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The Beginning of The Mamma’s List

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I’m Carly, the mamma behind The Mamma’s List – and I’m so glad you’re here. I realized that while I have an About Me section on the blog, I’ve never told you guys how (or why) I got started. If you’ve been curious, or are interested in doing something new yourself – here are all the deets.


First things first – I’m a full-time brand marketer and part-time blogger in my professional life, and full-time mommy and wife at home. I’m not going to lie, life at home with a toddler and this work schedule are busy. My days are packed from 5:45 a.m. until I head to bed between 10-11 p.m. BUT I’m super passionate about helping new moms make the transition into motherhood easier, so here we are.

The Mamma's List is where I blog about all things new motherhood. From breastfeeding, to sleep regressions, infant products, and toddler activities, you'll find it all here. I'm also passionate about financial planning and crushing goals, so you'll find a bit of that thrown in as well.

When The Mamma’s List began


I started The Mamma’s List when my daughter was about 15 months old. I’d come out of the infant haze, and after we’d begun sleeping through the night, I had some space in my brain again. For me, that first year was NO JOKE. Between adjusting my available hours to work, overnight nursing sessions, being sick for eight months straight (thank you, daycare) and pumping 3+ times per day, I was at my wit’s end.


I was also obsessed with researching the best products for our little lady and spent hours scouring the internet to make sure I wasn’t giving her anything that wasn’t safe. Hence, my posts on  safe sunscreen, greenguard certified furniture, and non-toxic baby playmats.


{Apparently, a lot of you care about this stuff too, because my non-toxic baby playmat post is one of the most trafficked pages on the site.}

Why I started The Mamma’s List


Eventually, after over a year, I had to reevaluate my entire belief system of what success looked like. What it meant to be a good employee, what it meant to be a good mom, and what good – or good enough, looked like in my life.


It was then that I realized my crazy combination of google stalking and challenging entry to motherhood could help someone else.


I knew I wasn’t the only person who had a hard time going back to work after having a baby.


Who spent 20+ hours researching about the toxic chemicals in sunscreen.


Who didn’t even know that carpets and furniture off-gas chemicals, but then became obsessed with figuring it out once there was a baby in the house.


Or who wanted to get a semblance of their old life back and feel like themselves again.


Now – two years later, TML has a repository of over 100 posts, and I’ve launched a course on how to be successful as a new mom. Don’t worry, I know you don’t have time to take a class. It’s three units in PDF, with a video supplement.


What We’re About


I cover a variety of topics at The Mamma’s List focusing on planning, organization, and finances, but mainly write about that new mom life.


Breastfeeding? Yup. We did that. And yup, it was hard. You’ll find lots of stuff to make it easier.


Sleep issues? We had them. The four-month sleep regression still haunts me.


Shopaholic? It’s a constant struggle. I have a whole section on stuff you’ll really want for babies and toddlers.


I also throw in a few posts on surviving as a new mom, because you know, self-care.


If we struggled with it, or I spent any amount of time researching it, there’s probably a post somewhere.


Let’s be friends


If you relate to any of these struggles, or just want to stay up to date on all the latest product recommendations and baby/parenting tips, all you need to do is sign up for the mailing list.


You can also follow along on social, links at the bottom of this post. I’m most active on Pinterest and working on Facebook and Instagram. You know, in my “free” time.


If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out directly! Just use the contact box in the main nav.


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