With the birth of baby nr. 2 just three weeks away, I’m looking forward to using some of my favourite baby products again. Whereas some items just collected dust, these were my true lifesavers during those first months.
1. Aden + Anais muslin swaddles: These swaddle blankets are definitely our number one baby product. After almost 3 years, Otis still uses them to cuddle up to when he goes to bed. When he was a baby we used them constantly, for swaddling but also to cover up when nursing, or shading him from the sun. They are stretchy, light, just the right size and so pretty. Did I mention multifunctional?
2. Bugaboo cameleon stroller: Okay, it’s a bit pricey, but I’m really glad we bought the bugaboo cameleon. I wanted a stroller that was both beautiful and practical, so I wouldn’t be hesitant to go out and about. The bugaboo just drives so well, you can literally push it with one hand. Plus, it is easy to manoeuvre and to fold. I loved walking around with it.
3. Leander cradle: We were able to borrow this Leander cradle from friends. It truly is minimalist Scandinavian design at its best: natural wood, light colours and a lovely egg shape. Besides looking dreamy in our bedroom, it’s also really practical. You can suspend it from the ceiling or hang it from the tripod and move it as needed. You can adjust the angle which is great if your baby has reflux.
4. BabyBjorn bouncer with a lovely cover from Fun*das BCN: This bouncer is such a versatile item to have. It’s soft, very easy to bounce and a great safe place for the baby to keep an eye on the world. When Otis was around four months and still not ready for a high chair, we used it to feed him his first solid foods. I also love that it collapses totally flat in two seconds, so it can be easily stored or transported.
5. Babylonia sling: During the first few months, I used this sling all the time to keep my baby close to me, but still have my hands free for other activities. It takes a bit of practice to figure out how to wrap it and put the baby in, but once you get the hang of it, it’s wonderful. On those days when Otis wanted to be on my arm non-stop, the sling was one of the only ways I could get him to sleep, and get a few things done around the house.
Are you a list maker? I am. With all of the to-dos in my life, I rely on lists to keep track of everything that needs to get done. I have lists all over the place. Task lists, shopping lists, wish lists, gift ideas lists, chores lists… They help me to keep my day in order and motivate me to resist the temptation to procrastinate.
When I write something on a to-do list, I can get it off my mind, knowing that I have a reminder. Crossing off a list item gives me a sense of satisfaction and makes me feel in control.
So when I spotted this mug from Startup Vitamins, it went straight to my wish list. These words are just what I need to read in the morning to tackle my to-dos.
While on holiday in Copenhagen, we discovered the works of artist Anne Nowak at the Al Hambra & Sons art gallery boutique on Frederiksberg Allé. Anne Nowak’s white moon poster hung in the shop window and it literally drew us in. A large, yet affordable artwork for a blank wall in our living room had been on our wishlist for quite some time and this fine art print fit the bill perfectly.
The Al Hambra & Sons workshop and gallery boutique provides working space for six artists and features their works including fine art prints on paper, cloth, and ceramics, stationery and greetings cards as well as crafting kits. If you are in the neighbourhood, you should definitely pay a visit. The gallery is near Designdelikatessen and Frederiksberg Schokolade; all the more reason to venture into that part of Copenhagen.
You can see more of Anne Nowak’s work here.
As much as I love statement jewellery, most of the time I prefer to complete my look with dainty pieces. Today I’d like to introduce the fine gold-plated jewellery from Hop Hop Hop to you. Très chic!
Little bows, stars, triangles, hearts,… this French jewellery label uses fun shapes, often enamelled with trendy colours to make delicate necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. They’re simple, but sweet and whimsical at the same time.
Each piece is handmade and beautifully designed by the talented artist Clémentine du Pontavice.
How about a hand-painted enamel locket in deep blue or a delicate golden bow bracelet?
So husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends searching for the perfect gift, take note! The jewellery from Hop Hop Hop will soon be available on www.delika.eu.