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TANE Organics

Before Hermione was born I set about putting together the perfect layette for her. From swaddles to onesies I wanted to be sure my baby girl came home to a closet stocked with all of the essentials. Luckily for me everything was washed and ready well ahead of time as she decided to burst onto the scene a little early!

My taste in baby clothes is far from the typical pink bows and bunnies. I like to think of Hermione as a little budding fashionista. Hey, someone has to inherit my shoe collection, right?

The majority of clothes in Hermione’s newborn wardrobe were from TANE Organics. Not only are their baby clothes supremely adorable, but they are made from 100% certified organic cotton and low impact dyes. She lived in their onesies and swaddles the first month of her life!

Now that Hermione is a bit older and out of her white onesie phase she is enjoying the rest of TANE’s gorgeous fall collection! Each vintage circus inspired piece is more adorable than the next!

TANE founder and designer Sheree Lee was kind enough to answer some questions for me about the line and it’s origins. Enjoy!

10 Days Old in her TANE Kimono Onesie
Hermione loving life in her TANE Star CoverallCuddling her TANE Snuggle Bunny  in her Printed Elephant Onsie.

Where did the idea for TANE come from? Can you give me a little background on the line?

TANE was conceived from the love and passion of the material, organic cotton.  While working as a woman’s knitwear designer, I came to love designing into this luxurious fiber.

It was a natural connection to create a small capsule of a children’s wear, showcasing the versatility of this yarn.  The health benefits of using non toxic material that is good for the planet and its people was a conscious choice as the foundation of the brand.  I was passionate to design beautifully crafted clothing for children, using the gentlest, purest, most luxurious material.

Where do you find inspiration for each new collection?

As a creative and visual person, I am constantly inspired.  Inspiration for me can come from many directions. Most of the time, it finds me rather than me seeking for it.

Are there any must haves or favorites in the F/W ’13 collection?

The new FW13 collection was inspired by the nostalgic cinematic mood of the circus.  TANE often takes references from timeless and iconic details.  I am very passionate about the new saturated colors, illuminating the new collection.  The Dot & Stripe Sweater best demonstrate how classic details can become very modern.  I love how the hand cut and stitched dots dances along the hem of the Sweater Dress.  And I have a fondness for the Star Coverall, also another iconic shape, looking very hip and playful.

Are there pieces that you keep reintroducing each season that you consider staples or classics?

Absolutely.  There is a TANE CORE program of essentials that folds in with every season effortlessly.  But if there is one signature style that TANE is recognize for, it is the Kimono Onesie with Leggings.  This one style speaks of our commitment to great design, demonstrating the pure design aesthetics that is the DNA of TANE.

What kind of mom dresses their baby in TANE?

I would say every mom.  I am fortunately enough to have met a few TANE moms, and I can honestly say, they are beautiful, diverse and gorgeously inspirational!

Aside from TANE clothes, what are five essentials you think every new mom should have?

I do believe every mom is different and unique, just as every child.  But I would say, patience, laughter, intuition, discipline and grace.
Ask Me Anything!

I was inspired to start this site by my friends and families questions about my health, cooking and beauty habits. In the (two!) years I have had this blog I have loved sharing my healthy tips and finds helping others on the path to cleaner, greener lives.

This summer, while I was taking a break to snuggle Hermione I started to get many questions from friends, readers and colleagues about my approach to pregnancy, childbirth and the first few months of having a baby.

I have loved answering your questions so much that I am launching a new video series entitled “Ask SJM.” In each video I will answer a few questions on everything from cooking to childbirth, beauty to babies! Want to know my daily skincare routine? Ask away! Curious about my favorite baby products? Ask me! What I am eating these days for dinner? I’ll tell you!

Submit your questions to me in the comments section here, tweet me @sarajanemercer using #AskSJM, or leave me a message on Facebook. Then stay tuned in the coming months to see if I answer your question!

 

 

Merry’s Hemp Truffles

At the beginning of the summer we added another new member to our family, Hermione’s nanny/best friend/partner in crime, Merry. I cannot express enough how lucky we are to have her in our lives. Not only does she adore my baby girl, shower her with love and affection, read to her, play with her, and cuddle her but she is also a very talented vegan chef! This summer while the little nugget was sleeping we would have tons of conversations about food and health. I always found myself anxious to try what she was making herself for dinner!

