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Mother Essentials: Vanessa Wade

Written by Erin Feher

Like so many mamas before her, Vanessa Wade took a keen interest in the ingredient labels of the products on her shelves once she started bathing her new babe in them. But unlike most others, when she didn’t like what she saw, she teamed up with an award-winning formulator and spent a year crafting the perfect soap of her own: Wiley Body launched last year with Body Bubble, a 3-in-1 shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath—each gorgeous little bottle is made in the USA and contains only natural, safe-for-everybody ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, bearberry, and vitamin E.  Since the launch, Vanessa’s brood has grown—she’s mama to Emma, 2 years, and Zuriya, 3 weeks (!)—and so has her product line. She recently released two new Wiley products: Everywhere Oil and the Body Bar. We are huge fans of Wiley ourselves, and had to know what other products this discerning mama uses throughout her day. Peep her 15 Mother Essentials below!

Plus, if you’re in San Francisco on December 15, you can meet Vanessa in person and give Wiley Body products a try yourself when she pops-up at our holiday-themed MOTHER Market, going down at Fort Mason Center on Sunday, December 15th, 2019, 10am-5pm

Stasher Bags. “I love using these reusable bags for all of the snacks my toddler carries around. They’re amazing to travel with, too.” Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag, $11.99, Amazon.

Noble Waffle Sleeper. “We love these waffle sleepers for both the girls. They’re made of organic pima cotton and are super soft and durable.” Organic Waffle One-Piece Sleeper, $49, Noble Carriage.

Kinto Travel Tumbler. “I never leave the house without it, I keep mine filled with ice cold water and a squeeze of lemon.” Kinto Travel Tumbler, $26.50, Need Supply.

Snoo Bassinet. “I honestly can’t imagine not having this bassinet. Our newborn has loved sleeping in it, and we’ve loved all the sleep we’ve been getting because of it.” SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet, $1295, Pottery Barn Kids.

Elvie Breast Pump. “This portable breast pump has been a lifesaver for me. I’m still able to pump but without the hassle of having to be plugged into the wall for 30 minutes at a time. I also love how quiet it is.” Elvie Double Breast Pump, $449, Target.

Max + Moose Swaddle. “These blankets are so soft and lightweight. I love that I can wash them over and over and they don’t shrink or lose their shape.” Max and Moose Swaddle, $42, Max + Moose.

Arq Crop Tank and Undies. “I’m only a couple weeks postpartum, but having a set of these crop tanks and undies make me feel so comfortable and stylish at home.” Crop Tank, $36, Hi-Rise Undies, $28, Arq.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. “This mask works great right before bed, just leave it on overnight and wake up with super soft and hydrated skin.” Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, $48, Sephora.

Magna-Tiles. “My toddler will spend hours playing with these, and they’re fun for parents, too.” Magna-Tiles Metropolis 110-Piece Set, $129.99, Maisonette.

Madewell Canvas Tote. “I love having this sturdy tote for when I need to run errands or take my laptop with me anywhere. It also makes for a stylish diaper bag.” The Canvas Transport Tote, $68, Madewell.

Tejari Protein Powder. “I love using the golden banana protein blend in my smoothies and on top of rice cakes with peanut butter. These are great when you’re on the go and want something on the healthier side.” Tejari Golden Banana Blend, $26, Tejari.

Everywhere Oil. “I love using this oil everywhere—literally. It works amazingly as an all over oil for both myself and my babies during the colder months, but it’s especially great because I can also use it on my face and my hair.” Everywhere Oil, $24, Wiley Body.

Vitruvi Diffuser. “Whenever I’m feeling particularly stressed I love to diffuse some essential oils in this. It helps calm the entire household and I love that it’s not an eyesore on my counter.” Vitruvi Stone Essential Oil Diffuser, $71.40, West Elm.

Girlfriend Leggings. “I love how high rise these leggings are and that they’re made from recycled water bottles.” Black Compressive High-Rise Legging, $58, Girlfriend.

Wildbird Sling. “When I need to get stuff done but the baby won’t let me set her down, I just put her in my Wildbird sling. I love being able to wear her while getting some work done or when I’m trying to wrangle my toddler.” Wildbird Sling, $114.95, Wildbird.

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Cynthia RowleyRebecca AtwoodDana Haim, Rachel Zoe, and Taylor Jay, Partake founder Denise Woodard, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Bubbsi founder Sweta DoshiOakland retail queen Sherri McMullenShahidah Zareef of Bossmom NationJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doIguehi James, and more!

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