Essentials For New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

Having just had my third child over nine years after the birth of my second one, I feel like there are so many new products on the market so I was excited to receive BabbleBoxx’s New Mom, New Year box full of essentials. Read on to learn about my favorite picks for new moms.

Life Insurance from Nationwide

When you think about new mom essentials, life insurance probably doesn’t come to mind- but it should! Making sure our kids are taken care of is one of our main jobs as parents and, unfortunately, the reality is that this includes making plans for them if something should happen to us. Life insurance can give you peace of mind that the people you love will be taken care of if a tragedy strikes.

75% of all households believe they don’t need life insurance because they think their employer policy is adequate. While this provides some protection, it usually only covers 1 to 2 years of your or your spouse’s salary, which may not be enough. My husband and I had a serious discussion about this years ago and he got an additional life insurance plan (in addition to the one his job provides in his benefits package) because we decided we wanted to have enough to fully pay off our home and everything else so if something happened to him, the main breadwinner, the kids and I would not be out on the street and I wouldn’t be having to worry about how to pay all the bills myself while taking care of our three children. As moms we need life insurance as well!

If you are looking at getting life insurance, Nationwide can help. For those who are unfamiliar with life insurance, they will help you understand life insurance. They offer easy to use tools and calculators that help you understand how much coverage will cost and work with you to analyze your needs and select a policy that is right for you and your family. Get a life insurance quote today!

Breastfeeding Essentials from bamboobies

Breastfeeding moms will love the bamboobies brand! I first learned about this brand years ago from another breastfeeding mom and they’ve continued to develop new essentials for moms who breastfeed. I received two of their items, the open nursing shawl and the boob-ease USDA Organic Nipple Balm.

For those who want to be more discreet when breastfeeding, the open nursing shawl is perfect. I know some women don’t cover themselves up at all and that’s cool but I am definetely more shy when it comes to that and a cover was a must-have for nursing and pumping. I liked that this breastfeeding cover is made from a soft bamboo rayon fabric and comes in a stylish kimono shawl design that’s perfect for every body type. Plus, it’s ideal for babywearing because the lightweight material keeps mom comfortable and free to move while providing protection from the sun and other elements for baby with it’s UPF 50+ sun protection. Best of all, it doubles as a car seat cover when it’s not being worn. I’m all about items that serve more than one purpose!

Another must-have when breastfeeding? Nipple balm because a new mom’s body is already going through enough pain and uncomfort and we don’t need to add sore and cracked nipples to that list. I really like the boob-ease Nipple Balm because it’s very soothing and moisturizing. This nipple balm is non-toxic and certified organic so there’s no need to wipe it off before feeding baby. It’s lanolin free and made with five simple (and easy-to-pronounce!) ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, calendula flower, and marshmallow root. 

Special offer: There’s a 10% off coupon on Amazon for a 2 pack of Nipple Balm. The offer expires 2/6/19 or while supplies last (1 coupon per customer).

Playtex® Bras

There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable bra (other than maybe engorged breasts in an uncomfortable bra) so I was super happy to get some new nursing bras right when I needed them. Playtex® nursing bras are made to support you through your whole journey, from pregnancy to nursing. The styles are designed with mothers (and mothers-to-be) in mind and keep you comfortable every step of the way. 

The Playtex Nursing bras are constructed of Cool Comfort technology that helps keep you cool and comfortable. During the daytime, the Playtex Nursing Pretty Shaping Foam Wirefree Bra with it’s knit-in Support Zones plus extra side sling in cup provides additional support and security as you move about your day. When it’s time to go to bed new moms know they have to wear a bra (hello leaking boobs) and they’ll want the Playtex Nursing Sleep Bra. It has an easy-to-fit sizing with the Comfort Flex Fit® Wire free wrap pull-over design and features 2-ply cups with hidden pocket for nursing pads. I love that they have hidden pockets for nursing pads because it’s quite embarrasing to find your nursing pad is peaking out of the top of your shirt (not that I’ve ever experienced that embarrasing situation….) ?

Vichy Skin Creams

As a mom with a newborn and two tweens I know that once you have kids it’s easy to put yourself at the bottom of the priority list but we really need to stop doing this. I started this blog with the whole purpose of making time for myself because as parents ‘we can’t pour out of an empty pitcher’. When we don’t take care of ourselves we can’t take care of our kiddos. Since a day at the spa is a rare occurence I’ve found doing little things for myself every day makes a big impact. Things like sitting with a cup of coffee and reading a book or giving ourself a mini-facial are things we can do to make some “me” time for ourselves.

Vichy makes skin creams that make doing something for yourself easy and make your skin feel amazing. I recently tried their Aqualia Thermal Gel Cream and Aqualia Thermal Night Cream. The Aqualia Thermal Gel Cream is a paraben-free daytime moisturizer for normal/combo skin that has 97% natural origin ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid, Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermal Water & Plant Sugar. I really like lightweight water gel moisturizers over regular creams because I feel like they hydrate my skin the best. Not only does it hydrate but it smooths fine lines as well (something I’m starting to think about more at 35 years of age…) The Aqualia Thermal Night Cream is inspired by the Vichy Thermal Spa and this ultra-comfortable, velvety sleep mask infuses the skin with hydration overnight, when skin is most receptive to treatments. Skin is soft, soothed and supple by morning. Don’t we all want to look refreshed….as if we’ve gotten a full night of sleep and weren’t up every couple of hours with the baby!?

