Want just the basics? Don’t have room for much more than that? Here is my list of things I bought, recommend, or saved for our newest addition. The bare minimum this mom of 4 would say you should get in preparation for your new bundles first few months.
Let’s start with the basics, which I have broken down into the following categories:
sleep- play- eat- travel-bathe-diaper
-Crib: a place to sleep in your room… or theirs! A crib/pack and play, or co sleeper… whatever it is you use. We used a pack and play or co sleeper for the first few months which each kid, then they went to their crib.
Everyone has their own ideas on sleep, but the most important thing is that the baby sleeps, can I get an amen, moms?
-Baby chair/swing : I think our babies used their baby chairs more than their actual cribs for the first 3 months. I put them in the living room or wherever I was sitting/recovering for the first few months, and since the newborn life is the sleep life, they slept perfectly in it all day in between nursing and visitors.
-Binkys/pacifiers: I think Jack may be my first binky baby, and I am pretty happy about it, because how cute is a baby sucking on a pacifier?!
-Blankets: I swear by these ones from Aden & Anais (only the bamboo ones!). They are so soft, my husband jokingly says he wishes they made them in adult size. I use them also as a nursing cover, carseat cover, blanket to lay the baby on, and burp rag. I also recently bought these Solly Baby swaddles and love them too! Just as soft and heavier than the muslin, if you have a fall/winter baby.
-A playmat: Anyone will do. Just something to look at for those few hours they are awake as newborns. Jack is just starting to really want to stare at something while he is awake, and watching him kick and coo at the animals that hang from the top, is just adorable. If you want a beautiful one, I had my eyes on this one , but never actually spent the money to buy and ship it here.
This is one of the most complicated and cluttery part of babies gear… Whether nursing or bottle feeding (or both), you need so many things to feed a baby well.
-Burp rags: Something to wipe up the spit up…anything. ha! old t shirts. or something fancy, Lord knows we don’t want to be smelling like cheese from our kids spit up all over us. I use little muslin ones I found in here, but also loved having my favorite thin swaddles around to use as well.
-Boppy/nursing pillow: Save your upper back now, and invest in a good nursing pillow.
-Bottles: I have used these bottles based on the recommendation of one of my first mommy friends 10 years ago! Lots of pieces to wash, but less gassy babies, so I’d say it’s a good return on your investment.
-Breast pump: handpump or normal pump depending on you r budget and how much you will need to pump. I have used both, but really like a good hand pump because you can control the pull/suck.
-Storage bags for milk
-Bottle drying rack
-Nursing cover: a friend recently bought me this one and swears by it! The other three babies, I just used one of the apron looking covers you get at Babies R us.
-Stroller: This could be a dissertation if I wanted. So many strollers, so many price points (from the price of a t shirt to a new car!). I am gearing up to try a couple, but I’d say this is a need. Our city is pretty bumpy and cobblestoney, so I don’t use one here unless we are travelling or I know we will be somewhere that is easily navigated with a stroller. Like a mall, or a specific park.
-Baby carrier: My two go-tos with Jack are the Sollybaby, and the Ergo. With previous babies I used the Moby Wrap, and all sorts of random clip on carriers, but overall I would say I love the Solly and Ergo the best.
The Solly is my favorite for the newborn days, when they just are so sweet, snuggly and sleep on you for a long time. This is particularly helpful for outings, when your baby just sleeps through it all. I will say the Solly, or any wrap for that matter is an investment in your time to put on. I can sling mine on in a minute or so after 9 years of baby wearing, but in that rush of a crying baby, or trying to get out of a car with other kids it adds some time.
The pay off of snuggling your baby though, that’s priceless. The ergo, is fast, and you can carry a kid from newborn until they are about 3…so if I were you, I would get both!
-Carseat: It’s the law! Even in Istanbul, where we don’t have a car and use metros, buses, trams etc… we use our carseat if we are in a taxi. This is the one we have used for the last 3 kiddos, and we really like it.
-Soap: something gentle, pure and delicious smelling
-Bath: I had the big invasive baby bathtub with our oldest, but when it comes down to it throwing this bath seat in a big sink or bathtub is much easier, and takes up way less room. Also, if you travel much- it folds up perfectly for your suitcase!
-Diapers: My all time favorite, which I can’t get in Turkey 🙁 I used them with Nora, and I can testify they work! Also, they are soooo cute!
-Booty creme: To keep the rashes away!
-Changing pad/area: Changing table, floor, pad etc. Somewhere to diaper the little love.
October 3, we welcomed our little guy into our family. He is just what we need, and so sweet and snuggly. Soaking up this baby baby stage, knowing too well how fast it passes. Here are some pictures of Jack our third boy, and fourth baby!
Capsule wardrobes may seem cool, but the organizing process can be overwhelming… and doing it for 6 people even more so! Here are some simple tips or steps to follow to help you figure out the process.
1. WHAT DO WE HAVE? ::
Take an inventory of what you have in your closet- I prefer making it visual by laying it all out there. You may be super surprised at how many clothing items you actually have!
