Baby Essentials

Discover the best baby essentials for your new arrival. From checklists to product ideas to baby must-haves, we have everything you need to be fully prepared.

Making Bathtime Magical with Just a Little Help

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me these Finding Nemo bath products for free.

As Dory likes to say, “just keep swimming.” Our little guy tends to take that to heart when he gets into the bathtub. I remember his very first bath after coming home from the hospital, where he cried and screamed the entire time. Now, it’s a challenge getting him OUT of the tub. Then again, we may be making it a bit too fun for him now that he loves it so much.

baby with nemo

How to Care for Your Little One's Curls

My sweet little boy has the cutest curls. Our whole family does actually — my husband, daughter, son and I. Our home is a naturally curly hair zone. Essentially what I do to my own hair is what I do to my children’s hair, making our hair care routine quick and easy — perfect for babies and their precious curls too!

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alicia gibbs_chica fashion_baby curls hair care

The Perfect 'Cool' Diaper Bag for Dad

Let’s face it: Dads these days want to have their own diaper bags too, and not have to carry their wives’ “girly” diaper bags. My husband actually owns three diaper bags of his own, and I’ve actually caught myself borrowing his. If your man is on the hunt for his own ‘cool’ bag, then check out this Mickey Mouse Camouflage option.

The Coolest Little Girl's Playpen I Ever Did See

With my first baby, I happily registered for the sweetest little white bassinet for our baby shower. 

It was trimmed with lace and frills, with a delicate silk green ribbon running along its curved top–you know, in case we had a boy next, so it wasn’t too girly. I imagined days spent gazing over the side of the bassinet at my perfect little baby in our perfect, pristine nursery as the soft hazy glow of motherhood surrounded us both, making me look tired but yet serenely beautiful.

And my dreams came true–for about a week anyways. And then the bottom on the bassinet gave out and started to curve and my daughter wouldn’t sleep in it for more than a millisecond and same with baby #2 and then when baby #3 was born, he was a giant baby and wouldn’t even fit in the darn thing at all, so I wised up and finally dragged out the playpen into our bedroom.

Genius.

If I had one word of advice for pregnant moms, it would be to forgo any cutest little bassinets for baby and instead, invest in a really nice playpen, because it’s really the one piece of equipment you will need to save your life. A good playpen can be the baby’s crib, can fit in your room or any room in the house, and it can do double duty as a bassinet, bouncy chair, changing table, and dresser. (Yup, I store clothes in the bottom of mine.)

And if you’re really, really smart, you will pick up this Graco Pack `n Play Cuddle Cove Premier Rocking Seat Play Yard, because it really is the coolest little girl’s play pen I have ever seen.

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