BABY STYLE

But really, is there anything more fun than dressing your mini me?

I love dressing Trey. It's the total best.

I wanted to be strategic about it, and I spent so much time thinking about what to get him, how much, and in what size. While it's good to be prepared, it doesn't need to be this complicated. Sharing five things I've learned so far:

1. On Sizing | I asked everyone, "Did your baby wear newborn sized clothes? For how long? How many pieces did you need?" But each baby is so different and everyone had a different response. On top of that, each brand is different, and newborn for one company may look more like 3m for another. I got a few newborn sized pieces, and was glad to have a couple favorites. I didn't need much, even though Trey wore newborn for about a month, but then flew through most of his 0-3m. Each baby is so different, but the general trend I hear is that before six months these sizes tend to move FAST, and then things might start to slow down. I was glad to have a variety of sizes, and my philosophy is it's always better to go too big than too small.

2. One Pieces over Two | Some of my very favorite pieces for Trey are his rompers. I think they're cute, you don't have to think about matching with the bottoms, it cuts down on laundry and folding by being just one piece instead of two, etc. Efficient and adorable.

3. Fabric Matters | Especially for newborn and 0-3m sized pieces, the softer the better on that delicate skin. Read the labels, the softest I've discovered so far is bamboo and organic cotton.

4. Ditch the White Onesies | When I was pregnant, I thought I needed to stock up on All The White Onesies in every single size. Wrong. This style may work great for some moms, but since we're flying through clothes and sizes right now, all I want him in are my very favorite pieces, to get the most use out of them. I've packed up nearly all the white onesies that I thought I needed and they're now in storage.

5. Only Stock The Faves | You really don't need that many pieces. Since having Trey, I do laundry about once a day, because of spit up, stains, our own laundry, etc, which means he typically has his entire wardrobe available at any given time. I thought babies needed a full wardrobe for each size, and it's just not the case. You need a few pieces in each size, for each season, and that's about it.

On Organizing: I have these Ikea boxes, and I fold them in kind of a lazy girl's version of the Kon Mari Style so I can see everything all at once. We have one dresser with six drawers and each drawer is a size: Newborn/0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 9-12m, and the top right is diapers and top left is sleepers/accessories.

There are tons of baby fashionretailers out there. The big box ones (Old Navy, Gap, Target, Carter's) are great for cheap basics and work for many of my friends, but I love to shop a bit smaller, and try for quality over quantity. Highlighting some small shops that I love for Trey:

Basal Baby. The capsule wardrobe for baby! Coolest concept, you can sign up and choose from a few customizable capsule options of onesies and pants, and it's delivered to your door every 3 months as your baby outgrows each size. It's also made ethically from super soft, organic cotton. Sign up for their email list to receive an awesome wardrobe planner for baby's first year. I've seen it and it's brilliant.

L'oved Baby. Organic and so soft, I'm a big fan of these footed rompers. They have snaps all the way down to the foot for easy on/off, optional fold-over sleeves to prevent scratching, perfect for sleep or play and the best price point for the quality.

BabySoy. Made from soy and organic cotton. Soft staples in easy pieces, my husband mentioned one time when he was changing Trey that he particularly loves this "kimono style" because there's no pulling something too tight over the baby's head.

Softsie. Such a cool concept, created by a mom with a child with eczema, she wanted to create a garment that would help sensitive skin conditions. The fabric on this is organically infused with aloe vera, vitamin E, and jojoba oil that transfers when worn to nourish all skin types. Such a unique design, and so incredibly soft.

Gray Label. An Amsterdam-based company, the tagline is "organic apparel for the little minimalist." Beautifully made, the fabrics are a thick, soft, stretchy organic cotton. They just released this family sweater (pictured in black) and Daniel and I have matching adult ones, how fun is that?

Kickee Pants. This is the outfit we took Trey home from the hospital in and my very favorite newborn outfit of his. I love the bamboo fabric this companies uses, it's incredibly soft, thin, and breathable, and as a bonus they're based locally in Seattle.

Winter Water Factory. This company partners with Hazel Village, and I had to get this outfit so Trey could match his bear. They make organic rompers in playful prints, with lots of cute, gender neutral options.

