Baby Essentials

As I'm entering my third trimester (which I am still trying to wrap my head around because wow, this pregnancy has flown by), I find myself obsessed with nesting. My mind has been swirling with ideas on how to redecorate our home, diy furniture projects for my husband to carry out, and all of the necessary baby items that we need to purchase. Since my brain is all over the place, I've decided to start my ever-growing project list by singling out my five favorite and necessary baby items... c9dc438f843d8eeaa0e73df1d011770b


First up, a place to sleep. We co-slept with Holden for almost 3 years, so although we had bought a crib for him before he was born, we never ended up using it.  It wasn't what we had originally planned to do, but it's what worked for Holden and our family (whatever gets you the most sleep, right?). For this next little bebe, I would still like to have a place for him to sleep (even if it's just for naps) and I like the idea of something that can be close to our bed, but also  moved around the house to different rooms. I think that I may have found the perfect solution with this gorgeous hanging cradle.


Next up, a ride. I have been obsessing over this stroller for years. Soon after we were married, the husband and I spent some time in Copenhagen (a city that we both fell completely head over heels for) and the city was filled with gorgeous mamas pushing their little ones in these modern-day prams. I vowed that when we had children, this would be the stroller. Unfortunately, when Holden was born I discovered that they don't sell or ship to the U.S. which actually worked out since Holden never like riding in strollers anyways. So unless I plan another trip to Copenhagen in the next month or so, baby #2 also won't be riding in this beauty, but  I just still can't seem to get this gorgeousness out of my mind.



And don't forget a wrap. I can't mention a baby's first ride without including a wrap. Babywearing was a lifesaver for us when Holden was born. I probably own about five to ten different types of baby carriers and Holden lived in them until I got pregnant this year and could no longer carry him. From the time he was born, Holden never enjoyed riding in the stroller, always preferring to be close to me and being a first-time mom, I found myself rarely wanting to put him down. Wraps are my favorite way to carry a newborn and I believe will be essential as a mama to a newborn and a toddler. Holden and I are constantly out and about and I know that baby brother will be living in the wrap by Solly Baby so that he can easily join our everyday adventures.


The coming home outfit. I don't know why baby's coming home outfit is such a big deal (or maybe that's just me), but I remember stressing about finding the perfect outfit for Holden for that day we left the hospital until I stumbled across Paige Lauren. Holden wore a  Paige Lauren romper on his way home from the hospital and I think our next little guy will as well. I always found their clothing to be one of the softest-to-the-touch out there and when you have a newborn baby, you only want the softest and most comfortable clothing touching their skin. All of the designs are simple and classic so you won't look back at photos and wonder what you were thinking with your outfit choice. I think this little romper and matching hat is the perfect outfit for a newborn baby.


And lastly, the toy. I think that a baby's first toy should be a keepsake, something beautifully made and designed, and an item we don't mind being put into our baby's mouth. I've always leaned towards knit or wooden toys rather than plastic ones (yes, I am one of those moms) and try to find toys that are simple, well-crafted, and last for years. We were gifted this gorgeous hand-knit taxi rattle by Estella NYC, the first item to be baby #2's very own, and this rattle is everything I look for in a toy. Made from 100% cotton and BPA free, the rattle is soft to the touch and is perfect for little hands (although I must admit that Holden enjoys playing "taxi" with it as well....shhh, don't tell brother!). I can't wait to introduce this gorgeous item to our baby boy. You can check out the whole collection of Estella hand-knit baby rattles here, and right now, Estella is offering Bel & Beau readers 15% off a purchase of $50 or more using the code EST15OFF29 now through December 15th.