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Must have baby essentials for a second-time mom

Do I Really Need More Stuff?

Oh, I bet the first time around you took the time to read and invest in all the baby stuff/gear you thought you’d need, but some items you never used..

The second time around you are more likely to invest in things that are essential must-haves and made your life easier during your first-born.
All those things you actually put to good use.

Granted, once you’ve had a child, you don’t need quite as much the second time around, that’s if you actually had additional space to save it all.
In my case I got rid of everything because of lack of space, also being an expat means additional load when moving homes.

On the other hand, if you have all the basics taken care of, now may be a great time to invest in some of those “extra” things that you know will make life easier as a mother of more than one child.
Here’s my list of top 5 must haves for a second-time mum:

#1 Baby Carrier or Wrap

First time around it was easier with just having to take care of one. Now with two in tow you’ve got to care for a new born and take care of a toddler/preschooler that means trying to get school pick-ups, lunches, homework and playtime all with a new born in hand.
I Recommend Ergobaby aura wrap or Ergobaby 360


#2 Bedside crib

This helps make those late-night feeds easier especially when you’re going to be sleep deprived most of the time. For my first born I had a crib and realized I kept waking up for feeds and in between to check if he was ok. Finally, we removed one railing and joined it to our bed.
I Recommend chicco next to me or https://www.justkidding-me.com/childhome-bedside-crib This will also help keep your baby safe when your first born decides to climb into your bed or needs additional attention when sick.

 


#3 High-Quality Breast Pump

If for some reason you don’t have one already it’s worth the investment especially if your planning to breastfeed your little one and go back to work or you’re a stay at home mum.

I Recommend Madela freestyler it comes fully loaded with everything you’ll need for double/single pumping, whether you’re at home or on the go. Its adjustable suction strength, backlit digital display and rechargeable battery are a winner.


#4 Car seat

Ah yes now you’re going to have not one but two car seats. My first born had a Britax first class car seat that we used right up till he was 2yrs and had to invest in another car seat. I would recommend getting one that grows with your child, it is more economical and avoids the hassle of having to buy another one in a year.
I Recommend Chicco nextfit ix zip you can unzip and clean the cover and it grows with your baby.


#5 Swaddle wraps, nursing cover and burp cloths

Swaddle wraps makes swaddling so much easier especially when you have a wriggly one. First time around we used swaddle cloths and within seconds my little one had wrestled and freed his tiny self. The stretch light fabric and Velcro flaps makes it easier to use. I recommend investing in a swaddle that can be used as the baby grows, has an easy access to change diaper while the baby is sleeping and extra legs space.
I Recommend Ergo swaddle or Swaddle me


Author: Amanda Dias

The Bond That Breastfeeding Created

I am a nursing mother of two young children, my eldest daughter has just turned two and my youngest is two months old. My journey to this point has been full of joy, determination, sleepless nights and long warm milky cuddles.
When you fall pregnant for the first time, there are so many things that you think about. Boy or girl, breast or bottle, natural or c-section. It’s a lot to take in, it is overwhelming and as moms it is us and only us that can decide on what we feel is best for our children. I chose to breastfeed, no one forced me, and it is a decision I made after doing tons of research and asking other moms what worked for them.
When Leila, my eldest daughter was born, she latched onto my breast just a few minutes after birth. It was a special moment and I knew from the very beginning that I had made the right choice. Within the first two weeks I endured cracked, bleeding nipples, mastitis and horrible fevers. So many times I just wanted to give up and give her a bottle. I experienced low milk supply and had to take supplements to increase it so that I could maintain enough milk to keep her fed. Although, there are breast pumps available in the market to produce more milkI was determined to continue and as time went on, it got easier and the bond between me and my daughter was unbreakable.


I was told by so many people that I should not be nursing my toddler while I was pregnant with my second daughter, but I chose to listen to by body and continued under the supervision of my doctor. In fact, because I continued breastfeeding during my pregnancy I did not have any problems with feeding my newborn; it was a smooth and easy transition. It was my plan to stop breastfeeding Leila when Luna was born because I was scared that I would not produce enough, or the right consistency of milk for my newborn, but a very wise lactation consultant assured me that I would still be able to continue feeding both girls and that my body would provide for each of their needs individually.
I truly believe that breastfeeding is nature’s way of showing us how amazing a mom really is. It is truly wonderful to know that my body has the ability to create life, give life and nourish life. Wherever your journey with your children takes you, may it be magical.

