While summer pastels are light and refreshing, there is something about timeless black and white that looks crisp, clean and modern. If you are shopping for a gender neutral gift, or just love the monochromatic look, here are some of our favourite black and white products to inspire your next purchase.
- Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Car Seat in Devoted Black and White
- Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair in Black
- Ju Ju Be Be Neat Legacy Bib – The Marquess
- Colibri Reusable Snack Bag – Large Paisley
- Baby Paper in Black and White Stripe
- OVer Company Alto Stripe OVer Cover
- Minimoc Infinity Shoe in Silver Dot
- Skip Hop Footie & Hat in Cloud
- Farm Hoppers Cow
- Little Unicorn Petite Manifest Bag in Obsidian
- Lulujo Bamboo Blanket in Hugs and Kisses
- Kid O Wobble Racoon
This Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day and we wanted to send our heartfelt wishes to all the Mamas and Mamas-to-Be for the Happiest Mother Day, filled with love, family, and maybe some extra sleep! (every mom’s dream, right??) For anyone looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift (hint, hint gentlemen!) we have rounded up a few great items for both the busy mom on the go and also for the nesting Mama, waiting on baby to arrive.
Let’s face it, once baby arrives, they come with a lot of stuff, and the majority of that stuff needs to travel with them (and you) when you leave the house. Trading your purse in for a diaper bag is a serious transition so the bag you carry should definitely be one that you love! Enter the Charlie Bag from Timi and Leslie. The perfect gift this mother’s day, this vegan faux leather bag comes with extra accessories to keep you totally organized and stylish. Insulated bottle holders, stroller clips, a change pad, and a separate mini clutch that you can hold your personal essentials and travel with you whenever you are solo and not wanting to take a whole bag with you. This bag has it all and will last well beyond the baby years.
The Tula Carrier is a popular mom favourite and is a great gift for the mama who is looking for a little bit of freedom and mobility, while still keeping baby close. Available in so many great patterns and styles, this carrier is easy to use, versatile and can be used up until four years old with many babies!
A great gift this year would be to relieve the burden of mom guilt! We all worry so much that we aren’t doing enough, spending enough time, teaching enough, feeding them the right things, or documenting all of the amazing milestones they do manage to achieve despite their underachieving mothers. These Milestone Cards are a great way to easily snap a quick picture to document those special moments in pregnancy and throughout baby’s early years and are also a great reminder of things that are actually noteworthy. No crafting or exceptional DIY required, these cards do all the talking so you can worry about documenting them in that baby book you’ve been meaning to start whenever you have time (like just in time for a High school graduation present?)
This next “mom essential” is another great bag that can be used as a diaper bag and also as a purse. Little Unicorn is a well loved brand for moms (those swaddles, though!) and we think this Rotunda Bag is the perfect piece to accompany you to both Baby Picasso and then take you back to work as your briefcase. This bag is stylish and functional and zips completely closed to avoid losing your entire mom life contents within.
For those Mamas-to-Be, baby might not be here yet, but he is already wreaking havoc on your body. Before babe arrives and every moment is dedicated to taking care of him, take a minute to pamper yourself. This Mama’s Morning Tea is the perfect pause for your day. Blended with stomach settling Ginger Root and Spearmint, a safe hint of Peppermint, Chamomile and Lemon Balm, this tea is a great way to keep nausea at bay and wake up feeling somewhat like a human.
Another great way to treat the pregnant mama-to-be this weekend is with this Mom Pack. Complete with belly jelly and leg & back cream, it is the perfect combination to sooth the skin during pregnancy. The pregnant body goes through lots of changes and anything you can do to treat yourself is well deserved!
And the last treat is quite possibly one of the coziest gifts you could give or receive for Mother’s Day (and we won’t judge you if you buy this gift for yourself!) We have partnered up with our favourite new Mom-to-Be, Jillian Harris to help her navigate this overwhelming world of preparing for life with a baby. Jillian already knows a thing or two about how to treat herself to comfort and has gone so far as creating her own line of AH-Mazing pyjamas and clothing to make sure her comfies are the coziest. These Pyjamas by Jillian Harris for Privilege always sell out, so if you can get your hands on a pair, consider it a total mom score.
