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I think at this point, it goes without saying that I’ve had my fair share of experience in terms of products designed for moms and babies. It’s a safe bet that after having three kids, if you name it, we’ve tried it. Sometimes we strike gold, and discover something that we truly love and can’t live without, and then on occasion, we try something that is a total flop (and we would never recommend). Motherhood is tough enough as it is. Finding amazing products and brands that you can rely on, and that really do what they claim to do is EVERYTHING. With Fall and Winter upon us, I’m rounding up some of my favorite “essential” products for mamas and their babes.
Talk about a brand with street cred. Osh Kosh has been around FOREVER (I wore their clothes when I was a kid, and that was a LONG time ago), and it’s easy to see why. All three of my babes have worn clothes by Osh Kosh, because they make adorable, quality stuff. Their soft and stylish baby and toddler clothes range in size from newborn all the way to 5T, which means that all of my kids are still wearing stuff that is made by them.
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I have to be honest… thankfully diaper rashes have never been a common thing around here. My kids don’t usually get them, until they start teething. Guess what? My littlest guy is teething right now, and as a result, his diapers have been terrible! Thanks to that, we recently battled a pretty nasty diaper rash. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is a diaper rash essential that I swear by. It’s pediatrician recommended, doesn’t contain harsh ingredients, and it’s totally effective. When your baby is in pain and suffering, you need something that works quickly, and this stuff does the trick.
Let’s talk about nursing, or better yet, nursing boobs… shall we. I have now exclusively breastfed all three of my kids, and let me tell you, a good nursing bra is hard to come by. Playtex makes a great one. So great in fact, that I’m still wearing their nursing bras even though I am not currently nursing. They’re constructed from a supportive stretch fabric that actually allows for one bra to span two cup sizes and one band size (which obviously explains why I’m still wearing the same bra that I wore while nursing and my chest was quite a bit bigger!). Their bras offer front adjustable straps, and a 4 Way Support Tru Support® system that includes higher sides, deeper cups, comfortable straps and a wider back. One of my favorite features… their Cool Comfort™Wicking Cool Comfort™ fabric, that helps to keep your girls cool (because hormones!).
Have you ever found a product that you had no idea you needed until you had it? That is the Mumbrella for me. At first I thought it seemed almost unnecessary. Of course I could hold an umbrella and push a stroller at the same time… but then I tried to push a stroller, and wrangle my other two kids in the middle of a torrential downpour, and I realized that I have never been more thankful for such a genius invention. The Mumbrella is an adjustable umbrella that protects you from the sun and the rain (it’s water resistant and 50UV coated), while still allowing you to be handsfree while pushing your child around in their stroller. If you have kids, you know just how essential it is to have your hands free. This product is a total game changer.
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Mustela has been one of my favorite skincare lines for a long time now. Not just for me, but for my kids too. Their baby lotion makes my babe’s skin super soft, and I love that it’s hypoallergenic and that 97% of the ingredients are from natural origin. It preserves baby skin’s cellular richness, and come on, is their anything better than baby soft skin?
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How about an essential just for us mamas? Sometimes we deserve a little pampering too, and for me, I feel pampered daily when I use Vichy’s Mineral 89. Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water from the French Volcanoes, is at the core of the brand, and included in all of their products. One pump every morning, after I wash my face, helps to strengthen my skin against internal and external aggressors, such as pollution, stress (hello motherhood!), etc.
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A good diaper bag will always be an “essential” for me. I love a lightweight baby bag, that’s stylish, and provides easy access, and this one from Land’s End fits the bill. It also offers a webbed strap that’s adjustable, removable, and can be looped around your stroller’s handle. I also love that it allows you the option to wear it as a cross-body style bag. As you can probably imagine this bag carries so many of the things that we need and use on a daily basis!
What’s one item for yourself or your little one that you absolutely can’t live without in the fall and winter?