Work

Eileen's Edit: New Mom Essentials

Photo courtesy of Babaà Knitwear

EILEEN’S EDIT

New-Mama Essentials

Eileen's Edit: New-Mom Essentials

Eileen is goop’s fashion and market editor, which means she’s really good at discovering amazing new designers and finding pieces that will become treasured classics, and everyone at goop HQ wants to raid her (itsy-bitsy) closet. Plus, she surfs on the weekends.

My son, Jack, is now seven months old. Maternity leave was spent focusing fully on him—I was essentially living in a baby bubble. During the fourth trimester, it took me a while to notice that my recovery was slower than I had anticipated. I didn’t mentally or physically “bounce back” like I expected to. But I’m working on it! At my own pace, giving myself plenty of slack and self-care.

When it came to navigating reentry into the workforce, I found so much support and practical, truly helpful tips from friends, colleagues, family, even strangers pushing strollers on the street (I love having this newfound tribe of fellow mothers). These are the things I’ve picked up along the way that make this new way of life as a mama more manageable.

Go-To Baby Brands

  1. Baeo Baby Bare Suds Baeo Baby Bare Suds
    Baeo Baby
    Bare Suds
    goop, $22 SHOP NOW

    100 percent clean products for babe that I sometimes use myself.

  2. Baeo Baby Bare Face Baeo Baby Bare Face
    Baeo Baby
    Bare Face
    goop, $13 SHOP NOW
  3. Baeo Baby Bare Booty Baeo Baby Bare Booty
    Baeo Baby
    Bare Booty
    goop, $20 SHOP NOW

    100 percent clean products for babe that I sometimes use myself.

  4. Bon Point Gray Blue Set Bon Point Gray Blue Set
    Bonpoint
    Set
    Bonpoint, from $389 SHOP NOW

    I realize that there will come a time that he won’t let me dress him, but until then, I will indulge in Bonpoint sets. The French really know baby clothes.

  5. Babaà Knitwear Babaà Knitwear
    Babaà
    Knitwear
    Babaà, price varies SHOP NOW

    These beautiful mommy-and-me knits are made in Spain; the slouchy cardigans can serve as super chic nursing cover-ups.

  6. Mori Multipacks Mori Multipacks
    Mori
    Multipacks
    Mini Mori, $69 SHOP NOW

    Really sweet printed onesies and sleepsuits (organic and sustainable, which is great) that you can buy in bulk packs.

Tools of the Trade

  1. Lalo The Chair Lalo The Chair
    Lalo
    The Chair
    Lalo, $195 SHOP NOW

    This high chair is beautifully designed, it’s super easy to clean, and it’s comfortable for both the little guy sitting in it and the adult trying to sneak some sweet potatoes in his mouth. It also shrinks down to a play chair as the baby grows. And who doesn’t love a twofer?

  2. Babybjorn Baby Dinner Set Babybjorn Baby Dinner Set
    BabyBjörn
    Baby Dinner Set
    BabyBjörn, $50 SHOP NOW

    BPA-free, and the catchable bib is a game changer: It’s the perfect little foodie kit.

  3. Artipoppe Baby Carrier Artipoppe Baby Carrier
    Artipoppe
    Baby Carrier
    Artipoppe, $728 SHOP NOW

    Particularly in the leopard print, this carrier looks more fashion accessory than baby bear. The softness and comfort for both baby and whoever is doing the carrying, however, are very much on par with the super tricked-out carriers out there.

  4. LouLou Baker Book LouLou Baker Book
    LouLou Baker
    Book
    LouLou Baker, $125 SHOP NOW

    Beautiful watercolor illustrations and thoughtful prompts for recording first memories and photographs.

  5. DockATot Cabana Kit DockATot Cabana Kit
    DockATot
    Cabana Kit
    DockATot, $75 SHOP NOW

    Our DockATot goes anywhere Jack
    goes—airplane, beach (check out the cabana kit!), couch. He loves the huglike sensation, and I love that it’s a safe place for him to hang out.

  6. SNOO Smart Sleeper SNOO Smart Sleeper
    SNOO
    Smart Sleeper – Rental
    Happiest Baby, $112 a month SHOP NOW

    So many goop moms swear by Snoo, and now that it offers monthly rentals, even more families can give Dr. Karp’s magical bassinet a try.

  7. STORQ Kit Bag STORQ Kit Bag
    STORQ
    Kit Bag
    STORQ, $48 SHOP NOW

    A changing kit to keep diaper changes tidy and organized wherever you are. Especially helpful if you’re like me and opt out of using a traditional diaper bag.

