Probiotics For Babies? Are they right for your family?

This post is sponsored by Evivo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I’m never one to give advice to new parents. But the one piece of advice that someone told me (actually, it was someone on social media who told me this) when baby was born, was to take TONS of videos of him, even if I didn’t share them. Just take them. And keep them for yourself. Best. Advice. Ever. 

Every night when I put him to bed, I scroll through all the photos and videos of him over the past 7 months. I thought people were nuts for announcing that the did that, but I’ve turned into doing it too. I miss my baby boy when he’s sleeping!

I hesitate to share advice, since it’s so different for everyone. And not everyone is on the same page with parenting. It’s all so personal, right? I know many of you (including myself) listen to your baby’s pediatrician before anyone else.

But I want to tell you about some gut health, and your baby.

Did you know that babies are born with no gut bacteria? It’s important to build that up within the first few months/years of their lives.

 

Obviously gut health isn’t something you can see from the outside, but you can detect their poor gut health in these signs such as colic, eczema, fussiness, gas, pain, and poop. Research has found and confirmed that the good bacteria, B. infantis has been missing in 9 out of 10 babies, which in turn causes the bad bacteria to thrive. This is where probiotics come into play. More specifically, Evivo probiotics that you mix with breast milk.

Of course breast milk offers a lot of nutrients for babies, and it’s sometimes often enough. Sometimes baby’s might not receive all those nutrients if his/her gut microbiome doesn’t contain B. infantis

How can you tell whether your baby is one out of the 9 out of 10 that is missing B. infantis?

  • Does your baby have diaper rash OR 5+ watery poops per day?
  • Were you OR your baby born via C-section
  • Were you OR your baby given antibiotics pre-delivery or post pregnancy?

Evivo has its benefits to help baby, as a probiotic it’s clinically proven to restore your baby’s gut. It’s a daily probiotic in powder form, and you mix the Evivo with breast milk and feed it to baby that way. Keep Evivo in the freezer until it’s ready to use, it can also keep in the fridge for up to one month.

Learn more about Evivo probiotics, and receive up to $20 off your Evivo starter kit, use the coupons below at checkout:

  • $10 off 4-week starter kit: BLOG9111
  • $20 off 8-week or greater starter kit: BLOG9112

Always seek the advice of your pediatrician or health care provider with any questions you may have regarding your baby.

 

 

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Dry Brushing Your Body

Do I really believe the whole hoop-lah that dry brushing eliminates toxins from your body? That it gets rid of cellulite? Stimulates and boost circulation?

Well.

Not sure, really.

But I do believe it’s an excellent way to exfoliate the entire body into having smoother skin.

Sure I have those exfoliating mitts in my shower, even a loofa. But back in August, after finally having it in the back of my head to buy one for a few years, I picked up a dry brush at World Market for $4.99.

I recall the instructions after reading about it a bunch of times, to stand in your shower/tub area with dry skin, your dry brush, and no water running on you….go to town working upwards in a circular motion (why upwards, and circular? I have no idea really but that’s what I read so that’s what I did) to exfoliate all the dead skin cells off. Sloth’em all off into the shower.

Dry brush, shower, shave, dry off, moisturize. Not that complicated.

While I thought it was due time to finally dry-brush after I noticed the skin on my legs looking a little older than I wanted them too (kinda dry, kinda crepey), I decided to start.

My skin was looking dull, especially my legs.

A little rundown on my skin: It’s sorta sensitive. I still get hives, daily, after 3+ years. I occasionally have eczema flare ups, and my skin is most definitely dehydrated and dry. So I used a lighter hand than probably necessary the first time. Similar to using an exfoliating mitts, loofa, pumice stone etc. Don’t press too hard or you’ll hurt yourself b’y. Jeeze.

Some say to dry brush your skin daily, twice a day, or just 1-3x per week. I’m pretty sure you know your skin best, so use your own judgement on that. Personally I am not dedicated enough (yet) to strip down and dry brush my entire body at dawn and dusk. A few times a week is all I can, and want to commit.

After all was complete I turned the shower on, showered as I normally would, and shaved. Perhaps my skin was overdue for an exfoliation, but I did like the outcome of how my skin felt, and a few bumps on the back of my calf where I cross my legs seemed to have gotten less noticeable. I’ve been dry brushing for a few weeks, and I have to say I like how nice my skin feels!

I don’t want to make this an 900 word essay about such a simple subject so I’ll leave it at that. I enjoyed it, and my skin is silkier than before.

Will I keep this up, or will it be just an exciting new hyped up product for me for a month or two…I guess only time will tell. If I become addicted, I’ll be sure to blare it from my Instagram stories.

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An inexpensive trick to make your shoes look new again

It happened by chance a few years ago because I had drank a ton of lattes one day, pumped up on caffeine and tried cleaning every surface in sight. I made my shoes look new again, with a product that I can buy in bulk at Daiso (a Japanese dollar store) for under a few bucks.

Or, you can just pick up a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (too expensive for my liking lol), because it’s the exact same thing. A melamine sponge. Buy one, from wherever you can find it the cheapest.

A quick wipe or two across the white parts of the shoe/sole, and it’s spic’n span again and looks pretty much brand new. When I posted these hand-me-down sneakers that a friend gave me for our baby, I had two people ask me what products I used. Then I left a comment on Anna’s YouTube video about cleaning her vans sneakers. So, I thought that was sufficient enough for a blog post to share with the world lol.. so there ya have it. Go buy yourselves a melamine sponge. I found some here on Amazon (not an affiliate link, just an old school linkity link).

(poor quality, yes, because I screenshotted my IG story from last month. Oops).

Other uses: clean your walls, kitchen cabinets, light switches, desks, white leather chairs, computer cords. It gets rid of the fingerprint buildup dirt. It’s fantastic.

Do note that this probably should only be attempted on white soled shoes. Not your dark leather loafers/etc… I haven’t tried cleaning those with a melamine sponge, and I can only imagine it taking the entire finish off it or something. If you do try and it wasn’t an entire disaster, do let me know lol.

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