Momtrends Ultimate Baby Shower
MUST-HAVE 1: Love to Dream Swaddles
Babies need quality sleep. And, you know, what Mamas do too! Nevertheless, getting sufficient zzz’s when you have a newborn at home can be quite the challenge. Research shows that babies sleep better if they are swaddled and can self-soothe.
But with traditional swaddling, baby’s arms are trapped inside, leaving him unable to touch his ace, suck his hands, or engage in other self-soothing activities.That’s why we adore Love to Dream, and their ingenius Swaddle Up, which positions Baby's arms upwards. Most babies, naturally sleep on their backs with their arms up in the air—so this swaddle’s design is intuitive and gentle.
The Love to Dream Original can be used from birth until Baby shows signs of trying to roll over. At that point, you’ll want to graduate to the Swaddle Up 50/50. It makes for a gentle transition from swaddling. It lets you zip off one wing at a time to allow Baby to slowly and gently transition, without disturbing established sleep habits and patterns. It also converts to a snug sleep suit, maintaining the secure feeling of being swaddled over the chest.
Both the Original and 50/50 have two-way zippers that let you open from the bottom as well, giving you waist-down access for easy middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes.
Prize winner will get (2) Love to Dream Swaddles of their choice.
MUST-HAVE 2: Diaper Dékor It's hard to believe that something so small could produce something so, well, stinky! Alas, those teeny tiny diapers from that itty-bitty baby can be potent. A plastic baggy in your regular garbage pail isn't going to cut it, Mama. You need something made to trap those odorous diapers! Stop. Drop. Done... Diaper Dékor makes the easiest diaper-disposal systems on the market. There is no bending, twisting, or squishing required, and all you need is one free hand! Believe it or not, many other systems make it much more difficult for diaper-juggling moms. With Diaper Dékor, it's just a drop in the bucket... Literally. The OdorKeeper™ Trap Door with dual rubber seals won't absorb any smell, a continuous liner makes it almost effortless, and child-proof features ensure the little ones won't dispose of anything other than diapers. BTW, the Dékor system is also great for cloth diapers, with cloth liners sold separately.
Prize winner will receive (1) Diaper Dékor of their choice
MUST-HAVE 3: Motif Curve Breast Pump
Breastfeeding might be the natural choice, but it's not always the easiest. There can be struggles and issues and physical pains and exhaustion and overall frustration. But there's no better feeling in the world than when that little finally love latches on and nuzzles in or looks you right in the eyes. It's a feeding feat like no other.
Of course, exclusively breastfeeding forever isn't an option for everyone; and we respect every individual mom's decision to do her best for her baby. For me, that meant pumping too.
Aeroflow Breastpumps specializes in helping pregnant and nursing moms get their breast pump through insurance. They facilitate the whole process—from filing claims to helping choose the right pump for your lifestyle to shipping it directly to your door. They know new moms have enough to handle without the added stress—so they take it on for you and act as your breastfeeding champion. (Because we could all use a little extra encouragement!)
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The Motif Curve features a closed system and is lightweight and quiet for convenience and discretion. A patented roller ball allows moms to easily navigate the pump settings to change the suction or massage levels for her individual needs. A rechargable Lithium Ion Batter holds a charge for 2.5 hours, making it ideal for moms on the go.
Prize winner will receive (1) Motif Curve double electric breast pump system.
MUST-HAVE 5: Chicco Fit2 Infant and Toddler Car Seat Keep baby rear facing in her car seat for longer. That's the goal, right? Well, it's easier said than done. Many moms end of turning their baby well before that landmark second birthday--because her little one looks uncomfortable or is cranking and complaining and crying, seemingly begging and pleading to face forward. The Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat from Chicco is a first-of-its-kind rear-facing car seat designed with two unique positions to accommodate infants and toddlers, making it easy to stay rear-facing for the first two years. A built in stage-position lever lifts easily to convert the car seat base from Stage 1 to Stage 2 with one motion, creating more upright, spacious seating for growing toddlers.
Prize winner will receive (1) Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat.
MUST-HAVE 5: Bamboobies
Yes, breastfeeding is beautiful…But, I repeat, it’s not always easy! That's why I always relied on an arsenal of must-have products and a few "breast friends" for support. Bamboobies eco-friendly, absorbent, and ultra-soft nursing pads, boob-ease Organic Nipple Balm, and a stylishly chic nursing shawl are at the top of my breast-entials list. And I love that Bambooies is a brand launched by a mom with love to ensure that all new moms and babies are happier and healthier... and that the world they grow up in is too!
Prize winner will receive a multi-pack of washable nursing pads, Organic Nipple Balm, and chic Nursing Shawl.
MUST-HAVE 6: Baby Carrier One Wearing my infant babies was one of my favorite things about early parenthood. Not only is it efficient (hello, multitasking!), it's so snuggly and sweet to have snoozing little nugget nuzzled into your chest. And my little lady loved facing outward and going for walks around the neighborhood. She's a bit bigger now, but I'll still wear her for family hikes and long nature walks. And, yes, I'm still using the SAME carrier as I did on day one. The Baby Carrier One is the only baby carrier you'll ever need! Ergonomically designed, it's comfortable, versatile, and adapts to the changing needs of your growing child. That's because it can be used from birth up to the age of three on your back. It features a sturdy waist belt and padded shoulder straps to relieve pressure on your back and make babywearing comfortable for you and your little one. We love Baby Bjorn's new Be You collection. Inspired by real parents, the campaign's goal is to encourage you to live your most unique and authentic #momlife (or #dadlife)... with a heaping side of color and style, of course!
Prize winner will receive a Baby Carrier One from Baby Bjorn's Be You collection.
MUST-HAVE 7: $100 Target Gift Card
A new baby means you're going to need #allthethings. From diapers and pureed food to pacifiers and bottles to nursing bras and diaper cream, there are so many miscellaneous must-haves you will at some point have to buy. Indeed, babies, are expensive little money sucks. Good thing they're cute.
All moms love Target, for good reason. It's your one-stop shop for everything you'll want and need for Baby... and for Mama! Self care is important as a new mama... so don't forget to treat yourself!
Prize winner will receive a $100 Target gift card.