  8. UPPAbaby Stroller UPPAbaby Stroller
    UPPAbaby
    Stroller
    UPPAbaby, $430 SHOP NOW

    When it comes to motherhood, the schlep is real. This stroller is lightweight and easily collapsible and zips through the grocery store like a tiny go-kart.

Resources

  1. The New York Times Parenting The New York Times Parenting
    The New York Times
    Parenting
    The New York Times SHOP NOW

    The new parenting site from The New York Times addresses all sorts of parenting questions in a way that’s approachable, well researched, and kind of hilarious, too.

  2. Janet Lansbury unruffled Janet Lansbury unruffled
    Janet Lansbury
    unruffled
    The Washington Post SHOP NOW

    Janet Lansbury’s approach to parenting and discipline is rooted in respect, meaning that both the child and caregiver deserve it. Each podcast episode addresses real listener questions, which are always relatable.

  3. What No One Tells You by Alexandra Sacks & Catherine Birndorf, MD's What No One Tells You by Alexandra Sacks & Catherine Birndorf, MD's
    Alexandra Sacks, MD &
    Catherine Birndorf, MD
    What No One Tells You
    Amazon, $11 SHOP NOW
  4. Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, MD Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, MD
    Harvey Karp, MD
    Happiest Baby
    on the Block

    Happiest Baby, $9 SHOP NOW

    Required reading.

  5. What to Expect the First Year By Heidi Murkoff What to Expect the First Year By Heidi Murkoff
    Heidi Murkoff
    What to Expect
    the First Year

    Amazon, $10 SHOP NOW
  6. Dr. Oscar Serrallach The Postnatal Depletion Cure Dr. Oscar Serrallach The Postnatal Depletion Cure
    Dr. Oscar Serrallach
    The Postnatal
    Depletion Cure

    goop, $27 SHOP NOW

    Required reading.

  7. Loom Loom

    Photo courtesy of Julia Chesky

    Loom
    Classes
    Loom, price varies SHOP NOW

    From pregnancy to parenting, Loom has schooled both me and my baby daddy. The supportive classes and seminars—everything from lactation to birth to mommy-and-me classes—are designed with new and expecting parents in mind.

  8. Hatch Collection Events Hatch Collection Events
    Hatch Collection
    Events
    Hatch Collection SHOP NOW

    Yes, the maternity clothes are great, but so is the in-store programming in the NYC and LA locations. There are jam sessions for mama and baby, lactation Q&As, even piercing parties.

  9. Erika Bloom Pilates Erika Bloom Pilates
    Erika Bloom Pilates
    Pilates Studio
    Erika Bloom Pilates, price varies SHOP NOW

    For me, a Pilates practice had a tremendous effect on healing my body and strengthening my pelvic floor. Thanks to the work I’ve done with Erika and the lovely teachers at her LA studio, I’ve reconnected to my body though bodywork and breath. Tip: Take morning classes to implement the teachings through the day.

Subscriptions

  1. Lovevery The Play Kits Lovevery The Play Kits
    Lovevery
    The Play Kits
    Lovevery, subscriptions from $36 a month SHOP NOW

    At first glance, these just look like aesthetically pleasing baby toys. What they actually are: science-backed, sustainably made play kits designed specifically to complement a baby’s brain development. There’s a kit for every stage of development, from baby to toddler, and each one comes with instructions for parents on introducing and incorporating the toys.

  2. Yumi Meal Delivery Yumi Meal Delivery
    Yumi
    Meal Delivery
    Hello Yumi, from $5 a day SHOP NOW

    Organic, creative baby-food blends delivered right to your door. Now that Jack is experimenting with solids, this is a real stress-saver for a busy working mom.

  3. 25/8 Food Delivery Service 25/8 Food Delivery Service
    25/8
    Food Delivery Service
    25/8, price varies SHOP NOW

    I found that staying conscious about what I was eating was actually causing me extra stress, because ultimately, if I’m hungry, I eat what’s in front of me, whether it’s healthy or not. Erica Mock’s weekly food deliveries are organic, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and seasonal. And they’re all made to support women at whatever stage they are in—thinking about conceiving, pregnant, postpartum, or menopausal. Oh, and they’re delicious.

Breastfeeding

  1. Oat Mama Lactation Cookbook Oat Mama Lactation Cookbook
    Oat Mama
    Lactation Cookbook
    Amazon, $23 SHOP NOW

    This is an entire book full of recipes that nourish breastfeeding mamas.

  2. Kala Nursing Bra Kala Nursing Bra
    Kala
    Nursing Bra
    Kala, $85 SHOP NOW

    What’s great about this sustainable intimates line is that it’s meant to serve women from pregnancy on. The nursing bras are soft, allow for easy access, and come in an inclusive range of sizes.

