As much as pregnancy is a beautiful thing, let’s be honest, it’s also like a nine month attack on your body. Nausea, round ligament pain, fatigue, headaches, constipation, mood swings; being a pregnant mama is tough. One of my top pregnancy issues this time around has been a sore back. The pain from sitting at a desk every day for the better part of eight hours and then going home to an energetic toddler had me waddling around from pretty much the start of my second trimester. This is why I was so excited to see that Boppy – the makers of everyone’s favorite nursing pillow – launched its new Pregnancy Back Rest as a part of the Prenatal Comfort Collection.
You already know and love the Boppy Slipcovered Pillows for your babies for everything from nursing and feeding to tummy time and lounging. The new Pregnancy Back Rest is designed just for mom to provide contoured lumbar support and reduce the stress a growing baby bump can have on back muscles.
The Back Rest easily transfers between work and home and in just a couple weeks of using it, I can already feel a significant difference in how my back feels at the end of the day.
Check out the Chicago Parent Instagram page for a photo of the Pregnancy Back Rest in action!
Newborn skin is so precious. I’ve spent much of the three years I’ve been a parent on the hunt for the perfect body wash, shampoo and lotion that would be gentle enough for my daughter’s sensitive, eczema-prone skin. But I’ve never though twice about the water I’m using.
Many of us filter our drinking water, but what about the about the water we bathe our kids in? Enter Aquasana shower filters. This new line of filters targets synthetic chemicals in the water and removes more than 90 percent of chlorine, which can cause drying and irritation.
When Baby E arrives, I’ll definitley be using the Aqausana filter to fill up her baby bathtub.
I tried home juicing before and had a good experience. I lost weight, my skin seemed to look brighter and after a few misses, I was able to figure out the best combos for a yummy tasting drink. The time commitment and messy cleanup eventually turned me away, but when I found out I was pregnant, I considered going back.
Unfortunately, raw, unpasteurized juice can contain bacteria that is harmful to pregnant women. The benefits that come along with having fresh juice just weren’t worth the risk for me.
Then I discovered Bundle Organic Prenatal Juices.
Pasteurized and fortified with folic acid, calcium, vitamin D and more of the good stuff that moms-to-be and babies need, Bundle Organic juices gave me the healthy boost I wanted, without any of the risk.
The dark berry and veggies flavor is my go-to when I’m looking for a tasty alternative to plain water. I love the convenience of just grabbing one out of the fridge to have with lunch and knowing that I’m getting my daily dose of important nutrients.
Bundle Organics juices are now available at Buy Buy Baby in Orland Park! Find out here how you can win a $50 gift card to Diapers.com and a free Bundle Organics tote.
The times when my daughter has had a fever have been some of the most worrisome times for me as a parent. Sleepless nights checking to make sure her temperature isn’t spiking to a dangerous level. Risking waking her up and disturbing her at a time when she really just needs to rest. It’s so stressful.
Luckily, the new Fever Smart Smart Parch Thermometer – created by four college students from the University of Pennsylvania (including a Lake Forest native) – takes the guesswork out of fever monitoring.
Simply attach the small “Brain Unit” to your child’s underarm area using one of the kit’s disposable patches and set up the “Relay Unit” (An iPad, iPod Touch or smartphone) in the same room. Throughout the night, the Brain Unit will continuously transmit real-time data to your smartphone via the Fever Smart app (Free in the app store!) so that you can monitor your child’s temperature and get help immediately at the first sign of trouble.
That peace of mind is priceless.
Trying to conceive? The Fever Smart thermometer can also track trends over time so if you use it to monitor your basal body temperature you can determine your ovulation schedule and figure out the best baby making days every month. Bonus!