Top Power Pumping Tips: Your Complete Guide To Increase Your Breastmilk Supply Instantly

Are you looking to boost your milk supply but don’t know where to begin? Of course you wan’t fast results, but are you willing to put in the work if it means you’ll get that boost of milk?

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What you’re about to learn is the best guide to help trick your breasts to produce more milk in just a couple of days! Does this sound like it’s too good to be true? Once you give these methods a try, you’ll become a believer.

Now I wan’t to be upfront. Powerpumping a time commitment to make it work, and I’m sure you probably want a recommendation that you know will payoff if you put in the time so know that you’re at the right place and your hard work will pay off.

You may have some questions such as when and how long do you have to pump for? Should I use a single pump or double pump?

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With these methods, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to increase your milk supply with power pumping schedules and tips and tricks to make it easier on you.

First off, we recommend you use a double pump as it will save you time, but a single pump can work with the recommended plans below.

To begin, what is power pumping? It basically mimics cluster feeding, something a baby does during growth spurts, which works by constantly emptying your breasts on a consistent basis.

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Power pumping is not supposed to eliminate all of your pumping sessions but only replace at least one of your pumping sessions.

You may feel defeated after one day, but remember, many women see success after a week or two. So hang in there!

Here is a pretty basic and straight forward way to power pump sessions for your baby. Make sure you have at least 1 hour before you decide to go for your pumping session.

Method #1 – Here is one of the most popular recommendations. You can even double pump using the following schedule:

  1. Pump between 15 – 20 minutes
  2. Rest between 15 – 20 minutes
  3. Pump for 10 minutes
  4. Rest for 10 minutes
  5. Pump for 10 minutes

Pro Tip:  Try to do at least one power pumping session every day until you see an increase in your milk supply. If you want to boost your milk supply even more, it is best practice to power pump even more throughout the day (2 sessions is what many will stick with).

Method #2 – Straight Ten Method: Another method that commonly used by moms is shown below. Did you know that breasts that are lactating typcially empty within 10 – 15 minutes, thus you can try to do this schedule:

  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes

Method #3 – Quick Pump. While it may not always be easy to pump in a full hour, some opt to do two 30-minute sessions

  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes

This will absolutely not affect the result of your pumping sessions by splitting them into two. Breaking the pumping up into two sessions will still act as if you are mimicking cluster feeding.

Pro Tip:  If you want to pump conistently, make sure to stow your breast pump in a convenient location in your house make sure to pump often, every 5 – 10 minutes every hour or so for at least 10 times a day and this will also recreate the approaches we discussed above.

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You don’t have to worry about sitting at the pump for too long, just make sure you do it frequently throughout the day.

Some experts suggest even pumping for 2 hours daily for at least two days which is equivalent to pumping 12 times per day vs. 10 times a day in the above recommendations. Either will work just fine.

Another great website to reference for breastfeeding is kellymom.com which states that you can even nurse and pump every half-hour to hour for several hours. Keep doing this until you notice an increase in your milk supply, typically within 2 – 7 days.

Method #4 – Single Breast Pump Method. If you’re using just a single breast pump, you can even alternate both breasts giving the other a rest while you pump. In the below example we’re using 5 minutes intervals but you can also choose 10 minutes. This way, you can choose between 30 – 60 minutes total time.

  • Pump right breast for 5 minutes (do nothing on left breast)
  • Switch side, pump left breast for 5 minutes (rest time for right breast)
  • Switch side, pump right breast for 5 minutes (rest time for left breast)
  • Switch side, pump left breast for 5 minutes (rest time for right breast)
  • Switch side, pump right breast for 5 minutes (rest time for left breast)
  • Switch side, pump left breast for 5 minutes (rest time for right breast)

Let’s talk about another big factor: when should you pump? You should try to set aside at least 1 or 2 periods of time that you can pump without too much of a distraction. This means you can have an easier time pumping right after your baby falls asleep either in the morning or at night. Try to plan when you can pump at work or you can wake up extra early to pump before heading to work. You should also be able to ask for a private place or office at work that you can pump and they should be willing to help with this.

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Pro Tip: Many times, you’ll get caught up with work or other things and you may miss a block of pumping time, but the most important thing to remember is to do it as soon as you can because your aim is to keep those breasts empty to signal more breast milk production. If your breasts are feeling empty, they are likely to maintain a slow and low production.

If you don’t see an increase in milk supply after two weeks, there may be a chance that your body simply cannot produce the amount of milk you’re going after due to something called IGT or Insufficient Glandular Tissue whereby you may don’t have enough of the cells responsible for making milk. You can try to overcome this issue by trying to pump more frequently to stimulate more production, but there is no guarantee that it will work.

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Power Pumping Pro: Tips And Tricks

I’ve compiled a list of amazing tips you can use to help you increase you odds of making the most milk you possibly can, check them out below:

