MU Picked · For Upgrades To Ordinary Moments

Parenting is often considered a messy sport but I think as we redesign modern motherhood we can make little upgrades that add ease or elegance where possible.  I find that these tiny changes in the things we surround ourselves and our kids with afford a moment to enjoy something that could otherwise be ordinary.  Like bedtime. Add a special element to that and suddenly even if your kids couldn't give a care, it gives you good energy. Liz Yingst, whose impeccable taste I've admired (from college through motherhood) was the exact right mother to do this selection for us. Prior to having her son, Liz was the director of buying at Valentino and after having Ben, she started consulting for brands like Elie Saab and now, lucky for all of us, she's transitioning into personal styling.  See her gorgeous edit on products to upgrade the ordinary below or as usual, you can shop them over in M.U. Picked.


Biobu by Ekobo These sets make mealtime feel as clean and elegant as possible with little ones. They have a modern palette that still feels kid appropriate and are made with eco-friendly bamboo fiber. The only downside is you can’t microwave it, but I think the look and feel are worth it. 

Skip Hop Diaper Caddy Although my son, Ben, is now out of diapers, this diaper caddy would have been extremely helpful during that first year of nighttime diaper changes.  The handle shines a soft light allowing you to see the products you need but better still, the center provides customization organization which keeps that area of the nursery more put together.

ABC Book Ben got this for his 2nd birthday, and I think we fell equally in love with it. It’s fairly large and resembles a gorgeous coffee table book for us to enjoy keeping out.  Meanwhile, each letter and the coupled image is raised or cut out, engaging both touch and sight so Ben can’t stop flipping through it.  Not to mention, another fun way to learn the ABC’s. 

Gathre High Chair Mat The practical benefit is obvious - there’s enough cleaning after meal time on the high chair tray, so why not give yourself a break on the floor? But I also just love the navy stripe (and the other prints in this line) that keeps things clean and playful.  Also, the mat can work great for tummy time and playtime! 

Pehr Pom Pom Rugs Made from 100% natural wool, I love the look of this ivory-on-ivory gender-neutral rug. It’s soft on Ben’s skin, but also so easy to clean if he makes a spill.  
Mini-Construction Set Blocks are a great tool for your child’s creative mind and fine motor skills. This set is a Moma-Approved look, so fits in easily in any play area and small and chic enough to come with you on any outing. 

Chasing Windmill Tees I like dressing Ben in both fun and simple items. These adorable merino wool T-Shirts are super soft, breathable and lightweight. 

Etiquette Socks After many indoor enrichment classes, and shoe-free apartments, I have come to realize the visibility of kids’ socks is fairly high. These are a fun splurge to keep your kids looking stylish with no shoes on. 

Dr. Brown’s Toothbrush This training toothbrush is easy on the eyes and equally easy to use.  The elephant shape is sweet for kids, provides a comfort grip and also props the brush up to prevent contact with your countertop. 

Written by Liz Yingst, a New York-based mother, fashion buyer & stylist, and contributor to the MU community.

Featured Image via Gathre