  3. Elvie Pump Elvie Pump
    Elvie
    Pump
    Elvie, $499 SHOP NOW

    This pump is next-level. Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom (just as much work, if not more), there are always things to be done. With no cords and a gentle pump, sometimes I forget this is even on.

  4. Milk Stork Breast Milk Shipping Milk Stork Breast Milk Shipping
    Milk Stork
    Breast Milk Shipping
    Milk Stork, from $79 SHOP NOW

    This brilliant service will safely collect, package, and ship your pumped breastmilk anywhere in the US. So no pumping and dumping and your little one gets to have his milk.

  5. Majka Lactation Bites Majka Lactation Bites
    Majka
    Lactation Bites
    Love Majka, $24 SHOP NOW

    Back to my point about eating what’s in front of me. These little snacks support lactation, yes, but they also taste good and energize.

Back to Work

Let’s just say I’m not jumping back into my high-waisted trousers anytime soon. These days, for work, I gravitate toward looser-cut, cropped jeans; slightly oversize men’s shirting; and, of course, jumpsuits (thank you, G. Label). Plus: a new charm necklace to remind me of Jack.

  1. G. Label Agustina Flight Romper G. Label Agustina Flight Romper
    G. Label
    Agustina Flight Romper
    goop, $525 SHOP NOW
  2. Jennifer Meyer Necklace Jennifer Meyer Necklace
    Jennifer Meyer
    Necklace
    goop, $3,950 SHOP NOW
  3. Bessie Pleat-Collar Button-Down Shirt Bessie Pleat-Collar Button-Down Shirt
    G. Label
    Bessie Pleat-Collar
    Button-Down Shirt

    goop, $375 SHOP NOW
  4. G. Label Murray Parachute Jumpsuit G. Label Murray Parachute Jumpsuit
    G. Label
    Murray Parachute Jumpsuit
    goop, $625 SHOP NOW
  5. Khaite Jeans Khaite Jeans
    Khaite
    Jeans
    goop, $340 SHOP NOW
  6. ATP Atelier Tote ATP Atelier Tote
    ATP Atelier
    Tote
    goop, $850 SHOP NOW
  7. ATP Atelier Sandals ATP Atelier Sandals
    ATP Atelier
    Sandals
    goop, $330 SHOP NOW

Weekends

For days off, I want pieces that I can put on in the morning and don’t have to change out of till bedtime. They have to be comfortable for lounging around at home and look put-together enough for stroller walks and emergency diaper runs. I also finally understand the appeal of Birkenstocks.

  1. G. Sport Lounge Jumpsuit G. Sport Lounge Jumpsuit
    G. Sport
    Lounge Jumpsuit
    goop, $190 SHOP NOW
  2. Natalie Martin Shirt Natalie Martin Shirt
    Natalie Martin
    Shirt
    goop, $173 SHOP NOW
  3. Hunza G Suit Hunza G Suit
    Hunza G
    Suit
    goop, $175 SHOP NOW
  4. Hatch Dress Hatch Dress
    Hatch
    Dress
    Hatch Collection, $268 SHOP NOW
  5. Birkenstock Arizona Birkenstock Birkenstock Arizona Birkenstock
    Birkenstock
    Sandals
    goop, $145 SHOP NOW

At-Home Wellness

Everyone is different, but my skin turned into a desert after I gave birth. These are the products that have helped me moisturize and revive. The rest are not exactly essentials, but they do go a long way in the self-care department.

  1. KORA Organics Facial Sculptor KORA Organics Facial Sculptor
    KORA Organics
    Facial Sculptor
    goop, $58 SHOP NOW
  2. Hatch Belly Oil Hatch Belly Oil
    HATCH
    Belly Oil
    goop, $58 SHOP NOW
  3. Herbivore Botanicals Body Polish Herbivore Botanicals Body Polish
    Herbivore Botanicals
    Body Polish
    goop, $36 SHOP NOW
  4. Dr. Barbara Sturm Serum Dr. Barbara Sturm Serum
    Dr. Barbara Sturm
    Serum
    goop, $300 SHOP NOW
  5. goop Beauty Dry Brush goop Beauty Dry Brush
    goop Beauty
    Dry Brush
    goop, $20 SHOP NOW
  6. Slip Eye Mask Slip Eye Mask
    Slip
    Eye Mask
    goop, $50 SHOP NOW
  7. Juice Beauty Mask Juice Beauty Mask
    Juice Beauty
    Mask
    goop, $10 SHOP NOW
  8. Elvie Trainer Elvie Trainer
    Elvie
    Elvie Trainer
    goop, $199 SHOP NOW
  9. goop Wellness The Mother Load goop Wellness The Mother Load
    goop Wellness
    The Mother Load
    goop, $90/$75 with subscription SHOP NOW
You may also like