Thursday, 25 April 2013

My Baby Shower and Baby Registry

My baby shower took place 2 years later to the day of my Bridal shower at the same exact place in my home town NY. I was joined by almost all of my closet friends and family to celebrate this special time in my life.
Dress from - it came with a light blue sash (you can choose your own color) and then I bought the additional bling one and layered it on top. My bracelet is from 24" clip in extensions by Leyla Milani of
I am selling this dress and the 2 belts that come with it. Its a UK size 6/8- if interested please leave a comment below.

My mom, dad and brother <3

The God Parents of Niko, my BF Blair and brother Steve

One of Niko's many Aunties- my BF Lilly Ghalichi aka Peanut juju

My Grandma <3

The girls made me a "maternity bra" out of all the ribbons from my gifts!

Wifey and God mother Blair

Kristy from my fav hair salon in Westchester- Plush Salons and Plush Blow

The best gift wrapping in the house by Liz on the left, and me with Linz on the right <3

My mom and I made our own diaper cakes to be center pieces on the tables <3

 I designed my invitation myself was was in love with them. All of the details about them are listed below.

LOL I know Buy Buy Baby is spelt wrong on the invite.. Oops

My approval invite minus Niko's name on the crown
Custom Invitations by Odette Martinez at

The "theme" of my baby shower was baby blue and white... "Prince Niko".  A crown was on my cake, my invitation and one of our diaper cakes. I couldn't find any real themes that I wanted for the shower so I just chose the colors of his nursery.
Cookies made by Sweet Lisa's in Greenwich CT

Cupcakes made by Sweet Lisa's in Greenwich CT

I designed the cake myself. Also made by Sweet Lisa's in Greenwich CT

Baby Shower Cake for Niko

My good friend Marianna Hewitt couldnt make my shower but she sent beautiful flowers for me.
Love you mar <3

We gave candles as our party favors fro our guests. My aunt wrapped them and got all of the cute supplies from Michaels Craft Store.

Baby Shower Party Favors

The girls had these "Wish Cards" made up for Niko with his name at the top. Each guest filled one out with wishes for him. Then they gave me a scrap book to put them all in so he  can read them when he's older. Such a great idea!

I registered at Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us and Target. The only thing I had bought myself for Niko was clothes, so there was a lot that I still needed. It was a little difficult to register for things because Im living in London until Christmas and the plugs and voltage are different here so any electronic items I receive I needed to make sure I have a proper convertor plug or ship it to California for when we arrive back home in Jan 2014. I couldn't register for any swings or large items in NY because it would cost a fortune to ship yet everything I know and love it a US brand. Believe it or not, not ever brand in the US is over here in the UK so it got a little frustrating when I couldn't find what I was looking for here in the UK, but we figured it out. It turns out that its actually cheaper to jam pack a suitcase and pay extra at the airport to travel with additional bags that your allowed amount than it is to ship things. So I arrived home in NY with 3 LARGE suitcases, 2 of which were empty and filled them up and flew home. I had to buy 1 additional suitcase which only cost me $60 to check at the airport... SCORE!!! And for my larger items that I ended up ordering myself since I couldn't find them here in the UK- my mom will keep them in the boxes and check them as one of her luggage items on the plane when she comes to London after the baby is born.

Some of my favorite go to stores in London for Baby stuff is:

- Mamas and Papas- they price match and we bought out Stokke Xplory stroller from them. They have everything from A-Z
- Huggles- the only place that carried the Ubbi diaper pale I searched high and low for here in London, as well as some great organic products
-Harrods- My mom bought me all of Niko's nursery furniture from here by Boori- Royale Collection. The prices were great. We also bought his Silver Cross Balmoral Pram from there which was a gift to me from my husband, his changing pad by Bambizi and the Cocoonababy. They also have amazing clothing brands... Obsessed!
-John Lewis- they have really cute and great priced clothing for babies. We also got our Maxi Cosi Pebble car seat from there. I also buy all of my yarn for crocheting from there.
-Next- they have the cutest clothing at AMAZING prices!
-Alex and Alexa- Great for designer clothing because they always have amazing sales on their items.
-Kiddicare - great prices

Listed below are screen shots of things that I registered for. I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews. Of course not everyone is going to like an item or agree on what the "best" product is but based on what people wrote and how many reviews were written on multiple sites I was able to make the best choices for When the baby comes and Im using the items, things may change, but for now these were my favs.

Cocoonababy Nest by Red Castle- I found this at Harrods and fell in love. It has all kinds of benefits and Niko will be sleeping in this in his crib for a while. You can also put it in between your pillows in your won bed and know the baby is safe. It prevents flat head syndrome as well as other things. Click the link below to read about it.
Its very hard to find in the USA- almost impossible. I bought one for a friend of ours and had to ship from the UK. If you have luck finding it please let me know.

Fisher Price Jumperoo- Rainforest. Looks to have amazing reviews and super cute for a baby boy

This one looked to be the best to me. I wanted something organic but couldnt find this in the UK and didnt end up getting it on my registry. I found another organic company here int he UK and went with that but for my CA nursery I will be using this mattress cover.

