Momsessed: Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff's Parenting Essentials Include Whiteboards, Body Balms, & Throwback Books

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Rebecca Minkoff is a world-class designer and iconic entrepreneur who has won Footwear News‘ Social Impact Award, the Fashion 2.0 Awards for “Top Innovator” and “Best Interactive Retailer,” the Independent Handbag Designer Iconoclast Award, and many more. Even with all those accolades to her name, she is most proud of being a mom.

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“I love seeing my kids grow, change and blossom into incredible people,” she tells SheKnows. “Being a mom is my favorite title, I take the role very seriously and am proud of how hard I work at it.”

Growing up in a big family, she always cherished family time and is now raising a big family of her own with husband Gavin Bellour. The mom of four has picked up a lot of lessons along the way, like how not to sweat the small tough, how to soak it all in even when you’re sleep deprived, how to “laugh at the unexpected,” and how to be clear with Bellour so they can share the load.

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All the while, she is teaching her children lessons of her own. Minkoff is the founder of The Female Founder Collective — an organization that works to “support, develop, and elevate” female businesses and their owners — and it’s clear she’s intentional about supporting and elevating her children as well.

“I try to empower my kids as much as possible to be self determined and find ways to problem solve on their own without being a ‘helicopter parent,'” she says. “There is no sympathy in my household, but instead there is understanding and affection. I try to get my kids to contribute to the household by helping them find things they can do to help.”

It should come as no surprise that the brilliant fashion designer designed seemingly perfect age gaps between her children, Luca, 11, Bowie, 8, Nico, 4, and Leo, 3 months. And while that may sound overwhelming to have an baby, a “big kid,” and two tweens, Minkoff couldn’t be happier.

“Having a baby with an older group has been SO MUCH easier!” she tells us. “They all help out — especially my 8-year-old who is basically a mini mama. The older three were all three years apart so we would have toddler meltdowns, two in diapers, and deal with a lot of struggle in helping them adapt to a new family member. I really think that having the last baby with this age gap has been the best decision we could have ever made!”

Wait, did she just share the best-kept family-planning secret? Lucky for us, she shared a whole lot more, cluing us into her favorite parenting essentials — like face oil and flashlights — that get her family of six through the day.

The podcast I’m listening to right now

I’ve currently been a little too busy to regularly listen to a podcast, but I typically enjoy listening to Wise Traditions! I find it very informative about all sorts of alternative methods of health and wellness, topics I find super interesting, especially now that I’m a mom of four.

The book I’m currently reading

I just finished reading The Book of M. Next on my list is Daisy Jones and The Six, which I’m very excited about!

The books my kids are obsessed with

We’ve been keeping it super simple when it comes to reading books to our newborn, Leo. So far, we’ve been reading tons of books about shapes, and he loves it! And then Luca’s favorite series right now is A Series of Unfortunate Events and Bowie’s is The Baby-Sitters Club.

The beauty product I never leave the house without

I’m a huge fan of In Your Face Skincare’s The Cream and Nourishing Face Oil! Since giving birth, I’ve noticed this time my postpartum skin has been incredibly paper dry, so these products are a lifesaver when it comes to keeping me feeling moisturized and fresh.

The app that makes my life as a parent easier

The flashlight app has come in handy on so many occasions! It’s so useful when baby Leo wakes up in the middle of the night hungry.

The music we listen to as a family

I typically leave my husband in charge of music for our family. We tend to listen to a lot of the older classics such as Van Morrison, but try some newer artists such as Bob Moses.

The parenting accounts I follow

I love @trusting_birth for its raw and real information related to all things birth and being a mom. For finding fun and creative activities, I love @crafty.moms.

The subscriptions I have for my kids

We were recently gifted a subscription to Lovevery. It’s been wonderful! I definitely would recommend it to parents of newborns.

The skincare products my kids love

Gryf and IvyRose Body Balm and my personal fave from above (In Your Face Skincare’s Body Cream) is also safe for babies, so I love using it for my kids.

The non-screen-related toy that keeps my kids occupied

Lately, my kids have been really enjoying drawing on a whiteboard! They have a ton of fun playing “school” with each other and just drawing in general.

My kids’ favorite piece of clothing

Here are a few of my recent faves: Luca and Luna, Milk Snob, Believe Diapers, and Cloud Island. I love the neutral options from Luca and Luna – everything is so soft and cozy! For Milk Snob, I find that the blankets and nursing covers are so versatile and useful. Cloud Island swaddles are my go-to! Especially because the fabric is so soft and the colors are fantastic.

The clothing brand that helps me ‘mom’ in style

I wish I had one! I am having the most difficult time finding anything to wear in this in between not being able to fit into maternity clothes or my old wardrobe. It’s been such a struggle!

To get even more parenting recommendations, read about the other stylish moms featured in our Momsessed series.

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