Last year when I was pregnant I posted about my baby registry must-haves. Now that I’ve been a mama for 3 months as of yesterday, I thought it’d be helpful to go over what baby products I’ve found especially useful with my newborn baby girl Vienna these first few months. In collaboration with Mustela, I’m sharing the things I’ve loved using and have made my life a lot easier as a stay-at-home mom and blogger. These are products that I’ve raved about to friends and family as well as on social media.
I know there’s a lot of selection out there for us, so I hope my experience helps my fabulous mama readers in some way.
Mustela has kindly offered Bond Girl Glam readers $5 off a purchase with code ‘BONDGIRLGLAM5‘ valid until April 11, 2015.
Have you seen my Shop sections above? I regularly update my Women’s, Men’s, Baby, Maternity, & Home sections with items I either currently use or would love to try and think my Bond Girls would enjoy as well!
Stokke Xplory Stroller
Ever since I set my eyes on this futuristic stroller nearly 10 years ago at a park, I was instantly drawn in. I love the Stokke Xplory for the minimalism, clean lines, and beautiful fabric choices. It’s not for everyone, but design aficionados will definitely appreciate this head-turner. I’ve absolutely loved using it these past 3 months. It’s beautiful, easy-to-use, fits perfectly in the back of my car, and gets me loads of compliments when we’re out and about.
I have the bassinet portion installed right now since Vienna isn’t sitting yet, which makes a perfect little bed for her. It also doubles as a changing table if one isn’t available or if I’m not comfortable putting her on a public one. There’s not a lot of storage space, but I find that that helps keep me efficient; I’ve also purchased a little stroller hook for hanging shopping bags if we’re at the mall.
If you’re worried about the price point, one thing that eased my mind was that Stokke products have excellent resale value (check your local craigslist listings).
Peg Perego Infant Car Seat
I went with the Peg Perego Infant car seat, because it has excellent safety ratings and classic design. It’s made in Italy, and European standards are higher than what we have here in the US. Although it’s not the absolute lightest car seat on the market, it’s still definitely on the lighter end of the spectrum. The Peg Perego can also be attached to the Xplory base and many other stroller brands (with a separate piece).
Installing it into my car was easy enough (I did it myself 9 months pregnant), and using it has been simple enough. Carrying it isn’t my favorite because I’m kind of a weakling in the bicep department (I usually ask my husband to help me with that if he’s with me), but I can definitely still do it, even in heels. The fabrics are really nice, and I just think it’s a sharp-looking classy car seat. She’s grown quite a bit, so I’ve already taken out the newborn insert!
Also, a car seat mirror is a must-have with rear-facing car seats so I can see if she’s awake or asleep and if something is bothering her (i.e., headband fallen down onto her eyes, sun shining into her face, etc.).
I think the people at 4moms make the most handsome-looking baby swings as well as the most ingenious. Both the rockaRoo and mamaRoo have a very small footprint compared to traditional swings, since the axis is turned upside down. I mainly use the new bluetooth-enabled mamaRoo at home and the rockaRoo at my parents’ house. It’s a lifesaver when I’m by myself and trying to get 20 things done at once. In the first few weeks, my mamaRoo helped me get in a daily 5-10 minute shower, for which I am eternally grateful, haha.
Putting it together is easy, and the plush fabric seat washes well.
Vienna also absolutely loves the hanging mobile (I have the black & white parts facing down on her right now) and can spend up to an hour content in there these days; once she even fell asleep in it!
Puj Bath Tub
Bath time is one of our favorite times together. As soon as Vienna hears the faucet turn on, she calms down.
Baby bath tubs are generally bulky, and I live in a small apartment, so when I saw the Puj foldable tub, I knew I wanted to try it out. It’s seriously ingenious! We have glass sliding shower doors with decorative curtains in front, so I hang it flat behind the curtains (with an extra shower hook on the towel rack), and you wouldn’t even know I have a baby tub in the house. It also fits on the side of my refrigerator as another option.
To set it up, you simply fold inwards and allow the magnets on the bottom to snap together; place it in your sink and set the faucet to an ideal temperature for baby’s comfort before putting your little one inside. When bath time is done, simply unsnap, dry off, and store away. It’s made out of a foamy material, so I can imagine it’s pretty comfy to sit in.
When she outgrows the Puj, I’ll be using the 4moms infant tub, which is bigger (and bulkier, unfortunately) but has a thermometer. Since Vienna was 6 lbs 3 oz. when she was born, I loved using the Puj for her first few baths since she was so tiny and delicate.
Mustela Baby Skincare
I heard about Mustela a few years before I even got pregnant; my sister-in-law, who is a facial esthetician, was a fan of the brand and told me about their Eau de Soin baby perfume, which I thought was incredibly unique and special. It’s a French-based brand backed by Expanscience Laboratories that favors using ingredients that are either natural or of natural origin. If you’ve been keeping up with my beauty posts, you know I love French pharmacy, so I was excited to try their baby line on my own baby girl. All of Mustela’s products are hypoallergenic, high-tolerance, and do not contain any parabens, phenoxyethanol, phtalates or alcohol.
