Vanessa Lachey's Baby Blessings

The actress and television host reveals how she's decorating her nursery, the best advice she's received, and more.
Vanessa Lachey

Nick Lachey and his wife, Vanessa Lachey, the current host of the ABC reality series Wipeout, recently announced they were expecting a boy in September. Parents.com caught up with the mommy-to-be about her product must-haves and what she's looking forward to the next few months.

Congratulations on having a boy. How are you feeling?

Surprisingly well. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. The first trimester was easy. I had a little bit of fatigue, but it didn't really slow me down despite my 12-hour days. My second trimester was also a breeze. Now I'm in the third trimester, and I'm waiting for my ankles to swell, the hemorrhoids to form, and the body to drop.

Since your husband is a huge sports fan, is he pumped about having a son?

He plans to play baseball, football hockey, basketball, and lacrosse and go to NASCAR events. He's thrilled, but he would have been thrilled either way. We talked about how we would have cared for a daughter and the things we would teach: how to grow up to be a strong, independent, and confident woman who knows she is loved. He is one of the most sensitive and caring men I have ever met.

Will the nursery have a big sports theme?

We are sports fans, but it's our first baby boy, so we want it to be sweet, serene, homey, and beautiful. I'm working with Layla Grayce, an online company that is helping me do both our Los Angeles and Cincinnati nurseries. There are some red-geared things in the Cincinnati room, but the Los Angeles one has zero sports memorabilia.

How are you preparing for your son's arrival?

I'm reading books. I have ten books by my bedside, and I'm reading five of them at once.

Which book's advice do you like the best?

The best advice I get is actually from my family and friends. That has been a huge resource I've come to rely on. They've been there and done that, so I know they will be true to me. I didn't grow up with a mother, so I don't have that resource to rely on and ask a million questions.

What was the best advice someone gave you?

To buy Pampers Sensitive Wipes (pampers.com). They're hypoallergenic, which I hear you should use on newborns' skin because little ones are so sensitive. I actually clean my kitchen counters with them. I have the Swaddlers up to size four. I'll be in Los Angeles when the baby is born, so the newborn and size ones are here in Los Angeles and sizes three and four are in Cincinnati. I'm more than stocked!

Have you and Nick practiced changing diapers? Who can change one faster?

Nick and I have changed diapers on older babies, but we've never done a newborn. When Nick was co-hosting Live with Kelly, she had a diaper derby. She had us race each other and change diapers on dolls. Nick won but, technically, I think he lost because the arms were diapered into the diaper (laughs).

Have you and Nick practiced on his brother Drew's kids?

Nick and I have changed Isabella. I actually got my first diaper cake, and it included 150 newborn-size diapers. When I undid the cake, I was shocked at how small they were.

What toys and books are on your wish list for the baby?

I hear the Sophie Giraffe is great for teething. Another thing I really love right now is the Moby Baby Carrier. To me, it seems like a natural way to hold the baby close to you. I also love the burp cloths, bibs, and swaddle blankets from Aden and Anais. Their stuff is organic and pure. I also really love their Serenity Star because, for a first-time mom like me, it tells the feeding time and temperature of the room and it has a sound machine and a clock. We've received a lot of lullaby CDs. I loved the baby CDs because after Nick heard them, it inspired him to write new music and a few songs for the baby. He sings them to the tummy. It is really sweet to see Nick do this.

How are you guys dividing up baby duties?

I'm actually going back to work really quickly after the baby is born because of my schedule. My first four weeks will be with the baby and then, when I leave, Nick will have his bonding time. I feel so blessed to have Nick as my husband, partner, and support system. We're both over the moon with our child.

Photo Credit: Susan Goldman for Pampers.

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