One afternoon I saw Merry snacking on these delicious Hemp Truffles and asked if she would share the recipe on my blog. They are the perfect sweet bite, incredibly easy to make and loaded with energizing fuel. As a runner, Merry’s inspiration for this snack came from a desire to fuel her training:

I came up with the recipe because first and foremost, I am always trying to come up with yummy raw snacks.  I also wanted it to be perfect because of training for running longer races. As my runs get longer and longer, I wanted to be able to tote along one or two of these to keep my energy up after 10 miles! I love dates as a source of carbs and potassium for those longer training runs.  The types of snacks they sell for long distance runners are crap, so I wanted my own nutrient-dense,  easy-to-eat energy bite while on the run (literally.) :) Sometimes you just need that little boost to avoid hitting the wall.

Merry’s Energy Balls

  • 3/4 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup dried mulberries
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Add everything into the blender/food processor except for the hemp seeds
  2. Pulse or blend on low until ingredients are well mixed.  It should be sticky enough to form into bite sized balls.
  3. Form tablespoon size balls and roll in hemp seeds.  Makes approximately one dozen.
In The Spotlight- Juice Lane

I can’t believe Labor Day is only a week away. This summer has completely flown by! Doug and I have had the most special few months in the Hamptons with our baby girl. Every day has been an adventure as we get to know her better and better. The tiny infant we moved out here with at the end of June has morphed into a full-fledged chubby baby who laughs, smiles and has quite the personality! As we were on a walk the other day I noted to Doug that these past two months are probably be the most time we would ever spend together as a family. Yes, once his incredibly generous paternity leaves ends we will still see each other every morning and night but we will likely never again have two straight months of family time. So, as our extended family summer vacation draws to a close we are doing our best to savor every minute with lots of walks, beach time, farm trips, and baby snuggles.

One of our favorite discoveries this summer has been Juice Lane. As bonafied green juice fanatics Doug and I are always eager to try a new juice spot. Juice Lane in Wainscott makes incredible pressed juices that we have enjoyed almost every day this summer. As regulars we have gotten to know the owners, twin brothers Ian and Justin a bit- such nice guys! They were nice enough to answer a few interview questions for me all about their juice!

Sadly, as of Labor Day Juice Lane will be closed for the season but I have my fingers seriously crossed they will be back next summer!

Tell me a little about how Juice Lane came to be. Why pressed juice?

My brother and I used to live in Los Angeles and we wanted to open up a juice bar the in Brentwood but I ended up moving to London and by the time we were both back in LA, Pressed Juicery had opened. We have both been avid juicers for many years and were excited to bring the benefits of organic, cold pressed juice to the Hamptons.

What led you to open your first location in the Hamptons?

We have been coming to the Hamptons since we were 3 years old. Our grandparents discovered Sag Harbor over 40 years ago so we would always spend our summers and holidays at their home. The light bulb went off when we kept coming out each summer and were not able to access our favorite healthy juices in a high quality and consistent way so we decided to launch it ourselves. We wanted to launch a high-end consumer brand and what better place to launch it than the Hamptons?!

How do you come up with the delicious blends for each juice?

We were like little scientists for months trying to come up with the correct balance of ratios and formulations- we tried our best to make our green juices drinkable. We believe we have great palettes for juice and that our product is the cleanest on the market so you can taste the difference.

What makes your juice different from others available?

We partnered with our acupuncturist and holistic practitioner in Los Angeles, Dr Michelle Kung, so w based our juice formulations on eastern medicine – this definitely sets us apart from others. Along with the fact that we do not use fillers, water, agave, and sea salt as a preservatives – just pure juice!

Do you have a favorite juice? Mine is the Farms 1 (yum)!

Justin’s favorite drink is called Circulation, it consists of apple, lemon, and ginger. I really like the zing of the ginger and it is a powerful super food antioxidant that combats inflammation, aids digestion, and improves both blood circulation (hence the name) and liver function.
Ian’s favorite drink is Skin Glow. I finally found a way to enjoy an all greens drink without feeling like a glutton for punishment. I enjoy knowing that my body is getting an overwhelming supply of vital nutrients to reduce inflammation and help alkalize the body. The addition of apple makes it a little sweeter and the cilantro acts as a detoxifier.

Juice Lane also carries a well curated variety of healthy snacks and treats. How do you choose what non-juice items you will stock?

Everything we sell in the store are products that we love and have been using or eating for a while.

Do you have plans to open other Juice Lane locations in the future?

