Haakaa Manual Breast Pump | Review

ALL THINGS BABY, Product Reviews

So I love this thing! I didn’t think something so simple could be so powerful.

The Haakaa Breast Pump is literally this silicone suction cup that captures your milk when nursing from the opposite breast.

Let me explain a little further. No this doesn’t act like a regular breast pump. When your baby is nursing from one breast, the stimulation may make your other breast leak milk. Instead of letting your milk absorb into a nursing pad or just leak through your garments, the Haakaa applies a slight suction therefore capturing the excess milk.

How to use it:

  1. Basically your just squeeze the bottom of the Haakaa and place it onto your breast then let go and you should feel that it’s secure enough that it won’t fall off (it should be suctioned onto you pretty tight).
  2. Nurse the opposite breast and watch the magic happen. I get anywhere from 2oz-4oz in the mornings when I’m the most full. Throughout the day I’ll get 1-2oz.

It may not seem like much but it’s better than letting your milk go to waste. You could save enough over time for that girls night you’ve been wanting to have, even if it’s a Zoom-Night-Out!

Did I mention that it’s extremely affordable?! I got mine through my Amazon Baby Registry and it was only $13

So if you’re debating if the reviews actually speak for themselves… they really do. It’s amazing!

*also not posting pictures because that could get weird*

4moms® mamaRoo® 4 Classic Infant Seat | Review

ALL THINGS BABY, Product Reviews

Here’s another review for all the pregnant mamas and new parents out there in search for a baby swing/rocker.

I purchased the 4moms® mamaRoo® 4 Classic Infant Seat in Black from BuyBuyBaby. Now it’s a bit on the pricey side ($219.99) which was why I didn’t purchase it with my first son, but since I had pretty much everything I needed for my second son I figure it was my one “splurge” product for this child. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this as some baby’s love it and others hate it.

I’m going my share my pros and cons list with you and let you all decide what you think is best. I’ll give my opinion at the end.

Pros:
– Easy setup
– Lightweight
– Bluetooth compatible
– Sleek and modern looking
– Various speeds/sounds/movements
– Capability to plug in your own device for different music options (adapter included)
– Easy to place child in inclined/reclined position

Cons:
– Price! It’s $219.99 at BuyBuyBaby. I felt like it was a risk purchasing this because I worried my child wouldn’t like it
– It doesn’t swing: it rocks and sways. Though I knew that when I purchased it, I still figured the “sway” would be more similar to a “swinging” motion.
– Didn’t fit my newborn properly: his head would slouch forward making it look difficult to breath. I’m not sure if he was having a hard time breathing but I wasn’t about to risk it so I waited until he was a bit older before putting him in it.
– Doesn’t lay completely flat: I was say it reclines a little lower than a carseat.

So my overall opinion:
I unfortunately regret getting this. I love the concept and I love all the features, it’s easy to move around because it’s so lightweight but MY.CHILD.HATES.IT! Within 2 minutes of having him in it he starts crying. I try leaving him in it for a few extra minutes thinking he’ll self soothe because he’s just tired but no. He literally won’t stop. He’s more of a “lay me in my bassinet and I’ll put myself to sleep” kind of baby which is great but now I’m $220 (plus tax) down the drain.

My suggestion is maybe borrowing someone’s and seeing if you baby likes it or maybe purchase a used one off of Facebook Marketplace. That way you’re not wasting a lot of money for something your child might dislike. If you can afford the price of this product then I would say why not try it out! But for those who are being more financially conscious when it comes to swings/rockers this might not be the product for you.

Maybe as my son gets older he’ll learn to like it but currently as a 3 month old he hates it. I really want him to like it since it seems like a wonderful product but we’ll see.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section!

Top 20 Mom & Baby Products

ALL THINGS BABY, Product Reviews

With baby #2 arriving soon I am in complete nesting mode. I’ve organized all the baby stuff and rearranged furniture twice already, all of which are “reorganized” in their original location.

While unpacking and organizing I wanted to share my personal favorite go to products that make parenting (in my opinion) a little easier.

1. OsoCozy Cloth Diapers: used as burp clothes! They’re super absorbent and you can order larger sizes since diapers come in many sizes.

2. Earth Mama Organic Nipple Cream: soothe and moisturize without having to wipe clean before breastfeeding since it’s lanolin free. Seriously a nipple saver!

3. Earth Mama Organic Perineal Balm: another Earth Mama product saving your private parts! The perfect balm for postpartum that makes me think I’m recovering faster since I’m not in as much pain.

