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What Exactly Is A Lactation Cookie?

Written by Vanessa on August 27th, 2019.      0 comments

It's a great question so Jesse from Totally Devoted has answered it for us to share with you!

A lactation cookie isn't just your regular cookie. These little beauties are made with wholesome ingredients containing age old galactogogues (milk making ingredients). Eating lactation cookies is a wonderful, nutritious and enjoyable way to help assist you on your breastfeeding journey. Best of all they can be eaten safely with one hand whilst feeding your precious baby.
When purchasing lactation cookies look out for the important "milk making" ingredients below otherwise you really are just eating a regular but overpriced cookie. 

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Oats are full of dietary fibre which is a wonderful ingredient for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers as they help relieve constipation. They are a great source of essential vitamins such as thiamine, folic acid, biotin and vitamin e. They also have a low glycemic index and help provide longer lasting energy and what new mother doesn't need that?

Aka flaxseeds contain omega 3 essential fatty acids which can help prevent excess biochemicals that the body produces under stress, making them great for busy parents. 

Coconut oil 
Back in 2012 when I decided to use coconut oil for my cookies I was met with so much disdain from food scientists, but the research and knowledge I had proved that it was the best ingredient for these cookies as it's dairy free. It's also a medium chain fatty acid containing lauric acid. Mothers milk also contains lauric acid so how great is that for a lactation cookie. Coconut oil is also known for its antifungal, antimicrobrial, and antiviral property's. It's also great for your skin and hair. Supermodel Miranda Kerr says she eats 3 tspns every day to help maintain her glow. 

Buckwheat flour 
Buckwheat flour is high in lysine, b vitamins, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper. It's also high in fibre and it contains the right essential amino acids. Best of all it's wheat free. 

Fennel and fenugreek 
Both of these have been used for centuries in many cultures as a galactogogue aid. In India a tea of fenugreek is made for new mothers to drink every morning to assist with milk production. 

Of course I think Totally Devoted cookies are the best as all of these ingredients were well researched and naturopathically approved to help provide new mothers with a nutrient dense but still great tasting cookie to easily assist them in their breastfeeding journey. 

They are all wheat, dairy and preservative free so the digestion of both mum and baby are at ease.

Purchase them here and enjoy the yuminess.

Even better, team them up with a cup of delicious lactation tea!
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The Allure Bralette - Hotmilk Lingerie's Newest Style!

Written by Vanessa on July 29th, 2019.      0 comments

Hotmilk Lingerie Allure Bralette

The Allure is Hotmilk Lingerie's newest maternity bralette in soft lace for everyday comfort wear. This miracle bralette provides support up to a G cup and is the perfect flexifit bra to stretch and grow into while your body changes through pregnancy and nursing.

Shop to your band size and know you are covered between D-G cup for this gorgeous new style.

Priced at $59.95, the Allure is an affordable (and don't forget stunning) investment in your maternity / nursing wardrobe that you won't regret.
Plus, we offer payment via LayBuy which works out to be just $9.99 a week over 6 weeks!

New Generation Lulla Dolls Available Now!

Written by Vanessa on April 12th, 2019.      0 comments

The exciting arrival of the third generation of the very popular Lulla Doll has come!
So what's new, you may ask?  Well, we think the below changes will get you as excited as we are...

Lulla now plays for 12 hours, with improved sound, longer battery duration and adjustable volume.
The doll comes in three different colors and the new fabric is even softer and more durable with embroidered details.

Lulla now comes in a beautiful strong gift box as well as her signature calico wash bag enclosed inside the box – simply a beautiful gift for an expectant parent.

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Still machine washable – still a sleep miracle.

The Lulla doll is a sleep companion for preemies, babies and toddlers. It imitates closeness to a caregiver at rest with its soft feel and real life sounds of breathing and heartbeat.
Lulla plays her soothing sounds for up to 12 hours to help your little one feel stable and safe and adding to the length and quality of sleep.

Available in the Lilac & Coral colours now.  RRP $109.95

We still have limited stock left of the second generation Lulla Doll, priced at just $69.95 whilst stocks last!

Christmas 2018 - Customer Service Hours

Written by Vanessa on December 20th, 2018.      0 comments

Customer Service Christmas & Holiday Hours

We are open over the holiday period - place your order via the website and we'll dispatch it the same or next working day (or as specified within the item(s) itself).  Customer service will be available via phone or email during the below hours (see schedule below). 

Order Dispatch

If expected dispatch date is not already detailed in the item description and we cannot meet our usual 1-2 working day dispatch time frame we will let you know by email.  Items in stock will be dispatched throughout the holiday period except on weekends and Public Holidays when we'll be hanging out with our families and hopefully soaking up some sun.

