Supermodel Sims describes her son, Brooks, born last June, as "calm" and "awesome." But it hasn't been all smooth sailing for the host of Project Accessory, who blogs about motherhood at MollySims.com. She shared with us her secret stresses, beauty must-haves, and the surprise she got when Brooks first opened his mouth.
Good Golly, Ms. Molly! "During the newborn phase, I had such anxiety. My instincts went out the window. Three months into it, they finally kicked in," Sims says. "I've called my mother and said, 'I'm sorry if I ever gave you problems!'"
Thrown a Few Curves Sims bought the Nara glider for Brooks's nursery ($725; Babyletto.com). "He's a great sleeper, but in two-hour stretches. The sleep deprivation is surprising." Another big surprise? "Brooks was born with a full baby tooth! A surgeon said he's NOT sure how it happened, but it's normal."
Moments with Dad Sims and her hubby, Scott Stuber, a movie producer, read Dr. Karp's book together. After feedings, Brooks sleeps on Daddy's chest. Awww! ($15; Amazon.com) Sims also shared some daddy-learning anecdotes with us: "My husband, dressing Brooks, asked, 'Are some of the buttons optional?' We have a lot of laughs! I once asked him for wipes, and he ripped the pack open with his teeth as if to use them all at once!"
A Mod Way to Handle the Mess "I love this drying rack for bottle parts. The base is called Lawn and the holder is Stem. They look really chic in your kitchen." ($30 and $6; BoonInc.com)
Slick Tricks Pregnant, Sims used Bio Oil ($12; drugstores) to nix stretch marks. After? "You've got to get with a girl named Spanx!" Especially since it's hard to tell when you'll make it to the gym. "I went to go workout the other day, and I started crying before I even got there because I felt so guilty about leaving the baby."
Originally published in the January 2013 issue of American Baby magazine.