  1. Did you know that you breastmilk is ok to use at room temperature for upto 8 hours which means that you don’t have to keep washing your pumping parts after every pump session. If you’re not sure about waiting that long, then you can even try every 3 – 6 hours.
  2. If you plan on pumping for 2 days, you can wash your pump parts once and store them in the fridge for the next day.
  3. If you intend on pumping, you’ll want to have a good breast pump that will make every minute count. Instead of opting for a single breast pump, try to get a double breast pump so that you can have more time and become more efficent.
  4. There are quite a few pumping bras you can purchase or you can make one yourself. These are very helpful so that you don’t have to hold up the bottles all the time.
  5. This is probably the biggest tip and I encourage you to take it to heart… you have to make sure that your breasts are completely empty and also use your hands to help massage and empty your breasts. Remember if your breasts aren’t empty they will not be stimulated enough to make more breastmilk.
  6. If you experience sore nipples, you can purchase lubricating cream before you pump to help you get some relif.
  7. Apply a warm compress to help stimulate milk flow.
  8. You’ll often try to guage your success by the amount of milk you see in the bottle while pumping, but you must remember that power pumping is all about stimulating and sending a message to your brain to fire up milk production for the long haul.
  9. Make sure that your baby is fast asleep so that you’ll have plenty of time to pump without a distraction. Try to have some additional help that can watch over the baby while you pump so that you can finish your pumping sessions.
  10. Pump when you feel you have the best undistracted time. You can choose to fill in daily routines that you typically do during your pump breaks so you can still get the things you need to get done for the day.
  11. Pumping may seem strict, but remember that what works for everyone may not work for you. You may need to break up your pumping sessions in to smaller sessions or choose to pump and nurse at the same time depending on how much time you have. Remeber that flexibility is key to your success as well.
  12. Make sure that you’re consistent and persistent with your pumping. You may get disheartened after trying for a day or two and still see a low milk supply. Don’t get overwhelmed and take it a day at a time. You’ll notice the milk come in soon enough and it may take up to two weeks to see it happen. Keep focused and keep pumping.
  13. While the whole power puming thing might seem like a long stressful commitment, change your persepective of the whole thing by seeing it as theraputic. Make it a time that you give yourself “me time” by catching a netflix show, catching up with friends, or using social media to pass time.
  14. Try to maintain a healthy diet, which will in turn keep your mind and body happy and healthy leading to the most positive outcome of your milk supply. Remember, stress can be counter productive to what you’re trying to achive so keep it at a minimum.
  15. Once you begin to see results and increase your production, you’ll have plenty of ways to use your breastmilk besides just feeding your baby. Here’s a list of 50 amazing ways to use your breastmilk.

Ok, now that we’ve gone through all the different ways to power pump, you’re ready to flow! Hopefully you’ve gotten a better understanding of why you need to pump so freaquently and how it affects your milk supply. If you still have any questions, just leave a questions in the comments.

Also, Here Are Some Helpful Websites

* La Leche League – www.llli.org

* Pumping at LLL – www.llli.org/NB/NBpumping.html

* Milk Production – www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/milkprod…

* Pumping at Kellymom – www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/index.h…

* Medela – www.medelabreastfeedingus.com

* Ameda – www.ameda.com

* A List of Lactogenic Foods – www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-d…

* Pumpin Pals (an alternative to traditional flanges) –

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50 Natural Ways To Use Breastmilk Other Than Feeding Your Baby

When you think of breastmilk, the first thing that comes to mind is baby food. So why or how would you use milk in any other way, right? Well, you’d be surprised at all of the ways you can use breast milk – from medicinal purposes to beauty and beyond.

Breastmilk is one of the most powerful yet natural substances we know of and it all has to do with it’s proteins that have infection-protection properties. So what’s breast milk made of? Nearly 60% of breastmilk is made of whey protein while the remaining 40% is made of casein. Alternatively, formula is made largely of casein, which is harder to digest.

With the perfect combination of proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates, there really is nothing better for the health of your baby.  It’s the antibodies, living cells, enzymes, and hormones that make breast milk ideal and these cannot be added to formula. Along with it’s anti-infective properties, it also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help make it possible to use for more than just a source of food for infants.

Now we’re not suggesting you use up your baby’s daily supply of milk, but if you’re pumping and dumping, you can store the milk instead and use it for the ways we discuss below:

1. Get Rid Of Diaper Rash: Causes-and-symptoms-of-diaper-rash

Notice diaper rash or redness on your baby? You may run for the baby powder or rash cream…instead, opt for breastmilk which is a more natural and won’t cause any allergic reactions. If you notice any of the symptoms above, just place a couple of drops in the affected area and let dry before you put clothing or diaper back on.

2. Circumcision Healing: 

If you want to help speed up the healing process, just apply breast milk to your baby’s circumcision. This is going to speed up the entire process and help prevent infections or allergic reactions to any other product.

3. Painful Feeding

Don’t get discouraged after you try breastfeeding your baby and it really hurts your nipples. This pain is temporary and you must remind yourself that it will eventually fade in a matter of days or sometimes a couple of weeks. After that period, you sort of just get used to it and it becomes quite routine to feed.

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To help with the pain, you may turn to other balms and lotions to help your dry, cracked and sometimes bleeding nipples.  Next time, try rubbing breastmilk in that area and you’ll start to soothe and repair the damages.

4. Eczema

You’re going to notice all sorts of things on your baby’s skin after he’s born. Eczema is something that will appear as patches of dry skin on your baby’s skin. It’s estimated that half of all infants are affected by atopic eczema, which causes red, itchy, swollen and cracked skin.

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You may consider lotion as the first option because you’ve been so used to using it on your own dry skin. While some lotions may help, just be weary of the chemicals and fragrance which can lead to the problem getting worse. It may even irritate the skin and cause an allergic reaction. This is when breastmilk comes to the rescue with it’s natural moisturizing quality.

In a 2015 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, breastmilk was deemed an equally effective treatment for mild to moderate atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema, compared with hydrocortisone.

5. Eye infections

Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon for babies to get eye infections or what is also known as pink eye. Because their tear ducts have just developed, they can sometimes get blocked and develop infections. Of course doctors will recommend the use of antibiotics, but before you go down that path, you can try using breastmilk.

Here is a video of what a baby’s eye infection looks like:

Simply drop some breastmilk into the corner of each eye and let it’s natural antibodies help clear up the infection so your baby can go back to being his happy self.

6. Insect bites

You’ve just come home from a stroll and notice you’ve got pesky mosquito bites all over you and your baby… Don’t opt for any moisturizers or balms, just use a couple of drops of breastmilk will do the trick. Spread it on the areas where you and your baby have been bit and feel itchy. You’ll notice it’s soothing affects right away.

7. Ear Infections

Another tricky issue to deal with is if your baby develops ear infections. Here’s how you can spot it:

To help clear up the infection, drop a couple of drops into your baby’s ear canal only once a day until he get’s better. Not only safe and natural but you’re also avoiding antibiotics that would otherwise be needed.

