helpful?

JB: I can’t remember right now, everything is foggy! But my friends have told me that taking care of a baby is easy. When they cry, they need something. It is like I am putting together a puzzle. It’s just a matter of figuring out which piece of the puzzle I am missing.

MM: Do you have any advice, based on your experience so far, to give to other new parents?

JB: Always have a change of clothes and plenty of diapers! (MM – for those “explosions!” Right! I’ll never forget that!) To new fathers, I would tell them what I do is remember my responsibility is my wife. Making sure Kelly is okay is my job. We are a tag team. I am ready to step in. Take the time off and stay home from work for those first few weeks.

MM: Is there anything you need now, other than sleep?

JB: We could use some help with meals, we are both exhausted and too tired to cook!

 

My (unofficial) advice to Jeff. . . if you think you are too tired to cook now – wait until you have three teenagers!!! Seriously, have you heard of ordering in? It’s great!

Officially, it was an honor to talk to Jeff. He was in love with fatherhood. He was in love with baby Lynnox and most importantly, even more in love with his wife. He is a wonderful father (and diaper changer!)

I was glad to hear that The Boppy is still a favorite for new parents. It is a great product. Way better than using a pillow. That’s what we did back in the day, you know. When my nephew was born, he was the first grandchild and there hadn’t been a baby in the family for about 15 years. We all passed that child around on a pillow like he was going to break if we touched him! It was symbolic because he was precious and we cherished those moments. It was useful because a baby needs to be propped up and cushioned. They are hard to hold on to at all times. The Boppy helps and is comfortable for the adult as well as the baby.

I used my Boppy for feeding and holding my babies when they were very little. They come in cute designs. Mine was black and white. That was big back then. Now they have them in pretty patterns or you can get a plain one and they have slip covers you can buy separately. I went to The Boppy website and found they have lots of products besides just the pillow and you can order online. http://Boppy.com The prices range from $19.99 for a slip cover to $44.99 for a travel pillow. They also have those cute play gyms and mats that are a great and useful gift for $24.99 – $74.99.

There are many new products and some variations of the standard product and all are useful and make terrific gifts. My favorite is and always will be The Original Boppy. Every family should have one! In fact, I wish I had one now. I would still use it! It could be helpful for my aching back! Seriously, I was very impressed that The Boppy company thinks everyone should have a Boppy, too. And they are doing something to make that happen. They have a goal of donating $20,000 worth of Boppy® Pillows to moms in need with Nurse-Family Partnership.

In case you haven’t guessed . . . if you invite me to your baby shower, you’re getting a Boppy!

 

Miz Meliz (aka Melissa Reyes) is a mother of three teen aged boys, lives in Southern California, works full time at a middle school, writes and takes pictures for her blog, and enjoys being married to her equally busy husband of twenty years. Visit her blog at http://mizmeliz.com @MizMeliz on Twitter and MizMelizFan on Facebook.

 

Maternity Monday: Boppy Cuddle Pillow Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

When I was pregnant with Darah, I tried a few different things to stay comfortable at night with my growing belly. First, my mother-in-law sent me a Boppy Wedge, which is a really fabulous and quite compact pillow that you place under your belly while sleeping on your side (starting around 20 weeks, you really have to start sleeping that way for the safety of the baby). It worked great for most of the pregnancy, although toward the end I found that I really needed something to wrap my legs around, as well. We purchased the cheapest body pillow we could find, and it worked ok. Tim definitely felt the loss of the space, though, as that thing took up, well, about as much space as another body!

Recently, I started to feel the need for extra tummy AND leg support again. Both of us groaned at the thought of using the body pillow for this long (22 more weeks!). Fortunately, the same company that makes the wedge I enjoyed using has a mid-size pillow option, as well. It’s called the Boppy Cuddle Pillow, and it is helping me quickly escape to dream land each and every night!

The Boppy Cuddle Pillow is a terrific option for any expecting lady who is having some trouble sleeping (I have yet to meet one who never has sleep problems!). But it also doesn’t take up the whole bed, which is nice for your partner. We have a queen size bed and want to keep it that way!