Returning to work while breastfeeding

Returning To Work While Breastfeeding

Just as you’re getting used to being at home with your baby, it’s time to go back to work. Leaving your little one while you return to the workforce can be a daunting prospect. There’s mummy guilt, separation anxiety and a multitude of logistics to consider… and then you throw breastfeeding into the mix. How is that going to work when you and bub are apart for nine hours a day? Well, it has its challenges but it certainly is possible. We caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic to get her 12 tips for returning to work while breastfeeding. Here’s what she had to say…

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benefits of extended breastfeeding

6 Benefits of Extended Breastfeeding

While there is no strict definition of when breastfeeding becomes ‘extended’, the term is commonly used to refer to babies who are breastfed beyond a year. If it’s a route you’re planning to take you’re in good company as many famous mums, including Salma Hayak and Gisele Bundchen have practiced extended breastfeeding, and the science world also gives it a big thumbs up, thanks to the numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits. To get the lowdown on the benefits of extended breastfeeding we talked to Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai. Here’s what she had to say…

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7 Tips To Increase Milk Supply

How can I increase my milk supply? It’s a question that most breastfeeding mothers will have asked themselves at one point or another. The good news is that for most women there is absolutely nothing wrong with your ability to produce enough milk. That’s not to say you won’t face issues, but these difficulties can usually be attributed to other factors such as bad latch, scheduled feeding and the amount you pump. Fortunately there are ways to rectify any problems that may arise. We caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to get her top tips on how to increase milk supply.

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Breastfeeding Strike: 13 Survival Tips

Breastfeeding strike. Two words that will send a shiver down the spine of any nursing mother. I had my first taster when Baby Boo was just four months old and she abruptly refused the breast for four days straight. I felt devastated, rejected and powerless all at the same time and it was only made worse as I preserved and she fought off my attempts with all the determination of a picket line protester. Eventually she latched on again and I breathed a sigh of relief. This got me thinking about all those mamas out there going through a similar experience, so I sat down with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to get her top tips on what to do if your baby is refusing the breast.

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Progammes to watching while breastfeeding

Breast-flixing: TV shows to watch while breastfeeding

Netflix landed in the UAE earlier this year, which is great news for breastfeeding mamas who find themselves confined to the couch for extended periods. Of course, breastfeeding is a perfect time to bond with your little cherub, but as most babies feed eight to 12 times a day, for between 20 and 40 minutes at a time, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gaze lovingly at your newborn, while also ‘breast-flixing’ (as it is now termed). So, to get you started here’s our pick of the best TV shows to watch while breastfeeding. Prepare to stream…

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is your baby getting enough breast milk

Breastfeeding: Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Most mums will be nodding their heads knowingly at this one, as a fear that your breastfeeding baby isn’t getting enough milk is a very common anxiety for new mums. After all, you want to make sure that your baby’s getting all the nourishment she needs from you breast milk and, well, as you can’t actually see how much she’s swallowing, it can feel as though you’re flying blind. However, there are a few fool-proof ways to tell if your baby is breastfeeding well and I asked Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to talk me through them. Here’s what she had to say…

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Returning to work while breastfeeding

10 Fascinating Facts About Breast Milk

I recently reached the six-month mark in my breastfeeding journey. It was a big day because there was a time when I didn’t think I would make six days. Somewhere between sleep deprivation, a bout of mastitis and a tongue-tied infant, I almost gave up a number of times. Fortunately I persevered and I’m so thankful that I did. From those middle-of-the-night feeds, when it felt as though Baby Boo and I were literally the only people in the world, to those special moments when she paused mid way to smile at me, I feel truly privileged to have experienced this relationship with her. But it’s not just the sense of bonding that I’ve found enchanting. From its ability to treat eye infections to being a new mum’s miracle calorie burner, breast milk really is magical. So, in honour of World Breastfeeding Week, I’ve put together a list the colossal benefits, and a few quirky facts, I’ve discovered about mother’s milk. Continue reading

signs your baby is tongue tied

Tongue Ties – 5 Things You Need To Know

I’m just going to throw this out there. My first breastfeeding experience wasn’t magical. I was tired, in pain, drugged up, numb from the waist down and suddenly my baby was placed on my chest and I was told to nurse her. I put her straight on the breast and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, while she knew how to suck, she didn’t know how to latch (turns out there’s a knack to it) and two days later she was looking rather jaundiced and I was yelping in pain.

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