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Getting out and about to explore the outdoors is a must for our family. Our little ones thrive on outdoor play. Even at a young age, their curious little minds love being exposed to all the sunshine and new surroundings. Baby wearing with the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors has become my favorite tool to help introduce my young children to the adventures the outdoors can provide them — not to mention it’s a huge lifesaver when Mommy might need her hands free to help hold little hands when climbing over a rock, investigate a new leaf, or to dish out to endless amounts of snacks.

Meet the BABYBJORN Baby Carrier One Outdoors
Get outdoors with BABYBJÖRN

The BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors is unlike any baby carrier I’ve worn before (and with three children, I’ve tested a lot!). While it took a second to get adjusted to the various straps and alternative ways to set up the carrier, but it only took a quick look at the conveniently attached directions and we were off and running. Even after my first wear it was clear BABYBJÖRN has taken great thought into making the Carrier One Outdoors the best possibly outdoor carrier for parents to wear.

The carriers straps are wide and heavily-padded so that they provide for ease of wear all day long. Having an extra 8 to 33 pounds on your frame can be taxing, so comfort is key. While the carrier is very sturdy, the fabrics used are actually very light and conducive to outdoor activity — lightweight, resistant to rain, and my personal favorite, breathable! Those tiny little humans provide a lot of heat — Mommy needs her airflow, especially in hot and humid climates.

Enter to win a BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors in our #SummerScoop4Moms giveaway

 

Exploring Outdoors with Baby & BABYBJORN (Giveaway)

Changing positions

The BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Outdoors is a hip-healthy carrier, ensuring in design that the hips are set in the ergonomic wide-leg position throughout each set up. The carrier is built to carry kids newborn to age three. It has the ability to be worn in the following positions:

  • Front carry facing in with a narrow, higher seat (suggested newborn position)
  • Front carry facing in with a wider, lower seat height
  • Front carry facing out with a narrow seat (suggested 4 months and older)
  • Back carry (suggested for 12 months and older)

 

The Best Toddler Carriers to Wear on Hikes

It’s all in the details

Sometimes its the little things that make you happy. For this mommy, some of my favorite features were the details that BABYBJÖRN took to heart when thinking of making a carrier the easiest for parents to use.

5 Features You Want on a Baby Carrier

The BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Outdoors comes with a convenient little attached pocket. This pocket is the perfect size to hold your keys, cell phone, snack, or money — anything you might need on whatever adventure you will be taking that day.

5 Features Moms Want on a Baby Carrier

The carrier also has a ton of easy to clip straps all over it. You can easily hook anything you need for the day to keep your hands free for both you and your little one.

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Pack up and go

With most carriers, all those straps and buckles can make for a hot tangled mess when not in use. The BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Outdoors eliminates that factor and comes with its own bag. Easy to neatly store when you aren’t using it, and makes for a quick grab when you are!

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How will you and your little one be exploring the outdoors this summer?
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10 Summer Travel Must-Haves for Toddlers

With summer right around the corner, many of us are thinking about family vacations. Traveling with young kiddos — especially active toddlers — can be daunting, to say the least, but the time together and the memories made on the other end usually make it all worth it. When traveling with toddlers, you have to go into it with a good attitude, lots of snacks, and fully equipped with the right gear. Here are some of our favorites to travel with:

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Must-Haves for Summer Travel with Toddlers- Versitile Diaper Bag
Baby Jogger City Mini
Toddler Travel Must-Haves- Beco Toddler Carrier
Toddler Travel Must-Haves- lil gadgets Headphones
Must-Haves for Summer Travel with Toddlers- Portable Toddler Bed
Must-Haves for Summer Travel with Toddlers- Mess-Free Activities
Must-Haves for Summer Travel with Toddlers- Hand Sanitizers That Smell Amazing
Must-Haves for Summer Travel with Toddlers- Wheels for the Airport
Must-Haves for Summer Travel with Toddlers- Yummy Face Wipes
1. Trunki

