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Friday, October 2, 2015

Sponsored: DIY Bathroom Makeover

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Aqua Bliss. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. 
When you are a busy mom some of your favorite moments may just end up in the bathroom. I do not mean all the fun potty training, or the baths with your little ones. What about you? I cannot speak for all parents, but I can say at least in our house our trips to the bathroom are really our only alone time, if I even happen to be alone. So when I do get my precious 15 minutes of showering or “bathroom time”, I want to be sure it is as pleasant of an experience as possible.

We have done a lot to our bathroom since it has become a quiet kid-free zone and sanctuary, at least for the time being. However, just switching shower curtains, rugs and tumblers is not always enough to make you feel a spa like atmosphere in your bathroom no matter how fluffy your towels are. We decided to do a couple of upgrades as well to our shower and our toilet.

So when you update your bathroom go ahead and get the shower curtain, rugs, towels and tumblers, but do not forget the most important part. Update your shower and toilet for a real fun and relaxing experience.

Thanks to the wonderful people at Aqua Bliss they have come out with an easy to install Hand Held Shower Head and a Luxury Bidet that have everything you need to make your bathroom a blissful experience.

The new Aqua Bliss Hand Held Shower Head is a luxury shower head with five relaxing and easy to change settings. It has a 6.5 foot ultra flexible hose. You can easily adjust the angle of the shower head as well as the water fall. It has an anti-clog design, and is no hassle to install. Although it says no tools, I did end up needed some extra muscle to tighten things. However, it ended up being a cinch to install and I love using it. It is also great to have the Aqua Bliss Hand Held Shower Head for seniors, kids and pets. Being able to grab the shower head, adjust it to the stream you like and have the extra long hose makes cleaning anything in your shower easy.

We wanted to upgrade our toilet in some fashion. However, many options other than a new toilet seat are very expensive or hard to install. Instead we tried out the new Aqua Bliss Luxury Bidet. Bidets squirt water on you when you would like, they help to clean you in addition to toilet paper. We have a septic system so anything that helps us save on toilet paper is a plus in our book. The Aqua Bliss Luxury Bidet is very impressive. It has a pressure gauge that you control. It also has a women’s feature with an extra nozzle angled at a perfect position for women. The retractable nozzles also have a self cleaning feature so you never have to worry if they will get clogged.

Installing the Aqua Bliss Luxury Bidet was incredibly easy. It sits between the seat and the toilet. It is easy to reach so you do not have to “reach around” like most bidet models. The Aqua Bliss Luxury Bidet is nonelectric and easily attaches to the fresh water pipe that feeds the toilet. We found the Aqua Bliss Luxury Bidet  to be a lot of fun and a great addition to our bathroom. To be honest I wondered why more people do not have bidets as clearly we have been missing out on toilet fun and sanitation.

Along with our new shower head and bidet we also added the usual shower curtain, rugs, tumblers and towels. However, this time on our Do-it-yourself bathroom makeover I made sure we made over the correct things to make our bathroom retreat as great as we can!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sponsored: Lady Soma All Natural Skin Care

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Lady Soma. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  

Sponsored: Lady Soma All Natural Skin Care
Written By Renee Arbia

No matter what stage in your life you are, as a woman you are probably leading a very active lifestyle. We often never put ourselves first and take care of our body the way we should. I have found that the more we are practicing a greener lifestyle the more I seek out different ways to stay healthy that are also natural and friendly for the environment.

As a busy mom I rarely wear much make up anymore. However, I always am sure to moisturize all the time. Not only do we live in the hot south, but it makes my skin look a lot healthier and it keeps my skin from getting too dry or cracking in the sun. I have not found a lot of “natural” products that are actually green and friendly for the environment.

