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My Baby Registry Must Haves

Registry Must Haves

When I first picked up a Baby Registry Checklist, I couldn’t have been more overwhelmed! There were items on it that I have never even heard of (i.e. a sheet saver) I went through the check list and compared reviews on each product, before adding them to my registry. I used a universal baby registry, so I could register for items from numerous stores (even Etsy!) The funny part is, a lot of our essential “can’t live without” products, are items we bought after Hudson arrived, so we definitely know what it’s like to live without them (and it wasn’t ideal.)

Dock-A-Tot – My mom had read amazing reviews about this prior to Hudson’s arrival and finally decided it would be a good idea to gift him one after he arrived. I wasn’t really sure what was so great about it, until Hudson was 2 weeks old, and spent an entire night awake, without sleeping in between any feedings. The following night, I decided to put the Dock-A-Tot inside his bassinet (it fits perfectly) ever since, the second he is laid in it, he falls straight to sleep, and sleeps wonderfully! The reviews are spot on, it truly is a miracle sleeper!

Owlet Baby Monitor – When Owlet sent Hudson their sock, I couldn’t be more relieved! The Owlet sock monitors Hudson’s heart rate and oxygen levels at night, which I can monitor on my smartphone, keeping my mind at ease while he sleeps. (Update: they now have a camera bundle)

ZoLi ‘BUZZ B.™’ Nail Trimmer – Hudson takes after his mama, his nails grow like crazy, so we use this nail filer at least once a week, eliminating the need to have to clip his nails.

Aden + Anais Silky Soft Burpy Bibs – Aden + Anais makes a couple different versions of these, but the  ones made from 100% rayon made from bamboo are like a dream! Not only is the burp cloth/bib hybrid super convenient, but they’re just so incredibly soft on my baby’s skin, I’d hate to use anything else!

Baby Breeza Formula Pro – This wasn’t an item I registered for, because I never planned on giving Hudson formula, but with all of the complications, being a premie in the beginning I had no choice but to supplement. Prior to this purchase, I would make a pitcher of formula, measure it out into bottles, and keep them in a fridge we had to get for our upstairs, then warm them in a bottle warmer that took 20 minutes to warm before each feeding. Hudson was not a happy camper. With the Formula Pro, this process is literally cut down to 10 seconds. It’s like a Keurig for baby formula. You just stick a bottle under and press “start,” and it dispenses the correct measurement of water and formula, warmed to a proper temperature for feeding. This. is. a. life. changer.

4 Moms Infant Tub – I love everything about this tub, there are just so many innovative features that make bath time so convenient. The temperature controlled tub lets you know what a safe water temperature range is when filling it up, and the tub is designed to keep fresh water in, and dirty water out (extremely convenient if your baby pees within the first minute of getting in the tub like mine!)

HALO® Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper – This bassinet makes nighttime so easy, because Hudson is right beside our bed when he sleeps. I can pick him right up for feedings, without even having to get out of bed or check on him at anytime.

Boppy Petite Trellis Luxe Feeding Pillow – This pillow is so convenient for nursing, as well as bottle feeding. Hudson loves to sit propped up in it, as well.

 The winner of the Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway is @aubreymeadows! Congrats Aubrey!

Third Trimester Essentials

Third-Trimester-Essentails

I’m more than half way through my third trimester, and so ready for our baby boy to be here! These are some products along with my key essentials like my pregnancy pillow, belly butter & maternity denim that have been beneficial.

25 oz Water Bottle – I love this chic water bottle. It doesn’t sweat, so I can throw it in my purse and it’s handy throughout the day. It keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12. Bonus: It’s stroller & car cup holder friendly

Third Trimester Tea – This flavorful tea helps your body prep for labor. Ingredients like Red Raspberry Leaf, Chamomile and Rosehips make it a calming drink before bed

Organic Body Lotion – While I continue to use my favorite belly butter religiously, I love this inexpensive organic body lotion for everyday use. It’s really hydrating, dries quickly, and I love the subtle Sweet Orange Vanilla scent

Slip on Sneaks – It’s starting to feel like Spring, these slip on sneakers are super comfy and extremely versatile

Healthy Snacks – I like to keep hummus and fresh cut veggies in the fridge for a midday snack, because I tend to get nauseous or light-headed at times. Another favorite is Skinny Pop mixed with coconut oil spray and Nutritional Yeast, and shaken well. It has a cheesy flavor, and full of vitamins (B12 in particular)

Nursing Nightgown – Comfy nightgowns are the ultimate sleep go-to. Nursing options mean I can wear them long after my pregnancy

Zantac – I’ve learned what foods to avoid that trigger acid reflux and heartburn, but when when it still occurs, my doctor recommended Zantac. I keep it in my handbag, and it ‘s always helpful

Second Trimester Essentials

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I’m a couple weeks into my second trimester, and I’ve gained back so much energy, and have been feeling great! My appetite has been in overdrive, but I’ve been working out three days per week, which feels amazing!

  1. Maternity Tanks – These tanks are super comfy, and so versatile. I’ve paired them everything from plaid flannels to cozy knit dusters. They’re great basics for layering.

