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The Nursing Mama’s Best Friend

The Nursing Mama’s Best Friend

There are a lot of things to love about breastfeeding, but one thing I didn’t particularly care for was just how much time I spent doing it at the beginning. A fellow Stroller Strides mama is expecting her second baby any day. I wanted to give her something I knew she would use. I remembered how much I loved having some essentials close at hand, like a glass of water and lip balm,  when I was in the middle of a marathon nursing session with my own newborn, so I whipped up this little breastfeeding nursing basket for her.

breastfeeding nursing basket

Here’s what I included in the breastfeeding nursing basket:

  • a set of 3 burp cloths (handmade by me), perfect for wiping up spit-up, milk dribbles, and leaky boobs
  • newborn Gumdrop pacifiers, for replacing baby’s human pacifier when he falls asleep nursing
  • hand sanitizer, to keep germs at bay
  • Lansinoh lanolin, because it heals everything from cracked nipples and chapped lips to baby’s dry skin
  • a few Luna bars, because you’ve never known hunger like the hunger you experience at 3 am nursing a newborn
  • EOS lip balm, because nothing dries you out like nursing
  • hand lotion, see above
  • Mason jar tumbler (literally a Mason jar plus a Sip and Straw lid from Ball), since hydration is so important for keeping up a strong milk supply

As long as she has her iPhone handy, she should be all set for cluster feeding!

breastfeeding nursing basket

This basket was fun to put together; it might become my go-to baby shower gift. For a first time mom, I would also add a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, both of which are fantastic resources for any just about any breastfeeding issues you might come across.

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A Birthday Crown

A Birthday Crown

I whipped up this DIY felt birthday crown last week. It’s for a little boy, G, who’s turning one soon and celebrating with a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party.

felt birthday crown

The pattern is from Amanda Soule’s The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections and it’s a very quick project. Wool felt is always so much fun to work with, and I love the way this turned out.

There’s a bit of elastic in the back, so the crown should fit for many more birthdays.

Next up: a birthday crown for my own soon-to-be one-year-old.