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How to Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet for Your Family
*We’ve partnered with Maty’s, a company started by a mom that makes all natural and organic whole food health remedies, to help you prep for cold & flu season. There is no experience more stressful for new moms than watching their babies get sick. We all know it has to happen, but that doesn't make it any easier to endure...no matter how old they are, or how many times we've been through it before. And then there’s the added stress of figuring out what’s inside all those scary medicine bottles….not to mention wondering about side effects, drug interactions, and the fear of taking (or giving!) too much. Wouldn't it be nice to know your medicine cabinet is stocked with the safest and healthiest medicines for the entire family to use? Rather than wait for cold & flu season to hit, you should get your medicine cabinet in order now. We’ve partnered with Maty’s, a company that was started by a mom to create natural and organic whole food health remedies, to help share the benefits of whole food remedies in your medicine cabinet. In case you need some inspiration to give your medicine cabinet a healthy makeover, we turned to natural mama and boss babe Desiree Verdejo of the niche beauty boutique Vivrant Beauty. Below, Desiree shares how her background in natural beauty and skincare has inspired her to create a healthy home for her 8-month-old daughter and how she’s incorporating natural and organic products into both her and baby’s routines -- before, during and after sickness hits. You’ve always been focused on natural beauty, but how did your skincare and nutrition routine change when Baby Corbin arrived? Even though I’ve always been drawn to natural products, when I was pregnant I became much more aware of product labels and what ingredients were inside. I sought out home remedies, yoga for back pain, and natural medications like Maty’s All Natural Acid Indigestion Relief for heartburn (anyone who’s ever been pregnant can probably relate!). Now that she’s here I only want the best for my baby, and also for myself. Taking care of her starts with taking care of me. How has motherhood transformed your work? Becoming a mom made me intimately aware of the desires of another group of our supporters -- fellow mothers. It’s given me a new appreciation for organic baby care products, and made me more dedicated to finding healthy, natural products for the family to fill our e-shelves. It’s also been a major adjustment for my workflow! When I first launched the company, I was able to dedicate all of my free time to growing the company, catering to our customers and spreading the word about the brand. I'm now learning the hard task of setting blocks of time aside for work versus Corbin. I haven't figured out the balance bit yet (doubt that I ever will). My first lesson has been to be focused on Corbin or business and to avoid trying to multitask the two. How do you decide what products you want to bring into your home for both you and Corbin? There is so much on the market today, so it can feel overwhelming to make buying decisions but I still trust my natural instincts of being drawn to stories, packaging and ingredients. That’s why I was so drawn to Maty’s. Maty was born with severe heart defects, and Maty’s Healthy Products is a result of her mom studying natural healing. I also have a dynamic group of in-the-know friends and mamas so despite the fact that I am always exploring products, I also ask them what they're loving for guidance. We're coming up on winter and the ever dreaded flu season. How are you planning to combat colds for the family? This is Corbin's first fall, and she's already been a bit congested. I'm trying not to get stressed about the likelihood of her actually getting sick. Personally, I’m a fan of preventative remedies like Vitamin C, ginger tea, turmeric and arnica montana when it gets colder. Growing up, I was slathered in a chest rub as soon as I coughed once. Now that I’ve found Maty's All Natural Baby Chest Rub, I can continue with that tradition with my daughter because they only use pure, natural ingredients. What are your top 3 favorite natural remedies for your baby? I suffer from "congested winters" -- basically, I'm stuffy from the first day of winter until the spring. I fear that Corbin might be like me in that sense. My natural go-tos for her are a nasal aspirator and saline spray, Maty's All Natural Baby Chest Rub for nighttime rubdowns, and Maty’s All Natural Baby Ointment, which is petroleum-free so safe to slather on all over her body. What advice would you offer new and expecting mamas wanting to make the transition to natural and organic care for the family? I completely advise families to transition to natural and organic products, not only when it comes to food, but also over-the-counter remedies, house cleaners, and really anything they can. Thanks to the internet, information about what ingredients to avoid are readily accessible. As a niche beauty retailer, I may be biased, but I also think that it's easier to get started by finding a retailer with a careful curation of cleaner personal care items. Emily Edgar is a NYC-based makeup artist and mama to sweet new babe, Margaux. Typically you can find her on set with top models and actors alike, testing all the newest makeup/skincare products on the market and spreading beauty across the wide open expanses. Follow her on IG @EmilyEdgar. Photography by Jonica Moore Studio for Well Rounded.

SHOP OUR FAVE MATYS PRODUCTS Matys All Natural Baby Chest Rub Grandma swears by it, and now that we have babies we know why. This one's made from pure, natural and wholesome goodness that's petroleum and menthol free.

Matys Organic Cough Syrup Sure, this will calm your coughs and soothe your irritated throat. But start taking it before that first cold and benefit from the 10 immune boosters in its organic whole food ingredients.

Matys All Natural Children's Cough Syrup The kids version of our adult fave. Mom Hint: Skip the medicine cup and use it the same way you’d use honey or maple syrup... in oatmeal, smoothies, or even on pancakes!

Matys All Natural Acid Indigestion Relief A pregnant mama's best friend. This drug-free syrup relieves heartburn and indigestion with no side effects.

Matys All Natural Baby Ointment Whether you're battling dry skin from the winter air or plain ol' diaper rash, slather on this safe and healthy petroleum free ointment.

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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