Go through your piles (person by person is probably less overwhelming than every clothing item in your whole house).
I literally wrote down every single item of clothing my family owns… Type A much? As I was going through everything, I realized I have some items already that I had seen in the mall and wanted to buy. I had just forgotten about them in storage. For me, it felt good to have this all organized.
2. WHAT DO WE WANT?::
Ask yourself these questions as you decide what to keep:: What has inspired me ? What trends do I want to copy? Why do I want to keep it? Does it fit? Does it make you happy? Is it even my style, or it something I wish I could pull off?
Throw it in a pile if the reason to keep it isn’t good enough.
Thought’s on wanting:
From what you have: Think about whether or not it actually fits, if you’ve worn it in the past year, or if you’re even keeping it for a realistic reason. If not.. toss it! The real reason you want to keep it may be silly or not even make sense when you actually stop to think about it.
From what you don’t have: I actually keep Pinterest boards of things that i see that i think are cute, or I want to copy basically. This could help you as you plan out your wardrobe/style and shopping for the next season.
Is there anything that we just need to complete our wardrobe this next season? Did you just tear your rain boots and need a new pair? Did you kids grow out of all their jeans or rip holes in them?
Did you lose your favorite jacket? Figure out what you need, add it to a list…
4. SHOPPING TIME!!::
Make a list of what you actually need so you’re not just buying whatever catches your eye! Simplicity and not just buying crap will make you feel better, I promise 🙂
Take your pictures or ideas of looks you want to copy and go online, in the store, or on one on one dates with the kiddos.. however you like to do it, Go get your goods so you don’ have to shop for a few more months!
It’s fall in Istanbul, and I’m refreshing not only my blog, but our wardrobes. So far, it’s been a warm fall, but it is supposed to get colder next week… so I am looking forward to bundling up in sweaters and napping with my baby girl in the afternoons!
We had an amazing summer in California with family and friends and are back to the grind, working, schooling, city-life-ing it up. Here are some wardrobe reflections on summer, and a few pictures since my blog game was down while we were running all over California squeezing in every last minute with loved ones.
Reflections on our Summer Wardrobes, if I could do it again (and notes for next year):
-Too many clothes for the kids. 37 pieces was way too much, especially in California when we were either swimming or lounging. At this point, especially for the boys, 37 pieces was a little excessive. In trying to not be too legalistic, considering I named my ever loving blog after the pieces in our wardrobe, I will be lowering the number of items in each of their wardrobes this fall. #rule-breaker
-Kim:: Too many shorts. Not enough tank tops, bathing suits or accessories. I realized while back in the good ol US of A, that I preferred to wear dresses over shorts, and bought way too many for my summer wardrobe. Oh well. Next time, I know better. Also, didn’t have enough tanks, or proper accessories. Learning, learning.
-Derek:: No complaints. No worries. One bathing suit did him just fine. #men
Cheers. One last iced coffee (maybe), before the cool weather hits!
Can I also say, for one second that I am so excited for fall?
I think everyone thinks this likely, buuut I am from Southern California, and it is still 90 degrees there. They will likely see fall for one or two weeks in November or December, and are all probably acting shocked (like this doesn’t happen every year), that it is still hot now.
I can’t wait to bring on the scarves, turtlenecks, boots, and PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES. #basic.
Well, it’s getting warmer in Istanbul, and it’s also getting closer and closer to summer.
This summer, our family will be in a few different places: Southern California, Central California and Istanbul. While both places are going to be hot. I am figuring out how to make a capsule wardrobe for myself especially that will cover both climates and cultures.
Both Istanbul and Southern California have warm summers. California is hot and dry. Istanbul is hot as well, but much more mild… where it makes up for the heat in lower temperatures, it sure makes you hate humidity. It is so humid and gross in Istanbul during the summer, I just could barely handle it last year.
As far as culture goes, the guys and Nora can all wear whatever they want. I don’t know about you, but while I am overseas, I generally like to dress so I don’t stick out too much. That being said, while in Istanbul I generally cover up a bit more than I would while I am home in Southern California. While we are in California I can’t wait to let the sunshine hit my shoulders and legs!! But while in Istanbul, I will likely find a couple pairs of cool summer pants. Which means I have to have the proper blend of summer pants and shorts to be comfortable in both places.
So as I plan my 37 pieces, I am taking into account these things… humidity, culture and comfort. Always comfort.
Here are some things to take into account in your summer planning if you are going to be using a Capsule Wardrobe:
-Climate. California gets upwards of 110 while Istanbul never hits over 90, and is on the water. This means I need to buy accordingly. Also evenings are chilly.
-Culture. Where are you traveling? Overseas? Europe? Asia? It’s always good to take into account what locals are wearing, if you’re crossing cultures.
-Location specific/Vacation specific items: I will likely leave these out of my capsule. Examples would be: a beach hat, camp clothes, or other random things you may want for your summer adventures.
