Mamas Marketplace: Cool stuff for moms and kids

We hope you’re enjoying our newest nwaMotherlode feature, Mamas Marketplace. This is the space where Motherlode co-founders Gwen and Shannon — as well as other local moms — share their favorite products for kids, themselves or other members of the family (woof!).

If you have a product you are LOVING right now, please let us know! Email us a mamas{at}nwaMotherlode{dot}com.

FYI:  These are reviews, but we didn’t receive free products or compensation. We’re just writing about the things we’re using and loving right now.

lime ricki logoShannon, who’s mom to a 12-year-old girl, has been on the lookout for a “conservative” swimsuit for her daughter for MONTHS.

She finally found a great website that focuses on modest swimsuits and tankinis for women (and young ladies)! Her picks:

Seriously, I’ve really been searching for months. Last summer was a nightmare. The quality of the suits I found for my daughter were terrible and everything was what I call a little “hoochie”. Nope. Not for a 12-year-old. So thanks to some friends on Facebook, I found Lime Ricki Swimwear, which was started in 2007 by three sisters. They didn’t want to compromise on color or style and that’s obvious.

For my daughter, I love this one:

tankAnd this one:

tankiniClick here to see other styles you (or your daughter) might like!

New mom and former newspaper journalist Liz Boch shares a few favorite products from when her baby, Jackson (pictured above), was a newborn:

As many doctors and books tell you, welcoming baby into the world is a wonderful feeling, but your baby still needs comfort and to feel snuggled. The womb was a very warm and cuddly place, so anything you can do to mimic that environment will help him get used to his new big world.

I bought two items that really helped. SwaddleMe swaddle wraps helped keep Jackson’s arms down while nursing and sleeping.

That immediately calmed him, since his nervous system was still getting used to being on the outside and he frequently would shoot out his arms and wake himself up or startle himself while nursing. They have Velcro too, which makes it very easy to wrap him.

You can find these at Wal-Mart or Target.

Also, the American Baby Company chenille crib sheets are so soft. They keep his bed comfy and are perfect for a winter baby. These are available on

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