When I first took the pillow out of its packaging, I laid down on the bed just to try it out. I really and truly almost fell asleep while I was giving it a test! I intended to initially lay down with it for 2 minutes, and it turned into 20. My tummy felt supported, and so did my legs, which helps the pain in the sciatic nerve that I have been getting. I love that the pillow really hugs your body, and in all the right places. This is a big contrast to a standard body pillow which just lays flat and you have to contort in order to make it helpful. And of course, once you move, it messes up and you have to do it all over again. With the Boppy Cuddle, I haven’t had to wake up and readjust the positioning of the pillow once!

Buy it!: The Boppy Cuddle Pillow gets high praise from this pregnant lady. It can be purchased online for $42.99.

Win it!: One lucky Stuff Parents Need reader is going to win a Boppy Cuddle Pillow! Get ready to sleep tight!

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The Importance of Nursing Pillow Covers (Giveaway!)

As a breastfeeding mama, I have to say that I have gotten some serious use out of my Boppy nursing pillow. It provides a really nice way for Darah and I to both be comfortable, which makes meal times much easier for both of us.

When we got our Boppy it came with a cover. We also registered for and received a second cover. I thought that the second cover was a bit excessive since we already had one, and I seriously doubted that we would get much use out of it.

I WAS TOTALLY WRONG.

Here’s the thing about breastfeeding: it can be EXTREMELY messy. It takes a while for you and the baby to get in sync on this thing, and as a result, milk is sort of going everywhere. The covers on these nursing pillows are absolutely crucial in order to extend the life of the pillow itself. I’ve already had to wash my pillow a few times, and while it is still working pretty well, it doesn’t have the same firmness that it used to. A pillow cover can help prevent the milk from soaking into the pillow, though in my experience they are what I would call “water resistant” and not “water proof.” Therefore, having more than 1 is really ideal. If I had to do the registry thing over again, I would have requested one more cover for a total of 3.

I have found that breastfeeding pillow covers come in a very limited selection of patterns at major retailers, and they can be very expensive (Babies R Us is selling some of theirs for $20!). I have found some super cute ones that you can buy for a better price at Dance with a Dragonfly on Etsy!

Erica’s covers are priced right, starting at $12.00 each. She has a huge selection of patterns to choose from, as well, so that you can have a custom made design that stands out from what everyone else has! Also, keep in mind that you will be spending A LOT of time looking at this pillow, so you might as well cover it with something beautiful.

boppy nursing pillow cover
Buy It!
Dance with a Dragonfly is a terrific resource for any breastfeeding mom. Trust me when I say that you will want more than 1 (or even 2!) covers for your pillow. Check out what she has to offer, and go ahead and buy something lovely from her! While the contest is running, you can snag 20% off any purchase of $15 or more (less shipping) simply by sending Erica a convo with “Stuff Parents Need” in the message along with what you want to purchase, and she’ll make a custom listing for you with the discount! Sweet!

Win It!
Dance with a Dragonfly has kindly offered up a nursing pillow cover to a lucky Stuff Parents Need Winner! The winner will be able to pick from a selection of fabrics that Erica has on hand at the time of the drawing. The contest will run until Sunday, November 29th at 7:59pm CST, when the winner will be chosen at random and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected. You must include your email address in your comment or make sure it is listed in your profile! You must complete the mandatory entry in order for any subsequent entries to be counted. Open to residents of the United States.

How to Enter:
Mandatory entry: Go check out Dance with a Dragonfly . Come back here and tell me one other item she sells or describe your favorite fabric from what is shown here.

Additional Entries:
1. Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS. Leave a comment with your email address for the subscription (2 entries, so leave 2 comments)
2. Make a purchase at Dance with a Dragonfly (5 entries, so leave 5 comments).
3. Become a fan of Dance with a Dragonfly on Facebook (2 entries, so leave 2 comments)

Disclosure: I received no product for this review, nor did I receive any compensation. i just think Erica has beautiful pillow covers!