Newborn Essentials / Must Have Baby Items

 

 

Newborn Necessities + Everything You Need On Your Baby Registry This will be my third baby, so at this point I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what’s necessary and what I could live without. Some links are affiliate links!

1. Crib [similar crib linked] https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck25cc7rf

2. Swaddle blankets / Muslin Swaddles https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck4ecc7rf

3. Baby monitor https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck4ycc7rf

4. Diaper bag/ Backpack http://fawndesign.com

5. Hamper

6. Free & clear laundry detergent

7. Onesies https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck5ncc7rf

8. Burp cloths https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck5ycc7rf

9. Rock n play https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmhrcc7rf

10. Baby carrier https://sollybaby.com

11. Swing https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmikcc7rf

12. Car seat

Breastfeeding:

1. Breast pump [Free through insurance!] I ordered mine through here: https://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/

2. Nursing bras https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmi9cc7rf

3. Breast pads https://rstyle.me/~aqlsc

Must-Have but I haven’t gotten yet:

1. Owlet monitor https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmjscc7rf

2. Dock a tot https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmj3cc7rf Follow me on Instagram! Instagram.com/britt.kav

10 Children’s Brands To Follow On Instagram

If you have kids and haven’t found the children’s clothing/accessory world that exists on Instagram, then you are definitely missing out! I absolutely love discovering new clothing brands online, especially one’s for my little humans.
From shoes, to rompers, to headwear, there is no shortage of amazing and unique brands on Instagram.

I’m going to share a handful of my favorites. If I shared ALL of my favorites, we would be here all day.

Let’s start with the little feet!

SHOE SHOPS:

Potato Feet carries the cutest moccasins & booties, in a wide variety of colors and patterns. I absolutely love these shoes because they slide on so easily, and they STAY on. Their quality is amazing, and will last for as long as long as they fit your your kiddo’s feet!

Piper Finn Footwear has the most adorable leather oxfords for children. I want one in every pattern for my kids! Sawyer has the polkadot ones, and they are one of my favorites on her.

 

Urbemm carries leather goods, including the most amazing leather boots for kids. Why do kids get to hog all the good stuff??

 

CLOTHING SHOPS:

Rad Revolution is another one of my all time favorite shops. Everything is designed by the owner, Mallory, and she is constantly coming out with new [and adorable] items. Rad Revolution carries pants, hoodies, bonnets, swimmers, and, my personal favorite, ROMPERS!

Little Urban Apparel has unique and quality pieces that are just darling! (I don’t usually talk like that…but, ‘darling’ is seriously the best way to describe this brand!!!)

Vivie & Ash makes the cutest peplum tops, bloomers, and dresses for little ladies. I seriously think Sawyer needs one of everything from this shop!

TOYS:

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Exciting news! 🎉 We are thrilled to introduce our newest giving partner, Breakfast Club of Canada. It has been a goal of ours since we launched cuddle+kind to give back in our home country, in addition to supporting children in need around the world and in the United States. We are so excited to now be donating meals locally and across Canada! We are grateful to be able to contribute to the health and success of our country’s youth and we’re humbled to be working with the great organization Breakfast Club of Canada. They do amazing work! By providing nutritious meals to children before school, they give little ones the energy they need to learn, thrive and reach their potential. We’re inspired by their efforts and proud to be working with them to make an impact in Canada. Thanks to all our giving partners, we’re reminded every day that we each hold the power to make a difference for generations to come. #thankful #givingbacklocally #1dollequals10meals #onemillionmeals #breakfastclubofcanada

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Cuddle and Kind has the most adorable hand knit dolls. Dolls come in two different sizes, and they have a variety of different characters to choose from. One of the things that I love about this company is that for every dolls sold, they provide 10 meals to a child in need.

Little Sapling Toys makes wooden toys for babies and toddlers. They sell everything from blocks & teethers, to furniture. I ran into the owners at Disneyland last year, and they are very sweet!

ACCESSORIES:

Noxx is known for their wide variety of handmade beanies. They also carrie headbands, scarves, blankets, and burp clothes.

George Hats has the cutest selection of trucker hats & sun hats for little dudes! (Girls could totally rock these also.) I love the patterns they offer!
Let me know what some of your favorite small shops to follow are!

Like I said, I love to discover new shops!

 

 

5 Must-Have Items For Nursing Mamas

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When I was pregnant with my first child, Cash, I knew that I was going to breastfeed him. I didn’t even bother buying formula because I was set on exclusively breastfeeding. I did a ton of research, I got advice from a lot of moms, and I joined breastfeeding groups on Facebook. I thought I was prepared, and figured it’s natural, so it MUST come naturally. Right?
Boy, was I wrong! The first few days trying to nurse Cash were so discouraging. I wanted to give up. I did finally get the hang of it, and Cash ended up exclusively breastfeeding for 15 months! I am now nursing my daughter, Sawyer, and we are almost 11 months into our journey. I plan on nursing her for at least a few more months.
I’ve learned a lot in these last couple of years, and had some items that I  found necessary for a successful & comfortable breastfeeding journey.
I wanted to share a five of my favorite breastfeeding must-haves with you guys today.

  1. A Nursing Cover
    I am all for a woman nursing in public without a cover, if that’s what makes them comfortable. I, however, prefer to use a cover when I’m in public. Covers like this one  have multiple uses. Besides covering your goods, it can also be used as a shopping cart cover, carseat cover, scarf, blanket, and spit up rag.
  2.  A Nursing Pillow
    A nursing pillow makes breastfeeding so much more comfortable for new moms. I remember being in the hospital, trying to nurse Cash, and really wishing I had one with me. As your baby gets a little older, this can also work as a good head rest for diaper changes, or as chest support for tummy time.
  3. Comfortable nursing bra + clothing
    One really inconvenient thing about nursing is having to wear “nursing-friendly” attire. Most dresses won’t work, unless they’re really low-cut. (Think about it.) I’ve also had shirts that didn’t work because of belts/ties that went around the stomach area. Basically, stick to comfortable shirts that are easily lifted or lowered to nurse. I also recommend being prepared for the worst, such as leaking through your shirt! Make sure your bra is nursing-friendly as well! There’s a lot of good ones on Amazon to choose from.
  4. A good breast pump
    Most insurance providers will actually help pay for a breast pump. I used the Madela Pump in Style Advance, and I have no complaints. I didn’t/don’t pump very often, but it’s definitely necessary for when you want to store some milk for your little, or if you feel like your need a little assistance in draining a full breast. (Oh, the joys of breastfeeding!)
  5. SUPPORT!
    Every nursing mama NEEDS support! There’s many times that you will feel discouraged, and having a support system is key to continuing your breastfeeding journey. I highly suggest joining some breastfeeding groups on Facebook. There’s also blogs and forums just for moms! I suggest checking out The Baby Cubby blog for, not only breastfeeding topics, but parenting topics in general.

Most of the items linked are to Baby Cubby. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you definitely should! The reason I love purchasing from them is because they always price match (even Amazon!), they only carry the BEST and safest gear, and you can get free shipping on all orders over $49. It doesn’t get much better than that!

There are a lot of other items that I could recommend, but these are just 5 of my personal necessities for breastfeeding. You’ll find what works (or what doesn’t work) best for you!

Enjoy the journey with your babe(s)!

xx

-BK