As a mom you will find your life turned upside down, will discover that you had more courage than you knew you could possess, your heart will grow so big that you think it might explode, and you will have truly earned the best title- Mom.
We’d like to treat one lucky Mom to a pampering prize pack for Mother’s Day. Our BMTB (Best-Mom-To-Be), Jillian Harris has teamed up with us to give away a set of her amazing pyjamas (the most comfortable things you will ever wear) and we are throwing in our favourite Earth Angel Mama Baby Tea for Mamas and a Mom Pack. To enter, log into the rafflecopter below, answering the question and then leave us a comment! This contest will run from Friday, May 6th to Monday, May 9th at 11:59pm EST. Contest Rules and Regulations.
*Update, congratulations to Katherine K who is the winner of the Pampered Mama Prize Pack! Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for more exciting partnership and contest announcements!
Baby Showers are the absolute best! Period. I can’t think of a better tradition than friends and family gathering around to celebrate a new life, while making sure the parents-to-be are as prepared as possible for the task. The expression “it takes a village” is true every step of the way, and it starts with the baby shower.
With each of my three babies, my list of true essentials became smaller and smaller. There are some things you’ll use daily and feel like you couldn’t survive without; and other things you’ll never unwrap and will re-gift as soon as possible. My job is to help you discern between the two.
My first recommendation is, don’t register for clothing! You will get clothing anyway. People love to buy clothing for new babies. You’ll have more than you need, and baby will be most comfortable in pyjamas or sleepers anyway, so keep their wardrobe simple. For clothing, 8-10 one-piece sleepers are all you need for the first three months as far as I’m concerned. Sure, it’s hilarious and adorable to put babies in cardigans and suspenders, but really, let’s focus on what we NEED, ok?
Gear + Linens + Diapers – Clothing = Baby Registry Success!
Stroller: This is probably the most expensive baby item you’ll own, so definitely put some thought into it. Are you a runner? Consider jogging capabilities. Do you plan on having more children within a couple of years? You’ll want a stroller that can grow with your family. Are you petit? You’ll want a light weight stroller you can manoeuvre.
Strollers can run you upwards of $1,000 but consider that a high quality stroller will also have re-sale value when you’re done with it. And keep in mind that while most baby items are out of a job in a matter of months, your stroller will be used until your youngest is around five years old. If you plan to use your stroller often, they’re worth the investment!
Car Seat: Unlike a stroller, these aren’t really optional. Even if you don’t drive often, you can’t drive at all without a car seat – including the rare times you may rent a car or when traveling. An infant car seat is good for six years in Canada, whereas convertible car seats (that last from infancy to booster) tend to be 10 years. Also unlike strollers, it is recommended to never purchase a car seat second hand as the history of car accidents would be unknown. Thus, they’re a baby registry essential.
Baby Carrier: These are one of the most popular items on any registry and it’s no wonder why. Baby carriers provide parents with mobility while giving baby comfort and contact. Make sure you visit the store and try on different carriers before you decide on one for your registry. Have both parents try the carrier, too! Some carriers are more comfortable for certain body types, so you need to try them all. Also make sure both parents are confident putting on and taking off the carrier. If it’s too confusing, you probably won’t use it, so make sure you register for one that you feel good about!
Furniture: I’m a firm believer that babies don’t need much, and this extends to their nursery. I suggest buying furniture that will grow with them and easily match different decor in your home. Consider if the baby will be sharing a bedroom right away, or in the future, and the gender of current or future siblings. Our three kids still all share a bedroom, and we have both genders represented in the room, so neutral is always my rule of thumb.
If your budget allows, I recommend having a fixed crib as well as a travel crib/playard. The crib is their stationary bed that’s always at home, but the travel crib can travel with your family and pop up in mom and dad’s room when needed. If I had to choose between the two though, I’d be sure to have a playard as they’re much more versatile and affordable. Make sure you choose one with a bassinet insert for the newborn months!
