All The Perfect Little Pieces {Win $100 from Mustela and BlogHer}

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My baby is amazing.

It doesn’t matter that he’s my third baby, and I’ve already done this newborn thing twice before. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2am and I’m exhausted. It doesn’t matter if his tiny fingers are ripping all the hair out of the back of my neck. He’s an itty bitty miracle.

When I’m nursing him, the hairs right behind his ear gleam like they’re made of copper. It’s the only time I am really sure he’s going to be a ginger, since the fuzz that grows in a perfect imitation of his father’s hairline on top of his head is white-blond. When he’s sleeping he makes sniffling snorfling noises and says “mmmmm” and “oooooo” and “eh eh eh eh eh” when he’s having mysterious baby dreams. I can no longer sleep without those noises, or I wake up in a panic that he’s TOO quite or TOO sound asleep. I cover his chest with my palm and feel every rib at once as they move up and down with his breath.

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His ears are like tiny monkey ears on the outside, covered in a light layer of fur, and seashells on the inside, pearly pink and smooth. I can’t stop touching them while he’s sleeping in my lap, because I know in just a few weeks poking him is going to wake him up. When I’m feeling stressed, I smooth the tiny M that Linc gets between his eyes or the lines on his forehead or the little creases he gets by his eyes. His baby skin is so soft, but so incredibly sensitive.

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I first heard of Mustela a few months ago when I was photographing a newborn for a client, and I couldn’t stop smelling their baby. Then a friend suggested it when I mentioned Linc’s cradle cap was acting up. Now I’m the one recommending it to friends for all stages of motherhood. The 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash is a tear-free, soap-free gel, specially formulated for the delicate skin of babies, but is great on the older kids too. It rinses very easily from Caroline’s hair and truly is tear-free, so there’s no more fighting when it’s time to wash it out.

But our real favorite is the Hydra Bébé Body Lotion. It’s so thick and smooth without being greasy, and absorbs very quickly even on just-washed baby skin. My hands are softer than they’ve been in years just from applying it to the kids. And I have been applying it to all the kids – on Caroline’s eczema-like rough patches, on the rash Evan gets from wiping is face on his sleeve, and on poor sensitive Linc, who gets a new case of baby acne or cradle cap or heat rash every day. They all love the lotion and you should see Linc smile when I’m rubbing it into his adorable chubby baby cheeks.

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Mustela has been trusted by parents for over 60 years and is developing new ways to protect skin both today and in the future. All their products are hypoallergenic and free from parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, EDTA and chlorphenesin. I feel good using their products on every inch of my little miracle for years to come.

You can learn more about their in-depth research, testing methods and science by visiting their website.

Mustela and BlogHer are giving you a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card. Just leave a comment answering the question, “What is your favorite newborn moment?”  

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected. 

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This sweepstakes runs from 10/7/14 – 11/30/14.

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223 Responses to “All The Perfect Little Pieces {Win $100 from Mustela and BlogHer}”

  1. Alena says:

    My favorite thing about the newborn stage are the squishy cheeks and how perfectly cuddly they are!

  2. Barbra says:

    My favorite part is snuggling a teeny tiny human. So warm and cuddly. I’m so looking forward to that again!

  3. Amanda says:

    The milk-drunk coma that comes after nursing. I can’t get enough of it! And the curl-into-your-body-almost-boneless newborn cuddles, of course.

  4. Jacki says:

    The hand curl around momma’s finger! P.S. We discovered Mustela in Paris and have loved it ever since.

  5. Lauren says:

    Being stuck under a sleeping newborn, unable to do anything but sit there and enjoy it

  6. heather says:

    My favorite newborn moment is baby’s first bath.

  7. Natalie says:

    My favorite part is lying on the couch and holding my baby in my arms as he sleeps.

  8. Lisa Brown says:

    My favorite newborn moment was when my son first held his new baby sister; sweet moment :)

  9. Elena says:

    My favorite newborn moment is baby’s first smile

  10. Mami2jcn says:

    I love when my babies have grabbed my hands with their fingers.

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  12. LC says:

    I have a photograph of my daughter at a day old on her daddy’s chest, lifting her head up. We were amazed by how strong she was. I think that was my favorite.

  13. Jayme Barone says:

    My favorite things are 1) the delicious newborn head smell and 2) the tiny squeaky noises.

  14. Kelly D says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when they gaze into my eyes.

  15. Robin says:

    Those cute little fingers and toes!

  16. Nicole says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when they start to laugh, the giggling always captures my heart.

