Out the Package: The Munch Mitt

We’ve approached that time when our babe seeks to gnaw on anything — yup TEETHING. I had been scrolling through countless teethers and reading and then I came across the Munch Mitt (Baby Teething Mitten), I thought what a great idea. How could I pass up an item that’s marketed as…”the ‘handy’ undroppable, unstoppable teething mit.”

This product is made with food grade silicone, BPA and Phthalate free, it’s convenient, easy to clean and gives little ones who may not have the dexterity to hold on to teethers for an extended period of time the ease of having a teether at their fingertips…oh and did I mention hands-free?! Hands-free is the way to be! 

Order was placed, 2-days later it arrived and I took it for a dip in boiling water for several minutes, set it aside to dry. Once dry I put it into the ‘handy’ travel bag provided and into the diaper bag it went. When I went to use it I just slipped our little guy’s hand into the mitt and fastened it closed not too tight but also not to the point he can fling it across the room. And being as though he’s in the “everything in my mouth phase”–no instruction or demonstration necessary– it was a matter of seconds before the mitt found it’s way into the slobber baby’s mouth as he gnawed it quietly – kept him busy for quite some time. 

I’ll leave you with this if you are looking for a product that is safe and easy to use, protects baby’s hand from excessive chewing and drool, provides soothing teething relief all the while allowing you to be hands-free and not having to keep chasing down and washing off teethers than search no further this is the product for you and your baby!

The recommended age is for babies 3 months to 1 year (though the website suggests wear from 3mos-8mos). Cost is $17.99+shipping on the Munch Mitt website but it’s also for sale in local stores like Learning Express or my go-to Amazon (as a Prime member I get free two-day shipping) and the Mitt was $18.88 but is now showing $16.99. 

This “handy” teether is worth every penny, though I will say I wouldn’t pay over $20 for it, while it’s a great product I am a frugal mama and these diapers cost. But for the cost you get a great product, soothing relief for baby and you are supporting a fellow mom[parent] who has a helpful invention.

¤¤it’s only been a week of use and we are enjoying it but I will update this post over time to see how this teether holds up

Traveled with Baby pt.1

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It’s was the night before travel and all through the house last minute packing was done by both me and my spouse. Our 4 month old looked on as I kept asking… “What am I forgetting?” He smiled and coo’d and gave us a great #2 all that aside I realized… this is a fun age to travel with babe. He drinks from the tap so no bottles needed and the rest is quite simple.

  1. Diapers(necessary though we can buy anywhere if we didn’t pack enough)
  2. Wipes (keep them handy)
  3. Most important: baby wrap for baby wearing with ease K’tan is my favorite (click product name to be directed to website)
  4. Onesies, sleepers, dress outfit and crib shoes
  5. Receiving blanket and a couple cloth diapers for wiping drool, spit up and things like that.
  6. Warm blanket
  7. Couple hats
  8. Pacifier and favorite stuffed animal
  9. Snack with almonds(for me my fave nursing snack!)

Since I baby wear there is no need to bring a stroller and we decided to rent a carseat since we were getting a rental car– so those two things alone made for a nice weekend trip with no bulky items.

Now I’ve traveled with my two oldest before and aside from a trip out of the country requiring a passport I’ve never had to show anything for the infant on lap. During the night before preparation, my husband asked if I should bring DR3’s birth certificate and I said I never had to before (I’m so against a carrying the children’s important documents if I don’t need to) fast forward to the next morning, day of travel. Parked, strapped in baby, hopped on shuttle to the airport, arrive at the Southwest Air counter and the attendant asks us for a birth certificate, shot records or baby’s insurance card (naturally my husband gives me the look). I provided the baby’s health insurance card. Now the attendant explained the reason for asking is a regulation to help cut down on child trafficking/kidnapping. I appreciate the precaution and decided to pass the information along to my readers. My husband says walking away I told ya…I said no, you asked me. If you would have said to me bring it just in case or told me our friend who works for southwest stated we should bring it then I would have but the insurance card worked as well.

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We got to our gate and our baby was just as alert as he wanted to be smiling at all he encountered getting all the attention-ooohs and awws. We boarded when they announced family boarding was a fairly empty flight so we had the row to ourselves. Before flight I was required to remove baby from carrier or detach as the flight attendant stated.


