October 17, 2014 Sarah Sunshine’s favorite baby products! I am so excited to welcome my precious son, Solemon Sky into this world… …Born on his father’s birthday, July 9th, in beautiful Mt. Shasta City, California! I have wanted to have a baby for as long as I can remember, so this is TRULY the greatest gift and blessing I could ever imagine. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my favorite baby products and mothering suggestions with you! I am grateful to live in a time and place when an incredible variety of organic and natural products are available, so that I can raise my child in the healthiest way possible. And of course, it is quite the bonus to have a natural bedding company so that I can make the best custom bedding for him to sleep with! It seems that a lot of the bedding, mattresses and clothing available for babies are made of synthetic, chemically treated materials that are terrible for their health and for the planet. Luckily I am aware of this and have the ability to go all natural for my baby. So far, my baby sleeps with us in our King size wool bed which is working out great! He sleeps like a king and I love having him with me. For when the time comes, we have his room set up with his crib, comprised of a Shepherd’s Dream wool Crib Mattress, a Wool Mattress Protector, a Wool Filled Crib Comforter with an Organic Cotton Cover and Coyuchi Organic cotton fitted crib sheets, all inside of a Pacific Rim, pure maple bed frame…ooh la la! I wish I could fit in there;) We have several other little sleep areas throughout the house that I have customized with wool including a Moses basket with several layers of wool felt cut to fit, a bassinet cradle with a custom made wool filled pad inside and a Mamaroo with a layer of felt to make it more breathable. And the most amazing wool creation of all, is a hand felted dolphin cocoon that our dear Logan, made for my little Sol. It’s all wool, it’s all cozy and he loves it! We are happy to offer all of these products at Shepherd’s Dream, including custom bassinet and cradle cushions. There are some other baby products I am very happy with as well. For his car seat, we went with the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant car seat and then his Oma (my mother, Eliana) customized it by adding wool felt to make his riding experience extra comfy. He sleeps great in his car seat and smiles a lot in the car! We like to keep him on us as much as possible, so we have enjoyed using the Ergo, the Moby and the Maya wraps. He usually takes at least one of his naps while walking him in a carrier. He seems to like the Ergo the best, but they are all good wraps for different ages and times. In an attempt to be as environmentally conscious as possible, we have decided to go primarily with G Diapers with the reusable cotton inserts. Not only are they less wasteful, but they are styling too:) Most all of our clothes have been hand me downs, but the organics that we have found and liked the most would be Under the Nile and Organic Natural Charm. We also love the swaddles, towels and changing table covers by Aden + Aneis. In an effort to keep my breastfeeding going healthy and strong and to give papa and grandma’s and opportunity to feed him too, I am using the Purely Yours breast pump by Ameda which is easy to use and effective. Last, but definitely not least, we don’t know what we would do without our yoga balls, including our yoga ball chair by Isokinetics to calm Sol when he’s feeling uncomfortable. Of course, the list goes on and on, but these are some of the most essential items we have found so far. In addition, I would recommend the following books to all new mothers and parents: The baby book by, The womanly art of breastfeeding, the Vital Touch & The Kind Mama. So far, I am amazed by how in love I am with this special little human who we created! It has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life so far. I look forward to this incredible journey of motherhood and will joyfully share my experiences with you in coming Shepherd’s Dream blogs and newsletters.