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My Favorite Must Have Baby Items

must have baby items

the ollie world swaddle // ergobaby carrier // covered goods nursing cover // copper pearl bibs // nuna playard //  dockatot // banner toys rattle // avent nipple protectors // goumikids mitts // banana teething toothbrush // little sapling toys age blocks // tegu pocket pouch // ju ju be be bib // babylit primer book // freshly picked moccasins // gathre mat // oball classic rattle // boon bathtub mat  //  kickee pants footie // owlet baby vitals monitor // little mr. bow tie // rags to raches romper // lucy darling national park book

 

When The Baby Cubby reached out to me to work together, I’ll admit I wasn’t familiar with them. After checking out their site, I immediately said yes. They carry many products I’ve discovered over the past two years like Banner Toys, Ergobaby, Covered Goods and Freshly Picked. The Baby Cubby is a one-stop shop for so many smaller baby brands. They have free shipping for orders over $49 and even price match. I placed an order and it arrived within days. I know it’s a good sign when it arrives before I remember to look up the shipping info!

 

Since they carry many of my go to baby brands, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to put together a list of my favorite must have baby items. While some I found over the past two years, others are new to me.

 

The Ollie World swaddle has been a lifesaver for Sybil. Her sleep is much more consistent since we started using it with her a week ago. Lawson LOVED his banana teething toothbrush for months and we have two gathre mats, one of which is under his high chair to contain mealtime messes. The other is in our car for picnics on the go.

 

We didn’t splurge on a travel crib and I regret it. Our pack and play has the thinnest mattress and seems to be so uncomfortable that I feel bad putting Lawson or Sybil in it. I’ve heard great things about the nuna sena travel playard.

 

I wish I would have known about the DockAtot and Owlet baby vitals monitor when I was pregnant with Lawson. Both are expensive, but they definitely would have been on our wish list. Any products that bring baby and mama more sleep are must-have baby items in my book. The Owlet especially would ease my mama fears and make nighttime more restful.

 

The Baby Cubby goes beyond a typical baby store. They are a true resource for parents. I especially love their The Baby Cubby. I’ve found great information on their blog and they even have specific posts for moms and dads. I have seriously been so impressed!

 

Thank you to The Baby Cubby for partnering on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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5 Ways to Stay Comfortable During Pregnancy

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Now that I’m out of the pregnancy stage, I’ve been reflecting on the items that kept me sane throughout those 9 long months. I’ve come up with 5 ways to stay comfortable during pregnancy.

  1. Blanqi Support Wear – Pregnancy brings all sorts of aches and pains I didn’t know existed. The extra weight from that sweet growing baby does a number on your back. My Blanqi support tank, leggings and belly band have been a lifesaver. I immediately feel comfort from the moment I put them on, especially the tank. I wear the leggings almost daily. They’re perfect for traveling, working out and everything in between. My only regret is I didn’t discover Blanqi during my first pregnancy!
  2. Earth Mama Angel Baby Mama Bottom Balm – If you’re lucky enough to make it through pregnancy without developing the dreaded hemorrhoids, I’m jealous. I was prepared for the possibility of stretch marks and swollen feet, but I had no idea hemorrhoids were a common side effect of pregnancy. This bottom balm has literally saved my bottom.
  3. Body/Extra Pillows – During my first pregnancy, I slept with a body pillow. While sleep is hard to come by in the later stages of pregnancy, a body pillow was a huge help to staying comfortable throughout the night. After I had my son, I got rid of that pillow so fast. I think it symbolized all the restless nights. This pregnancy I’m hoarding our king-size pillows and using one beneath my belly. So far, so good.
  4. Belly Moisturizer – All that stretching skin can be quite itchy. I’ve used fancy lotions, but my favorite is a simple mix of coconut oil and a few drops of lavender and frankincense essential oils. It feels and smells lovely and I’ve got my fingers crossed it removes stretch marks! These 10 amazing health benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy are an added bonus.
  5. Supportive Shoes – While I love to throw on my wedge sandals every now and again, now is not the time for non-supportive, sky high shoes. For cooler months, I lived in a pair of Nike sneakers. There are so many cute color options right now that you can’t go wrong. This summer, I’m wearing Birkenstock’s non-stop. 15 years ago I swore I would never get another pair, but I couldn’t find another slip-on sandal that was as supportive. Luckily their style has evolved and I truly love wearing them.