Then, I was contacted by the wonderful people at Lady Soma, in New York City. Lady Soma is a skincare line for women using all natural, healthy and holistic formulas. Their slogan is “Love, Yourself”, they promote their products for healthy, active and balanced women or who are looking to have a healthy and happy lifestyle. The name “Soma” is from the Greek word “Body”. The Greeks are known for their Mediterranean culture and diet of fresh fruits, olive oil, vegetables, fish and whole grains, they have always been the epitome of health. Lady Soma strictly focuses on the internal and external demands of the female body to make sure it is running at its best.

Lady Soma has an array of different skincare products and nutritional supplements to choose from. They are also great because you can speak with educated specialists about your specific needs if you are unsure of what you would like to order. Here are some of my absolute favorites.

Somaluxe Stem Cell + Peptide Complex
The Somaluxe Stem Cell + Peptide Complex I loved using as a morning moisturizer. It was extremely lightweight and a little went a very long way. I was able to easily put it on under sunscreen, or make up. I prefer to wear it alone, because it brightens and plumps my skin right away, so I always look refreshed. It does have a slight odor to it (as most natural products do). I found that after it was applied to your skin the odor dissipated. The Somaluxe Stem Cell + Peptide Complex is made of organic plant stem cells from the Globularia Cordifolia flower. This is a powerful anti-wrinkle therapy that improves tone and texture. It contains plant stem cells, Hyaluronic acid + Coenzyme Q10 and renews and restores for fresh looking skin. It is also safe and gentle for sensitive skin or acne prone skin.

Raspberry Red Lip Gloss
I am not much of a lip gloss type of girl, but Lady Soma has me convinced on this one. This is hands down the BEST lip gloss I have ever used. A little goes a really long way and lasts for hours. It tastes amazing, yet even stays on my lips when I lick it. Also, I love the slightly red color that also lasts and does not kiss off that easily. The Raspberry Red Lip Gloss is an organic blend of antioxidant rich ingredients and herbal extracts. It contains omega rich pigments that protect lips from the signs of aging. It contains Cocoa and Shea butter, raspberry and natural minerals, pomegranate and Vitamin E.

Lady Soma has some great lip products. I also love their PomBlast Lip Balm and the Somaluxe Lip Rescue.

Skin & Nail Treatment
I have horrible hands and nails. They are always being washed, wiped, or sanitized so they are a mess. I am always on the look out for a good hand moisturizer that will fix all my stubble nails and cuticles and at least let them look normal. I love the Skin & Nail Treatment by Lady Soma. It really repaired all the dry skin on my hands, nails and cuticles. My nails are shiny and seem stronger. The Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment repair dry skin, and is specifically formulated for skin and nails. It promotes a soft supple cuticle while repairing existing hand and nail damage. It also enhances your natural nails for a shiny appearance. This is a lotion that also can be used for dry patches, scars and stretch marks. It is 100% natural, paraben and chemical free. It is hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types.

Lady Soma always institutes for truth in labeling and ingredient safety. They use Good Manufacturing Standards and are regulated by the FDA. They also support women in many ways by also donating to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation every year.

When you are looking to be healthy, remember to stay healthy in every aspect of your life. Lady Soma is a great place to start with your eco-conscious lifestyle. Feel free to check out their website you can also contact them at Lady Soma is proud to offer natural and healthy women’s products to those women who wish to have a happy and healthy lifestyle. For those of you who are not located in the US, Lady Soma also ships internationally.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Sponsored: Underwareness

Sponsored: Underwareness
Written By: Renee Arbia

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Depend. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It is very typical that at least once in a women’s life she will encounter some type of bladder leakage. In fact over 51 million Americans experience bladder leakage. That is one in every three American women. There are many common causes of bladder leakage in women including pregnancy, childbirth and diabetes.

This month we have been focusing a lot on newborns, babies and pregnancy. Bladder leakage is a common symptom of pregnancy and childbirth. Even if only for a short time it can be a hassle and leave us out on the sidelines of our lives without being able to always participate.

Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs are for women who need a different kind of underwear. Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs are a new moderate-absorbency brief that features a thin design for complete comfort and the trusted protection of the Depend brand. They feature a cloth-like fabric that is smooth under your clothes. They also come in two great colors, nude and black.