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8. Relieve Itching

Breastmilk can be used to help relive and soothe itchy skin not only from mosquitos, but itching or all sorts. Even if your child gets chicken pox, just place a few drops of breastmilk on a cotton pad and apply gently to get relief on the skin and also kickstart the healing process with it’s antibodies.

9. Sore throat

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While salt and water can work wonders to help with your sore throat, you can even try gargling or swirling some breastmilk around in your mouth speed up the recovery process. All of the antibodies in the milk help to reduce the infection.

10. Cradle cap

Cradle cap is a skin condition in babies that’s caused by excessive production of sebum, which can appear as a yellowish or brownish scales on top of your baby’s head.

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To get rid of cradle cap, just apply breastmilk on your baby’s scalp 3 – 5 times a day. Leave it in until his next bath time, which is when you can wash it off.

11. Mouth Ulcers or Canker Sores

When mouth ulcers or canker sores strike, they can happen at anytime and they feel so uncomfortable that it would make you try anything to get some quick relief. Well, look no further. Breastmilk is the perfect topical that you can apply anywhere or even swirl in your mouth to treat the affected area. Do this 2 – 3 times a day until you notice the sore going away.

12. Leg Ulcers

Breastmilk not only works on mouth sores, but you can also use them on your leg ulcers by putting a couple of drops on a cotton pad and then dabbing the area. Let the breastmilk completely dry before you wrap any type of bandage over it.

13. Cold Sores

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To get rid of cold sores quick, forget chapsticks and all the other temporary fixes. Dab a little breastmilk on your lips where the affected area is and let dry. Because of how natural and safe breastmilk is, you can repeat as often as possible. Slowly you’ll notice that the area will begin to dry and clear up.

14. Warts

While warts are a bit tougher to deal with, breastmilk’s natural antibodies can help to dry it up if you use it regularly. Just a couple of drops every time can do the trick.

15. Cancer Patients

This one may seem a little odd. Individuals who go through chemotherapy treatment typically experience nausea and the natural antibodies in your breastmilk help. When ingested, breastmilk can help aid in boosting a weakened immune system.

“There’s promising research that would indicate that in the future the solution for not only preventing cancer, but even treating and curing cancer might be in human milk,” said Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey.

You can read the full article “Fighting Cancer with Daughter’s Breastmilk?” to learn more.

16. Burn patients

We all know burns are painful and there are several treatments out there that can help heal your burns. But if you have nothing on hand, breastmilk is a perfect alternative to help heal and offer comfort from burns because it contains antibodies and fat which are ideal natural skin soothers. Breastmilk will also help in reducing the appearance of scarring.

17. Makeup removal

Instead of using harsh chemicals on your sensitive skin to remove makeup, next time try applying some breastmilk as a makeup remover. It is 100% safe, gentle on your skin, and it will never clog your pores. The secret in breastmilk is it’s antibacterial properties that help to keep your skin clear. You can apply the breastmilk directly onto your face with a cotton pad or chill it as a cold cream.

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Breastmilk can also help to heal acne – especially helpful when you experience an influx of hormones during pregnancy.  The key ingredient in breastmilk for acne is lauric acid, which is known to help treat and prevent acne from forming in the first place by fighting the bacteria on your face.

18. Puffy Eyes

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Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of breastmilk, you can try dabbing a couple of drops of breastmilk onto a cotton ball and pat around your eyes. This will help to significantly reduce swelling and puffiness in the area. You’ll notice your puffy eyes begin to improve fairly quickly.

19. Sunburn

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Breastmilk is perfect for when you’ve been out in the sun too long. It gently soothes your skin without drying it and can even work as well if not better than even aloe vera. Any discomfort will go away after applying just a few drops in the affected area.

20. Rosacea

While a lot of research hasn’t been conducted on how breastmilk can help treat Rosacea, there is some evidence from people who have used it and swear by it. The lauric acid and antibacterial properties can help to clear it up all naturally without the use of chemicals. Just gently rub the breastmilk onto your skin.

21. Dry cracked lips

Breastmilk is an incredible moisturizer. Whether you or your baby both have chapped lips, you can apply a couple of drops to your lips and watch them get soft and hydrated immediately.

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22. Dry skin

If you dump and pump often, then save some of that breastmilk to use for your dry skin as it will go to work instantly to give you glowing skin – no matter where you use it on your body.

23. Soap

Breastmilk can be used in all sorts of soap recipes. While some doctors claim that while process of making the soap itself could destroy the beneficial ingredients, some swear by it and say it works wonders on their skin.

Check out “How To Make Cold Process Milk Soap” here to learn how you can make your own soap.

24Ice cream

It may come to you as a surprise, but many chefs around the word have taken to breastmilk and have used it in various recipes such as breastmilk pops to breastmilk sherbet. The taste has been described as sweet so it’s no wonder why many people will even use it for pancakes, butter, yogurt, smoothies and even custard.

25. Teether Popsicles

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For a quick and healthy treat for your little one, just freeze the breastmilk in your favorite plastic popsicle container. Use it anytime to help soothe pain or help with teething.

Here’s a simple teether popsicle recipe you can use below to make your own:

4 ounces of breastmilk
1/2 container baby food – any flavor
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Simply combine the breastmilk with the baby food and pour it into your ice cube trays. If you are using your baby’s pacifier, just put it into the individual ice cube bock. To keep it from getting contaminated, just place the tray into a freezer Ziplock bag and let it freeze for a couple of hours until it sets.

26. Mesh Feeder

81MOy2Ck47L._SX522_When you want to give your baby a treat that they will think is too good to be true, you can make little ice blocks from your ice trays and place them inside a mesh feeder for your little one to bite on as they’re teething.

Here are some mesh feeders you can use.

27. Baby Food

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To incorporate more nutrients into your baby’s food, try to mix in breastmilk to your baby food puree. It will also add a touch of sweetness to any meal.

