• Allergy Tips & Tricks

    How to use an EpiPen

    Allergies are no joke. My little one has a peanut, egg, and dairy allergy. Knowing how to use an EpiPen is necessary. I have taught many family members and friends how to use an EpiPen. Teaching them myself has eased some of my anxieties, especially if they are watching my LO. It is vital to know how to use an EpiPen properly. Below I will explain how to use one with a diagram and a short video at the end. After reading this you will confidently know to to use one!   When should I use an EpiPen? They are used for severe life threatening allergic reactions!  Swollen tongue or…

  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding FAQs

    Breastfeeding isn’t easy, not everyone can hook baby right on with no difficulties. Everyone’s breastfeeding journey is different. Some people have supply issues and some babies just won’t latch. Seeing a lactation specialist can help with these issues. Sometimes breastfeeding isn’t for everyone, don’t beat yourself up. If your baby got ANY breast milk that is great, but it isn’t going to make or break your baby. Anyway – let’s get down to some basics, and I mean the basics. Below you can find common questions asked by moms. Like I mentioned before, everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different. **Please read  the disclaimer** **This post contains affiliate links this helps run…

  • Breastfeeding

    The Secret to a Good Latch

      Wondering how to latch your baby? Not sure if you are latching your baby correctly? Well look no further, this post will give you the information you need to begin. Breastfeeding does not come as naturally as many would assume. Below we will go over how to latch baby properly and with time you will become comfortable at it! Just remember  everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different, no two experiences are the same. I am here to support you as you begin your breastfeeding journey. **This post contains affiliate links to help me run my blog, they do not cost you more if you where to purchase something through my…

  • Breastfeeding

    4 Common Breastfeeding Positions

    Breastfeeding positions used by every mom! Breastfeeding can be difficult or awkward at first. You’ll need to experiment with different positions until you are comfortable.  Below we will go over the four most common breastfeeding positions used by every mom. Quick tip 1! Rotate positions, get comfortable with all of them. Think about it, if every time you are using the cross cradle hold on side of your nipple is being used over and over again (same with the ducts!). If you rotate with a different positions each time you are less likely to have engorgement (more rotate, different ducts being drained) and nipple irritation Quick tip 2! If you…

  • Cloth Diapering 101

    How to Wash Cloth Diapers

      Oh boy, this dreaded topic! People are always asking me how I wash my cloth diapers? With so many different answers out there it must be overwhelming. In this post I will break down how I wash my cloth diapers.  Update: I have been using this same method for over a year with no problems! Let me start off with saying you really don’t need the specialized cloth diaper detergents. You must be thinking I am nuts. No really, you don’t need it (if you are using it with success, ignore me, do what works for YOU). One it is expensive and why have special detergent that you only…

  • Preparing for Baby

    How long does labor last?

    This is a common question I get when my patients walk onto the unit. My usually response, not getting into details, is “It really depends on your body. Everyone is different. No labor is the same. Labor generally lasts from 12-30+ hours.” The 30+ hours usually scares people, but hey, where would I be if I lied to you? I say 30+ because hey, sometimes it happens. I will sum up each labor stage and explain what goes on in each stage. This post contains affiliate links, this helps me run my blog. Please read the disclaimer.  First Stage The first stage is the onset of true labor until the…

  • Preparing for Baby

    Dilation Visual!

    Ever wonder how much you need to dilate before delivery? A nifty  dilation guide showing how much you need to dilate through common objects. You can get the gist of how much your cervix needs to dilate before delivery. It is hard work, but totally worth it at the end! Believe me. Of course this is just a comparison and not exact dilation. This post contains affiliate links, this helps me run my blog. Questions? Comments? Feel free to comment below or email mamaelyfant@gmail.com

  • Cloth Diapering 101

    What You Need for Cloth Diapering

    How many diapers will I need? Needs honestly vary, but you need about 24 diapers minimum. I own 36 pocket diapers (various brands) and a few fitteds. I find that having 24+ allows you to rotate through them. More rotation, the less wear and tear they get. Now 24+ diapers means something different to a prefold or flat mama. This means 2-4 dozen  prefolds (or flats) in various sizes (again needs differ, .i.e. how often will you be doing laundry).  You’ll need about 8-10 OS covers, or 8-10 covers per size. Remember that covers are reusable with flats, prefolds, and fitteds. What am I talking about flats, prefolds, covers, pocket…

  • Cloth Diapering 101

    What Types of Cloth Diapers Are There?

    So you want to cloth diaper? I bet your first thought was, “Holy crap where do I start?” There is so much out there with cloth diapering that it is a bit overwhelming. I don’t know how many times I searched “differences between this and that diaper”. Well, I am going to go over every single type of cloth diaper. First Let’s Go Over Some Lingo PUL – It is a type of  of laminated fabric. PUL stands for Polyurethane Laminate. It is the water proof fabric part of a diaper. Snappi – A snappi is a fastener that holds flats or prefolds together. It replaces the old fashion pin.…