I think I’m late to the party, but we just discovered Trunki and my boys love them. They have lots of fun packing them for a trip, they feel independent pulling them through the airport, and have a blast going for a ride during a layover.  (Trunki, $50)

2. Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Bag

When traveling with young kiddos, a versatile bag that can be worn as a backpack is a necessity. While this is technically a diaper bag, I consider it an everything bag, with a perfect design and easy to wipe fabric for traveling. (Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F., $180)

3. Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller and Glider Board

There are a number of great travel strollers out there, but my go-to still remains the Baby Jogger City Mini. With a truly simple one-hand fold, a lightweight design, and its ability to accommodate any of my kiddos, it has been on many trips with our family. With multiple kiddos in town, especially non-stroller riders, attaching the Baby Jogger Glider Board is a lifesaver. (Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller, $250 & Glider Board, $85)

4. Beco Baby Toddler Carrier

I never leave home without a carrier — I find babywearing both convenient and calming for my little ones, especially when we’re traveling. For toddlers, Beco makes a great carrier that’s comfortable, well designed, supportive, easy to adjust between parents, and available in some great patterns. (Beco Baby Toddler Carrier, $180)

5.  lil gadgets Connect+ Kid’s Headphones

I’m not going to lie, technology can be a lifesaver during traveling situations with my little guys. I’ve learned the hard way that headphones are a must for plugging into our own devices or to TVs on the plane. These headphones from lil gadgets are great — they’re sized for little ears, volume limiting, come in cute colors, and use Shareport, which allows you to connect multiple pairs to one device without a splitter. (lil gadgets Connect+, $20)

6. Shrunks Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed

I love this bed and it has been on countless trips with our family. It’s perfect for kiddos who are out of a crib, but do too much rolling or wiggling for a hotel bed. It’s surprisingly lightweight and easy to tuck in a suitcase. (Shrunks Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed, $79)

7. Melissa and Doug Water Wow

I always stock up on fun new activities for our trips, hiding them until the day we leave to keep their novelty alive! I love Water Wow pads because they allow the kids to color and feel creative without the mess of markers or the hassle of loose crayons.  (Melissa and Doug Water Wow, $5)

8. The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray

Germs are pretty much unavoidable when traveling. I try not to stress out about it, but I do keep hand sanitizer handy and distribute it liberally. The Honest Company spray is my go-to for keeping germ-free when we travel. It isn’t filled with harsh chemicals and I love the scents.  (The Honest Co. Hand Sanitizer Spray 2-pack, $6)

9. Go-Go Babyz Travelmate

With a young toddler, I find bringing a car seat onto the plane the easiest and safest way to ride out the flight, and a travel cart is definitely the easiest way to get schlep the seat around airport.  (Go-Go Babyz Travelmate, $90)

10. Neat Cheeks

Messy faces are inevitable when you’re eating out and in the car during your trip! These wipes are beyond handy, as well as being a natural and easy was to keep your favorite little faces and fingers clean.  (Neat Cheeks Peach Wipes, $5)

What are your must haves when traveling with your little ones?

 

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.

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Car seat shopping can send your head spinning these days. There are so many great options out there and the innovation and technology is constantly improving. There is no one perfect seat, as every family’s needs are different, but here are some things to keep in mind when looking for a new seat: age of kids, number of kids, vehicles you own, travel plans, how many seats you have (i.e. are you transferring between cars often), and, of course, your budget.

We welcomed our third son 3-months ago and with the almost six year age gap between our oldest and youngest, we needed to update our car seats. We recently had the opportunity to try the new Grow and Go Air 3-in-1 Car Seat from Safety 1st and have had a great experience with it.  Each of my boys have had turns riding in it — they range in age from 3-months-old to 6-years-old — and each of them has been quite comfortable in the seat. Here’s some of the reasons we’re loving it and will be holding on to it for a while:

 Meet the New Safety 1st Grow and Go Air 3-in-1 Car Seat
Versatility and longevity

We are a family of five with three different vehicles, so a seat that can accommodate each of our kiddos and that can be easily moved back-and-forth between vehicles is a big win in my book. The Grow and Go Air 3-in-1 is designed to grow with your child from 5-100 pounds to 100 lbs — 5-40 pounds for rear-facing and 22-65 pounds for forward-facing,  with use as a belt-positioning booster for kids 40-100 pounds.

