Newborn Necessities

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.

Sleeping: If you’re searching for a bassinet and aren’t getting the Snoo, I love this one from Halo. (IMO, the Snoo is *not* necessary). One of my favorite cribs for your home nursery is the Webster Convertible Crib from S&L. For travel, the Babybjorn light travel crib has been incredible- it’s SO light and comfortable and is one of my all time favorite baby products! My favorite newborn onesies are Kissy Kissy and I have found these to be the easiest swaddles.

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!

Welcome, Little Liv

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 we welcomed this sweet little lady into our family. We are all smitten!

Liv’s outfit: bow, socks, onesie (similar here), swaddle blanket (similar here and here)

Cozy Pajamas for Kiddos

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

Nursery Planning for Baby Girl

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!

Hope this brings you some inspiration! xo

Easter Gifts for the Littles

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:

1. Lake pajamas will always be a favorite for myself and I love this short set and this long set for kids.
2. A darling bow Easter basket (plus one for your little boy)
3. I love this Yeti tumblr so your little can match mom and dad.
4. Petite Plume always wins for sweetest nighttime dressing– I love this nightgown with this bunny eye mask.
5. Get set for spring swimming with this darling suit for your little girl. I also love this pattern!
6. A classic bow for the season.
7. My favorite shoes for spring and summer.
8. A matching minnow suit for your little boy.
9. Your little one can never have too many stuffed animals and this bunny is so sweet for the holiday. Pick this bunny rattle for your extra little one.
10. A sweet tea set for your little girl.
11. The cutest bike for spring and summer– and you could fill that darling basket with other goodies or flowers.
12. A sweet straw luggy basket or this darling strolley for weekends at the market, dolls or pretend play (plus darling for storage and to use as their Easter basket!)
13. Plus this picnic basket for warm summer lunches outside.
14. A true classic and keepsake– all 23 original tales of Peter Rabbit.
15. I love these wooden block sets for learning numbers and letters.
16. A darling Peter Rabbit cakelet pan to bake a sweet treat together.

Happy Spring!

New Mama Care Package

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!

baby book
baby book

Baby Girl Coming Soon

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!

Easter Basket for Baby


It’s Henry’s first Easter and I’m so excited to have his first Easter basket complete. Although he’s a little too young to fully understand, I still wanted to start the tradition and am looking forward to having him “open” it on Easter morning. I stuffed it with books and toys and am linking some of my favorite gift ideas for your little ones here!


piggy bank

Hospital Bag

 

 

I admittedly was not the best at packing my bag for our hospital stay because we live two blocks away and I figured I could send my husband home for anything we needed. Once we were there, though, I realized you really do not need a lot! The only thing I didn’t pack that I wish I had (or that I had my husband go get) was my own sleeping pillow and a bath towel. For the most part, using the items provided by the hospital was much easier. Here’s what I had in my bag:

• Pajamas & robe: Lake pajamas are my favorite and they have a maternity line!
• Slippers: for walking around your room and the hallways
• Camera and charger
• Phone charger
• Toiletries: Other than the essentials, I brought face and underarm wipes for ease and this toner spray that I love!
• Hair dryer
• Bath towel: You can certainly use the hospital provided ones, but I thought it was nice to have my own plush bath towel!
• Flip flops for the shower
• Sleeping pillows: Again, the hospital provided ones are just fine. I used some of them, but it was nice to have one really good pillow to sleep on
• Blankets for husband: He will appreciate having some nice, cozy blankets on his uncomfortable bed! 😉
• Snacks: I brought coconut waters and homemade trail mix with nuts, dried fruit and some dark chocolate
• Onesies for baby: If you want your babe in non-hospital wear! *think: photos*
• Going home outfit for both you and the baby
• Receiving blanket(s)
• Car seat: Make sure it’s installed in your car!

Things I didn’t need (because using what the hospital provided was a whole lot easier!): diapers & wipes for baby (unless you feel strongly about using a certain brand), nursing pillow, belly wrap, undies, pads

Other items to consider: heating pad, Tucks wipes, Earth Mama spray, extension cord (so your phone can reach you in bed while charging), baby nail file, laptop and charger, night light (the lights in the room are really bright, so it would be nice to have something softer at night)

 

 


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