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baby registry essentials

Posted on: Monday, July 23, 2018

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a VERY long time, and here I am, sharing it finally right before Lucy turns 6 months. Oops! Better late than never. Anyway, a lot of pregnant friends have reached out asking about what to put on their baby registry, so wanted to finally compile my list! I’m going to share what we added to our registry, what we used/didn’t use, etc. We have a small apartment, so I really tried to be mindful of what products we registered for, and limit the number of large baby items we received. I also wanted to ensure that the baby items were ideally (1) functional, (2) easy to store away and (3) ideally, aesthetically pleasing. Basically, I didn’t want our already small space to be completely overrun with baby things, but instead, integrate “baby” into our existing space.

Note that I didn’t include anything about clothes + accessories, although I did register for some specific brands. No matter what, you will get a ton of clothes, and people tend to not follow the registry for clothing gifts anyway. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I also didn’t include toys/books in this list. buy prozac fluoxetine online I have a ton of our favorite baby books listed in this post, and will do a follow-up post about our favorite baby toys sometime soon. 😊

Without further ado, here’s my list of baby registry essentials!

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buy provigil uk online Wraps, slings and carriers – I registered for a Wildbird ring sling, a Solly baby wrap, and a more structured LilleBaby carrier. I received two Wildbird slings, two Solly wraps and the LilleBaby, and since, have acquired/bought 2 more Wildbird slings and 3 more Sollys. 🙊 I’m really obsessed with them and love wearing Lucy! She’s in either the Wildbird or Solly at least once every day, so…this is definitely a top used item around here. I haven’t used the LilleBaby yet, but Eric uses it pretty regularly. Photos of Lucy in the Wildbird sling here and here (and also below) and in the Solly here and here.

Bumbo floor seat – not for newborns, but great for when baby is 4M+ and starting to sit up on their own! We have this with accompanying tray.

Bouncer – we opted for the SkipHop Multi-Lift Adjustable Bouncer. We used it a little bit early on, but now as she’s a bit older, we use it several times a day! This one is nice because it completely folds/breaks down, so super convenient for easy storage in small apartments, like ours. This is the only “baby contraption” we have in the apartment, as we opted to not get a jumper or Exersaucer. It’s worked out just fine for us!

Sound machine – we were gifted two, but now just use our iPad with a Spotify “rain noises” playlist on repeat. We found that the iPad was easiest to keep charged and stayed loud entire night. (Yep, learned this the hard way 2x when sound machines stopped in middle of night and Lucy woke up). I did buy this small portable sound machine after a friend’s recommendation and we use it all the time in the car!

Play mat – I registered for these pretty and functional play mats from Little Nomad. We didn’t get them and haven’t had a need for them (yet) but as Lucy starts moving more, I think I’m going to purchase so there’s a soft and supportive play area for her to be on (that isn’t brightly colored and also sort of “goes” with our apartment decor 😉)

Wooden Activity Gym – another beautiful and functional item! I LOVE this and we get compliments on how cute it is every time someone comes over. We started using this when Lucy was a few months old and she still plays with/under it. Again, I was/am aiming for not a ton of super loud/bright/plastic/bulky baby items, so this definitely fit the bill in terms of form and function. Pictured below.

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Dockatot – obviously a splurge, but so nice and so happy we received one! I’ve heard good things about the SnuggleMe Organic lounger too. The Dockatot is technically for co-sleeping, but we had Lucy sleep in this inside her Moses basket, in the bed, on the floor, really everywhere. A huge plus is that you can remove Dockatot cover to easily wash.

Rock n Play –  I didn’t originally register for this because I thought they were ugly and just an “extra baby thing.” Boy, was I wrong. Yes, this thing isn’t pretty, but IT WORKS. There’s tons of variations, but we actually bought ours secondhand off of Facebook Marketplace for like $30 when Lucy was like 3 weeks old, and I’m SO glad we did. Lucy slept in this thing for probably 2.5 months and ours vibrated and rocked to sleep. Truly magic and in my opinion, a necessity in those really sleep-deprived newborn days. I personally wouldn’t buy one new or full price and you can get tons in great condition secondhand, since people only use these for a few months.

Moses basket & rocking stand – I was eyeing the Plum+Sparrow Moses baskets pretty much from the second I found out I was pregnant. They are super hard to score, but my sisters were able to snag one! We used this as a bassinet for Lucy to sleep in next to our bed in the super early newborn days and now, she just hangs out in there. I bought this Moses basket stand from Jolly Jumper on Facebook Marketplace. Pictured below.