  17. Jessica To says:

    My favorite moment is when they smile at you!

  18. steven weber says:

    My favorite moment is when they grab on tightly to one of your fingers.

  19. Cheryl W says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when they first try to open there eyes. It is usually so bright on their little eyes so they blink a lot. Too precious! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  20. Ana says:

    My favorite moment is when my oldest tried to nurse on my bare-chested husband! OK that was my second favorite. My real favorite was this tiny little sigh of content after nursing.

  21. Cassandra Eastman says:

    My favorite moment is bonding while nursing, that’s when I get to hold the baby all to myself with no interruptions :)

  22. Nicole Flynn says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when eye contact is made for the first time. Hopefully in a hospital bed. There are so many stories about babies being born in cars and lawns, you never know.

  23. Julie Wood says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when my son opened his eyes and smiled at me and cooed! It was so cute!!

  24. anna pry says:

    definitely my fave moment is the first snuggle with baby

  25. Erika says:

    So sweet! My favorite moment was the first time I saw my kids. :)


  26. Irene says:

    Favorite moment: having him fall asleep on my chest. He’s 3 months old and doesn’t do it anymore. I miss it!

  27. OFG says:

    The first day in the hospital when they look you in the eyes.

  28. Lisa says:

    My favorite moment was the first purposeful smile “Hey! It’s Mommy!”

  29. Kimmy Ripley says:

    My favorite newborn moment was when I first held my daughter, Chloe, in my arms. I cried tears of happiness and joy!

  30. Rebecca says:

    My favorite moment is when the doctor or nurse hand you your baby for the first time!

  31. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when you get to hold them for the first time and they look you in the eyes!

  32. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I tweeted! Thank you for the chance to enter!

  33. Kristen says:

    I remember when my sister was an infant and first started smiling…sooo cute!

  34. Susan Smith says:

    My favorite newborn moment was my baby’s first smile and laugh.

  35. Jessie C. says:

    My favorite newborn moment was when my baby tried to grab my hands and fingers. Those tiny movements really touched me.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  36. Jessie C. says:


  37. My favorite newborn moment will be when I have a newborn :).

    PS: the Caroline/Linc pics are adorable!

  38. Elle says:

    My favorite newborn moment is the first time you get to hold your child in the hospital and he/she looks up at you and you two make eye contact..
    second would be the hand hold.

  39. rachel says:

    When my baby is deep asleep and her mouth is widdddde open :)

  40. jo says:

    My favorite moment? When her little fingers meet mine. So touching, seriously! I love every minute of it!

  41. D Schmidt says:

    My favorite newborn moment was definitely watching my baby sleep

  42. Lindsey says:

    The first time I successfully nursed my son was my favorite newborn moment. The nurses in the hospital told me not to bother (yep!) but I wouldn’t give up and finally, he caught on and we continued for 19 months! I hope it works out quite as well with the new one coming soon!

  43. courtney b says:

    I love holding my baby for the first time. words cant describe especially when you’ve waited like 9 months for this little person and you hold them for the very first time!

  44. amy pugmire says:

    When my baby first smiled.

  45. Cassandra Eastman says:

    My favorite newborn moment is nursing for the first time, such an amazing bonding experience and introducing baby to siblings!

  46. Madeline says:

    My favorite newborn moment is definitely nursing. I loved it!

  47. Tina M says:

    when my son gives me the biggest smile in the world.

  48. Cynthia C says:

    Holding my babies for the first time were moments I will never forget. It’s the best feeling in the world.

  49. Christy says:

    Can’t wait to share these moments when we have children!

  50. Rebecca Graham says:

    When I was watching my newborn sleep like a baby.

  51. Eugenie says:

    the first time you hold them for sure.

  52. maria cantu says:

    When my baby was given to me to hold for the first time.

  53. Howell says:

    I’m amazed by the first sound they make.

  54. Melissa M says:

    The 1st time you hold them.

  55. Katherine says:

    I loved their first giggle

  56. Lauren E. says:

    The night time cuddles when the baby finally falls asleep

  57. Fiona N says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when my little one looked at me after he was given by doctors 8 months ago!

  58. Fiona N says:

    I tweeted it:
    Thank You for the great giveaway!

  59. erica best says:

    the time holding my nephew my heart just melting he is still my baby

  60. Deborah Anderson says:

    When that tiny hand and those tiny fingers close around mine in a confident grip that says I know who you are, you’re my mother…that just melts my heart and really steels my protective instincts.

