How to Choose What You Need For Baby

How To Know What Baby Gear You Need: Using Babyli.st's Guides | Oh Lovely Day

When you’re preparing for a new baby — especially if it is your first pregnancy — deciding what you need can be super overwhelming. You know you need a car seat, but which brand? Who makes the safest or the most convenient option? What stroller should you buy? Which swaddle works the best? If you are asking yourself “how do I prepare for baby without getting ALL THE STUFF!?” you aren’t the only one. And believe me, baby stuff takes over your life and your home, so you only want to get what you really need.

If you are registering for your first baby or preparing for your fourth, there are things you will need that are specific to your family’s lifestyle. Just because your friends register for something doesn’t mean it is right for you. Here are some resources to help you choose what to buy or register for yourself:

1. Ask friends or someone whose opinion you trust and who live in a similar situation for recommendations. Think about your needs — are you a city dweller that will put miles on a stroller daily or will you rarely use one?

2. Follow mommas you trust on instagram or blogs. There is newer and cooler baby gear coming out all of the time. Your friend that had a baby two years ago might have no idea about something new on the market now that you would find to be a huge convenience, but a blogger you’ve followed for years who just had a baby will likely know about some of the newest baby trends. Often they get to try out lots of different types of gear and then share their experience. Moms with kids just a bit older than your own are a great resource.

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3. BabyLi.st Best Baby Products Round Up: I think Babyli.st is a brilliant site for the simple fact that you can do a baby registry and add anything to it from any store, rather than having to choose one store for your registry. But on top of that, Babyli.st has access to the reviews and opinions of thousands of parents who have used their site and what products they love best. And then Babyli.st compiled all of that information into a Best Baby Products Guide to help you. This is a great resource when buying or registering for your own baby.

4. Check out the gear in person: Another thing I would recommend is going to a store with a wide variety of baby goodies and seeing them in person. You can see the strollers and infant seats and other gear for yourself and lift and fold it and get a feel for what you like best. After you test it out or see how it works, go back and research what would work best for your lifestyle, living situation, etc. Then you can still register for it online at someplace like Babyli.st and add the cute toys, blankets, books, and details from your favorite small businesses and makers as well.

How To Know What Baby Gear You Need: Using Babyli.st's Guides | Oh Lovely Day

So before you register, be sure to do your research! Babyli.st’s product guides are a great place to start, and then you can build your registry there as well. I wish they existed way back when I registered for my first baby! But even if you already had your baby the guides can help you with gear decisions later, like when choosing a convertible car seat, feeding gear, etc. They’ve got all the baby gear bases covered, making your product decisions so much easier.

This post is sponsored by Babyli.st but the opinions, and love for the site, is all my own.

 

Postpartum Bathroom Survival Kit

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So, you’re having a baby and you do lots research and spend lots of time preparing your home, nursery, and self for your labor and delivery and for bringing baby home. You register for all the stuff. You take a birthing class. You pack a hospital bag. But there is one area that is rarely talked about and that definitely needs to be: how to be prepared for what happens “down there” after you have a baby. Like, you know a baby is coming out of your lady parts (unless you have a c-section). But there are so many things that can happen afterwards that you really should know and be prepared for and that no one really talks about. So I thought I would help some mommas out and tell you what I put in my postpartum bathroom survival kit, for all those issues that might come up, down there… Read More

Whiten for Your Wedding + A Giveaway from Philips Zoom

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Now that engagement season is in full swing, I know many of you are excited to be starting your wedding planning. You’re probably just in the research stage: reading posts like this and getting organized. One thing that is important to keep in mind are the beauty treatments and how far out you should start scheduling them. Here are some beauty treatments you might want to keep in mind:

  • haircuts/highlights
  • waxing
  • getting fit, if this is a priority for you
  • teeth straightening
  • teeth whitening
  • self-tanning
  • facials

This list isn’t to say that you should be doing all of these — but these are some areas to think about when scheduling and booking your bridal beauty treatments, since a few of them can take a while to see the results you are looking for.

Teeth whitening is definitely an important one, because you want to be all smiles on your wedding day, and having a confident smile is a big part of that. Philips Zoom Whitening can help you get there. They offer a few different whitening options to fit all couples and budgets:

  • Philips Zoom Take Home Kits: When it comes to whitening there is no “one size fits all,” and now it’s easier than ever to find the perfect fit for every patient. Philips Zoom Take Home Kits come in a variety of options, ranging from Philips Zoom Take Home NiteWhite, which you wear while you sleep, to Philips Zoom DayWhite, which only takes 30 minutes, twice a day to get optimum results in just two weeks.
  • Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed: Clinically proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in 45 minutes, Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed has superior results and efficacy than other professional whitening alternatives.
  • Philips Zoom QuickPro: Philips Zoom QuickPro uses a breakthrough two-layer technology to whiten teeth up to four shades, and takes only five minutes to apply. All the patient has to do is brush or wipe off the whitening varnish after 30 minutes to see results.

