Calming & Soothing Baby Products I Love


1. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion – I use this on Maddox after every bath and end up curled up with him after, just inhaling his scent. It’s a perfect combination of lavender and vanilla and it leaves him soft without drying him out. Paired with the regular Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash, you’ll be a little jealous of how good they smell.

2. Lavender Essential Oil 1 & 2 – Using essential oils on a new baby can be a little tricky. Some oils are not safe for little ones and you need to make sure they’re properly diluted. Lavender is not only safe, it’s soothing. Perfect for those nights baby is fussy and overtired. I mix 1-2 drops of lavender with 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (any carrier oil will do, but coconut smells amazing) and I give him a little foot massage. I also dab just a little onto his third eye. You can also add a drop or two into baby’s bath.

3. Record Player – I’ve always had a record player in the house. It wasn’t getting much use but I’ve moved it right next to the pack n play. The placement is perfect so whenever I set him down or go for a diaper change, I have easy access to switch it on. He loves listening to music and it helps stimulate him when I need to run off and use the bathroom.

4. Summer Infant Soothe and Vibe Portable Soother – My sister showed me this product and for 15 dollars, you can’t go wrong. She uses it on her son’s carseat and when she came to visit, let me use it for Maddox. Not only does it play 5 different sounds (heart beat, white noise, lullaby, etc), it vibrates whatever carrier your baby is in to promote relaxation. It’s a fabulous product especially for babies that hate car seats and you can use it on cribs, bassinets, etc.

5. Aden & Anais Swaddles – Maddox still loves being swaddled. Although he’s been earthside for 6 weeks, he loves feeling secure. He’s moving more now with his arms and legs constantly flailing so swaddling helps control those movements, allowing for him to calm down. The Aden & Anais swaddling blankets are gentle and soft, ideal to aid baby to sleep.

Favorite Baby Items

We all know what a baby needs: diapers, boobies (or bottles if you are formula feeding!), and warmth/comfort. With that said, there are still things that we want and things that definitely make life a little easier. Here’s my list.

1. 4moms Rockaroo: Although Maddox doesn’t always love to sit in this for too long, he stays long enough for me to take a bathroom break, make a cup of coffee, or do dishes. We don’t have the insert but I highly recommend picking it up to keep baby snug and comfortable. Its sleek, modern design is hard not to love. It also connects to your phone so you can play music or white noise to soothe your little.

2. Rock n’ Play Sleeper: This has been a lifesaver. The first night we brought Maddox home from the hospital, he would not sleep in the pack n play nor would he sleep in the crib. It was a horrendous night full of baby cries for Dave and I. My sister (who also has a newborn) told me her son will only sleep in a rock n’ play. So the next day, I sent Dave out for one and wah-la, Maddox loves it. It’s soft and compact, helping to make him feel secure.

3. Skip Hop Forma Diaper Bag: This diaper bag is my absolute favorite. It’s available in 4 colors (black, grey, berry, and peacock) and is the perfect size. It’s easy to organize, isn’t stiff, and makes it simple to find everything necessary. I can carry everything I need and more. It’s not overly bulky and I like that it has two straps making it feel more purse-like and more comfortable to carry.

4. Sakura Bloom Ring Sling: I just recently ordered this baby carrier. I have the moby but the material is too thick and putting it on seems way too much a hassle. I wanted something quick and lightweight to work with. This is definitely helpful when you have a baby that just wants to be held yet you would like to be able to move about the house and accomplish things. Not only that, but it makes outings a whole lot simpler. The fabric is absolutely gorgeous too and their product is incredible.

5. Skip Hop Activity Gym 1 or 2: This is a great place for baby to practice tummy time or to just lay baby down on. It’s even more wonderful when baby starts interacting with the world and wants to be stimulated. You can also buy a variety of other toys to attach and/or swap out the others.


Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.