Bella Bliss. A southern company, these rompers are my favorite (are you even kidding me with that baby blue seersucker??) They've become my summer go-to for a "fancier" outfit for Trey, and I love that the fabrics are looser and breathable for summer. (Monogramming options as well!)

VonBon. A Canadian based company, with organic bamboo fabric and cute prints. I especially love those striped bloomers, perfect summer bottoms.

Goat Milk NYC. Like the name suggests, an NYC based company with ethically made, organic basics for baby.

Axl Brand. Another USA based brand (ethically made in San Francisco), with awesome organic rompers. Simple prints with solids and stripes, and lots of gender neutral options.

Finn and Emma. Ethically made, great quality and a good price point for organic cotton. These footed leggings are perfect since babies lose their socks so often.

Hanna Andersson. A classic. I wore this line growing up so it feels nostalgic for me. Great quality, and their new pima cotton is super soft; that unicorn print is my husband's favorite on Trey.

Chasing Windmills. A small shop with beautiful items made of 100% merino wool, an awesome fabric for babies that helps regulate temperature (read more about it here).

Le Edit. Can we talk about that bear sweatshirt for a second? Those fuzzy ears! Made of merino wool, a splurge for sure, but incredibly soft and adorable.

Lucky Jade. Cute, luxury rompers. That elephant one on the left is a washable cashmere blend and will be perfect during the holidays.

Monica and Andy. Organic, high quality baby and kidswear. Can't wait to put Trey in that sleeveless hoodie, and that seersucker jacket is perfect wedding attire. (For NYC friends: they offer same day delivery in city limits, how cute for a hospital surprise gift?!).

Aden + Anais. The wildly popular swaddle company (that Kate Middleton used with Prince George) now makes clothes in the same muslin fabric. Cute prints, and these all have the snap over design for the easiest on/off with nothing going over the head.

Goblin. A hip, New Zealand based brand. Those little back shorts have a stretchy wide waistband and have been a favorite this summer.

Huxbaby. Australian based with a cool/edgy vibe and a huge selection of kidswear. Lots of neutral designs with a focus on sustainability. Love that golden bear sweatshirt.

Fin and Vince. All the things I love - 100% organic cotton, designed and made in the USA. Playful designs, cute colors, and they're having a major sale right now (including this hoodie!).

Tane Organics. Heirloom quality pieces, 100% organic and made by fair trade artisans in Peru. I loved that romper on Trey as a newborn, and those booties are hand-knit!

Mingo Kids. Netherlands based, and the stretchiest! Perfect play clothes in neutral colors and simple designs.

Babysprouts. Love a good bloomer and these are organic cotton. They run tiny, size up!

Beau Hudson. An Australian company, perfect for when Trey is a bit older, skinny jeans for boys that are true "skinnies." That chambray is the softest, the sleeves can be rolled and there's room for growth.

Shared in partnership with all brands listed. Style choices, colors, and opinions are my own.

WHAT I ACTUALLY USED FOR BIRTH & POSTPARTUM

When I was pregnant, I asked my Instagram following in this post here what we should pack for the hospital. So many veteran moms chimed in with things they loved having during their births. I posted to the blog here what we packed, and I wanted to share now being on the other side what things I was so glad to have.

My bucky (similar). The number one item I was glad I packed both for labor and recovery was this, handmade by mom but similar ones are available lots of places, a reusable heat pack made of buckwheat or something similar. I grabbed it as we were racing out of the house because my contractions were immediately so intense, and I needed it for pain relief. I used it both during labor, and during those follow up contractions when first nursing.

Speaker. Loved this. We picked Foy Vance to play during the birth, and it was perfect. Every time we'd hear those songs again that first week home we'd cry. We've seen him in concert once before, and lucky for us he's coming to Seattle this fall and we grabbed tickets to see him again. Having music at the birth was really special, I remember the songs that played and they mean the world to us now.

Snacks and gum. Just before pushing I got nauseous and really wanted minty gum, and all I brought was a random fruity flavor, which I normally love but tasted gross. My nurse graciously gave me a piece of minty gum she had on hand and it was the best. Next time I'll bring lots.