2. BumpNest Pillow – As my second trimester approached, sleep was getting more and more uncomfortable. Between trying to get comfy with 7 pillows to support my neck, bump, knees and feet, and getting up to pee once per hour, I knew I had to find a pregnancy pillow. The amount shapes and styles is overwhelming. So I started with the only one I found in store, The Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pillow. I know people that love it, but it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t fluffy enough, and lacked neck and back support I needed, and the velcro was loud when I turned in the night. Next, I ordered the Snoogle. It was great compared to the Boppy, giving back and bump support, but I constantly found myself waking up on my back throughout the night, because of the design, and it was very firm. Third times a charm! I ordered the BumpNest Pillow. Finally, a pillow that supports my bump, back, neck, knees and feet, and is extremely soft and comfortable. I stay sleeping on my side all night, also. If you’re having trouble sleeping, a pregnancy pillow is worth every penny!

3. Lip Balm – My lips seem to be dry all of the time. I love Honest’s all natural lip balms. They’re silky and smell amazing.

4. Pregnancy Journal –  A friend gifted me a pregnancy journal, right after we found out I was pregnant. I love keeping track of such a special time in my life.

5. Slippers – Slipping into a cozy pair of slippers on days where my feet are aching, by the end of the day feels amazing. These ones are my favorite.

6. Hand Sanitizer – Being pregnant and sick is no fun. I love this chemical-free hand sanitizer, that’s also toddler-friendly.

7. Active Maternity Series on Beachbody on Demand – Second Trimester: Get Strong  At my first doctor’s appointment, I asked if there were any exercises I shouldn’t be doing, and my doctor responded jumping jacks, plyometrics or using a treadmill. There are jumping jacks in the second trimester workout, but I just modify them. It’s great to have a workout designed with safe exercises to stay fit, and help get prepared for labor, and are less than 25 minutes! If you’re interested in the workout email me at fashionmeetsfit@gmail.com [*Consult with your doctor before beginning any type of fitness program.]

8. Maternity Denim – I was surprised to find how in love with maternity denim I would be! From a perfect skinny fit, to cute distressed styles and washes, this brand is my favorite, I have 4 different variations.

 

First Trimester Essentials

It feels like my first trimester has flown by. I’ve been really lucky to only experience morning sickness twice. At the beginning, I wasn’t feeling well in the evenings and waking up in the middle of the night nauseous. That all went away not long after, and other than feeling like I’m on a heavy dose of Dramamine everyday, I’ve been feeling great!

My cravings have ranged from cinnamon rolls to tortilla soup. I’m blessed with an amazing hubby that baked me vegan, gluten free cinnamon rolls from scratch one night, and traveled to 3 different grocery stores with me at 10pm on another occasion to find frozen organic french fries. He’s been the best! I’ve been sticking to my healthy vegan, gluten free diet, only upping my protein a lot, and indulging in the occasional craving, trying to modify it as a healthier version.

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I’m sure I will be using these products throughout my entire pregnancy. They have really helped.

Belly Butter: I started using this at the very beginning. It keeps my growing bump well moisturized, dries quickly, and prevents stretch marks. Not just for your belly, my boobs started growing even faster than my bump, so I use it on them as well.

Peppermint Oil: This has been a Godsend when I have headaches, and also helps with stuffiness too.

Baby Book: The Baby Bump Book is packed with with great info, broken down by trimester.

On the Go Snack: I always try to keep a quick snack on hand to avoid nausea and headaches. Lightly salted pistachios are perfect and they are packed with protein.

Psi Bands: These bands really help ease nausea, especially during car rides.

BPA Free Water Bottle: This water bottle leaves the house with me wherever I go. I crave ice water constantly, and I love the larger size of this bottle, and I can still easily stick it in my handbag. The 2-way twist off lid makes it easy to add ice cubes, and fruit slices, and it’s dishwasher-safe!

My Healthy Essentials

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21 Day Fix Program | Running Shoe | Dry Shampoo | Shower Cap | Water Bottle | Blender | Shakeology | Containers | Challenge Group

Friday Finds: Cocktail Chic

Friday Finds Cocktail Chic

  1. Bar Cart Essentials – A complete guide to stocking your bar in style, by the fabulous Mrs. Lilien
  2. Water & Iced Tea Infuser – I’m obsessed with this new gadget. Infuse fresh fruit in iced water, green tea or make an impromptu sangria
  3. Bejeweled Bottle Opener – One word. Fabulous.
  4. DIY Drink Stirrers – Create chic cocktail stirrers by coordinating to theme
  5. The LBN Cocktail – The refreshing taste of this citrusy skinny cocktail makes it a go-to

Travel Essentials

It seems as if no matter the size of my handbag, it’s always filled to capacity.  During the Winter months, I tend to carry more items than usual.  These are my Winter essentials.

1. Chanel Wallet / 2. Gap Leather Gloves / 3. Tracy Reese Statement Necklace / 4. Organic Peppermint Mints / 5. Valentino iPad Case & iPad / 6. Tea & Stevia / 7. Travel Size Burberry Classic Perfume / 8. Winter Essentials: Eurcerin Hand Cream, Aquaphor Lip Repair, CND Solar Oil / 9. Makeup: Eye Shadow, Kubuki Brush, Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Blush

Easily emergency-proof your handbag.  Travel size fixes can come in handy, without the weighing down your bag.

1. Downy Wrinkle Release / 2. Lint Roller / 3. Dr. Scholl’s For Her Insoles / 4. Dr. Scholl’s Blister Treatment Bandages / 5. Hollywood Fashion Tape / 6. Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover / 7. John Frieda Full Repair / 8. Travel Size Advil