Let the gift guides begin! I have lots of fun gift ideas for kiddos, so I thought I’d share a few here. First up and most important for the season…
Christmas pjs! This is my favorite gift to give. Who doesn’t love Christmas pjs? It puts you in the spirit all month long and what is cuter than your kiddos matching in cozy jammies? I love Petite Plume for their classic style. Lake Pajamas is also a favorite for the whole family, and Roller Rabbit has a darling pattern this year.
Time to stock up on swimwear for next season! Minnow is currently 20% off and is one of my go-to brands.
Toy kitchens are one of the best gifts for toddlers. This one is neutral and will look cute in any play room!
I have been working on this big boy room for H for quite some time now. It all started when I found these antique twin beds– I knew right away that I had to have them! I decided to paint them red, which is a little bold for me but I LOVE how they turned out. (Thank you mom for the push!) The room is slowly coming together which is fine by me since I want the room to feel and be collected. I kept his dresser and a few accessories from his nursery, like this beautiful painted bear from a friend, the anchor hook, and all of his favorite stuffed animals. I love that we were able to transition these pieces into his new room (that was my intent when I started his nursery!)
We’re basking in newborn goodness over here with the addition of our new little one, Liv. The cuddles seem extra sweet the second time around, perhaps because most of those new mom worries don’t exist anymore. I’m really soaking up every second! I purchased and was gifted many great essentials for the first time around with Henry, so we have been able to reuse a quite a bit. I did purchase a few more things for Liv and have narrowed down what I really love and think are especially useful.
As with all baby things, this is all extremely personal! There are a million products out there and everyone has their own opinions on each one. You need to figure out what works for you and your baby! With that said, here are my favorites…
Loungers: Especially for a second child, I have found it really useful to have a place to set the baby down. Many will advise not to use for sleep, but when you need to set the baby down to make your coffee or tend to your toddler, it’s nice to have a cozy spot. Our favorite with Henry was the Boppy lounger and that has proven to be true for Liv as well. We also have the Dockatot which has been great, and I especially love having both now that we are in a bigger home. It’s great to keep one upstairs and one downstairs so that you don’t have to continually move them around. The Snuggle Me Organic is another popular one that is very similar to the Dockatot. Once out of the newborn phase, I really love the Babybjorn bouncer– it’s a perfect spot to set your little one while you get dinner cooked!
Carriers: Echoing what I said above, it’s really, really nice having both hands available! Also, I haven’t met a baby that doesn’t love a carrier- close to mom, warm and upright. I love this Babybjorn carrier the best as it’s extremely functional. I also love Solly wraps which come in fun patterns and are especially great for the newborn stage.
Car Seats: If you’re adding to your baby registry, I’d recommend putting both an infant and convertible car seat on there. The first 10-12 months fly by, and you’ll be purchasing a new car seat for your little one before you know it. The Nuna Pipa is our favorite infant car seat, and most of my mama friends would agree. We switched to the Nuna Rava around the 1-year mark and love it. We also have the Clek Foonf which I have only great things to say about, and especially love it now that H is facing forward.
Other Favorites: My favorite diapers are Pampers Pure and for wipes- Water Wipes are a must! I love these for baby washcloths and these for burp cloths (you’ll want a TON of burp cloths to have around!) Babo Botanicals makes my favorite baby products from shampoo to diaper creme. We have and love the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair. The Lovevery play gym is one of our favorite baby products!
What is better than a freshly bathed babe, ready for bed in cozy pajamas? I swear a cute, cozy pair makes a baby sleep better, and nothing is better than having your kiddos match! Henry is wearing Lila + Hayes in this photo– they sent us this super soft, lightweight pair that is perfect for summer. We love them! Lake Pajamas and Kissy Kissy are tried and true favorites for newborns and toddlers. Petite Plume makes elegant, timeless styles. And, we love j.crew for stripes and fun patterns! All of these brands are extremely soft and hold up very well to washes. You can shop some of my favorite picks below… bonne nuit! x
With 3 months to go until we meet our baby girl, I am (very excitedly) prepping and planning her nursery. We are likely going to keep her in our room for some time (and not complete her room for a bit), so I purchased this changing table from Serena & Lily that we are housing in our master bedroom. That way, I can keep her essentials nearby until she has her own room. I added these darling beachcomber baskets to keep folded clothes, diapers and other essentials on the shelves. Of course, staying true to my beloved blue and white, I bought this Serena & Lily coastal toile crib sheet that I am using as my main point of inspiration for the room. I’m planning on having it made into a changing pad cover as well as keeping it for her crib sheet. It also comes in this darling wall paper! We are big fans of jellycat stuffed animals over here, so I purchased this darling white bunny that Henry is gifting to his baby sister upon her arrival. Next up is to order a chair for her nursery– I’m likely going to get a white slipcovered chair and order a monogrammed pillow for it. You can view some of my favorite ones- which I have found to be very reasonably priced- in my Etsy Favorites Shop. These also make the sweetest gifts!
Easter is not cancelled! While it’s looking like we will all be staying at home with our families this year, it’s still a holiday I will always love to celebrate. I think it’s such a sweet day for kids– besides the obvious (and incredible) celebration of new life, I can’t get enough of the darling pastel outfits, excitement of an egg hunt and a basket filled with goodies for when the kiddos wake up.
Here are some of my favorite finds for your little bunnies this year:
A friend of mine recently asked me for ideas for a care package she was putting together for her friend who just had a baby. I thought this would be a great thing to write down so that I can easily share with friends and family. When I had my son, a friend dropped off some food from a local grocer– I can still taste the fresh house made almond butter and granola to this day. Honestly, I think food might be at the top of the list! At least for me, I was exceptionally hungry and cooking was the last thing I wanted to do. (newborn snuggles, hello!) But, the options are endless when it comes to pampering a new mom.
• The First Forty Days Cookbook (plus, bring a dish or two from the book!) • A basket of local goodies– fruits, nut butter, oatmeal cookies, granola, fresh coffee beans • A new candle with a light, fresh scent (my current personal favorite) • Fresh flowers for her bedside • A big water bottle (especially if nursing, she will be THIRSTY) • New pajamas or robe (consider nursing friendly) • Bubble bath, nail polish, magazines… she will need pampering! • A luxurious body lotion that she perhaps won’t buy herself • Some postpartum essentials (unless you think she has this covered) like earth mama spray and nipple cream • A comfortable lounge shirt (I love this one that happens to be very nursing friendly) • A little something sweet for baby! As much as mom wants to be pampered, she definitely will always love gifts for her newborn!
I am so excited to announce that my family is growing! We are expecting a baby girl this summer and couldn’t feel more grateful. This pregnancy has been much different than my last one with my son. A whole lot more nausea that has lingered well into my second trimester and I still haven’t turned a big corner with my energy levels (perhaps because I’m chasing a toddler all day?!) Either way, it’s all so, so worth it.
I’m excited to share my favorite baby girl clothes and products in the coming months!