Water bottle. Used constantly.

Flip Flops. The only pair of shoes I needed the entire time. Great to have on while showering too.

Swaddles. Trey had dark spit up that first day from the birth process and every time we'd swaddle him (in white of course) two seconds later it would be stained dark. We'd reswaddle him so the stains wouldn't show in photos, but I was glad to have a few on hand. (Note: the hospital provides these, and you can totally use if you like, but I preferred having our own, super soft ones)

Hats/outfits for baby. We planned to take him home in this (which was/is my favorite newborn outfit) but it was a record breaking 93 degree heat day so he just wore the onesie, but I was still glad to have the softest outfit to put him in.

Outfits for me. We only stayed one day, and I only needed one outfit. I wore a black stretchy maternity dress which was perfect since I was so swollen from the pain relief drugs.

Nursing help: nursing bras, nipple balm, comfort packs. All were useful.

Makeup and shower things. It was so nice to feel semi put together after the birth.

Baby nail clippers. Our hospital provided nail files but not clippers, but you could use them if you brought your own.

Home from the hospital, for postpartum recovery I loved the Earth Mama Angel Baby line, and Thinx undies.

So glad to have all these things. Looking forward to sharing Trey's birth story soon.

LET'S TALK NURSING

Before having Trey, I did my nursing research. I took online courses, watched videos, read books, and felt as knowledgeable as I could, but still, each baby is different and each mama is different and sometimes you just need a little extra help. Our lactation consultants were lifesavers, I cannot recommend those enough. Here are some other nursing products that have helped us along.

Good Nursing Wear

Wearing something with easy access, especially when trying to nurse in public, helps. It's tricky to find good nursing wear that's functional and also cute, but these are some to recommend:

Navy tank by Nom. With the lace detailing here you'd never guess this top was designed for nursing. Use code FRIENDS for 20% off through August.

Swing top by Nom. Easiest fold over access, no snaps or buttons to navigate, and a sweater-like feel. Use code FRIENDS for 20% off through August.

Snap front tank by Nom. Love this classic look. The side ruching makes it perfect for pregnancy as well. Use code FRIENDS for 20% off through August.

Striped tank by Bun Maternity. Soft and long, and hidden snaps at at the top shoulder.

Swing top by Bun. Stretchy, great material, and a well-designed double layer with pull over access.

Poncho by Bun. An easy cover and top in one.

Nursing Pads

I didn't anticipate how many of these I would need. I wear them daily, and my favorite are by Bamboobies. They're the softest and thinnest, while still absorbing so much. I like having the overnight option as well for those first couple of weeks when your supply is adjusting.

Nursing Bras

Two to recommend here. Both by Bravado and available at Figure 8. This is my favorite seamless one and this is my favorite more structured one. I tried various brands, and I like the cut and fit of these two the best. They come with adapter clips to convert them to regular bras once you're through nursing as well. (Bonus: these are 20% off through August 15th! No code needed.)

Mobile Pump

Talk about a game changer! When we traveled to California, there was one point where I needed to stop and nurse in the car. Luckily the car we were in had an outlet adapter, but in case you're ever in a situation where you can't find an outlet, this pump is great. Medela is the brand that was recommended to me over and over again, and having this mobile option is so nice to not be stuck near an outlet while nursing.

Hands Free Pump Bra

Similarly to the pump, this is a must-have. I remarked to my husband at one point how glad I am to have this product, and he said "They don't all come with hands-free bras?! That's terrible! It's like the same as when they started putting wheels on suitcases!" It truly is a lifesaver and saves me so much time.

Radiation Blocking Blanket

This is an "extra" for sure, but I had no idea this kind of product existed and I looked for something like it during my pregnancy. Although I hate to admit it, I sometimes work on my computer while I nurse. This blanket blocks 99.9% of radiation, and I like not subjecting Trey to anything more than necessary since there isn't much conclusive research about the long term effects. 

Love all these products! I've learned a lot in navigating how to nurse and I'm so glad to have these things that have made it easier.

Nursing wear photos by Moch Snyder.

Shared in partnership with most companies listed. Product choices are my own.