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You can also use their Find a Dentist tool to get more information and find a dentist near you to get started. And today, we’re giving away one of their Philips Zoom Whitening Pens and Wedding Planner/Organizers to one lucky reader. Enter in the widget below – winner will be announced there at the close of the giveaway. Available to US residents only. Good luck!

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My Wishlist for Baby Three + A Giveaway

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As the mom of two boys already and someone who had her last baby just 17 months ago, you’d think I’d be all stocked up on the latest goodies for baby #3 (and myself). But I’m not! So many great brands and products have launched since my last baby that I’m really excited to try out this time around. My list is even bigger than what you see here, and I’ll be sharing even more down the road but I really wanted to celebrate the arrival of baby three with a giveaway and figured I have more time to do that now than when he actually gets here…  So, here are some goodies I’m excited about and am giving away to one lucky reader:

  • 4Moms bounceRoo: Would you believe I have never owned or used a bouncer with my first two babies!? So when 4Moms, a company whose products I already love, released the bounceRoo I knew it was time to try one!
  • Smart Changing Pad from Hatch Baby: I think I might be the most excited about this product, because it is such a game changer! The Smart Changing Pad from Hatch Baby tracks your baby’s weight and growth so you know that baby is getting enough to eat at each feeding. This is especially huge for breastfed babies since many moms don’t know how much they produce at each feeding. It can also track diaper changes and sleep, and it sends and syncs all of the info to your phone using their free app. It’s seriously brilliant and I can’t wait to use it.
  • Wildbird Ring Sling: I’ve also never used a ring sling with my other babies but have always wanted to try one. I figure when you have two other kiddos to keep up with, you can use all of the baby wearing help available. Plus, they seem so simple and are so beautifully made that when I discovered Wildbird I knew I had to try one of their slings. (The winner will get $45 shop credit to put toward getting one of their own.)
  • Ergobaby 360 Air: Another baby wearing must-have is the Ergobaby. I have used one with all of my kids — I had an original with Charlie, the 360 with Calvin, and now am excited to use the 360 Air with baby three. Living in So Cal where it is hot most of the year, the Air will be a welcomed addition to my baby wearing collection and Ergobaby is my old standby favorite. And my husband loves baby wearing with our Ergos too.
  • Milk Snob Cover: A nursing cover that also functions as a carseat cover is such a must-have. You really need a couple of these in your mom arsenal — one for the diaper bag, and an extra for the car or when the first one gets dirty. And with so many stylish designs it’s really hard to pick just one.
  • Everly Bar Necklace from Made By Mary With Love: Some of you may remember my double vertical bar necklace (you can see me wearing it a lot on instagram – here’s a good photo of it) that I have worn since Calvin was born with his and Charlie’s names each on a bar. It is such a treasure. But rather than adding a third bar for baby three, I am putting all three of their names on one bar (because I am really and truly all done having babies this time). The Everly Bar can accommodate all three names and will hopefully never leave my neck.
  • Doie Lounge Robe: Every momma needs a luxurious robe and some soft and comfy pjs when they have a new baby. Even if you have a hundred robes, putting on a new soft robe feels like a treat when you aren’t feeling exactly human or pretty. The robes from Doie Lounge are so soft and pretty they’ll motivate you to take that time for yourself and hop in the shower or bath for some momma time.
  • Little Lotus Swaddle: Man, I love a good swaddle. Swaddling = good sleep. A really good swaddle = consistently good sleep, which is SO key to, you know, sanity. What is so cool about the Little Lotus swaddle is that it is made with special, NASA-inspired fabric that helps regulate baby’s temperature — cooling him if he gets too hot, and warming him if he gets too cool. We live in an old home that is heavy on the charm but holds cold in the winter and heat in the summer (and was built long before central AC), so I’m always worried about the room temperature in the nursery, and this swaddle will help me relax a bit while it helps baby rest better. It is also easy to get on and off baby and allows easy access if you need to change a diaper without waking baby. Plus, every sale helps a baby in need, which you can read more about here. I can’t wait to try one with baby three.
  • Baby Basics from June & January: Even though I have lots of clothes and blankets from my first two babies to pass to baby three, they were all born in different seasons and therefore what Calvin wore as a newborn in the summer won’t work for baby three who is a winter baby. Plus, every baby needs his own fresh set of baby basics, don’t you think? June & January continuously comes out with great basics for baby in different styles and colors. Their fresh baby hats, bandana bibs, blankets, and apparel are must-haves for every baby wardrobe. (The winner will win $50 shop credit to choose their own baby basics.)
  • Freshly Picked Moccs: Calvin is passing down a few pairs of Freshly Picked Moccs, and the ones he wore before he was mobile are in perfect condition. But, I want to get baby three his own crib moccs so he’ll always be able to save his own first set of baby shoes, and then Calvin gets to keep his as well. Plus, you really can’t ever have too many pairs of moccs!
  • Bath & Body Essentials from Tubby Todd: Calvin had terrible eczema during his first few months and I so wish I had Tubby Todd back then. While the boys love their bubble bath, I haven’t yet tried the lotion, and their dream cream is on my must-try list. I love that the products are 100% all-natural! (The winner will get a $40 credit to stock up on their own Tubby Todd goodies.)
  • Wood Gym from Nin and June: I love a beautifully made piece of baby gear that is also super functional. Bonus points if it means I can save myself from having and using (and looking at!) an ugly piece of plastic to entertain my baby. This modern wooden play gym from Nin and June will be a welcome addition to my living room and I’ll happily look at it all day long. (The winner will receive a $65 shop credit to put toward their own wood gym or other purchase.)

