Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Vera and I am a new mom to a beautiful baby girl.

Baby Pumpkin
photography by Brianne Brose

As a first-time mom, I was overloaded with all kinds of baby information before I even gave birth. You know, handouts from the doctor’s office, advertisements in the cute little gifts bags from maternity stores, online pregnancy boards, baby books, advice from family and friends … Before I knew it, I was so deeply immersed in the sea of baby products I thought I would never find my way out. Do I really need all that? What in the world is a Boppy that everybody keeps talking about? HOW MUCH does this stroller cost??? Where should I create my baby registry?

Stop. Breathe. Research. Buy. Research some more. Buy some more. Repeat. I thought I had it all figured out… well, until I had my Baby Pumpkin. Baby Pumpkin didn’t care how expensive or popular her stuff was. She put everything to a Real Life test, and at some point I thought, “Man, I wish somebody would have told me how it really was.”

I realized that nobody needs more help and advice than a new mom (before she even becomes one) and that’s how the Real Mom’s Reviews blog was born. What you think you need for the baby might not be what you really need, and I am here to help you navigate the sea of baby information out there. This blog is about my personal experience being a new mommy, and all the joy, messes and discoveries that come with it. If you are in the same boat as me – please come aboard and enjoy this blog!