28. Coffee Creamer

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While this one is a little different, some people have taken to using breastmilk even in their coffee to get those extra nutrients and still get that little bit of sweetness without adding any more sugar.

29: Donate it

There are women out there struggling to produce breastmilk but unfortunately are unable to do so. A great use of your own stash is to donate it when possible. This helps tremendously to help those moms in need.

If you’re interested in knowing more about donating milk and where you can donate it, check out milkbank.org.

30. Jewelry

This one is obviously not for everyone. But some women choose to cherish their special time with baby by wearing a piece of jewelry with her milk from the time she fed her child.

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Here is where you can order a breastmilk ring using your own breastmilk on Etsy starting at $60.

Breastmilk jewelry will often have accent stones or a centerpiece that is filled with a mother’s milk by solidifying the casein content artificially and creating a design in a mold. This kind of jewelry can run from $50 – $600

31. Hair Dye

You wouldn’t believe it, but if you ever get stains on your skin from getting your hair dyed, you can use breastmilk to remove the dye stain from your skin.

32. Bee Stings

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If you or your baby ever get stung by a bee and you don’t have anything on hand, you can simply use your breastmilk on the affected area to help reduce the pain and swelling. Most of the inflammation should disappear in a day or two.

33. Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

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Poison ivy can be treated with breast milk and is as good a remedy as any Calamine lotion. To reduce itchiness and also to help heal sores or blisters, apply some breastmilk to the affected area.

34. Chicken Pox

We’ve all been there with the terrible case of the chicken pox when you were younger. It was no fun at all, but it could’ve helped to know about the wonders of breastmilk on those itchy red dots. Applying breastmilk to the affected area helps soothe your baby’s skin and helps with the healing process. The best thing about is that the breastmilk will help to reduce the appearance of scarring.

35. Insect Bites

From mosquitos to most other insect bites, breastmilk will help to relieve the discomfort and pain by soothing the affected area by dropping a few drops on it. If there is any pain persists for more than 1 to 2 days, you should consider contacting your healthcare provider to get a better diagnosis.

36. Plant Fertilizer

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If you like growing veggies and your compost bin isn’t ready with composted materials, you can try breastmilk and you don’t have to buy that fancy prefab organic fertilizer! The proteins from the breastmilk helps make the soil nitrogen rich and this is great food for your veggies.

How to Make Breastmilk Plant Fertilizer: You can mixed 1 tbsp coffee grounds, 1 tbsp breast milk, and 4 tbsp water, and fertilize whatever you’d like with the mixture.

37. Contact Lens Solution

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This may seem sort of odd but it’s really works. If you ever find yourself without contact solution, breastmilk will keep them clean and ready for use again.

38.  Deodorant

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As a natural alternative, you may want to consider using breastmilk for deodorant since it’s not very safe for you to use regular deodorant while you’re breastfeeding. This is because of the types of chemicals that are used to make the products, particularly aluminum, which is known to enter the blood stream and potentially taint the breastmilk. Many women swear by breastmilk for deodorant and say it works well on days that aren’t too demanding.

39. Lubricant

Trying to have sex after giving birth can cause anxiety for many women. You have to make sure you’re fully recovered, not in pain and  hopefully your hormones are stable enough to feel sexual enough to engage. While you’re worried about all these things, you can worry about one less thing by choosing a natural lubricant compared to over the counter lubricants. In fact, some doctors even recommend using breastmilk.

40. Stuffy Nose

When you’re baby come’s down with a stuffy nose, you can turn to over the counter treatments or better yet try a natural alternative such as breastmilk. Just squirt a couple of drops into your baby’s nose while he’s laying down and watch the milk work it’s magic.

41. Homemade Cheese

This may sound a bit strange, but if you think about it, milk from all kinds of animals have been used to make milk such as cows, sheep and even goats. It turns out that breastmilk can be used if you’re up for a slightly sweeter cheese taste with all the benefits. There are even some renowned chefs such as Daniel Angerer who have used breastmilk to make cheese with success. Here is his recipe if you want to make your own breastmilk cheese.

42. Eye Discharge

Blocked tear ducts for newborns are definitely no fun and while the symptoms typically go away on their own, they can potentially lead to bigger issues such as infections or discharge if you don’t tend to it. Often times your doctor will tell you to gently massage the tear ducts to help loosen up the nasal passage that may be clogged. Other things you can do to alleviate this issue is using a damp wash cloth or soft cotton pads to keep the affected area clean to increase the speed of healing.

One really useful tip is to drop some breastmilk directly into your babies eyes a couple times a day until his eyes clear up. “If the baby has a bit of an eye infection or a goopy eye, it can help to clear that up,” says Esther Willms, a registered midwife at The Midwives’ Clinic of East York. “Usually, I just tell people to squirt it in, but if that seems weird, you can take a little eye dropper and have some expressed milk and draw it up in the eye dropper.”

43. Colds and Flu Immune Booster

When you’re feeling down and you don’t want to use over the counter medicine, a great alternative is to give your system a super boost full of antibodies by drinking breastmilk. It will speed up their recovery process and you’ll feel better sooner so you can get back to taking care of your baby.

44. Measles Cure

Just as you could use breastmilk for chicken pox, you can use it to treat and cure measles once and for all. Here is an article called “Measles antibodies in the breast milk of nursing mothers” where after the study was concluded they even recommend mothers in Nigeria to breast feed their infants to protect them against measles infection.

45. Stuffy Nose

There are quite a few ways to help your baby with a stuffy nose. Saline drops or breastmilk is your best bet when it comes to clearing your baby’s nose congestion. According to Dr. Meera Gupta of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, “The best way to relieve congestion in babies and infants is to use a combination of saline drops that are available over the counter and bulb suction.” You can try to lay your baby on his back and tilt back his chin. Carefully drop or spray two to three drops of saline or breastmilk into each nostril to help alleviate the symptoms.

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Other things you can try are taking a steamy bath, running a cool humidifier, making sure that your baby is properly hydrated, as well as keeping him upright as much as possible.

