My first Baby and Sunshine box of 2021

My first Baby and Sunshine box of 2021

I discovered Baby and Sunshine a few months ago in August 2020 and ever since I have been a big fan. Not only because all of their items are made out of extremely high-quality but I also really like their subscription box concept that makes you stick to your budget. When going to big corporate stores because I need something for the baby or myself, I tend to go overboard as I see so many things that individually seem low-priced but that add up to hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately, those stores usually do not even carry good quality items but mostly the typical made-in-China, plastic, polyester, or other low-quality materials that are detrimental to the environment. With Baby and Sunshine, you get a lot of bang for your buck as all the items are made out of fine materials. Even their biggest box is less than $130 and includes a lot of items that you would not normally get at a store. In addition to that, they are a small mom and pop business that is committed to supporting other mom-owned small businesses. Baby and Sunshine has several collaborations with such business so you will receive a lot of hand-made items and other goodies from these merchants in your boxes. I have written about some of their partners in previous articles and today I will introduce you to one of their newest additions, Baby Bear Naturals.

Check on my first box of 2021 in this video:

Cosmetic products from Baby Bear Naturals

What a better way to start the New Year 2021 than with a new box from Baby and Sunshine! When you place your order, you can either tell them what items you are specifically looking for or tell them to surprise you. I always pick the “Surprise Me” option and it never disappoints. I was more than excited to receive some cosmetic items from their new partner Baby Bear Naturals in my new box. All of their products are safe, toxin and chemical-free, and organic items keeping in mind that your baby has sensitive skin and deserves the best. Additionally, these are all hand-made items! It is the company’s mission to select the best ingredients that are safe and gentle for your baby. Each product is formulated to have the maximum benefits to you and your family. Here are the items I got

  1. Baby Butter – Natural Baby Body Butter

This 100% natural baby lotion ensures that your baby’s skin stays soft, smooth, and moisturized. Babies have thinner skin than adults so choosing products with high-quality ingredients is very important. Since the lotion is natural, it is not like your typical store-bought lotion and will leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated. The ingredients include organic shea butter organic coconut oil, and more.

2. Blemish Bomb

This is a product for Mama Bear to help eliminate acne, blemishes, or dark spots in a natural way. I love that the company has so many items as I am a big fan of organic products and a true believer in how crucial self-care is for Moms.

3. Itch Relief

I am so thankful for these items! We have so many mosquitos in Miami and they seem to love my son and me. We get bitten a lot and develop painful bumps. However, I try to avoid using any chemical sprays. The other day we went to a Zoo Night Light Event and sure enough, my son and I left with several bug bites. I used the product on it and can in all honesty attest that the itching was gone within seconds. It also has a very pleasant smell.

4. Natural Mint Lip Balm

This chapstick is moisturizing, healing, and petroleum free. It is made out of organic beeswax but free of extra fillers and chemicals.

You should definitely take a look at their amazing products under babybearnaturalsco.com. They even include products for Dads such as Beard Oil, as well as scented candles, and even organic dishwasher soap.

More cute clothes for my son

I also received some more soft clothes for my son. I got custom-made baby blue Baby and Sunshine two-piece pajamas (see picture) that says Cutie Pie. Then I got a cute outfit with black pants and a camouflage hoodie. Talking about camo, fun fact: one of the owners of Baby and Sunshine is a veteran and so are some of the other merchants they work with. Hence, by purchasing from Baby and Sunshine you are supporting a veteran-owned business. I also received another outfit with camo pants and a grey sweatshirt that says “I’m always getting picked up by Ladies.” (see picture) My husband saw this outfit on Baby and Sunshine’s Instagram page and commented on how much he loves it. This goes to show that they really listen and care about their customers. Furthermore, I received a beautiful cashmere cardigan sweater for my son. Contrary to common belief, it does actually get chilly in Miami for a few days out of the year and we are currently in that period when the weather drops every so often. Each time that happens, we Miamians get excited to take out our winter clothes. I am surely excited to put his new soft cashmere sweater on my son next time there is a cold wave.

I am so thankful to be starting this new year with these beautiful items from Baby and Sunshine. Since it is hard to describe what a different feel and quality their items have compared to regular store-bought products, I wish every I wish everyone would try out Baby and Sunshine for themselves to see what I am talking about. Everyone around me who has seen my son’s clothes, sleepsack, towels is always amazed at how soft and fine they are. Now more than ever, it is so important to support small businesses over big corporations. In return, you will also notice how different Baby and Sunshine treats you. The boxes you will receive are not just some generic boxes but some boxes customized to your own needs. They actually listen to what the customers need and are willing to accommodate requests. Now is the time to make some positive changes in your life. Check out their products under this link.

5 Things you need to know about having your first baby

5 Things you need to know about having your first baby

My pregnancy with my first child was a time overfilled with joy but also with uncertainty. We were so excited to be expanding our family but at the same time, we were clueless about what to expect. I used to think of parents as people who have some naturally born expertise in having children but I realized quickly that no one has a clue what they are doing when having the first baby. But that is ok since parents usually end up figuring everything out. My husband and I would spend so many days (and nights) researching the best baby gear, going to different childbirth preparedness classes, and I read several books on pregnancy and having children. However, we all know that theory and practice do not always match. While being pregnant, I would envision some peaceful scenario of me snuggling peacefully with my little sunshine, exclusively breastfeeding him, all while simultaneously getting back in shape in a heartbeat. But reality turned out to be quite different. A lot of things ended up not being as easy or natural as I thought I would. Here is a list of challenges you might come across and solutions to these challenges.

