Jan 102014
 

We asked on Facebook and many of you answered that you enjoy making your own baby food, so we would like to share a recipe with you that we recently came across for making your own Chicken with Carrots and Apple Purée.

This recipe calls for:

  • olive oil
  • onion
  • carrots
  • unsalted chicken stock
  • chicken breast
  • apple

Visit mommydo.ca to see the full recipe for making your own Chicken with Carrots and Apple Purée

 

If you have a favourite homemade baby food recipe that you would like us to share, please feel free to Email Us.

Jan 102014
 

There are so many new things to learn when you first arrive home with your baby. One of the experiences that many new parents are very overwhelmed or intimated by is giving their baby a bath. You have to remember that newborn babies are rather flexible and that crying is their only means of communication.

 

Some babies LOVE water and others, not so much.

 

Either way you still need to clean them, so try to stay calm, take a deep breath and tell yourself “I CAN do this”. Here is a video that we found from BabyCenter.ca to help you out.

 

 

 

It is important to be as prepared as possible for your baby’s bath!

 

Have the following items ready and on hand:

  • bath tub filled with warm (but not too warm) water
  • 2-3 wash cloths (you never know when you might need more than one!)
  • your favourite baby wash
  • a container to pour water over baby (can be an empty yogurt container)
  • 2 towels (again, you never know when baby might decide that AFTER bath is a good time to have a poop explosion!)
  • a comb or soft brush to stimulate baby’s scalp

TIPS:

  • New Moms may have sore and/or weak abdominal muscles, so try to find a high space (like a kitchen counter or table) to bath your baby to minimize the amount of bending and strain on your back and tummy.
  • You may find using a water proof pad underneath the bath tub might help.
  • If your bathtub is sliding around, try using a small piece of rug hug (the product you place under your throw carpets to prevent them from slipping around) or a rubber placemat from the dollar store underneath the tub.
  • If you don’t have a baby bath tub, a clean kitchen sink works really well for small babies!
  • Right after the bath is not the best time for baby snuggles!  Bath time is often the time that babies decide to pee and poop!  Get that diaper on as soon as they are dried properly and dress them to get them warm and then enjoy lots of baby snuggles!
  • If you can, use two adults to bathe your baby for the first while, an extra pair of hands can always come in handy!

 

The top of a baby’s head smells SO good, doesn’t it?

 

Enjoy your baby.

 

Jan 062014
 

At MommiesFirst we believe in moms helping moms!

We also believe in debunking myths. So lets wipe out Super Mom and replace her with Happy Mom! And in support of Happy Mom, we’re launching the Help Mama series, which is dedicated to introducing our community of moms to companies whose sole purpose is to ……. yes, you’ve got it – help mama.

 

This week, we are sharing a company called Personally Cool Inc. founded by Susie Hadas …

Can you tell us a bit about your entrepreneurial story? I was hot…all the time. The discomfort caused by excessive overheating was just awful and driving me to both physical and mental distraction. Desperate for relief, I searched for a solution. After months of buying and trying all sorts of products, I couldn’t find one I wanted to use. The products out there were risky, wet, smelly, sticky, impractical, or just didn’t work. I couldn’t understand why it was so hard to find something. I was completely frustrated and just wanted to be personally cool. Personally Cool and Coldfront – our now patented personal cooling system – were born of the intense desire to right that wrong, and create a safe, effective and convenient personal cooling system to serve as the cornerstone in a line of personal cooling products. No one should have to go through what I did for cooling comfort and peace of mind.

How do you feel you are helping moms (and Dads!) most? Coldfront is a versatile and really convenient solution for all sorts of common heat and pain related problems. Baby gets a bug bite or a fever. Dad burned himself on the grill. Mom’s pregnant and experiencing hot flashes. Under each of these circumstances, the soothing and chilly goodness of Coldfront makes a tremendous difference.

What (or who) inspires you when it comes to creating a business committed to helping moms (and/or babies)? Moms themselves! When moms write to tell us that we’ve made breast-feeding more comfortable, or that coldfront® was indispensable for a day at the zoo or the beach, we can’t help but be inspired. Making moms, babies, and dads feel great makes us feel pretty great, too.

What are some exciting new developments for your business? We’ve got several new products in various stages of development, and because our friends in Canada so love coldfront®, we’re talking to folks in Toronto about distribution there.

The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you’d impart to about being an entrepreneur?

First – Don’t go it alone. Surround yourself with people – an advisory board – you can rely on to help you realize your vision and grow your company.

Second – Be prepared for some harrowing hairpin turns and stoplights in the most unexpected places on the road to success, but don’t let them stop you!

Some more information about Susie:

My favorite part about Personally Cool is…doing good by being good. It’s why we exist.

When parents find out what I do, they often say: “How cool! Oh, I’ll bet you hear that a lot.” But then they’ll say something like: “I absolutely love the idea of having a cold gel pack with me to use whenever I need it. Where have you been my whole life?!”

In my free time, I love to… learn new things and meet new people. So much fun.

The last book I read was…“Contagious”, by Jonah Berger. It’s a great read for entrepreneurs!

I’m dreaming of… sugar plum fairies and a few days of R&R.

 

 

More Help Mama Posts:

L’il Tights by Skights

Simply Fun Families

LPH Illustrations – Susy the Soother Fairy

Naked Nursing Tank