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happy friday + 10 things for a newborn…



Happy Friday folks! To continue on my new mom thoughts from last week, I wanted to share some items I've found super helpful during this first month with our little Ruby. 

01 / Having a diaper bag that serves as a my own personal bag as well is key. I love this Kate Spade diaper bag and Bob uses a Jack Spade laptop bag as his dad diaper bag.

02 / Ruby loves taking a warm bath…it puts her in an instant trance. And the Puj tub is perfect for her tiny self in the bathroom sink. It's soft and foamy and drains itself when the water gets too high. If you turn the heater on and make the bathroom extra warm, they love it even more…like a baby spa!

03/ Their tiny nails are so sharp, and they have no idea what their hands do {just yet} so these Satsuma Design baby mittens have helped prevent her from getting all scratched up like Bruce Lee

04 / Because her crib and bassinet can feel so open and spacious {after 9 months in a cozy womb}, she's loved this super soft Jacadi baby sleep sac that her Auntie B gave her. She's not a big fan of swaddling, but when we do swaddle, the Miracle Blanket is our favorite.

05 / We got this super modern Mamaroo baby swing as a shower gift, as well as this Boppy newborn lounger which Ruby loves when she's awake and just wants to hang out.

06 / While What to Expect the First Year is a great guide to have around for random questions, this Eat Sleep Poop book was the best all-around book in preparing for the baby. It covers lots of areas and gets right to the point which we loved.

07 / Because all babies loved being rocked, we have a DwellStudio glider in the baby room and this West Elm rocking chair in the bedroom which Bob uses a lot in the middle of night when soothing her.

08 / I love little pieces that remind us of our babe wherever I go. I recently got some tiny Ruby stud earrings and this Maya Brenner initial necklace as symbols of my little lady. {Maya has kindly offered a special discount of 10% off for Oh Joy readers using discount code LETTER10}. I also love these tiny initial rings from Catbird.

09 /If nursing, flowy and comfy tops like this and this from Japanese Weekend are so helpful. I also love these Lamaze nursing bras for nighttime.

10 / Finally, these Pinhole Press or Blurb photo books make great gifts for grandparents, especially those who are far away like ours.

I'm sure my list will grow as we discover more and more about our baby. So, I'd love to know…what are some of your newborn favorites? Oh, and have a great weekend guys! — Joy


  1. Awww, I love this post! When Finn was first born, I wished we had more zip-up sleepers in the newborn size. It was so hard finding clothes that fit him and wouldn’t piss him off when we took them on & off! I also really loved my Luna Lullaby nursing pillow – I still use it to take a nap on the daybed in his room. 🙂

  2. I immediately recognized that sleep sac from your pictures (twitter) , it is so cozy and beautiful….
    I love your friday posts:)
    Oh, and that necklace…i will be taking advantage of the discount for sure…
    Have a lovely weekend….

  3. I’ve never seen one of those loungers – adding it to my registry! I’m also excited to check out eat, sleep, poop! Well, not real poop.
    Love these posts, by the way!

  4. Great post Joy! I have a question though. Was Eat, Sleep, Poop the only baby book you read while pregnant? I’ve heard that What to Expect frightens the heck out of pregnant mothers. Was that your experience?

  5. I love my baby sling more than anything…it makes my 3-week-old feel like she’s in the womb and she falls right to sleep while it gives me two hands to get work done. And while it’s a bit premature, I received chew beads ( as a baby gift when Amelia was born and I know they’ll come in handy and they’re SO CUTE!

  6. I second the Miracle Blanket. My little lady is 18 days old and we love the Smartwool socks we received as a gift because they fit snugly and stay on her feet (!) and she seems to love her Cloud B Giraffe sound machine when going to bed. I’m also loving the Pee Wee disposable dry washcloths to use as wipes (wet with warm water) for my daughter’s sensitive bum-although the Medline disposable washcloths on Amazon are more of a bargain

  7. I published Eat, Sleep, Poop! (You cannot imagine how silly I sometimes felt saying “poop” in the midst of otherwise literary discussions.) It’s a fantastic resource and I’m so pleased that you found it useful!

  8. thank you for this list Joy! I am newly pregnant and feel clueless!! Love the necklace too.
    mikie and kristen

  9. thanks for sharing! i’m totally loving any baby-related posts since i’m in the same boat as you. dr. cohen was our pediatrician~ the one who wrote the eat sleep poop book~ and he’s a truly amazing doctor. i love the book too!


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