4. Nose Frida: though the concept still grosses me out, I find relief knowing that I can help my child breath just a little bit easier when they have colds. It’s also safer because you can clean and sanitize this product.

5. WubbaNub Pacifier: my first child was a pacifier baby. The stuffy attached the pacifier makes it less likely to be lost and also kept in place. And they’re adorable!

7. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags: save all that precious milk for those “mama nights out”. I love the double zip sealer and how easy it is to pour into a bottle when it comes time to use.

8. Zip up pajamas (not buttons!): I love anything with zippers! No buttons ever in this household!

9. Zutano Baby Booties: I never have to worry about losing and finding baby socks. These are fashionable, warm, and never slip off!

10. Cotton Swaddle Blanket: I hate swaddling with any other blanket. This is the only swaddle that keeps arms from escaping (maybe I’m just a bad swaddler?). I only swaddle my baby in blankets during the day when I’m awake or someone is watching baby.

11. Halo Sleepsack Swaddles: At night I swaddle my newborn in these. I never have to worry about arms breaking free of a swaddle blanket and the blanket going over baby’s face.

12. Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper: I like how baby can be a little further from the bed and can be swiveled closer when I need to take baby out for feedings at night.

13. Convertible stroller: I use the Uppababy Vista stroller. It converts to a double stroller with adapters. I use the bassinet portion for the newborn and the regular seat for my toddler.

14. Comotomo Baby Bottle: I honestly don’t bottle feed often but when I do I use these bottles. I children seem to take to this bottle more than others. I think it’s because it mimics a breast best compared to other bottle nipples I’ve used.

15. NailFrida: I absolutely love the viewing window so I don’t accidentally cut the nail to short.

16. My Brest Friend Feeding Pillow: nursing is already a challenging process. This pillow makes nursing more comfortable for both mom and baby.

17. Kick n’ Play Piano Gym: great for tummy time!

18. Hatch Baby Rest: not sure if this works better on baby or mommy but I like the bluetooth connectivity, customization, and presets so you can create a routine throughout the day.

19. Boba Wrap: I use this primarily during the newborn stage. Baby feels secure and you can multitask like the boss you are. Its comfortable to wear and the material is soft and stretchy. Lots of cute patterns too!

20. Ergobaby Carrier: when baby gets bigger I like to use this carrier. Baby can face in or out once they have head control.

There you have it, my top 20 mom and baby products!

Baby Products for Baby #2 | Same Gender

ALL THINGS BABY, Parenting

I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant with my second baby. We’re having another boy so I don’t need much since I have mostly everything from my first child.

For this post I’m leaving out diapers since those are kind of a given. I also haven’t purchased any baby clothing because I have so much baby boy clothing, both used and a lot still with tags from my first son. I also have all the major items such as a carseat, stroller, bassinet, crib, etc.

I’ll start by saying that I made a baby registry at both Amazon and BuyBuyBaby so I could receive the 15% off discount because who doesn’t like discounts?! I also had a $50 Target gift card.

Products for Baby

  1. Zutano Cozie Fleece Baby Booties: These are seriously a lifesaver when it comes to the sock battle! No more losing socks in the washer or slipping off your baby’s feet. I seriously love these booties! My sister let me borrow a pair from her children when I had my first child so I had to buy a new pair for my second child. I purchased these from Amazon (color black, size 3 months). Total $21.00 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  2. Puracy Baby Shampoo & Natural Body Wash: I used this product for my first son. I love the smell! That’s mostly the reason why I’m purchasing it again but it’s also perfect for sensitive skin and tear free. This comes in a 2-pack both 16oz bottles. Purchased on Amazon. Total $20.99 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  3. UPPAbaby VISTA Lower & Upper Stroller Adapters: I registered for the 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA stroller for my first child with the thought that it converts into a double stroller for future children. To convert to a double stroller using the toddler seat and bassinet (will buy the rumble seat at a later time when baby #2 is old enough) you need the upper and lower stroller adapters. Both items were purchased on Amazon. Upper adapters total $19.99 before 15% off baby registry discount. Lower adapters total $24.99 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  4. Aden by Aden + Anais Denim Wash Cotton Muslim Blanket: I got my first son one of these blankets for his stroller and I just love how soft it is. I also love the material and thickness of it. So I figured I’d get baby #2 one as well so they both have their own blanket. Total $34.99 before 15% off baby registry discount at BuyBuyBaby.
  5. 4moms mamaRoo 4 Classic Infant Seat: This was my big splurge for baby #2 since I didn’t need much this time. Ive heard mixed reviews on this swing but I wanted to try it. We plan on having a third child so I don’t feel like its going to go to waste. Total $219.99 before20% off BuyBuyBaby coupon.
  6. WubbaNub Giraffe Pacifier: I use pacifiers because it reduces the risk of SIDS but I don’t introduce a pacifier until I’ve established a good breastfeeding routine. I like the WubbaNub because I’m less likely to lose it (haha!). Total $13.99. Purchased with Target gift card.