After her umbilical cord stump fell off, I was so excited to finally start giving her real baths. These first months we’ve been big fans of the foaming shampoo, body lotion, and PhysiObébé for cleaning her face. Vienna had mild cradle cap when she was born, but the foaming shampoo helped clear it away quickly. The body lotion has a pump, which is incredibly useful when you’re trying to work with a wiggly baby. The PhysiObébé cleansing fluid helped clear away the milia (baby acne) that Vienna was born with within the first few weeks; I applied it with the same cotton pads I use to remove my makeup.
Everything is lightly scented with their unique, pleasant aroma; I love how Vienna’s skin and hair smells after her bath (I mean, I love how she smells all the time, but the Mustela scent is really lovely on a clean baby). Bath time has become a calming ritual for the both of us, and we both really look forward to it.
- Foam Shampoo for Newborns: Ultra-gentle shampoo specially formulated for newborns to prevent and treat cradle cap.
- PhysiObébé®: Ideal for quick clean ups, this no-rinse cleansing fluid for face and diaper area effectively cleans and softens the skin.
- Hydra-Bébé® Body Lotion: Bestselling daily moisturizing lotion specially formulated for the delicate skin of babies and newborns.
Mustela has kindly offered Bond Girl Glam readers $5 off a purchase with code ‘BONDGIRLGLAM5‘ valid until April 11, 2015. Their Newborn Set makes for a lovely gift (I have 2 myself, which should last us a while).
Dr. Brown’s Breastfeeding Pillow
Although the Boppy is very popular, I went with the unique shape of the Dr. Brown’s nursing pillow. This pillow has an angled, thick-to-thin design to grow with baby for multiple nursing positions. It sits wide and tall for comfortable positioning of baby and mama. Not only was it incredibly helpful in the first few weeks of learning how to breastfeed at the hospital as well as at home, it now also serves as a means to propping up baby and tummy time (with supervision). I also use it when I need both hands to do my makeup; it raises her up high enough that I can be hands-free. It has washed well too, and I love it in plain white without the cover.
Aden & Anais Swaddles
If you ask almost any mama, the swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais are the absolute best. They’re incredibly soft against baby’s skin! I have a ton of the plain white ones and a few pink designs, which come in handy as lightweight blankets as well as burp cloths. I use about one a day and throw it in the hamper at the end of the day. I also use them as my nursing cover.
The nurses at the hospital made swaddling Vienna look so easy, but it wasn’t very easy to keep her from getting out of it at home, no matter what blanket I used! I wish I had asked to take one or a few of the hospital ones home. However, my Halo Sleepsack seriously came to the rescue; it’s a no-brainer to put on and the velcro keeps her cozy most of the night. It helps her sleep significantly longer, since she feels secure and her startle reflex doesn’t wake her up as easily. Oh, and she sleeps throughout the night now! I even take it with me when on-the-go — I put her in the Sleepsack and then hang a prettier blanket over the stroller, which has been my secret to being able to get a little bit of shopping done.
Also, a huge plus is the fact that the zipper at the bottom goes up, so you can change your baby’s diaper without undoing the velcro.
Withings Baby Monitor
I am all about the bluetooth-enabled baby products and apps, so the Withings Baby Monitor is definitely my favorite. I can control it from my iPhone or iPad and even save photos from it and send them to daddy (like this one above). It’s also a night light (in any color), a sound machine (the music is beautiful, might I add), and an intercom (I can talk to baby). You can activate it from the app anywhere you have a wireless internet connection.
Sakura Bloom Sling / Modern Wrap
I’m lucky enough to be able to try both the Sakura Bloom ring sling and the Modern Wrap, and I love using them both. I know many of you would like to know which one might be better for you if you can only get one, so I’ll try to compare for you.
Both get the main job done beautifully, which is to keep baby close to me (and therefore warm and comfy) as well as allow me a bit of time to get some things done with two hands. The wrap takes a few seconds longer to put on but isn’t bad at all once I got the hang of it (I can put it on in about 30 seconds without looking now). The wrap keeps baby more vertical, whereas I have the option of putting baby more horizontal in the sling (making it easier for me to nurse her). The sling limits how high I can lift both my arms a bit, which is only a concern when I’m putting dishes away.
Both are “stylish,” but that is for everyone to determine what they like best. I know it’s kind of silly, but if I’m going out in public, the one I take with me depends on my outfit — if I’m wearing solid colors, I’ll use my patterned wrap, and if I’m wearing patterns, I’ll wear my solid sling. Also, having two has been really, really nice when one is in the wash (both wash well, by the way).
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and if you’d like baby gear updates like this regularly as Vienna grows!