It’s been so much fun shopping for our baby these past few months and after lots of researching and shopping like crazy, there are a few top essentials I’ve found that I don’t think we’d be able to live without and I thought I’d share them with you today – plus a fun peek at my baby bump through the months:
Now, these baby essentials I’m going to share are obviously not the bare essentials. Of course you need a crib, bassinet, changing table, yada yada yada. Instead, these essentials I’m sharing are what I’ve found (so far) to make me smile every time I think of them and feel excited about everything that’s to come … and I wouldn’t want to be without a single one!
1 | Jogging Stroller
Back story: My running times are super bad but I *love* getting a good jog in and back in Virginia, it was one of my favorite things to do together in the evenings with J. We’d circle the lakes in our neighborhood, stop to count the turtles and then jog back home to enjoy a cold drink on our deck. Once I found out I was pregnant, I put running on hold because of concerns with my pregnancy. I can’t tell you how much I have MISSED running. Every time I see a runner, it makes me sad and jealous. So one of the things I’m most looking forward to post-birth is being able to jog again and I’m really excited to include Baby W on our runs. Before I started researching jogging strollers, I assumed that if the stroller had three wheels and looked like a jogging stroller or was called a jogging stroller, it was a jogging stroller. Well, apparently that’s just not so. They aren’t all created equally (as you’ll learn by the huge variance in pricing and quality) so you really have to do your homework to find a true jogging stroller that fits your needs and is safe for the level of activity you’ll be doing. I’m really happy with the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight jogging stroller (c/o Joovy) that we chose. It’s lightweight at only 25.7 pounds and is sturdy enough for a child up to 75 pounds! Folding and unfolding is a complete breeze and it’s shock absorbent for a super smooth ride for the bebe (which was really important to us). We also love the huge canopy which offers great shade and sun protection and mesh pockets for storage. The Joovy is definitely a shared baby essential for J&me!
2 | Monogrammed Pacifiers
Okay, this one is definitely not even close to being essential but let’s be honest – it kind of is! After receiving my Cricut cutting machine this summer, I decided to play around and see if I could make my own monogrammed pacis – and I did, all in about 10 minutes! It was so super easy and I love how these cuties came out! If you have a Cricut, I definitely recommend personalizing and/or monogramming some baby things. It’s been so fun and easy to do!
3 | Glider and Ottoman
I initially didn’t think we really needed a glider and was tempted to skip it altogether. But after going to a few local furniture stores and trying them out in person, I was sold. My mom always said she must have rocked me a million miles when I was a baby because I loved it so much and since I plan on breastfeeding, we decided this would be a good investment. I made sure to choose a model that I felt was versatile enough in style that we could use it in a different part of the house later once W grows up a bit. I think the one we chose will be perfect in our bedroom or in a study or den later. We went with the Natasha style from Best and purchased from a local family owned furniture store so we could order a specific textured fabric – so, so excited about this purchase!
4 | Family Heirlooms
The heirlooms that we’ve included in W’s nursery are without a doubt my favorite things in the room. My mom gave me my Dad’s bronzed baby shoes (shown above) years ago and I’ve always used them to decorate with as I think they are so cool and sweet to have around. They were one of the first decor pieces to make it into the nursery (pretty much as soon as I found out I was pregnant!). Lucky for me, my mom has a hard time parting with sentimental things so she kept tons of my favorite childhood books and many of them are now in W’s little library nook! J’s mom kept several of his baby outfits which were lovingly hand-knit by his grandmother so those are now happily residing in W’s closet. And maybe my favorite family heirloom is the stuffed teddy bear on our glider. It was the very first Christmas gift that J gave me in 2001 – we had only known each about two months! I love that this will now be W’s to cuddle and love. The other stuffed animals in the nursery are all from my childhood. 🙂
5 | New Family Heirlooms
My last “essential” of the list is new heirlooms. To me, these are items custom-made for baby that we’ll want to keep forever and ever. And since my mom is a master at creating the most beautiful children’s clothing ever, we’ll have no shortage of stunning new heirlooms for W. The exquisite handiwork on the latest romper she made for W (shown above) brought me to tears. She has spent over a hundred hours creating jewels for W to wear and they are so pretty, I just can’t put them away in the closet! They’re currently hanging on his crib so I can see them whenever I go in his nursery.
Tell me – what are your baby essentials?
Styling and Photography by Sarah Darcy.