  61. I love the reaction to my baby’s first bath. It is interesting to see how they like it!

  62. Gina M says:

    My favorite newborn moment is cuddling and staring into those big baby eyes!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  64. e michelle says:

    For my middle child I loved when I would put her in this one outift and she would always have alittle brown toe sticking out!

  65. Barbara Montag says:

    My favorite moment – coming out of the delivery room with my daughter next to me – I felt such big love!
    thank you

  66. Janice Cooper says:

    I would have to say the smile

  67. Kerry says:

    The first smile!

  68. latanya says:

    seeing my son’s first smile

  69. Sonya Morris says:

    My favorite newborn moment is the first time I hear them cry during delivery. It absolutely takes my breath away and leaves me choked up!

  70. Cindy Merrill says:

    I don’t have children, nut my favorite Newborn Moment was when my cat “Micky” gave birth to four kittens; her mother, Christmas, jumped into the box and aided her, licking the babies clean.

  71. Joanna Allison says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when he smiled for the first time.

  72. Sandy Klocinski says:

    The birth of my daughter

  73. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite newborn moment is bringing my baby home for the first time.

  74. Stephanie V. says:

    I loved the middle of the night feedings when the house was quiet. It was just me and the baby!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  75. Shannon Baas says:

    I love the first smile.

  76. Debbie B says:

    my favorite moment is bringing them home for the first time

  77. Tari Lawson says:

    I love that first smile.

  78. Kat Nett says:

    Oh my, so many moments to choose from. My favorite is nursing them for the first time when everyone has left the room, dark, quiet peaceful and all i could hear was them coooing and makeing those sweet little noises, . . . . so content.

  79. Cody Anderson says:

    I remember holding my child for the first time.

  80. Sue Barney says:

    I love the 1st time being alone with them after birth when you get to check out their little fingers and baby feet and fall in love :)

  81. Kiara says:

    My favorite moment is when they smile at you.

  82. It has to be bath time, the soapy smell and the baby powder smell… Ah Memories

  83. Crystal F says:

    My favorite was nursing. I loved that special one on one time. Thank you!

  84. Amy Pratt says:

    I love the smell of new babies.

  85. g. penrod says:

    the awe of there learning an growing

  86. Cynthia C says:

    My favorite newborn moment was when my baby smiled for the first time.

  87. nickie says:

    My favorite newborn moment is baby’s first smile

  88. s riches says:

    My favorite moment was seeing the first yawn.

  89. Anastasia Falling says:

    Oh my gosh, ALL of them! lol Even the midnight feedings… except you have to wait until they’re older before you really appreciate that. My very favorite newborn moments are just holding the baby while they’re sleeping. So tiny and sweet! :)

  90. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    My favorite newborn moment was when our babies really saw me for the first time.

  91. Denise S says:

    My favorite moment is whey they’re asleep and make cute little coo noises.

  92. Barbara Fox says:

    The best newborn moment is when they open their eyes and look at you for the first time.

  93. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    the first smile was my favorite newborn moment

  94. jeanine says:

    my favorite newborn moment is when my older kids meet the newest member of our family.

  95. Linda G. says:

    My favorite first moment is that cute little first smile

  96. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  97. Julie says:

    I love their first smiles
    thanks for the giveaway

  98. Tara says:

    Love that first smile!!!

  99. Holly Kennedy says:

    After bath time-new baby smell.

  100. VAVETTE BLEVINS says:

    The favorite first moment was when my little one was crying at just a day old and he heard my husbands voice and immediately stopped crying and coo’ed at him. He recognized his voice, which I doubted was possible, but my husband would lay next to my belly each day and talk to “his son” about all the things he was going to teach him. He probably coo’ed in agreement to all of the mischief his daddy had planned for him before he was even born.

  101. Lisa V. says:

    My favorites were feeding my baby for the first time.

  102. Robin says:

    My favorite moment was the first smile.

  103. Terri Moore says:

    My favorite moment was that wonderful feeling when they are laying on your chest and I could just smell their sweet head.

  104. Kathy Pease says:

    My favorite newborn moment was always their first smile it always melts your heart

  105. Erica B. says:

    First smile.

  106. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    I love seeing a newborn baby smile. It always puts a smile on my face.

  107. Tracey Agrella says:

    My favorite newborn moment is seeing it for the first time.

  108. There is nothing like that first moment with a newborn head snoozing on your shoulder. It’s such a sweet moment!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  109. Daniel M says:

    when they look at you and smile and giggle

  110. Betty C says:

    My favorite newborn moment is snuggling together to take a nap.