Special offer: Use discount code ‘Babble19’ for 15% off + Free Shipping! Offer expires 2/28/19.

Sprout Pouches

And I had to throw in an essential item for baby! Eventually our babies get bigger and require more than milk… that’s when Sprout Pouches will come in handy. Sprout is a maker of wholesome, organic baby food, including ready-to-eat purees and snacks for toddlers, too. They have options for every age and stage of baby’s development and their high-quality recipes are made only with USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO ingredients. They also have no added sugars, no flavors or colors, and never anything artificial. I personally love the convenience of their pouches, especially as a busy, always on-the-go mom who needs things I can easily grab and throw into the diaper bag. 

These Sprout Stage 2 Pouches are plant powered and made with whole, organic fruits and vegetables (each pouch contains 2 grams of vegetable-based protein). Formulated specifically for babies 6 months and up, Sprout Stage 2 purees are just right for developing preferences. They come in fun flavors, like Strawberry Apple Beet Red Bean & Apricot Banana Chickpea Fig, which help expand baby’s palate and introduces babies to both sweet and savory taste profiles. I also love that they are committed to helping babies eat more veggies (I wish these were around when Lucas was little because I think these would have really helped him learn to love vegetables!)

What items do you consider essential for new moms and babies?

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The Ultimate Mobile Mom Giveaway For New Moms {$960 Value}


Welcome to the Ultimate Mobile Mom Giveaway sponsored by MobileMom.com, Rakuten.com Shopping, Snugli, and Britax! I am happy to be teaming up with some great bloggers to give away some amazing items that are perfect for new moms!

Before we get to the giveaway I want to introduce to you MobileMom.com! Mobile Mom is a collection of free apps for your smartphone that provide pregnancy info on your mobile device — anytime, anywhere! If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, these apps were designed just for you! The following apps are currently available in the Apple Store and Google Play:

Ovulation Calculator — This app will help you determine your most fertile days to increase your chances of conceiving each month.

Due Date Calculator — This app will calculate your due date and keep track of important pregnancy milestones.

Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator — Concerned with keeping your weight in check during pregnancy? The Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator will help you stay within your healthy range.

Pregnancy Test — Think you might be pregnant? Determine the likelihood with this intuitive app by answering just a few questions. It’s proven algorithm will provide you with an answers!

Baby Names Finder — Browse through thousands of unique, traditional, and popular names to find the perfect name for your baby! Find out a name’s origin, meaning, popularity and create a list of your favorites to help you narrow it down.

Pregnancy Talk — This app hasn’t been released yet but it’s coming soon! Find friendship and support from other moms during the most important time in your life. Join the Pregnancy Talk community for 24/7 access to moms who are going through or have been through the same things you are! Ask questions, give advice based on your own experiences and more!

If you have any friends that are pregnant or trying to conceive, please pass this info along to them — I’m sure they’d appreciate it!

So, what three things does every mobile mom need? A baby carrier, car seat and a great diaper bag! Read on to find out more about what we are giving away. {I am so jealous!!}


Well made and versatile, the Britax Baby Carrier is a must-have for moms and dads alike. The adjustable waist belt is one size fits all (22 inches to 56 inches) making it easy to switch from one parent to another. It is designed to distribute weight across shoulders, back and hips for comfort and extended wear. A removable infant insert makes the carrier suitable for infants from 8 pounds to toddlers up to 32 pounds. The Britax Baby Carrier features multiple carrying positions, one handed buckles and snaps for ease of use and harness straps that adjust in front for a customized fit. These are just a few of the many features of the baby carrier. Britax really has thought of everything! Also available in an organic version, the Britax Baby Carrier retails for around $129. For more information visit www.britax.com.

Snugli has just introduced a new line of car seats that feature OUTLAST temperature management technology designed to keep children safe and comfortable by maintaining their ideal body temperature. This technology has the ability to absorb and store excess heat to reduce overheating. Similarly, when the child’s temperature drops, the car seat’s stored heat is released always keeping the child comfortable.

The Snugli All-In-One Carseat which accommodates children ranging from 5-110 pounds (internal harness up to 65 lbs) features 3 layers of side impact foam technology to reduce side impact crash forces by 50%. The LATCH system connectors allows quick and easy installation while the TruTether feature gives you peace of mind with it’s green indicator which notifies you when the tether has been properly tightened. This carseat also features 3 position incline. You can find out more about Snugli Carseats by visiting www.snugli.com.


Last but not least, you’ll find just about everything you need for baby at Rakuten.com Shopping, including a number of top of the line diaper bags, such as this Coach Signature Stripe diaper bag, to make sure you’re stylish while on the go. In fact, Rakuten.com Shopping is providing one lucky winner with $500 worth of Rakuten Super Points to shop for all your baby necessities, through the convenience and ease of shopping online, if you win the Ultimate Mobile Mom Giveaway!

To learn more and experience great prices and a convenient shopping experience for yourself, visit www.rakuten.com or @RakutenShopping on Twitter.

Feeling lucky? Enter to win all three of these great prizes by filling out the form below. (Just a note: Rafflecopter occasionally goes down. If you don’t see the form you can refresh or come back later to enter.)

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(Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway. I have not used any the items or sites. Making Time For Mommy is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.)