So many great brands and baby goodies to be excited about, and I can’t wait to spoil one of you with all of the things! The giveaway will run from 1/18/16 thru 1/24/16 and a randomly selected winner will be announced in the entry widget below sometime on 1/25/16 (unless I’m in the hospital having baby three — in that case it will be announced as soon as I can…) Rules and instructions listed in entry widget below as well.

Now go enter! (If you are on a mobile device, this widget may take a little time to load, FYI)

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Register With Style and Function In Mind With The Food52 Wedding Registry

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You plan your wedding with your style in mind, so why not get to register for the things that you’ll use in your new life together with your style in mind as well? The beauty of the Food52 Wedding Registry is that it allows you to register with both style and function in mind — it can be your “something new” because it is a new way of thinking about the wedding registry.

Instead of settling on one store’s wedding registry and choosing from the things for your home that that particular store has to offer, you can register for the stuff you really want — things that are both beautiful and functional, many one-of-a-kind. You can register for the future heirlooms of your life; the things you’ll use and cherish for many years to come. The things your kids will want you to pass to them when they get married and start their own families.

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The Food52 Registry allows you to search for items based on product type, personality, or collection. They also have guest curators who can help inspire you in your selections. And with over 3000 locally produced and unique items to choose from, many of which are exclusive to Food52 and from small makers that you wouldn’t be able to register for otherwise, you’ll truly find things that you’ll both love to use and use with love: the jadeite juicer that you use to make your kids freshly squeezed orange juice, the copper bowls that you use for baking holiday cookies each year, and the wooden cutting boards that are as pretty to look at as they are dependable to use. I can’t tell you how much I wish this registry had existed back when I got married!

This post is sponsored by Food52 but the opinions are my own.

Sending Save The Dates and Thank You Cards With Postable

Save the Dates & Thank You Cards the easy way using Postable | Oh Lovely Day

I’m probably late to the game on this one, but I made a discovery recently that has completely changed the way I send cards and invites. After failing to send thank you cards from Calvin’s August birthday until two months later, I realized there was an easier and more convenient way thanks to Postable. By Charlie’s November birthday, I had thank yous out within a week of his party. Game changer! They have tons of thank you cards to choose from, let you write specific messages to go in each one, and then print and mail them for you. And that’s just one of the many reasons to love and use Postable.

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They have a large selection of beautifully designed Save the Dates — some that you can personalize with a photo if you prefer. And they print, address, and mail them for you, which saves a ton of time and energy that you can put towards one of the many other tasks of wedding planning.

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You can either import addresses that you have on your own or you can use Postable’s free address request service to gather them for you. This is such a great tool in wedding planning, since you’ll need your guests’ addresses for everything from Save the Dates, to wedding invites, to thank you cards. Postable gathers and stores them for you for future reference. And then you’ll have them stored for sending future holiday cards, birth announcements, party invites — you get the idea!

The convenience of collecting and storing addresses and never needing to go to the post office for stamps makes Postable my favorite discovery of last year. Except now I have no excuses to be late sending thank you cards…

This post is sponsored by Postable, but all of the opinions are my own.