August 14th 2021 my rainbow baby was born! Theodore Jackson Barnett arrived at 4:28 PM weighing 9 lbs 1 oz and 22 inches long. (birth story to come soon!) We have prayed for years for this little angel baby and are just so filled with joy and gratefulness. My first was born in 2013 and SO many things have changed in the baby world since then. Boy clothes are cuter, there are several new baby brands and products, and overall just way more options for new mamas! Even though I am a second time mama, I feel like this all new to me! It has been so fun trying out new products and brands during my pregnancy and now that our baby is finally here! We were sent a fun box from Babblebox filled with mom & baby must-haves that I get to review and share with you!
This post is sponsored by Babblebox. All opinions are my own.
This stylish, water resistant convertible bag is so perfect for any new mama. You can wear it three ways: backpack, tote, or cross-body. I love the backpack straps so my bag is out of the way and I am hands-free. The straps for the backpack also fold way into the back pocket of the bag, which I think is really cool. This bag was perfect for strolling around town with! It has several pockets, including one that is the perfect size for a cell phone. The best part though is how spacious the bag is. I had all my diapering gear. snacks, a water bottle, extra clothes for baby, a couple of my older son’s toys, wallet and a little cosmetics bag. And I had plenty of room still!
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I was really excited to try this natural diaper rash treatment out. I am so impressed with how well it helps protect and moisturize his newborn baby skin! He started to get a little rash/redness and I applied a thin layer of the NOLEO cream to find the redness was gone by his next diaper change! NOLEO leaves a natural oil barrier behind, so it’s super easy to wipe up the next poop off your baby’s behind. The 100% natural formula only has 5 simple ingredients: limewater, sunflower oil, olive oil, glyceral stearate, and beeswax. The cotton pads used for application are 100% organic cotton, too. To use : Simply add a pump to a disposable organic cotton pad and wipe baby’s bottom. Then just diaper as usual!
One of things I promised myself would be different this time around is making time for mama self-care. Keeping up with my skincare routine, drinking plenty of water, nurturing my body with wholesome foods throughout the day, squeezing in time to be outside… all things that can be easily neglected with a newborn at home. I got to try out a couple products from Vichy that are now part of my daily/weekly skincare routine. Created in 1931, Vichy is the #1 anti-aging brand in European pharmacies, and the #3 skincare brand recommended by dermatologists worldwide. I had been wanting to try this brand from some time, so I am glad this duo was included in the box!
We have all heard of the popular Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid ingredients in skincare products. While both of these are in a variety of different products, their percentage concentration matters and provides specific skin benefits. Vichy’s LiftActiv Pure Vitamin C Serum contains 15% Pure Vitamin C! This can help brighten and achieve a more even skin tone. Vichy’s LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Corrector is formulated with 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid that plumps skin and reduces wrinkles. Using these two products, I am hoping I don’t look as tired as I feel these days!
Once Theo is a little older, this set will be so fun to use with him! I definitely can see my older son teaching Theo how to use this toy. This set comes with a cute and colorful board book with slide and touch n’ feel features, two 6” soft plush toys that have a zipped pouch, and six emotion wristbands. These toys are actually tools to help build emotional intelligence. The child can choose from the sleeve of wristbands with the emotions, HAPPY, SAD, SCARED, EXCITED, ANGRY and CALM on them. While they are playing, a child can place the emotion wristband(s) for what Poppie is feeling inside the zippered pouch. They can also wear the wristband(s) that name the emotion(s) that they are feeling. Learning through play, it teaches colors and emotion vocabulary. The board book is fun and interactive and helps teach children to be self-aware and comfortable talking about their emotions. This set would make a great gift for new parents! Use code FRIEND10 for a 10% discount on any purchase.
Theo’s first bath was a family event! My older son Liam was able to help out and my parents were still here visiting from North Carolina so they were here for baby’s first bath, too! It was no surprise that baby Theo loved the warm water just like big brother Liam did! No tears from this water baby. We used Baby Magic® cleansing gel, followed by their antioxidant rich cleansing lotion. Baby Magic® has been used by parents for over 65 years! My own mother used this brand for bath time for my sisters and I. Each Baby Magic® product is dermatologist tested and crafted for baby’s delicate skin, with nourishing formulas, wholesome ingredients and always made without parabens,phthalates, dyes and sulfates.
Baby Banana is a family owned and operated company, started by a dental hygienist after her
toddler nephew fell and a hard plastic toothbrush went through the roof of his mouth. Ouch! She decided
to invent the first bendable training toothbrush for toddlers, and also created the Lil’ Squish Jellyfish—A sensory rattle and teether in one. This soft, soothing rattle is easy for baby to grasp and mouth on. In a few short months, I am sure Theodore is going to just love this teething rattle!
Have you tried any of these brands/products before? What are your mom & baby must-haves ?