Top 5 Baby Shower Gifts

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Shopping for the perfect baby shower gift can be a bit of a nightmare.  You want to make sure you get mommy and baby something useful, yet original. Something that stands out…but not too much.  Well, we compiled a top 5 list of the gifts that will make mommy very pleased.  We added our own personal faves just in case you want to really impress the guest of honor.

#1 Baby Blanket: Yes…a baby blanket.  But not just any old baby blanket.  Get one that’s big enough and so soft that you’d even use it.  Baby blankets that can double as nursing covers or play mats are even better.  Skip the cartoon characters with cheap flannel that pills in three washes.  Go for breathable, natural fabric.  What’s our favorite?  aden & anais , naturally.  They make the most amazing muslin baby blankets that we’ve reviewed a few times here on Celeb Baby Clothes.  Hands down, the best baby blankets available.

#2 Fancy Diaper Bag: Most new mommies have a new diaper bag bought, packed and ready by the door by the time they are 6 months along.  However, most new moms don’t splurge on a new designer baby bag.  They stick to the practical, forgetting that a little style goes a long way.  Mommy needs at least one special bag that looks good while at coffee with the ladies ad babies, and while dining a deaux with daddy.  We recommend the stylish offerings from Kate Spade ( love the Splodge design).  Gorgeous and practical.  Roomy enough for diapers and wipes,and special enough to make a new mommy smile.

#3  Bouncer:  A good sturdy and reliable bouncer is an absolute must…any mommy will tell you that.  Look for one that sooths the baby, but that also looks like it will stand the test of time.  A bouncer that runs out of steam quickly, or requires you to do the rocking is not what you want.  We suggest, that just this once you skip the organic, eco route.  A bouncer is meant to lull to sleep and entertain when awake…not look pretty with your living room couch.  Our favorite is the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders.  It’s a little flashy, but put all our babies to sleep and kept them busy so we could do what mommies do.  It looks out of place in our neutral living room, but who cares about that when the baby sleeps?

#4 Breastfeeding Pillow:  No one tells you how difficult breastfeeding can be.  We will.  You need all the support you can get.  We’ve tried quite a few brands and we love our Kuddle Ring from Bummis.  What makes this particular breastfeeding pillow different from all the rest is that it has a removable cover…perfect for all of life’s little messes.  Wish we’d known about this pillow the first time around.

#5 Books:  Really, a classic childrens book is the perfect gift.  Pick one of your favorites from when you were little, and write a little note in the cover.  Mommy-to -be will remember it as one of her favorite gifts.  Our baby book must have is Goodnight Moon.  Ours is dog eared and beaten up, but always a favorite.

 


Isabella Oliver Will Make You Stylish

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Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you should toss style out the window.  It’s a time to show your body off, and dress it up. The simple truth being, the better you take care of yourself, the better you’ll feel.  Accessories can be a fabulous and simple place to start.  May we suggest investing in a classic and timeless scarf that will take you from your positive pregnancy test to sending them off to college?  A gorgeous scarf is something you can wear before, during and after baby.  Tied just so, it can make an outfit of jeans and a tee look effortless and tres chic.  We love the new silk and cashmere scarves from Isabella Oliver and decided on the heather gray.  It’s so soft, really warm on a cool crisp day and goes with all our outfits.  It’s become a wardrobe staple, and we’ll still wear it long after baby comes along.  Isabella Oliver has long been the A List “go to” place for stylish maternity wear.  Angelina, Gwen and Minnie all showed off their bump in Isabella creations. Ali Larter is the latest celeb mama-to-be that’s figured out you can’t go wrong in an Isabella frock.

The Isabella Oliver Flash Mid-Season Sale starts on Wednesday 20th October with 41% off selected items in the Maternity collection. The sooner you shop the more you save, as for the following five days the percentage off will drop by 3% each day finishing with a customer saving of 29% off on Sunday 24th October.

To participate in this fantastic offer simply enter the promo-code (provided on Isabella’s web site) at the checkout when you purchase your items.  Promo code is Fall.

To view the latest Maternity collection from Isabella Oliver please visit www.IsabellaOliver.com.


Nursery Bedding We Love

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A wise mommy once told us that you can never have enough baby blankets…we’d like to tweak that a little to add “you can never have enough gorgeous baby blankets”.  Our latest find has so many beautiful patterns to choose from, that selecting a few gorgeous designs will not be a problem.  Carousel Designs makes bedding for cribs, cradles and toddler beds.  American made and produced, this bedding will please just about everybody…from mommies who like to keep things organic and classic to dads who like solids and chenille.  Not only are we smitten with the stunning patterns and modern designs, but also the fact that you can custom create your own nursery bedding (on- line), as did celeb mommy Rachel Dratch (of SNL fame) for her chic NY apartment.  Her modern nursery was designed by Nate Berkus and featured on his hit NBC decorating show.  While we may not have Nate on speed dial, we can use (steal) his ideas and make a nursery look like it was done up by a top notch designer by using Carousel’s elegant bedding. You too can do all this while 8 months pregnant, in front of your lap top…drinking your morning latte in your most well loved jammies.  Just like us.

 


Boo Boos Made Better

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Busy mommies on the go need quick access to the essentials in their diaper bag.  This is especially true when your tot has a boo boo or a diaper emergency (who wants to dig around looking for band aids and wipes?).  We’ve discovered that being super prepared for life’s little emergencies can make things go heaps better.  What’s our secret?  We pack our diaper bag with the brilliant little Diaper Bag Buddy from the me4kidz.  It’s a compact, reusable case that contains all you need in a pinch for your wee baby.  Wipes, organic soothing creams, tiny band aids, sunscreen and even a handy dandy disposable thermometer.  Love the thought and care put into the products the fab folks at me4kidz have chosen….especially the all natural and baby safe creams from Episencial. This sweet little pack makes a great addition to a baby shower gift basket or hospital bag waiting to go to the delivery room.  Me4kidz also makes a useful and kid friendly first aid kit for the family and a smaller version for your diaper bag.  These kits with their modern look, useful contents and compact size make them a definite must have and a perfect baby shower gift.


Nursery Decor & More

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We’ve raved about Colette Kids in the past and we feel the need to do so again.  Well know for their celeb loved organic tees and onesies (we hear Mr McConaughey’s wee son likes ’em).  This time we want to tell you about their brilliant new bibs and decorative wall prints.  The 5×7 mounted prints come in the same modern and bold animal prints that adorn their tees.  Once framed they make a great addition to a nursery or toddlers room.  We are smitten with the lion and the elephant, but the lady bug comes in a close third.  Most of you know that we have an obsession with bandanna bibs.  They’re big enough to keep collars clean from snacks and drool, look super hip and don’t get in the way of playtime.  Colette’s  handmade absorbent bandanna bibs come in really modern patterns that will work for both boys and girls.  Did we mention how affordable they are?  These are a definite mommy must have.