What They Didn't Tell Me About Having Babies In The NICU
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This post is sponsored by BlueSmart mia. All opinions are 100% my own.
My twins were born early. They were born at 34 weeks. I remember when I went in that day. I was having a Non-Stress Test (NST) done and I spent all day being monitored and ended up having my babies that night. I am so glad I am a planner and said "I will pack my bags in the car, just in case." My thought was, if I packed them, I wouldn't need them and if I didn't I would… Well, we see how that turned out.
Because my twins were born early, they ended up needing a stay in the NICU. Thankfully my twins were only there for 16 days. They had a roommate who was born at 28 weeks, so every day I was reminded how lucky we were to only be there for 16 days.
There are few things nobody tells you about having a NICU baby. First, you will cry buckets and feel like someone is ripping out your heart on the day you have to check out of the hospital without your baby(ies). I thought I had a grip on it and would be okay. After all, my twins were doing pretty well. But the morning that I was to check out I just started crying. And I am not a crier guy. I think I went through 3 boxes of tissues. And my poor husband. He was really trying to comfort me “it won’t be that long” or “you will get to see them every day” and yet I still burst into tears on him. Poor guy.
They don’t tell you that you will be torn with guilt. Mine was that I couldn’t be at the hospital all day and all night. I had The Goof at home. At the time he was almost 5, and I felt like if I was at the hospital, I was robbing him of his time with me, but even more so with my husband. We would go to the hospital most days after my husband got off work and family would be watching him. We often came home after he was asleep in bed. We did take a few nights where we came home early from the hospital so we could spend time with him, but then I felt guilty that I was not there to do the babies feedings.
Nobody told me that when it was finally time to bring my babies home, I would be sad to say goodbye to the nurses that had taken care of them. These nurses had watched over my babies when I couldn’t and had fed them, changed their diapers, and sent me emails about how they were doing every single morning. They found me the most comfortable recliner to bring in to the babies room so I could take naps between feedings and gave me encouragement when I hated my pump.
With all that, nobody told me how the NICU would change how I parent. I wasn’t a first time parent. I had an older son. I don’t remember ever trying to keep track of exactly how much my older son ate or how many diapers he made. I just knew if it was enough. With preemies, and after a NICU stay, you find that these little things are very important to keep track of.
Of course, my husband (bless him) would insist I get out here and there by myself. He would feed the babies, but he wouldn’t remember how much. He must have thought I was crazy because I would get so upset that he hadn’t remembered how much they ate.
I wished there was something that could make this part of my life just a little easier. While there wasn’t for me, there is for anybody who is currently trying to keep track of how much baby eats and when, whether it is for a preemie, twins, or an older child. I just learned about the new BlueSmart mia. It is a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby’s feeding intake and consumption patterns.
Okay, maybe that just sounded like a bunch of techy talk, but I promise, this is really cool. The BlueSmart mia measures and records how much your baby eats, and can notify you in real time via a mobile app. This is awesome when you are away from your little one. I especially like the idea of this for moms that might be pumping and wondering how much baby eats at each feeding, so they know the best way to store their pumped milk, like how many ounces to put in each bag. It connects to Wi-Fi and lets multiple users use the app, and record and view feeding information. The apps journal is perfect for pediatrician visits because it lets you record baby’s milestones and keep them handy in your phone.
One of my twins had trouble eating. One thing that affected his eating was the angle of the bottle. This is another great feature of the BlueSmart mia. It will give suggestions on feeding angles, but it can also alert you to the temperature and even alert you when the milk expires! These are things you think you will realize and remember, but when you are a new mom, you have so many things going on, and mommy brain kind of sets in. Plus it gives you peace of mind when you are away from baby that the care giver won’t feed the baby expired or over heated milk.
The BlueSmart mia just became available and is already making life less stressful for parents. I really wish this had been around when my twins came home from the hospital. You can find the BlueSmart mia at BlueSmartmia.com and Amazon.com. If you use code NEWMIA30 you will get $30 off at checkout.
There are a lot of things you can read about in the baby books, but nothing you read can prepare you for the amount of worrying you will do as a parent. You will worry about how much your baby eats, how much they sleep, and you will over-analyze every diaper that you change. Is it wet enough? Is it supposed to be runny? Should they be sleeping that long? Are they eating plenty? And so much more.
There is nothing wrong with using a little bit of modern technology to help ease that anxiety and stress. I know that I will be putting the BlueSmart mia on my wants list if I have another baby.
Want to know more about how it works? Check out this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5QZlQQTJUg
Be sure to check out BlueSmart mia on facebook and twitter. Will you be putting this on your baby registry? Or maybe there is a new parent this would make the perfect gift for? Let me know what you think of the BlueSmart mia in the comments.
Why Isn't Our Baby Sleeping Through The Night?
If you are worndering "Why isn't our baby sleeping through the night?" you've come to the right place. I had some great sleepers & some not-so-great sleepers. I've learned, by baby #4, that it boils down to a few things that we will talk about today. Today I am teaming up with BlueSmart mia for this sponsored post to share a few of my favorite tips.
My tips to help baby sleep through the night (6 hours, that is!)… Because, as a mom, sleep is always a good thing… even if a full night it is far & few between!
Our kids all woke up every three hours, except for our third son – he slept all night long (over 9 hours) from the day that he was born. Our others woke up often, but once they were around 4-6 months old, I was ready to have them sleep the full 6 hours before waking to eat (midnight-6 am was my perfect sleep stretch!) I even used my BlueSmart mia to be sure that they were eating enough.
I say this because I have four children and I am woken up many times a night- sometimes more than 8-9 times in a night. I cannot be a well-functioning mama if I don’t get a little bit of sleep (seriously). Waking every 30 minutes-1 hour between the baby & our other children was not healthy for me. Plus, waking every 2 hours with the baby used to make me a very sleepy nurser (during a breastfeeding session), which worried me beyond belief.
Plus… I needed our babies to sleep to allow the five others in our family sleep, as well.
Here are a few things that helped us:
1- Feed your baby before bed and know how much you are feeding them. An easy way to track this is by using the BlueSmart mia. It is a high-tech, WiFi-enabled smart sleeve that tracks and analyzes a baby’s feeding intake. It also helps alleviate anxieties surrounding baby feeding by precisely measuring the amount of milk consumed by little ones and alerting parents and caregivers in real-time.
2- Put socks on them. Silly, I know, but there has been research done that has shown that warm feet lead to better sleep.
3- Soft music – Our first son slept so well when he had his music on (it didn’t have words, just instrumental). We just kept a cheap CD player in his room with a lullaby CD playing softly. We did this for a full year before we moved to a sound machine.
4- Dream Feed: I dream fed each of our babies and it helped me to get an extra few hours of sleep.
Dream feeding is when you feed your baby, while they are asleep – just put a bottle or breast to their lips, let them eat until content, gently burp them and lay them back down, without waking them. The BlueSmart mia has a motion sensor that can guide parents and caregivers on the proper angle to feed their little one. This is helpful at night when you want to feed your baby without waking her. (You also want to be sure that you aren’t letting air bubbles in or that will lead to an upset tummy at night, so getting the angle right is key.) I also liked to track the time that I fed them before bed. The BlueSmart mia has a timer that measures how long it takes baby to feed and an expiration alert to inform parents and caregivers when milk should be discarded. It fits most bottles.
5- Once your child is OVER 4 months (many say 6 months now), try rice cereal as a snack before bed. Every one of our pediatricians recommended this to us once our baby got to four months.
Many people believe that formula also helps a baby sleep longer. My sister in law has told me that it just seemed to take a little longer to digest, making it stay in their bellies longer. She also used formula in the evenings.
6- Swaddle them. I swear by our miracle blanket! I used it from the day that I brought them home & they slept much better when using it. It was the only thing to calm our babies!
7- Bananas before bed. One your baby is old enough to eat food, try a little banana before bed… bananas make people sleepy.
8- ROUTINE!! Snack, bath, song, bed- (whatever you choose). Sticking to a routine is a must if you want your baby to sleep!
One Less Thing To Remember
I like to think of myself as a fairly low-key, low-stress parent.
When Ella was born, I felt like I pretty quickly got a handle on caring for a baby and becoming a mom didn't really rock my world.
Of course, I also had no other children, no job, a small apartment, and basically no responsibilities aside from keeping her alive and doing some laundry.
With each additional child, I've gained a whole new appreciation for the concept of "mom brain."
There’s just so much to keep track of!
I've always felt like someone who was really good with details, so it was really disorienting, especially after Star's birth, to start forgetting things or struggling to keep track of all the different things I have going on.
I look back on that first year or two with Ella, and my life was just SO different than it is now.
With this new baby, I won't have all day, every day to focus on her like I did with Ella.
Now, instead of long leisurely days at home, I'm juggling three other children, homeschooling, my blog and associated responsibilities, running the children's organization at church, keeping up with the house responsibilities, and hopefully occasionally doing some things for me, like exercising and reading.
At this stage in my life, I'm definitely looking for tools that make my life easier and reduce the mental energy I have to expend remembering all the things I have going on.
When Star was born, I remember telling Bart, "I have no idea if she's getting enough to eat!" This may or may not have been right after the home-visit nurse came over and asked all sorts of questions about how often she ate and how much she was eating and how I was tracking her weight gain. All of which were questions I lacked the brain cells to answer at all coherently.
So I love the BlueSmart mia, which is a new high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby's eating (I mentioned it to one of my blogging friends at Alt Summit last week, and she was like "I would have KILLED for one of those with my last two babies!")
The BlueSmart mia is a Wi-Fi enabled sleeve that slips over the base of most bottles (which I love, because I currently own about 15 bottles, and I’m not anxious to buy MORE) and precisely measures how much milk your baby has drunk and how long it took them to eat it, plus it has a sensor to make sure the bottle is being held at the right angle.
It also has an alert that lets you know when the milk should be discarded (which means Bart will no longer have to ask about every bottle, "HOW long did you leave this out?" or "How old, exactly, is this milk?").
