Babies and toddlers will stick absolutely everything in their mouth. Dirty socks. Toys. The dogs tail. It really doesn’t matter when they are teething. If they can see it, reach it and grab it, it is going in the mouth.
This can become a problem for you jewelry-wearing, baby-holding mommas. Luckily there is an alternative! Silicone teething necklaces can be fashionable and functional for both baby and mom. Here are some of the benefits of mama-worn silicone teething necklaces:
- No damage to personal jewelry. No baby teeth marks and no your ripping favorite delicate silver chain (yep, personal experience).
- Strengthens babies gums. Food-grade silicone is BPA, PVC, non-toxic and shatter-resistant. It is safe for those baby gums to gnaw on as they develop. And as their little gums gnaw it helps to minimize the pain, making for a less cranky baby and a happier mom.
- Baby focus while breastfeeding (or bottle feeding). Sometimes babies can get restless or unfocused while feeding. Colorful beads can help them focus and they can see, touch and pull on these necklaces.
- Silicone beads are both cold and heat resistant. Because they water proof and are not effected by heat, they are also safe from bacteria and mold formation. Bonus: They are easily cleaned and dishwasher safe!
Silicone teething necklaces are great, but just like anything you should always supervise your baby or toddler with these necklaces.
Since starting my mom-targeted business, I have had several people ask my if my cookies are made from breastmilk! While I have no doubt that someone, somewhere has tried this, my cookies are not those. One Bad Motherbaker’s Lactation Cookies are made to encourage lactation in nursing mothers. They will not defy the laws of nature and cause men or children or non-nursing mothers to start lactating; trust me when I say my husband has tested this theory time and time again. These cookies are great, however, for a vitamin boost in anyone’s diet.
These cookies have three magic ingredients that encourage milk production in nursing women.
- Brewer’s Yeast – To be quite honest, this ingredient has a very off-putting taste and smell, and the cookie is the tasty cloak it hides under. This yeast, while also used to make beer, is rich in folic acid, B12 and B2, and protein. Selenium and chromium, which are an essential part of a nursing momma’s diet, are also contained within this magic dust. The vitamins and minerals in Brewer’s yeast are also thought to aide in fighting off both fatigue and the baby blues. Nursing or not, Brewer’s yeast is a great source of protein and B vitamins!
- Whole Oats – Are known to aide in warding off inflammation, nourish the cardiovascular system, stabilize blood sugar and provide a good source of fiber.
- Flaxseed – This ingredient is a rush of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (a.k.a. the good fats) which are good for heart and digestive health.
Making these ingredients part of your diet is essential, nursing or not. I am no longer nursing, but I still make these cookies for my kids so that these vitamins, minerals and good fats can still be a part of their diet.
If you are nursing, and do not need the aid of a galactagogue, it is still important to get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals into your diet. These cookies, combined with your prenatals and drinking plenty of H2O can help you maintain your milk supply and the nutrients that are being passed along to your baby.
The ingredients above can also be blended into a smoothie if you are looking for a less sugary, healthier option. You can find some great mixing recipes on my blog!
I made my first dolla’ dolla bill ya’ll!
When people make their first dollar in a business, they usually frame it and stick that bad boy up on the wall with pride! It shows the hard work and planning that went into making their business a real thing. Since I am not brick and mortar, I have decided to take a picture of my first money made! And since it’s a $20.00 it will not be sitting in frame getting dusty, it will be going back into my Motherbaking business.
Full disclosure, I was never supposed to get paid. I am still at the focus group level and don’t expect to be up and running for another three or four weeks. Still, I am proud and also grateful for giving people, like my teacher friend Erica (I call all my old co-workers teacher-friends, because they are they only friends who can relate to that kind of work stress), who gave me a lovely card and paid me for my lactation samples.
I have no idea where this business will take me. I don’t want to be rich, but I do want to make a difference, and so that is my expectation of myself. I am excited for some of the items, not just baked goods, I am preparing for all you mom’s out there. In addition, each month ten percent of my proceeds will go to a charity of my choice in Lakeland. Month zero will be NLC Family Preservation Center of Lakeland.
And so, my motherbaking adventure begins!