For Mom | Pregnancy & Postpartum

  1. Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter: I love this stuff because it’s lanolin free. No need to wipe/clean your breast/nipples before breastfeeding. It’s safe for baby and it works wonders in soothing and healing your nipples. Purchased on Amazon, total $11.42 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  2. Haakaa Manual Breast Pump: I didn’t have this with my first child but I’ve heard so many wonderful things that I wanted to give it a try this go around. Purchased on Amazon, total $12.94 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  3. Annyison Women Panties 5pk: Though not the most attractive, these are seriously the most comfortable things I’ve worn in a while. They’re high wasted so perfect if you are having a c-section. They’re meant for postpartum but I wear them during pregnancy as well. Purchased on Amazon, total $24.99 before $15% off baby registry discount.
  4. 3-1 Postpartum Support-Recovery Belt: I didn’t wear a support/recovery belt after my first pregnancy but my sister said that this really helped her so I figured I’d give it a try. Purchased on Amazon, total $22.95 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  5. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads 100ct.: It never hurts to have these on hand! $13.95 before tax. Used Target gift card for purchase.
  6. Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags 100ct.: I love these bags because of the easy pour, lay flat freeze, and double seal to prevent leaks. I pumped a lot at the beginning to help relieve engorgement.
  7. Pregnancy Clothing: Before COVID-19, I went to my local mall and purchased some maternity/nursing clothing from Motherhood at a 70% off discount because of the store closing. I just purchased basic items, plain shirts, leggings, jeans to get me through this pregnancy. I also received two 4 piece pajama sets from Costco. One set to use during this pregnancy and one set to use during my hospital stay.

I have been nesting like crazy this week but I feel like I have everything I need which is a total shock. Maybe this COVID-19 shelter-in-place is actually a blessing because I’m extremely organized and already packed for the hospital!

I hope all the parents are doing well during this crazy time!

Dip Powder Manicure | $10 Off Coupon

Parenting

So I know this isn’t my usual post but I wanted to share this wonderful product I discovered!

DipWell Nails!

Here’s a $10 off coupon just for you! Click here

It’s an at home dip powder nail kit. It’s seriously perfect for all the busy people out there who either don’t have the time or money to go to a nail salon.

It’s ideal with my lifestyle because I can still have a nice set of nails and not worry about chipping while taking care of a toddler or while I’m working. My nails also grow extremely fast and it bugs me that I need to get a full after 2 weeks.

DipWell lasts for up to 6 weeks but once my nails grow out after 2 weeks I’m glad I can give myself that fresh manicure without spending more money.

No I’m not sponsored for this post. I just seriously love this so much that I wanted to share.

Happy dipping everyone!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Parenting

These are seriously the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted! My husband is lactose intolerant so whenever I get cravings for baked goods I look for vegan options.

I didn’t have vegan chocolate chips so regular semi sweet chocolate chips were used.

I got this recipe from Baker by Nature and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it. It’s made with coconut oil, coconut milk, and applesauce! So for those who aren’t lactose intolerant and just looking for a healthier alternative these are perfect for you!

Now real bakers I’m sure mix the wet ingredients and then add the dry ingredients but I’m lazy and I just toss everything into my mixer.

Ingredients
Ingredients

Once all the ingredients are mixed, I put parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough roughly 1/2-1 inch apart. These cookies mostly rise so it’s okay to have them a little closer together.

Place in the oven at 375 for 9-10 minutes and then place on a cooling rack.

Then there you have it! Healthy (mostly) vegan chocolate chip cookies! Hope you enjoy them as much as my family did!

Capsule Wardrobe | Classy Yet Trendy

Parenting

Back in 2018, my sister, mother, and I came across this concept of a capsule wardrobe. After some research, we discovered that it’s minimalism within your closet. Since we found ourselves always wearing the same clothes all the time we figured we’d give it a try. We purchased the Simplified Style Year-Round Capsule Wardrobe e-book by Leanne Blackmon, the creator of Classy Yet Trendy.

