When we caught up with Jordana Brewster, fresh on the heels of filming season three of Dallas and getting ready to shoot The Fast & The Furious 7, she was as grounded as we’d heard (no makeup! in public!). Not that she doesn’t work for it, “I’m very passionate about constantly working on myself, whether it be through therapy, meditation or self help books.” The mother of eight-month-old Julian – who grew up in Panama City, Brazil and NYC and now lives in Santa Monica – has an adorable practice with her two best friends: “We email each other a gratitude list at the end of the day. Every day. Shifting your perspective is so important!”

Toys Schmoys

Take things you already have around the house — a rock, pine cone, paper towel tube — and put them in a bowl or basket for your baby to play with. They love the different textures and once they tire of one, they move on to the next. You don’t even need traditional toys. Next up is edible paint, but he’s not old enough yet. I love The Imagination Tree website for this kind of thing!

Clothes Make The Baby

I’m obsessed with Petit Bateau and Nununu baby clothes, especially Nununu’s pants. Some days Julian’s style is very hipster/skater, and others I dress him like Prince George: a little gentleman.

Be Present

There’s no such thing as multitasking as a mom – if you’re answering emails, you aren’t giving the baby the attention he needs. I’m trying to be more mindful and setting aside time to devote myself to work so I can give him my full attention when I am with him. It’s a work in progress. I meditate twice a day to resist the urge!

Lifesaving Baby Products

For the first 6 months, the Nuna Leaf saved me. I loved that it’s not motorized, Julian found it so soothing and I had my hands free for a short while. Now he wants to be held at all times, but it was great while it lasted. Also the Baby Shusher is a genius invention. At first it felt really lazy, but all that shushing is exhausting! There’s also an app, which I used after I dropped and broke the actual shusher. Oh, and buy the NoseFrida. It’s so convenient and surprisingly addictive.

Skip It

Diaper bags are overrated. I just throw a Bambo diaper, Naty wipes, one toy and a sippy cup in my purse.

Insider Tricks

Find a pediatrician that answers emails or texts. It gives me so much peace of mind to be able to get timely answers without having to take the baby to the doctor. Also, I constantly start email chains with my mom friends about any question I have and they always ease my worries and have good advice.

Truth

I thought I would be this zen earth mama, but I am more paranoid about things than I used to be. People say that once you become a mom you’ll know exactly what to do, but that isn’t necessarily true. I find myself more anxious than before.

A Bag of Tricks

I was shooting Dallas in Texas and traveled back and forth 10 times with Julian. The trick is to give a bottle on the way up and down and to have a bag of tricks. You’re basically an entertainer for the whole plane ride, so pull one toy out at a time and let him play with it until he gets bored. You have to switch up what’s in the bag every trip too.

Hey, Jules

My husband and I had differing opinions on names but out of the blue one day, he said I love the name Jules. And I loved it too. And there we had it.

#Momfail

One day, Julian ate a leaf and then puked it up shortly thereafter. That’s when I realized I have to have my eyes on him at all times.

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On Our Radar: July 24, 2014

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WHO: Baby Lit’s new board books let you introduce the classics before she can even talk.
WHAT: Jane Austen and Shakespeare for the baby-set.
WHEN: Nothing says bedtime like Goodnight, Mr. Darcy.
WHERE: babylit.com

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WHO: HoneyBee Child SwingEase turns a regular old swing into a baby / toddler swing.
WHAT: The smart design also folds up so you can stash away in the diaper bag.
WHEN: 6-36 months, under 40 pounds.
WHERE: honeybeechild.com

WHO: Life In Play’s Organizer turns any handbag into a diaper bag.
WHAT: Thanks to Kickstarter, the days of having to buy a less-than-stylish diaper bag are numbered.
WHEN: Pre-order now, receive it in October.
WHERE: lifeinplaycompany.com

WHO: Polagram app allows you to order prints of photos/Instas, and they arrive super fast via the post office, so you can enjoy IRL.
WHAT: That’s. So. Meta.
WHEN: Past, present, and future become one.
WHERE: apple.com

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Step-By-Step Transition To A Big-Kid Bed

Everyone knows the cardinal rule of infant slumber – never (ever) wake a sleeping baby.

We’d like to propose an amendment: never (ever) rush the transition of that sleeping baby from their happy crib to a big-kid bed. One cannot overstate the value of a child who sleeps unstirred through the night.

