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Birth Announcement App
BellySnaps lets you announce your birth stylishly and in just seconds. This mobile app for iPhones has trendy graphics that you can customize to announce your birth, reveal the gender of your baby, and then give weekly or monthly play-by-plays of your bump’s growth. It’s a great way to keep friends and family that may not live near by updated on your pregnancy.
Just snap a photo or upload from your photo library, select a category, select a template, adjust placement and share. ($0.99)
birth announcement, app, pregnancy, bellysnaps
Come Out of Hiding
It’s tempting to stay indoors with a newborn for fear that the second you head out in public your babe will wantto dine. While many mothers are comfortable breastfeeding in public, those who aren’t can rejoice in The Hideout. Created by the Canadian company Baby Boomba, The Hideout is a fashionable and easy way to discreetly cover your newborn while she feeds.
The breastfeeding cover is 100 percent natural, made with breathable biodegradable bamboo fabric (one side is knit and the other is fleece). It even doubles as a blanket when baby wants to take a nap after she’s full.
nursing cover, breastfeeding, hideout, baby boomba, canadian, bamboo, natural
Morning sickness can make it impossible to focus on anything else in your day. Crackers have long been the dietary staple for moms-to-be who can’t bear the thought of food and now there’s a cracker that can make you feel even better. Mother’s Tranquil Tummy mixes the dry, easy to digest element of crackers with the soothing benefits of ginger root. Ginger is a powerful digestive aid that reduces spasms in the stomach and helps move food through the digestive tract. The result is a food moms-to-be will actually want to eat, that will also leave them feeling better.
morning sickness, pregnancy, tranquil tummy, mother, crackers
Skincare to Prevent Stretch Marks
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion and Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks contain pure cocoa butter, collagen and vitamin E and can be used pre- and post-pregnancy. At six months pregnant, JTFB co-founder Sydney Loney ran out of her regular stretch mark cream and gave Palmer's a try–and she's glad she did. Her old cream was good, but greasy, and it left marks on her maternity clothes. Both Palmer's lotion and tummy butter have a light, silky texture, subtle scent, and sink into your skin instead of your shirt. But do they work? Well...Sydney is nearing the end of her pregnancy with nary a stretch mark in sight! palmersworks.com
Safe Mom and Baby Bath Products
Looking for safe, natural products for you and your little one? The Mama Moisturizer Stick is only the latest in a long line of healthy lotions and potions from Breathe Natural Bath and Body Products. The Canadian company was launched last year by Jill Breugem, who began making her own natural products for friends and family as a hobby. "I'm a mom first and wanted to make sure my family was using products that were gentle, safe and better for the environment," she says. Made with natural ingredients and essential oils (no synthetic fragrances, colors, phthalates or parabens here), you'll find everything from Baby Oil and Baby Wash to our favorite, the Baby Bottom Salve, which is great for diaper rash and dry skin. There are lots of great products for moms too, including the new Mama Moisturizer Stick with cocoa butter and Vitamin E, guaranteed to soothe your skin even if you're not expecting. www.breathenatural.com