Editor’s Note: I was kindly sent several complimentary products featured in this post (all are designated with “c/o” ) in exchange for writing about them. All editorial and opinions are my own.
I’m so excited to share with you this exclusive guide to my favorite heirloom style holiday gifts for both newborns and mamas! I’ve found that personalized and/or handcrafted gifts almost always feel a tad more special so I’ve made sure to include plenty of those in the selection. Hope these picks inspire some holiday shopping of your own!
For the Newborn:
Etched wooden blocks, Duck family pull-along toy, Light blue wobbly stacker c/o Land of Nod. I’ve always loved the classic look of wooden toys and we knew W would need some pretty ones to play with and these three pieces from Land of Nod couldn’t be cuter! We just had to have the duck family pull-along toy so that when W is old enough and we take him downtown to visit Boston Public Garden and tell him the Make Way for Ducklings story, (one of my childhood favorites!) he can play with his own family of ducks at home. And I couldn’t resist the darling blue stacker as it matches W’s nursery to a tee. The wooden blocks we chose are etched and include numbers, letters, animals, shapes and patterns which will be great learning tools. They’re also perfect to take month-by-month photos with W:
Puppy Pram c/o Little Me (pictured in the middle). We can’t wait for the weather to get a little chillier so we can wrap W up in this super cozy pram. I love that it has a soft hood and hand coverings. We’ve found that mittens are the hardest things to keep on W’s hands so these will stay on with no worries. My Mom made the gorgeous romper and day dress and while both are still a little too big for our tiny peanut (see how big the day dress is in the photo above?) we can’t wait to see how cute they are when they fit him properly. My Mom also made the most beautiful christening gown for our baby dedication that we’re planning in the spring!
Monogrammed Diaper Cover in Navy Gingham c/o The Pink Monogram. It will be a few months before W fits into this but I think it will be the cutest thing ever to see him crawling around in this monogrammed cover! Picture perfect!
Collins Scally Cap c/o Etsy shop Stitch Of Nature. This cute little hat keeps W warm on our walks and I love how it makes him look like a mini-adult. 😉 It’s also super soft and doesn’t irritate him like some other hats we’ve tried.
Monogrammed Pillow c/o Etsy shop Peppermint Bee. We have a few pillows on rotation for the nursery glider but several of them are prone to wrinkle from just a few minutes of sitting which drives me nuts – c’mon now, no new mama has time to iron pillow covers! That’s one of the many reasons I absolutely *love* our new pillow from Peppermint Bee! The cover is a thicker material than our other pillows and the insert fills it perfectly so it’s nice and taut (read: wrinkle-free!). Woohoo! And the blue and white seersucker with white pique applique aesthetic makes my heart sing – it’s so crisp and clean and looks right at home in W’s nursery. Catherine, the lovely shop proprietress, makes all of her monogrammed pillows which are expertly lined and serged and feature an invisible zipper for easy removal. I highly recommend you check out her shop – she has a large selection of preppy fabrics and monogram styles that I’m just smitten with and her work is flawless!
Andrew Monogrammed Night Light c/o Etsy shop Lightning Bugs. I knew we would need a night light in W’s nursery for those late night diaper changes and feedings where we just want a soft and soothing light so as not to stimulate W too much. I wanted something special that coordinated with the room and I was close to ordering an elephant nightlight from Pottery Barn when I came across the most adorable little monogrammed shades and knew that was just what we had to have. This cute night light emits the perfect amount of soft light so you can see what you’re doing but baby stays sleepy.
Perfect Waist Contouring Cincher c/o Squeem. I started wearing a post-pregnancy belly wrap while I was still in the hospital as I had heard amazing things about how they shrink your uterus incredibly fast. I still wear the first one every so often but it’s a little bulky so I limit it to nighttime use or when I’m at home. I read how wonderful the Squeem was on other mommy blogs – how you can easily wear it under your clothes and it’s really comfortable and the compression helps to get your abs back to what they were pre-pregnancy. I’ve only worn the Squeem a few times now but can vouch that it is really soft and comfy and seems to working well in tandem with the yoga and jogging I’ve been doing.
Moms on Call book set (c/o). I discovered Moms on Call from the mommy blogs I read, as well – they all gave the books rave reviews so I knew I wanted to check them out. While W has been a pretty easy baby, I still wanted to try and get a day/night routine established with him and the one Moms on Call outlines is both easy to understand and easy to implement. We’ve been following it for a few weeks now and are hoping that W will be sleeping up to 12 hours a night by 3 months. Right now he’s typically doing a 5-6 hour stretch followed by a 3 hour stretch. There have been a few nights he’s slept for 8 hours (which were amazing!) but I’d love if we could get him to sleep regularly for 12 hours! Fingers crossed.
Monogrammed Nursing Pillow Cover and Burp Set c/o Caden Lane. During one of the first weeks at home with W, J went out for a simple diaper run and came home with a ton of baby gear (I guess baby fever hit him hard once W arrived!). One of the things J brought home was a Boppy pillow which has become something I use daily but I just couldn’t stand the unfortunate-looking cover that came with it. Luckily, Caden Lane makes some of the most adorable covers – I just love the gingham monogrammed cover and I’m never wanting to hide it away now like I did with the original cover. The matching burp cloths couldn’t be more darling and this combo would make a perfect gift set.
Headbands c/o Etsy Shop Marina’s Closet. My hair is pretty long (down to my waist) and in W’s early weeks, I found that it was always getting in the way – whether I was nursing, burping him or changing his diaper. I had to either wear a ponytail or clip my hair up and that was starting to get old. And then a lightbulb went off and I realized I could bring back an old favorite style staple of mine – the headband! These look chic and keep my hair neatly in place and away from W’s mouth and grasp. I love that they’re vintage and the plaid ones are wool – I can’t wait to wear these for the holidays! And because J&I can’t devour enough lobstah rolls (we make trips to Maine about once a month just to have lobster and be near the sea!), I had to get the lobster headband. Marina’s Closet has several other styles so check them out!
Plaid Monogrammed Blanket Scarf c/o The Preppy Stitch. As the weather keeps dipping, I keep reaching for warmer scarves and gloves and this roasty toasty blanket scarf serves a double purpose for me – it keeps me warm and is also the perfect cover-up for nursing! And can I just say how happy the plaid pattern and fishtail monogram make me everytime I wear it?
Bath bombs and Dead Sea Mud Mask c/o Grace and Stella. I’ve never been a huge fan of baths but during those early postpartum weeks, I discovered how absolutely amazing a good soak can be. It feels like a true luxury when J watches W at night and I get to sneak off for a relaxing bath and these bath bombs elevate that calming & renewing feeling. After my bath, I love applying the mud mask and feeling my pores tighten. It’s like a mini spa experience/escape at home.
Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.