SF Baby: Lovemade

Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things is bringing a new service to San Fransisco mamas and mamas-to-be.

SF Baby: Lovemade

While we love our great city, we also love looking to others for inspiration. Whether it’s style, parenting skills or life balance, it’s always good to get outside perspective. Especially when you can get it all in one place! The blog Shop Sweet Things for instance. So when we heard its founder, Jeanne Chan, was launching Lovemade, a new events company geared towards modern families, we couldn’t wait to find out more. With her business partner Janette Crawford, Chan has created a place “to celebrate the special intersection between what adults love and what kids love,” with events like a moms-to-be workshop and DIY Gift Wrapping (sign us up please!). “We create engaging events for design-conscious families at various stages, always valuing both community and style.” Here’s what else Chan had to say. Tell us more about the family events we'll see from Lovemade in the future. We're excited to curate experiences that kids and parents can enjoy together -- hands-on projects that adults would enjoy anyway, where we can naturally interject a kid-friendly component. And no need for a babysitter! For the holidays we're hosting an event making hand-stamped wrapping paper, and look out in the future for everything from modern piñata-making to cooking classes. How do you busy ladies find the time for Lovemade? Since both of us have other day jobs, we started Lovemade out of passion. We (do our best to) juggle Lovemade with our other careers during the week, weekends, and after our kiddos go to sleep. Sometimes this means conference calls at 10:30pm! How much influence did your children have in the idea for Lovemade? All of it! Lovemade events are events that we wish we'd been invited to by someone else -- things we want to do ourselves. We're also seeing a trend of modern parents trying to find activities where they can bond with their family in a meaningful way. So we want to offer options that are beyond just going to the park or your day-to-day playdates. Why was it important for the two of you to launch with a pregnancy event? We both reflected on how we felt as first-time moms and realized how worried we were about losing our sense of selves (and style) during and after pregnancy. But we didn’t! So our first workshop was designed to give pregnant women confidence in that special time in life, helping them be intentional about how they decorate their homes and nurseries, and how they dress. Plus we were excited to build community among our 15 attendees, all like-minded and at the same stage. Learn more about Lovemade.


By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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