Five Star Reviews

Transitioning To Motherhood
Five Star Reviews
October 25, 2006

When you sign up to be a mommy, you have a pretty good idea of what it will entail: blissfully holding your baby for the first time, cuddling your baby to sleep, taking picture of his/her important milestones. You feel secure that your prenatal classes have prepared you for all that is wrapped up in motherhood. Shortly after giving birth, you return home and, if you were like me, might momentarily miss the nursing staff and wonder how they trust you—a new mother—with such a big responsibility. You might question yourself and feel a bit overwhelmed. Well, here are a few things that might make your transition to motherhood a bit easier and more comforting.

A Mother’s Circle ( I wish I would have had this book when I first became a mother. It’s hard to find books that are this reassuring and empathetic while still giving practical advice. It’s written by parenting experts, Jean Kunhardt and Lisa Spiegel, and has been nationally praised by mothers everywhere—including Sarah Jessica Parker! You’ll learn about balancing parenting and work, feedings according to your baby’s appetite, the transition from being a couple to being a family, the changes to your body, your baby’s sleep patterns, and more. By the end of the book, you are empowered as a mom and will feel you know your baby more intimately.

Playtex Diaper Genie II ( Most new parents can expect to be bombarded by dirty diapers for at least the first two years of their child’s life. And although the child might be extremely cute, I am betting that his diapers—especially the poopy ones—are not. The last thing you want (or anybody wants) is to smell the remnants of them in the house. And, you probably don’t want to run outside to dispose of a dirty diaper, especially in the wee hours of the morning. If you’re looking for something to contain the diapers while still keeping the air smelling fresh, try the Diaper Genie II Advanced Disposal System by Playtex, guaranteed to be #1 with #2. It has a unique AIR-TITE system with a seven-layer barrier film that eliminates odors. What is especially great about this diaper genie is that it is twist free, and diapers only touch the film, not the pail. It’s easy to use, empty and replace, and it comes fully assembled.

Bravado Nursing Bra ( If you are looking for style, comfort, fit, and function when it comes to breastfeeding, then opt for the lifestyle micro-fiber nursing bra from Bravado. When I nursed both of my boys, my lactation consultant recommended only the Bravado bras. Awarded Fit Pregnancy’s Best Product of the Year, they fit any size and shape, and are amazingly affordable. You’ll never find a nursing bra so comfortable and durable—and stylish (try the leopard print!). Worn by women everywhere, including celebrity moms, the Bravado Lifestyle MicroFiber Nursing Bra literally fits any lifestyle.

Lil’ DipperTM Skincare ( Don’t you just love it when your little one exits the bath and smells naturally fresh? I tried the skin care products from Lil’ Dipper and that’s exactly how my young boys smelled like. Unlike perfumed and chemical products for children, Lil’ Dipper’s Shampoo Wash, Baby Lotion, Diaper Cream, and Lil’OneWipeTM are the most natural products you can rub on a baby’s skin. Their ingredients are all natural and include lavender and chamomile extracts, aloe, and vitamins A & E. They’re especially perfect for children with sensitive skin because they’re hypoallergenic, non-irritating, dermatologist tested, and contain no petrolatum or dyes. What I love about them is that they benefit my children’s skin and, as a bonus, leave it smelling sweet and lovely—and fresh!

Baby Daze ( is an easy-to-use organizer for tracking your baby’s first few months. You might think you are already an organized person, but when it comes to tracking the early weeks of parenthood, you’ll discover it’s easier if you have one logbook for all your tracking needs. Divided into sections, Baby Daze helps you track everything from feeding and diapering, sleeping, nursing, and milestones, to gift-tracking, a food diary, as well as medical and contact information. There’s even sitter slips! If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll definitely need to track how many wet diapers and bowel movements your child daily has. When I had my first child, the nurse asked me how often my child was doing all of this, and I honestly couldn’t find the slip of paper I had jotted it down. A handy organizer like this would have been ideal. For only $19.95, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and help keep not just yourself but others informed about your baby’s life!