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Baby Love: 3 Healthy Baby Essentials

This week, Claudia will be five months old. (And here’s where I’ll be a complete parental cliche and say that I absolutely cannot believe how quickly five months have flown by.) Here are three products that I really love when it comes to keeping Baby healthy.*

Baby Ddrops. I learned a lesson on this one. It is frequently suggested that babies who are exclusively breastfed be given a daily Vitamin D supplement, which I think is important (not in the least part because most of the women in my family are Vitamin D deficient). After my pediatrician recommended a supplement, I went out to a drug store and grabbed the brand she recommended. I didn’t read the label. Big mistake. It was full of crap—chemical colorings, sweeteners, the works. My daughter HATED it, and because it was so packed full of things that weren’t Vitamin D, she was also supposed to take a huge dose. Then, I went out and did what I should’ve done the first time around: research. I found this brand and haven’t looked back. It’s clear, natural, and a dose is just one single drop—exactly what I wanted.

Gripe WaterGripe Water. Sometimes babies get gassy. And gassy babies are fussy babies. I always start with some movement to get things moving, but if that doesn’t work, just one dropper of Gripe Water almost always does the trick—and quickly, too. It’s been a relief on several evenings when Baby’s tired but too uncomfortable to fall asleep. I like that it’s made with organic ginger and fennel (no simethicone) and doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so I can keep it next to the rocking chair.

charlie's soapCharlie’s Soap Laundry Powder. I can’t remember who suggested this product to me, but I added it to my baby registry (side note: I used Babylist), and it’s the only thing I’ve used to wash my daughter’s clothes, sheets, towels, and blankets. I don’t think Claudia has particularly sensitive skin, but we haven’t had any skin issues with this product. I had never used a powdered laundry detergent before, and I’m a total convert—I now also use it to wash everything. I like that it’s gentle (no dyes or scents), biodegradable, and most importantly it works. Best of all, I use such a tiny amount for each wash that I still haven’t used up that first container.

Do you have any favorite healthy baby products? Please share! —Aleigh

*This blog post is not intended to be used as medical advice, and the author is not a physician.

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Baby Love: 3Girls Holistic

Deborah Triplett Photography

Well. I certainly didn’t intend to take such a long break from Indigo+Canary, but I had a very good reason for my absence! The last several weeks of my pregnancy were a flurry of working, last minute baby shopping, and getting prepared (as prepared as possible, I suppose!) to welcome our little bundle to the world. And also a lot of complaining about how uncomfortable I was/fretting over feeling as if I’d be pregnant forever.

Our little miss arrived fashionably late, nearly a week past her due date! But I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Claudia Jeanne.

Now that she’s nearly a month old, I’ve had some time to spend with the baby products I’d received during my pregnancy, and I’m launching a new feature: Baby Love. They’ll be my reviews of baby products so that they’re easily searchable and won’t get lost amidst my Beauty Obsession posts. (And don’t worry; I have plenty of those on the way as well!)

First up: a trio of products from 3Girls Holistic*. Read on for my review (and be warned: if you’re squeamish about new mama topics—like breastfeeding!—you may want to skip this one).

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