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When I became pregnant for the first time and the news began to spread that I was indeed pregnant, people, friends, family and just about anyone really began to share their wisdom, knowledge and best products to buy information. I nodded, said thank you and acknowledged everyone’s kind and thoughtful suggestions, not really showing that the information was kind of going in through one ear and out the other.

And then I remember clearly going to the chemist on a number of occasions, anticipating the arrival of my baby, wanting to stock up on some essentials. Bath oil; bath soaps; massage oil. I heard about the wonders and benefits of baby massage and knew I had to try it with my bubba. But what I was shocked to learn and observe was the amount of options available. I mean seriously, the options are just endless these days. And those early fussy days filled with pregnancy hormones, exacerbated emotions, swollen ankles and tired eyes does not make the process of deciding what product to buy any easier. I think for the sake of my sanity and reduction of time spent standing in the aisle, I picked up about half a dozen products.

It wasn’t until my little girl started to teeth that I then began to ask other mumma’s what should I do. I heard of products to give, ice packs, teething sticks, and even frozen face washers to be chewed on. I tried many different things. Many. But it was one Mumma friend that told me to try Brauer’s teething relief. With not much to lose and hopefully more to gain, I did. And soon after, she began to be less irritable, less fussy and less clingy. This product had magic powers.

And then somewhere in my journey of motherhood, the whole topic of ‘nasty chemicals’ began to be a little bit more of that topic that everyone was talking about. What products had ‘nasties’ and what products didn’t. What to stay away from, what to try, what not to try, what works and what doesn’t. I was certainly feeling a little bit more confused and overwhelmed.

The thing that I have learnt over the last few years of being in this mothering role; so many products do actually contain chemicals – chemicals that are totally not necessary for little bubba’s and little people. I am certainly no ‘all-natural-all-chemical-free’ kind of Mumma, but when I can limit the intake and absorption and exposure, I like to think I can. Especially when it can be as simple as picking one product over another.

brauer natural medicine

So now, I just stick with one product. We as a family stick with one product, one brand that we know comes from a good, honest and pure place. And not just for babies either! We kind of don’t use anything else. Recently the kids had a little cough and cold, I gave them Brauer’s. All natural cough medicine that is specifically put together by naturopaths. You know it is going to have no nasties.

The thing that every new Mumma has to know is that everyone will recommend something different as everyone will use something different. I know not everything works for everyone. Some people swear by one nappy rash cream, while others swear by another. Every little bottom is different.My tip; just go with your gut instinct and what feels right by you and your bubba. At the end of the day, you have to try a product for you to make your own judgement and feel for it. All the words, reviews and little words of wisdom won’t do anything until you try it (maybe a little something).

So I am giving you the opportunity to try these amazing products for yourself, for you to make your own judgement and feel. I just know you will love Brauer as much as I do, and come back and tell me ‘Tahlia, you were right.” I have an amazing gift pack worth $250 to giveaway. 

This wonderful gift hamper contains
– A selection of baby & child products
– A detox product
– A selection of Paw Paw products
– A full range of Brauer Naturals baby range

This is a serious awesome prize pack.

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what was the best piece of advice one of your Mumma friends told you? And fill out the form below for extra entry opportunities too. This competition is open until 14th June 2013. 

Please do share the love with a little visit to the Brauer website. They have been so generous with this giveaway and I want to send a big thankyou to them.

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**Please note. This giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Winners will be contacted via email and have 3 days to contact me back before another winner is drawn. I was gifted to try some extra Brauer products and all opinions are my own and the of my children’s bottoms and skin.
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  • S Armstrong

    My Mum told me that if I am worried about my baby being sick take it to the doctor. No one will judge you for being a concerned first time Mum. Better safe than sorry.

  • Trish

    Best advice was not to give up on my twin sons breastfeeding. It was best experience ever.

  • sapna

    Enjoy the first few weeks of motherhood. Babies grow very quickly. Take time just to enjoy the quiet moments when they sleep , stretch or smile. New babies are truly little miracles….

  • Karen Edwards

    If someone offers to help take them up on it even if its just to watch baby while you have a shower :-)

  • SuzieLove

    Don’t be in a hurry to do everything all at once, there’s a time and a place for everything.

  • grace

    OMG! How cute is that cowboy photo! Best advice from another mumma? Do what your gut instinct tells you!

  • Me

    I totally agree – go with what feels right for you. I try very hard not to offer advice to other Moms unless they ask for it – everyone has their own opinion on what does and doesn’t work and, unless they aren’t sure, don’t tell !!
    Have the best day !

  • Stacey Shailer

    When I had badly cracked nipples that wouldn’t heal (despite using breastmilk, nipple creams, etc), a friend told me that she swore by pawpaw ointment – it worked wonders!

  • Rhianna

    The best advice I got with my first born was “sleep when your baby sleeps” Though it was from the midwife rather than friends. I was the first amongst my friends to have a child so there wasn’t anyone to offer advice really.