Stokke Mini Cribperfect for small spaces and so pretty. We have it in the “Natural” color and I’m so glad we registered for this crib, and received from my parents. I have several Stokke Mini crib sheets from this Etsy shop. You can see our crib with the Dockatot inside in the photo below.

Swaddles and blankets – you can’t have too many baby swaddles and blankets! We religiously swaddled Lucy and still use swaddling blankets daily. Here’s a post all about my favorite swaddles/blankets!

ON-THE-GO

NUNA MIXX Stroller & PIPA Lite LX Infant Car Seat Set – this is the stroller and carseat we have and LOVE it. It comes with *everything* you need – carseat and carseat base as well as the stroller. The stroller has a HUGE basket (perfect for #allthethings) and is sleek and so easy to maneuver. The stroller “seat” is removable (so you can click in the carseat) and also has several options (front facing, rear facing, fully flat bassinet). It’s amazing. Our in-laws gifted this for us during the Nordstrom sale (when it’s ~$250 off). The stroller is pictured below!

Mountain Buggy Nano Travel Stroller – we didn’t register for this, but ended up getting it before our trip to Austin and SO happy we did. We absolutely love our NUNA, but wanted a super easy-to-fold and lightweight stroller for traveling, especially when we’re in Europe this summer. SO happy we bought this. We use this when traveling and keep it in the car, and keep our NUNA in our apartment lobby for walking around SF (which we do regularly).

Stroller Organizer – we registered for a different one, but ended up buying this SkipHop stroller organizer because it fit our stroller the best. Perfect for holding keys/coffee/water/chapstick/phone/#allthethings.

Car Seat Cover – definitely an essential for us! Lucy gets so distracted, so good for her to be covered to nap on-the-go. We received one and now have two (in case one is in laundry, lol). We have one from Copper Pearl (can also be used as a nursing cover) and one from MilkSnob.

Baby Car Mirror – Lucy LOVES staring at herself in the mirror, so keeps her happy in car and nice for us to be able to see her from the front seat.

BundleMe – this is a super cozy and soft car seat cover. Perfect for winter babies (or any SF babies). We used nonstop in January/February.

Fawn Design Diaper Bag – this is a backpack style diaper bag that is so pretty and stylish and I always get compliments on it!

Diaper Bag Insert – I am obsessed with this thing. I keep all diaper bag stuff (diapers, wipes, a few toys, burp cloth, extra diaper, etc.) in the ToteSavvy Mini and then can easily put the insert into any “regular” purse. Usually I just use my Madewell tote with the ToteSavvy Mini inside as my “diaper bag.”

NURSING & FEEDING

Boppy – I really liked having this nursing pillow, especially in newborn phase and in middle of night. Now, we use the Boppy as a “Lucy lounger” (pictured below)
High chair – we don’t have a ton of space and I didn’t want a big, bulky high chair. We registered for and received this Inglesina high chair that hooks onto our dining table and love it!
Bibs – once baby starts solids, you can’t have too many bibs! The silicone ones like this are easiest to clean up, but I also love our MatiMati ones (8 bibs for $20), and the SUPER cute Little Unicorn ones like this. I *try* to keep the “cute” bibs for teething/drooling rather than eating because BABIES ARE SO MESSY.
Bottles – I did research and registered for three types that I heard great things about — ComoTomo, Avent Natural and Lifefactory. As you know from IG story, not a bottle fan and we ended up trying all of them without luck. She finally *does* accept a Lasinhoh bottle. I’d recommend registering for a variety pack and NOT BUYING/REGISTERING FOR TOO MANY DIFFERENT BOTTLES. You will have so many bottles leftover that you don’t use (or, what my friend calls “a bottle graveyard”) 😂
Baby Bottle Cleaner – we got this Munchkin stainless steel one and it doesn’t bother me to have it sitting out because it’s not bright green/blue like all of the other ones out there…🙃
Bottle Drying Rack – bottles and pumps come with so many parts! We got this clear bottle drying rack.
Burp Cloths – very important. We have some from Burt’s Bees and also have like a 20 pack of these plain, super absorbent ones.