As far as I am concerned Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs blow the competitors out of the competition. Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs are thinner, lighter, and less bulky. They actually look and feel like underwear and you can barely tell the difference, even if you are changing in a locker room. I had a couple of other brand briefs that I used after I gave birth to my son to compare. As you can see the new Depend Silhouette Active Fit brief is much thinner, sleeker, and much more comfortable. It is a no brainer. The box comes with some in nude and some in black which is nice to be able to switch it up when needed. The stretchy material is similar to a regular brief and even fits like regular underwear. The leak guard is extremely strong and holds a lot of water (urine) when filled.

Older white brief, Depend Silhouette Active Fit Brief in Nude. 

You cannot let a little bladder leakage leave you out on the sidelines missing out on all the activities. Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs are made for your active lifestyle. Now, coming home with baby will be much easier on mom if she is not worried about bladder leakage. She can be an active participant in everything she wants to do. Everyone should feel confident right down to our underwear, so we can live the vibrant, fulfilled lives we deserve.

Underwareness is a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using hashtag #Underwareness, the Depend brand will donate $1 (up to $3 million), through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

Join the movement and request your free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs by visiting

Click here for a Coupon of $2.00 off!

Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs are available where retail items are sold. You can connect with Depend for more information and discounts by visiting their social media pages.

Check out Underwareness Video of Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Autumn Friday Faves

The Autumn is my absolute favorite season of the year. My favorite holidays are in the fall. I love the weather, especially here in the south, it is a late summer and early type of fall that is perfect for being outside. We are always celebrating and having a lot of fun with friends and family, and having them over. Baking is something I tend to do a lot more of in the fall. With the weather cooler it is much more fun to turn the oven on. We also love to get into reading more in the fall. Since it now will start getting darker earlier and earlier it is good to have some activities already starting when it is too dark to play outside. What are some of your favorite things about the fall?

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend filled with fun, love and laughter.

In a baking mood try out these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or if you really want to indulge make this, Cocoa Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

How did you celebrate the beginning of Fall? Remembering Xavier's First Mabon!

My favorite muffins of all time are fantastic for you, make some Banana Oatmeal Muffins for your breakfast.

Teach your children the importance of being thankful by Saying Grace. 

Need some warm, delicious and very cheap and easy to make, it's easy to keep these ingredients on hand for some delicious Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole.

Check out your local Library for some good reads. We love Two Bobbies and My First Book Series By Sophie Helenek. 

Happy Fall!

#NextGenerationSAHM, #FridayFaves

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Chick-Fil-A Mom Panel 2015-2016

I am proud to announce that I have been chosen to participate on the Chick-Fil-A Mom Panel for the 2015-2016 year. We will have a fun year of keeping you up to date on the latest promotions at Chick-Fil-A as well as anything fun that is happening in this area!

We tested out their new frozen lemonade and it was approved by the whole family. My son, Xavier loved it! He keeps saying "Do you like frozen lemonade Mommy? I love frozen lemonade!"

So be sure to check out the new frozen lemonade at your local Chick-Fil-A and check back here for all the Chick-Fil-A fun throughout the year!

Special thanks to Chick-Fil-A!

#ChickFilAMoms, #nextgenerationsahm

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month
Written By Renee Arbia

You may have noticed by now, that September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society usually will hold events in your area all month long as a fundraiser and get donations for research and for treatments for different blood cancers. According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society approximately every 3 minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes, one person in the United States dies from blood cancer. That ends up being 152 dying a day (6 people an hour) from a blood cancer.

Most of the donated money to blood cancers go to fund research. There is little known about blood cancers. Many forms of blood cancer have no known cause or cure. The survival rate for many is dire and treatments that we have can only treat symptoms.

