40 weeks + 1 day!

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Well! Yesterday was my due date. And just writing that out probably needs to be more okay with me, so here I am—40 weeks, 1 day, with my now historically late boy pregnancies! 😉 Going past my due date feels like some sort of mental barrier for me to conquer. When I remember that I had ten days of this with Luke, I am speechless.. how we survived, I have no idea! Well anyhow, I am experiencing a lot of contracting Continue reading “40 weeks + 1 day!”

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother’s Day (hint: May 12!) is around the corner and I thought I’d throw together some sweet finds I’ve seen around. I’ve been on Amazon quite a bit, ordering little odds and ends for baby brother, and I’ve seen a few of these items pop-up. I love finding more handmade items there, as well as fresh options and personalized jewelry, so many fun things to discover. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Gift Guide”

Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist!

Babies require a lot of gear! I can’t even guess how many of these checklists I’ve read over the last five years—probably an embarrassing amount. For first-time parents, dipping your toes into the overwhelming amount of gear is tricky. I had no idea where to begin and what we’d really need. There are so many things to choose from and they come in so many varieties. And then it’s fairly inconvenient that newborns and babes are a very particular bunch (as are the parents that come with them!). Some babies take a bottle or pacifier, some don’t. Some love the swing, others scream.

The products you try to guess will be the favorites might end up in the giveaway pile, so there can be some guesswork. But I thought I’d take time to get down the items that have been so helpful to us. This is our comprehensive must have checklist 🙂 And I’ve created a printable registry checklist that’s at the bottom. Happy preparing!

A note on registering: Amazon and Target registries offer 15% off for anything that isn’t purchased, so if you’re figuring out which registry is best for you, keep the completion discounts in mind!

IN THE NURSERY

Must haves:
Crib or co-sleeper—love natural tones (like the Gelato by Babyletto) or this IKEA crib
Crib Mattress
Baby monitor—we’ve used multiple Motorola video baby monitors and this super basic VTech, the video was so nice to have for our first, but these days we are totally happy with a ‘just noise’ one 🙂
White noise machinethis one (by Dohm) has been great for us.

Great to have:
Glider
Bassinet or Moses basket—we have a Restoration Hardware basket for the early days
Changing table
Dresser
Mobile—Etsy has many beautiful ones (like this Natural and Neutral by TikTak Design)

TRAVEL/LEAVING THE HOUSE

Must haves:
Car Seat—we started out with the Britax B-Safe infant seat, which lasted us through our first two, and was simple and totally functional for us (and looks even cozier now). Then we went with the Uppababy Mesa for our third and absolutely love it. It feels so cushy, supportive and comes with an infant insert already.
Stroller (with car seat attachment if possible)—we have the Uppababy Vista, which conveniently clicks into our carseat without any attachments. It also is incredibly versatile.. you can add a seat, a ‘piggyback’ board for older kids to stand on. It was an investment piece for us, but we’ve gotten incredible use out of it! I write more about it on this post 🙂
Baby Carrier or Sling—we have a WildBird sling (Sparrow) which is nice for quickly getting baby on. We also have a multi-positional Ergo baby carrier, especially for back carrying.
Diaper Bag or Backpack—I’ve been all over the map with backpacks, diaper bags, downgrading to simply a purse, etc. In the newborn stage, it is seriously helpful to have everything on hand. I’ve been eyeing something new this go-around and love this Petunia Pickle Bottom backpack which has functionality for the big kids too (cold packs in the bottom!).

Great to have:
Pack-n-play—we love our Nuna Sena, which has lasted through three kids but is a little tired right now (we’ve used it nearly daily for five years!). It has a newborn insert so you don’t have to crouch down to put babe in. I’ve got the Nuna Cove Aire in my cart since we’ve loved it so much. The only difference is this one has a newborn insert that hugs baby, which my newborns have loved over lying flat.
Jogging stroller (or double if need be)—this item we didn’t get right away, but when Kate was born, we were given the Thule Urban Glide 2 (the double stroller). We love this thing, and have used it daily for almost three years, and it is still in great condition.

AT HOME

Must haves:
Activity center—there are so many different versions of ways to keep your infant entertained! We’ve had a few, some are way more aesthetically pleasing (depending on your preference) however the Bright Stars’ 2-in-1 Activity Center and Saucer that I’m linking here, I found to be a smart buy because it starts with the lay-down activity center and graduates to the saucer version, which is so helpful later.
Infant seat or newborn lounger—there are so many styles to choose from! We’ve used a couple different seats from Fisher Price this bouncer seat and this infant-to-toddler seat, the Bumbo seat, the similar Ingenuity seat and
Blanket/mat for playing or laying on floor—thick and cushioned activity mat, especially if you have hardwood or tile, are so helpful. This sweet HugeHug Playmat one has raised edges to keep them from rolling off, which happens faster than you think!
Baby-proofing essentials (here is a good list for that)

Great to have:
Swing
—we borrowed this Graco Glider swing with our first but never actually purchased one. And while we don’t have the space for one at the moment, it was so nice to have, especially when your arms are tired from holding/rocking. The 4Moms mamaRoo is also extremely well-reviewed!

