As I mentioned yesterday, today we’re throwing a virtual baby shower for Bettijo and her new baby BOY! This is a progressive party, so after checking out the adorable “Farm Boy” party decor and seeing what gifts Bettijo has received, be sure to head over to our co-hosts for delicious pies, a fun baby shower craft project and a chance to win a party favor pack that we’ll be mailing to 10 lucky readers!
Bettijo’s husband grew up on a farm in Wyoming and as you might recall Heath and Bettijo have a brood of chickens, so a farm-fresh baby shower seemed like the perfect way to welcome their first boy. I love the tractor toy that Grandma gave to baby.
Could there be a more perfect onesie for this little boy, and checkout those darling bow ties that Bettijo’s cousin made for her (she’s also created Piper’s amazing Lalaloopsy costume)
Baby Gear Essentials from a Mom of Four
Speaking of gifts, I’m betting there are Supermoms out there who would love to know what baby gear this soon-to-be, mom of four is picking out for her baby? So I had Bettijo put together a list of her must-haves for newborns. After several children it becomes very clear which items are essential and which are not — you just look at what is all worn out! I’m super excited that Bettijo’s favorite baby gear companies agreed to send her all these items for the new baby.
1. Swing. A swing can be a mom’s best friend, but you need a good one. Bettijo and I both loved our Nature Papasan Swings made by Fisher-Price. Although that model has been discontinued, this My Little Snugabunny Cradle ‘n Swing is the updated version, and we’ve been promised that it is every bit as amazing. We found our babies love the cuddly seat and more reclined position compared to other swings. It’s seriously like having a spare set of arms.
2. Layette. When it comes to newborn clothes we get a bit picky. They are only tiny for so long so we look for brands with good fit and details that make life easier. From left, the Zutano Lime Candy Stripe Receiving Gown and Newborn Hat are perfectly sized for baby, and the bundler gown has the essential fold-over cuffs that protect baby’s face from scratches. While we love bundler gowns since they make frequent and late-night diaper changes easier, you’ll want at least a couple sets of footies that have fold-over cuffs like the Baby Soy Chocolate Soft Footie for when baby needs to go in the car seat. As baby gets a little bigger his wiggly legs will be harder to keep in the bundler gowns and that’s when sleepers with zippers will become the new favorite. We love this Hanna Andersson for Serena + Lily Aqua Stripe Baby Sleeper.
3. Bath Tub. That first bath can be traumatic for both mom and baby. Bettijo and I like to bathe our babies in the sink where it’s easier to keep hold on a slippery little guy, but sinks can be so hard and cold. Enter the Puj Tub, this genius fold-up foam pad helps makes baby feel snuggly and safe so bath time can actually be soothing right from the start.
4. Blankets. Since baby’s arms seem to have a mind of their own, swaddling him up with his arms tucked in securely provides comfort and helps baby sleep. Aden + Anais Classic Muslin Blankets are the very best blankets. They are so soft and breathable plus they’re generously sized to make swaddling a cinch. They come in handy even after the newborn stage as nursing covers and snuggly blankets. In fact, Bettijo’s two-year-old Modette still sleeps with one of her muslin blankets.
5. Travel System. Of course you need a car seat to get baby home from the hospital, and Chicco’s KeyFit infant car seat has one of the best ratings. Bettijo recommends getting the Chicco Cortina SE Travel System so you’ll have the coordinating stroller too. Newborns sleep A LOT, so it’s nice to be able to transfer baby from car to stroller without disturbing his nap.
6. White Diapers. We have both always wanted plain, white diapers to use for newborn pictures. We found them! Check out The Honest Company’s Premium Plant-based Diapers.
7. Lounger. It’s nice to have a safe spot for baby that you can take from room to room. Our favorite bouncy seat is the the Bloom Coco Baby Lounger. It might be a bit of splurge, but the sturdy design makes it heirloom worthy, plus it’s the perfect pretty place to nestle baby for photos or when company comes to call.
8. Bottles. When buying baby bottles it’s important to look for plastic that is BPA-free and phthalate-free; yet heating milk inside any plastic bottle is iffy. Glass bottles might seem totally impractical but the Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottle comes with a protective silicone sleeve that lets you have the best of both worlds.
Farm Boy Baby Shower Decor & Food Ideas
OK! It’s time to take a break from the present-opening and grab something yummy to eat at the delicious farm-fresh pie table! After feasting on the photos below, don’t forget to visit I Heart Naptime where we’re sharing an adorable Baby Shower craft project.
Photography by Erika of Yellow Pear Photography.