46. Breastmilk Bath

If you find yourself pumping and dumping or have a stash of milk that you otherwise would have thrown away because it was tainted, you can usually salvage it and save it to use during bath time. Breastmilk is nutrient rich and is perfect to keep your baby’s skin looking healthy and to lock in moisture so it doesn’t get dry.

47. Stretch Marks

Here’s a secret tip!  Applying freshly expressed breast milk on your stretch marks after your showers, and the color will go from bright red to dark burgundy in about a week.

48. Surface Cleaner

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Only in the event that you don’t want to use chemicals to clean the surface of a specific area, you can use breastmilk and it will clean it right up without any streaks.

49. Irritated Neck, Arm and Groin Folds

You may notice that your baby’s neck appear red and irritated as well as in his arms and groin area and even some gunky looking stuff hidden in the folds. This can be treated by applying some breastmilk in the affected area and it will help the inflammation and heal any redness.

50. Disinfectant

If you have a scrape or a cut, you can apply a few drops of breastmilk to an open wound to disinfect it and allow to air dry. All of the antibodies will help to begin and speed up the healing process.

So there you have it! With all the things breastmilk can do, you’ll begin to wonder what it can’t do. I suppose that’s why people often refer to it as liquid gold.

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– 5 Best Baby Bibs That Solve Your Drool And Spit-Up Problems is an easy guide to help you find solutions to your baby’s drooling and spit-ups troubles.

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– 5 Surprising Things New Moms Need For Their Baby  will increase your confidence as parents by helping you discover unique products for your newborn baby.

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As always, we’re here to help you relax and enjoy spending time with your baby instead of stressing out!

Top 10 Newborn Baby Care Checklist

As a first time parent, there are just some things you wish you knew about newborns. When the unexpected things happen to your child, you wonder why nobody ever bothered to mention these things in the first place!

Sure everyone talks about the baby shower breeze and all the registry item you need to pick out – from the baby bibs, burp cloths to diapers, the list is really endless. But there are a few things that may happen to your newborn that my have you overwhelmed and sweating.

But don’t freak out just yet, we’re going to have you prepared for it so you don’t add more stress than you already have with this new truly amazing experience.

1. Red Spots On Baby’s Skin

This is something that catches most parents off guard because it’s so visual, but when baby’s are about a week old, you may start to notice they have red spots or bumps that look like acne.

Red spots and rashes on newborn baby

This is alarming because it’s not just on the face, but all over your babies body. This can cause concern due to it’s appearance, but worry not because they will eventually disappear within a few weeks. This is most likely caused by the increase in hormones levels during pregnancy which slowly leave the body.

If your baby doesn’t look well and the rashes seem very unusual (other than what we described) then you should contact your health care physician.

2. Baby’s Always Hungry

Most people imagine all the cute moments they’ll share with their newborn, but never once do they think about the work that will go into the baby. The late nights, night after night.

This is just the truth. But the whole process is worthwhile because it’s your baby and you feel a very strong bond to overcome the challenges you’ll face. Your baby will eat very often, almost every 2 – 3 hours. But this feeding isn’t only throughout the day. They eat 24 hours around the clock, so be prepared to.

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Even if your baby just ate and he starts to cry again and his diaper doesn’t need changing, chances are that he’s already hungry. It only takes about 45 minutes for breastmilk to be digested and processed in the body before it’s expelled.

More often than not, you’ll need to ask for support in some way if possible to help you through this phase.


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3. Constant Sneezing

Newborn baby SneezingAfter your newborn arrives, he’ll begin to sneeze here an there. This isn’t much of a concern at first, until he begins to sneeze 3 – 4 times in a row and then you begin to get concerned that he may have a cold or allergies of some sort.

Many caesarian babies experience more of the sneezing than the babies born vaginally. This is simply because a lot of the mucous is squeezed out during delivery. Other causes are related to clearing their sinuses with all the fluid they’ve been surrounded in and the fact that they’re getting used to a completely new environment.

4. Red Stain In Diaper

Something that can totally freak you out is when you’ve been changing diapers only to see one that is colored red!

Uric Acid Crystals in Diaper

“Is it blood?”

“Where is it coming from?”

“Why is this happening?”

These are just some of the questions that will cross your mind. But fear not, this color is typical and is related to urine called ‘brick dust’. It’s basically concentrated uric acid crystals that appear as a orange-red and is mistaken as blood all too often.

Phew!

You’ll notice this within the first week, but as your baby starts to drink larger quantities of milk, you’ll notice the color go away. If the color appears after 5 – 7 day mark, you should consider contacting your healthcare provider to manage the issue.

If you’ve got a baby girl, the issue could have to do with something called ‘pseudomenstration’ which is caused by the exposure to mom’s hormones in the womb. This “period” can be caused by the halting of these hormones after the baby is out of the womb and will go away after a week.

5. Umbilical Cord Bleeding

After the baby is delivered and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, you will see a tiny bit of the cord at the belly button. Eventually it will dry out and get darker in color and get ready to fall off within a couple of weeks.

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The base of the cord may express a small amount of blood, leaving stains some of baby’s clothes. This is 100% safe and normal, unless you notice blood continue to appear even after you’ve wiped the area clean.

If you notice a foul smell or pus, this calls for your healthcare provided. Other signs to look out for is if the baby looks ill or you see any redness near the umbilical cord.

6. Yellow In The White Of Eyes

Something that is all too common in newborns in the first week but parents get distraught about is Jaundice. Not only will the eyes appear yellow, but the skin will have a yellow look to it as well.

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Jaundice is a common newborn condition that causes baby’s skin and the white parts of the eyes to appear yellow. Most babies will have at least some jaundice in the first week after birth and will start to fade away as your baby eats more and poops it out over time.

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You’ll begin to notice the skin start to return to it’s normal color and the eyes follow suit becoming whiter and brighter.