Since it connects to Wi-Fi, it automatically syncs to the app on your smartphone and lets parents and caregivers track feedings on a daily and long-term basis. And it includes a digital journal so you can mark down other milestones all in one place.
It's perfect if you're worried about your baby's eating patterns, going back to work after your baby is born, or leaving your baby with a caretaker on a regular basis.
You can see it in action in this video (which, warning, will probably make you super baby-hungry. It's a good thing I'm already 39 weeks pregnant).
I have no idea if our current insurance or hospital provides a home nurse visit after this baby is born, but if they DO, I'm prepared to wow the socks off that nurse when she asks about this baby's eating habits.
Ease New Parent Anxiety With BlueSmart mia
I prepared myself for becoming a mom, at least I thought I had. From the moment I brought my son home from the hospital, I realized that I was going to have some new parent anxiety. The 9 months to prepare for the arrival of my baby was not enough. Like me, I am sure you've read all of the "What To Expect" books, you've attended birthing classes and "how to take care of a newborn" discussions. But nothing fully prepares you for the wonderfully exciting world of parenthood – and the anxieties that come with raising a little one.
My anxiety only got worse when I had to go back to work. My little guy gave us issues right from the start with his eating. Latching was very difficult for him. He wasn't getting enough nutrition right away and so I was forced to pump my breast milk instead of breastfeeding. It was just one of those things that didn’t turn out the way that I was hoping for.
When my daughter came along three years later, things also didn’t turn out the way we had hoped for. I wasn't producing enough milk for her so we had to turn to formula feeding.
Infant Baby Girl
After I got over the disappointment of not being able to breast feed, I was able to see the advantages of bottle feeding. I was able to monitor exactly how much food my children were getting. This turned out to easy some of my anxiety as a new parent.
Nowadays there are amazing products that can help ease the new parent anxiety that most of us face.
Introducing the BlueSmart mia, a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. The product will be available in the new year allowing new parents to make a New Year's resolution to worry a little bit less in 2017. The BlueSmart mia system precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your little one and alerts parents and caregivers in real-time via a mobile device.
The BlueSmart mia connects to Wi-Fi and allows multiple users to input feeding data on their smartphones via an easy-to-use app – so parents can track baby’s progress anytime, any place. It also helps guide parents by offering suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures, and features an expiration alert to inform parents when milk should be discarded. A journal feature on the app also enables parents and caregivers to chronicle baby's feeding patterns and other milestones to share with family members and pediatricians.
BlueSmart mia Features
Real-time monitoring will let you know the amount and temperature of feedings in real time.
Smart, scientific feeding ensures that your baby gets the right portion of food at the optimal temperature.
Daily tracking and alerts allows you to keep track of feedings over time to help spot patterns.
The journal and share feature allows you to record milestones to share with pediatricians, caregivers and family members.
A motion sensor that can guide you and your caregivers on the proper angle to feed your little one.
A timer that measures how long it takes your baby to feed.
An expiration alert to inform you when your milk should be discarded.
The BlueSmart mia smart-sleeve fits most bottles and is currently available in pink and blue colors (with yellow and orange sleeves to appear on shelves in 2017).
With all of my kids' eating issue, I sure could have used this product. Being a new parent is hard enough, not having to worry if your child is getting the nutrition they need can bring a huge stress-release that we could all use.
Introducing a First-of-its-kind Product That Will Make Baby Feedings Easier
Introducing the BlueSmart mia, the latest innovation in smart baby feeding. It sounds too good to be true, but it's not. When I tell you this would have been considerably helpful with my first child, I wouldn't be lying one bit. The BlueSmart mia is a high-tech, WiFi-enabled smart sleeve that tracks and analyzes a baby's feeding intake. It also helps alleviate anxieties surrounding baby feeding by precisely measuring the amount of milk consumed by little ones and alerting parents and caregivers in real-time.
This is genius. No more wasting formula or wondering if your child has actually had enough. No more trying to calculate on your phone. This is the easiest and coolest way to really know what is going on when it comes to feeding your baby.
My little one isn't even 2 yet and she still takes a bottle. It would be nice to have had more of an understanding about how much she drank so I could have made sure she had enough, especially if I had to run errands or work and wasn’t able to keep track of her feedings.
With mia, you can monitor your baby’s feedings in real-time with the handy app for your smartphone. It shows you everything from timing to temperature to amount your baby ate.
When other caregivers take turns feeding baby, you can get a feeding notification on your phone which lets you know when feedings happen in real-time. Not only that, BlueSmart mia tells you when the bottle's reached optimal temperature, tracks bottle contents so you know how much baby ate, shows you how long feedings last and warns you when bottle contents may be expired. I know, it literally is the answer to every new-mom's prayers! I am so excited to tell you about it today. You can find out more by watching this video below:
The main reason I love the BlueSmart mia so much is the fact that I can keep track of my baby's feeding, growth and sleep data all in one place- so I can improve baby's sleep schedule and share history with my pediatrician.
Discover The Easiest Way To Keep Track Of Your Baby's Feedings
Having a new baby in the house brings lots of changes. Even when you read all the books and prepare as much as you can, you may never feel completely ready. Thankfully the BlueSmart mia smart sleeve and its easy-to-use mobile app can help you manage one of the most important parts of looking after your baby. This is Anna here and I'm writing this post as part of a sponsored campaign.
As I was preparing for my third baby, keeping track of my new bundle of joy's feedings and diapers was not something I was thinking about.
But once he was born and the nurses kept asking me…
"When was the last time he had a wet diaper?"
"How many minutes did he eat?"
"How long has it been since he ate?"
… that's when I remembered that these questions are a large part of the early months.
When my older two children were babies, smartphones and apps where a thing of the future, so we had to use old fashioned pen and paper to keep track of feedings and diapers.
But the future is now and keeping track has gotten a whole lot easier!
With my new baby, smartphones and high-tech products like the BlueSmart mia are a thing of the present and they enable you to keep track of your baby's eating intake and patterns.
The BlueSmart mia is especially great because it connects to Wi-Fi and allows for multiple caregivers to keep track of the amount your baby is eating in real time.
Yes, it's perfect when you have the baby's dad or other family members and baby sitters helping with feeding. You don't have to worry about your baby being over or under fed. Whether you're nursing and pumping to bottle feed while you're out of the house or you're exclusively bottle feeding, this product will bring you peace of mind.
The app will also offer suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures, which is great for picky little ones like mine.
With a flexible schedule like mine it's nice to know that whoever has the baby, be it my husband, other family, or friends, we can all be on the same page with feedings with just the quick check of the BlueSmart mia app.
I love the journal feature on the BlueSmart mia so I can remember fun milestones and also share them with family.
5 Smart Baby Products For Peace Of Mind
This post is sponsored by BlueSmart mia.
The day a new mom leaves the hospital with her baby is a frightening day – an exciting day – but absolutely terrifying. While you’re filled with all sorts of overwhelming emotions (most of them good) there is this undeniable fear of the unknown. A whole human being is now depending on you to keep them safe, healthy and happy. It's a big deal, especially if it's your first. Luckily, there are so many products available now to help us navigate the beginning of motherhood. Here are 5 smart products that will give new parents peace of mind via their cell phones:
The first time your baby gets sick and *gasp* has a fever can be traumatizing. When your baby has a fever, you don’t sleep and it can be really scary for parents. Instead of popping into their rooms all night, probing them with thermometers and disturbing their sleep, try a smart thermometer like TempTrac, which is an underarm patch that monitors temperature and reports to you via an app. If their temperature spikes, you’ll get an alert, meaning you might just get a chance for some shut eye.
smart video monitor
Smart monitors have been around for awhile and are definitely worth the added cost. Not only are baby monitors that link up to your cell phone helpful for home (no worries about being out of range) but really great for working parents. Being able to peek in on your sleeping baby from work is priceless.
smart breathing and heart rate monitor
In an effort to spot breathing and heart rate problems (like with SIDS) there are quite a few body monitors on the market. Most keep track of your baby’s heart rate, movements, sleep position and oxygen levels. When there is a problem, you are alerted via app and can then jump into action. Check out MonBaby, Mimo, Sproutling, Safe To Sleep and Owlet.
In the nursery and beyond, there are smart options to make your home controls accessible from your phone or tablet. You can control everything from maintaining safe temperatures, control the lights (aiding in daytime naps) monitoring movement with motion detectors and more. I particularly love the WeMo (this whole line is great) Switch and Motion detector which allows you to control the lights, detects motion and control other electronics like auto shades and sound machines.
Keeping track of baby's nutrition can be a big task, especially when there are multiple people bottle feeding. At this point, you and your spouse both are zombies – probably not keeping exact track of how much baby is eating and asking yourself, is it enough? If you're heading back to work, you'll also be entrusting a caretaker to feed your little one. Leave the tracking to BlueSmart mia a smart sleeve that goes on your baby bottle and precisely measures the amount of milk consumed at feedings.
Connected via a smart phone app, parents can keep track of real-time feedings even when they are not at home and monitor baby's progress over time. This is especially helpful when at the pediatrician – simply show her your baby's feeding journal. If there are any problems with thriving, this would prove to be an invaluable tool to help adjust feedings.
The simple, flexible bottle sleeve is easy to use and charged wirelessly. It is a universal size to fit most regular-shaped baby bottles available and is easy to clean. Additional advice can be found in the BlueSmart mia also guides you on things like optimal feeding angles and temperatures, along with an expiration alert for when to discard milk. Taking the guesswork out of bottle feeding is a huge relief for overwhelmed new parents. Check out the video below for more on this ingenious product:
Products that can offer parents peace of mind are truly priceless. You'd do anything for that tiny bundle of sweetness, but to maintain house sanity, utilize the smart products available. You can find BlueSmart mia on Amazon and BlueSmartmia.com. Use the code NEWMIA30 at checkout for $30 off throughout the month of February.
Take The Worry Out Of Baby's Feedings With This Must-Have Gadget
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BlueSmart mia. All opinions are 100% mine.
I remember like it was yesterday that I held my oldest daughter in my arms. She was this tiny, fragile baby and the moment our eyes met, the mom in me was born. There is something that happens when you become a mom – this tiny being becomes your everything and all you think about. The journey of motherhood is filled with so much joy but also a lot of worrying.
