Wellness

mother holding her baby

The Things That Help New Parents
and Babies Get By

In partnership with our friends at BABYBJÖRN

Three of our lovely new moms share the items that are making their lives easier and their babies happier: multilingual music books, an ergonomically designed bouncer, reusable food pouches, the Rolls-Royce of strollers, chic baby clothes, and more.

Megan O’Neill

Megan O’Neill

SENIOR BEAUTY EDITOR

“I thought you could just put a baby down and he’d contentedly chill, cooing and babbling, in the spot where you placed him. But no. These babies demand to be held. If mine isn’t in my arms, then he’s thrashing his little fists and wailing bloody murder to be carried. This BABYBJÖRN bouncer is the solution. It approximates the snug, cozy feeling of being held and soothes newborns to two-year-olds with the softest-ever rocking. There’s no battery or inconvenient cord to plug in; the gentle bouncing keeps going with the baby’s movements or with taps of your hand or foot, which frees your hands to pound out an email, chop something for dinner, text a friend, or read a few pages of something riveting. The ergonomic design beautifully supports your baby’s back, head, and neck, and the whole contraption is sleek and lightweight, so it doesn’t add to the issue of having unsightly looking baby items strewn about your home. The fabric seat is easy to remove and machine-washable, and I highly recommend the leopard print.”

  1. BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss
    BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Bliss BABYBJÖRN, $250
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“We charge through snow and sleet. Up precarious slopes in Prospect Park. Along gravelly trails upstate when we do a fall Woodstock weekend. And even past Misty—the jowly pit bull that lives a few houses down, who could end someone if she decided to pounce. Sometimes I look down at my sleeping baby—cozily tucked into his stroller, with his little head slumped and his pouty lips moving as if he’s conversing in his baby dreams—and I’m almost jealous. How luxurious it would feel to float around Brooklyn in a ride like this—on the playground, Silver Cross is called the Rolls-Royce of strollers—reclined, cozy, and removed from danger and weird odors emanating from the subway platform. The wheels are huge and unwavering, like a monster truck’s. The bamboo-liner-covered seat is as comfy as it gets; the stroller comes with a bassinet for newborns and a seat unit for children up to fifty-five pounds. And the storage beneath the seat is roomy enough to hold my dry cleaning, copious amounts of baby supplies to last the day, and a serious bounty from the farmers’ market. My days of hauling provisions home by hand and straining my back are no more! We can gallivant endlessly—until we run out of diapers, that is.”

  1. Silver Cross Wave 2021 Stroller
    Silver Cross Wave 2021 Stroller Silver Cross, $1,400
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“‘Wait, where’d you get that realllllly soft shirt for Lagos?’ Or ‘Wish they made your baby’s outfit in my size.’ These are the kind of text messages I get when I bring Lagos to a friend-hang dressed in anything from Fairwell. Truthfully, he rarely wears anything but the LA-based brand’s velvety pullovers, slouchy raglans, skater tees, plush racer pants, and ruffled sweatshirts. Every single piece is so buttery-soft that anything else you dress your kid in feels like sandpaper by comparison. The designs are casual and cool and for all genders, and the patterns and colors—persimmon, a burnt orangey red, might be my favorite—are gorgeous and varied, ranging from staid earth tones to vibrant swirls. I don’t love dressing my baby in too-cutesy baby apparel, and Fairwell is the perfect understated vibe, hence multiple friends wanting the collection in adult sizes. The founder is a chic, civil-rights-minded mom of two who created her company with the goal of outfitting her girls in the most skin-coddling fabrics on earth—I love supporting women doing great things. And I love that everything is made in LA, and each piece is individually hand-dyed and hand-knit from fibers like bamboo, cotton, and beach-tree-pulp-derived modal—the softest.”

