Stylish Baby Items, With Elaina Bellis
Trevor Smith for The Citiphile
Bringing home baby – or babies – shouldn’t mean sacrificing a fashionable lifestyle. For kid-friendly items that combine form and function, we turned to model and art director Elaina Bellis. Beyond her breezy and inspired style, this mother of identical twin girls has garnered a large following for her honest accounts of her difficulties breastfeeding and the devastating stillbirth of her firstborn son.
Admiring her thoughtful approach to modern motherhood – and to design – we asked Elaina to share the stylish and sustainable items that keep her family feeling – and looking – their best!
We try to keep harsh chemicals out of the home, especially for items that come into direct contact with the babies every day. That’s why I love Bamboo’s Eco-Friendly Diapers! They’re chemical-free, allergen-free and latex-free. They’ve never given my girls diaper rash. Bamboo Eco-Friendly Diapers
Diaper Bag and Changing Mat
The Fawn + Cub Ruckus Sack (Diaper Bag + Changing Mat Combo) is our absolute favorite. Handmade in L.A., the bags – and mats – are lined with Organic Cotton and a BPA-free wipe clean fabric for inevitable messes. Bonus: The bag is really cute, too! Fawn + Cub Ruckus Sack
The Beachcomber Baskets are handwoven from sustainable materials and provide a beautiful storage solution for not-so-beautiful toys. The baskets are very versatile, and I often find new spots to place them throughout the house. Plus, I’m always in awe of how much they can actually hold! Pottery Barn Beachcomber Baskets
By far my favorite sweaters to keep the girls warm! Each piece is hand-knit in Peru and exquisitely made. Misha & Puff is the type of clothing you store for your kids to give their kids. Misha & Puff Popcorn Sweater
I love supporting small businesses, and I can’t say enough good things about this brand! Graciela Portillo – the young mom and founder of Saxon and Sunra – has a great sense of style and creates individual pieces of art. Case in point: The floral rompers. Each item from the collection is handcrafted in California with a focus on quality over quantity. Saxon and Sunra Hydra Romper Dainty
Cashmere Baby Blanket
I’ve been a huge fan of Parachute for a while (hey neighbor) and was thrilled to celebrate their baby collection debut. My twins and I co-sleep, but when they do move into their own room, I know where to go for baby bedding. Right now, we’re loving story time wrapped in the cozy Cashmere Baby Blanket. Parachute Cashmere Baby Blanket