Yes, we definitely plan on opening up other Juice Lane locations in the Fall. We are currently assessing our options so stayed tuned! To join our mailing list please send us your email to news@juicelane.com

Besides Juice Lane what are your five other healthy Hamptons must visit spots?

  1. Flywheel
  2. The beach to run and get grounded
  3. SLT
  4. Yoga Shanti and Kama Deva
  5. Provisions for their healthy and delicious food
Tomato, Watermelon, Basil Bites

It’s August which means tomatoes! I wait most of the year to eat local tomatoes in their peak. You really have not eaten a tomato until you have had one straight from a Long Island farm in August. Yum! I plan on spending the rest of this month eating as many tomatoes in as many different ways as I can.

A few weeks ago Doug and I hosted some friends for casual Saturday night cocktails. I love hosting gatherings but have to admit it has become a lot more difficult to pull off since Hermione. I no longer have hours to spend in the kitchen preparing hors d’oeuvres for my guests. Instead I have to make simple things that can be prepped ahead of time and pulled out of the fridge when our guests arrive.

These tomato, watermelon and basil bites are the perfect combination of summer flavors. Paired with a chilled glass of rose they are my new summer party go to!

Tomato, Watermelon, Basil Bites

  • 1/4 of a watermelon cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (grape, pear or baby heirloom tomatoes will also work)
  • 1 bunch basil
  1. Spear one watermelon cube on a toothpick followed by a rolled basil leaf and a tomato
  2. Devour!
Grilled Romaine with Spicy Avocado Dressing

With a very small person in the house who needs most of my attention, dinners have been fairly simple affairs the past few months. By the time Hermione goes to sleep at night the last thing I want to do is start cooking a complicated meal. I am much more interested in quickly ingesting something fresh and healthy so I can get some sleep myself before she wakes up and needs me. Fortunately the Hamptons are overrun with farm stands selling produce so fresh it needs little manipulation from me to turn it into a meal.

I am also lucky that Doug loves grilling (is their a man that doesn’t?) which makes summer dinners even easier! Is there anything better than freshly grilled food eaten outdoors on a summer night? Perhaps if you throw a chilled glass of rose into the mix!

Grilling romaine is a fun way to play around with your salad. I love it paired with the creamy, spicy avocado dressing!

Grilled Romaine with Spicy Avocado Dressing

  • 2 hearts of romaine
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • sea salt
  1. Heat a charcoal grill or grill pan
  2. Using your hand lightly rub the outside of each romaine heart with coconut oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  3. Grill the romaine until lightly brown on all sides
  4. Top with Spicy Avocado Dressing before serving

Spicy Avocado Dressing

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 jalepeno sliced, seeds removed
  •  1 medium avocado
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup water
  •  sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or Vitamix until smooth
  2. Add more water to thin out dressing if necessary
  3. Adjust spiciness to taste

 

My Baby Essentials (so far)

How is it already July? The past ten plus weeks have been a happy blur of feedings, rocking, bouncing, and falling in love with my beautiful baby girl. Our little family is now settled out in East Hampton for the rest of the summer and I am slowly attempting to get back to work. Please forgive me if the posts are a little light for the next few weeks!

At my baby shower  a girlfriend with two children gave me an amazing hamper chock full of her favorite baby essentials. I was both impressed and overwhelmed by this incredibly thoughtful gift. Weeks away from having my own little one I felt as if I knew nothing about baby essentials! My friend promised me that in a few months I would have my own essentials and favorites and she was right! I am now proud to say I have given advice to a few expecting friends on what has made these early weeks with Hermione easier. Here are my baby essentials so far:

Exercise Ball

My exercise ball may just be the best $20 I have EVER spent. When I was hugely pregnant it served as my desk chair. When I was in labor it made my contractions much more bearable. My OB literally sat on it while delivering Hermione. Now that Hermione is here, bouncing on the ball is her most favorite activity in the world. Nothing calms her down, relieves her gas, or put her to sleep like being held and bounced on her ball. For our summer in the Hamptons we bought a second ball and made the mistake of not having it blown up immediately upon arrival. Let’s just say my thighs were quite sore from bouncing sans ball our first day here!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extremely versatile in and out of the kitchen. Hermione has a big jar on her changing table that I use instead of diaper cream. It is super gentle on her sensitive baby skin, and is anti-fungal. So far we have had zero diaper rashes! I also give her a coconut oil massage every night after her bath. It relaxes her and makes her smell even more delicious than usual!