Friday 21st December - Available & dispatching - CLOSED 12PM.  We will aim to dispatch all orders received by 10AM.

Saturday 22nd December - Closed

Sunday 23rd December - Closed

Monday 24th December - Closed

Tuesday 25th December - Closed

Wednesday 26th December - Closed
Thursday 27th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm
Friday 28th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm
Saturday 29th December - Closed

Sunday 30th December - Closed

Monday 31st December - Closed

Tuesday 1st January - Closed

Wednesday 2nd January - Closed

Thursday 3rd January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm

Friday 4th January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 12pm

Standard delivery time frames apply but keep in mind that couriers don't operate on Public Holidays.

Merry Christmas!

How Babywearing May Help Alleviate Postpartum Depression – HENRIK NORHOLT

Written by Vanessa on November 14th, 2018.      0 comments

If you've read our previous few blog posts, you'll realise that mental health and bringing awareness to it and reducing the stigma around it, is very important to us here at Belly Beyond.  We hope you find the below blog helpful.

Helping Save Men's Lives

Written by Vanessa on November 1st, 2018.      0 comments

For the past nine Novembers Mr Belly Beyond has grown a somewhat hideous and at the same time impressive, moustache that has scared young children and animals. All for the fantastic cause of stopping our men dying too young.

The Movember Foundation addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and very close to our hearts, mental health and suicide prevention.

Eighteen months ago, we sadly became part of NZ’s awful statistic of having lost a loved one to suicide (Mr Belly Beyond’s younger brother) and as recently as four weeks ago, we lost a good friend also to suicide.

Both men were young, very much-loved husbands, and fathers to young children. They have left behind families who are devastated by the loss to their family unit.

In the twelve months to the end of June a staggering total of 668 people died by suicide in NZ which is the fourth year in a row that the rate has increased. Of the 668 people who took their lives, 480 of those were male.

We want to raise awareness around mental health and to help reduce the numbers of male suicide rates. So, Mr Belly Beyond is once again beginning November clean shaven and will end the month by being hairy and looking like a criminal but it is all in the name of Movember.

Track his progress on the Movember website at the below link:

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To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354, Samaritans on 0800 726 666, or Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).

If life is in danger, call 111 or go directly to emergency services.

How Babywearing Can Help Postpartum Depression

Written by Vanessa on September 30th, 2018.      0 comments

A fantastic article written by psychotherapist Abby Burd.

Now Stocking Haakaa Products!

Written by Vanessa on September 20th, 2018.      0 comments

We've been asked so many times from our beloved customers to stock Haakaa products and because we always (well mostly) do as we are asked, we have listened! You will now find a range of Haakaa's finest products available on our website.

If you wondering what the great excitement is about Haakaa, well for starters they are a 100% family owned and New Zealand run company which we absolutely love!

Haakaa was developed through a struggle to find non-toxic and safe products for a special girl called Courtney. Being born with Autism among other disabilities, her parents top priority became protecting her health and preserving the environment for her future and so, Haakaa was born. Realising they could develop a range that is not only convenient and versatile, but also safe for more parents and their babies, Courtney's parents have developed an exciting range.

All Haakaa products are made using environmentally friendly and safe raw materials such as stainless steel, glass, bamboo, and natural rubber. All haakaa products are designed and tested in New Zealand, manufactured in selected advanced international factories under strict quality controls and designed and tested against the worlds highest safety standards.  Again, we absolutely love, love this!

Haakaa Breast Pump 150ml and Flower Stopper Set

From the famous silicone breast pump that is recommended by midwives, to pacifiers and even toothbrushes, you are sure to find something that you and your family will also love.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 5

Written by Vanessa on September 4th, 2018.      0 comments

This time the review was from Dad's point of view, perfect for Father's Day!

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 3 & 4

Written by Vanessa on September 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

On Thursday I was keen to try outward facing carry but Max was not in the mood so I tried the hip carry. This was pretty straight forward to set up. I liked that I could put the Ergo on in hip-carry mode before I head off in the car so it's ready to go at my destination. Max liked this hold and chewing on the straps!!! Luckily I've got the Ergo 360 official bib on the way from Belly Beyond to protect my carrier

The Ergo can also quickly and easily change from hip-carry to inward facing front carry. This was useful when Max started feeling sleepy. So I took Max for a walk along Petone Beach with a icecream in hand. The hood was really useful to keep the sun off Max while he slept. The hood folded up nicely back into the pocket when I was done with it.

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On Friday we went to do our weekly supermarket shop and I realised that there is a really handy pocket on the pouch for my shopping list! Usually I never know where to put my list so I don't lose it when grabbing stuff. The Ergo Omni 360 is a big improvement on the original Ergo. The quality of this product is still high but it's a lot more comfortable and has more options for wearing.

