Some of my postpartum essentials

Prior to Carlota’s birth I was clueless to anything baby.  The journey starting from pregnancy, to birth, and now caring for her has been such a learning experience.  Thankfully by speaking to friends, searching Instagram and reading blogs I have found some amazing products that have been essential to me & her these past 8 weeks.  I want to share with you what products have been our favorites.

1) Happy Baby Wrap

The wrap is one of the greatest baby inventions EVER!!  I swear by it.  By the first week I was itching to get out of the house and go for walks with the little miss.  I love keeping baby girl close to me and she loves it as well.  She does better on walks when she is in the wrap and close to me hearing my heartbeat, than when she’s in her stroller.  I think it reminds her of her first home in the womb.  When I was pregnant, I would walk and workout so I’m sure she is used to the bouncing.      She is also a monster when it comes to feeding and I swear some days she nurses almost every hour.  With the wrap I’m able to walk and continue with my errands while she eats and sleeps.  What more can a mom ask for.  It’s also a perfect way to get her to sleep….when she’s not nursing she falls fast asleep instantly as soon as I start to move.


Happy Wrap

2) 4 Moms rockaRoo

The rockaRoo has been my saving grace.  As soon as my parents left after the first 2 weeks of baby girls arrival, I depended on the rockaRoo so much.  Having somewhere to place Carlota that keeps her calm and moving while I take a shower, or do some chores has been my life saver.  They come in cool colors and patterns and if you want a version with more movements 4 Moms have the mamaRoo as well.




3) Burp Necessity – Burpshawls

I didn’t fully realize the necessity of the burp shawl until Carlota’s arrival.  Babies have the knack for spitting up whenever you are not ready or wearing your favorite shirt.  The burp shawl covers your back and both shoulders so you’re always prepared.  They are handmade and come in a variety of patterns.  They are a staple in my diaper bag.


Burp Shawl

4) Covered Goods

Carlota was out an about within the first week.  Since I felt like I was in the hospital for days without getting fresh air and sunshine, as soon as I got home I was itching to get out.  With a newborn I was worried and didn’t want her to get sick.  Covered Goods was the perfect solution.  I could walk her and keep her covered and sheltered.   There is also access so you can see your baby as you’re walking.  Many times moms just use a swaddle or blanket to cover the seat.  I tried that and noticed they fall off the car seat when you hit a little wind and don’t allow you to see and check up on your little one.  Covered goods stays in place and with its cool patterns gives a stylish twist to your stroller.  I can’t tell you how many times I would be asked where I got my cover from while walking Carlota.  It can also be used as a nursing cover.

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Covered Goods

5) Body Shapers – Bounce backbelly bandit

Getting back my pre-pregnancy figure has been something I have been concerned about since I first found out I was pregnant.  I tried to keep as fit as I could throughout my pregnancy but with my ravenous appetite I packed on the pounds.  After baby Carlota was born I was ready to get back in shape.  One of the key items for me are post pregnancy body shapers.  They work to compress the stomach, hips and waist which have expanded during pregnancy.  I wore them 24/7 for the first 7 weeks postpartum.  Now that I am past 8 weeks I wear them here and there but not as religiously.  It is most important to wear the first 6-8 weeks as that is when the hormone relaxin is circulating in the body.

Motherhood Maternity not only has maternity wear, but they also have postpartum items as well. From shape forming tank tops, tummy transformer, and denim.  I have used all 3 of these items.  The bounce back denim are one of my favorites.  For those of us that are not able to just “bounce back” into our pre-pregnancy jeans these are that perfect transition.  They are just like maternity jeans with an elastic waist, but that part that normally stretches over your belly is made with elastic to compress and shape your mid-section.

Daily I wear the New mom tummy transformer under my clothing.  It helps tuck it all in by smoothing, supporting and shaping the mid-section.  In the first few weeks postpartum I would wear the Belly Bandit on top of the transformer.  I felt like this gave me that extra tightness and support for my muscles as everything was healing.


Bounce Back Jeans – A pea in the Pod

Bounce back Tummy Transformer

Belly Bandit

I will have a few more blog posts about some new mama essentials coming up mixed in with my fashion posts.  My life currently revolves around baby Charlie so I will be incorporating more of these kind of posts in the mix as well.


4 Moms RockaRoo Giveaway!!!

I can’t believe I’m already 37.5 weeks along with my pregnancy.  This means I have less than 3 weeks until baby girl arrives.  So much to do and so little time.  Not to mention who knows when she will decide to make her debut.  She could decide to come early or stay warm and cozy in her little nest for a few days past her due date.

As much as I’m excited to meet her, I still want her to bake a little longer in my belly.  I still need to get the final touches done with the nursery, make sure to pack that perfect hospital bag and get the house completely organized and clean.  Not to mention I have patients to tend to and get all stable before I’m on maternity leave for 2 months.  Thinking about all of this makes me exhausted.

Thankfully I have all the necessities needed to care for my little angel when she decides to arrive.  One of which is the rockaRoo by 4 moms.  I know the first month after baby girl arrives will be very challenging and exhausting.  I have heard that it is very helpful to have a swing or rocker to help sooth your baby.  The rockaRoo is just that.  It moves with a gliding motion at 5 speeds with 1/3 the size of traditional swings.  Not to mention its super light so you can take it with you wherever you are around the house. Your newborn never has to leave your side.  I know this will be perfect for me when my family and guests leave and I’m home alone with baby girl.


This product had been on my registry from the very beginning and I am so happy to finally have one and to have the opportunity to give one away to one of you as well.

To enter into this giveaway all you need to do is :

1)  Comment below and let me know why you would like to win.

2) For an additional entry you can follow my blog by email or on bloglovin etc..  let me know in your comment that you have done that

3) For a 3rd entry follow me @withloveandrea and @4moms_hq on instagram and follow the instructions posted there.

Your chance to enter starts today March 11th and will close Saturday March 14th at midnight PST.