Yesterday was my little C’s first birthday. Hard to believe it’s been a year already. I know everybody says that it goes by fast, but wow, it goes by so fast. Of course, this past weekend I thought back a lot to the labor and birth. It was a crazy ride, but so worth it in the end. (You can read the epic long tale here, if you like.)
In honor of my daughter’s first birthday and my first year being a mom, I thought I would share some of my favorite “natural mama” stuff. These are the things that I thought were essential during my pregnancy and throughout this first year.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
I love this book. Seriously, love it. I love reading the birth stories of so many different women. I love the honesty, the awe, and the challenges of birth. I love Ina May’s perspective and guide to handling birth. Read it.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding
No surprise that I also loved this book. For any woman who hopes to breastfeed, read this book. Again, I found the personal stories so empowering. It helped me get a handle on things and realize that there is no “one way” things work. It helped ease a lot of fears and concerns and has a lot of great information to boot.
Every woman is different, and every baby is different, but this thing was a lifesaver for me. C has never been a snuggley baby. Other than those first couple of weeks, she has only ever fallen asleep in my arms twice. TWO TIMES. But for the first 4 -5 months she would easly fall asleep if I wrapped her in the moby. This helped so much at church and when my husband and I wanted to go out.
At first glance the wrap can seem a bit “complicated” but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it. Sadly, around 5 months C wanted nothing to do with it because she was too busy wanting to move on her own, but it was priceless those first few months… So much so that we bought two to make sure we always had one on hand.
I really love this book. You can read some of my thoughts about it over at this post. We were a little more specific about the foods we gave C (we don’t do grains for her yet because she is really sensitive to them), but the philosophy and principles behind BLW is awesome. I love not having to puree my own food (or waste money on processed food). But more importantly, I loved seeing her explore her food, develop her fine motor skills, and discover a love for a variety of flavors and textures. Love, love, love this method!
If you’ve been around this blog for a while you know my feelings on toxic-free living. This definitely is true when it comes to our baby products. These are a few my favorite “all natural” things we use:
Redmond Clay Baby Powder: Seriously the best stuff around. We luckily have only had to deal with diaper rash once, but it made me so sad when it happened (C was probably 10 months). I had heard that this stuff was great and it is! It instantly relieved C the moment I shook some on her. And the rash cleared up by the next diaper change. I love that it’s completely natural, too.
Coconut Oil: This is our baby lotion. It’s effective, has no toxic elements, has nutritional value that gets absorbed into the skin, and it smells fantastic.
Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Pure Castille Soap: Usually I use only water on C in the bath unless she’s particularly dirty. Then I use some of this soap diluted with water. Again, all natural and baby-safe unlike some other baby products with known carcinogens in them!
Tell me, what have been your essential natural baby/pregnancy stuff?