When we came from the hospital I was scared. She was my first baby and I wanted everything to be perfect. I didn't want to make mistakes and I obsessed over pretty much everything. It took me a few weeks to even trust my own husband to do things "the right way".
As a new mom I had a lot of anxiety about feedings: I always wondered if my baby was getting enough milk and kept a close eye on her to make sure she was wetting enough diapers. There is just so much stress that comes with having a little one and that’s why I want to share with you this awesome device I just discovered.
It's called BlueSmart mia and it's a special sleeve that goes on your baby's bottle and tracks all of their feedings via an app on your smartphone but that's not all it does!
This is seriously the coolest device I've ever seen.
What can you do with BlueSmart mia?
You receive REAL time notifications of when the baby is being fed (this is so perfect if you're away).
It shows you the temperature of the milk.
You can see how much your baby ate and for how long.
It has a motion sensor that will guide you on the proper angle to feed baby.
It will tell you when the next feeding is due.
One of my favorite features – it'll warn you if the milk is about to get spoiled.
You can add notes about your baby.
You can input special milestones, food intake, growth data, and sleep history. You can easily access this data on the app's history, which will come very handy during doctor's appointments.
How does it work?
The BlueSmart mia is a high-tech, WIFI-enabled smart sleeve that tracks and analyzes a baby's feeding intake. So basically the smart sleeve connects to a wireless network and sends all the information to the app on your phone.
This is what the sleeve looks like up close and what goes on the bottom of baby's bottle. It fits almost all bottles and it’s waterproof so you don't have to worry if milk spills on it.
As you can see their app is very user friendly and has a great visual – so perfect for sleep deprived parents! I love the bar on the left that gives the daily goal and shows how much baby has drank so far.
My mind is blown away that we can do this now with technology. It would have put my mind at ease when I had to run an errand and leave the baby with my husband. I know it will make the transition back to work so much easier for many moms and that's why I'm sharing this with you (and I hope you share it with your mom friends, especially those expecting or with babies).
I absolutely love that you can get the data in real time because if something is not right you can call your caregiver right away. I find that this device will be useful for any mom but especially for formula feeding moms, moms who pump and a must-have for moms that have to go back to work.
Trusting someone else with the care of your baby can be really stressful so being able to keep track of your baby's eating habits in real time will give you some peace of mind. You can also have several users on the app so you can all keep track of the baby's feedings and information.
I love technology and even more so when it makes my life easier. I only wish this device existed when I had my first baby. If you or someone you know is expecting, this is the perfect gift.
Since BlueSmart mia just launched, you can preorder it at a discounted price of $119 (regular price is $149) – that’s 20% off so this is a great time to get it! This special sale runs from now until January 15th, 2017.
You can get it now in pink and blue, but yellow and oranges sleeves will be available in 2017.
If you’re getting a BlueSmart mia let me know! I'd love to hear your experience with it because I think this is one of the most ingenious baby gadgets I've ever seen.
Calling All New Parents - BlueSmart mia Eases First-Time Frights
Before Jason was born, I never knew true terror.
Sure I'd been scared plenty of times before. Up at bat in Little League with a 3-2 count and the game on the line. Taking a college final exam for a class I barely even attended. Asking Allie to marry me. Scared? Yes. But nothing, nothing will get your heart pounding more than being a new parent.
Go on and read every parenting book ever written. Speak to 900 different doctors. Watch every episode of Parenthood. Nothing wrong with doing any of that. But I'll tell you what, every bit of that is meaningless the very first time you find yourself at home alone with your new baby.
Don't get me wrong. I love being a parent and it's the most rewarding thing you'll ever do! But I still recall the very first few moments that Allie and I can home from the hospital with Jason. He was only a few days old and here we were on the couch with our beautiful baby boy. No noises. No nurses coming and going every five minutes. No family jumping to our sides to help with anything.
We were alone, just the three of us, for the very first time. We were a family. And to be brutally honest, I had absolutely no idea what to do next.
Everyone gets scared right before having kids. "What if I don't know how to be a parent?" "What if I don't know what to do?" Well, don't worry about it. Every new parent is in the same boat as you. Every new parent learns first hand how to become a parent. And guess what… it always works out. That little guy or gal is there to help you become the best parent you can be.
Besides that first fateful day of being a family in our home, I remember another Frightful First. Jason was a few months old and Allie finally felt comfortable enough going out with her friends and leaving him home alone with me. She always nursed him and I would give bottles occasionally, so this was one of the first times I had to give him a bottle without her nearby as a backup plan.
It was tough, I'll admit for sure. And to be fair, Allie was probably even more nervous than I was! But in the end I pulled off daddy duty no problem. We played plenty of peekaboo and rocked a bouncy seat like nobody else. But when feeding time came, that's when my nerves really lit up. What if the milk's too hot? What if I hold the bottle at the wrong angle? How do I keep too much air from getting in to avoid giving my little guy gas?
We got through it together, but honestly it was one scary night. And we hadn't even turned on the Teletubbies yet.
Now more than a decade later, we have two gorgeous boys (or handsome young men?) who are 11 and 13. They're old enough to get their own drinks, so we must've done something right. But I just found out about a crazy cool new device that can massively help reduce those First-Time Frights for new parents.
It's called the BlueSmart mia and I only wish we had this thing when Jason and Ryan were babies! You've heard of a Smart Home where you can control your lights or heat with special apps on your phone? Well, that mindset has stepped into the world of feedings for your little ones.
Basically, this modern way to feed your baby lets you monitor all of your baby's feedings in real time when you’re not around. It's all recorded and shared with you on a really cool app that can show you everything you want to know from how much your baby ate to the perfect temperature of the bottle.
I finally feel like we're living in future with the Jetsons. This high-tech system can track and analyze when and how your baby eats. That means new parents will have one less thing to worry about. Not only will the BlueSmart mia alert you in real-time as to your baby's feeding patterns but it can even offer suggestions such as optimal feeding angles and temperatures.
You can also forget about the “smell test.” BlueSmart mia takes the guessing out of feedings by offering an alert to parents as to when milk has expired and should be tossed out.
I can't even imagine how insanely helpful and reassuring this little app can be to moms who have gone back to work and left their little ones with another caregiver. Every tiny little alert is a reassurance that your little one is guzzling down their next meal.
For more fun, there's even a journal feature on the app so parents and other relatives or caregivers can make note of not just feeding patterns but any other major milestones such as crawling, walking, talking, and all those major scores that make new parents burst with pride.
I'm a definite gadget guy and I have to admit that BlueSmart mia has me almost tempted to have another kid at this point in life. (Don't worry, Allie, I said "almost.") But even if you're past the infant stage yourself, BlueSmart mia would make a fantastic present for any new parents you know.
Currently available in pink and blue colors (yellow and orange coming soon!), the BlueSmart mia smart-sleeve fits most of today's modern baby bottles. BlueSmart mia is available at at Amazon.com, as well as at www.bluesmartmia.com for a regular retail price of $149. My readers can use coupon code NEWMIA30 to save $30 throughout the month of February.
Breastfeeding - What No One Talks About
Breastfeeding – what no one talks about are the challenges that can come. At least I never heard about it before giving birth. It's like that with much of parenting. We go in very naïve, thinking that if we follow certain steps and formulas it will result in the quintessential child who responds just the way we hoped. Walking into parenting, I was quickly humbled when my plans were derailed by reality.
Breastfeeding – What No One Talks About
My breastfeeding objectives were thwarted almost immediately. My baby latched just fine. It was beautiful and natural – until it wasn't. Not long into the nursing journey it became a fierce endeavor to make it work. My body and my child were fighting against me.
I don't give in easily. I went to the lactation consultants in the hospital. They would watch me nurse and tell me the latch looked good. They would weigh her to figure out if she was getting enough. The answer was just barely.
Le Leche League was another resource. I visited them to try and figure out the tips and tricks to make it work. From supplements to techniques, there was little that helped.
The struggle was real. Was my child getting enough? Why does she nurse for seconds and then turn away and scream? Why does everyone tell me my latch looks fine and yet my baby seems constantly hungry and desperate for the nipple? I'm sore and hurting, and my child is completely unsatisfied.
My supply was down. That's only one of many complications that can come with breastfeeding. Babies can have latching problems. Breasts can be engorged. There's mastitis, clogged ducts, Raynaud’s Phenomenon, thrush, inverted nipples and more.
I went into a crazy cycle of nursing. I would try and breastfeed her, which with all the tips and techniques and her fussing in between sucks would take 30-45 minutes. Then, I would try and supplement with whatever I had pumped. Eventually I would also start supplementing with formula. Next would come the pumping. I would sit there staring at my baby (after all, staring at your baby is supposed to provide letdown) while trying to pump. If my baby was sleeping in another room, which I had oh so carefully departed so she wouldn't wake up, I would look at her picture. I would sit there, exposed with my pump – feeling like a cow rather than a human and letting the machine do it's duty. I would be uncomfortable – machine pinching at my sore nipples, for at least 30 minutes and maybe have an ounce to show for it. I remember spilling a bit a couple times and it felt like I had lost gold.
That process of feeding would take at least 1.5 hours. I would get a small break and do it all over again. It was miserable.
Then came the guilt because I was never told it might be this challenging. People don't talk about it. I should just be able to do this! If I can't provide the best for my baby now, what does that say about me as a mother? Everyone says breastfeeding is the way – the only way to go – and I'm failing at motherhood already. Add all of this on top of the pregnancy hormones swirling throughout the postpartum brain, and it is a recipe for disaster.
I know I'm not alone. I've talked with countless women who have experienced the real struggle of breastfeeding. It's not that we should quit trying. Motherhood is about sacrifice, after all. Breastfeeding is beautiful and good. I'm not proposing that people shouldn’t breastfeed their babies. I just want women to go into motherhood with realistic expectations of possible outcomes. Being aware that breastfeeding might not be smooth sailing and that supplementing might be the best thing you can do for your family is a real conversation that needs to be had.