7. Explosive Diarrhea

Because of how water your baby’s poop is, sometimes a little gas can cause your baby to have explosive diarrhea. You may be worried that all this pooping may cause dehydration in your baby but it usually won’t. After all, you’re typically feeding every 2 hours and keeping your baby well hydrated with over 300 nutrients and electrolytes keeping them well nourished.

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The color of poop can range from yellow to white and even have little specks or seeds that are milk curds. It’s even normal to see your baby have a full diaper after every feeding.

8. Swollen Scrotum Or Labia

Something that may appear bizarre to you is how large the scrotum may appear relative to his body or how big the labia appears for your baby girl. This is not something to worry about as this is also related to the exposure to mom’s hormones in the womb.

After the first week or so, you’ll notice that the swelling of the genitals will return back to it’s appropriate size. If the scrotum continues to be swollen beyond the first couple of weeks or if pain seems to be an issue, this calls for a call to your healthcare provider.

9. Crossed Eyes

After you’ve spent a good amount of time smooching on your baby, you’ll maybe notice something is off. He usually looks around just fine, but then all of the sudden he’ll cross his eyes. You’ll think that something is wrong and that this maybe a permanent issue, but it’s not.

Newborn Baby Crossed Eyes

Newborn babies muscles in the eyes aren’t yet fully developed so they can lead to the cross eyes, but this will eventually stop happening after 2 – 3 months. Unless you notice this issue to be persistent more often than not and still hasn’t resolved after 5 months, you should consider consulting with your healthcare provider.

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10. Swollen Breasts

You may not notice at first, but eventually you’ll be shocked to discover that your baby boy has enlarged breasts. This can also appear in your baby girl and the area around the nipple will feel quite lumpy and swollen.

You’ll may jump to the conclusion that this is some sort of abnormality, but it certainly isn’t the case. Your baby was just exposed to mom’s hormones causing them to swell, similar to when mom’s breasts swell up when making milk. Don’t panic and know that this issue will resolve on it’s own just after a few weeks.

– 5 Best Baby Bibs That Solve Your Drool And Spit-Up Problems is an easy guide to help you find solutions to your baby’s drooling and spit-ups troubles.

– 5 Surprising Things New Moms Need For Their Baby  will increase your confidence as parents by helping you discover unique products for your newborn baby.

As always, we’re here to help you relax and enjoy spending time with your baby instead of stressing out!

5 Surprising Things New Moms Need For Their Baby Now

1. Owlet Baby Monitor

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Love: Connects with phone / Shows heart rate and oxygen levels / Comfortable / Peace of mind
Don’t Like: Price (Although they offer refurbished ones for cheaper)

BEST USE: Peace Of Mind

If you’re constantly worried about your baby and checking up on him, you need this monitor in your life. It will always let you know how your baby is doing right from your phone so you don’t have to run and check every few minutes.

Best of all, it will light up and notify you if anything is something’s wrong. There has never been a device that’s dedicated to seeing your baby’s real time stats from anywhere. The price is quite hefty at approx. $299 but sometimes you can also find refurbished ones for cheaper. Is the price worth it? Well it depends. What’s a good nights sleep worth to you?

How does it work? Anything under 60 and over 220 will set it off, as well as oxygen levels falling below 80% will set it off. A yellow light and nursery song will play if it’s not installed properly on your baby’s foot and a red light and alarm will set off if something is wrong. Simple but effective for peace of mind.

2.  4-in-1 Breastfeeding Baby Bib

4-in-1 Baby Travel Bib | Reversible Drool Bib Offers Two Feedings, Jumper For Top To Bottom Coverage, and Built-In Burp Cloth So You Never Forget It | Light And Breathable 100% Muslin Cotton

Pros: Best Drool Bib, Built-in Burp Cloth, Built-in Jumper for Top To Bottom Coverage, Light and Breathable, 100% Natural With No Harmful Dyes Or Chemicals, Good price ($8.99)
Cons: Solid Color

BEST USE: Breastfeeding keep clothes clean top to bottom and you can burp with it.

Maybe you’re like me, and you went through 2 or 3 fancy Aden & Anais or whatever bibs every day, and piled up a good 20 bibs that were washed every week.

After using the 4-in-1 FlippyBib, I never looked back! Instead of washing bib after bib, this bib is large, soft, and best of all absorbent enough to last the whole day. Thanks to it’s dual layers when buttoned up, the bib acts like two bibs absorbing tons of drool as well as spills without flinching. It stays breathable unlike the bibs with the waterproof backing or other thin bibs that penetrate through instantly getting wet and eventually overheat your baby.

This bib solves so many other problems with it’s 4-in-1 benefits. The first is the built-in burp cloth. Postpartum grogginess can often lead you to forget or misplace things like the burp cloth. The FlippyBib unbuttons into a burp cloth (19″ long) so you never forget it and is ready to burp right after feeding. The second and third benefit is that it offers two bibs for twice the feedings by flipping it to the other side and buttoning it up again as a drool fighting bib.

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The fourth benefit is the “jumper” which offers top to bottom coverage for spit-up and vomit which is perfect for when you’re ready to head out and baby decides to spit-up on his fancy clothes. Just unbutton it and it’s ready to go in the carseat or stroller.

Having 2 to 3 bibs on hand is a good so while the baby is wearing one, you can have one in the travel bag and one in the wash. This Bib was so good, I even gave it away as a baby shower gift and the parents loved it.

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3. DockATot Deluxe Dock

Love: Know your baby is OK, Feels like a womb, Good for Tummy Time, Creates a nice micro-climate, Portable
Don’t Like: Buckle feels cheap, Pricey ($258)

BEST USE: Napper For Fussy Babies

OUR OPINION

The dock helps to keep babies on their back because it “snuggles” them a bit but even if your baby likes to lie on the side it is safe in the dock because the materials are breathable.

Some parents have sworn that this is the ONLY thing their baby would sleep in. If your baby is always fussy and crying about after an hour of sleep, maybe it’s time to give it a shot with the dock – for your own sanity. We bought this on a crazy whim after an advertisement showed up somewhere with one of Brad Pitts kids in it. Sure the price was high as heck, but this thing has saved our sanity.