BATH

Baby bathtub – we registered for and received the Boon Soak Infant Bathtub. We used it once and gave it away because Lucy preferred to take baths with me instead! It doesn’t bother me at all, and actually really fun for us to take a bath together for now. 🛁
Bath products – our favorite brands for baby shampoo, body wash, etc. are Tubby Todd, Honest and Burt’s Bees.

DIAPERING

Keekaroo Peanut Changer – obsessed with this changing pad. I love how modern it looks and even more, LOVE that we can easily wipe it clean (vs. having to wash and swap out changing pad sheets). We have this on top of a dresser in our room – see photo below.
Ubbi Diaper Pail – we almost didn’t get one of these because I thought it was “just another baby thing” BUT so happy we did!
Changing Mat – I love our leather Gathre changing mat. Easy to fold into diaper bag and wipe clean, plus looks so pretty. This is such a great, simple baby shower gift!
Wipe Warmer – we didn’t register for one, but ended up buying one at 2am on the Amazon app…because no one wants to deal with a baby screaming at 1:45am because of cold wipes. Probably not a necessity, but very, very nice to have, especially in early days.
Diapers & wipes – the easiest baby shower gift because THEY WILL BE USED. We registered for Honest and usually use these, but truly now use “whatever we can get.”

HEALTH

Humidifier – adds moisture to the air, so especially helpful in the winter or when someone is feeling sick. It’s helpful for sinus congestion, sore throats, allergies, colds, dry skin, etc.

Air Purifier – cleans up stuffy air in our apartment, especially helpful if you have a pet or live in an old building, like we do!

Thermometer

Windi – not glamorous but incredibly effective and brilliant product for “helping baby pass gas.” Basically a lifesaver when she was pretty gassy early on.

NoseFrida – another brilliant product from same brand above. This is great for when baby has runny or stuffy nose. We use all the time.
Nail Clippers – babies have surprisingly sharp fingernails! We have this one, but clipping nails still scares me, so Eric is the one who does this during what we call “Lucy spa days.” 💆🏼‍♀️
FYI, here’s the (now very outdated) link to our original baby registry.

swaddle storage solution + our favorite swaddles

Posted on: Monday, July 16, 2018

As you likely know, we live in a pretty tiny apartment and converted E’s walk-in closet into a nursery! I’m always looking for ways to be smart and strategic with our space, and today, I wanted to share my one creative and inexpensive solution for storing baby blankets and swaddles. I purchased an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer ($8) and hung it on the door in between Lucy’s closet-turned-nursery and the kitchen. We store all of Lucy’s swaddles and lightweight blankets here! Not only is this an inexpensive solution, but it’s also super convenient to find and easily grab a swaddle/blanket when we need.

Our swaddle and blanket collection has evolved and changed already since these photos from December/January, but a few of my favorite brands for swaddles are below! Swaddling was HUGELY important for getting Lucy to sleep early on…she wouldn’t sleep unless she was tightly bundled and secure. Eric literally bundled her up like a little burrito. 😅 When Lucy was about 3.5 months old, we transitioned out of being wrapped in a swaddle to the Love to Dream SwaddleUp 50/50 because she likes to sleep with her hands out/in her mouth. We still use swaddles every day for park days, playing at home, bundling up in the car/on-the-go, etc. I will also sometimes do a half swaddle (arms out) over her SwaddleUp on super cold nights.

Okay anyway here’s the swaddles I love! Of course, we have a few others from different brands but these are my very favorites and top recommendations. You can’t go wrong with any of these and in my experience, it’s worth it to pay a little bit more for better quality swaddles because they’ll get used more!

Solly – I’m obsessed with wearing Lucy in our Solly baby wrap, but also love their swaddles. They are seriously the softest blankets and I have 5 of them. They come in beautiful colors and a few simple, modern patterns

Copper Pearl – Lightweight and so so soft. They also have SUCH cute and fun patterns! We have this beautiful watercolor floral swaddle

Clementine Kids – Adorable cotton muslin swaddles. We have this floral swaddle and this rainbow swaddle

Little Unicorn Official – cotton swaddles. Everything from this brand, from swaddles to bibs and everything in between, is just gorgeous ✨

Aden + Anais – This a cult mom fave and the swaddles hold up so well in the wash. We have this ‘indigo’ silky soft swaddle set (3 pack) and this ‘jungle jam’ classic swaddle set (4 pack). Also, thought this was interesting to share — there’s the main aden + anais swaddles I mentioned/linked to and there’s also “aden by aden + anais” swaddles available at different retailers (like Kroger, Buy Buy Baby, Target, etc.) The main/”boutique” aden + anais swaddles are a bit more expensive, but have a higher quality weave (so they are softer) and three inches bigger than the made-for-store aden by aden + anais swaddles. We have the other type too, but I can definitely tell a difference in quality between “boutique” swaddles from a+a and the retailer ones.

