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Primo First Steps Water Dispenser:
As I come to the end of my pregnancy I am looking ahead to the next stage of motherhood and preparing for a healthy postpartum period. A big part of that is breastfeeding. The last time around I struggled with breastfeeding so this time I want to set myself up for success! Drinking water is my number one tip for pregnancy and beyond, although I don’t think it’s talked about nearly enough.
I don’t think women can drink too much water during pregnancy, I know I go through at least a gallon a day. Aiden and Dan are also big water drinkers. When I learned about the Primo® First Steps Bottom-Loading Water Dispenser I knew it would be perfect for our family! It gives all of us access to safe, great-tasting Primo® water. I also love that the dispenser will grow with our family’s needs as the options for icy cold and hot water are part of this station, as well as a warm water setting specially designed for mixing baby formula at the perfect temperature of 98.6-104o F. As you can imagine, being able to dispense water at the perfect temperature for mixing formula is crucial, as babies often aren’t very patient when they’re hungry. There’s even a LED night light for dark late night feedings.
The Primo Water Dispenser has also encouraged Aiden to drink more water (if you have a toddler, you know getting them to drink water can be a struggle). He loves pressing the buttons to fill up his little water bottle. I don’t have to worry about him using the dispenser if we look away for a moment because there is a locking system for the buttons and the piping-hot water has child-resistant safety feature too.
Having the dispenser during pregnancy has been great because it has made it so convenient to drink more water. In fact, it is statistically proven to help people drink more water. The dispenser makes hot and cold water so I can use it for my favorite third-trimester tea.
I know the dispenser will also be a great asset beyond pregnancy, especially when it comes time to feed our newest addition. My goal is to breastfeed exclusively and in order to support that I will need plenty of water to maintain a healthy supply. Here are some of the other ways I am preparing for breastfeeding:
- Eat lots of protein and leafy greens: I am already eating lots of protein and leafy greens to support my pregnancy, but I have also started freezing meals that I can easily pull out of the freezer and cook once the baby arrives. Smoothies with spinach are also a great easy way to add in some extra greens.
- Order a breast pump and make a schedule: Breastfeeding is all about supply and demand which means the more you feed or pump the more likely you are to have a milk supply that will satisfy your baby. I did my research to find a pump that will help support my milk supply and ordered it already so it will be ready to go when I am ready to start breastfeeding. The Primo dispenser came with a great Baby Feeding Chart that will be so helpful in knowing when our baby needs to eat.
- Meet with a lactation consultant: With my first, I waited until Aiden was six-months before seeking help from a lactation consultant for issues that were finally manifesting themselves related to breastfeeding. This time, I am meeting with one before I even give birth so I can make sure that I have the support I need to feed my baby from the start.
- Be flexible: Although my goal is to breastfeed I know I need to be flexible and easy on myself in the event breastfeeding doesn’t work out, or we need to supplement. That’s another reason I love the Primo dispenser. In the event we need to move to formula it provides cold, warm or hot drinking water with the warm option supplying water at 98.6-104o Fahrenheit—specially designed for mixing baby formula.
As I learned when we supplemented with Aiden, choosing your water is as important as the formula you choose. You don’t want your baby ingesting tap water which can contains chemicals, other contaminants, and fluoride which is not great for a baby’s body. They can’t filter contaminants as adults can. Pound for pound, a baby’s body can’t filter contaminants like adults can. Primo water has gone through a multi-step purification process that eliminates any harmful substances to ensure you’re drinking high quality, safe water that you can trust.
No matter how the remainder of my pregnancy and postpartum period go, I know I will be doing the best thing I can for me and my family by providing easy access to great tasting, safe drinking water.
To check out and purchase the Primo water dispenser for yourself see here or find a retailer location near you. This is also a great gift item to add to your registry or provide to a friend who is expecting!