Every mama has their “must have” list for a new baby, especially if she’s not a first time mommy. Once you’ve gone through it once, you definitely start to form options on what you HAVE to have and what you could definitely skip this time around. There’s also a list of “just gotta have it”s because, come on, baby stuff is just too cute!
When I as pregnant with Mr. G, I was so out of the loop on trendy baby items. Especially in the handmade world. Through the wonderful world of blogging and Instagram though, I’ve found a plethora of fabulous shops that make everything from onesies to bibs to sheets and Boppy covers. I mean, let’s face it, I didn’t even have Instagram when he as born because it as still only available for the iPhone at the time. Crazy to think of right?
As I near the end of my pregnancy I’ve been slowly but sure collecting some adorable items that I just have to share. And this time I’m getting ready for a newborn and a toddler transitioning to big brother!
When we bought one for Mr. G, it as something I thought was cute and heard would help with sleeping and soothing and all that goodness. Little did I know that, 3.5 years later, he would still be using it! Oh my has this thing been wonderful! So,of course, I had to get one for RC. I know that every kid is different and he may not love his like his brother does, but I’ll take my chances. The ones we have are from Cloud B. but you can get any sound soother you’d like. I love these because they attach to the crib and run on batteries. They are great for travel, Mr. G’s giraffe has been everywhere he has, and have really helped with transitional phases.
|Brown Moccs / Gray + Brown Moccs|
No, I know, newborns and tiny infants don’t NEED shoes. Cover them up with socks and they’re arm and good to go. I know that…but look how cute! Little teeny tiny shoes make my mama heart eyes pop out of my head.
I have been looking forward to putting one of these together since I first heard of them. I wasn’t even thinking about having a second child and I had already pinned this idea on Pinterest! Why is this an essential, you ask? Because I feel that after 3.5 years of being an only child, the center of attention, this is a hard transition. I want my sweet first born to feel special, all on his own. I want GAVIN to feel important and loved and while of course these things are undoubtedly true, he may not always feel that way.
Insert one of the coolest multifunctional nursing covers I’ve seen! Milk Snob‘s multifunctional nursing covers have been on my list since I found out about them. Not only are the a cover for nursing, but they are also a carseat cover. I never used one with Mr. G and I like the idea of some added peace for the little one while you’re out. People love babies, and that’s great, but it will be nice to have him covered up from time to time without constant peering eyes into the car carrier. Another added bonus is how comfortable the cover is. The fabric is so soft and light making feeding/bonding time even more pleasant.
My latest obsession is the ring sling. This one in particular comes from Cute Awakening. The linen fabric is so nice and she has a ton more colors to choose from. It not only comes with instructions, but an instructional DVD as well. The DVD made all the difference when I as learning how to use it. Another feature I love is that this bad boy can hold up to 35 pounds! It can hold my 3.5 year old y’all! That’s quality, my friends.
Diaper Bag for 3 – I’ve gotten very used to carrying only my purse with me with the occasional snack in it. We’ve even gotten to the point where I don’t carry a change of clothes for Mr. G just in case. Now I need room for all the basics again. Something that can basically fit an entire baby aisle, my everyday purse stuff, and a couple things for big brother.
I love this one that I bought from Skip Hop! It’s super roomy, definitely bigger than the one I had when it was just Mr. G. I love all of the pockets, great easy access to a water bottle, phone, keys, etc. It also has stroller straps which, I think, are pretty darn cool!
THE GOTTA HAVES
I’m IN LOVE with these pants by Belly Bandit! They’re part of their B.D.A. collection of products that are specifically made to fit you at all stages, aka before, during, and after. These pants are made from quality bamboo fabric and are like a dream to wear. If you’ve never worn anything made from bamboo, I highly suggest it! Another feature I love about these pants are the fold over waist band. When I was smaller, it sat easily below the belly and was very comfortable. Then as the belly has continued to grow, it slides up nicely over the belly for an equally comfortable fit. Now they are packed safely in my hospital bag, ready for my next stage, the after. I’d still love to wear them now, but I fear they won’t be available when I need them and I want those bad boys at the hospital with me!
UPDATE: Since this was posted after my delivery, I have to let you all know that these were amazing to have with me in the hospital. Once I as able to get out of my gown they were the first thing I reached for and I was so comfortable!
*These products were given to me in exchange for my review. The words are 100% my opinion.