This is a capsule outfit. White tee, black jeans, and sperry type shoes. Suppose to be paired with a jean jacket but it was way too warm. See… simplified and never out of style! This is a more simplified outfit; other outfits seem more dressy.

This book is great because it gives you a detail layout of what to wear during each season. This capsule sticks to clothing that never goes out of style so this truly is something I’ll stick with forever. Leanne first tells you which pieces you’ll need so if you don’t already have them you can thrift the items like we did. Since the items are simplified style you’ll probably find that you already own a majority of the pieces. For example, a jean jacket, pencil skirt, black dress. Other things were investment pieces like a trench coat. I didn’t own one until this capsule, but I purchased mine from Old Navy for around $50 (on sale) so it wasn’t too expensive. Then she lays out the actual outfit for you. Leanne sets a calendar with outfit numbers and you can wear that outfit based on which capsule you decide to purchase. Or you can just choose your own outfit. Up to you!

For items that weren’t found in the capsule, I ended up donating. There were the exception pieces though. There were certain shirts and shoes I wear constantly so I wasn’t quite ready to part with those items immediately. But after throwing what seemed like the majority of my closet I seriously felt like a weight came off my chest. I also felt great donating my items to those who needed it more than me.

Now that I have my capsule complete it seriously saves me so much time. With having a 16 month old and not a sense of fashion, getting ready in the morning takes less than 10 minutes (makeup and all). Since I’m a flight attendant and required to wear a uniform to work, having a capsule wardrobe just makes more sense in the form of packing for trips. Every 4th month I’m on reserve and I never know where I’ll be going, so packing can be difficult. Will it be hot? Cold? Long layover or short? The capsule makes packing easy. More to come on how I pack for work/travel.

So if you’re like me and have a hard time with fashion or find yourself wearing the same thing over and over, then I recommend considering a capsule wardrobe! I love my year-round capsule because it’s one book but Leanne creates new e-books for every new season so you could start off with that in case you’re unsure of committing to the year-round capsule.

I hope you all find this helpful. The part I love most is that it makes packing for work/travel way easier. Good luck to you all venturing into this wonderful world of Capsuling!

Reserve & Mom Life

ALL THINGS TRAVEL, Parenting

Being a reserve flight attendant means that I can be called at anytime and need to report to the airport within 3 hours. I bet a lot of you are wondering how that works with having a 16 month old son. Well it’s not easy but thankfully I have a lot of family support! Here’s how I plan to survive my September reserve month:

Schedule: this month I’m available to the company every Friday-Monday which means I have every Tuesday-Thursday off. I bid for this schedule intentionally so I could minimize number of days we’d need a babysitter. More weekdays off; prioritize weekend flying.

Bidding for specific assignments: so this one is most important because the day prior I have the choice to input bids for specific trips I want based on what’s available. These trips are usually open due to someone calling in sick, being removed from the trip for any number of reasons, or maybe there was a flight crew legality or weather which made the original crew be reassigned. I prioritize this because 1. I feel like I have a little bit more control over my schedule. 2. I know what my next day trip will be because I chose to work it. 3. It eliminates scheduling calling me in the middle of the night. These trips are given to FA’s in seniority order so I may not get the specific trip but I always try this option first.

Standby duty: if I can’t get a specific trip than I bid for airport standby as my secondary option. This is where I show up at the airport and hangout for 6 hours. During that time if there is any crew issues and someone isn’t able to make the flight than I’d be used to replace that FA. You’re usually assigned a flight within 30 minutes to departure time. So standbys are used as a very last resort. I chose this because it’s less likely to actually get assigned a trip. Again, I bid for this option the day prior to a reserve day so I know what I’m doing. This way I can figure out and make arrangements for babysitting.

Remain on call: this is my last option (hopefully option 1 and 2 work so I never have to use this) but this is basically where I’m at home going about my day and scheduling can call me for a trip within 3 hours once I’m notified. I hate this option because I never know when I’m going to get a call. I could be grocery shopping and I’d need to stop and head to the airport. This option is especially hard with babysitting. Family members babysit when my husband and I can’t be home so I always feel bad asking them to stop their plans to help watch the baby. Its like they’re on reserve too! On days where I’m just waiting around I usually go to a family members house so it’s easier on them. No driving necessary for them. I try to make it as easy and convenient as possible (even if that means it’s more inconvenient for me).

That’s my intended plan on sieving this months reserve. If all goes right I’m hoping we won’t have to rely on babysitters. Stay tuned for updates as to how my plan is working out!