Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

You’ve read every book under the sun about pregnancy and nothing was off limits when discussing with your friends every gory detail of childbirth. But now that your bundle of joy has finally arrived, you’re feeling a tad unprepared. There are so many products to have, advice to take and new things to learn, to say you’re overwhelmed would be an understatement. Well, take a deep breath because below you’ll find a long, but hopefully, less overwhelming list of some great new ideas in baby gear to help you and your little one enjoy the next few months…at least until they become toddlers when there’s a whole new slew of things to consider!

Sleeping Must-haves


Swaddle Designs, Cat in an Apron O’Henry Blanket, Violet’s Peapod

Watching your little angel sleep, you almost forget that just a minute earlier, he was screaming his head off. To help your bundle of joy stay bundled up when going off to dreamland, wrap him up in a cozy receiving or swaddle blanket from Swaddle Designs or Cat in an Apron. The trendy and fashionable designs from both companies will have your baby sleeping in high style and comfort! Now, if your baby just doesn’t seem to respond well to swaddling, but you want a safe alternative to loose blankets, zip your baby up in one of Violet’s Peapods. These sleep sacks are as practical as they are adorable!

For that baby powdery scent, fill the nursery air with
Thymes Sweet Leaf room spray and reed diffusers. With an ever-so-light mist of powdery rose and jasmine with the softest hint of sandalwood and amber, the spray and diffusers amazingly capture that ‘new baby’ smell. Their drawer liners, baby bath products and gifts sets are perfect for baby showers as well.

For the ultimate ‘wow factor’, have StitchT design a custom crib quilt using your most treasured t-shirts. Doctors recommend you talk to your newborn as much as possible and this quilt will certainly tell some stories. Reminisce as you tell your baby what each t-shirt represents. StitchT quality-made quilts will have your friends (and maybe even your baby) talking!

Traveling Must-haves

You’ve probably already gotten your Bugaboo, Quinny, Orbit or Stokke, but if you want an easy-to-use, more affordable umbrella stroller that won’t have the store clerk yelling, “cleanup in aisle 5!” check out the funky colored and stylish Silver Cross Dazzle Strollers.


Hotsling, Ergo, Portamee

For the chic and modern urban woman on the go, venture over to Barneys or Bergdorf and get yourself the PortaMEe baby carrier. Equipped with an insulated bottle holder, cell phone pocket and extra lumbar support, this carrier keeps your hands free for those shopping bags and your baby safe all day long!

A simple alternative to the confusing belts and buckles typical of many baby carriers is the Hotsling baby carrier. With a variety of fashionable fabrics to choose from, Hotslings keep your baby super close and safe in style.

The outdoorsy mobile mommy can opt for the Ergo baby carrier. With a variety of accessories available and a multitude of ways to wear it, the Ergo will make you and baby feel confident and secure when going off for that 5 mile hike. Perfect for getting that baby weight off!

Babba Co. Carseat Stroller Cover

Say goodbye to blankets flying across the street! Whether your concern is cold windy weather or too much sun exposure, the Babba Co. carseat stroller cover is an adorable and practical solution when keeping your baby safe, cozy and comfortable in all kinds of weather.

Pooping Must-haves

Timi & Leslie Diaper Bag

It doesn’t seem possible and yet, you really do end up using everything in your baby’s diaper bag every time you go out. For the ultimate in diaper bag couture, there’s the convertible diaper bag collection from Timi and Leslie. Complete with essentials like removable shoulder straps, waterproof lining, bottle tote, stroller straps, changing pad and wristlet, this patent-leather bag (available in a variety of colors) is oozing with the sophistication of a regular handbag while being oh so practical.

Pinnington Diaper Bag

If you’re into gorgeous vintage-esque fabrics reminiscent of home décor with a touch of whimsy, you might opt for a Pinnington Bag. These bohemian chic luxurious diaper bags are handmade, fit easily across a stroller’s handlebar and contain a laminated (spill-proof) lining and changing pad.

Ah Goo Diaper Changing Pad Station

Perfect for the weekend getaway or a few days with the grandparents, the Plush Pad portable changing station from Ah Goo Baby will actually have your baby cooing with happiness during diaper changes. With its patented memory foam cushion for comfort, fashionable fabric design and its compact and portable roll-it-up-and-go feature, this changing pad might be the only one you’ll ever need! BN readers can use the code VIP123 for 15% OFF!

Whether you’re in the burbs or the city, you can’t beat the convenience of having diapers delivered to your doorstep – especially since you’ll be restocking them every other week. With an enormous selection of non-diaper baby essentials like Dapple Baby Dishwashing Liquid and Born Free Bottles (plus free shipping if you spend more than $50), http://www.diapers.com may just become your favorite go-to website!

Originally published February 2009
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