There are some things that I don’t like about it, which is having to take it all apart to clean and then putting it back together again. Is this creating a crutch for sleep? Maybe, but you can probably think of plenty of thing you did to put your baby to sleep that wasn’t so conventional. This may not be a cure all for everyone but the darn near 200 bucks saved our sanity.

I will also add that my son would drool/sweat a lot and I would clean this thing weekly. It reached a point that the pad even after cleaning it was stained dark (not sure it was mold exactly) but would be great if I could have bought another pad. Still, it was not a deal breaker.

4. BABY WRAP ERGO CARRIER SWING – BY CUDDLEBUG

Baby Wrap Ergo Carrier Sling - by CuddleBug - Available in 8 Colors - Baby Sling, Baby Wrap Carrier, Nursing Cover - Specialized Baby Slings and Wraps for Infants and Newborn (Grey)

Love: On the go swaddle, Good for bonding, Multi-purpose
Don’t Like: Can’t Machine Wash, Very Little Coverage, Lose Color After Wash, Slight Pillage, Not Good For Eating

Best Use: Great for Multi-tasking and Walking around

OUR OPINION

A recent study showed that carrying your baby at least three hours a day reduces crying and fussing 43% during the day, and 51% at night (Pediatrics Magazine). Babies are happier, they have less need to cry, and parents enjoy their babies more as a result.

We also love the fact that this sling helps create sort of a bond. More constant feeding, touching, eye contact and cuddling releases greater levels of the “Love Hormone” Oxytocin. Elevated levels of Oxytocin mean you literally fall in love with your baby to a greater degree than you otherwise would. The more you wear the more you love.

This wrap washes well in the wash machine. It’s fabric is long and stretchy with a soft feel. The wrap itself is very easy to work – you can watch youtube videos to get it down. It takes about 60 seconds total to get yourself wrapped and another 60 seconds to get the baby in and properly positioned. If you have a fussy little guy, he’ll be sure to fall right asleep within minutes and immediately calm down. It hugs them tight in all the right places and the baby sits nice and cozy on your chest giving your hands the freedom and flexibility to do whatever you need to go and get done.

This is especially helpful if you’re very active or even have other high energy toddlers that you have to chase around. It’s very convenient from housework to walking around the zoo so he can experience all the animals. You can start wearing this as early as 3 weeks old and even older, up to 14 pounds. The wrap is way more conducive for a newborn than the Ergo with newborn insert, which is better with sturdier babies. Get this wrap, you wont be disappointed.

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5. Boppy Newborn Lounger

Boppy Newborn Lounger, Elephant Love Gray

Love: Perfect for awake time, Soft and wipeable fabric, Up to 16 pound, Portable            Don’t Like: Can’t remove the cover to wash

BEST USE: Lounging Around Anywhere

This is something that we highly recommend. Your newborn can start using this from day 1. Instead of always placing your baby in a bouncer or other things that aren’t so mobile, this boppy helps your baby get involved with you during the day. I’ve also found its great for reducing reflux after feelings by keeping her slightly upright.

I would caution that you always attend your baby and never put this on an elevated surface. When your baby gets a little older, she may start to get her little feet anchored on the bottom of the pillow and push herself up over the top. That can be a very scary thing!

While it says it’s for newborns, you can even have a 3mo+ use it. It is super cushiony and comfortable. Your baby will seem very relaxed to just lay back and chill out on a giant pillow! We’ve also used the horseshoe shaped boppy which is great for breastfeeding, but doesn’t work as well as this one for laying. Even if you plan on having another baby, you can use it all over again for your next newborn and it will pay for itself by that time.

Best of all, the case keeps it clean and is easy to put in and take out. Both the case and the boppy have a handle so it’s easy to carry while cradling a baby.

Again, don’t miss out on the FlippyBib Special if you haven’t tried the bib yet – give it a shot!

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5 Best Baby Bibs That Solve Your Drool And Spit-Up Problems

As a new parent, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the choices that are out there for your baby. They come in different sizes, materials, and for a variety of purposes and age groups.  Whew! That’s why we’re here to help you discover the ideal bib for your baby that have been tried and tested and stand the test of time.

From breastfeeding to weaning babies, a whole lot of mess is involved including drool, spit-up, vomit and even large spills… but having the right kind of bib for the job can save you a lot of headache and stress.

A great bib will help not only keep your baby’s clothes clean but will offer wearable comfort and ease of use in your daily life with your newborn, baby or toddler.

OUR TOP 5 BABY BIBS PICKS

1. BEST WATERPROOF BIB BY BABYBJORN

Love: Pocket for Heavy Spills / Waterproof / Adjustable / Beads Wont Yank Off
Don’t Like: Waterproof Material May Overheat, Rigid Plastic Isn’t As Flexible As Cloth

BEST USE: Catching Spills

If you only want to buy one or two bibs, and you want it to fit various sizes and ages of child comfortably, protect their clothes adequately, and not waste any of your precious parenting time washing, drying, and folding a BIB…buy this one.

I can’t imagine a better investment. I hate doing unnecessary laundry, so the ability to just rinse these off under the faucet and have them ready for the next meal was key. Also, the pocket part of the bib is flexible, but rigid enough that it doesn’t collapse on itself – some other floppier bibs tend to just let the pocket flop closed, which basically makes it useless for catching food – this one can hold several ounces of oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce, or milk without spilling, until you take it off and dump into the sink.

Can your kid remove the bib? Sure, if he yanks hard enough – probably not a 5 month old, but a one year old, yes. Of course, a clever toddler will be able to remove almost any bib, just like he can remove his shoes and socks at the drop of a hat. None of my kids had too much trouble learning to leave the bib alone after a few days, and I really like how adjustable the neck closure is – none of this nonsense with snaps that are either tight enough to be uncomfortable on a chubby kid’s neck, or loose enough that half of the oatmeal ends up down the neck of your skinny kid.

