One of the top nursery trends is the modern nursery and I’m not surprised – a modern nursery’s clean lines and crisp colors look amazing in any room. The main focus of any nursery is the baby’s crib, so I’ve put together a guide of the 7 best affordable modern cribs.
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My husband came home with a box of Hello Bello diapers, and I’m excited for Nicholas to try them. We usually use Honest diapers, but because they’re more expensive I’ve been looking forward to trying Hello Bello.
When Lucy was born I didn’t think twice about the ingredients in diapers, which is ironic because I researched everything else to death – organic crib mattresses, activity mats without flame retardants, etc.
That quickly changed when my 1 week old had chemical burns from the very popular branded diaper she was wearing.
I learned there are potentially harmful ingredients in diapers. We started to use diapers with safer ingredients and chose to cloth diaper part-time to offset the higher cost.
Hello Bello Diapers – First Impression
Lucy actually demanded we open up the box first so she can take a peek at Nicky’s new diapers. My first remark was how adorable the designs are – tools and lightening bolts.
Even more impressive, Hello Bello diapers are incredibly soft. Any mom that uses organic diapers knows that they’re usually somewhat stiff, so this really made me happy.
A wetness indicator! These have a wetness indicator, which I love because it’s super helpful. (Also, nursing moms of newborns can really rely on the wetness indicator to make sure you’re little one is having wet diapers).
The Overnight Test
We moms know the true marker of a quality diaper is how absorbent it is, which leads me to the overnight test.
Nicholas drinks one 8 ounce bottle before bed and then usually drinks about 4 ounces in the middle of the night.
I’m happy to say that so far we have passed the overnight test with no leaks!
Hello Bello vs Honest Diapers
So what’s the conclusion? How do I compare these with Honest diapers?
There are so many options for your Easter brunch menu!
Add a bunch of filler foods like fruit with fruit dips, bagels and croissants, etc.
Be sure to have coffee, water and juice on hand.
Choose make-ahead brunch casseroles to make Easter morning preparations and breeze.
Consider ‘create-your-own’ station, like a waffle or coffee bar!
I love this idea of an Easter waffle bar by Giggle Living. A quick hack she mentions is using frozen waffles and toast them ahead of time. You can keep them warm in the oven until it’s time to eat.
You can also have a waffle iron on the table for the ultimate create-your-own waffle experience. I found a fun hack from Pillsbury to simple use their bisquits or even cinnamon rolls (Yum!).
You can also feature a brunch casserole as your main entry for an Easter brunch, like this French Toast Bread Pudding by Country Living.
A great brunch hack is to find dishes that you can make the night before and just pop in the oven on Easter morning. I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to Make Ahead Brunch Recipes!
Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
Is it even Easter without an Easter egg hunt? This fun twist by Somewhat Simple is so creative.
Easter Family Traditions
Every holiday is a chance to create family traditions. I love family traditions and I know my kids do as well. I hope they’ll look back at them fondly and continue them with their own children.
The Easter egg hunt is certainly a great family tradition!
My family celebrates Easter as the resurrection of Jesus, so it’s important for our family tradition on Easter to include this important value. Here are some ideas on how to implement that with your own family during your Easter brunch:
When I was pregnant with Lucy I remember seeing advertisements for delivery gowns and robes for the hospital. At the time, I thought the whole idea was a bit silly.
Now that I just gave birth two my second little one, I now understand why it’s a nice luxury to have. I recommend buying a delivery robe for after baby arrives, however.
1. Delivery Gowns are Comfortable
You know what’s not comfortable? The gowns you get at the hospital. They tend to be stiff and scratchy, not to mention either way to big or too small.
A good quality delivery robe (or gown) will give you extra comfort and fit you like a glove.
I had a cesarian for both my kids, so I couldn’t just throw on a pair of sweats and a nursing tank after they were born. It was important for me to walk as much as possible after surgery and walking the halls in the gown the hospital provided barely covered by bottom!
2. Delivery Robes Make for Beautiful Pictures
When Nicholas was a day old, there was a knock at my hospital room door. It was a photographer the hospital partners with that no one told me was coming.
He quickly said he was talking pictures and we agreed, but we were not prepared. We paid a good amount of money for beautiful pictures of my son with me in my way too small hospital gown.
All hospital pictures are beautiful regardless of what mom is wearing, but having a picked out delivery robe does make for a beautiful photo op. You can even purchase sets with a matching swaddle for baby.
3. Maternity Robe are Great For Nursing
I had a hard time nursing with the gown the hospital provided. I think the delivery robes are smart, because it really makes it easier to nurse.
It also makes mom more comfortable, which is important when trying to bond with baby.
4. Maternity Gowns are a Great Keepsake
As I mentioned before, I think investing in a delivery robe for after baby arrives is a good idea. It will be a nice keepsake to save to look back on the memories of when your little one entered the world.
5. Labor Robes are Great for Home After the Hospital
The newborn days are both precious and exhausting. If you’re nursing, you’re doing it around the clock. These maternity robes are perfect for nursing.
Your body is also healing, so you’ll want to wear comfortable clothing. Delivery robes are perfect for lounging around the house and cozying up with baby!
Where to Buy the Best Delivery Gowns & Delivery Robes (Including Matching Swaddle Sets)
I’ve scoured the Internet for the best labor gowns and robes and there are quite a few great options. I’ve narrowed down my top picks.
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If you’re looking for the delivery robe in the main photo you can find it in this Etsy shop. There are so many other adorable delivery gown and delivery robe options to look through as well.
Amazon has a ton of cute maternity delivery and gown options, like this one with over 1200 raving reviews.
Comfy Mommy is an adorable Easy shop. She creates the most beautiful mommy and me sets, including this mommy and me robe set! She also has maternity gowns, delivery gown and swaddle sets and more.
Our Love Story Co Shop is another Etsy shop to check out. Her delivery robes and gowns tend to be made from satin material. There’s an option to have them monogramed as well, which makes for a perfect baby shower gift!
Milk and Baby is one of my favorite shops for delivery robes and gowns, but also nursing-friendly clothes that are actually stylish.
When I was preparing spaces for both of my little ones, I remember searching for baby closet organization ideas. I literally attempted to try them all. Many things did not stick, but a few things became essential to maintain for my own sanity.
My oldest is 3.5 years old and I still apply these baby closet organization ideas to her “big girl” closet, because it’s a seamless system that helps us stay organized — or should I say, as much as possible!
I’m passionate about spreading my love of reading to my children, so we own a ton of books. Right now they are spread all throughout the house in random baskets and on their playroom bookshelf. I desperately need to find kid book storage ideas that will work well in our home!
I’m looking for a solution that will organize their books for easy access, but also something that will allow us to display them beautifully, so they blend in with the playroom decor. If we take the time to take great care of their books, they’ll understand that reading is an important and special activity and hopefully will learn to love reading.