Car seats that will fit your kids from birth through kindergarten
Safety

As parents, we all want to feel confident in the safety features of our car seats. The Grow and Go Air exceeds federal safety standards, offering superior safety with Air Protect®, an advanced cushion system that provides extra protection, a QuickFit™ harness that allows you to easily get a good fit for your kiddo, and a three-position recline makes it easy to get a fit in your car. Always remember that proper installation is a key factor in the safety of any seat.  I strongly recommend having a certified CPST check your installation.

Rear-facing capability

I’m a big stickler when it comes to car seat safety and keeping my little ones rear-facing until at least 2-years-old is important to me. The Grow and Go Air makes that easy. The seat can be used in the rear-facing position from 5-40 pounds, with three recline positions, and three comfortable grow-with-Baby pillows to keep the kids comfortable as they grow.

Rear Facing in the New Safety 1st Grow and Go Air
Ease of use

We’ve really been putting this seat to the test over the past few weeks. I’ve been moving it frequently between vehicles and adjusting it for each of my boys, so when I say this seat is a breeze to install and adjust, I mean it. Some features that make it especially user-friendly include the QuickFit™ Harness, which makes it super easy to adjust both the harness and headrest in one simple step (love that), the seat is lightweight and easy to maneuver (even for me), and cleaning this seat is so simple (not matter how many times I say my kids will never eat in the car, that rule is quickly thrown out the window), so having machine washable seat pads is key. The pillows for Baby are also reversible, which is genius and and so helpful to keep going when dealing with messes and blowouts on the road.

Comfort

Honestly, this seat looks so comfortable — it’s nicely padded and the fabric is extremely soft. My older boys have actually been arguing over who gets to ride in it… their favorite features are the texture of the fabric and the two cup-holders. It’s amazing to me that each of my boys are happy riding in this seat. My 3-month-old was nice and cozy, and supported by the Grow-with-Baby pillows.

Car Seats to Fit Older Kids
Aesthetics

While the look of a seat isn’t critical, a nice looking seat is definitely a plus considering it will be in your car day in and day out. The Grow and Go Air 3=in-1 has a sleek appearance and comes in a number of different attractive color combos. Our seat is the Evening Tide design, and the aqua and gray is really sharp.

The Safety 1st Grow and Go Air 3-in-1 Car Seat retails for $199 and can be found online and at many major retailers.

What do you look for when shopping for a car seat?

 

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.

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It’s really amazing to see how far the world of baby gear has come in the last 5 years since we welcomed our first son. With the arrival of our third son, just a couple of weeks ago, I’m excited to be exploring all the innovative options in gear.  A new nursing pillow has been on the top of my list and was one of my must-haves for bringing to the hospital when he was born.

Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, chances are you’ll use a nursing/feeding pillow to help get Baby in that perfect eating position. If you’re expecting for the first time, you’ve probably included one in your registry… and for good reason.  These pillows can be a lifesaver for moms — and dads, too! — providing helpful support and position for feeding (and even just holding Baby in the early days), and there are some new options out there that look better than ever.

