Today, I’m rounding up our favorite newborn essentials for three to six months. It’s hard to believe that that time has already come and passed!
No. 1) My first few months with a newborn were spent mostly at home. You can imagine, once she got a little older and it wasn’t as much a risk to expose her to potential germs, I was itching to get out and about. Beckett enjoys her stroller, but she LOVES when I wear her in the ERGO. I usually wear her in the hip position and she is constantly looking around, taking everything in. She’s secure, being close to mommy, but my hands are free to shop, eat or look up something up on my phone. I use it all the time while running errands, especially at the grocery store. Note: I have the ERGObaby Original Baby Carrier, but I would have gotten the ERGObaby Four Position 360 had it been available.
No. 2) When it comes to toys, I favor quality items in (mostly) natural materials. I have a serious aversion to loud, tacky plastic things that fall apart easily. Also, less is more in this department. Beckett mostly plays with one or two items at a time and I rotate through a small, curated collection of teethers, rattles, books and stuffed animals. Her favorite is Sophie the Giraffe and mine is Skwish (is doubles as a sculpture object on my bookcase!)
No. 3) I only recently discovered this brilliant book series, Indestructibles, but I wish I had a while ago. These books are water-proof, tear-resistant and extremely durable, making them the perfect infant book, since everything (everything!) goes in my daughter’s mouth. Honestly, these books put board books to shame. They’re also extremely light, making them ideal to carry in your diaper bag or for travel.
No. 4) Since Beckett was in this stage during the height of summer, a great sunhat and safe, mineral-based sunscreen was definitely one of our top essentials.
No. 5) Going for walks is one of my favorite activities to do with other new moms and their littles. On nice days, we’ll head over the Arboretum or White Rock Lake and when it’s 100+ degrees, Northpark Center is a great air-conditioned alternative. I have been so happy with my UPPAbaby Vista. It strolls effortlessly, even over uneven sidewalks, and it’s easy to rotate Beckett from forward- to rear-facing, depending on her mood. It also has a large storage basket (compared to some of my friend’s strollers), which has come in very handy on long shopping trips and picnics.
No. 6) It makes me sad that Beckett has outgrown this little wooden activity gym from PlanToys. I have such sweet memories of watching her kicking at the toys, learning to reach, and smiling at her reflection in the mirror. It’s a simple version, compared to options you’ll see at a big box retailer, but I think it’s beautiful; and Beckett didn’t seem to miss the plush jungle-themed toys or battery-operated melodies. And, I certainly didn’t.
No. 7) Around five and half months, we started solid foods, but even before then, this highchair was one of Beckett’s regular hanging-out spots. She loved being at our level, instead of down on the floor or in a baby swing. She was easily entertained by watching me cook or do the dishes and around five months we started including her at the dinner table. She loved watching us eat and it seemed to encourage a healthy curiosity and interest in food. She wasn’t sitting up great until recently, but the Boon Flair has five-point harness that kept her safely seated from about two months.
No. 8) Okay, I am letting you all in on my little secret…Ebay. Download the app, start a search, filter the results and save it! This is specifically great for baby clothes, since they’re usually not worn very much, but now I am also starting to look for toys and other products. Beware, it’s addicting.
I’d love to hear what items you found helpful during this stage! Please leave a comment below.
Life seems to be settling into a little more of routine around here. And when I say “a little”, I really mean “a lot” – as in the I do laundry on Mondays and go to the grocery store on Tuesdays-kind of routine. And, at what comes to extreme shock to me, I am not complaining. The predictability is nice, for now.
Weekends leave room for a little more spontaneity. But they, too, are proving to be quite low-key. A dinner on a patio here, an afternoon dip in the pool there, followed by one ridiculously long and stressful trip to Costco. You don’t need to tell me. I knew going to Costco on the weekend was a bad idea. I ignored my own good judgement. Overall, life is feeling slower and simpler, just the balance I’ve been needing for a very long time.
On Mommy :: BCBG blouse (old) // LOFT pants (old) // Loeffler Randall sandals (old) // Bracelets from J.Crew, Madewell and Etsy.
On Bébé :: babyGap gingham flutter dress (old) // Little Crane Headbands
Macramé, the art of knotting string into decorative patterns, has made a huge comeback. This trend is all over the spring / summer fashion collections and interior designers are welcoming the 1970’s décor style with open arms. My Pinterest feed is covered with photographs of gorgeous fiber art tapestries, DIY hanging plant holders and other knotted inspiration. And I see why – It’s amazing how simple knots can create such beautiful texture and intricate designs!