 

I hope this list is helpful to you or someone you know!

 

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Hospital Bag

What's in my hospital bag

 

After Lawson’s birth I learned a thing or two about packing a hospital bag. There were definitely things I wished I had and others that we didn’t use at all. I had an unplanned caesarean with Lawson and have it planned this time around. My list might be slightly different since caesarean’s are my only experience. Preparing for baby is a special time and packing your hospital bag signals the end is near. Without further ado, here is the final list of what we’re bringing in our hospital bag later this week!

 

FOR MAMA

  1. Pajamas – You’ll likely be wearing the hospital gown for at least a day, but it’s nice to change into something of your own. If you’re breastfeeding, pajamas that button are so much more convenient. I also size up since I experience a lot of swelling post-surgery.
  2. Robe – I’m not normally a robe person, but I do like to have one in the hospital in the event I don’t want to wear/can’t fit into my pajamas.
  3. Leggings – I had a rough delivery with Lawson with so much swelling I couldn’t have fit into my leggings. I’m hoping this time is better and I’ll be able to wear my maternity leggings. They have built-in support without any seams to bother my surgery wound. I’m also bringing a pair of sweatpants 3 sizes bigger than my normal in case I have a lot of swelling again.
  4. Cardigan – Hospitals can be cold and it’s good to have a cardigan to throw on for visitors or if you get chilly.
  5. Dress – Now there’s a chance I wear pajamas out of the hospital, but if I’m feeling good I want a dress along for those going home photos. I’m packing two – the Cybelle from Loyal Hana and this wrap kimono from VIDA MOULIN.
  6. Nursing bra – I have 3 of these and wore them constantly the first few weeks and then at night until I was done nursing.
  7. Undies – Now is not the time for your sexy thongs. I bring 3 pairs of my largest granny panties in a size at least 2 above my usual. The last thing you want is something tight along your incision.
  8. Socks – Hospital floors are cold and presumed to be dirty. You’ll want to keep your feet warm when you’re walking around (they make you walk the day following surgery to start your healing process).
  9. Flip flops – Bring a pair you don’t mind wearing in the shower.
  10. Tank – A nursing friendly tank is good to have in your hospital bag. You may not wear it, but if you’re feeling good it’s nice to have a few pieces to make you feel more normal.
  11. Toiletries & makeup – I’ll admit I didn’t put on any makeup last time, but again it’s good to be prepared. There will be lots of photos taken. I don’t know about you, but I always want to look my best.
  12. Dry shampoo – Even if you feel good enough to shower, you likely aren’t going to be washing your hair. A good dry shampoo will get you through your hospital stay (this one is my favorite).
  13. Curling iron – With Lawson’s birth, I could hardly get out of bed much less curl my hair. That’s not stopping me from bringing it this time.
  14. Nipple cream – I had a ton of problems breastfeeding Lawson. Chapped, dry, bleeding nipples. The Earth Mama, Angel Baby nipple butter is my favorite.
  15. Pads – Yes, the hospital will have pads for you to wear. The thought of big, ugly pads isn’t appealing, but I can assure you, you won’t care. I did go through a lot and used a few that I had brought with me when Lawson was born so these are making my bag again.

 

FOR DADDY

  1. Sweatpants – Sweatpants or shorts for night and jeans for day.
  2. Tees – A couple of tees and a long-sleeve shirt in case it’s cool is all daddy needs.
  3. Sneakers – He’ll be on his feet a lot tending to you and changing all those diapers so comfortable and supportive shoes are important.
  4. Toiletries – The basics should suffice – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant.
  5. Water bottle – Last time I brought a water bottle for myself and ended up using the one they give you in the hospital. Dad isn’t their priority though and he’ll need one to keep hydrated through the long days and nights.