My mother passed away from Leukemia in 2009. She was diagnosed and given three months. She lived a year. Without any of the treatments we would not have had her as long as we did. Blood Cancers are hard to treat because they can cause multiple problems in the human body. Every organ has blood in it. Imagine if your blood was carrying cancer within it, and attacking itself, and every organ it comes into contact with, that is what blood cancer, essentially does. My mom received countless blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, plasmapheresis, chemo therapy, a stem cell transplant and an experimental drug treatment. Yet, it none of it, saved her life.

When I would visit my mom in the hospital her floor was always sealed due to contamination. Patient rooms are double-door locked and the entire floor area is sealed for the patients’ protection due to their immune systems so badly weakened. While I was visiting my mom in the hospital I saw so many that were sick with blood cancer. The elderly, the babies, the children, the college students, there were people of every race, shape, size, and age. Blood Cancer knows no barriers. I watched a mom kiss a glass door because her two small daughters and husband were on the other side and she was unable to kiss them good night. This was not, my mom, this mom was very young, her children were young, yet, I saw children in the blood cancer area being treated. Blood cancer does not care about age or who you are.

Patience Brewster is one mom who is working hard to make sure that Blood Cancer research is being done. You may have heard of Patience Brewster, she is an artist and designer of handmade and handcrafted unique gifts and ornaments. It may seem an odd combination, a Christmas ornament company that is highly concerned about blood cancers. However, they have worked very closely with the LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) ever since her son, Herm, was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma back in 2002. Despite his illness, Herm worked with the company as he fought this disease with tenacity, and unwavering diligence until 2005 when he left this world at age 26.

In his honor, his family started the Holland C Gregg IV Research Fund. Patience Brewster, his mother, designs a special ornament every year to raise research funding toward a cure for these cancers. Their hope is that, you will join us in raising awareness of blood cancers and bringing awareness to the great need for research into
better treatments for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

They created the Holland C. Greg IV Research Fund, a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fun in her son’s name. This fund specifically funds the advances in immunotherapy being done by Catherine Bollard at Children’s Hospital in D.C. and Baylor University in Austin, Texas under Helen Hissup. All proceeds go DIRECTLY to research. The research team they have met and had first hand experience with. The research team is working on developing less traumatic and more effective therapies for blood cancers, and finding treatments for other ailments along the way.

Every year Patience Brewster designs a new ornament for the purpose of raising money and awareness. This year it is, Huck, the Woodland Raccoon. Her son’s favorite animal was a raccoon, and one of his many nicknames was Huck. You can donate $1, $5, $10 or more. Every little bit helps.

To find out more about Patience Brewster and the Holland C. Greg IV Research Fund, or to purchase an adorable Raccoon Christmas Ornament that goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Holland C. Greg IV Research Fund, visit Patience’s Blog ( about Blood Cancer Awareness and the story of her family!

Please share this with your friends and family to spread awareness for blood cancers this month! Thank you for your help!

#Leukemiaandlymphoma, #bloodcancerawarenessmonth, #patiencebrewster, #Huckthewoodlandraccoon, #nextgenerationsahm, #nextgenerationsahmgivingback, #donate

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sponsored: Premama Drink Your Prenatal Vitamins

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign  and received a gift and or payment to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced nor reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

Sponsored  By Premama
Written By Renee Arbia

When you decide to expand your family the first thing you need to do is make sure you are healthy. Going to the doctor, eating healthy and exercising are very important. It is also important to start taking vitamins to help yourself get all the nutrition that you may need. Premama makes vitamins for your complete maternity wellness.

Premama wants to be with you in every step of your maternity journey. Premama makes vitamins for every stage of your maternal wellness. With Fertility, Essentials, Essentials Plus and Lactation vitamins, you will always have the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.

Premama not only makes the vitamins for every step of your maternity care, but also makes vitamins you get to drink. Premama has a line of natural powdered supplements formulated to support preconception through post natal nutritional needs, concerns and conditions. All their formulas are pill-free, drink mix solutions that contain high-quality, clinically-studied and physician-approved ingredients that are designed to blend seamlessly with liquids, and soft foods. You simply mix and enjoy.

