My daughter, Beckett, is almost four months old. I can’t believe it! Becoming her mom has been such a rewarding adventure. Exhausting, both emotionally and physically, but beyond-my-expectations rewarding. Now that I’ve actually been doing this whole mom thing for a little while, I’m reviewing my Baby Registry Gift Guide series and making note of items we’ve actually found helpful. Thankfully, so far, I haven’t regretted a single purchase and I’m really proud of how we’ve been able to be more minimalistic with the baby gadgets. I’ll be updating those posts with some notes here soon, but until then here are my favorite newborn essentials for zero to three months:
No. 1) Beckett basically lived in sleepers for the first three months of life. Considering she mostly slept anyways, I didn’t feel like messing with actual outfits. My absolute favorite pajamas are from Hanna Andersson and I especially love the prints available from their collaboration with Serena & Lily. They have a great fit and somehow the newborn size (50cm) lasts from zero to six months. We also highly prefer zippers over snaps. And since Beckett is long, I love that they don’t have feet, so she can wear them longer. They’re a little pricey, so I have actually started searching for gently-used options on local Facebook garage sale groups and Ebay. I’m developing quite a collection!
No. 2) After about a month, I started wondering what I supposed to do with my child all day long, aside from feeding and watching her sleep, of course. “Playing” with a newborn is a little less fun and interactive then you might expect. I did get her these black and white art cards from Wee Gallery though and she loves them! Seriously, she stares at them so intently. I lined them against the wall of her crib and I catch her looking (and “talking”) to them all the time. They’re probably my favorite “toy” for her right now.
No. 3) These swaddle sleep sacks from Halo are my absolute favorite. Beckett sleeps in one every night. They keep her warm and she stays swaddled much better than when we use a regular swaddle blanket, which helps her stay asleep. The only bummer is that I have to wash these separately so the velcro doesn’t ruin other items in the wash.
No. 4) Beckett is a spitter-uper. And in those early months, it was helpful to have lots of burp cloths, baby washcloths and bibs on hand. These are actually discontinued from Living Textiles and I am so sad about it. It’s the waterproof backing and absorbent muslin that makes these items a must-have. I’ve tried other burp cloths and bibs and she would soak them right through. One of these could actually last all day! That’s a lot of spit up.
No. 5) We didn’t register for this, but were so grateful to be able to borrow it from a friend. Beckett slept in this Snuggle Nest co-sleeper for the first six weeks. Since we were breastfeeding, it was so nice to have her right there in the bed with us. And it was easy to soothe her back to sleep with a pacifier or lullaby. This, hands-down, was our favorite item in those early months.
No. 6) If Beckett lived in sleepers, then I lived in nursing tanks (and my bathrobe) in the beginning. I bought three (all this style from Target) and although I could have used several more (remember, the spit up), I am glad I didn’t splurge, because now that Beckett is eating less often, I find them less necessary.
No. 7) We received this blanket from Weegoamigo as a shower gift and it’s become one of my favorite things. It was the ideal weight to keep her warm during neighborhood walks and trips to the pediatrician this winter; and it also makes a great floor blanket when I put her down at friend’s houses.
No. 8) Even though we’re breastfeeding, we gave Beckett a pacifier the second night in the hospital. It was actually the lactation consultant’s recommendation, since she had been cluster feeding all night. My daughter loves to suck and that tiny, cheap piece of plastic has become more precious than gold. Our favorite brands are Avent Soothie (pictured here) and The First Years’ GumDrop. We have a Wubbanub, but we found until she could hold it, the weight would make it fall out of her mouth. Now that she’s bigger, she loves it.
We’d love to hear what items you found helpful during those first three months! Please leave a comment below.
In the United States today, Cinco de Mayo is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. While I am not Mexican (and even ignorantly referred to Cinco de Mayo as “a made-up Hallmark holiday” in a previous version of this post*), I welcome the chance to celebrate the unique and festive culture of Texas’ neighboring country. I love a good excuse to chow down unapologetically on some chips and salsa. And relaxing on a patio with a nice, frozen margarita doesn’t sound too bad either! Why not throw your own little Mexican fiesta this upcoming Monday? Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
*Thank you to an anonymous commenter for drawing my attention to the importance of this holiday for some.
(No. 1) Cinco de Mayo is all about the food and drink, so the bulk of your decorations should be focused on the table. Find a bright, colorful table runner to set the mood. Bonus points for tassels, macrame or Mexican embroidery.
(No. 2) Your Cinco de Mayo is not complete with some papel picado, translated ‘perforated paper’. This traditional Mexican folk art makes for a great decorative banner, but I also love them for party invitations.
(No. 3) Because who doesn’t want a piñata at their party?
The mothers of fashion have united. The movement is underway – a movement to end mother-to-child HIV transmission by December 31, 2015. The countdown has begun thanks to an exclusive collaboration from Shopbop, Vogue and 22 top fashion designers (all mothers, by the way) that is donating 100% of the collection‘s profits to Born Free Africa. The MAC AIDS Fund is also matching all donations and the total purchase price of all products sold, up to $500,000. 98% of cases of HIV transmission from mother to child are totally preventable; and it only takes one pill a day (Read more facts here). This campaign is going to make a difference.
The 50-item collection includes limited-edition pieces from designers including Céline, Prada, Isabel Marant, Chloé, Diane von Furstenberg, and J.Crew. The clothing and accessories feature original prints from Kenyan-born artist, Wangechi Mutu and include items for both mother and child. I don’t know about you, but I am extremely inspired by the beautiful campaign and behind the scenes photos above and I love that it’s so easy to join the global fight against AIDS by shopping from this beautiful collection.
See my favorite picks from the Born Free x Shopbop below:
// Images via Shopbop, Vogue, Born Free Africa and J.Crew.
For the first time in a while, current footwear trends are appealing to those that prioritize comfort. But there’s no need to sacrifice style, thanks to the resurgent popularity of the footbed sandal. Featuring a moulded underfoot for extra comfort, but luxe materials and embellishments on top, these sandals are my favorite go-to for casual looks.
Every season there is always one shoe trend that I am just not quite sure about at first. Enter the mule for Spring/Summer 2014. I’ve long associated this style with my 60+ friends and was quite surprised when I started to notice some of Hollywood’s “it girls” rocking these backless slip-ons. But the mule has been reinvented by designers, featuring modern updates like architectural structure, youthful heels and sexy cutouts. These styles aren’t just for grandma and if you wanna be on the cutting edge of the fashion world, I’d add a pair to your footwear collection right away.