4 April 2011

Baby Essentials: Daniela from Baby's Got Style

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Part 4 of my Baby Essentials series comes to you from someone who really knows about everything in the kids marketplace - Daniela from super-stylish online childrens boutique Baby's Got Style. These are Daniela's favourite items for a newborn...

Li'l Fraser Wrap
Wrap: For swaddling, Li’l Fraser Collection (above left). For general purposes (putting over the pram, lightly wrapping etc) I love the muslins from Pure Baby - 100% certified organic cotton (above right).

Oeuf Rocker
Rocker: We were given a Fisher-Price rocker when my first was born- it’s not the best looking thing (sorry lovely person who gave it to us!) but I don’t think it really matters what you get as long as you do have one as I have always found a rocker/bouncer/swing to be ESSENTIAL. It’s no Oeuf Baby Lounger (pictured above) but it works :)

Skip Hop Pronto Changer
Change mat: Skip Hop Pronto! changing station is just too easy. Yes it’s not cheap but you will seriously get every bit of use out of that spend!

Alimrose Owl mobile
Mobile: Alimrose does some sweet ones like this owl for boys or fairy for girls. I like them because they’re sweet but not so stimulating that they would delay sleep- always my fear with some of those bright, musical mobiles! haha

Dwell Studio Bedding
Cot bedding: I have a Stokke Sleepi which is lovely but it limits what bedding I can use which is a bit frustrating. So I have to use Stokke sheets for the oval shape, but I love Dwell Studio for the look!

IKEA Lattsam Bath

Bath: For number one I bought one of those fancy Fisher-Price Aquarium baths with the sling style holder as I was nervous about bathing her. It was a bit silly and rarely got used. I wish I had kept it simple and just bought an Ikea Lattsam baby bath to be honest! For number 2 we used one of those toweling sort of stands you place in the regular bath so I could bathe both kids together.

Aveeno Baby Products
Bath Products: My eldest had eczema as a bub so we always kept her bath pretty simple- just water and a little sorbolene. I like the Aveeno range for the kids now.

Baby carrying slings
Baby Carrier: I have a flotilla of options and loved them all- Minimonkey for that newborn sling style. Then Baby Bjorn with the mesh back support for when baby was a bit older. Then when baby number two came I discovered the ERGObaby baby carrier which I rave about to anyone who will listen. You should probably just buy the ERGObaby with the newborn liner to be honest…

Stokke Sleepi cot

Cot: As mentioned above the Stokke Sleepi got my tick of approval for number 1 and number 2 is benefiting from that emotional decision to spend over $1000 on a cot. I think once you get to number 2 all purchases are much more practical based rather than emotive. At the time it seemed like the most important thing in the world to buy that cot but I can now see that a Mothercare basic wooden cot or the like would have been just as good. There’s also a lot more stylish, affordable options available now I would say than when I purchased our cot over 3 years ago.

Maclaren Quest strollerPram: Again- so many terrific options now. We ended up (as everyone tends to) buying a Maclaren Quest stroller at 6 months which probably has gotten the most use (over my huge walking pram with detachable carry cot etc etc). I kind of wish I had just bought the top of the line Maclaren (say the Vogue) which has layback capabilities in the first place. Again - now I am in the midst of motherhood and just want everything simple and practical I can look back at some of those pregnancy decisions and think hmm…was that the smartest choice? And the Maclaren is stylish as well so I think it’s a great option.

Nappy Bag: I never did the nappy bag thing - I never found one I loved and couldn’t really justify spending $500 for a decent leather one. My own handbag + the Skip Hop Pronto! changing station always worked well for me. I think also if you bottle feed it probably is essential but just for a couple of nappies and wipes I didn’t think it was so important.

Thank you so much Daniela for your (very chic) recommendations. Head over to baby's got style for more style-conscious goodies for littlies.


  1. I was given the Skip Hop changemat after having my second and it is FANTASTIC! I so wish I'd had it first time around, so much easier than lugging a big bag around.

    I would also add the Love Me Baby swaddle which I have also discovered with my second. It had been a godsend. With help from that my little guy was sleeping 7pm-7am by 6 weeks. It is an essential in my book!

  2. Loving this series as I have a little bubba on the way as well and trying to sift my way through the what's-actually-useful and what's-just-the-latest-thing-to-have... Please keep going with the series!

  3. I have been a fan of the l'il Fraser Collection for a while, they are so soft and wash well. Love to buy them as presents. Rowan has one in every colour


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