FOR BABY

  1. Swaddles & hats – The hospital will have everything you need for baby, but I still bring a few swaddles and hats. It’s one of the first things I buy for baby so there’s something special about bringing them to the hospital for me.
  2. Socks – Baby will be swaddled up tight most of the time. You’ll want at least one pair of socks for the ride home and maybe a couple of others for in the hospital.
  3. Onesies – I did not bring any onesies when Lawson was born and regretted it. The hospital onesies didn’t fit him well and kept riding up. My favorite onesies are the kimono wrap style from H&M because they don’t have to go over their head. When you’re worried about every little movement, they’re a lifesaver.
  4. Going home outfit – Yeah, they may only wear it for an hour, but it’s still cute to have something special for baby to make their first appearance outside the hospital. I don’t go crazy buying an expensive outfit though.
  5. Mittens – Babies have sharp fingernails. These little mittens protect their face from said fingernails.

 

ESSENTIALS

  1. Electronics – iPhone, iPad, laptops…there’s no shortage of electronics to bring with you. And don’t forget your chargers for each of them. You’ll be taking lots of photos and messaging your good news.
  2. Camera – Speaking of photos, if you have a good camera now’s the time to use it. We also bring a small tripod to get photos of us.
  3. Headphones – If you’re a light sleeper, you might want to bring a set of headphones. There will be nurses in and out of your room all day and night.
  4. Carseat – You won’t get home without one, so make sure your carseat is ready to go with plenty of time to spare. We have an older version of the Chicco Keyfit.
  5. Snacks – The first time around, we packed way too many snacks. We had cafeteria food or take-out and the rest of the time were too busy or tired to eat snacks. I do crave an ice cold Gatorade/water mix and want to make sure I have my favorite flavors along. Add some granola bars, twizzlers and peanut m&ms. Anything else we can buy at the cafeteria or ask visitors to bring.
  6. Nursing pillow – We have the Boppy nursing pillow, which worked well for us last time. At the beginning, you’re trying to figure out which position is best for you and baby. A nursing pillow gives you more options until you’re comfortable and in your groove.
  7. Cord blood kit – If you decide to bank your cord blood, make sure you remember your kit.
  8. Gifts – Gifts are personal preference. I enjoy planning for and buying them so it’s no surprise I bring a gift for Dad, Lawson as big brother and our nurses and doctors. I’m sure it isn’t expected, but I want to give extra thanks and appreciation to the nurses that care for me in my most vulnerable state and our little one in her first hours. When Lawson was born, I made cookies. This time I’m bringing hand lotion and candles by local businesses.

 

If you have any questions about anything in our hospital bag, please feel free to email me or comment below!

Bedtime Routine

 

Bedtime Routine with Beautycounter Protective Baby Balm

 

One of the first things we did with Lawson was establish a bedtime routine. As someone that craves routine and consistency myself, I figured any child of mine would also feel the same.

After dinner we play for a bit. If it’s a bath night, Lawson spends his play time in the bath. Well until he keeps standing up and we cut it short because he won’t listen to my requests for him to sit down. Any advice on how to get him to listen?!
Bedtime Routine with Beautycounter Protective Baby Balm

 

Now that he’s older, Lawson crawls up the stairs to his bedroom as soon as we tell him it’s bedtime, which is usually around 7pm. Once upstairs, we change his diaper and put on his pajamas. We always put on butt paste since he’ll be in that diaper for 12+ hours and the Beautycounter protective baby balm. (I get my Beautycounter products from my friend, Kia Olson. She’s happy to help you out too!) Lawson’s skin can get so dry in our Arizona climate. Ever since he was a baby, I’ve put lotion on his legs and feet and given him a little massage. The Beautycounter protective baby balm soaks into his skin quickly and doesn’t cause any irritation.

 

Bedtime Routine with Beautycounter Protective Baby Balm

 

We fill up and turn on his humidifier and also turn on the sound machine. This sound machine is the best – we even take it with us when we travel! Once he’s all dressed for bed, we sit on the rocking chair and read 3-5 books while he has a bottle of milk. Then we turn out the light and I talk to him about our day. I also sneak in lots of snuggles and kisses before he goes in his crib for the night.

 

Like all kids, he has his rough nights, but most of the time he’s a great sleeper. I feel like part of it is luck, but that establishing a routine for him has also helped. Does your little one have a bedtime routine?