I pushed to make breastfeeding work, and it did for a time. However, the day I caved and was willing to supplement alongside my breastfeeding routine was the day where there was relief. It wasn't just relief for me. My baby, who I wanted the best for, was suddenly satisfied and more restful. I was stubborn to the detriment of my child rather than responding to the the cues she was sending – the cues that showed she needed something more than I couldn’t provide with my own body.
Easing the Pressure of Feeding Time
Maybe you can relate to my story. However, there are also those here who have a different story. Breastfeeding does feel natural and easy for both you and your child. It is beautiful, and you will continue to do it as long as you can. I am so glad for that!
Whatever the case, there will be times your child is handed off to a trusted care giver who will feed with a bottle. There will be dates nights, work schedules and healthy stretches away from your baby. Your child will need to eat during those times too.
I want to share with you a product by BlueSmart mia that can help make feeding more straightforward by taking some of the guess work out of the process. If you are supplementing with your own breast milk, a breast milk you have purchased or with formula, this high tech, Wi-Fi enabled smart sleeve for your bottle helps record and analyze your baby's feeding. I really wish this technology was available when I was trying to navigate feeding my own babies.
This bottle sleeve helps you track the amount your baby consumes – anytime – anywhere – connecting with your smart phone and a mobile app to keep you in the loop. This helps alleviate the anxieties and relieves you of the responsibility of more complicated tracking methods, such as journaling or charting. This technology also provides information about the temperature of your breastmilk or formula as well as optimal feeding angles. An expiration alert tells you when leftover milk should be discarded. It gives daily tracking and alerts, looking for helpful patterns in our child's eating habits. You can also record milestones and keep a journal that could be helpful for doctors, caregivers, lactation consultations and family.
The BlueSmart mia is a smart-sleeve that fits most bottles and is currently available in pink and blue (yellow and orange coming soon). It is available to order at BlueSmart mia or on Amazon for $149.00 (affiliate link). For a limited time, you can use the exclusive code NEWMIA30 for $30 off through the month of February. You can also follow BlueSmart mia via Facebook and Twitter for more information. Find out more by watching this short informational video:
Whether breastfeeding has been an easy or a more challenging journey, I want to encourage you to embrace what you have been given. Be thankful for that precious baby. Find ways that are right for your family to alleviate some of the stress that can come with caring for a new baby. The BlueSmart mia sleeve can help as can going into parenthood with a willingness to be adaptable to the changing needs of your family.
I hope my story provides some comfort and encouragement to those who are struggling. You are not alone. You do not need to enter into motherhood with a shoulder of guilt. You are strong and can make an educated decision about what is right for your family. Share your story so that others don’t feel alone or discouraged. As moms we need to be willing to contribute to the conversation so we can ease the burdens that we so often carry for our child. I hope you move forward in confidence to raise your little ones.
Smart Baby Feeding System For New Moms And Dads – BlueSmart mia
I'll never forget being pregnant with my first son William back in 2004. I read (no joke) every single book preparing you for parenthood that I could get my hands on! I also wrote in a journal every night too while I was pregnant with my first son, just outlining everything that I wanted to remember and not forget! I smile now thinking back to how naïve I was a bit back then. In all honesty, nothing fully prepared me for the journey of motherhood until they placed William in my arms on September 25th, 2004.
That was when it all started, the beginning of the adventure… the most amazing and incredible time of my life, and yes… it has and continues to be sprinkled in with some worries and some anxieties along the way!
Here I am now a mom of 5 kids. My 4 sons are 12, 11, 10 and 8. My daughter is 3 years old.
I can honestly say that I worried and stressed about many things when my children were all babies. I worried about them sleeping enough. I then worried about them sleeping too much! I worried about them getting a cold. I worried about them being warm enough when we went outside. I worried about setting up their cribs and carseats and strollers correctly. I worried about everything, especially when it came to feeding time. I wasn't able to breastfeed, so I relied on formula and I was always worried feeding them. I wanted to make sure they were consuming enough, that the formula was still good and that my husband and I weren't overlapping feeding times.
Oh that worry, I don't miss it at all.
But what if I told you I could take the worry off your mom/dad brain.
What if I told you there's a super easy, technological way to track your baby's feedings.
Well, there is.
Say hello to BlueSmart mia, a high-tech, WiFi-enabled smart sleeve system that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. Like I did for my own children, new parents often look for products that will help them worry less, that's a priceless gift. The BlueSmart mia offers that and helps moms and dads do just that by alleviating anxieties surrounding baby feeding.
How does it help?
The BlueSmart mia precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your little one and alerts parents and caregivers in real-time. It also helps guide parents by offering suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures, and features an expiration alert to inform parents when milk should be discarded. I love this feature because I can't tell you how many "good" bottles I discarded throughout the years because I just didn't know and I wanted to be safe.
You're probably wondering how it works, right?
It's super easy!
The BlueSmart mia connects to Wi-Fi and allows multiple users to input feeding data on their smartphone via an easy-to-use app – so parents can track baby's progress anytime, any place. So mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, your babysitter… anyone you choose can input feeding data. The journal feature on the app also enables parents and caregivers to chronicle baby's feeding patterns and other milestones to share with family members and pediatricians.
Everything that's going on with your baby's feeding is right there at your fingertips! Amazing, right? I still can't get over how cool BlueSmart mia is, I just wish I had this when my kids were babies! The beauty now is being able to share this information with other moms and dads because if I can help relieve any worry and anxiety for a parent with a baby, it's worth it! We're all in this together!
The BlueSmart mia just became available, and is already helping parents worry less and becoming even smarter parents! Head over to bluesmartmia.com (and subscribe to their newsletter) or Amazon.com to purchase your BlueSmart mia today.
For more information, you can also visit BlueSmart mia social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BlueSmartmia/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/BlueSmart_mia).
Simplify Your Life with BlueSmart mia Smart Feeding System For Baby
I have partnered with BlueSmart mia to bring you this post! All opinions are my own and are honest.
Mommy brain is a real thing! I'm not sure if it's the lack of a full nights sleep or some sort of hormone imbalance, but it's definitely a real thing! While snuggling my little guy (as seen in the photo above) there were many days where I wasn't sure if I had showered, eaten or did much of anything else! It was pure bliss but I was in a sleep deprived haze most of the time! I am beyond thankful for all of the new inventions that help keep me organized and my little guy taken care of!
One of the items that I think is genius is the BlueSmart mia. Out of all of the "new mom" things I stressed about the most, this takes away the worry!
BlueSmart mia tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. Keeping up with that is HUGE! If you are like me then your mobile phone helps organize your life as well as the lives of everyone in your home! Thanks to mobile technology and awesome products like BlueSmart mia you will sleep better at night with one less thing to worry about! The BlueSmart mia precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your little one and alerts you and/or your caregivers in real-time. It also helps guide you by offering suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures, and features an expiration alert to inform parents when milk should be discarded. (I personally love this feature as I hate wasting milk but I want to know it's safe to use as well!)
The BlueSmart mia connects to Wi-Fi and allows multiple users to input feeding data on their smartphone via an easy-to-use app – so you can track baby's progress anytime, any place. Imagine if you are at work and can log in and see when and how much your little one ate! That is one of the best features! I hate picking up my little one from someone elses care and not knowing when he ate last. I like to know when I need to feed him and be prepared. BlueSmart mia takes the guess work out of it!
You can also use the journal feature on the app to chronicle baby's feeding patterns and other milestones to share with family members and pediatricians. (I love having the info at my finger tips when asked at the dr's office!) Watch this video, it explains it so much better than I could! You are going to love it!
Currently you can purchase this awesome life changing product at bluesmartmia.com or Amazon.com! For a limited time, you can use the exclusive code NEWMIA30 for $30 off on Amazon throughout the month of February!
5 Ways New Parents Can Lower Their Anxiety
I'll never forget the first few weeks of my son's life. To say that I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. Although I thoroughly enjoyed those newborn snuggles and loved my son to pieces, I had absolutely NO idea what I was doing. On top of that, my son never slept, cried every waking moment, and had a difficult time feeding. Looking back on the whole experience, this time proved to be a time of learning and growth. Through this experience I was able to learn five valuable lessons that greatly helped lower my anxiety with baby number two; plus, I'm sharing an awesome product, BlueSmart mia, that is bound to help lower that new parent stress!
I received compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
5 Ways New Parents Can Lower Their Anxiety
1. Let the little things go: Focus on what’s really important (yourself and your family) and don't stress the small things. This often means that for the first few weeks of your baby's life your house will be a mess, the laundry pile will grow, and you'll eat a lot of takeout. BUT you'll be happier just focusing on the things that really matter.
2. Take some "me" time: Make sure you take time each day to focus on yourself. This is extremely important for your emotional health: read a good book, take a bubble bath, find a new show, sit and do absolutely nothing, find an activity that brings you happiness.
3. Align your expectations and reality: I think a lot of the anxiety I felt as a new parent was due to the fact that I thought my life should be all smiles and butterflies. I had to learn to be okay with life's imperfections. Remember that this phase of life is temporary and often goes by way too quickly.
4. Do what's best for you and your baby: Being a new parent means that EVERYONE has advice for you. In fact, I got so much advice that I quickly became extremely overwhelmed not quite knowing which advice to follow. What I quickly learned was to not care what other people thought, and do what was best for me and my baby.
5. Simplify daily tasks: As a new parent, I feel like there are SO many things to keep track of – how many hours your baby has been sleeping, how many wet diapers they have in a day, how many oz they've consumed, etc. All of these numbers can be overwhelming, that's why I'm extremely excited to tell you about BlueSmart mia – a product that makes feeding time SO much easier for parents and caregivers.
I can't even tell you how much I wish BlueSmart mia would have been around when I became a first time parent. BlueSmart mia is a high-tech system that records and analyzes your baby's intake and consumption patterns. That's right, no more having to write down amounts or remember numbers! Simply slip on the BlueSmart mia smart sleeve and it precisely measures the amount of milk consumed and alerts parents in real time. Not only does BlueSmart mia track consumption, but also offers advice concerning feeding angles, temperatures, and tells you when you need to discard your milk. How cool is that?