  1. Fairwell Mellow Raglan in Persimmon
    Fairwell Mellow Raglan in Persimmon Fairwell, $57
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  2. Fairwell Farewell Town Trouser in Acorn
    Fairwell Town Trouser in Acorn Fairwell, $57
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Lauren Wulkan

Lauren Wulkan

Senior Counsel

“Our most-used baby item is probably this gorgeous Little Unicorn Outdoor Blanket, generously gifted to us by a former goop staffer mama. It’s waterproof, easy to fold, and comes with its own carrying strap. It’s perfect for the beach, picnics in the park, or even just a little extra padding around the house on our hardwood floors. It’s much more cushy than other blankets I’ve tried, and it’s held up well to lots of washes post smoothie-on-the-go spills.”

  1. Little Unicorn
                5 x 5 Outdoor Blanket
    Little Unicorn 5 x 5 Outdoor Blanket Amazon, $45
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“We’re obsessed with Ditty Bird interactive musical and sound books. Each page has a hidden button that plays music or sounds to match the lyrics or images on the page. I love combining music with reading and teaching Asher to flip the pages and find the musical button. Since we’re raising him bilingual, we especially appreciate that there are options in several languages. I also like that the songs feature singers with different accents as well as a range of voices and singers of different ages. Asher’s favorite is Canciones de Animales, which has fun animal-themed children’s songs in Spanish. We’ve averted many a tearful meltdown by playing ‘La Vaca Lola’ on repeat. It never fails to make him smile.”

  1. Ditty Bird
                CANCIONES DE ANIMALES EN ESPAÑOL
    Ditty Bird CANCIONES DE ANIMALES EN ESPAÑOL Amazon, $17
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“Every day after work, my son Asher, our pup Milo, and I go for an adventure walk around our neighborhood. Asher starts kicking his legs and babbling excitedly as soon as he sees me pull out the BABYBJÖRN carrier—a stark contrast to the instant shrieks when I put him in his stroller! The carrier is lightweight, comfortable, and gentle on my body, and—huge plus—I’m not constantly untangling Milo’s leash from stroller wheels. Asher loves to suck on slash drool all over the top of the carrier, so we use the teething bib for easy washing.”

  1. BabyBjörn BABY CARRIER ONE AIR
    BABYBJÖRN BABY CARRIER ONE AIR BABYBJÖRN, $220
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“When I have time, I really enjoy making avocado-based smoothies with a rolling roster of mix-ins—everything from ripe berries and probiotic-rich yogurt to savory cucumbers, bell peppers, and fresh herbs. For meals on the go, I love these WeeSprout reusable food pouches. They’re more environmentally friendly than the single-use pouches. And I don’t have to worry about the quality of the ingredients as I would with the shelf-stable options.”

  1. WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouches
    WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable
    Food Pouches
    Amazon, $17
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Jacqueline Weitzen

Jacqueline Weitzen

SENIOR DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

“I grew up in Southern California, and I didn’t wear enough sunscreen as a kid—now I see the effects on my skin. It makes me extra careful with my son’s baby-soft skin, and this sunscreen is our go-to every day. So many sunscreens are made with potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients, but All Good’s is clean and safe.”

  1. ALL GOOD Kid's Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
    All Good Kid’s Sunscreen Lotion
    SPF 30
    goop, $16
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“My son is still sleeping in a sleep sack—because otherwise, he would climb out of his crib! Kyte’s sleep bags are made with 97 percent bamboo rayon—it’s breathable and buttery-soft. He loves snuggling with it in his crib and dragging it around the house with his dragon lovey.”

  1. Kyte Baby SLEEP BAG IN STORM 1.0
    Kyte Baby SLEEP BAG Amazon, $55
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“When my son was an infant, I was investing in any toy that would keep him occupied for a few minutes while I made dinner, cleaned the house, or tried to squeeze in a shower. After much trial and error and a pile of misfit toys, something about the Oli & Carol kale teether kept his attention. We lost it a few times and have gone through several replacements.”

  1. Oli & Carol
                KENDALL THE KALE
    Oli & Carol KENDALL THE KALE Oli & Carol, $19
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