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All you need to know as a new Mom

Desperate Mamas Top Picks and Recommendations: All you need to know as a New Mom

Last Revised: May 2017

Hello Mamas,

 

We often get asked what our favourite products are and why, or if we can suggest a specific sleeping consultant,  or simply if we know about special discounts on our favourite items.

Well we decided to put together a page where you can find all we LOVE, believe could be helpful or simply the deals of the moment. By doing so we hope to help many of you get an answer to your questions in one simple step.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this page and we encourage you to share it with all your friends that might find it helpful as well.

To help you find what you’re looking for we divided our Picks in the following categories:

  • Services
  • Fertility and Pregnancy
  • Travel with Kids
  • Take care of Yourself
  • Take care of  Your Baby
  • Breastfeeding/Pumping
  • Diaper Bag
  • Helpful Books and Apps

*Desperate Mamas is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.ca and/or amazon.com.

*Please be advised that some of the links provided are affiliate links and we do receive a commission if you make a purchase using those links.  This does not cost you any extra and it does not affect our opinion. Everything you see in this page is here because we believe it could impact you in a positive way.  We very much appreciate your support of this blog in doing so.

 

Services

Ebates – With this app we earn $$$ every time we shop online and so could you. We don’t see why not get paid while shopping. Really it’s a WIN WIN situation and here’s how it works

Educents – Is the perfect place to browse thousands of educational products, a community full of experts and educators. They really have something for every age group and they are all meant to help with your child’s learning skills.

www.educents.com

Ultimate Bundle – They have different bundles of products throughout the year that are offered at a steep discount of 90% to 95% off. Their products range from herbs and essential oils to homemaking, healthy living, bloggers, and photography. One of the Bundles they offer is The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle which we believe could be helpful for moms

Etsy – This is the perfect online market place if you’re looking for unique items. Being that the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or a new Teether or a hand made toy rest assured that you will find it on Etsy!

Well.ca – This website is a great alternative to Amazon.ca. It’s worth sometimes check out both just to see if either one has a promotion on your favs items. It never hurts to keep some extra bucks in your pockets! And if you really need another incentive how about this:

Amazon.caAmazon.com – I guess this needs very little explanation on why it’s one of our favorite online store! It offers so many options and variety that we can’t seem to be able to stay away from it! Lol

WeeSleep.ca –  WeeSleep offers the professional support worldwide to those that find sleep deprivation a very difficult thing to deal with (We wonder who doesn’t!!! Really it was hell for us!) Being a new Mama is already difficult so if you could get help from a professional infant and toddler sleep consultant why wouldn’t you. Your sleep depends on it!!! (If you’d like to SAVE 10% please contact Lisa @ WeeSleep-Toronto and she’ll bring sleep to your whole family)

Working Ensemble – It’s a system focused on the parents who need an alternative to a traditional childcare. Their focus is to meet your needs as a freelance/entrepreneur working schedule. It consists in 3 easy steps: Buy a time slot, Schedule it and go enjoy. (Here’s our post)

Healthy Moms Toronto – This fantastic option is available to all the Mamas from Toronto and GTA. Healthy Moms Toronto offers a discount card to many stores that somehow are related to Motherhood and Baby. Check out their list… It’s pretty impressive! (Here’s our post)

 

Fertility and Pregnancy

What to Ask When Interviewing a Fertility Clinic – check out the post for more info and to download our FREE checklist

How We Conceived Our Miracle Baby – This post is meant to help those women that want to be moms but are not there yet due to fertility issues. Trust me I’ve been there and I understand how difficult it is!

BetterBump: A Healthy Snack through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – For the pregnant mom always on the go, this is a great healthy option.

 

Travel with Kids

CheapFlights – They have you covered when it comes to value travel and the cheapest flights. You can browse their options to get the best deals on airline tickets, no matter where you’re headed. Happy Travel our dear desperate family. Enjoy your vacation

CityPASS – This site offers you the option to see the best attractions in 12 North American destinations (Including Toronto) at an already discounted price up to 50% off!!! The best part is that with their tickets you can skip many of the ticket lines so that you have more time to spend actually visiting the city attractions.

LILLEbaby Carrier – This amazing carrier allows you to carry your baby in 6 different positions  while providing to both you and your baby comfort and the proper support (Lumbar and neck support). It also features a temperature control panel that you can easily zip up for warmth and zip down for a cooler effect thanks to a 3D breathable mesh.