Because BlueSmart mia connects to wifi, multiple users are able to input feeding data via cellphone so parents and caregivers can always track your baby's feeding progress. To learn more about the BlueSmart mia check out this video.
Although becoming new parents can be full of many anxieties, it's important to remember to let the little things go and simplify your daily tasks – and BlueSmart mia is a great tool to help you do just that! Now through the month of February, use the code NEWMIA30 at checkout on BlueSmartmia.com or amazon.com for $30 off!
BlueSmart mia: The Perfect Gift For New Parents
Prior to having my first baby, I read all the books. You know the ones I'm talking about. The "What To Expect" ones, the "Everything You Need To Know" ones, the "New Moms Guide To Baby" ones … and I still felt absolutely unprepared for those first few weeks home with my daughter. It's an experience like no other. Preparation is key – of course! But we all know that experience is where the real magic lies… and that can only come with time.
That's why it's so important for seasoned moms to help out their new mom friends with tips and advice. You know, the real secrets. The important stuff. The slices that the best sellers always seem to leave out. The tips that will give you some sanity back!
Introducing the BlueSmart mia, a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. New parents often look for products that will help them worry less and the BlueSmart mia helps moms and dads do just that by alleviating anxieties surrounding baby feeding. The BlueSmart mia precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your little one and alerts parents and caregivers in real-time. It also helps guide parents by offering suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures, and features an expiration alert to inform parents when milk should be discarded.
Feeding was such a point of contention for me as a new mom. My husband and I would argue constantly about whether or not my daughter was getting enough food, whether the liquid was warm enough, whether there was enough space between last feedings. 11 years ago, we didn't have this sort of tech at our disposal. It's nice to see just how far we all have come!
The BlueSmart mia connects to Wi-Fi and allows multiple users to input feeding data on their smartphone via an easy-to-use app – so parents can track baby's progress anytime, any place. There's even a journal feature on the app that enables parents and caregivers to chronicle their baby's feeding patterns and other milestones so that they can share the information with family members and pediatricians.
I truly believe that knowledge is power. With knowledge you can look back and see where an issue started. With knowledge you can try to find trends and patterns. You can walk into a doctor's office entirely equipped to have a conversation about the wellbeing of your child instead of guesstimating… like most do. There are some products that come on the market and don't provide much use or value to the ever growing family unit. This is not one of them. BlueSmart mia's ability to capture feeding data will not only give moms and dads that feeling of peace of mind, but they will also establish a smarter tracking system for months to come.
Head over to bluesmartmia.com or Amazon.com to purchase your BlueSmart mia today. Use code NEWMIA to save $30 off your purchase. For more information, you can also visit BlueSmart mia social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
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5 Things A New Mother Desperately Needs No Matter How Many Kids She Has
I can remember, just like it was yesterday, being almost 30 years old, pregnant with my second child and scared. I was literally scared to bring her home from the hospital. And when my mother told me she would not be able to visit me until 2 weeks after my due date, I cried. I didn't tell her, but the thought of bringing that baby home from the hospital, without my mother, frightened me – because a new mother needs a support system.
I was literally scared to bring her home from the hospital.
My mother only came for a couple of weeks. But it was just enough time for me to get my bearings and to move forward confidently as a new single mother of two kids. And out of my four pregnancies, that was the only time I felt so alone and afraid like that.
With my first child, I was 20 years old and a junior in college. And although my mom was not happy about my choices, she was there with loving arms to guide me every step of the way after I gave birth – because a new mother needs to feel safe and secure. And a new young mother could definitely use some guidance. And my mom was there, every day, to give me what I needed, because I lived with my parents until I graduated from college.
Fast forward nine years, my boyfriend and I were expecting our second child together. And I decided to end that tumultuous relationship shortly after I found out that I was expecting –because a new mother needs peace of mind.
On paper, I had everything that I needed to be a great mother. I had a great job, a beautiful home, and I was already a great mother to my 9-year-old son. But I was a mess because I had just ended a 10-year relationship and, technically, this would be the first time that I was bringing home a baby to take care of — all alone. I was not in a good place as a woman and that surely impacted me as a mother.
But in the years following, I was in a new place in my life. I took some time to heal and focus on myself and my kids. And within 3 years, I was married (to a wonderful man) and pregnant with my third child (within six months of our wedding day). And then, we had our fourth child 1.5 years after that. And I never felt more excited to bring babies home from the hospital. I was older (in my mid-thirties) and I was in a good place. I felt more confident and sure of myself as a woman and a mother…. and being sure of myself empowered me as a new mother.
But, I also had an attentive, loving, caring, responsible husband at home. He was not only ready to take care of the baby when we came home from the hospital, but he was ready to take care of me too – because a new mother needs to be taken care of too.
So, I've been a young mother, an older mother, a dead broke mother, a financially well-off mother, a single mother, and a married mother. And throughout it all, my needs remained the same; I needed a loving support system and I needed to feel safe and secure. I needed peace in my home. I needed to feel confident in myself. And I needed all of that so that I could be the best mom that I could be for my new babies.
I think that is why I was so excited when I was invited to share BlueSmart mia – the newest innovation in smart baby feeding. It's a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. It's a product that will help you worry less because it alleviates anxieties surrounding baby feeding. (And I did not even tell you all about all of my anxieties surrounding baby feedings with my first two kids…those stories would take all day.)
The Modern Way to Feed Your Baby
How does it work? BlueSmart mia smart sleave precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your baby and it alerts parents and caregivers in real-time. (As a working mom, I definitely could have used that.) It also offers suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures and even alerts you when your milk has expired and needs to be discarded. It even connects to Wi-Fi…. Yes, Wi-Fi!!! It allows you to input feeding data on a mobile app.
I vividly remember worrying if my second child was eating enough when I left her with the daycare provider. Was she eating enough during the day? Is the daycare provider trying to feed her often enough? Those were questions that ran through my mind when I picked up my child and found so many unused bottles. A product like BlueSmart mia would have given me the peace of mind that I needed and could have helped my day care provider re-assure me that she was taking the best care of my baby.
The BlueSmart mia is available on BlueSmartmia.com , use code NEWMIA30 at checkout for $30 off throughout the month of February 2017. For more information, you can also visit the company's Facebook page, or Twitter account.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by BlueSmart mia. I have partnered with them to spread the word about the launch of this great new way to feed your baby. All opinions and stories are my own.
How To Track Baby’s Feeding Schedule Without Stress
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Being a new mom is such an exciting time. You're full of so many different emotions all at once and it can be quite overwhelming. Even with my second child I didn't really know what I was doing. Because he was completely different from my first and feeding him was much more challenging. I thought he might be jaundice and not getting enough to eat for the longest time. Turns out he was just allergic to dairy. But what if there was a way you could know how much your baby was getting to eat and how often without having to worry your already overly tired brain?
There is a smart sleeve for your baby bottle which connects to an easy to use mobile app to help you keep track of your child’s eating schedule, BlueSmart mia.
BlueSmart mia is more than an app it's a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. New parents often look for products that will help them worry less and the BlueSmart mia helps moms and dads do just that by alleviating anxieties surrounding baby feeding. The BlueSmart mia smart-sleeve fits most bottles and is available in pink and blue. It precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your little one and alerts parents and caregivers in real-time.
The BlueSmart mia connects to Wi-Fi and allows multiple users to input feeding data on their smartphone via an easy-to-use app – so both parents can track baby's progress anytime, any place.
Knowing that your child is getting the right amount to eat can give you the peace of mind to get that rest you need during this precious time.
The device also provides suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures, along with letting you know when milk should be discarded due to expiration. You'll also find a journal feature on the app that enables you and caregivers to chronicle your baby's feeding pattern and other milestones to share with family members and your pediatrician.
Where to Purchase and Savings:
The BlueSmart mia is now available and already helping parents worry less. Just head over to bluesmartmia.com or Amazon.com to purchase your BlueSmart mia today. To Save use the code NEWMIA30 at checkout for $30 off throughout the month of February.
Feeding Baby Easier When Mom Is Away? I'm In!
BlueSmart mia is the latest innovation in smart baby feeding. My wife told me I should check it out and at first I was wondering why on earth would this matter to me until I read more about it. I can officially say I am hooked on this. From a dad's perspective, this product really makes things easier for us. When my wife asks me how much my baby ate or if I made sure the bottle wasn't too hot, I can seriously have all that information at my fingertips and give us all that peace of mind.
The BlueSmart mia is a high-tech, WiFi-enabled smart sleeve that tracks and analyzes a baby's feeding intake. It also helps alleviate anxieties surrounding baby feeding by precisely measuring the amount of milk consumed by little ones and alerting parents and caregivers in real-time.
With Blue Smart mia, you can monitor your baby's feedings in real-time with the handy app for your smartphone. It shows you everything from timing to temperature to amount your baby ate.
You can get a feeding notification on your phone which lets you know when feedings happen in real-time. Not only that, BlueSmart tells you when the bottle's reached optimal temperature, tracks bottle contents so you know how much baby ate, shows you how long feedings last and warns you when bottle contents may be expired. I know, it literally is the answer to every new-mom's prayers! I am so excited to tell you about it today.
You can find out more by watching this video below:
This is extremely beneficial if you are a stay at home dad or someone who does more of the baby feedings. This way you can share all the information with your spouse with the downloadable app, allowing them to view the information and data in real time. This is really a great device to keep everyone connected and I am super excited for you to try it out.
The BlueSmart mia is available for pre-order on www.bluesmartmia.com for a special, limited-time price of $119.00 (20% off the retail price) until January 15, 2017.
For more information, visit www.bluesmartmia.com or the brand's social media channels including Facebook and Twitter.
The Struggle Is Real: Tips for New Moms + BlueSmart mia
Becoming a mom for the first, second, third, or even tenth time is magical! The first baby can be scary but after that you become more confident in your mothering skills.
