It can be such a challenge coming up with the perfect room for your new baby. When we found out I was expecting, planning the nursery was one of the first things I thought about and couldn’t wait to get started. I knew I wanted to use neutral colors and create a fun yet calming space for our little one. Here are a few steps we took in planning our baby girl’s nursery.
1. Choose your wall color and work accents and window treatments around it.
2. To create a beautiful, simple space find a mobile, and little toys to display made of natural wood.
3. Keep the furniture simple. Your baby honestly does not need that much. In our nursery we have her crib, a rocker, a dresser and a book shelf. It works because they are all similar in style and it keeps the simplistic feel we were going for in line.
4. Let your own personal style reflect your baby’s space. Their room is still a part of your home so don’t feel like you have to transform it into a cartoony, over the top baby town. (unless of course that’s what you’re going for)
5. Don’t forget the artwork. I think the artwork you choose for your baby’s room can make or break the space. If you are going for a nice, clean, simple space choose artwork that reflects that. If you want to go with a theme, find pieces that coordinate with it.
Have you guys used the Good Guide? I recently came across it as I was looking up the ingredients in some of my baby’s bath products. The Good Guide is this great online resource that rates the best products for baby, home, pets, food, apparel, electronics, appliances and cars based on the health, environmental and social footprint they leave. It’s been so helpful for us in choosing products for our baby and home.
A clean kitchen: The kitchen, the heart of the house. It seems like it’s always dirty, right? Just as the dishes are cleaned and put away the sink is somehow full again. Clean the kitchen for that special mama in your life.
Pick some wildflowers: Nothing says you’re appreciated and loved more than a fresh bouquet of flowers. Walk your neighborhood and you’re bound to come across some flowers that would be perfect in that mason jar you have laying around the house.
Get her morning started off right: I know if I can smell the coffee brewing before Im out of bed, the smile is hard to wipe off my face. There’s just something about the thoughtfulness of your first cup of coffee waiting for you.
Homemade cards: Is there anything better than a home made card from your little ones? It really is true- something made from the heart always trumps a store bought gift.
This pretty much sounds like the perfect day to me! (hint hint, husband ) Here’s to hoping all the mama’s out there have an amazing mother’s day coming up!
During my pregnancy I had the hardest time coming to terms with the fact that most baby items are way too colorful, way too plastic, and not at all gender neutral. It really was hard to create our baby girls gender neutral nursery (we did it, but we sure did have to hunt around for earth tone baby pieces.) Unfortunately for her bassinet we settled on something we found at our local chain baby store. It works well and she seems to really like it, which of course is what is most important but I sure do wish we would have come across some of these bassinets when we were in the market. If you are interested in beautifully crafted / eco home and baby products, these are for you!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner we wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little bit about maternal health and this beautiful print you can purchase to help the women of the Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland, Africa. We so often take for granted how lucky we are to have a wonderful maternal healthcare system available to us when most women around the world do not. Here’s a little blurb from the hospitals website: ”The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Every year, one baby in eight dies in infancy while nearly 4000 Somali women die in childbirth. This tragedy can be attributed in large part to the long civil war which brought about the death or departure of nearly all of the country’s trained health care professionals.”
You can help by purchasing this print, (great mothers day gift! spreading the word on your own social networks or by donating money directly to Edna Adan. Every woman deserves proper maternal healthcare so lets do our part.
Happy Friday, friends! Just a little cheer for you to enjoy while you kick your weekend off. Don’t you love this- exploded flowers from 1 design per day. Take a look at the rest- such a beautiful way to see the delicateness of a flower. (I actually love this idea for my kids) Even if just with the photos, I think these could be a great way to show parts of the flower for a fun little science and botany lesson. Anyways, have a great weekend!
This past Christmas my husband gifted me with a gift certificate to a local yoga studio for mama and baby yoga classes. I was still pregnant at the time and the idea of a healthy physical activity to do with my baby girl seemed so awesome. My daughter is just now 4 weeks old and I can’t wait until she’s just a bit older so we can enjoy something so wonderful together. If you’re curious as to what the benefits for your baby might be in doing yoga I came across these and wanted to share.
- Deepen the parent/child bond
- Help baby sleep longer and better
- Improve baby’s digestion and ease tummy troubles
- Relieve fussiness and colic
- Discover ways to enhance your baby’s motor development
- Strengthen the immune system
- Encourage neuromuscular development
If you’re new to yoga or aren’t quiet sure if it’s “you” I say give it a try! There’s nothing quiet better than instilling a positive idea of health and fitness in your children plus you get to do it together! Has anyone done mama and baby yoga classes and what was your experience like?
Just the other day I took my daughter out for her first walk and instead of dealing with a clunky stroller, I wore her with the Moby Wrap. I always thought I would love wearing my baby and boy was I right. Her snug little body, safe and warm pressed up against my own was the perfect first walk experience. I’m excited to try our Moby in different ways and I’m also excited to use my Ergobaby Carrier once she’s a little bit bigger. I highly recommend wearing your baby if you have not tried it yet. It’s easy, warm, safe and just plain fun. Aside from the Moby and Ergobaby I’ve heard great things about the Sakura bloom sling and the Maya Wrap. Is there a brand I’m missing that I should definitely be checking out?
I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of Nature Vs. Nurture. How much life experience influences personality over someone just being a certain way from the moment they were conceived. As my husband and I are expecting our first child, we talk about this often. What kind of parents we want to be, what kind of experiences we want to give our children- idea’s that are quickly followed up with, “well, we may have to change plans as we go depending on what type of children we have.” My husband is reading a book on this very topic called Origins- How The Nine Months Before Birth Shape The Rest of Our Lives. It’s so interesting to read and hear how much of human personality and characteristics are already set in place without having a single ounce of life experience. Sure, we still want to offer our children all the things we hope to- unconditional love, support, encouragement, travel, a nice place to live etc, and while I am now convinced each person is unique from the moment they are formed, I do think these types of emotions and life experiences play a role in shaping what type of adults they will be.
Hello friends! Here we are just 5 weeks away from my due date and finally starting to feel a bit at ease about labor and delivery. A friend of mine sent me some affirmations that i’ve been listening to each night and i’ve just started compiling a calming music playlist to bring to the hospital while I labor. My hospital bag is mostly packed, the baby’s room is mostly finished and our childbirth workshop / class is scheduled for next weekend. I’ve had a lot of help from friends and family about putting my mind at ease for labor and delivery. Being a first time mother is scary for many, many reasons and for me the first challenge of parenthood is simply bringing this baby into the world. I worry about the pain, of course but I also worry something could go wrong with our daughter during delivery. I will be surrounded by an amazing team of nurses and doctors but that motherly fear of not being able to protect your child still exists. What were some things you did to help ease your delivery worries?