This looks to be a good product bc you can take it off and attach it anywhere. Tiny Love Sunny Stroll Arch

Tommee Tippee has great products. What i like most about them is that they are BPA free and up to date with their products. I registered for a variety of pacifiers so I can see which ones he likes best, but there were definitely at the top of my list. I also recieved a who starter kit of Tommee Tippee bottles, electric sterilizer and so on all BPA free!
I bought this Belly Casting Kit at John Lewis but they have them at most baby stores. I did mine myself- yes- its messy. And I will probably end up painting it, glazing ti and hanging it on his wall. 

I chose 2 different diaper bags- This Prada black diaper bag from and the Louis Vuitton Never Full.

Fisher- Price Bouncer- My Little Snug a Bunny- this had great reviews along with the MY little Lamb which I got as his swing. 

Fisher Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym- Loved the colors and all the activities for them to do

Original Slumber Bear - I believe this plays the actual sound that the baby hears in the womb and runs on batteries so you can take it with you. Prince Lionheart makes great products

Aden + Anais - are said to be the best organic muslims baby clothes. They make tons of products like bed sheets, swaddle blankets, wash clothes, burp pads.. Id get the whole range!

Primo- Euro Bath- I searched high and low for the BEST tub for this baby. At first I wanted to go with the clean water system by 4 moms but I didnt like that for the entire bath you had to run actual water into the reserve. I think a lot of the features are cool- but watsing water wasnt so cool. SO then I found out about Euro Bath- watched youtube videos and read reviews and I liked this the best. I didnt choose one of those baths that came with a fabric sling because i think thats more work to keep clean and sanitize and the fabric can get moldy = no good. So Euro Bath it is for me. 

Fisher Price- My Little Lamb Cradle n swing- I read amazing reviews on this and it has to be the cutest swing for baby boys and girls! They didnt have ti anywhere in the UK so this is one of those items my mom is bringing for me LOL sorry ma

Ubbi Diaper pale - This is one of those items you have to really do your research. With so many diaper pales that look the same you have to wonder so which is the best and why. What i liked about Ubbi was that it's made out of metal vs. plastic and that you can use regular garbage bags with it- not a special brand made just for that specific diaper pale- that can get really costly. Ialso loved that it comes in super cute colors. The only down side is that it does not have a step petal to open the lid. In my mind thats ok- but hopefully it wont become too much of a hassle.

Monte Design Grano Glider- I couldn't find an small nursery chairs that were wooden and old school looking. The London nursery isnt HUGE like California so I had to think about space. I was told to get a reclining nursing chair and it makes perfect sense, why wouldn't you want to recline and relax with your baby when up at all hours of the night feeding him/her. Or even to take a little nap in the nursery with them. The reviews on this glider were great- the quality looks amazing- its modern ( not quite my style but it works for London ) and you can choose from many different colors. What I also love about this product is that when you don't need it in the nursery anymore- you can move it to your sitting room since it doesn't look like an actual nursing chair. SCORE!
Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with 3.5" LCD screen- I chose to go with this camera system because I wanted to be able to add more cameras to the system so I could place them all over the house instead of just one at his bed. With this system you can add and view up to 3 additional cameras making that a total of 4. I also bought the Motorola Blink baby camera so my family and friends can tune in from their iPads or iphones and watch, or so my husband can monitor while he's at his office.

Angelcare 3 in 1 baby monitor- I bought this so the baby nurse can keep this monitor with her. She only needs a small one because if the abby isnt in his crib she will be with him. You can never be too careful :)

Razberry Silicone teether BPA free - these looked interesting and looked cool for when he starts to teeth.

Bebe Au Lait Nursing cover. What I liked about this was that it had a strap that easily went around your neck so you dont have to worry about being in public and the blanket falling down.

Boppy Miracle Middle Pillow- for nursing I hear this is your best friend. and I love all the different covers you can put on it

Lawn Countertop drying rack- this looked really modern and cool. Our house here in London and switzerland are very modern and clean so I bought 2. You can buy little flowers and trees to stick in there and hang the teets on :)

PUJ Flyte Mini Tub- Puj always has great reviews and I liked this because ti will fit in a sink and it folds up and you can take it anywhere. Good item to have

Munchkin White HOt Safety Duck Tub- this just looked like so much fun for him when he can sit up by himself. Mini pool for outside or bath !

Aquatopia easy kneeler - this is genius so you dont hurt your knees. Its very thick foam- I already tried it out LOL and it stick to the side of your tub with suctions so it doesnt move.

Cloud B Tranquil Turtle - I got this and the larger green turtle which doesnt play music- one for London and one for our home in Greece. I think I like this one better than the star turtle bc this plays music and sounds- although with all of his other stuffed animals that play music im sure the other one is just as good.