I was so worried I would do something wrong with the first baby. I knew nothing–how much to feed her, when to feed her, how she would tell me she was hungry, etc. Man, it was scary! It sure would have been nice to have BlueSmart mia, a smart sleeve that fits most bottles and allows parents to track their baby’s feedings anytime. Parents and caregivers can now monitor their baby’s feedings in real time using BlueSmart mia and their awesome app that shows you everything from timing and temperature to the amount that your baby ate. It’s a great way to give parents and caregivers peace of mind.
The Struggle Is Real: Tips for New Moms
Since all of us moms know the struggle is real, I thought I would share a few tips for new moms and BlueSmart mia. I'm sure many moms would agree that the struggle of motherhood I'm.
Take a deep breath–Seriously, you got this! When you are a first-time mommy, it's hard not to worry and wonder if you will be a good mother and do everything right! The good news is mommy gear turns on when you have a baby! I'm sure many would agree the worries don't just leave once we have the baby, but for me, the worry turned into fear because everything was real; my baby was in my arms finally. The last thing I wanted to do was hurt her because I lacked parenting skills. I wish I would have just taken a deep breath and had more faith in myself.
Naps, don't listen to everyone–Everyone says sleep when the baby sleeps, but let us be real for a moment! Baby is sleeping. Do you:
B.) Get you some mom time.
C.) Catch up on things you need to get done.
The answer won't be the same for everyone. Do whatever you feel needs done, but only do as much as you can handle. Don't push yourself too much, but remember you don't have to sleep when baby takes a nap. Honestly, you probably won't get a good nap in anyway. I never did at least.
To be honest, I can't think of one time I took a nap when my little one napped. However, my sister-in-law still naps with her children. So I guess it just depends on the individual.
Crying, don't listen to everyone–Just because of your mom, aunt, or whoever tells you it's okay to let baby cry doesn't mean you should always let your child cry. Make your own decision when to let baby cry it out. Now, they raised children; they are all alive and well, but they didn't raise your children and likely don't know them the way you do! I'm not saying pick the baby up every time he cries. There may be times when you let them cry it out, just be sure to make this choice on your own.
Baby talk, don't listen–I don't know how many people told me I shouldn't talk baby talk to my child. Which if that is what you feel is best for your child, go for it. As long as you are not yelling and screaming at your child I think it's safe to say they will be just fine.
Take the help when you can-Okay, this is hard one but it's also important. We all need a little alone time, date night with our spouse, a few hours to breathe, or maybe even to go back to work. Leaving baby with someone else can be difficult but it’s something you're going to have to do. Plus, now you can have peace of mind because we have BlueSmart mia on our side.
I know the struggle, and it's real, but there are times we have to let someone watch our baby. Whether you work or just need a little "me time" sometimes you will have to trust someone to watch your child, but now we can do it with peace of mind thanks to BlueSmart mia!
What exactly is BlueSmart mia?
Thankfully the people at BlueSmart mia understand how difficult these times can be for parents, which is why they are introducing BlueSmart mia. I so wish I would have had BlueSmart mia when Mattie was little, it would have helped me relax because I would have been able to check in on my little one's feedings. With BlueSmart mia it doesn't matter if you are across the street visiting with a friend or on vacation, BlueSmart mia is there to help parents and caretakers.
BlueSmart mia is a technological innovation designed to enhance the way we feed our infants. It connects to Wi-Fi and allows multiple users to input feeding data on their smartphone via an easy-to-use app so parents can track baby's progress anytime. The app provides parents and caregivers with:
Feeding Notifications: The feeding notifications will let you know when feedings are taking place in real-time.
Temperature Alerts: Let's you know when the bottle has reached the optimal temperature.
Portion Measurement: Tracks the contents in your baby bottle so you know how much baby is eating.
Expiration Warming: Let's you find out when the contents of the bottle may be expired.
Feeding Duration: Informs you how long feedings are lasting.
Angle: Let's you know what the best angle for baby is.
Journal – It includes a journal feature which enables parents and caregivers to chronicle baby's feeding patterns and other milestones so they can share with family, friends, and pediatricians.
Oh, the BlueSmart mia app also allows you to track baby's moments, sleep habits, growth data and even get feeding and scheduling tips. Not only will tracking your child’s feedings help you feel better while away but it's better for baby! Tracking your child's feeding, growth, and sleep data can often contribute to improving their sleep schedule, and if any issues come up, you'll have information to share with your pediatrician.
BlueSmart mia comes with:
Wireless charging pad
Waterproof & easy to clean removable sleeve
BlueSmart mia notifies parents to prepare a bottle for your little ones next feeding in advance.
Allows you to add users to the account so you can have help track baby's progress and have fun celebrating your little one's milestones.
BlueSmart mia is made using waterproof materials safe for your little one.
BlueSmart mia is a great gift idea for yourself or any new mommy in your life!
The BlueSmart mia won't be on shelves until January 2017 – but to help parents get a jump start on their resolution to worry less – the product is available for pre-order, for a special price! From now until January 15th, folks can purchase the BlueSmart mia for $119.99 – 20% off the retail price. To learn more about BlueSmart mia or order, visit their website at BlueSmartmia.com.
How To Know If Baby Is Getting Enough Milk
You’ve already gotten nursing wisdom from a mama of 5 and know, theoretically, how to feed a baby until one year of age, but how do you know if baby is getting enough milk? Here is how.
A few drops of milk. Nearly an hour of pumping and only a few drops of milk.
My best friend was basically freaking out.
The baby was screaming and crying.
She called in reinforcements to help.
But I’ll back up… One of my besties had thought she was feeding her baby enough because – well – she was feeding her all the time. Not for long periods, but still a lot of feeds.
Then she started to notice her baby was fussy, was pulling away from the breast, and seemed ill content. She tried to nurse more to alleviate this, but the problem just seemed to get worse. She was at a loss when her sister in law came for a visit and then, after following her SIL’s advice and pumping, realized this… her milk supply was very low.
She supplemented her baby with formula (which made baby happy) and she nursed and pumped like a crazy person until, after about a week, her milk supply was back up and enough to feed the baby without issues.
How to Ensure Baby Gets Enough Milk (Whether You’re There or Not)
These things can happen. We can do our best and still worry if the baby is getting enough of what it needs to grow healthy and strong. Sometimes it’s obvious, but other times it’s not. Here are some ways we can know that baby is getting enough food.
Watch Baby’s Mood
The best way to tell if baby is getting enough milk is their demeanor. If baby is well fed and well slept they are content. This is universal. If you anticipate your baby’s needs and meet them before they need to scream and cry about it, you’ll have a happy baby most of the time.
After feeding if baby is restless, fussy, and doesn’t nap well, they are likely hungry (or generally unwell). If baby seems to feed but never get enough, this could be a sign your milk supply is low.
Check for adequate wet and dirty diapers
My midwives and doctors (by the way, here’s the difference between your midwife and your doc from my experience) told me to always be sure baby had adequate wet and dirty diapers. At about one month of age your baby should have at least 4-5 wet diapers per day. If you notice the diapers aren’t soaking wet or they have an odor or a color (not pale) then there could be a dehydration issue.
Dirty diapers are harder to track because some children only have one dirty diaper once every few days, or even more. I can often track my baby’s growth spurts based on changes in their dirty diapers. If they are used to one dirty diaper a day then go 4 days without one, it’s usually a growth spurt. However, if they are fussy after feeds and missing dirty diapers, I know to dig deeper.
Another way to determine if baby is getting enough is to track it. Like my friend above did, pump and use a bottle. New innovations like BlueSmart mia actually track how much a baby drinks over a longer period of time. It can track how much a baby drinks, how long it takes them, patterns in feeding, and even tracks optimal temperatures for milk.
If you are concerned with your milk supply, one way to make sure baby is getting enough is to get cold hard data. The BlueSmart mia smart-sleeve fits most standard bottles and syncs with an app that can give you a good log to take with you the next time you go to your pediatrician.
If in Doubt, Feed More
If the baby is hungry, feed it. If you are worried you don't have enough milk, but think it's likely a growth spurt, feed more often throughout the day. The best way to increase your milk supply is by feeding more. If baby is struggling to latch on or you get stressed during nursing so letdown doesn’t happen as easily, pump and track. Another thing to note here is that feeding often may not be a substitute for feeding enough.
If baby gets in the habit of falling asleep at the breast, they are likely not getting the hindmilk which has a higher fat content and makes the baby feel more full. The foremilk (the milk baby gets at the beginning of the feeding due to its storage location in the breast) has less fat and often encourages baby to nod off during feeds.
This means an hour later – BAM – baby's hungry again. This snacking at the breast can often contribute to a low milk supply because the baby isn’t depleting the supply of milk at each feed.
Follow Up with Your Baby's Carers
Often mamas are concerned their babies aren't getting enough milk, but they aren't there to watch it. If you're unsure of whether baby is getting enough often enough, have a pow wow with your baby’s carers. This may be the daycare providers, a family member, or even a mother’s helper in your home.
They can track the baby's milk consumption themselves with BlueSmart mia (which will sync to your phone throughout the day). If they know you are concerned they can pay attention to signs and signals throughout the day instead of you having to feed baby every hour all night in a sleep-deprived fog. People who watch your baby can use the sleeve and it will automatically sync with your phone so you’re aware of how baby is feeding all day.
Gather those people who take care of your little one together and tell them your concerns. Together you can be sure the baby is getting all it needs to thrive.
Feeding baby can bring a lot of worries to a mom who feels it isn't going quite as it should. BlueSmart mia was created as a tool to help parents alleviate their worries by knowing exactly how much milk baby is consuming. The BlueSmart app allows multiple people (carers, parents, grandparents, etc.) to input data so everyone has a clear picture of baby's well being.
You can use the journal app to share with your pediatrician and you'll be able to track and recognize growth spurts and other anomalies instantly. The BlueSmart mia won't be on the shelves until late January, but it is available for pre-order now at 20% off the regular price and right now is only $119. For more information on BlueSmart mia, you can watch the video below.
You can head over here and purchase yours at a substantial discount today or follow BlueSmart mia on their Facebook and Twitter to be reminded of its release.
