Just in time for celebrating reaching 100 followers, I have a wonderful giveaway for you all from the generous folks at BabyBond Nursing Covers! I just wanted to take the opportunity to say a great big thank you to all of my readers. I have only had this blog for a couple of weeks, so to reach 100 followers so quickly is absolutely amazing to me. I hope you'll stick around for more adventures in Mommyhood, as well as some tasty recipes, and some awesome product reviews and giveaways. So now without further ado, on to business!
We all know that breastfeeding is the best possible choice for nourishing our babies. There are so many benefits to nursing. Aside from providing 100% of the nutrients and vitamins baby needs during the first 6 months of life, breast milk also contains many illness-fighting substances that make for a much happier, healthier baby. Breastfeeding is also beneficial for a baby's psychological development. It provides mother and child the opportunity for plenty of close, skin-to-skin contact, as well as eye-contact and a chance for baby to interact during meals. It has been proven that much of a person's psychological and emotional development starts in infancy. Babies who nurse have been shown to have a greater sense of security and are calmer, happier babies than their bottle-fed counterparts. (This of course is a matter of opinion. I know plenty of bottle fed babies that were happy and healthy kids.) Breastfeeding is also good for Mommy! Did you know that while nursing, the body burns a TON of calories, helping to shed that extra baby weight quickly and effectively? That's a HUGE bonus in my book! And if these reasons to nurse aren't convincing enough, breastfeeding is FREE. Let's face it, in today's economy, free is good, and hard to come by! So as you can see, there are a plethora of wonderful reasons to consider nursing. It's better for baby, better for mommy, and better for the pocket-book!
For a long time, breastfeeding mothers have been something of a taboo. To me, this is ridiculous, as there is nothing more beautiful or natural than a mother feeding her child as nature intended. But nonetheless, nursing mothers have been forced to nurse behind closed doors or under a HUGE awkward drape of a nursing cover, completely concealing baby from the world. And I don't know a single baby that likes to be covered completely.My two babies certainly don't! And the brave mamas that dared to just whip it out and feed have received many disgusted looks, as this is somehow deemed indecent in the world we live in today.So while nursing can be a wonderful experience for both mother and baby, it does present it's challenges, especially when trying to feed a hungry baby when ducking into a room somewhere just may not be an option.
Well, BabyBond Nursing Covers has found the perfect solution that allows mom to discreetly nurse her baby in public while remaining modest, and all without covering baby! That's right! You CAN nurse your baby without showing the world your tatas, and you can still give your child the eye-contact and interaction they so crave. Human beings are social creatures, even during mealtime. I know I like "people-watching" on the rare occasion my husband and I get to go out for the evening. Babies are no different. They want to see the world around them and look into their mother's eyes as they eat. BabyBond is in tune with this need, and have developed a nursing cover that is revolutionizing the world of breastfeeding. All of the BabyBond nursing covers feature a unique, double paneled "sash" that allows you to separate the layers to expose just enough breast for baby to latch on and feed, all while keeping the rest of the breast discreetly covered and allowing baby to have an unobstructed dining experience.
They have 3 models to choose from: The Original, The Flex, and the cover I received to review, The Couture. The Original and The Flex are sized, sash-style covers that are designed for easy, comfortable nursing from the top of your shirt. The Couture, however, is much more versatile than its predecessors. It is a one-size item that will accommodate most body types, and it is designed to fit the ever-changing shape of a post-partum woman's body, and can easily be adjusted for a close, secure fit. The Couture can also be used as a sash style cover, which wraps around the back and over the shoulder and across the breast. (Please note: You are supposed to nurse from the breast opposite the shoulder the sash is on. Yes, this DOES make a difference!) But the awesome part about the Couture is that it also doubles as a belly-band, which can be worn under the shirt to help cover mama's 6 pack abs as she nurses from the bottom! That's right! With the Couture, you can choose to feed from the top OR the bottom! How cool is that?! Here is some more info from the company, as well as a diagram showing how to use the BabyBond Couture:
I was so excited when I received my cover to try out for myself. It came in an attractive package, and was rolled-up neatly in a cute little self-contained pouch. I LOVE this feature! When you're done nursing, the BabyBond rolls neatly into a pouch, and it is compact enough to fit easily into any purse or diaper bag. There are also several color choices, all of which are fashionable and will match any outfit mama wears. No more duckies or silly, baby prints. I love baby prints, but I prefer to keep them on BABY, not on ME,lol. I chose Riviera, a rich, jewel-tone shade of blue. It is a gorgeous color! And let me mention also that the fabric is super-soft and slightly stretchy. It has a very high-quality feel to it, much like a top from an expensive clothing store. The instructions are even sewn onto a tag that is attached to the garment itself. This gets major brownie points from me, as I am probably the most instructionally challenged person I know! I am constantly going to YouTube for how-to videos. At first when putting on the Couture, I was a little confused. (I expected that, though.) The hubby was nice enough to show me how to put it on, and I must admit, I felt pretty dumb. It's so simple! Here is a photo of the BabyBond fresh out of the package.
Don't you just LOVE that color? I know I do! Here are some photos of me modeling my Couture, as well as an "action shot."I do NOT look my best, as I am completely sleep-deprived due to the fact that I have a newborn with a cold who doesn't know his days from his nights, and also a 14 month old whose sleep schedule is a bit off, as well. So ignore my frazzled appearance and the luggage...oops...bags under my eyes and look at the product. It's all about the product, people! :)
And here it is as a belly-band. I have shown it on the outside of my clothing for display purposes, but it is meant to be worn underneath.Here is a photo of me and the Xan-Man, showing the product in action:
Overall, I think this is an amazing, must have product for any nursing mother that wants the flexibility to nurse where she wants, when she wants in a discreet fashion, all while giving her baby the interaction and bonding time he or she thrives on. It is a beautiful, soft material, and is definitely of the highest quality. And best of all, it is easy to use! Xander didn't seem phased by the change at all, and he really enjoyed being able to look up at me and around the room while nursing. He even liked gripping and feeling the fabric of the Couture.I am thrilled to have discovered BabyBond Nursing Covers and will definitely recommend them to my pregnant and nursing friends and family members!
You know you want one! BabyBond Nursing Covers can be purchased here on their website for $35.00. (A great value, if you ask me!) Remember, if the Couture isn't for you, they also have the Original and the Flex models to choose from!
The wonderful folks at BabyBond are generously offering 1 lucky follower a BabyBond nursing cover in their choice of any in-stock style or color! How cool is that?!
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