On Breastfeeding Support & Daphne Oz’s Partnership with Bravado Designs & Medela…

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The first few months after both my sons were born are a bit foggy but some moments are so significant, I recall them as vividly as if they happened this morning.

Breastfeeding was unexpectedly one the happiest times for me as a new mom. Even after forty weeks, birth felt so abrupt. How could my babies go from being inside, literally connected to me, to outside the womb, into other people’s arms, dressed in frilly clothes, and swaddled in their bassinets? Breastfeeding helped me continue that bodily connection to my sons and help ease them into life outside and off my body. I will always look back fondly on that brief time in our lives.

While breastfeeding is certainly natural, it isn’t always instinctual and can be challenging (or altogether impossible) for numerous reasons. Having support from my doctor, doula, the nurses in the hospital, and my husband and family, made all the difference in helping me get through the rough patches in my breastfeeding journey and stick with it. Having access to good information and comfortable, efficient breastfeeding tools like a hands-free breast pump and nursing wear, were also invaluable.

One of the few aspects I like about celebrity baby culture, is the candor with which so many celeb moms speak about their approach to parenthood and breastfeeding challenges. Motherhood is the great equalizer.

Daphne Oz, daughter of talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and co-host of The Chew, gave birth to her daughter Philomena seven months ago and has been open about her breastfeeding challenges and how much her support systems has meant to her. She’s always come across very down to Earth. I’ve watched her on The Chew and she’s very forthcoming about weight loss and appears to genuinely be striving to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle like the rest of us, which is pretty much the only celeb advice I tolerate.

Oz recently partnered with two of my favorite baby brands, Bravado Designs and Medela, to donate $128,500 worth of Bravado nursing bras and Medela breastpumps to the charity Baby Buggy to benefit mothers in need.

I’ve worked with Bravado and Baby Buggy on several occasions and the assistance they provide for hundreds of thousands of families is incredible. Together, they’ve provided over a million dollars in product donations.

Oz said that she loves being “able to play a role in giving that joy and support” to the moms the initiative is helping. I do too.

Budsies | Custom Plus Toys

Monica Shulman is a photographer and the author of Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog. She lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter and infant son.

My girl is officially big – or so she tells me. The other night, on the eve of her first day of pre-K, I cuddled her tight and said “Please stay little for a short while longer. Please don’t grow up so fast.” and my wise girl looked at me and said “I have to grow up sometime, mommy, everyone does. Don’t they?” my point exactly! Please stay little a little longer!

Her interests seem to change from month to month but one thing she always reaches for every day is her box of colored pencils and markers. The girl loves to make art and we basically made every craft, collage and painting possible this summer. We used all sorts of materials and she had a great time thinking of ways to incorporate different things into our projects. Earlier this summer we decided to organize some of her work in a folder that we will put in book at the end of the year. I asked her what her favorite picture was and it was a no-brainer. Last year in nursery school her class made self-portraits for an art project and we promptly hung hers on her bedroom wall. I’ve been looking for a way to remember this time in her young life aside from making photo books (one of my favorite pastimes) and that’s when Budsies came into the picture.

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Back-to-School Fashion Trends {& a Target Gift Card Giveaway!}

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Last month we headed to Target to shop for this season’s hottest back-to-school trends and must-have products. With my big boy starting kindergarten this week and the little guy beginning nursery school the following week, we made one more run to check out the latest back-to-school fashion trends.

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FREE Motorola Color Video Monitor Promo at Babies”R”Us

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September is National Baby Safety Month and to celebrate, Babies”R”Us has teamed up with Motorola to offer shoppers an incredible deal:

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Glam Baby Gear | Britax Affinity Stroller {& Giveaway}

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Vimbly | Things To Do In NYC With Kids

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My cousin Alex is interning this summer with the new booking service, Vimbly. It’s like Opentable but instead of restaurant reservations, you can browse, compare pricing, and book activities in NYC (and quite a few other metropolitan areas).

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#RBabyRocks | R Baby Foundation’s “Rockin’ to Save Babies’ Lives” Benefit Concert

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New Pampers Wipes Designs {& Giveaway}

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Last year I took a trip to P&G’s headquarters in Cincinnati with the Pampers Baby Board, a group of online moms and dads committed to happy, healthy families. You may have seen me geeking out over vintage beauty products on Insta or eating my way through Cincy on Facebook.

Not only was the trip a blast but I learned a lot about the manufacturing of diapers and toured Pampers laboratories hearing first hand from the scientists and engineers that devote their careers to ensuring Pampers products are safe, comfortable, and effective. It’s quite an operation and I left feeling very secure in my decision to be a Pampers family and recommend the brand.

While meeting with P&G executives, the Baby Board was given the opportunity to choose 3 stylish new Pampers Wipes designs and they’re launching this month! You’ll see 9 new packaging designs total, 3 of which I had a direct hand in choosing. How cool is that?! Those are the designs above.

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Glam Baby Gear | Maxi-Cosi Bohemian Blue Collection

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The list of stroller and car seat options and fabrics is a mile long but rarely do we see a gorgeous print like Maxi-Cosi’s new special edition Bohemian Blue Collection.

Billed as “fashionable baby gear products for the free spirited,” the playful and colorful Maxi-Cosi Bohemian Blue Collection is inspired by hand-crafted items. The striped fabric is available on Maxi-Cosi’s popular Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat, Mico AP Infant Car Seat, and Kaia Stroller retailing for $225-$275.

We received a Maxi-Cosi Kaia lightweight stroller in Bohemian Blue for review and it’s definitely a scene-stealer:

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Back-to-School Trends {& a Target Gift Card Giveaway}

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When I think back to the start of each new school year growing up, the aroma of new school supplies and pristine leather shoes comes to mind. Uncertainty countered by excitement. My mom usually took us on two trips to prepare for the new year: one to buy the requisite school supplies and another to the shoe store in the village we lived to acquire a new pair of black or brown shoes (I wore a uniform throughout my early education).

Sebastian is starting Kindergarten this year and for the next almost two decades, back-to-school will again be a very important time in my life filled with the same anticipation and trepidation. Do you remember when Sebastian started nursery school? It feels like just yesterday but now a bus will be coming to take him to school for half the day.

I don’t know for sure what the transition will bring but we’ve been talking a lot about it and now that August is nearing, we got a jump on back-to-school shopping at Target, which has gotten this little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-obsessed shopper very eager for the new school year. He loved picking out his own supplies from the enormous selection and I of course love the unbeatable value and overall shopping experience. I was even able to kill two birds with one stone and get some grocery shopping done:

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