I was able to test out the Premama Essentials Plus DHA. I love how it is individually wrapped so it is easy to bring with you. You can mix Premama Essentials Plus DHA with at least 12 ounces of water or with non-carbonated, flavored liquids such as juice or smoothies. The citrus powdered formula tastes similar to most drinkable vitamins. I found it was best in a big glass of orange juice or a smoothie. The citrus taste of the powder is easy to hide in anything that has some flavor to it. By drinking your vitamins they digest easily and fast.

All of the Premama vitamins are Gluten- Free, Non-GMO and Vegetarian approved. The Premama Essentials Plus DHA are a prenatal vitamin with the added benefits of vegetarian DHA. They are formulated with over 165mg of fatty acids, including Life’s DHA and ALA to support baby’s brain and eye development. It also includes Choline to further help reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

Each box of Premama drinkable vitamins is made differently to be sure to get you the vitamins that you need, when you need them. Swallowing horse pills can be hard to do first thing in the morning. Drinking your vitamins is a great way to get all your nutrients in a safe and “easy on the stomach” way. Pick up your Premama vitamins now available at CVS, Amazon, Target and Buy Buy Baby!

Premama Vitamins are available in Premama Fertility, Premama Essentials, Premama Essentials + DHA, and Premama Lactation.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Baby Friday Faves

To end Baby week we are, of course, having a Baby Friday Faves! Check out some of our favorite advice, inspiration, recipes and gear!

Wishing you all a great weekend full of fun, love and laughter!

Baby Friday Faves

Try to start your newborn off on the right foot if you can be sure you read Everything You Need, and Need to Know, About Breastfeeding.

Be sure to return these Top 5 Most Unnecessary Baby Items.

Make sure you have the awesome Diaper Champ!

Cook up your own baby food by making some Roasted Banana Puree.

When you become a parent you find many different ways of Taking The Pain Away.

I know we could not live without and still use our Nosefrida Snotsucker!

Understand your baby before they can talk with Baby Sign Language.

You do not have to listen to what every one says, Debunking Old Wives Tales.

The lowdown on when to know when your sweetie is teething with, Teething Troubles.

Get your cutie into a good Sleep Routine with the Cloud B Sleep Sheep!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Repost: Why Did You Have A Child?

 I wrote this post a while ago, but think it is very relevant to Baby Week. One thing that does bother me about parents (and I know A LOT of parents) is when they have too many expectations for their child and they are quick to label them. Do not rush your children into growing up, do not push them into anything, there is just no reason to do it. Be sure to love and appreciate the beautiful child that you have and get to know them. They will blossom and learn to fly all on their own. Enjoy!

Why Did You Have A Child?
Written by Renee Arbia

This post was first published on

Why did you decide to have a child? Was it to help in your family? Perhaps a family farm, or do you already have lots of children? Perhaps one more is not a big deal; in fact they can end up helping you out.

Did you have a child to better your situation? Did you think your child would marry a rich man or girl and be happy for the rest of their life and perhaps help you out in the process?

Did you have a child to make sure someone is there to hold your hand as you age? To be there for you when you need help? How about because you wanted to impart your legacy on the world before you leave it?

You would not be wrong if you wanted a child for these reasons. For thousands of years these have been reasons to have children. In older days you had children to help run the family farm/house or if you were lucky castle. A child was intended to take care of their parents their entire life.

Now, we have a choice, with the modern use of birth control and our knowledge of life in general. We can choose to have a child to purely experience unconditional love, to see the world through the eyes of a child, and to leave someone precious that will make a difference for our world in the future.

You have your precious, angel child. Who you admit has their faults, but is the best child around. Your child is by far the smartest, funniest, sweetest, most well behaved, best eater, best sleeper and cutest child.

