Baby Shower Gift Guide: Day 1
As you know, I’m rapidly closing in on my due date with our third baby. They say that subsequent babies don’t traditionally get baby showers, but I personally think that every baby deserves a celebration of some sort. I didn’t want anyone to actually throw me a shower, so I decided to celebrate by spending a week not only showcasing some of my favorite baby and mother must-haves, but also giving away something fabulous every single day of the week.
That is my kind of party. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Day One: Sage Spoonfuls, Hygeia Baby, and Bebe Au Lait
I’m a huge proponent of home made baby food, however with my last two children I spent far too long fussing with the wrong equipment (a standard blender and ice trays) and wasting SO much time, that the frequency that I spent in the kitchen actually declined. I wanted to make all of my own baby food, but I ended up buying the organic jarred types at Whole Foods instead. This time around, I plan on doing it the right way, with the right tools.
I met Liza Huber at the Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower, a little over a month after she launched her company Sage Spoonfuls on Good Morning America in September. She is the mother of three young children, a former actress on Passion, Miss Golden Globe and an Ambassador Mom for the March of Dimes. She was flaked by her husband and many members of her family- all dressed in Sage Spoonfuls t-shirts- including the fabulous Susan Lucci, her mother. I was struck by the passion they all put into this company and once I received the product realized that they have a fantastic product as well.
The product line includes 4 oz BPA-free storage jars, labels, stackable storage trays, an immersion blender and food processor, insulated tote bag, on-the-go cooler bag, reusable freezer pack, and pocket guide. Liza also wrote a recipe book Sage Spoonfuls – Simple Recipes*Healthy Meals*Happy Babies. The easy-to-follow, beautifully designed book includes everything you need to know about introducing and feeding your baby solids, including bonus family favorite recipes the entire family, babies and toddlers included, can enjoy together! It also provides the most up-to-date information on allergies, nutrition, foods to avoid, no-cook purees, infant CPR, organics and much more.
I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and start pureeing all kinds of fruits and veggies for this little guy. Although- I can definitely wait until he’s old enough for solids!
Breastfeeding is one of the most important (and stressful) parts of having a new baby for me. I’m constantly concerned about everything- from my diet to my supply to frequency to backup ounces in my freezer. I used the same pump for my first two babies, and in retrospect I wish I would have invested a bit into something that was a little more reliable. This time around I researched and found the Hygeia Baby Enjoye Professional Grade Breast Pump.
PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT
Professional-grade double electric pump with independently adjustable speed and strength controls so you can find your most efficient and comfortable pumping setting.
The Hygeia EnJoye is the only breast pump on the market that is recyclable. Unlike most retail pumps that are single-user devices, the EnJoye is FDA-cleared for multiple users, so it can be safely shared between moms when each has her own personal accessory set.
GREAT FOR PUMPING ON-THE-GO
Portable and lightweight, the EnJoye LBI features a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for up to four hours of pumping.
PLAY AND RECORD BABY’S SOUNDS
Features the unique Hygeia CARE Button so mom can record her baby’s voice or other sound to enhance her pumping experience.
Designed for long-term and frequent pumping with proven piston technology found in hospitals. Longest warranty of any breast pump on the retail market.
SAFE AND HYGIENIC
Unique filtration system prevents bacteria, viruses, fluid and mold from entering the pump. All parts that contact breastmilk are BPA/DEHP-free.
The Enjoye has features that I wouldn’t have even thought to include if I was designing it myself. I know that I’m very relaxed knowing that while breastfeeding isn’t always easy, at least I’ll have the right equipment.
I’ve spoken a little about the difficulties that I experienced when breastfeeding Jack initially. It was a long, tough road but ultimately one of the most rewarding things that I felt like I accomplished and actually fought through to overcome.
One of the struggles that I experienced initially was nursing on demand, and in public. Sure, this shouldn’t really be a huge deal and I shouldn’t care that much, but part of my success came from being comfortable breastfeeding-even in public. I spent a great deal of time using nursing covers in public and found that they really helped me quite a bit.
Bebe Au Lait was started in 2004 by Claire Eklund in the town that my husband and I are from in the Bay Area. I loved and believed in the company so much that after Jack was born, I sought out and worked for them doing inside sales. I have years of experience with these covers and products and love them-they wash well, maintain their shape and color and ultimately serve their purposes consistently.
100% breathable Cotton – single layered for cool comfort, soft as can be as it delicately shelters baby while nursing. Tuck top corner under arm for full coverage
2 Internal Terrycloth Pockets: Perfect for quick cleanups and stashing pads and pacifiers.
Adjustable d-ring neck strap with branded hardware for authenticity. Adjust it once and done.
Generously sized 26” X 36” to allow baby to remain focused, not distracted during nursing
I’ve used these nursing covers for everything in addition to it’s intended purpos-as a changing mat, a sun shade, a burp cloth and a blanket. Plus, they fold up small enough to stick in a purse for easy travel.
2 Double Sided Panels equals 4 times the clean feeding
Magnetic closures are simple, seamless, and strong
Generous sizing protects clothing, and allows room for growth
Front: 100% cotton features stylish, fun prints
Back: 100% cotton terrycloth is super soft, absorbent, and durable
Brilliant design makes it nearly impossible for kids but easy for adults to remove
No cumbersome closures mean no more scratches, hair snags, or bits of food stuck in clasps and Velcro™
We can never have enough fabulous bibs, can we? These are soft, wash well and can be used several times before throwing in the laundry. Plus- they’re really cute.
I’m thrilled to be able to give away one Sage Spoonfuls Lifestyle Package including everything you see in the product photo, one Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover and one Lille by Bebe Au Lait Baby Quib!
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I was not compensated for this post. I did receive product for purposes of review, coverage, and giveaway. I hand picked each brand and all opinions are absolutely my own.