The Zaky: a mom’s feedback

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Mom 4 Life Product Feedback | Posted Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We received some wonderful feedback (and an adorable photo) recently about The Zaky hands by Nurtured by Designs that was too great not to share.  Below is what she said:

After our daughter was born at 28 weeks, a group of friends sent us the Zaky hands. They are wonderful! I actually call them magic hands because they are so convenient.

Unlike rolled blankets, the filling molds to her body to keep her feeling snug, without making her too hot or cold. Having them slightly weighed works great when we need a hand keeping her pipe in place or from wiggling out of blankets.

We wash them once a week (the material has held up fabulously), and I am always bummed on that day because ‘nesting’ is so much easier with them. The Zaky hands have definitely been the most talked about gift in her pod of babies; every nurse comments on how smart they are. Interesting tidbit- the hospital actually tested out these hands earlier this year and loved them. Thing is, stuff tends to go missing quite a bit so they decided against it. They really are so much nicer than trying to nest with blankets. I cannot say enough about them! :-)

I can also see a million uses for them once we get home- car seat positioning, positioning in the stroller, tummy time.  Thanks for the great product!

Ashley Devonish

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Top 4 Nursing Tops: my picks

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Mom 4 Life Product Feedback, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Three weeks after Tanner was born our family was in town running errands.  Dinnertime approached so we decided to stop and eat at a new restaurant in town called Wing Stop.  I am not sure why, but it seems that the majority of wing eaters are men as Ashlyn and I were the only female customers present.  Naturally, Tanner got hungry as we sat down to eat (he is SO good at timing that) so I quickly scanned the small eatery for a “private” corner in which to nurse.  As I sat with my back toward the rest of the restaurant as well as its customers, I felt comfortable to nurse freely.  In fact I really didn’t concern myself to cover up beyond what would seem practical.  That is until Tanner got a nice solid latch and my eyes wandered past the football game playing on the mounted TV screen and over to the security camera pointed directly at my exposed self!

In that moment my mind flashed to recall Jodie’s story who had a very similar experience motivate her to invent the Skinies nursing top and I had to giggle knowing I am not alone in creating an unintended peep show.

However, it is situations like this that make me incredibly thankful that moms have created products to simplify discreet nursing.  With four children, it is no longer practical to find a private place to nurse, instead I feel successful if I can find a place to sit.  Wearing a nursing top at least keeps my post-partum midsection covered while I wrangle my shirt, nursing pads, my leaking milk and my older kids into submission as I breastfeed.

Here are my favorites:

Glamourmom long tanks:

Pros: The long length of this tank is fantastic and I was even able to wear it throughout my pregnancy.  Although I typically use my to layer, it can be worn alone.

Cons: I find that the inside circle nursing holes can be somewhat noticeable through the outer layer (especially on lighter colors) and some moms have mentioned that the holes do not align ideally with their breast.

Undercover Mama:

Pros: I can convert my favorite nursing bra into a tank top with this creative and comfortable invention allowing versatility in my wardrobe while allowing good support.  The long length of this top also worked throughout my pregnancy.

Cons: It is limited to use as a layering top as your bra straps are fully exposed.  Breast coverage while nursing may be less than with the Glamourmom or Skinies due to the fact that it folds down in the same way that your chosen nursing bra does.

You can see my YouTube Undercover Mama review video here.

Skinies:

Pros: Any nursing bra can be worn with this nursing cami.  Cutout holes lay flush against your breast which allows you to layer without concern.  Material is stretchy yet supportive providing a slight “holding in” to your post partum tummy.

Cons: Length is slightly less than that of the Glamourmom long tank or Undercover Mama (which may or may not be a con for others).  If your bra color contrasts with the color of your Skinies, it may be visible if worn under a light colored top.

Blush t-shirt extender:

Pros: Effectively covers your belly.  The length can be customized since the top is not attached to anything.  Less fabric=less bulk when layering.  Fabric is stretchy and can work for pregnancy as well.

Cons: Coverage is limited to the torso only.  Limited to layering use only.

You can see my YouTube Blush t-shirt extender review video here.

What about you? Have a favorite? I would love to hear about it!

Ashley Devonish

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Mom 4 Life, Sarah, shares her love for Safety-Tat!

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Mom 4 Life Product Feedback | Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Just got off a water ride at an amusement park, and he was completely soaked… And the Safety Tat is still on and the marker is still in tact! He loves his “cool sticker” (even though you can’t tell from this look on his face – HaHa!)! Thanks for such a great product!! :)

- Sarah

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Hands down: the perfect gift for NICU babies & more!

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Mom 4 Life Product Feedback | Posted Monday, May 16, 2011

Last year a friend of mine delivered early and her little girl spent several weeks in the NICU.  We don’t live near each other so I felt helpless to be able to do something to show how much I cared.  Then I remembered The Zaky hands that we offer on Mom 4 Life and together with a few friends we sent two Zaky’s to enfold and embrace the little bundle of joy in her incubator.  When my friend sent me this photo below, I couldn’t help but smile.  Isn’t it simply precious the way her hand is wrapping around the Zaky finger?

The Zaky is a soft but weighed pillow, partially filled that conforms to the baby’s body. It imitates the look, feel, weight, scent, and warmth of the parents’ hand and forearm. It assures proper positioning, helps with pain management and sleep, provides a sense of protection, and assists with the physical and psychological development of the child.

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Too big for the high chair, not big enough for the chair: enter mylittleseat

By Ashley Devonish | Category: It Worked 4 Me, Mom 4 Life Product Feedback, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Growing up is a big job.  So many things to learn and do.  So many new things to try. . .

Quinten is so over his high chair, he is almost two years old after all and the high chair is just too babish.  On to the big boy chairs!

Oh wait, hold on there big boy, not so fast.  Remember how you fell off the big boy chair and cried and cried?  Lets make both mama and big boy happy by using a mylittleseat travel high chair!

I love this product.  Not only is it super compact and easy to take with me to grandma’s house but it is machine washable and can be assembled and disassembled from the chair in a flash.  The extra bonus is that after our kids have all outgrown the need for it, I can store it for just a fraction of the space a regular high chair would take up and have it on hand for friends with younger kids who come over for dinner.

Safe, portable, washable and affordable: great features if you ask me!

We just got our latest shipment of mylittleseats in and now have a bunch of brand new fabrics, come check them out!

Ashley Devonish

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