  • Mary Preston

    Don’t knock back any help offered. Chances are, sometime in the future, you can do the same for them.

  • Sarah Morrison

    Infacol! Used it with my 2 toddlers when they were babies and have just started using it with my 4 week old bubs. Seriously works miracles, no more crying from sore bellies and trapped gas. One of my good friends told me about it when I was struggling with my first born and desperate to try anything.

  • Danya Banya

    Don’t make any decisions at 4am, or after you’ve been up all night. Just keep going doing what you are doing and wait another day or so. Most of the time the ‘problem’ will sort itself out.

  • Kell Kelly

    Don’t stress over the little things. Enjoy everyday and everything that it brings as it all ends too soon.

  • Jessica

    Don’t stress trying to do everything right, there’s no such thing as a perfect parent. You’ll make mistakes and learn as you go and they’ll still love you.

  • Jemma Haysom

    The best advice that was given to me was to relax! Take everything in your stride, follow my newborn baby’s cues and to enjoy the moments. Also to pick and chose what piece of advice you think would be useful/work for you and your baby.

  • Sarah T

    My lovely friend bought me a breast feeding pillow, it was the best piece of advice I received literally. :-)

  • Michelle V

    The best advice that I received was from the maternal nurse, because I honestly don’t have that many friends, and those that I do didn’t have children back then when I had my first.
    Her advice to me was: Every family is like a country, they have their own rules and ways of doing things. So when someone wants to offer you their way of how to do things, just smile and nod, never appear ungrateful, but then just do what your heart feels.
    It is a piece of advice that has stayed with me since, and has served me well!

  • Renee

    To love your little people like crazy… But to always remember it was you & your husband who came 1st, & dont forget to work on that relationship. Because the little people will pay if you don’t.

  • Kim m

    My friend told me not to buy any clothes, that she would lend me some and that I’d get heaps as presents from family and friends, which I did, it was great advice.

  • jeanie

    I actually used Brauer’s Teething Relief for both of my girls – I have finished my family but loved the effects of the magic brew when required (even if my mother had a differing opinion of witchcraft and pharma!).

    There are so many bits of advice offered and some are crazy and some are surprisingly wonderful.

    Enjoy it. There will be times when it isn’t wonderful – truly, there will – but even if you can find a small bit of a smile in a moment, cherish that. And believe me – in my experience, it is most likely to get better if it isn’t wonderful, and if it is wonderful – see? I was right.

  • Catriona

    To trust your instinct when it comes to your children, and enjoy every moment with them, other things like washing, cleaning can wait until they are asleep so you don’t miss even the little things in their development.

  • Amy A

    The best piece of advice I was given is that “this too, will pass”. I have repeated this line to myself when my newborn was ready to party all through the night; when my baby discovered how loud she could squeal, and when my toddler spat out every morsel of food offered to her. It has been true every time, each phase I stressed over has passed before I even realised.

  • Melissa Puli

    You will bad days and sometimes these days will be so overwhelming you think it will never get any better. Don’t be afraid to cry. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  • Monique – Your Cheeky Monkey

    The best advice I ever got from a friend was when I was pregnant and that was to never tell anyone the names you were thinking of for your baby ESPECIALLY family, as someone would give a negative comment and that would ruin the name for you. Once the baby is born and named it is much harder for people to say something negative. This was such great advice and my husband and I planned all our childrens names without telling anyone what we liked (most of all we didn’t tell our parents hehe). This is the one piece of advice I do pass onto other friends too! Thank you :)

  • Lidya Yulianti

    To always listen to your instinct. People might tell you different things or don’t agree with your guts. Stick to your gut feeling.

  • Kimberly

    I had no confidence in my mothering abilities with with my first. Throw in a little one that would never settle, slow weight gain (both eventually turned out to be from multiple allergies and intolerances), breastfeeding issues, everyone with a different opinions and loved ones challenging my every move.

    The best advice I heard was to trust myself. Trust that I was doing a great job and that I knew what was right for both me and my baby. I pass that on to every new mum I meet :)

  • Fiona

    Don’t listen to other parental opinions (aka mother-in-laws!)- listen to and follow your instincts, because they are usually right!

  • Gemma

    Try to get out of the house as much as possible in those first few weeks while bubba still sleeps a lot. It will make getting out later on seems so much more surmountable if you’ve already gotten into the swing of things!
    Such great advice for keeping your sanity when you’ve suddenly gone from you to ‘mum’! It’s so easy to get ‘trapped’ in the house by chores and your own worries. Wish I’d paid even more attention to it! Lol

  • Rachel T

    Don’t keep a tin of formula in the house. It’s so easy to give up breastfeeding at 3am when you’re both tired and cranky but you’ll regret that decision afterwards. I loved this advice because when I did switch over to formula (at about 4 months with first and 5 months with second) I’d actually given it a lot of thought and was able to decide with the head instead of deciding with my sleep deprivation!