6 New nursing pillows to try

6 New Baby Nursing Pillows to Try

1. Niche Feeding Pillow from Nook

This pillow is organic, inside and out, and made in the USA. The Niche has a unique squared design, which offers extra surface-space, while the lightweight Kapok core material provides comfortable support and breathability — no more sweaty feeding sessions! The Niche is also quite versatile as it can also be used as a prop seat for Baby and side-sleeper pillow for Mom or Dad. The pillow can be machine washed gently and alone. (Available on nooksleep.com, $100)

Eco-Friendly Nursing Pillow to Keep Baby Safe

2. Nursing Pillow from The Honest Company

The newest nursing pillow from The Honest Company has an angled surface that guides Baby towards mom’s breast. True to form for this super eco-focused company, the core of the pillow is made from Eco*Loft® virgin poly-fiber, which means no toxic foams, adhesives, flame retardants or harsh chemicals. To top it off, the organic cotton plush top and bolster are removable and washable. Other unique features include the patented vented privacy cover that easily tucks inside its own pocket, and the organic cotton travel/storage bag that comes with the pillow. (Available on honest.com, $70)

New Nursing Pillows for 2016

3. Natural Curve Nursing Pillow from Ergobaby

One of the newest nursing pillows on the scene, this debut from Ergobaby is made from solid foam with a unique contour to help properly position Baby tummy-to-tummy at a height that is meant to prevent slouching for Mom. It also wraps around your waist to provide an armrest. It’s a very firm pillow which should maintain it’s shape, a smart update compared to many nursing pillows of the past. Additionally, the plush cover is comfortable, removable, and machine washable. (Available on store.ergobaby.com, $70)

Must-Have Breastfeeding Gear for 2016

4. Premium Cotton Nursing Pillow from Bébé au Lait

Prefer for Baby to sit up a bit higher when she’s feeding? The nursing pillows from Bébé au Lait are a good choice. The reversible, dual-sided design gives Moms two options — choose from the flat, firmer surface or flip it over for a plush, softer surface. The pillow has an open-shaped design and also offers a two-sided pocket to keep burp cloths, breast pads and other essentials within reach. There is also an adjustable waist strap that can be tucked away if desired. The pillow and removable slip cover are machine washable. (Available on bebeaulait.com, $55)

New Shapes in Nursing Pillows for Moms

5. Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow from Dr. Browns

The angled design of this pillow positions Baby at an incline as she eats, which may help with digestion and reduce reflux. The wider, flatter pillow surface helps prevent Baby from rolling down (No. 1 nursing pet peeve!), and the thick-to-thin design is intended to grow with Baby and offer limitless nursing positions. This entire pillow can be machine washed and dried. Read more about it on drbrownsbaby.com. (Available on target.com, $27)

The Next Generation of Nursing Pillows

6. Best Latch Nursing Pillow from Boppy

This new pillow from Boppy offers a two-sided design, each with different feeding surfaces. The firm surface features a soft minky fabric and features a contoured foam edge design that helps Baby turn towards Mom. The softer, fiberfill side offers a more snuggly surface as Baby grows. The wide arm design fits most moms and the removable belt keeps Baby snug against your body. With the foam insert and belt removed, the pillow is machine washable. (Available on boppy.com, $45)

How do I pick the right nursing pillow for me?

With so many great options out there, it can be hard to navigate deciding which pillow is right for you. Asking other moms and your local lactation consultant is always a good idea, but here are some things to keep in mind when shopping:

The right fit

With different body types and personal preferences, there is no one perfect pillow for everyone. If possible, explore the options in person — you can check your local baby gear store, meet with a local lactation consultant, doula, or try out friends’ pillows before your baby arrives. Specifically look at how the opening and height of the pillow fits your body.

Shape and firmness

This again will come down to personal preference, body type, and favorite feeding position. There unfortunately is no one-size-fits-all option. The “C-shape” is the most popular, but it’s all about what feels comfortable and natural to you. The pillow should put Baby at a height that doesn’t have you hunching down, and the firmness should be comfortable for Baby, but firm enough that she isn’t sinking down. If you’re nursing, Baby’s neck should be held straight at breast level when feeding.

Easy to clean

Between reflux, leaky boobs or bottles, and general everyday use, being able to machine wash your pillow, or at least its removable cover, is essential.

