Eco-Friendly Diaper Bag
With tons of products out there for newbie mamas, it's not easy to sort out the great finds from the great big wastes of time. Read on for our ultimate list of the coolest, latest must-haves.
You're all for recycling and saving the earth, but you've got a stinky little secret: Your baby's disposable diapers are loading up the world's landfills. But you want to do your part, right? Check out Re-Run, a line of stroller bags made from recycled plastic water bottles -- about eight per bag. The sleek, simple design has all the accessories you'd expect: tons of pockets, a wipes case, a changing pad, and a stroller attachment -- as well as a few extra creature comforts.
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After a 10-year hiatus, the Today Sponge is back. We love it because it's available over-the-counter (although definitely talk to your doc before using any birth control), and also because we don't have to stress about remembering to pop a pill every day. Plus, it's hormone-free, so the breastfeeding mamas who don't want any "happy accidents" can relax. No extra hormones.
Boob Nursing Turtleneck Dress
You've said good-bye to the bump and maternity jeans, and hello to the challenge of finding cool, incognito nursing tops. Enter Boob (we're blushing a little too), a clothing company dedicated to making nursing look totally chic. The collection is full of super comfy cotton/lycra blend tops and dresses, many with the telltale seam cleverly camouflaged. With its of-the-moment (and forgiving) empire waist and soft stretchy knit, we'd totally wear even if we didn't need easy access to, ahem, "the girls."
Buying Products As A New Mom
A Nursing Bra for Hot Mamas
La Leche League International Nursing Bras & Intimates has come up with a nursing bra that provides easy access to the girls and packages them up in style. The Wrap 'N Snap bra features a one-hand nursing buckle and comes in two sizes: S/M and L/XL (so if your cups runneth over to the later letters of the alphabet, this might not be the bra for you). And if you're not, uh, wild about the funky animal print, it also comes in a sensible white and chocolate.
The Perfect New-Mom Gift: A Hot Meal
Instead of giving your new mom friend a present for the baby (I mean, how many rattles and onesies does one kid need?), give her what she really wants: food on the table that she didn't have to cook herself.
Enter Artiko, a prepared food delivery service. Their chefs whip up delicious eats and then they deliver them right to your door -- a godsend for those days when the grocery store seems as hard to get to as Antarctica. Most of the meals take no more than 15 minutes to heat.
A Test for Alcohol in Breast Milk
You can finally have that glass of wine you've been pining nine long months for. But when one glass turns into two or more (you've got a lot to toast to these days), you begin to wonder just how much alcohol is ending up in your breast milk. Is it safe to drink 'n' nurse?
Thank goodness for Milkscreen, a new product that lets you test your breast milk instantly. All you do is saturate the reactive pad with your milk, wait two minutes, and check for a positive (alcohol present) or negative (no alcohol) result.
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A Cure for What Ails You Post-Baby
Got cracked nipples, yucky hemorrhoids, and that drier-than-the-Sahara feeling down there? With a hearty helping of "if you don't laugh, you'll cry," Least Likely 2 Breed's new body balms offer a two-for-one dose of comic and discomfort relief. The salves contain all-natural ingredients that soothe so many of those no-fun postpartum maladies.
Don't believe the rumors -- new baby does not equal zero romance. You can still get that soft, cozy candlelight ambience without ever lighting a match. OXO Candela rechargeable lights are a baby-safe alternative to candles. They give off all the glow but none of the heat. Just click them on, and they'll last for 8 hours.
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Purseket Purse Organizer
Sometimes your wallet/cell phone/favorite lip gloss doesn't make the transfer from diaper bag to purse and back again. Eliminate future separation anxiety with the Purseket. This purse organizer allows you to transfer the goods from handbag to diaper bag in one fell swoop, and the multiple pockets make it easy to locate what you're looking for. Big plus: The Purseket comes in a range of mod prints as well as four sizes, making it an easy upgrade for any bag.
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