I put our little guy to boob and he nursed during takeoff 20170303_093109.jpg(I do that to not only get baby to sleep but to also help with ears popping). He went fast to sleep and I put his paci in his mouth to be sure that his ears would equalize during the flight–I don’t know about you but my ears don’t only pop during takeoff and landing but often during flight as well. So since baby has no idea how to equalize we go with the swallowing method[it activates the muscles that open tube] Medical professionals advise not letting baby sleep during descent but I either breastfeed or tug on the Pacifier during descent and that causes baby to start sucking on the paci thus triggering the swallowing that helps equalize pressure and allows baby to stay asleep peacefully – makes for a nice quiet flight for baby, parents and those on board. He did fantastic. And received a lot of compliments on being a well behaved [quiet] baby traveler.
Repeat that for 2 more flights [yup, you read right] we had a layover and so we took another flight which had a stop we didn’t get off but other passengers got on so we flew the friendly skies and landed 3 times that day and our little guy was fantastic. No fuss, a bit of chatter, easy to change on the changing table in plane bathroom, a lot of smiling and oodles of sleep!

Recap: If traveling domestically with children bring either their Passport, Birth Certificate, Immunizations record or Health Insurance card. 

Traveling with Babe

Just stopped by this wonderful blog because it caught my attention as we prepare to fly with our soon to be 4 mos old in a couple weeks. The tips and advice provided are super helpful, easy to remember and I especially love the product links. Looking forward to a smooth traveling experience!

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STOP!

Don’t freak out.  Don’t be intimidated. You can do it!

Here’s how we travel with a 3 to 8 month old babe.  What do you do??

1. Buying your tickets
Children fly free up until 2 yrs old. When purchasing your flights ensure that you add an infant while making your reservation. If the online checkout doesn’t have the option, then call the airline after purchase. Airlines seat you in window seats and in certain sections of the plane. Best to not just show up with an infant. It may mess up their whole seating setup. To avoid issues through security, ensure they give you a boarding pass for the baby or include her name on your boarding pass

2. Baggage
Your carry on will now mostly be a baby travel survival kit. So you’ll most likely check a bag. Ensure you check pricing for that for each airline.

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Save a little for yourself 

As our 2 year old stares me down as I’m eating my mid-day snack of cheese and crackers she parts her lips to ask me for some {mind you I just made her lunch, grilled cheese and orange slices at her request} I told her NO! And she scoffed at me and proceeded to ask again as if I hadn’t heard her the first time 

and my response was “NO, this is mommy’s” and she says you aren’t sharing…I almost hit the roof. This little taker had the audacity to think me to be a bad mommy and flip around my lessons about sharing to about apply it to herself. Her freshly made sandwich sat there untouched *rolls eyes*…I shared…I shared my time, energy, and effort to make her a dish {she requested} to have her give me the death stare like I took her lunch. 
Made me think…as parents we are constantly giving so there is nothing wrong with keeping somethings for yourself. Those cookies that are just for you. Your favorite ice cream, chips, etc. Treat yourself to a small before your children arrived moment– You shouldn’t feel guilty when your children are well taken care of and you reserve a little something for you. And nothing wrong with sticking your tongue out and say “NO, MINE!” After all we deserve it — we give and we give and the rare time we don’t our little entitled takers can’t handle it. Well, I call it a life lesson.  

You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you just might find, you get what ya need! ~The Rolling Stones

So reveal your stash, come out of the closet, stop burying wrappers, don’t worry if that chips bag is making all the noise in the world and their ears perk up…you know why because it’s yours and you can say that to your children…this is mine! 

I Gotta IBOTTA

The other day I was tuned in to Dr. OZ who had a segment on different apps and websites that can put some extra money in our pockets. One that peaked my interest is IBOTTA.

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Now as much as I want to be a coupon clipping, starbucks holding, bargain shopping, grocery store hopping mama…sadly in the words of Sweet Brown “ain’t nobody got time for that” I just don’t have the spare time and if I do I sure don’t want to spend it doing that. So this app offers rebates [cash back] and coupons for doing what all of us(people that eat) do and that’s *cue jazz hands* grocery shopping, yayyyy… well it actually takes it a little further in that it includes other retail stores as well.  So you shop and when you leave you take a picture of your receipt and the app tell you which items you will receive a rebate on and to expect it within 48 hours.

Step 1. Download the app from your app store (for free)

Step 2. Sign up. The app give you the option of signing up with Facebook, Google+ or your email.

Step 3. Browse through a list of stores screenshot_2017-01-19-20-27-57.pngand select the stores your frequent. The list can be narrowed down by your local area.

 

Step 4. For the grocery stores they ask you to provide the rewards card number or scan it.

 

Step 5. Check out the coupons and deals

 

Step 6. Shop, check out, take a photo of barcodes, your receipts and voila…rebates $$$

I gave it a try the other day after I ran to the grocery store for a few things

I ran through the list of things rebates were offered on

I came home and I scanned the barcodes

Then I took a photo of my receipt for verification

And just like that an alert that the rebates will be added to my account.

Wasn’t a grueling process and took less time than clipping and losing my coupons. Once I reach $20.00 I can cash out either by PayPal or Venmo…they also give the option to select a giftcard. I’m going to give it a full month trial before I decide if it’s worth it. But upon first use I would say it’s a step in the right track like using coupons I forget to use in store but it’s okay because I can redeem them through the app!