How To Track How Much Your Baby Eats While You Are Away – Meet BlueSmart mia
There are some things that I miss terribly now that my babies are grown. I miss their soft feet, that baby smell, dressing them up however I want with no complaints and unlimited snuggles. I could tolerate the sleeplessness because I am pretty much nocturnal, but do you know what I so don't miss? The stress of feeding a baby.
Four kids and you would think after the fourth baby, I would have the feeding the baby thing down. NOPE. I wasn't able to breastfeed, despite trying with all four kids. Then, two of our kids experienced feeding issues. Our daughter was allergic to what felt like everything. Then our third child, he didn’t know how to stop eating. To top all of that – I worked outside of the home with three of the four kids. While we were fortunate enough to trust our caretaker, I still had that mama bear worry.
Is my baby being fed on time?
How much is my baby eating?
Is the bottle the right temperature?
The stress of baby feedings is so not something I miss stressing out about! Bad news for me, good news for you – technology has stepped in with an awesome way to track all of your baby feedings and more.
While my baby days are sadly over, this March I can't wait to welcome my newest nephew! This will be my sister's first child and while I am here to walk her thru overcoming the first baby stresses, I am so glad to see a product that will help solve so many issues in regards to babies and their feeding schedules.
Tracking How Much Your Baby Eats While You Are Away
Meet BlueSmart mia – a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. BlueSmart mia helps new parents make this journey a little bit easier.
When my babes were babies, I'd pick the kids up and the caretaker would provide an info sheet that was a recap of the day with details such as: how much the baby slept, what the baby did and most important when, what and how much the baby ate. BlueSmart mia takes the feeding info to a whole new level, here is how.
BlueSmart mia – Smart Baby Feeding System
The BlueSmart mia is a high-tech, WiFi- enabled smart sleeve that tracks and analyzes a baby‘s feeding intake. No longer do you have to stress about not knowing how much your baby is eating. This smart baby device precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your little one and alerts you and your baby's caregivers in real-time.
Here's how it works. The BlueSmart mia works with an easy-to-clean waterproof removable sleeve and a wireless charging pad that connect to the BlueSmart mia app.
Here's a complete list of what this smart feeding system provides:
Stay Connected Anytime, Anywhere
You will be able to stay connected to your baby's feeding as your WIFI-enabled BlueSmart mia smart sleeve automatically syncs with the BlueSmart mia app on your smartphone at every meal.
Real-time Monitoring of Your Baby’s Feedings
Within the app, you will get real-time monitoring know the amount and temperature of feedings in real time.
Daily Tracking and Alerts
The daily tracking and alerts feature tracks your baby's feedings over time to help spot patterns.
Gone are the papers that you would have to keep up with to keep any type of record of your baby's feedings. Now, it's all stored on the BlueSmart mia app!
Smart, scientific feeding ensure baby gets the right portion of food at the optimal temperature.
Journal and Share
Journal and share record milestones to share with pediatricians, caregivers and family within the app.
This would have been amazing to have with our first baby. Baby Z was so tiny and colic. I was sleep deprived. The pediatrician would ask “"how much is she eating?" and me in my half asleep state would just stare and give an answer that for sure made me feel like an idiot. I would have loved to have been able to show him my app with all of her feeding stats.
BlueSmart mia tells you when your baby's bottles reached optimal temperature. Is the baby's milk too hot? or too cold? Oh, this is bringing back memories.
Motion Sensor for Proper Angle
The device offers motion sensor that can guide you, the parent and your baby's caregivers on the proper angle to feed your little one.
Our first child was just 5.5 lbs when we brought her home. She was so tiny and we had no idea how to hold her and when I found out I would have to bottle feed, I remember the struggle on trying to find the best angle for her little mouth to get the formula.
The app provides a feeding timer that measures how long it takes your baby to feed.
Our second child was such a slow eater (and still is!). This feature would be great to have known how long the caretaker actually fed our child for.
The app also provides an expiration alert to inform parents and caregivers when milk should be discarded.
I remember falling asleep so many times in the middle of the night and would wake up not remembering how old a bottle was. Not an issue with the BlueSmart mia!
Reducing Parental Anxiety Over Newborn Feedings with BlueSmart mia Smart Bottle & App
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It's hard to believe that in the coming year, I will have a teenager. The 4 year old that was the inspiration behind this blog will turn 13 in 2017. As I reflect back on the past thirteen years of her life, I am in awe. Indeed time has flown by like everyone told me it would but what parent really takes that to heart in their sleep deprived state when day to day survival is the name of the game? I didn't. These days I am proud of the young woman that Emily is becoming but even more pleased of my evolution as a parent.
As a first time parent, I spent the nine months before our daughter's birth getting ready for the unknown. I diligently took my prenatal vitamins, excitedly relayed the baby's growth to excited grandparents following prenatal visits, attended birthing classes with my husband, read a small library’s worth of books on newborn through toddler growth and development, and bonded with pregnant friends from afar over AOL Instant Messenger chats. Despite all the preparation, it was still trial by fire. Nothing could have adequately prepared me for the birth of our first child as I was launched into the world of parenthood and the many anxieties that go with it.
I didn't know if it was really ok to take my daughter out of the plastic box that served as her newborn bed in the hospital and hold her so we both could get a good night’s sleep. It was. I worried about her being cold when we brought her home on that 9 degree day. She wasn't. I constantly wondered how much she should be eating and how often, carefully recording the times of each of her feedings on a spiral bound notebook in our kitchen to know how much and how often she was eating. She was just fine.
I had so many questions as a first time parent simply because I wanted our daughter to grow up healthy, strong, and happy. Looking at the almost 13 year old before me, I know that I did just fine but there's a little part of me that wishes that the amazing technology that is out there today was at my disposal then.
These days I'd replace my spiral bound notebook with the BlueSmart mia, a high tech WiFi enabled smart sleeve that works with a baby bottle to track and analyzes a baby's intake at feeding times. The BlueSmart mia smart sleeve slips over the bottle that your infant prefers and syncs with the BlueSmart mia app on your phone at every meal so you know exactly how much milk your child is drinking.
It helps track feedings over time to spot patterns, measures temperature so you can be sure that the milk is never too hot, helps guide parents and caregivers on the proper angle to hold the bottle for feedings, times how long it takes your baby to feed, and functions as a journal for recording milestones to share with family, caregivers, and your pediatrician. It can also send notifications to parents when they're away to help them keep track of feedings done by other caregivers.
While there is an abundance of connected smart products with companion apps that exist for parents, BlueSmart mia aims to inform and help parents take charge of feeding to help reduce anxiety over mealtime. It's a welcome use of technology that makes sense in today's world.
The BlueSmart mia is available for pre-order on BlueSmartmia.com for a special, limited-time price of $119.00 (20% off the retail price) until January 15, 2017. For more information, visit BlueSmartmia.com, the company's Facebook page, or Twitter account.
I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own and based on my own personal parenting experiences and the kinds of tools that I might deem as helpful if I were to become a new parent all over again.
5 Tips For New Parents Plus A Modern Way To Feed Baby
This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
Okay, so you have waited and prepared for you beautiful baby’s arrival. All the books and advice from friends will go out the window as soon as the baby cries. What do you do is what is going through your head. Don’t doubt yourself because you will get through this like everyone else. After a while, you will figure out your baby's cries and what they need. Well, I have some parenting wisdom to share with you plus a cool product that will help ease the feeding stress.
#1: Don’t Panic
Easier to say than to do let me tell you BUT remember if you are stressed out your baby will feel that and become stressed too. Worrying about all the little things won't do you or the baby any good. Keep it Calm! No need to panic when it comes to feeding because The BlueSmart mia, will help new parents track and analyze your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns.
How it works is the BlueSmart mia connects to Wi-Fi and allows multiple users to input feeding data on their smartphone via an easy-to-use app. There is also a journal feature on the app that enables parents and caregivers to chronicle baby's feeding patterns and other milestones to share with family members and pediatricians. So if you are at work or away from the baby, you can check your app and see if the caregiver is feeding the baby the right amount and see the feeding progress. You can even share with Grandparents!
#2: It's OKAY if baby cries
Now I'm not saying allow the baby to cry for hours, no! But if they are fed, the diaper is changed, and they are still crying, it is ok. Take a deep breath and know babies are meant to cry. You will learn their different cries and sometimes they just need to cry it out.
#3: Take Naps!
It's perfectly fine to sleep when the baby sleeps. It might be the only time you can rest. So take advantage of that time. Don't worry about the dishes or the phone calls you need to make. Lack of sleep is one of the major issues with new parents. I didn't listen to this advice with my first baby, and I was tired all the time. But that second child I slept when she did, and it did us both a lot of good!
#4: Play Music
Sounds weird I know, but don't have the TV going all the time. Put on some soft calming music on while feeding and playing with the baby. I noticed such a difference when I did this with my kids. Plus they both love music so much now. Creating a calm atmosphere helps with tensions.
#5: Accept Help!
Someone needs to tell you…YOU ARE NOT SUPER MOM. You can’t do it all; this is a learning process. Yes, the house is a mess, and things are stacking up that need to be dealt with so when someone says can I help you…say YES. Let them know what you need; they wouldn't ask if they didn't mean it so let them do the dishes, hold the baby while you take a shower or make some phone calls. Don't try to do this all on your own; help is needed.
Embracing the CHAOS is what you need to do during the first couple months and don’t have high expectations because plans go out the window with newborns and that is OK!!! I'm excited we have the opportunity to introduce more about the new product the BlueSmart mia to our readers.
The BlueSmart mia precisely measures the amount of milk consumed by your little one and alerts parents and caregivers in real-time. It will also help guide parents by offering suggestions on optimal feeding angles and temperatures and features an expiration alert to inform parents when milk should be discarded.
Now the BlueSmart mia won't be on shelves until January 2017 – but the product is available for pre-order, for a special price! From now until January 15th, folks can purchase the BlueSmart mia for $119.99 – 20% off the retail price. Please check out more at bluesmartmia.com and also this would make a WONDERFUL BABY GIFT! Give them something they will use and appreciate!
