PREPPING FOR THE BABY

DETAILS: STRIPED TOP  |  CRIB  |  MAMAROO BABY SWING  |  RAD AND HAPPY QUILT  |  OWLET BABY MONITOR  |  STRIPED SWADDLING BLANKET  |  MIRROR  |  PLANT  |  GOLD ANIMAL FIGURINES  |  WOODEN NOAH’S ARK  |  RUG  |  SHEEPSKIN RUG | IKEA DRESSER (painted by me)

I’ve been in nesting mode for what seems like forever. For the last few months I’ve been purging and organizing my house, and then in the last few weeks we’ve been re-arranging rooms, putting the boys together, and designing the nursery. And now that all of that is basically done, it’s time for the really fun part — the part that makes all of this feel so much more real. Time to fold the baby clothes, take the breast pump out of storage, time to wash the swaddling blankets, hang pictures on the wall, and get all of his things in order.

In the six years since B was born, and almost 3 1/2 since Fos, so many new products have popped up. We have most of the essentials like a nursing pillow and a bumbo, so I’m loving learning about new big products and testing them out with this baby. One product in particular that I’ve heard about a lot over the last year is Owlet. It’s a little foot monitor that checks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen and is designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing.

At first I thought about how stressful that would be if the alarm went off, and how I had no interest in having one. But after mentioning it to my husband, he told me how amazing it would be because even though you never want to hear that alarm, it’s so much better than the alternative of not knowing that your baby stopped breathing until maybe hours later. Plus, it’s motivating me to brush up on my infant CPR knowledge so that in the case of an emergency and the monitor goes off, I actually know what to do.

Obviously we haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll be using it as soon as the baby arrives and will share a full review of how we like it! And although I’ll be sharing this then too, you can snag yourself one right here.

in collaboration with owlet |  photos by rad and happy