Jennifer’s Little Black Book

Whew, I made it

Where did I go? Nowhere, I just survived the “fourth trimester,” those first three months of life where your newborn is trying to figure out why they were evicted from their original home only to now have to ask to be fed and changed. We all survived, but not without quite a bit of help. While I can show you the tangible things that helped me get by, what I can’t show you is probably the best help I’ve received: friends. I have my sanity today because of the friends willing to give up a few hours on a random weekend to watch the baby while I eat or run to the spa for a much-needed massage or manicure.

Around the home, there were a few of my favorite things:

UBBI Diaper PailThe Ubbi diaper pail
At first, I was leery about diapers lingering in between trash days, but the Ubbi diaper pail quickly became a nursery necessity. It’s stylish and functional—a new mom’s best friend—and works with any kind of trash bag, so no special trips or over-priced bags. It even features an eco-friendly liner for those using cloth diapers (sold separately)., $79.99

Perpetual baby scent

There is nothing that smells better than a baby, am I right? Noodle & Boo’s collection of safe and gentle skin care is mild enough for frequent use and smells heavenly.

Noodle and Boo All of My Heart French Milled Baby SoapNoodle & Boo All of My Heart French Milled Baby Soap
Made from 100 percent pure vegetable oil, this heart-shaped, French milled soap creates a creamy lather that soothes and softens. $15, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and

Noodle and Boo Ultimate Cleansing ClothsNoodle & Boo Ultimate Cleansing Cloths
These gentle cleansing cloths are mild, alcohol free and hydrating. Perfect for on-the-go touch ups. $9.50, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and

Noodle and Boo Super Soft LotionNoodle & Boo Super Soft Lotion
Hydrates and protects with sweet almond oil and vitamins E and C, this soft lotion provides a protective layer of natural antioxidants to shield skin. $14, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and

Crups Solo Steam Espresso MachineCaffeine
Parenthood has even turned my husband into a coffee drinker for the first time in his life. The Krups Solo Steam Espresso Machine is our new best friend: morning, noon and even night. It’s easy to operate, easy to clean and it even froths the milk … it almost feels like a vacation in a cup. $59.99, Bed, Bath & Beyond

Over the moon necklaceMementos
While this won’t help you through sleepless nights or diaper changes, it will help keep the little one close to your heart. These unique, customizable jewelry pieces also make a great push present or Mother’s Day gift. Over the moon necklace, $158,