Thanks for reading!

Top three photos via Hannah Pobar || Bottom photo via Leigh Nile

how to support new parents

Posted on: Monday, May 7, 2018





my blog has definitely taken a backseat lately with Lucy here, and all the other life things going on. that being said, this post has been on my mind for awhile and I’m excited to finally share! today, I want to share some ways you/anyone can support and help new parents. before having Lucy, I didn’t know a ton of people with kids, so didn’t have a lot of  hands-on experience helping new parents.

here’s some of the amazing, helpful and supportive things people did for US after Lucy was born! some were “big things” and some were small, but still significant things. some were expensive, others were free. some things required people be there in person and hands-on helping, right in our apartment. others were things that people did who live far away, who haven’t even met Lucy yet. all of that being said — there are SO many ways to help and support new parents, so don’t let money, time, distance, etc. prevent you from supporting new mamas and papas. 💘 without further ado, here’s some ways to help and support a friend who recently had a baby!

bring flowers  because keeping my apartment looking nice was absolutely at the bottom of my priority list. i remember my friend Ali bringing over flowers on a particularly hard and emotional day and I started crying when she walked in with the flowers. it was a thoughtful, beautiful gift and the pretty blooms made me happy every time I looked at them. my friend Cait also shipped me flowers early on with the sweetest note and it made by day just getting the bouquet in the mail. 💐

wash hands, don’t come around if you’re sick, etc.  I’m totally not a germ freak (how can I be when I have a dog who is obsessed with licking my baby 😅) but I really appreciated when people would instinctively wash their hands right away before holding the baby. I read something that some people have a sign on their door reminding people to wash hands but that’s just a little too intense for me. if you have a friend with a new baby, just be super conscious of health and cleanliness, because it can feel awkward and bossy for the parent to ASK you to wash your hands. 😝 along the same lines of cleanliness and health…we recently had a birthday party for Eric and one of my best friends, Rob, texted me saying he wasn’t going to come because he had strep earlier in the week. even though he wasn’t contagious anymore, I really appreciated how he thought of Lucy and her health first and foremost.

take out trash and do dishes  this is a super non-glamorous (and free!) way to help new parents but SO appreciated. dishes and trash tend to pile up, especially in the first few weeks. it’s awkward to ask someone to take out trash or do your dishes; new parents don’t want to come across as needy. I SO appreciated the good friends who just made themselves comfortable at our apartment and offered (or just flat out did it without even telling me) to take down our trash and recycling or do dishes.

don’t stay *too* long  keep your visits to new parents and babies short and sweet! especially in the very first few weeks…don’t stay longer than an hour. Or, just be self-aware and read the cues. everyone is different, but I always WANTED to have people come visit, but also didn’t want to have to tell them to leave. sometimes Lucy would get really fussy while someone was visiting and I needed to devote my time to getting her to calm down or get to sleep. in those situations, I always appreciated people being aware and realizing it was time to go.

give parents a break — another description would be “bounce / rock / walk around / soothe / etc.” Lucy was obsessed with our exercise ball, which was great, because bouncing made her stop crying, but it was also not great, because bouncing on a yoga ball for hours on end is exhausting and hurts your back. we had so many friends come over and offer to just bounce her for us so we could do ANYTHING ELSE. just offering to hold, rock, bounce, soothe a baby is incredibly helpful, just to give the parents a few minutes to do something/anything else!

make or order food — soooo many friends did this for us and I’m eternally grateful. 💖 some people made homemade dinners and others ordered us takeout — both were great. one of eric’s work vendors even sent us a massive honeybaked ham + turkey dinner! 😆 my mom was visiting for a few weeks at the beginning, and one thing I remember was a friend also bringing enough takeout for my mom, too.  just remember that food is ALWAYS appreciated and don’t be offended if the new parents can’t hang out or socialize all the time (as mentioned earlier!).