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Looking forward to the weekend and getting hubby to try the 360!
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Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 2

Written by Vanessa on August 30th, 2018.      0 comments

Parvati fills us in on her second day of adventures with her Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier!
Topics: ERGObaby, Omni, review

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 1

Written by Vanessa on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

It is great to get honest feedback and tips and tricks on everyday use of helpful baby products so we love picking someone to review the products we know we love to see if you, our customers do too!
Parvati Rotherham was our pick to review the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier in the gorgeous Starry Skies for us.

The Importance of Preventing Falls from Beds

Written by Vanessa on May 29th, 2018.      0 comments

The below link is such a sad story that was simply an accident but it could have been prevented which is why the brave mum has shared her story:

These are the latest statistics available from the NZ Ministry of Health.

The 2014/15 numbers of publicly funded hospital discharges aged 0-2 with the following first reported external cause codes:
W00-W19 Falls - 1544
W06 Fall involving bed - 215
W06.2 Fall involving cot - 20
W06.3 Fall involving bassinet - 4
W06.4 Fall involving cradle - 0
W06.5 Fall involving hammock - 1
W06.9 Fall involving unspecified bed - 123

So,13.9% of fall hospital discharges in the 0-2 age range involve a bed, this is roughly equivalent to 1 in 7.

According to the inventor and founder of Safe T Sleep Sleepwraps Miriam Rutherford-van Gisbergen, these types of injuries are definitely preventable and parents deserve to know about a product that, since its market conception in 1992, has enjoyed 100% SAFETY SUCCESS. She has spent her adult working life helping mothers and babies and working together with Medical Professionals and organisations including Marae to help prevent these types of tragedies.

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The Safe T Sleep Sleepwraps are designed to:

Prevent your baby:
Available in 3 sizes, the Cot, the Classic & the Travel, there is one for any size bed.

Babywearing Benefits For Mums For Mother's Day

Written by on May 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Originally posted on

There are lots of great reasons to babywear! There are babywearing benefits for both mums and dads (and other people in your baby’s life!). But with Mother’s Day coming up we’re going to focus on how babywearing benefits mums. And so maybe the giving the gift of babywearing would make a great Mother’s Day present for a new mum in your life.

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Babies Cry Less

Babies who are carried cry less. And babies crying less benefits EVERYONE! In fact a study showed that babies who were carried more cried 43% less. Many babies just want to be held. Have you ever heard someone say – or said it yourself – “She just won’t let me put her down!” or “He’s happy as long as I’m holding him.” That’s absolutely been my experience with my babies! By carrying your baby in an Ergobaby carrier, rather than holding them in your arms, you’re also taking care of your body. Ergobaby carriers are ergonomically designed to support your shoulders, back and hips, by evenly distributing your baby’s weight.

Bonding With Baby

There are so many different ways to bond with your baby. Babywearing is a really great tool to help support bonding. Babywearing creates a familiar womb-like environment for your baby. You’re also keeping your baby close where they are comforted, because they can feel you, hear you, see you and even smell you. Also I found I talked to my babies (and toddlers) more while I was babywearing, because they were right there with me.

Hands-Free Parenting

In an ideal world new mums will have the time to sit and snuggle with bubs on the couch, or breastfeed in peace, but realistically a lot of us have more things to do than we have hours in a day. You can babywear while vacuuming, pushing a shopping trolley, taking older siblings to school, tidying up, and so on. Alternatively, you can also use babywearing to have your free hands to eat lunch, have a (not too hot) coffee, or have a little scroll through social media. It’s up to you!

Getting Fit and Staying Active

There are so many great fitness programs for mums (and dads!) that involve babywearing. I took a babywearing dance class when my daughter was little. It was a super fun way to get active at a time where I couldn’t really leave her to go to a fitness class or the gym on my own. Also babywearing makes hiking and bushwalking a breeze without having to fuss around with a pram or stick to flat paths. Also your baby is providing you with weight resistance when you’re exercising. So that is another benefit of babywearing.

Babywearing Settles Babies For Other People

Dads, grandparents, and other important people in your baby’s life can babywear too! Which is still a babywearing benefits mums, because then they don’t always have to bear the load, so to speak, of carrying baby all the time. And it’s a lot easier letting them go so you can have a break knowing that your baby is going to be safe, happy, and comforted in their baby carrier.

So Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mums and mums-to-be out there! I hope you all have a fabulous day and that someone spoils you on this special day!

Reflection Of Our Heroes

Written by Vanessa on April 26th, 2018.      0 comments

With Anzac Day being yesterday, it got me thinking and reflecting and appreciating how lucky we are.
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