Features

If you’re expecting your first baby, you may not know what features you’re looking for until after she arrives, but do your best to test pillows out and ask around. Deciding what features are important to you will help narrow down your search. Think about if you want a waist strap, if you want a two-sided option, if you want something that can also be a support pillow for Baby, if you need a pocket and if organic fabrics are a must.

Price

As you can see, price points on these pillows can vary greatly. While many people find them to be essential, there’s no way of knowing how long you’re going to need or want the pillow, so only spend what your are comfortable with. As with all of your new baby gear, it’s often a good idea to set a budget before making a purchase.

Aesthetics

This might sound silly, but you’ve spent time designing your nursery and picking out colors, and if you’re going to spend the money on one of these pillows, you might as well like the looks of it and like the way it flows with your nursery. Most pillows offer a variety of fabric choices, so take your time and pick one you’ll love.

Will you be adding any of these pillows to your registry or wish list?

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama

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The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another cold and snowy winter here in Maine. For us, that means bundling up and making the most of the season. But this year, we are also gearing up for the arrival of our third son (our first winter baby!) and I’m realizing there is so much more to think about.  While our days may look a little different, bundling up baby to chase after his big brothers is going be essential. He are some of our favorites for keeping babies warm and toasty during his first winter.

Bundle UP Baby Keeping Babies Warm this Winter Savvy Sassy Moms

1. Babywearing coat

I’m a huge babywearing fan — it’s such a lifesaver when you have more than one kiddo to chase after! Babywearing coats are genius for these cold months. I’m loving the look of the M Coat and this Down Jacket from Mamaway.

2. A cozy and versatile blanket

With a winter baby, I imagine having a soft and warm blanket on hand is key. I’m loving the On the Go Blanket from Bella Bundles, because it is functional and adorable.

3. Soft, warm, practical accessories

Zunato’s Cozie Collection has always been my go-to for their colors and practicality in winter. Their booties are simply the best — they are truly so soft and they actually stay on those little tootsies. Or try these super cute and furry The North Face Booties!

4. Lightweight, warm baby bunting

We are big Patagonia fans and their Down Sweater Bunting is fantastic. This should not be worn in a car seat, for safety reasons, but it is perfect for time outdoors.

5. Socks that actually stay on

Smartwool is our sock of choice for everyone in our house, and baby is no different. For days when baby is out of his footies, we love the Baby Booty Batch from Smartwool. They are soft, warm, breathable, and yes, they stay on.

6. Weather repellent car seat cover

This is going to be a necessity with a busy family of five! We’ll be using the 7 A.M. Enfant Cocooon all winter long. It’s safe for Baby (goes on the outside of the infant car seat), warm, and both wind and water repellent.

7. Warm, yet breathable sleep sack

Sleep sacks are a great way to keep Baby warm and safe as they eliminate the need for a blanket in their crib. The Gunapod from Gunamuna is one of our favorites. It’s innovative WONDERZiP system allows you to control temperature and also allows for easy access for diaper changes.

8. Stroller bunting

Fresh air is key to winter survival and sanity, so in cold climates like Maine, keeping your stroller “weather ready” is important. There are lots of great options out there, but we love the 7 A.M Enfant 212 Blanket Evolution.

 

What are you favorite products to help keep your baby warm & cozy in the winter?

 

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama

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Let me first say I’m not a “techie” and the idea of a wireless baby monitor really had me baffled. But as we’re getting ready to welcome our third son, a new baby monitor has been at the top of my list, and I’m realizing just how far the options have come over the years.

I recently had the opportunity to try the WiFi Baby and, I must say, I am surprised by how much I love it. I’ve been testing it out with my big boys (in their new bunk beds!) and just recently put a camera in baby’s room (which feels exciting). After over five years of parenting and several video monitors, here are seven of the many reasons I’m a WiFi Baby convert and you may want to consider it too:

Why We Are Using a WiFi Baby Monitor

Why we’re using a wifi baby monitor

 

1. No range limits

One of the challenges we’ve had with our previous monitors is that they’ve had very little range; it was challenging to even get reception in our front yard. With two older kids now, our new capabilities are going to be a lifesaver.