A Smart Way to Stress Less With A Newborn (BlueSmart mia – The Latest Innovation In Baby Feeding)
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I loved (almost) every minute of my pregnancy. I had good fortune in that I had no complications and minimal amounts of discomfort while I was expecting. I was truly very lucky! Even though nothing fit me right and I waddled a bit when I walked, I felt so beautiful carrying life inside me. I was the woman who bought and read all the books, attended special parenting classes and read tons of blog posts about infant safety and things you need/don't need. I was mostly convinced that I knew it all and had all of my ducks in a row, but once my daughter made her grand entrance and things got really real, I began to quickly see how little about childcare I actually knew!
Don't get me wrong, though. There were several parental instincts that naturally kicked in along the way, but there were also some things that I would've had no clue about until our pediatrician told me, and also a few things I had to learn from trial and error. Knowing the proper amount of milk my daughter needed was not something that I knew naturally, and actually keeping up with that sort of thing throughout all of her many feeding during the day was a lot for my new mommy-brain to keep up with.
Things got even trickier when I was not the one to issue her feedings. I would often worry if my daughter had eaten enough while I was away, if the milk in the bottle was fresh, or even if she was being fed too frequently or not frequently enough. During this new transition into parenthood, I longed for something that would take the stress out of feedings for me, and leave me with peace of mind knowing that my daughter got everything she needed out of each feeding.
Even though my darling little infant girl is now a vivacious toddler who has moved past bottle feedings, I still have my eyes locked on this brand new smart feeding system hitting the shelves soon that will completely revolutionize the way parents with infants manage their baby's feedings. Friends, feast your eyes on the BlueSmart mia – the modern way to safely monitor and manage bottle feedings from wherever you are! (This video gives you a glimpse at this amazing system, plus gives you all the feels as a parent with a newborn. Trust me!)
The BlueSmart mia is a smart sleeve that fits over traditional baby bottles and helps keep track of all of the important elements of infant feeding, such as proper temperature, amount consumed and the timing of feedings. It truly is like having a second set of eyes watching over your little one, and it also takes so much of the stress and guesswork out of feeding a newborn. Here's a few of the features that really make this device stand out as a must-have for all new parents:
The BlueSmart mia connects to an app that alerts you when feedings are happening in real time. It also tells you the duration of the feeding and tracks portion measurements to let you know how much the baby ate. This is particularly helpful when you are away from the baby and need to keep a record of how frequently and how much your baby consumes.
TEMPERATURE AND BOTTLE POSITION ALERTS:
You will also receive notifications through an app that tells you if the temperature of the contents of the bottle is adequate, and if the bottle is being held in the optimal position for your baby. It even alerts you when the contents of the bottle may need to be discarded or has expired!
TOP NOTCH TECHNOLOGY FEATURES:
The BlueSmart mia has a built-in worry free WiFi connection and a convenient wireless charger. It even allows multiple users to connect to one account so everyone can input important data and have access to baby’s progress.
THE APP THAT KEEPS IT ALL TOGETHER:
To help parents track and analyze their baby’s feeding intake, an app is included that allows you to track your child's food consumption, see when the next feeding is scheduled for and track important milestones in baby's development – and all right from the dashboard! You can even record sleep and growth data and view and share previous records. The app is a great way to regain that peace of mind that you really need as a new parent, especially when you're away from the baby for longer periods of time. It allows for you and your child's caregiver to be completely on the same page when it comes to feeding your baby, and the app is also useful in tracking and sharing information with your child's pediatrician.
Once I brought my sweet baby home from the hospital, realizing that the nurses from the hospital weren’t actually going to come home with me and help me figure things out was a tiny bit scary for me. I knew I had a lot to learn as a brand new parent, and having the BlueSmart mia would’ve been a dream come true to help me in my transition. As I make plans to grow my family in the future, the BlueSmart mia definitely has a place in those plans to help keep the stress away and give me comfort knowing my infant will be getting exactly what they need!
BEAT THE CROWD & BUY NOW:
The BlueSmart mia will be hitting shelves in January 2017 – but to help parents regain peace of mind and worry less during the New Year – the product is available for pre-order and a fantastic discounted price! From now until January 15th, you can purchase the BlueSmart mia for $119.99 – 20% off the retail price. Hooray! Click here to learn more and to pre-order yours today!
Track Feedings With BlueSmart mia
I started my registry early this pregnancy because I feel so out of the loop. It's been 7 years now since I've had a baby of our own and so much has changed. At first, I felt overwhelmed but now I'm more excited for baby with all the great changes in baby items. From clothing to feeding, it can be overwhelming when you don't research. Lucky for me, I like to research a product before committing to it even if I'm just adding it to my registry.
This month I'm tackling baby feeding. The latest item to hit my radar, feeding made easy with BlueSmart mia! So what is this bottle sleeve thing anyways? Well, it's … a high-tech system that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns."
Now let me be honest. I hated having to write in my baby feeding journal, especially in the early am feedings. I'd promise myself I’d remember to fill them in later but I never did. I was exhausted. With two little ones under 1.5 years old, it wasn't happening. Ya, it was a busy time. The hubs and I rotated feedings so we were both often looking at each other trying to calculate the amount of wet diapers and dirty bottles we had. It never worked. But now, we have our fancy smartphones with tons of apps that come in handy especially the ones that are attached to products that make parenting easier. BlueSmart mia is one of those!
HERE'S WHAT I'VE LEARNED AND WHY I'M CONSIDERING BLUESMART MIA FOR MY BABY:
-it measures the amount of milk being consumed by baby and it alerts you thru the app.
-parents and caregivers can access the app and be alerted in real-time as it's accessed thru the app but the sleeve connects via wi-fi.
-it offers feeding angles and temperatures for optimal feeding.
-features expiration alerts so parents can discard milk.
-the app features a journal to not only record feeding patterns but also milestones you can share with family members and pediatricians.
-fits 90% of baby bottles brands and sizes, including Dr. Brown's, Philips AVENT and Pigeon.
BlueSmart mia is currently available in Blue and Pink silicone sleeve colors. The app is available for download thru Apple Store and Google Play.
You can purchase thru bluesmartmia.com or Amazon.com today. Use the code NEWMIA30 at checkout for $30 off throughout the month of February.
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Peace Of Mind For Baby's Feedings With BlueSmart mia
My youngest child is just 9 months old. I returned to work when he was ten weeks and it was a very hard transition for me. I've returned to work after 3 of my children and it's never been easy. Although he is at home with his dad while I work, I still worry. I probably drive my husband crazy sometimes asking how much the baby has eaten, slept and when he changed his diaper.
When it comes down to it, I am probably most concerned about how much he eats. Thanks to a new and innovative product called BlueSmart mia, parents like me can have peace of mind when they are away from their baby. As you see below, the system consists of wi-fi enabled sleeve and an app that sync seamlessly together to give you information about when your baby feeds.
BlueSmart mia is a high-tech system, essentially a wi-fi enabled smart sleeve that fits on baby's bottle that tracks and analyzes your baby's feeding intake and consumption patterns. BlueSmart mia helps moms and dads worry less and alleviates anxiety when it comes to baby feeding. This system measures the amount of milk that baby consumes and then alerts parents and caregivers in real time. Pretty cool, right? Watch the video below to get a better feel for BlueSmart mia and how it works.
Some other great features:
BlueSmart mia includes a motion sensor that tells those using it the proper angle to feed the child.
A timer that measures how long baby's feed is.
An alert and tells parents and caregivers when milk should be discarded.
It is available in a variety of colors including pink and blue. Yellow and orange sleeves will also be available soon!
BlueSmart mia syncs with your smartphone and allows you to share journals with friends, family and even baby's pediatrician. Multiple users are also able to use the app and you can access data at anytime, making it convenient to use.
The BlueSmart mia just became available, and through the end of February, you can save $30 off this great new system by purchasing it through Amazon or BlueSmart mia. Use code NEWMIA30 at checkout to save!
Peace Of mind with @BlueSmart_mia For The Modern Parent #BlueSmartmia
Let me tell you a little story about Rock Rodriguez. He was born 5 weeks early in an emergency c-section then moved from the hospital he was born to another hospital with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU.) Talk about having a dramatic entrance into this world. I stayed behind in the first hospital a mess of anxieties and stress counting down the days until I was released and then his release. After the longest five days I could imagine. Eddy and I brought him home and all he wanted to do was sleep and definitely not eat. So he failed his first thriving checkup at the pediatrician. By that time, I was a total mess.
Eddy and I dreamed of our first days as a family being magical and the happiest of our growing little family. We were happy but overwhelmed to say the least. Thankfully Rock started to eat and we figured it out.
During that time I was reading every book and calling the pediatrician all the time. How I wished there was something to give my sleep-deprived mind some peace of mind.
I look at all the technology and gadgets for the new modern parent and I am so envious. I love how the baby industry knows how overwhelming and stressful being a first-time or multiple time parent can be.
One of those gadgets I really wished we had with Rock during that difficult time was the BlueSmart mia.
The BlueSmart mia bottle sleeve and app are a parents' dream.
The BlueSmart mia is a high-tech, WiFi-enabled smart sleeve that tracks and analyzes a baby's feeding intake. It also helps alleviate anxieties surrounding baby feeding by precisely measuring the amount of milk consumed by little ones and alerting parents and caregivers in real-time.
Imagine pulling up the app for your baby's wellness visit and telling the doctor exactly how much they drank, how long it took and the exact time.
Or while away at work or a date night getting real time feeding information while your baby is with grandma or a babysitter.
Or taking the guess work out of how much your fussy or colicky baby is actually consuming.
Or as simple as knowing how hot the bottle is or how long it has been sitting out.
Plus it is easy to clean and can get wet!
Ahhh now that is peace of mind.
The BlueSmart mia is available for order on BlueSmartmia.com and Amazon.com for $149 but DancingHotdogs readers can enjoy $30 off throughout the month of February. Click here and use promo code NEWMia30.
Thank you BlueSmart mia for some peace of mind in these modern times.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with BlueSmart mia. Thank you for supporting Dancing Hotdogs.