As you buy clothing for your child I’m sure you would be hard pressed to never walk into a store or even look online and see shirts for your child about their future. Shirts such as; “Future Doctor”, “Future MVP Football Star”, “Star Ballerina”, and even “Ivy Leagues here I come”. You buy one, thinking it is cute. Your child looks adorable in it. When they wear it they are called “the little doctor”, “the slugger”, etc. When they are old enough, you enroll them in a class and buy toys reflecting that interest. Then, one day while fighting with your child to practice, study, get their stuff for practice, pay attention in class they tell you “I hate…” you shrug it off, they are under a lot of pressure. Surely, this is their dream and favorite interest. Or is it? How did it start? Did they ultimately pick it or did you? Did you drag them or did they race ahead of you?

Stop making your children something they may never want to be. You can buy just one shirt, or just one toy, or just one class. That is okay. What is not okay is constantly giving them everything to do with that interest, assuming they have no others. What is not okay is pushing and dragging them to study for examines, or practice on that instrument, or practice that sport. Chances are if you have to push them, they do not want to do it, and pushing them will only make them rebel even more.

What if they are good at it? So what? If they love it and it is a passion of theirs, they will pursue it. You will not have to tell them to practice or study. By pushing your child into a future they never even picked out. You are teaching your child to settle. You are teaching your child to settle for a less than perfect job, settle for a spouse they may not love, settle for a life they think is okay or even nice, but are afraid that in a few wrong steps it could be all gone in a second and they would be left with nothing. They think they have nothing because all they know how to do is that one thing they have been expected from birth to pursue. A parent always wants to feel needed and loved; a child always wants to feel loved and to make their parents proud. Do we really want our children to settle? They will if you push them without letting them find their own way.

Now imagine that throughout your child’s life you let them try anything they wanted. I do mean within reason. If you can only afford one activity, let your child pick one from two. Get them all different types of toys for all different levels of interest. Encourage them to try new things. Encourage them trying out for a play, or joining a club at school, or trying out for a team. The more your child learns and experiences, the more skills they will find they are good at, and may even excel. Imagine all the possibilities for your child. Perhaps they are great at music, great at art, so smart in English and vocabulary, and can make a goal like it’s nobody’s business. What if they could do all that? Most children can if given the opportunity. Most children have multiple talents.

In a constantly changing world many different talents is what makes a well rounded and happy child. That happy child turns into the adult with multiple avenues to explore, multiple paths to go down and multiple opportunities, opportunities that even you could never even dream of, because they are in a world you do not know, the future. 

Too many parents are planning futures for their children before they even start school. They are already making sure they are learning what they need to get a good job.
 Or perhaps you are the opposite parent. You just assume your child is not very good at school, or misbehaves all the time, or is very scatter brained, they will never make it to college. How about instead of focusing on the future, you focus on the present? Whatever your child is now, is not necessarily how they will always be, people change especially children as they grow. Focus on giving your child options in the present, different opportunities they may enjoy. Perhaps instead of purchasing the entire doctor, football or musical items why not get one of each or let your child pick one out.

There are many aspects to human beings, JOB is not one of them, nor should it be for your child. Teach your children to be who they are and to always follow their passions whatever they may be. Imagine giving your child a life they love with a passion that makes them happy everyday of their life, and they are a better adult because of all the possibilities you made available to them. Your child just might live a life that you could never even imagine.

Renee Arbia is the owner and writer of the blog, Next Generation Stay At Home Mom. Renee  enjoys writing for many different websites as well as fiction for children and adults. She enjoys spending time with her family and on the beach.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sponsored: New Products for Newborns 2015

 I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Tomoson and received a gift and or payment to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

Sponsored: New Products for Newborns
Written By Renee Arbia

September is not just the start of the fall season, but it is also a very popular month to give birth. It usually is in the top three, rotating a little each year between being the most popular month along with June and August. With school in session I am able to visit a lot of new moms and see a lot of newborns and interact with moms and babies. What I think is awesome, are all the new products that are now out. In only three years since I had my son there are already some great new products on the market for babies. Here are two that are extremely popular and after testing, letting other moms test, washing, dirtying, tugging, more borrowing and testing they not only met Next Generation Stay At Home Mom approval, but are very popular to many other parents who have them or tried them out.

