It’s Wednesday which means vacation mode is officially over and we are back to the daily grind. We had the best time soaking up the sun and walking on the beaches of Atlantis with our family of four. Sawyer is a definite beach baby and enjoyed the sea breeze, the pool and watching sissy swim like a little fishy all over the resort.
During the day the hubby and I sipped on amazing fruity cocktails while watching Delilah make new friends and perfect her doggy paddle. You could find Sawyer sitting under the cabana with mama, kicking his little tootsies in the pool or taking a snooze on the beach. After playing in the sun and the water during the day, we would go back to our room and take a nap before getting showered and dressed for dinner. The dining at Atlantis was amazing and I devoured fresh fish each evening with a delicious glass of prosecco, so yum!
I was surprised to see how many brand new babies were at the resort. They were everywhere and it was awesome to see all of these families toting their little ones across the world. Sawyer looked massive next to the babes who were only a few weeks old, making mama feel a little nostalgic. Delilah felt at home surrounded by so many families with children and had a blast making new friends at all of the different pools around the resort. Atlantis is most definitely a family friendly travel destination that caters to both the kiddos and the adults.
Although our vacation was magical, we are happy to be home, unpacked and getting ready for Santa and his reindeer. We worked hard the last couple of days to spruce up our home for Christmas and decorate our tree, a little later than normal, but just as fun and exciting as ever.
Today we are sharing our Gift Guide for The Mama to Be. Whether you are looking to shop for a friend or family member who is expecting or has just given birth, this guide has so many of our favorites that will make motherhood and babes first year extra special and perhaps run a little smoother. Shop this guide below and make that Mama to Be’s Christmas the merriest one yet. Have a merry week, everyone!
one//diaper bag//this designer diaper bag is made from genuine leather and has pockets galore! The adjustable strap makes toting babes necessities comfy and convenient. It comes with a washable changing pad and boasts gorgeous hardware, tassel and bead detail.
two//baby cook and silicone spoons//we are obsessed with our Baby Cook that steams, purees and warms little Sawyers food. Not only is it fun to cook and freeze meals in the comfort of our own home, it’s easy and healthiest for babe. The silicone spoons come in several fun shades and are BPA, Lead & Phthalate free. They are perfect for introducing babe to solids.
three//travel system//This sweet ride accommodates newborns up to 50 lbs and includes both the bassinet and toddler seat making this the perfect stroller to grow with your precious tot for many years of family strolling, exploring and traveling. The bassinet is well cushioned and ventilated for ultimate comfort. The bassinet comes equipped with a SPF 50+ sunshade making for a comfy, cozy ride for babe while you take on the town!
four//baby photo cards//our favorite way to document babes most exciting milestones! These cards are bright, colorful and make the best photo prop ever!
five//belly bandit//we are huge proponents of the Belly Bandit. We wore the belly wrap for 6 weeks and it worked to shrink our tummy back to be pregnancy size. It gave us compression, support and the added comfort we needed while nursing. It most definitely helped us loose the inches timely!
six//baby carrier//you know that Sawyer is not a stranger to baby carriers; in fact, he prefers to be worn by mama all day long. We have tried many different styles and have had success with most of them; however, the Ergobaby 360 is our first choice these days. This model provides maximum comfort with its supportive wide waistband and padded shoulder straps that evenly distributes babes weight. The 360 is the first Ergo carrier that allows the option of four comfortable and ergonomic ways to wear your precious car go: Front-Inward, Front-Outward, Hip and Back carry positions. Sawyer loves to be facing mama when he is sleepy and taking a snooze and prefers to be turned outward while shopping and running errands. A few favorite features of this carrier include the sleeping hood which gives extra support for babes head while sleeping, protection from sun and added privacy while nursing and the structured bucket seat that makes this carrier ultra safe and comfortable for your little ones legs and hips.
seven//nursing scarf//how pretty is this colorful feather print? This nursing scarf is made of a soft jersey knit blend and convenient to wear and use while nursing your sweet babe.
eight//teething jewelry//perfect for babe to chew on while in mamas arms, carrier or while nursing.
nine//high chair//this high chair is a game changer, friends! Stylish, full sized, comfy and doubles as a space saver chair that attaches to most dining chairs. Not only is the design fresh and modern, it is almost impossible for crumbs and food to hide with its crevice-free seat pad. The fabric and materials on this highchair are super easy to wash and does not leave wet rings or discolorations when cleaned with a wet wipe or dampened paper towel. This cozy eating space boasts 3-position height adjustment and 3-position recline, removable dishwasher-safe feeding tray insert and the EZ Clean 5-point restraint. It’s a dream!
ten//muslin blankets//this is not your ordinary muslin blanket, mamas! This is one luxurious, soft, large snuggle blanket crafted with four layers of 100% cotton open-weave. It boasts cotton jersey piping, fun fabrics and a whopping 48″x 48″ size. You may just adopt this blanket for yourself, winning!
eleven//“mama bear tee”//every mama needs a “Mama Bear” tee and this pretty green hue is festive for the holidays. This tee is super soft and relaxed for a comfy cozy fit.
twelve//baby gym//the deluxe sensory play gym is crafted with premium fabrics, extra large play mat, dancing lights and bright colored toys for babe to touch and play with. The size of this gym is fabulous and allows for babe to roll over and scoot without moving off his mat. We love that this gym has a music play list for 20 minutes! You can opt to lower stimulation by turning off lights and lowering sound, too. The large play mat is oh so soft and comes with a tummy wedge that vibrates. This mat is full of fun for your little babe to explore.
thirteen//nikon camera//every mamarazzi needs a quality camera to take ridiculously sweet pictures of their little bundle. We love the built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and 60x optical zoom on this compact model.
fourteen//lamb sound machine//we do not leave the house without this lamb, friends! It plays the most serene sounds for babe to listen to. Sawyer loves white noise, especially the sound of ocean waves. We love that this portable sound machine has velcro to attach to babes carseat or stroller.
fifteen//dockatot deluxe//Sawyer is 5months old and still sleeping in his dockatot. It keeps him feeling snug and secure next to mama for nightly nursing sessions. You could also opt to place the dockatot in babes crib for sleep transitioning. The dockatot is perfect for lounging and playing during the day, too!
sixteen//mommy mailbox//the best subscription in life. For all the mamas who need a little pick me up, a monthly box filled with curated goodies will recharge and refuel you for the weekly grind.
seventeen//newborn set and postpartum//the gentle formula and soft scent make Mustela a bath time favorite. It keeps babes skin healthy, smooth and balanced. We also love the postpartum line for unwanted stretch marks. The firming gel is equally amazing for mamas who want to look a bit more toned post pregnancy.
eighteen//owlet baby monitor//if you are anything like this mama you will be up all night checking on your new bundle making sure they are still breathing because they are just sleeping too soundly. The Owlet Baby Monitor was the second set of eyes that we needed to have piece of mind and get the much needed sleep we were craving. This genius device monitors your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep though a smart sock that will alert you if babe stops breathing. It is also equipped with an iPhone and Android App so that you can see your babes Heart and Oxygen levels wherever you are in your home. The smart sock is gentle and soft and empowers you with the same technology hospitals use, pulse oximetry, which is safe, proven and accurate. Get the sleep you need to up your “mom” game!