best newborn gowns

Gowns and sleep sacks instantly transport us to the newborn stage. It’s our favorite clothing item during the day for the first several weeks and night for even a few months! Being able to easily access diapers or make a quick outfit change without having to deal with snaps or buttons is the best! Especially when you’re tired beyond reason and you end up snapping them out of order four times in a row. Been there! Here are our favorites:
Favorite Newborn Gowns

Best Bargain: Carter’s is carried at big box stores all over, and for good reason! These are great for stocking up.

Longest Lasting: For a gown that will last forever, look great through multiple siblings Kate Quinn Organics is the way to go.

Softest: Carter’s might be the best deal, but it definitely isn’t the softest option. If you want silky smooth, warm and cozy, Kickee Pants is hands down the best. We hoard these like crazy!

Heart Eyes: Electrik Kidz has an awesome line up of graphic gowns. How darling is this ruler set? We love that you can tie up the bottom as well for extra warmth.

Chicest: Or is it most chic? Either way, this classic look will put all eyes where they belong, on your beautiful baby!

Warmest: HALO SleepSack Swaddles are amazing and we love that you can swaddle with arms out or in, to avoid those startle wakings (uncontrollable limbs is sort of the most hilarious part of having a newborn.) We’ve heard of babies that like one arm swaddled and one out. Some who need their arms free, and some who change their minds everyday. HALO is all about options.
Did we leave any out that you love? Let us know below!

10 graphic nurseries

We’re ditching the serene and going with bold and graphic for this next set of nurseries in our series! It’s all about bright elements and textures. You can take such fun risks in spaces for kids, and heres some of our favorites!

1. Colorblocked walls add interest without overpowering.

10 Graphic Nurseries

Indie Days

2. Starting with organic elements like wood paneling and live greenery make a great backdrop for adding big pops of color in the decor. This art, mobile and quilt couldn’t be better coordinated!

10 Graphic Nurseries

D*S

3. You all know our love for black and white. While it might feel stark for a nursery, all the shapes are really great for new eyes to learn to focus on.

10 Graphic Nurseries

Apartment Therapy

4. Color palettes are such a fun way to take risks. Layering shapes and colors makes an otherwise boring flat green wall that you might get sick of, exciting.

10 Graphic Nurseries

Fawn & Forrest

5 & 6. The triangle stencil is a definitely popular choice over the last few years. It’s not overly sweet like a polka dot, while adding those nice lines!

10 Graphic Nurseries

Apartment Therapy above ☝ and below

10 Graphic Nurseries

7. Another example of that color blocked wall we love! We like how they’ve brought the wall paint choice up into the shelves too to tie it all in. How great are those colored light fixtures, too?

10 Graphic Nurseries

Home Edit

8. This wall packs a huge punch but all it is is a quick painter’s tape job. Swap out some of the decor and it could easily be a room for a boy as well.

10 Graphic Nurseries

Domaine Home

9. Stenciling is great for simple designs, but when you want an intricate look, wall paper is the only way to go. We love how the painted trim breaks up all that white.

10 Graphic Nurseries

Domaine Home

10. Maybe you want something special for your nursery but don’t have a lot of budget? This painted wall mural is so unique and all simple shapes. You don’t have to be an artist to accomplish something like this!

10 Graphic Nurseries

Paradissi

So where do you land — serene or bold? Or maybe somewhere in the middle?

Need more inspiration? Head to our LIVE pin board!

DIY baby headband

You all know how we love an easy repurposed DIY for our kids, so now that we have a little Small Fry lady on board we’re excited to add DIYs for her, too! This one is a super easy headband you can make from an old t-shirt!DIY headband

 

Grab a t-shirt:

 

 

DIY headband

 

Cut a 14″x3″ strip, straight as can be lines, and raw edges are great!DIY-headband-3

 

Tie the knot, if you don’t have a baby on hand you can use a ball or bowl as a measurement.

 

DIY headband

This one is such a great quick project, makes a great gift and we love being able to choose the fabric’s pattern and feel.

DIY Baby Headband

 

Find more repurposed DIYs: Leggings & Knotted Beanies!

minimal nurseries

While we wait the long 40+ weeks for our new arrivals, creating a space for them to rest, play, and of course house their substantial amount of stuff, is our favorite way to pass the time! There are so many routes you can go with the design of that special space so we wanted to share our favorites from reader submissions, and of course, our “LIVE” pin board which is brimming with inspiration.

First up is the best of the web for quiet and serene spaces. Simple and neutral color palettes, timeless organic design, and soft decor elements.

15 Minimal Nurseries

The Minimalist Home

(this whole tour is a stunner, see them all here!)

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Decopeques

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Deco Crush

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Lay Baby Lay (killer inspiration resource!)

15 Minimalist Nurseries

Lou What Wear

15 Minimal Nurseries

Domaine Home

15 Minimal Nurseries

Petit and Small

15 Minimal Nurseries

Sissy & Marley (design firm that will knock your socks off!)

15 Minimal Nurseries

Varpunen

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Mitt Lille Hjert

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Design & Form (RIP!)

15 Minimal Nurseries

Domaine Home

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and one from the SF archives! With mazing tips by designer Jodee Harris.

Check back for the next post which takes a wildly different approach!

best of breast feeding

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you’ve enjoyed and learned from this first week of New Mom / New Baby month! We’ve got a lot more where that came from and today we’re finishing up our feeding series with the best gear and accessories for breast feeding. After editing this post, we laughed because it truly sounds like we’re trying to talk you out of breastfeeding. The funny part is all three of us are obsessed and solely breastfeed our kids. There is no denying the adjustment phase that the first few weeks can bring and all of these products will help you get over that hump.

best of breast feeding

 

1. Those early days of nursing are a blur, and usually a braless and sometimes topless one at that. The Cupcake Nursing Tank is such a great option because you can easily access the goods, but you still have a tank for a little coverage when you’re lifting that shirt up.

2. While you get the hang of nursing (it’s a two and sometimes three hand job at first) you need all the support you can get. The Boppy Nursing Pillow is an essential and staple for a reason. So nice! And it’s a great little cocoon for your to chill in too.

3. While you and your baby are figuring out that latch you’re going to want something soothing for those nips. Yeah, we said nips. Boob-Ease Natural Nipple Balm is a great one!

4. Is this not the most attractive nursing bra you’ve ever seen? Slow claps for Belly Bandit. We love this Bandita Nursing Bra!

5. We saw these Cupcake Nursing Pads at a convention and were immediately sold. You can’t tell you’re wearing a nursing pad, you can add liners for extra absorbency, throw it in the wash, reuse and it’s comfortable and soft. We could tell some horror stories about those cotton disposable kind, but another story for another time!

6. Your adjusting milk supply is a wild ride. Engorgement, let down, leakage, spray-age, the works. Boob Warm/Cool Relief is everything you need to help sooth any of the above.

7. Believe us, you don’t need to deal with a blanket that can be yanked off, hands free cover is the way to go! (Covered Goods Nursing Cover)

8. If you need to pump for work, to help guide your milk supply, or just a break from a late night feeding, don’t skimp on the pump, just skip to the Medela Pump In Style.Two of us tried the hand pump and it was futile. You’ll be so glad you have it and will use it for years to come.

9. If your milk supply needs a boost, Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea is your answer.  Their whole line-up is really amazing. Certified organic and everything works wonders. The butt balm is another must have!

Anything you’d add to this list? Have a great weekend!