TANE Organics Onesies 

For simple, soft, organic baby wear nothing beats TANE. Their clothes are incredibly adorable! For the first month of her life Hermione basically lived in their onesies. I think little, new babies look best in white so white onesies were her uniform those first few weeks when she was spending most of her time at home. While I now get her dressed in an outfit for the day you can still always find her in a TANE onesie when we are just hanging around the house or at bedtime!

Aden + Anais Serenity Star Clock

Newborns love white noise. Loud white noise. The uterus is a very noisy place to grow up so it makes sense that white noise comforts and calms tiny babies. At first I thought a stuffed sheep that gently made ocean noises would lull my baby to sleep. No such luck. Hermione sleeps best with blaring, surround sound white noise. We put a standard issue (like you find outside a shrink’s office) white noise machine under her bassinet and this clock/white noise machine on a nearby shelf. The clock is surprisingly loud- she loves it! It also serves as a night light and shines red or blue if the room is too hot or too cold. Now, whenever we spend a night away from home the clock is one of the first things we pack!

Aden + Anais Swaddles

The womb is a pretty cozy place. After being nice and snuggly for 40 weeks new babies can find physical freedom a little overwhelming. Swaddling a baby tightly helps relax them and minimizes their natural “startle reflex.” Hermione loves her swaddle so much. As soon as I lay her on the blanket she immediately calms down. Aden + Anais swaddles are my favorite to wrap her up in. They come in tons of beautiful prints and the muslin is thin and breathable. Not only are these blankets great for swaddling but they also make a great stroller cover on a sunny day, or nursing cover if she get hungry away from home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hermione Adison Mercer- A Birth Story

Long before I got pregnant I had a vision of my ideal birth. I wanted my birth to be a natural experience free of medication and intervention.  Feeling fully present both physically and mentally for each painful moment was very important to me. I am someone who never even takes an Advil so the thought of an epidural was much more frightening to me than the pain of labor and delivery. As my pregnancy went on I worked closely with my birth coach and OB to realize my dreams of a natural birth experience. I also spent a lot of time working on a detailed birth plan to give out at the hospital so my desires would be known. All the while I struggled to come to terms with the idea that labor and delivery rarely go as planned and that my greatest control would be to let go of control. What I wanted most was to be mentally and emotionally prepared for anything. Easier said than done.

By the end of my 38th week I was done. Although friends and family reassured me I looked great and was “all belly”, I felt like a manatee that had just eaten a basketball. I had lots of swelling in my feet and legs to the point where if I went twenty minutes without having them elevated I could barely walk. I was holding fluid all over, including increased amniotic fluid, which made my belly feel extra large.

On Friday April 26th I took myself for a manicure and pedicure. I was paranoid about going into labor without fresh nails so I had been getting them done quite regularly. I then had my weekly pre-natal massage where I begged Amanda to work on some labor inducing points to see if we could give the little one a gentle eviction notice.

Doug had a “man shower” thrown by his coworkers that night so I spent the evening at home with takeout and bad TV on the couch. At 11:30pm he came home from his shower and we began to get ready to go to bed.

Around 12:30 am I was in my closet getting ready for bed and remember saying to Doug, “oh shit, I peed on myself.” Doug reassured me it was normal to lose some bladder control at the end of pregnancy. After I got into bed there was another trickle, and another. And then a GUSH. I went back into the bathroom and sat on the toilet for a bit. I asked Doug to come in to help me evaluate the situation. After a few minutes it was clear what was going on. I was gushing fluid. I tried to put on a pad and get into bed but quickly soaked through the pad and needed to get up for a new one.

Doug called our doula, Amy and told her my water broke. She urged us to try and get some sleep as my labor could start any minute and we needed rest. I was convinced I would not go into labor anytime soon and began planning what we would do the next morning to speed my labor along.  I kept soaking through pads and was not able to get much rest.

Around 1:30am, just as I was starting to drift off to sleep, my contractions started. I did not want to wake Doug yet so I tried to deal with them on my own. I did laundry. I had soaked my favorite sweatpants and in that moment had a crazy urge to make sure they were clean.

Around 3am Doug woke up to my moaning in the hallway and asked me what was wrong. “It hurts,” I said. “What are you doing?” he said.  “Laundry” I said. I then urged him to go back to bed and get some sleep. We both got back into bed but I was in too much pain to stay there. I wanted to be on the toilet as I was still leaking fluid. The contractions felt like they were in my back and there was no break in between them. They were coming hard, right on top of each other.  I insisted on taking a shower as I felt gross and sweaty. The shower felt great on my lower back, I must have stayed in there for at least thirty minutes.