How do you know when it’s time to say “buh-bye” to the crib?

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You need the crib for #2


Leave yourself plenty of time to make the transition before your new arrival makes an appearance. Too much change all at once (new sibling, new bed, new room) is never easy – no matter your age.


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Jailbreak!


If Junior is climbing his way out every night – it’s not safe to keep him behind bars any longer.

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More space, please.


While we’ve known littles who have slept in their crib until age 4, we also know not-so-littles who needed more room to spread out. You know your kid’s limbs best – trust your instincts.


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So, you’ve decided it’s time to transition. Now what?

If you purchased a convertible crib, you’re in luck. Simply convert to a toddler bed. Toddler beds use the same mattress and sheets as your crib. Most come with attachments that serve as a bed rail. All you need to add is a pillow.

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Toddler Pillows


Don’t go for extra fluffy – the smaller the better. Remember they’ve been resting their head flat on the mattress happily for quite some time.
See our picks >


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Toddler Bed Sheet Sets


Pre-packaged sets come with fitted and top sheets. Our recommendation: hold off on the top sheet until he’s got the sleeping in one place thing down. We spent the first few weeks detangling our sleeper from the unnecessary layer of fabric. See our picks >


If the crib doesn’t convert, how do you choose what’s next: a toddler bed or a twin/double?

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If space is an issue


consider a toddler bed. They’re close to the ground (in case of falls) and the abbreviated height makes purposeful departures
(i.e. midnight potty breaks) easier to accomplish. They also use the same size mattress as a crib, so there’s no need to add that to the tab. See our picks >


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However, if you have the space


to go big – do it. This will be your kiddo’s bed for the foreseeable future. For a regular bed (twin or double), you need a bed rail. Try and position the bed with one side against a wall – this will minimize sides your sleeper can slip off of. If the bed doesn’t work against a wall, you will need two rails. See our pick >


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we opted to not use rails


and lined the ground beside our kiddo’s twin bed with bean bags that we repurposed in the playroom after falling out of bed was no longer an issue.
And, of course you’ll need new sheets. Let your little help you pick the designs to get them excited about the change. Some of our favorites: Little Auggie, Mia & Finn, Dwell Studio, Unison Home, Biscuit Home.


- The Extras -

1. If you have stairs and haven’t gated them yet, now is the time. Munchkin, KidCo and Summer Infant are all reliable brands whose sites walk you through finding the right solution for your space.

2. Add a nightlight in the hallway and the bathroom, so independent littles can make their way to the bathroom in the dark. We’re drawn to these kitschy versions of a gummy bear or kitty cat. Or you could go all out (it doubles as a piece of art!) with Mr. Maria’s giant bunny.

3. Teach them when to stay in bed and when to rise with a nifty nightlight clock. It’s About Time, Nuk, KID’Sleep, Onaroo, and GoodNite Lite are all good options.

4. Don’t make any changes to their bedtime routine. Keep nightlight, sound machines, woobies, and rules consistent.

And hope for the best.

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Homepolish Nursery

We loved the concept of Homepolish as soon as we heard about it: bringing the bespoke experience of working with an interior designer down to earth by charging a reasonable hourly rate vs. a project rate plus commissions, markups, and whoknowswhat else like the traditional model entails. We weren’t the only ones who thought it sounded like a great option – W Magazine digital director Christina Caldwell partnered with Homepolish designer Morgan Colletta for her new three-bedroom apartment in New York’s West Village. Here’s a peek at the nursery and toddler’s room!

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1. Crib, Oeuf 2. Chevron Rug, Land of Nod, 3. Rocking Chair, RH Baby & Child 4. Mobile, Moulin Roty 5. Wall Decals, Jesabi 6. Stuffed Animals, Jellycat

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1. Bookcase, Oeuf 2. Framed Animal Photos, Sharon Montrose 3. Stuffed Animals, Jellycat

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1. Play Table, RH Baby & Child 2. Play Chairs, Land of Nod 3. ABC Play Mat, Giggle 4. Play Tent, House Inhabit 5. Numbers Storage Bins, Land of Nod 6. Stacking Storage Bins, RH Baby & Child

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1. Big Lego Storage Bins, Giggle 2. ABC Play Mat, Giggle

To see the whole apartment, head over to homepolish.com.

Photos Courtesy of Homepolish

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