Happy Wednesday y’all! I am really excited to share today’s real mom post with you. Mama Christina, has a great mix of gear and “mama stuff” like the nursery art and photo books. I really enjoyed reading Christina’s post and know you will too. A big thanks to Christina for sharing her fabulous list and if you’d like to share yours, I would love to have you. Email me, it is easy, I promise!
Being a first-time mama, I loved reading The Wise Baby while I was pregnant. Now that our son, Max, is almost two months old, I wanted to share some of my favorite things. There are many items that I love that have already been mentioned on other posts, so I tried to focus on things that may have not already been described. We live in a small three-story house in a midsize Midwestern city, where we can walk to the park and library, but also need our car to go most places.
1. “Little Calendula” Baby Bee Balm Cream by Morning Song Gardens: This is a locally-made product that I found at our farmers’ market, but it’s also available to order online. It was the only product that cleared up my son’s diaper rash (I tried everything else!). Now we put it on every time we change his diaper. It’s safe for cloth diapers and it smells great.
2. Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer: I love that this changing mat does not have linens that I need to wash, but rather can just be wiped down when it needs to be cleaned. Having a little boy means that we clean it a lot!
3. Minted.Com Nursery Art Prints: When it came time to decorate the nursery, I wanted it to feel like the rest of our house: warm, welcoming, and eclectic. There was no theme or set of colors, but I hoped Max’s room would be a place where we all felt at home. My husband and I chose several of the art prints from Minted to decorate the walls. I love that we were able to personalize them for our little guy.
4. The Miracle Blanket: Everyone talks about the wonders of swaddling. For our little tyrant, swaddling has helped him calm down in the worst of his colic fits. While my husband can easily swaddle with a normal blanket, I am a bit more challenged. Enter the miracle blanket. It seems pricey, but when your tiny human is hollering, it is well worth it.
5. Pigeon Nail Scissor for newborns: Cutting wee fingernails has to be one of the most challenging tasks a new parent can face. These scissors, which are made in Japan, have made that task much easier.
6. Timbuk2 Custom Tartine Tote: I knew that I didn’t want a diaper bag that looked like a diaper bag, but rather, would be something I could use for a long time. Timbuk2 offers durable bags that are made in the U.S.A., and you can customize everything. I ordered the large size. The interior pockets help me stay organized and the exterior pocket is a great place to stash my keys and phone.
7. Kaloo Doudou: We live in a bilingual household, so I love all things French. This little lovey is no exception. We have the rabbit, but I love that it comes in different colors and animals and that it’s completely washable. It’s my favorite thing to give at showers, and I hope it’s one of Max’s favorites as he grows.
8. Mixbook.com: We used this website to create our wedding and honeymoon albums, so it was a natural choice when creating an album for Max’s first year. I love how user-friendly the website is, that you can play around with backgrounds and add your own writing, and they often offer great discounts. I’ve been trying to add to his album one month at a time, when the memories are fresh. I have a feeling the grandparents are going to want copies as well!
9. Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags: I would bet that there’s not a mom out there who enjoys pumping. I joke that I feel like Bessie, the Jersey cow, when I’m hooked up to the pump. These bags make the chore of sterilizing much easier. You wash your pump parts, then throw them in the microwave. I even use it for his bottles sometimes.
10. Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra: I used to be a lingerie junkie, but once Max arrived, I realized the more utilitarian purpose of my girls and that I needed a change in attire. This bra is comfortable and easy to maneuver with one hand, which is great when you have a hungry infant. Best of all, my girls still look good!