Two of the biggest things that moms of 2015 started using more are, ring sling baby carriers, and muslin baby blankets. These are two products that not only do moms use; they typically named these as “life savers” in the parenting world. The next time you, go to a baby shower, visit a new mom, register for a baby shower (Check out our sponsor, Target for babyregistries), or purchasing for your baby, be sure to get a ring sling and a pack of muslin baby blankets.

Most parents of this generation know how important baby wearing is and how wonderful it is to try to wear your baby. Baby wearing is great for bonding, breastfeeding, hands free snuggles, getting things done and settling your baby. Most of the time the problem is not that we do not WANT to wear our babies it is that we cannot find a comfortable way to do so that is also easy to use, durable and safe.

Mamaway, an Australian company has brought back the baby ring sling style that was popular in the early 2000s where you would have a sling to carry your baby in. The problem with sling carriers was that you were carrying baby lying down on your hip. The new way to carry your baby is facing you inward, in a seated position. It should almost look like your baby is seated in a mini seat in front of you. This is the best and safest position to carry baby. (According to the American Academy of Pediatrics) Newborns have their head supported, and older babies can sit with their head out of the sling to look around. The ring sling also allows you to put baby securely on your hip.

The Mamaway Ring Sling Baby Carrier takes the ease of having only the one piece cloth  type carrier and adds a durable Nylon ring (tested to hold a toddler) for guaranteed support so that you do not have to rely solely on your knot tying abilities. The lightweight fabric is 100% cotton, machine washable and dries quickly while it is hanging. (Must hang dry)

I especially loved the sewn in pocket for storage. Folding it into it is a little challenging, but in a pinch you can just stuff it in the pocket and deal with it later. The Mamaway Ring Sling Baby Carrier is one size fits all and fully adjustable. It works for everyone size Petite to Plus. It is easy to use and adjust. Mamaway has some great videos on their website that walk you through exactly how to use it their ring sling carrier. It is great for babies all the way through the toddler age. I love how it is easy to adjust, it holds a lot of weight, but is still a breathable, lightweight fabric. The fabric also wipes clean depending on the spill.

Wearing your baby is important for their development and your sanity. Parents know the amazing benefits of wearing their baby, they just give up trying to find the right carrier for them. Get the Mamaway Ring SlingBaby Carrier for the new parents in your life.

Muslin Cotton is a very pure and gentle type of cotton that is very breathable and soft, which makes it perfect for swaddling a baby. Muslin cotton blankets are the new “receiving blanket” of baby showers. What once was a thick cotton blend that was a little bit bigger than a hand towel type of receiving blanket has been replaced by these large muslin cotton swaddling blankets. More and more new moms are registering for muslin cotton baby blankets and it is easy to see why they love them so much.

Unlike the old receiving blanket muslin cotton blankets typically come in a pack of three and are huge, 48 x 48” to be exact. The reason they are bigger is so that you can properly swaddle your baby with some to spare. The muslin cotton is more breathable so it is perfectly safe and gentle for sensitive skin.

Not only are muslin cotton blankets super soft and cuddly they are very fashionable, right now in the world of parenting. These, Muslin Cotton Swaddle Blankets come in Chevron, Cross and Arrow patterns in the three-pack packaging. When my son was born only three years ago, we had swaddle blankets and receiving blankets. The receiving blankets we did not use very much, they were too small to lie on the floor so he could play on them, and they were too small to swaddle him in, I basically used them as extra burp cloths. The muslin cotton blankets are lighter, bigger, easy to use for swaddling, playing, and easier to clean!

I love when they improve on products that we know and love. It is amazing to see the parenting industry really listen to real parents and make more products easy for us to use. After all parents should be focused on the most important job of all, snuggling their new baby!

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