As a new mom still in the thick of newborn-ness, Jaime has strong opinions about what really works. Just so happens, most of them are also Cricket’s picks. Here she reveals her favorites from pregnancy through the first seven months:
I wish there had been a site like Cricket’s Circle when I was pregnant! I’m a minimalist, we don’t like to have a lot of stuff or junk or waste. Doesn’t matter what it costs, but does it work for you, your life and your child. I went through so many things out there and this is what I realize really works.
The best stroller hands-down is the Orbit G3. I learned from Jessica [Alba] how to swivel the base to the side so you can put all your bags in there – it’s a luggage rack! The City Mini GT for hikes because it’s super-light.
There’s so many fancy brands out there but Fisher Price is the best. It’s affordable, available everywhere, well-made, tried and true.
Someone gave me a fancy bathtub and it was supposed to tell the temperature and everything, but I love the Fisher Price one for the hammock because he’s immersed, but fully supported.
The Jumparoo is both stimulating and educational.
Sapling Child from Australia. I’m so obsessed, it’s really beautiful, organic, and uses nontoxic dyes. They all have a beautiful message that’s a great reminder for you and your baby. (Editor’s Note: we have a feeling something fun is in the works.)
A sterling silver rattle from Ten Over Six stays cool, my baby loves the sound, it’s soothing when teething and he’s obsessed with the way it feels. And My Very Own Namebook is a personalized book – each letter of your child’s name has a story. I actually cried when I read it!
The Nuna. I love that it grows with the baby, from a high chair to a regular chair to a seat. I can’t stand waste!
BabyBjorn babysitter, we take it everywhere. He can sit up and hang out. I like to give him a bottle in it. A splurge is the Momaroo; it’s amazing. Of all the fancy products, it’s so worth it. It can rock newborns to sleep.
I have the star pattern Aden + Anais organic sheets, but I’m into the plain, white or purple/grey too. Something that I learned from my nanny: put 2 sheets on, so you can peel off the top one in the middle of the night if he pees through the diaper or the sleep sack and you’re not stripping the whole crib.
I lived in leggings. I didn’t wear a lot of jeans, but J brand are the most comfortable, amazing maternity jeans. Isabella Oliver Maternity is awesome for cute T-shirts and striped tanks. I didn’t want to look like one of those girls wearing oversized dresses, scarves and big hats. For once, it doesn’t matter how big your belly is! Wear everything tight and stretchy. You’re honoring the beautiful look of being pregnant. I miss my pregnancy body, it was so great!
I had a horrible time sleeping while pregnant. The Bumpnest body pillow helped immensely, plus it’s so soft and beautiful. I got one for my trailer and one for home. I lived on that thing. Dr. Hauschka’s products were a must, especially the rose facial moisturizer. When I was pregnant, I loved the smell of Alba Botanica’s Midnight Tuberose shower gel.