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Mother Essentials: Whitney Tingle, Founder & Co-CEO of Sakara

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

If you’re pregnant, looking to get pregnant, or basking in the beautiful (but totally exhausting) baby life, today’s Mother Essentials is chock-full of goodies just for you. Sedona-based Whitney Tingle, founder and co-CEO of the cult-followed, plant-based nutrition brand Sakara, has been thinking a lot about pregnancy and postpartum lately. Both because she’s just birthed her first child (Bodhi, a.k.a. “Bo”, 4-months-old), and because she and her co-founder Danielle DuBoise (who also recently gave birth to a child, her second) recently launched The Foundation Prenatal. Dubbed “the cleanest prenatal on the planet,” thanks to its organic, whole foods-based ingredients and Earth-friendly packaging, The Foundation Prenatal is just one of the new mama must-haves that have been getting Whitney through her postpartum journey. From comfy, breastfeeding-friendly clothing and wearable pumps to eco-friendly diapers and sleek carseats, check out her Mother Essentials of the moment, right here!

HATCH Collection. “I’ve been wearing a lot of great staples from HATCH lately. Their clothes are comfortable and chic (and great for looking put together on Zoom meetings, now that I am back to work!). I wore their pieces throughout my pregnancy and they have a great selection of ‘4th trimester’ clothes that make nursing easy and I can still look chic.” The 24/7 Feeding Jumpsuit, $128, HATCH Collection.

The Foundation Prenatal.This has been essential throughout my fertility and postpartum journey. I’ve been taking it before I got pregnant with Bo and it’s given me such peace of mind knowing that I’m getting all the nutrients needed to support both of us. Not to mention, the supplements come in convenient daily packs, rather than having to deal with multiple supplement bottles!” The Foundation Prenatal, $130 for one month, Sakara.

Frida Mom Postpartum Recovery Kit. “I was gifted this by my dear friend Dr. Aviva Romm. It contains essential products to help with your recovery postpartum (which is way more needed than expected—I had no idea what was coming for me!) and it was so convenient to have on hand.” Frida Mom Postpartum Recovery Kit, $49.99, Target.

Elvie Pump. “I mainly breastfeed for meals since Bo is usually always by my side, but when I need to pump, I prefer to use the Elvie pump. It’s better than any other pump I’ve tried—comfortable, quiet, and super easy to use. It even helped me during birth to stimulate labor.” The Elvie Wearable Pump, $279, Elvie.

Healthynest Diapers. “Since Bo was born, the only diaper brand I trust is Healthynest. They are the first diapers to be certified by the EWG as truly clean and safe for babies, so I never have to worry about harmful chemicals rubbing against his skin.” Healthynest Diapers, $90 (3-Pack), The Tot.

Skincare Routine. “Taking 10 minutes to myself at the end of the day to do my skincare routine is the relaxation I need to decompress. My current favorites include: OSEA Ocean Cleanser, Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Balm, and GOOPGENES Body Butter. Bonus if I have time to do my nails with Sundays clean, non-toxic nail polish.” Ocean Cleanser, $48, OSEA; Noni Glow Face Balm, $22, Kora Organics; GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter, $55, Credo. No.4 Polish, $18, Sundays.

Artipoppe Carrier. “I swear by Artipoppe’s baby carriers. Not only are they incredibly gorgeous and well-made, but they make taking Bodhi for walks super convenient!” Zeitgeist Leopard Carrier, $350, Artipoppe.

The Doulas’ (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents. “This was an amazing resource ahead of birth. I recommend this book to all my friends!” Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doulas’ (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents, by Natalia Hailes and Ash Spivak, $18.39, Bookshop and Amazon.

Sakara Meal Program. “Having my Sakara meals in the fridge has been such a game changer. Now that I’m back from maternity leave and am balancing working and motherhood, it’s such a blessing knowing that I have nutritious, ready-to-eat meals in my fridge for days when I don’t have time to cook.” 3 Plant-Based Meals A Day, $70, Sakara.

Workout Routine. “I rely on Melissa Wood Health and Caravan Wellness for starting to regain strength postpartum. I’ve also been using Bala Bangles 1lb weights with some of my workouts or wearing them on my daily walks!” 1 LB Weighted Bala Bangles, $49 (for a set of 2), Verishop.

Silver Cross Stroller. “A great way to get moving again is daily walks with Bo. I love using the Silver Cross stroller, which is lightweight to push and provides him the smoothest ride on the sandy desert Arizona roads.” Silver Cross Wave 2021 Convertible Stroller, $1,299.99, Buy Buy Baby.

Beauty Water Drops. “I’ve been adding Sakara Beauty Water Drops to my water daily, as they help restore and elevate the mineral content of water. Together, the minerals create an environment of alkalization, hydration, PH balance, and appropriate absorption. This is particularly crucial for me since I am breastfeeding and I need to ensure my electrolyte and mineral balance is high and that I’m properly hydrated.” Beauty Water Drops, $39, Sakara.

Ebi Oil. “I’ve been using Ebi oil, a multi-purpose do-it-all oil that nourishes and hydrates the skin. It’s plant-based and hand-crafted without any essential oils, which is super gentle for both me and baby.” The Oil, $75, Ebi.

Go-To Sneakers. “For my comfort and support during my strolls, I always wear APL sneakers.” Women’s TechLoom Pro, $140, APL.

Clek Carseat. “Road trips have become a frequent weekend getaway for my family, and baby Bo would not make it through without his Clek car seat. One of the safest on the market, I feel just as comfortable as he does riding for long distances.” Clek Liingo Baseless Infant Car Seat in Black, $229.99, Buy Buy Baby.

Baby Brezza. “As soon as Bo is ready for baby food, I will be making all his meals with the Baby Brezza Food Maker. Taking fresh fruits and vegetables from my mom’s garden, this makes it super easy to steam and blend into the perfect consistency in just 10 minutes. I feel good knowing where the ingredients came from and in their purest form to deliver his growing body all the key nutrients it needs.” Baby Brezza Food Blender and Processor, $99.99, Target.

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with best-selling author Joanna Ho, Brave + Kind Bookshop owner Bunnie Hilliard, TV personality Leslie Antonoff, author Rio Cortez, Kido Chicago owner Keewa Nurullah, small-space mama Laura Fenton, Curasalve founder Kelley Williams, Trade Street Jam Co. founder Ashley Rouse, Weelicious and One Potato founder Catherine McCord, interior designer Susan Work, author Tiffany Dufu, Les Gamins founder Veronique Nguyen, Lonny editor Angela Tafoya, Wiley Body founder Vanessa Wade, designers Anna WallackCynthia RowleyRebecca Atwood, and Dana HaimOlympian Alysia Montano, cookbook author Hetal Vasavada, model and muse Slick Woods, wellness influencer Joanne Encarnacion, author LaTonya Yvetteand many, many more!

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