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

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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

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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

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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!

Flight Attendant & Pregnancy | Update

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It’s been over a one month since my first post about being pregnant and working as a Flight Attendant so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on what’s been going on.

I am now 30 weeks pregnant and am now on state disability due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak. My doctor no longer finds it safe for me to be flying with the unknown of the effects on pregnant women on their unborn child(ren).

With that being said, I’m grateful to be home but with “shelter-in-place” I’m starting to go stir crazy in our one bedroom apartment. I didn’t realize how often I go outside with my little one. I have can’t leave the house because it’s not worth the risk but at the same time I’m desperate for some fresh air. But I’m thankful for mine and my family’s health and I hope this crazy pandemic ends soon for everyone.

The aviation industry is particularly struggling with this COVID-19 virus. Most airlines are operating at the bare minimum and some are even furloughing their flight attendants due to closing bases because they can’t afford to keep their employees. I selfishly feel safe at the current moment only because I’m on state disability but what’s going to happen when I return from my leave? Everything is so uncertain at this time. All we can do is stick together and do what we can to keep our jobs as essential workers.

To all my aviation workers, stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive. I’m thinking of you!

Aviation and pregnancy updates coming soon.

Do-It-Yourself | Personalized Newborn Pants

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s another diy project created using my Silhouette Cameo 3 but this time I used newborn pants instead of a onsie. Not sure how I feel about them but once my little one is in them I’m sure they’ll be adorable.

I chose my favorite cursive font and used the simple text, “Baby Caleb” and “Caleb”.

In the design studio for Silhouette, I then sized them according to the size of the pants (in this case newborn size). “Baby Caleb” was approximately 2 inches wide and 5.5 inches long. “Caleb” was 2 inches wide and 4 inches long (I’ll have to double check the exact sizing. These are approximations).

Once you have the sizing you like, flip your design so it’s mirrored or backwards and then you’re finished creating the design.

For the cut settings I used “Heat Transfer: Smooth” and changed it to number 3 instead of the original setting because my blade is dull. Normally I would keep it on the preset setting.

Then send your design to cut and watch the magic happen!

Weed your design, place your design on your clothing of choice and iron. I am still using a regular iron which I feel doesn’t give the smoothest application and takes a bit longer to actually adhere to the clothing. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but haven’t gotten around to making the purchase.

If anyone has a review on the Cricut Easy press please let me know!

Happy crafting!

Also, please don’t mind the stained navy pant, these are hand me downs from my first son. I’ve never used vinyl on infant pants so these were also kind of a trial run that seemed very successful.

Update | Do-It-Yourself | Baby Girl Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Remember that baby girl onesie “Bows and Big Brows” that I made for my niece? If not, check out my post here for a step-by-step guide on how to create this onesie yourself with a cutting machine.

Well my niece arrived about a month ago and look who finally fits into it! Isn’t she precious?!

This is the first onesie I’ve made with a baby actually wearing it. It definitely looks more adorable when there’s an adorable baby wearing it!

Do-It-Yourself | “New to the Crew” Baby Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s another diy for your shelter-in-place entertainment.

Again, using my Silhouette Cameo 3, I designed this using my favorite script font and some random “free design” accents that I downloaded for commercial use on the Silhouette Store. I placed them randomly to frame my design.

I sent my design to my cutting machine on “Heat Transfer: Smooth and changed it to setting 3 instead of 2 because my blade is getting dull.

Weed and place on a onesie and iron on! I still use a regular iron which is why I feel like my application isn’t the smoothest. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but that’ll have to wait. For now an iron will do.

I love that this can be personalized with baby’s last name to make it more personable.

Enjoy!

P.S. I swear that isn’t a Nike check. It was part of the free design on the Silhouette design store.

If you love this design but not up to making it yourself, you can head over to B&C Company and purchase a onesie for the little one in your life.

Flight Attendant & Pregnancy

ALL THINGS TRAVEL, Pregnancy

Being a flight attendant and being pregnant are both challenging but when you’re both at the same time you can imagine how one can impact the other.

For this post I’m going to share my experience as a pregnant flight attendant but please note that my experience could and most likely is completely different from someone else’s experience.

I am currently 23 weeks pregnant and for the most part I’m feeling ok. Back pain is starting to occur and I’ve had some slight cramping from what my doctor says is from my round ligaments not getting proper time to rest due to the nature of my job and caring for a 22 month old. Everything is safe and healthy, just uncomfortable and annoying especially when I’m working.

When it comes to performing the essential job functions I would say certain FA work positions are more challenging than the others. For me, it’s easiest if I’m one of the aisle FA’s meaning I’m the one in the aisle helping during boarding instead of being in the front or back of the plane setting up the galley’s. Galley positions are more physically demanding with lifting and bending more often so it’s more of a challenge for me. My belly still isn’t huge so I’m not exactly in the way when I’m in the aisle assisting with boarding yet.

I won’t lie when I say I’m exhausted by the end of he day even if I’m only doing 1-2 legs. Something about the higher altitude and just being on my feet for long periods of time makes me tired (or maybe I’m just out of shape).

I’ve spoken to my doctor about going out early for California State disability but since I’m healthy and no medical issues there isn’t a reason for me to be put on disability. At first I was upset because flying is tough on the body even if you aren’t pregnant so I was frustrated and felt like she didn’t understand the demands of my job, but after a day to stew, I’m actually very grateful that my baby and me are healthy. I feel fine as of now to continue working but it’s okay to fly (according to my doctor) up until 36 weeks. I honestly don’t think I’ll make it that far but we’ll see.

Now for those who have had miscarriages in the past or other medical challenges that put you in a high risk pregnancy I would definitely express your concerns to your doctor about going on disability/leave early, especially in the first trimester. I personally don’t have any experience but I’ve read and met enough women who said that flying increases the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester. So please do what you feel is best for yourself and your unborn child. Only you know what feels best, follow your intuitions.

I’ll be back with updates and let you all know how this whole experience is going.

Fly safe everyone!

Mother & Son Halloween Costume

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For my sons first Halloween his father was out of town for a business trip so I wanted to do a mother & son costume but I wasn’t entirely sure what to do. My mother-in-law purchased a lion costume for my son at Marshall’s just because she thought it was cute. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to dress him up as a lion but then I had the idea of being a lion tamer.

So off to my local thrift shop! I went to find a top hat and some sort of red blazer. I found the red blazer at the thrift shop but couldn’t find a top hat. I decided to stop by Walmart and luckily they had a few left. I spent less than $10 for both items. I then found a pair of mustard pants that I already owned, brown boots, and a white shirt. And ta-da! Costume complete!

I attempted to put black whiskers on my son with eyeliner but he wasn’t having it. Hope you enjoy and this brings some Halloween inspiration to you and your little one!