(No. 1) Cory Lynn Calter Molly Oversized Tee at Anthropologie, $136; (No. 2) Lexington Macramé Sham at Amara, $131; (No. 3) Jessica Velez Osprey Earrings and Agami Necklace at Anthropologie, $38, $98; (No. 4) Macramé Plant Hanger from Pigment, $59; (No. 5) Juliska Macramé Napkin Ring, $24; (No. 6) Jamie Young Company Jute Chandelier at Bellacor, $682; (No. 7) House of Harlow macramé bracelets, $18-32; (No. 8) Tori Praver Wavecrest One-Piece at Haven in Dallas, $264 (I also love the Toledo high-waisted bikini); (No. 9) Shiraleah Noemi Macramé Bowl at Saks Off Fifth, $40; (No. 10) Belen Knotted Tote Bag by Monserat De Lucca (also at Calypso St. Barth), $95 (the Rafé New York Steffani Carryall is another great option); (No. 11) Knotted Melati Hanging Chair from Anthropologie, $598.
Several years ago, I remember stopping by the mall for a quick errand. As I walked through Nordstrom, I noticed several private curtained areas peppered around the store. I remember feeling instantly insecure (and slightly offended) that I was not privy to this exclusive shopping event. Hoards of women were gathering armfuls of clothing and trying on towering stacks of shoes. And although I was embarrassed to ask, I noticed something unique about the items these customers were purchasing. They were chunky knits, leather jackets, winter coats, boots, and scarves – all in a gorgeous fall colorway. And it was July.
I have since discovered the secret of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, a once-a-year heavily discounted event for the upcoming season’s best items. No clearance, no last’s years rejects, just absolutely gorgeous designer items from the new fall collections. And not random no-name designers either, we’re talking Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York, Rag & Bone, Vince, Equipment, Joie, Kendra Scott, J Brand, Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff…you get the idea.
The sale is a great opportunity to get started on your fall and winter wardrobe, stock up on some of your favorite items (this is the only time I see black and nude Hanky Pankys on sale), update your accessories (think sunglasses, wallets, etc…), or even get a head start on Christmas shopping. And don’t forget your husband and kiddos, there’s plenty of items for them, too!
There are so many good things, but narrowed down my favorites to this top ten list. Oh, and this tiny baby cardigan that I picked up for Beckett.
(No. 1) Black dress (No. 2) Clutch (No. 3) Open cuff (No. 4) Hanky Panky thongs (No. 5) Lace-up wedges (No. 6) Ankle strap pump (No. 7) Nike sneaker (No. 8) Oversized cable-knit sweater (No. 9) Cashmere sweater (No. 10) Drape neck leather jacket
Note: Nordstrom Rewards members get to shop the event before every one else (hence the private tents) from July 10-15th. The sale starts July 18th for everyone else; and then prices return to the full price on August 4th.
This spring was the first time I really thought about my seasonal clothing purchases in terms of a unified wardrobe collection. By picking a general theme and color palette, I’ve found that I am much more likely to buy pieces that can be worn multiple ways. It’s been such a rewarding exercise that I’ve decided to practice it every season.
I’m still wearing many of the items I found for spring, but would love to add a handful of true summer pieces to my wardrobe. And while I am still very happy with all the neutrals, my tanned skin is begging for some brighter tones. I can’t deny my love for classic black and white; and I’m loving it even more seeing it paired with fiery sunset shades.
This summer, oversized dresses are my go-to outfit to beat the daytime heat, while a slinky jumpsuit is my ideal look for date night. I’m also interested in introducing a couple of trends, like a kimono, a denim vest (that can go with me into fall) and some gladiator sandals (I actually bought this flat version). And of course, every summer wardrobe needs a swimsuit, cover-up, flip flops and sunnies!
(No. 1) Ruffle Cami (No. 2) Pom-pom Tank (No. 3) Silk Top (No. 4) Denim Vest (No. 5) Embroidered Kimono (No. 6) White Shorts (No. 7) Jumpsuit (No. 8) Tunic Shirt (No. 9) Poncho Dress (No. 10) Swim cover-up (No. 11) Neon Swimsuit (No. 12) Karen Walker Sunglasses (No. 13) Waterproof Beach Tote (No. 14) Fold-over Clutch (No. 15) Smartphone Wristlet (No. 16) Gladiator Wedges (No. 17) Avarca Sandals (No. 18) Flip Flops
What do you think of the capsule wardrobe idea? And what are you wearing this summer?
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