random drop-offs — one couple friend dropped off a bottle of wine and dessert for us. several friends would just text me and say they were dropping off a cup of coffee from a nearby café. in both scenarios, no one expected to be entertained by me/us or stuck around for hours. these “random drop-offs” were super appreciated and amazing — just make sure to text/call beforehand (i.e. “I’m in your neighborhood at this café. Can I swing by and drop you off a coffee?”).  the completely surprise visits can be overwhelming and not ideal for a lot of new parents (although it didn’t personally bother me).

give extra attention to jack (or other kids, if a friend has multiple children) as you know, we love our dog Jack and making sure he adjusts well to Lucy is really important to us. it was so sweet when friends would come over and not immediately demand to hold Lucy, but would sit with Jack and give him extra attention. obviously, the majority of our time and energy was/is dedicated to Lucy, so it was really awesome when people snuggled with Jack or even played toys / threw ball with him in our apartment.

write encouraging card or send random “just thinking of you” texts — I loved getting cards from friends! this is an easy way to support and encourage friends with new babies, especially if you don’t live nearby. getting mail always made me happy. along the same lines, I appreciated (and still do, maybe even more now) getting random, out-of-nowhere texts from friends telling me they were thinking of me or asking about my day. after the initial wave of baby excitement, it can feel like everyone goes back to their normal, exciting adult lives and new parents are still in this new smelly, sleep-deprived baby world. I love(d) when friends would ask about my day, even though they knew that nothing remotely exciting or special was happening, just because they care about me.

recognize and be okay with space — new parents can’t spend as much time with friends as they’d like. or, at least I haven’t been able to. and that’s hard and can make me feel really guilty. well, I can hang out if you want to come to my house 😆 , but I can’t always go out and *do* other things like I used to before Lucy was born. if you have a friend who has a baby, don’t get annoyed or upset with them if they can’t go to different events/parties or if they are a little flakey. new parents don’t have control over their own schedules in the same way, and trust me – THEY WANT TO HANG OUT WITH YOU, but just can’t in the new phase of life with baby.

send gifts — people have been so kind and generous with us! from friends to coworkers to relatives, we have received so many sweet care packages and it’s been so appreciated, every time. we’ve received baby goodies like diapers, onesies, pajamas, baby bath stuff, etc. and also gift cards to grocery delivery via GoodEggs, food delivery via Caviar/DoorDash, laundry service, and Amazon/Target. another friend shipped me her favorite concealer (after I complained about my dark circles under my eyes) = genius gift idea.

offer to babysit — this is something to offer (if you feel comfortable) when the baby is a little older! most parents wouldn’t leave their little ones with a babysitter, even a good friend, in the first few weeks. but, as babies get older, parents NEED to get out and do things without baby, so offering to babysit is a great way to support and help them out. 💖

books for baby

Posted on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Another baby post! 🙃

I will likely share more photos of baby’s room/nursery/closet after she arrives, but in the meantime, wanted to share a sneak peek at a little area within her room – her bookshelf! Both E and I looooove to read so it was a no brainer that we wanted to have lots of books for baby. I added quite a few to our baby registry and we received a few favorites that way, but other people have sent us so many other good ones! Her bookshelf is already full so we’re now trying to figure out where to put the rest of her books. A good problem to have! 📕 📚

E hung these white floating shelves and we’ve been adding books to the shelves as we receive them from generous friends and family. I wish we had space for MORE shelves because I love seeing all of the adorable and sweet books on display. I already can’t wait to read to her! 💛

Here are some of my favorite books we have for baby already! Everything is linked below (in random categories I made up for organization’s sake) and also available on this dedicated Amazon page! If you know someone having a baby soon, or want to stock up on your own little kids’ bookshelf at home, these are great options. 🙌🏼

Classics: Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Soft Book, Keep Curious and Carry a Banana: Words of Wisdom from the World of Curious George

Beautiful Covers/Cute Stories: Flora and the Flamingo, Gaston, Last Stop on Market Street

Color/Senses: TouchThinkLearn: Opposites, Pantone: Box of Color: 6 Mini Board Books, Technicolor Treasure Hunt

#girlpower: Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World, Little Feminist Board Book Set

SF/West Coast: San Francisco: A Book of Numbers, All Aboard! California, All Aboard! National Parks, All Aboard Pacific Northwest

Cult Faves (according to other moms): Dragons Love Tacos, Your Baby’s First Word will be DADA , Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Thanks for reading! And P.S., you can shop all my favorite books (and other products) on this dedicated Amazon page! I’ll be adding more and more stuff on there that I end up using in our apartment, for baby, etc.!

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