2. Amazingly clear picture and sound

I’ve truly never had a monitor that offers such clear picture and audio! Over the years, I’ve become accustomed to the constant static coming from my bedside, but the WiFi Baby system is such a welcomed improvement. It sends both HD video and audio through the wireless network, not analog signals like traditional monitors, which receive constant interference. WiFi Baby 4 offers 8x zoom and also has a range of up to 30 feet in complete darkness.

3. Security

This is a big one, as security questions were a part of my initial concern with using a wifi baby monitor. WiFi Baby is a non-cloud-based monitor that connects via your local WiFi network (LAN) and sends password protected video and audio to your device anywhere — you don’t have to have a computer on to for it to be operating. Traditional monitors use analog signals with several open and unprotected frequencies. You can read more on the security and privacy of the WiFi Baby system here.

What You Need to Know About WiFi Baby Monitors
4. Viewing options

No more missing monitor! (This happened all the time to us in the past…) We can now check-in on our kiddos with each of our phones, our iPad, and even securely on our computers, which will be huge for our busy family five. I can’t even tell you how much time we’ll save not having to hunt for the monitor screen!

5. Multiple camera viewing

With (soon-to-be!) three kiddos and a busy house with multiple floors, clear viewing of multiple cameras is an important feature. The WiFi Baby App that comes with the monitor supports monitoring up to four cameras at once with simultaneous video and audio. You can also view these cameras from as many as six accounts for easy viewing at home or remotely. (Grandparents love this feature!)

6. Slim and sleek design

The WiFi Baby Camera is just 3-inches square and 1-inch deep, which is quite compact considering all its capabilities! The system comes with mounting brackets, if you chose to attach it to the wall like we did, and it also comes with feet should you want to have it free standing. The WiFi Baby 4 is available in your choice of white, slate gray, or sand dune, depending on your nursery style.

7. Friendly and truly knowledgeable customer support

WiFi Baby is a family business, started by parents who wanted a more reliable and innovative system to watch over their own little ones. The quality and care is evident in all aspects of their business including their top notch customer service. If you have a customer support request, you’ll receive a quick response from a knowledgeable and product savvy rep, all US based, that provide you with an email and phone number for easy communication. During the initial set-up, I admit I was a bit confused, but I had an appointment with a rep who walked me through the process step by step.

The options for baby gear these days are plentiful and overwhelming, to say the least, and baby monitors are no different. Taking the plunge to go WiFi is not cheap, but you get what you pay for with the quality and capabilities of the WIFi Baby system and the immense benefits it offers. The WiFi Baby 4 system can be purchased directly on their website; retail cost is $249, or $449 for twin cameras.

What do you think about taking the plunge to WiFi?

 

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.

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The hippest baby registry

My best friend and college roommate is FINALLY pregnant!! I cannot believe I actually get to scream this from the rooftop — or at least this blog! I have been patiently waiting for this day, but was also well-aware that it might not happen.

My best friend, Christine Bean, just so happens to be the costume designer for NBC’s, The Blacklist. (Totally name dropping.) While I was off having babies and shopping at Baby GAP, my friend was working her way up in the costume departments of a variety of shows and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. A few years ago, she made the move to New York and bought a place in Brooklyn… with a spare room.

Christine Bean The BlackList

What did I do when she told me that she was pregnant? I immediately told her, “Okay… look around online and tell me what baby gear you want!”

Of course, I could have told her what she MUST HAVE, but I didn’t. Why not? Well, this was a little bit of research on my part.

A) I wanted to see what a stylish, hip mom in Brooklyn would want and register for — maybe she would find something I had missed or was not aware of!

And B) I wanted to see if our tastes, even in baby stuff, matched a bit.

