We are excited to have guest blogger Lindsey, from “The Wise Baby,” here today! She will tell you how to best use your Doie Lounge robe, after your wedding, and also give her picks for seven other mom-to-be “must haves!”
Throughout our entire pregnancies we, along with our family and friends focus on what we need for the baby on the way. When in fact, there are actually essentials new moms need too. I’m Lindsey from The Wise Baby – a chic and stylish resource for savvy parents to share our list of new mom essentials. Of course, no new mom essential list would be complete without a cozy, comfy and stylish robe from Doie Lounge and we have an awesome giveaway going on now!
1 – Diaper Bag. Every mom knows she needs one and it doesn’t have to be an “actual” diaper bag. Look for a bag that is easy to carry (I suggest a cross body option), roomy and has some sort of pockets or division. It is amazing how the pacifier you are so desperately trying to find gets lost in the bottom of a bucket of a bag. This option from Kate Spade is always a wise bet.
2 – Comfy PJ’s. In the early weeks of life with a newborn you may change from one pair of PJ’s to another and that is entirely acceptable! Look for PJ’s that can make breastfeeding easy if you choose that route, but most importantly make sure they are comfortable and wash easy. I prefer this brand from Target, this one goes perfectly under your robe, allows for easy nursing access and paired with a sweater cardigan could come off like a little sundress just in case you have a surprise visitor.
3 – Luxurious, stylish robe. Of course, you know the robe I am talking about – a Doie Lounge robe. The Trixie is pictured here and part of our giveaway. I wore my Luella robe in the months before my delivery, while in the hospital and still, 11 months later almost daily. The thing I love some much about Doie robes for jams is that they are super soft and of course comfy but also stylish and they make you feel good. Good as in if-all-I-wear-all-day-is-this-robe-I-got-dressed sort of way!
4 – Nursing bra. We have an absolutely favorite nursing bra and it is the Arden Bra by the Dairy Fairy. It is beautiful, functional and works for hands free pumping too (genius)!
5 – Nursing pillow. We’ve selected and are big fans of the My Brest Friend but the Boppy is another great and popular option. Either route you go we definitely suggest bringing it to the hospital so you can “practice” with it from day 1.
6 – Lanolin. If you are breastfeeding mom Lanolin is an absolute must. It is soothing and non toxic to the little babe but it does stain clothing so be careful (but use liberally)!
7 – Water bottle. This may sound like a silly one but having one or two “active” water bottles at a time is an absolute must, especially for breastfeeding mamas. I like these from Lifefactory, their bright color is a helpful reminder to drink more water! Not to mention, they are environmentally friendly.
8 – Easy to use baby carrier. Having a carrier like the one pictured, the Baby K’tan is an invaluable tool for getting things done around the house. Little ones love to be snuggled and sleep near mom or dad and using a soft, easy to use carrier can free up your hands during nap time. Be sure you choose a carrier that works with newborns as some require special inserts or have a weight minimum. When you are not using the carrier – SLEEP!
There you have it – our list of new mom essentials to keep you comfy and cozy in those magical first few months of life with a bundle of joy. Be sure to check out our baby products reviews, baby registry guides and all our other fun content to help you navigate through pregnancy and life with a little one. A big thanks to Sara for letting me stop by to share our insight with you and absolutely, do not forget to enter the giveaway for a Doie Lounge robe!
Although Doie Lounge robes are often synonymous with bridesmaids gifts, they also make a phenomenal “new mom” gift! Tomorrow, Lindsey Krummenacher of The Wise Baby will be talking more about robes as mom-to-be gifts, on our blog, but for now head on over to her blog if you’d like to enter our giveaway for a Sadie, Trixie, or Tabitha robe.
Good luck and check back tomorrow to read Lindsey’s post!
“Jonny & I got married on September 24, 2011, at Pippin Hill, a beautiful vineyard in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. My bridesmaids and I enjoyed my last night as a single girl with a sleepover at the Boar’s Head Inn. When everyone woke up the morning of the big day, I asked the girls to climb into one of the bigger beds, still in their PJs and bleary eyed from our celebration the night before. I brought them each a different colored gift box. I had written personalized letters to each of my maids, and after reading, they unwrapped their matching Doie Lounge robes. They couldn’t have been more excited! No one could resist putting on their robe immediately – in fact, we traveled from the Inn to the venue in just our robes! They made for a great outfit to relax in while getting our hair and makeup done – as well as enjoying some pre-ceremony bubbly! – and made it so easy for them to transition into their bridesmaid dresses – and me into my gown.”
~ Gina G. Married: 9.24.2011, Pippin Hill, Virginia
Photo by Rothwell Photography
“These Doie robes were a great gift for the girls in our wedding. They are so pretty, comfortable, and something that all four of us will continue to use often, which is what I really wanted in a gift for the girls. I also wore the robe every day on our honeymoon and my new husband loved it too. I would definitely recommend these beautiful robes as gifts for any special women in your life!”
~ Courtney S.Married: 7.23.2011, Minneapolis, MN
“I had high expectations for my bridesmaids gifts: I wanted to give something beautiful yet practical, something to be treasured but also to be used. So I was excited to come across a post on Martha Stewart’s wedding blog suggesting Doie Lounge robes as bridesmaids gifts. I loved that the robes are navy–the color of my bridesmaids’ dresses–and that I could give each one a robe with a different patterned trim. I loved the idea of these robes so much that I decided I had to have the white one for my own. My girls and I felt so luxurious getting ready in our robes on the day of the wedding. Thanks, Sara, for being so easy to work with, and for providing the perfect bridesmaid gift!”
~ Lisa K. married 5.14.11 in Brooklyn, NY
“I absolutely LOVED having my Doie robe for the hospital after giving birth to my son. It is cute & easy to wear which made me comfortable having visitors in our room. It was THE PERFECT baby shower gift! Now I wear it every morning at home and honestly love putting it on each day.”
~ Lisa K., Taylor Sean, born May, 2010
“I wanted to give my bridesmaids a creative, stylish, and useful gift and a Doie robe was the perfect option! I picked out a different robe for each bridesmaid to match their personal style. I even gave one to my mom and mother in law. It was so fun to see everyone in their stylish yet comfortable robe when we were getting ready. I continue to wear my robe daily! Every time I slip it on it puts a smile on my face as I remember our magical and wonderful wedding day.”
~ Jessica J. married 06.05.10 in Pacific Palisades, CA
“I received my Doie robe as a gift on my wedding day. I quickly changed into it in the bridal suite, and felt glamorous and comfortable while getting ready for my special day. Pictures were taken and memories were made. Two years later, while in the hospital after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, I was so glad to be wearing my Doie robe over my drab hospital gown. Three years after receiving my Doie robe, I still wear it every day. This robe has been with me for two major milestones. It is my favorite robe and it is still as soft and comfortable as the day I got it. Memories continue to be made and I’m still wearing my Doie robe!”
Married September 29th, 2007 in Lake Tahoe, CA
Baby Audrey born March 1st 2010