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Save Money with Parent’s Choice Formula

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

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If you’re a mom on a budget, figuring in baby formula to your everyday expenses can be frustrating. When my kids were babies, I found that there was a great alternative to the national (expensive) brands of formula: Parent’s Choice™ formula from Walmart.

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With my first baby, the hospital started us on Enfamil®. I was dismayed at the price when I had to purchase it at the store after that. Later on, I was introduced to Similac® from the WIC program, but when the benefits ran out I had to pay the high prices at the store again. Then I discovered that Parent’s Choice™ from Walmart was the same high quality as the other brands but cost much less!

Parent’s Choice Formulas are clinically proven to be as well tolerated as the national brands. It’s iron fortified, meets the same FDA standards required of all baby formulas, and has DHA and ARA for brain and eye development.

I calculated how much money I would save on my annual budget now if I switched from Similac® Advance® to Parent’s Choice™ and you can see the screenshot below. I would save $574.54 a year! That works out to $47.22 each month that I could definitely use for other bills.

Of course, my kids have all grown out of formula now, but if I had another baby I’d be back to Parent’s Choice™ again.

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Find out how much money you would save on baby formula if you switched your brand to Parent’s Choice™! Click here and then go to the “save money on formula” area at the bottom.

Remember that formula (like everything for your baby) is a personal choice and one that you take seriously as a mom. Choose the one that’s right for you. I love all the changes they’ve made to the formula packages since I had my kids, such as scoop holders inside the lid to keep the scoop from getting lost in the formula. I always hated that, especially at 3am feedings when I was exhausted!

Have you tried Parent’s Choice™ formula? Let us know your experience in the comments below!

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Do You Ever Get Baby Fever? The Baby Gap

 

Do You Ever Get Baby Fever

Do you ever get baby fever?  The baby gap, as I call it, is when your youngest baby has passed all baby stages and you’re feeling an unsettling feeling that all your babies are growing up into “big kids”.

I find that the baby gap gets especially bad for me around my kids’ birthdays and other milestones.  What about you?  Do you get baby fever?  Do you start noticing newborns everywhere and drooling over every tiny adorable baby outfit you see in the store?

Thursday was my big girl Seven’s 4th birthday, and even though she’s not my youngest (Prynne’s 3rd birthday is next month), I’m feeling the pressure of having another baby.

I think, “What if this is my last chance?” and “I’m running out of time” and “We better do this before our youngest is out of diapers”!  I’ve got the baby fever bad…  I just love having babies so much and it’s got me contemplating whether or not to do the journey of pregnancy and child birth again, especially since my history with birth and health issues hasn’t been the best.

Have you ever experienced the baby gap?  Does it ever really go away, even when you’re permanently done having children? 

Above model: Prynne.

Is Your Baby Tongue-Tied? The Real Reason for Painful Breastfeeding

Have you tried everything to get your baby breastfeeding with a good latch, but with no success?  Maybe you’ve done your reading, gotten helpful breastfeeding tips from friends or family, or watched nursing videos that show how to get a good deep latch for your baby to feed.

I had never heard of babies having tongue ties before I had my second child, Seven.  In the first two weeks after she was born, I spent a lot of time with a lactation consultant trying to work through breastfeeding difficulties.  The lactaction consultant was actually the one who spotted my daughter’s tongue tie and sent me to my pediatrician to get the tie cut.

If you can’t get a good latch no matter how many times you try, and it is painful to breastfeed (a feeling that baby is biting your nipples with his gums or is clamped down only on your nipple), there may be a physiological answer: the tongue-tie.

If this sounds like your situation, it’s time to visit a lactation consultant or your pediatrician and ask them to check your baby for a tongue-tie.  You can find a lactation consultant by calling your local hospital, public health center, or La Leche League.

Lactation consultants know how to evaluate your breastfeeding and check to see if there is an abnormality under your baby’s tongue that causes baby to be unable to raise his tongue.  This abnormality makes it physically impossible for baby to nurse with a good, deep latch.

What Does a Tongue-Tie Look Like?

You can see a baby with a tongue-tie in the photo below.  Some babies have such a tight tongue-tie that you cannot get their tongue up high enough to see it, making it difficult to take pictures.  Because of this reason, we were unable to get a photo of my newborn daughter’s tongue-tie.  Tongue-tie photo below courtesy of Qole Pejorian.

 

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What is a Tongue-Tie?