  1. Life in yoga pants

Before I had a child, I vouched that I would still want to look great as a mom. I saw a ton of pictures of bloggers and influencers looking absolutely stunning when taking their newborn home from the hospital and in the weeks after. Subsequently, I was planning on doing the same. However, it is easier said than done. In the first couple of weeks of having your first baby, you won’t have a lot of time to do anything for yourself. This applies to eating, showering, and even going to the bathroom. Needless to say, you won’t feel like putting on make-up or dressing up. As a matter of fact, as a new mom, you will find yourself wearing the most comfortable clothes sometimes for days at a time because you will mainly be spending time at home taking care of your little one. I was basically living in yoga pants for the first weeks after having my baby boy. Baby and Sunshine offers extremely comfortable yoga pants in all different colors as part of their subscription box. They are very high quality and also make a great shape. I also get a lot of compliments when I wear mine.

Yoga Pants

2. Breastfeeding may not come as natural as you thought it would

Exclusively breastfeeding was another expectation of mine that was crushed by reality. I thought it would come naturally and would be a piece of cake to breastfeed my child. However, I struggled with it a lot. A lot of factors came together that made it impossible for me to solely feed my child through this method. My baby didn’t latch correctly which I later found out was due to a lip-tie. Also, he had had high bilirubin levels which made me decide to supplement with formula. However, the supplementing lowered my milk supply. While this journey was disheartening, I still tried to breastfeed as much as I could for the first six months. What helped me a lot with the right feeding technique was the right nursing pillow and nursing bra. Baby and Sunshine offers awesome nursing pillows with baby head support and bras to make your nursing journey a lot more comfy. I also relied heavily on pumping since I already started working a month after giving birth. Having a pumping bra was such a lifesaver and timesaver at the same time. You get to multi-task and take care of things while the pump does its job. Baby and Sunshine has all sorts of nursing bras even a model where you can pump on one side while feeding your baby on the other side which helps tremendously in increasing your milk supply.

3. The mommy tummy

Like mentioned above, I looked at too many pics of public figures that looked quite amazing after giving birth that I had the unrealistic expectation that I would bounce back immediately after having my first baby. To my surprise, I still looked pregnant for the first couple of weeks after giving birth. As a matter of fact, it will actually take a while for the uterus and hence the belly to shrink back. Sometimes, it won’t shrink back at all and women keep having a visible lower belly pouch often referred to as the “mommy tummy.” One way to prevent this is to use a post-partum girdle. Baby and Sunshine has an awesome 3-piece belly binder for postpartum recovery that can help you prevent getting that mommy pouch and help shrink your uterus back. Once you are a few weeks postpartum, you can use their high-waist body shaper which will further help in shrinking your tummy. My son is two and still wear mine every day since it helps with a flatter stomach.

4. Buy useful things

I remember when I was pregnant, my husband and I would go to Target to buy a few things for the baby but almost 400 dollars later, we came home with a ton of fancy baby outfits. We just had to buy every single baby tuxedo and tiny businessman outfit we could get our hands on. And we committed an even bigger mistake: we bought all of these in newborn size. Obviously, we did not even take him out anywhere until he had his 8-week doctor appointment. All we really needed where comfortable baby clothes that can be changed easily due to spit-ups and diaper blow-outs. Needless to say, we only used the fancy outfits for pictures and he never wore some of them. Baby and Sunshine will make sure to send you not only useful clothing items for your baby but also very high-quality ones. You will find a lot of soft pajamas, onesies, and bodysuits made out of premium quality materials that are gentle to your baby’s skin.

Soft Baby and Sunshine PJ’s

5. Making baby feel comfortable and adjust to the “outside life”

There is a reason people call the first couple of months of a newborn baby the fourth trimester. At times, the transition from inside the womb to the outside world can be a bit rough on the little ones. That is why it is important to keep them extremely comfortable to adjust to their new environment. Swaddles are a great way to achieve this goal. They are meant to keep them snuggled, tight, and warm like they were inside mommy’s belly. Baby and Sunshine has some wonderful, soft swaddles for babies made out of premium materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, and wool. This will help your little one sleep better which of course, leads to mommy getting more sleep as well – and you will need all the sleep you can get during the newborn phase. Once they have outgrown their swaddles or they constantly try to break out of it, you can transition them to Baby and Sunshine’s comfy sleep sack. It keeps your little one extra warm and it is so ultra-soft that it makes them feel like they are sleeping on a cloud.

Mamas, if you are taking away only one thing from this article is to please choose comfort over looks during your challenging postpartum life. If I could do it all over again, I would worry less about how I look like after giving birth and cute outfits for the baby and more about being comfortable and bonding with the baby. Thankfully, Baby and Sunshine is here to support you in getting exactly what you and your little one need after childbirth. If you want more information on how they can help you with your hospital, please read this article. Other than that, please check out their website and have them worry about what you need. You stay healthy, mama, and enjoy your new bundle of joy!