  111. My favorite newborn moments was when my daughter fell asleep in my arms. I love sleeping babies.

  112. Wanda McHenry says:

    My favorite newborn moment is the innocent smiling!

  113. Jennifer sorenson says:

    When my babies looked me in the eyes for the first time, it’s so amazing to finally see who has been kicking and doing gymnastics in your belly for the last few months :)

  114. Shayna Brookman says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when the nurse first handed my daughter to me the way she looked right into my eyes, it was beautiful :)

  115. Stephanie Larison says:

    The first smile while she was staring up at me. It melted my heart! My littlest is 3 months old already, slow down baby girl!!

  116. Ed says:

    Burping a baby over my heartbeat!

  117. Francine Anchondo says:

    their first smile :)

  118. melissa Resnick says:

    having a girl after 3 boys

  119. Tim A says:

    My favorite new born moment is when they look at you and smile for the first time.

  120. Bruce says:

    their first laugh

  121. Michele Baron says:

    My favorite moment…was the first time she smiled when I came into the room…and I knew she knew me…what a delicious feeling

  122. T Michelle Trump says:

    I love their first smile and laugh!

  123. T Michelle Trump says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway as @tmt121172 on 11/29/14

  124. Lisa Garner says:

    My favorite newborn moment is right after their first bath when you hold them and smell the sweet scent of baby shampoo.

  125. Ashley Tucker says:

    My favorite newborn moment is their first smile.

  126. Lorena Keech says:

    Freshly bathed baby smells.

  127. tina reynolds says:

    I love the first little giggle

  128. sherri crawford says:

    my favorite is when you know they can see you finally

  129. Tara O. says:

    My favorite newborn moment is definitely cuddling her while she sleeps!

  130. Breanne says:

    The first smile.

  131. Kayla says:

    The first smile is my favorite!

  132. Eliza Shulman says:

    That baby is so adorable. I look forward to having kids of my own some day <3

  133. Trisha McKee says:

    My favorite is the moment you realize they know you, remember you, by a look or smile.

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  135. Jennifer H. says:

    My favorite moments were always snuggling late at night.

  136. krystal wethington says:

    Getting to told them.

  137. joe gersch says:

    I love the first smile

  138. Tracey Byram says:

    my favorite is snuggling

  139. Sarah says:

    My favorite newborn moments are when I snuggle them close in a wrap and they drift off to sleep with our heartbeats and breathing synchronized.

  140. Denise L says:

    My children are 17 years apart, so my son’s big sister was present when he was born. Just minutes after he was born and in my arms, my daughter said something from across the room. Immediately my newborn baby turned toward his sister. Then my husband standing next to me said, “He knows your voice.” Baby boy turned right toward his dad’s voice. Amazing moment!

  141. Aurelie Red says:

    The first smile of course !

  142. Melissa says:

    My favorite times are seeing my baby smile and laugh! :)

  143. Whitney says:

    My favorite moment is baby’s first bath

  144. Karen Gonyea says:

    I love when they wrap their whole little hand around one fiinger :)

  145. angie says:

    I do not have kids of my own, but I have a TON of nieces and nephews. One of my fav memories of them is when my twin niece/nephew first came home from the neo-natal unit. They literally fit in the palm of my husband’s hand!

  146. Ellie Wright says:

    My favorite newborn moment was the first time I could tell my baby recognized me.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  147. Leela says:

    I love those first smiles.

  148. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    My favorite moment is when your baby grabs your finger and holds it.

  149. Thomas Murphy says:

    I loved my baby’s first smile.

  150. Karen Drake says:

    My favorite newborn memory is when they first smiled.

  151. Tabathia B says:

    I would say their first smile and sleeping on my chest

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  152. sarah hirsch says:

    my favorite newborn moment was the first laugh

  153. Holly Kennedy says:

    The first smile.

  154. cynthia Dawson says:

    My favorite newborn moment is when they smile for the first time!

  155. Candie L says:

    Finding out he weighed 10 pounds (urg). Thank you

  156. Sarah L says:

    No kids, but I like how tiny their fingers and toes are.
    Thanks for the contest.

  157. wendi w says:

    my favorite newborn moment is when i first hear that cry after delivery! its such a moment that will be with you forever

  158. Crystal Sell says:

    When they first smile at you and you know it’s not just gas ;)
    sellcrystal2 at yahoo dot com

  159. Shannon says:

    I love the first hugs…when they wrap those little arms around you. So sweet!!

  160. Randi Cook says:

    I just miss holding and snuggling a newborn.

  161. Shannon says:

    I LOVE the newborn arched back!

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