Absolutely our favourite item to bring to every trip, being that a day trip or a long vacation. Oh and did we mentioned that it’s machine washable? I mean really!!!

UPPAbaby VISTA Stroller – This stroller has an amazingly big storage basket (one of the biggest in the market) which is perfect for a grocery run or to hold your all-in-one-shot-Christmas-shopping trip.

What we love the most about this stroller is that it adapts to the size of your family with ease. From first time parents like us to third time ones  you’re covered with it!

Britax Boulevard Car seat –  One of our main concern was to be able to install the car seat properly, because we know that if installed incorrectly it can be very dangerous if not fatal. Believe it or not 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly, so you can understand our big concern. With their Click Tight Installation System Britax has made installing the car seat not only safe  but also easy. And this is only one of the amazing features this car seat offers.

GB Qbit LTE Travel Stroller – Believe it or not this stroller folds into a very compact cube, making itself the perfect travel companion. This is a great alternative to a regular stroller when it comes to travelling. We purchased it before our trip to Mexico and we were very pleased with the agility, ease in folding it and weight. It also comes with a travel bag so you can place the stroller in it while flying and prevents the stroller to get super dirty in the process.

 

Our Travel Checklists Travel tips are found here:

Travel with a Newborn

Travel with a 6 month old

Travel with a Toddler

Travelling and Pumping

 

Take Care of Yourself

OnlineGym4me – We all know it’s hard to get your body back in shape after a pregnancy but if you could do it from the comfort of your own home, whenever you want and for FREE why wouldn’t you?(See more details and get code to join for FREE)

Lanolin Cream – It’s no news that we love Lansinoh products. We couldn’t have survived nursing without their cream! (Read more about it here)

Sephora – We all know that time is limited with kids but that doesn’t mean we have to completely forget ourselves. So why not compromise and save time by ordering our favorite beauty products online so we can still look pretty while taking care of our little ones.

Julep – We love this option too!!! It’s a beauty box delivered at your doorstep once a month or when you wish to receive it with guaranteed FREE shipment and fresh new options to choose from every month. This is so much fun!

Take care of Mama  Challenge – We are very proud of this post and believe it’s a great way to help our fellow mamas take care of themselves. This fun 5 steps challenge is designed to provide you with the  right tools to think and care about YOU

Our posts related to Taking Care of Yourself:

5 Way To Reconnect With Your Spouse After Kids

All you need is LUB

What Kind of Mama Are You?

3 Truths about Postpartum –

Me VS Perfect Mama –

SOS Parenting without help –

I am “just” a Mom –

Take Care of Yourself Mama –

 

Take care of  Your Baby

Beloved 360 toothbrush – This toothbrush is designed so that no matter which way you hold it, it won’t hurt your little one’s gums thanks to its 360*  bristles (See Review and Discount code)

Aleva Naturals Soothing Diaper Cream – Another great product that helped us in so many occasions (Here’s our review)

Little Passports – Ok this is for a bit older kids as it starts from age 3, but we absolutely fell in love with this idea!!! The way it works is very easy: First you choose the subscription plan that fits your child’s age. Second your monthly package arrives full of souvenirs, activities and more. Third you start exploring and sparking your little explorer’s imagination while helping them learn about the world. We think it’s absolutely genius!!!

Frecklebox – Ok Don’t you love personalized things? We think that they make the perfect gift and the options they offer here are just so cute! From Puzzles to coloring books they have a great variety you can choose from. Take a look and tell us what you think!

FINN + EMMA, LLC – They have such a cute selection of outfits and toys for the little ones. They’re just adorable!!!!

New! From Finn + Emma

Daycare – Worried about the day you’ll have to share your little one with others and go back to work? With this you’ll do it with the confidence in mind that at least you provided the best option to your little one and that he/she will be well taken care of. You’ll find in this post all you need to ask to the Childcare providers + a FREE printable list of questions to carry with you at the interview!

More posts on Taking Care of Your Baby:

3 Key Values We want Our child to learn

Inside a daddy’s brain to help other dads dealing with a newborn –

5 ways to have fun with your 1 year old –

10 Ways New Dads can help the New Mamas with Baby –

Letter to my child –

Lansinoh Baby Wipes Review

 

Breastfeeding/Pumping

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump – If we had to make a choice and suggest only  one single product to our dear mamas this would definitely be the one. For both of us this was THE item that saved both our boobs and sanity!!! We tried different pumps but this is hands down the pump you want especially if it’s for the long run. Efficient, compact and portable. This pump is absolutely the best friend of the Pumping Mamas.

