I officially got off of bed rest on Tuesday, and was slowly starting to walk around my house and get reacquainted with it, when I suddenly felt sick and weak. I promptly went back to bed with Aria while Elena (my four year old) watched a movie. I woke up 30 minutes later with a terrible sore throat. So far my time off of bed rest has been spent… in bed. Poor little Aria seemed to be getting a cold too for about 12 hours, but seems to be fine now. All to say, I haven’t been doing much in the kitchen, in my house, or on my blog these last few weeks!
I am starting to feel on the mend, both from my cold and from birthing Aria, though this has been the longest recovery time for me so far. I’ve been extremely grateful for all of those who have brought us food. It’s been a life saver!
I am going to be bringing you more posts on going plastic free next week. Meanwhile, I thought I would share a few neat new mother and baby items I’ve found that are “better” versions of common items. And a few of these items helps you reduce your plastic consumption too!
First, pictured above is a very cool pacifier I discovered. It’s the Natursutten Pacifier . It happened like this.
I was writing up my last post and looked over and little Aria was sucking on a pacifier and I thought, “Plastic!” What am I thinking?” I was relieved to find that the brand it happened to be was BPA and Phthlate free, but I still wondered if there was a better choice.
That’s when I came across the Natursutten Pacifier. This pacifier is truly a one of a kind. It’s made with 100% natural rubber from the tree, Hevea Brasiliensi and not only is it BPA, phthalate, and PVC free, it’s also free of coloring and chemical softeners. It by far seems the most natural product I’ve been able to find. Whether your child likes it or not depends on their preference. Aria only very occasionally wants a pacifier and Elena rejected them completely. But if you are going to use one, this one seems like a good choice, though do note that they are more expensive and do have to be replaced more often because it degrades faster being a natural product.
Secondly (it is okay to put this on a food blog?), I have found the Naturcare brand of feminine products by far the most natural to use. I am a little sensitive to the chemicals in most pads, and have never reacted to this brand. They are “made from organic 100 percent cotton that is not chlorine bleached and are free from rayon, binders, plastics, surfactants, resins and fragrances. Natracare pads do not contain polyacrylate absorbents or plastics, which, when close to the skin, may cause irritation.” I often use them for my monthly cycle, but they have been great for the extended period of time one uses pads after a baby is born. ‘nough said.
Then, Earth Mama has a product named ” Booby Tubes” that I was impressed with, though I entirely forgot to try them out when I was dealing with engorgement. They are gel free, microwaveable and freezable breast packs that can help ease symptoms of engorgement and mastitis. The only foreseeable problem I have with them is that we would have to use my mother’s microwave on the other side of the house (we rent one side of their two sided house) as we don’t own a microwave. I wondered if it would also help with the soreness that is often part of the package with a newborn.
And while using cloth diapers is really probably the best choice (something I’ve not done yet), I found that Earth’s Best diapers work really well. I’ve been really impressed with their newborn size. It fits my small little baby really well and I’ve used their larger sizes for Elena before she was potty trained. I think we usually pay around 10-12 dollars per package, so they aren’t cheap-another reason to move to cloth diapers!
And to help build up a good milk supply eating oatmeal (soaked if you have the chance) and drinking Organic Mother’s Milk Tea or a similar product may help. I also think it’s important for nursing mothers to keep a lot of snacks on hand. Nuts, dried fruit, sprouted bread and nut butter, high quality cheese and yogurt, etc, are some options. And one last tip; I’ve been spreading Aria’s sensitive bum with coconut oil when I change her diaper. It’s worked great so far to protect her skin. And I love that it’s so pure.
So there are just a few natural choices for the newborn mommy and baby. I would love to hear what you’ve used and liked!