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  • Are Your Baby and Maternity Clothes Really Clean?

    We all know that once you become a parent your laundry volume goes through the roof. Even pregnancy seems to be a precursor for the greater amount of laundry with maternity clothes generally being larger then our pre-pregnancy wardrobe and more frequent wardrobe changes. More body temperature changes and generally running at a higher temperature leads to increased sweating and often greater body discomfort (or fussiness with the way our clothes look on our changing body) which all lead to our laundry bins filling up quicker.

    Taking care of a newborn just adds to the laundry pile with babies spitting up on their clothes, blowing out diapers, drooling and generally getting messy as they begin to crawl. Also we all know it is fun to change those cute baby clothes several times a day and show off our newborn in cute clean clothes to friends and family. It can often feel like we are raising a movie star as we shuffle our baby through multiple wardrobe changes gifted from baby showers before they outgrow the outfits in the next week.

    As every new mom knows, staying ahead of the laundry can quickly become a fulltime job that never seems to end. If you are like me and most moms out there you probably feel just putting the clothes through the laundry machine with the right amount of detergent is getting them clean. You are also probably patting yourself on the back when you finally get through the overflowing bin of dirty clothes and have returned them nicely folded to the respective shelves and drawers.

    It seems we are mistaken. Recent research by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) indicates that we may not be doing the laundry right. If we are using cold water with antibacterial detergent we are not getting our clothes as clean as we think. We are in fact putting dirty clothes right back on our body and even worse, on our babies.
    First when it comes to the water temperature we are washing our clothes in, we need to go hotter. “If you’re putting clothes in cold water, you aren’t getting rid of bacteria,” Marcelle Pick, an ob-gyn and pediatric nurse practitioner at the Women to Women health care center in Yarmouth, Maine says. “For babies, their clothes tend to be more contaminated, so you should definitely wash using hotter temperatures.”

    Cute onesies and adorable stuffed animals may look clean and you may hesitate to inflict a hot water machine wash on them, but there’s a good chance that they contain bacteria (and often the really bad kind, from feces). Of course you cannot throw all stuffed animals in the wash, but at least wipe with warm soapy water and make sure they thoroughly dry before you hand them back to your baby to cuddle.
    According to the ACI’s recommendations for laundry procedures, cold water can be used to presoak items that have been heavily soiled (especially of the pee and poop variety). However we should use hot water in addition to detergent and bleach, if necessary, to thoroughly sanitize and disinfect dirty laundry.

    The second step is using an effective detergent. Ed Osann from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) senior water policy analyst, explains, “Warm or even hot water is not hot enough to sterilize clothes exposed to fecal matter. If detergent is formulated for comparable effectiveness in cold water, then no extra benefit would be expected from warm water use.”
    Contrary to what many of us would consider common sense, Osann advised avoiding antibacterial detergents as they actually promote growth of resistant bacteria. He also recommended thoroughly drying clothes in the dryer.

    How frequently should we wash our clothing? It depends on what it is. The ACI recommends washing clothes more frequently that are tighter fitting and more likely to carry more bacteria. In our baby’s case, that would be just about everything but jackets, extra layer sweaters or flowy dresses that are not soiled. For ourselves and older children, items like underwear, socks, tanks and T-shirts, tights and even jeggings should be cleaned after each wear. Other items such as jeans and khakis can get 3-4 wears before they need to be cleaned. Towels should be hung to dry after each use and should also be washed every 3-4 days, especially if they are used by kids. Bed sheets should be washed at least every two weeks and more frequently if you sweat a lot, which is common during pregnancy and postpartum.

    The next step is maintaining a clean washing and dryer by setting up a regular sanitizing routine. Clothes will get only as clean as the machine allows. Every week, or more if you do tons of laundry, you should run an empty cycle with your washer using hot water along with bleach and detergent to disinfect the washer (some washing machines have a sanitizing cycle labeled on the machine). Next be sure to run an extra rinse cycle to make sure the bleach is completely flushed out. After that it is a good idea to start off by washing your whites with hot water and detergent as there still may be some bleach remaining in the machine from disinfecting. After washing, dry your whites on high for 45 minutes to sanitize your dryer. This way your laundry machine and dryer are sanitized for the rest of your laundry.

    When the weather is nice and sunny, you can be more eco-friendly approach to save energy by washing in warm water and line-drying in the sun. The good news is that as your children get older and out of diapers, there are less of the particularly bad bacteria types to contend with, so washing in warm water may do the trick most of the time.

    Remember husbands and older kids can do the laundry too, so don’t hesitate to train as needed and delegate. Just make sure they know the laundry for optimal cleanliness.

  • Maternal America Convertible Maternity Dress Can Be Worn 3 Ways!

    This summer season’s must-have pick is Maternal America’s Convertible Maternity Dress/Skirt. This beautiful tiered ruffled dress can be worn as a strapless maternity dress, an cool casual skirt or a swimsuit coverup at the beach or poolside. You can literally wear it anywhere and anyway and look amazing in it.

    The elastic smocking is perfect for maternity as it will hug your curves in a flattering way and stay in place over your expanding belly or over your expanding bust. Worn as a maternity dress, the pretty smocking creates an empire waist silhouette that allows plenty of room to drape over your baby bump. The fabric is 100% cotton which breathes well in the warm weather and feels soft against your skin.

    This maternity dress/skirt/cover-up piece is an excellent addition to your maternity wardrobe like the gift that keeps on giving. You can continue to wear it in the cooler fall weather as a long maternity skirt.

    This item is currently available in Olive Green, Turquoise or Black. Roll over the image on the products page for model photos of each of the colors and styles in wearing this piece.

  • Jessica Alba Credits Girdle For Post Baby Killer Abs

    Jessica Alba, mother of two, recently revealed her secret to her amazing post baby body, a double corset day and night for three months following the births of each of her children!