Lansinoh – This brand offers a variety of product for your boobs.  So we’ll add the links to the actual reviews we’ve don for each one because it would be a bit too long to provide a description for each one of them here.

Aleva Naturals – This brand like Lansinoh offers a variety of products for new moms, but what we really love about this company are the portable size multipurpose wipes and their diaper cream.

Our Breastfeeding and Pumping Posts:

Medela Booth at the Baby Time Show

Lansinoh Soothies Review

What’s New in the Aleva Naturals World

Aleva Naturals: Pacifier and Toy Wipes

Lansinoh® Thera°Pearl® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Packs review –

My true feelings about breastfeeding –

My BRA is my BFF and my worst enemy –

Pumping the life out of you –

Don’t cry over spilled milk –

The Leak embarrassment –

Lansinoh Pumping Bra: Your pumping breast friend! –

Lansinoh Lanolin cream for my sore nipples –

BetterBump: A Healthy Snack through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

 

Diaper Bag

Diaper Bag Essentials for Newborns – In this post we share all the valuable details of what goes in the first diaper bag you need to carry. It includes a FREE printable checklist and an Amazon page with all our favourite items. This should give you the confidence of walking out the door with all you need to take care of your little one. After a while you will get the hang of it, so we decided to provide only a list for the New Mamas.

 

Helpful Books and Apps

Mighty Colossus App – This app allows you to create a book from scratch using their characters or uploading your own images. We tried it and think it’s pretty cool! (Here’s our story)

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood – In this Book, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior analyzes the many ways in which children reshape their parents’ lives. Their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self are put to the test. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today’s mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

 

This page is meant for you Mamas out there that like us felt Motherhood is tough and very confusing. We put a lot of effort and research into this page so you don’t have to. We will continue to do so and add valuable information and will send you emails once we do.

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Last Revised: May 2017

*Desperate Mamas is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.ca and/or amazon.com.

*Please be advised that some of the links provided are affiliate links and we do receive a commission if you make a purchase using those links.  This does not cost you any extra and it does not affect our opinion. Everything you see in this page is here because we believe it could impact you in a positive way.  We very much appreciate your support of this blog in doing so.

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36 comments

    1. She’s right. The best thing about Ebates is that you combine the promos the sites offer with the cash back. The way we see it is that if you purchase online anyway why not get something back

  1. These are all really great! I use Ebates and it really does save a TON of money! I know one thing important for expecting moms is to look into a free breast pump through their insurance.

    1. That’s true. Thanks for the tips we should definitely add a note about that. Pumps could be expensive so if the insurance covers for it, it would really help

  2. THis is a very large list of some great resources! The crazy things about kids is what works welll for one doesn’t the other. Some of the stuff I loved using with my son was not something my daughter liked. So funny.

    1. We noticed as well since our two little ones are so close in age we were able to compare and see the differences.

  3. This is an awesome roundup of just about every resource for every need I could think of when it comes to moms and kids! I love the clear amount of effort and thought you put into this post and I will certainly send a link to my preggo friend!

  4. You are right, when we become new mommas, we tend to find a product or service and just really love it so much we stick with it. I always recommend what I loved.

    1. It’s free to use and we downloaded the app so we can purchase directly from our phones. It’s super easy to use

    1. Hi Angela, please take a moment to read the “How we conceived our miracle baby” article. I went through the same thing and to find support during the journey is very important. And if you ever need some help please DM me. My name is Angela as well so it will be easy for you to remember. I wish you all the luck in the world and that this journey will be filled with great memories. I mean it with all my heart

  5. There will be a lot of things that will surprise you once your new bundle of joy arrives! I think this makes an awesome guide for the new moms out there who are clueless about what’s going to happen.

  6. wow this post must have taken a lot of time and effort to put all those links in!! I LOVE the idea about the travel kit that is delivered every month to learn about the world! My nephew is still a lil too young for this but I will for sure be getting him some sort of monthly treat!

    1. We will post more about that explaining in more details. We absolutely fell in love with the idea when we first saw it

  7. This is a great comprehensive list of all that you have posted and love. Perfect. There is so much to learn about each of these subjects. I love that you have a post about 5 ways for moms to take care of themselves. That is so often overlooked!

  8. This is a great list that covers EVERYTHING! I wish I spent more time looking at lists like this when I was pregnant with my first daughter nine years ago!

    1. We really hope to bring as much support as possible to all new mamas. We didn’t find this kind of support either, which is exactly why we put so much effort into it.

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