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Choosing an Organic Baby Formula

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Along with all of the unbelievably joyful moments that being a new parent brings, also comes the worrisome, guilt-filled ones.  As someone who knows firsthand the benefits that eating the right foods can bring, I get consumed with what I am feeding Benjamin. With all that’s out here, I know I should be but it can be seriously overwhelming.

A recent dilemma I had was choosing a baby formula. It really should not bring this much anxiety to pick one, should it?

I have been giving Benjamin formula since birth, at the suggestion of the nurses at the hospital, and also breastfeeding.  He had digestive issues along with some constipation that was painful to even watch. We tried lots of different ones and finally settled on a Soy formula by Gerber Good Start.  After a few months though, I did not feel comfortable keeping him on the soy.

Then the hunt for a regular formula began.

Although very exhausting, breastfeeding was going pretty well so, I began to pump more hoping that I could have enough milk for him during the day while I’m at work.  Between working, nursing, and pumping I was getting really burned out, and I just wasn’t making enough milk.

I did some online research and reached out to family and friends who worked in the pediatric nursing field for some help.  Can I say I’m really surprised that there are no formulas without soy or dairy– ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.

Based on conversations I had with others and everything I read, I decided to go with Plum Organics and Earth’s Best Organic formulas.  They were both listed in the top three formulas online and recommended by almost everyone I spoke with.  What stood out to me was:

  • no corn syrup solids added
  • non-GMO ingredients
  • no added sweetners
  • organic lactose

I used Plum Organics organic formula for the past few weeks and I have no complaints! Benjamin drank it without frowning or spitting up (an issue he had when on soy sometimes).  The price point though ($42 for 32 oz), was hitting our pockets pretty hard especially since we were buying it every week.  I can definitely vouch for the great reviews though.

This week, I picked up Earth’s Best Organic instead.  It’s a little less expensive (about $41 for 35 oz) and has the same ingredients. We’re just a few days in but so far, so good.

I never expected this to give me so much angst but, I’m glad there are great options out there for moms like me who are very particular about what their babies put in their bodies.

I also make all of Benjamin’s pureed foods at home but, I have supplemented a few times with the Plum Organics  and Earth’s Best baby foods.  They are the only two brands of baby foods I trust to give my baby outside of what I make at home.

Which brands of organic baby formula and foods are your favorites?  


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Winter Wonderland + Birthday Reflections

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Hey loves!

Last week Saturday was my birthday and while I had planned on getting all cute to head out to dinner with my husband, Mother Nature had other plans.  Atlanta was hit with 4+ inches of snow the day before, which is a lot in this part of the country, some areas got much more than that.

After a slightly nerve-racking two hour drive home that evening, I was beyond tired and any chance of finding some last-minute outfit pieces were out of the question.  The morning of my birthday, the power was out and the snow was still coming down! Any plans for a dinner or anything were out of the question.  I was just grateful to be safe at home with my husband and son.

We decided to take Benjamin outside for a little to snap a few pics and let him see snow for the first time.

When your husband is a photographer, you just learn to take pics even when you don’t think your eyebrows look right and your hair is not done, and hope for the best.

As low key as this birthday was, it was one of my best ones ever. I am excited about all of the great changes to come and I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about how blessed I am to have a great husband, our miracle baby, health, and my right mind.

The snow on that day was icing on the cake because it reminded me of when I was growing up in New York and it would snow during the holiday season.  Learning to live in the moment has really changed my life for the better.  God has truly blessed me!


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Preggo Fitness Motivation

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Hey loves! I’m 25 weeks today and I’m just now starting to workout a little more consistently.  By workout I mean, walking briskly for 20 minutes and exercises with light weights (squats, lunges, etc.).  Nausea still lingers throughout the day but, it is not as bad as it was in the early weeks and I’m not throwing up anymore.  I wish it would go away altogether but, that does not seem to be the case right now so I’m sucking it up and learning new ways to deal with it.

Finding the motivation to workout has been really tough but, I know that it is important to my body and mind, my baby, delivery, and that snapback that I so desperately want.  I’ve been turning to Instagram and Youtube  to help me out since I don’t have a trainer right now.

There are a few fit, fly mamas on Instagram that encourage me to get myself up and workout.  They all have effective workout videos that are preggo-safe and can be done in the comfort of my own home while still giving me the results I need.

A little tidbit of advice from experience though– use other people’s journey as encouragement but, do not compare yourself to them.

I used to find myself looking at some of these women who had the energy to workout every single day and I would get so down about myself because I was still too sick to workout like I wanted to.  Also, their bellies at 30 weeks looked smaller than what I saw when I looked in the mirror at 16 weeks and it was discouraging.

Every woman carried differently and everyone’s body is different.  Enjoy your own journey through this miracle of carrying life!

If you’re with child and looking for some fitness motivation, check these ladies out on Instagram (and remember to always check with your doctor first before beginning any type of workout regimen, especially while pregnant) :

@healthcoachhj

@loveazja

@ashleywade_fit

 

My current YouTube pregnancy workout video and channel rotation include:

  1. 6 minute pregnancy workout with Blogilates
  2. Prenatal cardio dance workout with @KeairaLashae
  3. 5 minute Maternity workout
  4. Exercises to relieve back pain during pregnancy

What are your favorite exercises during pregnancy and postpartum?

 


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My Top 5 Baby Products Wish List

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I’m a first-time mom-to-be so I have no idea as to what products work better than others yet but, I do have a list of things that I really do want for my little pumpkin.

  1. Honest diapers– ever since hearing about these super cute, eco-friendly diapers  made without chlorine or latex a few years ago, I knew my baby would have to have them.  Check out more of the Honest diaper prints here!
  2. Nook Niche feeding pillow- this pillow totally replaced the  Boppy pillow I put on my registry.  It is made completely with organic materials down to the removable cover that is made of organic cotton and eucalyptus.
  3. Magic Baby Bullet-  this powerful little system can help you create delicious, healthy foods for your baby.
  4. Modern Burlap– I fell in love with these stylish black and white baby sheets and blankets when I saw them on Instagram a few months ago.  I especially love the ones with the printed scriptures.
  5. Bailey’z bibs and burp cloths– these luxury bibs and burp cloths made with organic cotton are my favorite! I can’t wait to put a few of them on my sweet pea.

I have other products on my must-have list but, I’m trying not to go overboard.

Moms, what were the essential baby products you used with your little ones?

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