Would you like to try it?

Thirsty Thursday Smoothie

‘Get this Green’Smoothie Recipe

1/2 c. water

2 handfuls fresh baby spinach

1 c. frozen mangos

1 green apple cored and sliced with skin on

1 TBSP ground flax seed 

1 tsp honey 

*I added fenugreek powder from a capsule
Start with water and spinach leaves blend till it’s smooth. Next add in frozen mangos, green apple and honey, blend that till you are happy with the consistency. Then add in the flax seed {and powder be it fiber, protein or in my case fenugreek}. Pour, drink and enjoy!

Again, please feel free to share your favorite smoothie recipes I would love to try!

Herbs that help with lactation and have other benefits 

I am fighting off a cold that’s not here yet but I feel the sniffles and the tickle in my throat coming on. A friend suggested Tumeric saying he uses it in his tea when he is fighting a cold or sore throat. As I told him I would check it out I quickly remember that not all herbs are good for breastfeeding mom’s – could cause a dip in milk supply or could affect baby (allergic reaction or tummy issues). So I decided to research the tumeric root and I came across this helpful article from Natural Society

11 Herbs to Naturally Improve Lactation in Nursing Mothers: Alternative to GMO Baby Formulas

Below you will learn of 11 herbs to naturally improve lactation in nursing mothers.

Many of the herbs below have been used for thousands of years, and their side effects (if any) are well researched while the longest study Monsanto has conducted on its GMO products is a mere several months. Furthermore, researchers in France and elsewhere throughout the civilized world have restrictions on GMO crops due to their very questionable effects on the human body. So why ever feed GMOs to your baby?

A concerned mother can lower her stress levels and reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption to help produce more milk, and the following natural herbs may help mothers to breastfeed, in place of using GMO baby formulas. Breastfeeding has been shown to improve a baby’s developmental health and intellect, as evidenced in yet another study, of hundreds, published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Read: Breastfeeding Could Save 830,000 Lives Annually

Here are 11 foods and herbs to promote lactation for mothers:

  • Fenugreek  Also known as Trigonella foenumgraecum, fenugreek has been used as a remedy for increasing milk supply in nursing mothers for more than a thousand years. It can usually produce results in as little as 25-72 hours, though some women might require a longer wait before obvious results in milk production are noticeable. It is considered safe to take up to 3500 mg/day. Pregnant women should not take fenugreek because it can cause uterine contractions.
  • Milk Thistle – Aside from being a great tonic for the liver, milk thistle has been shown to increase milk supply over a placebo in clinical studiesSilybum marianum, or milk thistle can help to reduce the toxic overload in a nursing mother as well as increase her baby’s milk.
  • Shatavari – This Ayurvedic remedy is not only great for increasing breast milk production, but also is used as a fertility treatment. A little tongue in cheek information to boot – the Sanskrit word translates to mean, “she who shall possess 100 husbands.”
  • Indonesian Torbangun – Also known as Coleus amboinicus Lour and used heavily in the Bataknese traditional cuisine, torbangun helps to increase milk production by up to 65%. It has been used throughout Indonesia for hundreds, if not thousands of years as a lactagogue – it has worked in clinical trials better than B12 supplements and even fenugreek.
  • Turmeric – Many women either can’t breastfeed or cut the time they breast feed their babies short due to swollen breasts and clogged mammary glands, which can be very painful for nursing moms. Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation in nursing mothers’ breasts so that they can continue to breastfeed for a longer duration. Turmeric has been used as an Ayurvedic remedy for centuries in treating inflamed tissue throughout the body, not just the breasts. Check out some other health benefits of turmeric here.
  • Ginger – Ginger is not only an overall blood tonic for the body, but it has also been shown to be helpful in aiding milk let-down and increasing flow.
  • Goat’s Rue – Known as Galega officinalis and popularly used in France, this herb is incredibly efficient at helping to develop mammary tissue. The more breast tissue, often the more milk can be produced. Goat’s rue may also be helpful for mothers who have low milk supply as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • Alfalfa – This is another lactogenic herb used to increase mammary tissue and therefore, milk supply. It can safely be taken during pregnancy and after the birth of your child.
  • Anise – Putting a few anise seeds into a cup of rum and drinking it was an age-old folk remedy for increasing milk supply, but you can probably just skip straight to the anise seeds and omit the rum for better milk production today.
  • Fennel Seed – Taken throughout Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries as well as India for centuries, this herb has been shown to greatly enhance milk production in lactating women. Some women experience a doubling of breast milk supply with fennel seed.
  • Blessed Thistle – Cnicus benedictus has been used to improve milk production, improve digestion and even elevate mood as to help with the ‘baby blues’ or post-partum depression after a mother gives birth.

Additional Sources:

USA Today