    “It was brutal; it’s not for everyone,” the 31 year old actress and mother of Honor and Haven admited. “It was sweaty, but worth it.”

    Recent pictures of Jessica sporting a bikini shows that her sweaty tactic payed off as she displayed her lean killer abs.

    A product that would probably have been a lot more comfortable for Jessica and achieved the same results is the Belly Bandit, as worn by Kourtney Kardashian following her pregnancies.

    This product is also available in non-designer solid colors:

    The Belly Bandit is an excellent product for shrinking your midsection while also appearing more trim and toned while worn under your clothes. It is adjustable and can be tightened as you get smaller and continue to lose weight.

    Please note this product is not to be worn during pregnancy or immediately following a Cesarean. Please consult your doctor before wearing after pregnancy.

  • Maternal America Skinny Ankle Maternity Jeans

    Who says a maternity jean must be boring? Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to wear a pair of jeans with those awful cutout panels that go over your belly. Instead, look to the Maternal America Skinny Ankle Maternity Jeans in their great turquoise color. Put these pants on and people will wonder if you really are pregnant because they fit so well!

    They fit under your belly the same as the ever popular Maternal America Megan Jeans and have a wide elastic waist band to keep them from falling down. Unlike other jeans, these pair are so comfortable that you will never want to take them off.

    The pant legs taper down at the ankle to give that nice fitted and slenderizing look. Pair with a nice baby cap T-shirt and you are ready to hit the town with your girlfriends.

    What's more, many of our customers like these jeans so much that they continue to wear them even after their pregnancy. It's really hard to tell that that you were wearing them while pregnant.

    At $92, they are a bargain and most likely will never make it to the laundry basket!

  • Olian Ella Plaid Maternity Dress

    You'll look great in this mid-thigh plaid patchwork maternity dress from Olian. Full length sleeves combined with a pair of tights or leggings adds to the elegance. The sides are stitched in with a stretchy black fabric to add to the slimming effect. Both front and back are the plaid patchwork. It's great for the office or just walking the kids to school.

    Only $110 now at TummyStyle.com. Sizes range from XS to XL which means there's something for you!

  • Maternity Swimwear -- The Jenni Fuchsia Tankini

    The Maternal America Jenni Fuchsia has the same great style as our number one popular Jenni Tankini in Fiesta print but in a lovely fuschia color. The Jenni is a popular styling as it has a strapless look while offering a halter tie for extra support or removed for the mini style. an o-ring center of the bust with ruching give a flattering look. Plenty of room for your belly as you continue to grow during your pregnancy. The bottoms are a side tie and fit under you belly.

    Currently on sale at $84.80, this suit is exceptional value!

  • Who's Still Wearing Her Maternity Jeans? Cristina Applegate!

    The 40 year old actress who had her baby 14 months ago says that she is still wearing her maternity jeans. Now, many may think that this is the ultimate faux paus and that women should switch back over to their pre-pregnancy clothes as soon as possible. However, TummyStyle.com knows that this is a silly idea and not realistic.

    For one, it takes a while to get back to your pre-pregnancy size if ever. There is no way that your pre-pregnancy clothes, and especially your jeans, will fit within a reasonable amount of time. And, as many of our customers have found, the more children you have, as well as the older you are when you give birth, the more difficult it is to get your waistline back down to size.

    Another reason our customer continue to wear their maternity jeans long after having their babies is that the jeans are comfortable! We have recently extolled the benefits of maternity jeans and as Cristina Applegate has shown, just keep wearing them as long as you want! The Maternal America Megan Jeans , for instance, makes your legs look thin and sexy. The elastic band goes up high enough to provide more support and can easily be hidden with a button down shirt or tunic.

    So, if you are thinking of donating those maternity jeans after having the baby, hang on and just give them a try. You may find that Cristina Applegate knows what she's doing!

  • Pregnant Athlete To Compete In London Olympics

    Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi from Malyasia will be 7 months pregnant when she competes in the London 2012 Olympics. But, it's not in track, swimming or other sports that require her extreme exertion. Suryani competes in shooting.

    Given that shooting requires a steady hand we hope the olympic athlete has a baby who is calm and doesn't kick her pregnant belly too much!

    One suggestion of maternity clothes for Suryani would be the Maternal America Hoodie Maternity Track Suit. It is soft and stretchy. There's plenty of room at the belly. The pants have a tie at the waist to allow for the changing shape. Sizes run from Small to Large and run $129.

  • Nursing Pajamas-- The Olian Maternity Green Leaf Gift Set

    Nursing pajama sets are always a popular choice as gifts. The Olian Maternity Green Leaf Nursing Pajamas set is a 4 piece one and includes pants, cami top, robe and baby sleeper.

    The cami top includes a snap on the strap for easy drop down access. It's great for after having your baby at the hospital or just sleeping in the comfort of your own bed. Olian Maternity has been making nursing pajamas for years and knows what the post-partum woman needs.

    The green leaf pattern is unique and certainly a break from the standard fare of pinks and blues. It is made from 100% cotton and comes in sizes small to XL. At $104 it is an affordable gift for yourself or that special pregnant friend who is about to have her baby!

  • Maternity Jeans -- Maternal America White Cigarette Skinny Jeans

    The name may be Cigarette Jeans and we certainly don't encourage anyone, let alone a pregnant woman, to smoke, but, the name Cigarette only implies that the legs are skinny!

    These maternity jeans have been really popular this season and we think it's the white color and rake of the cut. Skinny jeans may imply pencil thin models but not these one. For a pair of maternity pants, you'll find these are quite comfortable!

    The Maternal America Cigarette Maternity Jeans are about 29 inches in length down to the ankles and come in sizes small to XL. They retail for $68.00

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