When she sent me over her list, I literally laughed out loud. I knew it! She wants all things Stokke. Of course she does. She also has some other amazing things from The Honest Company, Aden + Anais, Boon, Life Factory and Nuna on her wishlist — and I had to add in a bit of StorkSak and Little Giraffe, too!

Brooklyn Hipster Baby Registry Savvy Sassy Moms

Modern baby registry must-haves

1. Nuna LEAF curv’ Baby Seat, $230
2. The Honest Company Baby Arrival Set, $50
3. Stokke by Nuna Pipa Car Seat, $349
4. Aden + Anais Swaddling Cloths, $50
5. Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket, $68
6. Stokke Sleepi Crib, $799
7. Aden + Anais Crib Sheet for Stokke Sleepi Crib, $30
8. Stokke Tripp Trapp, $330
9. StorkSak Lucinda Diaper Bag, $310
10. Life Factory Bottles, $50
11. Stokke Xplory Stoller, $1100 and up
12. Boon Naked Bathtub, $60

To celebrate this incredible BABY NEWS, we are giving away a Stokke Sleepi Crib!
You do not have to live in Brooklyn or be a hipster to win!:)

Enter to WIN the Stokke Sleepi Crib

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Babies require a surprising amount of gear, but if you choose wisely, one thoughtful product can make life much simpler and more convenient! That’s how we feel about our BABYBJÖRN Balance Soft Baby Bouncer. It’s a family favorite that gets toted all around the house through the course of the day.

Must-Have: BABYBJÖRN Balance Soft Bouncer

6 Reasons we love our BABYBJÖRN bouncer
1. The way it soothes

The gentle bounce is just what my 3-month-old Everly needs to calm down. She’s entered a period of separation anxiety, so I use the bouncer to keep her happy while I take a shower or prep dinner.

2. Baby stays engaged

Everly loves to be able to see everything that’s going on around her. The BABYBJÖRN Bouncer sits her upright in a comfortable position to watch and interact with her big sister, which she loves. Nothing brings a smile to her face like being included in story time!

3. Fold it flat

When it’s time to declutter our house for the night, I fold the bouncer in half and slide it behind the couch. I seriously love how easy it is to stash it away when we’re not using it.

4. Have bouncer, will travel

The lightweight bouncer travels all over the house throughout the day, but we also bring it on trips to the grandparents’ house. We know Everly is happiest using her own gear, so it’s nice to be able to bring the comforts of home with us.

5. Fuss-free design

No batteries, no cords, no fuss! Everly’s own weight sustains the gentle bounce she loves. It’s the definition of simple perfection, just like all of BABYBJÖRN’s thoughtful products for babies.

6. Grow, Baby, grow

The bouncer seat has several different settings based on how upright your baby likes to sit. Everly likes the second stage the best right now and someday we’ll be able to convert it into a toddler seat for her!

Products We Love: BABYBJÖRN Balance Soft Bouncer

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Luxury Mom Must-Haves: Little Bird Car Seat Cover

Sometimes, among the diapers and running your kids to countless sports practices, you need a little bit of luxury in your life. Moms are hardly exempt from wanting nice things just because they are often wiping snot from someone’s little nose! These are a few of our favorite luxury mom must-haves right now. Some are certainly more of a splurge than others, but, at the very least, they’re worth taking a moment to daydream about!

Luxury Must Haves for Moms

9 Luxury must-haves for moms

1. Stroller Cover (Little Dream Bird, $115)
This lightweight stroller cover is perfect to keep the bright, hot sun off your precious little one. (Pictured above in the car seat cover version!)

2. Straw Boater Hat (Lack of Color, $45)
Every mama needs a hat to protect the skin on their face (hello, wrinkles) and a quality straw boater hat is functional and stylish.

3. Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (La Mer, $85)
This SPF is thick and super sheer, perfect for daily use under your make-up.

