There is nothing better than the blissful baby bubble, where nothing can peel you away from that delicious newborn smell. Enjoy every second with the help of a few mom and baby must-haves beyond the bottles and the binkies—all of which are nontoxic and gentle enough for skin-to-skin contact.
By now, most moms and dads and their part-time proxies have heard about Jessica Alba’s line of personal care and lifestyle products. The Honest Company strives to provide the safest and most responsible household cleaning and body care formulas on the market. The integrity of the company’s mission and its real results have made the actress a spokesperson for conscientious parenting.
We spoke with Alba about her tips to help new moms and dads maintain their sanity. (She searches for advice on YouTube, too!) Read on for our interview with the actress, then shop all of her picks.
We love The Honest Company diaper backpack. Did you develop it for a specific kind of parent or lifestyle?
As a parent, I always felt like I shouldn’t have to carry a bag for me and another bag to take care of my kid’s needs. As a woman, I just wanted to make a cute bag that would work with everything and hold enough to get me through the day.
I saw a real need for a gender-neutral, hands-free backpack, since everyone could use a bag that fits every part of their lives. I designed it to be truly versatile for the office, the park, a playdate or a weekend. Modern parents are on the move constantly, so how do we make that work and look great?
These bags show that it’s possible to be safe and stylish. I’m proud to say that they’re free of PVC, BPA, phthalates and toxic foams that you find in most bags. The speed and sophistication of the backpack is functional and fits your life. There are so many pockets but not a lot of bulk, from insulated pockets to padded compartments for laptops. The EVA linings mean you don’t have to worry about any mess either, whether that’s a diaper or a drink.
Your mom’s parenting style made you who you are today. Whether you agree with the laxity or strictness of her methods, whether you appreciate her cooking or lack thereof, whether she’s a source of comfort or anxiety (likely a bit of both), you’re an adult now, so it’s time to let bygones be gone—just buy your mama something nice for the holidays.
Here are gift suggestions based on the realm in which your mother excels—or choose from both. Moms do it all, all the time.
The domestic front: She rules the kitchen and the living room like a duchess does her duchy. Home-cooked meals are regularly served with a side of sangfroid. And Mom tidies tirelessly; grimy bathtubs and stovetops don’t stand a chance against her scrubbing.
While she busies about the house, UGG® shearling slippers will keep her toes toasty.
In honor of our big store opening in Vancouver next month (September 18—mark your calendars!) we’ll be bringing you a slew of Vancouver content here on The Thread between now and then. First up, an interview with our Vancouver campaign cover girl: supermodel, mom and muse to many, Coco Rocha. Without further ado …
Personal life motto:
The most important words of advice to me have always been: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” I think treating everyone with the utmost respect is vital to a healthy view of self and others.
What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?
Modern, eclectic, fresh.
24 hours in Vancouver with no plans—what would you do?
Start the day with a run around Stanley Park, have coffee on Robson Street and then lunch with friends in Steveston getting fish and chips. Take an afternoon nap on the beach at Spanish Banks and then a night out in Yaletown.
Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches. See more of our featured mothers on The Thread.
Talk about a wonder woman. Jessica Alba plays pretty fierce characters on the big screen, but after the cameras stop rolling, she becomes a slightly different kind of superhero: mom to her daughters Honor (six years old) and Haven (three years old) and chief creative officer for the Honest Company, a line of ethical and super safe products for babies and new moms.