2. BEST BREASTFEEDING BIB – 4-in-1 FLIPPYBIB

4-in-1 Baby Travel Bib | Reversible Drool Bib Offers Two Feedings, Jumper For Top To Bottom Coverage, and Built-In Burp Cloth So You Never Forget It | Light And Breathable 100% Muslin Cotton

Pros: Best Drool Bib, Built-in Burp Cloth, Built-in Jumper for Top To Bottom Coverage, Light and Breathable, 100% Natural With No Harmful Dyes Or Chemicals
Cons: Solid Color

OUR OPINION

Maybe you’re like me, and you went through 2 or 3 fancy Aden & Anais or whatever bibs every day, and piled up a good 20 bibs that were washed every week.

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After using the 4-in-1 FlippyBib, I never looked back! Instead of washing bib after bib, this bib is large, soft, and best of all absorbent enough to last the whole day. Thanks to it’s dual layers when buttoned up, the bib acts like two bibs absorbing tons of drool as well as spills without flinching. It stays breathable unlike the bibs with the waterproof backing or other thin bibs that penetrate through instantly getting wet and eventually overheat your baby. Get it here – 4 bibs for $11.98 (vs. $35.96) | 1 bib reg. price $8.99

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This bib solves so many other problems with it’s 4-in-1 benefits. The first is the built-in burp cloth. Postpartum grogginess can often lead you to forget or misplace things like the burp cloth.

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The FlippyBib unbuttons into a burp cloth (19″ long) so you never forget it and is ready to burp right after feeding. The second and third benefit is that it offers two bibs for twice the feedings by flipping it to the other side and buttoning it up again as a drool fighting bib.

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The fourth benefit is the “jumper” which offers top to bottom coverage for spit-up and vomit which is perfect for when you’re ready to head out and baby decides to spit-up on his fancy clothes. Just unbutton it and it’s ready to go in the carseat or stroller.

Having 2 to 3 bibs on hand is a good so while the baby is wearing one, you can have one in the travel bag and one in the wash. This Bib was so good, I even gave it away as a baby shower gift and the parents loved it.

FlippyBib is offering an exclusive Amazon promo right now that will probably last for a 3 days so click here

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3. BEST SOFT BIB – BUMPKINS

Bumkins Baby Bib, Waterproof SuperBib 3 Pack, N16 (Feather/Quill/Arrow) (6-24 Months)

Love: Soft And Water Proof, Machine Safe, Cute Patterns, Flexible and Foldable, Adjustable Velcro
Don’t Like: Waterproof Material May Overheat

BEST USE: FEEDING 

OUR OPINION

After you start using these bibs by Bumpkins, you’ll realize your whole bib collection was obsolete, because a single 3-pack is all you need. These don’t need to be laundered. Just rinse in the sink and squeeze them out after each feeding. Either way – for feeding, this is the bib you need. The cloth ones might be better for teething drool, but for messy high chair feedings, nothing beats this.

The fabric holds up really well and the soft Velcro side closure still functions great. When the closure is closed properly to child’s neck it is unlikely for any food, drool or drink to sneak in. You can rinse them after baby eats with a bit of dishwashing liquid, rinse well, air dry and they are good as new and completely dry before the next meal. You can also wash them in the washer and dry them in the dryer and they still look great.

The pocket of the bib collects excess food and liquid as intended. The fabric is thin and light weight yet it creates a great barrier between your child and the food and liquids they consume. The bibs hold their colors true even years later. The designs available are versatile and will please anyone’s eyes. The bib fabric is long and wide enough to cover your little one. I keep some in my diaper bag and they barely take up space even when folded. I highly recommend these bibs.

4. BEST STYLE BIB – MiiYOUNG BANDANA

Love: Super Soft, Good for Teething, Stylish – No Tag In Front, Pack of 10, Machine Washable
Don’t Like: Can’t Machine Wash, Very Little Coverage, Lose Color After Wash, Slight Pillage, Not Good For Eating

Best Use: TEETHING

OUR OPINION

The MiiYoung fleece drool bibs are ideal for their absorbency and also very soft. The 10 pack is a good value for the price ($19.95) and the colors are varied enough so that you can mostly match any outfit your baby’s wearing. They have 2 snaps on either side allowing for 3 size options. Because of the way they are shaped and and sit closer to the neck by design, they catch more mess!

I would not recommend these bibs for eating as much of the food will likely spill on to his shirt or pants. You also have the option of two snaps so you can make it snug or loose depending on what he’s doing at the moment. The back-sides are a nice soft fleece-like material that washes well.

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5. BEST SLEEVED BIB – BUMKINS

Love: Full Sleeve Coverage, Waterproof, Secure Closure, Spill Catcher
Don’t Like: Waterproof May Cause Overheating

BEST USE: MESSY DINNER

OUR OPINION

A unique feature of this bib is that the sleeves have an elastic like cuff which helps keep food out of the arms. Your baby will definitely stay clean and dry eating messy spaghetti meals and during the spills that come with learning how to drink from cups. They’re even perfect to use at restaurants because they pack well and save you from having to change clothes while out.

Best of all, if you’re used to having to undress your baby down to his diaper during meals at home, now you don’t have to. This may be come as a negative to some who prefer velcro, but the bib comes with a string tie. Also, the pouch has a couple of little stitches to divid it in half but you can easily clip the stitches if you prefer the pouch to be one large opening without damage.

These bibs do what most other bibs can’t: prevent food from falling to the baby’s lap AND prevent stains on sleeves. It’s not 100% perfect, but it will prevent a majority of the food that misses the pockets of other bibs. Even the giant expensive bibs will leave food settled at the baby’s side and squished under his butt by the end of his dinner.

Not that you know about our favorite bibs, you can get a sense of the bib that will work for your lifestyle!

Again, don’t miss out on the FlippyBib Special if you haven’t tried the bib yet!

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