I told you guys last week that I had a surprise and I am SO excited to tell you about this exciting giveaway! It’s been in the works all summer and I’m happy to finally be able to share it with you all. The first year flies by incredibly fast. The transition to motherhood is no joke and I found that even though life was filled with so much more joy because of my sweet baby, it was also filled with so much more stress. There is stress adjusting to being a mom for the first time. There is stress in the not sleeping enough. There is stress in the unknown (“am I doing the right thing?” seemed to be a constant question running through my mind!). It can be overwhelming. I’m convinced that the second baby doesn’t rock your world quite the same way that the first one does….mainly because we’ve already been mothers for awhile at that point. (But get back to me on that one when I have my second…;) lol I’ll let you know if I still think that!)
As I reflect on the first year, I couldn’t have done it without the amazing love and support from my husband, my family, and my friends. I also couldn’t have done it without some amazing shops and their amazing products. These items have made the first year easier, more manageable, more memorable, and more enjoyable.
So without further adieu, I want to introduce you to the shops that helped make this happen!
Maui Bird Co. – What an adorable shop. I fell in love with their leggings while I was pregnant with Charley and I ordered some of them and a couple knotted hats. I took them to the hospital for his coming home outfit and I remember they were too big for his little head! (Didn’t take him long to grow into them, though; their little heads grow so fast!) For Christmas, Ben & I got him a lovey and boy does he LOVE it!! He carries it around the house and nuzzles it, bites it, lets it hang from his mouth, and cuddles with it. It’s clearly already a source of comfort to him! 😉 It was hard to get a picture of it because he kept wanting to nestle with it! Sweet boy.
Native Wilds – Their Nest™ has been a lifesaver! I used it as a nursing cover when we flew to Oregon for Christmas. I also used it to cover his eyes as he was sleeping & keep things as dim as possible while we were traveling. Since then I’ve used it a ton as a cover on high chairs when we’re out and about. Charley has SUPER sensitive skin, so since he’s broken out in a rash/hives in the past when his skin has come into contact with a public high chair, I always put this down first and it gives me peace of mind! And back when we always toted him around in his infant car seat, I’d drape this over for some wind protection and also to help him stay asleep by shading him from the sun. Another plus to that is that it keeps unwanted strangers’ hands out! I’ve been so grateful for it; it is so versatile!
Solly Baby – Their wrap is an absolute lifesaver. I can’t speak highly enough of this product!!! It literally allowed me to eat and pee and do necessary chores like laundry & dishes the first 3 months! Charley was happiest when I was holding him and this allowed me to keep him close, but free my hands up so I could do a few other things while comforting him. It’s amazing what skin to skin can do, for both mama and for baby! It was kinda a last minute purchase, but I am SO glad I got it for myself! This makes for an amazing baby gift. It’s probably one of THE most thoughtful gifts you could get an expecting mama!
Purl Lamb – Holy cuteness. Their signature hoodie is THE cutest. We discovered them when Charley was about 6 months old and have already gotten a few different hoodies and pants from them. They’re so comfortable, SO cute, and the material is perfect. Not too heavy and not too light. It hasn’t irritated Charley’s skin at all, which I’m so thankful for. They have knotted sleepers, too, that would make for an adorable (& practical!) coming home outfit. You can tell everything is made with care and the quality is top notch. Everyone always asks me where I get his clothes when he wears Purl Lamb! Can you tell I have a thing for stripes, yet?! 😉
Freshly Picked – The best moccasins come from Freshly Picked! I love all their fun prints and the wide selection of colors. Their Utah collection is one of my favorites. I’ve found that these actually stay on Charley’s feet (he can’t kick them off!), they are soft leather that gives and stretch as they are worn & as his feet grow (so I imagine they are very, very comfy!), and they are easy to walk in. I noticed that Charley had a harder time walking when he was wearing some sneakers but with these moccasins, he has no trouble at all! They are super cute, too. I love when style meets function!!
Promptly Journals – In many ways, the first year is a blur. It can be hard to find time to write in journals (especially in the first few months!!), but this journal gives you prompts and makes jotting down those precious memories doable and easy. The prompts correlate well with each month & asks developmentally appropriate questions about how they are moving, what they are eating, what makes them smile or laugh, and then provides a couple blank pages for special thoughts/memories. There’s also a dedicated space for baby’s stats after a doctor’s visit during months you typically go in for a wellness check. I mean, this journal is well thought out!! Another thing that makes this journal unique is that it starts from the first trimester of pregnancy and goes until they are 18 years old. How cool is that?! Definitely another thoughtful baby gift to give an expecting mama!
Plum + Sparrow – This lovely shop has the most darling Moses baskets! Each one is unique and they are the sweetest way to keep baby close. Charley slept next to our bed for a long time and it made things much easier for us. I also liked that I could bring this around the house and have a safe place to set him down. We have hardwood floors and this made for a soft and convenient spot to hang out in while still being close to mama. It’s perfect for trips to the park, the beach, wherever you decide to venture out that day. And I love the simple design. A lot of baby gear out there these days are just plastic eyesores. This is anything but that! They’re gorgeous, sturdy, and help simplify motherhood.
You know what else I love about these shops? They’re all run by moms. I think that’s why their products are such lifesavers and so amazing. They know what works and what doesn’t! I love supporting small shops and I’m especially proud to support these shops that were started by fellow mamas. It’s truly amazing how they’ve balanced raising little ones and building their businesses. Way to go, mamas!
ONE of you lucky ducks gets all of this goodness!! Here’s what is included:
1 Lovey of your choice from Maui Bird Co.
1 Nest™ of your choice from Native Wilds
1 Wrap of your choice from Solly Baby
$50 shop credit to Purl Lamb
1 Pair of soft sole moccasins from Freshly Picked
$29.99 shop credit to Promptly Journals
$50 shop credit to Plum + Sparrow
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