When I got out of the shower Doug moved me onto the birth ball in the living room.  We worked through my contractions on the ball for awhile and around 5am we called Amy to let her know what was happening.  Doug put her on speakerphone so she could listen to my contractions. Amy coached me over the phone – teaching me to relax into the contractions by dropping my shoulders and jaw and making low moaning noises.

At that point I was so tired I wanted to get back into bed.  While I was in bed Doug started working on my back with massages and hip squeezes, but I was in too much pain to stay in bed. So we went back into the bathroom this time with the birth ball. At this point, Doug says, my contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart and lasting for 1 minute.

Around 7am we called Amy again asking her to come over. She heard my contractions and convinced Doug to run a bath. We got into the bath together but that too did not last long- the hot water made me nauseous. From about 7am to 8:30 my contractions were getting more and more intense. They were now only two and a half minutes apart and lasting over a minute. At some point around then I also lost my mucus plug that Doug describes as looking like a slug or leech on the bathroom floor.

When Amy arrived I was completely naked on the birth ball moaning in pain from the intensity of my contractions.  Amy took over for Doug by coaching and massaging me so he could finish packing for the hospital.

Around 9am Doug started making phone calls. First he called my sister who would then call my mother and father. Then he called his parents asking them to meet us at the hospital (they live around the corner) so they could park our car and take Maddy. After Doug was finished with his calls Amy and I emerged from the bathroom. I had somehow managed to get into a tank top and underwear. Amy was feeling concerned that we had to get out of TriBeCa due to a large street fare which could delay our travels. She could not tell how much time I had left in labor but still thought it best to start heading uptown.

As Doug was walking out the door to get our car I screamed, “I need to push!” Amy pulled Doug aside and quietly said to him, “we might be in more of a rush than I thought”.

Twenty minutes later Doug came back upstairs, he had navigated the street fair traffic and our car was double parked outside. I had managed to finish getting dressed including a big, dark pair of sunglasses that I had decided were necessary.

 

I was so scared of getting into the car. I did not think I could make it down stairs, through the lobby and out and into the car.  It felt like the longest walk ever. Once in the car I was hanging over the back seat with Amy behind me so she could help me with the contractions.  The whole forty-minute ride uptown Amy was telling me “do not push.” I could feel the baby starting to come down and all I wanted to do was push. I had a feeling once we got to the hospital it would not take very long at all.

When we pulled up to the hospital Doug’s father and brother were waiting to take the car from us. When we got to triage I remember them asking me what I was there for, and replying/screaming “I’m having a baby.” After signing a few pieces of paper we were shown to the labor and delivery room.

Once we got into the room it was instantly flooded with staff setting up for my delivery.  They offered me a hospital gown but I quickly told them I had brought my own. I then asked Doug to put my sheets on the bed while Amy helped me to the bathroom to change into my special hot pink delivery gown.

Once I was on the bed a resident came and gave me an internal exam. She told me I was eight centimeters dilated, and everyone in the room was surprised and impressed that I had made it that far before coming to the hospital.  At that point the room began to thin out, and a few minutes later my OB, Dr. Worth arrived.

My doctor checked me and I could tell she was a bit surprised. She said, “I don’t like to use the term fully dilated but I will say there is no cervix there and I can see the baby’s head. So, I am going to change into my scrubs because this baby is going to be born.”

I remember needing to push so badly that I told her, “if you don’t have time to put your scrubs on I am happy to replace your pants.” She reminded me the scrubs we for my baby’s safety, not her outfit’s.

When she returned she asked if we had brought oil for perineal massage as she did not have time to get her bottle. Doug handed her our bottle and we got started.

The pushing was hard. Very hard.  Amy and Dr. Worth taught me how and where to push as well as how to relax my legs.  As I was pushing Dr. Worth had me change positions quite a few times. I pushed on my back, on my side, and squatting over the back of the bed. She also had me push in between contractions to help bring the baby lower and lower. As I was pushing Dr. Worth would reach inside me and feel the baby, which was incredibly painful.  In between pushes Doug gave me sips of coconut water while Amy wiped my face with a wet paper towel. Everyone in the room did an amazing job of encouraging and coaching me shouting, “come on Sara! So close! I can see her head!” At one point Dr. Worth had to turn the baby manually as she was coming out a tiny bit “sunny side up.” Once she was turned properly it did not take much longer to get her head out. When her head was finally out Dr. Worth told me to stop pushing, look at Doug and do the birthday candle breathing again so she could move the baby’s shoulders out slowly. After her shoulders the rest of her slipped out quickly and was followed by a huge release of blood and fluid. Immediately I had an enormous sense of relief and I told the room, “I haven’t felt this good in months!”