Linens: One thing is for sure, babies known how to go through linens! Laundry will be the first chore you notice doubling, nay, tripling when baby arrives. While clothes may be superfluous, you can never have enough linens!
- 2-3 crib sheets (like these)
- 2-3 pack-and-play sheets (like these)
- 10+ receiving blankets (love these and these)
- 10+ bibs (great for catching spit up!)
- 3+ zip-up or Velcro swaddles (these are my favourite, and work like a charm!)
- Sleep sacks, for after the newborn stage (these are cute!)
Diapers: There’s nothing else I can think of that baby will need 10x a day, every day! Diapers are the most essential or any baby registry. They make a great gift because they’re always useful, never out of style, and available anywhere.
We used these cloth diapers and loved them, but I also always had disposables on hand for traveling, over nights, baby sitters, and the newborn days. There are some great chemical free diapers on the market these days, so you really can’t go wrong with either style of diaper. Buying cloth diapers can be a large upfront cost, so they should definitely be on your registry. Even if you are gifted just a couple of diapers it’s a tremendous help! I love giving my friends the Honest Diaper Bundles as a shower gift because they include wipes, too. Perfect gift!
Things to avoid: When making your registry, avoid anything gender specific. You may be having a girl, but what if your next baby is a boy? We tend to focus on the present, but if you’re anything like me, you could get a surprise a few months after your baby is born, and all of the pink frilly things are suddenly out of a job.
I also try to stick with baby items that serve multiple purposes, for multiple stages. Muslin swaddles are a great example of this – I used them to swaddle, to shield the sun in the stroller, and they make perfect light weight blankets in the summer.
Like clothes, toys and books aren’t the best baby shower gifts, either. The parents-to-be need so much just to get them through the initial six months, so as cute as those wooden blocks or that famous Dr. Seuss title is, if it’s not useful or needed in the baby stage, wait and give them at a 1st birthday party instead.
Emily is a Montreal-based writer and blogger, but most importantly, a mom of three littles (age five and under). She geeks out over cloth diapers, lattes, and will do just about anything to travel. You can find her on Instagram @emmorrice where she profusely overgrams pictures of her meals, kids and city.
With only four sleeps left until the big man comes, many of us are scrambling to find some last minute stocking stuffers. Since toddlers and bigger kids are usually pretty verbal about what they want for Christmas, it is often much easier to fill (or overfill!) their stockings. With our tinier customers though, it can be difficult to figure out what they would like to receive from Santa. We’ve been there and know that even though babies may be too young to remember or realize what they are opening, they deserve a visit from jolly ‘ol St. Nick too! We have compiled a list of great last minute items that your littlest love is sure to enjoy.
Your trusty Snuggle Bugz Elves.
I love leg warmers. Super cute, comfy & cozy! They are perfect for everyone in your family including your littlest one. Mister Myles has a pair of Baby Legs and we are both in love. He loves them because they give his knees a little cushion – he is a crawling machine and our hardwood floors don’t take it easy on his poor little knees. I love them because they are super cute and super handy. They are perfect for days at home when he is hanging out in a onesie and they make diaper changing a breeze. No pants to take off and they keep him nice and toasty!
Baby Legs have been around since 2005 when a momma needed to keep taking pants off her daughter to clear up a stubborn diaper rash. She snipped off the bottom of a pair of socks, slipped them on her daughter’s legs and voila! Cute little leg warmers! Baby Legs was born and a lot of moms have been loving them ever since!
Here are a couple other great reasons why you will love Baby Legs:
- Perfect if you have a ‘poonomi’ (aka: poop explosion) when out and about. Slip them in your diaper bag and they don’t fill up your entire bag.
- If you like to wear your baby I am sure you will love these. They keep your little one’s legs warm without the bulky clothing.
- If you are busy potty training during the winter months these may be the perfect solution!
- Protects little knees from rug burn on the carpet plus softens ceramics/hardwood
- They come in a ton of cute prints for boys and girls!
Do you have a pair of Baby Legs for your little one? If you do are there any more reasons why they are on your must-have list?
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