Stokke Winter Kit in white for my stroller for when we go to switzerland. I also bought him the sheep skin liner that goes inside the seat area. Stokke has amazing products

Stokke Xplory Stroller_ I receievd the set which came with the bassinet below. Its a great stroller and I liked this way better than the bugaboo because of the height that the seat can go to. Youre eye level with your baby with the stokke stroller 

My stroller- Stokke Xplory

I bought 2 sets of the mommy hooks to hook my bags to my strollers.

Vulli Sophie Giraffe- EVERYONE has this thing and swears by it for their babies!!!

Fisher Price Ocean wonders Seahorse- I found this little guy in a youtube video review and fell in Love. It comes in Pink as well.

I bought this for when we are in Greece so he can play in the yard but not get too much sun or bugs on him :) It folds up really small and fits in a suitcase

Also bought this for Greece- a tiny pool to fill with fresh water for him

I also foudn this in a youtube video reviews and thought it sounded cool for in between washes. Mustela is a great company too

Cloub B sleep sheep

My Dream Pram by Silver Cross - teh classic Balmoral Traditional Pram. This thing is a beast and does not fold- i literally got delivered just like this. BUT in London we live across from a HUGE beautiful park that we can walk to so its perfect for us. They do make one that comes apart and fold called the Kensington which I may buy for when we are back home in California. This is a pram used JUST for walks- not in stores or shopping and something you keep in the family and pass on for generations.
In Harrods with the pram- only mine is Navy top and White bottom like in the picture above.

Obsessed with his changing pad and cover by Bambizi. Bought mine at Harrods. It comes with a tiny pillow- so cute and amazing quality 

Maxi Cosi Pebble Car seat in Divine Denim. I thought this was so cute for a boy- or any mommy that doesnt LOVE pink.
It has great reviews and its one of the lightest on the market. My stroller has a maxi cosi adaptor so you can click it into the stokke stroller as well !

Nuby electric beast pump_ I bought 2 of these so I could attach it to one of those nursing bras and have both sides pumping at once. I dont know how this works yet but the reviews looked great. I chose this over the popular Medela because the Nuby is a closed system- which means its inside parts do not come in contact with any liquid or breast milk what so ever so it prevents mold and other bacteria from forming that you cant see. The starter kit comes with everything you need. Nuby makes great products.

Prince lionheart wipe warmer POP in Grey- I origionaly received the Ultimate wipe warm by Prince lionheart but bc of the US plug Im sending that to my CA home. So I tried to find the same thing here in London and did on however when it arived it was their newer version the POP.. I dont know how it works and theres no many reviews on this particular model- but Ill give ti a try and let you know. Prince lionheart is a great company so it should be good. I also bought the caddy stand to elevate the wipe warmer giving more room on the changing table.

Tommee Tippe- the complete starter kit. Definitely worth having one of these

Sage Spoonfuls- I received this as a gift and IM so excited to make my own abby food when its time. This is said to be one of the best! search youtube to watch the videos on it :)

The Itz Been pocket nanny- this is a great little device that keeps track of how long its has been since you last did- changing, feeding, sleep or awake, other misc medicine! Google it to read more about it. I bought mine off of amazon
Another great item for when you deliver is the BFFLBag . I call it teh Best Friend For Labor bag LOL- it has everything and then some that you would need or want to go to the hospital with. and At $120.00 it takes so much stress away.
The only things I am adding to this bag is a Delivery gown, a Nursing gown for after the baby comes that I can have visitors with and look decent, a pillow and matching pillow case, a robe with matching slippers and cameras chargers and so on.
Check out this bag online at

All of his Big plush stuffed animals I bought off of Restoration Hardware including the cute lamb chair and rocker. The large size is HUGE- so cute to decorate and fill in shelves. I was really happy with their quality

As for diapers and products, my friend Jill who was 2 months ahead of me in pregnancy told me about Jessica Alba's company called The Honest Company. As you know once I found out I was pregnant I stopped using all of my usual products, I didn't dye my hair, I didn't do my nails, I went completely natural- the best that I could. SO of course I want to use natural chemical free products on my baby. Theres so many chemicals in things you wouldn't have any idea about unless you were told. Things like BPA, PVC, chlorine, phenoxyethanol and so many other chemicals are things I learned about once pregnant and have tried my entire pregnancy to avoid the best that I could. With that said, this is why I chose to use the Honest Company for most of my baby products, cleaning products, wipes and diapers.

The HOnest Company diapers have so many cute designs for both boys and girls!

 The down side to the Honest Company is that they do not ship worldwide so I literally had to ship everything to my moms in NY and then repack everything in ziplock bags and take with me in my suitcase back to the UK. BUT, that just goes to show you how much I love this company! When I do a blog post on his nursery Ill take pictures and post his changing table!

I think for now Ive covered all the bases. Ive been working on this blog for 2 days now and my mind is drifting. If I missed anything that you would like to know about please comment below. ALSO, please share with me your experiences and favorite products. I have 8 weeks to go (tops) till this baby is here- and we are SOOOOO excited <3

Jennifer Stano and Alki David
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