They tossed the baby onto my chest and her eyes met mine immediately. I looked down at her and said, “Hi.” It was a surreal and emotional moment to finally meet the person who I had been sharing a body with for the past 38 weeks.

While Doug and Hermione were both crying. I was simply stunned and overwhelmed with love and admiration for my beautiful baby girl.

In the weeks since when people have asked me about my birth experience I have simply answered, “It was awesome. The most challenging and painful experience of my life, but…” then I look in my daughter’s eyes… “awesome!”

And Then There Were Three

I am overjoyed and thrilled to introduce Hermione Adison Mercer born Saturday April 27th at 1:41 pm.

Doug and I are over the moon in love with our perfect little girl. I cannot wait to share the story of her birth with you!

xx SJM

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I am notorious for my packing anxiety. I like to pack for trips well ahead of time so that I can edit, re-pack and re-pack again. For our wedding I started packing almost a month beforehand to make sure I did not forget anything! With my penchant for planning ahead it should be no surprise that my bag(s) for the hospital have been packed for weeks. It’s so much harder to pack for one of the biggest trips of your life when you have no idea when you will be leaving on it!

There are many check lists floating around the internet of what to pack for the hospital. Some of these lists were very helpful to me, while others seemed way outdated. Who needs a calling card when everyone has cell phones??? After many attempts, below are the items I decided I just had to have when we welcome baby girl into the world! There are a few un-pictured items such as the car seat and my birth ball that are already waiting for us in the car. Like I said, I like to plan ahead!

Delivery Gown

No way am I going to put on a standard issue hospital gown to bring my daughter into the world. Luckily, thanks to this hot pink number from Pretty Pushers I don’t have to. This disposable delivery gown is super soft and has openings in all the right places for exams and monitors, and even an epidural ( if I end up needing one).

Birth Plan

Although my doctor, doula and Doug all have copies of our birth plan, I tucked an extra one in my bag just in case. I fully realize that my hopes and dreams for my birth may have to go out the window, but it is still comforting to have a “wish list” in writing.

Sheets, Pillows, Blanket

In order to personalize my birth experience even more I am bringing my own sheets, pillows and blankets with me. I have two sets of brightly printed sheets (one for labor and delivery, one for the overnight stay) packed, some nice firm pillows, and a blanket as hospitals are notoriously chilly and their blankets thin and scratchy. I opted for printed sheets so they would not get confused with the hospital’s own.

Lotions and Potions for Labor

I have no idea what I am going to find helpful and comfortable while laboring so I packed a variety of calming, comforting items:

  1. Lip balm for chapped, dry lips.
  2. Hair ties to keep sweaty hair out of my face.
  3. Auth Method Smudging Spray to make the hospital room smell more like home.
  4. CV Skinlabs Rescue and Relief Spray for my sensitive, dry skin.
  5. Earth Baby Angel Mama Stretch Oil for perineal massages to help avoid tearing.
  6. Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence to keep my face hydrated and happy.

Footwear

I have been told that women tend to get cold feet ( literally) during birth, so I packed a comfy pair of slippers to walk around in. I also threw in a pair of flip flops just in case the opposite is true for me!

Recovery Clothes

I have  a variety  of attire options for my overnight stay in the hospital. From loose sweats, to nursing tanks, to night gowns I think I have my bases covered!

Toiletries

After giving birth I am sure nothing will feel better than washing my face and hopefully ( depending on how the birth went) my hair and body. My toiletry kit is packed with all of my favorites from CV SkinlabsNine Naturals, Kahina, Acure, and Soapwalla!

Essentials For Baby Girl

Doug and I are very excited to use Honest Company products on our little girl. Their diapers are adorable and as earth friendly and clean as you can get. Same goes for their wipes, baby shampoo and lotion. I packed a small supply of their products to bring to the hospital so we can get her started using them right away and avoid her coming into contact with any less than ideal, standard issue hospital products.

Not pictured is the outfit she will be coming home from the hospital in, she asked me very nicely to keep it a surprise until she arrives!