4. Sunglasses (Dior, $505)
These are the hottest shades this season that every fashion blogger is rocking!

5. Esther Bathing Suit (Oye Swimwear, $350)
A sexy one-piece is a must, period.

6. Black Studded Diaper Bag (Nova Harley, $294)
This stylish diaper bag looks more like a handbag you’d carry and less like a diaper bag. Read more about Nova Harley in our full review of their cute yellow Brisbane Diaper Bag.

7. Apple Watch (Apple, $699)
This watch is perfect for all us mamas. Our hands are always full carrying our babies and their stuff. Instead of fumbling in our diaper bags when the phone rings, we can just glance at our wrist to stay connected.

8. DSLR iPhone Camera Attachment (DXO, $599)
Yes please! I need one STAT! We’re all using our nice bulky cameras less thank to our phones, so this camera attachment gives our iPhones DSLR capabilities.

9. Flat Espadrilles (Bergdorf Goodman, on sale $397)
Comfy and stylish, perfect for us mommas!

This post was contributed by Lana Karim as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts Program. You can find more from Lana on her blog, 22 Crowns.

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One of the items I was most looking forward to purchasing as a new mom was a baby carrier. The idea of being able to “hold” my baby close, yet having my hands free was brilliant to me. However, I soon became extremely overwhelmed with all the options available. There seemed to be hundreds of options that were all different in their own way. Carriers for newborns, carriers for toddlers and bigger infants, facing forward, facing inward, and so on. The options seemed endless and I soon threw in the towel. I didn’t want to have to purchase a new carrier for every stage my child went through!

When I got the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One, it was the answer to all my first-time mom prayers. There are four different front and back positions, varying for newborn infancy to toddlerhood.

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Review

I will admit I was a little stressed out when I saw the directions for all the wearing options available. Surprisingly, for someone who is a little challenged when it comes to directions, I found the instructions very easy to follow once I tried them. The best part is the instructional YouTube video. For me, I definitely follow along better if I can see someone else doing the demenstations. Once I figured out the simple steps, switching between the different positions became a breeze.

I was also so surprised to see how comfortable the carrier fit. My baby is a bit of a chunkster and we both found it perfectly cozy. I loved the sleek design that wasn’t too crazy and still stylish for a carrier.

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Positions

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One: 4 PositionsFacing Inwards: Two different height positions allows you to make adjustments according to what is best for your baby. For newborns, you can adjust it so your baby is higher on your chest and closer to your heart while providing excellent head support. After 4-months-old, you can use the lower facing inwards position and adjust the width of the opening at the legs as well.

Front Facing: Babies who are 5-months-old and older have the option of the front facing position, which is a huge plus. My baby boy loves to look around and once he was able to observe the world around him, he didn’t much care to just face in towards my chest. You are able to fold the head support down and carry your child facing out. The design makes it easy to switch back to facing in as well.

Back Carry: Now that my baby is a year old, I loved trying this back carrying option. You put the child facing in and can swivel them on to your back easily without additional help. We had so much fun exploring outside in this position where I had my hands free, but he was able to look around safely and comfortably!

BABYBJÖRN  Baby Carrier One

Additional Favorite Features

You can safely and securely unclip the safety buckles to remove a sleeping baby easily. This is particularly great for babies who are light sleepers! No tugging or pulling trying to remove your sleeping baby.

The entire carrier is machine washable. Every mom knows how important this feature is!

The carrier folds up to be very compact so it doesn’t take up much room. This makes it so easy to store in the bottom of your stroller, in the car, or in your diaper bag.

I have tried a handful of carriers, and honestly, I absolutely love all the options The BABYBJÖRN  Baby Carrier One has to offer. It is extremely comfortable and durable, without feeling bulky. I’m thankful for a carrier that has multiple options and truly does it all! Babies grow so quickly, and I’m happy to see that the Baby Carrier One can grow with them.

This post was contributed by Amy Gene O’Leary, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout Program. You can find more from Amy Gene on her blog, O’Leary Love.

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