DIAPERING

Must haves:
Diapers and wipes—we’ve liked so many, we’re using the Cloud Island brand for both diapers and wipes from Target right now.
Diaper rash ointment
Diaper changing pad with a couple covers—I always liked the velvety style like this one from Target.

Great to have:
Bottom spray—most of this section is fairly preferential however this bottom spray isn’t something I’ve seen everywhere! Honest Company has a great bottom spray that you use when you come across a super messy change sesh that pretty much replaces using soap and water.
Peepee teepee (for the boys!)—it’s some splashy business changing a newborn baby boy.

NURSING/EATING

Check out my more thorough nursing essentials here!

Must haves:
Nursing pillow, nursing accessories—I’ve loved my Boppy pillows. Above I lay out all the different accessories I’ve found super helpful throughout.
Muslin blankets—for burp cloths and general constant clean up 😉 I’ve used Milkbarn, Aden & Anais and I’ve got these by Oliver & Rain on my list for baby brother.
Bottles and accessories, breast milk storage bags, etc. (here is a good list for that!)
High chair (for solid food)—we also use our Ingenuity seat for this.
Infant spoon (for solid food)

LINEN/CLOTHING

Must haves:
Crib bedding and blankets—We have some great crib sheet sets from Babyletto and I love this set from Cloud Island. We also have some beautiful blankets have been made for us (nothing replaces homemade gifts) and Etsy is another great spot to find something hand-crafted. We’ve also had great luck with our quilts and baby blankets from Anthropologie (love this one) and Crate and Kids, formerly Land of Nod (love this one too).
Waterproof mattress protector
Onesies—This is the main piece of clothing we dress our newborns in, along with a cozy blanket. I love our Pact organic onesies,
Footed pajamas, sleep sacks!—Halo Sleepsacks are amazing. These organic footed pajamas by L’ovedbaby are so soft. And we also have many Gap and Petit Lem jammies that have stood the test of time.
Swaddles—SwaddleMe (if you’re swaddling) are fantastic.
Mittens/socks
Bibs

 

BATHING/MEDS

Must haves:
Baby tub or seat—we have this one from Angelcare so we can put baby in the bath with the big siblings.
Shampoo/soap
Hooded towel(s)
Thermometer
Infant Motrin (we use dye-free)
Nosa Frida (personal fave, Frida baby)
Windi (trying this for the first time, also by Frida baby)
Grooming set (again, personal fave, Frida baby)

Great to have:
Saline drops
Vapor rub
Teething gel
Gas drops

TOYS

Great to have:
Play mat
Clip-on toys for stroller or car seat
Crinkly toys—
I love the Lamaze crinkly, clip-on toys for times in the car seat. We have a handful that I rotate through (I do a delicate wash and hang dry).
Teething toyslove the wooden options

<< Get this list in PDF printable version HERE! >>

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More links

Click here for my newborn sleep survival tips!
Tips and gear for life with 3 children
And here for my nursing adventure with my first babe 🙂
Some of my pregnancy favorites
Favorites for the new mama

My Hospital Bag Checklist

It’s time to think about packing for the hospital! With every baby, we’ve learned something new. We have certainly brought some really odd and or unnecessary items over the years. Our first stay was unexpectedly long and came complete with too-short nightgowns, halfway packed toiletries kits and James with his fancy button-shirt and no pajamas! Continue reading “My Hospital Bag Checklist”

How to Involve Toddlers in Mealtime Prep

Mealtimes can be a marathon with small children, especially anyone under five (which is 100 percent of our kids at this current moment, ha). Our two oldest are coming to the age where they can are readily helpful around mealtime, and are interested in doing it! I love to have their help in the kitchen; they are some of the sweetest moments. They are Continue reading “How to Involve Toddlers in Mealtime Prep”

Inspiring Parenting Quotes

C2C3BD4C-2846-42F8-BADA-A89908001D5F.jpgWe’ve had some rough parenting days. The long days that test, challenge and nearly break you; the weeks that try your spirit; the ones that cause you to remember that you are merely mortal, not superhuman and certainly not the perfect parental specimen.

There are evenings I sit down after bedtime is complete and I am rushed with thoughts of moments I could have managed better—been more understanding, gentle, kindly instructive, spontaneous, played more, prayed more, etc. Sometimes I come across an inspiring reminder or hilarious feed that brings levity. These days can be hard, but when you step back, they can also be sweet, ridiculous, precious and fleeting. Continue reading “Inspiring Parenting Quotes”

Mother’s Day notes

I am full in my heart today. Full of bacon, sweet memories, taking my time to wake up and only hiding in the bathroom once. Full with the wonder of each day with children, their new rush of energy and joy in the mornings, their purity, perspective, half-eaten meals, dirty fingernails, thousand-watt smiles and many injuries (them and us). Continue reading “Mother’s Day notes”