A tongue tie is a piece of skin that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.  In severe cases, a child will not be able to stick out their tongue.  If they can stick out their tongue, it makes an indentation in the middle tip of the tongue, forming the tongue into a heart shape.

Negative Effects from Tongue Ties

  • Painful or unproductive breastfeeding
  • Speech impediments
  • Inability to stick tongue out
  • Dental problems from tongue thrusting the teeth forward
  • Unable to lick ice cream cones or lick popsicles

What to Do if you Suspect a Tongue Tie

If your child has a tongue tie, make an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor immediately to have it clipped.  For babies, this is a quick in-office procedure with only local anesthetic.  For older children, your doctor will likely recommend having surgery in a hospital setting so that they can be put under general anesthesia and not have the memory of the tongue tie clipping.

Cost, Quality & Ingenious Package – Simply Right Infant Formula

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Right Infant Formula. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you’ve got a baby in the house, you probably know how expensive infant formula can be. The prices on national brands like Enfamil and Similac become a huge burden on your grocery budget when you have to formula feed your baby.

When my babies were young enough to have baby formula, I worried about balancing the cost with getting the best formula available that had DHA (which some studies show may help babies’ brains and eyes develop better). This usually meant I had to choose either quality or affordability, which is the same situation for a lot of us moms.

Sam’s Club has a formula called Simply Right infant formula which is more affordable than the expensive brands but still contains DHA and ARA (plus the formula is also FDA approved to provide balanced nutrition for baby).

Here’s what I love the most about Simply Right infant formula. They have redesigned the package to be mom-friendly (and designed by moms) with 3 new things that I desperately WISH they would have had when I was formula feeding!

1. A built in scoop holder: We all hate that the scoop is lost in the formula can when you open it. You have to dig into the formula with your hand (sometimes all the way to the bottom of the can) to pull the scoop out. Simply Right has a little plastic holder that the end of the scoop slides into to hold it up out of the formula every time! (You can see what it looks like in the video above.)

2. An easy open zip top: Peeling the foil off the top of a formula can at 4 am when you’re half asleep is not the easiest task! The new zip-top has a plastic ring you pull to remove the entire top at once.

3. A built-in scoop leveler: Underneath the scoop holder is a leveler so that you can scrape off your scoop to get the right measurement. Gone are the days of shaking the scoop until formula falls off in clumps!

If you go to the Simply Right Infant Formula page on the Sam’s Club website, you’ll see a savings calculator in the bottom left corner where you can compare Simply Right formula to national brands . Try it and see how much money you would save by switching your baby formula to Simply Right.

Unfortunately, making bottles takes a big chunk of our time during our baby’s first months. I wish there had been a less expensive quality formula with this smarter packaging when I was making up baby bottles!

What is your favorite part of being a mom to a newborn or infant so far? I always liked rocking in the glider rocking chair for the 4am feedings. It was tiring but definitely a good memory from when my babies were little.

I hope this write up of the Simply Right infant formula can help you to save on your formula costs (you still get the same high quality as your current formula) and give you a package that saves some of your already limited time to spend with baby instead!

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How to Wrap Baby’s Presents in Blankets and Fabric

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The process of wrapping presents for a baby for a birthday party or Christmas is a little inefficient.  That’s why I’m passing along a tip that I use for all of my little kids (and trust me, I have plenty who can’t rip wrapping paper by themselves!) for how to wrap baby’s presents in blankets and fabric.

Of course, you want the gifts to look beautiful for your keepsake photos (like baby’s first birthday for your scrapbook), but there are 2 problems with this:

1.  Babies can’t open presents gift wrapped with wrapping paper

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2.  If you are “helping” your baby unwrap the presents, you can’t be taking pictures of her discovering these gifts for the first time.  I like to have my husband taking photos while I take video so the events are preserved forever!

My solution is really simple and completely eliminates both

  • the cost of buying wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, and ribbon, and
  • the mess (and waste) of cleaning up all that ripped up wrapping material

How to Wrap Baby’s Presents in Baby Blankets or Fabric

All you’ll need to wrap your baby’s birthday or Christmas presents is the materials you already have!  You could use:

  • Pretty baby blankets
  • Embroidered pillow cases
  • Leftover fabric from sewing projects
  • Beach towels decorated with baby’s favorite cartoon character

Follow the steps in our tutorial below and soon you’ll be wishing you’d done this sooner!

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Next, read Save Money and Paper with Kids’ Gift Tags.

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