-Clothes for the journey. Are you flying in a plane? Going to be in an RV all summer? I am including things I know I can feel comfortable in on our multiple plane rides this summer.
What about you!!?
Where are you going this summer?
Are you going to try to capsule your vacation wardrobe?
And is anyone else excited for how easy this makes packing??
About a month in and maybe you are wondering, Is capsuling more work?
While I was shopping for our clothes for Spring, taking pictures and figuring out what my family would be wearing and not wearing, I really wondered if capsuling was more work than just wearing what we used to was.
I figured it would be helpful to take a step back and reflect on why I even took on this project. Starting this all felt like a lot of work, just for clothes. It seemed maybe silly at time, but in the beginning any transition is more work. Starting a new diet- planning meals, putting a kid in a new school -paperwork, moving to a new home or city -logistics! stress!
Really any change requires a decent amount of work, it is the long term result that should be the measure of it’s worth.
So far, in this transition, I have been happy with the result. We are so early in the transition, just one month into our first capsule. We have a lot to learn, and tweaking to do… but I will say so far- so good. We like it! I like it! The kids do too. So while this has been an investment in time, effort and money, it has definitely been worth it in the end. I think after we have this system down it will be good for my family in many ways.
Less clothes all over, less impulse purchasing, more planning and thought out clothes purchases. Also, freedom from feeling like I never had anything to wear, but tons of clothes floating around in suitcases, drawers, hampers etc.
Just at a months end, I have noticed:
-I personally don’t ever feel like I don’t have anything to wear.
-We have less laundry to do.
-I feel more organized and in control of the clothes situation (and our capsuling journey has just started).
-The kids are happy and I am learning what their personal style preferences are, (ex: Nora seems to almost hate most dresses).
-I feel more organized, and am!
-I am happier knowing I have a system to work in for storage, purchasing and planning.
Thanks for listening, I’ll reflect again at month two!
My general mode of operating when it comes to kids clothes is to purchase cute items as needed, or buy a load of clothes when there is a sale all completely done by feel. It wouldn’t be uncommon for me to load up my cart, online or in person with a bunch of cute items I found that I felt they needed. Then I would add to their drawers, and eventually we would have clothes on the ground, clothes in the drawers, things that maybe didn’t match each other, and things they never wore because they didn’t really like.
This has lead my kids, to have a jumble of clothes that are mix and match. Some random items have no match, and some are things I purchased on impulse to satisfy the wants of a kid asking,
“mom can i have that Batman shirt…pahleeese??”
Call me cranky and mean, but from now on the answer is “No”. They can have dress up outfits(more on that later), but as for the day to day, they will have 37 pieces, and that is it.
Here are some basic rules I’m using during this project:
–Finalizing a season capsule for each kid, with only 37 pieces. This may seem like a lot or not enough for kids, especially since they go through clothes getting them dirty so fast. But this is what we will start with. Maybe our summer capsule will have less, maybe more. I kept the kids at 37 pieces, like the adults this first time around since we live in a city with weird weather, and tend to travel a bit.
-Socks: all matching all the time. The boys share 20 pairs of the same exact sock. Nora will have 10 pairs of the same socks. This makes laundry, distinguishing whose socks are whose, and finding socks each morning easy.
-No white. Unless it was required from someone else (school uniform, project etc), they will not own white. It’s just a bad idea. Heck, I don’t even wear white unless I am not going to be around my kids for the day. It gets dirty so fast. There will be a day when I wear white, for now I’m happy with grey.
-Color theme. I had my boys fill out this capsule wardrobe planner with me. They shared their favorite colors, how they wanted to look, and even things they did and didn’t want. It was really fun, to hear them describe what they want.
-Shop together. For my middle child, this was a really fun project. He felt so loved that he got to go shopping with me, and pick some fun things out. He really likes dressing up and looking good.
More time, more money, less fuss, less laundry. Simplicity.
Sign me up.
There are a lot of reasons I wanted to try this experiment. A creative outlet. Simplicity. The reward of knowing I can say “no” to impulse buys. Making choices easier for myself and my family. Also, less clutter. Way less clutter.
All the clothes, all the choices, and all the things thrown on the floor or piled up. These are things I am hoping to say goodbye to. Saying goodbye to feeling like I have too many choices, but nothing to wear. The reality is, I probably only wear about 30 of the items in my closet anyway. So I’m hoping to just channel all my love for those specific items into a creative 37 piece capsule. No more wasted energy on trying to make that one shirt work. All my time and effort, other places.
There are dreams of a beautifully curated, Instagram worthy wardrobe for each member of my family. Of course. But the reality of the situation is… I want life to be less stressful, and more organized. Less decisions for mundane, but important things, like getting dressed each day.
I want my kids to understand this as a life skill, less is more. Creativity. Thinking outside of the box (which I am horrible at)… even if they don’t end up being Capsulers for Life…future daughter in laws- you’re welcome.
I want a method to this madness. Soooo, let’s do this!